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  • Hostage situation reported in northern French town of Roubaix

    11/24/2015 11:44:15 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 24, 2015
    DEVELOPING: Reuters is reporting that a hostage situation in the northern French town of Roubaix, near the Belgium border, is taking place. Shots reportedly have been fired and medical services personnel have been called to the scene.
  • Hostages held in northern French town of Roubaix

    11/24/2015 12:42:27 PM PST · by traumer · 2 replies
    A group of armed men are said to have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix near the border with Belgium, reports say. A police operation is under way and an area of the town has been cordoned off. Local media said the incident took place at around 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT). The incident does not appear to be related to the ongoing security situation in France following the 13 November attacks in Paris. Gunshots were fired, according to reports and local residents. The armed men may have been planning a robbery, reports say.
  • 170 hostages in Mali luxury hotel

    11/20/2015 1:00:37 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 197 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Muslim terrorists opened fire on an upscale hotel on Friday in the city of Bamako, the capital of the western African state of Mali. The jihadists used automatic weapons according to security sources, and apparently have taken people hostage in the Radisson Blu Hotel. Some reports indicate that at least three people have died in the attack. The luxury hotel, which has 190 rooms, is a popular site for Western officials according to French-language media. According to the French RFI radio, the attack was launched by three assailants who entered the hotel with diplomatic cars. Security forces have set up...
  • Shooting, Hostage Situation Underway At French Troops’ Radisson Hotel, Mali

    11/20/2015 5:51:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/20/15
    Gunmen have taken 170 hostages, killing three so far at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako. The gunmen are reported to be releasing people that can recite verses from the Quran. Automatic weapon fire was heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city-centre where security forces have set up a security cordon, according to Agence France Presse. Security sources told AFP the gunmen were "jihadists" who had entered the hotel compound in a car that had diplomatic plates. "It's all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor," one security source said. Malian soldiers,...
  • 'Political Correctness' about Islam Causing Abandonment of ISIS Sex Slaves

    11/18/2015 6:34:33 PM PST · by risen_feenix · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/18/2015 | Phyllis Chesler
    In 2014, Sister Hatune Dogan had been rescuing Christian and Yazidi girls from ISIS captivity for eight months, but she was desperate. If only the world could see the harm being done, understand that rescues were possible, people would open their hearts and their wallets, [so she] found an independent British filmmaker, Edward Watts.. In an email dated February 6, 2015, Watts’s producer, Rosie Garthwaite, wrote: "Hatune you will be the lead story in a documentary about women living under IS.” Watts spent nine days in Germany, Turkey, and Iraq with Sister Hatune. She introduced him to Sheikh Khaire, the...
  • Multiple Attacks Roil Paris; President Hollande Is Evacuated From Stadium

    11/13/2015 2:50:24 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 13, 2015 | ADAM NOSSITER and RICK GLADSTONE
    PARIS - Shootings and explosions erupted in the Paris area on Friday night, and French news services said at least 39 people were dead, dozens wounded and others taken hostage in what appeared to be coordinated militant attacks. French television reported that one of at least two explosions had struck near Paris at the country's main sports stadium, forcing the hasty evacuation of President François Hollande. The explosion occurred during a France-Germany soccer match. The shooting broke out at a popular concert hall, The Bataclan, where a death metal band was playing, and the France 24 website said dozens of...
  • Police: At least 26 dead in Paris, hostage-taking in theater

    11/13/2015 2:48:01 PM PST · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2015 | Angela Charlton and Lori Hinnant | AP
    Two police officials said at least 26 people have been killed in shootings and explosions around Paris Friday, in the deadliest violence in France in decades. A police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and about 15 killed in the Bataclan theater, where a hostage-taking is under way. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.
  • Obama held hostage: How Iran’s using the nuke deal as license to go wild

    11/07/2015 4:47:23 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2015 | Post Editorial Board
    President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were convinced their one-sided nuclear deal would lead to better relations with Iran, but it’s already doing the reverse.Tehran has taken two more Americans hostage just this month — and followed up with a massive cyberattack on the US government, especially the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs.The kicker: Iran is holding the nuke deal hostage — threatening to junk it if Obama tries to punish the country for its fresh outrages.
  • Why Is Iran Holding Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian?

