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  • ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘killed in US air strike in Raqqa’ (truncated)

    06/14/2016 4:47:18 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 14 | Chris Summers
    ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly been killed in a US air strike in Raqqa. His death, reported by the AlhlulBayt news agency, would be a major blow for the jihadists and comes only days after 50 people were killed in an Orlando nightclub by a man pledging allegiance to ISIS.
  • ISIS is No Longer Seen as a Terrorist Group

    05/07/2016 8:05:17 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 30 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, May 7, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, speaking at a discussion with all the service chiefs before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, told the crowd that ISIS “looked an awful lot like something much more than a terrorist group.” August 2014, the United States looked at ISIS only as a terrorist group and developed a military strategy to take on ISIS as a terrorist group. The Obama Regime--or its Ghost writer Ben Rhodes--mistakenly called ISIS the JV squad, ignoring the possibility that the group was developing an infrastructure and a government. Obama advisors also failed to...
  • ISIS are preparing for a ‘final battle’ against the West as air strikes and the loss of towns

    12/31/2015 6:15:03 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2015 | JENNY STANTON
    The Islamic State is preparing for a 'final battle' with the West, a terror expert has claimed. As air strikes mount in the terror group's heartland, jihadists will attempt to increase attacks in response, geopolitical analyst Dr Theodore Kasik said. His claim comes days after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi pledged to attack the West, and as cities across the world tighten security at New Year's Eve celebrations.
  • ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Warns Israel: We're Getting Closer Every Day

    12/27/2015 3:55:42 PM PST · by presidio9 · 25 replies
    Haaretz and Reuters ^ | Dec 26, 2015
    ISIS commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi published a voice recording Saturday in which he threatened that Islamic State militants would attack Israel. "With the help of Allah, We are getting closer to you every day," al-Baghdadi told his Israeli listeners. "The Israelis will soon see us in Palestine. This is no longer a war of the crusaders against us. The entire world is fighting us right now." The ISIS leader continued, "The Israelis thought that we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it. That is not the case. We have not forgotten Palestine for one moment." -SNIP- Judging...
  • Islamic State Leader Baghdadi Threatens West, Vows to Turn Israel into ‘Graveyard’ in Rare

    12/27/2015 12:19:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 26, 2015 | by AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV -- In an audio message released on the Internet on Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-declared Islamic State, threatened Israel while taunting the "Crusader" West for failing to launch a ground campaign against his terrorist organization. "Crusaders and Jews don't dare to come on the ground because they were defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan," Baghdadi stated in the 23-minute recording. Baghdadi vowed the establishment of an IS caliphate in Israel. "Jews, soon you shall hear from us in Palestine which will become your grave," he said. "The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had...
  • ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message

    12/27/2015 12:01:09 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 27, 2015 | AP
    The Islamic State released a new audio message Saturday purportedly of its leader taunting the U.S. for not sending troops to fight the so-called "caliphate" in the Middle East. In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said the U.S. won't come to fight the extremists because "their hearts are full of fear from the mujahideen." The message was al-Baghdadi's first since May, and comes amid battlefield setbacks that ISIS has recently faced. "America and its allies dream of destroying the caliphate through their proxies and henchmen, and whenever an alliance of theirs fails or a tail is cut, they hasten...
  • ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says 'caliphate' well despite strikes

    12/26/2015 4:32:45 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Saturday, December 26, 2015 | PTI
    Beirut - In the 24-minute audio posted on Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says airstrikes by the international coalition only increase his group's determination and resolve. The Islamic State group has released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming his self-styled "caliphate" is doing "well" despite an unprecedented alliance against it. In the 24-minute audio posted on Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says airstrikes by the international coalition only increase his group's determination and resolve. He also mocks a recently announced Saudi-led Islamic alliance against "terrorism" and warns Israel that "we are getting closer to you" every day. To Israeli...
  • IS leader al-Baghdadi reportedly moves from Turkey to Libya

