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Islamic State’s Target to Crush the West, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain















The city of Cordoba in the Southern Spanish province of Andalusia. It was an important Roman city and an Islamic cultural centre in the middle ages. Picture: Ella PellegriniSource:Supplied

 

Chicago Conference Showcases Diversity, Patriotism of Muslim Americans

Why Muslims of Assam Have Rejected Militant Islam

Syrian Analyst: Mossad Training Special Spies to Assassinate Resistance Leaders

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Europe

Islamic State’s Target to Crush the West, The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain

Muslim Tourists Branded 'Terrorists', Treated Like 'Aliens' In UK

European, Israeli Jews Gather Undisturbed In Predominantly Muslim City in Russia

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North America

Chicago Conference Showcases Diversity, Patriotism of Muslim Americans

Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tirades Have Costly Consequences

As Muslim Immigrants Invade America, Pastor Fights for US Asylum

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India

Why Muslims of Assam Have Rejected Militant Islam

Grenades, Launcher Found in Bag outside Allahabad Junction

India Asks Int’l Community to Redouble Efforts to Fight Terror

NSCN (K) Militants Target Assam Rifles Convoy, 1 Injured

Government Briefs MPs of All-party Delegation for J&K

J and K integral part of India, says Egypt as Delhi raises OIC stand on Kashmir with Cairo

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Arab World

Syrian Analyst: Mossad Training Special Spies to Assassinate Resistance Leaders

Lavrov, Kerry Could Meet at G20 If US Separates Terrorists, Opposition in Syria

Syrian Army, Popular Forces Launch Large-Scale Operation in Northern Hama

Intelligence Minister Stresses Iran's High Investment Security Rate

Russia to Intensify Airstrikes on Terrorist Centres from November

Syrian Army, NDF Reinvigorate Security of Old Highway of Dara'a-Damascus

Syrian, Russian Warplanes Launch Heavy Airstrikes on Terrorist Centres in Northern Hama

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Mideast

PKK Kills Eight Soldiers in Eastern Turkey

China, Turkey Pledge to Deepen Counter-Terrorism Cooperation

Turkish Border Guards Kill, Wound Several Civilians near Syria’s Tel Abyad

Israeli Arab Family Seeking Return to Israel after Joining ISIS

Uzbekistan bids farewell to late strongman Karimov

Turkey, China strike nuclear energy agreement on sidelines of G-20 summit

Erdoğan: No ‘terror corridor’ inside Syria

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South Asia

ISKCON Temple in Bangladesh’s Sylhet Attacked by Alleged Muslim Radicals

Taliban’s Chief of Suicide Bombing Missions Arrested in North of Afghanistan

Ghani off to Uzbekistan to attend funeral ceremony of Islam Karimov

Modi expects to host Ghani, offer more military aid to Afghanistan

Afghan Air Force: The MD-530 Experience

Pakistan claims Mardan suicide bomber was an Afghan

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Africa

Sharia: Don’t Tinker with Nigeria’s Secularity – Christian Cleric Tells Buhari

Wife Voices Deep Concern over Health of Nigerian Muslim Leader Zakzaky

Somali cleric put on US terror list

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Pakistan

Militants Who Stormed Peshawar's Christian Colony Were Foreigners: Nisar

Rehman Malik blames India for unrest in Balochistan

Sharif says Modi’s Balochistan remarks “unwarranted”

Pakistan deploys army helicopter in search for missing US climbers

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Southeast Asia

Islamic Militants Blamed For Deadly Philippine Blast

Thai Muslims uneasy about rise in Buddhist nationalism

Consumer giants court Indonesian Muslims

Indonesia’s most-wanted awakens new generation of extremists

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islamic State’s Target to Crush the West, The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

THE tranquillity of the Patio of Oranges is as intoxicating as the reverence of the ecclesiastical structure it surrounds.

The holy site in Cordoba in southern Spain was built on the foundations of a Visigoth Christian temple before they were conquered by the Muslims in 711 who in turn were ousted by the Christians in the 13th Century; its mixed history aptly reflected in its official name The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.

Tourists, including coach loads from Australia, excitedly mill about the walled orange grove that was once a place for Islamic ritual ablutions before becoming a retreat for priests, as they wait to climb the minaret-turned-bell tower and finally enter the spectacular complex edifice.

It is a place of serenity, of peace, where people speak in venerable hushed tones about its colonnades but it is also now the prime target of the Islamic State’s global bloody drive to conquer the West and symbolically reinstate the city as its European capital as it was for an Islamic caliphate of Al-Andalus — encapsulating almost all of Spain — for 700 years.

A new ISIS video issued last month has marked the city, and its most revered World Heritage listed mosque-cathedral site, as a crown jewel for attack and re-conquer, the video referencing the tens of thousands of Muslims killed in Spain by the end of 15th Century when the last Muslim kingdom fell to Christian rule, that need now to be avenged.

While reconquering is not likely lone-wolf attacks, like across most of Europe, are and that has Spanish authorities worried.

