Port Authority Bomber Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

Akayed Ullah, who detonated a pipe bomb in a crowded subway tunnel near Times Square in the name of ISIS in 2017, became radicalized online.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #manhattan-ny-attack-october-2017, #terrorism, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #ullah-akayed

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General Warns of Challenges to Tracking Terrorist Threats in Afghanistan After U.S. Exits

The military is examining where it can reposition troops to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a terrorist base.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #house-committee-on-armed-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khan-imran, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #military-bases-and-installations, #milley-mark-a, #terrorism

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The End of the United States’ Forever War

A new book about the Pech Valley in Afghanistan’s violent east offers poignant lessons as the Biden administration announces plans to withdraw all troops.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #ghani-ashraf, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #korengal-valley-afghanistan, #taliban

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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #cold-war-era, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban, #territorial-disputes, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. and Allies Plan Fight From Afar Against Al Qaeda Once Troops Exit Afghanistan

Drones, long-range bombers and spy networks will be used in an effort to prevent Afghanistan from re-emerging as a terrorist base to threaten the United States.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-special-operations-command

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Biden to Withdraw All Combat Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11

After years of arguing against an extended military presence in Afghanistan, President Biden is doing things his way, with the deadline for withdrawal set for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

Not likely, at least in the short term, intelligence officials assess. But stopping terrorism groups over the long term could be more difficult.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nemam Ghafouri, Doctor Who Aided Yazidis in Iraq, Dies at 52

Dr. Ghafouri helped survivors of an ISIS genocide and reunited formerly enslaved women with children taken from them. She died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #ghafouri-nemam-1968-2021, #humanitarian-aid, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

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In Bid to Boost Its Profile, ISIS Turns to Africa’s Militants

Violence by Islamist extremists in Africa reached a record high last year. Now, the Islamic State is using those attacks to project an image of strength.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sahel-africa, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Three Women Working to Vaccinate Children Shot Dead in Afghanistan

The health workers were part of the government’s polio vaccine campaign in Jalalabad, a city which has seen numerous attacks on women in recent months.

#civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Mozambique Attack

An affiliate of the militant group has seized large swaths of territory, including another important port town, but the assault last week demonstrated a new level of boldness.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #palma-mozambique, #terrorism, #world-food-program

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As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, a Dash for Safety Turns Deadly

An agonizing choice for nearly 200 people holed up in a hotel as gunmen roamed unchecked: Wait overnight for rescue? Or make a run for it?

#foreign-workers, #international-crisis-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #palma-mozambique, #terrorism

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Indonesia Church Rocked by Explosion on Palm Sunday

A priest described the blast in the city of Makassar as a suicide bombing. The mayor said no churchgoers were killed.

#easter-and-holy-week, #indonesia, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #sulawesi-indonesia, #terrorism

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Insurgents Seize Mozambique Town, Killing Several People; Fate of Hundreds Unknown

The attack by hundreds of suspected Islamist insurgents trapped nearly 200 people, including foreign workers, in a hotel in Palma, Mozambique, site of a major gas project.

#africa, #civilian-casualties, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #terrorism, #total-sa

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Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

If U.S. troops leave before any deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the militant group will take over much of the country, an intelligence assessment predicted.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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137 People Killed in Niger in Series of Attacks on Villages Along Mali Border

Gunmen on motorcycles struck in coordinated raids on villages on Sunday in southwestern Niger, a country being ravaged by Islamist violence.

#al-qaeda, #bazoum-mohamed-1960, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #niger, #politics-and-government, #sahel-africa, #terrorism

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Foes in Afghan War See a Common Threat of Islamic State’s Return

An unusual truce between the government and the Taliban has kept the Islamic State out of one former stronghold. But there is a peace paradox: Unemployed fighters looking for work.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #pech-valley-afghanistan, #shiite-muslims, #sunni-muslims, #taliban, #terrorism

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Does Biden Really Want to End the Forever Wars?

If he does, he must work with Congress and go well beyond narrowing old permission slips for conflict.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Risking Death, Hazara Students Pursue Education at Bombed Academies

A group of young Afghans studying for college entrance exams must risk suicide attacks by the Islamic State and the looming threat of a Taliban return.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #taliban, #terrorism

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American Soldiers Help Mozambique Battle an Expanding ISIS Affiliate

With a small military training program, the United States military has joined efforts to fight a brutal insurgency that has devastated northern Mozambique.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #mozambique, #tanzania, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wagner-group

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How a Longstanding Rivalry Spiraled Into 5 Deaths Between 2 Families

In Afghanistan, a rise in targeted attacks that the governments seems unable to stop has also encouraged the settling of old scores through vendetta killings.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #corruption-institutional, #ghor-province-afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #taliban, #targeted-killings

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Women Once Enslaved by ISIS Are Reunited With Their Children

Yazidi women freed from sexual slavery under ISIS were forced to give up their babies. Two years later, some are risking everything to get them back.

#iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #orphans-and-orphanages, #syria, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Remote C.I.A. Base in the Sahara Steadily Grows

The agency has been conducting surveillance flights from the base, which has grown since 2018. Any drone strikes would be limited while the Biden administration carries out a review.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kahl-colin-h, #mccaul-michael-t, #military-bases-and-installations, #obama-barack, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Pope Francis Ends Historic Trip at a Critical Moment for Iraq

Iraqi officials say the successful four-day visit is a testament to Iraqi capabilities and the battered country’s integral role in the region.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurdi-aylan-2011-15, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #roman-catholic-church, #salih-barham, #sistani-ali-al

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Pope Francis Defends Iraq Trip During Coronavirus Pandemic

The pontiff said that he had wrestled with the decision to travel, but put the fate of the Iraqis who flocked to see him in God’s hands.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sistani-ali-al

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Amid the Rubble of Mosul, Francis Offers a Salve for Iraq’s Wounds

The first pope ever to visit Iraq, Francis voiced sorrow and hope for a shrunken Christian community that has suffered persecution, and preached fellowship among religions.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #erbil-iraq, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #muslims-and-islam, #qaraqosh-iraq, #roman-catholic-church, #terrorism

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Biden Seeks Update for a Much-Stretched Law That Authorizes the War on Terrorism

The legal basis for the war against Al Qaeda and its successors is aging and frayed, but how to replace it has long bedeviled lawmakers.

#al-qaeda, #flake-jeffrey-l, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kaine-timothy-m, #obama-barack, #september-11-2001, #shabab, #suleimani-qassim, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-powers-act-1973

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Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’

The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.

#al-qaeda-in-mesopotamia, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jesus-christ, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

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They Were Journalists, and Women, and Targeted for Both

As Afghanistan enters a desperate chapter, with U.S. troops potentially on the way out, insurgents are pressing a deadly campaign to silence the media and keep women home.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #women-and-girls

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In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity

Pope Francis will arrive in a country whose ancient Christian towns are in danger of disappearing. In one, a Christian community’s survival may come at the expense of another minority group.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims

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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #pakistan, #presidential-transition-us, #shabab, #somalia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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In Afghanistan, Three Women Working in Media Are Gunned Down

The women, the latest victims in a wave of targeted attacks, were killed on their way home from their jobs at Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-independent-human-rights-commission, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #maiwand-malalai-d-2020, #nangarhar-province-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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Shamima Begum Loses Effort to Return to U.K. in Fight for Citizenship

The British woman, 21, who joined the Islamic State when she was 15, has sought to return home to challenge a decision to strip her of her citizenship, which could leave her stateless.

#begum-shamima, #decisions-and-verdicts, #great-britain, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria

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Afghan Civilian Casualties Soared After Peace Talks’ Start

Fighting intensified in the last quarter of 2020, after talks between the Afghan government and Taliban began. Before then, it had been a less deadly year than before.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #peace-process, #taliban, #united-nations

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They Built Libraries to Honor Loved Ones, Women Felled by Bombings

As negotiations push forward, it is unclear whether Afghanistan can achieve peace with the Taliban while preserving gains made on women’s rights and education.

#afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #libraries-and-librarians, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #terrorism, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Pressuring France to Bring Them Home, Women Who Joined ISIS Stage Hunger Strike

Frenchwomen who joined the Islamic State and are now held in squalid detention camps in Syria have gone on a hunger strike to protest France’s refusal to bring them back.

#detainees, #france, #hunger-strikes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria

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Held Hostage in Syria, a Reporter Tells What It Took to Survive

“Blindfold” is the American journalist Theo Padnos’s memoir of his nearly two years in captivity and a meditation on resilience.

#al-qaeda, #blindfold-a-memoir-of-capture-torture-and-enlightenment-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #curtis-peter-theo, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #muslims-and-islam, #news-and-news-media, #syria, #terrorism, #torture

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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What We Learned From Mubarak

Regimes that muzzle their people’s voices eventually push people into venting their frustrations from muzzles of a different sort.

#assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khamenei-ali, #lebanon, #libya, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #mubarak-hosni, #putin-vladimir-v, #qaddafi-muammar-el

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Nuclear Deal Debate

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kerry-john, #malley-robert, #miller-aaron-david, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kerry-john, #malley-robert, #miller-aaron-david, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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With a Mass Funeral, Yazidi Survivors Honor Victims of ISIS

#funerals-and-memorials, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #murad-nadia, #sinjar-iraq, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yazidi-religious-sect

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.

#baghdad-iraq, #baghuz-syria, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kirkuk-iraq, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Afghanistan, Follow the White High-Tops and You’ll Find the Taliban

The sneakers have been worn by Afghan fighters over multiple generations, but they’ve become a gruesome marker of the Taliban’s violent insurgency.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #haqqani-network, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #northern-alliance, #shoes-and-boots, #sneakers, #taliban

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U.S. Soldier Discussed Attack on 9/11 Memorial, Prosecutors Say

Cole Bridges was arrested after he discussed a possible attack with an F.B.I. informant posing online as a sympathizer with the Islamic State.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #new-york-city, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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‘I Could Just Vanish’: In Kabul, Pocket Notes to Prevent Anonymous Death

As violence engulfs them, some Afghans carry notes with their names, blood types and relatives’ phone numbers in case they are killed or severely wounded.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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New York Times Says ‘Caliphate’ Podcast Fell Short of Standards

The Times cited an institutional failure and determined the “Caliphate” team gave too much credence to the claims of a supposed former terrorist.

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A Riveting ISIS Story, Told in a Times Podcast, Falls Apart

A Canadian’s gruesome account as an Islamic State executioner in Syria, which was the subject of the “Caliphate” podcast by The New York Times, was fabricated, officials say. A Times review found no corroboration of his claim to have committed atrocities.

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Gunman Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2015 Attack on Paris-Bound Train

The trial of the main assailant, Ayoub El Khazzani, and three accomplices provided a rare opportunity for prosecutors to delve into the operations of the Islamic State in Europe.

#abaaoud-abdelhamid, #bakkali-mohamed, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khazzani-ayoub-el, #railroads, #sadler-anthony-r-jr, #skarlatos-alek-1992, #stone-spencer

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When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

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