New Age Islam
Thu Dec 03 2020, 01:54 AM

Islamic World News ( 21 May 2015, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Alarm As Half of Syria under IS Control

 

 

 

An aerial view taken on January 13, 2009 shows a part of the ancient city of Palmyra. (AFP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Alarm As Half of Syria under IS Control

30 casualties feared in suicide bomber attack on mosque in S. Arabia

IS Group Executes 17 People in Syria's Palmyra: Monitor

IS Cements Grip on Iraq-Syria Border in 'Setback' Offensive

ISIS militants execute young with anti-tank rocket in Syria

ISIS seizes town in Iraq’s Anbar

42,985 Egyptians returned from Libya since Feb. beheading

Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shia mosque, several casualties: residents

Attack from Yemen kills one Saudi, injures three

King Abdullah opens World Economic Forum in Jordan

Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

Rebels seize hospital holding 150 Syrian soldiers: Monitor

 

Pakistan

Saad Aziz Confesses To Sabeen's Murder for Holding Valentine's Day Rally

Pakistan Anti-Terror Court Summons 7 Witnesses in 26/11 Case

Terror cells working on separate targets

Nisar wants new security plan for religious minorities

‘Balochistan govt has taken steps to improve literacy’

Blast near FC vehicle kills one, wounds four in Quetta

'Facilitators' of Peshawar Imambargah attack confess in court

 

South Asia

Six Would-Be Suicide Bombers Killed By Own Explosives in Nimroz

Three militants killed after attacking police officer’s residence in Laghman

10 citizens get ‘Ansarullah death threats’

Myanmar’s Rohingya parents anxious for news of missing children

Suicide after killing on the rise in recent times

 

Europe

Chechen Leader Urges Men to Ban Wives from ‘WhatsApp’

Hollande Says World Must Respond To Threat to Palmyra

At least 16,000 foreign fighters battle in Syria, Iraq for Islamic State

Austrian court sentences two for joining jihadists

With few mosques around, Muslims in Italy take to praying at supermarkets, car parks

Top authors urge Bangladesh govt to halt blogger attacks

Humza Arshad, British Pakistani Comedian, Takes On Jihadists

 

India

Two Indian cities, Imphal and Srinagar at high risk of terror strike

Want Beef? Go to Pakistan: Minister

Zishan Khan's non-Muslim friends decide not to take up job too

ISIS terrorists planned to attack India, says NIA

Post-riots, Vajpayee didn’t want me to go to Gujarat: Kalam

Af-Pak intelligence tie-up raises eyebrows

Diamond exporter charged for denying Muslim a job

 

North America

America Not Losing Against IS: Obama

US Agents Plotted To Find Osama Bin Laden Via Meds: Report

US: Syria will not be stable under al-Assad

U.S. to deliver 2000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq

Pentagon says US anti-armour weapons due in Iraq next week

 

Mideast

After Sending Ship, Turkey to Donate $1 Million for Rohingya Refugees

Turkey: Syria-Bound Swedish Girl Detained, Deported

Saudi-led coalition steps up air strikes on Houthis in Yemen's Sanaa: Residents

Israeli Arab who joined ISIS killed in Syria gun battle

Iran warns Israel of Hezbollah rockets if attacked

Israeli ultra-Orthodox media blurs women in govt picture

 

Africa

The Growth of Islamism in Mauritania - Should Western Allies Worry?

Former Boko Haram Captives Accused Of Aiding Extremists

Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya’s Garisssa

Malawi: Government Refuses to Amend Same Sex Laws

Child Marriage a Form of Slavery - African Union Goodwill Ambassador

 

Southeast Asia

OPM Declares Open War on Security Forces, Non-Papuan Civilians

Joko Announces All-Female KPK Selection Committee

Trader gets 2 years’ prison for trying to join Isis

Rosmah a ‘smart, brave’ Muslim woman, aide tells ex-Umno minister

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/alarm-as-half-of-syria-under-is-control/d/103105

 

---------

Arab World

 

Alarm as half of Syria under IS control

May 22 2015

BEIRUT: Islamic State militants tightened their grip on the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, days after capturing a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting the growing momentum of the group which a monitor says now holds half of Syrian territory.

The twin successes pile pressure not just on Damascus and Baghdad, but also throw doubt on US strategy to rely almost exclusively on air strikes to defeat Islamic State.

Extending its reach in the region, fighters loyal to the Sunni group have also consolidated their grip on the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Islamic State said in a statement posted by followers on Twitter on Thursday it was in full charge of Palmyra, including its military bases, marking the first time it had taken a city directly from the Syrian military and allied forces.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Al-Qaeda offshoot now controls more than half of Syrian territory following more than four years of conflict which grew out of an uprising against President Bashar Assad.

The ultra hard-line group has destroyed antiquities and monuments in Iraq and there are fears it might now devastate Palmyra, home to renowned Roman-era ruins including well-preserved temples, colonnades and a theater.

The UN cultural agency UNESCO describes the site as a historical crossroads between the Roman Empire, India, China and ancient Persia and a testament to the world’s diverse heritage.

“We may have different beliefs... different views, but we have to protect such incredible vestiges of human history,” UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova told Reuters Television.

Meanwhile, IS terrorists executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after they seized the ancient city. “IS executed 17 people, including civilians and loyalist fighters. At least four of them were beheaded,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, told AFP.

He said the civilians were working for a local administrative council, while the fighters included at least one regime soldier and members of the National Defense Forces, a pro-government militia. “They were accused of working with the regime,” Abdel Rahman said. A Syrian activist told AFP via Facebook that IS ordered residents to stay indoors.

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/750346

---------

 

30 casualties feared in suicide bomber attack on mosque in S. Arabia

May 22, 2015

A suicide bomber has blown himself at a Shiite mosque in the east of Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers. Local residents say the explosion has killed and wounded at least 30 people.

The blast took place at the Imam Ali mosque in the town of al-Qadeeh, Qatif province. One witness said there were at least 30 casualties in the attack, where more than 150 people were praying.

"We were doing the first part of the prayers when we heard the blast," Kamal Jaafar Hassan, one of the worshipers, told Reuters by telephone from the scene.

Another eyewitness told the Middle East Eye that at least five people have been killed and 20 have been injured. Reports on Twitter, however, put the death toll at 10-22 people.

The Saudi state has confirmed that an explosion took place at a mosque in the east of the country and said more details would be provided later.

Photographs from the scene show bodies strewn across the floor, while emergency vehicles are already at the site of the blat. Inside the mosque, glass has been shattered; pieces of concrete, perhaps from the ceiling, are littered across the floor.

The al-Qadeeh town is home to Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority, in a country which is predominantly Sunni.

In late March Houthi fighters from Yemen threatened to carry out suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia if airstrikes against their positions continued.

Abdel Mon'em Qurashi, a senior member of the Houthis Executive Committee, said on March 28 that they would destroy the Saudi regime for its “aggressive” policies, the Fars news agency from Iran reported.

