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Indian Muslims Will Live and Die for India, PM Narendra Modi Says










Photo: Cameroonian Entire Football Team Accepts Islam in UAE

 

 

 

 

India

Indian Muslims Will Live and Die for India, PM Narendra Modi Says

Barrister Aisha Wakil Takes Mahatma Gandhi’s Message of Peace Back to Boko Haram

Sri Ram Sene Chief to stir love jihad debate

Indian HM to Nepal PM: Border areas now ISI, Jihadi hubs

India, Israel extend agricultural cooperation action plan

Pak Workers Help 18 Punjabi Youths Come Home from Iraq

ISI handler sent BKI terrorist, Ratandeep Singh, to Punjab: Cops

Woman linked to ISI suspect being quizzed

 

Arab World

Lights, Camera, Action: Saudi Kingdom Opens Up To Cinema Industry

Mega TV campaign kicks off to highlight evils of Islamic State

‘100 Saudi Imams with Extremist Thoughts’

Scores of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Syria's Deir Ezzur

Iraq bombings kill at least 22

Three suicide bombs, 12 mortars hit Shi'ite district in Baghdad

Islamic State creates police force in northwest Iraq

Two Lebanese soldiers killed in RPG attack at Syrian border

Saudi Arabia to restore Al-Azhar mosque: Egypt's 'beacon of moderate Islam'

Arab Bank says it never supported Hamas, as US trial nears

 

Pakistan

AJK Shariat Court Act declared ultra vires of constitution

Zarb-i-Azb: Army airstrikes kill 23 suspected militants in NWA

Pakistan's minorities live in fear as terrorists turn their guns on Sikhs

PTI, PAT enjoy foreign support: JUI-F

IED blast kills three suspected militants in Bara

Police, security forces seize 250 kilos of explosives in Quetta

Sit-ins have frustrated people: PM Nawaz Sharif

Weapon-shaped pens becoming popular among Swat children

In a twist, lawyers close to Musharraf get top legal positions

Jirga launches fresh effort to break political impasse

‘King’s party’ behind PTV attack: Dr Tahirul Qadri

 

Mideast

Nearly 40 Yemeni People Killed as Army Beefs Up Violence against Protesters

Turkey ‘resolved’ to stop flow of ISIL militants

Turkey call for more information sharing on foreign Jihadists

Turkey wavers over US plan to tackle IS

President Erdoğan attaches hew honour to top religious leader

 

North America

‘Deeper Saudi-US ties can counter Mideast volatility’

US: Iran is welcome to participate in UN meeting on Iraq

Syria's Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas: US

Israel will 'make its own judgment' on Iran talks, US says

NYT reveals threats against Turkish reporter as pro-gov't media turn her into target

 

Africa

Cameroonian Entire Football Team Accepts Islam in UAE

Boko Haram 'in charge of 25 towns' in NE Nigeria: bishop

Morocco expands laws against militant seekers

Muslims urged to shun ‘Open Mosque’ in Wynberg

 

Europe

ISIS-related arrests in US, Europe, Australia as intel warns of ‘gruesome’ attacks

Prince William's Friend Becomes Third Briton to Appear In ISIS Propaganda Video

The Islamic State Are Monsters, Say UK Muslims

Ankara, Berlin should cooperate more against ISIL, German interior minister says

Russia says backs UN draft resolution on "terrorist fighters"

French president rules out military action in Syria

France begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq

Funding woes force UN to slash rations for 4 million of Syrians

 

South Asia

Taliban assassinate tribal elder in Jawzjan province

Civilians among 8 killed in Baghlan explosion

Maldives Human Rights Commission summoned to Supreme Court

PM Sheikh Hasina: Verdict spoils Sayedee’s face

 

Southeast Asia

Catholic Church renews ‘Allah’ fight, seeks review of apex court decision

Adam Adli’s one-year jail term for sedition ‘excessive’, says Malaysian Bar

Four Foreigners Charged Under Indonesia’s Terror Laws

 

Australia

'Kill Christians, slaughter their children': Thugs waving IS flags threaten church-goers in Sydney

Australian PM warns of attacks on government

Perspective ISIS plot in Australia raises questions

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India

 

Indian Muslims Will Live and Die for India, PM Narendra Modi Says

TNN | Sep 19, 2014

NEW DELHI: "Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India — they will not want anything bad for India," Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in his first interview after assuming office.

"My understanding is that they are doing injustice towards the Muslims of our country. If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, they are delusional," Modi told CNN's Fareed Zakaria when asked about the head of al-Qaida issuing a video and an appeal trying to create an al-Qaida in India- South Asia.

He was also put a question about the remarkable phenomenon that out of the 170 million Muslims in India, there seemed to be no or very few members of al-Qaida even though it is in Afghanistan and Pakistan. "What is it that has made this community not as susceptible?"

Modi answered that first he was not the authority for doing a psychological and religious analysis on this.

"But the question is whether or not humanity should be defended in the world. Whether or not believers in humanity should unite. This is a crisis against humanity, not a crisis against one country or one race. So we have to frame this as a fight between humanity and inhumanity, nothing else," he said.

In his interview, Modi spoke about a host of issues concerning India-US relations.

Modi admitted that there has been many ups and downs in bilateral relations over the centuries.

He, however, expressed confidence that India-US ties will deepen further.

"I have a one word answer, and with great confidence I say — yes. Let me explain — there are many similarities between the US and India. If you look at the last few centuries, two things come to light — America has absorbed people from around the world, and there is an Indian in every part of the world. This characterises both the societies.

"Indians and Americans have co-existence in their natural temperament. Now yes, for sure, there have been ups and downs in our relationship in the last century. But from the end of the 20th century to the first decade of the 21st century, we have witnessed a big change. Our ties have deepened. India and the USA are bound together, by history and culture. These ties will deepen further," he said.

Asked if he feels there is a genuine desire from Washington to try and upgrade the relationship with India substantially, the Prime Minister said relations between India and America should not be seen within the limits of just Delhi and Washington.

"It is a much larger sphere. The good thing is that the mood of both Delhi and Washington is in harmony with this understanding. Both sides have played a role in this," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-Muslims-will-live-and-die-for-India-PM-Narendra-Modi-says/articleshow/42887232.cms

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Barrister Aisha Wakil Takes Mahatma Gandhi’s Message of Peace Back to Boko Haram

Radha Sharma,TNN | Sep 19, 2014

AHMEDABAD: This time when Mama returns home, she will carry Mahatma Gandhi's message of peace and non-violence to her boys — Islamist hardliners of Nigeria's Boko Haram, who have acquired global notoriety for abducting scores of schoolgirls and unleashing a wave of violence in the country's northeast.

Barrister Aisha Wakil (44), better known as 'Mama Boko Haram' — a name given to her by the Nigerian media — does the tough job of negotiating peace between these heavily armed fighters and Nigerian authorities in Maiduguri, the main city in the troubled region. Often, she risks her own life.

Wakil was in Ahmedabad for over a month to get her husband, judge Alkali Gana Wakil and son Mohammad-Al-Nur treated. Both were admitted for necrosis in hip joints and sickle cell anaemia.

On her way home earlier this week, Mama picked up copies of Gandhi's works from Sabarmati Ashram which she wants to read out aloud to her misguided boys. "I want to make them realize that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind," says Wakil, who was named as a negotiator by Boko Haram representatives.

Wakil says she has been in constant touch with them even while in Ahmedabad. "My first priority is to get the abducted girls released. I am continuously reasoning with my sons that they cannot abduct girls in the name of Islam. Islam preaches that even if a woman slaps a man, he is not supposed to hit back," she says.

