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Pakistan Militants Disguised In Police Uniforms Execute 13 Bus Passengers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Butcher shops line the streets of one of the main Muslim neighborhoods in Roubaix, France. Unlike many French cities, Roubaix has made a point of embracing its Muslim population

 

Pakistan

Pakistan Militants Disguised In Police Uniforms Execute 13 Bus Passengers

SP, army colonel, captain killed in Gilgit-Baltistan ambush

Bodies of 14 kidnapped passengers found in Balochistan

One security man killed as militants attack oil tankers in Bolan

D I Khan jailbreak: Police arrests suspected “Punjabi Taliban” commander

Taliban threat: Islamabad security ramped up

Mamnoon seeks better ties with country’s neighbours

Pakistan court adjourns Musharraf's hearing till August 20

Pakistan denies firing on Indian troops on Kashmir border

 

India

Now Gita to be taught in madrasas in Madhya Pradesh

India ready to talk to Pak without 26/11 rider

More cops in India, but share of Muslims falls

Government considering amendments to Waqf Bill on graveyard lands

After Batla conviction, defence’s questions

5 Indian soldiers killed in attack by Pak troops, Parliament outraged

Pak attack on Indian post will not help efforts to normalize ties: Omar

Don’t use Islam to justify Durga Nagpal suspension: UP Muslims

Sonia slams Pak's 'blatant acts of deceit', urges govt to act

Fake currency notes from Pakistan being routed to India: Government

 

Arab World

Iraqi forces kill 11 militants in security crackdown

Suicide bomber rocks Assad’s military air base near Aleppo

Egyptian army responds to jihadist charges of 'crimes' and Israeli drones

Salafi jihadists claim that Israeli drones are operating over Sinai

Alleged plot to assassinate Sisi uncovered, as Sinai violence resumes

Bomb attacks severely damage two Islamic shrines in Egypt’s Sinai

'King of Romance', Fadel Shaker now an angry militant

Syrian rebel ‘moles’ wage battle from underground tunnels

Safety measures beefed up for ‘Khatm ul Qur’an ‘in Mecca

Jailed Morsi supporters declare hunger strike in Alexandria

 

Africa

Clashes between Nigerian army, Boko Haram kill 35

Hezbollah suspects in Nigeria terror plot claim abusive interrogation by Mossad agents

Tunisia’s Ennahda chief offers poll to end political crisis

Marginalised poor on Tunis outskirts cling to embattled government

US embassies in 4 African countries closed

Ethiopia sees Muslim anti-government protests

 

South Asia

Mullah Omar dismisses Afghan elections as 'waste of time'

AQAP's emir also serves as al Qaeda's general manager

Afghan government in secret talks with Taliban

Dhaka HC summons two Jamaat leaders for derogatory remarks

Maldives govt terminates Nexbis agreement

Bangladesh SC rejects Jamaat’s plea against disqualification

 

Mideast

US drone kills 4 al-Qaida suspects in Yemen: Tribal source

Coup plot conviction deepens secularist-Islamist rift in Turkey

Palestinian leader at al-Quds Day: Shoot Israeli Jews if they don’t leave Jerusalem

Syrian Kurds should not support Assad, says Turkish FM

Report: Iran arrests alleged spy for Israel

Ankara softens stance on Syria's emboldened Kurds

Yemen released names of 25 wanted al-Qaida men

 

North America

Bagram: Torture, Detention without End at US Military's 'Other Guantanamo'

Qaeda Leader’s Edict to Yemen Affiliate Is Said to Prompt Alert

US official visits senior Egypt Islamist in jail

US fears Qaida hit with surgically implanted bombs

State Department Ordered Review of Iranian Terror Activity in Latin America

Reza Aslan's biography on Jesus, 'Zealot', shifts Islamophobia debate

Senators urge Obama to toughen sanction on Iran over nuclear programme

 

Southeast Asia

Malaysia arrests 10 over bizarre claim on throne

Papua OPM Leader Surrenders to Indonesian Military

Police ID Suspects in Jakarta Buddhist Temple Bombing

Six dead, 26 hurt in Philippines bomb blast

Thailand concerned after key peace talk imam shot dead

 

Europe

A French Town Bridges the Gap between Muslims and Non-Muslims

More refugees live outside of camps in Turkey: UN

Poll: Israeli Jews say they are pessimistic about peace process

Attacks By Boko Haram Could Be Crimes Against Humanity, Says ICC Prosecutor

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan Militants Disguised In Police Uniforms Execute 13 Bus Passengers

AP | Aug 6, 2013

QUETTA, Pakistan: Dozens of gunmen disguised in police uniforms shot to death 13 people they pulled off of a convoy of buses in southwest Pakistan and dumped their bodies in a nearby ravine, officials said Tuesday.

The motive for the attack Monday night was unclear since no one has claimed responsibility. But suspicion may fall on separatists who have been waging a low-level insurgency in southwest Baluchistan province for decades.

The buses were headed to central Punjab province, and the separatists have a history of attacking Punjabis who they view as outsiders encroaching on their independence. The province is also home to many Islamic militants who have carried out attacks in the past, especially on minority Shiite Muslims.

Paramilitary troops provide protection for bus convoys moving through Baluchistan. But gunmen distracted the troops by shooting at a nearby oil tanker, said Kashif Nabi, a local government administrator.

Meanwhile, dozens of other gunmen dressed in tribal police uniforms stopped the convoy of five buses at a security checkpoint about six kilometers (four miles) away after overpowering the nine policemen who were stationed there, said Abdul Waheed, deputy commissioner of Bolan district, where the attack took place.

The attackers surrounded the buses, and two gunmen entered each vehicle to check the identities of passengers, said Waheed. While they were doing this, a paramilitary soldier tried to sneak into the area, but he was killed by the gunmen, said Waheed.

The attackers took 22 passengers with them, including nine tribal policemen, said Waheed. But they dropped the policemen off a few kilometers (miles) away because they were locals, and continued on with the remaining 13 hostages, said Waheed.

