The Islamic State has come up with another heinous and barbaric mode of execution, as the group released photos this week showing two criminals in Iraq being executed by having their heads bashed between a forcefully thrown concrete block and a street curb.
Earlier this week, ISIS militants released a series of photos on social media that were shared among the group's sympathizers that purported to show the group carrying out the execution of two men accused of robbing and killing three women in the Nineveh province of northern Iraq, the Daily Mail reported.
Although the most common types of executions carried out by the Islamic State are beheadings, stonings or gunfire, the two accused murderers were instead publicly executed by having their heads forced over a street curb while a militant lifted a heavy concrete block above his head and slamed it down, essentially curb stomping the criminals to death as a crowd looks on in amusement. more >>
The annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows that 12 of the 17 nations with the worst record of religious freedom are Islamic or Muslim-majority countries.
USCIRF, an independent federal government advisory body, has recommended that the State Department add eight more nations and retain nine existing nations to its list of "countries of particular concern," or CPCs, where particularly severe violations of religious freedom are perpetrated or tolerated.
Of the eight new additions to the CPC list, seven are Islamic or Muslim-majority nations: Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Tajikistan. The other nation is Vietnam. more >>
Islamic State militants in the group's Libyan outpost of Derna have publicly crucified three brothers belonging to a local prominent family after one of the brothers was accused of supporting the Libyan government, which under ISIS' Sharia law is equivalent to the executable offense of apostasy.
According to the Libya Herald, a photo circulated last week purporting to show three members of the Harir Al-Mansouri family being crucified near the group's Islamic court in the Mediterranean coastal town of Derna, after they refused to turn over their brother, whom the group accused of supporting the Libyan National Army.
The report adds that as many as eight members of the family, including two sisters, were killed when the militant group began a 12-hour bombardment on the family's home when they refused to surrender their brother. The public crucifixion was supposed to serve as a warning to the town's residents to not challenge the sovereignty and authority of ISIS. more >>
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that Islamic extremism is a "poison" that "must be eradicated," and warned that the world has not yet fully understood just how big of a problem it is. Blair argued, however, that such radicalism does not properly represent the religion.
Blair, a Roman Catholic, also referenced the slaughter of Christians across the territory captured by ISIS, including the latest beheading video where 28 Ethiopian Christians were killed by the terror group in Libya.
Islamic State militants have devised a twisted way of getting homosexual Shariah violators to reveal themselves for execution, as extremist fighters in Syria have reportedly been posing as homosexuals to lure gay men into opening up about their sexual preference only to arrest and execute them.
After known ISIS supporters on Twitter released photos last weekend of two gay men being hugged by ISIS militants before being stoned to death in the Syrian countryside outside Homs, the Daily Beast reported that ISIS fighters in Syria have begun the practice of entrapping gay men by using undercover operations to expose their sexuality.
The Daily Beast previously reported in March that the act of luring gay men into admitting their homosexuality by having a straight man pose as gay and set up dates to coax them into being arrested and executed was a tactic often used by the Syrian government and has now been picked up recently in the caliphate. more >>
Terror group Boko Haram, which has been carrying out deadly attacks across Nigeria for almost six years now, has changed its name to "Islamic State's West Africa Province," or ISWAP. The militants have previously pledged allegiance to ISIS, and are continuing their attacks on Nigerian towns with an aim to establish an African Caliphate.
The Independent reported on Sunday that new propaganda materials released by Boko Haram leadership have been distributed through ISIS' social media accounts, where they refer to the group by its new adopted name.
Boko Haram itself is a nickname which means "Western education is forbidden." Its previous official name was Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, Arabic for "People committed to the propagation of the prophet's teachings and jihad." more >>