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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 »

Turkey Is Now Fighting ISIS

US finally allowed to use key airbase

(Newser) - Turkish warplanes struck ISIS targets across the border in Syria today, government officials say, a day after militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, killing a soldier. The bombing is a strong tactical shift for Turkey, which had long been reluctant to join the US-led coalition against the extremist group.... 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 »

Turkey Vows Revenge After Apparent ISIS Bombing

Militants blamed for attack that killed 31

(Newser) - Authorities suspect ISIS was behind an apparent suicide bombing that killed 31 people in southeastern Turkey yesterday and wounded nearly 100—a development that could represent a major expansion by the extremists at a time when the government is stepping up efforts against them. Turkish officials vowed to strike back... More »

ISIS' New Trainees: Kids Beheading Dolls

Islamic State indoctrinating young boys to its horrors

(Newser) - The children were each given a doll and a sword. Then they were lined up, more than 120 of them, and given their next lesson by their ISIS instructors: Behead the doll. A 14-year-old among the boys from Iraq's Yazidi minority said at first he couldn't cut it—... More »

Saudis Arrest 400 in Anti-Terror Sweep

Announcement comes day after devastating ISIS bomb in Iraq

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia announced today it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks in the kingdom and arrested more than 400 suspects in an anti-terrorism sweep. The Saudi Interior Ministry accused those arrested over the past few weeks of involvement in several attacks, including a suicide bombing in May that killed... More »

ISIS Has Used a Troubling Weapon

Chemical mortar shell is found

(Newser) - ISIS appears to be learning how to make—and use—chemical projectiles. The allegation isn't based on just anecdotal evidence: Authorities got their hands on an unexploded shell fired by Islamic State militants in Iraq last month, reports the New York Times . The device was crude, hence the failure... More »

Massive Car Bomb Kills 100 at Iraq Market

ISIS claims responsibility for 3-ton blast

(Newser) - A suicide bomber struck at an Iraqi market today, but seldom have such attacks been so deadly: Reuters puts the death toll at more than 100 and reports that the Islamic State claimed responsibility, boasting that the vehicle used in the blast had 3 tons of explosives. The explosion brought... 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 »

US Drone Strike Killed Afghan ISIS Leader: Report

Shahidullah Shahid used to be a Taliban spokesman until they kicked him out

(Newser) - A senior ISIS leader in Afghanistan was killed in a US drone strike Tuesday in the Nangarhar province, an Afghan news channel reports, per USA Today . "It was confirmed today that a senior leader of (ISIS) for Khorasan region, Shahidullah Shahid, has been killed in a drone strike,"... More »

US Has Only Trained 60 Anti-ISIS Syrian Rebels

The goal was 5,400 for the year, but vetting has been tricky

(Newser) - The Pentagon's plan to train an army of moderate Syrian rebels to defeat ISIS hasn't gotten off to the best start, officials admit: The $500 million program, which involves hundreds of US troops and training sites in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, has only trained 60 vetted... More »

Bankers Canned for 'Team-Building' ISIS Video

Which they reportedly made for a corporate exercise

(Newser) - If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how making a mock ISIS execution video is positive in any way, much less a valuable team-building exercise, you and HSBC management are on the same page. The bank has fired six UK employees for doing just that after they... More »

Obama: We'll Do These 4 Things to Beat ISIS

But recent successes expose flaws in US strategy

(Newser) - President Obama made a rare visit to the Pentagon yesterday and delivered an update on the mission against ISIS and an outline of US strategy in what Obama stresses will be a long-term fight. The four key points, per the Pentagon conference and the White House , which uses the ISIL... More »

Iraqi Jet Accidentally Bombs Baghdad, Kills 12

Russian-made aircraft suffered technical failure, military says

(Newser) - An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood today, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane—one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against ISIS—was returning to base when the accident happened. A military spokesman... More »

To Keep ISIS Out, Israel Plans a Fence

18-mile-long fence will be built along eastern border with Jordan

(Newser) - Israel's borders with Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt are protected by a fence. Now the country has approved a plan to build an 18-mile-long fence along its eastern border with Jordan that could help prevent Islamist extremists and migrants from entering the country. The fence, to run from Eilat to... More »

ISIS Video Shows Mass Execution

Syrian soldiers are shot in ancient amphitheater of Palmyra

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Islamic State militants publicly destroyed more priceless relics in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, reports the Washington Post . Today, the group released a video showing it making use of the city in an even more heinous way—to stage a mass execution of Syrian soldiers,... More »

ISIS Beheadings Hit a Terrifying New 'First'

First females beheaded by sword in Syria: Syrian Observatory

(Newser) - The Islamic State has beheaded two female civilians in Syria "by the use of sword in public" for the first time, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The women were killed alongside their husbands in Deir Ezzor and Mayadin over the past two days. All were accused... More »

Walmart: Er, Sorry About the ISIS Cake

Retailer refused man's request for cake with Confederate flag, but not an ISIS one

(Newser) - Walmart announced last week it would no longer sell merchandise featuring the Confederate flag , but it never said anything about the ISIS flag. This fact has Louisiana's Chuck Netzhammer up in arms after the retailer refused to make a cake for him with the Confederate symbol on it—but... More »

ISIS Blasted as Too Tyrannical ... by al-Qaeda

'A severe punishment has been promised'

(Newser) - Adam Gadahn was a US citizen and an al-Qaeda rep; he's now dead, having been unintentionally killed in a January drone strike that accidentally killed an American hostage. But sometime in the fall before his death he apparently gave an interview that's been published in an al-Qaeda magazine,... More »

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