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Brainwashing suicide bombers: New Book

Gunmen kill young Iraqi journalist at his home

Magazine details al Qaeda cargo plane plots

More than 155 killed, injured in Karbala during Eid holidays

Iranian President Ahmadinejad urges girls to marry at 16

'Jihadists planning Mumbai-style attack on German parliament'

Karachi: Minor girl sexually abused, strangulated

Two of Pakistani origin appointed to House of Lords

No drone op expansion: Pak to US

Al-Qaeda vows to ‘bleed enemy to death’ with parcel attacks

Christmas is hijacked by Muslims and Hindus' claims Daily Star

Pope criticises French burqa ban

Saudi Arabia: Islamic Radio broadcasts to be expanded

Muslim Kids in Hajj Pilgrimage

Militants torch fleet of NATO supply tankers in Peshawar

Meeting on The Role of Quran in Islamic Awareness in Makkah

Saudi Arabia's call for inter-religious dailogue serves Islam, Humanity

'Islamophobia not targeting Muslims only'

US court halts Afghan Muslim killing case

Pakistan leader may free condemned Christian woman

Ghailani verdict: debate on military trials

We have no link with Maoists: Mirwaiz

Five Taliban killed in Swat clash

Seven killed, 35 injured in fresh Afghan violence

Pakistan receives six new F-16 fighters from US

George Bush Gives His Version of Events that Defined His Tenure

PM renews pledge to build poverty-free Bangladesh

With Afghan control by 2014, Obama sees combat end

Islamic Barbie: Iran unveils Fatima

Pak's objection to India's UNSC endorsement reflects trust deficit

Hand over voice samples of LeT men, India to tell Pak

UAE shooter wins first medal at Asian Games

Move to better lives of disabled children

‘Missile threat comes from Iran’

Pakistan, US rebuilding trust: Haqqani

Russia stops short of joining NATO missile shield

Belgian ladies sue Israeli officials in Brussels

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Brainwashing suicide bombers: New Book

Nov 21 2010

The author narrates the story of radical militants and how they try to “explain” why people should resort to destruction, terrorism, and suicide bombings to stand by their principles

 Jihad al-Kuffar, a new book by Michael A. Rome, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Michael Rome goes to Indonesia to spend a leisure day when he crosses the path of a tour guide, Eki, who apparently holds a CD—keeping secret documents of appalling information about underground terrorist organizations. When Eki is suddenly killed, Michael uncovers the whole truth about the files stored on the CD—writings that encourage a series of battles between self-proclaimed “true believers” and those they consider the unbelievers and the allies of the devil.

The author narrates the story of radical militants and puts an emphasis on edicts, statements, and documents that “explain” why people should resort to destruction, terrorism, and suicide bombings to stand by their principles.

In Jihad Al-Kuffar, we’ll meet personalities who have various plans but one outcome: strike with violence. Eventually, eradication of barriers that “restrict” the freedom of humanity and do not permit them to obey alleged divine orders is the utmost objective of unscrupulous fanatics.

Given the close relationship between underdevelopment and terrorism, the book also shows why social diseases can only be defeated through aid programs, which are strictly based on a two-way commitment.

Michael A. Rome is an engineering professor who lives in Italy. Aside from this book, he also published scientific papers on numerical methods in the field of applied mechanics.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/11/prweb8007464.htm

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Gunmen kill young Iraqi journalist at his home

22 Nov, 2010

Baghdad:Gunmen shot and killed a young Iraqi journalist in front of his family Sunday in the northern city of Mosul, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

Mazin al-Baghdadi worked as a reporter and anchor for al-Mousiliyya TV.

Gunmen in civilian clothing showed up at his home around 6 p.m. and identified themselves to his father as intelligence officers, the ministry official said.

When al-Baghdadi exited to his house to speak with the men, they shot him.

His family was looking on when the shooting occurred, according to the official, who described the journalist as young.

More than 230 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion began in 2003, the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said in September -- making Iraq one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists.

In other violence in Iraq, at least six people were wounded in bomb attacks around the country's capital, the Interior Ministry official said.

