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France Takes On Radical Islamism: PM to SHUT DOWN Mosques to Wipe Out 'Poison' Of Jihadis



  

Photo: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is to clamp down on radical islam calling it 'poison'-



Andhra Minorities Commission Launches Campaign against Islamic State

Syria: Over 300 Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Gov't Forces in South-western Aleppo

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Europe

France Takes On Radical Islamism: PM to SHUT DOWN Mosques to Wipe Out 'Poison' Of Jihadis

World's Most Wanted Terrorist Who Plotted Paris And Brussels Massacres DEFECTS ISIS with Secrets Wanted By The West

Munich shooter went for weapon training in Iran

Real and imagined terror stalks a jittery Europe

Italy arrests people smugglers led by alleged radical Islamist

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India

Andhra Minorities Commission Launches Campaign against Islamic State

Kuwait Arrests Man Suspected Of Funding ISIS Sympathisers in India

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Arab World

Syria: Over 300 Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Gov't Forces in South-western Aleppo

Syria: ISIL Sentences Commanders to Death on Charges of Trafficking Civilians Abroad

Iraq: ISIL Executes Tens of Civilians in Kirkuk

Saudi-Led Coalition, Houthis Violating Human Rights in Yemen: UN Report

Syrian Army Continues to Wins Back More Areas near Darayya in Damascus Countryside

Syria rebels take key positions near Aleppo: monitor

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's Massive Operations to Capture Baghdad Fails

Minister: Russians Offer to Launch Iranian Satellites

Syria: Scores of Fleeing Civilians Killed by ISIL Minefields

Syrian militants launch new offensive to break Aleppo siege

Damascus Countryside: Syrian Army 6 Kilometres from Douma

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South Asia

Fresh Violence Claims Lives of 10 Soldiers, 61 Militants: MoD, Afghanistan

ISIS Loyalists Behead Two Men in East of Afghanistan

Explosion in Kabul leaves 5 policemen dead

10 civilians killed in Paktia explosions

Afghan govt orders operation for rescue of helicopter crew

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Mideast

Turkish-Origin Man Working At NASA Arrested In Probe over Coup Attempt

US Not Involved In Turkey Coup Attempt, 'Full Stop', Says Envoy

France, Turkey use hoops to heal their nations after attacks

Turkish PM hosts security meeting in Ankara

West’s Double-Standard Policy against Iran Not to End: IHRC Co-Founder

US Justice Department to send delegation to Turkey next week over Gülen's extradition

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North America

Take Action against All Terror Groups: US to Pak

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

Amjad Sabri, Rahat Fateh, Abida Parveen Kick-Start Coke Studio 9 With An Emotional Tribute

FIA arrests 'blacklisted' US national from Islamabad airport

Pakistanis splash out Rs85bn on Dubai property in six months

Australia to help Balochistan govt fight malnutrition

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Southeast Asia

Penang Mufti: Pokemon Go Harmful, But No Ban Yet

Police find bomb-making materials for alleged Singapore attack

Indonesians: Foiled plot to rocket Singapore

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Africa

If Boko Haram Kills Christian, Burn Churches, We’ll Slay Muslims, Raze Mosques – N-Delta Militant Group

Terrorists attack Somali town west of Mogadishu

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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France takes on radical Islamism: PM to SHUT DOWN mosques to wipe out 'poison' of jihadis

By Siobhan McFadyen

Aug 3, 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is to clamp down on radical islam calling it 'poison'

The comments come following the murder of 86-year-old French Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel who was killed on the altar during morning mass last Tuesday and three separate massacres in the country in just over a year.

In a newspaper interview Prime Minister Valls says the Republic has been forced to intervene to drive out the "poison" of radical Islamism.

And he has announced plans to shut down mosques supporting Salafism, an ultra-orthodox religious-political ideology based on a belief in "physical" jihadism practised by some followers of the Sunni faith.

He said: "All Salafists are not jihadists ... but almost all are jihadist Salafists...

"A terrible poison has spread.

"Slowly, insidiously, on a background of influences from abroad and rising communalism, developed against a model of society, a model against the Republic and its values.

"Many Muslims in France are taken hostage by the fundamentalist Salafism, who worship a weapon against others.

"The places of worship that house preachers will be closed systematically.

"It is necessary to rethink the training of imams and chaplains completely.

"France must become a European centre of excellence in the teaching of Islamic theology."

The people of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray have united in their revulsion at the murder of Father Jacques who served on the town's interfaith committee.

He will be buried this morning following a public funeral in the 12th Century Rouen cathedral, in Normandy.

It is necessary to rethink the training of imams and chaplains completely

Prime Minister Manuel Valls

And the town's Muslim community have refused to bury the 19-year-old men responsible for the heinous crime.

Mohammed Karabila, imam of one of the town's mosques, told Le Parisien: "We're not going to taint Islam with this person.

"We won't participate in preparing the body or the burial."

The French public took to the streets of Paris following the murder of Father Jacques in Normandy last week.

Many were openly furious when Mr Valls visited a memorial service to remember the victims of the Nice terror attack.

He was booed as he signed the book of condolence on the Promenade des Anglais where 84 people died and scores more were injured during the Bastille Day massacre.

Mr Valls added: "This fight against radicalisation requires an unprecedented mobilisation of public authorities.

"We need a general mobilisation of all public and civil society as a whole.

"But beyond that there is the question of the construction of Islam in France.

"And Muslims therefore have a huge responsibility."

Meanwhile, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has demanded every person suspected of being involved in terrorism be placed under house arrest.

And he said accessing jihadi websites should be made a crime similar to that of paedophiles who view and distribute content online.

France is also considering legislation that will allow it to remove and expel dual national citizens.

express.co.uk/news/world/695711/France-to-shut-down-rogue-mosques-to-wipe-out-Jihadi-preaching-amid-major-crackdown

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Andhra Minorities Commission Launches Campaign against Islamic State

AUGUST 6TH, 2016

Hyderabad, Aug 6 (IANS) The Minorities Commission of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday launched a campaign against Islamic State (IS) by roping in imams of mosques to create awareness among Muslim youth about the terrorist organisation.

The campaign, said to be the first by any state minorities commission in the country, comes in the wake of recent arrests of seven Muslim youth in Hyderabad, allegedly owing allegiance to the IS.

The commission launched the campaign with a seminar on ‘ISIS – Interpreting reality’ here on Saturday. Speakers including intellectuals, religious scholars, bureaucrats, lawyers and activists made suggestions to wean away youth from the ideology of the terror outfit.

The commission’s Chairman Abid Rasool Khan said the ‘imams’ during their sermons next Friday will speak on the dangers posed by IS and to warn Muslim youth against falling into its trap.

The speakers said that IS had nothing to do with Islam and that its activities were in fact damaging Islam and Muslims across the world. They advised youth not to allow themselves to be misled by the propaganda of the terror group on social media.

The speakers suggested setting up a body for counselling youth arrested for allegedly trying to join IS.

Omer Jaleel, Secretary (minorities’ welfare) of Telangana government, said the time had come for every Muslim to stand up and be counted against IS.

He said IS had nothing Islamic about it.

“Its acts of killing and burning people and committing other barbaric acts have nothing to do with Islam,” he said.

Jaleel said ‘Islamic State’ is a misnomer given that Islam means peace and tranquillity. “It should be called just a terrorist group,” he said.

Mohammed Ali Rafath, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, described IS as a global conspiracy to put Islam and Muslims on the defensive. He said IS was the product of the same forces that put up Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

“By doing this, these powers have achieved their objective of diverting world’s attention from their atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine,” he said.

Rafath said IS was part of the larger conspiracy by the capitalist and imperialist forces who want to grab precious resources of the region.

Blaming the US and its allies for creating chaos in Iraq and Syria by pitting Sunnis and Shias against each other, he said, “If they don’t stay out of Muslim world it will cost them dearly tomorrow”.

Eminent lawyer Shafeeq Mohajir said the manner in which IS has rapidly spread to large area of world and waging war against established armies leaves no one in doubt that there are governments behind this phenomenon.

He said the sense of persecution and injustice may draw youth towards such outfits. He said the administration should address the sense of injustice and inequality.

Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said a religion can’t be blamed for its misuse by a few people.

The religious scholar said that peace can be brought by ensuring justice and not by the use of force.

He said the US and allies under a conspiracy created chaos in Asia and Africa for their own interests.

He appealed to the youth not to become tools in the hands of organisations like IS out of desperation, saying it was espousing ‘Fasad’ (anarchy) and not ‘Jihad’ (the struggle against injustice).

canindia.com/andhra-minorities-commission-launches-campaign-against-is/

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Syria: Over 300 Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Gov't Forces in South-western Aleppo

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 300 militants were killed and many more were wounded in the Syrian government forces' offensives on the positions of terrorist groups in Southern and Southwestern Aleppo.

Syrian soldiers and popular forces targeted terrorists' defence lines in the Southern farms of military academies, destroying 3 bomb-laden vehicles, 6 tanks, and a number of vehicles equipped with artillery and machineguns, while the attacks killed at least 300 terrorists in the battlefield.

Meantime, the Syrian Air Force crushed concentrations of terrorists and destroyed scores of their vehicles along the roads between Khan Touman and the military academies, al-Hikmeh School and the academies, Bazo hill and the academies, al-Zerba and Aleppo city, and Oram al-Kubra and Aleppo city.

Military sources announced on Friday that heavy bombardments of Russian warplanes paved the way for a major rapid advance of the Syrian army and its allies against the terrorist groups in Southern districts of Aleppo city.

The Syrian army’s Republican Guard, backed by Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF), drove back Jeish al-Fatah terrorists from the entire territories of al-Amariyeh districts.

The Russian fighter jets played a crucial role in the Syrian army's advances.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950516000379

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Europe

France takes on radical Islamism: PM to SHUT DOWN mosques to wipe out 'poison' of jihadis

By Siobhan McFadyen

Aug 3, 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is to clamp down on radical islam calling it 'poison'

The comments come following the murder of 86-year-old French Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel who was killed on the altar during morning mass last Tuesday and three separate massacres in the country in just over a year.

