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  • Third westerner beheaded by ISIS Sep 13, 2014 11:15 PM
    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”

     
  • Detective shares inside story of Ground Zero at Naperville memorial Sep 12, 2014 12:03 AM
    Working at ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was more about the people, the emotions, the healing, than it was about the rubble, retired New York police detective Brian Hastings said during a remembrance ceremony Thursday in Naperville. "A good day for us was when we had recoverings," Hastings said. "We really looked forward to those days because we were able to do our job and recover the victims."

     
  • To students today, 9/11 is like ancient history Sep 11, 2014 9:50 AM
    Fremd High School social studies teacher Jason Spoor-Harvey was leading classes on Sept. 11, 2001, and he could see the shock and changed perspectives of the students he had that day. “We’re no longer the country that’s never been attacked,” he said. Today, Spoor-Harvey no longer teaches students with firsthand experience of the emotional impact of that terrible day — and the difference is palpable.

     
  • Images: September 11 Observances Around the World and Nation Sep 11, 2014 3:10 PM
    Images of September 11 memorials and observances around the world and nation. 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a plane lost in a Pennsylvania field.

     
  • Northwest suburban ceremonies recall loss of 9/11 Sep 12, 2014 10:03 AM
    Ceremonies around the Northwest suburbs today recalled the loss of 9/11. At a ceremony of remembrance in Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg Fire Lt. John Schneidwind recalled his days working at ground zero after joining a group of Chicago-area firefighters who left for New York City in the predawn hours of Sept. 12. “I’ve been asked why we do this each year,” Schneidwind said. “Isn’t it like opening an old wound? The truth is, we have to remember.”

     
  • Images: September 11 Observances in the Suburbs Sep 11, 2014 9:51 PM
    Images of September 11 memorials and observances in the suburbs of Chicago. 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a plane lost in a Pennsylvania field.

     
  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost at $560 million Aug 29, 2014 1:41 PM
    Rear Adm. John Kirby said the costs are being paid from the Pentagon’s 2014 overseas contingency fund. Top Pentagon officials have said they have adequate funds for the operation through September.

     
  • Stopping ISIS will mean widening military commitment Aug 22, 2014 4:13 PM
    The White House said Friday that the president has received no military options beyond those he authorized earlier this month for limited airstrikes in Iraq and military aid to Iraqi and Kurdish forces. But a top adviser raised the possibility of a broader American military campaign that targets the Islamic State group’s bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

     
  • Women stoned to death in Syria after adultery charges Aug 9, 2014 6:48 PM
    A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.None in the crowd stepped forward, so the jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, did it themselves.

     
  • Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops Aug 2, 2014 2:26 PM
    Prime Minister Tammam Salam described the attack as a “flagrant aggression against the state of Lebanon” and vowed that his government “will deal with the developments with extreme firmness and strength.”Saturday’s attacks came hours after the army said troops detained Syrian citizen Imad Ahmad Jomaa, who identified himself as a member of Syria’s al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

     
  • Forensic experts gather material to ID victims Jul 19, 2014 6:36 PM
    Police said in a tweet that 40 pairs of detectives from the National Forensic Investigations Team would be visiting victims’ relatives over the coming days.Their aims is to build a database of material including DNA and photographs of distinguishing features like scars and tattoos that can be used to identify bodies and body parts recovered from the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

     
  • Yemen troops foil attack on hospital, 6 killed Jun 28, 2014 2:05 PM
    There were no reports of damage or injuries among civilians or to the hospital. Yemen is home to one of the most active branches of al-Qaida.

     
  • Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis Jun 27, 2014 9:51 PM
    The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.Some, more hard-line Syrian fighters are bending to the winds and joining the radicals.

     
  • Back to Iraq: Obama sending military advisers Jun 19, 2014 7:41 PM
    Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war. "The test is before him and other Iraqi leaders as we speak," Obama said of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki,

     
  • Ships move into Gulf as U.S. lays out goals for Iraq Jun 14, 2014 8:16 PM
    A U.S. aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents.

