ISIS have executed two brave media activists in Raqqa, releasing a graphic video of their interrogation and brutal execution in an attempt to deter other activists in the Syrian city.
The 21-year-old media activists are named as Bashar Abdul Atheem and Faisal Hasan Al Habib, local residents in Raqqa, who were working against ISIS.
Unconfirmed reports claim the two men were working as part of the renowned Syrian activist group, ‘raqqa is being slaughtered silently’.
In the video, the two young men are accused of being ‘informants’ and were allegedly caught handing out anti-Shariah leaflets in ISIS’s de-facto capital city, Raqqa.
Following their arrest, the activists are shown wearing orange jumpsuits. They appear to sitting in a dimly lit interrogation room, where they are questioned about their activities.
(I’m no expert but if I had to guess, I would say that the Islamic State is a little past the anti sharia flyer stage of resistance)
A former model who swapped her comfortable life to fight ISIS in Syria has told of the horrors of her time in battle on the frontline.
Stunning Tiger Sun said she saw a little girl, who had been blown up by a landmine, die because the Kurds have no medical training.
She also revealed how, on patrol, she trod on a charred finger and looked round – but couldn’t find the body it belonged to.
The former model, 46, fought jihadist fighters from Islamic State for four months with the Kurdish YPJ (People’s Protection Units), until her legs buckled under the weight of her kit and malnutrition forced her to return home to Canada.
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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to approve the law this week, after pledging tough measures against militants who have bedevilled the country since the army’s ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
The former army chief has led an extensive crackdown on the Islamist opposition and militants, vowing to eradicate Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement and jihadists.
But one year into Sisi’s rule, his government was stunned by the assassination of state prosecutor Hisham Barakat on June 29.
Barakat’s killing in a car bombing was followed by large-scale attacks on soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, prompting the cabinet to rush through the law over the objections of rights groups.
“It’s a disaster to see the state pass such a law in an atmosphere charged with calls for revenge,” said Gamal Eid, a lawyer who heads the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.
BEIRUT – Dramatic reports have emerged in Jordan that the country’s security forces have stopped an Iranian terror plot following the arrest of a man affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
Jordan’s leading Al-Rai newspaper first broke the story of the thwarted terror plot early Monday, reporting that security forces had arrested an Iraqi-Norwegian national in possession of 45 kilograms of explosives in the north of the country.
A source told the daily that the man was affiliated with an Iranian group and was plotting terror attacks in Jordan.
“This case is the largest in ten years in terms of the amount of explosive materials and their quality,” the source explained.
The Jordanian paper later took down the story, replacing it with a newer version explaining that Jordan’s State Security Court issued a decision banning the publication of stories related to the issue of the arrested man.
Later in the day, AFP cited a judicial source as saying that “security services thwarted a terrorist plan at the last minute which was going to be carried out by an Iraqi on behalf of Iran’s Quds Force,” the special forces branch of the IRGC.
5. Euronews video on the Turkish protests of Chinese resistance to Islamic reshaping of their society
6. Chinese embassy issues travel warning for Turkey
(But it should probably by the Korean government)
(Well they are getting first rate weapons and US help to disarm those who fight against them, so this shouldn’t be a surprise)
Yes, ISIS videos are of far higher quality than are those of other groups – we would say they are, technically, a generation ahead of most others. But there’s something else going on here that people are cueing on. We would argue that, visually, ISIS videos mimic what could be called a “Hollywood visual style.” And this is being done so systematically and carefully that, while its entirely possible that it’s accidental, we find that very unlikely.
While there has been a great deal of work done on the way ISIS uses Social Media to distribute their materials, our focus is on the content of their output, specifically, on their visual material. We believe this focus is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the enormous amount of empirical research that argues that visual material, in many contexts, can actually be more powerful than textual. That is to say, the image can trump the word: it more effectively draws the viewer’s attention, it is remembered more accurately and for a longer period of time.
8. Canada’s immigration services fail again as they let in Hanoi Jane to rabble rouse for communists in Toronto
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