    10/13/2015 11:37:56 AM PDT · by Bratch · 12 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | October 12, 2015 | sundance
      Reports: WaPo's Jason Rezaian convicted in Iran http://t.co/8H5bVnPY5K | AP Photo pic.twitter.com/D1MH9fICXI   — POLITICO (@politico) October 12, 2015 For people who might not have followed the story as it unfolded there’s an easier explanation for why Iran is holding Jason Rezaian.   The underpinning is Iran knowing the U.S. State Department and CNN collaborate to use media as a tool to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives. In December 2014 CNN ran and episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown filmed in Iran. It seemed innocuous at the time, yet as with all things Turner Broadcasting, it also seemed to be another set...
  • Trump: 'I will renegotiate with Iran'

    09/09/2015 12:00:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 107 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he would renegotiate President Obama's Iran nuclear deal should he make his way into the Oval Office. "If we have to wait until the next president is sworn in to revisit this nuclear weapons agreement, then the next president better be someone who knows how to negotiate and who will do what is best for the United States," Trump wrote in a Tuesday evening op-ed in USA Today. "When I am elected president, I will renegotiate with Iran right after I enable the immediate release of our American prisoners and ask Congress to...
  • President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts (Aug 28)

    08/31/2015 6:39:16 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    The White House ^ | August 28 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: James OBrien Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Department of State Charles Chip Lyons United States Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Aaron Williams United States Alternate Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Esther Brimmer Member, National Security Education Board Michael Guest Member, National Security Education Board President Obama said, These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look...

    08/22/2015 5:10:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 21 Aug 2015 | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    McALLEN, Texas Two illegal aliens from Mexico joined forces with human smugglers to kidnap and torture unsuspecting illegal immigrants being held at a stash house. Instead of charging the group with hostage taking or kidnapping charges, prosecutors charged them with human smuggling. Federal authorities this week raided a house in the border city of Mission, where they arrested a group of illegal immigrants as well as Arthur Flores, a U.S citizen, and two illegal aliens from Mexico described as his henchmen. The two henchmen had been tasked with holding the immigrants under threats of violence, court records obtained by...
  • How Yemen rescue attempt went wrong

    12/06/2014 9:38:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    United States military and intelligence officials are still piecing together what happened early Saturday that sabotaged an attempt to rescue two hostages from al Qaeda in Yemen. Despite being ready with a roughly 40-man special operations team and days to plan the operation, U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korki both died shortly after the midnight raid. The key problem, officials told the Wall Street Journal, came when some kind of sound alerted militants who were holding the hostages that the special operations team was nearby. The militants were part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,...
  • Obama calls for release of Americans held in Iran, after nuke deal omitted them

    07/21/2015 4:51:36 PM PDT · by dware · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.21.2015 | Fox News
    President Obama called Tuesday for the release of Americans held in Iran, individually naming them during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention -- a week after his diplomatic team helped strike a nuclear accord with Iran that did not secure the prisoners' freedom. The deal's failure to address the prisoners' status has fueled criticism of the Obama administration, though State Department officials have said they raised their imprisonment repeatedly. The president also scolded a reporter last week at a White House press conference for suggesting he was "content" to leave the prisoners out of the deal.
  • Rubio to Kerry: Why Havent You Brought Home American Hostages in Iran?

    07/17/2015 8:28:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/17/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote Secretary of State John Kerry today to remind him that American citizens remain unjustly imprisoned by the Iranian regime even as you have finalized a nuclear deal with Iran, and urging him to use every tool at your disposal to secure their freedom unconditionally. It is unacceptable that the United States has reached a final agreement with Iran while innocent Americans languish in the most brutal conditions of Iranian jail cells. I am profoundly disappointed that the agreement with Iran did not ensure the unconditional release of American citizens: Jason Rezaian, Pastor Saeed Abedini and...
  • Pelosi:No, NoRelease of the 4 U.S. Hostages Held by Iran Should Not Have Been Part of Nuke Deal

    07/16/2015 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 16, 2015 | 1:35 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the four American hostages being held in Iran should not have been released as a pre-condition to the Iran nuclear deal, but she added that because we have a nuclear agreement, that a much brighter light is being shone on the prisoners of conscience in Iran. At a Capitol Hill press conference, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Pelosi, Do you think the four American hostages being held in Iran should have been released as a pre-condition to any deal made about Irans nuclear program? Pelosi answered, No, no, it would have been good but its...
  • Freedom for Iran's Hostages Should Trump Any Nuclear Deal

