A Florida man who allegedly praised ISIS and its tactics on Facebook has been charged with planning to detonate a "beach bomb" on a beach in Key West, Florida. Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West allegedly told an FBI informant he wanted to fill a backpack full of nails, bury it, and remotely trigger its explosion on a Key West beach. Suarez was arrested after taking possession of an inert explosive device. This arrest follows an ISIS-inspired attack in Garland, Texas, in May that left two gunmen dead.
British and now American media outlets are reporting that the face of ISIS, a masked executioner known as "Jihadi John," may have fled the terror group. The man, believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, a former Kuwaiti computer scientist who once resided in London, has not been seen in an ISIS video in six months. That the man who once was the very identity of ISIS in its PR wars may have gone on the lam has prompted several theories for his departure. These include fear of British or U.S. special operations units hunting for him in Syria and Iraq, the disclosure of his apparent real name and identity, or fear that his ISIS superiors no longer have any use for him.
After watching the ISIS threat coming to a boil on their southern border, the Turks finally have been heard from. For the first time, Turkey, a member of NATO and strategically critical partner in the war on terror, has carried out military action against the terror group. The Turks deployed fighter jets for air strikes in Syria against ISIS forces, using F-16 warplanes for the offensive. Turkey also has agreed to allow the use of the Incirlik air base, a major NATO facility, and other air bases in the country by the U.S. and allied forces taking action against ISIS.
For months, ISIS has made spectacular international news with a spate of grisly films featuring ISIS operatives executing their foes in horrific fashion. Now, ISIS is flip-flopping on their PR strategy. The terror group's leadership has ordered a halt to dissemination of such films, including those of captives being beheaded. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi just sent out a directive banning such graphic videos not out of moral scruples, but because they are hurting ISIS's image. This order comes a few days after ISIS affiliates released a video of a boy no older than 10 years old beheading, with a knife, a Syrian soldier captured near Palmyra.
The standard ISIS tactic of enlisting children to carry out atrocities and propaganda in its name now has led to this: a boy under ISIS control forced to behead a man. Film newly released by ISIS shows a boy no older than 10 murdering under the supervision of an ISIS official. The victim is a Syrian soldier captured near Palmyra, an ancient city recently overrun and sacked by ISIS forces. The boy uses a knife to carry out the decapitation, then lifts the head up in celebration after the killing is completed.
For many Western sympathizers, the wages of joining ISIS, increasingly, is death. A new report shows that one out of ten Britons who have joined the ISIS jihad have been killed in action. Scotland Yard, meanwhile, reports that every week, a family reports a female member has gone missing--many to join up with ISIS. An estimated 43 women and girls have left the U.K. in the past year to join ISIS.
Amidst the chaos there is unity: A force of Iraqi Christians, some 1,000 soldiers strong, has formed to serve under a Shiite-dominated umbrella group to fight ISIS. The "Babylonian Brigades" are working to "help our Muslim brothers liberate Iraq," says the group's commander. Iraqi Christians have been a special target of persecution by ISIS. The Babylonian Brigades, its leaders explain, will help defend the Christian community from further attacks and reclaim territory and property taken by ISIS.
The executions conducted by ISIS in Tikrit last year were so massive they generated evidence visible from space. Satellite imagery detected evidence of mass graves as part of Iraqi government prosecutions brought against alleged ISIS participants in the slaughter. ISIS executed Iraqi soldiers who had surrendered to them. Twenty-four of the participants were convicted. The estimated number of Iraqi soldiers killed is 770.
The wife of a top ISIS official, recently captured by U.S. forces in Syria, has reportedly disclosed the inner workings of ISIS's sexual slavery ring and other important facts about the terror network's operations. It is a chilling account.
ISIS has executed an estimated 74 children and even more women for such "crimes" as not fasting or "practicing magic," according to a new report by a UK-based group. More than 3,000 people have been executed formally by ISIS since the group declared itself a state one year ago.