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After Third Beheading and Warning of Fourth, West Set to Unleash War on ISLAMIC STATE

 

 

 

 

A still image taken from a purported Islamic State video released on Saturday of British captive David Haines before he is beheaded. — Reuters

 

 

 

 

North America

After Third Beheading and Warning of Fourth, West Set to Unleash War on IS

Islamic State's war chest grows by $3m daily: US intelligence officials

Ex-CIA chief likens U.S. airstrikes on ISIS to ‘casual sex’

US banks on strong Iraq coalition, but allies are hesitant

Snowden didn’t raise concerns internally: NSA

Obama condemns latest Islamic State beheading of Briton David Haines

Kerry in Paris to push anti-ISIS campaign

 

Africa

Nigerian Army kills 80 Boko Haram militants

Report: France aided Somalia al-Shabaab leader assassination

 

Arab World

Saudi Religious Police Malpractices Mocked On Social Media

Iraqi Warplanes Kill 35 ISIL Terrorists in Babel

Iraq: 37 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Fresh Army Operations in Tikrit

Syria air strike on jihadist camp kills 18: New toll

All Terrorists Must Be Targeted, Not Just IS: El-Sisi

Qatar-based cleric criticizes US role against Islamic State

Egypt to ask Interpol to arrest Brotherhood figures leaving Qatar

Iraqi uncle fears ISIS using 4-year-old niece as ‘human shield’

Egypt court to rule on listing Ultras 'terrorists', 27 September

 

Pakistan

Punjabi Taliban Call off Armed Struggle in Pakistan

Drone strike kills 7 militants on Pak-Afghan border

Parliament is house of corrupt, says Dr Qadri

Zarb-i-Azb: Three soldiers killed in NWA rocket attack

Altaf Hussain steps down, then rejoins MQM

Arrests, torture will not stop creation of Naya Pakistan: Imran

Opposition Jirga to make another attempt to end deadlock

Govt applies new strategy to send marchers packing

 

Europe

This British man has to pay the price for your promise, ISIS killer tells Cameron before beheading David Haines

UK's Cameron on Islamic State: They are not Muslims, they are monsters

Germany sending 40 soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan

German ‘jihadist’ goes on trial for ties with IS

 

South Asia

Pakistani militants among 40 killed in Ghazni clashes

37 Taliban militants killed during clearing operations, MoI says

Majority of Maldivian jihadists ex-military, claims former President Nasheed

2 Shibir men sued over petrol bomb recovery

 

India

Madrasas 'Teaching Terrorism', BJP MP

Tamil Nadu Man First ISIS Suicide Bomber from India?

ISI spy was bartender in 2009 Army party in Chennai

Probe sought into Trinamool-Jamaat link

Arrest of ISI spies have created panic among people, Karunanidhi says

Ban entry of Muslims in Garba events: Togadia

ISI Agencies step up surveillance in vital installations in South

 

Mideast

Netanyahu: ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaida all branches of the same poison tree

PA fears Islamic State threat taking world's attention away from Palestinian issue

Iran says Paris anti-jihadist meeting just for show

Iranian MP Stresses US Role in Creation of ISIL

IDF stops Palestinian with knife attempting to cross into Israel from Gaza

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesia arrests four Turks over ISIL link

The Race Card Still Is a Powerful Weapon in Indonesian Politics

Ex-PAS member Lotfi Ariffin killed in Syria

Conventional banks’ Sukuk to push limits of Islamic finance

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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North America

 

After Third Beheading and Warning of Fourth, West Set to Unleash War on IS

Sep 14, 2014

Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, as Washington drummed up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat.

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday a 600-strong force comprising some 400 air force personnel and 200 special forces soldiers would be deployed to a US military base in the United Arab Emirates.

A task group of military advisers to assist Iraqi and other security forces fighting the militants would form part of the deployment but Abbott said he had not yet made the decision to commit troops to combat action.

"I have to warn the Australian people that should this preparation and deployment extend into combat operations that this could go on for quite some time" he said in the northern city of Darwin. Abbott said Australia did not intend to operate in Syria.

US call for action gets support

A number of countries have responded to US president Barack Obama's call to join a coalition against Islamic State, but Australia is the first to publicly provide specific troop numbers and military hardware for the mission.

Obama is leading an effort to form a coalition of Western allies and Gulf Arab states to take on the extremist group, whose savage methods have included beheading two American journalists — James Foley and Steven Sotloff — and British aid worker David Haines.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the militants were “not Muslims” but “monsters”. He said Britain would not shirk responsibility in fight against the IS.

Kerry drums up support

Obama announced his plans in a prime time address on Wednesday to build an alliance to root out the IS in both Syria and Iraq, plunging the US into two conflicts in which nearly every country in the Middle East has a stake.

US secretary of state John Kerry is touring the Middle East to try to secure backing for the plan, and on Thursday won the backing for a "coordinated military campaign" from 10 Arab countries — Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rich rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

However, a lack of detail on commitments from NATO allies and Turkey’s reluctance to play a frontline role has highlighted the difficulty of building a willing coalition for a complex military campaign.  

Britain has said it supports US air strikes and Cameron has said repeatedly that Britain itself has ruled nothing out except combat troops on the ground.

Like Australia, Britain has delivered humanitarian aid, carried out surveillance, given weapons to Kurds and promised training in Iraq.

France has confirmed its commitment to use military force in Iraq, but it was unclear whether France would join strikes in Syria.

After the latest beheading, the French presidency said in statement, "The heinous murder of David Haines shows once again how the international community must mobilise against Daesh (the Arabic acronym for IS).”

Germany has said it won't take part in air strikes.

US officials say Kerry is also seeking permission to make more use of bases in the region and fly more warplanes overhead.

The region has been galvanised since June when Islamic State fighters, already in control of much of Syria, swept through northern Iraq, seizing cities, slaughtering prisoners, and proclaiming a "caliphate" that would rule over all Muslims.

The White House says the group is a threat to the West as well, attracting fighters from around the world who could return to carry out attacks at home.

"Death Cult"

The US resumed air strikes in Iraq in August for the first time since the withdrawal of its troops from the country in 2011.

The raids followed major gains by the IS, which has declared an Islamic caliphate in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq, as well as a series of grisly videos showing the beheading of captured Westerners.

The IS stirred new outrage on Saturday with a video purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. British Prime Minister David Cameron called it "a despicable and appalling murder," and vowed to bring the killers to justice.

The militants have announced their next target is another British aid worker, Alan Hening.

Describing the IS as a "death cult", Abbott said the beheadings had made him "more resolved than ever to do what we reasonably can to disrupt, degrade and if possible, destroy this movement".

The Australian government on Friday raised its domestic terror alert to 'high' for the first time, citing the likelihood of terrorist attacks by Australian citizens radicalised in Iraq or Syria.

Up to 160 Australians have either been involved in fighting there or actively supported it, officials say, and at least 20 have returned to Australia after fighting in the Middle East and pose a national security risk.

