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ISIS Issues Rules for Journalists Forcing Them to 'Swear Allegiance as Subjects of Islamic State'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protesters and policemen face each other during a demonstration against ISIL in Hamburg on Oct. 8. AFP Photo / DPA

 

 

Arab World

ISIS Issues Rules for Journalists Forcing Them to 'Swear Allegiance as Subjects of Islamic State'

In Last 24 Hours 219 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Kobani

Iraqi Army Killed More Than 20 Members of ISIL Takfiri Group

Iraqi Forces Kill 6 ISIL Terrorists in Jurf Al-Sakher

ISIS launches new offensive east of Syria’s Kobane

Syrian rights groups call on world to save Kobani from IS

Lebanese army to get first Saudi-financed weapons soon —Saad Al-Hariri

Hezbollah: Shebaa Operation "Message to Israel"

 

Europe

Sweden’s Palestine statement signals start of weightier global role

14 wounded as Kurds and 'radical Muslims' clash in Germany

UN's Syria envoy calls for international action to defend Kobane

MI5 quizzing IS terror suspect known as 'The Surgeon'

 

Mideast

Turkey’s choice between radical Islamists and Syrian Kurds

At least 18 killed in ISIL protests across Turkey

‘Qaeda’ attacks kill at least 10 Yemen police: officials

Clashes at Al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holiday

Kurdish protesters clash with Salafis in Hamburg, 14 injured

Iran arrests 130 terror elements with links to Takfiris

 

India

LoC firing: Pakistan approaches UN military observer group

18 Pak terrorists killed in infiltration bid

Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire along LoC: two women killed, dozens injured

 

Pakistan

Pakistani Taliban deny allegiance to Islamic State

MQM will be successful in next elections: Altaf Hussain

Two killed, one polio worker injured in Mohmand Agency explosion

Second drone attack of the day kills three suspected militants in NWA

JUI-F, ASWJ workers shot dead in Karachi

 

South Asia

Taliban suicide attack kills five in Afghanistan

Khaleda: Movement at right time

'Genuine Bangladesh freedom fighters' list to be finalised by Dec 16'

 

Africa

Too Late to Start Worrying About the Islamic State in Africa

Algeria army kills three Islamists

More Libyans killed in Syria fighting for IS

Gunmen vandalise Tripoli’s Karamanli Mosque

W. Africa to Counter Boko Haram Takfiri Terrorists

 

North America

Biden apologizes to Saudi Arabia over ISIS remarks

Why US didn’t share anything on Osama's hideout with Pakistan

U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS produce few gains

US envoy against ISIS to hold talks in Cairo

US: Arab, European jets carry out 10% of strikes

Canada votes to join anti-ISIS air strikes in Iraq

 

Southeast Asia

Alarm bells over Indonesia’s released militants joining IS

After Oktoberfest, Muslim group turns scope on wine fiesta

Civil groups boycott Yudhoyono’s democracy forum in Bali

Ibrahim Ali was just defending Islam, Putrajaya says of bible burning threat

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

ISIS Issues Rules for Journalists Forcing Them to 'Swear Allegiance as Subjects of Islamic State'

Lizzie Dearden,The Independent | Oct 8, 2014

After beheading two American journalists, Isis militants have reportedly issued rules to reporters still operating in areas they control forcing them to swear allegiance as "subjects of the Islamic State".

Anyone violating the guidelines, which specify which media outlets can be worked with, demand pre-approval of all stories and the control of personal social media accounts, is threatened with "being held accountable".

The vast majority of foreign journalists have already fled Isis-held regions of Syria and Iraq and those remaining are predominantly local reporters attempting to document the ongoing conflict.

The murder of James Foley and Steven Sotloff and continued captivity of British photojournalist John Cantlie, who is used in Isis propaganda videos, graphically illustrates the danger they are in.

In the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, near the Iraq border, the Islamists have reportedly announced draconian rules for reporters.

Many journalists fled when the controls were announced, website Syria Deeply reported, but others chose to stay and obey them.

Amer, a journalist in Deir Ezzor, told the website he took the risk to continue documenting events, feeling someone had to report what was happening to the world.

An Isis press office has been set up to control media, he said, and the following non-negotiable list of conditions was issued at a meeting.

ISIS RULES FOR JOURNALISTS

1 - Correspondents must swear allegiance to the Caliph [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi ... they are subjects of the Islamic State and, as subjects, they are obliged to swear loyalty to their imam.

2 - Their work will be under the exclusive supervision of the Isis media offices.

3 - Journalists can work directly with international news agencies (such as Reuters, AFP and AP), but they are to avoid all international and local satellite TV channels. They are forbidden to provide any exclusive material or have any contact (sound or image) with them in any capacity.

4 - Journalists are forbidden to work in any way with the TV channels placed on the blacklist of channels that fight against Islamic countries (such as Al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera and Orient). Violators will be held accountable.

5 - Journalists are allowed to cover events in the governorate with either written or still images without having to refer back to the Isis media office. All published pieces and photos must carry the journalist's and photographer's names.

6 - Journalists are not allowed to publish any reportage (print or broadcast) without referring to the Isis media office first.

7 - Journalists may have their own social media accounts and blogs to disseminate news and pictures. However, the Isis media office must have the addresses and name handles of these accounts and pages.

8 - Journalists must abide by the regulations when taking photos within Isis territory and avoid filming locations or security events where taking pictures is prohibited.

9 - Isis media offices will follow up on the work of local journalists within Isis territory and in the state media. Any violation of the rules in place will lead to suspending the journalist from his work, and he will be held accountable.

10 - The rules are not final and are subject to change at any time depending on the circumstances and the degree of cooperation between journalists and their commitment to their brothers in the Isis media offices.

11 - Journalists are given a license to practice their work after submitting a license request at the Isis media office.

