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Islamic State Module Busted By NIA Cites Zakir Naik as 'Source of Inspiration'



















Osama bin Laden’s (right) son Hamza (left) is now thought to be 25 years old and living in Pakistan but he has not been pictured since he was young

 

Pakistan Isolated Because It Gives Freedom to Non-State Actors: Aitzaz

The United Nations Must Militarily Confront Islamic State and Al-Nusra

'You're An Apostate! You're An Infidel': Guests Come to Blows on Egyptian TV

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India

Islamic State Module Busted By NIA Cites Zakir Naik as 'Source of Inspiration'

India’s Surgical Strikes Cast Shadow on Sale of Pakistan’s Islamic Bonds

Suspected ISIS Operative Arrested in Tamil Nadu, Was Planning Attacks

Three Militants Killed After Army Camp Attacked In Kupwara

Border villages in Ahmedabad get flood of hate-inciting calls from Pakistan

Terror Foremost Challenge for ASEAN Countries: Manohar Parrikar

Terror camps thriving in PoK, confirm locals

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Pakistan

Pakistan Isolated Because It Gives Freedom to Non-State Actors: Aitzaz

Act against Militants or Face International Isolation, Civilians Tell Military

‘Sharif warns army not to shield militants amid isolation’

Sharif’s envoys say US ‘no longer world power; Pak will move towards Russia, China

Commission arrives in Karachi to investigate boat used in Mumbai attacks

International community should condemn Indian fabrications about Pakistan: Gen Raheel

With a video of Syria, Bilawal Bhutto tweets anti-war message to India and Pakistan

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North America

The United Nations Must Militarily Confront Islamic State and Al-Nusra

Muslim-Americans Put Up Anti-ISIS Billboard in Missouri

Muslims need to demonstrate tolerance, too

Discussion on being Muslim in America set for Tuesday at Oklahoma City University

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Arab World

'You're An Apostate! You're An Infidel': Guests Come to Blows on Egyptian TV

Faulty Suicide Vest Kills 16, Wounds 16 Islamic State Jihadists in Iraq

Dozens of Militants Killed in Failed Attacks against Army in Hama

Army Forces Terrorists to Withdraw from More Aleppo Regions

ISIS issues fatwa against indoor cat breeding in Iraq

ISIS recruits ‘more educated than others’: Study

U.S., Iraqi forces in ‘final rehearsal’ for campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State

Islamic State Positions Tracked by U.S. Satellites as a Bonus

Fatah Al-Sham Terrorists Take Advantage of Aid Corridors to Regroup

Syrian Army to Reduce Airstrikes in Aleppo to Give Civilians Space to Leave

Syrian, Russian Bombers Pound Several Terrorists' Strongholds in Aleppo

US-Led Coalition Fighter Jets Kill Tens of Civilians in Aleppo

Iraqi parliament’s decision does not represent all Iraqis: Minister

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Europe

UK Urged To Ban Press from Revealing Terrorists Are Muslim

Al-Qaeda Is Plotting Terror Attacks In Britain And Europe

Attacks by Muslims Are Driving French Jews to Israel

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South Asia

Bangladesh Siege Recalled in Militant’s Words, and From Beyond the Grave

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Kunduz Killed during Clashes

MoU signed on preservation of historical sites with Aga Khan Trust for Culture

US hands over 492 Humvee vehicles to Afghan police forces

Kunduz fight demonstrate importance of training Afghan forces: Stoltenberg

$15.2 billion pledged to Afghanistan during Brussels conference

By channeling $1b to Afghanistan, Aga Khan highlights 3 areas in Brussels Conference

2 Bangladeshis arrested under ISA in April repatriated

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Southeast Asia

Change Misconceptions about Islam through Transparent Governance, Najib Tells Muslim Leaders

Islamic Dept Launches App Allowing Public To Report Syariah Offences

Quran memorization requirement for scholarship in Bandung’s Universitas Padjajaran sparks controversy

Philippine president apologizes to Jews over Holocaust remarks

Indonesian Church Closed Down for ‘Lack of Permit’

Myanmar asked to review disputed terrorism case after law reform

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islamic State module busted by NIA cites Zakir Naik as 'source of inspiration'

Oct 6, 2016

NEW DELHI: Manseed alias Omar al-Hindi, the chief of terror group Islamic State module busted by the NIA+ on Sunday, had worked for 12 years as part of the intelligence wing of Popular Front India (PFI), reporting on activities of RSS and its functionaries in Kerala.

The module headed by him was plotting Nice-like attacks on community events, particularly an all-religion gathering in Kochi, and had even been transferred Rs 38,000 from abroad through Western Union to buy a second-hand heavy vehicle to be driven into the crowd, killing and maiming a large number of people, sources said.

A link with controversial cleric Zakir Naik+ has also surfaced with all six members of the al-Hindi module speaking of the televangelist as a source of inspiration+ , saying they were motivated by his speeches and social media posts.

Al-Hindi's association with PFI ended after the organisation expelled him for marrying a woman from the Philippines, he revealed to his interrogators. The 30-year-old relocated from Kerala to Qatar around eight years ago and was working as a sales executive in Doha.

Around 12-18 months ago, he started following online jihadi activity and would surf the internet for pro-IS blogs and posts. While interacting with jihad-minded people on social media, he encountered his Afghanistan-based handler Abu Aysha, who helped him put together a Facebook group called 'Ansar-ul-Khilaaf' comprising IS-leaning youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The group communicated using telegram and Tutanota encryption and would keep changing names to avoid detection. Abu Aysha would regularly send material against RSS and motivate the group to target Sangh workers.

The module's plans included targetting three top RSS members of Kerala, two Kerala high court judges with "progressive views on Sharia law", rationalists and activists of the Muslim community and Jews based in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. The group also planned to procure arms and materials for explosives to execute their terror plans.

The accused revealed that four members of the module travelled to Kodaikanal on September 12 to conduct a recee for a possible attack on Jews there. But they met with an accident en route and aborted the plan and then scheduled the attack for the first week of October.

The NIA, while scanning electronic devices seized from the accused, found material, including details on procuring material for explosives, making explosives from fireworks powder and bomb-making manuals.

Abu Aysha, intelligence sources said, told al-Hindi that he had met some of the 21 Keralites who left India to join IS as they transited through Tehran in July. He claimed all 21 were now based in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The module led by al-Hindi was being tracked by intelligence agencies for almost four to five months. In fact, the accused came on the radar while the NIA was tracking some youths discussing travelling to Turkey for onward journey to Iraq-Syria. As their plan to leave India to join the IS became apparent, the agencies intervened and alerted their parents. Finally, the youths were dissuaded from travelling abroad.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Islamic-State-module-busted-by-NIA-cites-Zakir-Naik-as-source-of-inspiration/articleshow/54706070.cms

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Pakistan Isolated Because It Gives Freedom to Non-State Actors: Aitzaz

Oct 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan addressing a joint session of parliament on Thursday said Pakistan is isolated because it gives freedom to non-state actors.

"The government has been completely unsuccessful in imposing restrictions on non-state actors according to the National Action Plan."

He implied that such actors continue carrying out protests, rallies and giving speeches in Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi.

"I don't want instability in any country, as the blame of that will then fall on us because of these non-state actors," he said.

The PPP senator slammed the cabinet's denial of Pakistani involvement in the Uri attack. Saying we believe Pakistan has no hand in the Uri attack is not a categorical denial, Aitzaz said, adding that the phrase implied "We don't know if our non-state actors are behind it".

Read more: Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military

"When you cannot completely implement NAP and then something like this happens, the blame will fall on Pakistan and we will be isolated. Then Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not speak to you, and Bhutan and Nepal will begin supporting India," he said.

"You have isolated Pakistan," he roared from the benches.

The PPP senator held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for Pakistan's diplomatic isolation as the premier is also the foreign minister.

"Pakistan's isolation is Nawaz Sharif's personal failure," he said.

"Nawaz Sharif did not anticipate the Uri attack. Our defence minister said that perhaps India did it themselves to divert attention away from Kashmir."

"I agree, it is possible, but then why is it Pakistan which is isolated now? It is because you have given freedom to non-state actors."

"I have not heard Kulbhushan Jadhav's name from the prime minister's mouth even once," he said.

Full report at:dawn.com/news/1288381/pakistan-isolated-because-it-gives-freedom-to-non-state-actors-aitzaz-tells-joint-session

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The United Nations must militarily confront Islamic State and Al-Nusra

06/10/16

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin’s assumption of the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for October could have a lightning rod effect on the Security Council finally authorising military action against Islamic State and Al Nusra under article 42 of the UN Charter.

Both terrorist organisations have been the subject of many unanimous Security Council resolutions declaring them to be a threat to world peace and security – but all such resolutions have stopped short of authorising military action.

American-Russian relations are in a precarious and highly volatile situation today due to:

America and Russia engaging in a vitriolic diplomatic war shaming each other for the humanitarian disaster in Aleppo as Russian-backed Government forces and American-backed rebel forces battle for supremacy at horrendous cost to the civilian population caught in the crossfire.

Churkin has been afforded a world stage to justify Russia’s actions in Syria during regular media conferences that will be held by him as President of the Security Council.

Churkin was quick to grab that opportunity on 4 October – as this official UN record reveals:

Both Russia and America have previously expressed their willingness to involve the Security Council in defeating Islamic State and al-Nusra.

“He (Churkin) was not aware of plans for further discussions between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Federation Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, and did not know the result of discussions between the two countries during the last few hours.  The nature of their differences was overdramatized.  He hoped cooperation on Syria could be resumed.

"He could not accept unilateral steps such as grounding of airplanes.

"Al-Nusrah had moved to Aleppo and was keeping the civilian population hostage.  He wanted as close cooperation with the United States as possible in fighting Al-Nusrah.  Had it not been for Russian involvement, [Islamic State] black flags could now be flying over Damascus.  There were 3,500 fighters in eastern Aleppo, of which 2,000 were Al-Nusrah, based on Russian intelligence.  The rest were scattered in different groups.  ISIL was not there.”

White House spokesman – Josh Earnest - reportedly said US policy would continue to give priority to the fight against jihadi groups in Syria.

“With regard to US options, we obviously have been very focused on countering ISIL [Isis] and other extremist groups that are using the chaos in Syria as a safe haven to plot and carry out attacks,”

Both Russia and America have previously expressed their willingness to involve the Security Council in defeating Islamic State and al-Nusra.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made this clear on 18 November last:

“The Security Council needs to give preferential attention to the task of creating a solid legal foundation for the fight against this evil [Islamic State] and for the mobilization of an actual global coalition in response to this common uncompromising challenge for us all”.

President Obama preached a similar mantra in St Petersburg on 6 September 2013:

“And I respect those who are concerned about setting precedents of action outside of a U.N. Security Council resolution. I would greatly prefer working through multilateral channels and through the United Nations to get this done.”

Given the commonality of the positions of both America and Russia as reflected above – the possibility looms large that during Russia’s October presidency of the Security Council - Russia and America could co-sponsor a draft resolution to the Security Council authorizing military action against Islamic State and al-Nusra.

October could indeed be make or break month for Syria.

Source: israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19578

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'You're an apostate! You're an infidel': Guests come to blows on Egyptian TV

October 5, 2016

If there is anything that unites people around the world, it might be the panel discussions on the nightly news. After all, people love a discussion that descends into some form of violence.

Around this time in 2015, a video showing an astrologer slap self-styled Godman Om Ji Maharaj on a panel discussion on IBN7 had gone viral.

Now, it's the turn of panelists on a television show in Egpyt. The topic under discussion was whether Muslim women should wear headscarves. Sydney imam Mostafa Rashid and Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh were the guests on the show.

Al-Wahsh did not appreciate something Rashid said on the issue and the conversation took a turn for the worse, to put it mildly.

Here's how the very apologetic anchor explained what happened. He needed to look at the footage twice, because he was too distraught too understand what happened the first time round.

Source: sabrangindia.in/article/youre-apostate-youre-infidel-guests-come-blows-egyptian-tv-looks-familiar

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India

Islamic State module busted by NIA cites Zakir Naik as 'source of inspiration'

Oct 6, 2016

NEW DELHI: Manseed alias Omar al-Hindi, the chief of terror group Islamic State module busted by the NIA+ on Sunday, had worked for 12 years as part of the intelligence wing of Popular Front India (PFI), reporting on activities of RSS and its functionaries in Kerala.

The module headed by him was plotting Nice-like attacks on community events, particularly an all-religion gathering in Kochi, and had even been transferred Rs 38,000 from abroad through Western Union to buy a second-hand heavy vehicle to be driven into the crowd, killing and maiming a large number of people, sources said.

