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Iraq Oil Bonanza Reaps $1 Million A Day for Islamic State



New Age Islam News Bureau

12 Jul 2014


There is anecdotal evidence that ISIS militants, sweeping across Iraq, that child fighter are being recruited in Iraq’s sectarian war. (File photo: Reuters)

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Arab World

•  Iraq Oil Bonanza Reaps $1 Million A Day for Islamic State

•  Underage Fighters Drawn Into Iraq Sectarian War

•  1,000-strong Syrian rebel brigade defects to Islamic State

•  ISIS Seizes ‘Low Grade’ Uranium from Mosul University

•  Iraq Kurds Claim Oilfields As Bombings Kill 28

•  Iraq Forces and Allied Shiite Militias Executed 250 Sunni Prisoners in a Month

•  Kharijites behind anti-Saudi campaign

•  Sunnis sending their sons abroad as fear of sectarian killings escalates in Baghdad

•  KSA mobilizing support for Palestine stands at UN

•  Egypt urges world powers to help end Gaza bloodshed

•  Forum hosts first Iftar for non-Muslims in Dubai

•  Aleppo rebels caught between Islamic State and regime

•  Jordan's king warns of 'dangerous Israeli escalation' against Palestinians

 

Mideast

•  Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll reaches 121

•  Hamas taunts Israel with battle song in Hebrew

•  Netanyahu: World pressure won’t stop Gaza offensive

•  We will kidnap soldiers if you invade, Hamas warns Israel

•  Turkey and Palestine in talks for humanitarian aid for Gaza Strip

•  Hamas officials denounce 'criminal' Abbas as 'Likud member'

•  Liberman says Israel must 'go all the way and eradicate Hamas regime in Gaza'

•  Global jihad benefits from Gaza crisis

 

South Asia

•  Taliban Debate Merits of Islamic State’s Caliphate Announcement

•  64 Taliban militants killed in Afghan army operations

•  11 Afghan army soldiers martyred in IED attacks

•  Sri Lankan Muslim leader warns of radicalization after clashes

•  8 members of a single family killed in Kandahar explosion

•  Bangladesh Information Minister: India has accepted maritime verdict

 

Europe

•  New Caucasus Emirate Leader Takes Hard Line Stance against Suicide Bombing

•  Authorities in Dagestan Fail to Achieve Tangible Results in Combatting Extremism

•  British Imams warn against ‘corrupt, evil’ ISIS

•  Leaders condemn violence carried out in name of Islam

•  Infamous 'Chechen' Warlord in Syria Is Really From Georgia, Report Says

•  The al-Baghdadi doctrine: leading British Muslims offer their response

•  Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says Hamas 'won't be destroyed'

•  UN rights boss doubts legality of Israel's Gaza offensive

 

Pakistan

•  Taliban hideouts revealed as Pakistan army seizes militant redoubt

•  Current political system not working in Pakistan: Musharraf

•  3 Pak soldiers killed in Afghan militants’ attack

•  Three Pakistanis among five US Muslims marked for surveillance

•  Three killed in militant attack on Bajaur check post: sources

•  TTP-linked terrorists hiding in Diamer, says GB police chief

•  Security of policemen increased amidst ‘militant threats’

•  Startling facts about suicide bombers’ training den

 

India

•  Indian-American pleads guilty in Al-Qaeda sting operation

•  India non-committal on timeframe for foreign secretary-level India-Pak meeting

•  Every effort being made to rescue 39 more Indians in Iraq: Govt

•  Pakistan SC admits plea to trace Indian

 

Africa

•  Moroccan Royal Decree Forbids Political Activity for Imams

•  Hackers attack security-linked website in Sudan - media

•  2,000 Tunisians protest against Israel’s Gaza assault

•  Al-Shabaab seizes Kenyan ship, take hostages

 

North America

•  Civil rights group: More advocacy needed to stem anti-Muslim bigotry

•  US not co-ordinating any military mission for Iraq, says Chuck Hagel

•  Kerry mediates on second day of Afghan talks

•  Kerry to bang heads together in Iran nuclear talks

•  Taliban sympathiser posts pictures of smiling US captive

 

Southeast Asia

•  Isma accuses liberal Muslims of selling out Islam

•  McDonald’s Malaysia denies funding Zionists in Israel

•  Ibrahim Ali wants to ‘date’ Ambiga for the sake of national unity

•  SBY Speaks Out Against Israeli Air Strikes

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Iraq Oil Bonanza Reaps $1 Million A Day for Islamic State

Jul 12, 2014


Islamic State jihadists are raising as much as $1 million a day from the sale of crude oil recovered from conquered oilfields in Iraq that is then smuggled on to Turkey and Iran.

Oil industry experts believe the group formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis) is able to command $25 a barrel for crude its fighters are moving in tankers from the oil plains south of Mosul.

Middlemen based in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are able to turn a handsome profit on the supplies by selling its abroad for refining into the more valuable petroleum and diesel products.

The specialist Iraqi Oil Report said the centre of the $1million trade was the town of Tuz Khurmatu on the fringes of the Kurdish region. Traders there are buying convoys of tankers supplied by Islamic State.

Shwan Zulal, an Iraqi oil industry analyst, said the Islamic State was using its control of a 150-mile swath of territory to loot crude oil from some of Iraq’s prime oil assets.

The swift advance of Islamic State after last month’s conquest of Mosul gave it control over the path of the Kirkuk/Ceyhan oil pipeline, the country’s biggest, and the Baiji oil refinery, again the most important refinery in Iraq.

“In some ways it’s as easy for Isis as digging a hole and letting the oil run before siphoning it off into tankers for transportation and Baiji is a huge complex that it may not fully control but it can take supplies,” he said.

“The situation allows for Isis to do some shrewd business making money from crude sales in different parts of Iraq.”

The Islamic State has also claimed to have taken Syria’s Euphrates Oil Company fields in its grip. Analysts following the movement’s progress from an al-Qaeda offshoot into an increasingly confident territorial overlord believe oil is a key asset underpinning the spread of the Islamic State.

Hassan Hassan, a Gulf-based expert, reported that Islamic State had been able to reduce the price of petrol on the streets of Deir al-Zour by three-quarters after securing the loyalty of the rebel town’s militias last week.

Other reports have said Islamic State has spent tens of thousands installing massive diesel generators in conquered areas to provide its new subjects with electricity.

Iraq’s exports recently rose to almost 3 million barrels a day, just above the level before the 2003 invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Almost all the crude oil exported is pumped out of southern oilfields in the Shia dominated south of the country and has been unaffected by Islamic State advances.

But the capture of significant oil assets still represents a massive blow to Baghdad and swells the Islamic State coffers to by the loyalties of Sunnis in northern Iraq.

Jordan Perry, an Iraq analyst at Maplecroft risk analyst, said Islamic State was now well placed to emerge as a jihadist version of Hamas, which used community services and welfare programmes to take control of the Gaza strip.

“If as it seems Isis is earning a $1million a day from taking oil from the plains of northern Iraq and trucking it to where it can be sold that means that it has gained control of revenue streams to buy weapons, secure the support of militias and sheikhs who in return for money say they will have nothing to do with Baghdad,” he said. “The resources also give Islamic State to copy the strategy of Hamas in providing services, health and education through which they will become much more entrenched.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10962160/Iraq-oil-bonanza-reaps-1-million-a-day-for-Islamic-State.html

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Underage Fighters Drawn Into Iraq Sectarian War

 12 July 2014

The video on his phone shows the boy firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod through a hole in a crumbling building, his slender body shaking from the kickback.

"We were kind of nervous, not because we are cowards, because it was our first fight and we were still young," said the youth, a former teen soccer star from Baghdad.

He says he was 15 when an Iraqi Shi'ite militia first sent him to Iran for training by the Revolutionary Guards in hills outside of Tehran in March. He spent his 16th birthday four months ago in Syria fighting on the frontline near Damascus.

