BBC News: At least 40 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan, officials say. Sunni militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban said they carried out the attack, which took place shortly after Friday prayers.
IRAQ, Dohuk : Iraqi children from the Yazidi community wave to Kurdish Peshmerga forces near Dohuk, the Kurdish region of autonomous Kurdistan in Iraq, after they fled with their families their hometown which was attacked by Sunni militants from the Islamic state (IS), on August 12, 2014 . AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
So, don’t get me wrong but a lot is happening in the world right now with Gaza/Israel, Ferguson but what seems to have been forgotten is ISIS which is in Iraq.
ISIS is an Iraqi Islamic Sunni militant group that is currently killing ANYONE who isn’t Sunni Muslim which includes any other types of Muslims, Christians etc etc. They are killing women, children and men- women are killing their own children so they don’t have to watch ISIS behead their children in front of them. ISIS are forcing people to convert and even then are still killing people yet this hasn’t been said much in the news.
Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during a parade in Kerbala, June 21, 2014. Iraq’s senior Shi'ite religious cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a call for unity, saying Shi'ites and Sunnis should rally behind the authorities to prevent the Sunni militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from destroying the country. (REUTERS/ Mushtaq Muhammed)
*Basically, you have radical extremists banding together to fight off the other radical extremists, the Islamic State (IS); formerly known as ISIS.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said casualties have reached 1,830 killed, including 398 children. The death toll includes 207 women and 74 elderly people, Dr Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said.
Some 1,129 people have been killed and nearly 3,500 wounded in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation in April, according to UN estimates.
“Ever since the first casualty of the Syrian revolution was registered on March 18, 2011 in Daraa province, the deaths of 171,509 people have been documented,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a report released on Thursday.
At least 30,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded in Libya’s six-month civil war, the interim health minister said, offering a first detailed estimate of the high cost in lives of bringing down Moammar Gadhafi.
Nearly 200 people have been killed since the violence erupted two weeks ago in Tripoli and also in the eastern city of Benghazi, where a coalition of Islamist militants and former rebels has overrun a major army base in the city.
About half a million people died in Iraq as a result of war-related causes between the US-led invasion in 2003 and mid-2011, an academic study suggests.
During 2012 Iraq Body Count (IBC) recorded 4,594 civilian deaths from violence.
The United Nations says at least 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in violent attacks across Iraq in 2013.
The violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of the year, according to a report by the United Nations that documents the massive humanitarian toll of the Sunni militant offensive.
The War in Afghanistan (2001–present) has resulted in between 18,000 and 20,000 Afghan civilians being killed. The war, launched by the United States as “Operation Enduring Freedom” in 2001, began with an initial air campaign that almost immediately prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed as well as international protests.
The death toll from the outbreak of Ebola virus in west Africa has climbed to 826, nearly double the number of fatalities of the previous worst-ever epidemic, according to figures released by the World Health Organisation.
Yunnan China Earthquake
More than 367 people are dead and almost 2000 have been injured in a strong earthquake which hit China’s mountainous southwest, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation.
Farther south on the mainland, communities in Guangdong province and on Hainan Island were clearing away debris left by Typhoon Ramassun, which killed 56 people in China and 161 in total as it rampaged across the Philippines, China and Vietnam.
As many as 2,100 people are killed in a mudslide in Abi Barak, a village in northern Afghanistan. About 300 mud homes are buried in mud that is 200 feet deep in some areas. The tragedy is the worst natural disaster to strike the country in a decade.
Malaysian Airlines MH17
The death toll from MH17 has now been increased to 298 — because there were three infants on board who weren’t previously counted, according to a statement from Malaysian Airlines.
Malaysian Airlines MH370
The expected death toll aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is 239, barely more than the daily carnage on the roads of China.
Air Algerie Flight 5017
Two people originally believed to have travelled on an Air Algerie plane that crashed in Mali last week did not board the flight, reducing the official death toll to 116.
Please pray for Khadmiya, a Shi’a district of Baghdad that has been under attack by ISIS and extremist sunni militants. Over 14 bombings and so many innocent people killed in one night including newlyweds leaving their wedding. Please pray for the dead, their families, and the city.
ISIS In Palmyra: Another Ancient Temple Partially Destroyed In The Syrian City
Militants of the Islamic State group have severely damaged the Bel temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in a statement released Sunday.
According to the Associated Press (AP), which cited a resident of the area, only the wall of the temple now remains intact. The latest destruction comes just days after the Sunni militant group – which deems temples polytheistic and idolatrous – destroyed the 2,000-year old temple of Baalshamin, dedicated to a Canaanite deity.
“It is total destruction … the bricks and the columns are on the ground,” the resident, identified as Nasser al-Thaer, told AP, adding that he heard a loud blast Sunday afternoon. Read more.
