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Islamic World News ( 20 May 2016, NewAgeIslam.Com)

ISIL Uses Raqqa Residents as Human Shield, Evacuates Own Families

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Jihadist website profiting from online advertising, including U.S. companies

 

Indonesian Jihadist Website Profiting From Online Advertising, Including U.S. Companies

Mumbai Muslims Show Path of Communal Harmony, Perform Last Rites of Hindu Woman

Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen Criticises Pakistan Govt for Target Killings

Exploiting Workers Is a Form of Trafficking, Pope Francis Says

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Arab World

ISIL Uses Raqqa Residents as Human Shield, Evacuates Own Families

Saudi Bombers Launch Airstrikes on Yemen, Kills More Civilians

ISIL Senior Commanders Fleeing Battlefields in Anbar Province

Al-Nusra Terrorists Continue to Cross Turkish Border into Northern Syria

Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Northern Salahuddin

No Threat Can Surprise Iranian Army

ISIL Offensive Repulsed by Syrian Army near Deir Ezzur

Syrian Air Force Carries out Heavy Airstrikes on ISIL Strongholds in Homs

Syrian Fighter Jets Bomb Heavily ISIL Centers across Deir Ezzur Province

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian Jihadist Website Profiting From Online Advertising, Including U.S. Companies

Google’s Indonesia Office Explains How Ramazan Affects Online Habits

Muhammadiyah Rejects Radical Thinking

Malaysia's police nab 14 in anti-terror crackdown

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India

Mumbai Muslims Show Path Of Communal Harmony, Perform Last Rites Of Hindu Woman

Centre Taking All Steps to Protect Country: Rajnath Singh on Islamic State

Arrested IS recruit wanted to train his son for jihad

India pledges $1 million for Habibia High School in Kabul

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Pakistan

Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen Criticises Pakistan Govt for Target Killings

Balochistan Minister's Son Kidnapped

14 Militants Killed In Encounters Were ‘In Custody of Agencies’

Time running out for Pakistan on F-16 decision

Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan has no control over Afghan Taliban

Opposition agrees to include MQM in parliamentary inquiry committee

Pakistan announces ban on crime re-enactment shows

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Europe

Exploiting Workers Is a Form of Trafficking, Pope Francis Says

Louvre And Berlin’s Pergamon Use Islamic Art to Build Bridges

British taxi driver Naseer Taj jailed for terrorist offences

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North America

US Treasury Sanctions 6 Al Qaeda, Islamic State ‘Financiers and Facilitators’

The U.S.’s show of power against the Islamic State

ISIS is laughing at America: Donald Trump

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Mideast

Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood: The Best of Enemies?

Giant of Islamic scholarship honored in small Kurdish town where he was born

Turkey: no friend of Israel or the United States

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South Asia

UK To Sustain £70m in Annual Contribution to Support Afghan Forces Until 2020

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Killing Bangladesh Doctor

6 policemen killed in a suspected insider attack in Uruzgan

Suicide bomber targeted US forces convoy in Bagram

Taliban judge killed during an operation in Helmand province

Taliban’s IED planter, terrorist attacks organizer arrested in Nangarhar

Afghan cyclists met UN SG after travelling 7,000 miles to promote peace

Afghanistan must block Taliban gains, offer incentives to group to spur talks: Pakistan

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Africa

Fighters Plea with West for Weapons in New Battle against Islamic State

U.S. prepares to send troops to Libya. Will Canada follow?

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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ISIL Uses Raqqa Residents as Human Shield, Evacuates Own Families

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorists have forbidden Raqqa residents from leaving the militants’ self-declared capital in Syria and have started evacuating their own families.

ISIL has forbidden Raqqa residents from leaving the militants’ self-declared capital in Syria and have started evacuating their own families in the direction of Deir Ezzur, eye witnesses and local sources said.

The families of foreign mercenaries were the first ones to leave the city on Friday afternoon. Inmates have also been let free from Raqqa prisons.

Meanwhile Kurdish forces have established a stronghold about 37 kilometers North of Raqqa.

A spokesperson of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that Kurds were planning to launch an offensive on Raqqa in coming days.

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Indonesian Jihadist Website Profiting From Online Advertising, Including U.S. Companies

Sat, May 21 2016

A convicted Islamic extremist in Indonesia running a popular Jihadi website has been profiting from revenue generated by online advertising platforms according to reports..

Muhammad Jibril Abdul Rahman, whose website Arrahmah.com featuring pictures of beheadings has garnered 600,000, and on occasion upwards of 1 million visitors, a month, has been using platforms such as Google’s Adsense to feature advertisements from companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Citigroup, according to Britain’s Financial Times.

Jibril, also dubbed the ‘Prince of Jihad,’ was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the 2009 bombing of Jakarta’s JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that left seven people dead.

Jibril was accused of knowing about the plot, aiding the bombers and forging documents.

A member of Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyh that has links to Al Qaeda, Jibril was one of three people sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Dept. in 2011 with the department stating “U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with these individuals. and assets they may hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.”

Google said Arrahmah.com’s account has been terminated, although the site is still connected to the $160 billion global online ad market through third-parties who are still placing advertisements on the site.

“We take the quality of our network very seriously and invest significant time and resources to keeping bad actors out of our system. We also have strict policies and terms of use which govern the type of publishers we allow on AdSense,” Google said.

“We have a number of policies and procedures in place for our vendors designed to help prevent our advertising from appearing on inappropriate sites,” Citigroup said in a statement about its ads appearing on the site.

“In this case, we have acted quickly to rectify the issue and have taken steps to ensure our ads will not appear on this site in the future." Citigroup added.

