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Islamic Seminary of Barelvi Sect Issues Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed: ‘He has Defamed Islam’


























Hundreds of ISIS terrorists used a civilian convoy to flee Manbij in northern Syria to avoid being wiped out by US fighter jets which were stationed less than 150 miles away

 

On UN List, India Gives Home-Grown Terrorists, Linked To Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, a Miss

Zakir Naik's TV Speeches Banned In Bangladesh

Hundreds of ISIS Cowards Flee Syrian Stronghold Using Civilians as HUMAN SHIELDS to Avoid

Southeast Asia Could Be a Haven for Displaced Islamic State Fighters

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India

Islamic Seminary of Barelvi Sect Issues Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed: ‘He has Defamed Islam’

On UN List, India Gives Home-Grown Terrorists, Linked To Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, a Miss

Karima Baloch Urges ‘Brother’ PM Modi to Speak Against War Crimes in Balochistan

India Draws Clear Red Lines for Pakistan, 5-Point Agenda for Talks

‘Hindu’ Pakistani Spy Arrested In Jaisalmer

Teaching Urdu, Arabic: Minorities Commission to take action against raid on school

BJP Worker Ferrying Cows Beaten To Death by Gau Rakshaks in Karnataka

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South Asia

Zakir Naik's TV Speeches Banned In Bangladesh

Police Arrest 18 Jamaat Activists from School in Dhaka

US approves major weapons sale to Afghanistan worth $60 million

King Amanullah and the Struggle of Modernity in Afghanistan

Strategic pact key for Afghanistan Mi-35 deal: Russian analyst

Bangladesh govt mulling ‘strong laws’ to deal with cyber crime, misuse of social media: Inu

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Arab World

Hundreds of ISIS Cowards Flee Syrian Stronghold Using Civilians as HUMAN SHIELDS to Avoid Being Hit by Coalition Airstrikes

Syrian Airstrikes Hit Kurdish-Arab Forces Fighting Islamic State

ISIS oaths, AK-47 & 5 TNT blocks: Terror suspect detained in central Russia, media report

Syrian Army Sends more Troops to Southern Districts of Aleppo

Army Destroys Terrorists' Convoys in Idlib Province

Syrian Army Continues to Advance against Terrorists in South-western Damascus

PA Forces Reported Killed in Clashes with Arab Fugitives

Two gunmen shot dead in Nablus by Palestinian Authority Security Forces

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Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Could Be a Haven for Displaced Islamic State Fighters

Singapore Detains Two "Syria-Bound Militants" Without Trial

Indonesian police kill Uygur who was fighting with Islamic extremists on Sulawesi Island

Four Singaporeans Involved In Terror-Related Activities

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Africa

Boko Haram Leadership Struggle Heralds A New Style Of Violence

The Hospital That Unites Christians And Muslims

9 killed in inter-communal clashes in Mali

Niger Delta militants threaten to withdraw from Nigeria

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Europe

London's Muslim Mayor: Trump Anti-Muslim Comments Aid Islamic State

France Gives Suspected Islamic Extremist Too Much Money In Damages

Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström stands by controversial Turkey sex abuse tweets

German officials at odds over reports on Turkey as ‘Islamist hub’

Terror deaths in Western Europe at highest level since 2004

On Anniversary of Massive Muslim Slaughter, French Commemorate Slain Priest

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Pakistan

Brahamdagh Bugti Is a Traitor, Says Balochistan CM Nawab Zehri

PM Nawaz launches 17,000-tonne Pakistan Navy Warship fleet tanker at Karachi Shipyard

Death of tribesman triggers protest near FC checkpost

Pakistan PM Nawaz wants completion of CPEC projects in time

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Mideast

Turkey Will Implement Heavier Sentences for Sexual Abuse of Children

Trustees Appointed To Gülen-Linked Turkish Company

German minister praises cooperation with Turkey to ease row over Islamists

Turkish PM pledges fierce response to PKK attacks that killed at least 12

Coup plotters planned to escape from Turkey in transport planes: Defense minister

More than 20,000 arrested over Gülen links: Turkish PM

Court arrests 19 state-run broadcaster employees in Turkey’s coup attempt probe

Aslı Erdoğan expected to meet lawyers today

Articles to move centres of south-eastern provinces removed from draft

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North America

Muslim US Army Chaplain Sets Out to Bridge Cultures

Donald Trump meets face-to-face with victims of radical Islamic terror during powerful town hall

Westbrook police offer reassurance after anonymous threats against Muslims

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islamic Seminary of Barelvi Sect Issues Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed: ‘He has Defamed Islam’

By: Express News Service | Agra: August 19, 2016

An Islamic seminary of Barelvi sect Thursday issued a fatwa (edict) against Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, saying the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief cannot be “considered Muslim” as he has “terrorist ideology” and has “brought infamy to Islam”.

It declared that following Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Toiba who carries a US $10 million bounty on his head, or considering him as Muslim was “illegal”.

The fatwa was issued by Mufti Mohammed Saleem Barelvi of Manzar-e-Islam Saudagaran, an institution associated with Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat of Bareilly.

It came in reply to a letter by one Mohd Moinuddin of Jaipur, who said that Saeed considered those writing against Allah and Prophet Muhammad as Muslims.

