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Islamic State’s News Agency Claims Responsibility for Srinagar Attack













Photo: Women hold a black flag — similar to the ones used by militant group Islamic State — during the funeral procession of Mugees Ahmad Mir, whom security forces identified as a local militant, in Srinagar on November 18, 2017. Photo: Special Arrangement 

 

Pakistan Defence's Twitter Account Suspended For Posting Morphed Photo of Indian Girl

Arab League Meets on Saudi Arabia's Request to Discuss Iran 'Violations'

Tennessee Imam Says ‘Zionist Terrorists’ Stole Temple Mount From Muslims

Afghan Forces Rescue Over 30 People Including Children From Taliban Prison

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India

Islamic State’s News Agency Claims Responsibility for Srinagar Attack

Rajasthan Spiritual Fair Booklet Asks Parents to Stalk Daughters To Save Them From Love Jihad

26/11 mastermind’s nephew among 6 terrorists killed in encounter

8 Muslim youths held near disputed Ayodhya site

Build mosque, no problem with temple nearby: AIMPLB

'Killing of terrorists has resulted in remarkable change in the security situation in Kashmir'

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Pakistan

Pakistan Defence's Twitter Account Suspended For Posting Morphed Photo of Indian Girl

Chief Justice Takes Suo motu Notice of 20 Bullet-Riddled Bodies Found In Balochistan

Sharif, family may soon be barred from leaving Pak

Pakistan NSA accuses India of creating 'two-front situation'

Ahsan Iqbal makes last-ditch appeal to Islamabad protesters to end sit-in

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Arab World

Arab League Meets on Saudi Arabia's Request to Discuss Iran 'Violations'

Russian Strategic Bombers Strike ISIL Targets in Syria for Third Day

Syria: Al-Nusra Dispatches More Fighters to Western Idlib to Face Rival Terrorists

Syrian Army Fends Off Al Nusra Front's Massive Attack in Northeastern Hama

Syrian Army Seizes ISIL's Last Base in Northern DeirEzzur

Over 150 Terrorists Escape from Southeastern DeirEzzur Amid Rapid Advances of Syrian Army

Syrian army, allies take back Albu Kamal from Islamic State

Curfew imposed to look for Islamic State attackers of village, south of Mosul

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North America

Tennessee Imam Says ‘Zionist Terrorists’ Stole Temple Mount From Muslims

Anti-Islam GOP Survey Alarms American Muslims

US congress passes new bill regarding Pakistan and Haqqani network

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South Asia

Afghan Forces Rescue Over 30 People Including Children from Taliban Prison

6 Afghan Policemen Killed In Taliban Attack

Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence

CTTC: Ansar al-Islam man involved in Avijit, Dipan, Xulhaz murders held

Necessary steps taken to reach to a peace deal with Pakistan: Ghani

China’s envoy for Afghanistan meets Pak army chief amid growing US pressures

Ghani warns regarding looming water crisis threatening Kabul city

NDS foil Haqqani network’s coordinated attack plan in Kabul

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Europe

'Introduce Sharia Law; Create Muslim State to Avoid Civil War'

EU Cuts Turkey Funding After 'Democratic Deterioration'

Russia: Over 2,700 Settlements Join Syrian Ceasefire

UK government's debt to Iran irrelevant to Nazanin Zaghari case

‘The Tatar Language Saved Islam in Russia in the Past: Now, Islam Will Return the Favor,’ Mufti Says

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Mideast

Lebanon PM Confirms He Will Return to Beirut on Wednesday

Turkey bans all LGBTI events in Ankara 'indefinitely', citing security

Israel's Netanyahu to face new questioning over graft: media

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Southeast Asia

Sultan Of Johor Is A Good Guardian Of Islam In Johor, 94 Per Cent Of Johoreans Agree

Action Taken Against Individuals Who Insult Islam - Jamil Khir

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Africa

Sudan’s Islamic Clerics Hail Religious Coexistence

Al-Azhar Sends Aid Convoy to Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh

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Islamic State’s news agency claims responsibility for Srinagar attack

Peerzada Ashiq SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

Women hold a black flag — similar to the ones used by militant group Islamic State — during the funeral procession of Mugees Ahmad Mir, whom security forces identified as a local militant, in Srinagar on November 18, 2017

Mugees Mir, identified as a local militant, and a sub-inspector were killed during the attack at Zakura, on the outskirts of Srinagar on November 17.

SITE Intel Group, an online terror tracker site, has claimed that Islamic State-backed news agency Amaq took responsibility for the November 17, 2017 Zakura attack in Srinagar, which left one local militant Mugees Mir and a sub-inspector dead.

The security agencies in Kashmir are yet to confirm Mir’s links with the terror outfit that mainly operates in Syria and Iraq. According to the police, Mir was affiliated to the militant faction headed by Zakir Musa.

It’s first casualty inflicted on the group of Musa, who claims to head the al-Qaeda chapter, AnsarGhazwat-ul-Hind, in Kashmir. Musa split from the HizbulMujahideen earlier this year.

One militant, Tauseef Ahmad, was also arrested during the operation in Zakura.

Meanwhile, a Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen spokesman claimed the militant belonged to his group and was “a district commander”. He said Mir was “no way affiliated to AnsarGhazwat-ul-Hind and al-Qaeda links are been established to malign the Kashmir struggle”.

However, black flags, similar to the ones of the Islamic State, were seen displayed during Mir’s funeral on November 18. In fact, Mir’s body was also wrapped in the black flag as his supporters raised pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans.

thehindu.com/news/national/islamic-states-magazine-claims-responsibility-for-srinagar-attack/article20555507.ece

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Pakistan Defence's Twitter account suspended for posting morphed photo of Indian girl

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Nov 19, 2017

NEW DELHI: Twitter on Saturday suspended the official account of Pakistan Defence, a forum dedicated to the country's military affairs, for tweeting a morphed photo of an Indian girl to promote its anti-India rhetoric.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Defence's verified Twitter handle @defencepk had posted an image of a young woman standing in front of Delhi's Jama Masjid with a placard reading: "I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kahmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa."

However, eagle-eyed Indian netizens who noticed the post cried foul and pointed out that it was a doctored version of a photo shared by Delhi University student Kawalpreet Kaur. In the original image, the placard held by Kaur bears the message: "I am a citizen of India and I stand with secular values of our constitution."

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NailaInayat @nailainayat

True story, there goes the Defence of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/HV4K9bwpUm

NailaInayat@nailainayat

Other than running malicious campaigns against several Pakistani journalists/activists, defencepk was also morphing photos to further its propaganda: pic.twitter.com/qK7ZLQM29G

10:02 PM - Nov 18, 2017

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Pakistan Defence had deleted the tweet some time later, but after receiving numerous complaints about the morphed photo, Twitter suspended the account, and it is still offline as of today.

Kawalpreet Kaur @kawalpreetdu

The account of @defencepk has been suspended by twitter for posting my unverified & morphed pictures. Grateful to all who reported it in large numbers. The message of the picture shouldn't be lost in these dark times. No nation wants lynchings& killings. Only bigots wants hate.

8:51 PM - Nov 18, 2017

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Pakistan Defence, which has no links to the country's government, claims to be the "one stop resource for Pakistan defence, strategic affairs, security issues, world defence and military affairs."

The web portal has been frequently accused of promoting anti-India propaganda and hate speech and running malicious campaigns against Pakistani journalists and activists who were critical of the country's armed forces and intelligence service.

This isn't the first time that Pakistan has used a falsified narrative to tarnish India's image. In September, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations MaleehaLodhi, in her right to reply to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the UN, showed the photo of a wounded Palestinian girl and tried to pass it off as evidence of atrocities in Kashmir.

India had hit back at Lodhi's attempt to mislead the UN by describing it as "the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India" to divert attention from its role as the hub of global terrorism.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistan-defences-twitter-account-suspended-for-posting-morphed-photo-of-indian-girl/articleshow/61708787.cms

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Arab League meets on Saudi Arabia's request to discuss Iran 'violations'

November 19, 2017

Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Sunday on Saudi Arabia's request for an extraordinary meeting to discuss alleged “violations” committed by Iran in the region.

The Arab League meeting comes as tensions have been rising between long-standing rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over League member Lebanon and other issues.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East, including Syria and Yemen. A diplomatic source said Riyadh was seeking to adopt a condemnation of “Iran and Arab militias linked to this country”.

A committee is to prepare a draft resolution on Iran which will be discussed later by all ministers. The meeting is also expected to address a Yemen rebel missile that was intercepted near Riyadh on November 4, and a pipeline fire in Bahrain on November 10.

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of “direct military aggression” against the kingdom by supplying the Yemen rebels with ballistic missiles, but Tehran has denied any involvement.

Bahrain has also blamed Iran for the pipeline fire.

In its request for the meeting, Saudi Arabia referred to those two incidents and “to the violations committed by Iran in the Arab region, which undermines security and peace, not only in the Arab region but around the globe,” according to a memo seen by AFP.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) supported the Saudi request for an extraordinary meeting, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, it said.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have also soared since Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on Nov 4, citing Iran's “grip” on his country and threats to his life.

Lebanon's foreign minister will not attend Sunday's Arab League meeting, a ministry source has told AFP, but the country's permanent representative would be present. For more than a decade, Lebanon's political class has been largely split between Hezbollah and its allies and a coalition led by Hariri.

In Syria, Hezbollah has fought to defend the government of President Bashar al-Assad, also an ally of Iran.

The Arab League has 22 members, but Syria's membership was suspended at the end of 2011 following months of brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations and an opposition movement supported by Gulf monarchies.

dawn.com/news/1371529/arab-league-meets-on-saudi-arabias-request-to-discuss-iran-violations

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Tennessee imam says ‘Zionist terrorists’ stole Temple Mount from Muslims

18 November 2017

A Somali-American Imam told followers at the Islamic Center of Tennessee over the summer that “Zionist terrorists” stole Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque from Muslims.

“The Zionists, the number one terrorists in the world, had occupied and kidnapped that land long ago,” AhmedulHadi Sharif said in a Friday sermon in July, newly translated and posted by watchdog group MEMRI this week. “And now they want to add Al-Aqsa to their occupations. They kidnapped it.”

