Islamic misogyny: it’s in the quran. The quran speaks about the “captives of the right hand” (4:3, 4:24, 33:50) â€” i.e., sex slaves that are treated as property. And here we see that quranic provision in action. “Boko Haram Demand 800 Cows as Ransom for 20 Recently-Kidnapped Nigerian Girls,” by Frances Martel, Breitbart, June 13, […]READ MORE
First it was the five top Taliban commanders traded for the traitor Bowe Bergdahl. Now this. The traitor in the White House seems determined to endanger Americans by releasing as many jihadis as he can. It’s no wonder that these releases were not publicly announced. But no worries: the Pakistanis say they’ll monitor these jihadis […]READ MORE
AINA News Digest
001 06/12/2014Â U.S. Embassy in Iraq Prepares Evacuation Plans
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is preparing contingency plans to evacuate its staff since ISIL has taken control over large swaths of Iraq, according to a U.S. State Department official.
002 06/12/2014Â ISIL Clashes With Kurdish Forces, Turkey Bombs ISIL Sites
Dohuk, Iraq — Clashes erupted between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and terrorist insurgent elements of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant at the borders of Dohouk province in Kurdistan RegionÂ on Wednesday.
003 06/12/2014Â Archbishop: Probably There Is Not One Christian Now Left in Mosul
A graphic account of the Islamist take-over of Mosul and the people’s desperate struggle to flee to safety has come from the city’s Chaldean bishop.
004 06/12/2014Â ISIS Expands Control, Begins Persecuting Christians in Mosul
An ISIS flag hangs from a bridge in Mosul. On the left it says “Nineveh Governorate welcomes you” and on the right it says “There is no God but Allah.”(AINA) — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known asÂ Da’ashÂ and ISIL) yesterday took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Various agencies are reporting that between 150,000 to 500,000 residents have fled Mosul. Two divisions of the the Iraqi army which were stationed in Mosul abandoned their posts and fled, offering no resistance to the invasion. According to reports, the army personnel donned civilian clothing and left Mosul by blending in with the fleeing residents. Some reports say the Iraqi commanders in Mosul said they were given orders not to fight but to flee, but this has not been confirmed.
005 06/12/2014Â Iraqi Turkmen Under Threat of ISIS Attack
The advance of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — an offshoot of al-Qaeda — in Iraq has left Iraqi Turkmen facing danger and forced migration, as they do not have their own security force, unlike Kurds and Arabs.
006 06/11/2014Â Up to 1000 Christian Families Flee Iraq’s Second City
Christian families fled Mosul in February 2010 successive to at least 12 people being killed in anti-Christian violence. Some of the refugees gathered in this monastery in Al Qosh (photo: World Watch Monitor).A mass exodus is underway from Iraq’s second largest city Mosul after its seizure by the ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an Iraq and Syria-based Sunni Muslim extremist group.
007 06/11/2014Â Kurdish Forces on Alert As Charities Issue Warning Over Mosul Exodus
An Iraqi Kurdish security guard checks the ID cards of families fleeing violence in Mosul as they gather at a Kurdish checkpoint (photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images).The exodus of tens of thousands of people from Mosul is “one of the largest and swiftest mass movements of people in the world in recent memory” and will require a rapid humanitarian response from the international community, a leading charity has warned.
008 06/11/2014Â Iraq Signals Openness to U.S. Airstrikes Against Al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say
WASHINGTON — Iraq has privately signaled to the Obama administration that it would allow the U.S. to conduct airstrikes with drones or manned aircraft against al Qaeda militant targets on Iraqi territory, senior U.S. officials saidÂ Wednesday.
009 06/11/2014Â After Mosul, the Jihadists of ISIL Aim for Kirkuk
Kirkuk, Iraq — After the capture of Mosul, the advance continues on the Iraqi territory on behalf of rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the jihadist faction also active in the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, June 10 also large areas of the governorate of Kirkuk fell under their control and, according to local sources, the rebels of ISIL are now stationed at the gates of the city 250km from the capital Baghdad. Meanwhile, according to information gathered by Fides, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, Amel Shamon Nona, and all the priests of the city have fled from the urban areas and found refuge in the villages of Kramles and Tilkif.
010 06/11/2014Â From Iraq to Syria, Splinter Groups Now Larger Worry Than Al-Qaeda
The takeover of the Iraqi city of MosulÂ on TuesdayÂ illustrated an increasingly disconcerting reality for the United States: From Iraq to Syria and beyond, radical offshoots of al-Qaeda are expanding their ambitions and directly threatening American national security interests.
