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Imarat-e-Shariya Fatwa against Bihar Muslim Minister for Shouting 'Jai Shri Ram'












Photo: Captioned 'Brothers-in-arms for peace', the picture tweeted by the official CRPF handle on Saturday has Twitterati swooning over the humble comradery of two officers.

 

Outrage at Najib Plan to Give Indian Muslims the Same Status as Malays

Nawaz Sharif Wants To Know: 'Is Everyone Else In Pakistan Honest And Righteous?'

Ex-Israeli PM: Bibi Ignited Al-Aqsa Tensions to Divert Attention from Probes

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India

Imarat-e-Shariya Fatwa against Bihar Muslim Minister for Shouting 'Jai Shri Ram'

This Picture of Hindu Cop Standing Guard as Muslim Comrade Offers Namaz Will Melt Your Heart

Hindu and Muslim Wives Want To Swap Kidneys to Save Their Husbands

Two terrorists killed in J&K's Pulwama, encounter underway

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Southeast Asia

Outrage at Najib Plan to Give Indian Muslims the Same Status as Malays

M'sia, Saudi Arabia to Trade Intelligence On IS Following Failed Mecca Missile Attack

US gives surveillance planes to Philippines to help defeat Islamic militants

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Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif Wants To Know: 'Is Everyone Else In Pakistan Honest And Righteous?'

TTP Trying To Re-Establish Financial Network in Karachi For Renewed Strikes

Boxer Mohammad Waseem knocks out Panama's Trejos to retain top position

Pakistan to elect new prime minister on Tuesday

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Mideast

Ex-Israeli PM: Bibi Ignited Al-Aqsa Tensions to Divert Attention from Probes

Body Search Brings Back Tension to Aqsa Mosque

Arab states expected to impose more sanctions on Qatar: Media reports

Palestinian businesses count losses after al-Aqsa Mosque protests

Leader: Hajj, opportunity for Islamic Ummah to express their viewpoints

Iran rules out halt to missile tests as tension with US rises

Anifah To Attend OIC Meeting On Israeli Violation Against Al Aqsa Mosque

Deputy FM: Iran Not to Play in Trump's Hand

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Arab World

'Canadian Armoured Vehicles Used' In Saudi Arabia Shia Province Crackdown

Army Kills 15 Islamic State Militants, Destroys Car Bombs West Of Anbar

President denies Saudi media lies about targeting Mecca

Over 5,000 Gunmen, Family Members to Leave Heights at Lebanon-Syria Border

Syrian Forces Further Tighten Noose around ISIL in Last Bastion in Eastern Homs

Several Foreign Terrorists Killed in Popular Uprising in Deir Ezzur

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Europe

Over 150 Islamic Extremists Stripped Of UK Passports: Report

Thousands of Muslims Gather At The Jalsa Salana International Convention To Celebrate Islam

Hamburg Supermarket Knife Attacker Was Palestinian Islamist ‘But Not a Jihadist’, Say Police

Muslim Blessings from UK Religious and Cultural Diversity Good for Jamaica

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North America

U.S. Imam Apologizes for anti-Jewish Tirade in Sermon on Temple Mount Crisis

Canada Probes Possible Saudi Arabia Use of Its Equipment in Crackdown

More Civilians Killed in US Air Raids in Eastern Syria

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South Asia

Hezb-e-Islami Strongly Reacts At Rumors Regarding Attack on Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Young ISIS fighter arrested by Afghan intelligence in Nangarhar

Tribal elder killed in an explosion in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan

Afghan forces thwart a deadly explosion in Jalalabad city

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Australia

Australia Foils Islamist Plot Aimed At Aircraft In Counter-Terrorism Coup

Terror raids: What we know of the ‘Islamic inspired’ plot

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Africa

Boko Haram ambush death toll hits 69

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Imarat-e-Shariya Fatwa against Bihar Muslim Minister for Shouting 'Jai Shri Ram'

July 30, 2017

The fatwa not only ostracises him from the community, but also says that his marriage stands cancelled. M I Khan reports from Patna.

A Mufti of Imarat-e-Shariya, an influential Muslim body in Bihar, has issued a fatwa against state minority affairs minister Khurshid Alam alias Firoz Ahmad for shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'ostracised him from the community'. His nikah was also cancelled. Mufti Suhail Ahmad Qasmi of Patna based Imarat-e-Shariya has issued the fatwa against the minister for shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' in the state assembly on July 28, the day Chief Minister Nitish Kumar won the trust vote.

However, Alam told Rediff.com that he is hardly bothered by any kind of fatwa against him.

"I am not at all worried and I don't take it seriously," he said.

"I will not be scared by such fatwas. I'm a true Muslim and there's no stain on my character," Alam said.

He said there is nothing wrong if he said 'Jai Shri Ram' for the sake of harmony and development of the state.

"I will say 'Jai Shhri Ram' again if I think it is necessary for peace and harmony," he said.

"If saying 'Jai Shri Ram' is important for the country, then I would not stop myself from saying it. I was not just elected to serve the Muslim community. My duty is to serve the public of Bihar, irrespective of their cast, creed and religion", Alam said. Alam asserted that his religion cannot be questioned based on the phrase 'Jai Shri Ram'.

"Islam teaches you to love all. My faith is not so weak that just by saying 'Jai Shri Ram', I will turn into a Hindu. Allah knows my purpose of saying ' Jai Shri Ram'. We all worship the same God," he said.

"My work would prove my identity. I am would only be afraid, if I am unable to fulfil my responsibilities towards the public of Bihar," he said.

Meanwhile, after the minister ignored the fatwa, Mufti Suhail Ahmad Qasmi said that he issued the fatwa in personal capacity and it should not be seen as a move of Imarat-e-Shariya.

With inputs from ANI.

rediff.com/news/report/fatwa-against-bihar-muslim-minister-for-shouting-jai-shri-ram/20170730.htm

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Outrage At Najib Plan to Give Indian Muslims The Same Status As Malays

30 JUL 2017

The prime minster has suggested the nation’s one million Indian Muslims be afforded ‘sons of the soil’ status, triggering a backlash ahead of general elections

Questions over what makes a person a bona fide Malay has been thrust into the limelight in Singapore ahead of an upcoming presidential election reserved specially for candidates from the minority community. In neighbouring Malaysia, where Malays are in the majority and are accorded special privileges as part of decades-old affirmative action policies, the question of “Malayness” is not just an occasional hot button issue – it is at the heart of national politics.

Malays and tribespeople on the island of Borneo, who together make up two thirds of the country’s 31 million people, enjoy privileges in business and education on account of the fact that they are indigenous to the country, or bumiputra (sons of the soil).

After 18 years, why is Malaysia’s Mahathir apologising to Anwar?

Just last week, the prickly issue surfaced to the top of national consciousness after Prime Minister Najib Razak suggested the country’s one million Indian Muslims could be granted bumiputra status. That triggered considerable consternation online. With bumiputra status deeply intertwined with Malay identity, many ethnic Malays took to social media to complain that the inclusion of Indian Muslims under the affirmative action policy would erode the bangsa Melayu (the Malay race).

And while the bitter griping over the “Malayness” of the presidential hopefuls in Singapore has taken the Lion City by surprise, such discussions have been a mainstay in Malaysian politics.

The country is locked in a battle for Malay hearts and minds ahead of a general election due by August next year. Najib – embattled by widespread corruption allegations – is fighting to stave off a challenge from a new Malay-based party founded by the former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Najib leads the ruling United Malay National Organisation.

An election like none other, is it time for change in Malaysia?

Mahathir, 92, is seen as a darling of rural Malays but even that has not precluded him from occasional dog whistling over his ethnic heritage – his father is an Indian Muslim from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Online blogs routinely refer to him as a mamak, a term that is not strictly pejorative but is used to distinguish Indian Muslims from the Malays. In multiracial Singapore, which guarantees equal rights for all, some observers said arguing over who is “more Malay” has little practical purpose.

The country’s constitution employs an inclusive approach in defining Malays – those who consider themselves part of the ethnic group and are accepted as such by the community are accepted as bona fide Malays. Malaysia’s supreme law on the other hand considers a person to be Malay only if he or she “professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, [and] conforms to Malay custom”.

scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2104541/outrage-najib-plan-give-indian-muslims-same-status-malays

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Nawaz Sharif wants to know: 'Is everyone else in Pakistan honest and righteous?'

