An Iraqi and Kurdish military force of 20,000 – 25,000 troops is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters this spring. The city was captured by militants last June, and is the largest city in the self-declared caliphate.
Up to 3,000 trained jihadists are seeking to cross into Turkey from Syria and Iraq, with intentions of striking diplomatic targets belonging to anti-ISIS coalition partners, the Turkish intelligence service told the police in an internal memo.
There are two things President Obama has to deal with to stop terrorism: expose those behind funding and coordinating ISIS and help the development of Middle East economies, Lawrence Freeman from Executive Intelligence Review Magazine, told RT.
Libya is just about 350 kilometers from Italy, and is a failed state full of weapons, money, and oil and ISIS is likely use it as a hub to attack Western targets and spread within North Africa, Danni Makki of the Syrian youth movement in the UK, told RT.
The leader of ISIS jihadist group and self-proclaimed “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, spent nearly a year in US custody in Iraq in 2004 as a “civilian detainee,” declassified military documents have revealed.
The continuing struggle against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) must be led by the Iraqi Security Force (ISF) with the backing of a strong international coalition, the UK’s ambassador to Iraq has said.
If the US did not invade Iraq in 2003 probably there wouldn’t be ISIS or al-Qaeda there, or anywhere in the Mideast, so it’s their responsibility to handle the situation, Khaled El Shami, political editor of al-Quds newspaper, told RT’s In The Now.
ISIS’ plans to conquer Europe via Libya have been revealed in letters seen by an anti-terrorism group. Owing to its perfect location on the continental doorstep, the terrorists plan to ferry fighters from North Africa across the Mediterranean.
Islamic State militants have reportedly burnt 45 people alive near the town al-Baghdadi in western Iraq. News of the atrocities follows the recent beheading of 21 Christians in Libya and the brutal burning to death of a Jordanian pilot.