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ISIL Achieving Goal for Establishing Caliphate: Reports France 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISIL Achieving Goal for Establishing Caliphate: Militants are seen driving in vehicles near the central Iraqi city of Tikrit, June 8, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

ISIL Achieving Goal for Establishing Caliphate: Reports France 24

Iraqi fighter jets kill over a dozen ISIL terrorists

US urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse

ISIL militants reportedly take control of Baiji refinery

Thousands more Volunteers join Iraq army to fight against ISIL

No immunity granted to US forces: Iraq

UN official strongly condemns car bomb attack in Beirut

US, West liable for provoking Syria crisis: Diplomat

Israel threatens Syria with more attacks

3 terror plotters to die for targeting Saudi banks

UAE jails 7 for ties with Al-Qaeda

Syria hands over last of its chemical weapons: OPCW

Qur’an available in 72 languages at Grand Mosque

ISIL terrorists linked to Israel, KSA: Analyst

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Southeast Asia

Web Preaches Jihad to China's Muslim Uighurs

KPI wants sex and violence off the air during Ramadhan

Densus 88 Arrests Suspected Terrorist in East Jakarta

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Pakistan

Pakistan Expresses Determination to Root out Terrorism

Central Leader of ANP Wants Good and Bad Taliban Distinction Eliminated

Flights resume after deadly attack on Peshawar airport

Six of a family killed in Nowshera gun attack

Back-channel talks with India revived

Balochistan govt ready to host IDPs, says Dr Malik

Punjab Governor meets Qadri, offers security on behalf of Punjab Govt

Altaf opposes using state machinery against Qadri

IDPs reaching Hangu cause worry

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South Asia

800 Taliban fought Afghan troops in 5-day battle: Officials

Lanka to dig up suspected Muslim mass grave

BD delays war crimes verdict on prominent leader

Money flies away from Bangladesh

8 Huji men to walk gallows

Afghan candidate meets poll officials amid crisis

US still wants political dialogue with Bangladesh

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Europe

Britain will face costs of Islamic extremism for 'many years': Head of Specialist Operations

French imams, chaplains seek ways to combat Islamist radicalisation

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India

Hindu outfit threatens to attack top Pak diplomats

Muzaffarnagar riots: Case against 10 Muslim leaders

Proposal for 12% Maratha, 6% Muslim quota

Free Coaching By Anjuman-i-Islam for Muslim IIT Aspirants

Iraq crisis: All options open for evacuation of Indians from Iraq says HM

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Mideast

Israel military operations may lead to new intifada: UN official

Israel launches air raids on Gaza Strip

Iraq unrest plot against Muslim world: Iran FM

Turkish court acquits 25 in coup plot trial

Turkey Condemns Attacks against Muslims in Sri Lanka

63 Palestinian inmates suspend hunger strike: Lawyer

Hamas refutes Israeli claims over abduction of teenagers

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Africa

17 Muslims killed in Central Africa's latest sectarian strife

Nigerian security probes mass kidnapping by Boko Haram

Nigeria: Islamic Leader Berates Can over Attack On Ja'amatu Nasril Islam

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North America

Wildlife crime bankrolling terror, militia groups: UN

423 killed in Ukraine clashes since April: UN

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

ISIL Achieving Goal for Establishing Caliphate: Reports France 24

Jun 25, 2014

Militants from the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are achieving their goal of establishing the so-called Islamic caliphate, a report says.

The report by France 24 claimed that, by seizing cities in Iraq’s west, the ISIL has practically gained enough land to establish what they call an Islamic caliphate.

Since June 10, Iraq has been witnessing a new wave of violence fuelled by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists. The militants have been operating in the Iraqi provinces of Nineveh, Diyala, Salahuddin and al-Anbar.

While the ISIL terrorists - aided by senior military commanders from Iraq’s Ba’ath party who back slain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein - have occupied vast areas of Iraqi territories, displaced hundreds of thousands of people and ruined cities, US Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Iraq to discuss the formation of a new Iraqi government.

In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday, Kerry said potential US support for Iraqi authorities against the ISIL largely depends on their ability to quickly form a new government. This is while the recent elections in Iraq have already given Maliki’s party a plurality in the parliament.

Kerry also met with Masoud Barzani on Tuesday, the president of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in the region’s capital, Erbil.

The US on the one hand entices Barzani to boldly speak of an independent Kurdistan, and on the other hand, stresses that the future Iraqi government has to be one of national unity. At the same time, US and Saudi-supplied weapons and funds are being used by the ISIL militants, who have vowed to take their campaign of violence to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists since two weeks ago.

Iraq’s Human Rights Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani has strongly condemned the ISIL militants for numerous violations against the Iraqi people, saying they have executed hundreds of prisoners in Nineveh Province.

Meanwhile, a recent report has revealed that the ISIL militants, which the US deems as a threat, were trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in secret camps inside Jordan.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/25/368545/isil-achieving-goal-to-run-caliphate/

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Iraqi fighter jets kill over a dozen ISIL terrorists

Jun 24, 2014

Iraqi army warplanes have pounded several areas in the strategic oil town of Baiji, killing over a dozen Takfiri militants and injuring several others.

The causalities come after warplanes targeted militants’ hideouts in the town of Baiji and its surroundings on Tuesday.

Iraqi media reports say at least 17 others were severely injured in the raids.

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials say 19 people including civilians have been killed as a result of the ongoing violence in the same troubled region.

This comes as the army and thousands of volunteers are trying to repel the militants' renewed push to seize Iraq's largest oil refinery north of Baghdad.

The militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claim they have captured the refinery. However, the army says it is in full control of the site.

The strategically important refinery has been the scene of heavy fighting since militants launched a major offensive on June 9. It has filled some 50 percent of Iraq's demand for refined oil products.

In a separate development, the Iraqi army soldiers are conducting mop-up operations in the east and north of the country, dealing a heavy blow to militants.

The armed forces have gunned down an unspecified number of militants from the ISIL in the eastern Diyala Province.

According to local media reports, an airstrike has targeted a group of ISIL militants hiding in a building in Mosul in the northwest. Military officials say government forces are now in full control of southern areas in Tal Afar, west of Mosul.

The Iraqi forces have also killed at least 80 militants in the north of Samarra in Salahuddin Province. The army says more than 20 vehicles were also destroyed in that operation.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of some Iraqi towns a “conspiracy.” The premier has also blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368420/iraqi-jets-pound-militants-hideouts/

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US urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse

June 25, 2014

ARBIL: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country.

Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country’s biggest oil refinery on Tuesday and militants launched an attack on one of its largest air bases less than 100km from the capital.

More than 1,000 people, mainly civilians, have been killed in less than three weeks, the United Nations said, calling the figure “very much a minimum”.

