While ISIS continues to lose ground in Iraq under an assault by Iraqi and Western forces, the global terror organization is continuing to recruit extremists to carry out its radical mission across the world, according to leading lawmakers and former U.S. officials.
Iraqi forces pushing to reclaim Mosul are in a race against time to stop the terrorists from killing civilians in mass executions.
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter used his bulletproof BMW to rescue dozens of civilians who came under fire by the Islamic State in northern Iraq last month.
Islamic State fighters abducted 295 former Iraqi Security Forces members near the militant stronghold of Mosul and also forced 1,500 families to retreat with them from Hammam al Alil town, the United Nations human rights organization said on Tuesday.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his followers on Thursday there could be no retreat in a “total war” against the forces arrayed against them, as advancing soldiers battled the militants inside their northern Iraqi stronghold.
A Japanese journalist who was covering the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State has been detained for alleged links to the terrorist group, according to media reports.
Nearly 300 Islamic State child soldiers have died so far in the battle for Mosul, the terrorist group’s last major stronghold in Iraq, the Daily Caller News Foundation reports.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter revealed Tuesday that Western allies fighting the Islamic State have already begun preparing to invade the terrorist group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria before the ongoing military campaign to recapture the ISIS-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul is complete.
Dozens of terrorists who struck Iraq’s oil capital of Kirkuk on Friday are still roaming the city, while Turkmen Shia residents are reeling from an unexplained bombing of a mosque south of the city.