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Mehdi’s 60 Per Cent Followers Non-Muslims, Most Muslims from UK: Govt

 

 

 

A photo shows what appears to be the headquarters of Manbij, Nicknamed ‘Little London’

Islamic Police force

 

 

 

 

 

India

Mehdi’s 60 Per Cent Followers Non-Muslims, Most Muslims from UK: Govt

Burdwan Blast Accused Khaleed Trained By Bangladeshi, Pakistani Extremists

Gujarat: Common Prayer Norm Irks AMC Urdu Medium Schools

PM Narendra Modi describes Sydney terror attack as ‘disturbing’

Bengaluru executive Mehdi has denied recruiting anyone for ISIS: Rajnath Singh

Share of Muslims show decline in public services

VHP presses for anti-conversion law: ‘At one point, the entire world was Hindu’

 

Pakistan

Lal Masjid Top Cleric Says He Respects Islamic State

Anti-Terrorism Court Orders Tahir ul Qadri’s Immediate Arrest

SC urged to act against clerics whose incitement led to couple’s lynching

Security forces pound hideouts; suspected militant killed

Shahbaz alleges Imran of destroying country’s economy

 

Arab World

Syrian Town of Many Foreign Jihadists Nicknamed ‘Little London’

Dozens of Terrorists Killed In Anbar

Tens of ISIL Militants Killed In Blast in Syria's Raqqa

No Breach of Human Rights in Saudi Law, Experts Say

Al-Nusra Front captures army base in north-western Syria

Egypt reissues security warning to nationals in Libya after 2 killed

Fingerprinting declared compulsory in Saudi Arabia

Saudi security man killed in Riyadh hostage situation

 

South Asia

About 300 Chinese Fighting Alongside Islamic State: Chinese Media

5 Afghan Army Soldiers Martyred Following IED Attack

Suspected ISIS (Daesh) commander arrested in Afghanistan

PM Sheikh Hasina: BNP movement with killers of intellectuals doomed to fail

Sri Lanka: Muslim Politicians Irrelevant in Today’s Political Scenario

 

Mideast

Palestinian Movement Praises Iran's Efforts in Defence of Gazans

Top separatist among two shot dead in south Yemen

İncirlik airbase for anti-ISIL coalition to be part of a single package: Turkish FM

Netanyahu snubs Palestinian U.N. ultimatum

Israel arrests 8 Palestinians for incitement on Internet

 

Africa

Insecurity in 2014 Seen Behind Surge of Tunisian ISIS Fighters

Libya Islamists Press Advance on Key Oil Region

Boko Haram ‘will be defeated:’ leading Nigerian emir

We have “documented evidence” over Juba support to Sudanese rebels: Sudanese FM

Mali: 4 prisoners exchanged for French hostage

S. Sudan activists release first list of victims killed in war

 

Europe

French Police Dismantles Takfiri Network Sending Fighters to Syria, Iraq

UK police charge four men with terrorism offences

The Moment suspected hostage-taker surrenders to police in Belgian town of Ghent as armed siege sparks fears of terror attack

Former British boxing champion charged over alleged plot to smuggle jihadis out of the country on fake passports to fight with ISIS in Syria

 

North America

Us Court Reconsiders Anti-Islam Film On YouTube

US researcher denied entry to Egypt didn't have valid visa: Foreign Ministry

Kerry in talks on bid for Palestinian statehood

 

Southeast Asia

Guan Eng absolutely right on ‘Allah’ issue, says Anwar

Two Alleged Members of Santoso’s Jihadist Network Arrested in Sulawesi

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India

 

Mehdi’s 60 Per Cent Followers Non-Muslims, Most Muslims from UK: Govt

 Dec 15, 2014

More than 60 per cent followers of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, the Bengaluru-based executive, who was running a pro-ISIS twitter account, were non-Muslims and a majority of his Muslim followers were from western countries, particularly the UK, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

Making a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha, he said 24-year-old Mehdi was arrested on December 13 and during interrogation, he indicated that his activities were limited to posting and reposting of pro-ISIS material on his twitter account and social media sites and he has denied having recruited any person for ISIS.

“During interrogation, Mehdi disclosed that more than 60 per cent of his twitter account followers were non-Muslims from the western countries and a majority of his Muslim followers were from the western countries, particularly the UK.”

“Mehdi started closely following the developments in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan through internet during his college days and has been active in the social networking sites since 2009.”

“Over a period of time, Mehdi started interacting with people in social media sites. He has denied having recruited any person for ISIS,” he said.

Singh said Mehdi had come to prominence in the electronic media in the UK on his role in circulating ISIS material through the tweeter account.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/mehdis-60-per-cent-followers-non-muslims-most-muslims-from-uk-govt/

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Burdwan blast accused Khaleed trained by Bangladeshi, Pakistani extremists

TNN | Dec 15, 2014

HYDERABAD: Myanmar national Khaleed Mohammed, who was arrested recently by National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths in the Burdwan blast case, has confessed that his handlers were two Bangladeshi nationals, Ali Ahmed and Abdul Rehman, who facilitated in honing his various skills, including making explosives. He, in turn, passed on the knowledge to his disciples, sources said.

The two handlers belong to the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JuMB), which was behind the Burdwan module with which Khaleed, a member of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), maintained close ties. Intelligence sources said that Khaleed, who originally started as a cook, was associated with the Darashava madarsa in Myanmar for almost 10 years till 2010. After a couple of years, he came in contact with Ahmed and Rehman, who lured him to jihad and took him to Bangladesh, where extremists of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan trained him.

"Khaleed was trained in Bangladesh for two weeks in making bombs and other skills between February and April, 2013. After that, he was given 24,000 taka (Bangladesh currency) and a pen drive, which contained jihadi literature. Subsequently, he trained several people both in Myanmar and Bangladesh,'' credible sources in security agencies told TOI.

The officers said that Khaleed feared for his arrest after he came to know that Rehman was arrested in Bangladesh. Subsequently, he slipped into India and after visiting several places, settled down with his family at Balapur as a refugee in November 2013. In the city, he was teaching Arabic to children at a local madarsa.

