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'The virgins were taken to a room with 40 men. They lined us up and pointed who they wanted': Yazidi girl, 17, made pregnant by ISIS fighter reveals her nine-month ordeal as a jihadi sex slave
ISIS has threatened to bomb NYC in a newly released video, just days after vowing to attack Washington, D.C.
The slick clip features shots of yellow taxis and crowds in Times Square and Herald Square in Manhattan, with vibrant French music playing in the background - a nod to the Paris terror attacks on Friday.
It then cuts to a man wrapping a bomb around his waist before walking into the crowds and pulling the trigger.
New York police have issued a statement to say they are aware of the footage.
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New threat: This is a still from the Islamic State's new video which portrays a 'suicide bomber' in NYC
The man is seen wrapping a bomb around his waist then zipping up his leather jacket to cover it
The video cuts to shots of yellow taxis and throngs of people walking through Midtown in Manhattan
Finally, the man is seen pulling the trigger of what appears to be a bomb or a grenade
'In addition, we are continuing to deploy additional Critical Response Command (CRC) teams throughout the City, out of an abundance of caution,' Stephen Davis, a Deputy NYPD Commissioner, said in a statement on Wednesday.
He added: 'While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target.'
The video, which runs for nearly six minutes, includes a scene that appears to show a suicide bomber making preparations and zipping up a leather jacket.
The clip shows a brief glimpse of Times Square and then of a suicide bomber holding what appears to be a trigger, it said.
Most of the footage is scenes of Paris and of French President Francois Hollande.
The New York footage was featured in an ISIS video released in April this year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said: 'Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated.'
He added that police were 'taking all necessary precautions' in Times Square and Herald Square, and elsewhere around the city.
New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has also addressed the video in a statement, vowing to step up all security to detect any threats before they become a reality.
'I want every New Yorker to know that their security is our absolute highest priority. The video released by ISIS today contains old footage of New York, and there is no specific terrorist threat to New York at this time.
New York police said they are aware of the video, which features this shot of Manhattan's Times Square
TGI Friday's is also shown. Police say this footage also appeared in a previous ISIS video released in April
Here, the video shows the arm of the man who strapped on a bomb, with a yellow taxi in the background
The video shows the man building the bomb, with the tagline USA. Police insist the clip is not a direct threat
The new video (pictured) comes after the terrorist group made a direct threat to bomb Washington, D.C.
The group has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, which left at least 129 people dead on Friday
Early in the video, which has a vibrant French soundtrack, are explosions in what could be the Middle East
ISIS militants brandish their weapons in the air as a child's voice vows to attack the West during the clip
The video features clips from Francois Hollande's speeches after the Paris attacks late on Friday
'After the Paris attacks, I directed state agencies to enhance their preparedness out of an abundance of caution and remain in close contact with local and federal authorities, including the FBI and NYPD through the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and that vigilance continues today.
'I encourage all New Yorkers to remain alert and report any suspicious activity, while at the same time not letting this disrupt their daily lives. Remember that the terrorists' goal is to let fear win – New Yorkers never have, and we never will.'
The latest threat comes just two days after the terrorist group made a direct threat to strike Washington, D.C.
In a video posted on Monday, an armed fighter addresses the camera to say in Arabic: 'We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day God willing, like France's and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.'
ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the coordinated terror attacks in Paris which killed at least 129 people.
The Washington video emerged as CIA Director Brennan told the Center for Strategic and International Studies' annual Global Security Forum on Monday that he hoped the Paris attacks were a wake-up call for security services and warned that ISIS will attempt more terror atrocities.
'I would anticipate that this is not the only operation that ISIS has in the pipeline,' he said.
ISIS issued a video warning that countries launching in air strikes in Syria would suffer the same fate as Paris
Bill de Blasio said: 'Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated'
Obama is clearly under growing pressure to adopt harsher measures to eliminate the Islamic State. A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the Paris attacks found that 60 per cent of Americans want a tougher approach.