The figure includes unarmed government troops machine-gunned in mass graves by insurgents, as well as several reported incidents of prisoners killed in their cells by retreating government forces.

erry flew to the Kurdish region on a trip through the Middle East to rescue Iraq following a lightning advance by the Sunni fighters led by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS).

US officials believe that persuading the Kurds to stick with the political process in Baghdad is vital to keep Iraq from splitting apart. “If they decide to withdraw from the Baghdad political process it will accelerate a lot of the negative trends,” said a senior State Department official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

Kurdish leaders have made it clear that the settlement keeping Iraq together as a state is now in jeopardy.

“We are facing a new reality and a new Iraq,” Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said at the start of his meeting with Kerry. Earlier, he blamed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s “wrong policies” for the violence and called for him to quit, saying it was “very difficult” to imagine Iraq staying together.

Kerry told Barzani that Iraq needed to stay united, a State Department official said, referring to the Kurdish leader’s comments about wanting an independent state.

The official summarised Kerry’s message as: “Whatever your aspirations are for your future, your interests now in the near-term are for a stable, sovereign and unified Iraq.” The five million Kurds, who have ruled themselves within Iraq in relative peace since the 1990s, have seized on this month’s chaos to expand their own territory, taking control of rich oil deposits.

Two days after the Sunni fighters launched their uprising by seizing the north’s biggest city Mosul, Kurdish troops took full control of Kirkuk, a city they consider their historic capital and which was abandoned by the fleeing Iraqi army.

The Kurds’ capture of Kirkuk, just outside the boundary of their autonomous zone, eliminates their main incentive to remain part of Iraq: its oil deposits could generate more revenue than the Kurds now receive from Baghdad as part of the settlement that has kept them from declaring independence.

FIGHTING AT REFINERY: Baghdad is racing against time as the insurgents consolidate their grip on Sunni provinces.

The Baiji refinery, a strategic industrial complex 200km north of Baghdad, remained a frontline early on Tuesday. Militants said late on Monday they had seized it, but two government officials said troop reinforcements had been flown into the compound and fended off the assault.

Local tribal leaders said they were negotiating with both the Shia-led government and the Sunni fighters to allow the tribes to run the plant if Iraqi forces withdrew. One of the government officials said Baghdad wanted the tribes to break with ISIS and other Sunni armed factions, and help defend the compound.

The plant has been fought over since last Wednesday, with sudden reversals for both sides and no clear winner so far.

In northeastern Iraq, violence continued between Sunni militants and Kurdish peshmerga fighters. Police in Diyala province said two peshmerga members were killed by a sniper and two wounded in Jalawla, 115km northeast of Baghdad.

Police in Kirkuk said gunmen shot dead a local ethnic Turkmen government official in his car in the city centre.

In the town of Yathrib, 90km north of Baghdad, tribes aided by ISIS fighters attacked the huge al Bakr air base, known under US occupation as “Camp Anaconda”, with mortars, according to a security source and the deputy head of the municipality.

Police and army forces also clashed with ISIS militants just north of the town of Udhaim in nearby Diyala province, after being driven out of the town into several villages around the Himreen mountains, a militant hideout, security sources said.

In recent days, Baghdad’s grip on the Western frontier with Syria and Jordan has been challenged. One post on the Syrian border has fallen to Sunni militants and another has been taken over by the Kurds. A third crossing with Syria and the only crossing with Jordan are contested, with anti-government fighters and Baghdad both claiming control.

For ISIS, capturing the frontier is a step towards the goal of erasing the modern border altogether and building a caliphate across swathes of Iraq and Syria.

An Iraqi military spokesman said the government had carried out air strikes on a militant gathering in the town of al-Qaim near the Syrian border, which is under the control of the coalition of Sunni armed groups, including ISIS. A hospital official in Qaim said 17 people died in the strikes and 52 were wounded, a number that was impossible to confirm independtly.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1114945/us-urges-kurds-to-save-iraq-from-collapse

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ISIL militants reportedly take control of Baiji refinery

Jun 24, 2014

Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have reportedly taken control of an important oil refinery in Iraq.

According to media reports, Takfiri militants captured Baiji refinery in Salahuddin Province, north of the capital, Baghdad.

However, the reports were rejected by Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that Iraqi forces were in control of the refinery.

Takfiri militants have been attacking Baiji refinery, which produces a third of the country’s oil output, for the past ten days. Earlier reports said that the militants destroyed some stores of oil in the refinery.

The refinery was reportedly shut down last week and many employees had been evacuated because major towns seized by the militants, including the city of Mosul, were no longer being supplied with refined products.

Iraqi forces continue their battle against the ISIL Takfiri group, which is threatening to take its acts of violence to several Iraqi cities, including Baghdad.

On June 10, the ISIL militants took control of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province. They later took control of the city of Tikrit, located about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul a “conspiracy.” The Iraqi prime minister has also blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368402/isil-captures-baiji-refinery-in-iraq/

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Thousands more volunteers join Iraq army to fight against ISIL

Jun 24, 2014

A large number of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to military recruitment centres to join the battle against militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

On Tuesday, hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Federal Police Command headquarters in the capital Baghdad to receive application forms and go through required medical tests.

Security officials in Basra say up to 100000 people in the province have registered to fight alongside government troops.

This comes as Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on all Iraqi people and political factions to unite and support the government and army in their battle against the terrorists.

Meanwhile, Iraq’s army spokesman says security forces have the upper hand against the militants from the ISIL. General Qassim Atta says troops, in their latest battles, have conducted anti-terror operations against the Takfiri militants in several locations across the country.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368458/many-more-iraqis-join-fight-against-isil/

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No immunity granted to US forces: Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Baghdad has not agreed to grant immunity from local prosecution to US forces that are being deployed to Iraq, which is fighting against Takfiri militants, reports say.

According to Iraqi local media reports, a government source on Tuesday rejected the claims after reports from the Pentagon said Iraq had assured Washington that US forces would not be subject to possible prosecution in Iraqi courts.

The source, whose name was not mentioned in the reports, said that granting immunity to US forces is a “baseless” claim made by “some media outlets.”

The reports also said that the issue of US troops’ immunity was part of a deal for Iraq to receive military aid from the US.

Earlier in June, US President Barack Obama approved the deployment of hundreds of special operations forces into Iraq to help Baghdad halt the advances of militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that the first teams of up to 300 US military advisers have started their mission in Baghdad.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368477/no-immunity-granted-to-us-forces-iraq/

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UN official strongly condemns car bomb attack in Beirut

Jun 25, 2014

The United Nations (UN) special coordinator for Lebanon has denounced a recent car bomb attack near a military checkpoint in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

“The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly strongly condemned yesterday’s... bombing close to a Lebanese army checkpoint at the Tayyouneh roundabout at the entrance to the southern suburbs of Beirut,” Plumbly’s office said in a statement, which was issued on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/25/368524/un-slams-car-bomb-attack-in-lebanon/

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US, West liable for provoking Syria crisis: Diplomat

Jun 24, 2014

Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Mahmoud has held the United States, its Western allies and certain countries in the Middle East accountable for provoking the ongoing crisis in Syria.

