Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group freed 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Seventeen men and two women were released after going through an ISIL court, according to the monitoring group.
Over 200 Assyrians still remain captive after being taken hostage during the ISIL’s advance near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka, in which a dozen villages occupied by the Christian minority were attacked. http://newscastmedia.com/assyrians.html
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that Damascus is “willing to cooperate with any country” —including the United States—that is willing to “fight terrorism.”
In a lengthy interview with the U.S. foreign-policy magazine Foreign Affairs published online on January 26, Assad criticized the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group for carrying out what he said were illegal strikes against militants on Syrian territory.
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Newscast Media BRUSSELS—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington and
Tehran are not coordinating their fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq but
that any Iranian military action against the IS would be “positive.”
Kerry made the comments in Brussels on December 3 after the Pentagon said there
were “indications that [Iran] did indeed” carry out air strikes against IS positions in
Kerry, who refused to confirm if Iran had carried out air strikes in Iraq, said the Iraqis
were responsible for all ground and air military operations and “what they choose to
do is up to them.”
Kerry continued that their were no plans “at this time” to coordinate military activity
A senior Iranian official denied that Iran had conducted air strikes against IS in Iraq.
The United States and Iran have not had diplomatic relations since Iranian activists
stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and took dozens of Americans hostage.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United Nations has accused the Islamic State
(IS) group of committing crimes against humanity on a large scale in Syria.
The independent UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on November 14 that
massacres, beheadings, torture, sexual enslavement, and forced pregnancy were now
part of life in areas of under the control of the group.
Meanwhile, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS has
beheaded a senior member of the group, accusing him of theft and embezzlement.
The Observatory said IS distributed a photograph of the decapitated man.
The group has been targeted by fresh rounds of U.S.-led air strikes.
The U.S. Central Command said in a statement November 14 that 35 air strikes were
conducted against the IS targets in Syria and Iraq in the past three days.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media TEHRAN—Over the weekend, the Iraqi government claimed a
significant victory for its troops and Shi’a militias near Baghdad: the recapture of
the key Islamic State-held town of Jurf Al-Sakhar.
Iraq’s new interior minister, Mohammed Salem Al-Ghabban, insisted that this victory,
which was apparently overseen by the commander of Iran’s Qods Force, Major
General Qassem Soleimani—was achieved without the assistance of the U.S.-led
coalition against IS. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media BAGHDAD—A report that Iran and Russia were to run a joint
operations room in Iraq to combat the Islamic State (IS) group is spreading across
The report originates in Lebanon’s “Al-Mustaqbal” newspaper, which cites unnamed
“Iraqi source” as saying that Russian and Iranian military experts were to work with
the Iraqi military to establish a joint anti-IS operations room.
The unnamed Iraqi sources went on to say that more than 60 Russian and other
experts were currently in Baghdad and staying at the Royal Tulip Al Rasheed Hotel in
Baghdad’s Green Zone. The experts specialize in the training of officers and Iraqi
pilots as well as the use of Russian military equipment, including the helicopters that
Moscow recently supplied to Baghdad. Earlier this month, Russian media reported that
Iraq had received a third consignment of Russian Mi-35M helicopters.
“Al-Mustaqbal” wrote that the Russian-Iranian axis would compete with their American
rivals to provide military and logistical assistance to the Iraqi government in its battle
against IS militants.
It is not possible to independently verify the “Al-Mustaqbal” report.
Russia’s official media has—unsurprisingly—not reported on any rumors of plans for a
joint operations room with Iran in Iraq.
However, Moscow is continuing to stress that it is providing both Iraq and Syria with
aid, including military assistance, to help them combat IS.
The TASS news agency published an interview with Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary
of Russia’s Security Council, who visited Iran this week, and who insisted that “the
actions of any coalition on the territory of a sovereign state should be based on a UN
Patrushev said that Russia had “always supported and continues to support the
efforts of the Iraqi and Syrian authorities to combat militants from various extremist
groups. The assistance provided by us was also in the military field. We supply Iraq
and Syria with weapons that actually strengthen their ability to counter terrorists.”
On October 23, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced that Moscow had provided
humanitarian assistance, including foodstuffs, blankets, mobile generators, and tents
to Iraqi Kurds in Irbil who are “suffering as a result of continued fighting with the
terror group IS in north western Iraq.”
Over the past week, Russia has also said that Iran is an important partner in the fight
against IS. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on
October 21 that “the so-called coalition [the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition] refuses to
cooperate with Damascus and Tehran, who are logical allies in the fight against
terrorism in the region.”
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media TEHRAN—Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Grand
Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei stressed Monday that enemy’s plots against Iran
throughout years have failed to defeat it, adding that today’s efforts by the United
States and its allies against the terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant’ (ISIL) Takfiri group are not real.
In a meeting he held in Tehran, his eminence said, “If anyone fuels the fire in this
regard (the so-called fight against ISIL), he will definitely be helping sinister America
and Britain which are the creators of the ISIL and al-Qaeda.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also urged Muslims not to get dragged to any move that would
affect their unity and put them into enemies’ hands.
Grand Ayatollah expressed that the enemies of Islam have always sought to ignite
sedition between both Muslim sects – Shiites and Sunnis – in order to deflect their
attention from the real enemy.