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“If we lose Jerusalem, know that it is not going to stop there… The enemies of Allah will come and try to destroy the Kaaba,” he said, referring to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca.

He clarified that “we do not hate the ethnic Jewish people, but we do hate the Zionist oppressors.”

His sermon, first uploaded to the internet on July 24, came amid a spate of unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank over the Temple Mount holy site that is home to Al-Aqsa mosque.

Earlier that month, the holy site became the focus of a major crisis between Israeli authorities, Palestinians, and Jordan over security measures taken at the entrances to the compound.

Metal detectors and cameras had been installed following a deadly attack in which three Arab Israelis emerged from the site and shot dead two Israeli police officers using weapons that had been smuggled onto the Temple Mount.

The implementation of the measures set off daily unrest and clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in and around East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The upgraded security measures were all ultimately removed.

timesofisrael.com/tennessee-imam-says-zionist-terrorists-stole-temple-mount-from-muslims/

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Afghan forces rescue over 30 people including children from Taliban prison

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Nov 19 2017

The Afghan Special Forces have rescued more than 30 people including children from a Taliban-run prison in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to the Afghan military officials in the South, the prisoners were rescued during an operation in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A spokesman for the 215th Maiwan Corps of the Army Abdul QadirBahadurzai confirmed that the raid was conducted in the vicinity of Nawzaddisrict.

He said at least four children under the age of 12 were also among those rescued durig the operation.

The local officials are saying that the civilians were apparently abducted on charges of supporting the government or having relations with the security personnel.

The Taliban militants in the meantime claim that the individuals rescued during the operation were arrested by the Taliban fighters on various criminal charges.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

This is not the first time the Afghan forces have rescued detainees from a Taliban-run prison in this province.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel rescued at least eleven people from a Taliban prison in this province late in May this year.

khaama.com/afghan-forces-rescue-over-30-people-including-children-from-taliban-prison-03878

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India

Islamic State’s news agency claims responsibility for Srinagar attack

Peerzada Ashiq SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

Women hold a black flag — similar to the ones used by militant group Islamic State — during the funeral procession of Mugees Ahmad Mir, whom security forces identified as a local militant, in Srinagar on November 18, 2017

Mugees Mir, identified as a local militant, and a sub-inspector were killed during the attack at Zakura, on the outskirts of Srinagar on November 17.

SITE Intel Group, an online terror tracker site, has claimed that Islamic State-backed news agency Amaq took responsibility for the November 17, 2017 Zakura attack in Srinagar, which left one local militant Mugees Mir and a sub-inspector dead.

The security agencies in Kashmir are yet to confirm Mir’s links with the terror outfit that mainly operates in Syria and Iraq. According to the police, Mir was affiliated to the militant faction headed by Zakir Musa.

It’s first casualty inflicted on the group of Musa, who claims to head the al-Qaeda chapter, AnsarGhazwat-ul-Hind, in Kashmir. Musa split from the HizbulMujahideen earlier this year.

One militant, Tauseef Ahmad, was also arrested during the operation in Zakura.

Meanwhile, a Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen spokesman claimed the militant belonged to his group and was “a district commander”. He said Mir was “no way affiliated to AnsarGhazwat-ul-Hind and al-Qaeda links are been established to malign the Kashmir struggle”.

However, black flags, similar to the ones of the Islamic State, were seen displayed during Mir’s funeral on November 18. In fact, Mir’s body was also wrapped in the black flag as his supporters raised pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans.

thehindu.com/news/national/islamic-states-magazine-claims-responsibility-for-srinagar-attack/article20555507.ece

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Rajasthan spiritual fair booklet asks parents to stalk daughters to save them from love jihad

Sriparna Ghosh   November 19, 2017

The booklets are being distributed by Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal. Read on to know the controversial advice given by them.

In a bizarre development, the Rajasthan government has now asked students of government and private schools to visit a "Spiritual Fair" being held in Jaipur in order to discourage love jihad and eating non-vegetarian food.

Women should sweep floors and grind 'chakki' to stay healthy, says Rajasthan education department magazine

The five-day fair, which began on November 16, is also selling books on Christian conspiracies, running a campaign to declare cow as the "national mother" and even calling for students to enrol themselves in other caste organisations.

This new development comes a few days after the Rajasthan education department in its magazine advised women to sweep the floors, fill water pitchers and grind "chakki" (grain grinder) in order to stay fit.

Apart from students, the fair organisers have also asked schools to send a few teachers.

Manuals discouraging love jihad

The fair, which apparently aims to "provide a platform to organisations engaged in imparting services to society to motivate and involve the public to be part of the process of social transformation," has also issued two controversial pamphlets.

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Pamphlets being distributed in Jaipur fairTwitter

The pamphlets, which are being distributed by Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal members, have not only labelled Muslims as "terrorists" and womanisers but have also taken a dig at Bollywood stars.

One of the manuals being sold by the VHP for Rs 5 each uses words like "terrorists", "anti-nationals", "pro-Pakistanis", "womanisers", and "smugglers" to describe Muslims. The purported belief here is this would discourage Hindu girls and women from converting to Islam or marrying Muslims.

'Stalk daughters'

The 16-page manual by the VHP titled "Jihad and love jihad... Hindu girls beware" has asked parents to keep an eye on their daughters' activities at school and college, search their mobiles phones and warn them if a Muslim boy comes home to meet them.

According to a Times of India report, the pamphlet also carries a rate card which features the sum of money a Muslim man gets for luring women of different religions and communities like Sikh or Gujarati into being converted to Islam.

Pamphlets being distributed in Jaipur fair

Rte card with sum of money a Muslim man gets for luring women from different religions.Twitter

The other booklet has a morphed photograph of Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor. It shows the left side of her face covered by a niqab, while she sports a bindi on the right side. It even cites Bollywood actors like Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan as example of men who have engaged in love jihad.

"They have deserted their Hindu wives to entrap other Hindu women," the pamphlet said, according to ToI.

Authorities deny allegations

The English daily report also said when the organisers of the fair were contacted, they denied the distribution of the controversial booklets.

"This is a spiritual fair; we are not distributing any literature on love jihad," Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF) co-secretary Rajendra Singh Shekhawat was quoted as saying by the English daily.

ibtimes.co.in/rajasthan-spiritual-fair-booklet-asks-parents-stalk-daughters-save-them-love-jihad-749980

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26/11 mastermind’s nephew among 6 terrorists killed in encounter

M SaleemPandit | TNN | Nov 18, 2017

Photo: PTI26/11 mastermind’s nephew among 6 terrorists killed in encounter

SRINAGAR: In a major jolt to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir, six top commanders of the militant outfit, including Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaik-ur-RehmanLakhvi's nephew, were gunned down by security forces in an encounter at Chandergir in Bandipora district on Saturday evening.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) commando died, while another soldier and a civilian were injured in the encounter, director general of police S P Vaid told TOI.

Police swung into action after getting a whiff of the meeting of these top LeT commanders on Saturday evening at a particular place in Chandergir. A joint team of the army, SOG and CRPF cordoned off the area. When the joint team began its combing operation, the militants opened fire triggering an encounter, Vaid said.

Lakhvi's nephew Owaid, alias Usama Jangi, was present for the meeting, Vaid said. Mehmood Bhai, the divisional commander of Lashkar who was recently injured in a shootout in north Kashmir, also had come over for the meeting, he added.

"The encounter which ended now, in which total of 6 LeT militants were eliminated. Weapons and ammunition recovered. One of the terrorists named Owaid alias Usama Jangi was the son of ZakirRehman Maki and nephew of ZakirRehmanLakhvi (mastermind of Mumbai terror attacks)," Vaid tweeted.

The DGP, in another tweet, said that LeT commanders Zargam Bhai and Mehmood Bhai were also killed in the operation, adding that all the six militants were Pakistani nationals.

According to Vaid, the slain terrorists were active since the past several years across the Kashmir valley. He said the killing of the six top-brass terrorists was a major setback for LeT outfit.

Incidentally, on November 7, security forces had killed JeM chief Masood Azhar's nephew Talha Rasheed and two other militants in a gunfight in Aglar village of Pulwama district of the south of Kashmir.

A defence spokesman said two soldiers, including an IAF Guard Commando, suffered injuries in the encounter and were hospitalised. The IAF personnel, however, succumbed to injuries, he added.

The security forces recovered large quantities of arms and ammunition from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said.

During the encounter, clashes erupted between locals and government forces in the area. A civilian received a bullet wound on his leg and was hospitalised.

Internet services in Bandipora district were suspended as a precautionary measure, an official said.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-masterminds-nephew-among-6-terrorists-killed-in-encounter/articleshow/61705622.cms

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8 Muslim youths held near disputed Ayodhya site

TNN | Nov 19, 2017, 08:45 IST

LUCKNOW: A group of eight Muslim youths from Nagaur district in Rajasthan were arrested by Faizabad police on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday in Ayodhya for suspicious movement in a high security zone.

Police and paramilitary personnel deputed to guard Ram Janmabhoomi shrine intercepted a jeep in which the group was travelling near the barricades put at the outer cordon of the shrine around 2.00 am on Saturday. The jeep was stopped since entry on the route is allowed only after permission.

Policemen asked them the purpose of the visit. "They said they wanted to visit Ambedkar Nagar and had lost their way after taking a wrong turn," said officer-in-charge of Ram Janmabhoomi police station, inspector Sunil Kumar Mishra.

Additional SP of antiterrorist squad Rajesh Sahni and a team of sleuths from intelligence bureau rushed to the spot to question the youths early morning. The youths said that they were from Nagaur district in Rajasthan and were in UP since November 15 for 'ziyarat' (a form of pilgrimage) and intended to visit 16 shrines.

