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ISIS: ‘The Whole World Will Be an Islamic State’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The notion that Ankara would prefer ISIS on its border as opposed to the PKK is heavily disputed. (AFP)

 

 

Arab World

ISIS: ‘The Whole World Will Be an Islamic State’

Taking Women As Sex Slaves ‘Firmly Established’ Islamic Law

10 Syrian troops killed in clashes with IS: Monitor

Syrian Airborne Forces Launch over 40 Strikes against Militants' Positions

Egypt finds large stockpile of arms earmarked for Sinai jihadists

Saudi Arabia sentences prominent Shia cleric to death

Syrian Kurds press hundreds of young men into army

Religious parties in Egypt threatened with political ban

Ahmad Tohme re-elected as Syrian opposition PM

 

Mideast

Turkey’s National Anthem Reinterpreted to the Tune of Islamic Song

Turkey’s Quagmire: ISIS on the Doorstep, PKK in the House

Militias rule the day in strife-torn Middle East

No peace without Palestinian sovereignty over Jerusalem

Hamas official slams UN chief Ban's 'hypocrisy' after visit to Gaza, Israel

Iran warns Pakistan over militant acts at border

 

Europe

Amnesty: With govt blessings, Iraqi Shiites decimating Sunnis

HRW urges new Afghan government to fight sexual harassment

UN chief in Gaza pledges to stand with Palestinians

Netherlands says ok for biker gangs to fight ISIS

UK spies monitoring thousands of terrorism suspects, London mayor says

'Trojan horse' schools in Muslim plot have not improved warns Ofsted

 

Africa

Cleric Urges Nigerian Muslim Youths to Combine Islamic Studies, Western Education

Tunisian Jews may vote for Islamists, leading community member says

Libya’s Haftar in fresh bid to reclaim Benghazi

Tunisia breaks up terror group’s media arm

 

South Asia

MoI: 25 Taliban killed, 14 injured in clearing operations

Insurgent attacks kill 10 across Afghanistan

Bangladesh for UN lead on Iraq, Syria

‘Awami League believes in irreligion’: Khaleda Zia

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Govt Stands with FPI against Interfaith Marriages

No Malaysian ‘comfort women’ with Islamic State, says Zahid

Malaysian police arrest 13 over ‘Syria terror links’

It takes only one pro-Islamic State person to create chaos, says anti-terror cop

 

Pakistan

Sit-ins and extremism diverting attention from rights concerns: HRCP

Despite Nobel win, Pakistan’s Malala hated by many at home

Five killed in Khyber explosion

Two militants killed in Hangu encounter

Pakistan seeks observer status for D-8 in UN General Assembly

NATO helicopters violate Pakistani airspace near Pak-Afghan border

Border skirmishes rile rights group

 

India

Canada backs India in its fight against terror

Malala’s memoir to be translated into four Indian languages

Pakistan using ‘diversionary tactics’ on talks: India

 

North America

Obama rallies coalition commanders against ISIL jihadists

U.S. slams ‘abhorrent’ ISIS slavery of Yazidis

U.S. Holocaust museum to display Syria torture photos

Image revealed of Saudi suspected of killing American

U.S. says no talk about extending Iran nuclear negotiations

What Happened When Wisconsin Man Decided To Take On ISIS

US-Indonesia Collaboration Tackling Education Reforms at National Event

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/isis--‘the-whole-world-will-be-an-islamic-state’/d/99530

 

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Arab World

 

ISIS: ‘The Whole World Will Be an Islamic State’

Oct 15, 2014

ISIS has its sights set on Rome.

The fanatical jihadists have published an image of their black flag with white Arab lettering flying above the Vatican on the cover of their English-language magazine Dabiq.

The cover story, “The Failed Crusade,” envisions the ancient Italian city under the rule of a Caliph and a hard-line Sharia regime, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The article in the online propaganda magazine calls on aspiring jihadists to target the Catholic Church and followers of the Christian faith.

The Islamic State claims it will one day conquer Rome, threatening to “break [the] crosses” of infidels and sell and trade their women.

ISIS has killed and driven out large numbers of Christians and other religious groups in areas they’ve seized — including Shi’ite Muslims — who do not abide by their strict version of Sunni Islam.

Pope Francis has called for international action to stop the group and backed the US-led coalition that has been striking ISIS targets.

Dabiq, named after a town in Syria where in 1516 the Ottomans defeated the Mamluks, establishing the last Islamic caliphate, also called on Muslims to kill “every Crusader possible,” according to a report in the Daily Mail.

“It is lawful to kidnap the women of the infidels and use them as sex slaves,” the Dabiq piece said.

Bosnian imam Bilal Bosnic, Italy’s most notorious jihadi recruiter, who admitted conscripting European Muslim converts to fight with ISIS, said extremist militants will bring Islam to the heart of Christendom, according to the Daily Mail.

“In time, the whole world will be an Islamic state,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure that even the Vatican will be Muslim.”

http://nypost.com/2014/10/14/isis-the-whole-world-will-be-an-islamic-state/

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Islamic State: Taking Women As Sex Slaves ‘Firmly Established’ Islamic Law

Oct 15, 2014

Islamic State terrorists explained in a new publication their justification for taking women and using them as sex slaves, saying simply that it’s a practice that’s as old as Sharia law — and allowed by Islamic beliefs.

“One should remember that enslaving the families of the Kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,” the group said in an online magazine cited by CNN.

Others in the Muslim world have called that practice a perversion of Islam.

