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Al-Baghdadi Orders ISIL Commanders to Send More Child Soldiers to Battlefields


Photo: Saeed announced his decision to contest the elections to the Pakistan national assembly at a press conference.

 

26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to Fight Elections in Pakistan Next Year

Explosion in Jalalabad City Leaves Nearly 20 Dead, Wounded

US Teacher Calls Police after Boy Says 'Allah' In Class

Highest Ceasefire Violations by Pakistan along IB, Loc in 7 Years

Hamas Threatens 'Intifada' Over US Moves on Jerusalem

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Arab World

Al-Baghdadi Orders ISIL Commanders to Send More Child Soldiers to Battlefields

Arabian Daily Voices Regret over Arab Leaders' Silence on Trump's Insults to Muslims

Gov't Forces Unearth Two Mass Graves of ISIL Victims in Northwestern Iraq

Arab League, Palestinians Warn US Against Recognizing Jerusalem Israeli Capital

Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus

Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Houthis in Support of Yemen's Saleh - Reports

Terrorist Groups Forming Joint Operations Room in Idlib to Face Rapid Advances of Syrian Army

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Pakistan

26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to Fight Elections in Pakistan Next Year

SC Rejects Use of Foul Language for Islamic Cause

Disbelievers Want To Sabotage Peace of Muslim Ummah By Hatching Anti-Islam Conspiracies: Interior Minister

11 suspects arrested, major terror bid foiled in several operations across Balochistan

9 suspects arrested as police begin investigating Peshawar ATI terror attack

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South Asia

Explosion in Jalalabad City Leaves Nearly 20 Dead, Wounded

Separate US Airstrikes Leave 8 ISIS Militants Dead In East Of Afghanistan

Taliban’s most senior group member killed in Helmand province

Ghani apologizes to Afghan woman after controversial head scarf remarks

Jamiat-e-Islami slams govt for cancellation of Noor’s flight to Kandahar

Nabil accuse certain governmental circles of hatching plots to divide people

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North America

US Teacher Calls Police after Boy Says 'Allah' In Class

Not Satisfied With Pakistan's Cooperation in War against Terror: US

UN votes to nullify Israeli jurisdiction over Jerusalem

US to stop arming Syrian Kurds in fight against ISIS – Pentagon

US pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

CIA Chief Blasts WikiLeaks, Warns Iran Against Attacking 'US Interests in Iraq'

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India

Highest Ceasefire Violations by Pakistan along IB, Loc in 7 Years

Built By India, Iran's Chabahar Port Poses Challenge To Pak's Gwadar

Tirur: Sunni factions’ clash leaves six injured

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Mideast

Hamas Threatens 'Intifada' Over US Moves on Jerusalem

Netanyahu Says Israel Won't Allow Iran to 'Entrench Itself Militarily' in Syria

CIA Chief & Netanyahu Threaten Iran over Presence in Iraq & Syria

Iranian Armed Forces Spokesman Dismisses Talks on Iran's Missile Power

Intelligence Minister: 120 Terrorist Teams Disbanded in Iran

UAE 'deporting' Egypt presidential hopeful Shafiq to Cairo: Aides

US courts cannot put Turkey on trial in Iran sanctions case – Erdogan

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Southeast Asia

Myanmar's Suu Kyi Meets China's Xi As Rohingya Censure Grows

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Africa

Twin Suicide Bombings Kill At Least 13 in Nigeria

US deployment of drones in Niger is a ‘big problem for Africa’

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Europe

France's Macron Calls On Iraq to Dismantle All Militias

Muslim Teen Not Allowed Entering McDonald's Restaurant for Wearing Hijab

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Al-Baghdadi Orders ISIL Commanders to Send More Child Soldiers to Battlefields

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL's Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has ordered the terrorist group's commanders in Libya to send more child soldiers to the war after ISIL's recent heavy defeats in Syria and Iraq, media outlet reported on Saturday.

Asharq al-Awsat daily reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has written in one of his letters to the ISIL commanders in Libya that the ISIL is facing a long hard war, urging the commanders to recruit more child soldiers to cover the terrorist group's heavy casualties in the battlefields in Syria and Iraq.     

Media sources said on Thursday that they gained access to letters sent by ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to other commanders of the terrorist group in Libya after his repeated failures in Syria and Iraq.

The Arabic edition of al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Thursday that al-Baghdadi's letters, some of them written last year and some of them in the past few weeks, indicated that the ISIL leader was after making up for his defeats in Syria and Iraq by calling on the terrorist groups' commanders and members to go to Libya.

It added that the letters written to 13 of al-Baghdadi's deputies and commanders in Libya stressed the need for them to use Southern Libya as a place for recruiting the members who fled from the East in a bid to finally target Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

An Arab media outlet reported earlier this month that al-Baghdadi was still alive, adding that the terrorist group's ring leader was sighted by eyewitnesses in one of the battlefields in SoutheasternDeirEzzur.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of the ISIL terrorist group, was sighted alive in one of the battlefields near the newly-freed town of Albu Kamal at the border with Iraq.

No more details were released about the report.

Contradictory reports have surfaced the media on the fate of Al-Baghdad in the last two years, while some claim that he has been killed in attacks in Iraq or Syria, others say that he is still alive and on the move.

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26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to fight elections in Pakistan next year

Omer Farooq Khan | TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2017

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: The mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, announced that he would contest Pakistan's general elections in 2018.

Leading Pakistani newspapers including The News reported on Saturday that Saeed had announced his decision to contest the elections to the Pakistan national assembly at a press conference in Lahore.

Saeed, who has a $10 million bounty on him by the US state department since 2012 for his role in acts of terror, was set free last week after the Pakistan government decided against his home detention.

Earlier this year, the Milli Muslim League (MML), the political party formed by JuD, had signalled its intention to contest the general elections+ next year. This is the first time Saeed has openly talked about contesting elections himself. In the past, Saeed has backed PML(N) chief Nawaz Sharif.

MML is not recognised by the Election Commission of Pakistan, but this did not prevent its "proxy" candidate from contesting and coming third in Lahore bypolls in which deposed PM Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsum Nawaz won by small margin.

Saeed asserted that he would contest as an MML candidate. Dawa had launched MML in August this year but its application to register the league as a political party was twice rejected by Pakistan's election commission. MML's avowed mission is to make Pakistan a "true" Islamic state.

Many political analysts in Pakistan believe that if MML fails to get recognition as a political party due to pressure from the United States, Saeed and his party members will contest elections through their proxy candidates or parties.

But observers believe that MML will sooner or later get recognition by the ECP and will likely contest the elections to weaken the Nawaz Sharif's party PML-N which used to draw most Islamist right wing vote from Punjab province.

The Pakistani government's capitulation to the Islamist right wing party Tehreek-e-Labbaik party headed by Khadim Hussain Rizvi, which was at the forefront of the recent protests against Pakistan's law minister over a perceived "blasphemy", is also being seen as erosion of PML-N's stronghold in Punjab politics.

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Explosion in Jalalabad city leaves nearly 20 dead, wounded

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Dec 03 2017

An explosion ripped through the center of Jalalabad city in provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province this afternoon.

According to reports, the incident took place as a large gathering was underway in support of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Provincial government spokesman AtaullahKhogyani confirmed the incident took place in the vicinity of the 1st police district of the city.

He said at least six people were killed and thirteen others were wounded in the explosion.

Earlier, preliminary reports indicate at least five people have been killed and around ten others have sustained injuries.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident although both ISIS and Taliban insurgents are active in some remote parts of the province.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern parts of the country but the anti-government armed militant groups have been attempting to expand their insurgency in this province during the recent months.

This comes as at least two people were killed and five others were wounded in back to back explosions in Jalalabad city on Saturday.

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US Teacher Calls Police after Boy Says 'Allah' In Class

PTI | Dec 3, 2017

HOUSTON: A six-year-old Muslim boy with Down syndrome was feared as a terrorist by his teacher in a US school after he kept repeating 'Allah' and 'boom' in his classroom, a media report said on Sunday.

Mohammad Suleiman was born with Down Syndrome and he has intellectual difficulties, according to his father.

He said his son's regular teacher in an elementary school left and a substitute teacher called police in Pearland, around 20 miles south of Houston, in Texas, about his son.

The teacher also said the school told the officer that Mohammad could talk.

Disgusted by the allegations, Mohammad's father said his son doesn't speak at all and has the mental capacity of a one- year-old, The Independent reported.

"They claim that he's a terrorist. This is so stupid, this is discrimination actually. It's not implied discrimination, it's a hundred per cent discrimination," the father said.

The Pearland Police Department said it has concluded its investigation and found no further action was needed.

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Highest ceasefire violations by Pakistan along IB, LoC in 7 years

PTI | Dec 3, 2017

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir more than 720 times this year, the highest in past seven years.

According to the data compiled by the Union home ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016.

As many as 12 civilians and 17 security personnel were killed in the firing from across the border till October, a home ministry official said quoting the data.

A total of 79 civilians and 67 security personnel were also injured in the firing.

The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November 2003.

India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured.

In 2014, there were 583 incidents of ceasefire violation in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel were injured.

In 2015, the number of ceasefire violations was 405; 347 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 62 in 2011 and 70 in 2010.

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Hamas threatens 'intifada' over US moves on Jerusalem

December 03, 2017

The Palestinian movement Hamas which controls Gaza called on Saturday for a new “intifada” if Washington recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moves its embassy to the disputed city.

Reports in Washington have suggested US President Donald Trump may on Monday fulfil a campaign pledge on the American embassy, which like all other foreign missions is currently located in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.