Besides, Saeed publicised anti-religious ideology and points of view and provoked people to create terror, Moinuddin said and asked whether such a person should be considered Muslim.

In his fatwa, Mufti Saleem said that having “any type of connection” with persons working against the dignity of Allah and the Prophet was “haraam (illegal)”. The fatwa stated that Saeed was a man with “terrorist ideology”, who with his acts has brought “infamy to Islam and Muslims across the world”.

“Therefore, it is compulsory for every Muslim not to follow him and keep away from his ideology,” it said.

Sharing the fatwa with The Indian Express, Hazrat Saleem Noori from Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat said that followers of Islam have been asked not to listen to such people or follow them.

The fatwa came close on the heels of Saeed asking Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to send troops to Kashmir to “obey” the pending order of Pakistan founder M A Jinnah.

Source: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/barelvi-sect-fatwa-against-hafiz-saeed-he-has-defamed-islam-2984110/

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On UN List, India Gives Home-Grown Terrorists, Linked To Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, a Miss

Praveen Swami

August 19, 2016

The Indian government has not taken measures to seek United Nations sanctions against home-grown terrorists linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State, diplomatic sources in the UN have told The Indian Express.

The revelations come even as the United Nations 1267 Committee’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, which tracks action against Islamic State and al-Qaeda, released its latest report to member-states on Thursday.

Indian citizens operating against the country from overseas, including Pakistan-based al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent chief Sanaul Haq, also known as Asim Umar, and Shafi Armar, who has led Islamic State operations targeting his homeland, do not figure on the 1267 Committee’s list of individuals subjected to travel and financial bans, the document shows. Neither does Riyaz Shahbandri, the Karachi-based head of Indian Mujahideen, who Indian investigators have said met with top al-Qaeda leaders in 2013 ahead of the merger of the two organisations.

Earlier this year, India had protested after China blocked its efforts to have Masood Azhar Alvi, the head of Jaish-e-Muhammad, listed by the 1267 Committee. There was no word from New Delhi, though, on why it had failed to pursue action in cases of Indian citizens, where third countries were unlikely to be seek a veto.

The Ministry of External Affairs declined official comment, but a senior official confirmed it had not moved to seek the listing of Indian citizens linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State, saying it had it had not received any request from the Ministry of Home Affairs to do so. “We do not make policies on counter-terrorism issues,” the official said. “We only execute requests that come to us from the home ministry.”

Home ministry officials also declined to comment on record, but said there was no government policy on seeking sanctions against Indian citizens linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State. “This is a relatively new situation,” said an official familiar with the situation, “and there isn’t yet a mechanism in place to deal with it.”

Experts disagreed, saying the problem is an old one which stems from the absence of any Indian government agency with overall responsibility for counter-terrorism. “The responsibility is divided between the MHA, the MEA, and a half-a-dozen investigation agencies, with the result that India has consistently failed to use international fora to build its case against terrorism,” said Ajai Sahni, Director of the Institute of Conflict Management in New Delhi.

The 1267 Committee’s report makes clear that none of al-Qaeda’s subcontinental leadership has been listed, though they have been charged by Indian investigators with involvement in several plots against India. Top leaders Asim Umar, Usama Mehmood, Umar Khattab and Umair Afzal Rana are all not listed, the document states. It adds that the “group consists mainly of militants from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Maldives. Member States assess that the number of Al-Qaida operatives in Afghanistan with ties to Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent could be as high as 300.”

The Indian government, UN sources said, has also not shared information on the 62 individuals its intelligence services now believe have left the country to fight with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Bangladesh and India have also not sought listing of Canadian national Tamim Chaudhury who, using the pseudonym Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, has led Islamic State’s campaign in the region. In an interview to the IS house-magazine Dabiq, Chaudhury had said he was working to set up a “jihad base in Bengal (which) will facilitate performing guerrilla attacks inside India”.

Sources said India was not among the 20 member states which had, until July 2016, provided implementation reports on their action on Resolution 2253 — an agreement passed last year, calling on all states to freeze assets used to fund IS and prevent individuals from transiting through the country to territories held by IS and al-Qaeda.

The report underlines the growing threat of the Islamic State to countries elsewhere in the world even as the territories under its control diminish, saying it has “provided start-up capital to some of its affiliates and been able to move funds using cash couriers, alternative remittance systems and banking channels”.

The threat, it records, “has become more decentralised, thereby giving the group more opportunities to fund affiliates, cells and attacks around the world”.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/on-united-nations-list-india-gives-homegrown-terrorists-a-miss-2984231/

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Zakir Naik's TV speeches banned in Bangladesh

August 19, 2016

Bangladesh has cracked down on controversial Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik by banning the broadcast of his speeches on television.

"We have issued orders to completely stop the broadcast of Zakir Naik's speeches," Bangladesh Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said in a statement today.

Naik angered Bangladesh after his speeches were found to have inspired terrorists involved in the July 1 Dhaka cafe massacre in which 22 persons, including a 19-year-old Indian girl, were killed.

At least two terrorists involved in the attack in the upscale Gulshan locality were known to have been inspired by Naik's speeches and sermons, prompting the government to clamp down on his publicity mechanisms in the country.

Last month, Bangladesh authorities banned Naik's Peace TV from the airwaves and online, and also his Peace mobile phone. Peace TV is also banned in India now.

