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Iran Blasts Wahhabism As Mother of ISIL Says It Is the Spawn of the Takfiri Ideology of Wahhabism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani lashed out at the extremist ideology of Wahhabism, arguing that it is what created the ISIL terrorist group in the first place.

 

Iran Blasts Wahhabism As Mother of ISIL Says It Is the Spawn of the Takfiri Ideology of Wahhabism

Indian Sunni Scholars: Wahhabism Has No Relation with Islam

Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation Has Termed Maulana Abdul Aziz’s ‘Pardon’ To Musharraf against Sharia

ISIS Executioner Jihadi John's 'Beatles' Terror Gang Unmasked

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Mideast

Iran Blasts Wahhabism As Mother of ISIL Says It Is the Spawn of the Takfiri Ideology of Wahhabism

16 PKK terrorists killed, 3 soldiers wounded in Turkey’s southeast

Turkey, Germany to take joint diplomatic initiative to stop refugee crisis

Gov’t says new wave of up to 600,000 Syrian refugees may reach Turkish border

In snub to Turkey, US says Syria’s PYD is not a terror group

Turkey’s Erdoğan threatened to flood Europe with migrants, leak reveals

At least 33 migrants drown off Turkey in two boat accidents

Iran awards medals of honour to its negotiators

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India

Indian Sunni scholars: Wahhabism has no relation with Islam

Terror Talks on Agenda for UAE Prince’s Trip to India

26/11 Attacks: ISI Provides Financial, Military Support to Lashkar, David Coleman Headley Says

26/11 Mumbai attacks ‘approver’ yawns and sniggers

Bangladesh cancels port to be built by China, India eyes another

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Pakistan

Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation Has Termed Maulana Abdul Aziz’s ‘Pardon’ To Musharraf against Sharia

Draft Hindu Marriage Law Crosses First Hurdle In Pakistan

Senior Taliban leader Mullah Rahmani dies of cancer

Pakistan’s anti-polio efforts ‘worst’ in the country

Pak port turns fortress to shield China investment

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Europe

ISIS Executioner Jihadi John's 'Beatles' Terror Gang Unmasked

Mass Deaths in Syrian Jails Amount to Crime of ‘Extermination’, UN Says

Russian authorities detain 7 on suspicion of terrorist plot

Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge towards Turkey border

Russian Warplanes Bomb Long Convoy of Militant Vehicles in Idlib

UN refugee agency urges Turkey to open borders to Syrians

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Arab World

Tens of Saudi Forces Killed in Yemen's Ballistic Missile Attacks on Asir, Jizan Provinces

Iraq Disbands ISIL Terrorist Cell in Erbil

ISIL Positions Crushed by Syrian Army near Palmyra

ISIL Suffers Major Casualties in Syrian Airstrikes in Aleppo

Syrian Army Strikes Militant Centres across Dara'a Neighbourhoods

Syrian Army, Popular Forces Restore Security to More Territories in Lattakia

Saudi Arabia says open to sending Special Forces into Syria

Syrian Army Keeps on Advances in Homs Province

Senior Nusra Front Commander Killed in Army Offensive in Damascus Countryside

Gov't Forces Continue to Crush Militants' Defense Lines across Dara'a Province

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South Asia

Taliban Shadow District Governor among 10 Killed In Nangarhar

17 Daesh Militants Killed In Air Strike, Clash with Security Forces in Nangarhar

Suicide Blast Leaves Six Killed, Nine Wounded In Paktika

U.S. to deploy 100s of additional troops to Helmand

Daesh smuggles Afghanistan’s timber to Pakistan, report

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North America

Sikh Indian-American Actor Says Barred From Mexico-US Flight over Turban

US ready to help India to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

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Iran Blasts Wahhabism As Mother of ISIL Says It Is the Spawn of the Takfiri Ideology of Wahhabism, Created For the Political and Security Objectives of the Hegemonic System

February 09, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA) - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani lashed out at the extremist ideology of Wahhabism, arguing that it is what created the ISIL terrorist group in the first place.

"ISIL is the spawn of the Takfiri ideology of Wahhabism, created for the political and security objectives of the hegemonic system," Shamkhani added, addressing the forum of 'Coalition of Elites against Terrorism' in Tehran on Tuesday.

He underlined that ISIL is designed to promote the Takfiri ideology, its threat is not limited to the region, and the fight against it should never be limited to the region.

"All terrorist outfits are created to serve the interests of certain powers and their regional minions. They all also have an expiry date." Shamkhani noted.

According to the Iranian official, some of the countries which advocate the ongoing war on ISIL are also the ones that support certain terrorist outfits, inlcuding the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as MEK, PMOI, NCRI).

In relevant remarks last year, Commander of Iran’s Basij Volunteer Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi had underlined the necessity for plans to confront Wahhabism as an immediate danger threatening the region.

"The arrogant world, headed by the US, has resorted to deception to undermine unity among the Muslim Iranian nation by creating rifts and differences to stir Shiite-Sunni strife and war to destroy the united lineup of the Ummah standing against it," he said.

He also described Takfiri groups as the result of the penetration of the western spy agencies, especially from Britain, and said, "Takfir is the result of a London-created religion which eventually ends up in Wahhabism, Bahai'sm and religious hereditary."

