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Europol: ISIL could start car bombing, kidnapping in Europe

LONDON — The Islamic State could start using car bombs and kidnappings to spread terror in Europe, according to the European Union’s law enforcement agency.<p>The Europol report — Changes in Modus Operandi of IS revisited — said the extremist group, also known as IS, ISIS or ISIL, appears to have …

Spate of terror attacks as Ramadan draws to a close

<b>(CNN) —</b> Multiple major terror strikes have occurred in recent days as the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approaches. Ramadan ends Tuesday evening.<p>What is Ramadan?<p>ISIS either claimed responsibility or is suspected in each of them. In Lebanon and Kuwait, ISIS plots were said to be …

Extremism

Iraqi forces take Falluja government building from Islamic State: state TV

FALLUJA/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Friday entered the center of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there.<p>Government troops, supported by multiple …

Islam

CIA director grave warning: ISIS dangerous as ever

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS can draw on a "large cadre of Western fighters" that could attack in the U.S. and the terror threat posed by the group remains as dangerous as ever despite efforts to crush it militarily, the director of the CIA said Thursday.<p>"Unfortunately, despite all our progress against ISIL on the …

Terrorism

U.S. uses Apache helicopter to hit ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> A U.S. Army Apache helicopter gunship for the first time in more than a year fired on an ISIS target in Iraq, a defense official told CNN.<p>The Apache fired rockets Monday against a vehicle-borne IED south of Mosul -- signaling the first acceptance by the Iraqi government of the combat use of …

Apache gunships enter combat as Iraqi forces encircle Mosul, Pentagon says

BRUSSELS–As Iraqi forces backed by U.S. support engage the Islamic State across multiple battlefronts in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Monday that American Apache helicopter gunships had been used in combat for the first time since President Obama authorized their use in …

Germany is investigating 180 suspects with Syrian militant links

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is investigating about 180 terror suspects who have returned from Syria or have links to militant groups there, the Justice Ministry said on Friday, a day after three Syrians were arrested on suspicion of planning attacks in Duesseldorf.<p>An Interior Ministry spokesman said …

Fallujah fight stalled by fierce fighting, civilian concerns

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say they have found the remains of another 158 people in a mass grave outside the city of Tikrit, where the Islamic State group is believed to have massacred hundreds of captured soldiers when it rampaged across the country in the summer of 2014.<p>Iraq's forensic …

Exclusive: ISIS makes up for lost oil cash with rising taxes and fees

Despite the constant airstrikes on its oil infrastructure, ISIS still has a $2 billion empire -- and it's making up lost revenue by squeezing the population under its control through rising taxes.<p>That's according to new research from the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism, which will release on …

Income Tax

U.N. Says ISIS May Be Using Human Shields in Fallujah as Aid Groups Warn of 'Catastrophe'

ISIS is reportedly using civilian "human shields" in Fallujah as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces push into the militant-held city, the U.N. warned Tuesday.<p>The alarm was sounded as Iraq's military announced it was less that 2 miles from the center of Fallujah, which has been under ISIS control since …

Middle East

Islamic State creates city-wide hostage crisis in battle for Fallujah

At sunrise, Mohammed Auda Shalaan led a convoy of five vehicles laden with civilians out of the Iraqi city of Fallujah.<p>After two years living under the black flag of jihad, the 350,000 people of this sprawling conurbation beside the Euphrates are now in the path of a huge offensive by government …

Islamic State (ISIS)

US Special Forces seen near Raqqa frontline fighting Isil

US Special Forces, wearing the badge of their Kurdish allies, have been seen fighting Isil near the frontline in the Syrian city of Raqqa for the first time.<p>The commandos were pictured by AFP agency firing an anti-tank missile, or TOW, at a car rigged with explosives in the village of Fatisah, …

Middle East

U.S. Allies Launch Attack on ISIS 'Capital' of Raqqa, Syria

U.S.-allied forces in Syria launched an large-scale offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday, the group said.<p>The Syrian Democratic Forces, an umbrella group including Kurdish and Arab fighters, said on the social network that it launched a three-pronged attack on the extremists' de …

Coalition drops leaflets over Raqqa telling residents to flee ahead of offensive

The US-led coalition has dropped flyers over the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa for the first time urging them to leave, as opposition forces prepare to retake the jihadists’ stronghold.<p>"The time you have been waiting for has come, the time to leave Raqqa," read the top of the comic book style …

