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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 »

Syria, Iran, Russia Push Back Against US Warning

Syria says it isn't planning to use chemical weapons, which it says it doesn't have

(Newser) - Late Monday, the White House took the unusual step of issuing a preemptive warning against Syria, which it claims is preparing to launch a chemical weapons attack. The Wall Street Journal reports the Trump administration is basing that assertion on evidence from the same air base that the US hit... More »

Sniper May Have Made Longest Kill Shot in History

Report says Canadian soldier killed ISIS foe from 2 miles

(Newser) - A Canadian sniper in Iraq appears to have taken a shot for the ages. The Globe and Mail reports that a still-unidentified member of the nation's elite forces killed an Islamic State militant from a distance of 3,540 meters, which translates to a little more than 2 miles.... More »

ISIS Just Seized Osama's Old Hideout: Tora Bora

Islamic State now controls area used as hiding place for bin Laden

(Newser) - The latest territorial conquest by the Islamic State will be familiar to anyone who remembers the US hunt for Osama bin Laden: the mountainous Tora Bora region of Afghanistan. The New York Times reports that ISIS has gained control of the complex of caves and tunnels once used as a... More »

ISIS Makes Powerful Statement With Iran Attack

It's the first time the group has struck against its coveted target of Iran

(Newser) - The Islamic State may have claimed responsibility for Wednesday's twin terror attacks in Tehran that killed 12, but Iran has a different culprit in mind: regional rival Saudi Arabia. "This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president and the (Saudi) backward leaders... More »

Message to ISIS on British Bomb Riles Internet

'Love From Manchester,' reads controversial note

(Newser) - A photo circulating online in the wake of the Manchester attack has sparked controversy, and the British Royal Air Force has confirmed it's indeed a real pic, CNN reports. The image, which started proliferating on Thursday, shows what appears to be a bomb with a written message on it... More »

NATO Says Alliance Is Joining Anti-ISIS Coalition

Announcement made before Trump's summit appearance

(Newser) - NATO's chief confirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the international coalition fighting ISIS but will not wage direct war against the extremists—an announcement timed for President Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders. In the wake of this week's suicide bomb... More »

When ISIS Goes After Kids, They're Trying to Bait Us

Terrorists want to instigate a 'holy war,' warns the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - That one of the victims in the Manchester bombing is just 8 years old is no accident: The bomber, whether he was working with ISIS or not, almost certainly knew that children would be at the Ariana Grande concert, writes the New York Times editorial board. It's a calculated... More »

ISIS Claims UK Attack on 'Crusaders Gatherings'

Death toll currently stands at 22, with dozens injured

(Newser) - The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack at a UK concert venue Monday night that killed 22 and injured dozens, the AP reports. Police say a lone suicide bomber, now deceased, detonated an "improvised device" in the Manchester Arena foyer at an Ariana Grande concert, and ISIS... More »

US Official Warns of ISIS 'Chemical Weapons Cell'

'This is not something we want to see them get good at'

(Newser) - A US official warns ISIS could be getting all its chemical weapons experts together in a "chemical weapons cell" in a last-ditch effort to defend its remaining territory in Syria. CNN reports the unnamed official says the experts are from Iraq and Syria and haven't previously worked together.... More »

Pentagon Confirms Suspected Fate of ISIS Afghan Head

Abdul Haseeb Logari was killed in raid last month

(Newser) - A military raid last month killed the head of the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Sunday night. The death of Abdul Haseeb Logari had been suspected after the April 27 raid on a compound in Nangarhar, a province in eastern Afghanistan, but officials said then that they weren'... More »

'Stunning Embarrassment' for FBI: Translator Wed ISIS Terrorist

She soon had second thoughts after sneaking off to Syria to marry Denis Cuspert

(Newser) - An ex-FBI translator was accused of endangering US security because of the person she married—an ISIS terrorist once called "the pop star of jihad" by the Fader . In a just-publicized story that ex-State Department spokesman John Kirby calls a "stunning embarrassment for the FBI," CNN reports... More »

2 US Soldiers Killed in ISIS Fight

They were taking part in operation in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The Pentagon says two US service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday, reports the AP . Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says they were killed during an operation against the Islamic State in Nangahar Province in the eastern part of the country, the same area in which the US dropped the... More »

ISIS Militants Fatally Attacked by Wild Boars

Locals near Kirkuk say 3 are dead, 5 injured

(Newser) - An apparent ambush of ISIS militants is making headlines, if only because those who overpowered them were reportedly wild boars. A tribal leader in northern Iraq tells the Times of London the animals killed three members of the Islamic State and injured five others on Sunday. His best guess is... More »

What Happens to ISIS Babies When Their Parents Die

Home countries often won't take children back, so they end up in limbo or in prisons

(Newser) - Hundreds of children fathered by the Islamic State's foreign fighters or brought to the self-proclaimed caliphate by their parents are now imprisoned or in limbo with nowhere to go, collateral victims as the militant group retreats and home countries hesitate to take them back. One young Tunisian orphan, Tamim... More »

What the 'Mother of All Bombs' Accomplished

36 militants died in blast, says Afghan defense ministry

(Newser) - The "mother of all bombs" dropped on the Islamic State in Afghanistan Thursday not only killed 36 militants but also destroyed their base within a 1,000-foot-long network of tunnels and a stockpile of weapons, says the Afghan defense ministry. A presidential spokesman tells the BBC that ISIS commander... More »

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