The ISIS Militant Terror Group In Photos

Whether they go by ISIL or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, respectively), the Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East is a terror group unlike any other. In fact, they have committed crimes so disturbing and heinous that even al-Qaeda distanced itself from the group after they publicly disobeyed orders to kill fewer civilians in Syria.

After releasing a video showing graphic footage of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, along with tweeting numerous images showing captured civilians being tortured, dismembered and executed, it is no surprise that the world is concerned by what this radical and increasingly powerful terrorist organization will do next. This gallery offers a glimpse into the actions of the extremist (so extreme that some of its supporters have ordered “Islam for Dummies” before shipping off to the area) ISIS group. Warning: Graphic images included:

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Islamist Fighter Group Waving Flag

A man waves the ISIS flag. Source: NBC News

ISIS in Syria 2014

Source: Independent

State of Iraq After ISIS 2014

Source: Darkroom

ISIS 2014 Mass Executions

This photo shows the aftermath of one of many mass executions carried out by ISIL. Source: Global Post

ISIS Member Waves Flag

Source: NBC News

Brutal Attacks ISIS 2014

Source: Utopia

US and ISIS Conflict 2014

Source: TIME

ISIS 2014 Iraq Militants

Source: The Guardian

ISIS Executes Helpless Victims

ISIS victims are shown in a screen grab from an ISIL video. Source: ABC

ISIS Executions

ISIS gunmen line up to execute kidnapped victims. Source: Vice

M-16 ISIS Executions

Kidnapped individuals are lined up and executed. Source: Zero Hedge

Crucifixion by ISIS Militants

ISIS individuals crucify rebels. Source: Global Post

Peshmerga in 2014

Source: Slate

Dangerous ISIS 2014

Source: The Guardian

Militants Terrorize Citizens

ISIS individuals heckle victims before executing them. Source: Daily Mail

Terror Group in Iraq ISIS 2014

Source: ABC News

ISIS in Syria

ISIS group gathers up cigarettes and burns them in Syria. Source: Vice

US Forces Capture Suspected ISIS Individual

United States forces capture a suspected ISIS individual. Source: TIME

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And if you want to learn more about ISIS, we highly recommend this 5 part series — The Spread of the Caliphate: The Islamic State — by Vice:

To learn more about the context that brought a radicalized group like ISIS into existence, we’ve got a video for you. And if you are interested in ISIS, be sure to see our other galleries on Afghanistan before the Taliban and the way Baghdad was.

A World War I Veteran Gets Fitted For A Face Mask In 1918

World War One Veteran Fitted For Face Mask

As the world recognizes the centennial of one of the deadliest events in world history, we bring you one of the most touching–and devastating–moments of them all. As World War One came at a time of mass industrialization, soldiers were effectively test dummies to the first devices that comprised modern warfare.

Countless soldiers were dismembered, disfigured and killed at the hands of these new machines, which placed a huge demand on surgeons and artists alike to work together to forge solutions for those who survived but were unrecognizable. One of the first was the introduction of the face mask, as seen above. Interestingly enough, it was at a time of unspeakable tragedy and necessity–not an influx of demands by a vain elite–that what is considered to be modern plastic surgery really took off, with surgeons providing veterans a face that their loved ones might recognize when they returned home from the trenches.

To read more about the medical innovations that were spawned out of World War One, check out our article on it.

The 6 Spookiest Hotels In The World…That You Can Actually Visit

Spookiest Hotels Crescent Clouds

The hotel’s haunted past makes it a very popular tourist destination Source: Eureka Thyme

Fear is a primal sensation felt by every human being. It’s something unifying – even though we are all scared of different things, there is always something that makes us jump and scream. Some people actually enjoy this feeling and will go chasing it on purpose. One of the best ways to do this is to travel the world, finding the spookiest places on Earth. We’ve got you off to a good start with a look at some creepy hotels where you can actually spend the night. Just don’t expect to get any sleep.

Clown Motel

Located in Tonopah, Nevada, this motel’s name makes it pretty clear why it appears on our list. Fear of clowns (coulrophobia) is one of the most common phobias in the world. Even though clowns are meant to evoke joy and laughter, all they generally manage to do is scare the hell out of people.

Clown Entrance

At least there’s free internet Source: WordPress

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1924 Owens Valley Protests Foreshadow California’s Scary Drought Problems

Owens Valley Protests LA 1902

A dusty Los Angeles street in 1902 Source: Water Power

Even with its green lawns and swimming pools, Los Angeles―and Southern California―is a semi-desert. Dropping a major city into this climate with limited water resources seems ridiculous now, but when LA’s population began to boom in the nineteenth century, its leaders believed that the aquifer supplying the city would last.

William Mulholland became the ruthless first superintendent of the then-new Los Angeles Water Department, later the Department of Water and Power (DWP), and later had a famous LA street named after him. In an astonishingly legal and morally bankrupt move, he decided to tap the Owens River, 250 miles away, and bring it to the City of Angels. Eventually, LA drained the Owens Valley dry, but its residents weren’t going down without a fight.

Owens Valley Protests Mulholland

Ken Goldberg’s painting of William Mulholland Source: University Of California Berkeley

The river ended at Owens Lake, at 4,000-foot elevation. Since LA is at sea level, the water could go mostly downhill under its own power. The US Bureau of Reclamation promised Owens Valley farmers they’d build an irrigation system. Through underhanded, borderline-illegal tactics, Mulholland got the plan nixed.

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