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DePaul student charged with writing software for ISIS waives preliminary hearing

DePaul University Lincoln Park campus.

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 efficiently spread ISIS propaganda online.  A federal criminal complaint charged Osadzinski, 20, with one co...

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

DePaul University Lincoln Park campus.

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 propaganda.  The code, a Python script, copies ISIS media channels onto an unnamed social med...

DePaul student accused of attempting to help spread ISIS propaganda

DePaul University Lincoln Park campus.

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, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign ...

A deeper look into terrorism

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.

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 terror group ISIS over the past few years. And while ISIS’s goal of creating a new “caliphate” has la...

Conflict renewed: ISIS offensive advances

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

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 the city came after seven more airstrikes in Ramadi by the U.S.-led coalition. Read More »...

ISIS and the shocking weaponization of media

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)

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 as a method of “beating the war drums,” as well as an act of intimidation and possibly even a recruitment technique.  Wha...

Nation & World news briefs: Feb. 9, 2015

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

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 overseas and raise taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor. Obama's budget also would steer hundreds of billions of dollars to the nat...

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

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)

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 last communication the previous September. Peter was taken October 2013; yet, my mother, sister, and I we...

Peacekeepers or resource raiders: The ISIS dilemma

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)

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 the imminent threat that this group poses to Western countries, such as a recent article from The ...

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 suffering, trying to become closer to Islam, or finding brotherhood and community. Yet they all have on...

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 you’re not alone. Read More »...

Congress approves arming of Syrian rebels

A member of a Kurdish Popular Protection Unit, which is combating the extremist militant group ISIS in northern Iraq. The United States has been supporting forces in Iraq fighting ISIS, and Congress just voted to arm many other groups in Syria to combat ISIS. Photo by Manu Brabu/AP.

Kevin Gross

September 21, 2014

Measure marks increasing US re-involvment in Middle East With the escalating reign of chaos conducted by extremist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — Congress approved a measure on Sept. 18 to arm and train other rebel groups in Syria to combat ISIS,...

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