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Donald Trump Advocates Changing Laws To Allow Torture Of ISIS Terrorists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 60 People and Wounding More Than 70 near Baghdad

 

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North America

Donald Trump advocates changing laws to allow torture of ISIS terrorists

UK, US Commandos in Secret Anti-Terror Training At Lord's

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Arab World

ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 60 People and Wounding More Than 70 near Baghdad

Local Residents Continuing Clashes with ISIL Terrorists in Raqqa

MP: Turkey Using Chemical Weapons against Iraqi Kurds in Bordering Areas

Syrian Aircraft Drop Leaflets over Militants in Dara'a to Lay down Arms

Egypt says Hamas, Brotherhood involved in top prosecutor's murder

Syria: ISIL Opens Fire at Own Members Fleeing Battlefield in Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army Wins Back More Territories in Homs

Army, Popular Forces Purge Terrorists from More Strategic Regions in Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army Hits Nusra Terrorists Badly in Idlib

Militants in Deir Ezzur City Targeted Heavily by Syrian Army

Yemeni Forces Win Back Strategic Region in Lahij Province

ISIL Withdraws Forces form More Heights in Syria's Homs

Syria: Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Hasaka Province

ISIL Faces Heavy Casualties in Syrian Army's Ambush in Central Homs Province

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South Asia

Disillusioned, Some Afghan Migrants Return from Europe

33 Militants Killed After Attacking Army Posts in Helmand: Mod

ISIS Militants among 19 Killed In Latest Clearance Operations: Mod

Drone strike kills 15 Daesh militants in Nangarhar

Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire in Goshta district of Nangarhar

Afghan Air Force receives light attack aircraft in Mazar-e-Sharif

Operations led by Ata Mohammad Noor launched in Balkh ahead of Nowruz celebrations

Tajik border guard among two killed in clash near Afghan border

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Pakistan

Suicide Bomber Kills 17 At Charsadda Court, TTP Jamat ul Ahrar Claims Responsibility

Mumtaz Qadri Execution: 'Revenge Attack' Kills 10 In Peshawar Suicide Bombing

Pak security team to meet HP CM

PM Nawaz to visit KSA on March 9 to witness 'Thunder of the North' military exercises

Plans ready to secure 59,000 schools in Sindh

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Africa

Tunisia: At Least 10 Dead In Clashes near Libyan Border

Bomb blast strikes Somalia airport

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Europe

France Says Seizure of Zaman Newspaper ‘Unacceptable’

UK warship dispatched to Aegean Sea to turn back migrants

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India

Delhi on High Alert for Shivratri Terror Strike

This Heaven for Cows Is Run By Muslims

Pakistan asks India to send 24 witnesses to depose in 26/11 trial

Indian priest held hostage in Yemen

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian President Calls on Muslim World to Unite On Palestine

Omar al-Bashir attends Islamic summit in Jakarta

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Mideast

Israeli Leader Says Biden Visit Shows US Relations Strong

Turkish Army Kills 1,250 Militants in Southeast

Turkish PM meets Merkel and Rutte on refugee crisis

Turkey, EU to meet over critical refugee crisis

Soldier killed in PKK attack in Turkey’s southeast

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Donald Trump Advocates Changing Laws to Allow Torture of ISIS Terrorists

AP | Mar 7, 2016

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Sunday that, as president, he would push to change laws that prohibit water boarding and other enhanced interrogation methods, arguing that banning them puts the US at a strategic disadvantage against Islamic State militants.

During the past week, in a series of interviews and events, Trump has articulated a loose, but expansive set of principles that, if enacted, would mark a fundamental shift in US foreign policy from the limits put in place by Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican-led Congress. In addition to arguing in favor of reinstating waterboarding, a technique that mimics the sensation of drowning, and "much more than that," Trump has advocated the killing of suspected terrorists' wives and children, which appears in violation of international law.

"We have to play the game the way they're playing the game," Trump said in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, one day after he told an audience in Florida that he would fight to expand and broaden the laws that regulate interrogation.

"I would like to strengthen the laws," he added Sunday, "so that we can better compete."

Trump's comments come as the US continues its uphill battle against IS militants across the Middle East. Trump has repeatedly pointed to the tactics used by the group, including public beheadings and drowning in locked cages, as evidence that the US needs to dramatically escalate the tactics it uses.

During a press conference on Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida, to mark his latest election wins, Trump refused, however, to articulate specifically which techniques he would like to see added, despite repeated questions. Instead, he said: "It's very hard to be successful in beating someone when your rules are very soft and their rules are unlimited, they have unlimited, they can do whatever they want to do."

Pressed Sunday on why he believed water boarding had been banned, Trump said the US was being "weak" by not employing the militants' tactics.

"Because I think we're a weak — I think we've become very weak and ineffective. I think that's why we're not beating ISIS. It's that mentality," he said using an acronym for the militant group.

"Isn't that what separates us from the savages?" "Fact the Nation" host John Dickerson asked.

"No, I don't think so," answered Trump. "No, we have to beat the savages."

"We have to play the game the way they're playing the game. You're not going to win if we're soft and they're — they have no rules," he said.

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In 2009, Obama issued an executive order saying all US government personnel and contractors — not just those in the military — are prohibited from using any interrogation techniques that aren't in the Army Field Manual. That was reaffirmed last June, when many Republicans joined all 44 Senate Democrats in a 78-21 vote months after a Senate intelligence committee report denounced brutal interrogation methods, arguing they had proven ineffective.

