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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Dozens of soldiers beheaded as Islamic State captures Syrian military base

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by MCT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Ankara Dozens of headless bodies of Division 17 troops displayed at scene and pictures of them tweeted Islamic State takes Syrian base, beheads its soldiers Militants with the al-Qaeda breakaway group Islamic State seized control of a military base in northern Syria, beheading dozens of soldiers and displaying their headless bodies, activists said. It is only the latest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559933/dozens-soldiers-beheaded-islamic-state-captures-syrian-military-base
  2. News - World - IRAQ

    Islamic State has ordered female genital mutilation: UN

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:48am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Geneva Order by militants could affect up to 4 million women, claims UN, but some doubt its report Female genital mutilation 'fatwa'by Islamic State The United Nations said yesterday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation. But doubts emerged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1558615/islamic-state-has-ordered-female-genital-mutilation-un
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Taking an unusual holiday in the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by Hari Kumar

    ... true. That's probably why the newly founded Islamic State, the caliphate declared in some parts of Iraq and Syria, is now into that business too. They are running twice-weekly tours from ... that the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has become a victim of extremist Islamic propaganda. The prominent monk, Galagodaatte Gnanasara, had actually planned to go to India to meet the Dalai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1558496/taking-unusual-holiday-islamic-state-syria-and-iraq
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadist group runs bus tours of its Syria-Iraq 'caliphate'

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut, Lebanon Honeymooners and foreigners join trips from Syria to Iraq, to a soundtrack of jihadist songs Islamic State runs bus tours of its 'caliphate' Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State jihadist group is now expanding into tourism, taking its fighters on honeymoon and civilians to visit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557647/islamic-state-jihadist-group-runs-bus-tours-its-syria-iraq-caliphate
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad West’s ‘ally’ against Islamic State jihadists, says Syrian minister

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Damascus Assad West's 'ally' against jihad, minister says Syria is determined to "eliminate" the Sunni extremist group Islamic State, according ... with Islamic State, which controls large parts of northern and eastern Syria as well as contiguous areas of Iraq. Assad's enemies accuse him of tolerating the group or tacitly cooperating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554181/assad-wests-ally-against-islamic-state-jihadists-says-syrian-minister
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian rebel group Dawud Brigade defects to Islamic State

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:41pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Gaziantep, Turkey Syrian rebel group defects to Islamic State A Syrian rebel brigade defected to Islamic State this week, a sign that the extremist group continues ... in Syria's Idlib province, arrived on Sunday in Raqqa, a city in northeastern Syria that Islamic State has made its main headquarters for more than a year. The defecting rebels moved in a convoy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550554/syrian-rebel-group-dawud-brigade-defects-islamic-state
  7. News - World - IRAQ

    Islamic State insurgents seized nuclear materials, Iraq warns the UN

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 09:46am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York Iraq appeals for help from international community after 40kg of uranium compounds stolen from university in territory held by group known as the Islamic State Jihadis ... terrorist acts," Alhakim said. He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq. A Sunni Muslim group known as the Islamic State is spearheading a patchwork of insurgents who have taken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550895/insurgents-seized-nuclear-materials-iraq-warns-un
  8. News - World

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: radical Islam’s mystery man unmasked

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 10:33pm by GUARDIAN

    ... the Islamist insurrection sweeping the Syrian and Iraqi interior. And yet, according to jihadist websites at the weekend, here he was on video openly rallying the adepts of the new Islamic state he had just pronounced in the largest city that his fighters had taken. Clad in black robes that invoked a distant, almost mythical phase of Islamic history, Baghdadi gave a half-hour sermon during ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549181/abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-radical-islams-mystery-man-unmasked
  9. News - World - IRAQ

    ISIL jihadis declare global caliphate, rename themselves Islamic State

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 09:01pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Baghdad Militants who have captured parts of Iraq and Syria rename themselves Islamic State, and say Muslims worldwide answer to their leader Jihadis declare global caliphate Jihadis spearheading a Sunni militant offensive in Iraq have declared an "Islamic caliphate" and ordered Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to their chief, in a spectacular ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1543795/isil-rebels-declare-islamic-state-iraqi-troops-battle-tikrit
  10. News - World - NIGERIA

    Nigerian atheist treated for ‘insanity’ after renouncing his Islamic faith

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 09:31pm by GDN

    ... reason, duped me that I have another lifetime. Agnostic Atheist." He lives in Kano in Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north. The state adopted sharia law in 2000 and has a strict Islamic police force called the Hisbah. When Bala told his family he had renounced Islam, they took him to a doctor and asked if he was mentally ill, according to the International Humanist and Ethical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541126/nigerian-atheist-treated-insanity-after-renouncing-his-islamic-faith

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