800 ISIS Women Detained In Syria

Over 800 women belonging to ISIS have been detained in Syria.

This was disclosed by a German newspaper revealing that the women are being detained in Kurdish regions of northern Syria with their children.

The report which cited a terrorism expert from Human Rights Watch said that among the 800 were 15 German women.

“The female IS members and their children were detained across several camps in the region. The women were from 40 different countries including Canada, France, Britain, Tukey and Australian. These women are in a very difficult situation. Especially for the small children the conditions are by no means good,” the report said.

The women wanted to return home even if that meant having to face prosecution it added calling on European governments to allow the children to return.  “The children have not committed any crimes, they are the victims of the war and often their radicalized parents.”

 

Two Notorious ISIS Members Of ‘The Beatles’ Captured In Syria

Two notorious British ISIS members, who were nicknamed ‘The Beatles’ and are believed to be involved in the brutal torture and beheadings of Western hostages have been captured.

According to reports they are being detained by U.S.-backed rebel forces in Syria. The pair were part of a group of four ISIS members from the United Kingdom nicknamed “The Beatles” by their hostages because of their English accents and origins.

According to two U.S. officials, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were recently captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces and are being interrogated by U.S. interrogators.

Kotey and Elsheikh were the two remaining members of the ISIS “Beatles” quartet who remained on the battlefield. The group’s ringleader, Mohammed Emwazi, who was nicknamed “Jihadi John”, was killed in a 2015 CIA drone strike.

Emwazi had the highest profile in the group and narrated the gruesome ISIS videos that showed the beheading deaths of American hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

Aine Davis, another member of the foursome, was reportedly captured and is being held in Turkey.

Kotey and Elsheikh were captured in early January by the Syrian Democratic Forces during an operation in eastern Syria, according to a U.S. official. They are believed to have acted as guards and interpreters involved in ISIS’ illegal captivity of Western hostages, said the official.

Among those hostages was American Kayla Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, who according to U.S. officials, is believed to have been killed during her captivity.

ABC News’ 20/20 has previously reported that Mueller was being held hostage by “The Beatles” and that she once boldly corrected Jihadi John when he wrongly told other hostages that she had converted to Islam.

A senior U.S. official confirmed that part of the interrogation of Kotey and Elsheikh is aimed at finding the remains of Western hostages, particularly Americans, who were killed during their ISIS captivity.

 

New York Suspect Says IS Inspired Attack, Killings ‘Felt Good’

 The Uzbek immigrant behind New York’s worst attack in 16 years confessed to acting in the name of the Islamic State group and “felt good” about the killings, having planned an assault for a year, investigators said Wednesday.

 

 

US President Donald Trump vowed an immediate crackdown on the visa program that he said allowed the 29-year-old to immigrate in 2010, saying he would “certainly consider” sending the suspect to the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay and later calling for his execution. The attack killed eight people, five of them childhood friends from Argentina celebrating 30 years since their high school graduation, a 31-year-old Belgian mother, and two US men, from New York and neighboring New Jersey.

 

 

Of 12 wounded, four remained in critical condition following the deadliest attack in America’s financial capital since the Al-Qaeda hijackings on September 11, 2001. Saipov first started planning an attack a year ago, before settling two months ago on using a truck to kill as many people as possible during Halloween celebrations, according to a federal terrorism complaint.

 

 

Prosecutors unveiled the charges, saying he had waived his rights and confessed to being inspired by IS propaganda, after yelling “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) upon exiting a rented pickup truck in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday.

 

 

“Saipov committed this attack in support of ISIS,” US acting Manhattan attorney Joon Kim announced, using an acronym to refer to the IS jihadist group.

 

 

Saipov appeared in a wheelchair before a US magistrate in Manhattan federal court, where the charges were formally read. He was not required to enter a plea and was later sent to a federal detention facility, most likely in New York, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s office told AFP.