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000302

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Indian Sunni scholars: Wahhabism has no relation with Islam

February 9, 2016244

A group of Indian Sunni scholars slammed Wahhabism as a part of Saudi policies which has nothing to do with Islam.

A group of Indian Barelvi Sunni clerics attending counter-terrorism conference in the capital New Delhi issued a statement denouncing the ideologies of Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia as the main fund for the deviate group, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).

Sunni clerics in this conference demanded Indian government to sack all Wahhabi agents from the cabinet.

Barelvi scholars in this conference warned against expansion of extremism among Muslims saying that the deviate sect is fed by Saudi and Qatari petrodollars.

They also warned against Daesh terrorist group which is active in India under different titles and the conferences held in the country to announce their presence and assure their supporters in Saudi Arabia and Qatar of their stance as well as efforts in line with interests of their backers in the Arab states.

el-akhbar.com/en/Wahhabism-relation-with-Islam-67459/

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Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation Has Termed Maulana Abdul Aziz’s ‘Pardon’ To Musharraf against Sharia

February 9th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation has termed Maulana Abdul Aziz’s decision to withdraw the murder case against former president Pervez Musharraf against the spirit of Sharia.

The foundation held a meeting in Lal Masjid on Monday and declared that Maulana Aziz had imposed a ‘clergy dictatorship’ on his family to hide the tyranny of a military dictator.

The meeting was followed by a press conference at the same place where a day earlier Maulana Aziz had addressed media persons and pardoned everybody responsible for the 2007 military operation on the mosque and the attached seminary, Jamia Hafsa.

Though the chairperson of Shuhada Foundation is Ume Hasaan, the wife of Maulana Aziz who was sitting beside her husband at the time of his media talk, the other office-bearers of the foundation, including its president Tariq Asad advocate, are opposing the decision.

“This decision is against Sharia and we would like Maulana Abdul Aziz to take it back,” Mr Asad said, adding: “Maulana Aziz is talking about the implementation of Sharia in the country but his own acts are contrary to the principles of Sharia.”

He said he and Shuhada Foundation never bowed to any pressure or offer by anybody, including the former military dictator.

Mr Asad said the former general himself had wanted the Shuhada Foundation to take back the murder case of Maulana Abdul Rasheed Ghazi but we declined to accept his demand.

“The dictator was even ready to submit a public apology and made four other offers but we rejected them,” he claimed.

The other three offers as stated by Mr Asad were: payment of blood money to the heirs of those killed in the military operation, rebuilding of Jamia Hafsa from his own pocket at its old place - the children library - and to be witness against those who were responsible for the military operation.

“We rejected it and we announce to continue the legal and constitutional struggle against all those responsible for the military operation on Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa in 2007,” Mr Asad said.

The Shuhada Foundation also announced to lodge a fresh FIR against Gen Musharraf and other military officers of that time, the then prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, and other cabinet members for the 2007 military operation.

dawn.com/news/1238313/maulana-azizs-pardon-to-musharraf-termed-against-sharia?preview

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ISIS executioner Jihadi John's 'Beatles' terror gang unmasked

PTI | Feb 9, 2016

LONDON: British accomplices of slain Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist executioner "Jihadi John" were unmasked on Monday as Londoners who formed part of a so-called "Beatles" terror gang.

Mohammed Emwazi became known as "John" in reference to John Lennon, lead singer of the iconic British rock group, due to his English accent.

Emwazi was killed in a US drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, last November following his masked appearance in gruesome propaganda videos showing him executing hostages with a knife.

It has now emerged that two of his gang members with English accents were given the nickname of "Paul" and "Ringo", a reference to other Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

"Paul" has been identified as 31-year-old Aine Davis, who is in custody in Turkey for suspected terrorism, and "Ringo" as 32-year-old Alexe Kotey, a Londoner of Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot background whose whereabouts are unknown.

The identity of the fourth member dubbed "George", referring to George Harrison, has yet to be confirmed.

Davis' wife, 27-year-old Amal el-Wahabi, became the first woman to be jailed for terrorism offences connected to Syria in 2014 after she was caught paying a smuggler 20,000 euros in cash for her husband in Turkey.

The group are believed to be responsible for the beheadings of around 27 mostly Western hostages.

Kotey travelled to Gaza in 2009 on an aid convoy organised by Viva Palestina, led by UK Respect Party MP George Galloway, a BuzzFeed report said.

"I have never heard of him until today. It would appear he was on the list (for the Gaza convoy). Having looked at his picture, I do not recognise him. ISIS did not exist when we took the convoy," Galloway said.

The terrorist "Beatles" were friends long before they travelled to Syria, according to ITV News.

Kotey converted to Islam in his teens and all three men attended the Al-Manaar mosque in Ladbroke Grove, west London, which rejected their hardline opinions.

Saleha Islam, director of the al-Manaar mosque, told the news channel "We are aware that certain people have joined ISIS who live in the area of Ladbroke Grove. We have always condemned the actions of these extremists and will continue to do so.

"Al-Manaar is a centre where we have up to 3,000 people attending every week, it is not a membership club and anyone can come and pray. The suggestion that the mosque has radicalised young men shows how ignorant people are of Islam and how mosques work," Islam said.

