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Enemy of Enemy: Hekmatyar Support For IS Stuns Observers







Dharmarajika in Dhaka has become a focus of attention since it started distributing daily food packs for Muslims, who break their fast during Iftar. PHOTO: REUTERS


 

South Asia

Enemy of Enemy: Hekmatyar Support For IS Stuns Observers

Two Soldiers Martyred, 34 Militants Killed In Afghan Military Operations

Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feed fasting Muslims over Ramazan

Suicide car bomber rams NATO convoy in Afghanistan

President Ghani to attend SCO Summit in Russia

Suicide attack targets NATO troops convoy in Kabul

Khaleda asks leaders to stand by the repressed activists

Myanmar: South Asia's Perennial Troublemaker?

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Arab World

Saudi Warplanes Bomb Venue of UN Envoy Meeting in Sana'a

40 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq, says Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades

Syrian Army's Ambush Operation Kills 35 Terrorists

Nusra suicide blast kills 25 soldiers in Aleppo

Iraqi fighter jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, 12 killed

Clashes Break out between ISIL, al-Nusra Front in South-eastern Syria

Iraqi forces launch operation to retake Fallujah from ISIL

Egypt killed 241 Sinai militants from July 1-5, army says

ISIS target Iraq’s Haditha town with vehicle bombs

Brothers arrested over links to ISIS bombing in Kuwait

Syrian children paint life in Saddam's Kurdistan prison

Bombing leaves five wounded in northern Egypt

Infighting Intensifies among Rival Groups after Aleppo Defeats

Iraqi Resistance Forces Besiege ISIL in Beiji

Ex-Iraqi National Security Advisor Warns Arab States against Arming Kurds

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Mideast

Saudi Arabia Plans to Disintegrate Yemen into 3 States

Islamic Jihad: Israel Supporting Takfiri Terrorists in Gaza

Yemeni Missiles Target Strategic Military Base in Dhahran

Israel arrests six Bedouins for supporting ISIS

Iran: ‘Major step’ taken to resolve U.N. concerns

Gaza neighbourhood still trying to recover from Israeli blitzkrieg

Teen's death highlights Israel abuse of West Bank youth

Obama's anti-ISIL envoy in Ankara for joint fight

Turkish military denies reports on commanders’ meeting on possible Syria incursion

Erdogan convenes cabinet amid rising Syria border tension

Pair of lions kept as pets in Gaza gets new life in Jordan

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Africa

Teenager Blows Herself Up Near Mosque in Nigeria's Kano

Al-Shabab claims attack on 'sleeping' Kenyan workers

Burundi coup general threatens force to oust president

Twin bomb blasts kill dozens in central Nigeria

Sudanese youth spend Ramadan giving back

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North America

In Texas, a Campaign against Foreign Laws Takes Aim at Islamic Sharia

Obama Says US Will Never Be At War With Islam

Obama at Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

Obama says US intensifying anti-ISIL campaign in Syria

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Pakistan

Security Forces Kill Three Suspected Militants in Quetta

Mush, Qadri to Launch ‘National Govt’ Drive

School blown up with explosives in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency

Witness in Benazir case retracts statement

Suspect linked to Imran Farooq murder in FIA custody for 90 days, SHC told

FIA and NAB have no jurisdiction to conduct raids in Sindh, says Qaim

India and Pakistan to enter the SCO in 2016

Fight against militancy yielded good results: PM

Zardari condemns killing of Hazaras in Quetta

Afghan team arrives to defuse tension

11 year old Pakistani boy returned by the Indian Army

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian Muslim Leader Advises China’s Muslims to Avoid Politics

Malaysia’s Stance on Sabah Absolute, The Philippines Told

Court to hear SIS bid to quash Mais ruling

Najib, Muhyiddin are contrasts as Prime Minister

PM duped into 1MDB-PetroSaudi JV?

Indonesia hopes new tools will boost appeal to foreign Islamic banks

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India

Both Muslims and Jats Leave Atali — For Different Reasons

India, Pakistan Start Process of Joining SCO

Muslim growth rate has dipped: Owaisi

Future bright for India-Uzbekistan ties: PM Modi

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Europe

Mali Extremist Traded For French Hostage Killed In Attack

UK remembers 2005 London bombings under shadow of Tunisia

UK remembers 7/7 victims 10 years on

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

 

Enemy of Enemy: Hekmatyar Support For IS Stuns Observers

By Tahir Khan

July 7, 2015

ISLAMABAD:

In a startling move, Hizb-e-Islami chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has advised his supporters to help the Islamic State (IS) or Dai’sh in its fight against the Taliban.

Hekmatyar’s controversial remarks came amid reports of fighting between the Taliban and IS in parts of Nangarhar province.

Nearly 80 people, including some known personalities, from both sides have been killed since May 10, senior Afghan Taliban leader Anwar ul Haq Mujahid said last week.

Last month, the Taliban issued a warning to Dai’sh leader Abu Bakar Baghdadi asking him to stay out of Afghanistan.

Senior Afghan officials are showing concerns at the looming IS threat and the government of President Ashraf Ghani has raised a special force to fight the group.

“If the Taliban of the Emirate fight with those who have quit the Taliban and declared allegiance to the Islamic State, help these militants, because the Taliban are sworn enemies of Hizb-e-Islami,” Hekmatyar advised his supporters in a statement posted on the Hizb’s daily ‘Shahadat’.

The Hizb-e-Islami itself had been involved in fighting with the Taliban fighters on several occasions and in parts of Maida-e-Wardak province.

Hekmatyar had also kept an option open for his supporters, asking them to stand with the Taliban if they are involved in fighting with the Communists and remnants of Shoora-e-Nazar, a group once led by Ahmad Shah Masood, who was killed by al-Qaeda in September 2001.

The Hizb chief said he has announced this strategy as the enemy had created the Communists, Shoora-e-Nazar and the Taliban against Hizb-e-Islami who do not hesitate to commit crimes against it.

“As these groups are creating new problems in the country so it is suitable time for Hizb-e-Islami to adopt a new approach towards them,” said the former prime minister.

Hekmatyar’s remarks plunged the Hizb-e-Islami into a crisis as its leaders were surprised to see what some described as a statement in favour of Dai’sh.

The Express Tribune has learnt that the Hizb central council is likely to meet soon to explore ways to respond to criticism at Hekmatyar’s remarks.

In a separate statement, Hekmatyar has condemned Iran as “a country against Islam” and said the Islamic Republic was “another Israel for the Islamic countries.”

Hekmatyar accused Iran of “fomenting sectarian hatred between Shias and Sunnis in Pakistan.”

Blasts in Sunni mosques during prayers and the killing of Sunni leaders is the handiwork of Iranian Pasdaran-e-Inqilab (Revolutionary Guards),” he alleged. He mentioned the killing of former NWFP governor Fazale Haq.

“Iran’s politics is based on lies. Iran has always stood with the enemy and stabbed the Muslim Ummah at the back,” the Hizb chief said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/916168/enemy-of-enemy-hekmatyar-support-for-is-stuns-observers/

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Two Soldiers Martyred, 34 Militants Killed In Afghan Military Operations

Jul 07 2015

Two soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 33 militants killed in newest military operations, the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the two soldiers lost lives in landmine explosion and insurgent fire in past 24 hours. However, the statement does not specify the exact location of the incidents.

34 militants were also killed and more than 30 others wounded during separate military operations in past 24 hours.

The operations were carried out in Alishang and Alingar districts of eastern Laghman province, Syah Gard of Parwan, Behsood of Nangarhar, Charkh, Baraki Barak and provincial capital of Logar province, Gilan and provincial capital of Ghazni, Obah of Heart, Pasaband of Ghor, Khak-i-Safid and Pusht Rud of Farah and Khwaja Ghar District of Takhar province.

Security forces seized have seized weapons and ammunition and also defused Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) but a specific number is not stated in the statement.

http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-heavy-explosion-reported-in-kabuls-shah-shahid-area-3611

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Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feed fasting Muslims over Ramazan

AFP

DHAKA: A Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is serving food to hundreds of poor Muslims during Ramazan, in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation.

Dharmarajika, in the capital Dhaka, has become a hit on social media since it started distributing daily food packs for Muslims who break their fast during Iftar.

"Buddhism taught us that serving humanity is the ultimate religion. We are feeding poor Muslims who cannot afford to buy proper meals to break their fast," Suddhananda Mahathero, the head monk of the monastery, told AFP.

When AFP visited on Monday evening, more than 300 Muslims were waiting at the gate of the monastery in Dhaka's Basabo neighbourhood to receive some Iftar delicacies.

"I can eat some good food served with love and care," said 70-year-old Amena Khatun, who added that she had walked several kilometres to get there.

As a young monk distributed tickets to hungry Muslims, police were on hand to ensure the process remained orderly.

"This is such a wonderful example of religious harmony: showing respect and affection to the fasting neighbours without thinking of the difference of religions," said policeman Asad Uzzaman.

Muslims make up around 90 per cent of Bangladesh's 160 million population, with a tiny community of Buddhists residing mostly in the country's southeastern districts bordering Myanmar.

In September 2012, tens of thousands of Muslims vandalised and torched nearly a dozen Buddhist temples in the south of the country following allegations that a Buddhist man had desecrated the Holy Quran.

Many Muslims took to social media to thank the Dharmarajika monastery for their food distribution, posting photos on Facebook of the yellow-clad monks handing out supplies. Others praised the monks on Twitter.

"I really appreciate the initiative and thank them," Nur Hossain, a banker, told AFP.

The monastery was established in 1949 and is home to more than 700 orphans who study at a free school it runs.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1192930/bangladeshi-buddhist-monks-feed-fasting-muslims-over-ramazan

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Suicide car bomber rams NATO convoy in Afghanistan

07 Jul 2015

A suicide car bomber has rammed a convoy belonging to foreign forces in Afghanistan, the country's interior spokesman said.

Officials told Al Jazeera that at least three Afghan civilians were wounded in Tuesday's attack in the Shah Shaheed area of eastern Kabul, spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said the attack, which was claimed by the Taliban, took place a few kilometres east of the centre of the city, and plumes of smoke could be seen after the attack.

"Police told us that the target was a convoy, a car carrying international advisers who were not in military uniform, an armoured car," Glasse said.

The attack follows a car bomb attack on NATO soldiers last week, which killed two Afghan civilians and injured 26 others, including women and children.

NATO said none of its troops were killed or injured in last week's attack, which was also claimed by the Taliban.

A fortnight earlier, the armed group launched an attack on Afghanistan's parliament, leaving five people dead and losing seven of its own members.

The Taliban launched its annual spring offensive in April.

A surge in attacks has taken a heavy toll on civilians, according to the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan.

In the first four months of 2015, civilian casualties jumped 16 percent from the same period last year, it said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/suicife-car-bomber-rams-nato-convoy-afghanistan-150707075533206.html

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President Ghani to attend SCO Summit in Russia

By ZABIHULLAH MOOSAKHAIL

Jul 07 2015

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to attend the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Ufa city of Russia that is going to be organized on Thursday and Friday.

The summit is expected to be attended by Pakistani MP Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Indian MP Narendra Modi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The leaders are expected to discuss the growth of the Islamic State or Daesh in Afghanistan, its threat and ways to combat with it.