Independent has not been able to independently verify that the decree is genuine but Isis expert Shiraz Maher said it would be in line with the group's conduct so far.

"It certainly seems possible," he said. "And it's written with the verbosity one would expect from Islamic State."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/ISIS-issues-rules-for-journalists-forcing-them-to-swear-allegiance-as-subjects-of-Islamic-State/articleshow/44708616.cms

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In Last 24 Hours 219 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Kobani

08 Oct, 2014

 The Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Syria killed a large number of terrorists in heavy clashes in the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobani (also known by the Arab population as Ayn al-Arab).

At least 219 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group were killed in Kobani clashes, reports by human rights observers said.

Also in the last 24 hours, a priest along with 20 other Christians were kidnapped in a Syria-Turkey border village.

Also media reports said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has begun training more anti-Syrian rebels.

Diplomatic sources said the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom has been hosting thousands of terrorists for military training.

The sources said some 5,000 recruits have arrived from Syria, Turkey and other countries for a course that could last between four and six months.

“This marks a long-term commitment by the Saudis and its allies to sustain the revolt in Syria,” a diplomat to the World Tribune.

Meantime, after regaining control of the Syrian town of Dukhaniyeh, the army announced plans for larger scale attacks aimed at completely clearing the regions around the capital Damascus from militant groups.

According to Syrian Local media on Monday, “security and stability” was restored in Dukhaniyeh and its surroundings after militants were pushed out of the region.

Syrian forces launched an operation to flush militants out of Dukhaniyeh after it was captured by foreign-backed militants in September.

Also on Tuesday, the Syrian army fiercely clashed with the terrorists of the ISIL and Al-Nusra groups on the barrens of al-Jebba and Assal al-Ward in Qalamoun in Damascus countryside, killing and injuring scores of them.

Al-Nusra and ISIL terrorists had launched a major attack against the garrisons of the Syrian army that repelled the offensive and inflicted heavy losses upon them.

The Syrian army also launched air raids and artillery shells onto the terrorists' concentration centres, what resulted in a high tension in the area.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs and terrorists against both the army and civilians.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists in the country, while it alleges to be fighting the same groups as terrorists in Iraq.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716000618

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Iraqi Army Killed More Than 20 Members of ISIL Takfiri Group

ISIL Terrorists Suffer Major Losses in Fallujah, Iraqi Army killed more than 20 members of Takfiri group

08 Oct, 2014

ISIL terrorists sustained heavy losses, as the Iraqi Army killed more than 20 members of the Takfiri group in a series of operations in the city of Fallujah, Anbar province.

A military source told National Iraqi news agency that army forces, backed by Iraq's warplanes, stormed the hideouts of the ISIL terrorists in Qarma district and claimed the lives of a large number of them.

According to the source, the warplanes bombarded 8 vehicles of the Takfiri group during the operations.

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

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

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

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716000539

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Iraqi Forces Kill 6 ISIL Terrorists in Jurf Al-Sakher

08 Oct, 2014

Iraqi security forces killed 6 terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Jurf al-Sakher area of Babil province.

''The security forces carried out a security operation in Fadhliya area of Jurf al-Sakher that resulted in killing six ISIL terrorists,'' an informed source said Tuesday.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716000541

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ISIS launches new offensive east of Syria’s Kobane

8 October 2014

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists launched a new offensive in the east of the embattled Syrian town of Kobane after withdrawing from parts of it following U.S.-led strikes, Agence France-Presse reported a monitor as saying on Wednesday.

“There are fierce clashes underway in the east of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) after the Islamic State launched an offensive to retake the areas it lost control of,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said at least three fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) were killed in the fighting on Wednesday, along with an unspecified number of ISIS jihadists.

The fresh assault came after the Observatory said ISIS fighters had withdrawn overnight from parts of the eastern and southwestern edges of Kobane.

Abdel Rahman said “fighters from the Islamic State withdrew overnight from several areas in the east of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) and the southwestern edges.”

After the pullback, the group’s fighters were present in eastern parts of the strategic town and its southern edges, but were no longer inside on the western front, Abdel Rahman said.

He said the move came after “their rear positions were hit in strikes, causing casualties and damaging at least four of their vehicles.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/08/ISIS-withdraws-from-some-parts-of-Syria-s-Kobane.html

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Syrian rights groups call on world to save Kobani from IS

08 Oct, 2014

MURSITPINAR, Turkey: Several Syrian human rights groups called on the world to save the embattled Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group, warning that failure to act could result in civilians being massacred.

The dramatic appeal late Tuesday came after Islamic State fighters pushed into parts of the town, located on the Syria-Turkish border and also known as Ayn Arab, its Arabic name.

On Wednesday, new US-led airstrikes targeted the extremists near the town but it was not clear if these had any effect. One airstrike, visible from the border, hit a hill and an open space near the town.

Kobani has been under the onslaught of the Islamic State group since mid-September when the militants’ launched their offensive in the area, capturing several Kurdish villages around the town and bringing Syria’s civil war yet again to Turkey’s doorstep.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/641171

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Lebanese army to get first Saudi-financed weapons soon —Saad Al-Hariri

08 Oct, 2014

PARIS: Lebanon’s army will soon receive military equipment as part of a $1 billion grant from Saudi Arabia to help it fight Islamist militants encroaching into Lebanon from Syria, former Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri said on Tuesday.

Hariri originally announced the deal after visiting Saudi Arabia in August, just days after Islamist militants attacked and briefly seized the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

The Lebanese army has since stepped up its efforts to prevent fighters, most notably from Al-Qaeda’s Syrian wing Nusra Front, from crossing into Lebanon, but it is ill-equipped and has repeatedly called for more military aid.