PTI | Updated: Jul 30, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif, still smarting from the shock disqualification by the Supreme Court for dishonesty, wants to know if everyone else in Pakistan was "Sadiq and Ameen" or honest and righteous.

The apex court on Friday disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing him to resign from premiership.

The court's ruling stated that Sharif had been dishonest in not disclosing his earnings from a Dubai-based company of his son in his nomination papers during the 2013 general election.

One of the apex court judges, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, said that Sharif was no longer "eligible to be an honest member of the parliament".

Addressing leaders of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) yesterday, Sharif said, "You should be proud that your leader doesn't have a stain of corruption on him."

"I am proud that I have not been declared ineligible over charges of corruption," he said at the PML-N's parliamentary meeting that approved his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif as his successor.

The former premier claimed he did not receive any kickbacks or commissions and never compromised on principles.

"When I never took a salary, what would I declare," he said, referring to the Supreme Court judgement that led to his ouster. "When you take something, there's a problem; when you don't, there's a problem," he observed.

"Is it only my family that should be held accountable? Is everyone else in this country Sadiq (honest) and Ameen (righteous)?" he asked.

"My conscience is clear," he asserted. "If I had done something wrong; or took something from this country that was not mine, I would have felt the guilt myself," he said.

Meanwhile, Rehman Malik, former interior minister and a senior member of the Pakistan Peoples Party, has commented that the phrases Sadiq and Amin are part of Pakistan's Constitution under Article 62 and 63, applicable on public holders and it explains the criterion of "qualifications for a member of Majlis-i-Shoora (parliament)".

Further, he says that its clause (e) reads: "Has adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practices obligatory duties prescribed by Islam as well as abstains from major sins".

The law under Article 62 also states that he who shall be elected a Member of Parliament should be sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law, Malik said in a recent opinion piece in The Nation.

However, Malik rued that "it disheartens the soul to see public office holders including politicians and officials taking cover behind these words - Sadiq and Ameen - and openly being dishonest in their actions and deeds."

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/nawaz-sharif-wants-to-know-is-everyone-else-in-pakistan-honest-and-righteous/articleshow/59831648.cms

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Ex-Israeli PM: Bibi Ignited Al-Aqsa Tensions to Divert Attention from Probes

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak announced that the current premier Benjamin Netanyahu sparked recent tensions at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a bid to distract public attention from the investigations into the corruption allegations against him.

In a video he posted on his Facebook page on Saturday, Barak blasted Netanyahu for his handling of the situation at the highly-sensitive site and the West Bank, presstv reported.

Netanyahu “is ready to set … the region on fire in order to save himself from his fear of criminal investigations,” Barak said.

“Over the last two weeks, we received a glimpse of the depths to which Netanyahu’s behavior can fall. He is a man who panics, acts weak and gets dragged down due to his poor judgment; easily loses his cool-headedness; and surrenders time and time again,” he added.

The former Israeli prime minister further reminded that the former Supreme Court president had asked Netanyahu to quit because of the “expensive gifts scandal.”

In Case 1000, Netanyahu is suspected of having received gifts from businessmen overseas.

He is also being investigated in Case 2000 for an alleged media bribery scheme to help Yediot Aharonot newspaper against its competitor Yisrael Hayom in return for favorable coverage of the prime minister.

Tensions erupted in East Jerusalem al-Quds after a deadly shootout on July 14 outside the Haram al-Sharif, which Jews call Temple Mount.

Using the gunfight as a pretext, Israel set up metal detectors and surveillance cameras at entrances to the al-Aqsa compound.

The restrictive measures sparked criticism worldwide, with Palestinians saying that the bans were meant to expand the regime’s control over the holy site and change its status quo.

On July 24, Tel Aviv backed down in the face of protests as well as violent clashes and removed all the restrictions at the al-Aqsa compound.

According to latest figures,15 Palestinians were killed and about 1,400 others were injured in the al-Aqsa clashes over the past few days.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960508001476

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India

Imarat-e-Shariya Fatwa against Bihar Muslim Minister for Shouting 'Jai Shri Ram'

July 30, 2017

The fatwa not only ostracises him from the community, but also says that his marriage stands cancelled. M I Khan reports from Patna.

A Mufti of Imarat-e-Shariya, an influential Muslim body in Bihar, has issued a fatwa against state minority affairs minister Khurshid Alam alias Firoz Ahmad for shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'ostracised him from the community'. His nikah was also cancelled. Mufti Suhail Ahmad Qasmi of Patna based Imarat-e-Shariya has issued the fatwa against the minister for shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' in the state assembly on July 28, the day Chief Minister Nitish Kumar won the trust vote.

However, Alam told Rediff.com that he is hardly bothered by any kind of fatwa against him.

"I am not at all worried and I don't take it seriously," he said.

"I will not be scared by such fatwas. I'm a true Muslim and there's no stain on my character," Alam said.

He said there is nothing wrong if he said 'Jai Shri Ram' for the sake of harmony and development of the state.

"I will say 'Jai Shhri Ram' again if I think it is necessary for peace and harmony," he said.

"If saying 'Jai Shri Ram' is important for the country, then I would not stop myself from saying it. I was not just elected to serve the Muslim community. My duty is to serve the public of Bihar, irrespective of their cast, creed and religion", Alam said. Alam asserted that his religion cannot be questioned based on the phrase 'Jai Shri Ram'.

"Islam teaches you to love all. My faith is not so weak that just by saying 'Jai Shri Ram', I will turn into a Hindu. Allah knows my purpose of saying ' Jai Shri Ram'. We all worship the same God," he said.

"My work would prove my identity. I am would only be afraid, if I am unable to fulfil my responsibilities towards the public of Bihar," he said.

Meanwhile, after the minister ignored the fatwa, Mufti Suhail Ahmad Qasmi said that he issued the fatwa in personal capacity and it should not be seen as a move of Imarat-e-Shariya.

With inputs from ANI.

rediff.com/news/report/fatwa-against-bihar-muslim-minister-for-shouting-jai-shri-ram/20170730.htm

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This Picture of Hindu Cop Standing Guard as Muslim Comrade Offers Names Will Melt Your Heart

The picture shows, presumably a Hindu CRPF officer standing guard for his fellow Muslim officer while he offers namaz during duty hours in Srinagar.

July 30, 2017

Captioned 'Brothers-in-arms for peace', the picture tweeted by the official CRPF handle on Saturday has Twitterati swooning over the humble comradery of two officers.

The picture shows, presumably a Hindu CRPF officer standing guard for his fellow Muslim officer while he offers namaz during duty hours.

The post went viral for all right reasons, with people hailing the harmonious sociability, religious coexistence and brotherhood between the two CRPF officers.

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It also assumes added significance as the Valley has been reeling under enormous unrest and bellicose sentiments for over an year now, with curfews being imposed regularly.

The post sits atop the garb of how Kashmir is polarised on religious lines- with a Hindu cop shielding his Muslim colleague while the latter offers his prayers.

Meanwhile, two militants were gunned down today in encounter with the security forces Tahab village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

indiatoday.intoday.in/story/cprf-hindu-cop-stands-guard-muslim-cop-offers-namaz-srinagar/1/1014456.html

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Hindu and Muslim wives want to swap kidneys to save their husbands

July 30, 2017

A native of Bareilly, 49-year-old Saroj went to a private hospital in Meerut to donate her kidney to her husband Lal Karan, who is a junior engineer in the local electricity department.

Saira Bano (50), a native of Amroha district, went to the same hospital in a similar crisis. The husbands of both these women had the same complications.

Both their kidneys had failed and their respective wives had offered to donate one each. India has a huge gap in demand and supply of organs.

Experts say many people are unwilling to donate relatives' organs due to religious beliefs, because they don't understand how it works, or because it is too difficult to do so due to red tape.

ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE

But the two couples from Uttar Pradesh had another challenge ahead of them as after preliminary tests the hospital disqualified them for transplant.

"My blood group did not match with my husband's and Saira's also was different from her spouse's," Saroj told MAIL TODAY. Saroj and Saira, who were regular visitors to the hospital for the past few months, became friends.

"We decided to exchange our kidneys for a noble cause," Saira said. "We will go to Meerut tomorrow to get doctor's advice," said Shivangi, Saroj's daughter-in-law.

"The rest depends on the government machinery."

