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Gilgit Leader Seeks UN Help to Break Free From Pakistan



New Age Islam News Bureau

2 Aug 2016



EghtesadOnline: Libyan forces renewed their push to oust Islamic State from its former North African stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, saying they had seized the city's main mosque and a jail run by the militants' morality police.

 

•  Campaign for Muslim Kids to Take Up Careers in 'Nation Building' Launched

•  Bangladesh: HuJi Men Used As Mercenaries

•  Nigerian Army Thirsty For Islamic Movement Blood in Potiskum

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Pakistan

•  Gilgit Leader Seeks UN Help to Break Free From Pakistan

•  Baloch Leaders Booked For 'Support' Of Modi's Comments: Police

•  Jamaat wants Bank of Khyber to adopt Islamic banking

•  Fazl warns Sindh govt against making ‘anti-madrasa laws’

•  Pakistan’s former Ambassador Husain Haqqani waits for his passport

•  Pak-Afghan flag meeting ends without any result

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India

•  Campaign for Muslim Kids to Take Up Careers in 'Nation Building' Launched

•  ISIS Bigger Threat than Pakistani Terrorists: NIA Official

•  Muslim Workers Humiliated, Forced To Do Sit-Ups in Public for Not Paying Ganpati Donation

•  Analysing the threat to Muslim youths in India

•  India’s 1.25 billion people will be on Afghanistan’s side: Modi

 

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South Asia

•  Bangladesh: HuJi Men Used As Mercenaries

•  Afghan National Army Casualties on Rise amid Growing Violence, 15 Martyred In 24 Hours

•  4 Prominent Taliban Commanders Killed In East of Afghanistan

•  Taliban captures Khwajah Ghar district in Takhar province

•  Most senior Taliban leader killed after attacking Hesarak in Nangarhar

•  Main bridge totally destroyed by Taliban in Kunduz province

•  Taliban’s shadow judge arrested in North of Afghanistan

•  Mastermind behind Dhaka attack visited Kolkata: Arrested IS suspect

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Africa

•  Nigerian Army Thirsty For Islamic Movement Blood in Potiskum

•  Libyan Forces Say They Capture Mosque, Prison from Islamic State in Sirte

•  Somalia Bombings Kill 17 at Local Government HQ, Market

•  Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok

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Mideast

•  29 Children Killed In Gaziantep Attack As Death Toll Rises To 54

•  Turkey Could Become either More Democratic or More Authoritarian: CHP's Tezcan

•  Two killed in PKK attacks in east and southeast Turkey

•  Five detained for trying to enter Israeli consulate in Istanbul

•  Turkish PM meets opposition leaders for second time

•  Need for transparency the main lesson from coup attempt, says ex-president

•  Project launched to build capacity of refugee NGOs in Turkey

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Europe

•  Islamic Extremist Pleads Guilty to Destroying Holy Sites in Timbuktu

•  U.K. Will Segregate Imprisoned Muslim Extremists From General Population

•  Far-right politician stages “Islamic State invasion” in Old Town Square

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Arab World

•  Jeish Al-Fatah Fails Again To Prevail Over Gov't Positions in South-Western Aleppo

•  Syrian Army Continues To Advance against Terrorists in South-Western Damascus

•  Syrian Army Reinvigorates Control over Aleppo-Khan Touman Supply Line

•  Iraqi Army, Volunteer Forces Continue Purging Al-Khalediya of Terrorists

•  Iraqi Interior Ministry Dismisses Saudi Envoy's Claims against Iran

•  Kurdish Forces Breach Truce with Government in Hasaka

•  Pro-Saudi Forces Sustain Heavy Losses in Ta'iz, Ma'rib, Al-Jawf Provinces

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Southeast Asia

•  Malaysian Rapper Detained For 'Insulting Islam': Report

•  Indonesia’s Sectarian Violence Assumes A Religious Guise

•  Indonesia radio denies Singapore's claim of airing content supporting ISIS

•  Cops watching band of college students sympathetic to IS

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North America

•  Westbrook Police Chief Stands with Threatened Muslim Residents

•  Trump campaign wavers on mass deportations

•  42 percent of Americans say they are less safe from terrorism than before 9/11

•  In America, freedom of religion is for all people

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Gilgit Leader Seeks UN Help to Break Free From Pakistan

August 22, 2016


EghtesadOnline: Libyan forces renewed their push to oust Islamic State from its former North African stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, saying they had seized the city's main mosque and a jail run by the militants' morality police.

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Brussels (Belgium): Taking a strong exception to “grave” human rights situation in Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (PoGB), Balawaristan National Front (BNF) chairman Abdul Hamid Khan has appealed to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the U.N., and the European Union (EU) to exert pressure on Pakistan to end the “illegal occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan” and withdraw its civilians and forces by fulfilling its obligations to the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) resolutions – which, he says, is the first step to “establish local authority”.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last month, the BNF chairman, who is living in political asylum here, urged: “The U.N. should also ask Pakistan to end its illegal occupation of Chitral and Shenaki Kohistan (in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), allowing the local people to rule their motherland as their birth right.”

“If Pakistani atrocities against indigenous people continue uncontrolled, South Asia and rest of the civilised world, eventually, will have to face serious environmental and geopolitical consequences, besides human catastrophe, warned Khan, adding that two-million people of this disputed land have no way out, but expect and request Your Excellency to intervene.

Presenting facts to buttress the grave human rights situation in Gilgit-Baltistan, the northernmost administrative territory, under Pakistan’s illegal occupation, Khan claimed, “PoGB has been neglected by the U.N. since it had passed the UNCIP resolution on April 28, 1949, which asked Pakistan to withdraw its citizens and military within the period of three months.

“Due to this negligence on the part of U.N., Pakistan got emboldened to increase its violation of UNCIP-stated resolutions and committed more and more atrocities against two-million people of PoGB on one side, and raised hue and cry after sending its terrorists against the innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir on the other.”

