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Lance Cpl. Christopher Eliff, a crew chief with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 369, based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and a Houston native, awaits a flight aboard the flight line of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Lance Cpl. Christopher Eliff, a crew chief with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 369, based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and a Houston native, awaits a flight aboard the flight line of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

(Source: USMC photo)

Tourist Terrorism in the Islamic State

People watch a man skateboard on a damaged section of road after a recent earthquake in the Napa Valley region of California.  The earthquake, the largest in Northern California since 1989, was measured at a magnitude 6.0, with 170 reported injured.

People watch a man skateboard on a damaged section of road after a recent earthquake in the Napa Valley region of California.  The earthquake, the largest in Northern California since 1989, was measured at a magnitude 6.0, with 170 reported injured.

Lance Cpl. Mina S. Gadelkarim engages upon targets using a M107 .50 Caliber Special Application Scoped Rifle as part of an unknown distance qualification range August 18 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, during Exercise Koolendong 14. 
The range focused on increasing scout sniper’s long range precision firing capabilities.

Lance Cpl. Mina S. Gadelkarim engages upon targets using a M107 .50 Caliber Special Application Scoped Rifle as part of an unknown distance qualification range August 18 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, during Exercise Koolendong 14.

The range focused on increasing scout sniper’s long range precision firing capabilities.

(Source: Marine Corps Photo)

A member of the Church of Aladura prays on the beach in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 20, in the midst of the region’s Ebola crisis.

A member of the Church of Aladura prays on the beach in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 20, in the midst of the region’s Ebola crisis.

(Source: John Moore)

A boy sits in a bus as he waits to leave the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk, Aug. 20. 

A boy sits in a bus as he waits to leave the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk, Aug. 20. 

(Source: Dimitar Dilkoff)

Members of the Sisterhood of the Good Death pray during the Festival of the Good Death in Cachoeira, Brazil, Aug. 16. 
The Afro-Brazilian sisterhood is made up of female descendants of slaves, all age 50 and over, and honors both Catholic traditions and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religious rites. 
The sisterhood is believed to be the oldest organization for women of African descent in the Americas.

Members of the Sisterhood of the Good Death pray during the Festival of the Good Death in Cachoeira, Brazil, Aug. 16.

The Afro-Brazilian sisterhood is made up of female descendants of slaves, all age 50 and over, and honors both Catholic traditions and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religious rites.

The sisterhood is believed to be the oldest organization for women of African descent in the Americas.

(Source: Mario Tama)

Adel (R) and Mohammed (L) in their destroyed apartment, which was struck by an Israeli missile during fighting between Israel and Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 16. Their families live in a UN-run school; the men sleep overnight in the shell of the building to watch over their remaining possessions.

Adel (R) and Mohammed (L) in their destroyed apartment, which was struck by an Israeli missile during fighting between Israel and Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 16. Their families live in a UN-run school; the men sleep overnight in the shell of the building to watch over their remaining possessions.

(Source: Roberto Schmidt)

An U.S. Army Soldier from Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, communicates with other team members during Decisive Action Rotation 14-09 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 10, 2014.

An U.S. Army Soldier from Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, communicates with other team members during Decisive Action Rotation 14-09 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 10, 2014.

(Source: U.S. Army photo)

A demonstrator protests the shooting death of Michael Brown August 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. 

A demonstrator protests the shooting death of Michael Brown August 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. 


(Source: Joshua Lott)

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter plays a musical instrument on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 14, 2014.

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter plays a musical instrument on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 14, 2014.

(Source: Safin Hamed)

A man gets his shave done by a roadside barber as another reads a newspaper while waiting for his turn, in New Delhi. 

A man gets his shave done by a roadside barber as another reads a newspaper while waiting for his turn, in New Delhi. 

(Source: Anindito Mukherjee)

Jihad Music : Soundtrack of the Islamic State

Nepalese residents look on during the funeral rites for a relative who was killed in a landslide at Lamo Sanghu villge on the Sukoshi river, some 80 kms northeast of Kathmandu on Aug. 5.

Nepalese residents look on during the funeral rites for a relative who was killed in a landslide at Lamo Sanghu villge on the Sukoshi river, some 80 kms northeast of Kathmandu on Aug. 5.

(Source: Prakash Mathema)

A boy stands with other children in a hallway in a refugee hostel run by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk, on Aug. 4.

A boy stands with other children in a hallway in a refugee hostel run by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk, on Aug. 4.

(Source: Bulent Kilic)