Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Muslims Force Christian To Convert To Islam, Then Brutally Behead Him (ISIS goes on horrific beheading spree)


Muslims Force Christian To Convert To Islam, Then Brutally Behead Him

 

 

ISIS goes on horrific beheading spree

beheading-of-christians-copyBy Theodore Shoebat


A Christian man was captured by Muslims in Syria, and forced him to declare the Shahadatan (“There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger). After he stated the heretical creed, they deemed him an infidel anyway and brutally beheaded him.
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Our contact from Syria found the video of the beheading, which has never been exposed in the Western media until now, and provided the translation for it. You can watch it here:
As a lesson, if you ever find yourself in such a situation as this, do not say the Islamic creed, but the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
The Syrian Christians are being persecuted every sing day, with rape, beheading, kidnapping, and all sorts of other horrific violence.
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Christians Heroically Kill 65 Jihadists And Destroy Their Mosque (Amazing Footage)


By Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat

A small band of Christians have formed an army to fight and kill jihadists who attack the holy sites of Syria. This is an incredible story of heroism, of how a few men can defeat entire armies, and it has never been reported before in the English language, until now.
The followers of Muhammad have invaded the entire Christian city of Saidnaya, in Syria, and as they debase and scoff the churches with their heretical presence, they oppress the saints as they cry out their blasphemous utterances, as the Pharaoh did, saying, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?” (Exodus 5:2)
They have flooded the city, and when it seemed that the moon of Allah had eclipsed the sun and its incommensurable glory, the darkness was hindered, a ray of the heavens charged through the fog of confusion, and the mist of its holiness illuminated the single most lofty point of Saidnaya: a high pinnacle upon which stands a statue of Jesus Christ and a beautiful church called Deir Cherubim, or The House of the Cherubim.
Deir Cherubim, the holy pinnacle, with the statue of Jesus Christ
Deir Cherubim, the holy pinnacle, with the statue of Jesus Christ
The statue of Christ upon the pinnacle
The statue of Christ upon the pinnacle
The building of the statue was supported by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government; it bears the title, “I Have Come to Save the World”, and it is a glimmering glade in the midst of a hellish forest of beastly and sinister devils.
Why is such a high position still preserved from the rapacious hands of the deceptive Islamists? While its protection is under the providence of the Almighty, it is physically guarded by those Christians who “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Titus 2:3), and who have hope in the God Who “shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” (Romans 16:20)
They call themselves the Defenders of the Church, or The Lions of the Cherubim, an order of crusaders who exclaim that Jesus is the highest point, and make this explicit; who stand upon the lighthouse of Christ in the midst of a turbid ocean of Muslims whose waves of violence hit against the house of wise men, and though they come against the fortress guided by Heaven, it falls not, “for it was founded upon a rock.” (Matthew 7:25)
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One of the Christian militants valiantly declared:
We are going to make graves for the terrorists in this land. These are our holy places, and those churches are thousands of years old, we will never give up on them. If they think they will come and destroy it and pillage it, we will not permit them, we will be hear stedfast till we finish the last of them. If they think the money that comes from the Arab world is going to help them, they are mistaken. We are the owners of this land, not them.
The Syrian army positioned a tank to defend the church, and the terrorists blew it up. But the Lions of Cherubim still cannot be defeated.
Here is a video of the Muslims blowing up the tank as it guards the church:
A horde of Muslims, seeing that the pitch blackness of their false doctrines had not covered the holy pinnacle, pushed forward toward the Church of the Cherubim, and as they thought that victory was near, they were suddenly struck with the sight of armed saints. The Muslims tried to fight, but their bullets were not effective, for in their words of Jacob, “The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob” (Genesis 49:23-24).
The Christians vanquished them, “smote them, and slew them,” (Joshua 10:26), and killed 65 Muslims. And as the Israelites did unto their enemies, the Christians came to the bodies of the slain Muslims, “and put their feet upon the necks of them.” (Joshua 10:24)
Here is a video showing the Christians stepping in triumph upon the corpses of their enemies (NOTE: The Christians say Allahu Akbar in mockery of the jihadists):
Here is another clip, showing the carcasses of the heretics:
One Christian militant said:
The battle lasted 7 hours. the attack was fearsome, but our men were very eager to fight.
Dead jihadists scorched by Christian fighters
Dead jihadists scorched by Christian fighters
More scorched Jihadists
More scorched Jihadists
Another statement from the holy army recounted:
Not one of the Jihadists was able to come to the vicinity of the church. …The Jihadists were hiding behind a big boulder. And our heroes did their duty. We had four martyrs and six injured.
The jihadists fled to a mosque in Rancous, but this did not stop the fighters. From the top of Deir Cherubim, Syrian soldiers ripped right through it with shells. Here is the video of the attacked mosque:
One Christian militant declared a poem after the victory:
Wipe thy tear O Syria, your enemies make a tumult against thee, they gather together, with the arrow of treachory, and they have destroyed their reputation, they take the cover of religion to steal your monuments out of greed. Even their young and old fear to go to Friday prayers. The destruction will end, and victory will come shining forth, and tomorrow we will have victory with Assad and light up the candle.
It was on this very spot of Syria where the Crusaders of old, in their striving to defend the holy sites of Christendom, came to meditate upon the sublime tenets of Heaven, and it is now here where the Christians war against the citizens of Satan’s tyranny, to defend the holy sites of Syria from those who desire to defile them. As one of the Christian militants said:
We have to defend Deir Cherubim because its a high place and a holy church. We are here to defend this place because of its religious importance.
Truly the land of Syria is sacred, for its earth was blessed by the feet of saintly fighters who established the model to which every holy crusader followed and still follows.
It was in Syria where Abraham smote the wicked king Chedorlaomer and his confederacy of despots, and liberated Lot (Genesis 14:15); it was in Syria where David slew 22,000 pagans (2 Samuel 8:5); it was in Syria where Heaven’s light enwrapped St. Paul, and “he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:3-4). It is in Syria where holy warriors now fight the persecutors of Christ; and it will be in this same land, when Christ returns in the final crusade, that “Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap”, (Isaiah 17:1) in which the Islamists will be wiped out, and the saints triumphant.
Saidnaya, the city in which this fighting is taking place, literally means “Our Lady” in Syriac, referring to the Virgin Mary. It was Mary who said in her song, that God “hath shewed strength with his arm” (Luke 1:51), and it is through these Christian militants, that God has illustrated the fortitude of His arm, in that while the whole of Saidnaya is conquered, the Muslims still cannot take the Church of the Cherubim.
It is said by the native Christians that Saidnaya is the place where Cain killed Abel; and how profound is it, that now, in this very spot, the successors of Cain are still butchering the successors of Abel, but with these modern crusaders, the followers of the holy son of Adam has succeeded in crushing the acolytes of his wicked brother.
And on this holy soil, where the blood of the martyr Abel “crieth unto me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10), the sublime image of Christ ascends the city, and the hope that it emanates enriches the soul of the crusader, to put out the darkness, so that the brilliance of Heaven may forevermore shine again and eclipse the citadels of Allah with its eternal rays of light.
Christus Vincit!
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No Christian left in Mosul, Iraq

 

A USA Today/Pew Poll from January 2014 shows that Americans now believe by a 50%-38% margin that war against Iraq and the subsequent U.S. occupation (2003-2011) was stupid.
And the events of the last few days in Iraq are proving those Americans to be right.
One after another city in Iraq has fallen to the ISIS jihadists, which means:
  • 4,487 of our soldiers died for nothing.
  • 32,226 of our soldiers got wounded, some having lost their limbs, for nothing.
  • More than $845 billion of taxpayers’ money was spent for nothing.
ISIS territoriesThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a terrorist organization linked to Al-Qaeda and in control of key areas of northwest Syria. In other words, the ISIS are also part of the Syrian “rebels” whom Obama’s CIA is funding and training. (See “Insanity: Obama admin considering closer ties with Syrian jihadists”; “CIA expands Obama-approved training of Syrian militants”; and “Pulitzer-award journalist says Obama admin made up intelligence for war on Syria”.)
On top of it all, Christians are fleeing from Iraq, knowing full well what life under the ISIS would mean.
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Under Saddam Hussein, Christians at least lived in peace in Iraq. But there isn’t a Christian left in the city of Mosul today.
Zenit.org reports, June 11, 2014, that speaking to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Mosul’s Chaldean Archbishop Amel Nona gave a graphic account of the Islamist take-over of Mosul and the people’s desperate struggle to flee to safety.
Nona said he thought Mosul’s last remaining Christians had left Mosul that until 2003, had been home to 35,000 faithful.
The Christians are among 500,000 thought to have fled Mosul, which was overthrown Tuesday, June 10. That event is now followed by news of militant attacks on the Iraqi city of Tikrit, 95 miles north of the capital Baghdad.
Describing reports of attacks to four churches and a monastery in Mosul, the archbishop, 46, said: “We received threats… [and] now all the faithful have fled the city. I wonder if they will ever return there.”
The archbishop, who in the ensuing crisis sought sanctuary in Tal Kayf, a village two miles from Mosul, described how the local community was doing its best to provide for crowds of people flooding out of the city and into the surrounding Nineveh plains, where there are a number of ancient Christian villages.
“Up at 5am yesterday [Tuesday, 10th June] morning we welcomed families on the run and we have tried to find accommodation in schools, classrooms and empty houses. We have never seen anything like this – a large city such as Mosul attacked and in chaos.”
He said that in the 11 years following the 2003 US-led overthrow of Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein, Christians in Mosul had declined from 35,000 to 3,000 and that “now there is probably no one left.”
BBC reports have described ISIS ambitions to create an Islamist caliphate spreading from northern Iraq across to northwest Syria.
From ISIS-controlled regions in Syria have come reports of Christians being asked to pay the Islamic Jaziya tax and pressure to convert to Islam.
Many thousands of Christians have fled the region.
See also “Attacked by Muslims, Christianity is going extinct in Middle East
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Graphic – Mass Execution of Iraqi Soldiers & Civilians by US Sponsored ISIS Terrorists



GR Editor’s Note
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a terrorist organization supported covertly by the Western military alliance.  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claims to have executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers. Those who trained and financed the ISIS rebels have blood on their hands.
GR Editor, M.Ch, June 16, 2014)
Horrific Mass Execution of Iraqis in the hand of ISIS
GRAPHIC: ISIS releases PHOTOS of Mass Executions
Mass execution photos of Iraqi soldiers/civilians by jihadi savages. Photos show hundreds of Iraqis (majority Shias & Alawites) being transported in trucks and executed by ISIS. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, were transported and met the same brutal fate. (It is thought/reported to be 1700)
A couple of days ago, ISIS declared that they had captured 4,500 Iraq soldiers in Tikrit.
These photos were released by ISIS — they are not doing this under cover of night or in hiding. They are proud of their slaughter in the cause of their -twisted and sick- Takfiri belief.
WARNING: Many of the images below are graphic. The intent of publishing these photographs is to document the war crimes committed by the ISIS.
The images are a selection of more than 60 published by the ISIS’ Salahaddin Division. You can view the all of the photographs here
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ISIS butchers leave ‘roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers’
The full horror of the jihadists’ savage victories in Iraq emerged yesterday as witnesses told of streets lined with decapitated soldiers and policemen.
Blood-soaked bodies and blazing vehicles were left in the wake of the Al Qaeda-inspired ISIS fanatics as they pushed the frontline towards Baghdad.
They boasted about their triumphs in a propaganda video depicting appalling scenes including a businessman being dragged from his car and executed at the roadside with a pistol to the back of his head. The extent of the carnage came as:
  • Images from captured cities such as Mosul and Tikrit showed deserted streets, burnt out vehicles and discarded uniforms left by government troops fleeing the brutal fanatics;
  • ISIS leaders urged their bloodthirsty followers to continue their march and warned that battle would rage in Baghdad and in the holy city of Karbala;
  • Thousands of residents in the capital answered a call to arms to repel the invaders amid fears the government’s own troops were not up to the job.
  • Aid groups warned of a new refugee crisis after half a million terrified Iraqis left their homes to escape the jihadists..
 
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 VIDEO: ISIL Capture thousands of Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq. (11 June 2014)
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Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch Director (and unofficial al-Qaeda spokesman, it seems) Kenneth Roth is watching ISIS’ back. He is full of praise for the head cutters/ mass executioners.. Below is his Twitter post:
 
No, Roth, no, of course, they are not “alienating” the local population.. No alienation. Just beheadings and total executions!!. ..
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ISIS butchers beheading Iraqi Soldier
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ISIS photographs detail execution of Iraqi soldiers
By BILL ROGGIO   June 15, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s administrative division in Salahaddin proudly displayed photographs of the capture and execution of Iraqi soldiers after it took over a base in the province.The graphic photographs were released today on the Twitter account belonging to Wilayat Salahaddin, or Salahaddin Division. The ISIS has divided its “state” in Iraq and Syria into 16 administrative units, or wilayats.The stream of photographs begins by showing ISIS fighters in dirt-caked pickup trucks with machine guns mounted in the beds traveling to Tasfirat prison in the city of Tikrit, and then launching an assault with dismounted troops. Tikrit fell to the ISISearlier this week.After capturing the base, the ISIS takes photographs of dozens of US-supplied armored Humvees, Ford and Chevy pickup trucks, and various military transport and supply vehicles that were left behind.
ISIS fighters are then photographed posing over the bloodied and mutilated corpses of the slain soldiers. The ISIS photos show the capture, transport, and execution of scores of Iraqi soldiers. Most of the soldiers are in civilian clothes, but some are seen wearing civilian clothes over their uniforms.
Iraqi soldiers had reportedly shed their uniforms and deserted en masse as the ISIS blitzkrieg advanced from Mosul to Tikrit and on to the outskirts of Samarra in the course of one week. At least four Iraqi Army divisions are said to have melted away during the ISIS onslaught.
In the photos, the Iraqi soldiers are rounded up at gunpoint and placed on flatbed trucks, some of which appear to have been captured from the base. Some of the ISIS fighters are seen holding US-made M-16 assault rifles, which had been issued to the Iraqi Army and police forces.
The ISIS fighters then order the frightened soldiers to lie face down in shallow ditches, with their hands behind their backs. ISIS fighters then open fire on the unarmed prisoners of war.
The ISIS is said to have executed thousands of Iraqi soldiers during its southward advance to Baghdad. Several Iraqi military bases are believed to have been overrun. Forward Operating Base Speicher, which once was a major US military hub in Salahaddin province, was reportedly seized by the ISIS during its southward push.
Over the past week, the ISIS took control of Ninewa and most of Salahaddin province, as well as parts of Diyala province. Most of Anbar province fell under ISIS control in January.
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Related: ISIS/ISIL Atrocities in Syria

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Brutal and disgusting footage showing the execution and beheading of several Syrian civilians in Daraa

This brutal execution took place on January, 3rd 2014 in the province of Daraa. The executors are from the extremist and terrorist group of Jabhat al-Nusra, that is known for such crimes in Syria. They executed over 80 civilians in the city “Adra” in December, 2013.
There is no information on the victims, but they were not combatants – probably pro-government civilians.
Jabhat al-Nusra’s ideology is dominated by sectarian mindset. They execute civilians for being Alawite or Shiite and call them “Nussayris”.
This martyr was alive when he was beheaded - he drowned in his own blood.
This martyr was alive when he was beheaded – he drowned in his own blood.
This footage shows again how brutal these terrorists are: several men film the beheading while the executor is proudly showing them what he is doing. It is disgusting to know that these people are trying to gain power over Syria.
Notice: If this video gets deleted on Youtube, you will be able to view it here or view the complete Liveleak article

More crimes from Yabroud and Azaz by ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra

The first two pictures allegedly show the “Islamic State of Iraq and Levante” (ISIL) near Yabroud in the Qalamon mountains. It took place around February, 2014 – shortly after, the Syrian Army captured Yabroud.
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The next picture was taken in Yabroud, Damascus province. It shows another terrorist organization though: Jabhat al-Nusra. It was published mainly on Twitter, saying that the man who is being beheaded on the picture was a spy.
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The following picture was taken in Aleppo province in the city of Azaz. According to a report (Fars News Agency), it shows Chechen terrorists from ISIL after capturing the city from other opposition fighters. This took place around February 16th, 2014.
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Several beheadings committed by Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIL and other terrorist organizations in Syria

This horrifying picture was taken in the city of Azaz (Aleppo province). Responsible for this crime is the terrorist group “Islamic State in Iraq and Levante” (ISIL), that proudly published this picture on Twitter. The exact date is unknown, but it took place around February, 2014.
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The first pictures shows allegedly  the head of a Syrian soldier that is being hold by the terrorist like a trophy. He is part of the “Hazzm Movement”, FSA. This took part in early February in Hama province. The exact location is unknown.
You can see in the picture below how the former “Chief of Staff” of the FSA, Salim Idriss, is holding a statement with the group.

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The next two pictures show the severed head of a government supporter in Aleppo province. This beheading took place around February 8th, 2014. Sources say that it took place near Naqarin, but Naqarin is under government control since January 2014. Responsible for this crime is the group called “Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiya – Abbas battalion”.
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The next video is showing at least two beheaded men in Aleppo province. Responsible for these crimes are the “Shuhada al-Jabal” battalion, that committed this crime on February 10th, 2014.
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The next beheaded man is allegedly a fallen Syrian soldier in the city of Yabroud, Damascus province. This took place in early February, before the Syrian Army captured Yabroud back in March, 2014. Responsible for this crime is the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra.
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Jabhat al-Nusra executing alongside with the FSA several soldiers and behead two in Daraa

After taking control of the Jassim National Hospital (Map), several executions and beheadings were carried out by terrorists of different groups. Responsible for these crimes are “Liwa al-Morabeteen”, Jabhat al-Nusra and a FSA subdivision called “Ababil Brigade, 2nd Division Horan”. This crime took place on January 3rd, 2014.
Jassim is a small city in the Izra’ District of the Daraa Governorate in southern Syria, which is is located 41 kilometers north of Daraa.
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You can see that they were executed by shots in the head.
You can see that they were executed by shots in the head. 
This corpse was shown during a video that was published on YouTube by the FSA subdivision
This corpse was shown during a video that was published on YouTube by the FSA subdivision

More atrocities are being revealed that took place in Idlib

After the unsuccessful attempt by Syrian soldiers to capture the small village called Qmenas (Idlib), 6 soldiers were executed and beheaded. More crimes come to light now.
The Syrian citizen Safwan Mamdouh from the small village of al-Nairab (Map), which is located next to Qmenas and Sarmeen, was beheaded. The source says that Mamdouh admitted to help the Syrian Army to enter Qmenas. Shortly after that, he was beheaded. Also, the corpses of three unidentified corpses were posted by the same source on Facebook. The corpses were also mutilated.