“Needless to mention that the whole Jammu and Kashmir issue, including PoGB, is political and not religious one under Pakistan’s “illegal occupation,” he added.

The BNF chairman then went on to present some excerpts derived from the official records of the UNSC on Gilgit-Baltistan and Jammu and Kashmir, under the UNCIP, which states: “All persons (other than citizens of the state), who on or since August15, 1947 have entered it for other than lawful purposes, shall be required to leave the state; there is no threat, coercion or intimidation, bribery or other undue influence on the voters in the plebiscite; no restrictions are placed on legitimate political activity throughout the state. There shall be freedom of press, speech and assembly and freedom of travel in the state, including freedom of lawful entry and exit; all political prisoners are released; minorities in all parts of the State are accorded adequate protection; and there is no victimisation.”

Khan further said UNCIP Truce Terms also provided that “they should be without prejudice to the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the State of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Quoting 177 Part III of the truce terms, which contained various general provisions, he said it established that “the territory evacuated by the Pakistan troops will be administered by the local authorities under the surveillance of the commission.

“However, instead of initiating an immediate withdrawal of its citizens and forces, Pakistan has settled its citizens and multiplied its military personnel in the region by thousands of times more. Further, the people of PoGB have no right of vote in the 21st century. This is the plight of U.N.-declared disputed Gilgit-Baltistan under Pakistani illegal occupation, where political leaders are being treated as terrorists and real terrorists are actually free to torture and even kill political and religious opponents, who dare not to obey the enslaving orders of the occupying forces and their intelligence agencies,” he alleged.

Khan contended that Pakistani laws cannot be legitimately applied to those who are not even Pakistani citizens by international law and by Pakistan’s own constitution.

Alleging that there is no freedom of speech, right to peaceful political assembly, right to free travel and political activities, the BNF chairman claimed, “Nationalist political parties, which do not follow the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) guidelines are not allowed to perform political activities. Issuing death threats and intimidation to politically-affiliated human rights activists in the region has become a daily routine of the Pakistani occupation regime.

“Instead of releasing innocent detainees, who have no criminal records, Pakistan arrests, tortures and imprisons hundreds of political and religious activists and awards them death sentences and life imprisonments without giving them any access to a fair and lawful judicial system (like high court and Supreme Court). Occupation regime forces are awarded and promoted if they kill any indigenous person on religious or political basis.”

Accusing Pakistan of violating territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by giving 2,500 Sq mile area of Shimshaal, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan to China in 1963 to construct the Karakoram Highway (KKH) for its own military benefits, Khan said alleged that Pakistan annexed areas of PoGB bordering with Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa, Chitral and Kohistan.

He also accused Pakistan of hatching a conspiracy to sell out the whole Gilgit-Baltistan to China under the pretext of China Pakistan Economical Corridor (CPEC) without taking the U.N. or the people of Gilgit-Baltistan into confidence.

“All the natural resources, including mines (Uranium and Gold etc.), forest and water resources and land have been snatched from the people by force and given to Pakistani citizens, Pakistani Army, ISI and Chinese by violating the UNSC resolutions,” he alleged.

At the end, he stated, “Two-million people of this disputed land have no way out, but expect and request Your Excellency to intervene.”

newindianexpress.com/world/Gilgit-leader-seeks-UN-help-to-break-free-from-Pakistan/2016/08/22/article3591669.ece

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Campaign for Muslim Kids to Take Up Careers In 'Nation Building' Launched

Mon, 22 Aug 2016


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A group of educated Muslim professionals has launched a pan-India campaign to encourage Muslim children to take up careers which directly contribute to "nation building".

A special drive has been launched in schools across India last week wherein the professionals are telling kids to make careers in defence, civil services, judiciary, medicine and the media. Through a series of lectures titled "Hum Banenge Hind ki Nayi Pehchan" the group — Association of Muslim Professionals — is reaching out to children studying in class 9-12.

"There is a negative agenda against Muslims in the political sphere and even on the media. Attempt is on to rob off the community's contribution in the freedom struggle and even after freedom. Muslims feel pained and offended. The narrative has to change and we realised that it can't be done through media debates," says Aamir Edresy, president of AMP, highlighting the need of the campaign.

If more Muslims will join administrative services, police force, judiciary and media, perception of the community among people of India will also change gradually, feel community leaders.

The Mumbai-based AMP, which has been conducting similar lectures in Maharashtra for past two years, has scaled up its effort pan India, 2016. This is significant considering the reports that several Muslim youths have joined the terror group — ISIS.

Edresy says: "Lectures have been held in around 380 schools in Delhi, UP, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and a few other states. More schools would be reached out soon."

The Sachar Commission report in 2004 had highlighted skewed presence of Muslims in both political space and administration. It stated that since the first Lok Sabha, average 20 Muslims got selected for Lok Sabha while the proportionate figure is around 77 as they constitute 14.2% of India's population. In civil services, Muslims were less than 2.5%.

Though several schemes were launched to increase their representation in the administration and government jobs since then, Amitabh Kundu's report to evaluate the post Sachar period revealed that those drives have dismal effect.

Now, community leaders feel that Muslims can't always sit and blame the successive governments for their plight. To improve its socio-economic conditions, the community itself has to come forward. No better way than taking up careers which are regarded as "nation building".

At least half a dozen Muslim groups and organisations are also doing similar campaigns. Among them is Zakat Foundation of Syed Zafar Mehmood, former IAS who had served as the OSD of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The foundation is organising lectures for school children to encourage them to take up civil services and start preparing early for this.

Mehmood says, "The Sachar Commission report has highlighted that Muslims are less than 2.5% in the civil services. The commission didn't cite any reasons for poor representation of the community in the administration. Our research has found that it is because very few Muslims take the UPSC exam. Less than 1500 candidates are from the community among over 11 lakh candidates in the civil services exam."