Abbott said, "These terrorists and would-be terrorists are not targeting us for what we have done, or for what we might do — they are targeting us for who we are."

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/iraqonthebrink/after-third-beheading-and-warning-of-fourth-us-and-west-set-to-unleash-war-on-islamic-state/article1-1263923.aspx#sthash.rOQEsnGx.dpuf

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Islamic State's war chest grows by $3m daily: US intelligence officials

 Sep 14, 2014

WASHINGTON: Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to US intelligence officials and private experts.

The extremist group's resources exceed that “of any other terrorist group in history,” said a US intelligence official who, like others interviewed, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified assessments.

Such riches are one reason that American officials are so concerned about the group even while acknowledging they have no evidence it is plotting attacks against the United States.

The Islamic State group has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries, analysts say.

It is selling oil and other goods through generations-old smuggling networks under the noses of some of the same governments it is fighting: Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.

While US intelligence does not assess that those governments are complicit in the smuggling, the Obama administration is pressing them do to more to crack down.

The illicit oil is generally transported on tanker trucks, analysts said. “There's a lot of money to be made,” said Denise Natali, who worked in Kurdistan as an American aid official and is now a senior research fellow at National Defense University.

“The Kurds say they have made an attempt to close it down, but you pay off a border guard you pay off somebody else and you get stuff through."

The price the Islamic State group fetches for its smuggled oil is discounted $25 to $60 for a barrel of oil that normally sells for more than $100 but its total profits from oil are exceeding $3 million a day, said Luay al-Khatteeb, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center in Qatar.

The group also has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from smuggling antiquities out of Iraq to be sold in Turkey, al-Khatteeb said, and millions more from human trafficking by selling women and children as sex slaves. Other revenue comes from extortion payments, ransom from kidnapped hostages, and outright theft of all manner of materials from the towns the Islamic State group has seized, analysts say.

“It's cash-raising activities resemble those of a mafia-like organization,” a second US intelligence official said, reflecting the assessment of his agency. “They are well-organized, systematic and enforced through intimidation and violence."

Even prior to seizing Mosul in June, for example, the group began to impose “taxes” on nearly every facet of economic activity, threatening death for those unwilling to pay, US intelligence officials say.

An analysis by the Council on Foreign Relations estimated the group was reaping $8 million a month from extortion in Mosul alone. Once the group took over Mosul, in northern Iraq, and other areas, it grabbed millions of dollars in cash from banks, though not the hundreds of millions initially reported, US intelligence officials say.

This spring, four French and two Spanish journalists held hostage by Islamic State extremists were freed after their governments paid multimillion-dollar ransoms through intermediaries. The Islamic State group “has managed to successfully translate territorial control in northern Syria and portions of Iraq into a means of revenue generation,” said a third US intelligence official.

Analysts say the group is relying on the fact that the area along the border between Iraq and Turkey has long been a smugglers haven, and was made more so by the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003. Generations of families have illicitly moved goods through the region.

The Islamic State is the successor to al-Qaida in Iraq, which was founded by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. For a time, the group was allied with the Nusra Front, the al-Qaida affiliate that is a key player among the rebels battling Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Islamic State group has since broken with the Nusra Front and al-Qaida.

In the early days of the Syrian civil war, the Islamic State group was funded in large part by donations from wealthy residents of Gulf States, including Kuwait and Qatar, American officials have said.

“A number of fundraisers operating in more permissive jurisdictions, particularly in Kuwait and Qatar, are soliciting donations to fund al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” David Cohen, the Treasury department's top counterterrorism official, said in a speech in March. ISIL is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

That stream of funding has diminished in recent months as the group's violent tactics have drawn worldwide attention, US intelligence officials say.

The group's reliance on oil as its main source of revenue could easily be disrupted by American airstrikes, officials say. But so far, no decision has been made to target Iraqi or Syrian oil infrastructure, which is serviced by civilian workers who may have been conscripted.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1131922/islamic-states-war-chest-grows-by-3m-daily

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Ex-CIA chief likens U.S. airstrikes on ISIS to ‘casual sex’

Sep 14, 2014

While U.S. President Barack Obama rolled out a new strategy for fighting and defeating Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, a former general and security director criticized the commander-in-chief’s plans with an surprising comparison.

“The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex,” retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden told U.S. News & World Report in an article published on Thursday.

“It seems to offer gratification but with very little commitment. We need to be wary of a strategy that puts emphasis on air power and air power alone,” added Hayden, who served as a director of both the CIA and NSA.

In response, State Department spokesman Marie Harf said on Friday that Hayden “all joking aside, knows very well the counter-terrorism tools that we have at our disposal from when he was CIA director — some of which we obviously don't utilize anymore.”

Limited enthusiasm

Explaining his analogy further, Hayden said on CNN that “our allies and our enemies view that [the airstrikes] as our limiting our commitment to this enterprise… they’re reporting today limited enthusiasm on the part of our allies to take up the role we said we would refuse to do.”

While a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday that Americans support Obama's campaign of airstrikes against ISIS militants, most low appetite for a long campaign against the group.

Weary after years of ground war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans look favorably on airstrikes because they are less risky, an Ipsos pollster said.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2014/09/13/Ex-CIA-chief-likens-U-S-airstrikes-on-ISIS-to-casual-sex-.html

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US banks on strong Iraq coalition, but allies are hesitant

Sep 14, 2014

PARIS: The United States says it is “comfortable” it can forge an international coalition to fight Islamic State, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough plan to fight the Islamist militants simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the United States directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.

The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”. “I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Ankara on Friday.

But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder. And the devil could be in the details.

“This coalition has to be efficient and targeted,” said a senior French diplomat. “We have to keep our autonomy. We don’t want to be the United States’ subcontractor. For the moment they haven’t made their intentions clear to us.”

The United States and Britain pulled out of striking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last year hours before French planes had been due to take off, leaving President Francois Hollande embarrassed and isolated.

This time around Paris wants clear commitment and international legality for any action in Syria. In Iraq, it wants a political plan encompassing all sides of society to be in place for the period after Islamic State (IS) is weakened.

“The coalition must be the most legal possible,” said former French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine. “It needs members of the Security Council and as many Arab countries as possible and there has to be a follow-up. Otherwise it will all start again in three months. There needs to be a long-term vision.”

That is the idea of a conference in Paris on Sept. 15 that will bring Iraqi authorities together with 15-20 international players. The talks come ahead of a U.N. Security Council ministerial meeting on Sept. 19 and a heads of state meeting at the U.N. General Assembly at the end of the month. “The goal is to coordinate aid, support and action for the unity of Iraq and against this terrorist group,” Hollande, the first Western leader to travel to Iraq since Islamic State’s advances in June, told reporters in Baghdad on Friday.

France has so far sent weapons to Kurdish fighters in Iraq and humanitarian aid. It is likely to send about 250 special forces troops to help direct strikes for Rafale fighter jets.

