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Australia: 5 Teens Plotted Attack on WWI Ceremony

They were arrested today over alleged plot involving 'edged weapons'

(Newser) - Five Australian teenagers were arrested today on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony next Saturday that included targeting police officers, officials said. Police said they believe the plot was to have involved "edged weapons." "At this stage, we have... More »

Pentagon: ISIS Is Losing Serious Ground

In Iraq, anyway; Syria's a different story

(Newser) - Iraqi forces have retaken about a quarter of the territory ISIS seized last year, according to an encouraging Pentagon analysis—some 5,000 to 6,500 square miles in the country's north and center, reports USA Today . "[ISIS] is no longer the dominant force in roughly 25% to... More »

ISIS Again Destroying Ancient Ruins

Video shows militants wrecking ancient city of Nimrud

(Newser) - Islamic State militants hammered, bulldozed, and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century BC, an online video purportedly shows. The destruction at Nimrud, located near the militant-held city of Mosul, came amid other attacks on antiquity... More »

Feds: Army Enlistee Plotted Attack at US Base

John Booker of Kansas is accused of supporting ISIS

(Newser) - Another American accused of trying to join up with ISIS has instead got caught in an FBI sting. Feds today arrested John Booker, a 20-year-old from Topeka, Kansas, and accused of him plotting a suicide bombing at Fort Riley in Kansas, reports the Topeka Capitol-Journal . He'd been under surveillance... More »

ISIS Releases 216 Yazidis After 8 Months

Kurds say former prisoners bear signs of abuse, include kids

(Newser) - The Islamic State released more than 200 Yazidis today after holding them for eight months , an Iraqi Kurdish security official says, the latest mass release of captives by the extremists. Gen. Hiwa Abdullah says most of the freed 216 prisoners are in poor health and bear signs of abuse and... More »

Teams Start Exhuming Tikrit's Many Mass Graves

ISIS claimed to have killed as many as 1,700 soldiers there in June

(Newser) - In June, ISIS did the barbaric: slaughtered scores of soldiers at a base on the outskirts of Tikrit. With the city newly liberated, Iraqi forensic teams have now begun the grim process of excavating suspected mass graves thought to contain some of the 1,700 soldiers ISIS claims to have... More »

Latest Busted in an ISIS Plot: 2 Queens Women

Feds charged duo with plotting to detonate bomb

(Newser) - There have been a raft of ISIS-related arrests on American soil lately, and the latest are two women living together in Queens. As the New York Times reports, a federal indictment unsealed today reveals that Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, both American citizens, have been charged with plotting... More »

National Guardsman, Cousin Accused of Plotting Attack

Hasan Edmonds was arrested at Midway Airport last night

(Newser) - A 22-year-old National Guard soldier was arrested at Chicago's Midway Airport last night and his 29-year-old cousin has been arrested at his Aurora, Ill., home. The allegations against them: that the former planned to fly to Cairo with the aim of helping ISIS, while his cousin stayed behind and... More »

US Is Helping Iran Free Iraqi City of Tikrit

American airstrikes will assist Iranian-backed militias on the ground

(Newser) - The US isn't exactly trumpeting the news, but it's now helping Iran in the fight to boot the Islamic State out of the Iraqi city of Tikrit. It goes like this: For the last few weeks, Iranian military advisers and Iranian-backed militias have been teaming up with Iraqi... More »

Troops on ISIS 'Kill List' Notified

Service members are involved in anti-ISIS airstrikes

(Newser) - More than 100 US service members have been given the chilling news that their names, photos, and home addresses appear on an ISIS "kill list." The list, circulated by a group calling itself the "Islamic State Hacking Division," includes airmen and sailors involved in anti-ISIS airstrikes,... More »

ISIS Posts 'Kill List' of 100 US Soldiers

'Islamic State Hacking Division' calls for 'lone wolf' action against those named

(Newser) - Just months after the feds warned American troops that ISIS might use the likes of Facebook and Twitter to find them, ISIS has posted the names, ranks, photos, and home addresses of 100 American soldiers, reports ABC News . Calling itself the "Islamic State Hacking Division," the group put... More »

As Yemen Deteriorates, US Pulls Last Troops

About 100 special ops forces evacuating

(Newser) - Another sign of the chaos in Yemen: The US is pulling its last troops from the country. CNN reports that about 100 special ops forces were evacuating the Al Anad airbase as militants affiliated with al-Qaeda cement their gains in the country. Those militants recently took control of the nearby... More »

ISIS Claims Credit for Yemen Bombs Killing 137

More than 300 were injured at mosques

(Newser) - The death toll in today's suicide bombings at a pair of mosques in the Yemeni capital has risen to 137, with at least 13 children among the dead. A purported affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombings, which also wounded 357 people—raising the alarming... More »

Tunisia Arrests 9 in Tourist Massacre

Links to ISIS unclear, analysts say

(Newser) - The military has been deployed to major cities and nine people have now been arrested in the hunt for militants linked to Wednesday's museum massacre , Tunisia's president says. According to the president's office, four of the people arrested had direct links to the attack that killed 21... More »

Feds: Air Force Veteran Tried to Join ISIS

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh's January arrest just now coming to light

(Newser) - A secret arrest made two months ago is just now coming to light: that of a Neptune, NJ, native who served in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990—and allegedly tried to join ISIS’ ranks. ABC News reports Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, has been deported back to the... More »

Battle Destroys Saddam's Tomb

Fight for Tikrit intensifies

(Newser) - The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually leveled in heavy clashes between ISIS militants and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit. Fighting intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein's hometown yesterday as Iraqi security forces vowed... More »

Ex-Hostage: Jihadi John Told Us How We Would Die

Militant touched his blade to their throats, told them of pain

(Newser) - Long before Jihadi John ever slit the throats of a series of hostages in the desert outside Raqqa, he told them exactly what it would be like . He whispered in their ears, touched their jugulars with his sword, and told them how they would die. "He caressed my neck... More »

3 More UK Teens Try to Join ISIS, Busted

Males were in Turkey, allegedly en route to Syria

(Newser) - British police say three male teenagers have been detained in Turkey because they were planning to travel to Syria. Police said two of the male teens detained in Turkey are 17 years old, and the third is 19. Their names haven't been released. Counterterrorism officers learned on Friday the... More »

ISIS: Boko Haram Now Part of 'Caliphate'

Militants accept Nigerian group's pledge of allegiance

(Newser) - ISIS militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, an ISIS spokesman says. The development comes as both movements, which are among the most ruthless in the world, are under increasing military pressure. ISIS is now struggling against Iraqi forces seeking to recapture Saddam... More »

ISIS Has Child Execute a 'Spy'

'Lion cub' appears to fatally shoot Israeli Arab

(Newser) - More horror from ISIS' media wing: A boy who appears to be no older than 12 shoots dead an alleged Israeli spy in the latest video released by the militants. The video shows an older, French-speaking militant threatening Jews before the boy shoots a man identified as Muhammad Said Ismail... More »

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