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Terrorists beheading 16 Syrian soldiers in Homs

According to this source, the victims were beheaded in the district of Jeb Jundali in Homs city (Map). I can not verify this, since Jeb Jundali is under government control. Several sources can confirm though, that this took place in Homs. It took place today, the 19th of April, 2014.  
There is no information on the executors, but the photos were published by pro-FSA sites.
According to the source it took place in the marked zone, which is under government control though.
According to the source it took place in the marked zone, which is under government control though.
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Terrorists capture, decapitate and abuse corpses of 7 Regular Soldiers

In a new crime which asserts the terrorist nature of the militant groups in Syria, 7 army soldiers were captured and decapitated by the militant « Jound al-Aqsa » on Wednesday the 16th of April in the town of Banesh in Idlib, eastern the country, the Syrian website Hadath News reported.
The terrorist group employed the cars to drag the soldiers on the streets before the killed decapitated.
The terrorists also abused the corpses and hit them with sharp instruments to distort their features.
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Aftermath of a mass execution in Tell Ahmar committed by Ahrar al-Sham terrorists

The videos were published on the 16th of April, 2014 on Youtube and Facebook, showing the aftermath of a mass execution that was committed by the Ahrar al-Sham battalion alongside with the Islamic Front  in Tell Ahmar, which is located in Quneitra province (Map).
These terrorists captured Tell Ahmar early in April and executed five Syrian soldiers after taken them as prisoners.
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You can clearly see that they shot them in the face, making it impossible to identify the victims. If one of the videos gets temporary deleted by YouTube, you can view the videos on Liveleak.

Terrorists beheading and executing 6 Syrian soldiers


According to this source the Syrian soldiers tried to seize the small village called Qmenas in Idlib countryside on the 15th of April, 2014. Qmenas is located south-east of the city of Idlib (Map).
Responsible for this crime are Islamic militant fighters. The Syrian Airforce bombarded the strongholds in the village of the terrorists after the failed attack.
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The response in the West to the horrific beheading of dozens of soldiers at a Syrian base has been muted, according to an analyst in Washington, partly because Saudi Arabia allegedly is a major backer of the perpetrators, the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria, the ISIS.
Islamic State guerrillas attacked the base in Raqqa, Syria, for two days before seizing it and leaving more than 50 soldiers dead and another 200 unaccounted for, according to the Syrian Human Rights Observatory.
Video, which has not been independently verified, shows Islamic State guerrillas putting the severed heads on poles.
William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C., believes the U.S. policy in the Middle East is hamstrung by American dependency on Saudi Arabia as an economic and political partner in the region.
“We are the puppets of the Saudis and we can’t stop the Sunni rebels, because that would upset the Saudis,” Murray said.
In June, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who heads Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government, declared “we hold Saudi Arabia responsible” for giving financial aid and moral support to the Islamic State.
Murray said the “extreme violence of ISIS and other Sunni terror groups can be linked directly to Islamic schools funded by Saudi Arabia.”
He said even schools operated by the founder of the Nigerian jihadist group, Boko Haram, were financed by the Saudi royal family.
“Without Saudi textbooks declaring the supremacy of Islam and the destruction of democracy, young men could not be recruited to come to Iraq and Syria to commit genocide against Christians,” Murray said.
WND recently reported evidence the Saudis are heavily funding jihad in sub-Saharan Africa.
Jihad Watch publisher Robert Spencer told WND that whether or not the Saudis are actually supporting the Islamic State, if the West doesn’t respond, it can expect “more frequent jihad terror attacks and increasing cultural aggressiveness from pro-Shariah Islamic supremacists.”
Spencer said Christians should be among the strongest defenders of freedom.
“Prayer, but not quietism,” he said of the response. “We must act to defend freedom. Remember that the heart of the Islamic world – Egypt, Syria, etc. – was once Christian. It could happen here.”
Responding to the administration’s silence concerning anti-Christian violence in Iraq and Syria, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., spoke out on the House floor.
He read from an NBCNews.com article titled “Has Last Christian Left Iraqi City of Mosul After 2,000 Years?” that recounted the ordeal of Samer Kamil Yacub, who was alone when four Islamic jihadists carrying AK-47s arrived at his front door and ordered him to leave the city.
The 70-year-old Christian had failed to comply with an ISIS decree to choose one of three options: stay and pay a tax, convert to Islam or be killed.
Yacub said a fighter told him: “I have orders to kill you now.”
But Yacub said everyone in his neighborhood was Muslim, and about 20 of them came to his front door to try to convince ISIS not to kill him.
NBC said the rebels spared Yacub but threw him out of the city where he had spent his entire life.
They also took his Iraqi ID card before informing him that an elderly women would be given his house.
WARNING: This video of atrocities committed by Islamic jihadists is extremely graphic:
The Arabic language narration of the video of the slaughter of the Syrian soldiers that has been circulating on the Internet has been translated by Shoebat.com:
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful. He had fulfilled his promise and defeated the enemy by himself. Your brothers here, the soldiers of the Islamic Caliphate, Allah had blessed us a great blessing from him.
He had allowed us to defeat Division 17. This is a victory from Allah. We thank Allah for our strength and power, and our armament. Today, and until the day of judgment, devils who Allah had allowed us to defeat, and to be hung in this place, and we ask Allah to complete this victory the great victory of your brothers in the Islamic Caliphate.
Allah had promised the believers that they will dominate the land as it was dominated previously. And will strengthen the religion to be acceptable to him.
And after their fear, he will give them safety to worship me, that they may not worship others besides me; and whoever disbelieves, these are the wrongdoers. They must worship me “and must associate anyone with me” (Quran), and that means that they believe in the absolute oneness of Allah. The nation has been victorious, that its base is the unique oneness of Allah. Just as Muhammad was victorious in Mecca when he was surrounded for three years, but the oneness faith has proclaimed itself in the hearts in the individuals; and Allah gave them victory over the land. Here are your brothers, by the will he gave them victory with the oneness of Allah, to defeat the kafirs (unbelievers). But when the oneness was proclaimed, your brothers were victorious. Here are heads that have ripened, that were ready for the plucking.
WND reported in March 2013 that U.S. government silence regarding anti-Christian persecution has been the rule.
Paul Marshall, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute said the U.S. “has tended to underplay religious persecution in general – and called it something else – and, in the case of Christians, often does not mention what is happening in places like Iraq and Egypt.”
“Or, the federal government mentions the fact of persecution of people, but, often with Christians, not their religion nor the fact that they are being persecuted because of their religion, as distinct from race, etc.,” Marshall said.
Atlas Shrugs publisher, author and Islam analyst Pamela Geller believes that U.S. failure to combat jihad overseas will have dire consequences. She believes jihad is coming to America.
“We will see civil strife and warfare in the streets,” she said.
“Americans should act to defend their homes and families. No Christian has the right to obligate someone else to turn the other cheek,” Geller said.
Geller said the American church has been largely silent on the issue of Islamic persecution of Christians, because “the churches are controlled by leftists who believe in dialogue more than they do in truth.”
Spencer said many churches don’t respond because it “would not be multicultural and would harm interfaith dialogue.”
He said he has seen reports of ISIS and other jihadists entering the U.S. through the southern border with Mexico and isn’t expecting a response from the Obama administration.

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The Islamic State Killing Fields: Terror group releases horrifying video showing drive-by shootings, suicide bombings and dozens of other victims rounded up and executed

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  • Jihadists release video in sick celebration to mark Muslim festival of Eid
  • Shows prisoners huddling in trucks before being driven to their deaths
  • Film cuts to them lying face down in dirt as they are shot one by one
  • Suicide bomber brags about becoming a martyr in truck full of explosives
  • Video shows him driving down street before detonating vehicle by building
  • Other prisoners are led to jetty where they are shot and tossed in water

In what should be a time of happiness when Muslims mark the end of Ramadan, Islamist militants in Iraq celebrated Eid by releasing a video showing scenes of them carrying out genocide.
The slickly produced footage shows prisoners being rounded up and summarily executed, suicide bombers boasting before blowing up buildings and Iraqis being gunned down in drive-by shootings.
In one of the most shocking passages, terrified prisoners are piled into the back of trucks, where they hold each other and huddle in fear before driven off to their deaths.
The 36-minute film then cuts to dozens of prisoners lying face down on the ground, hands bound behind their backs, waiting to be executed.
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Shocking: A sick video reportedly produced by Islamic group ISIS shows Iraqi prisoners, including what appear to be children, piled onto trucks before being driven off for execution
Shocking: A sick video reportedly produced by Islamic group ISIS shows Iraqi prisoners, including what appear to be children, piled onto trucks before being driven off for execution

Huddling in fear: With no room to move, the prisoners cower in terror as they are rounded up by ISIS
Huddling in fear: With no room to move, the prisoners cower in terror as they are rounded up by ISIS

None of the men look older than 40 years old, one of them wears an Arsenal shirt, clearly visible with midfielder Mesut Ozil’s name and number on the back.
Most of the men are apparently Iraqi army deserters.
Their jeans, hastily put on to avoid identification, have been pulled down to reveal their khaki desert fatigues.
One group of about 50 prisoners are seen being told to march with their hands behind their heads and lie down in two overlapping lines on the sand. 
The executions are believed to have taken place in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.
The prisoners, believed to be Shi'ite Muslims, are then systematically executed by a small band of jihadists, thought to be Sunnis.
It is understood the prisoners are referred to in the video description as rafidas, a derogatory term used by some Sunnis to describe Shi'ites who they believe have rejected Islamic authority.
Ruthless: In another clip, the prisoners are ordered off the truck and marched towards the execution site
Ruthless: In another clip, the prisoners are ordered off the truck and marched towards the execution site

Sickening end: AWith the jihadi flag in the foreground, the Iraqis are frogmarched to their deaths
Sickening end: AWith the jihadi flag in the foreground, the Iraqis are frogmarched to their deaths
Brutal: Lying face down in the dirt, the prisoners are systemically executed by a small band of jihadists
Brutal: Lying face down in the dirt, the prisoners are systemically executed by a small band of jihadists


In other scenes, this latest video shows hundreds of men sitting on the ground with their hands bound, waiting to be shot.
Other prisoners are shown being hit with rifle butts and shoes whilst they march blindfolded.
Unable to see, they hold the shoulder of the man in front. The chain of men is led down some stairs to a small jetty, covered in blood.
One by one, they are taken by one of the jihadists to the edge of the jetty, where they are shot in the head with a pistol and their body tossed into the water.
The despicable video was quickly removed by You Tube, although it later re-emerged via social media.
One analyst likened the scenes to the killing fields of Cambodia, under the communist Khymer Rouge regime in the 1970s.
Deluded: The video also features a North African jihadist named Abu Ayyub al-Maghribi (above) talking about his dreams of becoming a martyr before climbing into an armoured car packed with explosives
Deluded: The video also features a North African jihadist named Abu Ayyub al-Maghribi (above) talking about his dreams of becoming a martyr before climbing into an armoured car packed with explosives
The slickly produced video is edited to highlight the jihadist's vehicle driving down a street under heavy fire
The slickly produced video is edited to highlight the jihadist's vehicle driving down a street under heavy fire
Terrorist: Al-Maghribi drives towards a large concrete building, which is shown in a slow motion action replay
Terrorist: Al-Maghribi drives towards a large concrete building, which is shown in a slow motion action replay
Dreams of being a martyr: Al-Maghribi detonates the armoured car when he reaches the base of the building
Dreams of being a martyr: Al-Maghribi detonates the armoured car when he reaches the base of the building




The video also shows footage of battles and Isis rallies as well as the destruction of holy sites in Iraq.
The slickly made video is extremely graphic, repeatedly showing the dead bodies of the Iraqi army with no signs of humility.
It also includes night vision footage of battles as well as close up action replays of jihadists firing rocket-propelled grenades in a battle to take an Iraqi checkpoint.
In between the fighting scenes, the film shows a North African jihadist with the non de guerre Abu Ayyub al-Maghribi talking about his dreams of becoming a martyr.
It then shows him climbing into an armoured personnel carrier and driving down a street under heavy gunfire.
Marched to their deaths: A chain of men is led down stairs to a small jetty, where they will be executed
Marched to their deaths: A chain of men is led down stairs to a small jetty, where they will be executed

He proceeds to detonate the vehicle near a large concrete building, which is then shown in a slow motion action replay.
In others, Iraqi men are killed in what appear to be drive-by shootings.
The scenes are then edited to show the sights from a sniper's rifle over the victim before they are gunned down.
ISIS has become known for imposing strict Sharia law, mass summary executions and growing numbers of foreign fighters in its ranks. 
Shocking brutality: In other scenes, the film shows hundreds of men with their hands bound, waiting to be shot or lying dead
Shocking brutality: In other scenes, the film shows hundreds of men with their hands bound, waiting to be shot or lying dead



Another part of the video shows Iraqis being killed in apparent drive-by shootings
The video also shows Iraqis being killed, apparently in drive-by shootings
Targeted: The video also shows Iraqis being killed in what appear to be drive-by shootings. Here, the video is edited to show the victim in the sights of a sniper's rifle as he is gunned down

In late June, the group announced it had changed its name to the Islamic State and had formed a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, under the leadership of its caliph, Ibrahim Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Many Iraqi Christians have fled the Isis-held city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, following threats of execution if they did not convert to Islam.  
Isis has made considerable advancements in north-eastern Syria and Iraq, recently seizing a strategic military base near the ISIS stronghold city of Raqqa.
The Sunni extremists celebrated their victory over the 17th division of the Syrian national army by beheading many of their prisoners and parading their severed heads around Raqqa.
ISIS also briefly captured the Al-Shaar gas field in Homs province, killing at least 200 Syrian army soldiers before it was recaptured yesterday by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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Rebels with knife cut throat in Syria and behead in front of children; ‘We’ll rape men, before we rape women!’: World media reports

DAMASCUS, 3 Feb: Both Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda rebels in Syria were engaged since long in most brutal of war crimes. Rebels with ties to al-Qaeda have beheaded a man publicly in front of children, an amateur video posted on the Internet showed.


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The footage shows armed men in black standing outdoors in a circle around a man who is lying on the grass. One of the militants leans over the victim and appears to cut off his head with a small knife, cheered on by the others.
Once the head is detached, the militant holds it up and places it on the man’s back before it rolls off and settles on the ground about a meter (3 ft) away from his body.
The remainder of the three-minute video shows the crowd, which includes several children, talking, laughing and taking photographs of the scene.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group which posted the video, said the beheading was conducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign-led group fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic emirate in Syria.
LiveLeak-dot-com-3bb_1379478168-syria2.jpg.resizedFile photo: A Christian girl was also reported beheaded earlier by foreign funded rebels.
The Britain-based Observatory, which opposes Assad and has an extensive network of sources across Syria, said the video was taken in the central province of Homs. Its authenticity could not be independently verified.
Hard-line Islamist rebels with links to al-Qaeda have come to dominate the largely Sunni Muslim insurgency against Assad, who is supported by members of his minority Alawite sect – an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam – as well as Shi’ite fighters from Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Both sides in Syria’s nearly three-year conflict have been implicated in torture, killings and other war crimes.
Syrian government and opposition delegations leave 10 days of peace talks with few results and a follow-up meeting uncertain, but analysts and negotiators say the discussions are an important beginning
The rise of al-Qaeda in Syria has forced some in the West to temper calls for Assad’s removal from power. The Syrian government cited atrocities like the beheading at the ‘Geneva 2’ peace conference in Switzerland last week in an attempt to characterize all of its armed opponents as ‘terrorists.’
The first round of talks ended on Friday without any progress towards ending the civil war, which has killed more than 130,000 people, displaced nearly 6 million others and aggravated sectarian tensions across the region.
On the first day since talks recessed in Geneva, the Syrian government pressed on with its assault of rebel-held areas across the country, the Observatory said.
Aerial bombardment in Aleppo’s eastern district of Tariq al-Bab killed at least 33 civilians, including two women and six children, it said.
Clashes also flared between ISIL and rival rebel factions seeking to push the group out of rebel-held swathes of northern and eastern Syria.
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Twenty-six militants from both sides were killed in fighting that erupted after two car bombs hit an infantry school in Aleppo which one of the rebel groups was using as its headquarters, according to the Observatory.
Further south in Hama province, ISIL killed a rival rebel leader and six other fighters in an ambush.





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What It Means To Be Baghdadi Today


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To understand the chaos and bloodshed in Iraq, the masked men of ISIS and their call for an Islamic caliphate, go back 1,239 years. The year is 775. The place is Baghdad.
The Sunni caliph Al Mansur ?the Victorious?, founder of Baghdad, City of Peace and capital of the great Islamic empire that stretches from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast, has just died on his haj pilgrimage to Mecca. His son and heir Mahdi, and Mahdi?s wife Rita, have been given the keys to a secret underground crypt, with orders to leave the room alone until the caliph?s death is confirmed. They rush down to the storeroom, hearts aflutter, expecting to find piles of golden dinars, silver dirhams, precious stones and untold treasures. Baghdad is the Athens of the East, the world?s richest and most glorious city.
But behind the unlocked door something very different awaits them. The vast chamber is filled with corpses. There are men, women and children of all ages. Every body has a leather tag in the ear detailing the victim?s name and genealogy. Apart from their execution at the hands of Mansur?s henchmen, they have one thing in common. All are Shia descendants of Ali and his wife Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed.









































Mansur?s Shia death chamber, less than a decade after the completion of his imperial capital, was one of the first and most chilling indications of the sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia that has bedevilled Iraq over the following 13 centuries, and is now convulsing the country today and playing havoc across the wider Middle East.
The turmoil raging in Iraq and Syria is turning old certainties on their head, threatening to redraw national and international borders and, extraordinarily, may even bring together two sworn enemies, the US and Iran, in an attempt to dismantle the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and bring some measure of stability to Iraq.
In what many Americans will regard with revulsion and many Iraqi Sunni will consider a bitter and treacherous blow, the fate of Baghdad now lies to a great extent in Iranian hands. Major-General Qassem Suleimani, leader of the elite Iranian Quds Force, has been in the Iraqi capital shoring up defences, supplying heavy weaponry and planning the fight-back against ISIS.
Like many jihadist groups, ISIS dreams big. For its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, veteran of Al Qaeda?s senior command in Iraq after the 2003 Iraq war, the Shia Crescent that arcs across the Middle East from Lebanon and Syria through to Iraq, Iran and Bahrain is pure anathema and heresy.
Baghdadi wants to carve out a Sunni Islamic caliphate beginning with Iraq and Syria. In principle, according to this line of jihadist thinking, there is nothing to stop such a caliphate stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Gulf, the Muslim world over time united as a single entity under the strict tenets of sharia law.









