   Full report at:news.com.au/world/europe/islamic-states-target-to-crush-the-west-the-mosquecathedral-of-cordoba-in-spain/news-story/c5a5c944302107d970bedf908484072d

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Chicago Conference Showcases Diversity, Patriotism Of Muslim Americans

September 2, 2016

CBS) — Happening this weekend: what’s believed to be the largest gathering of Muslims in North America.

It’s a yearly religious event right here in our area. As CBS 2’s Lauren Victory reports, some participants are there for more than just prayer.

The 53rd Annual Islamic Society of North America convention has begun. Thousands of devotees are expected in Rosemont, for a weekend jam-packed with shopping, spirituality and speeches

   Full report at:chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/09/02/chicago-conference-showcases-diversity-patriotism-of-muslim-americans/

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Why Muslims Of Assam Have Rejected Militant Islam

02-09-2016

My book Terror Sans Frontiers: Islamist Militancy in Northeast India, written way back in 2002, predicted not only the rise of Islamists in the Northeast and abutting areas, but also about an al Qaeda design in the region.

Although the book was written in 2002, my research had warned about the Islamist design since the late 1990s. The "transformative moment" that Islam is passing through presently had been resonating in the Northeast and Bangladesh even before the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US had occurred.

On February 23, 1998, Fazlul Rahman, leader of the Jihad Movement of Bangladesh of which HUJI-Bangladesh is an affiliate, signed the official declaration of jihad against the US along with others, including 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Several Muslim youths from Assam soon started going to Pakistan and Afghanistan via Bangladesh to train alongside the Islamists.

Instructions for the Assamese Islamist organisations

   Full report at:dailyo.in/politics/islam-muslim-al-qaeda-isis-jihad-bangladesh-terrorism-quran/story/1/12724.html

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Syrian Analyst: Mossad Training Special Spies to Assassinate Resistance Leaders

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian analyst warned that Israel's spy agency, Mossad, is training special agents for targeted assassinations in the countries which support the resistance front.

"The Zionist regime's spy agency, Mossad, has and is assassinating the leaders of resistance groups and freedom-seeking movements in the world by training groups of mercenaries and sneaking them into target countries," Mohammad Nasour told FNA on Saturday.

"Mossad has established special spy training centers and trained experts in the field of international relations to use them in its media for diverting the public opinion from the regime's crimes," he added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000550

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Europe

Islamic State’s Target to Crush the West, The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

THE tranquillity of the Patio of Oranges is as intoxicating as the reverence of the ecclesiastical structure it surrounds.

The holy site in Cordoba in southern Spain was built on the foundations of a Visigoth Christian temple before they were conquered by the Muslims in 711 who in turn were ousted by the Christians in the 13th Century; its mixed history aptly reflected in its official name The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.

Tourists, including coach loads from Australia, excitedly mill about the walled orange grove that was once a place for Islamic ritual ablutions before becoming a retreat for priests, as they wait to climb the minaret-turned-bell tower and finally enter the spectacular complex edifice.

It is a place of serenity, of peace, where people speak in venerable hushed tones about its colonnades but it is also now the prime target of the Islamic State’s global bloody drive to conquer the West and symbolically reinstate the city as its European capital as it was for an Islamic caliphate of Al-Andalus — encapsulating almost all of Spain — for 700 years.

A new ISIS video issued last month has marked the city, and its most revered World Heritage listed mosque-cathedral site, as a crown jewel for attack and re-conquer, the video referencing the tens of thousands of Muslims killed in Spain by the end of 15th Century when the last Muslim kingdom fell to Christian rule, that need now to be avenged.

While reconquering is not likely lone-wolf attacks, like across most of Europe, are and that has Spanish authorities worried.

Full report at: news.com.au/world/europe/islamic-states-target-to-crush-the-west-the-mosquecathedral-of-cordoba-in-spain/news-story/c5a5c944302107d970bedf908484072d

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Muslim Tourists Branded 'Terrorists', Treated Like 'Aliens' In UK

Sep 2, 2016

London: A Muslim family of 12, including seven Hijab-clad women, have claimed that they were called "terrorists" and stared at as if they were "aliens" during their holiday at an English seaside town.

The group of 12 visited Skegness, Lincolnshire, last week but one said they were treated like "aliens" after they were allegedly stared at and called "terrorists" by passers-by, The Independent reported.

The incident came to light when one of the women women wrote to 'Tell MAMA', a website measuring anti-Muslim attacks that was set up with Government funding and whose data has been used in the past by Prime Minister Theresa May.

"Me and my family went for a family trip for the first time to Skegness with a local community centre. Together there were 12 people, of which 7 of us wore Hijabs," the woman was quoted as saying by Lincolnshire Echo.

"Once we reached the main area where there were shops, we noticed a lot of people just staring at us as if we were some form of aliens. It didn't really bother us until we walked past the pub and a man shouted 'terrorists'," she said.

Full report at: deccanchronicle.com/world/europe/020916/muslim-tourists-branded-terrorists-treated-like-aliens-in-uk.html

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European, Israeli Jews gather undisturbed in predominantly Muslim city in RussiaLimmud FSU, Jewish music festival and European Jewish culture day events kick off Friday in downtown KazanBY JTA September 3, 2016, 5:58 am   

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Hundreds of Israeli and European Jews convened in the capital of the predominantly Muslim Russian state of Tatarstan for an annual Jewish music festival as well as a Jewish learning Limmud FSU conference.