A link with controversial cleric Zakir Naik+ has also surfaced with all six members of the al-Hindi module speaking of the televangelist as a source of inspiration+ , saying they were motivated by his speeches and social media posts.

Al-Hindi's association with PFI ended after the organisation expelled him for marrying a woman from the Philippines, he revealed to his interrogators. The 30-year-old relocated from Kerala to Qatar around eight years ago and was working as a sales executive in Doha.

Around 12-18 months ago, he started following online jihadi activity and would surf the internet for pro-IS blogs and posts. While interacting with jihad-minded people on social media, he encountered his Afghanistan-based handler Abu Aysha, who helped him put together a Facebook group called 'Ansar-ul-Khilaaf' comprising IS-leaning youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The group communicated using telegram and Tutanota encryption and would keep changing names to avoid detection. Abu Aysha would regularly send material against RSS and motivate the group to target Sangh workers.

The module's plans included targetting three top RSS members of Kerala, two Kerala high court judges with "progressive views on Sharia law", rationalists and activists of the Muslim community and Jews based in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. The group also planned to procure arms and materials for explosives to execute their terror plans.

The accused revealed that four members of the module travelled to Kodaikanal on September 12 to conduct a recee for a possible attack on Jews there. But they met with an accident en route and aborted the plan and then scheduled the attack for the first week of October.

The NIA, while scanning electronic devices seized from the accused, found material, including details on procuring material for explosives, making explosives from fireworks powder and bomb-making manuals.

Abu Aysha, intelligence sources said, told al-Hindi that he had met some of the 21 Keralites who left India to join IS as they transited through Tehran in July. He claimed all 21 were now based in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The module led by al-Hindi was being tracked by intelligence agencies for almost four to five months. In fact, the accused came on the radar while the NIA was tracking some youths discussing travelling to Turkey for onward journey to Iraq-Syria. As their plan to leave India to join the IS became apparent, the agencies intervened and alerted their parents. Finally, the youths were dissuaded from travelling abroad.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Islamic-State-module-busted-by-NIA-cites-Zakir-Naik-as-source-of-inspiration/articleshow/54706070.cms

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India’s surgical strikes cast shadow on sale of Pakistan’s Islamic bonds

October 6, 2016

Kuala Lumpur/Karachi: Pakistan is tapping the global sukuk market in a $1 billion deal just as violence on its disputed border with India casts a shadow on an improving economic outlook.

The nation is offering the five-year securities at 5.5%, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information is private.Yields on its 2019 sovereign sukuk sold two years ago rose 43 basis points to 4.91% after militants killed 19 Indian soldiers in the Kashmiri town of Uri last month and India retaliated last week with strikes on what it called terrorist camps. Pakistan denied involvement in terror and described India’s attacks as a heavy exchange of fire.

“The timing for sukuk doesn’t look too good as the political risk is flashing red right now,” said James Lau, a Kuala Lumpur-based investment director at Pheim Asset Management Sdn. “That said, there would still be buyers for the debt as long as the price reflects the heightened political risk.”

The world’s second-most populous Muslim nation is tapping a global Islamic debt market hungry for higher yields after international sukuk issuance slumped in the third quarter to $2.5 billion from $6.9 billion in the previous three months. The country has averted a balance-of-payments crisis, allowing it to exit a 2013 International Monetary Fund loan program worth $6.6 billion last month. Growth has accelerated, inflation eased and domestic security threats abated.

Pakistan, which is rated the fifth-highest junk grade of B by Fitch Ratings, raised $1 billion through the sale of five-year global Islamic bonds at 6.75% in November 2014, in its first such issuance since 2005. The offering was five times oversubscribed.

“While there are concerns, I don’t think the government will have an issue in meeting their targeted amount,” said Mustafa Pasha, head of investments at Lakson, which manages $250 million. “If you look at the macroeconomic indicators of Pakistan, compared to 2014, we are a lot better off.”

Internal security

Pakistan’s internal security has improved in recent years due to an army push against insurgents after a massacre of more than 100 students in 2014 in the northern city of Peshawar. About 449 people died in terrorist-related attacks last year, the fewest in 10 years, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

Tensions with India “will be short-lived,” said Sajjad Anwar, the Karachi-based chief investment officer at NBP Fullerton Asset Management Ltd, which oversees about $640 million. “It’s not in the interest of both the nations to escalate the tensions because both need their economies to improve.”

While Pakistan’s economic outlook has improved, the prospect of an increase in US interest rates will push up yields, said Faizan Saleem, a fund manager at ABL Asset Management Co. in Karachi, which oversees the equivalent of $373 million.

The Asian Development Bank upgraded its growth forecasts for Pakistan last week as record foreign-exchange reserves and a narrowing fiscal deficit brighten the outlook for the $270 billion economy. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is targeting 5.7% expansion in gross domestic product for the year which began July 1, the fastest in a decade.

“Pakistan’s positives were driven by the story of successful reforms with the IMF,” said Fakrizzaki Ghazali, a senior fixed income analyst at Sedco Capital in Jeddah. “Nonetheless, fiscal constraints and geopolitical risks of Pakistan remain a long term challenge which should limit fundamental upside in the near to medium term.”

Source: livemint.com/Money/jqRsrnyY6PxOXNgQBzs0zH/Indias-surgical-strikes-cast-shadow-on-sale-of-Pakistans-I.html

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Suspected ISIS Operative Arrested in Tamil Nadu, Was Planning Attacks

October 6, 2016

New Delhi: The NIA has arrested a suspected ISIS operative, who had conspired to carry out terror activities in the country and was planning to collect chemical explosives from cracker manufacturers in Tamil Nadu.

The accused identified as Subahani Haja Moideen, a resident of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, was arrested by the NIA on Wednesday in connection with a case related to activities of the banned ISIS in India.

The accused was radicalised and recruited in ISIS through social media platforms. He had left India for Istanbul from Chennai last year on the pretext of performing ‘Umrah’, the NIA said in a statement on Thursday

After reaching Istanbul, he crossed over along with other people who hailed from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraqi territory under control of ISIS.

From there, he was taken to Mosul where he underwent detailed ‘religious training’ followed by combat training, which included a course in automated weapons before being deputed to fight war for almost two weeks.

During the war, he told interrogators that he was paid $100 per month as an allowance by ISIS besides accommodation and food.

However, he told interrogators that he could not withstand the violence and war misery in Mosul and decided to leave especially after he saw two of his friends getting charred.

He was jailed by ISIS and produced before a Islamic judge who sent him to Syria and claimed that he was allowed to cross over to Turkey from where he contacted his family with the help of the Indian consulate at Istanbul.

He arrived in Mumbai after a gap of six months in September last year on an emergency certificate and returned to his ancestral place where he was staying with his wife and managed to get a job at a jewellery shop at Kadayanallur.

“However, once back and settled, he again got in touch with ISIS handlers over Internet and was planning to collect explosives and precursor chemicals from Sivakasi at their instance.

“He had travelled to Chennai, Coimbatore and other places to meet other local contacts in the conspiracy, collect money and procure explosives for terrorist acts as guided and motivated by ISIS handlers,” the NIA said.

Source: siasat.com/news/suspected-isis-operative-arrested-tamil-nadu-planning-attacks-1036099/

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Three militants killed after army camp attacked in Kupwara

October 6, 2016

Srinagar: Three militants were today killed in an encounter with security forces after they attacked an army camp in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, the army said here.

The militants opened fire on an army camp at Langate in Kupwara district at around 5 AM, which was retaliated by the alert jawans, an army official said.

After repulsing the attack, the security forces launched a search operation in the area, during which the militants fired upon them, leading to an encounter.

“Three militants have been killed in the ensuing encounter and three AK 47 rifles have been recovered from the spot,” the official said.

He said the operation was on and further details were awaited.

Source: siasat.com/news/three-militants-killed-army-camp-attacked-kupwara-1036058/

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Border villages in Ahmedabad get flood of hate-inciting calls from Pakistan

Oct 6, 2016

AHMEDABAD: These callers from across the border open conversation by saying you've won a jackpot, and then incite listeners against Hindus and India.

Usually, people here disconnect the calls from unknown Pakistani callers and leave it at that. But Abdullah Chaki, 30, a grocery merchant, felt he's had enough, and went ahead to file an application of complaint at the Mankuva police station. PSI of Mankuva police station, V R Sonara, told TOI that the complaint has been transferred to the cyber-cell of Kutch police for further investigation.

Chaki, a resident of Mankuva village near Bhuj, has submitted an audio clip of the conversation to police in which the unknown Pakistani caller can be heard spewing venom against Hindus and India and terming Indian Muslims, who did not hold similar views, as traitors.

When contacted, sources from central intelligence agencies said Chaki is not the only person in Gujarat to have received such calls from Pakistanis.

"Unknown callers from Pakistan are trying to provoke Muslims in border areas of Gujarat. Many are receiving such calls, which start with a communication regarding a lottery win and end up stirring sentiments against Hindus," said a top intelligence bureau official.

IB is probing several such complaints. "When the callers detect the person on the other end of the call as an Indian Muslim, they try to pitch communal fanaticism. As far as we know, none of the Indian Muslims who received such calls have fallen in their trap," said an IB official. Chaki told police that he was at first shocked to see a Pakistani number displayed on the screen of his cellphone.

"The caller began the conversation by congratulating him on winning Rs 25 lakh in a lottery, before starting on his pitch against Hindus," said a police official."When Chaki took him on saying that he is a Pakistani and should not spoil the good name of Muslims by indulging in such fraudulent activities, the Pakistani caller said they are only targeting Hindus," added the police official.

Chaki then asked him to lay off, insisting that Hindus and Muslims are living in peace in India, but the Pakistani became angry and said they will teach India a lesson. "The Pakistani caller tried to incite him by saying that Muslims in India are mistreated," a police source added. Nevertheless, Chaki confronted him and said that the strength of the Indian Army is equivalent to the total population of Pakistan.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Border-villages-in-Ahmedabad-get-flood-of-hate-inciting-calls-from-Pakistan/articleshow/54707115.cms?

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Terror Foremost Challenge For ASEAN Countries: Manohar Parrikar

October 6, 2016

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today called terrorism the “foremost challenge” for the ASEAN member-countries, adding that there is a need to delegitimise it as an instrument of state policy.

Mr Parrikar said: “Terrorism remains foremost challenge to our (Asean) region. We need to oppose terrorism resolutely everywhere, delegitimise it as an instrument of state policy, and cooperate unreservedly to locate and destroy terrorist networks.”

He was speaking at the 20th ASEAN Regional Forum Heads of Defence Universities meet.

“The security frameworks in our (Asean) region still does not give enough attention to terrorism. This must change,” he added.

The comments came amid continued tension along India-Pakistan border following the attack at an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 19 soldiers.

A surgical strike was conducted by the Indian Army in the night between September 28 and 29 on terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir that further escalated the tension.

A camp of 30 Rashtriya Rifles was attacked by terrorists today as well in Kashmir’s Kupwara district. In the gun battle, three terrorists were killed by the army.

Source: siasat.com/news/terror-foremost-challenge-asean-countries-manohar-parrikar-1035943/

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Terror camps thriving in PoK, confirm locals

Oct 6, 2016

MUZAFFARABAD: Terror training camps have been thriving in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) for years, according to people living across the area who have shown resentment to the Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI for having made their region a haven for anti-social elements.

Residents of Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Chinari, Mirpu , Gilgit, Diamer and various parts of the Neelum Valley say their lives has been made a living hell by the terror training camps as the lawless men, who train here, plunder local villages and molest the women of the area.

They say that their region is being used by the ISI to further its proxy war against India.

In various interactions, people and leaders in the region spoke about the daily extortion and harassment caused the terror groups who are located near the Line of Control (LoC).

"If management doesn't end Taliban's terror camps and 'no-go' areas in Diamer, Gilgit, Baseen and others, then we will take action," a local leader of Gilgit was seen as saying.

Residents confirm that the region is being used as nothing more than a staging post for Pakistan's proxy war against India. They say they have no sympathy for the terror groups who are perhaps hated more in PoK than anywhere else.

PoK leaders like Arif Shahid exposed the ISI terror nexus in the region and paid for it with their lives.

Shahid has been found on record saying that the poor people of Pakistan are being exploited by the ISI to wage a Jihad against India in which only the Pakistan Army is interested.

Shahid fought tooth and nail against Pakistan's oppression in PoK before he was shot outside his residence in Rawalpindi on May 14, 2013. He was 62. The investigation into Shahid's murder is still inconclusive, and there is no closure to the cold-blooded murder, so far. The ISI is blamed for conspiring and executing Shahid's murder.

The people of PoK have been demanding the removal of terror camps for years but the state has always turned a deaf ear.

