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Why ISIL Beheads Its Victims

The Islamic State’s brutality has a strategic logic.<p>Before June 2014, most Americans were unfamiliar with the Islamic State. The vicious militant group—also known as ISIL—has dominated the international news since its takeover of Mosul and numerous Sunni-majority areas in Iraq and Syria this …

Inside Kobane: Isil militants release shocking images of destruction

Video posted online by Isil militants shows the destruction on the streets of Kobane as fighting continues to rage in the vital town that borders Syria and Turkey<p>The fight over <b>Kobane</b> continued <b>to rage on Tuesday</b>, with <b>Isil</b> pressing its assault despite fierce resistance from the town's Kurdish …

Watch: Isil jihadists boast about buying Yazidi sex slaves

Young men filmed boasting about their hopes for "distribution day at the slave market"<p>A new video has surfaced showing Isil jihadists joking about buying and selling Yazidi women as sex slaves, refocusing attention on the thousands of women and girls who have been kidnapped in Iraq.<p>The video shows …

ISIL 'captures' second gas field in Syria

ISIL fighters claim they have captured a second gas field in Syria.<p>Photos released online purportedly show the Islamic State group’s flag hoisted over the Jahar gas field, as well as seized weapons and vehicles. Reuters news agency could not independently verify the content posted on social …

Egypt's Ansar militants swear allegiance to ISIL

Egypt’s most active militant group which is thought responsible for the beheading for alleged Israeli spies last August , has now sworn its allegiance to ISIL.<p>The group known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is also thought to be behind last week’s attack on Egyptian soldiers in northern Sinai in which 33 …