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Syria: Islamic State Video Shows Mass Killings in Palmyra


Islamic State // The executions in the Palmyra amphitheatre were first reported on May 27, 2015.Al Jazeera — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being killed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

The video - published on Saturday - documented a murder that reportedly happened shortly after the group captured the city on May 21. Al Jazeera chooses not to use any visual material of the victims or the act of violence from the video.

It showed the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag. The killers all appear to be children or teenagers and are wearing desert camouflage and brown bandanas.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Unleash 'Inhuman and Barbaric' Wave of Terror


Aminuo Abubacar/Reuters/File // Bodies lie in the streets in Maiduguri, Nigeria, after a Boko Haram attack.Aminu Abubakar and Ola Awoniyi (AFP) — Boko Haram waged fresh attacks in northeastern Nigeria, locals said Friday, bringing to nearly 170 the number of people killed this week in violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric".

Militants have launched multiple attacks in restive Borno state since Wednesday, with people attending evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan gunned down, women shot at home, and men dragged from their homes in the dead of night.

A young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in Borno and while there was no immediate claim of responsibility, Boko Haram has used both men and young women and girls as human bombs in the past.

Nigeria: Female Suicide Bomber Kills 12 in Mosque


Reuters // Rebecca Samuel (right), mother to one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, reacts while speaking at a meeting in Abuja.AFP — A young female suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, a witness and a vigilante aiding the military against Boko Haram said Friday.

"The bomber was a girl aged around 15 who was seen around the mosque when worshippers were preparing for the afternoon prayers," vigilante Danlami Ajaokuta said of Thursday's attack in Malari village, adding 12 had died and seven were injured.

People asked her to leave because she had no business there and they were not comfortable with her in view of the spate of suicide attacks by female Boko Haram members.

Iraq: Four ISIL Intelligence Agents Killed in al-Fatha


AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye // An Iraqi volunteer fighter from the Popular Mobilization units poses for a picture with a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) in Baiji as they fight alongside Iraqi forces against ISIL militants to try to retake the strategic northern Iraqi city on July 2, 2015.PressTV — Iraqi special security forces have carried out an operation in the country’s troubled northern province of Salahuddin, and managed to kill four intelligence agents of the Takfiri ISIL militant group.

A security source, requesting not to be named, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network on Friday that the ISIL extremists were killed as Iraqi troopers conducted a raid in al-Fatha region of the province, situated approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad.

The source added that Iraqi security personnel later returned to their bases, and there were no reports of casualties or fatalities among them. Meanwhile, Iraqi soldiers, backed by allied Popular Mobilization units and tribal fighters, have killed more than two dozen ISIL terrorists during a series of clean-up operations across the Arab country.

Afghanistan: Fighting Continues in Jalrez as Taliban Seize Several Check Points


David Gilkey/NPR/File // Afghan National Army soldiers search a group of men near Kasan while local elders and local police hold a shura to discuss security.Farid Hussainkhail (TOLOnews) — Jalrez provincial council painted a bleak picture on Friday on the Wardak province situation when they announced that the Jalrez district has virtually fallen into the hands of the Taliban.

Addressing a press conference Friday morning, provincial council members said that armed insurgents have taken control of almost the entire district, with the exception of the district governor's building and some other government offices.

They said a number of police officers have been killed by the armed insurgents and heavy clashes are ongoing between security forces and the militants. One council member blamed the central government for the situation, claiming that between 30 and 40 percent of security force members deployed to the area are not on duty.

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