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  • ISIS Tosses Four More Gay Men from Top of Mosul Building (kids brought out to watch)

    08/24/2016 2:10:34 PM PDT · by drewh · 68 replies
    Iraqi News/Religion of Peace ^ | Aug 24th, 2016 9:14 | Jim Hoft Aug 24th
    ISIS hurled several gay men from the op of Mosul’s tallest building recently. Of course, the kids were brought out to witness the gory execution. via Religion of Peace: Four men were thrown to their deaths after being found guilty of homosexuality and sodomy in the Nineveh province in Iraq. Two of the men were allegedly part of the ISIS organisation. The men were thrown from the top floor of a former insurance company’s offices in Mosul. The location is apparently used often for such executions. A local source told IraqiNews.com that “ISIS members executed four people, including two of...
  • Kurdish forces launch fresh thrust to retake Mosul from Islamic State

    08/14/2016 3:54:11 PM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 14th, 2016 | By Saif Hameed
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a fresh attack on Islamic State (IS) forces early on Sunday as part of a campaign to capture Mosul, the militants' de facto capital in Iraq, Kurdish officials said. The advance began after heavy shelling and air strikes by a United States-led coalition against IS forces, a Reuters correspondent reported from Wardak, 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Mosul. The militants fought back, firing mortars at the advancing troops and detonating at least two car bombs. A Peshmerga commander said a dozen villages had been taken from the ultra-hardline Sunni militants as Kurdish forces headed toward...
  • Get Ready for Obama’s ‘October Surprise’ in Iraq

    08/04/2016 7:42:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 01, 2016 | Mark Perry
    Get Ready for Obama’s ‘October Surprise’ in Iraq If Iraqi and Kurdish troops—with stepped-up U.S. support—retake Mosul as planned, it could be a big boost for Hillary. By Mark Perry August 01, 2016 The American public could be treated to a major U.S.-led military victory in Iraq this fall, just as voters are deciding who will be the nation’s next president—but U.S. military officials insist the timing of the operation has nothing to do with politics. Iraqi and Kurdish military and paramilitary units are preparing for a push on Mosul, the Islamic State-held city that is now in the cross...
  • Iraq Minister says ISIS Leaders, Families Flee Mosul

    07/31/2016 5:44:54 PM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | •July 31, 2016 | AFP
    Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi has said that Islamic State group leaders and their families have sold their belongings and fled Mosul as Iraqi forces close in on the northern city. Iraqi forces are conducting operations to set the stage for an assault on Mosul, the country's second city that has been held by IS since June 2014, but the final push to retake it is likely still months away. "A number of the families... and leaders of (IS) in Mosul, they and their families sold their belongings and withdrew towards Syria," whose border west of the...
  • Troops fear Obama rushing Mosul offensive to influence election

    07/24/2016 9:31:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.
  • FBI: Terror Suspect Plotted Fuel Attack

    06/03/2004 4:38:00 PM PDT · by Allan · 7 replies · 363+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | June 3, 2004 | John Solomon
    FBI: Terror suspect plotted fuel attackAl-Marabh planned to blow up tunnelJail informant reported `martyr' bid JOHN SOLOMONASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - Nabil al-Marabh, who ran a print shop with his uncle in Toronto, plotted to steal a fuel tanker truck and blow it up in one of the heavily travelled tunnels between New Jersey and Manhattan, FBI documents allege. Al-Marabh, 36, was arrested Sept. 19, 2001, in Chicago in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. His arrest prompted an RCMP raid of his uncle's copy shop on Charles St. in Toronto. The U.S. deported him...
  • ISIL Leaders Escaping Raqqa to Mosul

    05/26/2016 11:58:04 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 16 replies
    Fars News (Iranian) ^ | Thu May 26, 2016 | Fars News Agency
    Sources said on Thursday that ISIL's foreign commanders... have been transferred to Mosul. ...ISIL is transferring its heavy weapons and equipment from Raqqa to Deir Ezzur, while preventing Raqqa residents from leaving the region. ..."ISIL has been transferring a large number of its forces and their heavy military equipment to the energy-rich regions in the Eastern Syria, mainly in Deir Ezzur and Eastern Homs, to save its revenues from smuggling of oil and gas," sources said,
  • ISIS execute 25 people by DISSOLVING them in nitric acid: 'Iraqi spies' were tied up with [tr]

