IS spokesman who pledged to ‘raise flag of Allah’ in US is dead

Abu Mosa (Still from YouTube video/VICE News)

Abu Mosa (Still from YouTube video/VICE News)

The Islamic State spokesperson who threatened the United States by pledging to “raise the flag of Allah” over the White House has been killed.

According to the US State Department, Islamic State rep Abu Mosa was killed in Syria during an attack at the Tabqa Airbase. This battle apparently involved forces under the Syrian government of Bashar Assad, which is in the midst of a deadly civil war that has raged for three years now.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, a radical extremist group composed primarily of hardline Sunni Muslims, first came to prominence in Syria as various rebel forces launched a campaign against Assad. Since gaining strength, the organization – also known as ISIS or ISIL – has pushed into Iraq and other countries.

“An #ISIS leader and press officer both killed in Tabqa Airbase attack in #Syria,” read a tweet by the State Department’s @ThinkAgain_DOS account, which is intended to report “some truths about terrorism” and deter individuals from joining violent Islamic groups.

The account did not specifically name Mosa as the deceased press officer, but it did attach an image of him.

Hamas executes 18 suspected Israeli informers in Gaza

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City August 22, 2014. (Reuters)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City August 22, 2014. (Reuters)

Hamas has executed 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel after three of its own military commanders were killed Thursday in an Israeli airstrike that may have been conducted on the basis of intelligence given by informants.

Eleven of the suspected informers were killed Friday at an abandoned Gaza police station following a hastily arranged trial and sentencing. Photos on the internet showed bodies lying in pools of blood.The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that two of the dead were women.

Later Friday seven men were killed outside the al-Omari Mosque in Gaza City after noon prayers. The victims had their heads covered and their hands tied and were shot dead by masked gunmen in front of a crowd of worshipers, the al-Majd pro-Hamas website said, citing witnesses.

Men from Hamas left a note at the scene of the execution to serve as a warning for future collaborators.

“They provided the enemy with information about the whereabouts of fighters, tunnels of resistance, bombs, houses of fighters and places of rockets, and the occupation bombarded these areas killing a number of fighters… Therefore, the ruling …read more