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Hazard Duty: Reporting From The Turkey-Syria Border

NPR international correspondent Deb Amos just returned from her three-week trip along the Turkey-Syria border. She talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro about the conflict she has been covering.

Author: Secret Service Culture Is 'Rotten'

A series of embarrassing and potentially catastrophic missteps has people wondering how to fix the Secret Service. Author Ronald Kessler speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about how it can regain trust.

Secret Service's Hollywood Allure Fueled By Its Secrecy

Before Secret Service agents found themselves the butt of late-night TV jokes, they were more used to being portrayed in big-budget Hollywood movies. We look at the service through Hollywood's lens.

Judge Orders Release Of Guantanamo Force-Feeding Videos

In her opinion, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said it "strains credulity to conclude that the release of these videos has a substantial probability of causing the harm the government predicts."

What We Know About The American Being Held By The Islamic State

Peter Kassig was an Iraq War veteran who went to Syria to volunteer at hospitals. In a profile aired by CNN in 2012, Kassig said he's an idealist who believes in hopeless causes.

Al-Qaida Reasserts Itself With Khorasan Group

Some critics say the al-Qaida unit known as the Khorasan Group was bluffed up as an excuse for U.S. airstrikes in Syria. Intelligence officials and analysts say the group exists and is dangerous.

Amid Scandal, Secret Service Director Resigns

What's next for the Secret Service now that its leader has resigned following embarrassing security lapses? On Wednesday, Julia Pierson, the director who had been on the job less than 2 years, quit.

The White House Could Be Made A Fortress, But Should It?

It turns out the Secret Service isn't too good at protecting the White House. Maybe one reason is that we don't want it to be.


Another Secret Service Security Lapse Disclosed

A man with a criminal record and a gun was on an elevator with President Obama last month. The security lapse happened when President Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Afghanistan Signs Deal Allowing 10,000 U.S. Troops To Remain

The Bilateral Security Agreement, approved by newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani, will keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan past the end of the year.