Islamic State a media-savvy PR machine in battle for recruits

Jun 2, 2015

Islamic State a media-savvy PR machine in battle for recruits

After a selection of tunes, the presenter with an American accent offers “a glimpse at our main headlines.” Islamic State militants have just seized three Iraqi cities. A bomb blows up a factory, killing everyone inside. Militants destroy four enemy Hummers and an armored ...

Activists say Syrian Army strikes kill 70 people in Aleppo

May 31, 2015

Activists say Syrian Army strikes kill 70 people in Aleppo

Syrian Army airstrikes killed at least 70 people, most of them civilians, and wounded scores in attacks Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo that struck civilian areas, including a packed market in a town held by the Islamic State group, activists said. The ...

May 30, 2015

Syrian Christian beheads jihadi in revenge killing

A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group militant to avenge people “executed” by the jihadis in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where the ...

Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

| May 30, 2015

Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

The Islamic State group’s monstrous truck bombs — easy to make, hard to stop and capable of destroying a city block — are reshaping the battlefield. The jihadis used about 30 explosives-rigged vehicles in the Iraqi city of Ramadi this month, blasting their way ...

Islamic State slays 20 before crowd in Palmyra Roman theater

May 28, 2015

Islamic State slays 20 before crowd in Palmyra Roman theater

The Islamic State group “executed” 20 men in front of a crowd in the UNESCO-listed Roman theater of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday, a monitor said. Across the border the jihadis claimed to have abolished when they proclaimed their caliphate last year, ...