The two events, which coincide with a third — the Sept. 4 European Day of Jewish Culture — kicked off Friday evening on a large stage that city authorities erected on a central pedestrian street in Kazan for concerts by Simcha, a local klezmer band, and Shouk, an Israeli ensemble that came for the Limmud FSU event.

Since 2012, the city of Kazan, 450 miles east of Moscow, has held an annual Jewish music festival around Rosh Hashanah. And last year, the city held a series of Jewish-themed events outside the synagogue, including Kazan’s first Limmud FSU Jewish learning conference and a gathering by Chabad rabbis from across the former Soviet Union.

Full report at: timesofisrael.com/european-israeli-jews-gather-undisturbed-in-predominantly-muslim-city-in-russia/

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North America

Chicago Conference Showcases Diversity, Patriotism Of Muslim Americans

September 2, 2016

CBS) — Happening this weekend: what’s believed to be the largest gathering of Muslims in North America.

It’s a yearly religious event right here in our area. As CBS 2’s Lauren Victory reports, some participants are there for more than just prayer.

The 53rd Annual Islamic Society of North America convention has begun. Thousands of devotees are expected in Rosemont, for a weekend jam-packed with shopping, spirituality and speeches

Among the traditionally dressed are brothers with the recognizable uniforms of the Boy Scouts.

They are here to promote their religious chapter of the Boy Scouts, nearly 5,000 strong in the Full report at: chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/09/02/chicago-conference-showcases-diversity-patriotism-of-muslim-americans/

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Trump’s anti-Muslim tirades have costly consequences

September 02, 2016

Farah Pandith was a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. She is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

While serving under Secretary Hillary Clinton as the State Department’s first special representative to Muslim communities, I had a chance to visit with Muslims in almost 100 countries. This summer, as Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric dominates the headlines, I think back to one encounter, both powerful and troubling, that I had with a community in Cambodia.

We had driven for hours through the jungle on a hard-packed dirt road. Finally we reached a village — just a few modest buildings among the trees, including a simple mosque with whitewashed mud walls and a dirt-pressed floor. Sandals lined the walls, and straw mats served as our seats. Dozens of barefoot residents of this Muslim community crowded around.

I sat down on the floor beside a translator, and our conversation began. Audience members asked questions that, unfortunately, I had often heard in other communities. Are Muslims real U.S. citizens? Do Americans spit on you when they hear you’re Muslim? Can Muslims wear headscarves in the United States? Can they pray, and if so, where? Wasn’t 9/11 a setup by Jews to frame Muslims? How was I allowed to serve in government if I was a Muslim?

And then came a question I hadn’t expected: Does Terry Jones really represent America?

Jones had been an obscure Florida preacher with a flock of fewer than 50. He first gained notoriety in 2010 when he announced his plan to burn Korans on the anniversary of the Sept. Full report at: washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-anti-muslim-tirades-have-costly-consequences/2016/09/02/1dc1c044-6fa6-11e6-8365-b19e428a975e_story.html?utm_term=.c2120ac953bd

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As Muslim Immigrants Invade America, Pastor Fights for US Asylum

September 02, 2016

While President Barack Hussein Obama and Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton continue to advocate for the importation of thousands of Muslim immigrants, one Christian pastor has been fighting for nearly a decade to be granted asylum in the United States for him and his family.

Finally, their journey is over. Three years since fleeing Uzbekistan – following four years in a labour camp, house arrest and death threats – Pastor Dmitry Shestakov has arrived in the United States, where he and his family have been granted asylum.

It’s been almost 10 years since Shestakov was first detained, after a raid on his Full Gospel Church in Andijan, south-eastern Uzbekistan.

The date was 21 January, 2007. Four years to the day later, he was released.

Shestakov had been found guilty of two offences: the organisation of religious groups and manufacture/distribution of materials that “threaten social safety and public peace”.

Full report at: trunews.com/article/as-muslim-immigrants-invade-america-pastor-fights-for-us-asylum

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India

Why Muslims Of Assam Have Rejected Militant Islam

02-09-2016

My book Terror Sans Frontiers: Islamist Militancy in Northeast India, written way back in 2002, predicted not only the rise of Islamists in the Northeast and abutting areas, but also about an al Qaeda design in the region.

Although the book was written in 2002, my research had warned about the Islamist design since the late 1990s. The "transformative moment" that Islam is passing through presently had been resonating in the Northeast and Bangladesh even before the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US had occurred.

On February 23, 1998, Fazlul Rahman, leader of the Jihad Movement of Bangladesh of which HUJI-Bangladesh is an affiliate, signed the official declaration of jihad against the US along with others, including 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Several Muslim youths from Assam soon started going to Pakistan and Afghanistan via Bangladesh to train alongside the Islamists.

Full report at: dailyo.in/politics/islam-muslim-al-qaeda-isis-jihad-bangladesh-terrorism-quran/story/1/12724.html

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Grenades, Launcher Found in Bag Outside Allahabad Junction

September 3, 2016

Allahabad: Four grenades and an under-barrel grenade launcher were today found inside an abandoned bag near the Allahabad Railway Junction.

