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Islamic World News ( 21 Sept 2014, NewAgeIslam.Com)

ISIL Urges Killing Citizens from the West

 

 

 

  

The Iraqi Kurd claimed those preparing to sacrifice themselves on suicide missions are particularly encouraged to subject prisoners to depraved sexual ordeals

 

 

Arab World

ISIL Urges Killing Citizens from the West

Lebanese Army Kills 50 Terrorists, Including Commanders

Iraq's Attack Bombers Kill 45 ISIL Terrorists

Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children: Monitor

Four Saudi men in ‘terror’ cell sentenced to death

Hezbollah: US Bombing Iraqi Army, Popular Forces' Positions Not ISIL

Kurds say they have halted Islamic State advance on Syrian town

Islamic State takes aim at Egypt through Sinai terror group

Exporting Suicide Bombers Instead Of Poets

ISIS Reverts Smoking Ban in Kirkuk 'To Gain Popularity'

 

Europe

British IS Recruits Routinely Rape Hostages as Young as Nine, Says Whistleblower

Child Warriors, Leave Germany for Jihad

Tony Blair: West must fight not only ISIS, but its ideology

IS Militants Are 'Gangsters' Who Hijack Islam, Anonymous Says

UN chief Ban discusses regional crisis, protest law in talks with Egypt's El-Sisi

UN to decide on no-fly zone on Turkish-Syrian border: Russian envoy

British-Muslim boxer Amir Khan's dream boxing match faces hurdles amid Islamophobia

 

Mideast

Turkey’s PKK calls for mobilisation of fellow Kurds to fight IS jihadists

Iran's Zarif hails 'new chapter' in Saudi ties

Freed hostages to testify over ISIL raid on Mosul consulate

Rowhani: Iran a bulwark against ‘terrorists’ in the Mideast

Iran prosecutor gives govt. 30 days to block WhatsApp, Viber and Tango

Turkish hostages in Iraq released after 'diplomatic negotiations': Erdogan

130,000 Syrians flood into Turkey fleeing jihadists

 

India

Two Indian-Origin Recruiters Working For ISIS, Al-Qaeda: Officials

Shiv Sena to Muslims: Don't Let Down Narendra Modi

Indian Sufis Welcome Statement by PM Modi on Al-Zawahiri

Demons Rule Garba, Says Imam; Tension Bedevils Festival

Living in India for over two decades, Afghan Hindus, Sikhs seek citizenship

 

Pakistan

Armed clash in Balochistan's Turbat leaves 11 dead

Air strikes kill 23 suspected terrorists in North Waziristan

JIT formed to probe terror charges against Imran, Qadri starts work

Pakistan threatened more by corrupt system than foes: Jamaat-e-Islami

Justice for Model Town tragedy victims to be served: IG Punjab

Current regime about to end: Qadri

Hangu: Three policemen among four killed

Imran always welcome in Karachi: Altaf

 

South Asia

Chinese Militants Fled China to Get ‘Terrorist Training’ From IS, Says Media

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as US 'sham'

China Says Two Killed, Many Injured in Explosions in Central Xinjiang

13 Afghan soldiers missing following Taliban attack in Herat

Taliban shadow governors for Herat and Badghis killed in airstrike

Three Afghan soldiers martyred in IED attack, MoD says

 

Southeast Asia

Coming Soon in Aceh: Shariah Law for Non-Muslims

Malaysian militants for Isis recruited through social media, says source

Islamic history handbook for teachers withdrawn

Najib should state his stand on Isis at UN, says DAP

Malaysian doctors remind ‘jihadist’ healer in Syria of professional code

 

Australia

Returning Aussie jihadists get jail, says PM Abbott

A Facebook page, ‘Islamophobia Register Australia’, after counter terror raids

Australia's most senior IS member 'loved cocaine', found Islam after history of abuse, mental illness

 

North America

Turkey must be partner in anti-ISIL coalition: Pentagon

Western authorities: ISIS group an online threat

US expects not to go alone in Syria air strikes: Ambassador

 

Africa

Security Agencies Probing Whether Boko Haram's Shekau Killed

Nigerian Government, Red Cross in Secret Talks with Boko Haram over Chibok Girls

Benghazi mourns as yet another high-profile activist is slain in the city

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

ISIL Urges Killing Citizens from the West

Sep 22, 2014

Baghdad: Isil called on Muslims to kill citizens of Western countries taking part in the US-led anti-Isil coalition by any means, in a statement posted online on Monday.

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian ... including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against Isil, then rely upon Allah, and kill him,” said Abu Mohammad Al Adnani, the group’s spokesman, in a message released in multiple languages.

“Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military,” he said.

Al Adnani’s message — which was released in an Arabic audio recording, together with transcripts in English, French and Hebrew — gave instructions on how the killings could be carried out without military equipment.

“Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him,” the Isil spokesman said.

Al Adnani also praised militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, calling on them to “cut the throats” of those fighting for President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi.

“O America, O allies of America, and O crusaders, know that the matter is more dangerous than you have imagined and greater than you have envisioned,” he said.

“We have warned you that today we are in a new era, an era where Isil, its soldiers, and its sons are leaders not slaves.”

The United States and France are carrying out air strikes against Isil targets across Iraq and are seeking to build an international coalition against a group increasingly perceived as a global threat.

The militants, who have declared a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria, control swathes of territory in both countries.

The group is regarded as an extremely violent and powerful terrorist group. It has executed hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians, as well as foreign hostages, and its brutal campaign has forced more than a million from their homes.

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/iraq/isil-urges-killing-citizens-from-the-west-1.1388290

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Lebanese Army Kills 50 Terrorists, Including Commanders

September 22, 2014

The Lebanese army managed to kill dozens of terrorists in Arsal barrens in the last three days, Lebanese daily as-Safir reported on Monday.

The paper quoted well informed sources as saying that more than 50 terrorists including their commanders were killed in the army campaign in Arsal barrens in the last 72 hours. The sources noted there are aerial photos that confirm the blow they had received, Al-Manar reported.

The army also carried out an arrest campaign, according to the sources.

140 people were arrested; most of them are Syrians. 35 of these detainees confessed their involvement in the fight against the army or preparing terrorist attacks against the military institution, the paper said.

The army decided to tighten the grip on all passages leading to Arsal barrens in order to cut the supply route of the terrorists, especially the gas oil.

The sources said that the army measures prompted the militants to stage IED attacks against the army, noting that the military institution is taking this threat into consideration as it will take precautionary measures and it will not be blackmailed by the terrorists’ threats.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930631001036

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Iraq's Attack Bombers Kill 45 ISIL Terrorists

September 22, 2014

Iraqi attack bombers launched massive strikes against the positions of the ISIL terrorists in Salahuddin province, killing scores of them.