According to government data, about 2 lakh people are waitlisted for kidneys and 30,000 for livers. Legal donations meet about 3 to 5 per cent of the demand in India. "We have sent a report (about the Bareilly case) to the state human organ transplant authority (SHOTA)," said area district magistrate Raghwendra Vikram Singh.

Once the state government gives its nod, both transplants would be carried out simultaneously at the same hospital. Aslam, Saira's husband, told Mail Today, "I am a thekedar (contractor) by profession. I am thankful to Saroj ji that she agreed to this exchange and save my life."

indiatoday.intoday.in/story/organ-donation-uttar-pradesh-kidney-transplant/1/1014411.html

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Two terrorists killed in J&K's Pulwama, encounter underway

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Jul 30, 2017

NEW DELHI: Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Tahab area of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Sunday.

Special Operations Group (SOG) Pulwama and 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a cordon and search operation in Tahab on Saturday night after receiving intelligence about the presence of terrorists in the area.

A gunfight broke out early Sunday morning, in which the two terrorists were shot down. A counter-operation is currently underway.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists is being ascertained.

On Thursday, three terrorists were shot down while attempting to infiltrate from the Pakistan side along the LoC in Bandipora's Gurez sector.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/two-terrorists-killed-in-jks-pulwama-encounter-underway/articleshow/59829316.cms

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Southeast Asia

Outrage At Najib Plan to Give Indian Muslims The Same Status As Malays

30 JUL 2017

The prime minster has suggested the nation’s one million Indian Muslims be afforded ‘sons of the soil’ status, triggering a backlash ahead of general elections

Questions over what makes a person a bona fide Malay has been thrust into the limelight in Singapore ahead of an upcoming presidential election reserved specially for candidates from the minority community. In neighbouring Malaysia, where Malays are in the majority and are accorded special privileges as part of decades-old affirmative action policies, the question of “Malayness” is not just an occasional hot button issue – it is at the heart of national politics.

Malays and tribespeople on the island of Borneo, who together make up two thirds of the country’s 31 million people, enjoy privileges in business and education on account of the fact that they are indigenous to the country, or bumiputra (sons of the soil).

After 18 years, why is Malaysia’s Mahathir apologising to Anwar?

Just last week, the prickly issue surfaced to the top of national consciousness after Prime Minister Najib Razak suggested the country’s one million Indian Muslims could be granted bumiputra status. That triggered considerable consternation online. With bumiputra status deeply intertwined with Malay identity, many ethnic Malays took to social media to complain that the inclusion of Indian Muslims under the affirmative action policy would erode the bangsa Melayu (the Malay race).

And while the bitter griping over the “Malayness” of the presidential hopefuls in Singapore has taken the Lion City by surprise, such discussions have been a mainstay in Malaysian politics.

The country is locked in a battle for Malay hearts and minds ahead of a general election due by August next year. Najib – embattled by widespread corruption allegations – is fighting to stave off a challenge from a new Malay-based party founded by the former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Najib leads the ruling United Malay National Organisation.

An election like none other, is it time for change in Malaysia?

Mahathir, 92, is seen as a darling of rural Malays but even that has not precluded him from occasional dog whistling over his ethnic heritage – his father is an Indian Muslim from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Online blogs routinely refer to him as a mamak, a term that is not strictly pejorative but is used to distinguish Indian Muslims from the Malays. In multiracial Singapore, which guarantees equal rights for all, some observers said arguing over who is “more Malay” has little practical purpose.

The country’s constitution employs an inclusive approach in defining Malays – those who consider themselves part of the ethnic group and are accepted as such by the community are accepted as bona fide Malays. Malaysia’s supreme law on the other hand considers a person to be Malay only if he or she “professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, [and] conforms to Malay custom”.

scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2104541/outrage-najib-plan-give-indian-muslims-same-status-malays

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M'sia, Saudi Arabia to trade intelligence on IS following failed Mecca missile attack

July 30, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will share more intelligence on Islamic State (IS) with Saudi Arabia following the failed missile attack aimed at Mecca on Thursday.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman, who is also defence minister, have agreed to swap information on IS attacks in Marawi, the Philippines; and Yemen's Houthi rebels’ attack on the Holy City.

"I spoke with him yesterday and we agreed to share information following the latest developments.

"Thankfully, our relations with the Gulf states are good, so it is not difficult for us to share detailed information with each other," he told reporters after opening the Bandar Tun Razak Umno divisional meeting here today.

Saudi Defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile 69km from the Al-Wasliya area in Taif province, Mecca, on Thursday.

The Burkan-1 ballistic missile, reportedly launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen, did not claim any lives.

nst.com.my/node/262159

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US gives surveillance planes to Philippines to help defeat Islamic militants

July 30, 2017

The United States has delivered surveillance aircraft to the Philippines to aid the country’s ongoing battle against Islamic militants on the southern island of Mindanao.

The Philippine Air Force received two new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes during a ceremony Thursday at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

The aircraft were part of a $33 million defense package designed to boost the nation’s counterterrorism capabilities, U.S. Pacific Command said in a Friday statement.

“The U.S.-Philippine alliance is one of our most enduring, and the bilateral relationship has been a cornerstone of stability in the region for decades,” Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, PACOM deputy commander, said in the statement. “This C208 event is just one example of our partnership and shared commitment to stopping the spread of violent extremism in the region.”

The U.S. has provided the Philippines with equipment and training worth more than $179 million over the past decade, the statement said. That aid has included surveillance equipment, rubber raiding crafts, small arms, and aircraft and pilot training.

U.S. and Philippine officials gather at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Philippines, for a ceremony to transfer two new Cessna 208B surveillance planes to the Philippine Air Force, July 27, 2017.

COURTESY OF U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND

The Cessnas, which can deliver line-of-sight live data and air-to-ground information streaming, should be a boost to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Last May, more than 600 militants from various groups swearing allegiance to the Islamic State began an armed occupation of much of Marawi on Mindanao island, forcing Philippine forces into a monthslong campaign to retake the city.

U.S. Special Forces have been assisting by providing intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance to AFP commanders on the ground directing the battle against the insurgents, the PACOM statement said.

Many analysts have said Islamic extremists are looking to shift operations to Southeast Asia after recent defeats in Syria and Iraq.

stripes.com/news/pacific/us-gives-surveillance-planes-to-philippines-to-help-defeat-islamic-militants-1.480684#.WX2IkxWGN1s

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Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif wants to know: 'Is everyone else in Pakistan honest and righteous?'

PTI | Updated: Jul 30, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif, still smarting from the shock disqualification by the Supreme Court for dishonesty, wants to know if everyone else in Pakistan was "Sadiq and Ameen" or honest and righteous.

The apex court on Friday disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing him to resign from premiership.

The court's ruling stated that Sharif had been dishonest in not disclosing his earnings from a Dubai-based company of his son in his nomination papers during the 2013 general election.

One of the apex court judges, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, said that Sharif was no longer "eligible to be an honest member of the parliament".

Addressing leaders of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) yesterday, Sharif said, "You should be proud that your leader doesn't have a stain of corruption on him."

"I am proud that I have not been declared ineligible over charges of corruption," he said at the PML-N's parliamentary meeting that approved his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif as his successor.

The former premier claimed he did not receive any kickbacks or commissions and never compromised on principles.

"When I never took a salary, what would I declare," he said, referring to the Supreme Court judgement that led to his ouster. "When you take something, there's a problem; when you don't, there's a problem," he observed.

"Is it only my family that should be held accountable? Is everyone else in this country Sadiq (honest) and Ameen (righteous)?" he asked.

"My conscience is clear," he asserted. "If I had done something wrong; or took something from this country that was not mine, I would have felt the guilt myself," he said.

Meanwhile, Rehman Malik, former interior minister and a senior member of the Pakistan Peoples Party, has commented that the phrases Sadiq and Amin are part of Pakistan's Constitution under Article 62 and 63, applicable on public holders and it explains the criterion of "qualifications for a member of Majlis-i-Shoora (parliament)".

Further, he says that its clause (e) reads: "Has adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practices obligatory duties prescribed by Islam as well as abstains from major sins".

The law under Article 62 also states that he who shall be elected a Member of Parliament should be sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law, Malik said in a recent opinion piece in The Nation.

However, Malik rued that "it disheartens the soul to see public office holders including politicians and officials taking cover behind these words - Sadiq and Ameen - and openly being dishonest in their actions and deeds."

