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Iraq’s Iran-Backed Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Militia ‘Congratulates’ Houthis On UAE Attack

New Age Islam News Bureau

19 January 2022

 

Lana Nusseibeh (R), Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN. (Twitter/UAE MissionToUN)

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• Religious Seer Of Kaali Mutt Gave Call To Demolish Mosque On The Lines Of Babri Masjid, Arrested In Karnataka

• Islamic Emirate-Led Government Believes In Media Freedom: IEA Reacts To A Statement By the Free Speech Hub

• Turkey’s Erdogan Signals Thaw With Israel After Years Of Tension

• Texas Hostage-Taker British National Had No Criminal Record: Official In Pakistan

 

Arab World

• 12th Century Prayer Room Found Under The Al-Nuri Mosque -- Where The Islamic State Group Once Proclaimed Their "Caliphate"

• UAE An Oasis Of Tolerance, Security, Safety, Says Grand Imam Of Al Azhar In Phone Call With Abdullah Bin Zayed

• As Shia rivals jostle in Iraq, Sunni and Kurdish parties targeted

• Saudi Arabia’s Khalid bin Salman: We strive to bring Yemen within GCC system

• After attack on Abu Dhabi, UAE tells UNSC Yemen’s Houthis spread terrorism in region

• Arab Coalition strikes kill 80 Houthi ‘terrorists,’ destroy nine vehicles in Yemen

• Egyptian delegation visits Israel for Gaza talks

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India

• IUML And Other Muslim Organisations Say  CPM Student Wing Promotes Sexual Anarchy Under The Ideology Of Liberalism

• BJP MLA Attends Event in Support of Yati Narsinghanand, Featuring Calls for 'End of Islam'

• Muslims For Secular Democracy Writes To PM On Dharam Sansad

• MP: Muslim man travelling with Hindu woman taken off train by Bajrang Dal workers

• Muslim youth killed, another injured by Hindutva goons in Karnataka

• Terror suspect arrested in Poonch

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South Asia

• Acting Minister of Interior Affairs Asks Taliban Commanders Not To Seek Revenge On Previous Officers

• IEA to convene Economic Conference in Kabul

• Two killed in Taliban’s gunfire in western Herat province

• IEA asks Norway to take lead in recognition

• Earthquake in western Afghanistan kills 28, destroyed 800 homes

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Mideast

• Iran's Quds Force Commander Visits Iraq 'To Unify Shia Parties': Sources

• Iran Holds Trial of Ringleader of Separatist Terrorist Group

• FM: Iran Pursuing “Asia First” Policy

• Official: Over 500 Iranian Thalassemic Patients Fall Victim to US Sanctions

• Spokesman: Development of Exports, Trade Main Focus of Iranian President’s Visit to Russia

• Israel extends detention of ill Palestinian teenager Amal Nakhleh

• Relieving Iran sanctions would lead to ‘terror on steroids’: Israel PM

• Rebel commander killed in Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen

• Hamas delegation in Algeria for talks on healing Palestinian rift

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Pakistan

• Pakistan PM Imran Khan a ‘religion exploiter’: Opposition PML-N

• Pak sent ISI official to Turkey to meet Afghan leaders, offer talks with Taliban

• Protest against abduction of Christian girls in Pakistan

• Terror has come to the capital, interior minister fears

• Security forces neutralise two terrorists in North Waziristan

• Pakistan Taliban claim overnight attacks on police

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North America

• Texas Synagogue Hostage Suspect's 'Extreme' Views Surfaced At Jailhouse Mosque After 2012 Theft Conviction

• As a Muslim Hebrew teacher, the Texas synagogue hostage attack made me anxious and sad

• US Treasury Department sanctions Hezbollah-linked individuals, company

• Dubai's Emirates suspends flights to several US destinations on 5G concerns

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Europe

• Central Mosque Of Brent Launches Breathe Easy Support Group

• French Anti-Islam Candidate Convicted Over Racist Remarks

• Turkey’s Erdogan warns Russia against invading Ukraine

• Swiss prosecutor's office launches case over banner targeting Turkish president

• Killing or injuring of protestors by Sudan security forces 'serious concern' for UN

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Southeast Asia

• Govt Leaving Shariah Judge Sexual Harassment Case To Cops

• Malaysia's Muslim Council of Elders condemns Houthi terrorist attack on civil facilities in UAE

• Joko Widodo lauds Indonesia's oldest Catholic university

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Africa

• Imo Govt Opens Up On Alleged Miyetti Allah Vigilante Operation

• Pray, carry emergency bag, advises Kenyan priest caught in terror attack

• Sudanese barricade streets, close shops after seven people killed

• Suicide bomb blast in Somali capital kills at least 4

• Libyan speaker’s call for new constitution panel draws fire

• 15 al-Shabaab terrorists killed in Kenya

• Tunisian president extends state of emergency for 1 month

• Sudan orders investigation into protester deaths

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:  https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/uae-iraq-iran-asaib-ahl-haq-militia/d/126190

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Iraq’s Iran-Backed Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Militia ‘Congratulates’ Houthis On UAE Attack

 

Lana Nusseibeh (R), Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN. (Twitter/UAE MissionToUN)

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18 January ,2021

Iraq’s Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia congratulated Yemen’s Houthi militia for its drone attack on the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi which killed three people, the Shia militia’s leader Qais al-Khazali said.

The UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi was rocked on Monday when drone attacks led to a fire breaking out and resulted in the explosion of three petroleum tankers, killing three people and wounding six others. There was also another fire that broke out in the area of the new construction site of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Yemen’s Houthi militia claimed responsibility for the attack saying it conducted an operation “deep in the UAE”.

UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed vowed that the attack “will not go unpunished,” and the ministry said the country “reserves the right to respond to those terrorist attacks and sinister criminal escalation.”

“We congratulate the oppressed brothers in Yemen [the Houthis] on the glory and steadfastness. They are defending their country and their people against the unjust aggression of an unjust coalition,” Khazali said, referring to the Arab Coalition – led by Saudi Arabia and of which the UAE is a member – to restore the legitimacy of the internationally recognized government of Yemen.

Asaib Ahl al-Haq was designated as a terrorist organization by the US in 2020, and the State Department said it was heavily funded and trained by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force.

Iraq’s Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Yemen’s Houthis are both Shia militias supported by Iran.

Gulf countries have long accused Tehran of fanning the flames of violence in the Middle East through financial and military support to its network of Shia proxies in the region, specifically in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.

Khazali, who is himself designated by the US as a global terrorist, commended what he described as the Houthis’ “tremendous progress in the power of deterrence.”

He criticized the UAE for normalizing ties with Israel back in 2020 as part of the US-brokered Abraham Accords, and alleged that the UAE interfered in Iraq’s internal affairs.

“We warn the rulers of the UAE… against the consequences of their continuing interference in internal Iraqi affairs and sowing seeds of strife and division among our honourable people,” he said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/01/18/Iraq-s-Iran-backed-Asaib-Ahl-al-Haq-militia-congratulates-Houthis-on-UAE-attack

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Religious Seer Of Kaali Mutt Gave Call To Demolish Mosque On The Lines Of Babri Masjid, Arrested In Karnataka

 

Rishikumara Swamy

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19th January 2022

BENGALURU: Karnataka Police on Tuesday arrested a religious seer who gave a call to demolish a mosque in Srirangapatna town in Mandya district on the lines of Babri Masjid.

Rishikumar Swamiji of Kaali Mutt has made a video in front of the mosque in Srirangapatna, and made a public appeal that the mosque should be demolished as it is built over a temple.

He had also claimed in the video that the pillars, walls and kalyani (water body) inside the premises of mosque symbolise Hindu architecture.

He said that Hindus should demolish it immediately.

The video was put out on his social media account and it drew sharp reactions.

Srirangapatna police have gone to the mutt located in Chikkamagalur district and took Rishikumar Swamiji into their custody and presented him before the local court.

The counsel for Swamiji argued that the statements made by his client are not controversial.

"He had put out his pain after seeing the traces of temples in the mosque," the advocate stated.

However, the counsel for the government argued that his bail petition should not be considered in view of his release leading to communal disharmony and destruction of evidences.

The court has reserved the judgment for Wednesday.

Source: New Indian Express

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https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2022/jan/19/religious-leader-who-gave-call-to-demolish-mosque-arrested-in-karnataka-2408610.html

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Islamic Emirate-Led Government Believes In Media Freedom: IEA Reacts To A Statement By the Free Speech Hub

 

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Jan 19, 2022

A spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, reacting to a statement about restrictions on the media by the Free Speech Hub, said that the Islamic Emirate has no policy of interfering with media, and the Islamic Emirate-led government believes in media freedom.

This comes after the Free Speech Hub, a media-supporting organization in Afghanistan, expressed concerns over media freedom, saying that the media in Afghanistan has not been completely free since the fall of the republican government, and journalists face systematic censorship.

The Free Speech Hub statement says that the media faces restrictions besides the economic problems that have greatly increased since the collapse of the former government, and forces affiliated with the Islamic Emirate’s intelligence body are putting pressure on the media and journalists.

“Afghanistan media and journalists are under pressure by the intelligence forces of the Islamic Emirate and they are trying to compel media and journalists to censor themselves,”  the Free Media Hub said.

The deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Inamullah Samangani, has overruled the statement and any interference into media affairs.

“We are making efforts to create good coordination with the media and (give) good opportunities for them to survive and continue their activities. The presence of a free media is necessary for a good and accountable society,” said Samangani.

At the same time, officials at media-supporting organizations urged the Islamic Emirate to respect media freedom.

“Any kind of interference with media activities and affairs is a step toward violating media’s independence and freedom, and this is a source of concern for the Afghanistan National Journalists Union,” said Masror Lotfi, head of the Afghanistan’s National Journalists' Union.

“As the free Speech Hub reported--and expressed concerns--these problems truly exist and there are some efforts to impose restrictions on media and journalists by some organizations,” said Hujatullah Mujadid, head of the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association AIJA.

The Free Speech Hub was established at the beginning of the current solar year by Afghan media officials and journalists.

Source: Tolo News

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https://tolonews.com/afghanistan-176362

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Turkey’s Erdogan Signals Thaw With Israel After Years Of Tension

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

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18 January ,2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signalled an emerging thaw with Israel after more than a decade of heightened tensions, throwing his support behind a critical energy project involving the once-close allies.

On his way home from Albania late Monday, Erdogan acknowledged talks with Israel’s leaders, and said officials could revive negotiations on a planned pipeline that would carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe via Turkey.

“We are having talks with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is also sending messages at different levels, Erdogan said, noting he recently received a delegation of Middle Eastern rabbis. “If we are going to do politics, it can’t be done through confrontation. We have to pursue politics along the path of peace.

