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ISIS hackers post kill list of U.S. military members

Hackers claiming affiliation with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Saturday published personal details of 100 U.S. military personnel and urged violence against them.

The New York Daily News reported that a group called the “Islamic State Hacking Division” was behind the leak. It contains names, pictures, addresses and unit identification numbers for American service members allegedly involved in bombings against ISIS.

“Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe,” the group urged ISIS supporters. “You crusaders that fight the Islamic State, we say to you: ‘Die in your rage!’ ”

The hackers claimed they compiled the threatening roster, titled “Target: United States Military,” from cracked military records. It was then posted to, a Polish-based social networking site ISIS has used for propaganda in the past.

The New York Times said Saturday that both Defense Department and F.B.I…

Turkey detains 16 Indonesians trying to cross border into Syria

ANKARA: Turkish authorities have detained 16 Indonesians from three families who were trying to cross into Syria, a Turkish foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday, a route frequently used by sympathizers of ISIS militants.

"These 16 people - three families - are currently being held at a holding center ... and we have information that Indonesia's Ankaraembassy is in touch with the group," spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement.

The Indonesian embassy in Ankara had made no formal requests of the Turkish foreign ministry regarding the group, according to the statement, which gave no details on the reasons for their detention.

Thousands of foreigners from more than 80 nations including Britain, other parts of Europe, China and the United States have joined the ranks of ISIS and other radical groups in Syria and Iraq, many crossing through Turkey.

Turkey has said it needs more information from foreign intelligence agencies to intercept them, pointing to cases such as the …

U.K. military trainers in Ukraine for drills

KIEV: Around 30 British military personnel have arrived in Ukraineto provide medical and tactical training to the country’s troops, officials said Thursday.

Britain’s Defense Ministry said it aims to boost Ukrainian forces’ defensive capability in their campaign against Russian-backed separatists in the east.

The fragile cease-fire in place since mid-February has largely held, although small arms clashes continue to be reported daily. Separatist leaders have warned they could abandon the truce over what they say is Ukraine’s failure to live up to a guarantee of autonomy to eastern regions.

British trainers will run a series of combat first aid courses at bases across the country, Ukrainian Defense Ministry SpokesmanOleksandr Motuzianik said.

Assistance is being aimed at preventing further Ukrainian fatalities and casualties, Britain’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

It is unclear what tactical insight instructors will be providing but the British Defense Ministry said it would “help …

ISIS claims bloody attacks on Kurds, regime in Syria

BEIRUT: ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks acrossSyria that left dead dozens of people, in an announcement on its radio station.

In the message broadcast Saturday on Al-Bayan radio, ISIS said it was behind explosions targeting Kurdish new year festivities in northeast Syria and raids on government positions in the central province of Hama.

Forty-five people, including at least 12 children, were killed in twin bombings in the northeastern city of Hassakeh Friday as they marked their new year's eve, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said people were too scared to celebrate on Saturday, fearing more attacks.

The ISIS radio station said the group detonated a car and a bike rigged with explosives in Hassakeh city, which is controlled by Kurdish fighters and Syrian regime forces.

The attacks, which took place on the bloodiest day in Syria so far this year, were widely condemned.

"Committing these barbaric crimes on this …

ISIS video purports to show Kurdish peshmerga beheadings

IRBIL: ISIS has published a video purporting to show the beheading of three Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq by militants who threatened to kill "dozens" more of those being held captive.

The six-minute clip, which appeared timed to coincide with celebrations for the Kurdish New Year, showed the peshmerga wearing orange jumpsuits being decapitated by three black-clad militants, all of whom spoke Kurdish.

The footage could not be independently verified.

The peshmerga have emerged as a key partner for the U.S.-led coalition in its campaign to "degrade and destroy" the extremist group, which they have driven back in northern Iraq with the help of airstrikes.

"To the Muslim Kurdish people: know that our war is not with you, rather it is with those who ventured into an alliance with the Safavids and crusaders to wage war on the Muslims," said one of the militants, using derogatory terms to refer to Iran and the coalition respectively. Tehran has also pr…

More than 100 killed in Syria attacks

Beirut (AFP) - More than 100 people were killed in Syria in 24 hours of violence after Islamic State fighters attacked regime troops and a suicide bomber caused carnage at Kurdish new year celebrations, a monitor said Friday.

More than 70 members of government forces were killed when IS attacked checkpoints and other positions in the central Homs and Hama provinces, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP "most of the dead, around 50, fell in the Hama countryside."

Several jihadists were also killed when clashes broke out, he added without giving a toll.

The regime controls most of Homs and Hama.

"IS has faced setbacks recently in the provinces of Aleppo and Raqa and in Hasakeh in confrontations with Kurds on the one hand and regime forces on the other, and are now trying to score military points, even limited ones, to offset their losses," said Abdel Rahman.

The suicide bomber struck at Syria's Kurd…