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/nawaz-sharif-wants-to-know-is-everyone-else-in-pakistan-honest-and-righteous/articleshow/59831648.cms

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TTP trying to re-establish financial network in Karachi for renewed strikes

July 30, 2017

KARACHI: While security officials claimed that they have eliminated the strongholds and infrastructure of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Karachi, they are apprehensive about reports that the banned outfit was attempting to re-establish its financial network in the city in a bid to increase its capability to launch terrorist attacks.

The officials also claimed that although the capability of banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi had ‘almost’ been wiped out in Karachi, its activities were increasing particularly in upper Sindh with the help of “Afghans” and financial support from the militant Islamic State group.

They added that the IS did not have a “formal structure” anywhere in the country but there were reports it was operating in some parts of Sindh with the help of sectarian outfits and it reportedly attracted “educated militants” of Karachi.

The LJ militants who escaped from prison may target PSP, MQM workers in Karachi

The security officials assessed that the recent emergence of Ansarul Sharia Pakistan in Karachi — the outfit which was involved in a number of attacks targeting a former army official and several policemen — posed a serious threats to law enforcers.

In a recent analysis of threat perceptions in Sindh, the Counter-Terrorism Department assessed that the TTP’s infrastructure and capability had been severely eroded due to both Operation Zarb-i-Azb and the Karachi operation.

“They have largely been eradicated from the localities that were formerly under their control, such as Kunwari Colony and parts of Sohrab Goth,” the analysis said.

New TTP Karachi ‘emir’

But the CTD apprehended that by appointing Dawood Khan, a former police constable from the Quaidabad police station as their emir, or local chief, they indicated that Karachi remained a key battleground for them.

“The TTP was most likely to focus on re-establishing their financial support networks in Karachi and rebuilding the capability to launch large-scale attacks on public places or security forces,” feared the CTD.

The CTD claimed that LJ’s largest faction, the Naeem Bukhari group, had been almost completely eliminated in the provincial capital.

“While their ability to conduct large attacks has been mitigated, LJ retains a large support network and cadres in Karachi, who are most likely to either merge with other groups, such as IS, or create independent splinter cells to conduct targeted killings,” warned the CTD.

Regarding other parts of Sindh, the security officials apprehended that LJ was increasingly active there, operating largely through a network of veterans of Afghan training camps and their families, such as the Hafeez Brohi network.

“The ability, especially of Brohis, to move freely across the Sindh-Balochistan border means they can transport explosive materials and suicide bombers without hindrance.”

Citing intelligence reports that these sectarian outfits were “now receiving financial support from IS”, the CTD warned that if these groups joined hands then their capability was likely to be further enhanced, and an escalation in attacks in upper Sindh could be feared.

“They are likely to continue to target Shia community, Sufi shrines, and local political notables.”

The CTD also warned that such outfits might carry out attacks on venues like Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto.

Pointing out the recent escape of two high-profile LJ militants from the Karachi Central Prison, the CTD assessed that there was a possibility that the escaped militants might attempt to form a new cell to start targeted killings of Shias and workers of the Pak Sarzameen Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and other political parties.

IS operating through banned groups

The CTD claimed that IS did not have a “formal command and control structure” in Sindh or other parts of Pakistan but it appeared that it had preferred to act through either the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami, with whom it had made a strategic alliance in Kandahar, or by co-opting local factions of LJ (such as the Hafeez Brohi network).

Regarding its possible presence in Karachi, the CTD assumed that young hardliners were likely to be attracted to the militant outfit’s global image.

“While these individuals will have lower capabilities than established terrorist groups, they will likely come from more educated backgrounds, and thus will be more innovative in planning terror attacks.”

About Ansarul Sharia Pakistan, the CTD believed that ideologically it was a new and independent group that did not owe its allegiance to either Al Qaeda or IS.

The group’s modus operandi was to go after “soft targets” affiliated with the security services.

The police feared that this new outfit might target personnel of security forces, particularly ‘soft targets’ such as retired personnel and patrolling teams of police and Rangers.

The CTD also claimed that there was compelling evidence that the banned Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) and “Sindhi sub-nationalist groups” were receiving support from “hostile foreign intelligence agencies”.

“Their target pattern will focus on IED attacks on economic projects especially CPEC-related projects or other projects where Chinese nationals are involved,” it said.

About the Altaf Hussain-led MQM, commonly known as MQM-London, the CTD report said: “If Altaf Hussain perceives that he is being squeezed out of political space, he may launch an escalation of attacks in Karachi, basically meant to remind the provincial and federal governments of his nuisance value and to undermine the claims of the government that the Karachi operation has restored peace to the city.

“Attacks would be carried out by militants loyal to MQM-London and they are likely to target the media, police and law enforcement agencies and potentially plan assassinations of prominent social or political figures,” it added.

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Boxer Mohammad Waseem knocks out Panama's Trejos to retain top position

July 30, 2017

Pakistan's ace boxer Mohammad Waseem retained his position as World Boxing Council's (WBC) number one and undefeated Silver Flyweight champion by defeating Panama's Ivan Trejos in a ranking match on Sunday.

Waseem had Trejos cornered from the first round by throwing punches relentlessly. By the third round, Trejos was knocked out by the Quetta-born boxer.

Known as Falcon Khan for his swift boxing style, Waseem remains undefeated in professional boxing with his seventh consecutive victory.

Waseem's success has brought him national and international recognition.

Earlier this year, he was invited to General Headquarters by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa when he had successfully defended his WBC Silver Flyweight title after defeating Giemel Megramo of the Philippines in November.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also approved a Rs30 million grant for the country's top pugilist.

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Pakistan to elect new prime minister on Tuesday

PTI | Jul 30, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's parliament will elect a new prime minister on Tuesday to replace the ousted premier Nawaz Sharif.

The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing the embattled leader out of office.

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, on Tuesday at 3:00 PM to elect the new leader of the house.

Separately, the National Assembly Secretariat has announced schedule for election of the new prime minister.

According to a notification, nomination papers can be obtained from the office of the Secretary National Assembly from 3:00 PM on Friday.

The papers will be received till 2:00 PM tomorrow and the Speaker National Assembly will scrutinize the papers at 3:00 PM the same day and announce the list of final candidates.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has nominated Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister for now but later he would make way for Shehbaz Sharif as Prime Minister.

Pakistan has seen such arrangements in the past too.

During former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf's time, politician Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was appointed as an interim prime minister until Shaukat Aziz, who was nominated by Musharraf, got elected by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PMLQ).

Opposition parties including Pakistan People Party (PPP) of Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan are having consultation to bring a joint opposition candidate with the help of smaller parties.

Abbasi is a veteran party worker and hails from the famous hill resort of Murree which is part of Rawalpindi district in Punjab province.

His father Muhammad Khaqan Abbasi was a minister in the 1980s and was killed on April 10, 1988 when his car was hit by a missile after Ojhri Camp arms depot disaster in Rawalpindi.

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Arab World

'Canadian armoured vehicles used' in Saudi Arabia Shia province crackdown

30 July, 2017

Canadian armoured vehicles were likely used in the brutal crackdown in eastern Saudi Arabia, a Shia-majority region, and could spark a diplomatic row between the two countries. Tags: Awamiya, Saudi Arabia, Qatif, Canada, armoured vehicles

Canada says it will look into reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian armoured vehicles in a brutal crackdown in the country's Shia-majority eastern province.

It follows reports from the Globe and Mail newspapers that Canadian-made armoured vehicles were being used against Shia civilians in Saudi military operation in the town of Awamiya.

At least five people were killed in operations this week in the town, which lies in the oil-rich region. Saudi Arabia is demolishing a number of historic homes in the Shia-majority neighbourhood.

Saudi Arabia has also ordered the execution of a number of alleged Shia militants caught raids. There have also been militant attacks on Saudi security forces in the region.

Canada says it is treating the claims by the newspaper "very seriously".

"We are looking at these claims very seriously... and have immediately launched a review," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in French, said in during a visit in central Canada.

Gurkha RPVs, produced by Terradyne Armored Vehicles near Toronto, appear to have been used in some Saudi security operations in the troubled east of the country, experts said after reviewing footage.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was said to be "deeply concerned about this situation and has asked officials to review it immediately" according to a spokesperson.

"If it is found that Canadian exports have been used to commit serious violations of human rights, the minister will take action," added spokesman John Babcock.