Rahman is “the most important online terrorist in Southeast Asia,” according to Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

“The purpose of his site is to polarize and radicalize people so that they become ripe for recruitment,” Gunaratna said.

Funding a U.S. designated terrorist organization is a criminal offense punishable by 20 years in prison or a $1 million fine, but the highly automated nature of online ad placement may suggest Google unknowingly funded the propaganda site.

foreigndesknews.com/lisas-desk/jihadist-website-profiting-online-advertising-including-us-companies/

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Mumbai Muslims show path of communal harmony, perform last rites of Hindu woman

May 21, 2016

Mumbai, May 21: At a time when there is a communal debate is going on and people are worried about their secular identity, a perfect example of peace and togetherness has been showcased by Mumbaikars, who voluntarily performed the last rites of a Hindu woman at Oshiwara cemetery. All the people who agreed to perform the last rites of Sakhu Kiran Singh aka Sakhubai were Muslims, yes Muslims.

The incident took place on Friday in the Business capital of India, who yet again showed the rest of India how communal harmony can be established in tough times. Singh, 60, who was living all alone died on Thursday after being admitted to Sidhharth Hospital in Goregaon West on Wednesday by the neighbours due to multiple organs failure. Soon after the matter came to the notice of the neigbours of Singh, residing in a Muslim locality in Malad East’s Squatters’ Colony, residents reached to the police to claim for Singh and requested that if they can perform the last rites.

This is not the first time that residents of Squatters’ Colony have presented a Hindu-Muslim unity and harmony, in 2002 too, when Singh husband Kiran Singh was cremated by the locals in a similar fashion and that too during the time when the city was on the edge as communal riots were taking place in Gujarat. Both Sakhubai and her husband settled in the Malad East’s Squatters’ Colony from Tardeo in 1962 due to slum rehabilitation programme. The couple had no children, nor had any extended family, who could take care of them. As reported in Mid Day daily, it is also known that after her husband’s death, Sakhu Kiran Singh was working as maid in households.

india.com/news/india/mumbai-muslims-show-path-of-communal-harmony-perform-last-rites-of-hindu-woman-1203100/

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Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen Criticises Pakistan Govt for Target Killings

May 21st, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The participants of a hunger strike here on Friday criticised the federal and provincial governments for their failure to protect the lives of citizens.

The hunger strike camp has been set up by Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) outside the National Press Club (NPC) against the target killings of the Shia community members in the country.

After offering Friday prayers at the hunger strike camp, the speakers, including Allama Hasan Zafar Naqvi, also criticised the ineffectiveness of the National Action Plan (NAP) and said the government remained unmoved by the peaceful hunger strike.

“It is only because of this adamant attitude of the authorities that even peaceful protesters become agitators. And when they block roads or damage property, their demands are taken seriously,” Allama Naqvi said, adding: “But we will remain peaceful.”

A delegation of the PPP and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also visited the hunger strike camp and expressed sympathies with the participants.

The PPP delegation was led by the party’s vice president Senator Sherry Rehman and included Senator Taj Haider, former MNA Zamrud Khan, Senator Sassui Palejo, Senator Rubina Khalid and former MNA Ghulam Murtaza Satti.

Ms Rehman said the federal government was turning a blind eye to the plight of the Shia community.

“The purpose of NAP was not to impart selective justice, and that the government cannot continue ignoring these killings.” She said while banned outfits had been targeting members of the Shia community with impunity, security forces also opened fire on peaceful protesters.

She referred to an incident last week in which people took out a protest after a religious leader was refused an entry into the Kurram Agency for celebrating the birth anniversary of Imam Hussain (AS). Four of the Shia protesters were killed when security forces opened fire on them.

She said according to a conservative estimate at least 250 Shia community members were killed in 2015 after the enactment of NAP.

The delegation of the MQM, led by Senator Mian Ateeq, also deplored the target killings

Mr Ateeq expressed sorrow and criticised the assassination of renowned social activist Khurram Zaki.

He was informed that in April and May this year, Shia professionals were targeted in different cities of Pakistan, especially in Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar, Charsadda and Karachi.

The MQM senator said these killings were a conspiracy to trigger a brain drain from the country and divide the society on the basis of sects.

dawn.com/news/1259701/mwm-criticises-govt-for-target-killings

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Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

May 19, 2016

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them.

“We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people – and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour,” Pope Francis said May 19 during his Mass in the chapel of Santa Marta House in the Vatican.

In addition, he said, there is a “more – so to speak – 'civilized'” form of trafficking which happens when an employer says, “I’ll pay you this much, without vacation, without health care, … everything under the table… But I will become rich!”

The Pope's homily was based on the Epistle of James, which told of woe for the rich who oppress the poor. Calling the passage “a little strong,” he said St. James clearly “understood the danger there is when a Christian allows himself to be controlled by wealth.”

Riches, Pope Francis said, “in and of themselves are good things,” and noted that there are “many righteous rich men” in the Bible, including Job and Tobias. However, he added, riches are a “relative, not absolute” good, and the Lord commended Solomon “for asking not for wealth but for wisdom of heart.”

In themselves, riches “are good; but if you prefer to serve God, riches come in second place – the right place,” he said.

Pope Francis recalled the rich young man in the Gospel, saying that he “was good, but attached to riches, and these riches in the end became for him the chains that took away his freedom to follow Jesus.”

He criticized the “theology of prosperity,” according to which “God shows you that you are just if he give you great riches,” calling it mistaken.

