‘ YAZIDI WOMEN HELD BY ISLAMIC STATE FORCED INTO SEXUAL SLAVERY & SUICIDE ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Jan.03: Yazidi women and girls held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and forced into sexual slavery have committed suicide or attempted to, according to rights group Amnesty International.

' Members of the minority Yazidi sect in Iraq are demanding protection from the ISIS militants. (Reuters) '

‘ Members of the minority Yazidi sect in Iraq are demanding protection from the ISIS militants. (Reuters) ‘

Since June, ISIS militants have controlled swathes of Iraq and Syria declaring a cross-border “caliphate.”

Minority groups such as the Yazidis have been systematically targeted by ISIS in a campaign that Amnesty said has amounted to ethnic cleansing, murdering civilians and enslaving others for a fate that some captives consider even worse than death.

“Many of those held as sexual slaves are children — girls aged 14, 15 or even younger,” Donatella Rovera, Amnesty’s senior crisis response adviser, said in a statement.

Amnesty said that many of the perpetrators are ISIS fighters, but may also include supporters of the group.

A 19-year-old named Jilan committed suicide out of fear she would be raped, Amnesty quoted her brother as saying.

A girl who was held with her but later escaped confirmed the account, saying: “One day we were given clothes that looked like dance costumes and were told to bathe and wear those clothes. Jilan killed herself in the bathroom.”

“She cut her wrists and hanged herself. She was very beautiful; I think she knew she was going to be taken away by a man and that is why she killed herself.”

Another former captive told the rights group that she and her sister tried to kill themselves to escape forced marriage, but were stopped from doing so.

“We tied… scarves around our necks and pulled away from each other as hard as we could, until I fainted… I could not speak for several days after that,” Wafa, 27, told the rights group.

Amnesty also recounted the story of 16-year-old Randa, who was abducted with her family and raped by a man twice her age.

“It is so painful what they did to me and to my family,” Randa said.

Rovera said: “The physical and psychological toll of the horrifying sexual violence these women have endured is catastrophic.

“Many of them have been tortured and treated as chattel. Even those who have managed to escape remain deeply traumatized.”

A U.S.-led coalition has been carrying out a campaign of air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria in an attempt to halt the group’s advance.

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‘ ISLAMIC STATE AND HAMAS ARE BRANCHES OF THE SAME TERRORIST TREE ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – October 25 – Last month, addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Benjamin Netanyahu made a connection between the Islamic State and Hamas.

These terrorist entities, Netanyahu said, have a lot in common.

Separated by geography, they nonetheless share ideology and tactics and goals: Islamism, terrorism, the destruction of Israel, and the establishment of a global caliphate.

And yet, Netanyahu observed, the very nations now campaigning against the Islamic State treated Hamas like a legitimate combatant during last summer’s Israel-Gaza war. “They evidently don’t understand,” he said, “that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.”

The State Department dismissed Netanyahu’s metaphor. “Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations,” said spokesman Jen Psaki. “But ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States.”

Psaki was wrong, of course. She’s always wrong. And, after the events of the last 48 hours, there ought not to be any doubt as to just how wrong she was. As news broke that a convert to Islam had murdered a soldier and stormed the Canadian parliament, one read of another attack in Jerusalem, where a Palestinian terrorist ran his car over passengers disembarking from light rail, injuring seven, and killing 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who held a U.S. passport.

Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hamas—these awful people are literally baby killers. And yet they produce a remarkable amount of dissension, confusion, willful ignorance, and moral equivalence on the part of the men and women who conduct U.S. foreign policy. “ISIL is not ‘Islamic,’” President Obama said of the terrorist army imposing sharia law across Syria and Iraq. “Obviously, we’re shaken by it,” President Obama said of the attack in Canada. “We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident,” the State Department said of the murder of a Jewish child.

“Not Islamic,” despite the fact that the Caliphate grounds its barbarous activities in Islamic law. “Shaken,” not stirred to action. “All sides,” not the side that targets civilians again and again and again. The evasions continue. They create space for the poison tree to grow.

The persistent denial of the ideological unity of Islamic terrorism—the studied avoidance of politically incorrect facts that has characterized our response to the Ft. Hood shooting, the Benghazi attack, the Boston Marathon bombing, the march of the caliphate across Syria and Iraq, and the crimes of Hamas—is not random. Behind it is a set of ideas with a long history, and with great purchase among the holders of graduate degrees who staff the Department of Justice, the National Security Council, Foggy Bottom, and the diplomatic corps.

These ideas are why, in the words of John McCain, the terrorists “are winning, and we’re not.”

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NIGERIA: ‘ Two Hundred Boko Haram Militants and its Feared Commander Amir Killed – Reports ‘

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA(Maiduguri) September 14 – Two Hundred fighters of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group, including a feared commander known only as Amir,have been killed in a Friday battle near the city of Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, according to an officer and witnesses,who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Unknown and Most Feared General of Boko Haram - Amir

Unknown and Most Feared General of Boko Haram – Amir

The insurgents were reportedly advancing on the town of Konduga when they were confronted by Nigerian troops and members of civilian self-defence groups fighting alongside the soldiers.

Boko Haram in recent weeks has taken several towns in Nigeria’s north-east, as the group, inspired by the Islamic States(IS)group’s advance in Syria and Iraq, has pledged to create an Islamic caliphate.

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