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A group of nations including Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and are cooperating on producing and transporting gas discovered in the region, but Turkey’s exploration activities in contested Mediterranean waters have largely left it out in the cold.

More recently, rifts with Russia, the election of Erdogan critic Joe Biden as U.S. president, and the threat of American and European sanctions have all forced Turkey to try to repair troubled relations with traditional western allies and regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

The diplomacy comes at a time when Turkey’s struggling economy and skyrocketing inflation threaten Erdogan’s popularity ahead of a 2023 general election.

The president’s remarks suggest an effort to heal ties with Israel, too. Relations nosedived after 2010, when a Turkish flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was raided by Israeli commandos, resulting in the deaths of 10 civilians.

Israeli Settlements Obstacle to Normalized Ties, Turkey Says

Ankara has been critical of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, while Israel charges Turkey with supporting Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the Gaza Strip.

Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara in May 2018 and recalled its own envoys from Israel and the US after Israeli soldiers killed nearly 60 Palestinians protesting the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

While Turkey’s envoy returned to Washington about two weeks later, Turkey and Israel have conducted diplomatic contacts at the level of charge d’affaires ever since.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/01/18/Turkey-s-Erdogan-signals-thaw-with-Israel-after-years-of-tension

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Texas Hostage-Taker British National Had No Criminal Record: Official In Pakistan

  

Texas hostage-taker British national Malik Faisal Akram

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January 18, 2022

No criminal records of British national Malik Faisal Akram were found in Pakistan, who held four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue and demanded releasing Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani doctor imprisoned in the United States.

According to police, Akram, who was shot dead by the FBI during an operation, had visited Pakistan eleven times from 2007 to 2020, but no records of his affiliation with a religious party or involvement in criminal activities were found in the country.

Sources revealed that the British national’s ancestral house was located in Jehlum, while his father also visits Pakistan from the United Kingdom from time to time.

Sources further said that Faisal’s wedding ceremony was held in Jehlum, while his wife and children live separately in the United Kingdom.

Faisal, who was reportedly armed with “backpacks containing explosives”, had demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui. He told the police that Aafia was his sister.

He had initially taken four people hostage at a Texas synagogue, including the rabbi, while one hostage was released unharmed six hours later.

Source: Pakistan Today

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https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2022/01/18/texas-hostage-taker-briton-had-no-criminal-record-official-in-pakistan/

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Arab World

 

12th Century Prayer Room Found Under The Al-Nuri Mosque -- Where The Islamic State Group Once Proclaimed Their "Caliphate"

18 January 2022

The foundations of a prayer hall from the 12th century have been discovered under the Al-Nuri mosque -- where the Islamic State group once proclaimed their "caliphate" -- in Iraq's Mosul, site managers said Tuesday.

The mosque, which along with its iconic leaning minaret was severely damaged by IS during the battle to dislodge the jihadists from Mosul in 2017, has been undergoing reconstruction.

The prayer room was found during excavation underneath the mosque, according to Khaireddine Nasser, director of the department of antiquities and heritage in Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital.

Four additional rooms for the performance of ablutions were also discovered under the prayer room, Nasser said.

Those rooms "are interconnected and built of stone and plaster".

The discovery allows for "better knowledge of the surface of Al-Nuri mosque and this ancient prayer room, but also the ablution basins" found there.

Each ablution room measures three metres (almost 10 feet) in height and 3.5 metres in width, Nasser said.

"They are about six metres underground," he added.

He said the discovery "amplifies the importance of this historical and archaeological site".

The excavation was carried out by his department, with support from UNESCO and funding from the United Arab Emirates.

"The foundations of the old prayer hall are more extensive than those of the prayer hall built in the 1940s", he added.

The mosque was constructed in 1172, but much of it was destroyed and reconstructed in 1942, with the exception of its minaret, which endured.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-10415459/12th-century-prayer-room-mosque-Iraqs-Mosul.html

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UAE an oasis of tolerance, security, safety, says Grand Imam of Al Azhar in phone call with Abdullah bin Zayed

18-01-2022

ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2022 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, received a phone call from the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb.

The Grand Imam affirmed his strong condemnation of the terrorist attack by the terrorist Houthi militia on civil facilities in the UAE, extending his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and expressing his wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured.

Source: wam

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As Shia rivals jostle in Iraq, Sunni and Kurdish parties targeted

18 January, 2022

As Iraq's Shia leaders jostle to secure a majority in the newly-elected parliament, Sunni and Kurdish minorities have been caught up in a spate of warning grenade attacks, analysts say.

In recent days, unknown attackers have hurled grenades at Kurdish and Sunni targets including political party offices and a lawmaker's home - groups that could help Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr win the critical parliamentary majority needed to make his choice of prime minister.

"It is a way of punishing the forces that have allied with Moqtada al-Sadr to form a parliamentary majority," said political scientist Ihsan al-Shammari.

"Their message is political," he added, calling the attacks "part of the mode of political pressure" adopted by some groups.

In multi-confessional and multi-ethnic Iraq, the formation of governments has involved complex negotiations since the 2003 US-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

No single party holds an outright majority, so the next leader will be voted in by whichever coalition can negotiate allies to become the biggest bloc- which then elects Iraq's president, who then appoints a prime minister.

In previous parliaments, parties from Iraq's Shia majority have struck compromise deals to work together and form a government, with an unofficial system whereby the prime minister is Shiite, the president is a Kurd and the speaker of parliament is Sunni.

But al-Sadr, who once led an anti-US militia and who opposes all foreign interference, has repeatedly said the next prime minister will be chosen by his movement.

So rather than strike an alliance with the powerful Shia Coordination Framework - which includes the pro-Iran Fatah alliance, the political arm of the former paramilitary Hashed al-Shaabi - Sadr has forged a new coalition.

That includes two Sunni parties, Taqadum and Azm, as well as the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

It has infuriated the Coordination Framework -- who insist their grouping is bigger.

In recent days, grenades have been lobbed at the home of a Taqadum lawmaker, as well as at the party offices of Azm, Taqadum and the KDP in Baghdad.

On Sunday, flashbang stun grenades were hurled into the branches of two Kurdish banks in the capital Baghdad- wounding two people.

The heads of both banks are said to be close to political leaders in Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdistan region.

There has already been unrest following the election, with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi escaping unhurt when an explosive-packed drone hit his residence in November during what his office called an "assassination attempt."

No group has claimed the attack.

While the culprits of the recent grenade blasts have also not been identified, a security source charged that the attacks "convey the messages of the parties that lost in the elections".

The purpose, the security source claimed, is to "disrupt the formation of the government"- implicitly pointing to the Coordination Framework, and in particular the Fatah alliance.

Fatah lost much of its political capital in the October 10 polls, having secured only 17 seats, compared to the 48 it had before.

It alleged the vote was rigged, but Iraq's top court rejected a complaint of electoral irregularities filed by Hashed.

Hashed, which maintains an arsenal of weapons, fighters and supporters, has sought a variety of ways to make itself heard outside parliament, including demonstrations and sit-ins.

"Rather than accepting defeat at the polls, they threaten violence," said Lahib Higel, of the International Crisis Group.

Sadr has considered striking deals with certain members of the Coordination Framework, such as Fatah chief Hadi al-Ameri, at the expense of other figures in the bloc, such as former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, Higel said.

Source: The New Arab

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https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/sunni-and-kurdish-parties-iraqi-shia-jostle

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Saudi Arabia’s Khalid bin Salman: We strive to bring Yemen within GCC system

19 January ,2022

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid Bin Salman said on Tuesday that the Kingdom and Gulf countries are striving to bring Yemen within the GCC system so that its people can enjoy security and stability.

“The Kingdom and the Arab Gulf states seek to bring Yemen within the GCC system so that its people can enjoy security, stability and development like other Gulf nations. However, the Houthi militias chose terrorism and destruction and used the people of Yemen as firewood that serves the Iranian regime’s agenda. We assure the people of Yemen that they are from us and we are from them and we will always be on their side,” the Prince said in a tweet.

He added that Houthi militias employ “false promises and repetitive illusions” to “deceive” Yemenis and “recruit them into a deadly war.”

“The time has come for Yemeni wisdom, and the wise men of Yemen, to forsake those illusions and promises, and to preserve the free people of Yemen from the tampering of terrorist militias,” the Prince said.

Prince Khalid’s statements come a day after the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi was rocked on Monday when drone attacks led to a fire breaking out and resulted in the explosion of three petroleum tankers, killing three people and wounding six others. There was also another fire that broke out in the area of the new construction site of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2022/01/19/Saudi-Arabia-s-Khalid-bin-Salman-We-strive-to-bring-Yemen-within-GCC-system

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After attack on Abu Dhabi, UAE tells UNSC Yemen’s Houthis spread terrorism in region

18 January ,2022

The UAE wrote a letter to the UN Security Council on Tuesday condemning Yemen’s Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi which killed three people and said the Iran-backed militia “spreads terrorism” in the region.

“The UAE strongly condemns the Houthis’ targeting of civilians and civilian objects in flagrant violation of international law,” said Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN.

“This illegal and alarming escalation is a further step in the Houthis’ efforts to spread terrorism and chaos in our region. It is another attempt by the Houthis, using the capabilities they have unlawfully acquired in defiance of UN sanctions, to threaten peace and security,” she added.

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The UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi was rocked on Monday when drone attacks led to a fire breaking out and resulted in the explosion of three petroleum tankers, killing three people and wounding six others. There was also another fire that broke out in the area of the new construction site of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Yemen’s Houthi militia claimed responsibility for the attack saying it conducted an operation “deep in the UAE.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2022/01/18/After-attack-on-Abu-Dhabi-UAE-tells-UNSC-Yemen-s-Houthis-spread-terrorism-in-region

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Arab Coalition strikes kill 80 Houthi ‘terrorists,’ destroy nine vehicles in Yemen

18 January ,2022

Arab Coalition strikes in Marib against the Iran-backed Houthis have killed 80 “terrorists” and destroyed nine military vehicles in the last 24 hours, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

The latest update was part of 17 targeted strikes carried out by the coalition one day after the Iran-backed Houthis attacked the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.

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A construction site at Abu Dhabi’s new airport extension, and an oil facility caught fire on Monday morning, causing an explosion in three oil tankers. Police said the incidents were possibly caused by drones.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed later described the incidents as “terrorist attacks and [a] sinister criminal escalation,” adding that they “will not go unpunished.”

The fires were a rare instance of attacks on UAE soil.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attacks in a statement released on Monday.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis launched dozens of cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia throughout 2021.

In September 2021, the Houthis intensified their efforts to take Marib, a provincial capital which is the government’s last northern stronghold.