Now, he says he is back in Iraq fighting against Sunni insurgents.

"We got some military experience in Syria with raiding, and skills we learned in Syria help us in Samarra," he said, referring to a frontline Iraqi city where Shi'ite paramilitaries helped government forces halt an advance by Sunni militants.

No one knows for certain how many underage fighters are participating in Iraq's civil war. The official recruitment age for Iraq's army is 18. Shiite militia which fight alongside government force also say they do not recruit children.

But with Sunni insurgents sweeping across the country and thousands of Shiites answering a cleric's call to take up arms against them, there is anecdotal evidence that child fighters are being sucked into Iraq's sectarian war.

Witnesses say they have frequently seen adolescents among the Sunni fighters at checkpoints in the north.

The Shiite youth, who spoke to Reuters in Baghdad during what he described as a few days respite from the battlefield in Samarra to visit his family, says he was drawn to the war to save his fellow Shiites from the Islamic State, a Sunni group that says all Shiites are heretics who must repent or die.

His name is not being printed to protect his identity. Reuters was not able to see documents to verify his age, but if anything he looked even younger than 16. His parents declined to be interviewed.

The Badr Organisation, a Shiite group which the youth said recruited him, denies it fields underage fighters.

"We respect childhood because children are the promising future of Iraq," said Ali Al-Allaq, a senior member of the Badr Organisation. "We are the most prominent group in liberating areas so far, so some young people may be bragging that they are fighting for us. But that is not true."

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office said the government demanded that paramilitary groups refrain from recruiting children: "The government has been clear that volunteers should be of adult age and should all come under the command and control of Iraqi security forces."

‘Go, son, do your duty’

After his brief training in Iran earlier this year, the youth said he spent six weeks in the Damascus suburb of Melliha with a Shi'ite unit fighting against the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria. Nearly half of the 130 fighters in his contingent were wounded or killed there, he said, describing intense fighting on rooftops and alleyways.

He is not sure if he has killed anyone, but he watched one of his fellow militia fighters drill a bullet between the eyes of a Nusra Front militant who sneaked into the building where they were sleeping.

When he returned to Iraq, the Sunni group then known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant had launched its lightning advance from Syria across the north of Iraq. He went to Samarra to help halt the advance on Baghdad, with his family's blessing.

"Mum was happy. She said, 'Go, son, do your duty,'" he said.

At the front, he worked as a member of a patrol helping to round up Sunnis suspected of aiding the insurgents.

"I find Sunnis who collaborate with the Islamic State but pretend to be shepherds. I interrogate them then I hand them over to my commanders," he said.

He showed Reuters a video on his phone of him and a fellow fighter questioning two men wearing traditional robes sitting on the ground. He said they later turned the men over to his commander after finding messages on their mobile phones with coordinates of the militia's local checkpoints.

Outside Samarra there was a close call when Iraqi federal police backing his paramilitary unit fled mid-battle, leaving the fighters exposed. The youth said that showed why militia volunteers were so important: "We fight out of our belief, while police are there only for their salaries."

‘Surprised how young these guys were’

Two fighters from the Iran-trained Kata'ib Hezbollah and the Abu Fadl al-Abbas Brigades that have also sent thousands of volunteers to Syria told Reuters they attended training this month in Baghdad with boys turning 16 or 17.

"I was surprised how young these guys were," said a 19-year-old Kata'ib Hezbollah member, who asked for his name not to be used in order to speak freely. "They didn't know how to load a magazine or shoot their gun. I asked and they told me they were born in 1997 and 1998."

An 18-year-old fighter who joined the Abu Fadl al-Abbas Brigades said he attended training at the Taji military camp in northern Baghdad, a Defence Ministry-run training site. He said there were younger teenagers there, some of whom he believed would be sent to the battlefield with inadequate training.

"The younger guys don't know how to fight," he told Reuters by phone about the teenagers at his training camp.

‘Signing up all ages’

Iraq is a signatory to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which calls on governments to shield children younger than 15 from participating in combat. Reuters was not able to find evidence of fighters that young, although there was substantial evidence of fighters close to that age and below Iraq's official recruitment age of 18.

Although the government says it takes steps to keep underage fighters out of the fray, and the Badr Organization says that it does not accept them, at a neighborhood office one Badr recruiter said that in such urgent circumstances he was taking applications from volunteers of all ages.

Sifting through forms, he said he had collected about 7,000 applications to join the battle since Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric, issued a fatwa on June 13 calling on Shiites to mobilize.

"We are signing up all ages, even women. We don't reject anyone because these people came in response to Sistani's call," he said. Asked if he had come across fighters as young as 16, he said: "Yes, and also boys younger than that. Some are still in training, and some have already taken part in the fight."

The recruiter said Iraq was in no position to abide by rules banning the recruitment of child soldiers.

"In other countries, in normal circumstances, maybe you observe this international law because you are not in this state of war. But now the country is in danger and there is a fatwa, and this has become a religious duty."

Asked if he had sons and whether he would allow them to fight, the recruiter said: "They are young," he replied. "Three and ten years old. But I've already put down their names."

Across town, the Baghdad youth on his war leave discussed his time in combat in Syria and closer to home, scrolling through photos on his phone to older images of a happier time as a star on a youth soccer team who travelled for tournaments in Gulf countries.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/07/12/Underage-fighters-drawn-into-Iraq-sectarian-war.html

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1,000-strong Syrian rebel brigade defects to Islamic State

Jul 12, 2014

An entire 1,000-strong rebel brigade based in Syria’s Idlib province has reportedly defected to the Islamic State group, raising new questions as to whether other factions will rally behind the militant force that has swept through Iraq’s west.

The Dawud Brigade, which was based in Sarmin and fell under the umbrella of the anti-government Sham Army, arrived in the northeastern city of Raqqa last weekend, the main headquarters for the Islamic State (IS) – previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL).

The rebel group arrived in a convoy of over 100 vehicles, including 10 tanks seized from Syrian government forces, McClatchy reported quoting anti-government activists as saying on Tuesday. Syrian journalist Ammar Abu Shahin said that an increasingly complex relationship between anti-government rebel groups prompted Dawun Brigade’s leader, Hassan Abboud, to head to Raqqa.

“Frankly speaking, people in the countryside of Idlib are in a real panic about the advancement of the Islamic State,” said Shahin.

According to the journalist, who is familiar with the dynamics between pro-Western Syrian rebels and more radical Islamist elements, the decision by the brigade to formally align itself with the Islamic State was “only a change in uniform,” suggesting that groups already sympathetic could well identify themselves and also head for its Raqqa headquarters.

Meanwhile there have been reports on Monday that several rebel factions affiliated with the FSA have pledged allegiance to the IS in the border town of al-Bukamal in eastern Syria. Sources and eyewitnesses told Zaman Alwasl newspaper that brigades of Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa'im, and Aisha have joined the IS.

he reports of the defections come as the Obama administration ratchets up efforts to arm the Free Syrian Army. Last month the White House asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards the opposition fighters.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to develop more detailed plans to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, should Congress approve the requested funding.

Having already declared a “caliphate,” IS is said to be planning to fuse its controlled territories in Syria with those it has claimed in Iraq, eliminating the border and securing oil and gas interests in the process. The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has called on Muslims throughout the world to travel and join the Islamic caliphate.

Despite territorial gains in Syria, IS does not appear to have gained much support from Syrian citizens – just four percent of those recently polled believe the Islamic insurgents represent their interests.

The situation in Iraq, however, may be decisively different. There, the group has preyed upon the sectarian rift between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the country, and has been joined by seasoned members of the former Baath ruling party.

http://rt.com/news/171952-thousand-strong-defect-islamic-state/

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ISIS seizes ‘low grade’ uranium from Mosul University

NARAYAN LAKSHMAN

Jul 12, 2014

The militant outfit Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has seized nearly 40 kg of uranium compounds used for research purposes at Mosul University when it overran that city last month, and now that poses a risk, “in Iraq or abroad,” according to an Iraqi government letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” said Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim in a July 8, 2014 letter initially obtained by Reuters, adding that despite the limited amount believed to be in ISIS’ possession such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction”.