    05/19/2016 7:52:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2016 | Sara Malm
    ISIS has executed 25 people in Mosul, northern Iraq, by lowering them in a vat of nitric acid, according to several local news reports. The men had been accused of spying on ISIS on behalf of Iraqi government security forces. According to witnesses, the 25 alleged 'spies' had been tied together with a rope and lowered in a large basin containing nitric acid until their organs dissolved.
  • Papers show Saddam snatched $1bn from bank a day before invasion

    08/04/2005 8:57:41 PM PDT · by snowsislander · 9 replies · 835+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 5, 2005 | Thomas Harding
    Saddam Hussein ordered Iraq's central bank to withdraw $1 billion for his youngest son the day before the invasion to stop it falling into foreign hands, according to a leaked letter apparently written by the former dictator. In a hand-written note to the bank's governor, marked "top secret" and dated March 19, 2003, the former president told Isam Huwaish to give $920 million and 90 million euros to his son Qusay and another man, al-Mashriq newspaper reported yesterday. The Iraqi national broadsheet reproduced the letter, which appears to bear Saddam's signature. Saddam sent bank a hand-written note Employees of the...
  • Why Turkey's Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

    05/09/2016 6:13:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 9, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have – throughout the centuries -- been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and now mosque again. The Hagia Sophia, Greek for “Holy Wisdom,” was one of the many historic Orthodox churches located in the city of Trabzon. ... The city of Trabzon .. is located in the ancient land of Pontos, in the...
  • British SAS capture 3 Isis chiefs in daring lightning raids around Mosul

    05/08/2016 11:10:43 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 23 replies
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ ^ | May 7, 2016 | William Watkinson
    British SAS troopers have successfully kidnapped three Islamic State (Isis) chiefs in daring lightning raids in Mosul, according to reports. The city is the largest in Iraq still under Isis (Daesh) control, but is facing increased pressure from the north, south and east by the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and US-led Western airstrikes. British special forces, including the Special Air Service (SAS), have been operating in Iraq in conjunction with other western forces to help plot attacks on the militants, with snipers taking out high-level members of the terror group on several occasions.
  • Navy SEAL Killed in ISIS Attack in Iraq

    05/03/2016 3:33:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 5/3 | Bridget Naso, R. Stickney
    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed in combat in Iraq was based in Coronado, California, NBC 7 San Diego has confirmed. "It is a combat death," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters in Germany Tuesday. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the SEAL was killed near Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been in the hands of ISIS militants since 2014, according to The Associated Press.
  • U.S. Service Member Killed by ISIS in Iraq

    05/03/2016 5:28:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The self-proclaimed Islamic State broke through a line of Kurdish forces in Iraq and killed a U.S. service member Tuesday who were there to advise them, a U.S. defense official told the Daily Beast. U.S. advisers had arrived on Monday morning to assist the Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, in the northern city of Mosul, checking on “their morale and defenses,” the official said. The U.S. forces were as many as 3 miles from the frontlines when the ISIS fighters attacked, the official said. ISIS fighters “appeared to penetrate the forward line” and began attacking the peshmerga. A U.S. service...
  • Dozens of IT experts, media workers desert ISIS in Mosul(a majority are Americans)

    04/29/2016 4:15:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    ARA News ^ | April 30, 2016 | Sarbaz Yousef
    Dozens of IT experts, media workers desert ISIS in Mosul April 30, 2016 Middle East & World ARA News ERBIL – Dozens of foreign IT experts from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) have deserted the group’s ranks in Iraq’s northwestern city of Mosul over the past few days, leaving a remarkable vacuum in the ISIS-linked media centers in the region, local sources reported on Wednesday. Local sources confirmed that hundreds of foreign jihadis have recently left ISIS ranks and returned to their home countries, including technical support experts. This has put a pressure on the group’s media centers,...
  • ISIS barbarians destroy 2,000-year-old 'Gate of God' close to their Iraqi stronghold