However, Houthis are also Shiite Muslims, like those killed in the suicide attack.

Saudi Arabia has also been threatened by Islamic State, which is being targeted by an international coalition including the Sunni kingdom.

Shiites make up around 10-15 percent of the Saudi Arabian population. They are mainly based in two districts in the Eastern province, not far from Bahrain, in Qatif and al-Ahsa. Both areas have historically been the focal points for anti-government demonstrations, according to Al Jazeera.

Shiites living in Saudi Arabia have often complained of discrimination by the Sunni government, which is a charge they deny.

http://rt.com/news/261141-bomber-saudi-arabia-prayers/

------------

 

IS group executes 17 people in Syria's Palmyra: Monitor

 22 May 2015

Fighters from the Islamic State group executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seized Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday, a monitor said.

"IS executed 17 people, including civilians and loyalist fighters. At least four of them were beheaded," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, told AFP.

He said the civilians were working for a local administrative council, while the fighters included at least one regime soldier and members of the National Defence Forces, a pro-government militia.

"They were accused of working with the regime," Abdel Rahman said.

A Syrian activist told AFP via Facebook that IS ordered residents to stay indoors.

"IS is preventing residents from leaving their homes and is combing civilian houses" to find regime loyalists, said the activist who calls himself Mohammad Hassan al-Homsi.

He said he had spoken by phone to people in Palmyra who told him they wanted to flee the city but were afraid of doing so after hearing about the executions, especially the reported beheadings.

According to the Observatory, at least 460 people were killed in the battle for Palmyra that began on May 13, including 49 who were executed by the jihadist group, nine of them children.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/130866/World/Region/IS-group-executes--people-in-Syrias-Palmyra-Monito.aspx

---------

 

IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in 'setback' offensive

 22 May 2015

The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has forced a review of US strategy.

The jihadists, who now control roughly half of Syria, reinforced their self-declared transfrontier "caliphate" with the capture of the Al-Tanaf to Al-Walid crossing on the Damascus-Baghdad highway late on Thursday.

It was the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Damascus government. Except for a short section of frontier in the north under Kurdish control, all the rest are now held by IS.

The jihadist surge, which has also seen them capture Anbar capital Ramadi and the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the past week, comes despite eight months of US-led air strikes aimed at pushing them back.

It has sparked an exodus of tens of thousands of fearful civilians in both countries and raised fears that the jihadists will repeat at Palmyra the destruction they have already wreaked at ancient sites in Iraq.

President Barack Obama played down the IS advance as a tactical "setback" and denied the US-led coalition was "losing" to IS.

But French President Francois Hollande said the world must act to stop the extremists and save Palmyra.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova called the 1st and 2nd Century ruins "the birthplace of human civilisation", adding: "It belongs to the whole of humanity and I think everyone today should be worried about what is happening."

As the jihadists fanned out across Palmyra on Thursday, they went door to door executing suspected loyalists of the Damascus government, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

At least 17 people were killed, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

Syrian state media said loyalist troops withdrew after "a large number of IS terrorists entered the city," which lies at a strategic crossroads between Damascus and the Iraqi border to the east.

IS proclaimed Palmyra's capture online and posted video and stills footage of its fighters in the city's air base and prison, long notorious for its detention of regime opponents.

The jihadists did not immediately post pictures of the UNESCO-listed world heritage site with its colonnaded streets, elaborately decorated tombs and temples.

IS sparked international outrage this year when it blew up the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq.

Syria's antiquities director Mamoun Abdulkarim said he feared a similar fate awaits Palmyra, and urged the world to "mobilise" to save it.

IS now controls "more than 95,000 square kilometres (38,000 square miles) in Syria, which is 50 percent of the country's territory," the Observatory said.

Fabrice Balanche, a French expert on Syria, said "IS now dominates central Syria, a crossroads of primary importance" that could allow it to advance towards the capital and third city Homs.

Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, said the IS advance boosted its claim to be the most effective of the armed groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

"It reinforces IS's position as the single opposition group that controls the most territory in Syria," he said.

The jihadist rivals of IS, Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, have also been on the offensive as part of a rebel alliance that has stormed through nearly all of the northwestern province of Idlib.

The Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in the town of Jisr al-Shughur where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, the Observatory said.

It said dozens managed to escape but despite a pledge from President Bashar al-Assad to rescue them, others were killed.

Palmyra's takeover came days after IS seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi, their most significant victory since their lighting advance across swathes of northern Iraq last summer.

On Thursday, IS pushed further and seized Iraqi positions east of Ramadi, officials said.

Obama blamed the fall of Ramadi on a lack of training and reinforcements for the city's garrison.

"I don't think we're losing," he told news magazine The Atlantic.

"The training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country."

One of Iraq's leading Sunni Arab politicians, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq, called for a change of US strategy.

Recruiting Sunni tribes is "important but not enough," he said, adding that in any case it was "too late".

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/130903/World/Region/IS-cements-grip-on-IraqSyria-border-in-setback-off.aspx

---------

 

ISIS militants execute young with anti-tank rocket in Syria

May 22 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have released a new shocking video which purportedly shows the execution of a young man with anti-tank rocket.

The video which emerged on Thursday shows the convicted man blasted to death after he was shot with a rocket propelled grenade launcher.

According to reports, the young man was a member of the Sunni al-Sheitaat tribe in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor (or Deir al-Zour) province.

The “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently blog” reported that the clip was shot on 20 May and the militants appearing in the video hails from Tunisia and Morocco.

The man admits to killing two IS soldiers in Hai Sanour with a rocket-propelled grenade as he is questioned by a group of ISIS fighters before his execution.

The ISIS militants appearing in the video sentences the man to death i an eye-for-an-eye retribution to avenge the killing of two ISIS militants and kill him by firing an RPG from a distance at him.

At least 900 people were reportedly killed by ISIS militants after the al-Sheitaat tribe attempted to a rebellion against the terror group in Deir Ezzor in 2014.

http://www.khaama.com/isis-militants-execute-young-with-anti-tank-rocket-in-syria-1121

---------

 

ISIS seizes town in Iraq’s Anbar

22 May 2015

A tribal leader says ISIS militants have seized another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province, less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, Ramadi.

Sheikh Rafie al-Fahdawi said Friday that the small town of Husseiba fell overnight. He says police and tribal fighters withdrew after running out of ammunition.

Husseiba is about seven kilometers east of Ramadi, where ISIS militants routed Iraqi forces in their most significant advance in nearly a year.

The Iraqi government plans to launch a counteroffensive in Anbar involving Iranian-backed Shiite militias, which have played a key role in rolling back ISIS elsewhere in the country. The presence of the militias could however fuel sectarian tensions in the Sunni province, where anger at the Shiite-led government runs deep.

