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ISIS ‘School Of Jihad’ Trains Small Children How to Behead, Torture and Use AK-47s

 

 

 

 

 

 Rights activists say footage shows Isis 'cruelly robbing an untold number of young people of their childhood'

 

 

 

Arab World

ISIS ‘School Of Jihad’ Trains Small Children How to Behead, Torture and Use AK-47s

Iraqi Forces Kill 19 ISIL Terrorists in Babil

Saudi Arabia's Shias Fear They Are At Mercy of Region's Tumult

Massive US Airstrike Obliterated Jihadis' Emblem Flying On Hill above Kobane

Egyptian Christians feel safer, though Islamism still looms

ISIS jihadists gain ground in Iraq's Anbar

Lebanon says it won't accept more Syrian refugees

The Iraqi state: Chained to al-Maliki's legacy

34,000 Divorces in the Kingdom in a Year

 

Pakistan

Two Killed As JUI-F Chief Fazl Ur Rehman Escapes Suicide Attack in Quetta

MQM Lawmaker Says Time Has Come For a 'Mohajir' Province

Stop Bangladesh, urges Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami

War against rulers hasn’t ended, only front has changed: Tahir ul Qadr

‘Liberal fascists’ with Zia’s mindset in Karachi working against Sindhis, says Bilawal

Pak SC promises to interpret Articles 62, 63 for all times

‘N’-PTI fight for power affecting Pakhtuns: Awami National Party

Notices issued on MQM’s blasphemy plea against PPP leader

Iranian border guards fire mortar shells into Pakistani territory

Pakistan urges more transparency, openness in UNSC’s decision-making

 

India

Suicide Bombers May Board 2 AI Flights; Airports on High Alert

Pakistan’s Assembly Passes Resolution against ‘Indian Aggression’

2005 intel revealed Bangladesh radicals' plan for India: Wikileaks

Saradha funds deposited in Bangladesh’s Islami Bank?

 

South Asia

Maldives a “Land Of Sin”, Says Jihadist after Departing With Family for ISIS Territory

10 militants killed following an operation in Badakhshan province

Taliban militants kill five civilians in Nangarhar province

Infamous War criminal Ghulam finally escapes execution

Bangladesh PM to BNP: Touch a Single Person and See the Consequences

Protest due for Kabul against the alleged blasphemy

HRW: Bangladeshis among exploited domestic workers in UAE

 

Mideast

East of Kobane, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

Free Syrian Army Sends 1,300 Fighters to Join Kurds in Kobane

Three Kurdish militants killed in attack on Turkish power plant

Turkey wants global 'equality and justice': Deputy PM

Israel restricts access to Aqsa Mosque

Hamas, Islamic Jihad salute Jerusalem terror attack

Minister: ISIL Retreat from Baghdad Indebted to Iran

 

North America

Canadian Attacks Show North America At War With Jihad

Canada Attacks Follow Al Qaeda, Islamic State Instructions to the Tee

Muslims in Colorado on Lookout for ISIS Recruiting

'You have nothing to do with Islam': Canadian Muslim leaders condemn attacks

Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

Iraqi army starts to ‘act like one’: U.S.

Man with ‘Islamic extremist leanings’ attacks New York police

US: Ground offensive against IS months away in Iraq

 

Africa

Ghannouchi says 'Tunisia model' way to defeat IS

Nigeria truce shaky, no news of abducted girls

Murdered, seized and beaten – campaign launched for journalists in Libya

Ministry: Six dead as police storm besieged Tunisia house

 

Southeast Asia

Liberal Thinking Is Deviant Teaching, Says Malaysia’s Islamic Authority

Selangor Mufti: Dressing Dogs With Jubah, Turban an Insult to Muslims

Minister: Islam reveres all animals, but against code for Muslims to touch dogs

13 of 40 suspected terrorist prosecuted to date, say cops

 

Europe

UK Muslims criticize PM's Charity Commission proposals

Russian Muslims slam ban on Islamic books

France says air strikes take out weapons arsenal in Iraq

Belgium chocolate maker drops name ISIS

Growing use of drones in law enforcement may violate human rights, warns UN expert

Danish court frees 10 over PKK funding charges

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

ISIS ‘School Of Jihad’ Trains Small Children How to Behead, Torture and Use AK-47s

Adam Withnall, The Independent

24 October 2014

LONDON: Forced viewings of beheadings and torture, training with weapons almost as big as they are and daily lessons in extremist theology: if you're a boy growing up in ISIS-controlled territory across Syria and Iraq, the word education means something very different to the rest of the world.

Official ISIS media outlets are circulating videos and images which they claim show life in the "School of Jihad", where children under the age of 10 are encouraged to fire AK-47 rifles and acclimatized to the horrors of war.

As part of a series of propaganda releases created by Muassissat al-Furqan for the group's media wing, young children appear in videos that experts say are an attempt to show the "utopia" of the world under ISIS.

Yet what they actually portray has been described by a UN human rights council report as "a war crime" — the recruitment and military use of children under the age of 15.

One video has been titled on YouTube "Cubs of the Islamic State" — the name by which ISIS now refers to itself. A voice-over in Arabic boasts that these "cubs" are sure in their faith and in the auspices of ISIS.

Another clip posted as part of the "Messages from the Land of the Final Battles" series appears to be a graduation video.

It shows the new "School of Jihad" graduates lined up before a stage, listening to a speaker, while rows of adults who are thought to be their parents can be seen watching on.

The video has been produced by Al-I'tisaam Media, another official media wing of ISIS, which focusses on publicizing the kind of society created in the controlled territories. As with the former video, it has been interspersed with bloody and violent footage from the militants' operations in the field — the sorts of videos escaped children have said they are made to watch.

Though the precise time and location when the videos were shot cannot be independently verified, references to "Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham" suggest they pre-date 29 June, when the caliphate and rebranding were announced.

It is unknown why they have surfaced now — but they coincide with tweets from ISIS-linked social media accounts that claim to show "new graduates of Jihad School".

They come after the UN human rights council found that ISIS "has established training camps to recruit children into armed roles under the guise of education".

"At the camps, the children recruited received weapons training and religious education," the report reads. "The existence of such camps seems to indicate that ISIS systematically provides weapons training for children. Subsequently, they were deployed in active combat during military operations, including suicide-bombing missions."

Human rights activists condemned the videos as "deeply disturbing", showing ISIS's tendency to "imitate traditional institutions with their own 'courts' and 'schools'".

Kristyan Benedict, Amnesty International UK's campaign manager for Syria, said: "The sight of armed and masked men on stage 'educating' young boys is obviously a distressing one.

"These supposedly 'inspirational' videos are actually fresh evidence that ISIS is cruelly robbing an untold number of young people of their childhood, brainwashing them and almost certainly exposing them to terrible dangers.

"Children should never be involved in the fighting in Syria and Iraq — or anywhere else for that matter — even if they volunteer, and even if they're acting in an auxiliary capacity such as delivering messages or other non-combat tasks.

"International law clearly prohibits the deployment of child soldiers and where ISIS have used under-age fighters it's just one more crime to add to the charge-sheet against them."

Charlie Winter, a spokesperson for the anti-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, said: "It is unsurprising that (ISIS) has included footage of children — be it of them firing rifles or learning theology — in the lands that it occupies.

"It is just another part of (ISIS) trying to portray itself as a utopian manifestation of the salafi-jihadist ideology."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/ISIS-School-of-Jihad-trains-small-children-how-to-behead-torture-and-use-AK-47s/articleshow/44919220.cms?

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Iraqi Forces Kill 19 ISIL Terrorists in Babil

24 October 2014

The Iraqi security forces backed by the volunteers killed 19 terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during a wide-scale military operation in Babil province.