Police found the dead bodies of the 13 hostages on Tuesday in a ravine near the town of Machh, around 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the checkpoint where the buses were stopped, said Nabi, the local administrator who works in Machh.

Elsewhere in Pakistan, gunmen killed three senior security officials in a northern area of the country where the Taliban shot to death 10 foreign mountain climbers over a month ago, a local government officials said Tuesday.

The officials were ambushed in their vehicle at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer district, said Ajmal Bhatti, the district's deputy commissioner. They were attacked shortly after leaving Bhatti's house, where they had been holding a meeting.

The dead included an army colonel, a captain and the district police chief, said Bhatti. Their vehicle plunged into a ravine after it was attacked, and authorities later recovered their bodies.

Officials have been on high alert in Diamer since Taliban militants killed 10 foreign climbers in late June at a mountain base camp, said Bhatti. They have been holding meetings at unusual times and places, like Bhatti's house, to avoid attack.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Gunmen-kill-13-bus-passengers-in-Pakistan/articleshow/21645710.cms

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SP, army colonel, captain killed in Gilgit-Baltistan ambush

 August 6, 2013

GILGIT: Gunmen sprayed bullets on a police vehicle early Tuesday, killing a senior policeman and two army officials in Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Chilas town.

“Two guards also sustained injuries in the predawn ambush on the security officials posted there,” said deputy inspector general (DIG) police sharing initial information.

Those killed included Senior Superintendent Police (SP) Hilal Ahmed, an army colonel identified as Gulam Mustafa, and a Captain.

Colonel Mustafa was reportedly responsible for internal security issues in the town that shares boundaries with the Kohistan district of Khyber – Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

“The officials were returning to the rest house from  the deputy commissioner house when they were ambushed by armed men,” DIG told The Express Tribune by phone.

Police cordoned off the area immediately and launched a search operation to trace the killers.

According to officials privy to the development, SP Hilal was driving the vehicles while the army colonel was sitting beside him on the front seat when the vehicle came under fire.

SP Hilal died on the spot while Colonel Mustafa and the captain breathed their last at the government hospital in Chilas, headquarter of district Diamer.

“This is an act of sheer terrorism and we will get to them at all cost,” said DIG, adding that it was too early to speculate who could be behind the attack.

Tuesday’s shooting occurred almost a month after armed men dressed as Gilgit Scouts killed 10 foreign tourists and their Pakistan guide near the base camp of Nanga Parbat, Pakistan’s second highest peak located in Diamer district.

SP Hilal was a resident of Swat valley and was posted to the district sometime back. He was reportedly investigating the tourists killing case.

In a similar incident this year, unidentified gunmen had killed a DSP and his two guards in the valley.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587189/sp-army-colonel-captain-killed-in-gilgit-baltistan-ambush/

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Bodies of 14 kidnapped passengers found in Balochistan

 August 6, 2013

MACHH: The bodies of 14 out of a total of 30 kidnapped passengers were found from the mountains near Machh in Bolan district, Balochistan Express News reported on Tuesday.

The passengers were on board five buses bound for Rajanpur in Punjab.

According to Dr Kashif, Assistant Commissioner of Machh, normally passenger buses out of Balochistan are escorted with safety personnel. However, a militant attack on an oil tanker in the same area lead to cross fire between the militants and the Balochistan Levies and Frontier Corps (FC), which kept security forces busy.

During the combat, one FC officer lost his life while two others were injured, Dr Kashif confirmed.

“Search operations in the area are continuing,” the assistant commissioner added while speaking to Express News.

The remaining passengers are still missing and the chief minister of Balochistan has taken notice of the incident.

The Frontier Corps (FC), the security force deployed in the province, has been struggling to maintain peace in unstable areas particularly those affected by ethnic and sectarian violence.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587158/bodies-of-14-kidnapped-passengers-found-in-balochistan/

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One security man killed as militants attack oil tankers in Bolan

 Aug 6, 2013

BOLAN: A security man was killed late Monday night when militants attacked two tankers carrying fuel for Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Bolan district of Balochistan province.

A levies official, who requested not to be named, told Dawn.com that militants opened fire on two tankers in Bolan. Subsequently, one security man guarding the tankers was killed and another was injured during an exchange of fire between frontier corps (FC) persons and armed militants.

The official said the tankers were coming from Sibi to Quetta to provide fuel to PAF.

One tanker was partially damaged whereas another was safeguarded in the wake of the attack. Security persons and militants exchanged heavy fire which continued for more than two hours.

Later, additional security men were summoned in the area to apprehend the suspected militants responsible for the incident.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

However, levies officials suspect Baloch insurgents who have been targeting security forces and vital national installations in the area.

Armed militants have been kidnapping and targeting security persons in the rugged mountains of Bolan for the past few years. The writ of the government appears to be weak in the area.

http://dawn.com/news/1034509/one-security-man-killed-as-militants-attack-oil-tankers-in-bola/print

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D I Khan jailbreak: Police arrests suspected “Punjabi Taliban” commander

 Aug 6, 2013

PESHAWAR: Police on Monday claimed to have arrested a suspected “Punjabi Taliban” commander involved in Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak last week, DawnNews reported.

According to official sources, the suspected militant, identified as Mujahid Ahmed alias Faqeer Baba has been arrested in injured condition.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1034281/d-i-khan-jailbreak-police-arrests-suspected-punjabi-taliban-commander

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Taliban threat: Islamabad security ramped up

 August 6, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Intelligence agencies in Pakistan have warned that extremists seem to have planned attacks on high-profile Pakistani targets. These targets include the parliament and headquarters of Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force. Authorities are taking all possible measures in the backdrop of information regarding potential attacks.

The intelligence wing of the military recently intercepted a message between two commanders of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. The message, from a Taliban commander namely Waleed bin Talib, read “we have achieved some of our objectives in the attack on DI Khan jail, but for achieving bigger objectives we need to take action where the ‘big bosses’ sit”.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587097/taliban-threat-capital-security-ramped-up/

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Mamnoon seeks better ties with country’s neighbours

 August 6, 2013

ISLAMABAD: President-elect Mamnoon Hussain intends to take a head-start in fostering cordial relations with neighbours – a move, he believes, is necessary to boost the country’s fragile economy and uproot terrorism.

