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Execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Sets Al Saud on Hellfire

 

 

 

 

Shia rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with armed Sunni tribesmen for a second straight day in fighting that left at least 16 people dead. Reuters pic, October 18, 2014.

 

 

Mideast

Execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Sets Al Saud on Hellfire

16 dead in Yemen as Shia rebels battle Sunni tribes

Iranian Guards Kill Several Outlaws at Border with Pakistan

Frustrating West, Turkey maintains cautious stance against jihadists

Palestinians seek U.N. vote on Israeli troop pullout

 

South Asia

Radicalised Madrasas Must Be Closed Across South Asia: NSA to Afghanistan President

31 Taliban militants killed, 11 injured in clearing operations

Drone strike leaves 3 Taliban militants dead in Kunar province

Hizb-ut-Tahrir making a comeback

'Have great dream, defeat problems': Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to Bangladeshi youths

 

Arab World

IS Jihadists Execute Man for 'Filming HQ' In Syria

Bombers Kill 50 ISIL Terrorists in Iraq's Baiji

35 ISIL Terrorists Killed by Kurdish Forces in Syria

Monitor: 10 civilians killed in Syria after US-led air strikes against IS

Iraqi PM: Foreign ground troops ‘not required’ in ISIS fight

Saudi Arabia Arrests Sunni Cleric on Religious Charges

Saddam Hussein planned to kidnap Israeli PM in 1981

After repelling ISIL, PKK fighters are the new heroes of Kurdistan

 

North America

Why Do Saudis Want Their Children To Become US Citizens?

Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group: AP report

US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

Iraq is the top priority in fight against IS: US commander

Barack Obama reviews strategy in Iraq and Syria against ISIL

 

 

Southeast Asia

Catholic Priest Wakes Up From Coma after 17 Months, Converts to Islam

Malaysia supports action against Islamic State militants, says Najib

Islamic banking experts from Malaysia needed at global level

 

India

Anti-India Rally Calling For 'Independence of Kashmir' To Take Place in UK

Modi Govt. Should Prioritise Ram Temple Issue: RSS

Protesters Again Display ISIS Flags In Kashmir Valley

 

Pakistan

Pakistan Asks World to Support Its Efforts to Root out Terrorism

Six Suspected Militants Killed In Khyber Agency

There is no place for conspirators like Javed Hashmi: Tahir ul Qadri

Any aggression against Pakistan will get a befitting response: General Raheel

Bajaur IED blast kills two security personnel

Jamaat hits out at ‘political culture’ PTI is promoting

Benazir’s mission will continue: Zardari

Bilawal to address rally: Supporters begin arriving at Bagh-i-Jinnah

 

Africa

Libya: 18 killed in Benghazi fighting

Human Rights Watch finds few abuses inside West Sahara camps

Suspected rebels kill more than 20 people in eastern Congo village

 

Europe

Britain may use mediaeval treason law to tackle Daesh Islamist fighters

Germany to seize ID cards to stop jihadist travel

U.N. Security Council urges stronger campaign against ISIS

Cameron must act to free Briton on Pak death row

Germany arrests two suspected ISIS supporters

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Mideast

 

Execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Sets Al Saud on Hellfire

18 Oct, 2014

Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi lashed out at the Saudi government for upholding the ruling for the capital punishment of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and warned that the Al Saud are standing on the edge of the hell.

"If the Al-Saud commits such a crime against Ayatollah Sheikh al-Nimr, its move will not remain unanswered and Muslims will change this world to a hell for them," General Naqdi said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday.

Meantime, he underlined that the death sentence should be seen as a verdict issued by a blasphemous and sinister regime and not a Sunni government against a top Shiite cleric.

A court in Saudi Arabia upheld a death sentence given to Sheikh al-Nimr this week. However, the enforcement of the ruling has been postponed.

The senior Shiite cleric is accused of delivering anti-government speeches and defending political prisoners.

Nimr was attacked and arrested in the Qatif region in July 2012. His arrest sparked widespread protests in the kingdom leaving several people dead.

There have been numerous demonstrations in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province since 2011, with the protestors calling for political reform and an end to what they call widespread discrimination. Several people have been killed and many others have been injured or arrested during the demonstrations.

The Persian Gulf monarchy has come under fire from international human rights organizations, which have criticized it for failing to address the rights situation in the kingdom. Critics say the country shows zero-tolerance toward dissent.

In January, Joe Stork, the deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa division for Human Right Watch, slammed Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on activists in the kingdom.

"Saudi Arabia should free imprisoned activists and take other concrete, visible steps to show the government is willing to improve its abysmal rights record," Stork said.

Stork also questioned the election of Saudi Arabia as a member of the Human Rights Council in November last year, saying that Riyadh has a record of repression and its membership is not warranted.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy that does not allow any election.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930726000909

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16 dead in Yemen as Shia rebels battle Sunni tribes

18 Oct, 2014

Shia rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with armed Sunni tribesmen for a second straight day today in fighting that left at least 16 people dead, medics said.

The rebels took control of the capital Sanaa on September 21 after orchestrating weeks of protests that paralysed the government. They then pushed south earlier this week, meeting little or no resistance from security forces.

But as their advance has taken them out of the mainly Shia northern highlands into predominantly Sunni areas, they have met increasingly fierce resistance from local tribes as well as Sunni extremists of al-Qaeda.

In mainly Sunni Ibb province today, 12 rebels were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on their vehicle, while four tribesmen died in fighting, medics and local officials said.

It came after 14 rebels and 10 tribesmen died in fighting around Ibb city yesterday.

After those clashes, Ibb governor Yehya al-Iryani called on "armed groups from all sides to leave the province and end violence."

He warned that if they did not, authorities "will, under the orders of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi... take all necessary measures to restore security and stability."

But during the night, hundreds of armed tribesmen surrounded Ibb, laying siege to the rebels inside the city, witnesses said.

Today's clashes came as the rebels tried to send reinforcements from Shia areas further north, tribal sources said.

Hadi discussed the situation with US President Barack Obama yesterday, but he has so far done nothing to stop the rebel advance.

