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  1. Was the Orlando Nightclub Shooting an ISIS Attack?While Omar Mateen doesn’t appear to have received direct orders from the group, his actions fit into their larger strategy.
  2. With ISIS Finally Out, What’s Left of Syria’s Ancient City of Palmyra?Syrian troops recaptured the city from ISIS over the weekend, after the Islamic militants had spent almost a year ransacking its historic treasures.
  3. Syrian Refugee Carried Out ISIS-Linked Suicide Attack in TurkeyThe suicide bomber had allegedly been fingerprinted a week earlier and raised no suspicions with authorities. 
  4. Paris Attacks Fugitive’s Fingerprints Found at Possible Bomb Factory in BelgiumAnd other news involving ISIS this Friday.
  5. Arrests in Belgium for Terror PlotMeanwhile, more than 20 people have died after a suicide attack in Pakistan.
  6. In a ‘Proud Moment,’ Iraq Retakes Most of Ramadi From ISISThe battle isn’t over yet, though.
  7. ISIS Leader Reportedly Releases First Message Since MayAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed that recent losses have only made his organization “tougher.”
  8. Obama Talks About ISIS and His SuccessorWho is it you are going to bomb? Where is it that you are going to bomb? When you talk about something like carpet bombing, what do you mean?”
  9. Pizza-Shop Owner in Rochester Admits He Was an ISIS RecruiterAlso on Thursday: A 19-year-old was arrested for allegedly helping ISIS in Pennsylvania. 
  10. Maryland Man Accused of Being an ISIS FanThe FBI doesn’t believe him. 
  11. The Men Making Captagon, the Drug Fueling ISIS Everything daesh does is because of this pill.”
  12. Britain Now Conducting Air Strikes Against ISIS in SyriaThe first targets were oil fields in eastern Syria. 
  13. ISIS Still Learning That Governing Is Super HardAlthough not caring if the people living in your territory hate you probably makes things a little easier. 
  14. Obama Meets With François Hollande, Says ‘We Will Win’ and ISIS ‘Will Lose’It must be destroyed and we will do it together.”
  15. John Kerry: ‘People Need to Not Panic’People are not very good at not panicking right now. 
  16. Paris Attacks Put a New Squeeze on Things Named IsisWhat’s in a name? A lot, actually.
  17. ISIS Releases Photo of Soda Can It Says Was Used to Bomb Russian PlaneIt was a can for a pineapple-flavored malt drink.
  18. France Is Asking Everyone for Help in Its ‘War’ Against ISISWe are in a war against jihadist terrorism, which threatens the entire world.”
  19. ISIS Says It Will ‘Strike America at Its Center’ in WashingtonYou will have a day, God willing, like France’s.”
  20. ISIS Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombings That Leave Dozens Dead in BeirutAt least 41 people have died.
  21. U.S. Special Forces Are Headed to SyriaPresident Obama plans to send “fewer than 50.”
  22. Iraq Says ‘Mmm ... No, Thanks’ to More U.S. Ground OperationsThis is an Iraqi affair and the government did not ask the U.S. Department of Defense to be involved in direct operations.”
  23. ISIS Executes Prisoners by Tying Them to Ancient Artifacts and Blowing Them UpWhile the U.S. tries to reframe its strategy. 
  24. American and Kurdish Special Forces Free ISIS Prisoners in IraqAn American serviceman was killed.
  25. Russia Continues to Frustrate Everyone (Except Assad) in SyriaVladimir Putin seems determined to make everything much more complicated in the Middle East.
  26. ISIS Is Waging War Against Syria’s Ancient HistoryTheir offensive to purge Syrian territory of its artifacts has most recently led to the destruction of a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra.
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    ISIS Makes Rape Part of Its TheologyIslamic State leaders also use the right to rape as a recruiting tactic.
  28. There’s at Least One Commercial Airline Pilot Fighting for ISIS Just so you know.
  29. ISIS Has Its Own Currency NowIt’s not worth much.
  30. ISIS Seizes Another Iraqi CityAfter the military flees.
  31. ISIS Leader Reportedly Killed by U.S. Special ForcesAbu Sayyaf oversaw the terrorist group’s illegal oil and gas business, according to officials.
  32. ISIS Claims Responsibility for Texas Exhibit AttackIt’s unclear whether the group is actually responsible, or just claiming to be for propaganda purposes.
  33. Video Appears to Show ISIS Executing Ethiopian ChristiansThe footage indicates that ISIS is coordinating with militants in Libya.
  34. Queens Women Arrested for Alleged Bomb Plot Wanted to Be ‘Real Bad Bitches’According to a federal complaint filed against them.
  35. U.S. Air Force Veteran From New Jersey Charged With Attempting to Join ISISTairod Nathan Webster Pugh was arrested on January 16.
  36. Nelly Had a Concert in Iraq and No One ShowedThe rapper performed in Erbil on Friday.
  37. Concerned Citizen Confuses Jacket Hanging in Tree for ISIS FlagHate when that happens.
  38. ISIS’s ‘Jihadi John’ Apologizes to FamilyNot for the other stuff, though.
  39. Mom Tells Son He Can’t Play With ISIS Because She Doesn’t Know Their ParentsMom saves the day.
  40. ISIS Killer ‘Jihadi John’ Believed to Be London ProgrammerThe Washington Post reports the man behind ISIS’s beheadings is Mohammed Emwazi.
  41. CNN: ISIS Recruiting Western Women Using KittensISIS is talking online about jars of Nutella, kittens, and emojis. These three images are in part helping ISIS recruiters lure Westerners into their fight.”
  42. ISIS Releases Video Showing the Beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians The executions took place in Libya. 
  43. Obama Asks Congress to Authorize Force Against ISISHe sent a letter asking for a three-year commitment to defeating the terrorist group.
  44. ISIS’s Last American Hostage Confirmed Dead The terrorist group announced Kayla Mueller’s death last week, but some were skeptical. 
  45. Jordan Vows to Strike ISIS Like Clint EastwoodHe mentioned Unforgiven and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.”
  46. Jordan Executes Prisoners After ISIS Video Shows Pilot’s Death [Updated]The two Iraqi militants had already been sentenced to death.
  47. ISIS Video Appears to Show Jordanian Pilot Being Burned Alive First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s plane crashed in Syria in December. 
  48. ISIS Appears to Have Executed Japanese Journalist A video showing Kenji Goto’s beheading was released on Saturday.
  49. This Is How You Spot a Jihadist (According to France)There’s a handy guide.
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    Jordan Willing to Trade ISIS Suicide Bomber for PilotThe terrorist group has demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi.
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