In a newspaper interview Prime Minister Valls says the Republic has been forced to intervene to drive out the "poison" of radical Islamism.

And he has announced plans to shut down mosques supporting Salafism, an ultra-orthodox religious-political ideology based on a belief in "physical" jihadism practised by some followers of the Sunni faith.

He said: "All Salafists are not jihadists ... but almost all are jihadist Salafists...

"A terrible poison has spread.

"Slowly, insidiously, on a background of influences from abroad and rising communalism, developed against a model of society, a model against the Republic and its values.

"Many Muslims in France are taken hostage by the fundamentalist Salafism, who worship a weapon against others.

"The places of worship that house preachers will be closed systematically.

"It is necessary to rethink the training of imams and chaplains completely.

"France must become a European centre of excellence in the teaching of Islamic theology."

The people of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray have united in their revulsion at the murder of Father Jacques who served on the town's interfaith committee.

He will be buried this morning following a public funeral in the 12th Century Rouen cathedral, in Normandy.

It is necessary to rethink the training of imams and chaplains completely

Prime Minister Manuel Valls

And the town's Muslim community have refused to bury the 19-year-old men responsible for the heinous crime.

Mohammed Karabila, imam of one of the town's mosques, told Le Parisien: "We're not going to taint Islam with this person.

"We won't participate in preparing the body or the burial."

The French public took to the streets of Paris following the murder of Father Jacques in Normandy last week.

Many were openly furious when Mr Valls visited a memorial service to remember the victims of the Nice terror attack.

He was booed as he signed the book of condolence on the Promenade des Anglais where 84 people died and scores more were injured during the Bastille Day massacre.

Mr Valls added: "This fight against radicalisation requires an unprecedented mobilisation of public authorities.

"We need a general mobilisation of all public and civil society as a whole.

"But beyond that there is the question of the construction of Islam in France.

"And Muslims therefore have a huge responsibility."

Meanwhile, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has demanded every person suspected of being involved in terrorism be placed under house arrest.

And he said accessing jihadi websites should be made a crime similar to that of paedophiles who view and distribute content online.

France is also considering legislation that will allow it to remove and expel dual national citizens.

express.co.uk/news/world/695711/France-to-shut-down-rogue-mosques-to-wipe-out-Jihadi-preaching-amid-major-crackdown

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World's Most Wanted terrorist who plotted Paris and Brussels massacres DEFECTS ISIS with secrets wanted by the West

6 AUG 2016

BY STEPHEN JONES

An infiltrator claims the Islamic State's European head of operations has fled from Syria - and everyone is looking for him although he may have already cut a deal with Turkey

ReutersA policeman assists a blood-covered victim near the Bataclan concert hall The mastermind of the Paris attacks has defected from ISIS according to reports

One of the world's Most Wanted terrorists who plotted the Paris and Brussels massacres has DEFECTED ISIS - taking with him the group's most guarded secrets wanted by the West.

An infiltrator has revealed that the Islamic State's European head of operations has fled from Syria - and both sides are believed to be urgently looking for him as a 'high value' traitor.

Frenchman Abu Suleiman mastermined the wave of terror attacks on Europe and is now believed to be on the run in Turkey - or even being protected by the Turkish authorities under a deal thrashed out in advance.

Little is known about - and no picture is publicly available of - the man who in the last nine months has become one of the most wanted in the world after the mass killings on the Continent.

Veteran Syrian rebel Abu Khaled who maintains a network within ISIS claims that Suleiman had defected from Jarablus - an Islamic State-held city just a few kilometres from the Turkish border.

His first stop was thought to be Karkamish in Turkey.

GettyAbdelhamid AbaaoudHe took over from Paris massacre ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was killed in a police raid

Suleiman is widely thought to have stepped into the role - or at least inherited it - after Paris massacre ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 28, was killed in a police raid.

From his base in northern Syria, Khaled told told MailOnline : "He defected from Jarablus to the town of Karkamish on the other side.

"They must have made arrangements of some kind with the Turkish authorities.

"He went with fourteen French nationals."

ReutersAn Islamic State flag flies over the custom office of Syria's Jarablus border gate as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in Gaziantep province, Turkey August 1, 2015.An Islamic State flag flies over a building in Jarablus in Syria

The veteran Syrian rebel claimed he met the French head of ISIS overseas attacks between October 2014 and September 2015 - during his time in the Islamic State cities of Raqqa and Aleppo.

Khaled added: "For a time I was the effective second-in-command [of the Amni's]

"I still have contacts inside, and I'm still talking to them."

ReutersBrussels Terror AttackSuleiman is also believed behind the Brussels attacks

Khaled says he heard from one of these contacts the news of Abu Suleiman's departure and apparent defection - said to have occurred in June.

Nice terror attack death toll reaches 85 after dad on life support passes away

If true, it would be a serious blow to the organization.

GettyAbdelhamid AbaaoudAbdelhamid Abaaoud was the previous ISIS head of European operations

Former semi-professional wrestler Abu Suleiman, thought to be in his 30s, arrived in Syria straight from Paris where he ran his own gym.

He is thought to be originally from Morocco or Tunisia - and French intelligence have reportedly identified him as the 'head of overall operations for Europe'.

mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/worlds-most-wanted-terrorist-who-8574143

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Munich shooter went for weapon training in Iran

IANS | Aug 6, 2016

BERLIN: Ali David Sonboly, who carried out the July 22 Munich shooting spree that left nine persons dead, had reportedly visited Iran with his father for a weapon's training stint before carrying out the attack.

News magazine Focus said that the 18-year-old with a dual German-Iranian citizenship underwent "weapons training" in Iran in December 2015, Mirror.co.uk reported.

The shooter's family moved to Munich two years ago from Iran.

Sonboly, who was obsessed with violent computer games, bought a 9mm Glock handgun from the 'dark web' for 80 pounds ($104) to carry out the attack, Mirror.co.uk said.

The shooter, who left over 20 others injured, was obsessed with Adolf Hitler and expressed shocking racist views, German investigators have said.

The Munich prosecutor's office refused to comment on the report saying: "We cannot make any comment on this aspect of the case due to the ongoing enquiry."

Sonboly's body was found on a side street close to the shopping centre where he reportedly committed suicide.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Munich-shooter-went-for-weapon-training-in-Iran/articleshow/53572305.cms

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Real and imagined terror stalks a jittery Europe

AFP | Aug 6, 2016

PARIS: The antics of a flash mob sparked panic on a Spanish beach earlier this week, revealing the hair-trigger anxiety that has gripped Europeans following a wave of terror attacks.

"We are made to suffer doubly: not only feeling this fear... but also a sense of disarray from being caught in an infernal cycle that can't be stopped," author Edouard Louis and philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie wrote in the French daily Liberation.

France has seen a series of jihadist attacks over the past year and a half.

Last month, a truck massacre in Nice on Bastille Day was followed less than a fortnight later by the grisly murder of a priest near the northern city of Rouen.

Then on Wednesday in London, a knife attack by a Norwegian of Somali origin that left an American woman dead and five wounded was followed by hours of uncertainty over whether the assailant was a jihadist.

But police finally ruled out terrorism, concluding that he was mentally disturbed.

The climate of fear was sparked by a June 2014 proclamation by the Islamic State group announcing the establishment of a "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria.

Several EU member states have joined the international military coalition fighting IS, which has pledged to use any and all means to vanquish Western unbelievers and "crusaders".

In France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls repeatedly warns of new attacks, saying "new innocent victims" are likely after the bloody attacks the country has suffered over the past year and a half.

Jitters are heightened by warnings of attacks or announcements of foiled plots.

London recently warned of a possible attack in Britain, while Austria on Thursday said police had received emailed "terror threats".

Late last month, Belgium charged a man with attempting to commit "terrorist murder" after police uncovered an alleged plot to launch an attack in the country.

Belgium suffered twin attacks on March 22 at the Brussels airport and the city's metro, which left 32 people dead.

The country has kept its terror alert at the third of four levels, meaning an attack is "possible and likely".

In France, where a state of emergency has been renewed several times since it was first imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris claimed 130 lives, authorities regularly announce searches and arrests in their counter-terrorism drive.

A week after the Bastille Day truck rampage in Nice killed 85 revellers, a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich, Germany, left nine dead.

The reaction was a stark illustration of the reigning anxiety.

Social media lit up as people jumped to the conclusion that the perpetrators were jihadists, prompting German police to implore people not to spread rumours.

It turned out that the gunman, an 18-year-old German-Iranian, was a far-right xenophobe who was obsessed with violent video games and mass shootings - in particular the deadly rampage of Anders Behring Breivik in Norway five years ago.

All news channels are increasingly seizing on any knife attack, even the most minor, interrupting regular programming to beam live images from the scene as if a new terror attack were under way.

In France, when a Moroccan man attacked a woman and her three daughters with a knife on July 19, several news outlets treated it as a possible jihadist attack.

As it turned out the assailant, who had psychiatric problems, had flown into a rage upon seeing the woman's husband scratch his genitals in front of her.

"There was no religious or ideological motive" the local prosecutor had to explain later.

"It's not the media that stokes panic, it's the panic that fuels the media," said media expert Christian Delporte, adding that politicians were in a position of responsibility to appeal for calm.

He said the media can help dissipate fear by bringing people together.

"Everyone is in front of the TV, and being able to talk about it thanks to the media... is calming," Delporte said.

Tuesday's incident in Spain provided a cautionary tale.

Five young German women were arrested after organising a flash mob at a northeastern seaside resort that sparked a terror alert.

One person had pretended to be a celebrity and the rest chased after her, whooping and screaming as they tried to snap her, paparazzi-style.

The incident threw holidaymakers into a panic and a stampede ensued.

Eleven people needed treatment for bruising and panic attacks.

Meanwhile, in France on Friday Paris's Eiffel Tower was evacuated in error after an employee mistook a safety drill for a real incident.