    12/09/2015 11:53:33 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 36 replies
    armradio.am ^ | 13:22, 09 Dec 2015 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    IS leader al-Baghdadi reportedly moves from Turkey to Libya 13:22, 09 Dec 2015 Siranush Ghazanchyan The leader of the Islamic State Takfiri terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has moved from Turkey to Libya to escape the hunt operation of the Baghdad Intelligence Sharing Center after he was traced down and allegedly targeted a number of times in Iraq and the Syria, sources said on Tuesday, Fars News Agency reports. Sources in Libya said al-Baghdadi has arrived in Sirte, the hometown of the slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, which is under the control of the Takfiri groups. The IS leader is...
  • Female San Bernardino attacker pledged allegiance to ISIS in Facebook post during attack

    12/04/2015 8:06:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 95 replies
    Female San Bernardino attacker Tashfeen Malik pledged her allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad on Facebook during the rampage, CNN reported. U.S. officials told the cable network Malik posted on an account under a different name.
  • Report: US, Turkish Intelligence Coordinated ISIL Leader's Transfer To Turkey For Treatment

    10/15/2015 5:49:28 AM PDT · by Strategy · 32 replies
    FNA ^ | October 14, 2015
    TEHRAN (FNA) - ISIL Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been transferred to Turkey for treatment through a series of coordination measures by the CIA after the notorious terrorist leader was severely injured in the Iraqi army's airstrike on his convoy in Western Anbar province, media reports disclosed on Wednesday. "The CIA has drone coordination with the Turkish intelligence organization to transfer al-Baghdadi to Turkey," the Arabic-language al-Manar TV quoted unnamed sources as saying on Wednesday. The source said that two companions of al-Baghdadi who were also injured in the attack on the ISIL leader's convoy and were captured by the...
  • Islamic State figures killed in air strike; Baghdadi not believed among them

    10/11/2015 4:32:37 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Oct 11, 2015 | Ahmed Rasheed
    Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said. Iraq said on Sunday its air force had hit the meeting and had also struck a convoy that was carrying Baghdadi to attend it. It said Baghdadi had been driven away from the convoy in an unknown condition.The Iraqi military's announcement was the latest unconfirmed report of the possible death or injury of Baghdadi, who has survived...
  • BREAKING NEWS: ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's convoy hit by air strike in Iraq

    10/11/2015 5:43:48 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 145 replies
    raq's Air Force have reportedly hit a military convoy carrying the leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq. A military statement claimed the strike had taken purportedly place in the Iraqi province of Anbar but admitted it was unclear if al-Baghdadi had been killed. It is thought Iraqi jets targeted the convoy as it was travelling close to the Syrian border in Western Anbar today.
  • Mainstream Islamic Doctrine: Build a Caliphate

    09/23/2015 7:44:08 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 19 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 23 Sept 15 | Christopher W. Holton
    The vast majority of Westerners–especially Americans–are completely ignorant of Islamic doctrine. When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed the title Caliph and declared the Islamic State in June 2014, many ignorant observers assumed that the establishment of the Caliphate was something that only “radicals” and “extremists” sought. That isn’t true. A study of Islamic doctrine based on the Islamic trilogy–the Quran, the Hadith and the Sirah–reveals that it is a doctrinal tenet of Islam that Muslims are supposed to work for the establishment of the worldwide Islamic state so that Allah’s law reigns supreme everywhere.
  • Senior al Qaeda leaders reportedly released from custody in Iran

    09/19/2015 6:17:47 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 18, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been kidnapped in Yemen. Several jihadists on Twitter who are connected to al Qaeda have said the report is accurate. One of them is known as “Al Siyasi al Mutaqa’id,” who has relayed accurate information on al Qaeda in the past. The five jihadists who were reportedly freed are: Saif al Adel, Abu Mohammed...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Declares War on ISIS 'Caliph' Al-Baghdadi