The rebels took the Sunni majority Red Sea port city of Hudeida on Monday, and on Wednesday advanced into mainly Shia Dhamar province and then Ibb.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/16-dead-in-yemen-as-shia-rebels-battle-sunni-tribes#sthash.kevzBNhM.dpuf

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Iranian Guards Kill Several Outlaws at Border with Pakistan

18 Oct, 2014

Commander of the Iranian Border Guards in the Southeastern Province of Sistan and Balouchestan announced that his forces have killed a large number of outlaws in clashes at the border with Pakistan.

Brigadier General Rohambakhsh Habibi said on Friday that the Zahedan Border Guards Brigade had received tips on the movement of a group of armed militants at the zero point of Iran-Pakistan borders and their intention to infiltrate into the Iranian soil.

”The brigade stopped the outlaws' infiltration in a highly skilled operation," said the Iranian commander, adding that a number of the militants were killed and their vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunitions were also targeted in the operation.

He further added that two Iranian border guards, Javad Baqeri and Reza Barai, were also killed in the Friday clashes.

Brigadier General Habibi warned that any infiltration attempt by outlaws, militants, terrorists and extremists to cross the Iranian border would cost them dearly.

On Tuesday, Sistan and Balouchestan Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi informed that his forces have identified and arrested all the terrorists behind the attack on police officers near the Iranian border city of Sarbaz in the shortest time possible.

Three police officers were ambushed and wounded by terrorists, Rahimi said, adding that all the attackers were wounded and arrested in less than three hours.

Also last week, three officers were killed when they, along with other patrol police forces, came under attack by armed bandits while on a mission in the city of Saravan in the same province.

Brigadier General Rahimi said that Iranian security forces in Sistan and Balouchestan identified and arrested several suspects in relation to the killing of four police officers in Saravan.

Following the incident, he added, the police immediately blocked routes used by terrorists, which led to a shootout between the gunmen and police forces at a checkpoint.

According to the police chief, a number of perpetrators were identified and arrested in a surprise attack on the gunmen, which prompted them to fire rockets, in retaliation, on a police station in Saravan. Another police officer was killed in the incident, he added.

Sistan and Balouchestan Province has been the scene of a number of terrorist attacks in recent years.

On February 6, Jaish al-Adl terrorists kidnapped five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Sistan and Balouchestan and took them to the Pakistani territory.

In a message on April 6, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said efforts by security and diplomatic bodies as well as locals had borne fruit and four of the abductees were freed and reunited with their families.

On October 25, 2013, Jaish al-Adl terrorist group killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Balouchestan Province.

In February 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering the activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.

Iran has repeatedly called on Pakistan to comply with the terms of the agreement.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930726000252

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Frustrating West, Turkey maintains cautious stance against jihadists

18 Oct, 2014

Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Western diplomats have repeatedly made clear they want to see the key NATO member play a key role in the coalition against the militants, who are battling for the Syrian town Kobane just a few kilometres from Turkey.

But even with the jihadists so close, Turkey is wary of giving in to Western pressure to allow coalition jets the use of its air bases, let alone deploy its own troops.

Turkish leaders meanwhile are increasingly bitter over being pressured to help save the single settlement of Kobane, when IS jihadists have already snared swathes of Iraq and Syria while the West did nothing.

"It's not about Kobane," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu snapped angrily this week. "It's all about putting pressure on Turkey through Kobane. But Turkey has no appetite for adventures."

Including the latest influx of 200,000 Syrians from the Kobane region, Turkey is already hosting 1.5 million refugees, a number that the government icily points out dwarfs the numbers taken in by the West.

"No-one has a right to teach us a lesson," said Davutoglu, who in his previous job as foreign minister spearheaded a controversial policy to make Turkey once again the centre of the Middle East diplomacy.

With Erdogan frequently pointing out that the "world is bigger than five" in reference to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the failure Thursday of Turkey's bid to take a non-permanent seat on the council is hardly going to help.

According to analysts, Turkey has every reason to be cautious -- IS is already camped out just over its own borders and the security implications of Turkish military action would be unpredictable.

A war against IS would "be a disaster for Turkey, with porous borders, vulnerability to terrorist attack and the significant Sunni conservative constituency in Turkey that does not see IS as Turkey's enemy," said Hugh Pope of the International Crisis Group.

"The West should be very careful not to force Turkey to intervene to save Syria and then find that the Syrian mayhem has engulfed Turkey," he added.

Erdogan has said Turkey could join the coalition but only under strict conditions -- that a security zone is created inside Syria, a no-fly zone imposed and a cogent international strategy created to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Removing the Assad regime is currently not a Western priority," said Marc Pierini of the Carnegie Centre, adding that a no-fly zone was seen in the West as "yesterday's good idea".

While the United States has made clear its focus is on halting IS, Turkey wants an overarching, three-pronged strategy against three entities it regards as "terror" groups -- IS, the Assad regime and the separatist militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Turkey is hugely concerned that an alliance between the PKK and the Syria-based Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) could create an effective Kurdish fighting force straddling the border.

Yet according to Pierini, Turkey should consider an alliance with the Syrian Kurds who "could eventually be the best buffer force against the Islamic State" jihadists.

In a key snub, Turkey has so far refused to allow US forces to use the ideally-situated Incirlik air base in Adana province for bombing raids against IS.

"It has become a matter of pride now that Turkey does not agree that Incirlik be used for military purposes. Otherwise, Ankara would be seen as giving in to American pressure," said columnist Lale Kemal in the Zaman newspaper.

Turkey is already going through a prickly period in ties with Europe and the United States due to the perceived authoritarian tendencies of the Erdogan-led authorities, who have no hesitation in using tear gas or water cannon to disperse anti-government protests.

Erdogan this week took his rhetoric a step further -- slamming the modern day "Lawrences of Arabia" who he said were wreaking havoc in the Middle East, referring to the British officer T.E. Lawrence who fought with the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire in World War I.

The only area where Turkey sees eye-to-eye with the West on Syria is the need to train and equip members of the moderate Syrian opposition, with Ankara prepared to let this happen on Turkish territory.

