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  • Iraqi TV host cries on-air over Christians persecuted by ISIS (Aired July 2014--Vid at Link)

    03/18/2015 7:02:40 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Christian Today ^ | August 18, 2014 | Brownie Marie
    A TV host broke down on camera recently while discussing the persecution of Christians in Iraq. Nahi Mahdi was speaking with two panelists on Asia TV when he was overcome with sadness over the travesties taking place in his country. "(It is terrible) when people come and force you to leave your home," one panelist said in the July 20 airing, translated by MEMRI TV and reported by The Blaze. "This is what happened to the Christians today." "Yes, the Christians," Mahdi interjects. "Today... I cried at home." The television hosts then began to weep, using his keffiyeh to wipe...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • IRAQ’S ATTACK AGAINST ISIS CATCHES U.S. ‘BY SURPRISE’

    03/02/2015 7:48:12 PM PST · by keat · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/02/15 | Nancy Youssef
    The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekend—a move that caught the U.S. “by surprise,” in the words of one American government official. The U.S.-led coalition forces that have conducted seven months of airstrikes on Iraq’s behalf did not participate in the attack, defense officials told The Daily Beast, and the American military has no plans to chip in. Instead, embedded Iranian advisors and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are taking part in the offensive on the largely Sunni town, raising the prospect that the fight to beat back...
  • Iraqi offensive to retake Tikrit underway

    03/02/2015 10:51:07 AM PST · by dangus · 151 replies
    Arabian news ^ | 2015-03-1 | Staff
    Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militias have launched a full-scale offensive backed by airstrikes to retake the major city of Tikrit from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Iraq said. “Security forces are advancing on three main fronts towards Tikrit, Ad-Dawr (to the south) and Al-Alam (to the north),” an army lieutenant colonel on the ground told Agence France-Presse by telephone. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi had announced on Sunday the “zero hour” of an operation to liberate ISIS-held territories in the province of Saladin, with its capital Tikrit, according to Al Arabiya News...
  • Unmark your calendars: Mosul liberation postponed indefinitely

    02/28/2015 12:34:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Old and busted: Open-source war planning. New hotness: Strategic incoherence! A week ago, the Pentagon briefed reporters on the plan to retake Mosul from ISIS in April using mainly Iraqi Army troops, down to the timing of the attack and a rough estimate of the numbers and types of troops needed to accomplish the job. Just seven days later, the Department of Defense pushed off the date until autumn … if then. A DoD source told The Daily Beast’s Nancy Youssef that, er, they’ve belatedly discovered that Iraqi troops aren’t ready now, and probably won’t be ready for months: The...
  • 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...
  • Onward Christian Soldiers: Self-Styled Revolutionary Trains Faithful To Fight ISIS (Crusaders?)

    02/27/2015 5:04:51 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-27-2015 | Hollie McKay
    Hollie McKay February 27, 2015 Just 12 miles north of the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, an American filmmaker and self-styled revolutionary is running a boot camp for Christians willing and able to fight for their lives and faith against the murderous Islamic terror organization. Matthew VanDyke, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who escaped a Libyan prison after going there to help overthrow Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, is helping to train hundreds of long-persecuted Assyrian Christians in everything from firearms to close quarters combat. VanDyke, who founded the security contracting firm company Sons of Liberty (SOLI), is working with an unnamed...
  • 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.
  • Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Off to Mosul We’ll Go…

    02/24/2015 9:55:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/24/15 | Jim Yardley
    Only other thing that Obama will control is the date on which he will announce that anything that goes wrong will be someone else’s fault The past few days have mystified and infuriated those who occupy that demographic in America that is described as those with some knowledge of the military. That period also exposed the current administration’s pursuit of the defeat of the ISIS (or ISIL as it is called by our inordinately self-centered President) as a military Potemkin village. This plan or strategy apparently has been constructed with the sole purpose of impressing the ignorant with how fearlessly...
  • 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,...
  • Iraqi Kurdish president meets US senator in Iraq

