Islamic State

Islamic State, Hamas both claim stabbing of Israeli policewoman in Jerusalem

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for its first operation inside Israel earlier today. However, Hamas quickly disputed the self-declared caliphate's claim, saying that Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's loyalists were merely attempting to confuse the media. According to Hamas, two of the attackers were sent by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the third by Hamas. Read more >

Islamic State continues to target Shiite civilians in Kabul

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for an attack on Al Zahra Mosque in Kabul earlier today. Shiite worshippers had gathered at the mosque as part of Ramadan. The Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan has repeatedly targeted Shiites in Kabul, causing mass casualties on several occasions over the past year. Read more >

Iranian officials offer disjointed response to Islamic State terrorist attacks in Tehran

The Islamic Republic has scrambled to explain Wednesday’s Islamic State-claimed, twin terrorist attacks in Tehran, leading to contradictory statements highlighting confusion amongst government agencies. Select Iranian officials however, like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, have attempted to downplay the severity of the attack in what appears to be an attempt to dissuade criticism. Read more >

Analysis: UK investigating possible ‘network’ behind Manchester attack

International authorities are investigating the possibility that a "network" assisted Salman Abedi in the Manchester Arena bombing earlier this week. The investigation stretches from the UK to Libya, where Abedi's younger brother and father have been detained. His brother, Hashim, has allegedly admitted prior knowledge of the plot and that the siblings were Islamic State members. Read more >

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes NATO convoy in Kabul

The Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan "province") has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed at least eight civilians in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The suicide attack targeted a NATO convoy that was driving near the US Embassy in Afghanistan's capital. Three American servicemen were wounded in the blast. Read more >

Taliban and Islamic State clash in eastern Afghanistan

The Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan and the Taliban clashed in the Chaparhar district of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province earlier today. The two sides have battled each other in the area since 2015. Late last month, the Islamic State also fought with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan and assassinated a Taliban figure in Peshawar. Read more >

Why the UK launched its first targeted drone strike ever

The UK Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee has released its investigative report on the Aug. 21, 2015 drone strike that killed UK national Reyaad Khan. The bombing was "the first time outside participation in a military campaign that the UK had conducted a lethal drone strike against a terrorist target." Khan was one of the Islamic State's most prolific cyber planners. Read more >

Ohio man pleads guilty to terror charges after posting Islamic State hit list

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that a 24 year-old Ohio man, Terrence J. McNeil, has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. Prosecutors charged McNeil with soliciting the murders of American servicemen after he republished an Islamic State "hit list" online. The list was first compiled by Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State operative who was subsequently killed in a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria. Read more >

State Department designates 2 Canadian citizens for joining jihadist groups

The State Department announced yesterday that two Canadian citizens have been added to the US government's list designated terrorists. Tarek Sakr has been "linked" to al Qaeda's "affiliate" in Syria and Farah Mohamed Shirdon is a member of the Islamic State. According to press reports, jihadists associated with Sakr are suspected of playing a role in the kidnappings of two Americans in Syria. Read more >

Islamic State claims church bombings in Egypt

The Islamic State has claimed credit for bombings at two Coptic churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria earlier today. The attacks killed dozens of people and wounded approximately 100 others. The so-called caliphate has a history of targeting Christians in Iraq, Egypt and Libya. Read more >

How a US citizen became a key player in the Islamic State’s rivalry with al Qaeda

The eighth edition of the Islamic State's Rumiyah magazine features a cover story on Ahmad Abousamra, who was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List in 2013. Abousamra was the "chief editor" of Dabiq, the Islamic State's English-language magazine, and also one of al Qaeda's fiercest rhetorical opponents. He described al Qaeda's leaders and pro-al Qaeda ideologues as the "Jews of Jihad." Read more >

Islamic State propagandist was ‘brainwashing’ children, US military says

The US military announced today that a senior Islamic State propagandist, Ibrahim al-Ansari, was killed in an airstrike in Al-Qaim, Iraq on Mar. 25. Al-Ansari "was a leader in producing and disseminating propaganda to direct, encourage and instruct terror attacks, as well as to recruit foreign terrorist fighters," a US military spokesman said. Al-Ansari also "promoted terror attacks against US and Turkish citizens" and was responsible for "the brainwashing of young children to perpetuate ISIS's brutal message." Read more >

Islamic State uses improvised weapons of war in Mosul, Iraq

The Islamic State's Ninawa province has released a video highlighting its use of improvised weapons of war in the battle for Mosul, Iraq. The weapons include: vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) with armor attached, modified drones, and a remote-controlled rocket launcher. Children or young adolescents used as "martyrdom" bombers are also featured in the propaganda production. Read more >