The Iran-backed militia frequently target civilian areas and energy facilities in the Kingdom with explosive-laden drones and ballistic missiles.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2022/01/18/Arab-Coalition-strikes-kill-80-Houthi-terrorists-destroy-nine-vehicles-in-Yemen-

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Egyptian delegation visits Israel for Gaza talks

Abdel Ra'ouf D. A. R. Arnaout 

18.01.2022

JERUSALEM

An Egyptian security delegation arrived in Israel on Tuesday for talks on the situation in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli media.

The delegation will meet with top Israeli officials to discuss Gaza reconstruction along with advancing the issue of missing Israeli soldiers, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation reported.

There was no official comment from Egyptian or Israeli authorities on the report.

Palestinian resistance group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, is believed to hold four Israelis, two of whom were captured following the 2014 Israeli offensive on the seaside territory. Two other Israelis are believed to have been held after they entered Gaza under unclear circumstances.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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India

 

IUML And Other Muslim Organisations Say  CPM Student Wing Promotes Sexual Anarchy Under The Ideology Of Liberalism

19th January 2022

KOZHIKODE: Opening a new front in its offensive against CPM, the IUML has targeted the Left party’s student wing SFI for “spreading sexual anarchy and the ideology of liberalism” on the campuses, and got spontaneous support from other Muslim organisations, including those owing allegiance to Kanthapuram Abu Becker Mussaliyar.

The SFI unit at the LBS College of Engineering, Kasaragod, had brought out posters ostensibly promoting same-sex love a few weeks ago. Another poster showed a male student holding the hand of a Muslim girl with the caption “Let us chain the hands of pseudo morality.”

“Instead of talking politics, Left organisations are engaged in propagating love and free sex on capmuses. The Communist agenda is to attract youth to the party,” said IUML high-powered committee member Panakkad Syed Sadiq  Ali Shihab Thangal. He was inaugurating the Muslim Yough League state executive camp at Munnar in Idukki district on Monday.

Earlier this month, the League had used a marriage in Kannur between a Muslim girl and a Hindu boy from a Communist family as a propaganda material to campaign against the threat faced by the Muslim community ‘from atheists and irreligious groups’.

Orchestrated campaign against SFI: Sachin Dev

The orientation camp, conducted by the Wisdom Islamic Organisation in Kozhikode two days ago, cautioned against the attempts to demolish the family system and promote sexual anarchy. Without naming the SFI, a statement from Wisdom said certain youth and students’ organisations were propagating irreligious attitudes and liberalism in society.

Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (Markazudawa) asked the CPM to control the dangerous attempts by its students’ outfit to support moral degeneration including homosexuality. It vowed to protect the uniqueness of Kerala which is deep-rooted in faith and morality. Significantly, the Kanthapuram group of Sunni Yuvajana Sangham (SYS) and Sunni Students Organisation (SSF), which politically supports the CPM, have also come out against the SFI.

The leaders’ camp of the SYS held at Kayamkulam recently deplored the efforts of the secular organisations to destroy the moral values existing in society. SSF state committee said Left student organisations were desperately trying to keep themselves afloat in the mainstream by clinging on to the concept of free sex.

“Their gimmicks focusing on sexuality will give an impression that poverty of sex is the greatest problem on the campuses,” SSF said. SFI state secretary and MLA K M Sachin Dev, however, clarified the organisation had not taken any stand on these controversial issues.

Source: New Indian Express

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https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2022/jan/19/muslim-groups-frown-on-sfi-say-it-promotes-sexual-anarchy-2408423.html

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BJP MLA Attends Event in Support of Yati Narsinghanand, Featuring Calls for 'End of Islam'

Jan 19, 2022

New Delhi: Upset over police action on calls for genocide at the Haridwar Dharma Sansad, Hindutva religious leaders organised a Pratikar Sabha (revenge meet) at the Swami Sarvanand Ghat in Haridwar on Sunday.

Those attending criticised police officers and the Uttarakhand chief minister for the arrests of Yati Narsinghanand Giri (formerly Saraswati) and Jitendra Narayan Tyagi (aka Waseem Rizvi). The mahamandleshwar of the Niranjani Akhada, Pooja Shakun Pandey (aka Annapurna Bharti) declared that another Dharma Sansad would take place in Aligarh on January 22-23, 2022.

Also present at the event was current Aligarh MLA Anil Parashar. He is the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Aligarh for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly election.

Even as Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi called for stringent action against those who made hate speeches at the Haridwar event, Parashar shared photos from the event on his timeline. In other photos, he was seen taking blessings from Pandey, who is also accused of making hate speeches.

Swami Anand Swaroop, one of the extremist leaders who called for the killing of Muslims at the Haridwar event, sat on a fast to demand the release of Tyagi and Narsinghanand. He called those priests and seers who did not attend the Pratikar Sabha “cowards” and “impotent”. In the Sabha, Swaroop asked the audience members at Sarvanand Ghat, “After the partition of India, what right do believers of Islam have to live in India? They have their own Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

He classified the partition as a conspiracy to make Hindus extinct, and defended the hateful speeches at the Haridwar Dharma Sansad as “self-defence”. 

He further said, “Our efforts will gradually become a ball of flames, and will turn into a huge fire against Islam and jihad.” His statement was received by other priests and religious leaders with cheers.

He claimed that Dharma Sansads would not stop until Islam is “finished”. He also sent a warning to the chief minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami, for “filing false cases against priests” after the Dharma Sansad, going on to say “till the end of Islamic jihadis and jihad supporting chief minister, our trishuls (tridents) will keep moving forward”.

According to a Dainik Jagran report, Annapurna Bharti called the arrest of Tyagi and Narsinghanand “unfortunate”, and along with others, sat on a hunger strike.

“Under the pressure of jihadis, the government and the Haridwar administration have violated the constitutional rights of Hindus. Hindus have been sent to jail under those sections in which there is no arrest. It is definitely an attempt to crush the supporters of Sanatan Dharma (Hindu faith),” she was reported to have said.

At the Haridwar Dharma Sansad, she had made an unambiguous call for murdering Muslims en masse. “Nothing is possible without weapons. If you want to eliminate their population then kill them,” she had said while giving a call to arms. “Even if 100 of us are ready to kill 20 lakhs of them (Muslims), then we will be victorious, and go to jail.”

The Pratikar Sabha was originally called by Yati Narsinghanand, but he was arrested on Saturday by the Uttarakhand police in two separate cases, one for insulting women and one for hate speech. According to a report by BBC Hindi, due to the continuous calls for the creation of a Hindu rashtra and “cleaning of Muslims” at the Dharma Sansad event, several Hindu leaders maintained a distance from the Pratikar Sabha.

Source: The Wire

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Muslims For Secular Democracy Writes To PM On Dharam Sansad

Jan 19, 2022

MUMBAI: Anguished at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence over the genocidal call against a community given at a recent Dharam Sansad in Haridwar, members of Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD), a think-tank, has alleged that his silence speaks volumes, reports Mohammed Wajihuddin.

"PM Modi's silence over the genocide call speaks volumes. Despite growing demand nationally and internationally that he must speak, and his government must act in exemplary fashion against members of the Dharam Sansad who called for the genocide of Indian Muslims, the PM has chosen to keep quiet," said the thnk-tank's convener Javed Anand.

Source: Times Of India

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MP: Muslim man travelling with Hindu woman taken off train by Bajrang Dal workers

January 19, 2022

A Muslim man and a married Hindu woman who were travelling together were forcibly taken off an Ajmer-bound train by members of Bajrang Dal and handed over to the railway police station in Ujjain.

The Bajrang Dal members, who accused the man of “love jihad”, assaulted him as they forcibly took him off the train.

The two passengers, family friends from Indore, were questioned by Government Railway Police (GRP) and made to sit at the police station until their parents arrived. They were let off after their statements were recorded.

No offence was registered against the Bajrang Dal members as there was no complainant, according to the GRP.

The incident took place on January 14. While the man was identified as Asif Shaikh, owner of a small electronic shop, the woman is a private schoolteacher.

In one of the videos of the incident, which went viral on social media, three men who identified themselves as Bajrang Dal workers are seen dragging Shaikh out of the train coach. As they take him to the police station, the woman is seen walking behind them.

In another video recorded inside the police station, the woman is seen screaming at the Bajrang Dal men. “Your one misunderstanding can spoil my life. I’m an adult, I work as a teacher in a school, I teach children,” she says. One of the Bajrang Dal men, identified as Pintu Kaushal, is seen telling her that he was not talking to her.

GRP Superintendent of Police Nivedita Gupta said Shaikh and the woman were family friends and had known each other for years. “After they were brought in to the police station by Bajrang Dal men, who alleged ‘love jihad’, we recorded their statements and as they were both adults and there was no offence, they were let go,” said Gupta.

She said no case was registered against the Bajrang Dal workers. “We were not aware that the man was mishandled in any way while being brought to the police station and neither did the two tell us. As there was no complaint against the Bajrang Dal men, we have not registered any offence.”

Kundan Chandrawat, Prachar Pramukh for Malwa Prant of VHP, of which Bajrang Dal is the students’ wing, said there was “information through reliable sources that a Hindu woman was being misled by a Muslim man and taken along with him”.

Source: Indian Express

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Muslim youth killed, another injured by Hindutva goons in Karnataka

18th January 2022

Karnataka: Two Muslim youth were attacked by goons of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday evening in Gadag district.

The youths were identified as 21-year-old Shamsheer, and, 19-year-old Sameer who succumbed to his injuries at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). Shamsheer continues to remain critical at a hospital in Hubli.

The incident occurred as Sameer and Shamsheer were returning home when a group of miscreants halted their bike at the Naragund State Bank and attacked the two with sharp weapons.

Mueen Magadi, a local human rights activist shared a video of the incident on Twitter, which was caught on a CCTV camera, nearby.

Magadi also shared a video of the former secretary of Nargund Taluk, Sanju Nalvade, where he can be heard giving genocide calls against Muslims. It is to be noted that the speech was made in presence of the police.

According to a report by Maktoob Media, a resident of Gadag district said, “RSS men stabbed Sameer’s chest with a knife. They also attacked Sahmseer with a deadly weapon,”.

The youths were allegedly attacked soon after a meeting was organised by the Hindutva outfit Bajrang Dal in Naragund where anti-muslim slogans were raised.

According to Magadi, a complaint has been filed with the police, but no action or arrests have been made so far.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Terror suspect arrested in Poonch

Sanjay Khajuria

Jan 19, 2022

JAMMU: A joint team of security forces on Monday night arrested a terror suspect from a remote village in Poonch district for his alleged links with terrorist organisations and proving terrorists with information about security establishments, besides circulating seditious material.