"It was a safety exercise drill, the sort that is done dozens of times a week, which went wrong. One employee thought that it was a real threat and the Eiffel Tower was evacuated," a police source said.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Real-and-imagined-terror-stalks-a-jittery-Europe/articleshow/53572958.cms

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Italy arrests people smugglers led by alleged radical Islamist

Reuters , Saturday 6 Aug 2016

Italian police on Friday arrested eight people on suspicion of people smuggling and falsifying documents, saying that the gang's leader had sworn loyalty to Islamic State group.

The group of eight, made up exclusively of non-Italians, used fake contracts and payslips provided by a complicit textile company north of Naples to obtain work visas for irregular migrants, Carabinieri police said in a statement.

Heading up the alleged criminal gang was 41-year-old Mohamed Kamel Khemiri, a Tunisian man who had previously been arrested on drug smuggling charges. Khemiri had become a radical Islamist and is under investigation on terrorism charges, police said.

"As long as I live I will be an Islamic State man, and if I die I call on you to join," Khemiri said, speaking Arabic, on a telephone call recorded by police in January 2015, prosecutor Luigi Alberto Cannavale told reporters.

Khemiri became more and more radicalised over time, investigators said after scouring his internet and social media activity.

He celebrated when militants, who later were said to have acted on behalf of Islamic State (IS), conducted a series of planned attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people, police said.

"This investigation demonstrates that there is a risk that people close to jihadists can also control people smuggling operations," Franco Roberti, Italy's top anti-terrorism prosecutor, told AGI news agency.

On Wednesday, Italy said it is investigating whether IS group is involved in organising the passage of tens of thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea.

More than 420,000 migrants have reached Italy by sea from North Africa since the start of 2014.

english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/238048/World/International/Italy-arrests-people-smugglers-led-by-alleged-radi.aspx

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India

Andhra Minorities Commission Launches Campaign against Islamic State

AUGUST 6TH, 2016

Hyderabad, Aug 6 (IANS) The Minorities Commission of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday launched a campaign against Islamic State (IS) by roping in imams of mosques to create awareness among Muslim youth about the terrorist organisation.

The campaign, said to be the first by any state minorities commission in the country, comes in the wake of recent arrests of seven Muslim youth in Hyderabad, allegedly owing allegiance to the IS.

The commission launched the campaign with a seminar on ‘ISIS – Interpreting reality’ here on Saturday. Speakers including intellectuals, religious scholars, bureaucrats, lawyers and activists made suggestions to wean away youth from the ideology of the terror outfit.

The commission’s Chairman Abid Rasool Khan said the ‘imams’ during their sermons next Friday will speak on the dangers posed by IS and to warn Muslim youth against falling into its trap.

The speakers said that IS had nothing to do with Islam and that its activities were in fact damaging Islam and Muslims across the world. They advised youth not to allow themselves to be misled by the propaganda of the terror group on social media.

The speakers suggested setting up a body for counselling youth arrested for allegedly trying to join IS.

Omer Jaleel, Secretary (minorities’ welfare) of Telangana government, said the time had come for every Muslim to stand up and be counted against IS.

He said IS had nothing Islamic about it.

“Its acts of killing and burning people and committing other barbaric acts have nothing to do with Islam,” he said.

Jaleel said ‘Islamic State’ is a misnomer given that Islam means peace and tranquillity. “It should be called just a terrorist group,” he said.

Mohammed Ali Rafath, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, described IS as a global conspiracy to put Islam and Muslims on the defensive. He said IS was the product of the same forces that put up Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

“By doing this, these powers have achieved their objective of diverting world’s attention from their atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine,” he said.

Rafath said IS was part of the larger conspiracy by the capitalist and imperialist forces who want to grab precious resources of the region.

Blaming the US and its allies for creating chaos in Iraq and Syria by pitting Sunnis and Shias against each other, he said, “If they don’t stay out of Muslim world it will cost them dearly tomorrow”.

Eminent lawyer Shafeeq Mohajir said the manner in which IS has rapidly spread to large area of world and waging war against established armies leaves no one in doubt that there are governments behind this phenomenon.

He said the sense of persecution and injustice may draw youth towards such outfits. He said the administration should address the sense of injustice and inequality.

Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said a religion can’t be blamed for its misuse by a few people.

The religious scholar said that peace can be brought by ensuring justice and not by the use of force.

He said the US and allies under a conspiracy created chaos in Asia and Africa for their own interests.

He appealed to the youth not to become tools in the hands of organisations like IS out of desperation, saying it was espousing ‘Fasad’ (anarchy) and not ‘Jihad’ (the struggle against injustice).

–IANS

canindia.com/andhra-minorities-commission-launches-campaign-against-is/

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Kuwait arrests man suspected of funding ISIS sympathisers in India

Neeraj Chauhan | TNN | Aug 6, 2016

NEW DELHI: A Kuwaiti national - identified as Abdullah Hadi Abdul Rehman Al-Enezi - who had helped in arranging finances for the travel of first batch of Islamic State recruits from India - Areeb Majeed, Fahad Sheikh, Saheem Tanki and Amand Tandel, has been arrested by Kuwaiti authorities on the basis of information provided by Indian agencies.

Sources told ToI that Kuwait authorities have informed NIA through ministry of external affairs about Abdullah Hadi's arrest few days back. The Kuwaiti national is learnt to have admitted to 'terror financing' and supporting travel of ISIS recruits to the caliphate territory.

Areeb Majeed, who travelled to Syria in May 2014 alongwith three other Kalyan-based youths, was arrested upon his return in November same year. He was the first IS operative to be arrested by Indian agencies.

Areeb had disclosed that after joining ISIS in May 2014, all four travelled to Baghdad on the pretext of a religious tour. Their travel was arranged by an Afghan national - Rehman Daulati, who is learnt to have arranged finances for other IS recruits as well. They were stuck in Iraq as they had no money left with them.

"Areeb Majeed then contacted Rehman Daulati, who gave him a phone number belonging to a Kuwaiti national, identified as Abdullah Hadi. Areeb told Abdullah that he needed money for further travelling to Syria. Abdullah told him to collect US dollars 1000 from a Western Union Money Transfer branch in Baghdad. The four Kalyan youth took the money and then travelled to Syria," said an official.

Officials say that Kuwait has not only arrested Abdullah Hadi but has also verified his links with Islamic terror financing ring.

The first Islamic State recruit from India - Areeb Majeed had got injured in a fight in Syria and later in a US-led bombing mission. He then decided to return to India and follow the ideology of ISIS here and carry out Jehad. He was in touch with citizens of several countries. He had also met Abu Hammam Iraqi, chief of Islamic State's Tasnia or ministry of defence and development in Raqqah, Syria.

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NIA had approached 11 countries including Kuwait, US, Turkey, Luxemburg, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, China and others seeking details on contacts, finances, travel details and chats/email conversations of Areeb Majeed and three others through mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) and letter rogatories (LRs).

While US, Turkey and Luxemburg have also shared crucial evidence with India in the matter, Australia and Canada have sought assurance that Areeb Majeed will not be given "death penalty" before sharing the technical evidence.

Fahad, Saheem and Aman Tandel never returned from Syria and there have been reports that few of them may have died while fighting for ISIS.

Officials say that international cooperation on information related to ISIS operatives has increased in last few years. NIA and police agencies have arrested 54 IS recruits so far, out of which many were deported from gulf countries.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kuwait-arrests-man-suspected-of-funding-ISIS-sympathisers-in-India/articleshow/53571994.cms

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Arab World

Syria: Over 300 Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Gov't Forces in South-western Aleppo

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 300 militants were killed and many more were wounded in the Syrian government forces' offensives on the positions of terrorist groups in Southern and Southwestern Aleppo.

Syrian soldiers and popular forces targeted terrorists' defence lines in the Southern farms of military academies, destroying 3 bomb-laden vehicles, 6 tanks, and a number of vehicles equipped with artillery and machineguns, while the attacks killed at least 300 terrorists in the battlefield.

Meantime, the Syrian Air Force crushed concentrations of terrorists and destroyed scores of their vehicles along the roads between Khan Touman and the military academies, al-Hikmeh School and the academies, Bazo hill and the academies, al-Zerba and Aleppo city, and Oram al-Kubra and Aleppo city.

Military sources announced on Friday that heavy bombardments of Russian warplanes paved the way for a major rapid advance of the Syrian army and its allies against the terrorist groups in Southern districts of Aleppo city.

The Syrian army’s Republican Guard, backed by Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF), drove back Jeish al-Fatah terrorists from the entire territories of al-Amariyeh districts.

The Russian fighter jets played a crucial role in the Syrian army's advances.

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Syria: ISIL Sentences Commanders to Death on Charges of Trafficking Civilians Abroad

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL executed a senior commander and sentenced another one to death on charges of earning a lot of money from trafficking civilians from terrorist-held regions to safer territories inside Syria or to other countries.

Amar Mahmoud al-Jarrah, who was behind trafficking of tens of civilians from the village of Doybeq in Southern Aleppo to government-held regions, was executed by the ISIL security forces.

In the meantime, Abdul Rahim al-Jaber, one of the notorious propagandists of ISIL in Raqqa, was arrested and sentenced to death penalty on charge of trafficking civilians from Raqqa to other regions.

Trafficking of one person, regardless of his or her age, inside Syria costs at least $700 and from Syrian to other countries costs at lest $2,000. 

Informed sources said earlier today that hundreds of civilians fleeing the war-hit cities of Raqqa, Deir Ezzur and Aleppo have been trapped and killed in ISIL's minefields.

"ISIL has planted thousands of landmines and explosive traps in surroundings of Raqqa, Deir Ezzur and Aleppo to prevent people to leave the cities. ISIL has been using civilians as human shield against Syrian army's attacks and bombardments," the sources said.

"Six civilians were killed by explosive traps in a minefield in the small town of Hajin in Albu Kamal in Eastern Deir Ezzur while fleeing ISIL-held regions in Hasaka province," they added.