A military source said that 45 members of the Takfiri group lost their lives as the Iraqi attack aircrafts bombarded their positrons in the Northern province of Salahuddin, Anadolu news agency reported.

Iraq's security forces also managed to break a siege by ISIL Takfiri militants on hundreds of soldiers in an area of the Western province of al-Anbar.

"Iraqi forces were able to liberate overnight as many as 400 troops who had been surrounded by ISIL terrorists three days ago in the Sijir area near the city of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) West of Baghdad," Army spokesman Lieutenant General Qassim al-Moussawi said on Sunday.

The Iraqi military had launched a major operation against the ISIL militants in the city of Fallujah earlier in the day.

Over the past few weeks, Iraqi forces have killed a large number of the Takfiri terrorists in their mop-up operations in the area.

The Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930631000837

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Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children: Monitor

September 22, 2014

Syrian government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

The air raids on Sunday afternoon and evening killed 19 people, including six children, outside the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people, among them 10 children, in the town of Ehsim, the monitoring group said.

The province is largely under rebel control outside its capital, Idlib city.

The strikes outside Saraqeb hit an area where civilians were sheltering after fleeing repeated government air strikes on the city, the Observatory said.

Footage of the aftermath of the attack in Ehsim posted on YouTube by activists showed desperate civilians trying to dig out a man buried up to his neck in the rubble of a collapsed building.

Another video showed the lifeless body of a child, naked and covered in grey dust, lying on top of shattered breeze blocks.

Young men recovered the body and carried it away in a black shroud, shouting "God is greater."

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111368/World/Region/Syria-air-strikes-kill-,-including--children-Monit.aspx

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Four Saudi men in ‘terror’ cell sentenced to death

 Sep 22, 2014

Riyadh: Four Saudi men have been sentenced to death for their role in one of the kingdom’s “bloodiest terror cells”, official SPA news agency has reported.

The agency said late Sunday that a special criminal court in Riyadh jailed “as many as 20” others for between two and 23 years for a variety of crimes.

These included embracing “deviant” thinking contrary to the Quran, a term usually used in Saudi Arabia to refer to Al Qaida suspects.

The defendants were also convicted of fighting abroad and purchasing five tonnes of aluminium nitrate — which can be used to make explosives.

They were also found guilty of booby-trapping vehicles to kill policemen, carrying out suicide bombings inside the country, planning to explode oil pipelines and killing foreigners as well as Islamic religious leaders, SPA said.

The convicted were given 30 days to appeal the verdicts.

SPA did not say when the offences occurred but the sentences are the latest in a series since authorities in 2011 established specialised courts to try Saudis and foreigners accused of belonging to Al Qaida or involvement in deadly attacks in the kingdom from 2003-2006.

These included assaults on housing compounds where foreigners lived, and led to a crackdown.

Last week, another court in Riyadh sentenced two men to death and jailed 13 others for killing a policeman and forming an Al Qaida cell in prison, SPA reported

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/four-men-in-terror-cell-sentenced-to-death-1.1388292

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Hezbollah: US Bombing Iraqi Army, Popular Forces' Positions Not ISIL

September 22, 2014

Iraq's Hezbollah Battalions complained that US warplanes have intentionally bombarded the positions of the Iraqi army and the volunteer forces in the Northern Babil province for the second time in the last month on the pretext of targeting ISIL strongholds.

"The intentional bombing of armed forces and popular forces shows wicked intentions of the US and the international cover-up of this attempt on the pretext of fighting ISIL," an informed source from Iraq's Hezbollah Battalions told the Arabic-language Al-Moslah news website.

"Had the United States been honest in its claims, it would have targeted the ISIL positions in Jorf Al-Sakhar, Faloujah, and other regions identified by us instead of striking the Army and popular forces in Al-Awisat in Northern Babil last Wednesday," the source said.

He further said the US had used smart bombs and missiles in targeting the Iraqi army and popular forces twice in the last one month, and stressed that this could not have happened by mistake as the munitions used in the operations were smart and equipped with hi-tech.

Hezbollah called for the vigilance of the Iraqi people against the US double-standard policies in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930631000827

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Kurds say they have halted Islamic State advance on Syrian town

September 22, 2014

Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by Islamic State fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said.

"Fierce clashes are still under way but the ISIS (Islamic State) advance to the east of Kobani has been halted since last night," Redur Xelil, spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group, the YPG, said via Skype.

He said the eastern front was the scene of the fiercest fighting in the offensive launched by Islamic State last Tuesday on Kobani, also known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab. More than 100,000 Syrian Kurds, driven by fear of Islamic State, have fled its advance, many crossing the border into Turkey.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111389/World/Region/Kurds-say-they-have-halted-Islamic-State-advance-o.aspx

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Islamic State takes aim at Egypt through Sinai terror group

September 22, 2014

Islamic State called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and continue beheadings, an announcement likely to deepen concerns over ties between the militant groups.

"Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure," IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in a statement released online.

He praised Egyptian militants for carrying out "blessed operations against the guards of the Jews, the soldiers of Sisi, the new Pharaoh of Egypt."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Islamic-State-takes-aim-at-Egypt-through-Sinai-terror-group-376012

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Exporting Suicide Bombers Instead Of Poets

September 22, 2014

Few days ago, there were reports that there were vacancies for expatriates to work as “poets”. The announcement, which attracted a lot of controversy, was made by no one else other than the Ministry of Labour itself.

The ministry refuses to open expatriate recruitment for a number of jobs that are not favoured by Saudis and opens the door for people from abroad to work as poets. It is as if the ministry does not know the majority of the Saudi people are poets.

The ministry's reply to this news was not convincing. It said the job was opened with the art production companies in mind.

It is incomprehensible that we will change from a country that exports poets to a country that imports them. What can an expatriate poet do in a country that is overflowing with poets?

Anyway, I have always believed that the Saudis excel particularly in writing poetry. This is not only a profession for them, but also a hobby.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140922218936

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ISIS reverts smoking ban in Kirkuk 'to gain popularity'

22 September 2014

Residents of Iraq's Kirkuk said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has backed down from its decision to ban smoking and has thus allowed selling cigarettes in areas it controls south and west of the province, Almada Press reported Saturday.

Abdulrahman al-Gabouri, a resident of Hawija, 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, told Almada Press that ISIS has now allowed shops to sell cigarettes in the province and its towns.

The decision came as an attempt to gain popularity after the group’s extremist actions began to appall residents particularly after security forces, aided by international support, began to attack ISIS, the report added.

Gabouri added that ISIS forces, which have rapidly advanced over the past few months seizing swathes of Iraq and Syria, used to confiscate and destroy cigarettes by crushing them under the Hummer vehicles they seized from Iraqi security forces.

