Iraq crisis: ISIS jihadists fighting in Syria establish ‘caliphate’
The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has publicly executed and crucified nine men in Syria, eight of them rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the
The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has publicly executed and crucified nine men in Syria, eight of them rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the
The report comes amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of Damascus between the ISIS, which is spearheading a major offensive in Iraq, and rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  "ISIS executed eight men in Deir Hafer in the east of
The report comes amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of Damascus between the ISIS, which is spearheading a major offensive in Iraq, and rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "ISIS executed eight men in Deir Hafer in the east of
ISIS then "crucified them in the main square of the village, where their bodies will remain for three days", the Britain-based monitor said. Also in Aleppo province, a ninth man was executed and crucified in Al-Bab town near the border with Turkey.
ISIS then "crucified them in the main square of the village, where their bodies will remain for three days", the Britain-based monitor said. Also in Aleppo province, a ninth man was executed and crucified in Al-Bab town near the border with Turkey.
ISIS first emerged in Syria's war in late spring last year and was initially welcomed by some Syrian rebels who believed its combat experience would help topple Assad. But subsequent jihadist abuses quickly turned the Syrian opposition, including
ISIS first emerged in Syria's war in late spring last year and was initially welcomed by some Syrian rebels who believed its combat experience would help topple Assad. But subsequent jihadist abuses quickly turned the Syrian opposition, including
Rebels launched a major anti-ISIS offensive in January 2014, and have pushed them out of large swathes of Aleppo province and all of Idlib in the northwest.
Rebels launched a major anti-ISIS offensive in January 2014, and have pushed them out of large swathes of Aleppo province and all of Idlib in the northwest.
However, ISIS remains firmly rooted in Raqa, its northern Syrian headquarters, and wields significant power in Deir Ezzor in the east near the border with Iraq. Activists say the group's Iraq offensive and capture of heavy weapons — some of them US-
However, ISIS remains firmly rooted in Raqa, its northern Syrian headquarters, and wields significant power in Deir Ezzor in the east near the border with Iraq. Activists say the group's Iraq offensive and capture of heavy weapons — some of them US-
Syria's war began as a peaceful protest movement in March 2011 demanding political change, but became an armed insurgency when Assad's regime unleashed a brutal crackdown. Many months into the fighting, jihadists began to flock to Syria where
Syria's war began as a peaceful protest movement in March 2011 demanding political change, but became an armed insurgency when Assad's regime unleashed a brutal crackdown. Many months into the fighting, jihadists began to flock to Syria where
BJP workers perform a havan in Jalandar for the safety of Indians stranded in Iraq.
BJP workers perform a havan in Jalandar for the safety of Indians stranded in Iraq.
Family members of the lndians trapped in Iraq showing their photographs at a village near Devigarh in Patiala district.
Family members of the lndians trapped in Iraq showing their photographs at a village near Devigarh in Patiala district.
Families and relatives of men stranded in Iraq, offering prayers at Baba Budha Ji Sahib Gurudwara at Kathunangal in Amritsar.
Families and relatives of men stranded in Iraq, offering prayers at Baba Budha Ji Sahib Gurudwara at Kathunangal in Amritsar.
Jaswant Singh who worked in Iraq reunites with his family, comes back to his home Batala near Amritsar.
Jaswant Singh who worked in Iraq reunites with his family, comes back to his home Batala near Amritsar.
Indian Shiite Muslims hold photographs of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani , the most respected voice for Iraq's Shiite majority, top left and Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, top right, during a protest against the on going conflict in Iraq
Indian Shiite Muslims hold photographs of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani , the most respected voice for Iraq's Shiite majority, top left and Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, top right, during a protest against the on going conflict in Iraq
Members from Anjuman-E-Haideri protest for the release of captive Indians in Iraq at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Members from Anjuman-E-Haideri protest for the release of captive Indians in Iraq at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
A masked Iraqi Shiite militiaman ,who supports Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, crosses a street during a parade in Kirkuk. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces mounting pressure to form an inclusive government or step aside following the loss
A masked Iraqi Shiite militiaman ,who supports Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, crosses a street during a parade in Kirkuk. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces mounting pressure to form an inclusive government or step aside following the loss
A member of Iraq's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) stands with other Iraqi Shiite gunmen from al-Mahdi army, at a street linked to a Shiite mosque, in the oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq. Leading Shiite Muslim cleric called  for a new
A member of Iraq's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) stands with other Iraqi Shiite gunmen from al-Mahdi army, at a street linked to a Shiite mosque, in the oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq. Leading Shiite Muslim cleric called for a new
Mother of Kuljeet Singh, an Indian stranded in Iraq prays for his safe return.