“On specific inputs, the joint team launched a search operation in Baila village in Poonch’s Mandi tehsil and arrested Anjum Mehmood, a resident of the same village,” said a police spokesperson.

“As per information from intelligence agencies, Mehmood was connected with terrorists through social media and was instrumental in providing them with information regarding security establishments. He was trying to engage and motivate innocent youth in his area into picking up arms, and is also accused of sharing seditious material,” the spokesperson added.

Source: Times Of India

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South Asia

 

Acting Minister of Interior Affairs Asks Taliban Commanders Not To Seek Revenge On Previous Officers

19 Jan 2022

Acting Minister of Interior Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Sarajudin Haqqani directed Taliban commanders in Kabul not to seek revenge on security officials of the previous Afghan government and obey the general amnesty announced by supreme leader Mullah Hebtullah Akhundzada.

Speaking at a capacity-building conference of commanders of Police Districts of Kabul Haqqani said that, anyone who seeks revenge spoils the current system which is not acceptable.

He added that he had met with leaders and officials of the previous government and was given assurance that no one will harm them until and unless they commit a crime.

“I direct you to investigate cases of prisoners, release them if they were imprisoned for no crime and felony. Incarcerate those who have put innocent people at jails.” Said Haqqani.

Sarajudin Haqqani- black listed by the US- told the head of the PDs to serve people as they are only hired to do so.

Source: Khaama Press

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IEA to convene Economic Conference in Kabul

19 Jan 2022

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has announced that they will convene a one-day conference called “Economy of Afghanistan” in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

This is the first time the IEA is arranging an economic conference after they recaptured power on August 15 last year.

The conference is supposed to be headed by the acting Prime Minister of the IEA Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund and will be broadcast live on the state-run RTA channel.

A statement of the IEA reads that the conference will be opened by second Deputy PM Abdul Salaam Hanafi and will be concluded by a speech of first Deputy PM Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

The acting PM is not supposed to speak.

It is not clear who else will attend the conference and whether foreign people will be invited or not, but previously it was said that foreigners will also take part in the conference.

Source: Khaama Press

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Two killed in Taliban’s gunfire in western Herat province

18 Jan 2022

Local residents in the western Herat province said that the Taliban affiliates opened fire at a car in their checkpoint in Kazemi area of the city that resulted in the killing of the driver.

Eyewitnesses also said that a local doctor named Jalali was also shot on the scene and was killed.

The incident happened on Monday night, January, 17.

Local officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Herat province have not commented on the incident yet.

Shooting at people is not something new since the Taliban’s takeover on August 15 last year, the affiliates have shot civilians in Kabul and Laghman province as well.

Source: Khaama Press

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IEA asks Norway to take lead in recognition

18 Jan 2022

Deputy of the Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in economic affairs Maulaee Kabir meets with the Norwegian ambassador to Kabul Andreas Linedman and expressed hope that Norway would take lead in recognizing the interim government in Afghanistan.

The meeting took place on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

A spokesperson of the IEA Inamullah Samangani in a Twitter post cited Mulaee Kabir as he said that they have completed the criteria for recognition.

As per Inamulllah Samangani, “IEA has completed all the criteria for recognition and we hope that Norway will take the lead in recognizing them and will also do its part in releasing Afghanistan’s assets.” Said the Deputy PM.

The Norwegian ambassador said though the country does not have an active embassy in Afghanistan, it is engaged in all incidents currently happening in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Earthquake in western Afghanistan kills 28, destroyed 800 homes

18 Jan 2022

Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid said that two earthquakes in the western Badghis province on Monday, January 17 killed 28 people, wounded four, and destroyed 800 homes.

A statement of condolence released by Zabiullah Mujahid reads that the earthquakes have rocked the entire province but Qadis district has suffered the most loss and inflicted more casualties.

The statement has called on aid agencies to cooperate with the local officials to assist the people affected by the natural disaster.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mideast

 

Iran's Quds Force Commander Visits Iraq 'To Unify Shia Parties': Sources

18 January, 2022

Iran's Quds Force commander Esmail Qaani is in Iraq to smooth out tensions between Shia political groups and speed up the formation of a government after months of post-election squabbling, sources have told The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site.

Qaani's visit - the third since Iraq held parliamentary elections on 10 October - follows months of fruitless talks between pro-Iran parties, who fared badly in the election, and the Sadrist movement, the vote's biggest winner.

The Iranian general arrived in Iraq on Sunday, and has held talks with Shia political groups in Najaf and Baghdad.

In Najaf, home to some Shia Islam's holiest sites, he met with figures from the Sadrist movement, which is led by Iraqi cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr.

Qaani aimed to "push Sadr towards an alliance with the Coordination Framework" and "form a government that would bring the two parties together", political sources with knowledge of the talks told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. The Coalition Framework includes Iraq's biggest Shia political groups, including the pro-Iran Fatah coalition.

Sadr has so far said he wants to form a "national majority government" that includes Sadrists, Kurds and Sunnis. Members of the Coordination Framework say this will exclude them from power.

It is not clear how long Qaani will remain in Iraq for, a senior member of the Fatah coalition told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

The Iranian commander will also meet with Sunni and Kurdish political groups, another Coordination Framework member told the news outlet.

During the talks, Qaani passed on messages from Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, warning of  "the danger of the current division", and talking about "a Western conspiracy targeting political achievements" achieved in Iraq, senior political sources in Baghdad and Najaf told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Source: The New Arab

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Iran Holds Trial of Ringleader of Separatist Terrorist Group

2022-January-18

Habib Farajollah Chaab, also known as Habib Asyud, the ringleader of the SMLA terrorist group, appeared in court at branch 26 of Tehran’s Islamic Revolution Court for the first time since his arrest.

Based on an indictment, he is charged with “leading and heading the SMLA terrorist group as well as planning and carrying out numerous bombing and terrorist operations in Khuzestan Province and destroying public property in order to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran’s establishment”.

He is also charged with bombing operations at the Housing and Urban Development Office, Planning and Budget Organization, and Department of Environment in Ahvaz.

Chaab’s other charges include bombing operations targeting the governorates of Dezful and Abadan and oil pipelines in the cities of Abadan, Ahvaz, and Mahshahr, and also planning a bombing attack against Ahvaz’s Judiciary office.

In September 2018, the SMLA claimed responsibility for an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz that killed 25 people, including members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and civilian bystanders, and injured 70 others.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the prosecutor's representative said the SMLA's operations are designed with the Saudi backing in Sweden and Denmark, where the group's ringleaders are residing.

European and Arab countries have failed to extradite the terrorists to the Islamic Republic despite a red notice issued against them, he noted.

Source: Fars News Agency

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FM: Iran Pursuing “Asia First” Policy

2022-January-18

Iran is pursuing the "Asia First" and the "neighborhood first" policy, Amir Abdollahian said in an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN) on Monday.

He noted that Tehran and Beijing have explored ideas under such a policy, such as "joint projects in some of Iran's neighbors and joint initiatives to promote regional stability, security and sustainable economic development".

Amir Abdollahian added that Iran would make efforts to help those who cannot enjoy long-term security and stability and would "work with countries with a common background on projects related to economy, trade and culture in the form of tripartite or multi-party cooperation".

The Islamic Republic expects to provide more development opportunities for neighboring countries based on this policy, he explained.

Pointing to the 50th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Iran and China, Amir Abdollahian said there are no challenges facing ties between the two countries.

"However, the bullying behavior of the US has affected some of our cooperation," he said, stressing the need to find an appropriate path within the international framework to meet the challenges posed by Washington's unilateral acts.

"We believe that multilateralism will benefit all countries. The unilateralism and bullying of the United States is not appreciated by any country. International law and cooperation provide opportunities for all countries to enjoy rights and benefits," the top Iranian diplomat said.

He emphasized that both Iran and China would benefit from the two sides’ comprehensive strategic partnership which covers cooperation in a number of fields, including trade, agriculture, science and technology, as well as in cultural fields like tourism.

"It also includes cooperation on regional and international affairs. For instance, mutual support in international organizations. I believe the plan serves the common interests of both sides," he said.

Amir Abdollahian also once again reaffirmed that Tehran has no intention to waste time or derail the sanctions removal talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna, criticizing the West, particularly the US, for failing to present any innovative proposals in the negotiations.  

"We assured Chinese officials that Iran is not playing with time or trying to derail the negotiations, and that we have made constructive, positive and realistic proposals at the negotiating table in Vienna," he said.

He hailed China's "constructive and rational" role in the Vienna negotiations, saying Beijing "is always opposed to the cruel unilateral sanctions imposed by the US on countries, including Iran, and condemns the bullying practices of the US."

The Iranian foreign minister added that in talks with his Chinese counterpart, he appreciated Beijing's support for Tehran's stance during the Vienna talks and expressed hope that China would continue supporting Iran's position.

He emphasized that China and Russia support Iran's constructive initiatives "but Western countries, including the US, have so far offered no innovative proposals in the talks."

"If the parties can resume their commitments under the Iran nuclear deal, Iran will also return to commitments based on the agreement. If Iran can get the expected economic benefits from the agreement, so will all the parties," Amir Abdollahian pointed out.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA – Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany – have been holding talks in Vienna since April last year. Iran says it pursues the removal of all sanctions that the United States re-imposed on Iran following its withdrawal from the deal.

Under former US president Donald Trump, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and imposed draconian sanctions primarily targeting the Iranian economy.

On Friday evening, the eighth round of the talks was paused so that the diplomats could return to their respective capitals for consultations. However, the working groups on sanctions removal and sequencing the implementation of a probable agreement continued to work on draft texts on Sunday.

Iran also argues that lack of initiative among the Western parties to the Vienna deal is the main factor slowing down talks with Iran.

Addressing a regular press conference on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian voiced his country's strong opposition to "illegal and unilateral" sanctions against Iran, and "gross interference" in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic and other countries in the region.

He said Beijing "firmly opposes illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran, political manipulation on human rights and other issues, and gross interference in the internal affairs of Iran and other regional countries."

Iran and China signed the landmark agreement in March last year in defiance of the US’s unilateral sanctions to strengthen long-standing economic and political alliance.

The deal officially documents the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that had been announced during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to boost economic cooperation between the two countries for the next 25 years, and paves the way for Iran’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project stretching from East Asia to Europe.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Official: Over 500 Iranian Thalassemic Patients Fall Victim to US Sanctions

2022-January-18

“Currently, there are 23,000 thalassemic patients in the country, most of whom need to use these drugs throughout their life,” Arab said on Monday.

He added that since the beginning of the US-imposed sanctions, the restrictive measures have created many challenges for Iranian thalassemic patients and have had a direct impact on the treatment of such patients, the main part of which is related to the provision of their life-saving medicines.