"Thousands of landmines have been planted by the ISIL in farms and deserts of Raqqa and Deir Ezzur and Eastern Aleppo," the sources said.

"Based on a report, at least 60 civilian have been killed by landmines or snipers whole fleeing ISIL-held regions in Raqqa, Aleppo and Hasaka," the sources said.  

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Iraq: ISIL Executes Tens of Civilians in Kirkuk

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorists executed tens of civilians in Kirkuk province as they trying to escape from Takfiri militants.

Hassan Mahmoud al-Soufi, a commander of popular forces, told the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network on Saturday that terrorists executed 61 people, among them a woman, by firing squad at a militant base on the outskirts of the town of Hawijah.

An earlier report provided by the UN refugee agency UNHCR had disclosed that the ISIL terrorists may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers.

The report followed a statement on Thursday from the Iraqi Observatory for Human rights, which said about 1,900 civilians had been captured by an estimated 100-120 ISIL terrorists.

The observatory said ISIL was using people as shields against attacks by Iraqi security forces, adding scores of civilians had been executed, and six burnt.

The report said the Takfiri group had captured the internally displaced people from villages in Hawijah District in Kirkuk Governorate trying to flee to Kirkuk city.

The Iraqi army and volunteer forces are preparing for a final push to dislodge ISIL from Mosul.

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Saudi-led coalition, Houthis violating human rights in Yemen: UN report

August 6th, 2016

UNITED NATIONS: A confidential UN report has concluded that the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen deliberately bombed a house, killing four children, and that Houthi rebels used civilians as shields to avoid attacks.

The actions amount to violations of international humanitarian law, according to the report by a panel of experts.

“The panel has documented violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed by the Houthi-Saleh forces, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition and forces affiliated to the legitimate government of Yemen,” said the report presented to the Security Council.

The experts are conducting detailed investigations of four air strikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi coalition.

In the fourth case, six people including four children were killed when the coalition bombed a village house in southern Lahj province on May 25 using precision-guided munitions.

“It is almost certain that the civilian house was the deliberate target of the high explosive aircraft bombs,” said the report.

The panel concluded that the coalition failed to take precautions and “thus violated IHL [international humanitarian law]”.

The Saudi-led alliance has repeatedly denied that it has deliberately targeted civilians in the war, which has killed more than 6,400 people.

In Taez province, Houthi rebels have concealed their fighters and equipment near or in civilian areas “with the deliberate aim of avoiding attack”, said the report.

“In doing so, the Houthis almost certainly deliberately endanger and expose the civilian population and civilian objects to the perils of conflict,” it added.

The report showed a photograph of a tank parked at Taez University and said it was investigating several reports of civilian sites used as shields.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Al Qaeda franchise, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has upgraded its bomb-making capabilities and could wage a “sustained IED (improvised explosive device) campaign” of attacks, the report said.

The first suicide attack using the refined bomb technique was recorded in Aden on May 1.

AQAP and the local branch of the militant Islamic State (IS) group are competing for recruits in Yemen.

In March and April, IS received a significant influx of cash in Yemen, which it is using to attract recruits, finance operations and purchase equipment, said the report, without providing figures.

While the war grinds on, Yemen’s Central Bank is suffering a major haemorrhage of cash.

About $100 million per month is being diverted to support the Houthis, who have gained access to the reserves, said the report.

Yemen’s foreign reserves have dwindled from about $4 billion in November 2014 to their current critical level of $1.3bn.

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Syrian Army Continues to Wins Back More Areas near Darayya in Damascus Countryside

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its advances in Western Ghouta in Damascus countryside and won control of more lands in the countryside of Darayya town on Saturday.

The army units recaptured Balal mosque and its surrounding areas in Darayya countryside.

The Syrian army and popular forces managed to make more military gains with the aerial support of the air force and artillery backup.

Meantime, dissident sources announced that the Syrian army, with missile and artillery support, managed to advance in Khan al-Shih farms from the direction of al-Salam highway.

The Syrian artillery units also hit the terrorists' military positions in Tala al-Kabousiya and Abbassiya farms.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Army and popular forces took back more strongholds from the militant groups in the strategic town of Darayya, enabling them to take yet another major stride in completing siege of the terrorists in Western Ghouta.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that clashes between the army and popular forces and the militant groups near Darayya were focused on the Western side of the city and the Syrian army units could liberate the blocks around the city and make more advances in the region.

The clashes erupted after massive missile attacks by the army and helicopters against the terrorists' positions in Darayya.

The army has been able to surround the terrorists in a less than one kilometer ground in Darayya after retaking full control over the adjacent farms and ranches.

The SOHR also reported that the Syrian fighter jets pounded the terrorists' gathering centers in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, which inflicted heavy damages on their strongholds.

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Syria rebels take key positions near Aleppo: monitor

AFP | Aug 6, 2016

BEIRUT: A Syrian coalition of jihadists and Islamist rebels on Saturday seized key positions south of Aleppo as they press a major offensive to break the government siege of the city, a monitor said.

"The Army of Conquest on Saturday took control of the armament school, where there is a large amount of ammunitions, and a large part of the artillery school", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The coalition "is about to cut off, by gunfire, the supply route into government-controlled districts" of the city, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The road, which passes through a southwestern suburb of Aleppo city called Ramussa, is the last open route into Aleppo city.

If the rebels capture it, they would simultaneously cut off regime forces and open up a new road for their own besieged forces in the city's east.

The former Al-Nusra Front -- renamed Jabhat Fateh al-Sham after breaking from Al-Qaeda -- on Saturday announced having captured the two military academies and a third military position.

State television, meanwhile, reported fighting in the three locations.

"The regime forces are in a very difficult position despite Russian air support," Abdel Rahman said.

Once Syria's economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been roughly divided into a rebel-held east and regime-controlled west since 2012.

The jihadist and rebel advance comes three weeks after regime forces backed by Russian air strikes besieged the city's opposition-held districts, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis there.

The jihadists and rebels have been pressing an offensive to break the siege.

More than 2,80,000 people have been killed since the conflict started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011.

Russia launched air strikes in Syria in support of the regime in September last year.

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's Massive Operations to Capture Baghdad Fails

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL failed to conduct its massive military operations to target Baghdad and Iraq's Southern provinces.

The ISIL had planned massive operations, codenamed The Big War of Baghdad, and had prepared tens of bomb-laden suicide vehicles, Commander Headquarters of Iraqi Joint Military Operations announced on Saturday.

The ISIL's plot failed after the Iraqi air force launched four airstrikes on the terrorist group's military positions in al-Karabla region, specially near al-Asri market and in the town of al-Qaem in al-Anbar province.

A large number of bomb-laden vehicles of the terrorists were destroyed in the army attacks and scores of terrorists were killed and wounded.

In the first airstrike, 18 ISIL terrorists and 11 suicide bombers were killed while three others were wounded.

In the second air raid, three bomb-laden vehicles were destroyed and a senior ISIL commander named Abu Qatada al-Ansari was killed.

In the third airstrike, 13 ISIL terrorists most of them suicide bombers were willed and bomb-laden vehicle was destroyed.

In late June, a senior ISIL commander and close associate of the Takfiri terrorist group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an air raid on the city of Sharqat in Salahuddin province, Iraqi popular forces announced.

Sarmad Mazahem Ahmad Hassan al-Hanini, ISIL's notorious commander, was killed in an aerial bombardment on the outskirts of Sharqat city on Monday night.

Al-Hanini was a close associate of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed battlefield source as saying on Tuesday.

In late May, the Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) killed scores of Takfiri terrorists, including two senior ISIL commanders and a chief executioner, in a tough battle with them near al-Sharqat city.

Abdullah Abu Maryam, ISIL's chief executioner in Sharqat city, was killed by the Iraqi security forces.

Two other ISIL commanders named Haji Hani and Abu A'esheh who were in charge of the terrorist group's security in Sharqat were also killed in the Iraqi forces' military operations on Tuesday.

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Minister: Russians Offer to Launch Iranian Satellites

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Moscow has offered Tehran to launch the country's home-made satellites.

"The Russians are interested in taking the responsibility to launch our home-made, small satellites at our demand," Vaezi said on Saturday.

He also underlined Moscow's enthusiasm for cooperation with Tehran in building and launching remote sensing satellite, and said, "We have pursued this issue in talks with the Kosmos governmental company and reached an agreement on the generalities of designing, building and launching the satellite."

"We are in talks on the details for implementing the project and agreement on the price to implement it," Vaezi said.

Late July, Iran and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the joint manufacturing of a remote sensing satellite.

The agreement was signed between the two countries during the recent visit of Vaezi to Moscow earlier this week.

"During my visit to Russia, we signed an agreement with the Russian officials to work with Iranian industries to build a remote-sensing satellite," Vaezi said upon his return from Russia.

Vaezi was on a tour of Moscow to discuss technological cooperation with Russia.

Remote sensing usually refers to the technology of acquiring information about the earth's surface (land and ocean) and atmosphere using sensors onboard airborne (aircraft, balloons) or spaceborne (satellites, space shuttles) platforms.

Iran has taken long strides in recent years to develop its space industry and to build different types of satellites and explorers.

In February 2015, Iran’s domestically-made National Fajr (Dawn) Satellite was launched into orbit and started transmitting data to its stations on earth.

The satellite made its first contact with its ground stations hours after it was put into the orbit.

Fajr satellite is technically characterized by an orbit which could promote from 250 to 450 kilometers through a thruster or an engine.

Equipped with GPS navigation system, Fajr, weighing 52 kilos, is the fourth Iranian-made satellite which was put into orbit after three others between 2009 and 2012.

After Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009, it put two other satellites including, Rasad (Observation), and Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) into space.

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Syria: Scores of Fleeing Civilians Killed by ISIL Minefields

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Informed sources said that hundreds of civilians fleeing the war-hit cities of Raqqa, Deir Ezzur and Aleppo have been trapped and killed in ISIL's minefields.

