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Al Qaeda Yemen gets behind ISIL

THE LEVANT – The most terrifying and brutal branch of Al Qaeda, the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), vows its solidarity with the ISIS against the American and Iranian conspiracy and their agents of the apostate Gulf rulers. The solidarity was announced after U.S. launched air strikes in Iraq against the …

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The UN Strikes Back at ISIL’s Black Economy

THE LEVANT – By Luay Al Khatheeb – The United Nation Security Council dramatically escalated the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Al Nusra Front (JNF) and other Al Qaeda splinter groups by passing UN Resolution 2170 in August 2014, thereby expanding the range of retaliatory measures (short …

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Syrian army slays Jihadists

THE LEVANT – Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state media said. Islamic State fighters began a long-anticipated offensive on Wednesday to seize …

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The Fallujah Brigade

THE LEVANT – Fallujah has formed its first armed brigade of tribesmen to fight the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) and provide assistance to the Iraqi forces, Fallujah tribal council chief Hameed al-Issawi said Wednesday (August 20th). “The new brigade, called Fallujah Free Men, will carry out operations against ISIL …

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36 ISIL militants killed near Baghdad

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi army has killed 36 “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) elements in operations around Baghdad this week, the Ministry of Defense said Wednesday (August 20th). “The army forces earlier this week clashed with three armed groups in Abu Ghraib, al-Yusufiyyah and al-Taji in western, …

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ISIL is a ‘disgrace to Islam’: Top Muslim clerics

THE LEVANT – By Waleed Abu al-Khair – Egypt’s Grand Mufti recently described the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) as a “terrorist entity” that has “violated all Islamic values and the great purposes of sharia”. “Such a bloody extremist group poses a threat to Islam and Muslims, and tarnishes …

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Christian leaders in Iraq plead for help

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1veAiWM” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ianoA75PVi8?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=ianoA75PVi8&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3596″ /] THE LEVANT – Christian leaders in Iraq say their faith will be obliterated in communities as old as the church itself unless international troops and more airstrikes drive the Islamic State from the country. Catholics and Anglicans said yesterday they had lost confidence …

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US journalist beheaded by ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Journalist James Foley was believed to have been arrested by militias loyal to the Syrian Government in late 2012; however, video footage from the Islamic State media confirmed he was not in the Syrian Air Force Intelligence’s custody. A gruesome video posted by the Islamic State shows Foley …

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Hezbollah takes out Jihadist heavy weight in Syria

THE LEVANT – Fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah have killed a top jihadist from the Islamic State group in Syria who allegedly planned bloody attacks in Lebanon, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah fighters had killed Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi in the Qalamun region …

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Syrian army hits ISIL hard in Raqqa

THE LEVANT – Syrian government forces struck ISIL positions in and around the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, residents said on Monday, part of a growing campaign against militants who control a third of the country. Raqqa is a major stronghold of  ISIL, which took one of the Syrian army’s last …

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Iraq war – Mosul Dam is back under state control

THE LEVANT – Iraqi officials said on Monday that Kurdish and Iraqi forces had succeeded in retaking Mosul Dam from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although it was unclear whether they had seized control of the entire dam and the surrounding complex. Iraqi state television quoted …

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ISIL the butcher of Syria

THE LEVANT – Those executed are all members of Al-Sheitaat tribe, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director says. ‘Some were arrested, judged and killed.’ The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of …

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An insight into ISIL – Video

THE LEVANT – The Islamic State, a hard-line Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to Al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced its intention to reestablish the caliphate and has declared …

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Nasrallah: Battles would have reached Beirut if Hezbollah had not intervened in Syria

THE LEVANT – Al-Akhbar conducted an exclusive six-hour-long interview with Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. In a multi-part series published over the last two days, journalists Ibrahim al-Amin, Wafic Qanso, Hassan Ileik and Maha Zureikat sat down with the party’s leader, where he discussed in detail issues ranging from Syria, ISIS, the …

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43 Jihadists are charged in Lebanon

THE LEVANT – On Thursday Lebanon charged 43 jihadists, including Islamist militant commander Imad Jomaa, over gun-battles with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern border town of Arsal. The charges were brought against the suspects by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr, who accused them of carrying out terrorist acts, attacking the Lebanese …

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Turkmen flee before ISIL

THE LEVANT – Shiite Turkmen families from Tal Afar in Northern Iraq have been fleeing south to the Shiite holy city of Najaf to escape so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group’s onslaught in the north of the country. After the Takfiri group captured vast swaths of …

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The desperate case of the Yezidis

THE LEVANT – Iraq’s politicians are appealing to the international community to help battle Islamic State fighters as their dramatic push into the country’s north continues. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group controls much of northwestern Iraq. Recently, IS militants managed to oust Pershmerga and Yezidi minorities, sparking an exodus …

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Erdogan gov’t admits ISIL recruiting, offering salaries

THE LEVANT – The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged significant recruitment of Turkish nationals by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group in Iraq and Syria. Officials have told Turkey’s parliament that at least 1,000 Turks were fighting with ISIL terrorists in Iraq and …

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Cyber savvy – terrorists turn to social media

THE LEVANT – By Gill Hertz – The ultra-violent al Qaeda offshoot group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has targeted Saudi Arabian intelligence officers for a campaign of assassination as part of plans by the group to expand activities inside the oil-rich kingdom. A Twitter campaign …

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Bassil: ISIL and Israel control region

Source: Gulf News –   Concerned but optimistic, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, pleaded with the international community to aid the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to confront terrorism. Bassil, who holds a civil engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and who previously served as Minister of Communications and …

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Turkish Defense Minister says hostages will soon be free

THE LEVANT – Turkey’s Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz has revealed that his government is still in talks with all Iraqi sides regarding freeing the captured Turkish Consul General in Mosul and the other 49 Consulate staff that were taken hostage by ISIS last June. Islamic State of Iraq and Sham …

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Tehran: ISIL leaves US footprints in Iraq

Iran’s Majlis Speaker has slammed the US double standards toward the fight against terrorism, saying ISIL leaves US footprints in Iraq. “In responding to the world public opinion, US officials attach priority to the battle against international terrorism, but they openly and practically support the ISIL [terrorist] group… the ISIL …

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Iraqi Sunni scholars disavow ISIL-supporting clerics

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi cabinet’s scholars committee on Wednesday (July 30th) disavowed clerics who support the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). The group, a Sunni institution, decided to disavow clerics who support ISIL or keep silent over ISIL crimes and do not do their duty: warning people …

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ISIL orders Iraqi women to wear full veil

THE LEVANT – ISIL, the off shoot of Al Qaeda has ordered the women to wear full veils in their controlled area. The militants have issued a warning that states that women do not wear full face veil will be punished under Islamic law. Earlier the militants have captured the cities …

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IS dynamites Prophets shrines in Iraq

THE LEVANT  – Sunni militants from the Islamic State group that controls large parts of Iraq have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said on Saturday. Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the “caliphate” …

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Changing the demographic – Islamic radicals in Mosul grow roots

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Sources in Mosul have confirmed that ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – is working toward changing the region demographic by bringing families loyal to its ideology to Mosul, hoping to drawn residents’ opposition and seize complete control over all minds and bodies. …

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ISIL making mockery of Islamic principles, concepts –

The Muslim Ummah is faced with many problems but often Muslims themselves are to blame. Consider the latest phenomenon of the thug al-Baghdadi and his declaration of the Khilafah. The noble concept of the Khialfah is being ridiculed by mass murderers and rapists using Islamic terms. The ill-conceived project is …

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