September 21, 2014

Australian PM: Public execution terror plot foiled

(CNN) — Two men were charged Thursday in connection with a terror plot that Australia’s prime minister said involved plans to carry out a public execution. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities obtained intelligence about a “demonstration killing” — a killing, Australian media reported, in which alleged assailants planned to kidnap a member of the […]

Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots

September 18, 2014: Police investigators work at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney, Australia after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of an operation. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the […]

Islamic State campaign tests Obama’s commitment to Mideast allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m.  After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior of a C-17 military transport plane, he cradled his head in his […]

As US lawmakers vote on arming Syrian rebels, big questions remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Wednesday on legislation to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. The vote is a test of support within President Barack Obama’s own party for […]

NY man accused of aiding Islamic State, plotting to kill US troops

A New York man who was arrested in May was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday for allegedly trying to aid the terrorist group Islamic State and planning to kill returning U.S. soldiers. Document Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester was charged with three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to Islamic […]

Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list, barring him from team

Two days after announcing running back Adrian Peterson could return to practice following his indictment last week on a felony child-abuse charge, the Minnesota Vikings reversed their decision. The Viking placed Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list early Wednesday morning in a move that will prevent him from taking part in any team activities for […]

Top US military officer: US ground troops to fight ISIS, if necessary

Washington (CNN) — America’s top military officer raised the specter Tuesday of U.S. troops in Iraq taking on a combat role to fight ISIS, a position that was quickly knocked down by the White House. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it was […]

SpaceX, Boeing land NASA contracts for manned spaceflight

Boeing and California-based SpaceX have landed NASA contracts worth a total of $6.8 billion to launch astronauts into space, the agency announced Tuesday. The contracts are aimed at continuing the final development of spacecraft that will take astronauts to the International Space Station. Under the contracts, the companies will have a goal of performing a test […]

US to Commit Up to 3000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa

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Taliban kill 3 ISAF members in Afghanistan blast

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Three members of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force were killed in an attack in Kabul on Tuesday, the coalition said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing targeting a convoy of foreign forces in the Afghan capital, the militant group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said. A large plume of smoke […]