Other terror suspects who fall within the so-called "Beatles" gang due to their links to Britain - if still alive - remain among the world's most wanted and are being hunted by western intelligence and security services, according to UK media reports.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/ISIS-executioner-Jihadi-Johns-Beatles-terror-gang-unmasked/articleshow/50906971.cms

 

 

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Mideast

Iran Blasts Wahhabism As Mother of ISIL Says It Is the Spawn of the Takfiri Ideology of Wahhabism, Created For the Political and Security Objectives of the Hegemonic System

February 09, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA) - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani lashed out at the extremist ideology of Wahhabism, arguing that it is what created the ISIL terrorist group in the first place.

"ISIL is the spawn of the Takfiri ideology of Wahhabism, created for the political and security objectives of the hegemonic system," Shamkhani added, addressing the forum of 'Coalition of Elites against Terrorism' in Tehran on Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000302

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16 PKK terrorists killed, 3 soldiers wounded in Turkey’s southeast

February 08, 2016

Three soldiers were wounded on Monday and 16 terrorists were killed in fighting in the Sur and Cizre districts in Turkey's Southeast, with the operation in Cizre targeting a group of buildings which were allegedly sheltering dozens of wounded terrorists.

On Sunday, 10 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists were killed in the operation in Cizre, a district in the Şırnak province, while another six were killed in the Sur district of Diyarbakır, according to the Turkish General Staff on Monday.

Three soldiers were wounded in the clashes in Sur while trying to neutralize handmade explosives placed by the PKK in the streets, according to the Doğan news agency.

One of the wounded soldiers is in a critical condition, according to reports.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has denied claims that the buildings targeted in the operation in Cizre on Sunday night included ones in which wounded PKK terrorists were thought to have sought shelter.

Full report at: todayszaman.com/national_16-pkk-terrorists-killed-3-soldiers-wounded-in-turkeys-southeast_411713.html

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Turkey, Germany to take joint diplomatic initiative to stop refugee crisis

February 08, 2016

Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday to cooperate closely and take a set of measures to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis including a joint diplomatic initiative that seeks more NATO involvement, as well as aiming to halt attacks particularly by Russia in Syria's largest city Aleppo.

Russian air strikes north of Aleppo are causing an exodus of thousands of Syrians to Turkey's border. German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a one-day visit to Turkey on Monday to discuss the refugee crisis. Merkel met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

In a joint press conference with Merkel, Davutoğlu said around 30,000 Syrians had arrived at the Turkish border after fleeing Russian air strikes in the north of Aleppo, adding, “We are on the verge of another humanitarian crisis.” He said Turkey and Germany have agreed on a set of steps to halt the flow of refugees from Syria, including stopping the onslaught in Aleppo.

Full report at: todayszaman.com/diplomacy_turkey-germany-to-take-joint-diplomatic-initiative-to-stop-refugee-crisis_411741.html

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Gov’t says new wave of up to 600,000 Syrian refugees may reach Turkish border

February 08, 2016

The Turkish government has said it expects the arrival of up to 600,000 Syrian refugees at the Turkish border in the most recent exodus of thousands of Syrians to Turkey, amid increased aerial bombardment in the war-torn country.

Government spokesperson Numan Kurtulmuş said following a Cabinet meeting on Monday that Turkey is closely following military and civilian mobility along its border with Syria. “The worst-case scenario in this region in the near future is the exodus of a new wave of refugee flow of nearly 600,000 to Turkey's border,” he said.

Full report at: todayszaman.com/diplomacy_govt-says-new-wave-of-up-to-600000-syrian-refugees-may-reach-turkish-border_411791.html

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In snub to Turkey, US says Syria’s PYD is not a terror group

February 09, 2016

The United States has said it understands Turkey's longstanding concerns over Syria's Kurdish militias, but that it does not view them as a terrorist group and will continue supporting them in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"We do not recognize the [Democratic Union Party] PYD as a terrorist organization. We recognize Turks do," US State Department spokesman John Kirby told a daily press briefing this week. The remarks are expected to come as a surprise to Ankara, who asked Washington to choose sides: either Turkey or the PYD.

Full report at: todayszaman.com/latest-news_in-snub-to-turkey-us-says-syrias-pyd-is-not-a-terror-group_411808.html

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Turkey’s Erdoğan threatened to flood Europe with migrants, leak reveals

February 08, 2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to send buses full of refugees to Greece if the EU did not finalize an agreement with Turkey over the action plan to stem the flow of refugees to Europe, according to the leaked transcript of a meeting between Erdoğan and leaders of the EU.

The transcript, published by the Greek-based euro2day.gr online news portal, claims to be the minutes of a meeting of Erdoğan, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker.

According to the transcript Erdoğan pushes the EU leaders for 3 billion euros per year, for two years, instead of 3 billion euros over two years, which the EU proposed. According to the leak, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who was present at the meeting, showed Juncker an internal document belonging to the EC, which stated 3 billion euros per year.

Full report at: todayszaman.com/diplomacy_turkeys-erdogan-threatened-to-flood-europe-with-migrants-leak-reveals_411770.html

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At least 33 migrants drown off Turkey in two boat accidents

AFP | Feb 8, 2016

Turkish policemen stand next to the dead bodies of migrants in Seferihisar near Izmir in Turkey that sank on February 2, 2016. (AP photo)Turkish policemen stand next to the dead bodies of migrants in Seferihisar near Izmir in Turkey that sank on F... Read More

ISTANBUL/ATHENS: At least 33 migrants drowned in two accidents in the Aegean Sea on Monday as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece, Turkish media said. Twenty-two died when their boat sank off the district of Edremit in Balikesir province, shortly after 11 migrants died off Izmir, they said.

