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ISIL beheads 81-year-old archeologist outside museum in ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in the ancient town of Palmyra, then hung his body from one of the town’s Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday.

The killing of 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad was the latest atrocity perpetrated by the militant group, which has captured a third of both Syria and neighbouring Iraq and declared a self-styled "caliphate" on the territory it controls.

Since ISIL overran Palmyra in May, there have been fears the extremists, who have destroyed famed archaeological sites in Iraq, would demolish the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city at the edge of the town - a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the Mideast's most spectacular archaeological sites.

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ISIS Destroys Tombs of Biblical Prophets Jonah, Daniel

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has destroyed the tomb of Biblical Jonah, according to Arabic media outlets, in a show of disdain for non-Islamic cultures. 

"ISIS militants have destroyed the Prophet Younis (Jonah) shrine east of Mosul city after they seized control of the mosque completely," a security source, who kept his identity anonymous, told the Iraq-based al-Sumaria News Thursday. "The militants closed all of the mosque doors and prevented worshipers from entering to pray."

A witness who did not wish to give his name said that ISIS militants "first stopped people from praying in it, they fixed explosive charges around and inside it and then blew it up in front of a large gathering of people," according to AFP.

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'Isis' beheading: Man decapitated in France 'by attacker who tried to blow up factory'

France is in shock today after another alleged terrorist attack where a man was decapitated by a suspected Isis supporter who tried to blow up a factory.

The murdered man's head was found attached to a wire mesh fence surrounded by two Islamist flags near the entrance to the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, police said.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the man's face was covered in Arabic writing and there was speculation that he may have been murdered elsewhere and the body then taken to Air Products for the gruesome display.

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Muslim immigrants on the rampage in Italy

Muslim immigrants in Italy gang-rape, beat head of reception center, destroy facility, attack care workers of a healthcare centre.

In Fiuggi, one hour south of Rome, a Muslim "migrant" youth gang-raped and tried to kill the head of the facility. They tore up and destroyed the migrant "Welcome" facility and beat up other care workers - the people who had cared for them over the past six months.

Of course, Europe's 'multicultural' politicians will say, "It's a cultural thing, and we must respect their culture, doncha know". It's what the EU says. And jihadis oblige.

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ISIS storms northeast Syrian city of Hassakeh, attacks Kobani

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants launched major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday in a swift counter-offensive after recent battlefield setbacks, storming government-held areas in one mostly Kurdish city and setting off deadly car bombs as they pushed back into a border town they were expelled from earlier this year.

The ISIS offensive was two-pronged and left dozens of people dead or wounded. On one front, ISIS fighters advanced early in the morning into the northeastern city of Hassakeh, long split between Syrian Kurds and government forces, capturing parts of it.

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Jeb Bush says more U.S. ground troops may be needed to fight ISIL after Hillary Clinton 'stood by'

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday the U.S. may need to send more ground troops into Iraq to defeat Islamic State militants, but he stopped short of saying how many as he outlined his strategy for combating a threat that's "spreading like a pandemic."

In the first major foreign policy speech of his White House bid, Bush sharply criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state and accused the Democratic front-runner and President Barack Obama of allowing the militant group to take hold in the Middle East.

"Who can seriously argue that America and our friends are safer today than in 2009, when the president and Secretary Clinton - the storied 'team of rivals' - took office?" Bush said. "So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers."

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ISIL posts horrifying video of men burned alive in car, beheaded with explosive cable and drowned in cage

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has posted video online of a series of executions, showing accused spies being drowned, burned alive and decapitated with an explosive cable.

The video, translated by SITE Intelligence Group, shows captives giving confessional statements on screen before their deaths.

In the first of three executions in the seven-minute video, four captives are shuffled into a sedan parked in a desert. An ISIL fighter shoots a rocket-propelled grenade at the car and the camera zooms in on the burning men, whose screams are audible in the video.

