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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering defense and national security. Originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor's degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website "ITPro" in London and worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Guardian. She was also an executive editor of 22807, a new student magazine covering arts and culture in the JMU community.

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Articles by Kellan Howell

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, gestures as he speaks about the Islamic State group, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Soldier's lawsuit might end war with Islamic State

An active-duty member in the U.S. military is contemplating bringing a law suit challenging an order related to the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Published October 7, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. The deaths of an Italian and an American in a covert CIA drone strike in Pakistan have breathed new urgency into a long-stalled plan to give the Pentagon primacy over targeted killing of terrorists overseas.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Russian jets buzz U.S. predator drones over Syria

Russian fighter jets have come in close contact with U.S. predator drones over Syria on at least three separate occasions since Moscow began its controversial air strike campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the matter. Published October 7, 2015

U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan. U.S. forces attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan last weekend, killing at least 22 people, despite "rigorous" U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Gen. John F. Campbell: Afghan charity hospital was 'mistakenly struck'

Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, told lawmakers Tuesday that the American air strike that hit a charity hospital in Northern Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people, was not intended to target medical staff or patients. Published October 6, 2015

Soldiers guard a half-built house near the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) ** FILE **

Texas' top cop: Islamic State terrorists might cross southern border

The director who oversees the Texas' Troopers says the southern border is leaving Americans open to a jihadist attack, saying people from countries known to have a "terrorism presence" have been caught infiltrating the Texas-Mexico border. Published October 6, 2015