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This image provided by the Curtis family shows Peter Theo Curtis in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padno and who had been held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Curtis Family)
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Journalist held in Syria returns to US

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.

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People stand during a memorial service in Iraq Sunday for James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by Islamic extremists.  (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
People stand during a memorial service in Iraq Sunday for James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by Islamic extremists. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
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American woman is being held hostage in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work hostage in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

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Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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US won’t let borders hamper fight vs. Islamic extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

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President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama faces complex options in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

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Danish vessel Ark Futura, foreground right, is moored next to the U.S.-owned MV Cape Ray, at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Vigili del Fuoco)
Danish vessel Ark Futura, foreground right, is moored next to the U.S.-owned MV Cape Ray, at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Vigili del Fuoco)
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US ship leaves port to destroy Syrian weapons

GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) -- A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons has pulled out of an Italian port, as part of the final phase of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapon stockpile.

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Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
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Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.

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Syrian military soldier holding his AK-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," stands guard at a check point in Damascus, Syria in 2013.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
Syrian military soldier holding his AK-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," stands guard at a check point in Damascus, Syria in 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. grapples for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al-Qaida inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.

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Israeli soldiers load shells in their tank following the first death on the Israeli side of the Golan since the Syrian civil war erupted more than three years ago, Sunday, June 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli soldiers load shells in their tank following the first death on the Israeli side of the Golan since the Syrian civil war erupted more than three years ago, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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Israeli military carries out airstrikes in Syria

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes on a number of military targets inside Syria, including the military headquarters, in response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)
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UN says 10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has reached 10.8 million - almost half of Syria's population of 22 million, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.

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Protesters wave the opposition Syrian flag during a protest against the June 3 Syrian presidential elections near the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
Protesters wave the opposition Syrian flag during a protest against the June 3 Syrian presidential elections near the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
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US Says Syria Suicide Bomber Was an American

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department confirmed Friday that a U.S. citizen from Florida launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops earlier this week in what is believed to be the first time an American has been involved in such attacks since the start of the Syrian civil war.

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