    04/17/2016 6:22:45 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 24 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 4/17/16 | JEREMY ARMSTRONG
    ISIS barbarians have destroyed a 2,000-year-old gate close to their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. The breathtaking structure is known as the Gate of God, and used to guard the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh. The destruction of the ancient structure, also called the Mashki Gate, has been confirmed by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and the Antiquities Department in Baghdad has not denied the demolition. The terrorists demolished the ancient gate using military equipment, according to activists in Mosul. ISIS thugs have destroyed many of Iraqi historic sites and monuments, including the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Winged...
  • Why Violent Islamists Assault Antiquity

    04/13/2016 1:11:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Austin Bay
    Violent political Islamists intentionally target irreplaceable archeological and historical sites for sensational obliteration. Internet videos record the ISIS's calculated destruction of Syria's city of Palmyra. Prior to Palmyra, Nimrud (northern Iraq) was bulldozed before cameras. Jonah's Tomb (Jonah and the Whale), located in a mosque in the ISIS occupied city of Mosul, was blown to bits. ISIS radicals said Jonah's presence in the mosque was an apostasy. Like beheading Arab Christians, raping Yazidi women, murdering captured Iraqi soldiers and burning alive a Sunni Muslim Jordanian Air Force officer -- all acts of heinous, premeditated cruelty -- violent Islamists see destroying...
  • ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for Destruction

    05/22/2015 7:22:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for DestructionPosted By Daniel Greenfield On May 22, 2015 @ 12:29 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 30 Comments [1]Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.The great columns and pediments of Washington, D.C. that give it a Roman and Greek air have their origins in a lost city in the Syrian desert. After Robert Wood and James Dawkins visited the ruins of Palmyra [2] in the eighteenth century, the illustrations of the bare columns and broken arches helped inspire neoclassical...
  • Mosul siege stalled as Iraqi army once again flees when bullets fly, say sources

    04/07/2016 11:48:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Hollie Mckay
    The much-awaited liberation of Mosul from ISIS stalled late last month almost as soon as bullets flew, when Iraqi government troops once again fled from the black-clad terrorist army, members of the broad coalition poised to retake the key city told FoxNews.com this week. The Iraqi army, which was heavily criticized for abandoning posts – and weapons – as ISIS moved in on Mosul in June of 2014, had begun taking small villages on the outskirts after Baghdad announced the campaign March 24. But the liberation effort, which was to include Shia and Sunni militias, Kurds, Christians and Yazidis with...
  • ISIS bomb & chemical weapons ‘research center’ in Mosul barely targeted in US strikes

    04/03/2016 9:14:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    RT (Russia TV) ^ | April 2, 2016 | N/A
    ISIS has been using a high-tech lab in Mosul for building bombs and chemical weapons and training recruits in bomb-making since its capture in 2014. Barely targeted by US airstrikes, the facility has also provided jihadists with some 40 kg of uranium compounds. “The University of Mosul is the best Daesh [Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL] research center in the world,” Iraq’s top explosives officer Gen. Hatem Magsosi told The Wall Street Journal. “Trainees go to Raqqa [Syria], then to Mosul University to use the existing facilities.” When the facility was seized by ISIS back in 2014, Iraqi officials reported to...
  • Davutoglu: Turkey's security zone extends to Mosul and Sulaimani(Latakia-Aleppo-Mosul-Sulaimani)

    03/29/2016 6:47:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 2016/03/29 | Zhelwan Z. Wali
    Davutoglu: Turkey's security zone extends to Mosul and Sulaimani By Zhelwan Z. Wali 4 hours ago ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says that his country is "in the middle of a ring of fire" as it fights various groups, including the Islamic State and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). He said that Turkey’s “security zone” begins in Syria and ends in the Kurdish city of Sulaimani in northern Iraq. “Turkey’s security zone starts from Latakia and through Aleppo, Mosul and Sulaimani,” Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News quoted Davutoglu as saying in a meeting with local journalists during his...
  • Iraq, US launch offensive to take back Mosul; Assad forces advance on Palmyra