In India, the Mumbai police is examining several of Naik's sermons, speeches and literature from his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) to ascertain if he was using provocative or inflammatory language that had the potential to create communal rift.

READ: Mumbai Police releases Zakir Naik case report, CM Fadnavis govt to press for extradition

The televangelist is currently on a tour of some Arab and African countries for the past couple of months and addressed the Mumbai media via a Skype conference last month.

Naik, on his part, has claimed that his statements were "doctored and tampered out of context" and asserted that he was a "messenger of peace" and unequivocally condemned all terror and terrorist activities.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/zakir-naik-tv-speeches-banned-in-bangladesh/1/743911.html

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Hundreds of ISIS cowards flee Syrian stronghold using civilians as HUMAN SHIELDS to avoid being hit by coalition airstrikes

19 August 2016

ISIS terrorists fled a northern Syrian stronghold using a civilian convoy as human shields in an effort to prevent coalition airstrikes from destroying their forces.

The jihadis were filmed running away from Manbij by a drone launched by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

The Kurdish-led group recaptured the strategically important town less than 20 miles from the Turkish border and close to an important bridge across the River Euphrates. 

According to images posted by the SDF, black-clad ISIS fighters can be seen surrounding the civilian convoy as it makes its way out of the besieged city.

The ISIS terrorists are believed to be travelling on motorbikes and in cars along with the civilians.

The nature of the column prevented US aircraft - who could have wiped out the retreating terrorists in minutes - from attacking because of the risk faced by civilians. 

The SDF, backed by US airstrikes, waged a two-month long campaign against ISIS in Manbij, forcing the terror group to flee.

Since their removal, the SDF have found several locations around the city which ISIS had used as a makeshift prison and others which were used as a temporary bomb factory. 

However, despite being supported by the US military, the SDF and their Kurdish YPG militia are at risk of attack by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad or Vladimir Putin. 

The US military had aircraft on standby to wipe out the fleeing ISIS fighters but called off the strike mission due to the risk of civilian casualties.

US Air Force jets from Inci

It is understood that many of the terrorists went north towards Turkey, which is only 20 miles away.  

Colonel Chris Garver, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, said commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces made the decision to allow the convoy to pass.

Garver said it was highly likely that there were human shields in each of the terrorist vehicles. 

He said: 'They kept throwing civilians to basically walk into the line of fire, trying to get them shot to use that potentially as propaganda, we think.' 

Manbij is a key victory for the SDF and the coalition, because it lies on a major supply route between the Turkish border and the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the ISIS caliphate. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3748588/Hundreds-ISIS-cowards-flee-Syrian-stronghold-using-civilians-HUMAN-SHIELDS-avoid-hit-coalition-airstrikes.html

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Southeast Asia could be a haven for displaced Islamic State fighters

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

The Islamic State hasn’t had much success in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia. But what happens when the caliphate’s capitals in Syria and Iraq are destroyed, and hundreds of foreign fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines try to go home?

Experts here in Australia see the counterterrorism challenge as a regional problem, rather than simply an affliction of the Middle East and North Africa. They fear that a potentially dangerous new phase may lie ahead, as the jihadists look for new sanctuaries.

Governments in Southeast Asia have been working quietly with the United States, some for more than a decade, to monitor and try to disrupt radical Islamist groups, and they’ve had considerable success. The United States helped train an Indonesian police unit known as Detachment 88, which has largely destroyed Jemaah Islamiah, the al-Qaeda affiliate responsible for the 2002 Bali bombing that killed more than 200 people.

But the prisons, slums and youth gangs of Southeast Asia provide an ecosystem where terrorism could fester anew, experts say. Islamic State operatives in Syria have tried to reach out to these potential jihadists, as in the bombing in January in Jakarta that killed eight people, for which the Islamic State claimed credit.

Most Southeast Asian Muslims reject such violence, but to plot mass-casualty attacks, it takes only a tiny fringe. “We have more activity among jihadi groups than at any time in the last 10 years,” said Sidney Jones, director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, in a speech in April in Australia.

The would-be catalysts for violence are the jihadists who traveled from Southeast Asia to Syria and Iraq. Experts estimate that this foreign-fighter network includes as many as 500 to 600 Indonesians, 110 Australians, about 100 Malaysians and a small number of Filipinos. This Southeast Asian contingent is far larger than the number who traveled to Afghanistan to join al-Qaeda before Sept. 11, 2001. And in Iraq and Syria, the volunteers have fought and killed.

“We haven’t yet seen the worst” in Southeast Asia, said Aaron Connelly, a research fellow at the Lowy Institute, a foreign policy think tank in Sydney that arranged my visit to Australia.

Experts worry about three risk factors that could expand the currently small terrorist network in Southeast Asia: declaration of an Islamic State affiliate in the lawless jungles of the southern Philippines, recruitment of new Islamic State volunteers in the Malaysian army and a jihadist push by released prisoners in Indonesia.

Islamic State fighters from Southeast Asia proposed a Philippines caliphate in a video that was released in June. This region could be a haven for jihadists; a Muslim revolt against the Catholic-dominated government has been simmering there for a century.

“Kill the disbelievers where you find them and do not have mercy on them,” Abu Abdul Rahman al-Filipini urged in the video, which was recorded in Raqqa and translated by SITE Intelligence Group .

