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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's Propaganda Machine Is Thriving As The Physical Caliphate Fades


A few weeks before Thursday's attack in Barcelona, the Islamic State's main online magazine posted an illustrated article with advice on acquiring a special kind of truck - specifically, the kind best suited for mowing down large numbers of pedestrians.

The "ideal vehicle," the article in Rumiyah said, would be "large in size, heavy in weight," and with a raised chassis that can clear curbs and barriers. It also should be "fast in speed, or rate of acceleration," the magazine said, to ensure maximum momentum before striking.

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Syrian War Monitor Reports Death Of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Leader But US Can't Confirm

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

A group that monitors the war in Syria said Tuesday it has "confirmed information" about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, citing information received from the militants in eastern Syria.

Baghdadi's death has been rumored numerous times in the past, and it was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim. There also were no immediate announcements from the Islamic State's news channels.

The U.S. Central Command said in a statement, "We cannot confirm this report, but hope it is true."

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Manchester Bombing Suspect Identified, US Officials Say; ISIS Claims Responsibility


The attack was carried out by using an explosive device planted at American pop singer Ariana Grande's concert.

The Islamic State claimed Tuesday that one of its "soldiers" carried out an apparent suicide blast in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, including teenagers and others streaming out of a pop concert.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, identified the assailant as Salman Abedi. They did not provide information about his age or nationality, and British officials declined to comment on the suspect's identity.

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