    09/12/2015 2:50:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 10 Sep 15 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    Just ahead of the fourteenth anniversary of al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the leader of the terrorist group took aim in an angry speech at a mortal enemy -- but not American “crusaders” this time. Rather, the object of his tirade was the leader of ISIS in a declaration of war that will “irreconcilably” divide the two terror groups in a way the U.S. may be able to exploit, experts say. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who replaced Osama bin Laden as the head of al Qaeda four years ago, in a new audio message accused ISIS top...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Declares War on ISIS 'Caliph' Al-Baghdadi

    09/10/2015 10:15:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Yahoo via ABC News ^ | 09/10/2015 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    Just ahead of the fourteenth anniversary of al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the leader of the terrorist group took aim in an angry speech at a mortal enemy -- but not American “crusaders” this time. Rather, the object of his tirade was the leader of ISIS in a declaration of war that will “irreconcilably” divide the two terror groups in a way the U.S. may be able to exploit, experts say. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who replaced Osama bin Laden as the head of al Qaeda four years ago, in a new audio message accused ISIS top...
  • ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Sexually Abused American Hostage Kayla Mueller, Officials Say

    08/14/2015 12:02:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 14, 2015 | James Gordon Meek
    Before her death earlier this year, American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped by the top leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to counter-terrorism officials. Mueller's family confirmed to ABC News that government officials have told them that their daughter, who would have turned 27 on Friday, was the victim of repeated sexual assaults by al-Baghdadi. "We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi. We were told that in June by the government," Kayla's parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, told ABC News.
  • The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's

    08/10/2015 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Daily Mail ^ | 08/08/2015 | TOM WYKE
    Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence officers are now part of ISIS. Now they make up the complex network of ISIS's leadership, helping to build the military strategies which have led the brutal jihadi group to their military gains in Syria and Iraq. The officers gave ISIS the organization and discipline it needed to weld together jihadi fighters drawn from across the globe, integrating terror tactics like suicide bombings with military operation
  • ISIS: DESTROYING EGYPT’S SPHINX, PYRAMIDS IS ‘RELIGIOUS DUTY’

    07/04/2015 12:03:55 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told followers of his terror group that destroying Egypt’s national monuments, such as the pyramids and the sphinx, is a “religious duty” that must be carried out by those who worship Islam, as idolatry is strictly banned in the religion, according to reports.
  • Islamic State’s ‘Khorasan province’ threatens Taliban in latest video

    06/04/2015 10:28:48 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 4, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    The Islamic State’s so-called “Khorasan province” threatened the Taliban in a video released late last month. The video, which is more than 15 minutes long, features a lengthy speech by an unnamed jihadist (see image above) in front of armed fighters and local villagers. The speaker, citing the Prophet Mohammed, warns that there cannot be two caliphs. If one of the caliphs fulfills the appropriate criteria for being the ummah’s supposed leader — that is, the head of the worldwide community of Muslims — then the other must be vanquished, the speaker says. Although he doesn’t name Afghan Taliban leader...
  • Obama: 'I Don't Think We're Losing' War Against ISIS

    05/21/2015 5:29:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/15
    Video US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost. "I don't think we're losing," Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi was overrun. Shia militias converged on Ramadi Monday in a bid recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz. The loss of the capital of Iraq's largest province was Baghdad's worst...
  • ISIS Leader Pronounces: “Islam Religion of War, Islam is Not Religion of Peace”

    05/14/2015 3:21:48 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 36 replies
    The Jewish Press Online ^ | May 14, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    ISIS released an audio message which it claims is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The message was posted on jihadist websites. The message urges all Muslims to carry guns and fight on behalf of the “caliphate.” The ISIS leader also had a veiled message for the last several U.S. presidents. “O Muslims, Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war,” the voice purporting to be Baghdadi said. He called upon Muslims around the world to either make their way to the Islamic State or “fight in his land, wherever that may...
  • Islamic State releases 'al-Baghdadi message'