On October 2, Turkey itself fuelled expectations that its position would change dramatically when parliament passed legislation allowing the government to send troops into Syria.

But rather than a move to join the anti-IS coalition, this now appears more aimed at protecting the tiny Turkish exclave inside Syria around the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the mediaeval founder of the Ottoman Empire, in case of attack by IS.

"We will not excuse anyone who poses a threat to Turkey and we will promptly punish them. This is what the mandate is meant for," said Davutoglu.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113339/World/Region/Frustrating-West,-Turkey-maintains-cautious-stance.aspx

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Palestinians seek U.N. vote on Israeli troop pullout

18 October 2014

The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories.

Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated - which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel's closest ally the United States and others - the Palestinians have other options.

"This is not going to be an open-ended exercise," he said. "The main option is to go with a vote."

Palestinian officials said Thursday they have seven "yes" votes in the 15-member Security Council and are seeking additional support. A minimum of nine votes is needed for approval, and then the measure can be vetoed by one of the five permanent members, including the United States.

The draft resolution is an expression of Palestinian frustration with the repeated failure of U.S.-led negotiations with Israel on the terms of an independent Palestinian state. The last round broke down in April, after nine months of fruitless talks in which the two sides couldn't agree on the ground rules.

Mansour said the Palestinians will not go back "to the same kind of negotiations that have led us nowhere for more than 20 years."

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, asked earlier this month about a deadline for an Israeli pullout, said that the United States strongly believes the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through negotiations between the two parties.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said when the draft was first circulated that by pursuing the resolution the Palestinians were "bypassing negotiations by taking unilateral action" and "avoiding a real dialogue."

Mansour said the Palestinians are committed to voting on the resolution and "the centerpiece of our resolution is the time frame."

He said one option if the draft resolution is defeated is for the Palestinians to join more treaties and conventions and the International Criminal Court.

When the U.N. General Assembly recognized a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem in October 2012, the Palestinians gained the right to seek membership in U.N. institutions and treaty bodies and possibly take their complaints over Israeli settlement-building on occupied land to the ICC, which is independent. Earlier this year, it joined 15 international treaties and conventions.

"We want to create legal facts on the ground that we exist as a state," Mansour said, adding that joining additional treaties, conventions and the ICC will further "acknowledge that a Palestinian state does exist."

Palestine joined Paris-based UNESCO in 2011 before becoming a U.N. observer state, leading to a U.S. cutoff of funding to the educational, scientific and cultural agency under a U.S. law that bans support for any U.N. agency with Palestine as a member.

Mansour said the Palestinians may also go to the U.N. General Assembly where resolutions are not legally binding but there are no vetoes.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/18/Palestinians-seek-Israeli-pullout-vote-this-year.html

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South Asia

 

Radicalised Madrasas Must Be Closed Across South Asia: NSA to Afghanistan President

18 Oct, 2014

Mohammad Hanif Atmar, national security adviser to President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has said all religious schools (Madrasas) which spread radicalism in South Asia must be closed.

Atmar said radicalised religious schools have become a key element of terror infrastructure in the region since they are being misused by certain State and non-State actors.

He made the remarks to an audience at a conference organized by Delhi Policy Group in the Indian capital city of Delhi via satellite from Kabul, The Hindu local newspaper reported.

Atmar did not disclose further information regarding the state and non-state actors which are misusing the religious schools, however his remarks were apparently towards Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).

The Afghan government has long been accusing Pakistan’s military intelligence (ISI) for funding the anti-government armed militant groups, including Taliban group and the Haqqani terrorist network.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/radicalised-madrasas-must-be-closed-across-south-asia-atmar-6852

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31 Taliban militants killed, 11 injured in clearing operations

Oct 18 2014

At least 31 Taliban militants were killed and 11 others were injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI), said “In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.”

The statement further added “The operations were conducted in Baghlan, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Paktika and Helmand provinces, as a result 31 armed Taliban members were killed and 11 others were wounded.”

Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition during the operations, MoI said.

The statement also added that the Afghan National Police discovered and defused 11 different types of IEDs placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Nimroz, Ghor, Paktika, Khost, Uruzgan and Nangarhar provinces.

Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

http://www.khaama.com/moi-31-taliban-militants-killed-11-injured-in-clearing-operations-8827

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Drone strike leaves 3 Taliban militants dead in Kunar province

Oct 18 2014

At least three Taliban militants were killed following a drone strike by NATO-led coalition forces in eastern Kunar province.

According to local government officials, the airstrike was carried out late Friday night in Shegal district.

Provincial police chief, Abdul Habib Syed Kheli said the drone targeted a compound used by anti-government armed militants.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts.

Kunar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant networks are openly operating.

Kunar is also considered to be a hotbed of insurgents both for the Afghan and Pakistani militants, as Kunar province has border with the tribal regions of Pakistan.

http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-leaves-3-taliban-militants-dead-in-kunar-province-8829

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Hizb-ut-Tahrir making a comeback

18 Oct, 2014

Banned Islamist militant outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir is once again trying to come out of its cocoon in the name of registering protest against Abdul Latif Siddique’s recent comments on Hajj and Tabligh Jamaat.

Source in the Hizb-ut-Tahrir said the party will stage demonstration and hold Islamic programmes demanding capital punishment to the former posts and telecommunications minister.

According to the sources in the outfit more than 10,000 Hizb-ut-Tahrir members, divided in small groups, are currently active across the country.

These members are reportedly making direct contact with general people through organising small Islamic programmes in which they demand execution of Latif and distribute leaflets and video CDs having anti-government statements.

From such a programme Hizbut-Tahrir cadres yesterday clashed with police on the Iqbar Road of Mohammadpur area.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/oct/18/hizb-ut-tahrir-making-comeback#sthash.eueCWs00.dpuf

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'Have great dream, defeat problems': Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to Bangladeshi youths

18 Oct, 2014

Former Indian president and acclaimed scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday inspired Bangladeshi youths to nurture great dreams, acquire knowledge continuously and defeat problems through working hard to build a better Bangladesh.

