Interpol Secretary General, Ronald Noble (Ansa)

  • Decapitated US journalist. Obama: "We will do justice"
  • The beheading of James Foley. Obama: "ISIS wants genocide. We will do justice"
  • Iraq, the Kurds continue their advance towards Mosul. Obama: "We need long-term strategy"
  • Syria: the two Italians perhaps kidnapped in the hands of ISIS


Lyon (France) August 21st 2014If it will be confirmed that the executioner of the American journalist James Foley is of British origin, Interpol will use a hard fist. The general secretary of the organization dedicated to combating international crime, Ronald Noble, believes that, if this were the case, "a military response against the terrorist threat of radicalized transactional fighters traveling across the Middle East" will be needed, who have joined the Islamic State (Is).

Yesterday in a brief statement to the press from Martha's Vineyard, President Obama expressed all his grief and emotion at the death of the GlobalPost freelance journalist and warned the ISIS militants that the United States will not stop and work incessantly to do justice. "Such terrorist groups - Obama said - do not deserve a place in the 21st century". For the US president, the Islamic state "is attempting to carry out a genocide" in Iraq. It is a "cancer" and has ensured that the United States will do "everything possible" to "eradicate it and not spread it". The United States - he says - still sided with the Iraqi people against ISIS and to expel its militants ".

The fight against ISIS has now become an international issue. This morning the news, reported by the Guardian , is that in the hands of the Islamic State militiamen there could also be two Italian women. Everything suggests that it may be Greta Ramello and Vanessa Marzullo. But they are only hypotheses: there is no way to know for sure if it is theirs and if the news corresponds to the truth.

The Turkish government has indicated that it would be ready to hand over control to Syria of the mausoleum of Suleyman Shah, father of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in exchange for the release of the 49 Turkish hostages captured by jihadist militiamen during the the occupation of Mosul, in Northern Iraq, the daily Taraf writes today. However, the exchange hypothesis was immediately denied by the Ankara foreign ministry. According to the authoritative independent Turkish newspaper, the Ankara government has decided to accept the exchange request made by ISIS and to withdraw the soldiers protecting the sanctuary, about 15 km from the border within Syrian territory. The tomb of Suleyman Shah is the only slice of Turkish territory in a foreign country. Custody of the mausoleum was entrusted to Turkey by a treaty that dates back to the Ottoman era. According to Taraf, the Ankara government has planned to justify the withdrawal as a precaution in anticipation of a possible ISIS attack, which controls the surrounding area. The newspaper writes that the armed jihadist group would launch an ultimatum in Ankara, demanding the delivery of the tomb within three weeks. In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry has today called the news reported by Taraf "groundless", which he called "an example of great irresponsibility". At the request of the government, a court forbade the press to report on the case of the 49 Turkish hostages, mostly diplomats and their families, captured by ISIS two months ago in Mosul