Islamic State

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ISIS Beheadings Hit a Terrifying New 'First'

First females beheaded by sword in Syria: Syrian Observatory

(Newser) - The Islamic State has beheaded two female civilians in Syria "by the use of sword in public" for the first time, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The women were killed alongside their husbands in Deir Ezzor and Mayadin over the past two days. All were accused... More »

Afghanistan: ISIS Part of 'Unprecedented Convergence'

Taliban, ISIS, foreign fighters testing Afghan forces

(Newser) - A new offensive against the Afghan government and people is being compounded by "an unprecedented convergence" of Taliban insurgents, more than 7,000 foreign fighters, and violent groups including ISIS, Afghanistan's UN ambassador says. Zahir Tanin today told the UN Security Council that these groups not only target... More »

US: We Won't Prosecute Families for Paying Ransom

Review of policy comes after criticism from relatives of slain ISIS captives

(Newser) - The Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution—part of a broad review of US hostage guidelines that will be released tomorrow. President Obama ordered the review last fall after the deaths... More »

Why al-Qaeda Is on Verge of 'Collapse'

ISIS is stealing money, recruits, territory from floundering terror group

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's spiritual leaders say the organization is on the verge of "collapse" while ISIS thrives. The former al-Qaeda branch—booted last year for disobeying Osama bin Laden successor Ayman al-Zawahiri—is attracting money and recruits that have helped it spread from Afghanistan to west Africa, even as an... More »

American 'Martyr' Killed in Syria

Keith Broomfield was fighting alongside Kurdish YPG forces

(Newser) - A 36-year-old American has been killed fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish fighters in Syria, NBC News reports, citing a State Department official. Keith Broomfield, originally from Massachusetts, reportedly died in battle outside Kobani; a Kurdish official there confirms an American died. "American YPG fighter Keith Broomfield fell martyr near Suluk,... More »

Slain Boston Terror Suspect Threatened to Behead Cops

Another suspect charged; cops believe dead man radicalized by ISIS

(Newser) - The terror suspect shot dead in Boston yesterday when officers confronted him in a CVS parking lot had reportedly been threatening to cut off the heads of law enforcement officials. An FBI agent says authorities didn't have a warrant but planned to "interview him and talk to him... More »

Man Under Terror Surveillance Killed in Boston

Also: Tsarnaev friend gets 6 years

(Newser) - Two prominent terror-related stories out of Boston today:
  • Suspect killed: A police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been under surveillance as a terror suspect this morning, reports the Boston Globe . The man identified as Usaama Rahim pulled a "military-style" knife when confronted
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ISIS Pegs First Lady's Worth at $40

Propaganda writer disses Michelle Obama

(Newser) - An ISIS provocateur writing in a propaganda magazine for the group declares that the first lady is worth about $40, reports the Daily Beast . The piece by a supposedly female writer defends the Islamic State's practice of trafficking in human slaves and predicts slave markets will come to pass... More »

What Humanity Would Lose If Palmyra Is Destroyed

Expert: 3.8K-year-old city is 'mirage out of a fairy tale'

(Newser) - The ancient city of Palmyra, housing a 3,600-foot-long colonnade, marketplace, amphitheater, castle, and numerous tombs, is an archaeological treasure. "It makes Rome blush," says archaeologist Stephennie Mulder. "When you approach the site, it rises out of the desert like some sort of a mirage out of... More »

ISIS Takes Ancient City, Putting Ruins at Risk

Palmyra falls in Syria to the Islamic State

(Newser) - It's the second major victory for the Islamic State within a week, this time in Syria instead of Iraq . ISIS fighters have taken control of the ancient desert city of Palmyra, reports Reuters . The city is important not only as a military target—for one thing, ISIS now controls... More »

ISIS 'a Devil' on Americans' Shoulders, Saying 'Kill': Feds

US warns about increased chatter, risk of attack on US soil

(Newser) - The US government is warning about potential terrorist attacks on home soil after the arrests of some 30 Americans who allegedly unsuccessfully planned to carry out "lone wolf" plots like this one , inspired by ISIS. The FBI arrested each of the individuals on terrorism-related charges this year, the Los ... More »

43 Ismailis Slaughtered on Pakistan Bus

19 injured in attack perhaps carried out by ISIS

(Newser) - At least 43 Ismaili Shia Muslims were killed and up to 19 others were injured today when gunmen boarded a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, and opened fire. Officials say six men on motorcycles, dressed as policemen, stopped the bus as it traveled from a gated community home to many Ismailis.... More »

Report: ISIS Leader So Hurt, He's Not Running Things

But the Pentagon isn't so sure

(Newser) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is in rough shape after a March 18 airstrike near the Syrian border in western Iraq, sources tell the Guardian , but there are conflicting reports on the matter. The leader of ISIS initially faced life-threatening injuries as a result of the strike by the US-led coalition but... More »

Feds: Army Enlistee Plotted Attack at US Base

John Booker of Kansas is accused of supporting ISIS

(Newser) - Another American accused of trying to join up with ISIS has instead got caught in an FBI sting. Feds today arrested John Booker, a 20-year-old from Topeka, Kansas, and accused of him plotting a suicide bombing at Fort Riley in Kansas, reports the Topeka Capitol-Journal . He'd been under surveillance... More »

UN: Syrian Camp Overrun by ISIS 'Beyond Inhumane'

ISIS reportedly controls 90% of Yarmouk

(Newser) - The head of a UN agency for Palestinian refugees says the situation at Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus is "more desperate than ever." Pierre Krahenbuhl says it has been impossible for the UNRWA to send food or convoys into Yarmouk—home to 18,000, including 3,500 children—... More »

US Is Helping Iran Free Iraqi City of Tikrit

American airstrikes will assist Iranian-backed militias on the ground

(Newser) - The US isn't exactly trumpeting the news, but it's now helping Iran in the fight to boot the Islamic State out of the Iraqi city of Tikrit. It goes like this: For the last few weeks, Iranian military advisers and Iranian-backed militias have been teaming up with Iraqi... More »

ISIS Claims Credit for Yemen Bombs Killing 137

More than 300 were injured at mosques

(Newser) - The death toll in today's suicide bombings at a pair of mosques in the Yemeni capital has risen to 137, with at least 13 children among the dead. A purported affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombings, which also wounded 357 people—raising the alarming... More »

3 More UK Teens Try to Join ISIS, Busted

Males were in Turkey, allegedly en route to Syria

(Newser) - British police say three male teenagers have been detained in Turkey because they were planning to travel to Syria. Police said two of the male teens detained in Turkey are 17 years old, and the third is 19. Their names haven't been released. Counterterrorism officers learned on Friday the... More »

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS

Extremist group tweets allegiance to 'Caliph of the Muslims'

(Newser) - Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremists have pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group, in a message allegedly by a Nigerian insurgent leader posted on Twitter and reported by the SITE Intelligence monitoring service. The unverified pledge posted today comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in... More »

ISIS Destroying Another Ancient City

This time, it's the World Heritage Site at Hatra

(Newser) - First, ISIS militants proudly destroyed priceless artifacts at a museum in Mosul. Then they bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud . And now the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra is being leveled, reports the Guardian . Iraq's antiquities ministry says militants were blowing up or bulldozing buildings and statues at... More »

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