“Your dreams are Bangladesh’s dreams, your thoughts are Bangladesh’s thoughts and your actions will be Bangladesh’s actions,” he told students of various public and private universities at in a dialogue at city’s Sonargaon Hotel.

He termed having small aims or dreams as a ‘crime’ and encouraged Bangladeshi youths to think big and convert their dreams into actions through hard work.

Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) arranged the event, titled ‘Youth Dialogue with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’, marking its 110 years of service on Saturday.

Before sharing his ‘journey of life’ with the students, the former Indian President recited a poem of Jalaluddin Rumi – ‘I will fly and fly’ - in chorus.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/south-asia/2014/oct/18/have-great-dream-defeat-problems#sthash.OWFfNEAg.dpuf

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Arab World

 

IS Jihadists Execute Man for 'Filming HQ' In Syria

18 Oct, 2014

Islamic State group jihadists have executed a man in northern Syria they accused of filming their headquarters and displayed his body on a cross, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

The man was put to death in the Aleppo province town of Al-Bab on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

His body was then strapped to a makeshift metal cross and hung with a sign reading "Abdullah Al-Bushi. Crime: filming Islamic State headquarters for 500 Turkish lira ($222) per video," the Britain-based group said, citing witnesses on the ground.

"Judgement: execution and crucifixion for three days," the sign hung around the man's neck added.

IS has carried out repeated executions of those it accuses of spying or diverging from its harsh interpretation of Islam.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113363/World/Region/IS-jihadists-execute-man-for-filming-HQ-in-Syria.aspx

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Bombers Kill 50 ISIL Terrorists in Iraq's Baiji

18 Oct, 2014

Iraqi fighter jets launched massive strikes against the positions of the ISIL terrorists in the city of Baiji, Salahuddin province, leaving 50 terrorists dead and 20 vehicles destroyed.

Iraq's warplanes hit the convoys and hideouts of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in an air strike North of Beji district in Salah il-Din province, killing and injuring huge numbers of them.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts 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.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930726000338

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35 ISIL Terrorists Killed by Kurdish Forces in Syria

18 Oct, 2014

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Kurdistan region killed 35 terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Ras al-Ain last night.

The terrorists were killed after heavy clashes with the Kurdish forces near the evacuated village of Raviya on Tal Bouka hills last night.

The bodies of 20 terrorists fell into the hands of the YPG.

Also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the YPG killed 16 fighters of the ISIL terrorist group near the city of Kobani in Northern Syria. The ISIL fighters were targeted by the Kurdish YPG forces, in the village of Halang, near the predominantly Kurdish city of Kobani.

The fight against ISIL terrorists in the Syrian town of Kobani is being won, according to the US military. Kurdish forces on the ground say that ISIL has been pushed back in most parts of the town, which borders Turkey.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930726000506

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Monitor: 10 civilians killed in Syria after US-led air strikes against IS

18 Oct, 2014

US-led forces which are bombing Islamic State militants in Syria killed ten civilians in two recent air strikes, a group monitoring the violence said today.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven civilians were killed when an air strike hit a gas plant near the town of al-Khasham is the eastern Deir al-Zor province yesterday, and three civilians were killed in an air strike on Thursday night in the north east province of al-Hassakah.

Reuters cannot independently confirm the reports due to security restrictions.

The coalition has been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq since August and extended the campaign to Syria in September. Close to 200,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year civil war, according to the United Nations.

 http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/monitor-10-civilians-killed-in-syria-after-us-led-air-strikes-against-is#sthash.ZS70346Z.dpuf

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Iraqi PM: Foreign ground troops ‘not required’ in ISIS fight

18 October 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday said he did not see a need for foreign forces to deploy ground troops in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Abadi, who is grappling with an internal political deadlock over the long-vacant interior and defense ministry posts in the Iraqi government, was speaking in a press conference about the U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq.

“The fight against [ISIS] militants does not require foreign ground troops [to enter Iraq],” he stated, adding however that should any state wish to send ground forces, the move would require approval from the Iraqi government and parliament.

Earlier this week, Abadi said he would rather enlist tribal militias fight ISIS than have foreign troops assist the battle.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/18/Iraqi-PM-Foreign-ground-troops-not-required-in-ISIS-fight.html

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Saudi Arabia Arrests Sunni Cleric on Religious Charges

18 Oct, 2014

Saudi Arabia arrested a Sunni cleric for his support for proximity among Islamic sects.

Saudi security forces on Friday detained Hassan Farhan al-Maliki, who follows up a stance on religious issues in contradiction to Wahabbis, press tv reported.

Saudi and Salafi extremists have always criticized the Sunni cleric’s religious ideas and repeatedly brought different charges against him. They have also emphasized that Saudi security forces must detain Maliki.

In televised interviews, debates and messages in social networks, Maliki has repeatedly said that Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, is the hero of the Arab world.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930726000847

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Saddam Hussein planned to kidnap Israeli PM in 1981

PTI | Oct 18, 2014

JERUSALEM: Former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein had planned to kidnap the then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in retaliation to the Jewish state's attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981, a media report said.

The sensational revelation has been made in a soon to be published memoir by Saddam's attorney, Badie Aref, Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported.

Badie, who heard of the plan from one of the Iraqi intelligence chiefs, claims that Palestinian operatives were entrusted with the job of kidnapping Begin and bringing him to Baghdad, Ynetnews quoted the report as saying.

The plan was eventually called off after an unnamed western leader urged the former Iraqi dictator to give up on the plan, the report said.

The Arabic newspaper will be publishing additional excerpts from the book in the coming weeks.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saddam-Hussein-planned-to-kidnap-Israeli-PM-in-1981/articleshow/44867529.cms

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After repelling ISIL, PKK fighters are the new heroes of Kurdistan

18 Oct, 2014

ERBIL, Iraq — The body of Zanyar Kawa is making its final journey to Sulaymaniyah, in northeastern Iraq. The slain fighter died 500 miles from his hometown battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, in Kobane, a Syrian town near the Turkish border.