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'The girls get peddled like barrels of petrol': Islamic State has slave price list for children, women, UN says

A senior United Nations official says Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is circulating a slave price list for captured women and children, and that the group's ongoing appeal and barbarity pose an unprecedented challenge.

The official, Zainab Bangura, said that on a trip to Iraq in April she was given a copy of an Islamic State pamphlet, which included the list, showing that captured children as young as one fetch the highest price. The bidders include both the group's own fighters and wealthy Middle Easterners.

The list shows the group's view of the value of those it captures and surfaced some eight months ago, though its authenticity came under question. Bangura, who is the UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict and was also in Jordan and Turkey, said she has verified that the document came from Islamic State and reflects real transactions.

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ISIS plants mines, bombs in Palmyra, Syria

ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has planted mines and bombs in the ancient part of the central Syrian city of Palmyra, home to Roman-era ruins, a group monitoring the war said on Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear whether the group was preparing to destroy the ancient ruins or planted the mines to deter government forces from advancing toward the city, also known as Tadmur.

"They have planted it yesterday. They also planted some around the Roman theatre, we still do not know the real reason," Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Observatory, told Reuters.

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Jewish Man Who Fled Nazis Funds Rescue of 2,000 Christians From ISIS to Repay 'Debt'

A Jewish man in the U.K. is funding the rescue of up to 2,000 Christian families from Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq to show his gratitude for the Christians who saved him from Nazi persecution, The Independent reported on Tuesday.

The resettlement project, named Operation Safe Haven, last week arranged the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland, where they will seek refugee. The group aims to provide 12-18 months of paid support to the refugees, according to The Independent.

The man behind the project is Lord Weidenfeld, 94, a former publisher who said he has "a debt to repay" to Christians because they provided him as a child with food and clothing, and helped him reach Britain after he fled Nazi-occupied Austria. In 1938, a year before the start of World War II, he arrived in Britain by train as part of the Kindertransport rescue effort that brought thousands of Jewish refugee children to the U.K.

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Chaos inside the Afghan parliament as Taliban fighters launch complex attack

The Taliban launched a complex attack on the Afghan parliament Monday, with a suicide car bomber striking at the entrance and gunmen battling police as lawmakers were meeting inside to try to confirm the appointment of a defence minister, police and witnesses said.

Afghan security forces managed to repel the attack, killing all seven gunmen and ensuring that no members of parliament were harmed. But the audacious assault on one of the most heavily guarded compounds in the capital came as the Taliban captured two northern districts in as many days, displaying their ability to operate on multiple fronts.

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ISIL fires across Syrian border and kills a lone sentry. Turkey unleashes three F-16 fighter jets in retribution

Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria on Friday, government officials said, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, killing a soldier.

The bombing is a strong tactical shift for Turkey, which had long been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against the extremist group.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the airstrikes had "removed potential threats" to Turkey and targets were hit with "100 per cent accuracy." He did not rule out further strikes, saying Turkey was determined to stave off all terror threats against it.

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Face reality: Many Muslims support ISIS

In the last week of May, the Qatar-based Arabic news network Al-Jazeera polled its Arabic-language audience on the question: "Do you support the victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in your region?"

The results were shocking. Of the 56,881 Arabic-speaking respondents, a whopping 81% voted yes.

The results of this online survey may not be scientific.

But they do provide anecdotal evidence of what many see as a rise in the support of Islamism in the Arab Middle East, among Muslims in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, and in the diaspora in Britain and France.

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'You're either dead or dead': Former ISIL fighter says joining organization is a death sentence

A German former fighter for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has given a rare interview detailing the atrocities of the terrorist organisation, and warning potential recruits that, "You're either dead or dead."

The 26-year-old man, named only as Ebrahim B. under German privacy laws, recounted his experiences in a highly unusual interview with German media before he stands trial next month, charged with being a member of a terrorist organization.

He described how he was recruited at a mosque in Wolfsburg in northern Germany. He said he had a difficult time at school and had recently broken up with his fiancee.

