Terror group ISIS has been bulldozing and destroying the ancient biblical city of Nimrud, Iraqi officials have said. The U.N. and the international community at large have condemned the "war crime," which Iraq has said is aimed at erasing the country's history.
BBC News reported that on Thursday ISIS began the destruction of the ancient Assyrian site, founded in the 13th Century BC.
"In a new crime in their series of reckless offenses they assaulted the ancient city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy machinery, appropriating archaeological attractions dating back 13 centuries BC," the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO said. more >>
ISIS has claimed that a U.S. citizen carried out a suicide bomb attack with a truck in Iraq earlier this week that killed "dozens of security forces. While the terror group's claim has not yet been verified, if true it would be the first report of an American who has died fighting for ISIS.
"The brother Abu Dawud al-Amriki (may Allah accept him) launched himself with his explosives-laden truck," an ISIS bulletin read, according to AFP news agency. It added that "dozens" of Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack in Samarra.
CNN, which also reported on the news, said that U.S. government officials haven't been able to confirm the identity of the attacker. Two senior Iraqi security officials confirmed that such an attack took place, but also did not know the identity of the suicide bomber. more >>
Just when it seemed the minds of Islamic State militants couldn't get any more twisted and barbaric, ISIS fighters in Mosul allegedly chopped up the body of a Kurdish prisoner and fed his remains to his mother in a rice dish when she arrived at the group's headquarters to demand his release.
Yasir Abdulla, a British security guard who traveled to Iraq to help defeat ISIS when he learned that the militant group was within 6 miles of his home village in Kurdistan, told of the elderly Kurdish woman's horrific experience in an interview with The Sun upon his return to the U.K. last week.
"I hate ISIS because of what happened to an old Kuridsh woman from a nearby tribe," Abdulla asserted. more >>
A 27,000-strong Iraqi army, backed by both Shiite and Sunni fighters, is attempting to retake the city of Tikrit from terror group ISIS' control. The assault began Monday morning, reports said, with the army being backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets.
Fox News noted that the assault on Tikrit, known as the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, is being documented by state news media. American and French forces, which have been launching airstrikes against ISIS across Iraq and Syria, are also aiding the ground troops.
The city, which has a population of 260,000 people, fell under ISIS' control in the summer of 2014. Fox News suggested that recapturing Tikrit might be an important step in the wake of the offensive planned on the city of Mosul, which the jihadists have made into one of their strongholds. more >>
The man featured in several ISIS execution videos and nicknamed "Jihadi John" has been identified as a former British citizen who traveled to Syria in 2012 to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.
"Jihadi John" is actually Mohammed Emwazi, a man from a well-to-do family who was born in Kuwait, grew up in London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming from Queen's Park in West London, The Washington Post reported. A close friend managed to identify him and said he has "no doubt" that the man in the videos is actually Emwazi.
"He was like a brother to me. I am sure it is him," the friend, who wanted anonymity, told the Post. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group executed three women and arrested 13 other females in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul on Sunday, after the women refused to get married to ISIS militants.
A Kurdistan Democratic Party official from Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, informed the Kurdish news site BasNews.com on Monday that ISIS continues to kidnap and kill women within its strongholds who refuse to marry fighters.
"On sunday, IS (another name for ISIS) militants arrested 13 women in Mosul and later held them in unknown locations," Mamuzini explained. "The woman were kidnapped because they refused nikah (Muslim marriage) with the jihadists." more >>