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ISIL Uses Chemical Weapons against Kurds in Mosul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The ISIL terrorist group has used poisonous gas while shelling a Kurdish region in Nineveh province on Saturday, media reports said.

 

 

Turkish History Does Not Start With War of Independence: Erdoğan

Afghanistan: 64 Militants Killed, 50 Wounded In Latest Air and Ground Raids of ANSF

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Arab World

ISIL Uses Chemical Weapons against Kurds in Mosul

Bombing against Pilgrims Kills 23 near Baghdad as Hundreds Protest

ISIS Car Bombs Kill At Least 14 in Southern Iraq

Syria: Al-Nusra Sustains another Defeat in Lattakia

Iraqi Army Takes Heavy Toll from ISIL in Ambush Operations in Kirkuk, Wins Back Bashir Village

Air Force Destroys ISIL's Military Positions in Deir Ezzur

Al-Qaida after Osama bin Laden? Notorious as ever

Saudi forces kill 2 militants after failed car-bombing

Gov't Forces Win more Battles against ISIL East of Homs Province

Parliament's Approval Necessitates Gov't to Boost Iran's Missile Power

UN Hails Iran for Helping Iraq in Anti-ISIL Campaign

Syria: Russian Snipers Capture ISIL Position near Palmyra in 10 Minutes

Iranian Cellphone Game Shows How to Defend Trio Islands in Persian Gulf

Air strikes on Aleppo amid calm in other parts of Syria

ISIS executed over 4,000 in Syria in last two years: Report

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Mideast

Turkish History Does Not Start With War Of Independence: Erdoğan

Powerful Explosion Rocks Gaziantep City In South Of Turkey

More cross-border ISIL rockets hit Turkish city Kilis

Three Turkish soldiers killed, 14 wounded in PKK attack in southeast

Rouhani allies win Iran parliament polls

Sadrist protesters leave Iraqi parliament building after hours of protests

AKP board takes back key authority from Davutoğlu

Istanbul police disperse group after bid to enter Taksim Square

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South Asia

Afghanistan: 64 Militants Killed, 50 Wounded In Latest Air and Ground Raids of ANSF

‘Conflict in Afghanistan Is Not Between Afghans but Imposed On Us’: Karzai

23 militants killed in Nimroz operations, MoD claims

Hindu tailor hacked to death in north Bangladesh

Steep decrease reported in Peshawar trade with repatriation of Afghan refugees

MoI urges capital punishment as 10 arrested over brutal killing of Abasin

Top Taliban commander killed during gun battle with NDS forces in Logar

India

You Can't Be In Denial about Terrorism, India Tells Pakistan

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Pakistan

India Only Wants To Talk About Terrorism: Pak's UN Envoy

'Convincing Congress of F-16 deal is Obama administration’s job'

Opposition unity spells doom for Nawaz Sharif

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Africa

'84 Migrants Still Missing After Boat Sinks Off Libya'

17 killed in Nairobi floods and building collapse

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Europe

European Union Set To Drive Forward Visas for Turks in Migrant Deal

Hundreds arrested in Germany clashes

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North America

F-16s Right Platform for Pakistan’s Counterterrorism War: US

US strike on Afghan hospital in 2015 not a war crime: Pentagon

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Southeast Asia

10 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

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ISIL Uses Chemical Weapons against Kurds in Mosul

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group has used poisonous gas while shelling a Kurdish region in Nineveh province on Saturday, media reports said.

The ISIL fired 50 mortar rounds containing poisonous gases on Pishmarga forces in Khazar region in the Northeastern part of Mosul.

Several Pishmarga forces complained of respiratory problems after the ISIL attack as they were not equipped with masks.

In relevant development in July, the ISIL used poisonous gas against Kurds, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, citing medical testimonies and analyses.

While there have been unconfirmed reports of ISIL fighters using toxic substances in the past, the UK-based group says it has documented the accounts from the June 28 chemical weapons attack in detail.

According to the Observatory, the attack targeted the village of Rajm al-Tfihi, located South of Tal Brak in Syria’s North-eastern Al-Hasakah Governorate.

At least 12 YPG (Kurdish People’s Defense Units) fighters suffered vomiting, suffocation and eye-burns in the aftermath of an ISIL shelling of the village, the report said.