Earlier, PoK witnessed a series of protests by residents against rigged polls that saw Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), coming to power.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Terror-camps-thriving-in-PoK-confirm-locals/articleshow/54710098.cms

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Pakistan

Pakistan Isolated Because It Gives Freedom to Non-State Actors: Aitzaz

Oct 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan addressing a joint session of parliament on Thursday said Pakistan is isolated because it gives freedom to non-state actors.

"The government has been completely unsuccessful in imposing restrictions on non-state actors according to the National Action Plan."

He implied that such actors continue carrying out protests, rallies and giving speeches in Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi.

"I don't want instability in any country, as the blame of that will then fall on us because of these non-state actors," he said.

The PPP senator slammed the cabinet's denial of Pakistani involvement in the Uri attack. Saying we believe Pakistan has no hand in the Uri attack is not a categorical denial, Aitzaz said, adding that the phrase implied "We don't know if our non-state actors are behind it".

Read more: Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military

"When you cannot completely implement NAP and then something like this happens, the blame will fall on Pakistan and we will be isolated. Then Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not speak to you, and Bhutan and Nepal will begin supporting India," he said.

"You have isolated Pakistan," he roared from the benches.

The PPP senator held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for Pakistan's diplomatic isolation as the premier is also the foreign minister.

"Pakistan's isolation is Nawaz Sharif's personal failure," he said.

"Nawaz Sharif did not anticipate the Uri attack. Our defence minister said that perhaps India did it themselves to divert attention away from Kashmir."

"I agree, it is possible, but then why is it Pakistan which is isolated now? It is because you have given freedom to non-state actors."

"I have not heard Kulbhushan Jadhav's name from the prime minister's mouth even once," he said.

Full report at:dawn.com/news/1288381/pakistan-isolated-because-it-gives-freedom-to-non-state-actors-aitzaz-tells-joint-session

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Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military

Oct 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: In a blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning, the civilian government has informed the military leadership of a growing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state.

As a result of the most recent meeting, an undisclosed one on the day of the All Parties’ Conference on Monday, at least two sets of actions have been agreed.

First, ISI DG Gen Rizwan Akhtar, accompanied by National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua, is to travel to each of the four provinces with a message for provincial apex committees and ISI sector commanders.

The message: military-led intelligence agencies are not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action. Gen Akhtar’s inter-provincial tour has begun with a visit to Lahore.

Second, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed that fresh attempts be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials in a Rawalpindi antiterrorism court.

Those decisions, taken after an extraordinary verbal confrontation between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the ISI DG, appear to indicate a high-stakes new approach by the PML-N government.

The following account is based on conversations with Dawn of individuals present in the crucial meetings this week.

All declined to speak on the record and none of the attributed statements were confirmed by the individuals mentioned.

Foreign secretary’s presentation

On Monday, on the day of the All Parties’ Conference, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry gave a separate, exclusive presentation in the Prime Minister’s Office to a small group of civil and military officials.

Full report at:dawn.com/news/1288350/exclusive-act-against-militants-or-face-international-isolation-civilians-tell-military

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‘Sharif warns army not to shield militants amid isolation’

October 6, 2016

Islamabad:Facing international isolation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an unprecedented move has warned the powerful military not to shield banned militant groups and directed authorities to conclude the Pathankot terror attack probe and the 2008 Mumbai attack trials, a leading Pakistani daily reported today.

Sharif’s orders came after a series of meetings between military and civilian leaders, Dawn newspaper said.

The government delivered a “blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning” to the military leadership and sought consensus on several key actions, including action against banned militant groups, the paper quoted unnamed individuals, who were involved in the meetings.

At least two sets of actions have been agreed as a result of the most recent meeting, an undisclosed one on the day of the All Parties’ Conference, which took place on Monday.

ISI Director General Rizwan Akhtar, accompanied by National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua, will travel to all provinces with a message that military-led intelligence agencies should not interfere if law enforcement agencies act against militant groups that are banned.

Sharif directed that fresh attempts be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

Those decisions, taken after an extraordinary verbal confrontation between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the ISI DG, appear to indicate a high-stakes new approach by the PML-N government, the paper said.

Separately, on Monday Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry made an exclusive presentation in the Prime Minister’s Office to a small group of civil and military officials.

The presentation by the Foreign Secretary summarised the results of the recent diplomatic outreach by Pakistan, the crux being that Pakistan faces diplomatic isolation and that the government’s talking points have been met with indifference in major world capitals, the paper said.

On the US, Chaudhry said that relations have deteriorated and will likely further deteriorate because of the American demand that action be taken against the Haqqani network.

On India, Chaudhry said that the completion of the Pathankot investigation and some visible action against Jaish-i-Mohammad, which India says was behind the January 2 attack, were the principal demands.

Chaudhry said while China has reiterated its support for Pakistan, it too has indicated a preference for a change in course by Pakistan.

Specifically, while Chinese authorities have conveyed their willingness to keep putting on technical hold a UN ban on Jaish-i-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar, they have questioned the logic of doing so repeatedly, the report said.

The Foreign Secretary’s unexpectedly blunt conclusions triggered an astonishing and potentially ground-shifting exchange between the ISI DG and several civilian officials, it said.

Source: siasat.com/news/sharif-warns-army-not-shield-militants-amid-isolation-1036125/

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Sharif’s envoys say US ‘no longer world power; Pak will move towards Russia,China

October 6, 2016

Washington: America is “no longer a world power” and Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s envoys have said in Washington.

“(The) US is no longer a world power. It is a declining power. Forget about it,” Special Kashmir Envoy of Sharif, Mushahid Hussain Syed was heard as saying yesterday after the conclusion of an interaction at the Atlantic Council, one of the top American think-tanks.

Syed and Shazra Mansab, another Kashmir Envoy, are in the US as part of the Pakistani effort to apprise the global community of the current situation in Kashmir and allegations of human rights violations in the Valley.

Syed has gone to the extent to warn US that Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered.

He was apparently responding to a question from a member in the audience after the conclusion of the 90-minute interaction during which he expressed his frustration over the lack of response to his point of view on Kashmir and India.

The remarks of Syed were not recorded on camera, but were heard prominently by those inside the room.

Thereafter, he was quick to point out China and newly perceived relationship with Russia, which he had mentioned during his interaction at the Atlantic Council.

Syed submitted a dossier of alleged human rights violation in Kashmir to Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Olson.

With no takers for Pakistan’s Kashmir policy, Syed said China is now an important factor in South Asia and described Beijing as part of what he termed as Greater South Asia.

“There has been slow and steady building of relationship between Moscow and Islamabad,” he said, referring to the joint military exercise between Pakistan and Russia.

Syed said the Putin government has for the first time agreed to sell arms to Pakistan and the US should take note of this changing regional alignment.

“Unfortunately under the Obama administration, there was a drift in American foreign policy towards our region, towards Afghanistan. There was confusion and there was a lot of flip-flops. I think, the Obama administration could not figure out this region Afghanistan and Pakistan and as a consequence this region suffered.

“With policies one step back and one step (forward), announcing surge, announcing a cut off time for exit. Asking sometime Pakistan that please we want to talk to the Taliban and then saying that we want to take on the Taliban and finally they said there would be no American troops and then they end up having 8,500 troops stationed in Afghanistan. It leaves this to the next administration,” he said.

Syed said Pakistan feels that the US should look at the region as a whole.

“Whether it is Pakistan, India, China, Afghanistan and there is plus also, the Iran nuclear deal… because all these countries can contribute to the stability and security of the region.

“And what Pakistan would like to have from the US, I am talking about the incoming administration, because Mr Obama is a guest for the next few months as January 20, 2017 there will be a new administration, that they have to see the region, where they have a more comprehensive perspective, and do not try to compartmentalised peace and security, because that is not possible,” he said.

“When you talk of peace in Kabul, you have to ensure that Kashmir is not burning. The US has a long-term interest in Kashmir. They are a party to the UN resolutions. The US has played a very legitimate role in supporting oppressed people, oppressed Muslims (in) Bosnia, Kosovo and even the Kurds.

“So Kashmiris today should not suffer, just because Kashmir has no oil or Kashmir is not part of Europe or Kashmiris belong to a certain religious denomination, because we cannot have double standards on those issues,” Syed said.

He said Pakistan has a long standing relationship with the US and “we would like that (to continue). But of course, we have options also. With the greater Russian involvement in the region, they are also interested coming into CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor). Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia has also expressed interest in joining CPEC”.

He also called for dialogue between India and Pakistan. “Issues cannot be brushed under the carpet. People thought Kashmir issue is suppressed and buried. It has come back with a bang. It is more significant as (former) president (Bill)

Clinton called as a potential nuclear flash point. The two nuclear neighbors should learn to talk to each other.

“We feel that the way forward is that the region calls for statesmanship and what I call a Nixonian transformation of Mr (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. If he can have that outreach and develop that statesmanship which Richard Nixon demonstrated in 1971 courtesy Pakistan. I think, the options are there, opportunities are there. The ball is in Modi’s court, can he rise to the occasion as a leader of 1.2 billion people to build a better and peaceful tomorrow,” Syed said.

Alleging that US has done a U-turn of its policies on India, which started from the civic nuclear deal, he said the US is loosing sight of the other interests in the region.

“The most important interest of the US is stability of Afghanistan and counter terrorism. And for that they like it not they need Pakistan’s cooperation, which they have been getting and we have been providing and we are also suffering in the process. We see the shift (of US policy from Pakistan to India). And that shift would be detrimental to America’s own security and interest in South Asia,” Syed added.

Source: siasat.com/news/sharifs-envoys-say-us-no-longer-world-power-pak-will-move-towards-russiachina-1035980/

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Commission arrives in Karachi to investigate boat used in Mumbai attacks

Oct 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: A commission comprising Special Prosecutor Misbah-ul-Hasan Qadri and Defence Councel Raja Rizwan Abbasi arrived in Karachi on Thursday to examine a boat, Al-Fouz, believed to have been used in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday ordered the commission to travel to Karachi to investigate the boat and record the testimony of witnesses from the Federal Investigation Agency, who saw the boat being seized at the Karachi shipyard in 2009.

The order was given after agents from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) argued at the ATC that the boat was too large to be produced in court and that the examination of the witness cannot be completed separate from the production of the boat before the court, hence the commission needed to be permitted to travel to see the boat.

According to sources, the commission is due to lodge its investigative report with the ATC next Wednesday.

Al-Fouz was allegedly used by the suspects in the Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed and more than 300 were injured, to cross into Indian waters.

During an undisclosed meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed that fresh attempts be made to restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials.

The civilian government informed the military leadership of the growing international isolation of Pakistan, on Tuesday and further proposed that ISI DG Gen Rizwan Akhtar, accompanied by National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua, is to travel to each of the four provinces with a message for provincial apex committees and ISI sector commanders.

The message: military-led intelligence agencies are not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action.

National Security Committee, convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday to discuss Indian aggression, participants agreed that greater inter-provincial cooridnation on the National Action Plan (NAP) is required to consolidate the gains made so far in NAP.

National Security Advisor (NSA) retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua, while briefing the committee on the implementation status of NAP stressed the crucial role of provincial governments in the implementation of NAP.

Source: dawn.com/news/1288383/commission-arrives-in-karachi-to-investigate-boat-used-in-mumbai-attacks

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International community should condemn Indian fabrications about Pakistan: Gen Raheel

Oct 6, 2016

RISALPUR: The international community should condemn the distortion of facts by India regarding held Kashmir and the LoC, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Thursday.

"We have recently witnessed an unfortunate display of utter desperation playing out inside occupied Kashmir and along the Line of Control through a litany of falsehood and distortion of facts by India," he said while addressing a passing out parade of PAF cadets.

"We expect the international communtiy to condemn Indian insinuations and fabrications about a nation that has made unparalleled contributions to the global fight against terrorism."

He said the Pakistani armed forces are fully prepared to give the "most befitting response" to any internal or external threats directed at the country.

"Pakistan is a responsible country and remains committed to the policy of friendship with all other countries based on equality and mutual respect."

"Any aggression born out of deliberate intent or even a strategic miscalculation will not be allowed to go unpunished and will be met with a befitting response."

Talking about the internal front, he said Operation Zarb-i-Azb with "full support from Pakistan Air Force" has successfully turned the tide against terrorism.

He said the enemies of Pakistan will make efforts to reverse the gains in the fight against terror. But "their nefarious designs will not be allowed to succeed at any cost".

Soaring tensions

The army chief's comments come as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue

In one of the worst episodes of cross-border firing along the Line of Control, at least two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed as Indian troops opened fire on the first line of defence last month.