Never mind that the original Abbasid caliphate headquartered in Baghdad from 762-1258 represented the Golden Age of Islam, a time when the Muslim world was progressive, intellectually inquisitive and culturally cosmopolitan. Baghdad was a thriving metropolis of Jews, Christians and Muslims. An ISIS caliphate, however far-fetched, would be more reminiscent of Taliban-held Afghanistan or Al Shabaab in Somalia, exemplars of 21st-century jihadism. Summary executions, adulterers stoned to death, thieves having limbs amputated, children brainwashed into jihad, economic collapse, the list is wearily familiar.
Casting doubt on ISIS?s ambitions and its ability to achieve them is one thing. But if the redrawing of borders within the Middle East sounds entirely fanciful, remember that they are relatively new on the one hand and imposed by foreign powers on the other. In other words, they are not set in stone.
Dreamt up by the British and French in the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916, they carved up the Ottoman Middle East into British and French areas of influence and control. Iraq?s borders were drawn up by the British, lumping the three Ottoman provinces of Mosul, Baghdad and Basra ? Sunni, Shia and Kurd alike - into a single state, born in 1921. Violence has been endemic in Iraq since the country was founded. Many in the relative calm of Iraqi Kurdistan, who have longed for their own Kurdish state for years, now see the current crisis as the best time to make a unilateral declaration of independence, adding another layer of complexity to the crisis.
ISIS has understandably seized the world?s attention, partly distracted by the ongoing World Cup football tournament in Brazil. Yet far from being a completely new phenomenon, as much commentary has suggested, the masked men of ISIS, who have seized Mosul, Tikrit and a string of Iraqi towns and are now threatening the Iraqi capital, are merely the latest protagonists in the age-old contest for political power between Sunni and Shia. Some of their tools and techniques may be new ? for most of Iraq?s history there was no Twitter for insurgents to broadcast their grisly execution videos ? others, such as the beheading of victims, are completely traditional in this part of the world.
Leaf through one of the most authoritative histories of the Abbasid caliphate, which came to power in 750AD, and the section on Mansur is a whirlwind of summary executions. ??Cut off his head!? cried [Mansur], and he was taken and decapitated,? reads a typical line. ?[Mansur] gave the order and his head was cut off,? goes another. When the Tatar warlord Tamerlane, self-styled Sword Arm of Islam and Conqueror of the World, descended on Baghdad in 1401, he built 120 towers containing 90,000 skulls.









































Viewed against this long, blood-drenched history, the self-aggrandising, attention-seeking foot-soldiers of ISIS seem almost half-hearted by comparison.
For many in the West, the Sunni-Shia divide borders on the unfathomable. Yet at its heart lies a simple story about the contest for political power. The Shia, who represent 10-15% of the world?s 1.6bn Muslims today, consider the Prophet?s cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first caliph and his uncrowned descendants Mohammed?s rightful successors as leaders of the Muslim world (the term Shia comes from Shiat Ali, the followers of Ali).
For the majority Sunni community, however, the Ahl al Sunnah wal Jamaah (The People of the Traditions of the Prophet and the Consensus of the Community), Ali is the fourth caliph and last of the Rashidun, or the ?Rightly Guided Caliphs?. Authority, according to the Sunni, does not flow from his bloodline. When a Shia army led by Ali?s son Hussein was routed by a Sunni army at the Battle of Kerbala in southern Iraq in 680, the tradition of Shia martyrdom was born.
Why does any of this 7th- and 8th-century history matter? First, because Shia martyrdom lives on today, both in Shia Iran and among the 60-65% of the Iraqi population who are Shia. Second, because with only the most fleeting exceptions in the Middle Ages, political power in what is now Iraq has, from the time of Mansur, been held exclusively by Sunnis. This is the ancient structure of power that the US-led invasion of 2003 destroyed.
For the first half-millennium of the Abbasid dynasty, when Baghdad was the world?s cultural and intellectual capital, a One Thousand and One Nights city of scholars and scientists, poets and musicians, it was the Sunni caliphs who ruled supreme. After Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent took Baghdad in 1534, it was the Sunni Ottomans who held power for the next four centuries, with the briefest Persian interludes.
When the infidel British arrived in 1917, removing the Ottomans from Baghdad, they maintained this long-established tradition of Sunni power, installing a puppet monarch, King Faisal I. Even when the Iraqi monarchy was brutally swept aside in the revolution of 1958, amid scenes of medieval violence and mutilation that are being repeated by ISIS today, the Shia did not take power. For Mansur?s persecution of the Shia in the 8th century, read Saddam Hussein, the ?Butcher of Baghdad?, in the 20th.
It was only in the aftermath of the 2003 Iraq War that the Shia tasted political power under prime ministers Ayad Allawi (2004-5), Ibrahim al Jaafari (2005-6) and, since 2006, Nouri al Maliki. For Sunni and Shia alike, this was nothing less than a cataclysm. It changed the rules ? and the rulers ? of the game completely.
If the smashing together of tectonic plates between Sunni and Shia has provided the underground conditions for the current turmoil, much of the blame at ground level surely lies with Maliki, who has already served eight years as head of government and wants to serve for another four. One reason that ISIS was able to explode onto the scene was the time Maliki has been spending in smoke-filled rooms in Baghdad in frantic attempts to cobble together a coalition that will deliver him a third term as premier following parliamentary elections last April.
The fall of the key western city of Fallujah to ISIS in January should have been a loud alarm call. Instead of redoubling efforts to reach out to disaffected Sunni leaders, Maliki continued to pursue his own brand of Shia supremacism, monopolizing power and alienating Sunni and Kurd alike. This explains why Iraqi forces dissolved in the largely Sunni north as ISIS stormed into Mosul and south towards Baghdad. Maliki?s failure even to get parliament to declare a state of emergency after ISIS gains in northern Iraq speaks volumes for the contempt with which he is held in Iraq.









































Critics argue that Maliki, widely seen as an Iranian stooge, has been an abject failure as prime minister. ?Practically all indicators, including security, transparency and corruption, freedom of speech, human rights, unemployment, health service, education and higher education, have gone backward,? says Samir Sumaidaie, a former minister and ambassador to Washington. ?He has relentlessly concentrated power in his hands and sought to diminish and persecute those who didn?t support him ? not only his adversaries ? and whipped up sectarian hatreds to consolidate his Islamist-Shia power base. He has alienated many, including some of his allies and, with the exception of Iran and the Syrian regime, Iraq?s neighbours.?
To be a Baghdadi today is to live once again in fear. Behind the bravado expressed in public, in private many are stockpiling rations and directing their prayers for safety to Allah. When looting broke out across the city in April 2003, the Baghdad blogger Salam Pax wrote of his horror at the self-inflicted wounds. ?To see your city destroyed before your own eyes is not a pain that can be described and put to words,? he wrote. ?It makes something snap in you and you lose whatever hope you had. Undone by your own hands.? Eleven years on, Baghdad stands on the threshold of something far worse.
If, as is likely, Baghdad is to be saved from ISIS, it will be thanks both to Iraq?s Shia neighbour Iran and to the elderly cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, whose rallying call earlier this month to Iraq?s Shia to fight the Sunni terrorists and defend their country has led to crowds of volunteers taking up arms. Sistani, one of the most influential figures in Iraq, a man of unparalleled religious authority in the country, was famously dismissed by Paul Bremer, head of the Coalition Provisional Authority that ran Iraq from 2003-4, as ?just another old man in a black turban?.
It was indicative of the lack of understanding of this complex country of ancient, frequently adversarial communities.
US drone strikes against ISIS may make the headlines in the days and weeks ahead as American and British special forces target the terrorists, but the drama of any such attacks will not alter the reality that the US is no longer the key player in Iraq.
However much the US dislikes it, as far as the chaos in Iraq is concerned, all roads lead to Tehran, the great winner of the 2003 war.
The caliph Mansur, not to mention Saddam Hussein, would have been appalled.
Justin Marozzi is the author of Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood.









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Beheading photos lead to arrest warrant

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Mohamed Elomar and Khaled Sharrouf are being sought by the AFP. (Supplied)
Australian federal police have issued arrest warrants for two Sydney men who uploaded gruesome images of themselves posing with dead bodies in Iraq.
Mohamed Elomar and Khaled Sharrouf would be charged with terrorism offences if they attempted to return to Australia, ABC's 7.30 program reports. Both men had claimed credit for graphic footage from the Iraqi battlefield that surfaced on Twitter last week, including photos of Elomar holding up the severed heads of Syrian government soldiers.
Sharrouf and Elomar left Australia last year to fight in Syria and later crossed over to Iraq to join al-Qaeda-linked rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
ISIL is classified as a terrorist organisation.
Attorney-General George Brandis told the ABC's 7:30: "What they have demonstrated is a promotion of violent crimes, probably war crimes."
Mr Brandis said he hopes to introduce legislation to make it an offence to encourage terrorism.
A friend of Sharrouf and Elomar told Fairfax Media the pair has no intention of ever returning to Australia and boasted of "never living a better life".











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Police issue arrest warrants for Australian Islamic State fighters Mohamed Elomar, Khaled Sharrouf, after gruesome beheading photographs published online

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Arrest warrants have been issued for the two most prominent Australians fighting for a banned terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, following the publication several days ago of gruesome photos of one of them brandishing severed heads.
There is deepening concern among intelligence agencies about the potential for the bloody Syrian and Iraqi civil wars to spill over onto Australia's shores, with Attorney-General George Brandis saying the threat presented by returning Islamist fighters is the greatest threat to Australian security in years.
The ABC's 7.30 program can reveal that New South Wales Police have issued warrants seeking the immediate arrest of Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar for terrorism offences if they return to Australia.
The two Sydney men travelled to Syria and then Iraq late last year and joined the most vicious of the Al Qaeda-linked groups fighting there, the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL.
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    Elomar pictured with heads of Syrian government soldiers


The existence of the warrants was confirmed amid outrage after a Twitter account, purporting to belong to Sharrouf, published photos on Thursday and Friday of Elomar holding the severed heads of Syrian government soldiers. In one photo Elomar holds up two severed heads. In another, he presents one head to the camera, with another three on the floor beside him.
The heads belong to soldiers who were killed late last week during fighting in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which has seen some of the bloodiest fighting of the war.
"The Australian government came out very strongly on Friday criticising the type of behaviour that those two gentlemen are allegedly involved in, [saying] that they should not set foot back in Australia," Australian Federal Police counter-terrorism head Neil Gaughan told 7.30.
"If they do, we can assure the Australian community that we have first instance warrants for their arrest.
"As soon as they set foot on Australian soil they will be taken into custody."

Brandis raises concerns over possible attacks in Australia

In an interview with 7.30, Attorney-General George Brandis also made the first public reference to recent intelligence warnings that Australian citizens have been trained in Syria or Iraq to undertake terrorist attacks in Australia and elsewhere.
"There is evidence that they are trained in terrorist tradecraft to perform acts of domestic terrorism in the event that they return either to their home countries or go elsewhere after they have been in theatre," Senator Brandis said.
"So that is a new and very alarming development."
He confirmed that Australians were among those being trained.
"That's why I've said several times now that this is the biggest threat to Australian domestic security in many years."
Western intelligence agencies have become increasingly concerned about the potential for the Syria and Iraq conflicts to result in terrorist attacks back home.
In May, a returned fighter opened fire at a Jewish museum in Brussels, killing four people.
Last week the Norwegian government announced it had reliable intelligence suggesting an attack was imminent, prompting Australia to issue new travel advice for that country.
"The one thing no Australian should ever think is that this is a problem that exists on the other side of the world," Senator Brandis said.
"Because while it may take shape on the other side of the world, the number of Australians who are participating in this war fighting in Syria and Iraq shows that this is a problem that exists and germinates within our suburbs, within the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne and Brisbane."
The Federal Government is using the concerns about returning fighters to push through a suite of reforms to Australia's federal counter-terrorism laws.
Senator Brandis told 7.30 he was considering lowering the evidentiary bar used by police investigating terrorism offences.
He said he was also considering modifying the language regarding an offence related to providing vocal support for terrorist acts.
Mr Gaughan said the AFP had struggled to pursue cases against Australian Islamists because of the lack of strong, verifiable evidence.
"We are [in the] dark in relation to what occurs there a lot of the time because there is no competent authority to deal with. We’re not getting the normal intelligence feeds," he said.
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Rebel fighters prepare to execute two men near in Binnish, Syria. The men were reportedly charged by an Islamic court with the crimes of detonating several car bombs in the Idlib province.
July 26, 2014, 1:07 a.m.
Militants with the Al Qaeda breakaway group Islamic State seized control of a military base in northern Syria late Thursday night, beheading dozens of soldiers and displaying their headless bodies, activists said.
It is only the latest victory for the extremist group that has made rapid advances in both Iraq and Syria in recent months as it pursues its goal of creating an Islamic caliphate.
There have been sporadic skirmishes around the base, called Division 17, in Raqqa province for months, but on Wednesday Islamic State fighters launched a concerted offensive. The fighting began when two militants blew themselves up in with suicide car bombs near the base’s chemistry battalion, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition watchdog group based in Britain.
Within a day the militants had taken over the base and begun carting off light and heavy weaponry, said Abu Muhammad, an activist with the Masar Press Agency.
“Every government soldier they capture they execute immediately,” he said.
The assault on Syrian government positions marks a departure for the Islamic State, which recently shortened its name from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria once it declared that it had succeeded in forming the caliphate. Until recently it had for the most part not fought regime forces, instead focusing on seizing territory from opposition rebels who are fighting to oust the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The lack of open conflict between the Islamic State and the government, avowed enemies, had led many in the opposition to believe the two sides were colluding to undermine and defeat other rebel forces.
When the Islamic State, which grew from Al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch, first entered the Syrian conflict last year, it fought alongside other rebel forces. But soon it turned against others in the opposition, accusing them of corruption, executing their fighters and activists and pushing them out of towns and villages. As the Islamic State increasingly fought with rebels, the opposition found it harder to maintain its battle against government forces and lost control of many areas.
But as the Islamic State has expanded into neighboring Iraq, where it shares control over about half the country, and consolidated its hold on major parts of eastern Syria, it has launched offensives against regime targets as part of its greater plan to establish the Islamic caliphate in both countries and beyond.
The Islamic State now holds about a third of Syria, according to the observatory.
Last week the militant fighters seized the Sha’er gas field from regime and paramilitary forces in the central Homs province. The move struck a major blow against the government, which had already lost control over many oil fields in eastern Syria. Islamic State controls most of the fields, making it among the wealthiest terrorist networks, experts believe.
The Islamic State executed or otherwise killed 270 paramilitary fighters, guards and employees at the Sha’er field, the observatory said.
State media did not acknowledge the loss of Division 17, but reported that soldiers defending the base were deployed to face the Islamic State in the nearby city of Raqqa.
Activists reported that government warplanes were carrying out airstrikes around the base on Friday.
The Islamic State has also sent its fighters to attack the last two remaining government positions in the province, a military airport and Brigade 93 on the Turkish border, in order to consolidate control over the entire province, said Abu Muhammad, the activist.
“That’s what we’re hearing from their fighters,” he said.
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Isis Behead Assad Soldiers After Overrunning Syrian Army Base

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Militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), seized the military base in Raqqa.Reuters
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) have released images of captured soldiers being beheaded following a battle for a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa.
Manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, the base is believed to have been seized during a night raid by Isis fighters.
It is the largest military base of its kind in north-eastern Syria and is said to be well-stocked with weapons and ammunition.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors casualties in the conflict, the assault on the base began with two suicide car bomb attacks.
Many Isis fighters and government soldiers are believed to have been killed in the battle for the base camp after Syrian army helicopters attacked Isis positions around the base.
While the Syrian army would not confirm the claims that the base had been overrun, they are said to be organising a counter-attack,
Isis already controls much of Raqqa province and describes the territory under its control in Iraq and Syria as a caliphate.
Violent clashes between Isis and the Syrian army have intensified in recent weeks. The Shrine of Yunus in the Iraqi city of Mosul was blown up by Isis militants who also captured a gas field in the central province of Homs, killing more than 200 people.
Since the beginning of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, at least 170,000 people have been killed, a third of them civilians, while nine million people have fled their homes.
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7/30/2014 (Now)
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What is happening to 200,000 Christians in Iraq? This...
The Islamic State has warned Christians, possibly for the last time, saying "there is nothing to give them but the sword." Across Northern Iraq, Christians are huddled in refugee camps, trapped in the desert, or trapped in their homes, waiting for death.
Soldier's heads were hoisted on poles as they were killed in Syria. Soldier's heads were hoisted on poles as they were killed in Syria.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
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7/30/2014 (Now)
Published in Middle East
Keywords: Iraq, Christian, ISIS, IS, ISIL, Islamic State, militants, Catholic

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Although Christians have lived in northern Iraq and Syria for nearly two-thousand years, and at least six hundred years before Islam, today they face extinction across the region.

"Our people are disappearing," Canon Andrew White, head of the Anglican Church in Iraq "It looks as though the end could be very near," he told the BBC.

Stop the fighting, stop the misery. Act now.

A week ago, Christians were warned to either leave the city of Mosul and other areas under Islamic State control, or they would have to pay a tax or be put to death. Today, nobody has heard from those Christians and nobody knows what is happening to them.

Are they being quietly "put to the sword" as this militant strain of Islam asks they be?

The Human Rights Watch reported on July 14 that homes in Mosul were painted with red letters to indicate Christian homes. Other homes of Shiite Muslims were also adorned.

Christians who have escaped reported being deprived of all their belongings except their clothes. Jewelry, money, automobiles, even food and water were confiscated on the edge of town as Christians were forced to pass through Islamic State checkpoints.

However, we know a number of Christians remained, for many reasons. Some were too destitute to travel or had weak and infirm family who could not make the desert trek to safety.

Those that left were warned "don't even dream of returning."

For those that remain, they can almost certainly expect harsher treatment than that meted out to fellow Muslims at the hands of ISIS terrorists.

Estimates hold that 200,000 Christians live in the region, however only a fraction of these have been accounted for. Where are all the missing Christians? Are they already being put to the sword? It's very possible.

Islam is very clear on these issues, the deal is very simple. For those who live under the rule of a fundamentalist Islamic state, the options are laid bare. One can flee, convert, pay a fine, or be put to death. There will be no coexistence. And although Christians, Muslims and Jews have lived together in this region of the world for centuries, the strain of Islam that dominates them is now so extreme that Islam represents an existential threat to Christians and Jews.

Decades ago, the world watched as the Jews, and many others, including a large number of Catholics, were rounded up, persecuted by Nazis. Nobody outside of the European continent believed these people were being systematically killed on an industrial scale.

Yet they were. We've seen the haunting images and video. Smiling Nazi officers standing beside their victims in the moments before they shot or gassed them. Today, Islamic State terrorists are posing with their victims, making videos, and even tweeting crude jokes about their carnage.

They glorify and revel in their killing and believe with all sincerity that they are doing the work of Allah.

The world once solemnly promised to never allow another holocaust to happen again. Yet, we have witnessed episodes of ethnic cleansing and genocide repeatedly throughout history. Time and again, the world has stood silent as whole populations and tribes were exterminated, relocated, and forced into destitution.

The only exception seems to be when the United States intervened in the Balkans to rescue ethnic Muslims from extermination at the hands of Christian fighters in Bosnia.

Today, nobody is running toward the Christians to help them. These people are on their own and they have nothing. Over 400 families have checked into refugee camps in Kurdish controlled districts in northern Iraq. Hundreds more wander in the desert and the diaspora continues.

Billions of people will stand idly by, and do nothing in the face of evil, but Your Catholic Voice Foundation isn't going to accept this. Yes, we will pray for peace, and we will condemn this evil. However, we will also open our purses and wallets and make available emergency funds that these people will need.

Your Catholic Voice Foundation is partnering with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a papal agency for humanitarian and pastoral support. If you act today, your gift will be sent to those in need in this region, used to provide basic supplies. Food, shelter, medicine. Perhaps a toy for a child who has lost every gift they were ever given by doting parents.

