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Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were indicted or their involvement with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), including suspected involvement in the death of four Americans.

ISIS militants headed to United States courtroom for involvement in hostage executions

Corey Schmidt, Staff Writer November 8, 2020

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were indicted for their involvement with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), including suspected involvement in the death of four Americans: Kayla Mueller,...

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DePaul student charged with writing software for ISIS waives preliminary hearing

Meredith Melland , Contributing Writer December 6, 2019

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Cole agreed Friday morning to waive the preliminary examination hearing of Thomas Osadzinski, the DePaul University student charged with coding a program designed to more...

DePaul University Lincoln Park campus.

DePaul student called project for ISIS ‘highest form of jihad’

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor November 20, 2019

Thomas Osadzinski came to DePaul in Fall 2017 to attain a bachelor of computer science degree in software development. Now, he’s been accused of writing computer code intended to assist ISIS in spreading...

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DePaul student accused of attempting to help spread ISIS propaganda

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor November 19, 2019

A DePaul student has been accused of writing computer code intended to assist in spreading ISIS propaganda, according to a federal release.  Thomas Osadzinski, a 20-year-old software development major,...

In this June 23, 2014 file photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on the main road in Mosul, Iraq.

A deeper look into terrorism

Extremist groups try to create fear in the public for years
Varvara Makarevich, Contributing Writer May 21, 2018

Paris, 2015. Nice, 2016. Berlin, 2016. St.Petersburg, 2017. London, 2017. Brussels, 2017. Barcelona, 2017. These are the locations of a number of high-profile terror attacks committed in Europe by Islamist...

A tribal Sunni Iraqi fighter fires back at ISIS militants during their attack of the town of Ramadi. (AP File Photo)

Conflict renewed: ISIS offensive advances

Rachel Hinton May 25, 2015

New setbacks in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (known as ISIS or ISIL) came May 17 after the militant group took over Ramadi, a key strategic city in central Iraq. The fall of...

A  screenshot of an ISIS video that purports to show its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, speaking to a crowd. Such videos are credited for much of ISIS recruiting success. (AP File Photo)

ISIS and the shocking weaponization of media

Ryan Marcotte March 8, 2015

Since the militant group’s violent rise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (popularly known as ISIS) has not failed to make their extremist and brutal behaviors known, releasing execution videos...

President Barack Obama discusses the budget proposal with the Cabinet. (Evan Vucci | AP)

Nation & World news briefs: Feb. 9, 2015

The Associated Press February 8, 2015

White House proposes initial budget for 2016 Promising to help America's middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would hammer corporate profits...

This undated photo provided by Kassig Family shows Peter Kassig standing in front of a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees. Confronted by terrorists beheading Americans, President Barack Obama has ordered a review of how the United States responds when citizens are taken hostage overseas. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kassig Family)

The death of my brother Peter Kassig by ISIS: Silence at a price

Sam Schwindt November 18, 2014

The government did not do enough to save my brother, Peter Kassig. I found out he had been captured by ISIS in late February. I had been desperately seeking information on his whereabouts since our...

In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, smoke rises after a shell lands in Kobani in Syria as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has so far hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group’s territory. The extremists’ grip on major cities across Iraq and neighboring Syria remains unquestioned. The campaign has brought some gains, with Kurdish fighters taking back towns on the fringes of the Islamic State group’s territory. But those successes only underline a major weakness: Besides the Iraqi Kurds, there are no forces on the ground ready to capitalize on the airstrikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Peacekeepers or resource raiders: The ISIS dilemma

Fabio De Simone October 22, 2014

If you have been following the news in the slightest, you’ve probably heard a lot about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There have been countless articles that have made a spectacle of...

Many Westerners pack bags, leave to join ISIS

Many Westerners pack bags, leave to join ISIS

Jackson Danbeck October 5, 2014

As ISIS expanded its territory over Iraq and Syria, many Westerners from outside the region have left their homes to fight for the Jihadist group. Their reasons for joining differ, from helping the...

ISIS: Threat or theocracy?

ISIS: Threat or theocracy?

Xan Mandell September 28, 2014

Chances are, if you’ve been following the news recently, you’re under the impression that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) poses a direct and imminent threat to the United States, and...

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