Both vessels had apparently been trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan news agency said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/At-least-33-migrants-drown-off-Turkey-in-two-boat-accidents/articleshow/50903011.cms

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Iran awards medals of honour to its negotiators

February 9th, 2016

TEHRAN: Iran awarded medals of honour on Monday to its nuclear negotiators, who helped clinch a landmark deal with world powers last year.

President Hassan Rou­hani presented the “Medal of Merit” to Foreign Mini­ster Mohammad Javad Zarif and the “Medal of Courage” to Defence Mini­ster Hossein Dehghan and Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, who is also the country’s nuclear chief.

The July 14 agreement brought about the lifting of international sanctions last month after the United Nations certified that Iran had met all its commitments to curbing its nuclear activities.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1238263/iran-awards-medals-of-honour-to-its-negotiators

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India

Indian Sunni scholars: Wahhabism has no relation with Islam

February 9, 2016244

A group of Indian Sunni scholars slammed Wahhabism as a part of Saudi policies which has nothing to do with Islam.

A group of Indian Barelvi Sunni clerics attending counter-terrorism conference in the capital New Delhi issued a statement denouncing the ideologies of Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia as the main fund for the deviate group, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).

Sunni clerics in this conference demanded Indian government to sack all Wahhabi agents from the cabinet.

Barelvi scholars in this conference warned against expansion of extremism among Muslims saying that the deviate sect is fed by Saudi and Qatari petrodollars.

They also warned against Daesh terrorist group which is active in India under different titles and the conferences held in the country to announce their presence and assure their supporters in Saudi Arabia and Qatar of their stance as well as efforts in line with interests of their backers in the Arab states.

el-akhbar.com/en/Wahhabism-relation-with-Islam-67459/

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Terror Talks on Agenda for UAE Prince’s Trip to India

TNN | Feb 9, 2016

NEW DELHI/ABU DHABI: India and UAE will seek to further strengthen their bond when Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayad Al Nahyan, who is the deputy supreme commander of UAE's armed forces, visits India starting Wednesday.

While as many as 16 pacts are expected to be signed, including one for civil nuclear energy cooperation, UAE ambassador to India Ahmed Al Banna said the two countries will also discuss ways to prevent radicalisation and counter terrorism cooperation. How to deal with IS was another important issue, said the envoy, which was going to feature in the Crown Prince's interaction with Indian politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

UAE, which has deported about a dozen Indians with suspected links to the terror group, said on Monday that its anti-terror cooperation with India is going to get "more institutionalised".

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terror-talks-on-agenda-for-UAE-princes-trip/articleshow/50909679.cms

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26/11 attacks: ISI provides financial, military support to Lashkar, David Coleman Headley says

Rebecca Samervel | TNN | Feb 9, 2016

MUMBAI: Testifying before a Mumbai court for the second day on Tuesday, terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley disclosed that "Pakistan's ISI provides financial support to Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT).

"David Headley said that ISI provides financial, moral as well as military support to Lashkar," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters after Headley's deposition.

"I was working for ISI also and met many people from Pakistani Army," Headley said. Headley, however, denied that he was paid handsomely by the ISI or LeT for his services.

Continuing his deposition via videoconferencing before special judge GA Sanap from a US jail, Headley said that in 2006, ISI official Major Pasha and LeT functionary Sajid Mir and others met to discuss plans to set up a business for (him) Headley in Mumbai.

Later, in November 2007, he met LeT top leaders when the proposed terror attacks on Mumbai were planned in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, he told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-attacks-ISI-provides-financial-military-support-to-Lashkar-David-Coleman-Headley-says/articleshow/50913201.cms

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26/11 Mumbai attacks ‘approver’ yawns and sniggers

Rebecca Samervel | TNN | Feb 9, 2016

MUMBAI: Even as proceedings commenced in a quiet courtroom on Monday, David Coleman Headley appeared unfazed. Appearing for the second time before the same court in what is becoming his trademark demeanour, Headley smiled, sniggered and sounded terse and impatient in response to certain questions posed by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam; on one occasion, he even yawned out loud, regardless of the seriousness of the situation.

After the judge arrived, Nikam called out to each of those present alongside Headley. His two lawyers and a district attorney sat at the table with Headley at the centre. As introductions for the judge were made and each of them stood up in turn, Headley was seen smiling and clapping softly. At one point, when Nikam asked him a question on the name of his high school in Pakistan's Punjab province, he was forced to clarify it was called "Cadet College" and was situated in a city called Hasan Abdal. Referring to the fact that the latter was not the name of the school, he said, "Sheher ka naam hain."

Shown his visa application and asked whose picture was on it, he smiled and said, "Looks like me". Headley also pronounced words in the manner in which he heard the prosecution say them. When the proceedings came to a close on day one, Nikam, raising his hand, bid Headley "good night." Headley responded, "Have a nice day."