    05/14/2015 1:51:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    bbc ^ | 5-14-2015
    Islamic State (IS) has released an audio message it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which if confirmed would be the first in months. The message urges Muslims to take up arms in its cause and emigrate to the "caliphate" it has proclaimed in areas of Syria and Iraq. Analysts say the voice appears to be Baghdadi's but this is not verified. Baghdadi's fate has been unclear amid reports of air strikes by the US-led coalition that is opposing IS. The message was released by the group's al-Furqan media outlet and appeared on several websites. The speaker says:...
  • Reports: ISIS Leader Critically Wounded, May Be 'Clinically Dead'

    05/01/2015 2:59:12 PM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 01 May 2015 | John Blosser
    The self-styled "caliph" of the brutal terrorist Islamic State (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is suffering from spinal injuries so critical that he may never lead ISIS again. In fact, he may already have been declared "clinically dead," according to rumors reported by Iran's state FARS news agency, the Jerusalem Post notes. Al-Baghdadi, the so-called "Invisible Sheik," who is said to wear a mask while addressing his followers, was injured in a U.S. bombing raid at al-Baaj west of Mosul on March 18, The Guardian reports, and is being treated in his hideout near Mosul by two doctors. Pentagon spokesman Col....
  • We now know more about ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi's debilitating spinal injury

    05/01/2015 8:38:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2015 | Pamela Engel
    The head of the Islamic State is still incapacitated from a spinal injury, and the new leader of the terrorist group is intent on "fighting back" against Europe, according to a new report by Martin Chulov in The Guardian. Kareem Shaheen at The Guardian had previously reported that the "caliph" was injured so badly he could barely move. He was reportedly wounded in an airstrike by the US-led coalition in March. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who last year declared himself caliph of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh), is reportedly now being treated by two doctors who...
  • ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead claims Radio Iran

    04/27/2015 8:01:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    India Today ^ | 04/27/2015
    ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has according to Radio Iran died after suffering serious injuries in an air strike in western Iraq. Media reports on April 21 said Baghdadi suffered life-threatening injuries during the attack by the US-led coalition in March. Baghdadi's injuries led to urgent meetings of Islamic State leaders, who initially believed he would die and made plans to name a new leader, said media reports. In October 2011, the US State Department had listed Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and announced a reward of up to USD 10 million for information leading to his capture...
  • ISIS Selects Replacement for Leader Al-Baghdadi Who Was Reportedly Wounded in Airstrike

    04/24/2015 7:03:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Reports are circulating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might've been seriously injured during an airstrike operation, leading the terror group to choose a former Iraqi physics teacher as his replacement. Hisham al Hashimi, an Iraqi government adviser, told Newsweek earlier this week that al-Baghdadi was wounded back in March, and is unable to carry out his day-to-day duties. He said that Abu Alaa Afri has been selected to stand in as his replacement, and could take over permanently if al-Baghdadi dies. "After Baghdadi's wounding, he [Afri] has begun to head up Daesh [arabic term for ISIS] with the help...
  • Pentagon denies report ISIS head was wounded in airstrike

    04/21/2015 12:30:02 PM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jamie Schram and Chris Perez
    The Pentagon today shot down an overseas report that the head of ISIS was seriously wounded during an airstrike in western Iraq. According to a report in the Guardian, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi suffered life-threatening injuries during an assault between the villages of Umm al-Rous and al-Qaraan. Al-Baghdadi is no longer in control of day-to-day operations, Iraqi sources said, according to the Guardian.
  • ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi 'Seriously Wounded in Air Strike'

    04/21/2015 6:00:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 48 replies
    Guardian ^ | April 21, 2015 | Martin Chulov
    The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian. A source in Iraq with connections to the terror group revealed that Baghdadi suffered serious injuries during an attack by the US-led coalition in March. The source said Baghdadi’s wounds were at first life-threatening, but he has since made a slow recovery. He has not, however, resumed day-to-day control of the organisation.
  • Stephen Hayes:See No Evil, Hear No Evil(What the 9/11 Commission narrative left out: Iraqis)

