At Whitemoor prison in Cambridgeshire (pictured), 44
per cent of the 447 inmates are Muslim. It is the highest proportion in any
British jail and nearly double the number recorded less than a decade ago
Salafism Brought Kerala ISIS Group Together
Pak Human Rights Commission Slams Faith-Based Violence in
Europe's Jails Are 'Breeding Grounds' For Jihadists
Because ISIS See Criminals as Ideal Recruits
US Paid Half A Billion Dollars to Produce Fake Terrorism
Videos in Iraq
Afghanistan NSA Urges Sunni, Shia Scholars to Recognize
Enemies of Unity
Al-Qaeda Attack Survivor Says Quran Makes Her 'Such a
Bangladesh Offers Cash to Lure Militants Away From
Afghan forces clear Kunduz city after 9 days of clashes
Ghani makes surprise visit to Mines Ministry, slams
officials for insufficient work
Second attack reported on a mosque in Kabul city
Muslims commemorate Ashura in Bangladesh; Taazia
processions remember the Karbala battle
Kabul attack death toll rises to 18 as UNAMA condemns
killing of civilians
Held For WhatsApp Message on Beef, Youth Dies In Custody
Muslim Personal Law Board should become active – Zahid
Nawaz Sharif praising Burhan Wani as if he has joined IS:
Pampore encounter enters third day: Two militants killed
Pak Human Rights Commission Slams Faith-Based Violence In
Asia Bibi's Final Appeal against Blasphemy to Be Heard In
Pakistan ranked dismal 107 of 118 countries on hunger
JI urges people to unite against corrupt regimes
Two mourners die, over 300 fall unconscious in Rohri
Sindh tightens security along border with Balochistan
Hungarian Intelligence Expert Describes How Muslim
Conquest of Europe May Play Out
I'm an anti-Putin Russian, and Clinton makes me nervous
Pentagon Confronts a New Threat from ISIS: Exploding
Around two hundred gather for anti-Islam speech protest
Speaker challenges narrative about Muslim Americans
Only the Hardest Of Hearts Could Ignore These Syrian
Kids' Hopes for Peace
Militant Firing on Syrian School Kills At Least Five
Iranians Commemorate Imam Hossein's Martyrdom Anniversary
Positions of ISIL, Fatah Al-Sham in Homs Severely Damaged
in Syrian Airstrikes
Army Wins Back Key Town in Hama Province, Terrorists
Sustain Heavy Losses
Fatah Al-Sham's Offensives Repulsed by Syrian Army in
Senior Fatah Al-Sham Commander Killed in Syrian Army
Attacks in Homs
Syrian Army Cuts off Most Terrorist Supply Lines in
Syrian Army, Air Force Launch Heavy Strikes at Terrorists
across Dara'a City
Islamic economic system is the basis of economic growth:
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
Tension As 501 Ghanaian Soldiers Opt To Join Boko Haram
Nine Dead As Nigeria Police Open Fire on Shia Muslim
Procession Marking Ashura
Kenyan police arrest Briton in Shabaab recruitment probe
AKP to Submit Own Constitutional Draft for Presidential
System: PM Yıldırım
40,000 Denounced To Police as Gülenists in Ankara
Erdoğan slams isolation of Turkey from Iraq operation
Iraqi PM hits back in war of words with Turkish president
Turkey will judge suspects demanded by US itself, not
extradite them immediately: Erdoğan
Turkish military dismisses 233 more soldiers over coup
Turkey to implement British model for military medical
CHP lends support to gov’t in spat with Iraq over Bashiqa
Myanmar Forces Pursue Militants after Attacks on Police
12 people dead after unrest in Muslim-majority state of
Indonesia seeks stronger anti-terror law against ISIL
Sheikh Hamdan attends 3rd Global Islamic Economy Summit
Jais arrests 50 Pakistani Shia Muslims
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Wed Oct 12 2016
The National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar has
called on the religious scholars of the Sunni and Shia Muslims to recognize the
enemies of the unity of the Afghan nation as a deadly attack ripped throug a
gathering in a shrine in capital Kabul.
Condemning the attack in strongest words, Atmar said “We request
Sunni and Shia and the Muslim people of Afghanistan to recognize the enemies of
our unity, empathy and stand firm against them.”
He said “The brutal attack on Ashura mourners at Karte
Sakhi shrine is an unforgivable crime carried out by terrorists.”
The attack on the shrine was launched around 7:20 pm on
Tuesday night after a number of gunmen stormed into the gathering and started
indiscriminate firing on the mourners.
The security officials said at least 14 people including
women and children were killed and scores of others were wounded in the attack.
The clearance operations continued for several hours
before the Afghan security forces managed to eliminate the assailants who had
taken position inside the shrine.
No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the
attack with the Taliban group immediately distancing itself from the brutal
The attack sparked anger among the Afghan people who
condemned in strongest words and called the raid an attempt to spark ethnic and
religious tensions among the people.
October 12, 2016
The NIA said the accused were inspired by the IS and had
assembled at a hilltop in Kannur to plan attacks against key politicians in
Kerala and TN.
Six men, part of an Islamic State (IS)-inspired group,
who were arrested from Kerala on October 2, have told their interrogators that
though they closely followed controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and
another Kerala-based preacher, M.M Akbar, their speeches did not have much
influence on them.
Investigators found several video clips on the mobile
phones and laptops of the six accused containing the speeches of Naik and
Akbar. Both preachers have been accused of radicalising people through their
A senior National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesperson
said all six accused were Salafis (followers of the puritanical form of Islam)
and this was the common thread that brought them together.
“They were closely following the speeches of Naik and
Akbar but told us that they were hardly influenced by them. They said the
preachers spoke not only about Islam but other topics as well and theirs was
one of the many speeches they [the group] followed,” said a senior home
The six accused first created a blog post in Malayalam
called ‘muhajiroun2015. wordpress.com’ but it was blocked by the security
agencies. “Once it was blocked, the accused then created another blog called
‘muhajiroun2016. wordpress.com’ and used to share their views on IS,” said the
The NIA said the accused were inspired by the IS and had
assembled at a hilltop in Kannur to plan attacks against key politicians in
Kerala and Tamil Nadu when they were apprehended.
The arrests were made soon after one of the accused,
Manseed alias Omar al Hindi (30), a Kerala resident, who had been working in
Qatar, made an unscheduled visit to India in the last week of September.
“Manseed told us that he did not have a regular job in
Qatar. He had been going there for the past six years on a tourist visa and
doing odd jobs. He says he decided to come back to India all of a sudden as he
had got a regular job there and wanted to return on a proper work visa,” said
an NIA official.
The accused had been on the radar of the security
agencies for the past four months. The others — Abu Basheer (29) alias Rasheed
is a mechanic, Swalih Mohammed T. (26) works at Club Mahindra in Chennai,
Safwan P (30) works as a designer for a newspaper, Jasim NK (25), an engineer
and Ramshad (24) is an accountant.
Pak Human Rights Commission slams faith-based violence in
October 11, 2016
Lahore [Pakistan]: Pointing out the failure of concerned
authorities to stop sectarian killings and attacks in Balochistan, the Human
Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the political and
religious parties to take effective steps to stop the faith-based violence and
In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said:
“HRCP has serious concerns over the recent attack in Quetta where four women
from the Hazara community were killed in an attack on their bus, and violence
in Panjgur where several worship places of the Zikri community were torched.”
“Such attacks are just the latest evidence of the
authorities’ failure to arrest the mindless bloodletting by extremist
The commission said that the Hazara Shia community has
particularly been much affected with such attacks saying, “The extremist
violence in Balochistan, especially against the Hazara Shia in recent years,
has dispelled any illusions about the perpetrators’ moral compass. But the
attack on the bus carrying Hazara women proves that no depth is too low for the
killers and those who control them.”
“Official condemnation of such violence is of little
consequence without meaningful action against those who have tried to divide
people in the name of religion and sect. They have also tarnished the tolerant
tradition of Balochistan, where humanity transcended religious or sectarian
identity,” it added.
“The outrage of the affected families and the citizenry
is understandable. We hope that, if nothing else, the helplessness and
frustration of the people shames the authorities into bringing the bloodletting
and insanity in the province to a halt.”
It further urged the political and religious parties to
take up the cause and exert and sustain pressure on the government to do its
duty to protect the lives and religious freedoms of the people.
Prisons in Europe are becoming 'breeding grounds' for
jihadist groups, with some criminals seeing violent extremism as a form of
redemption for their crimes, a report has found.
The emergence of Islamic State has strengthened the link
between crime and terrorism, according to research, and as many as one in five
UK maximum security prisoners are Muslim compared to one in 20 in the British
Rather than looking to universities or religious
establishments, IS increasingly turns to 'ghettos', prisons and 'under-classes'
to recruit individuals with a history of criminal behaviour, it said.
Jihadist and criminal groups are recruiting from the same
pool of people, while their social networks are also converging, the
International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence
(ICSR) found, in what it dubbed a 'new crime-terror nexus'.
The report by the
British think tank examined the profiles of European jihadists recruited since
Prisons provide a ready supply of 'angry young men' who
are 'ripe' for radicalisation, according to the study, entitled Criminal Pasts,
Terrorist Futures: European Jihadists and the New Crime-Terror Nexus.
ICSR director Peter Neumann, one of the report's authors,
said the lines between crime and jihadist groups were becoming 'increasingly
'Prison is becoming important as a place where a lot of
networking happens,' he said.
'Given the recent surge in terrorism-related arrests and
convictions, we are convinced that prisons will become more - rather than less
- significant as breeding grounds for the jihadist movement.'
Of those studied, 57 percent had been incarcerated before
being radicalised and at least 27 percent of those who spent time in prison
were radicalised behind bars.
For some, jihadism offered a form of 'redemption' for
their crimes, researchers said.
Ali Almanasfi, a British-Syrian from London who fought in
Syria after serving a jail term for violent assault, was cited in the report as
saying: 'I want to do something good for once. I want to do something pure.'
According to Neumann, the findings point to a shift if
the way ISIS operates.
'We think ISIS no longer aspires to be a very theological
organisation,' he said.
'It embodies the brutality, strength and power that these
young people who were often members of gangs are looking for.
'It basically tells them "you can continue to do all
the things you did before, but now you can get into heaven".'
Full report at:dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3833926/Europe-s-jails-breeding-grounds-jihadists-ISIS-criminals-ideal-recruits-one-five-UK-maximum-security-prisoners-Muslim.html
US paid half a billion dollars to produce fake terrorism
videos in Iraq
The US government has spent over half a billion tax-payer
dollars to make fake al Qaeda videos bugged with a code to trace viewers’
locations and to generate false propaganda, Bureau of Investigative Journalism
reported last week.
Malaysia arrests 16 for suspected militant links
The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm, Bell
Pottinger, over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme
in Iraq. The PR firm generated a series of coded videos between 2007 and 2011,
displaying visuals of bloodletting and bombing by al Qaeda and sequencing these
into short documentaries.
The videos were recorded on CDs which were circulated by
the US forces in Iraqi neighbourhoods by secretly slipping them inside peoples’
houses. Whenever someone tried playing them, the viewer’s location was
transmitted to the US military. “The discs were designed to run on a video
software called Real Player that automatically disclosed the user’s location,”
Martin Wells, a former Bell Pottinger employee, said.
Pentagon wanted to navigate the routes of the terror
group from Iraq to other countries. “These tactics can be very instrumental in
making progress and leading to those who can be potential threats,” he added.
At least 10 people killed in blast in northern Syria:
None of the bombings or killings that feature in the
videos were fake or staged. The Pentagon’s primary purpose was to attract al
Qaeda propagandists towards the tampered videos and then keep a close watch on
their movements. “Nothing was set up, no bombs [were] faked,” Wells informed.
