Islamic State

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ISIS Tunnels Found Under Iraqi City

Video footage shows extensive network beneath Sinjar

(Newser) - Video newly obtained by the AP sheds light on ISIS strategy under the Iraqi town of Sinjar: Militants from the Islamic State built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, electricity, boxes of US-made ammunition, antibiotics, and sandbag fortifications. The video footage of the tunnels was uncovered by Kurdish... More »

Paris Attackers May Have Been Fueled by This Drug

Captagon suppresses the need to eat, sleep

(Newser) - How does one massacre scores of people? Drugs may help. French media are reporting that the Paris attackers may have taken Captagon, a synthetic drug that suppresses hunger and reduces the need for sleep. Also known as the "jihadist's drug," it's a favorite of ISIS fighters,... More »

Paris Fugitive May Have Had Cold Feet

Police believe abandoned suicide belt belonged to Salah Abdeslam

(Newser) - Authorities say Salah Abdeslam should have been the eighth suicide attacker in Paris on Nov. 13, but he either got cold feet or his suicide belt failed. Police say the explosive belt found without a detonator in the suburb of Montrouge may have been discarded by Abdeslam before he escaped... More »

Rogue Hackers May Hurt ISIS More Than Anonymous

Ghost Security Group's Aim: Spying for Intelligence Instead of Forced Shutdowns

(Newser) - Anonymous is making good on its threats to launch a "cyber war" on ISIS , hacking into the group's sites and accounts and warning people about possible attacks . But there's a smaller group that says Anonymous is going about it the wrong way—and claims that its own... More »

ISIS Warns Anonymous Over Cyber War

'Something is coming'

(Newser) - The Islamic State has found time between killing hostages and trying to acquire chemical weapons to vow a counterattack against Anonymous. An ISIS-affiliated account on messaging app Telegram sent out a memo telling members to change their Twitter photos to an image of a black shoe print on the French... More »

Officials: ISIS Working Hard to Get Chemical Weapons

'The macabre imagination of the masterminds is limitless': French PM

(Newser) - French PM Manuel Valls issued a new warning in front of the lower house of France's Parliament Thursday, nearly a week after the Paris terror attacks . "Terrorism hit France not because of what it is doing in Iraq and Syria … but for what it is. We know... More »

ISIS Isn't the World's Deadliest Terrorist Group

Boko Haram killed more last year

(Newser) - The Islamic State might be the world's most notorious terrorist organization at the moment, but a new study reveals it is not the deadliest. According to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index , that grisly title belongs to Boko Haram , which was responsible for 6,644 deaths in Africa in 2014,... More »

China to ISIS: You'll Pay for 'Violent' Killing of Hostage

Beijing condemns 'cold-blooded' murder of national Fan Jinghui, Norway man

(Newser) - Beijing says it will punish ISIS militants after the group claimed in its Dabiq magazine that it had executed Chinese national Fan Jinghui , as well as Norway's Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, CNN reports. Dabiq says the two hostages, which ISIS put up "for sale" in September for ransom, were... More »

ISIS: This Soda Can Bomb Downed Russian Plane

Group also claims to have executed 2 captives

(Newser) - The Islamic State says it took advantage of a gap in security when it smuggled a soda can bomb into the cabin of the Russian passenger jet that broke apart over Egypt . After militants discovered a "way to compromise the security" at Sharm al-Sheikh Airport, "a bomb was... More »

Turkey: We Busted 'ISIS Cell' Headed for Germany

Authorities say 8 militants were planning to pose as refugees

(Newser) - Turkey says it has seized eight suspected ISIS militants who were trying to reach Germany. The suspects were detained at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after arriving from Morocco. Turkey's state-run news agency says they claimed to be tourists who were staying at a hotel in the city for two... More »

Report: Bomb on Russian Jet Was in Passenger Cabin

Russian newspaper says it wasn't hidden in cargo

(Newser) - Now that Moscow is on board with the thinking that a bomb brought down a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, a newspaper in Russia is reporting that the explosive was in a surprising place: the main passenger cabin. The Kommersant quotes an anonymous investigator who says the device was likely... More »

Anonymous Launches Cyber War on ISIS

ISIS' response: 'Idiots'

(Newser) - Anonymous is following through with its promise to target ISIS in a cyber war after the Paris terror attacks. Operating under the hashtags #opISIS and #opParis, the group has begun leaking the personal details of alleged ISIS recruiters, reports the Independent . Anonymous also has compiled lists of social media accounts... More »

ISIS Threatens DC: Keep Up Airstrikes, and You're Next

Video showing rant against 'crusader campaign' hasn't yet been authenticated

(Newser) - The Paris terror attacks were just the start if airstrikes against Syria don't cease, according to unauthenticated ISIS video that surfaced Monday—and the next target could be DC, reports Reuters . The video—which the news agency says was posted on a site used by ISIS, supposedly by militants... More »

Obama: No Ground Troops to Fight ISIS' 'Face of Evil'

President says we'll keep calm and carry on with current airstrike strategy

(Newser) - Friday's terror attacks in Paris rocked the world, but President Obama appeared steadfast Monday in his overall strategy to go after the Islamic State. In a presser held after Turkey's G20 summit, Obama said that even though ISIS is "the face of evil" and that Paris' attacks... More »

US to Send Special Ops to Syria

Officials describe 'shift' in fight against ISIS

(Newser) - All week there's been buzz that the White House was mulling whether to send ground troops to Syria to combat ISIS. Now it looks like it's a done deal. An anonymous senior US official says there will be an announcement Friday that the US will send a small... More »

Freed ISIS Captives Detail the Torture They Endured

They were preparing for their executions when they heard voices

(Newser) - With their executions set to take place within hours, Islamic State prisoners were writing what were to be their last letters to loved ones when Kurdish and US forces changed their fates. As helicopters loomed overhead, Muhammad Hassan Abdullah al-Jibouri, 35, remembers hearing voices speaking Kurdish and English before the... More »

US Considers Increasing Ground Troops in Iraq, Syria

Possibility marks big shift in Obama's plan for the Middle East

(Newser) - Concerned about the lack of progress against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, President Obama is considering moving troops to the front lines in both countries, the Washington Post reports. A number of options sent to Obama in a memo last week would have a small number of Special... More »

US to Toyota: How Is ISIS Getting Your Trucks, SUVs?

Carmaker says it's cooperating with inquiry

(Newser) - How exactly is it that ISIS has a bunch of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs, which the terrorist group has used in propaganda videos? That's the question the Terror Financing unit of the US Treasury Department is asking Toyota, and the carmaker says it is cooperating with the inquiry.... More »

Obama vs. Putin: The Best Lines

And neither says much after a 'businesslike' one-on-one meeting

(Newser) - President Obama and Vladimir Putin met privately for more than 90 minutes today, about 30 minutes longer than scheduled, but neither was divulging much afterward. Putin called the meeting "businesslike," while Obama didn't provide immediate comments, reports ABC News . A White House official, however, also used the... More »

US, Russian Defense Chiefs Have Rare Direct Talks

They discuss Syria, the first time they've spoken in more than a year

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter called his Russian counterpart today, the first step in direct military talks proposed by Russia about Moscow's military buildup to support the Syrian government against ISIS. The 50-minute conversation marked the first time that American and Russian defense chiefs have spoken in more than a... More »

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