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-Mumbai-attacks-approver-yawns-and-sniggers/articleshow/50909225.cms

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Bangladesh cancels port to be built by China, India eyes another

Indrani Bagchi | TNN | Feb 8, 2016

New Delhi: With India's relations with Bangladesh on an upswing, New Delhi has expressed interest in developing the neighbour's newest deep sea port, Payra.

It's a big move by India and an expression of the trajectory of strategic ties between the two countries. Separately, Japan may develop another deep sea port, Matarbari, in Cox's Bazar.

As the Asian allies synergise converging interests, Bangladesh has quietly killed the Sonadia project in Cox's Bazar, which was to have been developed by China.

For India, the Sonadia port, as the Hambantota and Gwadar ports, were deemed to be part of China's much talked about "string of pearls" strategy to encircle India in its maritime neighbourhood.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dhaka-cancels-port-to-be-built-by-China-India-eyes-another/articleshow/50894554.cms

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Pakistan

Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation Has Termed Maulana Abdul Aziz’s ‘Pardon’ To Musharraf against Sharia

February 9th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation has termed Maulana Abdul Aziz’s decision to withdraw the murder case against former president Pervez Musharraf against the spirit of Sharia.

The foundation held a meeting in Lal Masjid on Monday and declared that Maulana Aziz had imposed a ‘clergy dictatorship’ on his family to hide the tyranny of a military dictator.

The meeting was followed by a press conference at the same place where a day earlier Maulana Aziz had addressed media persons and pardoned everybody responsible for the 2007 military operation on the mosque and the attached seminary, Jamia Hafsa.

Though the chairperson of Shuhada Foundation is Ume Hasaan, the wife of Maulana Aziz who was sitting beside her husband at the time of his media talk, the other office-bearers of the foundation, including its president Tariq Asad advocate, are opposing the decision.

“This decision is against Sharia and we would like Maulana Abdul Aziz to take it back,” Mr Asad said, adding: “Maulana Aziz is talking about the implementation of Sharia in the country but his own acts are contrary to the principles of Sharia.”

He said he and Shuhada Foundation never bowed to any pressure or offer by anybody, including the former military dictator.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1238313/maulana-azizs-pardon-to-musharraf-termed-against-sharia?preview

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Draft Hindu marriage law crosses first hurdle in Pakistan

February 9th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: After decades of filibustering, a National Assembly committee on Monday approved a draft law on Hindu marriages, paving the way for registering marriages in the minuscule religious minority of Pakistan.

Five Hindu MNAs were specially invited to the deliberations of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice on the Hindu Marriage Bill 2015.

Though delaying tactics continued almost to the last, the committee adopted the bill unanimously after making two amendments to fix the minimum age of the marrying male and female at 18 and making the law applicable to whole country, instead of just the federal territory.

Committee chairman Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk regretted the long-drawn tactical delay in framing family law for the Hindu community.

“It was unbecoming of us Muslims in general and the political leaders in particular. We were required to facilitate the legislation, not obstruct it,” he said while talking to Dawn.

“If we 99pc of the population are afraid of 1pc, we need to look deep inside what we claim to be and what we are,” he added.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1238375/draft-hindu-marriage-law-crosses-first-hurdle

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Senior Taliban leader Mullah Rahmani dies of cancer

Feb 9, 2016

Senior Taliban member Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rah­mani died of cancer, a Taliban statement announced on Tuesday, Afghanistan's Tolo News reported.

The statement does not provide any further details or say where Rahmani died, although he has previously been identified as an office bearer of the Afghan Taliban.

The former Taliban leadership council member was among Taliban leaders who were a part of peace talks facilitated by Pakistan, which Afghan government officials also participated in.

He was believed to be a close aide to Taliban leader Mullah Omar who was reported dead last year.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1238392/senior-taliban-leader-mullah-rahmani-dies-of-cancer

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Pakistan’s anti-polio efforts ‘worst’ in the country

February 9th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Over the past few years, the federal capital has become more vulnerable to the polio virus, mainly due to a lack of human resources, proper planning and coordination between different health departments.

Incidentally, Islamabad is the only city in Pakistan where private individuals and students, rather than government employees, work as vaccinators, making it almost impossible to hold them accountable for any oversight.

This was revealed during an in-camera meeting of the District Polio Eradication Committee last week, held ahead of the upcoming polio eradication campaign – starting from 15th February.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1238374/islamabads-anti-polio-efforts-worst-in-the-country

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Pak port turns fortress to shield China investment

Reuters | Feb 9, 2016

Gwadar: A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment.

Securing the planned $46 billion economic corridor of roads, railways and pipelines from northwest China to Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast is a huge challenge in a country where Islamist militants and separatist gunmen are a constant menace.

The armed forces and interior ministry have sent hundreds of extra soldiers and police to Gwadar, the southern hub of the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and more are on their way. "Soon we'll start hiring 700-800 police to be part of a separate security unit dedicated to Chinese security, and at a later stage a new security division would be formed," Jafer Khan, regional police officer in Gwadar said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-port-turns-fortress-to-shield-China-investment/articleshow/50908890.cms

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Europe

ISIS executioner Jihadi John's 'Beatles' terror gang unmasked

PTI | Feb 9, 2016

LONDON: British accomplices of slain Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist executioner "Jihadi John" were unmasked on Monday as Londoners who formed part of a so-called "Beatles" terror gang.

Mohammed Emwazi became known as "John" in reference to John Lennon, lead singer of the iconic British rock group, due to his English accent.

