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Horrifying: Video Of ISIS Militants Executing Iraqi Army POWs


A recently released video reveals the deadly barbarism that lies at the center of the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS). 

The video shows Iraqi Army POWs who were captured by ISIS. Despite begging to be spared, the POWs were taken, dumped in a ditch, and murdered in cold blood.

The men were tossed into a river after they were executed, reports. As ISIS members shout “long live the Muslim nation,” a voice on the tape can be heard saying, “Here was the spark ignited in Iraq. It will arise Allah willing until they burn the armies of the cross in Dabiq.”

A month after the founding of the so-called Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, it’s richer, better armed, more durable—and dangerous—than ever before,” the Daily Beast’s Charlie Cooper writes about ISIS.

And now ISIS is looking to take its bloody crusade to Europe, the Daily Beast’s Nadette De Visser writes:

“Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate answering to the man who now calls himself Ibrahim: a zealot too radical even for Al Qaeda who has stormed through Syria and Iraq carrying out mass executions, crucifying rivals, beheading enemies. But these marchers were not in Syria or Iraq; they were in The Hague in The Netherlands. And their message was one tailored to the disaffected young descendants of Muslim immigrants in Europe.”

I wish the world was “less violent than it has ever been,” as Obama claims. But something tells me that the people in Iraq and Syria, the Middle Eastern Christians being tortured, crucified, beheaded, or forced to convert to Islam and the men in the video above would all disagree. 


this is the coldest video i’ve ever seen. fuck isis

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the pleasure

Displaced Kachins in Burma.  Q. Sakamaki.

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The Man Who Haunts Israel | Michael Crowley
Khaled Mashaal lay dying in a hospital bed as poison flowed through his bloodstream, slowly shutting down his respiratory system. With a machine pumping air into his lungs, he had, at best, a few days to live. An antidote could save the Hamas leader’s life. But the only person who could provide it was the very man who had tried to kill him: Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
As the clock ticked down over four days in late September 1997, with Mashaal unconscious and steadily deteriorating, Netanyahu faced an excruciating choice. The Mossad agents who had sprayed poison into the Palestinian’s ear on a street in Amman, Jordan — in retribution for a series of suicide attacks within Israel — had been captured while fleeing. Jordan’s King Hussein vowed to put the Israelis on trial if Mashaal expired. The agents would likely face execution if convicted. Desperate to avert an international crisis that would derail his efforts to broker peace deals between Israel and its Arab enemies, President Bill Clinton intervened, insisting that Netanyahu, then serving the first of his two tenures as Israel’s prime minister, provide the antidote. The Israeli leader grudgingly complied, even traveling to Amman to issue a personal apology to the King. Mashaal was revived, his stature forever enhanced as “the living martyr.” Instead of killing one of Israel’s most despised enemies, Netanyahu had resurrected him.
Fifteen years later, in December 2012, Mashaal, in his trademark western suit and trim salt-and-pepper beard, stepped out of a giant replica of an M75 rocket in the heart of Gaza City to address a crowd of cheering Palestinians. “We will never recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation, and therefore there is no legitimacy for Israel, no matter how long it will take,” he thundered, as the green missile — among the models Hamas is currently firing into Israel by the thousands — towered several stories over his head. “We will free Jerusalem inch by inch, stone by stone. Israel has no right to be in Jerusalem.”
Photo: Trango/Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Army anti-aircraft rockets sit over Florida Straits during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ocrober 27, 1962. (AP)

Les Revenants by Valère Bernard 

Full Automatic

Requiem for a Dream (2000) dir. Darren Aronofsky