    02/22/2015 4:10:49 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Anadolu Agency ^ | 22 February 2015 | N/A
    US senator said that United States would continue to help Peshmerga forces in providing air support, training and with provision of arms ERBIL, Iraq The Kurdistan Regional Government’s president, Masoud Barzani, met with U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who is ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Saturday, an official statement said. According to the official statement, Barzani and the U.S. senator discussed the progress of the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and U.S.- led coalition support for Peshmerga forces. During the visit, Barzani expressed his gratefulness to the U.S. senator and the American...
  • Defense secretary addresses coming battle against ISIS in Iraq

    02/21/2015 7:47:30 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 21, 2015 | ByJULIANNA GOLDMAN
    The new secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, said Saturday the U.S. may slow down the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Carter made the announcement during his first trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary. On the flight there, Carter also discussed an impending battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in Iraq - the battle for Mosul. A senior Obama administration official told CBS News that neither Carter nor the White House knew about that briefing, where a military official also said the assault would include between 20,000 and 25,000 Iraqi troops backed by U.S. air...
  • Pentagon tips off ISIS on plan to take back Mosul

    02/20/2015 4:02:27 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/20/2015 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The United States has laid out a battle plan to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul in an April-to-May time frame, using some 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi troops who currently are being trained, a highly unusual disclosure that one intelligence source told WND is “pure lunacy.”
  • ISIS Female Police Disfigure 15 Women With Acid for Not Wearing Niqab

    02/19/2015 8:50:13 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 68 replies
    The ISIS policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend. ISIS' all-female policing unit, the Al Khansa brigade, which polices the streets of the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, reportedly carried out the punishments after the women were detained in the Mosul neighborhood of Salamiya, a kurdish official told media.
  • U.S. sees Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul in April-May time frame

    02/19/2015 5:18:20 PM PST · by Cementjungle · 9 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 02/19/2015 | David Alexander and Phil Stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraqi and Kurdish military force of some 20,000 to 25,000 troops is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters, probably in the April-May time frame, an official at the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday.
  • Islamic State blows up Church of Immaculate Virgin

    Islamic State blows up Church of Immaculate Virgin FEBRUARY 6, 2015 9:42 AM BY RAYMOND IBRAHIM] According to Rudaw, an Iraqi news agency, on February 2, security sources from the Ninevah police district said that the Islamic State blew up the Church of the Immaculate Virgin—one of the largest and oldest Chaldean churches in the ancient section of Mosul. The security source said: “The organization finished wiring the church with explosives this morning and detonated it, leaving widespread destruction in the church and neighboring buildings.” Prior to this, the old church — which stood on the foundation of what was...
  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 4:49:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 223 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Oct 14 | Fox
    The New York Times...details U.S. forces in Iraq finding thousands of chemical weapons during the Iraq war. "From 2004 to 2011...troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule," "In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads
  • ( Islamic State ) ISIS Opens Market in Mosul for Stolen Assyrian Property ( from Christians )

    02/03/2015 7:28:41 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    AINA News ^ | 2015-02-02
    ISIS has opened a special market to sell property it looted from Assyrian homes and churches in Mosul. The market, called "Spoils Of The Nazarenes," sells televisions, refrigerators, microwave ovens and other electronic devices, as well as furniture and artwork. Prices range from 50,000 to 75,000 Iraqi Dinars ($42 to $63). ISIS captured the city of Mosul on June 10. Almost immediately thereafter it began to drive Assyrians out of Mosul and destroy Christian and non-Sunni institutions. It imposed a poll tax (jizya) on Assyrians, ordered unmarried women to 'Jihad by sex', destroyed the statue of the Virgin Mary at...
  • ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddam’s Chemical Weapons Stockpiles, Attacks Key Refinery

    06/19/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Well, here’s some lovely news emerging from the new Iraq. 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIA’s file on the complex. QuoteStockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers. Numerous bunkers, including eleven cruciform shaped bunkers were exploited. Some of the...
  • IS chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq: US

    01/30/2015 6:58:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    hindustantimes.com ^ | Jan 31, 2015 07:56 IST
    A US-led coalition air strike killed a chemical weapons specialist with the Islamic State group in Iraq who once worked for Saddam Hussein, US military officers said on Friday. The air raid carried out last Saturday near Mosul took out Abu Malik, whose training "provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability," the military said in a statement. Malik had worked at a chemical weapons production plant under Saddam's regime and later forged an affiliation with al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, before joining the extremist IS group, according to Central Command. "His death is expected...
  • Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