The Pope offered these questions as a way to examine one's conscience with regard to wealth: “Is my heart set on riches or is it not? What is my relationship with wealth?”

He said St. James' warning to the rich was aimed especially at those whose “wealth is made by exploiting people … those rich people who exploit [others], they take advantage of the work of the people, and those poor people become slaves.”

Giving a contemporary example, he pointed to those who are given only seasonal work, “with no opportunity for a pension, without health insurance.” Employers who do this “are true leeches and they live by spilling the blood of the people whom they make slaves of labour.”

He also pointed to a woman who was offered a job working 11-hour days for less than $730 a month, all under the table. When she balked, he said, she was told: “Look at the line behind you. If you want it, take it, if no, leave. There are others waiting.”

Such employers “fatten themselves on wealth,” Pope Francis said, adding that contemporary exploitation of workers “is truly a form of slavery.”

“We used to think that slaves no longer exist: they exist. It’s true, people are not going and taking them from Africa to sell them in America, no. But it is in our cities.”

Such employers are traffickers and “do not realize it,” he said.

“The blood you have sucked from of all these people … is a cry to the Lord, it is a cry for justice.”

The Pope also referred to Christ's story of The Rich Man and Lazarus, saying the rich man “was in his own world; he did not notice that on the other side of the door to his house was someone who was starving. But this is worse. That rich man at least did not realize, and left the other man to die of hunger. But this is worse. This is starving the people with their work for my own profit! Living on the blood of the people. And this is a mortal sin. This is a mortal sin. It requires a great deal of penance, a great deal of restitution, in order to be converted from this sin.”

Pope Francis concluded his homily by asking that that the Lord might “make us understand today the simplicity that Jesus speaks to us of in today's Gospel: a glass of water in the name of Christ is more important than all the riches accumulated through the exploitation of the people.”

catholicnewsagency.com/news/exploiting-workers-is-a-form-of-trafficking-pope-francis-says-13169/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email

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Arab World

ISIL Uses Raqqa Residents as Human Shield, Evacuates Own Families

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorists have forbidden Raqqa residents from leaving the militants’ self-declared capital in Syria and have started evacuating their own families.

ISIL has forbidden Raqqa residents from leaving the militants’ self-declared capital in Syria and have started evacuating their own families in the direction of Deir Ezzur, eye witnesses and local sources said.

The families of foreign mercenaries were the first ones to leave the city on Friday afternoon. Inmates have also been let free from Raqqa prisons.

Meanwhile Kurdish forces have established a stronghold about 37 kilometers North of Raqqa.

A spokesperson of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that Kurds were planning to launch an offensive on Raqqa in coming days.

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ISIL Senior Commanders Fleeing Battlefields in Anbar Province

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior commanders of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group reportedly started fleeing the town of Karma in Anbar province as Iraqi security forces are making headway toward the region.

Iraqi military commander Colonel Mahmoud Morzi al-Jumaili announced that the terrorist commanders have begun escaping from the town, West of the capital, Baghdad, and heading toward an unknown location in Anbar Province, Lebanon’s al-Ahed news website reported.

Meanwhile, at least 35 Takfiri terrorists have turned themselves in to Iraqi security forces deployed to the outskirts of the city of Fallujah, which is located West of Baghdad and is held by ISIL.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the development attests to the panic, confusion and serious cracks within the ranks of ISIL.

Separately, Iraqi security forces together with Popular Mobilization units retook control of a strategic highway on the outskirts of Trebil Village, which lies in Anbar Province and on the Iraq-Jordan border, on Friday.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950301000643

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Al-Nusra Terrorists Continue to Cross Turkish Border into Northern Syria

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Informed sources disclosed that the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front continues to use the Turkish borders to send fresh fighters to Syria's Northern province of Aleppo to join their comrades in the battlefields.

"The terrorists, who enter Syria via Turkish Southern border, stay several days in al-Nusra military training camps to be trained by the experienced terrorists of the group," the sources said, adding, "As soon as getting ready, the fresh recruits will be dispatched to the battlefields."

"Most of the fresh recruits do not have any war experience and need more military training in order to be a real fighter," the sources added.

Since escalation of crisis in Syria, Turkish borders have been the main sources of infiltration of terrorists into Syria.

Sources said in May that a large number of terrorists crossed the Turkish border with Syria's Northern province of Aleppo to join al-Nusra Front.

"A 70-member-group of terrorists, trained and supplied in Turkey, have entered Anadan in the territories of Northern Aleppo in groups to join the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front," Syria's Peace Coordination Center in Hmeimim said, adding, "The fresh terrorists have brought with themselves three vehicles loaded with ammunition and weapons."

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Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Northern Salahuddin

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Masked armed men assassinated a senior ISIL commander in Salahuddin province in Northern Iraq, informed security sources disclosed on Saturday.

Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Anbari and his bodyguard were killed in in the city of al-Sharqat by gunmen using handguns equipped with silencer, the Arabic-language Sumeria News quoted an unnamed security source as saying on Saturday.

Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Anbari was in charge of ISIL's security in al-Sharqat city.

Al-Sharqat has been under ISIL's control since June 2014.

In early May, the Iraqi army and popular forces continued their advances in Anbar province in Western Iraq, and killed over half a dozen ISIL terrorists, including one of their most wanted leaders.

Chief commander of the military operations in Anbar Ismail Mahlavi confirmed that senior ISIL commander Shaker Wahib al-Fahdavi has been killed in an Iraqi army operation in the town of Rataba in the Western part of Anbar province.

Mahlavi added that seven other ISIL commanders were also killed in the Iraqi army's operations in Rataba town.