The monitor obtained doctors’ testimonies and laboratory analysis that it says confirm that the extremist group used some sort of a poison gas in the attack. It has not been determined whether the gas used was chlorine or another substance, the report says.

None of the Kurdish fighters hit by the chemical attack died, but only because they were promptly hospitalized, according to YPG Spokesman Redur Xelil, as cited by Reuters.

This is the first documented case of ISIL using chemical weapons against Kurds, Xelil said.

The YPG has issued a statement saying that there have been recent incidents indicating that a chemical attack by ISIL was possible. Kurdish militia is said to have captured industrial grade gas masks from ISIL, "confirming that they are prepared and equipped for chemical warfare along this sector of the front".

The statement said the victims of the June 28 attack "experienced burning of the throat, eyes and nose, combined with severe headaches, muscle pain and impaired concentration and mobility", as well as vomiting.

Meanwhile, the Observatory called on the UN Security Council to send an international probe to Syria to "detect the use of gases by ISIL".

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950211001174

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Turkish history does not start with War of Independence: Erdoğan

April/30/2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has praised an Ottoman army victory over British forces a century ago, during World War I, as he refuted a history approach that took War of Independence as the starting point of modern Turkey.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Kut al-Amara, which took place during between the Ottoman Army and British-Indian forces in the town of Kut, now in modern Iraq.

“I reject an understanding of history that starts our nation’s, our civilization’s millennia of history with 1919,” Erdoğan said, while speaking at an Istanbul event to commemorate the centenary.

The War of Independence led to the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Erdoğan said that the country’s history stretches back long before the Republican Era and includes past Turkish civilizations.

“Books or libraries would not be enough to tell the richness of the history of such a country,” Erdoğan said.

“But what we have done - we have almost tried to cover up our own history with black cloth. We tried to bury our own history,” he said.

“Those who mention our successes in our own past briefly as if they have nothing to do with us or never mention them at all both disrespect our forebears and harm our future generations,” he said.

“Kut al-Amara Victory is a striking example of this,” he added.

Erdoğan added that during the siege of Kut al-Amara, Arabs in Kut fought as members of the Ottoman Army and were martyred for the cause.

Speaking at the same event, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that Kut al-Amara was an indelible victory.

“The understanding of the Old Turkey did not want to remember this victory - they wanted to forget it systematically, so to speak,” he said.

Davutoğlu said that the “epic” victory at Kut al-Amara had served as an “elixir of life” at a time of decline and desperation not only for the Turkish nation, but for all other oppressed nations in the region.

“It gave ‘soul and meaning’ to the Turkish Republic which was to be established following the War of Independence,” he said.

Davutoğlu also said that Turks had always obeyed the laws of war, and treated its prisoners in a humane manner.

“It is easy to be polite in times of peace. What is important is to be able to be magnanimous towards those who seek your life in conflict and war zones.

“Today Turkey is treating oppressed people fleeing from war and death in the same manner as it treated prisoners of war -- without discriminating against anyone based on their religion, language, ethnicity, identity, or sect,” he said.

hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-history-does-not-start-with-war-of-independence-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98554&NewsCatID=341

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Afghanistan: 64 militants killed, 50 wounded in latest air and ground raids of ANSF

By Khaama Press - Sun May 01 2016

At least 64 militants were killed and 50 others were wounded in the latest raids of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and security personnel from the other security institutions.

MoD in its statement further added that the ground forces were received close-air support as well as artillery support during the operations.

At least 23 of the militants were killed and 8 others were wounded in Khash Rod district of Nimroz and 8 others were killed and 11 were wounded in Badakhshan province, the statement added.

The Afghan forces killed 5 militants and wounded 2 others in Qads district of Badghis, MoD said, adding that 6 more were killed and 3 others were wounded in Deh Yak and Gilan districts of Ghazni province.

A commander of the militants group were among 8 killed during separate operations conducted in Barmal and Omna districts of Paktia, according to MoD.

The statement by MoD also added that 7 militants were killed including a commander of the group identified as Gulab Agha in Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar province.

At least 14 militants were killed and 12 others were wounded during separate raids conducted in Chak district of Wardak, Sheikh Ali district of Parwan, Shindand district of Herat, Delaram district of Nimroz and Nadir Shah kot district of Khost, MoD said.