Two roadside bombs targeting a police patrol in northern Baghdad's Kadhimiya neighborhood detonated in quick succession on Sunday evening, wounding at least five people, including three policemen, the official said.

Earlier on Sunday, a bomb attached to a civilian vehicle in Kadhimiya exploded, wounding the driver, the official added.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/11/21/iraq.violence/index.html?hpt=T2

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Magazine details al Qaeda cargo plane plots

22 Nov, 2010

A recent terror operation involving parcel bombs on UPS and FedEx flights cost just $4,200, according to a report in a magazine that analysts say is published by al Qaeda's branch in Yemen.

Inspire magazine dedicates its latest issue to the plot, which it calls "Operation Hemorrhage."

"The operation has succeeded in achieving its objectives. We thank Allah for His blessings," says the magazine, released late Saturday.

The article repeats al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's claim of responsibility for the October plot to ship bombs disguised as printer toner cartridges on cargo planes.

On October 29, local authorities in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates intercepted parcel bombs sent from Yemen and addressed to U.S. synagogues.

Al Qaeda bombmakers designed the parcel bombs to pass through detection devices and elude sniffer dogs, according to the article. It lists -- excluding metals from detonators, making the explosive mimic printer toner and integrating the bombs' circuits into printer cartridge circuits -- as methods of averting security detection.

The magazine also repeats a controversial claim of responsibility for the September 3 crash of a UPS flight in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which killed the two crew members.

No evidence has surfaced of an explosion aboard the UPS cargo plane that crashed in September, officials in the United Arab Emirates have said. But authorities there have also said they are seriously looking into AQAP's claim.

But in a security bulletin earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have concluded the AQAP statement was authentic, but they dismissed the group's claim that it was involved in the September UPS plane crash.

"Other terrorist organizations have falsely claimed credit for events with a high media profile to bolster their image and external perceptions of their operational capabilities," the bulletin said.

Inspire praises the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States for their destruction and for the high number of lives they took. But it touts smaller, simpler attacks for the future.

"It is more feasible to stage smaller attacks that involve less players and less time to launch and thus we may circumvent the security barriers America worked so hard to erect," Inspire writes, calling this "the strategy of a thousand cuts."

Inspire says the strategy raises the cost of security in target countries, particularly the U.S., putting a further drag on an already weakened economy.

The article also directs a message at U.S. President Barack Obama and points out that terrorists had addressed the parcel bombs to synagogues "in Chicago, Obama's city."

"We have struck against your aircrafts twice within one year," Inspire writes, "and we will continue di recting our blows towards your interests and the interests of your allies."

IntelCenter CEO Ben Venzke said a media organization connected to al Qaeda in the Arabaian Peninsula publishes the English-language magazine, which first came out in July.

Intelligence officials believe Samir Khan, an American citizen now living in Yemen, is the driving force behind the magazine.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/11/21/al.qaeda.magazine/index.html?hpt=T2

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More than 155 killed, injured in Karbala during Eid holidays

Nov 21 2010

Karbala’s hospitals received 16 dead bodies and 140 others injured while ambulances carried 367 people suffering from different health problems to hospitals, a local health official said on Saturday.

 “Three hospitals in Karbala received 156 people killed or injured during Eid al-Adha holidays, among them 16 motorcycle accidents, in addition to six people killed while al-Hindiya hospital received 15 cases including four killed, and Eid Tamur town hospital received eight injury cases,” Salim Kadhim told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Kadhim also said there were other deaths and injuries in different towns and villages of Karbala during the Eid holidays, including car accidents and clashes.

The holy Shiite city of Karbala lies 108 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=213932

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad urges girls to marry at 16

Nov 21, 2010

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged young girls to marry at age of 16 in his latest rejection of the country's once effective family planning program, local newspapers reported on Sunday.

Following record birth rates in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran implemented an internationally praised family planning program in the 1990s that dramatically reduced the growth rate. Ahmadinejad has criticized the program as an ungodly and a Western import.

"We should take the age of marriage for boys to 20 and for girls to about 16 and 17," he said, according to the state-owned Jam-e Jam daily. "The marriage age for boys has reached 26 and for girls to 24, and there is no reason for this."