Apart from entrapping al Qaeda operatives, the Pentagon’s
other main motive was to manufacture a propaganda of its own. It paid Bell
Pottinger $540 million as part of this operation, according to the Bureau’s
As a result, the PR agency got involved in producing
brief news packages to engineer a propaganda. Whenever there was a bomb blast,
the agency would send out its employees to film the aftermath. The US military
then gave instructions on how to put together the news that best suited their
Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in town north of Baghdad
The videos were produced in Arabic and their quality was
intentionally tampered with to give away the impression like a local news crew
had made them.
Condemning the attack in strongest words, Atmar said “We
request Sunni and Shia and the Muslim people of Afghanistan to recognize the
enemies of our unity, empathy and stand firm against them.”
OCTOBER 11, 2016
A survivor of a 2015 machete attack by al-Qaeda in the
Indian Subcontinent told a conference in Pittsburgh this past weekend that she
only has to read the Quran to confirm her atheism.
In February 2015, Bangladeshi-American secularist blogger
Avijit Roy was hacked to death on a Dhaka street. “The target was an American
citizen.. 2 in 1. #America recently martyred 2 of our brothers in #Khurasan
& #Shaam. #Revenge+#Punishment,” Ansar al-Islam Bangladesh tweeted
Roy and his wife, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, lived in suburban
Atlanta and were visiting Bangladesh for a month.
"I am a Bangladeshi American writer, blogger and
also one of the moderators of the Bengali blog Muktomona – which is the first
freethinking blog in the Bengali language," Ahmed said while accepting the
"Forward" award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. "My
late husband Dr. Avijit Roy founded this online platform in 2001 as a Yahoo
forum, way before the very, very noisy days of blogging."
"My husband and I were attacked by the Indian
Subcontinent [branch] of al-Qaeda, on Feb. 26, 2015, when we were visiting
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, for a book signing event," she said.
"This claimed Avijit’s life and I barely escaped… I suffered four machete
stabs on my head, a sliced-off thumb, and numerous other injuries all over my
"What was our fault? Avi and I were, are atheists,
blogger, writer, and above all secular humanists. Avijit wrote and edited 10
books... two of his books titled Philosophy of Disbelief and Virus of Faith,
they made him exceedingly popular among young adults and progressive
But those titles, Ahmed said, "also fueled hostility
and anger towards Avijit from religious fundamentalists."
"The online blogging platform Muktomona also became
the name of a secular humanist movement for Bangla-speaking people. I wrote a
book on evolution and wrote many other blogs," she added. "I guess
that would be it -- a pretty good summary of our crimes in the eyes of the
Islamic terrorist groups."
Before the attack, Ahmed was a marketing director with a
computer science background. After the attack, she accepted an offer from a
university "to do research work on the rise of Islamism in
"My late husband would have loved such an
opportunity; he loved to write, that was his life, his passion," she said.
"The reason I think Bangladesh is important because unlike many other
Islamic countries, Bangladesh, had a secular history with 90 percent Muslim
population... over the last few decades it has slowly moved towards Islamic
fundamentalism. I think it will be a unique case to uncover why Bangladesh is
embracing the same fate as many other traditional Islamic countries, though
Bangladesh had such a different background."
Full report at:pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2016/10/11/al-qaeda-attack-survivor-says-quran-makes-her-such-a-good-atheist/
After the Bangladeshi government made public its offer of
cash to militants willing to reform, authorities say two members of a notorious
terrorism group gave themselves up.
“We had chosen a dark path,” Abdul Hakim, one of those
who surrendered, told a national television audience at a public ceremony last
week where he received a check from a government official.
“We have realized our mistake,” said the 22-year-old
Hakim. “We do not believe in terrorism. Everyone who has gone on this path
Hakim and Mahmudul Hasan Bijoy were among the first
people to receive money under a new initiative that encourages extremists to
lay down guns and renounce their radical paths. In return, those who turn
themselves in will receive financial and legal assistance to help smooth their
reintegration into the society.
The government handed over 500,000 Taka (about $6,350) to
each of the two men who walked into a police station in northern Bogra city.
Police said the young men belonged to the Neo-JMB, an
affiliate of the Islamic State and a splinter group of Jama’atul Mujahideen,
considered one of the top terror organizations in Bangladesh.
“I have left that path. Please forgive me for what I have
done and pray that I may be able to work for the country,” said Bijoy, 23, who
offered apologies to the nation.
Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said on
Monday that the two men “were still in police custody awaiting a trial. Their
fate would be decided by the court which would be looking into if the two have
committed any crimes.”
And while government officials were not specific, they
said the men will be offered a rehabilitation program to keep them on the straight
Bangladesh is facing growing domestic threats from a
variety of militant and extremist groups, including affiliates of Islamic State
and al-Qaida. Terror attacks in recent months killed at least 70 Bangladeshis
and some foreigners.
Militants in Bangladesh are often poor, uneducated and
unemployed, or work in menial paying jobs. The government is hoping its high
incentive payment - more than four times Bangladesh’s per capita income of
about $1,300 – will entice many militants to come forward.
“If the militants want to come to the normal life, we
will help them,” Benazir Ahmad, chief of the Rapid Action Battalion, told
reporters in Dhaka last week.
But analysts say the payment strategy is risky and may
not accomplish its intended goal – to curb terrorism and uproot militants.
“This strategy has been undertaken in other places such
as Saudi Arabia and Indonesia as well,” said Ali Riaz, who teaches South Asian
politics and political Islam at Illinois State University. “It can be done. But
this alone is not going to help you in countering extremism. It should be
backed up by many other steps and be part of a larger and more comprehensive
Saudi Arabia’s rehabilitation program, for example,
isolates participants and provides months of therapy by moderate Islamic
clerics and psychologists. The program has been criticized, though, for
providing gourmet meals and cushy surroundings.
Analysts say the Bangladeshi government needs to reform
the education system to provide better opportunities for young people
susceptible to extremists’ recruiting. The government should encourage Muslim
religious leaders to be part of the rehabilitation process to counter the
extremists’ narrative, they say.
“I am deeply concerned that it might not work,” Riaz
said. “Social and educational institutions that have the potential to
radicalize need to be reformed. Is the society ready to accept the assimilation
of militants? How can they be rehabilitated in the society? Without involving
the society into the deradicalization process, it can be a challenge.”
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF)
cleared the strategic Kunduz city from the presence of the Taliban militants
after nine days of intense gun battle, local officials said Wednesday.
Provincial police chief Mohammad Masoom Hashemi said the
clearance operations fully concluded late on Tuesday night and operations are
currently being conducted in the remote parts of the province.
There are no reports regarding the casualties incurred to
the local residents and security forces during the past 9 days.
Thousands of local residents of the city were forced to
flee the area after the Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on the
The Taliban militants have launched numerous attacks on
Kunduz city since it was retaken by the Afghan Special Operations Forces
earlier in the month of October last year.
The latest attack by the group was launched last week
after they started their offensive on the strategic city from different
directions with an aim to capture its control.
The Taliban insurgents were accused of horrific criminal
activities after they seized control of the city, including target killings,
rape, kidnappings, use of civilians as shields, looting of public and private
The Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan
said at least 50 civilians were killed and over 350 others were wounded.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited the Ministry of
Mines and Petroleum as part of his visit to the institutions to assess the
government institutions work.
He listened to the report provided by deputy minister of
mines and petroleum Ghezal Habibyar and said the performance of the ministry is
not satisfactory despite it was given a free hand in the past two years.
In response to the award of contracts by the ministry,
President Ghani said the contracts should not be awarded on recommendation
basis as he emphasized on efforts to bring a comprehensive momentum in the
execution and implementation of the plans by the ministry of mines and
President Ghani questioned the report regarding the
generation of AFN 28 million revenue from 315 small contracts and said the
figure is not acceptable, instructing the ministry officials to categorize all
the small contracts and present a report to the Presidential in two weeks to
show who were involved in the contracts.
Emphasizing on the transparent award of the contracts
through bidding process and accountability, President Ghani said the
accountability process should become general and transparent reasons should be
available for the award of the contracts in order to ascertain the main motive
behind the reduction in revenue generation from small mining contracts.
He also added that practical steps should be taken for
the collection of information and studies regarding the mines within a
transparent framework in bid to prepare a specified plan to attract investment
in the sector.
President Ghani also criticized the foreign advisers of
the ministry and said they did not have tangible achievements in the past three
years and their target is not clear, instructing his adviser to review the job
descriptions of the advisers and achievements and assist the ministry to
prioritize the jobs of the advisers.
The President said the term of the duty of the foreign
advisers will not be extended without the approval of the economic council.
The militants have conducted another attack in Kabul city
on Tuesday night after the first coordinated attack left at least 14 dead in a
shrine in west of Kabul.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman, Sediq Sediqi,
in a Twitter message, said the second attack was conducted on Charyar mosque
located in Karte Char area of the city.
He said the special forces have arrived in the area to
repulse the attack by the militants.
“The second terrorist attack in KBL tonight is on Char
Yar Mosque in Karte Char, Special forces are there to gun down the attacker/s,”
There are no reports regarding the casualties as a result
of the attack and it is yet not clear if the target of the attack was the
mourners of Ashura.
The first attack on Karte Sakhi shrine was launched by a
group of three to four militants who started opening fire on worshippers in the
shrine, leaving at least 14 people dead.
Several explosions were also heard from the vicinity of
the shrine as the militants took the mourners hostage and continued to clash
with the security forces for several hours.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials said at least 36
peole were also wounded in the attack although the casualties toll could rise.
No group including the Taliban militants has so far
claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Muslims commemorate Ashura in Bangladesh, Taazia
processions remember the Karbala battle
OCTOBER 12, 2016
Muslims in Bangladesh along with those elsewhere in the
world are observing Ashura on Wednesday, the 10th day of the lunar month of
Muharram in Islamic calendar.
Ashura marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram
when Shia Muslims commemorate the slaying of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson
Imam Hussein ibn Ali in 680 AD in the Battle of Karbala.
Amid tightened security measures, Shia Muslims brought
out Taazia processions in different parts of the capital Dhaka.
Bangladeshi Muslims, particularly the Shia community,
observe the day with various religious rituals. Residents of the community in
Old Dhaka started their remembrance a few days before.
On the first day of Muharram, the army of Caliph Yazid
laid siege to Hussein and his followers in the desert near Karbala. Hussein was
killed in battle 10 days later after he had refused to pledge allegiance to
He was decapitated and the head was taken to Damascus,
the seat of the Ummayad dynasty to which Yazid belonged.
Authorities are on high alert over the processions after
bombers, disguised as Shias, attacked a gathering at the Husseini Dalan in Old
Dhaka last year.
A boy was killed and over 100 people injured in the
explosion past midnight when Shias were preparing for the Taazia procession
The procession this year started from in front of the
Husseini Dalan around 10:30am.
Hundreds of Shias joined, chanting ‘Hai Hussein,’
mourning the death of Prophet Mohammad's grandson.
The procession ended at Dhanmondi after passing through
Lalbagh, Azimpur, and New Market.
The mourners carried red and green flags and wore black
headbands while two horses led carraiges were seen at the front of the
As a part of the ritual,
Shias mourners used to bleed themselves with sharp weapons but this year police
had banned carrying any objects due on 'security considerations.'
Dhaka metro police's Joint Commissioner Krishnapada Roy
said: “Police is controlling traffic along the entire route of the procession.
Forces have been also deployed on the rooftops. Intelligence officials are also
He claimed that the intense security measures have not
dampened the religious fervour.
Shias have also taken out separate processions at
capital's Farmgate, Mohammadpur and Mirpur.
The death toll in Kabul shrine attack has climbed to at
least 18 as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
condemned the killing of civilians in the attack.
