The Crown has asked that Ismaël Habib receive an overall prison sentence of nine years for his attempt to leave Canada to join ISIL.
“He wasn’t going to go there to put bandages on people,” federal prosecutor Lyne Décarie told Quebec Court Judge Serge Délisle on Thursday during Habib’s sentence hearing. “He wanted to participate.”
Habib had made several attempts to get to Syria after he was asked to turn over his Canadian passport following a trip to Syria in 2013. The RCMP decided to create a scenario in which he was tricked into believing he was being recruited into a criminal organization that smuggles people in and out of Canada. Habib, 29, ended up confessing his intentions to the man he believed was the leader of the organization and admitted, while being secretly recorded on videotape, that he wanted to fight with ISIL, the militant jihadist group known for kidnapping people and decapitating them.
An Isis affiliate operating in Syria’s southwest has cut down a tree because it believed locals were worshipping it instead of Allah.
Pictures and video widely shared on jihadist social media channels on Tuesday taken by the affiliated Khalid bin Walid Army showed a huge tree which they had decided to destroy because it was “polytheistic”.
In the pictures, two men clambered up into its highest branches and attacked it with a small chainsaw.
Several senior members of Islamic State’s central Asian affiliate were killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on 13 August.
The attack on 10 August killed Abdul Rahman, identified by the US military as the Kunar provincial emir for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, according to a statement from the command in Kabul.
“The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K,” said General John Nicholson, the senior US commander in Afghanistan.
We would pretend to be reading their books. We would act as though we are asking each other questions from the books. In the classes we would engage with the Shari [the sharia’s lecturer]. If they come [ISIS guards] and see that we are reading their book, they would spare us from their wrath.
Amer Hamzah Lucman last saw Omar Maute at their high school reunion around five years ago. While Lucman’s memory is fuzzy now, he remembers plenty of good-natured ribbing and reminiscing, and Maute talking about how being in the company of old friends made the world’s problems seem to fade away. The next time Lucman heard from Maute was on May 30, under decidedly horrific circumstances that may have long-term implications for regional security and transnational terrorism.
One week earlier, a group of pro-ISIS fighters led by Maute and his brother, Abdullah, overran Marawi City, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
His fingers fly across the keyboard, and his hard drive is full of information on possible so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terrorists. Masoud Aqil is looking for screenshots he took off Facebook profiles after a suspected IS supporter wrote very openly to him about his radical views after arriving in Europe.
The man, whom Masoud remembered from Syria, no longer has a Facebook profile. “It is hard to believe how open many of them there were in the beginning,” the 24-year-old told DW. It was in early 2016, when Masoud, a Kurd who fled to Germany via the Balkan route, suddenly realized that IS – his cruel torturer – was also in Europe.
Masoud was held captive in six different IS prisons in Syria between 2014 and 2015.
Cardiff-based Siful Sujan – a high-ranking Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) official whose tech company was at the centre of the multi-national operation – sent funds to the individuals using fake transactions on the online marketplace.
Isis claims to have killed 68 Iraqi soldiers in a suicide bombing in al-Furat, a province in western Iraq near the border with Syria, according to a message intercepted by the SITE Intelligence Group. The group reported that their fighters stormed barracks in the Jamouna area, near al-Tanaf in Syria, on Monday 7 August.
They launched the attack from three directions and clashed with Iraqi troops, according to their message. Isis said 68 Iraqi soldiers were killed in the suicide bombing and fighting that followed. Six of the military barracks were set on fire, seven vehicles were destroyed and one soldier was taken hostage, the group claims.
Syrian government and allied forces have taken the last major town in Homs province from the Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, as the army advances toward militant strongholds in the east of the country.
The town of al-Sukhna lies some 50 km (30 miles) northeast of the ancient city of Palmyra, which was captured by government forces in March.
It is also 50 km from the administrative frontier of Deir al-Zor province, which is almost entirely under Islamic State control.
President Donald Trump called attention Saturday to the major gains U.S.-backed forces have made against the Islamic State, citing claims by a top American diplomat that the administration’s polices are directly responsible for that success.
Brett McGurk, the Department of State’s senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, said Friday that Trump’s policies, including delegating decision-making to U.S. military commanders in the field, have “dramatically accelerated progress” against the militant group.