Though an Iraqi Kurd, Kawa did not die serving the Iraqi Kurdish security forces, known as the peshmerga. Rather, he was killed fighting alongside guerrillas associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which seeks self-determination for Kurds in Turkey and across the region. Both Turkey and the United States consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

Nearly a hundred people have gathered on a grassy plaza in the city’s center to receive Kawa’s body and accompany it home. PKK flags are flying, along with banners of Abdullah Öcalan, the group’s founder. While most in the crowd are Turkish Kurds who live in exile, there are Iraqi Kurds, too.

In the past, the PKK did not count many Iraqi Kurds among its members, nor was the separatist group a critical player in Kurdistan’s internal affairs. But since ISIL fighters swept through northern Iraq this summer, that has changed. Increasingly, Iraqi Kurds are embracing the PKK fighters as heroes, lauding them for recapturing the northern Iraqi town of Makhmour and its surrounding villages and for rescuing thousands of members of the Yazidi ethnic group who were trapped in nearby Sinjar.

Full report at:

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/10/17/pkk-s-rise-in-iraqikurdistan.html

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North America

 

Why Do Saudis Want Their Children To Become US Citizens?

18 Oct, 2014

A number of Saudis and people of some other nationalities have of late become obsessed with the idea that their pregnant wives must give birth to their children in the United States.  They want their children to be born in the US so as to obtain birth certificates that will make them eligible for American citizenship.

These are personal matters which we have no right to criticize. We cannot ask these people to stop taking their wives to the US to have their children because this is their personal choice which we have no option but to respect.

Former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher was able to convince Parliament in the 1970s to cancel the legal right of foreigners born in Britain to automatically obtain British nationality. The legislation also covered children born to British men and women married to foreigners.

Thatcher took this step for purely demographic, social and political reasons, especially since British nationals are entitled to medical care and medicines in addition to many other benefits.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141018221484

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Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group: AP report

18 Oct, 2014

With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country's border with Syria.

The U.S. has been speeding up delivery of small ammunition to shore up Lebanon's army, but recent cross-border attacks and beheading of Lebanese soldiers by Islamic State fighters — and the defection of four others to the extremists — has sent shockwaves across this Mediterranean country, eliciting fear of a potential slide into the kind of militant, sectarian violence afflicting both Syria and Iraq, and increasingly prompting minorities to take up arms.

The crisis was slow in coming.

For long, Lebanon managed to miraculously avoid the all-out chaos gripping neighboring countries — despite sporadic street clashes and car bombings, and despite being awash with weapons and taking in an endless stream of refugees from Syria who now constitute a staggering one third of its population of 4.5 million people.

Unlike in Syria or Iraq, the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State group does not hold territory in Lebanon. But along with Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, the Nusra Front, it has established footholds in remote mountains along Lebanon's remote eastern border, from where it launches almost daily incursions further afield.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113361/World/Region/Lebanon-pulled-into-war-with-Islamic-State-group-A.aspx

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US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

18 Oct, 2014

Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

"We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going on. That’s not something you replicate everywhere, of course, but in this case that is correct," U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said during a daily press briefing on Oct. 17.

U.S.-led warplanes has been pummelling the ISIL around the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, where the international coalition sees some "encouraging" signs in the fight against the militants. The ISIL has increased its attacks on the area near the crossing gate at the Turkish-Syrian border, prompting the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), to take position within the city limits.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-confirms-sharing-intel-with-syrian-kurds-against-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73150&NewsCatID=352

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Iraq is the top priority in fight against IS: US commander

18 Oct, 2014

Confronting the Islamic State group in Iraq is the "main" priority for the US-led fight against the jihadists, while strikes in Syria are designed to disrupt the group's supply lines, the US commander overseeing the air war said Friday.

Even with the world's attention fixed on the fate of the northern Syrian town of Kobane, General Lloyd Austin said Iraq was the primary battleground for the air campaign.

"Iraq is our main effort, and it has to be," Austin told reporters.

"And the things that we're doing right now in Syria are being done primarily to shape the conditions in Iraq," he said.

US-led air raids in Syria are serving as a way to undercut the group's ability to reinforce and resupply its fighters in Iraq, he said.

In his first press conference since the air campaign was launched in Iraq on August 8, Austin said it would take time before Iraqi government forces were truly effective and declined to say when the army would be ready to stage major offensives to recapture lost territory in Mosul or elsewhere.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113324/World/Region/Iraq-is-the-top-priority-in-fight-against-IS-US-co.aspx

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Barack Obama reviews strategy in Iraq and Syria against ISIL

18 Oct, 2014

US President Barack Obama has reviewed his strategy in Iraq and Syria and discussed the assessed impact of coalition air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in both countries, the White House said.

During his meeting with the national security team, Obama received an update on the political and security situation in Iraq and Syria, the White House said.

The meeting among others was attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

“He reviewed coalition plans to help train, advise, and equip Iraqi ground forces as they take the fight to ISIL in the near term and over time, including the need to fill critical gaps and to integrate fully the unique capabilities of key coalition partners,” the White House said. Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/barack-obama-reviews-strategy-in-iraq-and-syria-against-isil/99/#sthash.DmGQJIl9.dpuf

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Southeast Asia

 

Catholic Priest Wakes Up From Coma After 17 Months, Converts To Islam

18 Oct, 2014

Jakarta | A catholic priest from the island of Java in Indonesia who has woken up from a 17 month long coma has converted himself to Islam after the man claims Allah spoke to him and showed him “the beauty of the heavens”.

The 87-year old priest from Spain has lived and preached on the island for more then 43 years and is fluent in Javanese and various dialects of the different ethnic groups of the island and is a well known and respected figure amongst all religious groups of the area.

The man who has suffered a cardiac arrest while helping local volunteers to fix the roof of his own church and fell an incredible two stories high has managed to survive and come out of his coma, in brittle shape, yet a changed man.

“I know nothing of Islam. Never once have I read the Quran but God spoke to me and asked me to follow him to the heavens and the Holy light shone through my entire being and behold the golden gates of heaven appeared before me and God told me his name and it was Allah” told the newly convert to a journalist of the Kalimantan Press.

