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  • Bodies of 2 Colorado men killed in Syria fighting ISIS return to state
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    DENVER -- The bodies of two Colorado men who were shot and killed battling the war on terror overseas this summer have returned to the state. Jordan MacTaggart of Castle Rock and Levi Shirley of Arvada were killed in action fighting ISIS in Syria alongside Kurdish forces. Their bodies were flown from Jordan to Chicago and on Friday morning they arrived at Union State on an Amtrak train. In 2015, Shirley, 24, volunteered to fight with the People's Protection Units, Kurdish forces that fight ISIS ... Read more

  • Remains of two Colorado men killed in Syria arrive at Union Station
    Posted in Articles on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    The bodies of two Colorado men who gave their lives in the fight against the Islamic State arrived at around 7:40 am at Union Station on Friday morning. They were greeted by a small group of family and friends who traveled there from around Colorado. Jordan MacTaggart of Castle Rock and Levi “Jack” Shirley of Arvada were killed this summer during the fight to liberate Manbij, a Syrian city that was occupied by the Islamic State. Their families have been waiting to be reunited with their remains ... Read more

  • Colorado Men Who Died Fighting ISIS Come Home
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    DENVER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter presented flags Friday to the families of two men who never joined the U.S. military — but died fighting the Islamic State group in Syria — after their bodies returned to Colorado on Friday. The caskets of Levi Shirley, 24, Jordan MacTaggart, 22, along with that of William Savage, 27, arrived Wednesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after a complicated journey back to the U.S. without ceremony. From there, Shirley and MacTaggart arrived by train i... Read more

  • Remains Of Colorado Men Killed While Fighting ISIS Return Home
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    DENVER (CBS4)– The bodies of two Colorado men returned home on Friday, several weeks after they were killed while fighting ISIS in Syria. The return of their remains has given their families some closure. The families of both Levi Shirley and Jordan MacTaggart told CBS4 they are proud of the sacrifices they made as the caskets were removed from Amtrak at Union Station early Friday morning. “He did more than I ever did. I got sent to ‘Nam, he went to Syria and that’s the difference. And we waited... Read more

  • Bodies Of Coloradans Who Died Fighting ISIS To Arrive In Denver On Friday
    Posted in In the News on September 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    The bodies of two Coloradans killed fighting ISIS have been returned to the U.S., and are expected to arrive in Denver at Union Station on Friday. Levi Shirley of Arvada died in July and Jordan MacTaggart of Castle Rock was killed in August. They were two of dozens of American citizens who have joined militias in order to fight ISIS outside the purview of the U.S. military, and their deaths were a quandary for the U.S. government. "You can imagine the complications on that sort of thing," nation... Read more

  • Remains of U.S. Fighters Killed by ISIS Are Finally Homeward Bound
    Posted in In the News on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    The bodies of three Americans who died fighting Islamic State as volunteers for a Syrian Kurdish militia have begun a return home after a weekslong struggle by their families and the U.S. government to repatriate their remains. The remains of Levi Jonathan Shirley, William Savage and Jordan MacTaggart had been held for weeks in Syrian Kurdistan after they died fighting against Islamic State forces. Later, they were driven across the region—in ambulances displaying their so-called martyr photos—b... Read more

  • After long wait, the remains of three American militiamen killed in Syria will return to the U.S.
    Posted in In the News on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    The remains of three Americans who died in Syria after joining a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia to fight the Islamic State are expected to be repatriated Wednesday, members of their families and a congressional source said. The bodies of Levi Shirley, William Savage and Jordan MacTaggart will arrive on a flight to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, before traveling to their respective home states, said Shirley’s mother, Susan, and Savage’s sister, Brenna. Kurdish groups transported the remains... Read more

  • Aurora’s Coffman, congressional colleagues: Bring F-35s to Buckley
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    AURORA | Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said if Buckley Air Force Base is not awarded new F-35 fighter jets, the base would likely lose its Air National Guard unit someday. “If we don’t get them, we will lose the runway. It’s only the fighter aircraft of the 140th Wing Colorado Air National Guard that require us to have an active runway at Buckley,” he said. “It affects the longterm health of (the) base when we’re looking at base closures.” That’s why Coffman said he spearheaded the Colorado co... Read more

  • Legislation seeks to hold corporations accountable for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today introduced legislation to expand the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) giving individuals and companies the ability to take legal action against corporations that violate the anti-bribery provisions. Recent reports of high profile corruption, such as the Panama Papers and Unaoil, allege financial kickbacks and monetary payments to government officials in return for contracts or favors. Under current law, only the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securi... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers weigh in on Guantanamo closing
    Posted in In the News on February 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Content originally published by Denver News 7 on February 23rd, 2016. DENVER - A plan to close Guantanamo Bay is being sent to Congress, President Obama announced Tuesday. Colorado's Supermax facility in Florence has frequently been named as a place to send the detainees. Also on the list is Colorado State Penitentiary II. According to The White House, the detention facility in Cuba has just 91 detainees remaining. Nearly 800 were held there at one time. In making his announcement, the Presiden... Read more

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