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Atlanta Muslim Leaders on Orlando Shooter: ‘He’s Not Us; we’re Not Him’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muhammad Musri, Iman of the Islamic Society of Central Florida law enforcement and local community leaders speak during a press conference June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. 50 people are reported dead and 53 were injured at a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in what is now the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The suspected shooter, Omar Mateen, was shot and killed by police. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

 

Babri Demolition, Godhra Riots Led Young Indian Men to Al Qaeda: Police

Brother Executes Brother in Gruesome ISIL Video

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North America

Atlanta Muslim Leaders on Orlando Shooter: ‘He’s Not Us; We’re Not Him’

Muslim Leader Calls for ‘Overwhelming Love’ In Response to Orlando Shooting

US Muslim leader condemns Orlando attack, slams extremists

Trump’s response to Orlando shooting: Obama should be fired for not saying “radical Islam”

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India

Babri Demolition, Godhra Riots Led Young Indian Men to Al Qaeda: Police

ISIS Snares Mostly Educated Young Men from India

This Madurai Hospital Serves Food at 3 AM to Muslim Patients for ‘Sehri’

ISIS Video of Indians Shot Near Lake Homs

Orlando terror- India should never take Islamic radicals off the radar

BJP highlights Islamic nations' recognition for PM Modi at national executive meet

Pakistan not a state but a state of mind: Sangh journal

Delhi Court denies bail to alleged Islamic State operatives

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Arab World

Brother Executes Brother in Gruesome ISIL Video

13 ISIL Loyalists Killed, 7 Wounded in Nangarhar Province

Iraqi Army Secures Safe Exit Route out of Fallujah

Aleppo: Syrian Army Pounding Terrorists in North-western Aleppo Province

5 PJAK Terrorists Killed in Border Clashes in Western Iran

Number of Syria Settlements Joining Ceasefire Reaches 145

Syrian Army Wins Back Key Hilltop near Kabani in Lattakia Province

Kurdish Forces Win Back 2 More Key Villages near Manbij

ISIL Attack on Jazal Oilfield Repulsed by Syrian Army

ISIL Claims Responsibility for Orlando Mass Shooting

ISIL Executes 19 Militants for Desertion in Battlefield

Iraqi Security Forces Liberate another Village South of Mosul, 25 ISIL Members Killed

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Southeast Asia

Churches Extorted In Bandung for Permits

Malaysia Shuts Down First Islamic-Compliant Airline

Why the noise over Jakarta governor's direction on Muslim headscarfs?

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Mideast

EU Chief Says Getting Closer To Granting Turks Visa-Free Travel

Eiffel Tower Lit In Colours of Turkish Flag

Syrian activist survives ISIL assassination attempt in Turkey

Turkey condemns air strikes in Syria’s Idlib

Hürriyet Editor-in-chief Ergin honoured with Freedom of Speech Award

Missing Syrian found dead in Turkey’s south

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Africa

Islamic State Militants Hit Libyan Pro-Government Forces in Sirte

11 Killed In Fresh Violence in Northern Mali

Africa: Why Muslim Community Celebrates Ramadan

Islamic trade finance body to expand global reach -CEO

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South Asia

Afghan and Pakistani Border Guards Clash in Torkham

13 ISIS Loyalists Killed, 7 Wounded In Nangarhar Province

Zahiklwal and Sartaj Aziz discussed clash among Afghan and Pakistani forces

201st Silab Corps instructed to support Afghan border forces: MoD

Taliban shadow judge Qazi Mohsin wounded in north of Afghanistan

Afghan parliament rejects President Ghani’s decree on electoral reforms

Afghanistan dismiss Raheel Sharif’s remarks regarding Mullah Fazlullah

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Pakistan

Pak Credentials for NSG Membership Stronger Than India: Sartaj Aziz

Imran Khan Threatens Fresh Sit-In against Sharif over Panama Papers

PTI has ‘Plan B’ in case Panamagate commission falls through

‘12.5 million Children in Pakistan are involved in labour’

Sikh pilgrims arrive to observe Jor Mela

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Europe

Europe ignores Syria at its peril

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Atlanta Muslim leaders on Orlando shooter: ‘He’s not us; we’re not him’

June 12, 2016

When Muhammad al-Ninowy awoke this morning to the news of the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, one of his first thoughts was, “I hope it’s not a Muslim.”

Once he learned that the shooter, Omar Mateen, had in fact aligned himself with ISIS, al-Ninowy dutifully composed a statement denouncing the worst mass shooting in American history.