Since coming to power in 2005, the Iranian president has sought to increase of the country's population, which is already at 75 million, with a third between the ages of 15 and 30.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iranian-President-Ahmadinejad-urges-girls-to-marry-at-16/articleshow/6964171.cms#ixzz15uhuUOjX

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'Jihadists planning Mumbai-style attack on German parliament'

Nov 21, 2010

BERLIN: Germany's decision to step up security measures this week was prompted by discovery of militant plans to break into the Reichstag parliament building and shoot hostages, a German magazine said on Saturday.

The weekly Der Spiegel, citing security officials, said a jihadist living abroad had informed them in recent telephone calls of a plan for armed militants to enter the 19th century building in central Berlin and open fire. It said police considered the information credible.

Germany's federal crime office (BKA) had no immediate comment on the report , but later announced its chief, Joerg Ziercke, would hold a news meet soon. The information, the magazine said, had prompted officials to announce they were raising security, especially at Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Jihadists-planning-Mumbai-style-attack-on-German-parliament/articleshow/6962681.cms#ixzz15ui8ySek

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Minor girl sexually abused, strangulated

Nov 21 2010

KARACHI: A minor girl was sexually abused and strangulated, and then her body dumped at the Lyari Expressway, the Gulshan-e-Iqbal police said on Saturday. Six-year-old Tooba Shahid, a resident of Azeem Goth, went missing on Thursday when she had left the house to buy something from a nearby shop. Unidentified culprits kidnapped the girl and then raped her before strangling her and dumping her body. Her body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Medico-Legal Officer Dr Yasmin Qamar said the child was raped by more than one man, adding that the body was 24 hours old. The girl’s body was handed over to her family after completing legal formalities. Police have registered first information report No 867/10 against unidentified men on the complaint of the victim’s father.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\21\story_21-11-2010_pg12_3

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Two of Pakistani origin appointed to House of Lords

Nov 21 2010

LONDON: Of the 54 new members appointed to the British Parliament Upper House of Lords, three are South Asians including two of Pakistani origin.

They include businessman and former vice chairman of the Conservative Party, Tariq Ahmad, said to belong to the Ahmedi community; Qurban Hussein, deputy leader of the Liberal-Democrat group on Luton Borough Council and Sir Ghulam Noon, a leading businessman with Indian roots.

Other prominent personalities chosen to be the peers, include former chief of the General Staff, British Army; General Sir Richard Dannat and Rachael Heyhoe Flint, former captain of the England women cricket team.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\21\story_21-11-2010_pg7_14

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No drone op expansion: Pak to US

Omer Farooq Khan

Nov 21, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday rejected demands for expansion of American drone attacks to its western province of Baluchistan, saying Islamabad wouldn't compromise on its sovereignty.

Pakistan foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit said that his country would act against militants on its own inside its territory. "We're the allies in the war against terror . But there is no way that drone operations could be extended to Quetta (Baluchistan )," he said, while reacting to a recent Washington Post report that the US was seeking to target Quetta, where the Taliban leadership is believed to be hiding.

Basit said the US knows repercussions of such a move. "The raising spectre of the socalled Quetta Shura is preposterous ," he said. Drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal northwest are highly unpopular in the country and seen as an affront to its sovereignty . The attacks have become a weapon of choice for the US in its fight against al-Qaida .

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/No-drone-op-expansion-Pak-to-US/articleshow/6962674.cms#ixzz15ui2TXmA

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Al-Qaeda vows to ‘bleed enemy to death’ with parcel attacks

Nov 21 2010

HONG KONG: The Yemen-based branch of Al-Qaeda has vowed to continue attacks against the West such as last month’s cargo plane parcel bombs, in a “strategy of a thousand cuts” that will “bleed the enemy to death”, a monitoring group said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said the packages it put aboard freight planes bound for the US in late October were never intended to cause mass casualties, but were aimed at creating maximum economic damage.

The group said the parcels, which were intercepted by security officials in Dubai and Britain, were part of “Operation Hemorrhage” a plan that had cost just 4,200 dollars to mount.

