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ISIS Will Not Impact Indian Muslims As They Believe In Peaceful Co-Existence: Ulema and Mashaikh Board

 

 

Photo: Caption: Headline of the Urdu Newspaper regarding the ISIS latest video inciting Indian Muslims

 

Indian Muslims Have Developed 'Indo-Islamic Culture', Says Vice President of India

Do Not Harm Innocent Muslims: Al-Qaeda Tells Indian Fighters in Audio Message

How to Spot a Militant: Pakistani Army Removes Roofs in Waziristan

Sufis Live In Fear after Bangladeshi Machete Slaughter

Militias in Libya Advance on ISIS Stronghold of Surt with Separate Agendas

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India

ISIS Will Not Impact Indian Muslims As They Believe In Peaceful Co-Existence: Ulema and Mashaikh Board

Indian Muslims Have Developed 'Indo-Islamic Culture', Says Vice President of India

Do Not Harm Innocent Muslims: Al-Qaeda Tells Indian Fighters in Audio Message

Please Keep Muslims Away From Our Locality: Vadodara Residents in A Letter To Municipal Body

India Safest Country for Muslims, Says BJP’s Only Muslim MLA in Assam

India, US sign ‘exchange of terrorist screening information arrangement’

Gulbarga massacre verdict: Zakia Jafri says ‘fight will continue’

In the name of Cow protection, goons strip and brutally beat Muslim traders

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Pakistan

How to Spot a Militant: Pakistani Army Removes Roofs in Waziristan

Counter Terrorism Department of Multan Eliminates Six ‘Militants’

Taliban Chief Also Issued Local Resident Certificate

The Council of Islamic Ideology Is Wildly Out Of Sync with the Rest of Pakistan

US-Pakistan ties misgivings being ended: Mamnoon

NAB launches money laundering probe against Uzair Baloch

Modi leads the way as leaders wish Sharif a speedy recovery

12 dead as powerful storm batters Islamabad, KP

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South Asia

Sufis Live In Fear after Bangladeshi Machete Slaughter

Afghan Army Suffered Heavy Casualties, 16 Martyred In Past 24 Hours

Militants kill 3 aid workers in northern Parwan province

Taliban kill 2 more kidnapped passengers in Kunduz province

Hundreds protest against Taliban in Kabul city

MoI rejects Taliban has gained access to biometric system

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Africa

Militias in Libya Advance on ISIS Stronghold of Surt with Separate Agendas

At least 15 people killed in overnight siege in Somalia hotel

Generation revolution: how Egypt’s military state betrayed its youth

UN says Central African Republic abuses include witchcraft

East Africa: Turkish President Criticises EU Over Cutting Somalia Funding

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Europe

Europe Braces for More Jihadist Attacks

ISIS on Cusp of Losing Last Remaining Route to Europe as Offensive Targets Turkish Border

'Do not go to Britain' US State Department in terror warning for the whole of Europe

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Mideast

Turkey Says German Vote on Armenian 'Genocide' a 'Test of Friendship

Arab Israeli Salafists Take Aim At Sports and Culture

US, PYD hit ISIL in Syria, Turkey doesn’t take part

Turkey wants to end NATO’s refugee mission in the Aegean

Father of Turkish ‘serial killer’ downed Greek jet in 1992

Turkey hits ISIL targets in Syria

Turkey imposes visa requirements on Russian trucks due to reciprocity

Israeli High Court Petitioned to Reroute Jerusalem Day March to Bypass Muslim Quarter

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Arab World

Syrian Army Sends Hundreds of Fresh Forces to Strategic Anadan Region

ISIL Terrorists' Training Camp in Deir Ezzur Razed by Russian Air Raids

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Woman in Northern West Bank

Fallujah Operation Delayed, Thousands of Civilians Trapped

Senior Diplomat: Iran to Further Develop N. Industry despite Powers' Will

Over 2,200 Civilians Killed, Injured by Terrorists in Iraq in May

Humanitarian Aid Delivered in Syria's Moadhamiyah

Syrian Forces, Allies Block Faylaq Al-Rahman Terrorists' Supply Route in Eastern Ghouta

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Southeast Asia

Leave Politics outside Mosque, Muslims Told

Islamic law bill splits Malaysian cabinet

Terrorism, Trafficking Fears after Malaysian Immigration Scandal

Indonesia: Retired Generals Discuss ‘Communist Threat’

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North America

Philadelphia Schools Adds Two Muslim Holidays

American Muslims fear the worst if Trump wins, US-based preacher says

Unsettling U.S. Political Climate Galvanizes Muslims to Vote

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

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ISIS Will Not Impact Indian Muslims As They Believe In Peaceful Co-Existence: Ulema and Mashaikh Board

(Translated from Urdu by Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam)

02 June 2016

New Delhi: (Press Release) Condemning the latest 22-minute video containing the message of foul intentions, All India Ulema And Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), a representative body of Sufi Sunni Muslims in India, has said, “Effort has been made in this video to misguide Muslims by misinterpreting the Quranic verses”.

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhawi, founder and president of AIUMB, said in a statement, “this video will not impact the Indian Muslims, because the Muslims of this country, instead of adopting the way of clash and confrontation, prefer to peacefully coexist with people of other religions and promote the nationalist culture of India. The Muslim Youth of India are eager to create their own position in the society by working hard; hence such a video cannot misguide them”. He added saying, “It is worthy to note that ISIS has tried to attract the attention of not only Muslims but non-Muslims towards their nefarious acts and some non-Muslim Indians too have rushed to join their brutal group. It can be evaluated here that ISIS is attracting the Indian Youth towards terrorism by exploiting their condition of unemployment and deprivation".

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhawi further said, “As it has been said earlier that due to riots and provocative statements, an environment of fear has been created among Muslims, therefore the government should issue a statement to tell the people about the initiatives it has taken so far against those who are creating conflicts in the society. The Indian Muslims trust in peace, harmony and peaceful coexistence. Therefore, such a video cannot succeed in breaking the unity, integrity and the peace of India”.

The founder and president of AIUMB further said, “All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board has been working to keep Muslims away from extremism for the last ten years. And now the campaign for public connections has been further intensified in a bid to spread awareness among the youth and train them mentally, in the lessons of true Islamic faith which is based on peace and pluralism. In this regard, the process for establishing the branches of the Board for the youth in several parts of the country is going on.”

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Indian Muslims Have Developed 'Indo-Islamic Culture', Says Vice President of India

02 Jun 2016

He also said in the modern world with diverse cultures across the globe, tolerance alone is not adequate and efforts ought to be made to seek "acceptance of diversity as a civic virtue".