Suleiman Mokhlef Abd al-Gumayli, another Hawija resident, told Almada Press that ISIS fighters confiscated huge amounts of cigarettes weeks ago and informed shop owners they were not allowed to sell cigarettes as per a fatwa (religious edict) issued by the organization’s court and which stipulated banning cigarettes and lashing anyone who violated this rule.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2014/09/22/ISIS-reverts-smoking-ban-in-Kirkuk.html

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Europe

 

British IS Recruits Routinely Rape Hostages as Young as Nine, Says Whistleblower

Sep 22, 2014

Islamic State fighters routinely rape girls as young as nine held hostage at the terror group's training camps, it has been claimed.

A purported former IS member turned whistleblower says all the group's fighters are told it is their God-given right to rape non-Muslim prisoners.

He claimed that those preparing to sacrifice themselves on suicide missions are particularly encouraged to subject prisoners to depraved sexual ordeals, and that many of those would-be martyrs are British.

'I saw many foreign recruits who were put in the suicide squads not because they were "great and God wanted it" as IS commanders praised them in front of us, but basically because they were useless for IS,' said the whistleblower, calling himself Sherko Omer.

'They spoke no Arabic; they weren’t good fighters and had no professional skills. They were brainwashed into the “women in heaven” and those they could rape on earth before they eventually killed themselves.'

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2764870/British-Islamic-State-recruits-routinely-rape-hostages-young-NINE-suicide-squads-seen-useless-fighters-says-whistleblower.html#ixzz3E2h3lYuM

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Child Warriors, Leave Germany for Jihad

Sep 22, 2014

Children as young as 13 are travelling from Germany to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic jihadists, according to German intelligence agencies.

Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), told the Rheinische Post at the weekend that at least 24 children had headed to the Middle East from Germany. “The youngest was 13,” he said.

Of the 24 who have left, five children have returned with battle fighting experience, Maaßen said.

Among the 24, there were also four girls who, according to Maaßen, travelled with a “romantic ideal of marrying a jihadist.”

They married fighters who they met online, the BfV head added.

Around 400 Germans have joined jihadists in Iraq and Syria, security services believe.

The majority are young, male and poorly educated and around 130 have returned.

Maaßen said none of the child fighters who have returned were previously known to police. They only became aware of them when their parents reported them missing or when foreign intelligence agencies contacted the BfV.

“The vast majority are from migration backgrounds,” Maaßen added. Many failed at school or didn’t get on with their family.

http://dailymail.org.uk/news/2264874/Child-warriors--13--leave-Germany-for-jihad.html#.VCAIF5RdU4U

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Tony Blair: West must fight not only ISIS, but its ideology

 Sep 22, 2014

(CNN) -- When Tony Blair heard British aid worker David Haines mention the former prime minister prior to his beheading, it strengthened his resolve to fight ISIS, he said Sunday.

"It makes me even more determined to take these people on and beat them," Blair said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."

Before his execution this month, Haines directed a message at British Prime Minister David Cameron, saying, "You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor, Tony Blair, did, following a trend amongst our British Prime Ministers who can't find the courage to say no to the Americans."

It's not clear whether Haines' comments were voluntary or were coerced by his captors.

In his Sunday interview, Blair said he felt President Barack Obama is "absolutely right to take on ISIS and build the broadest possible coalition."

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/21/world/europe/tony-blair-isis-islam/

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IS Militants Are 'Gangsters' Who Hijack Islam, Anonymous Says

 Sep 22, 2014

The “hacktivist” group Anonymous has launched a social media campaign against Islamic State militants, telling FRANCE 24 that Operation Ice ISIS aims to “protect those who are defenceless, both in the cyber world and the real world”.

Wearing the group’s trademark Guy Fawkes mask and with his voice digitally disguised, one member of the loosely coordinated network of activists explained the reasons behind the social media campaign to FRANCE 24's "Tech 24" programme.

He said that by launching Operation Ice ISIS, Anonymous wanted to underscore the seriousness of the threat posed by Islamic State militants (also known as ISIL or ISIS) as well as make it clear that the jihadist group does not represent – nor uphold – the values of the Muslim faith.

“We took this initiative in order to establish two things,” he said. “One: We needed the public to understand how urgent the situation is in Iraq. Before the mainstream media took serious direction in reporting the ISIS threat, we were one of the first to communicate it to the masses via the video we uploaded on YouTube in June explaining how and why ISIS came to be. We also made it clear that the United States was not free of blame as it has, directly and indirectly, contributed to the crisis we see today.”

“The second reason was that we needed to make sure the public knew that ISIS did not represent the Islamic religion. Time and time again, we’ve seen confusion and hatred when news of any group that had called itself ‘Islamic’ surfaced. We were determined not to let that happen again. Muslims and Christians alike have been victims of this tragedy and we were prepared to answer questions and address any concerns that had to deal with this topic.”

Full report at:

http://www.france24.com/en/20140920-anonymous-hacktivists-online-social-media-operation-ice-isis-islamic-state/

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UN chief Ban discusses regional crisis, protest law in talks with Egypt's El-Sisi

September 22, 2014

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon looked at means to bolster Egypt-UN cooperation and issues of mutual interest, including on Libya and Gaza, as they met in New York on Sunday.

Ban also urged the release of political detainees in Egypt in discussions with El-Sisi, the UN said in a statement.

Growing militia violence in Libya and the fear of a spillover into neighbouring countries, including Egypt, has raised alarm bells in the region.

El-Sisi has recently said that Egypt is committed to support the fight against Jihadists in the region.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/111363/Egypt/Politics-/UN-chief-Ban-discusses-regional-crisis,-protest-la.aspx

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UN to decide on no-fly zone on Turkish-Syrian border: Russian envoy

September 22, 2014

Building a buffer zone inside Syria and imposing a no-fly zone over the country’s airspace requires a U.N. Security Council resolution, Russia’s envoy to Turkey has said, urging the United States-led Western block not to commit the same mistake it did in Libya while dealing with extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

“These well-intentioned steps if not approved by the U.N. Security Council could bring more evil. It should not be forgotten that ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions,’” Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, told the Hürriyet Daily News in an interview.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/un-to-decide-on-no-fly-zone-on-turkish-syrian-border-russian-envoy.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72007&NewsCatID=359

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British-Muslim boxer Amir Khan's dream boxing match faces hurdles amid Islamophobia

22 September 2014

Promoters in the U.S. are reportedly reluctant to promote British-Muslim boxer Amir Khan ahead of a high-profile fight in light of the Islamophobia that ensued the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheadings, the Independent reported.

The British boxer is high on Floyd Mayweather’s options to be an opponent in a December match, the Independent said. However, boxing sources in the U.S. told the British daily that there is a reluctance to promote Khan due to his faith.

“Any Muslim fighter would be a hard sell to TV audiences in such a high-profile fight, especially should the situation escalate,” one promoter told The Independent.

