Up to 120 people have died in large-scale suicide bombings in two Syrian towns on the Mediterranean coast, human rights agencies have said, with the Islamic State terror group taking responsibility for the slaughter.
BBC News reported that the attacks occurred in the port city of Tartous and in Jableh, a town to the north, which are two of President Bashar al-Assad's strongholds. While state media have said that at least 78 people have been killed so far, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported from sources on the ground that there are at least 73 people dead in Jableh, and another 48 in Tartous.
Sana, the state news agency, said that the majority of the victims in Jableh are women and children. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq has found yet another new and barbaric way to execute jihadi leaders who fail to meet the group's military expectations.
According to a Kurdish commander who spoke with the Iranian media outlet AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA), IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) recently executed a number of its own commanders for failing to "accomplish their chief duties."
Instead of just shooting the commanders in the back of the head or beheading them like the group has done with many others, IS employed another new and frightening method for execution designed to scare other militants. more >>
A year-long restoration project has officially begun on Jesus' tomb, located in the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The restoration project was spearheaded by the leaders of three religious denominations who all have some form of control over the site, which is believed to be where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected, and is therefore a sacred place for many Christian.
This week, members from the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian Orthodox churches gathered at the church to ceremoniously begin the intensive, $3.4 million project that will include peeling away layers of the tomb's outside, cleaning them and repairing them, one by one. more >>
Islamic State has declared a "state of emergency" in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital for the terror group's self-declared Caliphate, taking seriously an announcement made by the U.S.-backed local Kurdish forces that they plan to attack the militants' stronghold.
Leaders of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, IS and Daesh, took the decision to intensify security measures and deploy hundreds of militants around Raqqa to guard the city from a possible attack by troops of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, according to ARA News.
Islamic State publicly executed 25 civilians, who had been accused of spying on the terror group for Iraqi government security forces, by throwing them into a basin carrying nitric acid in Iraq's embattled northern city of Mosul in Nineveh Province, according to reports.
"ISIS terrorist members executed 25 persons in Mosul on charges of spying and collaborating with Iraqi security forces," IraqiNews.com quoted an anonymous source as saying. "ISIS put the citizens in a large tub containing nitric acid inside one of its headquarters."
The source said members of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh, tied all the 25 men with a rope and lowered him in the tub "till the victims' organs dissolved." more >>
Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped by Islamic State militants in March in Yemen and feared to have been crucified on Good Friday, is now reportedly safe and is expected to be released.
"It is now clear that the priest is not in the custody of the Islamic State terror group but with anti-government forces in Yemen. Last minute efforts are underway and his release is imminent," a government official told IANS in an update.
The good news follows two months of uncertainty around the Indian priest's fate, with initial reports that Uzhunnalil had been crucified later denied by Roman Catholic officials. His exact whereabouts and his condition in IS captivity remained a mystery, however, but it now appears that he is out of danger and will be able to return back home. more >>