Full report at:

http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/catholic-priest-wakes-up-from-coma-after-17-months-converts-to-islam/#sthash.q29OG5aC.e02K0xwf.dpuf

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Malaysia supports action against Islamic State militants, says Najib

18 Oct, 2014

The crash and disappearance of Malaysia Airlines's flights MH17 and MH370, respectively, were among the issues highlighted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the 10th summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Milan.

He also expressed his appreciation to United Nations member states for voting Malaysia as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council (UNSC), during his intervention on the Islamic State (Isis) issue.

Malaysia obtained 187 of the 192 votes cast, to win a seat in the UNSC. There was one abstention.

Najib, while making the intervention, said Malaysia concurred with other nations in taking appropriate action to check the spread of Isis.

"I also mentioned that military action alone cannot resolve the issue, that we also have to discern and fight against the ideology held by this group.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-supports-action-against-islamic-state-militants-says-najib-bernama#sthash.0MBtGgYz.dpuf

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Islamic banking experts from Malaysia needed at global level

18 Oct, 2014

Malaysia as the leader in Islamic banking and finance (IBF) must produce more human capital experts in the sector not only to meet local demand but also at the global level.

Economic Analyst Prof Datuk Mohd Yusof Kasim said currently IBF is expanding in non-Islamic countries, and it could be improved to ensure it is truly a choice for many parties.

He said many universities in Malaysia offered courses related to IBF but they were enough to fulfill the demand in Malaysia, while there was a lot of demand for human resources at the global level.

"We are already ahead. We have complete governance and framework. In fact, many Western countries look at our sukuk as a popular Islamic bond. In the labour market, there's a lot of demand in IBF but how ready are our universities to produce that numbers.

"Supply from universities (in Malaysia) can meet industry demand... but I feel the global demand is huge," he said when met at a dialogue session on "The Dialogue on the Future Dimensions of IBF in Malaysia" today.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/business/article/islamic-banking-experts-from-malaysia-needed-at-global-level#sthash.nJCMk7aX.dpuf

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India

 

Anti-India Rally Calling For 'Independence of Kashmir' To Take Place in UK

Kounteya Sinha,TNN | Oct 18, 2014

LONDON: An anti-India rally, calling for the independence of Kashmir is being planned on British soil.

A "Million March" is to take place on October 26 which expects to see thousands of people rally through central London in protest against India's supposed "human rights violations in Kashmir".

The rally will begin in London's Trafalgar Square and end at Prime Minister David Cameron's office at 10 Downing Street where a petition would be submitted asking Britain to push India into resolving the Kashmir impasse with Pakistan.

A similar anti-India protest rally has also been planned at Brussels following day on October 27.

India voiced serious concern against the planned march with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj asking British foreign secretary Philip Hammond to stem the anti-India march.

Swaraj who met Hammond for their first bilateral meeting said UK can't allow anti-India sentiment to thrive in UK.

Swaraj also brought up the issue during her meeting later with deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Anti-India-rally-calling-for-independence-of-Kashmir-to-take-place-in-UK/articleshow/44867586.cms

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Modi govt. should prioritise Ram temple issue: RSS

SANDEEP JOSHI

18 Oct, 2014

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said here on Friday that the Narendra Modi government had five years’ time to act on the issue of construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

“The Ram temple is on the agenda of the country… It is in the national interest. We had been supporting the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and religious leaders on the issue. The government has its own priority and it will work according to that ... It has ample time till 2019,” RSS “Sahsarkaryavah” (joint general secretary) Dattatreya Hosbale told presspersons.

“It is better for the government to take up the issue on priority … the Ram Mandir is in their manifesto,” he said when asked what the RSS strategy would be on the issue as the BJP had been saying that a grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya would be a reality if the party was voted to power with a full majority at the Centre.

Mr. Hosbale was addressing a press conference on the opening day of the three-day RSS Akhil Bhartiya Karyakari Mandal meeting, its highest policy formulation body. BJP leaders, including party chief Amit Shah, and key functionaries of RSS affiliates are attending the annual meeting.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/modi-govt-should-prioritise-ram-temple-issue-rss/article6513371.ece

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Protesters again display ISIS flags in Kashmir valley

18 Oct, 2014

SRINAGAR: Protesters on Friday displayed flag of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a rally in old city after Friday prayers, official sources said.

They said some masked youth were seen carrying the flags of the international terror group during a protest after Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid area.

Police, however, said no such incident has been reported from anywhere in the valley on Friday.

Security officials have expressed concern over the displaying of ISIS flags during the protest rallies in Kashmir.

Today's was the fourth such incident in the last three months.

Army has said the waving of ISIS flags in Kashmir was a matter of concern and "deserves the highest attention of the security agencies" so that the Valley youth are prevented from being lured into the ranks of the jihadist organisation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Protesters-again-display-ISIS-flags-in-Kashmir-valley/articleshow/44857740.cms

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan asks world to support its efforts to root out terrorism

18 Oct, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Terrorism is a global threat and collective efforts were needed to combat it, said Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing on Friday.

Dismissing Iran’s accusations on cross-border terrorism, Pakistan on Saturday said that Iranian nationals were involved in terrorism inside their own country, asking Tehran to share with Islamabad the proof suggesting the latter’s involvement in terrorism in the neighbouring state.

It also welcomed a resolution passed by British Parliament in favour of recognising Palestine as an independent state.

“It is not helpful to externalise problems. We need to focus on eliminating terrorism from our countries,” she commented on Iranian Brigadier General Hussain Salami’s statement that Iran would be left with no option but to taking action inside Pakistan if Islamabad failed to curb cross-border terrorism. “There may be cross border activities or other trans-national crimes like narcotic and drug trafficking. We believe that if Iran has evidence that elements from Pakistan are involved in activities against Iran, they should share it with us. Our information is that these incidents took place inside Iranian territory by Iranians and that is corroborated by their own accounts,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/18-Oct-2014/pakistan-asks-world-to-support-its-efforts-to-root-out-terrorism

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Six suspected militants killed in Khyber Agency

18 Oct, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least six militants were killed on Saturday in Khyber Agency as operation 'Khyber 1' entered into its second day.