“There is so much Islamophobia around here following the hostage killings that it might be considered too great a risk,” the source said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/sports/2014/09/22/Amir-Khan-s-boxing-match-threatened-by-ISIS-.html

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Mideast

 

Turkey’s PKK calls for mobilisation of fellow Kurds to fight IS jihadists

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

ANKARA, Sept 22 — Turkey’s PKK Kurdish rebel group today called on fellow Kurds to cross into Syria and combat Islamic State jihadists besieging a town near the border, the pro-Kurdish agency Firat reported.

The rebel group in Turkey called for “mobilisation,” saying, “the day of glory and honour has arrived.”

The appeal urged young Kurds in Turkey to join the fight against IS forces around Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane in Kurdish, the third biggest Kurdish population centre in Syria and until now a safe haven.

“We call on our entire people, as well as our friends, to step up the resistance,” the PKK statement said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/turkeys-pkk-calls-for-mobilisation-of-fellow-kurds-to-fight-is-jihadists#sthash.JnOyZr52.dpuf

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Iran's Zarif hails 'new chapter' in Saudi ties

September 22, 2014

DUBAI - Iran and Saudi Arabia held their first foreign minister-level meeting since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, official Iranian media reported, signalling a possible thaw in chilly ties between the rival Gulf powers.

Shi'ite Muslim Iran and the conservative Sunni kingdom have been engaged in a bitter contest for influence in the region, evident in political and military struggles in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested after his meeting in New York with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud al-Faisal, that the talks could lead to an improvement in relations.

"Both my Saudi counterpart and I believe that this meeting will be the first page of a new chapter in our two countries' relations," Iran's official IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Irans-Zarif-hails-new-chapter-in-Saudi-ties-376019

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Rowhani: Iran a bulwark against ‘terrorists’ in the Mideast

22 September 2014

Iran is a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East in the face of the "terrorists" rocking the region, President Hassan Rowhani said Monday before leaving for the United Nations.

"The peoples of the region are defending themselves, and will continue to defend themselves, against the terrorists," Rowhani said in a speech marking the anniversary of the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

"The government and armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will help them everywhere," he pledged.

"Iran is a cornerstone of stability in this sensitive Middle East region... today dominated by unrest, security problems, massacres and fear."

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/22/Rowhani-Iran-a-bulwark-against-terrorists-in-the-Mideast-.html

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Iran prosecutor gives govt. 30 days to block WhatsApp, Viber and Tango

September 22, 2014

Iran's hardline judiciary has given the government one month to block WhatsApp and other popular instant messaging services, as pressure mounts on reformist President Hassan Rowhani to scale back his social and political liberalisation.

In the severest warning yet to Rowhani's one-year-old administration, chief prosecutor Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei accused Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi of failing to unplug social networking sites and apps "with immoral and criminal content."

"Despite a three month grace period to allow you and your colleagues enough time, no effective action has been taken to filter out immoral and un-Islamic offences" relayed through WhatsApp, Viber and Tango, said Mohseni-Ejei, an influential cleric and judge.

His ultimatum, in a letter carried by Iranian media late on Saturday, came amid reports of a police investigation into "widespread dissemination of offensive material" against the leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/09/21/Iran-prosecutor-gives-govt-30-days-to-block-WhatsApp-Viber-and-Tango.html

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Turkish hostages in Iraq released after 'diplomatic negotiations': Erdogan

Sep 22, 2014

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday dozens of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State militants in Iraq had been freed as a result of negotiations and no ransom had been paid for their release.

"There was no bargain for money at all, but only diplomatic and political negotiations. And this is a diplomatic victory," Erdogan told reporters at Ankara's Esenboga Airport before departing for New York for a UN General Assembly meeting.

Forty-six Turks seized from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday, in what Erdogan described as a "secret operation" by the Turkey's spy agency.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111310/World/Region/Turkish-hostages-in-Iraq-released-after-diplomatic.aspx

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130,000 Syrians flood into Turkey fleeing jihadists

September 22, 2014

Turkey said Monday that some 130,000 people had flooded across its border from Syria fleeing an advance by Islamic State group jihadists on a strategic Kurdish border town.

The massive influx comes as jihadists advance towards Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds, Syria's third-largest Kurdish town.

They have seized dozens of villages in their advance and there have been reports of executions in areas now under their control.

Syrian opposition officials and Kurdish activists have called for international intervention by the US-led coalition assembled to fight IS, but there has been no sign yet of Washington expanding its air campaign in Iraq to Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111380/World/Region/,-Syrians-flood-into-Turkey-fleeing-jihadists.aspx

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India

 

Two Indian-origin recruiters working for ISIS, al-Qaeda: Officials

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Posted: September 22, 2014

Inestigations in Jaipur and Hyderabad into recent attempts by global jihadi outfits to recruit Indian youths has revealed the presence of at least two Indian-origin recruiters on the Internet luring youths on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS) and al-Qaeda, and working in collaboration with each other.

Former Bhatkal native Abdul Khader Sultan Armar, 38, who is believed to be currently based on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and associated with the Ansar ul-Tawhid ul-Hind has emerged as a common al-Qaeda-linked recruiter in both the Jaipur and Hyderabad investigations.

Besides, a former SIMI man from Karnataka currently said to be based in the Gulf region has been identified as a recruiter for the ISIS and as the one who recently attempted to recruit four Hyderabad youths via the Internet. Sources said he has been found to be in touch online with several youths from India.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/two-indian-origin-recruiters-working-for-isis-al-qaeda-officials/99/

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Shiv Sena to Muslims: Don't Let Down Narendra Modi

IANS | Sep 22, 2014

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena on Monday urged Indian Muslims "not to let down" Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he praised the community for its patriotism and love for the country in an interview.

"Modi has lauded Indian Muslims for their patriotism...He has initiated a new chapter by giving a guarantee of the community's love for its motherland. Now, Muslims must not let him down," Shiv Sena said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Frowning on Hindu hardliners, it said that by making this statement, Modi has not diluted his staunch Hindutva ideology.

"Modi is the Prime Minister of the country and of all communities and people...But, he has been always painted as 'anti-Muslim' by pseudo-secularists of the country," it pointed out.

The editorial said the entire minority community cannot be held responsible for the misdeeds of a handful of Muslims indulging in terror activities.

It recalled "the tough but fair Hindutva" propounded by the Shiv Sena patriarch and founder late Bal Thackeray.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Shiv-Sena-to-Muslims-Dont-let-down-Narendra-Modi/articleshow/43136303.cms

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Indian Sufis Welcome Statement by PM Modi on Al-Zawahiri

Sep 22, 2014

The All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) has welcomed cautiously the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said in an interview on Friday, September 19, that he was confident the Al Qaida conspiracy to establish a South Asia wing, i.e. through Qaedat Al-Jihad, will fail in India, as Indian Muslims would never dance to the tune of and never accept the philosophy of the terror group.

Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhawi said in a statement released from the central office of AIUMB that in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Prime Minister Modi said rightly that the terror groups do not target a community but humanity as a whole.

Kichhowchhawi said that for the first time the present head of government has said on an international news channel that the patriotism of Indian Muslims is above question. "An Indian Muslim will live and die for his country;" this statement by Modi vindicates the stand taken by AIUMB, that a huge population of Indian Muslims is Sufi in practice and profession, and have refused flatly to accept this foreign, infamous, intolerant ideology represented by ISIS, Al Qaida, Boko Haram, the Muslim Brotherhood, and others working for the same ideology under several names and styles.

Full report at:

http://www.islamicpluralism.org/2411/indian-sufis-welcome-statement-by-prime-minister

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Demons Rule Garba, Says Imam; Tension Bedevils Festival

TNN | Sep 22, 2014

AHMEDABAD: Just four days before Navratri, great unease has begun developing around the festive mood. Sufi Imam Mehndi Hussain — famous for having his offer of a skullcap rebuffed by Narendra Modi in 2011 — has said that the Garba has been taken over by demons. Hussain, a cleric in a Kheda village, said: "Garba is not a religious festival but entertainment for Rakshasas."

On Sunday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad denounced his remarks and demanded his arrest.

Ranchhod Bharwad, the general secretary of VHP Gujarat, said, "The imam should be arrested. If he's not, we will hand him over to the police."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Demons-rule-garba-says-imam-tension-bedevils-festival/articleshow/43121488.cms

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Living in India For Over Two Decades, Afghan Hindus, Sikhs Seek Citizenship

TNN | Sep 22, 2014

AMRITSAR: Afghan Hindus and Sikhs living in India have urged the Narendra Modi government to grant them Indian citizenship, so that their children don't have to live with uncertainty. They have also sought help from SAD (B) and Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to use its influence on NDA government in securing citizenship for them.

"Over two decades ago, around 25,000 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus had migrated to India from Afghanistan and settled in Delhi and Faridabad. A few of them got citizenship, but around 18,000 of them are still awaiting citizenship," member, Khalsa Diwan Welfare Society, Hira Singh, told TOI on Sunday.

After the rise of Taliban, the minuscule Hindu and Sikh communities of Afghanistan, spread across cities of Kabul, Zalalabad, Ghazni and Kandhar, were subjected to persecutions. "We were looted and killed. So the migration began," said 52-year-old Hira Singh, who was 28 years old when he migrated to India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Living-in-India-for-over-two-decades-Afghan-Hindus-Sikhs-seek-citizenship/articleshow/43126970.cms

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Pakistan

 

Armed clash in Balochistan's Turbat leaves 11 dead

September 22, 2014

QUETTA: At least eleven people were killed during an armed clash between two groups in Balochistan's Turbat area on Monday afternoon, an official said.

Akbar Durrani, the Home Secretary Balochistan, told Dawn armed groups clashed with each other in the Bal Gitar area of Turbat. He said eleven people were killed during the armed clash that lasted for more than one hour.

Another security official, who requested anonymity, told Dawn that armed militants attacked the convoy of Yaqoob Balgatheri, a militant commander in the Bil Gitar area of Hoshap.

He said the militants killed Yaqoob Balgatheri, Mulla Fazal, and their nine other colleagues during the exchange of fire.

"Yaqoob's group retaliated but they suffered casualties," he added. Both sides used heavy weapons against each other during the clash.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133597/armed-clash-in-balochistans-turbat-leaves-11-dead

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Air strikes kill 23 suspected terrorists in North Waziristan

September 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD: At least 23 suspected terrorists were killed on Monday in precise aerial strikes on terrorists hideouts in the Bangidar area of Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan Agency, said a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). However, this information could not be independently verified as the access of media is restricted in the region.

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

The Taliban and their ethnic Uzbek allies both claimed responsibility for the attack on Karachi airport, which was seen as a strategic turning point in how Pakistan tackles the insurgency.

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

North Waziristan has been isolated by deploying troops along its border with neighboring agencies and Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (Fata) regions to block any move of terrorists in and out of the Agency.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133600/air-strikes-kill-23-suspected-terrorists-in-north-waziristan

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JIT formed to probe terror charges against Imran, Qadri starts work

September 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD: A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe terrorism charges against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri started its work on Monday.

The team which is being headed by SP Saddar Captain (retd) Elias Ahmed includes SP City Mustansar Feroze, an SDPO Secretariat and an SHO Secretariat as well as representatives from the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau.

The team started its work today after a notification was issued in this respect.

Imran and Qadri were booked under the anti-terrorist act on September 1, days after protesters in Islamabad attempted to attack the Parliament and entered its precincts. The First Information Report against the PTI chairman and the PAT chief was registered on behalf of the government.

Both Imran and Qadri have been holding protest sit-ins in the capital since August 14 with their parties demanding the prime minister’s resignation and a re-election in the country.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133598/jit-formed-to-probe-terror-charges-against-imran-qadri-starts-work

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Pakistan threatened more by corrupt system than foes: Jamaat-e-Islami

September 22, 2014

PESHAWAR – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq on Monday said Pakistan is largely threatened by corrupt system than its enemies.

Talking to journalists, the Siraj said, “We need to talk about Pakistan, setting aside all personal interests.” Siraj said that it was hoped that crisis would be resolved soon, adding that jirga was working outstandingly well.

He said that relevant stakeholders would be brought to the table of negotiations. He said that Pakistan had suffered huge damages due to undemocratic system and practices in the past.

The JI chief claimed that 80 per cent of the matter between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the government had been settled. He said that Pakistan cannot bear to have more dictatorship practices.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-Sep-2014/pakistan-threatened-more-by-corrupt-system-than-foes-siraj

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Justice for Model Town tragedy victims to be served: IG Punjab

September 22, 2014

RAWALPINDI – Inspector General of Punjab Police Mushtaq Sukhera on Monday said that authorities were assuring heirs of the Model Town tragedy victims that all aspects of justice would be fulfilled in the case.

Talking to journalists in Rawalpindi, he said that he had made it clear to the Punjab officers not to misuse their power. More than 13 protestors belonging to the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were killed and dozens sustained injuries during clash with police in the Model Town area of Lahore on June 17.

The mob turned violent when police went to the area to remove barriers from outside the Minhajul Quran International Secretariat and PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri's residence. He said that neither first information report (FIR) was being misused nor it should be considered as a charge sheet.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-Sep-2014/justice-for-model-town-tragedy-victims-to-be-served-ig-punjab

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Current regime about to end: Qadri

September 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Dr Tahirul Qadri on Sunday reiterated that the sitting regime is about to end soon as a system based on injustice and brutality is destined to die.