Terror groups with the requisite expertise could smuggle the material out of Iraq for this purpose, he added.

However a multiplicity of experts, including at the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency and unnamed U.S. government sources, suggested that the materials were not likely to be enriched uranium and “therefore would be difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon”.

Reports quoted U.S. officials familiar with security matters as saying that they were unaware of this development raising any alarm among U.S. authorities, while the IAEA clarified that the uranium was “low grade”, and does not pose “a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk”.

IAEA spokesperson Gill Tudor however said, “Any loss of regulatory control over nuclear and other radioactive materials is a cause for concern”.

News about Iraq’s letter to the U.N. comes a day after Iraqi officials confirmed that ISIS was also in control of a disused chemical weapons factory, sparking fears that they may have had access to the “remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with the deadly nerve agent sarin”, stored in that facility alongside numerous chemical warfare agents.

In that case as well, the Associated Press reported, the U.S. government “played down the threat from the takeover”, saying there were no intact chemical weapons and it would be “very difficult, if not impossible, to use the material for military purposes”.

However the IHS Jane’s think tank noted that the Al-Muthanna Chemical Weapons Plant was sealed by the U.N. Special Commission in 1994 as it was too difficult to clear at that time, and “decontamination and clean-up has been put off due to the severity of the risks involved”.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/isis-seizes-low-grade-uranium-from-mosul-university/article6201480.ece

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Iraq Kurds Claim Oilfields As Bombings Kill 28

Jul 12, 2014

Iraq's Kurdish region claimed disputed northern oilfields in another blow to efforts to forge a united front against a jihadist-led onslaught, as twin bombings killed 28 people.

The escalating row between Baghdad and the Kurds and the blasts in disputed Kirkuk province, which killed mostly refugees from fighting elsewhere, came just two days before a planned parliamentary session to revive flagging efforts to form a new government.

With political disputes deepening and militants on the attack, the US embassy in Baghdad issued a sharp rebuke to Iraqi politicians, saying any additional delays or escalation would only play into the insurgents' hands.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/106044/World/Region/Iraq-Kurds-claim-oilfields-as-bombings-kill-.aspx

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Iraq Forces and Allied Shiite Militias Executed 250 Sunni Prisoners

Jul 12, 2014

Iraq's security forces and allied Shiite militias executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

“Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners... since June 9,” the watchdog said in a statement.

“The mass extrajudicial killings may be evidence of war crimes or crimes against humanity,” the New York-based HRW said.

It said the killings appeared to have been carried out in revenge for the onslaught led by what was still known last month as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

‘Outrageous violation’

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/11/Watchdog-Iraq-forces-executed-250-Sunni-prisoners.html

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Kharijites behind anti-Saudi campaign

July 12, 2014

RIYADH — Member of the Senior Scholars Commission and Ifta Council, Sheikh Saleh Al-Fozan, said the Kharijites (a general term used to describe radical Muslims who reject official authority) are behind the malicious campaign against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He explained that the Kharijites are intolerant of anyone who does not agree with their views and they also approve of fighting among Muslims. He noted that such campaigns have long been carried out against the Kingdom, but the Kharijites only inflict harm on themselves. Al-Fozan called upon the Muslim youth to learn true Islamic teachings to understand the difference between correct and devious beliefs. He stressed that young Muslims should follow their Ulema (scholars) to avoid falling victim to such beliefs.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140712211317

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Sunnis sending their sons abroad as fear of sectarian killings escalates in Baghdad

BY HANNAH ALLAM, MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU

Jul 12, 2014

BAGHDAD -- Abu Saleh already sent one son to Turkey, and he prays that another makes it out before the inevitable knock on the door from the Shiite Muslim militiamen who stalk the neighborhood alongside Iraqi security forces, menacing the few Sunni families that remain.

The gunmen’s latest demand is for drivers to register their vehicles at local checkpoints, ostensibly to keep car bombs out of this district of New Baghdad. But Abu Saleh said the real reason is so that the militiamen can identify local Sunnis from their names and tribal affiliations.

That makes his son, with the traditional Sunni name of Omar, a target _ until the moment he joins the exodus of young men who are fleeing to neighboring countries, their parents determined not to lose another generation to Baghdad’s latest round of sectarian warfare.

“I worry, worry, worry, 24 hours a day,” said Abu Saleh, who, like nearly everyone interviewed about the sectarian tensions, asked that his full name be withheld for fear of retaliation. “It’s better for him to leave than to stay here and get killed. His mother cries every day.”

Full report at:

http://dailymail.org.uk/news/1521461/Sunnis-sending-their-sons-abroad-as-fear-of-sectarian-killings-escalates-in-Baghdad.html#.U8A5FpRdU4U

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KSA mobilizing support for Palestine stand at UN

Jul 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia is coordinating its efforts with representatives of Islamic and Arab states and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as well as other bodies to support the Palestinian delegation’s stand at the UN, which calls for an end to Israeli attacks on civilians in Gaza.

Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s representative to the UN, stated that the Kingdom was taking steps to calm the situation, but the international community should force Israel to stop this aggression.

“The Kingdom backs the efforts of the Palestinian government, and it will support them if they decide to go to Geneva, and will continue to support them in the UN and the Security Council,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/600636

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Egypt urges world powers to help end Gaza bloodshed

Jul 12, 2014

Egypt on Friday condemned Israel's "irresponsible" escalation in Gaza, urging the international community to swiftly intervene as Israeli airstrikes continued for a fourth day.

Egypt's foreign ministry said Cairo rejected Israel's excess use of military force and the collective punishment policy it is adopting against the Palestinians.

At least 90 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed, and more than 600 injured, since the beginning of the Israeli campaign in the coastal enclave on Tuesday, according to Palestine's health ministry figures.

Israel argues that the military action is a response to hundreds of rockets fired at Israel from Gaza, and that Hamas must stop rocket fire in order for a truce to be considered.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/105973/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-urges-world-powers-to-help-end-Gaza-bloodshe.aspx

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Forum hosts first Iftar for non-Muslims in Dubai

Staff Reporter / 12 July 2014

The Iftar enabled guests to get a closer look at Islam and familiarise themselves with the rituals of the holy month.

The ongoing Ramadan Forum in Dubai is offering a unique opportunity for members of various religious faiths to join the festivities of the holy month by organising exclusive Iftar meals for them.

Scores of residents and visitors attended the first free Iftar meal hosted for non-Muslims at Al Multaqa Hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday evening. The Iftar enabled guests to get a closer look at Islam and familiarise themselves with the rituals of the holy month.

At the Iftar, Arshad Khan, supervisor for Non-Arabic Programmes Committee for the Ramadan Forum, gave a brief presentation where he introduced the meaning of Islam as well as its basic beliefs and practices, while seeking to clear common misconceptions pertaining to the religion.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/ramadannews/2014/July/ramadannews_July84.xml&section=ramadannews

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Aleppo rebels caught between Islamic State and regime

Jul 12, 2014

ALEPPO, Syria — “I have to be honest. It is not looking good,” Aleppan Liwa al-Tawhid commander Abu Hammoud told Al-Monitor when asked about the rebels’ preparedness for assaults on Aleppo by the Syrian regime and the Islamic State group (IS, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham).

“Our fear now is without reinforcements and more weapons we will lose Aleppo [city] to the regime, and the [countryside] to the Islamic State,” he added.

Like a helpless lamb fought over by wolves, Aleppo is the major prize of north Syria, and any side that manages to capture the former industrial hub will almost certainly guarantee eventual victory in this long and bloody conflict. The regime and the opposition know this well, as does IS, which also has its eyes on the prize as it plots to expand the territory of its new caliphate and diversify it economically, bolstering it with large population centers. IS has been in Aleppo before and had a fleeting, tantalizing taste of what lucrative gains can be made by controlling it.