The US, West and some regional countries shoulder responsibility for the existing crisis in Syria and the killing of the Syrian and Iraqi people, Mahmoud told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

Since the outset of the war in Syria, Damascus has warned against the spread of terrorism in the region, he said, urging the international community to take serious action to counter terrorists and to make countries that support them stop the flow of weapons and financial assistance to terrorist groups.

He emphasized that Syria has been fighting the Western-backed Takfiri groups over the past three years.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368426/us-west-liable-for-syria-crisis/

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Israel threatens Syria with more attacks

Jun 24, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened that Israel would carry out more assaults against Syria, following recent airstrikes and shelling against targets inside the Arab country.

Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel would respond with even tougher force if Syria retaliates.

“Last night we operated with great force against Syrian targets that acted against us, and if needed we will use additional force,” he told members of his extremist Likud Party. “We will continue to forcefully hurt anyone who attacks us or tries to attack us.”

According to the Israeli military, airstrikes hit nine targets in Syria. Reports said that the attacks killed at least 10 people in the Arab country. The Israeli strikes are said to have destroyed two tanks, two artillery batteries and the headquarters of Syria’s 90th brigade.

Syria slammed the deadly attacks from the air and the ground as a “blatant violation” of its territory and urged the United Nations to condemn the aggression.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368369/israel-threatens-syria-with-more-attacks/

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3 terror plotters to die for targeting Saudi banks

25 June 2014

Three people have been sentenced to death by a special court in Jeddah after being found guilty of joining Al-Qaeda’s intelligence unit and plotting to target Saudi banks.

One defendant was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of providing another defendant with a sketch of several locations around the US Embassy in Jeddah and mixing with Westerners and Americans with the eventual aim of abducting them.

He was also accused of receiving espionage training from the other defendant, harboring the cell leader and adopting a deviant ideology.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/591971

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UAE jails 7 for ties with Al-Qaeda

24 June 2014

ABU DHABI: Seven men arrested last year on suspicion of planning attacks on the UAE were jailed on Monday for belonging to an Al-Qaeda network and aiding its affiliate in Syria.

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi acquitted two others on trial in the same case, the official news agency WAM said, adding that they were Arabs rather than Emirati citizens.

The UAE said at the time of the arrests in April 2013 that the men were Arab nationals who had been helping Al-Qaeda with recruitment, financing and logistical support.

The nine men on trial were accused of supporting Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting Bashar Assad’s government in Syria. Other charges included forming an Al-Qaeda cell in the UAE while two of the defendants were accused of setting up websites to spread Al-Qaeda’s ideology, WAM said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/591251

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Syria hands over last of its chemical weapons: OPCW

Jun 24, 2014

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirms that Syria has handed over the last components of its arsenal of chemical weapons.

OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said the remaining chemicals were loaded on the Danish ship Ark Futura on Monday.

“The ship made its last call at the port of Latakia in what has been a long and patient campaign in support of this international endeavor," he added.

The Kremlin said on Monday that Syria had carried out a unique and unprecedented operation in the OPCW’s history.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368350/syria-last-chemical-weapons-shipped-out/

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Qur’an available in 72 languages at Grand Mosque

25 June 2014

The Kingdom has almost completed elaborate and comprehensive arrangements for Qur’an recitation at Makkah’s Grand Mosque ahead of Ramadan. The Qur’an is now available in 72 different foreign languages.

“We have developed a state-of-the-art technology system that any smartphone user with a barcode reader application can use to download the Qur’an software inside the Grand Mosque in the language of choice,” Ali Hamid Al Nafji, a senior official at the Presidency of the Grand Mosque Affairs, told Arab News. “The Qur’an, along with commentary and translation, is available for download in most of the world’s major languages, including Sinhalese, Telugu, Somali and Chinese,” he said.

The number of shelves has been doubled to include more storage space for the holy books.”The number of shelves inside the Grand Mosque has been increased to 4,000 shelves containing 950,000 copies of the Qur’an in different languages for worshippers to read,” he said.

The six imams appointed to lead the evening taraweeh and pre-dawn tahajjud prayers include Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, Saud Al-Shuraim, Abdullah Al-Johani, Maher Al-Muaiqly, Khaled Al-Ghamdi and Bandar Baleelah.

Al-Sudais will lead the taraweeh prayers on the conclusion of the Qur’an at the end of Ramadan.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/591966

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ISIL terrorists linked to Israel, KSA: Analyst

Jun 25, 2014

The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group which seeks to destabilize Lebanon is tied to Israel and Saudi Arabia, a political analyst tells Press TV.

In an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, Redwan Rizk said there was evidence that the al-Qaeda-affiliated militants from ISIL were backed by the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia to advance their goals. 

“We know that, we have found evidence that they (militants) are connected with the Israelis and the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia,” Rizk said.

He added that ISIL Takfiri militants have crossed Syria’s borders into Lebanon after they sustained heavy losses in Syria, including in a battle in the strategic al-Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon.

The analyst said that the Takfiri militants are seeking to “retaliate” against civilians for the losses they suffered in both Syria and Lebanon. 

ebanese authorities have stepped up security measures across the country after ISIL terrorists threatened to destabilize the country.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/25/368542/isil-terrorists-tied-to-israel-ksa/

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Southeast Asia

 

Web Preaches Jihad to China's Muslim Uighurs

By JEREMY PAGE and NED LEVIN

June 24, 2014

URUMQI, China—The video posted online last month looks much like ones from Middle East jihadist groups. It shows what appears to be a man making a suitcase bomb and grainy footage of an explosion at a crowded train station here. The soundtrack plays an Arabic chant inciting holy war.

But the video isn't meant to rally followers in Iraq or Syria. Its appeal is to China's 10 million Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group from this north-western region of Xinjiang, some of whom have resisted Chinese rule for decades.

The Internet has been a key propaganda tool for Mideast militants. Now, it appears to be helping spread the ideology and tactics of violent jihadism to this remote corner of the Muslim world, poorer parts of which came online only recently.

The video was posted after a knife-and-bomb attack at a train station in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital—one of a series of assaults in Chinese cities since October that have made unrest emanating from the region the biggest domestic-security issue for China's leadership.

In the video, a speaker of Uighur (pronounced WEE-gur) congratulates the train-station bombers, declaring: "In this blessed jihadist act, many Chinese migrant aggressors were killed and wounded. As for those remaining, it put terror into their hearts."

Chinese officials are pointing to an upsurge in Uighur language videos like this and other religious-extremist material online as a key factor behind the recent attacks. China's censors block most such material, but Chinese officials and some Uighurs say some locals find ways to access it.

