Muslims worldwide are celebrating Islam’s holy Feast of Sacrifice –
known as Eid al-Adha: AFP photo
US Needs Cooperation from 'Patriotic Muslim Americans'
Islamic State Receiving Weapons from Eastern Europe in ‘Rapid’ New
Supply Chain Says Arms Expert
'Syria Truce Might Be Used to Resupply US-Backed Militants'
Muslims Celebrate Feast of Sacrifice
in Israel’s 1st Communal Farming Village a Cornerstone of Zionism
48 wounded in car bomb attack in Turkey’s east
says mayors’ dismissal long overdue
top soldier pays Eid visit to border posts in Gaziantep
refugees in Turkey head home for Eid amid fragile ceasefire
consensus for a solution critical before Raqqa ops, says expert
mayors replaced with trustees by Turkish government
of jailed PKK leader visits İmralı Island for Eid meeting
Cooperation from 'Patriotic Muslim Americans'
of Muslim-American Voters May Far Exceed Their Numbers
Muslim recruit killed by officers at Marine boot camp
State Receiving Weapons from Eastern Europe in ‘Rapid’ New Supply Chain Says
Arrests 15-Year-Old Boy for Planning "Imminent" Paris Attack -
foiling terror plots 'daily' - Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Truce Might Be Used to Resupply US-Backed Militants'
Warplanes Bombing Yemen Back Into Stone Age
Fighter Jets Hit Hard Terrorists' Military Positions in Western Aleppo
Top Terrorist Commander Killed in Quneitra
Army Wins Back Key Hilltop in Quneitra Province
of Muslims Commemorating Eid Al-Adha
Sustain Heavy Losses in Army's Offensive in Dara'a Province
Forces Capture another Saudi Military Camp in Jizan
Syrian Army Ambush ISIL near Lebanese Border
Haram Attacks Muslims Going To Celebrate Eid El-Kabir
Officers Kill Three Veiled Attackers in Assault on Police Station
Police Chief Is Killed as He Tries to Turn Tide against Taliban
President Expresses Hope for Peace Deal with Notorious Warlord Hekmatyar
Attack Hospital in Southern Afghanistan
police Chief Gen. Zarawar Zahid killed in explosion
mark Eid with prayers for peace
Lays New Brick in Silk Road with First Afghan Rail Freight
supporters’ killed in 10 month
Men Donate Kindeys to Each Other’s Wives and Save Their Lives
Unrest: Ahead of Eid, Valley Remains Paralysed
Bank Widens Islamic Banks' Benchmark Requirements
Pakistan Can Backfire, US Lawmakers Warned
accuses PML-N leaders of destroying Indian connection, corruption evidence
moves force MQM not to collect hides on Eidul Azha
says Wagah border crossing open for Afghan traders
Marchers Condemn Ex-UN Chief's Role in Rakhine
proposes alcohol ban in Bali
prepare to welcome Eid al-Adha
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
World’s Muslims celebrate Feast of Sacrifice
Sep 12, 2016
Muslims worldwide, including those in Turkey, are
celebrating Islam’s holy Feast of Sacrifice – known as Eid al-Adha in Arabic -
with millions of Muslims across the world making a pilgrimage this week to
The four-day celebration began on Sept. 12 in Turkey and
most other countries with a predominantly Muslim population.
Large numbers of sacrificial animals including sheep,
cows, goats and camels will be killed as part of the Feast of Sacrifice and
their meat will be distributed to the poor as a religious tradition in Islam.
This year Turkey declared a nine-day public holiday
starting from Sept. 10 for the Feast of Sacrifice.
Public employees would be granted leave on Sept. 16, the
Prime Ministry’s Press Office said in a written statement.
While most Turkish Muslims make good on their religious
duties by sacrificing livestock and distributing the meat to the poor, a
considerably large number of them prefer to instead spend their time off during
the holiday vacationing.
Hundreds of thousands of Turks traditionally travel to
their hometowns to spend time with their families during the holiday, which has
in recent years seen increased traffic accidents across the country due to mass
The second nine-day holiday this year, following Eid
al-Fitr in July, also made Turkish hoteliers happy in a tourism season hit by a
decline in foreign arrivals due to the crisis with Russia and security
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/worlds-muslims-celebrate-feast-of-sacrifice.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103812&NewsCatID=393
US Needs Cooperation From 'Patriotic Muslim Americans'
Sunday, 11 Sep 2016
The U.S. needs support and "cooperation of the
patriotic Muslim Americans" to help prevent radical Islamic terrorist
attacks in this country, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, told CBS’ Jim DeFede on
"Facing South Florida" this week.
"It's not about spying on law-abiding people,"
the former presidential candidate told DeFede. "It's about being able to
get ahead of a plot before it happens.
"I do believe that we need to do more work,
including in the Muslim American community — to identify radicalism, and to
fight against it. And we'll need the cooperation of the patriotic Muslim
Americans, and there are many."
Rubio, who is running in Florida for reelection for this
Senate seat, cited the shooting at an Orlando gay club this year as an example
of how Muslim Americans can help — and have — intelligence and law enforcement
"One of the reasons why the killer, the terrorist in
Orlando, came under FBI's radar is because a gentleman at the Islamic center he
was attending tipped the FBI off to him, so there's no doubt that there
are," Rubio told DeFede.
"… But the biggest thing we can do is to take out
the ability of groups like [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] to have a core
of operation anywhere in the world, because it is from Mosul, it is from Raqqa,
where they have their core operation that allows them to disseminate
propaganda, which, in the end, is what causes and inspires people around the
world to take action against us."
Islamic State Receiving Weapons From Eastern Europe In
‘Rapid’ New Supply Chain Says Arms Expert
Islamic State fighters are illegally using guns and other
weapons made in Eastern European factories, in a newly-discovered supply chain
that is “almost direct”, a weapons expert has claimed.
James Bevan, the director of Conflict Armament Research
(CAR), told The Huffington Post UK that investigations this summer have seen a
rapid, frightening change in the source of weapons used by the so-called
Islamic State to fight other groups and carry out massacres.
These weapons are moving from Eastern Europe to Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria within weeks through a “very rapid” transfer through
several countries, according to Bevan, whose company tracks the movement of
Up until now, IS’s weapons were mainly guns formerly used
by the Iraqi army, including some American-made weapons given to it by the US
army when they withdrew from Iraq between 2007 and 2011, Bevan told HuffPost UK
in an interview.
“Islamic State then overran Iraqi army positions, took
those weapons and moved them into Syria.” IS arms could also have come from
Syrian armed forces who the group had beaten in battles, he explained. “This is
normal with any kind of rebellion or insurgency, they first use the weapons and
ammunition of their adversaries.”
But the Islamic State arsenal now includes far newer
models, “from 2013 to 2014 and even 2015 dates of manufacture,” Bevan says. He
has tracked this rise in recently-made weapons to Eastern Europe, including
AK-47s, machine guns and explosives.
In an interview with HuffPost UK, Bevan said CAR is
currently challenging the governments of Bulgaria and Serbia, among others,
over the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Despite signing an ‘End User’ agreement saying it will
use the weapons itself and not sell these them to any other countries, Saudi
Arabia appears to send them “straight to Turkey”, from where they get into
Islamic State’s hands “very, very rapidly” via illicit means, Bevan said.
Full report at: huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/islamic-state-weapons-eastern-europe-conflict-armament-research_uk_57d2b66be4b0ced6a09927fd
'Syria Truce Might Be Used to Resupply US-Backed
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US might use the new ceasefire in Syria
to give the so-called “moderates” a breather and provide them new weapons and
equipment, Marwa Osman, a political commentator, told RT.
If that is the case, the war will continue after the
pause, she added.
On Friday, Russia and the US agreed on a breakthrough
plan to decrease violence in Syria. A nationwide ceasefire will come into
effect at sunset on Monday for a period of 48 hours, RT reported.
According to political commentator Marwa Osman, despite
the skepticism expressed by some analysts, the plan could work “because it
might be Obama’s last straw in trying to save his face before he leaves
“It also might go to plan if there will be some sort of
reconnection between [Recep] Erdogan and [Bashar] Assad – if both Damascus and
Ankara are willing to sit back together. If any hope of that is about to
happen, then this ceasefire might happen,” she told RT.