However, other former CIA officials, including former deputy CIA director Mike Morell, maintain that waterboarding and other harsh methods have yielded vital intelligence.

Trump appeared, at least briefly, to soften his stance after nearly 100 foreign policy experts signed an open letter denouncing him, saying his "embrace of the expansive use of torture" was "inexcusable."

Former CIA director Michael Hayden and others also have weighed in, saying military officials would refuse to carry out any Trump order that violated the law.

During the last Republican debate, Trump insisted that US military officials would obey any orders he gave them, saying, "They're not going to refuse me. Believe me."

The next day, his campaign released a statement clarifying that Trump would "use every legal power" to stop "terrorist enemies." But it said that he recognized the US is bound by laws and treaties and that, as president, he would not order the military or other officials to disobey the law.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/-Donald-Trump-advocates-changing-laws-to-allow-torture-of-ISIS-terrorists/articleshow/51287281.cms

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ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 60 People and Wounding More Than 70 near Baghdad

Agencies | Mar 7, 2016

HILLAH (IRAQ): A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden fuel truck into a security checkpoint south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 70, officials said. The Islamic State jihadi group claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement posted on social media, IS named the bomber as Abu Islam al-Ansari.

"The Rafidha (a derogatory term for Shias) must understand that the battle has just begun and that the worst is yet to come," the statement said. The group claimed that the explosion had killed and wounded "more than 90" people. The attack was the deadliest bombing by IS in Iraq this year. It was also the third massive bombing in and around Baghdad in a little over a week. The escalation in IS bombings suggests that Iraqi government forces are being stretched thin after their recent gains against the group in western and northern provinces. Crowds gathered at the scene, picking through rubble and car parts in search of survivors.

Smoke rose from smouldering cars that had been lined up at the checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Hillah, located about 95 km south of Baghdad. "The blast has completely destroyed the checkpoint and its buildings," said Falah alKhafaji, a security official in Hillah. "Over 100 cars have been damaged." Hillah is in the country's mainly Shia south, far from the front lines of the war against IS.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/IS-bomber-kills-60-near-Baghdad/articleshow/51283185.cms

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Disillusioned, some Afghan migrants return from Europe

AFP | Mar 7, 2016

KABUL: After risking death on the migrant trail and two months in "nightmarish" refugee centres in Germany, Mohammed Asif bought a one-way ticket back to Afghanistan, relinquishing his lifelong dream of asylum in Europe.

Afghans are the second-largest migrant group, behind Syrians, arriving in Europe, where authorities are struggling to cope with the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

A small but growing number, like 26-year-old Asif, are now returning to their country torn by war and gripped by economic malaise, as overcrowded refugee centres, a lack of jobs and the rise of anti-immigrant fervour in Europe leave them disillusioned.

"I thought Europe would offer me a comfortable life, but I found only hostility and pain," said Asif, who has a graduate degree in economics and left for Germany with a people-smuggler last year.

"The refugee camps were nightmarish and Europeans kept humiliating us all the time. Many of them say refugees will destroy the culture of their country," he told AFP, after returning to Kabul.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Disillusioned-some-Afghan-migrants-return-from-Europe/articleshow/51285842.cms

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Suicide bomber kills 17 at Charsadda court, TTP Jamatul Ahrar claims responsibility

Mar 7, 2016

PESHAWAR: At least 17 people were killed in an explosion in the premises of a local court in Charsadda's Shabqadar area on Monday, hospital sources said.

The Jamatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists, saying the attack was carried out to avenge the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, killer of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

The blast left at least 30 people injured, while two police personnel and a woman were among the dead.

Full report at: pakistankakhudahafiz.com/news/national/suicide-bomber-kills-17-at-charsadda-court-ttp-jamatul-ahrar-claims-responsibility/

 

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North America

Donald Trump Advocates Changing Laws to Allow Torture of ISIS Terrorists

AP | Mar 7, 2016

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Sunday that, as president, he would push to change laws that prohibit water boarding and other enhanced interrogation methods, arguing that banning them puts the US at a strategic disadvantage against Islamic State militants.

During the past week, in a series of interviews and events, Trump has articulated a loose, but expansive set of principles that, if enacted, would mark a fundamental shift in US foreign policy from the limits put in place by Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican-led Congress. In addition to arguing in favor of reinstating waterboarding, a technique that mimics the sensation of drowning, and "much more than that," Trump has advocated the killing of suspected terrorists' wives and children, which appears in violation of international law.

"We have to play the game the way they're playing the game," Trump said in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, one day after he told an audience in Florida that he would fight to expand and broaden the laws that regulate interrogation.

"I would like to strengthen the laws," he added Sunday, "so that we can better compete."

Trump's comments come as the US continues its uphill battle against IS militants across the Middle East. Trump has repeatedly pointed to the tactics used by the group, including public beheadings and drowning in locked cages, as evidence that the US needs to dramatically escalate the tactics it uses.

During a press conference on Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida, to mark his latest election wins, Trump refused, however, to articulate specifically which techniques he would like to see added, despite repeated questions. Instead, he said: "It's very hard to be successful in beating someone when your rules are very soft and their rules are unlimited, they have unlimited, they can do whatever they want to do."

Pressed Sunday on why he believed water boarding had been banned, Trump said the US was being "weak" by not employing the militants' tactics.

"Because I think we're a weak — I think we've become very weak and ineffective. I think that's why we're not beating ISIS. It's that mentality," he said using an acronym for the militant group.

