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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

ISIS Hurls Gay Men Off Buildings, Stones Them: Analysts

ISIS has released images that appear to show gay men being hurled off buildings and then stoned to death, part of the militants' self-professed mission to crack down on "sexual deviance."<p>The horrific execution tactic is the latest in a string of brutal punishment methods applied by ISIS under its …

Sharia

The Islamic State Is Burying Children Alive and Crucifying Them, Says UN | VICE News

Islamic State militants are systematically mass-executing and abusing children, including by crucifying them, burying them alive, and using mentally disabled youth as suicide bombers and shields in battle, according to a United Nations review of atrocities committed against children in Iraq.<p>The UN …

Jordan unleashes wrath on ISIS: 'This is just the beginning'

<b>Karak, Jordan (CNN) —</b> Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back, and is promising more.<p>Fighter jets carried out airstrikes Thursday, then returned to fly over the home of the slain 27-year-old pilot, Lt. Moath …

Islam

Pilot video shows Islamic State group is raising the stakes in its propaganda, experts say

A video of a Jordanian pilot being burned to death was exceptional in its brutality, even for the Islamic State group, and also was a sign that the militants intend to raise the stakes in their propaganda efforts, experts say.<p>It also offered confirmation to the belief that the airman was killed …

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality's Never Far Away

They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.<p>After listening to one newscast after another rightly condemn the barbaric killing of that Jordanian air force pilot at the bloody hands of ISIS, I couldn't sleep. My mind kept …

Jordan Renews Offer to Swap Terrorist for ISIS Hostage

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaeda prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by ISIS, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage. The fates of the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto previously had …

Japan: 'We will never, never forgive' ISIS for apparent beheading

<b>(CNN) —</b> He ventured to Syria to tell the stories of lives torn apart by war.<p>But in doing so, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto suffered his own gruesome fate -- apparently becoming the latest foreigner to be decapitated by ISIS.<p>A newly distributed video from ISIS appears to show the beheaded body of …

United Nations

U.S., allies plan tough battle to retake Iraqi city from Islamic State

Working from this sun-scorched desert base, U.S. and allied commanders are beginning perhaps the most perilous phase of their fight against<p>Islamic State: an attempt to recapture Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, from the entrenchedmilitantforces.<p>Military officers here say a barrage of airstrikes …

For ISIS, tough times as it seeks to regroup

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been a tough month for the "Islamic State." Its fighters were finally driven out of the Syrian border town of Kobani after more than 100 days of fighting against Kurdish militia; Iraqi government forces pushed ISIS back in Diyala province; the city of Mosul -- still under ISIS control …

43 Philippine commandos killed in battle with Muslim insurgents

At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of south-east Asia’s most-wanted terrorists, officials said on Monday.<p>A police special action force member remained missing while 11 others were …

Extremism

America’s new golden age of black ops: Inside our secret global war abroad

The U.S. has already launched missions in 105 countries in 2015 — approximately 80 percent of 2014’s total<p>In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found …

British army to be replaced by 'home defence force" if Greens win power in May

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Greens, also said she wanted to take down immigration controls<p>The British army would be replaced with a new “home defence force” and immigration controls dismantled if the Green party wins power in May.<p>Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Greens, also said illegal …

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous” and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding.<p>Abe, speaking to public broadcaster NHK, said chances were high that a …

Japan

How to Make Your Apartment Look Clean in 5 Minutes

Whether you want to be prepared for a visit from a neighbor or you just need some peace of mind before you walk out of the door, you want your place …

Cleaning

The Navy Seal Who Says He Shot Bin Laden Is Reportedly Under Investigation

Robert O'Neill, 38, who unveiled himself as the member of the Seal Tea Six team who killed the terror leader in a 2011 raid, is accused of revealing classified details of the raid, prompting a probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)<p>Depending on the outcome of the investigation, he …

Russia Wants a '100% Guarantee' That Ukraine Won’t Join NATO

A top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the Kremlin wants “a 100% guarantee” that Ukraine will be prevented from joining …

Russia

Vladimir Putin vows that United States 'will never subjugate Russia'

Russian president echoes Al Capone as he says 'weapons and politeness' are better than 'politeness alone'<p>Vladimir Putin issued a defiant message to the West on Tuesday, accusing the United States of trying to "subjugate" Russia while promising it would never succeed.<p>The Russian president also …

ISIS comes to Libya

<b>(CNN) —</b> The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group's insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya.<p>Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are …

RAF intercepts Russian bomber approaching UK airspace

The RAF has intercepted Russian military aircraft as they neared UK airspace for the second time this week, the Ministry of Defence has said. The Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft – also known as a Bear bomber – flying in international airspace was intercepted by Typhoon fighters from RAF …

Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents.<p>U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic …

Kurdish fighters in Syria are desperate for promised reinforcements

Mahmoud Imam draws smoke from a cigarette, squints and points to his village in the farmlands of Syria just east of the besieged Kurdish city of Kobani.<p>He laments that he cannot reach his home and beloved tractor, clearly visible about 500 yards away across Turkey's southern border but under the …

Middle East

Isis releases John Cantlie video claiming battle for Kobani nearly over

Islamic State (Isis) has released a new video featuring John Cantlie, in which the British hostage speaks from what is alleged to be the besieged Syrian city of Kobani. The film begins with footage shot from an “Islamic State army” drone.<p>The video differs from previous ones in which the 43-year-old …

Hostage in video claims Syrian city of Kobani is under ISIS control

ISIS has released a new video of British hostage John Cantlie, this time showing him in the Syrian border city of Kobani.<p>In a segment that lasts for more than five minutes, Cantlie argues that -- unlike Western media accounts of recent days -- Kobani is mostly under control of the terror group, …

Kurdish fighters repel fresh 'IS' attack in Kobani | DW | 19.10.2014

Kurdish fighters have repulsed a fresh attempt by "Islamic State" ("IS") militants to cut the Syrian town of Kobani off from the border with Turkey, …

Middle East

Islamic State flying three jets in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air.<p>The group, which has seized swathes of land …

From guerrillas to conquerors: How ISIS has changed

It is a question that the global community is seeking to understand as the crisis in Iraq and Syria deepens. How can such a numerically small force as ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, have taken control of vast swathes of Syria and Iraq, and how can it hold the ground taken while …

Giant comet to pass Mars for the first time in a million years

A comet on a once-in-a-million-years journey will graze the atmosphere of Mars, astronomically speaking, this Sunday. This historic game of cosmic chicken on October 19 will be documented by more than a dozen spacecraft, including Mars orbiters in the neighborhood that must then "duck and cover" …