“Shias and Sunni shouldn’t help the enemy by desecrating their sanctities and
provoking one another’s sentiments,” the Supreme Leader underlined.
Ayatollah Khamenei added all enemy efforts including their divisive plots against Iran
over the past thirty five years have failed.
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media MOSCOW—In a telephone conversation with his father, an Islamic
State (IS) commander, Tarkhan Batirashvili, also known as Omar al-Shishani or Omar
the Chechen, stated that the militant group plans to invade Russia, Bloomberg
“He said “don’t worry dad, I’ll come home and show the Russians,’” Bloomberg quoted
Temur Batirashvili, the father of the IS commander, as saying Thursday.
“I have many thousands following me now and I’ll get more. We’ll have our revenge
against Russia,” Omar the Chechen told his father, according to Bloomberg.
In September, the IS issued a video threatening to include Chechnya into its
self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate.
In late September, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram
account that Russia had enough power and the means to stop terrorists from
crossing its borders. “Taking all responsibility, I declare that those who have voiced a
threat against Russia or who have mentioned the name of our President Vladimir Putin
will be destroyed right where they made their statement. We will not wait for them to
get behind the steering wheel of a plane. They will go where his fellow terrorists are
rotting,” Kadyrov wrote.
Several hundred individuals from the United States and Canada, as well as about 500
Britons are believed to be fighting for the IS. There are also militants from other
countries among IS fighters.
The IS, a sectarian Sunni Muslim militia, is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq
and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It seized
large parts of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the areas under
its control. Its rapid advance in northern Iraq triggered a response from Washington,
which launched airstrikes against the insurgents fighting on the Iraqi soil in August.
The military campaign was subsequently extended to Syria, with an international
coalition set up to defeat the extremists.
According to the US State Department, the coalition currently comprises more than
60 countries, including Arab League members and a number of European countries.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media CAIRO—The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility in
an online video on Friday that showed the beheading of British aid worker Alan
In the one-minute video clip titled “Another Message to America and its Allies,”
roughly the same as those released after three previous murders, a masked IS
militant also introduced another hostage it identified as a U.S. aid worker Peter
The video was found online by the SITE private terrorism monitor and opened with a
news coverage about the British parliament’s vote last week to authorize air strikes
against IS targets in Iraq. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media ALEPPO, Syria—Determined to rid the Levant of terrorists, the Syrian
army has continued its quest to flush out terrorists from their dens and hideouts and
mop them up.
The Syrian army on Wednesday established full control of al-Masasneh village
southwest of Mourek in the countryside of the central province of Hama, leaving
numbers of terrorists dead and wounded, in addition to destroying their vehicles,
according to SANA.
The Syrian army also regained the villages of Ein al-Jawzeh and Ruweiset al-Ja’oureh
in the northern countryside of Latakia after killing large numbers of terrorists, some of
The Syrian army continued on Wednesday to launch military operations against the
terrorist organizations across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them in
personnel and equipment, SANA reported. Army units targeted gatherings of terrorists
in Bosra al-Sham, Atman, al-Hrak and al-Yadouda, while other units destroyed a
bulldozer in al-Nu’eima town in the countryside of Daraa, killing of a number of
Meanwhile, an army unit killed many terrorists and injured others in Mas’hara and
al-Samadaniyeh al-Gharbiyeh in the countryside of Quneitra.
Syrian Army units also targeted gatherings of terrorists in Kadin, Salma, Dourin,
al-Mugheiriyeh and Tirtyah areas in the northern countryside of the coastal province
of Latakia, killing a big number of them and destroying many of their cars which were
equipped with heavy machine guns.
The Syrian army destroyed several boats belonging to terrorists in al-Rastan Lake, killing all
terrorists aboard, in addition to eliminating scores of terrorists in al-Waer, al-Sam’alil
and Deir Salam in al-Houla and in al-Hilaliya farm in Um Sharshouh in the countryside
of the central province of Homs.
In Deir Ezzor, a unit of the Syrian armed forces destroyed two dens of ISIL terrorists
in Nazlet al-Rdeisat the city, killing and injuring several of them.
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media NEW YORK—Speaking at the U.N. Security Council Summit in New
York, President Barack Obama said there was an the unprecedented flow of fighters in
recent years to and from conflict zones, including Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa,
Yemen, Libya, and most recently, Syria and Iraq.
“Our intelligence agencies estimate that more than 15,000 foreign fighters from more
than 80 nations have traveled to Syria in recent years,” he said. “Many have joined
terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda’s affiliate, the Nusrah Front, and ISIL, which
now threatens people across Syria and Iraq. And I want to acknowledge and thank
Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq for being here today,” he added. FULL STORY>>
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 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 BAGHDAD—Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are
neither needed nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.
Haidar al-Abadi also urged the international community to expand the campaign
against the Islamic extremists to Syria.
Abadi said the fight against Islamic State will be endless unless the militants — who
control a large swath of land spanning both countries — are attacked in Syria as well.
He added that Iran’s absence from a Paris meeting on fighting Islamic State was
Some 30 countries and organizations on September 15 attended the Paris meeting
and agreed to provide Baghdad with “appropriate military aid” to combat the Islamic
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.
In Washington, FBI Director James Comey told Congress on September 17 that
support for IS increased after U.S. air strikes began in Iraq.
Comey added that the group might take more hostages to try to force concessions
Source: Radio Free Europe
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 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>>