Newscast Media DAMASCUS—ISIL in a Syrian stronghold near Iraq have abandoned
some bases and redeployed their forces and armor from other positions, with the US
military poised to strike, activists said Wednesday.
“ISIL has started to empty out many of their bases and positions in Deir Ezzor
Security sources reported that ISIL terrorists are heading towards the Iraqi
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—U.S. President Barack Obama says U.S. troops will
have no combat role in Iraq. Obama told troops at the headquarters of U.S. Central
Command in Florida on September 17, “The American forces that have been deployed
to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission.”
Obama also said that more than 40 countries have offered to help an emerging
coalition against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
Obama’s statement came after his top general, Martin Dempsey, has suggested
suggested some U.S. advisers could join Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State.
Dempsey, who is chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed
Services Committee on September 16 that Obama will evaluate each situation
individually before deciding if U.S. military advisers will be put into combat roles in
Dempsey told the committee that Obama told him to “to come back to him on a
In reaction to Dempsey’s statement, Iraq’s new prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, said
on September 17 that foreign ground troops were neither needed nor wanted in his
country’s fight against Islamic State.
Abadi said the fight against the group will be endless unless the militants — who
control a large swath of land spanning both countries — are attacked in Syria as well.
In Washington, FBI Director James Comey told Congress on September 17 that
support for Islamic State increased after U.S. air strikes began in Iraq.
Comey added that the group may take more hostages to try to force concessions
Meanwhile, security sources said Iraqi forces launched an intense military operation
against IS insurgents in Ramadi, Fallujah, and Haditha in the western Anbar Province
on September 17.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media NEW YORK—A seven-count indictment charging Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30,
a Yemen-born naturalized US citizen of Rochester, with three counts of attempting to
provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) was returned by a New York grand jury, Attorney General Eric Holder
“We will remain aggressive in identifying and disrupting those who seek to provide
support to ISIL and other terrorist groups that are bent on inflicting harm upon
Americans,” said Attorney General Holder. “As this case shows, our agents and
prosecutors are using all the investigative tools at our disposal to break up these
plots before individuals can put their plans into action. We are focused on breaking
up these activities on the front end, before supporters of ISIL can make good on
plans to travel to the region or recruit sympathizers to this cause.”
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Newscast Media TEHRAN—The chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)
doubted the US intention to eradicate ISIL, saying that the US and its allies will
regret any military operation in Syria, Al-Alam Website reported.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy is to support Syria and this US action is from a
bullying position and is condemned and if it does so it will regret it,” Major General
Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Tuesday.
The general was reacting to the US government’s decision to form an international
coalition to fight the Takfiri ISIL terrorists fighting in Syria and Iraq.
“The US is disappointed with any influential role to be played by the ISIL and similar
groups and it is calling for this so-called coalition. We doubt if their serious objective
is to annihilate the ISIL,” Jafari said.
He noted that the US is declaring war on the ISIL while it continues to support other
militant groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Jafari said the enemies are determined to topple the “current ruling government in
The general said the US and the Israeli regime created this group in order to trigger
war among Muslims in the Middle East regime and serve as an obstacle to resistance
against Israeli regime.
On Monday, France hosted a conference, dubbed the International Conference on
Peace and Security in Iraq, to discuss ways of tackling the ISIL terrorists in Iraq and
Syria amid US efforts to form a so-called international coalition to battle the Takfiri
Despite the international community’s emphasis on the importance of Iran’s role in the
regional developments, Tehran was not invited to the meeting in Paris mainly due to
the US opposition.
The US has also announced that Iran will not be a part of its so-called coalition
against the ISIL. Iran has cast doubt over the sincerity of the coalition and reiterated
that it has no interest in attending the Paris meeting.
Tehran has on several occasions voiced support for the Iraqi government since it
began fighting against the ISIL in June. The ISIL terrorists are in control of some
areas in Syria and have captured large swathes of land in neighboring Iraq.
The Takfiri terrorist groups have committed heinous crimes and threatened all
communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad expressed
skepticism about a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants, saying that
any coalition that excludes Syria and Russia could have “certain” agendas, the state
news agency SANA reported Monday.
Mekdad made the remarks in response to U.S. efforts to form an international
coalition against the IS terror group in Iraq and Syria but excluded Russia and Syria.