But what it can offer is limited. France’s forces are stretched, with more than 5,000 troops in Mali and Central African Republic. Its planned 450 million euros overseas defence budget for 2014 is already over a billion euros, at a time when the government is under severe pressure to cut spending.

Britain, Washington’s main ally in 2003, has sent mixed messages. It has stressed the West should not go over the heads of regional powers or neglect the importance of forming an inclusive government in Iraq.

Like France, it is also cautious about action in Syria because of legal questions and Syrian government air defences.

In Iraq, it has delivered humanitarian aid, carried out surveillance, given weapons to Kurds and promised training.

On military action, Britain supports US air strikes and Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly said Britain itself has ruled nothing out except combat troops on the ground.

“We need to keep working closely and talking, thinking about the strategy. It shouldn’t be presented too much as ‘here is the plan, these are the roles, who wants what’,” said a British government official.

With an election less than nine months away, the British government is well aware of public opposition to Britain’s role in invading Iraq with the United States in 2003.

Cameron is also scarred by the memory of an embarrassing parliamentary defeat last summer, when he recalled MPs during the summer recess only to fail to win their approval to leave open the possibility of military action against Syria.

Members of the government have said they would again try to seek authorisation from parliament for involvement in any strikes, unless it became necessary to act quickly due to a humanitarian emergency or a threat to Britain.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/region/14-Sep-2014/us-banks-on-strong-iraq-coalition-but-allies-are-hesitant

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Snowden didn’t raise concerns internally: NSA

September 14, 2014

WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency was unable to find evidence that leaker Edward Snowden ever raised concerns internally about its sweeping surveillance programs, after an exhaustive search that included deleted emails, court documents showed.

NSA Associate Director for Policy and Records David Sherman said that the agency had launched a “comprehensive” investigation after media reports were published about classified NSA spy programs based on information leaked by Snowden.

As part of last year’s probe, the NSA collected and searched Snowden’s “sent, received and deleted email,” including that “obtained by restoring back-up tapes” Sherman said in a sworn declaration filed Friday.

“The search did not identify any email written by Mr Snowden in which he contacted agency officials to raise concerns about NSA programs.” Searches for the emails included the records from the agency’s Office of General Counsel, Office of the Inspector General and Office of the Director of Compliance.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/14-Sep-2014/snowden-didn-t-raise-concerns-internally-nsa

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Obama condemns latest Islamic State beheading of Briton David Haines

 Sep 14, 2014

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Saturday strongly condemned "the barbaric murder" of Briton David Haines by Islamic State militants after the group released a video purporting to show the beheading of the aid worker.

"The United States stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve," Obama said in a statement. "We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world."

Obama is calling for a coalition of Western and Middle Eastern countries to fight Islamic State. The group in the past month released videos showing the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Obama-condemns-latest-Islamic-State-beheading-of-Briton-David-Haines-375268

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Kerry in Paris to push anti-ISIS campaign

14 September 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived to Paris on Saturday after visiting several countries in the Middle East, in a tour aimed at mobilizing support for President Obama’s plan to strike the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, the BBC reported.

Right before heading to Paris, Kerry visited Egypt, and described the critical role to be played by the country.

“Egypt is on the frontline of the fight against terrorism, particularly when it comes to fighting extremist groups in Sinai,” Agence France-Presse quoted Kerry as telling a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/09/14/Kerry-arrives-to-Paris-after-Arab-tour.html

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Africa

 

Nigerian Army kills 80 Boko Haram militants

Sep 14, 2014

The Nigerian Army has killed more than 80 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the north of the country, local media reported on Saturday.

The extremist group has been making advances in the north-eastern Borno State, capturing the city of Bama as well as towns and villages near the state capital Maiduguri.

The Vanguard newspaper quoted the Army as saying that the clashes erupted some 35 kilometres from Maiduguri after Boko Haram launched an attack on the town of Konduga.

Boko Haram is reported to have killed more than 3,000 people in Nigeria’s north this year alone.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/nigerian-army-kills-80-boko-haram-militants/article6408051.ece

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Report: France aided Somalia al-Shabaab leader assassination

Sep 14, 2014

French intelligence services assisted Washington in the operation that killed the commander of Somalia’s Shabaab militant group earlier this month, local media reported Saturday.

“France and President (Francois Hollande) supported with intelligence and coordination” a U.S. air strike that killed Ahmed Godane, the commander of the Islamist faction responsible for a string of deadly attacks throughout Somalia, the weekly Le Point magazine said.

The U.S. confirmed that Godane - one of the world’s eight top terror fugitives - was killed in a drone and aircraft strike in southern Somalia on September 1.

Paris is said to hold Godane responsible for the capture of two French intelligence agents in Somalia in 2009. One, Denis Allex, was killed in an unsuccessful commando raid to free him in January 2013.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/13/Report-France-aided-Somalia-al-Shabaab-leader-assassination-.html

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Arab World

 

Saudi Religious Police Malpractices Mocked On Social Media

14 September 2014

Social media users have taken to Twitter to mock the malpractices of Saudi Arabia’s religious police, using the hashtag “share a religious photo from your mobile phone.”

The hashtag has sparked more than 120,000 tweets in which people posted what a ‘religious photo’ means to them. The response has largely targeted the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the kingdom’s conservative religious police.

One user, whose name translates into ‘Mazen, a half-disciplined citizen,’ tweeted a photo of a car carrying the Committee’s logo parked in a handicapped lot, which has been re-tweeted more than 170 times.

Another user, @AliRashid25, tweeted a caricature of a man, dressed in attire similar to that worn by members of the religious police, reading a book titled ‘Islamic tolerance,’ upside down.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/09/14/Saudi-religious-police-malpractices-mocked-on-social-media.html

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Iraqi Warplanes Kill 35 ISIL Terrorists in Babel

Sep 14, 2014

 Iraqi jet fighters launched massive strikes against the positions of the ISIL terrorists in the Northern city of Babel, killing and dislodging scores of them.

A military source told Iraqi News that 35 ISIL terrorists were killed in an airstrike in Jurf al-Sakhar district.

The Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Eastern Syria and Iraq’s Northern and Western regions. They have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Ezadi Kurds during their advances in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence, and is believed to be supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930623000424

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Iraq: 37 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Fresh Army Operations in Tikrit

Sep 14, 2014

 Iraq's army claimed the lives of 37 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after carrying out large-scale operations against the terrorist group in Tikrit, Salahuddin province.

A military source told Iraqi News that heavy clashes broke out between the army soldiers and the ISIL terrorists on Sunday morning in Makhmour district in which the army inflicted massive casualties upon the Takfiri group.

The Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Eastern Syria and Iraq’s Northern and Western regions. They have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Ezadi Kurds during their advances in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence, and is believed to be supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930623001104

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Syria air strike on jihadist camp kills 18: New toll

Sep 14, 2014

A Syrian air strike on an Islamic State (IS) training camp in the jihadist-held east killed 17 militants and a child, a monitoring group said in a new toll Sunday.

