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ISIS Rolls Out Own Currency, Music Video

Propaganda recording intros new coins to replace 'satanic conception of banks'

(Newser) - Fed up with what it describes as the "satanic conception of banks," ISIS says it's releasing its own new currency, and it's put out a nearly one-hour-long video to explain it, the Jerusalem Post reports. The video released by the group's media arm explains its... More »

Satellite Confirms ISIS Did Blow Up Key Ancient Temple

UN agency confirms temple's destruction at the hands of ISIS

(Newser) - The world is indeed down one treasure after the destruction of a major temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. By comparing a satellite image snapped yesterday with another from Thursday—visible side by side here —a UN agency has confirmed that the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel... More »

Jailed ISIS Suicide-Bomb Leader: 'Islam Is Coming'

Abu Abdullah was once the group's 'emir' in Baghdad

(Newser) - "Most of the people who died were valid targets and those who were caught up in the attacks will be accepted by God." So says Abu Abdullah, a former ISIS suicide-bomb commander who agreed—perhaps under official pressure—to give an interview to the Guardian from his prison... More »

ISIS Blows Up 'Most Important' Temple

Palmyra's Temple of Bel was amazingly well-preserved

(Newser) - The 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel was considered the most important temple in the ancient city of Palmyra, which is itself considered one of the world's treasures, and it's now believed to be rubble. Witnesses say ISIS militants, who seized the Syrian city in May, destroyed the temple... More »

Whiz-Kid Cartographer Tracks ISIS From His Bedroom

Thomas van Linge is respected war-zone mapmaker—and he's only 19

(Newser) - Thomas van Linge has become one of the most respected cartographers around when it comes to tracking global conflicts, including the advances of ISIS, Boko Haram, and separatists in Ukraine. His highly detailed, color-coded maps have been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, among... More »

Pentagon May Be Fudging Numbers in ISIS Fight

Its inspector general is looking into allegations

(Newser) - Next time a US policy maker is talking about the progress being made against ISIS, it might be wise to be extra skeptical. The New York Times reports that the Pentagon's inspector general is looking into allegations that intelligence analyses are being goosed to present a picture rosier than... More »

ISIS Images Show Destroyed Ancient Temple

It appears the 2K-year-old temple of Baalshamin is no more

(Newser) - ISIS released propaganda images today that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. The images, posted on social media by supporters of the group, showed militants carrying barrels of explosives, and laying... More »

What ISIS Does to Gay Men

Those guilty of sodomy are thrown off buildings, shot, or stoned

(Newser) - Islamic State militants track down gay people through the cellphone and Facebook contacts of their captives, then throw them from rooftops, the UN Security Council heard in a closed-door informal meeting yesterday—the first ever to address violence and discrimination against the LGBT community. "If a victim did not... More »

'Darkest Predictions Taking Place' in Ancient City

ISIS blows up 'extremely important' Palmyra temple

(Newser) - When ISIS first seized the ancient city of Palmyra in May, the group's conduct at first seemed oddly restrained —but now there's death and destruction as usual. In the latest outrage, the militants blew up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baal Shamin, a Roman-era site that, like... More »

ISIS Beheads Archaeology Pioneer

Khaled al-Asaad beheaded in Palmyra, where he worked for 50 years

(Newser) - A tragic blow to the archaeology community: Islamic State militants have beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in a square in the seized city of Palmyra, where dozens of people gathered to watch, Syrian state media and a British activist group report, via the AP . The body... More »

How ISIS Entices Teenage Girls From the West

'New York Times' report: It's a 'twisted form of feminism'

(Newser) - The New York Times is out with another investigation into the ways of the Islamic State, this one on how it manages to entice bright young women from the West to pack up and head to Syria. By one estimate, more than 500 Western women have done so. Focusing on... More »

US Hostage Gave Up Chance to Escape to Help Girls

Kayla Mueller 'was like a mother figure to them'

(Newser) - Despite being sexually abused by the leader of ISIS over a period of 18 months, US hostage Kayla Mueller is said to have turned down a opportunity to escape in order to give two young girls a better chance to survive, the Independent reports. A 14-year-old Yazidi girl who was... More »

ISIS Leader Raped American Hostage

Parents of late Kayla Mueller say she was tortured

(Newser) - Awful reports are emerging today about the late American hostage Kayla Mueller on what would have been her 27th birthday. The Independent reports that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raped her multiple times while she was in captivity. The story is based on the account of a teenage Yazidi... More »

US Fears ISIS Is Using Saddam's Old Weapons

Chemical agent used against Kurdish forces

(Newser) - Gassing Iraqi Kurds was considered one of Saddam Hussein's most heinous crimes, and American officials now suspect that ISIS is doing the exact same thing—and it may be using Saddam's old weapons. Officials believe the militants used mustard gas, a chemical weapon banned worldwide in 1993, against... More »

How ISIS Justifies the Rape of 12-Year-Old Girls

The NYT looks at their systematic use of rape

(Newser) - It's tough to read beyond the first three paragraphs of the New York Times' look at ISIS' systematic use of rape and the religious justification it assigns to the practice. The story opens with the story of a fighter prostrating himself in prayer before and after raping a bound... More »

ISIS Reportedly Shows Body of Beheaded Hostage

Tomislav Salopek was reported kidnapped July 22

(Newser) - An online image circulated today purports to show a Croatian hostage held by the Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate beheaded. The still image, shared by ISIS sympathizers on social media, showed the apparent body of Tomislav Salopek, a married, 30-year-old father of two, wearing a beige jumpsuit looking like the... More »

This Miss. Honor Student Allegedly Tried to Join ISIS

Jaelyn Delshaun Young was arrested at Golden Triangle airport with 22-year-old

(Newser) - Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 19, graduated from her Mississippi high school in 2013 with honors; Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, graduated from Mississippi State University in May with a degree in psychology. Today the two are in court, having been arrested on Saturday on charges that they were trying to travel to... More »

Unlikely Victim of Online Scam: ISIS

3 Chechen women allegedly bilked terrorists out of $3.3K

(Newser) - Remember the one about your very, very distant relative who died in Nigeria, leaving you millions in unclaimed riches? Apparently ISIS hasn't. As the AP reports, three women in Chechnya are the subject of a police investigation for allegedly pulling a fast one on the terrorist group. A... More »

NATO Holds 5th-Ever Emergency Meeting

Turkey requests rare meeting on ISIS threat

(Newser) - For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in an emergency session today to gauge the threat ISIS poses to Turkey and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response. The extraordinary meeting at NATO headquarters was requested by Turkey under Article 4 of... More »

US, Turkey Plan to Wipe ISIS From 68-Mile Zone

Syrian rebels will reportedly assist from the ground

(Newser) - Turkey's nascent fight against ISIS appears to be rapidly intensifying. The country has settled on the broad strokes of a plan with the US that would see the two countries come together to create an ISIS-free zone, with the US supplying warplanes and Turkey contributing troops who wouldn't... More »

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