"I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an Isis commander. Here’s how I escaped"

“That afternoon, they brought us to an empty school in Baaj, a little town west of Mosul near the Syrian border. We met many other Yazidi women who were captured by Islamic State. Their fathers, brothers and husbands had also been killed, they told us. Then Islamic State fighters entered. One of them recited the words to the shahada, the Muslim creed – “I testify that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is his prophet” – and said that if we repeated them, we would become Muslims. But we refused. They were furious. They insulted us a lot and cursed us and our beliefs.”

I’ve been reading a lot on ISIS and this article in particular really affected me. It’s the story of Narin, a fourteen-year-old Yazidi girl who was taken captive by ISIS. It’s her story of captivity up until she was able to miraculously escape. It’s a good read so I highly suggest you read it, especially if you don’t know much about what’s happening with ISIS.

An A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve - عملية العزم الصلب, July 6, 2017. The A-10 employs a wide variety of conventional munitions in support of OIR and the destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)
Bombings at Egyptian Coptic churches on Palm Sunday kill 43
At least 43 people were killed in bomb attacks on two Egyptian Coptic churches on Palm Sunday that included the seat of the Coptic Pope, the latest assault on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants.

Targeted violence against Christian minorities by the Islamic State continues.

Islam is not peaceful

Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. This is one of the many things running through my head. What happened in Manchester is terrible and my heart goes out to the families affected by it. But I’m seeing a trend that is just repeating itself over and over and over again. There is a terrorist attack, people start hashtagging pray for ________, profile pictures go up with the flag of that country overtop of it, after a week or so, it goes quiet, no one speaks of what happens, no one remembers. Wash, rinse, repeat. I’m guilty of this too, I’ve done it too. But we can’t come to a solution when no one wants to address the problem. Twenty-two year old Salman Abedi, child of Libyan refugees (Libya being an Islamic country), detonated a nail bomb killing not only himself, but 22 people, youngest being 8 years old. Children are missing, now even, many more injured. This is the worst attack England has seen in 12 years. But this will all just fade away in a week or two because no one wants to say anything because feelings are way too important. ISIS has claimed this attack on as their own. Whether or not that’s true, they still have. And not to burst bubbles, ISIS does represent Islam. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It’s right in the name. But just like the cries of “not all muslims are terrorists,” well not all muslims are good either. Whether we want to agree or disagree, the Quran and the Hadith is full of passages commanding the death of infidels or nonbelivers. 109 verses to be specific if you wanted to know. But wait, I hear you saying, the Bible has commandments about that too! And yeah, it’s true. The Christian Bible does talk about wiping out nations that didn’t believe in God. But the thing is, that isn’t still followed today. That isn’t practiced today. Jihadism is. Terrorism is. We need to stop being so apathetic to this. Islamic ideology, political Islam, does not coincide with western culture, unless as a man you agree with beating your wife when she doesn’t obey, perhaps killing her if she tries to flee from the abuse, and/or marrying children. As a woman, having to have male guardianship-be it husband, son, father, uncle- in order to leave the house, vote, have a license. As a woman having your wardrobe dictated to you, under the fear of being beaten for removing your head coverings. And if you happen to be part of the LGBT community, you’d lose your life, possibly by being thrown off a building. It’s time to wake up. This has gone on long enough. I’m tired of this cycle. If we don’t stop it, we can say goodbye to western society as we know it because Islam and western society cannot mix. It’s why Sweden and Germany are basically rape countries now. England has had 2 terrorist attacks since the beginning of 2017. And now the Jihad in the Philippines. Islam is leaving destruction in its wake. And I’m done living in this cycle. Islam is not a religion of peace. Wake up!

Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is not Islamic. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim,” Obama said. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

Over a hundred Muslim scholars and clergymen from all over the world have released in September an address to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, accusing the self-proclaimed caliph and his army of heinous war crimes and violation of fundamental principles of Islam, illiterate use of Islamic scripture torn from the context and perversion of the rules of morality and Sharia law.

Iraqi PM lands in liberated Mosul, claims victory against IS

Mosul, July 9 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for their victory over the Islamic State after 266 days of fierce battles, which finally liberated Mosul from the IS and ended its three-year rule.

Iraqi soldiers and civilians in Mosul cheered and jumped for joy on Sunday over their historic victory over the Islamic State and hailed the liberation of the city, Xinhua reported.

Liberating Mosul from the occupation of the Islamic State is seen as a great victory for Iraq’s anti-terror war, though the war-torn country will face grave challenges of national reconstruction and reconciliation.

Mosul, the capital city of Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh and the second largest city, had been taken as the de facto capital of the Islamic State.

It was in Mosul that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared in 2014 the establishment of the Islamic State, a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

The victory opened doors for the much-needed reconstruction and national reconciliation, as desired by most Iraqis after suffering from wars and conflicts for so long.

The liberation of Mosul is a great victory in the anti-terrorism war. It broke the backbone of the terrorist groups and demolished the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq, civilians in Mosul said.

The victory in Mosul will pave the way for national reconstruction and reconciliation in the post-IS Iraq, they stressed.




You Know How James Foley Died. This Is How He Lived.

When we think of James Wright Foley now, one image is seared into our collective memory: a screenshot from a video, a prisoner on the verge of death. It’s a horrifying picture, the final scene in Foley’s tragic journey from documenting war to becoming its victim. So take a look at Foley’s life from childhood to his time reporting in the Middle East here. 

The Foley family requests that any donations be made to The James Foley Scholarship.
Hundreds of civilians killed in US-led air strikes on Isis targets – report
Airwars project details ‘credible reports’ of at least 459 non-combatant deaths, including 100 children, in 52 air strikes
By Alice Ross

100 children

100 children and innocent civilians who will be demeaned and forgotten by being called “collateral damage” like they are disposable and less worthy. Let that sink in.