“The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns last
night’s attack at the Karte Shakhi mosque and shrine in Kabul that killed at
least 18 civilians and injured more than 50 others,” the UN mission said in a
According to UNAMA, an attacker wearing an Afghan
security forces uniform entered the Shia mosque as civilians congregated on the
eve of the Muslim Shia day of remembrance, Ashura.
The attacker opened fire on the congregation and used a
hand grenade, killing and maiming worshipers. Among those killed were four
women and two children, a boy and a girl, UNAMA said.
“This attack deliberately targeting a large group of
civilians exercising their right to freely manifest their religion in worship,
observance and practice is an atrocity,” the statement by UNAMA added.
“International humanitarian law prohibits deliberate
attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship,
and places a specific obligation on parties to enable religious personnel to
carry out their work,” the UN mission said, adding that the International
humanitarian law further prohibits attacks directed against people and places
of worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples.
“UNAMA expresses condolences to the families of the
victims and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured,” UNAMA added.
Written by Prashant Pandey | Ranchi, Oct 12, 2016
Less than a week after he was arrested for allegedly
sharing an objectionable comment about beef on WhatsApp, Minhaj Ansari, a
22-year-old from Jamtara district in Jharkhand, died at the Rajendra Institute
of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here on Sunday.
While his family claimed that Ansari was beaten up and
tortured in police custody, police officers cited medical records that showed
Ansari was suffering from encephalitis.
Police officers, however, admitted that there were prima
facie lapses on the part of the officer-in-charge of Narayanpura police
station, Sub-Inspector Harish Pathak. He has been suspended and an FIR of
murder has been registered against him.
According to police, a WhatsApp message that purportedly
made an objectionable comment about beef started doing the rounds in Dighari
village of Narayanpura, in Jamtara district, on October 2.
A few people were detained as suspects. While the others
were later released, Ansari was placed under arrest on October 3.
Two days later, Ansari’s father, Umar Sheikh, and the
rest of his family came to know that Ansari had been shifted to Dhanbad for
treatment after he reportedly sustained injuries in police custody.
“They went to the police station along with other
villagers. There was a scuffle at the police station between Ansari’s parents
and the officer-in-charge, Harish Pathak. Ansari’s family filed a written
complaint against Pathak, following which an FIR of attempt to murder and
outraging the modesty of a woman was registered against him. The officer was
suspended immediately. After Ansari’s death, the attempt to murder charge has
been changed to a murder charge,” said Jamtara Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar
On October 7, Ansari was shifted to RIMS, where he died two
“While an inquiry is on, the medical reports indicate
that Ansari was suffering from encephalitis. It appears that the
officer-in-charge did not check on this,” said Jamtara SP Manoj Kumar Singh.
However, he denied allegations that Ansari’s family was not informed about his
“We took action because the WhatsApp message, with some
comments about beef, had the potential to disturb communal peace, coming so
close to Dussehra and Muharram. The situation is peaceful now, we are keeping a
strict watch,” he said.
While security forces have been deployed in the village,
the district administration has ordered a joint inquiry by the Sub Divisional
Officer and Sub Divisional Police Officer. Meanwhile, a compensation of Rs 2
lakh has been given to the victim’s family member.
Hyderabad: Minorities Welfare Minister of Govt. of Bihar,
Dr. Abdul Ghafoor called on Mr. Zahid Ali Khan, Editor of Siasat Urdu Daily and
Mr. Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, Managing Editor of Siasat Urdu Daily and discussed
various Muslim issues and political situation of the country. He said that for
resolving the issues the Muslims of India are facing, serious and concerted
efforts are essential. He applauded the services Siasat Urdu Daily is offering
for the welfare of the community. He further told that such organizations play
a key role in leading Muslim Ummah. Such of the institutions which take active
steps for the development of the community ensure its progress.
Dr. Abdul Ghafoor told that Govt. of Bihar is taking
concrete steps for the development of the people of the State. He visited
Maulana Azad Urdu University’s Urdu Medium Model School located at Falaknuma.
During his talk with Mr. Zahid Ali Khan, he told that the system of Urdu medium
education is essential in primary schools for the progress of Urdu language.
Mr. Zaheeruddin Ali Khan apprises him of various schemes
launched by Siasat Urdu Daily for the educational and economic development of
the Mulims. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor appreciated the efforts of Siasat Urdu Daily for arranging admissions of
the students of Bihar in various Engineering Colleges of Hyderabad.
He expressed the view that Muslim Personal Law should
take and an active part and invite the leaders of secular parties to muster
support in favour of continuing Muslim personal law.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s praise of slain
Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani suggests that he may have joined the
Islamic State, or he is not aware about the difference between the Islamic
State, Kashmir and Pakistan, said former foreign secretary Bhupatray Shashank.
Shashank told ANI, “Burhan Wavi by his own admission was
a member of the Islamic State. So, either Nawaz Sharif has joined the Islamic
State, or, he thinks there is no difference between Islamic State and Kashmir
“So, he should make his position clear, what he thinks
Pakistan, India and Kashmir should be? Should they all form part of Islamic
state? By calling him a hero of Kashmir, does that means he is hero of Pakistan
also? Because Pakistan is fighting this war in Kashmir and does he even want
whole of India to form a part of Islamic state?” he asked. Shashank further
said that Sharif should make his position clear; otherwise Indian people would
give him a befitting reply.
Earlier, Sharif on Monday said that no power in the world
can stop Islamabad from supporting the struggle of Kashmiris.
“India is mistaken if it considered that the freedom
fight could be equated with terrorism,” Radio Pakistan quoted him as saying
while chairing a central working committee meeting of the PakistanMuslim League
He once again hailed slain terrorist Burhan Wani, who was
the commander of Hizbul-Mujahideen terror group, as a freedom fighter and pride
of Kashmiri people. Addressing the meeting, Sharif also said those trying to
paralyze the country through their negative politics will miserably fail in
He further said the government is striving hard to
overcome all challenges including terrorism and energy shortages, adding that
the economy of the country has been strengthened as a result of effective
Srinagar: Two militants were killed as the operation to
flush out holed up ultras inside a government building in Pampore on the
Srinagar-Jammu National Highway entered the third day today with security
forces pounding the multi-storey structure with mortars and rockets.
The bodies of the two militants killed in the operation,
which has now been going on for over 50 hours, have been recovered, officials
Security forces have been pounding the building of
Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) since Monday after three militants
barged inside the complex with the aim of engaging the law enforcing agencies.
The security forces have managed to enter one portion of
the building but are proceeding cautiously as one more militant might be hiding
“The operation at Pampore is still going on but it is
definitely now in final stages,” the official said.
The operation has been now going on for 52 hours as most
parts of the concrete building has been reduced to a skeleton after many of its
walls were blown up.
Elite Para commandos of the army have were also called in
to neutralise the militants, the official said.
Two to three militants stormed into the EDI complex in
the wee hours of Monday and took positions inside one of the buildings.
The ultras could have entered the complex from the
riverside but that can only be ascertained once the operation is over, the
After getting inside the complex, the militants set on
fire few mattresses inside a hostel room to attract the attention of the police
and other security forces, which arrived within minutes of the smoke emanating
from the building.
In the initial exchange of firing, one army soldier was
injured, the officials said.
Militants had targeted the EDI building in February this
year as well.
Five security force personnel including two young army
officers and a civilian employee of the Institute and three militants were
killed in that operation which lasted 48 hours.
Asia Bibi's final appeal against blasphemy to be heard in
LAHORE: The Supreme Court is due to hear the final appeal
against the execution of Asia Bibi, accused for blasphemy, on Thursday.
Some insist it is not just a fight for one life, but a
battle for the nation's soul as the state walks a razor-sharp line between
upholding human rights and appeasing populist hardliners.
This will be the final appeal for Asia Bibi, some six
years after she was sentenced to death, accused of insulting the Prophet
Mohammed (PBUH) during an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water.
“There is no question that what is at stake is the very
soul of the state and Pakistan society: does Pakistan respect the rights of the
most vulnerable? Does it defend those rights against spurious allegations even
where those allegations involved matters that are sacred to most Pakistanis?”
Mustafa Qadri, an expert on human rights in South Asia, told AFP recently.
Bibi was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010,
despite her advocates maintaining her innocence and insisting the accusers held
grudges against her.
The allegations against Bibi date back to June 2009, when
she was labouring in a field and a row broke out with some Muslim women she was
She was asked to fetch water, but the Muslim women
objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl.
The women went to a local cleric and accused Bibi of
blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), a charge punishable by death
under legislation that rights groups say is routinely abused to settle personal
Successive appeals have been rejected, and if on Thursday
the three-judge Supreme Court bench upholds Bibi's conviction, her only
recourse will be a direct appeal to the president for clemency.
She would become the first person in Pakistan to be
executed for blasphemy.
The repercussions for minorities, human rights and the
blasphemy laws will be “tremendous” if that happens, says Shahzad Akbar, a
human rights lawyer.
“In Pakistan blasphemy cases are mostly misused... it
would be a huge blow for minorities in Pakistan who already live in fear,”
A decision in Bibi's favour, Qadri says, “would send a
powerful message to the world that Pakistan respects the rule of law and not
the mob.” But he also warned that hardliners “would without question react
angrily and likely violently” if Bibi is acquitted.
In 2011, former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, who spoke
out in support of Bibi, was gunned down in broad daylight in Islamabad.
His assassin Mumtaz Qadri was executed earlier in 2016 in
a Supreme Court decision that was hailed by progressives, but brought
hardliners into the streets supporting Qadri and demanding Bibi be killed.
Her husband has already written to President Mamnoon
Hussain to seek permission to move her to France, where the Council of Paris
unanimously adopted a proposal to award honourary citizenship to Asia Bibi in
Family in hiding
Bibi's family have lived largely in seclusion since 2010,
fearing they will be mistreated if they venture out into the brimming streets
“Papa used to tell me not to go out, the situation out
there is very bad,” her daughter Esham, 18, says of the days after Qadri's
hanging. “We used to stay inside all the time.”
She is afraid, she says, adding: “Someday someone will
come and ask me, are you the daughter of Asia Bibi?” Esham and her sister Esha
go twice a month to the south Punjab city of Multan, where their mother is
“We talk to our mama about the things at home,” Esham
says. “I share my thoughts with her, like mother-daughter stuff.”
The visits begin joyfully, she says, but end in grief.
“She becomes sad... her daughters come to meet her from such a long distance
and she cannot even hug them.”
According to a tally by Human Rights Watch, 17 people including
Bibi remain on death row for blasphemy.
Her case has reached all the way to the Vatican - Esham
had a face to face meeting with Pope Francis in April last year as the head of
Catholic church offered prayers for her mother.
“He gave me blessings and I can't remember more,” she
“I feel the Pope is praying for my mother and he will
keep praying, and with his prayers my mother will be freed.” In 2010, Pope
Francis's predecessor Benedict XVI also called for Bibi's release.
Her family continue to hope. Esham clears her throat and
speaks quietly: “My mom will be released. I ask you to pray for her. “
ROME: Pakistan has been ranked as a country with
"serious" hunger level with 22 per cent of its population
undernourished on the 2016 Global Hunger Index released Tuesday.
Placed 107 in a ranking of 118 developing countries,
Pakistan performed worse than most of its South Asian neighbours in eliminating
On a 0-100 point scale (with 100 being the worst in
hunger levels), Pakistan has a score of 33.4, improving only slightly from its
score of 35.1 in 2008.
India was placed 97 on the index, Afghanistan 111 and
China 29 with a "low" hunger level.
At the current rate of decline, more than 45 countries —
including India, Pakistan, Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan — will have “moderate”
to “alarming” hunger scores in the year 2030, the authors of the index said.
Hunger levels in developing countries have fallen 29pc
since 2000, but efforts to curb hunger must be accelerated in order to meet an
international target to eradicate it by 2030, according to the index.
Hunger levels are “alarming” in seven countries, with
Central African Republic (CAR), Chad and Zambia experiencing the worst levels.