The Saturday strike hit dormitories in the camp in the Euphrates valley town of Tibni in Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The child who was killed had been visiting his elder brother who was training with IS, the Observatory said.

President Bashar al-Assad's regime has stepped up its air campaign against the jihadists in recent weeks, carrying out near-daily air strikes against areas under their control.

The air force also hit jihadist targets in neighbouring Hasakeh province late Saturday, the Observatory said.

IS fighters have been battling both government troops and Kurdish militia in the northeastern province, which has a large Kurdish population.

US President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that he had authorised the expansion to Syria of the US air campaign against IS he launched in early August.

There have been no US strikes so far but Obama's announcement, which was made in defiance of the Syrian government, drew protests from Damascus and its Iranian and Russian allies.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/110701/World/Region/Syria-air-strike-on-jihadist-camp-kills--New-toll.aspx

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All Terrorists Must Be Targeted, Not Just IS: El-Sisi

Sep 14, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has stressed the importance of an international coalition to combat not only Islamic State but also all terrorist groups in the Middle East and Africa.

He made the comments during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The US is taking the lead in an international coalition aimed at defeating Islamist extremists spreading across parts of Iraq and Syria. Militants from the so-called Islamic State have so far murdered thousands and declared a Muslim caliphate.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson also attended the meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo.

According to a presidency statement, Kerry highlighted that Egypt would be playing a key role in the coalition and that there were strong ties between Egypt and the US.

Egypt and the US have had a patchy relationship since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July of last year. The US temporarily suspended military aid to Egypt amid a crackdown on Morsi's supporters.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/110690/Egypt/Politics-/All-terrorists-must-be-targeted,-not-just-IS-ElSis.aspx

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Qatar-based cleric criticizes US role against Islamic State

Sep 14, 2014

DUBAI - A Sunni Muslim cleric at the center of a diplomatic rift among Gulf Arab states has criticized Washington's role in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as purely self-interested.

Ties between Qatar and its neighbors have periodically come under strain following sermons by Sheik Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric based in Doha, criticizing the military-based Egyptian government and conservative Gulf Arab dynasties.

Qaradawi's outspoken support for Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood earlier this year contributed to an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Qatar and several of its Gulf Arab allies, who consider the Islamist movement a security threat.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Qatar-based-cleric-criticizes-US-role-against-Islamic-State-375295

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Egypt to ask Interpol to arrest Brotherhood figures leaving Qatar

14 September 2014

Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Saturday reportedly called on Interpol to chase exiled Muslim Brotherhood members who are pending criminal investigations as they prepare to flee Qatar.

Egypt has previously requested for international arrests of Brotherhood members involved in the incitement or the triggering of violence in Egypt following the ouster of President Mohammad Mursi in July 2013.

Prosecutor Hisham Barakat has demanded “the renewal of the Interpol red notices against the Brotherhood members, especially those fleeing in Qatar and Turkey,” reported Al-Ahram newspaper’s English portal.

His calls came as reports on Saturday suggested that Qatar has asked senior members of the Islamist group to leave the country.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/14/Egypt-to-ask-Interpol-to-arrest-Brotherhood-figures-leaving-Qatar-.html

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Iraqi uncle fears ISIS using 4-year-old niece as ‘human shield’

Sep 14, 2014

An Iraqi has expressed concern about the fate of his kidnapped 4-year-old niece, saying she is being used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a human shield.

Mirze Ezdin, an Iraqi lawyer, told The Sunday Times he was terrified for the future of his niece Rosalinda, 4, who is among an estimated 3,000 children and women believed to be held hostage as “human shields” in the ISIS-controlled border town of Tal’Afar.

The uncle also fears for his other 45 relatives who were also snatched by the militant group.

Last week, Ezdin’s family told The Sunday Times of the horrors inflicted on their children and wives. The family said their relatives lived under 24-hour house arrest in a town transformed into an open prison.

The family also described to the daily the terror of rape, of concerns that young girls were being sold into sex slavery, of little boys being taught to kill and of babies dying from malnutrition.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/09/14/Iraqi-uncle-fears-ISIS-using-4-year-old-niece-as-human-shield.html

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Egypt court to rule on listing Ultras 'terrorists', 27 September

Sep 14, 2014

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters said Sunday it would issue a verdict 27 September on a lawsuit calling for all "Ultras" football fan groups to be listed as terrorist organisations.

Lawyer and Zamalek Football Club chairman Mortada Mansour earlier filed a case calling for all Ultras football groups to be disbanded, providing examples of riots such groups were reportedly involved in.

Zamalek management boycotted the club's hardcore fans, the Ultras White Knights, indefinitely in August following an attack on Mansour by unidentified gunmen near the club.

At least 36 members of Ultras White Knights are currently detained pending investigations for violating the protest law when they demonstrated against the detention of colleagues who are accused of the apparent assassination attempt.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/110703/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-court-to-rule-on-listing-Ultras-terrorists,-.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Punjabi Taliban Call off Armed Struggle In Pakistan

Sep 14, 2014

PESHAWAR: The Punjabi Taliban militant group on Saturday announced that it was giving up its armed struggle in Pakistan, and would now pursue the implementation of Shariah in the country through peaceful means.

In a newly released video message and a written statement, a copy of which was received by Dawn.com, Punjabi Taliban Chief Ismatullah Muawiya said that after consultation with the Ulema, and given the prevailing situation in Pakistan, the organization was ending its armed struggle within the country, limiting its use of force to "infidel forces".

Ismatullah Muawiya had only a few days ago announced the group would limit its activities to Afghanistan, and today's announcement is of great significance as it appears to mark the end of the anti-Pakistan armed struggle of the largest Taliban group, in terms of sheer numbers. The faction had been active in Punjab, the political power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

The announcement indicates further fragmentation in the umbrella Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which suffered a setback when a new bloc recently declared its split from the group's official leadership. The TTP Jamaat ul Ahrar (freedom fighters group) said it would no longer recognise TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah as its Emir, and named Omar Khalid Khorasani as its commander.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1131738/punjabi-taliban-call-off-armed-struggle-in-pakistan

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Drone strike kills 7 militants on Pak-Afghan border

Sep 14 2014

At least seven suspected militants were killed following a drone strike by coalition security forces on Pak-Afghan border.

The airstrike was reportedly carried out on Saturday at Pak-Afghan border on zero line with Paktika province along South Waziristan Agency.

Two top commanders of the Badr Mansoor group were also among those killed following the airstrike.

According to informed sources, the a militants compound was targeted by US drone near Komal village of Paktika province.

Sources further added that the key militant commanders were identified as as Aqalzadin and Ikramullah.

In the meantime, residents of Watapur district in Kunar province said Saturday a senior Taliban commander identified as Mullah Basir was killed following a drone strike.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-7-militants-on-pak-afghan-border-8642

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Parliament is house of corrupt, says Dr Qadri

Sep 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday said parliament was a mere union of tax evaders, loan defaulters and fake degree holders who have become members through unfair means.