Wakil was well known to the former Boko Haram chief, Mohammed Yusuf, who was shot dead allegedly while trying to escape custody in 2009. She used to visit Yusuf's Islamic school where she became popular because of her cooking. They soon started calling her Mama. "I never realized when Yusuf and the boys picked up arms to fight the Nigerian government," says Wakil.

Boko Haram is asking for the release of 70 men, plus ranson money, for freeing the girls. "I have to negotiate for the girls' release on my return. If the government offers them security, there are many who wish to lay down arms. But Boko Haram no longer consists of just the boys I know. There are many other sub-groups. The government will have to address each of them independently to solve the complex problem," says Wakil.

"There was strict vigilance by intelligence officials during her stay," said orthopedic surgeon Dr Deepak Dave who treated her husband and son successfully.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mama-takes-Mahatma-Gandhis-message-of-peace-back-to-Boko-Haram/articleshow/42851557.cms

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Sri Ram Sene Chief to stir love jihad debate

TNN | Sep 19, 2014,

MUMBAI: The police will keep a close watch on Pramod Mutalik, the controversial chief of the Bangalore-based Sri Ram Sene, when delivers a talk on love jihad in the city on Friday.

Mutalik will address a meeting organized by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti at Indian Merchants' Chamber, Churchgate, at 1pm.

"We are going to closely monitor his speech," said police commissioner Rakesh Maria. Other senior police officers indicated that action would be taken if any of the participants created a law and order problem.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pramod-Mutalik-to-stir-love-jihad-debate/articleshow/42849870.cms

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Indian HM to Nepal PM: Border areas now ISI, Jihadi hubs

Deeptimaan Tiwary,TNN | Sep 18, 2014

NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday raised the issue of growing radicalization among Muslims in Nepal settled near Indo-Nepal border with Nepal PM Sushil Koirala and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam. Certain pockets in these areas are learnt to have become fishing pools for Pakistan's ISI and is suspected of being used against India.

Singh is on a visit to Kathmandu for SAARC summit in Nepal. An official statement released by his office said, "The Indian HM (home minister) expressed his concern on the growth of religious fundamentalism in the border areas."

Intelligence agencies have been warning for the past few years that a string of madrasas coupled with large-scale settling of Muslims has been systematically taking place in Nepal along its border with India. These colonies, says security establishment sources, are being tapped by ISI fopr anti-India activities.

It is important to note that even Indian Mujahideen had been found to have plans to recruit from these radicalised pockets. NIA charge sheet against Yasin Bhatkal, who was arrested last year from Nepal, mentions that he had got in touch with some Muslims in Nepal and was planning to recruit some boys for operations in India.

Even as Nepal government promised full cooperation in dealing with cross-border crimes and terrorism, Singh thanked Kathmandu for timely cooperation extended by it in averting a catastrophic flood in Bihar in early August in this year. "He offered greater cooperation in disaster management to Nepal and underlined the need to establish a bilateral mechanism on disaster management. India suggested that need assessment team for disaster management should be set up in both the countries," said a Home Ministry official.

Singh also appreciated the efforts of Nepal government in dealing with trans-border crimes and underlined the need for more focused effort to control the activities of criminal elements, terrorists and other Indian insurgent groups along the Indo- Nepal border.

"He expressed concern on the smuggling of fake currency notes and human trafficking. He stated that there is a need for evolving bilateral mechanism for dealing with the issue of human trafficking," said the official.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rajnath-to-Koirala-Border-areas-now-ISI-Jihadi-hubs/articleshow/42830268.cms

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India, Israel extend agricultural cooperation action plan

Vishwa Mohan,TNN | Sep 19, 2014

NEW DELHI: India and Israel have agreed to extend their existing three-year action plan on agriculture cooperation beyond 2015.

"Both the countries agreed that the present agreement (2012-15) will be renewed after 2015," said agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh after Israeli ambassador Daniel Carmon called on him on Thursday.

At present, the action plan 2012-15 is being implemented in 10 states-- Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal.

Under the existing plan, both the countries have been collaborating in agriculture, horticulture, dairy, water, irrigation, seeds development and many other sectors.

Singh said, "Agriculture is a strong foundation for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Israeli has shown interest in establishing additional centre of excellence in India."

On Carmon's submission that many Israeli companies were interested to work in India in the field of dairy under public-private partnership (PPP) mode, Singh assured him that the country would extend all possible cooperation. The current action plan comprises bilateral sharing of knowledge and technologies, establishment of Centre of Excellence in various agriculture sectors across India, exchange visits of experts and farmers and post-doctoral scholarships for Indian agriculture researchers in Israel.

Under the existing three-year action plan, two Centres of Excellence have already been made fully operational - one for vegetables in Gharaunda (Karnal) and the other for fruits in Mangiana (Sirsa) -- in Haryana while work is in progress to establish three such centres in Maharashtra- a citrus centre in Nagpur, a pomegranate centre in Rahuri and a Kaisar mango centre in Aurangabad.

In Tamil Nadu, a Centre of Excellence for vegetables is planned in Dindigul and a similar one for flowers is planned in Krishnagiri. On the other hand, a centre for pomegranate is being built in Bassi and two more centres are planned for citrus (Kota) and dates (Jaisalmer) in Rajasthan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Israel-extend-agricultural-cooperation-action-plan/articleshow/42847157.cms

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Pak workers help 18 Punjabi youths come home from Iraq

Amaninder Pal Sharma,TNN | Sep 19, 2014

Mandi Gobindgarh (Fatehgarh Sahib): At a time when India-Pakistan ties are at a low, a group of Pakistani Punjabis aided in the return of their Punjabi brethren from across the border from strife-torn Iraq, unmindful of the risk involved.

These 18 Punjabi youths, who belong to villages in Fatehgarh district, were trapped in a steel molding factory in a village of Halle Babylon district of Iraq for around four months.

They returned home on Thursday, utterly grateful to the men from Pakistan who played a pivotal role in their getting back.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-workers-help-18-Punjabi-youths-come-home-from-Iraq/articleshow/42854314.cms

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ISI handler sent BKI terrorist, Ratandeep Singh, to Punjab: Cops

Rohan Dua,TNN | Sep 19, 2014

CHANDIGARH: Before coming to India as a disguised Muslim, Ratandeep Singh, one of the most dreaded and well-trained Sikh militants, had his last briefing session by his ISI handler known as 'Chhota Noon' on September 11, said Punjab cops.

'Noon' was a Major in ISI but Ratandeep refused to reveal the real name of the officer, the cops disclosed.

'Noon' had devised the plan to carry out strikes in Punjab on Navratras and route for the BKI militant through Kathmandu, Gorakhpur, Ambala and Punjab.

Air-tickets recovered from Ratandeep's possession reveal that he was scheduled to stay in Nepal between September 14 and 17 at Royal Astoria hotel in Bansbari Hattigaunda in Kathmandu.

He flew by Oman Air on September 14 by a 7.20am flight from Islamabad via Muscat to reach Kathmandu.

Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Noon-sent-BKI-terrorist-to-Punjab-Cops/articleshow/42852496.cms

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Woman linked to ISI suspect being quizzed

Selvaraj A,TNN | Sep 19, 2014

CHENNAI: Officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are interrogating a woman student of a dental college after Sri Lankan national Arun Selvarajan, a suspected operative of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, spilled the beans about his relationship with her and his accomplices in the state.

Investigating officers have taken in the woman for questioning as well as another of Selvarajan's associates, an undergraduate student at a top college in the city. The investigators are looking to determine if they were aware of Selvarajan's ISI connection and if they helped him collect information about sensitive installations in Tamil Nadu.