“Yet again we find ourselves condemning the irrational and ungodly actions of a madman who was misguided by a wicked and corrupt social and/or political ideology that twists and misinterprets Islam to justify what can only be termed as satanic actions,” wrote al-Ninowy, president and founder of the Madina Institute USA, a Duluth mosque and seminary.

Such condemnations were echoed from virtually every mainstream Muslim group in the Atlanta area and beyond.

“Tolerance and acceptance must be shown to all individuals, regardless of their race, sex, religion, and sexual orientation,” stated the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Center.

Imam Arshad Anwar, leader of Roswell Community Masjid, promised the Muslim community will “continue its efforts to combat extremism and encourage tolerance.”

And the Masjid Uthman mosque in Dunwoody said, “There can never be any justification for such cowardly and criminal acts.”

Yet amid the nearly uniform condemnation exists a frustration among many Muslims who don’t believe they should be held

“We’re not even allowed to process these events before we’re called on to condemn them,” said Abbas Barzegar, an assistant professor of religion at Georgia State University.

But he acknowledged “perception is reality and Americans are hysterical about Islam and we need to respond to it.”

Barzegar said he’d prefer a more proactive approach, calling on Muslims to seek dialogue with the religion’s most fervent critics.

“It’s almost become a ritual,” he said of the condemnations of violence by mainstream Muslim leaders. “I’m not sure it even means anything anymore.”

Many adherents also regret that the attacks occurred so soon after the death of Muhammad Ali, recognized as a unifying force who “embodied the best of the world’s Muslim community, not this mass murderer,” according to Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations.

A statement coordinated by CAIR was co-signed by 15 local Muslim groups. The organization has also launched a blood drive in solidarity with the victims in Orlando.

Meanwhile, the current political climate has left some Muslims more concerned than ever about a potential backlash.

“One of the most frustrating things as a parent is my inability to completely protect my children from the hateful rhetoric that follows one of these events,” said community activist Nidal Ibrahim, who has two children, ages 10 and 7. Because of those concerns, he said he was “relieved” school is out for the summer.

Al-Ninowy acknowledged “there is a cancer in our midst — they are people who claim to follow the religion we believe in and hold dearly, but their actions violate the very core principles of the religion and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.”

It’s a message he’s repeated many times, often to deaf ears.

Of Mateen, al-Ninowy said: “He's not us. We’re not him. I don’t know what else to say."

myajc.com/news/news/local/head-of-muslim-seminary-in-duluth-condemns-satanic/nrfMd/

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Babri Demolition, Godhra Riots Led Young Indian Men To Al Qaeda: Police

June 12, 2016

NEW DELHI:  Indians joining al Qaeda were moved by the 1992 Babri mosque demolition and 2002 Godhra riots and were committed to establish base of terror outfit al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Delhi Police has told a court.

In its chargesheet filed against 17 accused, Special Cell of Delhi Police said for the purpose of 'jihad', some of them had gone to Pakistan and had met Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and several other dreaded terrorists.

"While delivering jihadi speeches in various mosques, he (arrested accused Syed Anzar Shah) met Mohd Umar (one of the absconding accused) and they discussed atrocities on Muslims in India, especially Godhra and Babri Masjid issues," the chargesheet said.

"Umar got impressed with his jihadi ideology and speeches and committed himself to the cause of jihad and expressed the desire to receive arms/ammunition training from Pakistan," the chargesheet filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh said. It said that Umar was operating from Pakistan.

Police said arrested accused Abdul Rehman had provided safe hideouts in India to Pakistani militants Salim, Mansoor and Sajjad, all members of Jaish-e-Mohammed, who were later killed in a shootout in Uttar Pradesh in 2001.

These three Pakistani terrorists had come to India to take revenge of Babri Masjid demolition and had planned to attack Ram Temple in Ayodhya but got killed, the chargesheet claimed.

The police named in its chargesheet 17 accused, 12 of whom are absconding, for allegedly conspiring, recruiting young Indian men and establishing a base of AQIS.

In its final report, the agency has charged five arrested accused -- Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman, Syed Anzar Shah and Abdul Sami -- for alleged offences under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). All the 17 accused were listed in the chargesheet for alleged offences under sections 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18-B (punishment for recruiting of any person for terror act) and 20 (punishment for being member of terror organisation) of the UAPA.

ndtv.com/india-news/babri-demolition-godhra-riots-led-young-indian-men-to-al-qaeda-police-1418103

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Brother Executes Brother in Gruesome ISIL Video

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- In a new shocking execution video released by the ISIL terrorist group, a militant shot dead his own brother on charges of spying for the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and the US-led coalition.