The capture comes on the back of the seizure of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra this week as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced its estimate that ISIS now controls more than half of Syria’s territory.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/05/22/ISIS-seizes-town-in-Iraq-s-Anbar.html

---------

 

42,985 Egyptians returned from Libya since Feb. beheading

 22 May 2015

CAIRO: Some 278 Egyptians have arrived at the Sallum border crossing in the past 24 hours, returning from the war-torn Libya, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The arrivals include 157 Egyptian workers who were arrested during “illegal” attempts to cross the borders.

A gruesome video showing the beheading of 20 Egyptian Copts by Libya’s Islamic State (IS) group was released in mid-February; since then, the number of Egyptian returnees has hit 42,985, according to official numbers.

Egypt responded with airstrikes in Libya’s Derna that claimed the lives of 50 militants, according to the Egyptian army.

Full report at:

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/151755/news/42985-egyptians-returned-from-libya-since-feb-beheading

---------

 

Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi Shia mosque, several casualties: residents

May 22 2015

DUBAI: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing and wounding several people.

One witness described a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh. He estimated there were at least 30 casualties in the attack, where more than 150 people were praying.

“We were doing the first part of the prayers when we heard the blast,” Kamal Jaafar Hassan, one worshipper, told Reuters by telephone from the scene.

The Saudi state news agency confirmed an explosion had occurred at a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia and said more details would be provided later.

Pictures posted on social media showed bloodied victims being taken away on stretchers.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890602/suicide-bomber-strikes-at-saudi-shia-mosque-several-casualties-residents/

---------

 

Attack from Yemen kills one Saudi , injures three

May 22 2015

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Al-Aasemi, spokesman of the civil defense in Asir Region, said that at 6:30 this evening, the civil defense received a call that military shells from inside neighboring Yemen fell on Al-Hisn village in Dhahran Al-Janoob province in Asir Region, killing a citizen and injuring three persons, a Saudi and two expatriates.

The injured were rushed to hospitals, he added.

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/750386

---------

 

King Abdullah opens World Economic Forum in Jordan

22 May 2015

King Abdullah of Jordan on Friday said projects worth $18 billion will be built in the country over the next decade, as he formally opened the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.

A 10-year economic blueprint for the country will be based largely on public-private partnerships, the king said at the opening of the forum at the Dead Sea Resort.

“Our 10-year economic blueprint - Jordan's 2025 - will enable us to move fast to diversify resources, to develop infrastructure, and capitalize on strengths,” he told delegates.

“This plan will be delivered through public and private partnerships, and to a large extent through projects of over $18 billion to be announced today.”

He thanked Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE for their support over the years, saying that the economic prospects for Jordan are good despite the challenges it faces.

“Jordan’s growth is rising again,” he said.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/economy/2015/05/22/Jordan-s-King-Abdullah-opens-World-Economic-Forum.html

---------

 

Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

 22 May 2015

Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies.

Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed group, said the insurgents would be unable to topple the Assad government despite their recent gains in battle, including this week's capture of Palmyra by the Islamic State jihadist group.

In an interview with Reuters, Qassem said Assad's allies - Iran, Russia and Hezbollah - would back him "however long it takes". There could be no solution to the war without Assad, and it was time for "Arabs and the world" to realise that, added the white-turbaned cleric, speaking at Hezbollah offices in Beirut.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/130897/World/Region/INTERVIEW-Hezbollah-sees-no-end-to-Syria-war,-Mide.aspx

---------

 

Rebels seize hospital holding 150 Syrian soldiers: Monitor

 22 May 2015

Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

Al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, and other factions "have taken complete control of Jisr al-Shughur hospital," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitoring group's head said "dozens" of people had managed to flee but others were killed, wounded or taken hostage, without giving exact figures.

The end of the siege came as rebels were subjected to heavy shelling by the army, the Observatory said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/130900/World/Region/Rebels-seize-hospital-holding--Syrian-soldiers-Mon.aspx

-----------

Pakistan

 

Saad Aziz confesses to Sabeen's murder for holding Valentine's Day rally

May 22 2015

Saad Aziz, one of the culprits arrested for involvement in The Second Floor café director Sabeen Mahmud’s murder confessed on Friday to killing her, Express News reported.

“We shot her for holding a Valentine’s Day rally,” Aziz reportedly said in his statement to the police.

“My friend was riding the motorcycle but I was sitting at the back and I shot her,” he added.

The IBA graduate added, “When she sat in the car after her Balochistan seminar, I followed her and when her car stopped at Sunset Boulevard signal I shot her.”

Aziz claimed he was a regular attendee at seminars held at Mahmud’s café and was also present at the seminar on ‘Unsilencing Balochistan’ following which she was shot dead.

“We followed her for days and gathered information on her before killing her,” the 27-year-old, father of one said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890555/saad-aziz-confesses-to-sabeens-murder-for-holding-valentines-day-rally/

---------

 

Pakistan anti-terror court summons 7 witnesses in 26/11 case

PTI | May 20, 2015

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court holding the trial of the seven Mumbai attack accused, including mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, on Wednesday summoned seven witnesses for the next hearing after the case record was finally submitted to it.

The Islamabad High Court finally sent back the record of the Mumbai attack case to the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), also in Islamabad, after over four months when it was told that the case had moved "an inch" since the record was lying with the IHC.

The Mumbai case record was transferred to the IHC in the first week of January when the federal government challenged the bail to Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

Virtually no proceedings of the case had been held since the trial court granted bail to him on December 14, 2014.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-anti-terror-court-summons-7-witnesses-in-26/11-case/articleshow/47358254.cms

---------

 

Terror cells working on separate targets

May 22 2015

KARACHI: Terrorists have formed separate cells to target police officers on one hand and scholars and vulnerable groups on the other hand, according to Director General (DG) Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar.

“One of the central issues related to law and order in Karachi is illegal weapons,” Major Gen Bilal Akbar said in Thursday’s briefing to the Senate standing committee on human rights. “A large number of weapons of prohibited bore have been issued to people,” he said suggesting that senators need to devise a policy. “Even law enforcers don’t have such sophisticated weapons.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890443/terror-cells-working-on-separate-targets/

---------

 

Nisar wants new security plan for religious minorities

May 22 2015

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Thursday asked the provincial home departments to conduct a security audit for minority communities and prepare a special security plan for including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ismailis and Bohras within a week.

“Protect our minorities. It should be your utmost priority,” Nisar directed provincial police chiefs on Thursday. “Protect minorities’ worship places and enhance police patrolling of religious places of non-Muslims as well.”

The interior minister asked provinces to better train and equip law enforcement agencies, as well as to conduct a security audit of minority communities by establishing new intelligence surveillance systems for their safety.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890272/nisar-wants-new-security-plan-for-religious-minorities/

---------

 

‘Balochistan govt has taken steps to improve literacy’

May 22 2015

Reflecting upon the present state of education in Balochistan, educationists and subject experts reviewed various initiatives taken by the provincial government in the recent past, urging for the recognition of well-intended efforts made by the province’s incumbent authorities to resolve the issue.