“With regard to the $1 billion that I am managing, in a few weeks, you’ll see results,” Hariri told reporters after meeting President Francois Hollande. “It is finalized and some equipment will arrive soon,” he said without giving any details.

Lebanon has officially tried to distance itself from Syria’s conflict, but the country’s powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah has sent fighters to aid President Bashar Assad, an Alawite. Assad, like Hezbollah, is backed by Shiite power Iran.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/640811

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Hezbollah: Shebaa Operation "Message to Israel"

08 Oct, 2014

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said that the military operation carried out by the Islamic Resistance of Lebanon in the occupied Shebaa Farms on the border with Palestine was a message to Israel.

During an interview with the local channel OTV on Tuesday, Sheikh Qassem stressed the operation has a message for the Zionists to keep them informed that the Resistance is always ready to respond to any enemy attack, Al-Manar reported.

Hezbollah military unit on Tuesday detonated improvised explosive devices against a manned Israeli patrol inside the occupied Shebaa Heights, leaving a number of wounded within the Zionist regime's army.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716001079

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Europe

 

Sweden’s Palestine statement signals start of weightier global role

 8 October 2014

Sweden’s decision to recognize the Palestine state - without formally consulting its allies - may herald a wider foreign policy shift that has at its heart the aim of asserting a new diplomatic weight around the world.

The ruling Social Democrats had signaled in their election manifesto an intention to recognize Palestine. But the speed of their post-election announcement, made during Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s inaugural address to parliament on Friday, surprised some countries including Israel.

Until now Sweden, under a center-right government, has been close to Washington, active in Western military operations, and a vocal proponent of EU market reform. In making it the first major West European country to recognize the Palestine state, Sweden’s new center-left government looks like it is suggesting a change of direction on several of those fronts.

“We hope that this will give a new dynamic to the discussion of what is going on in the Middle East,” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/10/08/Sweden-s-Palestine-statement-signals-start-of-weightier-global-role.html

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14 wounded as Kurds and 'radical Muslims' clash in Germany

08 Oct, 2014

Street clashes between hundreds of Kurds and radical Muslims in Germany's northern port city of Hamburg left 14 people wounded overnight, police said Wednesday.

About 400 Kurds had rallied Tuesday against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), whose fighters are besieging the Kurdish city of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border.

After the demonstrators gathered outside a Hamburg mosque, they were confronted by some 400 people described by police as mostly Salafist Muslims, and tensions escalated into violent clashes.

Police in riot gear used batons, pepper spray and water cannon to separate the groups of mostly young men who attacked each other using metal rods, sticks and machetes, as well as hurling rocks and bottles, local media reported.

Tensions between hundreds of Yazidi Kurds and mostly Chechen Muslim immigrants also escalated in the city of Celle in the northern state of Lower Saxony, local newspaper Cellesche Zeitung reported.

Riot police intervened against men armed with sticks, rocks and bottles, leaving several with slight injuries, the newspaper and public broadcaster NDR reported.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/112581/World/International/-wounded-as-Kurds-and-radical-Muslims-clash-in-Ger.aspx

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UN's Syria envoy calls for international action to defend Kobane

8 October 2014

The international community should immediately act to defend the besieged Syrian town of Kobane from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, the U.N.'s envoy to Syria said on Oct. 8.

"The world, all of us, will regret deeply if ISIS (another name for the ISIL) is able to take over a city which has defended itself with courage but is close to not being able to do so. We need to act now," Staffan de Mistura said in a statement.

"The international community needs to defend them. The international community cannot sustain another city falling under ISIS," he insisted.

His comments came as Turkey and analysts warned ISIL was on the verge of seizing control of the strategic town near the border with Turkey, after a desperate weeks-long defence by Kurdish fighters.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/uns-syria-envoy-calls-for-international-action-to-defend-kobane.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72678&NewsCatID=359

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MI5 quizzing IS terror suspect known as 'The Surgeon'

08 Oct, 2014

The group, aged between 20 and 21, were taken into custody after a raid on one address in west London by armed counter terror cops.

MI5 officers are now questioning the men who were arrests on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

The identity of one suspect, Tarik Hassane, 21, nicknamed "The Surgeon", was unveiled this morning by the Sun.

Hassane was tasered by police during the swoop in North Kensington, west London at 4.30am but was left uninjured.

The men had been known to security officers for a few months and are thought to be part of a jihadist group in the Ladbroke Grove area.

It is believed that one of the suspects has recently returned to the UK from Syria and has close ties with IS officials.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/403908/MI5-quizzing-IS-terror-suspect-known-as-The-Surgeon

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Mideast

 

Turkey’s choice between radical Islamists and Syrian Kurds

8 October 2014

Some want us to make a choice between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said the other day, adding that both are "the same" in the eyes of Turkey.

The minister could have said that Turkey is being forced to make a choice between ISIL and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), since the recent clashes in Syria have intensified between Syrian Kurds and ISIL. However, the PYD and the PKK are the same in the eyes of the Turkish government.

Now that Turkey has made clear that it will contribute to the global coalition against ISIL, why does the centuries-old principle of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” not apply?

First of all, we are in the Middle East, where who is a friend and who is a foe can be easily mixed up. Your current enemy could be your future friend, and again return to being an enemy in the more distant future.

But under current circumstances, why are the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which are fighting ISIL - which is supposedly Turkey’s enemy - not considered a natural ally?

If the PYD is the same as the PKK, isn’t there a negotiation process ongoing between Ankara and what it sees as a terrorist organization?

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-choice-between-radical-islamists-and-syrian-kurds.aspx?PageID=238&NID=72617&NewsCatID=412

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At least 18 killed in ISIL protests across Turkey

08 Oct, 2014

At least 18 people were killed and many more were injured as the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants on the Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria prompted fresh protests across Turkey on Oct. 7. A curfew was declared in six Turkish provinces.