“We warn against such a move and call on the Palestinian people to revive the intifada if these unjust decisions on Jerusalem are adopted,” Hamas said in a statement.

Any decision to move its embassy there would be “a flagrant attack on the city by the American administration” and give Israel “a cover for continuing its crime of Judaising the city and emptying it of Palestinians,” it said.

The status of Jerusalem is a key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital and previous peace plans have stumbled over debates on whether, and how, to divide sovereignty or oversee holy sites.

The last Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which claimed the lives of some 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis, was sparked by right-wing opposition leader Ariel Sharon's visit to the city's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in 2000.

The Palestinian president's office told AFP on Friday that American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would “destroy the peace process”.

Since 1995 it has been the US law that Washington's embassy in Israel must be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as demanded by the Jewish state.

But every six months since the law was passed a succession of US presidents have signed a waiver to hold off on a switch which would enrage Palestinians and their Arab supporters. Trump has signed the waiver once, and grudgingly, after vowing to Jewish-American supporters that he would be the president to finally make the switch permanent.

The next deadline comes on Monday, and some in Washington suggest that Trump is planning a speech on the issue next week, before his deputy Mike Pence heads to Jerusalem.

The White House has described reports he may refuse to sign the waiver as premature — but sources told AFP they expect Trump to formally declare Jerusalem Israel's capital.

The international community has never recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or its unilateral annexation of a band of territory around the city's eastern sector, which it captured in the 1967 Six-Day war.

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Arab World

Al-Baghdadi Orders ISIL Commanders to Send More Child Soldiers to Battlefields

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL's Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has ordered the terrorist group's commanders in Libya to send more child soldiers to the war after ISIL's recent heavy defeats in Syria and Iraq, media outlet reported on Saturday.

Asharq al-Awsat daily reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has written in one of his letters to the ISIL commanders in Libya that the ISIL is facing a long hard war, urging the commanders to recruit more child soldiers to cover the terrorist group's heavy casualties in the battlefields in Syria and Iraq.     

Media sources said on Thursday that they gained access to letters sent by ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to other commanders of the terrorist group in Libya after his repeated failures in Syria and Iraq.

The Arabic edition of al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Thursday that al-Baghdadi's letters, some of them written last year and some of them in the past few weeks, indicated that the ISIL leader was after making up for his defeats in Syria and Iraq by calling on the terrorist groups' commanders and members to go to Libya.

It added that the letters written to 13 of al-Baghdadi's deputies and commanders in Libya stressed the need for them to use Southern Libya as a place for recruiting the members who fled from the East in a bid to finally target Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

An Arab media outlet reported earlier this month that al-Baghdadi was still alive, adding that the terrorist group's ring leader was sighted by eyewitnesses in one of the battlefields in SoutheasternDeirEzzur.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of the ISIL terrorist group, was sighted alive in one of the battlefields near the newly-freed town of Albu Kamal at the border with Iraq.

No more details were released about the report.

Contradictory reports have surfaced the media on the fate of Al-Baghdad in the last two years, while some claim that he has been killed in attacks in Iraq or Syria, others say that he is still alive and on the move.

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Arabian Daily Voices Regret over Arab Leaders' Silence on Trump's Insults to Muslims

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Arab daily referred to the recent tweets by US President Donald Trump against Muslims, and said the silence of the Arab states over his insults is a source of deep regret.

"Trump's racist move incites extremist groups, and the Arab countries' officials who are well aware of Trump's record of insulting Muslims have kept mum and welcome him and sign lucrative deals with the US every day," al-Ray al-Youm newspaper wrote on Saturday.

"The silence of certain Arab leaders, specially of the Persian Gulf littoral states, on Trump's racist and extremist approach which will pave the ground for the emergence of extremist groups and victimize the Muslims is regretful," it added.

The newspaper expressed surprise that certain Arab leaders welcome Trump's positions and accompany him in wars against Muslim people and justify them and gift him billions of dollars through investment or arms deals with Washington.

Trump retweeted a handful of anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of a British far-right group, prompting a rare condemnation of the US president by British Prime Minister Theresa May whose official spokesperson called Trump’s actions wrong.

Trump’s decision to share the tweets was labelled “abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our country” by the British Labor party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, while several other members of parliament said his planned state visit should be cancelled.

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Gov't Forces Unearth Two Mass Graves of ISIL Victims in Northwestern Iraq

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi found two mass graves containing the remains of tens of victims massacred by the ISIL terrorists in Northwestern Iraq, an Arab media outlet reported on Saturday.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that the 15th Brigade of Hashd al-Shaabi has found a mass grave in Majma al- Jazeera South of the town of Sinjar, containing almost 80 civilians, mostly Izadi people, massacred by the ISIL.

In the meantime, the 53th Brigade of Hashd al-Shaabi unearthed another mass grave in the village of Qabousi South of Sinjar with the remains of over 20 Izadi women and tens of Izadi children.

Director General of the Iraq's Forensic Medicine Department Zeid Ali Abbas said in July that a new mass grave of the Iraqi forces was discovered in camp Speicher, adding that the total number of found bodies from 14 different locations stood at 827.

He further said that the grave was found in presidential palaces area in Tikrit near Salahuddin palace, adding that identity of 527 of the victims was identified.

Ali Abbas went on to say that the total number of unearthed mass graves in the region reached 15, adding that most of the buried men were student pilots of Speicher airbase that were killed by ISIL terrorists.

On June 12, 2014, ISIL terrorists killed around 1,700 Iraqi air force cadets after kidnapping them from Camp Speicher, a former US base. There were reportedly around 4,000 unarmed cadets in the camp when it came under attack by ISIL militants.

Following the abductions, the attackers took the victims to the complex of presidential palaces and killed them. The terrorists also threw some of the bodies into a river.

An investigation committee later revealed that 57 members of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party aided ISIL terrorists in the massacre.     

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Arab League, Palestinians Warn US Against Recognizing Jerusalem Israeli Capital © AP Photo/ LefterisPitarakis

03.12.2017

The stern warning came a day after a senior White House official said that President Donald Trump planned to make a pertinent announcement sometime next week.

Any move by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would “fuel extremism,” increase instability and derail the peace process, the leaders of the Arab League and the Palestinian Authority said.

On Monday, Trump is also expected to decide on the renewal of a six-month waiver on the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Today we say very clearly that taking such action is not justified … It will not serve peace or stability, but will fuel extremism and resort to violence,” Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed AboulGheit  said in a statement.

“It only benefits one side; the Israeli government, which is hostile to peace,” he added.

An aerial view shows the Dome of the Rock (R) on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, and the Western Wall (L) in Jerusalem's Old City October 10, 2006

For his part, Mahmoud Habash, one of the top advisors to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, warned on Saturday that “the world will pay the price” for any change in the status of Jerusalem, and that its recognition as the capital of the Jewish State was fraught with “complete destruction of the peace process.”

On Saturday, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas likewise urged Washington to give up on its planned relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

"This would represent a US assault on the city and give legitimacy to [Israel] over the city," Hamas said in a statement.

The international community does not recognize Israel's claim to the entire city, largely considering East Jerusalem, including the Old City, to be part of Palestine.

Jerusalem is sacred for the followers of three major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

At the heart of the dispute is the legal status of East Jerusalem. Israel proclaimed its ownership over East Jerusalem after the Six-Day War Israel fought with Egypt and Syria in in 1967, a move that has not been recognized by the majority of UN states and international organizations.

As the political status of Jerusalem has not been recognized internationally, there are no foreign embassies located in Jerusalem.

Palestinians want to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip, and want Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it seized during the Six-Day War.

In 1980, the Israeli Parliament passed the Jerusalem Law declaring Jerusalem the unified capital of Israel. The action has not been recognized by any other country, including the United States.

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Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus

AP | Updated: Dec 2, 2017

BEIRUT: Israel fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Saturday, causing material damage but no casualties, Syria's state-run news agency reported.

The airstrike came as violence resumed in the Damascus suburbs after days of calm while the government and opposition delegations attended peace talks in Geneva.

The Israeli military did not comment on the missile attack, which occurred shortly after midnight on Friday, targeting a military area near the southern Damascus suburb of Kiswah.

SANA, the state news agency, said the missile attack caused material damage but gave no details. The report also said that Syrian air defenses shot down two of the Israeli missiles.

Israel has carried out a number of airstrikes against suspected arms shipments believed to be bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces in the civil war.

Israel has also struck several Syrian military facilities since the conflict began, mostly near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In September, Israeli warplanes hit a military position near the Mediterranean coast in western Syria, killing two soldiers and causing material damage.

Rami Abdurrahman who heads the opposition's Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missile attack targeted an arms depot near Kiswah where the Syrian army's 1st Division is based.

He added that there is Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the area but added that it was not clear if they were targeted.

Also in the suburbs of Damascus, government forces resumed their airstrikes and bombing of rebel-held areas on Saturday, killing and wounding several people, according to the Observatory and a Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group, also known as the White Helmets.

Syrian state TV also said that the rebels shelled several Damascus neighborhoods, wounding at least three people. It said one of the shells exploded near Al-Mariamiyah Cathedral in the central Bab Toumaneighborhood.

The government and opposition resumed peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. The U.N.-hosted negotiations paused for the weekend but are scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

The Observatory said six people were killed in Saturday's government airstrike on Arbeen while the White Helmets said airstrikes on the suburb of Harasta killed one person and wounded others, including women and children.