Full report at:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/web-preaches-jihad-to-chinas-muslim-uighurs-1403663568

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KPI wants sex and violence off the air during Ramadhan

June 24 2014

The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has urged television stations to pay respect to the upcoming holy month of Ramadhan by not airing television shows that may negatively influence Muslims observing the fast.

“We again remind the television networks to only air programs that support activities related to the holy month of Ramadhan,” said KPI chairman Judhariksawan, as quoted by Antara news agency in Jakarta on Tuesday.

He said the stations should follow the commission’s 2012 Broadcasting and Program Standards Guideline.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/06/24/kpi-wants-sex-and-violence-air-during-ramadhan.html

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Densus 88 Arrests Suspected Terrorist in East Jakarta

Jun 25, 2014

Jakarta. The Jakarta Police’s counterterrorism squad, or Densus 88, arrested an individual suspected to be part of a ring of terrorists in the capital.

The man, identified as 35-year-old Akbar, who goes by the names of Muri and Donal, was arrested in a home in Cipayung, East Jakarta, at 4:54 p.m. on Tuesday.

“There has been an arrest of an alleged terrorist in his home,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Tuesday. “We confiscated a loaded gun, two laptops, pipes that have been tied together, books about Jihad as well as an air rifle.”

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/densus-88-arrests-suspected-terrorist-east-jakarta/

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan Expresses Determination to Root out Terrorism

June 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan is determined to eliminate terrorism through the latest operation Zarb-i-Azb against the terrorists in the tribal areas,

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan in a statement at the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said due to the security forces' operation against terrorists in the tribal areas, the Government of Pakistan is dealing with disastrous humanitarian consequences and providing assistance to thousands of people temporarily dislocated.

He said that the Secretary General's report establishes how serious the humanitarian crises have become and the forecast for the coming years was more precarious. “Worldwide, there are 11.1 million refugees and 33.2 million internally displaced persons and their number is increasing. Last year alone one million people became refugees and 8.1 were newly displaced. Asia was hit the hardest, accounting for half of the total disasters and 88% of all human losses”, he added.

Pakistani envoy said that Syria continues to bleed as all sides and their supporters are pursuing a military solution. He said, “Half of Syrian population, about 10 million, is in need of humanitarian assistance; and yet despite some success, essential foods and medicines cannot be delivered to hard-to-access areas. Ordinary civilians - men, women and children who are non-combatants caught in the atrocities, are fleeing their homes”.  He added that fighting must stop; guns should go silent; arms supplies should cease so that real diplomacy was given a chance to save lives and find a viable political solution.

He also referred to the Occupied Palestinian Territory where the humanitarian situation should be eased by Israel by stopping demolitions and evictions in the West Bank and lifting the blockade of the Gaza Strip which increases unemployment and food insecurity.

Pakistan urged the Myanmar Government to continue to promote inter-religious harmony to stop persecution in Rakhine and Kachin states.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/25-Jun-2014/pakistan-expresses-determination-to-root-out-terrorism

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Central Leader of ANP Wants Good and Bad Taliban Distinction Eliminated

June 25, 2014

PESHAWAR: The central leader of Awami National Party, Asfandyar Wali Khan, on Tuesday called for conducting military operation in North Waziristan without any consideration for good and bad Taliban.

He said that displacement of tens of thousands of tribal people from North Waziristan Agency was a human tragedy that would affect adversely the post-operation scenario in the region.

Talking to journalists at his Wali Bagh residence in Charsadda, he said that military operation should be conducted irrespective of good and bad Taliban. He said that political and local ownership of the operation was a must to secure support of tribal people and political parties.

The ANP leader recalled that more than 3.5 million people had migrated in the wake of military operation in Swat district during the ANP government in the province. However, they were repatriated to their native areas with all the possible relief and assistance within three months, he added.

The ANP leader termed cash assistance of Rs7, 000 to each displaced family insufficient.

About the arrival of Awami Tehreek leader Dr Tahirul Qadri in Pakistan, Mr Khan said that he was making ‘foolish’ attempts to get the attention of the people. He wanted to divert the attention of people from real issues, he added.

The ANP leader said that Qadri had staged a similar drama in Islamabad during the previous government in the name of bringing revolution. The nation saw what he did, he added.

Mr Khan said that people were forced to take illegal steps when they were deprived of their legal, constitutional and democratic rights. He said that agitation and protests were basic rights of the people in a democratic setup.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1115002/asfandyar-wants-good-and-bad-taliban-distinction-eliminated

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Flights resume after deadly attack on Peshawar airport

June 25, 2014

PESHAWAR: Flight operations at Peshawar's Bacha Khan airport resumed on Wednesday after being temporarily suspended following last night's terrorist attack on a landing plane, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

CAA authorities added that the routes leading to the airport were cleared for traffic.

Last night unidentified gunmen attacked the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing PK-756 as it came in to land at Peshawar's Bacha Khan airport, killing a woman and injuring two flight stewards on board.

The PIA Boeing PK-756 had 196 passengers on board, arriving from Riyadh when it was fired upon.

The firing injured three people including two flight stewards and a woman, who later succumbed to her wounds.

The plane was hit by six bullets, police said, killing the woman and narrowly missing the captain. At least one bullet struck the plane's engine, they added.

The woman's daughter was sitting next to her when she was shot in the head, PIA official Mohammad Kifayatullah Khan told Reuters.

“When I went inside the plane, I saw the woman lying on the seat and her nine-year-old daughter was crying, 'My mother is dead, my mother is dead',” said Khan.

“All the passengers were panicked. Some of them wanted to get out as soon as possible because they were afraid of fire inside the plane.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1114849/flights-resume-after-deadly-attack-on-peshawar-airport

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Six of a family killed in Nowshera gun attack

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

June 25, 2014

PESHAWAR: Six of a family were shot dead on Wednesday in a gun attack in the Isakhel area of Nowshera.

According to police, a 20-year-old suspect named Muhammad Ali opened fire on family members which as a result killed six people including four women and a two-year -old child.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1115027/six-of-a-family-killed-in-nowshera-gun-attack

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Back-channel talks with India revived

By Anwar Iqbal

June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON: Pakistan and India have revived back-channel talks following a meeting between their prime ministers in New Delhi last month, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani said on Tuesday.

He said that Pakistan desired an uninterrupted peace process with India that would address the causes of all outstanding disputes and “not just symptoms”.

Addressing a US think-tank in Washington, Mr Jilani said Pakistan also was keen on improving trade and economic relations with its larger neighbour as it believed that this could bring prosperity to the entire region.

The ambassador disclosed that the May 26 meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi led to the reopening of “back-channel” talks and now foreign secretaries of the two countries would meet shortly to resume the stalled peace process.