    03/24/2016 6:56:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    ISIS may face its most serious military challenge — a squeeze on two fronts in the coming weeks from the east and the west. After almost two years of controlling the city of Mosul in Nineveh province, ISIS faces a grim prospect of encirclement and destruction if the combined Iraq-US offensive launched today succeeds in its initial missions. So far, as the Associated Press reports, the liberators have the momentum: The Iraqi military backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft on Thursday launched a long-awaited operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, a military spokesman said.In...
  • Operation launched against Islamic State near base where U.S. Marine killed

    03/24/2016 5:20:39 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | march 24, 2016 | Liz Sly and Mustafa Salim
    BEIRUT — Iraqi forces backed by American airstrikes opened an operation Thursday seeking to drive the Islamic State out of a string of northern villages where U.S. troops twice came under attack over the past week and a U.S. Marine was killed. Iraqi officials said it was the prelude to an offensive aimed at recapturing Mosul, the biggest city under Islamic State control and a longstanding priority for the Pentagon. But Kurdish and U.S. military officials described a far more limited operation to clear the Islamic State from villages near Makhmour, about 40 miles southeast of Mosul and around 30...
  • A ‘catastrophe of epic proportions’

    03/16/2016 7:27:19 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 31 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/14/2016 | Niall Ferguson
    There is a powerful symbolism in the impending collapse of Iraq’s Mosul dam. Built on the cheap by Saddam Hussein in the early 1980s, it holds back up to 2.9 trillion gallons, roughly twice as much as Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. We all know what happened when Hurricane Katrina breached the levees around Pontchartrain’s south shore in 2005. No hurricane is needed to breach the Mosul dam. Built on a weak foundation of soluble gypsum, its stability has always depended on continuous grouting. In 2007 the US Army Corps of Engineers, alarmed by what they had found after the...
  • 2016 03 06 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Global Chaos" (video)

    03/07/2016 8:28:00 AM PST · by Lera · 15 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 3/6/16 | John Haller
    All eyes are on Israel, as God's prophetic time clock continues to tick. In this week's update, John focuses on events in the Middle East from a possible infrastructure failure at an Iraqi dam that could trigger massive flooding, to a video of a young Benjamin Netanyahu being upfront and frank about the real motives behind the Palestinian strategies in the region. To those who are paying attention both spiritually and prophetically, Israel's enemies, including the Obama and the possible future Clinton administrations, are circling around her like hungry vultures waiting for the kill. But little do they know that...
  • Iraq's Mosul Dam Could Collapse, Causing 'Catastrophic' Destruction, Says U.S. General

    01/28/2016 7:37:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | Jan 28, 2016
    Iraq's Mosul Dam Could Collapse, Causing 'Catastrophic' Destruction, Says U.S. General U.S. commander in Iraq warns of looming disaster if weak dam fails: 'In the U.S., we would have drained the lake behind it.' The top U.S. general in Iraq warned Thursday of the potential collapse of Mosul Dam in the country's north, saying such an event could prove "catastrophic." The U.S.-led coalition is still determining the likelihood the hydroelectric dam could collapse but has developed a contingency plan alongside the Iraqi government, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland.
  • Mosul dam engineers warn it could fail at any time, killing 1m people

    03/02/2016 10:49:38 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/02/2016 | Julian Borger
    Iraqi engineers involved in building the Mosul dam 30 years ago have warned that the risk of its imminent collapse and the consequent death toll could be even worse than reported. They pointed out that pressure on the dam’s compromised structure was building up rapidly as winter snows melted and more water flowed into the reservoir, bringing it up to its maximum capacity, while the sluice gates normally used to relieve that pressure were jammed shut. The Iraqi engineers also said the failure to replace machinery or assemble a full workforce more than a year after Islamic State temporarily held...
  • Dozens of ISIS militants escape Iraq's Mosul under fighting pressure