“The weapons were found inside a bag that was lying under a tree, just a few metres away from one of the entrance gates of the station, this evening,” Kavindra Pratap Singh, SP Railway (Allahabad) said.

“As per our investigation so far, there is nobody who might have noticed when and who kept the bag at the spot. We have lodged an FIR at the GRP railway station against unnamed persons,” Singh said.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/grenades-launcher-found-bag-outside-allahabad-junction-1012184/

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India Asks Int’l Community to Redouble Efforts to Fight Terror

September 3, 2016

United Nations: India has asked the world community to “redouble” the efforts to fight the growing threat of terrorism by expediting the adoption of an international convention on terrorism, saying the UN members must recognise the “graveness” of its threat.

“As one of the oldest victims of terrorism in the world, India urges the UN and Members of the UN to recognise the graveness of this threat and commit to redouble our efforts in a practical and sustained manner to fight this scourge of world peace,” senior official in the Indian Mission to the UN Srinivas Prasad said here.

“A commitment to the signing of the proposed and much discussed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) – a global compact on terrorism – would be an important step forward,” he said, according to prepared remarks, posted on the mission’s website.

Addressing a high-level forum on ‘Culture of Peace’ yesterday, Prasad said terrorism and extremism constitute the biggest threats to world peace today and “destabilises” societies and global order.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/india-asks-intl-community-redouble-efforts-fight-terror-1012134/

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NSCN (K) Militants Target Assam Rifles Convoy, 1 Injured

September 3, 2016

Kohima: A convoy of Assam Rifles was ambushed by militants in an area between Ghokishe and Luvishe villages in Zunheboto district of Nagaland injuring a security personnel.

The intermittent exchange of gunfire lasted for around half an hour yesterday, police said.

According to Assam Rifles, their personnel sustained an injury on his leg and it was not life-threatening.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/nscn-k-militants-target-assam-rifles-convoy-1-injured-1012138/

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Government Briefs MPs of All-party Delegation for J&K

September 3, 2016

New Delhi: An interactive session to brief MPs who will be part of an all-party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir was held today to make them aware of the prevailing situation in the state and contours of the tour during which they will hold talks with a cross-section of people.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh and top officials were to make presentations at the meeting.

The prevailing ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir, positions and views of different stake holders, individuals and groups were conveyed to the parliamentarians.

The exercise was undertaken to ensure that all MPs speak in tandem and there is consensus among the lawmakers while speaking to a cross-section of people, aiming to bring peace in the state, sources said.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/government-briefs-mps-party-delegation-jk-1012154/

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J and K integral part of India, says Egypt as Delhi raises OIC stand on Kashmir with Cairo

03rd September 2016

NEW DELHI: With an eye on strife-torn Gulf countries and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), India on Friday sought to bolster its relations with Egypt as both countries decided to work in the direction of evolving a universal definition of terrorism at the United Nations.

Pakistan has been raising the Kashmir issue at the OIC and the organisation has repeatedly issued statements contending that alleged human rights violation is not an internal issue of India. From this perspective, the maiden visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to India is significant as Cairo is an important member of the OIC. Also, Egypt is important as it is a stabile nation in the region.

Sources indicate that the ‘attitude’ of OIC, a grouping of 57 member states that acts as the collective voice of the Muslim world, was taken up with Egypt.    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have taken up the issue with the visiting Egyptian president and voiced India’s concerns over the issue.

Full report at: newindianexpress.com/nation/J-and-K-integral-part-of-India-says-Egypt-as-Delhi-raises-OIC-stand-on-Kashmir-with-Cairo/2016/09/03/article3609825.ece

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Arab World

Syrian Analyst: Mossad Training Special Spies to Assassinate Resistance Leaders

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian analyst warned that Israel's spy agency, Mossad, is training special agents for targeted assassinations in the countries which support the resistance front.

"The Zionist regime's spy agency, Mossad, has and is assassinating the leaders of resistance groups and freedom-seeking movements in the world by training groups of mercenaries and sneaking them into target countries," Mohammad Nasour told FNA on Saturday.

"Mossad has established special spy training centers and trained experts in the field of international relations to use them in its media for diverting the public opinion from the regime's crimes," he added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000550

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Lavrov, Kerry Could Meet at G20 If US Separates Terrorists, Opposition in Syria

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington's decision to finally make a distinction between terrorists and opposition in Syria would pave the way toward a meeting between Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry in China, Russia's deputy foreign minister said.

A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China is possible if the United States officially makes a distinction between terrorists and opposition groups in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik.

"Participation of State Secretary [John Kerry] and Foreign Minister [Sergei Lavrov] in the G20 events in Hangzhou creates opportunities for their direct bilateral communication. At the moment, we do not have the timing set for such contact, but the main point is not the timing, it is the fact that we are doubtful that our American colleagues are able to overcome what is the main obstacle now for reaching the final agreement on Syria — mainly, the long-standing issue of differentiating between Daesh terrorists and those groupings that the US military structures work with. This is the main obstacle for the resolution of [the] Aleppo situation," Ryabkov said on Saturday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000956

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Syrian Army, Popular Forces Launch Large-Scale Operation in Northern Hama

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and their popular allies launched their offensives on terrorists' positions in the town of Taybat al-Imam from three flanks, regional media said Saturday.