US adds ISIS in Yemen, Libya, Saudi to terror list

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. added ISIS affiliates from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen to its list of designated terrorist organizations on Thursday.<p>The move means these groups are being formally listed as designated terrorist organizations, a reflection of the changing assessment of the threat they …

Wave of bombings in Baghdad kill 69

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least …

An American ISIS Cell: The Story of 3 U.S. Recruits

In his small Silicon Valley office, Salem Khan covered his face with his hands and sobbed deeply.<p>He was crying about his 24-year-old son, Jaffrey, a troubled young man who had struggled in school and in life. Khan long feared his child would one day do something terrible — and now he had.<p>He had …

Medical Marketing

At least seven people killed in assault that echoes those carried out by Isis<p>Suicide attackers have broken into a gas plant north of Baghdad, killing at least seven people and setting fire to gas tanks, officials have said.<p>The attack on the Taji plant, about 12 miles (20km) north of the capital, …

Extremism

10 ISIS militants killed in Iraq clash

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribal fighters killed 10 ISIS militants in an hours-long clash Saturday, security sources said.<p>The incident occurred in Amiriyat al-Falluja in Anbar province -- a town more than nine miles, or 15 kilometers, south of city of Falluja.<p>Security sources said the …

Extremism

Islamic State Bombings Kill Dozens in Baghdad

Attacks in the Sadr City neighborhood and elsewhere expose gaps in security in the Iraqi capital<p>BAGHDAD—A series of Islamic State bombings on Wednesday killed at least 88 people in Baghdad, marking one of the deadliest days of insurgent violence in Iraq’s capital in years and exposing the …

Baghdad

Afghan 'Islamists' held in Italy 'targeted London'

<b>Police in the port city of Bari in southern Italy have arrested two Afghan men suspected of plotting jihadist attacks in Italy, France and the UK.</b><p>Three other Afghans are still being sought, two of whom may have gone back to Afghanistan, Italian media report.<p>Video clips and photos on the two …

Top U.S. intelligence official: ISIS has cells in UK, Germany, and Italy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> America's top intelligence official, James Clapper, said Monday that ISIS has clandestine cells in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, comments that come as President Barack Obama concludes an overseas visit where he asked Europe to contribute more to the fight against …

U.S. soldier helps foil plot to blow up school in Denmark

<b>(CNN) —</b> A U.S. Army captain working in Iraq helped foil a terrorist plot to blow up a school in Denmark, according to a U.S. defense official.<p>Capt. Bradley Grimm provided "actionable intelligence" gleaned from captured documents in Iraq about foreign fighters from Denmark that included information …

U.S. Army

Isil and Italian mafia teaming up to smuggle cannabis into Europe

The Islamic State is working with the Italian mafia to smuggle cannabis to Europe, a new investigation shows.<p>While smoking and handling hashish is forbidden under Sharia law and the group punishes those living in its territory in Syria and Iraq caught using it, its leaders are making millions from …

North Africa

The ISIS Files: What Leaked Documents Reveal About Terror Recruits

A trove of ISIS personnel records obtained by NBC News has now been analyzed by experts at West Point, who say it’s the largest and “most significant” document cache of its kind, providing new insight into the terror group’s grand ambitions and diverse recruits.<p>The files reveal that the jihadists …

Al-Qaeda

US warns of 'credible threats' to Americans in Turkey

The U.S. issued a dire warning to its citizens Saturday about “credible threats” to tourist areas in Turkey on the same day Turkish authorities exploded a roadside bomb in Istanbul.<p>The emergency message from the U.S. Consulate urged Americans to exercise “extreme caution” in public squares and …

Brussels: 'Bombers initially planned to attack France'

The attackers who struck Brussels last month had initially planned to launch a second attack on France, Belgium's Federal Prosecution Office has said.<p>But the group was "surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation" and decided to rush an attack on the Belgian capital instead, …

Belgians find elusive 'man in the hat' from airport video

BRUSSELS (AP) — After nearly three weeks of frantic searching, Belgian authorities announced Saturday they had finally identified the elusive "man in …

Belgian man wanted over Paris attacks is arrested – reports

Belgian, who was seen in car with Salah Abdeslam two days before atrocity, has been detained along with four other people<p>Mohamed Abrini, a a key suspect wanted in connection with the Paris attacks in November, has been arrested in Belgium, along with four other people, Belgian federal prosecutors …

Terrorism