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Islamic World News ( 7 Jul 2014, NewAgeIslam.Com)

India Tracking 18 Desi Jihadis in Iraq, Syria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISIS published a purported video of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a Friday sermon at a Mosque in Mosul. (AFP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Asia

Chinese Government Confirms Support for Iraq's war on Terrorism

51 Taliban Militants Killed, 38 Others Injured In Afghan Operations

Uighurs defy Ramadan ban, China arrested 400 in crackdown

Afghan attack kills 4 foreign troops, 12 Afghans

PM Sheikh Hasina: 'Overcome threats, temptation for lawful duty'

Khaleda: United movement after Eid

 

Arab World

Dozens of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Karma District

Iraq: 4 ISIL Terrorists Killed, 2 Others Arrested in Diyala

Iraq: Sunni Provinces Organizing Battalions to Liberate Mosul

Hizbollah boosts numbers in Syria after Islamic State takeover

Islamic State campaign hurts Sunni ambitions for self-rule

Syrian Army Steps up Operations, Liberates Kifr Saghir of Aleppo

Iraqi parliament’s key session put off to August; general killed in shelling

Al-Qaeda shows images of Saudi border post attack

Ayatollah Sistani Dismisses Reports on Opposition to Maliki’s Re-Election

Saudi jails four for planning to fight in Iraq

 

Pakistan

Pakistan Will Target All Terrorist Groups, Including Haqqani Network: Def Minister

13 More Terrorists Killed In Operation Zarb-E-Azb

Army to ‘Chase and Hunt Down’ Terrorists across Country: COAS

Karachi: Three ‘militants’ killed

Army fighting for existence of Pakistan: Pak Punjab CM

Islamabad: Machine Readable Passport System installed

Zarb-e-Azb updates: Pakistani migrants in Afghanistan urgently in need of food, says UN

‘Sindhi is national language of Sindh should be given importance’

 

India

Clerics Say Plea against Shariat Courts Due To Lack of Understanding of Sharia

Supreme Court Ruling Bring Clarity on Shariah Courts: Activists

Deoband Guarded On SC Order

Shut Muslim Personal Law Courts, Says PIL

NSA Doval and IB’s Asif Ibrahim Went on Secret Mission to Iraq

 

Mideast

Yemen Army Kills 80 Houthis in Amran

Khamenei Says U.S., Israel Playing 'Good Cop, Bad Cop'

Israel launches military offensive against Gaza

Ankara ‘will not block Kurdish state in Iraq’

Netanyahu: The time has come to 'take the gloves off' against Hamas

Abbas demands Israel halt Gaza raids 'immediately'

Israeli FM Lieberman ends alliance with Netanyahu

 

Europe

Europe employs outreach program to rehabilitate Islamist extremists

UK Engineering Student “So Happy” to Join ISIL Terrorist

Italian Party Leader: ISIL Threatening Entire World

UK Muslims face 'rampant' abuse online

Tony Blair calls on Maliki to resign or form an inclusive government

Ramadan in Sweden with no dusk, no dawn

 

Africa

Tax on marriage raises controversy in Tunisia

Ugandan army kills 60 gunmen near oil area

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists kill 7 in northeast Nigeria: Witnesses

34 injured in Central African mosque attack

Libya to help clarify Musa Sadr's fate

 

North America

No reason to doubt authenticity of ISIS leader’s video: US

Jihadis Tug at Edges of a Staunch American Ally

US begins destroying Syrian chemical agents at sea

 

Southeast Asia

Muslim groups fight for Church’s right to use Allah

Do away with 10-point solution in ‘Allah’ issue, says Zul Noordin

Zaid: Leaders insisting on Muslim eatery ban ‘dumb’

Indonesian Christian wants Khalwat case dropped before retrial

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India Tracking 18 Desi Jihadis In Iraq, Syria

Indrani Bagchi,TNN | Jul 9, 2014

NEW DELHI: The security establishment is tracking 18 Indian citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight as jihadis. As sectarian violence intensifies in these countries, India, along with other nations, is trying to track and prevent its citizens from joining this war.

These aspiring jihadis didn't come from any extremist group, say intelligence sources, but were individually radicalized. Of the 18 under the scanner, Indian officials found that the Jihadi ardour of six men had diminished considerably after they found they were being treated shabbily by their leaders. They later left Iraq and now live in other Gulf nations. The others remain in Iraq.

The lure of jihad is been fuelled by YouTube videos — often shot and uploaded by western extremists. In addition, small terror outfits that have popped up are doubling up as recruiters for jihad. Western media reports say there may be about 2,000 people from Europe and the US who have travelled to West Asia to be part of what they consider a holy war. The chance of their subsequent return to their home countries is a major source of concern for the governments, it was discussed at the meeting between French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

UK officials say they are aware of more than 200 people who have gone to Syria from the UK and the number could be much higher. At least 45 people from Denmark have flown to Syria since 2012. According to the French interior ministry, 110 people from France are believed to be currently fighting in Syria. Dozens have returned from combat to France and a couple of recent attacks at a Jewish museum in Paris have been credited to them.

German authorities say 210 suspected Islamic extremists have left to fight in West Asia, while about 50 have come back. Thirty Swedish nationals have joined jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-tracking-18-desi-jihadis-in-Iraq-Syria/articleshow/38036066.cms

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Return of Jihadis Worries Govts

Jul 9, 2014

The security establishment is tracking 18 Indian citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight as jihadis. As sectarian violence intensifies in these countries, India, along with other nations, is trying to prevent more of their citizens from joining this war.

The aspiring Indian jihadis were not part of any extremist group, say intelligence sources, but were individually radicalized. Of the 18 under the scanner, Indian officials found that the fervour of six men diminished considerably after they found they were being treated shabbily by their leaders. They later fled Iraq

and now live in other Gulf nations. The 12 others remain in Iraq.

This lure of jihad is fuelled by YouTube videos — often uploaded by western extremists; small terror outfits also double up as recruiters for jihad.

Western media reports say there may be about 2,000 people from Europe and the US who have travelled to West Asia to be part of what they consider a holy war.

The chance of their subsequent return to their home countries is a major source of concern for the governments, it was discussed at the meeting between French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

UK officials say they are aware of more than 200 people who have gone to Syria from the UK and the number could be much higher. At least 45 people from Denmark have flown to Syria since 2012. According to the French interior ministry, 110 people from France are believed to be currently fighting in Syria. Dozens have returned from combat to France and a couple of recent attacks at a Jewish museum in Paris have been credited to them.