According to China’s Foreign Ministry the menace of Daesh is on the agenda of Chinese Presidnet Xi with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

SCO which is a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation was founded in Shanghai in 2001 . It has six members countries, People’s Republic of China, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyz Republic.

Pakistan and India were approved to become members of SCO last year.

The procedures of including the two nuclear-armed rivals will begin in this summit and by completing these procedures, number of the countries in SCO will rise from six to eight which will help the organization become better and be more productive.

http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-to-attend-sco-summit-in-russia-3610

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Suicide attack targets NATO troops convoy in Kabul

Jul 07 2015

A relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul earlier today after a suicide bomber targeted the troops convoy of the NATO forces.

The incident took place in the Shah Shahid area in the 8th police district of the city.

Eyewitnesses in the area are saying that the incident took place near lawmaker Gul Padshah Majidi’s house.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/heavy-explosion-heard-in-kabul-city-9495

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Khaleda asks leaders to stand by the repressed activists

Mohammad Al-Masum Molla

july 7, 2015

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has asked her colleagues to go to their respective constituencies and strengthen organisational activities by standing beside the repressed leaders and activists of the party.

She gave this instruction in a meeting with the senior leaders of the party at her Gulshan office late last night.

The meeting also decided to strengthen the reorganisation process of the party after the Eid vacation.

“The latest political situation was analysed in the meeting. Madam [Khaleda] asked the leaders to stand beside those who have been facing repression,” Nazrul Islam Khan, a standing committee member of the party, told reporters.

Sources said that the meeting also discussed sending a delegation to the chief justice to clarify the party’s stance regarding the judiciary. Khaleda had recently been cautioned by a court after she had said that the judiciary had become biased.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2015/jul/07/khaleda-asks-leaders-stand-repressed-activists

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Myanmar: South Asia's Perennial Troublemaker?

7/06/2015

By Arafat Kabir

At a time when regional heavyweights China and India are pushing forward with connectivity in South Asia, developments along the Myanmar border as well as inside the country run counter to the region’s common interest, including Myanmar itself.

In response to a deadly ambush carried out by the Naga rebel group, the Indian army engaged in a rare cross-border raid into Myanmar last month. Although Myanmar had denied any such intrusion had taken place, the Indian army claimed that they had maintained contact with Myanmar’s officials on the matter.

Meanwhile, adding further to the region’s rising tensions was a provocative move that saw Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) capture a Bangladeshi border guard near the country’s western front. These latest incidents come amid the ever-deteriorating Rohingya crisis, which begs the question: Is Myanmar the agent provocateur in South Asia?

The indescribable plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has become a regular feature in the international media. Meanwhile, Naypyidaw’s lackluster response to heed neighboring countries’ security continues to exacerbate the litany of complaints against it. A myriad of ethnic rebel groups operating inside Myanmar is of grave concern to neighboring Bangladesh, China, and India. In one sense, the Indian attack against the ethnic Naga rebels deep into Myanmar’s territory was aimed at projecting Indian power in the region more than teaching Naypyidaw a lesson. Yet the message from Delhi should be read clear: India is not satisfied with Naypyidaw’s efforts to clamp down on the rebel activities along its border.

China, Myanmar’s traditional ally, shares in much the same feeling of dissatisfaction. Beijing did little to conceal its fury after one of Myanmar’s jets, fighting the Kokang rebels, dropped a bomb in Chinese territory. That incident in March killed five Chinese nationals. Beijing responded with a strongly worded statement, demanding Naypyidaw to take appropriate measures. Nevertheless, stray shells (have continued to) landed inside Chinese territory after that, as the fighting between Myanmar’s army and the rebels intensified, an ongoing headache for China’s leadership. An exasperated Beijing thus appeared to have applied its own remedy with increased pressure on the rebel group and vowing to stage military drills on the border. As a result, last week, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) announced a unilateral ceasefire, paying heed to, “the Chinese government’s strong calls for restoring peace in the China-Myanmar border region.”

Thanks to China, Myanmar finds peace – even though it may only be on a short-term basis in just one of its restive regions. Make no mistake, any permanent solution to put an end to Myanmar’s perennial ethnic conflicts has to come from the government. However, a quick survey of Naypyidaw’s behavior makes that possibility seem a distant hope. Take the (current) recent standoff with Bangladesh, which had the potential to escalate to a full-blown crisis. After having opened fire on a Bangladeshi patrol boat that was chasing smugglers on the shared river Naff, Myanmar’s troops wounded one Bangladeshi border guard and captured another. Despite Dhaka’s repeated call for a peaceful resolution, Naypyidaw held the soldier for eight days, before he was finally returned to Bangladesh. Worse still, photos of the handcuffed soldier were published on Facebook during his captivity, triggering a strong protest from Dhaka.

Full report at:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2015/07/06/myanmar-south-asias-perennial-troublemaker/

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Arab World

 

Saudi Warplanes Bomb Venue of UN Envoy Meeting in Sana'a

Jul 06, 2015

A number of participants in the meeting were killed and some others were wounded during the Saudi air raids on Monday morning, Arabic-language al-Motamernet news website reported.

"These criminal acts of the Saudi aggressors will make our resistance grow stronger," a participant in the meeting said.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 103 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415001246

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40 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq, says Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades

Jul 06, 2015

Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades said in a statement that all the self-proclaimed administrative leaders of the ISIL terrorist group have fled the area of Baiji refinery, located near the key Northern city of Baiji in Salahuddin Province.

The statement further noted, however, that there are still some militants in the area.

At least 40 ISIL terrorists were killed during the operation, according to the statement.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415000663

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Syrian Army's Ambush Operation Kills 35 Terrorists

Jul 06, 2015

The operation was carried out on Sunday night as the terrorists tried to infiltrate Jobar region in Eastern Ghouta.

The Syrian army forces in cooperation with the popular forces surrounded the terrorists and attacked them in an ambush operation and killed 35 members of Jaish al-Islam and Filaq al-Rahman terrorist groups in a several-hour-long clashes.

In a relevant development in Syria, the army thwarted a series of attacks by the Takfiri terrorists on a strategic region in Aleppo province, Northern Syria.

The Takfiri terrorists were trying to attack a strategic region of Jamiat al-Zahra in Western Aleppo, but they failed.

Aleppo has been the scene of heavy clashes between the terrorists and the Syrian troops in the last several weeks.

Also, the Syrian army backed by popular defense forces seized back a strategic town in Hama province.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415001199

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Nusra suicide blast kills 25 soldiers in Aleppo

7 July 2015

A suicide bomber from al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, killed 25 soldiers and fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in an attack on an army base in government-held western Aleppo on Monday, a Britain-based monitoring group said. The attacker blew himself up inside a vehicle “in front of an orphanage used by the regime as a base in al-Zahra neighborhood,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The monitoring group said the suicide bombing was followed by fierce battles between opposition and regime forces.

Once a powerhouse of industry, Syria’s second city of Aleppo has been devastated by years of fighting between regime forces and a succession of rebel groups.

The regime largely controls the west of the city, with rebels from different factions present in the east.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/07/Nusra-suicide-bombing-kills-25-soldiers-in-Syria-s-Aleppo.html

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Iraqi fighter jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, 12 killed

6 July 2015

An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said.

The plane - one of several Russian-made Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group - was returning to base when the accident happened.

Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim told The Associated Press that a technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to drop the bomb, which hit a number of houses in the Iraqi capital’s eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad.

Three children and two women were among the 12 killed, a police officer at the scene and a medical official at a nearby hospital said. At least 25 people were wounded, the two officials added.

AP footage showed rescue teams in orange jumpsuits and blue helmets searching through the rubble for victims. At least one victim was seen wrapped with a blanket and being rushed to an ambulance.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/06/Iraqi-fighter-jet-drops-bomb-over-Baghdad-kills-9-people.html

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Clashes Break out between ISIL, al-Nusra Front in South-eastern Syria

Jul 06, 2015

The two terrorist groups used different kinds of weapons during the clashes that erupted in Hauz Yarmouk region in Western Reef (countryside of) Daraa.

The clashes have left tens of terrorists dead and wounded until now with al-Nusra Front attempting to take control of Hauz Yarmouk district.

Assem al-Qadiri, an ISIL field commander, and a number of his forces are among the dead.

In a relevant development on Thursday, army forces destroyed a convoy of 50 vehicles carrying military equipment and weapons for ISIL terrorists in Reef (countryside of) Daraa.

The attack was carried out on Thursday after one of the Syrian army units gained intelligence about the convoy and its cargo in Saida town in Reef Daraa.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415001080

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Iraqi forces launch operation to retake Fallujah from ISIL

Jul 7, 2015

Iraqi army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization units, have launched a major operation to take back the strategic western city of Fallujah from Takfiri ISIL militants.

Iraqi officials said the offensive to retake the troubled city, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, began on Monday night, and that government troopers together with volunteer fighters have now reached the gates of Fallujah.

The authorities said that Iraqi forces are now in full control of the western, southern and eastern areas leading to the city.

Ja’far Hussaini, a spokesman for pro-government Kata’ib Hezbollah forces, said his contingent has managed to wrest complete control of a northern supply route.

Fallujah lies between Baghdad and Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi, which is under ISIL control. The city’s liberation will choke off the militants’ supply lines.

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces supported by Popular Mobilization units and tribal fighters have thwarted an ISIL onslaught against the town of Barwanah in Anbar Province, killing scores of the extremists in the process.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/07/07/419117/Iraq-Fallujah-ISIL-Popular-Mobilization-units-Anbar-Mosul

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Egypt killed 241 Sinai militants from July 1-5, army says

6 July 2015

Egypt's military killed 241 militants in the Sinai from July 1-5, the army said Monday, including militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who launched spectacular attacks last week.

The military has poured troops and armour into the peninsula where security forces have been fighting an Islamist insurgency since then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

On July 1, militants from ISIS launched blistering attacks in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid - the scene of regular militant attacks - in which dozens were killed.

The military said 21 soldiers were killed in those attacks, after several media outlets reported higher tolls from security officials.

In figures released on Monday by the army spokesman on his Facebook page, the military said its forces killed 241 militants between July 1 and 5.

Four wanted militants and 29 suspected militants were also arrested.

Sixteen crude bombs were detonated, while 26 cars and 28 motorbikes belonging to militants were destroyed over the same period, the army said.

On Facebook, the army also posted photographs of dead militants, some even displayed on military tanks.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/06/Egypt-killed-241-Sinai-militants-from-July-1-5-army.html

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ISIS target Iraq’s Haditha town with vehicle bombs

6 July 2015

An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group militant blew up an explosive-laden bulldozer near Haditha, killing seven Iraqi soldiers in one of a wave of bomb attacks on the northwestern town on Monday, a police source said.

Haditha and its nearby dam lie in one of the few parts of the huge western province of Anbar still under the control of Iraq’s Shiite-led government forces, which were driven out of the provincial capital Ramadi in May.

Security services said they fired on and destroyed four other vehicles believed to be rigged with explosives near the town, before they could reach their targets. The coordinated assault reflected an escalation of ISIS operations in the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement two weeks ago, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad Adnani called for increased attacks during Ramadan, and specifically mentioned Haditha.