Emwazi was killed in a US drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, last November following his masked appearance in gruesome propaganda videos showing him executing hostages with a knife.

It has now emerged that two of his gang members with English accents were given the nickname of "Paul" and "Ringo", a reference to other Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/ISIS-executioner-Jihadi-Johns-Beatles-terror-gang-unmasked/articleshow/50906971.cms

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Mass deaths in Syrian jails amount to crime of ‘extermination’, UN says

Reuters | Feb 8, 2016

GENEVA: Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday.

The UN commission of inquiry called on the security council to impose "targeted sanctions" on high-ranking Syrian civilian and military officials responsible for or complicit in deaths, torture and disappearances in custody, but stopped short of naming the suspects.

The independent experts said they had also documented mass executions and torture of prisoners by two jihadist groups, the Nusra Front and Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. These constituted war crimes and in the case of Islamic State also crimes against humanity, it said.

The report, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention", covers March 10, 2011 to November 30, 2015. It is based on interviews with 621 survivors and witnesses and evidence gathered by the team led by chairman Paulo Pinheiro.

"Over the past four and a half years, thousands of detainees have been killed while in the custody of warring parties," the Commission of Inquiry on Syria said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Mass-deaths-in-Syrian-jails-amount-to-crime-of-extermination-UN-says/articleshow/50906769.cms

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Russian authorities detain 7 on suspicion of terrorist plot

AP | Feb 8, 2016

MOSCOW: Russia's state security service on Monday said it has detained seven people in the country's Ural mountain region on suspicion of terrorist activities.

The country's Federal Security Service announced that the suspects, detained in the regional capital Yekaterinburg, were believed to be plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Moscow, St Petersburg and the Ural region.

Law enforcement officials said they uncovered a laboratory for manufacturing explosives and that members of the group were planning to journey to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Russian-authorities-detain-7-on-suspicion-of-terrorist-plot/articleshow/50902875.cms

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Russian Warplanes Bomb Long Convoy of Militant Vehicles in Idlib

Feb 9, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian fighter jets targeted a long column of militant vehicles in the Northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting major losses on the convoy.

A long convoy of Jeish al-Fatah's military vehicles, loaded with weapons and ammunition, came under the heavy raid of the Russian air fleet on a road connecting the Eastern part of Idlib to the Western part of Aleppo.

Several militants, guarding the convoy, also were killed or wounded in the strike.

On Monday, the Syrian army inflicts heavy blows to the militants active in the Northwestern province, and destroyed an ammunition depot and terminating more than a dozen of militants around the structure.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000650

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UN refugee agency urges Turkey to open borders to Syrians

February 09, 2016

The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to open its borders to thousands of desperate Syrian refugees fleeing Aleppo, in line with its international obligations to protect people fleeing conflict or persecution.

Full report at: todayszaman.com/anasayfa_un-refugee-agency-urges-turkey-to-open-borders-to-syrians_411836.html

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Arab World

Tens of Saudi Forces Killed in Yemen's Ballistic Missile Attacks on Asir, Jizan Provinces

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular forces pounded Saudi Arabia's military base and airport in the kingdom's Southern provinces with ballistic missiles on Tuesday, killing tens of soldiers and injuring dozens more.

The Yemeni forces hit the Khamis Mushait military base in Asir province with two Qaher-I ballistic missiles.

Tens of Saudi soldiers and officers were killed in Yemen's missile attack on Khamis Mushait military base.

Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces fired two Qaher-I ballistic missiles at Jizan Airport on Tuesday.

"Dozens of Saudi soldiers were killed and many more were wounded in the attacks," witness reports said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000584

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Iraq Disbands ISIL Terrorist Cell in Erbil

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi Kurdistan Region's Security Council in a statement announced that the country has dismantled an ISIL terrorist cell in Erbil province.

An ISIL terrorist cell that was preparing to carry out explosions and other acts of sabotage in Iraq has been dismantled, the statement said.

It noted that the cell had three members who were from Diyala province and were armed with weapons, explosives and suicide belts.

The Iraqi security forces had also earlier disbanded another terrorist cell and seized 18 bombs from them.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000483

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ISIL Positions Crushed by Syrian Army near Palmyra

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army heavily pounded ISIL positions near al-Bayarat East of Palmyra in Central Homs province, military sources said on Tuesday.

Sources on the ground said the Syrian Army forces, backed by popular forces, destroyed a number of ISIL's military vehicles and managed to inflict heavy damage on terrorists' hardware near the occupied city of Palmyra (Tadmur), East of Homs province.  

The pro-government forces also kept marching on terrorists' positions near al-Bayarat East of the ancient city of Palmyra occupied by ISIL terrorists since early 2015.

Syrian troops also carried out concentrated operations against dozens of ISIL positions in Minter al-Kharouba and al- Rumaylah near Maheen-al-Quaryatayn road in the Southeastern regions of Homs province, inflicting huge losses on them in the region.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000757

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ISIL Suffers Major Casualties in Syrian Airstrikes in Aleppo

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian warplanes bombed ISIL concentration camps in several combat flights Northeast of Aleppo province.

The Syrian army's aircrafts pounded the ISIL positions near the villages of Talet al-Shwaya, Rasm al-Alam, al-Tayibeh and Sarjet al-Kabira, which left several militants dead or wounded and inflicted heavy damage on their military grid.