Under the agreement reached following marathon talks
between Russia and the US in Geneva, a “demilitarized zone” will be established
around the Castello Road into Aleppo so that aid can reach the besieged Syrian
In Osman’s opinion, this key route will not be used only
for the delivery of humanitarian aid, however. “The US and its rebel groups on
the ground” also wanted this ceasefire because they “need to take a breath and
get resupplied,” she said.
“The Syrian Arab Army with the Syrian government did help
[civilians in Aleppo] and give them that necessary aid. But now the Castillo
Road is very, very important to resupply these groups that are supported by the
US to be rearmed. If this is the case here, then we’re going to see some sort
of a pause and then going back to direct battle,” Osman said.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov has expressed concern
over whether certain rebel groups will abide by the truce.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950622000092
Meanwhile, the annual hajj pilgrimage reached its climax
on Sept. 11 when Muslims from across the world swarmed a stoney hill in western
Saudi Arabia to pray and recite from the Quran.
Settlers in Israel’s 1st communal farming village a
cornerstone of Zionism
Answering the Prophet Hosea’s call to “respond to
Jezreel,” on September 11, 1921, Zionist pioneers founded the moshav Nahalal in
the Jezreel Valley.
A moshav is a communal farming village, yet different
from a kibbutz in that farms were independently owned.
Nahalal, a Levitical city belonging to the Tribe of
Zebulun is mentioned in Joshua 19:15, and its current location is 6 km. (3 mi.)
west of Nazareth, in the northern part of the valley region.
The name Nahalal comes from the word “to lead,” with the
connotation of leading to water. This root appears several times, such as in
Psalm 23:2, “he leads me beside quiet waters,” and as the Prophet Isaiah writes
in 49:10, “He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside
springs of water.”
Zebulun, who had a ship as its tribal symbol and was
blessed by Moses that they would “feast on the abundance of the seas,” had no
port. Therefore, it was very appropriate that the tribe would pray for God to
help it succeed in bringing its goods to and from the Mediterranean Sea.
Full report at:jpost.com/Christian-News/Responding-to-Jezreel-Settlers-in-Israels-1st-communal-farming-village-a-cornerstone-of-Zionism-467488
At least 48 wounded in car bomb attack in Turkey’s east
At least 48 people were wounded in a car bomb attack in
the eastern province of Van on Sept. 12, in the first day of Islam’s holy Eid
al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday, the Van Governor’s Gffice has announced.
The explosion was caused by the detonation of a parked
bomb-laden vehicle at around 11 a.m. near the Van Governor’s Office and the
provincial headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in
the central Beşyol area, according to the governor’s office.
Among those injured were two police officers.
Buildings near the scene were damaged and a fire broke
out in the aftermath of the attack.
A number of firefighters and health personnel were
immediately dispatched to the scene, as security forces closed roads linking to
the scene of the attack to traffic.
AKP Van deputy Burhan Kayatürk told private broadcaster
CNN Türk that the attack targeted the police check point in front of the
party’s provincial headquarters.
Erdoğan says mayors’ dismissal long overdue
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sept. 12
defended the suspension of 28 mayors over alleged links to the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen,
saying it was a long-overdue move.
“To me, it is a step that came late. It should have been
taken long before,” Erdoğan told reporters after prayers at an Istanbul mosque
on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
“You, as mayors and municipal councils, cannot stand up
and support terrorist organisations. You do not have such an authority,” he
Twenty-four of the outgoing mayors were accused of links
to the PKK and the other four to Gülen, blamed for the attempted July 15
The latest step was taken under the state of emergency
imposed in the wake of the coup attempt, with the ousted mayors, who were
elected in the 2014 local elections, replaced by state-appointed trustees.
Erdoğan accused the ousted mayors of “sending state funds
to the mountain,” an apparent reference to the Kandil Mountains, where the PKK
has its headquarters.
“They [PKK militants] are carrying TNT... they constitute
a constant threat in the region,” he added.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım also said some
municipalities had turned into a “logistical center for the separatist
terrorist organization,” referring to the PKK.
The municipalities affected by the decision were mainly
in the country’s eastern and southeastern regions.
Turkey’s top soldier pays Eid visit to border posts in
Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar paid a
visit to border posts in the Karkamış district in the southern province of
Gaziantep on Sept. 12 to celebrate Islam’s holy Eid al-Adha (Feast of
Sacrifice) holiday with soldiers amid the ongoing Euphrates Shield Operation in
Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak, ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP) Secretary-General Abdulhamit Gül, Gaziantep
Governor Ali Yerlikaya and force commanders, Akar visited the Köprübatı and
Soylu military posts in the district on the Syrian border.
He celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday with soldiers at a
breakfast and congratulated those who participated in the Euphrates Shield
Operation in Syria, launched on Aug. 24 to sweep the Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group and other terrorist elements from the Turkey’s
Addressing the soldiers, Akar stressed it was the
country’s legitimate struggle to protect its borders and unity as well as
self-defense with the joint Euphrates operation.
“We are using our right to self-defense here. The entire
world knows this. Some ignore or play ignorant about it. They do not reflect
the truth. We can explain all steps we take, all pages and all sentences here.
It is in line with humanity, law, our history and culture and we are
blameless,” Akar said.
He also expressed his anticipation that innocent people
living in both Turkey and Syria would be provided with a deserved peaceful and
secure environment in the region at the conclusion of the operation.
Syrian refugees in Turkey head home for Eid amid fragile
FRANCE 24 spoke with some of the refugees, who expressed
their hopes and fears on returning home.
The crossing is only possible from one border crossing, some
50 kilometers from the cities of Aleppo and Idlib.
Taking place at the start of a fragile ceasefire, many
remain pessimistic about the prospects for peace in their war-torn homeland.
“These ceasefires, we've had them for four years, it’s
not new,” one man told FRANCE 24.
But they are all keen to see their families, even if the
going is tough.
“It's always better to be there,” one woman said. “In
Syria we are with family, with neighbors, and it makes Eid really joyful.”
A consensus for a solution critical before Raqqa ops,
A framework for a solution in Syria needs to be found
before an offensive on Raqqa, which seems to be in the planning stages between
Turkey and the United States, where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) will be retreating after the eventual fall of Al Bab, according to a
military and political strategist.
Reaching a consensus among the players was important
after the possible fall of Al Bab, said Prof. Atilla Sandıklı. “Otherwise you
cannot build a structure that will enable all these different groups and
elements to act in a synchronized way. Without it, what comes after the fall of
Raqqa will be highly complicated,” the head of Bilgesam (the Wise Men Center
for Strategic Studies) said.
Was Turkey’s operation inside Syria a surprise or was it
saying, “I am coming?”
It was saying “I am coming,” and it was a necessary one.
Because the necessary conditions both on the ground and in the international
environment were maturing.
Earlier we did not want a Turkish intervention in Syria
because ISIL was at the peak of its power, its morale and motivation were very
high and it was not yet targeting Turkey. An intervention at that time would
have been costly.
ISIL is getting weak financially. It has lost
territories; its strength is falling from its peak; it is losing its offensive
motivation and its defensive capabilities have started to weaken too. That was
in part thanks to coalition forces attacks.
Then the Democratic Union Party (PYD) crossed to the west
of the Euphrates (River) and got hold of Manbij.
Although the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took over
Manbij, the key structure in it is the PYD. Had the PYD gotten ahold of Al Bab,
that would have been a problematic situation for Turkey, since Turkey does not
want to see the PYD west of the Euphrates.
The fall of Manbij meant the siege of Jarablus. I knew
from the beginning that ISIL would not show resistance in Jarablus, because
Turkey is in the north, to the east there is the PYD and to the south there is
Manbij. The moment an offensive started from the north it was obvious that they
would withdraw to Al Bab to minimize their losses.
So on the one hand the area has been cleared of ISIL and
on the other a message has been sent to the PYD.
Full report at:hurriyetdailynews.com/a-consensus-for-a-solution-critical-before-raqqa-ops-says-expert.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103804&NewsCatID=352
28 mayors replaced with trustees by Turkish government
Turkey’s Interior Ministry appointed trustees to 28 local
municipalities across the country on Sept. 11 on the grounds that they
allegedly provided support to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and
Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which was accused of staging the
failed coup attempt of July 15, sparking angry reaction from the opposition.
