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UN Finding Fresh ISIS Horrors

More than 200 mass graves found in Iraq containing between 6K and 12K bodies

(Newser) - More than 200 mass graves containing between 6,000 and 12,000 bodies have been found in Iraq from the time of the Islamic State group's three-year reign, UN investigators said Tuesday. The 202 graves verified by investigators dot northern Iraq and are a "legacy of (ISIS')... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Won't Keep Her $500K

Activist Nadia Murad will be donating it to help sex crime survivors

(Newser) - If any Nobel Prize winners strive for the award solely for the money, Nadia Murad isn't among them. The Hill reports the 25-year-old Yazidi human rights activist, who shared this year's Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, will be giving her $500,000 portion of the Nobel... More »

ISIS Now Needs Its 4th Leader in a Year

US-Afghan troops take out Abu Saad Erhabi in Afghanistan

(Newser) - One could be forgiven for not knowing who's running ISIS in Afghanistan these days: American and Afghan forces killed the terror group's leader on Saturday night, and he's the third man in the position killed since last July, reports the Wall Street Journal . Afghan officials characterize Abu... More »

ISIS Releases New Recording of Leader

Al-Baghdadi slams US, refers to current events

(Newser) - ISIS has released a new audio recording, purportedly of its shadowy leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his first in almost a year. In the audio, al-Baghdadi—whose whereabouts and fate remain unknown—urges followers to "persevere" and continue fighting the group's enemies everywhere. The 54-minute audio entitled "Give... More »

Hawaii Soldier to Plead Guilty to Trying to Help ISIS

Kang offered to become suicide bomber

(Newser) - A Hawaii-based Army soldier accused of attempting to support ISIS will plead guilty, one of his lawyers tells the AP . Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang has agreed to plead guilty, but Alexander Silvert, an assistant federal defender representing him, won't say what charges he'll be pleading to. "... More »

Officials Say Ex-ISIS Fighter Entered US as Refugee

Omar Abdulsattar Ameen was arrested, will be extradited to Iraq

(Newser) - An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the US as a refugee, the AP reports. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was arrested in California on Wednesday and will be extradited to Iraq under a treaty with that nation, US officials say. He made his first appearance in... More »

They Were 29 and Biking the World. Then Came the Attack

Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan were both killed at 29

(Newser) - Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan shook the dust of Washington, DC, off their feet—and the jobs that had kept them there—a year ago in order to bike around the world. The 29-year-olds' journey met a tragic end in Tajikistan on Sunday, with the Islamic State claiming credit for... More »

ISIS Says Leader's Young Son Killed

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's young son, Huthaifa al-Badri, was apparently an elite fighter

(Newser) - The Islamic State says the son of its leader has been killed fighting Syrian government forces. The announcement of the death of the young son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared on the group's social media accounts late Tuesday, reports the AP . It included a picture of a young boy... More »

2nd Family Carries Out Indonesia Suicide Attack

Police say church attack family spent time in Syria

(Newser) - Horror in Indonesia: For the second time in two days, a suicide bombing was carried out by an entire family, including a child, police say. Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was among five family members who attacked police headquarters in the city of Surabaya on Monday morning, the Guardian reports.... More »

Russians Posed as ISIS Hackers to Threaten US Military Wives

'Bloody Valentine's Day!' they wrote

(Newser) - Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone from hackers threatening to slaughter her family. "Dear Angela!" the Facebook message read. "Bloody Valentine's Day!" Ricketts was one of... More »

One Idea Was to Let Dogs Eat All the Bodies in Mosul

Volunteers describe 'thousands' of bodies left buried in rubble

(Newser) - It's been 10 months since Iraq declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, but the bodies are still being collected. Volunteers are slowly combing over what the UN estimates to be 8 million tons of rubble—enough to form three separate piles as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza—... More »

ISIS Attack on 'Apostates' Shakes Kabul

At least 57 die in voter registration center attack

(Newser) - An ISIS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least 57 people and wounding more than 100 others, officials say. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro says that among the 57 killed, 22 were women and eight were children. He says 119... More »

FBI Testing Possible Remains of ISIS Hostages

Captured 'Beatles' provided info on burial sites

(Newser) - The families of American hostages murdered by ISIS in Syria may finally be able to lay their loved ones to rest. Officials and relatives tells ABC News that human remains in areas of Syria liberated from the group are being tested by the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., though it... More »

Captured ISIS Fighters Might Know Where Mueller's Body Is

They're said to be pointing out grave sites

(Newser) - The capture of two ISIS fighters who may know the whereabouts of Kayla Mueller's body has raised hope that her parents might finally be able to put their daughter to rest. ISIS said the aid worker kidnapped in Syria in 2013 was killed in 2015 when a Jordanian airstrike... More »

Syrian Forces Capture 2 Members of 'The Beatles'

They're British members of Islamic State insurgent cell

(Newser) - The American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed "The Beatles" and known for beheading hostages, the AP reports. A US military official said Thursday that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey were captured in early January in eastern... More »

Only Surviving Paris Attack Suspect Goes on Trial

Salah Abdeslam is being tried for Brussels shootout

(Newser) - The only surviving member of the ISIS cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 is appearing in public for the first time since his arrest nearly two years ago. Salah Abdeslam goes on trial in his hometown of Brussels on charges of attempted murder for a police shootout from which... More »

50 Suspected ISIS Fighters Believed to Have Entered Italy

Interpol list leaked to 'Guardian'

(Newser) - An agency in France says an Islamic State fighter may have illegally entered the country. And that's just one of 50 suspected ISIS fighters believed to have landed in Italy in an attempt to reach the rest of Europe, according to an Interpol list obtained by the Guardian . Interpol... More »

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 »

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