Harasta and Arbeen are in the Eastern Ghouta region, one of the hubs in the uprising against President Bashar Assad in 2011. The area, long besieged by government forces, is now facing the highest recorded malnutrition rate in the country since the outbreak of the war more than six years ago, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Houthis in Support of Yemen's Saleh - Reports © REUTERS/ Mohamed al-Sayaghi

03.12.2017

The Saudi-led coalition, which has yet to comment on the report, has apparently found new allies in the years-long conflict in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition has allegedly bombed Houthi positions in Sanaa, while the group is fighting the supporters of ex-Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Shiite movement's former ally, local residents and the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported. The information is yet to be commented on by the representatives of the coalition.

According to the broadcaster, the coalition's aircraft struck Houthi outposts in the south of the capital, but hasn't specified the number of casualties. At the same time, residents have reported at least five air strikes.

Clashes between the former allies — the Houthis and supporters of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, have been ongoing in the southern districts of the Yemeni capital for several days after an alleged attempt by the rebels to seize the city's main mosque.

In a Saturday speech, described by the Houthis as "deception," Saleh announced that he was ready to turn "a new page" in relations with the Saudi-led coalition if the latter stopped attacking his country.

"We vow to our brothers and neighbors that, after a ceasefire is in place and the blockade is lifted… we will hold dialogue directly through the legitimate authority represented by our parliament," Saleh said.

The Saudi-led coalition welcomed the announcement amid a reported lack of progress in the fight against the former alliance that had taken under its control the entire north of Yemen, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee into exile.

Following Saleh's address, the Houthis have seized studios of the Yemen Today broadcaster, owned by Saleh, trapping some 20 employees inside, residents say.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the several-day-long clashes left dozens dead and hundreds injured, aggravating an already complex situation that is regarded as one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times.

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Terrorist Groups Forming Joint Operations Room in Idlib to Face Rapid Advances of Syrian Army

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorist groups in the Northwestern province of Idlib are planning to set up a Joint Operations Room to slow down the rapid advances of the Syrian Army troops in Southern Aleppo and Northeastern Hama towards Idlib, dissident-affiliated websites reported on Saturday.

The websites reported that Abdullah Muhammad al-Muhaysini, the commander and Mufti (religious leader) of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board) has mentioned that the terrorist groups are about to set up a Joint Operations Room similar to Jeish al-Fatah's one.

Al-Muhaysini said that one of the paragraphs of the agreement between Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at and Nouralddeen al-Zinki Movement will work on ending clashes between the two rival groups in Eastern Aleppo that is home to Ahrar al-Sham too.

The Islamic al-Turkistani Movement and Jeish al-Fatah formed a joint operations room in 2015, covering large regions from Idlib to Western Hama, but to no avail.

Field sources confirmed on Friday that the Syrian Army troops hit terrorists' positions in Southeastern Aleppo again and managed to advance towards Idlib province after capturing more regions.

The sources said that the army men engaged in fierce clashes with al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Southeastern Aleppo and took control over the village of RasmSyanah West of the town of Khanasser.

They added that the army troops, backed up by the country's Air Force, are advancing against the Al-Nusra in BorjSinah region.

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Pakistan

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to fight elections in Pakistan next year

Omer Farooq Khan | TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2017

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: The mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, announced that he would contest Pakistan's general elections in 2018.

Leading Pakistani newspapers including The News reported on Saturday that Saeed had announced his decision to contest the elections to the Pakistan national assembly at a press conference in Lahore.

Saeed, who has a $10 million bounty on him by the US state department since 2012 for his role in acts of terror, was set free last week after the Pakistan government decided against his home detention.

Earlier this year, the Milli Muslim League (MML), the political party formed by JuD, had signalled its intention to contest the general elections+ next year. This is the first time Saeed has openly talked about contesting elections himself. In the past, Saeed has backed PML(N) chief Nawaz Sharif.

MML is not recognised by the Election Commission of Pakistan, but this did not prevent its "proxy" candidate from contesting and coming third in Lahore bypolls in which deposed PM Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsum Nawaz won by small margin.

Saeed asserted that he would contest as an MML candidate. Dawa had launched MML in August this year but its application to register the league as a political party was twice rejected by Pakistan's election commission. MML's avowed mission is to make Pakistan a "true" Islamic state.

Many political analysts in Pakistan believe that if MML fails to get recognition as a political party due to pressure from the United States, Saeed and his party members will contest elections through their proxy candidates or parties.

But observers believe that MML will sooner or later get recognition by the ECP and will likely contest the elections to weaken the Nawaz Sharif's party PML-N which used to draw most Islamist right wing vote from Punjab province.

The Pakistani government's capitulation to the Islamist right wing party Tehreek-e-Labbaik party headed by Khadim Hussain Rizvi, which was at the forefront of the recent protests against Pakistan's law minister over a perceived "blasphemy", is also being seen as erosion of PML-N's stronghold in Punjab politics.

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SC rejects use of foul language for Islamic cause

Nasir Iqbal

December 03, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Against the backdrop of a 20-day-long Faizabad sit-in, the Supreme Court has ruled that no one could be allowed to use “filthy-abusive language” for the sake of politics in the guise of an Islamic cause.

“Freedom of speech and expression as well as freedom of the press is enshrined as a fundamental right (Article 19 of the Constitution), but the same provision curtails it when it is used to undermine ‘the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan… or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, commission of or incitement to an offence’,” says an eight-page order issued by a two-judge Supreme Court bench comprising Justice MushirAlam and Justice QaziFaez Isa on Saturday.

“No one can be allowed to use filthy-abusive language to advance a political agenda in the guise of an Islamic cause as it amounts to denigrating the glory of Islam...Force and violence (jabr) has no place in Islam. The word Islam itself means peace,” the bench ruled.

On Nov 30, while hearing a suomotu case regarding the use of abusive language at the Faizabad sit-in and chronic traffic congestion and roadblocks placed because of the sit-in, the court had observed that it would issue a detailed order at a later date.

Pemra told to ensure compliance with hate speech rules

The bench described the concerns expressed by the capital city’s authorities regarding media coverage of the sit-in as “legitimate”, and issued the Pakistan Electronic Media Regula­tory Authority (Pemra) an order to exercise extreme vigilance and ensure that the electronic media complied with the relevant rules.

“The Pemra is directed to submit a comprehensive report with regard to all electronic media channels,” says the order.

The Islamabad police had regretted taking the extr­eme measure of halting live coverage of the sit-in, and explained that it had become hard for the state to maintain its writ when inflammatory content inciting violence was being aired live.

In its order, the Supreme Court decided to later consider, with the assistance of Attorney General AshtarAusaf, whether to make reports presented by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB), through Deputy Attorney General (DAG) SohailMehmood, part of the record.

Observing that the people of Pakistan were entitled to know about the loss of lives and property caused because of the sit-in, the apex court directed the ministries of defence and interior to furnish particulars of the losses incurred by law enforcement personnel, bystanders and members of the public, as well as of the protesters who lost their lives or were injured.

The ministries were also told to submit particulars of public and private properties destroyed or damaged by the protesters along with their estimated value. The requisite information is to be gathered from all four provinces and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

The order regrets that when violence was perpetrated against the state and destruction of public and private property was being broadcast without condemnation of the violence — but in fact, justifying it — not only did it provide rabble-rousers a platform to advocate their cause but also encouraged them to resort to violence.

The court recalled that electronic media was governed by the Pakistan Elect­ronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance 2002, and every broadcaster who had a licence was required to, “ensure preservation of the sovereignty, security and integrity of Pakistan”.

The order notes that Section 20 of the ordinance requires electronic media to ensure that all programmes and advertisements did not contain or encourage violence, terrorism, racial, ethnic or religious discrimination, sectarianism, extremism, militancy and hatred. If a broadcast channel violates those provisions, it constitutes an offence under Section 33 of the ordinance which states that it is “punishable with a fine which may extend to Rs10 million for the first offence, and its licence may also be revoked”.

The order notes that inflammatory, provocative or abusive statements aired on television channels fanned the flames of hatred and violence.

In its order, the court wondered whether the violence that had occurred was because of the inflammatory material broadcast on television channels. The order notes that freedom of speech and expression and the independence of the media were values cherished by the people of Pakistan guaranteed in the Constitution, but adds that there was no place in public discourse to propagate the commission of an offence or to incite people to violence. Broadcasts cannot encourage violence, extremism, militancy or hatred.

The apex court notes in order that in the aftermath of the sit-in several people had propagated views that maligned the armed forces by projecting them as being wholly apart from the executive, and in doing so, violated Article 5 of the Constitution.

Everyone is bound to uphold the Constitution, the order says, including every media anchor, politician or aalim. It adds that every citizen was bound to obey the Constitution and the law. Similarly, those who carried out violent acts, or advocated and propagated violence, destroyed properties, used abusive language and hate speech also violated the injunctions of Islam, the order explains.

Article 2 of the Constitution stipulates that: “Islam shall be the State religion of Pakistan.” A believer cannot condone, let alone perpetuate violence, says the order.

The court ordered the information ministry to send a copy of its order to all electronic media channels contemplated in the ordinance and to all newspapers and magazines.

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Disbelievers Want To Sabotage Peace Of Muslim Ummah By Hatching Anti-Islam Conspiracies: Interior Minister

December 02, 2017

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday claimed that Pakistan successfully foiled an "international conspiracy" to ignite sectarian violence in the country.

While addressing a conference in Narowal Iqbal said that "disbelievers" want to sabotage peace of the Muslim Ummah by hatching anti-Islam conspiracies.

He was of the view that international lobbies, including India, never want to see Pakistan as a politically and economically stable country, for which they keep hatching conspiracies to ignite religious and sectarian violence in Pakistan.

