Islamic State Captures Up to 3,000 Fleeing Iraqis

An ISIS flag hangs amid electric wires over a street in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon January 19, 2016 / REUTERS

Islamic State fighters may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers on Thursday and subsequently executed 12 of them, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said in a daily report on events in Iraq.

Islamic State Says ‘Minister of War’ Shishani Killed

Image from undated video posted during the weekend of June 28, 2014 on a social media account showing Omar al-Shishani standing next to ISIS fighters. AP / militant social media account

Abu Omar al-Shishani, who the Pentagon described as Islamic State’s “minister of war,” was killed in combat in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul, a news agency that supports the militant group said on Wednesday.