German authorities say 210 suspected Islamic extremists have left to fight in West Asia, while about 50 have come back. Thirty Swedish nationals have joined jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq.

Source: Times of India, Delhi

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South Asia

 

Chinese Government Confirms Support for Iraq's war on Terrorism

July 8, 2014

The Chinese government confirmed its support for Iraqi efforts in the fight against terrorism.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari received today China's special envoy to the Middle East who handed Zebari a letter from his Chinese counterpart.

The Chinese foreign minister said in the message that Beijin as a sincere friend of Iraq firmly supports efforts in the fight against terrorism and supports Iraq’s efforts to speed up the process of reconstruction and national reconciliation.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930417000806

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51 Taliban Militants Killed, 38 Others Injured In Afghan Operations

Jul 08 2014

At least 51 Taliban militants were killed following joint military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces.

The operations were conducted in Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Herat, Ghor, Kunduz, Uruzgan adn Kpisa provinces in the past 24 hours.

Ministry of Interior Affairs of Afghanistan (MOI), following a statement said Afghan national police forces conducted the operations in cooperation with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The statement further added that 38 Taliban militants were also injured and 4 others were arrested during the operations.

Afghan national security forces confiscated various types of heavy and light weapons along with ammunition and explosives during the operations, interior ministry said.

Afghan police forces also discovered and seized 7 improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in Kandahar and Paktika provinces.

Interior ministry said the IEDs were recently planted by Taliban militants to carry out insurgency attacks.

http://www.khaama.com/51-taliban-militants-killed-38-others-injured-in-afghan-operations-8280

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Uighurs defy Ramadan ban, China arrested 400 in crackdown

World Bulletin/News Desk

July 8, 2014

Chinese authorities have imposed restrictions on Uighur Muslims during the month of Ramadan, banning government employees and school children from fasting, in what rights groups say has become an annual attempt at systematically erasing the region's Islamic identity.

Chinese authorities have justified the ban on fasting by saying it is meant to protect the health of students, and restrictions on religious practices by government officials are meant to ensure the state does not support any particular faith.

Yet in Kashgar, in Xinjiang province (East Turkestan), China's westernmost city, close to the border with Tajikstan and Kyrgyztan, Uighur Muslims say the restrictions have backfired. According to the Al Jazeera report, not only have locals become more observant of Islamic practices, but many have found ways to flaunt Chinese laws restricting everything from who may attend the mosque, to which copies of the Quran are read.

Home to some of China's largest deposits of oil, natural gas, and coal, Xinjiang has a majority Muslim Uighur population - a Turkic ethnic group with a language and culture closer to Central Asia. Before the region was absorbed into the People's Republic of China in 1949, almost everyone here was Uighur, but the numbers have have since declined, dropping to below half by the year 2000, as tens of millions of Han Chinese - the majority population of mainland China - were encouraged to settle here by the government.

That demographic shift, which accelerated in the 1990s as Beijing began to develop Xinjiang, combined with Chinese laws restricting Islamic practices by Uighurs and the 1997 execution of 30 Uighur separatists by Chinese authorities, triggered a wave of violence by militants that has left hundreds of people dead, mostly civilians.

CRACKDOWN

Meanwhile,  China has taken down more than 40 groups it calls "violent terror gangs" and arrested more than 400 people in Xinjiang since authorities began a crackdown in May, state media said on Monday.

The figures are the latest tally of China's efforts to rein in groups it says are responsible for a series of bloody attacks.

"Among those cases, public security bureaus received clues from the public in 10 cases, leading to arrests of more than 100 people, the confiscation of a batch of explosive devices, raw materials and tools," the Legal Daily, run by the ruling Communist Party, said.

Numerous pieces of religious extremist multimedia propaganda were also confiscated, the newspaper said.

On May 23, authorities launched a one-year campaign, which followed a suicide bombing that month that killed 39 people at a market in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi.

In March, 29 people were stabbed to death at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming.

Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government's repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest, a claim Beijing denies.

"China's political policies will lead to even more people facing unjust charges," Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled group the World Uyghur Congress, said in an email.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/140226/uighurs-defy-ramadan-ban-china-arrested-400-in-crackdown

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Afghan attack kills 4 foreign troops, 12 Afghans

Associated Press | Kabul, Afghanistan | July 8, 2014

An Afghan official says that at least 16 people, including four foreign soldiers, have been killed in a suicide attack near a clinic in eastern Afghanistan.

The international coalition said Tuesday that four of its service members were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan but did not disclose any further details, including their nationalities.

Wahid Seddiqi, spokesman for the provincial governor of Parwan province said the soldiers, at least 10 civilians, and two police officers were killed when a suicide bomber attacked Afghan and foreign forces near Charakar, the provincial capital.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media.

The insurgency frequently carries out suicide attacks against Afghan and NATO forces and government offices in the country.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/afghan-attack-kills-4-foreign-troops-12-afghans/

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PM Sheikh Hasina: 'Overcome threats, temptation for lawful duty'

July 8, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the deputy commissioners (DC) to overcome threats and temptation in order to perform lawful duties.

She made the urge while inaugurating the Deputy Commissioner Conference 2014 at the international conference hall of Prime Minister's Office in capital Tuesday morning.

The premier also urged everyone to work hard together for the development of the administration and government.

Talking about January 5 election, she said this was the first time that the power was handed over from an elected government to another.

Hasina gave 24 instructions to the DCs. The instructions include harmonious work between DCs and public representatives, control of daily commodity price and control of communal terrorism and militancy.

Meanwhile, the DCs also placed some demands to the prime minister including enrichment of their authority to law and order.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/jul/08/overcome-threats-temptation-lawful-duty#sthash.ghT6pScq.dpuf

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Khaleda: United movement after Eid

July 8, 2014

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday warned that “united movement” would be launched after Eid to resist all sorts of repression.

“After Eid, united movement will be waged against all sorts of repression of the government. People are with us and the victory is ours,” she told an iftar party hosted by Jagpa, an ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, at a city hotel.

Khaleda said the country was in deep crisis as illegal and unelected government took office forcefully. “They are busy with looting, corruption, abduction, killing and repressing the opposition leaders and activists. They do not bother about people’s development and that’s why unemployment rate is increasing day by day,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/jul/08/khaleda-united-movement-after-eid#sthash.ZXNupNum.dpuf

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Arab World

 

Dozens of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Karma District

July 8, 2014

Iraqi army soldiers in an operation in Karma district killed dozens of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.