"Pakistan has successfully launched China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, prompting India to hatch conspiracies to spoil the project and the ongoing development," the minister said.

Ahsan Iqbal stressed the need for unity in the Muslim Ummah to foil the international anti-Islam conspiracies, saying it was high time for the "Muslim world to forge unity among its ranks and shun their differences for the glory of Islam".

He expressed complete solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Myanmar, and Palestine.

Iqbal said Islam presents a global system of foolproof security and peace, adding that terrorists had no religion, as every religion of the world gives the lessons of love, peace and respect for humanity. "The present wave of terrorism was a conspiracy against the Muslim Ummah."

The interior minister also urged the religious scholars to play their role in promoting religious and sectarian harmony, brotherhood, unity, faith, and peace in society.

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11 suspects arrested, major terror bid foiled in several operations across Balochistan

Syed Ali Shah | HafeezullahSherani

Updated December 03, 2017

At least 11 suspected terrorists were arrested and a major terror bid foiled in several operations carried out by security and law enforcement personnel in different parts of Balochistan on Sunday.

Security officials said 11 suspected terrorists belonging to a proscribed organisation were arrested in different parts of Balochistan.

In another operation, four improvised explosive devices were recovered from the the province's KillaSaifullah area, security officials said. A bomb disposal squad was called in to defuse the bombs, the officials added.

In the Kohlu district, Levies' personnel foiled a major terror plot after they carried out an operation against suspected terrorists in the area, an official said.

The operation was carried out at a suspected terrorist hideout late last night after Levies officials received a tip-off from intelligence agencies, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohlu Agha Nadeem Akhtar said in a press conference held in the morning.

Though no arrests were reported, Akhtar claimed that officials had recovered a sizeable cache of weapons, including 181 shells of RPG-7 rockets, 172 RPG fuse and 80 RDS.

Akhtar added that the action was carried out under Pakistan Army's ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, which was launched in February in the aftermath of a resurgence of terror attacks in the country.

Radd-ul-Fasaad — which translates roughly to 'elimination of discord' — aims at indiscriminately eliminating the "residual/latent threat of terrorism"

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9 suspects arrested as police begin investigating Peshawar ATI terror attack

Ali Akbar | Hassan Farhan

Updated December 02, 2017

Three terrorists dressed in burqas stormed the ATI hostel situated near Peshawar's University Road, killing nine people and injuring 37 others.

The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Both police and military officials said the attackers had been coordinating with handlers based in Afghanistan.

The ATI today released a list of eight students and staff member who lost their lives in the attack. They were identified as: Bilal Ahmad, Amin Jan, Sarzamin, Muhammad Wasim, AbdusSadiq, Qasim Ali Shah, Bilal Khairul Bashar, Bilal Mohammad Arif and Malik Abdul Waheed.

The list reveals that most of the slain students belonged to far-flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata and remained in the hostel despite it being a holiday on Friday.

The province mourned the deaths of the students and staff member, as the slain victims were laid to rest today. The funeral of the watchman, Hameed, was held in Peshawar’s Budni area and was attended by a large number of people.

Search operations in Peshawar

A large number of police and other security forces took part in the raids conducted today in Badhber, Telaband and other areas outside the provincial capital, according to police sources.

Various types of arms were recovered from the arrested suspects including three pistols, 8mm rifles, 12-bore rifles, sub-machine guns (SMG) and a large quantity of ammos.

The arrested suspects have been shifted to a police station and are being interrogated, sources said.

Security forces searched at least 45 houses during the operation.

FIR registered against unknown suspects

KP Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has registered an FIR of the deadly ATI attack against unknown persons on the complaint of Station House Officer (SHO) Town Ahmedullah Khan on charges including terrorism, murder, attempted murder and encounter.

Police have also extended the investigation and sent body parts of the militants involved in the attack for forensic tests.

According to the FIR, a copy of which is available with DawnNews, three attackers wearing burqas reached the main gate of the institute in a rickshaw (vehicle number: BG-5759).

“They (the attackers) first targeted and shot dead the watchman of the institute at the main gate and entered the building,” the FIR read.

Soon after the attack began, police and army personnel reached the site and engaged the terrorists, the report said, adding that the exchange of fire between the attackers and police lasted two hours.

The FIR said police and security forces cleared the building by shooting the attackers dead and recovering their bodies from different rooms of the hostel.

It added that during the search operation of the hostel and the institute, police also recovered heavy weapons, including hand grenades.

After registering the FIR, the CTD police have started investigating the attack and sent DNA samples from the bodies of the terrorists killed during the clean-up operation for identification.

Peshawar has for decades been a victim of militancy due to its status as a front line region in the ongoing war against militancy as well as its proximity to the restless tribal areas and the lawless Pak-Afghan border.

Pakistan Army had launched Operation RaddulFasaad earlier this year in the aftermath of a fresh resurgence in terror attacks in the country.

The operation seeks to eliminate the "residual/latent threat of terrorism", consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and further ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.

Hundreds of suspected terrorists have reportedly either been killed or arrested in raids carried out by security personnel since the start of the operation.

The number of attacks in the country has fallen around 70 per cent over the past year, due to a combination of the military offensive against Taliban bases along the Afghan border and government initiatives to tackle militancy, but attacks on security and civilian targets continue to occur.

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South Asia

Explosion in Jalalabad city leaves nearly 20 dead, wounded

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Dec 03 2017

An explosion ripped through the center of Jalalabad city in provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province this afternoon.

According to reports, the incident took place as a large gathering was underway in support of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Provincial government spokesman AtaullahKhogyani confirmed the incident took place in the vicinity of the 1st police district of the city.

He said at least six people were killed and thirteen others were wounded in the explosion.

Earlier, preliminary reports indicate at least five people have been killed and around ten others have sustained injuries.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident although both ISIS and Taliban insurgents are active in some remote parts of the province.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern parts of the country but the anti-government armed militant groups have been attempting to expand their insurgency in this province during the recent months.

This comes as at least two people were killed and five others were wounded in back to back explosions in Jalalabad city on Saturday.

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Separate US airstrikes leave 8 ISIS militants dead in East of Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Dec 03 2017

At least eight militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in separate airstrikes conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Achin districts, targeting the militant in two separate locations.

The provincial government media office issued a statement on Saturday confirming that eight militants were killed in the airstrikes carried out by the unmanned aerial vehicles of the foreign forces.

The statement further added that the airstrikes were carried out in Peshogan and Abdul Khel areas, leaving eight of them dead.

According to the provincial government, several weapons and ammunition belonging to the terror group were also destroyed.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the ISIS militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as an airstrike was carried out in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Thursday targetig a compound belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group loyalists, the local officials said Friday.

The airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of the restive Khogyani district, leaving at least twelve fighters of the group dead or wounded.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Friday that the airstrike left at least four ISIS militants dead and eight others wounded.

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Taliban’s most senior group member killed in Helmand province

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Dec 03 2017

A senior group member of the Taliban group has been killed in an airstrike conducted amid ongoing operations in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Saturday.

The officials further added that the senior Taliban leader, identified as Mullah Nasir, was killed in Musa Qala district of the province.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the killing of Mullah Nasir and said he was appointed as the deputy shadow governor of the group for Helmand.

The statement further added that Mullah Nasir was also in charge of the military affairs of the group and was killed along with three others in the airstrike.

According to the provincial government, Mullah Nasir was also involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks in Helmand and other parts of the country. ‘

The Helmand government also accused Mullah Nasir of forced grabbing of land in this province.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as heavy airstrikes are underway in different parts of Helmand province with main focus being the destruction of the Taliban drug labs.

The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said last week that the attacks on Taliban financial engine will continue as heavy losses have been inflicted on the group and its associated in recent raids.

“In just over three days’ worth of operations, the Afghan 215th Corps, their special forces commandos, their air force, in close cooperation with U.S. forces, removed between $7 million and $10 million of revenue from the Taliban’s pocketbook,” Gen. Nicholson said.

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Ghani apologizes to Afghan woman after controversial head scarf remarks

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Dec 03 2017

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani apologized to the Afghan woman after his controversial remarks regarding the head scarf put him under immense pressure, mainly from the women and rights activists.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani is one of the main advocates for women’s rights and has always worked for their status in the community.

The statement further added that the government has taken extraordinary steps in the past three to strengthen the role and rights of the women.

However, ARG Palace said President Ghani’s remarks regarding the head scarf have been misinterpreted by certain individuals who are attempting to disrupt the thoughts of the people.

According to ARG Palace, President Ghani made the remarks with a cultural interpretation as he pointed towards the head scarf and in no way he had any intentions to insult the women.

The statement said President Ghani extends his apology to the Afghan women in case his remarks have affected their emotions.

President Ghani made the remarks during the transfer of the border police forces to the ministry of defense as he attempted to defend the government officials against the accusations of the critics who had claimed that certain government officials are having ties with the ISIS terrorist group.

Speaking in harsh words, President Ghani said those who have made such claims should prove it and those who are unable to prove it must wear head scarf.

His remarks have become a hot subject on social media as the majority of the people criticize him for the offensive words.

According to the social media users, President Ghani has indirectly insulted the women by making such remarks while others are saying that such remarks by the leader of the country are inappropriate emphasizing that the president has continuously been delivering such provocative remarks without considering the formalities and politeness in speech.

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Jamiat-e-Islami slams govt for cancellation of Noor’s flight to Kandahar

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Dec 03 2017

The Jamiat-e-Islami party strongly reacted at the cancellation of Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor and other political figures flight to southern Kandahar province.

