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ISIS burns and destroys over 8,000 books in Mosul

Militant members of ISIS have reportedly broken their way into the Mosul public library, where they burned an estimated 8,000 books, some of which were rare and historical manuscripts.

A bearded militant, according to CBS DC, told residents living near the library, “These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned.”

Ghanim al-Ta’an, the director of the public library, said the militants used an improvised explosive devices against the library with the hopes of destroying it, but when these efforts failed, the militants looted the books instead.

According to the Fiscal Times, the library housed many historical items and texts such as manuscripts written in the eighteenth century, books from the Ottoman era, and books printed in the nineteenth century in the first Iraqi printing house.

Militants are known to regularly burn books and manuscripts and destroy tombs and shrines of the cities and areas they have claimed as part of their caliphate. The militants also destroyed the church of Mary the Virgin and the Mosul University Theater on the same day, according to Breitbart.

A history professor at the University of Mosul spoke with the Lebanon Daily Star and said militants had started to destroy other public libraries in the area last month. Archives in a Sunni Muslim library, a library belonging to a 265-year-old Latin Church and Monastery of the Dominican Fathers, and works in the Mosul Museum Library were destroyed. Some of the works which were destroyed dated back to 5,000 B.C.

Rayan al-Hadidi, an activist and blogger in Mosul said, after the burning of the books from the library in Mosul, “900 years ago, the books of the Arab philosopher Averroes were collected before his eyes…and burned. One of his students started crying while witnessing the burning. Averroes told him… the ideas have wings…but I cry today over our situation.”

New Truth in Media Episode: The Origins of ISIS Releases Next Week

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 the Truth in Media Project will release its newest episode, “The Origins of ISIS”. This episode will delve into the truth behind where ISIS came from in the first place and why the Islamic State is not a product of American “inaction” in Iraq and Syria but rather the product of “direct action”.

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Media Using Obama Admin. Deceptive Definition To Describe “Militants” Killed By Drone Strike

A new report from Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept accuses U.S. media organizations of using the word “militant” to describe any adult age male killed by drone strike.

Meanwhile, the US media is treating President Barack Obama similar to how they treated George W. Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War, according to former MSNBC host Phil Donahue.

The veteran journalist who was fired for speaking out against the US invasion in 2003 spoke to RT’s Thom Hartmann on Tuesday, explaining how corporate media is whitewashing the current administration’s drone program and drowning out anyone who dears dissent on a variety of issues.

U.S. Encourages Coalition Partners to Intensify Fight Against ISIS… Online?

On Monday, United States officials met with representatives from Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Emirates in Kuwait City to discuss the current operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The U.S. encouraged its coalition partners to increase the fight against the Islamic State militants’ presence on the Internet, and to further combat the recruitment campaigns and other propaganda spread by the group through social networking sites such as YouTube and Twitter.

According to RT, ISIS has “embraced online media as a place to recruit people and spread their propaganda worldwide,” by releasing videos such as the one titled “There Is No Life Without Jihad,” which “allegedly shows a line-up of militants who came to Syria and later to Iraq from all over the world.”

The coordinator of the operation against ISIS, retired U.S. General John Allen, said that the group is using a “horrendous brand of warfare,” which “recruits and perverts the innocent.

According to Allen, the only way to defeat the group is to “deny the legitimacy of the message it sends to vulnerable young people.”

“I strongly encourage participants to set forth tangible work plans that will directly and rapidly counter ISIL’s propaganda in cyberspace and the press,” said Allen, using an alternative acronym to describe the group.

Yahoo News reported that, “concern is growing over the group’s online influence in attracting foreign fighters and promoting attacks by disaffected Muslims on Western targets.”

The Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Richard Stengel, highlighted the need for an “information battlefield,” to aid the campaign against ISIS.

Whatever we do collectively on the battlefield needs to be amplified on the information battlefield,” said Stengel.

Following the meeting in Kuwait City, the coalition partners released a joint statement saying that they had discussed ways to strengthen the resistance against ISIS, which included “actively opposing the recruitment of foreign fighters and encouraging important religious and social leaders, opinion makers, and the millions of young people who oppose violent extremism to raise their voices through traditional and social media.

Militants in Gaza publicly execute alleged spies

As fighting commences in Gaza following the week-long truce and funeral processions for the family of a Hamas military leader, Hamas militants have publicly executed 18 Palestinians for allegedly spying for Israel.

Seven of those executed were lined up in front of a crowd of hundreds outside of the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, with bags over their heads and their hands bound.  Each was shot with automatic rifles for those present to see.  The other 11 were executed by militants at an abandoned police station in Gaza, according to YNetNews.

One eye-witness to the Omari mosque executions told reporters, according to the Independent, the executioners told the crowd those who were executed, “had sold their souls to the enemy for a cheap price.”

The names of those killed were not released to the public, as Hamas said they wanted to protect the families of those killed.

These killings are reportedly the beginning of new crackdowns on Israeli collaborators in Gaza.  According to ABC News, rally cries for people to “[choke] the neck of the collaborators,” have also been heard throughout the area.

Hamas security services made a post to their website, Al Majd, saying from now on, people who are suspected of being spies would not have a court hearing to determine their innocence or guilt.  Rather, these individuals will be dealt with “in the field,” meaning soldiers will decide the fate of those who are accused of being spies.

This same site said those who had been executed had “confessed” to their alleged crimes against the people of Palestine.  Their crimes included reporting on the movement of military commanders and providing the locations of resistance fighters throughout Gaza.

Another pro-Hamas website made a post following the executions saying, “The resistance has begun an operation called ‘strangling the necks’, targeting collaborators who aid the (Israeli) occupation, kill our people and destroy houses.”

These executions come a day after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three high-ranking Hamas commanders, according to the Mirror.