The security forces surrounded the ISIL terrorists in al-Hujair area of Jurf al-Sakhar sub-district in Northern Babil province, and killed 19 of them on Wednesday.

Three vehicles belonging to the ISIL terrorists were also burned during the military operation, a source in Babil province police said.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930801000760

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Saudi Arabia's Shias fear they are at mercy of region's tumult

October 24, 2014

RIYADH: The Shia Muslim minority in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have long felt marginalised by the Sunni ruling dynasty, and protests for greater rights as part of the 2011 Arab Spring brought a crackdown on both protesters and demands for reform.

But now, death sentences for three Shia Muslims including a prominent dissident cleric suggest that the region’s wider turmoil is further hardening attitudes toward the sect at home.

The news has not triggered the sort of clashes that left three people dead after the arrest of the cleric, Sheikh Nimr al Nimr, in 2012, but it did lead to consecutive nights of protests for the first time in months.

It also prompted a warning from Iran, the regional Shia power that Riyadh accuses of fomenting unrest among its Shias, and that is vying with Saudi Arabia’s Sunni rulers for influence in conflicts raging from Lebanon to Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain and, most acutely, Syria.

“There is nothing formal, but when they are angry about Iran, their doubts over Shias increase, and sectarian sentiments rise as well.

It certainly affects policy making and behaviour,” said Tawfiq al Seif, a Shia community leader in Qatif, one of the two main centres of the sect in Saudi Arabia, along with al Ahsa.

Saudi Shias, long regarded by the kingdom’s official Wahhabi Sunni school as heretics, have for decades been tarred by many compatriots as more loyal to their coreligionists across the Gulf than to the Saudi ruling dynasty.

Protests in Qatif in 2011 and 2012 were dismissed by the government as instigated by a ‘foreign power’, code for Iran, and Nimr was accused of serving Iranian interests.

The demonstrators and Iran both denied the accusation. But the encouragement of such protests by Iranian media, and comments such as one last week by a general in Iran’s Basij militia that Nimr’s execution would make the world into “a hell” for the dynasty, do nothing to allay Saudi fears that Iran is fomenting Shia unrest not only in Saudi Arabia but also in Yemen and Bahrain.

CRACKDOWN ON MILITANTS

It is notable that during the years from 1993-2006, when Saudi Shias felt the government in Riyadh was most amenable to addressing what they see as entrenched discrimination, Iran appeared less determined to square up to the Al Saud dynasty.

Saudi authorities say they do not discriminate against Shias and that their security and judicial treatment is the same as for Sunnis. It is also true that the crackdown on dissent since the Arab Spring has also targeted Sunni groups committed to the cause of militant rule.

But that, too, has Shias worried. Some argue that the Al Saud are taking a tougher position against Shia activists as a message to the Sunni majority that its crackdown against militants is not aimed exclusively at Sunnis.

“The government is appearing as if it’s heavy-handed against Sunni militants. There are a lot of sections of Saudi society who find that very puzzling and unacceptable,” said Madawi al Rasheed, visiting professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, and a critic of the Saudi dynasty.

The Al Saud have always depended on conservative Sunnis as the foundation of their support in a country where tribal and regional divisions still linger, and where there are no elections to provide democratic legitimacy.

But while Riyadh has backed relatively moderate Sunni rebel groups fighting Iranian-backed governments in Iraq and Syria, it has also joined air strikes against the fundamentalist Islamic State and aided Egypt’s military in its crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Unlike four Shias sentenced to death so far for throwing petrol bombs at police during the 2011 protests, Nimr was not  accused of active violence, except for allegedly ordering his driver to ram a police car while fleeing.

Instead, he was convicted of a range of political crimes such as inciting people to disobey the ruler, calling for the overthrow of the government, inciting riots in the neighbouring Sunni-ruled monarchy of Bahrain, and denouncing the judiciary.

Other offences were bound up with Shia beliefs, such as inciting sectarian sedition by defaming early Muslim figures who are revered by Sunnis but reviled by Shia. “The death sentence for Nimr is very important at this point because it shows Saudis that they are not letting the Shia get away with protests,” said Rasheed.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/780459/saudi-arabias-shias-fear-they-are-at-mercy-of-regions-tumult/

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Massive US Airstrike Obliterated Jihadis' Emblem Flying On Hill above Kobane

24 October 2014

The Islamic State's black jihadist flag has been obliterated in a devastating airstrike by American forces on a Kobane hillside controlled by the militant group.

In a series of images, what appears to be an ISIS militant can first be seen standing by the flag on Tilsehir hill near the Turkish border - after the terrorist group seized control of the strategically important hilltop 4km west of the town.

Just moments later the hillside erupts into flames as the man flees for his life - and the fighter appears to stand his ground against the ferocious power of the weapon, although whether it is indeed a militant has not yet been confirmed.

The images have emerged as American and Arab jets launched fresh attacks on ISIS positions in the north of Kobane - with pyrotechnic tracer ammunition lighting up the night sky and coalition warplanes destroying ISIS-held buildings with a barrage of air-to-surface missiles.

The terrorist group was thought to have been pushed out of the centre of the besieged Syrian city after hundreds of brave Kurdish resistance fighters coordinated fierce street battles with coalition bombing raids - forcing the well-equipped jihadis to retreat into the outskirts of Kobane.

The pictures were captured at Yumurtalik village, in Sanliurfa province.

Earlier the flag was still visible in Kobane - despite Kurdish territorial gains and weeks of sustained airstrikes by American and Arab warplanes.

It could clearly still be seen inside city, raised over a multi-storey building just a few hundred feet away from where the yellow, triangular flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) was seen fluttering above a largely destroyed housing complex.

The chilling image of the ISIS flag still flying in Kobane emerged as lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region authorized peshmerga forces to cross into neighboring Syria to help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State militants in the city, providing much-needed boots on the ground.

The unprecedented deployment will almost certainly depend on the support of Turkey, whose president criticized a U.S. airdrop of arms to Kurdish fighters after some of the weapons wound up in the hands of the extremists.

Turkey, which has riled Kurdish leaders and frustrated Washington by refusing to allow fighters or weapons into Kobane, said this week it would help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to help their brethren against the militants, who also are being attacked by a U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes.

But it is not clear how many fighters will be allowed in or whether they will be allowed to carry enough weapons to make an impact.

The Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become a major focal point in the war against the Islamic State group, with Kurdish populations in both countries coming under significant threat by the militants' lightning advance.

Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, the outgoing commander of NATO's Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, said the Turks have agreed to open up 'a land bridge of sorts' so that the Peshmerga can get into Kobane to help with the fighting there.

'It seems to me that between the United States, Turkey and other countries, they are figuring out what is permissible to make sure that ISIL is not successful and that it is something that Turkey can live with,' he added, using an acronym for the group.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2805203/Taking-black-flag-ISIS-extraordinary-moment-airstrike-completely-obliterates-hill-controlled-jihadis-stunning-display-firepower.html#ixzz3H2wCrI8t

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Egyptian Christians feel safer, though Islamism still looms

24 October 2014

Cairo, Egypt, Oct 23, 2014 / 08:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While problems still exist, Christians in Egypt feel “much safer” under the presidency of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a former military officer who played a key role in the coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013, a Catholic official said.

“The mood has improved considerably. The security situation is getting better. There is greater stability,” Father Rafik Greiche, press officer for the Egyptian bishops' conference, told Aid to the Church in Need Oct. 21.

“Christians feel a lot safer. They are going to church without feeling threatened as they did under President Morsi … In all, a more peaceful atmosphere is being created.”