Most clashes were between the suspected members of Hizbullah, a radical Islamist grouping whose members are mostly Kurdish and known for allegedly aiding the state in the torture and murder of Kurdish activists in the 1990, and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The former group reportedly supports ISIL, while the latter supports the YPG, the Kurdish militia in Kobane, and has condemned the Turkish government's inaction in protecting Syrian Kurds.

The highest death toll was in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, where suspected members of Hizbullah allegedly strafed a crowd of protesters. An association building belonging to Hizbullah was subsequently attacked. 10 people were killed in the city on Oct. 8, at least five of whom were described as pro-Hizbullah.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/wrap-up-at-least-18-killed-in-isil-protests-across-turkey-as-curfew-declared-in-six-provinces.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72659&NewsCatID=341

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‘Qaeda’ attacks kill at least 10 Yemen police: officials

8 October 2014

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants, including a suicide bomber, killed at least 10 Yemeni police Wednesday in attacks on security forces in the restive country, officials said.

The wave of violence in the central town of Baida targeted a command center, a police post and an army checkpoint.

Nine police were killed in the suicide car bombing alone, an official at Al-Thawra hospital told AFP.

That attack, against the command center, was thought to have been carried out by a militant identified as Abu Dujana al-Lahji, said a security official in the region.

It came shortly after a meeting of tribal chiefs -- some of them with links to Al-Qaeda -- who decided to “respond to the increased presence of Shiite Huthi rebels in Baida,” the official added.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/08/-Qaeda-attacks-kill-at-least-10-Yemen-police-officials-.html

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Clashes at Al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holiday

8 October 2014

Clashes broke out at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound Wednesday as Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site ahead of a religious feast, Israeli police said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said dozens of Palestinian youths had began throwing stones and firing flares at police once Jewish visitors ascended to the compound on the eve of the week-long holiday for Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles.

Police warded off the rioters to Al-Aqsa mosque, from where they threw stones and petrol bombs at police, lightly wounding four, Samri told AFP, adding that the visit by non-Muslims then went ahead.

Samri said five rioters were arrested and Palestinian medics said 17 were injured in the clashes.

Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf (religious endowments) body that oversees the site, said he had implored police to prevent Jews from visiting in order to avoid clashes with a group of Muslims who had spent the night at the mosque.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/08/Clashes-at-Al-Aqsa-ahead-of-Jewish-holiday-.html

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Kurdish protesters clash with Salafis in Hamburg, 14 injured

08 Oct, 2014

Police in the north German city of Hamburg say 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement.

Police spokeswoman Karina Sadowsky said Oct. 8 that the clashes happened after hundreds of Kurds held a protest against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants who are organizing an assault to capture the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane. Similar protests took place throughout Europe on Oct. 7 by Kurds seeking to draw attention to ISIL's onslaught against Kobane.

The violence erupted after a standoff between the protesters and members of a nearby mosque associated with the Salafist movement. Salafism is a strict interpretation of Islam, whose adherents are closely monitored by German security services.

Sadowsky says police used water cannons to break up the protest and arrested 22 people.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kurdish-protesters-clash-with-salafis-in-hamburg-14-injured.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72693&NewsCatID=351

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Iran arrests 130 terror elements with links to Takfiris

Iran says it foiled holy city bomb plot, arrested 130

08 Oct, 2014

Iran said Tuesday it had seized explosives destined for an attack on one of its holy cities and that more than 130 members of militant extremist groups had been arrested.

The disclosures by Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi lay bare the threat posed to Shiite Iran by Sunni jihadists such as the Islamic State (IS) group fighting in Iraq, near the Iranian border, and in Syria.

Two explosive belts were among lethal ordnance recovered ahead of Quds (Jerusalem) Day, a July 25 memorial on the last Friday before the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Alavi said.

"Significant quantities of explosives that were to be used in a holy city in the country were neutralised," he told members of parliament, according to the ISNA news agency.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112517/World/Region/Iran-says-it-foiled-holy-city-bomb-plot,-arrested-.aspx

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India

 

LoC firing: Pakistan approaches UN military observer group

PTI | Oct 7, 2014

NEW DELHI: A day after it lodged a protest with India on alleged ceasefire violations along the border, Pakistan on Tuesday approached UN military observer group over the LoC situation.

According to the press counsellor in the Pakistan high commission, Pakistan has recorded protest at United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office in Islamabad on the LoC situation.

India has always maintained that UNMOGIP has "outlived its relevance" and has "no role to play whatsoever". UNMOGIP, established under a UN Security Council resolution, was meant to supervise the ceasefire line established under the Karachi Agreement of July 1949.

Yesterday, a Pakistan foreign office statement said, "The government has lodged strong protest with the government of India through diplomatic channels and called for restraining its forces from constant violation of the ceasefire" and claimed that four of its citizens were killed and three others injured during firing by Indian troops.

As per Indian authorities, five villagers were killed and 34 injured on Indian side in heavy mortar shelling and firing from across the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch sectors, triggering strong condemnation by India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/LoC-firing-Pakistan-approaches-UN-military-observer-group/articleshow/44607264.cms

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18 Pak terrorists killed in infiltration bid

TNN | Oct 8, 2014

NEW DELHI: Indian forces on Tuesday killed 18 terrorists trying to sneak into India from Pakistan, security sources said. A big part of the border violence is linked to Islamabad's design to push disruptive elements and terrorists across the border before snow sets up on the mountain passes, they said.

Ceasefire violations on the LOC have risen for couple of years, but this year the targeting of civilians has added another dimension. More than 20 unprovoked firing incidents have taken place ever since Narendra Modi took office, which sharpened after the foreign secretary talks were cancelled. The violations, earlier limited to the LOC, have now spread to the international boundary.

