ISIS is alive and well.
While most of ISIS’ offensive activity in Syria is restricted to a small pocket in the south, its attacks there are as barbaric as ever.
Islamic State said it was behind the July 25 bombings and attacks in As Suwayda in Syria that claimed as many as 250 lives.
In addition to the dead and wounded, ISIS also took around a dozen women hostage and is now demanding ransom payments and more for their return.
And, as recent videos and photos show, it’s still active in parts of Iraq and, if anything, growing in strength in Afghanistan.
The following video shows one the captives explaining another of the terms for the release of the women hostages:
Meanwhile, ISIS issued a new gruesome video from just north of Baghdad in which it alleges state security forces are brutalizing citizens and beating the innocent. The video depicts executions of dozens of security personnel and those Islamic State deemed collaborators.
In Afghanistan, ISIS is meting out its own barbaric punishments, publishing photos showing four “American army spies” before and after their beheading in Kunar Province in the country’s northeast.
On top of all its activities in the greater Middle East, Islamic State still scores successes in the West: Right now there are 1,000 active investigations into radical Islamist terror plots in the United States – at least one in every state.