Isis blinds journalists with its barbarity, but we must continue to report

All sides of the story must be heard

Looking at the obscene photograph of old archeologist Khaled al-Asaad’s headless corpse tied to a lamp-post in Palmyra – another image for the library of pornography that Isis produces weekly – I was struck by how deeply the “Islamic Caliphate” has stabbed the world of journalism, according to Robert Fisk, the Independent.

 I’m not just talking about the reporters it has murdered or of poor John Cantlie, whose videos from inside “Caliphate territory” is a “Thousand and One Nights” saga of Scherezade-style stories, each allowing him another day of life. In fact, Cantlie’s furious objections to the US and UK governments’ refusal to talk to Isis to save the lives of hostages are valid, not least when the Americans can release Taliban prisoners in exchange for one of their own.

The sacrifice of history

The barbarians of the Middle East continue to discover new ways to commit atrocity in the charnel house they have made of their region. The Islamic State, currently the most virulent force for evil in the world, is systematically destroying many of the antiquities in Syria, keys to understanding ancient life in the cradle of civilization.

It’s the price of cobbling together a caliphate. In the midst of fearful turmoil, a hero emerges who demonstrates that sometimes principle is worth more than life itself. One such was Khaled Asaad, an archaeologist who stood between the marauders and the priceless treasures of the past. So he had to die. Depravity, thy name is ISIS, according to the Washington Times.

Islamic State has destroyed Syrian monastery, says monitor

IS militants also transferred several dozen Christians to a location near its stronghold in northeastern Syria

Islamic State militants have demolished a monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Thursday, in a strategically located town the jihadist group wrested from government control earlier this month.

The group has also transferred several dozen Christians, captured during its offensive, to a location near its stronghold in northeastern Syria, the monitor said, according to the Irish Times.

Did the U.S. Just Kill 5 Kids in Syria?

A Syrian monitor group says planes from the U.S.-led coalition killed civilians, including five children, in an airstrike near Aleppo this week, according to Michael Weiss, the dailybeast.com

According to a Syrian monitor group, warplanes believed to be part of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition bombed and killed 18 people in the Idlib province town of Atmeh on Tuesday night, close to the Turkish border.

President Al- Assad Not to Bow to Supporters of Terrorism in Negotiations

 

A Syrian political analyst underlined that President Bashar al-Assad will not abandon his rigid stance on the ongoing war against the foreign-backed terrorist groups in his country.

"Everyone knows that the Syrian president is a firm negotiator and he will not accept any solution that would harm Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity; hence we consider war as the only solution to deal with the terrorist groups and their supporters," Syrian Political Researcher Kamal Fayaz told FNA on Sunday.

Putin to Turkish Envoy: “Tell Erdogan he can go to hell along with ISIL Terrorists”

Russian President Vladimir Putin broke the accepted diplomatic protocols and personally summoned Turkish Ambassador to Moscow Ümit Yardim, and warned him that the Russian Federation shall sever the diplomatic relations immediately unless Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stops supporting ISIL terrorists in Syria, where Russia holds its last navy base in the Mediterranean sea, FNA reported.

The Independent: German Isis recruit reveal full horrors of his 'execution centre' ordeal

Ebrahim B finally woke up to the horrific reality of life in Isis in August last year. Locked in a blood-smeared cell in one the terror organisation’s “execution centres” somewhere in Syria, the 26-year-old German Tunisian from Wolfsburg was forced to listen to the sound of a fellow prisoner being decapitated.