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  • Johnson: Jobs, health care as important as terror fight 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 6:16 pm

    MILWAUKEE - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson framed his re-election campaign as a matter of security - both military and economic - at a town hall meeting Friday, saying jobs and health care demand the same attention as the fight against terror.

  • Belgium to hire 1,000 more police to combat radicalism story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:21 pm

    BRUSSELS - The Belgian government on Friday approved a sweeping plan to combat Islamic radicalism and the threat of extremist violence by hiring 1,000 new police officers over the next four years.

  • Denmark says US plane was ready to fly Snowden back 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:57 am

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Denmark's justice minister says a U.S. government airplane parked at Copenhagen's airport in June 2013 was waiting to fly former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to the United States.

  • State IG: Classified email found from Powell, Rice tenures story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 6:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts, according to a memo written by the State Department watchdog that was released Thursday.

  • General says troop cuts constrain Afghan training mission story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 6:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday.

  • Columbus joins airports boosting human trafficking awareness story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:18 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.

  • Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling to conduct active shooter drill 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 4:35 am

    WASHINGTON - The Navy says military personnel at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington are holding an active-shooter drill as part of their anti-terrorism training.

  • Belgians, French meet to improve counterterrorism efforts story has photos
    Updated: Feb-01-16 3:27 pm

    BRUSSELS - The prime ministers of Belgium and France vowed Monday to reinforce counterterrorism cooperation, with French Premier Manuel Valls warning it is only a matter of time before the next attack by violent extremists against Europeans occurs.

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to hold anti-terrorism exercise 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 1:09 pm

    KITTERY, Maine - Security forces at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will undergo anti-terrorism training and drills this week at the Kittery dockyard.

  • Strip clubs team up with authorities to bust sex traffickers story has photos
    Updated: Feb-01-16 12:48 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Dwayne Angebrandt wasn't all that surprised when his bosses at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asked their expert on sex trafficking to put together a public presentation on how to spot its signs.

  • Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.

  • Iraq's military is still struggling despite US training 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 2:03 pm

    BASMAYA, Iraq - Iraq's 72nd Brigade was slowly moving through a live-fire exercise recently under the watchful eyes of U.S., Spanish and British coalition trainers when things began to go wrong.

  • EU police warn that more attacks by IS militants are likely story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 2:01 pm

    PARIS - Europe's top police agency issued a stark warning Monday: Islamic State extremists will keep attempting lethal attacks on soft targets in Europe as the militant group increasingly goes global.

  • EU opens new counterterrorism center story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 8:36 am

    AMSTERDAM - The European Union on Monday launched a new law enforcement center to coordinate the fight against violent extremism, saying Europe faces the most significant terrorist threat in over 10 years.

  • Malaysian PM defends strict security laws to fight terrorism story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 1:31 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's leader on Monday defended the country's strict security laws, saying they are needed to fight terrorism as the Islamic State group warned of revenge over a crackdown on its members.

  • Obama enlists Pentagon to overhaul security clearance system 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 7:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asked the Pentagon on Friday to help overhaul the federal security clearance system, aiming to turn the page on a devastating data breach that exposed a major vulnerability for U.S. national security.

  • Q&A: Obama admin announces new rules for visa-free travel 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 4:25 am

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is tightening travel restrictions on Europeans and others who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in the last five years. At the same time, officials say the new rules might not apply to travelers in certain occupations whose travels were for business.

  • Duckworth to challenge Kirk on national security issues 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 6:14 pm

    CHICAGO - Fighting to hold on to his political career, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk turned a recent Republican luncheon into a crash course on the Islamic State group, complete with a map of Syria he brought with him to western Illinois. He pointed out Russian maneuvers and ISIS territory, called for more U.S. air strikes and touted his efforts to keep extremists from entering the U.S. as refugees.

  • School receives bomb threat following threats to courthouses 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 5:35 pm

    HELENA, Montana - The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating after several courthouses and a high school in Montana received phoned-in bomb threats.

  • Obama touts Australia's contribution to Islamic State fight story has photos
    Updated: Jan-19-16 3:55 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday thanked Australia for its "steadfast" alliance and key contributions in the fight against Islamic State group, as he welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House for his first visit to Washington since taking office in September.

  • UK court: Police who held journalist's partner not at fault 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 9:58 am

    LONDON - Police acted lawfully when they used anti-terror powers to detain the partner of a journalist who worked with National Security Agency secret-spiller Edward Snowden, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

  • Mandatory minimum sentences play a role in ranching standoff 
    Updated: Jan-18-16 6:55 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - The seeds of this month's insurrection at a Harney County wildlife refuge were planted in an unusual midnight deal struck in 2012 between prosecutors and Harney County ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond.

  • New Mexico lawmakers ready for REAL ID fix debate story has photos
    Updated: Jan-18-16 11:18 am

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Legislative session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, and fixing the state's driver's licenses laws is among the most anticipated pieces of legislation lawmakers are expected to tackle.

  • Authorities: Homeland Security agent shoots would-be robber 
    Updated: Jan-18-16 10:44 am

    JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Authorities say an off-duty Homeland Security agent shot and critically wounded a man who tried to rob him near his home in Jacksonville.

  • Militants' use of human shields in Ramadi slows progress 
    Updated: Jan-15-16 2:48 pm

    RAMADI, Iraq - Six times in the past harrowing month, Um Omar and her family got a knock on the door of whatever home they were occupying in the extremist-held city of Ramadi: It was an Islamic State militant, she said, ordering them to pick up and move with them as human shields because the Iraqi army was approaching.