The party in a statement said Noor and other key political figures were due to participate in a gathering in Kandahar province but unfortunately their trip was cancelled after facing government’s opposition.

The statement further added that the move by the government shows that its leaders are no more respecting the values of democracy, freedom of movement, speech, and other forms of freedom of the nationals of the country.

Strongly condemning the cancellation of the flight, the Jamiat-e-Islami party called on other political parties and civil society groups to intervene and prevent further suppression of some forms of freedom which have remained intact from interventions.

This comes as the Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan in a statement said Saturday that the flight was due to take place at around 9:45 am on Friday but the issues in the flights schedule, it was delayed for the night.

The statement further added that the flight at night also did not take place due to the lack of facilities in Kandahar airfield.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the flight was subsequently cancelled due to the issues and on the other hand they could not coordinate with the NATO forces based in the airfield.

Noor in an online video message harshly criticized the government for aborting their flight to southern Kandahar province.

Calling the move by the government as illegal and immoral, Noor warned that such steps will have an intense negative impact on the unity of the Afghan people.

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Nabil accuse certain governmental circles of hatching plots to divide people

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Dec 02 2017

The former Afghan intelligence chief and head of the Mehwar Afghanistan political party Rahmatullah accused certain circles within the government of hatching plots to create divisions among the people.

Speaking during a gathering in Kandahar province, mainly attended by government opposition figures, Nabil said certain circles are attempting to divide the people.

Without disclosing further information regarding his claims, Nabil said the most dangerous and sensitive issue being faced by the country is the danger of division among the people based on religion, ethnicity, language and group.

Nabil also added that the neighboring Pakistan is attempting to create problems for the country and the Afghan nation.

Today’s gathering in Kandahar has been organized amid rising tensions among the government and key political figures in the country.

The provincial governor of northern Balkh province and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor was also due to take part in the gathering.

However, his flight was cancelled due to certain problems on Thursday night but Noor accused the government of preventing his trip to Kandahar.

He also warned the government that such steps would have a negative impact on the unity of the Afghan people.

However, the civil Aviation Authority said Friday that the flight was delay for two times, in the morning and at night, and was subsequently cancelled, mainly due to the issues in the flights schedule.

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North America

US Teacher Calls Police after Boy Says 'Allah' In Class

PTI | Dec 3, 2017

HOUSTON: A six-year-old Muslim boy with Down syndrome was feared as a terrorist by his teacher in a US school after he kept repeating 'Allah' and 'boom' in his classroom, a media report said on Sunday.

Mohammad Suleiman was born with Down Syndrome and he has intellectual difficulties, according to his father.

He said his son's regular teacher in an elementary school left and a substitute teacher called police in Pearland, around 20 miles south of Houston, in Texas, about his son.

The teacher also said the school told the officer that Mohammad could talk.

Disgusted by the allegations, Mohammad's father said his son doesn't speak at all and has the mental capacity of a one- year-old, The Independent reported.

"They claim that he's a terrorist. This is so stupid, this is discrimination actually. It's not implied discrimination, it's a hundred per cent discrimination," the father said.

The Pearland Police Department said it has concluded its investigation and found no further action was needed.

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Not satisfied with Pakistan's cooperation in war against terror: US

PTI | Dec 3, 2017

WASHINGTON: The US is not satisfied with Pakistan's cooperation in the war against terror as part of its South Asia strategy and yet to see Islamabad taking steps to "rein in" the Taliban and the Haqqani network, a senior Trump administration official has said.

He also termed the release of Mumbai-terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed as "a step backward" in that direction.

The official said that the release of the Coleman family, held captive for five years by the Haqqani network, from inside Pakistan was "not an indication" of Islamabad's co- operation with the US in the war against terrorism.

"Our diplomatic pressure, as well as our own intelligence agencies diligent work led to the release of the Coleman family. So, I am not sure if that qualifies as step forward (by Pakistan as part of the South Asia Strategy announced by President Donald Trump in August)," the official told PTI.

"We are happy that the Colemans are free and that they have been released. But we are still waiting to see Pakistan take steps to reign in the Taliban and the Haqqani network. We are not satisfied that they have done anything significant on this front," he said.

The US, the official said, has now a different approach to Pakistan. "We expect, Pakistan to take steps against terror sanctuary on its territory".

Acknowledging that Pakistan has not taken steps it promised after the announcement of the South Asia Strategy, the senior administration official said that the White House is still hopeful that Pakistan sees that it is in its interest to cooperate on the US strategy in Afghanistan.

"But we have not yet seen any significant changes. We still remain hopeful. And we recognise that some of these changes take a bit of time and wouldn't necessarily occur overnight.

"But we will expect to see these changes within a certain time-frame. Our patience is not unlimited when it comes to the steps that we expect them to take," he said.

The Trump Administration has been very specific with Pakistan on the steps that it needs to take, we have laid out very specific steps that they need to take to degrade these groups activities and to facilitate a genuine dialogue, the official said.

"But, I don't think we have seen any significant steps in that direction. So, we are still waiting and watching and monitoring (Pakistan) very closely. And we're still hopeful that we will see Pakistan take some of those steps to crack down on the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and ensure that there are no safe havens, for these groups to continue operating inside Pakistan," he added.

The US, the official said, would be looking for very specific action from Pakistan within coming weeks and months.

He said that by spring, the Trump Administration would hope to see some real efforts on "genuine" peace process, as it is not interested in talks for talks sake.

"We would like to see a genuine peace dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban. We know that the Taliban has made gains for the last several years. So until they are convinced that they are not going to have sanctuary in Pakistan, we don't believe they'll be ready for talks.

"They will continue to believe that they can advance on the battlefield rather than on the negotiating table," he said, adding "so, we need to see Pakistan ensures that they don't have a sanctuary within Pakistan. And only at that time we assess that they'll really be ready for genuine negotiations with the Afghan government".

The the White House official, however, refused to give any time line for actions on Pakistan, saying he thinks that it would not be helpful.

"But I just want to assure you that that we are thinking in terms of timelines and we are monitoring the progress and we do expect meaningful actions in a certain time-frame and we are prepared to implement new policies and take different steps if we don't see some progress," he said.

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UN votes to nullify Israeli jurisdiction over Jerusalem

Masood HaiderUpdated December 03, 2017

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations General Assembly voted on Thursday to adopt the draft resolution “Jerusalem” entailing “that any actions by Israel, the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the holy city of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void”.

The resolution came after reports that the Trump administration was actively considering relocating its embassy to Jerusalem.

An overwhelming 151 states voted in favour of adopting the resolution, while six states — Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, the United States — voted against the resolution.

Nine states abstained, including Australia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Honduras, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan and Togo.

US Vice President Mike Pence said last Tuesday that US President Donald Trump was giving the move a serious thought. “The president has said that he has given serious consideration to the matter, and we’re looking at it with great care,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

She added that Mr Trump had until Dec 4 to make a decision on the embassy relocation or waive the matter for another six month. But the UN resolution adopted by its general assembly seemed to reject that position.

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US to stop arming Syrian Kurds in fight against ISIS – Pentagon

Published time: 2 Dec, 2017

Washington will stop providing weapons to the Syrian Kurdish militias, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said. This follows a vow US President Donald Trump made to his Turkish counterpart to scale down support to the groups Ankara sees as terrorists.

“The YPG is armed and as the coalition stops operations then obviously you don’t need that, you need security, you need police forces, that is local forces, that is people who make certain that ISIS doesn’t come back,” Mattis told journalists on a military plane en route to Cairo as he was on his way to start a five-day trip to the Middle East. The YPG, or the People’s Protection Units, are Kurdish militias playing a leading role in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by the US in Syria.

Asked if the US indeed intends to halt is program to arm the Kurdish forces in Syria, Mattis said, “Yes,” and added that Pentagon is “going to go exactly along the lines of what the President announced.” Last Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister MevlutCavusoglu said that US President Donald Trump promised he would “not provide weapons to the YPG” in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, RecepTayyip Erdogan.

However, at that time, Washington did not issue any clear statement of the White House’s position on that matter. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the US is ready to “stop providing military equipment to certain groups" in Syria during a briefing on Monday. Pentagon also went only as far as to say that it was reviewing “adjustments” in arms for the Syrian Kurds.

The US is also expected to recover heavy weapons and larger vehicles from the YPG while light weapons are likely to remain in the Kurds’ hands, Reuters and AP reported, citing US officials. It was also unclear if the US has already halted its arms supplies to the Kurds, or is only preparing to do that.

Mattis also said that the Pentagon was "changing the composition of our forces" in Syria as its operations there enter their final stages. “The troops are changing their stance... that includes with our allies who are now changing their stance as they come to the limits of where they are going,” he said, as cited by Reuters.

The US recently said that about 400 Marines and their artillery would be leaving Syria after the end of the operation aimed at retaking Raqqa from Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL). The actual number of American troops in Syria, however, could still be significant as recent reports suggest that the US is concealing their true numbers in the Middle Eastern country.

The US program envisaging arms supplies to the Syrian Kurds, as well as disagreements over their future status, have strained relations between Washington and Ankara. Turkey views the US-backed Kurdish YPG militia as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Washington has repeatedly stressed that, while it is aware of Turkey’s security concerns, its policy of arming the Kurds is “necessary to ensure a clear victory” in Raqqa. Ankara, however, claimed that the YPG is not fighting Islamic State but seeks to engage in cooperation with the extremists.

Less than a week before his phone call with Trump, Erdogan accused the US of “breaking its promises” in Syria over its continued support for the YPG, and even claimed that the US was providing "a lot of dollars" to the Islamic State terrorists.