“My vision for Pakistan is to promote relations with its neighbours. This is the best solution to address the state’s fiery challenges,” said Hussain, who will be sworn in on September 9 at the Presidency due to be vacated by incumbent Asif Ali Zardari.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587095/presidential-commitment-mamnoon-seeks-better-ties-with-countrys-neighbours/

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Pakistan court adjourns Musharraf's hearing till August 20

Aug 06 2013

Islamabad : Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf failed to appear today before an anti-terrorism court due to "security reasons" for his trial in the assassination case of former premier Benazir Bhutto, prompting the judge to adjourn the hearing till August 20.

Musharraf, who had been summoned to face charges of criminal conspiracy and the murder of Bhutto, was not brought to the Rawalpindi court due to threats to his life. If convicted, 69-year-old Musharraf can be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-court-adjourns-musharraf-s-hearing-till-august-20/1151793/

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Pakistan denies firing on Indian troops on Kashmir border

August 06, 2013

Pakistani security officials denied any involvement on Tuesday in the deaths of Indian soldiers on the disputed and heavily militarised border in Kashmir.

"There was no indiscriminate firing from our side," one security official told Reuters. Another official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters, denied there had been an exchange of fire on the border between the nuclear powers.

"There was no such incident whatsoever," he said. "There was no firing on the border."

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pakistan-denies-firing-on-Indian-troops-on-Kashmir-border/Article1-1104042.aspx

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India

 

Now Gita to be taught in madrasas in Madhya Pradesh

Reported by Siddharth Ranjan Das, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh

 August 06, 2013

Bhopal: The teachings of Hindu scripture Bhagwad Gita will soon be compulsory for young students in Islamic schools of Madhya Pradesh, says the state's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, its latest in a series of decisions criticised as 'saffronisation of education'.

The MP government's August 1 order says Urdu textbooks of Class 1 and 2 will include teachings of the Gita - considered one of the holiest of Hindu scriptures chronicling Lord Krishna's advice to a dithering prince Arjuna ahead of the epic Mahabharata battle.

The order may snowball into a huge controversy as it clearly applies to Islamic schools, or Madrasas, the only ones to have Urdu textbooks.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/now-gita-to-be-taught-in-madrasas-in-madhya-pradesh-401634

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India ready to talk to Pak without 26/11 rider

August 06, 2013

India and Pakistan will resume talks in less than a month and New Delhi has not pre-conditioned them to the progress in the 26/11 case, Sartaj Aziz, an adviser to the Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has told HT.

 India had conveyed its verbal confirmation on resuming talks by early September, Aziz told Hindustan Times over the phone from Islamabad.

 "India is being responsive and there is no pre-condition that has been put forth on connecting the dialogue process with progress in the Mumbai attack trial," the Pakistan PM’s adviser on security and foreign affairs said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/India-ready-to-talk-to-Pak-without-26-11-rider/Article1-1103881.aspx

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More cops in India, but share of Muslims falls

ZEESHAN SHAIKH

 Aug 06 2013

Mumbai : In the six and a half years since Justice Rajinder Sachar submitted his report on the socio-economic condition of Muslims, the representation of the community has fallen in the police forces of about a third of India’s 35 states and union territories.

A majority of the states in which the percentage of Muslims in the police was smaller in 2012 than in 2007 are now ruled by the Congress: Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Mizoram.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/more-cops-in-india-but-share-of-muslims-falls/1151661/

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Government considering amendments to Wakf Bill on graveyard lands

Aug 05 2013

New Delhi, Aug 5 : Government is considering amendments proposed by Punjab Wakf Board to provisions related to graveyard lands in the Wakf (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which, if passed by Parliament, will replace the 1995 law.

Punjab Wakf Board has objected to the provisions of the Bill which allow sale of graveyard lands but prohibits leasing it out or exchanging them.

Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan said in Rajya Sabha today that his ministry is considering suggestions made by the state board. He was replying to the questions of Akali Dal MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1151382/

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After Batla conviction, defence’s questions

Muzamil Jaleel

 Aug 06 2013

New Delhi : The defence of Shahzad Ahmed, convicted of opening fire during the Batla House encounter that left inspector M C Sharma dead and two policemen injured on September 19, 2008, has hinged around the question whether he was on the spot at all, and whether he could possibly have escaped in the middle of the operation, firearm in hand, as the prosecution says he did.

Additional sessions judge Rajender Kumar Shastri last week sentenced Shahzad to life imprisonment. The defence is preparing to move higher court.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-batla-conviction-defence-s-questions/1151550/

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5 Indian soldiers killed in attack by Pak troops, Parliament outraged

Rajat Pandit & Sanjay Khajuria, TNN | Aug 6, 2013

NEW DELHI/JAMMU: A heavily-armed team of terrorists and Pakistani troops ambushed an Indian Army patrol along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours of Tuesday, killing five Indian soldiers.

The incident occurred just hours after the ceasefire violation in Samba sector on Monday evening in which one BSF soldier was injured.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/5-Indian-soldiers-killed-in-attack-by-Pak-troops-Parliament-outraged/articleshow/21645080.cms

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Pak attack on Indian post will not help efforts to normalize ties: Omar

PTI | Aug 6, 2013

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the killing of five Indian soldiers along the LoC in Poonch sector puts a question mark on Pakistan government's overtures to India for improving ties.

"(I) was briefed early this morning about the news that five of our soldiers had been killed on the LoC. My heartfelt condolences to the next of the kin," Abdullah said on microblogging site Twitter.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-attack-on-Indian-post-will-not-help-efforts-to-normalize-ties-Omar/articleshow/21644134.cms

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Don’t use Islam to justify Durga Nagpal suspension: UP Muslims

Aug 6, 2013

Akhilesh Yadav‘s lofty claims that his government’s decision to suspend IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal had nothing to do with the sand mafia, and was instead motivated by a desire to preserve communal harmony and prevent the outbreak of riots, is finding no takers. Not even among the Muslims.