NIA officials are probing if there is any link between the recently arrested Shanoor Alam, the key financier of the Burdwan module, and Khaleed, who had been in touch with a few of the accused in the Burdwan blast case. After Khaleed was arrested by the NIA on November 17, agency sleuths claimed that incriminating videos of training; literature related to poisons, IED and bomb making; explosives and jihadi literature were recovered.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Burdwan-blast-accused-Khaleed-trained-by-Bangladeshi-Pakistani-extremists/articleshow/45517475.cms

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Gujarat: Common Prayer Norm Irks AMC Urdu Medium Schools

 Dec 15, 2014

Discontinuing the decades old practice of conducting separate prayers during the morning and afternoon assembly sessions by municipal schools in Urdu and Gujarati medium, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) School Board has asked the Urdu medium schools sharing the campus with Gujarati medium schools to have a common prayer.

This decision has irked parents of Urdu school students who are largely Muslims. They have also submitted a memorandum to the AMC School Board authorities questioning the intention behind this change and have demanded the authorities to allow the old practice to continue in Urdu municipal schools.

“If the intention of the authorities in removing this age-old practice is honest then why have they not passed any written orders but verbally asked the schools to conduct their prayers with the Gujarati medium schools. We do not want our children to follow anti-Islam prayers in schools,” said Mohammad Ayub, the president of Jamalpur-based Social Edification and Welfare Association, in his representation submitted on December 8 to the Administrative Officer L D Desai.

The recent change has been implemented by the AMC School Board authorities on a trial basis from this week in Urdu medium schools of south zone. These areas include Behrampura, Chandola, Danilimda and Jamalpur. These schools have about 3,500-4,000 Urdu medium students. There are 65 Urdu schools and 300 Gujarati medium schools under AMC which have 18,000 and one Lakh students, respectively.

When contacted, Desai justified the move terming it as a attempt towards social reform. “The board has noticed discrimination among students when it comes to morning and afternoon assembly sessions. We want to propagate the concept of ‘sarva dharma prathna’ sessions among students of various communities. To start with, we have chosen Urdu medium schools,” he said.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/common-prayer-norm-irks-amc-urdu-medium-schools/

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PM Narendra Modi describes Sydney terror attack as ‘disturbing’

 Dec 15, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described the ongoing hostage situation in Sydney as “disturbing”.

“Such acts are inhuman & deeply unfortunate. I pray for everyone’s safety,” Modi tweeted.

The hostage situation in Australia brings focus to the growing ISIS threat in the country, which New Delhi will be monitoring closely in the wake of the newly-agreed security framework between the two countries that was signed last month.

According to initial reports, armed men are holding up to 50 people hostage at a cafe in Martin place in Sydney. There are reports that two gunmen have taken hostages at the popular Lindt chocolate shop, which has several entrances.

This incident comes close on the heels of the Australian government accusing ISIS of using foreign fighters as “cannon fodder,” as the number of Australians killed while fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq rose to 20.

The Australian government estimates at least 70 Australians are fighting with terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Last week, Australian Attorney General George Brandis said in a report published Tuesday that members of ISIS are tricking Westerners into believing they are playing a key part of a religious crusade.

“They are simply using them as front-line cannon fodder, suicide bombers and propaganda tools,” Brandis had said. For India, this incident is likely to witness a closer cooperation with Australia on counter-terrorism.

Last month, Modi and Australian PM Tony Abbott had decided to establish a Framework for Security Cooperation to reflect the deepening and expanding security and defence engagement between India and Australia, and to intensify cooperation and consultation between Australia and India in areas of mutual interest.

Under the theme of “Counterterrorism and other Transnational Crimes”, the framework set up an annual Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and other Transnational Crimes.

The new pact calls for cooperation in CT training and exchanges between experts on countering improvised explosive devices, bomb incidents and technologies.

“Exchanges on counter-radicalisation” is one of the key areas, apart from cooperation between police on investigation of transnational crime.

In the ongoing hostage situation in Australia, some members of staff could be seen wearing their shop aprons and standing with their hands up at the windows. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.

Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane told the media he believes there are 40 to 50 people inside the cafe, including customers and staff. Police handcuffed a man 200m from the cafe siege but a police statement has since clarified the arrest was unrelated to the siege.

Last week, Australia used tough new counterterrorism laws to make it a criminal offense for Australians to travel to the Syrian province of Raqqa because of ISIS’s hold on the war-ravaged region.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-others/pm-narendra-modi-describes-sydney-terror-attack-as-disturbing/#sthash.ELG1N4Oz.dpuf

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Bengaluru executive Mehdi has denied recruiting anyone for ISIS: Rajnath Singh

ANI | Dec 15, 2014

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said Mehdi Biswas, who was arrested last week for allegedly running a pro-ISIS (Islamic State) Twitter account, has denied recruiting any person for the militant group.

He added that the interrogation of Mehdi Biswas has indicated that his activities were limited to posting and reposting of pro-ISIS material on his Twitter account and social media sites.

"The accused had come to prominence in the electronic media in the UK regarding his role in circulating IS material through a Twitter account. The central agencies worked in close collaboration with the Karnataka Police to develop information leading to his arrest. Mehdi had a Twitter account under the username @ShamiWitness. He used to visit prominent IS related sites, mostly in Arabic language and then translate the contents in to English and repost the material on his twitter account," Rajnath Singh said in Parliament on Monday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bengaluru-executive-Mehdi-has-denied-recruiting-anyone-for-ISIS-Rajnath-Singh/articleshow/45521888.cms

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Share of Muslims show decline in public services

Syed Amin Jafri,TNN | Dec 15, 2014

HYDERABAD: It is a truism that the minorities, particularly Muslims, have faced different kinds of discrimination in the erstwhile united state of Andhra Pradesh. Their numbers had declined sharply in public employment due to various factors, including mass retrenchments and changes in recruitment policies that adversely impacted the minorities even as they suffered from educational backwardness, especially at higher, professional and technical education levels.

In the erstwhile Hyderabad State, soon after police action in September 1948 that hastened the integration of Nizam's Dominions into the Indian Union, Muslim employees in government departments bore the brunt of discrimination as scores and hundreds of them were summarily retired or dismissed from service. They suffered another blow when Andhra Pradesh was formed in November 1956 with the merger of Telangana region of Hyderabad State with the then Andhra State. Again, hundreds of Muslim employees were shown the door as the government brought in hordes of Andhra employees into Hyderabad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Share-of-Muslims-show-decline-in-public-services/articleshow/45517473.cms

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VHP presses for anti-conversion law: ‘At one point, the entire world was Hindu’

 Dec 15, 2014

Notwithstanding mass “ghar wapsi” events by saffron groups in Uttar Pradesh, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders on Sunday pressed for an anti-conversion law, accusing Christians and Muslims of wooing Hindus towards their religions.