''The IA elements in cooperation with the Brave Sons of Iraq supported by the IA air forces carried out a security operation in Karma district that resulted in killing dozens of terrorists and burning many of their vehicles,'' army sources said.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930417000890

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Iraq: 4 ISIL Terrorists Killed, 2 Others Arrested in Diyala

July 8, 2014

 Four elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group were killed while 2 others were arrested in Jalawla district.

"The Peshmirga forces conducted a security operation in Jalawla district killing the 4 ISIL elements and arresting the 2 others," a security source told Iraqi News on Monday.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930417000856

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Iraq: Sunni Provinces Organizing Battalions to Liberate Mosul

July 8, 2014

Head of Scholars of Iraq Group Khalid Al-Mulla announced forming battalions under the name "National Defense Battalions" in the Sunni provinces in response to the fatwa of the Supreme Religious Authority as well as the fatwa of Sunni scholars which called for Jihad against the terrorists.

"The National Defense Battalions started to be formed in the Sunni provinces and aims at defeating the terrorists in Mosul," Mulla told Alforat News Agency.

"These battalions which volunteered in response to the fatwa of the Supreme Religious Authority and the Sunni scholars are determined to liberate Mosul in cooperation with the Iraqi army," he added.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930417000935

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Hizbollah boosts numbers in Syria after Islamic State takeover

July 8, 2014

BEIRUT // Alarmed at the sweeping advances in Iraq by Sunni militants, Lebanon’s Shiite Hizbollah movement is dispatching reinforcements to areas in Syria it helped wrest away from rebels fighting the regime of president Bashar Al Assad. 

The build-up comes as Iraqi-Shiite militiamen battling alongside Hizbollah and Assad regime troops are leaving the area, near Lebanon’s north-eastern border, and returning to Iraq to fight an insurgency led by the Islamic State, said Hizbollah military commanders and fighters from the group.

Speaking to The National, the militants, who have served multiple tours in Syria, said the civil war there and Hizbollah’s involvement in it would be prolonged because of the Islamic State offensive.

“I’d be lying if I told you we wouldn’t be there for much longer,” said one Hizbollah fighter who lives in Beirut and who regularly goes to fight in Syria. “We will be there for years, and what happened in Iraq shows why we need to be there.”

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/lebanon/hizbollah-boosts-numbers-in-syria-after-islamic-state-takeover#page2#ixzz36p9mB06r

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Islamic State campaign hurts Sunni ambitions for self-rule

July 8, 2014

Many Iraqi Sunnis were initially heartened by an insurgent blitz through the north and west of the country last month: they thought it might be a blow so severe that it would be tough, if not impossible, for Shiite prime minister Nouri Al Maliki to secure a third term in office.

But the stunning battlefield successes by militants from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are hardly what Sunnis had in mind when they wished for an end to the perceived bias and discrimination by Mr Al Maliki.

In fact, the success of the Islamic State has ominously fed tensions in Baghdad and elsewhere between Sunnis, who were powerful when Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq, and Shiites, the country’s largest community. Tit-for-tat killings now occur on a near daily basis.

Moreover, it has created an undesired association between Sunnis and militants from the brutal Islamic State, who last week declared the creation of a self-styled “caliphate” in areas under their control in Iraq and across the border in neighbouring Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/iraq/islamic-state-campaign-hurts-sunni-ambitions-for-selfrule#ixzz36pAGmZQT

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Syrian Army Steps up Operations, Liberates Kifr Saghir of Aleppo

July 8, 2014

Syrian armySyrian army units repelled on Monday armed terrorist groups in various areas, thwarting their infiltration attempts and destroying their weaponry, state-run SANA news agency reported.

In Damascus Countryside, units of the army thwarted terrorists’ attempt to infiltrate from Khan al-Sheih farms towards a military checkpoint, killing and injuring a number of them.

The army units also targeted terrorists’ gatherings in Khan al-Sheih farms, al-Hussiniyeh and Mugher al-Mir in other operations.

Another army unit destroyed terrorist hideouts along with the weapons and ammo inside them and killed 20 terrorists from the so-called “Islamic Front” and “Islam Army” in the town of Mida’a in Eastern Ghouta, in addition to eliminating terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammo in the farms of al-Nashabiye.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=160136&cid=23&fromval=1&frid=23&seccatid=20&s1=1

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Iraqi parliament’s key session put off to August; general killed in shelling

July 8, 2014

BAGHDAD: A crucial parliament session kickstarting the government formation process was delayed and shelling killed a general on Monday, as solutions to Iraq’s worst crisis in years appeared increasingly distant.

The developments highlighted bickering among political leaders despite calls for unity to counter a jihadist-led offensive that has overrun swathes of territory and which the security forces have struggled to repel.

The swift advance has displaced hundreds of thousands, alarmed the international community and heaped pressure on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as he seeks a third term in office.

But the government formation process, which international leaders and Iraq’s top cleric have urged be expedited, was dealt a blow when a parliament session scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1117772/iraqi-parliaments-key-session-put-off-to-august-general-killed-in-shelling

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Al-Qaeda shows images of Saudi border post attack

July 8, 2014

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQP) claimed Monday responsibility for last week's attack on a Saudi border post and released photographs of their preparation for the terrorist attack.

The images, which appeared to be still grabs from a video, show the faces of some militants and the launching of a Grad missile toward a border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

In one of the pictures, the militants appeared being trained by a Yemeni militant leader in a desert area.

One of two militants who blew themselves up on Saturday at a Saudi security building appears in another picture, smiling and carrying a Kalashnikov. He is known as Ayoub al-Sueid, 22 years old, and has been on an interior ministry's wanted list for the past two years.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/07/Al-Qaeda-shows-images-of-Saudi-border-post-attack.html

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Ayatollah Sistani Dismisses Reports on Opposition to Maliki’s Re-Election

July 8, 2014

The office of Iraqi religious reference, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani rejected report by al-Arabiya satellite television network that the Ayatollah has voiced opposition to the re-election of premier Nouri al-Maliki.

The Al-Arabiya television claimed that Ayatollah Sistani has called for changing Maliki and election of a candidate with high popularity in Iraq.

