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Journo Offers Stunning Account of Kidnapping, Torture

American Peter Theo Curtis, aka Theo Padnos, tells of 22 months with al-Nusra Front

(Newser) - The world was shocked and elated when American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released this summer after 22 months of being held in captivity in Syria by the militant al-Nusra Front group. Now Curtis, who writes under the name Theo Padnos, has penned an extraordinary account for the New York ... More »

Denver Dad: Teens Trying to Join ISIS 'Stupid Little Girls'

He says they didn't truly know what they were doing

(Newser) - One of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria was confused about what her role would be if she had actually made it there, the girl's father said today. "She told me they were going to get there and somebody... More »

Downton May Kill Off Family Dog ... Named Isis

Because, you know, the other ISIS

(Newser) - Already the reason we can't have chocolate bars or nice ladies from Florida named Isis, the terrorists of ISIS may affect another unlikely place: Downton Abbey. Specifically, Lord and Lady Grantham's dog, the inconveniently named Isis, which an ITV rep tells the Independent is an "unfortunate coincidence.... More »

1st US Serviceman Dead in ISIS Mission

Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal died in 'noncombat' incident

(Newser) - Washington may not have "boots on the ground" in Iraq, but it still recorded the first death of a serviceman in the fight against ISIS—19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal, the Washington Post reports. The California native reportedly died in Baghdad in what the Pentagon is calling a... More »

For ISIS Hostages, a Litany of Horror Before Death

Americans, Brits bore brunt of excruciating abuse for months

(Newser) - When James Foley was forced to his knees in the sands outside Raqqa, stared straight into a camera, and met his unimaginably horrifying and public death at the hands of the Islamic State, the world recoiled at the brutality. But Foley's execution—and those that followed—was the culmination... More »

ISIS Used Chlorine Against Iraqi Cops: Report

Patients in Syria suffer after possible chemical weapon attack

(Newser) - On the heels of reports that ISIS militants are learning to fly fighter jets , Iraqi officials say the group has also used chemical weapons—specifically, chlorine gas. Eleven Iraqi police officers were hospitalized on Sept. 15 after being poisoned by the stuff, according to doctors, and the officers say ISIS... More »

Why the Fight for Kobani Matters

Battle over Syrian town emerges as test of US policy: 'New York Times'

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani , Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, "As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS." In an editorial today, the New York Times... More »

Chocolate-Maker ISIS Decides to Change Name

Belgium company had just changed it months ago

(Newser) - A 90-year-old chocolate company in Belgium got tired of its name of Italo Suisse last year and settled on what it thought was a sure winner: ISIS. Then along came the extremist group Islamic State, known by various names, including, of course, ISIS. "Had we known there was a... More »

Father of ISIS Hostage Dies

Paul Cantlie had made appeal for release of son John

(Newser) - Paul Cantlie made an impassioned plea from his hospital bed for his son's life earlier this month, but he died not knowing whether it worked. The 80-year-old is dead from complications of pneumonia, reports the BBC . His son, John Cantlie, is a British journalist who has been held captive... More »

Pentagon: ISIS Did Seize Bundle of US Weapons

Kurds say tide is turning in fight for Kobani

(Newser) - The US has indeed accidentally armed ISIS militants. A video uploaded by the militants appeared to show them rifling through grenades and other items from a supply drop intended for Kurdish fighters defending Kobani; the AP reports that the Pentagon has today confirmed ISIS got a bundle. Of the 28... More »

'Radicalized' Canadian Runs Down 2 Soldiers

Deadly attack may be linked to ISIS

(Newser) - Canada's first ISIS casualty? A man described by authorities as a "radicalized" convert to Islam and possible recruit to the militant group ran down two soldiers in Quebec on Monday, killing one. Martin Couture-Rouleau, 25, who had apparently waited for hours near a strip mall used by service... More »

FBI: 3 Teen Girls From Denver Tried to Join ISIS

Girls ages 15 and 16 were caught in Germany, returned home

(Newser) - Three teenage girls from Denver flew overseas in a bid to join ISIS in Syria before being stopped, reports the Denver Post . The girls, ages 15 and 16, apparently were lured by a "slick" online campaign to join militants with the Islamic State, an FBI official tells ABC News... More »

Bachmann Gets Security Detail After ISIS Threat

She appears in militant video, sources say

(Newser) - ISIS' new target: Rep. Michele Bachmann? The outspoken conservative will have her own security detail for the final few months of her congressional career because of what federal law enforcement agencies believe is a credible threat from the militants, reports Politico . Bachmann, who steps down at the end of this... More »

US Drops Weapons to Besieged Kurds

Syria supply drop expected to anger Turkey

(Newser) - The US military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against ISIS militants. The airdrops yesterday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of US and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. US... More »

ISIS Fighters May Be Learning How to Fly

Syrian group says Iraqi pilots are teaching them

(Newser) - A group that monitors the Syrian war has some seriously unwelcome news in the fight against ISIS: The militants are learning how to fly fighter jets, reports Reuters . According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, former Iraqi officers who served under Saddam Hussein have been training ISIS pilots.... More »

ISIS' New Foe: Dutch Biker Gang?

Netherlands says it's OK for bikers to join fight

(Newser) - The notorious Dutch biker gang No Surrender appears to be the newest member of the coalition fighting ISIS. At least three members of the gang are believed to be fighting with Kurds in northern Iraq, and authorities in the Netherlands say they haven't got a problem with that. "... More »

ISIS Takes Army Camp, Baghdad Bombings Kill 30

Islamic State closer to controlling Anbar province

(Newser) - Militants with the Islamic State group today captured a military training camp in western Iraq, inching closer to full control of the restive Anbar province, as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead. The attacks, which came as Iraqi Shiites... More »

Turkey Will Let US Use Its Bases to Fight ISIS

As fighting continues in Kobani

(Newser) - Turkey will let US and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, American defense officials said yesterday. But progress in negotiations with Turkey—including Ankara's agreement to train several thousand... More »

McCain: ISIS Is 'Winning and We're Not'

But US effort still in 'early stages': Susan Rice

(Newser) - "They're winning, and we're not," says John McCain in his assessment of the American effort against the Islamic State. "The Iraqis are not winning. The Peshmerga, the Kurds are not winning." The Arizona Republican wants American boots on the ground to better coordinate airstrikes,... More »

US Hostage's Mom Tries to Reach ISIS via Twitter

'How can we reach you?' mother of Abdul-Rahman Kassig asks militants

(Newser) - Abdul-Rahman Kassig's family has already released a letter from him in which he said he was "scared to die" and posted a series of YouTube videos begging for his freedom from his ISIS captors. Now mom Paula Kassig has taken to Twitter to directly address "Caliph Abu... More »

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