"Isn't that what separates us from the savages?" "Fact the Nation" host John Dickerson asked.

"No, I don't think so," answered Trump. "No, we have to beat the savages."

"We have to play the game the way they're playing the game. You're not going to win if we're soft and they're — they have no rules," he said.

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In 2009, Obama issued an executive order saying all US government personnel and contractors — not just those in the military — are prohibited from using any interrogation techniques that aren't in the Army Field Manual. That was reaffirmed last June, when many Republicans joined all 44 Senate Democrats in a 78-21 vote months after a Senate intelligence committee report denounced brutal interrogation methods, arguing they had proven ineffective.

However, other former CIA officials, including former deputy CIA director Mike Morell, maintain that waterboarding and other harsh methods have yielded vital intelligence.

Trump appeared, at least briefly, to soften his stance after nearly 100 foreign policy experts signed an open letter denouncing him, saying his "embrace of the expansive use of torture" was "inexcusable."

Former CIA director Michael Hayden and others also have weighed in, saying military officials would refuse to carry out any Trump order that violated the law.

During the last Republican debate, Trump insisted that US military officials would obey any orders he gave them, saying, "They're not going to refuse me. Believe me."

The next day, his campaign released a statement clarifying that Trump would "use every legal power" to stop "terrorist enemies." But it said that he recognized the US is bound by laws and treaties and that, as president, he would not order the military or other officials to disobey the law.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/-Donald-Trump-advocates-changing-laws-to-allow-torture-of-ISIS-terrorists/articleshow/51287281.cms

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UK, US commandos in secret anti-terror training at Lord's

PTI | Mar 6, 2016

LONDON: Lord's is known as the "Mecca of Cricket" but it recently laid out a new wicket - for American and British commandos to stage a secret anti-terror training exercise at the famed ground.

According to The Sunday Times, bomb disposal experts from Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) worked with elite operators from the US military's Delta Force and Navy SEALs and the FBI to test how security forces would cope when faced with a new generation of complex improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

On February 25, five teams of specialists had the task of disarming devices placed in the Grand Stand at Lord's in the heart of London, as one of the secret venues for the exercise.

The ground had agreed to host the exercise after being approached by the Ministry of Defence and Scotland Yard, the newspaper revealed.

Full report at:timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/UK-US-commandos-in-secret-anti-terror-training-at-Lords/articleshow/51279204.cms

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Arab World

ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 60 People and Wounding More Than 70 near Baghdad

Agencies | Mar 7, 2016

HILLAH (IRAQ): A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden fuel truck into a security checkpoint south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 70, officials said. The Islamic State jihadi group claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement posted on social media, IS named the bomber as Abu Islam al-Ansari.

"The Rafidha (a derogatory term for Shias) must understand that the battle has just begun and that the worst is yet to come," the statement said. The group claimed that the explosion had killed and wounded "more than 90" people. The attack was the deadliest bombing by IS in Iraq this year. It was also the third massive bombing in and around Baghdad in a little over a week. The escalation in IS bombings suggests that Iraqi government forces are being stretched thin after their recent gains against the group in western and northern provinces. Crowds gathered at the scene, picking through rubble and car parts in search of survivors.

Smoke rose from smouldering cars that had been lined up at the checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Hillah, located about 95 km south of Baghdad. "The blast has completely destroyed the checkpoint and its buildings," said Falah alKhafaji, a security official in Hillah. "Over 100 cars have been damaged." Hillah is in the country's mainly Shia south, far from the front lines of the war against IS.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/IS-bomber-kills-60-near-Baghdad/articleshow/51283185.cms

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Local Residents Continuing Clashes with ISIL Terrorists in Raqqa

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Clashes between Raqqa citizens and the ISIL terrorists intensified on Monday, informed sources announced.

Fierce clashes increased as significantly growing numbers of ISIL members have deserted the group in recent weeks, the local sources in the ISIL-controlled Raqqa city in Northern Syria said.

Al-Ramliya region in Raqqa city has been scene of tough battle between the local forces and the Takfiri terrorists over the past three days, the Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000590

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MP: Turkey Using Chemical Weapons against Iraqi Kurds in Bordering Areas

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament revealed that Turkey is using chemical weapons against the Kurdish residents of bordering villages under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

"The Turkish government is practicing genocide against the Kurds and has killed and wounded over 500 Kurd citizens so far," Mahmoud Reza said in a statement on Monday.

"Turkey is attempting to weaken the Kurds and make them surrender to the Turkish ruling system's megalomania," he added.

Reza expressed deep concern about the Turkish government's using chemical weapons against the residents of Kurdish villages located in Iraq-Turkey bordering areas.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, a representative of the Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party to the United States said Turkish security forces have killed 137 Kurds in Cizre over the past week.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000546

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Syrian Aircraft Drop Leaflets over Militants in Dara'a to Lay down Arms

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian air force dropped leaflets over the militant centers across the Southern city of Dara'a and its countryside, giving the Takfiri terrorists yet another chance to lay down their arms and surrender to the army.

The Syrian air force aircraft, as a part of their mission over militants' positions in the border province, dropped the leaflets, the practice that the government follows in parallel with hitting the militants.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000541

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Egypt says Hamas, Brotherhood involved in top prosecutor's murder

AFP | Mar 6, 2016

CAIRO: Egypt on Sunday accused the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of involvement in last year's killing of the country's top prosecutor Hisham Barakat.

Interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said that 14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood participated directly in the plan to murder Barakat, who was assassinated in a car bomb attack on June 29.