“At a point of time, the entire world was Hindu. There were 700 crore Hindus, and now there are just 100 crore. Currently, there are 82 per cent Hindus in this country. If we don’t create awareness and take steps now, in a few decades this number will drop to 46 per cent. If conversions are wrong, then why is the government not passing an anti-conversion law?” asked senior VHP leader Praveen Togadia addressing Virat Hindu Sammelan here.

Another VHP leader Narendra Maharaj from Ratnagiri said the Hindu society is tolerant and does not indulge in religious conversions, but it is the Christians and the Muslims who convert people.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/vhp-presses-for-anti-conversion-law-at-one-point-the-entire-world-was-hindu/#sthash.iO6UO8Kr.dpuf

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Pakistan

 

Lal Masjid top cleric says he respects Islamic State

Dec 15, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of Lal Masjid, made it clear that he respects the Islamic State (IS) because of similarity in mission and has no reservations in declaring that he holds the organisation in high regard.

He said that the students of Jamia Hafsa had prepared the Arabic video extolling the IS with his consent and the girls did not commit a crime by doing so.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Aziz said that he is not in favour of approaching the court to clarify that “we are not affiliated with IS.”

He said that there was no shame in declaring support for Daesh which, according to him, was out to enforce the “Islamic system.” The IS, nevertheless, has earned indignation from none other than the top clerics of the Kaaba and the rest of the mainstream Muslim religious scholars.

He said that he disowns the petition filed by Shohada Foundation, an NGO affiliated with the mosque and girls’ seminary, Jamia Hafsa, in the Islamabad High Court. “I don’t know why these boys (Shohada Foundation) are reluctant to tell that we support the organisation (Daesh) which wants to implement Islamic system,” Aziz said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/806951/clear-views-lal-masjid-top-cleric-says-he-respects-islamic-state/

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Anti-Terrorism Court Orders Tahir ul Qadri’s Immediate Arrest

December 15, 2014

RAWALPINDI: Anti-Terrorism Court in Rawalpindi on Friday demanded the immediate arrest of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahir ul Qadri on charges of attacking police officials.

Special Judge Chaudhry Abdul Qayyum ordered the PAT chief should be arrested in response to an FIR registered by Lilla police station in Jhelum.

According to details, PAT workers had gathered at the Lilla Interchange and staged a protest demonstration on Qadri’s call. The workers allegedly attacked and injured police officials, after which they were arrested and charged under the Anti Terrorism Act.

Qadri is currently in the United States undergoing medical treatment. Upon his departure, dismissing widespread rumours that he might not return, Qadri had said, “I will continue to fulfill my commitment until my last breath.”

Earlier, on September 12, the judge had issue arrest warrants for Qadri and 95 of his followers on charges of attacking and kidnapping policemen.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/807113/atc-orders-qadris-immediate-arrest/

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SC urged to act against clerics whose incitement led to couple’s lynching

Dec 15, 2014

SLAMABAD: Against the backdrop of the Nov 6 incident in which a mob lynched a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab, for allegedly committing blasphemy, the Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference (PCBC) and the Major Superiors Leadership Conference of Pakistan (MSLCP) have requested the Supreme Court to hold accountable for the killings the clerics who had incited violence through loudspeakers of their mosques.

In a joint letter addressed to Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, president of the PCBC, Karachi, Joseph Coutts, and president of the MSLCP, Lahore, Fr Pascal Paulus OP, have called for a fair investigation into the incident so that perpetrators of the crime could be brought to justice and a strong precedence could be created for the future.

A copy of the letter sent to the court on Nov 12 was dispatched to Islamabad offices of the United Nations Council on Human Rights.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1150990/sc-urged-to-act-against-clerics-whose-incitement-led-to-couples-lynching

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Security forces pound hideouts; suspected militant killed

Dec 15, 2014

KHYBER AGENCY: Security forces bombed some hideouts in Khyber tribal region on Sunday, killing one suspected terrorist and injuring four.

An arms depot apparently owned by militants was destroyed in the operation carried out in the Tirah Valley early in the morning.

According to Pakistan Army, 1,600 militants have been killed since security forces started clearing the region of anti-state elements. In all, 126 soldiers have sacrificed their lives.

The army launched in June an offensive against militants in North Waziristan after a bloody raid on the Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and the Taliban.

The main ground to fight against militants belonging to Al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistani is in the northwestern tribal belt of the country, but analysts and officials believe that some militants also come from the southern Punjab.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1150993/security-forces-pound-hideouts-suspected-militant-killed

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Shahbaz alleges Imran of destroying country’s economy

Dec 15, 2014

LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday alleged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of destroying the economy of Pakistan by carrying out protests day by day.

In a statement, he stated that sit-ins have been started at the time when Pakistan Army is busy in killing militants in an operation. However, the politics of violence is disastrous for Pakistan’s development. He further vowed to protect the lives and property of the citizens by keeping it as his first priority.

While on the other hand, Punjab government Spokesman Zaeem Qadri said that the few activists cannot deprive the rights of hundreds of thousands of people. Moreover, Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique said that the peaceful protest of the PTI has been exposed by burning tyres and blocking the roads.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/15-Dec-2014/shahbaz-alleges-imran-of-destroying-country-s-economy

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Arab World

 

Syrian town of many foreign Jihadists nicknamed ‘Little London’

December 15, 2014

(IraqiNews.com) One of the few western prisoners who have returned home from the ISIS-controlled area in Iraq and Syria said a small town in Syria seized by the group has been nicknamed ‘Little London.’

According to the British newspaper ‘The Sunday Times,’ Ahmed Walid Rashidi, Danish charity worker who traveled to Syria, trying to find whereabouts with two British twin sisters who had left Britain and moved to Syria. Rashidi said that Manbij, a town located in north of Aleppo in northern Syria, is populated by so many foreign fighters, especially from Britain, to the level it has been nicknamed ‘Little London’ or ‘Little Berlin’ among the Jihadists.

