Global Terrorism Information Center
Raman Media Network presents editorial reports and analyses on wars, conflicts, and terrorism happening around the world. This section carries articles from our global news sites: Raman Media Network News, RMN Digital, and RMN Stars.
Despite the world’s best efforts, “terrorism is on the march” and the violent ideas that fuel it are spreading, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.
He told delegations gathered for a global dialogue in Madrid that a unified, multi-dimensional and rights-based response is required to wipe out the scourge. Full Article
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has documented 39891 airstrikes carried out by the regime air force in a year ended Oct. 20, where the airstrikes targeted several villages, towns and cities in 13 provinces.
Hundreds of airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force left 370 victims; 127 civilians, including 36 children and 34 women, and 243 fighters from Jabhat al- Nusra, IS, the rebel and Islamist factions, according to SOHR. Full Article
The campaign in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists is a whole-of-government approach, the undersecretary of defense for policy stressed during a Center for International Studies military strategy forum in Washington.
Christine E. Wormuth is the latest official to emphasize that ISIL cannot be defeated by military power alone. Full Article
As ISIS is trying to position itself as an independent state, it claims that it’s providing all sorts of citizen services including healthcare to its people.
The Islamic State recently opened the Medical College in ar-Raqqah as well as the College for Medical Studies in Mosul. Full Article
Although ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIL) seems to be losing its momentum as its operations are restricted to only a few towns, U.S. has decided to train a new group of Syrian soldiers to fight against the terrorist outfit. Full Article
Released by al-Furqan Media, the media arm of the terrorist group, the 29-minute video, begins with a narration in Arabic language along with archival clips of wars and various props related to Christianity including a Bible. Full Article | VIDEO
Currently, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) holds a state which is at least equivalent to the geographical area of the U.K. But it has already planned to move beyond Iraq and Syria in order to expand its regime.
If you are ready to believe the words of John Cantlie – a hostage-turned-spokesman of ISIS – the ISIS Caliphate is now an independent country. Full Article
Although they do not exist yet, the rapid movement of technology in that direction has attracted international attention and concern toward “killer robots.” Full Story
A new digital magazine promises to expose the reality of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in order to educate the Muslims about the misguided Islamic ideology that ISIS follows.
Christened Ḥaqīqāh, the new magazine is believed to be an attempt to counter the ISIS propaganda which the terrorist outfit spreads with its monthly magazine Dabiq. Full Article
Started by United with Israel – The Global Movement for Israel, the petition states that ISIS, Hamas and Iran all want the same thing: the destruction of Israel, America and all democratic societies.
While asking people to sign the petition, it states that ISIS makes headlines by broadcasting their brutality. Full Article | VIDEO
Most would have seen only the cruel side of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as the ISIS militants keep releasing videos of beheading and burning of their hostages.
However, a new video – believed to be released by the Al Hayat Media Center, the media division of ISIS – shows that the life is perfectly normal in the areas controlled by ISIS. Full Article | VIDEO
A day after demolishing the ancient Assyrian city Nimrud near Mosul in Iraq, the ISIS militants attacked the cultural heritage sites in Hatra.
Although ISIS had captured Hatra about four years ago in 2010, it had recently expressed its intentions to destroy ancient artifacts in Hatra, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Full Article
Officially, John Cantlie is a hostage of the terrorist outfit ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). But unlike other ISIS hostages who have been beheaded or burnt alive by ISIS, British photo journalist Cantlie is being treated with respect, with compassion by the militants. Full Article | VIDEO
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is encouraging its members to kill Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees in different parts of the world.
The most dangerous terrorist group in the world has posted a statement on a social networking site JustPaste.it in its native Arabic language to attack Twitter staff. Full Article
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have kidnapped at least 56 Assyrian citizens of Christian faith from the countryside of al-Hasakah province in Syria. Of late, ISIS has changed its strategy from killing one hostage at a time to mass murders. Full Article
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is labeled as the most brutal force in the world of terrorism, says it believes in human values and is working hard to weed out social evils from the society. However, its methods of social reform may not be acceptable to many in the modern world. Full Article
A new video released by the Libyan branch of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shown the mass beheading of 21 Christians kidnapped in Libya.
Released by Al Hayat Media Center, the media division of ISIS, the video is titled, “A Message Signed with Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” Full Article
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has offered its point of view about the recent killing of a Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh who was burnt alive by the terrorist organization after locking him in a cage.
In the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, ISIS has carried a detailed story about the killing of the Jordanian pilot. Full Article
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed Kayla Mueller died during Jordanian airstrike on a Syrian storage facility where she was being held prisoner.