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/aleppo-rebels-islamic-state-syria-regime-annihilation.html#ixzz37CAcclZ2

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Jordan's king warns of 'dangerous Israeli escalation' against Palestinians

Jul 12, 2014

VIENNA -- Jordan's King Abdullah II fears Israel's military operation against Hamas in Gaza will compromise efforts to achieve a two-state solution, and will further entrench the plight of Palestinians, he told US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday in Washington.

Referring to the crisis in Gaza as a "dangerous Israeli escalation," the Jordanian monarch asserted that developments over recent days "would increase the suffering of the Palestinian people and foil attempts to resume peace talks between Palestinians and the Israelis."

Israel's Operation Protective Edge, now in its fourth day, has featured over 1,000 Israel Air Force strikes on the coastal Gaza Strip. Hamas and other Islamist groups in the strip have fired 500 rockets from the territory since its initiation on July 8, and several hundred more in the three weeks prior to the beginning of the Israeli campaign.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Jordans-king-warns-of-dangerous-Israeli-escalation-against-Palestinians-362454

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Mideast

 

Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll reaches 121

Jul 12, 2014

GAZA CITY: Sixteen Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip early Saturday, bringing the toll on the fifth day of violence to 121, with more than 920 wounded, medics said.

Hamas said Israel for the first time also hit a pair of mosques in its offensive. It hopes the incident will galvanize support in the Muslim world.

“The bombing of two mosques in Gaza overnight shows how barbaric this enemy is and how much is it hostile to Islam,” said Husam Badran,  Hamas spokesman in Doha, Qatar. “This terrorism gives us the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier.“

The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying it concealed rockets right next to another religious site and civilian homes.

The latest strike killed three in the eastern Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1118783/israel-strikes-gaza-mosque-as-death-toll-reaches-121

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Hamas taunts Israel with battle song in Hebrew

12 July 2014

Hamas has posted a Hebrew version of one of its battle songs in the latest act of psychological warfare accompanying the physical conflict with Israel.

The original Arabic version of “Shake Israel’s Security” has long been a popular anthem of the Islamist movement’s military wing, the Ezz Al Deen Al Qassam Brigades.

Now the Hebrew translation is on the brigades’ YouTube site, proclaiming to a dramatic orchestral accompaniment: “Wipe out all the Zionists...burn soldiers and their bases.”

“Exterminate the cockroach nest, expel all the Zionists,” it exhorts.

Israel and Hamas have since Tuesday been locked in a spiralling war across the border between southern Israel and the Gaza Strip, where Hamas has its power base.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/12/Hamas-taunts-Israel-with-battle-song-in-Hebrew.html

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Netanyahu: World pressure won’t stop Gaza offensive

Jul 12, 2014

JERUSALEM: Israel’s prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death toll from the 4-day-old conflict rose above 100.

Addressing a news conference, Netanyahu brushed off a question about possible cease-fire efforts, signaling there was no end in sight to the operation.

“I will end it when our goals are realized. And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet,” Netanyahu said.

Israel launched the offensive on Tuesday in response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Gaza. At least 103 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, have been killed, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. Palestinian militants have fired more than 600 rockets at Israel.

Full report at:

Associated Press writer Najib Jobain in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, contributed to this report.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/600236

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We will kidnap soldiers if you invade, Hamas warns Israel

Jul 12, 2014

Hamas leaders issued a blunt warning to Israel against invading the Gaza Strip on Friday by promising that it would exploit any ground incursion to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

The threat came as Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, pondered sending thousands of troops into the tiny coastal enclave after days of aerial and naval bombardment in which more than 100 people have been killed and 340 Palestinian houses have been destroyed.

About 33,000 Israeli reservists have been mobilised and are poised near the Gaza frontier in southern Israel with tanks and artillery for an invasion order that could signal an even bloodier phase of the conflict.

Navi Pillay, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, criticised Israel’s practice of targeting houses used by known militants, saying it contravened international law – in contrast to Israeli claims – and had displaced 2,000 people. Mr Netanyahu issued a stern riposte, saying international condemnation would not deter Israel from “striking the terrorists who are attacking us”.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10963252/We-will-kidnap-soldiers-if-you-invade-Hamas-warns-Israel.html

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Turkey and Palestine in talks for humanitarian aid for Gaza Strip

Jul 12, 2014

The Turkish government and Palestinian authorities are in talks for providing humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip as Israeli jets continue to pound the enclave.

Parties discuss ways to deliver aid through either Egypt or Israel, officials told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will pay a visit to Turkey on July 18 and meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as part of efforts to raise awareness in the international community over the Israeli assault on his people.

The Turkish government confirmed readiness to provide urgent medical and food aid to Gaza Strip, according to officials from Palestinian Embassy in Ankara. The embassy and Turkish officials are currently coordinating their efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip as soon as possible.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-and-palestine-in-talks-for-humanitarian-aid-for-gaza-strip.aspx?pageID=238&nID=69006&NewsCatID=510

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Hamas officials denounce 'criminal' Abbas as 'Likud member'

Jul 12, 2014

Hamas officials assailed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his criticism of the persistent rocket attacks on Israel, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

Leaders of the Islamist movement which rules Gaza said that Abbas, who heads the rival Fatah faction, was “aiding the enemy” by making his statement. Hamas accused the PA chief of “acting as a third party” while branding him “a criminal” and “a Likud member.”

In an interview with Lebanese television network Al-Ma’ayadin, Abbas said that Hamas’ demands for a ceasefire were unnecessary, and that both sides needed to halt hostilities immediately.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Hamas-officials-denounce-criminal-Abbas-as-Likud-member-362465

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Liberman says Israel must 'go all the way and eradicate Hamas regime in Gaza'

Jul 12, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called on the government to “go all the way” and “eradicate the Hamas regime in Gaza.”

In an interview with Channel 2 on Friday, Liberman laid out a more ambitious goal for Israel than that mentioned hours earlier by his boss, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who spoke of continuing the operation until “quiet was restored.”

Liberman, who has called on the government to reconquer Gaza in the past, said that the goal “was not to re-establish Jewish settlement there” but to remove the threat of Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli towns.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Netanyahu-IDF-offensive-in-Gaza-to-continue-until-quiet-is-restored-in-south-362434

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Global jihad benefits from Gaza crisis

Jul 12, 2014

There is one big winner from the latest Gaza war — the global jihad. The televised imagery of war, violence and casualties fuels recruitment for al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS) and other jihadist movements.

The Palestinian ideologue of the modern global jihad, Abdallah Azzam, author of "The Defense Of Muslim Lands," argued that all jihads against Islam's enemies, like the 1980s war against Russia in Afghanistan he fought in, were the necessary preliminary for the ultimate battle to destroy Israel. Azzam was Osama bin Laden's first partner in jihad and has aptly been labeled by a former head of the Mossad as "the godfather of jihadism." Azzam put Israel at the center of the jihad's narrative and ideology, where it remains today.

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/gaza-global-jihad.html#ixzz37CBDxYlb

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South Asia

 

Taliban Debate Merits of Islamic State’s Caliphate Announcement

Jul 12, 2014

WAZIRISTAN: The Afghan Taliban have urged Muslims to avoid extremism and remain united, a message apparently aimed at the Islamic State (ISIL), which recently declared an Islamic caliphate in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

The Arabic message posted on the Afghan Taliban’s website on Thursday and translated by SITE intelligence group, addressed fighters in Iraq and Syria whose announcement of a caliphate last month poses a direct challenge to al Qaeda’s dominance of global militancy. “It is worthy for a Shura (consultation) council to be formed from the leaders of all the Jihadi factions and the distinguished people among the experts and the scholars in Sham (Syria) in order to solve their conflicts,” the message said.