500,000 Iraqis flee Mosul as militant takeover continues
NBC News: Insurgents advanced on Iraq’s biggest oil refinery on Wednesday, a day after overrunning the city of Mosul in a spectacular show of force which triggered an exodus of half a million refugees.
Sunni militants from an al Qaeda splinter group overran Mosul – Iraq’s second-largest city - on Tuesday following a weekend of heavy fighting.
A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.
The militants belonged to a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government, mostly in Anbar Province. But they are also linked to bomb attacks elsewhere and other fighting that has thrown Iraq deeper into sectarian violence.
Twenty-two ISIS members were killed, and 15 were wounded, in the explosion at the camp, which is in a farming area in the northeastern province of Samara, according to the police and army officials. Stores of other explosive devices and heavy weapons were also kept there, the officials said.
Eight militants were arrested when they tried to escape, the officials said.
The militant who was conducting the training was not identified by name, but he was described by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once.”
You’ve never seen a political rally like this, America — on Saturday thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities, some dressed in explosives.
These proud suicide bombers (though, not sure if that’s the most accurate title … “suicide bomber” is only a label that can be applied posthumously) were part of a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who overran swathes of territory in a crisis threatening to rip the country apart.
War in Syria is dragging neighboring Lebanon to the edge of the abyss. Nowhere is the growing chaos more stark than in the second city of Tripoli. Sunni militants aligned with the Syrian rebels clash with fighters from the city’s encircled Alawite minority—who support the Assad regime—in bitter street fighting that the country’s weak government seems powerless to stop.
With the rule of law no longer in effect in Tripoli, warlords like Sunni commander Ziad Allouki are now the city’s real rulers. VICE News hung out with him and his fighters for a week to discover why they’re fighting and if the country really is on the brink of civil war.
A senior American diplomat met with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday to explore whether the United States and Iran could work together to create a more stable Iraqi government and ease the threat from Sunni militants.
The initial meeting took place after Secretary of State John Kerry signaled that the Obama administration was open to cooperating with Iran on Iraq, raising the possibility of seeking help from a country that the United States has often described as a state sponsor of terrorism that must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The incentive for the United States is clear. Iran also has the ability to frustrate the Obama administration’s strategy of pressuring Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, and his Shiite-dominated government to reach out to Sunnis and Kurds. President Obama made clear last week that no American military aid would be forthcoming unless that effort was made.
The meetings would also provide an opportunity for American officials to compare notes with Iran over the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which last week made startling military gains, routing the Iraqi Army and even threatening Baghdad.
Mr. Kerry said in an interview with Yahoo! News on Monday morning that the United States was “open to discussions if there’s something constructive that can be contributed by Iran.”
“I think we need to go step by step and see what, in fact, might be a reality, but I wouldn’t rule out anything that would be constructive,” he said.
Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), carry their weapons and wave the Iraqi flags during a parade in the streets in Al-Fdhiliya district, eastern Baghdad. Jun 2014
The Obama administration said Friday that the United States and its allies had formed a coalition to fight Sunni militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, unveiling a military and political campaign that officials said could serve as a model for combating extremist groups around the world.
In a hastily organized meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit meeting here, diplomats and defense officials from the United States, Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark conferred on what they called a two-pronged strategy: working to bolster allies on the ground in Iraq and Syria, while attacking Sunni militants from the air. They said the goal was to destroy the Islamist militant group, not to contain it.
“There is no containment policy for ISIL,” Secretary of State John Kerry said at the beginning of the meeting, using an alternate acronym for ISIS. “They’re an ambitious, avowed, genocidal, territorial-grabbing, caliphate-desiring quasi state with an irregular army, and leaving them in some capacity intact anywhere would leave a cancer in place that will ultimately come back to haunt us.”
But he and other officials present made clear that at the moment, any ground combat troops would come from either Iraqi security forces or Kurdish pesh merga fighters on the ground in Iraq, or from moderate Syrian rebels opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. “Obviously I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground,” Mr. Kerry said.
For President Obama, assembling a coalition to fight ISIS is critical. The president is loath to be viewed as going it alone in Iraq now that the United States has been dragged back into a combat role there. And even as Mr. Obama weighs expanding airstrikes into Syria, both he and his administration have been questioning what might happen after launching those strikes, especially as targeting ISIS in Syria would help the government of Mr. Assad, who President Obama has said must yield power.
An administration official on Friday said there were concrete reasons for assembling a coalition that went beyond the political cover that such an alliance might offer the president from a war-weary American public. For one thing, the official said, certain countries bring specific expertise, like Britain and Australia in special operations, Jordan in intelligence, Turkey in border control and Saudi Arabia in financing.
“Sure, the American military can handle airstrikes,” the official said, speaking on grounds of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomatic and military negotiations. “But it’s always nice to have help from your friends.”