Mekdad also denied the presence of any under-the-table contact with Washington
regarding the war on terror in Syria.
“Everything the Syrian administration does is in front of the Syrian people,” he said.
Mekdad stressed that the battles Syria has been fighting over the past three years
are related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s and the Syrian people’s rejection of
any foreign intervention in Syria and any violation to its sovereignty.
The Syrian government welcomes the international consensus on fighting terrorism
but has stressed that any uncoordinated action inside Syria without the consent of
the Syrian government would be deemed as an aggression.
Syria’s presidential political adviser, Buthaina Shaaban, said in recent remarks that
Syria would defend itself against any U.S. strikes on Syrian soil unless the U.S.
administration coordinates with the Syrian government.
U.S. officials said they will not ask for Damascus’s permission when they strike IS
positions inside Syria.
The new U.S. policy has stirred fears that the West is probably seeking a pretext to
strike Syria and that the IS is the bogeyman which would open the doors to foreign
intervention in Syria.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama last night delivered a speech
in which he laid out his strategy for countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the
ISIL could very well be referred to as an indavertent creation of the West, which
armed Islamists to fight the Syrian government. Little did the West know is that
Islamists have no love, and will never sympathize with Westerners—the evidence of
which is the beheading of two Western journalists.
In addition, no one has yet explained what happened to all Gaddafi’s weapons that
were hidden in the Libyan desert. Could these be the ones ISIL is using against the
West? CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media CAIRO—Secretary of State John Kerry discussed over the weekend
the threat of the Takfiri group ISIL with the head of the Arab League, ahead of the
group’s next round of discussions.
Kerry and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi “discussed the need for the Arab League
and its members to take a strong position in the coalition that is developing against
ISIL,” a senior State Department official said.
They also spoke of “the importance of decisive action to stop the flow of foreign
fighters, counter ISIL’s financing and combat its incitement,” the official added.
Both men agreed that Iraq is on the frontline in the struggle against ISIL “and that
Iraq, the United States, the region, and the international community must stand
together to assist Iraq in facing this threat,” the official said.
The Arab League is to hold a ministerial meeting in Cairo on Sunday to address
fast-moving changes in the region.
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media NEWPORT, Wales—President Obama and British Prime Minister David
Cameron say their countries will not be intimidated by “barbaric killers.” Their
comments come after Islamic State militants killed two American journalists.
The leaders co-authored an opinion piece in the Times of London newspaper as NATO
officials take part in a summit in Britain.
Obama has called for international action to counter Islamic State militants who have
taken control of large areas in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
The group has released videos showing the beheading of American journalists James
Foley and Steven Sotloff, saying their killings were retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in
Iraq targeting the Islamic State.
Obama plans to host a U.N. Security Council session later in September to address
the threat posed by foreign fighters like those who have traveled to join terrorist
groups in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said September 3 that more than 100 U.S.
citizens are fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria, and that the United States
and its coalition partners have to do everything possible to stop the Islamic State
Hagel said on CNN television that the beheadings of Sotloff and Foley made him sick
to his stomach.
The president said September 3 that those who killed the journalists have failed in
whatever they are trying to achieve because the world is “repulsed by their
U.S. Vice President Biden said the United States will relentlessly follow the killers of
the two Americans “to the gates of hell.”
The militant speaking in the Sotloff video threatened the life of British hostage David
Cawthorne Haines, who has been described as a security officer for aid agencies.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—U.S President Barack Obama has ordered 350 more
military personnel to Iraq in response to the aggression of the Islamist militant group
ISIL against the Iraqi government.
The White House made the announcement in a statement late on September 2,
saying additional troops were being sent to “protect our diplomatic facilities and
personnel in Iraq as we continue to support the government of Iraq in its fight”
against Islamic State militants.
The statement also noted, “These additional forces will not serve in a combat role”
and would be deployed in Baghdad.
The statement said top U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, would soon travel separately to the Middle East
to “build a stronger regional partnership” against the militant group known as Islamic
The announcement comes as the militants claimed they had executed another U.S.
journalist, Steven Sotloff, in Syria.
The militants released a video purportedly showing the murder of the 31-year-old
journalist, with a militant in the video vowing to next kill David Haines, believed to be
a British aid worker.
The militant gave a warning to other governments not to join an “evil alliance with
The militant in the latest video is believed to be the same person who was in an
earlier video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.