"The Syrian pro-government forces launched their attacks on terrorist groups from different Ma'ardes, Qamhaneh and Khirbet al-Hajameh and Khattab towards Tayab al-Imam," the Lebanese al-Akhbar reported.

"Attacks on Tayab al-Imam will end in closure of supply line between terrorists in Souran and Helfaya and will give overlooking positions to Syrian army over the village of Albu Yedheh, whose seizure by the Syrian army will ruin terrorists' plan to make a safe line from northeastern Hama to Northwester Hama," the paper added.

"Popular forces in al-Mahradeh have started their attacks on terrorist centers in Helfaya to prevent any possible counter-attack," the paper said, adding, "The Syrian Army's artillery units have planed very crucial role in Northern Hama's operation."

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000992

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Intelligence Minister Stresses Iran's High Investment Security Rate

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi underlined that Iran is among the most secure countries for investment.

“We are aware of the importance of providing security and tranquility for the trade activities,” Alavi said on Saturday.

He underlined that any move that makes the entrepreneurs and investors hesitate is considered against the country’s resistance economy policy.

The Iranian minister underlined that investors require “sustainable security” and want to invest with assurance and “the government has provided sustainable security for domestic and foreign investors”.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000819

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Russia to Intensify Airstrikes on Terrorist Centers from November

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian media said in a report that the country's aircraft carrier dispatched to Syria's waters will enable the Air Force to increase significantly the quantity and quality of airstrikes on terrorist groups' strongholds in the war-hit country in coming weeks.

"Russia's Aircraft Carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is equipped with cutting-edged systems which will remarkably boost the Russian warplanes to carry out much more precise air attacks on terrorist groups' defense lines across Syria," Izvestia said.

"Sukhoi-33 fighter jets, deployed in the aircraft carrier, are equipped with advanced SVP-24 detecting and targeting system," the paper added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000875

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Syrian Army, NDF Reinvigorate Security of Old Highway of Dara'a-Damascus

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces beat back terrorists from their positions near a chunk of the old highway of Dara'a to Damascus and restored more security to the road and the region.

Syrian government forces, after hours of fierce clashes, captured an area as large as 10 square kilometers along the highway in the town of Ibtta in Northern Dara'a.

Terrorist groups left behind tens of dead and wounded members and pulled the remaining pockets of forces back from the battlefield. 

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000773

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Syrian, Russian Warplanes Launch Heavy Airstrikes on Terrorist Centers in Northern Hama

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian and Russian fighter jets targeted separately the positions of the terrorist groups near four small towns in Northern Hama to pave the ground for the Syrian army soldiers to have easier access to the militants' defense lines.

Positions of Jund Al-Aqsa near the towns of Taybat al-Imam, Souran, Helfaya and Morek were massively bombed by the Russian and Syrian fighter jets, killing and wounding scores of the terrorists and destroying their military hardware.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000671

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Mideast

PKK kills eight soldiers in eastern Turkey

September 3, 2016

Eight Turkish soldiers have been killed and eight others injured during an operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Turkey's eastern province of Van, the governor’s office confirmed on Sept 3.

The Van governor’s office said in a statement that at least 11 PKK militants were killed during the clash that erupted on Sept 2. The statement added that the injured soldiers were taken to nearby hospitals and their lives were not in danger.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/pkk-kills-eight-soldiers-in-eastern-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103535&NewsCatID=341

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China, Turkey pledge to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation

September 3, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed on Sept. 3 to deepen counter-terror cooperation.

Meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, Xi told Erdoğan he appreciated Turkey stressing that it would not allow its territory to be used for acts that harmed China's security.

China "hopes both sides can achieve even more substantive results in counter-terrorism cooperation," China's state-run Xinhua news agency cited Xi as saying.

Erdoğan, in comments before reporters, said the emphasis should be on strengthening their ties.

"Fighting terrorism is a long-term issue, and is also a long-term topic discussed by the G-20," he said.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/china-turkey-pledge-to-deepen-counter-terrorism-cooperation.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103537&NewsCatID=510

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Turkish Border Guards Kill, Wound Several Civilians near Syria’s Tel Abyad

September 3, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish border police opened fire on a group of Syrian civilians who have been trying to cross into Turkey after fleeing Raqqa province.

At least two civilians were killed and several others injured, activists and eyewitnesses told ARA News.

A group of 12 civilians were trying to cross the border into Turkey from the Kurdish-populated village of Fwelan in the vicinity of Tel Abyad city in the Northern countryside of Raqqa, when the Turkish border guards opened fire.

“Two of them were killed and five others were injured,” media activist Hambervan Kousa told Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000790

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Israeli Arab Family Seeking Return to Israel After Joining ISIS

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

JNS.org – An Israeli Arab family, who moved to Syria allegedly to join the Islamic State (ISIS), has fled to Turkey with the hope of returning to Israel, reported Channel 2 news on August 31.

The family of five, originally from the mostly Muslim city of Sakhnin in northern Israel, reportedly joined ISIS over a year ago. The family traveled to Romania for a relative’s graduation ceremony, then told family they would continue to Turkey for a vacation. Days later, the family told relatives they were joining ISIS in Syria.