The footage shows an executioner, identified as Abu Abdullah, saying a prayer before he gunned down his older brother, as another blindfolded militant was killed by a second executioner on the same charge, Rudaw reported.

The footage, reportedly filmed in Iraq, opened with two militants wearing balaclavas bringing in the two blindfolded men, one of whom was identified as Abu Abdullah's brother.

The executioner then sent out a threatening message to those trying to leak intelligence information to the Iraqi and other counter-ISIL forces.

He also warned his family not to get involved in the matter of him killing his older brother.

The video was released as the group has been suffering a string of military defeats on multiple battlefields in Fallujah and surrounding Mosul in Iraq, and Manbij in Syria.

The grisly killing comes five months after another ISIL fighter killed his mother after she had reportedly tried to escape the group in Syria.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000109

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North America

Atlanta Muslim leaders on Orlando shooter: ‘He’s not us; we’re not him’

June 12, 2016

When Muhammad al-Ninowy awoke this morning to the news of the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, one of his first thoughts was, “I hope it’s not a Muslim.”

Once he learned that the shooter, Omar Mateen, had in fact aligned himself with ISIS, al-Ninowy dutifully composed a statement denouncing the worst mass shooting in American history.

Full report at: myajc.com/news/news/local/head-of-muslim-seminary-in-duluth-condemns-satanic/nrfMd/

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Muslim Leader Calls for ‘Overwhelming Love’ in Response to Orlando Shooting

June 12, 2016

Juan Rivera was inside the Pulse nightclub Saturday night, when a 29-year-old Muslim American committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Rivera has been missing ever since.

Less than a day later, his still hopeful brother, Baron Serrano, took to Facebook to tell the world that he knows the deranged shooter did not represent any religion. “I want to let people know that not everyone’s the same,” he said in the video stream. “Today I met real Islam and all they do is love.”

Full report at: time.com/4365689/orlando-shooting-muslim-nightclub/

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US Muslim leader condemns Orlando attack, slams extremists

June 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The head of a prominent US Muslim advocacy group Sunday strongly condemned the nightclub massacre in Florida, calling members of the Islamic State group an "aberration" amid allegations the gunman was inspired by the militants.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also called for unity and urged politicians not to "exploit" the slaughter in Orlando, which left 50 dead and dozens more injured.

"This is a hate crime. Plain and simple. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms," Awad told a news conference.

"It violates our principles as Americans and as Muslims. Let me be clear, we have no tolerance for extremism of any kind."

Full report at: dunyanews.tv/en/World/340833-US-Muslim-leader-condemns-Orlando-attack-slams-ex

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Trump’s response to Orlando shooting: Obama should be fired for not saying “radical Islam”

June 12, 2016

In response to the mass shooting in Orlando that killed 50 people inside an LGBTQ nightclub on Saturday, Donald Trump called on Barack Obama to step down from the presidency.

In a statement about the shooting sent to press Sunday afternoon, Trump said that the attack was the work of a "radical Islamic terrorist" — and attacked both Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for refusing to say the words "radical Islam" in their responses:

Full report at: vox.com/2016/6/12/11915022/orlando-shooting-trump

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India

Babri Demolition, Godhra Riots Led Young Indian Men To Al Qaeda: Police

June 12, 2016

NEW DELHI:  Indians joining al Qaeda were moved by the 1992 Babri mosque demolition and 2002 Godhra riots and were committed to establish base of terror outfit al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Delhi Police has told a court.

In its chargesheet filed against 17 accused, Special Cell of Delhi Police said for the purpose of 'jihad', some of them had gone to Pakistan and had met Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and several other dreaded terrorists.

"While delivering jihadi speeches in various mosques, he (arrested accused Syed Anzar Shah) met Mohd Umar (one of the absconding accused) and they discussed atrocities on Muslims in India, especially Godhra and Babri Masjid issues," the chargesheet said.

"Umar got impressed with his jihadi ideology and speeches and committed himself to the cause of jihad and expressed the desire to receive arms/ammunition training from Pakistan," the chargesheet filed before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh said. It said that Umar was operating from Pakistan.

Full report at: ndtv.com/india-news/babri-demolition-godhra-riots-led-young-indian-men-to-al-qaeda-police-1418103

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ISIS Snares Mostly Educated Young Men from India

Jun 13, 2016

NEW DELHI: Educated, middle-class youngsters in India appear to be more drawn to the Islamic State, moved as much by the terrorist group’s brand of global jihad as by perceived injustices against Muslims at home.