"While most Muslims are self-employed to meet the day's needs, the only fields where there is over representation of Muslims are the hospitals and the jails. Things won't change unless number of Muslims rises satisfactorily in administration and in political governance," says Mehmood.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-campaign-for-muslim-kids-to-take-up-careers-in-nation-building-launched-2247596

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Bangladesh: HuJi Men Used As Mercenaries

August 22, 2016

After completion of the job, they would be provided safety and allowed to continue their activities unhindered. On such assurance they had agreed to carry out the horrific mission: assassinating Sheikh Hasina and other top leaders of her party.

They had finalised the plot in collusion with some influential leaders of past BNP-led government. Accordingly, Huji-B militants carried out the grenade attack on Hasina's rally on August 21, 2004, reveals the supplementary charge sheet of the grenade attack case.

Awami League chief Hasina narrowly escaped with her life from the attack that day that claimed the lives of 24 leaders and workers of her party.

It was the biggest ever attack HuJi carried out in Bangladesh since it was officially launched in 1992. The militant outfit carried out at least 13 bomb and grenade attacks including that of August 21 killing more than 100 people.

The August 21 attack was an outcome of collaboration between Huji and influential leaders of the BNP and Jamaat and some officials of the then home ministry, police, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, National Security Intelligence and the Prime Minister's office, according to the case charge sheet.

Those who had engaged the militants for the killing mission were true to their promises. They had started delivering on their assurance to protect Huji leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and other militants from any legal action. They had cooked up a story of Joj Mia, a petty criminal who was implicated as the attacker.

Meanwhile, Hannan stayed safe in Dhaka for a year.

His idyll was short-lived. After the banned Islamist outfit JMB carried out countrywide serial bomb blast on August 17, 2005, the government came under pressure to crack down on militants.

The law enforcers finally arrested Hannan in early October, 2005. A few days into his capture, the BNP-led government also banned Huji-B, branding it as a “self-proclaimed terrorist organisation”.

An indignant Hannan, in a statement to the press and the court a few days after his arrest, claimed the law enforcers were not supposed to arrest him since some influential ministers of the BNP-led government had assured him that he would be exempted from the August 21 grenade attack case.

He had enjoyed the BNP government's blessing for around four years from 2001. Proceedings in some cases including Ramna Batamul blast against him were stalled as the BNP government was reluctant to bring the case to a close.

Hannan, who according to police, had undergone training in a Huji camp in Peshawar of Pakistan, is now in jail facing several cases including that of the August 21 grenade attack.

END OF THE DAYS?

When Awami League came to power in January 2009, almost all the top leaders of all three Huji factions were arrested. It looked like the government's efforts have become successful to bring an end to Huji that had emerged as the first generation militant organisation in the country.

Some Huji men tried to resume their activities but they could not really make a comeback because of vigilant police work.

“Huji is almost dismantled. It is not under a unified command,” Monirul Islam, Chief of Counter Terrorism unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police told The Daily Star on Thursday.

The DMP additional commissioner also said, “Dividing into some small groups, Huji members tried to reemerge but we have foiled their efforts.”

On October 25 of 2014, four Huji-B men were arrested and placed on remand to squeeze information out from them.

Police then claimed that members of the banned outfits were receiving special military training from Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as it was closely linked to LeT, one of the most dangerous and well-resourced militancy groups in the world over the last two decades.

Some followers of the imprisoned Huji leader Maulana Abu Sayeed alias Abu Jafar tried to make a comeback under a new name but were caught by police in October and November last year.

According to police, Huji-B was not in discussion for carrying out any terror attack in recent years. The JMB, banned in 2005, emerged as Neo JMB. This group, along with some other militant outfits including Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), are carrying out militant activities.

ABT later took the name of Ansar al Islam which is said to be the Bangladesh chapter of al-Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent.

"There is no significant activity of Huji-B in last few years. This indicates the militant outfit has become dysfunctional," a senior investigation officer in police department told The Daily Star on Wednesday.

The Police Headquarters recently made a database of militants that shows 260 people belong to Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Bangladesh (Huji-B). However, most of its top leaders are now behind bars.

REIGN OF TERROR

With a mission to introduce Sharia laws, Huji-B has so far carried out 13 bomb and grenade attacks in six years since 1999 to annihilate what they said “enemy of Islam.” At least 109 people were killed and more than 700 were injured, according to media reports.

Its first attack came with the bomb blast at an Udichi programme in Jessore on 6 March 1999. At least 10 people were killed and over a hundred injured.

On October 8, 1999, it blasted a bomb at the Ahmediya mosque in Khulna, killing eight people.

It was Huji-B men who were behind bomb blasts at the Ramna Park in Dhaka on April 14, 2001.

In 2004, Huji emerged with terrible determination. On May 21, 2004, it carried out a grenade attack on the British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury at the Hazrat Shahjalal shrine in Sylhet.

The biggest and most destructive attack carried out by Huji was on August 21, 2004 on Hasina's rally.

It was their second attempt to assassinate Hasina. Earlier, Huji in 2000 planted a 76kg bomb at a rally venue of Hasina at Kotalipara of Gopalganj.

Huji-B is considered as an affiliate to Huji in Pakistan.

In Pakistan Huji was one of the two major militant outfits which were behind most of the terrorist attacks carried out in Pakistan, mainly between 2002 and 2006. These attacks included assassination attempts on President Gen Parvez Musharraf and his government's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

BORN IN AFGHAN WAR FIELD

The origin of Huji can be traced back to the Soviet-Afghan war.

Qari Saifullah Akhtar, who is now considered one of the founders of jihad in Pakistan, was among the first batch of Pakistani mujahideen who went to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. During the war, Saifullah along with some of his associates formed Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islam (Huji) sometime in 1984.

A group of Bangladeshi Mujahid also crossed the border to join the war against Soviet forces.

Maulana Abdur Rahman Faruki of Jessore's Manirampur was one of them.