A car bomb also exploded on Monday in the town of Jubba, about 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Haditha, close to the Ain al-Asad air base where U.S. forces have been training Sunni Muslim fighters from Anbar to take on ISIS.

A police source said seven soldiers were killed.

The Sunni Muslim province of Anbar is a stronghold of the ISIS militants who control swathes of Iraq and Syria, including the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa, capital of their self-declared caliphate.

In Iraq, the Islamist militants have been driven out of the city of Tikrit and eastern province of Diyala, but have launched repeated strikes to retake lost ground in the refinery town of Baiji, north of Tikrit.

Army troops and fighters from the mainly Shiite Muslim Hashd Shaabi militias - backed by a U.S.-led air campaign - have stepped up their counter-offensive in Anbar, cutting off a northern supply route to ISIS-held Falluja as they tighten an attempted siege of the city, just 40 km (25 miles) west of Baghdad.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/06/ISIS-target-Iraq-s-Haditha-town-with-vehicle-bombs.html

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Brothers arrested over links to ISIS bombing in Kuwait

7 July 2015

Three brothers have been arrested by Saudi and Kuwaiti authorities for involvement in a suicide bombing by a Saudi man on a Shiite Muslim mosque in neighboring Kuwait last month, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

The ultra-radical Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group said it carried out the attack, which killed 27 people and appeared aimed at stoking sectarian hatred in the energy-rich Gulf.

The three Saudi brothers, who were not identified, were “parties to the crime of the sinful terrorist bombing that targeted the Imam al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait”, SPA quoted a security spokesman for the interior ministry as saying.

One was arrested in Kuwait and will be extradited to the kingdom, another was arrested in the western Saudi city of Taif and a third was taken into custody after a shootout at a house near the Kuwaiti border that wounded two policemen.

A fourth brother lives in Syria and is a member of ISIS, the security spokesman added.

The bombing was Kuwait’s deadliest militant attack, and the most lethal in any of the six hereditary-ruled Gulf Arab states since a campaign of al-Qaeda bombings was stamped out in Saudi Arabia a decade ago.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/07/Brothers-arrested-over-links-to-ISIS-bombing-in-Kuwait-.html

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Syrian children paint life in Saddam's Kurdistan prison

07 Jul 2015

Akre, Iraq - In a dimly lit room with high ceilings and no furniture, the brightly coloured paints, spattered onto Soleen Smael's T-shirt and jeans, look out of place. She is describing the murals that she and other children have painted onto the walls of the refugee camp they live in since they fled Syria with their families two years ago.

"Some of the pictures are about children who are orphans, some are about [ISIL] in Syria," says 14-year-old Soleen, adding, "For any picture we paint, there is meaning behind it. And we want people to come and ask us about the meaning of our pictures and why we've painted them."

The room that Soleen lives in with her family used to be a prison cell that, under former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, was part of a complex that held political dissidents. Soleen fled ISIL fighters' advances with her family and 14,000 other Syrians from Qamishli in northern Syria, to Akre in Iraqi Kurdistan.

They have found a temporary home in the town's former prison, nestled beneath the mountains between Erbil and Dohuk. Iraqi Kurdistan is home to more than 2 million displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees, according to UNHCR.

The project encourages children to paint together [Andrea DiCenzo/Al Jazeera]

Every Friday, Soleen and at least a dozen other children who live in the old prison, now known as Akre refugee camp, gather in the midday sun to paint bright murals onto the drab walls of the former prison where more than 240 Syrian families share the cells.

Lucy Tyndell, from New Zealand, is the programme manager of Castle Art, an Erbil-based NGO that began supporting the children's artwork at the camp in April 2014.

Tyndell says the project's goals are twofold: To improve the atmosphere of the camp and support the children's artistic expression. "At our very first session, the students brought drawings they had already done. Two-thirds of their pictures were of death and destruction, people being shot, just horrendous scenes," recounts Tyndell.

"But after meetings with the community, we decided to focus on positive imagery. So when Nadrine, one of the children involved in the project, shows us a sketch of a bird in a cage that she wants to paint as a mural, for instance, I'll suggest painting the door of the cage open and the bird flying out."

The designs on the camp walls are a testament to the children's experiences as refugees and their shared memories of Syria [Andrea DiCenzo/Al Jazeera]

Volunteer Valeria Bembry says Castle Art children are encouraged to bring original designs each week to paint on the camp's walls. "They are sort of given homework, so they produce some drawing and then when we show up on Friday, they show the drawings to us, then we pick a wall, find the paint, and say 'get to it'."

In the year that the children have been painting their designs, swaths of the camp's walls have been covered. "I wanted to see how big we could go, how big the kids could express their ideas. And when you say to one of the kids, 'You know this is actually your sketch,' taking up an entire wall, they're really taken aback," Tyndell says.

Some of the most recent murals to appear on the camp's walls show the influence of street artist Banksy [Andrea DiCenzo/Al Jazeera]

Castle Art does not identify as an art therapy project, but the designs on the camp walls are a testament to the children's experiences as refugees and their shared memories of Syria. Even before the ancient Syrian city Palmyra fell to ISIL in May, the project had begun designing a huge rendering of the city, which would showcase the city's tall columns and the surrounding scenery as the children remembered it.

The project sets out to improve the children's technique. In the case of the Palmyra mural, Tyndell says the children's design will encourage them to think of depth and perspective, "creating distance in a painting, shading and light".

Soleen, who began painting before she fled Syria says Castle Art has introduced her to new artistic ideas too. "In Syria I was already learning how to draw, but what we learned there was different. In Syria, we drew nature and trees, but here what we draw is different, we are learning new things."

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/syrian-children-paint-life-saddam-kurdistan-prison-150618101536726.html

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Bombing leaves five wounded in northern Egypt

Jul 7, 2015

At least five people have reportedly sustained injuries in a car bomb attack targeting the premises of a court in Egypt’s northern province of Beheira, Press TV reports.

Egyptian authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a car rigged with explosives exploded close to the court in the town of Beheira’s Itay el-Baroud, situated 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of the capital, Cairo, early on Tuesday.

The court is where dozens of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood members have stood trial over the past few months.

Judicial sources confirmed that the explosion did not inflict any damage on the court building.

Elsewhere in Egypt’s northern town of Faqus, unidentified assailants stormed a security checkpoint on Tuesday morning, injuring a policeman. The attackers later fled the scene onboard a motorcycle.

Sources, speaking anonymously, said security personnel lave launched an operation to hunt down the gunmen.

Moreover, miscreants bombed a number of drinking water pipes in Abu Kabir city of Sharqia Province, situated approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Cairo in the early hours of Tuesday. The break in the water lines shut off water supplies to several neighborhoods.

Death in Egyptian custody

Meanwhile, the family of political dissident Essam Hamed has confirmed his death in prison, adding that his body has been shifted to Cairo’s main morgue of Zeinhom.

Hamed’s family said the 50-year-old, who was imprisoned in the heavily-fortified Wadi el-Natrun detention facility in Beheira Province, north of Cairo, died of what they termed as “deliberate medical negligence.” They accused prison authorities of refusing medication or treatment for Hamed.

It is understood that officials at Wadi el-Natrun prison had at times turned down requests to transfer Hamed, who was apparently suffering from a number of chronic diseases, to a specialized hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/07/07/419136/Egypt-car-bomb-Itay-elBaroud-Beheira-Essam-Hamed-Wadi-elNatrun-detention-facility

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Infighting Intensifies among Rival Groups after Aleppo Defeats

Jul 06, 2015

The bloody clashes erupted among Ansar al-Sharia coalition comprising 13 terrorist groups led by Al-Nusra Front after they failed to take control of the Western parts of Aleppo city which is currently under the Syrian army's control.

Over 500 Takfiri terrorists have been killed in militants' repeated raids on the Western parts of Aleppo city in the last two days.

On Sunday, the Syrian army thwarted a series of attacks by the Takfiri terrorists on a strategic region in Aleppo province.

The Takfiri terrorists were trying to attack a strategic region of Jamiat al-Zahra in Western Aleppo, but they failed.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415001169

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Iraqi Resistance Forces Besiege ISIL in Beiji

Jul 06, 2015

"The Islamic resistance forces have besieged Sinia region in Western Beiji and will attack the ISIL's positions in coming hours," Abu Torab, Commander of Ali Akbar Battalion, told FNA on Sunday. 

Abu Torab noted that the resistance forces have blocked the terrorists' supply line, and said, "17 vehicles of the ISIL were destroyed in the resistance forces' attacks on terrorists' positions."

Beiji, located 40 kilometers to the North of Tikrit, has been the scene of heavy clashes between Iraqi force and Takfiri terrorists in recent weeks.

Beiji is located in Salahuddin province and 210 kilometers to the North of Baghdad. Iraq's biggest oil refinery is located in Beiji.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415000313

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Ex-Iraqi National Security Advisor Warns Arab States against Arming Kurds

Jul 06, 2015

"The attempts made by the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states, headed by Saudi Arabia, to arm certain parties inside Iraq without coordination with the Central government in Baghdad is playing with fire," Rubaie told FNA on Monday.

He described such a move as direct interference in Iraq's internal affairs and dangerous, and warned that such a move means "the Persian Gulf littoral states' meddling in Iraq's internal affairs and a violation of its sovereignty, and Baghdad will retaliate against it".

The reports on the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states' decision to arm the Kurds came as a senior Kurdish official said that the ISIL terrorist group is still receiving significant financial support from Arab sympathizers outside Iraq and Syria, enabling it to expand its war effort.

Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of the Kurdish President, Massoud Barzani, told The Independent in February, “There is sympathy for Da’esh (ISIL) in many Arab countries and this has translated into money – and that is a disaster.”

He pointed out that until recently financial aid was being given more or less openly by Persian Gulf states to the opposition in Syria – but by now most of these rebel groups have been absorbed into ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate, so it is they “who now have the money and the weapons”.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415001012

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Mideast

 

Saudi Arabia Plans to Disintegrate Yemen into 3 States

Jul 06, 2015

The sources underlined that based on the plan, a government will be formed in the Northern parts of Yemen. Another one will be established in the Yemeni border province of Hadrarmout which will also include al-Mohrah and certain parts of Shabout, while a third state will be established in the other Southern provinces with Aden as its capital.

Also according to the Saudi plan, different Riyadh-backed terrorist groups will continue war against the Yemeni army and popular committees in the Southern provinces and al-Qaeda will be strengthened to keep the popular Ansarullah movement busy with fighting against terrorism in Marib and the Northern provinces.

A senior intelligence official of Ansarullah revolutionary movement disclosed late May that Ankara and Riyadh have come into terms over plans to dispatch Takfiri terrorists to Yemen.

"Saudi Arabia has made the needed coordination with Turkey to dispatch terrorists and their commanders to Yemen to take part in the attacks against Ansarullah fighters and Yemeni soldiers," Hamid Hossein al-Hamdani told FNA.

He noted that a captured ISIL terrorist named Abu Omar has confessed that ISIL commanders have had meetings in Al-Reqqa in Syria and Hatay in South Turkey on different occasions to implement the Saudi plan for the dispatch of the terrorists to Yemen.

Hamdani said that Saudi Arabia dispatches the terrorists to its military bases in the border city of Najran.

