National Security Council

File photo of a prisoner in handcuffs. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Orders Review Of Government Response To Overseas Hostages

President Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of how the U.S. government responds when American citizens are taken hostage by terrorists overseas, including protocol for how families of those being held captive are kept informed.

11/18/2014

Rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, Syria's largest rebel coalition, hold a position on July 13, 2014 during clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), for the control a village on the outskirts of Aleppo. (credit: AHMED DEEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Citizen Who Died Fighting For ISIS In Syria Posted On Twitter For Allah To Have Mercy On His Soul

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.

08/27/2014

The National Security Council says U.S. officials have contacted authorities in Hong Kong for the extradition of Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who says he leaked highly classified documents about two surveillance programs.  (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)

NSC Confirms US Asking Hong Kong For Snowden Extradition

The National Security Council says U.S. officials have contacted authorities in Hong Kong for the extradition of Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who says he leaked highly classified documents about two surveillance programs.

06/22/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives to testify at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on "The President's FY2014 Defense Budget Request," on June 12, 2013 on Capitol Hill In Washington, D.C. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel: Iran ‘Will Find A Partner’ In US If It Lives Up To Nuke Program Obligations

The United States’ military is facing a number of challenges in the coming years, from budget cuts to civil war in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday in Omaha.

06/20/2013

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