The confirmation by the Iraqi army comes while Fahdavi was reported dead eight times before.

The Iraqi army, meantime, announced that ISIL's war strategist was killed in the village of al-Asouja in Makhmour region in Nineveh province.

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No Threat Can Surprise Iranian Army

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmadreza Pourdastan underlined the Armed Forces' readiness to defend the country against any aggression, and said the enemies can never surprise the Iranian Army.

"The vigilant and conscious Iranian nation should know that their sons in the Islamic Republic's army will never become surprised by enemies' threats and they will make those who have threatened to regret their deeds," Pourdastan said, addressing a gathering in the Northern city of Gonbadkavous on Saturday.

He stressed that the Army forces always monitor the threats not only at the bordering areas but also kilometers away from the Iranian borders.

In relevant remarks last month, Pourdastan underlined that the country's integrated missile and radar systems are always monitoring moves and ready to fire and intercept hostile flying objects at any moment.

"Due to the guidelines of Supreme Leader (of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei), we are ready and capable to foil all types of threats," General Pourdastan said.

The Iranian Armed Forces are using all capacities, including good training, to promote their power against all possible challenges.

Also in April, the Iranian Ground Force commander said that the country's army would go on alert if any hostile troops approach the country's border, warning that the army's threshold of action is 40km outside borders.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950301000492

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ISIL Offensive Repulsed by Syrian Army near Deir Ezzur

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian military forces fended off the ISIL attacks on the government forces' strongholds in the Eastern countryside of Deir Ezzur, forcing the terrorists to retreat from the battlefield.

The Syrian soldiers' strong defense did not allow the ISIL to advance and penetrate into the government forces' position near the village of al-Jafreh.

At least four members of the ISIL were killed and several more were wounded in the failed attack.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950301000614

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Syrian Air Force Carries out Heavy Airstrikes on ISIL Strongholds in Homs

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets staged heavy bombardments of ISIL defense lines in two energy-rich regions in the Eastern part of Homs province.

The ISIL concentration centers in the oil-rich regions of al-Sha'er and al-Jazal were massively targeted by the Syrian warplanes.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950301000568

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Syrian Fighter Jets Bomb Heavily ISIL Centers across Deir Ezzur Province

May 21, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian warplanes, in a fresh round of combat flights, targeted at least six concentration centers of the ISIL terrorists in various parts of the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur, inflicting a heavy death toll on the militants.

The Syrian Army's aircraft hit the ISIL gatherings in al-Sina'ah districts, the regions of Haweija al-Sakar and Haweidja al-Mura'yeh, Panorama square and al-Tharda mountain, which claimed the lives of tens of the militants.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950301000543

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian Jihadist Website Profiting From Online Advertising, Including U.S. Companies

Sat, May 21 2016

A convicted Islamic extremist in Indonesia running a popular Jihadi website has been profiting from revenue generated by online advertising platforms according to reports..

Muhammad Jibril Abdul Rahman, whose website Arrahmah.com featuring pictures of beheadings has garnered 600,000, and on occasion upwards of 1 million visitors, a month, has been using platforms such as Google’s Adsense to feature advertisements from companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Citigroup, according to Britain’s Financial Times.

Jibril, also dubbed the ‘Prince of Jihad,’ was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the 2009 bombing of Jakarta’s JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that left seven people dead.

Full report at: foreigndesknews.com/lisas-desk/jihadist-website-profiting-online-advertising-including-us-companies/

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Google’s Indonesia Office Explains How Ramazan Affects Online Habits

Sat, May 21 2016

Fasting month, or Ramazan, is around the corner again in the Muslim world. In Indonesia, it’s scheduled to start on June 7, culminating in the biggest Muslim holiday, Eid ul Fitr.

For those who celebrate, the month means following a strict fasting schedule – no food or drink from sunrise to sunset. It also means spending more time with family and often involves traveling to see relatives.

Daily life follows a different rhythm during Ramazan. This change is reflected in people’s online behaviour – and who could have better data on this than Google?

Today, Google’s Indonesia office shared insights from last year’s Ramazan season.

Online, Ramazan starts early

Officially, Ramazan begins at a specific date, but interest in Ramazan-related topics rises earlier. This is the interest curve Google Indonesia observed last year.

Generally, the surge periods get longer and the spikes more intense each year, Google’s head of industry, Henky Prihatna, added.

This trend correlates with the overall growing number of Indonesians connected to the internet. The length of the surge period also increases because people are using the internet for more purposes, for example booking tickets ahead of time.

Demand for online shopping lights up

Full report at: tribune.com.pk/story/1107420/google-explains-ramazan-affects-online-habits/

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Muhammadiyah rejects radical thinking

Sat, May 21 2016

In view of public displays of radicalism in the name of Islam, the country’s second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, has declared such extreme ways of expressing religiosity to be against Islamic teachings and that the organization did not support any such practices.

“Having radical thinking is all right. What makes it dangerous is when one applies it to violent acts and causes harm to people,” Muhammadiyah deputy chairman Muhadjir Effendy said at the organization’s headquarters on Friday.

Muhammadiyah, Muhadjir claimed, guaranteed that none of the preachers and mosques under its supervision would propagate any inflammatory sermons that would expose Muslims to extremism and terrorism.

“We are sure that our preachers can differentiate between radical Islam and the real Islam. So, they will not deliver provocative sermons that preach radical thinking,” Muhadjir said.