This marks a possible class shift among those attracted to violent groups in India, where religious radicalisation is thought to be more prevalent among the poor and illiterate, shows an analysis of the socioeconomic profile of the IS sympathisers interrogated by security agencies since 2014.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/delhi/is-snares-mostly-educated-young-men-from-india/story-jAQapsm9f1YJs4YMTY8a7I.html

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This Madurai hospital serves food at 3 AM to Muslim patients for ‘sehri’

Monday, June 13, 2016

Madurai, June 13: Ramadan, the holy month of Islamic lunar calendar, has begun. Muslims across the world observe fast and perform special prayers during the month of Ramadan, also known as Ramazan. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fast from dawn to dusk. In a nice gesture, a hospital in Madurai serves special meal to Muslim patients and their relatives at 3 AM for sehri. Sehri or Suhur is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting.

Full report at: india.com/news/india/ramadan-2016-this-madurai-hospital-serves-food-at-3-am-to-muslim-patients-for-sehri-1255318/

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ISIS Video of Indians Shot Near Lake Homs

VIJAITA SINGH

June 13, 2016

Western country helps find location; timing of its release intriguing as two who feature in it were presumed dead

India has identified the exact point in Syria where the recent propaganda video of Islamic State (IS) featuring six Indians was shot, a top intelligence official told The Hindu.

A western coalition force instrumental in airstrikes against the IS strongholds in Syria and Iraq has helped India identify the location, the official said.

Full report at: thehindu.com/news/national/is-video-of-indians-shot-near-lake-homs/article8721393.ece?utm

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Orlando terror- India should never take Islamic radicals off the radar

Monday, June 13, 2016

The ISIS was quick to claim responsibility for the horrific terror attack at the Orlando nightclub in which 50 people were killed and 53 injured. The American President has called it both an act of terror as well a hate crime. The gunman who has been identified as Omar Mateen, a Florida resident and a US born son of an Afghan immigrant.

The FBI which is not yet ready to term it as an attack by the ISIS had however known the shooter. He had in fact come to the FBI's attention twice but was left off as the agency was unable to verify his terror links or comments he made in favour of the ISIS. Mateen had on several occasions indicated his leanings towards the ISIS. A lesson to be learnt: In the Orlando shooting there is a big lesson that the world needs to be learn. A person who has shown leanings towards terror outfits such as the ISIS can never be taken off the radar.

Full report at: oneindia.com/feature/orlando-terror-india-should-never-take-islamic-radicals-off-the-radar-2125765.html

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BJP highlights Islamic nations' recognition for PM Modi at national executive meet

Jun 12, 2016

Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), June 12 (ANI): Bragging about the recognition given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the Islamic countries, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said even Muslim nations are with India in the fight against terrorism.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of the BJP's national executive meeting in Allahabad, Prasad said - Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan- accorded Prime Minister Narendra Modi with their highest civilian honour, which shows that India has emerged as a major centre of prominence in Asia.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/BJP-highlights-Islamic-nations-recognition-for-PM-Modi-at-national-executive-meet/articleshow/52718370.cms

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Pakistan not a state but a state of mind: Sangh journal

Jun 13, 2016

An RSS-affiliated think tank has asserted that Pakistan is “not a state” but a “state of mind” and urged Pakistan to “reexamine her cultural and civilisational roots”.

The right-wing think tank India Policy Foundation has expressed these views in the first issue of a quarterly journal, Pakistan Watch, which will be released Monday in Delhi by two top RSS members, joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale and all India prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya. India Policy Foundation’s honorary director Rakesh Sinha, who regularly appears on TV channels as a senior RSS ideologue, is the editor-in-chief, the first one dedicated to Pakistan by any right-wing body. It carries forward the Sangh Parivar’s argument that the solution to Pakistan’s “identity crisis” lies in realising its shared Hindu past and stresses Partition amounted to “self-alienation from culture” of Pakistan citizens.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pakistan-india-relations-rss-affiliated-journal-sangh-nda-government-india-policy-foundation-2849483/

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Delhi Court denies bail to alleged Islamic State operatives

Jun 13, 2016

A Delhi court has denied bail to five suspected ISIS operatives arrested for allegedly plotting a terror strike during the Ardh Kumbh at Haridwar.

According to the sources, the court denied relief to the accused persons -- Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Osama, Mohd Mehraz, Mohd Azeemushan and Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed -- observing that it was not a fit case for bail.