It said there was now little focus on large-scale mass-casualty attacks like those on New York and Washington in September 2001.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/21/al-qaeda-vows-to-%E2%80%98bleed-enemy-to-death%E2%80%99-with-parcel-attacks.html

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Christmas Is Hijacked By Muslims And Hindus

November 21, 2010

BARMY PC do-gooders have put up their town’s Christmas lights along with displays for Muslim and Hindu festivals – even though those celebrations have already finished.

Councillors were so anxious not to offend other faiths that they decided to share the Christian display with lights to mark the other celebrations.

But residents have slammed the move because although the lights were switched on last night, the Muslim festival of Eid ends today and Sikhs and Hindus celebrated Diwali two weeks ago.

One angry father told the Daily Star: “It’s like Christmas is being hijacked. It’s mad. Why do we have these lights up for Eid and Diwali when they’ve finished?

“We wouldn’t go around putting Santas up on any of these festivals.”

But council bosses in Rochdale say they want to keep the lights to “represent the community”.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/163598/Christmas-is-hijacked-by-Muslims-and-Hindus

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Pope criticises French burqa ban

Nov 21 2010

BERLIN: Pope Benedict XVI criticised a French law banning Muslim women from wearing the burqa in public, saying women should be able to wear them voluntarily, according to a book due out on Tuesday. “As far as the burqa is concerned, I do not see a reason for a general ban,” Benedict said in a series of interviews in his native German to be published as a book. “Some women do not wear the burqa entirely voluntarily and it is correct to talk of a violation against that woman. Of course one cannot agree with that,” he said. “But if they want to wear it voluntarily, I don’t know why one must ban them,” he said, according to a copy of the German text obtained by AFP.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\21\story_21-11-2010_pg7_8

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Saudi Arabia: Islamic Radio broadcasts to be expanded

Nov 21 2010

The government has plans to increase the broadcasting hours of Islam Call Radio, according to Dr. Abdul Aziz Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information.

JEDDAH (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The government has plans to increase the broadcasting hours of Islam Call Radio, according to Dr. Abdul Aziz Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information.

Khoja was speaking here Thursday night at a reception to honor members of the media who covered the Haj this year. Also present at the event was Prince Turki Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Assistant Minister of Culture and Information.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214027

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Muslim Kids in Hajj Pilgrimage

Nov 21 2010

Participation of kids in Hajj and performing Hajj pilgrimage is a rare though quite effective in upbringing children.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Most of the kids who participate Hajj pilgrimage are from Arab or Southeastern Asian countries, Rohama reported.

Although the pilgrimage is not mandatory for the immature Muslims, some parents would like to take the burden due to the positive effects of the experience on upbringing of the children.

"My mom has taught me that Hajj is a very important event and actually part of our daily life," said Jbair bin Sheikh Jamil from Bangladesh.

Little Bilal Ibrahim from Egypt, excited at his presence in Mecca expressed his gratitude at visiting some Muslim luminaries and said visiting the grave of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was his wish.

More interesting than all is the story of little Kamran Muzaffar from Pakistan who is on Hajj as his prize for memorizing the holy Qur'an.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=213935

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Militants torch fleet of NATO supply tankers in Peshawar

Nov 21 2010

Peshawar : Unidentified armed militants launched an attack on a workshop in Peshawar, torching a number of NATO supply tankers parked there.

Rescue sources revealed that a bomb -- weighing 2.5 kilogram -- was also found from the crime site, which has been defused, Geo News reported.

According to sources, the workshop is located at a Ring Road leading to the Pak-Afghan Torkhum Border, where armed militants attacked, and subsequently set the NATO supply tankers on fire.

Police, which arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, said that the militants succeeded in fleeing from the spot.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/militants-torch-fleet-of-nato-supply-tankers-in-peshawar/713808/

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Meeting on the Role of Quran in Islamic Awareness in Makkah

Nov 21 2010

A meeting on “the role of the Quran in Islamic awareness” is to be held today, November 21 at the representative office of the Supreme Leader in the holy city of Makkah.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - It has been planned to begin from 9 to 11 am. local time at the mosque of the office and 6 speeches as well as 3 papers will be presented at the program to discuss the theme.