Official sources said security forces advancing in Sipah, Malikdinkhel and Akakhel areas engaged in clashes with militants.

As the operation Khyber 1 progressed, a key Lashkar-i-Islam commander Malam, along with his 80 fighters, laid down arms and surrendered to the authorities.

The information, however, could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the tribal agency.

Sipah is a known stronghold of Lashkar-i-Islam while Akakhel and Malikdinkhel too have a sizable presence of militant elements.

These advancements by the army comes as part of the ongoing military operation Zarb-i-Azb which was initiated on June 15 against anti-state militants hiding in the North Waziristan Agency. The action was recently expanded to parts of Khyber.

Khyber is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups who stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are also known to have strongholds in the zone.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138795/six-suspected-militants-killed-in-khyber-agency

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There is no place for conspirators like Javed Hashmi: Tahirul Qadri

18 Oct, 2014

FAISALABAD- PAT chief Tahirul Qadri today rejected reports regarding the termination of sit-ins in Islamabad. He said this while talking to journalists on the occasion of his departure from Faisalabad to Islamabad.

He said that false statements given by Javed Hashmi regarding sit-ins led to Hashmi’s failure in elections. There is no place for conspirators like Javed Hashmi in the country, he remarked.

http://nation.com.pk/national/17-Oct-2014/there-is-no-place-for-conspirators-like-javed-hashmi-tahirul-qadri

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Any aggression against Pakistan will get a befitting response: General Raheel

18 Oct, 2014

RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Saturday said that the Pakistan Army was fully capable of deterring and defeating aggression “across the entire spectrum of threat…yet, Pakistan persistently seeks peace in the region and beyond”.

Addressing a passing out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, the army chief said: “Let there be no doubt that any aggression against Pakistan will get a befitting response and no sacrifice will be too great in this sacred cause.”

"Lasting peace in the region will only come about with the fair and just resolution of the Kashmir issue; in accordance with the will of the Kashmiri people as enshrined in the UN resolutions.”

General Raheel said coercion and repression of Kashmiri people would not shake their confidence from ultimately exercising their freedom of choice which has been promised to them by the international community.

" It is Pakistan's firm belief that the determination of our Kashmiri brethren and collective conscience of the free world will bear fruit and their aspirations will eventually be realised,” he remarked.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138801/any-aggression-against-pakistan-will-get-a-befitting-response-general-raheel

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Bajaur IED blast kills two security personnel

18 Oct, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least two security personnel were killed and two others were injured on Saturday in a roadside blast in Salarzai Tehsil of Bajaur Agency.

Official sources said security forces were carrying water supply for the troops in Salarzai when they were hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast resulting in the death of two Dir Scouts personnel and leaving two others injured.

A security reinforcement immediately reached the spot and a search operation was launched in the area.

Earlier on Aug 13, a pro-government tribal elder and leader of the Salarzai Peace Committee was also attacked in a roadside blast in Bajaur's Golo Shah area. He, however, had remained unhurt in the incident.

Bajaur, a tribal region in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), is governed by tribal laws.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138802/bajaur-ied-blast-kills-two-security-personnel

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Jamaat hits out at ‘political culture’ PTI is promoting

18 Oct, 2014

PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-i-Islami on Friday came down heavily on its partner in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, for the ‘political culture it is promoting’ at the Islamabad sit-in against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in the centre.

During an oath-taking ceremony at the party’s provincial headquarters here, JI central general secretary Liaqat Baloch expressed reservations about the mixed gathering at PTI sit-in in Islamabad continuing for the last two months or so.

“Change cannot be brought through music and dance. It is just promoting lewdness among youngsters,” said Baloch.

In a news release issued by JI on Friday, senior leader of the party expressed ‘reservations about the political culture PTI is promoting in the name of change.’

Baloch insists music and dance can’t bring about change, instead it promotes obscenity

It is perhaps for the first time that a senior JI leader, an ally of PTI, has criticised the mixed gathering and music at the PTI sit-in.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138791/jamaat-hits-out-at-political-culture-pti-is-promoting

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Benazir’s mission will continue: Zardari

18 Oct, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Former president and PPP co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday that the mission of Benazir Bhutto will continue.

In a message on the seventh anniversary of the Karsaz tragedy, the former president said October 18 is a day to pay homage to the memories of those brave sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives for democracy and fighting against extremism.

The former president said it was this day seven years ago that Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan from exile defying all odds and warnings. He said Benazir decided to return because she sensed that Pakistan was faced with existential threat from the militants on the one hand and dictatorship on the other. She wanted to lead from the front the fight against dictatorship and militancy. Once she made up her mind nothing could stop her.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-162899-Benazirs-mission-will-continue:-Zardari-

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Bilawal to address rally: Supporters begin arriving at Bagh-i-Jinnah

18 Oct, 2014

KARACHI: Supporters had begun to arrive at Karachi's Bagh-i-Jinnah on Saturday in order to hear the young chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, as he prepares to establish his first direct contact with the masses.

Supporters of PPP and Bilawal were arriving at the venue from different parts of the province as well as from outside Sindh — PPP loyalists from Balochistan's Quetta, Khuzdar and other areas as well as from rural Sindh were arriving for the party chairman's first public interaction.

Worker dies at rally venue

Earlier, a PPP worker died of apparent natural causes at the venue of the political rally.

The worker, who had travelled to Karachi from Khand Kot area of Sindh, was unwell and had complained of stomach aches the previous night, his colleagues said. They said his condition did not seem to improve after he took medicine from a local pharmacy.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138812/bilawal-to-address-rally-supporters-begin-arriving-at-bagh-i-jinnah

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Africa

 

Libya: 18 killed in Benghazi fighting

17 October 2014

At least 18 people were killed on Friday in heavy fighting between the Libyan National Army led by renegade General Khalifa Haftar and Islamist militant of Ansar al-Sharia group in the country’s eastern city of Benghazi, Al Arabiya correspondent reported.