India also claimed to have performed a "surgical strike" by crossing the disputed boundary. The Indian claims were rubbished by Pakistan Army.

It later emerged that an Indian soldier was captured by the Pakistan army, while Indian soldiers were also killed in the episode of firing across the LoC. Security sources said at the time that at least eight Indian soldiers were killed in firing by Pakistani troops.

Since then, Pakistani and Indian troops have exchanged fire across the LoC on an almost daily basis.

Source: dawn.com/news/1288372/international-community-should-condemn-indian-fabrications-about-pakistan-gen-raheel

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With a video of Syria, Bilawal Bhutto tweets anti-war message to India and Pakistan

October 6, 2016

Islamabad: Pakistan People’s party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted out a message talked some more sense.

He retweeted a message with the footage of Syrians to get a reality check of the horrors of war.

The bruised child in the video complains he is forced to rummage through garbage for food. “Two days ago I fell down because of hunger.”

“Dear Pakistan and India this is what war looks like,” Bilawal tweeted.

On the other hand, International Business Times said that media reports had Bilawal had criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and had said that there was no military solution to the Kashmir issue.

At the same time, he had also apparently questioned the foreign policy posturing at an all-party meeting convened by the Pakistan PM.

Bilawal was quoted as saying (reportedly) by IBT that his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had “retrieved Pakistan’s land from Indian occupation and secured the release of thousands of prisoners of wars… in 1971 through assertive diplomacy and aggressive foreign policy.”

“This is how we can achieve our diplomatic goals,” he is believed to have added.

Meanwhile, India on Wednesday said Sharif’s comments describing Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani, whose encounter killing by security forces triggered the current unrest in the Valley, as “son of the Kashmiri soil” shows that country’s attachment to terrorism.

“The speech by Sharif at the joint session of Parliament shows Pakistan’s continued attachment to terrorism,” senior government sources said, as per PTI.

Their remarks came after Sharif, while addressing a joint session of Parliament, convened to discuss the security situation in the wake of increasing Indo-Pak tensions, accused India of running away from dialogue and instead creating a war-like environment by blaming Pakistan for the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed last month.

Sharif expressed support for Kashmiris and said the issue should be resolved according to the wishes of people of Kashmir and the UN resolutions.

“The Kashmiri youth have taken it upon themselves to carry on the movement of freedom against Indian aggression and atrocities…The death of Burhan Wani, son of the Kashmiri soil, had reminded India to give Kashmiris their right to self- determination,” Sharif said.

Source: siasat.com/news/video-syria-bilawal-bhutto-tweets-anti-war-message-india-pakistan-1035850/

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North America

The United Nations must militarily confront Islamic State and Al-Nusra

06/10/16

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin’s assumption of the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for October could have a lightning rod effect on the Security Council finally authorising military action against Islamic State and Al Nusra under article 42 of the UN Charter.

Both terrorist organisations have been the subject of many unanimous Security Council resolutions declaring them to be a threat to world peace and security – but all such resolutions have stopped short of authorising military action.

American-Russian relations are in a precarious and highly volatile situation today due to:

America and Russia engaging in a vitriolic diplomatic war shaming each other for the humanitarian disaster in Aleppo as Russian-backed Government forces and American-backed rebel forces battle for supremacy at horrendous cost to the civilian population caught in the crossfire.

Churkin has been afforded a world stage to justify Russia’s actions in Syria during regular media conferences that will be held by him as President of the Security Council.

Churkin was quick to grab that opportunity on 4 October – as this official UN record reveals:

Both Russia and America have previously expressed their willingness to involve the Security Council in defeating Islamic State and al-Nusra.

“He (Churkin) was not aware of plans for further discussions between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Federation Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, and did not know the result of discussions between the two countries during the last few hours.  The nature of their differences was overdramatized.  He hoped cooperation on Syria could be resumed.

"He could not accept unilateral steps such as grounding of airplanes.

"Al-Nusrah had moved to Aleppo and was keeping the civilian population hostage.  He wanted as close cooperation with the United States as possible in fighting Al-Nusrah.  Had it not been for Russian involvement, [Islamic State] black flags could now be flying over Damascus.  There were 3,500 fighters in eastern Aleppo, of which 2,000 were Al-Nusrah, based on Russian intelligence.  The rest were scattered in different groups.  ISIL was not there.”

White House spokesman – Josh Earnest - reportedly said US policy would continue to give priority to the fight against jihadi groups in Syria.

“With regard to US options, we obviously have been very focused on countering ISIL [Isis] and other extremist groups that are using the chaos in Syria as a safe haven to plot and carry out attacks,”

Both Russia and America have previously expressed their willingness to involve the Security Council in defeating Islamic State and al-Nusra.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made this clear on 18 November last:

“The Security Council needs to give preferential attention to the task of creating a solid legal foundation for the fight against this evil [Islamic State] and for the mobilization of an actual global coalition in response to this common uncompromising challenge for us all”.

President Obama preached a similar mantra in St Petersburg on 6 September 2013:

“And I respect those who are concerned about setting precedents of action outside of a U.N. Security Council resolution. I would greatly prefer working through multilateral channels and through the United Nations to get this done.”

Given the commonality of the positions of both America and Russia as reflected above – the possibility looms large that during Russia’s October presidency of the Security Council - Russia and America could co-sponsor a draft resolution to the Security Council authorizing military action against Islamic State and al-Nusra.

October could indeed be make or break month for Syria.

Source: israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19578

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Muslim-Americans put up anti-ISIS billboard in Missouri

Oct 6, 2016

Houston: A group of Muslim-Americans have put up a blunt billboard in Missouri, the United States, denouncing ISIS, saying that people should stop conflating the terrorist group with Islam.

A new billboard on Manchester Road in Missouri reads, "HEY ISIS, YOU SUCK!!! From: #ActualMuslims."

"We as a community are trying to get the word out, you know, that we are as much affected by this ISIS issue," said

Tariq Malik, a Chesterfield resident who helped organise the effort behind billboard. "We need to let people know that we are much against ISIS as anyone else, if not more," the local media stltoday.com reported.

Billboards like this one are popping up across the country. The campaign started in Chicago with a non-profit called Sound Vision Foundation and has spread to cities like Miami and Phoenix.

Malik said Muslims are trying to stop people from conflating the terrorist group with Islam. The billboard quotes the Quran, Islam's holy book, where it says, "Life is sacred." Malik said he and his peers also want to halt a perception that Muslims aren't speaking up enough against ISIS.

"These acts are being done in the name of religion, which really has nothing to do with the religion," Malik said, speaking of terrorism. "It just has to do with radical people taking on their own agenda and hijacking the name of Islam."

This St. Louis billboard was the work of community members like Malik and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, he said.

Source: deccanchronicle.com/world/america/061016/muslim-americans-put-up-anti-isis-billboard-in-missouri.html

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Muslims need to demonstrate tolerance, too

06/10/16

Is Canada an inclusive society? I say definitely yes, but it was almost laughable and troubling at the same time to hear Mr. Maher El-Masri saying that Muslims and non-Muslims should sign a petition calling for an end to Islamophobia to ensure that we live in an inclusive, tolerant Canada.

Canada has been more than tolerant to Muslims and other immigrants and has bent backwards to accommodate them, but many have not shown their appreciation for our generosity.

We have changed or abandoned many traditions that this country was founded on — such as exclusion of prayers and crosses in public places because it offended some, no more Merry Christmas, etc.

Yet, how tolerant have Muslims been towards Canadian ways and values? I certainly have not noticed any changes on their part to show that they want to become part of a Canadian society.

They buy or build schools so that their children are educated in their own traditions, not ours. Dress codes for females from a very young age and on, are strictly enforced. It is troublesome to see so many women dressed head to toe with only their eyes shown.

Is that inclusiveness?

So, I say to Mr. El-Masri and the rest of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Canada, if you want to be inclusive, join and show us that you do, but do not ask us to change or abandon traditions that are very dear to us because it may offend you.

Religion should not interfere with who we are and believe in, but should foster co-operation and respect for each other so that inclusiveness is a natural outcome.

Source: windsorstar.com/opinion/letters/muslims-need-to-demonstrate-tolerance-too

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Discussion on being Muslim in America set for Tuesday at Oklahoma City University

October 6, 2016

The Oklahoman, in partnership with Oklahoma City University, will host a public forum Tuesday titled “Being Muslim in America.”

The forum, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Tom & Brenda McDaniel University Center at OCU, will feature a panel of young adults who will share their perspectives and experiences growing up adhering to their Islamic faith tradition.

The panel also will include Muslims who converted to Islam.

In a package of stories that will be published Sunday, The Oklahoman interviewed several Muslims about their experiences living or growing up in the Sooner State.

While many said they've had mostly positive experiences, they also shared stories about bullying, stares, bigoted remarks or misconceptions.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric during the course of this campaign season has amplified anti-Muslim sentiment. Muslims in Oklahoma expressed a desire for more people to learn about their faith, which would help to combat misconceptions and to cultivate understanding.

Through the free public forum on Tuesday, The Oklahoman hopes to foster a community dialogue that will raise awareness about some of the complex challenges and prejudices facing Muslims in America.

Oklahoma City University is at 2501 N Blackwelder Ave.

Source: newsok.com/article/5521222

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Arab World

'You're an apostate! You're an infidel': Guests come to blows on Egyptian TV

October 5, 2016

If there is anything that unites people around the world, it might be the panel discussions on the nightly news. After all, people love a discussion that descends into some form of violence.

Around this time in 2015, a video showing an astrologer slap self-styled Godman Om Ji Maharaj on a panel discussion on IBN7 had gone viral.

Now, it's the turn of panelists on a television show in Egpyt. The topic under discussion was whether Muslim women should wear headscarves. Sydney imam Mostafa Rashid and Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh were the guests on the show.

Al-Wahsh did not appreciate something Rashid said on the issue and the conversation took a turn for the worse, to put it mildly.

Here's how the very apologetic anchor explained what happened. He needed to look at the footage twice, because he was too distraught too understand what happened the first time round.

Source: sabrangindia.in/article/youre-apostate-youre-infidel-guests-come-blows-egyptian-tv-looks-familiar

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Faulty Suicide Vest Kills 16, Wounds 16 Islamic State Jihadists in Iraq

Oct 2016

A suicide vest detonated prematurely during a meeting held by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq, killing 16 jihadists, including senior figures, and wounding 16 others, according to Iraqi media.

The terrorists were reportedly meeting in the village of al Mahaws, about 34 miles southwest of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, to plan an attack against U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces.

However, the assault was thwarted by the faulty explosive device before it began.

“The explosion resulted in the killing of 16 members of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, including senior leaders, as well as wounding 16 others,” reported Al Masdar News, citing the Al Sumaria Iraqi media outlet.

It added:

A number of the ISIS members were wearing explosive belts during the meeting, and the explosion took place due to a defect in one of them. The meeting was held to prepare for an attack on the positions of the security forces in Hamrin Mountains, al-Zawiya area and Ajil area in Salahuddin Province.

Daily Mail notes that the incident is not unprecedented:

It is not the first time this year that they have managed to accidentally take out their own troops, with around a dozen extremists being killed in eastern Afghanistan in March when they accidentally set off a bomb that they were trying to plant.

At least 21 other jihadists were also injured during the botched operation in Afghanistan.

ISIS often uses young people as suicide bombers.

In August, video footage emerged purporting to show Kurdish security troops removing an explosive belt from an alleged ISIS suicide bomber, believed to be 12 or 13, moments before it was to be detonated in Kirkuk.

Earlier this year, the West Point-based Combating Terrorism Center reported that ISIS is “mobilizing children and youth at an increasing and unprecedented rate [and] that the number of child and youth militants far exceeds current estimates.”

Referring to the jihadist group’s use of child suicide bombers, the report determined:

It seems plausible that, as military pressure against the Islamic State has increased in recent months, such operations […] are becoming more tactically attractive.

Of 89 cases of young people who were featured in official ISIS reports as “martyrs” between January 2015 and January 2016, the report found that “39 percent died upon detonating a vehicle-borne explosive device, 33 percent were killed as foot soldiers in unspecified battlefield operations, six percent died while working as propagandists, and four percent committed suicide in mass casualty attacks against the civilian populace,” points out Breitbart Jerusalem.

Source: breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/10/06/faulty-suicide-vest-kills-16-islamic-state-jihadists-iraq/

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Dozens of Militants Killed in Failed Attacks against Army in Hama

October 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army forces repelled the terrorists' attacks on army checkpoints in Tal Malah, al-Shaliout and al-Jabin in Hama, killing and wounding tens of militants.

A military source said on Thursday that the army forces could resist against the terrorists' offensives, and inflicted over 20 casualties on the militants.

