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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...

Putin Says 'Radical Islamists' Carried Out Moscow Attack

But Russian leader still suggests Ukraine, with US help, was behind concert hall killings

(Newser) - In an apparent acknowledgement that ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Moscow concert hall, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed "radical Islamists" on Monday evening while still suggesting Ukrainians—or Americans—were complicit. "We know that the crime was committed by radical Islamists," Putin said...

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
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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...

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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...

US: Harassed Drones Later Killed ISIS Leader

Usamah al-Muhajir was riding a motorcycle near Aleppo, official says

(Newser) - A US drone strike killed an Islamic State group leader in Syria hours after the same MQ-9 Reaper drones were harassed by Russian military jets over the western part of the country, the Defense Department reported Sunday. Three Reapers had been flying overhead searching for the militant on Friday, a...

22 US Troops Injured in Syria Helicopter 'Mishap'

Enemy fire was not involved, US military says

(Newser) - A helicopter accident in northeastern Syria over the weekend left 22 American service members injured, the US military said Tuesday, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation and that no enemy fire was involved. The military statement said the service members were receiving treatment and 10 were...

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...

She Joined ISIS at 15, Won't Get UK Citizenship Back

What losing her appeal means for Shamima Begum

(Newser) - Though judges agreed Shamima Begum presented a believable case she was a victim of ISIS sex trafficking, a British court dismissed her appeal to get her UK citizenship back, barring the 23-year-old from returning home. The BBC quoted Begum's legal reps as stating her case is "nowhere...

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...

Biden: Key Terrorist Has Been Taken 'Off the Field'

Maher al-Agal was killed in drone strike

(Newser) - The Pentagon said Tuesday that it killed a leader of the Islamic State group in Syria in a drone strike. US Central Command said in a news release that Maher al-Agal was killed Tuesday and an unidentified senior official in the Islamic State group was seriously injured. The Pentagon said...

Surviving Paris Attacker Gets France's Toughest Sentence

Historic Bataclan trial ends with 20 guilty verdicts

(Newser) - This story has been updated with sentencing details. The biggest trial in France's modern history has concluded after nearly 10 months, with all 20 defendants found guilty of charges related to the 2015 ISIS attack on the Bataclan theater and other Paris locations that killed 130 people. Salah Abdeslam...

FBI Reportedly Foils ISIS Plot to Kill Bush in Texas

Operative reportedly filmed the former president's Dallas residence

(Newser) - Forbes and NBC News are out with stories asserting that the FBI foiled a recent ISIS plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush. The accounts are based on FBI search warrants and court documents unsealed in federal court in Ohio that include informants' details about the alleged scheme....

The Verdict Is In for This ISIS 'Beatle'

El Shafee Elsheikh convicted for role in hostage-taking plot that left four Americans dead

(Newser) - A jury convicted a British national Thursday for his role in an Islamic State group hostage-taking scheme that took roughly two dozen Westerners captive a decade ago, resulting in the deaths of four Americans, three of whom were beheaded. In convicting El Shafee Elsheikh, the jury concluded he was one...

Lawmaker's Death Was an 'Assassination.' Now, a Verdict

ISIS supporter Ali Harbi Ali, 26, found guilty of stabbing UK lawmaker David Amess to death

(Newser) - A jury deliberated for just 18 minutes Monday before finding a fervent Islamic State supporter guilty of stabbing lawmaker David Amess to death, a slaying that shocked the nation and sparked calls for increased police protection for politicians. Ali Harbi Ali, 26, was found guilty by London's Central Criminal...

ISIS Captive's Letter to Dad Leaves Courtroom in 'Tears'

Peter Kassig, killed in 2014, wrote that his last thought would be of the love of his parents

(Newser) - If Peter Kassig was true to his word, the only thought running through his mind as he was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists was how much his parents loved him. Ed Kassig, the father of the US aid worker who was taken hostage in Syria in 2013 and killed a...

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