"The challenge for the modern world is to accept diversity as an existential reality and to configure attitudes and methodologies for dealing with it. In developing such an approach, the traditional virtue of tolerance is desirable but insufficient," he said delivering a lecture at the Mohammed V University here during his ongoing visit to Morocco.

"...our effort, thinking and practices have to look beyond it and seek acceptance of diversity and adopt it as a civic virtue," said Ansari.

"Indian Muslims have lived in India’s religiously plural society for over a thousand years, at times as rulers, at others as subjects and now as citizens.

They are not homogenous in racial or linguistic terms.....Over centuries of intermingling and interaction, an Indo-Islamic culture developed in India," the vice president said speaking on  the topic 'Accommodating Diversity in a Globalising World: The Indian Experience'.

Ansari said "the one incontrovertible" fact about the Muslim experience in modern India is that Muslims consider themselves as "beneficiaries" of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, participate fully in the civic processes of the polity and "seek correctives for their grievances" within the system.

"There is no inclination in their ranks to resort to ideologies and practices of violence," he said.

However, he said given the "segmented nature of society and unequal economy", there would be issues at times and concerns have been expressed from time to time about shortfalls and pace of implementation of what is enshrined in the constitution.

But Ansari pointed out: "The corrective lies in our functioning democracy, its accountability mechanisms including regularity of elections at all levels from village and district councils to regional and national levels.

"The framers of our constitution had the objective of securing civic, political, economic, social and cultural rights as essential ingredients of citizenship. Particular emphasis was placed on rights of religious minorities."

Stating that efforts are on in India to propagate acceptance of diversity and "as a civic virtue", Ansari said: "We in India are attempting it, cannot yet say that we have succeeded, but are committed to continue the effort".

In this context, he invited "all right-minded people to join us (India) in this endeavour".

Ansari is on a visit to Morocco and Tunisia.

The Moroccan varsity later conferred an honoris causa degree on the Vice President.

indiatvnews.com/news/world-indian-muslims-have-developed-indo-islamic-culture-says-hamid-ansari-332303

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Do not harm innocent Muslims: Al-Qaeda tells Indian fighters in audio message

02 Jun 2016

New Delhi: The Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the Indian wing of the militant outfit, has cautioned its fighters against harming innocent Muslims.

The advisory has come from AQIS head Asim Umar in a 26-minute-long audio message in Urdu. Produced by Sahab Media Foundation, the Bengali translation of the message was released on May 31 whereas the English version on June 1, a report in Economic Times said.

The audio message of AQIS, ‘Without Shariah, War is Mere Strife’ comes close on the heels of the Islamic State propaganda video, featuring six Indians, released on May 19.

In the message, Umar said that “targeting innocent Muslims as well women and children of the enemy, contradicts Islamic Shariah, and will prevent the fighter who perpetrates such an act from attaining the rewards of jihad.”

Umar, the head of AQIS, has been identified by security agencies as Sanaullah Haq from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh. He is said to be based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. He was earlier named by Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a video message as the leader of the network's new operation which will try to rouse fighters in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Umar appeared wearing a black turban and beard in several online videos produced by Al-Qaida and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Besides Umar’s message, the AQIS spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, can be heard condemning January 2016 attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda that killed 22 people and the December 2015 bombing at the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office in Mardan.

Meanwhile, intelligence officials said that they are ascertaining the authenticity of the audio message.

Officials suspect that it could be the work of an agent of Pakistani spy agency ISI which has been providing logistical help to terror groups to carry out terror strikes on Indian soil.

indiatvnews.com/news/india-do-not-harm-innocent-muslims-al-qaeda-tells-indian-fighters-in-audio-message-332363

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How to spot a militant: Pakistani army removes roofs in Waziristan

June 2, 2016

SHAKAI: House after house flicks by hundreds of feet beneath a military helicopter, many distinguished by one arresting feature: their roofs have been removed by the army to allow an  "aerial view" of militants who may take refuge there.

South Waziristan was once a stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban, where the extremists operated with impunity, but the military says the region in the country's mountainous northwest has been cleared of its last militant stronghold.

Now the district, part of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on the border with Afghanistan, is welcoming thousands of displaced families back to their homes, many of  which no longer offer shelter.

Some were damaged by weather, said a military official who flew with media on the army-controlled helicopter trip earlier this month over the towns of Makeen, Ladha and Kaniguram.  But not all.

"(The) military has removed the roofs of the houses to have a better aerial view and stop militants taking refuge in these abundant, fort-like mud houses," the official told reporters.

From the helicopter, journalists could see scores of homes with no roofs but appearing otherwise in tact, their interiors exposed to the elements, though it was unclear how many had been removed by the military and how many had been damaged by the weather and fighting.The Rah-i-Nijat operation was launched by the military against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its then-leader Baitullah Mehsud in 2009, displacing more than 72,000 families.

Seven years later, some 42,000 families have been sent back, head of development Colonel Muhammad Imran told journalists during a briefing earlier this month in Shakai town, with  another 30,000 expected by the end of 2016.

Under 'complete control'Pakistani authorities have rebuilt roads, constructed health facilities and schools and reinforced the water supply in villages in the area.

"We are trying to make all the facilities available for internally displaced persons (IDPs) before their return," Imran said.

But the lack of shelter, residents warn, will be a serious issue.

Traditionally roofs in South Waziristan are built of wood and iron sheets to hold off heavy winter snows, but from the helicopter hundreds could be seen with their wooden skeletons  bared and interiors exposed.

The government says it is providing up to Rs400,000 to families for the rebuilding of their homes.

"Rs400,000 is not a sufficient amount even to build one room," said Haji Muhammad, 55, a tribal elder from Makeen.

"My family, especially women, are anxiously waiting to go back but it may not be possible," he said.

When asked if the funds allocated were enough to rebuild a house, development head Imran said: "I can't answer to the question."

A senior military official told AFP some $285 million is needed to tackle reconstruction in Fata, but the government has so far released only $48m, with $12.5m of that distributed to  displaced families.

Muhammad Aslam, from Kaniguram, said the security situation was "peaceful" and "under complete control of the military".

But only two rooms in his three-story house are still standing, he said adding that he and the 20 members of his extended family are "lucky" to have that much.

The 32-year-old told AFP $15,000 in compensation would be enough for the average home.

In neighbouring North Waziristan, resident Malik Muhammad Ghulam said "the majority of the houses" in the region's administrative headquarters Miramshah had been demolished.