Meanwhile, ATS contacted Nagaur police and asked them to verify the addresses mentioned on the IDs. Nothing amiss was found in verification. On Saturday, the youths were presented before a magistrate. "We have challaned the youths for trespassing into a secured zone and also under CrPC section 151. We will give our report to the magistrate and he would take a call on the matter now," said Mishra.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/8-muslim-youths-held-near-disputed-ayodhya-site/articleshow/61708765.cms

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Build mosque, no problem with temple nearby: AIMPLB

November 19, 2017

Ayodhya, Ram temple, Ayodhya temple, Ayodhyahindus, Ayodhya Muslims, AIMPLB, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Maulana Mohammad Qasim, Shahi Imam of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan, said all Muslims are united in their demand for building the Babri Masjid. EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA

TWO DAYS after spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that Muslims “by and large” are not opposed to construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday said that dialogue is not possible “if they already have an agenda to build a temple”.

Addressing a media conference organised by Anujman-e-Haideri, a society of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan in Delhi’s JorBagh. AIMPLB’s Mufti Aijaz Arshad Quasmi said, “We should also get our right — the masjid needs to be built. We have no problem if they want to construct a temple nearby.”

Claiming that Ravi Shankar has changed his stance since their first meeting in Bengaluru on October 6, Quasmi said, “We had met in the presence of leaders from different religions. In it, Sri Sri had said ‘no community should feel disturbed or hurt’. Now he is talking about just mandir.”

Maulana Mohammad Qasim, Shahi Imam of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan, said all Muslims are united in their demand for building the Babri Masjid. Syed Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, general secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri, said, “In 1992, Supreme Court put a stay on demolition, but still it was done (demolished). In due respect to law and court, the masjid should be made first, and then a status quo order drawn.”

It was announced at the press meet that 5 lakh members from the Muslim community will gather in Delhi November 26 to pass a resolution on this. The Waqf Protection Movement will also be launched that day, the leaders said. The group demanded that Ravi Shankar put the road map for finding a solution to the Babri dispute in public.

In response, a spokesperson for Art of Living said: “Gurudev has not given any formula. He has asked both communities to come for talks in a cordial atmosphere and evolve a formula rthat he can moderate. We don’t know why some people are getting nervous.”

indianexpress.com/article/india/ayodhya-ram-temple-hindus-muslims-build-mosque-no-problem-with-temple-nearby-aimplb-sri-sri-ravi-shankar-4944049/

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'Killing of terrorists has resulted in remarkable change in the security situation in Kashmir'

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Nov 19, 2017

SRINAGAR: A day after six terrorists were gunned down in the Valley, security forces on Sunday said that the year-long counter-insurgency operation has resulted in a remarkable change in the security situation in the region.

Addressing the media in a joint press conference, 15 Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu said, "We have killed about 190 terrorists as on date, in 2017. Out of these 190, 80 are local terrorists and 110 foreign. Out of these 110, 66 terrorists were killed near the LoC while infiltrating."

"Approximately 125-130 terrorists killed this year belonged to the hinterland of Kashmir Valley, resulting in a remarkable change in the situation in the region," he added.

Thanking the coordinated effort of the Indian Army, CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir police and the intelligence agency, J&K DGP SP Vaid said that the Valley needs to be free from gun violence and drugs for peace to prevail in the region.

The officer also commended the efforts of the security forces to successfully persuade young local boys who had joined terrorist organizations to return.

Giving the example of Majid Arshid Khan, a young footballer from Anantnag who quit Lashkar, the officer said that the security forces have achieved substantial success in rehabilitating young local boys who had joined terror camps.

Khan who had joined terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba walked into a security camp with his arms and ammunition and surrendered on Sunday.

Urging the youth who have joined terrorirst organizations to return home, Sandhu said, "Come back to the mainstream, this will facilitate the return of peace to the valley. We are ready to receive them in an honourable manner."

Sandhu also urged the local youth to not fall into Pakistan's trap and asked, "The local terrorists must realize that it is easy to call yourself a Mujahid. But are you a Mujahid, or just a proxy for Pakistan?"

On the question of Islamic State claiming the responsibility of Zakura encounter in Srinagar, Vaid said, "It is yet to be verified, I don't think ISIS has any imprints here."

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/killing-of-terrorist-has-resulted-in-remarkable-change-in-the-security-situation-in-the-region/articleshow/61711363.cms

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Pakistan

Pakistan Defence's Twitter account suspended for posting morphed photo of Indian girl

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Nov 19, 2017

NEW DELHI: Twitter on Saturday suspended the official account of Pakistan Defence, a forum dedicated to the country's military affairs, for tweeting a morphed photo of an Indian girl to promote its anti-India rhetoric.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Defence's verified Twitter handle @defencepk had posted an image of a young woman standing in front of Delhi's Jama Masjid with a placard reading: "I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kahmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa."

However, eagle-eyed Indian netizens who noticed the post cried foul and pointed out that it was a doctored version of a photo shared by Delhi University student Kawalpreet Kaur. In the original image, the placard held by Kaur bears the message: "I am a citizen of India and I stand with secular values of our constitution."

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NailaInayat @nailainayat

True story, there goes the Defence of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/HV4K9bwpUm

NailaInayat@nailainayat

Other than running malicious campaigns against several Pakistani journalists/activists, defencepk was also morphing photos to further its propaganda: pic.twitter.com/qK7ZLQM29G

10:02 PM - Nov 18, 2017

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Pakistan Defence had deleted the tweet some time later, but after receiving numerous complaints about the morphed photo, Twitter suspended the account, and it is still offline as of today.

Kawalpreet Kaur @kawalpreetdu

The account of @defencepk has been suspended by twitter for posting my unverified & morphed pictures. Grateful to all who reported it in large numbers. The message of the picture shouldn't be lost in these dark times. No nation wants lynchings& killings. Only bigots wants hate.

8:51 PM - Nov 18, 2017

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Pakistan Defence, which has no links to the country's government, claims to be the "one stop resource for Pakistan defence, strategic affairs, security issues, world defence and military affairs."

The web portal has been frequently accused of promoting anti-India propaganda and hate speech and running malicious campaigns against Pakistani journalists and activists who were critical of the country's armed forces and intelligence service.

This isn't the first time that Pakistan has used a falsified narrative to tarnish India's image. In September, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations MaleehaLodhi, in her right to reply to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the UN, showed the photo of a wounded Palestinian girl and tried to pass it off as evidence of atrocities in Kashmir.

India had hit back at Lodhi's attempt to mislead the UN by describing it as "the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India" to divert attention from its role as the hub of global terrorism.

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Chief justice takes suomotu notice of 20 bullet-riddled bodies found in Balochistan

HaseebBhattiNovember 19, 2017

Chief Justice of Pakistan MianSaqibNisar on Sunday took suomotu notice of media reports regarding the killing of 20 people in Balochistan whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in areas of Turbat and Buleda over the last five days.

A press release issued by the Supreme Court noted that the men who lost their lives were brought to the province by human traffickers with the intention of making them cross the Pak-Iran border illegally.

Justice Nisar has called for a detailed report on the matter from Balochistan's inspector general of police and the director of Federal Investigation Bureau within three days.

The chief justice has asked both departments to inform the court about "the steps being taken to curb such incidents in future."

Fifteen bullet-riddled bodies were discovered by the Levies force in Balochistan'sKech district on November 15, while five more turned up near the same area on November 18.

The victims belonged to MandiBahauddin, Sialkot and other parts of Punjab, and had been trying to enter Iran illegally and then proceed to Turkey to enter Greece for the sake of employment, a senior administration officer had told Dawn earlier.

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Sharif, family may soon be barred from leaving Pak

PTI | Updated: Nov 19, 2017, 04:16 IST

ISLAMABAD: Ousted Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif and four of his family members can soon be barred from leaving Pakistan in connection with the Panama Papers case as the country's anti-graft watchdog has initiated a process to place their names on the Exit Control List, a media report said on Saturday.

Sharif and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their ownership of properties in London. He resigned as prime minister in July after the country's Supreme Court disqualified him over undeclared income.

Three cases were registered by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8 against Sharif, his children and son-in-law in the Accountability Court Islamabad, following the July verdict by the Supreme Court.

'Dawn' reported that the NAB Lahore office on Friday initiated the process to place the names of Sharif, his sons Hussain and Hassan, daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar on Exit Control List (ECL).

According to the NAB Islamabad spokesman, the members of the family may face travel restriction if listed on the ECL. An accountability court had earlier declared Hussain and Hassan proclaimed offenders for skipping court proceedings in connection with the case.

On Thursday, the NAB had requested the ministry of interior to put finance minister Ishaq Dar's name on the ECL after an accountability court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for him. Dar, like Sharif's sons, has continuously been absent from court proceedings in a case against him for owning assets beyond known sources of income.

A senior official told the paper on condition of anonymity that the NAB Lahore had written to its Islamabad headquarters requesting that Hussain and Hassan's names be placed on the ECL.

The NAB spokesman in Islamabad confirmed the other three names - Sharif, Maryam and Safdar - that had been recommended by the anti-graft watchdog Lahore to be placed on the ECL.

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Pakistan NSA accuses India of creating 'two-front situation'

PTI | Updated: Nov 18, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan national security advisor Nasser Khan Janjua today accused India of creating a "two-front situation" for Pakistan, saying such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability.

His statement came during his talks with visiting special representative of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel who was accompanied by German ambassador Martin Kobler here.

According to a statement by the NSA office, the two sides discussed the regional security situation and the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.

Janjua said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan but the same is under stress due to involvement of India which wants to create a "two front situation" for Pakistan.

"India is self-seeking a two front situation which does not auger well for the region. All major powers of the world need to play their role in keeping the region stable and balanced," he said.

He meant to say that Pakistan was being stretched to fight militants on the western front with Afghanistan and face Indian army on the eastern border with India.

The NSA also said that for "regional peace and stability, it is imperative for both the countries to engage with each and resolve their disputes".

He said Pakistan and India should resolve their disputes for the sake of better future.

Janjua also said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and urged for political settlement of the Afghan issue.

"To end miseries of Afghanistan and its people, warring sides should seek a political solution to the conflict as the perpetual war of last 16 years has given us nothing but human miseries and sufferings," Janjua added.

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Ahsan Iqbal makes last-ditch appeal to Islamabad protesters to end sit-in

November 19, 2017

As the clock runs out on the Islamabad High Court's (IHC) deadline to the district administration to clear the Faizabad Interchange of a sit-in of religious parties, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday made a last-ditch appeal to the protesters to end their dharna.