Islamic State terrorists wrote about the practice in an article titled “The revival [of] slavery before the Hour,” in reference to Judgment Day, CNN reported. The article was published in the English-language online magazine, “Dabiq,” and specifically referred to the lawful right of jihadists to kidnap females from the Yazidi sect, a Kurdish minority living in Iraq, and use them for concubines or sex slaves.

Human Rights Watch has just reported that Islamic State has committed terrible crimes against the Yazidis in Iraq, citing interviews with 76 displaced people in Dohuk.

“The Islamic State’s litany of horrific crimes against the Yazidis in Iraq only keeps growing,” said Fred Abrahams, special adviser at Human Rights Watch, CNN reported. “We heard shocking stories of forced religious conversions, force marriage, and even sexual assault and slavery — and some of the victims were children.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/13/islamic-state-taking-women-as-sex-slaves-firmly-es/#ixzz3GCcF7Mko

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10 Syrian troops killed in clashes with IS: Monitor

15 October 2014

At least 10 Syrian soldiers were killed on Tuesday in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came in fighting in Hawijat Sakr on the Euphrates River.

The clashes took place not far from Deir Ezzor military airport, a key remaining post for the Syrian army in the oil-rich province.

The Islamic State controls the majority of the province, but parts of the provincial capital, Deir Ezzor city, are still in government hands, along with the airport.

Deir Ezzor has been a key target of strikes against IS by the US-led coalition fighting the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.

When the raids began, IS withdrew from several of its positions, and there have been few reports of active clashes involving the group in the province since.

Elsewhere in Syria, the Observatory reported at least 12 people killed in Syrian regime air strikes on the Ain Tarma area outside the capital Damascus.

Among the dead were three children, the Observatory said.

The neighbourhood to the east of Damascus is under rebel control and is one of the areas regime forces have been battling to recapture from the opposition around the capital.

Although government forces control Damascus, rebels often fire missiles into the city from several strongholds on its outskirts.

On Tuesday, the regime also carried out air strikes against Irbin, another rebel-held area east of Damascus, the Observatory said.

The strikes killed five people, although the group said the toll was likely to rise because several of the wounded were in serious condition.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113077/World/Region/-Syrian-troops-killed-in-clashes-with-IS-Monitor.aspx

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Syrian Airborne Forces Launch over 40 Strikes against Militants' Positions

Oct 15, 2014

Syrian Airborne Forces carried out more than 40 strikes against the strongholds of militants in Idlib and Hama provinces.

A military source told Syrian Arab news agency that the hideouts of the rebels were targeted by the Syrian warplanes more than 40 times on Monday in Idlib and Hama provinces, Xinhua reported.

The air force conducted 15 airstrikes on rebel positions in the Northern province of Idlib and at least 23 others on rebel targets in the central province of Hama.

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.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930723000180

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Egypt finds large stockpile of arms earmarked for Sinai jihadists

Oct 15, 2014

Egyptian military forces operating in the Sinai uncovered a large cache of weapons near the border with Israel on Tuesday, according to Channel 2.

The weapons, which were discovered near the Egyptian side of Rafah, were earmarked for the radical jihadist group Ansar Bayit al-Maqdis, which in the past has launched rockets at Eilat. More recently, it has claimed credit for the beheading of Egyptian Beduins alleged to have spied for Israel.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Egypt-finds-large-stockpile-of-arms-earmarked-for-Sinai-jihadists-378933

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Saudi Arabia sentences prominent Shia cleric to death

Oct 15, 2014

RIYADH: A Saudi judge sentenced to death a prominent cleric on Wednesday who has called for greater rights for the kingdom's Shias, the cleric's brother said, two years after his arrest prompted deadly protests in the oil-producing east of the country.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was detained in July 2012 following demonstrations that erupted in February 2011 in Qatif district, home to many of the Sunni-ruled country's Shia minority.

His brother, Mohammed al-Nimr, reported Wednesday's sentencing on his Twitter account.

The sentence could raise tensions in Qatif, which has historically been the focal point of anti-government demonstrations demanding an end to discrimination, but where the frequency of protests has died down over the past year.

Last year a prosecutor said he was seeking to convict Nimr for “aiding terrorists”. Former interior minister Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz previously accused Nimr of being “mentally unbalanced”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138138/saudi-arabia-sentences-prominent-shia-cleric-to-death

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Syrian Kurds press hundreds of young men into army

Oct 15, 2014

Police in Syria's beleaguered self-ruled Kurdish areas have rounded up hundreds of young men to press them into military service recently made compulsory, activists and Kurdish officials say.

The unprecedented move, criticized by human rights groups, underlines the desperation of Syria's Kurds as they fight off an onslaught by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane, a town near the Turkish border.

More than 550 people have been killed since the group began its offensive on the Kurdish town in mid-September, and the fighting has forced more than 200,000 people to flee into Turkey.

The extremists have now seized a third of Kobane, closing in on positions held by the main Kurdish militia - the People's Protection Units, or YPG.

In majority Kurdish areas east of Kobane, Kurdish police forces known as Asayish began Oct. 11 rounding up scores of people, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, handing them over to defense authorities who are holding them in schools in preparation for training.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-kurds-press-hundreds-of-young-men-into-army.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72999&NewsCatID=352

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Religious parties in Egypt threatened with political ban

15 October 2014

The Court of Urgent Matters is expected to issue  a verdict this week in the lawsuit that demands the disbanding of all political parties with a religious platform.

The lawsuit was filed by Tarek Mahmoud, legal advisor of the Popular Front against the Brotherhoodization of Egypt, established in 2012 after the Muslim Brotherhood came to power.

Mahmoud based his lawsuit on Article 74 of the 2013 constitution, drafted after the toppling of Brotherhood rule, which says “all citizens have the right to establish political parties as regulated by the law provided that those parties are not formed on the basis of religion, gender or ethnic discrimination, sectarianism, or geographical location.”

