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Burial Alive

Chemical Weapons

Child Soldiers



Cultural Annihilation

Drive-By Shooting

Firing squad






Just when I think I’ve picked up enough material on ISIS for a while and this post should end . . . it doesn’t.  Sadly, what’s reported seems but fragments from the surface of an infinitely dark and devouring machine.


http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/110820141 – 8/11/2014.

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“With my own eyes, I saw dogs feeding off dead bodies,” one of those Yazidis, a man named Tariq, told CNN.

“It’s not a crisis. It’s a catastrophe.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/09/world/meast/yazidi-survivor/index.html – 8/11/2014.

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To cruise the various hashtags that ISIS and its advocates frequent is to be appalled. There, in photograph after photograph and video after video, men, women, and children are herded into ditches and shot dead. Decapitated and impaled heads are ten a penny. One especially harrowing video shows a man screaming as his head is slowly severed. If the intention is to scare potential victims in the Middle East, it will undoubtedly be working. But these things have also found eyes in the Pentagon, in American newsrooms, and — crucially — among voters across the United States. One wonders if, by broadcasting its misdeeds so explicitly, ISIS is ultimately signing its own death warrant.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/385117/hashtag-wars-charles-c-w-cooke – 8/11/2014.

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Much to the horror of the city’s adults, children and teens in masks, carrying guns, are becoming an increasingly common sight on Mosul’s streets. NIQASH meets ISIS’s youngest recruit – he’s ten years old – and asks the city’s youth why they think it’s so glamorous to fight for the Sunni extremist group.

http://www.juancole.com/2014/06/soldiers-trickily-recruits.html – 6/28/2014.

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Pope Francis has expressed his “disbelief” and outrage at the violence suffered by religious minorities in Iraq. Reports said Islamic militants, Isis, have resorted to beheading children and burying them alive including women for refusing to convert to Islam.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/562237/20140811/isis-iraq-christians-genocide-pope-francis.htm#.U-jrr-NdV8E – 8/11/2014.

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Women and children have been buried alive in mass graves by the fanatics terrorising Iraq, it was claimed last night.

Up to 500 members of the ancient Yazidi sect have suffered the appalling fate, according to an Iraqi minister.

Fighters from the Islamic State group are also accused of kidnapping 300 women to use for sex or as domestic slaves.

Some 150,000 Yazidis fled their homes after the militants overran their main town of Sinjar in northern Iraq last week.

The fresh claims of horrific atrocities will add to pressure on the West to take further action to halt Islamic State’s relentless expansion through Iraq.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721043/U-S-drones-fighters-carry-four-new-air-strikes-protect-stranded-Yazidis-attacks-Islamic-State-jihadists.html#ixzz3A4zzsrM4 – 8/10/2014.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721415/JONATHAN-KROHN-My-glimpse-horror-despair-besieged-Mount-Sinjar.html – 8/11/2014.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fighters-abandoning-al-qaeda-affiliates-to-join-islamic-state-us-officials-say/2014/08/09/c5321d10-1f08-11e4-ae54-0cfe1f974f8a_story.html – 8/9/2014

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4392/isis-gaza – 7/4/2014.

http://news.sky.com/story/1316536/iraq-pm-calls-for-unity-against-barbaric-isis – 8/11/2014.

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“In some of the images we have obtained there are lines of dead Yazidis who have been shot in the head while the Islamic State fighters cheer and wave their weapons over the corpses,” he added. “This is a vicious atrocity.”


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http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/10/world/meast/iraq-crisis/ – 8/11/2014.

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Given that Iraqi security forces still need time to ramp up and Iraqi politicians need space to form to form a more inclusive government to whittle Sunni support for ISIS, “this is going to be a long-term project,” Obama said from the White House South Lawn.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/09/world/meast/iraq-crisis/index.html – 8/10/2014

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Analysts and U.S. officials estimate ISIS has as many as 10,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, including those who were freed from prisons by ISIS and Sunni loyalists who have joined the fight as the group advanced.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/09/world/meast/iraq-isis-recruit/index.html – 8/11/2014.

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http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381460/isis-dysfunctional-tom-rogan – 6/28/2014.

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http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/are_there_any_more_like_sharrouf_back_home/ – 8/11/2014

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http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20140811-isis-militants-kill-500-yezidis-burying-women-and-children-alive-forcing-300-women-into-slavery – 8/11/2014.

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Kobanê Canton Health Minister Dr. Na’san Ahmed told KT in a telephone interview that seven local doctors carried out post-mortem examinations on the bodies of two Kurdish YPG fighters recently killed by ISIS and that they found traces indicating “they were killed by ISIS using chemical weapon.”

http://kurdistantribune.com/2014/doctors-confirm-isis-use-of-chemical-weapon-kobane/ – 7/15/2014.

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Individuals suspected of violating Sharia law or opposing ISIS, including children as young as 8 years old, are abducted and transported to prisons, where they are flogged, tortured, and summarily executed. . . .

http://aclj.org/radical-islam/isis-caliphate-is-evil-incarnate – 8/8/2014.

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Things grew darker from there. As the first week bled into a second, new captors showed Lawand a list of YPG soldiers and officials who were members of his family, and asked him to confirm it. He pretended not to know the familiar faces on the list. That’s when the gentle attitude of his captors changed. Lawand was taken to a former regime prison with other kids who refused to cooperate.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/04/abducted-tortured-indoctrinated-the-tale-of-a-teen-who-escaped-isis.html – 8/4/2014


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