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Erdogan Announces Capture of Baghdadi Wife, With Trump Dig

Turkey's president appears to reference Trump's post-raid address

(Newser) - Turkey is heralding another victory against the Islamic State: the capture of one of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wives. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement Wednesday during a speech at Ankara University, adding an apparent dig at President Trump's post-raid address to the nation. Following... More »

Woman Found in Syrian Trailer Could Be a 'Gold Mine'

Rasmiya Awad, said to have been detained by Turkish forces, is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's sister

(Newser) - US authorities weren't able to question former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before his death in Syria. But they might get to question his older sister. Rasmiya Awad, 65, was seized Monday in a raid near the town of Azaz in Aleppo province, according to Turkish officials who now... More »

Trump Defends Decision Not to Loop In Democrats

Says he feared leaks before ISIS raid; he also may release part of the video

(Newser) - President Trump likened watching video of the ISIS raid that killed the group's commander to watching a movie. Now he says the White House might release the video, or at least a portion of it. "We're thinking about it," he told reporters Monday, reports ABC News... More »

WaPo Catches Flak for Baghdadi Headline

Describing terrorist as 'austere religious scholar' shouldn't have happened, says 'Washington Post' rep

(Newser) - The weekend's news was dominated by the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but one headline garnered extra attention. In its obituary for the 48-year-old Islamic State leader, the Washington Post originally topped the story with a headline most Americans wouldn't argue with, per USA Today : "Abu Bakr... More »

Family of Kayla Mueller Happy ISIS Leader Is Dead

Raid was a 'lifeline' for embattled Trump

(Newser) - The parents of Kayla Mueller say they are "so grateful" to President Trump and the special forces soldiers who took part in the raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi . Mueller, an aid worker from Arizona, was kidnapped by ISIS in 2013 and the... More »

How the US Found Baghdadi

Seems one of his wives and a courier told all

(Newser) - President Trump grabbed the world's attention Sunday with major news: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was dead . Now details are emerging about the US military raid against the Islamic State leader. Turns out one of Baghdadi's wives and a courier were arrested this summer and revealed his location in a... More »

US Thinks It Took Out ISIS Chief in Raid

Baghdadi believed killed in coalition raid in northern Syria; president will make announcement at 9am

(Newser) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of the Islamic State who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world's most wanted man, is believed dead after being targeted by a US military raid in Syria. A US official told the AP late Saturday that al-Baghdadi was targeted... More »

McConnell Introduces Resolution Opposing Syria Withdrawal

But stops short of suggesting sanctions on Turkey

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced legislation Tuesday denouncing Turkey's invasion of northern Syria and gently prodding President Trump to halt his withdrawal of US troops from the embattled country, the AP reports. But McConnell said lawmakers should refrain from imposing sanctions on Turkey for now, saying, "We... More »

As US Troops Depart, Residents Pelt Them

'Like rats, America is running away,' says one man in Kurdish-dominated city

(Newser) - Angry over the US withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday, the AP reports. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said a small residual US military force will stay in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at... More »

US: 'Beatles' Members Taken Into Custody in Syria

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey were allegedly in the notorious group

(Newser) - US officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages have been taken into American custody and moved out of Syria, the AP reports. President Trump said earlier Wednesday that the US had moved some Islamic State prisoners amid fears they... More »

Judge: No Bail for Airline Worker After 'Disconcerting' Find

Prosecutors say mechanic who allegedly tampered with plane may have ties to terrorists

(Newser) - After American Airlines mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested earlier this month and accused of tampering with the navigation system of a plane he'd worked on in July at Miami International Airport, he admitted he'd done so. But he told investigators it was done out of a... More »

ISIS Leader Urges Followers to Free Detainees

He says Muslim women are being held in 'prisons of humiliation run by Crusaders'

(Newser) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urges his followers to "do their utmost" to free detainees in a purported new message from the ISIS leader. In the 30-minute audio recording released by Al-Furqan, the group's media branch, al-Baghadi asks how Muslims can enjoy life when Muslim women are being held in... More »

The Bride and Groom Survived. 63 Others Didn't

Afghanistan vows to crush ISIS after wedding attack

(Newser) - Afghanistan's president on Monday vowed to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local ISIS affiliate. President Ashraf Ghani's comments came as Afghanistan mourns at least 63 people,... More »

Trial Witness: Navy SEAL Chief Didn't Kill Captive—I Did

Prosecutors don't buy argument from medic

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL medic said at a court martial Thursday that it was he who killed a captured ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017—not Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who is accused of the murder . After Gallagher stabbed the teen, causing what Special Operator First Class Corey Scott testified... More »

Cops: We Foiled Terror Tactic Never Used in Southeast Asia

Police in Indonesia say they busted bomb plot that would've used WiFi for detonation

(Newser) - Next Wednesday was supposed to be the day. That's when Islamic militants were planning on setting off a bomb, an Indonesian police spokesman says—and they reportedly had a high-tech plan in place. They were going to use WiFi to detonate it, Dedi Prasetyo tells the New York Times ... More »

Giveaway for Plane Bomb Plot: His Bag Was Too Heavy

Khaled Khayat convicted in 2017 plot in Australia after trying to smuggle bomb in meat grinder

(Newser) - A man tried to blow up a plane carrying 400 people with a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder but was reportedly thwarted because his bag was too heavy to be checked in. The BBC reports Khaled Khayat, 51, was convicted by a jury Wednesday in Australia, where he was... More »

ISIS Chief Appears in Video for First Time in 5 Years

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says group will 'take revenge' for lost members

(Newser) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, whom Al Jazeera refers to as the "elusive chief" of ISIS and the AP calls "shadowy," has appeared in a propaganda video for the first time since 2014. The extremist group's Al Furqan media network published the video message Monday, though it's... More »

ISIS Names 7 Suicide Bombers in 'Infidel Holiday' Attack

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings

(Newser) - Authorities in Sri Lanka have implicated a small extremist group called National Thowfeek Jamaath for the Easter weekend bombings . But how could a small group pull off a coordinated attack of such sophistication? The answer might have arrived via the Islamic State's Amaq news agency, reports the New York ... More »

Feds: Man Walked Off Job Intending to Carry Out Attack

Rondell Henry is accused of plotting ISIS-style attack

(Newser) - A Maryland man inspired by ISIS walked off his job in the middle of the day last month intending to carry out a terrorist attack, federal prosecutors say—and if he had been more organized, the death toll could have been horrific. Rondell Henry, a 28-year-old computer engineer, allegedly planned... More »

Cops: 'Serious Act of Violent Subversion' Halted in Germany

10 have been arrested for allegedly plotting terror attack

(Newser) - German police say they've arrested 10 people in the west of the country on suspicion of planning an Islamic extremist terror attack, per the AP . The DPA news agency reported the suspects were taken into custody on Friday and Saturday in the towns of Essen, Duesseldorf, Wuppertal, Moenchengladbach, Duisburg... More »

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