    01/31/2015 12:46:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AP ^ | January 31, 2015 | Sinan Salaheddin and Sameer N. Yacoub
    When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas. Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children's stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts. The rest? "These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned," a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing...
  • ISIS executes 13 teens for watching soccer

    01/23/2015 10:20:52 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 32 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/19/2015 | By Yaron Steinbuch and Jamie Schram
    ISIS jihadists publicly executed 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match. The young fans were reportedly watching an Asian Cup match between Iraq and Jordan on TV last week when they were caught by the militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which ISIS, or the Islamic State, controls. The group of teens was executed in public by a firing squad that used machine guns, according to Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an activist group that exposes ISIS atrocities. Before the kids were killed, their “crime” was announced over a loudspeaker, reports said. “The bodies remained lying in the...
  • US, Iraq preparing for assault to recapture Mosul from ISIS

    01/23/2015 9:35:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    News24 ^ | 01/23/2015
    Washington - The United States and Iraq have started preparing for an offensive by summer to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was taken by Islamic State (ISIS) militants last June, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Preparations include selecting and training military units for the planned assault and cutting supply lines to ISIS fighters, General Lloyd Austin, head of the US military's Central Command, told the Journal. Mosul is the largest city in a self-declared ISIS caliphate straddling the border between northern Iraq and eastern Syria. A senior Iraqi official told Reuters in November that Mosul was...
  • Is Ebola Virus Spreading Among ISIS Militants? Reports Claim Jihadists Seeking Cure at Mosul

    01/02/2015 6:20:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The World Health Organization is investigating reports that ISIS militants have contracted the deadly Ebola virus and are seeking help at a hospital in Mosul in Iraq. The virus, which has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa, is believed to have been brought to the city by jihadists from several different countries. WHO spokesman Christy Feig confirmed that the health agency is reaching out to ISIS officials in the region to gather more information, The Daily Mail noted on Friday. Feig said that the Iraqi government hasn't yet responded to the news of possible Ebola cases in the country....
  • Iraqi media says ISIS militants have contracted Ebola

    01/01/2015 1:38:53 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 76 replies
    Mashable ^ | 12-31-2014 | Bryan Reis
    Reports that Islamic State militants in Mosul have contracted Ebola swirled though Iraqi media sources on Wednesday. World Health Organization officials said they haven't confirmed the cases, but the organization has reached out to offer assistance. Three outlets reported that Ebola showed up at a hospital in Mosul, a city 250 miles north of Baghdad that's been under ISIS control since June 2014. The reports, however, have perpetuated mostly in pro-government and Kurdish media. SNIP--- Citing an unnamed source in a Mosul hospital, Iraq's official pro-government newspaper, al Sabaah, said the disease arrived in Mosul from "terrorists" who came "from...
  • ‘ISLAMIC STATE’ – Seven Impressions Of A Difficult Journey (First Hand Account)

    12/28/2014 5:07:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Jürgen Todenhöfer ^ | December 28, 2014 | Jürgen Todenhöfer
    Dear friends, we are slowly recovering from the stress the journey into the “Islamic State” has induced on us. Frederic, my son, has lost several pounds. Of course, I have been aware that both, meeting with ISIS and American and Syrian bomb attacks, could put me into high risk. In Mosul, low-flying US aircraft circled over us numerous times. And our “apartment” in the Syrian town Raqqa was largely destroyed by a Syrian bomb while we were staying in Mosul, Iraq. Hence, our last night in Raqqa had to be spent in a bombed-out and glass-splittered apartment. It’s difficult to...
  • 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...
  • ISIS Leader "Critically Wounded" In US Airstrikes, Al Arabiya Reports