Today, you can help us make a difference, to soften the blow for those who have been struck by these terrorists and to encourage those who must flee, but cannot, to find a way or make away before ISIS terrorists carry out their threats of genocide.

In other words, this is your chance to stop genocide in its tracks. No matter what you accomplish today, nothing could be so important as standing against this evil. Please help now.


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A Christian girl beheaded by ISIS terrorists. There is no doubt that we face genocide. A Christian girl beheaded by ISIS terrorists. There is no doubt that we face genocide.


A Christian girl was beheaded by ISIS terrorists as a warning to others. This is evil in its purest,A Christian girl was beheaded by ISIS terrorists as a warning to others. This is evil in its purest, crystalline form.


Alawite victims of ISIS, beheaded and arranged as a display for the media and public. Alawite victims of ISIS, beheaded and arranged as a display for the media and public.


The head of a Syrian man, whose beheading was badly preformed. However, the gruesome nature of the kThe head of a Syrian man, whose beheading was badly preformed. However, the gruesome nature of the killing serves to intimidate others.


More victims of ISIS. The organization is parading their murders as a means of intimidating others. More victims of ISIS. The organization is parading their murders as a means of intimidating others.


The act of beheading is preferred because it is gruesome and intimate. ItThe act of beheading is preferred because it is gruesome and intimate. It's painful and excruciating to the victim and takes time as opposed to simply being shot. ISIS is using crude methods of execution that are intended to serve as torture and intimidation. Even crucifixions are being performed.


The moment of death, turned into a spectacle. This man likely had a family. The moment of death, turned into a spectacle. This man likely had a family.



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The Left blind to slaughter of Christians

IN the ancient Christian city of Mosul in Iraq the terrorist group Islamic State (formerly ISIL) has painted the Arabic letter “N” on doors of houses to signify that a Christian family lives inside and is in store for special treatment.
That treatment includes torture, crucifixion, beheading or, for the lucky ones, forced conversion to Islam. Yet all we hear is Gaza Gaza Gaza.
There is a Christian genocide going on in the Middle East and Africa.
Eleven Christians every hour are being slaughtered — 100,000 Christian martyrs a year, according to the US Centre for the Study of Global Christianity.
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Christians are the most persecuted group on the planet but the Left is only exercised about dead Palestinian children, because it gives them an opportunity to kick Israel.
What other explanation can there be for their silence about the hundreds of thousands of dead children in Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Central African Republic? They pretend to be champions of human rights but they are very selective about which humans they champion.
It doesn’t compute for the Left to see Christians as victims. Nor can they fathom that the Israelis they like to call “Zionists” are victims, because the word “Jew” makes them uncomfortable, with its reminders of the Holocaust.
But here we see today in Mosul the same persecution we saw in Nazi Germany leading up to Hitler’s genocide.
And the compassionistas turn a blind eye.
It’s not that there isn’t just as much gruesome imagery of dead children available on the internet to prick their consciences. There are photos of women and children slaughtered in their homes. Murdered as they cowered in bathrooms or sat in their tidy loungerooms. God knows what happened to the men.
But for the likes of Greens MP Lee Rhiannon, the only oppressor is Israel, the only victim Muslim.
More Muslims have been killed by their fellow Muslims than any Jew or infidel Western army.
The Palestinian people, the Iraqis, the Syrians, they know fanatical Islam is the real enemy, but Rhiannon and friends keep finding excuses.
As for the Christian cleansing of Mosul, where Christians have co-existed with Muslims for 2000 years, that barely rates a mention from the hand-wringing Left.
The last remaining Christians fled Mosul a week ago after the Islamic State issued an ultimatum: Convert, pay an Islamic tax or be killed.
“If they refuse there is nothing for them but the sword,” read the Islamic State declaration giving the order.
The red “N” that the terrorists painted on houses in Mosul is the symbol for “Nazarene” or Christian.
A grassroots movement has erupted on Twitter, using the “N” as a symbol of solidarity with the persecuted Christians of Mosul under the hashtag #WeAreN and #IAmNazrene.
But the Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq, Rafael Sarko, has predicted the number of Christians in Iraq will fall to just 50,000 within a decade, down from 1.3 million in 2003.
France has heard the call and offered asylum to Iraq’s Christian refugees.
“France is outraged by these abuses that it condemns with the utmost firmness,” said the Foreign and Interior ministers.
“We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory.”
Australia should do the same. Now the Abbott government has all but stopped the boats, we have humanitarian places free that aren’t being occupied by the fake refugees Sarah Hanson-Young is so enamoured of.
We should make Mosul’s homeless Christians a special humanitarian offer. We can’t take them all but we can join France in offering moral leadership to the world.









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Heads on sticks: Sick ISIS video emerges showing 50 beheaded Syrian soldiers being impaled on poles and held aloft in Raqqa city

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  • Islamic State fighters, formerly called ISIS, have attacked base for two days
  • Ambush in Raqqa, northern Syria, ended in more than 50 executions
  • Amateur video footage circulating online shows dozens of headless bodies
  • Syrian conflict has reportedly killed 170,000 and 3 million have fled country 
Islamist militants have reportedly beheaded dozens of soldiers at a Syrian army base and mounted their heads on poles.
Extremists from the group Islamic State, previously known as ISIS, seized the base in the northern province of Raqqa, leaving more than 85 soldiers dead and 200 more unaccounted for.
The Syrian Human Rights Observatory said at least 50 of the soldiers had been executed - many of them beheaded - as horrifying footage began circulating online which appeared to show the bodies.
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Horrifying: Footage circulating online, which has not been independently verified, appears to show several soldiers' heads impaled on poles at an army base in Raqqa, Syria, after an ambush by Islamic State militants
Horrifying: Footage circulating online, which has not been independently verified, appears to show several soldiers' heads impaled on poles at an army base in Raqqa, Syria, after an ambush by Islamic State militants
The Associated Press news agency said the footage appeared genuine and corroborated by other reports
The Associated Press news agency said the footage appeared genuine and corroborated by other reports
The video, which has not been independently verified, features a voiceover by one of the militants as several decapitated heads are shown mounted on poles on top of a fence.
At least two of the bodies at the Division 17 base were crucified, according to the Associated Press, which said the video appeared to be genuine. 
Other photographs posted on jihadist social media accounts showed fighters inside the military base in control of several tanks, trucks and ammunition boxes.
In one, extremist militants raised the black flag of Islamic State above a building. 
In another, IS fighters are shown apparently inside Division 17's living quarters burning a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Brutal: More than 200 soldiers at the base are unaccounted for, said the Syrian Human Rights Observatory
Brutal: More than 200 soldiers at the base are unaccounted for, said the Syrian Human Rights Observatory
Fence: The poles were then propped aloft along a fence. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has said Islamic State fighters who are accused of atrocities will be added to a list of war crimes indictees
Fence: The poles were then propped aloft along a fence. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has said Islamic State fighters who are accused of atrocities will be added to a list of war crimes indictees
The head of the British-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP hundreds of troops 'withdrew on Friday to safe places - either to nearby villages whose residents oppose IS or to nearby Brigade 93 - but the fate of some 200 remains unknown'.
He added: 'Some of the executed troops were beheaded, and their bodies and severed heads put on display in Raqqa city.'
More than 50 troops were summarily executed, 19 others were killed in a double suicide bombing and at least 16 more died in the assault launched on Thursday, he said.
The display was intended as 'a message to the people of Raqqa, to tell them it is strong, that it isn't going anywhere, and to terrify' opponents, he added.
The city has become a stronghold for Islamic State militants who have swept through Iraq and Syria, seizing civilian areas and escalating the deadly conflict in the region.
They have declared an Islamic 'caliphate' throughout the region in fighting which has killed thousands of people. 
Fighting: Images were released by the Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa two days ago which claimed to show Islamic State fighters firing at soldiers from the Syrian regime in the Division 17 army base
Fighting: Images were released by the Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa two days ago which claimed to show Islamic State fighters firing at soldiers from the Syrian regime in the Division 17 army base

Takeover: Another showed militants apparently in control of Syrian army resources at the northern base
Takeover: Another showed militants apparently in control of Syrian army resources at the northern base
Syria's uprising began in the form of peaceful Arab Spring-inspired protests in March 2011 but escalated into an armed revolt when government forces launched a sweeping crackdown on dissent. 
The country is now in the grip of a complex civil war in which several armed groups, including Islamic extremists, are fighting government forces and rival rebels.
Syria's conflict has killed at least 170,000 people, nearly a third of them civilians, according to activists. Nearly three million Syrians have fled the country.
There was a victory elsewhere for the Syrian government in the central Homs region, where forces recaptured the Al-Shaar gas field which had been seized by IS a week before leading to the death of 270 troops.
The Syrian army said its forces and regime paramilitaries 'killed many terrorists from the so-called Islamic State' in the recapture.
Raising the flag: The black flag of the fighters was held aloft above a building in one photo released by fighters
Raising the flag: The black flag of the fighters was held aloft above a building in one photo released by fighters
Fighting: The conflict in Syria has claimed an estimated 170,000 lives and created three million refugees
Fighting: The conflict in Syria has claimed an estimated 170,000 lives and created three million refugees
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has said Islamic State fighters who are accused of atrocities will be added to a list of war crimes indictees. 
Meanwhile a car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town near the Turkish border yesterday, killing and wounding a number of people hours after Syrian rebels shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in Aleppo, activists said.
The Aleppo Media Center said the car bomb exploded in a vegetable market in the town of Azaz near the border with Turkey. The blast reportedly killed at least four people. 

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The Islamic State Killing Fields: Terror group releases horrifying video showing drive-by shootings, suicide bombings and dozens of other victims rounded up and executed

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  • Jihadists release video in sick celebration to mark Muslim festival of Eid
  • Shows prisoners huddling in trucks before being driven to their deaths
  • Film cuts to them lying face down in dirt as they are shot one by one
  • Suicide bomber brags about becoming a martyr in truck full of explosives
  • Video shows him driving down street before detonating vehicle by building
  • Other prisoners are led to jetty where they are shot and tossed in water

In what should be a time of happiness when Muslims mark the end of Ramadan, Islamist militants in Iraq celebrated Eid by releasing a video showing scenes of them carrying out genocide.
The slickly produced footage shows prisoners being rounded up and summarily executed, suicide bombers boasting before blowing up buildings and Iraqis being gunned down in drive-by shootings.
In one of the most shocking passages, terrified prisoners are piled into the back of trucks, where they hold each other and huddle in fear before driven off to their deaths.
The 36-minute film then cuts to dozens of prisoners lying face down on the ground, hands bound behind their backs, waiting to be executed.
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Shocking: A sick video reportedly produced by Islamic group ISIS shows Iraqi prisoners, including what appear to be children, piled onto trucks before being driven off for execution
Shocking: A sick video reportedly produced by Islamic group ISIS shows Iraqi prisoners, including what appear to be children, piled onto trucks before being driven off for execution

Huddling in fear: With no room to move, the prisoners cower in terror as they are rounded up by ISIS
Huddling in fear: With no room to move, the prisoners cower in terror as they are rounded up by ISIS

None of the men look older than 40 years old, one of them wears an Arsenal shirt, clearly visible with midfielder Mesut Ozil’s name and number on the back.
Most of the men are apparently Iraqi army deserters.
Their jeans, hastily put on to avoid identification, have been pulled down to reveal their khaki desert fatigues.
One group of about 50 prisoners are seen being told to march with their hands behind their heads and lie down in two overlapping lines on the sand. 
The executions are believed to have taken place in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.
The prisoners, believed to be Shi'ite Muslims, are then systematically executed by a small band of jihadists, thought to be Sunnis.
It is understood the prisoners are referred to in the video description as rafidas, a derogatory term used by some Sunnis to describe Shi'ites who they believe have rejected Islamic authority.
Ruthless: In another clip, the prisoners are ordered off the truck and marched towards the execution site
Ruthless: In another clip, the prisoners are ordered off the truck and marched towards the execution site

Sickening end: AWith the jihadi flag in the foreground, the Iraqis are frogmarched to their deaths
Sickening end: AWith the jihadi flag in the foreground, the Iraqis are frogmarched to their deaths
Brutal: Lying face down in the dirt, the prisoners are systemically executed by a small band of jihadists
Brutal: Lying face down in the dirt, the prisoners are systemically executed by a small band of jihadists


In other scenes, this latest video shows hundreds of men sitting on the ground with their hands bound, waiting to be shot.
Other prisoners are shown being hit with rifle butts and shoes whilst they march blindfolded.
Unable to see, they hold the shoulder of the man in front. The chain of men is led down some stairs to a small jetty, covered in blood.
One by one, they are taken by one of the jihadists to the edge of the jetty, where they are shot in the head with a pistol and their body tossed into the water.
The despicable video was quickly removed by You Tube, although it later re-emerged via social media.
One analyst likened the scenes to the killing fields of Cambodia, under the communist Khymer Rouge regime in the 1970s.
Deluded: The video also features a North African jihadist named Abu Ayyub al-Maghribi (above) talking about his dreams of becoming a martyr before climbing into an armoured car packed with explosives
Deluded: The video also features a North African jihadist named Abu Ayyub al-Maghribi (above) talking about his dreams of becoming a martyr before climbing into an armoured car packed with explosives
The slickly produced video is edited to highlight the jihadist's vehicle driving down a street under heavy fire
The slickly produced video is edited to highlight the jihadist's vehicle driving down a street under heavy fire
Terrorist: Al-Maghribi drives towards a large concrete building, which is shown in a slow motion action replay
Terrorist: Al-Maghribi drives towards a large concrete building, which is shown in a slow motion action replay
Dreams of being a martyr: Al-Maghribi detonates the armoured car when he reaches the base of the building
Dreams of being a martyr: Al-Maghribi detonates the armoured car when he reaches the base of the building




The video also shows footage of battles and Isis rallies as well as the destruction of holy sites in Iraq.
The slickly made video is extremely graphic, repeatedly showing the dead bodies of the Iraqi army with no signs of humility.
It also includes night vision footage of battles as well as close up action replays of jihadists firing rocket-propelled grenades in a battle to take an Iraqi checkpoint.
In between the fighting scenes, the film shows a North African jihadist with the non de guerre Abu Ayyub al-Maghribi talking about his dreams of becoming a martyr.
It then shows him climbing into an armoured personnel carrier and driving down a street under heavy gunfire.
Marched to their deaths: A chain of men is led down stairs to a small jetty, where they will be executed
Marched to their deaths: A chain of men is led down stairs to a small jetty, where they will be executed

He proceeds to detonate the vehicle near a large concrete building, which is then shown in a slow motion action replay.
In others, Iraqi men are killed in what appear to be drive-by shootings.
The scenes are then edited to show the sights from a sniper's rifle over the victim before they are gunned down.
ISIS has become known for imposing strict Sharia law, mass summary executions and growing numbers of foreign fighters in its ranks. 
Shocking brutality: In other scenes, the film shows hundreds of men with their hands bound, waiting to be shot or lying dead
Shocking brutality: In other scenes, the film shows hundreds of men with their hands bound, waiting to be shot or lying dead



Another part of the video shows Iraqis being killed in apparent drive-by shootings
The video also shows Iraqis being killed, apparently in drive-by shootings
Targeted: The video also shows Iraqis being killed in what appear to be drive-by shootings. Here, the video is edited to show the victim in the sights of a sniper's rifle as he is gunned down

In late June, the group announced it had changed its name to the Islamic State and had formed a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, under the leadership of its caliph, Ibrahim Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Many Iraqi Christians have fled the Isis-held city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, following threats of execution if they did not convert to Islam.  
Isis has made considerable advancements in north-eastern Syria and Iraq, recently seizing a strategic military base near the ISIS stronghold city of Raqqa.
The Sunni extremists celebrated their victory over the 17th division of the Syrian national army by beheading many of their prisoners and parading their severed heads around Raqqa.
ISIS also briefly captured the Al-Shaar gas field in Homs province, killing at least 200 Syrian army soldiers before it was recaptured yesterday by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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Footage appears to show several soldiers' heads impaled on poles at an army base in Raqqa.
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Newly-released video footage shows the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing at least 50 Syrian government soldiers in the troubled northern Syria.
The decapitated heads of several soldiers are shown mounted on poles on top of a fence at an army base in the northern province of Raqqa, Daily Mail reported.
Experts say the footage circulating online appears genuine and has been corroborated by other reports.
This comes as the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the troops were seized after ISIL militants took over a base in the troubled region.
"Some of the executed troops were beheaded, and their bodies and severed heads put on display in Raqqa city," said the Britain-based group's director, Rami Abdel Rahman.
Al-Qaeda-linked militant groups fighting against the Syrian government have committed numerous mass executions during the ongoing conflict.
Since the outbreak of the Syria crisis in March 2011, several video clips have been released showing the grisly crimes perpetrated by the Takfiri terrorists against innocent civilians in the crisis-torn country.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups such as the ISIL have been behind many of the deadly bomb attacks targeting both civilians and government institutions across Syria over the past three years.
According to some sources, more than 160,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced due to the violence fueled by the militants in the Arab country.
The ISIL violence has spilled over to neighboring Iraq. Recently, a similar gruesome video was released, purportedly showing members of the ISIL Takfiri terror group brutally killing Shia Muslims in drive-by shootings in Iraq.
The ISIL and its associated militant groups are blamed for numerous sacrilegious acts. The terrorist groups have links with Saudi intelligence and are believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.
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Now even the Taliban warns ISIS Islamist rebels in Iraq to 'avoid extremism' as it calls for a new council of jihadi factions to keep them on the same page

