The Islamic State terrorist group has released a new propaganda video that details their unusual military training tactics and their modes of spiritual training as they prepare recruits from all over the world to take on the challenges of jihad in Iraq and Syria.
The six-minute video entitled "The Blood of Jihad" shows hundreds of Islamic State recruits going through various self-defense, weapons and religious training exercises at one of the new Islamic State training camps in Nineveh City in northern Iraq. The video also includes hand-to-hand combat training exercises.
The video was posted to YouTube last weekend and has since been removed by the website. An ISIS instructor speaking in the video says in Arabic that the video's purpose is to show the graduation of the first recruits ever trained at that particular military camp. more >>
Kurdish fighters have reportedly recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane in their fight against terror group ISIS. The major battle over the Syria-Turkey border town has raged on for well over a week.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that the Kurdish victory was helped by airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition that has hit ISIS targets throughout Syria and Iraq. The Tall Shair hill had initially been captured by Islamic militants over 10 days ago.
The Kurdish town, which has been besieged heavily, was hit by three-suicide attacks from ISIS on Monday. Reuters reported that militants detonated a truck laden with explosives in Kobane's northern district, which has seen some of the heaviest clashes between Kurdish and ISIS forces. more >>
At least 58 people were killed in three suicide bombings allegedly carried out by foreign recruits of ISIS in Iraq's Diyala province Sunday, even as Kurdish fighters in Syria were reportedly able to stop the advance of Islamic State militants in the border town of Kobani.
The bombings took place in the Qara Tappah district of Iraq's Diyala province, according to The Associated Press.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gateway to a security compound, which is also the office of a main Kurdish political party, while two other suicide bombers detonated cars filled with explosives into the compound just minutes later. more >>
In its English propaganda publication, the Sunni terror group Islamic State, or ISIS, has sought to justify its barbarity, saying it is "Islamic" to capture and forcibly make "infidel" women sexual slaves.
"Before Shaytan [Satan] reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shari'ah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur'an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam," states the latest issues of the ISIS' glossy propaganda magazine "Dabiq," named after a site in Muslim apocalypse mythology.
"Dabiq" bills itself as "a periodical magazine focusing on the issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war) and jama'ah (community)," according to the Washington, D.C.-based The Clarion Project. more >>
British war photographer and Islamic State hostage, John Cantlie, appeared in his fourth Islamic State propaganda video on Sunday and claimed that the ISIS militants "eagerly await" the arrival of U.S.-led coalition ground troops, implying that the militant group cannot be quelled without them.
Cantile, who is 43 years old and has been held captive by ISIS since November of 2012, chastised the U.S.-coalition airstrikes saying that all they are doing is wasting "millions" of dollars with no real positive result. Although President Barack Obama has made it clear that the U.S. will not use ground troops to combat the group, Cantlie seems to think that coalition ground forces will eventually be used.
"One month ago, Obama pressed the button on airstrikes. Now you have to wonder how long his policy of no boots on ground has left to live," Cantlie said. "As for the Islamic State, they eagerly await to see those boots." more >>
At an international conference in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday donors pledged $5.4 billion for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, which recently suffered devastation in its conflict with Israel. But an obvious question was not addressed: will there be any supervision to ensure that the money reaches the people and not Hamas?
Of the donors who pledged to give money at the one-day Gaza Donor Conference, Qatar emerged as the biggest contributor with a $1 billion pledge, according to The Associated Press.
Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates pledged $200 million each, while the United States has promised to donate $212 million. more >>