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New images show ISIS torching alcohol, cigarettes

A pile of cigarettes, banned in ISIS-held areas, burn as the militants watch over. (Photo courtesy: YouTube) Al Arabiya News Photos released by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) showed militants burning piles of confiscated cigarettes and alcohol allegedly in areas in Iraq and Syria. In applying their strict interpretation of … Continue reading

ISIS bans contraceptive pills in Mosul

ISIS has also ordered hospital administrators to direct the use of medicine and medical equipment to their wounded members. (Shutterstock) By Jawad Hattab Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in the city of Mosul have shut down family planning departments at public hospitals in order to prevent women from using contraceptive pills, the … Continue reading

ISIS Blocks Mobile Phones in Mosul

The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group blocked all mobile phone networks in the largest Iraqi city they control, Mosul, accusing informants in the city of tipping off coalition forces to their whereabouts, residents told The Associated Press (AP) on Thursday. Residents described a scene of “chaos” and “paralysis” in the city, a day after the … Continue reading

Iraq forces hold off ISIS attack on Ramadi

Agence France Presse   BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces held off a jihadi assault on the government headquarters in the capital of Anbar province, deploying reinforcements in the key battleground against ISIS, officers said Thursday. Security forces, backed by tribesmen, managed to defend the complex in Ramadi, which lies 100 km west of the Iraqi capital and … Continue reading

ISIS launch major assault on Ramadi

  BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL: The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province. The attack came as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Istanbul for a three-day visit that will focus on confronting … Continue reading

NY Times admits Saddam had WMDs

By David Paulin It’s a stunning revelation: American soldiers in Iraq came across thousands of chemical weapons — and a number of them suffered long-term injuries after being exposed to mustard and sarin gas. And today, ISIS controls the territory where these chemical weapons were found. These facts are laid bare by New York Times reporter … Continue reading

Yazidis who didn’t escape Mount Sinjar: UN confirms 5,000 men were executed and 7,000 women are now kept as sex slaves

By Steve Hopkins for MailOnline Thousands of Yazidi men in Iraq were murdered in scenes reminiscent of the Bosnian Srebrenica massacre when Islamic State jihadists swept through in August, according to researchers.   Tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees took up residence at make-shift sites and villages across the Kurdish region of northern Iraq after fleeing … Continue reading

Turkey attacks the Kurds in Syria

Reuters Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago, Hurriyet news website said on Tuesday.     The air strikes caused “major damage” to the PKK, Hurriyet said. They were launched … Continue reading

Postmodern Islamism: 4 Syria caliphate scenarios

Numerous near-term developments are possible in the fight to defeat the Islamic State, but the failure of Arab revolutions to eradicate corruption and dictatorship mean we’ll see continued violence and extremism.   Fidaa Itani The effect thus far of the Arab Spring has been to consolidate extant ruling systems. The revolutions have failed to bring … Continue reading

Islamic State threatens ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Now much of that archaeological wealth is … Continue reading

The Case For an Islamic State No Drive Zone in Syria

By Zach Goldberg As the U.S. continues its limited campaign of surgical strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, defense officials have concluded that meaningful progress in stemming the group’s surge cannot be achieved without striking at its sanctuaries in Syria. The latter is not only the address of the IS’s capital city, Raqqa; … Continue reading