Also in April, a source disclosed that Saudi Arabia has released large numbers of Al-Qaeda prisoners from its jails and sent them to the Yemeni border province of Hazar al-Mout to fight against the army and popular forces of the neighboring country.

"The Al Saud regime has freed the Al-Qaeda prisoners held in its prison and also in Yemeni prisons and dispatched them to Hazar al-Mout province to open a new front against the Ansarullah fighters and Yemeni army," Ali Esmayeel Al-Katbi told FNA.

He noted that the relocation of Al-Qaeda terrorists to Yemen comes after the US and Arab countries' military analysts warned the Riyadh government about an imminent defeat in the war against Yemen.

A day earlier, media reports said that Saudi Arabia has relocated a part of its army of Takfiri terrorists from Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside to Yemen aboard a ship.

"The Jeish al-Islam terrorists landed in the port city of Al-Mokala, provincial capital of Hazar al-Mout province, and joined the Al-Qaeda terrorists in that province," Arabic-language Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on April 7.

The Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists attacked and took control of Al-Mokala port two days earlier on April 5.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415000926

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Islamic Jihad: Israel Supporting Takfiri Terrorists in Gaza

Jul 06, 2015

"The Takfiri terrorist groups are very suspicious and their operations in the Gaza Strip are on the rise; we are sure that these groups are being supported by the Zionist regime and their main goal is to strike a blow at the resistance in Gaza," Abu Sharif said, addressing a press conference in Tehran on Monday on the latest developments in Palestine.

He underlined that not only Israel, but some Arab regimes have played a direct role in the intensification of the siege of Gaza, and said, "Unfortunately, a sum of 1,400 tunnels have been destroyed in the border with Egypt and the Egyptian government is also trying to completely prevent flow of aids to Gaza."

In mid-June, sources from the Freedom Flotilla Alliance revealed that around 100 EU parliamentarians have signed a petition calling for the end of the eight-year Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

Among those who signed the petition was Vice President of the European Parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis and representatives from more than 15 EU countries.

In December, Senior Islamic Jihad Official Khader Habib warned the Israeli regime that his Movement's armed wing would strongly respond to its persistent aggressive actions in occupied Jerusalem.

In remarks broadcast by the Movement's radio, Habib affirmed that the Islamic Jihad could no longer remain silent on Israel's crimes and might resume its human bombing operations inside the Israeli occupied territories.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415000954

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Yemeni Missiles Target Strategic Military Base in Dhahran

Jul 06, 2015

The Yemeni forces hit the Mojazeh military base in Dhahran Assir province with 39 missiles.

Yemeni Army Spokesman Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman said in a statement that the missiles hit and destroyed the target in a precision attack.

"The Yemeni scud missile attack came in retaliation for the Saudi aggression and airstrikes against Yemen," Luqman said.

“Despite the attack on Khalid bin Abdul-Aziz airbase in Khamis Musheet that was our warning message to the Saudi-led aggressors to stop their attacks and injustice against the Yemeni people, the Saudi regime is continuing its airstrikes,” Luqman said.

Yemeni forces have stepped up their retaliatory attacks against Saudi military bases and camps in border areas in recent weeks.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 103 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940415000248

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Israel arrests six Bedouins for supporting ISIS

6 July 2015

Israel has arrested six Bedouin Arabs, including four teachers, for allegedly supporting the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the domestic security service said Monday.

The six men, all members of the same family, were relatives of two people who already travelled to Syria to fight alongside militants, Israeli media said.

Around 30 Arab Israelis have already made their way to Syria to fight for ISIS against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the country’s more than four-year civil war, according to the authorities.

The men met “in secret to study the doctrine of Islamic State”, a statement from the Shin Bet intelligence agency said, adding they had intended to “spread the ideology of this group among their family and friends,” and that some had wanted to travel to Syria.

It did not give further details, including the date of their arrest.

Several Arab Israelis have been arrested after returning from Syria, and convicted for attempts to join Syrian rebels.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/06/Israel-says-6-Bedouins-arrested-for-supporting-ISIS.html

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Iran: Last ‘few’ issues remain before deal

6 July 2015

Only “a few” hurdles remain before world powers negotiating with Iran reach an unprecedented deal that would curtail the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, an Iranian official told AFP Monday.

As foreign ministers chasing a deal by Tuesday’s deadline met for their first full session in the latest round of talks in Vienna, the official said the fate of the negotiations was now in their hands.

Three months ago there were a number of unresolved issues, the official said, asking not to be identified.

But now “there are only a few items left which need to be tackled by the ministers. That is why the ministers are here,” he said.

Experts who have been meeting in Vienna “have moved a lot further” but “there are tough issues ... which were not resolved at expert level or the deputy minister level, those are not easy issues.”

When asked if President Barack Obama’s administration expects the deadline “to slip,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, “I wouldn’t set any expectations at this point... I would say that it's certainly possible.”

Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are seeking to end a 13-year standoff with Iran which began when dissidents revealed its nuclear program in 2002.

Meanwhile a source close to the Iranian negotiating team told the state news agency IRNA: “The ministerial meeting between Iran and the (six) showed there are still serious differences… But both sides are also serious to resolve the differences.”

Tehran has long denied seeking to develop nuclear arms, and in return for curtailing its atomic industry is demanding an end to biting economic sanctions.

A mechanism for quickly re-imposing sanctions if Iran breaks the deal is one of the hurdles blocking an accord.

Tehran wants a reciprocal so-called “snapback” measure.

“If there are issues that we have for instance in regard to sanctions termination the same procedure has to be applied to that issues as well,” the Iranian official said.

“To put it broadly, snapback is something that needs to be provided to all sides, not only one side.”

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/06/Crunch-talks-to-seal-Iran-nuclear-deal-begin.html

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Gaza neighborhood still trying to recover from Israeli blitzkrieg

July 07, 2015

SHIJAIYAH, Gaza Strip — After weeks of sharing cramped quarters with relatives during last year’s Israeli blitzkrie, 39-year-old Mohammed Al-Selek thought nothing of it when he heard the incoming roar of two mortar shells. But once a suffocating cloud of acrid smoke filled the stairwell, his heart sank — the family’s home had been struck by Israeli fire.

Moments before, he had been enjoying a rare break, relaxing with a cup of tea and cookies as he marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The house was filled with his children, nieces and nephews, and Al-Selek’s father had taken the restless kids to play up on the rooftop, where the family kept rabbits and chickens.

After the explosion, Al-Selek and his wife ran up the five flights of stairs to the roof and found a sight he still struggles to comprehend.

“We found an unbelievable scene — my children along with my father lying on the ground,” said Al-Selek, recounting the horror to an Associated Press crew that revisited the neighborhood recently.

Caught in a living nightmare, he saw the bloodied, mangled bodies of all three of his children, his 71-year-old father, Abdul-Kareem, and six other relatives lying next to the chicken coup and rabbit cages. Feathers and fur from the animals the children had begged their grandfather to see shortly before were strewn everywhere.

Al-Selek’s life changed forever that July 30.

The Israeli strike on his home in Gaza’s Shijaiyah neighborhood, just along the border with Israel, came at the height of the fighting and was one of the deadliest single incidents during the entire conflict.

Two AP reporters arrived in Shijaiyah after the final barrage of mortar strikes subsided, leaving a scene of carnage and bloodshed.

During the 50 days of Israeli blitzkrieg, which started July 8, more than 2,200 Palestinians, including more than 1,400 civilians, were killed, according to UN figures. Seventy-three people, including six civilians, were killed on the Israeli side.

Because of the heavy casualty toll, Israel’s Military Advocate General launched an investigation into the Shijaiyah incident. The probe cleared the military personnel of any wrongdoing, finding no evidence of criminal misconduct.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150707249595

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Teen's death highlights Israel abuse of West Bank youth

06 Jul 2015

Occupied West Bank - In the living room of the al-Kasba family home, a large commemorative poster occupies an entire wall, depicting the portraits of two boys against a faded background of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It says that Yasser and Samer al-Kasba, 12 and 16, were killed 40 days apart from each other during the first year of the second Intifada.

This is where women have now gathered to mourn the death of their younger brother, Muhammad Hani al-Kasba, 17, shot dead last Friday morning by a senior Israeli army officer near the Qalandia army checkpoint separating Jerusalem from the current seat of the Palestinian government, Ramallah.

"Last week he went to Jerusalem for the first time in many years. He was very happy," recalled Sami al-Kasba, Muhammad's father, who works in the canteen of the local UNRWA school. Muhammad had joined him after leaving school two years ago.

The Israeli military issued a statement saying that Israel Shomer, an army commander identified by the media reports to have shot the Palestinian teen, fired warning shots in the air before aiming at the teen.

Two bullets hit his abdomen and face, Dr Assef Jawadeh of the Palestinian Medical Centre in Ramallah told Al Jazeera.

RELATED: Trial of Abu Khdeir killers 'a sham', says family

Qalandia refugee camp is part of the Jerusalem municipality, but because it lies on the West Bank side of the separation wall, many residents have West Bank IDs and can only cross the checkpoint with permits.

Because of his young age, Muhammad wouldn't have qualified to cross. But near the town of al-Ram, locals say there is a shaky ladder that many climb.

At the beginning of Ramadan, Israeli authorities eased restrictions on movement for Palestinians.

Earlier this week, however, hundreds of entry permits to Jerusalem were revoked due to a spate of recent attacks, which, since the start of Ramadan, has left two Israelis dead. Two other Palestinians were killed in the same period by Israeli security forces at checkpoints.

Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner told Al Jazeera that the case is undergoing a military police investigation. But an Amnesty International report published last year said these investigations lack transparency and are "neither independent nor impartial".

Between September 2000 and June 2013, only 16 investigations into cases of alleged excessive force by Israeli military personnel resulted in the indictment of Israeli soldiers.

The recent closure of a case involving the death of four boys playing football on the beach during the Gaza war last year, without any indictment, sparked an international outcry.

"The use of live ammunition is governed by the Israeli military's regulations, which stipulate that it must only be employed in cases in which a direct, mortal threat is posed to a soldier," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, the director of the Accountability Programme at Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP).

"However, soldiers using live ammunition in contravention of this rule are protected by systemic impunity within the Israeli military. In 2014, 11 children lost their lives after suffering gunshot wounds, but only one case resulted in an indictment," he added.

According to data provided by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 299 minors were injured by live ammunition last year, excluding the summer war.

RELATED: Palestinian youths face arrests without warning

In the West Bank, teenagers may face arrest without warning, military courts, and physical violence at the hands of the Israeli forces. According to the DCIP, 500 to 700 children each year are arrested and come into contact with the Israeli military detention system in the West Bank.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/teen-death-highlights-israel-abuse-west-bank-youth-150706062745562.html

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Obama's anti-ISIL envoy in Ankara for joint fight

July/07/2015

A high-level U.S. security official has arrived in Ankara to launch political and military talks with the Turkish government for the joint fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria.

“General [John] Allen is leading the delegation. He will be meeting with senior Turkish political and security officials on the ongoing cooperation to degrade and defeat ISIL,” a source said July 7.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/obamas-anti-isil-envoy-in-ankara-for-joint-fight.aspx?pageID=238&nID=85064&NewsCatID=510

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Turkish military denies reports on commanders’ meeting on possible Syria incursion

July/06/2015

Reports that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) recalled commanders deployed along part of its border with Syria to the capital Ankara for a meeting on a possible military incursion into Syria “do not reflect reality,” Turkish military sources stated on July 6.