"Authorities implement curfew from 7pm to 7am ... we cannot even go to the market. (They) tell us not to leave the compound of our house."

dawn.com/news/1262267/how-to-spot-a-militant-pakistani-army-removes-roofs-in-waziristan

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Sufis live in fear after Bangladeshi machete slaughter

June 2, 2016

Dhaka (AFP) - Each time he hears of the latest deadly machete attack, Ashraful Islam can't help but think of his father's gruesome murder and fear his fellow Sufi Muslims will never be safe again in Bangladesh.

"The killings are not declining, they're getting worse. And every one reminds me what happened to my father," said the 30-year-old medical student.

"I've no idea why they are doing this but if they aren't stopped then our future is doomed, we'll become another Pakistan."

Islamists have claimed responsibility for around 40 killings in the last three years of foreigners, secular bloggers, gay activists, Hindus and Christians. Many have been slaughtered with machetes.

But no group has suffered as much as Sufis, an offshoot of mainstream Islam whose followers are often denounced as "infidels" for their mystical traditions, including worshipping at shrines.

Fourteen have died since December 2014 in religiously motivated attacks, including Islam's father Khizir Khan.

More than 100,000 Sufis are expected in Dhaka Friday to attend an annual congregation, which this year is both a celebration and an act of defiance.

It comes less than a month after local Sufi leader Mohammad Shahidullah was found hacked to death under a mango tree in the north-western Rajshahi district.

The deep wounds in his neck echoed Khan's murder last October when he was killed by suspected members of banned Islamist militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Khan had around 2,000 followers, many of whom would turn up at weekly prayers at the family home in Dhaka.

On the night of his killing, he had arranged to meet prospective tenants for a vacant apartment underneath the family's own flat.

But he went downstairs to an ambush by a gang who cornered him in a bathroom and then hacked at his neck until he bled to death.

The killers then burst into the upstairs living-room, tying up Khan's family, who later managed to escape.

- Slaughtered in bathroom -

"It was my mother who discovered the body in the bathroom. The head was partially severed.

"It was such a shocking thing. Every now and then my mother still breaks down."

Police soon arrested five suspects who allegedly told investigators it was their "religious duty" to kill Khan.

No-one has yet to be convicted for the killing and there have been few arrests in the other murders.

Most have been claimed by the likes of JMB or international jihadists such as the Islamic State organisation or Al-Qaeda's South Asia wing.

While more than 90 percent of Bangladesh's 160 million population are Muslims, it is an avowedly secular state.

For most of the first four decades after winning the 1971 independence war with Pakistan, Bangladesh had a reputation for religious tolerance and Sufi Muslim services drew tens of millions of worshippers.

But Islamist groups, discredited by their war-time allegiance to Pakistan, grew in strength over the decades.

The largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, became a key ally of the mainstream opposition before being banned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a move critics say pushed its followers towards extremism.

Mubashar Hasan, an expert on political Islam, said Bangladesh's fate was familiar to other Muslim-majority countries where extremists have tried to impose a very narrow form of religion.

"Pakistan, Egypt and Iraq are facing similar problems," said Hasan from Dhaka's University of Liberal Arts.

He urged Hasina's government to co-opt Islamic scholars to join a campaign "to delegitimise religious justification of violence and terrorism carried out by these extremists".

- Militants 'brainwashed' -

There is a widespread fear that youths struggling to find work in an impoverished country are being radicalised in madrasas, or religious schools.

"These militants tend to be half-educated or illiterate and become brainwashed," said Rezaul Haq Chanpuri, an activist from a prominent Sufi family.

"There is a section of the country which believes these militants and the clerics who preach Salafi-Wahhabi Islam represent the rightful path while Sufis are deviants."

A Dhaka-based Sufi, who has more than 100 followers, said he had adapted his services to avoid becoming a target.

"I am now using Quranic verses that are popular among Salafi-Wahabis so they can't brand me a deviant," he said on condition of anonymity.

Self-styled Sufi king Hazrat Dewanbagi, who is hosting Friday's congregation, now deploys heavy security around his inner sanctum -- which once was open to all.

Ashraful Islam admits being scared but won't reject his heritage.

"My father taught me that tolerance is true to the nature of Islam and it is others who have veered off the rightful path," he said.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/31750196/sufis-live-in-fear-after-bangladeshi-machete-slaughter/

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Militias in Libya Advance on ISIS Stronghold of Surt with Separate Agendas

JUNE 1, 2016

CAIRO — Fighters aligned with Libya’s United Nations-backed unity government are advancing along the Mediterranean coast toward the Islamic State stronghold of Surt, signalling the first major assault on territory that, since last year, has become the terrorist group’s largest base outside of Iraq and Syria.

Two separate militia forces have fought their way toward the city in recent days, attacking from both the east and the west, in apparently uncoordinated attacks that have reduced the length of Libyan coastline controlled by the Islamic State to 100 miles from about 150 miles. On Wednesday, one of the militias claimed to have seized control of Surt’s power plant, 20 miles west of the city.

Those victories occurred in sparsely populated areas, and it was unclear whether the militias had either the strength or the will to push into Surt, which is thought to be heavily fortified and also harbour several thousand foreign fighters. But the advance did signal a new setback for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, at a time when it is already under concerted attack in Falluja, Iraq, and in parts of Syria.

Analysts and diplomats warn that while the offensive addresses the West’s biggest concern in Libya, it also risks destabilizing the fragile peace effort by fostering violent competition between rival groups.

“Only a year ago, these two groups were battling for control of the so-called oil crescent, and lobbying rockets and shells at one another,” said Frederic Wehrey, a Libya specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who visited that country recently. “Now they are converging on a common enemy, but the great fear is what comes next.”

Over the past year, Surt, the hometown of the ousted Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, has become a preoccupation for Western countries worried that it could become a refuge for militants fleeing Iraq and Syria. Islamic State fighters have presided over a brutal rule in the city, with public executions and floggings, as well as shortages of food and medicines.

Since late 2015, small groups of American, British and French special operations forces have quietly deployed across Libya, making contact with friendly Libyan militias in an effort to gather intelligence on the Islamic State. In February, the Pentagon presented the White House with a potential plan for extensive airstrikes against the militant group’s camps, command centres and munitions depots in Libya.

But President Obama has stayed his hand, limiting overt American action to sporadic strikes against a handful of Islamic State targets in an effort to allow a United Nations-led peace process to take root in Libya. That endeavor, however, has faltered badly as the unity government, which arrived in the capital, Tripoli, in March, has failed to gain broad political acceptance.

Now, with the sudden move against the Islamic State, military action on the ground is moving faster than the country’s tangled politics.