A 2011 revolution, part of the Arab Spring, had overthrown Hosni Mubarak, a military officer who had been Egypt's president since 1981. The following year Morsi, of the Islamist movement the Muslim Brotherhood, became the first democratically elected Egyptian president.

Full report at:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/egyptian-christians-feel-safer-though-islamism-still-looms-79173/

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ISIS jihadists gain ground in Iraq's Anbar

 23 October 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group gained ground west of Baghdad Thursday, further reducing the government's already-shaky hold on Anbar province, officials said.

"The Albu Nimr area fell completely into the hand of (IS) members," Ghazi Najras, an Anbar MP, said in reference to the tract on the Euphrates River and east of the town of Heet, which fell last week.

Clashes began early Thursday and lasted until about 10:00 am (0700 GMT), police Colonel Shaban al-Obaidi said.

The militants then detained more than 60 people, including security forces members, the officer said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/10/23/ISIS-jihadists-gain-ground-in-Iraq-s-Anbar-.html

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Lebanon says it won't accept more Syrian refugees

24 October 2014

Lebanon announced on Thursday it will not accept any more refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria, except in what authorities deem to be "exceptional" cases - a move that could prevent tens of thousands of Syrians from escaping the civil war.

Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said Lebanon can simply not handle any more refugees.

The tiny Mediterranean country has 1.1 million officially registered Syrian refugees, although the number is believed to be far higher. They make up almost a quarter of the country's population of 5 million.

The refugees have stretched the country's already fragile infrastructure and compete with Lebanon's poorest for low-paid jobs, causing tensions. Tens of thousands of Syrian children are out of school because there is nowhere to place them.

The Syrian refugees already in Lebanon would be encouraged to leave, said Jreij.

The government would "encourage the displaced Syrians ... to return to their countries, or go to other countries, by all means," he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/24/Lebanon-says-it-won-t-accept-more-Syrian-refugees.html

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The Iraqi state: Chained to al-Maliki's legacy

24 October 2014

Shortly before he stepped down as prime minister under growing threats from the Islamic State (IS) terror group and increasing political instability, Iraq's former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki appointed several of his operatives to key government posts.

Among the last minute reshuffles was naming his chief of staff as the new governor of the country’s Central Bank and his secretary as the new head of the cabinet office. Al-Maliki, who had staffed government and security forces posts with cronies during his tenure, also reportedly named another partisan as the new head of the state-owned Iraqi Media Network.

Moreover, al-Maliki, who ended his term without a budget approved by parliament for the years 2014 and 2015, allegedly left his successor, Haidar al-Abadi, taking over the reins with empty coffers due to unchecked overspending and rampant corruption.

Though al-Maliki was appointed vice-president in the political deal that made him step aside, he has refused to give up his prime ministerial offices in one of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s former presidential palaces in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113763/World/Region/The-Iraqi-state-Chained-to-alMalikis-legacy.aspx

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34,000 divorces in the Kingdom in a year

24 October 2014

RIYADH — There were 33,954 divorce cases in the Kingdom in 2014, the Justice Ministry announced on Thursday. The ministry, according to a local newspaper, said there were 434 khula cases (where the woman returns the dowry to the husband and relinquishes alimony rights in exchange for a divorce). According to the statistics, during the same period a total of11,817 marriages took place. The ministry said the divorces increased by 8,371 cases over the previous year. It said Makkah Province, with 9,954 divorces, tops all the other provinces while Jeddah (5,306) tops all cities. It said the khula cases in Makkah region reached 405, an increase of 375 cases over the previous year. According to the ministry, there was not a single khula case in Riyadh, Najran, Hail or Tabuk last year.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141024222174

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Pakistan

 

Two Killed As JUI-F Chief Fazl Ur Rehman Escapes Suicide Attack in Quetta

24 October 2014

QUETTA: At least two people were killed and dozens injured Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) rally in Quetta, police said.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman remained unhurt in the attack, which targeted his bullet-proof vehicle.

Banned militant group Jundallah has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eyewitnesses said the blast took place as thousands of JUI-F supporters left the venue at the end of the rally, which was held in honour of Mufti Mehmood at the Sadiq Shaheed stadium.

Inspector General Police Muhammad Amlaish Khan told Dawn that the suicide bomber tried to climb over the vehicle of Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

"The bomber blew himself up when he failed to climb the vehicle and was stopped by JUI workers,” he said.

He said that owing to strict security measures, the suicide bomber failed to enter into the venue of the public meeting.

According to the bomb disposal squad, six to eight kilogram explosives were used in the attack. Police took body parts of the suicide bomber into their possession as investigation into the incident went underway.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139862/two-killed-as-jui-f-chief-fazlur-rehman-escapes-suicide-attack-in-quetta

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MQM lawmaker says time has come for a 'Mohajir' province

24 October 2014

KARACHI: During a session of the Sindh Assembly on Friday, a lawmaker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said the time had come for a separate province for 'Mohajirs'.

"The Urdu-speaking people of Sindh are subject to discrimination therefore we demand a separate province for them," MQM MPA Kamran Akhter said on the floor of the assembly.

Akhter alleged that merit was not the criteria during the examination conducted for the Sindh Public Service Commission, adding that at least 8,000 students had dropped out as a result of the Centralised Admission Policy.

He claimed that he was representing the people's call for a separate province for the Urdu-speaking population of Sindh.

Akhter's statements come after the MQM parted ways with the PPP-led governments in Sindh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well as Gilgit-Baltistan. The party chose to quit the alliance with PPP following statements from Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari targeting MQM chief Altaf Hussain as well as the Karachi-based party large.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1140085/mqm-lawmaker-says-time-has-come-for-a-mohajir-province

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Stop Bangladesh, urges Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami

24 October 2014

Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan has urged Muslim world to stop Bangladesh from taking “illegal actions” against Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

Pakistan Jamaat chief Siraj-ul-Haq made the call on Thursday night, immediately after the demise of ex-Bangladesh Jamaat Ameer and convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam.

Mastermind of many notorious war crimes of Bangladesh's [the then East Pakistan] 1971 Liberation War with Pakistan, the former Jamaat-e-Islami chief died of cardiac arrest at 10:10pm Thursday. He had been suffering from several old age complications.

After the death of the war crimes convict sentenced with 90 years of imprisonment, the organisation mourned for him.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/south-asia/2014/oct/24/stop-bangladesh-urges-pakistan-jamaat#sthash.PDZKIrdl.dpuf

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War against rulers hasn’t ended, only front has changed: Tahirul Qadr

24 October 2014

PESHAWAR/ABBOTTABAD: Two days after calling off a two-month-long anti-government sit-in in Islamabad, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri said that the “war” continues but the “commander” has changed the front to achieve the objectives of “Revolution sit-in”.

Addressing a public meeting the PAT chief said he was not going home but would travel from city to city, “which will take away the sleep of the rulers”. He rejected the impression of an under-hand deal with the government for his sudden decision to end the sit-in in the Red Zone of the capital and said had it been so, people would not have come to his meeting in large numbers. Qadri reasoned on Thursday that he could not spread the “message of revolution” across Pakistan if he continued holding the Islamabad sit-in.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/24-Oct-2014/war-against-rulers-hasn-t-ended-only-front-has-changed-qadri

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‘Liberal fascists’ with Zia’s mindset in Karachi working against Sindhis, says Bilawal

24 October 2014

LARKANA: A ceremony was held at the Bhuttos’ mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh Bhutto to mark the third death anniversary of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.

Speaking at the ceremony, her grandson and Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari paid homage to the former first lady and lauded her role in helping her spouse, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in forming the country’s most popular party.

He said Begum Bhutto had not only strived for democracy but also stood against dictatorship and dictators.