Iqbal, while addressing a press conference, reiterated the government's desire to end the deadlock through dialogue rather than by means of force. He observed that the sit-in was not being held for political reasons, but because of the religious sentiments of the protesters.

Reports claimed that during marathon meetings between a ministerial-level government team and protest leaders on Saturday, the government had offered the leaders that all cases registered against them would be withdrawn and a committee would be appointed to look into claims that Law Minister Zahid Hamid was behind the now-withdrawn controversial change into the Khatm-i-Nubuwat declaration for electoral candidates.

However, Iqbal had rejected the protesters demand for the law minister’s resignation, saying that Hamid could not be asked to resign without solid evidence against him.

Iqbal reiterated that compliance with the IHC order to remove the protesters by Sunday [today] was a legal requirement, but added that he had requested the court specially for an extension in the deadline in order to reach a peaceful resolution to the deadlock.

"We agreed to the suggestions they had, and I hope the protesters and their representatives will also reach an agreement so the issue can be resolved and people's lives can return to normal. If all reservations have been dispelled and the law has been reversed, there is no more justification for the sit-in," he said.

"The pressure on us is increasing, and the court has also given us an order [to end the sit-in]," he said. "The government does not want any clashes."

People's daily lives, children's academics and businesses have all been affected by the 14-day long protest, Iqbal said.

He said that protesters should congratulate the government for the historic work of restoring a law that had lapsed in 2002 and now, the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat issue had been settled once and for all.

The interior minister said that in the next few days, the nation would be celebrating Eid MiladunNabi and, therefore, the protesters should ensure that no tense situation was created during these days.

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Arab World

Arab League meets on Saudi Arabia's request to discuss Iran 'violations'

November 19, 2017

Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Sunday on Saudi Arabia's request for an extraordinary meeting to discuss alleged “violations” committed by Iran in the region.

The Arab League meeting comes as tensions have been rising between long-standing rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over League member Lebanon and other issues.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East, including Syria and Yemen. A diplomatic source said Riyadh was seeking to adopt a condemnation of “Iran and Arab militias linked to this country”.

A committee is to prepare a draft resolution on Iran which will be discussed later by all ministers. The meeting is also expected to address a Yemen rebel missile that was intercepted near Riyadh on November 4, and a pipeline fire in Bahrain on November 10.

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of “direct military aggression” against the kingdom by supplying the Yemen rebels with ballistic missiles, but Tehran has denied any involvement.

Bahrain has also blamed Iran for the pipeline fire.

In its request for the meeting, Saudi Arabia referred to those two incidents and “to the violations committed by Iran in the Arab region, which undermines security and peace, not only in the Arab region but around the globe,” according to a memo seen by AFP.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) supported the Saudi request for an extraordinary meeting, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, it said.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have also soared since Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on Nov 4, citing Iran's “grip” on his country and threats to his life.

Lebanon's foreign minister will not attend Sunday's Arab League meeting, a ministry source has told AFP, but the country's permanent representative would be present. For more than a decade, Lebanon's political class has been largely split between Hezbollah and its allies and a coalition led by Hariri.

In Syria, Hezbollah has fought to defend the government of President Bashar al-Assad, also an ally of Iran.

The Arab League has 22 members, but Syria's membership was suspended at the end of 2011 following months of brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations and an opposition movement supported by Gulf monarchies.

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Russian Strategic Bombers Strike ISIL Targets in Syria for Third Day

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force continued its efforts to help the Syrian government completely eliminate ISIL in Syria, with its long-range bombers having carried out a new successful airstrike on terrorists' positions.

Six Tu-22M3 strategic bombers, with air cover provided by Su-30 fighters, were on a mission in Eastern Syria close to Iraq's border on Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Russian bombers targeted ISIL strongholds in an area near Albu Kamal in the DeirEzzur province. A number of terrorists were killed, while their armored vehicles and other weapons were destroyed, the Russian military added.

The Russian Air Force has been assisting the Syrian Army in its fight against terrorists for about two years. Russia launched its anti-terrorist operation in Syria at the request of the Syrian government in September 2015. In March 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal of the Russian Air Force from Syria and said that the primary objective of the operation had been achieved. The remaining aircraft, however, continue to assist the Syrian Army in its fight against terrorists.

The Syrian army also continued its advances in other key provinces across Syria.

Homs

The Syrian army continued its advances in Northern Homs and fended off an attack by the terrorist groups on their positions in Northern Homs.

The government troops engaged in heavy clashes with the terrorists who were intending to penetrate into a military position in areas surrounding al-Houleh in Northern Homs and thwarted their attack.

Meantime, the Syrian government troops targeted the terrorists' military positions and movement with artillery and missile attacks, killing a number of terrorists and injuring many others.

Hama

The Syrian army warded off the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists' large-scale attack on the government forces' positions in Northeastern Hama, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.

The Syrian army units destroyed the Al-Nusra Front's bomb-laden vehicles before they could reach the government forces' military positions in the surrounding areas of Marijab al-Jamlan Northeast of Shakousieh village in the Northeastern outskirts of Hama.

Meantime, the Syrian troops engaged in heavy clashes with the Al-Nusra Front around the village.

A military source said the Syrian army inflicted heavy losses and casualties on the terrorists by killing and wounding a number of terrorists as well as destroying their military vehicles.

Meantime, a military source pointed to the Syrian army's goal of reaching Abu al-Zuhour military airport in the outskirts of Idlib, and said the army's more important goal by conducting military operations in Northeastern Hama and Southwestern Aleppo is to reopen a major part of international Damascus-Aleppo highway which passes through Khan Sheikhoun and is adjacent to Ma'aret al-Nuaman and Saraqib in Eastern Aleppo.

The Syrian army continued its clashes with Al-Nusra Front in Northeastern Hama and took control of Kharbeh al-Rahjan village North of SarhaShomalieh village.

Battlefield sources disclosed that the Syrian army was planning to take back al-Zohour military airport in the suburbs of Idlib.

Damascus

The Syrian army warded off the terrorists' offensives on government forces' military positions in Eastern Damascus for the fifth consecutive day, and took control of regions that they had temporarily lost.

The government troops clashed with the terrorists who had attacked their military positions in Vehicles Management region in the city of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta, forcing the militant to retreat after killing a number of them.

Meantime, a military source pointed to the dispatch of reinforcement forces and new military equipment to the region, and said that the Syrian army took control of several buildings in Vehicles Management region that they had lost temporarily.

Meantime, the army's artillery and air force are still targeting the terrorists' military positions in the area.

Also, the army continued its military operations against the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta, killing a notorious commander of Faylaq al-Rahman.

SaerQavider, commander of Faylaq al-Rahman's Brigade 10, along with all his militants were killed in the Syrian army's artillery attacks on their military positions while the terrorists were intending to attack the Syrian army's al-Rahba 646 military position in Harasta of Eastern Ghouta.

The Syrian air force, meantime, targeted the terrorists' positions in Harasta, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists.

A military source, meantime, confirmed that the Syrian army regained control of two regions that they had temporarily lost near the Vehicles Management Base in Harasta.

DeirEzzur

A so-called monitoring group announced that more than two dozen people were killed and scores of others injured when a powerful explosion targeted a group of internally displaced persons in the Northern countryside of Syria’s Eastern city of DeirEzzur.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing local sources, reported that an ISIL terrorist detonated an explosive-laden car at a checkpoint run by US-backed militiamen from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near al-Jafraneighborhood, leaving 26 people dead and 30 others injured.

The monitoring group added that 12 children and seven women were among the deceased.

The overall death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured victims are in a critical condition, and several people are missing.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army backed by the artillery units took full control of Huweija Kate Island North of DeirEzzur city, a battlefield source disclosed.

The source noted that the region was the ISIL's last bastion in the Western bank of Euphrates River North of DeirEzzur city, and said the Syrian army's engineering units have started clearing the region.

The government troops managed to take back the villages of al-Savih and al-Hori while making their way towards the village of al-Saviayeh in Eastern DeirEzzur.

The Syrian troops also took control of Hamdan military region West of the town of Albu Kamal.

A battlefield source in Albu Kamal confirmed that the Syrian army shoed away the ISIL from the border region, and said that the government troops also cut the road linking al-Mayadeen to Albu Kamal.

Also, in the army's military operations in Huweija Kate Island North of DeirEzzur city, a large number of ISIL terrorists laid down their arms and handed over themselves to the Syrian army's special forces.

Meantime, a military source confirmed that over 250 ISIL terrorists had surrendered and a large amount of weapons and ammunition were also confiscated from them.

A military source, meantime, disclosed that the Syrian troops took control of about 80 percent of Albu Kamal town, and said that the Syrian troops were advancing from the Western direction of the town.

Meantime, the Syrian air force hit hard the remaining military positions of the ISIL in Albu Kamal and the road linking Albu Kamal to al-Mayadeen desert inflicting heavy casualties and losses on the ISIL terrorists.

In relevant developments, the Russian Air Force strategic bombers conducted a new airstrike on ISIL positions in Eastern Syria.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the strike was carried out by Tu-22M3 supersonic bombers, and successfully targeted ISIL locations near the city of Albu Kamal in the DeirEzzur province in Eastern Syria, RT reported.

Terrorist strongholds near the border with Iraq were destroyed, as were armored vehicles, the military said in a statement Friday.

The military aircraft took off from an airfield in Russia. Six long-range bombers flew over Iran and Iraq, the ministry announced, adding that upon completing the mission in Syria, the jets returned to their home base. The air cover for the bombers in Syrian airspace was provided by Su-30 fighters from the Humeimim base in Syria.

In a similar mission earlier this week, Russian strikes destroyed ISIL hideouts and military equipment in the area.

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Syria: Al-Nusra Dispatches More Fighters to Western Idlib to Face Rival Terrorists

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) has sent more fighters to reinvigorate its positions in Western Idlib amid severe differences with rival terrorist groups, well-informed sources reported on Sunday.