Full report at: dnaindia.com/india/report-delhi-court-denies-bail-to-alleged-islamic-state-operatives-2223162

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Arab World

Brother Executes Brother in Gruesome ISIL Video

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- In a new shocking execution video released by the ISIL terrorist group, a militant shot dead his own brother on charges of spying for the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and the US-led coalition.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000109

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13 ISIL Loyalists Killed, 7 Wounded in Nangarhar Province

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 13 loyalists of ISIL terrorist group were killed during the clearance operations in Eastern Nangarhar province, Afghan Authorities said.

The Afghan Ministry of Defense said at least 7 loyalists of the terror group were also wounded during the operations, Khaama Press reported.

According to a statement by the ministry, the operations were conducted in Achin and Deh Bala districts of Nangarhar with the support of the Afghanistan’s Air Force and Artillery units.

This comes as ISIL loyalists launched an attack on police headquarters of Haska Mina which left the district police chief dead along with 5 other policemen.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000670

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Iraqi Army Secures Safe Exit Route out of Fallujah

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s army secured the first "relatively safe" exit route for civilians attempting to flee the city of Fallujah amid operations by the government forces to retake key areas from the ISIL terrorists.

According to Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, who is the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, an exit route, known as al-Salam (Peace) Junction, was secured Southwest of the city, presstv reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000314

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Aleppo: Syrian Army Pounding Terrorists in Northwestern Aleppo Province

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces inflicted heavy losses on the Takfiri terrorists in Northwestern Aleppo province.

The army units and popular forces attacked the Takfiri terrorists' military positions from several positions in al-Mallah farms in Northwestern Aleppo.

Scores of terrorists were killed and injured in the Syrian army's artillery and missile attacks on their concentration centers.   

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000891

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5 PJAK Terrorists Killed in Border Clashes in Western Iran

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces killed 5 terrorists affiliated to PJAK (the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan) along the borders in Northwestern Iran.

"A 5-member terrorist group affiliated to the PJAK was disbanded in Sardasht region in the Northwestern parts of the country in the precise intelligence and reconnaissance operations of the IRGC Ground Force," the IRGC said in a statement on Monday.

All the 5 members of the terrorist cell were killed during the operations conducted by the IRGC forces at Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada base, it added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000388

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Number of Syria Settlements Joining Ceasefire Reaches 145

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The number of Syrian settlements signed up to a ceasefire deal with the government reached 145, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russia-US brokered ceasefire regime in Syria came into force on February 27. Russian negotiators are in talks with field commanders of armed opposition forces in the Damascus, Homs and Quneitra provinces, Sputnik reported.

"Within last 24 hours, a truce agreement with representatives of one inhabited area in the Homs province has been achieved. The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 145," the ministry said in a daily bulletin.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000824

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Syrian Army Wins Back Key Hilltop Near Kabani in Lattakia Province

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF) continued their advances in the Northern part of Lattakia province and seized back a strategic hilltop there.

The army units and NDF are now in control of Ravisa al-Aliya near Kabani region in Northern Lattakia province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000703

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Kurdish Forces Win Back 2 More Key Villages Near Manbij

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprising mainly of Kurdish forces, continued their advances in Aleppo province against the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group by seizing back more villages in the outskirts of the town of Manbij.

The Kurdish forces took full control of the al-Asliya and Bikobran in the countryside of Manbij in Aleppo province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000647

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ISIL Attack on Jazal Oilfield Repulsed by Syrian Army

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian government troops repelled ISIL's attacks on their positions at Jazal oilfield in Homs province, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.

The Syrian soldiers, backed by the country's air force, fended off the ISIL attacks on their positions which were meant to prevent the Syrian soldiers from approaching al-Tabaqa airbase in Raqqa province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000594

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ISIL Claims Responsibility for Orlando Mass Shooting

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Syrian news agency with close ties to the ISIL terror group claimed the group is responsible for the attack on an Orlando club, which has killed 50 people, and left 53 injured.

 According to Amaq news, the armed attack that targeted a night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an ISIL fighter, RT reportd.

"That has not been confirmed. We'll have to see what those connections are once we get the details," said Florida Senator Bill Nelson.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000539

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ISIL Executes 19 Militants for Desertion in Battlefield

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorist group executed 19 of its elements on charges of deserting the battlefield in the area of al-Shuhada, an informed source in Iraq’s Western city of Fallujah said.

“The ISIL terrorists executed 19 of its elements who fled from the latest battles against the security forces in the neighborhoods of al-Shuhada and al-Nassaf in Central Fallujah,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a statement, Iraqi News reported.

“This came after the issuance of  death sentence against them by ISIL court ,”

The source also explained that the execution was carried out by firing a bullet into the convicts’ head.