The back-channel talks, he hoped, would enable the two sides to discuss all issues, including terrorism and Islamabad’s concerns regarding Indian involvement in stoking unrest in Balochistan.

“There have been proposals to develop a serious mechanism on terrorism,” he said, while noting that the revival of the peace process would be “a first step towards creating a cooperative and tension-free relationship between the two countries”.

Mr Jilani said he was confident that Prime Minister Sharif’s proposal for establishing a regular mechanism for talks between the Pakistani and Indian national security advisers would be taken up positively.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1114973/back-channel-talks-with-india-revived

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Balochistan govt ready to host IDPs, says Dr Malik

By Syed Ali Shah

June 25, 2014

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Malik Baloch has clarified that his government was committed to support the internally displaced persons (IDP) from North Waziristan.

Speaking during the session of Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday, the chief minister said, "we have never stopped IDPs in the past nor we will stop them from entering into Balochistan in future".

The Balochistan Assembly session resumed here with Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali in the chair.

The chief minister informed the house that so far 758 IDPs have entered through Zhob distrcit of Balochistan from North Waziristan.

"We will host the IDPs," the chief minister assured the house while clarifying a report published in some newspapers that Balochistan government had decided to stop the flow of IDPs.

In the meantime, Chief of National Party, Senator Hasil Bizenjo stated that his party was given government by masses of Balochistan rather than military establishment.

Addressing a condolence reference to pay homage to slain NP minority member Hendry Masieh Baloch on Tuesday, Senator Bizenjo stated, "nobody had given us power in charity rather people reposed their confidence in our party".

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1114846/balochistan-govt-ready-to-host-idps-says-dr-malik

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Altaf opposes using state machinery against Qadri

June 25, 2014

London- Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) head Altaf Hussain today urged government to stop using state machinery against PAT leader Dr. Tahir ul Qadri.

In a press statement here, Hussain said: “We should respect Dr. Tahir-ul Qadri’s public support and avoid using state machinery against his party.”

“We should respect Dr. Tahir-ul Qadri’s public support and avoid using state machinery against his party.”

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/25-Jun-2014/altaf-opposes-using-state-machinery-against-qadri

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IDPs reaching Hangu cause worry

By Abdul Sami Paracha

June 25, 2014

KOHAT: More and more internally displaced persons are reaching Hangu from North Waziristan Agency through the Spin Thall route without registration triggering fears militants will go to the adjoining Orakzai Agency under their guise.

A senior Fata Secretariat official said IDPs were entering Hangu and Thall through the Spin Thall route, which had no security checks or registration point.

He said the government had neither set up any screening facility for the displaced people nor had it established any camps to shelter them.

The official said there were fears that militants would flee North Waziristan in the guise of IDPs before crossing into the adjoining Orakzai Agency.

The official said police and intelligence agencies were bound by the law to check those wanting to enter Hangu before accepting their requests.

He said it was difficult for the government to differentiate between militants and common tribesmen.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1114992/idps-reaching-hangu-cause-worry

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South Asia

 

800 Taliban fought Afghan troops in 5-day battle: Officials

Jun 25, 2014

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: More than 800 Taliban insurgents have launched a major offensive in southern Afghanistan to try to gain territory recently vacated by US troops, officials said on Wednesday, as five days of fighting left about 40 civilians dead.

"About 800 fighters started to storm four districts of Helmand last Thursday night," Helmand provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/800-Taliban-fought-Afghan-troops-in-5-day-battle-Officials/articleshow/37180213.cms

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 Lanka to dig up suspected Muslim mass grave

June 25, 2014

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities are to dig up the site of a suspected mass grave next week after claims it contains the bodies of scores of Muslims killed by Tamil rebels 24 years ago, police said Tuesday.

The move comes amid criticism that Sri Lankan authorities have been turning a blind eye to recent attacks against Muslims carried out by Buddhist militants. At least four Muslims were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed in rioting last week at two southern resort towns. ‘The site will be exhumed on July 1,’ a police statement said adding that security has been tightened in the area ahead of the exhumation. ‘According to the complainant, the bodies of nearly 100 Muslims killed by the Tigers are buried there.’

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/25-Jun-2014/lanka-to-dig-up-suspected-muslim-mass-grave

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BD delays war crimes verdict on prominent leader

June 25, 201

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s war crimes court delayed a verdict on the leader of the largest Islamist party at the last minute Tuesday after doctors said he could not be moved from jail due to ill health.

Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, who could face the death penalty for alleged war crimes such as genocide during the 1971 independence conflict, was told to stay in bed just hours before the verdict, a prosecutor said. ‘Doctors in the jail said that he should not be moved because of abnormally high blood pressure,’ prosecutor Mohammad Ali told reporters after the court’s order.

The court said it would set a new date for the verdict later. ‘Following the submission from the prosecution and defence, we think announcing the verdict in absence of the accused would not be logical,’ Judge Enayetur Rahim told a packed courtroom.

Nizami, 71, faces 16 charges ranging from mass killing to rape, arson and genocide, relating to violence committed during the war by one of the most notorious militias which he is suspected of leading.

Secular protesters who for decades have been demanding Nizami’s trial staged a demonstration as soon as the court announcement spread to their gathering at Dhaka University’s campus. ‘We see some conspiracy behind this delay,’ said Imran Sarkar, head of Ganojagoron Mancha, an organisation which held a series of mass demonstrations last year demanding the death penalty for war criminals. Security was tight with police and border guards deployed in main cities and towns. Authorities fear a death sentence could trigger violent protests by Nizami’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, which has hundreds of thousands of activists. Similar verdicts including the execution of a senior Jamaat leader last year saw massive unrest nationwide as Islamists fought with security forces in towns and cities, leaving around 200 people dead.

Nizami, the president of Jamaat-e-Islami, pleaded not guilty and has accused the secular government of using the war crimes court to target opposition leaders. Prosecutors say Nizami was one of the chief architects of the mass killing of Bengalis in the 1971 war which saw Bangladesh emerge from what was then called East Pakistan.  The government says three million people died in the war. Independent researchers estimate between 300,000 and 500,000 died.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/25-Jun-2014/bd-delays-war-crimes-verdict-on-prominent-leader

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Money flies away from Bangladesh

June 25, 2014

Bangladesh counts millions of dollars in capital flight every year owing to leakage in the balance of payments and trade misinvoicing by businesses.

Over the last four decades, the country lost $800 million a year on average in capital flight driven by balance of payment leakages, trade misinvoicing and unreported remittances, according to a United Nations study.

The total capital flight from Bangladesh accounts for 30.4 percent of its GDP of over $100 billion in 2010, says the study by the United Nations Development Programme.

The UNDP looked into illicit financial flows from eight low income and Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Bangladesh, Bolivia, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/money-flies-away-from-bangladesh-30220

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8 Huji men to walk gallows

June 25, 2014

The Islamist militants who carried out the deadly blasts during Pahela Baishakh celebrations at Ramna Batamul 13 years back to scare people away from their very own cultural heritage have at last got their comeuppance for the cold-blooded savagery.

