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Man With 'Suicide Belt' of Cookies Nabbed in Brussels

He claimed to have been enlisted by ISIS

(Newser) - A man wearing a fake explosive belt filled with salt and cookies sparked a major security alert outside a downtown Brussels shopping center and an emergency meeting of government ministers Tuesday. Police say the man—known to police and thought to have had psychiatric problems, according to prosecutors—claimed to... More »

Iran: We Foiled Biggest-Ever Terrorist Plot

'Takfiris' blamed for Ramadan bombing plan

(Newser) - Iranian intelligence officials have broken up "the biggest terrorist plot" to ever target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic republic, the country's state television reported on Monday. An anchor on state television read off a statement attributing the information to Iran's Intelligence Ministry, the AP reports.... More »

McCain: Obama's Policies 'Directly Responsible' for Orlando Massacre

Though he quickly backtracks a bit on original comments

(Newser) - John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama is "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, because of the rise of the Islamic State group on the president's watch, the AP reports. The Republican senator made the comment Thursday while Obama was in Orlando visiting with... More »

Killer Films Self With 3-Year-Old Hostage

Attack outside Paris called 'abject terrorist attack'

(Newser) - French authorities are calling it an "abject terrorist attack"—the first confirmed one since last November's bloodshed. On Monday night, a 42-year-old deputy police chief was stabbed to death outside his home in Magnanville, outside Paris, by an attacker who then entered the home and took the... More »

To Flee Fallujah, Some Are Using Dangerous 'Boats'

At least 4 have drowned crossing the Euphrates

(Newser) - Two weeks after launching a campaign to reclaim Fallujah from ISIS, which has held the city for two years, Iraqi forces on Sunday secured the southern edge of the city and "elite special forces" were moving toward the city's center on Monday, ABC News reports. "We are... More »

Beset by Spies, ISIS Ruthlessly Hunts Its Own

Dozens slaughtered in wake of airstrikes that take out top commanders

(Newser) - A senior ISIS commander obliterated by a drone while driving in northern Syria in March sparked a vicious purge within the group's ranks of suspected spies who could have tipped off the US-led coalition, reports the AP . Some 38 of ISIS' own were executed as informants, among dozens of... More »

Number of Terror Attacks Actually Fell Last Year

There was a 13% decline from 2014: State Dept. report

(Newser) - The State Department says there was a 13% decrease in the number of global terrorist attacks between 2014 and 2015—the first such decline since 2012. There were 11,774 attacks that resulted in 28,328 deaths in 2015, compared with 13,463 attacks in 2014 that killed 32,727... More »

Iraq Launches Final Assault on Fallujah

50K civilians caught between ISIS, Iraqi military

(Newser) - Monday is going to be another bloody day in Fallujah—possibly the bloodiest yet. Before dawn, the Iraqi military launched a final offensive to recapture the city from ISIS, which has held it for more than two years. "With God's blessing we have launched the third phase of... More »

Iraq Launches Offensive Against ISIS' Longest-Held City

Civilians have been ordered to leave Fallujah

(Newser) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the ISIS-held city of Fallujah in a televised address on Sunday night. Iraqi forces are "approaching a moment of great victory" against ISIS, said al-Abadi, who was surrounded by top military commanders from the Ministry of... More »

NYC Man: Joining ISIS Was a Horrible Mistake

It was 'obviously the worst decision I've ever made'

(Newser) - Joining ISIS was "obviously the worst decision I've ever made in my life," admits a New York City man who fled after five months in Syria and lived to tell the tale to NBC News . In a Dateline interview, the man, a Columbia University graduate identified only... More »

ISIS Unleashes 3 Big Bombings on Baghdad

Death toll at 88 and rising

(Newser) - The Islamic State has unleashed a wave of deadly bombings on Baghdad, resulting in what the Washington Post calls "the bloodiest day in the Iraqi capital in months." The AP has the death toll at 88 in three separate assaults:
  • A car bombing of an outdoor market in
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Muslim Student Labeled 'Isis' in Yearbook

Misprint? 'I beg to differ,' Bayan Zehlif says

(Newser) - A principal in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is calling it a "regrettable misprint." But the Muslim student misidentified as "Isis Phillips" in the Los Osos High School yearbook isn't buying it. "I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt, and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook... More »

Army Captain Sues Obama for Fighting ISIS

Nathan Michael Smith says he needs to honor his own oath

(Newser) - It's not that Army Capt. Nathan Michael Smith doesn't want to take out the Islamic State. It's just that he doesn't think President Obama has the authority to wage war against ISIS without Congress' OK. That's the crux of the 28-year-old intelligence officer's lawsuit... More »

SEAL Killed by ISIS Was Grandson of Disgraced Banker

Charles Keating IV died when fighters stormed base

(Newser) - The Navy SEAL killed in combat against ISIS on Tuesday had a name many Americans associate with financial scandal: Charles Humphrey Keating. The SEAL, Charles Keating IV, was the grandson of Charles Keating Jr., who served time in prison on fraud and racketeering charges for his role in the 1980s... More »

Thousands of New Yorkers Named in ISIS 'Hit List'

The list includes names and home and email addresses

(Newser) - Hackers affiliated with ISIS posted the names of thousands of New York City residents online Sunday with the message "We want them #Dead," NBC New York reports. According to Reuters , the list contains home and email addresses. The "hit list" includes up to 3,600 New Yorkers,... More »

Every Belgium Resident to Get Iodine Ration

Amid fears of an ISIS dirty bomb or nuclear plant meltdown

(Newser) - Last month's terrorist attacks in Brussels heightened already existing fears of ISIS building and setting off a dirty bomb in Belgium, and now the government is taking no chances. Health Minister Maggie De Block announced Thursday that iodine pills—which counteract radiation buildup in the thyroid gland, the part... More »

Strikes Wiped Out Up to $800M in ISIS Cash: US

Islamic State members are also presenting doctors' notes to get out of fighting

(Newser) - The US-led coalition against the Islamic State is apparently hitting 'em where it hurts, destroying between $500 million and $800 million in cash via airstrikes overseas, a US military official tells the BBC . In a press briefing , Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten said that recently acquired internal ISIS documents indicate... More »

Obama Sending 250 Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS

He wants Special Forces additions to keep up 'momentum'

(Newser) - Last week, President Obama announced the US is sending more than 200 additional troops to Iraq to help fight ISIS, and Monday he made a similar declaration regarding Syria, Reuters reports. "Given the success, I've approved the deployment of up to 250 additional US personnel in Syria, including... More »

Pentagon 'Dropping Cyberbombs' on ISIS

Says right now 'it sucks' to be ISIS

(Newser) - The Pentagon is not only using top-secret cyberweapons in the fight against ISIS, it has taken the unusual step of being very open about it. "We are dropping cyberbombs. We have never done that before," Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told CNN earlier this month, adding that... More »

US Sending Choppers, 200 Troops to ISIS Fight

American troops will now be closer to the front lines

(Newser) - The US will deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq—upping the number from 3,870 to 4,087—and send Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the first major increase in US forces in nearly a year. The uptick in US... More »

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