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Iraqi Security Forces Liberate Another Village South of Mosul, 25 ISIL Members Killed

June 13, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi security forces liberated a key village, South of Mosul, from the ISIL control, killing 25 ISIL members during the operation, a source in Iraqi Army’s Nineveh Liberation Command announced.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950324000158

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Southeast Asia

Churches extorted in Bandung for permits

Mon, June 13 2016

In another show of intolerance toward minority faiths in Indonesia, mass organizations have extorted churches in Bandung, West Java, in the process of attaining building permits.

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) recently disclosed the practice to the public. This disclosure has been followed by anonymous reports to the media due to threats made by the mass organizations.

The Jakarta Post recently found the extortion practice continued and is usually experienced by churches that are applying for building permits.

Full report at: thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/13/churches-extorted-bandung-permits.html

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Malaysia shuts down first Islamic-compliant airline

Mon, June 13 2016

Kuala Lumpur - Rayani Air, Malaysia's first Islamic-compliant airline, has been shut down, regulators said Monday, months after it was suspended from flying for breaching aviation regulations.

The carrier launched only in December with Muslim flight crew wearing the hijab while non-Muslim members were forbidden from wearing revealing clothing. In-flight meals were completely halal and alcohol consumption banned.

Full report at: news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysia-shuts-down-first-islamic-compliant-airline

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Why the noise over Jakarta governor's direction on Muslim headscarfs?

Sun Jun 12 2016

In its editorial on June 13, The Jakarta Post says schools must instill pluralism

The free expression of identity is one of the new-found freedoms to have emerged since the fall of the New Order regime.

Among other results this has led to burgeoning Islamic fashion, particularly catering to women.

Full report at: straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/why-the-noise-over-jakarta-governors-direction-on-muslim-headscarfs-the-jakarta-post

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Mideast

EU chief says getting closer to granting Turks visa-free travel

June 13, 2016

The European Union is getting closer to granting Turks visa-free travel to Europe, but talks on this will continue until at least October, European Council President Donald Tusk said in an interview with German newspaper Bild published on June 13.

Asked when Turks would be given visa freedom, Tusk said: "When they have fulfilled all of the conditions without exception."

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-chief-says-getting-closer-to-granting-turks-visa-free-travel.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100410&NewsCatID=351

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Eiffel Tower lit in colors of Turkish flag

June 13, 2016

A picture taken late on June 12, 2016 in Paris shows the Eiffel Tower lit in Turkey's colors, as seen from the fan zone, following the screening of the Euro 2016 football match between Germany and Ukraine. AFP photo

A picture taken late on June 12, 2016 in Paris shows the Eiffel Tower lit in Turkey's colors, as seen from the fan zone, following the screening of the Euro 2016 football match between Germany and Ukraine. AFP photo

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/eiffel-tower-lit-in-colors-of-turkish-flag-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100411&NewsCatID=361

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Syrian activist survives ISIL assassination attempt in Turkey

June 13, 2016

Colleagues say a Syrian independent media activist working in southeast Turkey has survived an assassination attempt claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Ahmed Abdelqader, founder of the Syrian media group Eye on Homeland, was shot on June 12 by two gunmen riding a motorbike in the southeastern Şanlıurfa province.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-activist-survives-isil-assassination-attempt-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100408&NewsCatID=509

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Turkey condemns air strikes in Syria’s Idlib

June 13, 2016

Turkey has condemned the deadly airstrikes which hit a market in the Syrian city of Idlib on June 12.

“The fact that innocent civilians are slaughtered by taking aim [at them] has no place in humanity. Those who try to allege an excuse to attacks that they carry out on hospitals, mosques, markets and refugee camps, which are clearly in violation of international humanitarian law and constitute a war crime, are mocking the international community,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-condemns-air-strikes-in-syrias-idlib.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100407&NewsCatID=510

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Hürriyet Editor-in-chief Ergin honored with Freedom of Speech Award

June 13, 2016

Sedat Ergin, the editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Hürriyet, has received Deutsche Welle’s second annual Freedom of Speech Award.

“It is a great honor for me to be the recipient of the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award today,” Ergin said during his speech at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, where he received the award on June 13.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/hurriyet-editor-in-chief-ergin-honored-with-freedom-of-speech-award-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100413&NewsCatID=339

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Missing Syrian found dead in Turkey’s south

June 13, 2016

Missing Syrian found dead in Turkey’s south

A Syrian who had been missing for a day was found dead in the southern province of Adana on June 12. Zekeriya Haydan, 41, was found in an irrigation channel after his relatives notified the police.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/missing-syrian-found-dead-in-turkeys-south-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100409&NewsCatID=341

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Africa

Islamic State Militants Hit Libyan Pro-Government Forces In Sirte

Mon, June 13 2016

Forces allied with Libya's unity government battled on June 12 to retake the extremist Islamic State (IS) group's stronghold in Sirte, facing resistance and a series of suicide car bombings.