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

khaama.com/mod-64-militants-killed-50-wounded-in-latest-air-and-ground-raids-of-ansf-0802

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Arab World

ISIL Uses Chemical Weapons against Kurds in Mosul

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group has used poisonous gas while shelling a Kurdish region in Nineveh province on Saturday, media reports said.

The ISIL fired 50 mortar rounds containing poisonous gases on Pishmarga forces in Khazar region in the Northeastern part of Mosul.

Several Pishmarga forces complained of respiratory problems after the ISIL attack as they were not equipped with masks.

In relevant development in July, the ISIL used poisonous gas against Kurds, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, citing medical testimonies and analyses.

While there have been unconfirmed reports of ISIL fighters using toxic substances in the past, the UK-based group says it has documented the accounts from the June 28 chemical weapons attack in detail.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950211001174

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Bombing against pilgrims kills 23 near Baghdad as hundreds protest

AFP | Apr 30, 2016

BAGHDAD: A car bomb targeting Shia pilgrims killed at least 23 people near Baghdad on Saturday, as hundreds protested in the capital for reforms and parliament made another attempt to reshuffle the cabinet.

Iraq has been hit by weeks of political turmoil surrounding Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to change the government.

Both Washington and the United Nations have warned the crisis could distract from the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, which carries out frequent bombings against civilians.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Bombing-against-pilgrims-kills-23-near-Baghdad-as-hundreds-protest/articleshow/52055302.cms

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ISIS Car Bombs Kill At Least 14 in Southern Iraq

May 1, 2016

BAGHDAD: Two car bombs claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group killed at least 14 people and wounded 37 others in the centre of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on Sunday, police said.

The first blast was near a local government building and the second one about 60 metres away at a bus station, police sources said.

Unverified online photographs showed a large plume of smoke rising above the buildings as well as burnt out cars and bodies on the ground at the site of one of the blasts, including several children. Police and firefighters carried victims on stretchers and in their arms.

IS holds positions mostly in areas of the country's north and west, far from the southern provinces where Samawa is located. Such attacks are relatively rare..

The quota-based governing system put in place by the United States at the time is being challenged by hundreds of protesters who camped out overnight in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone after storming the parliament building.

dawn.com/news/1255642/is-car-bombs-kill-at-least-14-in-southern-iraq

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Syria: Al-Nusra Sustains Another Defeat in Lattakia

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and National Defense Forces repelled an attack of the al-Nusra Front on their strongholds in the Northeastern part of Lattakia province, inflicting a heavy death toll on the terrorists.

A 150-member group of al-Nusra terrorists stormed the Syrian government forces' positions near Kinsibba, but their attacks were repelled by the Syrian soldiers and popular forces.

Under the heavy fire of pro-government forces, al-Nusra fled the battlefield leaving behind at least 25 dead members and many more wounded ones.  

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950212000801

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Air Force Destroys ISIL's Military Positions in Deir Ezzur

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian air force pounded the military positions and gathering centers of the Takfiri terrorists in Deir Ezzur province, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Aleppo and Homs, over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's operations in Syria's key provinces.

Deir Ezzur

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950212000250

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Al-Qaida after Osama bin Laden? Notorious as ever

AFP | May 1, 2016

The jihadist group Al-Qaida has survived the death of its founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 and bolstered its notoriety with attacks in Africa, Europe and Yemen.

Al-Qaida had already proved its ability to resist after the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States triggered a huge US military intervention in Afghanistan.

Here are key dates in the group's development since Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded bin Laden as Al-Qaida's chief on June 16, 2011.

September 11, 2012, LIBYA: An attack carried out in part by Al-Qaida militants against the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, kills four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) calls for more attacks against US diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, and urges Muslims living in the West to target US interests. Violence that leaves more than 50 people dead sweeps across the Middle East amid protests against the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims", produced by a US religious group.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Al-Qaida-after-Osama-bin-Laden-Notorious-as-ever/articleshow/52060475.cms

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Saudi forces kill 2 militants after failed car-bombing

May 1, 2016

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says security forces have killed two militants before they were able to detonate a car bomb in the southwestern town of Bisha.

Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Mansour al-Turki said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency late Friday that security forces tried to stop two cars but the drivers fled and took refuge in nearby mountains before one of the cars exploded.