A total of 28 mayors, 24 of whom were allegedly linked to
the PKK while the other four were allegedly linked to FETÖ, were suspended from
their duties as part of a recent decree law under the state of emergency, the
ministry said in a statement issued on its website.
The new mayors began their duties as of 9 a.m., it said.
Among the suspended were 24 district mayors, the mayors
of the eastern province of Hakkari, the southeastern province of Batman and two
town mayors. Twelve were already under arrest, according to the ministry.
The recent appointments were predominantly in eastern and
southeastern provinces from municipalities run by the Democratic Unity Party
(DBP), the sister party of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), including the
Silvan and Sur municipalities of Diyarbakır, four municipalities in Mardin, Van
and Batman, and two municipalities in Şırnak. The mayors were either replaced
by deputy governors or district governors.
The other four mayors, three from the ruling Justice and
Development Party (AKP) and one from the opposition Nationalist Movement Party
(MHP), were suspended over their alleged links to FETÖ in the districts of
Adana, Erzurum, Giresun and Konya to be replaced by municipal councils in the
Commenting on the assignments, Justice Minister Bekir
Bozdağ said the move was “to protect the democratic constitutional state,”
accusing the municipalities in question of financing terror.
Full report at:hurriyetdailynews.com/28-mayors-replaced-with-trustees-by-turkish-government.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103784&NewsCatID=341
Brother of jailed PKK leader visits İmralı Island for Eid
Sep 11, 2016
The brother of Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), paid a visit to Imralı Island Prison
in the Marmara Sea on Sept. 11, one day after the jailed PKK leader was granted
a family visit during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday on the island where he is
serving an aggravated life term.
Abdullah Öcalan’s brother, Mehmet Öcalan, and lawyer,
Mazlum Dinç, arrived at the Gemlik Gendarmerie command post in the Marmara
province of Bursa to depart for the high security F-type prison on the island
off Istanbul at 8:30 a.m.
Before the departure, Öcalan said it was his legal right
to visit his brother, noting that the jailed PKK leader had not been granted a
family visit for two years.
Öcalan and Dinç later headed to the island following
control and security proceedings at the command post.
It was the first visit to the island by Öcalan since Oct.
6, 2014, when he again had met with his brother for Eid al-Adha.
On Sept. 10, the government granted permission for a
family visit to the island.
In April, a three-member delegation from the Council of
Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) had also paid a visit to
the island to examine the treatment and conditions there.
Meanwhile, on Sept. 5, a group of 50 people began a
hunger strike in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, demanding a visit to
Öcalan by his lawyers, family members or a political delegation amid concerns
over his welfare.
However, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced there
were no problems concerning the jailed PKK leader’s health and that security
had been increased at İmralı Island Prison.
“They spread the wrong information regarding Öcalan’s
health and safety in order to mobilize people to use it for their own
purposes,” Bozdağ said.
Öcalan was jailed in 1999 for forming an armed
organization after a death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
"… But the biggest thing we can do is to take out the
ability of groups like [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] to have a core of
operation anywhere in the world, because it is from Mosul, it is from Raqqa,
where they have their core operation that allows them to disseminate
propaganda, which, in the end, is what causes and inspires people around the
world to take action against us."
Influence of Muslim-American Voters May Far Exceed Their
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
Thanks to Donald Trump – and to a spate of high-profile
terrorist attacks on U.S. soil — Muslims in America have become a highly
mobilized voting constituency in 2016. But with just 2.5 million eligible
voters – and just 1.2 million registered – you might not think their influence
would amount to all that much.
But it turns out that the bulk of Muslim voters are
concentrated in just thirty congressional districts in Michigan, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida – states that are among the most important
“toss-up” contests in the battle for the White House and the Senate.
And in the slice-and-dice competition for “niche” voters
that frequently defines the modern political campaign even a razor-thin
demographic like Muslims could have a significant impact on the election,
depending on their voting preference and turn out.
Historically, Muslims, despite their relatively small
size, have proven to be a highly volatile and unpredictable voting constituency
– more of a “swing” vote than a true voting “bloc.”
For years they voted overwhelmingly for Democratic Party
candidates, especially in national elections. But in 2000, they swung sharply
behind George W. Bush and the GOP, only to swing sharply away from Republicans
after the American invasion of Iraq.
But rather than swinging squarely back to the Democrats,
until recently they appeared to be in flux, which only heightens their
Normally, without a galvanizing issue, experts say,
barely half of Muslim registered voters typically bother to vote at all. But
give Muslims a cause to rally around – like being targeted by Trump – and that
figure can shoot up to 65-70 per cent.
A turnout on that level could easily translate into tens
of thousands of additional Muslim voters in House and Senate races that are
sometimes decided by a relative handful. It could also help swing a
battleground state like Florida, where Muslims comprise an estimated 180,000
The unpredictability of the Muslim swing vote has been
apparent in recent years. In 2004, polls conducted by the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) found that only 44 per cent of Muslims
supported George W. Bush, compared to the 72 per cent that had supported him
just 4 years earlier. But notwithstanding the Patriot Act, the invasion of Iraq
and the global war on terror, some 30 percent of Muslims still refused to align
themselves firmly with either party.
In some respects, the Muslim vote is almost as complex as
the Latino vote, with divisions based on nationality as well as nativity. There
are three distinct groups: South Asian Muslims, primarily Pakistani immigrants;
Arab Americans, about 30 per cent of whom identify as Muslims; and a large
group of African-Americans who have become converts to Islam.
Overall, Muslims tend to be young, relatively
well-educated, upwardly mobile, pro-family, and highly religious voters – in
other words, they generally look like Republicans even if they don’t
overwhelmingly vote that way.
Bush, apparently, was one of the few American presidents
to consolidate the Muslim vote decisively. His call for a return to
“traditional family values” and his embrace of “compassionate” conservatism
struck an especially responsive chord during his first term in office. He also won support by vowing to provide
special tax credits to private schools, including religious schools, at a time
when Muslims were beginning to build more mosques and educational centers for
Under Obama, the picture has remained surprisingly
muddled. Muslims initially cheered the
president’s promise of a new American attitude toward the Muslim world. But Obama, in deference to mainstream voters,
long refused to visit mosques or even to meet with Muslim leaders.
He also sharply escalated an increasingly unpopular war
in Afghanistan and did little to bring peace to the Middle East, all the while
leaving the Bush-era domestic surveillance apparatus largely in place. As a
result, many Muslims haven’t flocked to Obama.
Still, thanks to Trump, some Democrats believe Muslim
voters are ripe to be picked in 2016. And Clinton’s doing her best to exploit
that opening. She’s created state-level
directors dedicated specifically to Muslim outreach. And pro-Democratic Muslim organizations have
set a goal of registering one million new voters in an effort to defeat Trump.
Even so, don’t expect Muslims to vote as a monolith. Many
have the same concerns as the general voter over the state of the U.S. economy
and national security and counter-terrorism preparedness. And Clinton is closely associated, even more
than Obama, with the State of Israel, whose government most Arab Muslims
instinctively view with suspicion\
In 2016, more Muslims will cast ballots than ever before.
But whether they emerge as a reliable pro-Democratic constituency remains to be
Twenty-year-old Muslim recruit killed by officers at
Marine boot camp
12 September 2016
A 20-year-old Muslim Marine recruit, Raheel Siddiqui,
jumped out of a third story window on March 18, 2016 after suffering repeated
abuse by officers at the Parris Island base in South Carolina.
Siddiqui’s death is one of dozens of cases of officer
abuse that have emerged at Parris Island alone. Across the country, officers of
the various branches of the US armed forces systematically abuse young
recruits, the overwhelming majority of whom, like Siddiqui, come from
An initial investigation revealed that Siddiqui began having
mental and physical health problems shortly after arriving at training camp.
His requests for help were ignored by officers in his company, known as “Killer
Kilo Company,” who evaluated him and forced him to return to training.
Following a week of grueling physical training that
traditionally involves heavy verbal and psychological abuse by drill sergeants
and other officers, Siddiqui first complained that he was being abused. These
complaints were again ignored. Salon reported that officers called Siddiqui a
“terrorist” because of his Islamic faith.
On March 18, eleven days after he arrived at camp,
Siddiqui told his drill instructor that he had a sore throat and requested
medical attention. When the drill instructor refused and began yelling at him,
Siddiqui remained silent before falling to the floor in pain. The drill
sergeant continued to yell at him, and when Siddiqui again failed to respond,
the officer hit him on the face as many as three times. Siddiqui then stood up,
began sprinting out of the barracks, and leapt over a railing, falling 40 feet
to his death.
