The Justice Department is preparing to announce charges against two men from Britain who joined the Islamic State and were part of a cell that beheaded Western hostages in Syria.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died after running into a dead-end tunnel and igniting an explosive vest, killing himself and three of his young childrenPresident Trump is describing the U.S. raid in Syria that killed perhaps the world's most wanted man.The president says during remarks from the White House's Diplomatic Room that al-Baghdadi spent his last moments in utter fear and claims that the IS leader was "whimpering and crying" and died as "a coward, running and crying."President Trump had teased the announcement with a tweet Saturday night, declaring that "Something very big has just happened!"He says the U.S. received immediate and positive identification on the body and that the world is now a much safer place.
A man in Islamic dress believes he faced discrimination at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, where an employee at another location last year called police on two black men, prompting nationwide racial bias training.Niquel Johnson gave his Islamic name, "Aziz" (ah-zeez), to a Starbucks barista on Aug. 25th but never heard it called out as the names of the three drinks he ordered were read instead.
MILWAUKEE -- A second man charged federally in a case in which prosecutors said the men tried to join and fight for the Islamic State has reached a plea deal in the case against him.Federal prosecutors said Yosvany Padilla-Conde, a Cuban national, agreed to assist Jason Ludke in an attempt to join ISIS by traveling from Wisconsin through Mexico to Syria and Iraq in order to work under ISIS' direction and control.Federal court documents show in September 2016, an undercover FBI employee received a friend request from Ludke on social media, and a series of conversations ensued via email, voice chat and video chat -- with Ludke indicating he "wanted to make hijra (migration) away from darul kufr (land of the infidel) in order to join ISIS," and Padilla-Conde was aware this occurred.Prosecutors said Padilla-Conde also swore his allegiance to ISIS and expressed his intent to travel to the Middle East in videos that the undercover agent and Ludke requested he make.
MILWAUKEE -- A 35-year-old Milwaukee man who tried to join and fight for the Islamic State has been sentenced to seven years in a federal prison.Federal prosecutors say Jason Ludke was a "true danger" and asked for a 20-year sentence followed by a lifetime of supervised release.However, Ludke's attorney asked for five years, saying his client was a "lost soul."In the end, Ludke was sentenced to seven years with 10 years of supervised release.In 2016, Ludke and another man -- 30-year-old Yosvany Padilla-Conde -- were charged with attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.Padilla-Conde's trial is scheduled for the end of June.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online wants to return to the United States.A lawyer for the family of 24-year-old Hoda Muthana told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the woman knows she was wrong to join the terrorist organization.Attorney Hassan Shibly says Muthana is ready to pay the penalty for her actions but wants freedom and safety for the 18-month-old son she had with an IS fighter who has since died.Muthana fled her home in suburban Birmingham in late 2014 and resurfaced in Syria, where Shibly says she wed two IS fighters.
MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin woman accused of trying to plan terrorist attacks using hacked social media accounts has pleaded not guilty to charges against her.Waheba Issa Dais entered her pleas Wednesday during a brief hearing in federal court.
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The U.S. military for the first time has conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia, where the group is a growing presence in a country long threatened by the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab.A U.S. official said the strikes were carried out in northeastern Somalia, with the first around midnight local time and the second later Friday morning.
BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters launched an operation to retake the last Islamic State-held pocket of the northern city of Raqqa on Sunday after some 275 militants and their family members surrendered.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said the operation will continue "until all the city is cleansed from terrorists who refused to surrender."The SDF has been on the offensive in Raqqa since early June and now controls about 90 percent of the city that was once the extremist group's self-styled capital.
HONOLULU — A U.S. soldier who was recently arrested on terrorism charges expressed support for the Islamic State group as early as 2011, but remained in the Army for years while the military and the FBI investigated to determine whether he posed a threat, authorities said.Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was taken into custody over the weekend after the 34-year-old veteran of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan declared his loyalty to the terrorist group and exclaimed that he wanted to "kill a bunch of people," according to authorities.The case highlights the challenges investigators face with protecting the public from a potentially dangerous actor on one hand and gathering sufficient evidence to enable prosecution on the other.Kang is on record making pro-Islamic State comments and threatening to hurt or kill other service members back in 2011, according to an FBI affidavit filed Monday in federal court.The Army revoked his security clearance in 2012, but gave it back to him the following year.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, May 15th.
RAQQA, Syria — The Islamic State group ordered residents to evacuate the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday following reports that a dam contested by U.S.-backed forces upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse, activists reported.The militants said coalition airstrikes had weakened the Tabqa Dam, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Raqqa, and that the water level behind the dam was rising.
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is presenting the White House with a plan to "rapidly defeat" the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.
MADISON -- The Madison man who tried to join the Islamic State was sentenced to ten years in prison on Friday, February 17th.U.S. Attorneys say 36-year-old Joshua Van Haften planned to "betray the United States and join terrorists dedicated to the murder of innocent individuals."
MADISON -- 34-year-old Joshua Van Haften on Monday, October 24th pleaded guilty to federal charges -- accused of attempting to provide material support and resources, namely himself as personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization.The United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin announced the plea deal Monday.According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Van Haften admitted that in 2014, he attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), knowing that the organization was a designated terrorist organization that has engaged and engages in terrorism.According to the government’s evidence, Van Haften traveled to Turkey in 2014 and attempted to cross into Syria.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Authorities say a Washington, D.C.-area transit police officer has been charged in an FBI sting with attempting to support the Islamic State group.The FBI says he is the first law enforcement officer in the U.S. to be charged with a terror-related crime.Court documents say 36-year-old Nicholas Young of Fairfax was arrested Wednesday morning.
MARION COUNTY, Oregon -- An Oregon woman says her landlord stole her dog after she moved out of a home owned by the woman.