Nearly half the population in CAR and Zambia, and one in
three people in Chad, are undernourished, it showed.
Another 43 countries, including India, Nigeria and
Indonesia, have “serious” hunger levels.
“Countries must accelerate the pace at which they are
reducing hunger” if they are to meet the 2030 target, Shenggen Fan, director
general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute
(IFPRI), said in a statement.
“Ending global hunger is certainly possible, but it's up
to all of us ... (to) set the priorities right to ensure that governments, the
private sector and civil society devote the time and resources necessary,” Fan
World leaders agreed a 2030 deadline for ending global
hunger last year as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - an
ambitious plan for tackling poverty, hunger and inequality.
IFPRI produces the annual index along with aid agencies Concern
Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe. Overall, some 795 million people go to bed
hungry every night.
“We have the technology, knowledge and resources to
achieve (zero hunger). What is missing is both the urgency and the political
will to turn commitments into action,” said Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern
The hunger index ranks countries based on
undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting (low weight for height) and
child stunting (low height for age).
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest hunger levels,
followed closely by South Asia, it showed.
“Too many people are hungry today. There is a need for
urgent, thoughtful and innovative action to ensure that no one ever goes hungry
again,” said David Nabarro, special adviser to the UN secretary-general on the
KARACHI: Emir of the Jamaat-i-Islami Senator Siraj-ul-Haq
has said any attempt to shelter corruption and corrupt elements in the name of
democracy will be thwarted and urged the masses to unite to end the rule of
corrupt privileged regimes with the power of their vote.
The JI chief, who was addressing a daylong party
convention here on Tuesday, said the imperial regime was responsible for the
dismal condition of the country and its institutions.
Terming the struggle against tyranny Great Jihad, the JI
chief recalled that the holy month of Muharram taught the message of sacrifice,
martyrdom, migration and Jihad. He said bringing bad name to mosques, Islam,
Jihad and Ulema through terrorism could be someone’s agenda to please the US
but not the Almighty.
Senator Siraj-ul-Haq said action should be taken against
all criminal elements across the board, as the writ of law called for
The JI leader said that the people of Karachi had been
oppressed for a long time, they were held hostage and deprived of their due
rights. It’s high time that their issues were resolved, he said, adding that
this was the city of patriotic people who were followers of the Holy Prophet
He vowed that the past glory of Karachi would be
restored. He said the country would lead the Islamic world, as the social
system introduced by Islam was the only way to end injustice, poverty and
On the occasion, Karachi JI chief Engineer Hafiz
Naeem-ur-Rehman reminded the citizens that the JI believed in peaceful,
SUKKUR: Two mourners died and more than 300 others fell
unconscious due to suffocation caused by extremely humid weather conditions in
Rohri on Monday night.
The victims were participants in the ‘Taazia Karbala
Mualla’, a centuries-old procession taken out on the night intervening the 8th
and 9th of Muharram. Hundreds of mourners from across the country, besides
thousands of residents of Sukkur, take part in the procession every year for
which extraordinary arrangements are made by the organisers and special
measures are taken by all relevant departments, district administration and
Several hundred participants fell unconscious and taken
to various hospitals, medical camps and other health facilities for treatment.
Two of them, Yousuf Soomro, 42, a resident of Sangrar town, situated near
Rohri, and Jameel Memon, 47, a resident of Bhiriya City of Naushahro Feroze
district, died during treatment.
An emergency at all government health facilities had
already been declared on account of Matam, the prime feature of Muharram
The procession emerged from the central imambargah,
Shahrah-i-Iraq in Rohri late on Monday evening and culminated on Tuesday
morning after passing through its route — Karbala Ground, Regal Cinema Road,
Shahi Bazaar, Vichoro Chowk, Bedil Bekus Chowk, Pakora Chowk, Dhak Bazaar,
Shaikh Muhalla, Memon Muhalla, Karbala Ground — amid tough weather conditions.
All roads leading to the road were tightly sealed to
prevent any miscreant from joining in the mourners with ulterior motives.
KARACHI: Sindh has deployed hundreds of police personnel
along its border with Balochistan after investigators found that the suspects
involved in the last month’s two terrorist attacks in Shikarpur had come from
the neighbouring province.
The decision has been taken to stop suspects from
entering Sindh, sources and senior official said on Tuesday.
One policeman died and at least 12 people were injured
when the twin suicide attacks targeted Eidul Azha prayers.
Earlier in 2015, a suicide blast ripped through in one of
the main Imambargahs in the same town during Friday prayers, killing over 60
people and leaving scores others injured.
Investigations into the last month’s foiled attacks
convinced the authorities that its planners, handlers and perpetrators had from
the neighbouring province. The findings pushed the Sindh authorities to take up
the matter with their Balochistan counterparts and tighten security along the
border and as the first step they have deployed the policemen on key border
points. The Sindh authorities are waiting for the Balochistan government to
take the same measures on their side of the border.
“We have deployed a total of 400 policemen on our side of
the border,” Sindh IGP A.D. Khowaja confirmed in response to a Dawn query. “The
move is part of our plan to keep an eye on suspects and we have been
coordinating with the Balochistan authorities at every level. I personally
contacted the Balochistan IG and our [Sindh] chief minister has interacted with
his counterpart in Quetta for better and coordinated efforts for security
arrangements,” he said.
Thirteen people were injured, including five policemen,
when law-enforcement agencies foiled the two suicide blasts during Eid prayers
in Shikarpur’s Khanpur tehsil. Two attackers targeted an Eid prayer ground
where one assailant blew himself up, injuring 10 people. The other attacker
Two other terrorists were stopped by the police at the
entrance of an Imambargah after their movement appeared suspicious. During body
search one of the attackers blew himself up but the other was shot at and
One of the injured policemen later died.
The police said that the arrested suspect, identified as
Usman, provided important information during interrogation.
“The police probe showed that Usman along with Abdul
Rehman, who blew himself up, reached Shikarpur by a motorbike after travelling
for three hours,” said a senior official. “The probe suggested that they had
stayed somewhere in Jaffarabad, a district in Balochistan. Usman was a resident
of Swat’s Qabal tehsil and had studied in Karachi’s Abu Huraira seminary.”
The official said that the move to tighten security at
the border was initiated after the January 2015 attack. However, the border
security plan failed to meet the reality checks from both sides and finally got
the authorities’ attention after the last month’s incident.
“In 2015 as well as the last month, unfortunately, the
planners, handlers and attackers all used Balochistan land and entered Sindh
hours before the incidents,” the official said. “So it was realised that it’s
very crucial to keep an eye on key points if not all along the border,” he
László Földi, a Hungarian security analyst, appeared
recently on a news show to offer his expertise about the current migration
situation in Europe. He warned that “thousands of Muslim soldiers arrived here”
via Chancellor Merkel’s foolish opening of Europe’s borders more than a year
What Földi says about the invasion strategy makes perfect
sense: the newly arriving jihad soldiers will use existing Muslim immigrant
enclaves in Europe as a base of operations for hijra (immigration utilized for
Islamic invasion). The unassimilated majority of Europe-residing Muslims will
be a population from which more active jihadists can be recruited and trained.
Even the non-chopper friends of jihad will vote for the Islamist political parties,
and power can be gained gradually through demographic change (as we have seen
In addition, the soldiers of Islam will be able to fight
their European neighbors from the fortresses of no-go zones to expand outward.
INTERVIEWER: Our guest is the intelligence service expert
László Földi. Welcome, good morning. Is there anybody in the EU or in Europe
who could tell us within plus/minus 200,000: How many migrants do we have on
LÁSZLÓ FÖLDI: I think the problem is bigger than this:
Can they tell, WHO ARE the one million people? So the situation is completely
catastrophic from this point of view. And the reason for this — as we mentioned
it many times — is the policy of open borders when innumerable masses arrived.
About a year or a year and a half ago it was a taboo topic to even mention the
possibility that terrorists can be mixed in with the migrants.
There was a TV show — I will not say the name — where the
reporter said it is stupid for migrants to come here on dangerous trips in
inflatable boats, when terrorists can just fly here comfortably. The problem is
not that. They could fly here too. But the fact is, thousands of Muslim
soldiers arrived here.
This is not terrorism in its classic meaning we are
talking about here, but an attack, an invasion which has two purposes: In the
first place, get as many as possible well-trained soldiers into Europe, and
their primary task is to enlist the local Muslim population, those second- or
third-generation Muslims who live in the “non-existent” no-go zones. More than
50% do not want to integrate into the host culture; they are the members of a
potential future army.
INTERVIEWER: Those refugees — let’s call them refugees
based on the definition of the ’51 Bern Convention— who escape from racial,
religious, ethnic or political persecution, facing life-threatening dangers —
so these are the refugees. Why they did not go to the rich oil countries right
in the neighborhood?
Full report at:vdare.com/posts/hungarian-intelligence-expert-describes-how-muslim-conquest-of-europe-may-play-out
12 Oct 2016
Whoever wins the U.S. presidential election will have a
hard time dealing with Russia: The relationship between the two countries is in
tatters. Donald Trump obviously doesn't have any answers. Yet, like most of my
fellow Russians who follow the race, I also have misgivings about Hillary
Clinton -- even though, unlike most of them, I am an active opponent of
President Vladimir Putin.
The last time an independent polling organization -- the
Levada Center -- polled Russians on the U.S. presidential candidates was in
August. Only 12 percent said they were following the election closely, and 73
percent said they'd heard something about it. Among the news junkies, 39
percent said Donald Trump would be a better U.S. president for Russia, while 15
percent said Clinton would be better. The state-owned pollster, VTsIOM, did its
latest poll in July, finding about the same proportion of curious Russians. That
survey revealed that 34 percent of those who'd heard of Trump thought
Russia-U.S. relations would improve under him; only 6 percent of those who'd
heard about Clinton believed that of her.
In part, that can be explained by the effect of Putin's
propaganda machine, which has been giving Trump more favorable coverage than
Clinton for two reasons. First, Russian state TV always backs populist rebels
in any Western country on the theory that whatever weakens the Western
establishment is good for Russia. Second, Putin and Clinton openly dislike each
other. She says she sees in him a cold-blooded, self-enriching KGB agent and a
bully; he remembers how she appeared to encourage protests against him in 2011.
Those reasons matter little to me. I believe Russia's place
is in an open, free-thinking Western world, and that nationalist populists,
including Trump, are destroying that vision of the West. I took part in the
2011 protests and I agree with Clinton's assessment of Putin. And yet I, too,
think a Clinton presidency would be bad for Russia -- and that would ultimately
hurt the U.S. as well.
Full report at:chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-clinton-russia-comment-e3ef69fe-8fb5-11e6-bc00-1a9756d4111b-20161011-story.html
Pentagon Confronts a New Threat From ISIS: Exploding
OCT. 11, 2016
WASHINGTON — Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State in
northern Iraq last week shot down a small drone the size of a model airplane.
They believed it was like the dozens of drones the terrorist organization had
been flying for reconnaissance in the area, and they transported it back to
their outpost to examine it.
But as they were taking it apart, it blew up, killing two
Kurdish fighters in what is believed to be one of the first times the Islamic
State has successfully used a drone with explosives to kill troops on the
In the last month, the Islamic State has tried to use
small drones to launch attacks at least two other times, prompting American
commanders in Iraq to issue a warning to forces fighting the group to treat any
type of small flying aircraft as a potential explosive device.
The Islamic State has used surveillance drones on the
battlefield for some time, but the attacks — all targeting Iraqi troops — have
highlighted its success in adapting readily accessible technology into a
potentially effective new weapon. American advisers say drones could be
deployed against coalition forces by the terrorist group in the battle in
For some American military analysts and drone experts,
the episodes confirmed their view that the Pentagon — which is still struggling
to come up with ways to bring down drones — was slow to anticipate that
militants would turn drones into weapons.