"This plot was carried out on the orders of the Muslim Brotherhood... in close coordination with Hamas, which played a very important role in the assassination of the chief prosecutor from start to finish," Abdel Ghaffar told reporters.

Cairo regularly accuses Hamas, which controls the neighbouring Gaza Strip and is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, of supporting attacks in Egypt.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-says-Hamas-Brotherhood-involved-in-top-prosecutors-murder/articleshow/51281473.cms

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Syria: ISIL Opens Fire at Own Members Fleeing Battlefield in Deir Ezzur

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL field commanders and loyalists opened fire at a group of comrades fleeing the battlefield in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.

A 80-member group of ISIL terrorists, tired of continued failures of the group in battles with the Syrian government forces, tried to flee the battlefield and save their lives, but they were tracked and targeted by the loyal members of the terrorist group.

The incident ended in the killing or wounding of several fleeing militants.

On Sunday, the Syrian Army troops' anti-terrorism offensives across the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur inflicted large casualties on the terrorists.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000287

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Syrian Army Wins Back More Territories in Homs

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army, following hours of non-stop battle, continued to drive the ISIL terrorists back from more hills in the Eastern part of Homs province.

The ISIL terrorists left behind tens of dead or wounded members and fled the battlefield near Tal al-Sater al-Kabir in the Western part of the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn under the heavy offensives of the Syrian army troops.

The Syrian soldiers imposed full control over Tal al-Sater al-Kabir and continued to advances against the ISIL combatants in Talal al-Soud region.

The ISIL suffered a heavy death toll in the attacks.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000345

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Army, Popular Forces Purge Terrorists from More Strategic Regions in Deir Ezzur

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army backed by the air force and the popular forces drove out the Takfiri terrorists from strategic positions and territories in Deir Ezzur province.

The army regained control over further key areas in Deir Ezzur pushing back militants from their military positions and strongholds.

Scores of terrorists were killed and injured in heavy clashes with the Syrian army and aerial bombardments of Syria's fighter jets.

The Syrian army also continued its advances in other key provinces across Syria on Sunday.

Deir Ezzur

The Syrian Army troops' anti-terrorism offensives across the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur inflicted large casualties on the terrorists.

The ISIL positions near the Agriculture College in the village of al-Mura'yeh came under the attack of the Syrian soldiers, which ended in the destruction of their mortar launchers.

Meantime, the ISIL military hardware sustained major damage in the Syrian army's offensive in al-Tharda mountain in the Eastern part of Deir Ezzur.

A convoy of the ISIL vehicles also was targeted by the Syrian army near Jazeerah University in al-Baqaliyeh in the Western countryside of Deir Ezzur.

Al-Sina'ah neighborhood was also the scene of heavy fighting between the army soldiers and the ISIL terrorists that ended in the killing on several militants.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000485

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Syrian Army Hits Nusra Terrorists Badly in Idlib

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops' anti-terrorism offensives in the Southern and Southeastern parts of Idlib province inflicted a heavy death toll on the al-Nusra Front's terrorists.

At least 11 Nusra terrorists were killed and several more were wounded in the Syrian army's assaults near the town of Abu al-Dhuhour in the Southeastern territories of the province.

Seven more Nusra fighters were killed in the army attack on their position in the surroundings of the small town of Jarjnaz in the Eastern side of Maarat al-Nu'aman.

On Sunday, the Syrian army troops and their popular allies have continued to press on the militant groups deployed in the Northeastern parts of Lattakia and the Southern parts of Idlib provinces.

Full report at:  

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000735

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Militants in Deir Ezzur City Targeted Heavily by Syrian Army

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army announced that its troops engaged in heavy fighting with the ISIL militants in a neighborhood of the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and inflicted major losses on the terrorists.

"The militant groups' strongholds in the neighborhood of al-Roshdiyeh came under attacks of the Syrian army, which left several militants killed or wounded and destroyed their military vehicles," the army said.

Earlier reports said that the ISIL field commanders and loyalists opened fire at a group of comrades fleeing the battlefield in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.

A 80-member group of ISIL terrorists, tired of continued failures of the group in battles with the Syrian government forces, tried to flee the battlefield and save their lives, but they were tracked and targeted by the loyal members of the terrorist group.

The incident ended in the killing or wounding of several fleeing militants.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000756

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Yemeni Forces Win Back Strategic Region in Lahij Province

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and the popular forces continued their advances in the Western part of Yemen, and won back a strategic region in Lahij province.

The Yemeni forces seized back Al-Kabeen region in Lahij province on Sunday night.

Scores of Saudi forces were killed and injured in the Yemeni forces' attacks.

Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces made considerable advances in Ma'rib province, killing a large number of Saudi forces and injuring many others.

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the former government and militants and al-Qaeda and ISIL terrorists on one side and Ansarullah (Houthi) movement and the army and popular forces on the opposite side for over a year now. Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes on Yemen in support of Yemen's former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The rising death toll among the civilian population prompted the United Nations to mediate a ceasefire between the Saudi coalition and the popular forces in December for the time of the intra-Yemeni talks in Geneva, although hostilities have continued.

The bombardments have so far killed more than 8,600 people and injured more than 16,500.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000547

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ISIL Withdraws Forces form More Heights in Syria's Homs

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorists left behind dozens of dead or wounded members and pulled the rest of their forces back from two more heights in the Eastern part of Homs province under the continued offensives of the Syrian Army and popular forces.