"ISIL has planted thousands of landmines and explosive traps in surroundings of Raqqa, Deir Ezzur and Aleppo to prevent people to leave the cities. ISIL has been using civilians as human shield against Syrian army's attacks and bombardments," the sources said.

"Six civilians were killed by explosive traps in a minefield in the small town of Hajin in Albu Kamal in Eastern Deir Ezzur while fleeing ISIL-held regions in Hasaka province," they added.

"Thousands of landmines have been planted by the ISIL in farms and deserts of Raqqa and Deir Ezzur and Eastern Aleppo," the sources said.

"Based on a report, at least 60 civilian have been killed by landmines or snipers whole fleeing ISIL-held regions in Raqqa, Aleppo and Hasaka," the sources said.

Local sources said in July that  ISIL terrorists planted a large number of bombs and landmines in Manbij's houses, shops, schools and other public places to detonate them while retreating from their positions.

"ISIL forced us to leave our houses in Central Manbij and moved us toward the neighborhood of al-Kajli, and then planted a large number of bombs in our houses and shops," the sources said.

"We were under the siege of ISIL terrorists in al-Kajli for at least a month. ISIL snipers would shoot those who tried to scape their captivity," they further added.

a least 60 residents of Manbij were in a cellar for almost four days without drinking water and food, until the SDF fighters saved them. 

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Syrian militants launch new offensive to break Aleppo siege

August 6, 2016

BEIRUT -- Syrian insurgent groups launched a fresh offensive Saturday seeking to break a government siege on rebel-held neighbourhoods in the northern city of Aleppo, triggering intense clashes and airstrikes on the southern edge of the metropolis, the militants and state media said.

An unnamed military official told state news agency SANA that "large numbers" of militants attacked the military college in Aleppo, adding that government forces are defending the sprawling base. SANA said the militant offensive was preceded by a number of car bombs that struck the area.

The government completely closed the main road into the rebel-held areas of Aleppo on July 17, effectively besieging the neighbourhoods. The United Nations estimates that between 250,000 and 300,000 residents have been trapped in the besieged, eastern part of Aleppo since mid-July.

The U.N. and numerous relief organizations have warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe as conditions there deteriorate.

The powerful ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group, which is taking part in the offensive along with several other factions, posted a video that showed what it said were its fighters inside the college known as the Artillery Academy. An Ahrar al-Sham fighter in the video claimed that militants are in full control of the college showing destroyed tanks and artillery pieces captured by the gunmen. Ahrar al-Sham's coalition includes the Levant Conquest Front, al-Qaida's branch in Syria which recently renamed itself and announced its separation from the global al-Qaida organization.

"It is only a matter of hours before we break the siege imposed on our brothers in Aleppo," an Ahrar al-Sham fighter said in the video as gunfire could be heard in the background.

The video appeared genuine and corresponded to other Associated Press reporting of the events.

A State TV reporter in the area said the fighting was intense inside the college. The Lebanon-based Pan Arab TV station Al-Mayadeen, that has reporters on the government side of the city, reported that Syrian government reinforcements are being sent into conflict zone.

The military college is located about 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) from the besieged opposition areas.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said insurgents are now in control of large parts of the college.

Earlier Saturday, activists said predominantly Kurdish fighters are now in control of most of a stronghold of the Islamic State group in northern Syria after a push under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

The Observatory said Syria Democratic Forces are in control of most of the town of Manbij amid fighting in northern neighbourhoods and the town's centre.

Mustafa Bali, a Syria-based Kurdish activist, said that IS still holds some areas in Manbij, including the major northwestern neighbourhood of Sarab.

Bali said "it's a matter of time" before SDF fighters capture the town.

If Manbij is captured by SDF, it will be the biggest strategic defeat for IS in Syria since July 2015, when the extremists lost the border town of Tal Abyad.

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Damascus Countryside: Syrian Army 6 Kilometers From Douma

August 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army inched closer to Douma in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside on Saturday as it is only six kilometers away from the strategic town.

The army units are now very close to wining back full control over Douma.

Meantime, the Syrian army destroyed the gathering centers of Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as al-Nusra Front) in Khan al-Shih in Damascus countryside.

The Syrian Army and popular forces established full control over the village of Housh al-Farah in Eastern Ghouta and chased the remaining terrorists who were trying to flee towards Housh Narsi region.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Syrian fighter jets pounded the terrorists' gathering centers in Douma, inflicting heavy damages on their strongholds.

Also reports from Eastern Ghouta said that Abu Abdollah Hossein, the deputy head of Jeish al-Islam headquarters was wounded in Housh al-Farah town in clashes with the army and resistance forces and was transferred to Jordan for treatment.

The developments came after the ISIL's plot to rescue the besieged terrorists in Western Ghouta near Darayya was defused by the Syrian army's rapid reaction.

According to the dissident sources, the Liwa Shohada al-Islam terrorist group announced earlier this week that it swear allegiance to the ISIL, if it can open a way for its members from al-Assaly to Bur Saeid region to take control over Qadim al-Qadam road.

The sources said that the Syrian army became aware of the terrorists' plots and in a preemptive measure deployed its forces in several areas of Bur Saeed and al-Qadam regions.

Reports of ISIL's change in plans to help Liwa Shohada al-Islam were spread on Monday morning while deepening the feeling of disappointment and failure in terrorists stationed in Darayya with no way but surrendering to the army.

the Syrian army and popular forces took back more strongholds from the militant groups in the strategic town of Darayya, enabling them to take yet another major stride in completing siege of the terrorists in Western Ghouta.

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South Asia

Fresh Violence Claims Lives of 10 Soldiers, 61 Militants: MoD, Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Aug 06 2016

At least 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers lost their lives in the latest counter-terrorism operations across the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were conducted in Helmand, Khost, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Kunar, Logar, Uruzgan, and Farah province.

The statement further added 61 militants were killed, 53 others including the 13 were wounded during the same operations.

At least 13 of the militants were killed in Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand, 13 others were killed in Moosa Khel district of Khost, and 21 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in Achin district of Nangarhar.

According to MoD, at least 10 Taliban insurgents were killed during a separate operation in Andar district of Ghazni province and 4 others were killed in separate raids in Kunar, Logar, Uruzgan and Farah provinces.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

This comes as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are busy conducting their annual counter-terrorism operations across the country.

The annual operation ‘Shafaq’ was launched in response to Taliban’s annual spring offensive which the group launched in mid-April this year.

Taliban launched their spring offensive despite ongoing peace efforts by the Afghan government to end the violence through reconciliation process.

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ISIS loyalists behead two men in East of Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Aug 06 2016

ISIS behead 2 men in NangarharThe loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have beheaded two men in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on charges of supporting the pro-government forces in their fight against the terror group.

The two men were reportedly executed in the restive Kot district on Friday which comes as the Afghan forces are busy conducting operations against the terror group in this district.

The sympathizers of the terror group started circulating the photographs of the brutal execution of the two men in social media.

The ISIS loyalists have threatened everyone who backs the Afghan government against its self-declared Caliphate to face a similar punishment once captured by the group.

The latest execution by ISIS loyalists comes as the terror group received major blows during the ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar province during the recent weeks.

Both the Afghan and US forces conduct regular raids against the loyalists of the terror group in Nangarhar province.

The Afghan forces captured numerous key compounds used by the terror group in Nangarhar province after launched a major operation this province around two weeks ago.

The operations were launched to prevent the loyalists the terror group to expand foothold and operations in the country.

In the meantime the US forces in Afghanistan are conducting airstrikes against the terror group after the US President Barack Obama granted broader role to target the ISIS loyalists in the country.

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Explosion in Kabul leaves 5 policemen dead

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Aug 06 2016

At least five policemen lost their lives in an explosion in the outskirts of Kabul province late on Friday, local officials in Logar province said Saturday.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Salim Saleh said a commander of the Public Order Police Forces lost his life along with 4 policemen in Khak Jabar district.

He said Gen. Abdul Satar Hashemi was killed on Friday evening as he was on his way from Logar to Kabul and his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device.

Saleh further added that Gen. Hashemi was serving as the commander of the 5th brigade of the Public Order Police Forces.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

According to reports, at least six civilians including a woman were killed in a similar incident on Azra-Khak-e-Jabar highway around four days ago.

Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but the ordinary civilians are often targeted in such attacks.

This comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released the latest civilian casualties report late last month which stated at least 3726 civilians were killed or wounded between January and June of this year.

According to the UN mission, the anti-government elements remain responsible for 60 percent of the civilian casualties with ground engagements continuing to cause the highest number of civilian casualties, followed by complex and suicide attacks and improved  explosive devices (IEDs).

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10 civilians killed in Paktia explosions

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Aug 06 2016

At least ten civilians were killed in separate bomb explosions in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan on Friday, local officials said.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Naqib Ahmad Atal said at least five members of a single family lost their lives in the first explosion in Samkanai district.

He said the incident took place after a vehicle carrying the civilians struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Atal further added that five more were killed in a separate explosion targeting a tractor vehicle in the same district.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind teh incident.

Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but the ordinary civilians are often targeted in such attacks.

This comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released the latest civilian casualties report late last month which stated at least 3726 civilians were killed or wounded between January and June of this year.

The UN mission said the civilian casualties in the country has reached to a record number since counting began in 2009, with 5,166 civilians recorded killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children. The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.

According to the UN mission, the anti-government elements remain responsible for 60 percent of the civilian casualties with ground engagements continuing to cause the highest number of civilian casualties, followed by complex and suicide attacks and improved explosive devices (IEDs).

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Afghan govt orders operation for rescue of helicopter crew

August 6th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Afg­han government on Friday ordered a security mission for rescuing the crew of a helicopter owned by the Punjab government that crash-landed in Afghanis­tan’s Logar province the previous day.

“The government has launched an investigation and security forces have been ordered to carry out a rescue operation,” the Afghan defence ministry’s spokesman said in Kabul.

He confirmed that the helicopter, which was en route from Lahore to Russia via Uzbekistan, had been permitted to fly through Afghan airspace.