That militant, whose face is almost entirely hidden, speaks in English with a British
accent, leading investigators to believe he is a British national who went to Syria to
join militants there fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar
Meanwhile, U.S. air strikes on September 2 targeted IS militants near the Mosul Dam
in northern Iraq. The U.S. Central Command said in a statement the air strikes had
destroyed 16 vehicles near the dam.
Islamic State militants have been accused of committing a wide range of atrocities.
The group has executed thousands of non-Sunni Muslims, members of other religions,
Syrian, and Iraqi government troops and foreigners. IS is also accused of abducting
women and girls and abusing them.
Rights groups say IS is responsible for committing war crimes and genocide in areas of
Syria and Iraq under their control.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—It is noticeable that the Russian role in the scene of
the latest events in the Middle East these days is absent, at the time when the
United States strongly returns to Iraq and Syria as the ISIL organization rose and
expanded in those two countries.
According to Russian sources in Paris, this public and interim Russian detachment will
not exceed the end of October this year, the date of the parliamentary elections in
Ukraine. Russia is planning, along with some of the Ukrainian figures, to weaken the
power of the enemies of Moscow in the Ukrainian parliament as a prelude to weaken
the Ukrainian President (Petro Poroshenko).
Its aim is to reach a solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, after the Russian
President stressed to a group of Ukrainian pro-Moscow (oligarchs) that Russia refuses
to annex eastern Ukraine and that it is affected much by the war therein, the same
goes for the Ukrainians who are losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to the war in
the Eastern areas, which are the center of industry in Ukraine. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The ISIL militant group in Syria is reportedly
demanding a $6.6 million ransom for releasing a 26-year-old American woman.
The woman, whose identity is being kept secret at her family’s request for fears of
her safety, was captured in Syria last year while doing humanitarian aid work, the
Associated Press reported.
The terrorist group recently threatened to kill American hostages to avenge the
crushing airstrikes in Iraq against militants advancing on Mount Sinjar and the Kurdish
capital of Irbil.
A representative for the family and U.S. officials asked Tuesday that the woman not
be identified out of fear for her safety. All spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.
More than a week ago, freelance journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire,
was beheaded by the Islamic State group, which kidnapped him in November 2012.
The Islamic State video of Foley’s beheading also showed another of the missing
American journalists, Steven Sotloff, and warned he would be killed next if U.S.
The ISIL terrorist group had originally demanded the United States to provide a
ransom of $100 million before decapitating Foley, but the US refused to pay,
according to The New York Times.
Source: Al Manar TV
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The US has conducted fresh airstrikes on the “Islamic
State.” President Barack Obama says the assistance to Iraqi forces fighting to regain
control of the Mosul Dam area in line with objectives to protect US interests.
Fighter, bomber and drone aircraft carried out Monday’s strikes, the Pentagon
announced in a statement. Since August 8, the US military has conducted a total of
68 airstrikes in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. Of those, 35 have supported Iraqi
forces near the Mosul Dam.
“The failure of the Mosul Dam could threaten the lives of large numbers of civilians
and threaten US personnel and facilities – including the US Embassy in Baghdad,”
Obama wrote to Congress on Sunday. The US president added that failing to take
the dam back from the “Islamic State” (IS) could worsen the humanitarian situation,
and “prevent the Iraqi government from providing critical services.”
The US launched nine airstrikes Saturday and 14 Sunday to clear way for Kurdish
fighters (pictured). The attacks included the first reported use of land-based bombers
in the military campaign so far.
“Mosul Dam was liberated completely,” Ali Awni, an official from Iraq’s main Kurdish
party, told the news agency AFP Sunday. However, IS insists that it maintains
Lieutenant General Qassim al-Moussawi said Iraqi forces and Kurdish peshmerga
secured the dam Monday, but that part remained contested and fierce fighting
continued. In his televised statement, al-Moussawi added that security services had
dismantled at least 170 bombs around the dam but that many still remained and that
IS fighters had fled to areas near the south of the complex, hiding in homes.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media BAGHDAD—Militants from the Islamic State have seized Iraq’s largest
Christian town and surrounding areas in northern Iraq, prompting the exodus of tens
of thousands of people.