A majority, however, back Obama in opposing sending in U.S. ground troops.
The Islamic State has proven extremely resilient and adept. U.S. officials and experts say it presents a triple-headed threat: it controls territory in Iraq and Syria, has affiliates in places like the Sinai peninsula and Afghanistan, and has proven successful in staging attacks in the West.
While the group has lost about 25 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, dislodging it from the region would likely not end the threat.
'Once ISIS is eliminated as a governing entity in Syria and Iraq, the threat from ISIS will persist, said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. 'There is a continuing aspiration to strike in the West. It's a real and present danger to the United States and our allies.'
The horrifying moment ISIS extremists throw a man from a roof for being gay - then watch as he is stoned to death by the baying mob below
A Yazidi teenager has told how she and her little sister were raped daily by depraved jihadists after they were sold into slavery at an auction of virgins - as she revealed she is now pregnant with the vile extremist's baby.
The girl, who is just 17, revealed how every day of her nine-month ordeal was 'like choosing between death and death' as she was faced with beatings and sexual assaults by the ISIS militant and his team of 'bodyguards'.
The teenager told how she was gang-raped, whipped and even scalded on the thigh with boiling hot water if she didn't keep with her ISIS rapist's depraved sexual demands.
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Sex slaves: Yazidi women and girls have been separated from their families, forced to convert to Islam and repeatedly raped by ISIS fighters
Horrifying: The teenager told how she and and her 10-year-old sister were handcuffed and taken to a hotel where other scantily dressed women and girls were auctioned off to jihadis Picture: A sex slave victim of ISIS, many of whom say they try to kill themselves so that they won't be raped again
The girl recalled how she was forced to recite passages from the Koran while her 'owner', calling himself Al-Russiyah, and his 'bodyguards' molested her.
Now, three months pregnant with Al-Russiyah's baby, the girl says she gets flashbacks and nightmares about what he did to her.
'It was like choosing between death and death... It was terrible,' she said.
'He beat me and would be with at least one other man every time he had sex with me.'
The teenager was kidnapped last August, after ISIS fighters overran the town of Shingal, also known as Sinjar, in an onslaught which sent thousands of Yazidis who had been living on the Nineveh Plain running for the mountains to escape the extremists.
The teenager was handcuffed and held in a hotel by gun-toting ISIS fighters, with a number of other scantily dressed women and young girls in Mosul, Iraq.
She was then moved to Islamic State's adopted capital of Raqqa, Syria, where she and dozens of other women and girls were underwent an intrusive examination to confirm that they were virgins.
Vile: The girl described how the fighter used to smell her and the other sex slaves each morning, before deciding which one he would take for himself
Horrifying: The girl revealed how she was sold at an auction of sex slaves to a jihadi fighter who raped her repeatedly over nine months. This picture from ISIS social media channels purports to show one such market
Kidnapped: The girl was captured when ISIS overran the Nineveh Plane last August, which sent thousands of Yazidis fleeing for the relative safety of Mount Sinjar (pictured)
'The virgins were taken to a room with 40 men,' she recalled.
'They lined us up and pointed who they wanted... I thought I might be lucky: I was not as beautiful as the others.'
The girl was bought by Al-Russiyah, originally from Chechnya, who purchased her, her 10-year-old sister and two other girls in 10 minutes.
But it was not only the prospect of what the horrors they would face once they were taken away from the auction house which left the girls distraught.
'The day me and my sister were sold was the last day I saw my mother. I will never forget when she started crying and pulling her hair when they took us,' she said.
Once at their new 'home', an abhorrent daily routine from which they could not escape began.
Each morning, Al-Russiyah would strip the girls naked, then smell them and decide who he wanted to have sex with that day, she said.
After the he had made his choice, his bodyguards would select one of the remaining girls for themselves.
But the bodyguards were so rough with her that the teenager felt relief at being picked by her captor, who would 'beat her less than the other men'.
It was hopeless to resist: on the one occasion she did, one of Al-Russiyah's men poured boiling water on her leg.