Al-Turki said the two continued firing at security forces, but were eventually killed with the help of a helicopter gunship.

dawn.com/news/1255429/saudi-forces-kill-2-militants-after-failed-car-bombing

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Gov't Forces Win more Battles against ISIL East of Homs Province

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces, after hours of non-stop battle, pushed the ISIL back from more heights and lands in the Northwestern and Eastern countryside of Palmyra (Tadmur), military sources said minutes ago.

"The ISIL left behind scores of the dead and wounded members and pulled the remaining pockets of its forces back from the two strategic mountains of Antar and Zalfeh in the Northwestern side of Palmyra and vast farms in the Eastern side of the ancient city under the heavy offensives of the Syrian army and the popular forces," the sources said.

"The pro-government forces are now fortifying their positions across the newly-liberated heights and lands," they further added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950212000854

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Parliament's Approval Necessitates Gov't to Boost Iran's Missile Power

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian parliament approved a bill on Sunday requiring the government to further develop and increase the country's missile power.

The bill was approved within the framework of Iran's Five-Year Development Plan during an open session of the parliament today.

It calls for enhancement of the country's deterrence power by developing and boosting its missile production capability, strengthening the air defense power at different short-, mid- and long-range levels, updating safe communication networks to establish a command and control system, making all weapons systems smart and mobile appropriate with threats, researching, designing and producing the needed equipment to confront the terrorist groups, developing the country's naval power by equipping it with advanced weapons and reinvigorating the country's electronic warfare capability.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950212000796

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UN Hails Iran for Helping Iraq in Anti-ISIL Campaign

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- UN Special Envoy for Iraq Yan Kubish appreciated Iran's supports for the Iraqi nation and government in the ongoing war with the Takfiri terrorists.

"We appreciate Iran's support for the Iraqi people in their fight against the ISIL," Kubish said in a meeting with Chairman of the Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran on Sunday.

The UN envoy expressed regret over spread of human catastrophe in Iraq because of terrorist activities and financial crises which have been caused by a sharp decline in oil revenues.

Kubish, meantime, reiterated the need for protecting Iraq's sovereignty and national unity.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950212000370

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Syria: Russian Snipers Capture ISIL Position near Palmyra in 10 Minutes

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian snipers targeted and killed the entire members of a group of ISIL terrorists at a checkpoint near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) East of Homs province and took control over their stronghold in less than ten minutes.

"It took only 10 minutes for the experienced Russian snipers, who had very advanced rifles, to target 15 ISIL terrorists in a checkpoint in the Northern side of Palmyra," military sources said on Saturday, adding, "After killing the entire ISIL guards, the Russian forces moved forward captured the terrorists' position."

Reports said earlier today that the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, in a fresh round of their joint combat operations, bombed the ISIL concentration centers near a town, a village and a mountain in Eastern Homs, slowing down the terrorist group's military movements.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950211001288

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Iranian Cellphone Game Shows How to Defend Trio Islands in Persian Gulf

May 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran unveiled a new cellphone game, named "The Three Islands", to reiterate its sovereignty over the three islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf.

The game, developed for Android phones, was unveiled on Saturday on the occasion of the national 'Persian Gulf Day' in Iran.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950211001171

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Air strikes on Aleppo amid calm in other parts of Syria

AP | Apr 30, 2016

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS: Two Syrian opposition monitoring groups are reporting government air strikes on insurgent-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 20 separate air raids, killing at least two people and wounding others.

The local coordination committees said the air raids killed one person and wounded others.

Contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city and once commercial center, has been the scene of intense shelling and air raids over the past nine days that killed nearly 250 people according to the Observatory.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Air-strikes-on-Aleppo-amid-calm-in-other-parts-of-Syria/articleshow/52055399.cms

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ISIS executed over 4,000 in Syria in last two years: Report

PTI | Apr 30, 2016

LONDON: The Islamic State militant group has executed over 4,000 people within two years, UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said, calling on the UN to stop the crimes and violations committed against the Syrian people by the outfit.

Monitors compiled the list dating back to the declaration of ISIS in June 2014, showing regular beheadings, shootings, stonings and other methods of murder such as throwing people off buildings and setting them on fire.

