Tag Archives: Islamic State

Iraq: Iconic mosque where Islamic State leader declared caliphate destroyed

Source: CBS News

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said. The mosque — also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque — is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in 2014 shortly after the city was overrun by the militants and was seen as a key symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq’s second largest city. The minaret that leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa stood for more than 840 years. In a statement posted online after the Ministry of Defense statement, ISIS claimed an airstrike carried out by the United States destroyed the mosque and minaret.” (06/21/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iconic-al-nuri-mosque-mosul-destroyed/

Philippines: Regime forces step up bombing operations in Marawi

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Military aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists holed up in this city on Tuesday, and a military spokesperson said the aim was to wrap up the fighting as soon as possible. The offensive came amid worry that terrorist reinforcements could arrive after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Fighting in Marawi has entered a fifth week, and nearly 350 people have been killed, according to the military count.” (06/20/17)

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/907272/afp-steps-up-bombing-operations-in-marawi

Iran: Regime troops fire missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has fired several missiles at ISIL positions in Syria’s Deir Az Zor province in retaliation for two deadly attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the armed group. ‘Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,’ the Guard said in a statement published on its Sepahnews website on Sunday. … The firing of the missiles, the first in 30 years outside Iran’s own territory, came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would ‘slap its enemies’ in honour of the victims’ families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq.” (06/18/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/iran-fires-missiles-isil-positions-eastern-syria-170618193251349.html

Iraq: Regime troops move into Mosul’s Old City, last Islamic State stronghold

Source: US News & World Report

“U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul on Sunday, an Iraqi commander said, formally launching the final major battle of an eight-month campaign to drive the militants from Iraq’s second largest city. The IS group captured Mosul when it swept across northern and central Iraq in the summer of 2014. Iraq launched a massive operation to retake the city last October, and has driven the militants from all but a handful of neighborhoods. The extremists are expected to make their last stand in the Old City, a densely populated quarter with narrow, winding alleys.” (06/18/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-18/iraqi-troops-move-into-mosuls-old-city-last-is-stronghold

Islamic State takes credit as suicide bombers hit Kabul Shiite mosque, kill four

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramadan. The assault claimed by Islamic State jihadis left eight others wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the kitchen of Al Zahra mosque after police prevented them from entering the prayer hall packed with worshippers.” (06/16/17)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/16/world/islamic-state-takes-credit-suicide-bombers-hit-kabul-shiite-mosque-kill-four/

Syria: State media claims Islamic State leader killed in airstrike

Source: Yahoo! News

“The leader of ISIS has been killed in an air strike, according to reports from Syrian state TV. The world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is said to have been killed on Saturday, though the reports are yet to be verified. This isn’t the first time that the extremist leader has been reported dead, so the news has been met with scepticism. The terrorist organisation’s media arm Amaq has not yet confirmed the reports.” (06/11/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/leader-isis-abu-bkr-al-baghdadi-killed-claims-syrian-state-tv-084448968.html

Syria: Regime warplanes strike Islamic State near Raqqa

Source: NDTV [India]

“Syrian government warplanes struck ISIS positions west of Raqqa city on the southern bank of the Euphrates river on Thursday, state media said. ‘The air force destroyed positions and armored vehicles’ in the western Raqqa countryside, about 70 km (44 miles) from the city, state-run news agency SANA said. US-backed militias have separately been pushing into the edges of Raqqa city in the first days of their attack to seize ISIS’s base of operations in Syria.” (06/08/17)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/syrian-government-warplanes-strike-isis-near-raqqa-city-state-media-1709542

Germany: Regime to pull troops from Turkish base in spat with Ankara

Source: New York Daily News

“Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet decided Wednesday to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refused to let lawmakers visit them. … Germany has about 270 troops stationed at Incirlik, near the Syrian border, with Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and a refueling plane. They will redeploy to a base in Jordan, but the move may take around two months and Germany acknowledges that flights by its planes will be interrupted for a time. The German troops are part of the international coalition against the Islamic State group.” (06/07/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/germany-pull-troops-turkish-base-spat-ankara-article-1.3227661

Syria: US-backed forces attack Islamic State capital of Raqqa

Source: Fox News

“A U.S.-backed Syrian force said Tuesday it has begun an offensive to capture the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, after months of clearing operations. Raqqa was among the first cities captured by IS, in January 2014, and has been the home of some of the group’s most prominent leaders, including those who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks and other international assaults. The battle for the city is expected to be long and bloody, and could mark a major turning point in the war against the extremists.” (06/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/06/us-backed-syrian-force-attacks-is-held-capital-raqqa.html

ISIS’s message: We are still deadly

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“Isis uses terrorism in a deliberately sadistic and attention-grabbing way to counter-balance any perception that it is weakening or is fought out. In return for minimum expenditure of men and resources on its part, it can demonstrate to the world that it is still in business despite its loss of territory. It welcomes denunciations because its savagery is geared to topping the news agenda. For this purpose, Isis films its own massacres, ritually decapitates journalists, burns captives alive or drowns them in cages. Last week, a bomb exploded outside an ice cream shop thronged with children in Baghdad killing at least 15, with some reports saying 30 people were killed and dozens more injured. It has been suggested that the Western mass media plays into the hands of Isis or al-Qaeda by the wall-to-wall coverage of their crimes. But self-censorship is unrealistic since there is overwhelming and understandable public demand for information about terrorists and terrorism which needs to be satisfied.” (06/06/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/06/isiss-message-we-are-still-deadly/