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Iraqi Forces Battle ISIS to Take Back Mosul Airport

Push to retake city's western half has begun

(Newser) - Iraqi federal police pushed their way into the perimeter of Mosul International Airport on Thursday, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with ISIS militants hunkered down in several airport buildings, police officials say. The advance came as part of a major assault that started Sunday to... More »

Mattis Breaks From Trump on Key Iraq Issue

Defense secretary assures Iraq we want to help beat ISIS, not take its oil

(Newser) - President Trump has noted more than once he thinks we should've taken Iraq's oil when we had the chance (and suggests that option may still be on the table), but his secretary of defense is pushing a different message—what the New York Times characterizes as comments that... More »

They Were Dancing at Sufi Shrine. Then the Bomber Struck

Attack is Pakistan's deadliest since 2014

(Newser) - An ISIS suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload... More »

Pentagon's Public Stats on US Airstrikes Are Way Off

Likely by thousands—and it's raising questions on transparency, accuracy

(Newser) - The Pentagon's transparency in its fight against overseas extremists is being questioned after a Military Times investigation revealed perhaps thousands of secret airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria were never publicly disclosed. The US Air Force has an open-source database tapped by Congress, analysts, and others to figure out... More »

Reports: British Fighter Killed Himself to Avoid ISIS Capture

20-year-old shot himself during Raqqa offensive, say Kurds

(Newser) - A 20-year-old British man who left his job as a chef to fight ISIS ended up killing himself to avoid capture, family members and Kurdish fighters say. Kurdish sources tell the BBC that Ryan Lock and four other fighters died after they were besieged by ISIS militants during an offensive... More »

ISIS Destroys Roman Theater in Ancient City

Palmyra's famous Tetrapylon is gone

(Newser) - ISIS militants have destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups say. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, says the militants destroyed the facade of the second-century amphitheater along with the... More »

Turkey: Captured Gunman Trained in Afghanistan

Authorities say he confessed to deadly NYE attack

(Newser) - Turkish police believe they have captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul and officials say he is an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara on Tuesday that the man... More »

Iraqi Forces Battle for Mosul University

ISIS is showing signs of weakening, commanders say

(Newser) - Iraqi forces have secured less than a quarter of Mosul University as they face stiff resistance from ISIS fighters in the battle for control of the city, according to senior Iraqi commanders overseeing the advance. Convoys of Iraqi Humvees snaked through the sprawling university compound in eastern Mosul, pausing for... More »

New Real Housewives Spoof Gets Controversial Fast

BBC sketch comedy show satirizes an all-too-real terror group

(Newser) - The new BBC sketch comedy show Revolting didn't wait long before jumping into controversy: Its very first episode featured a Real Housewives of ISIS skit, Rolling Stone reports. It's exactly what you'd expect—a spoof of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise in which the wives of ISIS... More »

Turkey Says It Now Knows Who the Nightclub Gunman Is

But they haven't released details

(Newser) - Turkish police on Wednesday detained at least five suspected ISIS militants believed to be linked to the deadly Istanbul nightclub attack , the state-run news agency reported. The operation was launched in the Aegean port city of Izmir and was ongoing, Anadolu Agency said. The gunman, who killed 39 people during... More »

'Selfie Video' of Istanbul Attacker Surfaces

Nightclub gunman may be Central Asian man

(Newser) - Turkish media on Tuesday ran a "selfie video" of a man they say is the gunman who killed 39 people , most of them foreigners, at an Istanbul nightclub. The video broadcast on Turkish television shows the alleged gunman filming himself with a cellphone at Istanbul's Taksim Square. It... More »

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Nightclub Massacre

Chilling video of Istanbul attack emerges

(Newser) - ISIS has made what is believed to be a credible claim of responsibility for the New Year's Eve horror in Istanbul. "In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the protector of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck one of... More »

Dozens Die in Twin Baghdad Bombings

ISIS attacks as Mosul offensive restarts

(Newser) - A pair of suicide bombings minutes apart hit a central Baghdad market on Saturday, killing 28 people and wounding at least 54, prompting security forces to ban traffic from key streets at the center of the Iraqi capital, police and hospital officials, the AP reports. The twin attacks hit al-Sinak,... More »

Iraq Facing Potential 'Catastrophe of Biblical Proportions'

Mosul Dam breach could pose greater threat than ISIS

(Newser) - As Iraqi forces continue their battle against ISIS in Mosul, there's another problem lurking just 25 miles away from the embattled city: the Mosul Dam, a structure the US Army Corps of Engineers has called the "most dangerous dam in the world," per a piece by Dexter... More »

ISIS Supporters Publish List of US Churches Before Christmas

FBI asks local law enforcement to be extra vigilant

(Newser) - The country's law-enforcement agencies are being asked to be extra vigilant this holiday weekend after a list of US churches was published on pro-ISIS websites, CNN reports. In a warning issued Friday, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security say ISIS supporters "continue aspirational calls for attacks on... More »

The US Computer Geek Who May Be ISIS' 2nd in Command

The chilling story of John Georgelas (aka Yahya Abu Hassan) of Texas in the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - What Yahya Abu Hassan has described as the "best day of his life" involved sneaking his emaciated, pregnant wife and three sick young kids through a barbed-wire fence over the Syrian border to Turkey, where he didn't even say goodbye before they were whisked to safety. That day... More »

Australian Police Say They've Prevented Christmas Bombing

Seven suspects arrested early Friday

(Newser) - Police say they have arrested seven suspects who allegedly planned a series of bomb attacks in the heart of Australia's second largest city on Christmas Day, the AP reports. Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters the seven had been inspired by the Islamic State group and... More »

Orlando Shooting Families Sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Defendants helped ISIS 'spread extremist propaganda, raise funds, attract new recruits': complaint

(Newser) - What responsibility do social media platforms hold for radicalizing individuals who then carry out attacks? According to families of the victims of the June shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub , enough to warrant a lawsuit, per Fox News . Named in the federal civil complaint filed Monday by the families of... More »

US Offers $25M Bounty for ISIS Leader

Al-Baghdadi is thought to be holed up in Mosul

(Newser) - The US doesn't want Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to be another one that got away. The State Department has more than doubled its reward for information leading to the arrest of the ISIS leader, who is rumored to be in Mosul or in ISIS-held territory west of the Iraqi city,... More »

ISIS Carries Out Its Deadliest Attack Against Iranians

Suicide truck bomb targeted Shiite pilgrims in Iraq

(Newser) - ISIS carried out its deadliest attack in Iraq in months Thursday night, killing at least 73 people, including dozens of Iranian pilgrims, in an attack on a gas station on a highway south of Baghdad. At least 65 other people were wounded in the attack, which targeted Shiite pilgrims who... More »

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