Islamic State terrorists have beheaded a 4-year-old girl in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and forced her mother to soak her hands in her daughter's blood, an Iranian news outlet has reported.
A Syrian woman who recently escaped the wrath of IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) told the Tehran-based Al Alam International News Channel on the condition of anonymity about a terrifying incident that led to the decapitation of an innocent child.
"A mother told her 4-year daughter to go home and she refused and then the mother told her unintentionally 'go home and I swear to God that I will behead you if you don't,'" the woman recalled. "And one of the ISIS members heard this and told the mother 'since you swore to God you should behead her,' but the mother strongly opposed." more >>
As Israel sealed off the West Bank and Gaza strip to restrict the entry of Palestinians into the country after the terror attack in Tel Aviv, which killed four people and injured over a dozen, the brother of one of the two shooters said, "I'm very proud" of what he did.
"I'm very proud of what Muhammed did," Hussein Ahmad, the older brother of one of the shooters, Mohammed Ahmad Mahamra, said, according to Haaretz.
Mohammed and his cousin, Khaled Mohammed Mahamra, opened fire Wednesday night at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, killing four and injuring over a dozen before they were arrested. more >>
A massive platform in the ancient city of Petra, possibly linked to a part of its Christian history, has been discovered using satellite imagery, drones and ground surveys, archeologists announced.
Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, said in a National Geographic report that the monument is as long as an Olympic-size swimming pool and twice as wide. It is situated half a mile south of the center of Petra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
CNN reports that the enormous platform was likely built during the second century near where the Nabataean civilization established the part-carved, part-built city, and it is believed to have initially been used for ceremonial purposes. more >>
A new ISIS propaganda video shows the destruction of an Iraqi temple and makes threats to one of the seven wonders of the world — Egypt's Giza Pyramid complex.
In a 10-minute video posted this week by the DailyMail, IS militants are seen laying waste to Iraq's Nabu Temple, an ancient landmark dedicated to Nabu, the Babylonian god of wisdom, situated in the country's northwestern Nineveh province and is considered a culturally significant site that predates Islam.
The propaganda video footage shows multiple angles in which the 2,500-year-old site is destroyed. Satellite imagery from the United Nation's Institute for Training and Research, or UNITAR, which used optics captured on June 3 compared against photos taken back in January, confirmed the destruction. more >>
The thousands of women and girls being used by the Islamic State terror group as sex slaves attempt to make themselves look less beautiful by covering their faces in dirt, an escaped Yazidi boy has said, but they still get beaten and raped by the terrorists.
"The girls were covering their faces with dirt, trying to make themselves less beautiful. But if they were caught doing that they were beaten. They were all beaten and taken away. ISIS beat us too," 15-year-old Ahmed Amin Koro told Fox News after escaping an IS training camp and fleeing to northern Iraq.
He said both male and female prisoners are treated terribly inside IS camps. Children are woken before sunrise each morning and forced to recite Islamic prayers; they are fed only with scraps, and washed with contaminated water. more >>
As I write this a combination of Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, assisted by U.S. and ally airstrikes, mount a siege around the ISIS-controlled city of Fallujah. Inside, thousands of ISIS fighters, who took residence in Fallujah's neighborhoods almost 2.5 years ago, wait: their snipers ready, their land mines buried, their barricades defying the attack.
Suspended between all this are 50,000 souls trapped within the city walls. Men, women, and children — who alone number around 20,000 — face the cruelest days of their lives, as ISIS fighters will stop at nothing to keep control of the city.
If they flee, they'll get shot. If they stay, they'll be used as human shields — even the women and children. Recently, images leaked out of Fallujah of children with blond hair and bright eyes. They are either Christians or Yazidis and they will escape or they will die a brutal death. more >>