TTP faction claims captivity of hostages, threatens to kill them if attempt is made for their release

Afghan envoy Dr Omar Zakhilwal told Dawn that President Ashraf Ghani had asked troops in the area to try to recover the helicopter and rescue its crew.

The Afghan government’s action followed requests from Islamabad for help.

The Mi-17 helicopter, with seven crew members on board, had crash-landed in Logar on Thursday evening while flying over Afghan airspace. The crew were later taken hostage by militants believed to be Afghan Taliban.

However, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban has clai­med that the crew members are in its captivity and threatened to kill them if any attempt is made by the Afghan or US forces for their release.

“Formal and informal channels are being used to ensure safe recovery of the entire crew,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement issued by his office. He said the government was in contact with the Afghan authorities and state resources were being utilised for rescuing the crew.

Mr Sharif’s statement showed that in addition to contacts with the Afghan authorities, informal channels with the Taliban had also been activated for rescuing the crew.

“We are profoundly concerned about the safety of the whole team that was travelling on the helicopter. … all-out efforts are being made by the federal government and its agencies to guarantee the safe return of each member,” he said.

Earlier, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif spoke to top US and Nato commander in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson and President Ghani, seeking their help for early recovery of the crew.

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been in close touch with all relevant authorities in the government of Afghanistan. The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul is actively pursuing the matter,” the Foreign Office said.

The crew is believed to be held by the Taliban militants.

“Those traveling in the helicopter were taken hostage by the terrorists,” the Afghan defence ministry spokesman said.

Some local Afghan leaders — provincial council chief Dr Abdul Wali Wakil, deputy provincial governor Mohammad Hashim Faizi, governor of Azra district in Logar province Hamidullah Hamid — in media interviews identified the Taliban as the captors.

Separately, there were claims by unidentified Taliban leaders about holding the crew hostage. However, Taliban’s usual spokespersons were uncharacteristically quiet. Nor­mally, Taliban officials promptly accept responsibility for the activity undertaken by the militants. The area where the helicopter crash-landed has strong Taliban presence.

Local authorities in Logar, according to Afghan media, held negotiations with the Taliban for the release of the crew and they were demanding release of militants in exchange.

Sailab Masud adds from Dera Ismail Khan: Senior Taliban leader Qari Saif­ullah Mehsud claimed that the crew members were being held by the Hakeemullah Mehsud group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and, except for the pilot who suffered injuries, all other passengers were safe and sound.

Qari Saifullah, a key commander and spokesman for Hakeemullah Mehsud group, told Dawn by phone from an undisclosed location that all crew members were in the custody of the group’s commander, Adam Kochi alias Bilal, in Azra district of Logar province.

He claimed that the pilot was injured in shelling by another Pakistani helicopter. “One of our colleagues was killed and two others were injured in the shelling”. He said a video showing the hostages with the Taliban would soon be released to the media.

Qari Saifullah made it clear that it was of no use to seek help from the Afghan government or the US military because the Taliban were in full control of the area.

He warned that the detainees would be executed if Afghan or US forces tried to launch an operation for their release, adding that a message had been conveyed to Adam Kochi to fasten bombs to bodies of the hostages and detonate them in case of any such attempt.

Intikhab Hanif adds from Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday remained busy in contacting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the Foreign Office, urging them to expedite efforts for safe and early release of the crew members of the helicopter.

The main crew members are former army officers and on the list of personal staff of the chief minister.

The chief minister also met families of three senior members of the crew to show solidarity with them. He was scheduled to meet the family of another crew member in Islamabad on Saturday.

Officials said the government did not know exactly what led to the landing of the chopper. “We know that the crew is safe, but we don’t know whether it was a crash or an emergency landing, and how the chopper was destroyed,” a senior official said.

The officials who control the chief minister’s air transport said the helicopter had not outlived its utility. It was sent for the second overhauling before the completion of another 1,500 flying hours which necessitated such service. The first overhauling was conducted in 2011 and the second was necessary after the completion of 1,500 flying hours.

“This does not mean that the chopper was not airworthy,” a senior official said.

It was, however, the only helicopter the provincial government had. The chief minister’s six-seater Hawker 4000 plane is grounded on technical reasons. And the provincial government is in the process of buying a secondhand or a new 12-seater jet plane for him.

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Mideast

Turkish-origin man working at NASA arrested in probe over coup attempt

August/06/2016

Turkish-origin man working at NASA arrested in probe over coup attempt

A Turkish-origin American citizen who is working at NASA was arrested in the southern province of Hatay over investigation into the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) which was accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15, Hatay governor has announced.

Hatay Governor Ercan Topaca told state-run Anadolu Agency that police detained Serkan Gölge, 36, while he was in the province to visit his relatives following a tip-off that he was the crypto staff of the organization. A local court later ordered the arrest of Gölge.

The governor also added that Gölge studied at a school linked to the Gülen movement in Hatay and was graduated from Fatih University in Istanbul.

Topaca said that Gölge later moved to U.S. for higher education and began to work at NASA while also remaining in contact with the movement.

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US not involved in Turkey coup attempt, 'full stop', says envoy

AFP | Aug 6, 2016

ISTANBUL: The United States' ambassador to Turkey has again denied allegations his country was involved in last month's failed coup attempt, Turkish media reported on Saturday.

"I just want to say again, as I've said before and as we've said from Washington, the United States government did not plan, direct, support or have any advance knowledge of any of the illegal activities that occurred the night of July 15 and into July 16. Full stop," US ambassador John Bass said in remarks published in English daily Hurriyet Daily News.

He added that he was "deeply disturbed and offended by the accusations" targeting his country.

The July 15 military action blamed by Ankara on US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen has rattled Turkey's relations with the United States and the European Union.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the West of supporting the plotters and warned Washington that relations will suffer if it fails to extradite Pennyslvania-based Gulen.

Erdogan has also accused the US of hiding and sheltering the preacher and described the failed military action as a "scenario written from outside" in an allusion to foreign involvement.

Shortly after the coup attempt, Labour Minister Suleyman Soylu went even further to say "the United States is behind the coup."

And this week, Turkey's former army chief, Ilker Basbug, claimed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was also behind it.

"Frankly, if we would have had knowledge we would have told the Turkish government about it immediately," Bass said.

He said the US wants to see a "strong, prosperous, democratic, confident Turkey.

"Anyone who thinks that the United States somehow profits from Turkey being divided and destabilised I think is misreading history to a profound degree."

Three days after the failed coup, Bass rebutted claims his country somehow supported the putsch.

"This is categorically untrue, and such speculation is harmful to the decades-long friendship between two great nations," he said in a statement on the embassy website.

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France, Turkey use hoops to heal their nations after attacks

August/06/2016

It's been a difficult few months for the Olympic women's basketball teams from Turkey and France. Both countries have been victimized by deadly extremist attacks, and Turkey is struggling with the aftermath of a bloody attempted coup.

For players on both teams, being at the Summer Olympics in Rio offers a respite from what's happening at home — and a chance to show the world a united front.

"In France, we started to lose faith in people," French center Isabelle Yacoubou said. "I hope these Olympics will show people how we can come back together. We are all here together. It's not like some French, because you're black or white, are against other French people. We are all French and fighting for the country. I hope this little time, we will find some joy and try to forget these bad moments."

The teams play each other in their Olympic tournament opener on Aug. 6.

"It is kind of special that we face each other first," Yacoubou said.

Before the game, Yacoubou and her teammates will stand proudly while the French national anthem plays . For the past few years, the players have had a tradition of facing their country's flag with their arms around each other's waists.

"With all that's happened, for me it's really special," Yacoubou said. "Some crazy people did some crazy things. It's very special to be proud of this flag and we show it in front of everybody."

Yacoubou was deeply affected by the July 14 truck attack in Nice , which left 85 dead. She has a house in the area and spends time there every summer with her husband and son. She was in Italy when the attack on a holiday fireworks crowd took place.

"I felt a really big pain. What can we do?" she said. "All we can do is represent our country the best we can and keep going."

French teammate Sandrine Gruda echoed the sentiment.

"We show pride in our country with the flag and we hope these next few weeks can help heal," she said.

Turkey also is in need of healing after a string of deadly attacks blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group or the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants. The Istanbul Airport was bombed on June 28, right before the women's team was about to reconvene for its pre-Olympic training. Then, while the team was training in Slovenia, some military units tried to take the country over on July 15 in a failed coup attempt that left at least 270 dead.

"I think we all feel a heightened sense of responsibility to show that we are representing Turkey," Şebnem Kıyacıoğlu said in a first-person story on ESPNW.com. "(Show) that we are still on our feet, still standing tall. Our success as a team will not only be a sign that Turkey is a democratic nation, where people of many races, nationalities and religions live together, but I believe it will be a glimmer of hope for the people of Turkey."

"We are proud of our country," she added. "There are a lot of Turkish people who have been living through some dark days and losses recently. Turkish people have a lot of pride, and we want to make them proud of us."

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Turkish PM hosts security meeting in Ankara

August/06/2016

Turkish PM hosts security meeting in Ankara

A three-hour security meeting hosted by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım ended on Aug. 6 at the prime minister's residence in Ankara, with the participation of high-level government and military officers.

Among the officials who participated the meeting were Foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Justice minister Bekir Bozdağ, Interior minister Efkan Ala and Defense minister Fikri Işık as well as the Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Gendarmerie General Commander Gen. Yaşar Güler, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) head Hakan Fidan, and undersecretaries and the heads national police.

No official statement made after the meeting.

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West’s Double-Standard Policy against Iran Not to End: IHRC Co-Founder

News ID: 1150461 Service: Politics

August, 06, 2016

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The co-founder of the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), who was recently granted the Islamic Human Rights Award 2016, said the West’s double-standard policy vis-à-vis Iran will never come to an end.