According to the news reports, the commanders of commando brigades in the Bolu and Kayseri provinces were also due to attend the meeting at the General Staff headquarters, where details of a possible incursion would be discussed by the commanders who would be responsible for such an operation.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-military-denies-reports-on-commanders-meeting-on-possible-syria-incursion.aspx?pageID=238&nID=85021&NewsCatID=338

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Erdogan convenes cabinet amid rising Syria border tension

July/06/2015

Turkey’s cabinet convened on July 6 under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss growing tension on the Turkish-Syrian border, amid the advance of jihadist militants in northwestern Syria that could trigger another massive refugee influx.

The new Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül was present at the meeting.

Erdogan first hosted the cabinet meeting and then a fast-breaking dinner in order to bid farewell to the outgoing members of the cabinet. He is expected to officially give the mandate to form a new government to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu later this week.

The most important item on the cabinet meeting agenda was the sensitive situation on the border with Syria, after the Turkish military reinforced its troops in the region to counter any move that could threaten border security.   

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-convenes-cabinet-amid-rising-syria-border-tension.aspx?pageID=238&nID=85050&NewsCatID=338

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Pair of lions kept as pets in Gaza gets new life in Jordan

7 July 2015

GAZA CITY: Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp traveled Sunday to Jordan where their final destination will be a wildlife sanctuary.

A Gaza family had bought the lions as cubs from a local zoo that was damaged in last year’s Zionist aggression against defenseless Gazans and the Hamas group. The family kept Mona and Max in their small home in the crowded Rafah refugee camp.

The lions and their handlers arrived in Jordan on Sunday evening after leaving Gaza earlier in the day, said Dr. Amir Khalil of the British charity Four Paws.

The journey hit an unexpected delay on Friday when Four Paws made its first attempt to take the lions out of Gaza, via the Erez crossing with Israel.

Israel and Egypt have severely restricted travel in and out of Gaza since Hamas seized the territory in 2007.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/772746

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Africa

 

Teenager blows herself up near mosque in Nigeria's Kano

07 Jul 2015

A 13-year-old suicide bomber has blown herself up near a mosque in northern Nigerian city of Kano a day after dozens of people were killed in twin attacks, police have said.

The number of casualties is not yet clear. The police spokesman Magaji Majiya said on Monday that the girl's target was likely the Umar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque and that she was the only casualty.

Two witnesses told Reuters that they saw the girl crossing a road before they heard a loud bang.

The attempted attack bore the hallmarks of the armed group, Boko Haram, which was behind a wave of violence last week that killed more than 200 people.

Over 500 people have been killed since Muhammadu Buhari became president on May 29, according to an AFP news agency count.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/teenager-blows-mosque-nigeria-kano-boko-haram-150707012752501.html

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Al-Shabab claims attack on 'sleeping' Kenyan workers

07 Jul 2015

At least 14 people have been killed and 11 others injured after a group of armed men attacked quarry workers in northern Kenya, officials said.

The attackers, suspected to be al-Shabab fighters, stormed two plots adjacent to each other in Mandera town and opened fire at people, mostly workers, early on Tuesday morning.

Al-Shabab were responsible for the attack, the group's spokesman told Al Jazeera - adding that they targeted "crusaders" in the attack to "avenge killings of Muslims in Somalia and Kenya by Kenyan security forces".

"The attack occurred at a village near a large livestock market just outside the town, 14 people are dead," a senior police officer told the AFP news agency.

Abbas Gullet, secretary-general of the Kenya Red Cross, told Citizen Television that four of the injured would be evacuated to the capital, Nairobi, for medical treatment.

"This [is] ... what we understand, [they] were quarry workers. They were sleeping when they were attacked in the early hours of this morning," Gullet said.

Last month, 11 suspected al-Shabab fighters were killed in a firefight outside a military camp in southeastern Kenya's Lamu County, according to military sources.

Military spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said the attack took place in the town of Baure, close to the Somali border.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/al-shabab-suspected-deadly-kenyan-gun-attack-150707044045505.html

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Burundi coup general threatens force to oust president

06 Jul 2015

A Burundian general who backed a failed coup in May has threatened to launch an armed uprising after President Pierre Nkurunziza refused to bow to opposition and international demands to abandon his bid for a third term.

General Leonard Ngendakumana, a deputy to the leader of the aborted coup, accused Nkurunziza of dragging the central African country back into civil war, comments that have alarmed a region with a long history of ethnic conflict.

"The next [step] is to organise ourselves just to resist, to make Pierre Nkurunziza understand that he must leave and then that we are prepared to do it by force, by organising a military force," Ngendakumana told Kenya's KTN television, adding that coup leader General Godefroid Niyombare was still in Burundi.

The government told the Reuters news agency that any such move would be confronted.

"Anybody threatening the security of Burundi, either inside or outside, will meet the full force of our defence and security forces," presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho said.

Ngendakumana said Burundi's government wanted "to engage the region in that civil war, based on ethnic [issues]".

The general's interview was recorded on Sunday in an undisclosed location outside Burundi before Monday's meeting in Tanzania of east African states, plus South Africa, who are seeking to end the crisis.

Related: Burundi's Nkurunziza: 'It's either me or al-Shabab'

At the meeting in the capital Dar es Salaam, the nations called for the July 15 Burundi presidential election to be delayed to July 30, to allow mediation between opposing factions.

The government has dismissed previous calls for delays.

Violation of deal

Opponents argue Nkurunziza's bid for a third term - which triggered weeks of violent clashes between protesters and police in Burundi's capital - violates the constitution and a peace deal that ended an ethnically charged civil conflict in 2005.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/burundi-coup-general-threatens-force-oust-president-150706183345637.html

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Twin bomb blasts kill dozens in central Nigeria

06 Jul 2015

Twin bomb attacks have hit a crowded mosque and a restaurant in the central Nigerian city of Jos, killing dozens, according to officials.

At least 44 people were killed by the explosions on Sunday night, including at the Yantaya Mosque, home to Muslim religious leader Sani Yahaya, who preaches coexistence between Nigeria's different religions.

The attack targeted Yahaya as he was preaching, witnesses said. Gunmen started shooting sporadically and then there was a loud blast.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege, reporting from Abuja, said Yahaya was known to be critical of the armed group Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

"He was somebody that preached peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in Plateau State," Ndege said, adding it was not clear whether Yahaya had been killed in the attack.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/twin-bomb-blasts-kill-dozens-central-nigeria-150706065118199.html

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Twin blasts hit central Nigerian city of Jos

06 Jul 2015

Two blasts have hit the central Nigerian city of Jos hours after a suicide bomber attacked a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe, witnesses and police have said.

A restaurant and a Muslim religious leader - who has disowned armed group Boko Haram - were targeted in two separate attacks, witnesses said on Sunday.

At least 15 people were killed in the attacks, witnesses said.

Plateau State police spokesman Emmanuel Abuh confirmed there had been two attacks in Jos but had no further details immediately.

"I saw people running out crying, some with bloodstains," said resident Bashir Abdullahi, describing the scene after he said a suicide bomber ran into the crowded restaurant. "I believe many lives were lost."

The second attack targeted cleric Sani Yahaya Jingir as he was preaching, witnesses said. Gunmen started shooting sporadically and then there was a loud blast, they said.

"We saw two or three vehicles coming from different directions and we started hearing gunshots from all angles and then a very loud bang, like a bomb being thrown into the mosque," said witness Abubakar Shehu.

US to back Nigeria

There was no official word on casualties from the two attacks.

Earlier, at least five people were killed after a church in city of Potiskum was targeted by a suicide bomber.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/twin-blasts-hit-central-nigerian-city-jos-150705224823695.html

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Sudanese youth spend Ramadan giving back

05 Jul 2015

Khartoum, Sudan - Only 15 minutes left before Iftar, the time to break the day's fast, and already Khartoum's quick-moving traffic is thinning.

As the sun drops below the horizon, groups of energetic youth take their posts at major intersections, bus stations and hospitals, equipped with food baskets and water bottles.

Preparing themselves for the call to Maghreb prayer, which during Ramadan marks the time to eat after a day of fasting, the highly organised youth form smaller groups to hand out their provisions to passersby.

"This is not new. Maybe the form of conducting it is, but the concept is as old as Sudanese society itself," said Mohammed Akood, a member of Wosool, a youth organisation for charity and education.

"Giving is cleansing for one's soul. Besides, even if it's just a handful of dates or a bottle of water, it still counts," he explained. "The joy we see in people's faces is enough."

INTERACTIVE: A Sufi in Sudan

During other months, Wosool's work is centred on providing educational support for schoolchildren. But during Ramadan, the group takes on the additional responsibility of feeding the public.

The space for public coordination in Sudan, eased open by recent technologies and a vibrant new generation, has allowed Ramadan charity work to better engage society, clustering people in informal circuits of support.

Ahmed Haroun is one of the volunteers using new forms of funding to further his work. Before the advent of Ramadan, he launched a plea on Whatsapp for small sums of money through mobile credit transfer.

"Pooled together, these transfers allowed me to serve about 10 people a day, give or take," he said.

Haroun uses the funds to help Sudanese with relatives in the hospital, who often don't have the means or time to feed themselves when taking care of others.

"We make sure that we help them so that they can help their loved ones," added Haroun.

OPINION: Ramadan in the shadows: Fasting while poor

Rabie Abd Alaatie, a member of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), believes that these efforts are simply the modern form of Ramadan's long tradition of charity and aid work.

"This is a continuation of the ordinances put in place by our ancestors," said Alaatie. "These initiatives serve in combination with official efforts and plug the gaps."

According to political analyst Osman Mudawi, this kind of work can counterbalance other efforts that, despite being more formal, stumble over the roadblocks of inefficiency or even corruption.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/sudanese-youth-spend-ramadan-giving-150702105653814.html

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North America

 

In Texas, a campaign against foreign laws takes aim at Islamic sharia

July 06, 2015

But Muslims might be the fastest growing religious group in Texas. Islam is the largest non-Christian denomination in the state. The US Religious Census in 2010 estimated that 422,000 Muslims call Texas home. That’s more than any other state in the union.

And for some, that’s a problem.

Early this year, the Texas state house in Austin hosted its 7th annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day. It’s an opportunity for Texas Muslims to visit state government headquarters. A small but vocal group of protesters showed up. One of them even commandeered the podium during the day’s proceedings.

“I proclaim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ over the capitol of Texas! I stand against Islam and the false prophet Mohammed!” a woman shouted into the microphone. “Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God it will not dominate Texas!”

Inside the capitol building, Texas state representative Molly White made national news after she had an Israeli flag draped over her desk and then told staff to ask any Muslims visiting her office to denounce terrorism and pledge allegiance to the US.

In the way of official action, conservative lawmakers tried to push two bills through the legislature that would have banned foreign laws in Texas state courts. Authors of the proposed legislation declined to be interviewed for this story. They maintained that the proposed legislation was not aimed at any particular religion.

But Texas Tea Party activist, JoAnn Fleming says she supported the bills because they would have helped put a stop to creeping Islamic sharia law.