She had struggled to keep the PPP intact during the dictatorial rule with bravery and boldness, he said, adding that she also wrote the history of MRD (Movement for the Restoration of Democracy).

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139904/liberal-fascists-with-zias-mindset-in-karachi-working-against-sindhis-says-bilawal

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Pak SC promises to interpret Articles 62, 63 for all times

24 October 2014

ISLAMABAD: In a forceful observation, the Supreme Court said on Thursday it would interpret Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution, with no concern for whether “one member goes home or half the parliament”. Both articles lay down the qualifications and disqualifications for becoming a member of parliament.

“We are not bothered whether one member, or ten, or half of the parliament has to go, we will decide the matter before us,” observed Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja.

He is heading a two-judge bench that is hearing three identical petitions, filed by Gohar Nawaz Sindhu, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Ishaq Khakwani and PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. All three seek the prime minister’s disqualification for his allegedly false statement, made on the floor of the National Assembly on Aug 29, saying that the government did not ask the army chief to mediate or become a guarantor between the government and the protesting parties in a bid to end their sit-in on Constitution Avenue.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139988/sc-promises-to-interpret-articles-62-63-for-all-times

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‘N’-PTI fight for power affecting Pakhtuns: Awami National Party

24 October 2014

MARDAN: Provincial president of Awami National Party Ameer Haider Hoti said on Thursday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had been fighting for power in Punjab, which was affecting the wellbeing of Pakhtuns of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He was speaking at the party workers convention at PK-23 here. ANP district president Himayatullah presided over the convention, which was also attended by MPA Ahmad Khan Bahadar, Arshid Khan and Latifur Rahman.

Mr Hoti said that they would not accept the upper hand of Punjab and Sindh provinces without getting due rights for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He claimed that decisions about the future of KP people were being made at Banigala in Islamabad.

He said that retired Justice Fakharudin G Ibrahim was the chief election commissioner for the whole country except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsood did the same job here in the last general elections.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1140036/n-pti-fight-for-power-affecting-pakhtuns-hoti

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Notices issued on MQM’s blasphemy plea against PPP leader

24 October 2014

KARACHI: A sessions court issued notices to the police on an application seeking the registration of a case under the blasphemy law against Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah till Oct 28.

Dr Laila Parveen of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement along with eight other applicants through their counsel moved the application under Section 22-A of the criminal procedure code and contended that on Oct 17 during his visit to Bagh-i-Jinnah, near the mausoleum of the Quaid-i-Azam, Mr Shah stated that the word ‘Muhajir’ was an expletive.

They argued that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), most prophets, Khulfa-i-Rashideen and Sahaba-i-Karam had migrated from one city to another while the word ‘Muhajir’ was cited with great respect in the Quran.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139909/notices-issued-on-mqms-blasphemy-plea-against-ppp-leader

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Iranian border guards fire mortar shells into Pakistani territory

October 24, 2014

QUETTA: Iranian border guards fired at least six mortar shells into Pakistani territory in the early hours of Friday. However, no loss of life was reported in the explosions.

“Iranian border guards fired four mortars at 4:00am on Friday which landed and exploded in open areas in Mashkail,” Assistant Commissioner Mashkail Asghar Syapad told The Express Tribune.

The explosions rocked the Mashkail town and startled locals. However, the back-to-back explosions did not claim any lives and has caused no damage to property said the commissioner.

Security forces and Levies personnel have arrived at the site of the explosions.

In retaliation, Pakistani security forces fired two mortar shells towards the Iranian border, sources said. However, there have been no reports of mortar attacks in Iran.

This is the fourth occasion that Iranian border guards have violated the Pakistani border over the past one week.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/780467/iranian-border-guards-fire-mortar-shells-into-pakistani-territory/

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Pakistan urges more transparency, openness in UNSC’s decision-making

24 October 2014

NEW YORK - Pakistan has stressed the need for greater openness, transparency and inclusion in the UN Security Council’s decision-making process so as to enhance it’s efficiency and effectiveness.

“The UN members sitting outside the council have high stakes in its - council's - decisions,” Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, told the 15-member council during a debate on its working methods on Thursday.

The primary purpose of the council, he pointed out, was to maintain international peace and security and to take decisions in this regard in an efficient and effective manner.

The Pakistani envoy said that the council was perhaps the most efficient body in the UN, but its effectiveness still needed improvement. The ambassador welcomed progress in openness and communication that had taken place in the past several years, but was awaiting full implementation of all related decisions.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/24-Oct-2014/pakistan-urges-more-transparency-openness-in-unsc-s-decision-making

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India

 

Suicide Bombers May Board 2 AI Flights; Airports on High Alert

Ahmedabad Mirror | Oct 24, 2014

AHMEDABAD: If you are boarding a flight from the city airport on Friday or Saturday be prepared for increased security checks. Ahmedabad and Mumbai airports have been put on a high alert following an intelligence input which states that suicide bombers will try to board two Air India flights in the wee hours on Saturday. As per the letter from Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) headquarters in New Delhi, a copy of which Ahmedabad Mirror has access to, suicide bombers could board Air India's Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kochi flights scheduled for early morning departure on Saturday.

"An input received says: Air India flight on the midnight of October 24 (early morning of October 25) from Ahmedabad to Mumbai and early morning flight from Mumbai to Kochi on 25th morning at 0500 hrs. Suicide bomber in each flight separately. Please check thoroughly," reads the letter. "Secondary security checks may be carried out at Ahmedabad and Mumbai airports for all flights around the concerned dates," adds the letter forwarded to concerned officials on October 22 by regional deputy commissioner of security (Civil Aviation), Ahmedabad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Suicide-bombers-may-board-2-AI-flights-Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Kochi-airports-on-high-alert/articleshow/44922777.cms

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Pakistan’s Assembly passes resolution against ‘Indian aggression’

24 October 2014

Pakistan’s parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution against the alleged “unprovoked and indiscriminate” ceasefire violations by India and asked the government to seek UN intervention to resolve the Kashmir issue.

The resolution, moved by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, stated that the National Assembly condemned Indian ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB).

It strongly condemned unprovoked and indiscriminate ceasefire violations by India on LoC and IB resulting into loss of human and material losses.

13 Pakistani nationals have been killed in exchange of fire since September 13.

It called upon the Government that while pursuing bilateral dialogue with India, the issue should be raised at the UN and with the international community urging them to play their role in resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan’s military was capable of responding to all aggression. He said that India was mistaken if it thought Pakistan’s internal issued could be used to its advantage.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/pakistans-assembly-passes-resolution-against-indian-aggression/#sthash.1QXjD71s.dpuf

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2005 intel revealed Bangladesh radicals' plan for India: Wikileaks

TNN | Oct 24, 2014

GUWAHATI: The Indian government had intelligence inputs way back in 2005 about radicals from Bangladesh infiltrating into the country with a strategic, long-term plans to provide support to various insurgent groups like the Ulfa and making West Bengal as the launching pad to spread their operations, Wikileaks has revealed.

The released cables, which originated from Kolkata on Deecmber 16, 2005, contain only part of the original cable. It states, "The (Indian) authorities are concerned that these elements (radical Islamists) have a strategic, long-term plans to take advantage of the porous border to infiltrate India and provide support to insurgent groups."

The cable quoting a former deputy director of RAW and former senior police officials of West Bengal said the police had information from unnamed sources that weapons for use by Ulfa were brought in through the Bangladesh-India border. "Once inside India, radicals are able to gain influence in border communities, provide support to insurgent movements and use West Bengal as a launching pad to move within India or to travel internationally."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/2005-intel-revealed-Bangladesh-radicals-plan-for-India-Wikileaks/articleshow/44921152.cms

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Saradha funds deposited in Bangladesh’s Islami Bank?