"Selvarajan, who opened event management firm Ice Events in Nungambakkam in the city, helped the dental college student invite celebrities to a college function held earlier this year," an investigating officer said.

Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Woman-linked-to-ISI-suspect-being-quizzed/articleshow/42849820.cms

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Arab World

 

Lights, Camera, Action: Saudi Kingdom Opens Up To Cinema Industry

Sep 19, 2014

Good news for film lovers.

The Labour Ministry has reportedly allowed film production entrepreneurs to recruit personnel to kick-start the cinema industry, which has hitherto been considered taboo in the Kingdom.

Information on how to register for cinema licenses is available on the Labour Ministry portal, according to a leading news channel.

A source at the ministry confirmed the news with Arab News, but did not divulge further details, saying a formal statement is expected to be issued soon.

Expert sources, who are helping investors acquire business licenses with the Labour Ministry, have confirmed that new investment opportunities, which previously did not exist, have opened up in the cinema field.

There has also been demand to open up the cinema industry to the public, especially among youth.

The Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media, the authority that is officially tasked with dealing with cinema-related issues, has also received demand from other segments of Saudi society.

Omar Al-Jaser, a noted film producer and senior executive of the Saudi Film Producers’ Society in the Makkah region, has welcomed the decision. “If this news is confirmed, Saudi youth will be able to showcase their culture through home-made film productions,” Al-Jaser told Arab News.

Full report at:http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/632391

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Mega TV campaign kicks off to highlight evils of Islamic State

Sep 19, 2014

A hard-hitting TV campaign focusing on the human cost of terrorism, with special reference to the so-called Islamic State (IS), premiered on Thursday night as part of a major week-long private initiative to raise awareness about the evils of the group.

This joint campaign, mostly aired by religious channels, will also dissuade youngsters from joining terrorist organizations that operate across the Arab world.

“The TV campaign aims to encourage and educate the public to fight the menace of terrorism,” said a TV host, who preferred anonymity.

She said the program would “bring together Islamic scholars to counter violent extremism and to ultimately build a broad network of community partnerships to keep the nation and the region safe.”

The campaign, launched under the theme “IS: The Ignorance of Deviants,” will be aired by the channels simultaneously throughout the week. The program will last for 90 minutes daily as part of a unified broadcast campaign.

Prominent Muslim scholars from Arab and Muslim countries will be hosted to reiterate the position of Islam on terror.

Full report at:http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/632396

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‘100 Saudi Imams with Extremist Thoughts’

 Sep 19, 2014

RIYADH — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has identified about 100 mosque imams out of 15,000 with extremist tendencies. He said the imams are currently being rehabilitated but will be dismissed if they do not repent, the ministry’s undersecretary for mosque affairs Tawfiq Al-Sudairy announced. He said the ministry is closely monitoring the performance of all imams and their Friday sermons. The undersecretary said following the terrorist attack against a police checkpoint in Sharoorah in Ramadan, the ministry asked all mosque imams to denounce the incident and to criticize any anti-Islamic ideologies. “The response of the imams was excellent. Those who did not implement the ministry’s instructions were given another opportunity to do so,” he said. Al-Sudairy warned that any imam who conveys any extremist ideas in his sermon would be sacked.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140919218657

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Scores of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Syria's Deir Ezzur

Sep 19, 2014

Syrian forces claimed the lives of scores of ISIL terrorists after carrying out a series of fresh operations in the countryside of Deir Ezzur on Thursday.

The army soldiers pushed back the members of the Takfiri group in al-Hweiqa neighborhood, leaving a large number of them dead and injured, SANA reported.

Terrorists Bahij Adnan and Enad Suleiman were identified among the killed terrorists.

The gathering centers of the terrorists were also stormed in al-Sina’a, al-Roshdia and al-Jbeila neighborhoods and in the village of al-Salehiya.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930627000476

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Iraq bombings kill at least 22

Sep 19, 2014

Bombings in and near the Iraqi capital and a blast in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 22 people on Friday, security and medical officials said.

The attacks come as security forces and allied Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribesmen fight to regain ground from militants led by the Islamic State (IS) Jihadist group who overran swathes of the country in June.

In Baghdad, a car bomb exploded in the Shiite-majority Karrada district, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 20, while a roadside bomb in the Bayaa area killed four and wounded at least 11.

South of the capital, another car bomb near a market in Mahmudiyah killed at least two people and wounded seven, while a motorcycle bomb in central Kirkuk in the country's north killed eight and wounded 13.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111143/World/Region/Iraq-bombings-kill-at-least-.aspx

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Three suicide bombs, 12 mortars hit Shi'ite district in Baghdad

Sep 19, 2014

BAGHDAD - Three suicide car bombs were detonated in the Shi'ite Baghdad neighborhood of Kadhimiya on Thursday followed by 12 mortar rounds fired in from outside the district, killing at least 16 people, security sources said.

The area in northern Baghdad is the site of a major Shi'ite shrine. A mortar round landed near the shrine, the sources said. They added that gunfire was heard in the district.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Three-suicide-bombs-12-mortars-hit-Shiite-district-in-Baghdad-375781

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Islamic State creates police force in northwest Iraq

Sep 19, 2014

Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's northwest Nineveh province have created a police force to "implement the orders of the religious judiciary," according to a well-known militant Islamist website.

Photos on the website showed armed men in black clothing with "Islamic Police Nineveh State" printed on the arm. The police forces were in freshly painted police cars and one photo showed militiamen on a river boat.

It was not clear when the photos were posted or when the police force was established.

The text on the website said the force would "maintain order and arrest culprits and the corrupt." The text said it would be different from police forces in other states, which it described as "a tool to suppress dissent."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Islamic-State-creates-police-force-in-northwest-Iraq-375825

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Two Lebanese soldiers killed in RPG attack at Syrian border

Sep 19, 2014

Two Lebanese soldiers were killed when insurgents hit a military personnel carrier with a rocket-propelled grenade in an attack at the Syrian border on Friday, a security source said.

The attack occurred near the town of Arsal, where Islamist insurgents including militants affiliated to Islamic State staged a cross-border incursion last month that triggered five days of deadly battles.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Two-Lebanese-soldiers-killed-in-RPG-attack-at-Syrian-border-375822

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Saudi Arabia to restore Al-Azhar mosque: Egypt's 'beacon of moderate Islam'

Sep 19, 2014

Saudi Arabia has agreed to fund the restoration of Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque in recognition of its role as a "beacon of moderate Islam," the Egyptian president's office said Thursday.

The announcement came after talks between President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and visiting Saudi intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdel Aziz on the coalition Washington is building against the Islamic State group (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

"In recognition of the important role played by Al-Azhar as a beacon of moderate Islam in spreading tolerant values across the region (Saudi King Abdullah) has taken the generous initiative to restore Al-Azhar," Sisi's office said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/111115/Egypt/Politics-/Saudi-Arabia-to-restore-AlAzhar-mosque-Egypts-beac.aspx

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Arab Bank says it never supported Hamas, as US trial nears

Sep 19, 2014

NEW YORK - A lawyer for Arab Bank Plc urged US jurors to find that it never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, as closing arguments began on Thursday in a closely-watched terrorism financing trial.

The Jordan-based bank is accused of providing financial services to Hamas by almost 300 US citizens who were the victims or family members of victims of 24 attacks the Islamic militant group allegedly carried out in Israel and the Palestinian territories between 2001 and 2004.

