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Over 71 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Air Force's Attack in Anbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort to celebrate Independence Day in New Delhi

 

 

  

 

Arab World

Over 71 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Air Force's Attack in Anbar

Iraq's Most Influential Cleric Backs New Iraqi Premier, Calls For Unity

Sunni leaders open to joining Iraq’s new govt

Hezbollah Leader: Israel Is a Cancer and the Ultimate Goal Should Be To Remove It

Lebanon charges 43 jihadists over Arsal gun battles

Five dead in Egypt protests on Rabaa anniversary

Second ISIS militant suspect leaves Australia in bungle

Stolen fragments from pyramid tomb to be returned from Germany

 

India

Give Up Caste, Communal Poison: P M Modi on Independence Day

Mumbai ATS picks up 2 youths who had planned to go to Iraq

Indians abducted by ISIS are unharmed: Govt

 

South Asia

20 militants killed in separate NATO airstrikes in Kunar and Paktika

Jabbar indicted for war-time offences committed during 1971 War

Afghan special forces in talks with Taliban in Helmand

District police chief among 8 killed in Kandahar infighting

 

Pakistan

Terrorists on the run after Zarb-i-Azb operation, says COAS

Altaf castigates airbase attacks as blatant terrorism

Sit in to continue till resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif: Sheikh Rashid

Govts ‘Azadi March’ Permission Averted Danger of Confrontation, Says LoP

Security forces kill four suspected militants in Khyber

TTP faction claims responsibility for attack on airbases in Quetta; 12 foreign terrorists killed: Corps Commander

SC orders state institutions against 'unconstitutional steps'

 

Europe

Western Military Support Surges for Iraqi Kurds Fighting IS

Amnesty Slams Saudi Arabia over Shiite Cleric Verdict

EU ministers seek unity on arming Iraqi Kurds

Kosovo arrests Imam for recruiting jihadis

U.N. set to vote on resolution to weaken ISIS

First Batch of Iraqi Yezidis in Georgia, Dozens More Awaited

Attack in Germany by IS Sympathizers Worries Yezidis

 

Africa

Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in northeast Nigeria: witnesses

Morocco busts jihadist Iraq, Syria recruitment network

At least 14 killed as AU forces attack insurgents in Mogadishu

Heavy fighting in South Sudan amid sanctions warnings

Tunisia's Ennahda party leader calls to criminalise 'glorification of the former regime'

 

Mideast

Al-Qaeda in Yemen urges all militants to target America

Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

Gaza truce holds as US ties with Israel show strain

Islamic Jihad official: There will be a cease-fire, even without an agreement

Netanyahu says Israel will respond forcefully even to a ‘drizzle’ of rockets

IDF says soldier mentioned in Al Aqusa Martyrs video is alive and well in Israel

Rafsanjani: West Backing ISIL to Defame Islam

 

North America

California Kurds Condemn IS, Call for More Western Support

US, UK and other countries advise citizens not to travel to Pakistan

No change in policy on weapons deliveries to Israel, US says

US pledges arms for Lebanon army after jihadist clashes

Obama: 'We broke the ISIL siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar'

Al Qaeda urges abducted American's family to demand US govt negotiation

Guantanamo judge weighs separate trial for 9/11 suspect

 

Southeast Asia

Only Muslims will help Muslims, Jakim says in Friday sermon

Indonesia Must Guard Democracy after Election, Yudhoyono Says

Philippine Muslim rebels pledge loyalty to IS jihadists

Stop exploiting us, you are no longer legitimate, PAS VP tells Khalid

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Over 71 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Air Force's Attack in Anbar

Aug 15, 2014

Military sources in the western province of Anbar announced that over 71 terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have been killed in Iraq's airstrikes on the group's hideouts.

“The Iraqi Air Force in cooperation with the Intelligence Department bombarded the ISIL terrorists in Barwana area of western Anbar, killing over 71militants and wounding some others," the source said, the Iraqi News reported.

The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL militants took control of Mosul in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) Northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

Soldiers of the Iraqi army and Pishmarga have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push them back in several areas.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930524000385

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Iraq's most influential cleric backs new Iraqi premier, calls for unity

Aug 15, 2014

BAGHDAD: Iraq's most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, threw his weight Friday behind the new prime minister, calling for national unity to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants that threatens Baghdad.

Speaking after Nouri al-Maliki finally stepped down as prime minister under heavy pressure from allies at home and abroad, the spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority said the handover to Maliki's party colleague Haider al-Abadi offered a rare opportunity to resolve political and security crises.

Iraq has been plunged into its worst violence since the peak of a sectarian civil war in 2006-2007, with Sunni fighters led by ISIS overrunning large parts of the west and north, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee for their lives and threatening the ethnic Kurds in their autonomous province.

Sistani told the country's feuding politicians to live up to their "historic responsibility" by cooperating with Abadi as he tries to form a new government and overcome divisions among the Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities that deepened as Maliki pursued what critics saw as a sectarian Shiite agenda.

Abadi himself, in comments online, urged his countrymen to unite and cautioned that the road ahead would be tough.

Sistani, a reclusive octogenarian whose authority few Iraqi politicians would dare openly challenge, also had pointed comments for the military, which offered serious resistance when ISIS staged its lightning offensive in June.

"We stress the necessity that the Iraqi flag is the banner they hoist over their troops and units, and avoid using any pictures or other symbols," Sistani said, in a call for the armed forces to set aside sectarian differences. Maliki was blamed for blurring lines between the army and Shiite militias.

Maliki ended eight years in power that began under U.S. occupation and endorsed Abadi, a member of his Shiite Islamic Dawa party, in a televised speech late Thursday during which he stood next to his successor, surrounded by other leaders.

Maliki's critics at home and abroad had accused him of marginalizing the Sunni Muslim minority, which dominated Iraq until a U.S.-led invasion deposed dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. This, they said, had encouraged disaffected Sunnis to back the jihadist fighters who have ordered religious minorities to convert to their brand of Islam or die.

They have threatened to march on the capital.

The appointment of Abadi, who has a reputation as a less confrontational figure, had drawn widespread support within Iraq but also from the United States and regional Shiite power Iran - two countries which have been at odds for decades.