 

IS Claims Attack On Iraq Embassy In Kabul

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack on Iraq Embassy in Kabul. The Islamic State group claimed it had attacked the Iraqi embassy in Kabul Monday, as a series of explosions and the sound of gunfire shook the Afghan capital in a continuing assault.

A security source told AFP that a suicide bomber had blown himself up outside the Iraqi embassy. “Civilians are being evacuated” from the area as the attack is ongoing, said the official, who declined to be named.

There was no immediate information about casualties.

Two members of “the Islamic State attack the Iraqi embassy building in the Afghan city of Kabul”, said the jihadist group’s propaganda agency Amaq without providing further details.

At least four explosions, along with the sounds of gunfire and grenades, were heard near the city’s diplomatic quarter shortly after 11:00 am (0630 GMT).

Security forces rapidly descended on the area and the sirens of ambulances rushing to the scene could also be heard. A column of smoke rose from the blast site. Police confirmed at least one blast but said they did not immediately have further information.

The Iraqi embassy is located in northwestern Kabul, in a neighbourhood that is home to several hotels and banks as well as large supermarkets and several police compounds.

“I heard a big blast followed by several explosions and small gunfire,” said Ahmad Ali, a nearby shopkeeper. “People were worried and closed their shops to run for safety. The roads are still blocked by security forces.”

The attack is the latest to rock Kabul, and comes as the resurgent Taliban intensify their offensive across the country following a car bomb explosion that killed over 20 people last week.

16 Year Old Girl Who Ran Away From Home To Join ISIS Captured

Linda W, a 16-year-old who fled Germany to join ISIS has been captured in Mosul, Iraq

A 16-year-old German schoolgirl who ran away from home to join ISIS has been captured in the ruins of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Identified only as Linda W from the town of Pulsnitz, near Dresden, she fled a year ago after flying from Frankfurt to Turkey before making her way to Syria.

She fell in with ISIS offshoot groups before being smuggled into Iraq.

Radicalized in Germany, she changed her name to Mariam and sometimes posted photos of herself on her Facebook page wearing a headscarf.

Authorities in Germany, who listed her as a potential terror suspect after her disappearance, confirmed they are examining the photos of her captured in newly liberated Mosul to determine it is actually her.

She was among 20 ISIS followers seized after Mosul fell following a ten-month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead and Iraq’s second largest city a sea of devastation.

Newspaper Die Welt, citing security sources, said the captive girl is definitely the missing schoolgirl from Germany.

Linda (pictured) fled a year ago after flying from Frankfurt to Turkey before making her way to Syria

‘There are new findings in the criminal investigation that are being tested,’ said chief prosecutor Lorenz Haase.

He added: ‘When she is clearly identified, the investigation will be resumed.’

Linda W. was unhappy at home and turned to Islam, but soon began engaging with Isis followers in the Middle East on Internet chat rooms.

She was under the observation of German intelligence officials suspected of plotting a serious crime against the state when she fled abroad.

She was caught in a tunnel system in Mosul with other women, some of whom wore suicide vests and had automatic weapons.

Media reports said they worked for the ISIS police force in the city.

Linda (pixellated) was among 20 ISIS followers seized after Mosul fell following a ten month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead

Among those detained were also women from Russia, Turkey, Canada and Chechnya.

All were seized during military mopping-up operations last Thursday.

Linda’s mother said at the time she vanished; ‘She got a proper brainwashing I hope we can get her back.’

U.S. Weakens ISIS, Kills Leader Abu Sayed

The U.S. has said that its forces have killed Abu Sayed, the leader of ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group’s affiliate in Afghanistan.

The news comes days after ISIS admitted its 45-year-old leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an air strike in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.

Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement said Sayed was killed “in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar Province on July 11.

U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan who provided additional detail of how Abu Sayed was killed said he was killed in an airstrike by a U.S. drone.

The initial Pentagon statement noted that Sayed was killed in a “raid”.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters that the death of Sayed “sets them back for a day a week, a month, it’s about who he is and what kind of people are below them.

It is obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting them back, it’s the right direction.”

