Islamic State continues eastwards in Iraq; seizes border crossing in Syria; release media from Palmyra

Photo allegedly from Palmyra (possibly the prison). More here.

The Islamic State continued its eastward push from Ramadi in an effort to break Iraqi military forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias who are gathering at Habbaniyah for a counteroffensive.

Iraqi forces established a defensive line outside of Habbaniyah after they were routed in Ramadi.

And today, according to Iraqi police and tribal officials, that defensive line has been breached…

Map-east-of-RamadiMap showing east of Ramadi

From Palmyra: In the wake of the capture of the city of Palmyra (known in Arabic as Tadmur), the Islamic State has begun releasing media from the region, including photos of executions in the city and two videos from the area.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Islamic State has executed “no less than 17 people in Tadmur city.” Those executed, according to the SOHR, included National Defense Force personnel, Syrian Army soldiers, and locals whom the Islamic State accused of working with the regime. Photos have emerged that seem to confirm this reporting, though the images have not been released from official Islamic State channels and cannot be independently verified. The photos show roughly seven beheaded bodies laying in a street in the city and are too graphic to publish.

Islamic State in Tadmur (Palmyra), Syria

Finally: Islamic State seizes Syrian side of Al Waleed border crossing with Iraq

  • This is a good vid, lot of ISIS in the
    city of Sokhna

    • Frau Katze

      And their ghastly nasheed in the background. But it does show a lot.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The advance into Iraq’s Shiite heartland may force Iran’s hand. More meat for the grinder.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Brie munching liberals were so outraged that they slapped down their copies of Smithsonian magazine when then they learned that ancient ruins were imperiled by ISIS. Immediately the cries of thousands emerged from Kayak.com as summer travel plans world wide had to be altered.