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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