011 06/11/2014Â Syrian Rebels Appeal for Help in Fight Against Jihadists
Rebel fighters from Harakat Hazm (Hazm movement) move towards their positions in Aleppo’s Sheikh Said district June 10, 2014 (REUTERS/Hamid Khatib).Beirut — Syrian rebels called on regional backers for help to fight the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria as it bolstered its siege of the city of Deir al-Zor.
012 06/11/2014Â Kurdish Fighters Mobilize to Stop Threat of Islamist Militants
ISTANBUL — Fighters from Kurdish regions are mobilizing to stop the threat of Islamist militants who are advancing across parts of Syria and central Iraq from reaching their own nearby territories.
013 06/11/2014Â Iraq Requests Accelerated Shipment of U.S. Arms to Counter Militants
WASHINGTON–Iraq is requesting the accelerated delivery of pledged U.S. military support, particularly Apache helicopters, F-16 fighters and surveillance equipment, to help Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s government push back radical Islamist fighters who have claimed large sections of western Iraq in recent days.
014 06/11/2014Â Iraq Joining With Kurdish Forces in Effort to Retake Mosul
On June 11 Iraq announced it will join with Kurdish forces in an attempt to drive insurgents from Mosul.
015 06/11/2014Â Al-Qaida Breakaway Pursuing an Islamic State
Militias of the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) deploy in an area in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Al-Qaida-inspired militants seized effective controlÂ WednesdayÂ of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents (AP photo).(AP) — An al-Qaida splinter group that has seized a huge chunk of northern Iraq commands as many as 10,000 fighters and has steadily been consolidating its hold on much of northeastern Syria across the border.
016 06/11/2014Â Turkey ‘To Retaliate’ If Abducted Staff Harmed in Iraq
Turkish foreign minister has warned that Ankara will not allow anyone harming its nationals to go unpunished after 49 Turkish consulate staff members were abducted by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
017 06/11/2014Â Jihadist Invade Mosul and Christians Flee En Masse
A graphic account of the Islamist take-over of Mosul and the people’s desperate struggle to flee to safety has come from the city’s Chaldean ordinary.
018 06/11/2014Â Second Iraq City Falls to Al Qaeda-aligned Militants
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaeda-inspired militants seized effective controlÂ WednesdayÂ of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents.
019 06/11/2014Â Iraq Militants Seize 48, Including Turkish Consul, Children: Turkish Official
(AFP) — Militants stormed the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of MosulÂ on Wednesdayand kidnapped 48 people including the head of the diplomatic mission, a Turkish government official said.
020 06/11/2014Â Iraq Crisis: What the Mosul Siege Means for OPEC
OPEC’s second largest oil producer is in severe disarray just as the world has come to rely upon Iraq for greater energy supplies.
021 06/11/2014Â Al-Qaida Splinter Group Encircles Syrian City
BEIRUT (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway group that seized much of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul has encircled the city of Deir el-Zour across the border in Syria, activists saidÂ Wednesday.
022 06/11/2014Â Iraq Says Mosul Violence Won’t Spread to the Country’s Oil-Producing South
VIENNA–Iraq’s oil minister Abdul Kareem Luaiby saidÂ WednesdayÂ that he didn’t expect violence in the country’s north to spread to its oil-producing south and that the situation in Mosul wouldn’t affect oil exports.
023 06/11/2014Â Iraq Faces ‘Mortal Threat,’ Foreign Minister Says
(AP) — The fall of the major northern Iraqi city of Mosul to insurgents must push the country’s leaders to work together and deal with the “mortal threat” facing Iraq, the country’s foreign minister saidÂ Wednesday.
024 06/11/2014Â Between Colors and Cultures
One of the most tangible products of Syria’s revolution has been to break the monopoly of the regime over the country’s culture and to release its many diverse colors from their fifty-years long imprisonment. The second instalment of the Spring Festival in Qamishli brought together a constellation of languages and songs that would have been sacrilegious under the Baath’s version of Arab nationalism. Kurdish, Assyrian, Syriac, Armenian as well as Arab tunes were all played in magnificent display of the country’s rich diversity.
025 06/11/2014Â ‘Stop Smuggling Women Into Syria’ Says Al Qaeda Boss
Senior figures in Al Qaeda want to see an end to women being smuggled into Syria. Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, an Al Qaeda leader and influential jihadist ideologue who is jailed in Jordan, sent an urgent message to Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani this week via a closed jihadi forum. In it, he called on al-Jawlani to issue a decree completely banning the smuggling of women from Jordan into Syria. Al-Maqdisi claims that the women, who are being actively encouraged by Al Nusra to come to Syria, are unduly exposed to rape, torture and imprisonment by the Syrian army and sometimes by the smugglers themselves.