Inspired by Pakistanis, Faruki along with other Bangladeshi Mujahids established Huji-B when they were still in the battlefield in 1989. Faruki died the same year while defusing a mine in Khost, Afghanistan.

The Afghan war ended.

Huji became a Pakistan-based notorious terrorist group. It kept carrying out subversive activities in the soil of Pakistan.

Saifullah maintained close link with the Afghan Taliban. He left Pakistan and became an advisor of Taliban chief Mullah Omar-led cabinet in Afghanistan and escaped Afghanistan with Omar after the US-led Allied Forces invaded Afghanistan in October 2001.

In Bangladesh, HuJi-B was later officially launched on April 30, 1992 at a press conference in Dhaka at the National Press Club. They jubilantly celebrated the Afghan Mujahideen's capture of power in Kabul in April after overthrowing President Najibullah.

Most of the Afghan returnee Mujahids joined the organisation. They demanded that Bangladesh government acknowledge their fallen Mujahideen compatriots as shaheeds (martyrs). The next day, they brought out a huge procession.

Among the founding fathers of the Huji-B were Shaikhul Hadith, Allama Azizul Haq, who is also associated with Islami Oikyo Jote (IOJ), a member of the former ruling coalition headed by Khaleda Zia, Muhammad Habibur Rahman of Sylhet, Ataur Rahman Khan of Kishoreganj, Sultan Jaok of Chittagong, Abdul Mannan of Faridpur and Habibullah of Noakhali. All of them were members of different Islamic organisations and madrasas.

Huji-B grew in strength between 1992 and 1998. During this period, two armed groups of Rohingyas-- Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) and the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)-were organised and active around the Myanmar border. Huji-B and the Rohingya rebels worked hand in hand.

The BDR and the RAB recovered huge caches of arms and ammunition from Naikhangchhari jungles in 2003, 2004 and 2005.  It is assumed these were of the Rohingya militant groups.

Inner conflict over funds and other issues broke out within the Arakan-based organisations around 1998. Huji then moved away from Arakan and upped its activities within Bangladesh. Huge funds came through NGOs from the Middle East in the name of aid for Rohingya refugees, according to reports published in media in different times.

PAKISTANI CONNECTION

"The disease of 'Islamist terrorism' was incubated in Karachi and Khost and then passed on to Dhaka," commented Daily Times of Lahore in an editorial on February 27, 2005.

Huji had always maintained close link to HuJi in Pakistan and LeT. Huji-B's founding fathers have met leaders of Huji in Pakistan.

In an interview a few years back, Habibur Rahman, one of the founders of Huji-B, disclosed the names of those he had travelled with to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 1988, visited some Taliban militant camps and also met al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"An invitation from Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami made it possible for me to make the fortunate trip to Afghanistan..," said Habibur in his interview published in an Islamic journal called "Islami Biplob" on August 20, 1998.

"Those of us who visited the Afghan war-fields during that trip are Shaikhul Hadith, Ataur Rahman Khan, Sultan Jaok, Abdul Mannan, Habibullah, myself and three others," he said.

In Pakistan, he said, leaders of the local chapter of Huji greeted the nine members of the Bangladeshi team and took them to the Huji's Karachi office.

On their way to Afghanistan from Pakistan, he said, the Bangladesh team visited a special Mujahideen training camp and met about a dozen Bangladeshi young Mujahideens. That night they met Osama bin Laden, who later emerged as the chief of al Qaeda, global terror outfit.

Habibur, also the convener of Sahaba Sainik Parishad and founding principal of Jameya Madania Islamia, a madrasa at Kazir Bazar, Sylhet, in his interview said: "Only the establishment of a Khilafat (pan-Islamic movement)-based state following the Taliban ideology can change the lot of the nation."

He later joined Hefajat-e-Islam and was one of the key organisers of Hefajat-e Islam's Dhaka long march and the subsequent rally in May 2013. Habibur was a speaker at the rally of Hefajat.

http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/huji-men-used-mercenaries-1273549

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Nigerian army thirsty for Islamic Movement blood in Potiskum

August 22, 2016

Confirmed reports said that for the past ten days soldiers have been reinforcing and patrolling the town chanting war songs. Fear of possible attack last Friday during and after Friday prayers made people to run in all directions for their lives.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - On 21/08/16, a contingent of military personnel in at least five trucks with armored vehicles encircled the Islamic Centre of the Islamic Movement in Potiskum, Yobe state. After a few hours of the siege, they left without any incident. However, concerned residents in the neighborhood are apprehensive of what might happened in the night.

Confirmed reports said that for the past ten days soldiers have been reinforcing and patrolling the town chanting war songs. Fear of possible attack last Friday during and after Friday prayers made people to run in all directions for their lives.

Earlier, warnings were made in various mosques by local and  traditional leaders in Fika Emirate of an “imminent war” by army in Potiskum. In the same vein, the Yobe State Commissioner for religious affairs, Alh. Mala Musti has been going to Local government headquarters in the state making hate campaign speeches against Shia Islamic faith and the Islamic Movement, saying that they are unbelievers whose lives and properties must be destroyed.

It seems certain therefore that the state government and the traditional authorities in Potiskum have joined forces with the Federal government to spill blood of innocent civilians under the pretense of fighting “war” on what they mislabeled “religious extremism”.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) will like to draw the attention of all peace loving citizens in particular and the world in general to yet another impending massacre by the Nigerian army in the same way it did in Zaria in December, 2015 killing over  a thousand lives extrajudicially. We believe that the government is employing state apparatus to spill the blood of innocent citizens of this country unjustifiably.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and Yobe state in particular are no different from those found all over the federation and who are known to be peace loving citizens living an exemplary life.