"The regional and international welcome is a rare positive opportunity ... to solve all (Iraq's) problems, especially political and security ones," Sistani said in comments which were relayed by his spokesman after weekly Friday prayers in the Shiite holy city of Kerbala, south of Baghdad.

After its capture of the northern metropolis of Mosul in June, a swift push by ISIS to the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan alarmed Baghdad and last week drew the first U.S. airstrikes on Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.

European Union foreign ministers were holding an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the region's response to major crises including the conflict in Iraq.

In London, the British government said it would consider "positively" any request for arms from the Kurds to help them battle the militants who have seized much of Iraq,

The United States has asked European countries to supply arms and ammunition to the Kurdish forces, U.S. and European officials have said.

Prime Minister David Cameron has so far said Britain's response would be limited to a humanitarian effort, but London has also been transporting to Kurdish forces military supplies, such as ammunition, being provided by other nations.

"If we were to receive a request then we would consider it positively," a spokeswoman for Cameron said.

Several European governments, including France, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, have said they will send arms to the Kurds or are considering doing so.

Abadi is in the sensitive process of trying to form a new government in a country beset by daily bombings, abductions and executions. He must rein in Shiite militias accused of kidnapping and killing Sunnis and persuading the once dominant Sunni minority that they will have a bigger share of power.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-15/267353-sistani-backs-new-pm-urges-unity-and-end-to-corruption.ashx#ixzz3ASu2DSCm

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Sunni leaders open to joining Iraq’s new govt

15 August 2014

Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq’s Sunni heartland who staged a revolt against outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government would be willing to join the new administration if certain conditions are met, a spokesman for the group told Reuters on Friday.

The new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, faces the daunting task of pacifying Anbar province, where Sunni frustrations with Maliki’s sectarian policies have pushed some members of the minority sect to join a raging insurgency led by Islamic State militants.

The announcement comes after Iraq’s most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, threw his weight behind the new prime minister and said the transition was a rare opportunity to resolve political and security crises.

Underscoring the urgency of containing a sectarian conflict fueled by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, Sistani urged the military to hoist only Iraq’s flag to avoid factionalism. The cleric called on lawmakers to meet “historical responsibility,” and cooperate with the Prime Minister designate Haidar al-Abadi to form government.

He also said battling corruption should be one of the priorities of the new government.

Meanwhile, on his Facebook page, Abadi urged his countrymen to unite in the face of dangerous challenges and cautioned that the road ahead would be tough.

On Thursday, the United States and the United Nations commended Maliki for stepping down to preserve unity of the country in a televised address.

The Obama administration called it a milestone that sets the stage for a peaceful transition of power which could unite Iraqis against the security threat from ISIS militants.

After initially struggling to stay in power, Nouri al-Maliki relinquished his post late Thursday to a fellow Dawa Party member Abadi, which Secretary of State John Kerry called an “important and honorable decision.”

“We urge Mr. Abadi and all Iraqi leaders to move expeditiously to complete this process, which is essential to pulling the country together and consolidating the efforts of Iraq’s many diverse communities against the common threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” Kerry said, using the former name of the militant group.

Kerry said the U.S. stands ready to partner with a new Iraqi government to counter the Islamic State threat, “and we will encourage other countries in the region and international community to do the same.”

President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, echoed Kerry’s remarks, saying the U.S. remained committed to a strong partnership with Iraq and its people.

Rice’s statement was issued while she accompanied Obama on his Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday also welcomed Maliki’s decision to step aside and pledge support for al-Abadi as his successor.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/08/15/Iraq-s-Sistani-for-unity-behind-PM-designate-Abadi.html

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Hezbollah Leader: Israel Is a Cancer and the Ultimate Goal Should Be To Remove It

Aug 15, 2014

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said in an interview that “Israel is a cancer” and that the “ultimate goal should be to remove it.”

Speaking in a multi-part interview on Thursday, which is to be published over the next two days in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which tends to support Hezbollah, Nasrallah said that Israel seeks short wars that lead to “a quick, decisive and clear victory.”

“The reason for this is their realization that any future war is going to be a lot more difficult in terms of its targets and the ability of the resistance – its rocket capabilities and capabilities in all areas. The enemy cannot withstand a war of attrition,” he said.

Nasrallah played down the success of the Iron Dome defense system, asserting “it will face a real issue when there are a large number of rockets.”

Asked about advice he would give the “Palestinian resistance” in Gaza, Nasrallah responded, “When a human being is given two choices, either surrender or fight, there is no choice between fighting and humiliation. The culture of the resistance and the choice of the resistance grew among the Palestinian people because they have no other option.”

Asked about Hezbollah’s relationship with Hamas following its break with its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Nasrallah said that despite this, “contacts and meetings were never put on hold. Everything stayed normal.”

Asked, “Are we going to enter Jerusalem?” the Hezbollah leader responded, “I have no doubt.”

“The most dangerous problem we face today, whether it is with the Lebanese or Arab public, is to get to a point where the people of the region consider Israel’s existence normal,” emphasized Nasrallah.

He went on to add, “Israel is an illegitimate entity and it is a threat to the region. It is a constant threat to the whole region. We cannot coexist with this threat. That is why the ultimate goal of the [Arab and Islamic] nation is to end Israel’s existence irrespective of the problems, sensitivities and everything that has happened and could happen between Palestinians and non-Palestinians, Shia and Sunni, Muslims and Christians.”

Nasrallah also delved into personal details, saying he hadn’t driven a car since 1986.

Asked if he uses Facebook, the organization’s leader said, “Due to the security situation, I should stay away from anything related to mobile phones or the Internet.”

However, he said he keeps up to date by reading reports.

Nasrallah also commented on his changing of residence constantly, saying that “when changing places and relocating become a part of a person’s life, it becomes the usual situation.”

Israel and the Arab media say I live in a bunker and am secluded, “but I do not live in a bunker,” he said.

He also said that he used to speak English. “But due to lack of practice, I can understand but rarely speak it.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Nasrallah-Israel-is-a-cancer-and-the-ultimate-goal-should-be-to-remove-it-371182

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Lebanon charges 43 jihadists over Arsal gunbattles

Aug 15, 2014

BEIRUT: Lebanon Thursday charged 43 jihadists, including Islamist militant commander Imad Jomaa, over gunbattles with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

The charges were brought against the suspects by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr, who accused them of carrying out terrorist acts, attacking the Lebanese Army in Arsal, and killing and kidnapping soldiers and policemen.