In Malaysia, the army has been a worrying source of recruits. The country’s defense minister told parliament last year that at least 70 former members of the military volunteered for the Islamic State. Malaysian authorities long wary of Western help have been working closely with the United States and Australia since last year to contain such jihadist activities.

In Indonesia, police have campaigned aggressively against jihadists, killing or imprisoning many leaders. But as in Iraq and Syria, the prisons have been a breeding ground for extremism. Based on her research in Jakarta, Jones argued in a recent study: “The prison system — where plots are hatched, travel arranged and [Islamic State] supporters recruited — needs urgent attention.” Experts worry that as many as 200 former jihadists are due to be released from Indonesian prisons soon.

For nearly 15 years, the United States has been quietly funding counterterrorism efforts in Southeast Asia. A study published last year by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point noted that the United States had provided $441 million in security assistance to the Philippines, mostly for its military, and $262 million to Indonesia, mostly for its police. Police efforts appear to be a better bet: Terrorist attacks increased in the Philippines by 13-fold between 2002 and 2013; attacks declined 26 percent over that period in Indonesia.

The Islamic State may lose its caliphate in Syria and Iraq. But there could be a boomerang effect — a bigger jihadist threat in countries to which the fleeing fighters return.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/southeast-asia-could-be-a-haven-for-displaced-islamic-state-fighters/2016/08/18/c2213b28-6566-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html?utm_term=.2073005f2561

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India

Islamic Seminary of Barelvi Sect Issues Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed: ‘He has Defamed Islam’

By: Express News Service | Agra: August 19, 2016

An Islamic seminary of Barelvi sect Thursday issued a fatwa (edict) against Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, saying the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief cannot be “considered Muslim” as he has “terrorist ideology” and has “brought infamy to Islam”.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/barelvi-sect-fatwa-against-hafiz-saeed-he-has-defamed-islam-2984110/

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On UN List, India Gives Home-Grown Terrorists, Linked To Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, a Miss

Praveen Swami

August 19, 2016

The Indian government has not taken measures to seek United Nations sanctions against home-grown terrorists linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State, diplomatic sources in the UN have told The Indian Express.

The revelations come even as the United Nations 1267 Committee’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, which tracks action against Islamic State and al-Qaeda, released its latest report to member-states on Thursday.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/on-united-nations-list-india-gives-homegrown-terrorists-a-miss-2984231/

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Karima Baloch urges ‘brother’ PM Modi to speak against war crimes in Balochistan

August 19, 2016

New Delhi: Karima Baloch, who is the chairperson of Baloch Students Organisation fighting against atrocities in Balochistan, has on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi her brother and urged him to be the voice of Baloch genocide, war crimes and human rights violation at international forums.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/karima-baloch-urges-brother-pm-modi-speak-war-crimes-balochistan-1003594/

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India draws clear red lines for Pakistan, 5-point agenda for talks

August 19, 2016

Hardening its stance on resuming dialogue with Pakistan, India Thursday announced it had set a five-point agenda for talks on terrorism in a letter submitted a day earlier by Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale to the Pakistan Foreign Ministry.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pm-narendra-modi-balochistan-india-pakistan-talks-kashmir-masood-azhar-hafiz-saeed-dawood-ibrahim-2984215/

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‘Hindu’ Pakistani Spy Arrested In Jaisalmer

August 19, 2016

Jaisalmer: A Pakistani spy was today arrested in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, and he has confessed that he played an instrumental role in smuggling around 35 kg of RDX into India.

The spy named Nandal Maharaj was nabbed based on intelligence inputs from the RAW. A cellular phone has also been also recovered from him.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/hindu-pakistani-spy-arrested-jaisalmer-1003622/

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Teaching Urdu, Arabic: Minorities Commission to take action against raid on school

August 19, 2016

Mangaluru: Karnataka State Minorities’ Commission would take “suitable action” against those who recently ‘raided’ a school in Bondantila near here allegedly for teaching Urdu and Arabic languages.

Sri Rama Sena (SRS) activists had raided St Thomas Aided Higher Primary School on July 30 alleging that Urdu and Arabic were being ‘forcibly’ taught to students.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/teaching-urdu-arabic-minorities-commission-take-action-raid-school-1003614/

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BJP worker ferrying cows beaten to death by gaurakshaks in Karnataka

August 18, 2016

In a shocking incident, a BJP worker named Praveen Poojary was allegedly beaten up to death by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists after they found him transporting two cows in his vehicle.

Full report at: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/karnataka-bjp-worker-murdered-transporting-cows/1/743123.html

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South Asia

Zakir Naik's TV speeches banned in Bangladesh

August 19, 2016

Bangladesh has cracked down on controversial Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik by banning the broadcast of his speeches on television.

"We have issued orders to completely stop the broadcast of Zakir Naik's speeches," Bangladesh Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said in a statement today.

Naik angered Bangladesh after his speeches were found to have inspired terrorists involved in the July 1 Dhaka cafe massacre in which 22 persons, including a 19-year-old Indian girl, were killed.

Full report at: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/zakir-naik-tv-speeches-banned-in-bangladesh/1/743911.html

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Police arrest 18 Jamaat activists from school in Dhaka

August 18, 2016

Police in Dhaka have claimed to have arrested 18 Jamaat-e-Islami activists from a school in the capital’s Badda area.

