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Al-Qaida's Syrian Affiliate Frees U.S. Journalist Held Since 2012

Peter Theo Curtis, who was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in Oct. 2012, has been quietly handed over to a U.N. representative.
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Obama Orders Review Of Transfers Of Military Surplus To Local Police

The White House says it will look at federal programs begun after Sept. 11, 2001, that have given local law enforcement military-grade weapons and equipment.
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Photo Released Of Chinese Fighter That Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane

Pentagon officials have identified the Chinese jet that made a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft as an Su-27.
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With Initial U.S. Airstrikes A Success, Will They Expand?

The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough.
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First Rule Of This Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran

There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face.
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White House: Islamic State Has 'Gained Capacity' In Recent Months

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the beheading of American journalist James Foley is tantamount to an act of terror against the U.S.
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Chinese Fighter Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane In 'Dangerous Intercept'

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Chinese warplane made several close passes by an American P-8 Poseidon, doing a barrel roll and flying wingtip to wingtip in an "aggressive" manner.
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Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

The secretary of defense says the extremists are well-funded and organized and that he expects them to "regroup and stage an offensive" despite U.S. airstrikes.
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Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

Earlier in the summer, a U.S. raid failed to rescue American hostages in Syria, including journalist James Foley, who was executed in a video released this week by Islamist militants. The hostages were not where they were thought to be. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the limits on America's ability to gather intelligence in Syria, as well as the latest developments since Foley was killed.
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The Dynamics Of Demanding Ransom From Nations

Since the release of a video depicting the killing of American journalist James Foley, it has been revealed that the militant group Islamic State demanded millions of dollars for his freedom. Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times explains how militant groups use ransom demands such as these for funding.

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