A judicial source told The Daily Star the men charged were commanders in jihadist rebel groups fighting in Syria, including Nusra Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and the Farouq Brigade.

Among them was Sirajeddine Zoraiqat, the Lebanese spokesman for the Nusra Front in Syria, the source said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-14/267217-lebanon-charges-43-jihadists-over-arsal-gunbattle.ashx#ixzz3AStHHd3x

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Five dead in Egypt protests on Rabaa anniversary

Aug 15, 2014

CAIRO: Four protesters and a policeman were killed in Cairo Thursday, the government said, one year after government forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators in the worst bloodshed in Egypt's recent history.

The Health Ministry said four protesters were killed and 13 others wounded during clashes with security forces. Five people were injured in skirmishes outside the capital.

An Interior Ministry statement said a policeman was also killed and another one wounded. It said 114 members of the Brotherhood were arrested across the country Thursday for protesting and rioting.

Small, hit-and-run demonstrations are the most the group can muster after a fierce security crackdown has seen many thousands arrested and hundreds sentenced to death.

The Brotherhood, once Egypt's most organized political movement, was declared a terrorist organization last year, and its political wing was banned last week.

Violence has polarized Egyptians since the army overthrew elected President Mohammad Morsi last year following mass protests against his rule.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-15/267332-five-dead-in-egypt-protests-on-rabaa-anniversary.ashx#ixzz3ASu6Deoc

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Second ISIS militant suspect leaves Australia in bungle

15 August 2014

Australia’s prime minister conceded on Friday the nation’s border security was not good enough after a second suspected jihadist flew to the Middle East using a brother’s passport.

A 19-year-old Sydney man slipped out of the country using his brother’s passport last week, but was detained on arrival in the United Arab Emirates and deported, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. A notorious terrorist left Sydney in a similar security breach in December last year.

The bungles are embarrassing for Australia which along with the United States will ask United Nations member countries next month to cooperate in preventing militants from traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State terrorist group.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/08/15/Second-ISIS-militant-suspect-leaves-Australia-in-bungle.html

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Stolen fragments from pyramid tomb to be returned from Germany

Aug 15, 2014

On Friday, German authorities handed over to Egypt’s ambassador to Germany, Mohamed Hegazy, samples of King Khufu’s cartouche, taken illegally by two German archaeologists from a room found inside the Great Pyramid.

The samples are due to arrive in Egypt within a week, to be examined and restored if necessary before being returned to their original positions inside the pyramid in Giza.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh El-Damati told Ahram Online that he greatly appreciated the cooperation of the German government and all the efforts exerted by German authorities, especially science minister of Saxony state, Sabine von Schorlemer.

El-Damati said that the return of the samples comes after a year of legal and political efforts by the antiquities ministry.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/108501/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-fragments-from-pyramid-tomb-to-be-returned-.aspx

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India

 

Give Up Caste, Communal Poison: P M Modi on Independence Day

August 15, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged Indians to give up the “poison” of casteism and communalism and embrace unity for the country’s progress.

Addressing the nation from the Red Fort, the Prime Minister said it was a shame that caste and communal politics continued even so many years after independence.

“How long will this continue?” he asked, his voice choked with emotion.

“We have fought enough, we have killed enough. Turn back and see, has anyone gained anything?”

He said that years of bloodshed had only caused deep wounds to “Bharat Mata”.

The Prime Minister urged people to give up, at least for 10 years, caste and communal politics.

“Peace, unity, brotherhood should take over. Only these will help us to march ahead.”

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pm-modi-give-up-caste-communal-poison/article6320905.ece?ref=relatedNews

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Mumbai ATS picks up 2 youths who had planned to go to Iraq

Pradeep Gupta,TNN | Aug 15, 2014

KALYAN: The ATS probing the case of four missing youths from Kalyan, who are suspected to be in Syria fighting for the radical group, ISIS, on Wednesday night picked up two youngsters for questioning. The police said they had also decided to go to Iraq along with the four youths but cancelled the plan.

A senior officer from the Thane police station even claimed that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) interrogated the two last week but could not get any clue about who had allegedly "brain washed" the four youths. The two were rounded up by a team of Thane and Mumbai ATS members, a source said. But when contacted, ATS chief Himanshu Roy denied the knowledge of any such development.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mumbai-ATS-picks-up-2-youths-who-had-planned-to-go-to-Iraq/articleshow/40291284.cms

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Indians abducted by ISIS are unharmed: Govt

Aug 15, 2014

NEW DELHI: The Indians, including 39 construction workers abducted by Islamic State militants over two months ago in conflict-hit Mosul town of Iraq, are "unharmed", external affairs ministry said on Thursday.

"We have information from those who are in touch with the abducted Indians that they remain in custody and unharmed as of Tuesday evening despite turmoil," the external affairs ministry spokesperson said.

The Indian nationals, who were working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul, were abducted in mid-June when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS -a jihadist group, captured many towns and villages in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indians-abducted-by-ISIS-are-unharmed-Govt/articleshow/40275357.cms

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South Asia

 

20 militants killed in separate NATO airstrikes in Kunar and Paktika

Aug 15, 2014

At least 20 Taliban militants were killed following separate airstrikes by NATO-led international coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan.

The airstrikes were carried out in eastern Kunar and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan, the officials said.

Provincial police chief for Kunar, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel, said at least 15 Taliban militants including their commanders were killed in six drone strikes in Watapur district.

Gen. Syed Khel further added that the drones targeted a compound of the Taliban militants on Thursday evening.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/20-militants-killed-in-separate-nato-airstrikes-in-kunar-and-paktika-6555

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Jabbar indicted for war-time offences committed during 1971 War

Aug 15, 2014

Jabbar, who was allegedly the chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee in Pirojpur in 1971, has been charged with genocide, murder, looting, vandalising and forced conversion committed during the nine-month war

The ICT1 yesterday framed five charges of crimes against humanity against former Jatiya Party lawmaker engineer Abdul Jabbar.