Though Siddiqui’s death has been labeled a suicide, it
would be more apt to call it a murder. Ultimately the young man and his family
are victims of American imperialism.
The young man’s family emigrated from Pakistan in 1990 to
live in the Detroit-area town of Taylor, Michigan. Like most military recruits,
Siddiqui joined the armed forces largely out of a desire to provide a decent
life for his family.
Siddiqui’s sister, Sidra, told the Wall Street Journal:
“We struggled as a family when we were little, and he wanted to change that.”
Siddiqui’s father is an auto-parts worker who was returning from his night
shift when he first heard the news that his son was dead. He recalls seeing an
ambulance parked in front of his home. Inside, first responders were tending to
Siddiqui’s mother, who had just received the news.
Despite the fact that Siddiqui graduated from Harry S.
Truman High School as class valedictorian, the lack of job opportunities for
young people forced him to take a minimum-wage job at a nearby Home Depot. He
received a scholarship to attend engineering program at the University of
Siddiqui’s family was skeptical of his decision to join
the Marines. His mother told the Wall Street Journal that her son told her:
“Mom, there are possibilities in the Marines. If life gives me a golden chance,
why can I not accept? I’ll get a good job. I’ll give you a good life. I’ll give
you a home. I’ll give you everything.”
Full report at: wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/12/offi-s12.html
France arrests 15-year-old boy for planning
"imminent" Paris attack - sources
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Paris suspected of
preparing imminent "violent action", two judicial sources said, the
second alleged plot with links to Islamic State discovered in France this week.
Last Sunday, a car loaded with gas cylinders was found
near Notre Dame cathedral and jerry cans of diesel, leading to the discovery of
a plot to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of Islamic State.
Seven people, including four women, were arrested.
The boy had been under house arrest since France declared
a state emergency after Nov. 13 attacks in Paris in which Islamic State
militants killed 130 people, two sources said on condition of anonymity. They
did not say why he was under house arrest.
His arrest on Saturday came as he was planning an attack
in a public place in the French capital, one of the sources said.
The second source said the boy had been in contact with
suspected French Islamist militant Rashid Kassim and that Kassim also guided
one of the women arrested last week in the plot to attack a train station in
French newspaper Le Monde reported that Kassim is in
Syria. He has used Telegram, the messaging service, to call for more attacks in
"Women, sisters, go on, attack. Where are the
brothers?...She brandished a knife and she hit a policeman...Where are the
men?" Le Monde quoted a message of Kassim on Telegram.
One of the women, arrested on Thursday stabbed a police
officer during her arrest on Thursday.
One of the women, who was arrested with her partner on a
motorway on Tuesday , Ornella G., was formally placed under investigation on
Saturday in connection with the car found last Sunday near Notre Dame cathedral.
The man was freed on Saturday.
One of the sources said Kassim, 29, inspired two men who
carried out an attack in July in a French church during which they slit the
throat of the elderly priest.
The attack shocked France, coming less than 12 days after
another Islamic State militant drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille
Day in Nice.
France foiling terror plots 'daily' - Prime Minister
11 September 2016
Up to 7,000 soldiers have been deployed in France's drive
to combat Islamist extremists
The French prime minister has said the country's security
services are foiling terror plots and dismantling militant networks "every
Manuel Valls said about 15,000 people were being
monitored for radicalisation as the country continues its drive against
Previously the authorities said about 10,000 were
identified as high-risk.
A boy of 15 was arrested at his home in Paris on Saturday
on suspicion of planning an attack over the weekend.
Investigators said he had been under surveillance since
April and he had been in touch with a French member of so-called Islamic State
(IS), Rachid Kassim.
France has been under a state of emergency since IS
attacks on Paris in November killed 130 people in what President Francois
Hollande called an "act of war".
However, a recent commission of inquiry found the state
of emergency was only having a "limited impact" on improving
It questioned the deployment of between 6,000 and 7,000
soldiers to protect schools, synagogues, department stores and other sensitive
"Today the threat is at a maximum, and we are a
target," Mr Valls told French media.
"Every day intelligence services, police, foil
attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists. There are about 15,000 people in
France who are monitored, because these people are in the process of
In a sombre interview, the Socialist prime minister said:
"There will be new attacks. There will be innocent victims."
Security is a central issue in the run-up to next year's
presidential election but Mr Valls said proposals by the former French
President, Nicolas Sarkozy, to set up special courts and detention centres were
not the answer.
Mr Sarkozy, who announced in August he would run again
for the presidency, gave an interview to the Sunday newspaper Le Journal du
Dimanche (in French).
"Every Frenchman suspected of being linked to
terrorism, because he regularly consults a jihadist website, or his behaviour
shows signs of radicalisation or because is in close contact with radicalised
people, must by preventively placed in a detention centre," he said.
Meanwhile, prosecutors charged one of the women arrested
over a foiled attack near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Ornella G, 29, was charged with alleged involvement in a
terrorist act and attempted murder.
Three other women were questioned by police, after a car
packed with gas cylinders was found last Sunday close to the cathedral.
They are alleged to have been planning other
"imminent and violent" attacks.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said on Friday that
Ornella G's fingerprints had been found inside the car. She was known to
intelligence agents as someone who was considering going to Syria.
She was arrested in southern France on Tuesday with her
boyfriend, who has since been released.
That, “of course,” would be an obstacle to fulfilling the
plan, in Osman’s view.
She particularly noted that the group formerly known as
the Al-Nusra Front, “for some reason” changed its name to Fatah al-Sham Front
“They changed their name and hope that they might by
supported by the US. This was actually the plan – for the US to push for Fatah
al-Sham Front to be considered as ‘moderate rebels,’ but they failed to do so,
because part of Fatah al-Sham Front did also stand hand in hand with ISIL at
some frontlines and with other terrorist groups at other frontlines,” Osman
Saudi Warplanes Bombing Yemen Back Into Stone Age
TEHRAN (FNA)- Just as the world’s attention remains
focused on Syria, the US and Britain keep selling arms to Saudi Arabia, which
has spent the past eighteen months raining bombs on Yemen, French Yemen-affairs
expert François Frison-Roche said in an interview with Sputnik.
”UN representatives on the ground there are very few and
far between. Which is a pity, because they could tell the world about the
10,000 people killed and those who were injured as a result of these bombings,”
François Frison-Roche said, noting that without proper medical assistance
available, many of these people were bound to die, Sputnik reported.
He added that those were very conservative figures which,
althought giving a picture of what was going on, still failed to reflect the
true scope of damage done to the country.
”I think that [Yemen] has suffered much more than some
people want us to believe. This is because the UN simply prefers not to see
what is happening, carefull not to antagonize the Saudis who are the main
player here, and also the other oil monarchies of the Persian Gulf.”
“Saudi Arabia can keep bombing countries like Yemen only
because the US and Britain are selling them weapons. This is something that
needs to be said loud and clear. 10,000 Yemenis have been killed by US and
British bombs rained on their heads. The international community tried to keep
mum about what is going on in Yemen because they are selling arms to the
He added that the bombs dropped on Yemen by the Saudi-led
coalition often fall on hospitals and other civilian targets, forcing the
relief organizations working on the ground to pack up and leave.
“This is exactly what the Saudis want: to shove Yemen
thirty years back thus making it easy prey for their attempts to subjugate the
country and force it do their bidding,” François Frison-Roche emphasized.
The Saudi coalition intervened in March 2015 after
Ansarullah fighters overran the capital, to reinstate the fugitive former
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee towards the Southern port city of
Syrian Fighter Jets Hit Hard Terrorists' Military
Positions in Western Aleppo
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian air force pounded the military
positions of Fatah al-Sham (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously
known as the al-Nusra Front) in the Western countryside of the city of Aleppo.
Three Syrian fighter jets struck the Fatah al-Sham
terrorists' positions in al-Mansoura and al-Rashedeen 4 regions in Western
Meantime, heavy clashes continued in Project 1070 front
and the Syrian army's artillery units hit the Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group's
military positions in al-Jabas market and al-Hikma district.