In the meantime, the Syrian army and its popular allies engaged in fierce clashes with the militant groups in the neighborhoods of al-Rashedin4, al-Lairamoun and Bani Zeid in the Aleppo city, which claimed the lives of several terrorists and destroyed their military hardware.  

In relevant developments in the Northern battlefield of the country on Monday, the Syrian army troops thwarted Ahrar al-Sham terrorists' attack on government forces' defense lines around a newly-liberated village in the Northern part of Aleppo province.

"The newly-liberated Kafin is under full control of the Syrian government forces," the sources said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000768

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Syrian Army Strikes Militant Centers across Dara'a Neighborhoods

Feb 9, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorist groups suffered a heavy death toll in the government forces' attacks in Dara'a al-Balad neighborhood of the Southern city of Dara'a on Tuesday, city sources announced.

"Al-Siba in Dara'a al-Balad in the Southern part of Dara'a city witnessed fierce clashes between the army soldiers and the militants, leaving at least 20 terrorists dead and 28 more wounded," the sources said.

"The Syrian government forces also destroyed 4 vehicles near the meteorology building on al-Sa'ad road, while 5 fortified positions of them were destroyed and a number of terrorists were killed and injured in al-Karak in the Southern part of the city," the sources added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000533

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Syrian Army, Popular Forces Restore Security to More Territories in Lattakia

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army in cooperation with popular forces won back more villages and heights in the Northern parts of the coastal province of Lattakia near the border with Turkey after hours of heavy clashes with the terrorist groups.

The militant groups pulled forces back from their positions near the villages of Dahret al-Baiday al-Mahrouq and Ard al-Kataf, and the hill of Ziyaret al-Beidha under the heavy offensives of the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF).

Scores of the militants were killed or wounded and their military hardware and vehicles were destroyed in the army assaults.

The Syrian government forces have had eye-catching victories in Lattakia in the recent weeks.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000365

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Saudi Arabia says open to sending special forces into Syria

February 08, 2016

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday held out the possibility of sending Saudi special forces into Syria as part of a US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"There is a discussion with regard to a ground force contingent, or a special forces contingent, to operate in Syria by this international US-led coalition against ISIL and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed its readiness to provide special forces to such operations should they occur," he said.

Full report at: todayszaman.com/world_saudi-arabia-says-open-to-sending-special-forces-into-syria_411794.html

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Syrian Army Keeps on Advances in Homs Province

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army forces, backed by popular forces kept marching on terrorists' positions on Tuesday, advancing in the Southeastern regions of Central Homs Province.

Syrian army units managed to push back militants from their positions in Homs province advancing further towards Quaryatayn and the regions around newly-liberated town of Maheen, which are still under the grip of terrorists who are active in the region.

During a mop-up operation, pro-government forces also managed to restore security to the town of Tar al-Kharouba and other recently-liberated areas in its vicinity, inflicting heavy losses and damage on them.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000456

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Senior Nusra Front Commander Killed in Army Offensive in Damascus Countryside

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces continued their military operations against the terrorist groups in Damascus countryside, and killed scores of militants, including a notorious commander over past 24 hours.

Senior Nusra Commander Younes Salim Davoud, also known as Abi Faras, was killed in the Syrian army men' offensives in Tal al-Suwan near the town on Douma in the Eastern part of Damascus province.

The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups in other key province across Syria.

Damascus

The Syrian Army's artillery units opened fire at the fortified positions of the militant groups in Southwestern Damascus province, leaving tens of the terrorists dead or wounded.

The militant groups' strongholds near the city of Darayya and the town of al-Moqeilibeh in Western Ghouta were shelled by the Syrian artillery.

The shelling not only ended in the killing and wounding of several militants but also slowed down their logistic movements in the battlefronts.

The Syrian army said that its troops continued to advance against the militants of al-Nusra Front in the Eastern part of Damascus province, adding the terrorists suffered a heavy death toll in the offensive.

"The Syrian soldiers struck defense lines of al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and advanced against them on the axis of Aerospace Organization and the Faculty of Agriculture in Marj region in Eastern Ghouta, which claimed the lives of several terrorists," the army said.

"The army troops also seized several residential building blocks that were used by the Nusra militants in the region," the army added.

Meantime, several members of Jeish al-Islam terrorist group, including one of its notorious commanders, were killed in the Syrian Army troops' attacks in Eastern Ghouta.

Senior Nusra Commander Younes Salim Davoud, also known as Abi Faras, was killed in the Syrian army men' offensives in Tal al-Suwan near the town on Douma in the Eastern part of Damascus province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000417

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Gov't Forces Continue to Crush Militants' Defense Lines across Dara'a Province

Tue Feb 09 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) stormed the militant groups' positions and gathering centers in Northwestern, Northeastern and Eastern parts of Dara'a province, inflicting large casualties on the terrorists.

The militant groups' column of forces, on a road leading to the town of Tafas in the Northwestern part of Dara'a province, was raided by the Syrian army and the NDF.

Scores of the militants were killed or injured in the Syrian government forces' offensive near Tafas.

The government forces also targeted militants' machinegun-equipped vehicles near the town of Khirbet Qazala in the Northeastern territories of Dara'a province.

