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  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +5

    Israeli teenager jailed for refusing military service speaks out

    “When I was little, I dreamt of being an IDF war pilot,” says 19-year-old Noa Gur Golan. Now, however, the teenager is sitting in Military Prison 396 near Haifa. She’s been branded a traitor and a coward. It’s not clear when she is going to be released, because she’s being detained for refusing to do her military service with the Israel Defence Force (IDF).

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +5 +3

    ISIS Element Burned Alive by First Wife on Wedding Night

    An ISIS element has been burned to death by his first wife on the night of his marriage with another woman in Tal Afar, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. An informed Iraqi source in Nineveh Province has said the first wife of an ISIS terrorist has burned alive the husband, along with his newlywed second spouse, a few minutes after the end of their wedding ceremony in Tal Afar in west of the northern Iraqi province.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +9 +3

    Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and 'return it to the Arab fold'

    Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region. Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia’s long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by bradd
    +14 +3

    Saudi coalition has killed hundreds of children in Yemen, confidential UN report claims

    The Saudi military coalition – which receives logistical support, weapons and political backing from the US and UK – has been accused of killing hundreds of children in Yemen, according to a confidential UN report. The report, which has yet to be made public and could still be changed, says that 51 per cent of all child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year were the result of the Saudi-led military operation. It says the deaths were “unacceptably high”.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zritic
    +14 +4

    Qatar Worried about Safety of Citizens in Saudi Arabia

    Speaking in a visit to Norway, the Qatari FM noted that Saudi authorities had yet to respond to queries from the Qatari Ministry of Islamic Affairs regarding the security of Qatari citizens during Hajj. “The level of tension between the two nations, the language and the tone of the Saudi media spreading hatred against Qatari people represents a great concern for us,” he told a news conference, as reported by Reuters.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +12 +3

    Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militants

    Lebanon's U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants who in 2014 gained a foothold along the tiny Mediterranean country's border with Syria. The long-awaited campaign aims to defeat IS in the group's border enclave and put an end to a terror threat that has loomed over Lebanon.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +19 +4

    At least 42 civilians dead after US-led coalition air strike on Syrian city, activists report

    US-led coalition air strikes killed at least 42 civilians after targeting densely-populated neighbourhoods of the Isis-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa, a monitoring group has said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included 19 children and 12 women.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +13 +2

    The Pentagon Is Spending $2 Billion Running Soviet-Era Guns to Syrian Rebels

    The U.S. Department of Defense is reportedly still funneling billions of dollars’ worth of Soviet-era weaponry to anti-Islamic State groups in Syria, with questionable oversight. In a joint report published Tuesday, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) allege that the Pentagon has given up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons to groups like the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +16 +1

    Syrian Kurds in Rojava Vote for a Democratic System After ISIS

    The city of Kobani in northern Syria suffered under an Islamic State siege from 2014 until the U.S.-led Coalition decided to back the Syrian Kurds, eventually defeating ISIS after a battle that lasted more than six months. Every family in Kobani has lost someone to ISIS and even now hundreds of civilians remains in the terror group’s hands. They were kidnapped on the roads in Aleppo or Raqqa before 2014 and nobody knows if they are dead or alive.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by takai
    +1 +1

    Isis retakes town 200 miles into Syrian government territory in surprise counter attack

    Isis has managed to recapture a town deep inside Syrian-regime controlled territory in a successful counteroffensive as it fights to defend its last strongholds in the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said. At least 153 Syrian army soldiers and allied militias such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah have lost their lives in heavy fighting since 28 September which culminated in Isis seizing the town of al-Qaryatayn in Homs province on Monday, the UK-based monitor said.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by socialiguana
    +34 +10

    'We will kill you in your homes': ISIS terrorists threaten Putin

    Vladimir Putin and Russia are the latest to be threatened by ISIS in a video published by one of the terror group's members. The nine-minute video shows armed militants launching attacks on vehicles and tents and the clip ends with a masked terrorist stating Russia was its next target. He says: 'Listen, Putin. We will come to Russia and kill you in your homes.'

