Nations, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Afghanista, State Of Palestine, UAE And
Bahrain That Honoured PM Modi With Highest Civilian Award
Register of Citizens Is Turning Increasingly Religion-Centric As Deadline
Valley Town, Rakesh Khanna, A Member of the Amritsar Vishwa Hindu Parishad
Pleads His Detained Kashmiri Friend’s Case
Senate Chairman Cancels UAE Trip over PM Narendra Modi’s Visit: Reports
Minister Sheikh Rasheed Egged, Punched In UK
Table Book Reveals Vibrant Cultural Heritage of China’s Muslim Community
‘Unity Convention’, Liberalism, Christian Evangelism Again Painted As ‘Threats’
Muslim Convention in Western Canada Focuses on Working Together
Muslim community celebrates Muslim-American contributions to U.S.
Needs $8 Billion Aid to Rebuild Ravaged Economy, New PM Says
Is another Way for Peace in Afghanistan; Strengthening the Security Forces
Register of Citizens Is Turning Increasingly Religion-Centric As Deadline Approaches
Delegation Turned Back From Srinagar Airport, Leaders Allege All 'Not Normal'
In Jammu and Kashmir
Swamy's "Indians Who Were Not Muslims and Christians Were Hindus”, 'Stop
Corridor' Talk Stirs Row
Pandits hold rally in US to support revocation of Article 370
‘reaches out’ to Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti
politics will be tolerated on Ayodhya issue, says Mahant Nritya Gopal Das
Council moves SC, backs J&K restrictions
lifted from most of Kashmir, situation improving gradually: Govt
honours PM Modi with highest civilian award ‘Order of Zayed’
seeking guest lists, other details, say hoteliers in Kashmir
telephone services restored in most places in Kashmir, says officials
suspects held in Kerala, Tamil Nadu; vigil stepped up
on alert over cross-border terrorism threat in Kashmir
On Their Way To Kashmir Via LoC Stopped By Pakistan Police
disbanded to punish Punjab for voting for PML-N: Ahsan
defends unilateral selection of ECP members
power chessboard: the general vs the lady
dialogue with India without Kashmiris: Firdous
ready to thwart any Indian misadventure: Bajwa
this is how India behaves with its own, what expectation can Pakistan have?'
asks FM Qureshi
to open Kartarpur Corridor irrespective of ties with India: Firdous
killed in DI Khan checkpost attack
Convention’, Liberalism, Christian Evangelism Again Painted As ‘Threats’ To Malay-Muslims
Naik: Malaysia’s “hammer” of unity?
rights activist voices fears over unilateral conversions
elephant in the room: Racism in Indonesia
88 Arrests Three Suspected Terrorists in East Java
Zarif heading to Asia in push against US sanctions
US sent to ‘deter’ Iran ‘steers clear’ of Iran
Turkey-US conduct first reconnaissance flight
warns of continued ethnic cleansing of Rohingya
announces rewards for 3 Islamic State leaders
Islamists and Their Sponsors Held Sway Over Muslim Communities in Secular
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Hold Ant-Racism Demo in Germany's Dresden
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Jihadi commander killed after clashing with his cousin in Kabul
Esar introduced as deputy foreign minister as government leaders end rift
airstrikes kill 6 militants; destroy Taliban radio station in Ghazni
Forces Kill 14 Militants; Destroy Multiple Taliban Tunnels and Compounds In
also reacts to reports regarding the U.S.-Taliban agreement on interim govt
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refugees protest exodus, demand rights in Myanmar
mark 2 years since Myanmar army crackdown
police shoot dead two Rohingya Muslims in refugee camp
Al-Sham Terrorists Preparing for Large-Scale Attack on Aleppo after Heavy
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of Fresh Syrian Army Troops Arrive in Lattakia for Mop-Up Operations
fires on Israeli missiles over Damascus
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Hezbollah says downs two Israeli drones near Beirut
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arrests Palestinians after deadly West Bank blast
has “highly accurate” secret weapons, says minister
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conducts strikes on Saudi Arabian airport, airbase
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Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with "The King Hamad Order of the
Renaissance" in Manama on Saturday as he held talks with King of Bahrain
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on various bilateral and regional issues.
receiving the award PM Modi said: "It is an honour for entire India. This
is a symbol of the close and friendly relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain
Modi's visit to Bahrain is significant as it is the first visit of an Indian
Prime Minister to the country. The visit strengthens India's close connect with
the six-nation powerful Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
on Saturday, PM Modi was also honoured with the 'Order of Zayed', the UAE's
highest civilian award, as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost
bilateral ties between the two nations.
relations with the Islamic nations are better than ever before. PM Modi's
personal diplomatic outreach has yielded great results for India as far as the
Muslim world is concerned. It has got home substantial investment, led to a
rise in Haj quota and also ensured that several prisoners in West Asia come
back home, united with their loved ones.
other Islamic nations also honoured PM Modi with their high civilian award in
the recent past. Here's a list of awards PM Modi has been conferred with by
The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance, Bahrain - August 2019
Order of Zayed, UAE's highest civilian award - August 2019
Grand Collar of the State of Palestine - February 2018
Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan - June 2016
King Abdulaziz Sash Award, Saudi Arabia - April 2016
Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen, Maldives - June 2019
like in Bahrain, PM Modi has always said that these awards are not merely for a
person but for 1.3 billion Indians.
The discourse surrounding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is turning
increasingly religion-centric, as Assam draws closer to the August 31
Hindus are not making it to the NRC, many of whom are victims of Partition. But
many Bangladeshi Muslims have made it. This is not going to help Assam as far
as freeing the state of foreigners is concerned,” BJP legislator Shiladitya Dev
BJP-led government in Assam has already raised a “concern” about fewer
exclusions from border districts and sought reverification of the NRC data.
While the Supreme Court has rejected appeals for a re-check, Sangh-affiliated
organisations like Hindu Jagran Manch and ABVP have taken up the battle on a
organisations said they wanted an error-free NRC. “Whether it is a Muslim or a
Hindu, no foreigner should be included in the NRC. Citizens belonging to both
the religious (Muslim) and linguistic (Hindu Bengali) minorities have gone
through immense hardships in the process of updating the NRC,” All Assam
Minority Students’ Union general secretary Abdur Rahman Biswas said on
Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, a confederation of tribal and indigenous ethnic
organisations, said the focus is on migrants rather than rights of the
indigenous people. “Politics and communalism has taken over the discourse on
NRC, which is for safeguarding the indigenouss. Today we are seeing that more
concerns is for safeguarding the migrants,” working president Motiur Rahman
the Government Guest House in this north Kashmir town, an improbable scene was
unfolding. Rakesh Khanna, a member of the Amritsar Vishwa Hindu Parishad, lamenting
the absence of “insaniyat”, was pleading with the guards to let him go past the
black iron gates. Because inside was his friend, Aijaz Ahmed Sofi, president of
the Handwara market association, now under detention.
the night of August 4, ahead of the revocation of the special status of Jammu
and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories, hundreds of people,
including separatists, mainstream politicians, social activists, trade
association leaders, and stone-pelters have been detained in preventive swoops
across the Valley. Nobody has a count of the number of detentions.
the market association president, and son of a former legislator, was detained
on August 9.
at the gates of the guest house, Khanna, a former president of the Amritsar
market association and a member of an organisation that had been most vocal in
demanding the abrogation of Article 370, said Sofi was “a friend of 29 years”
and almost “a family member”.
a kirana and textile trader with family business links in Kashmir from his
father’s time, took out his mobile phone to show pictures of himself at an RSS
shakha, campaigning for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, and dismantling a
Pakistan stall at a textile fair in Amritsar a couple of years ago. “Everything
was going well. I camp in a rented house in Srinagar for months at a time
because of my business. Things had become peaceful. Tourists had started
coming. Ab saara kaam phir se kharab…,” he said.
said he was all for revoking Article 370. “But this was not the way. They
should have tried to reach out to some important people. There are leaders
other than mainstream politicians. Now they have arrested everyone. Desh ko
mazboot zaroor banao, mein iske khilaaf nahin hoon. Par insaaniyat se kaam lena
chahiye na. Why put innocent people in jail? Yeh najaayaz hai. Phir phone bhi
kaat diye. See how all the markets are shut. People are suffering. Amarnath
yatriyon ko bhi wapas bhej diya,” he said.
Sofi’s wife, had sent word to him for help. “That’s why I somehow got here from
Srinagar, taking a lift in a private car. She and their children have been
trying to meet her husband for days, but they are not being allowed,” Khanna
Sofis are an affluent family. The son is studying to write the IAS exams in
Delhi. The two daughters study in Srinagar where they stay at Khanna’s home. At
their home, Rukaiyah said the police had come looking for her husband at
midnight on August 4, and not believing her when she said he was away in Srinagar,
they searched all the rooms. She said they came once more, and when Sofi
returned, he went to the SP and gave himself up. “He told me, ‘I don’t have a
gun, I am not underground, why this drama of raiding the house? I am going to
the police station, and I will ask them to arrest me’,” his wife recalled.
guest house, where Sofi has been detained, has been turned into a CRPF camp. At
its heavily guarded gates, Khanna, wearing trousers and shirt, and sporting
gold rimmed glasses, stood out. In the small crowd of Kashmiris gathered there
hoping to meet those detained inside, only he cut a figure of authority. But
even he sounded helpless as he made his case to the guards.
my friend, he’s like my brother, he’s a social worker, his wife is ill, his
children are crying. Why are you doing this to an innocent man? What is his
fault? Why have you arrested him? He hasn’t hurt anyone in his life,” he told
only fault, Khanna told The Indian Express, was that he had taken part in a
dharna in Srinagar some years ago. “There’s a video clip of him raising slogans
that resurfaced recently. Now what’s the big deal if someone raises a couple of
slogans? Who hasn’t done that?” he said.
guards told him politely that they did not have the authority to let in any
visitors, and that he needed a written letter from the SHO of Handwara police
station, but they agreed to bring Sofi to the gate. He stood on tiptoes behind
the tall gate, only his face showing, as Khanna gave him an update on his
mother, wife and children. As the two friends, one an ardent VHP member, and
the other a Kashmiri Muslim who the authorities consider a threat to law and
order, faced each other across the closed iron gate, Sofi broke down, and
Khanna left for the police station, assuring him he would try his best to see
if his wife and children could meet him.
Senate Chairman cancels UAE trip over PM Narendra Modi’s visit: Reports
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani has decided to cancel his pre-scheduled trip to
the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
recent trip to the Gulf nation, a media report said on Sunday.
Senate chairman’s visit to the UAE would hurt the feelings of the Kashmiri
people; therefore, he has decided to cancel his and a parliamentar delegation’s
visit to the country, The Express Tribune said in its report citing an informed
sources as saying.
have escalated between India and Pakistan ever since New Delhi on August 5
revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union
Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
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who is on a tri-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain, had reached Abu
Dhabi on Friday.
Saturday, he was conferred the UAE’s highest civilian honour, the “Order of
President Vladimir Putin, the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi
Jinping have previously been honoured with this honour.
Minister Sheikh Rasheed egged, punched in UK
officials attacked the minister for using "abusive language" for
party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed was allegedly assaulted in the UK by two
officials of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who pelted him with eggs and also
punched him for using "abusive language" for their party leader
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The alleged assault took place on Tuesday when Ahmed,
who is also the chief of the Awami Muslim League (AML), came out from a hotel
after attending an awards ceremony in London.
"attackers" fled the scene but on Wednesday two officials of the PPP
in the UK -- Asif Ali Khan, President People's Youth Organisation Europe; and
Samah Naz, General Secretary for Greater London Women's Wing -- issued a
statement saying that they had attacked Ahmed, the News International reported
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UK President Saleem Sheikh told the News International that he would be
speaking to Ahmed to get his permission for the registration of a police case
against the attackers.
saw Asif Khan and a woman being involved in the attack but they ran away from
the scene and there was no video proof of their shameful act but now both have
come out and claimed the attack. We will decide whether to report them to the
police or not after speaking to Sheikh Rashid Ahmed," he said.
Sheikh claimed that the attack was "pre-planned" as not many people
knew that Ahmed would be stepping out of the venue using the side exit of the
Ali Khan and Samah Naz, meanwhile, claimed that Ahmed had been continuously
using "abusive language during interviews against our Chairman Bilawal
Bhutto Zardari. He should be thankful we only used eggs as a British way of
dealing with such uncivilised politician. He started this we ended it".
table book reveals vibrant cultural heritage of China’s Muslim community
her bright head scarves and long, flowy dresses, Yonghua Zheng is a
recognisable figure around Sangpo in Henan province, central China. This is
because Zheng is an imam – or Ahong – of an all-women mosque in the hamlet.
amazingly, Zheng is not alone in the province; becoming a female Ahong is a
400-year-old custom in the province where Islam has taken root for over 1,000
years. In the Muslim quarter of Sangpo, there are said to be six women-only
mosques while in nearby town Kaifeng, there are reportedly 16.
is one of the stories about Islam in China being eclipsed by the world’s
attention on the Uighur Muslims’ conflict in Xinjiang, says writer and
publisher PK Koya.
a new pictorial book he edited, simply titled Islam in China, the Islamic book
publisher, who is popularly known as Haji Koya in the local publishing circle,
hopes to shed light on the long history of the religion across vast China, as
well as its rich, diverse legacy.
want to introduce Malaysians to the history of Islam in China and show that
that there are numerous Muslim communities in the world’s most populous country
– and there are strong Muslims there,” he says.
by experts in the field – including Yusuf Liu Baojin, Alexander Wain, John
Lawton and Aaliyah Green – are framed by a trove of photos, charts and maps to
paint the fascinating landscape created by the interaction and intersection of
these two great civilisations.
Haji Koya puts it, Islam has not only peacefully co-existed within Chinese
society for over 1,400 years but in many parts of the country, its practice has
also interwoven into the mainstream culture and even thrived with distinctive
female imams and women-only mosques are merely starting points, he says.
to Dr Maria Jaschok, director of the International Gender Studies Center at
Oxford University, who has studied the phenomenon for over two decades, these
female mosques serve as community centres for women while the female imams have
the same responsibilities as their male counterparts, except for officiating
weddings and funerals.
many parts of the Muslim world, Haji Koya points out, the issue of female imams
is still a source of controversy, if not novelty – one of the most well-known
women’s mosques outside China, which is in the United States, was only built in
in China are the first ones to introduce a women-only mosque with a woman
imam,” he notes.
long historical tradition, is specifically unique to the Hui Muslim community,
the largest Muslim ethnic minority group, and the third largest ethnic group,
Muslim population in China can be divided into 10 ethnic minority groups (out
of 55), making up some 22 million people or 1.6% of its total population.
ethnic communities practise various Muslim schools of thought from Suni to
Shia, Sufi and Chinese-Islamic teachings such as Xidaotang and Yihewani. While
many live in the rugged mountains and desert basins of the northwest (Xinjiang,
Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai provinces), the Hui live in compact communities
scattered throughout China – with one of the largest enclaves in Beijing.
while most of the Muslim minority groups are descendants of the Turkic or
Central Asian peoples, the Hui are descendants of Chinese Muslim converts or of
Chinese intermarriages with Muslim immigrants – Arab warriors who came to China
to help various emperors fight their enemies or Arab and Persian merchants
through the Silk Routes. Their appearance, language, and other cultural
characteristics are hence distinctly Chinese.
can also be seen in the architecture of their older mosques such as the Niujie
Mosque in Beijing and the Great Mosque of Xi’an which boast a brilliant blend
of Islamic and Chinese designs.
to scholars, Muslims in China have enjoyed relative religious freedom over the
years, even in the first few years after the founding of the communist state in
1949. It was only during the chaotic early years of the Cultural Revolution
that Muslims were prohibited from openly expressing their religious belief.
the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the Chinese government adopted more relaxed
policies towards Muslim communities.
tensions have been growing since the 9/11 attacks in the United States,
escalating in 2009 with ethnic riots between the Uighurs and Han Chinese in
Xinjiang. In the past year, these tensions have heightened according to news
Koya believes that is a political issue, not religious or cultural.
Uighurs in the Xinjiang province, which borders other Muslim countries, want
their own separate state like Aceh, Kashmir and Punjab.
you also have to see it from the Chinese government point of view. They own the
border and their security is important. They want to keep China as one
also thinks the reports, to some extent, are a backlash towards China’s
meteoric rise in the world.
now coming up and may take over America in a few years time. So, all of a
sudden the West is going on and on about how China is oppressing the
Muslims.”This is why he deliberately avoided politics in the book – to present
a view beyond the geopolitical haze, he stresses.
looked only at the history, spread and culture of Islam in the country.”
adds, what many may not also realise is that Muslims were prominent and
influential in the government and kingdom of China, starting from the Yuan
dynasty through the Ming dynasty.
Chinese Muslims are loyal, they are quite proud to be Chinese. And at the same
time, they’re quite proud to be Muslim,” says Haji Koya.
book took two years to complete since it was first conceived, he tells. “There
are few books that bring together the whole picture of Islam in China, so
that’s why we decided to collect and compile the different articles, photos and
documents to illustrate it.”
is only one area explored in the pictorial book to trace the historical
ancestry of Islam in China.
areas looked at are the Chinese-Muslim cultural heritage in food, arts and
craft, literature and traditional medicine. Then there are famous Chinese
Muslims including ancient astronomer Ma Yize, architect Amir al-Din and Admiral
tome is also peppered with various quirky “Islamic relics” of China: a Muslim
wushu grandmaster dubbed the Shaolin Sheikh and the Han Kitab, which contains a
collection of Chinese-language Islamic texts.
point of interest is the Sini script, which is an “intermingling of Chinese
artisan craftsmanship and Islamic design” – believed to have been created at
the end of the Yuan dynasty (circa 1368).
is said that in the 17th and 18th centuries, many pieces inscribed with Sini,
crafted by the Chinese, were commissioned from the Middle East.
a master calligrapher from the Shandong province, Haji Noor Deen (Chinese name
Mi Guang Jiang) has given the Chinese-Muslim calligraphy a global boost with
his unique style. He even has a permanent piece in the British Museum called
“The 99 Beautiful Names Of God”.
he describes it, the Sini script is not constrained to the rules of Arabic
calligraphy, thus allowing the calligrapher more freedom of expression.
Arabic calligraphy shaped into a Chinese character, or Chinese characters
shaped into Arabic Quranic verses, and you will get some idea of the intricacy
and the brilliance of the Sini calligraphic style,” he says.