Mother of Kuljeet Singh, an Indian stranded in Iraq prays for his safe return.
Family members of Sonu, believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul (Iraq), showing his sons photograph in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Family members of Sonu, believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul (Iraq), showing his sons photograph in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Zahura Begum Tirmizy displayed her photo along with her husband at a Baghdad shrine after returning to Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Zahura Begum Tirmizy displayed her photo along with her husband at a Baghdad shrine after returning to Ahmedabad on Thursday.
 Mothers of Manjinder Singh and Ranjeet Singh who are believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul (Iraq), showing their sons'photographs in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Mothers of Manjinder Singh and Ranjeet Singh who are believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul (Iraq), showing their sons'photographs in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Hoshiarpur(Punjab) : Family of Gurdeep Singh,an Indian stranded in Iraq, pray for his safe return
Hoshiarpur(Punjab) : Family of Gurdeep Singh,an Indian stranded in Iraq, pray for his safe return
"Don't know where he is,has not called for days, hope is back safe," said mother of Gurdeep Singh, an Indian trapped in Iraq.
"Don't know where he is,has not called for days, hope is back safe," said mother of Gurdeep Singh, an Indian trapped in Iraq.
Family members pray for the safety of their missing sons as they display their photographs during their visit to the Golden Temple.
Family members pray for the safety of their missing sons as they display their photographs during their visit to the Golden Temple.
Family members of the Indians who are believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul, Iraq at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.
Family members of the Indians who are believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul, Iraq at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.
Family members of the Indians who are believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul, Iraq at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.
Family members of the Indians who are believed to be trapped in the troubled city of Mosul, Iraq at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses the media after meeting with the families of some of the Punjabi workers abducted in Iraq.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses the media after meeting with the families of some of the Punjabi workers abducted in Iraq.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting with the families of some of the Punjabi workers abducted in Iraq, in New Delhi on Thursday.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting with the families of some of the Punjabi workers abducted in Iraq, in New Delhi on Thursday.
Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against terror attacks in Iraq, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday.
Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against terror attacks in Iraq, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday.
Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against terror attacks in Iraq, at Jantar Mantar.
Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against terror attacks in Iraq, at Jantar Mantar.
Iraqi men crowd a truck to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraqi men crowd a truck to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraqi men line up at the main army recruiting center to volunteer for military service in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday
Iraqi men line up at the main army recruiting center to volunteer for military service in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday
Iraqi men disembark a military truck to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center in Baghdad.
Iraqi men disembark a military truck to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center in Baghdad.
Iraqi Army soldiers parade inside the main army recruiting center during a recruiting drive for men to volunteer for military service in Baghdad
Iraqi Army soldiers parade inside the main army recruiting center during a recruiting drive for men to volunteer for military service in Baghdad
Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents, in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq on Wednesday,
Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents, in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq on Wednesday,
Volunteers in the newly formed “ Peace Brigades” participate in a parade near the Imam Ali shrine in the southern holy Shiite city of Najaf on Wednesday.
Volunteers in the newly formed “ Peace Brigades” participate in a parade near the Imam Ali shrine in the southern holy Shiite city of Najaf on Wednesday.
Fighters of the Al-Qaeda breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) burn an armored vehicle belonging to the Iraqi army on Al-Sharqat base north of Tikrit, Iraq.
Fighters of the Al-Qaeda breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) burn an armored vehicle belonging to the Iraqi army on Al-Sharqat base north of Tikrit, Iraq.
Iraqi Special Operations forces in a firefight with militants from the Al-Qaeda inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tikrit, Iraq.
Iraqi Special Operations forces in a firefight with militants from the Al-Qaeda inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tikrit, Iraq.
A member of Iraqi Special Operations forces in a firefight with militants from the Al-Qaeda inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tikrit, Iraq.
A member of Iraqi Special Operations forces in a firefight with militants from the Al-Qaeda inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tikrit, Iraq.
A militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi Army Humvee in Tikrit, Iraq.
A militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi Army Humvee in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants leading away captured Iraqi soldiers in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants leading away captured Iraqi soldiers in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes to an open field moments before shooting them in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes to an open field moments before shooting them in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) taking aim at captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) taking aim at captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants with captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
Militants with captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.
The Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has shot dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad.
The Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has shot dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad.
Iraqi men board military trucks to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center to volunteer for military service in Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraqi men board military trucks to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center to volunteer for military service in Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraqi men fill a military truck to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo: AP)
Iraqi men fill a military truck to join the Iraqi army at the main recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo: AP)
Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)