Ayatollah Sistani's office stressed that the Iraqi religious reference has not issued any statement about changing or keeping the current Iraqi prime minister, Fars News Agency reporetd.Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=160169&cid=23&fromval=1&frid=23&seccatid=24&s1=1

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Saudi jails four for planning to fight in Iraq

World Bulletin/News Desk

July 8, 2014

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced four people to jail terms for trying to go to Iraq to join fighting there and for supporting al Qaeda's operations abroad, state news agency SPA said.

The four, one of whom was sentenced in absentia, were given prison sentences of two years to five years and six months, SPA said. They were also banned from travel for specific periods.

Other charges included "storing and possessing prohibited computer documents and helping a number of people in going abroad to fight in troubled nations", SPA said.

Saudi Arabia, the top oil exporter and a U.S. ally, in February said it would jail for up to 20 years any citizen who fought in conflicts abroad, in an apparent effort to deter Saudis from joining rebels in Syria and becoming a security risk on their return.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/140242/saudi-jails-four-for-planning-to-fight-in-iraq

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan Will Target All Terrorist Groups, Including Haqqani Network: Def Minister

July 8, 2014

NEW YORK: In what appears to be a major shift in policy, Pakistan will go after all militant groups in its unfolding operation in the North Waziristan tribal area, including insurgents who target neighbouring Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told the Journal that the military offensive in North Waziristan would target the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Afghan Taliban that has been based in the tribal area for more than three decades.

The Haqqanis are seen by the US and Afghan governments as one of the main threats to stability in Afghanistan.

“We will eliminate all sorts of terrorists from our area without any exception,” said Mr Asif. “If there are exceptions made, then the purpose of this operation will be defeated. It has to be without making any differentiation between our Taliban and their Taliban, or good Taliban and bad Taliban.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1117805/pakistan-will-target-all-terrorist-groups-including-haqqani-network

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13 more terrorists killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb

July 8, 2014

RAWALPINDI: Thirteen terrorists have been killed in fresh airstrikes as Operation Zarb-e-Azb continues in North Waziristan.

According to an ISPR press release, fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in the Digaan area of North Waziristan. Foreigners were among the thirteen terrorists killed in the strikes.

The press release further said seven terrorist hideouts were also destroyed.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-153148-13-more-terrorists-killed-in-Operation-Zarb-e-Azb-

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Army to ‘chase and hunt down’ terrorists across country: COAS

July 8, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Monday reiterated the army’s resolve to ‘chase and hunt down’ terrorists “across the country till their final elimination”, following his visit to the headquarters of an all-important field formation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

This was General Raheel’s first visit to NWA since the start of Zarb-e-Azb operation on June 15, and second since he assumed the charge as the COAS last year.

The army chief visited the headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division based in NWA and received briefings on the operational and tactical progress on Zarb-e-Azb operation.

The military chief, according to sources, also visited the Pakistan Army’s Border Coordination Centre (BBC) located in Laro Mandi, NWA, in line with monitoring cross-border cooperation among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) against terrorism at the Pak-Afghan borderlands. A day earlier, on Sunday, Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani visited the NWA.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/08-Jul-2014/army-to-chase-and-hunt-down-terrorists-across-country-coas

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Karachi: Three ‘militants’ killed

July 8, 2014

KARACHI: Three suspected militants were shot dead in an `encounter’ in Pak Colony area on Monday night, officials said.

A police patrol was attacked by four suspects on two motorcycles near Mewashah graveyard, Site SP Fida Hussain Janwari said. They threw a hand-grenade on the police van but the cops remained unhurt.

In retaliatory firing by the police, three suspects were wounded while the fourth one could not be located. The wounded were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors declared them as dead.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1117797/karachi-three-militants-killed

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Army fighting for existence of Pakistan: Pak Punjab CM

July 08, 2014

Beijing- Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistan’s army is fighting the war for the existence of country. Talking to Chinese media in Beijing, he said development cannot be achieved in any sector without elimination of terrorism. He said along with the use of robust socio-economic measures, measures will have to be taken for the elimination of terrorism and militancy in Pakistan.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/08-Jul-2014/army-fighting-for-existence-of-pakistan-shahbaz

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Islamabad: Machine Readable Passport System installed

July 08, 2014

Islamabad- Interior Ministry has installed Machine Readable Passport System at country's 33 Foreign Missions to facilitate overseas Pakistanis in getting their passports and visas. The Ministry officials say deployment of the system at four other Pakistani Foreign Missions to be completed this month.

http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/08-Jul-2014/islamabad-machine-readable-passport-system-installed

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Zarb-e-Azb updates: Pakistani migrants in Afghanistan urgently in need of food, says UN

July 8, 2014

RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD / BANNU / PESHAWAR / KARACHI / MIRAMSHAH: After a long period of speculation, which also included attempts at peace talks, Pakistan on June 15 launched a military operation against militants in the troubled North Waziristan agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

On its 15th day, a new phase of the offensive began, with the military launching a ground operation in Miramshah – the main town of North Waziristan.

As the Pakistan Army embarks on this critical mission, get all the updates of the operation, code-named Zarb-e-Azb, here.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/722202/army-launches-operation-in-north-waziristan/

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‘Sindhi is national language of Sindh should be given importance’

July 8, 2014

KARACHI: Sindhi language is not being taught at private schools in Sindh despite government’s repeated instructions. On the other hand there are thousands of government schools in the province, which are closed. That is creating great loss not only to the standard of education but also Sindhi language.At a seminar on ‘7th July, the day of Sindhi Language’ organised by Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JSM) Abdul Khalique Junejo Chairman JSM said after the demolition of one-unit on July 7, 1972 a bill was passed by Sindh Assembly declaring Sindhi language as official language of the province. After the end of one-unit, it was demanded Sindhi language’s status should be restored, he added.Nationalist leader said anyone who was not friend of education, could not be friend of Sindh. “Education minister in previous tenure repeatedly said a number of closed schools are around seven thousand. Minister in-charge is also holding today the same stance for the last one-and-half year.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/08-Jul-2014/sindhi-is-national-language-of-sindh-should-be-given-importance

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India

 

Clerics Say Plea against Shariat Courts Due To Lack of Understanding of Sharia

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | July 8, 2014

Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict on Shariat courts, Muslim organisations Monday said the very basis of the petition questioning their legality lies in misconception over the institution. The SC, they said, has only said what was never in dispute within the community — that these courts do not have legal sanctity. They are forums for arbitration whose verdict can be challenged by any of the appellants in any court of law.