The power plant where fighting raged on Wednesday is a significant prize because its loss to the Islamic State last June was seen as a significant step in the group’s domination of the Surt region. The assault was instigated by militias from Misurata, a powerful trading city further west along the coast, in response to Islamic State attacks. Dozens of Misuratan fighters have died in recent weeks, according to Libyan media reports.

Hamza Ahmed Abusnaina, a senior Misuratan commander, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that the attackers had captured both the Surt power plant and an area south of the city called Wadi Jaref. Mr. Abusnaina’s claim could not be independently confirmed, but it was echoed by Twitter accounts associated with the Misuratan militias.

On the eastern side of the city, the attack is led by Ibrahim Jathran, a young militia commander who controls a stretch of coast known as the oil crescent, where most of Libya’s oil terminals are. In recent days, his group seized the coastal town of Bin Jawad and claimed on Tuesday to have moved on nearby Nawfaliyah.

That would bring his group, known as the Petroleum Facilities Guard, within 80 miles of Surt.

It is unclear whether foreign forces are playing a direct role in the offensive. In The Times of London last week, a report from Misurata cited a local commander who said that British

special forces soldiers had fired a missile to destroy an Islamic State truck packed with explosives during a battle in early May. British defense officials did not comment on the report.

In April, a Pentagon spokesman said that the small group of United States Special Operations forces deployed to Libya — about two dozen troops operating near Misurata and Benghazi —  were principally involved in intelligence gathering and reconnaissance.

As the two-pronged assault on Islamic State territory unfolded, several analysts pointed to the role of the unity’s government’s new defense minister, Almahdi Al-Barghathi, who has been  trying to bring rival militant factions under a central command that could become a national army. But such efforts are being frustrated by the tribal and personal rivalries that have  fueled chaos in Libya since the fall of Colonel Qaddafi in 2011.

“These forces lack crucial capabilities,” said Mr. Wehrey, of the two groups. “It’s one thing to push back I.S. in the surrounding villages and towns but quite another to liberate Surt.”

The coastal city is thought to be home to a majority of the Islamic State fighters in Libya, estimated to number between 3,000 and 6,500. Western officials say that any group attacking  Surt would likely face suicide bombers, roadside bombs and the resistance of fighters with few avenues of escape. It is estimated that two-thirds of the city’s population has already  fled.

More broadly, there is a danger of deepening divisions between east and west in Libya. One Western official who recently visited the country said the political mood in Libya had become increasingly confrontational during recent months as the United Nations, acting under pressure from the United States and its allies, has struggled to win acceptance for the unity  government.

The assault on Surt could further isolate Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a powerful militia commander in the eastern city of Benghazi, who has determinedly resisted all entreaties to join the unity  government. Only weeks ago, he boasted that he would be the one to rout the Islamic State from Surt.

In a sign of those divisions, the eastern branch of the country’s central bank this week announced that it had printed 4 billion Libyan dinars through a company in Russia, drawing a furious reaction from the main central bank in Tripoli.

On Wednesday, the Tripoli bank took delivery of its own consignment of new bank notes which, officials said, had been produced by Libya’s traditional currency printer — in Britain.

nytimes.com/2016/06/02/world/africa/militias-in-libya-advance-on-isis-stronghold-of-surt-with-separate-agendas.html

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India

ISIS Will Not Impact Indian Muslims As They Believe In Peaceful Co-Existence: Ulema and Mashaikh Board

(Translated from Urdu by Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam)

02 June 2016

New Delhi: (Press Release) Condemning the latest 22-minute video containing the message of foul intentions, All India Ulema And Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), a representative body of Sufi Sunni Muslims in India, has said, “Effort has been made in this video to misguide Muslims by misinterpreting the Quranic verses”.

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhawi, founder and president of AIUMB, said in a statement, “this video will not impact the Indian Muslims, because the Muslims of this country, instead of adopting the way of clash and confrontation, prefer to peacefully coexist with people of other religions and promote the nationalist culture of India. The Muslim Youth of India are eager to create their own position in the society by working hard; hence such a video cannot misguide them”. He added saying, “It is worthy to note that ISIS has tried to attract the attention of not only Muslims but non-Muslims towards their nefarious acts and some non-Muslim Indians too have rushed to join their brutal group. It can be evaluated here that ISIS is attracting the Indian Youth towards terrorism by exploiting their condition of unemployment and deprivation".

Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhawi further said, “As it has been said earlier that due to riots and provocative statements, an environment of fear has been created among Muslims, therefore the government should issue a statement to tell the people about the initiatives it has taken so far against those who are creating conflicts in the society. The Indian Muslims trust in peace, harmony and peaceful coexistence. Therefore, such a video cannot succeed in breaking the unity, integrity and the peace of India”.

The founder and president of AIUMB further said, “All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board has been working to keep Muslims away from extremism for the last ten years. And now the campaign for public connections has been further intensified in a bid to spread awareness among the youth and train them mentally, in the lessons of true Islamic faith which is based on peace and pluralism. In this regard, the process for establishing the branches of the Board for the youth in several parts of the country is going on.”

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Indian Muslims Have Developed 'Indo-Islamic Culture', Says Vice President of India

02 Jun 2016

He also said in the modern world with diverse cultures across the globe, tolerance alone is not adequate and efforts ought to be made to seek "acceptance of diversity as a civic virtue".

"The challenge for the modern world is to accept diversity as an existential reality and to configure attitudes and methodologies for dealing with it. In developing such an approach, the traditional virtue of tolerance is desirable but insufficient," he said delivering a lecture at the Mohammed V University here during his ongoing visit to Morocco.

Full report at: indiatvnews.com/news/world-indian-muslims-have-developed-indo-islamic-culture-says-hamid-ansari-332303

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Do not harm innocent Muslims: Al-Qaeda tells Indian fighters in audio message

02 Jun 2016

New Delhi: The Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the Indian wing of the militant outfit, has cautioned its fighters against harming innocent Muslims.

The advisory has come from AQIS head Asim Umar in a 26-minute-long audio message in Urdu. Produced by Sahab Media Foundation, the Bengali translation of the message was released on May 31 whereas the English version on June 1, a report in Economic Times said.

The audio message of AQIS, ‘Without Shariah, War is Mere Strife’ comes close on the heels of the Islamic State propaganda video, featuring six Indians, released on May 19.

Full report at: indiatvnews.com/news/india-do-not-harm-innocent-muslims-al-qaeda-tells-indian-fighters-in-audio-message-332363

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Please keep Muslims away from our locality: Vadodara residents in a letter to municipal body

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ahmedabad: Residents of a locality in Gujarat's Vadodara have sent a letter to the municipal corporation asking it not to go ahead with the planned move to relocate some 300 Muslim families there.

