Iraq

ISIS soldiers told to rape women ‘to make them Muslim’

Sitting on a shabby green sofa somewhere in the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, Iraq, the militants laugh and joke as one of them films their excited chatter. “Today is the female sex slave market day, which has been ordained,” explains a skinny, black-clad Jihadi, gesturing at the camera. “With Allah’s permission, each will get a share,” promises another of the ...

IS executed 70 of Sunni tribe in Iraq

Islamic State (IS) militants executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, the leader of the tribe said on Monday. The leader of the al-Bu Nimr tribe, Sheikh Naeem al-Gaoud said that members were shot dead in the village of Khanizir on Sunday night. The tribesmen were killed because they had relatives serving in the Iraqi security forces, according to the leader. ...

Series of car bombings killed more than 60 in Iraq

At least 63 people have been killed and many have been wounded in series of car bombings over across Iraq, according to medical sources. One of the most significant bomb attacks occurred near crowded market in town of Khalis killing at least 40 people. “The driver begged police to be allowed to park his vehicle in order to buy medication from a ...

Syrian Kurds seize Tal Abyad from ISIS

Syrian Kurdish fighters and their rebel allies seized the border town of Tal Abyad from ISIS militants Monday in a development with potentially huge ramifications for both Turkey and the jihadis’ self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The Kurdish YPG said that its fighters had entered most of Tal Abyad as well as the nearby border crossing leading to Turkish territory, while ...

ISIS has taken the last oilfield in Syria

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have taken the last major oilfield according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). SOHR reported that ISIS fighters captured the Jazal oilfield late Sunday after battle with government forces in the central province of Homs. Syria-based activist said that they first attacked army camps around the Jazal field, and then attack the oilfield. The Jazal field is ...

ISIS’s macabre execution by burning 4 Iraqi fighters alive

Four victims were burning to death by ISIS and the execution video was posted online by ISIS militants. The victims are identified as fighters in the pro-government Popular Mobilisation forces from southern Iraq. They were forced to wear orange jumpsuit and tied to chains by their hands and feet, and were hung from a metal frames. And then, one of the ISIS fighters carried torch to set on fire according ...

Former Iowa National Guardsman returned to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State

A former Iowa National Guardsman who returned to Iraq in May to help fight the Islamic State says he’s now facing a different foe: the Iranian army. Ryan O’Leary originally went to north-central Iraq, where he volunteered to help train Kurdish soldiers fighting the extremist group also known as ISIS. But he told The Des Moines Register by phone this ...

54 killed by truck bombing claimed by ISIS in Iraq

A truck bombing claimed by ISIS killed 54 people in Baghdad, the deadliest single attack in the city in months. The blast, which was likely aimed at undermining confidence in the government and stoking sectarian tensions, came after the outgoing US army chief warned that reconciliation in Iraq is becoming increasingly difficult and that the country may ultimately have to be ...

Iraqi security forces, trained and backed by the US

We’re about to see how successful US troop training has been in Iraq. Iraqi security forces, trained and backed by the US, are preparing a final assault on the Sunni city of Ramadi, a senior coalition official told Jim Michaels of USA Today. The newspaper called it “the first significant test of American-trained forces against the Islamic State” terror group ...

Bomb attacks killed at least 42 and more than 100 wounded in Iraq

Three blasts, two of them suicide car bombs striking neighborhoods in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province killed at least 42 and more than 100 wounded on Monday night. These attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, in a statement distributed on Twitter, saying Abdullah al-Ansai, an Iraqi fighter detonated his explosives-laden vehicle in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Huwaydah. Another blast ...

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