Tag: Islam

Russian bombardment ‘forces Islamic State out of Palmyra’

Russian airstrikes have forced Islamic State fighters from the centre of the Unesco world heritage city of Palmyra in Syria, hours after they had attempted to retake it. The Russian attack forced the militants to retreat to the outskirts, a local monitoring group said. The Russian defence ministry said the strikes had killed more than […]

Netanyahu: Israel won’t allow ISIS to open ‘a front of terror’ on the Golan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Islamic State and other groups in Syria on Monday that Israel would have a zero tolerance policy for attacks across its border. Speaking to the Likud faction, he said over the past few days there were multiple attempts to attack the IDF on the border with Syria. He said Israel […]

Islamic Movement Members Indicted for Fomenting Violence

The Times of Israel reports: The Nazareth District Court on Sunday indicted four senior members of a recently outlawed Islamic activist group for provoking tensions at the Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Sunday. The Shin Bet said activists from the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement were responsible for […]

Gaza risks becoming easy launchpad for Islamic State:

Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy “launching pad” for Islamic State recruiters, Qatar’s foreign minister says. The small gas-rich Gulf state is a major backer of Hamas, the armed movement which has maintained its control over the coastal enclave for almost a decade despite […]

Iraqi forces cutting off final supply routes to Mosul

Iraqi Shi’ite militias were massing troops on Monday to cut remaining supply routes to Mosul, Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Iraq, closing in on the road that links the Syrian and Iraqi parts of its self-declared “Caliphate”. Six weeks into the U.S.-backed offensive on Mosul, Islamic State is fighting in the area of Tal […]

Apocalypse That Wasn’t Battle of Dabiq ends with a whimper

The prophecy of Muhammed found in the Hadith, one of Islam’s holy books, states that Islam’s final battle will take place at Dabiq, Syria. The prophecy states that the Christian West will come against Islam at Dabiq, and that the Mahdi (Islam’s messiah) will come during that battle leading Islam to victory. Muslims also say […]

IS hangs bodies of 40 civilians from poles in Iraqi city, UN says

So-called Islamic State (IS) shot dead 40 civilians on Tuesday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after accusing them of treason, the United Nations says. Their bodies were then hung from electricity poles in several districts, the office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner said, citing sources. A man was also reportedly shot dead […]

Islamic State executes scores, stockpiles chemicals

Islamic State fighters have executed scores more people around Mosul this week and are reportedly stockpiling ammonia and sulfur in civilian areas, possibly for use as chemical weapons, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on Friday.A mass grave with over 100 bodies found in the town of Hammam al-Alil was one of several Islamic […]

Kurdish forces enter town near Mosul as Iraqi troops find mass grave

Iraqi Kurdish fighters have exchanged heavy fire with militants as they entered a town held by Islamic State east of Mosul, while troops advancing south of the city discovered a mass grave containing an estimated 100 or so decapitated bodies. The offensive to reclaim the town of Bashiqa is part of the broader push to […]

IS leader urges Mosul fighters

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has urged his fighters in an audio recording posted online not to retreat from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, but also to invade Turkey and attack Saudi Arabia. Al-Baghdadi called on his militants to transform into rivers the blood of the Iraqi forces attempting to retake Mosul in […]