Kapurai is a neighbourhood in Vadodara. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation is due to move in some 300 displaced families, mostly Muslims, there after their homes in Suleiman Chawl were demolished.

Full report at: zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/please-keep-muslims-away-from-our-locality-vadodara-residents-in-a-letter-to-municipal-body_1891040.html

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India Safest Country for Muslims, Says BJP’s Only Muslim MLA in Assam

Rahul Karmakar

Jun 01, 2016

Amin ul Haque Laskar, BJP’s only Muslim MLA in Assam, believes India is the safest country for the community and it can benefit only under a party that does not see it as a vote bank.

Laskar, who represents the Sonai assembly seat in southern Assam’s Barak Valley, is one of the 55 first-time legislators. But he stands out for being the only Muslim member among 86 who occupied the treasury bench (for the ruling party or alliance) of the 14th Assam legislative assembly.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-safest-country-for-muslims-says-bjp-s-only-muslim-mla-in-assam/story-pm11Dv3IoJDjAIPKo1wrHP.html

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India, US sign ‘exchange of terrorist screening information arrangement’

June 2, 2016

New Delhi: An arrangement between the authorized governmental agencies of the Government of India and United States of America (USA) for exchange of terrorist screening information was signed here today.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/india-us-sign-exchange-terrorist-screening-information-arrangement-965984/

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Gulbarga massacre verdict: Zakia Jafri says ‘fight will continue’

June 2, 2016

Mumbai: Expressing disappointment with the acquittal of 36 people in connection the 2002 post-Godhra riots case of Gulbarg Society, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s wife Zakia Jafri on Thursday said that her fight would continue.

Zakia said the accused should have been punished as only then they would have understood the severity of their crime.

Recalling the horrific incident, she told ANI the accused should have been given some strict punishment.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/gulbarg-massacre-verdict-zakia-jafri-says-fight-will-continue-965983/

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In the name of Cow protection, goons strip and brutally beat Muslim traders

June 2, 2016

Chittorgarh, Rajasthan: Muslim transporters of “Cow” were nearly lynched in Rajasthan yesterday. Truck is said to be carrying 50 cows and was passing through Chhoti Sadri Pratapgarh district, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan on 31 May 2016. The mob of Hindu “activists” chased the truck and later set it on fire. The driver and his three helps were stripped and mercilessly beaten in the presence of police. A case of cruelty against animals have been lodged against the four transporters.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/name-cow-protection-goons-strip-brutally-beat-muslims-traders-965793/

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Pakistan

How to spot a militant: Pakistani army removes roofs in Waziristan

June 2, 2016

SHAKAI: House after house flicks by hundreds of feet beneath a military helicopter, many distinguished by one arresting feature: their roofs have been removed by the army to allow an  "aerial view" of militants who may take refuge there.

South Waziristan was once a stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban, where the extremists operated with impunity, but the military says the region in the country's mountainous northwest has been cleared of its last militant stronghold.

Now the district, part of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on the border with Afghanistan, is welcoming thousands of displaced families back to their homes, many of  which no longer offer shelter.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262267/how-to-spot-a-militant-pakistani-army-removes-roofs-in-waziristan

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Counter Terrorism Department of Multan Eliminates Six ‘Militants’

June 2, 2016

LAYYAH: The Counter Terrorism Department of Multan police claimed on Wednesday to have eliminated six militants during a raid at their hideout near Angora goat farm.

The operation was conducted in the jurisdiction of the Chobara police station.

A CTD official told journalists that law enforcers got information that some militants belonging to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Al Qaeda had taken shelter in an area of Layyah and planned to target government offices and employees.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262237/ctd-eliminates-six-militants

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Taliban chief also issued local resident certificate

SALEEM SHAHID

June 2, 2016

QUETTA: Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour had obtained not only Pakistani national identity card and passport but also a local resident certificate in the name of Wali  Mohammad, according to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which is investigating the issuance of the documents.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262249/taliban-chief-also-issued-local-resident-certificate

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The Council of Islamic Ideology Is Wildly Out Of Sync with the Rest of Pakistan

JUN 02 2016

After the Council of Islamic Ideology announced in its proposed bill last month that a man could “lightly” beat his wife if she didn’t obey him, a lot of ugly incidents have taken place in  Pakistan. Close to Islamabad, a 19-year-old schoolteacher in Murree was burned alive after she spurned the school owner’s proposal, a Hindu girl in Sindh was similarly killed on refusal to marry, and a bride was strangled to death by the groom for “not being a virgin.” Such incidents of brutalization of women proliferate across the country as the Council ordains that a husband can “piously” beat his wife at will.

Full report at: newsweekpakistan.com/guardians-of-islamic-ideology/

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US-Pakistan ties misgivings being ended: Mamnoon

BAQIR SAJJAD SYED

June 2, 2016

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Wednesday that Pakistan and the United States were trying to mend fences and repair the damage caused by ‘misgivings’.

“Talks between the two countries are continuing to end misgivings and explore possibilities of further expanding bilateral cooperation,” the president said in his address to the joint  sitting of parliament at the start of the fourth parliamentary year.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262259/us-pakistan-ties-misgivings-being-ended-mamnoon

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NAB launches money laundering probe against Uzair Baloch

SYED IRFAN RAZA

June 2, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated a money laundering investigation against alleged Lyari gangster Uzair Baloch to ascertain how he sent money to  offshore banks and to trace his accomplices.

The decision to launch the investigation has been taken at a recent meeting in the NAB headquarters, according to an official of the bureau.

He said that a NAB team had visited Dubai last month, met officials concerned and collected information about Uzair Baloch and detained PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain, who had also been  accused of being involved in money laundering.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262245/nab-launches-money-laundering-probe-against-uzair-baloch

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Modi leads the way as leaders wish Sharif a speedy recovery

June 2, 2016

LONDON: Never to shy away from displaying his chummy relations with his Pakistani counterpart, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent flowers and wished a speedy recovery to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following his successful open-heart surgery in a hospital in London, tweeted the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was also quick to send a letter and convey his regards to the Pakistani head of state, MOFA’s tweeter feed acknowledged.

In fact, as confirmed in a tweet by the spokesperson for India's Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup, PM Nawaz had phoned Modi before going into surgery to thank him for wishing  him good health.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262273/modi-leads-the-way-as-leaders-wish-sharif-a-speedy-recovery

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12 dead as powerful storm batters Islamabad, KP

June 2, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Residents of the federal capital and Rawalpindi endured a powerful storm late Wednesday night, with some reports of as many as seven dead and dozens more injured.