    08/28/2005 1:49:07 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 68 replies · 4,487+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 5 / September 12, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    AHMED HIKMAT SHAKIR IS A shadowy figure who provided logistical assistance to one, maybe two, of the 9/11 hijackers. Years before, he had received a phone call from the Jersey City, New Jersey, safehouse of the plotters who would soon, in February 1993, park a truck bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center. The safehouse was the apartment of Musab Yasin, brother of Abdul Rahman Yasin, who scorched his own leg while mixing the chemicals for the 1993 bomb.When Shakir was arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks, his "pocket litter," in the parlance of the investigators, included contact...
  • Islamic State Group Obliterates 10th Century Monastery

    03/11/2015 3:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 11, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Mustafa Khayat The Islamic State group's attempt to erase any culture but its own continues apace. It now has blown up a 10th century Chaldean monastery north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to several reports. The Mar Gorgis or St. George monastery has been "wiped out" by ISIS militants, Nineveh Yakou , Assyrian Archaeologist and Director of Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Affairs at A Demand for Action, told IBTimes UK. The building, located on the Ba'werah neighbourhood on a hill north of Mosul on the other side of the Tigris river, was founded by the Assyrian Church of the...
  • Baghdad’s Treasures Rescued

    09/04/2003 12:11:51 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies · 291+ views
    Arab News ^ | September 4, 2003 | Al-Majalla
    BAGHDAD — The fall of Baghdad brought large-scale looting of the treasures of ancient Iraq. In the ancient city of Nimrud, 250 kilometers south of Baghdad, now tells Al-Majalla security staff had to be especially vigilant around the ancient tunnels, Ibrahim Atta, in charge of security there, told Al Majalla, a sister publication of Arab News. Thieves were using the tunnels to gain entrance to the city and its museum. They usually came at night and never hesitated to shoot at anyone who got in their way. Ibrahim says his team successfully repulsed all such attempts. Foreign observers say that...
  • Mother of Media Myths (Undoubtedly written by Paul Greenberg so you know it's great!)

    06/13/2003 5:58:15 PM PDT · by Durmundstrang · 18 replies · 516+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | June 11, 2003 | Editorial
    What’s THE biggest media myth to come out of the Iraq? War and its messy aftermath? Forget Maureen Dowd’s attempt to trash George W. Bush by altering the president’s words. That kind of "journalism" has become just standard operating procedure at the New York Times. (" All the News Fit to Distort") No, for sheer, long-lasting stamina, we nominate the urban legend about the pillaging of Baghdad’s archaeological museum. Remember how it was supposed to have been emptied by looters? It was THE RAPE OF CIVILIZATION! The anguished comments from distinguished archaeologists sounded more like tabloid headlines. The Death of...
  • Kuwait: Muslim Preacher Echoes Isis Call to Destroy Egypt's Pyramids, Sphinx

    03/10/2015 11:30:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    A Kuwaiti Islamic preacher has raised many eyebrows by echoing the calls made by extremist group Isis to destroy the ancient Egyptian Sphinx and pyramids — one of the seven wonders of the world that has captured the imaginations of people for centuries. The preacher recognised by an Egyptian newspaper as Ibrahim Al Kandari reportedly said that just because early Muslims did not dare destroy them, it did not mean all present-day Muslims must follow them. "The fact that early Muslims who were among Prophet Mohammed's followers did not destroy the pharaoh's monuments upon entering the Egyptian soil, does not mean...
  • Kuwaiti preacher calls for destruction of 'pagan' pyramids and Sphinx

