A rescue force comprised of Kurdish and American forces stormed a compound in northern Iraq where ISIS was holding prisoner members of Iraqi security forces, Army and police.
American helicopters and American and Kurdish special operations forces were reportedly successful in freeing 70 prisoners. Fox News reported that at least 10 ISIS hostage takers were killed during the operation, and at least five were themselves taken hostage.
The Iraqi prisoners were being held near the town of Hawija, an ISIS outpost in northern Iraq. American airstrikes bombed roads leading to the ISIS prison just before the special forces commando teams landed.
“People were chained to walls,” a military source told Fox News. Another senior defense source said that a “mass atrocity was averted.”
According to the Pentagon, rescuers “deliberately planned” the operation, and moved in when it was apparent that ISIS hostage takers were planning to kill the hostages.
This was the first known American commando operation in Iraq in the fight against ISIS. The soldier was the first American fatality in Iraq since the U.S. withdrew from that nation in 2011.
U.S. officials said on Thursday, Aug. 13, that Islamic State terrorists this week used mustard gas against Kurdish forces in Iraq.
Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is a type of chemical warfare agent that is not found naturally in the environment and which today has no medical use. It blisters the skin and may lead to blindness, adverse effects to the respiratory and digestive tracts and bone marrow abnormalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No antidotes currently exist for mustard gas exposure.
And where did ISIS get that mustard gas? They probably obtained it from Syria, Wall Street Journal reporter Adam Entous said he was told by U.S. officials.
CBS is reporting that a senior Department of Defense official said the mustard gas was either “leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles” or “were brought over from Syria.” Of course, it could be the same chemicals from both sources, as Hussein was believed to have whisked stockpiles of chemical weapons from Iraq and hid them in Syria.
In 2013, Syria’s Bashar Assad’s government admitted having caches of mustard gas as well as other chemical warfare agents.
At that time, U.S. President Barack Obama claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin removed Syria’s chemical weapons, but U.S. intelligence now admits Syria was able to hide some chemical weapons reserves from international inspectors.
Saddam Hussein also used mustard gas against the Kurds in 1988.
The Kurds claim that ISIS used chlorine gas, another chemical weapon, against them in a Jan. 23 suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq.
45 ISIS fighters died on Monday night after eating poisoned food at a group Iftar meal in Mosul, Iraq. The report was released by Al Sumaria News, a Kurdish paper.
The Iftar meal is the one Muslims consume after the day’s Ramadan fasting is over.
While the source of this poisoning is unknown, in November, the Times of Iraq reported that Syrian Free Army Rebels and the local cooks had poisoned the food of ISIS fighters in the Fath El-Sahel camp, killing dozens of them.
The Islamic State (ISIS) has posted a new video shows 17 captured Kurdish fighters being paraded through the streets in cages while shackled and wearing orange jumpsuits, the clothes worn by previous victims of beheadings.
ISIS terrorists carried black Islamic State flags and brandished AK-47 rifles as they escorted the cages on white pick-up trucks in the oil-rich northwest area of Iraq, north of Baghdad.
It is not known if the ISIS has executed the Kurds, but it probably is only a matter of time until the terrorist army finds another manner to kill the prisoners in a way to shock the world.
The more they shock, the more they seem to able to recruit new members.
“They want to attract foreign fighters. They want to keep their reputation of being this ever-expanding caliphate — and for that, they need military victories,” Peter Neumann, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization in London, told CNN.
Kurdish forces, based by the U.S.-led aerial task force, have regained more than 150 villages in fighting in Syria, Al Arabiya reported Sunday.
The barbarians from ISIS recently released another bloody video. This one shows several of their members standing beside an executioner-style black hooded man towering over a straight-backed Kurdish captive.
The filming takes place in the middle of a street in Mosul, Iraq. We know the words spoken in the video, thanks to the translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute, MEMRI.org.
In this, as in all the ISIS videos, the terrorists boast about their bloodthirsty deeds committed in the name of Allah, and promise still more bloodshed.
In this video, see below, the executioner promises that ISIS will come to America and cut off President Obama’s head, right in the White House. He also promises that ISIS will turn the United States into a Muslim province.
Then the ISIS executioner threatens France and Belgium, warning them that ISIS will bring car bombs and explosives to their streets. He also threatens to cut off the heads of the French and the Belgians.
But his greatest ire is directed at Masoud Barazani, the president of the Kurds. His voice grows louder still, and he shouts out his threat to Barazani, whom he calls a dog, saying ISIS will behead him and throw him onto the trash bin of history.
It is no surprise that ISIS feels the greatest enmity for the Kurds. The Kurdish fighting force, the Peshmerga, have been fighting the ISIS forces with superhuman dedication and focus for months.
The Kurds finally regained control over Kobane, a previously Kurdish-ruled city, driving out the barbarians from all neighborhoods in the that city. The victory occurred on Monday, Jan. 27, the day after this video was made, but the tide had begun to turn earlier.
Once ISIS was routed from Kobane, Barazani said that it was “a great honor for the Kurdish people that they stood along 1,500 kilometers in the face of the most brutal terrorist organization and defeated it. This victory is the victory of humanity over the savagery of terrorists.”
And then, as if to prove Barazani’s point, the ISIS executioner says: “We will institute the laws of Allah, may he be exalted and praised.” He then turns his focus back to the Kurdish soldier at his feet, upon whose head the executioner kept his hand, throughout the speech.
“This is the fate of one of your soldiers, and every time you launch a missile, we will send you back the head of one of your soldiers.”
At the end of the original video – this is excised from the version, below – the executioner beheads the Kurdish soldier at his feet.
The Peshmerga forces have already begun their assault on the ISIS stronghold in Mosul.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has advanced into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, right on the Turkish border.
More than 2,000 women, children and other Syrian Kurds were evacuated from the town a day earlier, on Monday, according to a statement by a member of the PYD Kurdish Democratic Union Party, quoted by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Between three and four thousand ISIS fighters have been advancing steadily towards the town for days, although Kurdish fighters have held them off for some time.
As of Tuesday, however, two ISIS flags were seen to be flying over the eastern side of Kobani, visible to Reuters journalists monitoring the action from the Turkish side of the border. The reporters said they could also hear sporadic gunfire.
U.S.-led coalition air strikes against the ISIS forces apparently were not effective in stopping the ISIS fighters.