Seven died and dozens were injured as the heavy rains also affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, including in Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan and  Khyber Agency. Nowshera only reported injuries, while Kalam and Mansehra reported damages, but no casualties. According to Pesco, efforts are underway to restore electricity from 21 tripped feeders.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262262/12-dead-as-powerful-storm-batters-islamabad-kp

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South Asia

Sufis live in fear after Bangladeshi machete slaughter

June 2, 2016

Dhaka (AFP) - Each time he hears of the latest deadly machete attack, Ashraful Islam can't help but think of his father's gruesome murder and fear his fellow Sufi Muslims will never be safe again in Bangladesh.

"The killings are not declining, they're getting worse. And every one reminds me what happened to my father," said the 30-year-old medical student.

"I've no idea why they are doing this but if they aren't stopped then our future is doomed, we'll become another Pakistan."

Full report at: https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/31750196/sufis-live-in-fear-after-bangladeshi-machete-slaughter/

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Afghan army suffered heavy casualties, 16 martyred in past 24 hours

Thu Jun 02 2016

The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces have suffered the heavy casualties during the latest counter-terrorism operations as they have lost at least 16 soldiers in the past 24 hours.

“The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan,” a statement by MoD  said, adding that 16 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-army-suffered-heavy-casualties-16-martyred-in-past-24-hours-01148

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Militants kill 3 aid workers in northern Parwan province

Thu Jun 02 2016

The anti-government armed militants have killed at least three aid workers in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the three aid workers were shot dead by the militants after their vehicle was stopped in Sheikh Ali district.

The district administrative chief Noor Aqa Sami has confirmed that the three aid workers were serving with the Focus Humanitarian Assistance.

Full report at: khaama.com/militants-kill-3-aid-workers-in-northern-parwan-province-01143

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Taliban kill 2 more kidnapped passengers in Kunduz province

Thu Jun 02 2016

The Taliban militants have killed two more kidnapped passengers in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, local officials said Thursday.

The officials further added that the two passengers were among 10 in custody of the Taliban after they were kidnapped on Tuesday morning.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-kill-2-more-kidnapped-passengers-in-kunduz-province-01145

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Hundreds protest against Taliban in Kabul city

Thu Jun 02 2016

anti-Taliban protest in KabulA large demonstration was organized in capital Kabul this morning to protest against the atrocities committed by the Taliban group.

The demonstration has been organized by the Afghanistan Green Trend led by the former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh.

The rally participants gathered near Eid Gah mosque chanting anti-Taliban slogans as they aid to deliver final statement near the presidential palace.

Full report at: khaama.com/hundreds-protest-against-taliban-in-kabul-city-01144

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MoI rejects Taliban has gained access to biometric system

Wed Jun 01 2016

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has rejected reports suggesting the Taliban militants have gained access to biometric system.

A statement by MoI said the Ministry launched an investigation after reports emerged the Taliban militants are using biometric system to identify the members of the security personnel on the highways.

Full report at: khaama.com/moi-rejects-taliban-has-gained-access-to-biometric-system-01140

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Africa

Militias in Libya Advance on ISIS Stronghold of Surt with Separate Agendas

JUNE 1, 2016

CAIRO — Fighters aligned with Libya’s United Nations-backed unity government are advancing along the Mediterranean coast toward the Islamic State stronghold of Surt, signalling the first major assault on territory that, since last year, has become the terrorist group’s largest base outside of Iraq and Syria.

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/06/02/world/africa/militias-in-libya-advance-on-isis-stronghold-of-surt-with-separate-agendas.html

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At least 15 people killed in overnight siege in Somalia hotel

02/06/2016

The assault started when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated outside the Ambassador Hotel on Wednesday evening and then three militants stormed inside the building, said the  African Union Mission in Somalia.

The African Union multinational force is bolstering Somalia's weak government against an insurgency by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

One militant was killed at the entrance of the hotel while two others entered the building and shot at residents, the AU force said in a statement. All the attackers were killed in the  siege that ended early on Thursday.

Full report at: independent.ie/world-news/africa/at-least-15-people-killed-in-overnight-siege-in-somalia-hotel-34767164.html

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Generation revolution: how Egypt’s military state betrayed its youth

Thursday 2 June 2016

uqayah crouched behind a sandbag wall, blinking away the sweat running into her eyes. The sun was directly overhead and the acrid smell of burning plastic stung the back of her throat.  Shouts and screams rose thinly over gunfire, helicopter rotors and the rumble of armoured bulldozers.

It was the middle of August 2013, soon after the Eid feast that marks the end of Ramadan, and the security forces were clearing the huge protest camps at Rabaa and al-Nahda squares in central Cairo. Their tens of thousands of inhabitants were demonstrating against the removal of the president, Mohamed Morsi, in a military coup at the beginning of July.

Full report at: theguardian.com/news/2016/jun/02/generation-revolution-egypt-military-state-youth

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UN says Central African Republic abuses include witchcraft

June 1,2016

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief has reported 269 verified incidents of human rights violations and abuses in Central African Republic including arbitrary killings, conflict-related sexual violence and allegations of witchcraft.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report to the U.N. Security Council on the central Africa region circulated Wednesday said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic documented incidents involving 915 victims including 53 women, 48 boys and 30 girls.

Full report at: https://washingtonpost.com/world/africa/un-says-central-african-republic-abuses-include-witchcraft/2016/06/01/c418b17a-284b-11e6-8329-6104954928d2_story.html

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East Africa: Turkish President Criticises EU Over Cutting Somalia Funding

June 1,2016

Entebbe — The visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday warned that the decision by the European Union (EU) to cut funding for African Union troops in Somalia was a  mistake.

Last month, the UPDF said it would review its operations in Somalia after EU which has been paying the soldiers' allowances announced it would cut the funding by 20 per cent.

"Leaving Somalia to fight terrorism on its own is a big mistake. However, despite cutting the funds, we will help Somalia," Mr Erdogan said yesterday at State House, Entebbe.

The Turkish government has invested $100m in the rebuilding and reconstruction of Somalia after two decades of civil war.

Full report at: allafrica.com/stories/201606020489.html

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Europe

Europe Braces for More Jihadist Attacks

June 2, 2016

Sports stadiums and big music events are especially vulnerable: "This is where you put a small town into a small area for a couple of hours." — Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner of  the Metropolitan Police, London.

"We know that the Islamic State has the European Championship in its sights." — Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency.