"At least 40 more terrorists were wounded in the clashes," he added.

Concurrent with the attacks, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets pounded the terrorists' positions in al-Latamenah, al-Zakat and al-Zalaqiyat, destroying their weapons, vehicles and military equipment, the source added.

On Wednesday, the Syrian armed forces repelled terrorists' attacks on government positions in Southern Hama, forcing the militants to retreat from the battlefield under heavy fire.

The terrorist groups attacked the government forces' positions in the Western side of al-Salamiyah from their positions at al-Satahiyat, but failed to prevail over the army's defense lines due to their strong defense.

Syrian army and popular forces who repelled the terrorists' attacks with the back up of Syrian firth jets, carried out a rapid counter-attack with the help of fresh military forces and pushed the militant back in the Western side of al-Salamiyah, and the road connecting al-Satahiyat to al-Mazira'ah.

On Tuesday, Syrian and Russian warplanes launched massive joint strikes on a key hideout of militants in the mountainous regions of Northern Hama, inflicting major loss and casualties on the terrorists.

The Syrian and Russian fighter jets, tipped off by intelligence agents, targeted a large cave used by the terrorists for hiding arms, ammunition, military and medical equipment and troops near Kafr Zita.

Most of the military and medical equipment in the cave was destroyed in the raids.

Scores of militants guarding the cave were killed or wounded in the airstrikes.

The terrorist groups, in their media pages, confirmed that a large volume of medical and military equipment has been destroyed in the air assaults.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950715000334

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Army Forces Terrorists to Withdraw from More Aleppo Regions

October 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and its allies, supported by the Russian warplanes, attacked the terrorists' positions in the Northeastern parts of Aleppo, forcing them to leave their positions in the region.

A military source said that the Syrian army and the Russian air force launched offensives on terrorists' sites in Oweijeh, Maqta al-Baqara and al-Shalal regions and managed to win control over the textile and weaving plants, the water facility building, some parts of al-Shalal region, the Milano and Torang swimming pools and Housing Project 10 towards al-Ameriya.

On Wednesday, field sources had reported tough battle between the Syrian government forces and Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in at least four districts of Aleppo city.

Syrian Army soldiers and their popular allies continued to hit Jeish al-Fatah's strongholds in the districts of Sheikh Saeed, Torab, Azizeh and Harableh.

"The toughest clashes have been underway in Sheikh Saeed where the warring sides have advanced and withdrawn from several areas repeatedly," city sources said, adding that the terrorist groups' mortar and missile units have been shelling government-controlled Western districts of al-Jaberiyeh, al-Meidan and the University of Aleppo, killing at least six and wounding 37 civilians.

"Syrian army soldier have gained the upper-hand in battlefields in Bostan al-Pasha and Suleiman al-Halabi and have captured several government buildings in these districts," the Human Rights Watch said.

French media reported that Syrian and Russian fighter jets have jointly pounded Jeish al-Fatah's strongholds across the Eastern districts of Aleppo.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950715000296

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ISIS issues fatwa against indoor cat breeding in Iraq

October 6, 2016

Terror outfit Islamic State is well known for dozens of fatwas (legal decree) they have imposed, tailored to their 'vision, ideology and distorted beliefs'. The latest fatwa from the IS in Iraq is a ban on indoor cat breeding.

ISIS's Central Fatwa Committee have instructed residents in Mosul not to keep pet cats. 'Islamic State's Central Fatwa Committee issued a fatwa against the breeding of cats inside houses in Mosul,' Iraq's Al Sumaria reported on Tuesday.

In the newly enforced law, people have been warned not go against the ban. To keep a tab on it, ISIS fighters have been going door-to-door scouting for little kittens.

The ban comes as a surprise because initially, ISIS used cats to lure youngsters to join the terrorist organization.

In a now deleted Twitter account called Islamic State for cat, the fighters posted number of pictures posing next to furry cats.

Last year, a British jihadist fighter named Omar Hussein used pictures of his pet cat posing along weapons to entice others to join Islamic State, reports, the Express.  Source: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pet-cats-banned-in-isis-held-mosul/1/781405.html

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ISIS recruits ‘more educated than others’: Study

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Recruits into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group are better educated than their average countryman, contrary to popular belief, according to a new World Bank study.

Moreover, those offering to become suicide bombers ranked on average in the more educated group, said the newly released study titled “Economic and Social Inclusion to Prevent Violent Extremism”.

The study, which aimed to identify socio-economic traits that might explain why some are drawn to the Syria-based extremist group, made clear that poverty and deprivation were not at the root of support for the group.

Almost without exception, fighters joining ISIS in Syria and Iraq-based forces had several more years of education in their home countries – whether in Europe, Africa or elsewhere in the Middle East – than the average citizen.

The data shows clearly, the report said, that “poverty is not a driver of radicalization into violent extremism.”

Out of 331 recruits described in a leaked ISIS database, only 17 percent did not finish high school, while a quarter had university-level educations.

Only those from Eastern Europe were below the average, and only marginally so, according to the study.

“Foreign recruits from the Middle East, North Africa and South and East Asia are significantly more educated than what is typical in their region,” the Bank report said.

Source: english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/10/06/Report-ISIS-recruits-more-educated-than-others-.html

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U.S., Iraqi forces in ‘final rehearsal’ for campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

U.S. and allied officials say the final training for Iraqi forces will be done by the middle of the month, clearing the way for the long-anticipated campaign to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and a key stronghold of Islamic State.

Canadian Brig. Gen. Dave Anderson, the coalition’s director of training for Operation Inherent Resolve, called the training over the next two weeks the “final rehearsal” for the assault, and military officials estimated Wednesday that they will need between 35,000 and 40,000 troops to hold Iraq’s second-largest city once the terror group also known as ISIS or ISIL is driven out.

“Mosul’s going to fall, there’s no doubt about it,” Gen. Anderson told reporters during a briefing Wednesday from coalition headquarters in Baghdad.

But a victory in Mosul does not equal a defeat of Islamic State in Iraq. The city’s eventual recapture “just means [Islamic State] is defeated in its current format” as a viable fighting force on the battlefield, according to the one-star general.

“So it’s definitely not over. If anything, it’s going to be more difficult,” he said of the fight facing Iraqi, American and coalition forces after Mosul.

The coming Islamic State insurgency in Iraq coincides with rising regional tensions between Iraq and Turkey.

On Tuesday Baghdad demanded the complete withdrawal of all Turkish forces from the country, days after Ankara approved plans to extend the deployment of its roughly 2,000 troops in northern Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said a continued Turkish presence in Iraq could trigger a new conflict between the two countries and their regional allies.

U.S. and coalition advisers are working feverishly to train up Iraq’s military forces to take on what promises to be a brutal counterinsurgency war with the remnants of Islamic State in Iraq, while simultaneously preparing those forces for the looming Mosul invasion and beyond.

Nearly all of the 12 Iraqi army brigades being deployed for the Mosul operation — between 10,000 and 20,000 troops — have undergone coalition training specifically tailored for the upcoming offensive.

Full report at:washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/5/us-iraqi-forces-in-final-rehearsal-for-campaign-to/

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Islamic State Positions Tracked by U.S. Satellites as a Bonus

October 6, 2016

U.S. early warning satellites and sensors designed primarily to detect the launch of missiles carrying nuclear warheads are providing daily streams of intelligence on Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, according to defense officials.

The system, using a satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and equipped with sensors from Northrop Grumman Corp., detects heat, or infrared signatures. Combined with electronic and signals intelligence and video gathered by reconnaissance drones and aircraft, the satellites are helping to compile a running portrait of Islamic State ground positions.

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“Overhead persistent infrared information from” the Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, “is used daily as one of multiple streams of intelligence information in theater,” Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, the Pentagon’s top spokesman in Iraq, said in an e-mail. The capability “enables us to ascertain where kinetic events like explosions are happening because the technology can track heat signatures with great fidelity,” he said.

The satellites and sensors “would be capable of detecting any sufficiently intense explosions in ISIL-held territory,” Jeff Richelson, author of “The U.S. Intelligence Community,” said in an e-mail, using an acronym for the terrorist group.

Intelligence-Gathering Push

Disclosure of the satellites’ use illustrates the full-court press that the Pentagon, Air Force and intelligence agencies are exerting to gain information on Islamic State operations. U.S. and coalition intelligence drones and reconnaissance aircraft have flown about 18,000 sorties against Islamic State since August 2014. That’s in addition to new, highly classified offensive cyber operations.

Full report at:bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-06/islamic-state-positions-tracked-by-u-s-satellites-as-a-bonus-ity445lk

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Fatah Al-Sham Terrorists Take Advantage of Aid Corridors to Regroup

October 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said terrorist of the Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) have used the recent US-Russia peace agreement to regroup near the city of Aleppo.

"During the period that was supposed to be used to implement the agreements, al-Nusra Front regrouped, replenished its supplies, including weapons, changed its disposition," Maria Zakharova said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 TV channel, Sputnik reported.

The spokeswoman explained that the US-Russia peace agreement on Syria reached in September was supposed to ensure that none of the conflicting sides in Syria use humanitarian corridors for weapons supplies.

According to Zakharova, while the Syrian government forces fulfilled the agreements, "on the other side nobody moved a finger" to follow through with the deal.

On September 9, Russia and the United States reached an agreement for a peace process in Syria. A ceasefire stipulated by the deal entered into force on September 12, but while it was supposed to last at least seven days for the next steps to be taken toward the Syrian settlement, it disintegrated soon.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the United States had proven unable to meet its obligations on Syria, including unblocking the Castillo road in Aleppo and differentiating between terrorists and militant groups in Syria.

Syria government has been engaged in war against several militant groups since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous foreign-backed militants, as well as terrorist groups.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950715000348

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Syrian Army to Reduce Airstrikes in Aleppo to Give Civilians Space to Leave

October 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army General Command announced on Wednesday it will reduce airstrikes and shelling attacks on Eastern Aleppo to allow civilians to leave the city's besieged areas still controlled by militants groups.

"The command of the army made a decision to reduce the number of aerial and artillery strikes against terrorists' positions to help the civilians trapped in the city to leave for safer regions," the Syrian Army's statement said, SANA reported.

Aleppo has seen intense fighting over the past few months, with the Syrian army and popular forces managing to encircle large groups of militants in the Eastern districts of the city.

Syrian Army also said in order to prevent bloodshed and avoid more destruction, it gives militants in Aleppo’s Eastern neighborhoods an additional opportunity to benefit from amnesty decree and settle their status, or hand over their weapons and leave with their families.

The General command added in the statement that “We call on all gunmen in the Eastern neighborhoods not to wait for any assistance from any one as all supplying routes became cut off and there is no chance for them, but handing over their weapons.”

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950715000315

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Syrian, Russian Bombers Pound Several Terrorists' Strongholds in Aleppo

October 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian and Russian fighter jets launched heavy airstrikes on the positions of the terrorist groups in different parts of Aleppo, killing tens of militants.

A military source said on Thursday that the Russian warplanes attacked the terrorists' gathering centers in al-Oweijeh, al-Barij, the districts near Jandoul square, Ba'idin, Hanano and Anzarat regions.

The source said that during the operations, a command center of the terrorists was destroyed and over 20 militants were killed while others fled the scene, leaving their weapons and equipment.

Also, the Syrian fighter jets launched fierce airstrikes on ISIL supply routes in Rasm al-Amam in Eastern Aleppo which blew up 13 vehicles equipped with heavy machine-guns and killed and wounded tens of militants.

The Syrian army artillery units also destroyed 6 ISIL vehicles in Rasm al-Harmal village, 7km to the East of the Air Force Academy near Kuweires airbase in the Eastern parts of Aleppo.

On Wednesday, field sources had reported tough battle between the Syrian government forces and Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in at least four districts of Aleppo city.

Syrian Army soldiers and their popular allies continued to hit Jeish al-Fatah's strongholds in the districts of Sheikh Saeed, Torab, Azizeh and Harableh.

"The toughest clashes have been underway in Sheikh Saeed where the warring sides have advanced and withdrawn from several areas repeatedly," city sources said, adding that the terrorist groups' mortar and missile units have been shelling government-controlled Western districts of al-Jaberiyeh, al-Meidan and the University of Aleppo, killing at least six and wounding 37 civilians.

"Syrian army soldier have gained the upper-hand in battlefields in Bostan al-Pasha and Suleiman al-Halabi and have captured several government buildings in these districts," the Human Rights Watch said.

French media reported that Syrian and Russian fighter jets have jointly pounded Jeish al-Fatah's strongholds across the Eastern districts of Aleppo.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950715000252

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US-Led Coalition Fighter Jets Kill Tens of Civilians in Aleppo

October 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition's fighter jets killed at least 60 civilians in Salsana village in the Northeastern parts of Aleppo.