Addressing to party workers at sit-in at Constitutional Avenue, Dr Qadri dubbed the rulers the most cruel by unleashing the reign of terror on the people of the country. “They are bound to meet their fate soon and it will you that will lead them to perish”, Qadri asked his supporters. Lambasting the present rulers in center and Punjab, the firebrand Qadri rejected the present democratic system saying it is actually monarchy of a family which is calling the shots.

“We want to bring the real democracy that would be like the one in the development world” he said by referring to USA where eight governors of various states were shown the door on the allegation of corruption. Here, he pointed out innocent people were killed ruthlessly and no one showed the moral character to resign despite the fact that judicial commission formed to probe into Lahore Model Town incident pointed fingers at the sitting rulers of Punjab.

Dr Qadri termed the current democracy in the country even inferior to Africa nations where leaders have also courage and moral character to accept their responsibilities. He pointed out that present rulers got 143 cases withdrawn which were in NAB after coming to power last year. Qadri claimed that his party’s agenda is to lead the country towards transparency whereas sitting rulers are spending their energies to strength rules through monarch like conduct, which he vowed to oppose at all cost.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-Sep-2014/current-regime-about-to-end-qadri

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Hangu: Three policemen among four killed

September 22, 2014

Hangu- At least four people, three policemen among them, were shot dead in a suspected militant attack in a remote area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hungu district today.

According to officials, the attack took place in Qazi Pump area where unknown gunmen opened fire on a police mobile close to a check post, killing three policemen on the spot.

Another person, who was critically injured, later died. Their bodies were shifted to district hospital in Hangu. Police and security forces cordoned off the area and started search operation; however, the attackers had managed to escape. No group claimed responsibility, but militants hiding in the lawless border areas have carried out such attacks in the past. Pakistan Army is carrying out a major offensive against them in North Waziristan Agency bordering Afghanistan. On Sunday, a local leader of Maula Fazl Urrehman’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Maulana Sher Alam, was shot dead in the same district.

http://nation.com.pk/national/22-Sep-2014/hangu-three-policemen-among-four-killed

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Imran always welcome in Karachi: Altaf

September 22, 2014

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain said on Sunday that PTI chief Imran Khan is always welcome in Karachi.

“I would like Imran Khan to accept my sincere felicitations beforehand. He is always welcome in Karachi,” Altaf said while addressing his party workers late Saturday. He said that the MQM is the only political party which had challenged the status quo and brought youths to the national parliaments.

He said that the MQM had rejected hierarchal and corrupt politics and obsolete feudal system and brought new blood to the national politics. Altaf said that for this reason MQM had to put up with propaganda.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/22-Sep-2014/imran-always-welcome-in-karachi-altaf

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South Asia

 

Chinese Militants Fled China to Get ‘Terrorist Training’ From IS, Says Media

September 22, 2014

BEIJING, Sept 22 — Chinese militants from the western region of Xinjiang have fled from the country to get “terrorist training” from Islamic State fighters for attacks at home, state media reported today.

The report was the first time state-run media had linked militants from Xinjiang, home to ethnic minority Uighur Muslims, to militants of the Islamic State (IS), a radical Sunni Muslim group which has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq.

China’s government has blamed a surge of violence over the past year on Islamist militants from Xinjiang who China says are fighting for an independent state called East Turkestan.

“They not only want to get training in terrorist techniques, but also to expand their connections in international terrorist organisations through actual combat to gain support for escalation of terrorist activities in China,” the Global Times cited an unidentified Chinese “anti-terrorism worker” as saying.

In the latest violence in Xinjiang, state media said two people were killed and several injured in at least three explosions yesterday.

The Global Times, which is run by the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, said militants from Xinjiang had recently been involved in IS activities in Syria andIraq as well as with IS “branches” in Southeast Asia.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/chinese-militants-fled-china-to-get-terrorist-training-from-islamic-state-s#sthash.SepqiuAd.dpuf

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Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as US 'sham'

September 22, 2014

Afghanistan's Taliban militants on Monday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States and unacceptable to the Afghan people.

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, ending months of turmoil that has destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave.

Ghani's administration must now not only forge an effective government after so much acrimony, but also deal with an emboldened Taliban insurgency, with little, if any, help from foreign forces.

Ghani was scheduled to hold his first news briefing as president-elect later Monday.

The Taliban have been fighting to oust US-led foreign forces and their spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, rejected the national unity government pact as a ploy orchestrated by their enemy.

"Installing Ashraf Ghani and forming a bogus administration will never be acceptable to the Afghans," Mujahid said in a statement emailed to journalists.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/111384/World/International/Taliban-reject-Afghan-unity-government-pact-as-US-.aspx

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China Says Two Killed, Many Injured in Explosions in Central Xinjiang

September 22, 2014

BEIJING:  Multiple explosions in a county in China's western region of Xinjiang have killed at least two people and injured many others, regional authorities said on Monday.

The explosions happened at about 5 pm on Sunday in at least three places of Luntai County, according to a report on the Tianshan news portal, which is run by the regional branch of the Communist Party. Luntai County is in central Xinjiang, 360 kilometres (220 miles) southwest of the capital, Urumqi.

"Public security officers quickly handled the situation," it said, without giving details.

The brief statement said the unspecified number of injured had been taken to hospital and an investigation was under way.

Xinjiang has experienced rising unrest in recent months blamed on militants from the region's native Muslim Turkic Uighur ethnic group seeking to overthrow Chinese rule.

Authorities said that on July 28 a terrorist gang attacked a police station and government buildings in Shache County near Kashgar, killing 37 people before police shot dead 59 of the attackers.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/china-says-two-killed-many-injured-in-explosions-595817

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13 Afghan soldiers missing following Taliban attack in Herat

Sep 22 2014

At least 2 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred and 13 others are missing following an attack by Taliban militants in Herat province.

According to local security officials, Taliban militants launched an attack on a security check post in Rabat-e-Sangi district late Sunday.

A spokesman for 207 Zafar Military Corps, Najibullah Jajeebi confirmed the report and said the incident took place in Chehl Dukhtar area of Rabat-e-Sangi district.

In the meantime, unconfirmed reports suggest that the 13 soldiers have joined Taliban group and have taken with them the weapons and ammunition.

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

Herat is among the relatively volatile provinces where anti-government armed militant groups are active in a number of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

http://www.khaama.com/13-afghan-soldiers-missing-following-taliban-attack-in-herat-8704

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Taliban shadow governors for Herat and Badghis killed in airstrike

 Sep 22 2014

A group of senior Taliban leaders were killed following an airstrike in western Farah provice of Afghanistan, security officials said Monday.

Deputy interior minister for security, Gen. Ayub Salangi said the airstrike was carried out in Deh Gulaman village of Bakwa district.

Gen. Salangi further added that Taliabn group’s shadow governor for Herat and Badghis provinces were killed following the airstrike.

