France Brings Home French Wives of ISIS Jihadists From Syria

The country repatriated 16 women from Syria, in a move it had long ruled out. Thirty-five children, including some orphans, accompanied them.

#france, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #orphans-and-orphanages, #syria, #terrorism

20 Men Convicted in November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attack

The verdict capped a 10-month trial on the Islamic State rampage of November 2015 that killed 130 people, traumatized the country and still shapes French politics.

#abdeslam-salah, #al-qaeda, #bataclan-paris-france, #charlie-hebdo, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #paris-france, #paris-attacks-november-2015, #terrorism

Kansas Woman Who Joined ISIS Left a ‘Trail of Betrayal’

Allison Fluke-Ekren, a Muslim convert from Kansas, rose through the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria, where she provided military training to women and girls, including her daughter.

#baghdadi-abu-bakr-al, #central-intelligence-agency, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fluke-ekren-allison, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #propaganda, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Pentagon Faults Review of Deadly Airstrike but Finds No Wrongdoing

The military’s inquiry followed a New York Times investigation describing allegations that officials sought to conceal dozens of civilian casualties.

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‘I Lost Everything’: Pakistani Airstrikes Escalate Conflict on Afghan Border

The airstrikes killed at least 45 people, stoking fears of a violent resurgence of the conflict in eastern Afghanistan, which has become a base for Pakistani militants.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khost-afghanistan, #mehsud-hakimullah, #pakistan, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

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British Militant Convicted for Role in Deaths of Americans

The verdict capped a two-week trial that featured the testimony of former captives who detailed relentless beatings, waterboarding and murder by an Islamic State cell known as the Beatles.

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Terrorism Trial Ends With Account of Aid Worker’s Enslavement

El Shafee Elsheikh was accused of being one of four British members of the Islamic State responsible for the torture and killing of Kayla Mueller and three others.

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Four Killed in Southern Israel in Latest in Spate of Attacks

The attacks have heightened fears of further violence in April, when the convergence of three religious holidays has leaders on edge.

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ISIS Names a New Leader, but Says Little About Him

The terrorist group announced its new leader as Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, but gave no information about his background or true identity.

#al-qurayshi-abu-ibrahim-al-hashemi, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #terrorism

Pakistan Identifies Peshawar Suicide Bomber and Network, Police Say

The attack at a Shiite mosque, claimed by an ISIS affiliate, killed at least 63 people and left nearly 200 wounded.

#afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #pakistan, #peshawar-pakistan, #terrorism

Conflict and Climate Change Ravage Syria’s Agricultural Heartland

Drought and a decade of war have brought failing crops and poverty to a region once known as Syria’s breadbasket. Even the bread has changed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #rivers, #save-the-children, #syria, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water, #wheat

The Unrescued

After the U.S. withdrew, thousands of Afghans have been trying to escape. But how do we decide who deserves refuge?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #foreign-aid, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iran, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #nayeri-dina, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-nations-high-commissioner-for-refugees, #united-states-international-relations

US Military Offers New Details on Raid That Led to Death of ISIS Leader

The explosion that killed Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in Syria was most likely caused by a bomb he had rigged, U.S. military officials said.

#al-qurayshi-abu-ibrahim-al-hashemi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #islamic-state-khorasan, #syria, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Should Bring the U.S. Military Back From Iraq

The U.S. withdrew its forces from Afghanistan last year. This year, it should withdraw its forces from Iraq. 

#afghanistan-war-2001, #iran, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Violence Erupts at Syrian Camp for ISIS Families, Leaving a Child Dead

Security forces say they opened fire this week after they were attacked by women and children at Al Hol camp in northeastern Syria, which holds about 60,000 family members of former ISIS fighters.

#detainees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #politics-and-government, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Syria’s Kurds Wanted Autonomy. They Got an Endless War.

The Kurds of northeastern Syria dreamed of establishing an autonomous, multiethnic and gender-equal utopia. Instead, their breakaway region has been engulfed in conflict since its creation.