The source said that the Al-Nusra forwarded more fighters and military hardware to its positions and checkpoints in al-Najieyh, al-Zab'einanah and Dardoush regions in Western Idlib near the border with Turkey after wide differences erupted between the terrorist group and other militants from al-FerqaSaheliyah in the region.

In relevant developments but in Aleppo province on Tuesday, Nouralddeen al-Zinki members and other terrorists of Al-Nusra Front resumed clashes after a daylong halt in hostilities in the region.

Al-Zinki and Al-Nusra exchanged heavy fire near the 111th regiment base, the small town of Dar al-Izzah, the village of Taqad, in a region near the villages of Ajel, Tadil and Oweijel and the small towns of Kafr Naha and al-Abzqamou in Western Aleppo.

Meanwhile, Al-Nusra dispatched a large number of forces and military hardware, including tanks and vehicles to the battlefields in Western Aleppo and Northern Idlib to face al-Zinki fighters.

Also, al-Zinki sent its military equipment to the village of Taqad in Western Aleppo and clashed with Al-Nusra in the village of KafrNatin. 

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Syrian Army Fends Off Al Nusra Front's Massive Attack in Northeastern Hama

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army warded off the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists' large-scale attack on the government forces' positions in Northeastern Hama, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.

The Syrian army units destroyed the Al-Nusra Front's bomb-laden vehicles before they could reach the government forces' military positions in the surrounding areas of Marijab al-Jamlan Northeast of Shakousieh village in the Northeastern outskirts of Hama.

Meantime, the Syrian troops engaged in heavy clashes with the Al-Nusra Front around the village.

A military source said the Syrian army has inflicted heavy losses and casualties on the terrorists by killing and wounding a number of terrorists as well as destroying their military vehicles.

In a relevant development earlier on Saturday, the Syrian army dispatched a large number of troops and massive military hardware and equipment to Northern Hama concurrent with army's intensified operations, media reports said.

The Syrian army deployed military equipment from Lattakia to Northern Hama province, the Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported.

Meantime, a military source pointed to the Syrian army's goal of reaching Abu al-Zuhour military airport in the outskirts of Idlib, and said the army's more important goal by conducting military operations in Northeastern Hama and Southwestern Aleppo is to reopen a major part of international Damascus-Aleppo highway which passes through Khan Sheikhoun and is adjacent to Ma'aret al-Nuaman and Saraqib in Eastern Aleppo.

Relevant reports said on Friday, the Syrian Army troops hit the positions of Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) hard in Northeastern Hama, imposing control over two more villages.

Well-informed sources confirmed on Friday that the army men pushed Al-Nusra back from the villages of Sarha al-Shamali South of the town of al-Rahjan region and the village of Qasr Ali East of the village of Rabdah.

Relevant repots said on Wednesday that the army men pushed Al-Nusra back from the small town of Mawilah, Tal (hill) Mahsar and the village of al-Jamileh North of the small town of al-Hamra.

The army soldiers also captured al-Banat hill North of the village of al-Rabi'eh.

The army's engineering units started defusing bombs and landmines planted by the terrorists in the region.

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Syrian Army Seizes ISIL's Last Base in Northern DeirEzzur

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army made further advances against the terrorists in Northern DeirEzzur and captured the ISIL's last military base in the region.

The Syrian army backed by the artillery units took full control of Huweija Kate Island North of DeirEzzur city, a battlefield source disclosed.

The source noted that the region was the ISIL's last bastion in the Western bank of Euphrates River North of DeirEzzur city, and said the Syrian army's engineering units have started clearing the region.

In a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian army forces discovered and seized a large number of weapons and military equipment made by Israel, the US and some other Western states during their anti-ISIL cleansing operations in DeirEzzur.

The Arabic website of Sputnik news agency quoted a military source as saying that during the operations to liberate the remaining districts of DeirEzzur city which were under the ISIL occupation for almost three years, they discovered a large number of arms and ammunitions caches, including different types of Israeli, US and Western weapons.

The source added that in addition to seizing different types of rifles and M16 machineguns as well as TOW missiles in al-Sana'a, al-Hamidiyeh and Stadium districts and the regions near the public garden, they discovered the US-made artilleries of BRAMS 155 type which is considered as a heavy and long-range cannon.

The Syrian army units also seized Hummer armored vehicles used both for transferring forces and suicide attacks as well as Israeli spy drones and clothing special to engineering jobs.

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Over 150 Terrorists Escape from SoutheasternDeirEzzurAmid Rapid Advances of Syrian Army

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 150 ISIL terrorists escaped from the town of Albu Kamal near the border with Iraq after the Syrian Army troops imposed control over 85 percent of the town, an Arab media outlet reported on Sunday.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that 150 ISIL terrorists, including notorious Commanders Saddam al-Jamal and Abu Somi'yeh al-Ansari, escaped the town of Albu Kamal via tunnels towards the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

Elam al-Harbi said that Albu Kamal Governor Abu Hassan Araghi also escaped Albu Kamal.

Some of the fleeing terrorists surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Elam al-Harbi added that the army is in control of over 85 percent of Albu Kamal.

Reports said earlier today that the army men clashed fiercely with ISIL along the road connecting the town of al-Mayadeen to Albu Kamal, imposing control over the town of al-Salehiyeh.

Also, the army's artillery units pounded ISIL's positons in Albu Kamal.

The army men are in control of over 80 percent of Albu Kamal, leaving a narrow strip for ISIL in the town.

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Syrian army, allies take back Albu Kamal from Islamic State

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, Islamic State’s last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hezbollah said on Sunday.

The army had declared victory over Islamic State in Albu Kamal earlier this month but the jihadists then staged a counter-attack using sleeper cells hidden in the town.

Driving Islamic State from Albu Kamal means only a few villages along the Euphrates and patches of nearby desert, as well as isolated pockets in other parts of the country, remain in Syria of the caliphate it declared in 2014.

Most of the forces battling Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have said they expect it to go underground and turn to a guerrilla insurgency using sleeper cells and bombings.

Western intelligence agencies have said it will still be able to inspire attacks on civilians around the world.

“The Syrian Army and its allies in the axis of resistance have expelled Daesh from its last stronghold on Syrian soil,” the Hezbollah news service reported.

The “axis of resistance” is used by those in it to describe the alliance of Iran, Syria and Shi‘ite militias including Hezbollah.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that most IS members withdrew from the town, with fighting continuing in the perimeter of Albu Kamal.

Islamic State’s area of rule in Syria has crumbled this year under two rival military campaigns.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, backed by a U.S.-led coalition has driven it from much of its territory in the north, including its former Syrian capital Raqqa.

Syria’s army and its allies have waged an offensive across central and eastern Syria backed by Russian air and missile power.

The two offensives have mostly avoided conflict with each other through communication between the United States and Russia. However, Syrian and Iranian officials have said that Damascus seeks to regain control over areas held by the SDF.

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Curfew imposed to look for Islamic State attackers of village, south of Mosul

by  Nehal Mostafa

Nov 19, 2017

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Security troops imposed on Sunday curfew in a village in south of Mosul as part of efforts to look for Islamic State militants who launched an attack, a source said.

“Troops imposed curfew in al-Eraij village in search for IS members, who launched an armed attack against the village on Saturday night,” the source told Shafaq News.

“The attack took place after four militants, who were hiding in residential houses in south of Mosul, were arrested,” the source added.

Earlier on the day, five IS members were killed as the pro-government al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] foiled an attack by the militants through Tal Sufuk crossing on the Iraqi-Syrian borders.

Shafaq News quoted a source on Wednesday as saying that unidentified gunmen killed two persons and a child as they opened fire against them in al-Eraij village, Hammam al-Alil region, south of Mosul.

Despite declaring the victory over IS in Mosul, the group’s former bastion in Iraq, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared, in July, victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign.

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition has been fighting, since October 2016, the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

The war against IS has so far displaced at least five million people. Thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled “caliphate”.

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North America

Tennessee imam says ‘Zionist terrorists’ stole Temple Mount from Muslims

18 November 2017

A Somali-American Imam told followers at the Islamic Center of Tennessee over the summer that “Zionist terrorists” stole Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque from Muslims.

“The Zionists, the number one terrorists in the world, had occupied and kidnapped that land long ago,” AhmedulHadi Sharif said in a Friday sermon in July, newly translated and posted by watchdog group MEMRI this week. “And now they want to add Al-Aqsa to their occupations. They kidnapped it.”

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“If we lose Jerusalem, know that it is not going to stop there… The enemies of Allah will come and try to destroy the Kaaba,” he said, referring to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca.

He clarified that “we do not hate the ethnic Jewish people, but we do hate the Zionist oppressors.”

His sermon, first uploaded to the internet on July 24, came amid a spate of unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank over the Temple Mount holy site that is home to Al-Aqsa mosque.

Earlier that month, the holy site became the focus of a major crisis between Israeli authorities, Palestinians, and Jordan over security measures taken at the entrances to the compound.

Metal detectors and cameras had been installed following a deadly attack in which three Arab Israelis emerged from the site and shot dead two Israeli police officers using weapons that had been smuggled onto the Temple Mount.

The implementation of the measures set off daily unrest and clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in and around East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The upgraded security measures were all ultimately removed.

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Anti-Islam GOP survey alarms American Muslims

By Abdus-SattarGhazali

The seven-million-strong American Muslim community was alarmed at an anti-Islam question included in the Republican Party survey titled as "Listening to America."

The question No. 27 of the 32 question survey asks: "Are you concerned by the potential spread of Sharia Law?"

It may be pointed out that the term 'Sharia' refers to Islamic religious teachings, comparable to Catholic cannon law and Jewish Halacha.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, Saturday (Nov 18) sent a letter to Republican Party leaders requesting a meeting and the immediate removal of the question.

In the letter to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, CAIR National Executive Director NihadAwad wrote in part:

"Just as it would be widely condemned as extremely inappropriate and indecent for the RNC to ask Americans if they are concerned about the potential spread of Catholic cannon law and Jewish Halacha, posing questions about the religious teachings practiced by American Muslims should be likewise condemned by the Republican Party.