The capture of Qaraqosh by the Sunni-led extremists on August 7 followed the
overnight withdrawal of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, who had suffered a humiliating
defeat in the area over the weekend.
Before the Islamic State — then known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) — seized large swaths of western and northern Iraq in June and declared a
caliphate, Qaraqosh had a population of about 50,000 people, mostly Christians.
But thousands of displaced Iraqis also fled to Qaraqosh and other nearby towns that
were being defended by Kurdish fighters since the militants seized Mosul in June.
Militants also seized the mostly Christian towns of Tall Kayf, Bartella, and Karamlesh.
The other towns seized by the Islamic State on August 7 also had communities from
the Shabak Shi’ite minority. Reports say almost all of the residents and displaced
Iraqis have fled the towns.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on August 7 called for an emergency meeting
of the UN Security Council over the advances of Islamic militants in Iraq.
Earlier, Pope Francis called for world governments to take steps to protect Christians
driven from their villages in northern Iraq and provide them with humanitarian aid.
Meanwhile, Kurdish television reports that Mahmour and Gwar — two Kurdish
settlements less than 40 kilometers west of the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil — fell
to the militants on August 6.
The conquests put the jihadist fighters less than 20 kilometers from the border of
northern Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region.
A UN spokesman on August 7 said a total of 200,000 people had fled fighting in
northern Iraq in recent days, creating a “tragedy of immense proportions.”
The Islamic State also claimed it had seized Iraq’s largest dam, the Mosul Dam on the
Tigris River, but Kurdish forces said the dam was still under their control.
The latest militant advances come despite a counterattack on Mosul that was
launched by Kurdish fighters on August 6 in coordination with air strikes by Iraqi
Iraqi officials say one air strike on August 6 targeted a building in Mosul that was
under the control of the Sunni militants, killing at least 60 people.
Medical workers said the building was a prison run by the Islamic State since it seized
Mosul in June.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has a plan that would recommend US
President Barack Obama authorize drone attacks against the leader of the so-called
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Several defense officials spoke to the news media and said the circumstances that
would allow President Obama to order a drone strike are being deliberated. “He is a
person of great interest to us,” a defense official pentagon told CNN Wednesday of
the terrorist organization’s leader.
For a kill mission to happen, the U.S. must prove that the target poses a threat to
the U.S. and its interests, such as the U.S. Embassy staff in Baghdad. Such a strike
must be approved by Obama.
The US has already placed a $10 million bounty on Baghdadi’s head. According to
CNN, Baghdadi is essentially on a US “kill list” and is one of Washington’s “high value
targets” on whom US forces are collecting intelligence.
Meanwhile, some US officials – including Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan
Crocker, and Republican Sen. John McCain – have repeatedly raised concerns about
the threat posed by ISIL militants to America.
Officials told the network that capturing al-Baghdadi alive would be a difficult task
since the U.S. military allegedly does not have combat troops on the ground in either
Iraq or Syria.
Source: Al Manar News
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has
seized control of a Syrian oilfield located near the border with Iraq according to a
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL fighters took the
al-Tanak oilfield on July 4.
The oilfield is in Syria’s Deir el-Zour Province, along the border with Iraq, and comes a
day after ISIL’s seizure of al-Omar oilfield, the country’s largest.
The Observatory said ISIL seized the oilfields after rival Islamist groups, including the
Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front, withdrew from the area.
ISIL has declared an Islamic caliphate in areas it has seized in western and northern
The group has also pushed towards the Turkish border, where it has shelled one town
and taken control of several villages.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media BAGHDAD—Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that the Syrian air
force carried out this week air strikes targeting Takfiri militants, who have been
waging an insurgency against Iraq.
In an interview with BBC, Maliki “welcomed” any such strike against militants, as he
noted that Baghdad did not request the aerial raids which took place on Tuesday.
The strikes came after terrorists of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant
(ISIL) took control of the Al-Qaim border town on the Iraqi side of the frontier,
providing them a strategic route into conflict-hit Syria.
“Nouri Maliki said Syrian fighter jets had bombed militant positions around the border
town of Qaim on Tuesday,” the British broadcaster reported.
“While Iraq did not ask for the raid, he added, it “welcomed” any such strike,” it
The Iraqi PM said Iraq was buying Russian warplanes, which would arrive in a few
days, as the US kept delaying the sale of F16 jets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis with Maliki by phone last Friday,
the Kremlin reported on its website at the time.