Jayanta Gupta,TNN | Oct 24, 2014

KOLKATA: Was a portion of the Saradha deposits parked in the Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd?

There are allegations that this bank, now being probed by the government of Bangladesh for suspected funding of jihad, was also involved in money laundering.

Amid reports that Saradha funds have found their way to outfits such as the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), investigators in India are trying to find out if these were routed through the Islami Bank.

"There are indications that some top officials of the Islami Bank have links with people in Kolkata who have subsequent links with the Saradha scam. The name of this bank came up while trying to trace the money trail. There are some financial institutions operated by this bank that are also being probed by the home ministry in Bangladesh for funding in terror activities. The government of Bangladesh had sought a report from the Islami Bank on how it disbursed funds," a source in the Enforcement Directorate said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Saradha-funds-deposited-in-Bangladeshs-Islami-Bank/articleshow/44919983.cms

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South Asia

 

Maldives a “land of sin”, says jihadist after departing with family for ISIS territory

24 October 2014

A Maldivian is believed to have travelled to ISIS held territory for jihad with his wife, mother, and 10-year-old sister after describing the Maldives as an apostate nation.

Local media reported a that 23-year-old Ahsan Ibrahim from Raa Atoll Meedhoo, who left for the capital Malé with his mother for healthcare is now believed to have flown to Turkey via Dubai.

While speaking to Haveeru, Ahsan’s father Ibrahim Ali said that he spent 18 days worried about the lack of communication from his family after they left for Malé. He then received a Viber message from his son saying they were abroad, and refused to allow Ibrahim speak to his wife.

“My son texted via Viber and said they were now under the care of IS [Islamic State], and that he wouldn’t return to this land of sin,” said Ibrahim.

Ibrahim said that he had requested Meedhoo Island Council’s assistance, and with their help found out that the family had flown to Turkey via Dubai.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/maldives-a-land-of-sin-says-jihadist-after-departing-with-family-for-isis-territory-90597

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10 militants killed following an operation in Badakhshan province

24 October 2014

At least ten anti-government armed militants were killed following an operation in northeastern Badakhshan province.

According to local government officials, the operation was conducted late Wednesday night in Drayam district.

Provincial police spokesman, Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai said the operation was conducted after the local residents asked the Afghan security forces to clear the area from the militants.

Ahmadzai further added that several compounds belonging to anti-government armed militants were also destroyed following the operation.

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

Bdakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups have increased to their insurgency activities during the recent months.

http://www.khaama.com/10-militants-killed-following-an-operation-in-badakhshan-province-8669

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Taliban militants kill five civilians in Nangarhar province

24 October 2014

At least five civilians were killed after a group of Taliban militants opened fire on a civilian car in eastern Nangarhar province.

According to local security officials, the incident took place early Friday in Khogyani district.

Provincial police spokesman, Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal said the militants opened fire on a civilian vehicle which was travelling through Khogyani district.

Mashriqwal confirmed that five civilians were killed and two others were injured following the attack.

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

Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.

http://www.khaama.com/taliban-militants-kill-five-civilians-in-nangarhar-province-8673

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Infamous War criminal Ghulam finally escapes execution

24 October 2014

Convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam, 92, finally escaped execution as he died naturally last night at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Mastermind of many notorious war crimes of the 1971 Liberation War, the former Jamaat-e-Islami chief died of cardiac arrest at 10:10pm, BSMMU Director Brig Gen (retd) Abdul Majid Bhuiyan told reporters around 11:55pm coming out from the cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Ghulam Azam had been on life support at the ICU. He had been suffering from several old age complications.

Before the announcement, there was confusion throughout the evening over his health condition. Senior Jail Superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail Md Forman Ali told reporters around 11:30pm that Ghulam was on life support. However, the war criminal’s family members claimed that he had died around 9:30pm.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/oct/24/infamous-ghulam-finally-escapes-excution#sthash.qcY9zR4W.dpuf

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Bangladesh PM to BNP: Touch a Single Person And See The Consequences

24 October 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned that the BNP and its allies will face harsh consequences if they harm people in the name of movement.

She made the remark during a media conference at her official residence Gonobhobon in the capital yesterday, organised to make the outcomes of her recent visit to Italy public.

Referring to what she said were “killings” by the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance in the name of resisting the January 5 election, Hasina said: “We were going through a transition at that time [January]. An interim government was in power. They [BNP-Jamaat alliance] will not be able to do what they did back then. I can give that assurance to the people of the country. Just let them harm a single person of my country [and they will see what happens].”

Assuring that the government would stand beside them, the premier urged the people of the country to resist anyone who tried to “create mayhem.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/oct/24/hasina-touch-single-person-and-see-consequences#sthash.CJW9BOES.dpuf

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Protest due for Kabul against the alleged blasphemy

24 October 2014

A demonstration is due to take place in capital Kabul on Friday against the alleged blasphemy by an online English newspaper.

According to reports, the demonstration has been organization by a number of the religious clerics to protest against a blasphemous article which was published by Afghanistan Express newspaper.

The demonstration will be organized in Eidgah mosque on Friday afternoon.

This comes as the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah instructed the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Information and Culture on Tuesday to arrest the staff of the newspaper for publishing blasphemous article.

The newspaper issued a statement after the article sparked rage among the religious leaders, civil society activists and former Jihadi leaders, saying that the story was mistakenly published.

The article published by The Afghanistan Express had reportedly insulted to Allah, Prophet Muhammad and religion of Islam.

http://www.khaama.com/protest-due-for-kabul-against-the-alleged-blasphemy-8671

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HRW: Bangladeshis among exploited domestic workers in UAE

24 October 2014

Bangladeshi migrant workers, along with thousand others from Asian and African countries, are victims of rampant torture, exploitation and force labour in the United Arab Emirates.

A report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday shed light on the situation of female domestic workers in UAE, which is about to take up an influential new role in the International Labour Organisation.

The 79-page report titled “I Already Bought You’: Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates” documents how the country’s visa sponsorship system and the lack of labour law protections leave migrant domestic workers exposed to abuse.

The report is based on interviews that HRW conducted with a total of 99 female domestic workers in the UAE in November and December 2013. They described a range of serious abuses that migrant domestic workers suffer.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2014/oct/24/hrw-bangladeshis-among-exploited-domestic-workers-uae#sthash.eeuRiOAx.dpuf

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Mideast

 

East of Kobane, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

24 October 2014

Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighbouring Syrian territory.

Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells.

But life has got easier in the southeastern Turkish town since Islamic State took charge over the border in Tel Abyad in January. Residents say they make better neighbours even though they have no sympathy for the militants' cause.

"No more gun fire, no more chaos. I know it will sound bizarre but I'd rather have Islamic State on the border than the Free Syrian Army (FSA)," Mustafa Kaymaz, 35, a shopkeeper in said as he pointed towards the border gate.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113789/World/Region/East-of-Kobane,-Turkish-town-appreciates-peace-bro.aspx

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Free Syrian Army Sends 1,300 Fighters to Join Kurds in Kobane

24 October 2014

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that 1,300 Free Syrian Army fighters would join Kurds in defending the key Syrian border town of Kobane from an assault by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.

The Syrian Kurds have "accepted 1,300 people from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and they are holding talks to determine the transit route," Erdogan told reporters in Estonia's capital Tallinn.

Kurdish fighters have been battling ISIS with the help of air-strikes carried out by U.S.-led coalition warplanes.

The FSA on Thursday said they were sending a force to Kobane to support Kurdish fighters.

