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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 »

ISIS Bulldozes Ancient Site

Militants set about destroying city of Nimrud, near Mosul

(Newser) - ISIS continues to take a sledgehammer to history: Iraqi officials say militants from the Islamic State have begun bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, reports AP . The city sprang up on the Tigris River in the 13th century BC and is "considered one of the most important archaeological... More »

Iran Joins Fight for Saddam's Hometown

Revolutionary Guard puts boots on the ground around Tikrit

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit is once again in focus, as Iran's Revolutionary Guard teams with Iraqi forces to retake it from ISIS, the Wall Street Journal reports. The head of the Revolutionary Guard's overseas arm is reportedly directing activity near the town as artillery, rockets, and... More »

Pittsburgh Pirates: It's 'Sickening' Jihadi John Wore Our Hat

Team responds after photo surfaces of Mohammed Emwazi

(Newser) - After the Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, Sky News unearthed a photo of him from his days at the University of Westminster in London. Much to the dismay of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Emwazi is wearing a team hat. "It is absolutely sickening... More »

What's Driving British Teen Girls to Join ISIS?

Aqsa Mahmood went from 'Harry Potter' fan to radical 'poster girl'

(Newser) - Three missing London teenagers appear to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS, despite their parents' impassioned pleas—and one catalyst in the decision may have been a like-minded young woman from Scotland. Aqsa Mahmood, who at 20 is just a few years older than the trio, was once a... More »

Cops Called Over 'IS' Birthday Balloons

It was a strange 21st birthday, Swedish woman says

(Newser) - Police turned up at a Swedish woman's house after a vigilant passer-by spotted balloons that appeared to spell out "IS" for Islamic State—also known as ISIS—in her window. After speaking to her boyfriend, officers quickly determined that the balloons were to celebrate student Sarah Ericsson's... More »

World's 'Knee-Jerk' Responses Help ISIS

US, other nations seem to be playing into the group's hands: Kathleen Parker

(Newser) - After the Islamic State beheaded American James Foley, the US struck back with military action. Jordan and Egypt did the same when their own hostages were killed. Unfortunately, we can expect the same scene to be replayed again and again, writes Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post . ISIS is combining... More »

Iraqi Diplomat: ISIS May Be Harvesting Organs

Reports raise fears group is selling body parts to fund itself

(Newser) - On the heels of a report that ISIS burned 45 to death comes yet another claim of brutality. The Iraqi ambassador to the UN is calling for an investigation of reports that the terrorist group has been harvesting organs to fund itself, the AP reports. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim referred to... More »

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