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Study: US-Bought Weapons Quickly Landed in ISIS Hands

Government gave weapons to Syrian rebels

(Newser) - Weapons supplied by the US and Saudi governments to Syrian rebel groups landed in the hands of ISIS fighters, in some cases in a matter of just weeks, according to a Conflict Armament Research study. The organization's study of more than 40,000 items retrieved from ISIS positions in... More »

Victory Over Islamic State Declared in Iraq

'Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won'

(Newser) - Three years ago, the Islamic State was in control of approximately one-third of Iraq's territory, Reuters reports. On Saturday, Iraq declared victory in its war against the terrorist organization. "Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won through our unity and our determination," the... More »

Egypt Suffers Deadliest Attack in Its Modern History

More than 200 worshipers killed at a mosque

(Newser) - Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, settling off explosives, spraying worshipers with gunfire, and killing at least 200 people, per the AP . Reuters has the death toll at 230, calling it the deadliest attack on civilians in the nation's modern history. The... More »

He Grabbed a Suicide Bomber in a 'Bear Hug,' Saved Many Lives

Police officer hailed as hero

(Newser) - Fourteen people were killed Thursday when an ISIS-aligned suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest outside a hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday. But many more would have died were it not for Afghan Police Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha. Pacha suspected the man was a bomber and told him to stop; when... More »

Iraq: Last of Our ISIS-Held Towns Has Been Set Free

Rawah is back under Iraqi forces' control, officials say

(Newser) - Iraq's Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition have liberated the last Iraqi town held by the Islamic State group, per the AP . The ministry said in a statement Friday morning that Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters entered the western neighborhoods of Rawah... More »

'Several Terrorists' Dead After Big US First in Somalia

For first time, US conducts airstrikes against Islamic State in the country

(Newser) - The US military for the first time has conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia, where the extremists are a growing presence in a country long threatened by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab. The US Africa Command said the two drone strikes killed "several terrorists" in northeastern Somalia,... More »

ISIS Issues Statement on NYC Terror Attack

Says suspect Sayfullo Saipov is one of its 'caliphate soldiers'

(Newser) - New York City terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov was allegedly quick to reference ISIS , while the militant group stayed mum. That's changed. Reuters reports the Islamic State claimed responsibility Thursday in its own Al-Naba paper for the attack, saying that the 29-year-old is "one of the caliphate soldiers."... More »

Document: NYC Suspect Explained Why He Picked 10/31

Sayfullo Saipov allegedly settled on using a truck two months ago

(Newser) - After planning for a year, Sayfullo Saipov allegedly chose Halloween to drive a rented Home Depot truck into pedestrians in New York City because he believed there'd be more targets outside, making his goal of killing as many people as possible more attainable, reports the Washington Post , which cites... More »

'The City Is Completely Liberated From Terrorism'

ISIS loses control of Deir ez-Zour in Syria

(Newser) - The Syrian army has liberated the eastern city of Deir ez-Zour from ISIS, according to Syrian state media. Friday's report says the military is now in full control of the long-contested city, which ISIS has controlled since 2014 and which the BBC calls ISIS' "last major stronghold" in... More »

ISIS Releases Threat Against Lionel Messi and Neymar

It's just the latest threat made against the upcoming World Cup

(Newser) - Two of the biggest soccer stars in the world are the target of a new threat from ISIS ahead of the World Cup this summer in Russia. Per AS , Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar appear in a photoshopped image released by the terrorist group this week.... More »

Iraqi Military: Forces Are 'Coming to Liberate You'

Country prepares for a 'final offensive' against ISIS

(Newser) - The Iraqi military says it's preparing a final offensive to push ISIS out of the last scrap of territory it still holds in the country. Joint Operations Command in Baghdad says the air force dropped flyers reading "Your security forces are now coming to liberate you" over ISIS-held... More »

Dozens of Bodies Found After Pro-ISIS Group's Last Stand

Siege in Philippine city is finally over

(Newser) - Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-ISIS militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen inside, two security officials say. The officials say the seizure of the building and the defeat of the militants will allow the military to declare... More »

ISIS Shifting Strategy as Empire Dreams Crumble

With 'capital' of Raqqa lost, analysts say group is returning to 'underground insurgency'

(Newser) - US Central Command is holding off on official confirmation for now, but accounts on the ground appear to have confirmed the inevitable: ISIS has been routed from its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria. The defeat means that the Islamic State, which once had grand plans for an expanding caliphate,... More »

'Capital of Terrorism' Has Fallen

ISIS has lost control of Raqqa, the seat of its caliphate

(Newser) - A commander with the US-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants and that operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told the AP on Tuesday that... More »

ISIS' 'White Widow,' Ex-Punk Rocker, Dead in Strike

UK's most-wanted female terrorist became ISIS recruiter

(Newser) - ISIS has reportedly lost one of its more unlikely members: Sally Jones, a former punk singer from Britain who traveled to Syria to become a recruiter for the group in 2013. A British intelligence source tells the Sun that Jones was killed in June by a drone strike near Syria'... More »

Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot Against NYC Revealed

The alleged plot was foiled by the FBI in 2016

(Newser) - An alleged plot to attack New York City—detonating bombs in Times Square and the subway system while shooting civilians at concert venues—in the summer of 2016 "in the name of ISIS" was stopped by the FBI, according to newly unsealed records. "Three men allegedly plotted to... More »

Cops: Terror Attack in Canada Appears to Be by 'Lone Wolf'

Cop stabbed, 4 others injured after car chase; suspect in custody in Edmonton

(Newser) - A car and knife attack on a cop outside a football game and a high-speed chase that left four people injured appear to be the work of one suspected terrorist, Canadian authorities say. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said officers took the suspect, described as a 30-year-old Edmonton man, into... More »

Leader of Islamic State Breaks 10-Month Silence

Audio released by IS said to be leader Baghdadi

(Newser) - Three months after Russian officials said there was a "high probability" Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi had been killed in an airstrike, an Islamic State media outlet released an apparent audio recording of the IS leader, the AP reports. It's the first alleged recording of Baghdadi released since last November.... More »

London Arrests 2nd Suspect in Subway Attack

UK remains at critical threat level, believes another attack is imminent

(Newser) - London police say a second man has been arrested in connection with the London subway attack. Police said Sunday that a 21-year-old man was arrested late Saturday in west London and is being held under the Terrorism Act. He is being questioned at a south London police station but has... More »

Trump's Call After London Attack: Get 'Proactive & Nasty!'

Attacks shows need for tough travel ban, he says

(Newser) - Rarely reticent after overseas incidents, President Trump spoke up early Friday after news streamed across the pond of a rush-hour explosion in the London Underground that injured at least 18 people. He railed on Twitter against the "loser terrorists," calling those responsible "sick and demented people who... More »

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