There is an estimated 2,000 Kurdish fighters inside Kobane holding out against ISIS militants over the past several weeks.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/24/FSA-sends-forces-to-help-Kurdish-fighters-in-Kobane.html

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Three Kurdish militants killed in attack on Turkish power plant

24 October 2014

DIYARBAKIR - Turkish soldiers killed three Kurdish militants who were part of a group that attacked a power plant in the eastern province of Kars, Turkish sources said on Friday.

Fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) set fire to two vehicles and a cabin at the plant in Kagizman district, and shot at soldiers who returned fire, the general staff said in a statement on its website.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Three-Kurdish-militants-killed-in-attack-on-Turkish-power-plant-379723

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Turkey wants global 'equality and justice': Deputy PM

24 October 2014

 "We need a new world order based on equality and justice", Turkish deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus stated Friday.

Delivering a wide-ranging speech at third Turk-Arab Youth Congress in Istanbul, Kurtulmus said that the Islamic world still suffered from the “unequal” system built after the First and Second World Wars.

Kurtulmus said the region's borders had been drawn in straight edges. Although today's most-regarded institutions, like the U.N., were established by certain members “to bring peace to world” they had all failed, Kurtulmus added.

Kurtulmus said that the new post-Cold War world order had failed in achieving disarmament and in humanitarian development.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/turkey-wants-global-equality-and-justice-deputy-pm/146959/turkey-wants-global-equality-and-justice-deputy-pm

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Israel restricts access to Aqsa Mosque

World Bulletin/News Desk

24 October 2014

Israeli police imposed fresh restrictions on access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem on Friday, amid tension in the holy city following the shooting of a Palestinian driver who allegedly ran over several Israelis.

Only male worshippers aged 40 and above and women of all ages were allowed into the holy site, according to eyewitnesses.

Israeli police were seen deployed in Jerusalem's Old City and at the Aqsa Mosque gates ahead of the weekly Friday prayers.

Tension mounted in East Jerusalem since Wednesday, when Israeli police shot a Palestinian driver who allegedly ran over several Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem.

A three-month-old baby was reportedly killed and eight people injured in the incident. The driver subsequently died in a hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/146934/israel-restricts-access-to-aqsa-mosque

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad salute Jerusalem terror attack

24 October 2014

Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed Wednesday’s terrorist act by an east Jerusalem resident who rammed his car into a crowd of commuters at a light rail station, killing a three-month old infant and injuring seven others.

“The attack in Jerusalem is an act of heroism and a natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy places,” said Mushir al-Masri, a senior Hamas spokesperson.

“The attack in Jerusalem is a natural response to what is taking place in the city, given the harassment and overall attacks of Judaization affecting our holy places and Muslims,” said another Hamas official, Salah Baradwil.

Hamas warned that the latest developments may augur the next "Palestinian intifada in Jerusalem."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-Islamic-Jihad-salute-Jerusalem-terror-attack-threaten-new-Palestinian-intifada-in-capital-379619

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Minister: ISIL Retreat from Baghdad Indebted to Iran

24 October 2014

Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati underlined Iran's all-out fight against terrorists, saying that the country's aid to Iraq helped stop the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists' march on Baghdad.

"Had there been no support by Iran, the ISIL terrorists would have entered Baghdad by now," Jannati said, addressing a group of Kuwaiti lawmakers, ulemma and university professors in Kuwait City on Wednesday.

He underlined that the Iran-Iraq joint efforts, specially Tehran's cooperation with the new Iraqi government, resulted in thwarting the terrorist acts, and expressed the hope that the Iraqi government could fully get rid of the foreign-backed terrorists.

The Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance reiterated that the most important challenge facing the region at present is extremism in Iraq and Syria, and said, "The same countries that supported terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria have now formed the anti-ISIL front. But this coalition will surely fail to destroy the terrorists and the ISIL in Northern Iraq and Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930730001429

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North America

 

Canadian Attacks Show North America At War With Jihad

Investor's Business Daily

24 October 2014

Global Jihad: The terrorist shooting near Canada's Parliament isn't the act of a "lone wolf," as the media have reported. It's part of a broader conspiracy — a jihadist insurrection against North America.

And the sooner authorities on both sides of the border start treating it as such; the sooner we'll defeat this growing threat.

Two Muslims killed two Canadian soldiers within two days of each other, bringing to four the number of deadly jihadist attacks by Muslim fanatics on North American soil in recent months.

After learning the Parliament shooter, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was the sole shooter, Canadian officials concluded he was not part of a larger terrorist operation.

But just two days before Muslim convert Zehaf-Bibeau pumped four bullets into a reserve soldier standing guard at a Montreal war memorial, another Muslim convert, Martin Couture-Rouleau, rammed his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one. He told a 911 operator he was acting in the name of Allah.

Full report at:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/102314-723278-canadian-attacks-show-north-america-at-war-with-jihad.htm#ixzz3H2r3ZZVu

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Canada Attacks Follow Al Qaeda, Islamic State Instructions to the Tee

24 October 2014

PARIS:  While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group to the letter.

The country was left reeling Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier and stormed parliament in Ottawa, just two days after another suspected Islamist militant ran over two military personnel with his car in Quebec, killing one.

These deadly acts appear to follow what Al Qaeda has been preaching for years through articles or videos posted online, calling on recruits and volunteers to go it alone without specific orders or training.

Members of the group founded by Osama bin Laden had always been scattered across parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan among other nations and were the regular target of US drone attacks, making it hard to group together all those who wanted to volunteer for jihad.

As a result, in late 2010, the English-language jihadist magazine Inspire, published from Yemen by American Muslim convert Adam Gadahn -- known as "Azzam the American" -- lauded individual jihad.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/canada-attacks-follow-al-qaeda-islamic-state-instructions-to-the-tee-611162

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Muslims in Colorado on Lookout for ISIS Recruiting

24 October 2014

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s Muslim community is helping in the FBI by being on the lookout for ISIS attempting to recruit young people after three teenage girls from Aurora have been accused of trying to join the organization in Syria.

The girls’ boarded a plane last week and were stopped in Germany. They are now they back in Colorado.

Many in the community are praying for the girls as neighbours say they are smart, polite and friendly. They say their parents are hard workers.

The girls’ trip ended in Germany when officials there were alerted by U.S. authorities about the trio travelling alone.

Full report at:

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/10/23/muslims-in-colorado-on-lookout-for-isis-recruiting/

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'You have nothing to do with Islam': Canadian Muslim leaders condemn attacks

24 October 2014

Leaders and members of the Muslim community say their hearts are heavy after two separate attacks on military members in Ottawa and a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

They held a press conference at the Human Rights Monument before talking a solemn walk to the Cenotaph where they laid a wreath in honour of both Corporal Nathan Cirillo, killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, killed outside of Montreal.

National Council of Canadian Muslims director Ishaan Gardee brought with him a strong message at the event.

"To anyone who believes in violent, extremist ideologies," Gardee said. "You have nothing to do with Islam."

It was the message repeated over and over again throughout the 10-minute long address that saw statements from The Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Kanata Muslim Association, and Centre Islamique de l'Outaouais, Gatineau.

Full report at:

http://www.cfra.com/news/2014/10/23/you-have-nothing-to-do-with-islam-canadian-muslim-leaders-condemn-attacks

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Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

24 October 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.”

“With the important exception of some state-sponsored terrorist organizations, ISIL is probably the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted,” David Cohen, U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Oct. 23. “It has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace.”

ISIL is generating tens of millions of dollars a month through a combination of oil sales, ransom, extortion and other criminal activities, and support from wealthy donors, said Cohen, laying out the most comprehensive outline yet of the U.S. financial strategy against the group.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-dealers-helping-isil-earn-1-million-per-day-from-oil-us-treasury.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73423&NewsCatID=359

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Iraqi army starts to ‘act like one’: U.S.