“Muslims also should avoid extremism in religion, and judging others without evidence, and distrusting one another,” it said. “They should avoid conflict and dispute, and not think their opinions are better than others. Mercy and compassion should prevail.” On June 29, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant announced that it had renamed itself Islamic State and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “Caliph” - the head of the state. The group had fallen out with al Qaeda over its expansion into Syria, where it has carried out beheadings, crucifixions, and mass executions.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/12-Jul-2014/taliban-debate-merits-of-islamic-state-s-caliphate-announcement

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64 Taliban militants killed in Afghan army operations

Jul 12 2014

At least 64 Taliban militants were killed following military operations by Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers.

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) said Saturday that the militants were killed during the past 48 hours.

According to a statement released by MoD, the operations were conducted in Kunar, Nuristan, Kbaul, Ghor, Helmand and Kunduz provinces.

The statement further added that ten foreign militants were also among those killed during the operations and several others were injured.

At least seven militant were also injured during the operations, the statement by MoD said, adding that various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives were confiscated by Afghan army soldiers.

MoD also added that Afghan soldiers discovered and seized 100 kg of explosives along with 178 various types of improvised explosvie device (IED) and landmines during the operations.

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

http://www.khaama.com/64-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-army-operations-8302

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 11 Afghan army soldiers martyred in IED attacks

Jul 12 2014

At least eleven Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

The ministry of defense of Afghanistan (MoD) said the soldiers were martyred in separate IED attacks during the past 48 hours.

The exact locations of the incidents were not disclosed by the ministry of defense.

The Taliban militants group and other insurgents frequently use improvised explosive deivce (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces.

According to security officials, the Afghan army deaths stands at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

There have been a considerable increase in Afghan forces casualties after taking security lead across the country from the coalition security forces.

http://www.khaama.com/11-afghan-army-soldiers-martyred-in-ied-attacks-8300

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Sri Lankan Muslim leader warns of radicalization after clashes

Jul 12, 2014

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Muslim minority could become radicalized and turn to foreign Islamic groups for support because of violent attacks on them by Buddhist hardliners, the island nation's main Muslim leader and justice minister said on Friday.

Last month, at least three people were killed and 75 seriously injured in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in two southern Sri Lankan coastal towns best known as tourist draws, with Muslim homes set ablaze.

Increasing violence over the past two years against Muslims, who make up about 10 percent of Sri Lanka's population, mirror events in Myanmar, which has also seen a surge of attacks by members of its majority Buddhist community against Muslims.

Full report at:

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-sri-lankan-muslim-leader-warns-of-radicalization-after-clashes-2014-11#ixzz37BlF88NY

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8 members of a single family killed in Kandahar explosion

Jul 12, 2014

At least eight civilians belonging to a single family were killed following an explosion in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place early Saturday in Panjwai district after a civilian vehicle struck with an improvised explosive device (IED).

The officials further added that women and children were also among those killed following the blast and two children were injured.

Panjwai district chief, Fazal Ahmad Ishaqzai said preliminary investigations shows that the victims of the incident were members of a single family.

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

Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces which normally leads to civilian casualties.

http://www.khaama.com/8-members-of-a-single-family-killed-in-kandahar-explosion-8301

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Bangladesh Information Minister: India has accepted maritime verdict

Jul 12, 2014

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu has said India has accepted the verdict in the maritime delimitation case between Dhaka and New Delhi.

He said: “The court awarded Bangladesh 19,467 square kilometres of area out of the total disputed area of 25,602 sq-km in the Bay of Bengal delimitation case. The verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration had gone in favour of Bangladesh. But, India has accepted it.”

“We have got what we deserved.”

The minister made the observation while talking to journalists before attending a discussion at Bheramara Upazila Parishad auditorium in Kushtia on Saturday morning.

Regarding the BNP's remarks over the issue, he said: “We will consider Khaleda Zia's advise over the issue. She can place her opinion on how to review the verdict.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/jul/12/inu-india-has-accepted-maritime-verdict#sthash.dBjo6MI9.dpuf

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Europe

 

New Caucasus Emirate Leader Takes Hard Line Stance Against Suicide Bombing

Jul 12, 2014

Last month, the newly appointed leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Abu Muhammad, explained why Muslims should not support the head of the al-Qaeda breakaway group—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—but instead provide support to al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri (Izlesene.com, June 23). The leader of the North Caucasus militants has now put forward a new set of initiatives.

Abu Muhammad’s latest statement, which was made in a video posted online on July 2, concerns the strategy and tactics of the North Caucasus insurgency. It deserves serious attention, because it defines the actions the region’s militants will take in the near future. In the newly released video, the emir of the Caucasus Emirate responded to questions asked by members of the insurgency (Izlesene.com, July 02).

Full report at:

The Jamestown Foundation's

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Authorities in Dagestan Fail to Achieve Tangible Results in Combatting Extremism

 Jul 12, 2014

For the past 15 years, bloodshed has been commonplace in the North Caucasus and illegal actions by the regional authorities have not been considered criminal. And during that whole period, regional officials have found ways to use official statistics to cast the situation there in a favorable light.

In the latest example in the game of twisting numbers, the government recently supplied figures related to the fight against the region’s Islamist insurgency for the last 10 years, even though the conflict dates back to the fall of 1999. According to Sergei Chenchik, head of the Russian interior ministry’s main directorate in the North Caucasus federal district, over 4,000 terrorism-related events took place in the district in the period from 2004 to 2013. Over 600 terrorist acts were carried out, 3,025 militants were killed and 6,655 militants and their accomplices were arrested and another 1,318 people surrendered to the authorities voluntarily during this period. A police official gave these figures at the interagency forum on countering the ideology of extremism and terrorism in the North Caucasus, which was held in Makhachkala on July 2(md-gazeta.ru, July 02).

Full report at:

The Jamestown Foundation's

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British Imams warn against ‘corrupt, evil’ ISIS

Jul 12, 2014

Leading British Muslim preachers have strongly condemned the Islamist militant group ISIS in an online video published this week aimed at deterring young British Muslims from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Their denunciation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its self-proclaimed "caliphate" is considered to be the highest-profile kickback thus far from Muslim leaders in Britain to the extremist Islamist group that has taken control of large swathes of Northern and Western Iraq and Eastern Syria.

The British Imams appearing in the video described ISIS insurgents as “corrupt, evil, viscous cowboys and terrorists.”

They said their film aims to counter the digital-media campaign that ISIS and other extremist groups have started in an attempt to lure foreign fighters to its new “caliphate.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/07/12/5-British-Imams-condemn-ISIS-in-highest-terms-via-online-video.html

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Leaders condemn violence carried out in name of Islam

Jul 12, 2014

MUSLIM leaders in Britain have condemned the ­extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), expressing their "grave concern" at continued violence in its name.

Representatives from both the Sunni and Shia groups in the UK met at the Palace of Westminster and relayed their message that the militant group does not represent the majority of Muslims.

Maulana Shahid Raza, of Leicester Central Mosque told Sky News: "ISIS does not represent the main Sunni Muslims' ideology.

"They are involved in acts of terror and violence, they are involved in ­destructing and demolishing the Muslim shrines ... we condemn it."

Full report at:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/wider-political-news/leaders-condemn-violence-carried-out-in-name-of-islam.24726264

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Infamous 'Chechen' Warlord in Syria Is Really From Georgia, Report Says

Jul 12, 2014

An infamous jihadist warlord fighting in the Middle East and known as "Omar the Chechen" actually hails from the Christian nation of Georgia, a news report said Friday.

The red-bearded Omar al Shishani, which translates as Omar the Chechen, has become one of the most recognizable faces of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS — an al-Qaida splinter group that controls part of Iraqi and Syrian territory.

Yet the rebel fighter — identified as Tarkhan Batirashvili — does not hail from Chechnya at all, but the Pankisi Gorge in northern Georgia, the man who claims to be his father, Timur, told Sky News on Friday. The gorge was used as a base by Chechen Islamist militants during their 15-year-long standoff with Russia.

