The Latest: Americans killed fighting Islamic State return

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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 9:30 AM

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on American men killed fighting Islamic State coming home (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Relatives of two Colorado men killed fighting the Islamic State group in Syria are huddling together at a train terminal waiting for their bodies to be returned home.

The bodies of Levi Shirley and Jordan MacTaggart are being repatriated Friday after a long and complicated journey.

Standing beside a pair of hearses, the families embraced to keep warm in the morning cold at Denver's Union Station.

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter says he plans to present the families with a pair of flags flown atop the U.S. Capitol as a sign of respect.

The body of a third American, William Savage of Maryland, is being transported to North Carolina, where his father lives.

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12:30 a.m.

Three young Americans who never joined the U.S. military but died fighting the Islamic State group in Syria will return home to military-type honors.

The caskets of Levi Shirley, Jordan MacTaggart and William Savage were due to arrive home Friday after a complicated journey without ceremony.

Shirley and MacTaggart are from Colorado. Savage, of Maryland, will be transported to North Carolina, where his father lives.

Their families will each be presented with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.

The men died separately in combat after joining the People's Protection Units — the main Kurdish guerrilla group battling the Islamic State in Syria.

Turkey's tense relationship with the Kurds and the U.S. since July's failed coup hindered efforts to bring the three men home.