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On Paris Ringleader's Phone, Scenes of Gore

Images, video clips were reportedly accessed by anti-ISIS group in early 2014

(Newser) - Yesterday brought a report that Reuters obtained Fatwa Number 68 , a document that justifies ISIS' harvesting of organs from living captives, even if the brutal move results in death. Reuters wasn't the only news service to provide a gory new window into the terror group. NBC News has spoken... More »

Official: Man Behind Paris Attacks Was Planning More Carnage

He reportedly planned to bomb a Paris business district the following week

(Newser) - The man believed to have planned the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital's business district. Abdelhamid Abaaoud and an accomplice are believed to have been planning to attack La Defense... More »

Sister of Paris' Female Terrorist: 'She Was Sad'

Relatives describe a party girl turned troubled woman

(Newser) - The sister of the woman killed during a raid on an apartment outside Paris last week says Hasna Aitboulahcen wasn't a die-hard terrorist but was "manipulated by her cousin," alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Speaking with NBC News , 25-year-old Myriam Aitboulahcen—who last spoke... More »

Brussels Raises Terror Alert to Highest Level

Warning 'based on quite precise information'

(Newser) - Belgium's capital entered a security lockdown Saturday as the government warned of a threat of a repeat of Paris-style attacks, with subways in Brussels closed and heavily armed police and soldiers deployed. At least one suspect from the deadly Paris attacks is at large, and was last seen crossing... More »

3rd Body Pulled From Raid Rubble Near Paris

And 2nd body has been positively IDed as female cousin of alleged mastermind

(Newser) - A third body has been pulled from the wreckage of Wednesday's police raid north of Paris, the New York Times reports. The body of alleged attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud was positively identified Thursday, and forensics experts also confirmed the body of Hasna Aitboulahcen, said to be Abaaoud's cousin,... More »

Mastermind of Paris Attacks Is Dead

Abaaoud identified; France says he led 4 of 6 foiled attacks since spring

(Newser) - He's dead: Authorities in Paris today said the man believed to have orchestrated the terror attacks on the City of Lights was killed in Wednesday's police raid, reports the AP . The city prosecutor said today that Abdel­hamid Abaaoud had been identified through skin samples; Interior Minister Bernard... More »

Raided Paris Terror Cell Was Ready to Strike: Prosecutor

2 dead, 8 arrests in raid near Paris—but fate of alleged mastermind still unclear

(Newser) - Paris prosecutor Francois Molins gave new details on the police raid on an alleged ISIS terror cell just north of Paris in a press conference Wednesday. Some highlights :
  • Molins said about 5,000 rounds were fired by police during an hourlong gunfight between heavily armed police and those inside the
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Alleged Paris Mastermind's Family Wanted Him Dead

Abdelhamid Abaaoud recruited his 13-year-old brother to join jihad

(Newser) - When the alleged mastermind of the Paris terror attacks was thought to have been killed in Syria a year ago while fighting for ISIS, his family prayed that it was true. Abdelhamid Abaaoud —who attended an exclusive Catholic school in Brussels before dropping out of secondary school and spending... More »

Suspect Blows Herself Up in France Raid

7 arrested, but whereabouts of alleged mastermind is unclear

(Newser) - Dramatic developments in the hunt for surviving suspects from the Paris attacks: At least two are dead and seven more arrested after a huge police raid on an apartment in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Wednesday morning. The big question—whether alleged mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud is among them—remains unclear, reports... More »

France: Attacks Were Planned From Syria

Mastermind believed to be Belgian-born ISIS militant

(Newser) - Some of the terrorists were homegrown, but Friday night's terror attacks in Paris were an international affair that was planned in Syria, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned on Monday, the morning after French planes pounded targets in Raqqa . Valls warned that France is dealing with a "terrorist... More »

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