“We should have been ready for this, and we weren’t,”
said P. W. Singer, a specialist on robotic weaponry at New America, a think
tank in Washington.
Military officials said that the Pentagon has dedicated
significant resources to stopping drones, but that few Iraqi and Kurdish units
have been provided with the sophisticated devices that the American troops have
to disarm them. The officials said they have ordered the Pentagon agency in
charge of dealing with explosive devices — known as the Joint Improvised-Threat
Defeat Organization — to study ways to thwart hostile drones. This summer, the
Pentagon requested an additional $20 million from Congress to help address the
In recent months, the Central Intelligence Agency and the
Defense Intelligence Agency both rushed to complete classified assessments
about the Islamic State’s drone use. And the secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning,
recently assigned a special office he had created to respond to emerging
threats and to study how to stop drones.
Unlike the American military, which flies drones as large
as small passenger planes that need to take off and land on a runway, the Islamic
State is using simpler, commercially available drones such as the DJI Phantom,
which can be purchased on Amazon. The group attaches small explosive devices to
them, essentially making them remotely piloted bombs.
“This is an enemy that learns as it goes along,” said Lt.
Gen. Sean MacFarland, the top American military commander in Iraq until August.
Full report at:nytimes.com/2016/10/12/world/middleeast/iraq-drones-isis.html
About 200 people gathered in front of the DoubleTree
Hotel Tuesday evening to protest an anti-Islam speaker, holding signs reading
“Love and Compassion” and “If you are not Native American, you came from
Pastor Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim from Iran, spoke
at the event titled “Unveiling the True Face of Islam: A Wake Up Call for the
World,” put on by Lake County’s Chapter of ACT for America.
After speaker Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf spoke about negative
stereotypes surrounding Islam at the DoubleTree last year, ACT for America felt
it “should give Missoulians the chance to hear the other side,” Chapter Leader
Ed Kugler said.
ACT for America is a conservative political organization
with chapters across Montana. Its mission is to “protect and preserve American
culture and to keep this nation safe,” according to its website. With chapters
in Flathead and Lake Counties, the group is working to start a chapter in
Missoula. It has been recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law
About 70 UM students, faculty and community members
marched from the Emmaus Campus Ministry house to the DoubleTree, where about
130 more gradually joined to silently protest Hadian’s presentation.
Protest organizer Eamon Ormseth said he attended an ACT
for America meeting in Kalispell earlier this month. He had to act when he
heard the group was coming to the DoubleTree.
“This kind of speech is hate speech toward Muslims and
creates a climate where people are more likely to attack Muslims or people of
Arab descent in this country,” he said.
Protester and UM student Nasrin Chaudhry said she came
because she and her family are Muslims. It is important to her to show what
Islam is truly about, she said.
Much of the rhetoric surrounding Muslim immigrants in the
U.S. echos that of Jewish immigrants during World War II, Protester Robbie
Liben said. Liben is a Jewish man, and it was important for him to come and
stand in solidarity with Muslims as a member of another religious minority.
“I fear that I’m next,” he said.
Once protesters disassembled and the event started,
Hadian began his speech with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. He prayed
for the protesters and that the “Lord would open their hearts and their eyes.”
He spoke to a group of around 70 about growing up in Iran
before it became an Islamic Republic in 1979. He feels the U.S. is following in
He criticized political leaders and those who refer to
Islam as a peaceful religion, citing verses from the Quran he believes point to
He also spoke about refugees coming to the U.S. They
should be more rigorously vetted and then assimilated into American culture, he
Hadian will be speaking about the differences between
Islam and Christianity in Kalispell on Oct. 13 through ACT for America.
Molly Dotson | The Daily Eastern News Eiman Aiyash, a
graduate student in the school of economics, writes her name in Arabic, which
is also her native language, during “The Other 1%: Muslims in America” event in
the Bridge Lounge of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.
Through a combination of candid dialogue and anecdotes,
storyteller and social media personality Aman Ali sought to humanize the
experiences of Muslim Americans.
“The Other 1%: Muslims in America,” hosted by the
University Board, featured an hour-long presentation by Ali, along with lessons
in Arabic calligraphy, traditional food and an informational booth created by
the Muslim Student Association.
Ali said growing up, he and his traditional family were
the only Muslims in his small Ohio town, so he often felt left out, especially
during the holidays.
Ali also spoke about his experiences traveling around the
U.S. for his blog “30 Mosques in 30 Days,” during which he visited 30 mosques
in 30 different states for each day of Ramadan.
He told a story about his car breaking down in the middle
of nowhere in North Dakota after driving into a rock, which forced him to
detour to a tiny mosque for his evening meal. He said he was shocked to learn
that Muslim American farmers had been on the land for seven generations,
without any serious conflict with their neighbors.
Ali said he kept seeing this pattern throughout his
travels — Muslims, Christians and others living peacefully together.
“What I see on television very often is not remotely
reflective of the average ordinary Muslim American,” he said. “I became
fascinated by questioning these narratives of how people perceive Muslims.”
Ali emphasized the importance of exploring other
“One of the big takeaways from my visits (to mosques) was
the importance of getting out of your comfort zone,” he said.
To do this, he suggested more Christians visit mosques
and more Muslims visit churches.
Ali, a former journalist, said he does not think there is
an anti-Muslim bias in the news, but that journalists are not without blame.
“We live in a society where whoever shouts the loudest
gets the most airtime,” Ali said. “Even if I say something stupid, if I yell
it, it’s going to get airtime.”
He said he thinks social media can break the cycle of
negativity, as ordinary people can simply tell their stories.
Nevertheless, he said responsible journalism will always
play a role in society, as “credible people are always needed.”
Kinesiology professor Hasan Mavi, who serves as adviser
for the Muslim Student Association, said he believed correcting misinformation
was key to building bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims.
He said many people think Muslims worship a different God
from Jews and Christians. However, Allah means “the God” in Arabic.
“If you read an Arabic Bible, it’ll say ‘Allah.’ We
believe in the same God,” Mavi said.
Mavi said Muslims are often criticized for not speaking
out against violence, but in reality, their voices are not often reported.
He said too many journalists focus on violence,
minimizing the accomplishments of Muslims in areas like science and literature.
For Eastern students who wish to learn more about Islamic
culture, Mavi recommended they visit the Cultural Center Friday afternoons,
when Muslims on campus join for prayer.
He said other instructors can reach out to him to have
Muslim students come to classes to have a panel discussion on their religion.
At “The Other 1%,” Arabic calligraphy artist Hassan
Qureshi taught a group of students the basics of the art starting with “alif,”
the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Students then practiced writing the Arabic word for
Qureshi said he learned Arabic calligraphy using YouTube
videos and was drawn to the art because it is methodical and beautiful.
He said there is a spiritual component to calligraphy.
“I often find myself losing track of time in practice,”
Meagan Ramey, a senior biological sciences major, said
she attended the event because she wanted to support the Muslim community.
“I think the Muslim people are oppressed in America, and
I wanted to show them love,” Ramey said.
Only The Hardest Of Hearts Could Ignore These Syrian
Kids' Hopes For Peace
The images that have emerged from Syria’s five-year long
civil war are both heartbreaking and convicting: Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body
resting face down on a Turkish beach, little Omran Daqneesh sitting in shock in
the back of ambulance, bloodied and covered in dust.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that UNICEF calls Syria one of
the “most dangerous places to be a child.”
The international organization reports that more than 80
percent of Syria’s child population (that’s 8.4 million children) has been
affected by the conflict, either as refugees whose families have been forced to
flee their homeland, or as residents of an active war zone. The war has
disrupted kids’ access to routine vaccinations, their ability to attend school,
and their mental health.
In an effort to spread hope in the midst of this despair,
religious organizations in Syria joined forces last week to pray for peace ―
and to make sure the international community hears these children’s voices.
Christian denominations in the country, along with the
help of international Catholic charities like Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)
and Caritas, organized prayers, songs, and theatrical performances calling for
peace. According to ACN, both Muslim and Christian kids in over 2,000 schools
in the country participated by drawing pictures, writing letters or writing
messages to the global community on white balloons.
Crux reports that children in Aleppo, Damascus, Holms,
and other Syrian cities and villages participated in the peace initiative on
October 6 and 7.
Edward Clancy, Director of Outreach for the U.S. chapter
of ACN, told The Huffington Post that it is “crucial” to hear from Syrian
children because they are the “most vulnerable victims” of the conflict.
“It is our hope that this cry from the heart of the
youngest Syrian will prompt concrete action on the part of the great powers, in
particular the US, Russia and Iran, to make genuine efforts, to at least spare
the civilian population as it continues the still utterly chaotic struggle for
control of Syria and the fight against ISIS and other extremist groups,” Clancy
said in a statement.
The Action Day for Peace was inspired by a joint
declaration made by Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in
February this year, which called on Catholic and Orthodox Christians to work
together to highlight the plight of victims of violence in Iraq and Syria.
A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox Christian religious
leaders from Syria is planning to deliver the children’s drawings and letters
to high-ranking representatives at the European Union and the United Nations
during this week. ACN told The Huffington Post that the drawings will also be
shown to Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has repeatedly called attention to the
conflict in Syria. Last month, he warned those bombing civilians in Aleppo that
they will be “accountable to God” for their actions.
Militant firing on Syrian school kills at least five
DAMASCUS: At least five children were killed in firing on
a school in the southern Syrian city of Daraa on Tuesday, state media said.
“Five children were killed and 15 wounded in terrorist
shelling of a primary school in the Al-Sahary neighbourhood of Daraa,” state
news agency SANA reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based
monitor, also reported the rocket fire on the school, saying at least six
people had been killed, five of them children.
It said that at least 25 people were wounded in the
attack, and that the death toll was likely to rise because a number of the
wounded were in critical condition.
Militants control most of Daraa province, but the
provincial capital is largely controlled by the government.
Daraa is sometimes dubbed the “cradle” of the insurgency
President Bashar al-Assad that began with protests in the province in March
TEHRAN (FNA)- Millions of people in Iran on Wednesday
mourned on Ashoura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Moharram which marks
the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (PBUH).
Tens of millions took part in massive processions across
Iran, marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of one of Shiite Islam's most
Mourners dressed in black took to the streets or gathered
in mosques to grieve the slaying of Imam Hossein (PBUH).
Dressed in mourning black, they beat their chests with
bare hands-rituals meant to show their grief over the death of Imam Hossein
Scores of men - moved by their grief - wept as they
marched in Tehran, capital of Iran and Shiite Islam. Women watched from
sidewalks and balconies, as the marchers filled the streets, led by young men carrying
black, green and red banners.
Similar processions were staged in other cities across
this nation of 80 million people.
Ashoura marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram,
marking the death of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)'s grandson, the revered Imam
Hossein (PBUH) in the Battle of Karbala, in modern-day Iraq 1,300 years ago.
Imam Hossein (PBUH) was martyred in the 680 A.D. battle
fought on the plains outside Karbala, a city in modern Iraq that's home to the
Imam's holy shrine.
In the battle, Imam Hossein (PBUH) was decapitated and
his body mutilated by Yazid's armies. All of Imam Hossein's male family
members, relatives, friends, soldiers who all together formed a 72-member army
were beheaded in an unequal war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the
desert of Karbala.
The occasion is the source of an enduring moral lesson
for the Shiites.
Some bystanders in Tehran offered sweetened water to
mourners. Songs eulogizing Imam Hossein (PBUH) played over loudspeakers. Imam
Hossein (PBUH) and his companions were denied water by their enemies who
controlled the nearby Euphrates.
Some Tehran streets were partially covered with blood
from the slaughter of hundreds of cows and sheep. Volunteers cooked the meat
and fed it to the poor.