Arab said that than 540 patients with thalassemia have fallen victim to the sanctions since May 2018, when the US administration under former President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 landmark deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and re-imposed draconian sanctions against the country.

“Some European companies supplying raw materials for the production of pharmaceuticals have directly sanctioned Iran and we are also facing problems for the transfer of foreign currency. Therefore, we are dealing with serious problems for production of (necessary) drugs," he said.

He stressed that a main reason for the failure to provide necessary drugs for thalassemic patients is due to sanctions, and said, "Since the beginning of the Persian solar calendar year, no medicine for thalassemic patients has been imported and the production of medicine in the main company producing drugs for thalassemia patients has stopped."

World leaders have time and again called on Washington to exempt humanitarian and medicinal supplies from the list of its anti-Iran sanctions but to no avail.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Spokesman: Development of Exports, Trade Main Focus of Iranian President’s Visit to Russia

2022-January-18

Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi wrote on his twitter page that Iranian President Ebrahim Rayeesi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are to review developing exports to Russia and reinforcing trade ties.

He added that President Rayeesi is due to address the State Duma.

Bahadori Jahromi said that the Iranian president is slated to hold talks with those who are active in economic and oil fields.

The Iranian president will also visit the Russian university.

President Rayeesi will depart Tehran for Moscow on Wednesday at the invitation of his Russian counterpart.

President Rayeesi’s visit to Moscow will take place in line with widening cultural, political and economic interactions between the two neighbors.

The Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday that President Putin and his Iranian counterpart will exchange views on a range of issues, including joint economic and trade projects when the latter visits Moscow on Wednesday.

The Kremlin Press Office said Putin and Rayeesi will discuss the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) during the latter’s upcoming trip to Moscow.

They will also discuss all issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the implementation of joint projects in economic and trade fields, as well as important international and regional developments, it added.

Additionally, Rayeesi is scheduled to hold a meeting with Iranians living in Russia and Russian economic activists during his two-day trip.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Israel extends detention of ill Palestinian teenager Amal Nakhleh

18 January ,2022

Israel has extended the detention of a Palestinian teenager with a rare neuromuscular disorder who has been held without charge for a year in what authorities refer to as administrative detention, his father said Tuesday.

Amal Nakhleh, who was detained in January 2021 and turned 18 this week, was one of just a handful of minors being held in administrative detention.

He had a tumor removed from his lung in 2020 and suffers from myasthenia gravis, a nerve disorder that causes severe muscle fatigue.

His father, Muamar, confirmed that his detention has been extended until mid-May. He said Israel has yet to charge his son or provide any justification for detaining him.

“We are very worried about his health,” he said.

He says his son requires regular hospital visits for testing and needs a calm environment. At a recent court appearance, he said Amal appeared unable to move the muscles in his face, a symptom of the disease.

The Israeli military has said the teenager was detained for “being involved with weapons and terrorist activity” without providing details, and that previous extensions of his detention were approved by military courts. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The use of administrative detention has galvanized demonstrations across the occupied West Bank in recent months as several adult prisoners have gone on hunger strike to protest being held for months or years without charge. Some have secured their release after months of fasting that left them hospitalized and at risk of permanent neurological damage.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Relieving Iran sanctions would lead to ‘terror on steroids’: Israel PM

18 January ,2022

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said funding for Iran could lead to “terror on steroids” on Tuesday, in an apparent warning against world powers easing sanctions against Tehran as they seek a new nuclear deal.

“The last thing you want to do ... is pour tens of billions of dollars into this apparatus. Because what will you get? Terror on steroids,” Bennett said in a video address to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Rebel commander killed in Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen

18.01.2022

A Houthi commander was killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the capital Sanaa, the Yemeni rebel group said on Tuesday.

The Houthi-run Saba news agency said Brigadier General Abdullah Qassem al-Junaid, the head of the Aviation Academy, and his family were killed in an attack targeting his house late Monday.

There was no comment from the Saudi-led coalition on the report.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said earlier Tuesday that five family members were killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa Monday overnight, calling for halting escalation in Yemen.

On Monday, the Saudi-led coalition said it targeted “terrorist leaders” north of Sanaa, without giving any further details.

In another statement on Tuesday, the coalition said it struck rebels sites and drone communication systems and warehouses in the Yemeni capital.

The attacks came hours after the Saudi air defense intercepted eight rebel drones fired from Yemen towards Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, three people were killed in Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a member of the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting Houthi rebels since 2015.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthis captured much of the country, including Sanaa.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Hamas delegation in Algeria for talks on healing Palestinian rift

Nour Abu Eisha  

18.01.2022

GAZA CITY, Palestine

A Hamas delegation has arrived in Algeria for talks on inter-Palestinian reconciliation, according to the Palestinian group.

Last month, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune unveiled plans to host a meeting for Palestinian factions, in an effort to heal the years-long rift between rival groups Hamas and Fatah.

In a statement on Tuesday, Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif al-Qanoua said a delegation from the group held talks with Algerian officials on ways to achieve national unity.

The delegation included group members Khalil Al-Hayya and Hussam Badran, as well as Hamas representative in Algeria, Mohamed Othman.

Al-Qanoua expressed Hamas appreciation for "Algeria's role in supporting the Palestinian cause, hosting the Palestinian factions, and its keenness to achieve reconciliation.”

On Saturday, a delegation from President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement arrived in Algeria for talks with Algerian officials.

A political and geographical division has prevailed in the Palestinian territories since 2007 when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan PM Imran Khan a ‘religion exploiter’: Opposition PML-N

18 January, 2022

Lahore, Jan 18 (PTI) Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the country’s main Opposition party on Tuesday dubbed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan a “religion exploiter” for using religious concepts and reforms only as a cover-up for the massive governance and economic breakdown in the country.

Reacting to Khan’s article “Spirit Of Riyaasat-e-Madina:Transforming Pakistan” in the local media on Monday, the PML-N leaders chided the cricketer-turned-politician for using religion for political gains and toxic populism.

“Really concerned with the way the prime minister is using religion as a cover-up for the massive governance & economic breakdown the country has suffered in decades due to his policies,” PML-N President and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif said in a tweet.

“Such a self-serving approach will wreak greater damage upon the polity than is being understood,” he lamented.

PML-N Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Imran Khan is a “religion exploiter as he is using religious concepts and reforms only for political gains and toxic populism.” “Imran’s article is like hiding in a mosque after committing major theft. Imran’s shameless strategy of hiding behind religion and desecrating the name of Islam, Riyaasat-e-Madina (the state of Madina at the time of Prophet Muhammad pbuh) and holy names are aimed at hiding his looting, plundering, incompetence and incapacity,” she said.

The former federal information minister said only a “megalomaniacal, egotistical, stubborn, and arrogant person living in denial could write such a self-righteous article.” “Imran’s mental state of denial and desperation to save his sinking boat is exposed by this article after ruining the country in three years in power,” the PML-N leader lambasted.

Imran and his government is the living manifestation of everything the Riyaasat-e-Madina was not and advised against. It is rich that a person who takes pride in his bigotry and hypocrisy has the audacity to talk about Riyaasat-e-Madina. The ruler remained asleep 20 kilometers away from Murree where dozens died, and has still not visited the victims’ families, should keep his mouth shut about Riyaasat-e-Madina, Aurangzeb said.

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Pak sent ISI official to Turkey to meet Afghan leaders, offer talks with Taliban

Jan 19, 2022

A senior Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) official recently travelled to Turkey to convey to Afghan political leaders an offer from Pakistan to host them for talks with the Taliban, people familiar with the matter said.

The ISI official, who was in Turkey during December, was in contact directly with several Afghan leaders, including former ministers, or with their aides to convey the offer from Islamabad. Significantly, most of the leaders contacted by the intelligence operative are perceived to be anti-Taliban or friendly towards India.

Among the leaders the ISI official reached out to were Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, former foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and Abdul Rashid Dostum, the people cited above said. It was not immediately clear how the Afghan leaders, who view the Pakistani leadership with deep suspicion, responded to the overture from Islamabad.

Sayyaf, believed to be in his mid-70s, moved to New Delhi following the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government and the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban in mid-August 2021. He left India for Turkey only last month as he believed more could be done to forge an anti-Taliban movement by networking with other Afghan leaders already in that country.

Dostum is perceived as a key player in efforts to put together a government-in-exile or to create a resistance force in Afghanistan.

The fresh move by Pakistan appears to be aimed at completely shutting out India as a player in Afghanistan, the people cited above said. After an interregnum of several months following the Taliban takeover, the Indian side recently resumed contacts with elements from the former government of Ashraf Ghani and other political leaders who fled Afghanistan, the people added.

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has been criticised by Afghan politicians for acting like “Afghanistan’s foreign minister” by advocating on behalf of the Taliban setup, which is yet to be formally recognised by any country.

The move by Pakistan also came ahead of a visit this month by Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi to Iran, where he met Ahmad Massoud, who heads the National Resistance Front (NRF), and former minister Ismail Khan and urged them to end their resistance and return to Afghanistan. Muttaqi has said he assured the Afghan leaders that they could “come back to live freely and safely in Afghanistan”.

“Clearly, the Taliban want to shut down any form of resistance and their backers in Pakistan are seeking to bolster these efforts,” one of the people cited above said.

Sameer Patil, senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, said the effort by the ISI shows “who is the real driver in shaping political developments in Afghanistan post-August 2021”.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Protest against abduction of Christian girls in Pakistan

Ayyaz Gulzar

January 19, 2022

Human rights groups in Pakistan have held a protest expressing serious concern over rising incidents of abductions of teenage girls across the country.

The Jan. 17 protest at Karachi Press Club was triggered by the reported abduction of four Christian teenage girls in different cities of Pakistan in the first two weeks of this year.

“There is gender-based violence and child abuse in the country. We see an increase in it as there is a lack of action on the part of government institutions,” said Ilyas Samuel, a spokesperson for Voice for Justice.

Mahnoor Ashraf, a 14-year-old Christian girl, was abducted by a 45-year-old neighbor in Lahore on Jan. 4. According to reports, she went missing shortly after she walked to a nearby shop with her eight-year-old nephew, who returned to alert the family. They were informed on Jan. 7 that Mahnoor had converted to Islam and married her abductor, Muhammad Ali Khan Ghauri.

Sixteen-year-old Kiran, another Christian girl from Okara in Punjab province, was abducted from her college on Jan. 7. The kidnapper, Muhammad Arif, allegedly raped her in his car before abandoning her in an unconscious state in front of her house.

Cousins Zarish, 17, and Angel, 15, were reported missing after they went shopping in Kot Radha Kishan, also in Punjab province, on Jan. 4.