Ayatollah Seyyed Hashem Hosseini Bushehri, will be the first speaker of the meeting and Molavi Abdul Rahman Molazehi, Masjed Jame’i and Taheri as the next speakers will continue the session.

Kermani and Shoja’i Fard are the last two speakers who will discuss ‘the opposition with the Quran during the history’ and ‘the role of the Quran in voiding enemies’ plots’, respectively.

Papers on ‘the role of the Quran in voiding enemies’ plots’, ‘Islamic revolution and revival of Islamic values’ and ‘the role of the scholars in Islamic awareness and clarification of Quranic teachings’ will be presented by Nasrin Gorgij, Shahin Shadab and Davoud Belkafeh respectively.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=214023

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Saudi Arabia's call for inter-religious dailogue serves Islam, Humanity

Nov 21 2010

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz has said that Saudi Arabia's call for inter-religious dialogue is aimed at promoting the dignity of Islam and the common interests of humanity and enhance harmony among the different nations of the world.

MECCA (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz has said that Saudi Arabia's call for inter-religious dialogue is aimed at promoting the dignity of Islam and the common interests of humanity and enhance harmony among the different nations of the world.

"This call drew praise from the international community in its entirety and gave me the promise of success to put an end to the world's ordeals of violence and extremism increasingly associated to religious affiliations," the King said in his annual address to the Muslim pilgrims here Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=213795

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'Islamophobia not targeting Muslims only'

Nov 21 2010

Political parties in Europe are using Islamophobia to garner more public support in elections, inciting anti-Muslim sentiments.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), says that the current trend is reminiscent of "the beginning of the 1930s, when an anti-Semitic agenda, fascism and Nazism became politically a big issue."

Instead of stopping or fighting the xenophobia directed at Muslim immigrants, hopeful candidates have taken to expanding extremist agendas behind Islamophobia.

More than 50 million Muslims presently live in Europe and their numbers are growing rapidly.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/149828.html

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US court halts Afghan Muslim killing case

Nov 21 2010

One of five American soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians for fun earlier this year, has won a temporary reprieve from murder charges.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A US army appeals court has suspended proceedings against Private Andrew Holmes of Idaho, after his lawyer argued that the Army's refusal to make public gruesome pictures of the killings, impede his client's right to a fair trial, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

Holmes' lawyer, Dan Conway, who has seen the photos, says there are no bullet holes in the body consistent with the machine gun Holmes' was carrying that day. He wants the army to release the photos so he can have a forensic expert review them.

However, the US military says it is worried that releasing the images could incite an anti-American backlash.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214021

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Pakistan leader may free condemned Christian woman

Nov 21 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s president may pardon a Christian woman facing a death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, officials said Saturday, as the mother of five tearfully denied the charge.

The case of Asia Bibi, 45, has drawn appeals from Pope Benedict XVI and human rights groups to free her. She was sentenced to death earlier this month and has been in prison for the last 1 1/2 years.

Bibi appeared in a televised interview at her prison Saturday, protesting her innocence to reporters and maintaining the case stemmed from a personal dispute.

“It was just the outcome of a rivalry. I would never even think of blasphemy,” she said weeping. “I have small children. For God’s sake, please set me free.” The verdict has drawn attention to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which critics say are used to persecute Christian and other minorities and fan extremism. They are also often exploited to settle personal grudges.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article196910.ece

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Ghailani verdict: debate on military trials

Narayan Lakshman

Nov 21 2010

Washington: This week's acquittal of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (36), a Guantanamo Bay detenu and alleged Al-Qaeda member involved in the 1998 bombings of the United States' embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, has fuelled an increasingly shrill political debate on the Obama administration's rejection of military courts for such cases.

Cleared

On Wednesday, a federal district court in Manhattan cleared Mr. Ghailani, originally from Tanzania and captured in Pakistan in 2004, of all 276 murder and attempted murder charges that Attorney- General Eric Holder brought against him, and also four conspiracy charges.

He was, however, convicted on one count of conspiracy to destroy government buildings and property and when he is sentenced in late January still faces a minimum of 20 years imprisonment. He is also facing a life sentence — an outcome that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said he would push for.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/21/stories/2010112165301800.htm

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We have no link with Maoists: Mirwaiz

Shujaat Bukhari

Nov 21 2010

SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, head of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, on Saturday refuted Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement that efforts were being made to link Maoists with Kashmir militants.

