- The Israeli military attacked about 70 Iranian military targets in Syria in retaliation for an Iranian rocket attack on the Golan Heights.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that a legal challenge to the government’s border-search policy can move forward, saying border inspectors’ policy of confiscating and poring over some travelers’ cellphones may violate the First and Fourth Amendments.
U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper said that while the government has long had the right to go through travelers’ belongings without first getting a warrant, cellphones may have to be made an official exception to that rule, since they contain an exceptional amount of personal data that goes well beyond what the country’s founders could have envisioned.
- About half of Americans live in municipalities or states with sanctuary policies that protect people who are in the country illegally.
Iraq used an ISIS leader’s smartphone to lure four ISIS commanders into Iraq, where they were captured:
Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday.
Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi’s mobile phone to lure other Islamic State commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said. Those held include Saddam Jamal, a Syrian who served as the group’s governor of Syria’s eastern Euphrates region.
People exploited a flaw in Hungary’s passport system and assumed the identities of legitimate passport holders. Some of these fraudsters used their new passports to the travel to the U.S., and the federal government is still looking for some of them.