Indonesia is the largest Muslim majority country in the world, but as claimed by the chief of the National Counterterrorism Agency, Comr. Gen. Tito Karnavian, Indonesia is also a country that is the capital of terrorism in Southeast Asia, pointing to the Indonesian Islamic Group ( NII ) as one of the region’s first groups to spread radical propaganda and the Jamaah Islamiyah ( JI ) terrorist organization.

Full report at: thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/21/muhammadiyah-rejects-radical-thinking.html

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Malaysia's police nab 14 in anti-terror crackdown

Sat, May 21 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities detained 14 people believed to have links to the Islamic State (IS) in a series of raids across several states earlier this week.

The 14 - all Malaysians - are the latest to be detained by authorities who have been on a concerted campaign over the past few years to stamp out the threat of Islamist militancy in the country.

Deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said in a statement that eight of the suspects are believed to have transferred money to the IS in Syria and the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the southern Philippines.

Full report at: channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-police-nab-14/2805320.html

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India

Mumbai Muslims show path of communal harmony, perform last rites of Hindu woman

May 21, 2016

Mumbai, May 21: At a time when there is a communal debate is going on and people are worried about their secular identity, a perfect example of peace and togetherness has been showcased by Mumbaikars, who voluntarily performed the last rites of a Hindu woman at Oshiwara cemetery. All the people who agreed to perform the last rites of Sakhu Kiran Singh aka Sakhubai were Muslims, yes Muslims.

Full report at: india.com/news/india/mumbai-muslims-show-path-of-communal-harmony-perform-last-rites-of-hindu-woman-1203100/

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Centre taking all steps to protect country: Rajnath Singh on Islamic State

May 21, 2016

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the Centre is taking all steps needed to protect the country and asserted that the people of all religions and castes will fight the terror forces “with all their might”. He was asked about terror group Islamic State (IS) reportedly threatening in a video to take revenge over Kashmir, demolition of Babri mosque and communal riots in Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar. “We are taking whatever steps need to be taken to keep this country secured. And I feel all people of this country have a sense of confidence…people of all castes, religions will fight the terror forces with all their might,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of ‘International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration’ organised here.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/india-islamic-state-threat-centre-rajnath-singh-2812261/

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Arrested IS recruit wanted to train his son for jihad

May 21, 2016

Sirajuddin was arrested in January this year by the Rajasthan ATS. NIA all set to file its first chargesheet in the pan-IS module it busted.

Mohammad Sirajuddin (30), a marketing manager with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) arrested last December, for his alleged links to the Islamic State (IS) wanted to travel to Syria with his newborn son and train him to become a mujahid — a person engaged in jihad. A Filipino and a Kenyan woman had a deep influence on him.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to file its first charge sheet in the pan-Islamic State module it busted in December and January. Mr. Sirajuddin would be the first among the 25 arrested so far, against whom the agency will file its final report in June.

According to documents accessed by The Hindu, Mr. Sirajuddin was smitten by a woman, whom he thought was a Mauritian and wanted to travel to Syria with her. He was posted in Jaipur then. The woman, identified as Ameena, later turned out to be a housemaid from Kenya who was living in Hyderabad. She has since been deported.

Wife warned him

Full report at: thehindu.com/news/national/arrested-islamic-state-recruit-wanted-to-train-his-son-for-jihad/article8627334.ece

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India pledges $1 million for Habibia High School in Kabul

Sat May 21 2016

The government of India has pledged $1 million for the annual routine routine maintenance of Habibia High School in Kabul.

The funds will be spent utilized for replacement of electricity transformers and related works, immediate civil repairs, modernization programme and annual routine maintenance.

“In pursuance of India’s long-standing support to Habibia School in Kabul, Government of India (GoI) has decided to grant financial assistance of US$ 1,000,000 to Habibia High School over a period of 10 years,” a statement by the Embassy of India in Kabul said.

A Memorandum of Understand was signed on 18 May 2016 between Embassy of India, Kabul, Ministry of Education, Government of Afghanistan, and Habibia High School, to administer the assistance efficiently and in a transparent manner, the statement added.

The statement further added that the MoU was signed by H.E. Mr. Manpreet Vohra, Ambassador of India, H.E. Mr. Assadullah Hanif Balkhi, Minister of Education and Mr. Sayed Shah Lala Bakawly, Principal of Habibia School.

Full report at: khaama.com/india-pledges-1-million-for-habibia-high-school-in-kabul-01014

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Pakistan

Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen Criticises Pakistan Govt for Target Killings

May 21st, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The participants of a hunger strike here on Friday criticised the federal and provincial governments for their failure to protect the lives of citizens.

The hunger strike camp has been set up by Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) outside the National Press Club (NPC) against the target killings of the Shia community members in the country.

After offering Friday prayers at the hunger strike camp, the speakers, including Allama Hasan Zafar Naqvi, also criticised the ineffectiveness of the National Action Plan (NAP) and said the government remained unmoved by the peaceful hunger strike.

“It is only because of this adamant attitude of the authorities that even peaceful protesters become agitators. And when they block roads or damage property, their demands are taken seriously,” Allama Naqvi said, adding: “But we will remain peaceful.”

A delegation of the PPP and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also visited the hunger strike camp and expressed sympathies with the participants.

The PPP delegation was led by the party’s vice president Senator Sherry Rehman and included Senator Taj Haider, former MNA Zamrud Khan, Senator Sassui Palejo, Senator Rubina Khalid and former MNA Ghulam Murtaza Satti.

Ms Rehman said the federal government was turning a blind eye to the plight of the Shia community.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259701/mwm-criticises-govt-for-target-killings

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Balochistan minister's son kidnapped

SYED ALI SHAH — 21 May 2016

QUETTA: The son of Balochistan’s local government minister, Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen, was kidnapped by armed men from Pishin on Saturday.