Haji Koya, this is another example of cultural osmosis that Malaysia can “find
experience in the spread and adaptation of Islamic cultural civilisation
reflects our experience in South-East Asia in many ways, he says, “where
diverse religious faiths have intermingled for centuries as we interact and
assimilate each other’s socio-cultural practices and heritage.”
is what he hopes people will take from the book – that Islam is not a
monolithic religion and can co-exist peacefully and even blend harmoniously
wanted to highlight with this book that there are many different groups of
Muslims in the world. It’s a religion all over the world with diverse cultures,
and not a monopoly of the Malays or Arabs or Iranians.
crucially, by interacting with Islam or being a Muslim, it does not mean that
you will lose your culture and heritage … By being Muslim, you are not going to
lose your ‘Chineseness’, look at the Muslims in China, they are still part of
China, the Chinese are still Chinese,” he says.
this seems to be something that even contemporary China might need to be
reminded of, he concedes.
it was reported that authorities in Beijing ordered for halal restaurants and
food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from
their signs, alleged to be part of an expanding national effort to “Sinicize”
its Muslim population.
‘unity convention’, liberalism, Christian evangelism again painted as ‘threats’
EMMANUEL SANTA MARIA CHIN
LUMPUR, Aug 25 — A convention organised by a coalition of Malay-Muslim groups
has today listed several issues it deems “major threats” against the majority
community, which included liberalism, Christian evangelism, and human rights
his opening speech, organiser Gerakan Pembela Ummah chairman Aminuddin Yahaya
claimed that liberalism threatens to cloud the understanding of Islam among the
community by allegedly masking their values as progressive religious views.
is a Western strategy that attempts to confuse the understanding of Islam among
the Muslim community to a point where it triggers disputes among themselves,”
he said, referring to liberalism.
there is no sincere and honest effort to answer and debunk all the confusion by
religious scholars, the position of Islam will in the end be a mere ritual.”
who is also the president of Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma),
then accused Christian evangelists of becoming more brazen in spreading their
beliefs to the community, which he said went against the tenets of the Federal
evangelists are now not shy to spread their flyers from house to house despite
it going against the Federal Constitution which does not allow the spread of
other religions to Muslims.
their objectives are those contained among the resolutions of the Christian
Federation of Malaysia, which is to place as many Christians as possible as the
country’s leaders,” he claimed in the National Ummah Unity Convention at the
Kuala Lumpur International Hotel.
threat he claimed was the push for universal human rights and values, which he
alleged would result in Islam being seen as unfair and ultimately sidelined.
are highlighting a new mindset which through its interpretation rejects
religious values and looks to replace it with the term universal values.
here negative elements such as the practice of LGBT between men and women, the
freedom to apostate and speak without limits, and other issues will be
detrimental not only to individuals, but the country,” he said, using the
initials of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
added the push by certain quarters to amend laws, such as the Sedition Act, and
the repealing of the death penalty was also detrimental to the development of
Malays, Islam and the Malay Rulers.
are confident this is not coincidental, but a plan by certain quarters to
weaken the position of the Pribumi and the religion of Islam,” he said, using
the Malay word that refers to the indigenous population.
also pointed out how the Malays, trailing other races in terms of economic
development, paired with the uncertain global geopolitical situation, as having
a negative effect on them.
in his list was the threat of what he described as an extremist movement
looking to challenge the position of Islam and Malays through education.
are quarters who are getting braver in challenging the position of Islam and
are those who continue to challenge the education system by bringing up a
foreign system that leans more towards learning the history of foreign nations
rather the history of their own country,” he claimed.
encompasses a wide array of ideas, but its supporters usually push for civil
rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, free trade, private property,
and free and fair elections.
conservative groups, such as Isma, have also consistently spoken out against
Christianisation, human rights, and religious pluralism as alleged threats
against the Malay-Muslim community in recent years.
had in May organised a rally to defend the “sanctity and sovereignty of Islam”,
which was lambasted by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a ploy to draw
support for certain political parties.
convention today also included speakers such as Umno information chief Datuk
Shamsul Anuar, former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, and
Malay Consultative Council Datuk Hasan Mad.
Muslim convention in Western Canada focuses on working together
importance of interfaith collaboration was the focus as thousands of people
went to the largest annual Muslim convention in Western Canada on Saturday.
were welcome to the workshops and prayers at the Jalsa Salana convention at the
Sarcee Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on Tsuut’ina Nation this weekend.
Ahmed, an Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at member, said that in addition to the event
building character in young people, it helps boost awareness about Islam.
convention breaks down walls about the religion, he explained.
are very clear about that terrorism and violence has absolutely no place in
Islam. Islam is a very peaceful religion,” Ahmed said.
like this can show the community what Islam is really about, he added.
showing what Islam can actually be, what Islam actually is, rather than what’s
happening in the media, how terrible that’s being shown.
is a religion of peace. ISIS, other terrorist organizations, have nothing to do
with Islam. Literally, the word ‘Islam’ means peace. That’s all we’re trying to
Ali, an Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at member, said the convention is a great way to
give back to society.
reminded of our duties to our fellow Canadians on how we can contribute to this
mosaic of Canadian society. I feel like there’s a lot of meaningful benefit we
can derive from this,” he said.
message is that Muslims are peace-loving people who are trying to build bridges
in the spirit of “love for all, hatred for none.”
event partnered with the Tsuut’ina Nation to form relationships with Indigenous
tribes and advocate for interfaith harmony.
the spirit of building bridges, we’re also reaching out to our fellow
aboriginal communities around us and saying, ‘We would like to work with you in
FRANCISCO, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Muslim community in Oakland city, Northern
California, on Friday celebrated the outstanding contributions made by Muslim
Americans to the United States.
Mayor Libby Schaaf presented a proclamation to the Muslim community at Masjidul
Waritheen, a predominantly African American Muslim congregation in Oakland, to
honor the designation of August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness
Month" in California.
said more than 90,000 Muslim are living in Alameda County and have made
innumerable contributions to the cultural, political and economic fabric and
wellbeing of California and the United States.
want to thank you for the gift that you give your city, your faith, the food,
the language, the practices, the fact that we are so (en)rich(ed) by all the
traditions and histories that come together and are celebrated and honored in
this place," she said.
slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy that places more
restrictions on Muslim immigrants who are seeking their dreams in the United
believe our president is incredibly misguided and ignorant. What makes America
great is our diversity," she said.
about Trump's intention to "very seriously" consider ending the right
to citizenship for children born in the United States to non-citizens, Schaaf
said: "This is un-American in my view. He is misguided. He is a racist,
and he is not taking this country to a good direction."
Shuaibe, resident Imam of Masjidul Waritheen, said Schaaf's visit to the event
to celebrate with the Muslim community is "very special."
is one of the words that's important at times like this, because there are so
many people who are building walls to try to separate people, one from the
other, whether those walls be political walls or racial walls or economic
walls," he said.
said Trump's policy to limit immigration from particular countries that are
targeting Muslims is very "bad."
Usman, government relations coordinator of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) California, the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy
organization in the country, told Xinhua that the celebration aims to show that
Muslims have been part of this country since even before its founding.
been in a part and parcel of this community and to have our city of Oakland and
the state of California recognized this month really truly means a lot to the
Muslim community, especially given the negative rhetoric that we have
heard" from other people.
said the first executive order issued two years ago by President Trump, which
was also known as the Muslim Ban, has separated thousands of Muslim families
who came from Syria, Somalia, Iran and Sudan.
noted that her organization will help Muslim immigrants know their rights when
they are "encountered by FBI or other law enforcement" and how to
manage any situation when they met with hate crimes and incidents.
California State Assembly first recognized August as "Muslim Appreciation
and Awareness Month" in 2016.
needs $8 billion aid to rebuild ravaged economy, new PM says
needs $8 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to cover its import
bill and help rebuild its ravaged economy after months of political turmoil,
its new prime minister said on Saturday.
Hamdok, sworn in three days earlier in to head a transitional ruling body after
the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, said up to another $2 billion of
foreign reserves deposits were needed in the next three months to halt a fall
in the currency.
economist who has worked for the UN Economic Commission for Africa said he had
started talks with the IMF and the World Bank to discuss restructuring Sudan’s
crippling debt and had approached friendly nations and funding bodies about the
are in communication to achieve this,” he said in his first interview with a
foreign media outlet. “The foreign reserves in the central bank are weak and
also said he had been talking with the United States to remove Sudan from its
list of state sponsors of terrorism – a designation which has left Khartoum
isolated from the bulk of the international financial system since 1993.
was no immediate comment from Washington, the IMF or the World Bank.
has been in economic turmoil since it lost the bulk of its oil production in
2011 when South Sudan seceded after decades of civil war.
has devalued the pound several times but not been able to halt the fall. One
dollar currently fetches 65 pounds on the black market versus the official rate
will work to unify the exchange rate, and to manage the exchange rate using a
flexible managed exchange rate,” Hamdok said, without going into details.
have already started discussions with funding bodies, including elements from
the World Bank, IMF, and the African Development Bank,” in order to come to an
understanding about Sudan’s debts, he added.
public anger over shortages of food, fuel, and hard currency triggered mass
demonstrations that eventually forced Bashir from power in April.
generals that ousted Bashir took over and then, after months of wrangling and
further violent protests, agreed to set up a transitional body including
civilians to pave the way to elections in three years.
is another way for peace in Afghanistan; Strengthening the Security Forces
peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban seems more closer than
ever, but anti-government forces such as
Daesh attack by martyring hundreds in the capital, seeing this one might question, if the peace deal
will really bring true peace?
war between the Taliban and the Afghan government has went on for almost two
decades, and the recent tweets and announcements by Zalmay Khalilzad has
brought hope to many Afghans, that there can be peace but recent attacks by
Daesh and whispers that many faces within the Taliban reject the deal and might
separate either into the Daesh or creating a different group altogether.
Considering all these, the Afghan government really needs to reassess the security policy.
year the Afghan forces suffer heavy casualties, lose areas and posts and get their bases infiltrated by Taliban
and other anti-governmental forces. The lack of proper training, the lack of
proper equipment and proper coordination between the ground and air forces seem
to be the biggest of the problems.
fix this situation the first thing the Afghan government needs to do is
reassess the training for all soldiers of the military. Military training is
lead by NATO and US forces, a problem with these trainers are as mentioned by
Erik Prince the CEO of the private military organization known as Blackwater, is that these trainers
have rotations and each stays only 8 months until his cycle is completed and he
returns home, this results in the training to be left incomplete and the newly
administrated trainer has to get familiar to the situation and until he gets to
know it, he is changed again. This can be helped by the Afghan government
permanently hiring experienced trainers and teachers from military forces with
experience in successfully combating terrorist and guerrilla forces such as
Russia or other NATO countries.
the Afghan forces , the special force has been more effective than other
branches of the Afghan military an increase in their number would be for the
better, a special force training university which is present in Russia is
something the Afghan government can model.
lack of coordination between the air force and the ground force is a deep
problem, since many ground forces often attribute the loss of security posts to
the late arrival of the air force, the attribution of the air forces to
provincial levels should help with this problem.
military ranks seem to be another problems since many of them are the remnants
of the communist or the mujahideen regime, many corrupt officers plague these
ranks and the government should take every step to remove these of the
order to establish complete control over all areas of Afghanistan, the
government needs to adopt a centralization of power policy in the military.
Each officer appointed in a Walaswali should be told his job is to remove all
obstacles against government control in the area, whether it be a warlord, a
Taliban leader or someone else, in a case if the Walaswali is too large to be
controlled by a single officer, it should be split. These officers should be given an adequate amount
of soldiers and equipment and access to the air support on his will and should
be accompanied by an intelligence
officer, to help with matters regarding intelligence.
chiefs should become the prime force in the area and would only be answerable
to the provincial security chief. The provincial security chief should act the
same way as those in the Walaswali but on a provincial scale and they would
only be answerable to the Defense Minister
or the President himself.
a rather simple point of view these
offices in the Province and Walaswali
would act like Warlords that accumulate power but the difference would be that
they would respond to the Government and in order to maintain their loyalty
should be awarded greatly based on their success.
trained officers or those whom are clearly not corrupt and liable should be put
to use, a separate large training ground and a
military university or multiple is a good idea.
the problems within the military and in
the military policy would not only bring peace and stability inside Afghanistan
but the Afghan forces would also be capable enough to defend Afghanistan
against foreign interventions and pave the way for economic development.
delegation turned back from Srinagar airport, leaders allege all 'not normal'
in Jammu and Kashmir
DELHI: A 12-member multi-party delegation led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
reiterated that everything in Kashmir was "not normal", after they
were denied permission to enter Srinagar on Saturday on grounds that their
presence in the region could stoke tensions in the politically sensitive state.
delegation comprising Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and K C
Venugopal from Congress, Tiruchi Siva of DMK, Trinamool's Dinesh Trivedi, NCP's
Majeed Memon, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, RJD's Manoj Jha and
JD(S)' Kupendra Reddy and LJP's Sharad Yadav, travelled from Delhi to Srinagar
on Saturday afternoon. On landing in Kashmir around 1.30 pm, they were not
allowed to exit the Srinagar airport.
scuffle ensued between media persons and the security personnel and media
persons were removed from the terminal. Political leaders, however, were
detained inside a room in the Srinagar airport terminal building.
delegation objected to the district authorities' decision to detain them and submitted
a letter to the district magistrate to convey to governor Malik that objections
and apprehensions cited by the district authorities regarding the leaders'
movement were "baseless".
are here at the public invitation of the honourable governor who asked us to
visit and see for ourselves the peace and normalcy that prevails. We are
responsible political leaders and elected representatives and our intentions
are entirely peaceful and humanitarian. We are here to express solidarity with
the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as well as to expedite the process
of return to normalcy," the delegation's letter said.
video of Rahul Gandhi interacting with local authorities surfaced shortly after
their return to Delhi, in which he is seen asking officials to permit the
delegation to enter Srinagar since they are invited by Jammu and Kashmir
governor Satyapal Malik. In the video, Rahul Gandhi also says the group will
only visit peaceful parts of the state to interact with local persons and that
if they cannot travel as a group, they are willing to spread out individually,
J&K administration, which had on Friday advised the political leaders to
refrain from travelling, however, did not permit the leaders, forcing them to
return to Delhi the same day.
of a Kashmiri lady interacting with Rahul on board their flight to Srinagar
also surfaced. She is seen apprising him of the difficulties she had in
communicating with her family in Kashmir.
the visit, Yechury tweeted, "Denial of entry to leaders of recognised
political parties is an outright attack on rights of political parties to meet
and address their constituents. Misbehaviour of police with media at Srinagar
airport: direct attempt to suppress press freedom, done to conceal ground
and Kashmir has been under a security lock down with no mobile connectivity
since August 5, when the government passed a resolution in Parliament to
abrogate Article 370 and to revoke special status to J&K. Since then
landlines have been restored in parts of the state, including the Valley.
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy generated a controversy on Saturday by
saying that "Indians who were not Muslims and Christians were Hindus"
and "work on the Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan should be
stopped". The MP's remarks are an echo of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh's line on Hindu nation. Taken aback by Swamy's comment, Sikh organizations
and the opposition advised Swami to desist from commenting on such emotive
at a seminar on "vacation of Pakistan occupied Kashmir" at DAV
College in Chandigarh, Swami said, "Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists originated in
India which was a Hindu state." The BJP MP also claimed that Kashmir was a
Hindu state before it was "attacked by Islam" in 1190.
Swamy suggested that work on Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan
should be stopped because "there was no need to work with Pakistan in any
way in the given circumstances". "We don't need the corridor now.
When we will bi-furcate Pakistan, we will make the corridor on our own. I don't
say destroy what has been made already, but it should be stopped now," he
being asked about its imapact on Sikhs' sentiments, Swamy said, "Sikhs are
nationalists and they will understand. Only those supporting Khalistan may not
understand," he said.
to this, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Gobind Singh
Longowal said the BJP MP should refrain from making such statements.
"Sikhs have been praying for the "khulae darshan didar" of
gurdwaras in Pakistan and for long, and now when their wish is going to be
fulfilled, such statements from BJP leaders are dismaying," he added.
awaiting corridor: Taksal
Swamy not to issue statements that have potential to hurt Sikh religious
sentiments, chief of prominent Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal Harnam Singh Khalsa
said that the community across the globe was eagerly awaiting the fulfilment of
their dream of travelling across the international border to pay obeisance at
Gurdwara Darbar Singh at Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan.He
also wondered about the timing of the comment.
reposing faith in the nation’s security agencies, the chief of Damdami Taksal
said they were fully capable of thwarting any cross-border misadventure.
“Punjab is a border state and we always expect a peaceful atmosphere on the
border,” he said.
cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who is among the group of ministers
who were to cross over to Pakistan to review the Kartarpur corridor work,
rejected Swamy’s statement suggesting that work on the project should be
halted. He told TOI, “Guru Nanak is respected on both sides of the border and
the corridor is an emotive issue for people and should not be clubbed with
other political matters. It is fulfilment of a longpending demand of people
across the world. Such statements are not in good taste and should be ignored.”
The Kashmiri Pandit community in the US held a rally applauding the Indian
government's decision to revoke the Article 370 of the Constitution that
accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to
Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union
territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
by other members of the Indian-American community, Kashmiri Pandits held the
rally last week in front of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta in support of the
abrogation of Article 370.
rally highlighted the fact that these temporary articles related to Jammu and
Kashmir needed these modifications as these were highly discriminatory against
almost all Kashmiri minorities (such as Shias, Dalits, Gujjars, Kashmiri
Pandits, Kashmiri Sikhs)...," said Subash Razdan, Atlanta resident of
Kashmir ancestry and a former president of the National Federation of Indian
American Associations (NFIA).
the rally, Kashmiri Pandits told personal stories of their hapless exodus and
yearning to go back to their homeland which they left in 1990 due to militancy.
those present believed that under this new freedom courtesy of the Modi
Government, India's Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and other minorities
will now have a better chance to be equals before the law!" Razdan said.
Overseas Physicians of Kashmiri-Origin in a letter to the editor in chief of
Lancet magazine Dr Richard Horton said that they are “deeply disappointed” that
his recent opinion published on August 17 omits many relevant facts, and thus
represents an intellectually dishonest analysis of a complex geopolitical
request that the Lancet immediately retracts the editorial, or publish a
viewpoint that includes a more thorough set of facts and analysis on
Kashmir...," the letter said.
Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has reached out to detained J&K
leaders Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti in the last two days through a few top
intelligence officers, seeking the two former CMs’ cooperation in maintaining
peace after they are released, sources said on Saturday.
there is no official confirmation or denial of any such meeting, Omar’s
National Conference (NC) has rubbished such reports, saying there is
“absolutely no basis” for these.
sources, however, said that some “government officials” did meet the two
leaders in custody and asked them to help in restoration of normalcy in
J&K, particularly in the Valley, in case they are set free from detention.
“But both the leaders refused to budge from their stand against Parliament’s
decision to nullify Article 370,” a senior PDP leader said on condition of
and PDP chief Mehbooba have been in detention since August 5 when the Centre
abrogated the state’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
While Omar is kept at Hari Niwas Palace on Gupkar Road, Mehbooba has been
detained at the JK Tourism Development Hut in Cheshmashahi in Srinagar.
Omar and Mehbooba have been opposing scrapping of J&K’s special status and
reorganization of the state into two Union Territories.
the former CMs are believed to have been given the offer of release from
detention on the condition that they would not organize any public meeting or
issue statements against the new political development in J&K.
analyst Majid Hyderi said now it was immaterial for the people in the Valley
whether Omar and Mehbooba were released or not. “Kashmir people are an angry
lot and they seem to have lost faith in mainstream politics now. Even if Omar
and Mehbooba are released from detention, people will not listen to them. They
are discredited leaders, because both took BJP’s support at some point or the
other when they needed to grab power in J&K,” Hyderi said.
Ayodhya case is being heard by the Supreme Court these days with unprecedented
swiftness. A bench of five judges is hearing the case every day to provide a
quick resolution of this long-pending issue.
the politics over this issue is not showing any signs of ending.
Ram Janma Bhumi Nyas Chairman Mahant Nritya Gopal Das has censured any such
attempts to further politicise this issue saying that when there is a BJP
government in the center and in the state, then what’s stopping them to build
the temple now?
construction of the Ram temple is a matter of faith and nobody can rob billions
of Indians of their faith in Lord Ram. All situations are favourable at this
time for the construction of the temple in Ayodhya," he added.
Nritya Gopal Das said, "Even the Supreme Court understands the sentiments
of the people of India and will make a decision soon, allowing the building of
Ram temple in Ayodhya."
a question, the seer told India Today that the Supreme Court is demanding proof
of Lord Ram’s birth, which is unacceptable and the Hindu community vehemently
opposes this demand.
to Das’s statement, Mufti Mudassar Ali Khan Qadri said, "When the Ayodhya
case is pending in the court and a bench of five judges is hearing every single
argument carefully, then why are the Hindus building pressure on the judges to
give a favourable judgement?"
Mudassar Ali Khan Qadri said, "The Supreme Court’s decision will be
honoured by all parties concerned, but until that decision arrives, all parties
should keep away from creating any controversies. As far as belief is
concerned, even every Muslim has a belief in the mosque that was demolished by
a mob in 1992. Even then, the Muslims are ready to accept the judgement of the
Supreme Court if it goes in favour of the Hindus, but the same cannot be said
about the Hindus who are unnecessarily raising disputes and trying to force the
said that the Supreme Court will give a decision on the basis of facts and
evidence and faith does not come in the way of facts.
Biradari Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma said that if the matter had been resolved
by mutual dialogue between the Hindu and Muslim communities, it would have been
a better solution than a forced legal solution that will come after the Supreme
Court decision. He said that the entire world knows about the excellent record
of India in terms of communal harmony and if this matter is still resolved by
mutual understanding, it will send a positive message to the entire world.
Press Council of India (PCI) has moved the Supreme Court stating that
restrictions on communications facilities in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of
revocation of special status under Article 370 was in the “interest of security
and sovereignty of the nation”.
an application seeking impleadment in a petition filed by Kashmir Times
executive editor Anuradha Bhasin, who has demanded lifting of the
“communication blackout” in J&K, the Council said “very aptly, there is no
mention in the entire Writ Petition about abrogation of most contentions
provision of the Const-itution by Parliament, which has caused the restrictions
on communication facilities and other facilities in the interest of security
and sovereignty of the nation”.
plea referred to duties of the Council as laid down in the Press Council of
India Act, and said “it is evident” from the provisions that “applicant is duty
bound not only to ensure the freedom of press, but also to ensure on the part
of newspapers, news agencies and journalists, the maintenance of high standards
of public taste and foster a due sense of both rights and responsibilities of
citizenship and to keep under review any development likely to restrict the
supply and dissemination of news of public interest and importance”.
application also stated that PCI framed Norms of Journalistic Conduct, and that
clause 23 of the Norms “prescribes for self-regulation in reporting by
journalists in matter of paramount national, social or individual interests…”.
Bhasin’s petition had come up for the SC’s consideration on August 16. The court
deferred the hearing saying it would like to give some more time to the issue.
day after authorities had imposed curbs on movement of people in the Valley in
view of Friday prayers, restrictions were lifted from most of Kashmir on
Saturday. Day-time restrictions have been lifted from 69 police station areas
in the Valley, J&K Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal was quoted as saying by
said traffic movement increased on Saturday and attendance in offices also
improved. However, public transport remained off roads and markets in the
Valley were shut for the 20th day. Vendors have put up stalls in Batamaloo and
Lal Chowk areas of Srinagar.
curbs notwithstanding, Kansal said, the total dispatch of fruits this year has
been 1.20 lakh metric tonnes against 89,000 metric tonnes during the
corresponding period last year.
who is the administration’s spokesperson, told PTI that about 1,500 primary
schools and 1,000 middle schools have reopened since August 5 when the Centre
withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and reorganised the state into
two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. But the attendance of
students has remained thin.
said security forces are maintaining a close watch and local disturbances were
being handled at the local level. Incidents of protests and stone pelting have
declined steadily in the past one week. “Three incidents were reported on
August 21 and two on August 22,” he said.
on cross-border terrorism, Kansal said the continues to exist and the security
forces are maintaining a state of high alert.
said restoration of landline telephone services is being reviewed continuously
and eight new exchanges — comprising 5,300 phones — are likely to be restored
“over the weekend”.
endeavour is to restore landline phones in the 69 police station areas form
where day-time restrictions have been lifted, he said.
Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the UAE’s
highest civilian award, on Saturday as a mark of appreciation for his efforts
to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.
award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian
President Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
incomparable honour reflecting our warm ties. PM @narendramodi conferred with
the prestigious ‘Order of Zayed’ by HH Crown Prince of UAE @MohamedBinZayed,
the highest civilian honor of UAE for PM’s contribution in strengthening
relations between India and UAE,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
incomparable honour reflecting our warm ties
@narendramodi conferred with the prestigious ‘Order of Zayed’ by HH Crown
Prince of UAE @MohamedBinZayed, the highest civilian honor of UAE for PM's
contribution in strengthening relations between India and UAE.
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people are talking about this
thanked the UAE government for the honour and dedicated the award to the skills
and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians.
am humbled to get the ‘Order of Zayed’ a while ago. This award is not for an
individual but for the spirit of Indian culture and is dedicated to the skills
and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians. I thank the Government of the United Arab
Emirates for this honour,” he tweeted.
of Modi’s visit to the UAE, the MEA in a statement said the award in the name
of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, “acquires
special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the year of
the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed”.
and the UAE enjoy warm, close and multi-faceted relations underpinned by
cultural, religious and economic linkages which, during the prime minister’s
previous visit to the UAE in August 2015, stood elevated to a comprehensive
strategic partnership, it said.
UAE in April had announced to confer the country’s highest award on Modi.
a tweet in April, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
said, “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India,
reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
who gave these relations a big boost.”
an annual bilateral trade of about USD 60 billion, the UAE is India’s
third-largest trade partner. It is also the fourth-largest exporter of crude
oil for India.
and Kashmir police have asked hoteliers in the city’s business hub to submit a
list of guests staying in their establishments.Policemen from the Kothi Bagh
station, dressed in civilian clothes, visited hotels on Residency Road on
Friday and Saturday, asking the management to furnish a list of people, both
local and non-local, staying on their premises, hoteliers said.
have been asked to compile a list and forward it to higher authorities,” a
police officer said without elaborating on the reasons for the move.
hotels in the city centre including Lal Chowk and Residency Road, leading to
the Batamaloo bridge, are empty. Those hotels where journalists or businessmen
are staying have started furnishing the details they have been asked for.
have no guests in my hotel and I informed the police about the same,” said
Imtiyaz Ahmad, owner of a high-end hotel.
Yousuf, manager of another prominent hotel on Residency Road, said there were
some guests about whom he had informed the police. “There were some 10-12
occupants in our hotel, a few of them journalists. We submitted the details. If
a new guest comes, we will have to again inform [the police],” he said.
said it was not the first time the police had sought such details as they
wanted to be aware of the people who enter the city centre. “By this, they
become aware of the people here and if any precaution needs to be taken,” he
were imposed across Jammu and Kashmir and communication lines blocked on August
5 as the Centre pushed through Parliament provisions effectively revoking the
special status of Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union
territories — J&K and Ladakh.
restrictions are yet to be completely removed from the Kashmir valley, where
shops and businesses have remained closed. Public transport is still off the
roads. Telephone landlines have been partially restored.
and houseboats are mostly deserted after around 20,000 tourists, including
foreigners and Amarnath cave shrine pilgrims, left Kashmir on August 3 when the
state administration asked non-locals to leave the Valley citing a terror
visited some hotels near Dal Lake and in the Old City on Saturday to find out
if they too had been asked to furnish a list of guests. But no such directive
has been sent to them so far.
communication curbs in Kashmir have been eased to some extent and landline
telephone services restored in most places across the Valley in view of the
improving situation, officials said on Sunday.
untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the Valley on Saturday, they
said, adding the restrictions on communication were eased in view of the
telephone services have been restored in most areas across the length and
breadth of the Valley, the officials said.They said a few more telephone
exchanges providing fixed-line phone services, including in Srinagar, were
restored on Saturday evening.
process of fully restoring the landline connectivity, baring in a few pockets,
is underway and more telephone lines would be restored soon, they added.
the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and
Press Enclave here.
Saturday, principal secretary and government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said
eight more exchanges – having 5,300 landlines -- would be restored over the
mobile telephone services and internet, including BSNL’s Broadband and private
leased-line internet, remain unavailable. They were snapped on August 5 when
the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and
reorganised the state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and
have been lifted from most areas of the Kashmir valley, but the deployment of
security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order.
across Kashmir continued to remain shut for the 21st consecutive day as shops
and other business establishments were closed, while the public transport also
was off the roads, the officials said.The weekly flea market was also did not
man suspected to have links with terror outfits was on Saturday taken into
custody from a Kerala court premises, while three persons have been detained in
Coimbatore in connection with the reported intrusion of six Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT) members into Tamil Nadu.
three were taken into custody for interrogation on suspicion that they were in
touch with terrorists and are being interrogated at an undisclosed place,
police said in Coimbatore, as strict vigil continued in various parts of Tamil
Nadu for the second day on Saturday.
Kerala, a man suspected to have links with terror outfits was taken into
custody by police from the premises of a court at Kochi, officials said.
TV channels aired a video of the man being whisked away by police from the
district court premises. But police did not answer queries by the media.
lawyer told a channel that the man from Kodungallur in Thrissur district, who
returned from Bahrain two days ago, and a woman were picked up by police as
they came to the court to move a plea to “prove his innocence” before law
enforcement agencies following reports that he had links with LeT members who
had reportedly intruded into Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka.
Navy has sounded a high alert at sea following intelligence inputs about the
was tightened in Tamil Nadu on Friday following reports that six LeT members
had infiltrated the state by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities,
said on Saturday that vehicle checks were intensified on arterial roads and
highways connecting Coimbatore city with neighbouring states, and baggage
thoroughly checked by armed police personnel. Similarly, checks were on in
railway stations, bus stands and the airport.
forces are on high alert along the Line of Control (LoC) and International
Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir as the threat of cross-border terrorism
“continues to exist”, officials said on Saturday.
threat of cross-border terrorism continues to exist. The security forces are
maintaining a state of high alert,” Rohit Kansal, principal secretary of the
J-K government, who is also the state government’s spokesman, said.
was briefing the reporters about the situation in the state. “The day time
restrictions have been lifted from 69 police stations across the length and
breadth of the valley, while 81 police stations in Jammu region are without any
day-time restrictions,” Kansal said.
said traffic movement increased on Saturday and attendance in offices also
improved. However, public transport remained off roads and markets in the
Valley were shut for the 20th day. Despite the curbs, Kansal said, the total
dispatch of fruits this year has been 1.20 lakh metric tonnes against 89,000
metric tonnes during the corresponding period last year.
said about 1,500 primary schools and 1,000 middle schools after restrictions
were eased. He said security forces are maintaining a close watch and local
disturbances were being handled at the local level. Incidents of protests and
stone pelting have declined steadily in the past one week. “Three incidents
were reported on August 21 and two on August 22,” he said.
also said the block development council polls will be held soon in the state.
According to Kansal, the schedule for the BDC polls, the second tier of
panchayati raj system, is being drawn up and “we are on course”.
has been an important decision taken regarding the elections to the BDC as the
next step towards operationalising and institutionalizing the panchayat raj
mechanism in the state,” Kansal told reporters.
secretary, rural development department, Sheetal Nanda, said the elections
would be held in 316 block councils across the state and the administration is
targeting to complete the process by September end. Of total 316 BDCs, 147 are
in Jammu region, 136 in Kashmir and 31 in Ladakh.
stresses internal security
cannot be a safe and secure country or grow into a developed nation unless its
internal security system is strong, Union home minister Amit Shah said on
country is facing threat from extremists, narcotic smugglers and cyber
criminals, besides terrorists sponsored by neighbouring countries. As IPS
officers, you will have to face all these tough challenges ahead in your
career. Unless internal security is maintained, the nation cannot be safe,” he
said, speaking at the 103rd passing-out parade of Indian Police Service (IPS)
probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.
About 92 probationers from across India, six police officers from Nepal and
five from Bhutan, graduated.
on their way to Kashmir via LoC stopped by Pakistan police
Police in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Saturday stopped hundreds of journalists
from symbolically moving towards the Line Of Control in the state.
journalists riding in several vehicles were stopped about seven kilometers from
journalists said they carried two truckloads of medicines and food for
march started from the Central Press Club in Muzaffarabad and about 400
journalists took part it, led by Pakistan's Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)
president Afzal Butt and secretary general Lala Asad Pathan.
a tweet, Butt said the purpose of the march was to report on the situation in
between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of
Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status
and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories on August 5.
has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of
Article 370 to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal
matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.
Pakistan Muslim League-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal has alleged that
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government made Punjab’s local governments (LGs)
dysfunctional only to punish the largest province for voting for the PML-N in
the last elections.
52 per cent population of the country of their elected representatives was a
manifestation of enmity towards Punjab and Pakistan by the PTI, he said while
addressing a press conference at party secretariat on Saturday along with the
lamented that the PTI government threw away the mandate of elected LGs, though
they were elected for five years on the orders of Supreme Court.
the action a violation of Article 140 of the Constitution, he appealed to the
Supreme Court and high court for restoring the local governments after
Iqbal said judge Arshad Malik was removed on charges of misconduct and
prejudice, but his judgment against Nawaz Sharif was still valid. Similarly,
all provincial governments were re-elected in recent elections, except for the
Punjab, though it had showed better performance than others. He said the PML-N
was chalking out a unanimous strategy for public agitation in consultation with
the opposition parties, adding that all parties would march towards Islamabad,
but the time was yet to be decided.
alleged that election of chairman Senate was done through horse trading, adding
that all standing committees were bulldozed to crush the opposition demands. To
a question, he claimed that the PTI government had agreed with US President
Trump to accept Indian decision on Kashmir, adding that the ruling party was
culprit of selling off Kashmir.
In a bid to defend its decision of unilaterally nominating two members of the
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the government on Saturday claimed that
President Dr Arif Alvi had made the appointments in line with the Constitution
and on the recommendations of the institutions concerned.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati through a video message
expressed his surprise over the refusal of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)
retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza to administer the oath of office to the newly
appointed ECP members.
the CEC’s decision was hailed by the opposition parties which termed the
government’s move ‘unconstitutional’. A National Party (NP) leader even called
for the trial of President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan under
Article 6 of the Constitution.
CEC had refused to administer the oath of office to the ECP members on Friday,
saying their appointment was against the Constitution. The two members, who
were appointed by President Alvi on Aug 22, arrived at the ECP headquarters to
formally assume charge, but returned dismayed.
CEC’s refusal to administer the oath of office to the government-appointed
members had been termed “unconstitutional” by Law Minister Barrister Farogh
Naseem, who argued that the CEC had no authority to examine validity of
Alvi had notified the appointment of Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui and Munir Ahmad
Kakar as ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan, respectively, after
months-long deadlock between the government and the opposition over the issue.
CEC in a letter sent to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs observed that the
ECP members’ appointment was not in accordance with the relevant articles of
the Constitution. The CEC had cited a judgement rendered by a five-member bench
of the Supreme Court in 2013, holding that the president did not enjoy
discretionary power in appointment of the CEC and ECP members. He made it clear
that he would not administer oath to the ‘unconstitutionally’ appointed members.
parliamentary affairs minister said President Alvi had appointed the two ECP
members in a “just and fair” manner and as an “impartial umpire” after failure
of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif to reach a
consensus on the names. He said even the parliamentary committee on the
appointment of the CEC and the ECP members had failed to break the deadlock.
Swati claimed that his ministry had informed National Assembly Speaker Asad
Qaiser about the deadlock and also sought opinion from the law ministry before
forwarding a report to the president with recommendations in the light of which
the president made the decision.
minister said there was no precedent under which the government could refer the
matter to the chief justice of Pakistan for a final decision under Article 186
of the Constitution.
Swati said the government could not leave any institution “dysfunctional” under
Article 215 of the Constitution. He said the ECP had been incomplete at a time
when the local government elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were about
to be held.
minister said he had received a letter from the CEC over the issue and said
there had been no such precedent that such a letter had been written by the
Swati, however, did not elaborate the future course of action and concluded his
message with the statement that they would make a “decision” keeping in view
the background and to “strengthen the ECP”.
