Islamic State

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ISIS Documents Set Out Rules for Sex Slaves, Beards

Fighters advised to 'enjoy' underage girls

(Newser) - As ISIS retreats from villages surrounding Mosul, detailed evidence of the group's harsh rule is emerging. In documents discovered by Reuters in recently abandoned ISIS offices near the Iraqi city, the group sets out strict requirements for beard-growing, the proper way of praying—and the treatment of sex slaves.... More »

Iraqi Forces Reach Last Major Islamic State Stronghold

Losing Mosul would be major defeat for Islamic State

(Newser) - Iraq's special forces fought their way into the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, taking its state television building despite resistance by Islamic State group fighters that is only likely to stiffen when combat reaches the inner city, the AP reports. It was the first time Iraqi troops have set... More »

Photographer Caught in Car Bomb Attack Tells His Tale

'My only thought was to get low and find cover'

(Newser) - Bryan Denton was out of the safety of the armored vehicle and away from cover when the suicide car bomb approached, looking "like an armadillo covered in steel plates." "As everyone began to run, and the soldiers opened up on the vehicle, my only thought was to... More »

Inside the Battle for Mosul

ISIS putting up fierce resistance in operation's first week

(Newser) - Iraq and Kurdish forces backed by a US-led coalition have begun what could be a long fight to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State; it's the group's last major stronghold in the country. Related coverage on the fight and why it matters:
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'God Willing, We Will Take This Town Today'

Elite Iraqi forces advance on town of Bartella, which is near Mosul

(Newser) - Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by ISIS, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city. As they advanced, attack helicopters fired on the militants and heavy gunfire echoed across the plains,... More »

How a NYC College Kid Died Fighting for ISIS

Court docs show Samy Mohammed el-Goarany, 24, reportedly died in November

(Newser) - It's a long way from SoHo to Syria, but somehow a New York City college student ended up dying there last fall fighting for ISIS, prosecutors say. Per court records, 24-year-old Samy Mohammed el-Goarany showed "an increased interest in militant forms of Islam" and headed to Syria in... More »

This May Be 2016's Biggest Humanitarian Challenge

Some 1M civilians could flee Mosul, with 700K of them requiring shelter

(Newser) - The military operation to wrest Mosul from ISIS could become the single largest, most complex humanitarian operation in the world in 2016, a UN official said Monday. Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said that in the worst case scenario, some 1 million civilians could flee the city,... More »

It Begins: 'Final Battle' for Biggest ISIS City

More than 35K troops launch push to retake Mosul

(Newser) - Iraq has launched what a military spokesman says is no less than a battle for the country's future: An operation to retake Mosul, once the country's second-largest city, from ISIS, which seized it more than two years ago, has begun. The US-led coalition is supporting Iraqi troops and... More »

Amal Clooney Aiding Ex-ISIS Captive, With George's Blessing

Human rights lawyer is helping Nadia Murad seek justice for the Yazidi people

(Newser) - Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who survived captivity as an ISIS sex slave, was named a UN goodwill ambassador Friday—the first time a human trafficking survivor was named as such, Time reports. Murad has another distinction: a high-profile human rights lawyer helping her cause of bringing ISIS criminals... More »

ISIS Attack on Paris Meant to Be Much Worse: Report

CNN probe into terror strikes reveals more operatives and more targets—including the Netherlands

(Newser) - The Paris terror attacks last November were horrifying, but Islamic State operatives had planned for even more devastation, an in-depth CNN investigation reveals. The news group says it spent months sifting through about 90,000 documents and photos culled from cellphone records, interviews, and European sources looking into the attacks.... More »

Microsoft: Sorry for Really Bad Bing Translation

'Daesh' translated to 'Saudi Arabia,' which is definitely not correct

(Newser) - Whoops: Microsoft has apologized after its Bing translator mistakenly translated "Daesh," the Arabic name for ISIS, into "Saudi Arabia" in English. Social media users in Saudi Arabia angrily pointed out the error, the Guardian reports, and it quickly went viral. "As an employee of [Microsoft], I... More »

ISIS Says Spokesperson Killed in Syria

Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was 'martyred'

(Newser) - The Islamic State group says its spokesperson has been "martyred" in northern Syria, the AP reports. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Tuesday that Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo," without providing further details. IS has released... More »

ISIS Toll: 72 Mass Graves and Counting

Associated Press does most comprehensive survey yet

(Newser) - In exclusive interviews, photos, and research, the AP has documented and mapped 72 mass graves of victims of the Islamic State. It's the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the group's territory shrinks. In Syria, the AP has obtained locations for... More »

Clinton Lost Strategy Fight on How to Keep Iraq Stable

She wanted a bigger US presence, but her State Department ended up gutting programs

(Newser) - Donald Trump likes to lay much of the blame for the rise of ISIS on Hillary Clinton, though a joint investigation by ProPublica and the Washington Post finds that there's plenty of blame to go around. "An intensive review of the record during Clinton’s tenure presents a... More »

Leaked Documents Expose Ignorance of ISIS Recruits

Some had to buy 'Islam for Dummies' before joining: AP

(Newser) - The Islamic State isn't exactly choosy about who gets to enter its ranks, based on an examination by the AP of thousands of leaked ISIS documents that show recruits often had very little, if any, religious knowledge to back up their desire to join—with a couple of British... More »

UK Schoolgirl Who Joined ISIS Killed in Airstrike: Report

Kadiza Sultana reportedly killed in Raqqa in May

(Newser) - One of three British schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join ISIS in February 2015 has been reportedly killed in an airstrike—in the midst of her efforts to flee the country. ITV News reports the unverified news that Kadiza Sultana, 17, died when the home she occupied in Raqqa... More »

ISIS Reportedly Captures 3K Fleeing Iraqis

Several may have already been killed: UNHCR

(Newser) - The UN refugee agency says it has received reports that the Islamic State may have captured up to 3,000 Iraqis who were fleeing violence and that 12 of them may have been killed, reports AP . In a report published Thursday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the internally... More »

Son of Osama's Bombmaker Caught in Terrorists' Civil War

'Washington Post' interviews Mohammed al-Masri

(Newser) - Those looking for insight into the fierce rivalry between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State will want to read a Washington Post interview with a 35-year-old named Mohammed al-Masri. He happens to be the son of Abu Khabab al-Masri, a chemist known as Osama bin Laden's bombmaker who was killed... More »

DC Man Is First US Cop Accused of Aiding ISIS

Nicholas Young was a metro transit officer before FBI sting

(Newser) - A 36-year-old Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officer was arrested at work Wednesday on suspicion of providing financial support to the Islamic State, NBC News reports. It's the first time a US cop has been charged with aiding ISIS. According to CNN , the FBI had been investigating Nicholas Young... More »

US Warplanes Strike ISIS in Libya

White House agrees to request from new government there

(Newser) - For the moment, the US has extended the fight against the Islamic State to another country—Libya. American warplanes of both the manned and drone variety launched precision airstrikes Monday against ISIS targets in the city of Sirte at the request of the Libyan government, reports Reuters . ISIS captured the... More »

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