"From the time of Modi's election, Pakistan army's been testing him. LOC firing is part of the process," said Vivek Katju, former diplomat and Pakistan expert. Tuesday's massive Indian retaliation may be a pointer to how New Delhi will respond.

"Islamabad seems to be signalling two things -- one for the international community, seeking attention, and second, a message to India that it cannot continue ignoring Pakistan which can create enough trouble to bring New Delhi to the table," says Rana Banerji, security expert.

Pakistan hasn't had it easy of late - a spike in terrorism against Pakistan, internal instability, yawn-worthy attention from the US. Worse, China appeared to be getting friendly with India, cancelling Xi Jinping's Islamabad trip. Kashmir, the cause in Pakistan's eyes, was being pushed to the global backburner.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/18-terrorists-killed-in-infiltration-bid/articleshow/44648857.cms

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Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire along LoC: two women killed, dozens injured

Oct 8, 2014

Two women were killed and nearly two dozen others injured as Pakistan continued shelling civilian population on the Indian side along the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir since Tuesday night.

Identifying both the deceased as Shanktla Devi and Bholi Devi of village Chilyari in Samba sector, sources said that while former died on the spot, the latter succumbed to her injuries at the hospital in Jammu.

The injured included a junior commissioned officer among three army personnel who got injured along the LoC in Sauujian and and equal number of BSF personnel injured on the international border in Arnia sector.

Significantly, as the situation along the border continued to escalate despite heavy rains and thunder storm lashing Jammu region throughout night, the Pakistani shelling spread to new areas along the international border. They started mortar shelling in Hiranagar sector of KATHUA district also which had remained peaceful even during the birder skirmishes between the two countries in July and August last. Pointing out that the situation is escalating with each passing day, sources said that Pakistani Rangers for the first time resorted to firing on Indian side along the international border in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district which had remained peaceful even during border skirmishes between the two countries during July-August last. The district administration has sounded alert in Samba and Hiranagar areas asking people to stay indoors. The administration has announced holiday in schools in border areas. Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/woman-killed-11-injured-as-pakistan-intensifies-firing-on-villages-along-border-areas-in-jammu-and-kashmir/99/#sthash.wJbrfH6x.dpuf

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Pakistan

 

Pakistani Taliban deny allegiance to Islamic State

October 08, 2014

Peshawar- The Pakistani Taliban has denied reports that it had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, saying it is not supporting any specific group in these countries.

TTP, which was formed in 2007 and formally allies itself with Al-Qaeda, in a statement last week they had said the Taliban would offer "every possible support" to Islamic State, a statement which several media outlets reported as a declaration of allegiance to the group.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahid Shahidullah said the statement issued by it last week was intended as an expression of support for all Islamist militants fighting in Syria and Iraq and struggling against western interests.

TTP, headed by fugitive Mullah Fazlullah, said that its statement has been misinterpreted. "Some media did not publish our statement correctly," Shahidullah told reporters over phone from an undisclosed location.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/08-Oct-2014/pakistani-taliban-denies-allegiance-to-islamic-state

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MQM will be successful in next elections: Altaf Hussain

October 08, 2014

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain announced on Tuesday that the party would be successful in the next elections, and those doubting its popularity would be disappointed, Express News reported.

Addressed his workers in Karachi via a telephone call, Hussain said, “Everyone who is doubting the popularity of MQM, will see in the next elections how successful we will be and we will prove them all wrong.”

He further said, “People who are saying that MQM’s vote bank is empty should come and count the hides that we have been given.”

The MQM chief  went on to laud the hard work and courage of his workers, adding that God will bless them and give them success.

Workers were then given the opportunity to speak to Altaf Hussain one by one, all  of whom wished him well for Eid.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/772161/mqm-will-be-successful-in-next-elections-altaf-hussain/

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Two killed, one polio worker injured in Mohmand Agency explosion

08 Oct, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed and one was injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the Alemgar area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.

Official sources said that suspected militants had planted the device in front of the house of a local named Taj Gul, killing one of his sons Sakhi Gul and his nephew Maskeen on the spot while his other son Muhammad Agul, who is a Union Council polio worker, was left injured.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The injured polio worker was shifted to the Camp Hospital in Muhammad Gat.

Polio team members have been frequently attacked by militants in the Federally administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Militants allege that polio vaccination is a cover for espionage or a Western-conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.

Mohmand is one of Pakistan’s seven tribal agencies near the Afghan border which are rife with militancy and are said to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1136614/two-killed-one-polio-worker-injured-in-mohmand-agency-explosion

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Second drone attack of the day kills three suspected militants in NWA

08 Oct, 2014

PESHAWAR: A fresh drone strike left three suspected militants dead and five others injured in North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday, intelligence sources said.

This is the second attack of the day and fourth such strike in last three days. At least seven suspected militants were killed and five others injured in a similar strike earlier in the day.

Highly credible sources told Dawn.com that a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Madakhel Kunar Sar area of North Waziristan’s Datakhel tehsil, killing three suspected militants. Five suspected militants were injured in the attack as well.

The sources said that the suspected militants were standing on a mountain near the targeted compound at the time of drone attack.

Identity of the militants could not be ascertained as yet.

Seven suspected militants killed in North Waziristan drone attack

At least seven suspected militants were killed and five others injured Tuesday in a US drone strike on a compound and a vehicle in the Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region.

Official sources said the US drone fired two missiles at the house and the car in Shawal tehsil's Kund Ghar area, killing at least seven suspected militants and injuring five others.

Sources added that the compound of militant commander Mustaqeem was targeted in the strike, adding that the identity of the deceased militants is yet to be ascertained.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1136601/second-drone-attack-of-the-day-kills-three-suspected-militants-in-nwa

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JUI-F, ASWJ workers shot dead in Karachi

08 Oct, 2014

KARACHI: At least two people were killed in the span of half an hour on Tuesday in what appeared to be separate targeted killing incidents in Karachi.