'They forced me to say things from the Koran during the time they did their actions, and if I didn't they whipped me,' she said.
'I didn't feel anything. I just felt numb. I wanted it to be over. I wanted to kill myself.
'We were forced to cook, clean and do anything that they told us. We had to obey their orders. Sometimes we had to dance and sing for them.'
Sex slave: The girl is not the only one to speak about her horrific ordeal. Hamshe, a Yazidi girl from Iraq, spoke to documentary maker about being held as a sex slave by Isis militants for 28 days with her baby
Freedom: The girls finally escaped in April, when their captors were killed. They then joined thousands of refugees, like these ones, in hidng from ISIS, who believe Yazidis are infidels who are barely human
But then finally, after nine months of torture which no one should have to endure, a chance to escape arose.
In April, Al-Russiyah was killed, together with his bodyguards, by Peshmerga forces near Sinjar, northern Iraq - and the girls were finally able to flee.
She said: '[Al-Russiyah] and his bodyguards were wounded when they fought against Kurdish soldiers. He died immediately and the guards also.
'That was when we fled.'
Some of the girls ran back to ISIS because they were so afraid. One girl who tried to escape had her legs cut off by the militants, it is claimed.
The girl says life is now difficult for her because the Yazidi community is very patriarchal - and those who have fled ISIS are considered 'tainted' - even though their highest cleric has urged families to accept them.
Her uncle has threatened to kill her if she had been sexually abused by Islamic State fighters, and she is now preparing to terminate her pregnancy.
Delal Sindy, a 23-year-old aid worker from Sweden, has helped tell the 17-year-old Yazidi girl's story.
Ms Sindy, who has been in Kurdistan since October last year, is determined to stay and help in the face of ISIS getting stronger in the region.
'They are growing stronger in certain areas but here they are being pushed further away by the Kurdish military. And they really need help, this is why I am staying,' she said.
ISIS stages its first deadly attack in Afghanistan as suicide bomber detonates explosive-laden motorbike in bustling commercial area killing 33 and injuring 100
This is the horrifying moment a man is thrown from a roof by ISIS thugs only to be stoned to death - for the 'crime' of being gay .
The man is captured half way to earth, after he was killed by the Islamic extremists for homosexuality - forbidden under the brutal regime's strict laws.
Eleven men - one waving a black flag, the symbol of ISIS - watch from the roof of the building, having committed the dreadful act.
Awful: The man is thrown from the roof by 11 ISIS thugs, one of whom waves the flag of the extremist fighters
Horrific: The man lies broken on the floor, as people begin to stone him to death
Watching: Large crowds like this are a common site when ISIS thugs kill people who have broken their rules
A group of men then queue up to throw stones at the doomed man, who lies broken on the floor, unable to defend himself.
The killing, in Raqqa, Syria, was watched by a large crowd of men, including a couple holding large guns.
Meanwhile, other pictures have emerged of two men being whipped by ISIS heavies - for being drunk and taking drugs.
The two men, who are dressed in what look like prison jumpsuits, are beaten as another crowd watches on in the heart of the city.
With their hands bound, it appears they manage to stand tall as they withstand the painful punishment.
Punishment: The two men are whipped in front of a large crowd in the centre of Raqqa, Syria
Crimes: They are said to have drunk alcohol and consumed drugs - both banned in ISIS territory
According to the caption which accompanies the pictures, the men were being punished because 'one of them drink alcohol the other for drug'.
Exactly how intoxicated the men had been is not made clear.
However, in the militants warped view of justice, they appear to have got away relatively lightly.
Spectators: The crowd included a high number of children, who watched on in apparent fascination
Vile: The punishment is relatively light - ISIS are known to throw people off buildings for being gay
Welcome to Hell: ISIS hang bodies of 'soldiers' from entrance to the city where Syrian troops were paraded through streets in cages
Thirty-three people have died and 105 are injured after a suicide bomb attack in an Afghan city.