Full report at: gatestoneinstitute.org/8185/europe-jihadist-attacks

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ISIS on cusp of losing last remaining route to Europe as offensive targets Turkish border

Jun 1, 2016

Fanatical fighters loyal to the warped Islamist terror group - known by its Arabic acronym Daesh - have long used the border region as a base for moving foreign fighters back and forth to Europe.

The group currently controls a 50-mile stretch of land, dubbed the Manbij pocket, in northern Syria along the border with Turkey.

Full report at: express.co.uk/news/world/675905/Islamic-State-Turkish-border-region-Manbij-pocket-targeted-anti-ISIS-coalition

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'DO NOT GO TO BRITAIN' US State Department in terror warning for the WHOLE OF EUROPE

Jun 1, 2016

AMERICAN officials have warned US citizens against travelling to Europe over fears that another mass terrorist attack is imminent.

The US State Department released the urgent note warning Americans of the possible threat of terrorist attacks carried about by Islamic State (ISIS) maniacs across the continent this

summer.

In the dire warning the officials said that jihadi gunmen could attack major tourist sites, restaurants, shopping centres and transport hubs such as airports and railway stations.

And they stated their fears that another massacre like the Brussels and Paris attacks is being planned by Islamist terrorists.

Full report at: express.co.uk/news/world/675505/US-State-Department-warns-people-travelling-EU-Europe-terror-ISIS-Daesh

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Mideast

Turkey says German vote on Armenian 'genocide' a 'test of friendship'

June/02/2016

German lawmakers' planned vote to recognise the World War I killings of Anatolian Armenians as genocide will test the "friendship" between Berlin and Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister  Binali Yıldırım said on June 2.

The resolution "will amount to a real test of the friendship" between the two nations, Yıldırım said.     

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-says-german-vote-on-armenian-genocide-a-test-of-friendship-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99988&NewsCatID=510

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Arab Israeli Salafists Take Aim At Sports and Culture

June 2, 2016

AFP — When Hanin Radi tried to make her dream come true of staging a marathon in her hometown, the Arab Israeli received death threats from radical Islamists.

“I’ve run marathons everywhere, but in the streets of my town I’m afraid to run,” said Radi, who is from the Arab town of Tira in central Israel.

The 36-year-old mother of four is among those who have stirred the wrath of Salafist Islamists increasingly asserting themselves among Israel’s Arab population.

Full report at: timesofisrael.com/arab-israeli-salafists-take-aim-at-sports-and-culture/

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US, PYD hit ISIL in Syria, Turkey doesn’t take part

June/02/2016

The United States has launched a major operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the Turkish border with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with Turkish  sources confirming that the Turkish military has not taken part in the operation.

Still, the U.S. informed Turkey ahead of an offensive to capture a crucial swathe of northern Syria known as the Manbij pocket from ISIL, Turkish military sources have stated, without  detailing exactly when the information was passed to Ankara.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-pyd-hit-isil-in-syria-turkey-doesnt-take-part.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99956&NewsCatID=510

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Turkey wants to end NATO’s refugee mission in the Aegean

June/02/2016

It seems that despite positive political rhetoric at governmental levels and deepening bilateral relations on all fronts, Greece and Turkey have not yet reached the level of maturity that can enable the two to overcome their differences over the Aegean and engage in maritime cooperation in the seaway that separates the two countries.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-wants-to-end-natos-refugee-mission-in-the-aegean.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99964&NewsCatID=412

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Father of Turkish ‘serial killer’ downed Greek jet in 1992

June 2 2016

The father of a suspected Turkish serial killer who recently made headlines in the country has been revealed to have downed a Greek jet in the Aegean Sea in 1992, new details have  revealed.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/father-of-turkish-serial-killer-downed-greek-jet-in-1992.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99989&NewsCatID=509

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Turkey hits ISIL targets in Syria

June/02/2016

Turkey has hit two Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in the Esh-Sheikh and Yahmoul regions of Syria, the Turkish General Staff announced on June 2.

Five ISIL militants were killed and a building used for ammunition storage by the jihadist group was destroyed when two targets were hit with multiple rocket launchers and howitzers on  June 1.

Video footage of the rocket launch was published by the Turkish Army.

hurriyetdailynews.com/video-turkey-hits-isil-targets-in-syria-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99986&NewsCatID=352

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Turkey imposes visa requirements on Russian trucks due to reciprocity

June/02/2016

Turkey has begun to impose visa requirements on Russian trucks in line with the principle of reciprocity.

Russia imposed the requirements on Turkish trucks at the beginning of the year following a downturn in relations precipitated by Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet along the Turkish- Syrian border in November 2015.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-imposes-visa-requirements-on-russian-trucks-due-to-reciprocity-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99991&NewsCatID=345

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Israeli High Court Petitioned to Reroute Jerusalem Day March to Bypass Muslim Quarter

June 2, 2016

The Ir Amim non-profit group and Amir Cheshin, the former Arab affairs adviser to Jerusalem’s mayor, have filed an urgent petition with the High Court of Justice, calling on the court to prohibit next Sunday’s flag parade from passing through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

This annual parade is held by religious Zionist youth every Jerusalem Day and is  always a source of tension, with tens of thousands of marchers passing through this part of the Old City.

Full report at: haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.722791

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Arab World

Syrian Army Sends Hundreds of Fresh Forces to Strategic Anadan Region

JUN 02 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and their allies who are expected to launch a large-scale attack against the strongholds of al-Nusra Front in the strategic Anadan plain Northwest of Aleppo province were reinvigorated on Thursday by fresh forces.

Hundreds of fresh forces arrived in Aleppo today to take part in the upcoming operations to capture the Anadan Plain, a military source said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000546

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ISIL Terrorists' Training Camp in Deir Ezzur Razed by Russian Air Raids

June 2 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian fighter jets pounded the ISIL training camp in Deir Ezzur province, inflicting major losses on the terrorist group.

The Russian air force carried out several airstrikes over Deir Ezzur province, targeting a number of ISIL hideouts and inflicting heavy losses on militants.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000432

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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Woman in Northern West Bank

June 2 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Palestinian woman was shot and killed at an Israeli army checkpoint in the Northern occupied West Bank on Thursday, after allegedly attempting to stab a soldier.

The incident took place at a checkpoint in the Eastern Tulkarem governorate near the Palestinian village of Anabta, Ma'an reported.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that they had been informed by the Israeli military liaison office that Israeli forces had opened fire at a Palestinian woman at the Innab checkpoint Eastern Tulkarem and killed her.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000670

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Fallujah Operation Delayed, Thousands of Civilians Trapped

June 2 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s Army Fallujah against ISIL halted temporarily, as 50,000 people, including 20,000 children, are feared to be trapped inside the city and running out of supplies.