Shand Stephens, a lawyer for the bank, said most people and organizations the plaintiffs claim were affiliated with Hamas who received banking services from Arab Bank were not designated as terrorists during the period in question.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Arab-Bank-says-it-never-supported-Hamas-as-US-trial-nears-375767

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Pakistan

 

AJK Shariat Court Act declared ultra vires of constitution

Sep 19, 2014

MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Kashmir Supreme Court declared that Section 3 of the AJK Shariat Court Act 1993 was partly ultra virus of the AJK Interim Constitution and, therefore, all Shariat Court judges appointed since 1993 under this provision were void.

As a result of what the legal fraternity here termed a landmark judgment, three Shariat Court judges — Hussain Mazhar Kaleem (appointed in late 1990s) and Sardar Shehzad Khan and Mohammad Mushtaq Chaudhry (appointed in November 2012) – ceased to hold their offices.

However, all functions performed by these judges were declared valid on the principle of de facto doctrine, including the drawing of financial benefits, etc.

The judgment was announced by a full court headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Azam Khan on two civil appeals against a Dec 4, 2013 verdict by the AJK High Court and a review petition against the April 4, 2014 apex court order.

“For establishment of the Shariat Court in accordance with the spirit of the constitution (and) for achieving the objectives mentioned in the Shariat Court Act 1993, legislation having certain features is required,” the apex court held.

Listing the features, it said there must be a provision for induction of at least one Aalim Judge, possibly having the qualification of being close to Mujtahid or at least the qualification provided under Article 203-C of the Constitution of Pakistan i.e. having at least 15 years of experience in the Islamic law, research or instruction; the mode of appointment of judges in consultation with the AJK Supreme Court chief justice and the AJK High Court chief justice (who also happens to be the chief justice of Shariat Court); and providing mode of removal of a judge of the Shariat Court for misconduct, incapability of properly performing functions or duties by reason of physical or mental incapacity.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1132639/ajk-shariat-court-act-declared-ultra-vires-of-constitution

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Zarb-i-Azb: Army airstrikes kill 23 suspected militants in NWA

Sep 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: At least 23 suspected terrorist were killed in fresh airstrikes on militant hideouts in Ismail Khel and Zerom areas of North Waziristan Agency, Pakistani military said.

A statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that Pakistan Army in an aerial action targeted militant hideouts in Zerom and Ismail Khel districts, killing at least 23 militants.

These claims, however, could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.

Military operation Zarb-i-Azb was launched by the Pakistan Army on June 15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiators.

More than a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding militant strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.

Army chief lauds officers’ resolve in Zarb-i-Azb

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1132761/zarb-i-azb-army-airstrikes-kill-23-suspected-militants-in-nwa

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Pakistan's minorities live in fear as terrorists turn their guns on Sikhs

By REEMA ABBASI

Sep 19 2014

When humans view mankind as an imperfect species on grounds of faith, they renounce tolerance held sacred in scriptures.

And, when Pakistan’s religious communities blame their slow death on the violent path to democracy, it’s difficult to differ.

Punjab’s place as the most bigoted region, with the highest number of crimes against women and minorities, and perpetrators spilling into Peshawar and other towns, is hardly a secret.

The most recent evidence of its murderous streak is the targeted killing of Sikhs, a community that enjoyed a smooth, prosperous existence with a reverence towards Gurdwaras.

Terrorist militia have fled their pockets in the upper North to escape the war, and after ceaseless massacres of Shias, Ahmadis, Hazaras, Zikris and progressive forces, have turned their guns towards Sikhs in cities such as Lahore, with incidents in Peshawer and Mardan.

Despite the eradication of nearly 2,000 militants, extremists killed a young Sikh trader in Peshawar, stabbed another in Mardan with two injured by gunfire.

At this stage, PM Sharif cannot be forgiven for his pursuit of a dialogue with criminals at a time when their net widened and killing sprees engulfed the nation, consigning Pakistan into an untouchable realm.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2761494/Pakistan-s-minorities-live-fear-terrorists-turn-guns-Sikhs.html#ixzz3Dl9aZ600

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PTI, PAT enjoy foreign support: JUI-F

Sep 19, 2014

KHUZDAR: Federal Minister for Postal Servi­ces Maulana Abdul Gha­fo­or Haideri has alleged that foreign forces are extending support to the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek in Islamabad because they want to destabilise Pakistan and take control of its nuclear assets.

“PTI chairman Imran Khan and PAT leader Allama Tahirul Qadri are promoting a culture which is not in consonance with Islamic teachings and Pakistani traditions,” said Maulana Haideri, who is also general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl.

He said it was regrettable that a Canadian citizen had been allowed to propagate his agenda and policy in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1132891/pti-pat-enjoy-foreign-support-jui-f

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IED blast kills three suspected militants in Bara

Sep 19, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least three suspected militants were killed on Friday in a remote-controlled blast in the Sipah area of Bara tehsil in Khyber tribal region.

The militants were from the outlawed Lashkar-i-Islam group and were travelling in their vehicle when they passed the area where they were hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted along a roadside, official sources told Dawn.

The vehicle was of LI commander Shams who was not present in it at the time of the explosion, sources said. They added that the vehicle was completely destroyed in the explosion and three militants were killed as a result.

The explosion comes weeks after former LI spokesman Zar Khan was gunned down by unknown assailants, also in Bara.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1132978/ied-blast-kills-three-suspected-militants-in-bara

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Police, security forces seize 250 kilos of explosives in Quetta

Sep 19, 2014

QUETTA: Security forces claimed to have foiled a major terror bid Thursday seizing 250 kilogram of explosives on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, a security official said.

A security official, who requested anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter, told Dawn.com that forces conducted a raid in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta and recovered explosives and other arms and ammunition.

He said explosives and other weapons were dumped into a valley and were recovered by forces following intelligence reports.

“No arrest was made,” he said, adding that raids were being conducted to apprehend the culprits behind dumping of explosive materials.

The security official revealed that explosives and weapons were being brought to carry out subversive activities in the city. He said that anti terrorist force and police personnel participated in the raid conducted on intelligence reports.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1132767/police-security-forces-seize-250-kilos-of-explosives-in-quetta

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Sit-ins have frustrated people: PM Nawaz Sharif

Sep 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that the sit-ins had frustrated people.

 The prime minister spoke to reporters and when asked how to deal with protesters in Islamabad, Mr Sharif replied to wait for his speech in Parliament.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to address the joint session of parliament later on Friday.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-160201-Sit-ins-have-frustrated-people:-PM-Nawaz-Sharif-

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Weapon-shaped pens becoming popular among Swat children

Sep 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Though the government has been trying to keep away the new generation from extremism, in the Swat valley pens resembling pistols, rocket launchers and knives are being sold to children without any check.

This was stated by a youth, Neelam Abrar, while speaking at a ‘National peace convention’ organised by a non- governmental organisation, Paiman, here on Thursday.

Ms Neelam, who is a college student in Saidu Sharif, added that she received training about the importance of peace in a workshop and then decided to promote awareness about it in her area.

“While visiting different parts of the valley I saw schoolchildren using toys which looked like weapons such as pistols, rocket launchers and knives,” she said.

“I approached a number of women and told them that such kinds of pens and toys can damage the personality of their children and make them violent.” Talking to Dawn, Ms Neelam said she also visited the government and private schools and observed that most of the students preferred using pencils and pens which looked like weapons.