On its charge framing order, the tribunal said because Jabbar had been absconding, the trial has been started in absentia against the accused after complying with the provisions of Rule 31 and Rule 32 of the Rules of Procedure 2010.

Jabbar, who was allegedly the chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee in Pirojpur in 1971, has been charged with genocide, murder, looting, vandalising and forced conversion committed during the nine-month war.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-rights/2014/aug/15/jabbar-indicted-war-time-offences-committed-during-1971-war#sthash.0YJBmnRF.dpuf

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District police chief among 8 killed in Kandahar infighting

Aug 15, 2014

At least eight people including the district police chief for Spin Boldak were killed following infighting among the policemen in Kandahar.

According to local government officials, the incident took place late Thursday night in Spin Boldak district.

Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Meenapal, said the infighting erupted following a verbal clash between the district police chief and a police commander.

Meenapal further added that the district police chief were killed along with seven other policemen following the infighting.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/district-police-chief-among-8-killed-in-kandahar-infighting-6554

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Afghan special forces in talks with Taliban in Helmand

Aug 15, 2014

LASHKAR GAH: After months of intense fighting in southern Afghanistan where hundreds of Taliban fighters have battered Afghan troops in daily attacks, the special forces commander in Helmand province is seeking a deal with the insurgents.

Helmand province is the source of about half of Afghanistan's opium and some areas have fallen under the control of drug dealers and the Taliban.

Hundreds of U.S. and British soldiers were killed and wounded there over years of fighting but now it is the Afghans who are in charge of security as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of this year.

“Based on my contacts with Taliban and tribal elders I have already started talks,” Afghan special forces commander General Asadullah Shirzad, told reporters on Thursday, referring to his efforts in the province's Sangin district.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1125499/afghan-special-forces-in-talks-with-taliban-in-helmand

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Pakistan

 

Terrorists on the run after Zarb-i-Azb operation, says COAS

Aug 15, 2014

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif while appreciating the bravery of security forces personnel, who foiled an attack on Pakistan Air Force and Army Aviation Base in Quetta, has said that after operation Zarb-i-Azb, terrorists are on the run and making desperate attempts to cause damage to Pakistan.

In a statement issued by the Inter Services Public relations (ISPR), he said terrorists' attempts would not bear fruit and and they will not find any space to hide in the country and added that "With the backing of the entire nation, we will Inshallah eliminate the scourge of terrorism from our soil forever."

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1125503/terrorists-on-the-run-after-zarb-i-azb-operation-says-coas

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Altaf castigates airbase attacks as blatant terrorism

August 15, 2014

LONDON- MQM chief Altaf Hussain today condemned the attacks on Samungli airbase and Khalid Army Aviation, calling it the worst terror act ever.

These attacks are continuation of heinous conspiracy to drift the country into instability, he added. He also paid tribute to the soldiers who thwarted these attacks and prayed for the wellbeing of the injured personnel. Terrorists can’t succeed in their nefarious designs due to valor, courage and patriotism of the security forces, Hussain concluded.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/15-Aug-2014/altaf-castigates-airbase-attacks-as-blatant-terrorism

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Sit in to continue till resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif: Sheikh Rashid

August 15, 2014

GUJRANWALA- Awami Muslim League (AML) chairman Sheikh Rashid has said sit in will continue till the resignation of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif.

“ A sea of people is with Imran Khan, Sit in will continue till PM Nawaz Sharif tenders resignation. Rulers want to wrap up  democracy ”, he said this while talking journalists today.

He alleged that police was patronizing the attacks, people pelted stones and resorted to aerial firing from police van. Imran Khan Container was attacked upon four times.

He warned that situation was further worsening. Police has become glum spectator and was taking no action, he added.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/15-Aug-2014/sit-in-to-continue-till-resignation-of-pm-nawaz-sharif-sheikh-rashid

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Govts ‘Azadi March’ Permission Averted Danger of Confrontation, Says LoP

Aug 15, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said that the granting of permission to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Azadi march was a good step by the government which had averted the danger of confrontation.

The senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said that in his view Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would not tender his resignation and added that his party could not support the demand for the premier’s resignation.

Shah also condemned the stone pelting on Imran Khan’s container and said that there should be no precedence of stone-pelting during political gatherings and rallies.

He further said there were reports that CCTV footage of those engaged in stone-pelting had been collected and added that action should be taken against any found guilty of hurling stones.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1125496/govts-azadi-march-persmission-averted-danger-of-confrontation-says-shah

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Security forces kill four suspected militants in Khyber

Aug 15, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least four suspected militants were killed on Friday when security forces opened fire on an explosives-laden vehicle in the Fort Slope area of Bara tehsil in the Khyber tribal region.

Security forces signaled a suspicious vehicle which was approaching their base, directing it to stop but opened fire on it after the vehicle failed to accord with the directive.

The vehicle was completely destroyed in the incident.

Suspects killed in the attack were reported to be affiliated with the Gangriz Group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1125477/security-forces-kill-four-suspected-militants-in-khyber

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SC orders state institutions against 'unconstitutional steps'

Aug 15, 2014

ISLAMABAD: A larger bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk while hearing a petition filed against any possible extra-constitutional steps ordered all state institutions and officials against taking any steps in violation of the Constitution of Pakistan, DawnNews reported.

The court further said that violation of court's orders would be treated as treason and punishable under Article 6 of the Constitution and also issued notice to the federation.

Other members of the apex court's larger bench include Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

The order further state that the apex court in its July 31, 2009 judgement had issued clear instructions over the issue and its implementation was applicable on every one.

The petition was filed by the president Supreme Court Bar Association, Kamran Murtaza, who said that fundamental rights were in danger and had requested the court to issue an order against an possible extra-constitutional steps that could be taken in the country in light of the country's prevailing sensitive political situation.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1125478/sc-orders-state-institutions-against-unconstitutional-steps

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Europe

 

Western Military Support Surges for Iraqi Kurds Fighting IS

Aug 15, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain – Some 20 European Union (EU) ministers are meeting in Brussels on Friday to discuss arms supplies to Iraq’s Kurds, an initiative well under way with France and the United States already sending weapons and Britain and Germany ready to do the same.