    02/20/2016 9:01:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Aranews ^ | February 21, 2016 | Sarbaz Yousef
    Dozens of ISIS militants escape Iraq's Mosul under fighting pressure February 21, 2016 Middle East & World ERBIL - As the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi army troops continue their advance in the northwestern Nineveh province, dozens of militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) have reportedly evacuated their headquarters in Mosul city. "More than 80 ISIS militants have escaped from Mosul on Saturday for fear of attacks by the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi allies aimed at storming the ISIS-held city," spokesman of the Nineveh media center Raafat Zarari reported. Speaking to ARA News, Zarari confirmed that the number of the...
  • ISIL, said to fear uprising, executes 300 by firing squad in Mosul

    02/09/2016 12:32:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies
    World Tribune ^ | February 8th, 2016
    Monday, February 8th, 2016 ISIL, said to fear uprising, executes 300 by firing squad in Mosul Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has executed 300 people in Mosul, Iraq. "Daesh (ISIL) terrorists executed 300 people by firing squad in Mosul," said Mahmoud al-Sourji, a spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces on Feb. 7. Those executed were "Iraqi police personnel, army troopers and civilian activists," Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported. Sourji said that ISIL "lives in a state of tension in Mosul" and fears an uprising from residents who remain in the city. On Feb. 6, ISIL publicly amputated...
  • Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq Razed

    01/20/2016 6:22:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/16 | Martha Mendoza, Maya Alleruzzo, Bram Janssen
    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group's relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical. St. Elijah's Monastery stood as a place of worship for 1,400 years, including most recently for U.S. troops. In earlier millennia, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches, prayed in the chapel, worshipped at the altar. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of...
  • Exclusive: Iraqi army needs Kurds' help to retake Mosul - Zebari

    12/29/2015 12:51:07 AM PST · by Mariner · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 29th, 2015 | By Maher Chmaytelli and Ahmed Rasheed
    The Iraqi army will need Kurdish fighters' help to retake Mosul, the largest city under the control of Islamic State, Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said, with the planned offensive expected to be very challenging. Mosul, 400 km (250 miles) north of Baghdad, has been designated by the government as the next target for Iraq's armed forces after they retook the western city of Ramadi."Mosul needs good planning, preparations, commitment from all the key players," Zebari, a Kurd, said in an interview on Monday in Baghdad. "Peshmerga is a major force; you cannot do Mosul without Peshmerga," he told Reuters,...
  • Iraqi forces to retake Mosul from Islamic State after Ramadi secured: PM

    12/25/2015 7:32:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/2015
    raq's armed forces will move to retake the major northern city of Mosul from Islamic State once they capture the western city of Ramadi, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday. Capturing Mosul would deprive the militant group of its biggest population center in both Iraq and Syria, effectively abolishing the state structure of IS in Iraq, depriving it of a major source of funding and dealing a blow to its influence. The capture of Ramadi would give the army a major psychological boost in its move toward Mosul. The cities are about 420 km (260 miles) apart by road....
  • SAS sniper kills FIVE ISIS suicide bombers with just THREE bullets

    12/13/2015 8:56:45 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 38 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 13 Dec 2015 | Sam Webb
    An SAS sniper took out five ISIS jihadis with just three rounds before they were able to launch a sickening suicide bomb attack. The SAS veteran fired a trio of well-placed bullets from 800 metres away, taking them out as they left a bomb factory near Mosul, an ISIS stronghold in Iraq. He opened fire after they were seen leaving in heavy coats in hot weather - a sign they were concealing explosive vests.
  • Iraq PM: "Unauthorized presence of Turkish troops in Mosul province is breach of Iraqi sovereignty"

    12/04/2015 4:29:57 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 25 replies
    Haider Al-Abadi: "The unauthorized presence of Turkish troops in Mosul province is a serious breach of Iraqi sovereignty"
  • (ISIS) could be defeated within months,or weeks :SAY Kurd Leader.