According to police, unidentified gunmen in North Nazimabad's Hyderi area shot dead Maulana Masood, an activist of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ).

The body of the deceased was taken to the Ziauddin hospital, where people blocked traffic on the road in protest.

About half an hour earlier, a man identified as Maulana Sajidullah was shot dead in Peerabad Muslim Colony.

Sajidullah was said to belong to the Jamiat Ulema Islam - Fazl (Fazl).

The incidents come a week after hundreds of ASWJ activists paralysed the traffic system in parts of Karachi as they staged a protest demonstration against ‘extrajudicial killings’ and the ‘illegal arrest’ of their party workers.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1136607/jui-f-aswj-workers-shot-dead-in-karachi

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South Asia

 

Taliban suicide attack kills five in Afghanistan

08 Oct, 2014

KABUL: An Afghan official says a suicide car bomber has killed at least five people in an attack that targeted a former district police chief in southern Helmand province.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for Helmand's provincial governor, says the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the house of the former police chief in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, on Wednesday.

Five people were killed in the explosion. Zwak says the former police chief and 18 others were wounded in the attack.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but the Taliban frequently use roadside bombs and suicide attacks against Afghan security forces and government officials in the country.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1136627/taliban-suicide-attack-kills-five-in-afghanistan

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Khaleda: Movement at right time

08 Oct, 2014

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said her party will wage movement against government at appropriate time.

She made the statement after exchanging Eid greetings with diplomats and renowned personalities at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre on Monday morning.

"Movement can not be waged setting a specific time. We will call for movement at the right time," she said.

The BNP chief also called upon her party leaders and activists to take preparation for the movement.

She alleged: "The government is in power forcibly. We all have to be united to save the country from the government."

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/oct/06/khaleda-movement-right-time#sthash.EgjXXxMV.dpuf

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'Genuine Bangladesh freedom fighters' list to be finalised by Dec 16'

08 Oct, 2014

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque has said the new list of genuine freedom fighters will be finalised by December 16.

The minister made the statement while addressing at a programme organised by Local Social Development Forum on Tuesday afternoon.

The programme was organised to honour meritorious students, freedom fighters, and talented individuals.

Mozammel Haque said as there was no fixed definition for liberation war, a lot of people have gotten freedom fighter certificate using false information.

“The definition of liberation war has now been fixed. Within next November, the genuine freedom fighters would be identified and after a selection process a new list would be made. Within March 26 next year, the freedom fighter certificate and ID card would be handed over to them," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/oct/08/genuine-freedom-fighters-list-be-finalised-dec-16#sthash.RSeNEEr8.dpuf

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Africa

 

Too Late to Start Worrying About the Islamic State in Africa

8 October 2014

The spectre of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria casts a long shadow. It's clearly not just the Middle East that is in trouble; both Britain and the United States have been worried enough to dispatch fighter jets to try and contain the Islamist rebels who have carved out huge chunks of territory as their own.

The aerial war has also drawn in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, while various radical Islamist groups from India to Indonesia have pledged their support for the rebels. Analysts (including myself in this Institute for Security Studies policy brief) have warned that Africa is particularly vulnerable. The continent's plethora of existing Islamist groups, coupled with its poor governance track record, make it a relatively easy target.

This, however, is now old news. The Islamic State and its subversive ideology continue to move at a pace that journalists, researchers and policymakers just can't match. The fact is, Africa isn't facing a potential threat from the Islamic State, because that threat has already arrived - and is destabilising several African countries.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201410081039.html?viewall=1

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Algeria army kills three Islamists

8 October 2014

Algerian soldiers shot dead three armed Islamists southeast of the capital on Tuesday, a defence ministry statement said.

It said special forces killed the three militants in the Biskra region, 400 kilometres (250 miles) from Algiers, and that guns and ammunition were recovered.

On Monday, army chief of staff and Deputy Defence Minister Ahmed Gaid Salah said Algeria was determined to prevent a resurgence of the "terrorism" that plagued the country in the 1990s.

Also on Monday, the defence ministry said a "criminal group" of 12 Sudanese and eight Chadians had been arrested on the border with Niger.

Islamist militants, some of them loyal to Al-Qaeda, remain active in several areas of Algeria more than a decade after the end of the country's devastating 1992-2002 civil war.

According to the army, more than 70 armed Islamists have been killed this year.

On September 28, Islamist gunmen killed two soldiers in western Algeria less than a week after jihadist-linked militants beheaded a French hostage, Herve Gourdel.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/10/07/Algeria-army-kills-3-Islamists-ministry-.html

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More Libyans killed in Syria fighting for IS

Oct 8, 2014

Three Libyans have been killed in Syria in recent days, according to Daesh, also known as the Islamic State. The most recent death was of an unnamed Libyan who Daesh reported had died fighting Kurds north of Aleppo.

Last week  the organisation announced the death of Abu Sahaib and Abu Ouf, though no further details were given.

There are no clear figures for the number of Libyans who have gone to Syria and Iraq to join up with IS. Estimates range from a few hundred to one or two thousand.   Most would-be IS members find their way to the organisation via Turkey. Many are young people who quit Libya without warning and leave worried families behind them

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/10/07/more-libyans-killed-in-syria-fighting-for-is/#axzz3FYlmawyz

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Gunmen vandalise Tripoli’s Karamanli Mosque

Oct 8, 2014

One of Tripoli’s most famous and beautiful mosques, the Ahmed Pasha Karamanli Mosque in the Old City, has been badly vandalised by a group of gunmen.

