Egyptian Air Force fighter-bombers en route to strike at Islamic State targets in the Sinai, make unprecedented use of Israeli airspace, likely with permission from Jerusalem.
By Yoav Zitun
Egyptian Air Force planes have in recent months crossed into Israeli airspaces part of Egypt’s military campaign against the local Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State terror group, Ynet learned on Tuesday.
Egyptian military planes over the Suez area – Archive photo: Reuters
The unprecedented flights, apparently conducted in coordination with the IDF, were conducted mostly in the triangular border area between Israeli territory, Egyptian land, and the southern Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »
New Islamic State video tells Palestinians that the Jihadis will soon arrive in Jerusalem to “help our Palestinian brothers slaughter the Jews.”
By Daniel Siryoti & Israel Hayom Staff
The Islamic State group released a new video Sunday focusing on the wave of terrorism in Israel and tensions surrounding Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and urging a more “aggressive jihad against the Jews.”
Islamic State urges a more “aggressive jihad against Jews” [Illustrative] – Photo: AP
“Fight the Jews any way you can. Terrorize them with explosive devices, tear them to shreds. Cut off the Jews’ heads,” an Islamic State operative asserts on the video. Continue Reading »
Steve Maman’s rescue teams have helped save 128 Christian & Yazidi women & girls in Iraq, saying: ‘What motivates me is being Jewish. Being part of a people who survived the Holocaust, we waited 6 years for people to help us.’
By Tzipi Shmilovitz
Canadian Jewish businessman Steve Maman has earned the nickname “the Jewish Schindler” after establishing an organization that saves Christian and Yazidi-Kurdish women and girls in Iraq who were kidnapped by the Islamic State.
The CYCI (Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq) is a secret project that has so far led to the release of 128 young women and girls from ISIS captivity. Continue Reading »
Concerned about the safety of lightly armed US forces, the White House considers retreating (instead of securing their soldiers), allowing Islamic State-inspired groups in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to become even more active.
The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America’s three-decade deployment to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence.
Islamic State weapons in Sinai found by Egypt
Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press.
The American forces have helped marshal peace in the peninsula since Egypt’s 1979 historic peace treaty with Israel. Continue Reading »
Shiite terror group forges unlikely alliance with Lebanon’s Christians integrating ‘dozens’ of into its military wing to fight in Syria.
Faced with the threat posed by the Islamic State, Lebanon-based Shiite terror group Hezbollah has forged an unlikely alliance with the country’s Christian contingent and is training Christian fighters, according to reports in Arabic media.
One of Hezbollah’s enemies: Mujahideen members of al-Qaida’s Nusra Front – Photo: REUTERS/file
Christians are among Middle East minorities at risk from rising unrest across the region, and from extremist groups such as the Islamic State, which has violently carved out a large area of control in Iraq and Syria. Continue Reading »
Because dozens of IS suspects in past few weeks were arrested, supporters of the Islamic State in Beit al-Maqdis issued an ultimatum to Hamas to ‘release their prisoners or face dire consequences.’
A group calling themselves “Supporters of the Islamic State in Beit al-Maqdis” in the Gaza Strip issued Monday a 72 hour ultimatum to Hamas to release their prisoners or face “dire consequences.”
Adnan Khader Mayat, Gaza strip Sheikh accused of being linked to Islamic State militants by Hamas
“Hamas and its security forces have 72 hours from the release of this statement to free all Salafist (jihadist) prisoners,” said the statement, adding that “all options are available” to free those prisoners and that “our soldiers are ready to act against chosen targets at the end of this ultimatum.”
On Sunday, Hamas forces arrested seven men along with a local Salafist Sheikh as they demolished a mosque which was reportedly being used as a hideout by IS supporters. Continue Reading »
Based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law, & documented in early Islamic sources, the burning alive of a human being is a well known method of eliminating enemies.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Islamic State publicized a horrifying twenty minute video this week, the high point of which was the execution of a Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, by burning him alive. The film attempts to justify the punishment by describing Jordan’s part in the war against ISIS, using photos of ISIS dead, including women, children, men and mainly those burned to death.
Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh – Screenshot from Islamic State insurgents video
The rest of the film has the pilot describing the involvement of the air forces of Jordan, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco and United States and notes that American planes take off from Turkish bases. Continue Reading »
With attacks launched from the Syrian border, Hezbollah faces near daily military engagements by Nusra Front & Islamic State, while ongoing jihadi recruitment in northern Lebanon’s impoverished Sunni areas, is on the rise.
By the Associated Press
BEIRUT – With all eyes on the Islamic State group’s onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country’s border with Syria.
Gunmen drive away with about a dozen men, two in camouflage police uniforms, in Arsal – Photo: AP
The US has been speeding up delivery of small ammunition to shore up Lebanon’s army, but recent cross-border attacks and beheading of Lebanese soldiers by Islamic State fighters – and the defection of four others to the extremists – has sent shockwaves across this Mediterranean country, eliciting fear of a potential slide into the kind of militant, sectarian violence afflicting both Syria and Iraq, and increasingly prompting minorities to take up arms. Continue Reading »
Tikon Olam: As winter misery intensifies, an Israeli Aid Agency is providing desperately-needed supplies to refugees (mostly Kurds) from ISIS’s onslaught, including baby milk & warm blankets.
By Ari Soffer
Israeli humanitarian workers have joined the effort to provide desperately-needed supplies to displaced victims of the brutal Islamic State terrorist group in northern Iraq and Syria.
IsraAID supplied beds, blankets, and food to over 1,000 families in the Kurdish city of Duhok, in northern Iraq. The Israeli aid agency worked with Canadian ONEXONE to deliver a convoy to a 14,000-strong refugee camp carrying 2,000 blankets and mattresses, as well as enough powdered milk for all the 1,015 babies under one year of age. Continue Reading »