The article also says political parties can only be dissolved through a court order.

Mahmoud demands that the Supreme Elections Committee, which will supervise the upcoming parliamentary elections, be instructed to reject the nomination papers of the 11 parties targeted by the lawsuit.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/10/15/Religious-parties-in-Egypt-threatened-with-political-ban.html

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Ahmad Tohme reelected as Syrian opposition PM

15 October 2014

Syria’s main opposition National Coalition has reelected Ahmad Tohme as its prime minister after five days of meetings in Istanbul, Agence France-Presse reported.

Tohme was reelected to the post, which he was dismissed from in July after just 10 months in the job. He secured 63 votes from the 65 Coalition members who participated in the vote on Tuesday night, the group said in a statement.

On Monday, a Coalition member had told AFP that there were “strong tensions” and that “the participants could not agree on a new prime minister.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/10/15/Ahmad-Tohme-reelected-as-Syrian-opposition-PM.html

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Mideast

 

Turkey’s National Anthem Reinterpreted to the Tune of Islamic Song

Oct 15, 2014

Turkey’s National Anthem has been controversially reinterpreted to the tune of an ancient Islamic song during the latest episode of a popular Turkish television drama.

Polat Alemdar, the lead character of the controversial “The Valley of the Wolves” franchise, was seen reciting the lyrics of the National Anthem to the tune of “Tala’ al Badru ‘Alayna,” the song that Medina residents are believed to have sung to the Prophet Muhammad upon his arrival after completing the Hijra, the religious migration, in 622.

Soldiers of the Black Flag, a fictional special ops organization founded by Polat Alemdar, was also seen in the Oct. 13 episode joining in the chorus:

The Turkish National Anthem’s lyrics are based on two verses of an epic poem written by Mehmet Akif Ersoy in 1921 as a motivational salute to fighters in the Turkish War of Independence. The music of the anthem was composed by Osman Zeki Üngör in 1930.

The music has been criticized by many people for its awkward prosody in recent decades. The head of the Turkish National Anthem Association, İsmet Özel, one of Turkey’s most prominent living poets, recently suggested that the music of Tala’ al Badru ‘Alayna could be better suited to Ersoy’s lyrics.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-national-anthem-reinterpreted-to-the-tune-of-islamic-song.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73005&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey’s Quagmire: ISIS on the Doorstep, PKK in the House

15 October 2014

Ankara’s failure to intervene militarily in the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane - where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continue advancing - has fomented deadly unrest domestically and heightened diplomatic tensions internationally.

Days of clashes have left at least 35 people dead with the majority of violence erupting between rival groups as well as with security forces across Turkey’s Kurdish south east. At the same time, the fragility of the ceasefire between Turkish security forces and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) has been exposed.

Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan openly vowed to end the ceasefire if ISIS carries out a “massacre” against Kurds in the war-struck border town. Less than one week after that threat was issued, Turkey military aerially targeted PKK positions near the Iraqi border, retaliating for several consecutive days of sustained gunfire targeting one of their outposts.

“For us,” said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “the PKK is the same as ISIS.” His administration’s recent policy decisions on Syria and the PKK mirror that statement.

Security considerations

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/10/15/Turkey-s-quagmire-ISIS-on-the-doorstep-PKK-in-the-house.html

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Militias rule the day in strife-torn Middle East

15 October 2014

Embattled governments in Iraq and Syria have come to rely on Shiite militias as their armies have crumbled in the face of mostly Sunni insurgents and rebels. In Libya, various armed groups loosely allied with two rival governments have fought over bullet-riddled airports. Shiite rebels in Yemen have swept down from the north, capturing the capital and, on Tuesday, a key port city.

The chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring has led to the rise of powerful militias — including many Islamic extremist groups — across a Middle East where many central governments have been exposed as weak. Some of the groups are allied with the governments, while others are fighting to topple them. Some — like the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq — are seen as vital allies for the West. All could prove to be major obstacles to peace or stability in the region.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/113112/World/International/Militias-rule-the-day-in-strifetorn-Middle-East.aspx

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No peace without Palestinian sovereignty over Jerusalem

15 October 2014

Arab MKs joined hundreds of Muslim worshipers rioting in the Old City of Jerusalem's Lions' Gate Wednesday after police banned men under the age of 50 from entering the Temple Mount due to fear of violence.

Rioters threw rocks and firecrackers at the police and security forces, which used riot control equipment.

Police then closed Temple Mount to all visitors at 10:15 due to "operative considerations."

Balad MKs Haneen Zoabi, Jamal Zahalke and Bassel Ghattas, as well as UAL-Ta'al's Ibrahim Sarsour and Taleb Abu-Arrar and MK Muhammad Barakei (Hadash) all took part in the demonstration.

"Jerusalem is part of the Palestinian state that the whole world is beginning to recognize," Zoabi said. "There will be no end to the conflict, no solution without Palestinian sovereignty over Jerusalem."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/In-pictures-Hundreds-protest-limited-entrance-to-Temple-Mount-378945

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Hamas official slams UN chief Ban's 'hypocrisy' after visit to Gaza, Israel

15 October 2014

Hamas on Wednesday accused UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of hypocrisy and double standards after  his visit to Gaza and southern Israel on Tuesday.