They forced their way into the richly decorated building yesterday and started removing marble from the floors and walls and digging up the ground with drills to a about a metre in depth.

Salafists were initially accused of the destruction but have denied it.  Nor is there any apparent reason why they would want to further damage the mosque.  Just over two years ago, in an orgy of vandalism, they blew up and demolished shrines and mosques in and around Tripoli containing graves and dug those at other mosques and religious sites. The Karamanli Mosque, not the oldest in the old city but the largest and most beautiful, was not spared. All the tombs around the 18th-century building were ransacked and emptied, including that of Ahmed Pasha Karamanli, the founder of the Karamanli dynasty.

There are suggestions that ordinary thieves were responsible, looking for “buried treasure”.  In the current situation in Tripoli and elsewhere, criminals know they can get away with anything, even attacking mosques, especially if they claim to be revolutionaries and intent on “correcting” Islam in Libya.

Given the attack, there are now fears for the Darghut Mosque, said to contain a hair of the Prophet Mohamed, and of the nearby Othman Pasha madrassa, home to a Sufi community.

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/10/07/gunmen-vandalise-tripolis-karamanli-mosque/#ixzz3FYmC1vzn

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W. Africa to Counter Boko Haram Takfiri Terrorists

08 Oct, 2014

A regional force put in place to counter the Boko Haram extremist group in Nigeria will start operations in November, West African leaders decided after a summit in Niger.

The leaders agreed to speed up the creation of a headquarters for the force and have military battalions deployed "to our respective borders" by November 1, the heads of state said in a joint statement on Tuesday, AFP reported.

"The new headquarters for the force is now due to be completed by November 20," the leaders added.

The announcement followed a day of talks between the leaders of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin, and the foreign minister of Cameroon.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716000387

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North America

 

Biden apologizes to Saudi Arabia over ISIS remarks

 8 October 2014

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over recent remarks he made suggesting Gulf states had supported extremist groups in the region.

Biden also thanked Saudi Arabia for its support in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“Vice President Biden spoke today with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Saud al-Faisal,” Biden’s office said in a statement.

“The vice president thanked the foreign minister for Saudi Arabia’s strong support in the shared fight against ISIL [ISIS] and he clarified his recent remarks regarding the early stages of the conflict in Syria. The two agreed that the issue was closed.”

Saudi Arabia is the third state Biden has appologized to over remarks he made at Harvard University last week.

He apologized to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates last weekend for having said U.S. allies in the region were partly to blame for the rise of ISIS in Syria.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/08/Biden-apologizes-to-Saudi-over-ISIS-remarks.html

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Why US didn’t share anything on Osama's hideout with Pakistan

PTI | Oct 8, 2014

WASHINGTON: Pakistani spy agency ISI having close ties with terror groups is an open secret and this was the reason why the US did not share the intelligence about the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout with Islamabad, former defense secretary and ex-CIA director Leon Panetta has said.

"We had been discussing this for months, and it was an open secret that Pakistan's intelligence agency had ties to terrorist groups — that, after all, was a major part of our rationale for not sharing our bin Laden intelligence with the ISI," Panetta wrote in his book 'Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace' which hit the stores on Tuesday.

anetta was the CIA director in the first term of the Obama administration and was also his defence secretary later.

In both these position, Panetta was a strong advocate of US-Pakistan relationship and always came out in strong defence of ISI and the Pakistan army whenever there were allegations of the spy agency having links with the terrorist outfit.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Why-US-didnt-share-anything-on-Osamas-hideout-with-Pakistan/articleshow/44703449.cms

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U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS produce few gains

8 October 2014

After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has hardly dented the core of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group’s territory. The extremist fighters have melted into urban areas when needed to elude the threat, and they have even succeeded in taking new territory from an Iraqi army that still buckles in the face of militants.

In neighboring Syria, days of airstrikes have been unable to stop militants on the verge of capturing a strategic town on the Turkish border.

The limited results show the central weakness of the campaign: There is only so much that can be done from the air to defeat an extremist force that has swept over much of Iraq and Syria. ISIS fighters have proven elusive and flexible, able to reorganize to minimize the blows. And more importantly, there are almost no allied forces on the ground able to capitalize on the airstrikes and wrest back territory from the militants.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/10/08/Analysis-U-S-led-airstrikes-in-Iraq-produce-few-gains.html

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US envoy against ISIS to hold talks in Cairo

08 Oct, 2014

A US envoy tasked with building a coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is expected to arrive in Cairo on Wednesday, where he will hold talks on fostering the US-led alliance, state news agency MENA reported.

Retired general John Allen, a former top US commander in Afghanistan, will be accompanied by Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary of state, in the talks

Both diplomats, who were in held talks with Jordanian officials in Amman on tuesday, are due to meet Egyptian government officials and Arab League leaders to discuss efforts to "bolster" the international coalition.

Allen was chosen in mid-September as the Obama administration's special envoy to lead the international efforts against ISIS, an jihadist Sunni group which has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq since June.

The US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq since late September, in which Arab allies including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have participated.

Egypt has not announced any specific involvement in the raids but President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said recently in an interview with AP that Egypt is "completely committed to giving support," and will do "whatever is required" to support the coalition.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/112564/Egypt/Politics-/US-envoy-against-ISIS-to-hold-talks-in-Cairo.aspx

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US: Arab, European jets carry out 10% of strikes

08 Oct, 2014

WASHINGTON/TOKYO: Arab and other allied countries have carried out about 10 percent of the nearly 2,000 air raids against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since early August, US defense officials said Monday.

US warplanes have conducted 1,768 air strikes since Aug. 8, while other coalition aircraft have carried about 195 air raids against the IS fighters, defense officials told AFP, citing a tally through Sunday.

The numbers, which for the first time shed light on the participation of Arab coalition partners, reflect the dominant role of the US military in the air campaign.