The so-called offences of those executed included sodomy, apostasy and alcohol smuggling, SOHR notes.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/ISIS-executed-over-4000-in-Syria-in-last-two-years-Report/articleshow/52054243.cms

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Mideast

Turkish history does not start with War of Independence: Erdoğan

April/30/2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has praised an Ottoman army victory over British forces a century ago, during World War I, as he refuted a history approach that took War of Independence as the starting point of modern Turkey.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Kut al-Amara, which took place during between the Ottoman Army and British-Indian forces in the town of Kut, now in modern Iraq.

“I reject an understanding of history that starts our nation’s, our civilization’s millennia of history with 1919,” Erdoğan said, while speaking at an Istanbul event to commemorate the centenary.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-history-does-not-start-with-war-of-independence-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98554&NewsCatID=341

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Powerful explosion rocks Gaziantep city in south of Turkey

By Khaama Press - Sun May 01 2016

A relatively powerful explosion rocked Gaziantep city in the south of Turkey earlier today with preliminary reports suggesting at least one person was killed and 13 others wounded.

According to the local media reports, the explosion took place near a police station in the city, leaving at least one dead and 13 others wounded, including 9 policemen.

The reports further added that the explosion was likely triggered by a vehicle packed with explosives.

Full report at: khaama.com/powerful-explosion-rocks-gaziantep-city-in-south-of-turkey-0800

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More cross-border ISIL rockets hit Turkish city Kilis

May/01/2016

Three rockets fired from territory held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria injured seven people in Turkey’s southern border province of Kilis early on May 1, according to local security sources.

One rocket landed in a yard in the Beşevler neighborhood and the other one hit a parking area near Cumhuriyet Street.     

The seven injured people were taken to Kilis State Hospital.       

Police have increased security measures in the region.   

The Turkish army responded by firing howitzers at ISIL positions in Syria and nine militants were killed as a result, Anadolu Agency reported.  

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/more-cross-border-isil-rockets-hit-turkish-city-kilis-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98560&NewsCatID=509

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Three Turkish soldiers killed, 14 wounded in PKK attack in southeast

May/01/2016

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 were wounded on May 1 in an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during a military operation in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin, the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement.

The attack in the town, where a number of neighborhoods are under curfew and operations have been ongoing since March 14, came as the soldiers were detonating a bomb placed by the militants.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/three-turkish-soldiers-killed-14-wounded-in-pkk-attack-in-southeast-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98559&NewsCatID=341

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Rouhani allies win Iran parliament polls

May 1st, 2016

TEHRAN: Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won a big victory in second round parliamentary elections and capped a remarkable comeback on Saturday after years of isolation.

The outcome represents a significant realignment of competing factions in the Islamic republic, with conservative MPs losing their dominance and being outnumbered for the first time since 2004.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1255479/rouhani-allies-win-iran-parliament-polls

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Sadrist protesters leave Iraqi parliament building after hours of protests

May/01/2016

Muhammed Abduzzehra, a protester, said they had left the parliament building without damaging any public or private properties.

“Abiding by the decision from the committee that inspects protests, we have moved towards the festival area in the Green Zone,” Abduzzehra said.

He said the protest would continue until a “government purified of political influence” was formed.

The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified central district known as the Green Zone, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River April 30 chanting, “The cowards ran away!” in apparent reference to departing lawmakers.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/sadrist-protesters-leave-iraqi-parliament-building-after-hours-of-protests.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98564&NewsCatID=352

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AKP board takes back key authority from Davutoğlu

April/30/2016

The ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) decisive Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) has taken back from its leader and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu an authorization to appoint provincial and district heads of the party, a move that limits the control of the leader on party organizations.

The right to appoint the AKP local heads originally belongs to the MKYK according to the the party's internal code, but it was granted to then-party leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2002.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/akp-board-takes-back-key-authority-from-davutoglu.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98553&NewsCatID=338

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Istanbul police disperse group after bid to enter Taksim Square

May/01/2016

Police used water cannons to disperse a group of around 40 protesters gathering for a May 1 rally near Taksim Square – a symbolic yet contested venue that remains prohibited on International Workers’ Day.

The group of protesters, meeting near the Divan Hotel close to Taksim Square and carrying banners of “Halkevleri” (People’s Houses), were dispersed by police using water cannons.

A separate group from the People’s Liberation Party (HKP) was stopped by police on Barbaros Avenue in Beşiktaş ahead of a planned march to Taksim.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-police-disperse-group-after-bid-to-enter-taksim-square.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98558&NewsCatID=341

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South Asia

Afghanistan: 64 militants killed, 50 wounded in latest air and ground raids of ANSF

By Khaama Press - Sun May 01 2016

At least 64 militants were killed and 50 others were wounded in the latest raids of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday.