Putin confirmed his “full support” for the government’s efforts to rid Iraqi territory of
“terrorists”, it said, without giving details.
Source: Al Manar TV
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United Nations’ human rights chief, Navi Pillay,
says fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have almost
certainly committed war crimes in northern Iraq in recent days by executing hundreds
of non-combatant men.
In a statement, Pillay said corroborated reports show that soldiers, military
conscripts, police, and others who surrendered or were captured by the Al-Qaeda
splinter group have been summarily executed during the past five days.
Pillay said: “Although the numbers cannot be verified yet,” the killings appeared to be
a “systematic series of cold-blooded executions, mostly conducted in various
locations in the Tikrit area.”
She said the Islamic militants also had executed 13 imams in Mosul for refusing to
pledge allegiance to ISIL.
ISIL has claimed that it killed some 1,700 Shi’ite military recruits in Tikrit, posting
photos online that show what appeared to be dozens of execution victims.
Washington says the Sunni-led militants are trying to stoke sectarian tensions in Iraq.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—From the very beginning, newly-elected Syrian
President Bashar Assad warned the West about arming terrorists in the region. Assad
was ignored. More and more weapons were funneled into Syria through Turkey. The
ammunition that was once in the hands of Libya’s Gaddafi suddenly disappeared, yet
no one raised questions as to what happened to those weapons.
The terrorist groups that banded together called “Friends of Syria” realized Assad was
too tough an adversary to dislodge, so they came up with Plan-B. They turned their
eyes to Syria’s neighbor Iraq, and while the West continued supporting the group
financially, little did the West know that the Islamists would turn against their
masters. They had no problem biting the hand that fed and sustained them.
This week the West woke up to news that al-Qaeda terrorists are not just a group, it
is a full-blown army that has put Iraq under siege. The group calls itself Sunni
fundamentalist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and wants to establish
Sharia Law in the region.
The West had no foresight to see that the groups they were supporting would betray
them, and terrorize innocent citizens. Assad’s words have now become a
self-fulfilling prophecy and the whole world now realizes the Islamists were never
interested in peace, they only wanted to spread their pernicious ideology as Assad
had warned. This is not Assad’s problem though. He has earned their respect and
they are terrified of him. Assad has killed more terrorists than perhaps anyone in the
history of mankind, and the ISIL has decided Syria is an adversary they do not want
to face anymore. Their adversary understands them better than they do him or
Everybody knows Assad hates terrorists. Had the West not supported al-Qaeda, the
crisis that is happening in Iraq would have been avoided. All the gains from Iraqi War
I and Iraqi War II have been erased.
In Mosul, people are fleeing for their lives. “The situation [in Mosul] is very, very bad,”
a woman told Reuters on June 12 in Irbil. “We couldn’t sleep at night. All night long,
we heard gunshots, mortar shells, and airplanes flying over. We couldn’t sleep. The
power went off and there was no water, so we fled Mosul.”
The State Department on June 11 said, “On June 11, the militants captured the city
of Tikrit, just a day after Iraqi security forces gave up their defense of the country’s
second largest city, Mosul, in the country’s Sunni heartland,” in a statement
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to unite
behind the Baghdad government.
“I’m urging that the whole international community must be united. We have to show
strong international commitment of solidarity to all these terrorists,” Ban said.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “The events in Iraq illustrate the total
failure of the adventure involving the United States and Britain.”
According to Al Manar, Lavrov further said, “The unity of Iraq is at risk. We are very
worried by what is happening in Iraq. We warned long ago that the adventure
undertaken by the Americans and the British would not end well.
“We stand in solidarity with the Iraqi leadership, the Iraqi people who should restore
peace and security in their country but actions of our Western partners cause a huge
amount of questions.”
As of this writing, the Islamists are marching toward Baghdad. They say they want to
turn it to a Caliphate–there is a score to settle. Warning! Graphic pictures of
The West is now forced to consider the only two entities that can completely
obliterate the enemy due to their strategic geographical locations. Iran, located to
the East of Iraq, and Syria on the West. The enemy is sandwiched between these
two countries, and with Iraqi national forces in the East, they could close in on the
enemy and eliminate it once and for all.
The attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan was a warning shot…the subsequent
invasion of Iraq by the Islamists is the aftermath.
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