A Dhaka court yesterday handed down death penalty to eight militants of Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji), including its top leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, for killing 10 people in the attack on the Chhayanaut function on the first day of Bangla year in 2001.

Six other militants of the banned Islamist outfit were sentenced to life imprisonment for involvement in the blasts.

"It is undoubtedly a cruel, brutal and barbaric incident [the bomb attack]," Judge Ruhul Amin of the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court said in the verdict of the murder case, one of the two lawsuits filed over the incident.

There had been bomb attacks on people and organisations for political and other reasons, and such incidents also happened in Bangladesh. "But this incident [Ramna blasts] is totally different," said the judge.

"It [Pahela Baishakh] was a public celebration." There were no social, religious or other disputes between the victims and the attackers, he said.

"The attack was actually carried out with an aim to create panic among people and an unstable situation in the country."

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/8-huji-men-to-walk-gallows-30037

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Afghan candidate meets poll officials amid crisis

June 24, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan presidential candidate has met with the country’s electoral commission, the United Nations said Tuesday, part of a bid to diffuse a crisis over his claims of fraud in the country’s runoff election.

The meeting between former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and the Independent Election Commission came after its chief electoral officer resigned Monday over the mounting dispute threatening to derail Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power.

The U.N. mission in Afghanistan said in a statement that the meeting between Abdullah and the commission “allowed for an exchange of views” and that it encouraged Abdullah and his competitor, ex-Finance Minister and World Bank official Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to cooperate with each other and in the electoral process.

Abdullah has said his campaign monitors had recorded ballot box stuffing and other irregularities in the June 14 vote.

Abdullah won the first round but failed to gain the majority needed to avoid a runoff in the race to replace President Hamid Karzai, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/official-gunmen-kill-4-people-in-afghanistan/2014/06/24/923518c6-fb82-11e3-b8bf-54b8afb537b6_story.html

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US still wants political dialogue with Bangladesh

June 25, 2014

The United States has said it has not changed its position on Bangladesh, and it still encourages dialogue between major political parties.

“Absolutely, our position hasn't changed,”

said Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State, at a regular press briefing in Washington DC on Monday when she was asked whether the US was still sticking to its stance on dialogue.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/city/us-still-wants-political-dialogue-30271

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Europe

 

Britain will face costs of Islamic extremism for 'many years': Head of Specialist Operations

22 Jun 2014

Britain will feel the repercussions of Syria and the rise of Islamic extremism within its own borders for "many years" to come, a top counter-terrorism expert has said.

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police's assistant commissioner and head of specialist operations, warned that Britain would feel long-term consequences of the conflict.

She told the BBC it represented a terrorist threat to the UK, and that young British Muslims who have travelled to the war-torn country to fight might commit violence when they return.

Ms Dick told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "I'm afraid I believe that we will be living with the consequences of Syria - from a terrorist point of view, let alone the world, geopolitical consequences - for many, many, many years to come."

Her warning came after footage emerged online apparently showing several young British jihadists in Syria in a recruitment video for the extremist militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), in which they urge UK Muslims to join insurgents there and in Iraq.

Two have been identified as brothers from Cardiff - 20-year-old Nasser Muthana, and 17-year-old Aseel Muthana.

Two other men were arrested in March and April in the UK after they returned from Syria. The pair, aged 19 and 23 and both also from Cardiff, were held on suspicion of receiving terrorist training and attending a place used for terrorist training, but were later released without charge.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10917709/Britain-will-face-costs-of-Islamic-extremism-for-many-years-says-Cressida-Dick.html

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French imams, chaplains seek ways to combat Islamist radicalisation

Jun 19, 2014

Islamic prayer leaders and prison chaplains in France, jolted by a French Islamist's killing spree at the Brussels Jewish Museum, have begun discussing ways to better fight the radicalisation of young Muslims here.

About 30 imams from southeastern France, meeting in Avignon on Wednesday, said action was urgently needed because about 300 young French Muslims are reported to have left their region to fight alongside jihadist forces in Syria.

Their meeting, which debated practical options such as surveillance cameras in mosques to spot jihadi recruiters and centrally written sermons for Friday prayers, will be followed by further sessions in other regions in the coming months.

Muslim chaplains in prisons, a fertile ground for recruiting young men to Islamist radicalism, met in Paris last weekend to urge the state to expand their ranks by helping train them and then paying them basic salaries for working with prisoners.

"There are young men in my neighborhood leaving for Syria. We need a joint effort to fight against that," Farid Darrouf, an imam from Montpellier, told French radio in Avignon.

"We've had 300 people leave for Syria from PACA," said Carpentras imam Khalid Belkhadir, referring to the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region in southeastern France. "That really set the alarm bells ringing for us."

The flow of European Muslim radicals to Syria and the May 24 killing of four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum, presumably by a 29-year-old French Muslim who did five stints in French jails before fighting in Syria, has alarmed European officials.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere both warned this week against the danger presented by European jihadists who return home from fighting in Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/19/us-france-islam-radicalisation-idUSKBN0EU1R320140619

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India

 

Hindu outfit threatens to attack top Pak diplomats

Jun 25, 2014

NEW DELHI: A nondescript Hindu outfit, which calls itself Shri Hanuman Sena, has threatened to physically harm top Pakistani diplomats in the country.

Pakistan on Tuesday officially raised the issue with the ministry of external affairs seeking a foolproof security cover for its officials. The threat was received by the high commission in the form of a letter.

In their response, Indian officials assured Pakistan that no effort will be spared in ensuring the safety and security of all diplomats in India. "Indian officials also recalled that when on an earlier occasion a reference was made by Pakistani diplomats about security issues, a safety review had been conducted with representatives of Pakistan High Commission and Indian authorities,'' said a source.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hindu-outfit-threatens-to-attack-top-Pak-diplomats/articleshow/37152154.cms

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Muzaffarnagar riots: Case against 10 Muslim leaders

Jun 25, 2014

Sandeep Rai

MEERUT: The district administration filed a case against ten community leaders, including BSP leader Kadir Rana, for violating prohibitory orders and making inflammatory speeches that led to communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar, ADM Indramani Tripathi said.  On August 30, 2013, the ten leaders allegedly made inflammatory speeches during a panchayat in Khalapar locality, despite prohibitory orders being in place due to tension in Kawal village.

The case was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Garima and the next hearing is on July 1.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/37164870.cms?

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Proposal for 12% Maratha, 6% Muslim quota

Prafulla Marapakwar

Jun 25, 2014

MUMBAI: With an eye on the ensuing assembly elections, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and NCP president Sharad Pawar have drafted a plan, supposedly to woo Marathas and Muslims, promising 8-12% reservation for Marathas and 4.5-6% reservation for Muslims in education and government jobs.