24 October 2014

Iraq’s fractured army began to reform and stage local attacks on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, but was still shy of hurling a major offensive, senior U.S. military officials said on Thursday.

The officials, who were not authorized to be quoted by name, added that it would take the army many months to stage and launch a major attack against the militant group.

“We've seen them start to act like an army,” one official said.

The officials were speaking at the U.S. Central Command headquarters, during a briefing on the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi army, trained by the U.S. prior to its pullout from Iraq in 2011, underwent sectarian division and  broken leadership among other issues.

Furthermore, many of the army’s units surrendered their tanks, arms and other equipment when they fled ISIS militants in Mosul a few months ago.

The U.S. Pentagon had stated that Baghdad’s government was dedicated to regaining the power of the military.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/10/24/Iraq-s-army-starts-to-act-like-one-U-S-.html

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Man with ‘Islamic extremist leanings’ attacks New York police

24 October 2014

A man reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" attacked police officers in New York City with a hatchet Thursday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said.

The man, identified in the U.S. media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings," the SITE monitoring group said.

Four police officers in the city's Queens Borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when the man walked up and without saying a word attacked them, a city hall statement said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/10/24/Man-with-Islamic-extremist-leanings-attacks-New-York-police.html

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US: Ground offensive against IS months away in Iraq

24 October 2014

Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the US military's Central Command said on Thursday.

In Iraq, the timing will depend on a host of factors, some out of the military's control - from Iraqi politics to the weather. Iraqi forces also must be trained, armed and ready before major advances, like one to retake the city of Mosul, which fell to the Islamic State in June.”It's not imminent. But we don't see that that's a years-long effort to get them to a place to where they can be able to go on a sustained counter-offensive,” a military official said, instead describing it as a “months-long” endeavour.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/middle-east/2014/oct/24/us-ground-offensive-against-months-away-iraq#sthash.UI4bdlAq.dpuf

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Africa

 

Ghannouchi says 'Tunisia model' way to defeat IS

24 October 2014

Tunisia's transition to democracy serves as an example of how to defeat extremists such as the Islamic State jihadist group, the leader of the country's powerful Islamist movement said.

"The success of the Tunisian experience is in the international interest, especially in the fight against extremism and the fight against Islamic State and similar groups," Ennahda head Rached Ghannouchi said in an interview with AFP in the runup to the country's first parliamentary election on Sunday since its 2011 revolution.

"The Tunisian model is the alternative to the Daesh model ... This Tunisian model ... brings together Islam and secularism, Islam and democracy, Islam and freedom for women," he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS) which has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.

"One of the best ways to fight terrorism is to advocate moderate Islam because terrorism is based on an extremist interpretation of Islam," said Ghannouchi, whose party has emerged as the leading political force in Tunisia in the aftermath of the revolt which ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113792/World/Region/Ghannouchi--says-Tunisia-model-way-to-defeat-IS.aspx

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Nigeria truce shaky, no news of abducted girls

24 October 2014

Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word on the fate of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.

Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that those negotiations had resumed by Wednesday.

The official silence raises many questions, especially since Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau has not confirmed that a truce has been agreed.

Relatives of the girls abducted from a boarding school in northeastern Chibok town said they are confused but trying to be hopeful.

"Things are still sketchy with lots of holes and varying statements," Allen Manasseh, a brother of one of the missing schoolgirls, told The Associated Press by telephone. Manasseh said he relentlessly scours the news headlines to find out when his sister, Maryam, may return home.

Nigeria's Foreign Minister Aminu Wali on Tuesday said "I can say with some optimism, cautious optimism, that were are moving toward a situation where we'd be able to, in the very near future, to be able to get back our girls."

Full report at:

http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2014/10/23/nigeria-truce-shaky-no-news-of-abducted-girls

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Murdered, seized and beaten – campaign launched for journalists in Libya

24 October 2014

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a hard-hitting advertising campaign Not seeing news from Libya anymore? on the third anniversary of the fall of Qaddafi’s regime. Working in Libya,  is becoming increasingly difficult, as journalists face threats and danger on a regular basis.

RSF has repeatedly protested that journalists and other media personnel are being targeted in Libya, which last year ranked 137 out of 180 countries in the  RSF’s press freedom report.

Since the end of the Libyan revolution, Reporters Without Borders has registered seven murders, 37 abductions and 127 physical attacks or acts of harassment targeting journalists.

“Covering the on-going turmoil” says RSF, “reporting human rights violations by the various armed groups or even just describing a particular faction’s military progress or political position, exposes journalists to great danger. Carrying a camera or a press card now requires considerable courage”.

Full report at:

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/10/22/murdered-seized-and-beaten-campaign-launched-for-journalists-in-libya/#ixzz3H41nxQ2p

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Ministry: Six dead as police storm besieged Tunisia house

24 October 2014

At least six people were killed, among them five women, as Tunisian authorities stormed a besieged house on Friday where women and children were caught up in a deadly standoff by gunmen.

Police warned that they would storm the house unless the gunmen inside surrender within hours.

"We cannot wait any longer. We will give them an ultimatum of one or two hours maximum, then we will lead the assault," interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told reporters.

At least two armed men wanted by the security forces have been holed up in the home in the town of Oued Ellil, a suburb of Tunis, since Thursday.

At least two women and two children are inside, Aroui said.

The confrontation came as security was tightened in the lead-up to parliamentary elections on Sunday -- the first since the nation's revolution three years ago.

The authorities have described the gunmen as "terrorists" but gave no indication as to their identities.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/24/Ministry-Six-dead-as-police-storm-besieged-Tunisia-house.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Liberal thinking is deviant teaching, says Malaysia’s Islamic authority

OCTOBER 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24: Muslims must not fall for the arguments put forth by the liberal proponents of their creed as the ideas they propagate deviate from the true teachings of Islam, the federal Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said today.

In its Friday sermon, the Islamic authority reminded the country's largest population that the concepts of liberalism and pluralism were a threat to Malay-Muslim unity as they could weaken their faith.

“The pulpit would like to state today that many tactics are being undertaken by irresponsible people to weaken Muslim unity, among them through spreading new but inverse thinking like Pluralism, Liberalism and such,” Jakim said in its Friday sermon, which it also posted on its website.

“The pulpit would like to state that the Liberal movement contains concepts that are found to have deviated from the Islamic faith and shariah,” Jakim added.

It then spelled out a list of alleged wrong beliefs of liberal Muslims that made them deviants, namely their insistence on pluralism, that the human mind is a revelation casting doubt on the purity of the Quran, questioning the methodology used in interpreting the Quran and the Hadith, calling for a new interpretation on worship and disputing the criteria and character for prophets.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/liberal-thinking-is-deviant-teaching-says-malaysias-islamic-authority#sthash.9pbvkTe5.dpuf

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Selangor Mufti: Dressing dogs with jubah, turban an insult to Muslims

OCTOBER 24, 2014

KUALA NERUS — The act of dressing up dogs with “jubah” and “serban” must be stopped as it is an insult to the Muslims, especially the ulama or Islamic religious scholars, Mufti of Selangor Datuk Mohamad Tamyes Abdul Wahid said.               

He said pictures of dogs wearing “jubah” and “serban” had been widely circulated over the social media by irresponsible people and such an act was indeed aimed at insulting the Muslim community, especially the ulama, in the country.

“The ulama whose valuable advice, words of wisdoms and guidelines of the Islamic laws are sought after by the community are now being badly insulted.  