Rashidi has pointed out, that English and German are commonly spoken in the small town of Manbij.

http://www.iraqinews.com/arab-world-news/syrian-town-many-foreign-jihadists-nicknamed-little-london/

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Dozens of terrorists killed in Anbar

December 15, 2014

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The Ministry of Defense announced killing dozens of the ISIL terrorists in Anbar province.

A statement by the MoD received by IraqiNews.com cited “A security force of the Iraqi Army managed to kill 19 ISIL terrorists and injure one another in al-Yatama area of AMiriyat al-Fallujah by Abrams tank.” /End/

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/dozens-of-terrorists-killed-in-anbar/

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Tens of ISIL Militants Killed in Blast in Syria's Raqqa

Dec 15, 2014

Powerful blast rocked Syria's Northern province of al-Raqqa, killing tens of ISIL terrorists, media report said.

The big blast hit the industrial area in the central part of al-Raqqa, spelling no further details, SANA reported.

Also, the Syrian troops killed more than 8 al-Nusra terrorists after inflicting heavy losses on the terrorist group in the area.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930924000183

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No breach of human rights in Saudi law, experts say

 15 December 2014

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Human Rights declaration, which the Kingdom ratified last Tuesday, conforms to international human rights norms and it seeks to protect financial and emotional rights for all, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) said.

Speaking to al-Hayat newspaper, NSHR spokesman Ibrahim al-Shaddy said all agreements the Kingdom signed conform to Islamic law.

The Kingdom does not breach any human rights in its laws and regulations, contrary to what some extremists in the country believe, said legal consultant and Shoura Council member Fahd Al-Enizi.

“Every member country of the Gulf Cooperation Council believes in equality for all. This equality includes the freedom of expression and the freedom of belief. There are rules and regulations when it comes to freedom of expression in the Kingdom but these regulations do not breach human rights. Freedom of expression is granted in the Kingdom as long as it does not harm any member of society or the country,” al-Shaddy said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/12/15/No-breach-of-human-rights-in-Saudi-law-experts-say.html

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Al-Nusra Front captures army base in north-western Syria

15 December 2014

Islamist militants captured a Syrian army base Monday in the northwestern province of Idlib after two days of intense fighting that killed at least two dozen gunmen, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and an Idlib-based activist who goes by the name of Mohammed al-Sayid said members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other rebel factions captured the Wadi Deif base Monday morning.

A Twitter account run by the Nusra Front in Idlib province said fighters are now removing mines from the area after the "Wadi Deif camp was liberated."

The capture of Wadi Deif is a blow to the Syrian government that has managed to hold the besieged post for more than two years and repelled repeated attacks by opposition fighters. Rebels and the Nusra Front control much of the countryside of Idlib province while government forces dominate the provincial capital city - also called Idlib.

The capture came a day after rebels and Nusra Front fighters took over seven government checkpoints around Wadi Deif and the nearby base of Hamidiyeh. The Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh bases outside the town of Maaret al-Numan have long been prized targets for the rebels, who have launched multiple sieges since 2012.

The Observatory said that at least 15 pro-government troops and eight opposition fighters have been killed in the clashes on Sunday alone.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/15/Al-Nusra-Front-captures-army-base-in-northwestern-Syria.html

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Egypt reissues security warning to nationals in Libya after 2 killed

Dec 15, 2014

The Egyptian foreign ministry has renewed its warning to nationals in Libya following the death of two Egyptians on Sunday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The ministry called upon Egyptians in Libya to be cautious and stay away from places where armed clashes take place.

Assistant to the Foreign Minister for Consular Matters and Egyptians Abroad. Ambassador Amr Moawad, renewed a warning for Egyptians against traveling to Libya.

He added that in urgent cases, Egyptians should get a visa from the Libyan embassy in Cairo, to avoid being deported from Libya.

Two Egyptian workers were killed and four injured on Sunday during clashes between the Libyan army and Fajr Libya forces on the Coastal Road of the Ras Ajdir crossing on the western border with Tunisia.

According to the International Organisation for Migration, between 330,000 and 1.5 million Egyptians worked in Libya until an uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It is unclear how many Egyptian workers remain in Libya at present.

The foreign ministry had renewed its calls for Egyptians to avoid travel to unsafe areas of Libya and for expatriates to keep away from clashes last August.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117940/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-reissues-security-warning-to-nationals-in-Li.aspx

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Fingerprinting declared compulsory in Saudi Arabia

15 December 2014

Fingerprint registration for male and female expatriates will be completed by Dec. 23, 2014, for all Passports Department (Jawazat) services except the renewal of residence permits (iqamas), Jawazat spokesman Lt. Col. Ahmed Fahd Al-Luhaidan said on Sunday.

The deadline for fingerprint registration for the renewal of iqamas is Jan. 21, 2015.

Expatriates will not be able to use any Jawazat services if their fingerprints are not registered.

Lt. Col. Al-Luhaidan called on all male and female expatriates who have not registered their fingerprints to do so at the earliest to ensure obtaining Jawazat services at any time, especially in emergencies.

Such services include obtaining exit/re-entry visas, which will not be processed unless the expatriate has registered his/her fingerprints.

Expats can check whether they have registered their fingerprints by logging in to the Ministry of Interior website www.moi.gov.sa, and then clicking on e-services.

They should click “Passports” in the template and select “Public Query FingerPrint Enrollment.” The fingerprint registration status will appear if they feed their iqama numbers.

Earlier, biometric data was mandatory for expatriate women only for obtaining a work permit, and it was optional for all other women.

The fingerprinting system was there for expatriate women for the issuance of new iqama and a final exit since long time but it was only optional.

The Jawazat made it mandatory for issuance of new iqama and final exit effective from March 23 this year.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/15/Fingerprinting-declared-compulsory-in-Saudi-Arabia.html

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Saudi security man killed in Riyadh hostage situation

15 December 2014

A gunman holding three labourers hostage in the Saudi capital Riyadh shot dead a member of the security forces when police tried to free the captives, police said on Monday.

The gunman was later arrested and the three labourers were freed, a police statement on Sunday’s incident said. There was no immediate word on the man’s identity or his motivation.

“An unknown man carrying an automatic weapon took three labourers hostage near al-Hamoud mosque ... and threatened to shoot passersby,” state news agency SPA quoted a Riyadh police spokesman as saying in a statement.

“When police surrounded him and asked him to drop his weapon he opened fire heavily,” the statement said. The security forces member was killed in an exchange of fire and two people, including a civilian, were wounded, he said.