Samuel appealed to the federal and provincial governments to make all possible efforts to ensure strict punishment for the kidnappers, who exploit and force the minor girls belonging to religious minorities to convert to Islam and marry against their wishes.

Voice for Justice chairman Joseph Jannsen said the lack of convictions of kidnappers and rapists raises questions over the competence of law enforcement agencies in Pakistan.

Carol Noreen, a Catholic women’s rights activist, emphasized the need for adequate medical and psycho-social support for the victims “to help them recover and lead a dignified life.”

Source: UCA News

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Terror has come to the capital, interior minister fears

Munawer Azeem

January 19, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Terming Monday night’s attack on a police party an act of terrorism, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed warned that this was a signal that terrorism had come to Islamabad.

Speaking to reporters after attending the funeral of martyred Head Constable Munawar Hassan at Police Lines on Tuesday, the minister said this was the first such incident of the New Year and said that all law enforcement agencies needed to raise their guard.

“This is not a matter of petty theft or dacoity, this purely is an act of terrorism,” he said.

Also on Tuesday, the media arm of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. A media release from Umar Media quoting TTP Spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani identified the two attackers as Zarrar and Umar.

TTP claims responsibility for Monday night attack on police party; Sheikh Rashid says terrorists’ sleeper cell identified

The minister also said that police had tracked down the terrorists’ sleeper cell in Rawalpindi’s Misriyal area through the registration of their motorcycle.

On Tuesday, as the martyred policeman was laid to rest in the H-11 graveyard with full honours, police registered a case against the two slain suspects, which includes charges of terrorism as well as murder and attempted murder.

Police officers told Dawn that one of the injured policemen is in critical condition and has been placed on a ventilator. Of the two others, one had only sustained minor injuries while the condition of the other is said to be improving.

Police say investigators have tangible clues and an in-depth investigation is ongoing.

Officials told Dawn the men had acquitted themselves honourably during the ambush. They said the men at the halting point were in an open space and it was hard for them to find cover or retaliate in that situation.

They said in such cases, human instinct is to try to save oneself, but the men acted bravely and took down the terrorists.

Providing further details about the assailants, sources in the police department said that the two men carried a Kalashnikov and 9MM pistols, weapons rarely used by robbers and dacoits.

They also said that while petty criminals attack only when stopped for checking, these assailants stopped some distance from the police party and opened fire on them without any warning.

Although nothing was recovered from them that could have aided in their identification, the officers said the attackers were carrying weapons, ammunition and miswaks.

Source: Dawn

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Security forces neutralise two terrorists in North Waziristan

January 18, 2022

RAWALPINDI: Security Forces have neutralised two terrorists in an Intelligence Based Operation (IBO) in Thal, North Waziristan District.

According to the ISPR, the security forces conducted an IBO on reported presence of terrorists in Thal, North Waziristan District.

“During intense exchange of fire, two terrorists – Ghayoor and Bahauddin – got killed. Large quantity of weapons and ammunition was also recovered from the killed terrorists,” the statement said.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan Taliban claim overnight attacks on police

Jan 19, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban targeted police in multiple attacks overnight in the capital, Islamabad, and the country's restive northwest. Three policemen and three assailants were killed in the shootouts, police and a militant spokesman said Tuesday. The first attack took place in Islamabad late Monday, raising fears that insurgents have a presence in one of the country's safest cities. An officer and two assailants were killed in that attack. Later, two policemen were killed in attacks in the districts of Dir and North Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan, officials said.

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North America

 

Texas synagogue hostage suspect's 'extreme' views surfaced at jailhouse mosque after 2012 theft conviction

Jan. 18, 2022

The British suspect who died after allegedly taking Jewish worshippers hostage at a Texas synagogue this weekend had a lengthy criminal background and, during one prison stint, behaved in such an "extreme" manner at a jail’s mosque it showed he was "obsessed" with Islam, sources confirmed to Fox News.

Malik Faisal Akram, 44, had a criminal record, an official at the U.K.'s Justice Department confirmed to Fox News. His last brush with the law was in 2012 when he was convicted of theft and harassment.

During the time he was in prison for that conviction, Akram, who had prior criminal offenses, reportedly conducted himself in an "extreme" manner when attending the jail's mosque, and one observer noted he was "obsessed" with Islam, according to the British official.

Gulbar Akram told the New York Times his brother was arrested at age 19 for wielding a baseball bat during a fight with his cousins and spent a six-month stint at a young offenders’ institute. Gulbar Akram said their parents had emigrated to the U.K. from Pakistan in the 1960s and raised six sons in Blackburn, England.

Also confirmed to Fox News by the British official, a rare judicial ban was issued against Akram in September 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Akram ranted in a U.K. courtroom and to justice officials about the attack in New York City, at one point telling one of the attendants he "wished he was on the plane" that crashed into the World Trade Center, the official said.

Multiple news reports indicate Akram was investigated for possible terror activity by the British intelligence agency MI-5 in the second half of 2020, but that investigation was later dropped.

Between three or four weeks ago, it’s reported detectives were also seen at Akram's house inquiring about his whereabouts.  It was around then that he left for the U.S., according to those reports.

It has been reported that Akram has been seen at anti-Guantanamo and pro-Palestinian protests in the U.K., that he has been active in various U.K. Muslim centers, and a member of an organization which U.S. intelligence follows that’s said to act as a "gateway" for terrorists.

Though a spokesperson for MI-5 would not confirm those details to Fox News, he did indicate British intelligence are working closely with US officials on the investigation.

U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel spoke by phone with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandros Mayorkas on Monday, and FBI agents are now said to be on the ground in the U.K.

Saturday’s hours-long standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas – about 15 miles northeast of Fort Worth – ended with the suspect dead and all hostages safe.

Akram could be heard on a Facebook livestream video demanding the release of an imprisoned Pakistani neuroscientist known in counterterrorism circles as "Lady Al-Qaeda."

Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2010 of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan, is being held at a federal prison in Fort Worth.

The FBI has extended investigations as far as London and Tel Aviv, and two teenagers were detained in Manchester, England, on Sunday in connection to the investigation into the Texas hostage incident.

Malik Faisal Akram’s brother, Gulbar Akram, released a statement through the Blackburn Muslim Community detailing how he was called into a police station in Greenbank, where he worked in an incident room with terrorism police liaising with the FBI and negotiators during the hostage incident.

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As a Muslim Hebrew teacher, the Texas synagogue hostage attack made me anxious and sad

Zain Hussain

Jan. 18, 2022

The Jewish community in Texas is still reeling from the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue hostage situation, which hit headlines around the world over the weekend and early this week. The identity of the perpetrator has been disclosed by the FBI. British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn in the UK was shot dead after a standoff with police. Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester in connection with the attack.

While this particular incident has captured the attention of the world, it’s not even an isolated incident. Just last October, a right-wing extremist, Franklin Barrett Sechriest, set a fire in the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue.

As a Hebrew teacher, I watched the incident unfold with horror. I couldn’t help but feel that this incident could have happened at my synagogue in London. As a Muslim, a part of me was also concerned about the anti-Muslim rhetoric that might unfold: how people might generalise about Muslim communities as a result and how Islamophobia might be bolstered by the reports.

A rise in the far-right across Europe and the US means that Jewish and Muslim communities are more under attack than ever before. In the summer of 2017, Darren Osborne drove into Finsbury Park mosque in London, killing one and injuring nine. In April 2019, John T. Earnest carried out a shooting in Poway synagogue, San Diego. Just days before, he had set fire to a mosque in Escondido. Then we had the October 2019 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand of March 2019 had happened just a few months before.

Right-wing extremism is an overwhelming physical threat to Jewish communities in Europe and the US. However, to discount Muslim antisemitism would be disingenuous. While it is too early to say what the exact motives were, it seems that the perpetrator made links between the structures of power holding Aafia Siddiqui in custody and the Jewish community. The dissemination of right-wing and white supremacist conspiracy theories about Jews ruling the world, or governing the media, unfortunately plagues many Muslim circles. Although only a small number of Muslim extremists will actually carry out terrorist attacks, it remains true that jihadists and Islamist extremists often use antisemitic conspiracy theories to justify their ideology and actions.

My fear — as is the fear of many Muslims who watched the news of the synagogue hostage situation with horror — is that this latest attack will be used to justify false, Islamophobic narratives about all Muslims. There is precedence for these concerns. In December 2021, Chairman of the Jewish National Fund UK, Samuel Hayek, was interviewed in a Jerusalem Post article headlined “Jews do not have a future in England”. The article stated that “antisemitism has been constantly rising [in the UK] and is only expected to grow,” adding, “One of the reasons is shifting demographics. The population of individuals who are anti-Jewish and anti-Israel, most significantly Muslim immigrants to the UK, is increasing and their influence on the government is too.” It continued: “The Muslim population in England has been growing consistently. An article published in the Telegraph in 2017 stated that the Muslim population could triple in the two decades and is likely to number around 13 million by 2050.” This piece, which drew a direct correlation between rising levels of antisemitism and the presence of Muslims in the UK, was disappointing to read. The fact that it encouraged Jewish people to leave the country was also deeply saddening.

The Trump administration instituted a Muslim ban not too long ago, and right-wing politicians have been calling for limits on Muslim immigration in Europe for many years now. The anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism that has plagued media and politics in the US, UK and elsewhere since 9/11 and the beginning of the War on Terror is so normalised that a whole community of people are often blamed for the violent actions of a few.

None of this means that antisemitism in Muslim circles should not be called out. It means that the response to what happened cannot be a demonisation of Muslim immigrants and communities. The heartwarming fact that Rabbi Cytron-Walker is a proud supporter and practitioner of interfaith dialogue, and has relations with a number of Muslim communal organisations, shows that Islamophobes and antisemites alike have no leg to stand on. Working together is possible — and is incredibly rewarding.

Dealing with antisemitism and Islamophobia has been important for me as a Muslim Hebrew teacher. Having seen and heard conspiracy theories about Jews among fellow Muslims growing up, I began to study Arabic and Hebrew at university to help me better understand things for myself. My year abroad in Jerusalem was incredibly eye-opening for me in a number of ways. It also showed me the ways in which Muslims and Arabs are racialised in Israel to justify an oppressive status quo of violence and occupation against Palestinians. I saw how many diaspora Jews coming to Israel had often internalised these ideas.

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US Treasury Department sanctions Hezbollah-linked individuals, company

18 January ,2022

The US Treasury Department has sanctioned three Lebanese men and one company for being linked to Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Three men and their Lebanon-based travel company were designated for facilitating and laundering finances to Hezbollah.

