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ISIS threatens social media networks: ‘Stop deleting our accounts’

It appears ISIS is feeling the pinch when it comes to its social media accounts systematically being deleted by social network administrators. One particular jihadi group took to an encrypted Telegram channel to bemoan the constant deletion of their propaganda channels while also mocking intelligence agencies whom they accuse of infiltrating ISIS channels to obtain “real and credible information about the Islamic State.” “We are not dumb nor stupid not to know that you are monitoring our Channels!.. Reporting our Channels to be Disabled cuts off your source of information therefore rendering you useless and naive” the post reads. The post also suggests that without news reports and propaganda from the Islamic State, social media platforms would have less news to report and less traffic, meaning a harder time to generate advertising revenue. “Reporting our Channels to be


Majority of Paris attackers entered Europe posing as refugees

Seven of the nine ISIS jihadis who launched a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last November entered Europe by posing as refugees. The attackers were part of a group of 14 who plotted their way into Western Europe by riding the wave of the migrant crisis last year, according to Hungarian security officials. By using fake Syrian passports, many of the attackers, already on European terror watch-lists, were able to slip back into Europe undetected, along with thousands of other refugees. One hundred and thirty people were killed in November when a group of gunmen and suicide bombers launched a wave of attacks across Paris, targeting the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade De France and several restaurants and bars. Three hundred sixty-eight people were also injured in the attacks, almost 100 of them seriously. Some of the remaining terrorists in the group

Human Rights

U.S. State Dept. “troubled” by 18-year sentence handed down to U.S. citizen in Iran

The U.S. is "troubled" by reports of an 18-year sentence handed down to a dual U.S.-Iranian national, a State Department official told The Foreign Desk. "We are troubled by reports that Robin (or Reza) Shahini, a person reported to be a U.S. citizen, may have been convicted and sentenced to eighteen years in prison. We reaffirm our calls on Iran to respect and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, cease arbitrary and politically-motivated detentions and ensure fair and transparent judicial proceedings in all criminal prosecutions consistent with its law and international obligations," the State Department said. Earlier story: An Iranian court has sentenced a dual-citizen American Iranian man to 18 years in prison for allegedly ‘collaborating with a foreign government’ and for posts he published on his social media page, his family members told The Foreign