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Dempsey calls for Arab help to crush extremists...Turkey isn't revealing details of hostage release

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 21, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.



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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the success of the military campaign plan against the Islamic State group depends on getting more Arab help. Dempsey says the plan calls for attacking extremist positions in Iraq from several directions simultaneously. Dempsey calls Arab participation a prerequisite for President Barack Obama's approval of the plan.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says the release of 49 people, most of them Turks, who were held hostage by the Islamic State group was accomplished without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But the government says it won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured their release. Many observers don't believe the ruthless group would have relinquished such a big bargaining chip without getting something in return.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — There's still no sign of a missing University of Virginia student but police say a man seen with her before she disappeared is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia, vanished early on Sept. 13. On Saturday, more than 1,000 volunteers participated in a search for her.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say they have found items abandoned or hidden by the suspected shooter in the deadly state police barracks attack a little over a week ago and believe they're hot on his trail. Pennsylvania state police have been searching a heavily wooded area where the suspect, 31--year-old Eric Frein (freen), lived with his parents in the Pocono Mountains.

BEAR, Del. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person has died and several others have been injured after a bus crash in Delaware. It occurred today in the community of Bear. A Delaware State Police spokesman says the accident did not involve other vehicles and that the person who died was an adult female. He says three to five other people are in critical condition.

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