“You will find tax evaders, loan defaulters, fake degrees holder and multiple criminals sitting in parliament,” Qadri told his sit-in crowd, adding, “Business of corruption and looting was being done in the parliament from dawn to dusk.” 

He said democracy in Pakistan was to protect corruption of each other (politicians), adding, “State will not survive if incumbent regime remains in power as a conspiracy is being hatched against the existence of the country.”

He alleged that a group of opportunists had been taking turns for the last 30 years. However, the people have stood up now to take their constitutional rights, the PAT chief said.

The scholar said parliament should see that the protesters represented the 180 million people of Pakistan. He said these people plough fields and give their blood and sweat for the country in time of need. He said he had educated them to get their rights. “They know their rights now. They know that Parliament is an alliance of corruption. Their alliance is of power, corruption and business,” he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/14-Sep-2014/parliament-is-house-of-corrupt-says-dr-qadri

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Zarb-i-Azb: Three soldiers killed in NWA rocket attack

 Sep 14, 2014

PESHAWAR: As Operation Zarb-i-Azb continues in the restive North Waziristan Agency, at least three security personnel were killed and two others injured on Sunday as Spinwam Security Fort came under militant attack.

Official sources say that scores of rockets were fired on the fort which caused both human and material loss.

Military authorities confirmed that one of the rockets fell into the fort, resulting in the death of three security personnel while two others were injured. Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) is yet to issue an official statement on the attack.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow on the death of three security personnel .In a statement issued from the Prime Minister House, the premier said the sacrifices of the armed forces for security of the country would not go in vain. He also extended condolences to the families of the slain soldiers.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1131916/zarb-i-azb-three-soldiers-killed-in-nwa-rocket-attack

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Altaf Hussain steps down, then rejoins MQM

 Sep 14, 2014

LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain, once again, announced he was stepping down from the party leadership on Sunday, only to withdraw the decision within hours. He took back the decision "on the insistence of party workers".

MQM's top leadership had earlier opted to resign from the Rabita Committee in a bid to bring Altaf back to the party. A large number of party workers and leaders had gathered at the MQM headquarters in Karachi to express solidarity with their party leader, in a successful bid to get him to withdraw his decision.

In a telephonic address to his charged supporters outside MQM headquarters Nine Zero, Hussain said, "Once again, I'm agreeing to my supporters' wishes."

Last year, Altaf Hussain had announced his resignation, only to withdraw his decision after a few hours, on the insistence of party workers.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1131914/altaf-hussain-steps-down-then-rejoins-mqm

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Arrests, torture will not stop creation of Naya Pakistan: Imran

 Sep 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Addressing a charged crowd at the PTI Azadi March, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan said that the government could arrest his party workers or torture them but a new Pakistan would be created regardless.

At a gathering marking the thirtieth day of the protest in Islamabad city, Khan said ‘the tigers and tigresses are not scared of suicide bombers’.

“Nawaz Sharif grew up in the nursery of a dictator and does not know the Pakistani nation,” the PTI chief said.

He further criticised Maulana Fazlur Rehman and said that the JUI-F Chief would never again be able to win a single seat.

On the occasion, Khan said that the high-ups of Islamabad and Punjab police would be taken to the courts for justice.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1131749/arrests-torture-will-not-stop-creation-of-naya-pakistan-imran

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Opposition Jirga to make another attempt to end deadlock

Sep 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The opposition Jirga will meet on Monday to devise a strategy to break the latest deadlock in talks between the government and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

A source told Dawn that Jirga members believed that a government crackdown on the protesting workers had made their job more difficult.

The Jirga had earlier succeeded in bringing the parties back to the negotiation table when the talks were suspended on August 30 after a clash between police and PTI and PAT workers at D-Chowk.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1131878/opposition-jirga-to-make-another-attempt-to-end-deadlock

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Govt applies new strategy to send marchers packing

Sep 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Police on Saturday arrested more than 200 workers of the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and sent to Adiala jail for “attacking government installations and violating Section 144”.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa PTI President Azam Swati and Punjab PTI Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas were also arrested for “interfering in state affairs”.

Following the arrests, PTI workers and leaders surrounded the police van carrying those arrested and shouted anti-government slogans. Heavy contingents of police arrived at the F-8 court.

Talking to reporters, Islamabad Inspector General Tahir Alam said police have been showing patience. Under Section 144 gathering of more than five people was prohibited, he added. The IG said it was their duty to disperse a crowd that violated Section 144. He, however, said the police would not use force against protesters. Alam warned protesters that they would be arrested if they did not vacate the court premises. He said the PTI workers and leaders had stopped prison vans near district courts at F-8 and demanded release of the prisoners. A number of PTI workers surrounded the police van and deflated its tyres.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/14-Sep-2014/govt-applies-new-strategy-to-send-marchers-packing

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Europe

 

This British man has to pay the price for your promise, ISIS killer tells Cameron before beheading David Haines

Kounteya Sinha,TNN | Sep 14, 2014

LONDON: The Islamic State has released a video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines.

The brutal murder comes just a day after the aid worker's family issued a public plea for his captors to contact them.

UK is trying to verify the authenticity of the video. British Prime Minister David Cameron has termed the beheading "act of pure evil" and vowed "to do everything possible to find the killers".

The 44-year-old aid worker was seized in Syria in 2013.

He was being held by Islamic State militants who have already killed two US captives. The latest video also includes a threat to kill a second British hostage.

In the video, entitled "A Message to the Allies of America", a masked man is shown carrying out the beheading of 44-year-old Haines.

Haines is the third western hostage and the first Briton to be killed by the Islamic State.

Denouncing the killing, Cameron said "This is a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker. It is an act of pure evil. My heart goes out to the family of David Haines who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude throughout this ordeal. We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/This-British-man-has-to-pay-the-price-for-your-promise-ISIS-killer-tells-Cameron-before-beheading-David-Haines/articleshow/42441495.cms

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UK's Cameron on Islamic State: They are not Muslims, they are monsters

Sep 14, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday lashed out at the Islamic State after the organization released a video Saturday purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines in Syria.

After US President Barack Obama said last week that the US would be stepping up its military campaign against the terrorist organization by expanding airstrikes against Islamic State to Syria as well as Iraq, Cameron appeared to be making the case for an expanded British role in the fight against the group.

"They are killing and slaughtering thousands of people - Muslims, Christians, minorities across Iraq and Syria," Cameron said in a televised address on Sunday.

"They boast of their brutality. They claim to do this in the name of Islam. That is nonsense. Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslims, they are monsters," he charged.

"They make no secret of their desire to do as much harm, not just in the Middle East, but to any countries with peoples who seek to stand in their way, or dare to stand for values they disagree with," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/UKs-Cameron-on-Islamic-State-They-are-not-Muslims-they-are-monsters-375293

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Germany sending 40 soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan

Sep 14, 2014

Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the German army said on Sept. 13.        