“Unknown armed men kidnapped the son of Balochistan’s local government minister from the Cadet College area of Pishin,” said District Police Officer (DPO) Pishin Hayee Baloch.

The DPO added that the kidnappers abandoned his vehicle close to the college, soon after kidnapping him.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259772/balochistan-ministers-son-kidnapped

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14 militants killed in encounters were ‘in custody of agencies’

May 21, 2016

LAHORE: Al Qaeda leader Bilal Lateef alias Yasir Punjabi and 13 other suspected militants who were killed in two ‘encounters’ with the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police in Multan and Muzaffar­garh this week had been in the custody of law enforcement agencies for the past four months, sources said on Friday.

CTD personnel gunned down eight suspects in Nawabpur, Multan, during a shootout late on Wednesday night and six, including Yasir Punjabi, in Mondka Chowk, Muzaffargarh, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259737/14-militants-killed-in-encounters-were-in-custody-of-agencies

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Time running out for Pakistan on F-16 decision

May 21st, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is left with barely a few days to decide if it will pay for the eight F-16 aircraft it intends to procure from the United States from its own kitty or else lose the opportunity of buying the jets believed to be one of the best fourth-generation multi-role fighters.

“If Pakistan still desires to buy the F-16s, it would have to issue the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) by May 24,” a diplomatic source said. Pakistan has been reluctant to issue the LoA for the purchase of the fighters after the US Congress barred the administration from subsidising the sale through the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259738/time-running-out-for-pakistan-on-f-16-decision

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Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan has no control over Afghan Taliban

Sat May 21 2016

Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz has said the country has no control over the Taliban group, a statement which he makes nearly three months after admitting Pakistan’s influence over the group.

“Vested interests have often tried to create a perception that Pakistan actually controls the Taliban,” Aziz said.

Full report at: khaama.com/sartaj-aziz-says-pakistan-has-no-control-over-afghan-taliban-01013

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Opposition agrees to include MQM in parliamentary inquiry committee

KHAWAR GHUMMAN — 21 May 2016

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties decided on Friday to give representation to the the MQM in the joint parliamentary committee set up to formulate terms of reference (ToR) for the proposed Panama Commission.

Earlier, due to differences between the MQM and the other opposition parties, the former wasn’t given representation in the twelve-member committee — comprising six members each from the opposition and treasury benches.

The differences within the opposition, its leaders said, were based on a misunderstanding, which were resolved in a meeting held in the chamber of Leader of the Opposition, PPP’s Syed Khursheed Shah.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259724/opposition-agrees-to-include-mqm-in-parliamentary-inquiry-committee

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Pakistan announces ban on crime re-enactment shows

May 21, 2016

Islamabad: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) announced a ban on shows dramatising crimes such as rape, murder, robberies and suicide.

Addressing a conference on Friday, Pemra chairman Absar Alam said the authority decided to ban such shows which re-enact crimes like murders and suicide, and those that raid places in the name of investigative journalism from the next month, Dawn online reported.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-announces-ban-crime-re-enactment-shows-961028/

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Europe

Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

May 19, 2016

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them.

“We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people – and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour,” Pope Francis said May 19 during his Mass in the chapel of Santa Marta House in the Vatican.

Full report at: catholicnewsagency.com/news/exploiting-workers-is-a-form-of-trafficking-pope-francis-says-13169/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email

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Louvre and Berlin’s Pergamon use Islamic art to build bridges

MAY 21, 2016

When the Louvre’s new department of Islamic art opened in Paris in September 2012, it was a dazzling statement of cosmopolitan solidarity, lauded as a bridge over troubled civilisational waters, a venue for international cultural dialogue.

Less than four years later, the mood has changed. Last year was a turning point. The Charlie Hebdo murders, the Bataclan massacre and new horrors in the Middle East have made the original celebration seem like black joke on humanity.

“A museum is a public place, a place which is rooted in its society and which should [conduct a] dialogue with the world — a place where questions, fears, angers, hopes and joys should be addressed,” says the department’s founding director Sophie Makariou, now head of the Musee Guimet.

Full report at: theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/louvre-and-berlins-pergamon-use-islamic-art-to-build-bridges/news-story/ca1fa8bbfb4c69500024264431e8b36c

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British taxi driver Naseer Taj jailed for terrorist offences

20 May 2016

A taxi driver who planned to leave his pregnant wife to join the so-called Islamic State has been jailed for 8 years and three months.

Naseer Taj, 26, of Bedford, had prepared to travel to Syria, marry a jihadi bride and achieve martyrdom, his trial at the Old Bailey heard.

In February, he was found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts and having copies of the al Qaida's magazine Inspire.

He was arrested during a raid in 2014.

Full report at: bbc.com/news/uk-england-36346610

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North America

US Treasury Sanctions 6 Al Qaeda, Islamic State ‘Financiers and Facilitators’

May 20, 2016

The US Treasury Department announced terror designations for six jihadists yesterday. Five of them allegedly serve al Qaeda’s international organization, while the sixth is a key figure in the Islamic State’s operations in Libya and the Sinai.

The details reported by Treasury underscore the degree to which both al Qaeda and the Islamic State maintain international networks stretching across multiple countries.

Two of the newly designated jihadists are based in Kuwait, but funnel financial and other support to Al Nusrah Front, which is al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria.

A third jihadist, commonly known as Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, was an extremist preacher in Australia before relocating to Syria, where he became a senior figure in Al Nusrah. The Long War Journal first profiled Abu Sulayman in Mar. 2014 and has written about his al Qaeda role in multiple articles since then.