Gen. John Nicholson, Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said in a statement, “This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017.

Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year and we will continue until they are annihilated. There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan.”

It would be recalled that Hafiz Sayed Khan was killed in July 2016 and another emir Abdul Hasib was killed during a joint U.S.-Afghan commando raid in April.

April’s raid also resulted in the deaths of several other high ranking leaders of ISIS-K, the terror group’s regional branch, and 35 ISIS fighters.

However, two American soldiers died in the attack.

The presence of Sayed in Kunar is noteworthy; the other two leaders were killed in neighbouring Nangarhar province the terror organisation’s traditional powerbase.

Afghan and U.S. forces launched a counter ISIS-K offensive in early March 2017 and Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has pledged to drive the terror group out of Afghanistan by the end of 2017.

Unlike elsewhere in Afghanistan where U.S. troops primarily serve a training and supporting role, U.S. special operations forces have been directly engaged in the offensive against ISIS in Afghanistan, conducting raids and strikes in the country’s eastern provinces.

BREAKING: ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Reported Dead

A day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time biggest stronghold of Mosul, Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been reported dead.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime monitor of the country’s conflict, said it had information from top IS leaders confirming Baghdadi’s death.

His death if confirmed would mark another devastating blow to the jihadist group after its loss of Mosul, which Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday had been retaken from IS after a grueling months-long campaign.

“Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory,” the monitoring group’s director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

“We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.”

Deir Ezzor, in eastern Syria, remains largely under IS control even as the group is losing territory elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq.

Abdel Rahman said Baghdadi “was present in eastern parts of Deir Ezzor province” in recent months, but it was unclear if he died in the area or elsewhere.

There was no official confirmation or denial of the news on social media platforms used by IS.

ISIS Beheads Russian Officer In Syria

The Russian Defence Ministry and the FSB security service have not been immediately available for comment concerning the reports that an Islamic State has issued a video showing the beheading of a Russian intelligence officer captured in Syria, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring website reported on Tuesday.

The 12-minute Russian-language video, released on the day Russia celebrates the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany with military parades, showed the man dressed in a black jumpsuit kneeling in a desert scene and urging other Russian agents to surrender.

“This idiot believed the promises of his state not to abandon him if he was captured,” he said before a bearded man beheaded him with a knife. The authenticity of the recording and the identity of the man could not immediately be verified, nor was it clear when the killing occurred. Russian forces are backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his war with rebels and militants seeking to oust him.

The video showed scenes of what it described as the aftermath of Russian bombing raids in Syria. The Russian defense ministry says about 30 Russian servicemen have been killed since the start of the Kremlin’s operation there in September 2015.

DSS Bursts ISIS Ring In Benue, Abuja

The Department of State Services (DSS) said it bursted a ring of ISIS-linked Boko Haram members based in Benue and Abuja between March 25 and 26.

A statement issued by an operative of the service, Mr Tony Opuiyo, said the group had perfected plans to attack the UK High Commission and US Embassy and other interests in Abuja.

He said during the operation, five key suspects, Isa Jibril, Jibril Jibril, Abu Jibril, Halidu Sule and Ahmodu Salefu were arrested.

In a related development, Opuiyo said that the service arrested a 20-year-old Boko Haram suspect,Adamu Datti, on March 22 at Fika, Yobe.

He said that the suspect confessed his involvement in the execution of sinister activities of the group.

On kidnapping, he said the service had arrested Daniel Lorve, a member of the Terwase Akwasa, alias Gana-led notorious kidnapping and terrorist group.

He said a joint military, Police, Service raid on a farm suspected to have housed the armory of Akwasa in Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum Local Government Areas of the State , resulted in the recovery of high calibre arms and ammunition.

According to him, the items are: one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), three AK-47 rifles and one SMG rifle with large quantity ammunition.

He said that the suspects were undergoing detailed investigations.

Opuiyo said that the service also arrested Daniel Dibiamaka on March 24, at Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers, for his complicity in the kidnapping of Emmnaule Ukah on Jan. 20.