Following a decision last month by the German government to provide Kurdish peshmerga forces with weapons, Berlin's defence ministry said it had sent six soldiers to its consulate in Arbil, northern Iraq, to "coordinate" joint training exercises.        

Additional teams will be "temporarily" deployed to Iraqi Kurdistan, with up to 30 Kurdish soldiers travelling to Germany in exchange, it said.

The first batch of German weapons, which includes "anti-tank rockets and machine guns," will arrive in northern Iraq on September 24 and will be followed "quickly" by the military trainers, according to a defence ministry spokesman.        

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/germany-sending-40-soldiers-to-iraqi-kurdistan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71675&NewsCatID=352

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German ‘jihadist’ goes on trial for ties with IS

Sep 14, 2014

BERLIN: A 20-year-old German alleged jihadist goes on trial on Monday on charges of fighting for Islamic State in Syria, in Germany’s first court proceedings involving the militant group.

The defendant, identified by the court only as Kreshnik B., was arrested last December at Frankfurt airport in western Germany on his way home from Syria.

Prosecutors say he joined the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS), fighting to create a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.

While in Syria, he allegedly underwent weapons training with the jihadists and fought in at least three battles against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.

Justice officials say this is the first time a German court will hear a criminal case against an IS suspect, and the trial will open under tight security three days after the government announced a major crackdown on the group’s activities.

The case underlines European fears of the threat posed by hundreds of young Islamic militants returning from Syria and Iraq, where they have gained weapons training and combat experience.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1131856/german-jihadist-goes-on-trial-for-ties-with-is

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South Asia

 

Pakistani militants among 40 killed in Ghazni clashes

 Sep 14 2014

At least 40 militants were killed following clashes with the Afghan security forces in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, dozens of Taliban launched coordinated attacks on security check posts in Qarabgh district.

A local security official said clashes continued until Sunday morning, leaving at least 40 Taliban militants including their key commanders dead.

The official further added that a number of Pakistani militants were also among those killed during the clashes.

In the meantime, Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban group said at least three policemen were killed and five others were injured during the clashes.

Ghazni is among the volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

The deadliest attack by Taliban was launched around two weeks ago after a group of 21 Taliban militants and suicide bombers launched coordinated attacks on a number of government compounds in this province.

At least 12 people including members of the Afghan security forces were killed and nearly 200 others were injured following the attacks.

http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-militants-among-40-killed-in-ghazni-clashes-8643

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37 Taliban militants killed during clearing operations, MoI says

Sep 14 2014

At least 37 Taliban militants were killed following coordinated military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces in various provinces of the country.

“In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan,” the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said following a statement.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Takhar, Kunar, Paktiya and Kapisa provinces.

At least 37 armed Taliban members were killed, 19 wounded and three others were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces, the statement said.

Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition during the operations, MoI said.

The statement also added that five armed Taliban (IED planters) were killed by their own explosives while they were placing IEDs in the main road of Shah Wali Kot district of southern Kandahar province on Saturday afternoon.

http://www.khaama.com/37-taliban-militants-killed-during-clearing-operations-moi-says-8640

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Majority of Maldivian jihadists ex-military, claims former President Nasheed

By Minivan News | September 14th, 2014

The vast majority of Maldivians jihadists fighting in Syria are former officers of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), former President Mohamed Nasheed has claimed, warning of the rise of Islamic extremism in the Maldives.

In an interview with the Independent newspaper in the UK during a visit to London, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) president claimed that up to 200 Maldivians were presently fighting in Syria and Iraq.

“Radical Islam is getting very, very strong in the Maldives. Their strength in the military and in the police is very significant,” the opposition leader was quoted as saying in a story that appeared online today.

“They have people in strategic positions within both. Of the 200 people who have gone to jihad, the vast majority are ex-military. What’s happening is they are taking people in for training and they will go away [to fight abroad]. They are using the Maldives military to train their people.”

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/majority-of-maldivian-jihadists-ex-military-claims-former-president-nasheed-90083

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2 Shibir men sued over petrol bomb recovery

Sep 14 2014

A case has been filed against 42 Shibir activists in connection with the recovery of a petrol bomb from Dip Manjil, a student mess at Chittagong University.

Md Ismail Hossain, officer-in-charge of Hathazari police station told the Dhaka Tribune that Sub-Inspector Shahnewaz lodged the case on Saturday night.

"The case was filed against 30 named and 12 unnamed Shibir activists including Suhrawardy Hall unit Shibir president and secretary," said the OC.

On Saturday, police recovered a petrol bomb and wooden weapons from Dip Manjil during a raid.

 http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/sep/14/42-shibir-men-sued-over-petrol-bomb-recovery#sthash.3r6Nr3cv.dpuf

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India

 

Madrasas 'Teaching Terrorism', BJP MP

TNN | Sep 14, 2014

LUCKNOW: After Yogi Adityanath, another BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has triggered a controversy with a statement against a minority community.

The BJP MP from Unnao on Sunday alleged that madrasas were giving "education of terrorism" evoking strong reactions from opposition parties.

"Education of terrorism is being given in madrasas. They (madrasas) ... are making them terrorists and Jihadis ... It is not in national interest," the MP from Unnao constituency told reporters in Nademau in Kannauj district, 120 km from here.

He alleged that students were not being taught about nationalism in the religious schools.

"Tell me about one madrasa where tricolour is hoisted even on August 15 and January 26," he said.

The Unnao MP said madrasas "which have no connection with nationalism" are being given government aid.

"Most of our schools do not take the aid but it is being given to madrasas having no connection with nationalism," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Madrassas-teaching-terrorism-BJP-MP-from-Unnao-says/articleshow/42448653.cms

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Tamil Nadu man first ISIS suicide bomber from India?

TNN | Sep 13, 2014

NEW DELHI: Indian security agencies are verifying unconfirmed reports of a young suicide bomber of Chennai origin blowing himself up for the Islamic State (IS) in the Syria-Iraq theatre. If the reports about the Indian fidayeen are true it could have serious repercussions for India as this would be the first time that an Indian has been found involved in a suicide attack anywhere in the world.

The reports have become a cause for concern in an atmosphere where security agencies have dependable inputs about 20-30 youth from India fighting along IS, even as al-Qaida has floated an Indian subcontinent centric wing named Qaidat al Jihad or al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

The fear is that once these youth return they would directly tether India to the IS cause. Also, reports of Indians being motivated and trained in fidayeen attacks could introduce this form of terrorism in the homegrown terror circuit. That is a day that agencies do not want to see.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Tamil-Nadu-man-first-ISIS-suicide-bomber-from-India/articleshow/42391955.cms

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ISI spy was bartender in 2009 Army party in Chennai

A Selvaraj,TNN | Sep 13, 2014

CHENNAI: This spy story is getting heady. Arun Selvarajan, the suspected ISI agent from Colombo arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday in Chennai, had sneaked into the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in the city posing as a bartender in August 2009.

