Taking the fight to the Islamic State! Following U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish fighters seize Mosul dam
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/19/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Following several days of U.S. airstrikes and battles with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the Islamic State has taken to the web to threaten the U.S. and any other potential threat.
Fighters from the Islamic State, which has recently suffered a severe setback due to a combined offensive between Iraqi, Kurdish and U.S. forces.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The terrorist group posted a video on YouTube-which has been taken down-threatening to attack all Americas "in any place" if U.S. airstrikes hit any member of the Islamic State. The video was spliced with scenes of militants shooting American soldiers, and they broadcast a picture of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
The Islamic State used the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS, which has been tweeted more than 70,000 times. The video also showed an American flag splattered with blood, followed by "We will drown all of you in blood."
Fighters from the Islamic State ride a tank in Iraq. The group is one of the most well funded and supplied terrorist groups in the world.
The video was released following the retaking of the vital Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, which the Islamic State had taken from Kurdish forces only recently. The U.S. has carried out 68 airstrikes in Iraq since the operation began on August 8, and an Iraqi army official reported that Iraqi and Kurdish forces had "fully liberated the dam" and that troops had "hoisted the Iraqi flag over it."
"The dam is completely under out control," he continued. "Our soldiers are now relaxing swimming in the lake."
The defeat is one of the first for the Islamic State, which had taken incredible gains in Iraq starting in early 2014. The state has also amassed millions of dollars, vast tracts of land, American weapons and fresh recruits-many of whom come from Europe and Africa.
The Islamic State fired back with propaganda on their social media sites, threatening death to America and that the Iraqi army claims were false.
"Social media is driving the mobilization phenomenon in ways nobody could have anticipated," said John Horgan, director of the University of Massachusetts Center for Terrorism and Security Services. "The Islamic State is proving that fantasy and reality don't have to be so differing. Recruits are reportedly having very positive experiences."
Horgan says that these message show an image of invincibility back home, which can persuade fresh recruits to join even in times of crushing defeat. "The message is-why are you living out your hopeless lives when you could be here with us, making a difference, and achieving immortality online?"
"They are getting far more adept at persuading others of the righteousness of their cause," he continued. "They don't need to rely on clumsy, half-baked propaganda. They simply tweet images of emaciated corpses, bloodied infant bodies, and these images resonate more than any propaganda narrative ever could."
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption. That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
Archaeologists have found proof of the existence of the Biblical prophet Isaiah. Working near the site of the Temple Mount in east ... continue reading
"Without an end to this persecution and violence, there is no future for religious pluralism in Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East ... continue reading
The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are among the oldest extant biblical manuscripts, have been a topic of interest since they were discovered in ... continue reading
Ongoing protests in Iran could be a sign of hope for repressed religious minorities, if protesters demand that conscience rights be ... continue reading
Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a Biblical-era seal in Jerusalem. The 2,700-year-old artifact once belonged to a governor of ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- 'Living Lent': Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent - Day 14
- 'Living Lent': Sunday of the Second Week of Lent - Day 12
- 'Living Lent': Monday of the Second Week of Lent - Day 13
- Daily Reading for Sunday, February 25th, 2018 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Saturday, February 24, 2018
- St. John Theristus: Saint of the Day for Saturday, February 24, 2018
- The Biblical Seal of Isaiah has been found! HD Video
- The Tragic Reason Mass Shootings Happen, and it's NOT the guns HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 24th, 2018 HD
- Spiritual Warfare and the Help of Angels HD
- St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education