Mahmoud Zahar took offense  to comments the UN chief made while on a tour of a Hamas infiltration tunnel uncovered by the IDF leading from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

Ban expressed shock at the threats faced by residents of southern Israel, saying "I have repeated the saying that rocket attacks killing civilian population is not acceptable. It should (be) condemned. Nobody should live on the constant threat or fear by these rockets and the penetrating, alarming underground tunnels."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-official-slams-UN-chief-Bans-hypocrisy-after-visit-to-Gaza-Israel-378939

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Iran warns Pakistan over militant acts at border

Oct 15, 2014

GENEVA – Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a meeting with Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari in Geneva warned against the spread of terrorism and extremism in the region.

He said that militants’ hit-and-run operations at the two countries' border had raised concerns in Tehran. “The militant acts in the region pose great threats to all countries and Pakistan has also been affected,” Larijani said during a meeting held on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) here.

Larijani reiterated that Pakistan plays an important role in confronting terrorism. “Iran and Pakistan are cooperating in the fight against terrorism, but some terrorist acts at (Iran's) eastern borders have caused concerns,” he said in Tehran. The senate chairman said that Tehran and Islamabad have many commonalities in regional and international arenas.

He reiterated that terrorists were threatening the entire region and said that the Pakistan government was determined to combat terrorism and it has been relatively successful. He said that Pakistan had adopted measures to confront the terrorist acts along its western borders with Iran.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/15-Oct-2014/iran-warns-pakistan-over-militant-acts-at-border

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Europe

 

Amnesty: With govt blessings, Iraqi Shiites decimating Sunnis

Oct 15, 2014

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Shiite militias have abducted and killed “scores” of Sunni civilians in retaliation for the onslaught by the Islamic State group, Amnesty International said Tuesday, claiming that the attacks are supported by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

The Shiite militiamen number in the tens of thousands and wear military uniforms but operate outside any legal framework and without any official oversight, Amnesty said.

Moreover, they are not prosecuted for the crimes, the London-based watchdog warned in its new report, entitled “Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq.”

The accusations were based on interviews with families and survivors who claimed that members of four prominent Iraqi Shiite militias — Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, the Badr Brigades, the Mahdi Army, and Ketaeb Hizbollah — were behind many abductions and killings of Sunnis in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/644636

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HRW urges new Afghan government to fight sexual harassment

Oct 15 2014

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the new government of Afghanistan to take urgent steps to combat sexual harassment of women in education, employment and public life.

The US-based rights body has expressed concerns regarding the sexual abuse of women and has said that there are no laws in Afghanistan that specifically prohibit sexual harassment or protect victims.

According to HRW, government institutions lack effective policies to prevent and punish sexual harassment.

This comes as President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai described levels of sexual harassment in schools as “shocking” and ordered the the education ministry to report every incident of sexual harassment in schools to enable action against the guilty.

President Ghani also directed ministries to develop a plan to counter sexual harassment in educational institutions.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/hrw-urges-new-afghan-government-to-fight-women-harassment-8818

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UN chief in Gaza pledges to stand with Palestinians

Oct 15, 2014

GAZA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, and met with members of the Palestinian unity government. He said his organization stands with the Palestinian people.

“We are standing to your side,” said Ki-Moon in a news conference held at the Palestinian unity government’s headquarters in Gaza city. He announced that the first shipment of construction raw materials will be allowed in Gaza on Tuesday.

While in Gaza, Ban is expected to launch a reconstruction process of construction in the coastal enclave that his organization supervises. His convoy crossed through Erez crossing point between Israel and northern Gaza Strip.

He visited in Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip to check a school run by his UN relief and work agency, which was hit during a 50-day Israeli offensive on Gaza that ended in Aug. 26.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/region/15-Oct-2014/un-chief-in-gaza-pledges-to-stand-with-palestinians

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Netherlands says ok for biker gangs to fight ISIS

Oct 15, 2014

The Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group are not necessarily committing any crime.

“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.

“You just can’t join a fight against the Netherlands,” he told AFP after reports emerged that Dutch bikers from the No Surrender gang were fighting ISIS insurgents alongside Kurds in northern Iraq.

The head of No Surrender, Klaas Otto, told state broadcaster NOS that three members who travelled to near Mosul in northern Iraq were from Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/10/14/Netherlands-says-ok-for-biker-gangs-to-fight-ISIS.html

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UK spies monitoring thousands of terrorism suspects, London mayor says

Oct 15, 2014

LONDON - Britain's security services are monitoring thousands of terrorism suspects in London and are involved in operations on a daily basis, the capital's mayor Boris Johnson said in an interview published on Saturday.

"In London we're very, very vigilant and very, very concerned," mayor Johnson told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

In August, Britain raised its international threat level to the second-highest classification of "severe", meaning an attack was considered highly likely, with Prime Minister David Cameron warning that Islamic State (IS) militants fighting in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk.

About 500 Britons are believed to have joined the fighting in the region and the authorities have long argued that radicalized, battle-hardened veterans would pose a grave threat on their return.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/UK-spies-monitoring-thousands-of-terrorism-suspects-London-mayor-says-378580

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'Trojan horse' schools in Muslim plot have not improved warns Ofsted

Oct 15, 2014

FIVE Birmingham schools declared failing by inspectors in the wake of the alleged “Trojan Horse” takeover plot by hardline Muslims have still not improved, Ofsted has warned.

It has taken too much time to appoint new governors and senior leaders at these schools, meaning that “very little action” has been taken to address the serious concerns raised about their performance, the watchdog said.

In the first update following inspections earlier this year, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw said that “too much poor practice remained unchallenged during the summer term”.

In one case, at Park View Academy, “little had been done” to tackle segregation between the sexes, and encourage boys and girls to sit together in lessons and share ideas, inspectors warned.