“The problem is that people do not understand that there are two different institutions — a Darul Iftaa which issues a fatwa which is merely opinion based on interpretation of the Quran or the Hadith and a Darul Quaza which is commonly called a Shariat court. A fatwa is not a judgment; it is an opinion that is binding on nobody. A Quaza is in a sense a judgment, provided it is acceptable to the appellants. It is a form of arbitration which is very much legal under Indian laws. Panchayats do the same. There is no question of it being a parallel court,” said Manzoor Alam, member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). He added that the board had never claimed that either a Darul Qaza or the board itself has any powers to implement the verdict of the religious court.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/clerics-say-plea-due-to-lack-of-understanding-of-shariat-courts/99/

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Supreme Court ruling bring clarity on Shariah courts: Activists

DNA Correspondent

Jul 08 2014

Loud & clear: They say apex court has removed any scope for ambiguity pertaining over religious courts' decisions

Muslims scholars and activists in city on Monday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on the Shariah Courts (Darul Qaza) and Fatwas. Community leaders see the ruling by the SC, which is a constitutional authority, will bring more clarity to an existing position/reality of fatwas and Shariah courts. Until now, a large number of people felt that decisions by such courts had a scope for misuse as a lay person would see them as binding.

"We have not really seen the order but they have said that fatwa is an opinion, which is right," said Maulana Hakim Mehmood Dariyabadi, convenor of Darul Qaza, Mumbai. Run by the Muslim Personal Law Board, Darul Qazas look to give Muslims opinions based on interpretation of religious laws.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-supreme-court-ruling-bring-clarity-on-shariah-courts-activists-2000422

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Deoband guarded on SC order

TNN | Jul 8, 2014

LUCKNOW/MUMBAI: The country's most important Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband, on Monday reacted with watchfulness to the Supreme Court's ruling that shariat courts and fatwas have no legal status or validity, saying Deoband neither welcomes nor rejects the verdict.

Darul Uloom rector, Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, said, "It's too early to say anything. We still haven't got a copy of the verdict. However, the legal status of any thing or organization definitely holds a lot of importance. And without legal status, its significance gets reduced to a great extent."

Nomani added, "As of now, we neither welcome nor reject the SC order. But as far as the relevance of shariat courts is concerned, I would say these have always worked keeping in mind that no verdict goes against the country's law. In fact, shariat courts work as arbitrators to all issues... Many cases are resolved, (and this helps in) not adding to the backlog of cases in the courts."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Deoband-guarded-on-SC-order/articleshow/37977828.cms

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NSA Doval and IB’s Asif Ibrahim Went on Secret Mission to Iraq

SUHASINI HAIDAR

July 8, 2014

India’s diplomatic outreach to bring home 46 nurses as well as help thousands of other Indians in Iraq leave the violence-torn country was steered by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Intelligence Bureau Director Asif Ibrahim, who flew to Baghdad and Riyadh respectively last month, The Hindu has confirmed.

Their missions, which were kept secret at the time, were powered by phone calls from External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to her counterparts in the region.

At the end of June, the situation for both the 46 nurses in Tikrit as well as 39 men in Mosul seemed bleak, with no real intelligence on rebel groups that were in charge of them and why they were being forcibly held. The ISIS had taken control of several cities, including Tikrit, Mosul and the Baiji refinery.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nsa-doval-went-on-secret-mission-to-iraq/article6187353.ece

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Shut Muslim personal law courts, says PIL

Swati Deshpande,TNN | Jul 8, 2014

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday issued notices to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a Darul Qaza (personal law court) and others in a public interest litigation that demands cancellation of the board's registration as a society and questions the validity of Darul Qazas, which are permitted by the board to dispense justice in civil and matrimonial disputes in the Muslim community.

The PIL, filed by social worker Nazir Noor Ali, says the AIMPLB exceeded its memorandum of association and rules when it set up, without legal authority, parallel courts (Darul Qazas) to adjudicate on disputes in the community.

The PIL says the Darul Qazas across Maharashtra should be made to shut down and declared "unconstitutional". It seeks that orders passed by such Darul Qazas be declared void and without legal sanctity. The petitioner, through advocate Poonam Ankleshwaria, wants police action against the Darul Qazas functioning in their local jurisdiction.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Shut-Muslim-personal-law-courts-says-PIL/articleshow/37988282.cms

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Mideast

 

Yemen army kills 80 Houthis in Amran

World Bulletin / News Desk

July 8, 2014

The Yemeni army killed over 80 Houthi rebels in raids on their stronghold in the northern Amran province within the past 24 hours, a local official has said.

"The Yemeni military aircraft targeted Houthi sites in several areas in northern and western Amran, the provincial capital city," the official told Anadolu Agency, asking not to be named.

Fierce clashes erupted Monday and continued Tuesday in several areas of the province.

The rebels had been on rampage, destroying a Sunni religious school and a number of residential homes, the official added.

Amran has been the scene of sporadic clashes in recent weeks between the army and Houthis.

Within the last three days, clashes have killed 310 people, including 50 soldiers and some 260 militants, according to a tribal source.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/140282/yemen-army-kills-80-houthis-in-amran

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Khamenei says U.S., Israel playing 'good cop, bad cop'

World Bulletin/News Desk

July 8, 2014

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the United States and Israel were playing "good cop, bad cop" to intimidate his country into making concessions on the nuclear dispute with the West.

"They make it seem like Israel wants to attack, but America is stopping it: the good cop, bad cop trick," Khamenei told senior statesmen at an iftar (fast-breaking supper during the holy month of Ramadan) function. "But I say out-loud: the reason they are not attacking is because it is too costly. The enemy has no other option at its disposal but make threats and impose sanctions."

Israel has repeatedly threatened to attack Iranian nuclear sites, and been sceptical about the current diplomatic drive by Western allies to persuade Iran to scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for relief in economic sanctions imposed over the years as penalty.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is peaceful, saying Israel's presumed nuclear arms are the real threat to peace

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/140252/khamenei-says-us-israel-playing-good-cop-bad-cop

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Israel launches military offensive against Gaza

July 8, 2014

JERUSALEM: Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military said, striking at least 50 sites in Gaza by air and sea and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion in order to quell rocket attacks on Israel.

The army said its offensive, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge”, is aimed at striking Hamas and ending the rocket fire that has intensified in recent weeks amid tensions over the killing of three Israeli teenagers and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager.

