The Turkish army has bombed the Iraqi border village of Sharanish, home to many Christians, Chaldeans and Assyrians, under the supposed pretext of its ongoing war with the Kurdish PKK.
Fides News Agency reported Monday that the bombings took place over the weekend, creating panic and forcing many to flee to the city of Zakho in bitter cold conditions. Reports have not yet revealed the number of victims, but the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans condemned the attack as "totally unjustified."
"The attack was carried out under the pretext of the fight against the positions of the Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party)," Patriarchate Louis Sako said. more >>
The Islamic State is believed to be in a frenzy after reports emerged that an ISIS cash depot in Mosul has been bombed by the United States on Monday.
As first reported by CNN, a video has been released by the Department of Defense, purportedly showing the bombing of the said building believed to be an ISIS cash bank. Two 2,000-pound bombs reportedly struck the building, and in the video, pieces of cash fly in the air and rain on other buildings near the site.
Mosul is one of the biggest areas in Iraq that the Islamic State has overthrown, with many of its buildings seized by the terrorists and used as terror cells and cash banks. While it is unclear how much money has been taken from the terrorists, officials said the unknown currencies were in "millions." more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq has burned alive some its fighters after the militants were defeated and pushed out of the key Iraqi town of Ramadi by security forces.
In order to send a message to its rank-and-file fighters, unnamed sources told Fox News that IS burned alive its own fighters in the town square of Mosul after they arrived from their 250-mile journey from Ramadi, which is the capital of Iraq's mostly Sunni Anbar province and was recaptured by Iraqi forces over two weeks ago after IS seized the town in 2014.
"They were grouped together and made to stand in a circle and set on fire to die," one former resident of Northern Iraq who is now living in the United States but still remains in contact his family in Iraq explained. more >>
The Islamic State terror group in Iraq strapped a bomb to a 4-year-old boy and blew him up after killing his father, who was accused by its militants of participating in an attack that killed two of its gunmen, according to an official of an Iraqi militia.
IS militants murdered the boy with "a bomb that was attached to the child through a remote-controlled device so that his organs would be blown apart," Jabar el-Maamouri, a senior official with an Iraqi government-backed Shiite militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces, said, according to AhlulBayt News Agency.
"ISIS executed the boy's father a week ago who they accused of participating in an attack on one of their outposts a month ago that killed two IS gunmen," el-Maamouri added. more >>
In an attempt to curtail "violations" in the treatment of female sex slaves, a religious ruling by so-called theologians of the Islamic State specifies when "owners" of enslaved women can have sex with their captives.
The ruling, or fatwa, was discovered among a collection of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations forces during a raid targeting a top official of the terror group in Syria back in May, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The document states that some IS militants have "committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves" and details an extensive list of bulleted items regarding the handling of female captives. more >>
Although the Islamic State has its eyes set on becoming a global caliphate that spreads into Europe, a journalist who spent 10 days with the terrorists says there's just one country the militants are afraid of — Israel.
German reporter Jürgen Todenhӧfer, a former member of the German parliament who spent 10 days last winter in IS-controlled Iraq and Syria interviewing a number of militants and made it out alive, told the British news site Jewish News that although IS militants are not afraid of the western military power of the United States or European countries, the group's fighters fear military capabilities of Israel.
"The only country ISIS fears is Israel," Todenhӧfer explained. "They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them." more >>