NP’s Punjab chapter president Ayub Malik alleged that the president and the
prime minister had violated the Constitution and, therefore, they should be
tried for “sedition” under Article 6 of the Constitution.
two major opposition parties – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – welcomed the CEC’s decision not to administer the
oath office to the two ECP members, saying that the ECP had set an example by
rejecting the unconstitutional move of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government.
parliamentary leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman said the procedure for ECP
members’ appointment had clearly been defined in the Constitution and the
government had violated the document. She said the government had bypassed the
opposition leader and the parliamentary committee on appointment of the ECP
members. She said the ECP had upheld the Constitution’s supremacy by the
any developed country, news of the extension of the tenure of the chief of army
staff, or his departure, means nothing, as in most cases, few people in these
countries remember who he is. However, in Pakistan, things are different, as it
is the military that controls the proceedings, directly or indirectly. So when
the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government announced three-year extension of
the tenure of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, it not only hit the
local headlines but global publications also covered the news.
extension did not come as a surprise, however, as almost every informed person
knew that Washington is desperately seeking Islamabad’s help in brokering a
deal with the Afghan Taliban and the government could not afford to let Bajwa
retire and depend on a new army chief who might have different views from the
general is famous for his “Bajwa Doctrine.” For the last two years the
Pakistani media have been kept under tight control, with dissenting journalists
fired from their jobs or faced with invisible bans from their profession.
Opposition leaders are declared corrupt and traitors, and many put behind bars
so the puppet government of the military establishment can sail smoothly.
doctrine of Bajwa is the same as the one General Ayub Khan had in the 1960s,
the only difference being that Ayub was leading a coup-installed regime from
the front whereas Bajwa cleverly is ruling from behind.
is no doubt a capable general who unlike his predecessors does not want to
indulge in any sort of direct or indirect conflicts with neighboring countries
and thinks that economic progress is the key to the country’s success. However,
being the face of the military establishment and famous for his doctrine, he
has to face the criticism for his role in designing the country’s artificial
political discourse. Three more years in office for Bajwa means that Prime
Minister Imran Khan will increase the intensity of the crackdown against the
opposition, and possibly against dissenting journalists as well.
news and print media always try to portray Bajwa as a savior of the nation and
convince people that he is indispensable. The political parties are not far
behind, and from the ruling PTI to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, every one
has congratulated General Bajwa for the extension of his tenure. The surprising
thing is that PML-N is the party that has suffered a lot at the hands of the
invisible forces and its supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz
have been victimized for not taking dictation from the establishment.
now has been in prison for a year, and Maryam Nawaz is being held in the
custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) without even being
convicted in any charge, while PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif is still somehow
dreaming like Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote that he will one day mend the
fences with the establishment and will get a share of the power chessboard.
is not the first army chief who has taken an extension. Ayub Khan, General
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, General Pervez Musharraf, and General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
too got such extensions, and just like this time, the media and opportunistic
politicians and journalists praised them and declared them vital for the
country’s survival. However, after the departure of those generals, the same
media people and politicians criticized them for worsening Pakistan’s problems.
General Bajwa, being an avid reader and a good chess player, should know that
as long as he enjoys power the opportunistic segment of the media and political
parties will hail him and praise him, but as soon as he leaves office the same
people will start pointing to his flaws. However, this should not be the main
worry for Bajwa at the moment; right now he needs to tackle the issue of
Kashmir, as the situation in the Indian side of that region is getting gloomier
every day for the people living there. He also needs to convince the warmongers
segment of Pakistani society that a direct or indirect war is not the solution
for Kashmir. He also needs to deliver the desired results in Afghanistan for
Washington, lest the Donald Trump administration again leave Pakistan in
main battle remains on the political and economic fronts. Imran Khan, the man
selected by the establishment to be the symbolical face of democracy in
Pakistan, so far has proved to be a major embarrassment, as neither is he able
to garner diplomatic support for Pakistan nor is he able to attract investment
or bring new ideas to revive the ailing economy.
the other hand Maryam Nawaz, the vice-president of PML-N, has to be kept behind
bars, as she was not only putting immense pressure on Khan and his government
but she was openly challenging the hegemony of the military establishment. In
fact, she went to the highest level of risk by openly taking on the
establishment in her public gatherings.
bleeding economy and rising popularity of Maryam Nawaz in Punjab are the real
problems for Bajwa and the establishment to address as soon as possible. The
problem, however, remains that despite the flow of US dollars and an
International Monetary Fund loan package, the economy is still in shambles. The
use of the NAB to harass politicians and investors who have sympathy for the
opposition parties has closed the doors to local and foreign investment. The
stock exchange is witnessing a bloodbath on a daily basis, while the
devaluation of the currency and imposing direct taxes on businesspeople has
resulted in a decline in the circulation of capital and business in the
Bajwa Doctrine has been successful up to now because it has the power of the
state and resources behind it, and that is the reason that despite its
miserable performance in the governance and economic domains, the PTI
government is still surviving, as it has the backing of the establishment.
Maryam Nawaz has made a hole in the ship sailed by PTI and the establishment,
first by exposing how a judge was blackmailed into sentencing her father Nawaz
Sharif and then by connecting a vibrant youth movement to her party, which even
her father was not able to do. She may or may not be able to sink the ship
right away, but the hole she has created is enough to sink it at some point.
establishment can forcefully keep the political discourse intact but it cannot
force the economic discourse to act at its will. If the establishment is
willing to continue with the same old ideology of keeping a puppet like Imran
Khan in power, it is destined to lose the game. On the other hand, if PML-N
wants to ride two boats at the same time, it is also destined to drown, as
Maryam’s narrative is the one that has given life to the party after the arrest
stakes are high but so too are the potential rewards for the opponents on the
political chessboard. Right now this war is between the doctrine of Bajwa and
the narrative of Maryam Nawaz – one a soldier of good repute within his
institution and the other a lady with an iron heart and the will to risk everything
to turn the tables.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan
chastised Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for creating war hysteria and
warned that “if India ever tried to impose war, Pakistan will end it — not in
Srinagar or Jammu, but in Delhi”.
the minister’s threats, Dr Awan told a press conference at Governor House on
Saturday that Pakistan would never initiate war and violate international laws.
But in case war was imposed on it, she said, every Pakistani would be fighting
alongside its armed forces.
on international organisations and human rights champions, the special
assistant said the world must be shown the true face of India that was getting
ready for Kashmiri Muslims’ genocide. She said Prime Minister Imran Khan had
already raised the Kashmir issue at all international forums and would address
the United Nations General Assembly on Sept 27 to explain the Modi government’s
mindset that had turned the disputed valley into jail as well as urge the UN to
get its 11 resolutions implemented.
to a question about PM Khan telling the international media that there was no
point in talking to India anymore, Dr Awan termed the assertion the narrative
of a self-respecting nation’s leader. “The statement explains that the
next-door neighbour should not take Pakistan’s wish for a peaceful resolution
of Kashmir as its weakness or compulsion to sit with India,” she explained.
“Pakistan will not enter into any dialogue with India until Kashmiris are
present in the talks as a stakeholder.”
a build-up to PM Khan’s address to the UN General Assembly, she said the
federal government would launch a series of events and that Mr Khan had
constituted a focal group that he headed to set priorities to ensure that
Kashmiris were represented at all levels world over.
part of the events, Dr Awan said the premier would address the nation and a
National Solidarity Day celebrated within a week to give a clear message of
unity, harmony and ownership of the Kashmir cause.
further said minorities in Pakistan, including Sikhs, Christians and Hindus,
had also expressed solidarity with the people of held Kashmir as well as
Muslims of India. She added that Pakistan was actively working to complete and
open Kartarpur Corridor for Sikhs to visit Baba Guru Nanak’s birthplace on the
occasion of his 550th birth anniversary. Although the project had started about
a year ago, she lamented that India was still reluctant to offer Sikhs a chance
to visit their holy place. “Pakistan will open the Kartarpur Corridor at the
scheduled time in November irrespective of any situation on the border,” she
asserted, adding, “The ball is in India’s court now.”
a question, she said the government had taken some strong decisions to help
Pakistan get rid of economic slavery of the world. “The economic reforms agenda
is currently appearing as a bitter pill, but will ultimately prove to be a
breath of fresh air,” she claimed.
Awan brushed aside the rumours of PM’s special assistant Nadeem Afzal Chan’s
resignation and said the latter had not resigned. However, in the same breath,
she said the PM had the right to place his players wherever he found
appropriate. “The rumour mills should stop, as many other things are needed to
be done at this point of time,” she stated.
the PM’s initiative of planting 10 billion trees in five years a revolutionary
step, she said it would save the future generations. She also planted a tree in
Governor House lawns and dedicated it to Kashmiris.
Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said that Pakistan
Army was fully prepared to thwart any Indian misadventure and aggression.
are alive to threat from eastern border linked to ongoing situation in Indian
occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and fully prepared to thwart any misadventure or
aggression,” he said while addressing formation officers and troops at the
formation headquarters in Gilgit, according to a press release issued by the
Inter-Services Public Relations.
Bajwa appreciated the state of readiness and morale of troops despite
challenges of weather, terrain and the enemy at the highest battlefield of the
army chief laid a wreath on a Shuhada monument at the formation headquarters.
Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday drew attention to the increasingly
apparent divisions within India after an 11-member contingent of its opposition
parties was prevented from visiting Srinagar, questioning what can
realistically be expected in terms of a dialogue over the disputed territory of
is the true face of the Indian government which the world is witnessing
today," said the foreign minister as he addressed a press conference in
the fascist attitude of the Modi administration was demonstrated at the
Srinagar airport," he said, referring to the former Congress president
Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders being barred from entering Srinagar
shortly after they landed.
call upon democratic nations of the world to view that footage [of the
airport]. When they treat their own this way, what expectation can we
[Pakistan] have from holding a dialogue with them?" said Qureshi.
ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stripped Kashmiris of the special autonomy
they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order on August 5, a
decision which was strongly condemned by Pakistan as well as the opposition
parties in India. That same evening, India imposed curfew-like restrictions in
the restive region.
in his briefing, highlighted the stifling communications blockade in the
disputed territory which had forced media to use whatever "broken
equipment" they have to record footage and send it out through their
in this environment, he [Gandhi] goes to assess the situation, wishing to meet
the Kashmiri leadership. He is arrested at the airport and transferred to New
Delhi on the next flight," said Qureshi.
foreign minister also spoke of how "the Congress party spokesperson, while
attempting to hold a media briefing in protest, was arrested mid
Secretary general apprised of latest developments
foreign minister said that he spoke to the United Nations Secretary General
António Guterres about this recent development as well as yesterday's protest
in various places after Friday prayers in which "tear gas and pellet guns
were employed to injure people".
said his aim was to apprise the UN secretary general of the situation in
occupied Kashmir since the meeting of the United Nations Security Council
(UNSC) to discuss it.
is in Paris and I spoke to him. I thanked him for his statement and the way he
presented a legally and politically sound stance on the issue. I'm sure
Kashmiris must have also gained courage from his statement," he said.
said he also thanked the United Nations for convening the UNSC session.
the closed-door meeting the message we [Pakistan] got was that it is the wish
of all members that the matter be resolved peacefully," said the foreign
minister to the UN secretary general.
I also wish to draw your attention to the fact that on the one hand we are
being advised to move forward peacefully, and [on the other] today is the 20th
day of curfew — the curfew continues day and night," said Qureshi to
also drew his attention to the fact that yesterday, Friday prayers were impeded
— a fundamental right of every Muslim — a lot of mosques were locked up, and
some people who wished to proceed to the UN office there, were fired upon with
pellet guns, were subjected to shelling and tortured," he added.
foreign minister said he told the UN secretary general that of the three
parties to the Kashmir dispute, two had clearly presented their stance
regarding the August 5 measures taken by India.
in every possible shade of its political opinion, has rejected the August 5
action which stripped Kashmir of its autonomy, he said. "It has declared
the move unconstitutional, illegal, in contravention of the UNSC resolutions,
and in violation of the UN charter."
the Kashmiris have also rejected these measures," he said.
third dispute to the party stands divided. And it was evident in the way things
played out at the Srinagar airport today," said Qureshi.
also talked about the human rights violations, thousands of detentions, food
shortages, medicine shortages because I feel his voice has weight. This is such
an organisation. When the secretary general of the United Nations gives a
statement, it has moral weightage. And the world listens."
said he also spoke of the use of pellet guns and cluster bombs (lobbed from
across the Line of Control). Furthermore, he said he had apprised Guterres of
Prime Minister Imran Khan's apprehensions of a "false flag operation"
and that India is likely preparing to "create a Pulwama-like drama".
words have weight'
said he urged the secretary general to ensure that the United Nations move
forward in addressing this issue with the same spirit that it always has in
dealing with conflict.
requested him that given his organisation's efforts which have always
prioritised preventive measures in a conflict, and as there is a humanitarian
crisis in the making, and given the threat in terms of peace and security, that
his organisation move forward [and act] immediately."
said he presented Guterres with the following points in this regard:
Nations must play its role for the safety of the lives of the Kashmiris.
Security Council's resolution binds you to stand as an obstacle in the face of
hope that the United Nations will expedite its efforts towards the lifting of
the curfew in occupied Kashmir.
words have weight, kindly do the following: The P5 leadership must be informed
of the sensitivity of the situation and whether or not the security council
convenes a session, do keep on briefing them because they should know what the
situation is leaning towards as it evolves.
oppressed and unarmed Kashmiris, their hungry children, and their fearful
parents expect that the United Nations Human Rights division will continue to
play a lead role in highlighting the situation.
Kashmiris await justice. They look to the international community with patience
and hope it has their back. If it lets them down they will have no choice but
to make use of whatever option is available to resist this sort of
highhandedness, this undemocratic order and these inhuman actions.
foreign minister said that he requested, despite knowing full well of the scope
of his commitments, that he visit South Asia and Kashmir "as the situation
in the region demands it".
invite him. The citizens of Azad Kashmir will await his arrival. We are ready
to facilitate him for wherever he wishes to go and whomever he wishes to meet.
in this situation in which facts are being hidden and twisted, he himself
should demand he be allowed to visit [occupied Kashmir] so that he can see the
situation for himself, present the facts to the world and play his role in
averting a humanitarian crisis," said FM Qureshi.
foreign minister said that Guterres gave him "a very patient hearing"
and assured him that he would speak to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
discuss the issues highlighted today. According to the foreign minister,
"Guterres said he had offered to play a role in the past to defuse the
situation and is ready today too but India had not been forthcoming".
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous
Ashiq Awan on Saturday said that irrespective of its ties with India,
Pakistan’s doors were open to Sikh pilgrims visiting Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in
connection with the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and other
a press conference at Punjab Governor’s House, Firdous rejected the rumours
that Pakistan had stalled work on the Kartarpur Corridor after straining of
relations with India over the Kashmir issue, saying the corridor would be
inaugurated in November.
she said, severed its diplomatic ties with India when the latter abrogated
Article 370 of its constitution to annex the occupied state of Jammu and
Kashmir against the wishes of its people and the United Nations resolutions.
Pakistan also discontinued the train service between the two countries, she
said that Nankana Sahib and other cities in Pakistan were sacred for the Sikhs
like Makkah and Madina (for the Muslims because of ‘Khana-e-Kaaba’ and
‘Masjid-e-Nabvi’) as their holy sites were located there. It was the vision of
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had decided to open the border through the
Kartarpur Corridor enabling Sikhs on the Indian side of Punjab to visit the
shrine (of Baba Guru Nanak) physically after 72 years as most the them could
only see the holy site some kilometers away from the across border through
said Pakistan would inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor as per schedule as terms
of reference (ToRs) had been finalised with India. The ball was in India’s
court to decide on opening its side of the corridor and show as to how much it
cared for the Sikhs, she added.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s irresponsible statements and threats,
the special assistant warned him to refrain from war-mongering. Pakistan would
not commit any violation of the international borders, however, if India
started the war then Pakistan would end it.
At least two people were killed in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) on Saturday after
a police checkpost was attacked by unidentified assailants.
to police, eight men riding motorcycles attacked police personnel in the Durban
area of the district, killing two civilians. One of those killed in the attack
was a private security guard. The security personnel remained unhurt in the
incident and the attackers managed to escape after police personnel retaliated.
said the bodies of the two were transferred to a nearby hospital and a cordon
was established around the area after the attack.
in July, at least nine people were martyred and 30 others injured in a gun
attack on a police check post and a subsequent suicide blast at the hospital
the wounded were shifted to in DI Khan. Six policemen and three civilians had
been slain in the deadly twin attacks.
The ASEAN Post published an article on Zakir Naik and the effect he has had on
Malaysian society. That article left us with a glaring question: Why was the
government of Malaysia so adamant in keeping Naik in the country before his
controversial speech in the northern city of Kota Bharu in the state of
Kelantan? This article seeks to find an answer to that question.
18 August 2019, an article written by local reporter Robin Augustin noted that
while Naik and non-Muslim leaders have been engaged in a war of words, there
had been “rare goodwill gestures” between Malaysia’s two rival Muslim factions,
both of whom defended Naik in the wake of the media’s intense coverage of his
faction is that behind Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin. He represents a
brand of Islam that has sometimes defied Malaysia’s traditional Islamic
practices. The other faction is that of the conservatives, which includes
almost all other political figures, which represent mainstream Islam in
Malaysia,” the article quoted an anonymous local observer of contemporary
Malaysian Islamic movements.
ASEAN Post also conducted its own interviews to find out if Naik could have
been used as a tool to unite more than just Muslims of different schools of
thought, in effect, making him valuable to the Malaysian government.
Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel
School of International Studies, University of Denver, noted that Malaysia’s
14th general election (GE14) last year had cause somewhat of a rift between
Malaysia’s majority race, the Malays.
voted for the Pakatan Harpan (Coalition of Hope) alliance while others voted
for Barisan Nasional (National Front). While Barisan Nasional lost the
election, they still demonstrated strong support among the Malays. This
suggests that during the next election they could return to power by invoking
common populist themes,” Hashemi, whose expertise include comparative politics
and political theory as well as democracy and human rights, told The ASEAN
politicians are interested in obtaining power and keeping power. They will do
what is needed to obtain this goal. This often happens by playing the game of
populist politics. It goes like this: A politician will claim that he will
defend the rights of the majority against internal enemies and foreign threats
who seek to subjugate them. Human rights and civil rights are ignored and the
collective majoritarian rights are elevated.
xenophobia and cultivation of enemies (both foreign and domestic) is a key
aspect of this form of politics. The truth is deliberately manipulated and the
free press is attacked,” he said, adding that United States (US) President
Donald Trump was a prototype of such a politician.
Malaysia, there are many similar examples. The politician personally benefits
by rallying people around this narrative which propels him into power – but of
course at the expense of democracy, national unity and human rights.”