Full report at: algemeiner.com/2016/09/02/israeli-arab-family-seeking-return-to-israel-after-joining-isis/#

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Karimov's coffin would be displayed in a city square for people to pay their last respects before he is buried in a nearby cemetery later Saturday next to other family members.

Eyewitnesses told AFP that they had seen the vehicles carrying the coffin head towards Samarkand's UNESCO Uzbekistan bids farewell to late strongman Karimov

September 3, 2016

Uzbekistan bade farewell to President Islam Karimov at a high-security funeral on Sept. 3, after his death plunged the country into the greatest period of uncertainty in its post-Soviet history with no clear successor to the iron-fisted ruler.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/-uzbekistan-bids-farewell-to-late-strongman-karimov-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103539&NewsCatID=356

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Turkey, China strike nuclear energy agreement on sidelines of G-20 summit

September 3, 2016

Turkey and China signed three agreements covering nuclear security, energy and agricultural health certification on Sept. 3 during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit ahead of the G-20 summit in the coastal Chinese city of Hangzhou.     

The Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) and National Nuclear Safety Administration of China undersigned a regulation on “Cooperaiton in Nuclear Safety” deal.

Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed the agreement Russia is building Turkey's first nuclear plant in the south of the country, as a Japanese-French consortium has won the tender to build a second one in the north.

China is among countries interested in building a third plant.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-china-strike-nuclear-energy-agreement-on-sidelines-of-g-20-summit.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103540&NewsCatID=348

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Erdoğan: No ‘terror corridor’ inside Syria

September 3, 2016

Ankara will never permit the establishment of a “terror corridor” in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed, while denying statements from the U.S. that the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) had withdrawn to the east of Euphrates.

“Nobody should expect that we’ll agree to the establishment of a terror corridor along our southern border in northern Syria,” Erdoğan said at a press conference ahead of his departure to China late on Sept. 1 for a G-20 meeting.

He stressed that the international community did not have to choose between “Daesh [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL], the YPG [People’s Protection Units] or PYD terrorist organizations.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-no-terror-corridor-inside-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103496&NewsCatID=352

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South Asia

ISKCON temple in Bangladesh’s Sylhet attacked by alleged Muslim radicals

Friday, September 2, 2016

Dhaka: In what has been termed as a radical attack, a group of Muslim radicals allegedly attacked Iskcon Temple in Sylhet, a major city lying on the banks of Surma river in northeaster Bangladesh.

Principal of Iskcon, Navadwipa Dwija Gauranga Das Brahmachari told that the locals, who had allegedly grabbed a portion of Iskcon’s property, instigated the Muslim devotees to attack the temple. As per the reports, the group of Muslims hurled chunks of bricks at the devotees, offering prayers in the temple.

Full report at: newsx.com/world/40035-group-of-muslims-attack-iskcon-temple-in-bangladesh-s-sylhet

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Taliban’s chief of suicide bombing missions arrested in North of Afghanistan

Sat Sep 03 2016

A top Taliban leader who was in charge of coordinating the group’s suicide attack missions was arrested during an operation in North of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), said Saturday that the detained Taliban leader has been identified as Qari Ahmad Khalid son of Mohammad Alim.

According to a statement by NDS, Qari Khalid was arrested during a special military operation from Maimana city, the provincial capital fo Farya province.

The statement further added that Qari Khalid has admitted he was looking to coordinate a major attack in Maimana city by detonating a remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device.

According to NDS, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) contained 25 kgs of explosives but the intelligence operatives managed to succcessfully thwart the attack.

Full report at: khaama.com/talibans-chief-of-suicide-bombing-missions-arrested-in-north-of-afghanistan-01828

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Ghani off to Uzbekistan to attend funeral ceremony of Islam Karimov

Sat Sep 03 2016

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left for Uzbekistan this morning to attend the funeral ceremony of the country’s President Islam Karimov who apparently died due to an illness recently.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said “President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left Kabul this morning for Samarqand to attend the funeral prayers of late President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan.”

Karimov died after remaining 27 years in power apparently due to an illness and was taken to hospital last week after a brain haemorrhage.

He was around 78-year-old and the government did not disclose his death andd only said the he was critically ill.

Full report at: khaama.com/ghani-off-to-uzbekistan-to-attend-funeral-ceremony-of-islam-karimov-01826

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Modi expects to host Ghani, offer more military aid to Afghanistan

Sat Sep 03 2016

Afghanistan expects to receive more military aid from India as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani next month.

According to the local media reports in India, the Modi government could extend additional defense support to Kabul during Ghani’s trip besides the four attack helicopters that were supplied to fight Taliban.

Sources have told The Economic Times that a detailed, updated weapons list, which includes a request for additional choppers, heavy vehicles and spares support, has been shared with New Delhi.

The sources further added India has already assured Kabul that a significant part of the requests would be met.

