Watch: This Muslim Killed 2 Terrorists, So ISIS Found Horrific New Way To Kill Him

As ISIS continues to spread its reign of terror across the Middle East, video has emerged of the group using an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) to execute a Syrian Muslim man who fought against the Islamic State.

Walid Shoebat, a former Muslim Brotherhood terrorist who converted to Christianity, shared the graphic ISIS-produced video on his site, which YouTube has since taken down. The video shows a Muslim rebel from eastern Syria (near the Iraqi border), Ibrahim Shraideh, tied to a post confessing to ISIS interrogators that he had used an RPG to kill two ISIS fighters. It is not clear whether the ISIS fighters were in a vehicle or protected position, which would be some likely scenarios for use of the weapon.

The ISIS fighters in the video say because Shraideh used an RPG to kill their fighters, they would use an RPG to execute him. They quoted the Quran as justification:

“And one who attacketh you, attack him in like manner as he attacked you.” (Q:2:194)

Shoebat shared the translated dialogue:

ISIS: Listen here, what’s your name?

VICTIM: Ibrahim Shraideh.

ISIS: Where are you from?

Victim: Abu Haman

ISIS: What have you done?

VICTIM: I have fired an RPG

ISIS: how many brothers of ours have you killed?

VICTIM: Two.

ISIS: You killed them?

VICTIM: Yes.

ISIS: Ok very well, that’s not a problem.

ISIS to group: He’s an enemy of Allah. He killed to [sic] brothers with an RPG and by Allah’s will he’ll be punished the same way with an RPG.

Another Terrorist: The one who begins the mischief is the evil-doer.

The ISIS executioner then launched the RPG, killing the man.

You can watch an edited version of the video below. Graphic images have been removed.

The terrorist group has been described as very adept at using social media to attract followers and instill fear. The group has posted videos of mass executions of Christians and burned alive a caged Jordanian pilot who had been shot down over Syria late last year.

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Watch This Sky-High 2-Minute Video That Will Drive America’s Terrorist Enemies Crazy

In just about a week, the observatory atop New York City’s One World Trade Center will open for visitors. Built on the site where the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks by Islamic terrorists once stood, the “Freedom Tower” is the tallest building in the United States and the fourth-tallest structure on the planet.

Construction of the 104-story Center began on April 27, 2006. On May 10, 2013, the final segment of the tower’s spire was installed, giving the building a total height of 1,776 feet — certainly a number appropriate for America’s Freedom Tower that stands as a proud symbol of the country’s resilience and stature in the world.

To witness the 8-year span of the construction of the One World Trade Center in just under 2 minutes, you can click on the remarkable time-lapse video above, courtesy of NewsLook.com.

h/t: USA Today

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BREAKING: ISIS Seizes City 60 Miles From Baghdad, Mobilizes Shiite Forces

After the Pentagon triumphantly announced that U.S. commandos killed a senior Islamic State commander during a raid in eastern Syria on Saturday, ISIS seized the strategically important town of Ramadi in Iraq on Monday.

It was only the second time since the U.S.-led coalition has been striking Islamic State that troops carried out a ground operation.

Syrian state media claimed that Assad’s forces killed at least 40 Islamic State fighters, including the senior commander, in an attack on the country’s largest oil field that is held by ISIS. The commander was identified as Abu al-Teem al-Saudi, a citizen of Saudi Arabia.

The Times of Israel reported that the Syria Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the oil field attack, saying at least 19 IS members, including 12 foreigners, were killed. The group did not say who carried out the attack.

The report states:

A statement from the US National Security Council said Abu Sayyaf was a “senior ISIL leader who, among other things, had a senior role in overseeing ISIL’s illicit oil and gas operations — a key source of revenue that enables the terrorist organization to carry out their brutal tactics and oppress thousands of innocent civilians.”

“He was also involved with the group’s military operations,” it said.

“We suspect that Umm Sayyaf is a member of ISIL, played an important role in ISIL’s terrorist activities, and may have been complicit in the enslavement of the young woman rescued last night,” [National Security Council Spokeswoman Spokesperson Bernadette] Meehan said in a statement.

It said President Barack Obama authorized the operation upon the “unanimous recommendation” of his national security team.

The news about the successful U.S. operation in eastern Syria was quickly overshadowed by alarming reports about Islamic State advances in both Syria and Iraq.

On Saturday, Islamic State seized control of the northern neighborhoods of Syria’s ancient desert city of Palmyra after heavy fighting with Assad’s army, the Syrian Observatory reported.