    11/09/2014 4:59:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/08/14 | Tyler Durden
    While US authorities noted the airstrikes on a 10-vehicle convoy near Mosul, they could not confirm the identity of those killed. *U.S. SAYS COALITION AIRCRAFT STRIKE IS LEADERS NEAR MOSUL: AFP *U.S. OFFICIAL CONFIRMS AIRSTRIKES TARGETED IS LEADERS:REUTERS *U.S. SAYS IT DESTROYED CONVOY OF 10 ISIS ARMED TRUCKS *CONVOY ATTACK WAS LAST NIGHT IN IRAQ NEAR MOSUL *U.S. SAYS ATTACK WAS AT SITE OF GATHERING OF ISIS LEADERS *U.S. CAN'T CONFIRM IF ISIS LEADER ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDADI THERE *U.S. SAYS IT HAS NO MORE INFORMATION RIGHT NOW ON AIRSTRIKES
  • Water-Borne Disease Plagues Islamic State-Held City in Iraq

    12/04/2014 5:33:33 AM PST · by wtd · 6 replies
    NDTV ^ | December 01, 2014 15:43 IST | Agence France-Presse
    Baghdad: When Islamic State group fighters swept into northern Iraq's second city Mosul in a lightning June offensive, their propaganda trumpeted a better life for the people under jihadist rule. Now, nearly six months later, residents there are suffering from a lack of clean water and also a shortage of medicine to treat illnesses caused by it. [snip]But "the hardships of the locals certainly undermine IS claims to be a state meeting the needs of the people and offering them real security," he said.
  • ISIS Claims To Have Built A Dirty Bomb As Officials Warn Of Airline Attack

    12/03/2014 3:49:56 AM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Norvell Rose
    Islamic State militants are boasting that they have developed a dirty bomb — a crude nuclear weapon using materials seized from Mosul University, Iraq. [A] letter written by the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N. to the body’s Secretary-General confirm[ed] that some 88 pounds of uranium that could be adapted for a dirty bomb was seized by militants.
  • Gen. Martin Dempsey: Open to using U.S. ground troops to retake Mosul

    11/14/2014 8:01:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2014 | Noah Rothman
    There’s good news and bad news, everyone. The good news is that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is confident that all of the vast Iraqi territory lost to the Islamic State can be recovered. The bad news is that he thinks it will take no fewer than 80,000 “competent” soldiers to do it. Via Reuters: Iraq will need about 80,000 effective military troops to retake the terrain it lost to Islamic State militants and restore its border with Syria, the top U.S. general said on Thursday.“We’re going to need about 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces to recapture territory...
  • US considers use of ground troops against IS in Iraq

    11/13/2014 9:24:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Nov 14, 2014
    US considers use of ground troops against IS in Iraq Top US general says troops may be necessary Fri, Nov 14, 2014, 01:00 The top-ranking officer in the American military said yesterday the United States is actively considering the direct use of troops in the toughest forthcoming fights against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, less than a week after President Barack Obama doubled troop levels there . Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of IS relative to the Iraqi army may be such...
  • U.S. air strikes destroy Islamic State convoy near Mosul

    11/08/2014 2:53:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/8/14 | Reuters
    The armed convoy of 10 armed, Islamic State vehicles near the Iraqi city of Mosul has been destroyed. The convoy reportedly had Islamic State leaders, but it’s not known who or how many had been killed. U.S. air strikes destroyed a moving, 10-vehicle Islamic State convoy near the Iraqi city of Mosul but U.S. officials said on Saturday it was unclear whether the group's top commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was present at the time.
  • ISIS executed 600 prison inmates in Mosul says Human Rights Watch

    10/31/2014 10:45:55 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    (IraqiNews.com) Today Human Rights Watch reported that gunmen from the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria carried out the systematic execution of about 600 male inmates from a prison on the outskirts of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq on June 10 according to accounts of the survivors. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Shiites. After seizing Badush prison near Mosul, the militants ISIS separated the Sunnis inmates from the Shiites, and then forced the latter to kneel at the edge of a valley and shot them from assault rifles and automatic weapons, according to what...
  • Remarkable Digital Reconstruction of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

    10/20/2014 6:39:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Patheos ^ | October 9, 2014 | Thomas L. McDonald
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq. The palace walls were covered n reliefs (many of them now scattered throughout the world in various museums) depicting his reign and conquests. Genesis 10: 8 Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore...
  • Former Iraqi general said to be coordinating attacks