He said two Taliban commanders and three Pakistani militants were also killed in the raid.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Farah is among the volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Taliban militants executed at least eleven civilians in Posht-e-Koh district of Farah province while they were on their way to neighboring Iran.

http://www.khaama.com/taliban-shadow-governors-for-herat-and-badghis-killed-in-airstrike-8703

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Three Afghan soldiers martyred in IED attack, MoD says

Sep 22 2014

At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) explosion, defense officials said Monday.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said the three Afghan soldies were martyred in the past 24 hours.

He did not disclose further information regarding the exact location where the incident took place.

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

Taliban militants and other insurgent groups frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition forces.

Defense minister Bismillah Mohammadi told Afghan senators last4 week that the current year was one of the deadliest for the Afghan armed forces as NATO troops have fully transferred the security responsibilities to Afghan lead.

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

http://www.khaama.com/three-afghan-soldiers-martyred-in-ied-attack-mod-says-8700

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Southeast Asia

 

Coming Soon in Aceh: Shariah Law for Non-Muslims

September 22, 2014

Banda Aceh. Citing the need to end discrimination, Aceh lawmakers plan to pass a bylaw this week that would impose a Shariah-based criminal code on Muslims and non-Muslims alike, with offenders facing lengthy caning sessions or jail terms for acts that are perfectly legal elsewhere in Indonesia.

Moharriadi Syafari, the secretary of Commission G of the Aceh Legislative Council (DPRA), which oversees the religious affairs, culture and tourism, said the council planned to pass the bylaw during its plenary meeting this week.

A draft of the local criminal code known as Qanun Jinayat obtained by the Jakarta Globe includes a clause that stipulates that a non-Muslim caught violating Shariah law would be given the option of being tried at the Shariah court or at a regular court, based on the national criminal code (KUHP).

However, if the act is considered a crime under Shariah but not under the KUHP, even non-Muslim violators would be tried based on the regulations stipulated in the Qanun Jinayat.

The maximum punishments under the Shariah-based code are 200 strokes of the cane, a fine worth the price of two kilograms of gold or 200 months in jail.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/coming-soon-aceh-shariah-law-non-muslims/

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Malaysian militants for Isis recruited through social media, says source

September 22, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) forces have mastered social media as their main recruitment tool, enlisting fighters from around the world, including some 40 Malaysians, a local intelligence source said.

A senior Malaysian intelligence official told The Malaysian Insider that social media is the militant group's main channel to recruit Malaysians, “unlike the early 2000s where a lot of recruitment was done through religious schools”.

Many of the 40-odd Malaysians currently fighting alongside Isis forces in the Middle East had been influenced to take up the struggle via social media, the official said, adding that the method could spur others to also join the cause.

Malaysia has arrested 19 militants linked to Isis and is searching for at least five more, officials have said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-militants-for-isis-recruited-through-social-media-says-source#sthash.yl3Ofpq4.dpuf

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Islamic history handbook for teachers withdrawn

 Sep 22, 2014

The Religious Affairs Ministry’s Islamic Schools Directorate has withdrawn a teachers’ handbook on Islamic Cultural History (SKI) for seventh-grade students of Islamic junior high schools following protests from the community.

The handbook, published by the ministry this year, contains the phrase “today’s idolatry includes the graveyard of the wali [holy preachers who contributed to the early development of Islam in Indonesia]”.

The phrase has been considered offensive to some Muslims who practice pilgrimage to the graves of the holy preachers.

Nur Abadi, head of the curriculum section at the ministry’s Central Java office, said that 15,200 copies of the SKI handbook had been withdrawn across Indonesia.

The move, he said, was made following the issuance of a circular from the ministry on the revision of the handbook. “We received the circular this week,” Nur said in Semarang on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/09/21/islamic-history-handbook-teachers-withdrawn.html

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Najib should state his stand on Isis at UN, says DAP

September 22, 2014

Datuk Seri Najib Razak should denounce the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) militants in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, given that he had previously urged Umno to emulate the "brave exploits" of the movement, DAP said today.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang listed three reasons the prime minister should "unambiguously and unconditionally" denounce Isis, which comprises of Sunni fighters who want to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

"First, because his first reference to Isil/Isis was quite laudatory, exhorting Umno to emulate what he described as their 'brave exploits' to ensure the party’s survival," Lim said in a statement today.

In June, Najib courted controversy when he told Umno to emulate the bravery of the Isis militants if the Malay nationalist party wanted to survive.

He told more than 1,000 Umno members during a dinner that the militant group had defeated an Iraqi army which outnumbered it nearly 30 to one.

"For example, when someone dares to fight to his death, he can even defeat a much bigger team," he had said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-should-state-his-stand-on-isis-at-un-says-dap#sthash.598r5wAq.dpuf

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Malaysian doctors remind ‘jihadist’ healer in Syria of professional code

September 22, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― The story of an alleged Malaysian doctor who migrated to Syria to seek martyrdom has prompted the local medical fraternity to remind their colleague of the oath she had taken as a professional healer.

The “Hippocratic Oath”, according to local doctors, is a moral code of conduct that medical professionals take to pledge their dedication to the practice of saving all lives, regardless their race, religion or beliefs.

The doctors expressed shock that the 26-year-old woman, who claims to be Malaysian, had left her home country for the purpose of helping the Islamic State (IS) militant movement’s cause with her medical expertise.

“Aid should be given to not one particular group, but to all those who are victims, regardless of their religion nor political leaning,” Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr H. Krishna Kumar told the Malay Mail Online when contacted last week.

 Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/shocked-malaysian-doctors-remind-jihadist-healer-in-syria-of-professional-c#sthash.64IoxZFu.dpuf

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Australia

 

Returning Aussie jihadists get jail, says PM Abbott

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

SYDNEY, Sept 22 — Prime Minister Tony Abbott today warned Australians fighting with extremists in the Middle East they face lengthy jail terms if they return home as the government tightens counter-terrorism laws.

“My unambiguous message to all Australians who fight with terrorist groups is that you will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed for a very long time,” Abbott told parliament in a statement on national security.

Australia is targeting domestic extremists as well as citizens who fight overseas with violent jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq before returning home.

“Our laws are being changed to make it easier to keep potential terrorists off our streets,” Abbott said after the biggest security crackdown in Australian history last Thursday saw more than 800 police officers raid some 30 homes.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/returning-aussie-jihadists-get-jail-saya-pm-abbott#sthash.mYHhuuss.dpuf

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A Facebook page, ‘Islamophobia Register Australia’, after counter terror raids

 Sep 22, 2014

A Facebook page has been created for users to report incidents of 'Islamophobia' and anti-Muslim sentiments as the Muslim community fears backlash after the counter-terror raids that took place on Thursday morning.

'Islamophobia Register Australia' was created on Facebook just two days before Australia experienced the largest counter-terrorism operation in the country's history.

The operation saw 800 police officers carry out 25 search warrants across Sydney's north-west and in three Brisbane suburbs.