“This is really a disgusting agenda, a total disrespect for the ulama. They are showing protests by making these insulting gestures, but they didn’t dare to come face to face with the ulama and debate about this issue.”           

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/selangor-mufti-dressing-dogs-with-jubah-turban-an-insult-to-muslims#sthash.gODgQkWo.dpuf

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Minister: Islam reveres all animals, but against code for Muslims to touch dogs

OCTOBER 24, 2014

KUALA NERUS, Oct 24 ? The National Fatwa Council Muzakarah yesterday decided that touching and holding dogs is against mainstream Islamic doctrine in this country which follows the Imam Shafie school of thought.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said Islam revered all animals including dogs, however, Muslims must adhere to the stipulated Islamic code with regared to touching dogs.

He said this to reporters after closing the National Fatwa Committee Conference 2014, which was also attended by Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustaffa and National Fatwa Council chairman Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, here, today.

Jamil Khir said Jakim would call on the organisers of the recent (“I Want to Touch a Dog”) event to get a clear picture of the event.

The event held at Central Park in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, which attracted over 800 people from all faiths was held to encourage compassion towards dogs.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-islam-reveres-all-animals-but-against-code-for-muslims-to-touch-do#sthash.hgr0mG0q.dpuf

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13 of 40 suspected terrorist prosecuted to date, say cops

OCTOBER 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR — The Police Special Branch’s counter terrorism division in Bukit Aman detained 40 people suspected of planning to join a terrorist group in Syria.

Some of the suspects were also believed to have been recruiting local individuals to join the purported “jihad” in Syria since February last year. 

They were believed to have prepared the new recruits with military training prior to being sent to Syria. 

The division’s principal assistant director, SAC Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said of the number, 13 had already been prosecuted.  

Eleven of the suspects were charged under Chapter VIA — Offences Relating to Terrorism, under the Penal Code while two, under the Firearms Act.

“Fifteen suspects are still under investigation, while 12 have been freed due to lack of evidence,” he told Bernama when contacted here today. 

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/13-of-40-suspected-terrorist-prosecuted-to-date-say-cops#sthash.RMg1HMWX.dpuf

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Europe

 

UK Muslims criticize PM's Charity Commission proposals

World Bulletin/News Desk

23 October 2014

Muslim rights groups in the U.K. have responded with anger to new proposals announced by Prime Minister David Cameron to give extra powers to the country's charities regulatory body.

The government announced earlier Wednesday that it was proposing giving the Charity Commission, the regulatory body for British charities, more powers to be able to freeze charity bank accounts and suspend or remove trustees. 

The proposals included banning people with convictions from being a charity trustee, disqualifying a person from being a charity trustee if the commission finds them "unfit," shutting down charities which are under investigation and issuing official warnings for less serious cases. 

The proposals came after a cross-party committee of lawmakers described the Charities Commission in February of this year as being "not fit for purpose."

Reacting to the announcement of the proposals, the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said: "The reality is that the Charity Commission will have more teeth to harass innocent and law-abiding Muslim-run organizations."

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/muslim-world/146830/uk-muslims-criticize-pms-charity-commission-proposals

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Russian Muslims slam ban on Islamic books

World Bulletin/News Desk

23 October 2014

In Russia, the efforts aimed at to mainly solve the problems on the Islamic publishing and stop the illegal ban on Islamic books got started.

They decided to do this because of the explanation about the Hadith book, Sahih Al-Bukhari, said opinion leaders in Russia, speaking to Ansar. Ru News Agency.

It's nonsensical to ban the books of Hadith, Sahih Al-Bukhari, which has particular important for the Muslims, Russia Ulyanovsk Region's Mufti Muhammed Baibikov commented.

Volgograd Region Muslims Leader Abdullah Haci Bat and some other scholars support the plan of  forming a commision with Islamic scholars, aimed at to evaluating whether a book includes some “radical connotations” or not.

Stavrapol Muslims Leader Muhammed Rahimov, too, protested the ban on Islamic books. “I find it nonsensical that a district court, like Orenburg court, had reached a verdict in favour of the ban on the Islamic books and made it a binding-overall-rule across Russia.” said Rahimov.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/muslim-world/146939/russian-muslims-slam-ban-on-books

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France says air strikes take out weapons arsenal in Iraq

23 October 2014

PARIS - French fighter jets destroyed 12 buildings in Iraq holding an arsenal of weapons under control of Islamic State militants, France's chief of staff of armed forces said on Friday.

"Tonight we undertook a big operation in Iraq in which we destroyed buildings in which Daesh (Islamic State) was producing traps, bombs, arms to attack the Iraqi forces," Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio.

France was the first country to join the US-led coalition in air strikes on IS insurgents in Iraq in September and has stepped up the pace of its air strikes this month.

Besides air strikes and reconnaissance missions, operations have also included training local Iraqi forces and delivering equipment to Kurdish fighters in the country's north.

Rafale fighter jets dropped 70 bombs on 12 buildings, completely destroying the targets, de Villiers said, without specifying the location of the operation.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/France-says-air-strikes-take-out-weapons-arsenal-in-Iraq-379720

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Belgium chocolate maker drops name ISIS

23 October 2014

Late last year, a Belgian chocolate maker changed its name from Italo Suisse, because the company no longer had any real association with either country. Now it’s changing the name again - because the new name it picked was ISIS.

ISIS, of course, is also the acronym derived from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the jihadist group that arose in the Syrian civil war and now has invaded parts of Iraq. The group changed the name to just Islamic State in June, but the chocolate maker was suffering by association.

The company dates back to 1923 and chose the original name because its founder learned his trade in Italy and Switzerland. By 2013, its managers had decided to call it something else.

“We chose ISIS as that was the brand name of our pralines and tablets,” marketing manager Desiree Libeert told Reuters by telephone on Thursday. “Had we known there was a terrorist organization with the same name, we would have never chosen that.

“We had international customers saying that they could no longer stock our chocolate as consumers had only negative associations with the name,” Libeert said.

The company has now changed its name to “Libeert,” the family name of the company’s owners.

The company makes more than 5,000 tons of chocolate each year, with a turnover of about 35 million euros.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2014/10/24/Belgium-chocolate-maker-ISIS-changes-name.html

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Growing use of drones in law enforcement may violate human rights, warns UN expert

24 October 2014

UNITED NATIONS: The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Thursday.

In presenting his report on the use of armed drones within law enforcement to the General Assembly body that deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues (Third Committee), Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stressed that such mechanized systems, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do, such as using the minimum force required by the circumstances and assisting those who need help.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/region/24-Oct-2014/growing-use-of-drones-in-law-enforcement-may-violate-human-rights-warns-un-expert

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Danish court frees 10 over PKK funding charges

24 October 2014

A Danish court on Oct. 23 freed 10 men charged with "terror funding" after raising up to 140 million kroner (18.8 million euros, $23.8 million) for PKK militants.

The money was channeled to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), through Roj TV, a Denmark-based Kurdish television channel that had its license revoked last year for "glorifying terrorism."

"The reason for the acquittal is that the prosecution has not established sufficient evidence that the defendants knew or should have known that a contribution to Roj TV was indirect support to the PKK," the Copenhagen District Court wrote in its ruling.

The money was raised from 2009 until 2012, when a Danish court first found Roj TV guilty of promoting terrorism.

Turkish security forces have waged a 30-year conflict with the PKK, whose battle for self-rule in the southeast of the country has left 40,000 dead.

The ruling risks further straining relations between Ankara and Copenhagen, which earlier this week slammed a decision by Turkish authorities to release from prison a man suspected of trying to murder an outspoken Danish critic of Islam, Lars Hedegaard.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/danish-court-frees-10-over-pkk-funding-charges.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73413&NewsCatID=351

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