  • Terrorists in Afghanistan posted message urging ISIS to calm down
  • Said they should not 'distrust' other Muslims and avoid conflict
  • ISIS has previously been disowned by al-Qaeda because of its extremism
  • Warning came in a message urging a jihadist council to be formed
  • ISIS, which has declared an Islamic 'Caliphate' state in Iraq, is gaining power
Taliban militants in Afghanistan have warned ISIS insurgents fighting in Iraq to 'avoid extremism' in a plea for unity among jihadists.
It urged the Sunni faction, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against Shi'ite Muslim groups in Iraq, to avoid 'distrusting' other Islamist groups.
Commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked group also pleaded with the fighters of ISIS, which recently declared an Islamic 'Caliphate' in its captured territory, to respect the rule of law. 
Warned: ISIS fighters (pictured parading through Raqqa in Syria) were told to 'avoid extremism' by members of the Afghan Taliban
Warned: ISIS fighters (pictured parading through Raqqa in Syria) were told to 'avoid extremism' by members of the Afghan Taliban
Fractious: The militant group was urged to join a council with other jihadist factions and not to 'distrust' them
Fractious: The militant group was urged to join a council with other jihadist factions and not to 'distrust' them
ISIS began life as an offshoot of al-Qaeda, but was disowned by the global terror network after bolstering its strength by merging with other groups in Syria. 
The call for unity was uploaded to the Afghan Taliban's website this week. It did not name ISIS directly, but clearly referred to the group, who are now thought to be the world's most powerful jihadists.
The message, originally in Arabic, said: 'It is worthy for a shurah (consultation) council to be formed from the leaders of all the jihadi factions and the distinguished people among the experts and the scholars in Sham (Syria) in order to solve their conflicts.'
'Muslims also should avoid extremism in religion, and judging others without evidence, and distrusting one another,' it said.
'They should avoid conflict and dispute, and not think their opinions are better than others. Mercy and compassion should prevail.'
On June 29, ISIS announced that it had renamed itself the Islamic State and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi their 'Caliph', or head of state.
The group had fallen out with al-Qaeda over its expansion into Syria, where it has carried out beheadings, crucifixions, and mass executions.
In recent weeks, ISIS has overrun the Iraqi city of Mosul and advanced towards the capital Baghdad. In Syria they have captured territory in the north and east, along the border with Iraq.
Taliban spokesmen in both Pakistan and Afghanistan declined to comment on al-Baghdadi's claim to be the global leader of all Muslims. The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are separate but allied.
Armed and dangerous: The well-financed militants of ISIS are the world's most powerful jihadist force
Armed and dangerous: The well-financed militants of ISIS are the world's most powerful jihadist force
Privately, some commanders said that they did not want to anger al-Qaeda, whom they considered a long-time ally in the fight against NATO troops in the region.
Some Taliban, including some of the younger commanders, were enthusiastic about ISIS.
Pakistan's own insurgency is on the back foot after the military launched an offensive against the Taliban's key stronghold last month.
Most senior commanders are in hiding. Drone strikes have depleted many of the Taliban's and al-Qaeda's most experienced and charismatic commanders.
One Pakistani militant commander in his thirties told reporters: 'We are happy with the great efforts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Dozens of my colleagues from here are with them. Soon Sham and Iraq will be Islamic states'.
'I like the way of fighting ... it is very effective. We need that here in Pakistan. Many of our fighters have gone there.'
Another, younger man added: 'We like the modern way of there fighting, it is really a holy war, God send us there.' 










































































































































In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

BEIRUT (AP) — Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads, police traffic, administer courts, and have even set up an export system of smuggled crude from oil fields they have seized.
But the extremists — a mix of Iraqis and Syrians but also foreign fighters from Arab countries and non-Arab regions like the Caucasus — run the risk of provoking a backlash from the people they have come to rule.
Unlike Lebanon's Hezbollah or the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which have deep roots in their communities, the Islamic State group is not a grassroots movement and its sway over its populations is ultimately based on violence, not necessarily a groundswell of support for its vision of a hard-line Islamic caliphate. While it has been welcomed by some disenfranchised Iraqi Sunnis as potential saviors from the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad, many consider the group an alien entity.
FILE -This file image made from video posted on a militant website on Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP...
FILE -This file image made from video posted on a militant website on Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, greeting people before delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. Across the broad swath of territory it controls from northern Syria through northern and western Iraq, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has proven to be highly organized governors. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)
In recognition of that, the group has varied the imposition of the radical version of Islamic law they advocate. In their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa, they have unleashed it without reserve, killing perceived offenders and cutting off the hands of thieves in public.
But in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, they have been more cautious. They've taken some steps like banning alcohol and painting over street advertisements that show women's faces — but have held off on strict punishments.
The Iraqi city of Duluiyah is a prime example of the possibility for overreach.
Weeks ago, a small group of Islamic State fighters and other insurgents entered the Sunni-majority city just north of Baghdad and were welcomed by residents, said one resident, Jassim Mohammed. But within days, the Islamic State fighters came with lists of "wanted" men, including police officers and local businessmen.
That prompted an uprising by residents who forced the militants out, leaving the town under control of Sunni tribesmen, Mohammed said.
On Sunday, Islamic State fighters stormed back into Duluiyah, seizing the mayor's office, police station, local council and courthouse.
There has also been less dramatic pushback. In Mosul, the militants offered three local figures the post of governor of Ninevah— the province of which Mosul is the capital — and each refused, said Laith, a civil servant in the city who asked to be identified only by his first name for his own safety.
"People are worried that the (Iraqi) government might come back and that they would be punished for dealing with the Islamic State," he said.
The leader of the Islamic State group appears to recognize that over the long-term his fighters are not governors. In an address after the June 9 fall of Mosul, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appealed to Muslims around the world with practical skills — scholars, judges, doctors, engineers and administrators — to flock to the regions his group controls to help build the state.
Over the past month, the group has consolidated its hold over an impressive stretch of territory, roughly 700 kilometers (435 miles) from end to end. From its western-most end on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, it stretches across northern Syria and most of the east then bridges into most Sunni-dominated areas of northern and western Iraq up to the edges of Baghdad.
Among the first moves it took in parts of Syria that it captured were to set up various Islamic administrative departments staffed by its fighters and sympathizers: Islamic courts to settle disputes; "Hisba" offices, which enforce Shariah rules; and "Daawa" offices for proselytizing and spreading its ideology.
The showcase of the extremist group's vision is Raqqa, a city of 500,000 in northern Syria along the Euphrates River. There, the militants have banned music and smoking and forced women to cover up. They have killed violators of Shariah in the main square, including by beheadings, and have hung the bodies of some on crosses. An activist group in Syria on Friday reported that a Syrian woman was stoned to death for adultery for the first time. The report could not be independently confirmed.
A photo posted online by the group this week showed fighters in the eastern Syrian region of Hassakeh punishing residents who broke the Ramadan fast: The men knelt on the ground as fighters stood behind them with canes to lash them.
Another priority has been to provide services. In Raqqa, the group pays wages to city employees, has rebuilt damaged power lines and has kept up water and electricity services. During the holy month of Ramadan, it has distributed food and other aid to residents in Raqqa, Iraq's Mosul and other areas.
Photos posted by the group on Twitter show men in the long beards and white robes favored by hard-liners sitting behind a desk in a Raqqa mosque passing out cash to the poor. The men even have printed applications for the aid emblazoned with the group's logo and the title "Islamic State, Raqqa Province, Alms Administration." The photos correspond with Associated Press reporting from activists in the area.
Immediately after taking over Mosul, the Islamic State group had power lines fixed, ensuring electricity for up to 18 hours a day until government forces blew up some towers, said Laith. Most state employees in Mosul have not been paid, but militants have promised to do so. Residents' biggest complaint has been severe fuel shortages since the takeover, Laith said.
More recently, the group has begun seizing the houses of Christian and Shiite families who fled Mosul and giving some of them to Sunni families uprooted from areas like Tikrit and Diyala. They mark these houses with signs reading Islamic State Properties. A resident of a north Mosul neighborhood said three masked gunmen knocked on his door Wednesday, asking whether he knew of any Christian or Shiite homes in the area. The resident spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals.
A Christian woman in Mosul said that on Thursday afternoon, militants called on Christians through loudspeakers to convert to Islam, pay tax or face death by sword and gave a Saturday afternoon deadline. The woman who identified herself as Um Karam said she left Mosul with her family Friday to stay with relatives in a nearby Christian town protected by Kurdish security forces.
The patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church, Louis Sako, criticized the conditions imposed on Christians in Mosul. He also urged the militants to reconsider the move, and to "respect innocent people from all religions, sects and ethnic groups."
The Islamic State group has no shortage of resources. It seized money from Iraqi banks estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. It has captured almost all the major oil and gas fields of eastern Syria, including the al-Omar oil field, Syria's largest, with a capacity to produce 75,000 barrels a day. According to several activists in the region, the group has resumed some pumping and has secured revenue by selling crude oil to merchants at lower-than-market prices and exporting to Iraq and Turkey through middlemen with tanker trucks.
On Thursday, the group seized a gas field in central Syria, killing 100 soldiers, guards and workers in a massive operation targeting the facility, activists said Friday.
In Raqqa and other parts of Syria, the group also takes a cut of all humanitarian aid and commerce.
"Any trade outside the framework of the Islamic State is forbidden. Buying, selling, everything must be through the State," said an opposition activist in Raqqa who asked not to be identified out of fear for his safety.
The militants have held off on imposing strict Shariah rules in Mosul, a city of 2 million, four times the size of Raqqa. After capturing Mosul, the group put out a statement listing new rules. So far no severe punishments have been dealt out, and a smoking ban has not been rigidly enforced.
If Raqqa is a guide, however, the harsher implementation may come — a move that could bring a backlash. The activist in Raqqa said the group wants to function like a state, but ultimately all it has is money and weapons.
"It is impossible to continue like this," he said, "because the people hate them."
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Associated Press writer Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report from Baghdad.
FILE - In this June 22, 2014 file photo, a fighter with the Islamic State group distributes a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book, to a driver in central no...
FILE - In this June 22, 2014 file photo, a fighter with the Islamic State group distributes a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book, to a driver in central northern city of Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. Across the broad swath of territory it controls from northern Syria through northern and western Iraq, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has proven to be highly organized governors. (AP Photo, File)
FILE -In this undated file photo posted on a militant website that frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group, which has b...
FILE -In this undated file photo posted on a militant website that frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, a bulldozer destroys Sunni's Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in Mahlabiya district outside of Tal Afar, Iraq. Across the broad swath of territory it controls from northern Syria through northern and western Iraq, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has proven to be highly organized governors. (AP Photo, File)
This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show milita...
This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the Islamic State group leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo via militant website, File)
In this June 16, 2014 photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headqu...
In this June 16, 2014 photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. Flush with cash the the Islamic State fix roads, police traffic, administer courts, and have even set up an export system of smuggled crude from oil fields they control. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - This Friday, June 20, 2014 file photo, shows an empty park where militants from the Islamic State group breakaway group removed a statue of an Iraqi c...
FILE - This Friday, June 20, 2014 file photo, shows an empty park where militants from the Islamic State group breakaway group removed a statue of an Iraqi cultural icon, poet Adi Tammam, in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. Across the broad swath of territory it controls from northern Syria through northern and western Iraq, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has proven to be highly organized governors. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, sho...
FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Across the broad swath of territory it controls from northern Syria through northern and western Iraq, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has proven to be highly organized governors. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

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'This is our football, it's made of skin #World Cup': After posting sickening beheading video of Iraqi policeman, ISIS boast of slaughtering 1,700 soldiers

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Image of officer's decapitated head tweeted with sickening message: 'This is our ball. It's made of skin #WorldCup'
  • Battle lines drawn as Iraqi forces gather at base just 20 miles outside Baghdad after militants seize two more towns
  • President Obama rules out sending troops back to Iraq but promises to review military options including air strikes
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki claims security forces have now started to clear several cities of 'the terrorists'
  • More than 20 UK nationals thought to be trapped in territories where Islamists are carrying out summary executions
  • Al Qaeda-inspired militants stage jubilant parade of American Humvee patrol cars seized from collapsing Iraqi army
  • Masked fighters wave the black flag of the Islamic State and flash the 'V' sign while shouting 'towards Baghdad!'
  • Insurgents have also captured two helicopters, 15 tanks and armoured cars that used to belong to U.S. military
  • Iraq's refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against rebels
  • President Barack Obama weighs up possible airstrikes - but rules out putting U.S. soldiers back on the ground
  • ISIS leader dismissed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as woefully incompetent, calling him 'underwear merchant'

Blood-thirsty jihadists are carrying out summary executions on civilians, Iraqi soldiers and police officers - including 17 in one street alone - on their warpath to Baghdad, the UN said today.
As a shocking picture of the ISIS insurgency continues to develop, the Islamist group are posting barbaric videos online with the intent of showing the world they will stop at nothing to achieve their end game.
In one, which is too graphic to publish, fighters are seen knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night. 
When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom as sweetly lilting religious hymns are played over the top.
An image of the officer's decapitated head was tweeted with the sickening message: 'This is our ball. It is made of skin #WorldCup'. ISIS also claims to have executed 1,700 Shia soldiers on their push for the capital.
Although this figure has not been verified, the UN today warned that hundreds of people are likely to have been killed by the fanatics since the uprising.
This evening, President Barack Obama ruled out sending troops back into combat in Iraq but promised to review military options - including air strikes.

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ISIS fighters are seen knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night
ISIS fighters confront a Iraqi police major at his home before handcuffing and beheading him
Taking no prisoners: In this video, ISIS fighters are seen knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night before blindfolding and handcuffing him

Crazed: Jihadists are carrying out summary executions on civilians, soldiers and police officers including this police major after taking control of large swathes of Iraq
Crazed: Jihadists are carrying out summary executions on civilians, soldiers and police officers including this police major after taking control of large swathes of Iraq
Grim: As the images emerged on Twitter, ISIS also claimed to have executed 1,700 Shia soldiers on their push for the capital
Grim: As the images emerged on Twitter, ISIS also claimed to have executed 1,700 Shia soldiers on their push for the capital

Shock and awe: An ISIS propaganda video shows militants blindfolding a Sunni police major in his home before cutting off his head
Shock and awe: An ISIS propaganda video shows militants blindfolding a Sunni police major in his home before cutting off his head
Propaganda warfare: The aim of the video is to terrorise Sunnis in Iraq's army and police forces and deepen their already low morale
Propaganda warfare: The aim of the video is to terrorise Sunnis in Iraq's army and police forces and deepen their already low morale
A police major shortly before being beheaded
Barbaric: This picture of the police officer's decapitated head resting on his legs was tweeted with the message: 'This is our ball. It is made of skin#WorldCup'
Barbaric: This picture (right) of the police officer's decapitated head resting on his legs was tweeted with the message: 'This is our ball. It is made of skin#WorldCup'




On the terror trail: The police officer was handcuffed at his home in the dead of night after answering the door to the Islamist fighters
The Iraqi police officer beheaded by Islamic militants
On the terror trail: The police officer was handcuffed at his home in the dead of night after answering the door to the Islamist fighters

President Obama said his national security team would soon provide him with a list of 'selective actions by our military' to help push back a terrorist horde marching through Iraq, but insisted the US 'will not be sending troops back into combat' there.
He also said he would be 'reviewing options in the days ahead,' in a hastily scheduled statement given on the South Lawn of the White House.
Current Secretary of State John Kerry said that 'given the gravity of the situation' he would 'anticipate timely decisions from the president regarding the challenge' in Iraq.
'We have already taken some immediate steps,' he said, 'including providing enhanced aerial surveillance support to assist the Iraqis in this fight. We have also ramped up shipments of military aid to Iraq since the beginning of the year.'
Tonight, Iraq's Prime Minister claimed his forces had started to clear cities of ‘terrorists’.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who travelled to Samarra today for a security meeting, said his forces had ‘began their work to clear all our dear cities from these terrorists,’.
However, he gave no further details of where or when the operations occurred.
The aim of ISIS is to terrorise Sunnis in Iraq's army and police forces and deepen their already low morale.
That fear is one factor behind the stunning collapse of Iraqi security forces. In most cases, police and soldiers simply ran, sometimes shedding their uniforms and abandoned arsenals of heavy weapons. 
In another video, also purportedly taken by ISIS militants, gunmen are seen carrying out indiscriminate drive-by shootings on motorists and pedestrians.
Armed with a machine-gun, the gang film themselves shooting cars off the road then move in to video close-ups of the victims' blood-stained bodies slumped in the seats. In another clip, they gun down a pedestrian.
The footage, which cannot be independently verified, contains the same logo used in a video posted earlier this week showing an Iraqi businessman being shot in the back of the head.
The British Foreign Office said it was 'very concerned' with the escalating violence and was 'not going to take its eye off the ball'.
Ill-gotten gains: This tweeted picture apparently shows ISIS commander Skeikh Umar Al Shishani inspecting an American Humvee
Ill-gotten gains: This tweeted picture apparently shows ISIS commander Skeikh Umar Al Shishani inspecting an American Humvee

Shocking: Footage reportedly taken by ISIS militants shows Islamist fighters randomly shooting pedestrians and motorists as they take over towns and cities in Iraq
Shocking: Footage reportedly taken by ISIS militants shows Islamist fighters randomly shooting pedestrians and motorists as they take over towns and cities in Iraq

Indiscriminate: A car flies off the road after the driver is shot dead by gunmen in video purportedly posted online by ISIS militants
Indiscriminate: A car flies off the road after the driver is shot dead by gunmen in video purportedly posted online by ISIS militants
Sickening: The gunmen film themselves shooting cars off the road then move in to video close-ups of the victims' blood-stained bodies slumped in the seats
Sickening: The gunmen film themselves shooting cars off the road then move in to video close-ups of the victims' blood-stained bodies slumped in the seats
Brutal: The footage, which cannot be independently verified, contains the same logo used in video posted earlier this week showing a businessman being shot in the head
Brutal: The footage, which cannot be independently verified, contains the same logo used in video posted earlier this week showing a businessman being shot in the head

More than 20 British nationals are thought to be trapped in rebel-held areas, although officials say there are no plans as yet to stage evacuations in the north or from Baghdad.
However, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain might offer assistance with counter-terrorism expertise to authorities in Iraq.
Speaking after talks on Iraq with US Secretary of State John Kerry in London, Mr Hague stressed that Britain has no intention of putting military boots on the ground in the country.
But he said that a team from the Department for International Development was now on the ground in northern Iraq to see what humanitarian help the UK can give.
He also made clear that Britain is also ready to advise the Baghdad administration on counter-terrorism efforts.
Meanwhile, John Kerry said: 'The bottom line is ISIS is a threat, not just to Iraq and to the entire region, but it is a threat to Europe, the United States, and other countries in the world, and obviously with the number of foreign fighters that have been assembled in Syria this remains a very significant issue.'
ISIS fighters are moving ever closer to the capital after capturing two towns in the eastern province of Diyala as security forces abandoned their posts.
Iraqi security forces, who have until now fled the insurgency, are gathering at a base just 20 miles outside Baghdad ready to protect the city as the threat of all-war loomed.
Security sources said the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla had fallen to the insurgents, as well as several other villages around the Himreen mountains, which have long been a hideout for militants.
U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colvill said the number of people killed after Sunni Islamist militants overran the city of Mosul earlier this week may run into the hundreds.
Marauders: Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant celebrate on American Humvees taken from Iraqi security forces along a street in city of Mosul
Marauders: Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant celebrate on American Humvees taken from Iraqi security forces along a street in city of Mosul

On the warpath to Baghdad: Jubilant ISIS militants stage a parade of American Humvee patrol
cars seized from a collapsing Iraqi army as they head to capital
On the warpath to Baghdad: Jubilant ISIS militants stage a parade of American Humvee patrol cars seized from a collapsing Iraqi army as they head to capital
Unrelenting march: Security sources said the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla had fallen to the insurgents, as well as several other villages around the Himreen mountains
Unrelenting march: Security sources said the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla had fallen to the insurgents, as well as several other villages around the Himreen mountains
No resistance: The masked ISIS fighters waved the black flag of the Islamic State and flashed the 'V' sign while some shouted 'towards Baghdad'
No resistance: The masked ISIS fighters waved the black flag of the Islamic State and flashed the 'V' sign while some shouted 'towards Baghdad'

BRITONS ARE JOINING ISIS 'IN THEIR HUNDREDS'

Security services are 'monitoring very closely' concerns that hundreds of British Muslims have signed up with extreme jihadist group ISIS and gone to fight in Iraq.
The Government believes more than 500 British citizens have left the UK to join rebel fighters in Syria, with many of them feared to have crossed the border to join the uprising in Iraq.
The ruthless ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) extremists control large areas of land in Syria and are now turning their attention to Iraq and particularly Baghdad, having already taken the cities of Mosul and Tikrit.
Meanwhile, British security experts are also looking at the possibility that home-grown extremists trained by the ultra-violent group may bring terror back to the UK.
One terror expert told MailOnline today: 'There is a fairly high chance that someone will attempt it.'
More than 500 British Muslims are believed to have already travelled to Syria to fight against President Assad, and it is feared many more will join them. 
Many of them are now feared to have crossed the barely-existent border into Iraq with the ultra-violent ISIS militia.