This step is clearly a contradiction of what the presidency recently claimed that it is a government that is mindful of human rights of its citizens. In the contrary, it has sent its Military to kill innocent people without recourse to the rule of law. The Federal government would be held responsible for the life of any citizen killed unjustly by any of its agency or agents.

http://en.abna24.com/service/africa/archive/2016/08/22/773594/story.html

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Pakistan

Gilgit Leader Seeks UN Help to Break Free From Pakistan

August 22, 2016

Brussels (Belgium): Taking a strong exception to “grave” human rights situation in Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (PoGB), Balawaristan National Front (BNF) chairman Abdul Hamid Khan has appealed to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the U.N., and the European Union (EU) to exert pressure on Pakistan to end the “illegal occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan” and withdraw its civilians and forces by fulfilling its obligations to the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) resolutions – which, he says, is the first step to “establish local authority”.

Full report at: newindianexpress.com/world/Gilgit-leader-seeks-UN-help-to-break-free-from-Pakistan/2016/08/22/article3591669.ece

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Baloch leaders booked for 'support' of Modi's comments: police

August 22, 2016

QUETTA: Five cases were registered against separatist Baloch leaders Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri and Banuk Karima Baloch for allegedly supporting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statements on Balochistan, police said.

The cases were registered on the complaints of petitioners Munir Ahmed, Maulana Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Yaseen Jatak and Muhammad Rahim at five police stations in Balochistan's Khuzdar area.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279218/baloch-leaders-booked-for-support-of-modis-comments-police

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Jamaat wants Bank of Khyber to adopt Islamic banking

August 22, 2016

PESHAWAR: Jamaat-i-Islami has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should convert conventional branches of Bank of Khyber into Islamic banking and introduce Arabic as compulsory subject in curriculum to pave way for Islamisation in the province.

“JI had signed an agreement with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf before joining the coalition setup in 2013 under which the new government would abolish secular values and promote Islamisation in the province,” JI provincial chief Mushtaq Ahmad Khan told a press conference here on Sunday.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279184/jamaat-wants-bank-of-khyber-to-adopt-islamic-banking

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Fazl warns Sindh govt against making ‘anti-madressah laws’

August 22, 2016

KARACHI: Head of his own faction of the Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman warned the Sindh government on Sunday to refrain from making laws ‘discriminatory against madressahs’ and other religious bodies, otherwise religious leaders, scholars and cadres would have no other option but to take ‘direct action’.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279057/fazl-warns-sindh-govt-against-making-anti-madressah-laws

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Pakistan’s former Ambassador Husain Haqqani waits for his passport

August 22, 2016

WASHINGTON: The Pakistan Embassy, Washington,had decided not to issue a passport to Husain Haqqani Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States for his alleged anti-Pakistan views.

Haqqani said he has applied for an urgent passport on June 8, which should have been issued in two to four weeks “but almost 11 weeks have passed and I am still waiting for a decision”.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistans-former-ambassador-husain-haqqani-waits-passport-1005037/

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Pak-Afghan flag meeting ends without any result

August 22,2016

Karachi: A flag meeting, which took place between the security officials of Pakistan and Afghanistan to reopen the Friendship Gate at the Chaman Border, on Saturday ended without any result.

As per the Dawn, a well-placed para-military officer revealed this information.

Divulging the details of the meeting, the officer said the two sides adopted security measures on their respective borders.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pak-afghan-flag-meeting-ends-without-result-1005029/

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India

Campaign for Muslim Kids to Take Up Careers In 'Nation Building' Launched

Mon, 22 Aug 2016

A group of educated Muslim professionals has launched a pan-India campaign to encourage Muslim children to take up careers which directly contribute to "nation building".

A special drive has been launched in schools across India last week wherein the professionals are telling kids to make careers in defence, civil services, judiciary, medicine and the media. Full report at: dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-campaign-for-muslim-kids-to-take-up-careers-in-nation-building-launched-2247596

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ISIS bigger threat than Pakistani terrorists: NIA official

Aug 22, 2016

Just 18 months after Daesh's early attempts to recruit Indian youth, especially from Maharashtra, were uncovered, the extremist group has emerged as the biggest threat to national security, surpassing Pakistani outfits, said one of the country's top anti-terror investigators.

Nearly 40 people — suspected Daesh operatives and sympathisers — have been arrested in different parts of the country since mid-2014 and eight jihadist modules have been broken up, according to DIG Alok Mittal of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/ISIS-bigger-threat-than-Pakistani-terrorists-NIA-official/articleshow/53807070.cms

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Muslim workers humiliated, forced to do sit-ups in public for not paying Ganpati donation

August 22, 2016

Pune, Aug 22: Members of a Ganesh Mandal (puja organisers) in Pune publicly humiliated and forced 11 Muslim men to do sit-ups as punishment after they refused to pay donation for Ganeshotsav. The Muslim men, all in their 20s and 30s, were from Uttar Pradesh working in a bakery in Pune. Full report at: india.com/news/india/pune-muslim-workers-humiliated-forced-to-do-sit-ups-in-public-for-not-paying-ganpati-donation-1424658/

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Analysing the threat to Muslim youths in India

Aug 22, 2016

The issue of the radicalisation of Indian Muslims is one that has been gaining momentum for a while now. While some continue to swim in the 'this only happens in other country' sea of denial, others are beginning to grasp the gravity of the situation and suggesting ways to counter it. In an exclusive four-part series on radicalisation in India, Tufail Ahmad examines a variety of conditions and scenarios that have made it possible to radicalise youths in Maharashtra, Hyderabad, Kerala and indeed, India as a whole.

Full report at: firstpost.com/india/the-radicalisation-series-analysing-the-threat-to-muslim-youths-in-india-2969838.html

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India’s 1.25 billion people will be on Afghanistan’s side: Modi

Mon Aug 22 2016

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed India’s support to Afghanistan in his message on the occasion of the inauguration of the Storay Palace which was recently rehabilitated with the support of India.

Speaking through video teleconference to the ceremony participants, Modi said the inauguration of the palace in Kabul has more fundamental dimesnions of the friendship between the two countries.