Talking to journalists at his residence here, the Mirwaiz said the “struggle for freedom” in Jammu and Kashmir was purely indigenous and it was wrong to link Kashmiris with Naxalites.

The past 20 years and especially the past three years had shown how “indigenous our struggle is.”

The Mirwaiz, who is also a religious leader, has been under house arrest for the past few weeks. “All those children killed by the forces in broad daylight in June this year that led to present uprising were schoolchildren. Our struggle is indigenous and we have time and again showed it.”

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/21/stories/2010112155261100.htm

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Five Taliban killed in Swat clash

Nov 21 2010

LAHORE: Five terrorists, including three key militants, have been killed in clashes with security forces in Swat, a private TV channel reported on Saturday.

According to the security sources, the gun battle took place in the Totano Bandi area of Kabal when the forces received a tip-off that some terrorists were trying to enter the valley. The security forces sealed the area and launched a search operation after which the militants opened fire at the forces. Ammunition has also been recovered from their possession after the gunfight, the channel reported.

Earlier, security had been beefed up in Swat on the eve of Eidul Azha while vacations of all the police officials had been cancelled.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\21\story_21-11-2010_pg7_5

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Seven killed, 35 injured in fresh Afghan violence

Nov 21 2010

MEHTAR LAM: Seven persons were killed in Afghanistan in two separate incidents when Taliban suicide bombers on bicycles killed four people and wounded 31 and when NATO forces accidentally killed 3 people and injured 4 others on Saturday.

One bomber detonated his explosives at a police checkpoint in Mehtar Lam, the provincial capital of Laghman province, with the second striking several hundred metres away, Laghman Governor Mohammad Iqbal Azizi said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came after a spike in violence over the past week and on the second day of a NATO summit in Lisbon. Leaders at the summit endorsed plans to start handing responsibility for security to Afghans next year and transfer control of the entire country by the end of 2014.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\21\story_21-11-2010_pg7_6

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Pakistan receives six new F-16 fighters from US

Nov 21 2010

LAHORE: Pakistan received six new F-16 C/D Block 52 high-tech aircraft from the US, a private TV channel reported on Saturday. According to the PAF spokesperson, six F-16 aircrafts have landed at Shahbaz Airbase, Jacobabad. The addition brought the number of such fighter aircraft in the Pakistan Air Force to 12, the channel said. Pakistan had signed a contract with the US in 2005-2006 for the acquisition of 18 F-16 C/D Block 52 planes. Under the agreement, the PAF would receive the 18 aircrafts from the US in staggered batches. Another batch of six F-16 C/D Block 52 aircrafts is expected to be delivered in December 2010, the channel reported.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\21\story_21-11-2010_pg7_7

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George Bush Gives His Version of Events that Defined His Tenure

By Manoj Joshi

Nov 21 2010

IT IS conventional wisdom to look at the Obama administration in the US through the lens of the crises he inherited — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economic meltdown.

George W. Bush’s administration, too, was poisoned at the outset — by 9/11. The attack that killed 3,000 people shook the United States as nothing else has since Pearl Harbour. Responding to the event, then, became the leitmotifof the Bush Administration and we will forever judge its place in history through the manner in which it responded to the attack.

Here, W’s memoir plays a commonplace enough role — providing a seemingly rational explanation for his controversial actions — the war on Afghanistan, the distracting diversion to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the issue of torture of terrorist detainees and that of illegal surveillance of people in the United States.

Full report at: Mail Today

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PM renews pledge to build poverty-free Bangladesh

Nov 21 2010

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday renewed her pledge to build a hunger, poverty and illiteracy-free Bangladesh imbibed with the spirit of the Liberation War.

The prime minister made the remark at a reception to the gallantry award wining freedom fighters and their successors hosted by her at the Armed Forces Division premises in Dhaka Cantonment in the morning marking the Armed Forces Day 2010.

