Islamic State

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Captured ISIS Fighters Might Know Where Mueller's Body Is

They're said to be pointing out grave sites

(Newser) - The capture of two ISIS fighters who may know the whereabouts of Kayla Mueller's body has raised hope that her parents might finally be able to put their daughter to rest. ISIS said the aid worker kidnapped in Syria in 2013 was killed in 2015 when a Jordanian airstrike... More »

Syrian Forces Capture 2 Members of 'The Beatles'

They're British members of Islamic State insurgent cell

(Newser) - The American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed "The Beatles" and known for beheading hostages, the AP reports. A US military official said Thursday that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey were captured in early January in eastern... More »

50 Suspected ISIS Fighters Believed to Have Entered Italy

Interpol list leaked to 'Guardian'

(Newser) - An agency in France says an Islamic State fighter may have illegally entered the country. And that's just one of 50 suspected ISIS fighters believed to have landed in Italy in an attempt to reach the rest of Europe, according to an Interpol list obtained by the Guardian . Interpol... More »

Study: US-Bought Weapons Quickly Landed in ISIS Hands

Government gave weapons to Syrian rebels

(Newser) - Weapons supplied by the US and Saudi governments to Syrian rebel groups landed in the hands of ISIS fighters, in some cases in a matter of just weeks, according to a Conflict Armament Research study. The organization's study of more than 40,000 items retrieved from ISIS positions in... More »

Victory Over Islamic State Declared in Iraq

'Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won'

(Newser) - Three years ago, the Islamic State was in control of approximately one-third of Iraq's territory, Reuters reports. On Saturday, Iraq declared victory in its war against the terrorist organization. "Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won through our unity and our determination," the... More »

Egypt Suffers Deadliest Attack in Its Modern History

More than 200 worshipers killed at a mosque

(Newser) - Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, settling off explosives, spraying worshipers with gunfire, and killing at least 200 people, per the AP . Reuters has the death toll at 230, calling it the deadliest attack on civilians in the nation's modern history. The... More »

Iraq: Last of Our ISIS-Held Towns Has Been Set Free

Rawah is back under Iraqi forces' control, officials say

(Newser) - Iraq's Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition have liberated the last Iraqi town held by the Islamic State group, per the AP . The ministry said in a statement Friday morning that Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters entered the western neighborhoods of Rawah... More »

'Several Terrorists' Dead After Big US First in Somalia

For first time, US conducts airstrikes against Islamic State in the country

(Newser) - The US military for the first time has conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia, where the extremists are a growing presence in a country long threatened by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab. The US Africa Command said the two drone strikes killed "several terrorists" in northeastern Somalia,... More »

ISIS Issues Statement on NYC Terror Attack

Says suspect Sayfullo Saipov is one of its 'caliphate soldiers'

(Newser) - New York City terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov was allegedly quick to reference ISIS , while the militant group stayed mum. That's changed. Reuters reports the Islamic State claimed responsibility Thursday in its own Al-Naba paper for the attack, saying that the 29-year-old is "one of the caliphate soldiers."... More »

'The City Is Completely Liberated From Terrorism'

ISIS loses control of Deir ez-Zour in Syria

(Newser) - The Syrian army has liberated the eastern city of Deir ez-Zour from ISIS, according to Syrian state media. Friday's report says the military is now in full control of the long-contested city, which ISIS has controlled since 2014 and which the BBC calls ISIS' "last major stronghold" in... More »

Iraqi Military: Forces Are 'Coming to Liberate You'

Country prepares for a 'final offensive' against ISIS

(Newser) - The Iraqi military says it's preparing a final offensive to push ISIS out of the last scrap of territory it still holds in the country. Joint Operations Command in Baghdad says the air force dropped flyers reading "Your security forces are now coming to liberate you" over ISIS-held... More »

ISIS Shifting Strategy as Empire Dreams Crumble

With 'capital' of Raqqa lost, analysts say group is returning to 'underground insurgency'

(Newser) - US Central Command is holding off on official confirmation for now, but accounts on the ground appear to have confirmed the inevitable: ISIS has been routed from its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria. The defeat means that the Islamic State, which once had grand plans for an expanding caliphate,... More »

Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot Against NYC Revealed

The alleged plot was foiled by the FBI in 2016

(Newser) - An alleged plot to attack New York City—detonating bombs in Times Square and the subway system while shooting civilians at concert venues—in the summer of 2016 "in the name of ISIS" was stopped by the FBI, according to newly unsealed records. "Three men allegedly plotted to... More »

Cops: Terror Attack in Canada Appears to Be by 'Lone Wolf'

Cop stabbed, 4 others injured after car chase; suspect in custody in Edmonton

(Newser) - A car and knife attack on a cop outside a football game and a high-speed chase that left four people injured appear to be the work of one suspected terrorist, Canadian authorities say. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said officers took the suspect, described as a 30-year-old Edmonton man, into... More »

Leader of Islamic State Breaks 10-Month Silence

Audio released by IS said to be leader Baghdadi

(Newser) - Three months after Russian officials said there was a "high probability" Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi had been killed in an airstrike, an Islamic State media outlet released an apparent audio recording of the IS leader, the AP reports. It's the first alleged recording of Baghdadi released since last November.... More »

US Citizen Fighting for ISIS Now in US Custody

US military officials working to confirm he's American

(Newser) - US military officials say a man believed to be an American citizen who was fighting with Islamic State militants has surrendered in Syria and is now in US custody, the AP reports. Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, says the man surrendered to Syrian Democratic forces around Tuesday and has... More »

New ISIS Video Features Boy Claiming to Be American

US is investigating

(Newser) - A new ISIS propaganda video features alarming footage: a small boy, who claims to be an American, promising "the fighting has just begun"—and appearing to train to join the fight himself. The 10-year-old, who speaks fluent English but appears to be reading from a script, claims to... More »

At Heart of ISIS Airplane Plot: Meat Mincer

IED made it inside Sydney Airport, but not through security

(Newser) - If all had gone according to plan, a bomb disguised as a meat grinder would have taken down a plane in Australia last month. The existence of the plot was revealed late last month , and now police are providing details: Khaled Mahmoud Khayat, 49, and Mahmoud Khayat, 32, were charged... More »

When ISIS Is Beaten in Syria and Iraq, Then What?

Without a clear strategy, it's a 'dangerous situation,' says one analyst

(Newser) - The Islamic State appears to be nearly ousted in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and now US-backed forces have the last 2,500 ISIS holdouts trapped in the group's other stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, reports the New York Times . The militants are cut off from supplies, though the final... More »

Iraq: ISIS Caliphate Is No More

'The fictitious state has fallen'

(Newser) - The Islamic State is a movement without an actual state anymore, says Iraq. "Their fictitious state has fallen," declared a spokesman for Iraq's military after its troops reclaimed the ruins of a landmark mosque in Mosul on Thursday. ISIS fighters had destroyed much of the Grand al-Nuri... More »

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