Nearly 300 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel in recent weeks, including a barrage of about 80 projectiles on Monday alone, the army said. Israel has responded with dozens of airstrikes, and eight Palestinians were killed Monday.

Israel had signaled that it would not launch a larger offensive if Hamas ceased the rocket fire. “They chose the direction of escalation,” said army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “So the mission will go on as long as we feel it is necessary to carry it out. We don't expect it to be a short mission on our behalf.“

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1117884/israel-launches-military-offensive-against-gaza

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Ankara ‘will not block Kurdish state in Iraq’

July 8, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani says Turkey is unlikely to oppose the declaration of an independent Kurdish state, while praising the bilateral ties that Arbil and Ankara have forged over the past decade.

Peshmerga forces hold position on the front line in the village of Sulaiman Bek near Kirkuk. Kurdish forces have moved in to take control of Kirkuk and the surrounding territory that the regional government wants to incorporate.

“There were significant improvements. Turkish Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan visited us in Arbil. This was a historic step,” Barzani told German daily Die Welt in a recent interview.

When asked if Turkey and the United States would oppose a Kurdish state, he said, “I do not expect active assistance or resistance,” Barzani told the daily.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ankara-will-not-block-kurdish-state-in-iraq.aspx?pageID=238&nID=68809&NewsCatID=352

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Netanyahu: The time has come to 'take the gloves off' against Hamas

July 8, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the time had come to "take off the gloves" against Hamas.

Netanyahu was speaking ahead of military consultations that he was holding with security officials at the Kirya Military Headquarters in Tel Aviv.

"Hamas chose to escalate the situation and it will pay a heavy price for doing so," the prime minister said.

Following the launching of Operation Protective Edge to extinguish Hamas rocket fire, Israel declared a "special situation" in all areas of the South within 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Netanyahu-The-time-has-come-to-take-the-gloves-off-against-Hamas-361905

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Abbas demands Israel halt Gaza raids 'immediately'

July 8, 2014

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday demanded Israel immediately halt its latest offensive against Gaza following a night of air strikes and militant rocket fire on the Israeli south.

"Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas demanded Israel immediately stop its escalation and the raids on Gaza," said a statement from his office published by the official WAFA news agency.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/105731/World/Region/Abbas-demands-Israel-halt-Gaza-raids-immediately.aspx

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Israeli FM Lieberman ends alliance with Netanyahu

July 8, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is ending his political alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he announced on Monday, signalling rough waters ahead for the governing coalition.

Although Mr. Lieberman will keep his Israel Beiteinu party in the coalition for now, he said his party will be a competitor to Mr. Netnyahu’s nationalist Likud party the next time voters head to the polls, with Mr. Lieberman at its head.

“It’s no secret, to my regret, that of late, the differences of opinion between the Prime Minister and myself have become significant and strong,” he said. He also severely criticised Mr. Netanyahu’s hesitance to launch a major offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/israeli-fm-lieberman-ends-alliance-with-netanyahu/article6186061.ece

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Europe

 

Europe employs outreach program to rehabilitate Islamist extremists

Jul 08 2014

BERLIN: Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again.

“He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul,” Boudreau said. “There was a training camp just outside the city where radicals train prior to crossing the border into Syria.”

Fourteen months later, the 22-year-old Canadian convert to Islam was dead, apparently killed in fighting between rival groups of Islamist militants in the city of Aleppo. Boudreau was left to wonder what she could have done to stop her son from becoming a jihadi foot soldier. For answers she’s turning to Europe, where authorities are increasingly using outreach programs to prevent and even reverse radicalization. Initiatives include school counseling, emergency hotlines and even programs to help find jobs for returning jihadists.

The West has grappled with preventing radicalization since 9/11, when a Hamburg terror cell emerged as a key force in the attacks. The conflict in Syria, where thousands of Westerners are believed to be fighting, has added urgency to the challenge. In May, a 29-year-old man who had fought in Syria was arrested in France on suspicion of shooting dead four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jul-08/263038-europe-employs-outreach-program-to-rehabilitate-islamist-extremists.ashx#ixzz36ohKZKay

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UK Engineering Student “So Happy” to Join ISIL Terrorist

July 8, 2014

An engineering student in the United Kingdom said he left his studies behind and went to join in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant jihad because he felt the pull of his Muslim faith — and he’s never been happier, according to the Washington Times.ISIL terrorism

Abdul Raqib Amin was studying engineering at an Aberdeen, Scotland, facility when he switched tracks and cut a recruitment video for ISIL, NBC News reported. The British citizen now says in an interview with ITV News that aired Monday that while he misses his parents, he’s at peace with his decision to drop out of school and become a terrorist.

“I’m going to stay and fight until the Khilafah [rule of Islam] is established, or I die,’ he said on “Good Morning Britain.” “One of the happiest moments of my life was when the plane took off from [London’s] Gatwick Airport. I was so happy, because as a Muslim, you cannot live in the country of Kuffars [disbelievers.]”

Terrorism experts have been warning in recent weeks of the seeming draw of ISIL to youth, and that many in Western nations may make the trip to Iraq or Syria to join in the terrorism.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=22&frid=22&eid=160070

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Italian Party Leader: ISIL Threatening Entire World

July 8, 2014

Laura Chiatroni Madrigali, the leader of Italy’s 'Forza Popolare' party, called for an immediate halt in financial and arms supports for the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL ISIS or Daesh), warning that the group is a vital threat to the whole world, specially the European states.

"What worries me is to know that terrorists can strike anywhere in the world at any time, even using weapons of mass destruction. They can poison aqueducts or spread deadly substances in the air-conditioning ducts in public places, and Europe is not protected as is the US," Madrigali said in an interview with FNA.

"This requires full cooperation among nations to stop them before there is an escalation of violence and terror," the Italian party leader added.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930411000249

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UK Muslims face 'rampant' abuse online

World Bulletin / News Desk

July 8, 2014

There is an urgent need to examine the rise of online anti-Muslim hate that has become rampant, says a report by Birmingham City University on online hatred towards Muslims after the murder of Lee Rigby.

The report suggests that a new international and national online cyber hate strategy should be adopted to highlight online anti-Muslim abuse and to find ways in which the police can deal with such incidents.