“IS advanced and took control of most of northern Palmyra, and there are fierce clashes happening now,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said 13 Islamic State fighters were killed in ongoing clashes near the Islamic citadel in the city’s west. UNESCO immediately called upon the UN Security Council to act to save one of the Middle East’s historic treasures. UNESCO fears Islamic State will destroy Palmyra’s artifacts, including tombs.

Late Sunday night, it became clear that Assad’s forces had been able to drive ISIS out of Palmyra.

“Islamic State’s attack was foiled,” provincial governor Talal Barazi said after troops routed ISIS fighters from the northern part of the modern town of Palmyra. But the Syrian Observatory said Islamic State troops were still just less than a mile away from the archeological site and its museum. The group reported that nearly 300 people have been killed in four days of fighting – 123 Syrian soldiers and their allies, 115 Islamic State fighters, and 57 civilians.

On Monday, Islamic State delivered a devastating blow to the effort to retake Iraqi territory from the group.

The strategically important town of Ramadi was overtaken by Islamic State after a long battle in which hundreds of people died. Ramadi is less than 70 miles from Baghdad.

The ISIS victory means that the group is now in full control of Iraq’s largest province of Anbar.

The ISIS victory in Ramadi became possible after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the United States, and the leadership of the Sunni province of Anbar refused to deploy the Iran-backed Shiite militias in Ramadi.

They all favored developing local Sunni forces, but militia leaders said Monday the past few days had proved the government could not afford to do without the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Militias).

Immediately after Islamic State forces raised their black flag at the provincial headquarters in Ramadi, Iran’s Al Quds Force intervened and started to mobilize Shiite militias at a base near Ramadi.

Reuters reported a while ago that a column of 3,000 Shiite militia fighters had arrived at a military base near Ramadi on Monday.

Setting the stage for renewed fighting over the city, Islamic State militants advanced in armored vehicles from Ramadi towards the base where the Shi’ite paramilitaries were amassing for a counter-offensive, witnesses and a military officer said.

At the same time, U.S.-led warplanes stepped up raids against the Islamists, conducting 19 strikes near Ramadi over the past 72 hours at the request of the Iraqi security forces, a coalition spokesman said.

“Hashed al-Shaabi forces reached the Habbaniya base and are now on standby,” said the head of the Anbar provincial council, Sabah Karhout. They were fully equipped and highly capable, the council said.

Iran wants to prevent further Islamic State advances in the direction of Baghdad and the holiest place of Shia Islam in Karbala, a city less than 70 miles to the southwest of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, the Institute for the Study of War released a study on the war against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (al-Sham):

ISIS’s ultimate end is likely a global war, not a limited war for local control inside Iraq and Syria. ISIS’s vision for a prospering caliphate requires that it instigate a broader war to compromise states competing with it for legitimacy…

ISIS announced operations to expand to Libya, Sinai, and other corners of the Arab world in late 2014 while under duress, in a moment of weakness during which rumors arose of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS’s leader. The timing of this announced expansion supported ISIS’s momentum while it faced counter-attacks inside Iraq and Syria.

Global expansion is a motif that ISIS desires to propagate at times when it is experiencing tactical losses. Expansion into new territory is, therefore, a defensive supporting operation. But it is nevertheless also a concrete operational plan to make its caliphate larger.

ISIS is framing its strategy across three geographic rings: the Interior Ring in the Levant, the Near Abroad in the wider Middle East and North Africa, and the Far Abroad in Europe, Asia, and the United States. ISIS’s strategic framework corresponds to a campaign with three overarching goals: to defend inside Iraq and Syria; to expand operations regionally, and to disrupt and recruit on a global scale.

Iraq is central to the origin of ISIS’s caliphate, and likely also central to many among ISIS’s leadership cadre. Iraq will likely remain the epicenter of ISIS’s campaign as long as its current leadership is alive. The physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria is still the source of ISIS’s power, unless ISIS’s operations in the Near or Far Abroad achieve momentum that is independent of ISIS’s battlefield success in Iraq and Syria…

Control of cities is the metric for the success or failure of states that are challenged by ISIS. Cities are also the key to challenging the legitimacy of ISIS’s caliphate. They are not, however, the metric by which to measure the defeat of ISIS’s fighting force.

ISIS’s ability to remain as a violent group, albeit rebranded, has already been demonstrated, given the near-defeat of its predecessor AQI in 2008 and its resurgence over the intervening period. Nevertheless, ISIS in 2015 is a caliphate that has more to prove, and it likely desires to preserve the image of a vast dominion across Iraq and Syria.