    06/04/2015 5:17:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN HIS remarks to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April, President Obama pledged that his administration would work tirelessly for the freedom of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who has been held hostage by Iran since last summer on spurious espionage charges. "Jason has been in prison for nothing more than writing about the hopes and fears of the Iranian people," Obama said. "We will not rest until we bring him home to his family, safe and sound." Yet just four days later, the president warned Congress that he would veto any bill making approval of a nuclear...
  • Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner

    05/30/2015 9:19:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/29/15 | Greg Miller and Adam Goldman
    The rebel group that has seized power in Yemen has taken at least four U.S. citizens prisoner, according to U.S. officials who said that efforts to secure the Americans release have faltered. One of the prisoners had been cleared for release in recent days only to have that decision reversed by members of the Houthi rebellion that toppled the U.S.-backed government earlier this year and now controls most levers of power in Yemen.
  • The False Narrative of the Feinstein Report is a Dark Stain on Americas Image

    05/20/2015 6:02:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-20-15 | Wordsmith
    Lawfare Blog: Following an American special forces raid on the compound of Islamic State operative Abu Sayyaf, U.S. interrogators, who are part of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, have flown to Iraq in order to question Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Abu Sayyaf, who was taken during the operation. Umm Sayyaf was allegedly involved in the workings of the Islamic State and could possibly have played a role in the enslavement of women in Iraq and Syria. U.S. interrogators plan to talk to Umm Sayyaf about U.S. hostages held by the militant group. However, according to the Washington Post,...
  • Our Forgotten Hostages

    05/13/2015 2:39:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | May 13, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Forget for an instant if you can the ethics of negotiating with a terrorist state that is openly and brazenly holding U.S. citizens as hostages. After all, Americas formerly worst president, Jimmy Carter, did just that for 444 days. But Carter was negotiating the whole time to achieve the release of the hostages, not the rehabilitation of the Islamist regime that had taken them. Today, the Obama White House absurdly claims that Iran has already been punished for holding U.S. hostages by being excluded from Obamas presence. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker elevated the status of Americas forgotten hostages...
  • Senate Passes 90-0 Resolution Demanding Iran Release Americans

    05/11/2015 6:48:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-11-15 | Bridget Johnson
    The Senate lent strong support today to a simply worded resolution calling on Iran to let four Americans come home. The bipartisan resolution from Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) passed 90-0. It states that its the policy of the United States that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran should immediately release Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian, and cooperate with the United States Government to locate and return Robert Levinson; and the United States Government should undertake every effort using every diplomatic tool at its disposal to secure their immediate release. Washington Post bureau chief Rezaian, a California...
  • Scott Walker blames Obama, Clinton for world violence - meets with family of Iranian hostage

    05/04/2015 11:59:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Novi, Michigan(CNN)Gov. Scott Walker on Monday sought to use President Barack Obama's slipping popularity on foreign policy issues as a punching bag and sought to bolster his own credentials ahead of a likely presidential bid.</p> <p>Speaking in Novi, Michigan, the Wisconsin Republican rallied around the plight of a Michigan man who has been held hostage in Iran since 2011 and blasted Obama for failing to do enough on the missing man's behalf--as well as failing to ward off attacks by Islamic terrorists around the world.</p>
  • Iran seizes U.S. ship, 34 sailors

    04/28/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 106 replies
    Al Aribiya ^ | 4/28/15 | Al Aribiya
    Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Iran has fired at a U.S. cargo ship and has directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported on Tuesday. Up to 34 American sailors are believed to be onboard the ship, Al Arabiya reported. (developing story) Last Update: Tuesday, 28 April 2015 KSA 17:32 - GMT 14:32
  • Iran Forces Seize US Cargo Ship With 34 People On Board, Al Arabiya Reports

    04/28/2015 7:18:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 272 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-28-2015 | Durden
    Moments ago according to the native Twitter feed of Arabiya, Iranian forces have seized a US cargo ship, which has some 34 American sailors, which they have taken to the port of Bandar Abbas. More as we get it.
  • When Hostages Die