They were speaking at the session ‘Education in Balochistan’ held at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).

Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP) CEO Gul Barech, presenting education-specific background of the province as well as its SWOT analysis, termed the province’s area, youth population, mineral resources and the coastal line as few of its major strengths.

He identified meagre population per square kilometre (only 19 persons), the overwhelming majority of which was living below the poverty line, lack of infrastructure, untapped or underutilised resources, the region’s internal conflict-ridden history and the spillover from neighbouring countries as major hurdles in planning and executing any type of strategies for the province’s sustainable growth and development.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/889800/struggle-for-education-balochistan-govt-has-taken-steps-to-improve-literacy/

---------

 

Blast near FC vehicle kills one, wounds four in Quetta

May 22 2015

QUETTA: At least one person was killed and four others wounded in a blast near a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle on Quetta's Qambrani road on Friday.

A police official who request not to be named told DawnNews that unknown militants targeted a convoy of FC vehicles through a remote-controlled bomb.

The bomb, which was planted on the roadside, was remotely detonated as soon as the FC convoy neared it.

At least five people were wounded in the blast who were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment. One of the victims succumbed to his wounds during treatment.

Security sources said that three FC personnel were also among the injured.

The blast cause minor damaged to a FC vehicle.

Bomb Disposal Squad officials said that 100 kilograms of explosives were used in the making of the bomb.

Police and security personnel reached the spot and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway.

Qambrani road is considered a sensitive area of Quetta where security personnel have frequently been targeted during the past ten years.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1183551/blast-near-fc-vehicle-kills-one-wounds-four-in-quetta

---------

 

'Facilitators' of Peshawar imambargah attack confess in court

May 22 2015

PESHAWAR: Two suspected militants on Friday confessed to facilitating a suicide attack on Peshawar's Imamia Imambargah in which at least 25 people were killed and 59 others were injured.

The attack had taken place on Feb 13, following which the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested six people during a raid in Khyber Agency. Out of the six, two men named Riazullah and Amanullah were suspected of involvement in the attack.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1183544/facilitators-of-peshawar-imambargah-attack-confess-in-court

-----------

South Asia

 

Six would-be suicide bombers killed by own explosives in Nimroz

May 22 2015

Six would-be suicide bombers have been killed in the explosion of their own explosives in southwestern Nimroz province.

Brigadier General Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh, police chief of Nimroz province says that militants were planning to carry out a massive attack on the government compounds Chahar Burjak District when the incident occurred.

He said that the would-be suicide bombers were wearing their vests when they exploded and killed all six on the spot in Rudbar area of the same district.

Although, Taliban militants have not yet commented on the report but recently they have carried out a range of massive attacks on government compounds across the country.

http://www.khaama.com/six-would-be-suicide-bombers-killed-by-own-explosives-in-nimroz-3342

---------

 

Three militants killed after attacking police officer’s residence in Laghman

May 22 2015

Three insurgents have been killed in a clash erupted after they attacked the residence of a security officer in eastern Laghman province.

The police officer together with his family responded to the attack in Omarzi area around 11:00 PM last night leaving three militants killed.

The dead bodies of all three insurgents have been taken to the hospital at Mehtarlam, the provincial capital.

The officer’s son and his son’s wife also sustained injuries during the clash but they are announced out of danger.

Although, no militant organization have yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants have increased attacks on security forces.

http://www.khaama.com/three-militants-killed-after-attacking-police-officers-residence-in-laghman-3343

---------

 

10 citizens get ‘Ansarullah death threats’

May 22 2015

A radical Islamist group, believed to be Ansarullah Bangla Team, has threatened to kill 10 eminent citizens of the country including ruling party leaders, academicians and secular activists terming them atheists and anti-Islam.

Copies of the same computer-composed letter, that had the names of the recipients and a warning message from “Alkaida A-Bangla Team:13,” were sent to the persons’ home addresses on Wednesday. The registered letters were sent by post.

The warning reads: “Must you will prepare for dead.”

The names include Prime Minister’s Adviser HT Imam, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Awami League lawmaker Tarana Halim, DU Jagannath Hall Provost Ashim Sarker, Gonojagoron Moncho Spokesperson Imran H Sarker, DU teacher Kaberi Gayen, writers Bikash Saha, Paltan Sutradhar and Md Iqbalur Rahim, and Shahjalal University teacher Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2015/may/22/10-citizens-get-ansarullah-death-threats#sthash.89L59EaG.dpuf

---------

 

Myanmar’s Rohingya parents anxious for news of missing children

May 22 2015

A generation of young Rohingya Muslims are disappearing on boats to escape persecution and despair in Myanmar, leaving frantic parents behind clutching on to little more than photographs and fading hope that their children are safe.

Fragments of news of the boat people crisis gripping Southeast Asia has filtered into Ohn Daw Gyi displacement camp on the fringes of the Rakhine state capital Sittwe in western Myanmar, stirring panic among families from the stateless Rohingya minority.

Tun Hla Shwe's 19-year-old daughter and her two small children have been missing on the seas for more than two months.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/myanmars-rohingya-parents-anxious-for-news-of-missing-children#sthash.0muQM5vU.dpuf

---------

 

Suicide after killing on the rise in recent times

May 22 2015

When Rumena Khatun of Nobiganj upazila in Habiganj district married sharecropper Farid Uddin a few years ago, together they shared the dreams of a better life. Soon their family got bigger and they were living happily.

But as their daughter Muslima, 7, and Musa, 4, started growing up, things began to change. They began to feel that whatever they had was probably enough for the two of them, but now that their family had got bigger, they needed much more.

Sharecropper Farid’s limited income was nowhere near what Rumena needed to fulfil her dreams. Inevitably, discontent and disagreements ensued and the couple would often get locked in furious altercations.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2015/may/22/suicide-after-killing-rise-recent-times#sthash.PjFTQhBx.dpuf

-----------

Europe

 

Chechen leader urges men to ban wives from ‘Whatsapp’

 22 May 2015

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov urged men in his country that they ban their wives from using popular instant messaging application Whatsapp, the website of TV station Russia Today reported on Thursday.

Kadyrov made the remarks as he spoke to a group pf people who had been caught “gossiping” about a marriage between a 46-year-old Chechen police commander and a 17-year-old girl, which made international headlines.

“Be Chechens, think of your children. Family honor is the most important thing, don’t let anyone slander it. Don’t write in WhatsApp. Men, make your women leave the [WhatsApp] groups,” he told a crowd of men and women.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2015/05/21/Chechen-leader-urges-men-to-ban-wives-from-Whatsapp-.html

---------

 

Hollande says world must respond to threat to Palmyra

 22 May 2015

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that the world must respond to Islamic State jihadists' seizure of Palmyra amid fears they could destroy the ancient Syrian city's monuments.

"We have to act because there is a threat against these monuments which are part of humankind's inheritance and at the same time we must act against Daesh," Hollande said, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic name.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/130869/World/Region/Hollande-says-world-must-respond-to-threat-to-Palm.aspx

---------

 

At least 16,000 foreign fighters battle in Syria, Iraq for Islamic State

May 22 2015

PANKISI GORGE, Georgia — One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a 20-year-old stole her friend’s passport to make the same hazardous journey.

From New Zealand, came a former security guard; from Canada, a hockey fan who loved to fish and hunt.

And there have been many, many more: between 16,000 and 17,000, according to one independent Western estimate, men and a small number of women from 90 countries or more who have streamed to Syria and Iraq to wage Muslim holy war for the Islamic State.

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader, has appealed to Muslims throughout the world to move to lands under its control — to fight, but also to work as administrators, doctors, judges, engineers and scholars, and to marry, put down roots and start families.

Full report at:

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/at-least-16000-foreign-fighters-battle-in-syria-iraq-for-islamic-state/

---------

 

Austrian court sentences two for joining jihadists

 22 May 2015

VIENNA: An Austrian court sentenced two men on Wednesday on charges of joining a terrorist organisation after ruling they had travelled to Syria for training by radical jihadists.

The court in Innsbruck handed a 27-year-old Islamic teacher from Egypt a two-year jail term and his 19-year-old protege from Tyrol province a one-year suspended sentence, the Austrian Press Agency reported.

A court spokesman confirmed the verdict. Defence attorneys said they would appeal.

The teacher was accused of inciting the younger man to join jihadists aligned with Al Qaeda and accompanying him last year to a training camp in Syria, where the Ramadan fasting period prevented training taking place.

The judge rejected their account that they had landed in the camp via a series of unfortunate events, APA reported.

The younger man had a change of heart during a second trip to Turkey in September and abandoned the effort, it said.

More than 170 people have left Austria to fight in the Middle East, some of whom have been killed, according to the interior ministry. Other European countries have reported similar problems with young people travelling to Syria, often via Turkey.

A 15-year-old boy accused of researching how to build bombs and contacting Islamist militants goes on trial next week.

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/151749/news/austrian-court-sentences-two-for-joining-jihadists

---------

 

With few mosques around, Muslims in Italy take to praying at supermarkets, car parks

May 22 2015

With just two mosques in the entire country, Muslims in Italy have had to find spots in warehouses, garages, parking lots, garages and even a former sex shops to offer their prayers, either individually or in congregations.

There are some 1.5 million Muslims in Italy, however, there are only two purpose-built mosques which are recognised by the government – in Rome and Milan.

Though there are a further five facilities that resemble mosques, but these are in fact cultural associations, said Nicoló Degiorgis, an Italian photographer who observed Muslims praying in the north-east for years. His efforts to document the travails of Muslims in Italy led to the creation of the award-winning photobook “Hidden Islam”.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890159/with-few-mosques-around-muslims-in-italy-take-to-praying-at-supermarkets-car-parks/

---------

 

Top authors urge Bangladesh govt to halt blogger attacks

May 22 2015

DHAKKA: Leading authors, including Salman Rushdie and fellow Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood and Yann Martell, called on Bangladesh’s government Friday to put an end to a spate of deadly attacks on atheist bloggers.

Three bloggers have been hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants since February, with the latest victim, Ananta Bijoy Das, attacked with machetes during morning rush hour in the city of Sylhet earlier this month.

In a petition published in the London-based daily The Guardian, 150 authors called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government “to do all in their power to ensure that the tragic events of the last three months are not repeated, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

“We are gravely concerned by this escalating pattern of violence against writers and journalists who are peacefully expressing their views,” said the petition.

“Freedom of expression is a fundamental right under Bangladesh’s constitution and under the Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890596/top-authors-urge-bangladesh-govt-to-halt-blogger-attacks/

---------

 

Humza Arshad, British Pakistani Comedian, Takes On Jihadists

May 22 2015

LONDON — Humza Arshad pokes fun at Pakistani accents and emotional soccer fans. He jokes about his weight, his voice and his own mother. But mostly, he laughs at jihadists.

“Have you noticed how in those terrorist videos they’re always sitting on the floor?” Mr. Arshad asked a group of high school students the other day. “What’s up with that? I swear they can afford a chair.”

And their pants: “Always coming up to here,” he said, pointing at his shin, “like, did you borrow this from your little brother or something?”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/world/europe/a-british-comedian-takes-on-jihadists.html?_r=0

------------

India

 

Two Indian cities, Imphal and Srinagar at high risk of terror strike

Kounteya Sinha

May 22, 2015

LONDON: Two Indian cities - Imphal (ranked 32) and Srinagar (ranked 49) have been named to be at "extreme risk" of a terrorist attack, mainly aiming to cause mass casualty and destroy public transport networks.

According to an analysis of the terror risk to 1,300 commercial hubs and urban centres around the world, populations and businesses in 113 Indian cities have been identified to be at some risk - high, medium or low risk of facing terrorist attacks.

The next major Indian city after these two that faces a terrorist threat is Chennai even though the risk quotient has been marked as medium risk.

Bangalore is the fourth most prone city even though it is placed at 204th in the global threat list followed by Pune and Hyderabad at 206th and 207th respectively

Cities like Nagpur (ranked 2010) and Kolkata (2012) have been found to face a higher risk of a mass attack by terrorists that the usually expected targets like Delhi (447) and Mumbai (298).

Around 64 cities around the world are at "extreme" risk, with most in the Middle East and Asia - and three in Europe.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-Indian-cities-at-high-risk-of-terror-strike/articleshow/47378814.cms

---------

 

Want Beef? Go to Pakistan: Minister

IANS | May 22, 2015

NEW DELHI: Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday justified ban on cow slaughter and asked all those who want to eat beef to go to Pakistan.

"It is not about loss or profit... it is an issue of faith and belief. It is a sensitive issue for the Hindus," Naqvi said at 'Manthan' conclave organised by TV channel Aaj Tak.

"Those who are dying without eating beef, can go to Pakistan or Arab countries or any other part of world where it is available," he said.

"Even Muslims are against it..." he contended.

Naqvi was countered by AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi who asked whether the central government would impose blanket ban on beef across India, especially in states like Goa, J&K and Kerala where a large number of people eat this kind of meat.

On the issue of backwardness among Muslims, Naqvi said the Narendra Modi government was taking steps to eradicate poverty among the minorities.

"It is a fact that Muslims have remained away from development. Various social security schemes started by our government would help Muslims in a big way," he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Want-beef-Go-to-Pakistan-Mukhtar-Abbas-Naqvi/articleshow/47379176.cms

---------

 

Zishan Khan's non-Muslim friends decide not to take up job too

22 May 2015

Two friends of Zishan Khan have decided not to accept postings in Hari Krishna Export Pvt Ltd, if offered. Both of them, who fit "non-Muslim" criteria, said they won't be joining the company after witnessing its attitude towards religion and some policies of the company.

They are Mukundmani Pandey (24), a resident of Panvel, and Omkar Bansode (22), a resident of Vashi, both of who completed their MBA from DY Patil institute with Khan. All three specialised in international business.

"The first reason is obviously because they turned down our friend. Other reasons are some of their policies, such as compulsion of signing a five-year bond, and work hours, among others," said Pandey.

Bansode, who too has made up his mind not to join the company, said, "It is a wrong thing. We are a democratic country and youths should not be discriminated against based on religion."

"I and Mukund went to tell them at their BKC office that this is wrong, but were not allowed to go up. They called me today for an interview, but I am not interested anymore," he added.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-zishan-khan-s-non-muslim-friends-decide-not-to-take-up-job-too-2088032

-----------

 

ISIS terrorists planned to attack India, says NIA

Deeptiman Tiwary,TNN | May 22, 2015

NEW DELHI: For the first time an Indian agency has said on record that the Islamic State (ISIS) has designs on India and that its four recruits from Mumbai's suburb Kalyan planned to carry out attacks in the country as well. It has also hinted that the self-appointed Caliphate may have developed links with anti-India terror outfits.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which filed a chargesheet against ISIS recruit Kalyan youth Areeb Majeed on Wednesday has said in the documents filed with the court that the terrorist outfit with help from some other terror organisations planned to recruit from India and among NRIs to carry out attacks not just in Iraq and Syria but also in India and other countries.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISIS-terrorists-planned-to-attack-India-says-NIA/articleshow/47378157.cms

---------

 

Post-riots, Vajpayee didn’t want me to go to Gujarat: Kalam

Akshaya Mukul,TNN | May 22, 2015

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not want the then president APJ Abdul Kalam to visit Gujarat in the aftermath of 2002 riots. Kalam also faced the moral dilemma whether to resign during the office of profit controversy in 2006 when he had to reluctantly sign the bill that kept certain posts out of the list.

This and few other temporal matters find mention in Kalam's spiritual biography of Pramukh Swami, head of Swaminarayan sect, to be released early next month. The former President claims many of his problems could be resolved with the blessings of the Pramukh Swami.

Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Maharaj published by Harper Element, an imprint of HarperCollins, talks of Kalam's visit to Gujarat in 2002 after the riots. He writes that after the devastating earthquake of 2001, "mindless violence of 2002 dealt us another unexpected blow" "Innocents were killed, families were rendered helpless, property built through years of toil was destroyed. The violence was a crippling blow to an already shattered and hurting Gujarat," he writes. As President, he wanted to visit the state. But as he writes, "Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was discomfited by my decision. He asked me, 'Do you consider going to Gujarat at this time essential'? I replied, 'I must go and talk to the people as a President. I consider this my first major task.' " He says there was fear that then chief minister Narendra Modi will boycott the trip. However, he says, Modi and his cabinet colleagues accompanied him.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Post-riots-Vajpayee-didnt-want-me-to-go-to-Gujarat-Kalam/articleshow/47378021.cms

---------

 

Af-Pak intelligence tie-up raises eyebrows

Indrani Bagchi,TNN | May 22, 2015,

NEW DELHI: India is planning a tough response to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's latest move for an MOU between the Afghan intelligence service (NDS) and Pakistan's infamous ISI, a step that has already created a furore inside Afghanistan. Sources said while New Delhi may not say anything publicly, it has already conveyed its unhappiness.

The deal has been a bit of a surprise. In fact, Ghani's rival-turned coalition partner, Abdullah Abdullah, too was blindsided by the President's outreach to ISI, which is generally regarded as the puppet-master of the Taliban. He had suggested changes in the MOU, but those were not incorporated in the final draft. Even India was in the dark about the agreement, which was presented post facto to the world. The deal may have been signed when Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif visited Kabul last week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Af-Pak-intelligence-tie-up-raises-eyebrows/articleshow/47377999.cms

---------

 

Diamond exporter charged for denying Muslim a job

OMAR RASHID

May 22, 2015

Amid a public outrage, the Mumbai Police booked leading diamond conglomerate Hare Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. on Thursday for discrimination and denying a young man a job because he was a Muslim.

The Maharashtra government has said it will order an investigation.

The action comes a day after The Hindu reported that MBA graduate Zeshan Ali Khan was denied a job by the company because of his religion.

“Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates,” was the reply he received on Tuesday. After Mr. Khan decided to go public with the company’s response, a public outrage erupted on social media, forcing HKE Pvt. Ltd.to apologise.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/diamond-exporter-charged-for-denying-muslim-a-job/article7232883.ece

---------

North America

 

America not losing against IS: Obama

May 22 2015

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost.

“I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi was overrun.

“There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time,” he said.

Since August 2014, on Obama’s orders, a US-led coalition has hit more than 6,000 targets in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes, with the aim of degrading the Islamic State group.

Obama has refused to return US combat troops to Iraq, following a long brutal war after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/world/news/750201

---------

 

US agents plotted to find Osama bin Laden via meds: report

May 22 2015

WASHINGTON: The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said on Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden.

The Intercept news site quoted from a National Security Agency slide presentation dated June 2010 which discussed the possibility of going from “Pharma to Target” by penetrating “the non-electronic moat” that protected bin Laden from surveillance in his hideout in Pakistan.

Titled “Medical Pattern of Life: Targeting High Value Individual #1,” the presentation cites CIA reports on the al Qaeda chief’s poor health and invokes a scenario in which spy agencies target the “supply chain” of likely medicine and equipment destined for bin Laden.

The “supply chain” could possibly include International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals, according to the presentation slides.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890513/us-agents-plotted-to-find-bin-laden-via-meds-report/

---------

 

US: Syria will not be stable under al-Assad

May 22 2015

Syria needs a political change that will leave current leader Bashar al-Assad out, according to Daniel Rubinstein, the United States’ special envoy for Syria.

“We believe that there will not be a stable Syria that is at peace with itself or with its neighbors until a genuine political transition takes place that does not include Mr. Assad,” he told a group of Turkish journalists during a roundtable meeting during a recent visit to Istanbul.

“We fundamentally believe – as President [Barack] Obama said the other day – Assad has lost legitimacy and he did so some time ago because of his horrible brutal actions against the Syrian people and failure to address the legitimate grievances of the Syrian people,” the envoy said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-syria-will-not-be-stable-under-al-assad.aspx?pageID=238&nID=82783&NewsCatID=510

---------

 

U.S. to deliver 2000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq

22 May 2015

The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said the delivery would help Iraq defend against approaching suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives, attacks used by ISIS militants last weekend to help them seize Ramadi from Iraqi forces.

“This is a good counter to that (type of bombing),” Warren said.

The Islamic State’s capture of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, handed the Baghdad government its most significant setback in a year and exposed the limitations of Iraq’s army and the U.S.-led air strikes against the group.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/05/21/U-S-to-deliver-2-000-anti-tank-weapons-to-Iraq-Pentagon-says.html

---------

 

Pentagon says US anti-armor weapons due in Iraq next week

AP | May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON: An expedited shipment of 2,000 lightweight shoulder-fired weapons intended to help the Iraqi army stop the Islamic State group's increasingly effective use of car bombs should arrive in Iraq as soon as next week, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The shipment is among a variety of weaponry and equipment the U.S. agreed to send to Iraq on an expedited basis after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Washington in April to plead for more help in fighting the extremists.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pentagon-says-US-anti-armor-weapons-due-in-Iraq-next-week/articleshow/47379130.cms

-----------

Mideast

 

After sending ship, Turkey to donate $1 million for Rohingya refugees

May 22 2015

Turkey has pledged to add $1 million to efforts by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide humanitarian aid for Rohingya and Bengalese refugees stranded at sea, Anadolu Agency has reported, citing presidency sources.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on May 20 to talk on refugees stranded in the Andaman Sea and confirmed that Turkey was ready to take responsibility on the issue.

The agency said Erdoğan told Razak that Turkey appreciated the efforts of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand for the refugees.

The Turkish Navy has been carrying out efforts to reach Rohingya Muslims stranded in boats off the coast of Thailand and Malaysia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on May 19.

Addressing a group of young people at Çankaya Palace May 19, Davutoğlu had said that Turkey was doing its best to reach Rohingya Muslims at sea with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the help of a ship from the Turkish Armed Forces already sailing in the region.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/after-sending-ship-turkey-to-donate-1-million-for-rohingya-refugees.aspx?pageID=238&nID=82786&NewsCatID=510

---------

 

Turkey: Syria-bound Swedish girl detained, deported

May 22 2015

Turkish authorities have detained and deported a 15-year-old Swedish girl before she crossed the Turkish-Syrian border, allegedly aiming to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Fredrik Malm, a Swedish police chief, told Swedish media that the girl’s family had informed police of her disappearance at the last minute. Swedish police informed Turkish authorities and the girl was detained.

Malm said the girl has been deported from Turkey and is now back with her family in Sweden.

Turkey shares an 800-km long border with Syria, and Turkish authorities have in recent months strengthened cooperation with other countries to stop the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-syria-bound-swedish-girl-detained-deported-----.aspx?pageID=238&nID=82766&NewsCatID=359

---------

 

Saudi-led coalition steps up air strikes on Houthis in Yemen's Sanaa: Residents

 22 May 2015

Saudi-led warplanes extended air strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi militia in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, residents in the area said.

They told Reuters that the strikes focused on the presidential compound district in Sanaa, which the Shi'ite Muslim rebels seized in September, and Houthi military sites in mountainous areas on the outskirts of the city.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war eight weeks ago to try to roll back Houthi advances across the Arabian Peninsula country and restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in power.

Sanaa residents said air strikes also continued overnight on fighters loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh who are allied with the Houthis in the conflict.

There were also 10 air raids overnight on Houthi and pro-Saleh forces in the oil-producing province of Marib, according to residents in the region.

In Saada province which borders Saudi Arabia in northwestern Yemen, the Houthis said they had seized several Saudi-controlled military sites and taken weapons and equipment there.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/130890/World/Region/Saudiled-coalition-steps-up-air-strikes-on-Houthis.aspx

---------

 

Israeli Arab who joined ISIS killed in Syria gunbattle

May 22 2015

Hundreds of residents of the Israeli Arab town of Taibeh paid a condolence visit on Friday to the family of Yunis Madani Azzam, a 27-year-old who is believed to have died while fighting in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria.

The Azzam family confirmed on Friday that Yunis Madani Azzam was killed in Palmyra, the ancient city in central Syria that was taken over by ISIS.

Yunis Azzam traveled to Turkey five months ago to join the radical jihadist organization that has conquered wide swaths of Iraq and Syria.

“We received a telephone call informing us that our son was severely wounded in the fighting in Palmyra and that he died of his wounds,” said the young man’s father, Abdel Qadr Madani. “We were in shock, for we were hoping that he would return to us safe and sound.”

“A few days ago, I received a phone call from him,” one of Yunis Azzam’s friends said. “He told me he was about to take part in a very difficult battle. He asked me to send a blessing to his family and friends.”

“To this day, I have no idea how he decided to go to Syria and take part in the war,” he said. “This is a young man who is very successful and very unique. We never got the sense that he had plans to leave the country.”

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israeli-Arab-who-joined-ISIS-killed-in-Syria-gunbattle-403849

---------

 

Iran warns Israel of Hezbollah rockets if attacked

22 May 2015

A senior Iranian military official warned that any Israeli attack would unleash a firestorm of missiles on its cities fired by the Islamic republic’s Hezbollah allies in Lebanon.

The Shiite militia has more than 80,000 rockets ready to fire at Tel Aviv and Haifa, said General Yahya Rahim Safavi, military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Iran, with the help of Hezbollah and its friends, is capable of destroying Tel Aviv and Haifa in case of military aggression on the part of the Zionists,” he said, quoted on state television.

“I don’t think the Zionists would be so unintelligent as to create a military problem with Iran,” the general said. “They know the strength of Iran and Hezbollah.”

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/05/21/Iran-warns-Israel-of-Hezbollah-rockets-if-attacked-.html

---------

 

Israeli ultra-Orthodox media blurs women in govt picture

May 22 2015

JERUSALEM: Two ultra-Orthodox news outlets concealed the faces and bodies of female ministers in pictures of Israel’s new cabinet Thursday, renewing public debate over the practice.

Members of the newly sworn in 34th government posed for the traditional group photo at the presidential compound in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

In the centre are three women — Miri Regev (sports and culture), Ayelet Shaked (justice), and Gila Gamliel (minister for senior citizens) — surrounded by 21 men.

Ultra-Orthodox website Behadrey Haredim, which calls itself the “world’s largest Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) portal”, published the picture but blurred the women’s faces.

“It’s sad that technologically Behadrey Haredim has reached the 21st century, but as far as excluding women (from the public domain), it’s still in the Middle Ages,” said Rabbi Uri Regev, whose Hiddush movement advocates “religious liberty and the liberal movements of Judaism”.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/890543/israeli-ultra-orthodox-media-blurs-women-in-govt-picture/

---------

Africa

 

The Growth of Islamism in Mauritania - Should Western Allies Worry?

 22 May 2015

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania routinely portrays itself as a committed ally in the fight against Islamic extremism in the Sahel.

The country participates in the ongoing UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA). In December 2014 Mauritania created the G5, a conference of Sahel countries comprising Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, to more effectively fight transnational Jihadi groups.

The state-owned newspaper Horizon likes to emphasize that Nouakchott does not tolerate political or violent interpretations of the Koran.

Nouakchott's public relations strategy is remarkably successful: Although the current government claimed power in a 2008 coup and although international human rights associations have consistently criticized the regime for gross human rights violations, the power holders in Nouakchott have the diplomatic support of the European Union and the United States.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201505220470.html

---------

 

Former Boko Haram captives accused of aiding extremists

May 22 2015

The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from fellow former captives during a group counselling session.

Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while they were held? Wasn't she married to a fighter from the Islamic extremist group?

As scores of young Nigerian women and children are rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram, they face suspicions that they may still be in contact with their former captors.

These fears apparently have led to an entire group of 275 women and girls rescued from the extremists last month being forced to remain in custody — held this time by the Nigerian military.

Full report at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/former-boko-haram-captives-accused-of-aiding-extremists-1.3082938

---------

 

Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya’s Garisssa

 22 May 2015

Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in the northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa, the ministry of interior said on Friday.

The Somalia-based al Shabaab group, which has carried out frequent attacks in Kenya in recent years to try to force Nairobi to pull its troops out of Somalia, struck a university in the same area last month, killing 148 people.

A ministry statement said the militants entered Yumbis village, 70 km north of Garissa town, on Thursday evening.

"Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged the militants in a gun battle. No casualties were reported," the ministry said.

Kenya's tourism industry, a top foreign exchange earner, has borne the brunt of the attacks, as worried tourists cancel their bookings.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2015/05/22/Al-Shabaab-attacks-village-in-Kenya-s-Garisssa.html

---------

 

Malawi: Government Refuses to Amend Same Sex Laws

 22 May 2015

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has maintained that Malawi is not ready to amend laws that criminalize same sex marriages, Malawi24 has learnt.

Speaking after attending the 22 second session of United Nations General Assembly Universal Periodic Review, Justice Minister hinted that Malawians are against the practice.

Tembenu said the onus is on the proponents of abolishing of the law to civic educate communities on same sex marriages as well as death penalty.

He stated, "Government has set a law commission to look at these issues. At the conference, issues of death penalty and sane sex were discussed."

Tembenu added," As Malawians we said no. Despite denying, the proponents of same sex relationship are the Civil Society Organizations ( CSO's ). They have to go out in the villages and civic educate ordinary people. Before Malawians understand the law it can not be changed."

He says, same sex marriages are a crime but nobody is being discriminated and so far no Malawian has been arrested due to the practice.

Meanwhile, Malawi government through the Justice Minister has rejected 41 recommendations including the abolishing of the same sex relationships.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201505220590.html

---------

 

Child Marriage a Form of Slavery - African Union Goodwill Ambassador

 22 May 2015

Casablanca — Child marriage should be seen as a form of modern slavery and is tantamount to sanctioning child rape, the African Union's goodwill ambassador said at a conference on ending the practice.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda said child marriage inflicted life-long trauma on many girls and far more must be done to address its psychosocial impact.

"(With child marriage) we are sanctioning rape, we are sanctioning abduction, we are sanctioning a modern form of slavery, it's trafficking, it's forced labour," said Gumbonzvanda, a human rights lawyer whose mother and sister were both wed as children in her native Zimbabwe.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201505211148.html

-------------

Southeast Asia

 

OPM Declares Open War on Security Forces, Non-Papuan Civilians

May 22 2015

Jayapura. Armed separatists in Indonesia’s Papua province have declared open war on the military and non-Papuan civilians, insisting that their decades-long struggle for independence is not over and denouncing as a lie President Joko Widodo’s reassurances that the region is peaceful.

Enden Wanimbo, a commander of the National Liberation Army (TPN) of the Free Papua Organization (OPM), told the Jakarta Globe on Friday that his group was declaring “a total revolutionary war from Sorong to Merauke,” referring to the westernmost and easternmost ends of the region.

“This means all-out war against all Indonesians in the Papuan land,” he said by phone.

Enden, long sought by the Indonesian authorities and believed to be based in Lanny Jaya district, an OPM stronghold, rejected any notion of dialogue with Jakarta, saying that Papuan independence from Indonesia the was at the heart of the group’s demands.

Indonesia annexed the territory, comprising the western half of the island of New Guinea, in 1969, following a ballot now widely considered a sham. The OPM has for decades mounted a low-level armed insurgency against the Indonesian security forces, who are regularly accused by residents and rights activists of a litany of human rights violations in their attempts to quash the insurgency.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/opm-declares-open-war-security-forces-non-papuan-civilians/

---------

 

Joko Announces All-Female KPK Selection Committee

May 22 2015

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo announced nine new members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) selection committee on Thursday, all of whom are women.

“In the past few weeks I have been working hard to form a selection committee for the anti-graft agency [KPK]. Its members have to be competent and possess integrity; they must possess skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas,” Joko said on Thursday.

The president appointed economic analyst, Destry Damayanti, and state administrative legal expert, Enny Nurbayaningsih, as the committee’s head and deputy head respectively.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/joko-announces-female-kpk-selection-committee/

---------

 

Trader gets 2 years’ prison for trying to join Isis

May 22 2015

A sundry shop operator was sentenced to two years' prison by the Kuala Lumpur High Court today after he pleaded guilty to the charge of trying to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) last year.

Judge Kamardin Hashim also ordered Mohd Rosmadi Che Daud, 43, from Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, to serve the sentence from the date of his arrest on September 25, 2014.

The judge said the court had taken into consideration the seriousness of the offence, the plea and testimony of the accused and the interests of the public in making its decision.

"This is the appropriate punishment for you," he said before passing down the sentence.

The father of six was arrested when trying to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, at the Immigration counter, departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, at 8.55 am on September 25.

He was charged under Section 130 (1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries life imprisonment or for a term which may extend to 30 years, and also liable to fine, upon conviction. The offence is also non-bailable.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shahaduddin Wan Ladin prosecuted, while Rosmadi was represented by lawyer Arik Zakri Abdul Kadir.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/trader-gets-2-years-prison-for-trying-to-join-isis#sthash.ty35wJGW.dpuf

---------

 

Rosmah a ‘smart, brave’ Muslim woman, aide tells ex-Umno minister

May 22 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — In defending Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor from criticism, an aide has shot back at former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for ridiculing the prime minister’s wife.

According to a report by Malaysiakini, Rosmah’s personal assistant Rizal Mansor accused Zaid of forgetting “his morals” and overlooking her vast contributions to Malaysia.

Rizal stressed that Rosmah’s priority has always been the safety and security of Malaysia and its citizens.

“It is time for Zaid to come out of the shell and accept the fact that Rosmah is a smart and brave Muslim woman.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/rosmah-a-smart-brave-muslim-woman-aide-tells-ex-umno-minister#sthash.6P8MVtyP.dpuf

-----------

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/alarm-as-half-of-syria-under-is-control/d/103105

 

Loading..

Loading..