According to the Arabic-language desk of Sputnik news agency, the US warplanes targeted the residential areas in the village, 50km Northeast of Aleppo city, and killed over 60 civilians, among them several children.

Local sources said that a large number of civilians were also wounded in the attacks, some of them in critical conditions.

Local sources in Deir Ezzur said on Monday that the US airstrikes had destroyed more bridges and supply routes in the province, adding that 50 civilians were killed in the attacks.

"50 civilians, including women and children, were killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes on Deir Ezzur," the sources said.

Noting that the US airstrikes have pounded 7 bridges in the past four days, they said that the bridges on the Euphrates in al-Mayadeen, al-Bu Kamal, al-Ashara, al-Basira, al-Tarif and al-Nowam in the Eastern and Western countryside of Deir Ezzur were attacked before the airstrike on al-Abbas bridge on Sunday.

Army sources in Syria said on Sunday that the US pounded several strategic bridges in Deir Ezzur in the last few days to prevent the army and its allies' further advances in the fight against the ISIL terrorists.

"The US aimed to extend the geographical area of its influence by bombing the strategic bridges in Deir Ezzur and stop the Syrian army's advance in the war against the ISIL," the source told FNA.

"Washington also sought to cut the supply routes between the provinces and separate Deir Ezzur's countryside from the city of Deir Ezzur through the bombing," the source added.

"Destruction of Deir Ezzur bridges was also aimed at dividing the regions under the US and Russian influence in the Eastern and Western parts of the Euphrates," the source said.

The US-led coalition fighter jets once again conducted air raids over Deir Ezzur province on Friday, destroying two other key bridges over the Euphrates River, just three days after demolishing two other strategic bridges in similar airstrikes in the same region near the border with Iraq.

According to reports, the Coalition’s airstrikes resulted in the destruction of al-Shihan Bridge near al-Salhin neighborhood in al-Bu Kamal countryside and Tarif Bridge in the Western countryside that extends between Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces.

The US-led coalition warplanes had also destroyed al-Asharah Bridge that links the two banks of the river in the Eastern part of the Deir Ezzur province last Wednesday, only few hours after demolishing al-Mayadeen Bridge.

The bombers had also targeted the Syrian army troops near the city of Deir Ezzur on September 17, leaving over 90 military personnel dead and a hundred wounded.

Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed a report by the Syrian state news agency that an ISIL offensive began right after Syrian Army positions were hit by the bombers of the US-led coalition.

The actions of the coalition “clearly paved the way for ISIL terrorists to attack the position and take control of it,” the agency said citing the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces.

The General Command called the bombing a “serious and blatant aggression” against Syrian forces, and said it was "conclusive evidence" that the US and its allies support ISIL terrorist group.

A day later, a military source disclosed that the ISIL launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzur only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition's airstrikes.

The military source reiterated that the air and ground assault were highly coordinated.

A Syrian top official said the country's intelligence unit possesses an audio recording of a conversation between the ISIL group and the US military before the airstrikes by the US-led coalition on the Syrian army troops near Deir Ezzur on September 17.

The speaker of the People's Council of Syria, Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, said that after the US coalition's airstrikes on the government troops, US military directed terrorists' attack on the Syrian army.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950715000209

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Iraqi parliament’s decision does not represent all Iraqis: Minister

October 6, 2016

A resolution adopted by Iraq’s parliament criticizing the Turkish military presence at the Bashiqa base in northern Iraq does not represent all of Iraqis, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, describing the move as ill-intended.

“First of all, we don’t regard the statement of the Iraqi Parliament about the annually renewed motion in the Turkish parliament as well-intentioned. We very well know that this does not reflect the thinking of all of the Iraqi people,” Çavuşoğlu said at a press conference with visiting Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic late on Oct. 5. 

Recalling that Turkey was renewing the motion that has granted authority to the Turkish army to conduct cross-border operations and to deploy troops in Iraq every year since 2007 because of “terror threats against the Turkish people,” Çavuşoğlu underlined that the scope of the authorization was broadened after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began posing a threat against Turkey.

“We wish that Iraq could provide for its own security and stability and not permit these terror organizations’ presence on their territories. Unfortunately, the current picture in Iraq and divisions affect its ties with regional countries,” he said.

Blaming former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for pursuing sectarian policies which paved the way for terror organizations like ISIL to find an opportunity to occupy Mosul, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey had to take its own measures to provide for its security against both ISIL and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“Still, we support Iraq’s fight against terror. The Bashiqa camp was not founded recently. It was established within the knowledge of the Iraqi government with the objective of training local forces against DAESH [the Arabic acronym of ISIL],” he said.

Forces at the Bashiqa camp have killed more than 750 ISIL militants so far, added the minister.

Officials from Baghdad visited the camp and provided financial assistance, Çavuşoğlu said, recalling that Turkey’s training efforts had become an issue as a result of problems within Iraqi internal politics.  

“Our stance is clear. We want a strong and stable Iraq. We attach great importance to Iraq’s territorial integrity and independence. The division of Iraq or instability inside the country is not in our interest,” he said. “We do not want to see a sectarian Iraq. We regard the entire Iraqi people as our brothers.”

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/iraqi-parliaments-decision-does-not-represent-all-iraqis-minister-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104658&NewsCatID=510

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Europe

UK Urged To Ban Press From Revealing Terrorists Are Muslim

10/05/2016

An undated photo from a social media account of Omar Mateen, who Orlando Police have identified as the suspect in the mass shooting at a gay nighclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2016. Omar Mateen via Myspace/Handout via REUTERS   An undated photo from a social media account of Omar Mateen, who Orlando Police have identified as the suspect in the mass shooting at a gay nighclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2016. Omar Mateen via Myspace/Handout via REUTERS

A European human rights body is pressuring the United Kingdom to regulate the press so its reporting on terrorist attacks doesn’t emphasize the Muslim identities and motivations of many terrorists.

The request comes from a lengthy report published by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a monitoring body created by the Council of Europe. The report accuses British newspapers of fueling anti-Muslim bigotry partly through their coverage of Islamic terror attacks. The solution, it says, is for the U.K. to regulate the press more strictly so that reporters can’t publish such material.

“ECRI regrets that a way has not been found to establish an independent press regulator and that, as a result, certain tabloids continue to publish offensive material,” the report says. “ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fuelling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.

While Britain hasn’t seen a major Islamic terror attack recently, there have been major strikes in the nearby cities of Paris, Nice, and Brussels, along with smaller attacks in numerous other European cities. But despite the surge of attacks motivated by Islam, the report even suggests that journalists should try to promote alternative narratives for terrorism that ignore Islamic motivations in favor of different motives.

“[ECRI] draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations,” the report says.

In addition to policing the writing of British newspapers, ECRI also encourages them to provide more robust training to ensure greater compliance with “ethical standards.”

The government of British prime minister Theresa May doesn’t seem interested in meeting ECRI’s recommendations, though.

‘The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law,” the government said, according to The Daily Mail.

Source: dailycaller.com/2016/10/05/uk-urged-to-ban-press-from-revealing-terrorists-are-muslim/

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Al-Qaeda is plotting terror attacks in Britain and Europe

10/05/2016

Al-Qaeda is preparing to launch terror attacks on Britain and Europe as the West focuses its attention on crushing ISIS, a report has claimed.

Sources told The Times of a rising threat from the terror group and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed there has been a resurgence of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, meaning Britain is forced to keep troops on the ground in the country.

Sir Fallon said Al-Qaeda posed a ‘very direct threat’ to the UK and Europe.

The new charge of terror is believed to be led by the group’s former leader Osama bin Laden’s son, who has recently issued audio messages aimed at challenging ISIS’ dominance.

Hamza bin Laden is now thought to be 25 years old and living in Pakistan but he has not been pictured since he was younger.

Former director of operations at MI6, Nigel Inkster, told The Times: ‘Al-Qaeda have been rebuilding, quietly and waiting out Islamic State, waiting to see Islamic State come under the pressure it has come under.’

On Monday, a leading figure in al-Qaeda who became a prominent member of its Syrian Nusra Front offshoot was killed in a drone attack.

They said Sheikh Abu al Faraj al Masri, who spent years in prison in his native Egypt on charges of plotting with fundamentalist Islamist groups and later left for Afghanistan, died when the vehicle in which he was travelling was hit in rebel-held Idlib in Syria's northwest.

'May God accept him as a martyr who was killed in a Crusader raid,' said a jihadist named Abu Mohammad al Shami.

The U.S. Defense Department said in a statement that Masri was the target of a U.S. air strike near Idlib on Monday. 'We are still assessing the results of the strike,' it said.

Since the U.S.-led coalition launched operations in Syria, primarily against Islamic State militants, air strikes have also targeted Nusra Front figures, killing scores. 

In Hamza bin Laden’s latest audio message, which was released by al-Qaeda's propaganda arm Al Sabaha in August, he rails against the Saudi government and calls them 'great criminal thieves' and 'agents of the Americans'.

Hamza has followed his father's footsteps in attacking his home nation of Saudi Arabia and condemns its relationship with the US.

He also blames them for betraying Yemen by attacking al-Qaeda jihadis fighting against the Shia Houthis in the civil war.

Full report at:dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3824671/Al-Qaeda-plotting-terror-attacks-Britain-Europe-just-biding-time-waiting-ISIS-collapse-reveals-Defence-Secretary-Michael-Fallon.html

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Attacks by Muslims Are Driving French Jews to Israel

10/05/2016

The well-known White House press corps veteran Helen Thomas, now deceased, was asked a few years ago what the Jews in Israel should do in the face of Arab hostility. She responded, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” When asked where they should then go, Thomas advised them that they should go “home” to Germany or Poland.

Of course, the reason that many Jews migrated to Palestine after World War II was that they did not feel very welcome, to say the least, in Germany or Poland. And today, many argue that the solution for Arab-Israeli conflicts is for the Jews to “go home” to Europe. That is the solution publicly favored by many Arab governments; however, it raises an interesting question. If the Arabs truly want the Jews to leave Israel, then it makes no logical sense to target them in European countries, such as France.

They certainly do not feel very welcome in France. In the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, Rabbi Yaakov Bitton, who leads an Orthodox Jewish elementary school, recently asked his students to give a show of hands if their family was considering moving to Israel. Almost all the children raised their hands.

Rabbi Bitton lamented that 20 years ago “there were 30,000 Jews in Sarcelles. Today there are 15,000.”

What is generating this desire among French Jews to leave France? While some French Jews might be drawn by the hope of a better life in Israel, the greater factor is the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe generally (such as in Belgium and Britain), and in France in particular, leading to both verbal and physical attacks on Jews.

In a report commissioned by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), it was noted that those committing most of these verbal and physical attacks against Jews are almost all youthful Muslims.

And most of those youthful Muslims targeting Jews are specifically Syrian-born Muslims. Which, of course, should raise serious concerns by Americans about the plans of the Obama administration, and the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, to increase the numbers of Syrian refugees in the United States. In the same way as President Obama and Hillary Clinton have largely dismissed any concerns of violence from Syrian refugees, French President Francois Hollande seems mostly unconcerned about the Syrian refugees, as well.

Instead of naming the perpetrators of the attacks as Islamists, Hollande refers to them by the more neutral term of “terrorists” or “fanatics.” This would be much like colonists referring to the British Redcoats by some more ambiguous term. Of course, back in 1775, Americans did not have to contend with political correctness, as is the case today.

Full report at:thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/24196-attacks-by-muslims-driving-french-jews-to-israel

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South Asia

Bangladesh Siege Recalled in Militant’s Words, and From Beyond the Grave

OCT. 5, 2016

A police checkpoint near the site of a bloody siege in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in July. Credit Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

NEW DELHI — An Islamic State publication offered a detailed account of the bloody July 1 siege of a restaurant in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, including the use of religious tests to distinguish Muslims from non-Muslims, who would then be killed.

The article, which appeared this week and also threatened further attacks in the country, bears the byline of Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, a militant who was killed with two associates in a police raid in late August. Mr. Chowdhury, a Canadian citizen, had been identified by some analysts as the coordinator of the Islamic State’s activities in South Asia but had never been named by the group.It is unusual for the Islamic State to publish the real names of its fighters, said Amarnath Amarasingam, a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. Mr. Amarasingam said the Islamic State has been eager to “take ownership” of the Dhaka attack, which came at a time of military setbacks in its core territory in the Middle East.

Since Mr. Chowdhury’s death, there has been a lull in the small-scale attacks on foreigners, secular Bangladeshis and members of religious minorities that had occurred at regular intervals in recent years.

