ISIS declares its captured territories in Iraq and Syria an Islamic caliphate called “The Islamic State”
With success in capturing and holding large portions of territory from Iraq and parts of Syria, the insurgent group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has formally declared itself as a caliphate, or an Islamic nation, and changed its name simply to “The Islamic State”. In a statement, ISIS said it had fulfilled the dream of establishing a worldwide center for Sunni Islam, with the group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi a “leader for Muslims everywhere”. This put’s ISIS’s new self-defined nation right in the middle of an already ongoing struggle for Iraqi Kurdistan to separate itself from Iraq, with several world leaders saying they support an independent Kurdistan. So now you’ve got Syria well into civil war, Iraq having multiple states and quasi-states overlapping each other for control of the region, and despite the US making some diplomatic triumphs, things have gone from bad to worse to worser in a short period of time, and this is well beyond what one or two outside nations alone can handle.
“At around 18:45 UTC OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic from Syria.
On closer inspection it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet.”
Several days ago, rumors began to spread that NBC reporter Richard Engel (above center), Turkish reporter Aziz Akyavas (above left) and NBC photographer John Kooistra (above right) were being held captive inside Syria. After denying the reports as to not inflate their value to the kidnappers and further complicate the situation, NBC reported last night that the three had been freed and were now safely in Turkey.
Syrian government shuts down internet and cell service inside the country, could be a sign of shit about to hit the fan
Things have been rough in Syria for a while now, as the bloody civil war drags on between pro-Assad government forces and rebels trying to overthrow the current Syrian government. In a sign that a messy situation is about to get even messier, the Syrian government has shut down all internet service and most cell service inside the country.
Last week, we told you the story of an openly lesbian blogger in Damascus, Syria by the name of Amina Araff. For years, she had posted on her blog about government crackdowns and harassments in her home country and then last week, she was “abducted”. But… there was no such blogger. It was all a long and detailed hoax, perpetuated over a number of years by 40 year old Tom McMaster of Georgia. That’s the douchenozzle above on the right.