IS took control of the coastal city in 2015 and turned it into its main base of operations for North Africa.

Full report at: rferl.org/content/libya-sirte-islamic-state-battle/27793354.html

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11 killed in fresh violence in northern Mali

June 12, 2016

BAMAKO, (AA): At least 11 people were killed and several others injured in fresh violence that erupted over the weekend in northern Mali, local sources told Anadolu Agency.

Clashes erupted between Gatia, a pro-government self-defense group, and Ganda Izo, a group near Tinhabou, northern Mali said to defend sedentary and semi-nomadic groups, Yehia Tandina, head of the regional state TV station ORTM, told Anadolu Agency late Sunday.

Tandina said the clashes killed eight people on the side of Ganda Izo, without giving more details about the cause of the fighting.

Sources from both groups gave different versions of the facts. Each side accused the other of attacking them first.

Full report at: muslimnews.co.uk/news/africa/mali-11-killed-fresh-violence-northern-mali/

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Africa: Why Muslim Community Celebrates Ramadan

June 12,2016

The holy month of Ramadan has once again arrived and over 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world are observing the sacred period of fasting and deep contemplation of their relationship with Allah.

The most sacred month of the year for Muslims commenced on June 5 and is expected to end on July 5. Muslims believe it was during Ramadan that Allah revealed the first verses of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on a night known as "The Night of Power" (Laylat al-Qadr ).

Full report at: allafrica.com/stories/201606130711.html

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Islamic trade finance body to expand global reach -CEO

June 12, 2016

The Jeddah-based International Islamic Trade Finance Corp (ITFC) plans to strengthen its global network of offices in an effort to increase the use of sharia-compliant banking in merchandise trade.

"We want to be closer to member countries - to do this we need to decentralise our activities," said Hani Salem Sonbol, chief executive of the ITFC, a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB).

Full report at: thenews.com.pk/latest/127334-Islamic-trade-finance-body-to-expand-global-reach-CEO

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South Asia

Afghan and Pakistani border guards clash in Torkham

Sun Jun 12 2016

A heavy clash took place among the Afghan and Pakistani border guards in Torkham gate amid reports that the incident erupted over the installation of a gate by Pakistan.

Provincial governor’s spokesman in Nangarhar confirmed the incident but said further details regarding the clash would be released later.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-and-pakistani-border-guards-clash-in-torkham-01239

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13 ISIS loyalists killed, 7 wounded in Nangarhar province

Sun Jun 12 2016

ISIS-LocalAt least 13 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the clearance operations in eastern Nangarhar province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 7 loyalists of the terror group were also wounded during the operations.

Full report at: khaama.com/13-isis-loyalists-killed-7-wounded-in-nangarhar-province-01238

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Zahiklwal and Sartaj Aziz discussed clash among Afghan and Pakistani forces

June 13, 2016

The Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan and President Ghani’s Special Envoy Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz discussed regarding the latest skirmish among the Afghan and Pakistani forces in Torkham.

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Pakistan in a statement said the issue was discussed during a telephone conversation as Zakhilwal is currently in Kabul.

Full report at: khaama.com/zahiklwal-and-sartaj-aziz-discussed-clash-among-afghan-and-pakistani-forces-01245

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201st Silab Corps instructed to support Afghan border forces: MoD

June 13, 2016

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in Nangarhar province has been instructed to provide support to the security posts of the Afghan border police located along the Durand Line.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces have the responsibility to defend from the national sovereignty, territorial integirty, and freedom of the country and are prepared to respond to any threats posed by any country.

Full report at: khaama.com/201st-silab-corps-instructed-to-support-afghan-border-forces-mod-01244

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Taliban shadow judge Qazi Mohsin wounded in north of Afghanistan

Mon Jun 13 2016

The shadow judge of the Taliban group identified as Qazi Mohsin was wounded during an operation in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 15 Taliban militants were killed during the operations conducted in Dand-e-Ghori.

According to a statement by MoD, the Taliban militants suffered the casualties as part of Naveed#1 operations being conducted to suppress the activities of the group.

The statement further added that Qazi Mohsin was appointed by the Taliban as group’s shadow judge in Dand-e-Ghori where the Taliban militants were once looking to create safe havens.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-shadow-judge-qazi-mohsin-wounded-in-north-of-afghanistan-01243

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Afghan parliament rejects President Ghani’s decree on electoral reforms

Mon Jun 13 2016

The Afghan parliament has unanimously rejected a presidential decree issued by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for electoral reforms.

The lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, voted against the decree during the general session of the parliament today.

Today’s voting follows days after the Afghan Parliament postponed voting due to controversial debate regarding the decree.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-parliament-rejects-president-ghanis-decree-on-electoral-reforms-01242

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Afghanistan dismiss Raheel Sharif’s remarks regarding Mullah Fazlullah

Mon Jun 13 2016

The Afghanistan National Security Council has dismissed the remarks by General Raheel Sharif regarding Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Chief Mullah Fazlullah as baseless after he claimed that the TTP leader should be targeted inside the Afghan soil.

NSC spokesman Tawab Ghorzang told reporters in Kabul on Sunday that TTP fighters including Mullah Fazlullah are not in Afghanistan and Pakistan should act based on Quadrilateral Coordination Group agreement and take actions against Afghan Taliban in its soil.

He said it is TTP, Al Qaeda terrorist network, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiban and other terrorist groups that threatening Afghanistan and the region.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghanistan-dismiss-raheel-sharifs-remarks-regarding-mullah-fazlullah-01240

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Pakistan

Pak credentials for NSG membership stronger than India: Sartaj Aziz

June 13, 2016

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, has said that Islamabad’s credentials for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership are stronger than New Delhi if the 48-nation cartel agrees to form a uniform criteria for non-NPT states.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pak-credentials-nsg-membership-stronger-india-sartaj-aziz-971468/

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Imran Khan threatens fresh sit-in against Sharif over Panama papers

June 13, 2016

Lahore: Pakistan’s opposition Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has threatened to hold another massive sit-in against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying he cannot escape accountability for “money laundering” in the wake of Panama papers leak.

“I will bring out at least 10 per cent population of Pakistan (18 million out of 182 million) on roads to ensure that Nawaz Sharif could not escape accountability process for money laundering,” Khan said at a fund-raiser Iftar-dinner of the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital here yesterday.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/imran-khan-threatens-fresh-sit-sharif-panama-papers-971426/

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PTI has ‘Plan B’ in case Panamagate commission falls through

June 13, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Anticipating a deadlock in talks over the proposed Panama Papers inquiry commission, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has begun overseeing preparations to mobilise party workers in case the government continues to stonewall efforts at the committee level for a consensus on terms of reference (ToR).

Chairing two back-to-back meetings in Bani Gala on Sunday, Mr Khan reviewed the party’s membership data and was briefed on mobilisation plans that will be in place if he decides to take to the streets.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1264548/pti-has-plan-b-in-case-panamagate-commission-falls-through

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‘12.5 million children in Pakistan are involved in labour’

June 13, 2016

ISLAMABAD: More than a decade after June 12 was declared ‘World Day Against Child Labour’, over 12.5 million children in Pakistan are involved in child labour, according to a statement issued by the Child Rights Movement (CRM) National Secretariat.

The statement cites an ILO report of 2004 which said that 264,000 children in Pakistan were then employed as domestic help.

“There are 8.52 million home-based workers in the country, according to the figures released in the National Policy on Home-Based Workers, the number of child labourers up to the age of 10 years is around 6 million. This staggering number requires immediate action by the federal and provincial governments,” the statement says.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1264451/125-million-children-in-pakistan-are-involved-in-labour

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Sikh pilgrims arrive to observe Jor Mela

June 13, 2016

TAXILA: More than 150 Sikhs from India and many others from across the country arrived at the Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassababdal in the early hours of Sunday to celebrate ‘Jor Mela’, which is observed to mark the death anniversary of Guru Arjun Dev Ji, the fifth Guru of Sikhism.

The event, which is also called Shaheedi Jor Mela was held to observe the 410th death anniversary of Guru Arjun Dev Ji, who is believed to have been destined to be martyred for the Sikh cause.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1264454/sikh-pilgrims-arrive-to-observe-jor-mela

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Europe

Europe ignores Syria at its peril

June 12, 2016

While Europe is transfixed by the UK referendum, the crisis that has arguably done the most damage to the continent continues unabated: the war in Syria. Right on Europe’s doorstep, Syria still burns. It is high time to acknowledge that the peace efforts of the US and Russia have failed dismally. Whether there is any chance of this changing after a new US president takes office in early 2017 is anyone’s guess. But that’s precisely the question Europeans need to start preparing for. And the time to do so is now.

Full report at: gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/europe-ignores-syria-at-its-peril-1.1844740

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