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Man With 'Suicide Belt' of Cookies Nabbed in Brussels

He claimed to have been enlisted by ISIS

(Newser) - A man wearing a fake explosive belt filled with salt and cookies sparked a major security alert outside a downtown Brussels shopping center and an emergency meeting of government ministers Tuesday. Police say the man—known to police and thought to have had psychiatric problems, according to prosecutors—claimed to... More »

McCain: Obama's Policies 'Directly Responsible' for Orlando Massacre

Though he quickly backtracks a bit on original comments

(Newser) - John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama is "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, because of the rise of the Islamic State group on the president's watch, the AP reports. The Republican senator made the comment Thursday while Obama was in Orlando visiting with... More »

Killer Films Self With 3-Year-Old Hostage

Attack outside Paris called 'abject terrorist attack'

(Newser) - French authorities are calling it an "abject terrorist attack"—the first confirmed one since last November's bloodshed. On Monday night, a 42-year-old deputy police chief was stabbed to death outside his home in Magnanville, outside Paris, by an attacker who then entered the home and took the... More »

Number of Terror Attacks Actually Fell Last Year

There was a 13% decline from 2014: State Dept. report

(Newser) - The State Department says there was a 13% decrease in the number of global terrorist attacks between 2014 and 2015—the first such decline since 2012. There were 11,774 attacks that resulted in 28,328 deaths in 2015, compared with 13,463 attacks in 2014 that killed 32,727... More »

ISIS Unleashes 3 Big Bombings on Baghdad

Death toll at 88 and rising

(Newser) - The Islamic State has unleashed a wave of deadly bombings on Baghdad, resulting in what the Washington Post calls "the bloodiest day in the Iraqi capital in months." The AP has the death toll at 88 in three separate assaults:
  • A car bombing of an outdoor market in
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Army Captain Sues Obama for Fighting ISIS

Nathan Michael Smith says he needs to honor his own oath

(Newser) - It's not that Army Capt. Nathan Michael Smith doesn't want to take out the Islamic State. It's just that he doesn't think President Obama has the authority to wage war against ISIS without Congress' OK. That's the crux of the 28-year-old intelligence officer's lawsuit... More »

Thousands of New Yorkers Named in ISIS 'Hit List'

The list includes names and home and email addresses

(Newser) - Hackers affiliated with ISIS posted the names of thousands of New York City residents online Sunday with the message "We want them #Dead," NBC New York reports. According to Reuters , the list contains home and email addresses. The "hit list" includes up to 3,600 New Yorkers,... More »

Every Belgium Resident to Get Iodine Ration

Amid fears of an ISIS dirty bomb or nuclear plant meltdown

(Newser) - Last month's terrorist attacks in Brussels heightened already existing fears of ISIS building and setting off a dirty bomb in Belgium, and now the government is taking no chances. Health Minister Maggie De Block announced Thursday that iodine pills—which counteract radiation buildup in the thyroid gland, the part... More »

Strikes Wiped Out Up to $800M in ISIS Cash: US

Islamic State members are also presenting doctors' notes to get out of fighting

(Newser) - The US-led coalition against the Islamic State is apparently hitting 'em where it hurts, destroying between $500 million and $800 million in cash via airstrikes overseas, a US military official tells the BBC . In a press briefing , Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten said that recently acquired internal ISIS documents indicate... More »

Obama Sending 250 Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS

He wants Special Forces additions to keep up 'momentum'

(Newser) - Last week, President Obama announced the US is sending more than 200 additional troops to Iraq to help fight ISIS, and Monday he made a similar declaration regarding Syria, Reuters reports. "Given the success, I've approved the deployment of up to 250 additional US personnel in Syria, including... More »

ISIS Hacks Professor to Death

He taught English in Bangladesh

(Newser) - A university professor on his way to work in northwestern Bangladesh was hacked to death Saturday in an attack similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants, the AP reports. A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was on his way to the state-run university in Rajshahi, where he taught English,... More »

US Sending Choppers, 200 Troops to ISIS Fight

American troops will now be closer to the front lines

(Newser) - The US will deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq—upping the number from 3,870 to 4,087—and send Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the first major increase in US forces in nearly a year. The uptick in US... More »

ISIS Threatens Clinton Aide Huma Abedin, Muslim Politicians

It calls them 'politically active apostates'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's longtime aide and a US representative were included in a list of Western Muslims threatened with "painful—and fatal—punishment" in the current issue of ISIS magazine Dabiq, ABC News reports. Huma Abedin and Rep. Keith Ellison are joined on the list by British politicians, Department... More »

Prosecutor: Man Admits to Being 'Man in Hat' at Airport Bombing

Mohamed Abrini was charged Saturday

(Newser) - Mohamed Abrini, who was arrested Friday in Brussels , reportedly confessed Saturday to being the "man in the hat" long sought by authorities in connection with the attacks that killed 32 people in March, ABC News reports. According to the BBC , a federal prosecutor says the 31-year-old Belgian admitted to... More »

ISIS Frees Most of 300 Abducted Cement Workers, Kills 4

The 4 killed were members of a minority Muslim sect

(Newser) - ISIS has released most of the 300 cement workers it abducted near Damascus after questioning them to find out who were Muslims and killing four who were members of the minority Druze sect, the AP reports. Reports of their release came two days after ISIS abducted the cement workers and... More »

At Least 22 More Suspects Tied to Terror Attacks

'Extensive' terror network that planned Paris, Brussels attacks run out of Belgian district

(Newser) - At least two dozen young Islamic radicals linked to the Paris and Brussels attacks are still on the loose, with investigators trying to penetrate the "extensive web" that may be planning more attacks, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds. Scouring court documents and interviews, the paper finds many of... More »

Children Found in Mass Grave Left by ISIS in Palmyra

The grave contained 42 bodies of soldiers and civilians

(Newser) - After recapturing the city of Palmyra from ISIS, Syrian troops discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of men, women, and children who had been decapitated or shot, AFP reports. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient ruins, was captured by ISIS last May.... More »

Undercover Cops Tricked Terror Suspect Out of His Phone

It was used to convict him Friday

(Newser) - British police went undercover to trick a 25-year-old delivery driver into giving them his cellphone, leading to his conviction on terrorism charges Friday, CNN reports. Back in July, undercover officers posing as company managers showed up at Junead Khan's workplace and asked to see his work records. When they... More »

Obama: ISIS Getting a Nuke 'Would Change Our World'

Obama asked world leaders to tighten security on nuclear materials

(Newser) - At a nuclear summit attended by more than 50 world leaders Friday in Washington DC, President Obama called the possibility of ISIS getting its hands on a nuclear weapon "one of the greatest threats to global security," the BBC reports. “There is no doubt that if these... More »

US: We Took Out No. 2 Leader of ISIS

It's the second big recent killing

(Newser) - The US says it has killed one of the Islamic State's top leaders. Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli might not be a household name, but he coordinated the group's finances and was thought to be first in line to run ISIS if something happened to current leader Abu Bakr... More »

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