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces continued to drive the ISIL terrorists back from more positions and imposed full control over the Heights 912 and 861 near Tuloul al-Soud.

The ISIL military hardware also sustained major damage in the attacks.

On Sunday, the Syrian fighter jets carried out several combat flights over concentration centers of the ISIL terrorist group in the Eastern and Southeastern parts of Homs province in massive airstrikes.

The Syrian army's aircraft targeted the ISIL positions near the Sha'er oilfield, al-Sawaneh, Quaryatayn, Maheen and Palmyra, which ended in the killing or wounding of tens of the terrorists.

In the meantime, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces stormed positions of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in Keisin in the Northern part of the province, which claimed the lives of several terrorists.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000435

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ISIL Withdraws Forces form More Heights in Syria's Homs

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorists left behind dozens of dead or wounded members and pulled the rest of their forces back from two more heights in the Eastern part of Homs province under the continued offensives of the Syrian Army and popular forces.

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces continued to drive the ISIL terrorists back from more positions and imposed full control over the Heights 912 and 861 near Tuloul al-Soud.

The ISIL military hardware also sustained major damage in the attacks.

On Sunday, the Syrian fighter jets carried out several combat flights over concentration centers of the ISIL terrorist group in the Eastern and Southeastern parts of Homs province in massive airstrikes.

The Syrian army's aircraft targeted the ISIL positions near the Sha'er oilfield, al-Sawaneh, Quaryatayn, Maheen and Palmyra, which ended in the killing or wounding of tens of the terrorists.

In the meantime, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces stormed positions of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in Keisin in the Northern part of the province, which claimed the lives of several terrorists.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000435

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Syria: Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Hasaka Province

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A top ISIL commander was killed in clashes with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Southern part of Hasaka province.

Ala Ahmad al-Arsan known as Abu Modayen was killed in a fighting with the Kurdish fighters near the village of Merkadeh.

Elsewhere in the province the SDF targeted three ISIL bomb-laden vehicles before the terrorists can use them to hit Kurdish bases in the Southern part of Hasaka province.

On Sunday, the SDF continued to drive the ISIL terrorists back from more positions in the Northeastern province of Hasaka and imposed full control over one more key town.

The ISIL left behind tens of dead or wounded members and retreated from its stronghold in the town of al-Wasalah under the heavy offensive of the Kurdish fighters.

The ISIL military hardware also sustained major damage in the battle.

The SDF that is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab dissident forces have received trainings from the US and have been provided with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have been operating alongside the YPG and received the Russian air backup in their Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates early in February.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000508

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ISIL Faces Heavy Casualties in Syrian Army's Ambush in Central Homs Province

Mar 7, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Over 60 combatants of the ISIL were killed and many more were wounded after a column of the terrorists found themselves in an ambush operation of the government forces Southeast of Homs province.

The ISIL trapped terrorists in the Triangle of Palmyra (Tadmur) were heavily hit by the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces.

The ISIL suffered a heavy death toll of over 60 killed members.

The Syrian army's artillery units, for their part, shelled the ISIL positions in the Palmyra Triangle. 

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941217000651

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South Asia

Disillusioned, some Afghan migrants return from Europe

AFP | Mar 7, 2016

KABUL: After risking death on the migrant trail and two months in "nightmarish" refugee centres in Germany, Mohammed Asif bought a one-way ticket back to Afghanistan, relinquishing his lifelong dream of asylum in Europe.

Afghans are the second-largest migrant group, behind Syrians, arriving in Europe, where authorities are struggling to cope with the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

A small but growing number, like 26-year-old Asif, are now returning to their country torn by war and gripped by economic malaise, as overcrowded refugee centres, a lack of jobs and the rise of anti-immigrant fervour in Europe leave them disillusioned.

"I thought Europe would offer me a comfortable life, but I found only hostility and pain," said Asif, who has a graduate degree in economics and left for Germany with a people-smuggler last year.

"The refugee camps were nightmarish and Europeans kept humiliating us all the time. Many of them say refugees will destroy the culture of their country," he told AFP, after returning to Kabul.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Disillusioned-some-Afghan-migrants-return-from-Europe/articleshow/51285842.cms

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33 militants killed after attacking army posts in Helmand: MoD

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Mar 07 2016

At least 33 anti-government armed militants were killed after attacking the Afghan army posts in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

A statement by MoD said at least 14 militants were killed and 17 others were wounded after attacking the army posts in Kajaki district on Sunday.

The statement further added that 19 militants were killed and 5 others were wounded in a separate attack on army posts in the vicinity of Lashkargah city during the same period.

MoD said the clashes did not incur any casualties to the local residents and Afghan army personnel.

Full report at: khaama.com/34-militants-killed-after-attacking-army-posts-in-helmand-mod-0270

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ISIS militants among 19 killed in latest clearance operations: MoD

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Mar 07 2016

At least 19 anti-government armed militants including loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan army and security personnel from the other security institutions in the past 24 hours.

A statement by MoD said at least 17 militants were also injured during the operations and several weapons, ammunition and explosives were seized.

Full report at: khaama.com/isis-militants-among-19-killed-in-latest-clearance-operations-mod-0271

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Drone strike kills 15 Daesh militants in Nangarhar

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Mar 07 2016

15 militants from the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS) which also goes by its Arabic name Daesh have been killed in a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province.

According to Nangarhar Media Center, the insurgents were targeted by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAE) in Mamond Dara area of Achin district last night.

It further states that weapons and ammunition of the militants were also destroyed in the attack.