Associate Professor of Political Science at John Cabot University, Bridget
Welsh, who is also an expert at Southeast Asian politics, told The ASEAN Post
that she believed the Malays were split long before GE14.
Malays have always been split as the idea of 'Malay unity' is a myth. From the
independence movement to the support of different Malay parties, division is
the norm. What differed about GE14 is that the number of political choices for
Malays increased and, importantly, the more liberal alternative captured more
of the Malay vote,” she said.
Welsh did agree that Malaysian politicians would view winning over at least a
majority of Malays towards a single cause as a favourable outcome.
comprise the largest ethnic group so the more they win, the more political
power these parties can gain. Together, (excluding Sarawak-based party United
Bumiputera Heritage Party (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu)) they can win a
plurality but not a majority of seats. This allows the conservative, racialised
and exclusionary religious agenda to gain traction.
is also important to keep in mind that Malaysia still holds onto the United
Malays National Organisation (UMNO) legacy view that legitimacy comes from
winning the majority of Malays - which accentuates the push toward mythical
Kenney, professor of religious studies at DePauw University, however, brought
up an interesting point: that it may be more strategic for Malaysian Prime
Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the ruling coalition, the Coalition of Hope
(Pakatan Harapan) to maintain a division among the Malays.
is unlikely that a ‘majority’ would back some ‘liberal or progressive’ agenda.
And it is not altogether clear what Mahathir actually wishes to see develop in
the country… how committed he is to undoing some racial damage or ethnic
antagonism he contributed to in the past,” he said.
this is where going after Naik enters the picture. Naik’s recent comments allow
Mahathir –indeed all centrist politicians – to clearly identify themselves as
“moderate” because Naik is so immoderate.”
to use a preacher
asked the question whether Naik could be used as a political tool to unite the
Malays, both experts agreed, adding that they believed Naik has been used this
way at least once in Malaysia.
is a political pawn originally in UMNO's (failed) effort to win religiously
conservative Malay votes and to further push its racialised Malay nationalist
agenda (targeting Indians as well as the Chinese),” Welsh said.
the two parties UMNO and PAS (Malaysian Islamic Party) have come together,
Zakir has been a unifying tool of supposedly using a Muslim Indian foreigner
for 'Malay unity' and 'defending Islam'. It is about maintaining the
conservative Malay base.”
said the possibility of using Naik to unite the Malays was “certainly
given the attention that this incident is getting in the media, with lots of
politicians and public figures piling on, I’m sure some see it as a means of
uniting Malays – all Malaysians – against immoderate racism,” he said.
said using Naik as a political tool was already happening, but added that this
would have grave effects on Malaysia’s future.
he can be used in this way but the key question is to what end? If the goal is
simply the naked grasp of power under a false sense of unity, then this is
possible. I suspect it is already happening. If the goal, however, is a
democratic Malaysia, rooted in Islamic ethics where everyone is equal before
the law and key national groups have their rights respected and protected –
then the politics of Zakir Naik should be firmly repudiated. It is this latter
form of unity that really matters. The future of Malaysia depends on it.”
Zakir Naik was indeed the hammer meant to unite the Malays, then did Malaysia
inadvertently end up hitting its own fingers with the very same hammer? What do
Aiman - August 25, 2019PETALING JAYA: Child rights activist James Nayagam has
warned of potential harm to children if the Selangor government goes ahead with
its plan to enact a law to allow religious conversion without the consent of
that such conversions of children would often involve divorce, he said the
trauma they would suffer would often be worse than the kind experienced by
children in a divorce that did not involve conversion.
attributed this to the likelihood of greater animosity between parents of
trauma would be even worse if a child were to be forcibly taken by one parent,
he told FMT.
child may even be confined to a particular area where he or she is cut off from
other people,” he said.
that he was talking from his experience with such cases, he said a child would
sometimes develop fear of one of the parents.
also spoke of identity crises and said these would sometimes happen when such
children had grown up.
spoken to adults as well and some of them don’t practise the religion they were
converted to,” he said.
said he believed the consent of both parents would be best for a developing
Geshina Ayu Mat Saat agreed with some points raised by Nayagam.
whose parents practice different religions may experience confusion or distress
or may later become apathetic to religion,” she said.
she said the effect such a conversion would have on a child when he had grown
up would depend on his relationship with each of the parents before and after
the divorce. It would also depend on how much religion was observed in the
family, she added.
said psychosocial and spiritual distress might occur if the child felt strongly
towards one religion but was coerced to practise another religion.
may not occur if there already is an apathetic attitude towards religion in the
family or if the child’s religious belief is in tune with his or her legal
said older children in a divorce would have developed their own world view as
well a strong relationship with either parent.
teacher Indira Gandhi, known for her long court battle against the unilateral
conversion of her three children, said children should be left to decide on the
religion they would follow only when they had reached 18.
also said she believed the conversion of one parent should not cause the family
to break up.
can bring up the children together,” she said. “If the father is a Muslim, let
him preach to the children the goodness of Islam. If the mother is Hindu, let
her preach the religion to them.”
deciding on Indira’s case, the Federal Court last year declared that the
consent of both parents was needed for the conversion of minors, ruling that
the word “parent” in the Federal Constitution meant both father and mother.
by a viral video that appeared to show alleged security personnel using the
derogatory slur “monkey” against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, the
longstanding racial prejudice against residents of Papua and West Papua boiled
over during recent tensions in the two least developed provinces in the country.
The 2010 census conducted by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) found that the country
had 1,340 etnicities, with the Javanese
formingthe majority at about 40 percent and Papuans comprising only 1.14
percent. Soeharto’s New Order repressed sectarian tensions, including
anti-Chinese and anti-Islam sentiments, by banning individuals from public
expression of tribal affiliations, religion, race and societal groups (SARA).
Enacted during the New Order, Article 156 of the Crimin...
Indonesian police's anti-terror unit Detachment 88 arrested three suspected terrorists
in Blitar, East Java, on Friday night and took them to the East Java Police
headquarters to be interrogated, a police spokesman told the Jakarta Globe on
were arrested last night and brought here to the police headquarters this morning,"
police spokesman Comr. Frans Barung Mangera said.
three suspected terrorists were identified as Kurniawan Joko Wicaksono, Subagio
and Joan Puji Santoso.
was captured in front of his house in Sentul, a village near Blitar. Subagio
was arrested in Beru and Joan was arrested in Kepanjen Kidul.
arrests were part of a police investigation in which they had already arrested
two members of the Islamic State-affiliated militant group Jamaah Ansharut
Daulah (JAD) on Thursday, also in East Java.
of them was Beni Luqman Hakim, the leader of the JAD branch in Lamongan, East
Java. The police also took Beni's wife and children to be questioned.
terrorists have changed the way they fund their terror acts. They now earn
halal money. In the past, they used to earn money from robberies," Frans
said the suspected terrorists arrested in Blitar, Lamongan and Sampang this
week make money from running a small business or working as employees.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head to East Asia on Sunday, his
office said, as part of a diplomatic push to win relief from biting US
would visit China, Japan and Malaysia fresh on the heels of a tour of Western
European nations, spokesman Abbas Mousavi said late Friday on the ministry’s
relations and most importantly regional and international issues are some of
the topics our foreign minister will discuss with the aforementioned countries’
officials during the trip,” said Mousavi.
United States slapped sanctions on Zarif late last month in a bid to target any
assets he has in America and squeeze his ability to function as a
Zarif hailed his visit to France on Friday following trips to Finland, Sweden
a post on Twitter, he said “despite US efforts to destroy diplomacy” he met
French President Emmanuel Macron, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and had
interviews with media in Paris, including AFP.
US efforts to destroy diplomacy, met with French President @EmmanuelMacron and
@JY_LeDriane in Paris today.
with Euronews, AFP, & France24.
must be preserved.
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and its arch-foe the United States have been at loggerheads since last year
when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a 2015 deal under
which the Islamic republic agreed to rein in its nuclear activities in return
for an easing of sanctions.
months on from the US pullout, Iran began reducing its commitments by
surpassing a uranium enrichment cap and exceeding a limit on its reserves.
situation has threatened to spiral out of control, with ships attacked in the
Gulf, drones downed and oil tankers seized.
his visit to France, Zarif told AFP in an interview that he was pleased with
the efforts of Macron to defuse the crisis.
Macron made some suggestions last week to President (Hassan) Rouhani and we
believe they are moving in the right direction, although we are not definitely
there yet,” Zarif said.
has been seeking to roll back some of the US measures imposed as part of
Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, which insists its nuclear
program is peaceful.
diplomats have raised the idea of US waivers on sanctions affecting Iranian oil
exports to India and China, or a new credit line for Tehran that could help the
large aircraft carrier strike force that the United States sent to the Middle
East in May on an accelerated schedule to “deter” Iran has been “steering
clear” of the country since arrival, staying as far away as the Arabian Sea for
fear of Iranian military strikes in case of a potential conflict.
dispatch earlier this year of the USS Abraham Lincoln to the Middle East ahead
of schedule was meant by the US “to send a clear and unmistakable message” to
Iran. And even as Iranian military officials knew the deployment was not extraordinary
— the US’s Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain — it ratcheted up tensions
significantly at the time.
first rose between Iran and the US in May 2018, when US President Donald Trump
pulled America out of a multilateral deal with Iran and started attempting to
drive Iran’s oil sales presumably to zero.
May 5, 2019, Trump’s National Security Adviser and known Iran hawk John Bolton
said in a statement that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a
bomber task force were being sent to the Middle East “to send a clear and
unmistakable message” to Iran. A US official told Reuters at the time that the
forces “have been ordered to the region as a deterrence” against Iran.
the warship has never ventured anywhere near Iranian waters.
New York Times said in an article on Friday that, since arriving in the region,
the USS Abraham Lincoln naval group has avoided both the Persian Gulf and the
Strait of Hormuz, “the crucial oil-tanker highways it is supposed to protect.”
5,600 men and women aboard this nuclear-powered aircraft carrier do not venture
near Iranian waters,” it said.
Lincoln remains in the North Arabian Sea, and at times more than 600 nautical
miles from the Strait of Hormuz. Often, the Lincoln is off the coast of Oman,
not far from Muscat,” the article said.
on board the warship and interviewed by the Times said they was staying far
from Iran to avoid an “escalation.” However, a fear of Iranian reprisal in case
of a potential confrontation seemed to be the real preoccupation of the
American forces on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
avoid Iranian military forces, the American warship is even prepared to go
through much worse weather and sea conditions.
the North Arabian Sea, with its huge waves and fierce undertow, fighter pilots
on a recent Saturday battled wind gusts to catch the wire as they landed on the
pitching carrier. Unlike the far calmer Persian Gulf, the North Arabian Sea at
this time of the year is ferocious.”
forces on the USS Abraham Lincoln were cited as saying with an air of
confidence that they could still potentially engage in offensive attacks
against Iran from where they were positioned. But, when actual combat was
reportedly imminent in one instance, they were taken over by fear.
June 21, Trump reportedly ordered airstrikes on Iranian targets in reaction to
the downing by Iran of an intruding American spy drone. Shortly later, however,
the US president reversed course.
preparing to conduct the airstrikes, the forces on board the USS Abraham
Lincoln were struck by anxiety.
ship was prepared to launch strikes on Iranian targets on the ground. Enlisted
sailors and officers had rehearsed and drilled countless times, but suddenly
this was the real thing,” the Times said.
could feel the stress in the younger sailors,” said Captain William Reed, a
fighter pilot who commands the ship’s air wing.
less a person than the commander of the carrier strike group, a rear admiral,
was “relieved” to learn of the order to stand down.
the systems were on, all the lights were green, we were waiting for the order,”
Rear Adm. Michael E. Boyle said. “And the order didn’t come.”
Yeah! Whatever caused us not to have to push the button, we’re happy,” he told
Copur, Kasım İleri
and Turkish leaders conducted the first U.S.-Turkey reconnaissance flight, the
Pentagon said Saturday.
Sean Robertson told Anadolu Agency that two generals, one from each country,
flew on the same helicopter on Saturday.
“milestone” followed establishment of the joint coordination center earlier
this week, Robertson said in an emailed statement.
flight demonstrates U.S.’s commitment to address “Turkey's legitimate security
concerns on their southern border”, the statement underlined.
statement also reiterated U.S.’s determination to “maintain security in
northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge”.
first joint helicopter flight between the two NATO allies allows the coalition
and U.S.’s partners to “remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of
ISIS,” the statement added.
a phone call Wednesday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and U.S. Defense
Secretary Mark Esper agreed to launch the first phase of the Syria safe zone
plan as of Aug. 21.
said a safe zone east of the Euphrates River in Syria should be established
within the framework of the principles set out in the calendar without delay,
the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement.
and Esper also agreed that military delegations from the two countries will
meet in Ankara soon to discuss the next stages of the safe zone plan, it said.
and U.S. military officials reached an agreement on Aug. 7 that the safe zone
in northern Syria will serve as a "peace corridor" for displaced
Syrians longing to return home and a Joint Operations Center in Turkey will be
set up to coordinate its establishment.
U.S., which considers the PKK a terrorist organization, changed the YPG’s name
to the Syrian Democratic Forces in July 2017 in order to dissociate it with the
the last two years, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations
liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, allowing hundreds of
thousands of displaced civilians to return to their homes.
U.S. warned on Saturday that military abuses against Rohingya Muslims continued
in Myanmar as the country’s actions constituted ethnic cleansing in Rakhine
the second anniversary of the beginning of the Myanmar security forces'
"atrocities" against the Rohingya, State Department spokeswoman
Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that more than 740,000 Rohingya were forced
to flee to Bangladesh.
years ago, Burma [Myanmar]’s security forces engaged in a brutal attack against
hundreds of thousands of unarmed men, women, and children in a grossly
disproportionate response to attacks by militants on security posts in northern
Rakhine State," Ortagus stressed.
added that Rakhine State was not the only place in Myanmar where the military
committed human rights violations against the country's people over more than seventy
highlighted that the Myanmar military's abuses continue in Kachin, Shan States
and elsewhere in the country.
Ortagus said on Twitter that the military must respect human rights for
Myanmar’s democracy to succeed.
Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced
heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in
to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and
children, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces
launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017, pushing
the number of persecuted people in Bangladesh above 1.2 million.
Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, said the OIDA report, titled "Forced Migration of Rohingya:
The Untold Experience".
Aug. 21, the US State Department Rewards for Justice Program announced rewards
of up to $5 million each for three wanted Islamic State (ISIS) leaders: Sami
Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, and Mu‘taz
Numan ‘Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi. Respectively, the three are: a money man, a
senior ideologue, and an explosives expert.
all three of the so-called caliphate’s men began their jihadist careers with al
Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the forerunner to the current Islamic State organization.
The State Department says al-Mawla “was a religious scholar in ISIS’s
predecessor organization,” AQI, while both al-Jaburis are “legacy” AQI members.
is not clear if the State Department means AQI as it existed before the
establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in 2006, or the ISI. Either
way, the brief biographical details provided for all three men demonstrate that
the current Islamic State retains a cadre of veterans who have been with the
enterprise for years, and in some cases possibly a decade or more.
Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi (a.k.a. Hajji Hamid and Haji Hamad) was reportedly
killed in 2016, but the newly-released reward announcement indicates the US
government thinks he survived.
Aug. 11, 2016, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) reported that Sami
al-Jaburi and “an aide were killed” in a joint operation involving US Special
Forces. The KRSC described al-Jaburi as “responsible” for the Islamic State’s
“natural resources in Iraq and Syria.” That part was true, based on other
sources, but al-Jaburi apparently wasn’t killed in the raid.
al-Jaburi has long been a key Islamic State money man.
Treasury Department added him to the US government’s list of specially
designated global terrorists in 2015, reporting that as of that same year he
“supervised” the Islamic State’s “oil and gas, antiquities, and mineral
had worked with another Islamic State “oil and gas official,” Fathi ben Awn ben
Jildi Murad al-Tunisi (a.k.a. Abu Sayyaf), to “establish a new funding stream
for [ISIS] from increased production at oil fields held by the organization,”
Treasury said. That effort took place in Apr. 2015.
Sayyaf was killed in a US raid in eastern Syria the following month. The raid
provided US intelligence officials with a treasure trove of information
recovered from Abu Sayyaf’s compound. The Islamic State man’s wife, Umm Sayyaf,
was also captured during the operation.
McGurk, who was then the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition To
Counter ISIS, explained months later that the Americans “collected more
information off that site than we have in any Special Forces operation in
history.” The intelligence led “to a number of operations to really just completely
uproot [ISIS’s] economic financial networks in Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria,”
assuming Sami al-Jaburi is indeed alive, at least some of Abu Sayyaf’s close
comrades survived the roll up of his network after the raid in eastern Syria.
career has followed the Islamic State’s rise to power as a nascent state in
2014 and 2015, as well as its subsequent reversion to guerrilla warfare.
Treasury described al-Jaburi as ISIS’s “shari’a council chief and second in
command in southern Mosul, Iraq” as of Aug. 2014 — that is, just weeks after
the organization declared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to be “Caliph Ibrahim.”
to State, whle al-Jaburi was serving as the Islamic State’s “deputy” in
southern Mosul, he also “reportedly served as the equivalent of ISIS’s finance
minister, supervising the group’s revenue-generating operations from illicit
sales of oil, gas, antiquities, and minerals.”
He is presumably still serving in a similar capacity today.
2017, the US Treasury Department identified another key Islamic State finance
official who was formerly in Mosul as Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur. After
the fall of Mosul, which was once one of the Islamic State’s two most important
cities, al-Mansur fled to Turkey. Al-Mansur’s current status is not publicly
known. But like al-Jaburi and the two other Islamic State officials added to
the State Department’s rewards program this week, al-Mansur’s career began with
photo accompanying al-Jaburi’s reward offer indicates that he was once
imprisoned. As has been widely documented, the detention facilities in Iraq
proved to be a breeding ground for the Islamic State, as the jihadists used
their confinement to recruit new men to their cause, while others’ views
hardened. Many of the Islamic State’s top leaders were once imprisoned, only to
State Department offers an intriguing assessment in its description of Amir
Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (a.k.a. Hajji ‘Abdallah), saying that he
is “a potential successor” to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the head of ISIS. Foggy
Bottom doesn’t explain how it arrived at this analysis, and the Islamic State
doesn’t publish succession charts. But it may have something to do with
al-Mawla’s extensive ideological work inside the organization.