In a relevant development on Sunday, the battlefield
sources disclosed that Syrian army and popular forces started a new round of
massive military operation in the Southern part of the city of Aleppo,
specially near Project 1070, Hikmah School and al-Ameriyeh district.
The sources reiterated that the Syrian army has already
seized back several strategic zones in the early hours of their military
"The army and popular forces inflicted heavy losses
and casualties on the terrorists in Southern part of Aleppo city," an army
On Saturday, the Syrian army continued to march on the
militant-held positions in Aleppo and seized control over more lands in the
Four more housing complexes in Aleppo city's al-Ameriyeh
district came under the Syrian army's control after killing several terrorists
and destroying their military hardware.
Meantime, the Syrian air force pounded the terrorists'
military positions in the town of Haraytan in the Northern countryside of
Aleppo city and Khan Touman warehouses Southwest of the city.
Several armored and machinegun-equipped military vehicles
of the terrorists were destroyed the Syrian army offensives.
Meantime, the Russian warplanes launched airstrikes
around the city and destroyed the military bases and arms depots of the
terrorists in Aleppo countryside.
Full report at:en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950622000382
Syria: Top Terrorist Commander Killed in Quneitra
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior field commander of Fatah al-Sham
(al-Nusra) Front was killed in clashes with the Syrian Army troops in the
Southern province of Quneitra.
Abu Sahib Tunnisi, a commander of Fatah al-Sham (the
newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the
al-Nusra Front), was killed by Syrian Army's heavy fire.
Also on Sunday, two senior field commanders of Fatah
al-Sham were killed in clashes with the Syrian Army troops in Quneitra
Mohammad Yusuf al-Sabihi aka Abu Qanavah, Commander of a
terrorist group linked to Fatah al-Sham was killed by the Syrian Army.
Also, one of the field commanders in charge of suicide
attacks of Fatah al-Sham in Qadesiyeh Janoub war, Amjad Abdul Hakim al-Balkhi,
nom de guerre Abu Omar Basri, was killed in clashes with the army soldiers in
the Northern districts of Quneitra.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950622000360
Syrian Army Wins Back Key Hilltop in Quneitra Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and National Defense Forces
(NDF) continued their advances in the Northern part of Quneitra and took back a
The army units and NDF seized back Tal al-Hamriyeh
hilltop in Northern Quneitra.
The Syrian government troops also continued advancing
towards al-Qaba hilltop, the last base of terrorists in the surrounding areas
of al-Hazar town, and recaptured the Eastern part of the hilltop, killing scores
of militants in fierce clashes.
Meantime, the Syrian army's artillery pounded the
al-Khashab front in the Northern part of Quneitra province.
On Saturday, the Israeli air force violated the Syrian
airspace again and launched airstrikes on an army base in Quneitra province
hours after Fatah al-Sham (Nusra) Front started a massive raid in the same
province in Southwestern Syria.
There was no report on the possible number of casualties
in the Israeli air raid that was carried out in violation of the international
The Israeli army also targeted a Syrian military unit in
the Golan Heights last week after it alleged that the army had fired several
mortal rounds at targets in Israel.
Also on Saturday, Fatah al-Sham (the al-Qaeda-affiliated
terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) kicked off a new wave
of heavy clashes with the Syrian army in Quneitra province.
Full report at:en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950622000342
Millions of Muslims Commemorating Eid Al-Adha
TEHRAN (FNA)- Millions of Muslims began celebrating the
Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), which marks the culmination of the annual
Hajj pilgrimage, in a number of countries.
Muslims are flocking to mosques and open grounds to take
part in celebrations marking the auspicious occasion, which is one of the most
significant festivals on the Muslim calendar, presstv reported.
In Iran, a mass prayer was held in the capital city of
Tehran. Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami was leading the Eid al-Adha prayers,
with people from various walks of life and high-profile officials in
Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al-Adha with the
sacrifice of sheep, cattle, camels and other livestock.
The act commemorates Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham (PBUH)’s
submission to divine order to sacrifice his son, Ismail (PBUH). Just before
sacrificing his son, God provided Prophet Abraham with a ram to sacrifice
instead after he successfully passed the divine test.
The major rituals of the Hajj are performed during a
five-day period from the 8th through the 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah on the Muslim
The Hajj pilgrimage is a religious ritual, which must be
performed at least once by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.
Hajj is considered as one of the five pillars of Islam
and the largest act of mass pilgrimage in the world.
The holy pilgrimage is also a demonstration of Muslims’
unity and their submission to Allah.
Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army's Offensive in
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army attacked the terrorists in
Dara'a province, and inflicted heavy losses on them over the past 24 hours.
The Syrian army killed and wounded scores of terrorists
in the Northern territories of Dara'a province.
The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the
terrorist groups in other key regions across Syria.
Syrian military forces clashed fiercely with terrorist
groups in the neighborhoods of Dara'a city while other units of the army hit
militants' positions hard in the Northern territories of Dara'a province,
pinning them down behind their defense lines.
Syrian army soldiers stormed terrorists' centers near
al-Shami farms in Dara'a al-Balad, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists
and destroying their machinegun-equipped vehicles.
Terrorist group's artillery units in Dael region were
traced and targeted by the Syrian army, military sources said, adding, one of
the canons was destroyed and its crew were also killed in the attacks.
The Southeastern side of the town of Dael was the scene
of heavy fighting between the Syrian soldiers and militants, inflicting several
casualties on them.
Most of members of a group of terrorists were killed in
Syrian Army attacks along a road between Busra al-Sham and Vadi al-Zeidi.
The Syrian army and popular forces started a new round of
massive military operation in the Southern part of the city of Aleppo on
Sunday, specially near Project 1070, Hikmah School and al-Ameriyeh district,
battlefield sources said.
Also on Sunday, Russian warplanes carried out over 90
combat sorties over Jeish al-Fatah's concentration centers and gatherings in
different parts of Aleppo province in Northern Syria, inflicting tens of casualties
on the terrorists.
Full report at:en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950622000250
Yemeni Forces Capture Another Saudi Military Camp in
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemen's army and popular forces,
continued their large-scale offensive in the Southern countryside of Saudi
Arabia, targeting the Saudi military camp in the Jizan Region.
The Tribune of Yemen reported on Sunday night that the
Yemeni forces and their popular allies managed to capture the Al-Farida
Military Camp in the Jizan Region after a fierce battle with the Hadi loyalists
and Saudi forces, AMN reported.
In addition to capturing this military site, the Yemeni
army and popular forces Seized the Saudi Army's heavy weapons and Abrams Tanks
that were left behind.
Al-Farida Military Camp is located near the contested
city of Al-Khabuh in the Jizan Region; it was one of the Saudi Army's main
bases in this area.
Hezbollah, Syrian Army Ambush ISIL near Lebanese Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- A group of Hezbollah and Syrian Army forces
carried out a successful attack against an ISIL in the Jarod Jar jeer region of
the Qalamoun Mountains on Monday.
According to Hezbollah's media wing, their forces,
alongside the Syrian Arab Army, destroyed a building filled with ISIL
terrorists inside the Jarod Jar jeer village of Ma'ber Abu Jadeej, Al Masdar
Hezbollah's media wing added that the attack resulted in
the death of at least five ISIL terrorists.
The village of Ma'ber Abu Jadeej is under the control of
the ISIL, however, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah have recently increased their
presence in this area to combat the terrorist groups traveling back-and-forth
across the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Boko Haram attacks Muslims going to celebrate Eid
September 12, 2016
Boko Haram has attacked some Muslims going to their
village to celebrate Eid el-Kabir – Their rams were also stolen by the
terrorists – Some women and women were injured in the attack Muslims going to
their village to celebrate the Eid el-Kabir festival have been attacked by Boko
Haram terrorists. The Punch reports that one person died and some wounded and
children were wounded as the attack was carried out Saturday, September 10.
READ ALSO: Army kills 7 kidnappers in Bauchi, nab Boko Haram terrorist The
terrorists opened fire on a convoy of vehicles travelling to Maiduguri from
Monguno. Kabir Hassan who is a bus driver got to the scene shortly after the
incidence and confirmed the attack. “They shot dead a driver and injured two
women and a child travelling with him.” It was reported that the vehicles
included traders in a pick-up truck packed with rams for the festival. When the
attack started, traders abandoned their rams and fled and the animals were
seized by the terrorists. READ ALSO: Police arrest pastor, syndicate for
stealing 12 kids Abba Gana who is also a driver confirmed the attack and said
one of the vehicles was burnt. He said the wounded have taken to a hospital.
