BAGHDAD — Two suicide car bombs claimed by Islamic State killed at least 32 people and wounded 75 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on Sunday, police and medics said.
The first blast was near a local government building and the second one about 60 meters (65 yards) away at a bus station, police sources said. The death toll was expected to keep rising.
Unverified online photographs showed a large plume of smoke rising above the buildings as well as burnt out cars and bodies on the ground at the site of one of the blasts, including several children. Police and firefighters carried victims on stretchers and in their arms. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has crucified two men it accused of being spies in a video posted online, which some observers said was "shockingly similar" to first-person-shooter video games because of the style.
The Express reported that the public execution was filmed at IS' headquarters in Raqqa, Syria, and depicted two men dressed in orange jumpsuits being strapped to makeshift crosses. The Islamic gunmen film the footage from cameras seemingly strapped to their chest, giving the video a shooter-game look.
Local residents of Iraq's northern city of Mosul killed a security man working for the Islamic State terror group after he sexually harassed a woman in the city, according to reports.
The militant, who was stabbed to death by a mob of local people in the district of Aden in eastern Mosul, was from al-Hisba Police, a security branch of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, ARA News reported Wednesday.
"Many people (who were seen carrying knives) attacked the official and stabbed him several times all over his body," a witness was quoted as saying. "The perpetrators disappeared before the ISIS-linked police patrols arrived in the area." more >>
Islamic State terrorists have blown up the historic "Clock Church" in the center of Mosul, one of the few remaining Christian structures in the Iraqi city.
Known as the Sa'a Qadima Church, the 1872-built structure used to be an archeological site in downtown Mosul until it was "completely destroyed" by explosives this week, according to ARA News.
A rights activist, identified as Anass Hamzawi, was quoted as saying that the the church's destruction is part of a series of attacks on the ancient heritage of Nineveh province by Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh, which seized Mosul in June 2014. more >>
Persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria fear that they are on the "brink of extinction" amid the genocidal actions of the Islamic State terror group.
"We are a people on the brink of extinction," Juliana Taimoorazy, a Chaldean Catholic and ethnic Assyrian, told the National Catholic Register in an interview published Wednesday.
The report notes that hundreds of ancient Christian churches and places of worship have been destroyed by IS throughout Iraq and Syria, while millions of people have been forced to flee as refugees, and entire groups have been killed. Large Christian communities have also been emptied, putting an end to thousands of years of history. more >>
A senior defense official revealed Thursday that the U.S.-led air coalition against ISIS has incinerated an estimated $500 million worth of the terror group's slush fund, seriously hampering the group's ability to pay existing fighters and attract new ones.
The official who asked not to be named in a USA Today report said the coalition has been targeting ISIS's large stores of cash, held mostly in U.S. dollars in warehouses and distribution sights for about 15 months now. He said the coalition estimated they may have destroyed up to $1.3 billion but felt $500 million was the most plausible estimate. The coalition has also managed to slash oil revenues of ISIS by an estimated 50 percent.