US government describes al-Mawla as a “senior” ISIS leader who served as a
“religious scholar” for AQI. He “steadily rose through the ranks to assume a
senior leadership role for ISIS.” Then, as one of Baghdadi’s “most senior
ideologues,” al-Mawla “helped drive and justify the abduction, slaughter, and
trafficking of the Yazidi religious minority in northwest Iraq.”
Islamic State’s rampage through Sinjar in northern Iraq forced hundreds of
thousands of Yazidis to flee. The jihadists carried out a genocide, enslaving
thousands of Yazidi women and children while massacring thousands of men who
refused to convert to the Islamic State’s version of Islam. Yazidi women and
girls were forced into sex slavery.
according to the State Department, al-Mawla provided ideological arguments to
justify this barbarity. That isn’t all he does for the Islamic State. The US
says al-Mawla “is believed to oversee some of the group’s global terrorist
operations” — though the Rewards for Justice program didn’t specify what role
he plays, exactly.
Numan ‘Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi (a.k.a. Hajji Taysir) is the third and final
wanted Islamic State figure. Unlike the other two, the US apparently has no
photo of the man, despite the fact that he is considered “one of the most
important leaders in ISIS.” As of mid-2017, according to the State Department,
al-Jaburi was the “deputy amir of manufacturing in Syria.” And in that role, he
oversaw the “Research Department for ISIS’s chemical and biological weapons
efforts in Syria.”
US government has identified other ISIS figures responsible for developing
chemical and biological weapons in the past. [See, for example, FDD’s Long War
Journal reports: US designates ISIS chemical weapons expert from France as
terrorist, US designates 2 Islamic State leaders tied to chemical weapons, US
military hits another Islamic State chemical weapons facility in Iraq and
Coalition kills Islamic State ‘chemical weapons engineer’.]
far, the Islamic State’s chemical arsenal has been fairly rudimentary, relying
on chlorine and mustard agent. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the predecessor
organization to the current Islamic State, used chlorine gas in a series of
suicide bomb attacks in 2007. However, it is always possible that the group has
been exploring more sinister and sophisticated weaponry.
losing its territorial caliphate, it is well-known that the Islamic State has
thousands of members across Iraq and Syria, perhaps many thousands. Western
analysts do not really known how many ISIS men remain on the battlefield, or
hidden in sleeper cells, waiting to strike. Thousands of others remain loyal to
the organization elsewhere around the globe.
Rabbi, Head Of Muslim World League Receive 'Children Of Abraham' Award
YORK – The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s (FFEU) Rabbi Marc Schneier and
the Muslim World League’s Secretary General Dr. Muhammad Al-Issa were awarded
the “Children of Abraham” award by the Florence School of Advanced Studies for
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue on Tuesday at the 40th annual Meeting
for Friendship Amongst Peoples.
award was created for spiritual leaders who dedicate their lives to the
promotion of understanding and collaboration between religious groups and
citizens of different faiths and to the construction of human solidarity.
proud to honor Rabbi Schneier for his work pioneering Muslim-Jewish relations
globally and specifically the work he has spearheaded in Europe for more than a
decade,” said Florence School of Advanced Studies for Interreligious and
Intercultural Dialogue President Rabbi Dr. Joseph Levi.
he brought an historic mission of European Muslim and Jewish leaders to New
York and Washington D.C. a decade ago with the goal of planting the seeds of a
meaningful Muslim-Jewish alliance, Rabbi Schneier has held many conferences
with Imams and Rabbis to bring the two faiths together," Levi continued.
"His Foundation’s Muslim-Jewish Season of Twinning in Europe and a litany
of events involving grassroots activists and high-level representatives of the
European Parliament and the Council of Europe have made a tremendous impact in
[antisemitism] and Islamophobia on the rise in Europe, it is more important
than ever before that Muslims and Jews come together,” said Schneier. “It’s an
honor to be acknowledged here in Rimini at the 40th annual Meeting for
Friendship Amongst Peoples with my colleague from the Muslim World League, Dr.
Muhammad Al-Issa. Because of our partners in the Islamic world, we’ve been able
to make such a tremendous impact in Europe and globally.”
in 1989, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding is the global address for
Muslim-Jewish relations and the national address for African American-Jewish
relations. The organization is committed to the belief that direct dialogue
between ethnic communities is the most effective path towards reconciliation.
hold ant-racism demo in Germany's Dresden
35,000 people marched against hate and racism in the eastern German of city
Dresden on Saturday, organizers said, a week before state elections when
far-right party AfD is projected to make huge gains.
the banner "indivisible", a broad coalition of artists, unionists and
politicians gathered to urge voters to reject exclusion, which they argue is
championed by right-wing extremists.
three-hour march took place in a relaxed atmosphere under the warm summer sun
in the picturesque baroque city, one of the most popular tourism destinations
in the former communist east.
Dresden is also the cradle of the Islamophobic movement Pegida, and the state
of Saxony is a stronghold of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany
had predicted around 10,000 people to turn up for the march, so 35,000 well
exceeded their expectations.
at the protest held aloft signs that read: "No place for Nazis" and
"Racism is not an alternative".
of the marchers, 27-year-old Berlin teacher Janna Rakowski, said she wanted
"to show the people of Dresden that they are not alone in the fight
want to show our solidarity in this particular situation before the elections
in Saxony," she told AFP.
spokeswoman for the organizers, Susann Riske, said: "We want to do
something against the current political climate and support those who oppose
hatred and violence every day."
Schmidt, a 66-year-old retiree from Dresden, held up a sign reading
"Grandmas against the extreme right".
people are very dissatisfied... the big parties have sabotaged their
chances," she said.
the march started, organizers said they expected at least 10,000 people to turn
up at the protest, while about 70 kilometers away, the co-leader of the AfD
Alexander Gauland is due to address a rally in the city of Chemnitz.
AfD candidate in the Saxony election, Nico Koehler, on Saturday denied his
party is racist, calling such charges "propaganda designed to get
left-wing parties into the state assembly".
also called on other parties to enter into dialogue with the AfD.
starts with interpersonal dialogue ... even with those you consider the
enemy," he said at a campaign stall in Chemnitz.
polls show the AfD party running neck and neck with Chancellor Angela Merkel's
CDU party in Saxony.
the state of Brandenburg, the region surrounding Berlin, some surveys even see
the AfD topping the polls, which would be a major blow for Merkel's junior
coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD).
a strong showing by the AfD is confirmed in both regional polls, it could throw
Merkel's coalition into a new crisis by potentially heightening calls for the
SPD to pull the plug on the partnership.
the organizers of Saturday's march, the regional elections, together with
October 27 polls in the state of Thuringia, will be the "moment of truth
the banner #indivisible, the collective of activists managed to get a quarter
of a million people on the streets in Berlin last October to defend inclusion
march was organized with Germany still shocked by xenophobic attacks in a
Saxony city, Chemnitz, in the aftermath of the stabbing of a German by a
politicians then also joined in a silent march through Chemnitz alongside the
head of Pegida, as well as neo-Nazis.
its entry into the Bundestag after the 2017 general election, the far-right AfD
has shaken up German politics, including breaching taboos such as openly
questioning Germany's atonement culture over World War II.
anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric has proved attractive to those resentful
of Merkel's decision to let in more than a million asylum seekers since the
2015 refugee crisis.
Syrian government is massing forces to push further into rebel-held territory
in the country's north-west after seizing a key town and surrounding a Turkish
military observation post, a war monitor said on Saturday.
town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib region fell on Wednesday after years under
rebel control, and on Friday troops overran the countryside to the south,
encircling a Turkish observation post there.
day after they controlled the area south of Khan Sheikhoun, regime forces are
massing in the area north of it," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
are "preparing to continue their advance towards the area of Maaret Al
Numan", a town about 25 kilometres to the north, he said.
area has come under intense Russian and regime aerial bombardment and been
depleted of almost all of its residents in the past two weeks, the Observatory
Khan Sheikhoun, Maaret Al Numan is the next rebel-held town on a highway
running from the capital Damascus to the Syria's second city of Aleppo, which
was retaken from opposition fighters in late 2016.
Idlib region of some three million people lies on the border with Turkey.
Turkish troops have been deployed at a dozen points around it in an attempt to
set up a buffer zone that was part of a failed truce
between Turkey and Russia last year.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria with his
Russian counterpart on Friday and will visit Moscow on Tuesday for talks with
Vladimir Putin, the Turkish presidency said.
Turkey's attempt to create a safe zone along its border with north-eastern Syria
received a boost on Saturday after the US-backed forces that control the area
said they would co-operate.
Kobani, the head of the Syrian Democratic Forces led by the Syrian Kurdish YPG
militia, said his alliance would back the agreement reached between Washington
US Central Command said late on Friday that the SDF – which expelled ISIS from
their last patch of territory in eastern Syria in March – had destroyed
outposts in the border area.
demonstrates SDF's commitment to support implementation of the security
mechanism framework," Centcom said.
and the US have agreed to set up a joint operations centre to oversee the
creation of the "safe zone" that Ankara says is necessary to protect
it from the YPG, which it considers a terrorist group.
Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot on Saturday failed to
dock automatically with the international space station, Moscow news agencies
craft launched a repeat of the docking manoeuvres after the failure of the
first attempt, which had been scheduled for 0530 GMT, the agencies said.
broadcast of the event on the Russian space agency Roskomos was interrupted
with the Soyuz spacecraft about 100 metres (109 yards) off the ISS.
life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist
astronauts in the space station.
for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, Fedor is the first ever
sent up by Russia.
blasted off Thursday in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft from Russia's Baikonur
cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and was to stay on the ISS until September 7.
ships are normally manned on such trips, but this time no humans were
travelling in order to test a new emergency rescue system.
of cosmonauts, Fedor, also known as Skybot F850, was strapped into a specially
adapted pilot's seat, with a small Russian flag in hand.
go. Let's go," the robot was heard saying during launch, repeating the
famous phrase used by first man in space Yuri Gagarin.
silvery anthropomorphic robot stands 1.80 metres tall and weighs 160
magnate Nabil Karoui remains in the race for Tunisia’s upcoming presidential
election despite his arrest for alleged money laundering, the head of the
country’s electoral commission said on Saturday.
one of 26 presidential candidates given preliminary approval this month to run
in the September 15 election, was arrested on Friday, his party said.
judicial official said an arrest warrant had been issued for Karoui and his
brother Ghazi for money laundering.
Karoui is still a candidate and his name remains on the preliminary and
definite list of candidates” who are vying to become Tunisia’s next president,
electoral commission (ISIE) head Nabil Baffoun said.
his arrest... as long as there are no changes in his legal status... he remains
a presidential candidate,” Baffoun told the private Mosaique FM radio station.
to Baffoun, candidatures of individuals who have been convicted in Tunisia are
accepted as long as the verdict against them does not specifically say they are
banned from running in an election.
tycoon was charged with money laundering in early July shortly after stating
his intention to stand in the polls, but has remained a leading candidate.
party announced his arrest the same day that authorities declared a ban on
three local outlets - including Karoui’s Nessma TV - from reporting on the
election campaign over unlicensed “illegal” broadcasts.
has been accused by regulators and some politicians of using Nessma to bolster
his political ambitions.
was nearly removed from the race in June when parliament passed an amended
electoral code that would bar any candidate who handed out “favors in cash or
in kind” in the year before the vote.
then-president Beji Caid Essebsi neither rejected nor enacted the bill, leaving
the door open for Karoui to run.
parliament has approved an electoral and political parties draft bill, the
state broadcaster reported on Saturday, paving the way for national elections
next year, the first to be held under reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
August 9 Ethiopia’s ruling coalition said it will hold a national election in
2020, defying worries over security and displaced people within the country
that had led some to speculate the election might be postponed.
parliament unanimously approved the revised bill,” the Ethiopian Broadcast
Corporation (EBC) reported.
parties will require at least 10,000 founding members, while regional parties
need 4,000, EBC said.
has rolled out a series of political reforms since coming to power last year,
including unbanning many political parties, releasing political prisoners and
journalists, and welcoming home exiled rebel groups.
an attempted coup in June by a rogue militia in the northern Amhara region had
raised doubts over the ruling party’s ability to ensure security, while an
increase in ethnic violence across the country made some query whether the
election would be held.
national census has already been postponed twice, potentially undermining
logistics for the polls including the drawing up of constituencies in Africa’s
second most populous nation.
within the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF),
which has ruled with an iron grip since 1991, have risen following the failed
a rare public feud earlier this month, two of its four ethnic parties traded
barbs over who was responsible for the violence.
decades of harsh rule, Abiy’s reforms have created new freedoms but old
grievances and disputes have resurfaced, while local power-brokers seeking to
build support by securing power and territory for their ethnic groups have been
night raid blamed on Boko Haram has left a dozen villagers dead in southeast
Niger on the frontier with Nigeria, according to a local official.
attack on Friday night in the border district of Gueskerou is the latest to hit
the Diffa region near Lake Chad, which is crisscrossed by fighter groups and
villagers were killed on Friday at around 8:00pm (19:00 GMT) by Boko Haram
elements," a local elected official told AFP on Saturday.
said 11 of those killed had been shot but did not give further details.
Gueskerou area, abutting the Komadougou Yobe river that provides a natural
frontier between Niger and Nigeria, has been exposed to years of killings and
kidnappings at the hands of the Boko Haram.
March, two attacks in the area left eight civilians and seven police dead.
Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western education is
forbidden", has waged an armed campaign in northeast Nigeria since 2009.
group wants to establish an Islamic state which will follow a strict
interpretation of Islamic law.
30,000 people have been killed and more than two million displaced since Boko
Haram launched its armed campaign. The fighting has since spilled over to
neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
group has repeatedly attacked schools, churches, mosques and markets, but state
institutions such as police stations and military facilities have remained its
Haram allegedly operates its largest camp in the vast Sambisa forest in
President Muhammadu Buhari promised to crush Boko Haram during his first term
election campaign in 2015.
Haram insurgents have set ablaze 73 houses and 28 shops in Thursday’s attack on
three Borno State villages, the state government revealed on Saturday.
governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, had on Friday complained
to President Muhammadu Buhari about the increased attacks by insurgents in the
governor had said three Local Government Areas; Gubio, Magumeri and Konduga,
were attacked in the last one week.
governor, who arrived the state capital, Maiduguri on Friday evening after
meeting with Buhari, revealed he was informed of the loss by the chairperson of
the State Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo.
said that a total of 73 houses and 28
shops were torched in the attack by Boko Haram in three villages of Konduga LGA
on Thursday night.
Borri, one of the three villages torched by the insurgents, Kolo told Zulum that
around 8:00 p.m. of August 22, the insurgents attacked and set ablaze 17 houses
and four shops in the village.
also told the governor that in Wanori Village, 34 houses and 18 shops were set
ablaze and in Kaleri-Abdule Village, 22 houses and six shops were torched.
Governor, who went round to see things before meeting residents and community
leaders affected by
the attack, promised the immediate reconstruction of houses destroyed.
said modern houses will replace those destroyed, he disclosed that he had
received assurances from President Buhari on Friday with respect to concerted
efforts by the Federal Government to enhance security in Borno State.
the visit, the governor held discussions with youth volunteers under the
Civilian JTF, who have been helping with community policing.
expects US to share peace deal details
Afghanistan said on Saturday it expects the US to share details of a peace deal
with the Taliban before it is signed, having been excluded from all rounds of
Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has led diplomats through at least nine rounds
of talks with members of the armed group in Qatar since last summer.
deal could pave the way for a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan
and end almost two decades of fighting in the country.
President Ashraf Ghani’s government has been left out of the talks because of
objections from the Taliban, which views his regime as a puppet of the West.
current round of discussions has been described as crucial because, according
to present and former Taliban officials, both parties are expected to soon sign
Afghan government expects that it (agreement) will be shared before it is
finalized for signing,” Ghani’s chief spokesman, Sediq Seddiqi, told Arab News.
said Kabul could not say when the deal would be signed, and that troops’
departure would be condition-based and not based on a timeline set by the
force reduction will be based on conditions, the terrorist threat is potential
and we must fight it together for our common safety and in order to prevent any
major terrorist attacks on the world’s capitals.
must deny terrorists from holding free ground in Afghanistan and turning it
into a safe haven. The presence of some forces, and continued and meaningful
support to the Afghan security and defense forces, will be key to our success.”
Taliban wants all foreign troops to leave Afghanistan within a set timetable
and, in return, the group says it will not allow Afghan soil to be used against
any foreign country or US interests.
and US officials have warned against a total pullout of troops because, they
argue, the Taliban will try to regain power by force and the country will slide
back into chaos after troops leave.
some say a continued presence will prolong the conflict, as neighboring powers
oppose the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan and see it as a trigger
Taliban could not be reached immediately for comment about media reports, which
cited the group’s former and current officials as saying that a deal with
Washington was imminent.
have an agreement on a timeframe for the withdrawal,” Suhail Shaheen, the
Taliban’s spokesman for the Qatar talks, told Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.
“Discussions are now focused on its implementation mechanism. We have had
general discussions today,” he added, referring to current discussions in Doha.
“Tomorrow, we shall have discussions on the implementation part.”
Taliban spokesman said the top US military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott
Miller, had taken part in the current talks which, according to some observers,
showed the importance of the discussions and the possibility of a final deal.
is keen for the deal to be signed before Sept. 1, weeks ahead of a crucial and
controversial presidential poll in Afghanistan.
who is standing for re-election, says the polls are his priority. Some
politicians believe that peace will have to come first and that the vote will
have to be delayed.
Satar Saadat, who served as an adviser to Ghani, said the Taliban and US were
racing against time as any delay would damage trust between the two and prompt
the Taliban to fight for another five years.
of this both sides are doing their utmost to sign the deal, delay the polls and
begin an intra-Afghan dialogue like Oslo,” he told Arab News.
Afghan security forces killed or wounded at least 25 Taliban militants during
the operations in Ghazni, Wardak, Paktika and Paktiya provinces.
203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the Afghan air and ground forces
conducted operations Shahbaz area of Ghazni city and Mullah Khel and Khonyan
areas of Qarabagh district.
statement further added that the security forces killed 7 Taliban militants
during the operations and wounded 2 others.
the security forces killed 6 Taliban militants and wounded 7 others during the
operation in Jalrez district of Wardak province.
203rd Thunder Corps also added that the security forces killed 3 Taliban
militants and confiscated an Ak-47 rifle and motorcycle during the operations
in Zurmat district of Paktiya and Gomal district of Paktika.
former Jihadi commander lost his life after clashing with his cousin in Kabul,
the security officials said Saturday.
