Tag Archives: Islamic State

Afghanistan: Islamic State targets Iraqi embassy in Kabul; four attackers killed

Source: Beloit Daily News

"The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces had killed all the attackers. There were conflicting reports of casualties as the attack unfolded, with a witness at the scene saying he saw bodies of at least two policemen lying on the road outside the embassy soon after the attack began." (07/31/17)

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/article/20170731/AP/307319982

A shameful silence: Where is the outrage over the slaughter of civilians in Mosul?

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

"The catastrophic number of civilian casualties in Mosul is receiving little attention internationally from politicians and journalists. This is in sharp contrast to the outrage expressed worldwide over the bombardment of east Aleppo by Syrian government and Russian forces at the end of 2016. Hoshyar Zebari, the Kurdish leader and former Iraqi finance and foreign minister, told me in an interview last week: 'Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the Federal Police, air strikes and Isis itself.' The real number of dead who are buried under the mounds of rubble in west Mosul is unknown, but their numbers are likely to be in the tens of thousands, rather than the much lower estimates previously given." (07/24/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/24/a-shameful-silence-where-is-the-outrage-over-the-slaughter-of-civilians-in-mosul/

Counting the dead in Mosul

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

"'There were very few Daesh [Isis fighters] in our neighbourhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them,' says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul. 'We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people.' He shows pictures on his phone of a house that had stood beside his own before it was hit by a bomb or missile that had reduced it to a heap of smashed-up bricks. 'There were no Daesh in the house,' says Qais. But there were seven members of the Abu Imad family living there, of whom five were killed along with two passers-by." (07/13/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/13/counting-the-dead-in-mosul/

The fall of ISIS won't fix the Middle East

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

"Few will mourn the demise of the faithful nihilists of the Islamic State, and rightly so. ISIS was a politically and morally repugnant force, initially answering a need for security and infrastructure from towns and cities it was then to terrorise. Yet, as welcome and deserved as the end of ISIS will be, the problems for the Middle East will continue. For a start, ISIS, although significantly diminished, will retreat and reform somewhere else. Already it is being reported that its leaders and administrative personnel have evacuated further along the Euphrates to Mayadin, a Syrian town east of Raqqa. And it still possesses strongholds on the Euphrates in Iraq, too, in Tal Afar and Huwaija. But deeper still, it is important to remember that ISIS was not the main cause of its own rise." (07/04/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-fall-of-isis-wont-fix-the-middle-east

Philippines: Regime says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town

Source: New York Daily News

"Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel 'atrocities' could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported. Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership." (06/28/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/philippines-beheaded-civilians-found-rebel-held-town-article-1.3284378

Iraq: Islamic State counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall regime push

Source: ABC News

"Counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City, the last IS stronghold in the battle, an Iraqi officer said Tuesday. The attacks forced Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition to pull some assets away from the Old City to again clear the Yarmouk and Tanak neighborhoods, which were declared liberated of IS in May. The assaults underscore the Sunni extremist group's resilience in the city, Iraq's third-largest, despite months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air power." (06/27/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/counterattacks-retaken-parts-mosul-stall-iraq-push-48298643

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