Imam Hossein's martyrdom - recounted through a rich body
of prose, poetry and song - remains an inspirational example of sacrifice to
Shiites, who make up a majority of the Muslim population in Iran, Pakistan,
Iraq and Bahrain.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian fighter jets carried out fresh
rounds of combat flights over concentration centers of ISIL and Fatah al-Sham
Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as
the al-Nusra Front) in Northern and Eastern Homs, inflicting tens of casualties
on the militants.
Syrian warplanes bombed heavily Fatah al-Sham's defense
lines in Talbiseh, Kafr Laha and Tal Zahab, claiming the lives of tens of
Syrian army aircraft meantime pounded ISIL's gatherings
near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), North of the Third Station, South of
al-Bardeh and Eastern side of al-Quaryatayn.
ISIL's strongholds near the villages of Jabab Mohammad
and Rasm Hamideh in Jubb al-Jarrah region were also bombed by the Syrian
ISIL's machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in the
Meantime on Tuesday, Syrian military forces launched
fresh massive attacks on a main base of Fatah al-Sham Front in Northern Homs,
destroying the entire military site.
Syrian army men struck heavily a large base of Fatah
al-Sham near the village of al-Sa'an al-Aswad in Talbiseh region, destroying
the base and killing or wounding tens of militants.
In the meantime, several armored vehicles of Fatah
al-Sham were targeted and destroyed in army attacks in Ezzeddeen, Talbiseh and
the village of al-Za'afaraniyeh.
Two commanders of Fatah al-Sham were also killed in
clashes with the Syrian army in Northern Homs.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces
continued their military operations against the terrorist groups in Hama, and
seized back a strategic town in the province in the last 24 hours.
The army units took full control of Kawkab town in fierce
clashes with the terrorists in Hama province after inflicting heavy losses on
the terrorists in heavy fighting.
The terrorist groups also sustained heavy casualties in
other key provinces across Syria.
Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces pushed
back the militants from their strongholds in Northern Hama and took control of
a small but key town in the region, battlefield sources announced.
"Syrian government forces, in a fresh round of joint
attacks, inflicted major losses on the militants and drove them out of
Kawkab," the sources said.
"The militants suffered a heavy death toll and pulled
the remaining pockets of their forces back from the battlefield to avoid more
casualties," they added.
Meantime, a notorious commander of Jeish al-Nasr was
killed in heavy artillery fire of the Syrian Army near Ma'an in Northern Hama.
Bassan Aslaan al-Najam nom de guerre Abu Darid, who was
also recognized of a high military rank in the Free Syrian Army, was killed in
the Syrian artillery fire in Northern Hama.
Local sources announced earlier on Tuesday that Syrian
government forces have continued their advances against militant groups in
Ma'an region and Tal al-Ahmar.
Local sources said the terrorist groups in Aleppo have
been demoralized as the army and its allies are advancing in the city.
Full report at:en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950721000222
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian military forces repelled attacks of
Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group
previously known as the al-Nusra Front) on their positions near a key town in
Northern Dara'a, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
Syrian army soldiers fended off Fatah al-Sham's assaults
in Katiby al-Mahjoureh in an area towards the Eastern side of Ibta'a, leaving
scores of the terrorists dead or wounded.
Fatah al-Sham's military hardware also sustained major
damage in the failed attacks.
Syrian fighter jets, for their part, bombed the vehicles
and positions of Fatah al-Sham in Ibta'a and Dael, destroying most on their
cars and military trucks.
In relevant developments in the province on Sunday, the
Syrian Army opened heavy fire at artillery and mortar sites of Fatah al-Sham
Front in Northeastern Dara'a, inflicting major damage on the terrorists'
military grid and infrastructure.
Fatah al-Sham's artillery and mortar positions in
Ghariyeh al-Gharbiyeh came under heavy attack by the Syrian army troops on
Reports said the terrorists sustained several casualties
and vast damage in their military hardware.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A notorious field commander of Fatah
al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously
known as the al-Nusra Front) was killed in clashes with Syrian Army troops and
National Defense Forces in Northern Homs.
Samer Mustafa al-Sheikh, alongside a number of his
forces, was killed in Syrian government forces' assaults on Fatah al-Sham's
bases in al-Sa'an region in the Eastern side of Talbiseh.
Field sources said on Tuesday that a long convoy of
terrorist groups' military and supply vehicles came under heavy attack by the
Syrian Army troops in Northern Homs, adding that the column sustained major
"Syrian Army units, tipped off by intelligence
agents, stormed a column of terrorists' vehicles carrying arms and fresh forces
near the village of Ein al-Hossein in al-Nasr region, inflicting heavy damage
on the vehicles," the sources said.
"The convoy was on its way towards Northeastern
Homs," the sources said.
"A number of terrorists accompanying the cargo were
killed and wounded in the attack," they added.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops cut off most supply
lines of the terrorist groups in Northern Hama, while the remaining few open
roads to the militant-held regions are not safe enough to transfer forces and
arms supplies, army sources said Wednesday.
"Syrian army soldiers have directed heavy attacks on
terrorists' positions along their supply lines in Northern Hama, cutting off
most of roads used by the militants to transfer cargos," the sources said.
Also, Spokesman for Jeish al-Nasr Abu al-Majd al-Homsi
told Smart Network militants in Northern Hama are faced with a severe lack of
arms, ammunition and medical equipment after their lines of supplies were taken
by the army, cautioning that the current situation and the acutre shortage will
end finally in the eruption of fresh infighting among terrorists.
Battlefield sources said on Tuesday that Syrian Army
troops and National Defense Forces pushed back the militants from their
strongholds in Northern Hama and took control of a small but key town in the
"The militants suffered a heavy death toll and
pulled the remaining pockets of their forces back from the battlefield to evade
more casualties," they added.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The bases of Fatah al-Sham Front (the
newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the
al-Nusra Front) came under heavy attacks by the Syrian army in different
neighborhoods of Dara'a city on Wednesday.
"Syrian army men, backed up by the country's
warplanes, targeted Fatah al-Sham's concentration centers West of Busra square
and Bajabjah in Dara'a al-Balad, inflicting major damage on militants' sites
and slowing their movements down in the Southern part of Dara'a city,"
army sources said.
In relevant development in the province on Sunday, Syrian
Army troops fended off an offensive of Fatah al-Sham Front on their positions
in Northern Dara'a, killing at least 20 and wounding over 60 militants.
Fatah al-Sham launched attacks on government positions
from the villages of Ibta'a and Da'el to prevail over army's defense lines near
a desert battalion in Northern Dara'a, but their assault was repelled by the
Fatah al-Sham suffered a heavy death toll and its
military hardware sustained major damage in the failed attack.
Emirates News Agency WAM reports him as saying, "The
Islamic economic system demonstrated its high efficiency over the years in a
way that no other economic system has achieved. The roots of this system have
been established on a global level through trade caravans that followed these
principles for more than a thousand years in trade around the world."
"No wonder that the adoption of the Islamic economic
system constitutes a key factor for economic growth, creation of jobs and new
initiatives in cooperation among local, Islamic and international institutions.
Today, the Islamic model in a number of financial institutions is being tested
around the world, as it has started to deliver results," Sheikh Mohammed
Tension as 501 Ghanaian soldiers opt to join Boko Haram
Over 500 Ghanaian soldiers have said they are prepared to
join Boko Haram and ISIS – The soldiers say joining the terrorist would be
revenge for unfair dismissal – They claim that there was so much fowl play in
the military boot camp from which they were kicked away There is a growing
concern following agitation by some 501 sacked Army recruits who are threatened
to join terrorist groups like ISIS or Boko Haram. Share on Facebook Share on
Twitter File photo: Soldiers ready to join Boko Haram and ISIS over unfair
dismissal from the army. According to Ghana Web, the threat comes after what
the soldiers have termed an unfair treatment after they were unceremoniously
dumped out of boot camp. The recruits said even though some of their colleagues
were found wanting by the instructors, they had never claimed the training was
too difficult as claimed by the leadership of the training school, the basis for
which they were sent home. READ ALSO: Unbelievable! How Buhari’s minister
disgraced Nigeria’s president Convener of the recruits Frank Antwi, in an
interview with Adom News said though they could not complete their training,
the training they had before the unfortunate dismissal from the training school
is enough to qualify them to be recruited into ISIS or Boko Haram unless they
are recalled into the training school. They believe they qualified but have
been dismissed wrongly as a result of other considerations instead of their
inability to complete the required training. But a Security Expert and
Assistant Director at the New York University, Dr Nicholas Nii Okine has
condemned the threat and recommended that National Peace Council and the
intelligence agencies step in. He is suggesting counseling and mini
reintegration process to re-tool them to perform other duties for the state,
cautioning that this threat if not managed could be disastrous.
Nine dead as Nigeria police open fire on Shia Muslim
procession marking Ashura
At least nine people are reported to have died after
police opened fire on a procession of Shia Muslims marking the Ashura festival
Graphic images posted to social media appeared to show at
least three women among the bodies of those killed in the clashes in the town
of Funtua, in the north-western Katsina state.
An eye witness to the clashes told BBC News the army and
police had tried to block the procession, which commemorates the martyrdom of
Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
He said police then opened fire on the crowd, and while
he had seen only eight bodies, many more were feared wounded.
The UK-based UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission
said it had received responds suggesting soldiers had used live ammunition and
tear gas as clashes broke out.
Katsina, like some other northern Nigerian states, had
tried to ban public Ashura commemorations.
The IHRC said it had also received reports of police
setting fire to the Kaduna Markaz mosque in Kaduna city, the main mosque used
by the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
"Today's violence confirmed fears that the Nigerian
authorities would seek to sabotage the annual commemoration of Ashura in the
country," it said in a statement.
What is Ashura?
The day falls each year on the 10th of Muharram, the
first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, it corresponds with
Tuesday 11 October, though the festival begins for observant Muslims at sunset
on Monday, in some countries the day before is also a public holiday, and
events can span a period of more than a week.
Ashura is marked by all Muslims, and commemorations can
include a voluntary fast.
But the day is a major part of the religious calendar for
Shia Muslims, for whom it is a solemn occasion to mourn the death of Hussein in
680 AD at Karbala in modern-day Iraq.
Pakistani Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during the
Ashura procession in Peshawar. The Islamic month of Muharram marks the
seven-century martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein who was
killed in battle in Karbala in Iraq in 680 AD (Getty)
The day has become best-known around the world for public
displays of self-flagellation, but observing Muslims also conduct reenactments
of the martyrdom of Hussein and take part in parades and displays of
Inevitably, the self-flagellation has been a cause for
some controversy. Some religious leaders say the graphic scenes that result
tend to paint Shia Muslims in a backward or negative light.
And there has been an effort in recent years to channel
the annual blood-letting into a more constructive and progressive practice.
Some leaders have suggested marking the day by donating blood.
12 October, 2016
Kenyan police on Tuesday arrested a British national
alongside two Somali women, all suspected of recruiting for Somalia's Islamist
Shabaab militants, police sources said.
The British male, who works for a well-known advertising
agency, was arrested in a raid on his home in the upmarket Nairobi suburb of
Gigiri, which is popular with expatriates.
"We have three suspects in custody and one of them
is British. We are still interrogating them with a view to taking them to court
tomorrow," one police source said. "They are being investigated for
Another source said the three were suspected of
"recruiting Kenyan youths to join Al Shabaab."
"They are strong indications that they have
travelled to and from Somalia on several occasions and the investigations will
be centred on that aspect," he added.
The raid was carried out in the presence of the director
of Kenya's Criminal Investigations Department Ndegwa Muhoro, sources said.
The Al-Qaeda backed Shabaab has fought to overthrow the
internationally-backed government in Mogadishu since 2007, but turned its
sights on Kenya when the army was sent into Somalia in 2011 to fight the
In November 2014 gunmen flagged down a commuter bus,
separated passengers by religion and executed 28 non-Muslims.