“We do see it creeping into communities across Texas and we just believe that it’s important for people to understand that when you come to our country, you need to be under our rule of law,” Fleming says.

“Frankly, if you don’t like that, then this might not be the right place for you,” Fleming adds.

Fleming says she is particularly concerned about the impact of sharia law on women. “As an American woman, as a citizen, I do not agree with the tenets of sharia law. I do not want it used in our courts against any women,” she says.

Mona Kafeel would probably agree with that statement. She’s with a group called the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, based in the Dallas suburb of Plano. Among other things, the group runs a shelter for women suffering from domestic violence. Kafeel says there is a lot of confusion about sharia law in the US.

Religion can be a problem when it comes to the mistreatment of women, Kafeel adds. But she says it can happen with any religion.

“Men who need power will abuse women on the basis of religion. I’ve heard so many stories of pastors’ wives. They will quote [scripture],” Kafeel says.

Kafeel says her fellow Texans should not worry about Texas imams using sharia law to subjugate women.

“[Imams] understand the law. They understand the text [of scripture]. They’re not misinterpreting it,” she says. “They work with women to understand what the issues are and how to solve them.”

Full report at:

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-06/texas-campaign-against-foreign-laws-takes-aim-islamic-sharia

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Obama says US will never be at war with Islam

07 July 2015

by Parvez Jabri

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama called on the international community to get united against the scourge of violent extremism perpetrated by groups like ISIL and al Qaeda, and said the United States will never be at war with Islam and is fighting terrorists who distort Islam.

"We are going to work day and night with allies and partners to disrupt terrorist networks and thwart attacks and smother nascent ISIL cells that may be trying to develop in other parts of the world," he said while addressing a press conference at the Pentagon.

He pointed out that it was important to recognize that threat of violent extremism was not restricted to any one community in the United States.

"We have seen all kinds of homegrown terrorism and tragically recent history reminds us how single individual motivated by hateful ideology with access to dangerous weapons can inflict horrendous harm".

President Obama said that efforts to counter violent extremism must not target any one community because of their faith or background, including patriotic Muslim Americans who are partners in keeping our country safe.

To defeat terrorist groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda required to discredit their ideology which twisted thinking that draws vulnerable people into their ranks, he added.

He said that the broader challenge of countering violent extremism was not simply a military effort and that ideologies were defeated with guns. "They are defeated by better ideas, more attractive, more compelling visions."

Full report at:

http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/1-front-top-news/247817-obama-says-us-will-never-be-at-war-with-islam.html

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Obama at Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

July 07 2015

President Barack Obama made a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State.

Obama's meetings with top defense officials and other national security advisers follow a wave of weekend airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria. The coalition says it was one of the most sustained aerial operations carried out in Syria to date.

Ahead of Obama's meetings, the White House sharply criticized Senate Republicans for failing to confirm Adam Szubin, Obama's nominee to be the Treasury undersecretary responsible for choking off funding to groups like IS. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Republicans had refused to "even give him the time of day for a hearing" since Obama nominated Szubin in April, adding that the Senate should confirm him before lawmakers go home for their annual August recess.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/07/obama-pentagon-meetings-islamic-state.html

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Obama says US intensifying anti-ISIL campaign in Syria

07 Jul 2015

US President Barack Obama has said that the US-led coalition battling fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was "intensifying" its campaign against the armed group's base in Syria.

Speaking at the Pentagon on Monday, Obama said that recent territory losses by the ISIL group show that the armed group will be defeated, but added that the fight will be long.

The US-led coalition has stepped up its efforts in Iraq and Syria, with some of the heaviest bombing since it began its strikes in September last year. At least 19 US-led coalition air strikes have been carried out in the last 24 hours.

Air raids have been carried out in 11 locations in Iraq: they are the oil town of Beiji, the cities of Fallujah, Haditha, Kirkuk, Makh-mur, Ramadi and Sinjar. Coalition strikes have also targeted eight ISIL positions in Syria: near Hasakah, Raqqa, Kobane and Aleppo.

ISIL 'recaptures' town from YPG forces in Syria's Raqqa

The US president says he is determined to destroy the group, and says regional players in the Middle East are united in their fight against ISIL.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who are helping on the ground, say they have killed 40 ISIL fighters not far from the northern city of Kirkuk.

The Kurdish soldiers claim to have prevented ISIL from attacking several of their positions and entering Kirkuk. Peshmerga forces are stationed north, east and west of Iraq's second largest city Mosul, which is now under ISIL control.

The US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter has praised the efforts of the Peshmerga in the fight against ISIL.

"Well, we are doing more in Syria from the air. I think you saw some of that in recent days. And the opportunity to do that effectively is provided in the case of the last few days by the effective action on the ground of Kurdish forces, which gives us the opportunity to support them tactically," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/obama-intensifying-anti-isil-campaign-syria-150707022410065.html

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Pakistan

 

Security forces kill three suspected militants in Quetta

SYED ALI SHAH

July 7, 2015

QUETTA: Security forces claimed to have killed three suspected militants, including the Balochistan chief of the banned Jaish-ul-Islam (JI) militant group, Mehmood Rind, during a targeted operation conducted in Quetta's Eastern Bypass area on late Monday night.

A well-placed security officer who declined to be named since he was not authorised to speak to media told DawnNews that security forces launched an operation against militants of the proscribed group in the outskirts of Quetta on Monday evening.

Know more: Multiple terror bids foiled in Balochistan

Two security men were also wounded during the operation.

Blasts were also heard in Quetta's Eastern Bypass area during the targeted operation.

The personnel of an intelligence agency backed by personnel of frontier corps faced tough resistance by the militants during the operation, he said.

Also read: Two Hazara brothers shot dead in Quetta sectarian attack

"There was an intense exchange of fire," the officer said.

The wounded security personnel were shifted to combined military hospital (CMH) for medical treatment.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1192905/security-forces-kill-three-suspected-militants-in-quetta

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Mush, Qadri to launch ‘national govt’ drive

July 07, 2015

ISLAMABAD - Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is set to launch a campaign for a ‘national government’ in the coming weeks in alliance with Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri after forming the Muttahida (united) Muslim League, The Nation learnt.

“The formation of the Muttahida Muslim League (MML) is expected soon after the Eid (likely on July 18).

The new party will then form alliance with the likeminded parties.

Qadri’s PAT is one of them.

The campaign will be for the national government and reforms”, Dr Amjed Chaudhry, the Secretary General of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) said.

“Qadri is already our ally.

We contested the Gilgit-Baltistan elections together.

We are in contact with other like-minded groups as well”, Chaudhry added.

He said the telephonic conversation between Musharraf and Qadri was part of the two leaders’ regular interaction.

“We have been in contact in the past so this is nothing new”, he maintained.

Chaudhry said Musharraf, who ruled the country from 1999 to 2008, thinks the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has lost its mandate to rule so a national government, acceptable to all, should be formed to introduce reforms before holding general elections.

“The (proposed) national government can complete the rest of the tenure (until 2018) and then hold elections.

There is a lot needed to be done before going into the polls.

Electoral reforms are needed to check rigging and bureaucratic reshuffle is necessary to ensure neutrality”, he elaborated.

The APML leader said that PML-Quaid-e-Azam, PML-Functional, PML-Junejo, PML-Likeminded and other groups will form the new party.

“All the parties will merge to form the new party.

The Awami Muslim League (AML-led by Sheikh Rashid Ahmed) is also being contacted”, Chaudhry said.

“After the formal announcement (regarding the formation of the new party), we will discuss alliance with the likeminded parties and then launch our campaign for the national government.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/07-Jul-2015/mush-qadri-to-launch-national-govt-drive

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School blown up with explosives in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency

By ZABIHULLAH MOOSAKHAIL

Jul 07 2015

Unidentified gunmen have blown up a government boys school in Bajawar tribal agency of Pakistan.

Reports suggest that the culprits had placed explosive materials around the building of the government boys school in Kharai Kamangara area and detonated it with a remote control on Monday night.

The building of the school is almost destroyed due to the explosions and several copies of school books and documents burned in its fire.

Sayed Gul, head of the education department in Bajauar agency has expressed concern over the attacks on schools.

He told Radio Azadi that 109 schools have been blown up by armed men in Bajaur agency since the attacks on schools begin in 2007, adding that it has badly damaged the education system in this agency.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/government-school-blown-up-with-explosives-in-pakistans-bajaur-agency-3609

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Witness in Benazir case retracts statement

July 7, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Another key witness in Benazir murder case retracted his earlier statement during cross examination before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC).

Earlier, witnesses like former director general National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) retired Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema and SSP Yasin Farooq had disowned the statements attributed to them by the prosecution.

ATC Judge Rai Mohammad Ayub Marth commenced hearing in the Benazir murder case in Adiala Jail when a prosecution witness, retired SSP Maj Imtiaz – a key security official of Ms Bhutto – withdrew his earlier statement.

Earlier, in a statement attributed to Maj Imtiaz it was claimed that Benazir Bhutto was killed due to inadequate security arrangements at Liaqat Bagh where former chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had delivered his last speech. Major Imtiaz also alleged that the then city police officer Syed Saud Aziz and other high ups were not on duty when the attackers targeted Benazir.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1192797/witness-in-benazir-case-retracts-statement

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Suspect linked to Imran Farooq murder in FIA custody for 90 days, SHC told

TAHIR SIDDIQUI

July 7, 2015

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday directed the Federal Investigation Agency to allow the family members of Khalid Shamim, a recently arrested key suspect in the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Imran Farooq, to meet the detainee whenever they make a request for meeting through proper channel.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar gave the direction on an application of Beena Khalid, the suspect’s wife, during the hearing of her petition against possible extradition of her husband.

On Monday, the FIA on the court’s order filed its comments on the petition submitting that Khalid Shamim was reportedly involved in the conspiracy, abetment and targeted killing of Dr Imran Farooq in London.

The FIA reply said that the federal government in exercise of its power under Section 6 of the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance issued an order on June 26 for preventive detention of the suspect by the FIA for 90 days.

According to the Frontier Corps (FC), Shamim, who had been missing since 2011, was arrested along with another suspect, Mohsin Ali, last month near the Pakistan-Afghan border in Chaman.

The woman stated that her husband had been missing since 2011 and now the authorities had shown his arrest in Chaman.

The petitioner said that there was no extradition treaty between the United Kingdom and Pakistan and asked the court to restrain the federal authorities from transferring her husband to Britain for interrogation.

She prayed to the court to restrain the relevant authorities from shifting her husband outside the country.

The court was also prayed to order the federal authorities to allow the relatives of the suspect to meet him.

The hearing was adjourned to Aug 1.

ACE restrained from arresting ex-livestock secy

The same bench restrained the provincial authorities, including the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), from taking any coercive action against former secretary of livestock and fisheries Zafar Iqbal Shaikh in an FIR lodged by the ACE.

The bench was seized with the petition of the former secretary who apprehended his arrest in the FIR lodged by the ACE. The court also issued a notice to the respondent provincial authorities to file their respective comments and put off the hearing to July 13.