In this most dangerous form, ISIS is a counter-state, a state-breaker that can claim new rule and new boundaries after seizing cities across multiple states by force, an unacceptable modern precedent. ISIS would fail to remain as an alternative political order, however, if it lost all of the cities under its control, an important aspect of the US plan to defeat ISIS strategically.

As we saw today, Islamic State succeeded to seize another city in Iraq and, as the BBC map below shows, this is part of an overall plan to seize control of the capitals of Iraq and Syria.

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The U.S.-led coalition, however, is convinced that the end of ISIS is near. Coalition warplanes dropped leaflets on ISIS’ capital of Raqqa in Syria today.

“Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State) your held areas dwindle every day. We kill a lot of your leaders and countless of fighters. We can raid you anytime and anywhere. You are powerless to stop us. We are not going to stop, and your destiny is to lose this war. Your end is approaching and the zero hour is very close. We can strike you inside your alleged area and take one of your emirs but you can do nothing about this,” the leaflet said.

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ISIS Just Issued A Terrifying 2-Sentence Threat To Obama. Then They Did Something Even Worse.

An activist with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has threatened President Obama’s life after a raid which killed Abu Sayyaf. Sayyaf was in charge of the terrorist organization’s oil and gas operations in eastern Syria.

U.S. forces crossed from Iraq into Syria Saturday and killed Sayyaf, who ran the financial operations for ISIS, Fox News correspondent John Huddy noted. Western Journalism’s B. Christopher Agee breaks down the details, which include the deaths of more than a dozen ISIS members:

The Delta Force team also reportedly captured Sayyaf’s wife – also described as an ISIS member with direct ties to terrorist activities – during the operation.

During the raid, Sayyaf attempted to shield himself with women and children, necessitating the use of hand-to-hand combat on the part of U.S. forces.

The Delta Force Team also gathered vital intelligence about ISIS and historical artifacts from the location.

After the attack, an ISIS activist tweeted the following threat, aimed at Obama:

If your goal is killing Abu Sayyaf then our goal is killing Obama and the worshipers of the cross. We have attacks coming against you.

The activist also tweeted a very graphic image of Obama being beheaded. The account has since been suspended.

Last week, the Pentagon activated “Force Protection Bravo” for military bases across the U.S. due to a legitimate concern that jihad could be waged across the country, according to IJReview.

“We are doing this as a prudent measure due to a lot of things in the news lately. While this change is not tied to a specific credible threat, recent events have led us to recognize the need to take prudent steps to ensure that our security measures can be increased quickly,” U.S. Northern Command Captain Jeff Davis said.

Earlier this month, U.S.-led coalition forces reportedly killed ISIS deputy leader Abu Ala al-Afri while he was conducting a meeting at a mosque. Separately, coalition forces struck 18 targets in Tal Afar, Sinjar, Mosul, Fallujah, Beiji, and Huwayjah in Iraq, and Hasakah in Syria. Those strikes knocked out key ISIS fighting strongholds.

h/t: IJReview

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Mother Of Boston Marathon Bomber Threatens U.S. Following Son’s Death Sentence

According to an exclusive Vocativ report, the mother of condemned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a message of revenge for the nation that sentenced her son to die. One of Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s allies, Zarina Kasenova, received a social media message from the mother shortly after the 21-year-old Dzhokhar was sentenced to die for his role in the 2013 bombing.

“They think that they are killing us and they celebrate this,” Tsarnaeva reportedly wrote, “but we are the ones who will rejoice when Allah grants us the chance to behold them in the flames of an eternal and terrifying fire, an otherworldly flame.”

Though she did not mention her eldest son – Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during the manhunt that followed the bombing – in her message, she did express love for her “sons.”

It is with that love, she declared, that she “will stand in front of Allah.”

Tsarnaeva’s reaction garnered a passionate rebuke from numerous Twitter users.

“How dare #Tsarnaev’s mother make terroristic threats and say ‘US will pay,’” one user wrote. “Are we supposed to celebrate her precious little murderers?”

Vocative reported on the initial message and the publication’s subsequent interview with Kasenova. She explained that, as a supporter of Tsarnaeva’s cause, she is not necessarily proclaiming Dzhokhar innocent.

“You should understand that this group is not a shrine to Dzhokhar,” she said, “it’s a group with doubts about the case.”

She started Support Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a fundraising group with continuing ties to the Tsarnaev family.

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