Addressing a press conference at the Tasnim head office in Tehran on Saturday, Arzu Merali said, “This (double-standard policy) is something that the Islamic Republic of Iran has suffered from for a long time and those double-standards have always been there and, unfortunately, they are always going to be there because those western countries do not have a principled response to anything.”

Massoud Shadjareh, the head of the IHRC, was also present at the event.

She added, "…I do not think that this is a criticism that just comes from Muslims. It comes from even people themselves within those countries. We are seeing now a huge backlash in America against the way presidential elections are run there. People are openly saying that this is a corrupt electoral system."

Stressing that countries like Iran are always going to be the victim of those double standards, Merali called on Muslims to work "positively" with others and create a different world via forming a movement based on similar experiences and ideas.

“It is important for us to work positively with other people and communities in the world who have got similar ideas, similar experiences and create a movement to move forward. The West needs to change internally and that is a long process. We cannot change them by just explaining to them they are wrong. The people in power are not going to listen to us... we have to work with other people who understand this and create a different world.”

On Wednesday, Bahrain’s top Shiite cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim and Arzu Merali were jointly granted the International Islamic Human Rights Award 2016.

During a ceremony held to commemorate the Islamic Human Rights and Human Dignity Day in Tehran, the third prize of the International Islamic Human Rights Award went to Sheikh Issa Qassim for his effective role in “peacefully defending the rights of Muslims” as well as “promoting principles of religious democracy”.

Arzu Merali also received the same award for her constant efforts to “defend Muslims’ rights” and “fight against Islamophobia”.

A hospital in the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Syrian, Yemeni and Iraqi activists had been presented the first and second prize of the International Islamic Human rights Award in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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US Justice Department to send delegation to Turkey next week over Gülen's extradition

August/06/2016

US Justice Department to send delegation to Turkey next week over Gülen's extradition

The U.S. Justice Department will send a technical delegation to Turkey next week over the government's request to extradite U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the prime suspect behind the July 15 coup attempt according to Ankara.

The Turkish Justice Ministry had invited a delegation from Washington to come to Turkey first to discuss Gülen's extradition.

In return, a delegation from the Justice ministry will later depart for U.S. to discuss the extradition after the U.S. delegation's visit.

Ankara has already lodged two extradition demands with the U.S. for Gülen, who lives a self-claimed exile in Pennsylvania.

Earlier this week, a second document had been sent to the United States demanding the urgent arrest of Gülen.

The U.S. Department of State announced on Aug. 5 that it was evaluating new documents sent by Ankara.

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North America

Take action against all terror groups: US to Pak

IANS | Aug 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: After it announced withholding $300 million military aid to Islamabad, the US has urged Pakistan to target all militant groups and not adopt a "selective approach" to combating terror.

"Pakistan has taken and is taking steps to counter terrorist violence, and certainly focusing on those groups that threaten Pakistan or its stability. The military has shut down some of these safe havens," US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said during a briefing on Thursday evening.

He noted that the Pakistani military had shut down some terrorist safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and had restored "government control" in parts of the country that were used as terrorist safe havens for years.

"These are important steps that have contributed to security interests in the region. And they've come at a cost of Pakistani lives lost," he said, adding "So I guess, to put it briefly or summarise it, they've made progress."

"They're going after groups, but selectively. We need to see them go after all groups," Toner added.

Replying to a question about the Pentagon's decision to withhold $300 million of defence aid to Pakistan over its alleged reluctance to act against the Haqqani network, Toner said that unlike the Pentagon, the State Department had continued its assistance and some of that included security assistance.

Asked if the US State Department agreed with the Pentagon's assessment that Pakistan was not doing enough to eliminate the Haqqani network, he said: "We've urged the government of Pakistan to address this and to pursue closer counter-terrorism cooperation with Afghanistan against all groups that pose a long-term security threat to the region, not just to Pakistan."

The Pentagon on Wednesday refused the $300 million aid, in a sign of unhappiness with Islamabad for not acting against the Haqqani network.

Defence secretary Ashton B. Carter had decided against making a certification to Congress stating that Pakistan is taking sufficient action against the militant organisation.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in his address at a Saarc ministerial meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, had said that there is "no good or bad terrorism" and urged that "terrorists should not be glorified or patronised".

His reference was to Pakistan terming as a "martyr" a pro-Pakistan rebel commander killed in Jammu and Kashmir, which triggered large scale unrest in the northern Indian state.

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Pakistan

Amjad Sabri, Rahat Fateh, Abida Parveen kick-start Coke Studio 9 with an emotional tribute

August 6th, 2016

The music series brought together the music industry's finest for its latest offering

Coke Studio knows how to tug at our heart strings.

As Independence Day nears, the music TV series shared its latest song, Aye Rah-e-Haq- Ke Shaheedo as a promo to kick-start Season 9. The caption reads: "Dedicated to those who sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows. Coke Studio presents Aye Rahe Haq Ke Shaheedo."

The three-minute music video features a number of the music industry's finest including slain qawwal Amjad Sabri, Abida Pareveen, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Azmat, Noori, Faakhir as well as Meesha Shafi, Zeb Bangash, Sanam Marvi, Umair Jaswal and Zahoor.

Twitter was flooded with sentimental fans as hashtag #CokeStudio9 hit top trends.

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FIA arrests 'blacklisted' US national from Islamabad airport

August 6th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) early Saturday morning said it arrested a "blacklisted" US national after he was granted entry by a FIA sub-inspector and his son at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA).

The US national, identified as Mathew Barret, was blacklisted from Pakistan in 2011 on charges of espionage.

The FIA has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the officials.

According to the FIA, Barret forged documents to enter the city. The move alerted the organisation's Islamabad chapter.

After arresting Barret, the FIA transferred him to the immigration cell.

Allegedly, sub-inspector Raja Asif and his son Ihtesham-ul-Haq's negligence led to the security breach for which the two were also named in the FIR.

FIA is conduting raids to arrest the accused.

Houston-based Vice Councilor forVisa Sayeda Altaf was also named in the FIR for issuing visa to Barret, said FIA, assuring, that the main culprits will be unveiled.

In June this year, a Spanish national of Pakistani original, who was blacklisted by the British authorities after being convicted in a drug smuggling case, was offloaded from a flight to Manchester at the BBIA.

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Pakistanis splash out Rs85bn on Dubai property in six months

August 6th, 2016

KARACHI: Pakistanis bought property worth three billion United Arab Emirates (UAE) dirhams (around Rs85bn) in Dubai during the first half of this year, just behind Indians and Britons who plunked down 7bn and 4bn dirhams, respectively.

In the last two-and-a-half years, Pakistanis have invested over 18bn dirhams (Rs512bn) in Dubai realty market, according to reports based on Dubai Land Department appeared in the UAE media.

In 2015, Indian nationals ranked the highest value foreigners, making property transactions worth 20bn dirhams from 8,756 investors. Britons came in at second with a total of 10bn dirhams worth of property transactions from 4,889 investors while Pakistanis ranked third with 8bn dirhams from 6,106 investors.

In 2014, Pakistanis were at second position with 5,079 transactions with a total of 7.59-dirham investment. Indians topped the list with purchase of 18.1bn dirhams worth of property on 7,353 transactions, whereas Britons invested 9.32bn dirhams.

“Our politicians, bureaucrats and some genuine buyers have lifted properties in Dubai instead of local businessmen,” said Abdul Wahab Parekh, the owner of Parekh Estate in Clifton. “Businessmen have pulled out their money from banks after introduction of 0.3 to 0.6 per cent withholding tax on filers and non-filers on tax returns. They have basically parked their money abroad.”

However, property dealers in the local market paint an uncertain future after the introduction of new valuation rates, saying the real estate market has become inactive.

Mr Parekh believed that after new valuation rates for property, the local businessmen were unlikely to take the plunge and started buying property in Dubai as the prices on that market have been in decline for more than one year.

The new valuation rates look feasible for the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Clifton, but for other areas of Karachi the valuation rates seem overvalued, he said. “It’s surprising that the federal government has decided the valuation rates instead of provincial governments under the 18th Amendment.”

“The federal government cannot intervene where provincial governments are authorised to take decision,” he said.

However, he said the property market has been very quite in terms of sale and purchase deals since July 1 as only 15pc deals were struck which were mutually agreed before July, but the sellers get 10-15pc less price. However, many buyers and sellers postponed their transactions mutually.

He also claimed that about 80pc of black money found way into the real estate sector of Pakistan.

CEO of Citi Associates in Clifton, Mohammad Shafi Jakvani, said the volume of property transactions has shrunk and only 10-15pc deals have taken place in DHA and Karachi Development Authority compared to the volume before the introduction of latest finance bill.

Citing reasons for huge price difference in official and open market prices, he said the deputy commissioner valuation table was formed in 1986. Since then, the market price has risen drastically. The markets saw three bullish trend periods — first in 1993 to 1996, second in 2001 to 2005, and third in 2011 till 2016.

The sale/purchase had become negligible from July 2016 onwards as buyers and sellers had adopted wait-and-see approach, especially after new valuation rates, said Mohammad Najeeb, the owner of Nazimabad Estate in North Naziamabad. “The new valuation rates are overvalued which may keep property buyers and sellers in an uncertain situation for future deals.”

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Australia to help Balochistan govt fight malnutrition

August 6th, 2016

QUETTA: The Australian government through the World Bank is supporting the Balochistan government to address malnutrition issue and promote breastfeeding and its AUD 17 million projects will improve access to nutrition in seven districts of Balochistan, Australian High Commis-sioner Margaret Adamson said.

According to a statement issued here, Ms Adamson said that the Australian government would continue these projects to improve nutrition for women and children.

She said these projects would also educate and encourage women to breastfeed, where possible.

Meanwhile, the Australian High Commission and the World Bank staff met Balochistan Secretary of Health Dr Muhammad Omer Baloch and other top officials concerned here to assess the progress on the Australian government-funded projects.

Speaking on the occasion, the secretary of health said that improved coordination between development partners and the Balochistan government was essential for the success of various nutrition projects under way in the province.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Muhammad Dawood Bareach said that the provincial government had sanctioned Rs106 million last year for the nutrition project and this year Rs96 million had been allocated.

