Month: October 2014

The Horror Before the Beheadings

James Foley was one of many foreigners captured by ISIS. One of 23 hostages captured from 12 countries, he was forced to give his password to the terrorists. They searched through his computer, looking at his Skype, Facebook, chats and everything else, looking for evidence of collaboration with Western militaries and/or spy agencies. They then google James Foley and the CIA, and James Foley and the KGM. They beated him, water boarded him, and hung him upside down from the ceiling. Many of the hostages converted to Islam, some for better treatment, but Foley really converted for the faith and believed in it, reading the Quran faithfully. The captors told the hostages that they would be released , gave them some chocolate, and even let a former disgraced ISIS member go. Even up until his execution, they asked him some intimate questions, similar to the ones that captors ask during a hostage situation giving him false hope.At first the pre-ISIS group just moved them around, not knowing what to do, but suddenly in 2013, they and every other foreign hostage were gathered in one place. They have decided to ransom them, the pre-ISIS group had finally transformed in ISIS. The group created a intricate bureaucracy, with police station, courts and a consumer protection office for kebab. But ISIS didn’t focus on the americans, as the US had a policy of not negotiating with terrorists.One by one, the Europeans were released until only the Americans and Briton were left.To this day only one American man, an American women, and Briton is left

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/world/middleeast/horror-before-the-beheadings-what-isis-hostages-endured-in-syria.html?

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Volunteers jump at chance to join trial of Canadian-made experimental Ebola vaccine

Volunteers are lining up to have a chance to volunteer for the trials that look to find an answer to the Ebola question. In these studies, the researchers will look for antibodies to the Ebola protein in blood drawn from the volunteers and will watch to see if antibody levels rise over time.

 

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/25/volunteers-jump-at-chance-to-join-experimental-ebola-vaccine-trial/

 

US Launches 22 Airstrikes

An American soldier has died in the campaign against ISIS, but according to the US, it was due to a “non-combat” injury. Since then, 22 airstrikes have been launched, and Iraqi security forces say they have retaken most of the town of Jurf al-Sakhar. However, on Friday, reports suggest the ISIS fighters used unidentified chemical weapons near Kobani.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/25/us-launches-air-strikes-isis-iraq-fallujah-mosul-syria-kobani

‘Canada getting a taste of their own medicine’: Jihadists sneer at Ottawa shooting on Twitter

Jihadist fighters and their supporters took to Twitter Wednesday to celebrate the attacks this week that took the lives of Canadian soldiers in Ottawa and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and to encourage more attacks on Canadian soil. They say Canada is getting its “just desserts” for sending fighter jets to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham, and some said ISIS is behind the attacks in Canada.

 

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/23/canada-getting-a-taste-of-their-own-medicine-jihadists-sneer-at-ottawa-shooting-on-twitter/

First Ebola Case in Mali

A two-year-old girl dies in Mali, and the government is placing measures to prevent Ebola from spreading over the country. However, as the article says:

Mali, together with cocoa producer Ivory Coast, has put in place border controls to stop Ebola at its frontiers. However, a visit to Mali’s border with Guinea by Reuters this month showed vehicles avoiding a health checkpoint set up by Malian authorities by simply driving through the bush.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11187461/Malis-first-Ebola-case-a-two-year-old-girl-dies.html

Dozens in Ohio Monitored for Possible Exposure to Nurse With Ebola

Dozens of people in the Ohio neighborhood where Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan lived were tested. Fears that the nurse managed to spread the diseases spread, and the was “mass anxiety”. Even the shops that the nurse visited are now closed “until further notice”, and planes are on standby to transport anyone with symptoms of Ebola to hospitals with facilities that can treat Ebola.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/us/dozens-in-ohio-monitored-for-possible-exposure-to-nurse-with-ebola.html?_r=0

Canada to Ship Experimental Ebola Vaccine to World Health Organization

Canada has stated that it would start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Heath Organization in Geneva. This vaccine is the product of more than a decade of work at the Public Health Agency. Officials have stated that the vaccine showed promising results when tested on animals. They hope that this vaccine will be able to help curb the outbreak.

Canada to Ship Experimental Ebola Vaccine to World Health Organization

Nigerian who passed through Taiwan tests negative for Ebola virus

A Nigerian man with a very complicated flight route developed symptoms similar to that of Ebola, but then was tested and found negative. He and five other passengers sitting around him had fevers, which really scared the Chinese officials. Experts say Ebola only a 10% likelihood that Ebola will start spreading in China.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201410170024.aspx

Now German biker gangs join their Dutch counterparts in fighting against ISIS in Kobane

Members of the Median Empire Motorcycle Club, which is basically a motorcycle gang has arrived in Syria to fight the ISIS. Posing with weapon slung over their backs, they have arrived in the besieged city of Kobane which was in the process of being invaded by ISIS militants. They have went to fight ISIS, after the news that citizens fighting overseas against ISIS is not illegal broke. The laws refers to the 3 members of a  Dutch motorbike gang who traveled the middle east to fight ISIS a few weeks earlier. Three may not seem a lot, but seeing how 10,000 ISIS militants defeated 650,000 Iraqi troops, I’d say the 3 have a pretty good chance of winning. Not only are the gangsters fighting, which is what they were there to do, they also distributed food to the starving refugees.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798507/now-german-biker-gangs-join-dutch-counterparts-fighting-against-isis-kobane.html

Lebanon Pulled Into War With ISIS

Although ISIS does not yet hold land within Lebanon, ISIS does have footholds along the eastern border of Lebanon. The Lebanese have separate opinions, with the Hezbollah (Shi‘a group in Lebanon) joining the Syrian president in fighting the Sunni rebels, and Lebanon’s Sunnis being very angry.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/10/18/Lebanon-pulled-into-war-with-ISIS.html