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A police mugshot of Douglas McAuthur McCain. McCain is one of several Western Muslims over the last two years who proved themselves willing to kill or die for extremist groups or help them win new recruits. HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINN. SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Intelligence Nightmare: Extremists Returning Home

The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. Three died instantly, o... more

Gen. John Campbell

Campbell Could Miss NATO Meeting on Afghanistan

Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the new commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, will likely not attend the NATO ministers meeting in Britain next week at which the U.S. had hoped to cement final decisions on a future force presence and aid, a U.S. military official in Kabul said Friday. The official said that the political turmoil in... more

An armed group of men, not specified which group of rebels, gather at Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Syrian Rebels Fight Peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Clashes erupted between al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers were able to flee from a different encampment that th... more

Troops and vehicles move along a staging area on Camp Humphreys, South Korea, during Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014. Jae Hyung/U.S. Army

US, SKorea Quietly End Ulchi Freedom Guardian

SEOUL -- The biggest U.S.-South Korea war games ended Thursday as they began, with little fanfare, in what may have been an attempt by the allies to avoid provoking North Korea. Approximately 50,000 South Korean troops and 30,000 U.S. troops -- about 3,000 of whom were brought in from outside the peninsula -- took part in this year's Ulchi Free... more

Iraq airstrikes

US Operation Against ISIL Costs Over $500 Million

U.S. military operations in Iraq since mid-June have cost well above $500 million and can currently be paid for out of 2014 budgets without going to Congress for additional funding, the Pentagon said Friday. The costs have averaged about $7.5 million per day since June 16 and include money for current airstrikes, intelligence and surveillanc... more

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