    11/20/2015 8:09:00 AM PST · by Orlando · 27 replies
    kodang page ^ | 11-20-2015 | Orlando
    Published on Nov 18, 2015 Masrour Barzani speaks to BBC News Lyrics Kurdish The head of intelligence and security in Iraqi Kurdistan has said he hopes last Friday's attacks in Paris will act as a wake-up call to Western powers. Masrour Barzani told the BBC that the Islamic State group (IS) could be defeated within months if the world community became fully engaged. He was speaking after Kurdish forces drove IS out of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar
  • Isil moving Foreign Fighters and family members out of Raqqa

    11/18/2015 2:54:11 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 11-18-2015 | Louisa Loveluck
    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is reportedly moving foreign fighters and family members out of its self-declared capital, Raqqa, as an intensified air campaign by coalition forces begins to bite. Militants in Isil’s so-called caliphate across Syria and Iraq have faced several setbacks over the past week with Kurdish forces splitting a key cross-border supply line, and a US-led military coalition targeting its oil smuggling network and killing dozens of militants. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said on Wednesday that Isil had started moving the family members of foreign fighters across the border to...
  • Flashback--Archbishop of Mosul: ‘I Lost My Diocese to Islam…You in The West Will Become...

    11/16/2015 6:26:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/16/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    The Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who lost his diocese to the Islamic State last year and is now in exile in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan), warned that the suffering in Iraq was only a prelude of what European and Western Christians will “suffer in the near future,” and stressed that the West is endangering itself by welcoming “an ever-growing number of Muslims.”He also emphasized that while the West says “all men are equal,” Islam “does not say that all men are equal,” and “their values” are not our values."Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and...
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the jihadist 'caliph'

    07/05/2014 10:15:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/5/14 | AFP
    Baghdad (AFP) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic self-proclaimed "caliph" of a state straddling Iraq and Syria, is increasingly seen as more powerful than Al-Qaeda's chief. The leader of the powerful Islamic State (IS) militant group was on June 29 declared "caliph" in an attempt to revive a system of rule that ended nearly 100 years ago with the fall of the Ottoman Empire. In a video posted online on Saturday, purportedly the first known footage of Baghdadi, he ordered Muslims to obey him during a Ramadan sermon delivered at a mosque in the northern militant-held Iraqi city of Mosul.
  • A rogue group in Iraq's 2nd-largest city is assassinating ISIS members

    09/25/2015 6:15:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | Sep. 23, 2015, 2:02 PM | Joanna Paraszczuk, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
    Their identities are secret. They work after sundown, preferring deserted areas of the city. No one knows where they will strike next. They target different neighborhoods each time. Their mission is simple: to kill Islamic State militants. Their targets never vary, but their methods do. Sometimes they use snipers to take out a militant. Sometimes they plant roadside bombs and blow up cars. Sometimes they stab their victims, sometimes strangle them. They are Mosul's vigilante brigades, shadowy groups of civilians turned armed assassins who risk their lives to kill Islamic State gunmen — as well as those who support them....
  • Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed

    09/04/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 01, 2015 | Andrew Curry
    [Syria] Palmyra [Syria] Mar Elian Monastery [Syria] Apamea [Syria] Dura-europos [Syria] Mari [Iraq] Hatra [Iraq] Nineveh [Iraq] Mosul Museum And Libraries [Iraq] Nimrud [Iraq] Khorsabad [Iraq] Mar Behnam Monastery [Iraq] Mosque Of The Prophet Yunus [Iraq] Imam Dur Mausoleum
  • Pentagon Official Reacts Angrily to Obama’s ISIS Strategy Claim: ‘What the F— Was That?’

