The global coalition getting together to stop ISIS is finding allies in unlikely places, but perhaps no place less likely or more profoundly awesome than this. "No Surrender" is the name of a Dutch motorcycle gang that has decided that only way to dispel outlaw justice is to do it yourself. Reportedly (and seen in tweets like this) members of No Surrender are biking into Syria and Iraq to give the Kurds fighting for their lives a little backup muscle. No Surrender's chief Klaas Otto confirmed to a Dutch TV station that several members have temporarily set up shop in Iraq.
Unlike some biker gangs, No Surrender seems pretty racially inclusive and less prone to fascist sympathies (their Facebook page features a quote from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel about the importance of fighting injustice) , which might be why the Dutch government is being so chill about all this. "Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it's no longer forbidden," public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told reporters.
Something tells us that No Surrender doesn't really care about the legality of what they're doing one way or the other ... Discuss
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that ISIS militants have abducted at least 90 people after raiding an Assyrian Christian village. (Different reports vary on how many dozens were abducted in the raids, but Reuters says it was “at least 90.”) Children are said to be among the group kidnapped. Reports indicate that the raid specifically targeted areas where Christian minorities lived. The region of northeastern Syria is also an important strategic location, and has seen fighting between ISIS militants and the Kurdish military, as well as airstrikes from the U.S. led coalition ... Discuss
Well, here's something awful. What you are seeing below are four Chinese wasps and from now on, you will see them in your nightmares, because that's where they belong. Sadly, they also belong in the waking world, and they're becoming a very serious problem. Scientists think that global warming may be contributing to their increased numbers, which wouldn't be so bad if these things weren't actually deadly. The Guardian reports that at least 28 people have died and many more injured by waves of these terror creatures, which can fly about 25 miles an hour. Their venom wreaks havoc on your kidneys and can send you into anaphylactic shock.
It's been nearly seven months since Boko Haram kidnapped roughly 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, launching the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag. Today, Nigerian officials announced they had reached an agreement to secure their release and implement a ceasefire between the Nigerian military and the terrorist group. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine," a Nigerian security official told Reuters. "It is worth taking seriously."
Boko Haram raided Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in April, taking nearly 300 schoolgirls with them when they left. Some 50 girls managed to escape early on, and the rest have been trapped ever since. While the news of their freedom is very good news, experts have warned that the emotional, physical and sadly likely sexual trauma will take time and effort to mend ... Discuss
On Sunday, ISIS released a video that reportedly depicted the beheading of 21 Christian Egyptian men by masked militants. The video of the kidnapped men—which was believed to have been filmed in Libya—was titled "A Message signed with blood to the nation of the cross." The global security firm Flashpoint told NBC News, "This undeniably means that the group now views Christian populations as not only targets but also part of the bigger 'Crusader plot,' not separate from the US-led coalition or aggressors." The militants made references to wanting to “conquer Rome,” underscoring the religious motivations of the executions.
They referred to their victims as “people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church," and the clip included a caption addressing the video as a “message signed with blood to the nation of the cross.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi issued a statement wishing condolences to the families of the victims, calling for a 7-day period of mourning and promising to help evacuate Egyptian citizens from Libya. Over night, the Egyptian military launched a series of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya. The country’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement explaining, "Leaving the situation as it is in Libya without a firm intervention to curtail these terrorist organizations would be a threat to international peace and security" ... Discuss
First of all, who knew you could ban certain types of emails? France did, that's who—and they're doing it. Specifically, they're banning checking your work email between the hours of 6pm and 9am, making it legally mandatory to leave your work at work and focus on home while you're home. It's all part of France's "35-hour work week," which they implemented in 1999, but has become difficult to enforce following the smartphone revolution. Well, smartphones or not, if you work from home in France, you'd better be prepared to pay the price.
In the meantime, according to Gawker, the average American works 200 more hours per year than the average French worker ... Discuss