According to a statement by MoD, the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and security personnel from the other security institutions.

Full report at: khaama.com/mod-64-militants-killed-50-wounded-in-latest-air-and-ground-raids-of-ansf-0802

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‘Conflict in Afghanistan is not between Afghans but imposed on us’: Karzai

By Khaama Press - Sun May 01 2016, 2:45 pm

The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has said that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan is not as a result of conflict among Afghans but is the result of an imposed war on the Afghan nation.

In his speech during the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Karzai said “We are making a strong case in the international community that the conflict in Afghanistan is not between Afghans but imposed on us.”

Full report at: khaama.com/conflict-in-afghanistan-is-not-between-afghans-but-imposed-on-us-karzai-0804

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23 militants killed in Nimroz operations, MoD claims

By Khaama Press - Sun May 01 2016

At least 23 militants were killed during the joint military operations conducted by the Afghan army and Afghan police forces in western Nimroz province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were launched by 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police (ANP) forces.

A statement by MoD said the operations were conducted in Khash Rod district where at least 8 militants were also wounded.

The statement further added that 2 vehicles used by the anti-government armed militants were also destroyed during the raids.

Full report at: khaama.com/23-militants-killed-in-nimroz-operations-mod-claims-0799

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Hindu tailor hacked to death in north Bangladesh

PTI | Apr 30, 2016

DHAKA: A Hindu tailor was hacked to death by unidentified men near his workplace on Saturday in north Bangladesh, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on intellectuals, activists and minorities in the Muslim majority country.

Nikhil Chandra Joarder, 50, a resident of the Dubail village under Gopalpur upazila of the Tangail district, was hacked to death this afternoon.

"Three young men riding a motorcycle have come to Nikhil's shop around 12pm and called him to nearby road on which they hacked him. The killers left the spot promptly after the incident," Gopalpur police station officer in charge Mohammad Abdul Jalil was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Hindu-tailor-hacked-to-death-in-north-Bangladesh/articleshow/52054932.cms

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Steep decrease reported in Peshawar trade with repatriation of Afghan refugees

By Khaama Press - Sun May 01 2016

A steep decrease has been reported in Peshawar trade with the repatriation of Afghan refugees from the city which saw a rapid rise following a deadly attack on Army Public School late in 2014.

According to the local media reports, citing local traders, the Afghan refugees were forming the majority of their customers.

The repatriation of expulsion of refugees following the attack also had negative impact on the rent of the properties besides decline in sales.

Full report at: khaama.com/steep-decrease-reported-in-peshawar-trade-with-repatriation-of-afghan-refugees-0798

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MoI urges capital punishment as 10 arrested over brutal killing of Abasin

Apr 30, 2016

By Khaama Press - Sat Apr 30 2016

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) urged the judiciary institutions to award capital punishment for the perpetrators involved in the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped by a group in capital Kabul.

Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahman, senior deputy minister for security, told reporters that the security forces have arrested at least 10 suspects in connection to the brutal killing of Abasin.

Full report at: khaama.com/moi-urges-capital-punishment-as-10-arrested-over-brutal-killing-of-abasin-0795

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Top Taliban commander killed during gun battle with NDS forces in Logar

By Khaama Press - Sun May 01 2016

A top Taliban commander was killed during a gun battle with the intelligence operatives in the central Logar province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the commander identified as Mohammad Rahim was killed as the NDS operatives were busy conducting a special military raid in Khoshi district.

A statement by NDS said Rahim was involved in major terrorist related activities in Khoshi district before he was killed by the intelligence operatives.

The statement further added that two others accompanying Rahim were also killed during the gun battle and have been identified as Mohammad Alam and Mohammad Wali.

The intelligence operatives seized 2 Ak-47 rifles, 1 rocket launcher and a motorcycle following the operation, NDS added.

Full report at: khaama.com/top-taliban-commander-killed-during-gun-battle-with-nds-forces-in-logar-0801

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India

You can't be in denial about terrorism, India tells Pakistan

Sachin Parashar | Apr 26, 2016

NEW DELHI: India's foreign secretary S Jaishankar flatly told Pakistan on Tuesday that it can't be in denial about terrorism and terrorist groups in Pakistan targeting India.

