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  • 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 · 9 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...
  • Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations

    08/28/2014 9:31:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | August 27, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations Sister Maria Hanna: "The disaster is overwhelming, and we are unable to comprehend it all." August 27, 2014 03:14 EST By Carl E. Olson Sister Aman Miriam places her hands in the hands of her Prioress, Sister Maria Hanna (right), as she makes Perpetual Profession of Vows, in this undated photo from the website of the Adrian Dominican Sisters ( Sister Maria Hanna, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq, has been posting about the harrowing situation there over the past...
  • Life Under IS in Mosul

    08/26/2014 8:26:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 26.08.2014 | Diyar Aziz
    A destroyed building in Mosul in Northern Iraq News / World Life Under IS in Mosul 26.08.2014 Diyar Aziz BasNews, Erbil A Mosul citizen has told BasNews about life in Mosul under control of the Islamic State (IS) militants. The citizen, 23-years-old, wanted to remain anonymous for reasons of safety. He talked about public services in Mosul, “There are no services left in the city, especially now that the federal government of Iraq has cut electricity to the city. Oil and gas are both hard to come by and have become very expensive in the bazaar. The quality is...
  • From Raqqa to Mosul: Islamic "Capital" was 1st to be "Cleaned" of Christians & 1st Dhimma Agreement

    08/23/2014 3:15:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 23, 2014
    Cross being removed from the Armenian Church in Raqqa, Syria, 2013 Source:  Caffè Storia, August 22, 2014 It was in March 2013, at the peak of the complex phase of the civil war in Syria, when the Jihadist militants of Jabat al-Nusra captured the city of Ar Raqqah (Raqqa or Rakka) from the government troops of President Bashar al-Asad.  In May of 2013, while the United States and Europe were still discussing a possible military intervention in Syria against al-Asad and at the United Nations they were trying to find, without success, tangible proof as to who had really...
  • How an Arrest in Iraq Revealed ISIS's $2 Billion Jihadist Network

    08/22/2014 10:33:34 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Two days before Mosul fell to the Islamic insurgent group Isis (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), Iraqi commanders stood eyeballing its most trusted messenger. The man, known within the extremist group as Abu Hajjar, had finally cracked after a fortnight of interrogation and given up the head of Isis's military council. "He said to us, 'you don't realise what you have done'," an intelligence official recalled. "Then he said: 'Mosul will be an inferno this week'.' Several hours later, the man he had served as a courier and been attempting to protect, Abdulrahman al-Bilawi, lay dead in...
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq [ONGOING]

    08/20/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    AP via ^ | 08/20/2014 9:52 AM | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded. The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.
  • US begins talks on how to push IS out of Mosul

    08/20/2014 4:10:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Barbara Slavin
    US officials have begun discussions with local leaders in Iraq’s Ninevah province about how to recapture the city of Mosul in the wake of the successful operation to recover control of Mosul Dam from the Islamic State (IS), a US official said. In an interview Aug. 20 with Al-Monitor, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted that recovering Iraq’s second largest city — which was seized by IS on June 10 — would “require local forces” and be a long-term project. “We’re in touch with the governor of Ninevah and all the Iraqi leaders and a number of...
  • Obama says Iraqi, Kurdish forces have recaptured Mosul Dam with US air support

    08/19/2014 5:54:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/19/2014
    President Obama announced Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have recaptured the vital Mosul Dam -- calling it a "major step forward" in the fight against Islamic State militants who seized the dam earlier this month. "If that dam was breached, it could have proven catastrophic," Obama said, speaking from the White House briefing room. The joint military campaign lasted for hours, as U.S. airstrikes pounded Islamic militant positions while Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battled on the ground to retake the infrastructure. Obama, who spoke during a brief pause in D.C. from...
  • Iraqi, Kurdish forces claim defeat of insurgents at strategic Mosul Dam

    08/18/2014 12:03:10 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/18/14 | Liz Sly, Craig Whitlock and Loveday Morris
    Iraqi and Kurdish forces claimed Monday that they ejected Islamic State fighters from a strategically vital dam in northern Iraq, after waves of U.S. airstrikes scattered the radical Islamist militants in the biggest push yet to reverse their blitz through the country. Fighting continued on the western bank of the lake at the head of the Mosul Dam, and government troops were unable to enter the facility because it was booby-trapped by the retreating militants, officials said. But the officials claimed that Islamic State fighters were on the run after the offensive launched by Iraqi special forces and Kurdish pesh...
  • US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam

    08/18/2014 9:36:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 17:15 | Agencies
    US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 17:15 The US military conducted airstrikes today on Islamic State positions near the Mosul Dam in northern , the Pentagon said.A mix of US fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the strikes, which damaged or destroyed six armed vehicles, a light armored vehicle, a vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, a checkpoint and an improvised explosive device emplacement belt, the Pentagon said in a statement.Since August 8th the US military has conducted a total of 68 airstrikes in Iraq, the Pentagon said. Of those...
  • Catholic Archbishop of Mosul: ‘Islam Does Not Say That All Men Are Equal’

    08/18/2014 8:55:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    cns news ^ | 8/18/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    ( – Amel Shimoun Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who is now living in exile, warned that his diocese is now run by radical Muslims and that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here,” adding that “Islam does not say that all men are equal,” and if Westerners “do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.” The Chaldean Catholic Church is an Eastern Rite church, under the authority of Pope Francis. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Amel Nona, now living in...
  • "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims"

    08/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 16, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims" Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again...
  • US Strikes Iraq With Land-Based Bombers

    08/17/2014 6:39:05 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 21 replies
    Newser ^ | Aug 17, 2014 | Newser Editors
    The latest round of US airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. Kurdish security officials say Kurdish forces, aided by US and Iraqi airstrikes, have now taken over parts of the dam. Militants had captured control of the dam less than two weeks ago. The US military says US forces conducted nine strikes yesterday and another 16 today. The second round of strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers, and one checkpoint, the US said.
  • Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West...

    08/17/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 87 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/17/14 | New Catholic
    Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the...
  • Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials

    08/17/2014 10:16:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Agence France Presse via The Daily Star ^ | Last updated: August 17, 2014 | 07:44 PM
    AL-QOSH, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said. A peshmerga officer and two political party officials told AFP that Kurdish forces had retaken Mosul Dam...
  • Iraq: Kurdish forces retake parts of largest dam

    08/17/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP vie WP ^ | August 17 at 9:08 AM
    By Associated Press August 17 at 9:08 AMIRBIL, Iraq — An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country’s largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State extremist group earlier this month.Gen. Tawfik Desty told The Associated Press that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early Sunday.Desty, a commander with the Kurdish forces at the dam, which was seized on Aug. 7, said they now control the eastern part of the dam and that fighting is still underway.
  • Kurdish Forces Capture Telsqof, Advance Towards Mosul Dam

    08/17/2014 1:49:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 2 hours ago
    Kurdish Forces Capture Telsqof, Advance Towards Mosul Dam By RUDAW 2 hours ago “The assault will continue until we retake Zumar and Shingal as well,” ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Supported by US fighter jets Kurdish Peshmerga forces took the town of Telsqof early Sunday morning and they are making rapid advance towards the Mosul dam, said a Kurdish commander. “With the help of American fighter jets the Peshmerga launched a wide-ranging attack this morning, we have taken Telsqof and Risala villages and we are moving towards the Mosul dam,” a Peshmerga commander in the area told Rudaw. The commander said that...
  • U.S.-backed Kurds battle to retake Iraq’s largest dam [seize control of eastern side of dam]

    08/16/2014 9:40:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Saturday, 16 August 2014
    By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Saturday, 16 August 2014 Kurdish troops backed by U.S. warplanes launched a bid Saturday to recapture Mosul dam, Iraq’s largest, from militants, a senior Kurdish military official said. “Kurdish peshmerga, with U.S. air support, have seized control of the eastern side of the dam” complex, Major General Abdelrahman Korini told AFP. “We killed several members of Daash. We are still advancing and in the coming hours should announce welcome news,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. Witnesses said the air strikes...
  • US Jets Strike Multiple IS Positions Around Mosul [ISIS abandoned posts under heavy bombardment]

    08/15/2014 11:55:58 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 7 hours ago
    Kurdistan US Jets Strike Multiple IS Positions Around Mosul 7 hours ago ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—US fighter jets launched a bombing campaign against positions of the Islamic State (IS) near Mosul dam and surrounding towns shortly after midnight on Friday, Rudaw reporter said. The jets have bombed IS positions in four areas near the dam as well as in Rabia crossing, Mahmoudia, Telskouf, Zumar and Tilkef. A Peshmerga eyewitness said this is the heaviest US bombing of militant positions since the start of airstrikes against the Islamist group last week. Rudaw reporter Hevidar Ahmed said that a gas station used by...
  • Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam

    08/15/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-15-2014 | Anna Coren and Chelsea J. Carter
    U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported, citing eyewitnesses. CNN confirmed that a U.S. and Iraqi military operation aimed at retaking the country's largest hydroelectric dam from the so-called Islamic State was scheduled to begin early Saturday morning (Friday at 6 p.m. ET). The operation was to begin with U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS positions, with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces following up on the ground. U.S. fighter jets began carrying out the strikes early Saturday morning local time, Rudaw reported
  • Iraq crisis: the jihadist behind the takeover of Mosul - and how America let him go

