As the Islamic State terrorist organization continues to suffer setbacks in Iraq, the militant outfit has employed another brutal method to punish fighters caught fleeing the battlefield.
The Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency reports that an unnamed security source in the Nineveh province told the Iraqi news outlet al-Sumaria last Friday that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) tortured 25 of its own militants caught leaving the battlefield while fighting against Iraqi forces in Mosul by mutilating their ears.
According to the source, the militants were first detained in a prison in central Mosul. Then, they were taken to a hospital in the city, where they each had the upper part of one of their ears cut off. IS leaders reportedly threatened to cut off both of their ears if any of them were caught fleeing the battlefield again. more >>
A 39-year-old housewife in Iraq, who leads a tribal militia and has been fighting Islamic State for years, says in a media interview that she has beheaded fighters from the terror group, cooked their heads and posted the pictures on her Facebook page.
"I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies," Wahida Mohamed, also known as Um Hanadi and who carries a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol with her, tells CNN. "This is all documented. You can see it on my Facebook page," adds Hanadi, who leads a force of around 70 men in the area of Sharqat in Salah al-Din province, a town 50 miles south of Mosul.
The mother of two daughters says she started fighting terrorists in 2004, working with government and coalition forces. She has received death threats from Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. "But I refused. I'm at the top of their most wanted list even more than the prime minister," she says, adding that terrorists killed her first and second husbands, her father and three brothers. more >>
Iran, Russia, Syria and terrorist groups like Hamas are forming "unholy" alliances that are working to undermine the power of Western nations like the United States and spread Sharia law throughout the world, prominent Christian lawyer Jay Sekulow warns in his newest book.
Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, authored the new book Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World, which was released last Tuesday.
Having researched for over three years, Sekulow argues in the book that as a change in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has caused the U.S. to have less of a presence in the troubled region and a power vacuum to form that has left the door open for Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran to take bigger roles in the region. more >>
The head of the U.K's Secret Intelligence Service says the threat posed by radical Islamic extremist groups like the Islamic State and their increasing use of technology to spread jihadi propaganda across the globe will last a "professional lifetime."
British news outlets are reporting that Alex Younger, the chief of the secret intelligence service also known to many as MI6, made a rare public appearance at a national security conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, which was also attended by CIA director John Brennan.
As the world is looking for ways to defeat the Islamic State and reclaim the lands that have been conquered by the barbaric organization, Younger was asked if he believes the threat from groups like IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and al-Qaeda had reached its peak. more >>
Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas has blasted President Barack Obama's plans for the United States to admit 110,000 more refugees in 2017 as "absolutely ludicrous," and warned that terrorists today are much more likely to be Muslims than Christians or Jews.
Police arrested an Afghanistan-born American suspected of carrying out this weekend's bombing in New York City that injured 29 people and planting other devices in New York and New Jersey following a Monday morning gun battle with the suspect.
Two law enforcement officers were wounded in the gunfight, as was Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The suspect was taken by ambulance to a local hospital following his capture in Linden, New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 km) outside New York.
The attacks came as world leaders prepared to gather at the United Nations in New York for the annual General Assembly this week, just days after the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. more >>