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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 »

Erdogan Tweets Operation 'Peace Spring' Has Started

As WaPo looks at the prisons holding ISIS militants in the region

(Newser) - And so it begins. The AP reports Turkey's President Erdogan announced in a tweet that the incursion into northern Syria has begun. He said the operation, dubbed "Peace Spring," intends to eliminate "the threat of terror" against his country. The AP reports Turkey has launched airstrikes... More »

White House: Turkey to Invade Northern Syria

US to pull troops ahead of planned offensive

(Newser) - The White House said Sunday that Turkey will soon invade northern Syria, renewing fears of a slaughter of Kurdish fighters allied with the US in a yearslong campaign against ISIS. For months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening to launch a military assault on the Kurdish forces in... 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 »

US Carpet-Bombs 'ISIS-Infested' Island

40 tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq island

(Newser) - The US-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 40 tons of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River "infested" with ISIS members. The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine, north of Baghdad, the AP... 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 »

A Deadly Blast, 'Then I Couldn't Find Anyone'

ISIS claims suicide bombing at Kabul wedding that killed at least 63

(Newser) - The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the Kabul wedding blast that killed at least 63 on Saturday night. A statement by the militant group posted on an ISIS-linked website on Sunday says that a Pakistani ISIS fighter seeking martyrdom targeted a large Shiite gathering... More »

Official: ISIS Is 'Most Near-Term' Threat to US From Afghanistan

Kabul attacks seen as 'practice runs'

(Newser) - ISIS has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters, and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to US and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the US-led... More »

On Day of John Walker Lindh's Release, Some Have Big Fears

He wrote ISIS was doing a 'spectacular job' in 2015 letter

(Newser) - John Walker Lindh, the federal prisoner dubbed the "American Taliban," is due to be released Thursday—but federal authorities believe he could still be very dangerous, sources tell NBC . Lindh, who grew up in California and was captured in Afghanistan in November 2001, said joining the Taliban was... 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 »

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 »

Red Cross Angered a Country by Revealing Her Name

New Zealand says it never gave permission to release name of nurse held by ISIS

(Newser) - New Zealand's government did not approve the International Committee of the Red Cross' decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by ISIS in Syria, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an ICRC official's claim to have acted... More »

Red Cross Breaks 5-Year Silence on Kidnapped Nurse

Louisa Akavi may be alive, 5 years after being taken by ISIS

(Newser) - Her name is Louisa Akavi, and the world is far more familiar with her onetime cell mate: American aid worker Kayla Mueller . Both were kidnapped by ISIS, and while Mueller was killed while in custody, Akavi is believed to be still alive. Akavi is a 62-year-old New Zealand nurse, and... More »

A Girl Allegedly Died an ISIS Slave. Now, a Woman on Trial

Jennifer W. faces murder and war crimes charges against member of Yazidi minority

(Newser) - A German court on Tuesday saw the start of a major case: what is being called one of the most prominent ones against a female ISIS member, and what the AFP reports may be the first ever in which an ISIS member is accused of war crimes against the Yazidi... 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 »

Report Out of Syria: 'Total Elimination' of ISIS Caliphate

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces says the last ISIS stronghold of Baghouz has been liberated

(Newser) - The Islamic State caliphate in Syria may finally be toppled after almost five years of battle, at least according to word from US-backed forces there. Per CNN and the Guardian , the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces says it has liberated the last ISIS stronghold, the eastern village of Baghouz. The SDF... More »

Trump Displays Map, Says ISIS Will Be 'Gone by Tonight'

'Caliphate' reduced to tiny sliver of land

(Newser) - ISIS is down to its last scrap of territory and it will be "gone by tonight," President Trump declared Wednesday, showing reporters at the White House two maps of Syria and Iraq. "I brought this out for you—this is a map of everything in the red,... More »

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