Full report at: khaama.com/indias-1-25-billion-people-will-be-on-afghanistans-side-modi-01748

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South Asia

Bangladesh: HuJi Men Used As Mercenaries

August 22, 2016

After completion of the job, they would be provided safety and allowed to continue their activities unhindered. On such assurance they had agreed to carry out the horrific mission: assassinating Sheikh Hasina and other top leaders of her party.

They had finalised the plot in collusion with some influential leaders of past BNP-led government. Accordingly, Huji-B militants carried out the grenade attack on Hasina's rally on August 21, 2004, reveals the supplementary charge sheet of the grenade attack case.

Full report at: thedailystar.net/frontpage/huji-men-used-mercenaries-1273549

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Afghan National Army Casualties On Rise Amid Growing Violence, 15 Martyred In 24 Hours

Mon Aug 22 2016

The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces casualties remains rampant in the past 24 hours as the level of violence has considerably grown during the recent days.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the ANA forces lost at least 15 soldiers in the past 24 hours as the continued to conduct operations to suppress the local and foreign terrorists across the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/ana-casualties-on-rise-amid-growing-violence-15-martyred-in-24-hours-01752

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4 prominent Taliban commanders killed in East of Afghanistan

Mon Aug 22 2016

At least four prominent commanders of the Taliban group were killed during an operation in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the Taliban commanders were identified as Naeem Khalid, Mohammad Arif, Al Badar and Abdul Rahman.

According to a statement by MoI, the Taliban commanders were killed along with several others militants during a clash in Hesarak district.

Full report at: khaama.com/4-prominent-taliban-commanders-killed-in-east-of-afghanistan-01750

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Taliban captures Khwajah Ghar district in Takhar province

Mon Aug 22 2016

The Taliban militants captured the control of Khwajah Ghar district in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Sanatullah Temori confirmed the fall of the district which was captured around 5 am local time this morning.

Earlier, local sources said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) recaptured the control of the district.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-khwajah-ghar-district-in-takhar-01747

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Most senior Taliban leader killed after attacking Hesarak in Nangarhar

Sun Aug 21 2016

One of the most senior leaders of the Taliban group has been killed shortly after the group launched a coordinated attack in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the top Taliaban leader, Naeem Khalid, was killed during the fierce clashes in Hesarak district.

Full report at: khaama.com/most-senior-taliban-leader-killed-after-attacking-hesarak-in-nangarhar-01745

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Main bridge totally destroyed by Taliban in Kunduz province

Mon Aug 22 2016

The Taliban militants have totally destroyed one of the main bridges connecting the northern provinces with the main Sher Khan port in north of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the main Alchin bridge was totally destroyed by the Taliban militants in Kunduz late on Sunday night.

A commander of the Afghan armed forces in north Gen. Sher Aziz Kamalwal said the bridge has been totally destroyed and no vehicle can pass through the bridge at the moment.

Full report at: khaama.com/main-bridge-totally-destroyed-by-taliban-in-kunduz-province-01751

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Taliban’s shadow judge arrested in North of Afghanistan

Mon Aug 22 2016

The shadow judge of the Taliban group was arrested during an operation in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday.

According to a statement by MoI, Mohammad Nader was arrested during an opertion conducted in Shenwar district of Parwan.

The statement further added that Nader was involved in several trying several people in desert courts and issuing fatwas against the people.

Full report at: khaama.com/talibans-shadow-judge-arrested-in-north-of-afghanistan-01749

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Mastermind behind Dhaka attack visited Kolkata: Arrested IS suspect

August 22, 2016

Last week, Bangladeshi and Indian investigators jointly interrogated Mohammed Masiuddin, a suspected Islamic State terrorist who also has links with Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), in Kolkata.

Indian national Mohammed Masiuddin alias Abu Musa during his interrogation revealed that, the mastermind behind the Holey Artisan Attack in Dhaka was JMB leader Mohammed Suleiman. Mohammed Suleiman is also accused of the murder of English professor Rezaul Karim at Rajshahi University.

Full report at: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dhaka-attack-mastermind-kolkata-reveals-is-suspect/1/745682.html

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Africa

Nigerian army thirsty for Islamic Movement blood in Potiskum

August 22, 2016

Confirmed reports said that for the past ten days soldiers have been reinforcing and patrolling the town chanting war songs. Fear of possible attack last Friday during and after Friday prayers made people to run in all directions for their lives.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - On 21/08/16, a contingent of military personnel in at least five trucks with armored vehicles encircled the Islamic Centre of the Islamic Movement in Potiskum, Yobe state. Full report at: en.abna24.com/service/africa/archive/2016/08/22/773594/story.html

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Libyan forces say they capture mosque, prison from Islamic State in Sirte

Mon Aug 22, 2016

Libyan forces renewed their push to oust Islamic State from its former North African stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, saying they had seized the city's main mosque and a jail run by the militants' morality police.

The forces, mainly brigades from the city of Misrata, say they are close to capturing Sirte after taking most of the city in a three-month campaign and restricting militants to a shrinking residential area in the city center. Since Aug. 1, they have been supported by U.S. air strikes.

Full report at: reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-idUSKCN10W0XQ

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Somalia Bombings Kill 17 at Local Government HQ, Market

August 21, 2016

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 30 others, police said Sunday.

Abdisalam Yusuf with the police said one bomber rammed the car into a checkpoint in Galkayo town Sunday morning after reaching the main gate of Puntland's local government. Full report at: nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/21/world/africa/ap-af-somalia-suicide-bombing.html

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Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok

August 22, 2016

Kano - Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the militants kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP on Sunday.

Armed jihadists on motorcycles invaded Kubrrivu at dawn on Saturday, firing on the residents as they were sleeping and looting and burning homes before fleeing into the bush with 13 women and children seized from the village.

Full report at: news24.com/Africa/News/boko-haram-kills-10-abducts-13-near-chibok-20160822

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Mideast

29 children killed in Gaziantep attack as death toll rises to 54

August 22, 2016

A total of 29 children were killed in a suicide attack targeting a wedding party in the Şahinbey district of the southeastern province of Gaziantep late on Aug. 20. The total death toll in the attack has risen to 54.

