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Members of police special forces keep watch from an armored vehicle in front of the Justice Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

 

UNAMA Human Rights Special Report On Attack on Hazaras Demonstration in Kabul

Prosecutor Says Islamic State Flag Legal in Sweden, For Now

US, Israel, S. Arabia Helping ISIL to Take Control of Deir Ezzur

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India

Panel Seeks Regiment for Muslims in Indian Army

Abrogating Muslim Personal Law Part of RSS agenda: Jama’at-e-Islami

Muslim Sects Unite To Decry 'Interference' In Personal Laws

Muslim Inspector Suspended For Arresting RSS Worker for Posting Blasphemous Message against Islam

Rally in Bidar against move to amend Muslim marriage laws

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South Asia

UNAMA Human Rights Special Report On Attack on Hazaras Demonstration in Kabul

Ready to End Fight If Foreign Troops Exit Guaranteed: Taliban Splinter Group

Myanmar says 30 guerrilla fighters killed in clashes after Rakhine border raids

Stanikzai met Mullah Omar’s brother as secret Afghan talks revive in Qatar

Suicide attack foiled in Charikar city in North of Afghanistan

Vice President Dostum not wounded in Taliban ambush: Abdullah’s office

Americans ignore to target terrorists beyond Afghan borders: Karzai

Money man behind Bangladesh cafe attack 'joins Islamic State in Syria' - police

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Europe

Prosecutor Says Islamic State Flag Legal in Sweden, For Now

France’s Le Pen Vows to Ban ‘All Religious Symbols’

‘Mosul Offensive May See Violent ISIS Militants Going Back To Europe’ – EU Security Commissioner

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Arab World

US, Israel, S. Arabia Helping ISIL to Take Control of Deir Ezzur

Iraqi PM Says Persian Gulf Arab States Favourites of ISIL

Israel, S. Arabia Lavishly Spending to Make Iran Insecure

Iraqi Forces Win Back More Areas near Mosul City, Hunt 2 Senior ISIL Commanders

Terrorist Groups Sustain Major Losses in Army Attacks in Dara'a, Sweida

Russian Warships Berth in Iran's Anzali Port

Yemen Not to Host Upcoming Arab League Summit

Syrian Gov't Forces Tightening Noose on Militant-Held Douma in Damascus Province

Yemeni People Stage Mass Protest in Hodeida against Saudi, US Attack

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Mideast

Turkish Capital Bans Public Meetings Due To Militant Attack Fears

Turkey Vows To Be In As Operation on Mosul Starts

AKP, MHP leaders discuss new charter, presidential bid

US applauds liberation of Dabiq from ISIL

MHP signals support for AKP’s presidential system bid

Iraqi delegation heading to Turkey, dialogue sought: Turkish FM

Dündar faces up to three years in jail on terror charges

Israel Detaining Palestinian Minors without Charge over Facebook Posts

Turkish Airlines temporarily suspends flights to three Iraqi cities due to Mosul operation

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Pakistan

CTD Arrests Two for Distributing Daesh Pamphlets

Pakistan Wants Peace with India, Rabbani Tells Maldives’ President

China Welcomes Enhanced Cooperation with Iran on CPEC

PAF Mirage jet crashes in Karachi: police

Mohmand elders want trade route to Afghanistan reopened

Governor provided ‘oxygen’ to Altaf after his anti-Pakistan speech: Kamal

Baloch people are against violence, says Bizenjo

Trump offers to help reduce India-Pakistan tensions

PM, army chief discuss security issues

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Southeast Asia

Malaysia on Alert As Mosul Offensive in Iraq May Bring Home Daesh Fighters

Hotdogs to Get a Name Change in Muslim Malaysia

Neighbouring Islamic countries support Rakhine response: acting FM

Indonesian police closely monitoring about 40 Isis militants returned from Syria

137 detained so far in Malaysia over links to Islamic State

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Africa

Nigerian Shi’ite Muslim Sect Vows to Contest Ban In Northern Kaduna State

Boko Haram claims attack on soldiers in NE Nigeria

Nigerian Man with 97 Wives Says He Is Still 'Very Much Alive'

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North America

Trump Campaign Portrays Sikh as Muslim Supporter in Handbills

Islamic State, refugees top agenda for Italy PM's visit to White House

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/panel-seeks-regiment-for-muslims-in-indian-army/d/108891

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Panel Seeks Regiment for Muslims in Indian Army

Mumbai, October 17, 2016

1Centre's proposals on Triple Talaq and other practices would violate personal laws.

2Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated.

3The Uniform Civil Code is divisive and will lead to social unrest.

In a rare display of solidarity, Islamic scholars and clerics of all Muslim sects on Monday attacked the government for trying to introduce a Uniform Civil Code.

The scholars and clerics from Sunni, Shia, Barelvi, Deobandi and Ahlehadi sects registered their protest against what they termed was "the government's interference in personal laws".

In a joint statement issued after a brainstorming session, the leaders took umbrage to the Centre's proposals on Triple Talaq and other practices which they said would violate their personal laws.

AIUC CONDEMNS MOVE OF BANNING TRIPLE TALAQ AS CONSPIRACY

"Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated. Any efforts to impose a Uniform Civil Code in the name of social reform and gender justice will prove counter-productive," they said.

The President of All India Ulema Council, Maulana Zaherudin Khan, condemned the move of banning Triple Talaq as a conspiracy to impose a Uniform Civil Code which he said was opposed by most Muslims.

ALSO READ | 300 Hindu families unable to perform Durga puja in Bengal's Kanglapahari village after opposition by 25 Muslim families

"We will boycott this questionnaire. No Muslim will respond to it because it is misleading and deceitful. The Uniform Civil Code is divisive and will lead to social unrest," he cautioned.

"The government should respect this position of the Muslims instead of conspiring to forcibly put an end to it," said Darul Uloom Mohamadiya's President Maulana Sayed M K Ashraf.

'GOVT CAN'T FORCE MUSLIMS TO FOLLOW OTHER COMMUNITIES'

"It cannot force Muslims to follow other communities in issues related to personal laws as it tantamount to an infringement on their fundamental rights," Ashraf said.

He said that Muslims clamouring against Triple Talaq and demanding a ban on polygamy "are a miniscule minority who do not represent the sentiments of the majority of Indian Muslims".

All Indian Ulema Association President Maulana Sayed Athar Ali urged the government to refrain from interfering in the beliefs and religions of all citizens.

ALSO READ | Zakir Naik to India Today: I back Modi's quest to improve relations between Hindus, Muslims

"Muslims consider divorce, polygamy and other personal laws as an intrinsic part of their religion and are obliged to follow the Sharia in these matters," Maulana Ali pointed out.

The latest move comes shortly after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) came out strongly against Triple Talaq.

The meeting in Mumbai was chaired by Maulana Ashraf and attended by AIUC President Maulana Khan; Mushwarat President Naveed Hamid; AIMPLB executive committee member Maulana Sayed Athar Ali; All India Jamiat Islami Vice-President Maulana Nusrat; Imam of Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, Maulana Mohammed Islam; Shia scholar Maulana Asgar Haideri and Ahlehadis scholar Maulana Asgar Imam Salfi.

Source: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/muslim-sects-unite-to-decry-interference-in-personal-laws/1/788987.html

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UNAMA Human Rights Special Report on attack on Hazaras demonstration in Kabul

Tue Oct 18 2016

The fundamental human rights of all Afghans must be respected, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities, said UNAMA in a Human Rights special report released today on the 23 July 2016 attack in Kabul that killed 85 civilians and injured more than four hundred.

The report, entitled “Attack on a Peaceful Demonstration in Kabul, 23 July 2016,” reviews the challenging context of the demonstration, the planning and preparedness of Afghan Security Forces, their behavior during the demonstration and immediate response to the attack and its aftermath. It raises, where relevant, human rights concerns for the Afghan authorities. The report also discusses the risk mitigation measures that were taken by the Afghan Security Forces and demonstration organizers. It is not intended to replace the Government’s own criminal investigation into the incident.

A protest body known as the ‘Enlightening Movement’ organized a large-scale peaceful demonstration in Kabul on 23 July, at the end of which two suicide bombers detonated their explosives’ belts against the demonstrators, the second one misfired and the attacker was shot by Afghan Security Forces. Almost all of the casualties were male and from the Hazara community which is predominantly Shia Muslim.

The report concludes not only that the 23 July attack deliberately targeted civilians with the apparent aim of spreading terror amongst the civilian population but also was a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which may amount to a war crime. The attack was the deadliest single civilian casualty incident in Afghanistan since UNAMA started its civilian casualties documentation in 2009.