He said that the service also arrested kidnapping and ICT suspects in Kogi, Edo Ebonyi and Abia, respectively.

The operative advised members of the public to beware of network involved in the issuance of certificates and letters of indigenship to foreigners.

“The Boko Haram terrorist group has become part of this network and uses it to buoy its membership in Nigeria.

“It is also discovered that these non-Nigerians use their new indigene status to seek privileges including admissions into the country’s tertiary institutions,“he said.

He said that to check this ugly development, state and local authorities have been advised to be more circumspect in the issuance of these Certificates and Letters.

He enjoined the public to always liaise with the appropriate government organs, especially the Immigration Service to checkmate this trend.

“The Service wishes to reiterate its commitment to ensuring that peace prevails across the country,“he said.

He warned that the service would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against defaulters, no matter how highly placed.

On the continued detention of former governor of Benue, Mr Gabriel Suswam, the operative said he was being held in line with the law.

He said that Suswam failed to cooperate with the service on the recovery of large cache of arms at his facilities.

“While investigation is ongoing on this matter, the Service has valid detention warrants to keep him.

“He will be charged accordingly, once the investigations are concluded,“he said.

FG Warns ISIS Using Money to Recruit Nigerians

The federal government has raised the alarm that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has resorted to financial inducements to recruit vulnerable Nigerians, particularly foreign students into the international terrorist network.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday made the warning through a statement, urging parents and guardians to always monitor the activities of their children and wards so that they would not be lured with money into the terrorist organisation currently engaged in a fierce battle with Iraq and international coalition for the control of Mosul.

Mohammed cited the recent recruitment into ISIS of 27 medical students of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology (UMST) in Sudan as an example of the new ploy by the organisation to recruit more members.
According to the minister,  a report received by the Nigerian intelligence community, established that 22 of the 27 students who travelled to Syria to join ISIS, are Britons.

‘’According to the report, the students were recruited by one Mohammed Fakhri Al-khabbas, a former UMST student from Middlesborough, in the United Kingdom. Many of the students are children of reputable doctors in the UK. Their social media accounts also revealed them as praising jihadists and championing ISIS’ cause,’’ he said.
Subsequently, Mohammed appealed to schools across the country to be wary of the ISIS recruitment strategy by enlightening their students.

He also asked parents whose children are studying in foreign schools to begin to pay more attention to their activities.

The first time government raised the red flag about the attempt of ISIS to influence Nigerian youth was last  year, when it warned of the existence of a newly-launched mobile application developed by the group solely for extremist ideology to gullible children.

Mohammed said ISIS designed the mobile application tagged: ‘Huroof’ (Arabic alphabet or letter ) to teach children the Arabic alphabets with the aid of guns, military tanks and cannons.

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Nigeria Arrests ISIS Recruiter In Kano

Nigeria’s Department of State Service (DSS) has announced the arrest of an ISIS recruiter and other terrorists in the country.

He named the recruiter as Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa, who was arrested in Kano on January 17, adding that his arrest was sequel to available intelligence which indicated his terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.

In a statement signed by Tony Opuiyo, DSS said that its successes have significantly degraded the key extremist groups and kidnapping gangs, that were terrorizing innocent citizens, particularly in the South-West, North-West and Middle-Belt regions.

“Prior to his arrest, Yunusa had completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ‘Islamic State’,” the statement said.  He named those recruits as including the trio of one Muhammed Rabi’u, Yahaya Momoh Jimoh and a female, Zainab Sunday.

DSS described Yunusa as a 400 level undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, where he was studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology.

“He was subsequently radicalized and became a member of an extremist cell, comprising of one IBRAHIM (fnu) and Abubakar LIGALI, whom he revealed are currently undergoing terrorist training in Libya. He listed one AMINU (fnu) and Ibrahim JIHADI (Nigeriene), as other ISIS agents operating in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. The cell was being funded by one Abu-sa’ad Al Sudani, a media expert with the extremist group using Western Union money transfers to fund the terrorist cell agenda.”