    04/24/2015 5:34:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Mark Davis
    Every American should join President Obama in his expression of condolences to the families of two hostages killed in January during a counterterrorism operation in Pakistan. Our prayers properly go to the loved ones of American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni LoPorto. But no one should sign on to the painful exercise of hand-wringing self-flagellation that the President felt compelled to attach in his Thursday morning revelation of the details. For about sixty seconds, his remarks looked like a rare example of an occasion free of political agendas. Even as he mused about the families pain as...
  • Breaking: US drone strikes in Pakistan killed US, Italian hostages; live video of Obama statement

    04/23/2015 7:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Heartbreaking news, and a demonstration of the limit of remote-control warfare. The US drone program in Pakistan inadvertently killed two Western hostages being held by al-Qaeda, including an American whose family had repeatedly appealed for his release based on his age and health: A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, senior Obama administration officials said.The killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally...
  • Warren Weinstein, Adam Gadahn Killed in U.S. Operation

    04/23/2015 7:04:51 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 99 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski, Robert Windrem and Tracy Connor
    Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American aid worker held hostage by al Qaeda, was accidentally killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation, as was an Italian hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, and another American who was an al Qaeda leader, the White House announced on Thursday. Officials also announced that a separate operation killed Adam Gadahn, another American who became a prominent al Qaeda member. The White House said it was unaware the four were present at the sites. President Obama was set to make a statement after 10 a.m. ET. "The operation targeted an al-Qa'ida-associated compound, where we had no reason to...
  • Shameful! White House wont demand Iran release captives as part of nuke deal

    04/20/2015 1:13:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-20 | Twitchy Staff
    The Washington Posts Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned in Iran since being arrested nine months ago, and Iran announced his charges will include espionage.
  • Turkish special forces enter courthouse as prosecutor held at gunpoint

    03/31/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) published a picture of the prosecutor with a gun to his head and said it would kill him at 1236 GMT, three hours after gunmen stormed his office, unless its demands were met.
  • Why a retired British army colonel has become the last hope for Somalia's forgotten hostages

    03/27/2015 5:01:43 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7:30AM GMT 26 Mar 2015 | Colin Freeman
    ... Two years ago, Colonel John Steed, a former military attache to the British embassy in neighbouring Kenya, began his own personal mission to save those who were dubbed the forgotten hostages - the 100-plus sailors who still languished in pirate custody as of 2013. Drawn exclusively from poorer nations, their stories are a dark mirror image of that of Captain Phillips, the hijacked American whose rescue by US Navy seals became a blockbuster movie. Most have spent years in captivity, left to their fate not just by their employers but by their governments, who lack either the will or...
  • I Was an ISIS Hostage for 5 Months

    03/20/2015 6:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 20, 2015 | Anonymous As Told to Sulome Anderson
    It's strange how you can interact with someone every day and not know anything about them at all. I work in Lebanon much of the year. When I'm there, I stay in the residential Christian neighborhood of Fanar, about 20 minutes outside of Beirut. I see the natour the superintendent of my building when I enter or exit. He's a handsome man in his 30s with a quick, easy smile. I knew he was Syrian, but that was the extent of my knowledge about his life. About a month ago, we were talking and it came out that...
  • Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

    03/18/2015 8:34:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 3-18-2015 | UKG
    At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo national museum one of the countrys leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis sparking a three-hour hostage siege. Tunisias prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17 of the dead were foreigners from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland calling the attack a cowardly assault targeting the economy. Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as one security officer, and that all...
  • Militants kill 8 in attack on major Tunisian museum, take hostages, interior ministry says

    03/18/2015 7:10:55 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 18, 2015
    Militants shot and killed at least eight people at a leading museum in Tunisia Wednesday and have taken several more hostage, the countys interior ministry said. Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said on Radio Mosaique that only one of the dead in Wednesday's attack was a Tunisian. He did not provide nationalities for the others. Poland's Foreign Ministry announced that three Poles were among the wounded. Security forces filled the area around the National Bardo Museum in Tunis after the attack. Tunisia's parliament building, near the museum, was being evacuated, according to a tweet by parliament member Sayida Ounissi....
  • American Robert Levinson, Disappeared in Iran, Marks 8 Years in Captivity