Some 29 of the victims of the deadly suicide bombing in the Beybahçe neighborhood were identified as being under the age of 18 after the identification process.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/29-children-killed-in-gaziantep-attack-as-death-toll-rises-to-54-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103097&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey could become either more democratic or more authoritarian: CHP's Tezcan

August 22, 2016

The climate of dialogue that has emerged following the July 15 coup attempt could lead Turkey toward a consolidated democracy, said Bülent Tezcan, deputy chair of the opposition Republican People’s party (CHP).

But the risk of a slide into authoritarianism is there as well, according to Tezcan, who said the CHP was not underestimating the risks.

Tell us how the CHP is approaching the post-coup climate of dialogue.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-could-become-either-more-democratic-or-more-authoritarian-chps-tezcan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103083&NewsCatID=338

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Two killed in PKK attacks in east and southeast Turkey

August 22, 2016

A police officer and a specialized sergeant were killed in separate attacks carried out by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa and eastern province of Tunceli late Aug. 21 and early Aug. 22. The attacks also left six police officers wounded.

In an armed clash between security forces and PKK militants in the Nazimiye district of Tunceli early on Aug. 22, a specialized sergeant was killed and three police officers were wounded.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/two-killed-in-pkk-attacks-in-east-and-southeast-turkey-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103095&NewsCatID=341

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Five detained for trying to enter Israeli consulate in Istanbul

August 22, 2016

Police have detained five people who tried to break into Israel’s consulate in Istanbul to protest Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Aug. 22

The Israeli military carried out a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late on Aug. 21, targeting Hamas positions in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit an Israeli border town.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/five-detained-for-trying-to-enter-israeli-consulate-in-istanbul.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103098&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish PM meets opposition leaders for second time

August 22, 2016

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım is meeting with the leaders of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for the second time since the failed coup attempt on July 15, which was blamed on the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-meets-opposition-leaders-for-second-time.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103094&NewsCatID=338

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Need for transparency the main lesson from coup attempt, says ex-president

August 22, 2016

One of the most pressing lessons Turkey must learn from the failed July 15 coup attempt is the need and importance of transparency for a democracy, former Turkish President Abdullah Gül told the Hürriyet Daily News in a written interview on Aug. 21.

As the former president of Turkey, who also served as prime minister and foreign minister in Justice and Development Party governments, how would you describe what happened in Turkey on July 15?

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/need-for-transparency-the-main-lesson-from-coup-attempt-says-ex-president.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103080&NewsCatID=341

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Project launched to build capacity of refugee NGOs in Turkey

August 22, 2016

The Ankara-based Research Center on Asylum and Migration (İGAM) and the British Embassy in Ankara have teamed up to empower refugee community NGOs in Turkey with a new project.

The Capacity Building of Refugee Community NGOs in Turkey Project will visit cities that host large numbers of refugees such as Gaziantep and Istanbul; establish a database; organize workshops and training seminars; visit potential donors; organize meetings and bring potential donors and refugee NGOs together.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/project-launched-to-build-capacity-of-refugee-ngos-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103096&NewsCatID=341

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Europe

Islamic Extremist Pleads Guilty to Destroying Holy Sites in Timbuktu

AUG. 22, 2016

PARIS — An Islamic extremist pleaded guilty on Monday at the International Criminal Court to destroying shrines and damaging a mosque in the Malian city of Timbuktu, in the court’s first prosecution of the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime.

Prosecutors have said that Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a member of a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda, was present at the smashing of a number of venerable centuries-old mud and stone buildings holding the tombs of holy men and scholars whose worship was declared to be contrary to Islamic tenets.

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/08/23/world/europe/ahmed-al-mahdi-hague-trial.html

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U.K. Will Segregate Imprisoned Muslim Extremists From General Population

Aug. 22, 2016

LONDON—Muslim extremists held in U.K. jails will be segregated from fellow inmates, the British government said Monday, a move designed to stem the growing problem of radicalization behind bars.

It comes as a government report said prison staff were ill-equipped to deal with the problem. Britain, like other countries in Europe, is concerned that convicted terrorists are using jail time to forge ties with petty criminals, proselytizing and recruiting for their extremist cause.

Full report at: wsj.com/articles/u-k-will-segregate-imprisoned-muslim-extremists-from-general-population-1471862523

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Far-right politician stages “Islamic State invasion” in Old Town Square

22-08-2016

Czech far-right political activist Martin Konvička staged a highly controversial publicity stunt in Prague’s Old town Square on Sunday afternoon. He and a group of followers decided to stage their interpretation of an Islamic State “invasion” of the Czech Republic. The so-called “performance” caused panic among a number of tourists, who believed a terrorist incident was unfolding.

Full report at: radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/far-right-politician-stages-islamic-state-invasion-in-old-town-square

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Arab World

Jeish Al-Fatah Fails again to Prevail over Gov't Positions in Southwestern Aleppo

August 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorists of al-Turkistani and Fatah al-Sham (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) launched a fresh round of attacks on army positions in al-Syriatel and Um al-Qara'a for the second day in a row but were pushed back by the Syrian army.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950601000787

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Syrian Army Continues to Advance against Terrorists in Southwestern Damascus

August 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops continued to beat back militants from more positions in the key town of Darayya in Western Ghouta, capturing more building blocks.

