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#ISIS threatens massacre at Ramadi

A member of the Iraqi army patrolling the Ramadi highway in 2014. (AFP/File)
A member of the Iraqi army patrolling the Ramadi highway in 2014. (AFP/File)

Daesh militants have threatened to kill residents in Ramadi, Iraq, if they raise a white flag as Iraqi military reinforcements surround the city for an anticipated assault, an Iraqi official said Wednesday.

Rajia Barakat, a member of the Anbar Council, told the extremist group is prohibiting civilians from leaving the capital of western Iraq’s Anbar province.

“The ISIS threatened the people of Ramadi of death in the event of raising white flags and heading to the security forces,” he said. “The people of Ramadi are living in a state of fear and panic after being threatened by criminal and terrorist gangs.

“The organization is besieging hundreds of families inside Ramadi.”

The threats were made as Iraqi military forces made preparations to retake the city from Daesh, and several families attempted to evacuate the area.

The Iraqi military on Wednesday killed 13 IS militants after detonating 82 explosives in western Ramadi’s Haditha district.

Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dbon, commander of al-Jazeera and al-Badiya Operations, told “the force also managed to blow up five booby-trapped vehicles and a Katyusha rocket base with seven missiles.”

Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahlawi, commander of operations in Anbar, said reinforcement units, including “artillery batteries and tanks,” arrived at his command Tuesday, adding “our last battle is storming the city of Ramadi, which will be launched in the next few days after the completion of all preparations.”

A provincial security source confirmed the development, saying the reinforcements were gathering in the nearby town of Khaldiyah. The source said Iraqi military units were able to in recent weeks encircle Ramadi after multiple bloody battles with IS forces in surrounding towns.

Daesh fighters seized most of Ramadi in May, and while the Iraqi military, backed by U.S. air power and Iran-trained Shia militias, launched an offensive across Anbar province in mid July, gains have been limited.

Meanwhile, preliminary rocket and artillery barrages against Daesh positions in Ramadi and Khaldiyah Island, east of the city, killed dozens of Daesh fighters on Monday.

Dozens of people were killed Tuesday in northern, western and central Iraq during clashes between pro-government forces and IS militants, including in the Anbar province town of Garma, east of Fallujah.

U.S. Central Command on Tuesday said the U.S.-led coalition conducted 16 airstrikes against Daesh forces in Iraq the previous day, including one near Fallujah, seven near Sinjar, two near Tal Afar, four near Ramadi and two near Albu Hayat.

Dbon said on Tuesday 65 Daesh fighters had been killed during operations in the Albu Hyat area of Anbar province, while five vehicles used by the militants were destroyed and 75 explosive devices dismantled.

By Danielle Haynes and Fred Lambert

Editor’s note: This article has been edited from the source material

#ISIS executes Iraq professor in Mosul for refusing to design biological weapon

Daesh seized the Iraqi city of Mosul in June last year causing thousands of civilians to flee. (AFP/File)

Daesh have executed an Iraqi physics professor of the University of Mosul for refusing to cooperate with the terror group in designing a biological weapon.

The terrorists shot dead Abdullah Sultan al-Abidi, the chairman of the university’s Physics Department, at a square in the middle of the militant-held city of Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh, Arabic-language al-Sumeria news website reported on Wednesday, quoting an unnamed local source.

According to the report, Daesh wanted to use the weapon against Iraqi government forces.

Mosul, the second-largest city of the Arab country, fell into the hands of Daesh in early June last year. Since then, the militants have committed gruesome atrocities against its inhabitants.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began its activities through the Iraqi territory in June 2014. Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

John Kerry Refuses to Admit Americans Were Killed by Iran

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Obama told his Iran deal negotiators to feel Iran’s pain and its insecurity. Kerry insisted “I know, the degree to which Iran felt isolated by that and the sort of impact of the choices that were made during that period of time. So we’re trying to make up for that now. We’re where we are. We’re not blaming anybody.”

And Kerry really means he’s not blaming anybody.

According to Kerry, we don’t have to worry about Iran because he had “friends” who had been to Tehran and told him it was “teeming with young people who all have smartphones.”

So when Kerry was asked about Iran murdering Americans, he hedged and dodged as if he were running for office all over again.

In the list of questions submitted to Kerry, Rubio asks: “How many U.S. citizens have been killed by Iran, including by Iran’s terrorist proxies, since 1979?”

The secretary of state declined to provide an answer, instead saying that the administration takes the murder of American citizens “very seriously.”

“The death of any U.S. citizen due to acts of terrorism is a tragedy that we take very seriously,” Kerry writes. “As the President said in his Aug. 5 speech, a nuclear-armed Iran is a danger to Israel, America and the world.”

Kerry uses the passive voice, rather than admitting  that Iran murdered Americans. And he keeps on dodging.

When asked a second time by Rubio to specify “How many U.S. troops and soldiers were killed by Iranian-provided weapons or by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Kerry said, again sidestepping the question.

“We are extraordinarily grateful for the service of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, and we mourn the loss of every service member,” Kerry writes. “The JCPOA is not about a change in the broader U.S. relationship with Iran. It is about eliminating the biggest and most imminent threat—a nuclear-armed Iran.”

When separately asked to detail “how many Israelis have been killed by Iran, including by Iran’s terrorist proxies since 1979,” Kerry again declined to respond.

And why would he?

But the men and women of the United States Armed Forces remember how grateful Hanoi John is to them. When he isn’t accusing them of being murderers and rapists worse than Genghis Khan or telling students that if they don’t study, they’ll end up stuck in Iraq.

Kerry looks out for them almost as much as he does for America.

 Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.