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“This action comes at a time in which the Lebanese economy faces an unprecedented crisis and Hezbollah, as part of Lebanon’s government, is blocking economic reforms and inhibiting much needed change for the Lebanese people,” a statement from the Treasury Department said.

For his part, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said Hezbollah was just like other corrupt actors in Lebanon. “Hezbollah continues to profit from insulated business ventures and backdoor political deals, amassing wealth that the Lebanese people never see,” he said.

He added that Tuesday’s move was meant to disrupt businessmen from raising and laundering funds for the group “while the Lebanese people face worsening economic and humanitarian crises.”

“It is clear Hezbollah and its associates are more concerned with advancing their own interests and those of their patron, Iran, than the best interests of the Lebanese people,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

While the move was welcomed by current and former US officials, a cut in staff has negatively impacted the fight against Hezbollah, one former Treasury Department official said.

“Today’s action is important, but the Treasury’s actions against Hezbollah have slowed to a crawl,” former Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea told Al Arabiya English.

Citing “Spiderz,” the group of hackers that leaked names and information of people it alleged had accounts with a US-sanctioned financial arm of Hezbollah, Billingslea said the Treasury Department “knows and can do more.”

But the cut in staff to “low, single digits” has impaired these efforts, he said.

“The Under-Secretary needs to direct OIA and OFAC to reprioritize this mission,” Billingslea said, referring to the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Dubai's Emirates suspends flights to several US destinations on 5G concerns

19 January ,2022

Dubai's Emirates airline announced on Tuesday that it will suspend flights to several destinations in the US as of Jan. 19 until further notice because of concerns over 5G mobile deployment.

The move is “due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US”, the company said. It said the destinations include Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Emirates flights to New York's JFK, Los Angeles International Airport and Washington DC's Dulles International Airport will continue to operate as usual, the company added.

“We are working closely with aircraft manufacturers and the relevant authorities to alleviate operational concerns, and we hope to resume our US services as soon as possible,” the carrier said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

Central Mosque of Brent launches Breathe Easy support group

January 18, 2022

The Central Mosque of Brent is set to launch a 'breathe easy' group to support those with asthma and lung conditions.

Launching at 2pm this Friday (January 21), the group aims to end the "isolation" felt by sufferers. It will then meet one Friday per month.

Instigators have said the service is particularly important as Brent has one of the highest rates of asthma hospitalisations in London.

Dr Riaz, who is treasurer and trustee at the mosque said: “This support group is vital, and we want to welcome everyone, whatever their background or religion to the mosque. 

“It is in a socially deprived area, with high levels of smoking and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

"Around 60 per cent of the population, especially in the south of the borough is BAME, and these communities can be reluctant to seek out health advice."

Source: Kilburn Times

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French anti-Islam candidate convicted over racist remarks

18/01/2022

PARIS–

A French court on Monday found far-right presidential hopeful Eric Zemmour guilty of racist hate speech for a tirade against unaccompanied child migrants.

Zemmour drew widespread outrage in September 2020 when he told the CNews channel that child migrants were “thieves, killers, they’re rapists. That’s all they are. We should send them back”.

Zemmour, a media pundit who is struggling to assemble the endorsements from elected officials he needs to compete in April’s presidential vote, did not show up in court to hear the verdict, having already skipped his trial in November.

The court fined him €10,000 ($11,400) in daily instalments of €100 over 100 days. He could be jailed if he fails to pay the sum.

Zemmour’s lawyer, Olivier Pardo, said he would appeal the verdict.

The case was “nothing other than another attempt to intimidate me”, Zemmour said last year, adding that “they won’t shut me up”.

The journalist and author has two previous convictions for hate speech and has been investigated 16 times in total over incendiary remarks on immigration and Islam.

In 2011, he was fined €10,000 for claiming on TV that “most drug dealers are black and Arab”. In 2018, he was ordered to pay €3,000 for comments about a Muslim “invasion” of France.

His dramatic entrance into front-line politics after a career spent in the media sent waves through the French ruling class in September, making him briefly the most talked-about challenger to President Emmanuel Macron.

Like all candidates in the race, Zemmour needs to muster 500 endorsements from elected figures around the country by the middle of March in order to have his name on the ballot for the two rounds of voting in April.

Source: The Arab Weekly

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Turkey’s Erdogan warns Russia against invading Ukraine

18 January ,2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Russia against invading Ukraine, calling the former Soviet republic a “powerful” country with international friends.

Turkey's supply of combat drones to Ukraine has drawn the wrath of Russia, which fears they could be used by Kyiv in its years-long conflict in two regions of the Moscow-backed separatist east.

Speaking to Turkish reporters in Albania, Erdogan said he intended to discuss the rising tensions with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“You cannot handle these things by saying 'I will invade something, I will take it',” Turkish media quoted Erdogan as saying.

“I don't see Russia's invasion of Ukraine as a realistic option because it is not an ordinary country. Ukraine is a powerful country,” said Erdogan, who backs Ukraine's NATO aspirations.

In December, Putin criticised Ukraine for deploying Turkish attack drones, urging Ankara to put pressure on Kyiv not to use the military hardware, which has played a key role in conflicts in Libya and over Azerbaijan's separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey has countered by saying it cannot be held responsible for how the drones are used by countries after they are sold.

Erdogan said he has always opposed Russia's approach to Ukraine, criticising its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

He added that Russia “should review the state of affairs in the world and its own state of affairs before deciding to take this step” to invade.

“We need to rip war out of political history,” Erdogan said.

The West accuses Russia of deploying tanks, artillery and about 100,000 soldiers across Ukraine's northern and eastern borders in preparation for a possible invasion.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Swiss prosecutor's office launches case over banner targeting Turkish president

Bayram Altug 

19.01.2022

BERN, Switzerland

Swiss prosecutors launched a case Tuesday against four people over a banner targeting Turkiye’s president at a rally held in 2017.

Ahead of a constitutional referendum in Turkiye, a protest rally against the Turkish government was held in the Swiss capital Bern, during which some demonstrators carried a banner featuring an image of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the words “Kill Erdogan with his own weapons” and a gun being pointed at his head. The Swiss police did not intervene.

The rally was organized in Parliament Square in front of the federal parliament building by extreme left groups in the country and by sympathizers of the PKK and YPG terrorist organizations and far-left terror group DHKP-C.

Prosecutors at the time opened a probe for “alleged public provocation of crimes or violence,” and an investigation was also opened in Turkiye.

The prosecutor's office did not share the indictment it prepared against the four suspects with the press on the grounds of protecting their privacy.

In the case, in which the Swiss press showed interest, members of the press were made to sign a document at the entrance of the court stating they would not publish any information about the suspects.

Swiss police also adopted extensive security measures inside and outside the court. A small group that came to support the suspects demonstrated in front of the court building.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Killing or injuring of protestors by Sudan security forces 'serious concern' for UN

Peter Kenny  

18.01.2022

GENEVA

The situation in Sudan is of “serious concern,” with fatalities of peaceful protestors at the hands of security forces almost daily as statistics show 71 deaths and more than 2,200 injured since the October coup, the UN Human Rights Office said Tuesday.

Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told a press conference in Geneva that in addition to the casualties in Sudan, there has been a clampdown on critics of the authorities and independent journalists.

“Credible statistics from the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors show that 71 people have been killed and more than 2,200 injured by state security forces during protests since the 25 October 2021 coup d'etat,” she said.

Since the beginning of this year, she said, 17 people have been killed.

“Yesterday alone, security forces brutally dispersed demonstrators in (the capital) Khartoum, resulting in the killing of seven and injury of dozens of protesters by live ammunition,” said Shamdasani.

Hit by canisters

She said more than 25% of those injured appeared to have been hit directly by tear gas canisters.

There are concerns that security forces are firing tear gas canisters horizontally, directed at individuals, violating international standards and called for independent investigations.

“We repeat our call on the Sudanese authorities to immediately cease the unnecessary and disproportionate use of force – including the use of live ammunition – against peaceful protesters,” said Shamdasani.

Using live ammunition is only permissible as a last resort in case of an imminent threat to life or of serious injury, she explained.

“A campaign of arbitrary arrest and detention against protesters, journalists, and media workers continues amid the state of emergency, with security forces breaking into activists' homes,” said Shamdasani.

She said security forces have been entering hospitals to arrest wounded protesters, preventing them from accessing emergency care.

“There are also disturbing reports of assaults against healthcare workers and facilities,” said the UN official.

Shamdasni detailed the clampdown seen through increasing arrests of journalists, home and office raids and searches, ill-treatment of journalists, and suspension of licenses.

At least eight journalists have been mistreated by security forces while covering protests, she said.

On Jan. 15, the broadcasting license of Aljazeera Live – the Arabic-language channel that is part of the Aljazeera Media Network – was revoked.

On Jan. 13, Sudanese armed forces reportedly entered the office of Al Araby Television in Khartoum, arresting four of its staff while covering a protest from the rooftop of the building.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Govt leaving shariah judge sexual harassment case to cops

January 18, 2022

PETALING JAYA: The case of a top shariah court judge who had allegedly sexually harassed a woman will be left to the police to probe, says religious affairs minister Idris Ahmad.

In a statement, he pledged that the religious affairs unit under the Prime Minister’s Department will not be interfering in the ongoing investigations.

“As stated, the matter is being investigated by the police. The Prime Minister’s Department will leave the issue to the police to investigate.”

He also urged individuals to refrain from making any statements that may be seen to interfere or disrupt police investigations.

Idris said this after the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association urged the government to intervene in the issue. They said there was a risk that the good image of the shariah judiciary could be tainted with a squabble among shariah officers over the case.

Some had called for calm to allow the probe to be conducted, but other statements called for the judge to be benched while investigations were carried out.

Police are probing a complaint by a woman who claimed the top shariah judge had sexually harassed her, after she stumbled upon him lying naked on her bed in August 2020.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Malaysia's Muslim Council of Elders condemns Houthi terrorist attack on civil facilities in UAE

19-01-2022

KUALA LUMPUR, 19th January, 2022 (WAM) -- The Muslim Council of Elders in Malaysia, headed by Dr. Zulkifl Muhammad Al Bakri, has expressed its condemnation of the terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on civil facilities in the UAE.

Dr. Al Bakri, a member of the Muslim Council of Elders and head of the Council’s branch in Malaysia, pointed out that such terrorist acts contravene all international norms and laws, highlighting the Council's full solidarity and support for the UAE leadership and people.

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Joko Widodo lauds Indonesia's oldest Catholic university

Ryan Dagur

January 18, 2022

President Joko Widodo has expressed his gratitude to one of the oldest Catholic universities founded by European missionaries for its contribution to the progress of Indonesia.