"This GOP survey question about religious principles of American Muslims is comparable to the darker chapters of our nation's history when Catholic and Jewish Americans were vilified and their loyalty to our nation was questioned.

"The Republican Party should not allow its resources to be hijacked by those who would seek to use its stature in American society to fuel the rise of un-American and anti-Muslim bigotry in our country. American Muslims deserve the same opportunities as all Americans -- to build better futures for our families and children. However, just this week, the FBI released its hate crimes report for 2016, which shows American Muslims and Jews were the two most common targets of religiously-motivated hate crimes in the U.S.

"According to the report, there were increases in reported hate crimes across the board compared to 2015. Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by nearly 20 percent, anti-white by 17 percent, anti-Latino by 15 percent, and anti-Jewish by 3 percent."

Anti-Sharia legislation

The GOP survey question about Sharia echo's a campaign of anti-Islam legislations in several states to ban the non-existent Sharia law.

Researchers and critics fear that right-wing legislators are increasing anti-Muslim sentiment as Islamic law, known as "Sharia", was targeted by some 194 bills between 2010 and 2016, according to a report released in September last by the University of California, Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Of that total, 18 bills were signed into law in 12 different states.

"The anti-Sharia law movement, by way introducing and enacting anti-Sharia law bills across the United States, seeks to legalise the othering of Muslims, as well as to perpetuate a fear of Sharia, Islam and ultimately Muslims," said BasimaSisemore, a researcher and an author of Legalising Othering: The United States of Islamophobia.

Sisemore argued that these bills have a negative effect on Muslims by stoking fear and bigotry at a time when US President Donald Trump is targeting the religious minority.

"The consequences of introducing or enacting anti-Muslim laws extend beyond the conspicuous intent to subvert Muslim Americans' citizenship and civil liberties, as has been demonstrated by the rise of anti-Sharia rallies that swept across the US in June of this year," she told Al Jazeera.

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US congress passes new bill regarding Pakistan and Haqqani network

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Nov 19 2017

The US congress has passed a new amended law regarding Pakistan and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network, it has been reported.

According to the new bill passed by the Congress, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2018, Pakistan is obliged to work with the Afghan government and Washington for the elimination of the safe havens of the terror network in its soil.

Passed on Thursday evening, the bill includes $700 billion for the US defense needs for the year 2018 as well as $700 million on Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan.

However, the US Congress has said half of the funds from the Coalition Support Fund amounting to $350 million will be withheld and will be released only when the US defense secretary certifies Pakistan’s steps against the Haqqani terrorist network.

This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where from they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

The Haqqani terrorist network was found in the late 1970s by JalaluddinHaqqani and is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.

The network is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region and was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012 by the US Department of State.

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South Asia

Afghan forces rescue over 30 people including children from Taliban prison

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Nov 19 2017

The Afghan Special Forces have rescued more than 30 people including children from a Taliban-run prison in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to the Afghan military officials in the South, the prisoners were rescued during an operation in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A spokesman for the 215th Maiwan Corps of the Army Abdul QadirBahadurzai confirmed that the raid was conducted in the vicinity of Nawzaddisrict.

He said at least four children under the age of 12 were also among those rescued durig the operation.

The local officials are saying that the civilians were apparently abducted on charges of supporting the government or having relations with the security personnel.

The Taliban militants in the meantime claim that the individuals rescued during the operation were arrested by the Taliban fighters on various criminal charges.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

This is not the first time the Afghan forces have rescued detainees from a Taliban-run prison in this province.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel rescued at least eleven people from a Taliban prison in this province late in May this year.

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6 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack

November 19, 2017

The Taliban attacked three checkpoints in the western Farah province of Afghanistan, killing at least six policemen, an Afghan official said on Sunday.

Mohammad NaserMehri, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said eight other policemen were wounded in the late Saturday attack. He claimed eight insurgents were killed and at least five others were wounded in the battle.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, seven militants were killed and two others wounded when a bomb exploded prematurely in the northern Kunduz province. MahbobullahSayedi, a district chief, said the fighters died while trying to plant the bomb on a road used by Afghan security forces.

Dozens of Afghan police and soldiers have been killed in a wave of Taliban attacks on checkpoints in Afghanistan, officials had said on Tuesday, as insurgents step up assaults on the beleaguered security forces.

Afghan security forces have faced soaring casualties in their attempts to hold back the insurgents since Nato combat forces pulled out of the country at the end of 2014.

Casualties leapt by 35 per cent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed, according to US watchdog SIGAR.

The insurgents have carried out more complex attacks against security forces in 2017, with SIGAR describing troop casualties in the early part of the year as “shockingly high”.

In August, Trump announced that American forces would stay in Afghanistan indefinitely, increasing attacks on militants and deploying more troops.

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Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence

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Colombo Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites.

Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Police said the late Friday violence in the southern coastal town of Ginthota was triggered by rumours and fake messages on social media.

"This was a clash between a small fraction of extremists in the both ethnic groups," police spokesman RuwanGunasekera told Reuters.

One of those arrested was a woman who falsely spread news that Muslims were about to attack a Buddhist temple, he said.

"We've decided to arrest those who have been spreading false messages and rumours on social media."

Later police said all 19 suspects have been remanded until November 30 and a local curfew had been imposed in the clash area for 12 hours on Sunday.

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Law and Order Minister SagalaRatnayaka said "some political groups are now on a desperate mission to turn this minor brawl into a Sinhala-Muslim clash".

"I urge the public not to be misled by their false propaganda," he said.

Additional police battalions, elite police forces, the anti-riot squad and the military were called late on Friday to bring the situation under control.

Buddhists make up about 70 percent of Sri Lanka's population of 21 million, compared with about 9 percent for Muslims.

President Maithripala Sirisena's government, after coming under fire from rights groups and diplomats for not doing enough to crack down on hardline Buddhist groups, acted against anti-Muslim attackers in June this year.

That response came after more than 20 attacks on Muslims, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques, were recorded in two months.

In 2014, three Muslims were killed in riots stirred up by hardline Buddhist groups.

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CTTC: Ansar al-Islam man involved in Avijit, Dipan, Xulhaz murders held

November 19, 2017

A suspected member of Ansar al-Islam, involved with the murders of writer Avijit Roy, LGBT rights activist XulhazMannan and JagritiPrakashani publisher Faisal ArefinDipan, has been arrested.

Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested Mozammel Hussain alias Saimon from BauniaBadaldi road area in Dhaka around 4:30pm on Saturday.

In a statement, police said Saimon’s organizational name is Mozammel and he is the chief of Ansar al-Islam’s Intelligence and Media Wing.

According to the press release, Mozammel has confessed that he was directly involved with the murder of Avijit.

He was ordered by sacked army major Syed ZiaulHaque to take part in the murder, it said.

In the primary interrogation, Mozammel confessed his involvement with the murders of Dipan, secular activist Niladri Chatterjee Niloy, Xulhaz and his friend KhandakerMahbub Rabbi Tonoy.

Mozammel also told the police that he had been involved with all the murders carried out by his group Ansar al-Islam.

Avijit was hacked to death on the Dhaka University campus in February 2015 while Dipan was killed in a similar manner at Dhaka’s Aziz Supermarket on October 31 the same year.

Xulhaz and his friend KhandakerMahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed in a Dhaka flat on April 25, 2015.

Niloy, popularly known as Niloy Neel on blogging platforms and Facebook, was killed by four assailants with machetes posing as prospective tenants at his Goran residence in Dhaka on August 2015.

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Necessary steps taken to reach to a peace deal with Pakistan: Ghani

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Nov 19 2017

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Afghan government has taken necessary steps to reach to a peace deal with Pakistan.

Speaking to local residents and elders of southern Zabul province, President Ghani rejected the perceptions that Afghanistan wants destruction of Pakistan.

He said this is neither the notion of the Afghan government and nation nor will Afghanistan allow anyone to do bad with the country.

President Ghani also added that such perceptions that the government’s strategies regarding peace efforts are not clear, are also baseless.

This comes as President Ghani has long been insisting on peace with Pakistan first approach.

In his message on the first day of Eid Al-Adha, President Ghani said the Afghan government is fully prepared for the peace talks and negotiations with Pakistan for peace is on the agenda of the government.

He was apparently gesturing towards his previous remarks where he insisted that peace talks with Pakistan is important and should come first before holding talks with the anti-government armed militant groups.

The Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network to use its soil for planning and coordinating attacks in Afghanistan, calling it as one of the major barriers in forcing the militant groups to participate in talks.

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China’s envoy for Afghanistan meets Pak army chief amid growing US pressures

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Nov 19 2017

The Special Envoy of China for Afghanistan Ambassador Deng Xijun has met with the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar JavedBajwa amid growing pressures by Washington on Islamabad to act against the terror outfits having safe havens in the country.

The Inter Services Public Relations, Pakistani military’s media wing, in a statement said “H.E Mr Deng Xijun, Special Envoy on Afghan Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China called on General Qamar JavedBajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) today.”

The statement further added that matters of mutual interest including regional security issues with particular emphasis on Pak-Afghan border management and counter-terrorism efforts were discussed during the meeting.

“Visiting dignitary appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in War against terrorism,” the statement added.

The meeting between Ambassador Xijun and Gen. Bajwa was reportedly organized after the US CENTCOM commander Gen. Joseph Votel met with the Pakistani military leadership during his two-day visit to the country.

Gen. Votel reportedly pressed the Pakistani officials to step up efforts to eradicate the safe havens of the terror groups from the country.

The Afghan and US officials are saying that the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network are having safe havens in Pakistan from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

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Ghani warns regarding looming water crisis threatening Kabul city

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Nov 19 2017

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani warned regarding the looming water crisis threatening capital Kabul and other key cities of the country.

Speaking during the 4th round national urban conference in Kabul, President Ghani said the lack of a strategy to manage resources is one of the worst legacies left to the Afghan government.

He said extensive research and studies have been done regarding the water resources and its management over the period of the past three years.

President Ghani further added that the government has important plans on hand particularly for water resources management in Kabul.

According to President Ghani, a major program incuding the construction of a water dam is due to kick off in the near future in a bid to respond to the looming water crisis threatening the capital.