The report entitled ‘Islamophobia and Twitter: A Typology of Online Hate Against Muslims on Social Media’ looked at 500 tweets from 100 different Twitter users to examine how Muslims were being viewed and targeted on Twitter. Hashtags - #Woolwich, #Muslim and #Islam, were used to look at patterns of online Islamophobia. Users made use of Muslim stereotypes to justify their abuse.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/140271/uk-muslims-face-rampant-abuse-online

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Tony Blair calls on Maliki to resign or form an inclusive government

July 7, 2014

The former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, asked Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form an inclusive government or to resign.

Blair said in a televised interview carried by the Middle East News Agency that the “U.S. President Barack Obama was right to offer assistance to the Iraqis, but not without demands for reform.”

Blair said “It much easier for the United States of America and the others to help if there is an inclusive government in Iraq that could have the backing to combat extremism.”

Blair was asked whether the Iraq war in 2003 is the basis of the current crisis, he said, “I did not try to evade responsibility; we bear the full responsibility for what we have done.”

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/former-british-pm-tony-blair-calls-maliki-resign-form-inclusive-government/

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Ramadan in Sweden with no dusk, no dawn

July 8, 2014

Kiruna, Sweden - During this year's holy month of Ramadan, when consumption of food and water is prohibited between dawn and dusk, how do Muslims observing the fast manage in the far north of Scandinavia, where the sun never sets?  

An estimated 700 Muslims are spending Ramadan in the mining town of Kiruna, located 145km north of the Arctic Circle and surrounded by snowcapped mountains throughout the summer. Many of them are recent asylum seekers, sent to Kiruna while their claims are processed.

The sun stays up around the clock from May 28-July 16, which constitutes half of the fasting period this year.

"I started Ramadan by having suhoor with the sun shining in my eyes at 3:30 in the morning," said Ghassan Alankar from Syria, referring to the meal just before dawn.

"I put double curtains in my room and still, there's light when I'm going to sleep."

Since there is no central authority in Sunni Islam that could issue a definite religious ruling, or fatwa, Muslims in the north are using at least four different timetables to break the fast.

Alankar sticks to Mecca time, Saudi Arabia, "because it's the birthplace of Islam". But he is worried about whether his fast will be accepted by God.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/ramadan-sweden-with-no-dusk-no-dawn-20147614423642407.html

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Africa

 

Tax on marriage raises controversy in Tunisia

July 8, 2014

Tunisians have shown a wave of cynicism on Twitter over the government's decision to impose taxes on marriage.

Social media activists believe the decision will only increase the reluctance of young people to marry.

In the past few years Tunisia has been exposed to high rates of spinsterhood due to poor economic conditions.

According to the new budget law, a new tax is to be imposed worth 30 Tunisian dinars (TNDs).

The tax imposed on marriage is among many other taxes aimed at reducing the budget deficit.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/105677/World/Region/Tax-on-marriage-raises-controversy-in-Tunisia.aspx

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Ugandan army kills 60 gunmen near oil area

July 08, 2014

KAMPALA: Uganda’s army said on Monday it had killed more than 60 gunmen who attacked police and army posts in the west on Saturday, while extra troops had been deployed to restore security in an area near the country’s new oil fields.

Authorities have said the gunmen are from a local militia and had no connection to the rebel group ADF-NALU.

Uganda worries that ADF-NALU, if left unchallenged in Congo’s loosely governed east, poses a threat to its oil fields in the Albertine rift basin where Tullow Oil, Total and China’s CNOOC are preparing for commercial production, possibly starting in 2017.

The gunmen had killed 17 people, including police and soldiers, on Saturday evening when they attacked three police stations and a military barracks in western Uganda, an area once a focus for an insurgency.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/08-Jul-2014/ugandan-army-kills-60-gunmen-near-oil-area

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Suspected Boko Haram Islamists kill 7 in northeast Nigeria: Witnesses

July 8, 2014

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists disguised in army uniforms killed seven people in an attack near the northeastern border with Cameroon, residents said Monday.

The gunmen, five of whom were also killed, razed a police station and a military camp during the late Sunday attack in the restive region, which has been among the hardest hit areas during Boko Haram's five-year uprising.

"The gunmen split into three groups and launched simultaneous attacks on the military camp, the police station and other buildings in the village," said Abor Grema, a resident of the targeted Krenuwa village in Marte district.

Marte was one of the areas in Borno state where Boko Haram chased out the government last year, forcing President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in the region while launching a military offensive to crush the uprising.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/105707/World/International/Suspected-Boko-Haram-Islamists-kill--in-northeast-.aspx

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34 injured in Central African mosque attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

July 8, 2014

Thirty-four people were injured, including four critically, in a Monday hand grenade attack on a mosque in the town of Paoua in western Central African Republic, local media has said.

A group of militants threw a hand grenade at Muslims worshippers in the mosque, local newspaper La Nouvelle Centrafrique reported.

The Central African Republic descended into anarchy last year when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted then-president Francois Bozize, a Christian who had come to power in a 2003 coup. The rebels later installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as an interim president.

Since then, the country has been plagued by tit-for-tat sectarian violence between Christian anti-balaka militias and Muslim former Seleka fighters.

Christians, who account for the majority of the country's population, accuse Muslims of supporting the former Seleka rebels who are blamed for attacking Christian homes, looting property and carrying out summary executions.

The country's Muslim minority, meanwhile, has been frequently targeted by Christian militias.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/140270/34-injured-in-central-african-mosque-attack

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Libya to help clarify Musa Sadr's fate

July 8, 2014

BEIRUT: After years of reticence and denial, the Libyan government has agreed to cooperate with Lebanon in clarifying the fate of missing Shiite Imam Musa Sadr who vanished while on a trip to Libya 36 years ago, the National News Agency (NNA) reported Monday.

The NNA said Tripoli has decided to honor a memorandum of understanding signed in March, under which the two countries will coordinate efforts to elucidate the mystery of the vanishing imam and his two companions.

The decision was taken at a Libyan cabinet meeting last Friday, the NNA said.

The Lebanese committee tasked with following-up on the case of Sadr and his two companions hailed the move, which it said “signaled a unanimous interest by the Libyan authorities to heed demands to implement the agreement and work with the Lebanese side.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Jul-07/262973-libya-to-help-clarify-musa-sadrs-fate.ashx#ixzz36pRrJG00

 

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North America

 

No reason to doubt authenticity of ISIS leader’s video: US

Press Trust of India | Washington | July 8, 2014

The United States has “no reason” to doubt the authenticity of a video that purportedly shows ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon.