Full report at: khaama.com/modi-expects-to-host-ghani-offer-more-military-aid-to-afghanistan-01825

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Afghan Air Force: The MD-530 Experience

Fri Sep 02 2016

Writer’s note: This is a first-person account attempting to accurately describe what flight feels like in an MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopter. Although I’ve been in the Air Force for a very long time, I am not a pilot, and I’ve rarely touched the controls while flying. I’ve been a passenger on many, many fixed-wing aircraft. Most notably, I was once in the pilot’s seat of a B-1B Lancer going supersonic over an undisclosed ocean. When I started to write this account, I considered comparing the two.

They were both amazing experiences, but they are so different, a direct comparison wouldn’t be fair to the men and women who fly either for a living. My rotary wing experience is limited to a few UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook rides. Those few rides are the baseline for this story.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-air-force-the-md-530-experience-01824

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Pakistan claims Mardan suicide bomber was an Afghan

Sat Sep 03 2016

The Pakistani authorities have claimed the suicide bomber who attacked the court in Mardan city of Pakistan was an Afghan national, in what appears to be a ‘Tit for tat’ policy to respond to Afghanistan’s growing criticisms against Pakistan to allow the Afghan militant groups, specifically the Taliban group and notorious Haqqani terrorist network leadership networks to use its soil against Afghanistan.

The attack carried out on Mardan court followed weeks after a deadly attack targeted a hospital in Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan province, which according to observers, eliminated an entire generation of lawyers in the province.

Full report at: khaama.com/pakistan-claims-mardan-suicide-bomber-was-an-afghan-01829

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Africa

Sharia: Don’t Tinker with Nigeria’s Secularity – Christian Cleric Tells Buhari

SEPTEMBER 3 2016

A cleric, Archbishop God-dowell O. Avwomakpa, has counselled President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to avoid taking any action that will violate secular state of the country.

The cleric, who is also the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-south geo-political zone as well as the President of Niger Delta Bishop forum at the weekend kicked against the plan to re-introduce Sharia law into the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He stated this after a meeting of clerics and stakeholders in the Nigeria project which place in Warri, Delta State.

He argued that Nigeria as a secular state did not need a Sharia law as doing so will precipitate a crisis that would worsen Nigerians present precarious state.

Full report at: today.ng/news/nigeria/176513/sharia-tinker-nigerias-secularity-cleric-tells-buhari

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Wife Voices Deep Concern over Health of Nigerian Muslim Leader Zakzaky

03rd September 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Wife of Leader of Nigeria's Islamic Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zekzaky in a letter expressed deep concern about the health conditions of her husband, both under the detention of Nigerian army.

"Brothers and sisters, please continue praying for Sayyid Zakzaky, may Allah restore his ability to see, and grant him a complete recovery from the wounds all over his body. And for me too, please continue to pray for me because the bullet in my body is painful. However, it is the severely ill eye condition of Sayyid Zakzaky that worries me most," Zeenah Ibraheem wrote in her letter.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000721

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Somali cleric put on US terror list

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3 2016

A middle-aged Somali-born cleric with a bright orange beard was this week put on a US terror list, accused of heading the Islamic State group in East Africa.

The US State Department on Wednesday said Abdulqadir Mumin was the head of a group of IS-linked individuals in East Africa, branding him a global terrorist.

Mumin was born in Puntland and lived in Sweden before moving to the UK in the 2000s, where he was granted British citizenship.

In London and Leicester, he developed a reputation as a firebrand preacher at extremist mosques and in videos posted online.

Monitored by MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, Mumin is thought to have known Mohamed Emwazi, the IS executioner nicknamed ‘Jihadi John’, and Michael Adebolajo, one of two people convicted over the 2013 murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in London.

Full report at: nation.co.ke/news/africa/Somali-cleric-put-on-US-terror-list/1066-3367798-fhd664/

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Pakistan

Militants who stormed Peshawar's Christian Colony were foreigners: Nisar

September 3, 2016

MARDAN: The four suicide bombers who stormed Peshawar's Christian Colony a day earlier were foreigners but it was yet to be ascertained which countries they belonged to, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday.

"We had intelligence alert about a possible militant attack in three to four areas in Peshawar," Nisar said during a press briefing in Mardan.

Terrorists struck Mardan and Peshawar on Friday, killing 14 people and injuring 49 in a day that could have ended with a higher number of deaths had four of the suicide bombers not been killed before they could set off their explosives.

"Pakistan’s security forces have won a difficult war but there is still more to be done to eradicate terrorism entirely," Nisar said, adding that "previously there were attacks every other day, now they happen in months".

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1281796/militants-who-stormed-peshawars-christian-colony-were-foreigners-nisar

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Rehman Malik blames India for unrest in Balochistan

September 3, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Rehman Malik has blamed India for fomenting unrest in Balochistan and helping separatists in the province.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, he said the role of India in the unrest in Balochistan “is not a hidden story”.

He urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take serious notice of conspiracies being hatched against Pakistan and take all necessary steps against elements behind them.

The former minister, who belongs to the PPP, said that Baloch separatist leader Brahmadagh Bugti was enjoying complete support of Indian agencies for disturbing peace in Balochistan.