As soon as the White House confirmed the death of Mueller, her family released a letter that Mueller had written last year. Full Article
Transparency International (TI) observes that the link between corruption and instability has never been clearer. In countries where corruption is rife, problems with security and terrorism are rife.
It is visible in Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Nigeria, four of the world’s conflict hot-spots. Full Article
In the past few months, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed many of its hostages by beheading them. But its latest victim – a Jordanian pilot – met with the worst fate, as he was burnt alive by the terrorists.
Why did ISIS change its usual method of killing from beheading to burning? Full Article | VIDEO
Separatist rebel forces seem to be responsible for two recent unlawful attacks with unguided rockets in eastern Ukraine, which together killed at least 41 civilians, including two children, and wounded more than 100 civilians, Human Rights Watch said. Full Article | VIDEO
Liban Haji Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, has been named to the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Mohamed is charged with providing material support and resources to al Qaeda and al Shabaab, a Somali-based terrorist organization. Full Article | VIDEO
ISIS has put an end to the uncertainty about the execution of the second Japanese hostage, as reports surfaced about the beheading of Kenji Goto.
It was earlier expected that ISIS might release Goto along with another hostage – a Jordanian pilot – in the prisoner swap that the terrorist organization had demanded. Full Article
While the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had agreed to release its captive – a Jordanian pilot – if Jordan released the convicted terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi, the deadline fixed by ISIS for the prisoner swap has elapsed.
The terrorist group had asked Jordan to bring ISIS accomplice Ms. Rishawi to Turkish border by 5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) Thursday – failing which ISIS will execute Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. Full Article
The People’s Defense Units (a.k.a. Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or YPG), which is the national army of Syrian Kurdistan, claims that it has taken back the Syrian city of Kobani from the Sunni extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after nearly four months of fighting. Full Article | VIDEO
The UN refugee agency’s Special Envoy Academy Award Winner Angelina Jolie is in Dohuk, Iraq, visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.
Referring to the reported killing of a Japanese hostage by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ms. Jolie expressed her condolences to the breaved family. Full Article | VIDEO
As reports are pouring in about the killing of a Japanese hostage by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the U.S. has condemned the murder.
The White House issued an emotionless, copybook statement Saturday, saying the United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group ISIL (or ISIS). Full Article | VIDEO
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (which is an American term for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS).
Obama is seeking Congress support because the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve to combat ISIS terrorism has proved to be ineffective. Full Article
Authorities in Bahrain arrested human rights advocate Nabeel Rajab following a message on his Twitter account that said, “Many #Bahrain men who joined #terrorism & #ISIS came from security institutions and those institutions were the first ideological incubator.”
Bahraini authorities claimed this “insulted” the Ministries of Defense and Interior. Full Article
After its forays in the social media universe and producing a professionally designed magazine “Dabiq,” terrorist outfit ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) seems to be all set to launch its first TV channel, which will operate from the cyberspace.
British citizen John Cantlie, who is now a hostage of ISIS, is expected to be featured in the TV channel. Full Article
When it comes to silencing the dissenting voices, even the rulers in the dictatorial as well as democratic regimes behave like terrorists and tend to quell those voices with full might.
Charlie Hebdo may be a victim of overt terrorism, but governments all over the world terrorize their local and foreign opponents covertly. Full Article
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted the Israel Defense Forces chief of the General Staff at the Pentagon for talks on regional security and bilateral cooperation.
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Israeli Lt. Gen. Benjamin Gantz met to discuss various aspects of Israel-U.S. Cooperation.
Gantz said he is not worried about the Palestinians seeking war crimes charges against Israel through the International Criminal Court. Full Article
Two masked gunmen attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Reports suggest that at least 11 people were killed and another 10 were injured in the attack.
Charlie Hebdo (or Charlie Weekly), which is known for inviting controversies by publishing sensational content ridiculing different religions, was earlier attacked by Muslim extremists in 2011 when it carried a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. Full Article
According to the U.S. Defense Department, the U.S.-led strikes on ISIS are being conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. Full Article
As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is in the process of expanding its regime beyond the already captured terrains of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organization is focusing on systematic training for its soldiers.
According to ISIS, it has established numerous training camps dedicated to providing an essential level of training to its mujāhidīn. The fighters are trained properly before sending them into battle or assigning them to specific units for more specialized training. Full Article
Palestinian civil society had issued a call in 2005 for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights.
A global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call, according to the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the global BDS movement. Full Article | VIDEO
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now determined to extend its territory into Europe after conquering large areas of Iraq and Syria, which are now part of the Islamic State or its so-called ‘Caliphate.’
Currently, ISIS holds a state which is at least equivalent to the geographical area of the U.K.