“If the communal harmony in the state is going to be affected, we have to take action,” UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Lucknow. He added that a Muslim family had built a wall which had been demolished due to the orders of the IAS official, “which was not fair”.

Full report at:

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/stop-using-islam-to-justify-suspension-of-durga-nagpal-up-muslims-1012951.html

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Sonia slams Pak's 'blatant acts of deceit', urges govt to act

PTI | Aug 6, 2013

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi said India would not be cowed down by the "deceitful" killing of five of its soldiers by Pakistan along the LoC and asked the government to take "appropriate" measures.

Expressing deep grief and shock over the incident in Jammu & Kashmir, she said that the entire Congress party as indeed the entire country stands by the families of the martyred soldiers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sonia-slams-Paks-blatant-acts-of-deceit-urges-govt-to-act/articleshow/21650610.cms

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Fake currency notes from Pakistan being routed to India: Government

PTI | Aug 6, 2013

NEW DELHI: Instances of fake Indian currency notes printed in Pakistan and routed via China and Nepal have come to the notice of the government.

"The ministry of home affairs has informed that instances have come to notice where Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN)/counterfeit currency printed in Pakistan has been routed to India via China and Nepal route," the minister of state for finance Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply in Parliament on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Fake-currency-notes-from-Pakistan-being-routed-to-India-Government/articleshow/21651152.cms

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Europe

 

A French Town Bridges the Gap between Muslims and Non-Muslims

By ALISSA J. RUBIN

August 5, 2013

ROUBAIX, France - Wearing head scarves and long skirts, the women glide along the faded back streets of this poor French town as they make their way to the mosque to hear the last prayer of the evening.

Like their husbands and brothers, fathers and sons, they feel at home here. That is in large part because Roubaix, a small city in northeastern France, has made a point of embracing its Muslim population, proportionately one of the largest in the country.

“I am comfortable in these clothes here in Roubaix,” said Farid Gacem, the bearded president of the Abu Bakr mosque, who was wearing a nearly ankle-length loose brown tunic on a recent afternoon.

In a country where Islamic head coverings are regulated by law and many Muslims say they have been made to feel like outsiders, Roubaix is one of just a handful of cities that have broken with a rigid interpretation of the country’s state secularism. The city stands out for its effort to take discreet but pointed steps to promote an active Muslim community, and in doing so it has diminished the ethnic and sectarian tensions that have afflicted other parts of France, evident again during the holy month of Ramadan this summer.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/world/europe/a-french-town-bridges-the-gap-between-muslims-and-non-muslims.html

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More refugees live outside of camps in Turkey: UN

 August 06, 2013

The largest proportion of Syrian refugees in Turkey today are those living outside of refugee camps, who now outnumber refugees sheltered in the camps, says United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative to Turkey Carol Batchelor, describing this as the most challenging aspect of Turkey’s hosting of Syrian refugees now.

“There are over 200,000 in 20 refugee camps in 10 provinces. But the greatest number of people are now outside of the camps. Over 200,000 are also registered outside of the camps, plus another 30,000 with appointment to be registered and then others who are in the process of making appointments,” Batchelor told the Hürriyet Daily News in a recent interview.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/more-refugees-live-outside-of-camps-in-turkey-un.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52063&NewsCatID=352

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Poll: Israeli Jews say they are pessimistic about peace process

 By GIL HOFFMAN

08/06/2013

According to the poll, 79% of Israeli Jews do not believe the newest round of peace talks will succeed; 85% of Israeli Arabs say the Palestinian Authority is sincere in wanting to achieve peace.

ewish Israelis have low expectations for the diplomatic talks between Israelis and Palestinians that were launched in Washington last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry, according to the results of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University monthly Peace Index poll released Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Poll-Israeli-Jews-say-they-are-pessimistic-about-peace-process-322168

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Attacks By Boko Haram Could Be Crimes Against Humanity, Says ICC Prosecutor

5 AUGUST 2013

 August 06, 2013

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today reported that there is reason to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Nigeria, namely murder and persecution by the militant group known as Boko Haram.

A report issued by the Office of the Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, found that the group has, since July 2009, "launched a widespread and systematic attack that has resulted in the killing of more than 1,200 Christian and Muslims civilians in different locations throughout Nigeria.

"The scale and intensity of the attacks have increased over time," adds the report, which is based on preliminary information through December 2012.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308060188.html

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Arab World

 

Iraqi forces kill 11 militants in security crackdown

August 6, 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces killed 11 suspected militants and arrested dozens in a large military-led operation north of Baghdad on Monday in response to a deadly attack on a checkpoint last month, military sources said.

The security sweep in Sulaman Pek, a town 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, turned fatal when some militants opened fire on officers inspecting homes, the sources said, adding that a number of the militants had been wearing suicide vests.

Thousands of troops and several helicopters were deployed in what appeared to be one of the largest security operations this year.

Militants have been regaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shia-led government since the start of the year and have been emboldened by the civil war in neighbouring Syria, which has inflamed sectarian tensions.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587176/iraqi-forces-kill-11-militants-in-security-crackdown/

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Suicide bomber rocks Assad’s military air base near Aleppo

 6 August 2013

Violent clashes erupted between Syrian rebel fighters and government troops following a suicide bomber attack at the Menagh Military air base on Monday.

The suicide bomber carried with him six tons of explosives in an armored vehicle and detonated it at the entrance of the air base, according to a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2013/08/05/Video-Suicide-bomber-rocks-Assad-s-military-air-base-near-Aleppo.html

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Egyptian army responds to jihadist charges of 'crimes' and Israeli drones

By DAVID BARNETT

August 6, 2013

wo days ago, al Salafiyya al Jihadiyya in Sinai issued a report to jihadist forums, condemning actions taken by Egyptian security forces in recent weeks. The report also alleged that Egyptian authorities are allowing Israeli drones to operate over the Sinai Peninsula.

