ISIL makes millions a month gaming forex markets

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is making up to $25 million per month by gaming Mideast foreign exchange markets. The ISIL scheme takes advantage of the hawala system, which is an honor system in Middle East exchanges that operates outside of traditional banking. According to forex analyst David Butter, a […]

Saudi cleric on ISIL hit list shot in Philippines

Special to A prominent Saudi cleric who is on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) hit list was shot and wounded in the Philippines on March 1. Sheikh Aaidh al-Qarni and Saudi diplomat Sheikh Turki Assaegh were both wounded in an assassination attempt as they left a university auditorium in the southern port […]

Obama won’t designate ISIL’s slaughter of Mideast Christians as genocide

Special to Though the pope and the UN have designated Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) slaughter of Mideast Christians as genocide, the Obama administration is not so sure. “My understanding is the use of that word involves a very specific legal determination that has, at this point, not been reached,” White House […]

U.S. Army’s Delta Force begins operations against ISIL in Iraq

Special to Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force are on the ground in Iraq and have begun missions to capture or kill top Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) operatives. “The only thing I’ll say is the (Expeditionary Targeting Force) is in position, it is having an effect and operating, and […]

Rouhani, reformist allies win control of Iran’s powerful Assembly of Experts

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Final results from Iran’s February 26 elections show relative moderate President Hassan Rouhani and his allies winning a majority in the powerful Assembly of Experts and making a strong return to parliament as one of three dominant blocs. The elections were Iran’s first since international sanctions […]

U.S. embassy urges evacuation from Mosul as dam catastrophe looms

Special to The U.S. embassy in Iraq has recommended the evacuation of Mosul out of fear that the Mosul Dam is near collapse. “Out of an abundance of caution, we would like to underscore that prompt evacuation offers the most effective tool to save lives of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis living in the […]

Art collectors in West are helping to fund ISIL

Special to The illicit trade of antiquities in the West is helping to fund the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terror organization. The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has put a dent in ISIL’s other funding streams, so the jihadists increasingly rely on the sale of artifacts pilfered from areas under […]

Iran offers cash to families of terrorists who carry out attacks in Israel

Special to The world must condemn Iran’s practice of paying the families of terrorists who attack Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Feb. 25. “Yesterday Iran announced that it will finance the families of the terrorists and murderers,” Netanyahu said before meeting with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. “This is something that […]

ISIL uses smuggled everyday items to make deadly IEDs

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is using everyday items, such as hair bleach and mobile phones, smuggled into its areas of control to make deadly improvised explosive devices. In an extensive 20-month investigation, Conflict Armament Research (CAR) uncovered the secrets of how ISIL makes its bombs by examining “ingredients” found […]

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