The attacker was wounded and arrested, the police spokesman said.

Saudi officials have said this year they are concerned about a rise in domestic Islamist militancy due to conflicts in Iraq and Syria. The government has decreed tough penalties for terrorist crimes.

Earlier on Sunday, police reported that an unidentified attacker killed a member of Saudi Arabia’s security forces near a village where unrest among the country’s Shi’ite Muslim minority has been focused.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/15/Saudi-security-man-shot-dead-in-Riyadh.html

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South Asia

 

About 300 Chinese fighting alongside Islamic State: Chinese media

Dec 15, 2014

BEIJING: About 300 Chinese people are fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday, a rare tally that is likely to fuel worry in China that militants pose a threat to security.

China has expressed concern about the rise of Islamic State in the Middle East, nervous about the effect it could have on its Xinjiang region. But it has also shown no sign of wanting to join US efforts to use military force against the group.

Chinese members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) are travelling to Syria via Turkey to join the Islamic State, also known as IS, the Global Times, a tabloid run by China's ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily, said.

“According to information from various sources, including security officers from Iraq's Kurdish region, Syria and Lebanon, around 300 Chinese extremists are fighting with IS in Iraq and Syria,” the Global Times reported.

Chinese officials blame the ETIM for carrying out attacks in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people. But the government has been vague about how many people from China are fighting in the Middle East.

In July, China's envoy to the Middle East, Wu Sike, cited media reports when he said about 100 Chinese citizens, most of them from the ETIM, were in the Middle East fighting or being trained.

China says ETIM militants are also holed up along the ungoverned Afghan-Pakistani border and want to create a separate state in Xinjiang, though many foreign experts doubt the group's cohesiveness.

Instead, human rights advocates argue that economic marginalisation of Uighurs and curbs on their culture and religion are main causes of ethnic violence in Xinjiang that has killed hundreds of people in the past two years.

China has criticised the Turkish government for offering shelter to Uighur refugees who have fled China through southeast Asia and said such a channel creates security risks.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1151019/about-300-chinese-fighting-alongside-islamic-state-chinese-media

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5 Afghan army soldiers martyred following IED attack

 Dec 15 2014,

At least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), said the Afghan soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours.

He did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant groups frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weaopn of their choice to target the security forces.

According to security officials, the Afghan army deaths stands at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

Roadside bombs are also one of the major contributors to civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

http://www.khaama.com/5-afghan-army-soldiers-martyred-following-ied-attack-9131

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Suspected ISIS (Daesh) commander arrested in Afghanistan

Dec 15 2014

A notorious anti-government armed militant commander who is believed to have links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has been arrested by Afghan security forces in Paktia province.

According to the local government officials, the detained commander has been identified as Qari Amandullah who is also famous as Qari Khalid.

A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the commander was arrested by Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The official further added that the arrest was made following a gun battle which continued for almost 15 minutes.

The detention of the suspected ISIS commander comes as there are concerns regarding the growing influence of the terrorist group in Afghanistan, specifically among the university students.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/suspected-isis-daesh-commander-arrested-in-afghanistan-9130

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PM Sheikh Hasina : BNP movement with killers of intellectuals doomed to fail

Dec 15, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a BNP movement together with the killers of the intellectuals to save war criminals from facing justice would not be successful.

“Khaleda Zia is threatening to wage a movement during victory month. But her movement with the killers of the illustrious sons of the soil to protect 1971 war criminals will not be successful,” she said.

Hasina, the Awami League president, said this while addressing a discussion on Martyred Intellectuals Day, at Bangladesh Krishibid Institution in Khamarbari in the capital this afternoon. Deputy Leader of the House and Senior Party Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury chaired the discussion.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/dec/15/pm-bnp-movement-killers-intellectuals-doomed-fail#sthash.wzLK5SEA.dpuf

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Sri Lanka: Muslim Politicians Irrelevant In Today’s Political Scenario

Dec 15, 2014

December 15, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) With campaign for the forthcoming presidential elections on 8 January 2015 under way in full swing, the island’s Muslims appear to have made up their minds. In doing so they dismissed Muslim political parties and politicians as corrupt, morally bankrupt and unfit to represent the Muslim community.

Muslims, by and large, have lost confidence in their politicians in view of their shameful records which brought disrepute to the community. They failed to defend the community especially during the past four years when saffron terror gangs, with state patronage, unleashed violence against them.

These attacks striking at the very root of their religious, economic, cultural life and very existence as a community, subjected Muslims to immense hardships and sufferings.

Reiterating this Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, SLMC, parliamentarian M.M.M.Haaris stated that the Muslim community has” already decided whom to vote for”. This is the general views expressed in almost every gathering from dinner parties to other functions.

Full report at:

http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2014/12/sri-lanka-muslim-politicians-irrelevant.html

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Mideast

 

Palestinian Movement Praises Iran's Efforts in Defence of Gazans

Dec 15, 2014

Spokesman for the Military Wing of the Palestinian Hamas Movement Abu Ubaida appreciated Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and the Iranian nation for their unsparing efforts to defend the defenseless Gazans against the massive attacks of the Israeli forces during the recent 51-day war.

Speaking in a ceremony on Sunday to celebrate the 27th anniversary of establishment of Hamas in Gaza, Abu Ubaida said that hunting the Israeli Merkava tanks during that war and breaking the epic of their invulnerability became possible thanks to the contribution of the Iranian anti-tank missiles.

“Iran has never hesitated to offer financial and military contributions to the resistance forces in their campaign against the Zionist enemy and played a significant role in achieving victory in the course of the recent 51-Day War,” he added.

In September, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Israeli regime's defeat in the Gaza war against a limited number of besieged people proved that the Muslim world has the upper hand in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930924000425

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Top separatist among two shot dead in south Yemen

Dec 15, 2014

A separatist activist was among two people shot dead in southern Yemen on Monday, as secessionists staged a day of civil disobedience, witnesses and activists said.

Khaled al-Junaidi, a prominent figure in the Southern Movement, was shot in the chest when security forces opened fire while trying to arrest him, activists told AFP.

Junaidi was released from prison earlier this month after serving five months for separatist activities, and had been preparing to take part in Monday's day of action, witnesses said.

Most businesses and schools in Aden were closed in response to the call for the demonstration to demand the secession of the formerly independent south.