The Syrian soldiers launched a fresh round of attacks on the terrorist groups' defense lines and pushed them back from Nouralddeen Shahid grand mosque and the entire buildings near the mosque.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950601000738

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Syrian Army Reinvigorates Control over Aleppo-Khan Touman Supply Lin

August 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army's artillery units continued to shell Jeish al-Fatah's strongholds in the Southern districts of Aleppo city, leaving no chance for the terrorist groups to use any road to supply arms and ammunition form Southern Aleppo to the city center, army sources said Monday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=1395060100069

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Iraqi Army, Volunteer Forces Continue Purging Al-Khalediya of Terrorist

August 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) continued their mop-up operations in al-Khalediya Island on Monday, and purged the ISIL terrorists from al-Asaleh factory

The army and volunteer forces also managed to purge al-Bu Kan'an region on the western side of the Euphrates River of terrorists.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=1395060100069

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Iraqi Interior Ministry Dismisses Saudi Envoy's Claims against Iran

August 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi interior ministry rejected claims by Saudi Ambassador to Baghdad Thamer al-Sabhan that Iran had plans to assassinate him with the help of Shiite popular forces in Iraq.

"The Saudi embassy had not informed at all the security bodies on plots to assassinate the ambassador in Baghdad and that he was in danger," Spokesman of the Iraqi Interior Ministry Colonel Sa'd Ma'n said on Monday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950601000632

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Kurdish Forces Breach Truce with Government in Hasaka

August 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish forces in the Syrian city of Hasaka violated a ceasefire agreement they had struck with Syrian army forces hours earlier.

The Kurdish forces attacked the district of Nashwa in Southeastern Hasaka early on Monday, according to Reuters.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950601000918

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Pro-Saudi Forces Sustain Heavy Losses in Ta'iz, Ma'rib, Al-Jawf Provinces

August 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular forces inflicted heavy losses and casualties on the pro-Saudi forces in Ma'rib, Ta'iz and al-Jawf provinces, a senior commander announced.

"Over 20 pro-Saudi forces were killed in an ambush of the Yemeni army and popular forces," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali al-Houthi told FNA on Monday.

Meantime, several Saudi forces were killed in an artillery attack of the Yemeni popular forces on their gathering center in the surrounding areas of al-Waziya region.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950601000875

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Southeast Asia

Malaysian rapper detained for 'insulting Islam': report

AUGUST 22, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: A popular Malaysian rapper and film director has been arrested over a music video which allegedly disrespects Islam, the national news agency said.

Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport where he was returning from overseas, the Bernama agency said late Sunday.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279212/malaysian-rapper-detained-for-insulting-islam-report

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Indonesia’s sectarian violence assumes a religious guise

AUGUST 22, 2016

Late last month, the port city of Tanjung Balai in North Sumatra experienced Indonesia’s latest bout of sectarian violence. Overnight, a Muslim mob burnt or damaged (Chinese) Buddhist and Taoist temples. The military has since moved in, not only to restore order, but also to restore the 12 temples, two social foundation premises and two houses damaged by the rampage. Full report at: todayonline.com/commentary/indonesias-sectarian-violence-assumes-religious-guise

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Indonesia radio denies Singapore's claim of airing content supporting ISIS

August 22, 2016

BATAM, Indonesia – An Indonesian radio station Monday, August 22, denied airing extremist sermons after Singapore linked it to the radicalization of two men detained in the city-state who allegedly planned to join the Islamic State group.

Singapore announced last week that Rosli bin Hamzah, 50, and Mohamed Omar bin Mahadi, 33, were being held under a tough internal security law after authorities discovered they intended to travel to Syria to fight for IS.

Full report at: rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/bahasa/englishedition/143862-singapore-radio-radicalization-isis

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Cops watching band of college students sympathetic to IS

Monday August 22, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 — The police are keeping tabs on a small group of students from private colleges who are believed to be promoting Islamic State (IS) ideology.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said its intelligence reports show the same group may even be recruiting members for the IS or Daesh as the global terror network is also known by its Arabic acronym, Utusan Malaysia reported today.

Full report at: themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/cops-watching-band-of-college-students-sympathetic-to-is

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North America

Westbrook police chief stands with threatened Muslim residents

22-08-2016

Terrorism came to Maine last week, and Muslim residents of Westbrook were its victims.

Several of them found notes on their apartment doors and cars, threatening their lives because of their religion. That’s terrorism, which is the practice of using violence or intimidation for political ends. It’s also terrorizing, which, under Maine law, is to threaten to commit “a crime of violence dangerous to human life.”

Full report at: pressherald.com/2016/08/22/our-view-westbrook-chief-stands-with-threatened-muslim-residents/

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Trump campaign wavers on mass deportations

21-08-2016

Donald Trump's campaign wavered Sunday on whether he would continue to call for the mass deportation of 11 million illegal immigrants from the United States, the latest in a series of sometimes-clumsy attempts to win over moderate GOP voters without alienating millions who have flocked to his hard-line views.

After insisting for more than a year that all illegal immigrants "have to go," Trump met with a newly created panel of Hispanic advisers on Saturday and asked for other ideas - making clear that his position is not finalized, according to two attendees.

Full report at: chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-donald-trump-immigration-20160821-story.html

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42 percent of Americans say they are less safe from terrorism than before 9/11

August 22 ,2016

Police and rescue officers monitor the scene of a shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June. About 50 people were killed by a gunman. (Cristobal Herrera/EPA)

It's been almost 15 years since about 3,000 people were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on record. And in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. government has undertaken a variety of measures designed to prevent further terrorist attacks.

Full report at: washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/22/poll-42-percent-of-americans-say-they-are-less-safe-from-terrorism-than-before-911/

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In America, freedom of religion is for all people

Mon Aug 22, 2016.

About an hour north of Thomas Jefferson’s hometown of Charlottesville, a religious liberty dispute is brewing in Culpeper County. And we have a feeling which side Jefferson, the author of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, would be on.

Back in April, Mohammed Nawabe, a naturalized American citizen from Afghanistan, came before the Board of Supervisors seeking approval of a “pump and haul” septic permit for a tract of land where he and the small Muslim community of Culpeper wanted to build a prayer center … a mosque.

Full report at: heraldcourier.com/opinion/editorials/in-america-freedom-of-religion-is-for-all-people/article_3935f2da-5e85-5b7e-a994-37b03e1506c1.html

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