Two others added to the US government’s designation list live in Yemen, where they are helping Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) pursue its long-term strategy of seizing parts of the country.

Full report at: longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/05/treasury-sanctions-6-al-qaeda-islamic-state-financiers-facilitators.php

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The U.S.’s show of power against the Islamic State

20 May 2016

Amid hedgerows of computer screens in the joint operations center that runs the war against the Islamic State, Marine Brig. Gen. Bill Mullen explains the complex assault that drove the extremist fighters this week from the strategic town of Rutbah at the western part of Anbar province.

The battle showed how the campaign against the Islamic State, which has slowly taken off over the past 18 months, is supposed to work: This month , a U.S. drone attack on a nearby highway killed Shaker Wahib, the terrorists’ “military emir” in Anbar, shaking morale. The day before the battle, the United States dropped two huge bombs on the minefields and berms surrounding the town.

Full report at: washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-uss-show-of-power-against-the-islamic-state/2016/05/20/02096de6-1ecc-11e6-b6e0-c53b7ef63b45_story.html

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ISIS is laughing at America: Donald Trump

20 May 2016

WASHINGTON: The Islamic State is laughing at America as the political leaders in the country have no effective strategy against the terror group, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said today.

"We can't afford to be so nice and so foolish anymore. Our country is in trouble, ISIS is laughing at us," Trump told Fox News in an interview.

Trump lashed out political leaders, in particular Hillary Clinton , his potential Democratic rival in the November general elections, for not having an effective policy against ISIS.

"I'm so tired of watching these politicians get up and say exactly what they're going to do with ISIS. And in the meantime, ISIS sits back, and they laugh and they go out and they prepare for it. You've got to hit people with a little surprise. There has to be some unpredictability," he said.

Full report at: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/isis-is-laughing-at-america-donald-trump/articleshow/52365886.cms

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Mideast

Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood: The best of enemies?

May 21, 2016

When the Arab Spring revolutions broke out in 2011, the Islamic Republic of Iran hailed them as an “Islamic awakening” and considered them as a continuation of its own revolution in 1979. The affinity that Iran saw in the Muslim Brotherhood was real.

Even today Iran recognises the Brotherhood and Tehran have much in common, particularly the notion of “Islamic democracy”.

Mustapha Zahrani, the head of the Institute for Political and International Studies which is the research centre of the Iranian Foreign Affairs Department, said: “The Muslim Brotherhood’s ideas do really matter for the founders of the Iranian Islamic Republic. We believe in the Islamic democracy and in a moderate Islam: as do organisations close to the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey and in Egypt."

Full report at: middleeasteye.net/news/iran-and-muslim-brotherhood-best-enemies-2061107490

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Giant of Islamic scholarship honored in small Kurdish town where he was born

May 21, 2016

KHURMAL, Kurdistan Region – The small Kurdish town of Khurmal this week honored Dr. Mustafa Zalmi,  a 92-year-old scholar of Islamic law, by naming a major road to one of Kurdistan’s famous summer resorts after him.

Government officials, politicians, academics and many ordinary citizens joined a ceremony where Zalmi was hailed as one of the scholarly giants of the Islamic world and honored for a lifetime of studies and contribution to Islamic universities with 60 books.

“Dr. Zalmi is a university himself, he is a library, he is knowledge,” said Kaka Hama, the head of the Socialist Party who shares the same countryside with Zalmi. “The nation and people need him, he doesn’t need anyone.”

Full report at: rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/21052016

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Turkey: no friend of Israel or the United States

May 21, 2016

There is no reason to believe that Turkey’s facilitation of ISIS operations in the region, and its link to ISIS both economically and politically, will cease.

With Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announcing that he would step down at the end of the month due to a falling-out with the Turkish president, it is very unlikely that a major shift in Turkish foreign policy will take place anytime soon. This move is expected to grant even more powers to Turkey’s increasingly autocratic president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who cited Nazi Germany as an example of effective governance that he sought to establish in his own country. Expect an imminent government purge of at least 1,800 members of the current leadership to include Defense Security Staff members who have sided with the outgoing prime minister.  The reality is that not much action is expected by the Turkish military on behalf of Davutoglu.

Full report at: thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/280501-turkey-no-friend-of-israel-or-the-united-states

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South Asia

UK to sustain £70m in annual contribution to support Afghan forces until 2020

Sat May 21 2016

The United Kingdom reaffirmed support ot the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and confirmed to sustain an annual contribution of £70 until 2020.

The commitment was made by the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond during the NATO foreign ministerial in Brussels on Friday.

The British Embassy in Kabul, citing Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, said UK will continue to support the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF).

The statement further added “In a strong show of the UK’s enduring commitment to Afghanistan, Mr Hammond confirmed that Britain would provide £210 million to sustain its contribution of £70 million per year until 2020.”

Full report at: khaama.com/uk-to-sustain-70m-in-annual-contribution-to-support-afghan-forces-until-2020-01017

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ISIS claims responsibility for killing Bangladesh doctor

05/21 2016

ISIS claimed responsibility for the hacking death of a Bangladeshi doctor killed by machete-wielding attackers.

Homeopathy doctor Sanwar Rahman, 55, was in Kushtia district on his way to a medical center where he volunteered his services to the poor, according to police.

The attackers struck Friday when he was walking with a teacher from the Islamic University of Kushtia.

"They were on a motorbike and the attackers hacked them on the neck and head," said Proloy Chism, a district police superintendent .