Since then the militants have targeted civilians in
different parts of Kenya, including a dramatic assault on Nairobi's Westgate
shopping mall in which at least 67 people were killed and the murder of 148
people at Garissa University in the northeast in 2015.
AKP to submit own constitutional draft for presidential
system: PM Yıldırım
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will submit
its own constitutional draft that includes a change to the presidential system,
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said, one day after Nationalist Movement
Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli hinted at his party’s support for a referendum
on the issue.
“The AK Party group will submit [the constitutional
draft] for parliamentary approval, preparing the draft with 60 articles that
have already been agreed [with opposition parties] and finalizing the missing
articles. Parliament may approve it with 367 votes, or bring it to public
decision by garnering 330 votes or more,” Yıldırım told a meeting of his
party’s provincial leaders on Oct. 12.
His statement came a day after MHP head Bahçeli signaled
indirect support, underlining that the final decision on whether Turkey should
change its governing system should be “given by the people at a referendum.”
“We agree with Bahçeli’s call and say we will bring our
constitutional proposal to parliament as soon as possible. Our proposal is a
system that assures continuous, stable and strong power, which works with all
institutions in harmony,” Yıldırım also said.
The AKP has 316 seats at parliament and needs at least 14
more votes to take a constitutional amendment to the referendum. The MHP has 40
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and
the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) are strictly against
adopting the presidential system.
40,000 denounced to police as Gülenists in Ankara
Some 40,000 people in total have been denounced to police
in Ankara as followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen since
the failed coup attempt of July 15.
The informants include those who have denounced their
parents, children, relatives and neighbors, daily Habertürk reported on Oct.
Denunciations started to pour into Ankara
counter-terrorism police immediately after the thwarting of the coup attempt,
believed to have been masterminded by the Gülen movement.
Counter-terrorism police are concerned that a majority of
the denunciations are unfounded, with sources saying some of the information is
based on “grudges and hatred” stemming from “personal problems.”
However, police also stress that all allegations are
“Unfounded claims take up a lot of our time and hamper
our other duties. We call on all citizens to act sensitively on this issue,” a
security source told daily Habertürk.
“There are fathers who denounce their sons, wives who
denounce their husbands, citizens who denounce their neighbors. Of course, all
the information coming from the informants is evaluated and put into the
necessary process. We have to separate the unfounded claims from the real ones.
If the denunciation clearly aims to simply defame someone, then we take action
against the person who has made the unfounded denunciation,” the source added.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım previously said that
anonymous denunciations would be discarded in probes into the Gülenist
movement, adding that “unjust treatment” was resulting from some of the
“For example, some who hate each other, or who simply
disagree on things, or those who want to replace others in their positions, may
denounce their rivals with the benefit of anonymity. Unjust treatment is the
result,” Yıldırım told reporters in Ankara on Sept. 23.
Elsewhere, Istanbul prosecutors have issued warrants for
a total of 125 Istanbul Police Department personnel as part of a probe into the
Gülenist movement on suspicions that the personnel were using the ByLock
program, a messaging application that is said to have been used by the group
for concealed conversations.
Thirty of the suspects were reported to be deputy police
The warrants were the latest in a series of such orders
issued on charges related to use of ByLock, through which the intelligence
service detected approximately 40,000 members of the organization that is believed
to have been behind the failed takeover.
More than 160 detention orders were issued on Oct. 7 for
security personnel at the Istanbul Police Department over their alleged links
to Gülenists, after they were also suspected of being ByLock users.
Meanwhile, a brawl erupted during the sitting of a
commission that was formed and approved by the Turkish parliament to
investigate the failed coup bid, forcing the declaration of a 15-minute break.
The commission is made up of deputies from all four of
Turkey’s political parties with seats in parliament. It held its debut meeting
on Oct. 7.
Nine lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development
Party (AKP), four lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People’s Party
(CHP), one lawmaker from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and one lawmaker
from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were named to the commission.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed
efforts to isolate Turkey from a possible operation on the Iraqi city of Mosul
against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“Those who do not want us, Turkey, to get involved in the
issue [operation in Mosul], which is an issue that bears the roots of the
terror threat toward our country, coupled with neighborly and brotherly
relations of 1,000 years [with Iraq], are not making a sound to other countries
[that are involved in Iraq],” said Erdoğan in an address at the ninth Eurasia
Islamic Council in Istanbul on Oct. 11.
Erdoğan was referring to an imminent operation to
liberate it from ISIL militants.
“However, it is mostly Turkey’s responsibility to take
precautions and expend an effort if Iraq and Syria are in trouble,” he said,
adding that it was part of the neighborhood.
“Therefore, we do not need to take permission from
anywhere and we do not think of taking [permission],” Erdoğan said, adding that
he wanted to emphasize this point.
The presence of Turkish troops in Iraq has resulted in
diplomatic tension between Iraq and Turkey, with the Iraqi parliament sending a
diplomatic note to Turkey’s ambassador on Oct. 4 that declared the troops’
presence there to be illegal, after which Turkey summoned Iraq’s ambassador in
Ankara the following day.
“Some countries will travel miles and conduct operations
in Afghanistan and many other places on the grounds of a situation that bears
threats to itself, while Turkey, which has a 911-kilometer-long border with
Syria and a 350-kilometer-long border with Iraq, will not be able to intervene
against the threat there,” Erdoğan said. “We will never permit this
Erdoğan also lashed out at Iraqi Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi, saying al-Abadi was not his counterpart.
“He is defaming me but you are not my interlocutor; you
are not on my level and are not my value or quality,” Erdoğan said. “We will go
our own way, everyone should know this. Who is this? Iraq’s prime minister.
Know your place.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hit back at Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 11 following the latter’s harsh
criticism, needling the Turkish leader for resorting to FaceTime during the
failed July 15 coup attempt.
“To @RT_Erdogan: we are not your enemy and we will
liberate our land through the determination of our men and not by video calls,”
al-Abadi’s official Twitter account said Oct. 11 in response to Erdoğan’s
Erdoğan, during a speech in Istanbul, addressed al-Abadi
earlier in the day, saying the Iraqi leader should “know his place” and adding
that he was “not on my level.” The row came following a war of words between
the two sides over Ankara’s deployment of troops in Iraq’s northern Bashiqa
Erdoğan made an appeal via the video call application
FaceTime to private broadcaster CNN Türk on the night of July 15, calling on
citizens to resist an attempted coup to overthrow the government. The call was
successful, as many rallied to take to the streets, resist against military
vehicles and thwart the coup.
Al-Abadi’s spokesman, Saad al-Hadithi, told AFP that
Erdoğan, with his latest remarks, was “pouring oil on the fire,” adding that
Turkey’s responses had made an issue of law and security into a “problem of a
“It seems that Turkey is not serious about solving the
problem with Iraq,” al-Hadithi said.
Al-Abadi has repeatedly called on Turkey to withdraw
troops deployed near the northern city of Mosul, and said they would not play a
role in the operation to retake it from the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said last week
that the country’s forces would stay “no matter what the Iraqi government in
US tries to defuse Iraq-Turkey war of words
Meanwhile, the United States urged its allies to resolve
the spat before a major offensive on Mosul.
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby
said the operation would be led by Iraq and that it was a matter for Baghdad
which forces should be deployed on its sovereign territory.
“The Turkish forces that are deployed in Iraq are not
there as part of the international coalition and the situation in Bashiqa is a
matter for the governments of Iraq and Turkey to resolve,” he said.
Ankara maintains troops in the Bashiqa camp to train
local Sunni fighters.
“It is imperative for all parties to coordinate closely
over the coming days and weeks to ensure unity of effort,” Kirby added later,
in a statement released as Ankara and Baghdad traded barbs.
Turkey will not immediately hand over suspects demanded
by the United States but will instead proceed to dispatch them to the Turkish
judiciary until Washington extradites the Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher
Fethullah Gülen, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
“When they ask for terrorists from us we hand them over.
But look, they do not hand such terrorists to us. Why not? They talk about the
judiciary and say they cannot hand him back without a court decision. OK. Let’s
see what happens. The same thing could happen here,” Erdoğan said in a speech
to judges and prosecutors in Ankara.
“When [the U.S.] wants someone from us, we will hand them
to [Turkish judges]. We will not decide until [Turkish judges] decide. That’s
how it will be from now on,” he added.
The Turkish Armed Forces has dismissed a further 233
soldiers over the failed coup attempt of July 15, the Defense Ministry
announced on Oct. 12.
Some 201 of the dismissed soldiers were from the air
force while the other 32 were from the naval forces.
Some 158 of the dismissed personnel were officers.
The total number of dismissed soldiers since the coup
attempt has reached 3,939 with the latest dismissals.
Turkey will implement the British model in providing
military medical services after it transferred all military medical academies
to the Health Ministry, the health minister has said, underlining that the new
model will increase the quality and efficiency of the service provided to the
“Britain made this reform 20 years ago by transferring
all of its military medical academies to the Health Ministry. The model we have
in our mind is similar to the British model. With this model, we believe
medical services to be provided to the military will be much more efficient,”
Health Minister Recep Akdağ told the Hürriyet Daily News on Oct. 11.
Turkey decided to shut down military medical academies in
the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt as part of a major re-structuring of
the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in a bid to remove members of the Gülen movement
from the army after they were blamed for the coup.
The military’s two major medical academies in Ankara and
in Istanbul, as well as hospitals in different provinces of the country, were
transferred to the Health Ministry through a decree law issued by the
government in late July. Around 2,000 military doctors have been dismissed
while some of them have been detained on suspicions that they were linked to
the Gülen group.
But the government’s decision to close military medical
academies has created concerns as to whether the required surgeons can be
trained by the civilian authority.
“These concerns are baseless. They shouldn’t speak about
providing military medicine,” Akdağ said, recalling that the army had only five
doctors specially trained to serve on the battlefield and only two
psychiatrists. Almost all the military doctors who were serving in military
academies were running their own clinics, Akdağ said, adding that these doctors
would either choose to work for the government or for themselves at their
The Medical Command tied to the Chief of General Staff
had no capacity to establish a field hospital to serve the army prior to the
Euphrates Shield Operation, Akdağ said, noting that the present field hospital
was set up by the Health Ministry. “Our objective is to bring a model in which
we can best practice these services,” he said.
Military medical personnel needed by the army will be
provided in two ways, the minister said. “First, the TSK will be able to have
its own personnel trained in different medical faculties. All these students
will have the same education as other students but will be employed by the
army. The army will provide necessary additional training to these personnel.
Second, the army will be able to hire health personnel based on contracts.”
[HH] Ministry to produce armored ambulances
Akdağ also said the Medical Command was inefficient
because it failed to produce armored ambulances even though the army had been
heavily engaged in armed conflict for decades.
“Six health ministry personnel have been martyred during
these operations because the Medical Command had no capacity [to construct
armored ambulances],” he said.
“If you send your troops to the conflict zone, you should
also be able to provide immediate health services. We have not observed a
qualified and efficient service so far, especially during the terrorist
organization’s increased attacks in the southeast in recent months,” Akdağ
said, in reference to Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) attempts to conduct
urban warfare in many districts in the southeast.
The presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa base near
Mosul aims to protect the territorial integrity of Iraq and to remove jihadist
terrorists from the country, the main opposition leader has said, lending rare
support to the government in a row with Baghdad, which has demanded the
immediate withdrawal of the Turkish military from the camp.
“The presence of our soldiers in Bashiqa is not an
ordinary situation. It is for the protection of the Iraqi people. Because of
that, do not ask our soldiers to leave the territory by taking the incorrect
comments of our government into consideration,” Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader
of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), told his parliamentary group on Oct. 11
in an indirect address to Iraqi officials.
“Of course the [Turkish] soldiers will leave as soon as
the domestic political turbulence ends. But we want terror to be eliminated and
ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] to be cleared from Mosul, Kirkuk and
other Iraqi provinces. We have a duty which we took according to your desire.