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan have increased air campaign against militants in Nangarhar which is considered the stronghold of Daesh in Afghanistan.

The coalition officials estimate around 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters are stationed in eastern Afghanistan and are trying to establish a base of operations in the rugged mountains of Nangarhar Province.

khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-15-daesh-militants-in-nangarhar-4715

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Afghan Air Force receives light attack aircraft in Mazar-e-Sharif

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Mar 07 2016

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan has received two A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft as part of NATO’s efforts to bolster the capabilities of the Afghan forces in fight against terrorism.

The light attack aircraft have been deployed in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province, amid deteriorating security situation in northern parts of the country.

The security has sharply deteriorated in northern Balkh and Kunduz provinces during the recent months with the security officials saying they are hopeful that the new equipments would help the Afghan forces to fill the gap of close-air support.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-air-force-receives-light-attack-aircraft-in-mazar-e-sharif-0267

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Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire in Goshta district of Nangarhar

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Mar 07 2016

The Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged along the Durand Line for several hours starting late on Sunday afternoon, local officials in Nangarhar said.

The clashes erupted in Goshta district of Nangarhar province around 2:00 pm local time and reportedly continued for several hours.

According to the local officials, the exchange of fire erupted after the Pakistani militia forces attack Anarki area in Goshta district.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-and-pakistani-forces-exchanged-fire-in-goshta-district-of-nangarhar-0268

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Operations led by Ata Mohammad Noor launched in Balkh ahead of Nowruz celebrations

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Mar 07 2016

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) launched clearance operations in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan to suppress the activities of the anti-government armed militants ahead of Nowruz celebrations.

The provincial government media office said the counter-terrorism operations are led by the acting provincial governor Ata Mohammad Noor.

The operations were launched late on Sunday afternoon in a number of districts of Balkh province, the provincial government media office said, adding that numerous militants were killed or injured during the operations.

Full report at: khaama.com/operations-led-by-ata-mohammad-noor-launched-in-balkh-ahead-of-nowruz-celebrations-0266

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Tajik border guard among two killed in clash near Afghan border

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Mar 07 2016

Borderguards patrolling the Tajik-Afghanistan border, a known drug corridor for opium and heroin. The road from Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, through the Tajik Pamir mountains and the autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan.

Tajik border guards killed a member of an armed group who had crossed over from Afghanistan and lost an officer during a clash along the border, Asia-Plus news agency reported on Monday.

Full report at: khaama.com/tajik-border-guard-trespasser-killed-in-clash-near-afghan-border-4718

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Pakistan

Suicide bomber kills 17 at Charsadda court, TTP Jamatul Ahrar claims responsibility

Mar 7, 2016

PESHAWAR: At least 17 people were killed in an explosion in the premises of a local court in Charsadda's Shabqadar area on Monday, hospital sources said.

The Jamatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists, saying the attack was carried out to avenge the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, killer of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

The blast left at least 30 people injured, while two police personnel and a woman were among the dead.

Full report at: pakistankakhudahafiz.com/news/national/suicide-bomber-kills-17-at-charsadda-court-ttp-jamatul-ahrar-claims-responsibility/

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Mumtaz Qadri Execution: 'Revenge Attack' Kills 10 In Peshawar Suicide Bombing

March 07, 2016

Peshawar:  In what was termed as a 'revenge attack' against execution of Mumtaz Qadri, a suicide bombing hit a local court in Pehswar killing 10 people today.

The Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in the town, about 150 km (90 miles) northwest of the capital, Islamabad.

Group spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in an emailed statement the bombing "was especially done as vengeance for the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri".

Qadri, a bodyguard-turned-assassin, was executed last week for killing Salman Taseer, the then governor of Punjab province, after he had called for reform of blasphemy laws that mandate death for insulting Islam or its prophet.

Full report at: ndtv.com/world-news/mumtaz-qadri-execution-revenge-attack-kill-10-in-peshawar-suicide-bombing-1284732

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Pak security team to meet HP CM

IANS | Mar 7, 2016

ISLAMABAD: A team from Islamabad is coming to India to review security arrangements for Pakistan cricket team.

India has issued visas to two security members while the third member will join them in India, Radio Pakistan reported.

The team includes Director Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan Cricket Board member and an official of Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi.

The team will meet Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and police chief of Dharamsala.

The three member team will submit its report to Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and PCB officials.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-security-team-to-meet-HP-CM/articleshow/51285384.cms

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PM Nawaz to visit KSA on March 9 to witness 'Thunder of the North' military exercises

Mar 7, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, upon invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will undertake a three-day visit to the Kingdom on March 9, Foreign Office (FO) statement said on Monday.

Nawaz is among a number of other heads of state who have been invited to witness the ongoing 'Thunder of the North' military exercises, conducted by 21 countries who are part of the Saudi anti-terrorism coalition, and its closing ceremony. Among the countries taking part are Saudi Arabia's five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as well as Chad, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal and Tunisia, Saudi news agency SPA earlier said.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1244127/pm-nawaz-to-visit-ksa-on-march-9-to-witness-thunder-of-the-north-military-exercises

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Plans ready to secure 59,000 schools in Sindh

March 7th, 2016

KARACHI: The Sindh police have devised plans to provide security to more than 59,000 schools in Karachi and the rest of the province, it emerged on Sunday.

A report recently prepared by the inspector general of Sindh police and given to the chief minister said the stretched resources and manpower could not allow the provincial police to provide guards to each and every school for security, yet it had devised some “effective plans” to ensure safety to students and teachers.

