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 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 TEHRAN—Iranian government officials including President Hassan
Rohani have expressed readiness to help the government of their Iraqi ally, Nuri
al-Maliki, fight the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) amid
Western media reports that the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has already
dispatched forces to Iraq.
Rohani warned that Tehran is not ready to stand by and tolerate the recent violence
in Iraq. He did not elaborate on the time and measures Iran could take to assist
Maliki. Iran’s police chief, Esmail Ahmadi Moghadam, was quoted as saying that
Tehran could intervene to protect Shi’ite shrines and cities. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>