“I saw children acting like the Taliban or the army personnel and talking about kidnapping and killing each other.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1132911/weapon-shaped-pens-becoming-popular-among-swat-children

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In a twist, lawyers close to Musharraf get top legal positions

Sep 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Even as the trial of former president and army chief retired General Pervez Musharraf drags on, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has raised many eyebrows by appointing two lawyers close to the former military ruler to top positions within the government’s legal team.

On the advice of the Prime Minister, President Mamnoon Hussain recently approved the appointments of Waqar Rana and Asim Mansoor Khan, to the positions of additional attorney general and deputy attorney general, respectively.

Mr Rana has been appointed to a grade 21 position, whereas Mr Khan’s slot is a grade 20 post.

The former represented Gen Musharraf in 2007, in the petition filed by former Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who stood deposed at the time.

He assisted lead counsel Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, who was the military ruler’s legal adviser.

Advocate Rana was also among the former president’s eight-member defence panel, but did not appear in the special court because he had been appointed ‘consultant’ to the attorney general of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1132944/in-a-twist-lawyers-close-to-musharraf-get-top-legal-positions

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Jirga launches fresh effort to break political impasse

Sep 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The political jirga of the opposition political parties formed to ease the negotiation course between the government and the protesting parties Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Thursday held a meeting to discuss the demands being put forth by the PTI and PAT.

The meeting was held at the residence of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Rehman Mailk to find a way out of the political crisis. It was attended by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, Liaqat Baloch, Rehman Malik, Hasil Bizinjo, Kalsoom Parveen and Ghazi Gulab Jamal. A delegation of PAT comprising Dr Raheeq Abbasi, Sahebzada Hamid Raza and Asad Abbas Naqwi met the political jirga. According to reports, the jirga has recommended the protesting parties end their “unjustified and uncalled for sit-ins”.

It has said that the prime minister should announce in parliament that he would resign if rigging in the last year’s general elections is proved. A judicial commission should be formed through an ordinance to probe alleged vote fraud in the last year’s general elections, the jirga has recommended. Other proposals suggest that the judicial omission should be bound to complete its findings within a specific time period. The commission should have powers to take aid of any official or expert. All the stakeholders would implement the recommendation of the judicial commission.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/19-Sep-2014/jirga-launches-fresh-effort-to-break-political-impasse

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‘King’s party’ behind PTV attack: Dr Tahirul Qadri

Sep 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri alleged Nawaz Sharif-led government for attacking the Pakistan Television (PTV) building a few days ago.

“The government itself conspired to attack PTV,” Qadri said. He accused that PML-N lawmaker Marvi Memon and PTV managing director were involved in the entire trespassing and encroaching of the PTV headquarters building.

Addressing his workers, the PAT chief accused the rulers of attacking the state-run TV. He alleged that employees of PTV were also involved in the attack.

“Why 2,000 policemen were removed from the PTV headquarter? Qadri questioned. He went on to ask who closed four closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) of PTV.

“An engineer who works at PTV has put off air transmission of the television,” Qadri said while talking about the engineer whose image was published by various newspapers to identify the attackers.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/19-Sep-2014/king-s-party-behind-ptv-attack-qadri

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Mideast

 

Nearly 40 Yemeni People Killed as Army Beefs Up Violence against Protesters

Sep 19, 2014

Yemeni troops stepped up their crackdown on anti-government protesters, killing nearly 40 people outside Sana'a.

Fighting raged between the army soldiers and Yemeni people in Shamlan, just North of the capital, where protesters have been camped for weeks, AFP reported.

"More than 38 people were killed and dozens more wounded," a security official said.

Thursday's deaths brought to 81 the number registered in three days of fighting.

Scores of Yemeni people were shot dead and several others wounded as soldiers opened fire on protesters as part of the government's plan to suppress the popular uprisings in the past two weeks.

Police used tear gas and water cannon against the protesters, who were camped along the road near the interior ministry.

The latest round of fighting comes as hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people from various tribes and faiths have been staging massive protests in Sanaa for the last several weeks to demand the dismissal of the government and the reversal of an earlier government decision to slash fuel subsidies.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930628000102

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Turkey ‘resolved’ to stop flow of ISIL militants

Sep 19, 2014

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Sept. 18 that Turkey is resolved to stop the flow of European extremists trying to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey has a no-entry list with 6,000 names and has already turned back some 1,000 people attempting to reach Syria or Iraq.

Speaking after a meeting with his German counterpart in Berlin, Çavuşoğlu said he was “saddened by unjustified accusations” that Turkey has failed to do it all could to prevent foreigners joining the militant group.

He said Turkey could only act if it receives tips from other countries and urged foreign governments to improve the exchange of information on would-be Jihadists.

“Turkey cannot fight this matter on its own. First and foremost, it needs information and intelligence sharing with our allies, like Germany, Europe and the United States,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-resolved-to-stop-flow-of-isil-militants-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71918&NewsCatID=510

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Turkey call for more information sharing on foreign Jihadists

Sep 19, 2014

BERLIN - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent Jihadists entering his country and traveling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants.

Thousands of foreign fighters from countries including Turkey, Britain, parts of Europe and the United States are believed to have joined the Islamist militants, many of them traveling over the Turkish border.

"Turkey cannot fight this matter on its own. First and foremost, it needs information and intelligence sharing with our allies, like Germany, Europe and the United States," Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with his German counterpart in Berlin.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Turkey-call-for-more-information-sharing-on-foreign-Jihadists-375771

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Turkey wavers over US plan to tackle IS

Sep 19, 2014

WHEN Washington takes its bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters into Syria, the most it can probably hope for from one of its closest allies in the region will be grudging consent.

Turkey, a NATO member with a big US airbase and long borders with both Iraq and Syria, has made clear that it is still unconvinced by US President Barack Obama’s plans to bomb Islamic State fighters in two of its neighbors.

While Washington won backing last week for a military coalition from 10 Arab nations – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states — Turkey attended the talks but did not sign up.

President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, architects of a foreign policy which envisages Sunni Muslim Turkey as a regional power, are reluctant to engage in action they fear could strengthen their enemy, Syrian President Bashar A-Assad, and exacerbate sectarian tensions in Iraq. “It’s a very complicated balancing act. Turkey is trying to satisfy its USpartner without extending full collaboration. They will come under intensifying pressure but will find it very difficult to block U.S. strategy,” said Fadi Hakura, Turkey analyst at the London-based think-tank Chatham House.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140919218665

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President Erdoğan attaches hew honor to top religious leader

Sep 19, 2014

The head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) was included in this week’s list of top names hosted by the president every Thursday, in a break with previous custom.

Diyanet President Mehmet Görmez visited President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sept. 18, after the status of the directorate was changed by the new government founded after the Aug. 10 elections, bringing the Diyanet under the direct subordination of the prime minister, daily Cumhuriyet reported on Sept. 19.

Erdoğan had tried in 2011 and 2012, when he was still prime minister, to improve the status of the Diyanet on the state protocol list from 47th to 10th, which is above the Cabinet ministers and the chief of the army. However, these changes were rejected by the by-then President Abdullah Gül, Cumhuriyet also reported.

Erdoğan also hosted Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel on Sept 18.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/president-erdogan-attaches-hew-honor-to-top-religious-leader.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71923&NewsCatID=338

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North America

 

‘Deeper Saudi-US ties can counter Mideast volatility’

Sep 19, 2014

A senior American diplomat has called for a deepening of ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States to counter the continuing volatility in the Middle East, and for further mutual economic benefit from the two nations' longstanding trade relations.

Joseph W. Westphal, US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said there was need to "shape the future of the Saudi-US relationship to further foster mutual understanding and trust."

Westphal was speaking at a high-profile reception hosted by the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) in his honor here on Wednesday. About 100 guests including top Saudi and American businessmen attended the event.