When Pawar had released the NCP's manifesto on April 7, he had promised reservations for Marathas and Muslims, and the Congress, while releasing its additional manifesto on April 25, had assured that if it returned to power, it would provide 4.5% sub-quota within the reservation for OBCs. But some Congress and NCP ministers on Tuesday seemed to be sceptical about the plan and said doubts had been raised about how far the reservation would actually help the Congress-NCP retain power in the state. "We must study the voting pattern in the Lok Sabha polls. People, irrespective of their caste and creed, voted in favour of Modi for a stable government. Even the traditional Congress voters distanced themselves from the party. It was found that people were keen on development," a senior Congress minister said.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said his party had for long been demanding reservations for Marathas and Muslims, but the government was yet to take a firm decision. "The NCP's views on reservation are very clear and we had promised it to Marathas and Muslims. Now, the government should provide reservation to these communities, based on their population," Malik said. Echoing him, the minister said it was high time that Chavan took the decision or it would be too late. "If the reservation policy is not declared in a day or two, it may not benefit the Congress-NCP in the ensuing assembly polls," the minister said. He pointed out that following a demand from Maratha leaders, Chavan appointed a committee, headed by industries minister Narayan Rane, who recommended a 20% reservation for Marathas. "Rane submitted his report to the CM long ago. In fact, Rane himself had disclosed his recommendations, but so far, no decision has been taken on his proposal," he said. "We have no time. If we delay even routine decisions, then we will have to pay heavily in the ensuing polls."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Mumbai/Proposal-for-12-Maratha-6-Muslim-quota/articleshow/37137687.cms

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Free Coaching By Anjuman-i-Islam for Muslim IIT Aspirants

Mohammed Wajihuddin

Jun 23, 2014

MUMBAI: Anjuman-I-Islam has launched Rahmani 30, a free residential coaching centre in the city for Muslim IIT-JEE aspirants, from this academic year.

Under the initiative—a collaboration between the Memon Chamber of Commerce and Anjuman-I-Islam—selected students will be provided free lodging and coaching for two years at the Anjuman campus near CST. The first batch will appear for the IIT-JEE exams in 2016.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Free-coaching-for-Muslim-IIT-aspirants/articleshow/37098727.cms

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Iraq crisis: All options open for evacuation of Indians from Iraq says HM

June 25, 2014

Government on Wednesday said it was looking into all options for safe evacuation of stranded Indians from strife-torn Iraq.

“We are looking into all options. All suggestions are on the table,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

Singh was replying to a question whether India is planning “mass evacuation” of stranded Indians from Iraq.

“We are trying our best for the safety of every Indian in Iraq,” he said.

India has evacuated 17 more of its nationals from the conflict zone of Iraq with the help of local authorities taking the total number of those rescued so far to 34 and also advised its citizens to leave on voluntary basis by commercial means in view of the “fragile” security situation.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/iraq-crisis-all-options-open-for-evacuation-of-indians-from-iraq-says-rajnath-singh/

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Mideast

 

Israel military operations may lead to new intifada: UN official

Jun 24, 2014

A senior UN official says the current military operations by Israeli forces against Palestinians over the disappearance of three settlers could lead to a new intifada (uprising).

“The situation on the ground is very bad,” UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman was quoted as saying to the Security Council on Monday. “I fear we might get to the point of a third intifada.”

He urged Israel to exercise restraint in its search for the young Israeli settlers who allegedly went missing in the West Bank on June 12.

Several Palestinians have been killed as Israeli forces press ahead with operations to find the three settlers. More than 360 Palestinians, including Hamas members and lawmakers, have been detained in recent days in the Israeli operations.

Feltman advised the Tel Aviv regime to adhere to international law and to avoid punishing individuals for offenses they have not committed.

“The rising death toll as a result of Israeli security operations in the West Bank is alarming,” the UN official said.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368365/israel-ops-may-lead-to-new-intifada-un/

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Israel launches air raids on Gaza Strip

Jun 25, 2014

Israel has launched seven separate airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip as the wave of aggression on the blockaded Palestinian enclave continues unabated, Press TV reports.

On Tuesday, Israeli warplanes carried out the air raids on the western, northern, central and southern areas of the Gaza Strip.

According to Palestinian sources, at least two people were injured in the attacks.

The Israeli military frequently targets Palestinians particularly along the border with the besieged enclave.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/25/368514/israel-launches-air-raids-on-gaza-strip/

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Iraq unrest plot against Muslim world: Iran FM

Jun 24, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the current unrest in Iraq is a plot against the Muslim world.

The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks on Monday in a meeting with Sudanese Minister of Human Resources, Development and Labor Ishraqa Sayed Mahmoud.

Referring to the ongoing crisis in Iraq, Zarif said, “What is happening is a foreign conspiracy with the aim of preventing the strong presence of the Muslim world in the arena of regional and international developments.”

Zarif added that Islamic countries must be vigilant and have a strategic view on the developments, noting that they should not allow enemies to sow seeds of discord among them.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368344/iraq-unrest-plot-against-muslim-world/

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Turkish court acquits 25 in coup plot trial

25 June 2014

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted more than two dozen people in a retrial after they were convicted over an alleged coup plot in 2012 against Turkey’s government.

Last October, an appeals court ordered a retrial of 88 people, including former army chiefs, who had been sentenced to prison terms of up to 20 years.

The criminal court in Istanbul acquitted a total of 25 defendants, citing a lack of tangible, credible evidence against them, and decided to review the dossiers of the remaining suspects, the private Dogan news agency said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/591841

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Turkey Condemns Attacks against Muslims in Sri Lanka

24.06.2014

ISTANBUL – Turkey has condemned recent attacks against Sri Lanka's Muslim minority, which have led to concerns among minority communities about spreading violence.

"We believe that necessary measures will be taken to make the people of Sri Lanka live in peace again after 2009, when the government successfully ends terrorist activities," said a statement issued by the foreign ministry on Tuesday.

Muslim places of worship and shops in different parts of Sri Lanka were attacked early Saturday morning, following anti-Muslim violence on June 15 that killed three Muslims and one Tamil in the country's southwest.

Full report at:

http://www.dailysabah.com/asia/2014/06/24/turkey-condemns-attacks-against-muslims-in-sri-lanka

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63 Palestinian inmates suspend hunger strike: Lawyer

Jun 25, 2014

Sixty three Palestinian prisoners who were among a number of detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails for more than two months have suspended their strike.

“The strikers, who have reached an agreement with the Israeli prison authorities, have decided to suspend their action with the approach of (the Muslim holy month of) Ramadan,” Abu Snena, one of the prisoners’ lawyers said Tuesday, Ma’an news agency reported.

According to the lawyer, the details of the agreement between the prisoners and the Israeli prison officials will be released on Wednesday.

