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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

This photo taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, shows damaged homes due to clashes between fighters of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant announced this week that it has unilaterally established a caliphate in the areas under its control. It declared the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of its new self-styled state governed by Shariah law and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him. (AP Photo)

ISIL kidnaps 46 Indian nurses from Iraqi hospital

Sunni militants have kidnapped at least 46 Indian nurses from a hospital in the ISIL-controlled town of Tikrit, Iraq, and have moved them to an undisclosed location against their will. Published July 3, 2014

Ugandan president calls Western aid 'unreligious,' 'sinful'

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni stood defiant in the face of aid cuts from several Western nations, arguing that aid from foreign nations on the condition of fair treatment for homosexuals is "unreligious" and "sinful." Published July 3, 2014

Transportation Security Administration officials check check passengers entering a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on Nov. 18, 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**

TSA implementing 'enhanced security measures' at overseas airports

The Transportation Security Administration will implement "enhanced security measures" at overseas airports that have direct flights into the United States, due to escalated concerns that terrorists could smuggle bombs on commercial planes. Published July 2, 2014

A photo of 6-month-old Hessy Taft was widely circulated in Nazi propaganda in the 1930s as a poster child for what the ideal Aryan baby should look like. The only problem? Hessy is Jewish. (USC Shoah Foundation v ia YouTube)

Nazis' 'perfect Aryan' poster baby was Jewish

A photo of 6-month-old Hessy Taft was widely circulated in Nazi propaganda in the 1930s as a poster child for what the ideal Aryan baby should look like. The only problem? Hessy is Jewish. Published July 2, 2014

Chinese Muslims attend a prayer session to mark the start of Ramadan at the Niujie mosque, the oldest and largest mosque in Beijing, China, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Muslims throughout the world start observing the holy month of Ramadan, when the observant refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China bans Ramadan fasting in Muslim northwest

Chinese authorities are cracking down on religious activities following deadly unrest in the country's Muslim northwest, banning citizens from fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Published July 2, 2014