The July attack, on the Holey Artisan Bakery, in which 22 people were killed, was the most complex and large-scale operation to date by Islamic militants in Bangladesh’s recent history. Among the dead were numerous foreigners working in Bangladesh’s garment sector or for aid organizations.

In the aftermath of the attack, Bangladesh officials were under pressure to acknowledge that transnational terrorist organizations like the Islamic State were trying to build a presence in the country.

The authorities in Dhaka are still investigating the attack, and said on Wednesday that they were analyzing the account in Rumiya, the Islamic State’s newest media product.

“It is a long piece, with a lot of information to go through, so I cannot speak clearly now on things like authenticity,” said Sanwar Hossain, additional deputy commissioner of the counterterrorism unit in the Dhaka Metropolitan police. He said that the police also knew Mr. Chowdhury by the kuniya, or nom de guerre, cited in the magazine.

“We have known for a while that this is how Tamim Chowdhury was referred to,” he said.

On Sunday, police granted bail and released Tahmid Hasib Khan, a Bangladeshi man.

A second hostage, Hasnat Karim, remains in police custody, though some of the charges against him have been dismissed in court.

Full report at:nytimes.com/2016/10/06/world/asia/bangladesh-isis-chowdhury-dhaka.html

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Taliban’s shadow governor for Kunduz killed during clashes

Thu Oct 06 2016

The shadow provincial governor of the Taliban group Mullah Abdul Salam was killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to the security officials, Mullah Salam was initially injured during clashes with the Afghan forces and succumbed to his injuries after he was taken to the hospital Chardara district.

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

The Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on the strategic Kunduz city earlier this week with an aim to capture the control of the city but the Afghan forces managed to repulse the attack although sporadic clashes still continue in the outskirts of the city.

The Taliban militants have launched numerous attacks on Kunduz city since it was retaken by the Afghan Special Operations Forces earlier in the month of October.

The Taliban insurgents were accused of horrific criminal activities after they seized control of the city, including target killings, rape, kidnappings, use of civilians as shields, looting of public and private properties.

The Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan said at least 50 civilians were killed and over 350 others were wounded.

However, the rights organization said the number could be relatively higher as AIHRC said their statistics was based on hospital reports and several others had not been taken to hospital after they were killed or injured.

Source: khaama.com/talibans-shadow-governor-for-kunduz-killed-during-clashes-02023

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MoU signed on preservation of historical sites with Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Thu Oct 06 2016

The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for the preservation and reconstruction of key historical sites in Kabul.

The landmark agreement was signed by the Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi and Luis Monreal, the General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Signed on the sidelines of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan and, the MoU which also involves the Kabul Municipality, will also focus on urban reconstruction and preservation of the elected historical sites, including preparation of strategic plan for the sites elected along the Kabul river in the first police district of Kabul city.

Development and tracing of the historical sites and heritage for the survey and rendering the historical Bala-e-Sar area in Kabul.

Other items included in the MoU are development of preservation of Eidgah mosque in Kabul and its close proximity and assessment of the design for Dar-ul-Aman which have been presented by the foreign advisers to the Afghan government.

The government of Afghanistan of presented the Civilians Charter program for the fiscal year 2015 and 2016 in a bid to introduce a comprehensive program for the development of urban affairs in all sectors including good governance, institution building, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, preservation of the heritage and the environment.

The mentioned program paves the way for the implementation of urban reconstruction with the support of the foreign organizations including the Aga Khan Foundation.

The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing said the Aga Khan Foundation will provide technical support to the Afghan government in the mentioned sectors.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture will overview the implementation of the projects, being a registered organization in the country and in Switzerland, and has implemented various projects for the urban rehabilitation, preservation and physical and social renewal of the societies and in historic places.

Source: khaama.com/mou-signed-on-preservation-of-historical-sites-with-aga-khan-trust-for-culture-02022

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US hands over 492 Humvee vehicles to Afghan police forces

Thu Oct 06 2016

The Afghan National Police (ANP) forces received 492 Humvee vehicles from the United States as efforts are underway to improve the capabilities of the police forces.

A senior official in the Ministry of Interior, Murtaza Rahimi, said the delivery of 246 Humvees to the police forces concluded on Wednesday and the remaining 222 vehicles will be handed in the near future.

He said the special operations forces of the Afghan police, public order forces, border protection forces and the remaining zones will receive the other 222 vehicles.

Rahimi further added that the Ministry of Interior (MoI) will also receive 80,000 modern weapons inlcuding M-16 rifles in the future from the United States in the abid to improve the capabilities of the police forces.

According to the ministry the delivery of the Humvees to the police forces by US was part of the country’s support to the Afghan forces in the framework of the Resolute Support mission led by NATO.

This comes as the United States Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a contract worth $109 million for the purchase of 433 Humvee vehicles to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

The contract was awarded to AM General by the Department of Defense (DoD) last months as efforts are underway to boost capabilities of the Afghan forces as they face a resurgent Taliban.

“AM General, South Bend, Indiana, was awarded a $108,766,885 modification (P00023) to foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan) W56HZV-15-C-0155 for 433 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles,” (DoD) said in a statement.

DoD further added that “Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2017. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $108,766,855 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.”

Earlier DoD awarded a contract t:o AM General for the maufacture and delivery of 1,673 Humvees to the Afghan forces earlier in August this year.

Source: khaama.com/us-hands-over-492-humvee-vehicles-to-afghan-police-forces-02021

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Kunduz fight demonstrate importance of training Afghan forces: Stoltenberg

Thu Oct 06 2016

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg highlighted that the recent fighting in Kunduz and southern Helmand provinces demonstrates the importance of training local Afghan forces.

Stoltenberg made the remarks in Brussels as he was attending a major conference hosted by the Afghan government and the European Union.

Reaffirming the alliance’s support to Afghanistan, Stoltenberg paid tribute to the bravery of Afghan security forces and all those serving as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.

He encouraged the international community to continue to support the government of Afghanistan and urged the Afghan leadership to stand strong and united, and implement necessary reforms.

Focusing on recent peace efforts, Mr. Stoltenberg said he was greatly encouraged by the agreement between the Afghan Government and Hezb-i-Islami. “This is an important step forward in the peace and reconciliation process and essential for a credible long-term peace deal,” he added.

The Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on the strategic Kunduz city earlier this week but the Afghan forces managed to repulse the attack although there are reports of sporadic clashes underway in the skirts of the city.

The Afghan security officials are saying that the clearance operations are slowly being implemented as the militants have taken positions in public places and residential areas.

Source: khaama.com/kunduz-fight-demonstrate-importance-of-training-afghan-forces-stoltenberg-02020

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$15.2 billion pledged to Afghanistan during Brussels conference

Thu Oct 06 2016

A major conference on Afghanistan concluded in the Brussels city of Belgium on Wednesday as the international community pledged $15.2 billion to support Afghanistan.

Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said the financial assistance by the international community will be utilized in coming four years.

He thanked the international community for their vote of confidence and support showcased at the conference, calling it a huge success for the country.

Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, said the outcome of the conference was positive after two days of intense work.

“We’ve had two intense days of work here in Brussels at the international Conference on Afghanistan, after months of preparations. But all the effort we put into organising this event – together with the Afghan government, and with the participation of 75 countries and 26 international organisations – has led to a very positive outcome,” she said in a statement.

Mogherini further added “The most visible success is our collective commitment to invest 13,6 billion euros over the coming four years, to support growth, jobs and security in Afghanistan. In the last few months many told us that international support for Afghanistan would fall, and the conference would fail.”

The conference in Brussels was hosted by the European Union and Afghanistan on 4th and 5th of October and some 70 countries and 30 international organizations and agencies participated in the conference to debate and reaffirm commitment to Afghanistan’s future.

Source: khaama.com/15-2-billion-pledged-to-afghanistan-during-brussels-conference-02019

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By channeling $1b to Afghanistan, Aga Khan highlights 3 areas in Brussels Conference

Wed Oct 05 2016

The spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan highlighted three key areas during his speech at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, inlcuding an immediate drive to sustain Afghanistan’s human and social capital, supporting civil society, and ensuring sustained social and economic gains of the country.

Expressing gratitude towards the Government of Afghanistan and the European Union for bringing the international community together, Aga Khan in his speech, said “Since 2001, AKDN and its partners have channelled over $1 billion to enhance self-reliance and improve the quality of life of Afghans. Between now and 2020, AKDN plans similar investments in cultural heritage, education, energy, health, and poverty alleviation.”

The leader of the world’s Ismailies further added “In supporting the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, I wish to highlight three areas we believe are crucial to its success.”

According to Aga Khan “First, it is urgent to drive efforts to sustain and develop Afghanistan’s human and social capital. For this purpose, AKDN supports the Ministry of Education’s National Education Strategic Plan in over 850 schools and education centres. In health, AKDN’s public private partnerships have provided treatment to over 1.6 million Afghans and trained over 13,000 doctors, nurses, and health workers. Together with our partners, we will soon inaugurate the Mothers and Children’s wing of the French Medical Institute in Kabul and the new Bamiyan Provincial Hospital.”

Second, supporting civil society is essential. Decades of experience have taught us that effective civil society is fundamental to lasting progress, helping ensure development that is inclusive and participatory. Civil society can unleash constructive talents from a broad spectrum of organisations and individuals, including the private sector. We are gratified to see these principles reflected in the Citizen’s Charter adopted last week by the government,” Aga Khan said.

He also added “Third, area development should be supported. Ensuring sustained social and economic gains often requires working across frontiers. One promising example is Pamir Energy, a public private partnership between the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and the Government of Tajikistan. Since 2008, it has exported electricity across the border, reaching nearly 35,000 Afghans, and much more is possible.”

Concluding his remarks at the major conference, Aga Khan, said “Finally, I would reiterate my profound belief in the power of sustained, long-term, multi-dimensional development that empowers individuals and communities to improve their quality of life. It is with that conviction that I support this meeting and reconfirm our commitment to Afghanistan’s future.”

The conference in Brussels was hosted by the European Union and Afghanistan on 4th and 5th of October and some 70 countries and 30 international organizations and agencies participated in the conference to debate and reaffirm commitment to Afghanistan’s future.

Source: khaama.com/with-1b-channeled-to-afghanistan-aga-khan-highlights-3-areas-in-brussels-conference-02018

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2 Bangladeshis arrested under ISA in April repatriated

OCTOBER 6, 2016

SINGAPORE — Two of the eight Bangladeshi nationals arrested under the internal Security Act (ISA) in April — for their involvement in a cladestine group called the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) — have been repatriated to Bangladesh in September, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Thursday (Oct 6).

Sohag Ibrahim, 28, and Islam Shariful, 27, also had the Orders of Detention against them cancelled after investigations into their activities were completed, MHA added in a statement. The ministry did not elaborate.

The duo were part of eight Bangladeshis working in the construction and marine industries who formed the ISB in order to bring their homeland under the Islamic State’s (IS) self-declared caliphate. The group drafted a hit list and raised funds in Singapore for the purchase of firearms to carry out their attacks in Bangladesh.

They were arrested in April. Six members of the group — Rahman Mizanur, 31, Mamun Leakot Ali, 30; Miah Rubel, 26; Zzaman Daulat, 34; Md Jabath Kysar Haje Norul Islam Sowdagar, 31; and Sohel Hawlader Ismail Hawlader, 30 — were convicted of terrorism financing and sentenced to between two and five years’ imprisonment in August.

The court found in May that Sohag and Islam were not implicated in the terrorism financing criminal proceedings.

In January this year, a separate group of 27 Bangladeshis were detained after they were found to be contemplating armed jihad overseas as well as in their homeland.

While they were not planning any attacks in Singapore, some of those arrested had encouraged members of their religious study group to return to Bangladesh and wage armed jihad against the Bangladeshi government.

Since 2013, the study group had been holding weekly meetings and gatherings, where they discussed armed jihad and conflicts that involved Muslims.

Source: todayonline.com/2-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-april-repatriated

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Southeast Asia

Change misconceptions about Islam through transparent governance, Najib tells Muslim leaders

Thursday October 6, 2016

PETALING JAYA, Oct 6 ― Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says Muslim leaders may change negative perception of Islam through fair and transparent governance.

The Prime Minister said good governance creates trust among the people and the more trust is created, the greater the opportunity for Muslims to combat ignorance.

“One of the major challenges we must confront are the barbaric and violent acts of terrorists and extremists claiming to act in the name of Islam. These have, unfortunately, skewed the perception of our religion.

“These negative perceptions are then magnified to the public by the media,” Najib said in his keynote address at the launch of the World Muslim Leadership Forum 2016 here today.