    03/09/2015 5:55:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum
    ABC News ^ | 03/09/2015 | BRIAN ROSS
    Eight years ago today Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran, while on a mission for the CIA. Tuesday will be his 67th birthday. Levinson's family said in a statement to ABC News, "Every year on this date, we remind the world that Bob's case is still not resolved and that this husband, father than grandfather is still not home where he belongs."
  • Assyrian Christians Hostages Were Told to Convert to Islam

    03/09/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the mediaTwo of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media about their ordeal. Some 200 Christians were taken by the Islamist group on February 23 after they stormed a number of villages in the north-east of the country. One of the hostages, going by the name Peter, told the Times: They entered our village at five in the morning, while everyone was sleeping. Some of them were Syrians, some were Chinese, some Russian people who didnt speak Arabic. They took 17 men,...
  • Ex-Iranian hostages agree with Bibi: Tehran can't be truste

    03/03/2015 5:56:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    fox ^ | 3/3/15 | Cristina Corbin and Perry Chiaramonte
    They dealt with the Iranian regime first-hand more than three decades ago, when it was founded in an act of war against the U.S., and several survivors of the hostage crisis say the idea of the U.S. negotiating with an unrepentant Tehran makes their blood boil. For 444 days, the 52 Americans were held prisoner in the U.S. Embassy by the student revolutionaries that would help usher in the hard-line Islamic theocracy that remains in place today. Many of the hostage takers and guards held key roles in the Iranian government then and continue in important positions today. I think...
  • Report: Some Syrian Hostages Released, Others Await Judgment of Sharia Court

    03/02/2015 3:55:04 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 2, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need is reporting that some of the Assyrian Christians taken hostage by the Islamic State group last week have been released but that the fate of hundreds of others may depend on a Sharia court. Quoting the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ACN said 19 captives have been released18 were from the village of Tel Goran, one of the Assyrian Christian villages in Hassake governorate taken over by the Islamist group February 23. TheAssyrian International News Agency(AINA) has photos ofthe released captives after they arrived at St. Marys Church in the...

    02/28/2015 4:44:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 63 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 2/28/15 | soopermexican
    As if foreign policy couldnt get any worse. The President Piece of Crap Maduro announced that they have captured an American pilot that was trying to topple his regime. Watch below:
  • Islamic State murders 15 Christian hostages, beheads woman...

    02/28/2015 1:27:15 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/27/15 | Robert Spencer
    "Islamic State murders 15 Christian hostages, beheads woman; 35 Christian villages now entirely uninhabited" The Islamic State (ISIS) has killed 15 of the Christians it took hostage in northeastern Syria earlier this week. The news was given by Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana to the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need on Thursday. Many of them, he said, were defending their villages and their families. One woman was beheaded in the village Tel Hormidz and two men were shot to death. There is no information at the moment on how the other 12 were killed. Youkhana added that the number...
  • Number of Christians kidnapped in ISIS offensive up to 220, Syria monitoring groups say

    02/26/2015 4:59:17 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 13 replies
    Fox News dot com ^ | Published February 26, 2015 | staff
    Activists monitoring the conflict in Syria said Thursday that the number of Christians kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in their most recent offensive has risen to at least 220. ... SIS began abducting the Assyrians on Monday, when militants attacked a cluster of villages along the Khabur River, sending thousands of people fleeing to safer areas. The Syriac National Council, a Syrian Christian group, told Reuters that hundreds of Christians have fled to the province's two main cities, Al-Hassakeh and Al-Qamishli, which are held by the Kurds. Younan Talia, a senior official with the Assyrian Democratic Organization, said IS had raided...
  • ISIS militant Jihadi John unmasked as middle-class Brit

    02/26/2015 6:12:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2-26-2015 | Yaron Steinbuch
    ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked as middle-class Brit By Yaron Steinbuch February 26, 2015 | 7:16am The infamous masked ISIS madman seen in gruesome videos beheading Western hostages was identified by media outlets Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi — a middle-class Briton with a degree in computer programming. The BBC reported that the Kuwaiti-born Emwazi is in his mid-20s and from West London. British authorities chose not to identify him earlier for operational reasons. “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” one of Emwazi’s close friends told the Washington Post. “He was like a brother to me. . . . I...
  • Activist: ISIS holds 150 Christian hostages, will threaten to kill them

