Tagged: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

‘Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledges allegiance to ISIS emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,’ el-Balad (Egypt), 30 June 2014

The militant Islamist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has pledged bay’ah (allegiance) to the emir of the newly declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (now also known as Caliph Ibrahim). In the past, the group has been responsible for multiple terrorist attacks on Egyptian soil, mainly in the restive Sinai peninsula. In addition to this pledge of allegiance, the group has also claimed responsibility for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. The new Islamic State, declared after major territorial gains were achieved in Iraq  over the past three weeks, has called on all Muslims to pledge allegiance to its leader, which will certainly cause a strain with mainstream al-Qaeda, which disavowed the group earlier this year over its tactics. Continue reading

‘Al-Assad warns that terrorism will spread to countries “supporting and developing” it,’ El Watan (Egypt), 18 June 2014

While meeting with a North Korean delegation in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the West and Arab Gulf monarchies that their support for “terrorist groups” in the ongoing Syrian conflict will bring terrorism to their countries. Continue reading

‘Da’ash Imposition of Islamic law on Christians of al-Raqqa in Syria’, al-Rafidayn (Iraq), 27 February 2013

In an attempt to raise funds and legitimize themselves among hard-line Islamists, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have instituted an ‘agreement’ in the city of al-Raqqa imposing a number of rules on Christians in the city as well as the general population, including an ancient Islamic tax for non-Muslim inhabitants in the Islamic domain.

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Kurds demonstrate in London in support of including their cause in Geneva II, Elaph (London), 17 December 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 5.40.20 PMThe Kurdish community in Britain demonstrated in London recently to raise awareness for their concerns Syria’s Kurdish population’s place in the Geneva II peace conference.

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Regime forces control the strategic city of As-Safira, SOHR (Syria), 31 October 2013

القوات النظامية تسيطر على مدينة السفيرة الاستراتيجية‎

محافظة حلب
المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان

سيطر مقاتلو الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام على حاجز للواء مقاتل على طريق الكاستيلو بعد اشتباكات عنيفة دارت بين الطرفين  واعتقلت 7عناصر من الحاجز فيما اقتحم مقاتلو الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام بلدة حيان واعتقلت عناصر من لواء مقاتل اخر من منزلهم  كما  تدور اشتباكات عنيفة بين القوات النظامية ومقاتلي الكتائب المقاتلة على جبهة اكثار البذار في حي الميدان  وبالقرب من شارع النيل  ترافق مع قصف الكتائب المقاتلة تمركزات القوات النظامية بقذائف الهاون في حي الميدان وانباء عن قتلى وجرحى في صفوف القوات النظامية  في حين اعطبت الكتائب المقاتلة ثلاثة اليات للقوات النظامية على اطراف حي العامرية متجهة الى بلدة رسم عسان وانباء عن قتلى وجرحى في صفوف القوات النظامية  وسيطرت  القوات النظامية على  مدينة السفيرة الاستراتيجية بشكل شبه كامل بعد  اشتباكات وقصف عنيف  بكافة  انواع  الاسلحة لعدة ايام  وانسحاب الكتائب المقاتلة من المدينة


Regime forces control the strategic city of As-Safira

Aleppo Province

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) took control of the blockade of a brigade after violent clashes between the two sides and arrested seven members of the blockade. Meanwhile, ISIS fighters stormed the town of Hayyan and arrested members of another brigade in their home. There were also violent clashes between regime forces and combat brigades on the front lines in the main square and close to Nile Street. These were accompanied by shelling, by troupes against regime forces in the main square. There were reports of deaths and injuries on the side of the regime forces while brigades destroyed three regime tanks on the outskirts of Amriya, heading towards the town of Rasam Asan, as well as reports of deaths and injuries amongst regime forces. Reports show that regime forces had almost completely captured the strategic city of As-Safira after clashes and violent shelling with all types of weapons for several days and the withdrawal of armed brigades from the city.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Report available from Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.