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Militias of the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) deploy in an area in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (AP Photo)

German Security Official Warns of Terror Threat

BERLIN -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks. Unlike Britain, Germany hasn't raised its national threat level for terrorism recently. But Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said in an ... more

When life gets difficult, suicide can seem like the only way out. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Steven White)

Older Vets Committing Suicide at Alarming Rate

Veteran suicide numbers have gone up in recent years with much of the attention focused on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan killing themselves. However, almost seven out of 10 veterans who have committed suicide were over the age of 50, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study. Even as the agency collects data to better u... more

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is interviewed by reporters.

Lawmakers: Islamic State Groups Wants to Hit US

Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say. Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions on how to confront them, the leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees on Sunday prodded the White Ho... more

A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion crashed Monday in the Gulf of Aden (Source: U.S. Navy)

25 Survive Marine Helicopter Crash at Sea

No one was killed Monday when a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with 25 sailors and Marines aboard crashed Monday at sea in the Gulf of Aden, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials said. The Marine chopper crashed at 2 p.m. GMT as the pilot attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde. The 17 Marines and eight sailors were no... more

 Zekia Karhan, 26, front-left, and Felice Budak, 24, back-middle, speak with a journalist in Makhmur, Iraq, Aug. 23, 2014. Karhan and Budak are guerrillas in the Kurdistan Workers' Party. JOSHUA L. DEMOTTS/STARS AND STRIPES

Female PKK Fighters May Be ISIL's Worst Nightmare

MAKHMUR, Iraq -- It's an Islamic State fighter's worst fear: to be killed by a woman. In northern Iraq, where Kurdish forces are rapidly regaining territory held by the Islamic State, that’s becoming real risk for the extremists. There are plenty of female Kurdish soldiers on the front lines. They're smaller than their male comrades, but they... more

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