"The government is actively seeking more information about Saudi Arabia's current efforts to deal with its security challenges, the reports of civilian casualties, and the reports that Canadian-made vehicles have been used by Saudi Arabia in its current security operations.

"Canada will review all available information as it determines an appropriate course of action."

Canada had demanded "its internal security operations be conducted in a manner consistent with international human rights law".

The controversial $13 billion US contract to supply Riyadh with light armored vehicles was struck by the previous Conservative government.

Trudeau's Liberal government has had to defend this contract against criticism that it may have violated Canada's export control rules that bar arms exports to countries with a poor human rights record and the prohibit using these weapons against civilians.

Freeland's predecessor, Stephane Dion said last year the government would halt or revoke the export license for the military equipment if credible information showed it was being used inappropriately.

"We have contracts in which people commit to respect Canadian laws, the terms of the contract and Canadian values, and we expect these contracts to be respected," Trudeau said.

Canada had already said it was concerned with violence in Saudi Arabia, and urged Riyadh to "defuse tensions."

"All such challenges must be addressed in a manner that abides by international human rights law," the statement added.

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Army kills 15 Islamic State militants, destroys car bombs west of Anbar

By  Mohamed Mostafa

Jul 30, 2017

Iraqi government forces are seen near the Falahat village west of Fallujah on June 27, 2016.

Iraqi forces took the Islamic State group’s last positions in the city of Fallujah on June 26, establishing full control over one of the jihadists’ most emblematic bastions after a month-long operation. / AFP PHOTO / MOADH AL-DULAIMI

Haditha (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces killed 15 Islamic State militants and destroyed a number of booby-trapped cars west of Anbar, a senior commander in the province said Sunday.

Maj. Gen. Qassem al-Mohammadi, head of the army’s Al-Jazeera Operations, was quoted by Alsumaria News saying that a security force, backed by tribal fighters, killed 15 militants and destroyed four boob-trapped vehicles at the heart of Um al-Wez desert, northwest of Haditha city.

The offensive was backed by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition, according to Mohammadi.

Islamic State has held the towns of Annah, Rawa and Qaim, on Anbar’s borders with Syria, since 2014, when they occupied a third of Iraq to proclaim an “Islamic Caliphate”. So far, there has not been a wide-scale campaign to retake those regions, but occasional offensives managed to take over several surrounding villages.

The Iraqi government declared victory over IS in Mosul, the group’s former capital in Iraq, earlier this month, and said it was going to proceed towards other group holdouts.

The Ministry of Defense said last week that though the Joint Operations Command gives “special attention” to the liberation of the town of Tal Afar, west of Nineveh, as the next target, troops can launch simultaneous operations also targeting IS havens west of Anbar.

Last week, Iraqi warplanes reportedly dropped millions of messages telling locals that liberation offensives for the province were nearing.

iraqinews.com/iraq-war/army-kills-15-islamic-state-militants-destroys-car-bombs-west-anbar/

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President denies Saudi media lies about targeting Mecca

30/July/2017

SANAA, July 30 (Saba) – President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Sammad has denied Saudi media allegations that the Yemeni Missile Forces had targeted the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Mr president strongly condemned and shamed the Saudi media outlets for deliberately seeking to incite Muslim nation against the Yemeni people by employing such false reports about targeting Mecca.

The president said the Missile Forces had targeted King Fahd military Airbase in Taif city and that the Yemeni people have all rights to defend themselves, land, sovereignty and dignity against the Saudi-led aggression coalition.

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Over 5,000 Gunmen, Family Members to Leave Heights at Lebanon-Syria Border

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Arab media outlet reported that over 5,000 gunmen and their family members will leave the heights along the Lebanon-Syria border for Idlib in Northwestern Syria or Qalamoun region.

The Arabic-language al-Sharq al-Awsat daily reported that more that 5,000 gunmen and their family members have applied for leaving Lebanon's heights for Idlib or Qalamoun, adding that the move is carried out based on an agreement concluded between the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board). 

In the meantime, Rima Karnabi, an aide to the Mayor of Arsal, said that in accordance with the agreement 850 families along with the gunmen of Al-Nusra will leave al-Qasir region for Idlib, while 150 more families along with militants of Saraya Ahle al-Sham will be relocated to Qalamoun region.

"Those who want to go to Idlib will take Jousiyeh-Ra'as Ba'albak road and those who intend to go to Qalamoun will go through the Arasal heights," Karnabi added.

Sources in the Free Army said the gunmen and their family members might arrive in Idlib in next two days.   

A well-informed local source said on Saturday that based on an agreement concluded between the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Al-Nusra Front, the latter would leave the town of Arsal in Eastern Lebanon.

Karnabi reported that according to the deal concluded between Hezbollah and Al-Nusra, a 200-member group of terrorists along with their commander Abu Malik al-Tali would leave Arsal without any clashes.

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Syrian Forces Further Tighten Noose around ISIL in Last Bastion in Eastern Homs

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued to advance against ISIL along a road that connects al-Heil energy field to the town of al-Sukhnah and deployed less than 1km away from the key town, a military source said.

The source reported that the army men took control over several hills and heights overlooking the town of al-Sukhnah and managed to impose fire control over al-Sukhnah gas field, adding that the army soldiers are now just half a mile away from ISIL's last stronghold in Homs, al-Sukhnah.

The source further said that the army intends to impose full control over areas surroundings al-Sukhnah and restore security to the town, adding that they are also to tighten siege on ISIL inside al-Sukhnah to prevent ISIL's possible attacks on pro-government positions and later start the final phase of the liberation operation of al-Sukhnah.

The source further added that a large number of fresh army soldiers and more military equipment have been forwarded to al-Sukhnah in the last few days.

Al-Sukhnah is located at a crossroad linking Homs, Raqqa and Deir Ezzur along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzur highway, and the source said the army's advance towards Deir Ezzur to lift ISIL's siege on the Eastern city will be accelerated after taking back al-Sukhnah.

Also, field reports said that the ISIL terrorists have been fleeing al-Sukhnah toward Deir Ezzur following the army's recent victories in region.    

Relevant reports said on Saturday that a large number of ISIL terrorists fled from their last bastion in Eastern Homs towards Deir Ezzur after the Syrian Army troops continued to advance in al-Sukhnah region with the support of the Russian and Syrian warplanes.

The army's artillery and missile units were shelling ISIL's strongholds in al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs.

In the meantime, the fighter jets carried out non-stop combat flights over ISIL's defense lines in the town of al-Sukhnah, weakening terrorists' defense capabilities.

A military source, meanwhile, reported that after the artillery and missile units and fighter jets pounded ISIL's positions in al-Sukhnah, the army men intensified their attack to enter the town that caused a large number of ISIL terrorists to flee the battlefield towards Deir Ezzur.

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Several Foreign Terrorists Killed in Popular Uprising in Deir Ezzur

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of ISIL terrorists, including non-Syrians, were killed during a popular uprising in Eastern Deir Ezzur amid the Syrian Army's intensified offensives on ISIL's positions and movements.

Three foreign members of ISIL, including one of the commanders of the group's arms and ammunition supplying branch nom de guerre Abu Qasan Albanian, were killed and their bodies were found along a road near the village of Buleil.

Also, two ISIL terrorists were killed by a woman in the village of Salehiyeh in Northern Deir Ezzur.

Meantime, military sources pointed to the escape of a large number of ISIL commanders from Deir Ezzur and the terrorists' falling front in the Eastern province, and said that Head of ISIL's telecommunication Badi'a Issa al-Hamidi  and Hosham Ramadhan a field commander in the town of Muhassan have fled the region.   

Relevant reports said on Saturday that a number of civilians stormed ISIL's military vehicles in the village of al-Hara, killing four terrorists.

The source further said that a number of ISIL's commanders fled Deir Ezzur province following the army soldiers' advances to lift terrorists' siege on the city.

The source went on to say that the army aircraft bombed ISIL's positions and movements heavily in Panorama base, around Regiment 137 base, and al-Maqaber (cemetery) region in the Southern outskirts of Deir Ezzur, destroying several command centers.  

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Europe

Over 150 Islamic extremists stripped of UK passports: report

 

London: Over 150 Islamist extremists have been stripped of their UK passports over fears that they would return from the Islamic State controlled territory in the Middle East to launch attacks in Britain.