He said four women had killed themselves after being raped, 16 Jordanians had been kidnapped, and prisoners released by the militants had been looking to exact revenge on those responsible for their incarceration.
'We've also had reports suggesting that the government forces have also committed excesses, in particular the shelling of civilian areas on 6 and 8 June,' he said. 'There are claims that up to 30 civilians may have been killed.'
Meanwhile, the UN said Iraq's refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against rebels and Islamic militants, the United Nations says.
The UN's refugee agency said 300,000 people fled this week alone in Irbil and Duhok as Islamic militants seized control of large areas in northern Iraq.
UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said many of the refugees are arriving with little more than the clothes they wear and have no money and nowhere to go.

As they surged towards the capital, one faction from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant staged a jubilant parade of American Humvee patrol cars seized from the collapsing Iraqi army complete with a flypast in captured former U.S. helicopters.
ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani called on his fighters to stay focused on the task ahead, warning them: 'Do not let your egos fall prey to your recent military gains such as Humvees, helicopters, rifles and military equipment.'
In a sign of increasing concern, President Barack Obama abruptly changed course on Iraq last night, saying that he wouldn't 'rule out anything' as he searches for ways to help the ailing Iraqi army push back the terrorist horde.
'We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold,' Mr Obama said in the Oval Office.
In a video released last night, masked ISIS fighters waved the black flag of the Islamic State and flashed the 'V' sign while some shouted 'towards Baghdad!' as they paraded in stolen Humvees.
This evening, President Obama ruled out sending troops back into combat in Iraq but promised to review military options - including air strikes
This evening, President Obama ruled out sending troops back into combat in Iraq but promised to review military options - including air strikes

Barack Obama said his national security team will soon provide him with a list of 'selective actions by our military' to help push back a terrorist horde marching through Iraq, but insisted that the US 'will not be sending troops back into combat' there
Barack Obama said his national security team will soon provide him with a list of 'selective actions by our military' to help push back a terrorist horde marching through Iraq, but insisted that the US 'will not be sending troops back into combat' there

The US President said he will be 'reviewing options in the days ahead,' in a hastily scheduled statement on the South Lawn of the White House
The US President said he will be 'reviewing options in the days ahead,' in a hastily scheduled statement on the South Lawn of the White House


SADDAM'S DAUGHTER: 'I'M HAPPY WITH VICTORIES BY MY DAD'S MEN'


Saddam Hussein's daughter Raghad

Saddam Hussein's oldest daughter says she is 'very happy' with the ISIS insurgency.
Raghad Saddam Hussein, pictured right, praised one of father's former aides, Izzat al Douri, who reportedly joined the Islamist militants in their takeover of Mosul.
He was reportedly linked to a group of former Iraqi army officers.
She said: 'I am very happy with the victories achieved by my father's men'.
Witnesses saw ISIS fly two helicopters over the parade, apparently the first time the militant group has obtained aircraft in years of waging insurgency on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian frontier.
It was unclear who the pilots were, but Sunnis who served in the forces of Saddam Hussein have rallied to the insurgency. 
Despite vastly outnumbering the jihadists, government troops have melted away in the face of the insurgents, allowing them to capture two helicopters, 15 tanks, weapons and several armoured cars that used to belong to the American military.
U.S. officials said a $1billion package of military assistance and the sale of 36 F-16s to Iraq was being accelerated, but was unlikely to help in the short term.
This came as top U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin said about 25 employees working with the Iraqi air force as it prepared for the arrival of the jets were being evacuated from the Balad area in northern Iraq as a result of the violence.
In Jalawla, Kurdish peshmerga forces deployed more men to secure their political party offices before the insurgents arrived in the town. There were no confrontations between them.
The Iraqi army fired artillery at Saadiya and Jalawla from the nearby town of Muqdadiya, sending dozens of families fleeing towards Khaniqin near the Iranian border, security sources said.
Drive-by looting: Despite vastly outnumbering the jihadists, government troops have melted away in the face of the insurgents
Drive-by looting: Despite vastly outnumbering the jihadists, government troops have melted away in the face of the insurgents
Jubilant: ISIS fighters who do not recognise the region's modern frontiers have seized Mosul and Tikrit, Saddam's home town, and other towns north of Baghdad
Jubilant: ISIS fighters who do not recognise the region's modern frontiers have seized Mosul and Tikrit, Saddam's home town, and other towns north of Baghdad
Sabre-rattling: An Islamic militant issues a call to arms, saying: 'Declare Allah the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest!' in a video released by ISIS
Sabre-rattling: An Islamic militant issues a call to arms, saying: 'Declare Allah the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest!' in a video released by ISIS
Trail of destruction: Militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant damage a patrol car of Iraq army in the city of Mosul
Trail of destruction: Militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant damage a patrol car of Iraq army in the city of Mosul
On the warpath to Baghdad: A graphic showing the town and cities captured by ISIS over the last few days
On the warpath to Baghdad: A graphic showing the town and cities captured by ISIS over the last few days

ABU DU'A: THE MAN WHO HAS BROUGHT IRAQ TO ITS KNEES (AFTER US RELEASED HIM FROM PRISON 5 YEARS AGO)


Wanted: Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi
Wanted: Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

The United States once had Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in custody at a detention facility in Iraq, but president Barack Obama let him go, it has emerged.

Al Baghdadi, who also goes by the name Abu Du'a, was among the prisoners released in 2009 from the US's now-closed Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr in Iraq.
But now, five years later, he is the head of a group of ruthless extremists who are bearing down on Baghdad, burning down everything in their way and carrying out executions on Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police officers.
It is unclear why the US let the merciless al-Qaeda leader slip away, however, one theory proposed by The Telegraph is that al Baghadadi was granted amnesty along with thousands of other detainees because the US was preparing to pull out of Iraq.
The United States began withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2010, and Camp Bucca closed in 2011 along with the United States' other military facilities as President Obama declared that the War in Iraq had come to an end.
Another possible explanation is that al Baghadadi did not become a jihadist until after his release from Camp Bucca.
The US now has a $10 million warrant out for Baghdadi, who is accused of bombing a mosque in Baghdad in 2011 and killing former Sunni lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawl.
Al Baghadadi and his troops had already taken key cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq earlier this year and have conquered the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul within the last several days.
They are now on the war path to Iraq's capital city of Baghdad.
According to bitter Iraqi footsoldiers, their commanders slipped away in the night rather than mount a defence of the city.
ISIS overran the northern city of Mosul earlier this week and have since pressed south towards Baghdad in an onslaught against the Shi'ite-led government.
Mr Adnani also dismissed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as woefully incompetent, calling him an 'underwear merchant'.
'What have you done to your people, O foolish one. No-one is more foolish than you but those who accept you as the president and commander,' Adnani mocked him in a translated statement.
The Kurds, who run their own autonomous region in the north, have taken advantage of the chaos to expand their territory, taking control of the oil-rich of Kirkuk and other areas outside the formal boundary of their enclave.
Mr Obama said he was weighing up a range of options, including possible airstrikes, to tackle an insurgency by Islamic militants in Iraq - although officials have ruled out putting American soldiers back on the ground.
Iraq has faced resurgent violence since the US military withdrew in late 2011.
A sharp burst of violence this week led to the evacuation of Americans from a major air base in northern Iraq where the US had been training security forces.

'IRAQ INVASION WAS A COCK-UP WE WILL BE LIVING WITH FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS', SAYS BRITISH MAJOR-GENERAL


'Strategic error of gargantuan proportions': Major-General Julian Thompson has condemned the invasion of Iraq in 2003
'Strategic error of gargantuan proportions': Major-General Julian Thompson has condemned the invasion of Iraq in 2003

A senior British military figure says the UK's 2003 invasion of Iraq was a 'cock up we will be living with for the next 50 years'.
Major-General Julian Thompson commanded Plymouth based 3 Commando Brigade during the 1982 Falklands War.
He blamed UK politicians for the 'complete mess' in Iraq and fears for the future.
He said: 'Iraq was a strategic error of gargantuan proportions. I was against us going in from the very beginning in 2003.
'I didn't say so at the time with the boys (3 Commando Brigade) going in, but it was wrong.
'It was not the right thing to do. This was not a military cock-up, it was a political cock up. And it is a cock up we will be living with for the next 50 years.
'Saddam Hussein was not a nice guy, but he kept the lid on extremism. He held the balance of power between the Iranians and the Arab World.
'People are far worse off now than they were when he was there. I don't care what Tony Blair says, these people are not better off.
'Blair is guilty of getting us into a position we shouldn't have got into.
'We will not go back in - at least I certainly hope not. We couldn't sort it out the first time, we'd just make it worse if we went back.
'Rather like a disease we need to rope it off do it doesn't affect us. We have to be cold blooded. Our security must come first.
'However sorry we may be for the people of Iraq, there is nothing we can do. We do not want to reinforce failure.'

Armed and dangerous: This video reportedly shows dozens of vehicles including several Police SUVs, large military trucks and at least two artillery weapons
Armed and dangerous: This video reportedly shows dozens of vehicles including several Police SUVs, large military trucks and at least two artillery weapons
Bringing out the big guns: The insurgents have apparently seized this long-range American artillery canon which they are towing towards Baghdad
Bringing out the big guns: The insurgents have apparently seized this long-range American artillery canon which they are towing towards Baghdad

GRAVES DESTROYED, NO WOMEN OUTSIDE AND 'UNBELIEVERS' MUST REPENT: ISIS IMPOSES STRICT SHARIA LAW IN CAPTURED TERRITORIES

In the swathe of seized regions across northern Iraq, ISIS has declared hardline Sharia law, publishing the following set of strict rules:
  • People have tried secular rule - now it is time for an Islamic state
  • Women should wear loose-fitting clothes and leave home only when necessary
  • Shrines and graves should be destroyed
  • Only flag allowed to be carried is the ISIS one
  • Places have been opened for police and soldiers of the 'unbelievers' to repent
  • Drugs, cigarettes or alcohol banned
  • Tribal leaders must not become traitors by working with the government
  • All Muslims to pray at the mosque at the correct time
  • Money we have stolen from the government is for the public. Only the imam of mosques can spend it - thieves will have their hands cut off
  • We are the soldiers of Islam and we have taken on the responsibility of re-establishing the caliphate
Translated by The Independent

Mr Obama, in his first comments on the deteriorating situation, said it was clear Iraq needed additional assistance from the US and the international community given the lightning gains by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
'What we've seen over the last couple of days indicates Iraq’s going to need more help' from the United States and other nations, Obama said in the Oval Office.
He added that the U.S. has been working 'around the clock' to find appropriate ways to intervene.
Republican politicians pinned some of the blame for the escalating violence on Mr Obama's reluctance to re-engage in a conflict he long opposed.
For more than a year, the Iraqi government has been pleading with the US for additional help to combat the insurgency, which has been fuelled by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
Northern Iraq has become a way station for insurgents who routinely travel between the two countries and are spreading the Syrian war's violence.
Iraqi leaders made a fresh request earlier this week, asking for a mix of drones and manned aircraft that could be used for both surveillance and active missions.
Officials said Mr Obama was considering those requests and was expected to decide on a course of action within a few days.
The US is already flying unmanned aircraft over Iraq for intelligence purposes, an official said.
Short of airstrikes, the president could step up the flow of military assistance to the beleaguered Iraqi government, increase training exercises for the country's security forces and help boost Iraq's intelligence capabilities.
The U.S. has been leery of its lethal aid falling into the hands of militants or being otherwise misused.
Spoils of war: Another video purportedly posted by ISIS appears to show a yard of armoured vehicles apparently seized from the Iraqi military
Spoils of war: Another video purportedly posted by ISIS appears to show a yard of armoured vehicles apparently seized from the Iraqi military

The yard, which has apparently been captured by ISIS militants, also contains patrols cars and trucks that appear to have been taken from Iraqi forces
The yard, which has apparently been captured by ISIS militants, also contains patrols cars and trucks that appear to have been taken from Iraqi forces
An image posted on a militant Twitter account today appears to show a banner bearing a black flag used by the Al-Qaeda inspired lslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hanging from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq
An image posted on a militant Twitter account today appears to show a banner bearing a black flag used by the Al-Qaeda inspired lslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hanging from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. is sending about 12 million dollars (£7.15 million) in humanitarian aid to help nearly a million Iraqis who have been forced from their homes by recent fighting.
Mr Obama huddled with his national security team to discuss the deteriorating security situation. US vice president Joe Biden called Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to underscore that while the US stands ready to help, it would be crucial for Iraq to come up with longer-term solutions to its internal political strife.
Nearly all American troops left Iraq in December 2011 after Washington and Baghdad failed to negotiate a security agreement that would have kept a limited number of U.S. forces in the country for a few more years at least.
Senator John McCain, a frequent White House critic, called for Mr Obama's entire national security team to resign. House Speaker John Boehner accused the president of 'taking a nap' while conditions worsened.
But Congress appears divided over how to respond, with some Republicans backing airstrikes and other figures from both parties suggesting that is the wrong approach.
There were no calls for putting American troops back on the ground in Iraq, and Mr Obama's advisers said the president had no desire to plunge the US back into a conflict there.
'The president is mindful that the United States has sacrificed a lot in Iraq and we need to not just be taking this all back on ourselves,' said Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser.
'We need to come up with solutions that can enable the Iraqis to manage their internal security and their internal politics.'
The full horror of the jihadists’ savage victories in Iraq emerged yesterday as witnesses told of streets lined with decapitated soldiers and policemen.

U.S. MAY NOT BE GETTING INVOLVED YET BUT THEY'RE STILL PROFITING: MILITARY SELLS 38 F16 JETS TO IRAQ

The U.S. is accelerating its $1billion package of military assistance for Iraq in light of the ISIS insurgency.
This includes the sale of 36 F-16 jet fighters, but they are unlikely to make a difference in the short term.
Lockheed Martin presented the first of 36 F-16 jet fighters it has agreed to sell Baghdad to Iraqi officials in Fort Worth last week. 
Three or four of the planes are expected to be flown to Iraq for delivery by the end of the year.
Blood-soaked bodies and blazing vehicles were left in the wake of the Al Qaeda-inspired ISIS fanatics as they pushed the frontline towards Baghdad.
They boasted about their triumphs in a propaganda video depicting appalling scenes including a businessman being dragged from his car and executed at the roadside with a pistol to the back of his head. The extent of the carnage came as:
  • Images from captured cities such as Mosul and Tikrit showed deserted streets, burnt out vehicles and discarded uniforms left by government troops fleeing the brutal fanatics;
  • ISIS leaders urged their bloodthirsty followers to continue their march and warned that battle would rage in Baghdad and in the holy city of Karbala;
  • Thousands of residents in the capital answered a call to arms to repel the invaders amid fears the government’s own troops were not up to the job;
  • Aid groups warned of a new refugee crisis after half a million terrified Iraqis left their homes to escape the jihadists.
In the swathe of captured territory across northern Iraq, ISIS declared hardline Sharia law, publishing rules ordering women not to go outside ‘unless strictly necessary’, banning alcohol and smoking, and forcing all residents to attend mosques five times a day.
Up in arms: Members of Iraqi security forces chant slogans in Baghdad Sunni Islamist militants pressed towards the capital
Up in arms: Members of Iraqi security forces chant slogans in Baghdad Sunni Islamist militants pressed towards the capital

IRAQ PLUNGES MIDDLE EAST INTO 'MOST DANGEROUS MOMENT' SINCE INVASION IN 2003

Turmoil in Iraq has plunged the Middle East into its 'most dangerous moment' since the invasion of the country in 2003, an expert said.
Professor Peter Neumann, of King's College London, said the recent surge by ISIS threatens to trigger a 'sectarian meltdown' that may spread into other neighbouring states.
Earlier this week, Isis militants took control of Iraq's second city Mosul and Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, raising the prospect that the Sunni group would attempt to march on capital Baghdad to settle scores with the Shi'ite-led government.
Professor Neumann said he expected the jihadist group's popularity among Sunni Iraqis to fade eventually but warned: 'How much damage can they do until that happens?
'I worry that in the meantime what we will see in Iraq is a sectarian meltdown, a huge confrontation between Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds and that could spill into other countries.
'There is a risk that it will be even worse than what we saw about eight or nine years ago in Iraq, which was already pretty horrible.
'This is probably the most dangerous moment in the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.'

