Iraqi official says the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists could be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi, only 70 miles west of Baghdad.
CNN Falih Essawi, deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, said, “it’s unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive.” The terrorist group’s offensive in Ramadi shows its resilience despite months of U.S.-led airstrikes and its recent defeat by Iraqi forces in the northern city of Tikrit.
Over the weekend, the militants seized control of areas north of Ramadi. Routes south of the city were taken some months ago. That leaves only areas to the west of Ramadi in the hands of government forces, but those positions are under threat, Essawi warned.
Islamic Jihadists linked to al-Qaeda seize major airport and oil terminal in southern Yemen.
EuroNews It comes as the country slides deeper into chaos, with Shiite Houthi rebels locked in fighting with pro-government forces backed by Saudi air strikes. The United Nations’ special envoy to Yemen even stepped down on Thursday after he failed to broker an end to the conflict. Al Qaeda fighters are said to have also seized Mukalla, the capital of Yemen’s largest province Hadramawt, as well the oil terminal of Ash Shihr.
The Egyptian branch of ISIS released another execution video, entitled “A Message” from the Sinai Peninsula. The video released by Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, which recently pledged allegiance to ISIS, has shown the execution of an Egyptian soldier and the beheading of an unidentified civilian.
Egyptian Streets Identified as Ahmed Fathy Abou Al Fotouh Salam from Daqahliya, the Egyptian soldier had been part of a tank battalion and was stationed at a military outpost that was ambushed on April 2, leading to the deaths of 15 soldiers and two civilians.
Ahmed Fathy Abou Al Fotouh Salam
The terrorist group claimed to have captured and executed Ahmed, whose age was not revealed, over what it called the “military’s crimes” in North Sinai.
In the video below, Ahmed is seen reading a script from a Teleprompter while under clear duress, often on the verge of tears. “I want to tell my mom that Ibrahim, my brother, should not join the military so that what happened to him doesn’t happen to me,” says Ahmed to viewers as his eyes drift towards what appears to be a Teleprompter.
“My guilt is in on President al-Sisi. The guilt of all soldiers is on al-Sisi. And the burning of hearts of their mothers is on al-Sisi…Soldiers for the Military are just numbers.”
The start of the video shows the capture of Ahmed and ends with the ‘execution-style’ killing of Ahmed by a masked militant carrying an AK-47. Prior to his death, an unidentified man is beheaded by the militant, who wears white latex gloves while carrying a large knife.
CLICK SCREEN BELOW TWICE TO SEE VIDEO…EXECUTIONS BEGIN AT 06:40
Fondly dubbed ‘The Lion of Egypt’ by the Egyptian people, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (right) sits down with Bret Baier to discuss the refusal of Barack Hussein Obama to supply Egypt with badly needed arms and equipment – demonstrating that America is not a reliable partner in the war against Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups’ aggression in Egypt and the Middle East.
FOX News The interview covers a range of issues, including his views of American leadership in the region. Asked by Baier what his views of U.S. leadership are, el-Sisi paused and said — “difficult questions.”
Egypt has taken on a bigger role in the fight against ISIS after the group’s militants last month beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. El-Sisi’s military has launched strikes against ISIS in Libya, while other Arab nations fight as part of the U.S.-led coalition striking targets in Iraq and Syria.
Four men face trial in Egypt after horrific footage of the brutal torture and street killing of a dog sparked outrage when it was aired on the Internet.
MAX THE DOG, NOW DEAD
Al-Arabiya (h/t Susan K) What makes this so unusual, in case you are unaware, is that most Muslims hate dogs and consider them “filth” because their prophet Mohammed said (black) dogs should be killed. The exceptions are working dogs and dogs used for protection. There are many posts here of Muslims brutalizing/killing dogs here. (See links below)
Among the arrested is the animal’s owner, who said at the time that he was powerless to prevent the killing. In the video, three men who had argued with the owner chained the dog to a street lamp at night and then stabbed and hacked the terrified animal with knives as onlookers failed to intervene.
The other 3 killers arrested
An arrest warrant has been issued for the owner, and the three men arrested on Thursday are accused of “torturing to death a domestic animal,” among other charges. Farid al-Deeb, a prominent lawyer and legal expert, told AFP the suspects could face a maximum of six months in prison if convicted.
This video will likely be removed by Youtube soon so if anyone can post it on LiveLeak or elsewhere, I will add the link.