In the statement, which was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, the Salafi jihadist group claimed that the army's actions have led to the deaths of a number of civilians in the Sinai. "The blood of the people of Sinai became cheap without a cost to the army elements, so there is no questioning or punishment," the statement said.

Full report at:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/08/egyptian_army_responds_to_jiha.php#ixzz2bDTyncep

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Salafi jihadists claim that Israeli drones are operating over Sinai

By DAVID BARNETT

August 6, 2013

Two days ago, al Salafiyya al Jihadiyya in Sinai issued a new report to jihadist forums that condemned actions taken by Egyptian security forces in recent weeks. The report also alleged that Egyptian authorities are allowing Israeli drones to operate over the Sinai Peninsula.

In the statement, which was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, the Salafi jihadist group claimed that the media is colluding with the army by not detailing its actions. The army's actions have led to the deaths of a number of civilians in the Sinai, al Salafiyya al Jihadiyya claimed.

Full report at:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/08/salafi_jihadists_all.php#ixzz2bDTsXKjv

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Alleged plot to assassinate Sisi uncovered, as Sinai violence resumes

By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON

08/05/2013

Armed Islamists in Sinai were reportedly part of plan that also targeted Interior Minister Ibrahim and VP ElBaradei.

The Egyptian El-Watan newspaper, which tends to support the military and oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, reported on Monday that an assassination plot against General Fattah al-Sisi was uncovered. The report could not be confirmed.

The paper quoted sources that said that armed Islamists in the Sinai were part of a plan that was also targeting interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim and vice president Mohamed ElBaradei.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Alleged-plot-to-assassinate-Sisi-uncovered-as-Sinai-violence-resumes-322114

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Bomb attacks severely damage two Islamic shrines in Egypt’s Sinai

 August 06, 2013

Bomb attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula left two Islamic shrines severely damaged on Sunday, the state news agency reported.

One of the shrines targeted was near the North Sinai town of Bir el-Abd, and the other was in the area of el-Maghara farther south.

Often dedicated to saints or descendants of the Prophet Mohammed, Islamist militants occupying the region consider such shrines forbidden according to the puritanical Islamic vision.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/05/Bomb-attacks-in-Egypt-s-Sinai-damage-two-Islamic-shrines-.html

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'King of Romance', Fadel Shaker now an angry militant

 Aug 06 2013

Sidon (Lebanon) : His success was a dream come true for this city on the Mediterranean coast: a poor kid whose ballads of love rocketed him to fame far from his gun-ridden neighbourhood. Fadel Shaker became a superstar, hailed as “the king of romance”. He bought a vast, three-story villa with a pool, an orchard and a beachfront restaurant.

Then last year, in a move that has baffled fans and friends alike, he renounced popular music as forbidden by Islam, grew a scruffy beard and took up with a hard-line sheikh. Last month, in a turf battle with the Lebanese army, he boasted that his group had killed two men. He has not been seen in public since.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-king-of-romance--now-an-angry-militant/1151716/

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Syrian rebel ‘moles’ wage battle from underground tunnels

 6 August 2013

The Syrian colonel is still astounded. He was directing operations from the second floor of building when he heard gunfire -- rebels had penetrated his headquarters via an underground tunnel.

“One floor closer and I wouldn’t be here to describe the attack,” he said.

The rebels killed 12 soldiers on the ground and first floors of the building in eastern Damascus before being beaten back by army fire.

Troops discovered the tunnels that had been used to penetrate the building stretched 320 meters (350 yards) between the districts of Qabun and Jubar, two rebel areas of the Syrian capital.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/2013/08/05/Syrian-rebel-moles-wage-battle-from-underground-tunnels-.html

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Safety measures beefed up for ‘Khatm ul Qur’an ‘in Mecca

 August 06, 2013

MAKKAH — Safety measures have been beefed up in and around the Grand Mosque for Taraweeh prayers on Tuesday night, security sources said.

Huge crowds of worshipers are expected in Makkah on the 29th night of Ramadan to attend the Khatmul Qur’an prayers when the imam completes reciting the holy book at Taraweeh prayers.

Maj. Gen. Saad Al-Khelaiwi, head of the Umrah security forces, said a thoroughly planned crowd management plan will be put into effect. He added that it will be the last major security plan enacted in the Grand Mosque this Ramadan.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130806176137

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Jailed Morsi supporters declare hunger strike in Alexandria

 6 August 2013

Around 170 detained supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's Alexandria have gone on hunger strike, their lawyer Mahmoud Gaber said on Tuesday.

Mistreatment and the administration allowing other inmates to beat and insult them are some of the supporters' complaints while in detention at Al-Ghorbanyat prison in Borg Al-Arab near Alexandria, cites Gaber.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/78425/Egypt/Politics-/Jailed-Morsi-supporters-declare-hunger-strike-in-A.aspx

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Africa

 

Clashes between Nigerian army, Boko Haram kill 35

 August 06, 2013

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria : At least 35 people have been killed in two separate gun battles between Nigerian security forces and Islamist sect Boko Haram in northeast Borno state, the army said on Monday.

Boko Haram, which wants to impose sharia law in Nigeria's north, and other spin-off Islamist groups have become the biggest threat to stability in Africa's top oil exporter.

In mid-May, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency and launched an offensive against the group in its stronghold in the northeast. The insurgency was initially weakened but remains active and is stretching the army. Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday attacked a police base in Bama, a town close to the Cameroon border that has been frequently hit by violence in recent months.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/06-Aug-2013/clashes-between-nigerian-army-boko-haram-kill-35

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Hezbollah suspects in Nigeria terror plot claim abusive interrogation by Mossad agents

 August 06, 2013

Two alleged Hezbollah operatives on trial for plotting terror attacks in Nigeria claimed Monday that they were subjected to days of rough interrogation at the hands of Mossad agents following their arrests in May, AFP reported.