Meanwhile, a UN Security Council meeting on Friday is expected to threaten sanctions against any country financing or backing the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

US jets have been involved in airstrikes against IS positions in Erbil since last Saturday.

France, which said this week it is already sending weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga forces that have stood up to an IS advance in northern Iraq, is in the forefront of efforts to mobilize greater international support for the Kurds. It called an emergency EU and Security Council meetings to discuss the issue.

London’s The Telegraph newspaper quoted a Downing Street source as saying that initially Britain will supply hi-tech equipment such as night-vision goggles, but added that ammunition and weaponry could also be supplied on request.

Full report at:

http://rudaw.net/english/world/150820141

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Amnesty Slams Saudi Arabia over Shiite Cleric Verdict

Aug 15, 2014

Amnesty International said that the harsh sentence of Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amr shows the disturbing pattern of harassment against the Shiite community in Saudi Arabia.

A court in the Saudi kingdom has given the Shiite cleric an eight-year jail term and a ten-year travel ban. He has also been barred from delivering religious sermons, Al-Alam reported.

“Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amr is the latest Shiite cleric to pay a very high price for refusing to be silenced,” said Saeed Boumedouha, the Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle-East and North Africa.

The cleric has been charged with criticizing the country's ruling system and calling for political reform.

“Daring to peacefully criticize Saudi Arabia’s rulers is no reason to end up behind bars. He must be released immediately in connection with these charges,” Boumedouha added.

Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer has been arrested several times over his calls on the Saudi government to give Shiite further freedom to exercise their religious rights.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930524000423

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First Batch of Iraqi Yezidis in Georgia, Dozens More Awaited

Aug 15, 2014

TBILISI, Georgia – A first batch of 15 Kurdish Yezidi refugees from Iraq has been in Georgia for about a week, and community leaders said they are expecting dozens more.

Some of the arrivals want to remain in Georgia and have already sought asylum, while others said they wanted to leave for countries in Europe.

“We are here during seven days, my parents stayed in Kurdistan, where the situation was horrible,” said one of the Yezidis, who arrived with his own and his sister’s families.

Employees and volunteers of the Georgia House of Yezidis provide help and accommodation for the arrivals until they contact the proper Georgian authorities.

“Fifteen people are already in Georgia, but this is not the full number we are waiting for,” said Agit Mirzoev, executive director of the House of Yezidis. “In the coming days we are expecting at least 100 refugees who contacted us” he added, explaining that travel out of Iraq is very difficult due to the war.

Full report at:

http://rudaw.net/english/world/15082014

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Attack in Germany by IS Sympathizers Worries Yezidis

Aug 15, 2014

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Apparent Islamic State (IS/ISIS) sympathizers assaulted a group of Yezidis in the German city of Herford this week, police said, a repercussion of the war in Iraq a continent away.

The assault led to a larger clash, forcing police to send in reinforcements and use pepper spray to calm the situation.

Police said the assault on the German Yezidis was perpetrated by six men from Chechnya, who are apparent IS supporters.

The incident reportedly happened after the Yezidi owner of a pizzeria hung a poster in his restaurant window to support a demonstration against IS attacks in Iraq.

According to police, six Chechens provoked by the poster tried to forcibly remove it, beginning a scuffle with the owner and four other Yezidis. The 31-old owner and a 16-year old student were slightly injured by knife wounds.

Full report at:

http://rudaw.net/english/world/14082014

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Kosovo arrests Imam for recruiting jihadis

Aug 15, 2014

PRISTINA: Police in Kosovo arrested an imam on suspicion of recruiting Kosovars to fight in Iraq and Syria after 40 men were rounded up this week and ordered Thursday to remain in detention.

The 30-year-old imam from the eastern town of Gjilan is accused of recruiting for the purpose of terrorism and organizing and participating in a terrorist group.

"He is suspected of being one of the main inspirers of jihad," police said in a statement.

The imam's arrest follows that of 40 men Monday suspected of having fought with Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq. They were remanded in custody Thursday for 30 days.

The phenomenon has alarmed many Kosovars, who are mainly Muslim ethnic Albanians but whose lifestyles are largely secular.

Police say 16 Kosovars have been killed in Syria and Iraq and intelligence sources believe between 100 and 200 are fighting there.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2014/Aug-14/267231-kosovo-arrests-imam-for-recruiting-jihadis.ashx#ixzz3ASuPXq4R

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EU ministers seek unity on arming Iraqi Kurds

Aug 15, 2014

EU ministers convene in Brussels on Aug. 15 in a rare summertime meeting to seek unanimous approval for the shipment of arms to Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists.

The unscheduled gathering comes after days of forceful demands by France, whose Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius criticised EU colleagues for remaining on holiday while besieged civilians were being killed in Iraq.

"When there are people dying... you have to come back from your holidays," Fabius said earlier this week, after writing a letter to EU foreign affairs supremo Catherine Ashton demanding an extraordinary meeting of ministers.

Italy, which currently holds the EU's rotating leadership and whose foreign minister Federica Mogherini is on the short-list to replace Ashton this year, also called for talks.

"We're not talking about military intervention but providing support, even of a military sort, to the Kurdish government," she said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-ministers-seek-unity-on-arming-iraqi-kurds.aspx?pageID=238&nID=70457&NewsCatID=359

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U.N. set to vote on resolution to weaken ISIS

15 August 2014

The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a resolution on Friday that seeks to weaken Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria by cutting off the flow of foreign fighters and financial support, Reuters reported.

The measure is considered to be the toughest response yet against al-Qaeda breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who seized parts of territories in Iraq and Syria.

EU ministers will also convene in Brussels on Friday in a rare summertime meeting to seek unanimous approval for the shipment of arms to Iraqi Kurds fighting ISIS.

The meeting comes after the United States has asked European countries to supply arms and ammunition to Kurdish forces, U.S. and European officials have said.

Since July, ISIS militants have seized a swathe of northern Iraq including the city of Mosul, routing Shiite-led Iraqi forces and driving out wave of refugees from the minority Christian and Yazidi communities.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/08/15/U-S-jets-strike-ISIS-armored-vehicles-in-Iraq-.html

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Africa

 

Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in northeast Nigeria: witnesses

Aug 15, 2014

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses who fled the violence said on Friday.

