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ISIS Destroys Roman Theater in Ancient City

Palmyra's famous Tetrapylon is gone

(Newser) - ISIS militants have destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups say. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, says the militants destroyed the facade of the second-century amphitheater along with the... More »

Turkey: Captured Gunman Trained in Afghanistan

Authorities say he confessed to deadly NYE attack

(Newser) - Turkish police believe they have captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul and officials say he is an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara on Tuesday that the man... More »

Iraqi Forces Battle for Mosul University

ISIS is showing signs of weakening, commanders say

(Newser) - Iraqi forces have secured less than a quarter of Mosul University as they face stiff resistance from ISIS fighters in the battle for control of the city, according to senior Iraqi commanders overseeing the advance. Convoys of Iraqi Humvees snaked through the sprawling university compound in eastern Mosul, pausing for... More »

New Real Housewives Spoof Gets Controversial Fast

BBC sketch comedy show satirizes an all-too-real terror group

(Newser) - The new BBC sketch comedy show Revolting didn't wait long before jumping into controversy: Its very first episode featured a Real Housewives of ISIS skit, Rolling Stone reports. It's exactly what you'd expect—a spoof of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise in which the wives of ISIS... More »

Turkey Says It Now Knows Who the Nightclub Gunman Is

But they haven't released details

(Newser) - Turkish police on Wednesday detained at least five suspected ISIS militants believed to be linked to the deadly Istanbul nightclub attack , the state-run news agency reported. The operation was launched in the Aegean port city of Izmir and was ongoing, Anadolu Agency said. The gunman, who killed 39 people during... More »

'Selfie Video' of Istanbul Attacker Surfaces

Nightclub gunman may be Central Asian man

(Newser) - Turkish media on Tuesday ran a "selfie video" of a man they say is the gunman who killed 39 people , most of them foreigners, at an Istanbul nightclub. The video broadcast on Turkish television shows the alleged gunman filming himself with a cellphone at Istanbul's Taksim Square. It... More »

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Nightclub Massacre

Chilling video of Istanbul attack emerges

(Newser) - ISIS has made what is believed to be a credible claim of responsibility for the New Year's Eve horror in Istanbul. "In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the protector of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck one of... More »

Dozens Die in Twin Baghdad Bombings

ISIS attacks as Mosul offensive restarts

(Newser) - A pair of suicide bombings minutes apart hit a central Baghdad market on Saturday, killing 28 people and wounding at least 54, prompting security forces to ban traffic from key streets at the center of the Iraqi capital, police and hospital officials, the AP reports. The twin attacks hit al-Sinak,... More »

Iraq Facing Potential 'Catastrophe of Biblical Proportions'

Mosul Dam breach could pose greater threat than ISIS

(Newser) - As Iraqi forces continue their battle against ISIS in Mosul, there's another problem lurking just 25 miles away from the embattled city: the Mosul Dam, a structure the US Army Corps of Engineers has called the "most dangerous dam in the world," per a piece by Dexter... More »

ISIS Supporters Publish List of US Churches Before Christmas

FBI asks local law enforcement to be extra vigilant

(Newser) - The country's law-enforcement agencies are being asked to be extra vigilant this holiday weekend after a list of US churches was published on pro-ISIS websites, CNN reports. In a warning issued Friday, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security say ISIS supporters "continue aspirational calls for attacks on... More »

The US Computer Geek Who May Be ISIS' 2nd in Command

The chilling story of John Georgelas (aka Yahya Abu Hassan) of Texas in the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - What Yahya Abu Hassan has described as the "best day of his life" involved sneaking his emaciated, pregnant wife and three sick young kids through a barbed-wire fence over the Syrian border to Turkey, where he didn't even say goodbye before they were whisked to safety. That day... More »

Australian Police Say They've Prevented Christmas Bombing

Seven suspects arrested early Friday

(Newser) - Police say they have arrested seven suspects who allegedly planned a series of bomb attacks in the heart of Australia's second largest city on Christmas Day, the AP reports. Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters the seven had been inspired by the Islamic State group and... More »

Orlando Shooting Families Sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Defendants helped ISIS 'spread extremist propaganda, raise funds, attract new recruits': complaint

(Newser) - What responsibility do social media platforms hold for radicalizing individuals who then carry out attacks? According to families of the victims of the June shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub , enough to warrant a lawsuit, per Fox News . Named in the federal civil complaint filed Monday by the families of... More »

US Offers $25M Bounty for ISIS Leader

Al-Baghdadi is thought to be holed up in Mosul

(Newser) - The US doesn't want Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to be another one that got away. The State Department has more than doubled its reward for information leading to the arrest of the ISIS leader, who is rumored to be in Mosul or in ISIS-held territory west of the Iraqi city,... More »

ISIS Carries Out Its Deadliest Attack Against Iranians

Suicide truck bomb targeted Shiite pilgrims in Iraq

(Newser) - ISIS carried out its deadliest attack in Iraq in months Thursday night, killing at least 73 people, including dozens of Iranian pilgrims, in an attack on a gas station on a highway south of Baghdad. At least 65 other people were wounded in the attack, which targeted Shiite pilgrims who... More »

US Service Member Killed in Syria on Thanksgiving

This is the first US combat death in Syria

(Newser) - The first American combat death in Syria happened on Thanksgiving. US officials say the service member was fatally injured in a blast from an improvised explosive device, the AP reports. The New York Times reports that officials say the American died in Ayn Issa in northern Syria, where Americans are... More »

To Prevent Terror at Macy's Parade: 80 Dump Trucks

The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand

(Newser) - Fans of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade who come to see the soaring SpongeBob and Snoopy balloons may get a far less heartwarming sight this year: giant dump trucks filled with sand. More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used at intersections and other strategic spots along the... More »

Iraqi Military Finds 100 Decapitated Bodies in Mass Grave

Most were reduced to skeletons

(Newser) - The Iraqi military says it has found about 100 decapitated bodies in a mass grave south of the ISIS-held city of Mosul, the AP reports. The spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, says the bodies were discovered Monday near the agricultural college in the town of... More »

ISIS Leader Releases Message Amid Battle for Mosul

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi encourages loyalists to fight to the death

(Newser) - ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has released a rare message amid a major coalition offensive against Mosul, the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq. The undated audio recording is al-Baghdadi's first public communication in almost a year, the International Business Times reports. The tape didn't specifically mention the... More »

ISIS Documents Set Out Rules for Sex Slaves, Beards

Fighters advised to 'enjoy' underage girls

(Newser) - As ISIS retreats from villages surrounding Mosul, detailed evidence of the group's harsh rule is emerging. In documents discovered by Reuters in recently abandoned ISIS offices near the Iraqi city, the group sets out strict requirements for beard-growing, the proper way of praying—and the treatment of sex slaves.... More »

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