He also said Pakistan can't be in denial about the impact of terrorism on relations between the two countries.

"Terrorist groups based in Pakistan targeting India must not be allowed to operate with impunity," Jaishankar said.

Jaishankar also told Pakistan's foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in a 90-minute meeting that India wants early and visible progress in the Pathankot terror attack investigation.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/-You-cant-be-in-denial-about-terrorism-India-tells-Pakistan/articleshow/51990648.cms?

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Pakistan

India only wants to talk about terrorism: Pak's UN envoy

PTI | Apr 29, 2016

NEW YORK: Pakistan seeks to normalise relations with India, but New Delhi has "signalled" it is only interested in talking about terrorism which does not bode well for the prospects of diplomatic progress between the two nations, Islamabad's envoy to the UN has said.

Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN ambassador Maleeha Lodhi's remarks came just a day before Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry met in New Delhi on April 26 on the sidelines of the 'Heart of Asia' regional conference.

"While Islamabad has repeatedly urged Delhi to resume the broad based, comprehensive peace process, India has yet to agree and has instead signalled it is only interested in talking about terrorism. This, she said, does not make the prospects of diplomatic progress too bright," she said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-only-wants-to-talk-about-terrorism-Paks-UN-envoy/articleshow/52039236.cms?

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'Convincing Congress of F-16 deal is Obama administration’s job'

Apr 30, 2016

ISLAMABAD: In response to reports the US Congress is withholding 60 per cent of the aid earmarked for subsidising Pakistan's purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets, a Pakistani official has said “negotiations aren’t over yet”.

Tariq Fatemi, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, told BBC Radio in an interview that bringing Congress around to the deal is the Obama administration’s job.

According to a BBC report published on its Hindi and Urdu services, a State Department official told the BBC on the condition of anonymity that Congress will not subsidise the sale of eight F-16 jets to Pakistan at the advice of Senator Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Committee for Foreign Relations.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1255438/convincing-congress-of-f-16-deal-is-obama-administrations-job

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Opposition unity spells doom for Nawaz Sharif

Sameer Arshad | Apr 30, 2016

Chairman of opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan (C) waves at supporters during a founding day rally in Islamabad. (AFP photo)Chairman of opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan (C) waves at supporters during a foundi... Read More

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's 'tsunami march' demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's removal over alleged poll fraud charges culminated into a massive sit-in in Islamabad in 2014. Musical performances and Khan's constant jibes at Sharif kept crowds enthused throughout the 126-day sit-in a stone's throw from the Prime Minister's House. Khan's unhappy 10-month marriage followed his romance with ex-BBC weathergirl Reham Khan that blossomed during the dharna even as it frizzled out without achieving much. The other parties backed Sharif prompting an embittered Khan to accuse the main opposition, Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of mukmuka (secret deal) to perpetuate their corrupt, family-run rule by turns.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Opposition-unity-spells-doom-for-Nawaz-Sharif/articleshow/52053105.cms

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Africa

'84 migrants still missing after boat sinks off Libya'

AFP | Apr 30, 2016

ROME: Eighty-four migrants are still missing after an inflatable craft sank off the coast of Libya, according to survivors cited by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Saturday.

Twenty-six people were rescued from the boat which sank on Friday, and were questioned overnight. "According to testimonies gathered by IOM in Lampedusa 84 people went missing," said IOM spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo on his Twitter feed.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/84-migrants-still-missing-after-boat-sinks-off-Libya/articleshow/52055892.cms?

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17 killed in Nairobi floods and building collapse

AFP | Apr 30, 2016

NAIROBI: Rescuers in the Kenyan capital made desperate efforts on Saturday to free survivors, including a woman and child trapped in a building that collapsed in storms that have left a total of 17 people dead.

President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the wreck of the six-storey building on Sunday, where 10 people perished after concrete floors collapsed down on top of each other during torrential rainstorms on Friday.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/17-killed-in-Nairobi-floods-and-building-collapse/articleshow/52055483.cms

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Europe

European Union set to drive forward visas for Turks in migrant deal

Reuters | May 1, 2016

BRUSSELS: Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive forward a plan to grant Turks visa-free travel to Europe as a reward for having reduced a flood of refugees and migrants into Europe to a trickle.