His speech was read out by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

Najib said it was up to Muslims to not only counter these stereotypes but to face the threats posed by these extremist and terror groups by being, becoming and preparing wise leaders with great integrity.

“Fear is a terrible, crippling emotion that is instilled in order to control people. Let us in turn stop its spread and stand against such actions in solidarity and strength,” the Prime Minister said.

He said there was a duty to create leaders who could set examples which could be followed by people of all creeds and races.

Najib said great leaders not only achieved personal success and greatness in their own chosen endeavours, but also carried others along with them or use their own platform to lift others up.

Najib wanted the forum to also discuss the halal industry and Islamic finance as well as ways to create wider collaboration with other nations. 

The two-day forum is organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute and the Global One Foundation of UK that is promoting dialogue between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.

Source: themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/change-misconceptions-about-islam-through-transparent-governance-najib-tell

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Islamic dept launches app allowing public to report Syariah offences

6th October 2016

RELIGIOUS authorities in the Malaysian state of Selangor has launched a mobile application that allows members of the public to report Syariah-related crimes, adding to concerns of growing Islamic fundamentalism in the Muslim-majority country.

Selangor’s Islamic Religious Department (Jais) director Haris Kasim told The Star that the app allows the public to become the eyes and ears of enforcers, making it easier for them to report offences that breach the Syariah code, such as pre-marital or extramarital sex, or alcohol consumption, which are forbidden to Muslims.

“The application, which was launched Tuesday, is simple and easy to use. Once installed on a smartphone, people can send over information and make reports to Jais very easily,” he was quoted as saying.

Named Hotline JAIS, the app has been made available for Android devices and users can download it at the Google Play store.

He said the app would serve as a deterrent to wrongdoers, making it harder for them to get away with violating the Syariah code.

Complainants, however, would have to provide substantial information before the department can act on their reports.

“They will need to fill up a form which requires certain details. If the form is incomplete, we cannot go ahead with the inquiry,” he said, adding the complainants needed to include evidence of the alleged wrongdoing in their reports.

“Take for example they want to report on deviant teaching – they need to give us the location, the actual time and when it happened.”

He said the department would also accept photographic proof.

Although the app can be used to lodge complaints, Haris said there are also other functions, such as allowing users to access information on Islam and the Syariah law.

“Even if you have Syariah-related questions which we cannot answer or act on, the app provides a list of bodies and organisations one can approach to get the answer,”

“We just want to be more approachable. We are doing our best to reduce and eventually eradicate activities that are wrong, and by the launch of this app, we hope people who intend to do wrong will think twice.

“Once a complaint is submitted via the app, we can immediately deploy a team to the location,” he said told The Star.

The enforcement of the strict-Islamic Syariah code is a contentious issue in Malaysia. Conservatives here say they favour punishments prescribed in the code for Muslims engaged in deviant teachings, premarital or extramarital sex, and alcohol consumption, among other offences. However, human rights and civil society groups have argued that the moral policing does more harm than good in the multiracial country.

Source: asiancorrespondent.com/2016/10/malaysia-religious-app-public-report/

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Quran memorization requirement for scholarship in Bandung’s Universitas Padjajaran sparks controversy

October 6, 2016

The West Java provincial government has been accused of religious bias after issuing a scholarship program for students at Bandung’s Universitas Padjajaran (UNPAD) that contains a requirement for candidates to memorize parts of the Islamic holy book of Quran.

Registration for the scholarship began on September 27, as announced in a circular in the university. The scholarship, which will be given to 56 students, partially covers the students’ tuitions according to their levels of study.

There are four requirements for students to be eligible for the scholarship. The first one is that the student must own a West Java KTP ID card and family card as the program is exclusive for West Javanese students. The second requirement is that the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergrads or 3.25 for grad students, while the fourth requirement is the student must have a statement of medical well being from a hospital or clinic.

But it’s the third requirement that’s causing a lot of controversy. It states that students who excel in various extracurricular activities (and with certificates to prove it) may be given priority for the scholarship. The activities mentioned include sports, scientific studies, arts and culture, as well as the ability to memorize and recite 5 juz (sections comprising of 20 pages each) of the Quran.

Many were outraged and perceived this particular requirement as showing religious bias, especially since the scholarship was being given by the provincial government using taxpayers’ money.

The West Java provincial government answered the critics in an attempt to cool down the controversy, saying that this Quran requirement has been present since 2011.

“Every year it’s 5 juz, never added or reduced. It’s what the leader (West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan) requested,” said Hendra Sudrajat, an official at the West Java Middle to Higher Education Board, as quoted by Detik on Tuesday.

Hendra clarified that Quran memorization is only an optional requirement, meaning that candidates who excel at other aforementioned extracurricular activities should stand the same chance of receiving the scholarship.

Despite being an optional requirement, it is hard not to see the scholarship rules as still being discriminatory towards candidates who are not Muslims. All else being equal, Muslim students would still have the extra edge over non-Muslims because they have an additional means of meeting the requirements.

Speaking to BBC Indonesia, higher education expert Asep Salahudin is among those who criticized the program, saying its exclusivity to Muslims is discriminatory.

“Especially since the West Java provincial government is not an Islamic government, they don’t use Islamic laws. It would be different if the scholarship giver is the Saudi Arabian government, for example,” he said.

Asep Hilman, head of Bandung’s Education Board, justified the inclusion of the Quran memorization requirement by telling BBC Indonesia, “the majority of the West Java population is Muslim.”

Nevertheless, Asep said the board has taken the criticisms to heart and that they would revise the requirements next year to also give priority to students of other faith who can also show aptitude in studies of their respective religions.

Source: jakarta.coconuts.co/2016/10/06/quran-memorization-requirement-scholarship-bandungs-universitas-padjajaran-sparks

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Philippine president apologizes to Jews over Holocaust remarks

Wed, 05 Oct 2016

The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, apologized to Jews worldwide Sunday after his remarks drawing comparisons between his anti-drug war and the murder of Jews in the Holocaust sparked shock and outrage, including from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

On Tuesday, Duterte also paid a visit to a synagogue in the Philippines (pictured) and repeated his apology, but said it was intended only for the Jewish community.

He lashed out again at Western critics and human rights advocates who have raised concerns over his brutal crackdown, which is estimated to have left more than 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users dead in just three months.

Duterte said in a speech in the central city of Bacolod that he never had any intention "to derogate the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans."

"I apologize profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community," the president of the South East Asian nation, who was elected earlier this year, said.

On Friday, Duterte likened his anti-drug campaign to Hitler and the Holocaust and said he would be "happy to slaughter" an estimated 3 million addicts in the Philippines. "Hitler massacred 3 million Jews ... there's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them."

While Hitler's victims were innocent people, Duterte said his targets are "all criminals" and that getting rid of them would "finish the (drug) problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition."

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said last Friday that Duterte's remarks were "revolting" and demanded that he retract them and apologize. "Drug abuse is a serious issue. But what President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life that is truly heartbreaking for the democratically elected leader of a great country," Lauder said in a statement issued from Jerusalem, where he was attending the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres.

The US State Department, which is looking to sustain its long-standing alliance with the Philippines, called the comments "troubling."

Full report at:worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/philippine-president-issues-apology-to-jews-over-holocaust-remarks-10-3-2016

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Indonesian Church Closed Down for ‘Lack of Permit’

Oct 05, 2016

A Protestant church in Indonesia has been ordered to cease all religious activity because it apparently lacks a building permit.

The order was handed down by Tri Kurniadi, the mayor of South Jakarta through a letter addressed to the church in Pasar Minggu saying the building needs to be closed down for not having the required building permit.

The mayor explained that although the church had an Izin Mendirikan Bangunan (IMB) or building permit, it was for an office and not for a church. He added the order was prompted by protests from Pasar Minggu residents, who opposed the construction of the church building.

Just less than two weeks ago, a similar protest erupted over the renewal of the building permit for another Protestant church building in Makassar, South Sulawesi that is attended mostly by ethnic Toraja Christians.

Opposition stemmed from members of the radical Islamist organization Islamic Defenders Front and some residents, who claimed the church did not have all the required papers to have its permit renewed.

FPI also said the local residents did not express their approval for the church’s renewal of building permit.

"The presence of the Church in this area does not have the approval of most of the Muslim population,” Aramna Rahman, FPI spokesman, said. “Residents said they never gave permission for the renewal of the project. "

Local politician Hamzah Hamid said FPI did not have a right to protest over the issue. Hamid also said the group’s activities “stain the good reputation of Islam.”

Rev. Daur Sanpe Rurun responded to the accusations by saying the church has obtained the necessary papers for the renewal of their building permit, adding that the mayor himself approved the construction.

"Do not worry about permits and legal papers because, after we laid the first stone of the church, the mayor visited the site and officially recognised the project,” he said.

In Indonesia, building a church involves the complicated process of satisfying all the required papers. To acquire a church building permit, one must obtain 60 signatures from people of a different faith, plus permission from local authorities. In some cases, it could take five to 10 years to complete the requirements.

Satisfying the requirements is still not an assurance that the permit will be released, as authorities can still deny a church’s application even if all the requirements are in, according to Human Rights Watch.

Indonesia is not among the top countries where Christians are severely persecuted. However, religious minorities still face attacks from radical Islamists that could sometimes turn violent, Open Doors USA said.

Source: gospelherald.com/articles/67036/20161005/indonesian-church-closed-down-for-lack-of-permit.htm

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Myanmar asked to review disputed terrorism case after law reform

October 05, 2016

President Htin Kyaw had signed off on a bill abolishing the notorious Emergency Provisions Act of 1950, which was frequently used by previous military governments to quash dissent.

Campaigners are calling for Myanmar to review the convictions of 20 Muslims jailed on terrorism charges after the Southeast Asian country repealed an authoritarian law under which they were convicted.

President Htin Kyaw had signed off on a bill abolishing the notorious Emergency Provisions Act of 1950, which was frequently used by previous military governments to quash dissent, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

But the repeal is not retroactive, and the convictions of 20 Myanmar Muslims serving lengthy prison terms under the law were not being reviewed, ruling party and government spokesmen have told Reuters, despite activists’ concerns about the judicial process.

“It is incumbent upon the government to review cases that involve defendants who possibly were wrongly convicted under this law,” said Matthew Smith, founder of campaign group Fortify Rights.

“To not do so raises some serious questions about the government’s commitment to ensuring the prisons are free from political prisoners.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy hero and Nobel laureate who assumed power in April after winning elections last year, has been criticized for not speaking up for Myanmar’s Muslim minority.

Communal violence in the western Rakhine State displaced about 125,000, most from the Rohingya Muslim group. Riots have broken out elsewhere in the Buddhist-majority country, while anti-Muslim hate speech has proliferated online.

Lawyers and family members told Reuters the 20, most hailing from central Myanmar, were travelling to a wedding in the eastern Shan State in August 2014 when they were detained by military intelligence officials, accused of plotting terrorist atrocities and charged under the 1950 law.

In January 2015, 19 men and women were sentenced to 14 years in prison each and a boy, who was 15 when he was arrested, got seven years, said lawyer Khin Moe Moe.

“Usually we’re not able to defend people in cases involving Military Security Affairs. They have a policy to never lose,” she said, referring to the military intelligence agency.

Several appeals had been rejected, Khin Moe Moe said.

“The president agreed this law led to mistreatment of the people, and many still suffer in prisons throughout the country, so they should have an amnesty,” she said.

‘Years wasted’

One of the 20, Bo Bo Aung, had hoped for release when the new government took power, but that hope had faded, his wife, Khin Moe Aye, told Reuters.

“It’s two years wasted in prison,” she said. “My family and others are suffering because these people were jailed without justice by the previous government.”

Lieutenant Colonel Myat Min Soe, a military intelligence official involved in the investigation, said that while no weapons had been discovered, the suspects had all confessed under interrogation to contacting unidentified militants.

“They tried to link with a terrorist organisation from a foreign country. They planned to attack busy markets and crowded areas,” he said.

According to Fortify Rights, which has reviewed more than 300 pages of court documents, a name card for a rebel army commander and an audio file of a speech with alleged Islamist militant content, retrieved from a computer, were the only evidence presented to court.

“It’s as if the court was fulfilling a mission to prosecute Muslims regardless of the evidence against them and regardless of rule of law,” Smith said.

A spokesman for Suu Kyi’s ruling party, Win Htein, and Zaw Htay, spokesman for the president’s office, both said the case was an issue for the judiciary.

“If they don’t agree they can appeal the decision to the next higher level of the courts,” Zaw Htay said.

Source: dhakatribune.com/world/2016/10/05/myanmar-asked-review-disputed-terrorism-case-law-reform/

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