The town of al-Naima in the Eastern part of Dara'a province was the scene of heavy fighting between the Syrian army and the NDF with the militant groups, which ended in the killing and wounding of many terrorists and destruction of their ammunition depot.

The Syrian troops and their allies are marching on the militants' positions in Southern Dara'a province and have recently scored many victories against militants in different regions in the area.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941120000700

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South Asia

Taliban shadow district governor among 10 killed in Nangarhar

By Khaama Press - Tue Feb 09 2016

A shadow district governor of Taliban has been killed along with nine of his companions in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials say Rustam Haqyar was killed in joint security operation of police, army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Rodat District.

The other nine militants killed include Gul Mohammad, a commander of the group, who was wearing a suicide vest for carrying out a suicide attack.

The operation launched in Triley and Baro areas in the morning and ended in the afternoon on Tuesday.

Security forces captured a fighter of the group alive and confiscated several weapons and ammunition during the operation.

Taliban confirm losing four fighters in a clash with security forces in Rodat District last night but claim more casualties to security forces.

khaama.com/taliban-shadow-district-governor-among-10-killed-in-nangarhar-4563

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17 Daesh militants killed in air strike, clash with security forces in Nangarhar

By Khaama Press - Tue Feb 09 2016

17 fighters of the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS) which also goes by its Arabic name Daesh have been killed in an air strike and clash with security forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

Officials say Daesh fighters were busy in armed activities when they came under an air strike in Bazaar of Achin District on Monday.

The air strike left 11 militants killed and two others wounded.

Full report at: khaama.com/17-daesh-militants-killed-in-air-strike-clash-with-security-forces-in-nangarhar-4563

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Suicide blast leaves six killed, nine wounded in Paktika

By Khaama Press - Mon Feb 08 2016

Six people have lost lives and nine others sustained injuries in a suicide bomb blast in Paktika province.

The blast took place in front of a baker in the capital city of Yahyakhil District around 11:30 am this morning.

The apparent target of the suicide bomber was Musa Khan Kharotai, the district governor, who just drove through the area before the blast took place.

Kharotai said all of the victims of the blast are civilians.

No group has so far said it was behind the explosion but it came after a suicide bomber of Taliban targeted a mini-bus of Afghan National Army (ANA) in northern Balkh province this morning.

Three soldiers lost lives and 20 people, most of them soldiers, sustained injures in the attack.

khaama.com/suicide-blast-leave-six-killed-nine-wounded-in-paktika-4561-4562

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U.S. to deploy 100s of additional troops to Helmand

By Khaama Press - Tue Feb 09 2016

As the battle between Afghan forces and Taliban toughens and reports suggest that some areas are on the verge of collapse, the United States has decided sending hundreds of additional troops to southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

By month’s end, a force described as battalion-strength, consisting of mostly army soldiers, will arrive in Helmand province where US and UK forces have struggled in battles for over a decade to drive out the Taliban, the Guardian reports.

In keeping with Barack Obama’s formal declaration that the US is not engaged in combat, despite elite forces recently participating in an hours-long battle in Helmand, defense officials said the additional troops would not take part in combat. But they will help the existing Helmand force defend itself against Taliban attacks, officials said.

US military officials declined to offer many specifics about an upcoming reinforcement, but they described the mission as primarily aimed at bolstering the performance of the embattled 215th Corps of the Afghan military, through training.

Full report at: khaama.com/u-s-to-deploy-100s-of-additional-troops-to-helmand-4563

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Daesh smuggles Afghanistan’s timber to Pakistan, report

By Khaama Press - Tue Feb 09 2016

A report published by the Voice of America (VOA) reveals that the loyalists of the Islamic State (IS) who have named Afghanistan and Pakistan region as the province of Khorasan are involved in timber smuggling.

Local officials and tribal elders in the eastern region of the country have told VOA that the terrorist group has imported tree-cutting machines to their areas.

Armed men associating themselves with IS-Khorasan or Daesh have been seen in Achin, Naziyan and Dehbala districts of eastern Nangarhar province cutting trees with the imported machines for smuggling to Pakistan.

Full report at: khaama.com/is-khurasan-smuggle-afghanistans-timber-to-pakistan-report-4564

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North America

 

Sikh Indian-American Actor Says Barred From Mexico-US Flight over Turban

Feb 9, 2016

MEXICO CITY: A Sikh Indian-American actor and designer said Monday that he was barred from boarding an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to New York because he refused to remove his turban.

"This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban," Waris Ahluwalia wrote on his Instagram account.

The 41-year-old bearded actor posted a picture of himself holding up his boarding pass and another in front of an Aeromexico customer service desk. The House of Waris chief was heading to New York Fashion Week.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1238384/sikh-actor-says-barred-from-mexico-us-flight-over-turban

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US ready to help India to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice

PTI | Feb 9, 2016

WASHINGTON: The US has said it is committed to assist India in bringing perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks to justice after Pakistani-American key LeT operative David Coleman Headley in his first deposition told a court that Pakistani terrorists conducted 26/11 strikes after two failed attempts.

"The United States is committed to doing all we can to assist the government of India in pursuing every possible lead to bring to justice those responsible for that attack to the fullest extent permitted by US law," state department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-ready-to-help-India-to-bring-26/11-perpetrators-to-justice/articleshow/50910096.cms

 

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