Tawfik Al-Rabiah, minister of commerce and industry, and Mohamed Al-Mady, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, who is also USSABC's co-chairman, were present. Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Arab News, and Basheer Al-Ghuraydh, USSABC secretary-general, also attended the reception.

In his address to the business community, Westphal said that the big issues — Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria’s civil war and active terror networks of extremist organizations — pose a threat to the region as a whole. "These issues are not yet resolved," said the envoy, while reiterating his desire to boost US ties with the Kingdom and the Middle East.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/632361

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US: Iran is welcome to participate in UN meeting on Iraq

Sep 19, 2014

NEW YORK --  Iran is welcome to sit in on a discussion at the United Nations on Friday on counter-terrorism efforts in Iraq, to be chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a senior Obama administration official said on Thursday night.

The official said that Islamic State was a topic of conversation on the sidelines of talks between the US and Iranian delegations in New York, which met for two days privately to negotiate over Iran's nuclear program.

The talks will widen over the weekend to include the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Asked whether they expect to participate, the official said the decision is for Iran to make.

So, too, is it the decision of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to meet with US President Barack Obama, while the two men are in New York. The official said Obama remains open to a meeting.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/US-open-to-Iran-participating-in-UN-meeting-on-Iraq-375811

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Syria's Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas: US

Sep 19, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of breaking the terms of a global pact on chemical weapons by unleashing chlorine gas this year.

"We believe there is evidence of Assad's use of chlorine, which when you use it -- despite it not being on the list -- it is prohibited under the Chemical Weapons Convention," Kerry told US lawmakers.

The United States also had "some questions about a couple of other items" which were being investigated "so he's in violation of the convention," Kerry added.

Washington was studying ways to hold Assad to account, after the world's chemical watchdog earlier this month confirmed the systematic use of chlorine as a weapon in war-torn Syria.

Assad's regime and the rebels fighting it have traded accusations of using chemical agents, including chlorine, in Syria's bloody uprising that began in March 2011.

Damascus promised to hand over all its chemical arms, and tonnes of chemical agents have been destroyed by international monitors.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111117/World/Region/Syrias-Assad-broke-chemical-arms-pact-with-chlorin.aspx

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Israel will 'make its own judgment' on Iran talks, US says

Sep 19, 2014

NEW YORK -- Israel will judge for itself the outcome of talks between Iran and world powers over its nuclear program, a senior US official said on Thursday, expressing cautious optimism after two days of bilateral talks with the Islamic Republic.

US officials traveled to New York "not optimistic" over the prospects of progress with Iran, the official said, adding that now, it is "clear that everyone has come here to go to work."

US President Barack Obama is committed to a nuclear deal that ensures Israel's security, the official said, acknowledging Israeli criticism of the progress thus far made.

"At the end of the day, Israel will have to make its own judgment about an agreement, as will every other country in the world," the official added. "And I understand that, but I also believe that the President of the United States will only sign off on an agreement that he believes is good for the world’s security, including Israel."

Two months remain before a self-imposed deadline, November 24, demands the parties agree on a comprehensive deal ending international concerns with Iran's nuclear program, extend the talks or walk away.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-will-make-its-own-judgement-on-Iran-deal-US-says-375807

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NYT reveals threats against Turkish reporter as pro-gov't media turn her into target

Sep 19, 2014

The New York Times revealed Sept. 19 that its reporter Ceylan Yeğinsu, who wrote a striking story on the recruitment efforts of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the heart of the Turkish capital Ankara earlier this week, has been receiving “messages that threaten her safety.”

After her report was published, Yeğinsu not only received strong reactions from officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but was also targeted by the pro-government media, with a number of newspapers publishing her picture on their front page in a bid to trigger public outrage.

The executive director of the New York Times, Dean Bacquet, expressed concern about Yeğinsu’s safety, adding that the American broadsheet acknowledged that the picture accompanying the story of Erdoğan with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu during Friday prayers was misleading.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nyt-reveals-threats-against-turkish-reporter-as-pro-govt-media-turn-her-into-target.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71919&NewsCatID=359

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Africa

 

Cameroonian Entire Football Team Accepts Islam in UAE

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sep 19, 2014

An entire football team of young Cameroonian football players have declared their conversion to Islam after spending two months at a football training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

A total of twenty-three players in their twenties who came as part of a program run by a football academy for poor, homeless and orphaned youngsters in Cameroon, openly read out their testimony of faith at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai.

Javeed Khateeb, senior religious adviser at IACAD, told The National, “It is amazing that at an age when most people just want to play and have fun, these young men were searching for faith and enlightenment.”

It was reported that the players and coaches decided to accept Islam for various reasons, including the peace they felt in the religion and the kindness of Muslims they came across during their stay in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/muslim-world/144503/cameroonian-football-team-accepts-islam-in-uae

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Boko Haram 'in charge of 25 towns' in NE Nigeria: bishop

Sep 19, 2014

Boko Haram militants are in charge of at least 25 towns and villages in northeast Nigeria, the region's Roman Catholic bishop has claimed, warning of a deteriorating security situation.

Bishop Oliver Dashe said 10 towns in Yobe state, the same number in Borno and five in Adawama had fallen to the rebels over the last month, as they seek to carve out a hardline Islamic state.

International assistance was now required to tackle the problem, he told the Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference in the southern city of Warri, Delta state, on Wednesday.

"As a nation we are almost losing this battle because it is spinning out of control," he added.

"The earlier we come together as Nigerians, forgetting our religious, ethnic, regional, cultural and ideological differences to face this menace the better for us."

Nigeria's government has denied losing territory to Boko Haram and the military has dismissed as "empty" the militants' claim last month that one captured town was part of an Islamic caliphate.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/111097/World/International/Boko-Haram-in-charge-of--towns-in-NE-Nigeria-bisho.aspx

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Morocco expands laws against militant seekers

19 September 2014

Morocco’s government has presented a new law criminalizing training with extremists with the intent to commit terrorist acts.

The law, which will go before parliament in October, seeks to stem the tide of Moroccans fighting with extremist groups in places like Syria, Iraq and, in previous years, Mali.

Those convicted of seeking out training camps will face five to 15 years in prison and fines of between $5,800 and $58,000, according to the draft law announced by the government late Thursday.

After Tunisians, Moroccans are the largest group from North Africa joining the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, with at least 1,200 fighting there.

Morocco has already announced the dismantling in the past year of dozens of recruitment networks aimed at sending Moroccans abroad to fight.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/19/Morocco-expands-laws-against-militant-seekers.html

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Muslims urged to shun ‘Open Mosque’ in Wynberg

Sep 19, 2014

Cape Town - The Muslim Judicial Council and over a hundred Islamic scholars have warned Muslims to stay away from the “Open Mosque” which opens for prayers in Wynberg on Friday.

The MJC issued a statement on Thursday night denouncing it. A special meeting was convened for 110 representatives of various mosques and institutions.

In a statement, the MJC said the unanimous conclusion was that the “Open Mosque” flouted the premises of Islam, and Cape Town Muslims should avoid it.

The statement, signed by MJC president Maulana Ihsaan Hendricks, said: “We therefore strongly advise our community to absolutely refrain from attending the so-called ‘Open Mosque’ based on their interpretation of aspects of Islam that clearly contradicts Qur’anic and Prophetic directives as well as centuries of Islamic scholarship.”

The “Open Mosque” has been founded by Wynberg-born, Oxford-based Muslim academic Dr Taj Hargey, who received death and bomb threats about the mosque earlier this week.

