A former Russian Islamic State fighter has opened up about his time in Syria and detailed the barbarity he witnessed that inspired him to come up with a plan to fool one of its top leaders into giving him money and letting him leave the country.
The former militant, known only by the pseudonym Zurab, recently sat down for an video interview with RT's Maria Finoshina and explained that he let his emotions get the best of him when he decided to leave his home in southwestern Russia and travel to Syria and join IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh).
He said that after watching IS recruiting videos, he felt a sense of guilt and responsibility knowing that "Muslim blood is [being] spilled." more >>
A 3-year-old Swedish boy who was being groomed by his radicalized mother to be a part of the next generation of Islamic State jihadis has died after he accidentally blew himself up with a hand grenade in Syria.
According to the Swedish news outlet SVT, the unnamed boy and his older siblings were taken from western Sweden to an area of Syria controlled by IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) by their mother when the now-slain boy was just 2 years old.
The mother reportedly said she wanted her sons to grow up to be IS militants before one was killed after he found a grenade in the family's home and began playing with it. As the boy played with the grenade he reportedly tripped, which caused an explosion that led to his death. more >>
Top Islamic clerics in Saudi Arabia have spoken out in outrage against the Islamic State terror group following three suicide bombings in the country, including one near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, which is Islam's second holiest site.
The Senior Council of Ulema said the bombers "violated everything that is sacred" in their attacks against the holy sites. BBC News noted that four security guards were killed in the bombing in Medina, though only the terrorists died in two other separate attacks in Jeddah and Qatif on Monday.
IS has carried out a number of violent attacks throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in predominantly Muslim countries, such as Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. more >>
A human rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq, including Christians, are facing a "catastrophic" reality with tens of thousands of people murdered or abducted by terror groups.
"The impact on minorities has been catastrophic. Saddam [Hussein] was terrible; the situation since is worse. Tens of thousands of minorities have been killed and millions have fled for their lives," said Mark Lattimer, head of Minority Rights Group, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Christian population was as many as 1.4 million in Iraq back in 2003 during the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, but that number has dwindled since. In October 2015, Aid to the Church in Need said that only 300,000 Christians were left, but MRG says that number is now down further to somewhere between 50,000 to 250,000. more >>
BAGHDAD — The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district has risen to over 150, fuelling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst ever single bombings in Iraq.
Numbers rose as bodies were recovered from the rubble in the Karrada area of Baghdad, where a refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up on Saturday night when people were out celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.
The toll in Karrada stood at 151 killed and 200 wounded by midday on Monday, according to police and medical sources. Rescuers and families were still looking for 35 missing people. more >>
Academy-Award-winning actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson has teamed up with Lionsgate for an inspirational film about a World War II soldier, Desmond Doss, who proves that the only weapon needed on the battlefield is prayer.
"Hacksaw Ridge" is the extraordinary true story of WWII medic Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII miraculously saves 75 men in a matter of hours without firing or carrying a gun.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>