Badda police OC MA Jalil said that the arrests were made in the wee hours of Friday from the Islamic International School in the DIT Housing Project.

He said those arrested included activists of the party’s student front, the Islami Chhatra Shibir.

Full report at: bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/08/19/police-arrest-18-jamaat-activists-from-school-in-dhaka

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US approves major weapons sale to Afghanistan worth $60 million

Fri Aug 19 2016

The United States Department of State has approved a major weapons sale to Afghanistan in a bid to help the Afghan forces fight the growing menace of terrorism.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Afghanistan for individual and crew served weapons, equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $60 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 17, 2016.”

Full report at: khaama.com/us-approves-major-weapons-sale-to-afghanistan-worth-60-million-01726

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King Amanullah and the Struggle of Modernity in Afghanistan

Fri Aug 19 2016

Similar to our many other national achievements, our Independence Day is a blend of celebration and mourning — on this day in 1919 Afghanistan won full independence from the superpower of the time, it is also a day of remembering the short reign of the enlightened King Amanullah, who took enormous personal and political risks, and failed, to reform the Afghan state and society.

Full report at: khaama.com/king-amanullah-and-the-struggle-of-modernity-in-afghanistan-01725

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Strategic pact key for Afghanistan Mi-35 deal: Russian analyst

Thu Aug 18 2016

A prominent Russian analyst has said the state of the art Mi-35 gunships should be handed over to the Afghan National Defense and

Security Forces (ANDSF) based on bilateral strategic cooperation agreement between Kabul and Moscow.

Dmitriy Verkhoturov in his opinion piece to RIA Novosti’s Farsi service has written that the delivery of the gunships in the absence of a strategic cooperation agreement would not yield positive results as Moscow may expect.

Full report at: khaama.com/strategic-pact-key-for-afghanistan-mi-35-deal-russian-analyst-01724

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Bangladesh govt mulling ‘strong laws’ to deal with cyber crime, misuse of social media: Inu

August 19, 2016

Bangladesh government’s efforts at curbing cyber crimes and misuse of social networking sites is soon going to receive a shot in the arm in the form of two new laws, Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said.

Disclosing this to a select group of reporters in New Delhi on Friday, the minister said that his government is coming with a comprehensive cyber crime law and another law for mass and electronic media.

Full report at: bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/08/19/bangladesh-govt-mulling-strong-laws-to-deal-with-cyber-crime-misuse-of-social-media-inu

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Arab World

Hundreds of ISIS cowards flee Syrian stronghold using civilians as HUMAN SHIELDS to avoid being hit by coalition airstrikes

19 August 2016

ISIS terrorists fled a northern Syrian stronghold using a civilian convoy as human shields in an effort to prevent coalition airstrikes from destroying their forces.

The jihadis were filmed running away from Manbij by a drone launched by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3748588/Hundreds-ISIS-cowards-flee-Syrian-stronghold-using-civilians-HUMAN-SHIELDS-avoid-hit-coalition-airstrikes.html

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Syrian Airstrikes Hit Kurdish-Arab Forces Fighting Islamic State

Aug. 18, 2016

Syrian regime warplanes launched airstrikes against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria on Thursday in a major escalation of violence between the two camps, according to officials and residents.

The fighting, if it continues, threatens to open a new front in Syria’s already complicated battlefield crowded with numerous warring sides and their foreign backers. Among those hit in the northeastern city of Hasakah by the strikes were members of a U.S.-backed mixed Kurdish and Arab force that has been battling Islamic State.

Full report at: wsj.com/articles/syrian-airstrikes-hit-kurdish-arab-forces-fighting-islamic-state-1471545351

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ISIS oaths, AK-47 & 5 TNT blocks: Terror suspect detained in central Russia, media report

19 Aug, 2016

A terror suspect has been detained in Samara, central Russia, a police source told media. Islamic State oaths, a Kalashnikov rifle and five blocks of TNT were found in the man's apartment.

“A suspected organizer of a terrorist act was detained in the Leninsky District of Samara on August 18. He is a Russian citizen from one of our Central Asian republics, born in 1982,” enforcement sources told TASS news agency Friday.

Full report at: rt.com/news/356441-russia-isis-terror-arrest/

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Syrian Army Sends more Troops to Southern Districts of Aleppo

August 19, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of fresh forces arrived in the Northern province of Aleppo to join their comrades in Syrian Armed Forces and intensify attacks on Jeish al-Fatah terrorists, military sources said.

"The fresh forces are expected to help their comrades recapture the Aleppo Artillery Academy and 1070 al-Hamdaniyeh Housing Project in the Southern districts of Aleppo," the sources said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950529000331

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Army Destroys Terrorists' Convoys in Idlib Province

August 19, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces destroyed the military hardware of the terrorists in Idlib province.

The army units backed by the popular forces inflicted heavy losses on the militants in Idlib province, killing scores of militants and injuring many more in heavy clashes.

The Syrian army and popular forces also hit hard the military positions of the terrorists in other key provinces across Syria.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950529000306

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Syrian Army Continues to Advance against Terrorists in Southwestern Damascus

August 19, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops made more strategic advances against Ajnad al-Sham terrorists in the key town of Darayya in Wester Ghouta, capturing several sites.