He was speaking on Jan. 17 at the 67th anniversary of Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, West Java, one of the oldest and prestigious private universities managed by the leadership of the Catholic Church since its foundation in 1955, a decade after Indonesia's independence.

The Indonesian president, who was present at the event with Education Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim, said he was grateful for the role played by the university “in the history of the nation in the form of thoughts, human resources and real works for the progress of Indonesia.”

Widodo appealed to the university to continue to live up to Pancasila, the five principles of Indonesia's national ideology based on secularism, which he said was the strength of the Muslim-majority country.

“I hope that this university will contribute to the transformation of Indonesia, contributing through superior human resources, through innovation in science and technology," he said.

Widodo also inaugurated the new Arntz-Geise building on the campus to commemorate the names of the two pioneering European missionaries, Bishop Pierre Marin Arntz OSC of Bandung and Bishop Paternus Nicholas Joannes Cornelius Geise OFM of Bogor.

Mangadar Situmorang, the rector of the university, thanked Widodo for his visit while assuring the president that they were committed to Indonesia's development and honoring Pancasila.

He said, historically, this was based on the university’s proximity to Indonesia’s founding fathers, both the first president Sukarno and the first vice president Muhammad Hatta, who had visited the campus in its early years.

“In the history of this country, this university can be proud because it inherited the noble values of Pancasila from the two founding fathers. This sense of pride and gratitude is also a responsibility to liven up Pancasila in academic studies and the practice of living with the people,” he said.

Source: UCA News

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Imo govt opens up on alleged Miyetti Allah vigilante operation

January 18, 2022

By Tunji Adedeji

The Imo State Government has denied reports that Miyetti Allah vigilantes have arrived in the state to help security agencies fight crime.

The Commissioner for Information, Hon Declan Emelumba, who described the report as a fabricated story, said at no time did the state government give any approval to the vigilante to operate in Imo as claimed by the story.

Emelumba, said the aim of the story, which he said was authored by desperate opposition, was to cause ethnic tension in the state.

The Information Commissioner said, “This is to alert imo people that there is no truth in the story being circulated by the opposition which has become more desperate. The Government is not aware of any Miyetti Allah vigilante.”

He further said the government will not hesitate to intimate them of any security arrangements it is making but certainly not outside established security agencies.

While urging Imo people to disregard the story, Emelumba warned purveyors of the fake news to be mindful of the consequences of their ill-advised action and desist forthwith.

Recall that some media reports had alleged that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said its members have teamed up with security agents to tackle unidentified gunmen and suspected criminals in Imo State.

Source: Daily Post

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Pray, carry emergency bag, advises Kenyan priest caught in terror attack

January 19, 2022

Consolata Father Nicholas Makau, who was thrust into the center of the January 2019 al-Shabab attack on an upscale office complex in Nairobi in Kenya, said time has given him a chance to process events, and he shared some thoughts on how priests in similar situations can respond.

Father Makau advised priests who find themselves approaching a crisis situation to pray, invoking God in silence and making themselves part and parcel of the situation. He also advised them to exercise extreme sensitivity, so they do not increase the people's grief.

"We are priests and human. So, when consoling the people or grieving with them, one can grieve to the point of losing control. Sensitivity helps understand that we are human and we can grieve," he said.

However, he urged priests to try to keep an emotional distance so that they can offer true consolation to strengthen the people.

"In my case, these were my Christians. I had already known their families. So I had to take myself out of the situation so that I empathized with them as an outsider. It is not an easy thing," he said.

Father Makau also encouraged priests in similar situations to carry a "humanitarian bag" in case they have to anoint dying people or offer spiritual support. Material issues also come into play, he said.

For instance, "some family members of the victims could not afford to move from one hospital to another in search of their relatives," said Father Makau.

The 2019 attack was just yards from the Consolata Missionaries' regional house. As news of the attack spread, Father Makau said, he tried to reach the people he knew in the complex. He also reached out to priests at the Consolata Shrine to find out if they had heard from other parishioners.

"One Christian called to ask me to accompany him to the scene of the attack since he was too weak to go there alone. So I called some nuns, some brothers and priests so that we can go there as a team," he said.

Once the priests and nuns arrived, armed with Bibles and rosaries, word spread. Father Makau said devastated people searching for family members asked for prayers, especially from the Catholic sisters.

"You know ... an event or activity where sisters are seen draws a lot of attention. Now that the nuns were there and were seen, the church was seen to be present," said Father Makau.

He said he saw his role and that of other religious leaders as accompanying the people who were looking for answers, especially following the terrorist attack. He spent days offering spiritual and social support to affected families, who wondered if they had done something wrong.

"They would interact with us as religious, asking questions," he said. "Is it the people who are not being obedient to the Lord God? Is it someone who had done something wrong in the family? This is my first born, how come has died and only got this job this year?"

He said people sought answers from religious leaders of different denominations, but that they provided answers through prayer and Bible reading.

"It worked well because could see people going through with some faith. I can recall some parents saying, 'Well, it's God's way, and when God's way has come, we want to cooperate. We cannot do anything,'" he said. Some, however, wondered if this was the best God could give the people.

Source: UCA News

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Sudanese barricade streets, close shops after seven people killed

18 January ,2022

Sudanese shuttered shops and barricaded Khartoum streets on Tuesday in a civil disobedience campaign to protest one of the bloodiest days since an October coup derailed the country’s democratic transition.

Security forces on Monday killed at least seven people during anti-coup protests by thousands, bringing the total fatalities from the crackdown on anti-coup demonstrations to 71, according to medics.

Sudan’s main civilian bloc, the Forces for Freedom and Change, called for two days of civil disobedience to begin on Tuesday.

“Shop closed for mourning,” said a series of small signs posted on the closed outlets at the sprawling Sajane construction supplies market in Khartoum.

One of the merchants, Othman el-Sherif, was among those shot dead on Monday.

In several other parts of Khartoum, too, many pharmacies and other shops were shuttered, according to an AFP correspondent.

Sudan’s University for Science and Technology suspended all activities as part of the civil disobedience, according to an official statement.

As they do regularly, police on Tuesday fired tear gas at dozens of protesters setting up roadblocks, this time on the streets of east Khartoum, according to an AFP correspondent.

After Monday’s deaths the United Nations special representative Volker Perthes condemned the use of live ammunition and the US embassy criticized “violent tactics of Sudanese security forces,” the latest such appeals by world powers, which have not curbed a rising death toll.

Washington’s Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee and special envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, were expected in Khartoum where they would “reiterate our call for security forces to end violence and respect freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” spokesman Ned Price said.

On Monday, Sudan’s police said they used “the least force” to counter the protests, in which about 50 police personnel were wounded in confrontations.

Authorities have repeatedly denied using live ammunition against demonstrators, and insist scores of security personnel have been wounded during protests which have occurred regularly since the October 25 coup.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Suicide bomb blast in Somali capital kills at least 4

Mohammed Dhaysane

18.01.2022

MOGADISHU, Somalia

At least four people, including civilians, were killed, while 10 others were wounded in a suicide bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday evening, officials said.

It was an attack by a suicide bomber that blew himself up in a restaurant located steps away from the Somali military camp in Mogadishu's Wadajir neighborhood, a police officer in Mogadishu told Anadolu Agency over the phone.

"Four people have been killed and at least 10 others injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant located at the opposite of the Nacnac camp in Mogadishu's Wadajir district," the Somali National News Agency also reported.

The wounded civilians were rushed to hospitals in the capital for treatment, according to police.

Mohamed Abdi Ibrahim, a 35-year-old eyewitness who spoke Anadolu Agency after the blast, said he saw several wounded civilians crying for help, while the scene was very chaotic.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Libyan speaker’s call for new constitution panel draws fire

Mohamed Eritma  

18.01.2022

TRIPOLI, Libya

Libya’s constitution-drafting assembly warned Tuesday that the formation of a new panel will worsen the country’s crisis.

Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh called on Monday for forming a new assembly of 30 experts representing Libya’s three regions to draft a “consensual” constitution within a one-month period.

“The assembly rejects Saleh’s proposal because it contradicts the constitutional declaration,” the assembly’s chief, al-Jilani Arhoma, told Anadolu Agency.

He warned that the proposal “will drag the country into further escalation”.

"The final say is for the Libyan people through a referendum only,” Arhoma stressed.

Assembly member Nadia Omran, for her part, considered Saleh’s proposal as an attempt to “waste more time”.

“It is an attempt to waste time in order to remain in power and prevent the drafting of a constitution and holding elections,” Omran told Anadolu Agency.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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15 al-Shabaab terrorists killed in Kenya

Andrew Wasike  

18.01.2022

NAIROBI, Kenya

Fifteen al-Shabaab militants hiding in a camp in Boni forest in Kenya’s southeastern Garissa County were killed on Monday, police said.

In a statement on Tuesday, police said 15 terrorists were killed after being cornered by a multi-agency team tasked with conducting operations in the troubled Boni forest.

Two command and logistic bases of militants in Bodhei area in Lamu County were also destroyed in an operation, the statement said, adding rifles, explosives, bullets, military uniforms and communication equipment were also recovered.

Al-Shabaab has killed 13 people in night raids on villages and an attack on police this month.

“The group is suspected to be behind the recent series of attacks in Lamu,” the statement added.

According to the Kenyan military, al-Shabaab militants have set up camps and used the Boni forest to infiltrate Kenya due to its close proximity to the porous Kenya-Somalia border.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Tunisian president extends state of emergency for 1 month

Adel Thabeti 

18.01.2022

TUNIS, Tunisia

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Tuesday extended the country's state of emergency for another month.

The extension will last until Feb. 18, according to the Tunisian official gazette.

Saied had extended the state of emergency before on July 24 for six months, ending on Wednesday.

Tunisia had first announced the state of emergency in 2015 following a terrorist attack. Since then, it has been extended by authorities.

Under these measures, the Interior Ministry is granted emergency powers to stop meetings and gatherings, impose curfews, and clamp down on media organizations.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudan orders investigation into protester deaths

Mohammed Amin  

18.01.2022

KHARTOUM, Sudan

The head of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the killing of seven protesters during anti-military protests a day earlier.

Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan issued a decree to form an investigation committee into Monday’s killings and to submit its findings within 72 hours, the council said in a statement.

Seven demonstrators were killed and more than 100 others injured by army fire during protests demanding full civilian rule on Monday, according to local medics.

The new fatalities brought the death toll since October to 71.

Earlier Tuesday, three associations representing Sudanese doctors suspended working at hospitals run by the military as part of pressure for full civilian rule.

Sudan has been in turmoil since Oct. 25, 2021 when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's transitional government and declared a state of emergency.

Prior to the military takeover, Sudan was governed by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials tasked with overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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