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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.

Kellan can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Kellan Howell

Migrants family wait to register with the police in a refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Refugees fleeing war by the tens of thousands fear the Paris attacks could prompt Europe to close its doors, especially after police said a Syrian passport found next to one attacker’s body suggested its owner passed through Greece into the European Union and on through Macedonia and Serbia last month. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

ISIS may have seized passport printing machine, U.S. officials say

U.S. intelligence officials are warning that the Islamic State terrorist group may have seized an official government passport printing machine and a trove of blank passports in Syria and could be printing fake passports that would allow some of its followers to infiltrate the U.S. border. Published December 11, 2015

Afghan security forces inspect damages after clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan forces in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. A Taliban assault on an airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar that has been underway for nearly 24 hours has killed dozens of people, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan)

Death toll at 50 in Taliban attack on Kandahar airport

The death toll in the Taliban attack at a market bazaar and school near Kandahar airport in Afghanistan has jumped to 50, including 38 civilians and 10 Afghan National Army soldiers, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday. Published December 10, 2015

This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Pentagon's inspector general on Dec. 9, 2015, has told a House panel investigating the five Taliban Guantanamo Bay detainees released in exchange for Bergdahl that it found no evidence that a ransom was ever attempted or paid to secure the soldier's release. (U.S. Army via AP, file)

Bowe Bergdahl recounts his side of 'desertion' story in 'Serial' season 2 debut

The wildly popular podcast "Serial" returned for its second season Thursday, launching an all new week-by-week investigation into the mysterious disappearance of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl by allowing him to recount his story publicly for the first time since he was freed by the Taliban in May 2014. Published December 10, 2015

Donald Trump has appointed Katrina Pierson as his national campaign spokeswoman; she is a Texas-based tea party official and former adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Trump spokeswoman on Muslim ban: 'So what? They're Muslim!'

Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, battled CNN conservative commentator S.E. Cupp Tuesday over the GOP front-runner's call to ban all Muslims from entering the country, saying the plan is "really nothing new." Published December 9, 2015

An Afghan security man inspects damages after clashes between the Afghan police and Taliban militants at a police station in the city of Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

37 killed, 35 wounded in Taliban attack at Kandahar airport

At least 37 civilians and members of Afghan security forces have been killed and 35 were wounded in Kandahar, Afghanistan, during an overnight siege by Taliban militants on the city's airport, officials said Wednesday. Published December 9, 2015

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, who turned himself in to authorities in Africa, the U.S. State Department said Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. A former Minnesota resident, Hassan joined al-Shabab in Somalia more than seven years ago and more recently went online to urge others to carry out violence on behalf of the Islamic State group, authorities said. (FBI via AP)

Suspected American Islamic State recruiter turns himself in

An American fugitive suspected of recruiting fighters for terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and linked to at least one domestic terror attack has turned himself in to authorities, the State Department announced Monday. Published December 8, 2015

In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 photo, an Afghan National Army helicopter flies as a U.S. military vehicle passes, at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. A series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism. The eight airfields, worth an estimated $2 billion, are scattered around a landlocked and mountainous land whose lack of rail transport or decent roads makes almost every intercity journey a perilous adventure -- even without factoring in attacks from Taliban militants. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Taliban gunmen attack Kandahar airport

At least three Taliban gunmen have launched an attack at the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, according to multiple news reports. Published December 8, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Federal agencies spend billions on self-promotion

The federal government for years has been using Americans' tax dollars to pay for its own PR through carefully coordinated marketing campaigns, to the tune of billions of dollars. Published December 7, 2015

Multiple county police departments and a SWAT team responded to a shooting and active hostage situation at a motorcycle shop in Neenah, Wisc. (Image: Twitter @StuntedFreedom)

Wisconsin shooting, hostage situation over, 2 injured

Police said an officer and a "citizen" we injured in a shooting and hostage incident in a Wisconsin town on Saturday morning that prompted authorities to evacuate the area and call in a SWAT team. Published December 5, 2015