The United Ulema Council of SA urged its members to march against the mosque on Friday.

But on Thursday night, Hargey said the threatening phone calls had subsided, and he hoped for a calm and successful opening day.

Full report at:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/muslims-urged-to-shun-open-mosque-1.1753400#.VBwL25RdU4U

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Europe

 

ISIS-related arrests in US, Europe, Australia as intel warns of ‘gruesome’ attacks

Sep 19, 2014

The world is in the midst of a global crackdown on Islamic State and its ideas. European, American and Australian mass arrests were carried out amid frightening intelligence reports, as the US continues efforts at building an anti-IS coalition.

The effort to clamp down on any affiliation to the terrorist group has reached as far as France, the US, Spain and other countries – even the partially-recognized Kosovo.

Six potential recruits have been arrested in France, a judicial source said on Wednesday, with the number of French nationals traveling to sections of Syria and Iraq partly-controlled by the IS (formerly ISIS or ISIL) continuing to rise.

Two of the detained on Tuesday are minors, while another pair is a brother and sister; one other suspect is believed to be linked to Forsane Alizza (Knight of Pride), an organization calling for France to become an Islamic caliphate. It was banned in 2012.

As in the case with Britain and the United States, France worries its nationals will soon be returning with the training and determination to carry out terrorist attacks on home soil. The number of French having already gone off to fight and come back has risen to 930, according to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Full report at:

http://rt.com/news/188660-isis-islamic-global-crackdown/

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Prince William's Friend Becomes Third Briton to Appear In ISIS Propaganda Video

Sep 19 2014

A former companion of Prince William and Prince Harry was revealed yesterday as a British hostage being held in Syria by Jihadi fanatics.

Photojournalist John Cantlie is shown on the latest Islamic State propaganda video claiming he has been ‘abandoned’ by the Government and pleading with them to ‘negotiate’ with his captors.

The slickly-made video, which has Arabic subtitles, marks a significant change of tactics by IS, who have previously released barbaric footage of hostages, including Mr Haines, being executed in a desert.

Mr Cantlie – who had previously been kidnapped by another group in Syria and rescued only to return to the frontline, be captured by militants and sold to IS – appears dressed in an orange top and sitting at a wooden table against a black screen.

Calm but clearly speaking under orders on the 3min 21sec clip posted on YouTube, he admits he does not know his fate.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2760978/BREAKING-NEWS-British-hostage-appears-new-ISIS-propaganda-video-claiming-truth-terror-group.html#ixzz3Dl9m3fQG

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The Islamic State Are Monsters, Say UK Muslims

Sep 19 2014

More than 100 Muslim leaders have signed a statement to IS pleading for the release of British hostage Alan Henning and criticising the Jihadis as ‘monsters’ for their brutal murder of David Haines.

They warned the kidnappers that if they did not release Mr Henning they would be committing the ‘worst condemnable sin’ against Islam. The letter from imams, Muslim organisations and community leaders, published in yesterday’s Independent newspaper, pleads with those holding the Salford taxi driver to accept that he was on a mission of mercy to Syria to help innocent civilians.

It says that ‘acts of humanitarianism are an essential element of religious practice for all Muslims’ and that ‘senseless kidnapping, murder and now the despicable threats to Mr Henning... cannot be justified’ by the Koran. It adds: ‘We plead with those holding Alan Henning to see the errors of their ways.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2760978/BREAKING-NEWS-British-hostage-appears-new-ISIS-propaganda-video-claiming-truth-terror-group.html#ixzz3DlAF2YlO

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Ankara, Berlin should cooperate more against ISIL, German interior minister says

Sep 19, 2014

Germany’s Minister of Interior Thomas de Maiziere has said Ankara and Berlin are cooperating against the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while admitting that more intelligence sharing is needed.

“The Turkish government has recently taken a clear, tough stance against ISIL. I would like to stress that. Our cooperation to prevent radicals using Turkey as a transit country is good, but it should be even better,” de Maiziere told Hürriyet during a meeting with Muslim community leaders in Germany.

Zekeriya Altuğ, the foreign affairs manager of the Diyanet Turkish Islamic Union (DİTİB), and Aiman Mazyek, the head of Muslims’ Central Council (ZMD), were also present at the meeting.

“We need to share intelligence on the travel movements of Jihadists. This is very costly work. Intelligence agencies should cooperate on this issue. We talked about it during my visit,” de Maiziere added.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ankara-berlin-should-cooperate-more-against-isil-german-interior-minister-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71913&NewsCatID=510

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Russia says backs UN draft resolution on "terrorist fighters"

Sep 19, 2014

Moscow endorses a draft resolution on combatting foreign "terrorist fighters" proposed by Washington at the U.N. Security Council, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry official on Friday as saying.

"On the whole, it is acceptable for us in its current form," Ilya Rogachev, director of one of the ministry's departments, told Interfax.

The United States circulated a draft resolution that would demand countries "prevent and suppress" the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups like Islamic State.

Washington hopes the 15-member Security Council would approve it unanimously on Sept. 24.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Russia-says-backs-UN-draft-resolution-on-terrorist-fighters-375818

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French president rules out military action in Syria

Sep 19, 2014

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande ruled out carrying out any military action against Islamic State militants in Syria on Thursday, but said he had told Iraqi authorities France was ready to carry out air strikes against the militants there.

"I have decided to respond positively to the Iraqi authorities to provide air support," Hollande told a news conference. "We will not go beyond that. There will not be ground troops and we will only intervene in Iraq."

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/French-president-rules-out-military-action-in-Syria-375763

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France begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq

Sep 19, 2014

France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country.

"This morning at 9:40 (0740 GMT) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists," said a statement from President Francois Hollande's office on Friday shortly after the raids.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/france-begins-airstrikes-against-islamic-state-in-iraq/article6426541.ece

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Funding woes force UN to slash rations for 4 million of Syrians

Sep 19, 2014

The United Nations will have to slash food rations to four million Syrians by 40 percent in October due to a shortage of funds, despite better access to areas in need, a senior U.N. aid official has said.

John Ging, director of operations at the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said in an interview that the “break in the pipeline” means greater hunger as a fourth winter of the Syrian civil war sets in. A record 4.1 million people in Syria received rations in August as more convoys were able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the U.N.’s World Food Program (WFP) said this month.

“In October, WFP will be able to deliver 60 percent of what they have been delivering. In November it will be down to 40 percent,” Ging told Reuters in Geneva after attending an unannounced meeting on humanitarian aid to Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/funding-woes-force-un-to-slash-rations-for-4-million-of-syrians.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71902&NewsCatID=352

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South Asia

 

Taliban assassinate tribal elder in Jawzjan province

Sep 19 2014

Taliban militants assassinated a local tribal elder in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

Tribal elder Haji Yousuf was reportedly organizing anti-Taliban public uprising in Aqcha district.

Provincial police chief, Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said Haji Yousuf was assassinated by Taliban militants on Thursday afternoon.

He said a suspected militant was arrested in connection to the assassination of Haji Yousuf.

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

This comes as at least two members of the anti-Taliban publi uprising forces were killed along with a Taliban militant following a clash in Aqcha district around two weeks ago.

Jawzjan is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghanistan. However, the anti-government armed militants have increased insurgency activities in this province during the recent years.

http://www.khaama.com/taliban-assassinate-tribal-elder-in-jawzjan-province-6717

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17 killed, 35 others injured following road accident in Wardak

Sep 19 2014

At least 17 people were killed and 35 others were injured following a road accident on Kabul-Ghani highway late Thursday.