Before he launched an event management firm in Chennai, Selvarajan has confessed to the interrogators, he visited OTA for a recce, disguising himself as a bartender at a dinner for Army officers.

For the get-together in 2009, OTA had given the bartending contract to a star hotel in Chennai. NIA officials said Selvarajan tagged along a friend who worked in the star hotel for the officers' party. "He served drinks and managed to take some photographs of senior officers in the academy, using a pen camera. He downloaded these photographs and sent them to his handler called Shaji in Sri Lanka. Shaji worked for the Pakistan high commission in Sri Lanka.

Officers said Selvarajan, however, was not revealing more information about the night. "We need to question him further about his suspected role in India," an investigating officer said. NIA officials have sought seven days custody of the suspected ISI operative. The petition will be taken up for hearing on coming Monday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISI-spy-was-bartender-in-2009-Army-party-in-Chennai/articleshow/42391713.cms

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Probe sought into Trinamool-Jamaat link

HAROON HABIB

Sep 14, 2014

Amidst reports of the Trinamool Congress’s alleged funding of Jamaat-e-Islami, the Bangladesh-based extremist group, Members of Parliament from both the ruling Awami League and the Workers Party have demanded a probe into the allegations.

The allegations gained ground as the Kolkota-based Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika reported on Friday that crores of money from the Saradha chit fund scam were used to instigate violence in Bangladesh. The newspaper said the money made its way to the Jamaat in 2012-13 through Ahmed Hassan Imran, a Rajya Sabha member from Trinamool Congress.

Fazle Hossain Badsha, MP from northern Rajshahi, bordering West Bengal, who is also general secretary of the Workers Party, an ally of the Awami League, said his party had expressed serious concern when the Jamaat last year procured “gun powder” and funds from across the border ahead of the January 5 elections. “We raised concerns because without consent from the ruling party there, the Jamaat would not have got such help to carry out violent anarchy,” he said. Mostafa Lutfullah, Awami League MP from Satkhira, said “We have enough evidence to prove that Jamaat militants, when chased or injured during clashes with police, crossed the border into West Bengal.” Satkhira, on the border with West Bengal, was the centre of widespread Jamaat-sponsored violence during last year’s anti-election agitation. “We have also information that the leaders of the Trinamool Congress gave them shelter,” he said. He alleged that Jamaat leaders and workers worked for the Trinamool during the recent Lok Sabha elections.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/probe-sought-into-trinamooljamaat-link/article6408298.ece

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Arrest of ISI spies have created panic among people, Karunanidhi says

PTI | Sep 14, 2014

CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday said the arrest of ISI spies and their activities in Tamil Nadu has created panic among people and asked why no arrests have been made in connection with the May 1 twin bomb blasts in a train at the Central Railway Station in which a woman was killed.

Referring to the arrest of alleged ISI spy Arun Selvarjan last week by the National Investigation Agency, he said it was not the first time 'such terrorists' had been apprehended during the AIADMK rule.

He recalled that while one Thameem Ansari was arrested last year from Tiruchirappalli on espionage charges, another operative, Zakir Hussain, was nabbed here along with three of his accomplices early this year.

All of them had worked at the behest of a Pakistani consular official in Sri Lanka, he said.

"Reports of movement of terrorists and their activities in Tamil Nadu has created panic among people," Karunanidhi said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Arrest-of-ISI-spies-have-created-panic-among-people-Karunanidhi-says/articleshow/42447165.cms

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Ban entry of Muslims in Garba events: Togadia

PTI Ahmedabad, September 14, 2014

Echoing the views of a BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, firebrand VHP leader Pravin Togadia said on Saturday Muslims must not be allowed inside the Garba events and insisted identity cards of each and every person be checked for participants in and visitors to such events.

 "We must be alert so that not a single Muslim person can enter in our Garba festival. Identity cards of each and every person must be checked at every Garba event," Togadia said in Amreli town in Saurashtra.

 He said "Navratri is the festival of Mother Amba's prayers and worship, so we cannot allow beef-eaters Muslims to enter into Garba places."    

BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh Usha Thakur had recently asked party workers to ensure that Muslim youths are not allowed to enter Garba venues in her constituency, Indore (3), during the upcoming annual Navdurga festival alleging that Hindu girls are lured by them and converted to Islam as part of the 'love jihad' to distort population ratio in the country.

Thakur, who is also state BJP vice-president, had said she would soon be writing to all Garba organisers in her constituency to allow only Hindu men inside the Garba venues by making electoral photo-identity cards mandatory for entry.

Speaking about 'love jihad', Togadia said "we need to be alert about love jihad. If it is love, then where is the need of conversion?" Togadia said.

 On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's offer of relief to flood-affected Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK); Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Togadia today said tanks should be sent there along with relief materials.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/ban-entry-of-muslims-in-garba-events-togadia/article1-1263781.aspx

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ISI Agencies step up surveillance in vital installations in South

Sep 14, 2014

With the arrest of another Sri Lankan national for alleged spying for Pakistan’s ISI, central security agencies have stepped up surveillance of vital installations including defence and foreign consulates in southern parts of the country.

After initial leads from central security agencies, National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Arun Selvarajan in Chennai last week and allegedly recovered some incriminating documents including layout plans of country’s defence establishment like the Coast Guards complex.

During preliminary interrogation before being sent to judicial custody, Selvarajan, who is also wanted in Sri Lanka for allegedly supporting banned LTTE terror group, told the officials that he had supplied information about some strategic locations to ISI handlers based in Colombo who were operating from the Pakistan’s High Commission, official sources claimed.

NIA has already approached a court in Chennai and is expected to get his police remand tomorrow.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/isi-agencies-step-up-surveillance-in-vital-installations-in-south/article6409851.ece

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Mideast

 

Netanyahu: ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaida all branches of the same poison tree

Sep 14, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned against the rising tide of extremism in the world on Sunday, asserting that the Islamic State, Hamas, al-Qaida, the Nusra Fronta, Boko Haram and Hezbollah are all "branches of the same poison tree."

Speaking during a meeting with a visiting Israel Bonds leadership delegation, Netanyahu said all of the groups in question share the same ideology.

"The main difference between ISIS [Islamic State] and Hamas is that these guys cut off heads, while the other guys shoot at heads."

Netanyahu sent his condolences to the British people for the loss of David Haines, the British aid worker who was purportedly beheaded by an Islamic State terrorist in Syria, as seen in a video released on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Netanyahu-ISIS-Hamas-al-Qaida-all-branches-of-the-same-poison-tree-375287

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PA fears Islamic State threat taking world's attention away from Palestinian issue

Sep 14, 2014

The leadership in Ramallah is concerned that the world has pushed the Palestinian issue to the back burner as the international community's attention has centered on efforts to combat the Islamic State terror threat.