South Yemen became independent after the end of British colonial rule in 1967, before it joined the north in 1990.

Since mid-October, the Southern Movement has staged a sit-in in central Aden to demand secession.

Meanwhile, a street vendor was shot dead by southern separatists in Hadramawt province in the southeast, witnesses said.

The gunmen opened fire as the man, who was from north Yemen, failed to stop at a checkpoint, triggering a confrontation between the militants and other residents of northern origin.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117975/World/Region/Top-separatist-among-two-shot-dead-in-south-Yemen.aspx

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İncirlik airbase for anti-ISIL coalition to be part of a single package: Turkish FM

Dec 15, 2014

The opening of a key military base in southern Turkey has just begun to be discussed between Ankara and Washington as part of a package of measures to be taken against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said.

“The framework [of cooperation with the U.S.] comprises air support and we have only recently begun to discuss whether it will include the use of İncirlik,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that the discussion of opening the base in the southern province of Adana had “just begun.”

“They all will be a package. We are slowly moving toward that stage. The details will be negotiated after the framework is determined. We have decided to speed things up with the United States,” he said, answering reporters’ questions aboard his plane while returning from Greece on Dec. 12.

“We are trying to set up a framework about what can be done on the ground and for the train-equip program. Security and intelligence officials will start to talk concerning what will happen,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/incirlik-airbase-for-anti-isil-coalition-to-be-part-of-a-single-package-turkish-fm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75624&NewsCatID=359

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Netanyahu snubs Palestinian U.N. ultimatum

15 December 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected any Palestinian attempt to set an ultimatum through a U.N. Security Council resolution for Israel to end its occupation.

"We will not accept attempts to dictate to us unilateral moves on a limited timetable," he said in a statement before heading for Rome to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"In the reality in which Islamic terrorism is reaching out to all corners of the globe, we will rebuff any attempt that would put this terrorism inside our home.

"We will stand firm in the face of any diktat."

The Palestinians on Sunday announced they would present a draft resolution to the Security Council on Wednesday setting a two-year deadline for Israel to withdraw from occupied Palestinian territories.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/15/Israeli-PM-rejects-Palestinian-ultimatum-through-U-N-.html

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Israel arrests 8 Palestinians for incitement on Internet

15 December 2014

Israeli police said Monday that eight Palestinians in annexed east Jerusalem have been arrested for allegedly inciting anti-Jewish violence in postings on the Internet.

The eight were detained last week for “inciting hatred, violence and terrorism” against Jews and Israeli security forces, mostly with messages and videos on Facebook, a police spokesman told AFP.

The spokesman said one of the suspects had posted a picture of himself with an M16 assault rifle. Such postings had resulted in “many messages of support on Facebook,” he said.

The operation was the Israeli police's “biggest aimed at repressing this kind of incitement to violence on social networks and the Internet,” the spokesman said.

The arrests come at a time of heightened tension between Israelis and Palestinians in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

On November 18, two Palestinians armed with meat cleavers and a pistol attacked a Jerusalem synagogue, killing five people, before they were shot dead.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/15/Israel-arrests-8-Palestinians-for-incitement-on-Internet-.html

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Africa

 

Insecurity in 2014 seen behind surge of Tunisian ISIS fighters

 15 December 2014

Self-proclaimed “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s call in June for Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been heeded by numerous Tunisians.

While chaos engulfs much of the Middle East, Tunisians in 2014 alone passed a “progressive” constitution, elected a new parliament, and will choose a president.

However, some 3,000 Tunisians have flocked to Syria to fight against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a large number of them joining ISIS or other extremist groups, the Washington Post reported.

This figure means that Tunisia, though praised for its democratic transition, is the largest exporter of ISIS fighters. Tunisian terrorism experts cite deteriorating security as the chief reason.

Security and politics

“Some people limit the reasons to economic and social factors,” Ahmed Nadhif, a journalist whose work has involved many encounters with Tunisian militants, told Al Arabiya News. “But the economic and social situation in Tunisia isn’t worse than that of other countries.”

Going to conflict zones for “jihad” is not a completely foreign concept for Tunisians, Nadhif added.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2014/12/15/Insecurity-in-2014-seen-behind-surge-of-Tunisian-ISIS-fighters.html

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Libya Islamists press advance on key oil region

15 December 2014

Islamist fighters clashed with pro-government forces for the second consecutive day Sunday as they pressed an advance on a key oil region in eastern Libya, sources on both sides reported, according to Agence-France Presse.

Libya Dawn (or Fajr Libya), an anti-government coalition of Islamist militias, said its men were advancing on al-Sidra oil terminal in al-Hilal region, which is also home to the Ras Lanuf and Brega terminals.

Islamist commander Tareq Shanina was quoted by a news agency linked to the group saying that his men "advanced toward Al-Sidra" and were coming under air attack from pro-government forces.

Shanina said Libya Dawn fired anti-aircraft guns in response.

An official with a unit guarding oil installations said clashes were under way around Al-Sidra, Libya’s largest oil terminal.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/15/Libya-Islamists-press-advance-on-key-oil-region-.html

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Boko Haram ‘will be defeated:’ leading Nigerian emir

Dec 15, 2014

One of Nigeria’s most powerful Muslim leaders, the emir of Kano, has expressed optimism that the Boko Haram insurgency which has claimed some 13,000 lives will soon be over.

“I say help is on the way. Terror must and will be defeated,” Muhammad Sanusi II tweeted late Saturday. “All it requires is the good leaders, uncommon courage and unrelenting determination, and victory will be ours.”

Sanusi, Nigeria’s second most powerful Islamic leader, was presumably referring to the emergence of former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as the candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress in next year’s presidential election.

Buhari will challenge President Goodluck Jonathan’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party for the country’s top job on February 14.

“We will together see the end of them and their reign of terror,” Sanusi said.

Sanusi became emir earlier this year after being sacked from his post as the central bank governor, where he was one of the government’s most high-profile critics.

Last month, he voiced support for vigilantes fighting Boko Haram in the volatile northeast, urging others to form civilian militias and questioning the competence of the military to end the five-year-old insurgency.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/12/14/Boko-Haram-will-be-defeated-leading-Nigerian-emir.html

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We have “documented evidence” over Juba support to Sudanese rebels: Sudanese FM

Dec 15, 2014

(KHARTOUM) - Sudanese foreign ministry renewed accusations that Juba continues to provide material and logistical support to the rebel groups, saying they have documented evidence proving their claims.