This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani earlier in August said more water dams will be built in western Herat and other provinces of Afghanistan as he unveiled the government’s new economic perspectives.

Earlier, President Ghani had said the government is committed for the administration of the waters despite the objections as he called on the youths of the country to step up efforts to eradicate poverty, discrimination, and violence in the country.

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NDS foil Haqqani network’s coordinated attack plan in Kabul

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Nov 18 2017

The Afghan intelligence operatives have foiled a coordinated attack plan by the notorious Haqqani terrorist network in Kabul city.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the Afghan forces discovered a cache of mines, explosives, and weapons prepared by the terror network for the attack.

The statement further added that the cache was discovered from the vicinity of the 7th police district of the city which included ten magnetic bombs, a suicide bombing vest, mobile phones, and weapons.

The explosives and mines were destroyed on the spot, NDS said, adding that the Haqqani network was looking to use the explosives for coordinated attacks in the city.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban and Haqqani network have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the anti-government armed militant groups have been attempting to carry out terrorist attacks in the key cities of the country, including capital Kabul amid mounting pressure on them in the battlefield.

At least eighteen people were killed and several others were wounded after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Kabul city on Thursday afternoon.

The incident took place near a hotel in Lab-e-Jar area of the city amid an ongoing gathering of the supporters of Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor.

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Europe

'Introduce Sharia law, create Muslim state to avoid civil war'

19/11/17 13:55

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A French professor has suggested creating a Muslim state within France in order to prevent a civil war, reports Westmonster.

Professor Christian de Moliner admits that an independent society has formed within France, which he described as: “A branch that wants to settle their lives on religious values and is fundamentally opposed to the liberal consensus on which our country was founded.

“We can never convert the 30% of Muslims who demand the introduction of sharia law to the merits of our democracy and secularism.

“We are now allowing segregation to take place that does not say its name. Rather than veil the face or adopt unimaginable measures in democracy (remigration, forced evictions of the most radical), why not establish a dual system of law in France?”

De Moliner writes that Emmanuel Macron's Presidential election victory will not solve the problems, but will only postpone them.

“We will never be able to eradicate the radical Islamism,” he says, adding: “While we are not yet at open war, the faithful of the Prophet are already regrouping in areas sometimes governed by special rules.”

His "solution" is to create a “state inspired by colonial Algeria and Mayotte of the twentieth century: one territory, one government, but two peoples: the French with the usual laws and Muslims with Qur’anic status (but only for those who choose it).

“The latter will have the right to vote unlike the natives of colonial Algeria, but they will apply Sharia in everyday life, to regulate matrimonial laws (which will legalize polygamy) and inheritance.

“They will no longer apply to French judges for disputes between Muslims, but to Qadis. On the other hand, conflicts between Christians and believers will remain the responsibility of ordinary courts.

“However, this system would involve schools or hospitals reserved for believers and therefore the creation of local committees that will manage them independently. A council of ulemas will fix the religious law, but the autonomy will stop there," de Moliner fantasizes.

“It is obviously out of the question that an embryonic Muslim government is settling in France.

“This system worked without too many problems from 1890 to 1940 in Algeria.”

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EU cuts Turkey funding after 'democratic deterioration'

 

The European Union will cut funds allocated to Turkey due to the "deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights" there, according to a European Parliament (EP) statement.

The bloc will shrink the so-called "pre-ascension funds" for Turkey by 105m euros ($124m) and suspend an additional 70m euros in the 2018 budget, the statement said on Saturday.

Ankara is entitled to receive 4.45 billion euros from the EU between 2014 and 2020 in the framework of the bloc's "Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance".

The Council of the EU and the EP, the two legislative institutions of the bloc, still need to formally approve the new budget.

"Concerning Turkey, MEPs made sure to cut pre-accession funds by 105 million euros (with a further €70 million in commitments put in reserve), as they consider the deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights worrying," the statement by the EP said, referring to its members as MEPs.

Many of the EU member states have been in condemnation of the Turkish government's arrests and purges of tens of thousands of people after a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Local and international rights groups have accused the government of using the coup attempt as a pretext to silence opposition in the country.

The government has said that the purges and detentions aimed to remove from state institutions and other parts of society the supporters of FethullahGulen, a US-based, self-exiled religious leader on whom Ankara blames the attempted coup.

"For those … that depart from our democratic standards and breach fundamental rights, we have sent a clear message that the money that the EU provides cannot come without strings attached," MEP SiegfredMuresan the rapporteur for the 2018 general budget, told reporters after the announcement of the deal.

Turkey denies accusations

RavzaKavakciKan, a deputy chairperson of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), said Ankara takes the EU membership and its relations with the bloc seriously, despite, what she called Turkey's unfair treatment by the bloc.

"The EU, as well as some member states, have not been acting fair in their attitude towards Turkey for a while now. We can see it in decisions taken against Turkey by the EP as well as some national parliaments. This situation bothers us," KavakciKan, who is also a member of Turkish parliament's committee on EU harmonisation, told Al Jazeera.

"We do not accept the accusations made by the EU. We have been particularly closely monitoring the investigations and trials that started after the failed coup in order for them to be carried out within the rule of law. Turkey should be congratulated for these efforts," she said, regarding the EU move to cut Turkey's funds.

The EP, which has a limited impact over Turkey's membership talks, has at various times called for the process to be suspended in non-binding votes.

The latest was in July, when the EP called on the European Commission, the EU's executive body, and member states to "suspend the accession negotiations with Turkey without delay if the constitutional reform package is implemented unchanged" after a referendum in April that changed Turkey's parliamentary system to an executive presidency.

In March, before the referendum in question, relations hit a new low when the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Denmark prevented Turkish politicians, including ministers, from taking part in rallies within their borders to back a "Yes" vote to the referendum.

Dutch authorities actively intervened after a Turkish minister tried to reach a consulate in the country to address Turks living there, leading to a diplomatic crisis.

Erdogan compared the ban on ministers to "Nazi practices" and called Dutch authorities "Nazi remnants".

Germany backs cutting funds

Since the post-coup attempt purges and arrests started, EU member states have discussed sanctions on Turkey, including cutting EU aid.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has led the calls to reduce the funds to Turkey in the recent months.

"Not only are Germans being arrested, but the entire rule of law in Turkey is moving in the wrong direction. We are very worried about this. And I will back a reduction in pre-accession funds," Merkel said last month.

The chancellor also threatened to restrict her country's economic ties with NATO ally Turkey to pressure Ankara to release several German citizens arrested after the coup attempt. They include journalists DenizYucel and MesaleTolu.

In September, in a televised debate before Germany's parliamentary elections, Merkel said that Turkey "should not become a member of the EU".

Germany at various times also advised its citizens not to go to Turkey over what the government in Berlin called risk of "arbitrary" arrest.

Turkey's membership talks with the EU have been practically frozen, with no progress made in recent years. However, no official decision has been taken by the EU to suspend the talks.

EU expert Can Baydarol, the deputy chairman of the Ankara-based European Union and Global Research Association, told Al Jazeera that the European Commission's annual progress report on the membership talks, expected to be released in November, is likely to sharply criticise Turkey and might pave the way to more serious measures against Ankara.

"Taking these criticisms in the report and the Commission's recommendation into consideration, the EU leaders might make a concrete decision on Turkey's EU bid in the coming summits," he said in an interview last month, adding officially freezing talks would likely to be on the table.

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Russia: Over 2,700 Settlements Join Syrian Ceasefire

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Defense Ministry announced in its latest report that militants in over 2,770 towns, villages and regions have thus far ended battle against the Syrian Army and joined nationwide reconciliation plan.

The Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syrian reconciliation said in a daily bulletin on Saturday that the number of settlements that have joined the Syrian truce has increased to 2,773.

"Within the last 24 hours, two regions of MardDaqin and Jareh in Aleppo province have joined the peace plan. The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements stands at 2,773 now," it added.

In a relevant development last month, the representative of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said that the militants' different pretexts and new demands in the peace process were the cause of delay in holding final talks between the militants and the government.

The center added that Damascus called for direct talks with militant groups' representatives to review the gunmen's amnesty application and to clean the towns from arms and military equipment.

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UK government's debt to Iran irrelevant to NazaninZaghari case

November 19, 2017

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iranian envoy to Londan says that the case of UK government debt to Iran from a 1974 and a 1976 arms deal is irrelevant to the case of British spy in Iran.

“The British government repayment of the £450 million debt to the Islamic Republic of Iran which is related to the arms deal of 1974 is of no relevance to the espionage case of NazaninZaghari who has been indicted for security charges in Iran or any other issue,” reassured Iran’s ambassador to London, Hamid Baeedinejad, on Friday.

He made the remarks in an interview with Iranian official news agency IRNA.

“Iran’s claims case against British military firm has a long history and is not a case of the past couple of years,” reassured the Iranian envoy to London. “The contracts between Iran and UK over Chieftain tanks and armored vehicles were signed in 1974 and 1976, something around more than 40 years ago,” recounted the Iranian diplomat.

“After the victory of the Islamic Revolution the main parts of the pact were not met and the British breached the deal,” he added. “Accordingly, Iran lodge a legal complaint against the British firm and the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands, got into position as the referee with the jurisdiction to settle the case,” Mr. Baeedinejad recounted.

“Following up the Iranian case against the British, the court rolled out its first verdict in 2001 and the British were convicted in both cases,” continued the Iranian diplomat.

According to him, Britain received an advance payment from Iran and delivered some tanks in the next few years before the Islamic Revolution, but it stopped adhering to its deal commitments after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 that toppled the US-backed monarch.

Of note, the British government sold the remaining tanks to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to be used against Iran in the 1980-88 imposed war.

He then touched upon the issue of motherhood, in the case of Zaghari who has been sentenced to five year prison for her involvement in sabotage and vendetta operations against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“The psychological pressures upon NazaninZaghari and her husband because of their young child is appreciable as they have a young child kept far from them by Zaghari’s parents in Iran,” said Mr. Baeedinejad. “However, Zaghari has the full access to meet her child on a regular basis, we see that the mother-child relationship has aroused strong public feeling in the UK,” he maintained.