During the same period, between December 2015 and February 2016, DSS said it also destroyed a network of syndicated kidnap gangs spanning different regions of the country, especially Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Nasarawa, FCT, Oyo and Osun States, and arrested five kidnappers.

The five, arrested on February 3, were identified as Abubakar Hassan, Usman Musa, Usman Adamu and Idrisa Babangida Ahmadu.  A sixth member of the gang, Saidu Isyaku, was arrested on February 5 at Ojo area, Oyo State.

“Another breakthrough in the fight against kidnapping was the killing of Abubakar MOHAMMED (aka BUBA), and an unidentified member of his group, on 8th February, 2016 close to Jebba Medical Centre, Jebba, Kwara State by security operatives as they tried to escape during a shootout with security operatives,” DSS said.

It noted that Mohammed was a notorious kidnap kingpin known for his brutality and various acts of lawlessness.  “It is disheartening that this criminal and his men had terrorized, to no end, residents of the South West zone.  He was also linked to the kidnap of the elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, in Ondo State.”

Other recent successes highlighted by DSS are:

The interception on January 16 in Daura township, Daura LGA, Katsina State, of another budding extremist cell affiliated to ISIS, and the arrest of one Ibrahim Mohammed Daura, Zaharadeen Salisu and five other elements of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru.

“This group was discovered in an active stage, as its members were already co-ordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano States,” it said.

The arrest on January 22 in Kano while  migrating to Libya with their immediate families including infants, to join ISIS, of Obansa Salami; Ejide Tijani, aka Abu Uwaise II; Mohammed Rabiu, aka Ubida II; Zainab Mohammed; and Abdulqadir Salisu Ahmad.

“This group was apprehended after painstaking monitoring of its network and plans,” DSS said.

The arrest in Kwara State on January 29 of Mohammed Aliyu Ndako, a 17-year old undergraduate student of a tertiary institution in the State.

His arrest was “sequel to credible intelligence on his plans with one Abdulkadir Salisu Ahmad, a.k.a Daddy Tall, another student in Kano State, to carry out coordinated lone-wolf attacks on selected populated targets in Nigeria, preferably worship centres or recreation venues,” the DSS statement said.

It noted that Ndako had previously been communicating with foreign extremist elements, while sourcing online terrorist training and support.

DSS also announced the arrest on January 27 of Nengi Samuel Ikiba, aka Kockman Abula, a notorious pipeline vandal, in Bayelsa State following recent incidents of deliberate vandalism of oil pipelines by criminal elements in the South-South region.

“IKIBA confessed to vandalizing several pipelines in the State, including the 24” Agoda/Brass Oil pipeline at Idema community in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State,” the Service said.

DSS also announced the arrest of a group of fraudsters which had concluded plans to hack the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in order to steal Four Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira (N4.5b) from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

“The gang was led by one Sunny Okoh, a hacker who worked in collaboration with the trio of Uwem Udo EKPO, a Chief Program Analyst in the OAGF, Maxwell EKENE, a retired security operative and Dozie EGWU, based in Malaysia and who is now at large,” the statement said.

“The suspected fraudsters intended to use a software they had sourced and codes released to them by EKPO to hack Government accounts in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and defraud the Government of this huge sum. It is instructive to note that a credibility problem would have arisen over the TSA policy if these hackers had succeeded in their plan and thus lend credence to the critics of the policy that it ought not to have been introduced and implemented. For the avoidance of doubt, the suspects have been handed over to the EFCC for further investigations and prosecution.”

Acknowledging that these successes were recorded as a result of proactive and credible intelligence offered by members of the public, sister security agencies and other stakeholders, DSS pledged to  continue to deploy every means necessary within its statutory mandate, and ambit of the law to ensure the security and safety of all law-abiding residents and citizens wherever they reside.

It urged all citizens to be extra-vigilant, and to report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies, for the sustenance of relative peace in the country.