    03/11/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Cairo Post ^ | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | Rany Mostafa
    An Islamist preacher from Kuwait called for the demolition of the Giza pyramids and Sphinx "to put an end to idolatry and the worship of such pagan constructions." "The fact that early Muslims did not destroy the pharaohs' legacy upon the Arab conquest of Egypt does not mean that we shouldn't do it now," preacher Ibrahim al-Kandari was quoted by the Kuwaiti Al-Watan daily newspaper Tuesday. The call echoes that of leader of Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who described the destruction of the historic monuments and archaeological sites as a "religious duty," Al-Ahram reported. The alleged call...
  • As Islamic Militants Destroy Iraq Heritage, a Stunning Find in Kurdistan

    08/10/2014 5:13:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Rudaw ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alexandra Di Stefano Pironti
    While the history of civilization is being demolished by war and religious zealots in the rest of Iraq, in the Kurdistan Region archeologists are marveling at a stunning discovery: the remains of a long-lost temple from the biblical kingdom of Urartu, dating back to the 9th century BC. Kurdish archaeologist Dlshad Marf Zamua, who has studied the columns and other artifacts at the find, told Rudaw these were unearthed piecemeal over the past four decades by villagers going about their lives, digging for cultivation or construction. But only recently, after the discovery of life-size human statues and the unearthed columns,...
  • Nimrud: Outcry as ISIS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site

    03/06/2015 7:21:27 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/6/15 | BBC
    Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq. IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials. The head of the UN's cultural agency condemned the "systematic" destruction in Iraq as a "war crime". IS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are "false idols" that have to be smashed. "They are erasing our history," said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.
  • ISIS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:25:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | 3-5-2015 | Al-Arabiya
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq on Thursday, the government said, in the jihadists' latest attack on the country's historical heritage. ISIS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the tourism and antiquities ministry said on an official Facebook page. An Iraqi antiquities official confirmed the news, saying the destruction began after noon prayers on Thursday and that trucks that may have been used to haul away artefacts had also been spotted at the site. "Until now, we do not know to...
  • IS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:21:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | March 5, 2015 | Staff
    The Islamic State jihadist group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said. IS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the ministry said on an official Facebook page, the group's latest attack on the country's historical heritage.
  • The Ancient Sites Now Under Threat From ISIS in Libya

    03/07/2015 10:45:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jack Moore
    Armed with sledgehammers, chisels and a video camera, ISIS militants took their propaganda campaign to Mosul museum last month, destroying statues and artifacts, dating back to the ancient Assyrian and Akkadian empires, and posting the results online and in slow motion. The terror group’s impetuous destruction of statues and artefacts in Iraq’s second city, which it has controlled since its march across the Sunni-majority northern regions of Iraq last summer, has caused dismay within the archaeological community.
  • What's Been Lost to the Islamists' Sledgehammers (historians shocked)

    03/01/2015 12:28:43 PM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Screen Capture A video showing Islamic State militants with sledgehammers and power drills on a rampage inside the Mosul Museum shows the destruction of both reproductions and priceless originals from at least two important eras in the region’s history, said a British expert on Iraqi culture. Paul Collins, of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in an email to Aleteia, said it was “distressing” to watch scenes of the destruction of colossal winged bulls of the seventh century BC. “These are certainly the real things and it looks from the video that the sculptures are those situated outside...
  • IS destroying another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

    03/07/2015 10:29:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AP ^ | March 7, 2015 | Sameer N. Yacoub
    Iraqi officials in the northern city of Mosul said Saturday that militants with the Islamic State group have begun demolishing the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northern Iraq in a push to rid its territory of symbols it says promote idolatry. An official with the ministry of tourism and antiquities' archaeological division in Mosul told The Associated Press that multiple residents living near Hatra heard two large explosions this morning, then reported seeing bulldozers begin demolishing the site. He spoke anonymously for fear of reprisal.
  • Watch: ISIS fighters destroy ancient sculptures in sledgehammer rampage