Sheikh Hasina, who also holds the charge of the Defence Ministry, said her government is working relentlessly to turn the country into a peaceful nation in South Asia, free from all sorts of terrorism and militancy.

Paying glowing tributes to the memory of the martyred freedom fighters including Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders, she said the present government is providing due honour to the heroic sons of the nations.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=27004

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With Afghan control by 2014, Obama sees combat end

Nov 21, 2010

LISBON, PORTUGAL: NATO leaders on Saturday set 2014 as the date for moving Afghans into the lead role in fighting the Taliban, with President Barack Obama saying for the first time he wants U.S. troops out of major combat in Afghanistan by the end of that year.

Allies had different interpretations of that target's meaning. Capping a two-day summit of 28 NATO leaders in this Atlantic port city, Obama said that after a series of public disputes with Afghan President Hamid Karzai -- and despite the likelihood of more to come -- the U.S. and its NATO partners have aligned their aims for stabilizing the country with Karzai's eagerness to assume full control.

``My goal is to make sure that by 2014 we have transitioned, Afghans are in the lead and it is a goal to make sure that we are not still engaged in combat operations of the sort we're involved in now,'' Obama told a closing news conference.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/With-Afghan-control-by-2014-Obama-sees-combat-end/articleshow/6962443.cms#ixzz15ui6EBHO

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Islamic Barbie: Iran unveils Fatima

Nov 21, 2010

TEL AVIV: An Iranian firm has come up with the first Islamic doll that it has named as Fatima.

In the past there had been two dolls, Sarah and Dara, which were supposed to be Iran's answer to Barbie and Ken, but they failed to impress the local market.

And so Fatima, a doll which has a more Islamic visage , was created.

Hossein Seresht, a representative of Fam, the doll's manufacturer, said that Fatima was meant to battle against the "enemies' cultural invasion" of Iran.

"By creating Barbie and marketing it, westerners are encouraging bad veiling and not wearing the hijab; all of these factors led us to take it as our duty to present Islamic dolls to the market," Ynetnews quoted Seresht as saying.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Islamic-Barbie-Iran-unveils-Fatima/articleshow/6962771.cms#ixzz15uiBi4nu

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Pak's objection to India's UNSC endorsement reflects trust deficit

Nov 21, 2010

NEW DELHI: Reacting sharply to Pakistan's critical remarks over New Delhi's endorsement by the US for UN Security Council, India has expressed its "disappointment" and said they reflected "trust deficit" between the two countries.

"Yes, I would say I am disappointed. And I think it is a reflection of the trust deficit between our two countries," foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said.

She was asked if she was disappointed by Islamabad's outspoken criticism on US President Barack Obama's endorsement of India for a permanent seat in the UNSC.

Criticising the US move, the Pakistan Foreign Office had said "endorsement of India's bid" would add to the complexity of the Council's reforms process and hoped that America would take a "moral view and not base itself on any temporary expediencies or exigencies of power politics."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paks-objection-to-Indias-UNSC-endorsement-reflects-trust-deficit-Nirupama-Rao/articleshow/6963906.cms#ixzz15uj4CrcW

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Hand over voice samples of LeT men, India to tell Pak

Vishwa Mohan

Nov 21, 2010

NEW DELHI: India will reiterate its demand with Pakistan, asking it to hand over 'voice samples' of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who have been in jail for their involvement in the 26/11 terror attacks and arrest the other key players including Hafiz Saeed and Sajid Majeed. New Delhi will send its formal communication to Islamabad ahead of the second anniversary of the Mumbai carnage.

"It will be second such request to Islamabad after Union home minister P Chidambaram raised the issue with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik during their meeting in June. The matter had also come up as a follow-up during foreign minister-level talks in July," said a senior government official.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hand-over-voice-samples-of-LeT-men-India-to-tell-Pak/articleshow/6962373.cms#ixzz15ujBM4lN

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UAE shooter wins first medal at Asian Games

21 November 2010

Shooter Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum won the first medal for UAE at the Asian Games when he finished second in the men’s Double Trap event in China on Sunday.

Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum of UAE won the silver with a total of 182 points (138+44) and the bronze went to Hamad Ali Al Marri (136+45) of Qatar in a shoot-off after three shooters were tied for a third place.