The report showed a total of 59,014 schools functioning in Sindh, of which 46,056 were government-run schools, while the remaining 12,958 were being run by the private sector. The division-wise break-up of the schools shows a total of 10,894 schools in Karachi with 7,795 owned by the private sector and 3,099 by the government.

Full report at: “The police department is taking all best-possible measures,” said a senior official.

dawn.com/news/1243958/plans-ready-to-secure-59000-schools-in-sindh

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Africa

Tunisia: At least 10 dead in clashes near Libyan border

PTI | Mar 7, 2016

TUNIS: At least 10 people have been killed in clashes between Tunisian police and unidentified gunmen near the Libyan border, authorities said, amid increasing concern that violent extremism in Libya could destabilize the region.

The gunmen targeted a police station and military facilities at dawn Monday in the border town of Ben Guerdane in eastern Tunisia, Interior Ministry spokesman Yasser Mosbah told The Associated Press.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Tunisia-At-least-10-dead-in-clashes-near-Libyan-border/articleshow/51289613.cms

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Bomb blast strikes Somalia airport

07 Mar 2016 10:06 GMT

Somalia's military and AU forces have battled the armed group al-Shabab for years [Feisal Omar/Reuters]

Six people were wounded when a bomb planted inside a notebook computer exploded at an airport in Somalia on Monday, the second such attack in recent weeks targeting civilian aviation in the country.

The bomb detonated at a checkpoint in the small central town of Beledweyne, about 325km north of the capital Mogadishu, where last month al-Shabab fighters claimed responsibility for a blast that tore a gaping hole in a passenger plane shortly after takeoff.

"A laptop computer went off at the screening area, and the security forces have also managed to defuse two other explosive devices, one of them planted in a printer," police Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Dhuh Abdi told reporters.

"Six people were wounded, two of them policemen."

Full report at: aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/bomb-blast-strikes-somalia-airport-160307093343010.html

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Europe

France says seizure of Zaman newspaper ‘unacceptable’

Mar 7, 2016

France’s foreign minister said on March 7 that the decision by Turkish authorities to seize control of the country’s largest newspaper was “unacceptable” and went against European values.

“It’s not acceptable. We cannot want to get closer to European standards and not respect the pluralism of the media. It’s obvious and we’ve said it clearly to the Turks,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was quoted by Reuters as saying as he spoke to France Inter radio.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/france-says-seizure-of-zaman-newspaper-unacceptable.aspx?pageID=238&nID=96119&NewsCatID=510

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UK warship dispatched to Aegean Sea to turn back migrants

Leo Cendrowicz & Laura Pitel | The Independent | Mar 7, 2016

File photo of Royal Navy HMS St Albans frigate. (Photo sourced from AFP)File photo of Royal Navy HMS St Albans frigate. (Photo sourced from AFP)

An unprecedented intervention into the migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea will be expanded and joined by a British warship. David Cameron will announce the action on 7 March as desperate European leaders meet in Brussels to try to stop another wave of humanity crossing to the EU from Turkey.

A summit on 7 March in Brussels - the ninth over the past year - will attempt to address the refugee crisis, with leaders now pinning their hopes on a deal with Turkey to prevent more people from attempting the hazardous journey to Europe. The European Council President, Donald Tusk, who chairs the summit, toured the main countries on the western Balkans route last week, including Turkey and Greece, as he attempted to pull together a plan to both prevent refugees from leaving Turkey and send them back if they do land in Greece, Italy or other frontline countries.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/UK-warship-dispatched-to-Aegean-Sea-to-turn-back-migrants/articleshow/51285620.cms

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India

Delhi on high alert for Shivratri terror strike

TNN | Mar 7, 2016

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has stepped up security around temples, iconic buildings, malls and markets, and military installations in Delhi and NCR after an Intelligence Bureau alert that terrorists might strike today, on the occasion of Shivratri.

The alert warns that 10 operatives of Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed have entered India through the Gujarat border and may attack Delhi, particulary since Parliament is in session.

The National Security Guard (NSG), which has sent a taskforce comprising 120 commandos to Gujarat, is also keeping other taskforces on standby at its headquarters in Manesar, near Delhi.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-on-high-alert-for-Shivratri-terror-strike/articleshow/51283649.cms

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This heaven for cows is run by Muslims

Shoeb Khan | Mar 7, 2016

The protection of cows by the Muslim group has invited condemnation and criticism from a section of the Muslim community.The protection of cows by the Muslim group has invited condemnation and criticism from a section of the Muslim community.

JAIPUR: No sooner does the Zohar Nawaz (afternoon prayers) gets over at a mosque in the central bazaar at Jodhpur, trim bearded educationist Haji Mohammad Atique dressed in a white kurta, pyjama and a skull cap rushed to the outskirts of the city in his SUV. He spends the next hour feeding cows at the Adarsh Muslim Goshala (cow shelter) on Bikaner Road.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/This-heaven-for-cows-is-run-by-Muslims/articleshow/51283573.cms

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Pakistan asks India to send 24 witnesses to depose in 26/11 trial

PTI | Mar 6, 2016

LAHORE: Pakistan has asked India to send all the 24 Indian witnesses to depose before the anti-terrorism court holding the Mumbai attack trial, the chief prosecutor in the high-profile case said on Sunday.

"The foreign ministry has written to the Indian government asking it to send all 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan for recording statements in the trial court in the Mumbai attack case," Prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar said.