The European Commission is set to declare on Wednesday that Turkey has broadly met the criteria for early visa liberalisation in a blaze of last-minute legislation and ask EU governments and the European Parliament to approve the decision by the end of June, several EU sources said.

"We have not lowered our standards. Turkey has raised its game," a senior EU official familiar with the negotiations said.

He was seeking to explain how the EU executive could certify compliance after telling lawmakers just two weeks ago that Ankara had met fewer than half the so-called benchmarks.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/European-Union-set-to-drive-forward-visas-for-Turks-in-migrant-deal/articleshow/52063349.cms

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Hundreds arrested in Germany clashes

May 1st, 2016

STUTTGART: German riot police on Saturday arrested some 400 protesters as clashes erupted outside a meeting of the right-wing populist AfD party, which is set to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto amid a rise in European anti-migrant groups.

Left-wing demonstrators burned tyres and threw firecrackers as they tried to prevent delegates of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party from getting into the congress in the western city of Stuttgart.

The AfD meeting comes a week after the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer sent shock waves through Austria’s political establishment by winning the first round of a presidential ballot.

Heavily-armoured riot police used tear gas to hold off protesters, many dressed in black and masking their faces, as officers escorted AfD members into the congress hall.

“No rights for Nazi propaganda,” cried one group of protesters, who threw firecrackers at journalists and over 1,000 riot police battling to keep the standoff from escalating further.

The clashes delayed the opening of the congress by more than an hour.

Now polling around 14 percent, AfD is eyeing entry into the federal parliament in elections next year after a string of state election wins.

The AfD was formed only three years ago and has since gradually shifted its policies to the right, while entering half of Germany’s 16 state legislatures and the European parliament.

dawn.com/news/1255480/hundreds-arrested-in-germany-clashes

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North America

F-16s right platform for Pakistan’s counterterrorism war: US

May 1st, 2016

WASHINGTON: A day after Congress suspended US funding for the F-16s deal, the State Department acknowledged that Pakistan needs those aircraft for its antiterrorism activities.

“We believe they’re the right platform to support Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts, and have been a part of the successful pushback, if you will, or in past operations against some of the militant groups that are active in Pakistan,” the department’s deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, told a news briefing.

This rejects a recent claim by some US lawmakers that Pakistan would use the aircraft against India, not the terrorists.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1255569/f-16s-right-platform-for-pakistans-counterterrorism-war-us

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US strike on Afghan hospital in 2015 not a war crime: Pentagon

May 1, 2016

WASHINGTON A deadly US air strike in Afghanistan last year that destroyed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders did not amount to a war crime but was caused by human error, equipment failure and other factors, a U.S. military report released on Friday concluded.

Forty-two people were killed and 37 were wounded during an October 3 strike that destroyed the hospital run by the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), known as Doctors Without Borders in English.

An initial US investigation in November found that US forces had meant to target a different building in the city of Kunduz and were led off-track by a technical error in their aircraft's mapping system.

"The investigation concluded that certain personnel failed to comply with the rules of engagement and the law of armed conflict," General Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command, said in a news briefing on Friday to release the final report. "However, the investigation did not conclude that these failures amounted to a war crime."

This is because none of the service members were aware that they were striking a hospital, Votel said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-strike-on-Afghan-hospital-in-2015-not-a-war-crime-Pentagon/articleshow/52060934.cms

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Southeast Asia

10 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

1 May 2016

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were freed in the southern Philippines on Sunday, officials said, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.

Unknown men delivered the 10 tugboat crewmen outside the home of provincial governor Abdusakur Tan Jnr on the remote island of Jolo during a heavy midday downpour, the official later told reporters.

On learning who they were, the politician's security men let them in and the governor said he fed them before turning them over to the police.

The Philippine military has been hunting Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants who have earned many millions of dollars from kidnapping foreigners and locals since th...

"The recovery of the 10 Indonesians is good news. We hope and pray that the others may also walk freely away from their captors," Tan said shortly before the Indonesians were flown to the nearby southern port of Zamboanga.

The authorities said the Abu Sayyaf were still holding at least 11 foreign hostages -- four sailors from Indonesia and four others from Malaysia, a Canadian tourist, a Norwegian resort owner, and a Dutch bird watcher.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3567866/10-Indonesian-hostages-freed-Philippines.html

 

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