Faramurz, a spokesman for Kabul Police Headquarters confirmed that the clash
took place late on Friday night in Qarabagh district.
further added that Haji Kamil and five others lost their lives after clashing
with his cousin Qarabagh Bazar on Friday nigth.
Faramurz said another individual also sustained injuries during the exchange of
fire between the two sides.
Esar has assumed office as the deputy foreign minister as government leaders
put an end to a rift which prevented the introduction of Esar.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani appointed Naheed Esar as deputy foreign minister for
resources management few weeks ago.
her introduction was postponed due to the differences and rift between the
President and foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
the sources said the government leaders put an end to the differences due to
the meddling by Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf.
U.S. forces conducted in south-eastern Ghazni province killing at least 6
Taliban militants, the Afghan military said.
203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement the U.S. airstrikes killed 6 Taliban
militants in Andar and Qarabagh districts.
statement further added that the airstrikes also destroyed a vehicle of the
the 203rd Thunder Crops said a separate U.S. airstrike destroyed a radio
station of the Taliban in Barakaat area of Khwaja Omari district.
Forces kill 14 militants, destroy multiple Taliban tunnels and compounds in
Afghan Special Forces killed 14 Taliban militants and destroyed multiple
tunnels and compounds of the group in Uruzgan province.
Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces killed the
militants in Mirabad Village of Tarinkot district.
statement further added that the Special Forces also confiscated 11 improvised
explosive devices and destroyed 12 fighting positions, 5 tunnels, 15 compounds
and 4 motorcycles of the militants.
U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad also rejected the media
reports regarding the U.S.-Taliban agreement on interim government setup.
Khalilzad said in a Twitter post “As the Taliban spokesperson stated earlier,
we have had no discussions about an interim government. Governance decisions
are for Afghans to make in intra-Afghan negotiations.”
Shaheen, a spokesman for the political office of Taliban in Qatar had earlier
rejected the reports as ‘untrue’.
comes as reports emerged earlier today suggesting that the U.S. and Taliban
have reached to an agreement to establish an interim government.
media outlets reported that the U.S. and Taliban representatives have reached
to an agreement to establish an interim government having a 14-month term.
Bangladesh police said they had shot dead two Rohingya refugees during a
gunfight in a refugee camp on Saturday after the pair were accused of killing a
ruling party official.
a million Rohingya live in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh, 740,000 of
whom fled a 2017 military offensive against the Muslim minority in Myanmar.
activists, who asked not to be named, said they believe the two Rohingya men
were killed by police in what appeared to be a staged encounter.
incident comes two days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the
refugees, which saw not a single Rohingya turn up to return across the border
to conflict-scarred Rakhine state.
men died as they were rushed to a hospital,” local police inspector Rasel Ahmad
told AFP, adding that the incident took place in Jadimura refugee camp in Cox’s
said the two Rohingya were shot and critically injured during a manhunt for
suspects after a youth wing official of the ruling Awami League party was
killed, allegedly by armed refugees.
League official Omar Faruk was shot in the head on Thursday, at a settlement
near the border town of Teknaf, Ahmad said.
murder had sparked anger among the local population, with hundreds of furious
people blocking a key highway leading to the camp for hours, burning tyres and
vandalising shops visited by refugees.
said the two men killed on Saturday had been identified as key suspects in
Faruk’s killing and added that they had been shot while the officers were
ambushed by the suspected criminals.
was wrong of the refugees to agitate the locals. We want justice in the
quickest possible time,” said Abdul Matin, a friend of the deceased politician.
refugee Mohammad Saber, who narrowly escaped the mob said, said locals had
threatened us, saying we should leave or else they’d kill us. Why should we get
punished if others did something bad?” he said.
refugees said the recent bloodshed has created an atmosphere of fear in the
camp, where security has been tightened.
usually busy camp was quiet late Saturday, with roads and shops closed.
Hossain, deputy police chief for Cox’s Bazar district, said they would take
action against those responsible for the violence.
have identified some of them. We will bring them to justice at any cost,” he
killings came as the Rohingya are set to commemorate the second anniversary of
their mass influx into Bangladesh from Rakhine after the brutal military
investigators have said the 2017 violence warrants the prosecution of top
Myanmar generals for “genocide”.
of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees have marked the second anniversary of
their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by demanding their citizenship and
other rights in the country they fled from.
event comes days after Bangladesh attempted to start the repatriation of 3,450
Rohingya Muslims but none agreed to go back voluntarily.
than 1 million Rohingya live in Bangladesh.
Sunday morning, more than 3,000 gathered at a playground in Kutupalong camp.
Some carried placards and banners reading “Never Again! Rohingya Genocide Remembrance
Day,” and “Restore our citizenship.”
Muhib Ullah says they plan a massive rally later Sunday.
of Ronhingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh have marked the second anniversary
of the Myanmarese army’s deadly crackdown that displaced them.
3,000 Rohingya protesters gathered at the Kutupalong refugee camp in
Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar on Sunday to demand their Myanmarese citizenship and
other rights in their homeland.
held placards and banners reading, “Never Again! Rohingya Genocide Remembrance
Day,” and “Restore our citizenship.”
demonstrators were also expected to hold a prayer session for the victims of
Myanmar’s brutal military offensive on Rohingya Muslims on August 25, 2017.
violent raid forced more than 720,000 Rohingya people — more than half of them
children — to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine State to neighboring Bangladesh. Thousands
of others were killed, raped, or arbitrarily arrested.
United Nations termed the offensive “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,”
with soldiers engaging in rape, murder, and the burning down of entire Rohingya
Ullah, one of the organizers of the Sunday protest, said they planned a massive
rally later in the day, when tens of thousands of refugees were expected to
want to tell the world that we want our rights back, we want citizenship, we
want our homes and land back,” he told the crowd. “Myanmar is our country. We
literally means a resident of Rakhine in Myanmarese.
rally came three days after a failed attempt to repatriate the refugees to
Rohingya are not recognized as an ethnic group in Myanmar, despite having lived
there for generations. They have been denied citizenship and are rendered
Thursday, the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said
in a report that the scale of sexual violence against the Rohingya was an
indication of the Myanmarese military’s “genocidal intent.”
Bangladeshi police say they have shot dead two Rohingya Muslims during a
gunfight in a refugee camp, accusing the pair of killing a ruling party
police inspector Rasel Ahmad said that both men succumbed to their wounds in a
nearby hospital a few hours after police forces shot live fire at them in
Jadimura refugee camp in Cox's Bazar district in the Chittagong Division of
Bangladesh on Saturday.
added that the pair had received critical injuries during a manhunt for
suspects after a youth wing official of the ruling Awami League party was
killed. Police alleged armed members of Rohingya refugees were behind the
victim, identified as Awami League official Omar Faruk, was shot in the head on
Thursday at a settlement in the vicinity of Teknaf, a border town in Cox's
Bazar district, Ahmad said.
added that the two Rohingya Muslims were regarded by the local police as key
suspects in Faruk’s killing, adding that they had been shot during an exchange
of fire between police officers and what they called armed people within the
the wake of Faruk’s killing on Thursday, hundreds of angry local people blocked
a key highway leading to the camps for several hours, torching tires and
vandalizing shops visited by members of Rohingya Muslim refugees.
say the recent incident has caused panic in the squalid camps, where security
has been tightened.
than 740,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine, their home province in Myanmar, to
neighboring Bangladesh following a military offensive against the Muslim
minority in Myanmar in 2017 that the United Nations has said was perpetrated
with “genocidal intent.”
of Rohingya Muslims were killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested, or raped by
Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs mainly between November 2016 and August
Rohingya have inhabited Rakhine for centuries, but the state denies them
Al-Sham Terrorists Preparing for Large-Scale Attack on Aleppo After Heavy
Defeat in Hama, Idlib
Kurdish-language Hawar News quoted informed sources in Aleppo province as
saying that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists are planning to launch massive attack on
the center of Aleppo city from Adnan in Northern Aleppo, Haritan and Kafar
Hamra in Northwestern Aleppo.
sources pointed to the Turkish government's direct support for Tahrir al-Sham
from four monitoring points in Aleppo Province in a bid to implement Ankara's
plans in Syria, and said that the preparation of the terrorist groups for
launching attack on Aleppo comes as the Syrian Army has scored major victories
in Hama and Idlib provinces.
other battlefield sources in Aleppo province said that the Syrian Army has
reinforced its military positions Aleppo province and sent hundreds of troops
to the region.
a relevant development on Friday, the Syrian Army continued its military
operations in the areas controlled by the terrorists in Northern Hama, and
captured the entire regions which were under the control of the Ankara-backed
taking control of the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib, the
Syrian Army continued its fierce clashes with the besieged terrorists in
Northern Hama and took control of the town of al-Sayyad and Tal al-Sayyad to
North of Kafar Zita, Wadi al-Anz and Tal al-Hawir to the East of Mourek and
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency also reported that
the Syrian Army troops continued their advances in Northern Hama and secured
control over al-Latamineh, Latmi, Tal Fas, al-Bouyezeh, Lahaya and Ma’arkabeh.
Syrian Observatory for Human Right (SOHR) also pointed to the Syrian Army’s
control over Mourek, and said that the army troops have taken helm of the
Monday, the Syrian army managed to enter Khan Sheikhoun after five years.
reports said on Wednesday that the local population in Ma’aret al-Numan in
Southern Idlib were preparing themselves for the imminent entry of the Syrian
Army troops into the city, adding that the people were eagerly waiting for the
army’s military takeover.
next target of the Syrian Arm’s military operations is Ma’aret al-Numan after
imposing full control over Khan Sheikhoun,” Syrian lawmaker for Idlib Province
Safvan Qorbi said.
noted that the residents of Idlib and its countryside are expecting the Syrian
Army to arrive in areas occupied by the terrorists, and said that large groups
of residents of Ma’aret al-Numan and the city of Saraqib in Southern Idlib have
visited the joint Syrian-Russian Command Headquarters for the implementation of
noted the massive presence of the terrorist groups in Ma’aret al-Numan and the
Turkish Army’s occupying role in the region, and said that the Syrian Army is
prepared to enter Ma’aret al-Numan.
also pointed to the heavy defeat of the terrorist groups in Khan Sheikhoun city
despite massive military backup by the Turkish Army and their retreat from the
region, and said that negotiations are currently underway for exit of the
Turkish Army troops from areas under its control in Hama.
Allo told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website on Saturday that third
parties, including Israel and the Persian Gulf Arab states, are attempting to
turn Iraq into a scene for confrontation between Washington and Tehran.
warned that they will likely attempt to target the holy shrines in Iraq to
trigger a war in the country and the region which cannot be controlled easily.
comments came after Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki warned of a “strong
response” if it was proven that the Israeli regime had been behind recent
airstrikes in the country against the positions of pro-government Popular
Mobilization Units (PMU).
who is also secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party, said on Friday that if
Israel continues to target Iraq, the country “will transform into a battle
arena that drags in multiple countries, including Iran”.
added that “the security of the region, which Iraq is a key part of, is a
collective issue, and its protection requires the (full) responsibility of all
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has lauded the Lebanese resistance movement
Hezbollah as a pillar of the country’s stability and unity.
an interview with Euronews on Saturday, Bassil, the leader of Free Patriotic
Movement (FPM), said the alliance between his party and the resistance movement
is “definitely …saving the country and its national unity.”
avoiding that Lebanon slips into a conflict or civil war, something we all want
to avoid,” he said.
Lebanese foreign minister also denounced a US decision to designate the
resistance movement as a “terrorist organization.”
is part, a big part of our population. We cannot accept to accuse them of
terrorism,” he said.
in July, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two Hezbollah members
of Lebanon’s parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating
between the resistance movement and the country’s security agencies.
also accused the individuals of “undermining Lebanese financial institutions to
assist Hezbollah and to evade US sanctions against” the resistance movement.
was the first time that the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets
Control put Lebanese parliamentarians on its sanctions list.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the designations were meant to
counter Hezbollah’s influence in Lebanon.
50 Hezbollah individuals and entities have been blacklisted by the Treasury
May 2018, the United States and its partners in the Riyadh-based Terrorist
Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC), which includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, imposed sanctions on
Hezbollah leadership, targeting its Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
and Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem.
President Donald Trump’s administration imposed additional sanctions on
Hezbollah in late October last year, targeting individuals and international
organizations that do business with the group.
was founded in the 1980s following the Israeli invasion and occupation of
southern Lebanon. The movement waged a long resistance campaign against Israeli
forces and pushed them out of southern Lebanon in May 2000. Since then, the
group has grown into a powerful military force. Israel also suffered a
humiliating defeat from Hezbollah in the 2006 war.
its inception in 1985, the Lebanese resistance movement has been a thorn in the
side of Israel and its foreign backers, including the United States.
in his Saturday interview, the Lebanese top diplomat said his country is making
efforts to help de-escalate tensions in the region.
of the pro-government Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known as Hashd
al-Sha'abi in Arabic, have managed to cleanse a number of villages in the
country’s western province of Anbar during the fourth phase of a major
offensive to hunt down remnants of the terrorist group of Daesh.
media bureau of Hashd al-Sha’abi announced in a statement on Saturday that the
13th and 19th brigades of the volunteer forces had cleansed five villages south
of al-Qa'im district, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital
Baghdad and near the Syrian border, of Daesh extremists.
statement added that the pro-government fighters had reached the village of
Badr al-Dorraj, emphasizing that Hashd al- Sha’abi forces, together with bomb
disposal units, were making advances in Wadi Hauran desert region.
al-Sha’abi forces later purged Badr al-Dorraj of the last pockets of Daesh
Takfiris, and arrived at Abu al-Shandoukh village to flush out the terrorists
in the day, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced the start of the fourth
phase of the Will of Victory Operation to defeat Daesh militants in the
country’s western deserts.
media office of the Joint Operations Command said in a statement that the
latest phase of the operation will end Daesh’s presence in Anbar province.
operation incorporates various domestic forces, including the Anbar Operations
Command, al-Jazira Operation Command, federal police, the army, the Popular
Mobilization Units, Border Guard Command, the Iraqi Air Force, and the US-led
coalition purportedly fighting Daesh.
statement by the media office of the Joint Operations Command said on August 5
that the Iraqi army, police and Hashd al-Sha’abi units, backed by the Iraqi Air
Force fighter jets, had launched the third phase of the Will of Victory
Operation in the eastern Diyala province and Nineveh province in the north.
statement said the troops had begun search operations in rural areas near the
towns of Miqdadiyah, Jalawla and Khanaqin in Diyala province.
in Nineveh province, the troops commenced an operation to clear the rugged
areas of al-Atshanah and the mountain ranges of Badush and Sheikh Ibrahim in
west and northwest of the provincial capital city of Mosul.
second-in-command of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), Lieutenant General
Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah, said in a statement on July 20 that Iraqi military
forces had launched the second phase of the Will of Victory Operation to hunt
down Daesh remnants north of Baghdad and areas nearby.
statement noted that the offensive aims to “beef up security and stability in
areas north of Baghdad and surrounding areas in the provinces of Diyala,
Salahuddin and Anbar.”
said that units from the Baghdad Operations Command, command operations from
Diyala, Samarra and Anbar, the Federal Police Command, rapid response teams,
Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters and the special forces regiment of the Operations
Department of the Chief of Staff of the Army as well as the Special Task Force
of the Directorate of Military Intelligence were participating in the
in Northern Syria reported that the Syrian Army’s military convoy comprises
over 1,000 troops along with weapons and military equipment.
sources said that the Syrian troops have been stationed in Tal al-Zawiqat,
Hilltops No. 101, 112 and 154 which set the contact lines with terrorist groups
in the town of Kabaneh in Northeastern Lattakia, and added that the Syrian Army
is planning to take full control of this strategic region.
reiterated that the Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units have pounded the
military positions and movements of terrorist groups in Kabaneh town,
inflicting heavy losses on them.
dispatch of fresh troops to the region comes as the Syrian Army has officially
announced liberating regions in Northern Hama and the city of Khan Sheikhoun in
a relevant development on Friday, the Syrian Army continued its military
operations in areas controlled by the terrorists in Northern Hama, and captured
the entire regions which were under the control of the Ankara-backed
anti-aircraft defenses on Saturday fired at ‘enemy targets’ over Damascus,
state media said, as the Israeli military said it struck to prevent an Iranian
force from launching an attack with drones armed with explosives.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights reported “probable Israeli air strikes.”
2330 (2030 GMT) anti-aircraft defenses detected enemy targets from Golan
heading towards the area around Damascus,” said a Syrian military source quoted
by the official Sana news agency.
aggression was immediately confronted and so far the majority of the enemy
Israeli missiles have been destroyed before reaching their targets,” the source
AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several large explosions before Sana
announced the defensive action.
aggression is still going on and the air defense is able to counter the
targets, dropping most of them” in the south of the country, the Sana agency
the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, Israel has conducted hundreds of
strikes in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah
is a Lebanese Shiite militant group that supports Syria’s President Bashar
al-Assad, who is also backed by Tehran.
says it is determined to prevent its arch-foe Iran from entrenching itself
militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs Assad’s regime.
insists that it has the right to continue to target positions held by Iran and
its ally Hezbollah out of self-defense.
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security officials say a motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a
Shiite mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding
officials said Saturday that the blast occurred the previous evening on a
commercial street in the village of Mussayyib. They spoke on condition of
anonymity in line with regulations.
claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted “gatherings of
Shiites” near a Shiite mosque.
declared victory against ISIS in late 2017, but the group continues to carry
out attacks through sleeper cells, particularly in the country’s north.
Arab Coalition intercepted and shot down a drone on Sunday by the Iran-backed
Houthi militia targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait, the Saudi Press Agency
coalition’s spokesperson Turki al-Maliki said that the drone was targeting
civilian areas in the city, adding that all necessary procedures were taken to
alliance between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is a strategic
necessity, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash says, citing
Yemen as a “clear example.”
Saudi-UAE alliance is a strategic necessity in light of the surrounding
challenges and Yemen is a clear example. The UAE's participation in Operation
Decisive Storm and within the Arab alliance came in response to the call of the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and our continuation in Yemen within the
coalition led by Saudi Arabia is linked to this invitation,” Gargash tweeted on
government forces took back control of three military camps from the Southern
Transitional Council (STC) in the oil-producing province of Shabwa, and cut off
all supply routes to the al-Alam camp where STC forces withdrew with their
weapons, military sources told Al Arabiya on Saturday.