    06/11/2014 12:32:57 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/11/2014 | Colin Freeman
    The FBI “most wanted” mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it. Taken during his years as a detainee at the US-run Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, this is the only known photograph of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the new leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. But while he may lack the photogenic qualities of his hero, Osama bin Laden, he is fast becoming the new poster-boy for the global jihadist movement....
  • Mosul's Damn Dam

    08/13/2014 4:39:34 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/13/2014 | Guy Haselmann
    Last week, the barbaric Islamic State (IS) seized the vitally important Mosul dam, dramatically impacting tactical options against them and potentially changing the future of the Middle East. * snip * Since the dam was completed in the mid-1980’s it has required continuous (daily) maintenance, because it was built on top of gypsum, a soft mineral which dissolves when in contact with water. More than 50,000 tons of materials have been injected into the dam since 1986. The ‘sink hole’ type of cavities that constantly form have to be expeditiously plugged with “grout”, a liquefied mixture of cement and other...
  • Mosul MPs: Peshmerga Will Liberate The City Soon

    08/11/2014 9:07:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    BasNews, Baghdad ^ | 10.08.2014
    Peshmerga forces fighting IS Militants near Mosul News / Kurdistan Mosul MPs: Peshmerga Will Liberate The City Soon 10.08.2014    BasNews, Baghdad   Representatives of Mosul in the Iraqi Parliament have declared that with Peshmerga assistance, their city will be freed soon from Islamic State (IS) Militants.   In a press conference in Baghdad, Iraqi MPs from Mosul in Northern Iraq, talked about the current crisis and the clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and IS Insurgents.   The also criticized the Iraqi central government for remaining silent on the situation of their city and not providing assistance to the...
  • US and European Countries to Arm Kurds

    08/11/2014 8:56:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 11.08.2014 | Nuwar Faqie
    Calls to arm Peshmerga forces from western officials News / Kurdistan US and European Countries to Arm Kurds 11.08.2014    Nuwar FaqieBasNews, Erbil   United States and European countries are thinking about directly arming Iraqi Kurds to fight extremist group Islamic State (IS).   According to Associated Press, a senior official from the Obama administration has revealed that Washington has started arming Kurds.   This comes after the France foreign minister Laurent Fabius stated that soon France and other European countries would discuss the possibility of giving heavy weapons to Iraq, especially Kurdish Peshmerga Forces.   In an interview...
  • This is what could happen if the Islamic State destroys the Mosul Dam

    08/10/2014 11:51:39 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 99 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 8, 2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    If , as some reports suggest, Islamic State forces have seized Mosul Dam, they might have stumbled on a weapon exponentially more powerful than any U.S.-made armored vehicle or Soviet-era anti-aircraft gun. The Mosul Dam is Iraq’s largest dam and with its shoddy construction could, if destabilized, affect the lives of Iraqis as far south as Baghdad. Located on Mosul Lake the facility provides electricity and irrigation to surrounding areas. “If the dam fails, scientists say, Mosul could be completely flooded within hours and a 15-foot wall of water could crash into Baghdad,” Keith Johnson wrote in a Foreign Policy...
  • The Face of the Mosul Christians

    08/08/2014 2:55:20 PM PDT · by MNDude · 6 replies
    I was curious so I went to and did a search for "people who live in Mosul Iraq" Hundreds of people who have their FaceBook accounts came up. This brought a whole new dimension of their suffering. They were no longer just bloody corpses that you see lying in the dust. They were no longer just some statistic that I'd hear about. Rather, you'd see they were just normal human beings living their lives, so similar to us. Here: lots of pictures of this brother and sister until 2014. Wonder if they are alive? This one posts lots...
  • ISIS begins killing Christians in Mosul, Children Beheaded

    08/08/2014 1:23:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 175 replies
    image deemed too graphic for Free Republic. Click here to see Islamic State terrorists have begun their promised killing of Christians in Mosul, and they have started with the children. According to a report via CNN, a Chaldean-American businessman has said that killings have started in Mosul and children's heads are being erected on poles in a city park. image deemed too graphic for Free Republic. Click here to see "There is a park in Mosul," Mark Arabo told CNN during a Skype interview from San Diego, "where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick...
  • Report: ISIS Beheading Children In Iraq (Graphic Photos)

    08/08/2014 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 41 replies ^ | August 7, 2014 | Unknown
    “There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park,’ he explained. ‘More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.’”
  • ISIS Closes In On Christians in Dramatic Overnight Development