Full report at:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/522745/Trojan-horse-schools-not-improved-warns-Ofsted

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Africa

 

Cleric Urges Nigerian Muslim Youths to Combine Islamic Studies, Western Education

Oct 15, 2014

Lagos — A cleric has called on Muslim parents in Nigeria to ensure that their children are given the best of teachings of Islamic studies in addition to western education in order to make meaningful contributions to nation building.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent at the 8th Day Fidau in memory of Late Alhaji Adegboyega, an educationist and Baba Adinni of Nawair-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Ogun State branch, Alhaji Abdul-Fatai Isiaka said Islamic and western education remain the best combinations for proper childhood upbringing.

According to the cleric who is an advocate of Western education for the Muslim child, 'a foundation in Islamic education with tertiary education at the highest desirable level will ensure that children born into the faith can also play their part effectively in building a just society'.

He said, "It is important that we train our children, both in Islamic way and in the Western educational approach. We should expose them to both educations as far as tertiary level in order to occupy proper places among committees of nations.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201410150107.html

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Tunisian Jews may vote for Islamists, leading community member says

15 October 2014

Some Tunisian Jews may choose an Islamist party in the upcoming elections, a leading member of the community said.

Rene Trabelsi, a businessman and son of a leader of Tunisia’s Jewish community of 2,500, made the assertion in an interview published this week by the Anadolu news agency ahead of the October 26 parliamentary vote and the presidential race next month.

“There are no objections to selecting a political party with an Islamic background, such as Ennahda,” Trabelsi said in reference to Tunisia’s former ruling party, which stepped down last year as a temporary government proceeded to draft a new constitution ahead of the vote. “Regardless of ideological or religious considerations, we will support the party that presents a suitable economic program.”

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Tunisian-Jews-may-vote-for-Islamists-leading-community-member-says-378914

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Libya’s Haftar in fresh bid to reclaim Benghazi

15 October 2014

Forces loyal to renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar are stepping up an offensive against Islamist militias in Benghazi in a new push to recapture the city, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Wednesday.

Haftar had announced he was ready to “liberate” the flashpoint eastern city, which has been besieged by an Islamist militia known as the "February 17 Martyrs Brigade" among others.

Explosions and gunfire were heard in the city as the army’s tanks and planes carried out air raids against the militias in an effort to crush the Islamists, including the Ansar al-Shariah militia, which the United States has branded a terrorist organization.

Haftar launched a military offensive dubbed "Operation Dignity" against Islamists in Benghazi in May, but with little success.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/15/Libya-s-Haftar-in-fresh-bid-to-reclaim-Benghazi-.html

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Tunisia breaks up terror group’s media arm

15 October 2014

Tunisia said on Tuesday it broke up the media arm of Islamist militant group "Ansar al-Shariah," which is also active in the neighboring Libya and is suspected behind the 2012 killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi.

Tunisia's interior ministry said in a statement that the group's media arm is headed by a woman.

“The dismantled cell was headed by a woman named Fatima al-Zawwaghi; she was responsible for coordinating operations and is directly linked to the organization’s leader Seif Allah bin Hussein – known as Abou Iyadh,” Interior Ministry’s Spokesman, Mohammad Ali al-Arwi, said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/10/14/Tunisia-breaks-up-terror-group-s-media-arm.html

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South Asia

 

MoI: 25 Taliban killed, 14 injured in clearing operations

Oct 15 2014

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Wednesday at least 25 Taliban militants were killed and 14 others were injured during joint military operations in the past 24 hours.

A statement released by MoI said the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The statement further added, were conducted in Kunar, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Kapisa, Logar and Helmand provinces.

“Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition,” the statement added.

Afghan National Police discovered and defused 14 different types of IEDs placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Logar, Herat, Farah and Helmand provinces, the statement said.

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

http://www.khaama.com/moi-25-taliban-killed-14-injured-in-clearing-operations-8813

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Insurgent attacks kill 10 across Afghanistan

Oct 15, 2014

KABUL: A car bombing during a local security force operation and an insurgent ambush killed 10 people across Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.

The deadliest attack, the car bombing, struck Afghan soldiers during an operation targeting the hideout of suspected suicide bombers in the eastern province of Khost late Tuesday night, according to a statement from the provincial governor's office.

Soldiers killed three suspected suicide bombers, including a woman, during the assault, the statement said. After the assault, a car bomb in the compound exploded, killing eight soldiers and wounding five, it said. The statement did not say why or how the bomb exploded.

Khost province is one of Afghanistan's eastern provinces bordering Pakistan where suicide bombers and other militants, including the Haqqani network, are active.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138139/insurgent-attacks-kill-10-across-afghanistan

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Bangladesh for UN lead on Iraq, Syria

Oct 15, 2014

A coalition of about 50 countries is fighting with Islamic State (IS), an Islamist movement fighting to create a jihadist caliphate in Iraq and Syria

Bangladesh will only engage in the Syria and Iraq crises if the United Nations takes the lead, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said at a press briefing at the ministry yesterday.

“Bangladesh believes in the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq and we want to them to maintain it,” he added.

A coalition of about 50 countries is fighting with Islamic State (IS), an Islamist movement fighting to create a jihadist caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

The Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Pankaj Saran said India would soon respond to Bangldesh’s queries about the bomb blast in Bardhaman, the foreign minister said.

When asked about the citizenship of the blast victims, the foreign minister said, “Let the Indian report come.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/oct/15/bd-un-lead-iraq-syria#sthash.UAByr0ae.dpuf

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‘Awami League believes in irreligion’: Khaleda Zia

Oct 15, 2014

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has alleged that the Awami League believed in irreligion and attacked all religions, while it was the BNP who believed in religious harmony.

