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  • North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hack Dec 20, 2014 1:43 PM
    Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Seoul’s Dongguk University, called the North’s proposal a “typical” tactic the country has taken in similar disputes with rival countries. In 2010, North Korea proposed a joint investigation after a South Korean-led international team concluded that the North was behind a torpedo attack that killed 46 South Korean sailors.

     
  • U.S. sends four Afghans home from Gitmo Dec 20, 2014 2:03 PM
    The move is the latest in a series of transfers during the past two months. President Barack Obama has been pushing to reduce the number of detainees as he tries to make progress toward his goal of closing the globally condemned detention center for suspected terrorists.

     
  • Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude Dec 20, 2014 2:19 PM
    The torture of Janat Gul is a useful case study of how the CIA interrogations were overseen because it occurred two years into the program, after a report by the CIA inspector general had made clear that the harsh techniques were being employed far in excess of what had been envisioned in clinical Justice Department memos.

     
  • Tsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay Dec 18, 2014 1:27 PM
    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. David Bruck, one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, told the judge that the defense plans to file a motion to delay the trial, which is now scheduled to begin on Jan. 5 with jury selection.

     
  • Boogeyman wins as movie theaters cave to threat Dec 18, 2014 9:17 AM
    In the end, the boogeyman won. Big theater chains such as Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex and AMC Theatres, along with regional chains such as Classic Cinemas, announced they would not show “The Interview” after a mysterious, unknown entity online threatened the lives of all who might watch it. This is a dark day for Americans, a pivotal moment in how we as a nation deal with cyberthreats made against our citizens, our culture and our way of life.

     
  • Images: Sydney Hostage Crisis Dec 15, 2014 1:17 PM
    A swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege by an Iranian-born gunman who had held an unknown number of hostages for more than 16 hours. A female hostage was shot in the leg, a hospital official said, and earlier at least two people were wheeled out of the cafe on stretchers. A weeping woman was helped out by police.

     
  • American killed in Yemen had ‘wanderlust’ Dec 6, 2014 7:58 PM
    Lucy Somers said her brother had worked tirelessly to raise awareness of people’s plight in Yemen, and improve things with his work.“Through his photographs we can see the humanity through conflicts, the familiar in a turbulent tribal region,” she said.

     
  • Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq Nov 7, 2014 9:17 PM
    The president’s decision to escalate the U.S. effort in Iraq comes just three days after midterm elections that were bruising for Democrats and amid persistent arguments that more U.S. troops are needed to bolster the struggling Iraqi forces. In particular, the Iraqi government, members of Congress and others have called for troops in Anbar in western Iraq, where extremists have been slaughtering men, women and children.

     
  • No bail for Bolingbrook man in terror support case Nov 3, 2014 9:58 PM
    A federal judge has denied bail for a 19-year-old Bolingbrook man, Mohammed Hamzah Khan, accused of trying to fly to Turkey with two siblings to join the Islamic State group. Judge Susan Cox ruled Monday in Chicago that Khan should be held because she considers him a flight risk and a danger to the community.

     
  • Bolingbrook teen’s hearing postponed in terrorism case Oct 21, 2014 4:56 PM
    A Bolingbrook teen accused of trying to join the Islamic State terrorist group must wait at least two weeks before learning if he’ll to need to stay behind bars pending trial. On Tuesday, a planned detention hearing for 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan was postponed to Nov. 3. Federal Judge Susan Cox allowed the delay after prosecutors filed a motion to continue the hearing. Khan’s attorneys didn’t object.

     
  • Bolingbrook teen’s lawyer: ISIS isn’t a threat, so neither is my client Oct 10, 2014 8:49 AM
    Tom Durkin, attorney for a Bolingbrook teen accused of heading to Syria to join ISIS, has a lot to say about the terrorist group. “If anyone hasn’t noticed, ISIS went from a group that supposedly wasn’t a threat to the United States to being our existential enemy in a matter of weeks, which I think is a lot of political grandstanding,” he said. “I happen to think this type of prosecution is a misuse of the criminal justice system to really advance our geopolitical purposes.”

     
  • Bolingbrook teen in terrorism case called intelligent, normal Oct 10, 2014 4:57 AM
    The attorney for Bolingbrook teen accused of trying to join the terrorist group ISIS, Mohammed Hamzah Khan, said he does not believe Khan provided "material support" to ISIS. “My client is a very intelligent and fervent believer of Islam,” Durkin said. “Whether anyone else disagrees with how he sees things is another issue, and that’s his right.”

     
  • Panetta: Obama vacillated on Syria Oct 3, 2014 1:38 PM
    Panetta’s book, titled “Worthy Fights,” is scheduled for release next week.The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday dismissed such accounts from former Cabinet members.

     
  • Air attacks bring relief to besieged Syria border town Sep 27, 2014 2:01 PM
    Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, said the strikes targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, destroying two tanks. He said the jihadi fighters later shelled the town, wounding a number of civilians.

     
  • Turkish hostages freed, but what did country give up? Sep 20, 2014 1:53 PM
    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the release was the work of the country’s intelligence agency rather than a special forces operation.“After intense efforts that lasted days and weeks, in the early hours our citizens were handed over to us and we brought them back,” Davutoglu said.

     
  • 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."

     
  • 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.

     
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