Member of ISIS ‘Beatles’ gets life sentence over fatal kidnappings of American, Japanese and British hostages
- El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was found guilty of eight charges, including four counts of murder conspiracy, hostage-taking resulting in death and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, following an 11-day trial in Alexandria, Virginia, that ended on Thursday.
- Elsheikh, a Sudanese-born Londoner, was part of a group known as the “Beatles.” Other members of the group included Alexanda Kotey, Mohammed Emwazi and an alleged fourth member, Aine Davis, who remains imprisoned in Turkey.
- “Elsheikh and two other ISIS members supervised the terrorist organization’s jails and detention facilities at which the hostages were held,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. “Elsheikh and his co-conspirators engaged in a prolonged pattern of physical and psychological violence against hostages that was meant as an effort to subdue the hostages.”
- The group was responsible for kidnapping and murdering several hostages, including four Americans identified as James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.
- Elsheikh was the highest-profile IS member and the only person of the group to face trial in the U.S. He is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 12 and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
A British member of the militant organization Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has been convicted on all counts by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, for having a role in a deadly kidnapping that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.
El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was found guilty of all eight charges, including four counts of murder conspiracy, hostage-taking resulting in death and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, following an 11-day trial that ended on Thursday.
Singaporean retailers — both online and offline — reportedly pulled out knock-off toy sets of Lego depicting notorious terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known and referred to as ISIS.
The made-in-China knock-off toys were spotted being sold by 8 Series, a retail store located in People’s Park Center in Outram, Singapore, as well as on the online local store Carousell, according to The Straits Times.
Two officials from the United States Department of Defense have reportedly released information that the Pentagon is planning to conduct airstrikes on the ISIS presence in the Philippines in the context that the group poses a threat to allies in the region.
According to NBC News, the strikes against ISIS would potentially be conducted by weaponized aerial drones as part of an official collective self-defense military operation by the U.S. armed forces. The unnamed officials reportedly said that the plan may be named as early as Tuesday.
A highly-decorated U.S. Army soldier from Hawaii has recently been arrested for alleged ties to terrorists.
Ikaika Erik Kang was charged with providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the FBI.
It has now been four days since armed insurgents, reportedly linked to the so-called Islamic State, stormed Marawi, a city in the southern part of the Philippines.
The crisis has brought such chaos that it has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately invoke martial law not just in the city but on the entire island of Mindanao, reports RT. Since then, social media platforms have been flooded with terrifying images revealing the situation in the besieged city.
China is now in the crosshairs of ISIS with the terrorist group releasing a half-hour video vowing to “shed blood like rivers” in attacks against the country.
The young fighters shown in the video are believed to be Uyghur militants from China’s Xinjiang province attentively listening to preachers. The group announced that they are planning to return home to their country to carry out their mission. According to U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, the video originated from western Iraq.
Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian militant fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, used online financial services to fund terrorist activities in his home country.
The information comes from PPATK, an Indonesian agency against money-laundering, which claimed that Naim transferred PayPal and bitcoin funds to comrades in Java.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently revealed that he has cousins who may have already joined the international terrorist group ISIS.
In an interview with local news site Rappler, the tough-talking president pledged that he would take them on if they happen to meet “in a corner.”
Tourism officials in the Philippines said the threat from an Islamic State-related group to bomb the Miss Universe pageant in 2017 was “serious.”
The threat was discovered by SITE Intelligence Group in a pro-ISIS social media channel, Rappler said. A video showing how to make suicide belts was uploaded, including a 49-page guide on how to produce explosives.
The identity of a mysterious “Islamic State matchmaker” known only by her online pseudonym Umm Muthanna Al Britaniyah has finally been revealed.
According to DailyMail, the aggressive social media persona who glorifies terrorist acts on the internet to attract young British Muslim women and turn them into ‘Jihadi brides’ in Syria, was actually an A-grade student and a daughter of a rich U.K. businessman.
After the most recent round of coalition strikes against ISIS, the terrorist group is reportedly suffering from massive financial losses and plunging morale, according to The Washington Post.
Reports of budget cuts from the terrorist group were revealed in January, but since then the organization has suffered an “unprecedented cash crunch” as US-led forces continue to destroy oil refineries, tankers and structures where ISIS keeps its cash throughout their territory in Syria and Iraq.
A group of ISIS supporters who call themselves the “Sons of Caliphate Army” have issued threats against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey in a video released on Wednesday night, according to Vocativ.
In the video, called “Flames of the Supporters,” an image of Zuckerberg and Dorsey are depicted with bullet-holes on a backdrop of flames.