    08/07/2014 2:37:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 65 replies
    Aleteia ^ | August 7, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    Various ISIS, the radical Islamist group that forced Christians out of Mosul with the threat of death, has taken control of most of the villages of the Nineveh Plain, the northern area where Iraqi Christians have hunkered down in what is appearing increasingly to look like ethnic cleansing. In a statement in which the Vatican referst to "terrible developments," Pope Francis has called for help from the "international community." "His Holiness urgently calls on the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by the violence, and to guarantee all necessary assistance—especially the most urgently needed aid—to the...
  • Muslim Iraqis Protest against Christian Persecution

    08/07/2014 9:31:24 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 7 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 6 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Two anchorwomen in the Middle East have protested against the persecution of Christians in their countries on TV while reading the news. The Muslim journalist Dalia AlAqidi, who works for the Iraqi TV network Sumaria, wore a cross around her neck on air and launched a verbal attack from the TV against "Islamist fascism", in support of Christians in Mosul, IraqÂ’s second largest city. AlAqidi made this gesture not only because of the disappearance from Mosul - which since June is in the hands of jihadists - of a Christian community that numbered in the thousands of faithful, but...

    08/05/2014 4:27:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 5, 2014
    1924: Chaldean priests and the orphans under their care in Mosul (Nineveh), Iraq Majid Aziza [Lebanese daily] An-Nahar July 24, 2014 Expelled, we leave our city of Mosul, humiliated by the followers of the new Islam. We leave it for the first time in History. And, while leaving, we thank our neighbors, the neighbors whom we thought would protect us, as they used to do [in the past], [thinking] that they would rise up against the fury of these 21st-century criminals by telling them that we are the authentic children of this city, and that we are its founders. We...
  • ISIS claims gains, takes control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam

    08/04/2014 8:56:48 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-4-2014 | Alan Duke and Hamdi Alkhshali
    Fighters with the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, it said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday. ISIS took control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam on Iraq's Tigris River, which provides power to the city of Mosul about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the south, the commander of the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters who had been defending the facility said Sunday. The dam workers remained inside the facility, which fell after a 24-hour battle, Lt. Col. Herash said. SNIP----- "If you control the Mosul Dam, you can...
  • These Reports Signal The Beginning Of The End For ISIS In Iraq: Mosul Residents Fighting Back

    08/01/2014 12:17:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/01/2014 | Jeremy Bender
    Residents of Iraq's second-largest city, which has been under the control of ISIS since early June, have reportedly started clashing with militants, Tim Arango reports for The New York Times. They're chafing under the brutal rule of an organization too extreme even for Al Qaeda. But ISIS's assault on the region's cultural heritage has been particular cause for local alienation from the group.The residents of Mosul started to react negatively to ISIS' rule in the city after the militants razed a tomb that was thought to have contained the remains of the prophet Jonah. Jonah is revered in the Jewish, Christian, and...
  • Iraq: (French) Cardinal Barbarin stands by Mosul’s refugees

    07/31/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 31, 2014 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    The Archbishop of Lyon has travelled to Iraq to show the country’s Christians his solidarity. “I will say the Our Father in Aramaic until you are finally able to return home. French visas are not the solution” BARBARIN ON HIS VISIT TO IRAQ (PHOTO BY: LYON.CATHOLIQUE.FR) Rome On Saturday he was out in the streets of Mosul demonstrating, in an act of solidarity towards the city’s Christians who are forced to flee their homes. On Monday he flew to Erbil in person to go and meet Christians. The Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, one of the French Catholic Church’s most...
  • ISIS Occupied or Destroyed All Christian Institutions in Mosul

    07/31/2014 10:36:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-31-14 | Mary Chastain
    For over 2,000 years, Christians and Muslims lived in peace in Mosul, Iraq, the country's second largest city. That all changed on June 10, 2014 when the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, invaded the city and evicted its Christian population. With the Christians gone, ISIS has begun to destroy or occupy every Christian landmark in the city. The Assyrian International News Agency released a full list of the 45 institutions the Islamic State destroyed or occupied. Here are a few examples: Syrian Catholic Diocese Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation Archbishop’s Palace Chapel Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese Church of...
  • Islamic State destroys tombs, mosques in Mosul

    07/27/2014 6:06:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    The Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls large areas of both Iraq and Syria, continues to destroy religious sites in the city of Mosul in an effort to eradicate all competing religious groups and their symbols from the city. On July 24 the Islamic State destroyed the Nabi Yunus Mosque, which had housed the Tomb of Jonah, after destroying the tomb itself earlier this month. Islamic State fighters wired the mosque with explosives and detonated the religious site in broad daylight. Read more:
  • Islamic Scholars Condemn Expulsion of Iraq's 'Christian Brothers'

    07/23/2014 11:12:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    DOHA (Reuters) - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave. "The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities and provinces," the group said in a...