“But these feelings cannot change the nature of the case; Ms. Zaghari is an Iranian citizen who has been sentenced by an Iranian court,” asserted the ambassador.

“During the calls and negotiations, we have reassured the British side that from the humane aspect of the issue, Iranian officials will do their best to help Ms. Zaghari and her family,” said Mr. Baeedinejad.

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‘The Tatar Language Saved Islam in Russia in the Past: Now, Islam Will Return the Favor,’ Mufti Says

 

Staunton, November 19 – “At one point,” Mufti Mansur Dzhalyaletdin says, “the Tatar language saved religion” in Russia; “now, Islam will try to preserve the Tatar language.” And in that effort, he continues, the Tatar language will gain defenders not only among Tatar Muslims but also from Muslims across the former Soviet space and even the world.

The deputy mufti of the Republic of Tatarstan’s observation about the past reflects the fact that Tatars provided not only the intellectual leadership for Russia’s Muslims but also provided many of the mullahs and imams in mosques in Russia during Soviet times. Indeed, many referred to these places in Moscow and other cities as “Tatar mosques.”

But his suggestion that Muslims from across Russia, from Central Asia and the Caucasus, and from the Muslim umma abroad are now coming to the aid of the Tatar language, now under assault by Vladimir Putin’s regime, is the subject of an important new article he has written for Kazan’s Business-Gazeta (business-gazeta.ru/article/364294).

Tatarstan, Dzhalyaletdin says, has largely avoided the ethnic conflicts that have broken out elsewhere because despite hostility from some quarters, its people are tolerant and open to others, including Russians whose language they learn. They believe people should know the language of where they live. But the new attack on the Tatar language threatens to change that.

On the one hand, he suggests, many Tatars already view the attack on their language as an attack on their nationhood and dignity. And on the other, they are likely to respond by becoming less open to others, possibly even opening private schools for their children to study Tatar if the public schools make this impossible.

There are currently 1500 Muslim parishes in Tatarstan, the mufti continues, and they are following the order of the Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) to conduct services in Tatar. That directive is not only enthusiastically supported in Tatarstan, Dzhalyaletdin says, but by Muslim leaders throughout Russia.

“It is no secret that many people send their children to England the US to study English,” he continues; but it is less well known that Muslims across Russia and indeed from the entire Muslim world are sending their children to Kazan to learn Tatar.  They too are prepared to defend Tatar against Russian attacks.

To distract attention from its shortcomings and policy failures – such as repairing roads or building hospitals – the mufti says, Moscow has launched an attack on the Tatar language. What it did not understand is that Tatars would see that as an attack on their nationhood and Muslims would see it as an attack on their faith.

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Mideast

Lebanon PM confirms he will return to Beirut on Wednesday

AFP | Updated: Nov 18, 2017

PARIS: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed he will return to Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday, as political turmoil rocks his country following his resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia.

"I will return to Beirut in the coming days," Hariri said after crisis talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

"I will participate in the celebrations for our independence and it is there that I will make known my position on all the issues after meeting with the president of our republic, general Michel Aoun."

Aoun -- who has refused to accept Hariri's resignation while he remains abroad -- had said earlier today that the premier would return in time for Independence Day.

Hariri arrived in Paris today at the invitation of Macron, who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy.

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Turkey bans all LGBTI events in Ankara 'indefinitely', citing security

November 19, 2017

Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country's capital.

The ban took effect on Saturday for an “indefinite” period and applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions.

The Ankara governor's office announced on Sunday that the ban was imposed to protect “public security.”

It said the events may cause animosity between different groups and endanger “health and morality” as well as the rights and freedoms of others.

The governor's office warned that some groups may be provoked by LGBTI events and take action against participants due to “certain social sensitivities.”

Although homosexuality is not banned in Turkey and numerous LGBTI associations are legally registered with the state, rights activists say LGBTI individuals face discrimination and stigma.

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Israel's Netanyahu to face new questioning over graft: media

November 19, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to be questioned by police on Sunday for the second time this month over two alleged cases of corruption, media reports said.

Netanyahu is suspected of having received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer ArnonMilchan.

Milchan, a longtime friend of Netanyahu who reportedly sent him boxes of expensive cigars and other items worth tens of thousands of dollars, was himself questioned in September.

Sunday's questioning would be the sixth time Netanyahu has faced police investigators in recent months.

Investigators have also questioned the premier on suspicions he sought a secret deal for favourable coverage with the publisher of the top-selling YediotAharonot newspaper.

The alleged deal, not believed to have been finalised, would have seen Netanyahu receive positive coverage in return for helping curb Yediot's competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing and says he has been the target of a campaign by political opponents.

Police would not confirm the reports of the latest questioning, which was widely reported in the Israeli media on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu confidants Yitzhak Molcho and David Shimron, partners in a law firm and both relatives of the premier, were questioned by police as part of a probe into suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines.

Netanyahu himself has not been named as a suspect in the submarine case, but reports said he might give testimony into the affair on Sunday.

dawn.com/news/1371523/israels-netanyahu-to-face-new-questioning-over-graft-media

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Southeast Asia

Sultan of Johor is a good guardian of Islam in Johor, 94 per cent of Johoreans agree

By ARFA YUNUS

November 19, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: A massive 94 per cent of Johoreans, particularly Malays, agree that the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar is a good guardian of Islam in the state, a survey by the ISEAS- YusofIshak Institute revealed.

According to the survey, although the Ruler’s and the people’s opinions were not always similar, Sultan Ibrahim “remains a popular figure who is held in high esteem”, the Straits Times reported on Sunday.

“Despite not always seeing eye to eye with conservatives, the 59-year old Ruler remains a popular figure who is held in high esteem by Johoreans, with few daring to oppose him directly,” the survey read.

The survey by ISEAS was released on Nov 10, as part of the institute's study on social, economic and political trends in Johor.

Based on the survey, Johoreans, particularly Malays, were becoming more religious if not more conservative and they prefer Muslims in key leadership positions, with three in four supportive of strict Islamic criminal laws, or hudud.

This was more evident, according to the survey, following the fiasco of a Muslim-only laundry in Muar, Johor which displayed a sign allowing only Muslim customers at the premise.

Upset with the issue, Sultan Ibrahim told the owner of the laundry to stop the discriminatory practice, saying it was embarrassing and against his inclusive vision of a Bangsa Johor.

“This is not a Taliban state and as the Head of Islam in Johor, I find this action to be totally unacceptable as this is extremist in nature,” he was quoted as saying in September.

Due to Sultan Ibrahim’s strong position on the issue, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) analyst Rashaad Ali said the Ruler should be commended for his action.

“Perhaps in this regard, it bodes well for Johor compared to the rest of the nation, since their leader is willing to speak out against religious intolerance.

“Indeed, his assurances have put many Malay moderates and minority races at ease,” he said.

nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/305072/sultan-johor-good-guardian-islam-johor-94-cent-johoreans-agree

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Action Taken Against Individuals Who Insult Islam - Jamil Khir

19/11/2017  

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) --Individuals who issued statements, or whose action, humiliate and slander Islam are not only prosecuted in court, but they also faced action by the Islamic religious institution, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil KhirBaharom.

He cited the case involving 'Raja Bomoh' Ibrahim Mat Zin ,who was required by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council to attend religious classes.

"In the case of SitiKassim, action has been taken by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department .

"The investigation paper has been opened and the person concerned has been called," he said in response to a question raised by a participant at a convention on Empowering the Ummah Agenda 3.0 here today.

Jamil Khir was a member of the panel for the religious cluster at the convention.....

bernama.com/bernama/v8/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1411989

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Africa

Sudan’s Islamic clerics hail religious coexistence

 

November 18, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s main clerical authority, the Sudan Scholar Corporation (SSC) Saturday denied the existence of religious conflicts in the country saying followers of various religions have lived together in peace and harmony for a long time.

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, who concluded a two-day visit to Khartoum Friday, has called to hold a roundtable conference on religious freedoms and coexistence to promote the dialogue between Muslim and Christian clerics in Sudan.

He also expressed his country’s concern at the situation of religious freedoms in the country, especially pointing to the “destruction of churches and the arrest of priests.”

In a press statement Saturday, the SSC underscored its commitment to preserving the “fundamentals of the Islamic nation”, saying Islam rejects injustices and criminalizes improper practices.

“Maintaining human rights and in particular the rights of adherents of other religions is at the core of the Islamic approach,” read the statement.

“Sudan has never experienced religious conflict and the adherents of religions have lived in peace and security since the old times,” it added.

Sullivan stressed the importance the U.S. places on Sudan’s progress on dialogue, diversity, religious freedom, and human rights as part of the normalization process of relations between the two countries.

Last July, Washington postponed the permanent revocation of economic sanctions on Sudan and requested Khartoum to do more on the religious freedoms, human rights. Also, it asked Sudan to sever its relationship with North Korea.

sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64037

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Al-Azhar sends aid convoy to Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh

Al-Masry Al-Youm

November 19, 2017

A relief mission from al-Azhar, the top Sunni religious authority in the Islamic world, has begun packaging relief aid to be distributed to Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh in the coming days.

Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb, has ordered a mission from the Medical and Relief Convoys Department of the al-Azhar Sheikhdom, and a delegation from the General Secretariat of the Muslim Council of Elders to visit the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, to also review their living conditions.

Al-Azhar is coordinating with Bangladeshi authorities to make sure that the aid convoy’s work runs smoothly.

Tayeb is expected to travel to Bangladesh this month to visit the refugee camps of the Rohingya and meet senior officials and religious leaders.

According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since 25 August after Myanmar authorities carried out a widespread security crackdown on the community. While the Myanmar army says it is fighting Rohingya rebels, those who fled say troops and Buddhist extremists are carrying out a brutal campaign to expel them.

The Rohingya, a group of the Muslim minority, has faced years of persecution in Myanmar.

egyptindependent.com/azhar-sends-aid-convoy-to-rohingya-muslims-in-bangladesh/

 

URL: http://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/islamic-state’s-news-agency-claims-responsibility-for-srinagar-attack/d/113270

 

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