Syrian Soldiers and National Defense Forces seized the Darayya Railway Crossing after hours of non-stop battle with the terrorists and then captured more sites in a Christian district.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950529000279

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PA Forces Reported Killed in Clashes With Arab Fugitives

August 19th, 2016

Two members of the Palestinian Authority security force were reportedly killed Thursday in clashes with Arab fugitives, the Ma’an news agency said.

At least two more were reportedly wounded in the clash, which took place in northern Samaria, in the city of Shechem.

Full report at: jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pa-forces-reported-killed-in-clashes-with-arab-fugitives/2016/08/19/

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Two gunmen shot dead in Nablus by Palestinian Authority Security Forces

August 19th, 2016

During a raid on Nablus’s old city early Friday morning, the Palestinian Authority Security Forces (PASF) shot and killed two gunmen, suspected of killing two PASF officers Wednesday evening,  according PASF spokesman Adnan al-Damiri.

Full report at: jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-Authority-Security-Forces-shoot-dead-two-gunmen-in-Nablus-464551

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Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia could be a haven for displaced Islamic State fighters

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

The Islamic State hasn’t had much success in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia. But what happens when the caliphate’s capitals in Syria and Iraq are destroyed, and hundreds of foreign fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines try to go home?

Full report at: washingtonpost.com/opinions/southeast-asia-could-be-a-haven-for-displaced-islamic-state-fighters/2016/08/18/c2213b28-6566-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html?utm_term=.2073005f2561

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Singapore detains two "Syria-bound militants" without trial

19 August 2016  

SINGAPORE, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Two Singaporeans who the government says intended to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State have been detained under a colonial-era law that allows suspects to be held without trial.

Singapore has been on heightened vigilance since Indonesian police arrested a group of men they believed were plotting a rocket attack on the wealthy city-state with the help of a Syrian-based Islamic State militant.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3748819/Singapore-detains-two-Syria-bound-militants-without-trial.html

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Indonesian police kill Uygur who was fighting with Islamic extremists on Sulawesi island

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

Indonesian security forces have shot dead a suspected Uygur radical, an official said Thursday, the latest member of the mostly Muslim Chinese minority killed fighting with militants in the archipelago.

Police said the man, who died in a shoot-out on a mountainside on Wednesday, was the last of a handful of Uygurs who had joined extremist group the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen on central Sulawesi island.

Full report at: scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2005710/indonesia-police-kill-uygur-who-was-fighting-islamic

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FOUR SINGAPOREANS INVOLVED IN TERROR-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Aug 19, 2016

Two men have been detained this month under the Internal Security Act for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday (Aug 19).

Rosli Hamzah and Mohamed Omar Mahadi separately started tuning in to Batam-based religious radio station Radio Hang, which sometimes features speakers who preach extreme religious views.

Full report at: tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/mha-four-singaporeans-involved-terror-related-activities

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Africa

Boko Haram leadership struggle heralds a new style of violence

19 August 2016

The so-called West Africa Province of the Islamic State, more commonly known as Boko Haram, has recently generated headlines once again after Abu Musab al-Barnawi was appointed as new leader of the group, replacing long-time head Abubakar Shekau. The decision seems to have sparked a power struggle between Islamic State-backed al-Barnawi and Shekau, bringing to the fore deep fissures within the movement.

Full report at: issafrica.org/iss-today/boko-haram-leadership-struggle-heralds-a-new-style-of-violence

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The hospital that unites Christians and Muslims

Aug 19, 2016

TANGUIETA: “The coexistence among Christians and Muslims, here in Benin, is serene: I often say that, if the relationship between the faithful of these two religions was like this everywhere, we would not see the dramas that cause so much bloodshed in many areas of the world today!” These are the words of Brother Fiorenzo Priuli, 70 years old, a surgeon, and a beacon for thousands of patients in Africa; a WHO (World Health Organization) consultant for AIDS and infectious diseases, who was awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic.

Full report at: heraldmalaysia.com/news/the-hospital-that-unites-christians-and-muslims/31162/14

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9 killed in inter-communal clashes in Mali

19 August 2016  

Nine people were killed in clashes between Fulani and Bambara, two rival communities in central Mali, local sources told Anadolu Agency late Thursday.

"Everything started when elements of the Bambara tried to steal cattle from the Fulani living in Tandia, in the northern part of Segou [central Mali], " Bakaye Cisse, head of  the National Alliance for the Protection of Fulani Identity and Restoration of Justice (ANSIPRJ) .

Full report at: worldbulletin.net/9-killed-in-inter-communal-clashes-in-mali/176360/9-killed-in-inter-communal-clashes-in-mali

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Niger Delta militants threaten to withdraw from Nigeria

Thursday 18 August 2016

LAGOS – The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group on Thursday threatened to pull the oil region out of Nigeria, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of fuelling divisions in the country.

"The Buhari-led government has failed Nigerians with their misdirected policies that have divided the country, as such nobody wants to be part of that failed state not even the Niger delta," the NDA said in a statement.

Full report at: enca.com/africa/niger-delta-militants-threaten-to-withdraw-from-nigeria

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Europe

London's Muslim mayor: Trump anti-Muslim comments aid Islamic State

August 18, 2016

LONDON — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is "playing into the hands" of the Islamic State group by wrongly implying there is a clash between the West and mainstream Muslims, London's Muslim mayor said.