Meanwhile, the air component of the MNJTF, led by the Nigerian Airforce,
carried out aerial bombardment of 12 different camps of the terrorists located
at border areas with Niger, Chad and Cameroon, destroying the camps and killing
some of the terrorists. The development was disclosed by Col Muhammed Dole,
spokesman for the MNJTF, who said that scores of the terrorists also
surrendered to troops when they saw that there was no way out for them. The
statement read: “The effects of difficult terrains and unpredictable weather
conditions continue to pose serious challenges to the conduct of Operation Gama
Wiki. “However, despite these limitations for the ground forces, the air
component of the operation, through successful combined air operations,
continue to deny the terrorists freedom of action and movement within the
battle fields. “Recent air strikes and simultaneous clearing operations on 12
identified Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) camps and hideouts have greatly
shattered their cohesion. “Moreover, continuous blockade of the terrorists main
supply routes and arrest of their logistics suppliers caused serious economic
hardship and led to the surrender of many terrorists in different locations in
the Area of Operation (AOO) of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
Kenyan officers kill three veiled attackers in assault on
Mombasa, Kenya (CNN)Three veiled women were killed by
Kenyan police after they launched an attack Sunday on a police station in the
port city of Mombasa, a local commander said.
A petrol bomb was thrown and officers were stabbed in the
attack on Mombasa's Central Police Station, which Mombasa county police
commander Patterson Maelo described as a terrorist incident.
The attack began when the women, their faces covered with
buibui, a black shawl worn by many Muslim women in east Africa, entered the
police station complaining their phones had been stolen, Maelo said.
One of the women then threw a petrol bomb, while the
other two stabbed police officers. Police responded by shooting the women,
killing them, he said.
The women were wearing bulletproof vests, he said. Images
from the scene showed bomb detector units checking the women's bodies for
Police later said one of the women was wearing a suicide
vest that did not detonate.
Two police officers were injured in the attack and were
in stable condition Sunday at a local hospital, he said.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack,
but Patterson said suspicion was falling on Al-Shabaab, an Islamist group in
neighboring Somalia that has repeatedly carried out terror attacks on Kenyan
Three suspects were arrested later in connection with the
attack, police said, after two of the attackers were identified and police
found the suspects at the residence of one of those women.
Major attacks in recent years include a massacre at
Garissa University in April 2015, in which nearly 150 people were killed, and
the 2013 attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping center that killed at least 67
Kenya is a major contributor to an African Union force
Coast Regional Commissioner Nelson Marwa said security in
the area would be boosted in the wake of the attack. He called on the public to
be vigilant for suspicious activity.
Afghan Police Chief Is Killed as He Tries to Turn Tide
SEPT. 11, 2016
KABUL, Afghanistan — A hard-charging Afghan police chief
with deep experience in Afghanistan’s long conflict with the Taliban was killed
in a blast on Sunday in the country’s eastern Nangarhar Province, which has
been under threat from the Taliban and affiliates of the Islamic State.
The police chief, Gen. Zarawar Zahid, was visiting an
outpost in the Hisarak district when explosives placed near the outpost
detonated, according to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of
Nangarhar. One of General Zahid’s bodyguards was wounded, Mr. Khogyani said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing,
according to a statement by the insurgency’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid. The
attack came a week after twin bombings outside Afghanistan’s Ministry of
Defense killed at least 40 people, including several senior security officials.
Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, has faced mounting
security perils over the past couple of years, with new Islamic State
affiliates complicating the threat from the Taliban. Zabihullah Zmarai, a
member of the provincial council, said the Islamic State posed a danger in five
districts, despite repeated operations by the Afghan Army.
“Out of the 22 districts, only six are secure,” he said.
The Taliban’s presence across nearly a dozen districts
varies, Mr. Zmarai said. But the Hisarak district faced a collapse in recent
weeks. That drew the attention of General Zahid, who had gone there to supervise
Over the past decade, he rose from a bodyguard to a
well-regarded police chief of several volatile provinces. His postings included
two stints as the police chief of southeastern Ghazni Province, and one term
each in Zabul and Paktika Provinces.
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General Zahid was seen as a hands-on commander, often
arriving at the front lines unannounced. When a major cultural event drew world
leaders to the ancient city of Ghazni, the general was photographed riding
around the city on the back of a motorcycle to check on security measures. He
had been wounded twice and had lost two brothers during the decades of war in
In June, he took part in clashes with Pakistani forces
that erupted on the border. In a Facebook video that he posted, he appeared
beside two mortars and shouted to his men, “Strike hard enough to blow up Nawaz
Sharif’s home,” referring to the prime minister of Pakistan.
Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s Ministry
of Interior Affairs, called General Zahid “one of the bravest commanders of
“He lost his life on the front line of duty in the fight
against terrorism,” Mr. Sediqqi said.
Afghan President expresses hope for peace deal with
notorious warlord Hekmatyar
SEPT. 12, 2016
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday a peace
agreement with one of the country's most notorious Islamist warlords is close
to being concluded, offering hope of progress towards ending decades of
Negotiations with Hizb-i-Islami, a militant group of several
hundred fighters led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a veteran of almost 40 years of
fighting in Afghanistan, have been going on since May, when a draft accord was
But a final agreement has been held up with many on the
government side suspicious of bringing the prominent Pashtun warlord into the
political fold and civil rights activists concerned about longstanding
accusations of human rights abuses against him.
Hekmatyar has been allied at various times with Pakistan,
the Washington-backed anti-Soviet mujahideen in the 1980s and the Taliban, who
are seeking to force the NATO-led coalition out of Afghanistan and bring in
"Some issues are left"
“Some issues are left and those are issues that would be
very important for implementing peace,” Mr. Ghani said at the start of the
three-day Eid holiday. “These issues should be solved within a limited period
He thanked both Hizb-i-Islami and the High Peace Council
for their efforts to negotiate a deal. “There is hope that, God willing, the
agreement will be finalised soon and we will witness a major step towards the
creation of peace environment and end of fighting,” he said.
Little direct part in surgency
Hekmatyar, who was included on the U.S. State
Department's Specially Designated Global Terrorist list in 2003, has played
relatively little direct part in the insurgency in recent years.
But an accord would offer some encouragement that the
Kabul government can persuade militant groups to move away from the battlefield
and into the political process after failed efforts to start peace talks with
During the bloody civil war of the 1990s, Hekmatyar's
forces were accused of killing thousands of civilians in heavy bombardments of
the Afghan capital and more recently, they were linked with several al-Qaeda
and Taliban attacks on international forces in Afghanistan and the Kabul
Peace talks yet to start
Peace talks with the Taliban, the largest insurgent group
in Afghanistan, have yet to get off the ground, but both sides have said they
are open to the idea.
In a statement commemorating the start of the Muslim
holiday of Id-ul-Adha on Monday, Taliban chief Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada
said his group was “continuing to make diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving
the issue of Afghanistan alongside its military approach."
Gunmen Attack Hospital in Southern Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Two gunmen entered a hospital in the
Southern Afghan city of Kandahar Monday, setting off a gun battle with security
forces in which one of the attackers was killed, officials said.
It was not immediately clear who the gunmen were or
whether they were affiliated with any insurgent group, The Daily Star reported.
Samim Khpalwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor
of Kandahar, said security forces were at the Mirwais Hospital, a large
regional facility that provides health services to war victims, including
members of the army and police.
He said one of the gunmen had been killed but security
forces were moving carefully to avoid casualties and damage to the hospital.
"So far, no patients, visitors, hospital personnel
or our security forces have been hurt," he said. "We are taking steps
forward very carefully."
Nangarhar police chief Gen. Zarawar Zahid killed in
Sun Sep 11 2016
The provincial police chief of Nangarhar province General
Zarawar Zahid was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion.
Gen. Zahir was killed in the blast in Hesarak district
later this afternoon.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani
confirmed the incident took place earlier this evening after the IED planted
near a check post was detonated.
The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind
the incident and said Gen. Zahid was killed along with several other policemen
in the attack.
Gen. Zahid is the second senior police official killed
within the past one in the attacks claimed by the Taliban group.