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US pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

AFP | Dec 3, 2017

UNITED NATIONS (US): The administration of President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it "inconsistent" with its policies, the US mission to the global body announced on Saturday.

"Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration," the Americans said in a statement.

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CIA Chief Blasts WikiLeaks, Warns Iran Against Attacking 'US Interests in Iraq'CC BY 2.0 / Wikileaks Mobile Information Collection Unit / Wikileaks Truck

03.12.2017

The CIA director has condemned the activities of the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks and expressed concern over Iran’s policy in Iraq.

The actions of WikiLeaks are a threat to the national security of the United States, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said.

Speaking at a panel at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Southern California, Pompeo was asked whether he sees a WikiLeaks as a security threat. "Yes," the CIA chief responded.

"You need to go no further than the release of documents by Manning to see the risk that it presents to the United States," Pompeo added, referring to US whistleblower Chelsea Manning who handed thousands of classified documents and reports over to WikiLeaks while employed with the US military in 2010.

He also said that despite WikiLeaks insisting that its informants are safe the CIA "will go after them."

"I sometimes hear comments from WikiLeaks and [WikiLeaks founder Julian] Assange thinking that those who have provided classified information are safe and secure, he ought to be a bit more confident about that because we're gonna go figure out how to make sure we protect this information," Pompeo said.

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have not yet responded to Pompeo’s remarks.

This is not the first time Pompeo, who once applauded WikiLeaks, has attacked the anti-secrecy group. In April, Pompeo described WikiLeaks as a "hostile intelligence agency" and called Assange a "fraud" and a "coward hiding behind a screen." At the time, WikiLeaks countered, saying that Pompeo’s remarks were "dangerous" and aimed to "stifle speech."

The latest remarks by Pompeo came just a few weeks later after WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA had written a code to "impersonate" Russia-based IT-company Kaspersky Lab, as part of a series of its revelations about secret tools used by the intelligence agency. On March 7, WikiLeaks released the first part of what it called the "Vault 7," an unprecedentedly large archive of CIA-related classified documents, comprising various viruses, malware, software vulnerability hacks and relevant documentation, which was initially uncovered by US government hackers.

Warning to Iran

Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum, Pompeo also said that he had sent a letter to Iranian Major General QasemSoleimani and Iranian leaders, expressing concern about Iran’s growing influence in Iraq.

"What we were communicating to him in that letter was that we will hold him and Iran accountable for any attacks on American interests in Iraq by forces that are under their control," Pompeo said.

"We wanted to make sure he and the leadership in Iran understood that in a way that was crystal clear," he added.

According to the CIA director, Soleimani refused to open the letter.

In October, it was reported that Soleimani had repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in Iraq to withdraw from the city of Kirkuk and traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan to meet Kurdish leaders ahead of the Iraqi campaign aimed at recapturing Kirkuk province from the Kurds.

Tehran’s growing influence in Iraq has been a concern for Washington and its allies who have been fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria and are often in proximity to Iran-allied forces fighting the terrorist group in the region, especially taking into account the role of the Kurds as a US ally in the Middle East.

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India

Highest ceasefire violations by Pakistan along IB, LoC in 7 years

PTI | Dec 3, 2017

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir more than 720 times this year, the highest in past seven years.

According to the data compiled by the Union home ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016.

As many as 12 civilians and 17 security personnel were killed in the firing from across the border till October, a home ministry official said quoting the data.

A total of 79 civilians and 67 security personnel were also injured in the firing.

The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November 2003.

India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured.

In 2014, there were 583 incidents of ceasefire violation in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel were injured.

In 2015, the number of ceasefire violations was 405; 347 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 62 in 2011 and 70 in 2010.

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Built by India, Iran's Chabahar port poses challenge to Pak's Gwadar

AP | Updated: Dec 3, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated a newly built extension to the country's main Arabian Sea outlet.

The extension is expected to make Chabahar, Iran's closest sea link to the Indian Ocean, a rival to Gwadar Port in Pakistan.

Last year, India committed up to $500 million for the development of the Chabahar port along with associated roads and rail lines.

A ship bearing various flags parked at Chabahar Port during the inauguration of the first phase. (AFP photo)A ship bearing various flags parked at Chabahar Port during the inauguration of the first phase. (AFP photo)

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated a newly built extension to the country's main Arabian Sea outlet, the strategic Chabahar Port on the Gulf of Oman, which more than triples its capacity and poses a challenge for a port under construction in neighbouring Pakistan.

Read also: Why Chabahar port is important to India

The $340 million project was constructed by a Revolutionary Guard-affiliated company, Khatam al-Anbia, the largest Iranian contractor of government construction projects.

It involved several subcontractors, including a state-run Indian company, and brings the capacity of the port to 8.5 million tonnes of cargo annually, from the previous 2.5 million tonnes.

Iranian state TV said the inauguration was attended by dignitaries from India, Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.

The extension includes five new piers, two of them for containers allowing cargo vessels with up to 100,000-ton captaincy to dock.

It is also expected to make Chabahar, Iran's closest sea link to the Indian Ocean, a rival to Gwadar Port, some 80 kilometres away across the border in Pakistan, which Pakistan has been building with Chinese investment.

Rouhani, however, downplayed the rivalry in his inauguration speech and said the port will bring "more engagement and unity" among regional countries.

"We should go after positive competition," he said. "We welcome other ports in the region, we welcome Gwadar's development."

He said Iran also plans to link the port to the country's railroad network to facilitate transit of goods to neighbouring landlocked Central Asian countries, as well as open a route to eastern and northern Europe through Russia.

For India, the investment in Chabahar was important since the port will bolster a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries that would bypass rival Pakistan. Last year, India committed up to $500 million for the development of the Chabahar port along with associated roads and rail lines.

And last month, New Delhi shipped its first cargo of wheat to Afghanistan through the Iranian port, part of 1,30,000 tons that India plans to export to Afghanistan.

Chabahar also has an international airport and Iran's Navy and Air Force have bases in the city, adding to the ports value.

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Tirur: Sunni factions’ clash leaves six injured

Dec 3, 2017

The Madrasa belongs to the EK Sunni faction supported by IUML.

Malappuram: In what is suspected to be a continuation of the political clash between the CPM and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in the coastal region of Tirur, a clash erupted during a MeeladuNabi procession at Unniyal near Tirur on Saturday. Six persons were injured during the clash between AP and EK factions of Sunnis who are backed by the CPM and IUML respectively.  According to the police, a group of alleged CPM activists unleashed an attack on some of the people who were part of the Meelad procession, organised by Misbahul Huda Madrasa around 10 am, alleging that the accused of recent political clashes were taking part in the procession.

The Madrasa belongs to the EK Sunni faction supported by IUML. All the six injured are IUML activists. They have been admitted to various hospitals while the seriously injured are in Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode. The police has deployed more forces in Unniyal due to the tension which prevails in the area. Tanur Police said that no arrests had been made and the investigation was on.

Clashes between both the parties have been recurring in the area for the past two years.  The police have stepped in to thwart further escalation of hostilities in the area which may ignite into another political clash. Meanwhile, the Indian Union Muslim League has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Vettam and Niramaruthur panchayats in protest against the attack on its workers.

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Mideast

Hamas threatens 'intifada' over US moves on Jerusalem

December 03, 2017

The Palestinian movement Hamas which controls Gaza called on Saturday for a new “intifada” if Washington recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moves its embassy to the disputed city.

Reports in Washington have suggested US President Donald Trump may on Monday fulfil a campaign pledge on the American embassy, which like all other foreign missions is currently located in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.

“We warn against such a move and call on the Palestinian people to revive the intifada if these unjust decisions on Jerusalem are adopted,” Hamas said in a statement.

Any decision to move its embassy there would be “a flagrant attack on the city by the American administration” and give Israel “a cover for continuing its crime of Judaising the city and emptying it of Palestinians,” it said.

The status of Jerusalem is a key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital and previous peace plans have stumbled over debates on whether, and how, to divide sovereignty or oversee holy sites.

The last Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which claimed the lives of some 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis, was sparked by right-wing opposition leader Ariel Sharon's visit to the city's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in 2000.

The Palestinian president's office told AFP on Friday that American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would “destroy the peace process”.

Since 1995 it has been the US law that Washington's embassy in Israel must be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as demanded by the Jewish state.

But every six months since the law was passed a succession of US presidents have signed a waiver to hold off on a switch which would enrage Palestinians and their Arab supporters. Trump has signed the waiver once, and grudgingly, after vowing to Jewish-American supporters that he would be the president to finally make the switch permanent.

The next deadline comes on Monday, and some in Washington suggest that Trump is planning a speech on the issue next week, before his deputy Mike Pence heads to Jerusalem.

The White House has described reports he may refuse to sign the waiver as premature — but sources told AFP they expect Trump to formally declare Jerusalem Israel's capital.

The international community has never recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or its unilateral annexation of a band of territory around the city's eastern sector, which it captured in the 1967 Six-Day war.

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Netanyahu Says Israel Won't Allow Iran to 'Entrench Itself Militarily' in Syria

03.12.2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has posted a video on his Facebook page, explaining his policy on Iran as well as the Syrian conflict.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Israel will not allow Iran to have military a presence in Syria or its own nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed shortly after an alleged Israeli strike on a target in Syria.

"Let me reiterate Israel's policy. We will not allow a regime hell-bent on annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons, we will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria as it seeks to do for the express purpose of eradicating our state," Netanyahu said in a video message posted on his Facebook on Saturday.

