A resident carries away a basket with belongings from a destroyed house in Mapleton, Iowa, on April 10, after a large tornado flattened a grain elevator and destroyed homes and buildings on its weekend rampage through this small western Iowa town. Authorities reported no serious injuries. Nati Harnik/AP
Destruction in Mapleton, Iowa, is shown in this aerial photo taken on April 10. The tornado was one of several reported in Iowa. The weather service said it had confirmed a total of four smaller twisters that touched down near Early and Nemaha, damaging several homes. Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal/AP
A view of destruction by a tornado in Mapleton, Iowa, on April 10. Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal/AP
Damage is shown in Mapleton, Iowa, on April 10. A tornado struck the small Monona County town on April 9, causing massive damage. Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal/AP
Omaha resident Lindsey Carother (l.) hugs a friend on April 10 in front of her childhood home in Mapleton, Iowa, which suffered heavy damage from a large tornado. Nati Harnik/AP
Peggy Kunkel carries a photo album she found that she believes belongs to one of her neighbors as Mapleton, Iowa, residents begin clean-up efforts on April 10, after a tornado devastated part of the town. Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal/AP
A cleanup crew removes debris in Mapleton, Iowa, on April 10. Nati Harnik/AP
Dave Witzel searches through his home as Mapleton, Iowa, residents begin cleanup efforts on April 10 after a tornado devastated part of the town. Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal/AP
Jerry O'Dell searches through debris at the home of his sister-in-law Bernice Link as Mapleton, Iowa residents begin cleanup efforts on April 10. Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal/AP
A resident in Mapleton, Iowa, stands near trees that have large metal sheets lodged in them on April 10. Nati Harnik/AP
The military retracted its claim earlier this week that it had freed most of the girls kidnapped by militants, feeding deepening public dismay in a week that saw numerous attacks.
Heather Murdock, Correspondent /
April 18, 2014
As he waited outside a hospital on Wednesday for the body of one of his friends to be released for burial, Basiru Youseff, a young toy salesman, was bitter about government claims that they crushing the insurgency.