According to ‘The Sunday Times’, more than 40 suspects have had their right to a British passport revoked this year alone, with around 30 targeted since March in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

The newspaper claims the UK government has used so-called “deprivation orders” against 35 people to remove their citizenship rights in 2016 and another 15 in the first three months of 2017. It quotes security sources as saying that another 30 have been stripped of passports since March.

Those who have had their citizenship removed include so- called “jihadi brides” who travelled to Syria to marry terrorists and live under the “caliphate” as well as gunmen.

They are all dual nationals, including people born in Britain to parents of other nationalities. Under UK law, the government cannot take away the citizenship of individuals if it would leave them stateless. According to official figures from last year, 72 people were subject to a deprivation order between 2011 and 2015.

“We have planned and prepared for the risk posed by British returnees as Daesh [Islamic State] is defeated in Iraq and Syria and we are using a range of tools to disrupt and diminish that threat,” said UK security minister Ben Wallace.

Britain’s security chiefs believe at least 850 fighters have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with the ISIS and about half have returned and around 130 have been killed.

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Thousands of Muslims gather at the Jalsa Salana international convention to celebrate Islam

 

More than 30,000 Muslims from around the world have gathered this weekend in the Hampshire countryside for the annual Jalsa Salana convention.

The convention sees a huge group of Ahmadi Muslims congregate in order to challenge 'misinterpretations of Islam' and denounce extremism and terrorism.

Some 38,000 Ahmadi Muslims from around 100 countries arrived at the site near East Worldham to hear Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth caliph and worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, deliver five speeches.

The Caliph regularly comments on world affairs and offers solutions for today’s problems in light of Islam’s teachings. He has called for mosques to be open, transparent and has called on authorities to increase their monitoring.

He has also spoken of the threat of terrorists entering Europe under the guise of refugees.

Caliph Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

In one speech, the Caliph condemned all forms of extremism and terrorism: “Recently, terrorist organisations have started to regularly commit the most barbaric atrocities in Western countries by taking the lives of innocent people.

"The terrorists have no knowledge of Islam because otherwise, they would realise that the Holy Prophet of Islam forbade the murder of innocent people under any circumstances and even during a state of war.”

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Hamburg Supermarket Knife Attacker Was Palestinian Islamist ‘But Not a Jihadist’, Say Police

30 Jul 20174

The man who killed one and injured several during a knife attack at a supermarket in Hamburg, has been identified as a Palestinian immigrant and a known Islamist.

Hamburg’s Interior Minister Andy Grote said that the man, who was captured and arrested after the attack, was known to authorities.

“He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,” he stated.

The 26-year-old attacker, identified as Ahmad A, is a Palestinian failed asylum seeker born in the United Arab Emirates, registered on a database of known Islamists, Grote confirmed on Saturday.

The attacker arrived in Germany in 2015 but could not be deported as he held no identification papers, and had mental health issues.

He was known to be undergoing radicalisation, but authorities who were monitoring him didn’t consider him to be an Islamist militant.

The attack, which took place in the Barmbeck neighbourhood of Hamburg, resulted in the death of a 50-year-old man, and six other people being injured.

On Friday July 28th, ‘Ahmad A’ entered Edeka, Germany’s largest supermarket chain, and grabbed a kitchen knife from the shelf reports German paper Die Welt.

“He ripped off the packaging and then suddenly brutally attacked the 50-year-old man, who later died,” said police spokeswoman Kathrin Hennings.

An alleged witness claimed that the man shouted ‘Allahu Akbar!’ after stabbing his victims. He is thought to have been working alone.

This is not the first attack to have taken place in Germany recently. Last year in December, 12 lost their lives after a lorry ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin, while in July, nine people were killed by a German Iranian citizen in a German shopping centre. A few days earlier, an axe-wielding Afghan refugee, went on a rampage at the Wurzburg train station, injuring four people before he was shot dead by police.

On Saturday, July 29 an Iraqi migrant opened fire in a German nightclub in Kostanz, killing one person and wounding four others. The attacker was shot dead by police. It is not yet known what his motives were.

The Hamburg attack recalls another similar incident in Sweden in 2015, when another failed asylum seeker — this time an Eritrean — grabbed a knife in a shop and killed. 36-year-old Abraham Ukbagabir told the court he had gone directly to an IKEA store from the migration office after being told he would be deported, and grabbed a knife from the kitchen display area and murdered two Swedes in revenge for the government decision.

breitbart.com/london/2017/07/30/hamburg-supermarket-knife-attacker-known-islamist/

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Muslim Blessings From UK Religious And Cultural Diversity Good For Jamaica

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017

Dub poet Mutabaruka (left) and Umair Khan, missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Jamaica, discuss religion during the opening day of the annual Muslim convention in London, England.

Umair Khan, missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Jamaica, is convinced that the island stands to benefit from cultural and religious diversity, and that is what his group is trying to bring to the island, which is highly respected among the Muslim community in London, England.

"When we came into Jamaica and our mosque was built in 2011, we noticed a lot of hesitation, and we realised that one of the reasons for that was a lack of understanding," said Khan.

"As Muslims, we have two responsibilities. One is to worship God and also to treat and service His creation with kindness and love regardless of skin colour and race. People are starting to see that and we are seeing the hesitation slowly going down," Khan told The Sunday Gleaner following the opening day of the 51st staging of the Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the United Kingdom last Friday.

ISLAM'S MESSAGE IS FOR JA

Khan said that Islam teaches messages of peace, love, patience, and humility, which he believes can assist in turning Jamaican youngsters away from crime and aid in remedying many social ills on the island.

But he accepts that it will take lots of time and effort.

"Nations cannot be reformed without the youth, and we are seeing where the young people of Jamaica need more attention. They are coming from broken homes, without father figures and need role models," said Khan.

He added that strong values are what the Muslims are trying to instil in youngsters in Old Harbour, St Catherine, where their mosque is located.

Local dub-poet and artiste Mutabaruka, the first Rastafarian officially invited to the annual convention, shared similar views.

He told our news team that the title 'Christian nation' does little to describe the Jamaican reality.

"When you have prayer breakfast is only Jesus alone them allude to, when it is supposed to be an inter-religious thing for Jamaica," said Mutabaruka, who was slated to bring greetings to the convention.

"Maybe you are an atheist, maybe a Rastafarian, but you have to conform to the Christian perspective.

"That is really a problem where the society has still not recognised that it is a multicultural and multireligious society that we live in," he added, as he argued that "Jamaica is not a Christian society ... if it was, what we are seeing in terms of crime and violence wouldn't be taking place," he argued.

The three-day conference is expected to pull some 35,000 visitors from across the world, some of whom on the first day braved rainfall, cold, overcast weather, and muddy terrain to participate.

jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20170730/muslim-blessings-uk-religious-and-cultural-diversity-good-jamaica

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North America

 

U.S. Imam Apologizes for anti-Jewish Tirade in Sermon on Temple Mount Crisis

 

Ammar Shahin of Davis, California had called on God to 'liberate Al-Aqsa from Jewish filth' and 'destroy those who closed the mosque'

JTA Jul 30, 2017

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A California imam who accused Jews of “desecrating” the mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and seemingly called for their annihilation has apologized.

“I said things that were hurtful to Jews. This was unacceptable,” Ammar Shahin of Davis, California, said at a press conference Friday, according to a statement by the Anti-Defamation League, which welcomed the apology. “I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused. The last thing that I would do is intentionally hurt anyone, Muslim, Jewish or otherwise. It is not in my heart.”

A national Muslim umbrella group, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, had earlier denounced the sermon.

“We are disturbed deeply by the remarks of an imam from the Islamic Center of Davis during a sermon (khutba), which is meant to be a spiritual and uplifting speech before the congregational prayer every Friday. Instead, the sermon turned into a tirade against Jews by misquoting a saying (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad,” said the statement posted Friday by MPAC.

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The sermon last week drew controversy after the Middle East Media Research Institute translated it and published a transcript. In MEMRI’s translation, Shahin calls on God to “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one.”

The sermon referred to Israel’s temporary closure of the compound after three gunmen opened fire, killing two Israeli policemen, and the temporary installations after that attack of metal detectors. The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, and the third holiest site in Islam.

read more: haaretz.com/us-news/1.804050

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Canada Probes Possible Saudi Arabia Use of Its Equipment in Crackdown

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Canada warned it was reviewing reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian-made armored vehicles in a crackdown on Shias in the Middle Eastern country.

“We are looking at these claims very seriously... and have immediately launched a review,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in French, said in during a visit in central Canada, AFP reported.

