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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 »

New Mission in Iraq, Syria: Save Ancient Treasures From ISIS

Precious antiquities being destroyed by militants

(Newser) - ISIS militants have trashed museum pieces in Mosul with sledgehammers, bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, and yesterday destroyed the Hatra ruins in Iraq, reports the BBC . But while the New York Times catalogs everything that antiquities ministers and workers are doing to stave off the annihilation of some... More »

ISIS: Now Recruiting Deaf, Mute Fighters

Releases video featuring 2 people using sign language

(Newser) - ISIS really wants to make sure it covers all its bases: A recruitment video released yesterday stars two deaf and mute fighters using sign language. "We, the deaf and mute, direct our message to the Islamic world," the video begins, per Vocativ . The video, titled "From Who... More »

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS

Extremist group tweets allegiance to 'Caliph of the Muslims'

(Newser) - Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremists have pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group, in a message allegedly by a Nigerian insurgent leader posted on Twitter and reported by the SITE Intelligence monitoring service. The unverified pledge posted today comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in... More »

ISIS Destroying Another Ancient City

This time, it's the World Heritage Site at Hatra

(Newser) - First, ISIS militants proudly destroyed priceless artifacts at a museum in Mosul. Then they bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud . And now the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra is being leveled, reports the Guardian . Iraq's antiquities ministry says militants were blowing up or bulldozing buildings and statues at... More »

ISIS Bulldozes Ancient Site

Militants set about destroying city of Nimrud, near Mosul

(Newser) - ISIS continues to take a sledgehammer to history: Iraqi officials say militants from the Islamic State have begun bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, reports AP . The city sprang up on the Tigris River in the 13th century BC and is "considered one of the most important archaeological... More »

Groom Stages ISIS Kidnapping, Bride Put in Cage

Mocking group is important, says Ahmed Shehata

(Newser) - Staging an ISIS kidnapping as a wedding prank might sound like one of the worst ideas anybody has ever had—but luckily for Egyptian groom Ahmed Shehata, his bride got the joke. At the wedding this week, Shehata's relatives burst into the wedding hall wearing masks and forced the... More »

Vatican: ISIS Threat to Francis 'Exists'

Security chief says he's taking vague threats seriously

(Newser) - The Vatican knows of "no plan for an attack against the Vatican or the Holy Father," but in the wake of ISIS' latest round of sabre-rattling, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says that he's taking it seriously. "The threat exists," Domenico Giani tells an... More »

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