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Sources: Mechanic May Have Planted Bomb in Deadly Plane Crash

His cousin is reportedly a member of ISIS

(Newser) - An EgyptAir mechanic may be responsible for the destruction of a Russian passenger plane that killed 224 people last October when it crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, Reuters reports. The Egyptian government states no one has been arrested in connection with the disaster, and EgyptAir officials deny any of its... More »

Teen Allegedly Plotted Attack on Cops With Kangaroo Bomb

Aussie prosecutors say he was inspired by ISIS

(Newser) - April 25 is usually a day of solemn remembrance in Australia for those who've taken part in the country's wars, but this year's ceremonies may have come perilously close to being marred by a teen bent on terror. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Sevdet Besim plotted an attack to... More »

FBI Thinks Kent State Professor May Have ISIS Connections

His response? 'Haters gonna hate'

(Newser) - A Kent State University professor is being investigated by the FBI over possible connections to ISIS, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. While the university isn't commenting on the investigation, the Cleveland Scene alleges history professor Julio Pino was possibly suspected of recruiting for the terrorist organization. Pino tells the... More »

ISIS Destroys Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq

St. Elijah's Monastery is now 'a pile of rubble'

(Newser) - The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, another apparent victim of the Islamic State's relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. Satellite photos obtained exclusively by the AP confirm the worst fears of church authorities and preservationists—St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul... More »

Hard Times Hit ISIS: Fighters' Wages Cut in Half

Campaigns targeting caliphate's revenues are apparently working

(Newser) - Islamic State militants have seen their monthly salaries cut in half down to $400 for foreign fighters and $200 for those in Syria, according to leaked documents out of Raqqa. The internal government documents were released in November or December, reports Time . "Because of the exceptional circumstances that the... More »

ISIS Says Jihadi John Faked Being Dumb to Trick MI5

The terrorist organization confirms his death in November airstrike

(Newser) - The Islamic State has finally confirmed the death of the man known as Jihadi John , something tentatively announced by US officials following an airstrike back in November, CNN reports. The confirmation comes via an obituary published by ISIS' Dabiq magazine. The obituary provides details about Jihadi John—real name Mohammed... More »

UN: ISIS Has 3.5K Slaves in Iraq, Slaughtered Thousands More

Report documents 'staggering' death toll, murder of child soldiers

(Newser) - The United Nations released some disturbing numbers Tuesday related to ISIS activity in Iraq, noting that its actions may "amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide," CBS News reports. In the period from Jan. 1, 2014, to Oct. 31, 2015, more than 18,800 civilians... More »

US-Led Airstrike Wipes Out ISIS Cash

Bombing in Mosul destroys 'millions,' says Pentagon

(Newser) - In what CNN frames as an "extremely unusual" move, a US airstrike on Sunday reportedly destroyed a massive amount of money at an ISIS storage facility in Mosul, Iraq. It's "probably" the biggest strike against the militant group's cash sites to date, a Pentagon official tells... More »

10 Killed as Gunmen Bomb, Storm Iraq Mall

Hostages reportedly being held in Baghdad's Jawhara Mall

(Newser) - Gunmen set off a car bomb at the entrance to a mall in mainly Shiite eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25 as the attackers raced inside and took hostages, Iraqi officials said. That number is likely to fluctuate as the story develops: Al Jazeera... More »

Group: ISIS Militant Executes Own Mother

Human rights group says it happened in Raqqa, Syria

(Newser) - A rights group is out with a story about an ISIS militant that manages to shock even against the backdrop of other Islamic State tales of horror . In this case, a young fighter publicly executed his own mother, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights . The group says the mother... More »

Grandpa IDs ISIS Video Kid; Man Sold Bouncy Houses

London man says daughter is an ISIS figurehead in Syria

(Newser) - A London man says the young boy who threatens unbelievers in the latest ISIS video is the son of his daughter. Henry Dare says Grace "Khadijah" Dare came from a Christian family of Nigerian descent but converted to Islam as a teen. She left Britain for Syria several years... More »

'New Jihadi John' Threatens UK in ISIS Video

Group executes 5 alleged spies for Britain

(Newser) - An airstrike killed the Islamic State's "Jihadi John" last year , but a new ISIS spokesman with a British accent appears to have taken his place. The group released a video in which the masked man warns that ISIS will attack the UK in retaliation for Britain's support... More »

Russian ISIS Victim Led 'a Double Life'

Magomed Khasiev traveled to Syria to find friend: source

(Newser) - In the minutes before his execution by an ISIS militant in Syria, Chechen Magomed Khasiev confessed to being a spy recruited by Russian intelligence agency Federal Security Service—something Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov quickly denied. But many people who knew the 23-year-old say he "seemed to live a double... More »

ISIS Supporter Planned NYE Attack on Upstate NY Bar: Feds

Emanuel L. Lutchman was allegedly trying to 'prove himself' to ISIS in Syria

(Newser) - ISIS is finding supporters even in the far reaches of upstate New York. Federal authorities say a 25-year-old convicted robber was an ISIS sympathizer who planned to kill patrons at a Rochester restaurant/bar on New Year's Eve, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. Emanuel L. Lutchman was arrested and charged... More »

ISIS Leaders Connected to Paris Attacks Killed in Airstrikes

One 'was actively planning additional attacks against the West'

(Newser) - In the past month, the US and fellow coalition members have killed 10 ISIS leaders—including two linked to the deadly Paris attacks—with airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Reuters reports. Charaffe al Mouadan was killed Dec. 24. He had a connection to the suspected leader of the Paris attacks,... More »

State Department Boasts of 'Bringing Peace' to Syria

Blog post also praises United States for 'winning fight against violent extremists'

(Newser) - Everyone's entitled to a bit of boasting now and again, but a year-in-review State Department blog post appears to have veered into overstatement territory on Syria, Politico reports. Authored by spokesman John Kirby, the DipNote post , entitled "Pivotal Foreign Policy Moments of 2015," combines the recently trending... More »

ISIS Fatwa: 'Be Kind' to Your Sex Slaves

Ruling from special committee lays out mandates in excruciating detail

(Newser) - The "treasure trove" of ISIS intelligence nabbed in a May raid in Syria by US Special Operations Forces included one especially detailed document that's now being published for the first time after a Reuters review. "One of the inevitable consequences of the jihad of establishment is that... More »

ISIS Chief to Israel: 'We Are Getting Closer'

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi releases new video

(Newser) - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming that his self-styled "caliphate" is doing well despite an unprecedented alliance against it, threatening Israel, and criticizing the recently announced Saudi-led Islamic military coalition against terrorism. In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi... More »

ISIS Justifies Organ Harvesting From Living Prisoners

Even if it kills the captive

(Newser) - The Islamic State may be harvesting organs from living prisoners for profit, according to a Reuters exclusive. The news company obtained a copy of Fatwa Number 68 , which provides a religious justification for organ harvesting. "The apostate's life and organs don't have to be respected and may... More »

Clinton Makes Big Claim Against Trump on ISIS

Says they're using videos of his speeches to recruit

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton made a striking claim against Donald Trump in Saturday night's debate. Saying that he was becoming the Islamic State's "best recruiter," Clinton alleged that ISIS was using clips of Trump's speeches to gain converts, reports Time . "They are going out people showing... More »

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