He said during the tenure of the previous PPP government he had given a five-hour-long briefing to the Senate on Balochistan in which he had provided proof of Brahmadagh’s links with Indian agencies. The Senate was informed about bank transactions and his frequent visits to India, he added.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1281668/rehman-malik-blames-india-for-unrest-in-balochistan

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Sharif says Modi’s Balochistan remarks “unwarranted”

September 3, 2016

Islamabad: Pakistan has called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks as unwarranted in a letter written to United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon while apprising him on the Kashmir issue.

The letter called the Indian Prime Minister’s remarks on Balochistanas unwarranted and in complete contravention of the UN charter, reports Radio Pakistan.

It also said that his comment aimed at diverting the Worldattention from the ongoing atrocities in the valley.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said yesterday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifhas written another letter to the UN chief apprising him of the alleged human rights violations on the Indian side of Kashmir and also urged him to send a fact-finding mission there to investigate the same.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/sharif-says-modis-balochistan-remarks-unwarranted-1012018/

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Pakistan deploys army helicopter in search for missing US climbers

September 3, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan stepped up its search for two Americans climbers Saturday, deploying army helicopters to find the pair who went missing 10 days ago while trying to summit a peak in the Karakoram mountains.

Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson began their ascent of the 7,285-metre Ogre-II peak off the Choktoi Glacier in the Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday August 21, but went missing the next day and have not been seen since.

"Two helicopters belonging to military aviation flew over the mountains Saturday morning but there was no sign of the climbers," Karrar Haidri, a spokesman for the Alpine Club of Pakistan told AFP.

"The search goes on," he added.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1281798/pakistan-deploys-army-helicopter-in-search-for-missing-us-climbers

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Southeast Asia

Islamic militants blamed for deadly Philippine blast

Sep 3, 2016

DAVAO: Philippine authorities on Saturday blamed a notorious group of Islamic militants for the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte's home town that killed at least 14 people.

An improvised explosive device tore through the bustling market in the heart of Davao city and close to one of its top hotels just before 11:00pm (local time) on Friday.

Authorities said the Abu Sayyaf, a small band of militants that has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, most likely carried out the attack in response to a military offensive launched against it last week.

"The office of the president texted and confirmed that was an Abu Sayyaf retaliation. For the city government side, we are working on that it is an Abu Sayyaf retaliation," Davao mayor Sara Duterte, who is also the president's daughter, told CNN Philippines.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Islamic-militants-blamed-for-deadly-Philippine-blast/articleshow/53993123.cms

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Thai Muslims uneasy about rise in Buddhist nationalism

03.09.2016

Thailand's Muslim population is concerned about a clause in a recently-approved constitution, which appears to attempt to further marginalize Islam and push for Buddhism to be considered the country's de-facto religion.

The country's Malay Muslims -- long alienated in three insurgency-wracked provinces on the southern border with Malaysia -- came out in force against the draft in an Aug. 7 vote -- a declaration that many see as representing disillusionment with the new clause.

Talking to Anadolu Agency on Friday, Angkhana Neelapaijit -- one of seven members of the country's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) -- voiced her concerns about article 67, drafted to "prevent the desecration of Buddhism".

“Thai Muslims are afraid that the state may no longer support Muslims.

Full report at: aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/thai-muslims-uneasy-about-rise-in-buddhist-nationalism/640116

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Consumer giants court Indonesian Muslims

03rd September 2016

LONDON/JAKARTA: Some of the world’s biggest consumer groups are making halal face creams and shampoos for Indonesia ahead of a new labeling law, part of a broader push to cater to growing Muslim populations as sales in many Western markets slow. Unilever, Beiersdorf and L’Oreal are among the multinationals converting their supply chains for the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.The law, the first of its kind, requires food to be labeled halal or not in 2017, followed by toiletries in 2018 and medicines in 2019.

The companies say demand for beauty products that are halal, or target specific issues like veiled hair, will grow as the Muslim middle class grows. They note that Indonesia could influence other countries such as Malaysia where halal products made locally or by small, niche companies are also popular.

Full report at: dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Sep-03/370239-consumer-giants-court-indonesian-muslims.ashx

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Indonesia’s most-wanted awakens new generation of extremists

Sep 3, 2016

DURING a May 2011 shootout, Indonesia’s counter-terrorism forces killed the leader of a militant group thought to be behind a series of failed bomb attempts around the city of Solo in Central Java.

The death of “Team Hisbah” founder Sigit Qurdowi caused the group to splinter. Some formed an anti-vice squad in the city; many others became associated with a former Solo resident called Bahrun Naim, who authorities believe is a leading Indonesian coordinator for Daesh (so-called IS).

Now, five years later, Naim, based in Daesh’s stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, is building an ever-more sophisticated network of militants from his former hometown, according to police, self-proclaimed radicals and people who work with the militants in Solo.

Solo, which has a long history of schools and mosques associated with radicals, is a breeding ground for Naim’s recruits, counter-terrorism officials say, and many of his lieutenants in Indonesia have come from Team Hisbah.

As a result, authorities fear the risk of a major attack in Indonesia is growing. Militancy in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation has been contained since a crackdown on Jemaah Islamiyah — Al Qaeda’s franchise in the region — put hundreds of its leaders and followers behind bars in the mid-2000s.

Full report at: saudigazette.com.sa/world/asia/indonesias-wanted-awakens-new-generation-extremists/

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