An explosive-laden motorcycle was detonated next to military personnel and civilians gathered outside a bank in Jalalabad early this morning.
They were waiting to receive their monthly salaries as crowds bustled around them when the bomb exploded in the busy commercial district.
Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack, President Ghani said.
Thirty-three people died and 105 have been injured after a suicide bomb was detonated outside a bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Above, people run and hide as the bomb detonates
A man leads an injured boy by the hands after the suicide attack, as others gather to try and help
Speaking from Badakhshan he said: 'Who claimed responsibility for horrific attack in Nangarhar today?
'The Taliban did not claim responsibility for the attack, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.' Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic extremist group.
An online posting by a person purporting to be an Islamic State spokesman could not be immediately verified.
Pictures taken moments after the explosion show shoes, belongings and commercial goods scattered over the road and pavement amid broken glass and blood.
Men and children were captured bandaging themselves on the street while attempting to get hold of family and friends.
The force of the blast damaged several businesses and cars, as well as causing windows to break several miles away. Security forces blocked off the area to allow ambulances and rescue crews to care for the wounded.
A man with his head and hands covered in blood clutches his mobile phone minutes after the bomb exploded
The attacker targeted a crowd of military personnel and civilians and detonated an explosive-laden motorcycle. Above, Afghan security officials inspect the scene
Locals and officials work together to carry injured men to a police pick up, which is waiting to go to hospital
Ten uninjured men club together to help move injured civilians. Security forces blocked off the area to allow ambulances and rescue crews to care for the wounded
Pictures taken after the attack show shoes, belongings and commercial goods scattered across the road and pavement amid broken glass and blood
Officials react to the scene after the attack, many holding guns and others unloading equipment from vehicles
An injured Afghan receives treatment at hospital after being rescued from the scene
Dr Hamayon Zaheer, head of Jalalabad hospital, confirmed that more than 100 wounded and around 33 dead bodies had been brought to the hospital
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, said: 'There are reports of many wounded people in critical condition at the hospital.'
Dr Hamayon Zaheer, head of Jalalabad hospital, confirmed that more than 100 wounded and around 33 dead bodies had been brought to the hospital.
One Afghan army soldier receiving treatment for wounds said he had received his salary from the bank but was still in the area when the blast took place.
'A motorcycle came in and I think a man in a suit entered inside the crowd and detonated his explosive. I heard two sounds of explosions and I can't remember after that,' he said.
Another bomb was discovered close to the scene of the first explosion, police said.
Two further blasts were reported. No injuries were reported from the first, which was near a shrine.
The other, in the Behsud district, killed one civilian and wounded two others, Mr Abdulzai said. He added that a magnetic bomb had been attached to a parked car and then detonated by remote control.
Four men - one talking on a mobile phone - survey a set of shattered windows near the scene
A security official crouches down clutching a gun as smoke clears from the street after the attack
A father kisses his son, who has a bandage round his head and is covered in dirt, minutes after the blast
A man wearing white who was injured by the suicide bomb applies a bandage to his leg as he sits on the floor
The Pakistani government, which is coordinating with Afghanistan on counter-terrorism issues, condemned the attacks.
A statement released by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry labelled the bombings 'cowardly' and 'indiscriminate' and said there was no justification for attacks against civilians under any circumstances.
Mr Ghani added that Islamic State was starting to establish a presence in Afghanistan. He used his visit to the United States last month to reiterate his concerns that the extremist group was making inroads into Afghanistan.
'If we don't stand on the same line united, these people are going to destroy us,' he told the 600 people gathered at the provincial government headquarters in Faizabad.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Horror: The moment Muslim Syrian extremists cut off a man's hand as punishment for stealing - and posted pics LIVE on Twitter
Eight dead bodies hang from a metal frame in the Iraq's Kirkuk province in Islamic State's latest public display of barbarity.
The gruesome images which emerged on social media show the men's limp bodies suspended from their feet off a tall structure in the town of Hawija.