Full report at:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/infamous-chechen-warlord-in-syria-is-really-from-georgia-report-says/503311.html

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The al-Baghdadi doctrine: leading British Muslims offer their response

Jul 12, 2014

Sughra Ahmed, President of the Islamic Society of Britain

I’m afraid the assertion that someone in Syria can be ‘the leader’ of Muslims elsewhere, including British Muslims, is simply laughable. This is not a leadership that we asked for, nor met, nor did we engage in nominating it. So on what basis is this being claimed?

Furthermore, a variety of different Muslim scholars and groups have already asserted that this claim to lead the Muslims and to establish a so-called ‘Islamic State’ is absolutely bogus and without any basis.

If he really wants our advice, it would be to first, practice his religion and stop killing other Muslims for sectarian reasons. Secondly, to dismantle his group of mercenaries and subject himself to international laws.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-albaghdadi-doctrine-leading-british-muslims-offer-their-response-9595893.html

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Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says Hamas 'won't be destroyed'

Jul 12, 2014

As Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip aimed at halting Hamas-led rocket fire has killed 103 Palestinians and shows no sign of ending, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has claimed that Jerusalem cannot destroy Hamas.

Asked byYNetNews whether the Israeli the military should “go in Gaza and totally destroy Hamas”, the Middle East peace envoy replied: “You won't destroy Hamas as a political entity.”

He explained in Thursday’s interview that the organisation which rules the Gaza Strip would only become defunct if Palestinians in Gaza are given “some hope for the future.”

“What I do know is that [the destruction of Hamas] will only happen, if it happens, within the context of a way forward, particularly for the people of Gaza, that gives them some hope for the future. Because in the end a political movement like that has support on the ground, and you need to shift them and take away that support.”

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelgaza-crisis-former-uk-prime-minister-tony-blair-says-hamas-wont-be-destroyed-9601263.html

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UN rights boss doubts legality of Israel's Gaza offensive

Jul 12, 2014

The United Nations human rights chief on Friday voiced serious doubts that Israeli's military operation against Gaza complied with international law banning the targeting of civilians, and called on both sides to step back from the brink.

International law requires Israel to take all measures to ensure that its attacks are proportional, distinguish between military and civilian objects, and avoid civilian casualties, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.

"We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes. Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law," Pillay said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/106009/World/Region/UN-rights-boss-doubts-legality-of-Israels-Gaza-off.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Taliban hideouts revealed as Pakistan army seizes militant redoubt

Jul 12, 2014

MIRANSHAH: The Pakistani Taliban have abandoned their last key stronghold and booby traps and explosives littering their hideouts now present the main danger to the soldiers who control the territory, military officials say.

Instead of black-clad militants, uniformed men and the odd lone donkey wander the streets of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan Agency. A rare visit this week to Miranshah, organised by the military, showed how tightly the Taliban had held the frontier town in its grip. “It is a city waiting to blow up, that’s how much explosive there is here, in homes, in shops, buried under the ground,” said senior commander Brigadier Tahir Malik, standing outside one of 11 bomb making plants the army says it has seized. The explosives factory is piled high with hundreds of metal cylinders and other containers the militants used to make bombs.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/12-Jul-2014/taliban-hideouts-revealed-as-pakistan-army-seizes-militant-redoubt

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Current political system not working in Pakistan: Musharraf

July 12, 2014

ISLAMABAD-Former president General (R) Musharraf says the current political system isn’t helping the country out.

“People have tried and tested the PPP which failed to deliver and now PML-N isn’t faring any better,” he said in an interview.

Musharraf didn’t have much hope from Imran Khan either. He said that no matter how many elections you have in Pakistan “we will eventually end up having the same people getting elected.

Musharraf was shocked after hearing the news that Sri Lanka was taking away on-arrival visa facility from Pakistanis. He was shocked to hear that and said “ab ye time aa gaya hai kay Sri Lanka hamaray saath ye kar raha hai”.

He narrated an incident during their civil war when their soldiers were trapped somewhere near the Jaffna peninsula and were under attack from LTTE. Then President Chandrika Kumaratunga called General Musharraf for help and Pakistan was prompt to send as much help as possible in the form of arms, ammunition and technical expertise to help the Sri Lankan brothers.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/12-Jul-2014/current-political-system-not-working-in-pakistan-musharraf

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3 Pak soldiers killed in Afghan militants’ attack

Press Trust of India | Islamabad | July 12, 2014

Afghan militants on Saturday killed at least three Pakistani soldiers in a predawn cross-border raid on a border post in the troubled northwestern tribal region.

About 60 militants crossed over from Afghanistan and attacked the Pakistani army post in the Ghakhi area of the Bajur tribal region when the soldiers were having pre-dawn Ramadan meal before fasting.

A security official said the rebels came from Kunar province of Afghanistan.

“Two soldiers and a captain were killed in the attack,” he said.

Another solider and a civilian cook were also injured.

In retaliatory fire, the troops injured several attackers who escaped to Afghanistan after the gun battle.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/3-pak-soldiers-killed-in-afghan-militants-attack/

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Three Pakistanis among five US Muslims marked for surveillance

Jul 12, 2014

WASHINGTON: Three of the five American Muslims marked for surveillance are of Pakistan origin, community sources told Dawn.

Two of the three - Asim Ghafoor, Faisal Gill - are lawyers while the third, Agha Saeed, heads a Muslim think-tank. The US media reported on Wednesday that US intelligence agencies had spied on five Muslim activities inside the United States.

An online magazine, The Intercept, claimed receiving documents from Edward J. Snowden, identifying the five Muslims. Mr Snowden is a former employee of the US National Security Agency who later leaked thousands of security documents to the media in the United States and abroad.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1118721/three-pakistanis-among-five-us-muslims-marked-for-surveillance

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Three killed in militant attack on Bajaur checkpost: sources

Jul 12, 2014

PESHAWAR: Militants attacked a security checkpost along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Bajaur tribal agency early on Saturday, killing three security personnel including a captain, officials said.

Official sources say that militants from across the border in Kunar province of Afghanistan attacked the security check-post in Mamond area in the small hours of Saturday.

The attack also injured two other people, they said.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) have yet to officially confirm the attack or the casualties.

The Western part of Pakistan’s tribal areas, especially Mohmand and Bajaur agencies bordering Afghnaistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces, have faced cross-border militant attacks in the past.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1118780/three-killed-in-militant-attack-on-bajaur-checkpost-sources

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TTP-linked terrorists hiding in Diamer, says GB police chief

Jul 12, 2014

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan Inspector General of Police Mohammad Saleem Bhatti said on Friday that police had information that a group of terrorists linked to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan was present in Diamer district, and a search operation to arrest them had been intensified.

Talking to reporters at his office here, he said that the group had kept contacts with the TTP in South and North Waziristan Agencies. He informed that two members of the group had taken shelter in North Waziristan Agency.

Mr Bhatti said that Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts, Pak Army and police were jointly conducting search operation in Diamer.

He added that the law enforcement agencies have arrested important terrorists involved in killing of nine foreign tourists at Nanga Parbat, last year, massacre of Shia passengers at Karakoram Highway and attack on Dodishal police station.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1118746/ttp-linked-terrorists-hiding-in-diamer-says-gb-police-chief

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Security of policemen increased amidst ‘militant threats’

Jul 12, 2014

MUZAFFARGARH: Threats to police officials, who killed a suspected militant at Chowk Permit earlier this week, have alerted the department regarding security of its officials.

Talking to reporters on Friday, Sub-Inspector Ghulam Yaseen claimed he and his family had been threatened by militants and he had informed his high-ups about it. Yaseen and eight other cops had participated in an alleged encounter with an arrested suspect Saim and his accomplices after they managed to get him freed from police custody at Chowk Permit, Alipur tehsil. Saim had been arrested during a search operation in Green City, Alipur tehsil and two hand grenades recovered from him.