The delay was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, as the military fears for the safety of the trapped civilians, who have a limited supply of food, water, and healthcare, RT reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000641

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Senior Diplomat: Iran to Further Develop N. Industry despite Powers' Will

JUN 02 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry's Director General for Political Affairs and International Security Hamid Baeedinejad underlined the country's plans to further expand its nuclear industry despite powers' attempts to prevent it.

Iran's nuclear industry will never be shut down nor will it be subjected to restrictions, but it will make further progress day after day, Baeedinejad said on Wednesday.

He added that despite attempts by the world powers, led by the US, Iran's nuclear industry will continue to prosper.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000249

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Over 2,200 Civilians Killed, Injured by Terrorists in Iraq in May

June 2 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A total of 867 civilians were killed and 1,459 people were injured across Iraq as a result of multiple terrorist attacks and armed conflicts in war-hit country in the course of  the month of May alone, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said.

The United Nations Secretary-General's special envoy for Iraq Jan Kubis in a statement announced the number of civilian casualties in terrorist attack and armed conflicts, However he expressed hoped for resolution of the problem of terrorism in the country by the will of Iraqi people themselves, Sputnik reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000489

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Humanitarian Aid Delivered in Syria's Moadhamiyah

June 2 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Red Crescent trucks delivered food and medical relief to the civilians in the Syrian town of Moadhamiyah, Damascus province, the UN and local sources said on Thursday.

More than 30 Red Crescent trucks carrying humanitarian aid in cooperation with the United Nations entered the Syrian town of Moadhamiyah, Damascus province, Moadhamiyah Mayor  Beesam Quarbuj said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000443

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Syrian Forces, Allies Block Faylaq Al-Rahman Terrorists' Supply Route in Eastern Ghouta

June 2 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and Hezbollah forces cut off the main road that links the villages of Al-Muhammadiyah and Beit Naim in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus.

The Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah forces attacked the terrorist positions in the villages of al-Muhammadiyah and Beit Naim from two different axes, a field commander said on Thursday.

After several hours of fierce clashes with Takfiri terrorists, the Syrian army and its allies could cut off the Faylaq al-Rahman terrorist group’s key supply route to the village of Beit Naim,  the commander added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950313000394

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Southeast Asia

Leave politics outside mosque, Muslims told

June 2, 2016

BONGAWAN: The Muslim community here have been reminded not to bring politics into mosques so as to prevent unnecessary infighting among Muslims that could divide them.

Its Assemblyman Datuk Mohamad Alamin said the function of the mosque should be to propagate Islamic values and teachings and unite Muslims.

"In fact, history had proven that mosques played vital role as a centre of Islamic civilisation in line with the Prophet's efforts towards building and producing excellent and smart  generations.

Full report at: dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=110277

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Islamic law bill splits Malaysian cabinet

June 2, 2016

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Ethnic Chinese ministers have threatened to quit the Malaysian government if a bill giving Islamic courts powers to impose tougher penalties is passed into law.

Critics of Najib Razak, the prime minister, say the bill is an attempt to distract attention from the 1MDB state investment fund scandal ahead of by-elections this month and a general  election that must be held by 2018.

Full report at: ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/68b9365c-286d-11e6-8ba3-cdd781d02d89.html#axzz4AQ42SNlz

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Terrorism, trafficking fears after Malaysian immigration scandal

June 2, 2016

(CNN)Corruption, mismanagement and failure to adhere to standard security procedures have compromised Malaysia's Immigration Department, leaving the country exposed to terrorists  and human trafficking.

Earlier this month, local authorities swooped on a suspected human trafficking ring which had allegedly been sending illegal Sri Lankan migrants to Geneva.

The traffickers are suspected to have been sabotaging immigration computer systems since 2010, deliberately crashing them to allow people to bypass computerized checks, including

facial recognition technology, and enter the country.

Full report at: edition.cnn.com/2016/06/02/asia/malaysia-immigration-terrorism/index.html

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Indonesia: Retired Generals Discuss ‘Communist Threat’

June 1, 2016

Former military leaders and Islamic groups have united around what they say is a communist resurgence in Indonesia.

An unprecedented government effort to explore national reconciliation over anti-communist purges 50 years ago is encouraging that rebirth, they say.

“There are people who don’t want Indonesia to be united and strong,” Kiki Syahnakri, the former army deputy chief of staff, told a seminar on “the threat of a resurrected PKI” – the  acronym for the long-defunct and illegal Communist Party of Indonesia.

“They try to make Indonesia unstable by bringing up the issue of human rights,” he told journalists at the two-day event, which got under way in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Full report at: benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-communism-06012016174302.html

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North America

Philadelphia schools adds two Muslim holidays

02 June 2016

The Philadelphia School District’s official holiday calendar will soon include two Islamic holidays.

Mayor Jim Kenny as well as the school district superintendent have announced that they will be working together to officially recognize two Islamic holidays.  The two holidays are Eid  al-Fitr, celebrated after Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Full report at: worldbulletin.net/philadelphia-schools-adds-two-muslim-holidays/173367/philadelphia-schools-adds-two-muslim-holidays

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American Muslims fear the worst if Trump wins, US-based preacher says

01 June 2016

slims in the U.S. fear the worst if Donald Trump succeeds in becoming the next American president, a U.S.-based Muslim preacher told Anadolu Agency in Ankara on Wednesday.

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, who is the founding chairman of the Chicago-based non-governmental organization, Sound Vision Foundation and executive producer of a daily Radio Islam talk show, voiced concerns of the American Muslim community over the victory of Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee.

Full report at: dailysabah.com/americas/2016/06/01/american-muslims-fear-the-worst-if-trump-wins-us-based-preacher-says

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Unsettling U.S. Political Climate Galvanizes Muslims to Vote

JUNE 1, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. — After Friday Prayer at the Oakland Islamic Center, Mamoun Kund, a 51-year-old Sudanese-American, sat at a table and did something he had not done in the 11 years he has been a citizen: He registered to vote. Until recently, he had no interest, he said, but now “I hear talk about Muslims, Hispanics and women.”

“It doesn’t make sense,” he added. “Americans aren’t like that.”

Upstairs in the area for women, Dina Agag, who wore a bright red head scarf, picked up voter registration forms for herself and five members of her family. As she did, a friend  whispered, “This is the most important vote in our life.”

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/06/02/us/unsettling-political-climate-galvanizes-muslims-to-vote.html

 

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