Ottawa has expressed “deep concerns” over the Saudi kingdom’s apparent use of Canadian military equipment in its growing crackdown against its minority Shia citizens in the restive Eastern Province.

Canadian daily Globe and Mail reported Friday that Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland “is deeply concerned about this situation and has asked officials to review it immediately,” citing Global Affairs Canada, a government agency that manages the country’s diplomatic relations.

“If it is found that Canadian exports have been used to commit serious violations of human rights, the minister will take action,” the report added.

The statement was issued after the daily published a story earlier in the day on the apparent use of Canadian-made combat vehicles in Saudi Arabia’s predominantly Shia-populated Qatif region, which has been the scene of protests since 2011 against the regime’s repressive policies and human rights abuses against the Shia population.

In recent months, Qatif has seen a hike in tensions, with Saudi regime forces, equipped with artillery and heavy weapons, launching frequent attacks against the besieged town of Awamiyah to quell the protests under the pretext of clashing with “militants” there.

The protesters in Awamiyah are angry at a plan by the regime to destroy the al-Mosara neighborhood, the old quarter of the town, and turn it into a commercial zone in defiance of warnings both by locals and the United Nations.

Some seven people have been killed by the Saudi military in the town over the past days.

The government in Ottawa “is actively seeking more information about Saudi Arabia’s current efforts to deal with its security challenges, the reports of civilian casualties, and the reports that Canadian-made vehicles have been used by Saudi Arabia in its current security operations,” Global Affairs spokesman John Babcock said, adding that “Canada will review all available information as it determines an appropriate course of action.”

“End use and end user of [military] exports, as well as regional stability and human rights, are essential considerations in the authorization of permits for the export of military goods from Canada,” he stressed.

According to the daily, video footage and photos have surfaced on social media showing for the first time that Saudi police forces using Canadian military hardware against Saudi civilians, prompting calls on Canada’s liberal administration to halt arms exports to the despotic regime.

The report further cited experts as identifying the equipment appearing in the videos and photos as Gurkha RPVs, manufactured by Terradyne Armored Vehicles in Newmarket, Ontario, near Toronto.

The statement by Freeland’s department, the report said, came a day after the Trudeau government released a rare statement, slamming the escalating crackdown on Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority in the al-Qatif region by the regime’s Wahhabi-dominated rulers.

“Canada is concerned by the escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has resulted in civilian and security-force casualties. We recognize that Saudi Arabia faces security challenges, but we urge local authorities to work with all communities to defuse tensions. All such challenges must be addressed in a manner that abides by international human-rights law,” the Canadian government announced as quoted in the report.

According to the daily, the Saudi’s use of the Canadian weaponry against its own population in the Eastern province has spurred controversy over whether the Trudeau administration is violating Canada’s arms export-control rules, “particularly with a $15-billion sale of weaponized armored vehicles to Riyadh for which the Liberals approved export permits in 2016.”

Canada’s export-control rules, the report adds, call for restrictions on arms exports to countries that have “poor human rights records” and a “record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens.” Shipments are supposed to be blocked if there is a chance the buyer could use the arms against its own population.

Also reacting to the development was Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) lawmaker Charlie Angus, who joined the nation’s conservative politicians in demanding the cancellation of arms sales to the Saudis.

“The Canadian people were told this contract was strictly for peacekeeping and they are using them against civilian populations, so there is no reason that this contract should continue,” Angus said, adding that “We should not be kissing up to the Saudi regime.”

“We are in major arms promotions with the Saudis who have destabilized so much of the Middle East. How can people take us seriously as an actor for any kind of reconciliation or peace building in that region when they are making deals like this?” he said, adding that “They have a deplorable human-rights record but our Prime Minister seems to think they are good business partners.”

This is while Saudi officials have argued that the regime’s arms purchases from Canada should be seen as “a goodwill gesture” by the kingdom to cement its friendship with Canada, the daily emphasized.

Besides its brutal crackdown at home, the regime has been leading a bloody military campaign against neighboring Yemen. It has also been assisting its ally Bahrain in its clampdown on the peaceful anti-regime protests there.

The US and the UK have been providing the bulk of the military ordnance used by Saudi Arabia in the war against Yemen.

The UK has licensed 3.3 billion pounds worth of weapons since the beginning of Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen in March 2015.

The US also sealed a multibillion arms deal with Saudi Arabia when President Donald Trump made his maiden visit abroad in May. The deal, which is worth $350 billion over 10 years and $110 billion that will take effect immediately, was hailed by the White House as a significant expansion of the security relationship between Washington and Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is one of the largest arms importers in the world.

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More Civilians Killed in US Air Raids in Eastern Syria

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 10 civilians were killed and several more were wounded in the US-led coalition airstrikes in a village in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The warplanes bombed the village of al-Tayebeh in the countryside of the town of al-Mayadeen, killing seven members of a family, including five children.

In the meantime, three civilians were killed and several more were wounded in the fighter jets' raid on al-Mayadeen.

Relevant reports said on Saturday that over 25 civilians, including women and children, were killed and several more wounded in the US-led coalition air attacks in Raqqa city and a town in Eastern Deir Ezzur in last 24 hours.

21 civilians, including 15 members of a family, were killed in the US air raid on Raqqa city in Northeastern Syria.

Eight of the casualties killed in the Raqqa air attack were children.

Field reports said that tens of others were wounded in the Raqqa airstrike, adding that some of the injured are in critical condition increasing the possibility of a rise in the death toll.

In the meantime, the fighter jets targeted the town of al-Mayadeen in Eastern Deir Ezzur, killing five civilians and wounding 20 more.

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South Asia

Hezb-e-Islami strongly reacts at rumors regarding attack on Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jul 30 2017

Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has strongly reacted at the remarks regarding the assassination of its leader, saying spreading rumors shows the weakness of the enemy.

A spokesman for the party Qarib-ur-Rehman Sayed said the party rejects the rumors spread on social media by certain people intentionally and unintentionally regarding the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

He said the rumors are spread by those who are seeking their interest with the persistent war and violence in the country and have fears regarding the achievement of peace.

Sayed further added that those involved behind such conspiracies will never be able to create barriers on the way of the part to achieve its targets, insisting that Hezb-e-Islami is fully committed to end the war and violence in Afghanistan.

According to Sayed, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami is in a good health condition and will continue to meet people in his residence.

He also added that Hekmatyar met with various people including religious clerics, tribal elders, youths, and other members of different communities to hear their voice and recommendations.

This comes as reports emerged on Saturday suggesting that Hekmatyar was critically wounded after one of his security guards attempted to assassinate him.

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Young ISIS fighter arrested by Afghan intelligence in Nangarhar

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jul 30 2017

A young boy who was recruited by the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has been arrested by the Afghan intelligence operatives.

According to the local government officials in Nangarhar, the young boys who is sixteen year old was arrested during an operation in Chaparhar district.

The officials further added that the young boy has confessed that he was conducting insurgency activities after joining the terror group six months ago.

In the meantime, the officials said at least two other ISIS militants were also arrested during separate operations in this province.

A suspected ISIS affiliate who was trying to transport seven communication devices was arrested from Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar.

The detained ISIS affiliated was attempting to smuggle the communication sets to Haska Mina district, the officials added.

In another operation conducted close to Tora Bora in Pacher Agam district, a young man was arrested before he manage to join the ISIS ranks.

The officials are saying that the young man is originally a resident of Kunar province in East of Afghanistan and has been identified as Izatullah.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.

khaama.com/young-isis-fighter-arrested-by-afghan-intelligence-in-nangarhar-03245

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Tribal elder killed in an explosion in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jul 30 2017

A local tribal elder was killed in an explosion triggered by the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government in a statement said the incident took place earlier today around 7:30 am local time in the vicinity of Khogyani district.

The statement further added that the tribal elder Malik Sherin Agha was travelling in a vehicle with his two civilian companions when their vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device.

The two civilians accompanying Agha sustained injuries with the health condition of one of them reported as critical.

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

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban regime but the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban and ISIS loyalists have started attempts to expand their insurgency in some key and remote districts of the province.

Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to other insurgent groups frequently use improvised explosive devices as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government personnel but in majority of such attacks the ordinary civilians are targeted while in some cases the militants are killed in premature explosions.

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Afghan forces thwart a deadly explosion in Jalalabad city

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jul 30 2017

The Afghan security forces have foiled a plot by the anti-government armed militant group to carry out a deadly explosion in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province.