#democratic-federation-of-rojava-north-syria, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurdistan, #kurds, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Teenage Inmates in Syria Lack Food and Medicine, Aid Group Says

UNICEF was given the first glimpse of teenage detainees at a prison attacked by ISIS two weeks ago in northeastern Syria.

#detainees, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-nations-childrens-fund

Get Children Out of ISIS Detention Camps in Syria

The conditions are horrific and dangerous. And they’re breeding grounds for radicalization and the next generation of ISIS adherents.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Leader’s Death Is Another Blow for ISIS, but It’s Hardly the End

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. But it’s likely to keep adapting and enduring, even after the U.S. raid that killed its top commander.

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Why ‘Trust Us’ Is Often Reason Enough Not to Trust the Government

In the most sensitive government operations, the public can be beholden to the official narrative — which sometimes turns out to be wrong. Yet officials can be defensive about skepticism from the news media.

#civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #psaki-jennifer-r, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Lone ISIS Bomber Carried Out Kabul Airport Attack, U.S. Says

The suicide bombing killed as many as 170 civilians and 13 U.S. troops in the final days of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Five Takeaways From the U.S. Raid That Killed the Islamic State’s Leader

A daring raid by U.S. Special Operations forces that resulted in the death of the ISIS leader offered a vivid reminder that the chaos in Syria continues to reverberate.

#afghanistan, #al-qurayshi-abu-ibrahim-al-hashemi, #civilian-casualties, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

ISIS Leader Dead After U.S. Commandos Raid House in Syria

President Biden said Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi exploded a bomb that killed him and members of his family.

#al-qurayshi-abu-ibrahim-al-hashemi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Neighbors Recall Night of Fear in Syria Raid That Killed ISIS Leader

In a village in Syria, residents took cover, watched and hid as U.S. forces assaulted the house next door, killing the leader of ISIS.

#al-qurayshi-abu-ibrahim-al-hashemi, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Who Was ISIS Leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi?

Little is known about the ISIS leader, who died, much like his predecessor, in a raid by U.S. commandos in northwestern Syria.

#baghdadi-abu-bakr-al, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria

Witnesses Describe US-Led Syria Raid: ‘Those Who Remain Will Die’

Families living on the outskirts of Atmeh, Syria, said the U.S. raid that killed the ISIS leader made for a night of fear.

#idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-special-operations-command

Teenage Inmates Found Among the 500 Dead in Syria Prison Attack

The bodies of at least two boys were found on a street behind the prison — the first confirmed deaths among up to 700 teenagers who had been detained there because they were the children of ISIS fighters.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kobani-mazlum, #politics-and-government, #prison-escapes, #raqqa-syria, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Forces Return to Combat as Allies Struggle to Subdue ISIS Fighters

The fighting was the most intense urban warfare involving American troops in Iraq and Syria since the fall of the ISIS caliphate.

#democratic-federation-of-rojava-north-syria, #detainees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Woman Accused of Prominent Role in Islamic State

Prosecutors said Allison Fluke-Ekren, a former teacher from Kansas, provided military training to women and young girls in Syria.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fluke-ekren-allison-elizabeth, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #women-and-girls

ISIS Siege of Syria Prison Proves It’s Still a Threat

The Islamic State may no longer be able to control territory, but it has shown in Syria and Iraq that it can still pull off opportunistic military operations.

#afghanistan, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

ISIS Fighters Get Ultimatum in Syria Prison Standoff

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia demanded that about 60 ISIS militants, still holed up in a prison a week after they attacked it, give themselves up or risk being killed.

#child-soldiers, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #firearms, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #peoples-protection-units-ypg, #politics-and-government, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism

Austin Orders Military to Step Up Efforts to Prevent Civilian Harm

A new directive outlines steps intended to change how commanders think about their jobs, after New York Times investigations into botched airstrikes.