Last week, two other militants had been arrested in Alipur and police had recovered eight suicide vests and nine hand grenades from them.

Taking notice of threats, District Police Officer (DPO) Rai Zameerul Haq increased security at residences of police officials and hospitals where two injured cops were being treated. The DPO also ordered the police to beef up security across the city and other parts of the district, particularly around mosques during Taraveeh prayers.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1118762/security-of-policemen-increased-amidst-militant-threats

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Startling facts about suicide bombers’ training den

Jul 12, 2014

MIRAMSHAH: It was one of the many non-descript buildings around, located at the dead-end of a small street inside Serai Darpakhel. “Go straight and there is the door on the left”, we were told by a guard outside the street.

But even then it was hard to find the iron door, opposite a power transformer and a heavy generator to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

For the unsuspecting outsiders, there was nothing unusual about this place, except that it was known to all those who lived nearby. It was a facility to indoctrinate and train suicide bombers.

Step inside and there is a courtyard with big columns, mats spread out, bed rolling piled up in one corner. Nothing unusual. Stairs lead to the upper portion painted in light cream and brown colours.

Plastered on one of the walls is a white banner inscribed with kalma and beneath it ‘the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1118706/startling-facts-about-suicide-bombers-training-den

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India

 

Indian-American pleads guilty in Al-Qaeda sting operation

Agence-France Presse | Washington | July 12, 2014

A naturalised US citizen from India has pleaded guilty to providing material support to Al-Qaeda, its Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front and Shebab militants in Somalia after an FBI sting operation.

Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 31, had pleaded not guilty in August when he was indicted, but changed his plea when he made an appearance before US District Judge Ursula Ungaro in Miami yesterday.

He will be sentenced on October 24 and faces up to 15 years in prison.

Mohammed was one of two men nabbed in the operation that saw an undercover FBI agent use an Internet chatroom to pretend to help finance Al-Qaeda and other militant groups in Syria and East Africa.

His co-defendant Mohamed Hussein Said, from Kenya, was charged with Mohammed in a 15-count indictment of conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to the three terror groups. Said had served as an intermediary between Mohammed and the Shebab.

Mohammed was arrested in August in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, where he was living with his wife and daughter.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/indians-abroad/indian-american-pleads-guilty-in-al-qaeda-sting-operation/

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India non-committal on timeframe for foreign secretary-level India-Pak meeting

Jul 12, 2014

NEW DELHI: India on Friday remained non-committal on the timeframe for a meeting between its foreign secretary and her Pakistani counterpart, a day after Islamabad said they will meet soon.

Recalling foreign secretary Sujatha Singh's remarks following Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit here in May, the ministry of external affairs' spokesperson said they will talk first and then meet.

Singh had said the foreign secretaries will be in touch and that there are different ways to talk.

The spokesperson said both have diplomatic mission in each other's country and they are in touch "but if you are asking me if the foreign secretaries have talked, then my answer is let them talk first and then they will meet".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-non-committal-on-timeframe-for-foreign-secretary-level-India-Pak-meeting/articleshow/38219297.cms

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Every effort being made to rescue 39 more Indians in Iraq: Govt

Jul 12, 2014

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday said every possible effort "well beyond diplomatic possibilities" were being explored for the safe return of 39 Indians who are in the captivity of Sunni militants ISIS in conflict-hit Iraq.

"It is not a situation where normal diplomatic channels are available or possible to be used. We do understand the difficulties and the despair of the family and let me assure them every effort is being done. Every possible effort well beyond diplomatic possibilities are being explored," ministry of external affairs' spokesperson said.

He said the Indian mission in Baghdad has been in touch with the captive Indians through "interlocutors" and the information they got from them is that they are "unharmed" but remain in captivity.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Every-effort-well-beyond-diplomatic-possibilities-being-made-to-rescue-39-more-Indians-in-Iraq-Govt/articleshow/38218397.cms

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Pakistan SC admits plea to trace Indian

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Jul 12, 2014

AMRITSAR: The Pakistan supreme court has admitted a petition filed by All Maharashtra Human Rights Welfare Association (AMHRWA) to trace Hamid Ansari, an Indian who disappeared from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2012. However, no Pakistani lawyer has come forward to appear for the case, following which AMHRWA has sought help from the United Nations.

Talking to TOI, Hamid Ansari's mother Fauzia said, "My son is missing in Pakistan since November 2012 and this is the first good news I have heard, and I hope Pak authorities will trace my son."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-SC-admits-plea-to-trace-Indian/articleshow/38231127.cms

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Africa

 

Moroccan royal decree forbids political activity for imams

Jul 12, 2014

In a July 9 press conference, Morocco's minister of endowments and Islamic affairs, Ahmed al-Tawfiq, went over the last dahir [royal decree] prohibiting imams from engaging in any political and union activity.

The press conference, held at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs by the minister himself, explained the dahir on the organization of tasks and defined the situation of religious officers. This was an opportunity for him to go back over various issues raised by the national and international press about banning imams from any political and union activity.

Minister Tawfiq said, “The bans are not new, they are just to remind [people] of the practice.” According to him, the separation between religion and politics for imams is an urgent matter. He said, “We cannot have imams leading prayers and politically leading priors. I do not fear that religion is corrupted by politics, but that politics is. As for religion, we do not have to be afraid. It has enough experience and can adapt.”

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/culture/2014/07/morocco-royal-decree-imams-forbid-political-union-activity.html#ixzz37CAwDiyj

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Hackers attack security-linked website in Sudan - media

Jul 12, 2014

Hackers have attacked a Sudanese website close to the country's powerful security apparatus, AFP learned on Friday.

In a rare cyber-assault, the website of the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) was inaccessible and instead carried a message that "this website has been hacked by the Border Guards".

It included a link, www.sudaht.com, to a page for "Sudan Hack Team". Other than a photograph of riot policemen, the website had no further content and said a forum was under construction.

SMC carries articles about political and security events in Sudan, an impoverished country ravaged by war in the Darfur region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Sudanese journalists regularly complain of censorship by the country's National Intelligence and Security Service, which has also been accused of rights abuses.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_11/Hackers-attack-security-linked-website-in-Sudan-media-0229/

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2,000 Tunisians protest against Israel’s Gaza assault

12 July 2014

Some 2,000 people, mostly supporters of the main Islamist party, protested in Tunis Friday against Israel's military offensive in Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 lives in four days.

"The people want the liberation of Palestine," and "Forward Hamas, you fight for our honor," were among the slogans shouted by demonstrators, who waved Tunisian and Palestinian flags.

The green and white flag of Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls Gaza, was also visible.

Some protesters shouted slogans against Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom Islamists have vilified for crushing the Muslim Brotherhood and taking a back seat as Israel pounds Hamas.

"The world, with all its organizations and institutions, watches this odious crime without demanding whether it is more than just a cry of terror," said Nabil Boulifi, a civil servant attending the rally.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/07/12/2-000-Tunisians-protest-against-Israel-s-Gaza-assault.html

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Al-Shabaab seizes Kenyan ship, take hostages

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jul 12, 2014

Eleven sailors of different nationalities have reportedly been taken hostage by the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab after their Kenyan-owned ship was stranded at remote village on the Somali coast, according a maritime official and a local Somali clan elder.

"We had received a distress call from the ship on Thursday," Andrew Mwangura, the Secretary-General of the Seafarers Union of Kenya and a known negotiator between pirates and ship owners, told Anadolu Agency on Friday.

He said the ship, Kenyan-owned MV Jamila, had developed mechanical problems and was forced to dock at Meyraley village, which is about 100kms from Mogadishu port where it had unloaded goods.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/140535/al-shabaab-seizes-kenyan-ship-take-hostages

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North America

 

Civil rights group: More advocacy needed to stem anti-Muslim bigotry

The Associated Press

Jul 12, 2014

While Muslims have found greater mainstream acceptance in Metro Detroit and nationwide, more work is needed to address persistent discrimination and intolerance in workplaces, at school and elsewhere, a civil rights advocacy group said.