BBC correspondent Paul Wood said one woman from Mosul, Iraq’s second city, had spoken of seeing a ‘row of decapitated soldiers and policemen’.
The refugee woman told how the victims’ heads were placed in rows – a trademark, trophy-style execution favoured by ISIS militants.
The fanatics captured Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s birthplace, by overrunning an army base and rounding up hundreds of soldiers and police. Dozens of members of a police special forces battalion were paraded on the back of a truck in the city.
As the balaclava-clad militants took Mosul and Tikrit, thousands of Baghdad’s residents young and old queued at recruiting stations to form a ‘Dad’s army’ to defend the capital.
Trucks carrying volunteers in uniform rumbled towards the frontlines to defend the city, with many chanting slogans against the ISIS militants.
Meanwhile the Iraqi air force carried out at least four bombing raids on insurgent positions in and around Mosul. State television showed targets exploding in black clouds.
Britons working in Baghdad’s Green Zone where most of the foreign embassies are based were on high alert. The lightning advance of ISIS has caused alarm in London, Washington and across the Middle East.
Despite vastly outnumbering the jihadists, government troops have melted away in the face of the insurgents, allowing them to capture two helicopters, 15 tanks, weapons and several armoured cars that used belonging to the American military. They also seized £350million-worth of dinars by robbing a bank in Mosul.
According to bitter Iraqi footsoldiers, their commanders slipped away in the night rather than mount a defence of the city.
Iraqi men clean weapons as they get ready to defend their Sadr City district in case of an attack by Sunni extremists
Iraqi men clean weapons as they get ready to defend their Sadr City district in case of an attack by Sunni extremists
Iraqi men clean an array of lethal weapons as they prepare to defend the Sadr City district in case of an attack by Sunni extremists in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad
Leading cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on men in Iraq today to prepare their weapons and take up arms against the offensive spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Leading cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on men in Iraq today to prepare their weapons and take up arms against the offensive spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

THE MAN WHO IS TRYING TO BRING IRAQ BACK FROM THE BRINK: TOP CLERIC CALLS ON MEN OF ALL AGES TO HELP DEFEND CAPITAL FROM ISIS

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqi men to take up arms against ISIS
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqi men to take up arms against ISIS
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who called on Iraqi men today to take up arms against 'terrorists', is the country's top Shiite cleric and is revered by millions.
The reclusive Sistani enjoys the kind of following Iraq's Shiite politicians can only dream of, and his call to fight militants who seized swathes of the country this week could give a major boost to recruitment.
'Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists... should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose,' his representative announced on his behalf during today's prayers in the shrine city of Karbala.
'He who sacrifices for the cause of defending his country and his family and his honour will be a martyr,' he added.
The Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) and allied groups launched an offensive on Monday, taking all of one province and chunks of three more.
Security forces have failed to halt the drive, with some fleeing after throwing away their uniforms and abandoning their positions.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki responded by announcing the government will arm and equip citizens who volunteer to fight, and thousands have turned out at recruitment centres to answer the call.
Sistani, born in the Iranian town of Arshad in 1930, started his religious studies at the age of five, and became a grand ayatollah in 1992.
Despite his huge following, he has generally stayed aloof of Iraqi politics, but has made rare but important interventions since the US-led invasion in 2003.
The elderly cleric repeatedly called for calm during Iraq's brutal sectarian conflict from 2006 to 2008 and threw his weight behind democratic elections.
In late 2003, he demanded that a convention of Iraqis draw up a new constitution and that a transitional government be directly elected by the people, a request the US-led occupation authority was only able to resist through UN mediation.
The following year, Sistani intervened again when an uprising against the US-led occupation by the Mahdi Army militia of anti-US Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr triggered fighting with US troops in the heart of the shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala.
He returned from medical treatment in London to a hero's welcome in Iraq, in time to stop a joint US-Iraqi force from launching a final assault on Sadr's forces who were cornered in the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf.
A tireless proponent of elections since Saddam Hussein's regime collapsed in 2003, the ageing Sistani used his humble quarters in Najaf as a base to guide the country's Shiite majority to power through the ballot box.
After pressuring the US to expedite the path to democratic elections, the cleric was the guiding force behind the creation of a pan-Shiite coalition in Iraq's parliament.
And he has also used his standing among the country's Shiite Arab majority to urge voters to turn out in strength for parliamentary and provincial elections.
But Sistani's decision-making process remains a mystery and little is known about what really goes on in his spartan home in a heavily-guarded alley in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, where he has remained a virtual recluse after years of house arrest during dictator Saddam Hussein's rule. 
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Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, who have taken over Mosul and other Northern provinces, gesture from an army truck
Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, who have taken over Mosul and other Northern provinces, gesture from an army truck



One said: ‘Our leaders betrayed us. The commanders left the military behind. When we woke up, all the leaders had left.’
Last night Barack Obama said America would help with ‘short-term immediate actions… militarily’ to push back the insurgents, but ruled out sending troops.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would not get involved militarily because Iraq was now a democracy.
Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed: ‘We are not going to allow this to carry on, regardless of the price. We are getting ready. We are organising.’
As the situation spiralled out of control, even Iran was said to have deployed two battalions from its Revolutionary Guard to help the Iraqi government retake Tikrit.
The development was likely to enrage Washington, which has been steadfast in its determination for Baghdad not to cosy up to Tehran.
But one senior unnamed official said today that Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to co-operate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back.
It also emerged that members of Saddam’s old guard were joining the insurrection. Fighters loyal to his disbanded Baath Party were said to be actively supporting the rebels. ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham but has also been referenced as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.


Kurdish Peshmerga forces seize the control of Kirkuk where Iraqi army forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed
Kurdish Peshmerga forces seize the control of Kirkuk where Iraqi army forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed
Iraqi Kurds seized control of the oil city of Kirkuk today as the central government's army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse that has lost its control of the north
Iraqi Kurds seized control of the oil city of Kirkuk today as the central government's army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse that has lost its control of the north

Peshmerga fighters, the security forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, swept into Kirkuk after the army abandoned its posts there, a peshmerga spokesman said
Peshmerga fighters, the security forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, swept into Kirkuk after the army abandoned its posts there, a peshmerga spokesman said







FINALLY THE KURDS GET THEIR JERUSALEM: HOW ISIS INVASION IS REDRAWING THE MAP OF IRAQ

Iraqi Kurds seized control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk today as the central government's army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse that has lost it control of the north.
Peshmerga fighters (pictured below), the security forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, swept into Kirkuk after the army abandoned its posts there, a peshmerga spokesman said.

Warlike: The Kurdish Peshmerga armed forces are seen today in Kirkuk
'The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of peshmerga,' said Jabbar Yawar.
'No Iraqi army remains in Kirkuk now.'
Kurds have long dreamed of taking Kirkuk, a city with huge oil reserves just outside their autonomous region, which they regard as their historical capital.
Hardened fighters: The Peshmerga force is thought to be capable of crushing ISIS should it wish
The swift move by their highly organized security forces demonstrates how this week's sudden advance by fighters of the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has redrawn Iraq's map.
Kurds have been determined to return to Kirkuk after they were driven from the oil-rich city under Saddam Hussein's 'Arabisation' campaign - the settlement of tens of thousands of Arabs in Kirkuk during his three decades in power
The Iraqi government has control over the oil fields on the city's western fringe.
In May 2013, Kurdish fighters took up positions on the outskirts of Kirkuk after Iraqi security forces were redeployed to deal with Sunni militants elsewhere.
Today they made the final push after the army fled before an Islamist offensive nearby.

Its insurgency is the biggest threat to Iraq since US troops withdrew in 2011.
ISIS commanders issued chilling warnings to any police officers or soldiers to ‘repent or be killed’.
In a sinister video, the extremists urged followers to ‘march to Baghdad – we have a score to settle’. They also pledged to take the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.
‘Continue your march as the battle is not yet raging,’ a voice said to be that of ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani says. ‘It will rage in Baghdad and Karbala. So be ready for it. Put on your belts and get ready.’
But taking Baghdad would be much tougher for ISIS than the towns where they have triumphed so far. The United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors last night to discuss the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, speaking in London, insisted the government had halted the rebel advance and even claimed insurgents were ‘on the run’.
But at Baiji, near Kirkuk, insurgents surrounded Iraq’s largest refinery. And the fighters have reached Samarra, 70 miles north of Baghdad.
About a quarter of Mosul’s two million residents have fled. The flood of terrified families escaping the fighting there was described as ‘one of the largest and swiftest mass movements of people in the world in recent memory’. Many have headed east into the autonomous region of Kurdistan.
Aid groups fear a new refugee crisis. Neighbouring countries already struggling to look after 2.8million refugees from the Syrian civil war now face the prospect of a new influx of displaced people desperately seeking a safe haven.
Meanwhile Iraqi Kurds seized control of the major northern oil city of Kirkuk after the central government's army abandoned its posts.The Kurds - a semi-autonomous ethnic group based in the north - have their own 250,000-strong military, but have not used them to engage ISIS.
Footage emerged yesterday evening from TIkrit, which appears to show a long line of captured men and boys, being forcibly marched down a highway in the city.
The minute-long video, uploaded to YouTube, showed a snaking column of men stretching the entire visible length of the stretch of road. A voice captured by the recording describes a great Islamic 'family' and later an 'army', suggesting a possible intention to recruit the captives.
Most of the men and boys have both hands on their heads, while others - some wearing head coverings and some bare-faced - move up and down the column encouraging the march.

The startling developments raise the spectre of Iraq being carved up and divided into several states. Respected commentators have raised the prospect that, with Kurdish forces holding the north, the Sunni ISIS militants taking parts of the north and west, leaving the central and south-eastern to the Shiite population who currently run the government and military.
The Iraqi Ambassador to Washington warned the ‘integrity of Iraq is in question’, while Dr Ayad Allawi, a former prime minister of Iraq, added that a break-up was ‘not impossible’.
The governor of Mosul, who escaped the city and is now in Erbil in the Kurdish north, said that Iraq must be divided as centralisation had 'failed'.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Atheel al-Nujaifi said prime minister Nouri al-Maliki 'didn't devolve authority to us before, but now we must do it. Now we are saying his centralisation policies have failed,' Mr Nujaifi said.
Repercussions from the conflict are also being felt in global oil markets, where prices shot to a three-month high. The RAC said disruption could add more than 2p to the price of a litre of petrol.
The price of Brent crude rose $2 to a three-month high of more than $112 on fears about supply from the second-biggest producer in the Opec oil cartel.
The RAC said: ‘The worsening situation in Iraq is causing a knee-jerk reaction in the global fuel market with wholesale prices going up one pence over Wednesday and Thursday.’
This was likely to push the pump price of both petrol and diesel up by 2p per litre in the short term, the RAC said, ‘and this could well go much further’.
Iraq has insisted sectarian violence will not spread to the south, from which the vast majority of oil output comes.
Iraqi policemen dig trenches at a checkpoint in the Iraqi town of Taji, at the entrance of Baghdad, as jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants push towards the capital
Iraqi policemen dig trenches at a checkpoint in the Iraqi town of Taji, at the entrance of Baghdad, as jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants push towards the capital

President Barack Obama this evening said he was exploring all options to save Iraq's security forces (pictured) from collapse
President Barack Obama this evening said he was exploring all options to save Iraq's security forces (pictured) from collapse


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The Syrian civil war is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba'ath Party government and those seeking to oust it. The conflict began on 15 March 2011, with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011. These demonstrations were part of the wider Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring. Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule.
I Swear these crimes are getting worse and worse every day and there are still some supporters on this forum who claim that there are moderates amongst barbaric savages..ever some claim im delusional my question is am I delusional for hating these people or are the people who support and do these things delusional? SHAME ON OBAMA shame on european leaders

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IRAQ: ISIS terrorists’ mass executions and beheadings of Iraqi soldiers and civilians (WARNING: Graphic)

“We have come to you with slaughter.” ISIS has declared it intentions to conquer  Jordan, Lebananon, Gaza, Sinai as well as Jerusalem, Rome, and Spain.

 

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Syrian jihadists behead Catholic priest, 2 others


Warning: The video below includes extremely graphic content. Three men, including a Catholic priest, are beheaded, and their heads are then displayed atop their corpses.

Jihadists in Syria kidnapped a Catholic priest in the Idlib area and beheaded him as scores of onlookers, including children, cheered and recorded the event on their cell phones. The Vatican reported last week that the priest was captured by fighters "linked" to the Al Nusrah Front for the People in the Levant, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.
The Vatican confirmed that Father Fran├žois Murad was killed on June 23 after jihadists affiliated with the Al Nusrah Front overran his monastery in Gassanieh, a town in the countryside in the northern province of Idlib.
"According to local sources, the monastery where Fr. Murad was staying was attacked by militants linked to the jihadi group Jabhat al Nusrah [the Al Nusrah Front]," said the Fides News Agency, the Vatican's official media outlet.
Video that purported to show Father Murad's execution has emerged on the LiveLeak video sharing website.
In the video, Father Murad and two other men are seen kneeling on the ground with their hands bound behind their backs. A crowd of armed men as well as young boys watch as a bearded jihadist makes a speech.
The crowd then begins to chant "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest"), and another bearded jihadist dressed in black takes out a knife and begins to behead one of the men. People in the crowd press close and scramble to take video.
The same jihadist proceeds to behead the other two men. The heads of the murdered men are then placed on top of their corpses.
The jihadists claimed that two of the slain men were linked to Syria's military establishment, according to Steven Miller, a research analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Miller said that the jihadist who made the opening speech is speaking in "broken Arabic."
"I would guess that the man handing out the sentence is a foreign jihadi, though I can't tell from where," Miller said.
The man making the speech claimed that at least one of the men "had the phone numbers of Syrian military officers in Aleppo stored on his cellphone," Miller told The Long War Journal. "In addition, the foreign jihadist alleged that some of the men were stopped with weapons and ammunition issued by the Syrian military."
The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State in Iraq, and the Muhajireen Army are all known to have numerous foreigners in both leadership positions and in the rank and file. Idlib is considered to be a stronghold of the Al Nusrah Front.
Kidnapped archbishops still missing
Christians in Syria have increasingly been targeted by Islamists, who believe Christians are colluding with government forces in the Syrian civil war. On June 28, a suicide bomber detonated his vest outside a church in a Christian neighborhood in Damascus, killing four people. It is unclear if the bomber was targeting the church or a nearby pro-government militia.
On April 22, two senior Christian leaders in the region, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop John Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yagizi, were kidnapped near the Turkish border, and their driver was killed. They were on their way to Aleppo to arrange the release of two kidnapped priests, Fathers Michael Kayyal and Maher Mahfouz, who had been abducted on Feb. 9, the Catholic News Agency reported.
It appears likely that the two senior clerics are being held by al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Al Nusrah Front. According to an April 24 report in the Christian Science Monitor, Bishop Tony Yazigi, a relative of kidnapped Bishop Boulos Yazigi, said the kidnappers were believed to be Chechen fighters from the Al Nusrah Front.
On May 8, Acting Syrian National Council President George Sabra told Lebanese officials and Syriac clerics that the archbishops were being held by a "small group" of rebels in the town of Bshaqtin outside Aleppo and were in good health, according to the Daily Star. A Lebanese Syriac Orthodox bishop said at the time: "I don't know whether the Christians would leave the region because of this or stay and react to this kidnapping in a way that we do not want."
In early June, Pope Francis commented on the case, asking for the release of the captives and for prayers for the two men and for all victims of the Syrian conflict.
According to a recent report on the website of Sat-7, a Christian news outlet for the Middle East and North Africa: "An officer in the Free Syrian Army suggested that the leader of Al-Nusra Front who resides in Al-Mashhad village, known as Abu Al-Banat, is the one behind the kidnapping of the Aleppo archbishops, noting that they were held hostage at Al-Mashhad village, and one of them might have been murdered."

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Marauding ISIS militia beheading their way to Baghdad: How jihadist group so extreme even al-Qaeda has distanced itself threatens to take Iraq three years after America left

  • Fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) took two Iraqi cities
  • Mosul and Tikrit in the north of the country have fallen in the past few days
  • Isis used to be part of al-Qaeda terror network, but was cast out this year
  • al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri condemned attacks on other jihadists
  • He distanced al-Qaeda from the group, and said he ordered them to stop
  • Isis is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who used to be a prisoner of the U.S.
  • He is their second-most-wanted man, with a price of $10million on his head
  • Some estimates state Isis has more than 10,000 men, many from the West
  • Organisation draws resources from Syria - and is closing in on rich oil fields
  • Isis controls city of Raqqa, Syria - and has been pictured crucifying enemies
By Kieran Corcoran

The Islamist militia which today took a second major city in Iraq and is turning its eyes south towards the capital Baghdad is so ruthless and extreme that even al-Qaeda has cut ties and distances itself from them.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Isis), used to be part of the international terror network, but was cast out in February this year in light of its violent behaviour towards rival jihadist groups.
It is famed - and feared - for spreading hardline Islamic law to the areas it subdues. Transgressors are sentenced to death and swiftly executed in public, their bodies left to decay in the streets.
Marauding: Isis militants are seen above, allegedly outside the city of Tikrit, which fell today to their forces
Marauding: Isis militants are seen above, allegedly outside the city of Tikrit, which fell today to their forces

Extreme: The fighters were once part of al-Qaeda, which has cut ties with the group. They have now taken control of Saddam Hussein's home town
Extreme: The fighters were once part of al-Qaeda, which has cut ties with the group. They have now taken control of Saddam Hussein's home town

Tensions: The Isis fighters are from the Sunni branch of Islam - as was Saddam Hussein - in contrast to the current Shia government
Tensions: The Isis fighters are from the Sunni branch of Islam - as was Saddam Hussein - in contrast to the current Shia government


This treatment has even been doled out against other jihadist leaders, who have been assassinated in a brutal struggle over strategy in the Middle East. Young jihadists are increasingly drawn to Isis over less extreme groups - particularly in the light of their rapid military progress through Iraq.
In the past two days the group has overrun the northern city of Mosul, and today also took Tikrit, the hometown of executed Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.
In February, the leader of al-Qaeda issued a statement dissociating itself from Isis, which it accused of 'forbidden bloodshed' directed at fellow fighters.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's chief, cut ties after Isis attempted to bolster its strength by merging with other rebels in Syria.
Punishment: Two men in Raqqa, Syria, were crucified this April for allegedly killing an Isis fighter
Punishment: Two men in Raqqa, Syria, were crucified this April for allegedly killing an Isis fighter

Brutal: The images, which could not be independently verified, appear to demonstrate Isis's uncompromising brand of hardline Islamist justice
Brutal: The images, which could not be independently verified, appear to demonstrate Isis's uncompromising brand of hardline Islamist justice
He said: 'We weren't informed about its creation, nor counselled. Nor are we satisfied with it: rather we ordered it to stop... Nor is al–Qaeda responsible for its actions and behaviour.'
The organisation is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has a U.S. bounty of $10million on his head, second only to al-Zawahiri.
The ISIS leader, who was born in 1971 in Baghdad, is touted as a battlefield commander and tactician.
Violent and mysterious: This undated photograph is one of only a few in existence showing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of Isis
Violent and mysterious: This undated photograph is one of only a few in existence showing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of Isis
Baghdadi, who has a degree in Islamic studies, apparently joined the insurgency that erupted in Iraq soon after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
He was taken as a prisoner of the Americans in Camp Bucca between 2005 and 2007 - it was here that one of the only two photos know to be in existence was taken of him.
He is known as 'The Ghost' to members of the pro-Assad Lebanese Shi-ite militia Hizballah.
The secretive Baghdadi talks with a scarf covering his face even when dealing with close allies, according to militants who worked with him in Iraq.
He addresses his ISIS followers through audio recordings posted to the internet, rather than in public places.
Military sources have reported his death on numerous occasions in the past years, but the fighter always seems to reappear. This has led to speculation that al-Baghdadi is in fact a name used jointly by several commanders.
Some estimates claim Isis group has in excess of 10,000 fighting men in its ranks. Many of its fighters are thought to be radicalised Western Muslims who have poured in from Europe and North American to join the fighting in Syria and elsewhere.
The group, which controls large areas of land in Syria, is thought to be pouring resources and money from those areas into its burgeoning Iraqi campaign, which has seen it tear through the northern regions on the country.
Its military progress, largely unhindered by Iraq's own security forces, have given it control over several highly valuable oil fields, which leaders will hope to exploit to strengthen their hand.