Last Thursday, the director of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Atta, threatened to pursue rebel groups inside the South Sudanese territory, adding they have endured enough Juba support to the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) factions.

The foreign ministry spokesperson on Sunday demanded that Juba swiftly implements practical steps to stop harbouring and supporting the SRF rebels, stressing that the interest of the two countries must be established on clear bases for the preservation of their stability.

Youssef al-Kordofan, regretted that the South Sudan still continues to provide support to the Sudanese rebels, adding it is “incompatible with the spirit required (to develop good) relations between the two countries”.

Al-Kordofani further told the semi-official SMC that “the government has documented information about these violations”, calling on Juba to “commit itself to promises made to stop supporting these groups”.

Full report at:

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article53345

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Mali: 4 prisoners exchanged for French hostage

 Dec 15, 2014

The Malian government says it exchanged four prisoners to secure the release of a French hostage held for three years by al-Qaida’s North African branch.

The liberation of Serge Lazarevic last week revived debate among Western governments over whether to negotiate with hostage-takers.

Mali government spokesman Mahamane Baby said Sunday that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb demanded the release of six prisoners “but the government freed only four, including two Malians.”

The French government has not publicly confirmed a prisoner exchange or explained the circumstances of Lazarevic’s release. France insists it pays no ransoms and does not exchange prisoners, although President Francois Hollande has acknowledged that other countries have done so, “to help us.”

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-others/mali-4-prisoners-exchanged-for-french-hostage/#sthash.k5uIeilZ.dpuf

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S. Sudan activists release first list of victims killed in war

Dec 15, 2014

From a 14-month old toddler to a 105-year old grandmother: the first names of some of the tens of thousands killed in South Sudan were released Monday, one year since civil war began.

With no official toll, South Sudanese civil society volunteers have spent months collecting, cross checking and confirming the names of those killed.

"This list, although a fraction of the total loss, reflects the devastating human impact of South Sudan's year long war in which no one has been officially counting the dead," said Anyieth D'Awol, who is organizing the "Naming Those We Lost" project.

 "Peace remains elusive, mass graves dot the landscape with civilians, both young and old, bearing the brunt of the fighting."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117951/World/Region/SSudan-activists-release-first-list-of-victims-kil.aspx

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Europe

 

French Police Dismantles Takfiri Network Sending Fighters to Syria, Iraq

French police dismantle network sending jihadist fighters to Syria

Dec 15, 2014

French police launched raids across the country early on Dec. 15, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria, a police source told AFP.

Elite and anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy, the source said on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear how many people were arrested.

In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland.

The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released in mid-November, showing three Kalashnikov-wielding Frenchmen burning their passports and calling on Muslims to join them or stage attacks in France.

A grisly execution video released around the same time featured at least one French citizen who hailed from a small village in Normandy and converted to Islam in his teens.

Almost 1,000 French nationals from a wide range of backgrounds are estimated to have left to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria, including some 400 thought to be currently fighting on the ground and almost 50 who were killed.

According to figured published in the Le Monde newspaper in November, about a quarter of those who left to join the jihadists were converts to Islam, with many coming from everyday French backgrounds. 

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/french-police-dismantle-network-sending-jihadist-fighters-to-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75632&NewsCatID=351

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UK police charge four men with terrorism offences

15 December 2014

British police said on Monday they had charged four men, arrested two weeks ago at the port of Dover and in London, with terrorism offences.

Michael Coe, 33, Simon Keeler, 43, and Anthony Small, 33, were charged with preparing and assisting others for acts of terrorism, support for a banned organisation and conspiracy to possess false identity documents.

Abdulraouf Eshati, 28, is accused of possessing articles connected to the preparation of terrorism and immigration offences.

Two other men, Zagum Perviaz and Hamzah Safdar, detained with them during operations at Dover and across London between Nov 1. and Dec. 4, were charged with conspiracy to possess and produce false identity documents.

They will all appear at Westminster Magistrates' court later on Monday.

Britain has arrested dozens of terrorism suspects since August when it raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest rating of severe, meaning an attack is considered highly likely.

Parliament is due to discuss on Monday government plans to introduce tough new counter-terrorism powers which are designed to stop Britons travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight and to prevent conflict veterans from returning to Britain where the authorities say they pose a serious security risk.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/15/UK-police-charge-four-men-with-terrorism-offences.html

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The Moment suspected hostage-taker surrenders to police in Belgian town of Ghent as armed siege sparks fears of terror attack

Dec 15, 2014

Four gunmen took a hostage in an apartment in the Belgian city of Ghent today, the state prosecution service confirmed.

A wide perimeter around the scene in the Dampoort area of the city was blocked off and police have urged residents to remain indoors - but the situation now appears to be under control.

Reporters at the scene said three people had surrendered without any violence, but it was not clear if they were suspects - and police are beginning to reopen roads.

The incident sparked fears it could be linked to terrorism, occurring hours after police in Australia locked down the centre of Sydney after an Islamist fanatic took numerous hostages in a cafe.

More than 30 police officers have been called out to the scene this morning, but a police source said they believed the incident to be drug-related.

'For the time being we have no indication that there is a link to terrorism,' said a spokesperson for the state prosecution service.

A police source reportedly told local journalists the incident is possibly related to drugs.

They said: 'There is no indication that this is anything to do with terrorism. This is possibly related to drugs.' 

A federal police spokeswoman Annemie Serlippens added: 'There appears to be nothing political. And it does not seem to be going that way.'

Local journalist Bert Staes reported earlier that people have been taken into custody without any violence and armed police are now entering the building.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874257/Belgian-police-4-armed-men-enter-house-Ghent.html#ixzz3M1fdLuEh

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Former British boxing champion charged over alleged plot to smuggle jihadis out of the country on fake passports to fight with ISIS in Syria

Dec 15, 2014

A former British boxing champion is due to appear in court today over an alleged plot to smuggle jihadists bound for Syria out of Britain.

Anthony Small, 33, of south east London, was charged with preparation of acts of terrorism, support of a proscribed organisation and conspiracy to possess false identity documents.

It is believed he is linked to a failed plot to sneak two men through the Port of Dover so they could travel to Syria and fight for Islamic State (ISIS).