“They [Awami League] claim to be secular, but their claim is just a mere eyewash. Awami League is an irreligious party in the disguise of secularism. During hartal, Bishwajit [Das] was killed by Awami League people,” Khaleda said after exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at the capital’s Institution of Engineers Bangladesh auditorium.

The former premier alleged that Hindu community members have been repressed continuously and the ruling party men were involved with those attacks. “But the culprits were spared,” she claimed.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/oct/15/%E2%80%98al-believes-irreligion%E2%80%99#sthash.Ggx9K84D.dpuf

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Govt Stands With FPI Against Interfaith Marriages

Oct 15, 2014

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has sided with Islamic hard-liners in requesting the Constitutional Court throw out a challenge to the 1974 Marriage Law by petitioners seeking recognition for interfaith marriages.

“We’d like the court to reject the plaintiffs’ request for a judicial review, as it is unacceptable,” Machasin, an adviser to the minister for religious affairs, told the court in Jakarta on Tuesday, as quoted by Kompas.com.

“Everyone is obliged to follow the regulations in our Constitution to guarantee recognition and respect toward one’s rights and freedoms.”

He claimed that if the court sided with the petitioners — a group of law students from the University of Indonesia — it would somehow “spark disharmony” in the country.

“It could cause social turmoil among our people, who are mostly Muslims,” Machasin said, but did not elaborate.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesian-govt-stands-fpi-interfaith-marriages/

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No Malaysian ‘comfort women’ with Islamic State, says Zahid

Oct 15, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: No Malaysian women were found to have joined the Islamic State (IS) as ‘comfort women’, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP - Segambut), Dr Ahmad Zahid said allegations that Malaysian women were involved in Jihad Al-Nikah activities there were merely rumours.

“The Government, via the police, had identified 39 Malaysians involved in militant activities like IS, of which one was a woman.

“However, that woman has been identified as the wife of one of the militants,” he said in the reply Wednesday.

Jihad Al-Nikah is a controversial concept that refers to women allegedly offering themselves in sexual comfort roles to fighters for the establishment of Islamic rule.

Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Zahid said he does not intend to pinpoint a specific law to charge the 39 Malaysians.

“If there is sufficient evidence to show them being involved in militant activities, the government will take action based on existing laws like the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, Societies Act 1966, and the Penal Code.”

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/15/Parliament-Comfort-women-IS/

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Malaysian police arrest 13 over ‘Syria terror links’

 15 October 2014

Malaysian police have arrested 13 people believed to have “links” with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a report said Wednesday, as concern grows over the extremist group’s appeal in the moderate Muslim country.

The Star newspaper quoted national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar as saying the 13 Malaysians were arrested in a raid on a restaurant in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.

He added they bring the number of people arrested since April this year over suspected ISIS links to 36.

“We are constantly monitoring these kinds of activities. Militancy and terrorism have no place in this country,” he was quoted saying.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2014/10/15/Malaysian-police-arrest-13-over-ISIS-links-.html

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It takes only one pro-Islamic State person to create chaos, says anti-terror cop

Oct 15, 2014

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman’s biggest fear now is that pro-Islamic State (IS) websites may be used to encourage “lone wolf” attacks in Malaysia.

It said terror attacks need not be carried out by a group because it only takes one person to create chaos.

“A person armed merely with a knife who starts stabbing people in a mall is enough to disrupt safety and security,” said Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayob Khan.

“Anyone who is pro-IS can carry out the attack at any moment. That is our biggest fear,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/15/Police-fear-lone-wolf-attacks-here/

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Pakistan

 

Sit-ins and extremism diverting attention from rights concerns: HRCP

Oct 15, 2014

QUETTA: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has expressed concern at the emergence and deterioration in a litany of grave human rights concerns across the country and stated that the prevailing political situation and rise in religious extremism were proving significant hurdles in mounting any serious efforts to deal with these concerns.

In a statement issued at the conclusion of a recent meeting of its Executive Council here, the HRCP said dharnas (sit-ins) had taken attention away from other more important issues. “One of the outcomes has been strengthening of sectarian forces. The people hope and expect that the government would remain mindful of its obligation to address the pressing concerns of the people, especially the human rights concerns, even as it tries to find a way to reach out to the parties engaged in dharnas.”

The council noted with dismay the addition of several alarming dimensions to the many human rights challenges in the country since it last met in April.

It said there had been an unchecked rise in religious extremism and the situation had worsened for religious and sectarian minority communities.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1137994/sit-ins-and-extremism-diverting-attention-from-rights-concerns-hrcp

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Despite Nobel win, Pakistan’s Malala hated by many at home

Oct 15, 2014

Malala Yousafzai may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but she remains an object of hate for many Pakistanis who view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country.

Shot in the head by Taliban insurgents two years ago after she spoke out against them for opposing girls' education, it comes as little surprise that hard-line Islamists continue to revile the 17-year-old.

More difficult for her supporters to comprehend is the outpouring of invective from Pakistan's middle classes, who may be keen to educate their daughters but who object to airing the country's problems abroad.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/despite-nobel-win-pakistans-malala-hated-by-many-at-home#sthash.EYeddyEF.dpuf

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Five killed in Khyber explosion

Oct 15, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least five people were killed and seven others were injured on Wednesday in a bomb blast in the Khyber tribal region's Tirah valley.

Official sources said the blast which may have been a suicide attack occurred in the Pir Mela area of Tirah valley.

Moreover, sources said it was suspected that a suicide bomber may have targeted volunteers from the Zalakhel peace committee. However, the identity of the victims is yet to be ascertained.