The notorious black flag used by Islamist groups like ISIS is displayed above them as horrified onlookers inspect the scene.
Some of the deceased men appear to be wearing military fatigues but it is not known if they were Iraqi soldiers.
An ISIS fighter believed to be Abu Al-Rahman poses triumphantly in one of the pictures - giving the one-fingered salute in front of a bloodied victim's corpse.
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Barbarity: Eight men were found hanging from their feet in the Iraqi city of Hawija in the militants' latest public display of death
Gruesome: The dead men were suspended from a tall structure in the same city that Syrian soldiers were paraded through the streets in cages
Hallmark of terror: The notorious black flag used by extremist Jihadi groups like ISIS hung above the deceased men
Death: It is unknown whether the men were Iraqi soldiers, as ISIS' presence in the northern-Iraqi city grows
The same tyrant has been been pictured before alongside severed heads and masked ISIS fighters.
A shocking video released in February showed orange-clad captives being paraded in cages in the same city of Hawija.
Frenzied crowds taunted the kidnapped men during the merciless procession which echoed the terrible death suffered by captured Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
He was also caged before a film of him being burned alive, implying the same fate would befall the trapped captives in Hawija.
It was seen as revenge against the Kurdish forces who dragged the bodies of ISIS fighters through the streets of northern-Iraq earlier that month.
Previous reports suggest he is an Iraqi national from the town of Almere and the heads once belonged to members of the Syrian army whom the militants captured and beheaded.
The extremist group has established a firm foothold in what was once an oil-rich Kurdish stronghold of Kirkuk.
ISIS has been preparing a new base for its deadly operations in Hawija as the United States train Iraqi troops for an invasion to retake Mosul, the International Business Times reports.
Terrorist: The man pictured posing alongside the suspended men is believed to be Abu Al-Rahman
Islamic State: The same man has been previously been pictured alongside armed, masked fighters believed to belong to ISIS
History of terror: Al-Rahman has also been photographed giving the one-fingered ISIS salute in front of several decapitated heads
Hawija is a predominantly Sunni Muslim town which lies off a major highway leading to Mosul and the capital Baghdad.
Since ISIS first invaded the city in June 2014, it progressively conquered neighbouring villages until it gained enough support from locals to establish its new headquarters there.
Over the last nine months, its main base in Iraq has been in Iraq's second-largest city Mosul which it took over last year.
It has offered Islamic State a military advantage due to its proximity to the Syrian border, which allows them to smuggle both weapons and soldiers.
But a US-led coalition has attacked the city with airstrikes for many months - targeting ISIS convoys and weapons stores.
Trapped: A terrified Kurdish prisoner looks out from his cage at a mob of jeering militants in the horrific scene in Hawija
Captives: Each prisoner was accompanied by a black-clad and flag-waving jihadi - some armed with AK-47s
The Americans are now training over 20,000 Iraqi soldiers to retake the city from Islamic State's deadly grip, US Cnetral Command has revealed.
Their presence in Hawija gives the militants access to Anbar province and another road leading to the Baiji oil refinery they lost to the Iraqi military in November 2014.
Hawija has been a hotbed of violence April 2013 - two years after the US withdrew its troops from the country.
It began when the government's forces raided a camp of rebels in the city on April 24 and killed dozens of civilians in the process.
300 people had died as a result of the army's battle with militant groups in the region in the next three days alone.
A group of Syrian Islamist militants posted a series of photographs of a man having his hand cut off in a live-update on Twitter.
The live-feed of the amputation, which was carried out in the northern town of Maskanah, near Aleppo, was re-tweeted by several Jihadi social media channels.
The group responsible, militant organisation ISIS - Islamist State in Iraq and Syria - claimed the man, an alleged thief, had requested to be punished in this way.
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Horrific: This was the first in a series of gruesome images posted on Twitter from extremist group ISIS showing crowds watch an alleged thief have his hand cut off
Brutal: Militants held the alleged thief back as one advanced with a sword to chop his hand off
Several Jihadi accounts said the 'thief' had admitted his crimes 'and also asked that his hand be cut off to cleanse his sins'.