Let us fulfill our duty. We are determined to be a friend,” he said. “We have
always defended Iraq’s territorial integrity and we will continue to do so.”
An unspecified number of Turkish troops in the Bashiqa
camp outside ISIL-controlled Mosul in northern Iraq are involved in training
local Sunni groups who plan to participate in the Iraqi army’s efforts to
recapture the city. With an international operation on Mosul approaching,
Baghdad demanded the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish forces on the grounds
they were deployed without its consent.
Tension between the two countries escalated as a result
of reciprocal accusations, with Iraq calling the United Nations Security Council
to an immediate meeting.
Although the CHP head backed government’s line with
regard to the Turkish troops’ presence at the camp, he urged the government to
use more careful language and not pursue a sectarian foreign policy regarding
Syria and Iraq, especially on the eve of the upcoming Mosul operation.
“What does the Mosul operation mean? After ISIL is
cleared from Mosul, new strategies about Syria and Iraq will emerge. Turkey
should use a very careful language. [President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan brought up
a sectarian foreign policy in an interview with the Rotana TV channel in
Dubai,” he said. “And following those comments, the Iraqi government asked
Turkey to retreat from Bashiqa.”
Myanmar Forces Pursue Militants After Attacks on Police
Oct. 11, 2016
Myanmar deployed security forces and several people were
said to have been killed in the troubled western state of Rakhine following
deadly attacks on police posts in recent days.
The reports pointed to what would be the biggest
escalation in violence in recent months between security forces and the
Rohingya Muslim minority, a group the Buddhist-majority country regards mainly
as illegal immigrants and who have been targeted in sectarian bloodshed in
State media reported Tuesday that troops had killed four
armed militants in operations a day earlier, after attacks on three police
posts by unknown assailants Sunday that left nine officers and eight attackers
Some of the attackers escaped with guns and bullets from
the posts, police said.
A coalition of groups representing the Rohingya said that
security forces had killed 10 Rohingya and were making “mass arrests” since the
A presidential office spokesman didn’t immediately
respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Tin Maung Swe, secretary of the Rakhine state government,
said 21 police and assailants were killed Sunday and Monday, and two soldiers
were killed near the Bangladesh border on Tuesday. He said the government
didn’t know the attackers’ identities.
The renewed bloodshed could test relations between the
civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi—the longtime leader of the National
League for Democracy (NLD), which won power in elections last year—and the
formerly ruling military, which retains control of security in border regions.
“It is an extremely serious incident,” said Richard
Horsey, a Yangon-based independent political analyst. “It will likely amplify
the general sense of insecurity about Islam and an Islamic extremist threat,
strengthening radical Buddhist nationalist groups.
“It is the last thing the NLD needed as it tries to
encourage a more moderate and tolerant direction for the country.”
The country’s police chief, Maj. Gen. Zaw Win, said
authorities had detained an unspecified number of the attackers and were
checking their identities. He said troops were being mobilized by helicopter to
pursue other attackers near the Bangladesh border. A curfew has been in effect
since Sunday in the affected area and gatherings of more than five people have
Another police official, Maj. Kyaw Mya Win, speaking by
telephone from Maungdaw, a township at the center of the violence, said that
both the military and police had increased their presence there.
Groups advocating for Rohingya Muslims, many of whom say
they have lived in Myanmar for generations, expressed concern Monday that the
attack on the police stations was being used as a pretext for a crackdown.
Authorities blamed a series of attacks in 2014 on police
border patrols on militant Rohingya Muslim organizations. Rakhine is also home
to militant Buddhist nationalist groups.
About a quarter of the three million people in Rakhine
state are Rohingya Muslims, with the figure rising to 90% in the Maungdaw area.
Nationwide, Muslims account for only 4% of the Southeast Asian country’s
population of 51 million.
Muslims have been targets of periodic violence since
Myanmar relaxed decades of military rule in 2010, taking the lid off years of
simmering tensions. The violence has been most acute in Rakhine, where villages
have been burned and more than 100,000 driven into camps, according to
Oct 12, 2016
Yangon: Twelve people have died in the north of Myanmar's
Rakhine state in clashes between armed men and troops, state media reported
Wednesday, in a sharp escalation of violence in the restive region.
Four soldiers and one attacker were killed on Tuesday
when hundreds of men wielding pistols and swords assailed troops in Pyaungpit,
Maungdaw township, an area populated mainly by Muslim Rohingya.
Troops also gave a toll of seven dead after fighting in
the nearby village of Taung Paing Nyar, updating an earlier figure.
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"After the incident, troops found seven dead
bodies," the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.
"Swords and sticks were found with the bodies."
The military has been scouring the region, not far from
the border with Bangladesh, after nine police officers were killed on Sunday in
coordinated attacks on three border posts.
The unrest has raised the spectre of a repeat of 2012,
when sectarian violence ripped through Rakhine, killing more than 100 people
and driving tens of thousands of Rohingya into displacement camps.
Rohingya both in and outside the squalid camps face
severe restrictions on their movement and access to basic services, with rights
groups calling them one of the world's most persecuted peoples.
Buddhist nationalists have sought to brand the group as
illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite many tracing their lineage in
Myanmar back generations.
A total of six suspects behind the border attacks —
including four who were captured on Tuesday — are being held by authorities,
according to state media.
Authorities have released few details about the attackers
or their motives, with some blaming the Rohingya, while others have pointed the
finger at Bangladeshi groups.
The clashes mark a dramatic escalation of violence in the
region, which has simmered with tension ever since the 2012 unrest that
effectively left the state divided along religious lines.
The UN's special advisor on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, urged
troops and residents to exercise restraint at what he termed a "delicate
juncture" for the state.
He also called on civilians to "not be provoked into
any kind of response by targeting other communities or religious groups".
Rumours of killings and mass arrests around Maungdaw have
spread like wildfire on social media, stoking fear, but details have proved
difficult to confirm in the remote and tightly controlled area.
Locals told AFP they were too scared to leave their
houses as troops patrolled the streets.
Activists have warned the search for the attackers is
being used as a pretext for a crackdown on the Rohingya.
Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has come
under heavy international pressure to carve out a solution for the Rohingya,
whose plight has left a dark stain on the country's promising democratic gains.
She recently appointed a commission, headed by former UN
chief Kofi Annan, to find ways to heal wounds in the bitterly divided and poor
11 October 2016 Tuesday
Law enforcers have reiterated their call for Indonesia’s
anti-extrem laws to be strengthened, warning of the threat posed by nationals
who joined ISIL in Syria.
The chief of the National Counter extremism Agency said
Tuesday that around 500 Indonesians had traveled to Syria, and expressed
concern that upon returning they could cause “trouble” over the next six years.
"Indonesia could be like Syria without a proper
extremism law," Suhardi Alius was quoted as saying by metrotvnews.com.
The government and parliament of Indonesia have been
debating proposed amendments to the country’s anti-extrem laws, which have been
criticized for deemed weaknesses in detaining and prosecuting suspects.
The changes -- which are currently awaiting parliamentary
approval -- are expected to strengthen the Special Forces counter-extremism
squad's authority in the process of arrest, detention and de-radicalization.
They were proposed following Jan. 14 attacks in Jakarta
that left eight people dead -- four of them ISIL-affiliated assailants.
The deputy chief of the national police's Intelligence
and Security Agency revealed Tuesday that police data showed that around 1,242
Indonesian citizens have become “ISIL sympathizers”.
Of them, 384 are reportedly still in Syria, while 54 died
there and 47 have returned. Indonesian authorities captured another 75
nationals accused of planning to travel to the war-torn country.
Insp. Gen. Lutfi Lubihanto also called for amendments to
anti-extrem legislation, stressing that the spread of radicalism “has evolved
through social media and targeting young people”.
"Efforts to enforce the law against them [ISIL
sympathizers] is still constrained by weak regulation so that prevention cannot
be done optimally," he was quoted as saying by detik.com.
"There were 1,242 ISIS sympathizers recorded,” he added,
using an alternative acronym for the extrem group. “We classify them into core
groups and sympathizers."
Indonesia has been on alert against extremist activities
over the past year, further heightening security measures after the January
attacks in the capital.
While the country has been under pressure to toughen
anti-extremism legislation and supervision of “radicalized” inmates, it has
also drawn criticism from rights groups for not sufficiently protecting the
rights of suspects.
In a statement released in March, human rights watchdog
International Commission of Jurists raised concerns about amendments to
Indonesia's anti-extrem laws, saying they would "authorize unnecessarily
prolonged detention of suspects, putting them at risk of torture, ill-treatment,
enforced disappearance, and arbitrary detention".
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Crown Prince of Dubai and General Supervisor of ‘Dubai
the Capital of Islamic Economy’ plan Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, today attended the opening of the third edition of Global Islamic
Economy Summit (GIES 2016) in Dubai, and honoured winners of the fourth edition
of Islamic Economy Award.
The Summit attracted more than 3,000 delegates including
leaders, decision makers, experts, and specialists from all sectors of the
economy, apart from academics from the world’s largest universities and
The inauguration of the summit was also attended by
Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum,
Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and H. H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, along with a number of dignitaries.
The third edition is jointly organised by Dubai Chamber
of Commerce and Industry and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, with
Thomson Reuters as strategic partner, under the theme "Inspiring
Ameenah Gurib, President of Mauritius, delivered a
keynote speech highlighting the importance of the Islamic Economy, and what it
takes to develop the sector. She spoke about Mauritius’ experience in the
development of a Sharia-complaint financial sector.
"The development of Islamic banking requires the
continuous development of Islamic products. Shariah boards have the
responsibility to protect the rights of all shareholders based on the rights
and laws of Shariah. Globalisation has made risk management very important. It
is necessary to devise a Shariah-compliant risk management solution, while in
tandem, formulate a strategy for risk management and understand the role of
derivatives and risk sharing," she said.
President Gurib added: "Although when compared to
the UAE, it is still relatively in a stage of infancy, the interest from
citizens and the core Sharia principles on which Islamic banking is founded
leads me to be very confident of the future of such a financial industry in
Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Chairman
of the Board of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre Mohammad Al
Gergawi said that the Islamic economy offers huge opportunities that can lead
to the prosperity and stability of societies, especially with the development
of tailor-made Islamic services that match today’s needs.
Full report at:emirates247.com/news/emirates/sheikh-hamdan-attends-3rd-global-islamic-economy-summit-2016-10-12-1.641873
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor religious authorities yesterday
arrested 50 Pakistani nationals believed to be Shia Muslim.
They were at an event to mark the Ashura – a day observed
worldwide by Shias with prayers and recitations to mourn the death of Prophet
Muhammad’s grandson, Hussain.
Mohd Kamilzuhairi Abd Aziz, a prominent member of the
local Shia community, told FMT that the group was arrested at Batu Caves, and
brought to the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) office in Kuang at 11pm last
He said 15 of them were women and children. He expects
the 35 others to be brought to the Shariah court.
It is not clear under what offence they could be charged,
but Islamic authorities have in the past taken action against Shia Muslims in
the country based on a fatwa declaring the second largest Muslim domination as
However, Jais had issued a statement in 2010 exempting
foreign nationals from the ruling.
Kamilzuhairi questioned Jais’ action, saying the group
had merely participated in a mourning ceremony for Hussain, a 7th century
figure revered by Shias worldwide whose death in Karbala, Iraq, marked the
beginning of the Shia-Sunni discord.
Ashura is observed on Muharam 10 of the Islamic calendar.
“It is strange that foreigners are denied the right to
subscribe to their sect,” he told FMT, adding that the authorities had also
made several seizures.
Two days ago, officers from the Malacca Islamic
Department arrested two locals, aged 32 and 54, for allegedly displaying a banner
with the word “Hussain”, in conjunction with Ashura.
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