According to local media reports that haven't yet been officially confirmed by either Damascus or by Tel Aviv, Syria has repelled an Israeli attack on a "military position" near Damascus. Some media outlets speculated that the possible target may have been an Iranian base and several Iranian troops may have been injured in the attack allegedly carried out by Israel.

Tehran has repeatedly denied reports of having a base in Syria as well as conducting military operations there, however, stressed its cooperation with the country's leadership in the fight against various terrorist groups, including Daesh, and acts as one of the guarantors of the ceasefire in the Arab Republic jointly with Russia and Turkey.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Netanyahu at Talks With Russia's Shoigu: Israel Will Never Allow Iran's Bases in Syria

While Syria and Israel, which have never signed a peace treaty, have repeatedly exchanged multiple tit-for-tat attacks, Netanyahu along with the country's defense minister stated that Tel Aviv is free to act in Syria for the sake of its security.

Netanyahu's video was reportedly taped on Thursday and is expected to be shown in full on Sunday at the Brookings Institution’s annual Saban Forum in Washington.

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CIA chief & Netanyahu threaten Iran over presence in Iraq & Syria

Published time: 3 Dec, 2017

Israel and the US won’t tolerate Iran’s presence in Syria and Iraq as it goes against their interests, Israel’s PM and the CIA’s director said in separate statements. The warnings follow an Israeli strike against a “military facility” near Damascus.

In a video message released hours after missiles struck targets near Damascus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iranian military presence in Syria poses an existential threat to Israel and would not be tolerated.

“Let me reiterate Israel’s policy: We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state,” said Netanyahu.

The missile strike, which occurred just after midnight on Saturday, is said to have destroyed a Syrian weapons depot – although some reports claim the attack targeted an Iranian military facility allegedly being built in the area.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah, fighting alongside the Syrian Army, has played a key role in ground operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants in Syria. However, Israel says Iran is using Hezbollah to gain a military foothold near Syria’s disputed Golan Heights. Most of the region has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

In October, Moscow agreed to a new buffer zone along Israel’s border with Syria, which Iranian and Hezbollah forces would not be allowed to enter.

Since the start of the conflict in March 2011, numerous reports of Israeli attacks on the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah have surfaced. However, Tel Aviv does not as a rule comment on reported Israeli strikes.

Netanyahu’s warning to Tehran coincides with a similar statement made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo about the Iranian military presence in Iraq. Pompeo said Saturday that he sent a letter to Gen. QassemSoleimani, leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its elite Quds Force, warning Tehran not to interfere with American interests in Iraq. But Soleimani left the letter unopened, according to Pompeo.

“What we were communicating to him in that letter was that we will hold he and Iran accountable,” Pompeo told a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley, California. “We wanted to make sure that he and the leadership of Iran understood that in a way that was crystal clear.”

Similar to the dynamic in Syria, Iranian-backed militias have played a central role in pushing Islamic State and other jihadist groups out of Iraq.

At an October security conference in Baghdad, a Shiite militia leader said Shia Iran provided most of the support for Iraq’s fight against terrorism – and not the US-led international coalition.

Hadi al-Amiri, head of the Badr militia, claimed that “Iran is the one that helped on the ground in Iraq, and not the international coalition, during the war against ISIS.”

Despite grumblings from Israel and the United States, Russia has downplayed accusations that Iran’s part in anti-terror operations is a cover for sinister intentions. Along with Russia and Turkey, Iran is a guarantor of the current ceasefire and de-confliction zones in Syria.

“We do not have any information that someone is preparing an attack on Israel,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in August.

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Iranian Armed Forces Spokesman Dismisses Talks on Iran's Missile Power

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff and Spokesman of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General MassoudJazzayeri said talks with foreign states on Iran's missile program will be impossible.

"Any demand for negotiations on the Islamic Republic of Iran's missile power is basically rejected," General Jazzayeri said on Saturday.

"The high defense power of our country as the main component of deterrence against enemies of Islamic Revolution will always move in the direction of growth and enhancement," he said, adding that all officials in Iran stand united on the necessity for increasing the country's defense power.

"We advise all those who speak about the Islamic Republic of Iran not to bother to enter our defense and missile fields," General Jazzayeri said.

In relevant remarks in October, General Jazzayeri warned European states to avoid meddling with his country's missile program and presence in the region.

"As the Islamic Republic of Iran has stated before, it does not accept to negotiate over its missile issues," General Jazzayeri said.

"We, as the Armed Forces, are against any talks with the foreign sides on this issue," he added.

The General said there is no convention or agreement on missile production and development, and added, "Therefore, we strictly advise and notify all sides to stay away from this issue."

He also dismissed the US and certain European states' demands for talks on the regional issues, specially Syria, and said such demands are "illegal" and "illegitimate".

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Intelligence Minister: 120 Terrorist Teams Disbanded in Iran

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi announced that his forces have disbanded tens of terrorist teams in the past few years.

"The enemies want to challenge security in the country," Alavi said, addressing a meeting in Alborz province near Tehran on Saturday.

He stressed the need for the Iranian security forces to keep vigilant against enemies' plots, and said, "Over 120 terrorist teams which sought to carry out sabotage acts in Iran have been disbanded."

In relevant remarks in June, Alavi announced that the security forces disbanded a terrorist team in the Western province of Kordestan the same day, blaming Saudi Arabia for recent insecurities in Iran.

"Today, a terrorist team was attacked by the security forces and disbanded," he said.

Alavi added that the team consisted of 7 terrorists, including 5 Iranian and 2 foreign nationals from the neighboring countries.

He also said that another terrorist team was disbanded in the Southeastern city of Chabahar in Sistan and Balouchestan province, adding that intelligence shows that the Saudis have hired mercenaries from the neighboring states to create insecurity inside Iran.

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UAE 'deporting' Egypt presidential hopeful Shafiq to Cairo: Aides

AFP | Dec 2, 2017

CAIRO: UAE officials today took former Egyptian premier and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq from his Abu Dhabi home to be deported back to Egypt, two of his aides told AFP.

The move comes days after Shafiq, in exile in the UAE since 2012, announced his candidacy in next year's election and then said he was being prevented from leaving the country, angering his Emirati hosts.

Shafiq, a former army general appointed as prime minister by Hosni Mubarak, had narrowly lost an election to Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2012, a year after Mubarak's overthrow.

He was placed on trial after the polls on corruption charges and acquitted, and one of Shafiq's lawyers said last year that he was free to return to Egypt.

One aide said she witnessed officials arriving at the house and was told that Shafiq, seen as a main challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, would be deported to Egypt on board a private plane.

"They took him from the house and put him on a private plane. They said he would go back to Cairo, because they can deport him only to his home country," she said.

Another aide confirmed to AFP that he would be deported to Cairo, and his lawyer Dina Adly wrote on Facebook that Shafiq had been "arrested" to be sent home.

An aide had previously said Shafiq would leave the UAE over the weekend for France and other European countries before returning to Egypt.

After he announced his candidacy on Wednesday, pro-government media and some officials assailed Shafiq, who is seen as the only challenger to Sisi with even a remote chance of winning a large number of votes.

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US courts cannot put Turkey on trial in Iran sanctions case – Erdogan

Published time: 2 Dec, 2017

Courts in the US cannot hold Turkey accountable for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran, President RecepTayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, according to Reuters.He told members of his ruling AK Party in the north-eastern province of Kars that US courts "can never try my country." Erdogan was referring to the ongoing trial of Turkish-Iranian gold dealer Reza Zarrab, who is cooperating with American prosecutors. Zarrab accused several Turkish officials, including Erdogan and some of his ministers, of taking part in a covert scheme to circumvent the sanctions. The case has further strained ties between Turkey and the US, with Ankara accusing Washington of attempting to undermine its economy.

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Southeast Asia

Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets China's Xi as Rohingya censure grows

AP | Updated: Dec 1, 2017

BEIJING: Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi met on Friday with President Xi Jinping on a visit to friendly neighbor China as international criticism over her country's persecution of Rohingya Muslims continues to grow.

China has studiously avoided criticizing the crisis and the official Xinhua News Agency did not say whether the issue came up in the meeting. China is also expected to push for Myanmar to restart a dam project suspended after overwhelming local opposition.

Suu Kyi is in Beijing to attend a gathering of delegates from more than 200 political parties from around the world hosted by China's ruling Communist Party, which last month reappointed Xi to a second five-year term as its leader.

Xi also delivered a speech to the gathering's opening ceremony and met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Xinhua said.

China was a longstanding friend of Myanmar during the Southeast Asian country's isolation from the West, and has been helping shield it from criticism over the crisis that has seen more than 620,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar over the last few months.

Myanmar's military has conducted a scorched earth campaign against the Rohingya that the United Nations and United States describe as ``ethnic cleansing.'' Refugees living in squalid conditions in camps in Bangladesh have described indiscriminate attacks by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist mobs, including killings, rapes and the torching of entire villages.

Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest during the nation's long era of military rule, has come under widespread criticism for not speaking out against the violence, with some calling for her Nobel prize to be revoked. While Myanmar elected a new civilian government in 2015 led by Suu Kyi, the military continues to wield ultimate power.

China's interests in Myanmar include the security along its southern border and access to natural resources.

A recently opened pipeline running through Myanmar carries oil from the Middle East and the Caucuses to China's landlocked Yunnan province, allowing it to bypass the Malacca Strait. The pipeline starts at the Bay of Bengal in Rakhine state in western Myanmar, the epicenter of the anti-Rohingya violence.