Sadiq Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital in May, also reiterated his support for Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the November election.

Full report at: usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/18/london-muslim-mayor-trump-anti-muslim-islamic-state/88939734/

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France gives suspected Islamic extremist too much money in damages

Published August 18, 2016

PARIS –  The French Justice ministry says a suspected Islamic extremist has been mistakenly granted too much money in damages for being kept in custody before a judge eventually dismissed his case.

Farouk Ben Abbes was placed in custody in 2010 after being given preliminary terrorist charges and he sought damages when he was released after the case was dismissed, the ministry said in a statement released Thursday after press reports disclosed details.

Full report at: foxnews.com/world/2016/08/18/france-gives-suspected-islamic-extremist-too-much-money-in-damage.html

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Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström stands by controversial Turkey sex abuse tweets

August 19th, 2016

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has stood behind her recent tweets claiming that Turkey recently legalized sex with children, which led to diplomatic tension between Ankara and Stockholm.

It is good that messages posted on her Twitter account led to a discussion with Turkey, Wallström told Swedish broadcaster STV, Russian news website Sputnik’s Turkish version reported on Aug. 17.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/swedish-foreign-minister-wallstrom-stands-by-controversial-turkey-sex-abuse-tweets.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102976&NewsCatID=351

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German officials at odds over reports on Turkey as ‘Islamist hub’

August 19th, 2016

German officials have issued contradicting statements over a leaked government report saying Turkey is a “hub for Islamist groups,” with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere defending the report just hours after two other high-level officials praised Ankara for its efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/german-officials-at-odds-over-reports-on-turkey-as-islamist-hub.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102971&NewsCatID=351

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Terror deaths in Western Europe at highest level since 2004

19/08/16

The first seven months of the year saw 143 deaths, which is also the second worst start to the year since 1980.

The Madrid train bombings in March 2004 left 191 people dead.

However, researchers pointed out that the 1970s saw several years with higher terrorism death tolls, so Western Europe is not "in a downward spiral".

Full report at: bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37085042/terror-deaths-in-western-europe-at-highest-level-since-2004

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On Anniversary of Massive Muslim Slaughter, French Commemorate Slain Priest

18 Aug 2016

This week, the French archbishop of Rouen led the first pilgrimage of the faithful to the tomb of martyred priest Father Jacques Hamel, coinciding with the anniversary of one of the greatest slaughters of Christians by Muslims in history.

On May 13, 2013, Pope Francis canonized the 813 “Martyrs of Otranto,” a large group of Christian shopkeepers and artisans in southern Italy who were beheaded, one by one, by a horde of Muslims from the Ottoman Empire 500 years ago.

Full report at: breitbart.com/national-security/2016/08/18/anniversary-massive-muslim-slaughter-french-commemorate-slain-priest/

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Pakistan

Brahamdagh Bugti is a traitor, says Balochistan CM Nawab Zehri

August 19, 2016

Islamabad: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri on Thursday declared Brahamdagh Bugti, a traitor to the nation for thanking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making references to Pakistan’s mistreatment of Balochistan and the atrocities meted out to the people in the region.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/brahamdagh-bugti-traitor-says-balochistan-cm-nawab-zehri-1003528/

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PM Nawaz launches 17,000-tonne Pakistan Navy Warship fleet tanker at Karachi Shipyard

August 19, 2016

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday launched a 17,000-tonne heavy Pakistan Navy Warship fleet tanker, at the Karachi Shipyard.

The fleet tanker was built in collaboration with Turkish firm Savunma Teknologiler Muhendisilik (STM). The design of the fleet tanker was prepared by Turkey and executed in the Karachi Shipyard.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1278584/pm-nawaz-launches-17000-tonne-pakistan-navy-warship-fleet-tanker-at-karachi-shipyard

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Death of tribesman triggers protest near FC checkpost

August 19, 2016

LANDI KOTAL: Scores of tribesmen, traders and custom clearing agents staged a demonstration near Torkham border after a local resident died of heart attack when he was refused timely permission at Shaheed Morr checkpost to reach a hospital.

The protesters were holding black flags and chanting slogans against the personnel of Frontier Corps posted at the checkpost. The protest march started from the custom terminal and ended at Shaheed Morr where the slogan-chanting protesters blocked the road.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1278542/death-of-tribesman-triggers-protest-near-fc-checkpost

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Pakistan PM Nawaz wants completion of CPEC projects in time

August 19, 2016

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, is his government’s “top priority” and called for “concerted efforts” to ensure timely completion of the USD 46 billion project.

“The prime minister, during a detailed briefing on the CPEC, stressed that the projects in the programme are the top priority of the government and accordingly, concerted efforts should be made to ensure timely progress,” a statement issued by Pakistan government said late last night.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-pm-nawaz-wants-completion-cpec-projects-time-1003646/

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Mideast

Turkey will implement heavier sentences for sexual abuse of children

August 19th, 2016

Following the diplomatic spat between Sweden and Turkey ignited by top Turkish court’s decision to annul a legal article on the sexual abuse of children, Ankara has moved to increase rather than decrease sentences for the crime. 

