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Robb Leech and Richard DartNews this week of the death of Douglas McCain, an American who joined the ISIL militia and was killed in Syria, has hit close to home for Robb Leech. The British filmmaker’s stepbrother, Richard Dart, turned to Islamist extremism in 2009 and was convicted in England for plotting to commit terrorist acts in 2012, but Leech never thought of abandoning him. Instead, he turned on his cameras and delved into the militant community to learn more.


2014-08-26 20:53:53 -0600

Palestinians walk in front of the damage to the Italian Complex following several late night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing the 15-storey Basha Tower and severely damaging the Italian Complex in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)JERUSALEM (AP) — An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.


2014-08-27 00:27:47 -0600

A screen grab from an Al-Jazeera video shows Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old a freelance journalist, during his detention by Al-Qaeda militants in SyriaAmerican journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.


2014-08-26 23:25:52 -0600