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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 »

Suicide Bomber Attacks One of Islam's Holiest Sites

Medina among 3 cities hit

(Newser) - Yet more high-profile terror attacks: Suicide bombers struck three cities in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, including in Medina near one of the holiest sites in Islam. In the latter incident, the explosion took place outside the mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried, reports AP . Several cars caught fire, and... More »

20 Hostages Dead at Cafe in Bangladesh

ISIS claims responsibility; 13 hostages were rescued

(Newser) - Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant to end a hostage-taking by militants early Saturday, killing six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives. However, the military said 20 other hostages had been killed during the 10-hour standoff, and officials from Japan said seven of its citizens were unaccounted for,... More »

ISIS Supporter Planned NYE Attack on Upstate NY Bar: Feds

Emanuel L. Lutchman was allegedly trying to 'prove himself' to ISIS in Syria

(Newser) - ISIS is finding supporters even in the far reaches of upstate New York. Federal authorities say a 25-year-old convicted robber was an ISIS sympathizer who planned to kill patrons at a Rochester restaurant/bar on New Year's Eve, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. Emanuel L. Lutchman was arrested and charged... More »

Obama: ISIS Ground Fight Means 100 Dead Troops a Month

And a monthly bill of $10B, he reportedly said at private news columnist meeting

(Newser) - President Obama's reason for not sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS: The White House figures it would mean 100 US troop deaths per month, 500 wounded, and a monthly tab of $10 billion, all to fight a group that doesn't pose an "existential... More »

Yes, a Paris-Style Attack Could Happen in US

Former NYPD official warns against false sense of security

(Newser) - Could terrorists pull off an attack in the US along the lines of what happened in Paris? The answer is an unequivocal yes, writes a former director of intelligence analysis for the NYPD in the Wall Street Journal . While it's true that the US "has—in absolute numbers... More »

Hostages All Freed in Mali Hotel Siege: Reports

But security forces still said to be trying to 'dislodge' gunmen

(Newser) - The hostage crisis at a luxury hotel in Mali's capital appears to be over, according to various reports, but not before dozens of people are said to have perished in the attack. Security sources tell Reuters that Malian commandos stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako after 170 hostages... More »

3rd Body Pulled From Raid Rubble Near Paris

And 2nd body has been positively IDed as female cousin of alleged mastermind

(Newser) - A third body has been pulled from the wreckage of Wednesday's police raid north of Paris, the New York Times reports. The body of alleged attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud was positively identified Thursday, and forensics experts also confirmed the body of Hasna Aitboulahcen, said to be Abaaoud's cousin,... More »

CIA Chief Blasts 'Hand-Wringing' Over Surveillance

Debate renews over whether government spying is a necessary evil

(Newser) - Civil liberty advocates are worried that a spate of ISIS attacks will bring a renewed push for more-intense government surveillance, and comments by CIA chief John Brennan won't make them feel any better. Following the downing of Flight 9268 , last week's suicide bombings in Beirut , and Friday's... 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 »

France Conducts 'Massive' ISIS Airstrike

And police apparently let terrorist suspect go

(Newser) - Two days after coordinated terror attacks killed 129 people in Paris, France is said to be conducting "massive" airstrikes against two jihadi sites in Raqqa, Syria. A French defense official tells CNN that twelve aircraft dropped 20 bombs on Raqqa—which ISIS considers the capital of its caliphate—targeting... More »

Video Captures Moment Explosions Jolt Stadium

The teams finished the match

(Newser) - Video from a soccer match Friday between France and Germany in Paris shows a jarring moment in the first half—an explosion can be clearly heard coming from outside the stadium, reports the Guardian . Nobody seemed quite sure what to make of it, however, and the game played on. In... More »

Hostage Siege Over; 100 Reported Dead Inside

Security forces kill 2 attackers

(Newser) - A hostage siege in a Paris concert hall is over, but an estimated 100 people are reported dead inside the building. Security forces raided the Bataclan concert hall, killing at least two attackers wielding assault weapons, police said. One official described "carnage" inside the hall, saying the attackers had... More »

Meet the American Heroes Who Stopped Train Attack

3 buddies from the US happened to be traveling in Europe

(Newser) - The details on how three Americans helped foil an apparent terror attack aboard a train bound for France yesterday are firming up, and they're pretty dramatic. The three are Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, all in their early 20s and friends since middle school, reports the Washington ... More »

UK Says One of Its Own Plotted Attack on Americans

Junead Khan has been arrested

(Newser) - "We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Junead Khan and Shazib Khan with the intention of committing acts of terrorism." That from Britain's Crown Prosecution Service, which today alleged Junead was plotting an attack on US military... More »

Boston Police Captain's Son Accused of ISIS Plot

FBI says Alexander Ciccolo planned to massacre students

(Newser) - The son of a Boston police captain has been accused of plotting to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and to broadcast the executions of students live online—terrorist acts aimed at supporting ISIS, authorities say. Alexander Ciccolo's father alerted authorities last fall that his son had a... More »

Severed Head on Gate Belonged to Suspect's Boss

Body was found inside the factory

(Newser) - Yesterday's attack on a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, was made all the more gruesome by the revelation that a severed head was found hanging from the factory's wire fence along with banners with Arabic inscriptions. That head belonged to the alleged attacker's boss, reports Reuters . French... More »

Decapitated Head Left on Fence in French 'Terror Attack'

1 suspect dead, 2 in custody: French officials

(Newser) - At least one person is dead and two wounded after suspected Islamist militants attacked a US-owned gas factory in France this morning, authorities say. Two men reportedly crashed a car through the entrance to Air Products' premises in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier and hit gas containers that began exploding, reports Reuters and the... More »

Siege at Somali Hotel Leaves at Least 17 Dead

Security forces reclaim control after attack

(Newser) - Somali troops today took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded. The gunfire has stopped and security agents have accessed the whole building, said senior police officer Capt.... More »

'These People Had Intentions to Kill Policemen in Street'

Officials say Belgium attacks thwarted at the last minute

(Newser) - Yesterday's terror raids in Belgium stopped, at the last minute, a terrorist plan to kill police officers in the street, officials say. Two suspected terrorists were shot dead in the series of raids, and another 15 were arrested in Belgium and France, the Guardian reports. Authorities were working to... More »

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