    02/25/2015 11:09:05 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed February 25, 2015 | By Laura Smith-Spark and John Vause, CNN
    (CNN)ISIS is holding many more Assyrian Christians hostage than previously thought -- and it is reportedly planning to release a message Wednesday threatening to kill them. Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, told CNN that the extremist group is now believed to have 150 hostages, citing the latest information from the network's team on the ground. Initial estimates put the number seized at between 70 and 100 people, among them women, children and the elderly. The video message will be directed to President Barack Obama and other members of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, Edward said from...
  • ISIS releases video claiming to show beheading of 21 Egyptians

    02/15/2015 2:26:35 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 15, 2015 | Reuters
    #ISIS vid shows bodies in the sea: "The sea you threw in Sh. Osama Bin Ladens bodywe'll mix it with your blood" pic.twitter.com/kuA4iLVI2e Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) February 15, 2015 CAIRO Islamic State released a video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya, violence likely to deepen Cairos concerns over security threats from militants thriving in the neighboring countrys chaos. Egypts state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead. In the video,...
  • Breaking: ISIS releases video of 21 Christians being beheaded in Libya

    02/15/2015 3:26:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 15, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    The horror show into which the Middle East has transformed over the last four years continues — and expands. ISIS released a videotape today showing not one beheading of a hostage, but the simultaneous beheadings of 21 Christian hostages. The beheadings took place not in Syria or Iraq, but in Libya: The terrorists known as ISIS released a video on Sunday that seems to show the militant group beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya.The Egyptians, dressed in orange jump suits, were beheaded after being forced down on the ground on a beach. An early caption in the video says...
  • Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: (truncated)

    02/14/2015 10:11:29 AM PST · by Cementjungle · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/14/2015 | Tim Macfarlan
    Heads bowed in terror the orange-clad Kurdish fighters are paraded through streets filled with jeering militants in the latest horrifying video release from Islamic State. In a grim echo of the terrible fate which befell Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh the captives, reportedly Peshmerga fighters, are dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages. Just as Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive on camera, IS are planning to do the same with their latest prisoners, according to posts on social media.
  • Did the White House Know Where ISIS Hostages Were Being Held for Months?

    02/12/2015 1:35:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Fox News' Chief Intelligence Correspondent Fox News, Catherine Herridge, reported earlier in the week that Obama administration officials were in possession of "very specific intelligence" pertaining to the precise location where ISIS terrorists were holding a group of Western hostages, including since-murdered Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Kayla Mueller. Herridge's sources said the eventual rescue mission was launched seven weeks after the hostages' location was identified, significantly longer than the 30-day delay reported last summer by Tony Harnden. The intelligence gathered had reportedly nailed down the exact building where the kidnapped parties were being held: By the spring of 2014, the...
  • Islamic State hostage's family still hopeful she is alive

    02/08/2015 6:25:03 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/08/2015 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    The parents of a 26-year-old American who has been held hostage for more than a year by Islamic State extremists were clinging to hope Sunday that their daughter is alive, having yet to receive information confirming otherwise.
  • ISIS Beheads Japanese Christian Who Tried to Save Captured Friend

    02/01/2015 11:48:33 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 2/1/15 | Heather Clark
    According to a new video released by the Islamic barbaric group ISIS, which also identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a Japanese Christian man who had traveled to Iraq in an attempt to rescue a friend who was captured by the terrorist organization has been beheaded. As previously reported, Kenji Goto, 47, who became a Christian in 1997, told reporters last year that he felt compelled to do what he could to help rescue Haruna Yukawa, 42, after he was abducted in August near the city of Aleppo. Yukawa had been through a number of difficult...
  • 'Kill our pilot and we'll execute ALL your prisoners': Jordan 'says it will hang its ISIS captives'

    01/30/2015 6:48:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 30, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Jordan has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it was reported today. The government has apparently warned that Sajida al-Rishawi and other jailed ISIS commanders would be 'quickly judged and sentenced' in revenge for Muath al-Kaseasbeh's death. It comes after a deadline for a possible prisoner swap allegedly set by ISIS passed yesterday with no clue over the fate of al-Kaseasbeh or fellow Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. Intelligence sources said ISIS's refusal to prove that al-Kaseasbeh was alive meant any deal...
  • Militants radio affirms killing of Yukawa

    01/25/2015 1:51:28 PM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    NHK ^ | Jan 25, 2015
    Islamic State militants have affirmed through their Internet radio station that the group killed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa.