An asylum seeker child
waves good bye from a train going to Munich, to volunteers who helped them at
Vienna's Westbahnhof train station in Vienna, Austria, September 6 2015.
Another Drowned Toddler, a Four-Year-Old Syrian Girl, Washes
up on Turkish Beach
Saudi Jets Kill 76 In Fresh Raids on Yemen
Shelling From Yemen Kills 3 in Saudi Border Region
Slovenia border police fire tear gas at migrants
Saudi Arabia Drops Cluster Bombs on Yemen Again
3 Saudi Soldiers Killed in Yemeni Retaliatory Attacks
Israeli aircraft strike Gaza after rocket fire
Israel ramps up security in Old Jerusalem
Saudi Military Equipment Destroyed in Ma'rib
Ground Force Commander Underlines Iran's Special Plans
to Fight ISIL
NAM Condemns Israelis' Growing Violence, Incitement in
Al-Qaeda's Syria Affiliate and Its Islamist Allies Execute
56 Regime Troops in Syria
Syrian Army, Hezbollah Advance in Zabadani Region,
Kill over 13 Militants
Two ISIL Militants Killed in Iraqi Security Forces'
Ambush in Diyala
Muslims flock to Haj despite deadly crane collapse
Russia sends jets to Syria, resumes U.S. military
Syrian warplanes attack ISIS-held Palmyra
Insurgents fired 370 rockets at two Syrian Shiite
Russia would ‘consider’ Syrian request for troops
Terrorists Acknowledge Heavy Casualties in Aleppo
Saudi Warplanes Bomb Home of Omani Ambassador in
Saudi Arabia rejects UN report on death penalty
Iraqis hold demo in solidarity with PM’s reforms
Imam Tells Muslim Migrants to 'Breed Children' With
Europeans to 'Conquer Their Countries'
British Daesh Terrorist Rants about Angry, Rude, Lazy
Croatia says cannot handle huge influx of refugees
15 Suspected Militants Killed In Tirah Strikes
Eight Policemen Martyred In Their Security Post in
I Am Threatened By Islamic Extremists, So I Have To
Five killed in US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan
Desperate Afghans pin asylum hopes on Taliban threat
Pakistan to send high-powered delegation to
Afghanistan to discuss anti-TTP actions
2 Bangladeshis killed in mortar attack from Yemen on
Ahmedabad Police Refers Muslim Dominated Area as 'Mini
Pakistan' In FIR
India: Controversy as Hindu Calls for 2-Child Policy
Gujarat: Muslim Delegation Requests Governor to
Prevent Road Construction through Graveyard
Muzaffarnagar Riots End Hindu, Muslim Farmer Unity
Hizb ul Commander's Bullet-Riddled Body Recovered in
Altaf Must Ensure He Won’t Speak Against State: LHC
‘Pakistan Army Air Base Attack Was Planned From
Pakistani among 7 Charged With Supporting ISIS in
PAF base attackers wanted to engage troops in long gun
Peace in Afghanistan needed for ending violence,
Pakistan tells UN
PAF camp attack case registered, owner of vehicle used
in attack arrested
Terrorists were prevented from reaching their real
target: DG ISPR
Imran Khan doesn't wish to see MQM, PPP united: Farooq
IS Claims Attack on Tripoli Airport, 3 Killed
Nigeria Forces Purge Terrorists, Free 90 Captives
Rebels attack Somali army bases, retake town
Burkina Faso coup leaders release interim president
Daesh claims fatal attack on Mitiga Airport in Libya
Nigeria: WAEC Bows to Muslim Students' Presure,
Liberalism, Islam Can Coexist, Say Malaysian Muslim
Hudud Makes Second-Class Citizens of Non-Muslims,
Federal Christian Body Cautions
UNSC Urges Calm, Restraint at Al-Aqsa
US Urges Myanmar to Let Muslims Stand For Election
Ahmed Mohamed, the teen arrested for building clock,
will not return to same school
Donald Trump declines to correct man who says Obama is
FBI: New York man tried to help and join Islamic State
Muslims Must Counter Negative Image in US, Congressmen
The Canadian-Muslim Vote, other groups rallying Muslim
Edmonton's Muslim community urges Canada to open doors
to more refugees
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Another Drowned Toddler, A Four-Year-Old Syrian Girl, Washes
up on Turkish Beach
18 September 2015
A four-year-old Syrian girl’s body washed up on a
beach in western Turkey on Friday, state media said, just weeks after images of
drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi shook the world.
The yet-to-be identified girl was found lifeless on a
beach in the Aegean town of Cesme in Izmir province after a boat carrying 15
Syrians to the Greek island of Chios sank, the official Anatolia news agency
It said the Turkish coast guard rescued the remaining
14 Syrians, including eight children, from the inflatable boat. The girl appeared
to be the only casualty.
Harrowing pictures of three-year-old Syrian refugee
Aylan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach after the boat
carrying his family to the Greek island of Kos sank, caused an outpouring of
emotion around the world, pressuring European leaders to step up their response
to the refugee crisis.
But two weeks later EU members are still at odds over
how to accommodate the tens of thousands of new arrivals.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on
Friday that the Turkish coast guard had rescued over 53,000 migrants from
stricken boats since the beginning of the year.
He said around 274 migrants have lost their lives in
Turkish waters this year seeking to leave the country by sea for Greece.
In the latest tragedy, 22 people who had left Turkey
drowned on Tuesday when their wooden boat sank off Kos.
Migrants have in recent days turned to Turkey’s land
borders with Greece and Bulgaria to avoid the sea voyage that has cost over
2,600 people their lives in the Mediterranean this year.
Several hundred refugees spent a third day camped in
and around the Turkish border city of Edirne, which lies 10 kilometres (six
miles) from the Greek border and is being promoted on social media as a safer
route out of Turkey than sea journey in overcrowded dinghies.
Under an “open-door” policy championed by President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has taken in 2.2 million Syrian refugees since the
conflict in Syria erupted in 2011.
Kurtulmus said Turkey has so far spent almost $7 billion
(6 billion euros) to provide for Syrian refugees.
Saudi Jets Kill 76 In Fresh Raids On Yemen
Sep 19, 2015
Unabated Saudi airstrikes have claimed the lives of at
least 76 people, injuring around 130 others across the kingdom’s impoverished
southern neighbour, Yemen.
Saudi jets pummelled the Yemeni capital Sana’a over
Friday and Saturday, killing 35 people and injuring more than 120 others.
Yemen's Saba Net news agency said the number of the victims could rise due to
the intensity of the attacks.
The aircraft targeted the Yemeni Interior Ministry
building, public services facilities and residential buildings in the city.
Yemeni workers look at a destroyed chocolate factory
targeted by airstrikes in the capital, Sana’a, on September 17, 2015 (AFP
Striking the Sirwah district in the Ma’rib province in
west-central Yemen, Saudi planes killed four civilians and left a number of
The kingdom’s warplanes attacked the Al Bayda province
in southern Yemen, slaying a child and wounding two of the victim’s family
As many as 21 people were killed and two others
wounded after the planes attacked a village in the north-western Yemeni
province of Sa’ada. Saudi attacks also claimed the lives of 15 people and
injured five others, targeting the province’s Bagim district
On March 26, Saudi Arabia began its aggression against
Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah
movement and restore power to the country's fugitive former president, Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The conflict has so far left about 5,200 people dead
and thousands of others wounded, the UN says. Local Yemeni sources, however,
say the fatality figure is much higher.
The Yemeni al-Masirah TV network, meanwhile, reported
that Yemen’s Army and popular committees had struck two Saudi military vehicles
in Jizan, killing six Saudi military personnel and injuring a number of others.
Shelling From Yemen Kills 3 In Saudi Border Region
Shelling from across the border in Yemen killed three
people in Saudi Arabia Friday and wounded 28, the civil defence agency said.
The agency described the deceased as residents of the
Saudi border district of Jazan, while Saudi news channel Al-Ekhbaria said they
The civil defence added that four Saudis were among
the wounded, without giving the nationalities of the others.
Al-Ekhbaria showed pictures of blast-damaged cars and
The attack brings to at least 64 the number of people
killed in Saudi Arabia from border shelling and skirmishes since a Saudi-led
coalition began a campaign against Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen six
Most of the border casualties have been soldiers.
The latest shelling came as local anti-militia
fighters backed by Gulf Arab ground troops from the coalition pressed their
offensive in Yemen.
The want to push the militias out of Marib province
and eventually move on the capital, which the militias seized last year.
Riyadh formed the alliance in March, to support exiled
President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, in response to fears that the Houthis would
take over all of Yemen and move it into the orbit of Sunni Saudi Arabia’s
Shiite regional rival Iran.
The United Nations says nearly 4,900 people, including
a vast number of civilians, have been killed in Yemen since late March.
Slovenia Border Police Fire Tear Gas At Migrants
19 September 2015
Slovenian police used tear gas late on Friday to
disperse a group of migrants on its border as the country’s government said it
was considering opening safe corridors for refugees to pass through the tiny
The incident happened at the Harmica border crossing
as several hundred migrants demanded to be allowed to enter Slovenia.
After over an hour of tension, riot police used tear
gas to stop migrants, some with children, that were pushing against a police
cordon at a bridge on the border.
The clash happened just hours after Prime Minister
Miro Cerar announced Slovenia might consider the creation of safe corridors for
refugees wanting to reach northern Europe if they continue arriving in large
Migrants react after pepper spray was used in a small
village of Rigonce in Slovenia. (AFP)
“If the pressure of refugees (on the borders) becomes
too strong, Slovenia will certainly discuss... possible so-called corridors
with all the countries that might be concerned,” Cerar said in a statement
after a meeting of the country’s National Security Council.
The Slovenian authorities on Friday registered over
1,000 refugees that had entered the country while more than 700 were still at
the Obrezje border crossing, 20 kilometres (13 miles) east of Croatian capital
Zagreb, waiting to be allowed in.
“New refugees continuously arrive so it is very hard
to have exact figures,” Slovenian police spokeswoman Alenka Drenek told AFP.
On Thursday Slovenia suspended all railway traffic
with Croatia after a group of some 150 migrants tried to enter the country on a
train bound for Zurich in Switzerland.
Sep 19, 2015
Saudi fighter jets attacked residential areas in Baqim
district in Sa’ada with cluster munitions, Yemen’s al-Masirah TV reported on
There are no immediate reports on the number of
casualties or the extent of damage to properties.
Meanwhile, Saudi air raids killed at least 34
civilians, mostly women and children, and wounded scores of others in the
Saudi warplanes also launched 20 airstrikes on the
capital Sana’a, where 19 people were killed and at least 100 others were
injured. The Saudis also carried out eight more air raids on a prison in the
province of Bayda.
Earlier on Friday, the airstrikes also targeted a
military base in the East and a broadcaster building in the North of the
Saudi airborne assaults further struck positions in
the Yemeni province of Ibb, killing and injuring several civilians.
Full report at:
Three soldiers were killed and 28 others were injured
in the Saudi province of Jizan, reports said Friday. The Saudi civil defense
agency confirmed the casualties.
Also on Friday, the Yemeni army, backed by popular
committees, seized several Saudi military bases in the kingdom’s Southwestern
region of Asir.
The video footage released by Yemen's al-Masirah
television network on Friday showed Yemeni forces advancing into Saudi military
bases in the region, destroying the vehicles and equipment of the Saudi army.
Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on
Saturday after Palestinian militants there fired rockets into southern Israel.
The overnight air strikes targeted two training camps
belonging to the Islamist group Hamas, causing no injuries, officials and
Late on Friday, Gaza militants had fired at least two
rockets into Israel. One struck a town, damaging a bus but causing no injuries.
A second was shot down by a missile defense system.
A Palestinian group that supports the group ISIS
claimed responsibility for one of the rockets fired at Israel.
The cross-border violence came as tension remained
high in Jerusalem and the West Bank, where Israeli security forces and
Palestinians have clashed over the past week.
Israel deployed hundreds of extra police around the
Old City of Jerusalem on Friday after Palestinian leaders called for a 'day of
rage' to protest at new Israeli security measures and the U.N. calling for
restraint and calm.
Around 800 extra police were posted in the heart of
the city and adjacent Arab neighborhoods, where tensions have been high for the
past week, following violent clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque and stone-throwing
attacks by Palestinians against Israeli cars.
The focus of tension is the compound housing al-Aqsa
and the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest places in Islam. Jews refer to the
area as Temple Mount, where an ancient Jewish temple once stood. It is the most
sacred place in Judaism.
“The Israeli police have heightened security in and
around Jerusalem and the Old City in order to prevent and respond to any
incidents that could take place,” said spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, adding that
undercover units had been deployed.
In an effort to limit the threat of violence, Israel
also banned access to al-Aqsa for all men under 40 on Friday, the Muslim holy
day. But rather than putting a cap on unrest, the restrictions risked further
fuelling anger and frustration.
According to FNA dispatches, the Yemeni forces
destroyed the seven tanks and military equipment in Jafineh district in
Southern Ma'rib on Friday.
A military source said the Yemeni army forced the
Saudi-backed mercenaries to retreat from the al-Maqhawi hill and al-Tabab,
killing a group of them.
The source further said that the Yemeni forces
destroyed 56 Saudi armored vehicles and military equipment in the past 4 days.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 178 days now
to restore power to Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has
so far killed at least 6,012 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
"The Iranian Armed Forces will not be surprised
at all and we have plans to fight against the ISIL," Pourdastan said,
addressing a ceremony in the Southwestern province of Kohgilouyeh and Boyer
Ahmad province on Friday.
He assured the Iranian nation that the ISIL terrorist
group is not able to threaten the country at all, and said, "We will
powerfully make anyone who threatens the country regret his/her deeds."
Pourdastan also stressed that Iranian experts analyze
the slightest moves made at borders and by foreign warships in the Indian Ocean
and nearby regions, adding that the Armed Forces' defensive capacities are
increased based on these analyses.
In relevant remarks in June, Commander of the Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour
underlined security along the country’s borders, and said that the Takfiri
terrorists were unable to pose a threat to Iran.
"The ISIL is not seen as a threat to the Islamic
Republic of Iran," Pakpour told FNA.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces
don’t allow such threats to form and the IRGC makes its utmost efforts with
full courage to defend the Islamic Republic of Iran and we are not at all
concerned about an ISIL threat," he added.
Also in June, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed
Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi underlined that the ISIL was not able
to even approach Iran's borders.
"NAM calls for respect for the rights of Muslim
worshipers at Al-Haram Al-Sharif to worship in peace, free from violence,
threats and provocations," NAM underscored in a statement on Friday.
Hereunder is the full text of the Permanent Mission of
the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, in its capacity as Chair of
the Coordinating Bureau (CoB) of the Non-Aligned Movement (CoB-NAM), on the
situation in the Occupied East Jerusalem in its meeting held on 18 September
Statement by the coordinating Bureau of the
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on the situation in the Occupied East Jerusalem:
1. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) expresses its grave
concerns regarding the recent disturbing developments in Occupied East
Jerusalem due to illegal policies and measures that continue to be pursued by
Israel, the occupying Power, ongoing provocations and incitement by Israeli
religious extremists, including settlers, particularly in and around holy
sites, including at Al-Aqsa Mosque at Al-Haram Al-Sharif compound, and all acts
of aggression against the Palestinian civilian population.
2. The Movement strongly condemns the acts of violence
and the provocations and incitement by Israeli occupying forces and extremists
at this sensitive holy site, which threaten to further destabilize the
already-fragile situation with far-reaching consequences. NAM calls for full
respect for the sanctity of AI-Haram Al-Sharif and for the historic status quo
and arrangements at this holy site by all parties. NAM calls for respect for the
rights of Muslim worshipers at Al-Haram Al-Sharif to worship in peace, free
from violence, threats and provocations.
3. NAM further calls for full respect of international
law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, and for respect of the relevant
Security Council and General Assembly resolutions in this regard. The Movement
recalls the determination by the Security Council that all measures by Israel,
the occupying Power, which are aimed at altering the demographic composition,
character and status of Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Palestinian
Territory occupied since 1967 are illegal, are null and void and must be
rescinded and ceased forthwith. NAM reaffirms that East Jerusalem remains an
integral part of the Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel since 1967, whose
illegal annexation by Israel has been rejected and remains unrecognized by the
4. NAM also reaffirms in this connection its firm
rejection and strong condemnation of all Israeli settlement activities and
colonization policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
including in and around East Jerusalem, and reiterates its call for the
immediate cessation of all such illegal Israeli actions and the cessation of
the provocative, reckless declarations that continue to be made by Israeli
government officials and religious leaders in this regard.
5. NAM reiterates that Israel's settlement activities
in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, constitute
grave violations of international law, including humanitarian law, relevant
United Nations Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, and the July
2004 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice. NAM deplores that
Israel's settlement colonization measures have severely fragmented the
contiguity of the Palestinian land and gravely undermined the viability of the
two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and the prospects for
achieving peace on that basis. NAM reiterates its calls for an immediate and
complete halt to all Israeli settlement colonization activities, including the
construction of settlements and the wall, the confiscation of Palestinian land,
the destruction of Palestinian homes and properties, the forced displacement of
Palestinian civilians, the transfer of Israeli settlers, and the exploitation
of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which continue to
be perpetrated in grave breach of international law. The Movement also condemns
all acts of violence, terror, provocation and incitement against Palestinian
civilians, including children, and acts of destruction and vandalism of Palestinian
properties and land by Israeli settlers and calls for the perpetrators of these
crimes to be brought to justice.
Al-Qaeda's Syria Affiliate and Its Islamist Allies
Execute 56 Regime Troops in Syria
September 19, 2015
DAMASCUS: Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate and its Islamist
allies have executed at least 56 regime troops at a military airport they
recently seized in the northwest, a monitoring group said Saturday.
Al-Nusra Front and the Islamists shot dead the regime
fighters, who were being held as prisoners, “execution-style” inside the Abu
Duhur airport, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for
He said the killings in Idlib province had occurred
earlier this week but his monitoring group — which gathers news from sources on
the ground — confirmed them on Saturday.
Al-Nusra is a leading member of an alliance of
jihadist and Islamist forces called the “Army of Conquest” that overran the Abu
Duhur military airport on September 9.
When it overran the airbase, the Army of Conquest
killed dozens of regime loyalists and took others captive. The powerful
coalition has seized almost all of Idlib province except for Fuaa and Kafraya,
two regime-controlled villages inhabited by Shiite Muslims.
The sources said that the Syrian army’s 42nd and 63rd
Brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division, Hezbollah force, the Palestine
Liberation Army (PLA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Syrian Social
Nationalist Party (SSNP), launched a massive attack against Harakat Ahrar
Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Al-Nusra Front in al-Nabua district.
Not long after the clashes in al-Nabua began, the
rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army found themselves
nearly surrounded by the encroaching Hezbollah and Syrian army soldiers; this
resulted in the rebel fighters having to completely withdraw from al-Nabua.
The sources said that recapturing of al-Nabua left a
total of 13 militants killed and several more wounded.
Earlier this month, Israel attacked a position of the
Syrian army in Zabadani that was used by government and Hezbollah's joint
troops to pound terrorists.
The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes against
an artillery position of the Syrian Army near the town of Zabadani, around 45
km (28 miles) from Syria's capital Damascus, a military source said at the
"The Israeli Air Force planes carried out
airstrikes at an artillery position belonging to the Syrian army," the
source said. "The artillery was used by the army to repel attacks from
militants in the Eastern part of Zabadani."
The source added that terrorists attacked Syrian army
positions on the East side of Zabadani on September 10. The Syrian military,
supported by the artillery shelling, managed to repel the attack after a
After the Israeli Air Force carried out the airstrike,
militants reportedly launched a second assault attempt, also repelled by the
government's forces, according to the source.
On September 6, military sources said that the Syrian
Army and the Hezbollah, in their mop-up operations in Zabadani, uncovered one
of the largest supply tunnels of rebel groups in Zabadani area.
“The Iraqi forces in an ambush in the depth of the
Hamrin Mountains (90 km North of Baqubah), at the border between Diyala and
Salahuddin provinces, killed two members of the ISIL,” Sadiq Hosseini said.
In August, a local official in the Eastern Diyala
province said that the Iraqi security forces targeted a bomb-manufacturing
workshop of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the Northeastern side of Baqubah.
Lynne al-Nahhas - Pilgrims from around the world have
begun massing in Saudi Arabia for the Haj, one of the biggest gatherings on the
planet, undeterred by a crane collapse that killed 108 people at Islam’s
More than 1.
2 million faithful have already arrived for the Haj,
which begins on Tuesday against a backdrop of increased ‘jihadi’ violence, a
surge of the deadly MERS virus and with the kingdom at war in Yemen.
From all races and ages, they flocked into the Grand
Mosque, where they prayed - some silently in tears and others loudly in groups
carrying their countries’ flags.
The Haj is among the five pillars of Islam and every capable
Muslim must perform the pilgrimage at least once.
Previously marred by stampedes and fires that killed
hundreds, it had been largely incident-free for the past decade after safety
But on September 11, during severe winds, a construction
crane toppled into a courtyard of the Grand Mosque.
Saudis, Iranians, Nigerians, Malaysians, Indonesians
and Indians were among the dead.
About 400 more people were injured, but it has not
stopped pilgrims carrying out their rituals.
“Do you see the number of people here? Do you think
they are fearful? It is quite the opposite.
People here have faith in God and perceive those that
died as martyrs,” said Amin al-Rahman of Bangladesh.
The crane was one of several on a multi-billion-dollar
expansion to accommodate increasing numbers of faithful.
With another million pilgrims expected for the Haj,
King Salman acted swiftly to sanction the developer, Saudi Binladin Group.
Samira Abdulwahab, a pilgrim from Sudan who had just
finished circling the Kaaba, which all Muslims face to pray, called the Grand
Mosque “the safest place in the world”.
The Kaaba is now barely visible amid the surrounding
Tawaf is a ritual of the pilgrimage performed by the
white-clad pilgrims who come from all over the world.
Fears of IS recruitment
While the pilgrims will not notice it, they are
arriving in a country at war.
Since March, the kingdom has led an Arab coalition
conducting air strikes and supporting local forces in Yemen against Huthi
Hundreds of kilometres south of the Muslim holy cities
of Makkah and Medina, at least 61 Saudi soldiers and civilians have been killed
since March in shelling and skirmishes on the Saudi frontier with Yemen.
Thousands more people have died inside Yemen.
Tehran and Riyadh also support opposing sides in
Syria’s civil war, but political differences have not stopped Iran’s pilgrims
from arriving for Haj.
This year’s pilgrimage coincides with a refugee crisis
in Europe after millions of asylum seekers, most of them Muslim, fled wars in
Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Islamic State group, which has carried out
widespread atrocities, has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq.
IS has also killed dozens of people this year in
bombings at mosques in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait.
Ahmed Nour, a Syrian living in the port city of
Jeddah, said there were worries about the threat from the Huthis as well as IS.
Russia has sent fighter jets to Syria, U.S. officials
said, raising the stakes in a military buildup that has put Washington on edge
and led Friday to the first talks between U.S. and Russian defense chiefs in
over a year.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, eyeing the
possibility of rival U.S. and Russian air operations in Syria’s limited
airspace, agreed in a call with his Russian counterpart to explore ways to
avoid accidental military interactions.
The coordination necessary to avoid such encounters is
known in military parlance as “deconfliction.”
“They agreed to further discuss mechanisms for
deconfliction in Syria and the counter-ISIL campaign,” Pentagon spokesman Peter
Cook said after the call, referring to the campaign by the U.S. and its allies
against ISIS militants.
The former Cold War foes have a common adversary in
ISIS militants in Syria, even as Washington opposes Moscow’s support for Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad, seeing him as a driver in the nation’s devastating,
four-and-a-half-year civil war.
A senior U.S. defense official, recounting details of
the conversation, said Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had described
Moscow’s activities in Syria as defensive in nature.
Shoigu said Russia’s military moves “were designed to
honor commitments made to the Syrian government,” the U.S. official said.
It was unclear, however, what those commitments to
Syria are or how Russia’s military buildup was relevant to them.
Russia’s latest deployment to Syria
Russia’s latest deployment has added significant
airpower to a buildup that, according to U.S. estimates, also includes
helicopter gunships, artillery and as many 500 Russian naval infantry forces at
an airfield near Latakia.
One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said four tactical Russian fighter jets were sent to Syria. Another U.S.
official declined to offer a number but confirmed the presence of multiple
U.S. ‘common ground’ with Russia
In London, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the
United States was looking to find “common ground” with Russia.
Syrian warplanes unleashed a wave of deadly airstrikes
on the militant-held town of Palmyra in central Syria on Friday, killing at
least 15 and wounding many more, activists said, in some of the heaviest
bombardment since the extremist group seized the ancient town May 10.
The Palmyra airstrikes come a day after the Syrian
army carried out heavy air raids in the northern city of Raqqa, also held by
the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
A local activist who spoke on condition of anonymity
for security reasons reported at least 30 air raids on Palmyra Friday. A local
media collective called the strikes a “massacre” and said 15 people were killed
and more than 120 wounded. It said Palmyra’s only hospital was suffering severe
shortages in staff and equipment, and some of the wounded had to be taken to
Raqqa, more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) away.
It did not say if those killed were civilians or ISIS
fighters. However the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a
number of ISIS militants were among those killed.
The Syrian government says it is the leading force
fighting ISIS in Syria and Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, is
trying to convince the West of the need to work with Syria in this effort.
Insurgents detonated at least five car bombs and fired
370 rockets at two Shiite villages in northwestern Syria on Friday, a monitor
said, in a new assault on besieged government-held areas.
An alliance of insurgent groups, including al-Qaeda's
al-Nusra Front, attacked al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, an area
bordering Turkey that is mostly held by insurgents after rebel advances this
year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Thousands of civilians have been living under siege in
the two villages, which are still held by government forces.
Fierce clashes raged between the government forces and
insurgents of the "Army of Conquest", a coalition of groups that
includes Nusra Front and the powerful Ahrar al-Sham, the Observatory said. The
number of casualties was not immediately clear.
Warring sides agreed to a brief ceasefire last month
in the two villages and in Zabadani, a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border
under siege by government forces and by Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, a
Moscow would consider any request from Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad to send troops, as Washington frets over an alleged
Russian military buildup in the war-torn country, a spokesman said on Friday.
In response to comments by Syrian Foreign Minister
Walid al-Moallem, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied reports that Russian
combat troops were fighting with Syrian troops, but said Syria would ask for
Russia’s help if needed.
If such a request is made, it will be “discussed and
considered,” Peskov said.
Amid U.S. concerns over an ongoing Russian military
buildup in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday urged
Washington and its allies to engage the Syrian government as a “partner” in the
fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
Peskov added: “But it is difficult to talk about this
The army clampdown on the terrorist organizations
continued on Friday, inflicting great loss and damage on the terrorists by
carrying out intensive operations against their hideouts and positions across
Also in the past 24 hours, an army unit destroyed an
armored vehicle and a mortar launcher used by members of the Jaish al-Islam
terrorist organization and killed a number of terrorists, including Abdelrahman
al-Ajwah, Ghafir Abu Shanab, and Ghassan al-Wadi in al-Ajami neighborhood in
Sources said that army units targeted terrorists’
hideouts and movements in the farms of Harasta, al-Samadi, and al-Maqale’a in
the Western outskirts of Touma, which left a number of terrorists dead and
In Aaliya farms at the Northern outskirts of Douma
city, the army eliminated terrorists Abdelwahab al-Sedeeq and Juma’a Iskaf AKA
Abu al-Yama, who were two leaders in Jaish al-Islam.
Army operations also resulted in destroying
terrorists’ hotspots in al-Makaser and al-Hajjariye neighborhoods and around
the municipal stadium in Douma city, killing a number of terrorists, including
Sameer Taha, Hassan Fleitani, Kherieddin al-Oyoun, Mohammad Qaqish, Anas
al-Nahhas, Kassem Aibour, Radwan al-Hendawi, and Abdullah al-Basha.
Also in Lattakia, a number of terrorists were killed
in army airstrikes that targeted their gatherings in Salma area, Irra, Kitf
al-Ghanme, Tallet al-Mallouheh and Tallet al-Rashwan in the countryside of
Lattakia province, according to a military source.
Ali al-Sheikh Asaad, Obada Shaqra, Rafiq Abbas, Wassim
Zakariya and Rafiq Shafiq Bitar were identified among the dead.
Army’s air force targeted terrorists’ dens in Rweisit
al-Tanbour and Jub al-Ahmar in Lattakia, killing many terrorists, injuring
others and destroying their vehicles, weapons and ammunition.
Army units killed and injured scores of ISIL
terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition near the army air force
academy, East of Aleppo city on Friday.
The army also targeted terrorists’ hideouts and
gatherings in al-Sfeira, Bulat, Traidam, Tal Rayman and near al-Neirab Airport.
In the Southwestern countryside, the army killed
scores of terrorists and destroyed their vehicles in Khan al-Assal, Khan Touman
and in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin, al-Lairamon, Bani Zaid, Karm al-Jabal,
al-Ramouseh, Saladin, al-Shaar, al-Firdous, al-Kallaseh and al-Mashdad.
Meanwhile, terrorists- affiliated social media pages
confessed that about 47 of their terrorists were killed in a number of areas in
Also in Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army’s Air Force
eliminated many terrorists from Jaish al-Fateh and destroyed their vehicles,
artillery and mortar launchers in Tal Toucan, Taftanaz, and Bannesh in in the
surroundings of al-Fou’a and Kefraya towns in Idlib countryside.
Earlier, the Air Force launched strikes against
terrorists’ dens and gatherings in Abu al-Dohour, Southeast of Idlib city.
According to the Arabic-language Saba News Agency, a
Yemeni security official said Saudi warplanes bombed the districts of al-Nahdin
and al-Sabin in Sana'a on Friday night.
The airstrikes seriously damaged the Omani
ambassador's home and nearby houses in al-Sabin district.
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has rejected a report from the
United Nations secretary-general urging countries to scrap the death penalty,
stating that this was punishment approved under Islamic law to protect the
rights of victims.
The UN report was issued recently at a Human Rights
Council meeting in Geneva. Faisal Trad, Saudi ambassador to the United Nations in
Geneva, said the Kingdom had every right to define its own laws.
“Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state, fully sovereign,
and is proud that Islamic law is the basis of the country’s constitution. Islam
ensures justice and protects the rights of all without discrimination, in
addition to the right of life for all. The death penalty is a legal measure to
protect the right to life and interests of the community,” he said.
He said articles five to 19 of the report supported
the views of countries that had scrapped capital punishment. “The report,
unfortunately, did not include any views from countries that believe this
punishment is an integral part of measures to achieve justice and protect the
rights of victims,” he said.
Dozens of Iraqis have held an anti-corruption
demonstration to express their support for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s
planned reforms aimed at uprooting graft and mismanagement in the violence-hit
Protesters gathered at the Tahrir Square of the Iraqi
capital city of Baghdad on Friday, demanding the implementation of Abadi’s
proposed changes to the country’s political system intended to improve living
standards and increase accountability.
Shouting slogans, the demonstrators also expressed
their dissatisfaction with what they called poor public services, especially
power cuts and water shortages.
A banner was hanging high at the venue, reading, “Bread,
Freedom, Civil Country, Social Justice.”
A top Iman has told Muslims to use the migrant crisis
to breed with European citizens and 'conquer their countries'.
Sheikh Muhammad Ayed gave the speech at the Al-Aqsa
Mosque in Jerusalem claiming Europe was only welcoming refugees as a new source
He said Europe was facing a demographic disaster and
urged Muslims to have children with westerners so they could 'trample them
underfoot, Allah willing.'
'Throughout Europe, all the hearts are enthused with
hatred toward Muslims. They wish that we were dead, but they have lost their
fertility, so they look for fertility in our midst,' Infowars reports.
In the full video, he said Americans, Italians,
Germans and the French will be forced to take refugees.
LONDON: Omar Hussein has been quite busy since he left
his native Britain at age 27. As the BBC noted, the former supermarket security
guard defended beheadings after the murder of hostage James Foley and appeared
in a propaganda video inciting British Muslims to “rise up” and “cause terror
in the hearts of infidel communities.”
But though Hussein may seem lending a hand in Daesh’s
attempt to establish a caliphate in Syria and Iraq evidently has a downside:
fellow fighters borrowing cellphone chargers without permission. This was among
many complaints Hussein, one of at least 700 Brits who have joined the
extremist group, had about his service with the men in black — specifically,
the “Arabs” among them.
Hussein’s lengthy complaint, titled “Culture Clash:
Understanding The Syrian Race,” was posted on his blog under his nom de guerre
Abu Saeed al Britani, as the BBC first reported. In more than 6,000 words, the
bizarre rant took aim at “Arabs” and “Syrians” for, among other charges, their
alleged shoe-stealing, lack of respect for personal space, bad dining habits
and “childish behaviour.”
Then there was the cell phone problem. Sure, disputes
about chargers sometimes arise in workplaces and dorm rooms. But they also turn
up on the front lines of international jihad.
“They see no issue in unplugging your mobile phone to
charge their own phone,” Hussein wrote. “Even if it’s your own charger, they
would casually take your phone off charge to charge their own phone, even if
there is no real need for them to charge their phone at that current time.”
Hussein’s Miss Manners-style essay started out
magnanimously. But then Hussein turned into a bit of a Felix Unger — more
specifically, a Felix Unger who is annoyed by Arabs. “Arabs as a whole have a
unique culture, which differs dramatically from the western lifestyle,” Hussein
wrote. “If one is unaware of these cultural differences, then it could be quite
peculiar, annoying, and at times somewhat stressful to interact and associate
Arabs go through other people’s property without their
permission, Hussein noted. “Arabs in general do not know where the red line is
in giving another brother his space, and this is in their culture, maybe
because they see this as a form of strong brotherhood,” he wrote. “Whatever the
reason it’s annoying so patience is required.”
In the Levant, it seems, funny business is welcome —
but not too much. “Sometimes it may get quite hard to hold a civilized
conversation with a Syrian man, one minute he’s listening to you speak and the
next he’s playing around with the other Syrian brother standing next to him,”
Hussein wrote. “There is a time for being serious and a time for being childish
and joking around. However the line between the two is somewhat hard for our
Syrian brothers to judge.”
Sep 18, 2015
Officials in Croatia have announced that the Eastern
European country is buckling under the flood of thousands of refugees who have
entered the country on their path to reach Western Europe, asking newcomers to
go to neighboring Hungary or Slovenia instead.
Speaking at a news conference in the border town of
Tovarnik on Friday, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said that his country could
no longer cope with the trend, and that asylum seekers could not stay.
‘Welcome to Croatia! (Make sure you leave, though!)’
“What else can we do? You are welcome in Croatia and
you can pass through Croatia. But go on. Not because we don’t like you, but
because this is not your final destination,” Milanovic said.
The premier also called upon the 28-member European
Union (EU) to step in and help, saying, “We have a heart but we also have a
Earlier in the day, Zagreb began transporting hundreds
of refugees to the border with Hungary.
Refugees wait to board a train at the railway station
in the village of Ilaca, near the Eastern-Croatian town of Tovarnik in border
area between Serbia and Croatia, September 17, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
However, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto
slammed Croatia for encouraging the asylum seekers to illegally cross the
border to his country.
“Instead of helping people, Croatia is encouraging
masses and masses of people to commit a criminal offence – illegal crossing of
the border is a criminal offense,” Szijjarto told a news conference.
Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has
said the first phase of a 41-kilometer (25-mile) barrier on the border with
Croatia will be completed on Friday.
He said as many as 1,800 soldiers and 800 police will
be being sent to the border with Croatia over the next days to bar refugee
The developments come only two days after UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked” by Hungary’s actions, saying
people “fleeing war and persecution... must be treated with human dignity.”
Top refugee spot
The Slovenian Interior Ministry also said on Friday
that the nation of 2.05 million has no basis on which it would allow a corridor
for refugees en route to Western Europe.
A man passes a child over to a police officer as they
direct refugees onto buses at the train station in the city of Tovarnik, close
to the Croatian-Serbian border, September 17, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
“At the moment, we have no basis on which we could
form a corridor,” the ministry’s State Secretary Bostjan Sefic said.
15 suspected militants killed in Tirah strikes
LANDI KOTAL: At least 15 suspected militants were
killed and several others were injured on Saturday as military planes pounded
terrorist hideouts in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency.
Security officials said that air strikes were
conducted on the hideouts of militants belonging to the banned
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-i-Islam. Fifteen suspected
militants were killed whereas four militant hideouts were destroyed in the air
However, these claims could not be independently
verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.
The strikes come a day after a terrorist attack on
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp in Peshawar's Badaber area left at least 42
people, including 13 terrorists dead. The attack was claimed by the TTP.
Eight policemen martyred in their security post in
Sep 19 2015
Eight policemen have been martyred in their security
post in southern Zabul province.
A security official who did not want to be named said
that the incident occurred in Bagh area of Arghandab District last night.
He said that it might be the work of an infiltrator.
Mohmand Nasratyar, governor of Arghandab District
confirms the incident but does not provide further details.
He said that a delegation has been dispatched to the
area to find out more about it.
Fawad Askari, spokesman for the police HQ of Zabul has
also confirmed the incident.
He said a number of soldiers have embraced martyrdom
in the incident, adding that a delegation was sent from Qalat, the provincial
capital, to find out cause of the incident and number of the casualties.
I am threatened by Islamic extremists, so I have to
Dhaka (AsiaNews) – The government of Bangladesh
"is not doing anything to protect bloggers threatened with death by
Islamic extremists. I cannot wait to leave the country because I do not feel
safe,” said Adam Anupam, an atheist blogger, who shares with AsiaNews his
concerns about increasing violence against intellectuals who denounce religious
fanaticism by Muslims.
Anupam is atheist but from a Catholic family. Educated
at Catholic schools, he now writes for several websites and social media.
"Bloggers are fleeing to Europe and other
developed countries because they are safer there than in their homeland."
"I denounce all kinds of religious extremism that
is harmful to human brings in general,” he said, “but I fear that I could be
attacked in Bangladesh at any time by unscrupulous extremists."
The situation is becoming riskier for those who do not
share the ideology of Islam. For some time, Muslim extremists have been
targeting free thinkers and democracy activists, justifying their killing by
calling their victims "atheists".
Ahmed Rajib Haider was the first blogger to be killed
for his “anti-Islam" ideas in 2013. So far this year, four other bloggers
have lost their lives.
in February Avijt Roy was murdered near the University
Dhaka; in late March, also in the capital, Muslim fundamentalists hacked to
death Oyasiqur Rahman; two months later, it was the turn of Ananta Bijoy Das,
who was murdered in Sylhet; and finally, Niloy Chakrabarti was killed,
execution style, in August in broad daylight, under the eyes of his mother and
In such an atmosphere of fear, 12 bloggers have been
pushed to leave the country, concerned about further attacks after the
publication of a series of threatening letters sent to the press, in which they
are named as the next targets.
At least five people have lost their lives in a US
drone strike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, police sources
Provincial police spokesman, Colonel Hazrat Hussain
Mashraqiwal, said on Friday that the drone struck Nazyan district of the
province, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of the provincial capital,
He noted that the attack targeted Daesh Takfiri terrorists,
adding that a militant commander was among the militants slain in the aerial
On September 13, a drone strike against Lal Pur
district in the same Afghan province, situated over 150 kilometers (93 miles)
east of the capital, Kabul, left five people dead and two others injured.
In a similar incident, Afghan authorities said 15
members of Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban militant group were killed after a
US drone hit Gomal district in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika.
KABUL: Stamped with the Taliban's crossed sabres
emblem, the threat letter in Ahmadzia Abbasi's hand reads like a death warrant
— but like many Afghans he sees the document as a ticket to a new life and
asylum in Europe.
The Taliban widely use so-called "night
letters" containing lurid threats of violence and death, often delivered
by shadowy agents under the cover of darkness, as an effective tool of
Many war-weary Afghans embarking on perilous voyages
to Europe carry the nocturnal missives — real and counterfeit — in an effort to
build a compelling case for their refugee application.
"Anyone who reads this will know that my life is
in grave danger," said Abbasi, a 31-year-old social activist from eastern
Logar province, holding up a night letter he found pinned to his front door in
The Pashto-language document, bearing the signature
Taliban stamp, castigates him for supporting the "infidel government"
and warns that his head will be cut off.
He said the threat was prompted by his push to promote
girls' education in his village, which apparently angered the infamously
misogynistic militant network.
"The letter is my best hope — my only hope — of
gaining asylum," he told AFP in Kabul.
He has appealed for asylum to the European Union (EU)
mission in Afghanistan, but the process is unlikely to be smooth as a record
number of Afghans flee the turmoil and war convulsing their country.
Afghan officials say the country is witnessing an
"unprecedented" migration towards European nations.
Some 77,731 Afghans applied for asylum in Europe in
the first six months of the year, more than three times the figure in the same
period last year, and higher than all previous years since 2001, according to
the UN refugee agency.
Afghans are the second largest group of migrants
trying to make Europe their home, behind only Syrians.
'People keep dying'
While many face genuine threats, fabricated night
letters are common, highlighting the lengths some Afghans are willing to go in
order to attain asylum.
Heshmat, 24, bought his for $80 from a group of
counterfeiters recommended by a friend who recently made it to Germany with a
He said he was unsure whether the network was linked
directly to the Taliban but the forged night letter looks "very
"The human smuggler who will take me to Sweden says:
'Europe is now open to migrants — and a Taliban death threat can go a long way
to demonstrate the need for asylum'," Heshmat told AFP, requesting that
his last name be withheld.
Smuggling networks are flourishing in Afghanistan,
making money from tens of thousands of desperate migrants undertaking dangerous
journeys on well-trodden Mediterranean trails via Iran, Turkey and Greece.
Statistics suggesting the scale of fraudulent cases
are hard to come by but Heather Barr, a researcher with Human Rights Watch,
cautions against generalising the trend.
"Even if some letters are fake, that does not
mean that all are — and Human Rights Watch has documented what we are fully
satisfied are genuine threat letters in some cases," Barr told AFP.
"It's also worth remembering that the body count
in Afghanistan is high and growing. I would ask anyone who argues that the
threats are not real to explain why so many people who say they are under
threat keep dying."
In the aftermath of a deadly attack on an Air Force base
in Peshawar that left 29 killed and 29 wounded, Pakistan is sending a
high-powered delegation to Afghanistan to discuss anti-TTP actions with Afghan
Pakistan says that yesterday’s attack was carried out
by a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from Afghan soil.
Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news agency quotes an
unnamed senior security official as saying that government will present Kabul
with the ‘hard evidence’ shortly.
“Pakistan will convey to Afghanistan that it will no more
tolerate such attacks emanating from its soil,” the official is quoted as
The attack was carried out by 13-14 armed men who
stormed the Air Force base in Badhber area early on Friday morning and
Pakistan’s military spokesman later told reporters that the attack was
organized, executed and operated from Afghanistan.
Two Bangladeshi nationals were killed and 12 others
injured in mortar attacks allegedly from Yemen in Saudi Arabia's southeastern
province of Jizan early yesterday.
The deceased are Baten Miah, son of Mohon Miah of
Brahmanbaria, and Nurul Hoque of Tangail. They were working as cleaners at
Samtah General Hospital, said a foreign ministry press release.
Of the injured Bangladeshis, six to seven people
received primary treatment while four to five others were admitted to the
hospital, it added.
The attack was reportedly on a residential
establishment in Samtah town, 7km away from the Yemen border, the press release
The mortar shells were fired reportedly from Yemen
where Houthi rebels are fighting a Saudi-led coalition airstrike.
Ahmedabad Police refers Muslim dominated area as 'Mini
Pakistan' in FIR
Ahmedabad, Sep 19: In what could tarnish country's
communal harmony, an FIR in communally polarised city of Ahmedabad has
reportedly termed a Muslim dominated locality as 'Mini Pakistan'. As per a
report published in TOI, the largest Muslim ghetto at Juhapura is commonly referred
to as 'Mini Pakistan' that shares a 'Wagah border' - the arterial road that
divides it from Hindu dominated Vejalpur. The term, earlier used by locals in
the city, has now found a mention even in official records.
As per a report published in TOI, the largest Muslim
ghetto at Juhapura is commonly referred to as 'Mini Pakistan' that shares a
'Wagah border' - the arterial road that divides it from Hindu dominated
Vejalpur. The term, earlier used by locals in the city, has now found a mention
even in official records.
As per the news daily, an FIR filed by Rakhial police
against 4 persons involved in a brawl mentions two accused as residents of
Same is the case with Thane's Nallasopara, where some
500 Muslim families have reportedly recieved electricity bills that list their
address as 'Chota' or 'Mini Pakistan'.
India: controversy as Hindu calls for 2-child policy
by Daily Sabah
A leading Hindu nationalist sparked controversy
Thursday after he called for Indian Muslim families to be restricted to having
two children and face punishment for having bigger families.
“They should not be allowed to have more than two
children. If they have more than two children then all facilities including
ration, jobs and education should be stopped for them,” wrote Pravin Togadia,
head of the controversial Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), in Hindu nationalist journal
His group is under the same umbrella of Hindu
organizations that include the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Togadia was
once a close colleague of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, though Modi criticized
him last year for comments about forcibly evicting Muslims from their property.
Togadia’s claimed Hindus faced “extinction” after
government data released last week showed Hindus consisted less than 80 percent
of the population for the first time, while the growth of the Muslim population
Gujarat: Muslim Delegation Requests Governor To
Prevent Road Construction Through Graveyard
A Muslim delegation led by Congress MLA Gayasuddin
Sheikh on Friday called on governor O P Kohli and submitted a memorandum
demanding appropriate action against Dahod district officials involved in
illegal demolition of the Chhab Dargah Kabrastan or graveyard for constructing
a road through it. The graveyard is registered with the state Waqf board.
The delegation members told the governor that a bid to
build a road through the graveyard was made in 2009-10 as well without any
prior notice to the trustees of the property and the Gujarat high court
subsequently stayed construction of any road through the Muslim cemetery.
They told the governor that on September 6 this year,
the district officials promulgated section 144 around the graveyard to prevent
any resistance from the Muslims and bulldozed the boundary wall and dug out a
number of graves to facilitate road construction.
The action of the district officials without any prior
notice, they said, was illegal and uncalled for.
They told the governor that the action of the
government officials was not only unjustified but also hurt the religious
sentiments of the Muslims who have their ancestors buried in the graveyard.
Muzaffarnagar riots end Hindu, Muslim farmer unity
A spate of farmer suicides has soured the sugar bowl
of western Uttar Pradesh, but there's an eerie calm in the region once abuzz
with sweeping agrarian movements headed by grassroots leaders like Chaudhary
Charan Singh and Mahendra Singh Tikait.
Dozens of farmers deep in debt and battered by
unseasonable rains have ended their lives over the past year while sugar mills in
the state owe the community more than Rs 5,000 crore. However, there hasn't
been a major protest movement in the area after the bloody Muzaffarnagar riots
two years ago that ripped through the area's lanes and fields.
The sectarian violence of September 2013 drove a wedge
between the Jats and Muslims in the region's agrarian society and bruised the
non-profit Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) founded by Tikait in 1986.
While the country witnessed a wave of farmer campaigns
this year in protest against the NDA government's land policies, an edgy peace
held sway in western UP.
Gulam Mohammad, a 70-year-old resident of Jaula
village, recalls sitting on a month-long dharna led by Tikait to protest
against the abduction and murder of a Muslim girl in the 1990s.
Farmers from different castes and faiths protested in
Muzaffarnagar district's Bhopa town led by the BKU, he says with pride. At
least 14,000 of them were arrested for the stir that forced the state
government to act on their demand for justice.
Tikait united Hindus, including the Jats, and Muslims
as a close-knit community. Gulam Mohammad and his supporters built a
relationship with Tikait that lasted for almost three decades until the BKU
leader's death in 2011.
"Had Tikait been alive he would not have allowed
the riots to take place," Mohammad said with confidence.
Clashes between a handful of Jats and Muslims
triggered the violence that spread like wildfire across the district with
inflammatory speeches from local politicians fanning the flames.
Houses were torched, women raped and people hacked to
death in front of their families, while hundreds were displaced and some still
live in makeshift dwellings, too scared to go back.
SRINAGAR: The bullet-riddled body of a Hizbul
Mujahideen commander from Kashmir's Tangmarg area was recovered on Saturday,
"The bullet-riddled body of Fayaz Ahmad Bhat,
resident of Vailoo (Pattan), was recovered on Saturday in Devbugh village near
Tangmarg town," a police official said.
"He was a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen and
was active for more than six years," he added.
"The body of the slain militant has been taken
into possession by police for completion of necessary formalities before it can
be handed over to the family for last rites," he added.
Last week, three bullet-riddled bodies of youth were
found in an apple orchard in Kashmir's Baramulla district.
Altaf must ensure he won’t speak against state: LHC
LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday told
Muttahida Qaumi Movement that the order banning coverage of Altaf Hussain’s
activities in both print and electronic media would be withdrawn if an
affidavit that he would not speak against integrity of the state was submitted
on his behalf.
A full bench, headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar
Naqvi, heard the case. MQM leader Farooq Sattar was also present in the court.
As the hearing commenced, Asma Jahangir appeared before the bench and argued
the ban on the coverage of activities of Altaf Hussain was unconstitutional.
She argued it was against the Article 19-A of the Constitution.
Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi remarked there was no
absolute liberty to this right. He added the military was a constitutional
institution of the country and deserved respect.
Asma Jahangir contended many politicians issued
statements against the country, but they were not banned. The bench said
anybody could approach the court if there was such an incident and the court
would decide it in accordance with the law.
Referring to one of the petitioners, Abdullah Malik,
Asma said she did not know who he was and which civil society he represented.
Abdullah Malik said he represented the civil society which was not receiving
dollars from abroad. The bench asked Malik to say sorry to Asma Jahangir and he
said sorry to her.
The court asked the MQM lawyers to submit an affidavit
on behalf of Altaf Hussain on which Farooq Sattar said the MQM chief had said
sorry in a number of interviews and withdrawn his objectionable statements.
The court advised the lawyers to furnish recordings of
those interviews as part of the affidavit. Farooq Sattar said they would
consult the coordination committee members in this regard. The court adjourned
further hearing until October 2.
After the adjournment of the case, a group of lawyers
chanted slogans against Altaf Hussain, Asma Jahangir and Dr Khalid Ranjha
outside the courtroom.
Talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court, Dr
Farooq Sattar said the local government elections being held in Punjab were just
a jugglery. He added the LG system would be of no use if all the powers
remained with the chief minister. He rejected the claim of PTI chief Imran Khan
about coalition between MQM and PPP.
He said Khan would see a great difference between the
two parties if he corrected his eyeglasses. He said the NAB action against
corrupt people should have been started two years ago.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at Lahore
Press Club, Farooq Sattar said the war against terror could not be won without
completely implementing the National Action Plan (NAP) and strengthening the
local government system.
Islamabad: Friday’s attack on Pakistan army air base
that claimed at least 42 lives was planned, controlled and perpetrated from
Afghanistan, Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General
Asim Salim Bajwa said on Saturday.
A total of 23 Pakistan Air Force officials and three
army personnel, including an officer and two soldiers, died in the attack by
Pakistani Taliban guerrillas near Peshawar, Radio Pakistan quoted Bajwa as
Pakistani among 7 charged with supporting ISIS in
September 18, 2015
Prosecutors in Germany say they have charged six German nationals and
one Pakistani with supporting Daesh or the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group
and two other extremist organisations that are active in Syria.
Federal prosecutors said today that the seven, aged 23
to 59 and including one woman, formed a network to help facilitate and finance
people's travel to Syria to join the groups, which also included Ahrar al-Sham
and Jund al-Sham.
They face charges of supporting a terrorist
organisation between the beginning of 2013 and September 2014.
PESHAWAR: Unlike the past, the militants, who attacked
Pakistan Air Force’s base camp in Badhaber, Peshawar, on Friday morning, seemed
to have come with a different strategy to engage the security forces in a long
gun battle, experts say.
“For the first time, the militants used an altogether
different strategy as none of the attackers had worn suicide vest,” said
Shafqat Malik, head of the Bomb Disposal Squad, who examined bodies of
attackers and ammunition inside the camp.
Shafqat Malik said previously, militants used to wear
“The quantity of ammunition, which terrorists had
carried, showed they had come for a long gun battle,” he said.
The BDS head said two cellphones were also recovered
from the attackers, who were aged between 20 and 30 years.
In the past, the militants used suicide vests in
attacks, especially on security installations.
The attackers, who killed around 150 students and
teachers at Army Public School Peshawar on December 16, 2014, had also used
BDS chief says no attacker had worn suicide jacket
In a statement, Mohammad Khurassani, spokesman for the
outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack and
insisted 14 militants took part in Badhaber camp attack and reached there in
The militants launched attack at around 5am. People in
the vicinity heard loud explosions inside the camp.
The army confirmed that 22 PAF personnel, three
soldiers, including Captain Asfandyar Bukhari, and four civilians were killed,
while 25 others got injuries in attack.
Officials said heavy weapons and ammunition were
recovered from attackers. They said militants wore identical jaguars and
carried AK-47 rifles, rocket propelled grenades-7, anti-tank rocket launchers,
hand grenades, improvised explosive devices and backpacks with loaded
The security officials said attackers lobbed hand
grenades to engage guards manning the camp’s main entrance.
They believed that attackers had planned to breach the
second line of defence to reach mess and residential quarters.
“Personnel did a good job and engaged attackers at the
second line of defence close to mechanised transport section in the camp,” said
Bodies of militants lied near the mechanised transport
“Had they (militants) reached residential quarters, it
would have proved more fatal,” he said.
Major casualties occurred at the main mosque, where
terrorists lobbed hand grenades at worshipers.
UNITED NATIONS: “Peace in Afghanistan, and cooperation
with Kabul, will enable us to fully defeat our common threat from violent
groups,” Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said on
It would pave the way for the voluntary return of
millions of Afghan refugees Pakistan still hosts – the most protracted presence
of refugees in any single country in recent history, she told a Security
Council meeting on Afghanistan.
“It will open the way for the ambitious plans for
regional development and integration we have jointly worked on,” she said.
Also read: Pak-Afghan relations: Hanging by a thread
She concluded by saying that mutual respect for each
other’s national interests and sensitivities must be the bedrock of the future
Ms Lodhi said that while external parties could play a
role in facilitating Afghan reconciliation they “cannot impose” a solution.
Reconciliation and dialogue, she said, had to be between the Afghans themselves
and “owned and conducted by Afghans”.
She recalled that it was at the request of President
Ashraf Ghani that Pakistan undertook to facilitate a dialogue between Kabul and
the Afghan Taliban.
“Our sole aim was to establish direct contact between
them and the Unity Government.”
Condemning all terrorist violence in Afghanistan, she
told the 15-member council that continued conflict in Afghanistan was not in
Pakistan’s national interest.
Warning that those “working overtime to sabotage and
poison Pakistan-Afghan relations were no friends of Afghanistan”, she said both
Afghanistan and Pakistan needed to be clear who their common enemies were.
PESHAWAR: A case against the deadly attack on the
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp at Peshawar’s Badaber area has been registered
The case was registered against unidentified militants
on a complaint of the PAF camp in-charge. Anti-terrorism clauses are also
included in the case.
It is pertinent to mention here at least 29 people
were martyred and 13 militants were killed following a brazen attack on PAF
camp at Badaber area on Friday.
Furthermore, police and secret agencies carried out a
joint operation in Ahmedpur area, arresting owners of the vehicles used in a
deadly attack on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp in Peshawar that left 29 people
Director General Inter Services Public Relations
(ISPR), Major General Asim Bajwa has claimed that the Peshawar base attackers
were prevented from reaching their real target. He was addressing a press
conference following the attack on Badaber Airbase.
“The terrorists were in constabulary uniforms. They
stopped the car near the gate. After entering inside they divided into two
groups,” Bajwa said adding that, “One group went to the mosque and the
administration block, where they targeted vulnerable citizens who were busy in
praying and ablution. The other group went to the technical block but was
engulfed by the forces within the 50 meters inside the base” he added
He further added that the terrorists came from
Afghanistan and were 13 to 14 in numbers. The Special Services Group (SSG)
reached the base within 30 minutes and killed the terrorists, Bajwa revealed.
While answering the questions, the DG ISPR said:
“Following the attack, a research operation was conducted in the area for nine
hours,” He added that sympathizers of the terrorists will not be forgiven.
LAHORE: MQM leader Farooq Sattar has stated that the
PTI chairman does not wish to see good relations between the PPP and MQM,
adding that the PTI chief has also failed to see the current scenario.
termed the Local Government (LG) polls in Punjab as
juggling and said that public representatives, who would be elected under the
LG act, will be powerless and the provincial government would enjoy the actual
IS claims attack on Tripoli airport, 3 killed
TRIPOLI: Militants attacked Tripoli's airport on
Friday and killed three security personnel, a Libyan official said, in an
assault claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
"An armed group carried out an attack this
morning on the prison located on the Mitiga air base, to try to free the
detainees," the airport security official said.
"First there was an explosion.
and then a clash with automatic weapons," he
said, adding that at least eight attackers died.
An AFP journalist who was at the airport heard a blast
followed by gunfire.
IS later claimed the attack on Twitter.
Flights were unaffected by the incident at what is the
only airport still functioning in the militia-held city.
Nigeria forces purge terrorists, free 90 captives
Nigerian soldiers have rooted out the terrorists of
the Boko Haram Takfiri group from two villages in the country’s northeast,
freeing 90 people.
Acting army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement
on Friday that "troops rescued 23 men, 33 women and 34 children from the
terrorists" a day earlier.
The development came after the troops purged the
villages of Dissa and Balazala, located in the conflict-stricken Borno State,
The military said it had also reopened a primary
school in the nearby town of Gwoza after the militants had forced it to shut
The group continues to hold more than 200 schoolgirls
it kidnapped from their secondary school in the northeastern town of Chibok on
April 14, 2014.
Also on Friday, the United Nations children’s agency
(UNICEF) said the militancy waged by the Nigerian terrorist group had forced
around 1.4 million children in the Lake Chad region to flee.
MOGADISHU : The
Islamist militant group al Shabaab overran two Somali army bases on Friday and
killed at least seven soldiers, both the group and the military said, a day
after the group retook a southern town.
The raids on the bases in the town of Yaqbariweyne in
the Lower Shabelle region and the retaking of Janale town after African forces
quit are the latest gains in an offensive by the group that has helped them
seize several towns this month.
The government has dismissed al Shabaab's gains,
saying the areas retaken have no strategic value.
But the offensive has shown the group can keep up
pressure on the Western-backed government.
"We took the two Yaqbariweyne military bases in a
fierce fighting this morning," Al Shabaab's military operations spokesman,
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Reuters.
Thirteen soldiers were killed, he said.
Osman Abdullahi, a military officer, told Reuters
seven soldiers were killed and five others wounded.
"The soldiers defended themselves and now they
are fighting al Shabaab in the outskirts of the town," he said.
Rebels and officials often cite different casualty
Farah Ali, a resident of Yaqbariweyne, which lies
northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, said he had counted six dead soldiers and
said the town was now calm.
On Thursday, al Shabaab said it had retaken Janale,
about 90 km (55 miles) south of Mogadishu.
OUAGADOUGOU : Coup leaders in Burkina Faso announced
Friday they had released the country's interim president Michel Kafando whom
they had detained along with the premier and two ministers.
"As a sign of easing tensions and in the general
interest, the national council for democracy has decided on the release of
ministers and Michel Kafando," said a statement, adding that Kafando had
been released late on Thursday.
There were no specific details about Prime Minister
Soldiers from the elite presidential guard burst into
a cabinet meeting Thursday and seized Kafando and the others.
The coup - led by General Gilbert Diendere, close to
ousted strongman Blaise Compaore - triggered street protests outside the
Three people died from gunshot wounds and at least 60
others were treated for various injuries, doctors at the main hospital in
Ouagadougou, the capital, said.
The unrest hit the landlocked west African nation just
ahead of presidential and legislative elections scheduled for October 11 - the
country's first since veteran leader Compaore was forced out last year.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Libya have claimed
responsibility for an attack on the Mitiga Airport east of the capital,
Tripoli, which killed three members of Libyan security forces.
Daesh claimed the assault through a message posted on
Twitter Friday after a Mitiga Airport official said an armed group had carried
out "an attack this morning on the prison located on the Mitiga air base
to try to free the detainees."
In the Twitter post, Daesh stated that the assault was
carried out for the release of prisoners affiliated with the group.
In addition to the security personnel, eight militants
were killed in the incident.
"First there was an explosion... and then a clash
with automatic weapons," the official said.
All flights in the only functioning airport in the
country are taking place without any change despite the attack.
17 SEPTEMBER 2015
By Chidimma C. Okeke
The management of West Africa Examination Council
(WAEC) has bowed to the concerns of Muslim students to amend the November/ 2015
WASSC Examination for private candidates' timetable.
The Head of National office of WAEC Mr. Charles
Eguridu stated this at a soiree organised for journalists in Abuja. Eguride
said recently the Muslim students had expressed concern on the timetable
because some papers were scheduled between 2pm and 4pm and some before the end
of Juma'at prayers.
He said: "Our attention has been brought to this
concern and we decided to effect some amendment in the ongoing WAEC timetable
to address the concerns of our Muslim brothers.
"All the papers that were supposed to start
within 2pm are to be moved forward. We are supposed to have exam on the 25th
and that day has been declared Eid Kabir so we have decided to reschedule the
exam meant for that day to 3rd October."
Eguridu noted that WAEC was not unconscious to the
yearning and aspirations of the people and so will continue to do its best to
ensure that they deliver what is within their mandate to Full report at:
BY ANISAH SHUKRY
Conservative and liberal Muslim groups today agreed
that liberalism could survive in harmony with Islam despite Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Razak's constant reminder that it is a threat to the religion
and its adherents in Malaysia.
Speaking at a forum organised by think tank IDEAS
today, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman today
said that as long as liberalism did not demand that Islam reform itself, then
it should not be a problem.
"Can faith and liberalism exist side by side? If
we refer to Islam, liberalism can coexist if it is under the system of
Islam," said Abdullah, a panellist in the discussion titled
"Liberalism and faith: Do they go hand-in-hand?"
"But if liberalism tries to reform Islam, maybe
that cannot be accepted by Islam because this religion came down from Allah and
cannot be added to or reformed by any party."
His co-panellist, Datuk Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, said
liberalism was not against Islam, but was "the authoritarian face of
"The broad agreement with political liberalism is
unmistakable: the state does not come down on one side or the other of
metaphysical questions," said Farouk, who is the founder of the Islamic
"We are facing the authoritarian face of religion
who believes they have a right to dictate who are Muslims and not, what is the
true face of Islam and what isn't.
"That's why liberalism is important."
He added that promoting liberalism would not mean
influencing people to become agnostic or atheist, because the concept itself
Political liberalism encompassed recognition,
restraint, and the respect of individual freedom, he said.
Abdullah said liberalism could only affect Muslims'
faith if it required them to reject Allah.
"In Islam, we believe that God created us, we
believe in His laws and words. If we reject Allah's role, then that could touch
on our belief and faith."
Meanwhile, UIA lecturer Dr Maszlee Malik, who
moderated the forum, said liberalism contributed important ideals to the Muslim
community that had been lost in history: abolishing slavery, free market and
"Muslims are indebted to liberalism. There is no
excuse to say that liberalism is against Islamic values," said Maszlee.
Hudud makes second-class citizens of non-Muslims,
federal Christian body cautions
BY ZURAIRI AR
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Malaysia’s umbrella Christian
body warned today that the Islamic penal code will turn followers of other
faiths into “second-class citizens” if enforced, because the testimonies of
non-Muslims will be deemed to be inferior compared to Muslims.
Dr Patricia Martinez of the Christian Federation of
Malaysia (CFM) said the concept of non-Muslims as “dhimmi” infidels — a
historic status of non-Muslim citizens in an Islamic state — has long been
retired during the Ottoman Empire but has now been revived slowly.
“You might say that it is none of our business, but
we’re stakeholders too. The testimony of people of other faiths, we have got
less value in our testimony in hudud,” said the CFM executive council member,
referring to the Islamic penal code.
UNSC urges calm, restraint at al-Aqsa
UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council appealed for
calm and restraint Thursday after three days of clashes this week at
Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound between Israeli police and Muslim
In a unanimous declaration, the 15-member panel also
expressed its "grave concern" and called for maintaining the rules
governing the sensitive site seen as holy by both Muslims and Jews.
"The members of the Security Council called for
the exercise of restraint, refraining from provocative actions and rhetoric,
and upholding unchanged the historic status quo" at the compound "in
word and in practice," a statement said.
The third-holiest site in Islam, the compound is also
the holiest site in Judaism, which venerates it as the Temple Mount.
It is located in East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in
1967 and at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides see the
site as a symbol of religion and nationalism.
Under longstanding regulations, Jews are allowed to
visit but cannot pray there to avoid provoking tensions.
Palestinians are deeply suspicious that Israel will
seek to change rules governing the site, although Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so.
US urges Myanmar to let Muslims stand for election
SEP 19, 2015
WASHINGTON • The United States has expressed concern
that preparations for Myanmar's landmark elections have been undermined by
moves to exclude Muslim minority candidates from the ballot.
Myanmar will vote on Nov 8 in what many hope will be
its freest vote in generations after decades of army rule, with Ms Aung San Suu
Kyi's opposition party widely tipped to make huge gains.
But tension is rising in the Buddhist-majority
country, which in recent years has seen outbreaks of deadly unrest against its
"The United States is concerned about the
disqualification of approximately 100 candidates for Burma's upcoming general
election," State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday,
referring to Myanmar by its former name.
"We are aware of reports that almost all Muslim
candidates have been disqualified, including some current members of
Parliament," he said. "Yet the relevant authorities have yet to
provide the specific reasons for which they did not meet these criteria."
He complained that a quarter of seats have been
reserved for supporters of the former military junta and branded the procedure
for excluding candidates "an opaque and discriminatory process".
This, he said, "risks undermining the confidence
of the Burmese people and the international community in these elections".
A Muslim boy in the US arrested over a homemade clock
today said he will not return to the school where teachers got him arrested for
an invention that ‘looked like a bomb’ as more support gathered for the
14-year-old, with people questioning the real motive of his detention.
Ninth-grader Ahmed Mohamed from Irving in Texas does not wish to return to
MacArthur High and is searching for another school though his three-day suspension
came to an end today, the CNN reported. The teen’s family stated that they will
consider other schools, possibly even some outside of the US. Mohamed Elhassan
Mohamed said his son will either enroll at a private school or be home
Mohamed’s handcuffing and arrest over an innocent
attempt to impress his teachers with his homemade clock sparked a debate,
including on social media where netizens questioned the real motive of teachers
and authorities amid fears of Islamophobia as the child in question was of
brown skin and a Muslim. Some Facebook users ‘shared’ a post that suggested the
authorities never really thought the teen had a real bomb and wanted to
‘humiliate a little Muslim, African boy’. The post highlighted why the school was
not immediately evacuated following the beep and discovery of the clock – a
circuit board and power supply wired to a digital display, all strapped inside
a case with a tiger hologram on the front. “…they (authorities) didn’t evacuate
the school – like you do when there’s a bomb. They didn’t call a bomb squad –
like you do when there’s a bomb. They didn’t get as far away from him as
possible – like you do when there’s a bomb. Then they put him and the clock in
an office – not like you do when there’s a bomb. Then they waited with him for
the police to arrive. Then they put the clock in the same car as the police.
Then they took pictures of it…” it read.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump
declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated
that President Barack Obama is Muslim and said he'd be "looking at"
claims of terrorist training camps on American soil.
Trump, who has a history of making controversial
remarks about immigrants and other groups, was kicking off a town hall event in
Rochester, New Hampshire on Thursday - his first since Wednesday evening's
second Republican primary debate.
"We have a problem in this country. It's called
Muslims," said the first man Trump called on to ask a question. "We
know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American."
Trump, who was a driver of the "birther"
movement that claimed Obama wasn't born in the US, first responded with feigned
exasperation - "We need the question," he said, to laughs - but let
the man continue.
"We have training camps growing where they want
to kill us. That's my question," the questioner continued. "When can
we get rid of it?" Trump did not dispute the man's assertions and said
he'd heard others raise the issue.
"We're going to be looking at a lot of different
things. And you know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are
saying that bad things are happening out there," said Trump. "We're
going to be looking at that and plenty of other things."
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham
Clinton tweeted late Thursday that Trump should disavow comments about Obama
and insults of Muslims.
"Donald Trump not denouncing false statements
about POTUS (president of the United States) & hateful rhetoric about
Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out," she tweeted.
The incident evoked a moment during the 2008 campaign
when Republican nominee John McCain took the microphone away from a woman who
said she didn't trust Obama because he was an "Arab."
New York :A man was arrested on charges he tried to
help the Islamic State group, using Twitter to espouse support for the
terrorist organization while attempting multiple failed trips to join fighters
in Syria and Yemen.
Between September 2014 and last month, Ali Saleh
stopped at airports in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Indianapolis,
according to unsealed court papers.
The 22-year-old Saleh was interviewed by federal
agents at an Amtrak train station in Cleveland while en route to Toronto before
he was finally arrested in Queens, according to the papers.
“Lets be clear the Muslims in the khilafah (caliphate)
need help, the one who is capable to go over and help the Muslims must go and
help,” Saleh posted on a Twitter account investigators believe he controlled in
August 2014, when he booked a reservation to Turkey, a common point of entry to
Syria, according to a criminal complaint.
That trip was thwarted after his parents took away his
passport, the court papers show.
But Saleh had further contact with a co-conspirator
about his travels as well as someone who encouraged those interested in joining
the Islamic State group in Libya to contact him over social media, according to
the criminal complaint.
September 18, 2015
It is important to push back "against the
narrative that Muslims represent terrorism and extremist ideologies," said
U.S. Representative Andre Carson, one of only two Muslims in Congress.
The Indiana Democrat told VOA Urdu that Muslims need
to present a positive image to American society.
“A lot of terrorism activities are thwarted because
Muslims are working with the law enforcement agencies and they are part of the law
enforcement agencies. But you never hear about these stories,” he said.
“America is ours, and until we dismiss the negative notions of what it means to
be a Muslim, we will still face this kind of discrimination across the
Carson was referring to the temporary detention Monday
of a Muslim student from suburban Dallas who was pulled from class after he
showed a homemade clock to a teacher who mistook it for a bomb. Ahmed Mohamed
was questioned by the principal and police, then was handcuffed and taken to a
Larry Boyd, chief of police in Irving, Texas, told CNN
that after school resource officers determined the device was not a bomb,
officers investigated whether Mohamed had brought the device to school with the
intent to create alarm. Boyd said it was against the law to make even a phony
Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected
to the U.S. House, told VOA Urdu that Mohamed was doing what every kid his age
should be doing, yet some people treated him like a criminal.
“There are bigoted, unfair people all over the world,
not just here in the United States,” Ellison said. “But this is not a static
situation. American Muslims and people of other faiths who believe in inclusion
are busy, too. And we are reaching out, moving forward, building the bridges to
make sure that a young Ahmed Mohamed can build that clock, can be creative and
As Ahmed's story spread across social media, Twitter
erupted with support for him. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed was tweeted more
than 1 million times.
President Barack Obama invited him to the White House,
and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted that he wanted to meet him. A NASA
scientist asked Ahmed to give him a call in a couple of years for a job
After just 30 per cent of Canadian Muslims cast a vote
in the last federal election, a number of groups are trying to get more people
from that community to the polls.
The Canadian-Muslim Vote has been handing out
pamphlets and speaking to potential voters at Mosques and other gatherings
throughout this election campaign. With issues like security legislation,
immigration policy and Islamophobia in the news, there's plenty to talk about
in the diverse community.
"If you are at a large Muslim event, you'll see
us. If you are at a Muslim political event, we'll be there," said Muneeza Sheikh,
who works with the organization.
At Friday prayers at Ryerson University, many young
voters were reminded of their duty to get involved.
Khalid Daud said many don't vote because they feel
that their views are not being heard.
"Perhaps they're discouraged," Daud, of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada, said.
Abrahim Khan, a first-year student who is politically
active, has heard similar reasoning.
"Their issues are not being dealt with, so that
steers them away from the whole idea of voting," he said.
Young Muslims are concerned about the same issues as
other young Canadians, like rising unemployment, said Mohammed Hashim, an
organizer with Dawanet, a non-profit, focused on empowering and engaging
But, Hashim said, these predominately second-generation
Muslims are more politically involved than their parents.
Edmonton Muslims calling on the federal government to
allow more Syrian refugees into Canada launched an awareness campaign at the
Al-Rashid Mosque Friday.
"The idea here is to collect as many names and
take those names to our government and let them know that as Canadians, we've
always been humanitarian and want to see more done from our government,"
said organizer Aumer Assaf.