The kidnappings come four months after Boko Haram, which is fighting to reinstate a medieval Islamic caliphate in religiously mixed Nigeria, abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok.

Several witnesses who fled after the Sunday's raid on Doron Baga, a sandy fishing village near the shores of Lake Chad, said the militants had burned several houses and that as many as 97 people were unaccounted for.

"They left no men or boys in the place; only young children, girls and women," said Halima Adamu, sobbing softly and looking exhausted after a 180 km (110 mile) road trip on the back of a truck to the northern city of Maiduguri.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/boko-haram-abduct-dozens-of-boys-in-northeast-nigeria-witnesses.aspx?pageID=238&nID=70479&NewsCatID=357

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Morocco busts jihadist Iraq, Syria recruitment network

Aug 15, 2014

The Moroccan interior ministry said on Thursday it has dismantled a network responsible for recruiting jihadists and sending them to fight in Syria and Iraq for the Islamic State group.

"The operation, based on detailed investigations carried out in close collaboration with Spain, stems from a proactive security approach aimed at battling terrorist threats," a ministry statement said.

The cell's members "were preparing to carry out terrorist acts within the kingdom (of Morocco) using firearms and explosives," it said.

The Spanish interior ministry said the network operated in the Moroccan cities of Tetouan, Fnideq and Fes in addition to Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in the north.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/108449/World/Region/Morocco-busts-jihadist-Iraq,-Syria-recruitment-net.aspx

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Tunisia's Ennahda party leader calls to criminalise 'glorification of the former regime'

Aug 15, 2014

Tunisia's Ennahda party leader Rachid Ghannouchi called for the Tunisian Parliament to pass a law "criminalising the glorification of the former regime of ousted President Ben Ali", saying it represents a form of terrorism and an invitation to return to the times of darkness and corruption, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news site reported.

Tunisian deputies have called to criminalise the behaviour within an anti-terrorism law that is currently under review.

The news site quoted Ghannouchi as saying, "There are two types of terrorism: terrorism that calls for a return to the times of darkness and terrorism that calls for a return to the times of corruption."

Ghannouchi made his remarks during a speech to the members of his party to mark the national day of Tunisian women.

Full report at:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/13466-ennahda-party-leader-calls-to-criminalise-glorification-of-the-former-regime

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At least 14 killed as AU forces attack insurgents in Mogadishu

15 August 2014

At least 14 people were killed in heavy fighting when African Union peacekeepers entered a surburb of the Somali capital Mogadishu in an offensive against armed militias.

Frequent militant attacks in the Horn of Africa country show that a push by African Union peacekeeping troops has not weakened the Islamist al-Shabaab group’s capacity to wage asymmetric warfare in the capital, where coordination between Somali and foreign intelligence agencies is poor.

“At least 14 people, mostly militia, died in the fighting this morning. The government’s aim is to secure the city,” Major Abdullahi Farah, a senior police officer, told Reuters.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/08/15/At-least-14-killed-as-AU-forces-attack-insurgents-in-Mogadishu.html

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Heavy fighting in South Sudan amid sanctions warnings

Aug 15, 2014

South Sudan's civil war entered its ninth month Friday with rebels and government troops engaged in heavy battles, diplomats said, days after UN warnings of sanctions if the conflict continues.

Fighting was reported around the town of Bentiu, capital of the northern oil state of Unity, as well as in Jonglei state.

Rebel spokesman Lul Ruai Koang claimed it was the start of a "long awaited government offensive", reporting clashes to the east and south of Bentiu.

He also said there was fighting in the remote village of Ayod in the eastern Jonglei state, one of the areas hardest hit by a growing hunger crisis.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/108484/World/Region/Heavy-fighting-in-South-Sudan-amid-sanctions-warni.aspx

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Mideast

 

Al-Qaeda in Yemen urges all militants to target America

15 August 2014

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the group’s deadliest franchises, called on Islamists to target the United States, after Washington launched air strikes in Iraq against Islamist militants who operate as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In a statement published on a Twitter account affiliated with the franchise’s local affiliate, Ansar al-Shariah, AQAP said on Thursday:

“... We declare our solidarity with our Muslim brothers in Iraq.”

“We call on all Islamist groups ... to go after America as part of its plan for jihad, militarily, economically, or through the media.”

“And we call on every Muslim, especially anyone who can enter America, to champion his brothers by going to war against America with everything he can.”

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the Twitter account.

After its capture of the northern Iraq metropolis of Mosul in June, ISIS swiftly pushed to the borders of the autonomous ethnic Kurdish region, alarming Baghdad. Last week it drew the first U.S. air strikes in Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.

AQAP offers ISIS some advice

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/08/15/Al-Qaeda-in-Yemen-urges-ISIS-to-target-America-.html

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Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

Aug 15, 2014

The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never heard out loud in Gaza: criticism of its Hamas rulers.

Exhausted by a month of pounding by Israel’s military - on top of seven years of stifling closure of the tiny Mediterranean coastal strip - they questioned Hamas’ handling of the crisis and the wisdom of repeatedly going to war with Israel.

“We do not want to be bombarded every two or three years. We want to lead a good life: Sleep well, drink well and eat well,” said Ziad Rizk, a 37-year-old father of two, a cigarette dangling from his mouth. He stared at the damaged apartment building where he lived. His sofa and a blue baby carriage were perched precariously on a tilting concrete slab that was his floor.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/08/14/Subtle-voices-of-dissent-surface-in-war-torn-Gaza.html

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Gaza truce holds as US ties with Israel show strain

Aug 15, 2014

GAZA CITY, Palestine: A fragile cease-fire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel's relations with its U.S. ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace.

Washington denied a report that the White House was tightening the reins on the routine delivery of military aid to Israel over concerns about the proportionality of its military action in Gaza.

But the State Department acknowledged that arms shipments were being kept under review in the face of a conflict that has killed 1,962 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side since July 8.

Egyptian mediators won a new five-day cease-fire late Wednesday to give Israeli and Palestinian negotiators more time to thrash out a longer-term truce.