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Southeast Asia

Penang mufti: Pokemon Go harmful, but no ban yet

Saturday August 6, 2016

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Aug 6 — Penang Mufti Datuk Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor today described the location-based augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, as a game that brings more harm than good.

He said even the study by Penang Mufti Department found that the negative consequences of the game outweighed its positive impacts.

However, he said the Penang Fatwa Committee would only discuss the possible ban on the game if there were complaints lodged by the public or if proposed by the any members of the committee.

“We have yet to discuss the matter, but I’m aware that the game has harmful consequences as it can lead to crime and breach of privacy.

“We will wait and see first, and if there were complaints, then we will discuss further action,” he told reporters after attending the ‘Keluarga Sejahtera’ Convention at Permatang Pauh branch of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) here today.

Pokemon Go, developed by Niantic Incorporation of Nintendo USA has set a new wave of augmented reality game in the history of smartphone applications.

The game enables the player to hunt, fight and train virtual Pokemon characters based on real-world locations detected via their smartphones.

Yesterday, Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri advised Muslims to avoid playing Pokemon Go, saying that it was not allowed on the principle of maslahah (public interest).

He said the matter was decided at the Federal Territories Islamic Legal Consultative Committee meeting on Aug 1. — Bernama

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Police find bomb-making materials for alleged Singapore attack

BATAM, INDONESIA | BY KANUPRIYA KAPOOR

Indonesian police found only a stash of bomb-making materials after arresting six men suspected of planning a rocket attack on Singapore from a nearby island, a senior officer said on Saturday.

But police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said a search was on for more members of a gang now believed to be part of a wider network taking instructions from a Syria-based Islamic State militant to launch attacks across Southeast Asia.

Singapore called for heightened vigilance a day after the suspected militants were rounded up. It said their plot to target Marina Bay, a glittering downtown waterfront, showed the city-state needed to defend its multiple points of entry.

The six suspected militants were detained on Friday in dawn raids on Batam island, about 15 km (10 miles) south of Singapore, where police believe the men planned to fire the rockets from.

"There were no sophisticated arms confiscated, only bomb-making materials," Amar told Reuters. Asked whether the initial investigation indicated other groups were planning similar attacks, he said "Yes, there still are".

Singapore's home affairs minister, K. Shanmugam, said the men had plans to hit Marina Bay, a popular entertainment area with a waterfront promenade, a giant ferris wheel and a swanky casino resort. The Singapore Formula One Grand Prix is held annually on the streets of the Marina Bay neighborhood.

"This shows how our enemies are thinking of different ways of attacking us," Shanmugam said in a Facebook posting.

"Terrorists ... will seek to come in through our checkpoints; they will also try to launch attacks from just outside. And this is in addition to lone wolf attacks from radicalized individuals/groups. We have to be extra vigilant."

Batam is linked to Singapore by frequent ferries and its beach resorts and golf courses are a popular weekend getaway destination for Singaporeans, who will celebrate their National Day holiday on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE, A TARGET FOR ISLAMIC STATE

Authorities identified the leader of the group arrested on Batam as Gigih Rahmat Dewa, who local media said was a 31-year-old factory worker from the Javanese city of Solo. Solo has been linked to several previous attacks by Islamist militants in Indonesia.

The group was suspected of having direct links to Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian who had lived in Solo but is now believed to be fighting with Islamic State in Syria.

"The six people led by GRD had planned to launch attacks," National Police Chief Tito Karnavian told reporters, referring to Dewa by his initials. "They were in direct contact with Bahrun Naim in Syria and he had ordered them to attack Singapore and Batam."

Indonesian investigators believe that Naim was one of the masterminds behind an attack in January in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, in which eight people were killed, including the four attackers.

In a blog post after the coordinated shootings and suicide bombings across Paris last November, Naim urged his Indonesian audience to study the planning, targeting, timing and courage of the jihadis who killed 130 people in the French capital.

Police said they had not yet discovered any physical evidence of preparations for a rocket attack.

"We are currently studying what materials they had and I cannot say that a rocket was found," Batam District Police Chief Helmi Santika told Reuters. "Among other things, several weapons were seized including arrows, long-rang firearms and pistols."

TURNING POINT?

Multi-ethnic Singapore, a major commercial, banking and travel hub that is home to many Western expatriates, has never seen a successful attack by Islamist militants.

However, authorities did break up a plot to bomb several embassies soon after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. A Singaporean militant was accused of plotting to crash a hijacked plane into the city's airport in 2002.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said this week Singapore was a target for Islamic State because it is "a rational, open, cosmopolitan country" even though it is not involved in the U.S.-led campaign against the group in the Middle East.

Some security analysts were doubtful that a rocket attack on Singapore from Batam was feasible, but Tim Ripley of Jane's Defence Weekly said it was possible.

"They would be the long-range variants of the Grad rocket -originally from Russia but copied in China, Iran, Pakistan and several other countries," Ripley said.

"Very simple to use but very inaccurate at the ranges for this attack. The damage would depend on where they hit but the potential for casualties would be high," he said.

If the plan for a rocket launch on Singapore is confirmed, it would suggest that militants in Southeast Asia are preparing far more sophisticated attacks than those of recent months.

Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, has itself seen attacks by Islamist militants before. The bombing of two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people was among a spate of attacks during the 2000s.

Police were largely successful in destroying domestic militant cells after that, but they now worry the influence of Islamic State will bring a resurgence of jihadi violence.

Authorities in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia say dozens of men have gone from those countries to join Islamic State's fight in the Middle East. Security officials fear that Naim and other Islamic State leaders are now asking supporters in Southeast Asia to launch attacks at home.

(Additional reporting by Saeed Azhar in Singapore and Fergus Jensen and Agustinus Beo Da Costa in Jakarta and William James in London; Writing by John Chalmers and Randy Fabi; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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Indonesians: Foiled plot to rocket Singapore

08/06/2016

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's counterterrorism police on Friday arrested six suspected militants who police said were planning to launch a rocket attack on downtown Singapore from nearby Batam island.

The Indonesian men were captured Friday on the Indonesian island, which is about 15 miles southeast of Singapore, said National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar.

He said the arrests, which included the 31-year-old alleged leader of the group, highlight the continued threat posed by extremists in Indonesia despite a sustained crackdown by authorities.

"We have strong indications that the six men were planning to launch a rocket at Singapore's Marina Bay from Batam," Amar said. He would not confirm whether an actual rocket had been found in the police raid.

Marina Bay is a busy area close to the heart of Singapore's downtown filled with office towers, waterside eateries and tourist attractions, including one of Asia's biggest casinos.

Amar said all the men claimed they were members of Katibah Gigih Rahmat, a little-known extremist group that helps Indonesian militants travel to Syria. Police believe it has received funds from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria.

Naim has been linked to a succession of poorly executed attacks in Indonesia, including a suicide bombing outside police headquarters in the city of Solo last month that killed the bomber and no one else.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, suffered a spate of deadly attacks by members of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

However, in recent years, smaller, less-deadly strikes have targeted government agencies, mainly police and anti-terrorism forces.

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Africa

If Boko Haram kills Christian, burn churches, we’ll slay Muslims, raze mosques – N-Delta militant group

AUGUST 6, 2016

By Emma Amaize

THE Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, Saturday, vowed that it would carry out reprisal attacks on Muslims and mosques in the Niger Delta region if Boko Haram kills Christians and burn down churches in the north, as threatened by its new leader, Abu Masab el Barnaw, last Wednesday.

Spokesperson of the militant group, W O I Izon-Ebi, in a statement, said: “We want to alert Nigerians and the world that the Islamization plot has been proven by the Boko Haram new leader Abu Masab el Barnaw that their new mission is to kill all Christians and burn down all churches.”

“But, we want to warn them that we, the Niger Delta youths, in this 21st century will not accept killing of innocent Christians or burning of churches. That if they try it in the north or any part of Nigeria, we the Niger Delta youths will not see any Muslim or mosque in the Niger Delta,” it said.

Its words: “We are not against President Buhari granting the Boko Haram amnesty if their sole purpose is to own an Islamic caliphate in the north, but they should mot shift it to the Niger Delta.”

“All we know and want is resource control and true federalism, if truly they believe in one Nigeria, and are working harder to build a prosperous One Nigeria, let them shift their Operation Crocodile Tears to the Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram that is threatening the unity and peace of Nigeria,” the group asserted.

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NDRC called on President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate that leadership as the current leader and the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, just as former President Goodluck Jonathan showed by visiting him (Buhari) to indicate that he believes in the unity of Nigeria and was not part of the planned declaration of the Niger Delta Republic.

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Terrorists attack Somali town west of Mogadishu

The group has also launched attacks in Kenya and Uganda which have contributed troops to the 22,000-strong AMISOM force.

Somali Islamist group al Shabaab on Saturday shelled residential areas in the town of Baidoa, west of the capital Mogadishu, hitting a hospital and likely causing casualties, the African Union (AU) peace keeping force AMISOM said in a Twitter post.

The al Qaeda-allied group, which wants to topple Somalia's Western-backed government and rule the country according to Islamic Sharia law, has been ramping up attacks on both civilian and military targets in recent months.

"Al Shabaab militants fired mortar shells at densely populated civilian residential areas in Baidoa town this morning," AMISOM said on its Twitter account.

"One round of the mortars hit a hospital. Civilian casualties are unknown but expected."

Security analysts have warned that the group could step up attacks, taking advantage of the distraction caused by campaigning for a presidential election due in August.

The group has also launched attacks in Kenya and Uganda which have contributed troops to the 22,000-strong AMISOM force.

In the most recent attacks, al Shabaab late last month used vehicle-borne suicide bombers to launch assaults on an AMISOM base and the headquarters of Police's Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) both in Mogadishu.

The attacks left at least 23 people dead.

Somalia has been gripped by violence and lawlessness since early 1990s following the toppling of military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

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