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Widow of Slain Islamic State Leader Sentenced to Death

One of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wives sentenced by Iraqi court for her role in crimes

(Newser) - An Iraqi court issued a death sentence against one of the wives of the late brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleging that she was complicit in crimes committed against Yazidi women captured by the militant group, the country's judiciary announced Wednesday. The ruling comes weeks before the...

Attending Pride Events? Heed This FBI Warning

FBI, Homeland Security warn that terrorists may target next month's celebrations

(Newser) - Those planning to attend June's Pride Month celebrations should be on the watch for terrorist threats, according to the FBI and Homeland Security. The security agencies warned of the "potential targeting of LGBTQIA+-related events and venues" by foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters in a news release , which...

CNN Pushes Back at Pentagon Account of Kabul Airport Attack

Outlet says new evidence turns over narrative of a lone suicide bomber in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Few claim that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan almost three years ago went smoothly. Now, conflicting accounts of the war's final days are emerging that puts the Pentagon's narrative at odds with others.
  • Bombing: In the late afternoon of Aug. 26, 2021, a blast brought about by an

FBI: Idaho Teen Hatched 'Truly Horrific' Pro-ISIS Plot

Alexander Mercurio charged with planning attack on local churches

(Newser) - An 18-year-old planned to storm at least one church in Idaho, "killing as many people as possible" in the name of the Islamic State, according to authorities, who say they intervened to stop him just in time. Investigators arrested Alexander Mercurio on Saturday, a day before he intended to...

Report: US Wasn't Only Nation to Warn Russia of Attack

Ally Iran alerted Russia days before, citing intel from interrogations, Reuters reports

(Newser) - If a warning from the US didn't get the attention of Russian security officials ahead of last month's horrifying terrorist attack in Moscow, a direct warning from Iran ought to have done. According to Reuters , Iran warned Russia of a possible "terrorist operation" in Russian territory after...

What We Know About ISIS-K, Group Behind Moscow Attack

Group considers Taliban rule of Afghanistan too soft

(Newser) - The Islamic State affiliate that said it carried out the killings in Moscow's Crocus City concert hall has been escalating its attacks in other countries as part of its campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan, analysts say. The idea is to weaken the Taliban's relations with allies and...

US Embassy Warns of 'Imminent' Moscow Attack

Alert came hours after Russia's FSB claimed to have foiled attack on synagogue

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Russia warned of an "imminent" attack in Moscow on Thursday, hours after Russia's intelligence agency claimed to have thwarted an attempted attack on a synagogue in the capital.
  • The warning: "The Embassy is monitoring reports that extremists have imminent plans to target large

US, Iraq to Discuss Ending Coalition's Mission

American forces have repeatedly come under fire since Israel-Hamas war began

(Newser) - The US and Iraq will begin talks soon to wind down the mission of a US-led military coalition formed to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq, both governments said Thursday. The Pentagon said the size of the American military footprint in the country will be part of the discussions,...

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Attack in Iran

Terror group may be trying to exploit the chaos of the Israeli-Hamas war

(Newser) - The Islamic State claimed responsibility Thursday for two suicide bombings in Iran on Wednesday that claimed more than 80 lives. Experts who follow the group confirmed that the statement came from the extremists, who likely hope to take advantage of the chaos gripping the region amid Israel's war on...

Man Said to Be 4th ISIS 'Beatle' Arrested at UK Airport
Alleged ISIS 'Beatle'
Sentenced in UK

Alleged ISIS 'Beatle' Sentenced in UK

Aine Davis was arrested at a UK airport after he finished a 7-year sentence in Turkey

(Newser) - A man suspected of being the fourth member of the ISIS "Beatles" kidnap gang has been sentenced to eight years in prison in the UK for terror-related offenses. Aine Davis, 39, spent seven years in prison in Turkey for being a member of the extremist group and was arrested...

ISIS Is Now on Its 4th Leader Since Early 2022

Group confirms another leader has been 'martyred'

(Newser) - Leaders of the Islamic State group, aka ISIS, use "al-Qurayshi," the name of the Prophet Mohammed's tribe, as a nom de guerre—and the group is now on its fourth al-Qurayshi since early last year. The group's spokesman said in a recording on Telegram on Thursday...

Taliban Kill Mastermind of Kabul Airport Bombing

2021 suicide bombing killed 13 US service members, 170 Afghans

(Newser) - The Taliban have killed the senior Islamic State group leader behind the August 2021 suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport that left 13 US service members and about 170 Afghans dead, according to the father of a Marine killed in the attack who was briefed Tuesday by military officials. Over...

They Were Foraging for Truffles When Militants Killed 26

Truffle hunting has become increasingly dangerous in Syria

(Newser) - Islamic State militants killed at least 26 people who were foraging for wild truffles in Syria's Hama region, opposition and state media reported Sunday. Amid the economic devastation of Syria’s yearslong war, foraging for truffles can help people earn money, as the seasonal delicacy fetches a high price,...

IS Group Says It Killed 35 Christians in Village

US has offered $5M reward in hunt for leader in response to attacks in Congo

(Newser) - The Islamic State group has issued a statement claiming responsibility for killing more than 35 people and wounding dozens in eastern Congo. In the statement, posted Friday by Aamaq, the militants' news agency, it said it killed Christians with guns and knives and destroyed their property in Mukondi village in...

4 US Troops, and Dog, Wounded in Syrian Raid

Helicopter strike killed a senior member of the Islamic State

(Newser) - The US military said Friday that a helicopter raid led by its forces in northeast Syria left a senior leader with the Islamic State group dead and four American service members wounded. The operation was conducted Thursday night in partnership with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which is allied with...

Islamic State Supporter Accused of Meeting With Lindh

Ali Shukri Amin might have violated the terms of his federal release

(Newser) - A northern Virginia man convicted nearly a decade ago of supporting the Islamic State group as a teenager has now been accused of violating the terms of his release by meeting with convicted Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh . According to court documents, the FBI photographed Ali Shukri Amin meeting with...

ISIS Says Another Leader Has Been Killed

Terror group is now on its third leader this year

(Newser) - ISIS is now on its third leader of the year, according to a statement from the terror group's media affiliate. The group, also known as the Islamic State, said Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was "killed while struggling against the enemies of God," CNN reports. The group said...

Kansas Woman Who Led ISIS Battalion Gets the Max

2 of Allison Fluke-Ekren's children requested the sentence

(Newser) - Update: A Kansas woman who pleaded guilty to leading an all-female ISIS battalion in Syria was on Tuesday handed the maximum possible sentence: 20 years. The AP reports two of Allison Fluke-Ekren's children asked the judge to give her that sentence, alleging they suffered physical and sexual abuse at...

French Cement Company Pleads Guilty to Aiding ISIS

Lafarge paid millions of dollars to militants in order to keep Syria plant open

(Newser) - French cement company Lafarge pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying millions of dollars to the Islamic State group in exchange for permission to keep open a plant in Syria, a case the Justice Department described as the first of its kind. The company also agreed to penalties totaling roughly $778 million....

Another 'Beatle' Hears His Fate Over ISIS Hostages

UK national El Shafee Elsheikh, aka the 'Ringo' of the group, gets life in prison

(Newser) - British national El Shafee Elsheikh was sentenced to life in prison Friday for his role in an Islamic State scheme that took roughly two dozen Westerners hostage a decade ago. Elsheikh's hostages gave him a somewhat whimsical nickname—he was dubbed a "Beatle," along with other English-accented...

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