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As ISIS Brutalizes Women, a Pathetic Feminist Silence

Oh, how the feminist movement has lost its way. And the deafening silence over ISIS's latest brutal crimes makes that all too clear.

Fifty years ago, American women launched a liberation campaign for freedom and equality. We achieved a revolution in the Western world and created a vision for girls and women everywhere.

Second-wave feminism was an ideologically diverse movement that pioneered society's understanding of how women were disadvantaged economically, reproductively, politically, physically, psychologically and sexually.

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ISIS child soldier beheads prisoner in video

Another week, another new low for the warring scumbags known as ISIS.

A sickening new propaganda video, issued as Muslims around the world prepared to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, shows a child soldier beheading a Syrian prisoner. The boy looks to be no older than 12.

It's the first time ISIS has recorded one of its "cubs of the caliphate" conducting a beheading, though earlier videos have shown child soldiers as firing-squad executioners.

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From the heart of ISIL territory, covert network exposes atrocities using social media

The man's voice was brisk and low as he called in his report from the dark heart of ISIL's self-proclaimed capital, the north-central Syrian city of Raqqa.

ISIL police are out in force in the city's central square, he said. They are stopping passers-by at random and scrutinizing their mobile phones. Two people have been detained. ISIL fighters have also set up extra checkpoints on roads approaching the city and seem in an unusually jumpy mood.

"Don't call me back unless I call you," said the man, who also seemed nervous, before he hung up.

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Tigris runs red in video of ISIL massacre that killed up to 1,700 Shia Muslims and soldiers

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has released new footage from its deadliest massacre, showing executions on an industrial scale at a military base following its attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit last year.

The footage shows young army conscripts falling off the back of trucks at Speicher military base and later lying ready to be shot in pits or at the edge of the Tigris. At times, the water runs red with blood.

The soldiers are lined up in their hundreds and shot in shallow graves. The highest estimates put the number of dead at 1,700, most of whom were Shia. At one point, the video shows an excavator being used to move piles of bodies.

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Time running out to hold Winnipeg ISIS supporter in custody, expert says

Aaron Driver, a Winnipeg-based ISIS supporter known by the alias Harun Abdurahman, has a hearing before a judge Tuesday as time runs out for authorities to hold him without a court appearance.

Driver has been in custody since Thursday, the same day his home in Charleswood was raided.

"There is a maximum period of time that the authorities are allowed to detain a person before they appear before a judge," said Wesley Wark, a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa specializing in national security and terrorism... And the clock is ticking in this case. Normally he would have to appear [Monday], that can be extended by another 12 hours, so the maximum period of time that he could be detained would be until [Tuesday]." 

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Shahidullah Shahid, ISIS commander in Afghanistan, killed by U.S. drone strike

The Afghan intelligence agency on Thursday said a third top Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) commander in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the country's east this week.

Shahidullah Shahid, a former member of the Pakistani Taliban who defected to ISIS and was operating in Afghanistan, was killed along with five militants on Tuesday, an official said.

"He wanted to expand [ISIS's] operation in the country and with his death, it will have an impact on their activities," Hasib Sediqi, spokesman for the Afghanistan National Directorate of Security (NDS), told Reuters.

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Canadians who travel abroad to fight ISIL get little scrutiny upon return, suggesting Canada isn't keen on stopping them

Brandon Glossop wasn't sure what to expect when he landed at Vancouver International Airport two weeks ago. The former oil sands worker had just spent three months in northern Syria, where he had fought with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

But when he got to Canada Customs and explained what he'd been up to, the officer simply shook his hand, he said in an exclusive interview. Border officials searched his luggage but quickly sent him on his way. They never found the ISIL flag he had hidden in his sleeping bag.

The flag is a black pendant with white Arabic lettering and frilly trim. A Kurdish fighter captured it in a Syrian village. Glossop wanted it so badly he traded a pair of combat pants and sunglasses for it. Since returning home to Vancouver Island, he's been posing for pictures with it.

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