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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 »

ISIS Threatens Clinton Aide Huma Abedin, Muslim Politicians

It calls them 'politically active apostates'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's longtime aide and a US representative were included in a list of Western Muslims threatened with "painful—and fatal—punishment" in the current issue of ISIS magazine Dabiq, ABC News reports. Huma Abedin and Rep. Keith Ellison are joined on the list by British politicians, Department... More »

Bono: Deploy the Comedians to Fight ISIS

U2 frontman mentioned Amy Schumer, Chris Rock specifically

(Newser) - Bono has an idea for fighting ISIS: Deploy the comedians. "The first people that ... Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the Dadaists and the Surrealists," the U2 frontman explained during an appearance before the US Senate on Tuesday on the subject of foreign aid to fight terrorism.... More »

How Two Women Decided the Fate of Paris Attack's Mastermind

Abdelhamid Abaaoud relied on his cousin for help

(Newser) - The mastermind of the Paris attacks was nearly saved by one woman and had his fate sealed by another, the Washington Post reports. Documents from French investigators show that terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 28, turned to these women for help two days after the November attacks—and while one did help,... More »

Prosecutor: Man Admits to Being 'Man in Hat' at Airport Bombing

Mohamed Abrini was charged Saturday

(Newser) - Mohamed Abrini, who was arrested Friday in Brussels , reportedly confessed Saturday to being the "man in the hat" long sought by authorities in connection with the attacks that killed 32 people in March, ABC News reports. According to the BBC , a federal prosecutor says the 31-year-old Belgian admitted to... More »

ISIS Frees Most of 300 Abducted Cement Workers, Kills 4

The 4 killed were members of a minority Muslim sect

(Newser) - ISIS has released most of the 300 cement workers it abducted near Damascus after questioning them to find out who were Muslims and killing four who were members of the minority Druze sect, the AP reports. Reports of their release came two days after ISIS abducted the cement workers and... More »

Report: ISIS Kidnaps 300 Workers in Syria

No word yet on fate of employees from cement plant

(Newser) - In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants on Thursday abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, reports the AP , citing Syrian state TV reports. The mass abduction from the al-Badia Cement Company took place in Dumeir, an area where militants launched... More »

At Least 22 More Suspects Tied to Terror Attacks

'Extensive' terror network that planned Paris, Brussels attacks run out of Belgian district

(Newser) - At least two dozen young Islamic radicals linked to the Paris and Brussels attacks are still on the loose, with investigators trying to penetrate the "extensive web" that may be planning more attacks, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds. Scouring court documents and interviews, the paper finds many of... More »

Children Found in Mass Grave Left by ISIS in Palmyra

The grave contained 42 bodies of soldiers and civilians

(Newser) - After recapturing the city of Palmyra from ISIS, Syrian troops discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of men, women, and children who had been decapitated or shot, AFP reports. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient ruins, was captured by ISIS last May.... More »

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