The cease-fire got off to a rocky start in its first few hours but Israeli officials said it had held into a second day Friday.

The military said there was no Palestinian rocket fire overnight and that it had carried out no airstrikes.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-15/267360-gaza-truce-holds-as-us-ties-with-israel-show-strain.ashx#ixzz3AStjuONu

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Islamic Jihad official: There will be a cease-fire, even without an agreement

Aug 15, 2014

The Palestinian delegation indicated Friday that a lasting cease-fire could be imminent.

"From our point of view, we're heading toward a cease-fire, even if there isn't an agreement," Islamic Jihad's Ziad al-Nakhaleh said. In media reports, he confirmed that Palestinian groups have agreed to delay negotiations over the airport and seaport, signifying what could be a step towards both sides coming to a compromise.

Senior Hamas official Izzat a-Rishak said that the next steps in the negotiation process are still up in the air, in terms of a decision in Cairo. "Talks are ongoing between Hamas officials in Qatar, in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank," he said.

Israel's security cabinet convened in Tel Aviv on Friday morning to discuss the cease-fire agreement and negotiations taking place between Israel and the Palestinians in Cairo.

The meeting is the second of its kind in 24 hours, as the cabinet also discussed matters on Thursday night.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Security-cabinet-convenes-to-discuss-cease-fire-amid-conflicting-reports-of-progress-made-371195

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Netanyahu says Israel will respond forcefully even to a ‘drizzle’ of rockets

Aug 15, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told leaders of communities near Gaza on Thursday – even as a five-day cease-fire took hold – that Israel would not tolerate a drizzle of mortar or rocket attacks.

Amid mounting public criticism, especially in the South, that Operation Protective Edge might well end without removing for a long period the rocket and mortar threats from the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu met in his office with the heads of the Hof Ashkelon, Sha’ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev regional councils.

“The IDF launched Operation Protective Edge after Hamas returned to drizzle rocket fire on the southern communities,” the prime minister said. “Our policy is clear and consistent – even to a drizzle we respond forcefully.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahu-says-Israel-will-respond-forcefully-even-to-a-drizzle-of-rockets-371179

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IDF says soldier mentioned in Al Aqsa Martyrs video is alive and well in Israel

Aug 15, 2014

The IDF soldier mentioned in a video posted online by Palestinian militants is alive and well in Israel, the IDF Spokesperson's Office said Thursday.

In the video posted online on a website affiliated with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a masked man speaking Hebrew criticizes Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, accusing him of crimes against the Palestinian people and of lying about the "real number of soldiers hurt and killed" in the operation.

He then says that "if Netanyahu is brave he will reveal the truth about the fate of the officer from the Engineering Corps who died in an ambush in a firefight with our fighters in Beit Hanoun".

He then shows half a dogtag with the name Yaron Sanithan on it.

The IDF Spokesperson's Office said Thursday that they checked the name and the soldier is alive and well in Israel, neither dead nor kidnapped.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IDF-says-soldier-mentioned-in-Al-Aqsa-Martyrs-video-is-alive-and-well-in-Israel-371183

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Rafsanjani: West Backing ISIL to Defame Islam

Aug 15, 2014

Chairman of Iran's State Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani underlined that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is a protégé of the western powers to tarnish the image of Islam.

"Main job of the Takfiri terrorist groups is to defame Islam and Muslims," Rafsanjani told reporters on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Rafsanjani warned the world against the threat of the Takfiri terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as a fanatic and autocrat group.

"The ISIL terrorist group is an ignorant and fanatic current that is headed by the most autocratic people," Rafsanjani said, addressing a meeting of the Iranian youth active in political and cultural fields.

He noted that the ISIL does not know anything about Islam and attributes its savage acts to Islam merely to tarnish the image of Islam and make the people of the world afraid of this divine religion.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930524000341

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North America

 

California Kurds Condemn IS, Call for More Western Support

Aug 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES – American Kurds are publicly condemning the presence of Islamic State (IS/ISIS) forces in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan Region and pleading for more military support and humanitarian relief from the West.

In outrage at the IS treatment of Kurdish Yezidis, the Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group (KHRAG) and the Kurdish Community of Southern California organized a joint demonstration of hundreds of people across Los Angeles and San Diego this week.

“Down, down ISIS! Long live Kurdistan!” chanted protestors in LA, gathered before the Federal Bureau of Consular Affairs.

KHRAG issued a statement expressing its own outrage.

“We call on the US government, the United Nations, all relief organizations and Western governments to organize expeditious and efficient emergency humanitarian assistance to Yezidis,” the statement said.

Full report at:

http://rudaw.net/english/world/13082014

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US, UK and other countries advise citizens not to travel to Pakistan

Aug 15, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The United States, the United Kingdom, some European countries and some countries from Asia-Pacific region have issued travel advisories to their citizens alerting them not to travel to Pakistan because of the prevailing security and political situation.

In addition, the government of these countries have also directed their diplomats to remain confined to their residences in Islamabad and not to move to any political event in Islamabad due to serious security threats to such gatherings.

"The diplomats have also been directed to move to Karachi to their respective consulate generals in case security situation in Islamabad became volatile,' a diplomatic source told Dawn.

The development comes as Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf are holding rallies against the government in the country.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1125498/us-uk-and-other-countries-advise-citizens-not-to-travel-to-pakistan

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No change in policy on weapons deliveries to Israel, US says

Aug 15, 2014

Israeli officials on Thursday reaffirmed the oft-repeated mantra that under the Obama administration, US-Israel security ties have never been better, even as The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House is holding up the sale of Hellfire air-to-surface missiles to Jerusalem.

The Obama administration has tightened its control of arms transfers to Israel, requiring White House and State Department approval for even routine munitions requests by Israel, according to the piece.

“Instead of being handled as a military-to-military matter, each case is now subject to review – slowing the approval process and signaling to Israel that military assistance once taken for granted is now under closer scrutiny,” the story said.

The report came out on the same day that the Istanbul-based Hurriyet Daily News reported that the US cleared a potential $320 million advanced medium-range airto- air missiles sale to Turkey “amid increasing security risks in the region.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/No-change-in-policy-on-weapons-deliveries-to-Israel-US-says-371159

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US pledges arms for Lebanon army after jihadist clashes

Aug 15, 2014

The United States will supply Lebanon's army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the US ambassador to Beirut said Thursday.