STC earlier this month took over the southern port city of Aden, the interim
seat of Yemen's government, and last week extended their control to neighboring
sides are part of the Arab Coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 against
the Iran-aligned Houthi militia.
the STC, who seek self-rule in the south, turned on the government after
accusing a party allied to Hadi of being complicit in a Houthi attack on
resistance movement Hezbollah says it has shot down two Israeli drones flying
over areas near the capital Beirut.
said in statements early on Sunday that its rockets had downed the drones
flying over Dhahyeh region, a suburb south of Beirut.
group said one of the drones fell in Dhahyeh and the second drone exploded near
the ground in another nearby suburb.
statements came after people in southern Beirut reported hearing large
shooting down of the drones came just hours after Israeli forces tried to hit
targets in Damascus in neighboring Syria.
military said the attacks were unsuccessful and that its air defense systems
had intercepted the Israeli missiles.
Israeli regime said the attacks had inflicted damage on targets related to Iran
and its allied militia, clearly a reference to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
has been assisting the Syrian government in its years-long fight against
terrorism in the Arab country.
it has denied claims it is fighting for Iran in Syria, saying the mission is
meant to prevent a spillover of militancy into Lebanon.
was no immediate reaction from Israel on Hezbollah’s downing of drones in
Tel Aviv regime has been cautious over the past years in its military
encounters with Hezbollah, a group which seeks a total eviction of Israel from
the occupied Palestinian territories.
was not also clear whether Hezbollah’s downing of the Israeli drones was a
swift attempt to respond to Israeli attacks in southern Damascus late on
has previously accused Israel of supporting terrorist groups fighting against
the Syrian government.
Iraqi resistance group says the recent airstrikes on the positions of
pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are an attempt by the US and
Israel to revive the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the Arab country.
an interview with Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Ahed news website published on
Friday, Kata'ib Hezbollah spokesman Mohammed Muhyee said the air raids on Hashd
al-Sha’abi positions are actually meant to weaken Iraqi resistance factions,
empty their weapons stores and end their role in maintaining security in Iraq.
added that the next stage, which has been planned by the US, is to return
thousands of foreign-backed Daesh terrorists to the Iraqi-Syrian border.
recent attacks "were not accidental," but rather planned in advance
after continued monitoring operations by Israeli and American drones, Muhyee
also accused Washington of trying to get Israel conduct the strikes in a bid to
prevent reactions from Iraqi resistance groups.
further warned of a tough response to any future attack on Iraqi forces.
this week, a PMU ammunition depot was exploded in Iraq, the fourth in recent months.
The attacks began on July 19 when a drone dropped explosives onto a PMU base
near the town of Amerli, in Salahuddin Province, killing at least one
resistance fighter and injuring four others.
American officials confirmed that Israel had been behind the attacks.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday at possible Israeli
strikes in Iraq.
are operating – not just if needed, we are operating in many areas against a
state (Iran) that wants to annihilate us. Of course I gave the security forces
a free hand and instructed them to do anything necessary to thwart Iran's
plans," he said when asked whether Tel Aviv was considering operations in
unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast
swathes in lightning attacks. Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters then
launched operations to eliminate the terror outfit and retake lost territory.
PMU had a prominent role in flushing Daesh out of the areas it had occupied in
Assad regime troops massed in northwest Syria on Saturday in preparation for a
new drive north toward the border with Turkey.
border region of Idlib is the last bastion of the Syrian opposition. Until last
week, it was controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, an alliance led by Syria’s
former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
forces backed by Russian airstrikes captured the key town of Khan Sheikhun from
the militants on Wednesday, and on Friday they overran the countryside to the
south of the town.
day after they controlled the area south of Khan Sheikhun, regime forces began
massing in the area north of it,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights. They were “preparing to continue their advance
toward the area of Maaret Al-Noman,” a town about 25km north, he said.
bombardment hit the area on Saturday in preparation for a further push north.
Thick gray smoke billowed up into a clear blue sky after a strike on the
outskirts of Maaret Al-Noman. Like Khan Sheikhun, the town sits on the main
highway between Damascus and Aleppo, a key target for the regime to recapture.
the new offensive that began in April has heightened tension with Turkey, which
fears an influx of refugees fleeing the fighting. Turkish troops have been
deployed at 12 observation posts around the Idlib region in an attempt to set up
a buffer zone to protect civilians.
regime accuses Turkey of using the observation posts to arm and supply the
militants. Last week, airstrikes targeted a Turkish military convoy traveling
south down the main highway toward one of the posts at Morek. The convoy was
still stranded on Saturday north of Khan Sheikhun.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denied the Morek observation post had been
surrounded and said Turkish troops would not withdraw from the position.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Moscow on Tuesday for talks with
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
east in Syria, a joint Turkish-US control center to establish and manage a safe
zone is fully operational, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.
command of the center is by one US general and one Turkish general,” he said,
and the first joint helicopter flight took place on Saturday after Turkish
drones carried out surveillance work in the safe zone last week.
Kurds said on Saturday they would support the implementation of the buffer
zone. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) played a key role in the
battle against Daesh in Syria, but Ankara views them as terrorists.
A spokesman for Lebanon's Hezbollah says two Israeli drones crashed in Beirut
without the militant group firing on them.
Afif says a small, unmanned reconnaissance drone fell on the roof of a building
housing Hezbollah's media office in the Moawwad neighborhood in Dahyeh, the
group's stronghold in the southern part of the Lebanese capital.
says a second drone which appeared to have been sent by Israel to search for
the first drone less than 45 minutes later exploded in the air and crashed
nearby — an explosion heard by residents of the area.
told The Associated Press Sunday: "We did not shoot down or explode any of
says Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah will give the "appropriate"
response in a televised appearance later Sunday.
of the Iranian-backed group’s stronghold in southern Beirut reported one large
explosion that shook the area early Sunday, triggering a fire.
they said the nature of the blast in the Moawwad neighborhood was not
immediately clear, but said it might have been caused by an Israeli drone that
went down in the area amid Israeli air activity in neighboring Syria.
said they heard an aircraft flying just before the blast and reported later
that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group sealed off the area. The blast occurred
near the militant group’s media office in the Moawwad district.
Hezbollah official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as
the person was not authorized to speak on the record to journalists. No details
were immediately available.
warplanes fly over Lebanon regularly and have struck inside neighboring Syria
from Lebanese airspace on numerous occasions.
few hours earlier, late Saturday, the Israeli military attacked targets near
Syria’s capital of Damascus in what it said was a successful effort to thwart
an imminent Iranian drone strike on Israel, stepping up an already heightened
campaign against Iranian military activity in the region.
late-night airstrike, which triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, appeared to be
one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces in several years of hits on
Iranian targets in Syria.
Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’
Al Quds force, working with allied Shiite militias, had been planning to send a
number of explosives-laden attack drones into Israel.
Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack by Israeli
warplanes a “major operational effort.”
state TV said the country’s air defenses had responded to “hostile” targets
over Damascus and shot down incoming missiles before they reached their
BEIRUT: Syria’s Kurds would support the implementation of a US-Turkey deal to
set up a buffer zone in their areas along the Turkish border, they said on
“safe zone” agreed by Ankara and Washington earlier this month aims to create a
buffer between the Turkish border and Syrian areas controlled by the Kurdish
People’s Protection Units (YPG).
YPG have played a key role in the US-backed battle against Daesh in Syria, but
Ankara views them as “terrorists.”
Saturday, Mazloum Kobani, the head of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF), said his alliance would back the deal.
will strive to ensure the success of (US) efforts toward implementing the
understanding ... with the Turkish state,” he said.
SDF will be a positive party toward the success of this operation,” he told
journalists in the northeastern town of Hasakah.
Central Command said late on Friday that the SDF — which expelled Daesh from
their last patch of territory in eastern Syria in March — had destroyed
outposts in the border area.
SDF destroyed military fortifications” on Thursday, it said in a statement on
demonstrates (the) SDF’s commitment to support implementation of the security
Wednesday, the US and Turkish defense ministers “confirmed their intent to take
immediate, coordinated steps to implement the framework,” said a statement by
the US Department of Defense.
on Saturday, a representative of the US-led coalition fighting Daesh said the
buffer area sought to “limit any uncoordinated military operations.”
believe that this dialogue is the only way to secure the border area in a
sustainable manner,” Brig. Gen. Nicholas Pond said.
Aug. 7, Turkish and US officials agreed to establish a joint operations center
to oversee the creation of the “safe zone.”
is known about its size or how it will work, but Ankara has said there would be
observation posts and joint patrols.
has rejected the agreement as serving “Turkey’s expansionist ambitions.”
Kurds have established an autonomous region in northeast Syria amid the
country’s eight-year war. But as the fight against Daesh winds down, the
prospect of a US military withdrawal had stoked Kurdish fears of a
long-threatened Turkish attack.
has already carried out two offensives into Syria in 2016 and 2018, the second
of which saw it and allied Syrian rebels overrun the Kurdish enclave of Afrin
in the northwest.
a car bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Idlib on Saturday, a war monitor
said, as regime airstrikes hit its outskirts in a government offensive on the
last major opposition bastion.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and opposition-run Orient
News said a car blew up in the Al-Qusoor neighborhood.
Observatory said the blast killed two and wounded at least 11.
city and the surrounding Idlib province in northwest Syria form part of the
last big rebel stronghold in Syria.
new push by Syrian government and Russian forces to take the area has seen
heavy strikes and advances this week in the south of Idlib province and nearby
Hama, prompting a new civilian exodus. Hundreds of people have been killed in
the campaign since late April, the United Nations says.
Friday Russia-backed Syrian troops reclaimed a cluster of towns they had lost
early in the eight-year-old war, driving out the last rebel fighters from the
city itself has largely been spared air strikes since a major bombing campaign
on the territory began in late April, but on Saturday its outskirts were hit
from the air, the Observatory and opposition media said.
Army and Ansarullah Popular Forces have taken the control of several military
bases in the West of the mountainous Jabal al-Nar area of Jizan, located 967
kilometers Southwest of the kingdom’s capital Riyadh, al-Manar news television
relayed very early on Saturday.
the official website of Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported
that Saudi warplanes have pounded the border region of Haradh in Northern
latest field reports are indicating that Yemeni forces have managed to down a
Saudi spy drone, a second case in the last week, while flying in the skies over
Hajjah Governorate of Yemen.
Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive
president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so
far killed more than 20,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah
fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian
is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in
need and is seeing a spike in needs, fueled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing
economy and diminished social services and livelihoods. The blockade on Yemen
has smothered humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine to the
UN has repeatedly criticized the Saudi-UAE-led military coalition's bombing
campaign and placed it on a blacklist of child rights violators last year.
UN panel has also compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by
the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the
Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on
warplanes are flying at a low altitude over the Lebanese city of Sidon,
according to a report by Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA).
Al Arabiya correspondent also reported that an Israeli military reconnaissance
aircraft was also flying over a southern Beirut suburb.
Israeli drone that exploded over the Lebanese capital Beirut caused extensive
damage to Hezbollah's media center, the Iranian proxy’s spokesman said on
Sunday, adding that the second drone is in Hezbollah's possession.
party will respond harshly at five o’clock this afternoon in the speech of the
party's secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,” Afifi told Lebanon’s
National News Agency.
added that the captured drone is being examined.
security forces have arrested several Palestinians in the West Bank as part of
a manhunt after an explosion that killed an Israeli teenager, the army said
homemade bomb on Friday near the settlement of Dolev, northwest of Ramallah,
killed 17-year-old Rina Shnerb and wounded her father Eitan and brother Dvir.
Palestinian group took responsibility for the blast.
part of the ongoing pursuit,” Israel’s army, Shin Bet security service and
police “apprehended a number of suspects and transferred them to security
forces for further questioning,” the military said in a statement.
army spokesman could not provide further details or the number of arrests made
after what the military has called a terror attack.
was buried on Friday in her central Israeli hometown of Lod.
father and brother were in stable condition on Saturday, Jerusalem’s Hadassah
has “highly accurate” missiles that it has not made public in order to
“surprise the enemies,” said Iran’s deputy defense minister, Ghasem Taghizadeh,
on Friday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
achievements cannot be revealed to the media, so we hide them to surprise the
enemy,” said Taghizadeh, adding that Iran today has “highly accurate” missiles
that have not yet been unveiled.
makes missiles to counter threats, he claimed, adding: “We currently know that the
threats against us have a radius of 1,800 kilometers.”
military analysts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though
concerns about its long-range ballistic missile program contributed to
Washington last year exiting the 2015 nuclear deal.
also appeared to be warning about targeting US military bases in the region,
saying: “Americans know very well that we do not have to go to New York to
confront them. Today, there are tens of thousands of Americans in the region
and it is for this reason that the Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei] said that they
will not go to war with us.”
oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between
Tehran and Washington, now lists its destination as a port in Turkey.
crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, changed its listed
destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mesrin, Turkey, early
mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true
ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya's position as
just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, also noting that its destination
Adrian Darya was held for weeks off Gibraltar after being seized by authorities
there on suspicion of violating EU sanctions on Syria.
US has a warrant in federal court to seize the ship and has been warning
nations not to accept it.
popular defense movement Houthi Ansarullah says it has targeted an airport and
an airbase in southwestern Saudi Arabia with drone attacks.
movement announced the retaliatory strikes on Sunday through a spokesman,
Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.
spokesman said the drone attacks targeted the Abha Airport and the King Khalid
Airbase in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region.
strike against the airport hit its control tower, said the spokesman, who added
that the operation against the airbase used the movement’s indigenously-made
group said the strikes came “as a response to US-Saudi aggression and siege” of
Arabia and more than a dozen of its allies have been pounding Yemen, the Arab
world’s poorest nation, since March 2015.
invasion, which uses heavy American arms and logistical support, has
unsuccessfully been seeking to return Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied officials to
power and eliminate the Houthi movement.
coalition strikes, including those targeting civilians, have been found to use
US-provided guided bombs, among other ammunition. Experts say the deployment of
such precision armaments against civilians shows that the invading coalition
has been intentionally choosing the non-combatants as its targets.
Yemeni official says a senior commander loyal to Saudi-backed former president
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has defected to the army and allied fighters from the
a post on his Facebook page on Friday, Mohammed Nasser al-Bukhaiti, a member of
the political bureau of the Houthi Ansarullah movement, said Lieutenant Colonel
Maqbool Ali Ghanem Qahtan, the commander of the artillery in the 156th Brigade
in Jawf Province, had joined the Yemeni armed forces.
those under Qahtan's command have also decided to defect to the army and hand
over their equipment to the Yemeni fighters, he added.
Yemen’s armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e announced that more
than 2,000 mercenaries had left the ranks of the Saudi-led coalition, which
have been engaged, since 2015, in a bloody war on Yemen aimed at reinstating
Western-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has killed
tens of thousands of Yemenis, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and led
to a massive humanitarian crisis.
another development on Friday, the Qatar-owned Al Jazeera TV network reported
that pro-Hadi militants took control of the headquarters of the UAE-sponsored
Southern Transitional Council in Ataq district of southern Shabwah Province.
sources said that the UAE-backed separatists at the building had surrendered
recent weeks, southern Yemen has witnessed clashes between UAE-backed southern
separatists and Saudi-led militants loyal to Hadi, exposing split between the
once-allied groups. Both camps serve the Riyadh-led coalition.
clashes erupted in the port city of Aden weeks after the UAE announced a
surprise plan to withdraw part of its troops from Yemen in a major blow to its
on Saturday, Yemen’s armed forces spokesman Sare'e said the Yemeni forces
launched drone strikes on King Khalid air base in Saudi Arabia's southwestern
Asir Province in retaliation for the kingdom’s military aggression.
said that the Yemenis used a number of Qasef-K2 drones in their operation.
The Israeli military attacked targets near Damascus late Saturday in what it
said was a successful effort to thwart an imminent Iranian drone strike on
Israel, stepping up an already heightened campaign against Iranian military
activity in the region.
said the Israeli attack took place in Aqraba, southeast of Damascus, and
targeted “a number of terror targets and military facilities belonging to the
Quds force as well as Shiite militias.”
said Israel had monitored the plot for several months and on Thursday prevented
Iran from making an “advanced attempt” to execute the same plan. Then, Iran
tried again late Saturday to carry out the same attack, he said.
were able to thwart this attack with fighter jets,” he said, saying the Iranian
attack was believed to be “very imminent.”
said Israel’s chief of staff was meeting with senior officers and forces were
on high alert near the Syrian frontier.
has no immunity anywhere,” he said. “If someone rises up to kill you, kill him
has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in recent years,
most of them aimed at arms shipments believed to be headed from Iran to its
Shiite proxy Hezbollah. Direct clashes between Israel and Iranian forces have
was a significant plan with significant capabilities that had been planned for
a few months,” Conricus said. “It was not something done on a low level, but
rather top down from the Quds Force.”
state TV announced late Saturday that the country’s air defenses had responded
to “hostile” targets over Damascus and shot down incoming missiles before they
reached their targets.
2330 (2030 GMT) anti-aircraft defenses detected enemy targets from Golan
heading toward the area around Damascus,” the state news agency SANA quoted a
aggression was immediately confronted and so far the majority of the enemy Israeli
missiles have been destroyed before reaching their targets,” the SANA report
aggression is still going on and the air defense is able to counter the
targets, dropping most of them” in the south of the country, it said.
considers Iran to be its greatest enemy and has repeatedly vowed that it will
not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria, where
Iranian troops have been fighting in support of President Bashar Assad during
the country’s eight-year civil war.
Yemeni government troops took control Saturday of the city of Ataq, two days
after deadly clashes between loyalists and southern separatists in the capital
of Shabwa province, a pro-government source said.
between the troops and forces linked to the Southern Transitional Council (STC)
broke out in Shabwa on Thursday night, in the latest such confrontation.
least 11 people have been killed, medical sources told AFP.
from the Elite Forces, established in 2016 and striving for the independence of
southern Yemen, "were forced to retreat after entering a number of
government buildings" in Ataq, the source told AFP.
source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the government troops
took control of one of the Elite Forces' military camps.
between the two sides has moved to the outskirts of the city," added the
two have sent reinforcements to the area, the rival sides said on Saturday.
flare-up in Shabwa comes after deadly clashes earlier this month between the
government and troops from the so-called Security Belt, who are dominated by
separatists seeking an independent south, erupted in Yemen's de-facto capital
STC partially withdrew last week from key sites it occupied in Aden under
pressure from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but it retains control of key military
STC has since driven government troops out of two military camps in Abyan
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