As part of the plans initiated by Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ, gradual punishments based on the age of the victims will go into law.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-will-implement-heavier-sentences-for-sexual-abuse-of-children.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102980&NewsCatID=510

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Trustees appointed to Gülen-linked Turkish company

August 19th, 2016

A Turkish court appointed trustees to Boydak Holding on Aug. 18 to the company’s alleged ties with the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which has been accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15.     

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/trustees-appointed-to-gulen-linked-turkish-company-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103005&NewsCatID=341

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German minister praises cooperation with Turkey to ease row over Islamists

August 19th, 2016

Germany’s interior minister praised Turkey on Aug. 18 for the country’s excellent cooperation in fighting terrorism in an apparent effort to defuse a dispute with Ankara after a leaked government memo accused Turkey of being a hub for Islamist militants.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Aug. 17 that he did not regret the leak but the following day, he struck a conciliatory tone, saying exchanges of information with Turkey on movements of supporters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were good, Reuters reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/german-minister-praises-cooperation-with-turkey-to-ease-row-over-islamists.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103010&NewsCatID=351

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Turkish PM pledges fierce response to PKK attacks that killed at least 12

August 19th, 2016

Turkish PM Binali Yıldırım has pledged a fierce response to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has accelerated attacks on both security forces and civilians, killing at least 12 people and injuring hundreds of others in three separate attacks in less than 24 hours.

“Terror will not take over Turkey,” said Yıldırım, who secured full support from the country’s main opposition party.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-pledges-fierce-response-to-pkk-attacks-that-killed-at-least-12.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102969&NewsCatID=341

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Coup plotters planned to escape from Turkey in transport planes: Defense minister

August 19th, 2016

Soldiers involved in the thwarted July 15 coup attempt planned to escape from Turkey in transport planes as soon as they realized that their takeover bid had failed, Defense Minister Fikri Işık has said, commenting on events that unfolded at Ankara’s Akıncı Air Base.

“They made three transport planes ready when they understood that the coup had failed and they planned to escape from Akıncı,” Işık told state-run Anadolu Agency on Aug. Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/coup-plotters-planned-to-escape-from-turkey-in-transport-planes-defense-minister-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102983&NewsCatID=341

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More than 20,000 arrested over Gülen links: Turkish PM

August 19th, 2016

More than 40,000 people have been detained and nearly 20,000 have been arrested since the failed July 15 coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), Prime Minister Binalı Yıldırım has said.

“The total number of detentions, which include police officers, soldiers, judicial personnel, local authorities and civilians, has reached 40,029. Some 5,187 are still in custody and a total of 20,355 were arrested,” Yıldırım told state-run news broadcaster TRT Haber late on Aug. 17, adding that nearly 80,000 civil servants had been suspended over FETÖ links.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/more-than-20000-arrested-over-gulen-links-turkish-pm-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102973&NewsCatID=338

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Court arrests 19 state-run broadcaster employees in Turkey’s coup attempt probe

August 19th, 2016

A court in Ankara ordered the arrest of 19 employees of Turkey’s state-run broadcaster TRT on Aug. 18 as part of an investigation into the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which was accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/court-arrests-19-state-run-broadcaster-employees-in-turkeys-coup-attempt-probe.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103008&NewsCatID=341

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Aslı Erdoğan expected to meet lawyers today

August 19th, 2016

A journalist who was detained on Aug. 17 for allegedly making terror propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) before being hospitalized is finally expected to meet her lawyers, a renowned journalist and documentary film director told Deutsche Welle’s (DW) Turkish service on Aug. 19.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/report-asli-erdogan-expected-to-meet-lawyers-today.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103007&NewsCatID=341

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Articles to move centers of southeastern provinces removed from draft

August 19th, 2016

Articles in a piece of draft legislation to move the centers of two southeastern provinces to respective districts and rename the provinces after the districts have been removed after the motion was presented to Turkey’s parliament.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/articles-to-move-centers-of-southeastern-provinces-removed-from-draft.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103004&NewsCatID=341

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North America

Muslim US Army Chaplain Sets Out to Bridge Cultures

August 18, 2016

Inside the Pentagon's 9/11 memorial chapel, built where Islamic extremists attacked the building nearly 15 years ago, sounds of the Muslim call to prayer softly welcome passersby at around 2:00 p.m. each day.

Full report at: voanews.com/a/muslim-army-chaplain-seeks-bridge-gap-between-cultures/3470814.html

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Donald Trump meets face-to-face with victims of radical Islamic terror during powerful town hall

August 18, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sat respectfully quiet Wednesday while he heard horrific accounts of terrorism from victims of radical Islam.

“What you people are going through is unimaginable,” he said during a town hall gathering at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. The town hall was broadcast on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity”.

Full report at: bizpacreview.com/2016/08/18/donald-trump-meets-face-face-victims-radical-islamic-terror-powerful-town-hall-380556

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Westbrook police offer reassurance after anonymous threats against Muslims

August 18, 2016

Several members of Westbrook’s Muslim community were so terrified by threatening notes left at an apartment complex Wednesday morning that they were unable to sleep that night.

Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts tried to calm those fears by hosting a community meeting at the police station Thursday evening. About 50 members of the refugee community, mostly Iraqis, spent nearly three hours talking in private – the media was excluded – with state and local officials about the anxiety the incident generated and what can be done to protect the immigrant community.

Full report at: pressherald.com/2016/08/18/westbrook-police-still-no-suspect-in-threats-against-muslims/

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