Carnage: Isis fighters devastated Mosul, to the north of the country, on Monday. Pictured is a member of the Iraqi security forced gunned down by the militants
Carnage: Isis fighters devastated Mosul, to the north of the country, on Monday. Pictured is a member of the Iraqi security forced gunned down by the militants

Strewn: Uniforms though to belong to Iraqi soldiers were seen scattered on the road in Mosul - Iraq's second city - in this smartphone image from the conflict
Strewn: Uniforms though to belong to Iraqi soldiers were seen scattered on the road in Mosul - Iraq's second city - in this smartphone image from the conflict
The situation has alarmed officials in Turkey, who called an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors after 80 of its citizens were taken hostage by Isis.
'Turkey briefed the other allies on the situation in (the Iraqi city of) Mosul and the hostage-taking of Turkish citizens, including the consul general,' a NATO official said.
He said the meeting was held for informational purposes and not under Article 4 of NATO's founding treaty, which permits a member of the 28-nation alliance to ask for consultations with other allies when it feels its security is threatened.
Turks seized included 48 from the consulate in Mosul - including the consul-general and three children. Separately, 28 truck drivers who were delivering diesel to a power plant were captured on Monday.
Territory: The above map shows the areas of Iraq and Syria currently controlled by Isis forces
Territory: The above map shows the areas of Iraq and Syria currently controlled by Isis forces

Meanwhile, Baghdad residents were stockpiling food, fuel and weaponry in anticipation of an attack on the capital in the coming days.
Prime Minister Maliki has previously encouraged ordinary Iraqis to take up arms against the advancing soldiers of Isis, especially in light of claims that members of the police and military are intentionally defecting.
Senior sources in the Iraqi government have said that they have a plan to take back Mosul, but were unclear on the details.
Isis is pushing to expand its territory, which currently straddles the border between Syria and Iraq, and includes land extremely close to the Turkish border.
The group's centre of power is Raqqa, a city in northern Syria, which is being run under the regime's oppressive and violent code.
Raqqa was heavily contested throughout the Syrian conflict, and was held by several rebel groups until Isis threw out all other contenders in 2013.
Recently Isis leaders imposed punitive rules on the city's Christian population, demanding that they pay a levy of gold for 'protection' else face being killed on the streets for their faith.
Horrifying images have also emerged from the cities of crucifixions being used to punish men who attacked Isis fighters.
Seven men were sentenced to death after a grenade was thrown at a soldier near a roundabout in Raqqa. The men, who were riding motorbikes, were then hunted down by Isis forces, according to a statement from the group. Two of the men were sentenced to die by crucifixion.
One of the two was wrapped in a banner, which said: 'This man fought against Muslims and threw  a grenade in this place.'


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Image: Japanese hostage seen in video shortly before his beheading.
Reuters
An image taken from an Internet video on Tuesday, shows Japanese hostage Shosei Koda, with a group of masked men, shortly before his beheading in Iraq.
updated 11/2/2004 8:42:37 PM ET
A group led by al-Qaida ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi showed the beheading of Japanese hostage Shosei Koda in Iraq while he was lying on top of a U.S. flag in an Internet video posted on Tuesday.
Al-Qaida Organization of Holy War in Iraq also warned Tokyo to withdraw its forces from Iraq or "drown in the hell of the mujahideen" in the country along with "crusader forces."
On Sunday, Japanese leaders had insisted they would not cut short their troops’ deployment in Iraq despite the discovery of the body of the Japanese backpacker.
Fingerprint tests proved the headless body found in central Baghdad was Koda, 24, who had been held by al-Qaida-linked militants demanding that Japan withdraw its 500 troops from Iraq, said Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called the killing a “brutal, inhuman act” but vowed to stay the course in Iraq, where Japanese soldiers are on a humanitarian, non-combat mission.
“We cannot lose to terrorism, we must not yield to brute force. I believe we should continue to support the Iraqi people’s efforts to rebuild their country,” Koizumi told reporters.
The United States denounced the killing and commended Tokyo for not bowing to terrorism.
“There is no justification for acts like this,” U.S. Ambassador to Japan Howard H. Baker Jr. said in a statement. “We strongly support the Government of Japan’s rejection of terrorist demands and deeply appreciate its steadfast commitment.”
The killing came despite frantic diplomatic efforts by Japan to rally assistance from the United States and other nations to win Koda’s release.
Vice Foreign Minister Shuzen Tanigawa, speaking in Jordan where he had been dispatched as an envoy, said the body would be sent back to Japan through Kuwait.
In a video posted on a militant Web site Tuesday, a group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi vowed to behead Koda within 48 hours unless Japan withdrew its troops from Iraq. Koizumi quickly rejected that demand, saying he would not give in to terrorists. As of midday Sunday, the group had not made any claims of responsibility for Koda’s death.
First death of Japanese hostage
The death was the first of a Japanese hostage in Iraq. Five Japanese civilians were taken hostage there in April but were released unharmed. Two diplomats and two journalists have also been killed in separate ambushes, but their deaths were not seen as related directly to the dispatch.
Koda’s death could weaken Koizumi’s pro-U.S. Iraq policy. The deployment of the troops is set to expire Dec. 14. It will have to be extended for the troops to stay.
The government has not made a public statement on its intention to extend the mission, and officials said on Sunday that the issue was still to be decided. Koizumi said Koda’s murder and the extension of the dispatch were separate issues.
“It’s a fact that if Japan had not dispatched troops, this incident would not have happened. I will strongly push ... so that it is not extended and the troops are withdrawn,” said Katsuya Okada, leader of Japan’s largest opposition Democratic Party.
Iraqi officials found Koda’s decapitated body in Baghdad on Saturday. Associated Press Television News videotape showed the severed head with the hostage’s long black hair and features. Policeman Yassin Hashim, who examined the body, said it was wrapped in an American flag, but Japanese officials did not confirm that.
The ordeal has been excruciating for Koda’s family. The family repeatedly appealed on Arabic TV and through international media to the captors, saying their son had no political intentions in Iraq and was simply curious.
“We thank everyone for their trouble. We pray that the Iraqi people will find peace,” the family said in a statement released to Nogata city officials.
Koda, who left Japan in January for a yearlong trip starting in New Zealand, had told people he met traveling that he wanted to go to Iraq to see the country. The Japanese Foreign Ministry said Koda entered Iraq on Oct. 21 and was last seen two days later at a Baghdad bus terminal, where he tried to catch a bus back to Jordan.






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Well, it seems as if people can post just about anything on Facebook these days, and as a result, Facebook is catching some flack – especially in the UK. Earlier in 2013, a user posted a video that graphically showed a man beheading a woman. It is believed that the beheading took place in Mexico. Since Facebook allows anyone over the age of 13 to have an account, it is theoretically possible for anyone 13 and older to watch the video. Would you want your young teen(s) to watch a video of someone being beheaded? Censorship issues aside, should Facebook allow users to watch people being killed?
Facebook Allows Users To Watch Beheadings
Just What Should Be Allowed On Facebook?
The video of the beheading has captured a lot of attention lately and has caused some major questions to be raised as to what all content should be allowed to be posted to Facebook. Some parents think the video should be permanently removed from the site, while others believe that there is a certain educational quality to the video that concerns human rights. Just how much information should be allowed on Facebook?
John Carr, who is on the board of the Council on Child Internet Safety in the UK had this to say: “Facebook has taken leave of its senses. Those videos will fuel countless nightmares among the young and the sensitive.”
As of 11/26/13, Facebook has removed the video, but it is not clear if it will allow other similar videos to ever be posted again in the future. This is a change of tune for Facebook, who earlier stated that they would not be removing the video.
Should Facebook restrict certain content for users who are between the ages of 13-17, or should all users, regardless of their age, be allowed to view the same content? I am all for human rights exposure, but I would not want my child to view killings on their news feed. I guess parents have something else to watch out for now when it comes to their children and their Facebook accounts.
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Giving in to Lurid Curiosity

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Earlier this month Facebook came under fire for allowing users to share a graphic video of the beheading of a Mexican woman (a screen shot is shown above). After see-sawing back and forth on the decision whether they should allow such a thing, the website ultimately took down the video. According to The Telegraph, Facebook felt that it was not appropriate to allow viewers to access content that “[glorifies] violence.”
We could go on with discussing this decision in light of the First Amendment and the wild west nature of the wide open Internet, but this post isn’t about that. It’s about giving in to lurid curiosity and allowing hurtful, damaging content to find a home in our minds. One can only imagine that the video of the woman is shocking. But be honest: If given the chance, would you watch it? If anything, just out of curiosity? I’ll admit that I nearly watched it myself. But just as I was about to click the play button, I quickly stopped and closed my browser window. Why? At the last second I found myself thinking “You have no business watching this disgusting video—nothing good can come from it. Don’t signal your approval by watching it.”
I think Jenny McCartney of The Telegraph said it best: “Some videos should never be watched.” Indeed. Such content is available on the Internet if you look for it, and as McCartney points out, it’s likely that we will continue to be tempted. “The censors are retreating,” she writes, “but the test of character throughout history has not been how you behave when you are prevented from doing something questionable. It’s how you behave when you are allowed [to].”







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Friday, December 27, 2013


ObamaCare Medical Codes Confirm: Execution by Beheading To Be Implemented in America...


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November 23, 2013
ObamaCare Medical Codes Confirm: Execution by Beheading To Be Implemented in America...

November 23, 2013/ RedFlag




(by Lorri Anderson, FREEDOM OUTPOST) -- A faithful reader sent me a code and asked me to investigate how it ties into the larger scale of things. The specific code sent to me will make any American’s hair stand up on the back of their neck. The code is ICD 9 E 978. After reading this code I decided that it was my duty to investigate further and get to the bottom of why we have a medical code in the United States for “Legal Execution.” Below are my results.
ICD 9 E 978 "Legal Execution
All executions performed at the behest of the judiciary or ruling authority [whether permanent or temporary] as:
  • asphyxiation by gas
  • beheading, decapitation (by guillotine)
  • capital punishment
  • electrocution
  • hanging
  • poisoning
  • shooting
  • other specified means
  • INJURY UNDETERMINED WHETHER ACCIDENTALLY OR PURPOSELY
  • INFLICTED
According to reports, more than 68,105 new medical codes are being added due to the Obamacare monstrosity. Doctors all across the nation have been complaining due to the overwhelming burden it places upon them. Just the time consumption alone, making sure these codes are accurate, will inevitably take time away from the doctor/patient relationship creating a barrier of paperwork while destroying the personal experience with your doctor. While these doctors are correct to state it will be even more of a burden, they are not correct to state this has come out of Obamacare itself. Let me explain.
These codes were not created by Obamacare, however Obamacare is trying to implement every American citizen under international codes to link us to the “international” system. These codes were actually created by the WHO (World Health Organization) . The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations.
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The questions that need to be asked and answered are:
  1. Why has the United States been subjected to “International Medical Coding” without our knowledge?
  2. Why are we allowing “coding” that goes against our principles and constitution?
  3. Why do we have a code for "Legal Execution" which is illegal in America? With the exception of those given the death penalty after trial by jury.
  4. When did the Department of Homeland Security find out about this coding? Why haven’t they addressed this (since they are supposed to protect the people)?
  5. Why is DHS sending any kind of “Medical Coding” to the states?
  6. Why haven’t the doctors spoken out to make Americans and Medicare recipients aware that their information has been given to an “International body”?
  7. Why haven’t they made people aware that the WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations and directly linked to the “League of Nations under the guise of collecting data?
  8. Why would we allow forced medical coding through congressional bills to come from an organization that supports UN Agenda 21, Millennium Development Goals, and supports the eradication of “sprawl” (which is average people like you and I)?
  9. Is law enforcement aware of this specific code? If so why haven’t they brought this to the attention of the American people?
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Moslem Muhammadan Fascists killing Christians en masse, every year

1400 years of Jihadic slaughter, and nary a word from the MSM

by Ibn Sufi al Kitab


The Muhammadan-Moslem Jihad against Christians – a sick, under-reported, persecution and faith-ocide. 1400 years of Muhammadan-Moslem fascism leads to the inevitable destruction of modern-day Christians.

Remember Sura 5 verse 33, one of the most important in the Koran, which demands that Moslems kill Christians:

"The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter." (Sura 5 in all its fascistic glory and gory detail, here )

Mischief or waging war against Mad Muhammad can simply mean not accepting the primacy of the Meccan moon cult; or worshipping Judaism and Christianity in peace. Not bowing in submission (Islam) to the moon deity is an act of war.

Christian man has his head cut off in Syria


Nigerian Christian student burnt by Boko Harem


Stack of dead Christians in Nigeria, murdered by Obama-supported Boko Harem


Central Nigeria, a pile of dead and burnt Christians after a Muhammadan attack


Kenyan church covered in the blood of innocent worshippers, destroyed by Muhammadans


Egyptian Christians stating the obvious


Moslems blow up a Church in Iraq, massacring innocent worshippers including babies


But remember – the victims are to blame! Christianity is supposedly at fault for the 1400 Moslem Jihad which slaughters thousands every year, in the name of the Muhammadan cult.  
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Jews conspire to introduce beheading as Noahide capital punishment under their Grand Soviet UN style super-government


"Let's roll" or let the heads roll
It’s well known that there has been a marked increase in beheading worldwide; and while it has been mainly perpetrated by callous, cruel pagan moon idol worshipping Muslims in the name of Allah and Sharia law; it has also been on the agenda of the international Jewry for some time. For Jews see beheading as the ideal form of capital punishment for Gentile nations, when they introduce their so-called Noahide laws as mandatory legislation worldwide, under a Grand Soviet super-government administration, like the Jews’ invention of the United nations with its Marxist charter.
The Jews’ Protocols generally endorse the foregoing, where they allude to a revival of their “blood sacrifices” offered to their god Reason, in the French Revolution. For it’s written: ‘We are obliged without hesitation to sacrifice individuals who commit a breach of established order; for in the exemplary punishment of evil lies a great educational problem. When the King of Israel sets upon his sacred head the crown offered him by Europe, he will become patriarch of the world. The indispensable victims offered by him in consequence of their suitability will never reach the number of victims offered in the course of centuries by the mania of magnificence, the emulation between the goy governments.’ And again: ‘these traitors [who oppose World Government], when the great day comes, like their counterparts in the French and in the recent Russian revolutions, will pay the price of treason with their heads’!



Looking up at the blade of one of the Jews' guillotines, in end-times, during the reign of antichrist and the last great social cataclysm
Christians will most definitely be targeted for execution under the Jews’ end-time, UN style super-government; just as they were under the Jews’ wicked communist regimes. Especially since the Talmud says a non-Jew is ‘liable for the death penalty if he has invented a religious holiday [e.g., Christmas, Easter, etc.,] for himself’. For the Jews will use the Talmud to condemn Christians, once they get overt global control; and even for idolatry, where it’s written: ‘He who engages in idol worship is executed. It is all one whether he serve it, sacrifice, offer incense, make libations, prostrate himself, accept it as a God, or say to it: “Thou art my God”’. For Jews know Christians eat things sacrificed to the icons and idols of Orthodox and Roman Catholicism in the festivals of Easter and Christmas; and hence they condemn Christianity as “foreign star and planet worship”, because they superstitiously interpret a cross as a star, and also see the stars on Christmas trees as sacrilegious imitations of the messianic star Moses said would rise in Israel.
Even biblical prophecies make it plain that there’ll be a revival of beheading, probably by guillotine, in end-times, under a Jewish Grand Soviet based in Europe, where it’s written of those that have received Jesus and refused the Jews’ “666” trading mark:
“I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev. 20. 4).
The man the Jews will shortly receive as their messiah instead of God’s Son Jesus Christ will be of the ilk of the Jewish pseudo-messiah Sabbatai Zevi, as a Jew at least sympathetic with and likely received as an oracle of the religion of Islam; and as such he’ll doubtless facilitate the introduction of mandatory Noahide beheading as global capital punishment for Gentile “dissidents” under a Marxist outfit like the UN in end-times, because pagan Muslims have, of course, been militant advocates of beheading, since they first went ass-up to the unitarian moon idol Allah in the seventh century.
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Ishmael as you know in the Islamic religion, was the son of Abraham or Khalil’ullah (friend of Allah) who was commanded by Allah to slaughter his son as a test of loyalty, but was stopped by that same Allah when miraculously a ram appeared in a burning bush and Ibrahim (Abraham) was ordered to sacrifice the ram (ransom) instead. No, even we couldn’t make this up. Go read the Koran and other Abrahamic religious texts!
In Islam live animal sacrifices are carried out, by slowly cutting the throat of the animal, while muttering “Allah ho Akbar” and then hopefully snapping or severing the spinal chord, making the meat “hilal” and fit for Muslim consumption, as the blood pumps out. No, it is not a swift strike that puts the animal out of its misery, but a slow, painful, terrifying death for both humans and animals.

It is a common grisly sight in Muslim areas, exalted specifically at Eid ul-Adha (festival of sacrifice), when families stand around watching an animal being slaughtered, while male members of the family, yes even little boys, are encouraged to manipulate the bloody knife through the animals throat. It is no wonder that Muslims find it so easy to kill in the name of Allah, they are immunized to it by attending and often taking part in animal slaughtering in the name of Allah.
Word of caution, there are many amongst us who have no qualms about shooting animals for sport, and/or humans through some sick perverted need, but then…..
Searching through the Koran (by Yusuf Ali) the following about Ibrahim’s sacrifice and ransom for his victim (son) Ismail (Ishmael) helps one understand why ransoming and killing of hostages is so widespread in Muslim areas.

IRAQ: Ala al Maliki Beheading (WARNING: Graphic footage).
Koran 37.102
Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “O my son! I see in a vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!”
037.103
So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),
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We called out to him “O Abraham!
037.105
“Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!” – thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
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By now, it is all over the news, a man beheaded his wife of 8 years. She had a restraining order for their home, he turned himself in. That the man is a Muslim and started a network to improve the image of Muslims is what gives it the “man bites dog” news cycle stickiness. But there is a global boom in this most brute force of dehumanizing crimes. Consider that in the 1980′s and 1990′s right wing death squads used beheading against villages, and many of the veterans of those squads are now involved in drug wars in Latin America. In Mexico drug murders have climbed from 1080 in 2001 to over 5000 last year.

Mexican drug runners beheaded
The “zetas” are blamed for starting the tactic, which has now spiraled into mass beheadings, and then leaving the bodies. YouTube videos have been posted of the beheadings from Mexico. Turf battles are often blamed, over the profitable entry routes into the United States.
During the Second World War, the Japanese occupying much of China beheaded civilians – men, women, children – among other means of slaughter. But the present boom is not connected with the kind of broad atrocities being seen in places like the Congo. Instead, it is expressly part of a more individual reign of terror and execution.
Before we become too superior, realize that beheading is easy to find in pop culture. Beheading wives is not limited to any religion. Earlier this year a Chinese graduate student beheaded a fellow student. Barbarity is not limited to one place.
However, Saudi Arabia is notorious for using beheading as a method of legal execution, with an elaborate series of preparations, currently the kingdom executes about 2 a week. The executed are disproportionately poor, because the victim’s family can “forgive” – on the payment of “blood money.” Most wealthier Saudis pay, while foreigners and poor Saudis cannot.

What is behind this epidemic? It isn’t the rise of Islamic terrorism, because beheadings were seen with more frequency starting before Iraq. Instead, there seems to be a rising level of ferocity, both in personal and state conflicts. Individuals, governments, crime gangs, films – as well as terrorists – have hit upon this as a way of sending the real or virtual message of primal rage and territoriality. This is not beheading as a clean form of killing, by guillotine or expert, but instead, an image of brutality.
Money also plays a powerful part: in the crime killings, in Saudi executions, in kidnappings, ransom is part of the equation. Beheading, like torture, is done to send a message to the living.

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Bare Naked Islam

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Largest Battalion Splits from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) 

 

 

 

 

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