The police chief of the second police district of Kabul
city was killed in a coordinated suicide attack in Kabul city on Monday.
Afghans mark Eid with prayers for peace
12 September, 2016
Fellow Muslims across Asia spent the day slaughtering
livestock, giving charity to the poor and visiting relatives on Islam's
Afghanistan has seen fighting between government forces
and Islamist militants -- mainly Taliban insurgents but also Islamic State
fighters -- reach record levels this year following the 2014 withdrawal of
US-led foreign combat troops.
"Our country has been at war for nearly four
decades, but the three days of Eid are the happiest days of our life because
this an occasion where families come together and enjoy and celebrate this
festival," Kabul resident Nasratullah Wafa told AFP:
The roads of the capital were mostly empty and many were
blocked by military to safeguard against possible attacks, while police stood
guard over mosques during the morning Eid prayers.
US Brigadier General Charles Cleveland in August said
Afghan security forces were on track for their bloodiest year to date,
surpassing the roughly 5,000 deaths of local police and troops and around
15,000 wounded in 2015.
He did not offer figures but said there was an increase
of about 20 percent over the corresponding period last year.
Full report at: timeslive.co.za/world/2016/09/12/Afghans-mark-Eid-with-prayers-for-peace
China Lays New Brick in Silk Road With First Afghan Rail
For centuries, Chinese products have wended their way
thousands of kilometers across mountains and deserts to the heart of central
Asia, Afghanistan. Now, for the first time, the trade is carried by rail.
With the first train last week pulling in to Hairatan,
northern Afghanistan, China marked another advance in President Xi Jinping’s
Silk Road project to deepen his nation’s influence along old trade routes. For
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the new link also marks a small step toward a
dream of turning his landlocked country into a transit hub of Asia.
Already the top investor in the war-torn country to its
west, China is aiming to boost its commercial standing, as the no. 5 trading
partner currently. Deepening those ties would help Afghanistan pare back the
influence of Pakistan, the southern neighbor with which ties have sometimes
been strained over outbreaks of violence and closures in border crossings.
Afghanistan’s first cargo train from China approaches to
cut the ribbon.
Afghanistan’s first cargo train from China approaches to
cut the ribbon. Photographe: Eltaf Najafizada/Bloomberg
“It’s an unprecedented, vital project for the Afghan economy,”
said Azarakhsh Hafizi, the head of the international relations committee at
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries in the capital, Kabul. “That
will greatly reduce Chinese imported commodities’ prices and unprecedentedly
improve our trade with China, now standing at tens of millions of dollars.”
Full report at: bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-11/china-lays-new-brick-in-silk-road-with-first-afghan-rail-freight
31 ‘IS supporters’ killed in 10 month
September 11, 2016
Two other members of the deadly group have died by their
Law enforcers have dealt Jama’atul Mujahideen
Bangladesh’s new faction a severe body blow over the last ten months, killing
leader Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and 30 of its operatives. Two other identified
members of the deadly group have died by their own hands – one in a suicide
mission and another to evade arrest.
The dead militants were involved in attacks carried out
and claimed by the Islamic State group since October last year.
Militant Md Tarek Aziz alias Musa died in a suicide
attack on an Ahmadiyya mosque in Baghmara, Rajshahi on December 26.
Md Shamsher Uddin alias Abdul Karim, who rented safe
houses for New JMB operatives in Bashundhara, Kallyanpur and Narayanganj,
killed himself during a police raid in Dhaka’s Azimpur area on September 10.
Full report at: dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/crime/2016/09/11/31-supporters-killed-10-months/
Muslim-Hindu men donate kindeys to each other’s wives and
save their lives
Just ahead of Eid ul-Adha and Onam celebrations, these
two families have set an example of friendship and brotherhood that go far
beyond religious boundaries. In a private hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, two
kidney transplants reportedly took place, but the uniqueness of the situation
was that a Hindu man donated his kidney for a Muslim woman, whose husband, in
turn, donated his kidney to the former’s wife.
Though it does seem like a fantastical situation and
sheer luck that the two couples should be in the same hospital, according to
reports in Rajasthan Patrika and Times of India, doctors at the hospital claim
that this is a first of its kind in the state. Hasanpur-resident Anita Mehra
was suffering from glomerular disease for the past few years leading to kidney
failure, while Tasleem Jahan’s (who stays close to Ajmere Gate) kidney had
failed due to excessive use of pain killers. While the former’s blood group was
B positive, the latter’s blood group was A postive. Both were undergoing
dialysis in the same hospital, when the doctors had a brainwave and they
suggested the husbands – Vinod Mehra’s blood group was A positive and Anwar
Ahmed’s B positive – do a kidney swap. After a counselling session, the two
readily agreed. According to Human Organ Transplant Act only near relatives can
donate kidneys. But, it permits swap kidney transplant.
Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-in-india/muslim-hindu-men-donate-kindeys-to-each-others-wives-and-save-their-lives-3025789/
Kashmir Unrest: Ahead of Eid, Valley Remains Paralysed
Srinagar: Normal life remained affected for the 66th
consecutive day today in violence-hit Kashmir, where authorities imposed
restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in some areas on the eve of
Restrictions have been imposed in some of the towns in
Kashmir as well as in three police station areas of Srinagar, a police official
He said restrictions have been imposed in the towns of
Ganderbal, Kupwara, Baramulla, Budgam, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag.
The curbs have also been imposed in Khanyar, Nowhatta and M R Gunj police
station areas of Srinagar city, the official said, adding the step has been
taken to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain affected due
to the restrictions and the shutdown called by separatist groups against the
death of civilians in clashes in the aftermath of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen
militant Burhan Wani in an encounter.
Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued
to remain shut during the day even on Eid eve on Monday.
Full report at:siasat.com/news/kashmir-unrest-ahead-eid-valley-remains-paralysed-1018144/
Bank widens Islamic banks' benchmark requirements
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has amended its regulations to exempt Islamic
banks from using interest-based benchmarks for some of their financing
products, the latest government step aimed at boosting Islamic finance.
a direct ban on charging interest, interest-based benchmarks are used as a
pricing reference by a majority of Islamic banks, due in part to the absence of
stable and widely-published alternatives.
circular, the SBP said Islamic finance institutions would have to outline their
alternative pricing mechanism for participatory financing schemes, replacing
the use of the Karachi Inter Bank Offered Rate or KIBOR.
2004, the central bank has required all banks to use KIBOR as a benchmark rate.
The use of such benchmarks is viewed as a shortcoming of Islamic banking that
discourages wider adoption, in particular among retail clients.
government, however, wants to help develop Islamic finance, a sector which now
holds 11.4 per cent of all banking assets and 13.2pc of all bank deposits in
applies with immediate effect to participatory modes of financing known as
musharaka, mudaraba and wakala.
exemption applies with immediate effect to participatory modes of financing
known as musharaka, mudaraba and wakala.
sharia-compliant contracts are well-known but have traditionally been eclipsed
by murabaha, a cost-plus-profit arrangement in Islamic finance.
Pakistan can backfire, US lawmakers warned
United States lawmakers were warned at a congressional hearing that sanctioning
Pakistan or declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism could backfire.
transcript released on Sunday shows a lively debate on the issue at the US
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which held a hearing on US-Pakistan
opening statement, the committee’s chairman Senator Bob Corker expressed
frustration with Pakistan’s alleged lack of cooperation in defeating militant
groups still active in neighbouring Afghanistan.
US blame game against Pakistan betrays directionless Afghan policy
Corker, a Republican, and Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the
committee, also asked the witnesses to explain what measures US policymakers
could take to make Pakistan cooperate.
order to justify major policy shifts like eliminating aid, labelling Pakistan a
state sponsor of terrorism, or enacting sanctions, US policymakers should be
able to explain how such actions would make America’s strategic predicament
better,” said one of the witnesses, Prof Daniel Markey of the Johns Hopkins
Adviser to the Chief Minister on Information Maula Bux Chandio has alleged that
the records of Prime Minister Nawaz Shaif’s family venture Ramzan Sugar Mills
and the Nandipur mega power project had deliberately been destroyed. “The mills
record was torched to conceal the employment and identities of the Indians
working there for years while the record of the energy project was burned down
to hide massive corruption on the part of the PML-N government,” he claimed
while speaking at a ceremony organised by PPP leaders and activists at the
local press club on Sunday to celebrate his birthday.