Chinese projects have been blamed for uprooting villagers and harming the environment, factors that led Myanmar in 2011 to suspend the $3.6 billion Myitsone dam primarily funded by Chinese energy interests. The suspension remains a sore point and China is eager to see resumption of work on the project.

Although Suu Kyi's delegation includes the country's minister of electricity and energy, real progress on the dam issue is unlikely, said prominent Myanmar political analyst Yan Myo Thein.

"There is only a small possibility that this particular dam project will be implemented under a Suu Kyi-led government because it's a controversial national project,'' Thein said.

Instead, the two sides may discuss alternative projects such as a road serving the Kuming-Mandalay-Yangon-Kyaukphyu economic platform, he said.

On the Rohingya issue, China's main interest is stability, which means China has leverage, Thein said.

``Myanmar has leaned toward China because of international criticism and condemnation on Myanmar over the crisis,'' he said.

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Africa

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 13 in Nigeria

December 03, 2017

At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a dual suicide bomb attack at a busy morning market in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, local sources said.

The attacks occurred in the town of Biu, about 185 kilometres (115 miles) south of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, which has been at the epicentre of Boko Haram's insurgency.

“Two female suicide bombers infiltrated and gained entry into Biu,” a local police spokesman said.

“One of the bombers detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) strapped to her body within Biu's main market, while the other one detonated outside the market square,” the spokesman said.

The police said 13 people were killed, while a spokesman for a local civilian militia Ibrahim SaiduManiya said the death toll was as high as 18.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram group, led by AbubakarShekau, has previously used women and adolescent suicide bombers to carry out attacks in the area.

“They were powerful blasts which were heard all over the town,” Biu resident Ahmad Babagana, who lost a friend in the attack, told AFP.

“I heard huge blasts that came in succession and saw plumes of black smoke coming from the direction of the market,” said another resident, ZakariTiko. “I instantly knew the market had been attacked,” Tiko said.

Biu and neighbouring villages have been repeatedly hit by suicide and bomb attacks blamed on Boko Haram over the last eight years. In August 2015, a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a market in a nearby village.

Despite increased military success in the fight to dislodge Boko Haram, the group continues to launch deadly attacks in the country.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million others made homeless in its quest to establish a hardline state in northeast Nigeria.

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US deployment of drones in Niger is a ‘big problem for Africa’

3 Dec, 2017

The Niger government’s recent decision to allow American drones over its territory will accomplish little in the fight against terrorism, Africa analyst Lawrence K Freeman told RT, because it lacks a strategy that deals with the issues in the region.

On Thursday, Niger officials announced they would allow the Pentagon to operate armed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), out of the country’s capital, Niamey. The drones will be used to conduct strikes on terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates that operate along the country’s border with Mali. The move would allow the US military to significantly expand its reach in West Africa.

But Africa affairs analyst Lawrence K Freeman says that drone strikes alone will be unlikely to change the region’s jihadist landscape, which is being driven by more than just a handful of key operatives.

“So, this is a big problem for the Niger government, for West Africa, and for all of Africa – [that Niger] is now allowing the US to carry out these kind of military attacks,” Freeman told RT. “What is missing from this, is a strategy.

“There has not been a strategy now for many, many years through several presidential administrations, including the current one.”

The thinking in Washington is that by taking out key figures in the terrorist chain of command, this will help bring down the whole network. This approach has worked against some militant groups in the past but is unlikely to work here, Freeman said.

“The Sahara Desert itself, which goes all the way up to the Mediterranean, this is larger than the US. The Sahel desert stretches from the east end to the end of Africa. It is impossible to patrol all these areas. Therefore, you might pick off a few people here and there, which is useful, but you’re not going to stop the problem of terrorism.”

US drone strikes under presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump have claimed thousands of innocent lives across the world, Freeman said, with no tangible reduction in terrorism. Indeed, a New York Times report back in 2012 claimed that the Obama administration, which was conducting operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, considered “all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants… unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.”

Now it seems the US wants to export that model to West Africa.

“The African countries now are being pressured by the West and by the Trump administration to allow these armed drones and another military buildup, and I am sure it is going to cause them many, many internal problems,” Freeman said. “And it will not solve the problem of terrorism, and that is a sad point about it.”

Indeed, Freeman added, the collateral damage from these attacks may even give the terrorists a propaganda boost, though the chronic levels of poverty and underdevelopment in the region already provide a fertile ground for extremist recruitment.

“If you take northern Mali, Niger, Chad – I have been in Chad, I have been in northern Nigeria – these places are totally undeveloped. Therefore, they are perfect further bases for Boko Haram, for al-Qaeda, for ISIS (Islamic State) and others to operate, recruit and establish bases.

“So why not to take that territory from them? Why not to occupy with development, with cities? This will actually move the terrorists out. And the Europeans now in an existential crisis, because of the hundreds of thousands of Africans that have migrated, plus the hundreds of thousands that appeared to be in Libya slaves? And this is all because Africans in West Africa cannot live there anymore. They are desperate to get out, because there are no jobs, and there is no hope for the future.”

Instead of dropping bombs, the analyst suggested, the United States and Europe should make further investments in the region, as China is doing.

“This is the solution, and the US should join that effort, rather than carry out these piecemeal military attacks which in the long run are not going to work and may further destabilize these countries, as US military troops are not going to be welcome all over Africa.”

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Europe

France's Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias

Reuters | Dec 3, 2017

PARIS/BAGHDAD: French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government-sanctioned, Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a rare public call to do so by a major Western leader.

Macron's call, which followed a meeting with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in Paris, underscores the tough balancing act Baghdad has to perform between its allies in the war on Islamic State, Iran and Western powers, which do not see eye to eye.

"It is essential that there is a gradual demilitarisation, in particular of the Popular Mobilisation that established itself in the last few years in Iraq, and that all militias be gradually dismantled," he told a Paris news conference held with Iraqi Kurdish leaders.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) authorities accuse the majority Arab Shi'ite PMF of widespread abuses against Kurds in Iraq's ethnically mixed regions.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's government denies that the PMF are engaged in a systematic pattern of abuses and has pledged to punish anyone proven guilty of violations.

Disarming the PMF is seen as Abadi's most difficult test as his forces edge closer to declaring victory over Islamic State.

In Baghdad, Abadi's office released a statement later saying he had spoken to Macron by phone and that the French president had affirmed his country's commitment to a unified Iraq. It made no mention of Macron's call to dismantle the militias.

Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, a former prime minister who was pressured to leave office by both the US and Iran for failing to stop Islamic State, was more forceful.

Macron, he said, was carrying out "unacceptable interference" in Iraq's internal affairs. "These positions from France are absolutely rejected and harm Iraq's sovereignty and its institutions," Maliki said in a statement.

Macron's meeting with KRG Prime Minister NechirvanBarzani and his deputy QubadTalabani was the first high-profile international meeting for the Kurdish leadership after a Sept. 25 independence referendum.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and British Prime Minister Theresa May have both made trips to Iraq after the referendum but only met officials in Baghdad and made no visits to the KRG capital Erbil.

Western powers had encouraged the Kurds not to hold the referendum and instead engage in dialogue with Baghdad.

'CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE'

Macron again called for dialogue between the central government in Baghdad and the semi-autonomous KRG within the framework of the Iraqi constitution, saying he was convinced a "constructive dialogue" could lead to lifting Baghdad's restrictions on the Kurdish region.

Kurds voted to break away from Iraq in the referendum, defying the government in Baghdad and alarming neighbouring Turkey and Iran who have their own Kurdish minorities.

The Iraqi government responded by seizing the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and other territory disputed between the Kurds and the central government.

Long-serving Kurdish president MasoudBarzani stepped down over the affair and the regional government led by his nephew Nechirvan has tried to negotiate an end to the confrontation.

The Kurdish prime minister said on Saturday he saw France playing a role to end the dispute with Baghdad and that his government respected a verdict by the Iraqi Supreme Federal Court ruling the referendum unconstitutional and its results void.

"With regards to the referendum, we are in a new era, and this issue is over and we have made our position in the Kurdistan Regional Government clear," Erbil-based broadcaster Rudaw quoted Barzani as saying.

Macron called for the long-delayed implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution to settle the status of territories disputed between Baghdad and the Kurds.

Article 140 provided for a referendum to be held by the end of 2007 in the oil region of Kirkuk and other territories claimed by both the KRG and the Iraqi government to determine whether their populations wanted to be part of the Kurdish region or not.

No such referendum took place, among the reasons cited by the KRG to unilaterally hold its referendum on independence.

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Muslim Teen Not Allowed To Enter McDonald's Restaurant For Wearing Hijab

A 19-year-old Muslim student with hijab was stopped from placing an order in a McDonald's restaurant in north London, according to a media report.

The girl was in the McDonald's outlet on Seven Sister's road in Holloway when a guard asked her to take off the hijab if she wanted to queue up for ordering food, The Independent reported.

"It's just a matter of taking it (hijab) off," the guard told the girl.

She responded: "It's not just a matter of taking it off. I wear this for religious reasons and I'm not ashamed of it, and I will stand in line and I will get the food I want, because this isn't okay."

Another customer intervened to defend the girl, a British Muslim of Middle Eastern descent, but was told by the guard: "It's none of your business."

The restaurant later issued an apology and said it has suspended the security guard involved in the incident.

In a statement, McDonald's said it has no policy which restricts or prevents anyone wearing a hijab, or any other religious attire, from entering our restaurants.

"We welcome customers of all faiths and sincerely apologise for this situation. We are taking this matter very seriously and are addressing the situation with the individuals involved; the security guard, from a third party company, has been suspended," it said.

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