Some of the heaviest clashes were taking place around Benghazi University, where Islamist militants were reportedly holed up, the correspondent said.

Benghazi Medical Centre said the dead were mostly soldiers and civilians fighting alongside the army in the central district of al-Majouri, AFP reported.

Over 50 people have been killed since forces of retired General Haftar, backed by army units, launched on Wednesday what he called an operation to "liberate" Benghazi from Islamist militias.

Friday's clashes, which were the fiercest since the start of the operation, saw the two sides using weapons of all calibers in street fighting.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/17/Deadly-clashes-in-Libya-s-Benghazi-enter-third-day.html

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Human Rights Watch finds few abuses inside West Sahara camps

18 October 2014

Human Rights Watch says that contrary to claims by Morocco, there are few rights abuses at refugee camps run by the pro-independence Polisario movement in Western Sahara.

The organization said Saturday its two week investigation of the camps noted isolated cases of harassment of critics but in general found camp residents could freely express themselves or leave.

The camps in the remote desert region of Tindouf in Algeria hold some 90,000 refugees from the Western Sahara, which was annexed by Morocco in 1975.

Morocco, which fought 15 year war against the Polisario, maintains camp residents are brutally treated by the group and held against their will.

After a 1991 ceasefire, a referendum was to be held to determine the fate of the Western Sahara, which Morocco has blocked.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/10/18/Human-Rights-Watch-finds-abuses-inside-West-Sahara-camps.html

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Suspected rebels kill more than 20 people in eastern Congo village

Reuters | Oct 18, 2014

KINSHASA: Suspected Ugandan rebels killed more than 20 people near the eastern Congolese town of Beni in the second attack in around 48 hours, the spokesman for a civil society group told Reuters on Saturday.

The ADF-NALU rebels, who operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern border zone, attacked Byalos village, said Omar Kavota, a spokesman for the Civil Society of North Kivu.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Suspected-rebels-kill-more-than-20-people-in-eastern-Congo-village/articleshow/44866704.cms

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Europe

 

Britain may use mediaeval treason law to tackle Daesh Islamist fighters

18 Oct, 2014

London: Britain may use a mediaeval law dating to 1351 to charge citizens with treason if they go to fight with Daesh insurgents in Iraq and Syria, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that Daesh, whose fighters have seized large areas of Syria and Iraq, pose a grave threat to Britain while police and intelligence officers say they have seen a rise in potentially deadly plots.

Security officials say some 500 Britons — largely with Muslim immigrant backgrounds — are believed to be fighting in Iraq and Syria, though the true figure could be much greater and security officials worry that those who return could carry out an attack on Britain.

Hammond said any British citizen who had sworn personal allegiance to the so-called Islamic State could have committed an offence under the Treason Act of 1351, which was passed during the reign of English King Edward III.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/britain-may-use-mediaeval-treason-law-to-tackle-islamist-fighters-1.1400310

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Germany to seize ID cards to stop jihadist travel

18 October 2014

Germany on Friday announced new measures to prevent its citizens from travelling to join the jihadist cause in Iraq and Syria, including confiscating their identity papers.

Under a deal struck by interior ministers from the federal level and Germany’s 16 states, authorities will be able to take away ID cards from alleged Islamic militants to stop them from leaving the country.

Until now it has been possible to make passports invalid to keep German citizens from travelling abroad.

But because German citizens can use their national ID card to travel to Turkey, a frequent jumping-off point for Iraq and Syria, Germany is moving to close the loophole.

“We don’t want terrorism to be exported from Germany,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/18/Germany-to-seize-ID-cards-to-stop-jihadist-travel.html

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U.N. Security Council urges stronger campaign against ISIS

18 October 2014

The United Nations Security Council on Friday pushed for a bombing campaign in Iraq against militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and associated extremist groups to be strengthened and expanded.

A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing ISIS fighters who hold a large swathe of territory in both Iraq and Syria, two countries involved in complex multi-sided civil wars in which nearly every country in the Middle East has a stake.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with the coalition that he was deeply concerned about the ISIS’s advances at the Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq.

"The members of the Security Council urged the international community, in accordance with international law, to further strengthen and expand support for the government of Iraq, including Iraqi Security Forces, in the fight against (ISIS) and associated armed groups," it said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/10/18/UN-Security-Council-urges-stronger-campaign-against-ISIS.html

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Cameron must act to free Briton on Pak death row

October 18, 2014

LONDON: The daughter of a British man sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy delivered Prime Minister David Cameron a petition on Friday demanding help in securing his release.

Mentally ill Mohammad Asghar, 70, was convicted in January for claiming to be a prophet of Islam, an act considered sacrilegious in Pakistan, which is 97 percent Muslim. The verdict prompted Cameron to say he was ‘deeply concerned’ about Asghar’s fate. Asghar was hospitalised last month after being shot and wounded in jail.

Daughter Jasmine Rana on Friday arrived at Cameron’s Downing Street office with a petition signed by 70,000 people calling on the prime minster to secure her father’s return. ‘My father is extremely mentally ill; he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, which was diagnosed by UK doctors in 2010.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/18-Oct-2014/cameron-must-act-to-free-briton-on-pak-death-row

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Germany arrests two suspected ISIS supporters

18 October 2014

German prosecutors say they've arrested two men suspected of supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and searched the homes of several others.

Federal prosecutors said the two were arrested Saturday in the western city of Aachen. They were identified only as Tunisian citizen Kamel Ben Yahia S. and Russian national Yusup G. because of German privacy rules.

The Tunisian is accused of providing clothing worth over 1,100 euros ($1,400) and 3,400 euros in cash to ISIS, and smuggling a 17-year-old boy from Germany to Syria to join it. The Russian is accused of participating in the smuggling.

Six others suspected of helping them had their homes searched. One was temporarily detained.

Prosecutors say they searched the homes of seven more people suspected of supporting Ahrar al-Sham, an ultraconservative Syrian rebel group.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/10/18/Germany-arrests-2-suspected-ISIS-supporters.html

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