Police and rescue teams immediately rushed to the site of the incident and shifted the victims to a nearby hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138128/five-killed-in-khyber-explosion

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Two militants killed in Hangu encounter

Oct 15, 2014

KOHAT: Security forces killed a terrorist belonging to outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan while another blew himself up during in an encounter in Hangu district on Tuesday.

Frontier Corps (FC) said in a statement that the encounter took place in Tora Warai area of Hangu when militant Sharif was killed.

His accomplice identified as Riaz, who was wearing a suicide vest, blew himself up.

The statement said that Riaz was involved in the killing a local leader of Awami National Party and other acts of terrorism and target killings, including the murder of Maulana Sher Ali Farooqui of JUI-F in Hangu last month.

Officials said that the security forces were on a routine patrol in Doaba police station jurisdiction when the Taliban attacked them with automatic weapons.

The security forces cordoned off the area after the attack and launched a massive hunt to arrest other terrorists in the area.

A suicide jacket , five hand-grenades and two Kalashnikovs were recovered from them

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138036/two-militants-killed-in-hangu-encounter

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Pakistan seeks observer status for D-8 in UN General Assembly

October 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has made a request to a UN committee, seeking observer status for the Developing Eight Countries Organisation for Economic Cooperation, otherwise known as D-8, in the General Assembly.

Addressing the 193-member assembly’s legal committee on Tuesday, Pakistan’s UN ambassador Masood Khan called for the support of member states in this regard. “We are confident that granting observer status to the D-8 will strengthen the linkages between the D-8 and the United Nations and reinforce the mutual benefits that would accrue from this relationship,” he said.

Established in 1997, D-8 members comprise Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria and Turkey.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/775685/pakistan-seeks-observer-status-for-d-8-in-un-general-assembly/

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Nato helicopters violate Pakistani airspace near Pak-Afghan border

Oct 15, 2014

PESHAWAR: Nato gunship helicopters violated Pakistani airspace and entered Pakistani territory where they stayed for 10 minutes before returning, official sources told Dawn.

At least five helicopters were seen flying near the Pak-Afghan border and two of them entered Pakistani territory in Torkham and Pasidkhel.

The helicopters remained in Pakistani airspace for 10 minutes and returned without any action.

Sources said the helicopters crossed over through Shamshad mountains situated between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138127/nato-helicopters-violate-pakistani-airspace-near-pak-afghan-border

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Border skirmishes rile rights group

Oct 15, 2014

LAHORE: The South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) is concerned by the continuing firing between Pakistani and Indian security forces across the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, says a press release.

Civilian casualties have been reported from both sides in several incidents of firing and mortar shelling since Oct 1.

“Life in the border-area villages is once again disrupted and villagers on both sides of the LoC and the working boundary have to flee from their homes. Those who stay are under constant fear of death, destruction of their homes and killing of their cattle. Many of these villages are still in the process of recovering from the devastation wrought by the recent floods in the region,” it says.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138120/border-skirmishes-rile-rights-group

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India

 

Canada backs India in its fight against terror

SUHASINI HAIDAR

Oct 15, 2014

Canada is deeply troubled by the recent LoC violations, and supports India in its fight against terror; Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday.

Speaking to The Hindu in a telephonic interview after his meetings, Mr. Baird said terrorism was a “central theme” of his conversations with the Indian leadership.

Asked specifically about the Indian government’s allegation that the violations came from Pakistan, in an effort to push militants across the LoC, Mr. Baird said, “Canada lends its support to India in its fight against terror. India has had to pay too heavy a price on terror over the past few decades, and we appreciate all that it has done despite that. We were particularly impressed by Prime Minister Modi’s decision to reach out to Pakistan after he was elected this year.”

Mr. Baird said the issue of radical anti-Indian, primarily Khalistani groups operating in Canada had been raised during his talks in the Indo-Canadian security dialogue. Accepting the problem of such groups, he said: “I assured the Indian leadership that we are keen to work with them on intelligence sharing and anti-terror cooperation, and that only the odd member of the Sikh population may be involved.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/canada-backs-india-in-its-fight-against-terror/article6501823.ece

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Malala’s memoir to be translated into four Indian languages

K. V. ADITYA BHARADWAJ

Oct 15, 2014

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient and an icon of education rights, will soon come closer home.

Her memoir I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban, is being translated into four Indian languages — Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi.

While the Kannada version published by Akruthi Books will be released on Sunday, the book in the other three languages will hit the stands soon.

The memoir recounts her fight for education in the SWAT valley of Pakistan and the Taliban attack on her for championing the cause of education for the girl child.

It created a stir when Malala sealed a deal of $3 million for the rights of her memoir in 2013.

The book later turned into a bestseller, fuelled by Malala’s address at the United Nations, dubbed as ‘Malala Day’.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/malalas-memoir-to-be-translated-into-four-indian-languages/article6501838.ece

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Pakistan using ‘diversionary tactics’ on talks: India

Oct 15, 2014

ndia on Tuesday said it was willing for a “serious dialogue” with Pakistan on all outstanding issues including Kashmir but maintained that Islamabad was not interested in talks and was using “diversionary tactics” by complaining to the United Nations.

It also demanded that Pakistan must take immediate steps to restore peace and tranquility along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and end its sponsorship of terrorism against it. Reiterating the country’s stand that only Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration provided the framework to resolve all the issues between India and Pakistan, External Affairs

Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said there was no place for a third party intervention.

“We are willing for a serious dialogue in this (Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration) framework and this dialogue will cover all outstanding issues including issues of Jammu and Kashmir. It seems, from what Pakistan is doing it is not interested in this sort of a dialogue. Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/pakistan-using-diversionary-tactics-on-talks-india/

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North America

 

Obama rallies coalition commanders against ISIL jihadists

Oct 15, 2014

President Barack Obama attempted to rally allied commanders around his emerging strategy to defeat Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Oct. 14, as the U.S.-led air armada stepped up its raids in Syria.