US Secretary of State John Kerry won backing on Thursday for a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State from 10 Arab countries - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rich rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The terrorist organization grabbed headlines once again on Sunday morning, releasing a video which appears to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

Israel Radio quoted Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat as saying Sunday that the reason behind the extremism in the region is the continuation of the "Israeli occupation," the suffering of the Palestinian people and the "terror" carried out by Israel and the settlers.

Rather than forming a coalition to battle Islamic State, PA security official Adnan Damiri called on the US and Europe to form a coalition to combat "the terror of the Israeli occupation."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/PA-fears-Islamic-State-threat-taking-worlds-attention-away-from-Palestinian-issue-375276

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Iran says Paris anti-jihadist meeting just for show

Sep 14, 2014

Iran said Saturday it has no wish to attend an international conference in Paris next week on fighting the jihadist Islamic State group, dismissing the meeting as just for show.

"We have no interest in taking part in this counter-terrorism conference in Paris which has a selective guest list and is just for show," deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told state television.

"What would interest Iran is a real fight against terrorism in the region and around the world, not this selective one," he said.

Iran has not been invited to Monday's meeting in Paris, amid US resistance to involving Tehran in the regional coalition it has been building among regional states to fight the jihadists in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Washington opposed Tehran's participation because of its "engagement in Syria and elsewhere".

The United States is building an international coalition against the Islamic State and has said it plans air strikes against the jihadists on Syrian territory without the consent of Damascus.

Syria and its ally Russia have warned that any unilateral US military action on Syrian territory would be a violation of its sovereignty.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/110669/World/Region/Iran-says-Paris-antijihadist-meeting-just-for-show.aspx

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Iranian MP Stresses US Role in Creation of ISIL

Sep 14, 2014

An Iranian parliamentarian Sunday lased out at the US for its role in the creation of terrorist groups in the region, and said Washington's so-called enmity with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is aimed at winning back control over the group.

Member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mehdi Davatgari said that US seeks to manage and control the ISIL.

He recalled the background of the US-Israeli full-fledged support for the ISIL terrorist group and said that recent US anti-ISIL stance is hypocritical.

He went on to say that the US and its allies created the terrorists to use them against the independent states and destabilize the region.

The ISIL, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda terrorist group, has taken control over large areas in Western and Northwestern parts of Iraq in recent two months.

Iraqi army, populace forces and Kurdish Pishmarga have launched massive operations to liberated captured areas and wipe out terrorism and extremism from Iraq.

Ever since the escalation of the ISIL crisis in the Middle-Eastern country, Iran voiced its full support for Iraqi government and nation in their campaign against the foreign-created terrorism.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930623001359

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IDF stops Palestinian with knife attempting to cross into Israel from Gaza

 Sep 14, 2014

The IDF on Sunday arrested a Palestinian attempting to cross the border from Gaza into Israel.

Soldiers discovered that the suspect was in possession of a knife after detaining him. Security forces took the suspect for interrogation.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/IDF-stops-Palestinian-with-knife-attempting-to-cross-into-Israel-from-Gaza-375279

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesia arrests four Turks over ISIL link

 Sep 14, 2014

Jakarta. Indonesia’s anti-terrorism police have arrested four Turks suspected of being linked to the Islamic State jihadist group, a spokesman said on Sunday.

The elite Detachment 88 police squad arrested the men, along with three Indonesians, after tailing their car on Saturday in central Sulawesi district of Poso, a known hotbed for militant activity, Boy Rafli Amar told AFP.

“They are Turkish,” Amar said, confirming the arrest and adding that the men were being investigated for their connection to the dreaded Islamist group.

“We suspect they are linked and are investigating further,” he said.

Indonesia is home to the world’s biggest Muslim population of about 225 million and has long struggled with terrorism. But a successful clampdown in recent years has seen the end of major deadly attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/four-turks-arrested-islamic-state-link/

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The Race Card Still Is a Powerful Weapon in Indonesian Politics

 Sep 14, 2014

Jakarta’s deputy governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, has renounced his membership of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party in protest at the proposed new bill that aims to abolish direct regional elections. Regrettably, his decision has also unleashed a grotesque feature of Indonesian politics: camouflaged racism.

Ahok’s resignation was followed almost immediately by a vitriolic attack on him by Gerindra Jakarta chairman Muhammad Taufik. “If the House of Representatives passes the new regional elections bill, what will be his reaction? The bill will become state policy. If he disagrees, he should change his nationality.”

Taufik may have thought he was being clever by trying to turn the tables. He argued that Ahok objected to the policy of Gerindra to push the bill through parliament and therefore he resigned. So, in a grand display of perverse logic, Taufik demanded that Ahok relocate to another country since he was opposed to a proposed new law of the land.

Clearly, Taufik failed to grasp the fact that the membership of a political party is voluntary. However, citizenship, except in the case of naturalization, is attained at birth. And Ahok’s status as an Indonesian national was definitely established this way.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/race-card-still-powerful-weapon-indonesian-politics/

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Ex-PAS member Lotfi Ariffin killed in Syria

 Sep 14, 2014

Former Kedah PAS Youth information chief Lotfi Ariffin reportedly died today in Syria after succumbing to his injuries, according to a Malaysian fighting in the Middle East.

The news of Lotfi's death was posted on the Facebook account of Abu Talhah II, one of the 40-odd Malaysians fighting alongside Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces.

Facebook users posted condolences in the comment section upon reading of the death of Lotfi, who had been injured after an ambush by Syrian forces.

Lotfi had reportedly been with a group of Malaysian Isis fighters when they were caught in an ambush by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

During the fight, Lotfi suffered severe injuries and fell into a coma, although his condition was later reported to be stable.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ex-pas-member-lotfi-ariffin-killed-in-syria#sthash.N0s77rya.dpuf

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Conventional banks’ sukuk to push limits of Islamic finance

 Sep 14, 2014

Islamic bond programmes from a trio of big conventional banks are set to expand the boundaries of Islamic finance, helping open the market to first-time issuers while testing the banks' ability to win over industry purists.

Since June, France's Societe Generale, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) and Goldman Sachs have set up sukuk programmes, aiming to tap the pool of cash-rich Islamic investors.

They are treading a fine line, having to reconcile the fact that their businesses mostly depend on conventional banking practices – interest payments, and to some degree monetary speculation – which Islamic principles forbid.

An abortive plan by Goldman to issue sukuk in 2011 showed the obstacles which conventional banks can face in the market. Some in the industry accused Goldman of failing to follow Islamic principles, and it never went ahead with that issue.

If the three banks are successful and become regular sukuk issuers, they could help to widen Islamic finance beyond its core markets in the Middle East and southeast Asia.

Governments in non-Muslim countries are issuing sukuk; Britain and Hong Kong made debut issues earlier this year, while South Africa and Luxembourg are next in line. The entry of conventional banks into the market may be needed to prompt significant numbers of Western companies to issue.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/business/article/conventional-banks-sukuk-to-push-limits-of-islamic-finance#sthash.sWKT6A8z.dpuf

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