According to the local government officials, the militants were attempting to detonate a motorcycle packed with heavy explosives in the city but the motorcycle was discovered before the militants manage to carry out an attack.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed that the motorcycle packed with explosives was seized from the vicinity of the 7th police district of the city.

The statement further added that the militants had parked the motorcycle on a roadside and were apparently waiting to detonate it upon the arrival of their target.

The explosives seized from the motorcycle was detonated in an empty area to prevent casualties or losses to the civilians, the provincial government said, adding that the confiscation of the motorcycle by the security forces helped to prevent a deadly attack that could claim the lives of dozens of people.

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

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban regime but the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban and ISIS loyalists have started attempts to expand their insurgency in some key and remote districts of the province.

khaama.com/afghan-forces-thwart-a-deadly-explosion-in-jalalabad-city-03242

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Australia

Australia foils Islamist plot aimed at aircraft in counter-terrorism coup

Reuters 30 July 2017

Security has been increased at Australian airports after police foiled 'Islamic-inspired' plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested on Saturday, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have confirmed.

Police officers block a small alley where police vans are parked at a home being searched after four people were arrested in raids late on Saturday.

'In recent days, law enforcement has become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist act using an improvised device,' AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said during a press conference with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday, adding:

'We do believe it is Islamic-inspired terrorism. Exactly what is behind this is something that we will need to investigate fully.

'At this time we don't have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time. However, we are investigating information indicating that the aviation industry was potentially a target...'

Five properties were searched on Saturday across the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park. The commissioner said four of those searches may continue for days.

An AFP spokesman told Reuters the men had not been charged as of Sunday morning.

Turnbull said advice from Australian security and intelligence agencies had led to increased security measures at Sydney airport on Thursday, while the country's other domestic and international airports were affected from Saturday.

'Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be,' Turnbull said.

Colvin said travellers could expect an increased police and security agency presence at airports.

'You can expect longer delays to make sure that more screening is being done on baggage, both hold luggage as well as hand luggage,' adding that travellers should allow more time to get through security.

Australia has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, or their supporters, since 2014.

Authorities say they have thwarted a number of potential attacks since then but there have been several 'lone wolf' assaults, including a cafe siege in Sydney that left two hostages and the gunman dead.

About 100 people have left Australia for Syria to fight alongside organisations such as Islamic State, Australia's immigration minister said last month.

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Terror raids: What we know of the ‘Islamic inspired’ plot

 

Forensic teams are collating evidence seized in the raids, a process that might take three days. AAP/Sam Mooy

Authorities in Sydney have seized material that could be used to make an improvised bomb, as investigations continue into an alleged terror plot to bring down a plane.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning confirmed raids carried out in Sydney yesterday “disrupted” what appeared to be an “elaborate” conspiracy, and said extra security was in place at airports around the country.

Four men were arrested after the raids at five properties in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, and the south-western suburbs of Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.

The ABC has been told police found items that could be used to make a homemade bomb when they raided the house at Surry Hills. It is understood that authorities believe the group was intending to smuggle the device onto a plane in order to blow it up.

The known facts

It is also understood the alleged cell was capable of making an improvised explosive device, but sources say it is unclear whether they would have succeeded in getting it onto a plane.

“We do believe it is Islamic-inspired terrorism. Exactly what is behind this is something that we will need to investigate fully,” AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said.

Police do not yet know what type of plane the group planned to target or what timeframe they had for carrying out the alleged plot.

Mr Turnbull said the “major counter-terrorism operation” was ongoing.

Get to the airport early

Some travellers have experienced delays today at airports across the country because of the extra security measures.

airport delays

Get to the airport two hours before your flight, airlines urge as new security measures are in force.

“Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be — those travelling should go about their business with confidence,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Travellers should arrive at terminals at least two hours before flights to allow ample time for screening. They should limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage, as this will help to ensure that security screening is efficient.”

Virgin Airlines and budget subsidiary Tigerair released a statement confirming the additional security measures and urging travellers not to be alarmed.

“As the measures place an additional burden on the screening system, it may take a little longer than usual to get through the process,” it said.

A Qantas spokesperson — representing Qantas and Jetstar — said it was working closely with the Government and airport partners to implement the measures.

“Australia has very strong safeguards in place at its airports; these changes are about making them even stronger,” the spokesperson said.

Suspects can be held for a week without charge

Authorities received information about the alleged plot on Wednesday and beefed up security at Sydney Airport on Thursday.

The NSW joint counter-terrorism team decided to move ahead with raids on Saturday evening.

All four men are being held at the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills.

The men can be held without charge for around a week.

During that time, police will be searching their homes for documents, plus computers and electronic devices in order to gather evidence and build a picture of the allegations against the group.

The searches are expected to last for two to three days, and police say there is potential for further arrests.

A woman who told the ABC her son and husband were arrested after her Surry Hills house was raided denied they had any links to terrorism.

“I love Australia,” she said as she was accompanied to a waiting car by police.

No charges have been laid against those arrested.

Since 2014, 70 people have been charged as a result of 31 counter-terrorism operations around the country.

Australia’s terror threat level remains at probable.

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Africa

Boko Haram ambush death toll hits 69

July 30, 2017

KANO: At least 69 people died in a Boko Haram ambush of an oil exploration team in north-east Nigeria, as three men kidnapped by the jihadists made a video appeal.

Experts said the attack — Boko Haram’s bloodiest this year — underscored the persistent threat it poses, despite government claims the group is a spent force.

“So far the death toll stands at 69,” said an aid agency worker involved in the recovery of bodies after the attack in the Magumeri area of Borno state on Tuesday.

The worker, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said 19 soldiers, 33 civilian militia and 17 civilians were killed.

“The last body was recovered on Friday in the bush in the Geidam district of neighbouring Yobe state, which is several kilometres from the scene of the ambush,” he said. “It shows the victim, who had gunshot wounds, died after trekking a long distance. There could be more such victims in the bush.”

Another source with knowledge of the rescue operation gave the death toll as “70 or more” and also said it was unclear whether all the victims had been accounted for.

The attack hit Nigerian National Petroleum Corpor­ation (NNPC) staff.

“It’s a confirmation of the boldness and reassurance that Boko Haram has managed to gain over the last six weeks,” said Yan St-Pierre, from the Modern Security Consulting Group.

“They have been attacking more and more military outposts and more military convoys. For them to go after NNPC personnel just shows they don’t fear any military reprisal.

“Basically they have managed to gain enough resources, enough material, to plan ambushes targeted towards high value targets.”

Video appeal

News of the rising death toll came after Boko Haram published a four-minute video in which three men identified themselves as being from the University of Maiduguri.

The trio were part of a NNPC team on a mission to find commercial quantities of oil in the Lake Chad basin.

“I want to call on the acting president professor Yemi Osinbajo to come to our rescue to meet the demand,” one of the men says in the video, which he said was shot on Friday.

He attributed the attack to the IS-supported Boko Haram faction headed by Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, which has vowed to hit military and government targets.

“They have promised us that if their demands are met they will release us immediately to go back to the work we were caught doing,” the man added.

University of Maiduguri spokesman Danjuma Gambo confirmed the identities of the three kidnapped men in the video. “They are our staff but one more is yet to be accounted for,” he said.

Five members of staff from the university — two lecturers, two technologists and a driver — were killed, vice-chancellor Ibrahim Njodi said on Friday.

He told reporters the university had been hesitant to send staff with the NNPC team but had been assured about security.

Nigeria is searching for oil in the northeast to try to reduce its reliance on supplies from the Niger delta, where militant attacks have slashed production.

Suicide bombings

Kidnapping has been a feature of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000, displaced more than 2.6 million and left millions of others on the brink of famine.

Thousands of women and girls have been seized, to be married off to fighters, used as sex slaves or suicide bombers, while men and boys have been made to fight in the Islamist ranks.

The al-Barnawi faction differs from fighters loyal to Boko Haram’s long-time leader Abubakar Shekau in that it disagrees with the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.

On Friday, two suicide bombers struck a camp for displaced people in Dikwa, 90 kilometres east of Maiduguri, killing eight, said local government official Rawa Gana Modu.

In Bama, 70 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri, three young female suicide bombers were killed when their explosives detonated prematurely on Thursday.

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     Is Islam or Cleric are so intolerant!!!!!!!!!!!!
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