But it has already planned to move beyond Iraq and Syria in order to expand its regime. Its next target: Europe. Full Article | VIDEO
In his Christmas message today, London-based Islamist fundamentalist Anjem Choudary has invited Christians to embrace Islam.
In his tweet, Choudary said: “The invitation is still there for all Christians to embrace Islam.”
Earlier, in a YouTube video message, Choudary had said that Jesus was not a Christian and if Jesus were alive today, he would be following the Muslims. Full Article | VIDEO
Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said human rights organization Amnesty International in a new report.
Escape from hell – Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in Iraq report. Full Article
Raman Media Network (RMN) invited Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch – which is an independent, international organization that works to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all – for a discussion.
Meenakshi sheds light on an array of issues related to human rights in an exclusive interview with Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN. Full Article
Although the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has positioned itself as a specialized kidnapping and beheading outfit in the global terror market, it appears that now ISIS might attempt hacking on its opponents.
And it would get the necessary impetus from “Guardians of Peace” or #GOP, a group of hackers who have hacked Sony’s system and forced it to cancel the release of its movie ‘The Interview’. Full Article
As the action comedy ‘The Interview’ starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, shows a CIA-led conspiracy to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, the hackers – who are believed to be working at the behest of Pyongyang – had unleashed a series of cyber attacks on Sony’s computer systems.
In order to avoid more damage from hacking, Sony has decided to cancel the release of its film ‘The Interview’. Full Article
More than 100 people including 84 children were killed today by Taliban terrorists in an army school in Peshawar, a city in Pakistan.
According to CNN, the Pakistan Taliban – Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – claimed responsibility for the attack while over 80 of the injured children are in the 12 to 16 years age group. It is said that over 300 hostages are still in the school. Full Article | VIDEO
In a new video message released by the Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist group has blamed the U.S. President Barack Obama for the murder of an American hostage Luke Somers last week.
The video – which was posted on YouTube by the media wing of AQAP, Al Malahem Media – carries a message from a member of AQAP: “A message for American people about killing American hostage in Yemen.” Full Article | VIDEO
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognizance of the complaints about an incident of arson in the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Sebastian’s Church in Dilshad Garden, East Delhi (India) on Dec. 1, 2014.
Allegedly, according to NHRC, the police turned up late at the site of incident and tried to hush up the matter.
But only after strong public protests it started investigating the incident. Request for reasonable compensation had also not been considered by the government, NHRC has observed. Full Article
The outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, confirmed today the murder of U.S. hostage Luke Somers by Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorists.
The U.S. Special Operations Forces had conducted a mission Friday in Yemen to rescue Somers, but Somers and a second non-U.S. citizen hostage were murdered by the AQAP terrorists during the course of the operation, which was ordered by President Obama. Full Article | VIDEO
A fictional worst-case scenario was designed a few days ago by the FBI’s (Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S.) Chemical Countermeasures Unit—part of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate—to shake out any weaknesses in the region’s elaborate network of emergency responders.
Such mock exercises are inevitable for the U.S. as it’s believed that its major enemy ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) possesses chemical weapons and has recently acquired the capabilities to make a nuclear bomb. Full Article
While the Indian government has been saying that the 40 Indian construction workers kidnapped by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in Iraq are safe, new reports reveal that 39 of them have been killed by the terrorist outfit and one managed to escape. Full Article
British citizen John Cantlie, who is now a hostage of the terrorist outfit ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), is featured in the new issue of its Dabiq magazine.
In an article titled, “If I Were The US President Today…,” Cantlie accuses the U.S. President Barack Obama, saying: “$424 million dollars’ worth of airstrikes over Iraq and Syria have resulted in little more than the continued expansion and consolidation of the Islamic State in both countries. Full Article | VIDEO
The Islamic State (IS or ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and its affiliate terrorist groups have now taken complete control of Derna, a city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya.
The city has a population of 80,000 and it is near Egyptian border.
Last month, ISIS had declared Derna as part of its Caliphate and ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became its leader. Full Article
“We are heartbroken to learn that our son has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people,” said the parents of a U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig who was beheaded by the Islamic State (IS or ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) on Sunday.
ISIS terrorists not only killed Kassig and several others by chopping off their heads, but also made a video of the gory act in a dramatic style and released it Sunday through social video sharing sites. Full Article | VIDEO
The Islamic State (or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) has decided to produce its own currency in the form of gold, silver, and copper coins to be called Islamic Dinars.
While the new currency may not be initially acceptable in other parts of the world, ISIS plans to use it in its own regime – in Iraq and Syria – and which is poised to expand in more territories with the aim to establish a large Islamic State called the Caliphate. Full Article
Although Narendra Modi’s BJP is an extreme political outfit that expects every person living in India to be a Hindu, Muslims have been facing varying degrees of persecution under all political parties in India.