His counsel, Barrister Zamir Ghumro and Advocate Naeem Iqbal, submitted that the petitioner deposited an amount of Rs13 million with the Nazir of the SHC on a court order and later the amount was deposited back in the government treasury after the dismissal of his earlier petition by the SHC.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1192749/suspect-linked-to-imran-farooq-murder-in-fia-custody-for-90-days-shc-told

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FIA and NAB have no jurisdiction to conduct raids in Sindh, says Qaim

July 7, 2015

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Monday said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had no jurisdiction to conduct raids in Sindh.

"It is an invasion and we are going to challenge it," said Qaim Ali Shah while speaking to media in a Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) programme held at the FPCCI building today.

“Without asking the Sindh government, NAB and FIA have been given powers by the Centre to conduct raids in provincial and local government offices, arrest officers and paralyse the day to day working of the provincial government," said the chief minister. Read: Rangers have turned Sindh into an occupied province: Altaf

The chief minister added that the executive authority of the federal government or officers of its agencies could not perform the functions of Sindh government in respect of criminal offences regarding corruption of provincial civil servants.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain on the other hand has praised the stance taken by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on the issue of giving additional powers to FIA.

"MQM fully supports the stand taken by the chief minister regarding giving of more powers to FIA. It is tantamount to an attack on Sindh and a great injustice," said Altaf.

He further said legislation should be drawn up to control such injustices towards the provinces.

The MQM chief assured the chief minister that the MQM would extend every political, legal and moral support if the Sindh government challenges the additional powers of FIA in a court of law.

“People of Sindh must wake up now and make a united effort for making their province autonomous by ending the current occupied status," said Altaf, adding that Sindh has been treated as a colony for the past 68 years.

The MQM chief further urged parliamentarians from Sindh to set aside their ideological differences and launch a united effort for the legal and constitutional rights of Sindh.

Nisar allays Qaim's concerns

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Monday assured Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah that extra powers given to the FIA under the Protection of Pakistan Act were not just limited to Sindh but extended to all parts of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1192718/fia-and-nab-have-no-jurisdiction-to-conduct-raids-in-sindh-says-qaim

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India and Pakistan to enter the SCO in 2016

July 07, 2015

Moscow: The membership of India and Pakistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be finalized by the next meeting of the leaders in 2016 in India, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said in an interview broadcast by the Rossiya 24 TV channel. The process of the two countries’ accession to the political, military and economic alliance, which consists of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, kicks off this week at the summit in Ufa, in Russia's Volga republic of Bashkiria. "India and Pakistan are not joining the SCO tomorrow. The process of engaging them is beginning," Ushakov said, adding that this demands the coordination of a working memorandum. The two countries also need to join 28 key documents of the group. "After that, as we hope, the membership of these two countries in the SCO will be finalized and we will be able to talk about our Group of Eight participants," the Kremlin aide said.

http://nation.com.pk/national/07-Jul-2015/india-and-pakistan-to-enter-the-sco-in-2016

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Fight against militancy yielded good results: PM

July 07, 2015

OSLO, Norway - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said Pakistan was determined to improve the quality of education, enhance gender equality and provide increased learning opportunities for both male and female students in the country.

“I strongly believe that education of youth is the only way forward for socio-economic progress of our future generations and that eradicating illiteracy is essential for promotion of peace, tolerance and harmony in any society,” he said. He expressed these view during a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

He said Pakistan fully shares the vision of Oslo Summit which aims at mobilising strong and renewed political commitment to reach out to the 58 million children who are still being denied their right to education.

The prime minister congratulated Brown on being a major driving force behind the Oslo Summit. Gordon Brown extended condolences on the tragic Army Public School incident and appreciated the decisions taken by the government in its aftermath.

Prime Minister Sharif recalled the international conference on education in Islamabad last year chaired by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and appreciated the personal interest taken by him in increasing literacy and improving the quality of education in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the country’s fight against militancy and terrorism had yielded good results as most of the terrorists had been eliminated and their network and hideouts had been dismantled.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/07-Jul-2015/fight-against-militancy-yielded-good-results-pm

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Zardari condemns killing of Hazaras in Quetta

July 07, 2015

ISLAMABAD : Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned attack on innocent Hazara people in Quetta Monday morning.

The former president, in a statement, condemned the killing of three innocent Hazara people, terming the attack a cowardly act of terrorists.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/07-Jul-2015/zardari-condemns-killing-of-hazaras-in-quetta

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Afghan team arrives to defuse tension

July 07, 2015

RAWALPINDI - A nine-member delegation of Afghan officials arrived at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport, informed sources here on Monday.

According to sources, the nine-member delegation, headed by Hikmat Yar Karzai, arrived through a special aircraft at 7:00pm.

Later, the delegation was escorted to the federal capital amid foolproof security.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/07-Jul-2015/afghan-team-arrives-to-defuse-tension

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11 year old Pakistani boy returned by the Indian Army

July 07, 2015

Srinagar: The Indian Army has handed over an 11-year-old boy from Azad Kashmir who had inadvertently crossed into Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC), to the Pakistani Army. Sameer Kayani, a resident of Laswa area of Athmuqam in Azad Kashmir was intercepted by troops deployed in the forward areas after he inadvertently crossed into Indian side on Thursday, army officials said in Srinagar on Sunday night. The Army sent an urgent hot line message to the Pakistan side, after the boy was intercepted, they said. The officials said that the message was initiated to inform the Pakistan Army of the safety and well being of Kayani along with a request for a flag meeting so that the boy could be repatriated and united with his family at the earliest.  "The flag meeting was held at the Teetwal Crossing Point and the boy was handed over to representatives of Pakistan Army by the unit based at Tanghdar frontier area," the officials said. The Army also gave Kayani a pair of new clothes and sweets for his family across the borders.

http://nation.com.pk/national/07-Jul-2015/11-year-old-pakistani-boy-returned-by-the-indian-army

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Muslim Leader Advises China’s Muslims to Avoid Politics

Posted On 07 Jul 2015

Jakarta, GIVnews.com – A noted Indonesian Muslim leader has called on Muslims in China to not meddle in the political affairs of China, the most populous country in the world.

Said Aqil Siradj, general chairman of the Nadhaltul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest mass organization, made the remark during a meeting in Jakarta on Monday (6/7), in the presence of Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xie Feng, Detik.com reported. On the occasion, the Chinese envoy presented a donation to 500 orphans and students from Islamic boarding schools or pesantren.

Full report at:

http://www.globalindonesianvoices.com/21510/indonesian-muslim-leader-advises-chinas-muslims-to-avoid-politics/

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Malaysia’s stance on Sabah absolute, the Philippines told

July 7, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s stance in regard to the Philippines and their claim on the ownership of Sabah will not change, according to deputy foreign minister Hamzah Zainuddin.

The United Nations has recognised the state as being part of Malaysia since 1963, something that Malaysia intends to stick to.

In a report by The Sun, Hamzah was responding to a question by Senator Chin Su Phin, who had asked the Foreign Ministry to state the government’s stance on Philippines president Benigno Aquino’s refusal to drop the country’s claim on Sabah.

“The Malaysian government has repeatedly stressed that it will neither recognise nor entertain any claims by any parties on Sabah,” Hamzah said to Parliament, adding that Malaysia would not waver from its stance that Sabah is a part of sovereign Malaysia. He also said that the Foreign Ministry had summoned Philippines’s charge d’affaires Medardo G Macaraig and the Philippines ambassador to Malaysia to discuss and reiterate the matter.

Among recent episodes in the territorial dispute currently surrounding Sabah is the Lahad Datu incursion by 235 militants in February 2013, led by self-proclaimed successor to the Sulu Sultanate Jamalul Kiram III to reclaim the state, and which saw the death of ten members of Malaysian security forces before the militants were defeated in March.

In other news, the government has warned that it will apply to extradite Malaysians living abroad who speak ill of the country, according to a reply by deputy home minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar yesterday to Senator Abdul Shukor Mohd Sultan.

He said that they would face the full force of the Malaysian law and justice system, and that they would be hit with the Sedition Act or sections under the Penal Code.

Wan Junaidi slammed those making statements that would damage the country’s image abroad, and who would attempt to seek the help of foreign nations to help with local criminal offences.

Full report at:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/07/07/malaysias-stance-on-sabah-absolute-the-philippines-told/

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Court to hear SIS bid to quash Mais ruling

July 7, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court will hear on Nov 12 the judicial review application by Sisters In Islam (SIS) and two others to quash the decision of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) declaring the organisation as deviating from Islamic teachings.

Deputy registrar of the High Court Norhasniah Abdul Razak fixed the date in chambers when the case came up for case management.

Lawyer Majdah Muda, who represented Mais, told reporters that Judge Asmabi Mohamad would hear the matter.

On Dec 10 last year, SIS, its founder, Zainah Mahfoozah Anwar, and Mohd Zaid Ibrahim had obtained leave from the High Court for the judicial review application.

In allowing the application, Asmabi held that the application by the three was not frivolous.

In the application, they had named the Selangor Fatwa Committee, Mais and the Selangor government as respondents.

Full report at:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/07/07/court-to-hear-sis-bid-to-quash-mais-ruling/

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Najib, Muhyiddin are contrasts as Prime Minister

Joe Fernandez

July 7, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: A political analyst, having long observed the characters of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, has concluded that no two persons could be so different from each other. “Muhyiddin has so far been a big disappointment when as the number two, he should be making decisions when the number one has lost all moral authority. He’s the best person to tell Najib to go. He told Abdullah Badawi to go in 2009 but only because it was not he who became Prime Minister.”

Muhyiddin, argued Shahbudin Husin in his latest blog posting, would probably very much like to be Prime Minister — reads like Ghaffar Baba who wanted to be Prime Minister even if it was for a day – but is “shy and hesitant”. Perhaps he doesn’t think that it’s the done thing to push oneself forward to be Prime Minister. He may want the people to decide and even then maybe he’s not even sure.

Already, he said, allegations against Najib in The Wall Street Journal last Friday is being seen as providing the second momentum for Muhyiddin after he failed to make use of the first when he spoke to four Umno divisions in Janda Baik not so long ago and a video of that meeting went viral. “The people, once again, want Muhyiddin to seize the initiative and tell Najib to go but he sits on the moment once again instead of pushing for change.”

Najib, on the hand was a completely shameless creature who no doubt thinks it’s his right to be Prime Minister and wants to cling on to the post, come hell or high water.

“In other nations where the people suffer misery and misfortune under a leader like Najib, the leader would have long vacated his post with honour and dignity,” said Shahbudin. “Najib is the worst Prime Minister in the history of the country in terms of performance and support from the people and yet still refuses to concede and withdraw despite facing the tragedy of horrific allegations against him.”

“He wants to defend his post at all costs no matter what happens to the people and the country.”

Muhyiddin as the Deputy Prime Minister, reiterated Shahbudin, can probably do again what he did back then when he managed to persuade Abdullah Badawi to quit as Prime Minister. “But he appears to be still shy and hesitant.”

“No doubt Badawi was a different case as it was not Muhyiddin who became Prime Minister. This time it’s different and if he does what he did previously, he fears being accused of doing it so that he could be Prime Minister.”

The analyst was expressing all the fears that go through a Malay mind when faced with situations like these.

Full report at:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/07/07/najib-muhyiddin-are-contrasts-as-prime-minister/

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PM duped into 1MDB-PetroSaudi JV?