Full report at: stjoechannel.com/news/isis-claims-responsibility-for-killing-bangladesh-doctor

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6 policemen killed in a suspected insider attack in Uruzgan

Sat May 21 2016

At least six policemen were reportedly killed in a suspected insider attack in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, two days after a policeman killed his 8 colleagues in a similar attack in Zabul province.

Full report at: khaama.com/6-policemen-killed-in-a-suspected-insider-attack-in-uruzgan-01015

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Suicide bomber targeted US forces convoy in Bagram

Sat May 21 2016

suicide attack in BagramA suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the US forces in Bagram district of northern Baghlan province earlier today.

According to the eyewitnesses in the area, the suicide bomber rammed a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) into the convoy of the US forces.

The Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the incident and claimed heavy casualties were incurred to the US forces in the attack.

The local security officials have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Resolute Support mission led by NATO confirmed the incident, saying “We can confirm that one coalition vehicle was struck by an IED this morning in the vicinity of Bagram.”

The alliance said “Despite Taliban claims and reports in the media, there were no injuries to coalition personnel involved.”

khaama.com/suicide-bomber-reportedly-targeted-us-forces-convoy-in-bagram-01012

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Taliban judge killed during an operation in Helmand province

Sat May 21 2016

Taliban’s shadow judge for southern Helmand province was killed during an operation Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) led by 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan Army.

According to a statement by 215th Maiwand Corps, the operations were conducted in Marjah district where Taliban’s shadow judge Haji Rahmatulalh was killed along with a member of the military commission of the group.

The statement further added that 20 fighters of the group were also killed and 3 others were wounded during the same operation.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-judge-killed-during-an-operation-in-helmand-province-01011

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Taliban’s IED planter, terrorist attacks organizer arrested in Nangarhar

Sat May 21 2016

A Taliban group member who was involved in planting Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was arrested during a military operation of the Afghan intelligence operatives in Nangarhar.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Fazullah was actively involved in planting IEDs and organizing terrorist attacks in Kot district.

A statement by NDS said Fazlullah was arrested during an operation and several explosives and weapons were confiscated from him during the raid.

According to the NDS, the weapons and explosives seized from Fazlullah included a pistol, a rifle, IED remote control, 2 grenade fuses and some other explosives used for making of IEDs.

The Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

Full report at: khaama.com/talibans-ied-planter-terrorist-attacks-organizer-arrested-in-nangarhar-01010

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Afghan cyclists met UN SG after travelling 7,000 miles to promote peace

Sat May 21 2016

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with the two Afghan men who cycled 7000 miles to promote peace and solidarity.

The Afghan Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations, Mahmood Saikal, said the two bikers were welcomed in New York after they cycled 7000 mile.

Saikal further added that the two men thanked UN for assistance to AFghanistan and requested UN to end troubles in the country which they believe have links outside Afghanistan.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-cyclists-met-un-sg-after-travelling-7000-miles-to-promote-peace-01009

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Afghanistan must block Taliban gains, offer incentives to group to spur talks: Pakistan

Sat May 21 2016

A Pakistani official has said the Afghan government must block the Taliban military gains and offer incentives to the Taliban group in a bid to help revive the faltering peace effort.

“We believe that there should be effective action by Afghan national security forces to ensure that there are no military gains by the Taliban,” Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told Reuters.

Chaudhry further added that Taliban “need to realize they would have more to gain on the table than they can do on the battlefield.”

According to Chaudhry, the Taliban leadership was in Afghanistan and Pakistan was using all Full report at: khaama.com/afghanistan-must-block-taliban-gains-offer-incentives-to-group-to-spur-talks-pakistan-01008

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Africa

Fighters Plea with West for Weapons in New Battle against Islamic State

20 MAY 2016

By the time Commander Mustapha al Haar saw the huge armoured truck bomb through his binoculars, it was already too late. Fortified with steel plate, it sped towards him and his men through the Libyan desert, its driver staring through a hole cut in the metal-covered windscreen.

Another deadly emissary from Isil-held city of Sirte was planning to send his enemies to hell, and himself to Paradise.

"I saw the truck from about a mile away, and immediately I ordered my men to lower their gun barrels and try to shoot out the tyres," said Mr Haar, speaking from a hospital bed in the nearby city of Misrata, where he now lies covered in shrapnel wounds.

“But it just kept coming and we were unsuccessful."

It wasn't for lack of trying. As the bomber sped up, and the world for Mr Haar went into slow motion, his men rained shells at the truck from two truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, weapons capable of demolishing buildings.

Full report at: telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/20/libyan-fighters-plea-with-west-for-weapons-against-islamic-state/

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U.S. prepares to send troops to Libya. Will Canada follow?

Sat, May 21 2016

The Canadian government and military played key roles in overthrowing Gadhafi and highlighted those efforts as a significant victory both for Libya and Canadians.

At the time then Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird reinforced Canada’s support for the rebel groups fighting Gadhafi, pointing out they had a well developed plan that would transform the country into a democracy. “The one thing we can say categorically is that they couldn’t be any worse than Col. Gadhafi,” said Baird.

But there was no plan. In fact, Canada and other nations who took part in the Libya war ignored intelligence that among the freedom-loving “rebels” were Islamic extremists.

The country promptly fell apart into a new civil war. The Islamic State has carved out portions of Libya for its staging and training areas. Other Islamic extremists have their portions of the country.

In September 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended Canada’s role in Libya, suggesting that neither it nor NATO can be held responsible for the chaos that has since engulfed that country.

Full report at: ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/u-s-prepares-to-send-troops-to-libya-will-canada-follow

 

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