The two Lebanese men, Mustapha Fawaz and Abdallah Thahini, were arrested between May 16 and May 28, along with a third suspect Tala Ahmed Roda, after a raid on one of their residences in the northern city of Kano revealed a stash of heavy weapons.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Hezbollah-suspects-in-Nigeria-terror-plot-claim-abusive-interrogation-by-Mossad-agents-322161

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Tunisia’s Ennahda chief offers poll to end political crisis

 6 August 2013

Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party is willing to go to referendum over whether to preserve transitional governance institutions, the party chief said on Monday, but he stood firm against secular opposition efforts to oust the government.

Rachid Ghannouchi said his Ennahda party was open to dialogue to modify Tunisia’s political transition.

But he refused to consider removing the prime minister or dissolve a temporary Constituent Assembly, now weeks away from finishing a draft constitution and electoral law.

“If they are insistent on terminating the transitional process, we say to them, come, let’s have a popular referendum, “he told Reuters in an interview. “They raised their demands so high and now they’re stuck in a tree.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/05/Tunisia-s-Ennahda-chief-offers-poll-to-end-political-crisis.html

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Marginalised poor on Tunis outskirts cling to embattled government

Reuters, Ettadamen

 6 August 2013

Faisal the repair man doesn’t have time for the anti-government protests shaking the capital 10 kilometers away. Just as before Tunisia’s 2011revolution, his main preoccupation is keeping food on the table.

The demonstrators on central Tunis’ manicured streets pay lip service to the problems of people like him in the trash-littered streets of Ettadamen suburb, he says, but they never reach out to help.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2013/08/06/Marginalised-poor-on-Tunis-outskirts-cling-to-embattled-government.html

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US embassies in 4 African countries closed

 6 August 2013

The US State Department closed its embassies in four sub-Saharan African nations as part of a heightened security alert, days before the 15th anniversary of Al-Qaida's bombings of American diplomatic missions in Kenya and Tanzania.

Those two embassies targeted in the 7 August, 1998, attacks were rebuilt as more heavily fortified structures away from populated areas where they would be less vulnerable to attack. Those embassies remain open, but the diplomatic missions in Rwanda and Burundi, small countries which border Tanzania to the west, and the island nations of Madagascar and Mauritius were ordered closed.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/78392/World/International/US-embassies-in--African-countries-closed.aspx

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Ethiopia sees Muslim anti-government protests

August 06, 2013

ADDIS ABABA — Anti-government Muslims in Ethiopia on Monday called for mass demonstrations to be held on the religious day of Eid Al-Fitr later this week to protest the arrests of 28 people on terror charges.

The calls followed a weekend of violence in which three people were killed after security forces clashed with what police labeled Muslim “extremists.”

Hundreds of people held rallies near mosques in the capital, Addis Ababa, and some regional towns on Friday and Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130806176165

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South Asia

 

Mullah Omar dismisses Afghan elections as 'waste of time'

 Aug 6, 2013

KABUL: Taliban leader Mullah Omar on Tuesday dismissed key elections due in Afghanistan next year as “a waste of time”, posing a major challenge to international efforts to ensure a credible poll.

Participation of the Pashtun ethnic group, from which the Taliban gain most of their support, is seen as essential to the success of the presidential election, scheduled for April 5.

The vote will be a benchmark test of Afghanistan's progress since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, and the United States and other foreign donors say the poll is crucial for the country's future after Nato-led troops withdraw next year.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1034521/mullah-omar-dismisses-afghan-elections-as-waste-of-time/print

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AQAP's emir also serves as al Qaeda's general manager

By THOMAS JOSCELYN & BILL ROGGIO

August 6, 2013

Nasir al Wuhayshi, the emir of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has recently been appointed to also serve as al Qaeda's general manager, an important position that has been held by some of the group's top leaders. The appointment of al Wuhayshi as general manager discredits the widespread claim that al Qaeda's "core" is based solely in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.

Al Wuhayshi "had recently been appointed into the role by al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri," CNN reported. Al Wuhayshi's title was disclosed by RAND's Seth Jones as news of an al Qaeda plot broke over the weekend. That plot has led the US to close more than 20 diplomatic facilities in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Full report at:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/08/aqap_emir_also_serve.php#ixzz2bDUAvcNc

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Afghan government in secret talks with Taliban

The Associated Press

 August 06, 2013

The Taliban have held secret talks with representatives of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to try to jumpstart a peace process that stumbled and stalled at the starting gate, according to Afghan officials and a senior Taliban representative.

The discussions with members of the Afghan High Peace Council have so far been unofficial and preliminary, seen as an attempt to agree on conditions for formal talks. But they do suggest an interest on both sides in proceeding, or at least toying, with a peace process that has been mired in controversy since the official opening of a Taliban political office in June in the Gulf nation of Qatar.

Full report at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/08/05/afghanistan-kabul-taliban-secret-talks.html

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Dhaka HC summons two Jamaat leaders for derogatory remarks

 Aug 6, 2013

The High Court yesterday summoned Rafiqul Islam Khan, acting secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami, and Md Ibrahim, a central leader of Jamaat, for making a “derogatory and contemptuous” statement about the court.

The two Jamaat leaders will have to appear before an HC bench on September 16 to explain why contempt of court proceeding should not be brought against them for such a statement.

Rafiqul Islam Khan on August 1 issued a statement rejecting a HC verdict, which declared the Jamaat’s registration with the Election Commission illegal.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/hc-summons-two-jamaat-leaders-for-derogatory-remarks/

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Maldives govt terminates Nexbis agreement

 Aug 6, 2013

Maldives government has annulled the agreement with Malaysia's Nexbis Limited to establish a border control system (BSC) and given the company a 14 day notice from Monday.

Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim told reporters that that the cabinet had decided that the Nexbis agreement was causing major losses to the government and needed to be terminated.

The cabinet had also advised that if the government continued to honour the agreement it would cause immeasurable losses to the state, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/50421

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Bangladesh SC rejects Jamaat’s plea against disqualification

 Aug 6, 2013

In another blow to Bangladesh’s fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected its plea against a High Court verdict that declared it illegal and barred it from contesting future polls.

The chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik rejected the Jamaat’s petition seeking stay on the High Court verdict on August 1.