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by sasky
    +27 +10

    Isis ranks dwindle to 15,000 amid 'retreat on all fronts', claims Pentagon

    A top US commander has claimed the military campaigns in Iraq and Syria have taken 45,000 enemy combatants off the battlefield and reduced the total number of Islamic State fighters to as few as 15,000. Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland said both the quality and number of Isis fighters was declining, while warning that it was difficult to determine accurate numbers. Earlier estimates put the number of Islamic State fighters at between 19,000 and 25,000 but US officials say the range is now roughly 15,000 to 20,000.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by distant
    +56 +10

    ISIS sex slave survivor: They beat me, raped me, treated me like an animal

    A woman from the Yazidi people speaks about an unspeakable nightmare. Nadia Murad’s village was ravaged by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters. All the men were killed, and she, along with other girls, was forced to become a sex slave. The horrors that Nadia described to us are happening now on a daily basis. While the big powers, the high and mighty, squabble over spheres of influence, a great crime - reminiscent of the Holocaust – is taking place virtually unnoticed. This interview is a cry for help from people facing genocide.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Mai
    +21 +9

    Irish student facing death penalty in Egypt writes heartbreaking letter home marking three years in prison

    An Irish student who was arrested three years ago on Wednesday for taking part in a peaceful protest in Egypt has written a letter to mark the anniversary, apologising for not being around to his parents, family and friends. Ibrahim Halawa, who born and raised in Dublin, was just 17 when he was detained along with hundreds of others during a visit to family in Cairo. He now faces a potential death sentence.

  • Video/Audio
    1 year ago
    by rti9
    +30 +9

    Life Behind the Burqa in Afghanistan

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +53 +13

    SAS sniper kills ISIS executioner moments before he kills 12

    A British sniper took out a feared ISIS executioner as he prepared to murder several hostages by shooting a fuel tank on his back and incinerating him. The SAS marksman fired a single round from his Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle at the terrorist, who was about to use a flame thrower to kill 12, from 1,500m. The bullet hit the flame thrower's fuel tank and caused a huge fireball, also killing three other ISIS members who were ready to film the execution.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Mai
    +31 +11

    Yemen on brink of famine as civil war rages

    The UN Security Council is calling on all parties in Yemen's civil war to halt all military activity and abide by the terms of a cessation of hostilities agreed upon in April.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by spacepopper
    +27 +10

    UN reveals 235,000 migrants are waiting to cross the Mediterranean

    Some 235,000 migrants in Libya are ready to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Italy as soon as the opportunity arises, UN envoy Martin Kobler said in an interview published Thursday. According to Italy's interior ministry, nearly 128,400 migrants have arrived via the Mediterranean since the start of the year - which is a five percent jump over the same period in 2015.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by b1ackbird
    +30 +8

    ISIS suspected of mustard attack against US and Iraqi troops

    ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by mariogi
    +31 +13

    32 killed in latest Saudi attack in Yemen

    At least 32 civilians have been killed and scores more injured in a Saudi airstrike on Yemen's western Hudaydah province. The strikes were carried out against a busy marketplace in the province's Hawak district late on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Saudi warplanes targeted residential areas in the northwestern province of Sa'ada. Meanwhile, Yemeni forces have carried out a retaliatory missile attack on a Saudi military base in the kingdom’s southern Najran region.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +33 +8

    Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos

    The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee. The agency’s staff worked alongside high-ranking U.S. military officers in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jcscher
    +34 +7

    IS Confirms Death of Propaganda Chief Abu Mohammed al-Furqan

    So-called Islamic State confirms the death last month of one of its most senior leaders, information minister Abu Mohammed al-Furqan.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Mai
    +27 +8

    Syria's civil war: Russian air raids kill 56 in Aleppo

    International group including Saudi Arabia and Qatar calls on UN Security Council to help stop the bloodshed.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Appaloosa
    +24 +8

    Three US strikes hit radar sites in Yemen, Pentagon says

    Three US strikes hit radar sites in Yemen on Wednesday night, the Pentagon said, after the USS Mason was targeted by missiles this week in the Red Sea.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by socialiguana
    +29 +8

    What happens when the US government is asked the difference between Russia in Syria and Saudi Arabia in Yemen