The team gold went to Chinese trio of Pan Qiang (143), Mo Junjie (136) and Hu Binyuan (135) with a total score of 414. IOC Kuwait settled for the silver medal with the trio of Fehaid Aldeehani (137), Hamad Alafasi (136) and Meshfi Almutairi (134) shooting a total of 407.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae_November565.xml&section=theuae

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Move to better lives of disabled children

By WALAA HAWARI

Nov 21 2010

RIYADH: The Modern Industrial Company (MIC) has signed a cooperation contract with the Disable Children Association (DISCA) to better the lives of handicapped children and the services provided to them through a SR1.5 million campaign called “Their Smile in Your Hands.”

Turki Bin Moammar, MIC’s corporate reputation and trade relation manager, said the company has always cooperated and partnered with governmental and nongovernmental nonprofit establishments to achieve goals and serve society as best as possible.

Bin Moammar confirmed that the present one-year project contract crowns a previous relation between MIC and DISCA. “It’s a campaign with potential for continuity according to the end results we witness,” said Bin Moammar, adding that facilitating equipment, wheelchairs and support equipment is what the project concentrates on.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article197048.ece

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‘Missile threat comes from Iran’

Nov 21 2010

LISBON/ANKARA: France's President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday that Iran poses the main threat of the type of rogue attack that NATO's planned anti-missile defense shield is designed to foil.

“No name appears in the documents made public by NATO, but let's call a spade a spade: today's missile threat, it's Iran,” he told reporters at the NATO summit in Lisbon.

The 28-member alliance had earlier agreed on a plan to design a network of radars and interceptor rockets to shoot down missiles targeted at NATO member states, and to invite former rival Russia to take part.

Several allies have in recent years expressed concern at Iran's ballistic missile program, but fellow NATO member Turkey insisted that its neighbor not be singled out as a threat in official policy documents.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article196962.ece

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Pakistan, US rebuilding trust: Haqqani

Nov 21 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani said on Sunday that through the strategic dialogue, Pakistan and the US were working to build a stronger and more reliable relationship. Haqqani also said that Pakistan seeks peaceful relations with all of its neighbours, including India.

Haqaani stated this while speaking to American experts and South Asian policy analysts at Washington’s Atlantic Council.

He said that through the strategic dialogue, the US was moving on from the past and was taking steps in building more trust in its relationship with Pakistan.

Haqqani said that despite all the efforts, there could be some issues over which Pakistan and US may not be able to agree upon.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/21/efforts-continue-to-strengthen-pak-us-relations-haqqani.html

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Russia stops short of joining NATO missile shield

Nov 21 2010

Lisbon : Russia was receptive but stopped short of accepting a historic NATO invitation to join a missile shield protecting Europe against Iranian attack.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed on Saturday to involve technicians in development plans, but did not make a commitment if it becomes operational and warned that Russia might decide against joining the US-led effort if it doesn't feel it is being treated equally as a partner.

"Our participation has to be a full-fledged exchange of information, or we won't take part at all," he told reporters after the announcement by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

President Barack Obama won NATO support a day earlier to build the missile shield over Europe, an ambitious commitment to protect against Iran' increasingly sophisticated ballistic missiles and a nuclear program the West says is aimed at producing a bomb.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/russia-stops-short-of-joining-nato-missile-shield/714063/

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Belgian ladies sue Israeli officials in Brussels

Nov 21 2010

The federal prosecutor's office in Brussels received on Friday a lawsuit filed by four Belgian young women against Israeli officials.

BRUSSELS (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The federal prosecutor's office in Brussels received on Friday a lawsuit filed by four Belgian young women against Israeli officials.

The four young women, Fatima Al-Marabti, Kanza Asnasne, Anga Nevis and Grate Dokenber, were participants in the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy and filed charges against Israeli war minister Ehud Barak, his chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and commander of the deadly attack on the convoy Eliezer Marom.

Their lawyer Yucca Kallwart said the lawsuit is related to serious violations committed against the international humanitarian law, and the maltreatment and unlawful imprisonment of these four women in Israel.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=214022 

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