July 7, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: A report published yesterday on Sarawak Report appears to suggest that Prime Minister Najib Razak may have been misled into allowing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to enter into the ill-fated joint venture with PetroSaudi International. The evidence, it claims, is contained in a series of photos showing Najib, wife Rosmah Mansor and two of their children together with PetroSaudi’s owner Prince Turki, its director Tarek Obaid and tycoon Jho Low on board the luxury yacht Tatoosh in the South of France in August 2009, barely three weeks before the joint venture was entered into.

Shortly thereafter, on September 29, 2009, 1MDB committed US$1 billion to the joint venture.

US$700 million from that sum was utilised to repay a loan by parent company PetroSaudi International, although that payment was issued to Good Star Limited instead, a company linked to Low.

Full report at:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/07/07/pm-duped-into-1mdb-petrosaudi-jv/

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Indonesia hopes new tools will boost appeal to foreign Islamic banks

JULY 7, 2015

BY NILUFAR RIZKI

Indonesian regulators are promoting new sharia-compliant financial tools and considering easing foreign ownership limits for domestic Islamic banks, seeking to make the sector more appealing to foreign lenders.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation but its Islamic finance sector is domestically focused and still has only niche status, behind neighbouring Malaysia and several Gulf countries.

The government wants to change that, and this year the financial regulator, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), launched a five-year strategy that aims to triple the sector's market share to 15 percent by 2023.

Last month, President Joko Widodo threw his weight behind the drive by inaugurating a national campaign by the OJK to promote awareness of Islamic finance.

Attracting foreign capital is part of those plans; the OJK is considering easing foreign ownership ceilings for Islamic banks, now at 40 percent.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank said this week it was considering entering the market as part of its acquisition plans for 2016.

It joins Bahrain's Al Baraka Banking Group and Dubai Islamic Bank, which plan to expand their operations in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

Meanwhile, companies can raise cash in foreign currencies more easily with Islamic instruments, after the country's national sharia board approved sharia-compliant currency hedging tools in April.

The potential was illustrated in May when national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia became the first Indonesian corporate to tap the offshore market for Islamic bonds (sukuk) with a $500 million, five-year deal.

Full report at:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/07/07/islam-financing-indonesia-idINL8N0ZN03720150707

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India

 

Both Muslims and Jats leave Atali — for different reasons

by Aniruddha Ghosal

July 7, 2015

On Monday evening, Atali village was a pale shadow of its former self. Hundreds of residents had fled — Muslim families, fearing violence, and Jat youth, fearing arrests.

Two days ago, on Saturday, police had started the process of rounding up the accused in connection with the rioting on May 25 in the village. Many people were detained, and eventually 10 were arrested. As news of the arrests spread, many Jats started leaving the village Sunday.

“There is no point in staying. Names of men in our family have been included in the complaints by Muslims because they want revenge. They were not involved in the violence. The police is biased against our community,” claimed Kripa, whose two sons have left Atali. Now, only women, children and the elderly are left in most Jat homes. Violence erupted in the village on May 25 as 2,000 armed men allegedly set fire to the only mosque in the village as well as Muslim homes and shops. Fifteen people were injured and 150 Muslims fled the village, camping at Ballabhgarh police station till June 3. Another incident of violence took place last week when at least four people were injured during stone pelting between two communities. “Police are harassing young men in our village. Muslims have said there were almost 2,000 people accused in the violence. That is not true,” alleged Satish Chaudhury. Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/both-muslims-and-jats-leave-atali-for-different-reasons/99/

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India, Pakistan start process of joining SCO

Saibal Dasgupta

Jul 7, 2015

BEIJING: India and Pakistan would start the process of joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization next week, Chinese vice foreign minister Cheng Guoping said on Monday. It's a move that will make the China-backed organization a major security bloc with four nuclear armed nations, China, Russia, India and Pakistan, as members.

Also, once the process is completed, it will be the first time that India and Pakistan will sit in the same security bloc. It will also enhance China's stature as a power-broker because it commands maximum influence over the Shanghai based organization.

"India and Pakistan's admission to the SCO will play an important role in the SCO's development. It will play a constructive role in pushing for the improvement of their bilateral relations," Cheng told journalists.

"As the influence of SCO's development has expanded, more and more countries in the region have brought up joining the SCO," he said.

India had applied to become a full member of SCO last year. Pakistan has been seeking member status for years but Beijing has been reluctant to let it join unless India came on board. SCO foreign ministers gave a positive recommendation for both countries to join in June.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pakistan-start-process-of-joining-SCO/articleshow/47966753.cms

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Muslim growth rate has dipped: Owaisi

Uday Rana

Jul 6, 2015

MEERUT: "Going by the current growth rate, it seems the Muslim population will take at least 250 years to equal the majority," said All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi during a Roza Iftar party here on Monday.

Refuting the theory of RSS and Shiv Sena that Muslim population is at a rapid rate, Owaisi claimed, "The growth rate among Muslims has dipped. In fact, we are only growing at the rate of 2% per annum. At this rate, it will take us 250 years to equal the majority community."

Hitting out at the BJP-led Maharashtra government for derecognizing madrassas, the MP said, "Article 28 of the Constitution clearly states that Indian citizens will have the right to religious education. The decision of the Maharashtra government is not only unethical but also unconstitutional."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/Muslim-growth-rate-has-dipped-Owaisi/articleshow/47964398.cms

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Future bright for India-Uzbekistan ties: PM Modi

Jul 6, 2015

TASHKENT: India and Uzbekistan on Monday discussed Afghanistan and the "rising threat of extremism and terrorism in the extended neighbourhood" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, on his first stop on his Central Asian tour.

Modi, who held restricted and delegational talks with Karimov, said both nations agreed to intensity security cooperation and exchanges and also defence and cyber security cooperation.

In his media statement following the talks, Modi said both sides discussed steps to implement the contract signed earlier for supply of uranium from Uzbekistan.

Both leaders also discussed initiatives to enhance connectivity.

Modi said he briefed Karimov about the International North South Transport Corridor and proposed that Uzbekistan become a member.

"I sought his support for India joining the Ashgabat Agreement" -- a transport corridor that would link Central Asia to the seaports in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.

He also said both countries will also seek to work in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Modi said his five-nation tour of Central Asia reflects India's resolve to start a new era in ties with the Central Asian republics.

He said his visit to Uzbekistan underlines its importance for India, "not just in the context of this region, but also more broadly in Asia".

"I share President Karimov's desire to raise the level of our economic engagement. I conveyed to him that there is a strong interest in Indian business to invest in Uzbekistan. I have urged him to make the process and the policies for Indian investments here smoother. President responded positively to my suggestion," he said.

He said the Uzbek president was supportive of strengthening ongoing cooperation in the areas of agriculture, information technology and energy.

"We also discussed regional and international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. We also have shared concerns on the rising threat of extremism and terrorism in our extended neighbourhood," he said.

Modi said he would be visiting the memorial of late Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on Tuesday and thanked Uzbekistan for "preserving the legacy of our former Prime Minister".

He said his visit and talks were "very rewarding" and would lay the foundation for a "rich harvest in years ahead".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Future-bright-for-India-Uzbekistan-ties-PM-Modi/articleshow/47964534.cms

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Europe

 

Mali extremist traded for French hostage killed in attack

July 07 2015

A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has been killed.

Modibo Nama Traore said Monday that French special forces killed Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene in an early Sunday morning operation in the Tigharghar mountains in north Mali's Kidal region. A dozen others were arrested, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/07/mali-extremist-traded-french-hostage-killed-attack.html

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UK remembers 2005 London bombings under shadow of Tunisia

July 7, 2015

LONDON: Britain will on Tuesday mark 10 years since the London bombings with a minute's silence for the 52 victims, less than a fortnight after an attack in Tunisia highlighted the ongoing Islamist threat.

Thirty Britons were among 38 people killed when a gunman went on the rampage at a popular Tunisian beach resort on June 26, Britain's worst terror incident since four suicide bombers attacked the London transport network on July 7, 2005.

Read more: 27 dead in Tunisia tourist resort attack

"Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly," UK Prime Minister David Cameron said.

"The murder of 30 innocent Britons whilst holidaying in Tunisia is a brutal reminder of that fact. But we will never be cowed by terrorism."

In the past decade, successive governments have strengthened security powers and improved the way the emergency services respond to attacks.

But they are still struggling to address the problem of radicalisation exposed by the bombings, which were carried out not by foreign fighters but by four young men from Yorkshire in northern England who were inspired by al Qaeda.

Hundreds of British young people are now flocking to join the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, raising fears that they might return to attack their homeland.

"We will keep on doing all that we can to keep the British public safe, protecting vulnerable young minds from others' extremist beliefs and promoting the shared values of tolerance, love and respect that make Britain so great," Cameron said.

The commemorations begin with a wreath-laying at the national memorial in Hyde Park at 8:50am (local time), marking the moment the first three bombs exploded on London Underground trains at Aldgate, Edgware Road and Russell Square stations.

An hour later, a fourth suicide bomber blew himself up on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square near Russell Square, killing and injuring some of those who had been evacuated from the Underground.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1192916/uk-remembers-2005-london-bombings-under-shadow-of-tunisia

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UK remembers 7/7 victims 10 years on

7 July 2015

Britain will fall silent on Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of attacks targeting London public transport which killed 56 people, the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in western Europe.

Relatives of the victims, survivors, royalty and senior politicians will gather to remember those killed in the July 7 2005 bombings with emotions still raw after a massacre in Tunisia last month, Britain’s worst loss of life in an incident involving militants since the London attacks.

The wreckage of a double-deckers bus with is top blown off and damaged cars scattered on the road at Tavistock Square in central London in this July 7, 2005 file photo. (AP)

“Today the country comes together to remember the victims of one of the deadliest terrorist atrocities on mainland Britain,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement.

“Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly - the murder of 30 innocent Britons whilst holidaying in Tunisia is a brutal reminder of that fact. But we will never be cowed by terrorism.”

In the early hours of July 7 a decade ago, four young British Muslims travelled down to London where they detonated homemade bombs hidden in rucksacks on three underground trains and a bus during the morning rush-hour.

Inspired by al-Qaeda, they killed themselves and 52 other people and wounded around 700 others. Citizens from Poland, Israel, Australia, France, Italy, Afghanistan, Nigeria, New Zealand and a Vietnamese-American were among the victims.

Cameron will lay a wreath at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park before joining other senior figures, relatives of the victims, survivors and members of the emergency services caught up in the bombings for a service of remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral.

This will include a national minute of silence, which comes just four days after Britain paid a similar tribute to those killed when an Islamist gunman opened fire at the Tunisian resort of Sousse.

‘Learning lessons’

A further service will be held later at the memorial site for survivors and relatives which Prince William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, will attend.

Esther Hyman, 46, whose sister Miriam was killed on the Number 30 bus when it was blown up at Tavistock Square, told Reuters many young people seemed unaware of the bombings.

“The events of 7/7 do seem to have slipped out of public consciousness,” said Hyman, who with her mother last week launched an educational program to help teach school pupils about the attacks and to steer them away from violent extremism.

“It’s worth remembering an event like 7/7 and learning lessons from it so that it didn’t happen in vain.”

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2015/07/07/UK-remembers-7-7-victims-10-years-on-.html

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