Small, who held British and Commonwealth light middleweight titles, turned professional in his early 20s under the alias Sugar Ray Clay Jones Jr.

He converted to Islam aged 24 and, in around 2010, began attending marches protesting against the war in Afghanistan.

After giving up boxing, Small, who now calls himself Abdul Haqq, said: 'I cannot be a Muslim and a boxer who makes money from a sport that promotes the evils of alcohol, gambling and free mixing of men and women.'

Simon Keeler, 43, and Michael Coe, 33, both of east London, were also both charged with preparation and assisting others in preparation of acts of terrorism, support of a proscribed organisation and conspiracy to possess false identity documents.

Abdulraouf Eshati, 28, of no fixed address, has also been charged with possession of articles in connection with the preparing of acts of terrorism.

Zagum Perviaz, 35, and Hamzah Safdar, 24, both of east London, were both charged with conspiring to possess and produce false identity documents.

All six will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'The charges follow arrests by officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command on 30 November at Dover port and on 1 and 4 December in London.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874294/Former-British-boxing-champion-charged-alleged-plot-smuggle-jihadis-Syria.html#ixzz3M1flEvGb

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North America

 

US court reconsiders anti-Islam film on YouTube

Dec 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES: A federal appeals court will reconsider a decision to order YouTube to take down an anti-Islam film clip that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to the actors from those who considered it blasphemous.

An 11-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena will hear arguments Monday by Google, which owns YouTube, disputing the court's decision to remove “Innocence of Muslims” from the popular video sharing service.

A divided three-judge panel ruled in February that actress Cindy Lee Garcia had a copyright claim to the 2012 video because she believed she was acting in a much different production than the one that appeared.

Garcia was paid $500 for a movie called “Desert Warrior” she believed had nothing to do with religion, but ended up in a five-second scene in which her voice was dubbed over so her character asked a controversial question about Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him).

“After the film aired on Egyptian television, there were protests that generated worldwide news coverage,” Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in the 2-1 opinion.

“While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn't often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1151010/us-court-reconsiders-anti-islam-film-on-youtube

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US researcher denied entry to Egypt didn't have valid visa: Foreign Ministry

Dec 15, 2014

Egypt's foreign affairs ministry said on Sunday that US researcher Michele Dunne was denied entry to Egypt on Friday because she didn't have a non-tourism visa.

Dunne, senior associate in the Middle East Programme of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had arrived in Cairo from Istanbul to attend a conference held the government-endorsed Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs

The foreign ministry, in a press communiqué, said Dunne went to the Egyptian consulate in Washington to request a non-tourism visa, where she submitted a request form but withdrew her passport without completing the procedure.

State news agency MENA reported on Saturday that Dunne was barred from entering the country for "security reasons.” Similarly, the executive manager of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs Ameen Shalabi said in a phone interview with satellite channel Al-Hayat 2 that Dunne was on the lists of the airport's "expected arrivals.”

Shalabi added that Dunne was invited to listen to the objective opinions of numerous Egyptian experts, and said he feared that the refusal to allow her entry, especially given that she was the only critical researcher out of 20 invited to the conference, would make her more aggressive in her criticisms of Egypt's post-Morsi roadmap.

Dunne's research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as US foreign policy in the Middle East, according to her institutional biography.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117929/Egypt/Politics-/US-researcher-denied-entry-to-Egypt-didnt-have-val.aspx

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Kerry in talks on bid for Palestinian statehood

Dec 15, 2014

ROME: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Rome on Sunday for a flurry of meetings about a looming UN showdown amid a European-led drive to push towards Palestinian statehood.

US officials told reporters accompanying Mr Kerry that Washington wanted to learn more about the European position. In the past the US has consistently used its power of veto at the UN to block moves it sees as anti-Israel.

But US officials say the US administration has not yet decided whether to back or veto any UN resolution on the issue, arguing it would be “premature” as no draft text exists yet.

Mr Kerry met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday, before talks on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Since the collapse of Mr Kerry’s peace bid in April and the 50-day war in the Gaza Strip in the summer, there has been growing international concern about rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions amid a slew of attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1150962/kerry-in-talks-on-bid-for-palestinian-statehood

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Southeast Asia

 

Guan Eng absolutely right on ‘Allah’ issue, says Anwar

BY ANISAH SHUKRY

15 December 2014

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today Lim Guan Eng's remark that non-Muslims could use the word "Allah" was absolutely right, adding that the DAP secretary-general had no intention of disrespecting Islam.

"He is absolutely right, there are strong, compelling reasons to support the position he takes," said the PKR de facto leader when met by reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

"There are very notable renowned ulama who have taken the same position, contrary to the position taken by some state religious departments."

However, when asked if he agreed with Lim that there was no prohibition on non-Muslims in Penang from using the Arabic word, Anwar said that, that was "purely a legal issue".

But he urged the authorities to hold discussions over the issue, rather than act against the Penang chief minister.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/guan-eng-absolutely-right-on-allah-issue-says-anwar#sthash.dX5jqM80.dpuf

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Two Alleged Members of Santoso’s Jihadist Network Arrested in Sulawesi

Dec 15, 2014

Jakarta. Indonesia’s elite anti-terror unit Densus 88 has arrested two people allegedly linked to the East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), led by fugitive militant Santoso.

The two men, identified as Yono Adem and Farid Tinombo, were detained in separate Central Sulawesi operations, in Poso and Parigi Moutong, respectively.

The arrests follow a string of terror raids in Sulawesi in October that netted other alleged members of Santoso’s network, which has an Indonesia-wide reach, but is based in Poso.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said Yono, who is suspected to be the treasurer of MIT, was caught on Wednesday last week at an intersection in Poso.

Yono is suspected of being responsible for logistics at the terror network, Agus said. Police also believe a bomb, which was detonated at the Poso police headquarters in June 2013, was assembled at Yono’s house.

Farid Tinombo, who police say had partaken in paramilitary training with Yono other MIT members, was arrested in Parigi Moutong on Thursday last week.

“Farid also managed the money from vehicle robberies and he knows how to assemble a homemade bomb,” Agus said.

MIT, which is led by Santoso — a former field commander of Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) — began to form in 2010 as terrorists fled to Poso for refuge after a major raid on a terrorist camp in Aceh that year. A number of veteran jihadists are involved with the group.

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/two-alleged-members-santosos-jihadist-network-arrested-sulawesi/

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