Many Palestinians are on hunger strike to express their opposition to the Israeli “administrative detention,” which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time. More than 120 of the hunger strikers have been refusing food since April 24.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/25/368552/63-palestinian-prisoners-suspend-strike/

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Hamas refutes Israeli claims over abduction of teenagers

Jun 24, 2014

The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas rejects as baseless Israel’s claim that the movement is involved in the alleged abduction of three Israeli youths in the West Bank.

Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal says the resistance movement has no information about the Israelis.

He also says even if the missing Israelis turn out to have been captured, their kidnapping would be a logical and natural reaction to the violations of occupation forces.

 Meshaal also slammed security coordination between the now president of the Palestinian national unity government Mahmoud Abbas and Israel. Earlier, Abbas vowed to maintain security coordination with Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/24/368449/hamas-refutes-israels-baseless-claims/

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Africa

 

17 Muslims killed in Central Africa's latest sectarian strife

Jun 24, 2014

BANGUI: Gunmen have killed 17 Muslims at a camp in the centre of the strife-torn Central African Republic in the latest sectarian violence to wrack the impoverished country, peacekeepers said on Tuesday.

"Seventeen people, all of them from the (Muslim) Fulani minority, were killed on Monday by young gunmen claiming to be from the (mostly Christian) anti-balaka" militia near the town of Bambari, an officer from the African Union force told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"Some of the bodies were mutilated and burnt by the assailants," he said, adding that the killings sparked reprisal attacks in the town by the mostly Muslim Seleka ex-rebel force.

He said the reprisals left several people dead and forced at least 6,000 to flee, most of them to a cathedral in the region.

Anti-balaka chiefs contacted by AFP in the capital Bangui denied that their fighters were responsible for the violence, with one of them, Brice-Emotion Namsio, putting the blame on "out-of-control youths acting on their own... who have been stepping up these attacks in the region."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-of-World/17-Muslims-killed-in-Central-Africas-latest-sectarian-strife/articleshow/37135365.cms

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Nigerian security probes mass kidnapping by Boko Haram

25 June 2014

ABUJA/MAIDUGIRI, Nigeria: Nigerian security forces are investigating a possible mass kidnapping of villagers in the northeast state of Borno where Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls two months ago, a security source said on Tuesday.

If confirmed, the latest abduction would fuel public frustration over Abuja’s inability to quell Boko Haram’s five-year campaign to carve out an Islamist state in the mainly Muslim north.

Military officials are looking into reports suspected Islamist insurgents over the weekend raided at least three villages 100 km from the state capital Maiduguri, the source added.

Two residents of the nearby village of Lassa, which wasn’t attacked, told Reuters they spoke to people who reportedly fled as militants killed men and kidnapped “many” women and children.

Nigerian media reported that as many as 91 villagers had been abducted, most of them women and young girls. Reuters was unable to verify these accounts independently. Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in bomb and gun attacks, initially focused on government and security targets, as well as churches and Muslim leaders that rejected its brand of Islam.

But recently it has increasingly targeted civilians, emboldened by global publicity after it kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the remote Borno village of Chibok in April.

The abduction of the girls triggered worldwide outcry and sparked a “Bring back our girls” campaign among celebrities, politicians and on social media.

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as “Western education is sinful” has killed thousands since 2009. Amnesty International estimates about 1,500 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria in the first three months of this year.

Separately, at least eight people were killed and 20 wounded by an explosion at a college campus in the heart of the northern city of Kano during school hours on Monday.

Politics have bedeviled the issue, with many distracted by upcoming presidential elections in February 2015. The first lady, Patience Jonathan, and some other supporters have claimed the reports of the April abductions of the schoolgirls were fabricated to discredit her husband’s administration.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/591831

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Nigeria: Islamic Leader Berates Can over Attack On Ja'amatu Nasril Islam

BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA

25 JUNE 2014

Vice President-General of the Ja'amatu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Abubakar Orlu, has berated the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for condemning the body's reaction to the arrest and detention of 486 northern Muslims suspected to be Boko Haram members by the army in Aba, Abia State.

CAN, through its National Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake, had condemned the claim by JNI that the arrested Muslims were innocent and that they were going about their normal businesses while one of the wanted terror suspects was allegedly found to be among them, saying the claim is hasty and preposterous, and urged it to hands off security matters.

But, Orlu, who spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital yesterday, said the attack on JNI by the leadership of CAN was unwarranted and unnecessary, adding that a majority of those arrested are only Muslims that have nothing to do with Boko Haram.

The Islamic leader insisted that most of those arrested were traders and farmers who had lived with him for more than 20 years and urged security agencies to carry out their investigations and allow them to go.

He said, "So many of those arrested have been with me for more than 20 years as I speak. I can identify them; they are no Boko Haram; they are purely Muslims and northerners. They are people who come here to do business, and when it is time for farming, they go back home and do their farm ing.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201406250128.html

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Wildlife crime bankrolling terror, militia groups: UN

June 25, 2014

NAIROBI: Global environmental crime is worth up to $213 billion a year and helping to finance criminal and terrorist groups threatening security and sustainable development worldwide, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN and Interpol. The report said Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels were estimated to make between $38 and $56 million (28 to 41 million euros) per year from the illegal trade in charcoal, and that ivory from poached elephants was the primary source of income for Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Ivory poaching was also carried out by rebel groups including insurgents in Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the fearsome Janjaweed — who carried out atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region — operating also in Niger and Chad.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/foreign/25-Jun-2014/wildlife-crime-bankrolling-terror-militia-groups-un

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423 killed in Ukraine clashes since April: UN

June 25, 2014

NEW YORK: Clashes between pro-Russian separatists and army forces in eastern Ukraine killed an estimated 423 soldiers and civilians between April 15 and June 20, a senior UN official said Tuesday.Ivan Simonovic, the UN's assistant secretary for human rights, also said the number of internally displaced people had doubled over the past two weeks with the movement of some 15,200 within the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.Speaking to the United Nations Security Council, Simonovic said the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, had interviewed more than 46,100 internally displaced people (IDPs) as of Monday, including 11,500 from Crimea and nearly 34,600 from the east of the Ukraine.

However, he warned, "in the absence of a formal registration system, and given the limited access to some areas by humanitarian partners, the number of IDPs is likely to be higher."

Simonovic is the author of a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine published last week.

"While we have not received reports of deliberate targeting of the population at large, we are verifying allegations that security forces could have taken measures to prevent civilian casualties," he told the Security Council.

Simonovic added that "the government must ensure that its armed forces refrain from using excessive force, and ensure that its ongoing security operations are at all times in line with the relevant international human rights standards."

"In all circumstances, it must ensure the protection of those who are not involved in the fighting," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/foreign/25-Jun-2014/423-killed-in-ukraine-clashes-since-april-un

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