But Pentagon officials have insisted the role for Arab and European partners is likely to grow over time.

France, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia have committed aircraft for the effort in Iraq, though their presence has been on a small scale so far.

Other figures released by officials and by US Central Command showed the mounting scale of the air campaign, which began on Aug. 8 in Iraq and was extended into Syria on Sept. 23.

Meanwhile, Tokyo police are questioning a 26-year-old Japanese Muslim on suspicion of trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria, media reports and the top government spokesman said Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/641031

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Canada votes to join anti-ISIS air strikes in Iraq

 8 October 2014

Canadian lawmakers voted Tuesday to join the international coalition launching air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Iraq.

Parliamentarians led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper carried the vote, 157 to 134, in favor of the six-month mission.

Both the opposition New Democrats and Liberals voted against it, saying they fear the mission could become a quagmire.

Six hundred air crew and other personnel, along with six fighter jets and several other military aircraft, will now head to the Middle East.

Harper has ruled out sending ground combat troops.

But 69 special forces soldiers already on the ground will continue to advise security forces fighting the Islamic State group in the northern part of Iraq.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/08/Canada-votes-to-join-anti-ISIS-air-strikes-in-Iraq.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Alarm bells over Indonesia’s released militants joining IS

OCTOBER 8, 2014

JAKARTA, Oct 8 — The looming release of hundreds of militants from Indonesia's prisons, hotbeds of radicalism where influential Islamists openly preach extremist ideology, is ringing alarm bells and raising fears some will join forces with the Islamic State group.

More than a decade after Indonesia vowed to dismantle terrorist networks to stem a series of attacks, neglect of jails has allowed top detainees to promote their views behind bars, and even beyond thanks to smartphones and laptops.

About 200 convicted militants are due for release in the next two years, and experts say inadequate deradicalisation efforts mean many will leave jail with their ideology intact.

“Prisons are still the epicentre of terrorism in Indonesia. The most dangerous militants are behind bars and recruitment is going on,” said terrorism expert Taufik Andrie from the Jakarta-based Institute for International Peace Building.

The alarming trend in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country comes despite authorities' growing concern about Islamic militancy and in particular Islamic State (IS), which has declared an “Islamic caliphate” across swathes of Syria and Iraq.

Authorities say about 60 Indonesians are believed to have joined IS, although most analysts believe the true figure is up to 200, and concerns are mounting that they could return and revive sophisticated militant networks.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/alarm-bells-over-indonesias-released-militants-joining-is#sthash.8vjAK63O.dpuf

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After Oktoberfest, Muslim group turns scope on wine fiesta

OCTOBER 8, 2014

UALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 ― After kickstarting a campaign to can the annual Oktoberfest beer festival here, a Muslim group is today trying to do the same to the privately-held Malaysia Wine Fiesta 2014.

The group, which calls itself Rakyat Malaysia Tolak Konsert Liar ― or “Malaysians Against Wild Concerts” in Malay ― on its Facebook page, hit out at the organisers of the wine festival after one of its Muslim Facebook administrators received an email invitation to the event.

“You always argue that these events are only for non-Muslims, but their promotions are overboard,” the Muslim group complained on its Facebook page, which now has over 4,000 likes.

The group also posted a list of entertainment events that it describes as “wild” and condemns them daily.

“Not only does it say ‘Malaysia’, but also ‘biggest’, and it is held ‘outdoors’ too,” the group said of the wine event’s tagline, “Malaysia’s biggest outdoor wine fair”.

However, an advertisement on the wine fest made it clear the event was restricted. Participants are required to shell out RM83 for a one-day pass as a condition for entry.

The Malaysia Wine Fiesta will be held on November 1 and 2 at restaurant Ben’s in the Publika shopping centre in the national capital.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-oktoberfest-muslim-group-turns-scope-on-wine-fiesta#sthash.BJnmoJ3d.dpuf

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Civil groups boycott Yudhoyono’s democracy forum in Bali

08 Oct, 2014

Eleven of 14 civil society groups invited to join the Bali Civil Society Forum (BCSF), a side event at the annual intergovernmental Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), have rejected the invites and criticized President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as being unqualified to host the event.

Yudhoyono has come under pressure for allowing the passage of the Regional Elections (Pilkada) Law, which abolished direct local elections, although he later issued a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to reinstate direct local elections in response to a nationwide outcry.

It is the first time the BDF, which was initiated by Yudhoyono in 2008, has invited civil society organizations (CSOs) to join the event through the BCSF, scheduled to run from Tuesday to Thursday.

This year’s BDF will be the last for Yudhoyono, who is expected to leave office on Oct. 20.

Delegations from 81 countries, including six ministers, six deputy ministers, 61 officials and four international organizations, are expected to attend the forum on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/08/civil-groups-boycott-yudhoyono-s-democracy-forum-bali.html

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Ibrahim Ali was just defending Islam, Putrajaya says of bible burning threat

OCTOBER 8, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali was not hauled to court over his alleged threat to burn Malay-language bibles used by Christians as the police had concluded that the Perkasa president was merely defending Islam, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri said.

In a written parliamentary reply to DAP’s Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng, Nancy said yesterday that a police probe had found that Ibrahim’s statement was directed at individuals who had purportedly distributed bibles containing the word “Allah” to students, including the Malays, at Penang’s Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jelutong.

“The statement made by him was not intended to menimbulkan kekecohan agama (create religious chaos) but was only to defend the sanctity of Islam,” the minister in the prime minister’s department said when describing the police’s findings.

Nancy, who was replying on behalf of the prime minister, did not specify the content of the statement that Ibrahim had made.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/ibrahim-ali-was-just-defending-islam-putrajaya-says-of-bible-burning-threat#sthash.Bo0LO1gp.dpuf

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