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Date: Aug 15, 2016

Six people have been put to death by Isis – by being immersed in boiling vats of tar, it’s been reported.

The gruesome act was carried out in public at an Isis command centre in al-Shora in Iraq, ‘with the aim of inciting fear among the citizens’.

The six, from Mosul, were accused by Isis of being spies for the Iraqi government.

Read more: Daily Mail

A powerful Taliban faction that broke away from the main group has reconciled and swore allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Haibatullah. The reunion of the faction, known as the Mullah Dadullah Mahaz or Mullah Dadullah Front, is the latest success in the Taliban’s effort to bring wayward groups and commanders back into the fold after divisions over the death of its founder and first emir, Mullah Omar.

Read more: The Long War Journal

As Taliban fighters push toward the southern city of Lashkar Gah, members of Afghanistan’s elite forces are trying to hold their ground here, about 10 miles from the city, the capital of Helmand Province and a critical link in the defense of the entire region.

The regular police and army forces have failed to stand firm, raising the possibility that the Taliban could overrun Lashkar Gah.

“The police, as soon as they were inflicted with some casualties, gave up about 27 posts one after another without a fight, and our posts were surrounded by surprise,” said Col. Nematullah Khalil.

Lt. Col. Mohammad Omar Jan, the police chief of the Nad Ali district, rejected that assessment. The army is blaming the police to cover up its own weakness, Colonel Jan said, 

Read more: New York Times

The jihadi employment form asked the recruits, on a scale of 1 to 3, to rate their knowledge of Islam. And the Islamic State applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be overwhelmingly ignorant.  The extremist group could hardly have hoped for better.

At the height of Islamic State's drive for foot soldiers in 2013 and 2014, typical recruits included the group of Frenchmen who went bar-hopping with their recruiter back home, the recent European convert who now hesitantly describes himself as gay, and two Britons who ordered "The Koran for Dummies" and "Islam for Dummies" from Amazon to prepare for jihad abroad. 

Read more: AP

An Afghan official says at least two people have been wounded in a bombing that targeted the Afghan military in the capital, Kabul.

Monday's attack took place at a main square near the U.S. Embassy and the country's Supreme Court.

He says a so-called sticky bomb was attached to a military vehicle and caused the explosion. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan.

Read more: ABC News