At least four non-U.S. civilians were killed and 18 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack Friday at the entrance of the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Erbil, for which the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility, according to reports.
While the attack was clearly targeted at the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, none of its personnel was hurt, according to the U.S. State Department.
A report released Wednesday that includes interviews with 11 women and nine girls who were sexually enslaved by the Islamic State reveals horrifying details about how the terrorists beat, torture and pass around sexually abused Yazidi and religious minority women and girls.
The investigation, which was conducted by Human Rights Watch, explains that religious minority women and children as young as 8, were abducted by the terrorist group when it took over large swaths of northern Iraq last year. It has been widely reported that many of the abducted young women and girls have been sold in sex slave markets, forced to marry ISIS fighters, and are often sold and raped by multiple foreign ISIS fighters.
The report states that ISIS often holds abducted Yazidi girls in many different locations throughout northern Iraq, in places such as farm compounds, hotels, prisons, military bases, schools, and former government buildings. more >>
Following the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to the White House on Tuesday, the Obama administration revealed that U.S. Armed Forces have launched over 1,900 airstrikes against terror group ISIS in the country, and have spent billions through various avenues to help Iraq.
An Iraqi official warned after the meeting, however, that the key city of Ramadi is in great danger of falling to the militants.
"This visit provides an opportunity to review the important progress that Iraq and the United States have made together and to discuss ways to further enhance cooperation across the full spectrum of the strategic partnership," a joint statement by Obama and al-Abadi read. more >>
Islamic State militants in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul abducted 120 schoolchildren from their classrooms on Sunday, as the group raided multiple schools in the town's various neighborhoods looking for children to ship to its "Cubs of the Caliphate" training camps.
Just two days before the one-year anniversary of Boko Haram's kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria, the militant group that Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to, ISIS, stormed into schools in the southern and western neighborhoods of Mosul and kidnapped students, whose ages ranged from 12 to 15 years old.
"The ISIS organization militants abducted 120 children aged between 12 to 15 years from their schools in Qayyarah, Shoura, Badush and Baaj district south and west of the city of Mosul," an unnamed Iraqi source was quoted as saying by IraqiNews.com. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group has released a video that shows militants completely destroying the biblical city of Calah, which became known in modern times as the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Northern Iraq.
The 7-minute video, released Saturday night by ISIS' media wing, shows militants using sledgehammers, drills, circular power saws, jackhammers and a bulldozer to destroy ancient sculptures, shrines and ruins that are believed to be at least 3,000 years old. Afterwards, the militants stuffed and set up barrel bombs that were used to blow up the entire historical site in three different massive explosions.
Nimrud, which is about 22 miles south of the ISIS stronghold of Mosul near the banks of the Tigris river, is believed to date back as far as 13th century B.C. and was mentioned in Genesis 10:11 by its former name of Calah alongside the heroic hunter Nimrod, who was a great grandchild of Noah. more >>
Terror group ISIS has released an 11-minute long video where it warns the United States of another 9/11-style attack. The militants said that America's geographical location won't bring it the safety it perceives to have, and warned that an "army of Jihad" is coming.
The Independent noted that the video, titled "We Will Burn America," is not the first of its kind – in January, the group warned to beheaded President Barack Obama and turn America into a Muslim province.
ISIS has captured significant territory in Iraq and Syria and has looked to expand its Islamic caliphate across the region. The U.S. and a broad coalition of allies, including a number of Arab states, have hit back with air strikes against terror targets. more >>