    10/29/2003 6:25:49 PM PST · by TexKat · 11 replies · 95+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former Iraqi general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, is reported to be coordinating attacks in Iraq by foreign fighters and Iraqi regime loyalists, a US defense official said. "There are reports that the al-Douri is coordinating the attacks," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The reports in military channels fingering al-Douri as the coordinator of the attacks probably came from the recent capture in Mosul of a former secretary of al-Douri and two senior members of Ansar al-Islam who were close to the general, the official said. Number six on the US list of 55...
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces moving toward complex battle in Mosul

    10/05/2014 9:30:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    LAT ^ | October 5, 2014, 6:00 AM|Reporting from Khazir, Iraq | Raja Abdulrahim
    Three days after U.S. airstrikes in Iraq began, Islamic State militants fled west across the bridge spanning the Khazir River, destroying half of it with TNT.. The August explosion was meant to slow an offensive by Kurdish peshmerga forces to retake Iraqi towns seized by the Sunni Muslim extremist group. But the peshmerga created another path across the river and eventually regained control of a village in the shadow of the bridge. In recent weeks, Kurdish fighters have made steady progress along this front line, pushing back Islamic State more than nine miles. But soon they are likely to find...
  • ISIS tortures, kills female rights lawyer in Mosul, U.N. mission says

    09/25/2014 9:55:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/25/2014 09:04:34 AM PDT | Vivian Salama
    BAGHDAD -- Militants with the Islamic State group publicly killed a human rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after their self-styled Islamic court ruled that she had abandoned Islam, the U.N. mission in Iraq said Thursday. Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was seized from her home on Sept. 17 after allegedly posting messages on Facebook that were critical of the militants' destruction of religious sites in Mosul. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, al-Nuaimi was tried in a so-called "Sharia court" for apostasy, after which she was tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to...
  • Iraq Kurds Advance But Mosul Still Out of Reach

    09/24/2014 9:52:07 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Arbil (AFP) -- Western support has helped Iraq's Kurdish troops regain ground and momentum against the Islamic State group, but retaking the northern jihadist hub of Mosul remains too big an ask for now. When federal forces buckled as jihadists advanced, the Kurds seized long-coveted territory around Mosul. But in August, they suffered setbacks of their own when IS surged again. Air support from the United States and France, arms deliveries and improved ties with Baghdad have allowed the Kurdish peshmerga fighters to regroup and take the initiative. Speaking at an international conference in Paris last week, Foreign Minister Ibrahim...
  • Freedom Council Militia Formed in Mosul [Vive La Resistance!]

    09/17/2014 8:02:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    BasNews, Khazair ^ | 16.09.2014 | Hazhar Mamuzini
    Opposition Militia has been formed against IS Militants in Mosul News / Kurdistan Freedom Council Militia Formed in Mosul 16.09.2014 Hazhar Mamuzini BasNews, Khazair   A group of Mosul residents have formed a special militia group to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in an effort to free the city from the extremist group.   “IS opponents have united and formed a council to liberate Mosul,” said a spokesman of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) branch in Mosul.   “On Monday, opponents of ISIS formed a union called the Mosul Liberation Council,” said Saied Mamuzini, KDP spokesman.   Mamuzini also stated...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Kill Top IS Military Commander

    09/16/2014 9:18:36 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 6 hours ago
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish security officials said that Peshmerga forces had killed senior Islamic State (IS) commander Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash known as Abu Abdullah near Khazir on Tuesday. “He was killed with a number of other terrorists during a military operation by Peshmerga forces in coordination with the US air force to liberate Hassan Sham and its vicinities,” Kurdistan Region’s Security Council said in statement. According to the statement, Abu Abdullah was a senior military commander and a top IS official in the state (Wilayat) of Mosul. “Abu Abdullah was the mastermind behind the 2007 explosion in front of...
  • Iraqi Planes Urge Mosul Residents to Rise Up Against IS