It was not immediately possible to verify the accounts, and the photographs and tweets have now been removed from Twitter.
One photo showed a blindfolded man with his hand being held down on a table while surrounded by a large group of militant rebels.
A man dressed in a traditional white robe stands in front of the table, and on the right side is a man in a black balaclava holding a large sword.
A later photo showed the man with his hand severed, the limb resting on the bloodied table.
Graphic: The final image showed the man seemingly passed out after his hand had been severed
Live amputation: The group claimed the man had asked for the punishment to be carried out in Maskanah, near Aleppo in northern Syria, to 'cleanse him of sins'
The Twitter account that posted the images has now been suspended from the social networking site.
The punishment was inflicted by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a pro-Al Qaeda Jihadist group that many fear is taking an iron grip over parts of Syria.
The group was formed in April 2013 and grew out of Al Qaeda's affiliate organisation in Iraq, but it was formally disowned by the central organisation on February 3 for being too extreme.
One of its leaders, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been deemed Middle East's most-wanted by the Iraqi interior ministry after a series of terrorist attacks which won him the moniker 'The Ghost'.
Born from ISI (Islamic State in Iraq), it fought U.S. troops in the country before the end of the Iraq war in 2011.
It has since become one of the main Jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria and is mainly composed of foreign fighters.
Ongoing battle: ISIS control a large proportion of northern Syria and is taking control of the previously disorganised rebel fighting groups as well as imposing Sharia law in the area (stock image)
Though widely considered the most radical group fighting President Bashar al-Assad, it is also engaged in a violent struggle with rival Islamist rebels.
ISIS controls much of rebel-held Syria in the north, including the town of Azaz, which was seized from the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) on 18 September.
The city of Raqqa, with a community of Christians, was the first provincial capital to be occupied by the group last year.
ISIS first formed during the Iraq war in 2004, comprised of numerous groups of the Sunni faith.
It tried and failed to establish a Sunni state capital in the country, but held a strong presence in the most important battle grounds - including Baghdad and Salah ad Din - throughout the war.
The extremist group is believed to be responsible for killing thousands of Iraqis, including members of the government.
The group lost strength but by 2012 was gathering momentum after moving into Syria. Reports claim there are more than 2,500 ISIS members.
On February 3, 2014, al Qaeda issued a formal statement distancing themselves from the group.
Waging war on Christianity, ISIS demanded any non-Muslims to pay a levy in gold of 14g and curb displays of their faith or face death - although less than one per cent of Raqqa's 300,000 inhabitants are Christian.
In a statement, the group claimed to have met Christian leaders and offered them three choices: convert to Islam, accept the conditions, or face death.
It stated: 'If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword.'
A group of 20 Christian leaders chose to accept the new rules, ISIS claim.
Many Christians fled after ISIS started attacking and burning churches.
Under a new set of brutal rules outlined by ISIS, they are banned from owning weapons and from selling pork or wine to Muslims or drinking wine in public.
Punishments will also be issued to those who renovate churches, display crosses or other religious symbols, ring church bells or pray in public.
It is believed ISIS is trying to implement an extreme interpretation of Islamic law.
The group has been operating independently of other Jihadist groups such as the Nusra Front and has had a tense relationship with other rebels in Syria.
In July, a commander of the FSA was reportedly shot dead by ISIS fighters in the coastal province of Lattakia.
There were also reports of deadly clashes between the two groups in the north-western province of Idlib.
Late last year, reports started to emerge of friction with other Islamists.
In November 2013, ISIS was accused of killing a prominent member of the Syrian Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham.
In the most recent sign of continuing tension, ISIS suffered losses in two days of fighting against an alliance of other rebel forces in Aleppo and Idlib provinces.
More than 2,000 people are believed to have been killed since Western-backed and Islamist groups attacked ISIS-occupied cities at the start of this year.