The incident took place in Nerkh district of Wardak province after a Toyota Corolla vehicle collided with a passenger bus.

The provincial government media office following a statement said the incident took place around 6:00 pm local time, leaving six passengers of the Corolla dead along with 11 others from the passenger bus.

The statement further added that two women were also among those killed following the incident and at least 20 people are in critical condition.

Kabul-Ghazni highway is one of the deadliest highways of Afghanistan where majority of the traffic incidents take place.

High speed and reckless driving and bad condition of the roads are said to be the main reasons behind deadly traffic incidents in Afghanistan.

This comes as at least 29 people were killed in various road accidents across the country last month.

http://www.khaama.com/17-killed-35-others-injured-following-road-accident-in-wardak-6718

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Maldives Human Rights Commission summoned to Supreme Court

Sep 19, 2014

Members of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) have been summoned to appear before the Supreme Court next week.

The summons closely follows the HRCM’s report for the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Universal Periodic Review, submitted earlier this week which criticised the court’s growing powers.

“Judicial system is controlled and influenced by the Supreme Court, weakening judicial powers vested in other superior courts and lower courts,” wrote the commision for the HRC’s examination of human rights in the Maldives.

Members of the commission have revealed that the summons, originally for today (September 18) has been delayed until September 22 due to the current absence of members from the capital, Malé.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/human-rights-commission-summoned-to-supreme-court-90175

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PM Sheikh Hasina: Verdict spoils Sayedee’s face

Sep 19, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee’s reputation as an Islamic preacher would exist no more following the Supreme Court’s final verdict.

Speaking at the end of the third session, the Leader of the House said Sayedee’s capital punishment, instead of imprisonment until death, would have made people happier.

She also said the constitution amendment act would protect the judiciary more, trashing the allegations that the government had made the judiciary accountable to the legislature for political reasons.

In her around 45-minute speech, the premier for the first time blamed the main opposition Jatiya Party.

Opposition Leader Rawshan Ershad had to endure some criticisms made against her husband, JaPa chief HM Ershad’s rule.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/sep/19/pm-verdict-spoils-sayedee%E2%80%99s-face#sthash.uZ4i7XqX.dpuf

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Southeast Asia

 

Catholic Church renews ‘Allah’ fight, seeks review of apex court decision

Sep 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — The Catholic Church is asking the Federal Court to reconsider its refusal to entertain the appeal against the Home Ministry ban on the use of “Allah” in its Herald newsletter, arguing that the apex court failed to consider key legal issues in its decision.

The application for review was submitted by the Catholic Church’s lawyer, Benjamin Dawson, this afternoon, national news agency Bernama reported.

According to Dawson, the Catholic Church is seeking a review of the decision that effectively bars “Allah” to non-Muslims, over three issues.

It contends that the Federal Court did not consider key constitutional questions raised in the appeal application and that the Home Ministry ban was predicated on theological reasons rather than administrative.

“The third ground is that the Herald's case is one of the most important constitutional cases to have come before our court, particularly where minority rights are concerned,” Dawson was quoted as saying in the Bernama report.

The lawyer also insisted that it was of public interest that the Federal Court hear the Catholic Church’s appeal.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/catholic-church-renews-allah-fight-seeks-review-of-apex-court-decision#sthash.dMA2aWOd.dpuf

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Adam Adli’s one-year jail term for sedition ‘excessive’, says Malaysian Bar

Sep 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 ― The Malaysian Bar today criticised as excessive the one year’s jail imposed on Adam Adli Abdul Halim for sedition, saying the student activist should have been fined at most.

Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong also pointed out that Adam's offending speech ― in which he allegedly called for the overthrow of the government through undemocratic means ― was not an incitement to violence, and that the student activist did not specify the so-called illegal methods.

“We say that a jail sentence of 12 months is excessive and disproportionate,” Leong told a press conference after the Malaysian Bar's extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on the Sedition Act 1948 here today.

“It should, at best, have been a fine,” the Bar Council chairman added.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/adam-adlis-one-year-jail-term-for-sedition-excessive-says-malaysian-bar#sthash.kEqNDauN.dpuf

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Four Foreigners Charged Under Indonesia’s Terror Laws

Sep 19, 2014

Jakarta. Four foreigners who were arrested in Central Sulawesi for alleged ties to an Indonesian terrorist network will be charged under anti-terrorism and immigration laws, Indonesia’s National Police say.

The four men, thought to be ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang in China, were arrested on Saturday along with three Indonesians and have been held since then for questioning at the police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok, south of Jakarta.

National Police Chief Gen. Sutarman told the Jakarta Globe on Friday that the terror suspects would be charged under anti-terrorism and immigration laws.

The suspects have been named as Abdul Basyit, 19; Ahmed Bozoglan, 28; Atlinci Bayram, 19; and Alphin Zubaidan , 27.

The group,  traveling on fake Turkish passports bought in Thailand, was arrested in Poso, Central Sulawesi, by the National Police’s anti-terror squad, Densus 88. The true nationalities of the suspects remains unknown.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/four-foreigners-charged-indonesias-terror-laws/

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Australia

 

'Kill Christians, slaughter their children': Thugs waving Islamic State flags threaten church-goers in Sydney

Sep 19 2014

Hoons shouted out threats to kill Christians and waved an Islamic State flag as they drove past a Maronite church and school in Sydney's west, terrifying members of the community.

NSW police are investigating the incident at the Our Lady of Lebanon church and the Maronite College of the Holy Family in Harris Park in Sydney's west on Tuesday.

It is alleged a youth in a passing red hatchback yelled out: 'We're going to kill all you Christians.'

The incident occurred two days before NSW and federal police raided a dozen homes in northwestern Sydney to foil an alleged plot to kidnap and behead a member of the public.

One man, Omarjan Azari, 22, has been charged with conspiracy to prepare for a terrorist attack and has been refused bail, and 15 others arrested are yet to be charged.

School principal Sister Margaret Ghosn told Daily Mail Australia the school had taken the threat seriously and had requested security from police.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2759536/Islamic-State-supporters-threaten-slaughter-children-Christian-church-goers.html#ixzz3DlARjTfS

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Australian PM warns of attacks on government

19 September 2014

Intelligence "chatter" has revealed that militants plan to attack Australian politicians and government buildings, the prime minister said on Friday, a day after hundreds of police carried out a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he had ordered security boosted at Parliament House in Canberra, amid mounting concerns over the possibility of attacks by Australians radicalized in Iraq or Syria.

More than 800 police were involved in the security operation in Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday, which authorities said had thwarted a plot by militants linked to the Islamic State group to behead a random member of the public.

"There are close links between Australians fighting with ISIS iin Syria and Iraq, and networks of support back here in Australia," Abbott told reporters, referring to the group otherwise known as Islamic State that has seized large stretches of territory in Syria and Iraq.

"The chatter involving Parliament House was chatter between Australians in Syria and Iraq and their supporters here in Australia."

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/09/19/Australian-PM-warns-of-militant-attacks-on-government.html

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Perspective ISIS plot in Australia raises questions

19 September 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.

Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by ISIS group supporters after raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.

ISIS has beheaded three Westerners in the Middle East in recent weeks, recording the brutal slayings to make propaganda videos that have attracted widespread condemnation.

Two of the 15 suspects detained by police were charged on Thursday, officials said. Nine others were freed before the day was over.

But police wouldn’t say how many remained in custody on Friday as the investigation continues.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott conceded it was difficult to safeguard the Australian population against such attacks.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/09/19/Perspective-ISIS-plot-in-Australia-raises-questions.html

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