“We’ve seen the reports of the video. We have no reason to doubt its authenticity,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at a news conference.

The Sunni militant group has seized large areas of northern and western Iraq in an offencive that began last month.

Psaki said that the US was “encouraging urgent steps toward a government formation (in Iraq), and we have a range of options at our disposal to take on the threat that Iraq and the region is facing from ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/no-reason-to-doubt-authenticity-of-isis-leaders-video-us/

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Jihadis Tug at Edges of a Staunch American Ally

By BEN HUBBARD

JULY 8, 2014

MAAN, Jordan — Hanging from the facade of a shuttered bank on a bustling market street in this sunbaked town were two large, white banners emblazoned with black letters.

“We congratulate the Islamic nation for its epic conquests,” one read. “Granted by Allah to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”

The banners went up last month after about 100 local residents carried them through downtown, waving the black flags of jihad and praising the extremist group that has seized territory in two neighboring countries. But while ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, appears to have no active presence in this desert town south of the capital, Amman, the event demonstrated how its image is growing, its ideology gaining traction and its appeal extending beyond those who would take up arms and don suicide vests.

“People were happy about the victories of the Sunnis in Iraq, so they went out to congratulate them,” said Ahed Abu Darwish, whose brother, Essam, organized the pro-ISIS march. “It’s like raising the flag of Barcelona or Argentina after they win a soccer match.”

Across the Arab world, the drive for democratic change has stalled, for the moment at least, and in its place has been a resurgence of strongmen and Islamic militants, both selling the promise of stability and order as counterpoints to the tumult that followed the Arab Spring.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/world/middleeast/jihadis-tug-at-edges-of-a-staunch-american-ally.html?_r=0

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US begins destroying Syrian chemical agents at sea

July 8, 2014

A US naval crew has begun work to "neutralize" Syria's chemical weapons on a vessel in the Mediterranean, an unprecedented operation expected to take about two months, the Pentagon said Monday.

The MV Cape Ray, which is outfitted with portable hydrolysis machinery, launched the effort after having loaded on board 600 metric tonnes of chemical agents at an Italian port on July 2, spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

"We expect neutralization to take approximately 60 days," Warren said.

The pace of the work would depend in part on the weather and conditions at sea, he said.

After breaking down the lethal chemicals to a sludge equivalent to industrial waste, the byproducts will be transported to Finland and Germany for final disposal, he said.

Syria handed over sulfur mustard and a precursor to make Sarin gas under the terms of a UN-backed and US-Russia brokered agreement to head off Western air strikes against the regime last year.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/105702/World/Region/US-begins-destroying-Syrian-chemical-agents-at-sea.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Muslim groups fight for Church’s right to use Allah

July 8, 2014

Christians are not alone in their struggle to use the word "Allah" in Malaysia, as Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGO) have taken it upon themselves to educate fellow Malays that the word predates Islam.

Islamic NGOs, such as Sisters in Islam (SIS) and the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), have taken to social media to spread awareness on the issue, bringing with them views that are a far cry from the threats and exclusivity espoused by groups such as Perkasa and Isma.

“Yes, it is possible for Muslims to voice their support (for the Christians), and Muslims have been doing that – most visibly on social media. There’s been an outpouring of voices who have critiqued the Federal Court’s decision (on the Allah issue),” SIS programme manager Suri Kempe told The Malaysian Insider.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/muslim-groups-fight-for-churchs-rights-to-use-allah#sthash.KQ7Yikom.dpuf

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Do away with 10-point solution in ‘Allah’ issue, says Zul Noordin

July 8, 2014

Former Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin suggested that Putrajaya scrap the 10-point solution allowing the use of “Allah” in Malay language Bibles as it had previously been rejected by the Christian community.

In a blog posting, Zulkifli (pic) pointed out that in April 2009, the Council of Churches in Malaysia (CCM) Youth had rejected the 10-point solution offered by Putrajaya.

"What I would like to highlight is the extremist and hypocritical attitude of the Christians in raising the 10-point solution every time the ‘Allah’ issue arises," Zulkifli wrote.

"Christian groups always point the finger at Putrajaya and accuse them of not honouring the 10-point solution. But on the other hand, the 10-point solution had been dismissed by the CCM Youth back in April 2009," Zulkifli said in the post.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/do-away-with-10-point-solution-in-allah-issue-says-zul-noordin#sthash.utSH7VVd.dpuf

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Zaid: Leaders insisting on Muslim eatery ban ‘dumb’

Jul 08 2014

Malaysian leaders who bar Muslim eateries from selling food before 3pm are “dumb”, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today.

The former de facto law minister was scathing in his criticism of Islamic authorities at both state and federal levels for what he saw as aping Saudi Arabian practices in an attempt to burnish their religious credentials during the fasting month of Ramadan.

“The present leaders are only interested in using punishment to keep everyone in line, so the world can see how Islamic we are. These dumb leaders do not care if Muslims fast out of fear of the law or because the shops are closed.

“They do not care what the Muslims feel about fasting or if they even appreciate its true value. So long as Muslims do not eat, then these leaders are happy,” he said in his latest blog posting.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/zaid-leaders-insisting-on-muslim-eatery-ban-dumb#sthash.tExSw5Bk.dpuf

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Indonesian Christian wants khalwat case dropped before retrial

BY OPALYN MOK

JULY 8, 2014

GEORGE TOWN, July 8 ? An Indonesian Christian convicted of khalwat at a Shariah Court here will seek to prove her religious status and apply to have her case dropped before she is tried for the second time in the Islamic court, her lawyer said.

Lawyer Wan Faridulhadi Mohamed Yusof said Halimah, 42, will file a representation to the Shariah chief prosecutor tomorrow.

“We will be filing the representation along with the documentations proving her religion to be Christian tomorrow to have the case against her withdrawn,” Wan Faridulhadi said.

The lawyer was speaking to reporters after a second panel of the Shariah Court of Appeal affirmed a previous panel’s decision calling for a retrial of Halimah’s case.

The three-member panel led by Tan Sri Ibrahim Lembut, reaffirmed in chambers a June 5 decision by another panel, led by Datuk Abdul Walid Abu Hassan, which struck out Halimah’s appeal against her khalwat conviction while ordering a retrial of the case.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/indonesian-christian-wants-khalwat-case-dropped-before-retrial#sthash.HMPg8RWg.dpuf

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