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U.S.-Backed Forces Clash With ISIS Fighters at Syrian Prison

Kurdish-led forces said that up to 90 ISIS fighters were still holed up in the prison in Hasaka in northeastern Syria, despite earlier claims that they had retaken full control of the complex.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Kurdish-Led Forces End Syria Prison Siege, Defeating ISIS Fighters

The six-day battle put a spotlight on the humanitarian and security issues left unresolved after the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate was destroyed.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Boys Held as Hostages by ISIS Worry Rights Activists

About 700 boys have been held for years in a prison in Syria because their parents joined the Islamic State. Now their lives are in danger.

#child-soldiers, #children-and-childhood, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As ISIS Resurges, US is Drawn Back Into the Fray

“ISIS is not over”: Attacks in Syria and Iraq make clear that the militants have lost neither their will to fight nor their ability to do so.

#detainees, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Syrian-Kurdish Forces Retake Part of Prison Held by ISIS

Paramilitary forces in northeastern Syria say they have regained partial control of a prison attacked by the Islamic State last week. Hundreds of boys are being held hostage.

#civilian-casualties, #democratic-federation-of-rojava-north-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces

As U.S. Strikes Syria Prison Held by ISIS, Young Detainees Are Caught in Crossfire

Almost 700 child detainees are being held in the prison still under siege four days after ISIS launched an attack to free detainees

#children-and-childhood, #detainees, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prisons-and-prisoners, #syria

‘Why Was I Born a Girl?’ An Afghan Poem Inspires U.S. Students

A Zoom connection between high schoolers in Afghanistan and San Diego opens a window for mutual support.

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ISIS Fighters Attack Syria Prison to Free Fellow Jihadists

The attack on a prison run by a U.S.-backed militia in northeastern Syria set off deadly clashes and highlighted the area’s tenuous security.

#civilian-casualties, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #prison-escapes, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The U.S. Bombed a Dam in Syria That Was on a ‘No-Strike’ List

A military report warned that striking the giant structure could cause tens of thousands of deaths.

#civilian-casualties, #euphrates-river, #infrastructure-public-works, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #levees-and-dams, #syria, #tabqa-syria, #terrorism, #townsend-stephen-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

The Civilian Casualties of America’s Air Wars

Why is the death toll of U.S. strikes so staggeringly high?

#afghanistan, #audio-neutral-informative, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #middle-east, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How This Changing Brussels Neighborhood is Trying to Leave The Stigma of Terrorism Behind

Molenbeek was where a terrorist cell planned attacks that killed 162 in Paris and Brussels. Six years later, residents are trying to reinvent the area as a trial rekindles an awful association.

#brussels-belgium, #brussels-attacks-march-2016, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-attacks-november-2015, #sint-jans-molenbeek-belgium, #terrorism, #youth

U.S. Military Focusing on ISIS Cell Behind Attack at Kabul Airport

The suicide bomber who killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. troops, had been freed from prison by the Taliban days before the attack.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Documents Reveal Flaws in Pentagon Dismissals of Civilian Casualty Claims in Iraq and Syria

A Times investigation found inconsistent approaches to assessing claims of civilians killed by coalition forces — including failures to conduct simple internet searches.

#amaq-news-agency, #arabic-language, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #freedom-of-information-act, #google-maps, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #new-york-times, #raqqa-syria, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #your-feed-visual-investigations

What to Know About the Civilian Casualty Files

A New York Times investigation found that the American air war in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan has been plagued by flawed intelligence, poor targeting and thousands of civilian deaths.

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France Refused to Repatriate a Sick Woman Who Joined the Islamic State. She Died.

A Frenchwoman died of health complications in a detention camp in Syria on Tuesday, her lawyer said. She had repeatedly asked to be repatriated to treat severe diabetes.

#deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria

No U.S. Troops Will Be Punished for Deadly Kabul Drone Strike

The military initially defended the August strike, which killed 10 civilians including seven children, in the days afterward, but ultimately called it a tragic mistake.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-special-operations-command

As a Secret Unit Pounded ISIS, Civilian Deaths Mounted

An American strike cell alarmed its partners as it raced to defeat the enemy.

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