This fact is described in detail in the recent issue of Resurgence, a magazine published by the terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda. Headlined “The Future of Muslims in India,” the Resurgence article discusses the sorry plight of Muslims in a country of Hindus. Full Article
Referring to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Al-Qaeda says that “democracy empowers the worst of the worse.
The militant outfit Al-Qaeda is showing its extreme anger against the recently appointed Prime Minister (PM) of India, Narendra Modi.
In the recent issue of its magazine, Resurgence, Al-Qaeda has called Modi a Hindu fanatic and mass murderer of Muslims in India. Full Article
“Besiege Them,” screams the title of the cover story that has appeared in the recently released Fall 2014 issue of the magazine, Resurgence.
It is the first issue of the magazine published by As-Sahab Media, the publicity wing of the militant outfit Al-Qaeda.
The story discusses the practical steps towards the liberation of Palestine and the restoration of the Caliphate. Full Article
While the Islamic State (or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) is in the process of expanding its territory by conquering different regions of Iraq and Syria, it claims that its soldiers are providing comprehensive citizen services to Muslims under the new regime which is supposed to become a Caliphate.
In the recent issue of the Islamic State magazine Dabiq, ISIS says that in the midst of a raging war with multiple fronts and numerous enemies, life goes on in the Islamic State. Full Article
In response to the airstrikes led by America, the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) militants have launched a major media offensive against the U.S. and its allies.
Just before the American attack on Syria, an official spokesman of the Islamic State – Shaykh Abū Muham-mad al-‘Adnānī ash-Shāmī (hafidhahullāh) – delivered an impromptu speech to inspire the Muslims and to terrify the crusaders or the American forces. Full Article
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help identifying individuals who have traveled—or are planning to travel—overseas to engage in combat alongside terrorist organizations.
The FBI is also seeking information about the identity of an English-speaking individual and others seen in a propaganda video released last month by the group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Full Article | VIDEO
“Our son James was murdered by ISIS in Syria on August 19th 2014. His life challenges us all to love and forgive one another, and to make this world a better place,” assert Diane and John Foley, parents of James Foley, who was killed by the militant outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Foley’s parents have created James W. Foley Legacy Fund for building a resource center for the families of American hostages and fostering a global dialog on governmental policies in hostage crises among its other objectives. Full Article
Samir Geagea, the leader of the Lebanese Christian political party Lebanese Forces, spoke of Lebanon’s commitment to international military intervention taking place against the militant organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
He also called for a new initiative to combat the ideas of ISIS in all countries, communities, and online. Full Article
The recent issue of Dabiq, the flagship magazine of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), has given its version of the execution of the American journalist James Foley.
While explaining the cause of Foley’s death, the militant group says in Dabiq that his execution was a retribution for the recent American aggression against the Muslims of Iraq.
In the headline, the Dabiq article says “Foley’s blood is on Obama’s hands.” Full Article
Muslims are now facing a new phase of neglect under the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which formed the government in India in May this year.
BJP openly calls itself a Hindu party, which is hell-bent to make India a Hindu Rashtra – or a non-Muslim country, though there are nearly 15% Muslims (about 190 million) in India’s population. Full Article
After the stepped up attacks on Christianity from the Islamic fundamentalists, now Chinese have decided to follow suit.
Christians in China are facing an increasing severity of government crackdown, as authorities are targeting churches in an attempt to check the growing dominance of Christianity in the world’s most populated country. Full Article | VIDEO
BJP and other Hindu organizations believe that after the elections, the role of Muslims is over. Muslims are being used only as voters by all political parties in India.
They are neglected after getting their votes. Going by the BJP’s interpretation of Hinduism as a way of life, the writing on the wall is very clear for Muslims: When in India, Do as the Hindus Do. Full Article
A report from OPSEC combines for the first time in a single document the findings of multiple official investigations and media reports about Hillary Clinton’s role before, during and after the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi – an attack a bipartisan committee of U.S. senators called “preventable.” Full Article | VIDEO
On the heels of President Obama’s announcement that the United States’ war on terror is far from over, with new air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, and limited troops being deployed to support the Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the National Geographic Channel released a clip from its new documentary, American War Generals.
In this documentary, retired Gen. Colin Powell reflects on the U.S. military’s role in creating a democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Full Article | VIDEO
There’s a strange paradox about U.S. President Barack Obama. In 2009, Obama won the Nobel Prize for peace. But he wants to see violence at every inch of our planet.
And that’s what he’s doing. After dictating wars, strikes, invasions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia. and whatnot, now Obama is ready to target Iraq and Syria.
The reaction from Islamic militants is directly proportional to the American interference in their personal affairs. Full Article