    06/12/2015 2:51:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Fox News via pjmedia.com ^ | june 8, 2015 | Fox News via Debra Heine
    On Special Report tonight, Charles Krauthammer noted that Obama occasionally stumbles on the truth, as he did when he admitted that his administration does not yet have a strategy to defeat ISIS; but as is always the case with this president it’s never his fault when something goes wrong. “The reason is Obama’s entire strategy rests on the notion that trained Iraqis under this government are going to carry the fight to ISIS,” Krauthammer said, noting that strategy has failed in Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah. “This is a country that was abandoned by Obama in 2011 and threw in its...
  • Inside Mosul, Life Under ISIS, As Seen In Secret Videos

    06/10/2015 2:43:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    You take your wife to what you thought was a family restaurant, far removed from the watchful eye of the puritanical rulers of your city. To get there, she has to be covered in black from head to toe, with only a narrow slat for her eyes, like any woman who wants to come out of the house. You settle down and tell her, "Honey, you can take that face mask off and relax. They're not going to come around here." She happily obliges, and you look forward to a nice meal in a place where you used to go...
  • Iraqi City of Mosul Transformed a Year After Islamic State Capture

    06/09/2015 6:23:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 9, 2015 | NOUR MALAS
    BAGHDAD—In Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, the extremist group is working day and night to repair roads, manicure gardens and refurbish hotels. Iraq’s second-largest city has never looked so good thanks to strict laws enforced by the Sunni militants.
  • Iraq lost 2,300 Humvee Armoured Vehicles in Mosul: PM

    06/01/2015 9:56:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6-1-2015 | AFP
    Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles when the Islamic State jihadist group overran the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday. "In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons," Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. "We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone." While the exact price of the vehicles varies depending on how they are armoured and equipped, it is clearly a hugely expensive loss that has boosted IS' capabilities.
  • Men brace for 'beard patrols' in Iraq's IS-held Mosul

    06/01/2015 3:44:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/1/2015 | Jean-Marc Mojon
    Every time he looks in a mirror, Laith Ahmed is worried. As of Monday, the young Iraqi's hopelessly hairless chin could land him in an Islamic State group jail. The jihadist group has handed out leaflets in their stronghold of Mosul in recent weeks announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable. "My facial hair is just slow to come out for my age," said the 18-year-old, who like others in this story did not give his real name for fear of retribution. "I'm scared because they deal ruthlessly with anyone who opposes...
  • Iraq lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul: PM

    05/31/2015 1:47:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when ISIS overran the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday. "In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons," Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. "We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone." While the exact price of the vehicles varies depending on how they are armored and equipped, it is clearly a hugely expensive loss that has boosted ISIS's capabilities. Last year, the State Department approved a possible sale to Iraq of 1,000 Humvees with increased armor, machineguns, grenade launchers, other...
  • Delusional Obama links Climate Change And Terrorism

    05/22/2015 10:14:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    American THinker ^ | May 22, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    President Obama’s assertion in his commencement address to cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that the rise of ISIS in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the brutality of both, is somehow linked to climate change shows just how dangerously detached from reality U.S. foreign policy has become. For those who wondered why upwards of two hundred thousand have died in Syria, Boko Haram abducts Christian schoolgirls, and ISIS beheads and burns people alive in its reign of terror, the president placed a major part of the blame on fossil fuels and your SUV. I understand climate change...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

    05/16/2015 4:20:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | May 13, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Sister Diana Momeka, OP appeared before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington D.C. on May 13, 2015. Credit: Matt Hadro/CNA. Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13. The faith of homeless Iraqi Christians is “increasing more and more,” Sister Diana Momeka, O.P., told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Many of the displaced lived in...
  • 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...
  • Russian Patriarch: 400 Syrian Churches Destroyed, Christianity Nearing ‘Extinction’ in Mideast

    04/18/2015 9:56:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    Orthodox Church News ^ | April 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Around mid-April, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia –who once wrote a letter to Barack Obama beseeching the president to reconsider his foreign policies which enable the persecution of Christians in Syria — spoke again of the threat of Christian extinction in the Mideast during a meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos. In the Russian Patriarch’s own words: "I regularly get reports of horrible crimes that are committed there against Christians, especially in northern Iraq. I have visited those places and I remember that there were many churches and monasteries there. The city of Mosul alone had 45...