The judge said there is no merit in the stay petition and the petitioner’s lawyer did not place any argument in support of it, The Daily Star reported.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/bangladesh-sc-rejects-jamaats-plea-against-disqualification/article4992375.ece

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Mideast

 

US drone kills 4 al-Qaida suspects in Yemen: Tribal source

AFP | Aug 6, 2013

SANAA: A US drone strike killed four suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen early Tuesday, a tribal source said, amid heightened security across the Middle East against a possible major attack by the jihadist network.

Among those killed was one of 25 al-Qaida operatives listed late on Monday by the Yemeni authorities as among those plotting attacks to coincide with the ending of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan later this week, the source said.

The raid in Yemen's eastern Marib province targeted their vehicle "and turned it into a ball of fire, immediately killing the four militants," the source said, adding that all those killed were Yemenis.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-drone-kills-4-al-Qaida-suspects-in-Yemen-Tribal-source/articleshow/21645109.cms

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Coup plot conviction deepens secularist-Islamist rift in Turkey

ATUL ANEJA

 Aug 6, 2013

Another chapter has opened in the long-drawn tussle between Turkey’s military-backed secularists and Islamists with the sentencing on Monday of a former military chief to life in prison.

General (retired) Ilker Basbug was awarded life-imprisonment for his role in the “Ergenekon” conspiracy to topple the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Erdogan, who has been in power since 2002, belongs to the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has Islamic roots. Judges assembled at a courthouse in Istanbul’s high-security Silivri prison complex also sentenced three serving parliamentarians from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) to jail terms ranging from 12 to 35 years.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/coup-plot-conviction-deepens-secularistislamist-rift-in-turkey/article4992951.ece

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Palestinian leader at al-Quds Day: Shoot Israeli Jews if they don’t leave Jerusalem

 August 06, 2013

TORONTO — A Palestinian community leader in Toronto said Israelis should be given a two-minute warning before being shot.

Addressing the annual al-Quds Day rally on Saturday, Elias Hazineh, the former president of Palestine House in suburban Toronto, called for “an ultimatum” to Israelis: “You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Palestinian-lead-in-Canada-Shoot-Israeli-Jews-if-they-dont-leave-Jerusalem-322145

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Syrian Kurds should not support Assad, says Turkish FM

 August 06, 2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Kurds in the region Aug.5 over the results of any cooperation that they might make with the Syrian regime.

Davutoglu, who went to Tehran on Aug. 4 to attend Iran’s new President Hasan Rouhani’s oath-taking ceremony held bilateral talks with several politicians, including Rouhani. The Foreign Minister replied to questions from reporters after the meeting.

Asked which issues were on the agenda at the meeting with the Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nachirvan Barzani, who visited Ankara last week, Davutoglu said, “They and we both share the opinion that Kurds are an important factor for the construction of peace in Syria and that this is only possible if all the Kurdish groups join the Syrian opposition.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-kurds-should-not-support-assad-says-turkish-fm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52069&NewsCatID=352

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Report: Iran arrests alleged spy for Israel

 August 06, 2013

An Iranian national has been arrested in the Islamic Republic for allegedly spying for Israel, Iranian media reported on Monday.

According to reports, Iranian authorities arrested the man in the southeastern city of Kerman on charges of espionage.

He then faced trial for reportedly providing intelligence about Iran to Israel.

The unidentified man had allegedly passed on sensitive information to the Israeli Embassy in Thailand.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Report-Iranian-authorities-arrest-spy-for-Israel-322115

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Ankara softens stance on Syria's emboldened Kurds

 6 August 2013

After embarking on a peace process with Kurdish rebels in Turkey, Ankara is now softening its position on the increasingly autonomous Kurdish minority in war-torn neighbouring Syria, analysts say.

The Turkish government has long kept a wary eye on Kurdish ambitions in Syria, fearing the creation of a Kurdish state there could serve as a magnet for Turkey's own Kurdish population.

Ankara's unease only increased after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces last year withdrew from majority Kurdish areas in the north of the embattled country and entrusted the security there to Kurdish militia.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2013/08/06/Ankara-softens-stance-on-Syria-s-emboldened-Kurds.html

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Yemen released names of 25 wanted al-Qaida men

AP | Aug 6, 2013

SANAA, Yemen: Yemeni authorities released the names of 25 wanted al-Qaida suspects on Monday, saying they were planning terrorist attacks in the capital, Sanaa, and other cities across the country.

The development came as Washington ordered the closure of 20 US diplomatic missions in the Muslim world through the week, following warnings of a possible al-Qaida attack.

A statement from Yemen's interior ministry said the suspects were going to target foreign offices and organizations, as well as Yemeni government installations in the impoverished Arab country. It said security was beefed up around embassies, ports, airports, oil installations and power stations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Yemen-released-names-of-25-wanted-al-Qaida-men/articleshow/21638173.cms

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North America

 

Bagram: Torture, Detention Without End at US Military's 'Other Guantanamo'

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

 August 06, 2013

The US military has no plan to close the infamous Bagram prison in Afghanistan—often referred to as the "other Guantanamo"—despite claims it is winding down the US-led war in Afghanistan.

“Is there a plan [to close the prison]? No," Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, told the Washington Post in a report published Monday.

Top officials admitted a few weeks ago that there is no end in sight to the prison. "Our impression is that Bagram will remain open even after U.S. combat operations cease in December 2014," Pentagon spokesperson Todd Breasseale told Rolling Stone in late July.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/08/05-5

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Qaeda Leader’s Edict to Yemen Affiliate Is Said to Prompt Alert

By ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI

2013/08/06

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s decision last week to close nearly two dozen diplomatic missions and issue a worldwide travel alert came after the United States intercepted electronic communications in which the head of Al Qaeda ordered the leader of the group’s affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as this past Sunday, according to American officials.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/world/middleeast/qaeda-chiefs-order-to-yemen-affiliate-said-to-prompt-alert.html?_r=0

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US official visits senior Egypt Islamist in jail

 Aug 6, 2013

A top U.S. diplomat met early on Monday a jailed senior leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, part of mediation efforts to end the standoff between Egypt’s military-backed government and protesters supporting the ousted president, government officials said.