     
  • Islamic gunmen push into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Jun 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces. The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be unable to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group took control Tuesday of much of Mosul, sending an estimated half a million fleeing from their homes. As in Tikrit, the Sunni militants were able to move in after police and military forces melted away after relatively brief clashes. The group, which has seized wide swaths of territory, aims to create an Islamic emirate spanning both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. The capture of Mosul — along with the fall of Tikrit and ISIL’s earlier seizure of the western city of Fallujah — have undone hard-fought gains against insurgents in the years following the 2003 invasion by U.S.-led forces. The White House said the security situation has deteriorated over the past 24 hours and that the United States was “deeply concerned” about ISIL’s continued aggression. There were no reliable estimates of casualties or the number of insurgents involved, though several hundred gunmen were in Tikrit and more were fighting on the outskirts, said Mizhar Fleih, the deputy head of the municipal council of nearby Samarra. An even larger number of militants likely would have been needed to secure Mosul, a much bigger city. The militants gained entry to the Turkish consulate in Mosul and held captive 48 people, including diplomats, police, consulate employees and three children, according to an official in the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials believe the hostages are safe, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to reporters on the sensitive issue. Turkish officials did not make any public comment on the seizure, but the state-run Anadolu Agency reported that Erdogan convened an emergency Cabinet meeting. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the abduction, saying he was “shocked” by the news. “This is totally unacceptable,” Ban said. Mosul is the capital of Ninevah province. It and the neighboring Sunni-dominated province of Anbar share a long and porous border with Syria, where the Islamic State is also active. Mosul’s fall was a heavy defeat for al-Maliki. His Shiite-dominated political bloc came first in April 30 parliamentary elections — the first since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011 — but failed to gain a majority, forcing him to try to build a governing coalition. Al-Maliki said a “conspiracy” led to the massive security failure that allowed militants to capture Mosul, and warned that members of the security forces who fled rather than stand up to the militants should be punished. He stopped short of assigning direct blame, however, choosing to focus instead on plans to fight back — without giving specifics. “We are working to solve the situation,” al-Maliki said. “We are regrouping the armed forces that are in charge of clearing Ninevah from those terrorists.” Al-Maliki has pressed parliament to declare a state of emergency over the Mosul attack — a decision expected later this week. Iranian airlines cancelled all flights between Tehran and Baghdad due to security concerns, and the Islamic Republic has intensified security measures along its borders, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported. Shiite powerhouse Iran has strong ties with Iraq’s government. Some 17,000 Iranian pilgrims are in Iraq at any given time, the agency quoted Saeed Ohadi, the director of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, as saying. White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned that the instability was rapidly becoming a humanitarian issue requiring a coordinated response by Iraq’s leaders to halt ISIL’s advance and wrest territory away from insurgents. “We condemn ISIL’s despicable attack on the Turkish consulate in Mosul, and we call for the immediate release of Turkey’s kidnapped diplomatic and security personnel, Earnest said. Earnest told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama that ISIL poses a “different kind of threat” to American interests than core al-Qaida, which had repeatedly and publicly vowed to attack U.S. soil. Still, he said the U.S. was watching the threat from ISIL “very carefully” because the group has proven itself to be violent and willing to consider attacking U.S. interests and American allies. Zaineb al-Assam, a Middle East analyst at IHS Country Risk, said ISIL’s success in holding onto Mosul would significantly weaken Baghdad’s control over Sunni-dominated provinces. “The objective would be to keep Iraqi security forces off balance, tying them down on passive security duties, as well as to erode (the government’s) presence and its ability to sustain services,” al-Assam said. Tikrit residents said the militant group overran several police stations in the Sunni-dominated city. Two Iraqi security officials confirmed that the city, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad and the capital of Salahuddin province, was under ISIL’s control and that the provincial governor was missing. The major oil refinery in Beiji, located between Mosul and Tikrit, remained in government control, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to reporters. There were clashes and gunmen tried to take the town but were repelled in a rare success for Iraqi government forces protecting an important facility, the officials said. In addition to being Saddam’s hometown, Tikrit was a power base of his once-powerful Baath Party. The former dictator was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole in the area and he is buried south of town in a tomb draped with the Saddam-era Iraqi flag. The International Organization for Migration estimated 500,000 people fled the Mosul area, with some seeking safety in the Ninevah countryside or the nearby semiautonomous Kurdish region. Getting into the latter has grown trickier, however, with migrants without family members already in the enclave needing to secure permission from Kurdish authorities, according to the IOM. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Mosul’s fall must bring the country’s leaders together to deal with the “serious, mortal threat” facing Iraq. “We can push back on the terrorists ... and there would be a closer cooperation between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government to work together and try to flush out these foreign fighters,” he said on the sidelines of a diplomatic meeting in Athens. Mosul residents said gunmen went around knocking on doors there Wednesday, reassuring people they would not be harmed. The situation appeared calm but tense, they said. Violence raged elsewhere in Iraq on Wednesday. Police and hospital officials said a suicide bomber struck inside a tent where tribesmen were meeting to solve a dispute in Baghdad’s Shiite Sadr City neighborhood, killing 31 and wounding 46. Car bombs in Shiite areas elsewhere claimed another 17 and maimed dozens, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Car bombs and suicide attackers are favorite tools of the ISIL.

     
  • Analysis: Attacks show emboldened militants Jun 11, 2014 4:50 PM
    It has been a week of stunning advances by Islamic militants across a belt from Iraq to Pakistan. In Iraq, jihadi fighters rampaged through the country’s second-largest city and swept further south in their drive to establish an extremist enclave stretching into Syria. Pakistan’s largest airport was paralyzed and rocked by explosions as gunmen stormed it in a dramatic show of strength.

     
  • Authorities in Iraq say bombs kill 44 in capital Jun 7, 2014 9:07 PM
    A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq’s capital Saturday night, killing at least 44 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country’s restive Anbar province, authorities said. The attacks in Baghdad largely focused on Shiite neighborhoods,

     
  • Obama: Freed soldier was 'never forgotten' May 31, 2014 9:19 PM
    The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over by the Taliban. "While Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten," President Barack Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference, where he was joined by Bergdahl's parents.

     
  • World decries Nigeria abductions May 10, 2014 8:37 PM
    British security experts arrived Friday to join Nigerian and American forces, and Britain said its aim is not only to help in the crisis over the girls but to defeat Nigeria’s homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network.International outrage at the prolonged failure of Nigeria’s military to rescue the girls was joined Saturday by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

     
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