    02/26/2015 5:49:21 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/26/2015 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of statues and sculptures dating back thousands of years, according to a video published online in the name of the radical Islamist group. The video showed the statues, some identified as antiquities from Iraq's 7th century BC Assyrian era, being toppled, smashed and broken up by sledgehammer. A man shown in the video said they were being destroyed because they promoted idolatry. "The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him," the unidentified man...
  • ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

    02/24/2015 9:14:14 AM PST · by NRx · 108 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Riyadh Mohammed
    While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.
  • ISIS Set to Destroy [ALL] Biblical History in Iraq

    07/07/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT · by drewh · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6 hours ago
    Last week, al-Baghdadi’s men returned to the Mosul Museum. They broke the lock to the storage rooms, and they have occupied the building ever since. “They say they are awaiting instructions from their guide [al-Baghdadi] to destroy these statues,” says Rashid, the National Museum director who is in touch with the local staff. Typically, al-Baghdadi is looking for the moment when he can get the most global attention “We as Iraqis are incapable of controlling the situation by ourselves,” Abbas Qureishi, director of the “recovery” program for the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, told me. It’s not just a...
  • Boko Haram + ISIS = Marriage from Hell

    02/25/2015 11:02:11 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 8 replies
    WSBT TV, CNN ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | By Tim Lister CNN
    (CNN) - For sheer cruelty, they are well matched. They also share an apocalyptic "end-of-days" vision. Now there are signs that Boko Haram -- the most feared group in West Africa -- may be edging toward a formal pledge of allegiance to the self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Observers of Boko Haram, which has inflicted years of terror on northern Nigeria, note that its actions in the last six months have frequently mimicked those of ISIS -- from punishments such as stoning and beheading of its victims to taking territory and an increasingly sophisticated use...
  • Report: ISIS To Declare Expansion Into Lebanon

    02/23/2015 3:07:59 PM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Edwin Mora
    The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) jihadist group is reportedly planning to declare an Islamic emirate in Lebanon, security sources told a Lebanese news outlet. “ISIS is preparing military plans to declare an Islamic emirate in Lebanon very soon to serve as a geographical extension of the so-called "Islamic State" announced by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq last year,” security sources told The Daily Star in Lebanon.
  • ISIS Turns to Chemical Weapons As It Loses Ground in Iraq

    02/22/2015 12:05:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | BY RIYADH MOHAMMED, The Fiscal Times
    A few weeks ago, the US Central Command announced that an air raid had killed an ISIS chemical weapon expert in Mosul. The ISIS operative, Iraqi engineer Mahmoud al-Sabawi, used to work at Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons program before he joined al-Qaeda in Iraq after the 2003 US led invasion. The idea that ISIS terrorists have access to chemical weapons brings back images of the genocide inflicted on the Kurds by Saddam Hussein in the late 1980’s. The Halabja Massacre killed up to 5,000 and injured between 7,000 and 10,000 more. If ISIS jihadists have a stash of chemical weapons,...
  • Revealed: Brutal leader of ISIS was once a bespectacled SECRETARY working in an office...

    02/19/2015 6:48:18 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 19, 2015 | LAURIE HANNA
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was captured by American soldiers in 2004 in Iraq Official documents reveal his job was 'Administrative Work (Secretary)' Held for 10 months...but then released as he was not considered a threat He has now gone on to become one of world's most wanted men The bloodthirsty leader of the Islamic State was once a secretary working in office admin, newly released documents have revealed. Brutal Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was captured by American soldiers in 2004 in Iraq, and records from the time have revealed his life before he turned to terror. The declassified documents show that al-Baghdadi...
  • ISIS militants reportedly burn to death 45 people in western Iraqi town

    02/17/2015 3:38:26 PM PST · by navysealdad · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2015
    Islamic State militants reportedly have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi on Tuesday, just five miles away from an air base staffed by hundreds of U.S. Marines. The identities of the victims are not clear, the local police chief told the BBC, but some are believed to be among the security forces that have been clashing with ISIS for control of the town. ISIS fighters reportedly captured most of the town last week.