Chandio wondered that no notice was being taken by the country’s institution of
the serious crime committed by the mill-owners and the ruling PML-N although
the media and public at large were raising questions about it. The Sharif
family and PML-N government had turned a deaf year to the public voice, he
observed, and deplored that the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues were
also not paying any attention to the country’s integrity and other serious
leader alleged that billions of rupees had been spent from the public money on
the Nandipur power project and the record that was destroyed carried the
details of all “favourites” who ate up the money in the name of overcoming the
country’s energy crisis.
that the state institutions must ask the federal government about how much the
power plant helped the country overcome the energy crisis after billions of
rupees were spent on the mega project.
been the PPP in place of the PML-N, it would sure have been held accountable by
these institutions, he added.
report at: dawn.com/news/1283571/chandio-accuses-pml-n-leaders-of-destroying-indian-connection-corruption-evidence
For the first time in over 30 years, Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement has
decided not to collect hides of sacrificial animals on Eidul Azha this year for
its welfare projects, citing “unfavourable conditions” and “targeted” by state
announcement was made by MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar who said the party reached
the decision after consultation with the coordination committee and all
office-bearers of the Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation (KKF).
leader of the party, which had been winning annual major share of hides
collection in the metropolis for decades, decided to stay away from the process
considering the “unfavourable conditions” that did not allow the party to go
for its “social welfare activity”.
generate funds for our social welfare projects, we have only two options, which
are Zakat and Fitra collection in Ramazan and hides collection on Eid-ul-Azha,”
Dawn newspaper quoted Sattar as saying at the party’s temporary headquarters.
for the past one year, we have not been allowed to carry on with the
activities. We were denied this right. We are being forced to announce that we
are not collecting hides this Eid.”
year, he said, the law-enforcement agencies “targeted” party workers and
“snatched truckloads of hides” donated to the KKF and then handed them over to
other charity organisations.
report at: siasat.com/news/pak-govt-moves-force-mqm-not-collect-hides-eidul-azha-1018063/
:Pakistan has said it has not stopped Afghan traders to move their goods to
India through Wagah border crossing, days after Afghanistan President warned to
stop transit facility to Central Asia for Pakistani traders.
President Ashraf Ghani had reportedly threatened to stop transit facility for
Pakistan if Afghan businessmen were not allowed to trade with India through
to his statement, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria told media that under
an agreement with Afghanistan, India cannot send its goods to Afghanistan
through Pakistan but Afghanistan can sell goods to India via Pakistan.
is fulfilling its commitment to the Afghan people by providing them a trade
transit facility,” he told BBC Urdu yesterday.
reportedly told UK’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Owen Jenkins,
in Kabul on Friday that if Pakistan did not allow Afghan traders to sell goods
in India through Wagah, then his country would not allow Pakistanis to use
transit facility for Central Asia.
between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been volatile due to allegations by both
sides of cross border militancy.
Myanmar: Marchers condemn ex-UN chief's role in Rakhine
Buddhist hardliners have taken to the streets of
Myanmar’s former capital Yangon to protest an ex United Nations chief's role in
a government advisory commission formed to find lasting solutions for conflicts
in western Rakhine State.
Rakhine – one of the poorest states in Myanmar – had seen
a rise in tensions between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and stateless Rohingya
Muslims since communal violence broke out in mid-2012 that left nearly 100
people dead and around 140,000 people displaced, mostly Muslims.
The Kofi Annan-chaired commission was formed last month
to advise the government on the “complex and delicate issues” in Rakhine,
however it has since been attacked for having a foreigner at its helm.
On Sunday, around 400 people from nationalist groups in
Yangon and other regions gathered at Bo Sein Hman ground in the city's downtown
area, calling for it to be abolished.
Pho Thar, one of the organizers of the rally, told
Anadolu Agency that even though protesters realized the commission would play a
big role in resolving the problems in Rakhine, "including non-Burmese
people was totally unacceptable”.
“What happens if the commission suggests us to accept
Bengalis as an ethnic group?” said Pho Thar, using a term to refer to Rakhine's
Rohingya minority that suggests they are not from Myanmar, but rather illegal
migrants from neighboring Bangladesh.
Myanmar currently grants official statehood to 135
distinct ethnic groups (grouped into eight "major national ethnic
races") but nationalists -- stirred by anti-Muslim campaigners such the
Committee to Protect Race and Religion (Ma Ba Tha) - are afraid that by
including the Rohingya it would give them legal access to the country's
“It will harm our country’s sovereignty more,” he
Full report at:
Indonesia proposes alcohol ban in Bali
11 SEPTEMBER 2016
The party could soon be over in one of the world’s most
beer-fuelled tourism spots, the Indonesian island of Bali, under a new law that
would ban the drinking of alcohol.
The proposed bill to outlaw the production, sale and
consumption of alcohol across the whole of Indonesia carries a prison sentence
of up to ten years for violators. If passed, it would crush the tourism sector,
industry chiefs have warned.
“No matter how beautiful the country is, if they can’t
find alcohol, they [tourists] won’t want to come here,” said Hariyadi
Sukamdani, the head of Indonesia's Hotel and Restaurant Association.
A ban would particularly damage the resort of Bali, one
of Indonesia’s 34 provinces.
The island’s economy depends heavily on the four million
foreign visitors, including over 100,000 Brits, who arrive every year, with
many flocking to enjoy sunset cocktails and then party through the night at
clubs in the buzzing tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak.
Australians, the largest group of holidaymakers, have
been up in arms about the news, with some threatening to boycott their favourite
holiday resort if they can no longer sip a cool Bintang, the local beer.
Balinese musician, Rudolf Dethu, who leads two groups
opposing the legislation, one of them to promote the culinary aspects of beer,
agreed that the law would “kill” tourism in Bali. Even if the island secured an
exemption, alcohol prices would become exorbitant, he said.
But Mr Dethu also believes that the stakes are much
higher, fearing like many others that the curb is a sign of creeping
Islamisation in the sprawling island nation, where there has been a recent push
to impose more extreme forms of Sharia.
With a population of 260 million, Indonesia is the
world’s most populous Muslim nation, but it is also home to several influential
Full report at:telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/11/indonesia-proposes-alcohol-ban-in-bali/
Indonesians prepare to welcome Eid al-Adha
Indonesians across the world's most populous Muslim
nation are preparing to welcome Eid al-Adha on Monday by flocking to markets to
procure cattle, or by packing their bags and making the often long and arduous
On Sunday, thousands of people were crowding train
stations, bus terminals and airports in an effort to celebrate Eid with their
families, but the majority were crawling across the country on cheap -- and
often very noisy -- 125cc motorcycles.
"We had to ride slowly and carefully because
Suramadu bridge is very crowded by cars and motorcycles," motorcyclist
Fatimah, who had to cross the longest bridge in East Java province to return to
her hometown in Madura Island, told Anadolu Agency by phone Sunday.
Many Indonesians are feeling the pinch this year, due to
the economy slumping to its slowest pace in six years, so some say they have
chosen to collectivize the small money they have put aside for the festival and
invest in one single cow.
Muhammad Zamroni told Anadolu Agency that he had clubbed together with
neighbors for the sacrifice.
"It's too tough for me to buy a cow myself, so with
six neighbors we collected some money," Zamroni said Sunday, adding that
they'd paid 19 million rupiah ($1441) for their cow.
Such cattle are selling for 18-20 million rupiah this
year, the Chairman of the Association of Cattle and Buffalo Breeders Teguh
Boediyana told Anadolu Agency by phone, adding that that was the equivalent of
"The supply of animals was no problem this year as
the association had prepared for Eid long ago," he said
Ahead of Eid al-Adha, governors in various provinces
assign vets to check the health of the animals.
On Sunday, Agus Wariyanto, the head of Central Java's
Department of Husbandry and Animal Health, told Anadolu Agency that it had
commissioned around 150 vets to check animal markets in the last week.
"We test for worms in their body, and we also give
them vitamins so they do not stress," he said.
More than 50,000 police officers are being employed
across the country this year to secure the flow of traffic, while on alert for
possible terrorist attack.
Since January, when attacks in Jakarta killed eight
people -- including four Daesh-linked assailants, Indonesia has been clamping
down on terrorist groups across the archipelago, detaining dozens of suspects
on terror charges.
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