Tag: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Pentagon Chief Expected to Discuss 2019 Airstrike That Killed Dozens

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III is expected on Wednesday to make his first public comments about a U.S. airstrike in Syria in 2019 that killed dozens of women and children, Pentagon officials said. Mr. Austin, who became secretary earlier this year after the Biden administration began, received a briefing on Tuesday about […]

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Pentagon Chief Orders Briefing on 2019 Syria Airstrike That Killed Dozens

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered the military’s top commander in the Middle East to brief him on details of a U.S. airstrike in Syria in 2019 that killed dozens of women and children, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Pentagon’s top spokesman, John F. Kirby, said Mr. Austin, who became […]

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How the U.S. Hid a Deadly Airstrike

Dave Philipps contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, […]

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Book Excerpt: Navy SEAL’s Behavior Led Teammates to Change Their Mission

Throughout the contentious trial of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL chief accused of killing a prisoner in Iraq in 2017, Navy prosecutors never mentioned the name of the Islamic State fighter he had actually been charged with murdering. He was just “the kid” or “the victim,” sometimes “the dirtbag” — not even “John Doe.” In […]

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How the U.S. Hid an Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria

The Times investigation found that the bombing had been called in by a classified American special operations unit, Task Force 9, which was in charge of ground operations in Syria. The task force operated in such secrecy that at times it did not inform even its own military partners of its actions. In the case […]

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Survivors of Paris 2015 Terrorist Attacks “Dead Among the Living”

PARIS — One by one, day after day, week after week, a steady stream of witnesses walked up to the stand. They fiddled with their face masks or shuffled notes. Adjusted the microphone, some with trembling hands. Stared at the ceiling of the brand-new, brightly lit courtroom to steel themselves or hold back a tear. […]

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ISIS Poses a Growing Threat to New Taliban Government in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Aref Mohammad’s war against the Islamic State ended earlier this fall when his unit of Taliban fighters was ambushed by the terrorist group in eastern Afghanistan. A bullet shattered his femur, leaving him disabled and barely able to walk, nevermind fight. But for the Taliban movement he served under, now the government […]

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Iran Wanted U.S. Out of Afghanistan. It May Be Sorry the Wish Came True.

For 20 years, Iranian officials have said they wanted the U.S. military out of Afghanistan. Iran supplied Afghan insurgents with weapons to use against American soldiers. It sheltered Al Qaeda’s top leaders in Tehran. It courted the Taliban with diplomatic visits, covertly and then publicly. But when the United States finally left Afghanistan in August, […]

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German Woman Convicted of a Crime Against Humanity in Death of Yazidi Child

BERLIN — A criminal court in Munich sentenced a German convert to Islam to 10 years in prison on Monday, finding the woman guilty of supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and a crime against humanity for leaving a 5-year-old Yazidi girl to die of thirst in the scorching heat. The sentencing of the 30-year-old […]

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Iraq Says It Arrested a Leading Islamic State Figure

BAGHDAD — Iraq says it has captured the Islamic State’s finance chief, a rare arrest of a major ISIS figure that could produce significant intelligence gains against the group as it struggles to re-emerge. Iraqi security forces said in a statement on Monday that they had arrested Sami Jassem al-Ajuz “by a major action by […]

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Canadian Admits Fabricating Terrorism Tale Detailed in New York Times Podcast

OTTAWA — A Canadian man admitted in court on Friday that he made up tales about serving as an Islamic State fighter and executioner in Syria. In exchange, Canadian authorities dropped criminal charges against him of perpetrating a hoax involving the threat of terrorism. The man, Shehroze Chaudhry, had spread fabricated stories of life as […]

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Lethal Blast Strikes Shiite Mosque in Northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — A lethal blast struck a mosque in northern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, according to a Taliban spokesman, the latest reminder of the precarious security situation across the country following the Taliban’s recent takeover. Witness accounts described a powerful blast, probably with many casualties. There was no immediate claim of responsibly for the […]

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Behind the Scenes of the Events of Jan. 6

To the Editor: Re “He Drafted Plan to Keep Trump in White House” (front page, Oct. 3) and “Jan. 6 Was Worse Than It Looked” (editorial, Oct. 3): Regarding my advice to Vice President Mike Pence in the days before the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6: Although I take issue with some statements […]

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3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Some of the children have forgotten that they are Yazidi. Mr. Hussein knows from his son, who is not being identified for his own safety, that he is being forced to work in construction for about $1 a day. But without the $9,000 the captors are demanding for each of his six relatives, Mr. Hussein […]

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Narrator of ISIS Videos Flown to U.S. To Face Terrorism Charge

WASHINGTON — A Canadian man who narrated two infamous propaganda videos that the Islamic State used to recruit Westerners and to encourage terrorism attacks was secretly whisked to the United States to face federal prosecution in Virginia. The man, Mohammed Khalifa, 38, a Canadian who traveled to Syria in 2013 and later joined the Islamic […]

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