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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 »

Beach Massacre Could Prove Extra Costly for Tunisia

Tourists are fleeing after 39 were killed

(Newser) - The attacker who yesterday unfurled an umbrella and pulled out a Kalashnikov, opening fire on European sunbathers at the Imperial Marhaba hotel and killing at least 39, may help cause the death of something else: Tunisia's tourism industry. USA Today reports that industry accounts for 15% of the country'... More »

ISIS Targets Tombs in Ancient City

Officials fear Palmyra's Roman ruins could be next

(Newser) - ISIS militants have destroyed two historic mausoleums in Palmyra, Syria's top antiquities official says, raising fears that the extremists could next target the town's famed Roman ruins . The head of the government's Antiquities and Museums Department says the extremists destroyed the grave of Muhammad bin Ali, a... More »

US: We Won't Prosecute Families for Paying Ransom

Review of policy comes after criticism from relatives of slain ISIS captives

(Newser) - The Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution—part of a broad review of US hostage guidelines that will be released tomorrow. President Obama ordered the review last fall after the deaths... More »

We're Spending $9M a Day to Fight ISIS

Pentagon releases first detailed breakdown of costs

(Newser) - The US has spent more than $2.7 billion on the war against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria since bombings began last August, and the average daily cost is now more than $9 million, the Pentagon said yesterday. Releasing a detailed breakdown of the costs for the first time,... More »

Why al-Qaeda Is on Verge of 'Collapse'

ISIS is stealing money, recruits, territory from floundering terror group

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's spiritual leaders say the organization is on the verge of "collapse" while ISIS thrives. The former al-Qaeda branch—booted last year for disobeying Osama bin Laden successor Ayman al-Zawahiri—is attracting money and recruits that have helped it spread from Afghanistan to west Africa, even as an... More »

American 'Martyr' Killed in Syria

Keith Broomfield was fighting alongside Kurdish YPG forces

(Newser) - A 36-year-old American has been killed fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish fighters in Syria, NBC News reports, citing a State Department official. Keith Broomfield, originally from Massachusetts, reportedly died in battle outside Kobani; a Kurdish official there confirms an American died. "American YPG fighter Keith Broomfield fell martyr near Suluk,... More »

Pentagon Wants New Base in Iraq

500 more troops to be sent as focus shifts to Ramadi

(Newser) - Instead of trying to help Iraqi forces recapture the city ISIS seized a year ago , the US has decided to focus on helping them capture the city militants seized less than a month ago . Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province, and the White House is expected to approve a... More »

US Never Intended to Reveal 10K in ISIS Are Dead

Body count may not be best way to gauge progress against Islamic militants

(Newser) - Yes, about 10,000 or so ISIS militants have been killed in Iraq and Syria, the Department of Defense admits—though it hadn't planned to actually tell anyone that number. "The estimated of the number killed is correct but was not intended for release," a DoD spokesman... More »

Slain Boston Terror Suspect Threatened to Behead Cops

Another suspect charged; cops believe dead man radicalized by ISIS

(Newser) - The terror suspect shot dead in Boston yesterday when officers confronted him in a CVS parking lot had reportedly been threatening to cut off the heads of law enforcement officials. An FBI agent says authorities didn't have a warrant but planned to "interview him and talk to him... More »

Man Under Terror Surveillance Killed in Boston

Also: Tsarnaev friend gets 6 years

(Newser) - Two prominent terror-related stories out of Boston today:
  • Suspect killed: A police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been under surveillance as a terror suspect this morning, reports the Boston Globe . The man identified as Usaama Rahim pulled a "military-style" knife when confronted
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Why Hasn't ISIS Destroyed This Ancient City?

No looting or widespread damage in Syria's Palmyra ... yet

(Newser) - The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was overrun by ISIS last week, but while most expected the militants to loot and destroy, the group has been uncharacteristically calm, the New York Times reports. According to residents, ISIS members started "acting like municipal functionaries" after taking over the city, the... More »

Iraq Begins Fight to Retake What ISIS Grabbed

New operation begins in Anbar province

(Newser) - Details remain scarce, but Iraq today announced that it has started a military operation aimed at pushing ISIS out of Anbar province, home to the provincial capital of Ramadi—which ISIS seized less than two weeks ago even as coalition airstrikes rained down around them. In high-profile comments Sunday, Defense... More »

Pentagon Boss: Iraqis Had 'No Will to Fight' ISIS

Forces weren't outnumbered, just didn't try hard enough: Ash Carter

(Newser) - Last week's fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State was more a reflection of Iraqi weakness than ISIS' strength, says the US defense secretary. "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter tells CNN in an interview today. "... More »

ISIS Pegs First Lady's Worth at $40

Propaganda writer disses Michelle Obama

(Newser) - An ISIS provocateur writing in a propaganda magazine for the group declares that the first lady is worth about $40, reports the Daily Beast . The piece by a supposedly female writer defends the Islamic State's practice of trafficking in human slaves and predicts slave markets will come to pass... More »

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