“America is a great place. We’ve come a long way as far as racism and bigotry, but we know that we have a long way to go and CAIR is dedicated to serving you, serving the Muslim community, and serving America in general in fighting this anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR-MI, to a crowd at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn on Wednesday.

“Because we know that … when Muslims have full access in the socio-political environment and when there’s less anti-Muslim bigotry, we know that this makes America as a whole a much better place.”

Full report at:

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140710/RELIGION/307100049#ixzz37BAbGWRs

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US not co-ordinating any military mission for Iraq, says Chuck Hagel

Press Trust of India | Washington | July 12, 2014

The US is not co-ordinating military exercises or missions with Iran or Russia to help Iraq in its fight against Islamic militants, but it is assisting the Iraqi security forces in the combat, a top American diplomat has said.

“We are aware of the Iranian and Russian efforts to help the Iraqis, but we are not involved in coordinating any missions,” Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel told reporters.

The United States, he said, is not co-ordinating military efforts or exercises or missions with Iran or Russia.

“What we are doing is assisting the Iraqi security forces, and that’s what we will continue to do,” he said.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/americas/us-not-co-ordinating-any-military-mission-for-iraq-says-chuck-hagel/

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Kerry mediates on second day of Afghan talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jul 12, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled to produce a deal by the end of Saturday to end Afghanistan's election crisis, meeting for the second day with the country's two presidential candidates and incumbent President Hamid Karzai.

The deadlock over the June 14 election run-off between the leading contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, has raised concerns in Washington about a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan just as U.S. troops are withdrawing.

Kerry and his aides met throughout the night, following talks on Friday with both Abdullah and Ghani, as well as with Karzai and U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis.

He met again with Abdullah and Ghani at the U.S. compound on Saturday and will meet Karzai at the presidential palace later.

A news conference is scheduled for Saturday afternoon before Kerry flies to Vienna for talks between world powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program.

Preliminary results from the runoff vote put Ghani, a former World Bank official, in the lead by almost one million votes. Abdullah rejected the result, claiming widespread fraud and calling the outcome a "coup" against the Afghan people.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/140542/kerry-mediates-on-second-day-of-afghan-talks

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Kerry to bang heads together in Iran nuclear talks

Jul 12, 2014

VIENNA: Britain and Germany’s foreign ministers will join US Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna this weekend to seek to bridge what Washington called “significant gaps” in ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, London and Berlin said Friday.

The negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, which last week entered the final straight, are aimed at forging a lasting deal with Iran meant to ease fears that the Islamic state might develop nuclear weapons. The deadline to get a deal is July 20, when an interim deal struck by foreign ministers in Geneva last November expires, although this can be extended if both sides agree.

Kerry “will gauge the extent of Iran’s willingness to commit to credible and verifiable steps that would back up its public statements about the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said in an emailed statement late Thursday. He “will see if progress can be made on the issues where significant gaps remain and assess Iran’s willingness to make a set of critical choices at the negotiating table” and then “make recommendations” to President Barack Obama on the next steps.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/region/12-Jul-2014/kerry-to-bang-heads-together-in-iran-nuclear-talks

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Taliban sympathiser posts pictures of smiling US captive

July 12, 2014

ISLAMABAD : US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years, appeared smiling alongside a commander from the militant Haqqani network in a photo posted on a Twitter account by a supporter of the Afghan Taliban.

On Friday, the Taliban confirmed the photo had been taken with them while Bergdahl was in captivity. “You would have noticed in the photo with Badruddin Haqqani, Bergdahl is looking physically very weak as it was the beginning when he was kidnapped by our lions,” said a Taliban commander, who asked not to be named.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the account that posted the photo was operated by a Taliban sympathiser who works in a university in Afghanistan.

“Its not our official Twitter but is operated by someone who seemed to be our supporter and sympathiser. We know he is teaching in a university in Afghanistan and is often using our photos on his Twitter,” Mujahid said by telephone.

The account posted the photo late on Wednesday along with others of Bergdahl, as well as gruesome images of a decapitation. It said Bergdahl had been treated with kindness in captivity.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/12-Jul-2014/taliban-sympathiser-posts-pictures-of-smiling-us-captive

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Southeast Asia

 

Isma accuses liberal Muslims of selling out Islam

Jul 12, 2014

A controversial Muslim group today accused liberal Muslims of selling out their religion by allying themselves with the Chinese, Christians and Muslims of other denominations.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) central committee member Mohd Hazizi Abdul Rahman said in a posting on the group's website that these liberal Muslims were deliberately ignoring provocative acts against Islam.

"The Chinese have been blatantly inciting hatred against the Malays while also insulting Islam repeatedly in various ways," Hazizi said.

He also said the Christian evangelists have been trying to justify using “Allah” in their publication, which is just an attempt to proselytise the Malays.

"The liberal Muslims have become a tool for foreign agendas controlled by groups which are combining fanatical ‘ultra kiasu’ and Jewish teachings.

"Not only are the liberal Muslims turning a blind eye on all these insults towards Islam, but they are in league with the Chinese and Christians."

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/isma-accuses-liberal-muslims-of-selling-out-islam#sthash.02LrfWiv.dpuf

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McDonald’s Malaysia denies funding Zionists in Israel

Jul 12, 2014

McDonald's Malaysia today denied channelling revenue from sales, profits or franchise fee from its restaurants to support any form of political campaigns, violence or oppression.

"There is no truth in the claims to the contrary," a statement issued by the fast food chain from the US on its website.

The statement was issued following postings on websites in the country saying that the top management of the company in the US was headed by Jack Greenberg, who allegedly is a Jew, and that the company was funding the Zionists in Israel.

The issue cropped up following the Israeli attack on Gaza since last Friday, which had so far killed more than 80 Palestinians.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mcdonalds-malaysia-denies-funding-zionists-in-israel-bernama#sthash.GBqLYol1.dpuf

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Ibrahim Ali wants to ‘date’ Ambiga for the sake of national unity

Jul 12, 2014

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali took a dig today at the newly formed Negara-Ku movement set up to fight racism and extremism, saying he wanted to "date" the group’s co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to exchange views in the interest of national integration.

"Where are the democracy and basic human rights that Ambiga champions? I hope one day, I am able to date Ambiga," said Ibrahim in a statement today.

He added he was willing to change his name to "Samyhim", if that was what it took to allow his right-wing Malay group to become a part of the Negara-Ku movement.

In turn, he suggested Ambiga change her name to "Aminah" to begin the process of national integration.

"I agree to change my name to Samyhim to fulfil the conditions needed for Perkasa to be accepted into Negara-Ku, led by Ambiga. Perkasa has a right to be heard because Perkasa is a legitimate body.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ibrahim-ali-wants-to-date-ambiga-for-the-sake-of-national-integration#sthash.vo4YALe6.dpuf

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 SBY Speaks Out Against Israeli Air Strikes

Jul 12, 2014

Jakarta. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday strongly condemned the air strikes launched by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip that have killed nearly 100 people since Tuesday.

Yudhoyono said at a cabinet meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta that he would call Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later on Friday to discuss what move the countries under the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) planned to take in response to the ongoing violence that has claimed mostly civilian lives.

“I will be communicating with the Iranian president in his capacity as the chairman of the NAM to discuss what the NAM countries can do to stop the violence,” Yudhoyono said.

He called the Israeli military’s action “too much,” and said that Indonesia would also call on the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to stop the air strikes.

“Besides condemning the overwhelmingly excessive military action, Indonesia has already made a diplomatic approach with the UN, the OIC and the NAM countries. The goal is to halt Israeli’s military actions,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/yudhoyono-speaks-out-against-israeli-air-strikes-gaza/

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