Coalition jets carried out two dozen strikes to relieve pressure on Kobane, but Obama admitted to deep concern about the Syrian border town's fate and he warned of a long campaign ahead.        

In Washington, the president and the U.S. military's top officer General Martin Dempsey met senior commanders from more than 20 Western and Arab allies involved in the campaign.

"One of the things that has emerged from the discussions, both before I came and during my visit here, is that this is going to be a long-term campaign," Obama warned.        

"There are not quick fixes involved. We're still at the early stages," he said, explaining that efforts were focused on breaking the siege of Kobane and on halting the ISIL advance in western Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/obama-rallies-coalition-commanders-against-isil-jihadists.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72994&NewsCatID=359

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U.S. slams ‘abhorrent’ ISIS slavery of Yazidis

15 October 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group for “abhorrent” abuses on Tuesday after the militants boasted of selling captured women and girls as slaves.

ISIS militants said abducted Yazidi women and children had been divided among its fighters according to Shariah law.

Kerry described the act as despicable, and said the group “does not represent Islam.”

“ISIL now proudly takes credit for the abduction, enslavement, rape, forced marriage and sale of several thousand... women and girls, some as young as 12 years old,” Kerry said in a statement, referring to an alternative name for the militants.

“ISIL rationalizes its abhorrent treatment of these women and girls by claiming it is somehow sanctioned by religion. Wrong. Dead wrong.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/15/Kerry-slams-abhorrent-Yazidi-slavery-by-ISIS.html

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U.S. Holocaust museum to display Syria torture photos

15 October 2014

A handful from the thousands of photographs that surfaced in July allegedly showing starved, burned and bruised bodies of Syrian torture victims will go on display at the U.S. Holocaust Museum on Wednesday, Yahoo News reported.

The U.S. State Department obtained some 27,000 photographs in July showing tthe effects of torture in Syria's prisons on victims' bodies.

They were smuggled out of the war torn country by an official Syrian regime photographer who defected and is now living in Europe.

Caesar, the code name adopted by the photographer, testified in a closed-door session before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee in July.

While the Syrian government has denied the authenticity of the photos, FBI agents informally told a senior U.S. diplomat “they think it is impossible they could be forgeries” and that “there is no evidence of doctoring.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/10/14/U-S-Holocaust-museum-to-display-Syria-torture-photos.html

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Image revealed of Saudi suspected of killing American

15 October 2014

An image of the man suspected to have killed an American citizen in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Tuesday has been obtained by Al Arabiya News Channel’s online Arabic platform.

Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz Alrashid, 24, the alleged shooter who authorities say was wounded in a gunfight with security forces, is a U.S.-born Saudi who had been fired from U.S. defense contractor Vinnell Arabia, an interior ministry spokesman said in a statement late Tuesday.

Riyadh's embassy in Washington said in a statement Tuesday that the suspect was recently dismissed from his job "due to drug related issues."

Vinnell Arabia is a U.S. military contractor supporting Saudi National Guard military programs in Riyadh.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/15/Image-of-Saudi-suspect-in-killing-of-American-revealed.html

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U.S. says no talk about extending Iran nuclear negotiations

15 October 2014

World powers and Iran are not discussing extending a late November deadline for reaching an accord over Tehran’s nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, adding there was still time to strike a deal.

However, the State Department official said there were still some significant gaps in negotiating positions on Iran’s uranium enrichment program: “We don’t know if we’ll be able to get to an agreement, we very well may not.”

The official spoke ahead of a meeting on Wednesday between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Vienna.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/10/15/U-S-says-no-talk-about-extending-Iran-nuclear-negotiations.html

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What Happened When Wisconsin Man Decided To Take On ISIS

Oct 15, 2014

DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the militants head-on.

Now, the 28-year-old Racine, Wis., man is recovering in a hospital in north-eastern Syria from shrapnel wound in his foot, the result of a mortar attack by Islamic State fighters in Jazaa, along the Iraqi border.

Tall with slightly greying hair, Matson conceded that people back home might call him crazy for joining Kurdish forces three weeks ago to help end the Islamic State’s reign of terror.

“I couldn’t just sit and watch Christians being slaughtered anymore,” he said in an interview with USA Today. “I got sick of giving online sympathy. Five minutes of lip service does nothing. These people are fighting for their homes, for everything they have.”

Matson was critical of the United States for being slow to launch air attacks on the Islamic State militants, who have been fighting in Syria for three years and seized large portions of Iraq earlier this year.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/08/jordan-matson-isis_n_5952786.html?cps=gravity

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US-Indonesia Collaboration Tackling Education Reforms at National Event

Oct 15, 2014

Jakarta. Leaders from some 30 districts across Indonesia attended the National Policy Forum on Teacher Deployment on Tuesday to discuss strategies on how to equally distribute teachers based on local schools’ needs, teacher qualifications, and student-to-teacher ratios.

The forum was hosted by the Indonesian Education and Culture Ministry and the United States Agency for International Development’s Prioritizing Reform, Innovation, and Opportunities for Reaching Indonesia’s Teachers, Administrators and Students, or USAID Prioritas.

“Americans and Indonesians alike know that teachers are critical to a child’s success, and in turn, paramount to a nation’s future,” said US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake when asked about the forum. “The United States is proud to partner with the Indonesia national and local governments to help ensure that all students have access to a quality education.”

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/us-indonesia-collaboration-tackling-education-reforms-national-event/

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