Following the raids, stories of police brutality against women and children emerged which prompted the Islamic political party Hizb-ut-Tahrir to organise protests defending their rights as Islamic Australians.

It appears the Facebook page is run by members of the Muslim community who have reacted to the counter-terror raids and fear for innocent Islamic people who face mistreatment in Australia.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2763918/A-Facebook-page-Islamophobia-Register-Australia-created-air-reports-discrimination-Muslim-community-fears-backlash-counterterror-raids.html#ixzz3E1iqVFuy

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Australia's most senior IS member 'loved cocaine', found Islam after history of abuse, mental illness

Sep 22, 2014

The alleged ringleader of the foiled plot to execute a random Australian was a drug-abusing brothel tout with underworld connections who found radical Islam after years of physical abuse and mental illness, an investigation by the ABC's 7.30 program has revealed.

Mohammad Ali Baryalei is Australia's most senior Islamic State leader and has recruited scores of Australians onto the battlefields of Syria and Iraq.

The 33-year-old from Sydney was the catalyst for last Thursday's unprecedented counter-terrorism raids, when more than 800 police raided homes in Sydney and Brisbane and charged four people.

The raids were sparked when authorities allegedly intercepted a phone call from Baryalei, ordering Sydney man Omarjan Azari, 22, to kidnap and execute "a random kufr", or non-believer, on camera.

Police say the executions were just days from being carried out in Sydney and Brisbane in the style of the IS beheadings of western hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines in Syria.

Full report at:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25080805/mohammad-ali-baryalei-australias-most-senior-islamic-state-member-loved-cocaine-found-islam-after-history-of-abuse-mental-illness/

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North America

 

Turkey must be partner in anti-ISIL coalition: Pentagon

September 22, 2014

Turkey must be a partner in the coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby has said, underlining the geographical importance of the country.

“Whether they contribute militarily is up to them. We did not go to Ankara with a specific request. We did go to solicit their views in the situation, and to find out what was possible for them. They offered some views of things that they might be able to do that could be helpful,” Kirby told daily Hürriyet.

“Let them speak for that. But we know just by dint of geography that Turkey is, will be, and must be a partner in this effort,” he added, suggesting that the campaign would not solely be a military one.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-must-be-partner-in-anti-isil-coalition-pentagon.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72006&NewsCatID=359

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Western authorities: ISIS group an online threat

22 September 2014

The latest issue of the digital magazine “Dabiq” features glossy photos of smiling militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, mutilated bodies on the battlefield and articles with titles such as, “There is No Life Without Jihad” and “Foley’s Blood is on Obama’s Hands.”

It refers to Americans as “crusaders” and “apostates.” And it insists “sincere Muslims” must help speed “the complete collapse of the modern American empire.”

Authorities say the magazine - published in English and other languages and easily available on the internet - has become a potent propaganda tool for the group to recruit Westerners. They also warn that the publication, along with other inflammatory messages and videos on Twitter and other social media, have the power to incite so-called “lone wolves” who hatch domestic plots such as the ones officials have alleged recently in Australia and upstate New York.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/09/22/Western-authorities-ISIS-group-an-online-threat.html

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US expects not to go alone in Syria air strikes: Ambassador

September 22, 2014

US Ambassador Samatha Power predicted Sunday that the United States would not be alone if it launches air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, although she said no decisions have been reached yet.

The US envoy to the United Nations' comments came as the United States puts together an international coalition to fight the IS group, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq in a bloody drive that has included beheadings of western hostages.

France has joined the United States in air strikes against the group in Iraq, but the IS strongholds in Syria have so far been spared.

"The president has said we're not going to allow ISIL to have safe haven in Syria, but no decisions have been made in terms of how we're going to proceed in that," she said on CBS's Face the Nation, using an alternate acroynym for the group.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111332/World/Region/US-expects-not-to-go-alone-in-Syria-air-strikes-Am.aspx

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Security Agencies Probing Whether Boko Haram's Shekau Killed

September 22, 2014

Nigerian security agencies are reviewing information that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, may have been killed in a battle with the military, a person familiar with the investigation was quoted as saying by Bloomberg at the weekend.

Shekau may have been killed in the fighting near Konduga in Borno State, according to a security official who asked not to be identified because an official statement had not been made by the government.

The Nigerian armed forces last week said in a Twitter posting that over 60 Boko Haram militants had been killed and a senior Boko Haram leader had been captured in the battle at Konduga, a strategic town 40 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The leader, who wasn't identified by the armed forces, was being treated at a military hospital, the statement added.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201409220667.html?viewall=1

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Nigerian Government, Red Cross in Secret Talks With Boko Haram Over Chibok Girls

September 22, 2014

Despite the Nigerian government's public rejection of any prisoner swap with extremist Boko Haram sect, its officials, alongside the Red Cross, are currently in talks to trade Boko Haram militants for more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the sect in April, the U.K. Telegraph reported Friday.

The report said Red Cross officials have held secret negotiations with top Boko Haram leaders held in Nigeria's maximum security prisons and a list of 16 senior commanders the sect wants freed in exchange for the girls, has been drawn up.

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped over 200 girls from their school dormitory in Chibok on 14 April.

The abductions alarmed the world triggering massive campaign to secure their freedom with the United States, United Kingdom and France and other countries offering technical support.

The efforts have remained futile more than five months after as the girls remain in captivity.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, threatened to sell some into slavery and marry others off.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201409210006.html

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Benghazi mourns as yet another high-profile activist is slain in the city

September 22, 2014

Benghazi has been in mourning today following the killing of prominent  18-year-old blogger and activist Tawfiq Bensaud and his 17-year-old friend, also an activist, Sami Al-Kwafi.

The shock killings of the young men stood out in one of the bloodiest days in the city in recent memory as extremists orchestrated a city-wide campaign to instil fear in Benghazi residents. Thirteen individuals were targeted and ten of them were killed yesterday.

Bensaud and Kwafi were murdered as they returned home with a friend at around midnight last night. The planned and synchronised attack saw Bensaud’s car approached by three cars from three different directions, blocking the young men’s escape.

Shots were fired from all three cars, and both Bensaud and Kwaif’s bodies were found with gunshots wounds to the head when they were retrieved, medical sources told the Libya Herald. Miraculously the third member of the group survived the attack unscathed.

Libyan Youth Voices, an online youth forum has led the tributes to the two slain activists describing them as  “giants in Libya’s nascent civil society” and their loss as “devastating”.

In the last year a number of Benghazi’s leading lights and activists have been mercilessly gunned down. Muftah Buzeid and Salwa Bugaighis were among them.

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/09/20/benghazi-mourns-as-yet-another-high-profile-activist-is-slain-in-the-city/#ixzz3E3Dt8sVu

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/isil-urges-killing-citizens-from-the-west/d/99202

 

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