ISIS

US designates ISIS Afghan affiliate a terror group

(ABC News) — The U.S. State Department today officially designated ISIS’s affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a terrorist group. ISIL-Khorasan, as the U.S. government refers to the group using an alternate acronym for ISIS, formed in January 2015 by drawing together mostly disaffected ex-members of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan who since have pledged their allegiance to ISIS leader…

ISIS cited in deadly Indonesian ‘Terrorist Attack’

(Tatan Syuflana/AP Photo) (ABC News) — At least seven people have been killed in downtown Jakarta in what the Indonesian government described as a “terrorist attack,” according to a statement released by the U.S. Embassy. Five suspected perpetrators of today’s attack were among those killed, officials said. The ISIS-linked ‘Amaq News Agency claims the group was behind the attacks. Quoting a…

New ‘Jihadi John’ in ISIS Video May Be British Radical, Officials Say

(ABC News) — ISIS’ new “Jihadi John” may be a well-known British radical, authorities tell ABC News. Authorities are investigating whether it is British radical Siddhartha Dhar — also known as Abu Rumaysah — who fled to Syria a year and a half ago after he and his mentor, radical London cleric Anjem Choudary, were arrested by Scotland Yard on charges…

Tim Cook Defends Encryption on Smartphones

(ABC News) — Following attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the tech community is at odds over giving the government access to encrypted information on smartphones. Apple CEO Tim Cook said he’s standing firm on his company’s decision to protect user privacy in a new interview. “I don’t believe that the tradeoff here is privacy versus national security,” Cook said in…

AP EXPLAINS: Why Trump Can’t Shut Down the Internet

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says the government must work with “brilliant people” in Silicon Valley to keep violent extremists offline, even if it means shutting down parts of the Internet. But what he’s proposing isn’t possible with today’s technology. And even if it were, such a move would likely hurt more than potential attackers, and it would hinder…

Ben Carson Calls for Declaration of War Against ISIS

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson this morning issued a seven-point plan to defeat ISIS — which he calls “Seven Steps to a Safer America” — calling for Congress to issue a formal declaration of war on the Islamic State. “Our country faces grave national security threats,” the retired neurosurgeon said in a statement released this morning. “We must act boldly…

10-Year-Old Iraqi Refugee Forgives ISIS

(ABC News) — A young Iraqi Christian girl, whose family has been living in a refugee camp after fleeing ISIS threats, says she forgives the terrorist group and shared her hope for the future. “Yes I forgive them,” Myriam told ABC News “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, adding that “as Jesus said ‘forgive each other, love each other the way I love…

US-Led Coalition Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever,’ Obama Says

(ABC News) — As the war against the Islamic State spreads across the globe, President Obama says the U.S.-led coalition is hitting ISIS “harder than ever” and moving forward with its strategy with “a great sense of urgency.” “As we squeeze its heart we’ll make it harder for ISIL to sell its propaganda to the world,” Obama said following a…