He said the Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad has already completed recording the statements of all Pakistani witnesses in the case which has been underway in the country for more than six years.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-asks-India-to-send-24-witnesses-to-depose-in-26/11-trial/articleshow/51277754.cms?

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Indian priest held hostage in Yemen

TNN & Agencies | Mar 7, 2016

The family of a British aid worker being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) jihadists have appealed to his captors to respond to their messages.

The family of a British aid worker being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) jihadists have appealed to his cap... Read More

An Indian Catholic priest missing since a suspected Islamic State (IS) attack last Friday on a care home in Aden, Yemen, is reportedly being held captive by the assailants. An Indian nun was among 16 people killed in the strike on the Missionaries of Charityrun establishment, while another is reportedly missing.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-priest-held-hostage-in-Yemen/articleshow/51282929.cms

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian president calls on Muslim world to unite on Palestine

PTI | Mar 7, 2016

JAKARTA: Indonesia's president has urged a summit of Muslim nations to be part of the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rather than part of the problem.

President Joko Jokowi Widodo, who heads the most populous Muslim nation, said the entire world is concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Palestine and criticized what he called Israel's "unilateral and illegal policies."

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Indonesian-president-calls-on-Muslim-world-to-unite-on-Palestine/articleshow/51286794.cms

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Omar al-Bashir attends Islamic summit in Jakarta

07 Mar 2016

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has travelled to Indonesia, defying an international warrant for his arrest, to attend an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit.

The meeting, which began on Sunday, is dedicated to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and brings together officials from 57 countries.

Bashir managed to fly under the radar of Indonesian human right activists and NGOs. Last year, he cancelled a trip to attend an Asia-Africa conference in the capital Jakarta after protests by rights groups who wanted the president arrested.

"The same human rights groups now question the morality of this summit - discussing peace and human rights in Palestine - as the topic is being discussed with someone who has been accused of violating the same rights of his own people," Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reported from the conference venue.

Full report at: aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/omar-al-bashir-attends-islamic-summit-jakarta-160307050734283.html

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Mideast

Israeli leader says Biden visit shows US relations strong

AP | Mar 6, 2016

JERUSALEM: Israel's prime minister says the upcoming visit of US vice president Joe Biden proves the strong ties between the close allies.

Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called Biden a "friend" and his visit a reflection of close ties. He said, "those who have predicted the collapse of these relations" have been proven wrong.

Netanyahu has had a rocky relationship with President Barack Obama, particularly over Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israeli-leader-says-Biden-visit-shows-US-relations-strong/articleshow/51278680.cms

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Turkish army kills 1,250 militants in southeast

Mar 07 2016

Turkey’s military has killed at least 1,250 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) so far during counter-terrorism operations in the country’s southeast, according to numbers compiled from data provided by security sources.

Since July 2015, an estimated 1,250 militants have been killed in Turkey’s Nusaybin, Dargeçit and Derik districts of the southeastern Mardin province, Silvan and Sur districts of the southeastern Diyarbakır province along with the Silopi, Cizre and İdil districts of the southeastern Şırnak province of Şırnak and the Varto district of the eastern Muş province, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The report came amid a fresh PKK offensive in İdil that killed a Turkish soldier on March 6.

There have been scores of security force causalities during counter-terrorism operations in the country’s southeast, as well.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-army-kills-1250-militants-in-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=96109&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish PM meets Merkel and Rutte on refugee crisis

Mar 07 2016

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has held a six-hour meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU term president Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Brussels, ahead of a March 7 summit to implement a joint action plan on illegal migrants. 

The tête-à-tête meeting was held at Turkey’s Permanent Representation to the EU late on March 6 and was followed by a trilateral meeting of Turkish, German and Dutch delegations.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and EU Minister Volkan Bozkır accompanied the Turkish PM in the latter meeting.

Reports indicate that the talks continued for approximately six hours, until 3 a.m. on March 7.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-meets-merkel-and-rutte-on-refugee-crisis.aspx?pageID=238&nID=96120&NewsCatID=510

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Turkey, EU to meet over critical refugee crisis

Mar 07 2016

Turkey and the EU are set to come together at a summit on March 7 in Brussels as part of ongoing efforts to implement a joint action plan on illegal migrants with both sides expected to voice expectations from each other.

While European leaders will push Turkey to agree to “large-scale” deportations of economic migrants from Greece in order to reduce the huge of flow of migrants into the EU, the Turkish government will ask EU to fulfill its commitments on visa liberalization and re-energizing stalled accession talks outlined at an earlier summit held late November 2015. 

The summit will bring Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu together with leaders from 28 EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Davutoğlu was scheduled to have meetings with Merkel and EU term president Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte yesterday. He will meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras early March 7.  EU leaders will hold another meeting on their own after Turkey-EU Summit, which will release a joint statement.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-eu-to-meet-over-critical-refugee-crisis.aspx?pageID=238&nID=96104&NewsCatID=351

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Soldier killed in PKK attack in Turkey’s southeast

March/07/2016

A soldier was killed in an attack by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the Sur district of southeastern Diyarbakır province early on March 7, the Turkish Armed Forces have announced.

The soldier was seriously wounded in an armed assault by PKK militants during an operation in Sur, the official statement said.

The wounded soldier, whose identity has not been disclosed, was promptly transferred to a hospital but succumbed to his wounds at 5:15 a.m.

hurriyetdailynews.com/soldier-killed-in-pkk-attack-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=96118&NewsCatID=509

 

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