    09/10/2014 8:07:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 10.09.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    This week, Iraqi military planes have been ordered to fly over Mosul city and drop leaflets urgents residents to rise against Islamic State (IS) militants. “Iraqi military planes have dropped leaflets over neighborhoods of Mosul in the late night of Tuesday,” said an eyewitness to Iraqi local media. He stated that the leaflets had the sign of the Iraqi Defence Ministry that written: “IS terrorists were defeated by Iraqi heroes in Amrli and they will also flee from the power of Mosul residents.” The eyewitness also states that on the leaflet, there were some pictures of weapons and military vehicles...
  • Islamic State Executes Female Doctors and Politicians

    09/07/2014 10:53:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    Israeli National News ^ | 9/7/2014 | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    The string of brutal executions continues, as IS in Iraq continues its killing rampage of all those who do not submit to it. The brutal Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist organization has continued its bloody string of executions, this time finding fit to shoot two female doctors to death after they refused to treat members of the terror group. According to reports six people, including three women, were executed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul by IS terrorists on Saturday publicly and without trial. Witnesses told AFP that the terrorists broke into the homes of the two female...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga forces strengthen control over Makhmour [62 Miles from Mosul]

    09/07/2014 9:57:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Press TV ^ | 09/07/2014
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces have strengthened their hold on the town of Makhmour in northern Iraq as they manage to gain more ground in the battle against Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports. The town of Makhmour, situated some 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the militant-held city of Mosul, is one of the few places in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh that has successfully pushed back the ISIL and is holding strong. Makhmour, a Kurdish-majority town with a Turkmen minority, fell to Takfiri militants on August 8. ISIL militants held the town for two days before Kurdish forces, backed by...
  • Iraqi Army, Kurds Advance Toward Mosul

    09/07/2014 4:52:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    The Iraqi military and Kurdish forces have kicked off an all-out campaign to recapture militant-held towns in the region of al-Khazer in Nineveh plains. Al-Khazer lays midway through the Kurdish capital city of Erbil and the capital of Nineveh province, Mosul. The Iraqi and Kurdish forces have thus far managed to regain control over the villages of Baride, Kani Kawan, Sewidan and Ashqalan. They have also seized control of the strategic Mount Zartak which overlooks the towns of Bashiqa and Bartella. Bashiqa and Bartella are two historic Christian towns in the Hamadaniyah district. When taking over them last month, the...
  • IS Militants Behead Five Fortunetellers in Mosul

    09/07/2014 4:27:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 06.09.2014 | Hazhar Mamuzini
    IS Militants Behead Five Fortunetellers in Mosul 06.09.2014 Hazhar MamuziniBasNews, Erbil Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have kidnapped a group of women fortunetellers and beheaded them. Sa’ed Mamuzini, spokesman for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office in Mosul, told BasNews that IS militants arrested five women who worked as fortunetellers, beheaded them and threw out their bodies. “After putting them on trial in Mosul, the militants beheaded them,” added Mamuzini. He said that the women were Arabs and were arrested about a month ago on charges of acting against the religion of Islam. “This...
  • US Warplanes Begin Striking Mosul

    09/04/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 59 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 04.09.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Since early Thursday morning, United States military planes have begun shelling the outskirts of Mosul, a Sunni-majority city in northern Iraq and military post of Islamic State (IS) militants. According to a source from the Peshmerga forces stationed near Mosul, US warplanes began bombing the hideouts of IS militants in Mosul and the surrounding areas in the ill-lit hours of dawn. The current shelling began in the neighborhoods of Somar and Intisari, which are on the outskirt of Mosul. US planes also attacked high buildings in the city that have been used as hideouts and supply storage by the Jihadi...
  • Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services

    08/29/2014 9:26:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | Fri August 29, 2014 | By Peter Kenyon
    Ever since the Islamic State seized Mosul more than two months ago, it's been difficult to get a detailed picture of life inside Iraq's second largest city. But glimpses have emerged. This week, the United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, presented details of a massacre that took place at the city's Badoush prison in June. Islamic State fighters seized more than 1,000 inmates. The group spared the lives of their fellow Sunni Muslims, but gunned down some 670 people. It's been too dangerous for Western journalists to go to Mosul. But NPR contacted several Mosul residents by phone, including...