    A US government spokesperson has struggled to answer questions put to him on why the US condemns Russian bombing in Syria, and supports Saudi-led bombing in Yemen, both of which have killed thousands of civilians. During a media briefing in Washington DC on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson John Kirby was asked repeatedly about whether Saudi coalition bombing of Houthi rebels in Sanaa - facilitated by US arms sales to the Gulf state - deliberately targets civilian infrastructure.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +21 +8

    Surviving the Fall of ISIS

    As Iraqi and coalition forces invade Mosul, the last ISIS stronghold in Iraq, the grim details of the extremist group’s rule come to light.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +40 +9

    Saudi prince executed for murder

    SAUDI Arabia has executed a member of the royal family for murder, in a rare case involving one of the thousands of members of the House of Saud. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer was put to death in the capital Riyadh for shooting dead Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdulkareem al-Muhaimeed, a Saudi, during a mass brawl, the interior ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The prince was the 134th local or foreigner put to death this year, according to an AFP tally of ministry statements.

  • Video/Audio
    12 months ago
    by rti9
    +33 +6

    The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    The Ottoman Empire used to be one of the world's largest empires. So how did this mighty empire meet its demise?

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by rawlings
    +32 +6

    ISIS Reportedly Murders Hundreds of Iraqi Civilians As It Defends Mosul

    ISIS militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul have reportedly executed at least 232 people and forced thousands of others to relocate at gunpoint in order to transform them into human shields, the United Nation’s human rights office said on Friday. The apparent executions and forced movements suggest the jihadist group is turning to increasingly brutal measures as it attempts to defend Mosul from a large-scale military offensive launched on Oct. 17 meant to restore government control over the city, which was once Iraq’s second largest.

  • Expression
    11 months ago
    by cone
    +12 +6

    From Racism to Terrorism: the Jihadi Siren Call | Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy

    Throughout his campaign for president of the United States, Republican nominee Donald Trump has time and time again denigrated Muslim communities living on American soil and abroad. Trump’s critics have underscored how promoting the prejudicial treatment of Muslims only helps to strengthen anti-American Islamist organizations. By targeting Muslims, the arguments go, Trump inadvertently validates claims made by groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda about the inevitable mistreatment of Muslims by the US, regardless of whether or not they are law-abiding citizens.

  • Analysis
    11 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +36 +6

    Turkey and the Next War

    It has become a destabilizing force in the Near East. By Philip Garaldi.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +18 +6

    Iraqi military: Mass grave with 100 decapitated bodies found south of Mosul

    A mass grave containing about 100 decapitated bodies has been found south of Mosul, Iraq's military said in a statement Monday. The mass grave was discovered by Iraqi forces in the School of Agriculture on the outskirts of Hammam al-Alil, a town recaptured from the Islamic State on Monday, Iraq's Joint Military Command said, according to CNN. "Gangs of ISIS militants continue to commit crimes against our people," the statement said, CNN reported.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by robmonk
    +25 +6

    Islamic State tunnels below Mosul are a hidden and deadly danger

    “They’re everywhere,” said the Iraqi intelligence officer, sweeping his arm from this ancient Christian village toward the horizon. The Iraqi captain was searching for tunnels dug by Islamic State fighters. The officer stomped on the ground. “Here. We found one, then three, now six. Right here.” And over there? “More,” he said. “And more.” Villages recaptured from ISIS over the past three weeks by the Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi army forces on the road to Mosul have been honeycombed with tunnels, many of them booby-trapped.

  • Expression
    11 months ago
    by takai
    +14 +5

    Teen hits back at ISIS with art

    When footage emerged of ISIS destroying the ancient city of Nimrud outside Mosul, the world stood powerless in the face of a group of militants using sledgehammers and electric drills to obliterate centuries-old archaeological gems. But 17-year-old Nenous Thabit rolled up his sleeves and began work on replicating the sculptures. For Thabit, an Assyrian Christian, the 3,000-year-old city -- which once formed the capital of an Assyrian empire reaching from Egypt to parts of modern-day Iran and Turkey -- was a source of pride. He considers the artifacts of Nimrud to be the work of his ancestors.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by Mai
    +17 +5

    Aleppo family says goodbye on Twitter

    A seven-year-old Syrian girl, who has captured international attention tweeting about daily life in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, shared a message late Sunday night that her house had been bombed.