The new assistance comes after Lebanon's military requested emergency aid following unprecedented clashes with jihadists in the eastern Arsal region of the country, on the Syrian border.

The clashes that began August 2 left 19 soldiers dead, and another 19 are still being held hostage despite a truce deal that saw the militants withdraw from the town after five days of fighting.

"The United States will soon deliver additional munitions and ordnance for offensive and defensive combat operations by the LAF (Lebanese Armed Forces)," US ambassador David Hale said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/108451/World/Region/US-pledges-arms-for-Lebanon-army-after-jihadist-cl.aspx

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Obama: 'We broke the ISIL siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar'

Aug 15, 2014

President Barack Obama said Thursday that US air strikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn.

But he added that US air strikes would continue against extremists from the so-called Islamic State or ISIL if they threaten US personnel and facilities in the region, including the Kurdish regional capital Arbil.

"The bottom line is -- the situation on the mountain has greatly improved and Americans should be very proud of our efforts because the skill and professionalism of our military and the generosity of our people we broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar," Obama said in a statement to reporters during his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/108471/World/Region/Obama-We-broke-the-ISIL-siege-of-Iraqs-Mount-Sinja.aspx

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Al Qaeda urges abducted American's family to demand US govt negotiation

Aug 15, 2014

CAIRO: Al Qaeda has urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the US government negotiate for his release.

Warren Weinstein was abducted in August 2011, four days before his seven-year stint as a business development expert with the USAID was to end.

He turned 73 in July.

Al Qaeda says it's “not interested in keeping” Weinstein but wants to exchange him for prisoners in U.S. custody.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1125497/al-qaeda-urges-abducted-americans-family-to-demand-us-govt-negotiation

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Guantanamo judge weighs separate trial for 9/11 suspect

15 August 2014

A U.S. military war crimes tribunal heard arguments on Thursday on whether to order a separate trial for a Saudi man charged with helping organize and finance the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, 46, argues his alleged participation in the attacks was less than his four co-defendants’ roles and joint prosecution would violate his rights to a fair trial and to confront his accusers.

“We’re seeking an independent assessment of guilt,” Walter Ruiz, Hawsawi’s attorney, said in the pre-trial hearing at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He told Judge Army Colonel James Pohl that prosecutors were lumping Hawsawi’s case with the other defendants as a strategy of seeking “a greater chance of convictions by association.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/08/15/Guantanamo-judge-weighs-separate-trial-for-9-11-suspect.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Only Muslims will help Muslims, Jakim says in Friday sermon

Aug 15, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — Muslims nationwide were warned today against banking on cooperation from other communities in all aspects of life, saying that doing so will only lead to their own detriment.

In the weekly Friday sermon by the Malaysian Islamic Religious Development Department (Jakim) today, Muslims were also told that the ongoing conflict in Palestine could also happen in Malaysia if the community fails to come together.

“Stop putting hope to get help, aid, and conspiring with them, because in the end it will only bring harm and loss to the Muslim community itself,” said the sermon.

“That is why Allah has reminded us that the enemies of Islam will never once protect Islam and the community, unless they get adulation and praise out of it.”

The central message of the sermon lamented the lack of action from the Muslim world against the conflict, which has seen thousands of Palestinians killed.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/only-muslims-will-help-muslims-jakim-says-in-friday-sermon#sthash.Z8EMdt5d.dpuf

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Indonesia Must Guard Democracy After Election, Yudhoyono Says

Aug 15, 2014

Indonesia must guard its democratic process after a disputed presidential election, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.

Around 135 million Indonesians went to the polls in last month’s vote, which the General Elections Commission said was won by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, Yudhoyono said in a speech in the city on Friday. Rival candidate Prabowo Subianto contested the outcome, with the Constitutional Court expected to rule on the result by late August and police prepared for possible street protests in the world’s third-largest democracy.

“We have to guard this process with peace,” Yudhoyono said in an annual address ahead of the country’s Independence Day. “Political democracy has been developing well. In 15 years there have been four elections. And all went well, in peace.”

Yudhoyono will hand over the baton to President-Elect Joko in October, after a decade in power that returned Indonesia to a sovereign investment grade rating through political stability and debt reduction. Ensuring a calm transfer of power is crucial for Indonesia as it seeks to assure investors the nation’s closest election in more than a decade won’t erode economic progress.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-must-guard-democracy-election-yudhoyono-says/

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Philippine Muslim rebels pledge loyalty to IS jihadists

Aug 15, 2014

MANILA, Aug 15 — Hardline Muslim guerrillas in the Philippines said today they have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, the extremist jihadists who now control large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Clips have been uploaded in recent weeks on the video sharing site YouTube showing both southern Philippines-based Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf rebels pledging support to the Islamic State (IS).

“We have an alliance with the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama told AFP by telephone today, referring to the brutal jihadist group’s leader.

Misry confirmed that a YouTube video uploaded on Wednesday, showing a purported BIFF leader flanked by armed men reading a statement of support for the IS, had come from his group.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/philippine-muslim-rebels-pledge-loyalty-to-is-jihadists#sthash.6ofx6k3I.dpuf

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Stop exploiting us, you are no longer legitimate, PAS VP tells Khalid

Aug 15, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — With more fingers pointing at PAS for prolonging the Selangor mentri besar crisis, a vice-president with the Islamist party decided to speak up today, spewing harsh words at Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for allegedly exploiting PAS.

In a lengthy, strongly-worded statement, Datuk Husam Musa, a Kelantan PAS leader, took to bashing the former PKR man for clinging on to a post he had only earned from campaigning as a leader with a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) party.

He railed at Khalid for dragging PAS through the mud in the crisis when he retained the party’s four state executive councillors and sacked PKR’s and DAP’s six, purportedly because the former party’s lawmakers had declared they would support him.

He said the move had set PAS against PKR and DAP, even though the move was never discussed in the first place.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/stop-exploiting-us-you-are-no-longer-legitimate-pas-veep-tells-khalid#sthash.OzSuCFEM.dpuf

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