They said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met in prison with Khairat el-Shater, the powerful deputy head of the Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which deposed President Mohamed Morsy hails. Mr Burns was accompanied by the foreign ministers of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates as well as an EU envoy.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/us-official-visits-senior-egypt-islamist-in-jail/article4991907.ece

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US fears Qaida hit with surgically implanted bombs

AFP | Aug 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: The unusual US decision to close its diplomatic missions en masse in the Middle East on Sunday was prompted by intercepts of high-ranking al-Qaida operatives signalling a major attack, US lawmakers said on Sunday.

Lawmakers briefed on the intelligence called the threat reporting among the most serious they've seen in recent years, reminiscent of the intelligence chatter that preceded the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-fears-Qaida-hit-with-surgically-implanted-bombs/articleshow/21639736.cms

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State Department Ordered Review of Iranian Terror Activity in Latin America

 Josh Rogin Aug 5, 2013

Following a report by a leading Argentinian prosecutor, the State Department has decided to reexamine its own assessment of Iran’s growing infrastructure to support terrorist activities in Latin America.

“For the first time in the Argentine and world judicial history, it has been gathered and substantiated in a judicial file, evidence that proved the steps taken by a terrorist regime, the Islamic Republic of Iran, to infiltrate, for decades, large regions of Latin America, through the establishment of clandestine intelligence stations and operative agents which are used to execute terrorist attacks when the Iranian regime decides so, both directly or through its proxy, the terrorist organization Hezbollah,” wrote Alberto Nisman in his 500-page May report on Iran’s Latin America strategy.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/05/state-department-ordered-review-of-iranian-terror-activity-in-latin-america.html

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Reza Aslan's biography on Jesus, 'Zealot', shifts Islamophobia debate

Taimur Khan

Aug 6, 2013

NEW YORK // "You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

Lauren Green, the Fox News interviewer, plainly thought she had cornered Reza Aslan, the author of a provocative new biography of Jesus.

But Mr Aslan more than wriggled free of the suggestion that as a Muslim, he had no right to pen a biography of Jesus. With an intelligence honed by years of scholarship and academic achievement, he turned the tables on his questioner, sparking a wide public debate in the United States about Islamophobia and the role of religion.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/americas/outrage-over-muslim-author-reza-aslans-biography-on-jesus-zealot-shifts-islamophobia-debate#ixzz2bE8apLan

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Senators urge Obama to toughen sanction on Iran over nuclear programme

PTI | Aug 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: More than three-fourth of the 100 Senators urged US President Barack Obama to toughen sanctions on Iran until the country slows down its nuclear programme.

"Until we see a significant slowdown of Iran's nuclear activities, we believe our nation must toughen sanctions and reinforce the credibility of our option to use military force at the same time as we fully explore a diplomatic solution to our dispute with Iran," said a letter to Obama, signed by 76 Senators.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Senators-urge-Obama-to-toughen-sanction-on-Iran-over-nuclear-programme/articleshow/21640228.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysia arrests 10 over bizarre claim on throne

 Aug 6, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Ten people dressed in ninja-style garb have been detained after they arrived at Malaysia's royal palace in a bizarre attempt to claim the throne, police said Tuesday.

The unarmed group, reported by local media to be suspected followers of a Malaysian Muslim figure claiming royal descent, was stopped by police guards in the confrontations early Monday morning at the palace in Kuala Lumpur.

A police official called the claim by the group's leader “unbelievable and out of the ordinary”.

“His claim doesn't make sense. (He) claimed to have a letter of appointment from the Philippines,” Kuala Lumpur police official Ku Chin Wah told reporters.

Ku refused to identify the detainees or their leader from the northern state of Kedah, pending investigations.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1034528/malaysia-arrests-10-over-bizarre-claim-on-throne/print

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Papua OPM Leader Surrenders to Indonesian Military

 Aug 6, 2013

A former Free Papua Organization (OPM) leader and four others pledged their commitment to the Indonesian state as the central government prepared a draft law that would allow the restive province increased autonomy later this month, the Indonesian Military (TNI) said on Tuesday.

Engga Kiwo, the one-time leader of the Lanny Jaya chapter of the OPM, and four other rebels laid down their weapons in a welcoming ceremony conducted by the TNI’s Cenderwasih Command, spokesman Col. Inf. Lismer Luban Siantar said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/papua-opm-leader-surrenders-to-indonesian-military/

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Police ID Suspects in Jakarta Buddhist Temple Bombing

 Aug 6, 2013

Politicians have called for calm and police say they have identified suspects after a low-intensity bomb exploded outside a Buddhist temple in West Jakarta on Sunday night, injuring three people.

In what appears to be the first terrorist attack in Jakarta in four years, a letter titled “We heard Rohingya’s screams” was found inside one of the two bomb packages, suggesting it was intended as a response to violence against the Muslim Rohingya people in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/police-id-suspects-in-jakarta-buddhist-temple-bombing/

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Six dead, 26 hurt in Philippines bomb blast

  August 06, 2013

COTABATO: A powerful bomb, which was heard for kilometres, killed six people on Monday in a southern Philippine city where the United States and other governments earlier warned of a terror threat.

The explosive device was placed on a vehicle, either a motorcycle or a van, parked on a busy road near a hospital during the afternoon rush hour, said city police Chief Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\08\06\story_6-8-2013_pg4_1

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Thailand concerned after key peace talk imam shot dead

 6 August 2013

BANGKOK — A Muslim leader seen as a major figure in efforts to end a bloody insurgency in Thailand’s south was shot dead Monday, raising concern about the future of peace talks.

Imam Yacob Raimanee of the Pattani Central Mosque — the main house of Islamic worship in one of several violence-plagued southern provinces — was gunned down on Monday afternoon in the town of Pattani, police said.

The killing comes despite an agreement between Thailand and Muslim rebels from the region to try to avoid bloodshed during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends this week.

“I can say that this incident is worrying,” National Security Council chief and lead peace negotiator Paradorn Pattanatabut told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130806176070

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