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 >>
A new report released Sunday provides more details on how Islamic State militants are inhumanly treating their captives of religious minority groups, more specifically the Yazidis. The report finds that militants are forcing preteens, teenagers and grown women into forced marriages and sex slavery, while forcing detained Yazidi men to convert to Islam and young Yazidi boys to train to become ISIS fighters.
On Aug. 3 when ISIS captured much of northern Iraq including the Yazidi religious minority town of Sinjar, they took hundreds of Yazidi men, women and children hostage. The report released by The Human Rights Watch is based on interviews with 16 escaped Yazidi captives, dozens of family members of ISIS detainees and two current ISIS captives. The interviews shine light on the brutal living conditions and requirements for Yazidi people under ISIS captivity.
Numerous female interviewees said that the younger Yazidi women are usually hand-picked by ISIS fighters to be forcefully married, while others are sold off as sex slaves by ISIS militants to the group's supporters. more >>
At least 45 people were killed in bombings in and around Baghdad Saturday as Iraqi soldiers continued to defend the capital against Islamic State, or ISIS, militants. In Syria, the Sunni terror group has encircled Kurdish fighters struggling to defend the besieged border town of Kobani.
Three car bombs killed at least 34 people in Shi'ite neighborhoods in west Baghdad Saturday evening, according to Reuters.
A suicide bomber killed 11 and wounded 27 others in Kadhimiya, and two bombs killed 23 and injured 62 others in the Shaoula neighborhood. more >>