The report notes that the attack appears, disturbingly, to have deliberately targeted persons belonging to a specific ethnic and religious community. Daesh, also known as Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack, employing language that advocated religious hatred and violence. The attack also had a serious negative impact on the demonstrators’ rights to freedom of opinion and expression, as well as peaceful assembly.

The release of the report comes at a time of mounting concern at an emerging pattern of sectarian violence attributed to Daesh. On 11 and 12 October, two separate attacks against Shia congregations commemorating Ashura in Kabul and in the northern province of Balkh killed at least 35 civilians and injured more than 100. Daesh issued an online statement claiming responsibility for the October attack in Kabul using language similar to that used in the claim for the 23 July attack.

UNAMA offers recommendations in its report to promote respect for the fundamental human rights of all Afghans, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities, as well as the need for the completion and implement of a strategy to prevent violent extremism.

The Mission reiterates that international humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship.

Source: khaama.com/unama-human-rights-special-report-on-attack-on-hazara-demonstration-in-kabul-02105

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Prosecutor Says Islamic State Flag Legal in Sweden, For Now

OCTOBER 18, 2016

A Syrian immigrant in Sweden will not be prosecuted for posting the black Islamic State flag on his Facebook page last summer. A Swedish prosecutor has ruled that the flag does not constitute hate speech under the law.

“Put simply, one can say that he is expressing contempt for ‘all others’, and not against a specific ethnic group,” Gisela Sjövall told Sweden’s SVT broadcaster.

She said that while the swastika had now come to symbolise a hatred for Jews, the same could not yet be said of the IS flag.

“Up until now, we haven’t come to that point,” she told the local Hallandsposten newspaper. “That could change in 10 years.”

As reported by The Local, police in Laholm, a town on Sweden’s west coast, had launched a criminal investigation into the Syrian immigrant on suspicion of committing “hate speech”.

When the 23-year-old man was questioned in June, he told police he did not in fact support Islamic State.

“He claims that this is not an IS flag, but instead a symbol which has is used within Islam, and which has been used for many hundreds of years before it was misappropriated by IS,” his lawyer Björn Nilsson told the local Hallandsposten newspaper.

The black “Banner of the Eagle” is one of the flags flown by the prophet Mohammad in Islamic tradition.

It was banned from a public demonstration in the Netherlands in August 2014, and forbidden in Germany (for non-educational purposes) from September 2014.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested in August 2014 that anybody displaying the Islamic State flag should be arrested, but it has not formally been made illegal.

In a separate report, Newsweek noted that Islamic State’s flag is a variation of the Black Standard, an Islamist banner used by other radical Islamist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab. The top of the flag utters the shahada, an Islamic profession of faith, which translates into English as: “There is no god but Allah. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Source: neweurope.eu/article/roma-pride-budapest/

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US, Israel, S. Arabia Helping ISIL to Take Control of Deir Ezzur

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior field commander of Aleppo operations blasted Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh for their negative roles in Syria, and said they seek to pave the ground for the ISIL terrorists to occupy Deir Ezzur

"Saudi Arabia and the US are making strenuous efforts to grant Deir Ezzur city to the ISIL. We are aware of their goals and will not allow the US and its allies to implement their scenarios there," the commander said on Tuesday.

"There is reliable intelligence available to show that the US along with Israel and Saudi Arabia want the ISIL to withdraw from Mosul peacefully and without sustaining any toll and damage and enter Syria with all its equipment, crews and fighters," he added.

Noting that the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia are accomplices in ISIL's crimes, the commander warned that the supporters of the terrorist group would regret their deeds.

His remarks came after at least 20 more civilians were killed in another air assault by the US-led coalition fighter jets on a number of villages in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in Deir Ezzur said that at least 11 people, including women and children, were killed in the US air attacks on al-Sha'fah village in the Eastern parts of Deir Ezzur.

"9 other civilians were also killed and 15 more were wounded in the US airstrikes on Baqouz village," the sources added.

The US-led coalition's airstrikes have been taking a heavy toll on the civilian population and infrastructures in Syria, while the Pentagon claims that the assaults are aimed at the ISIL.

Early this month, over 50 civilians were killed in an air raid by the US-led coalition planes in Deir Ezzur.

Four days later on October 7, the US-led coalition fighter jets conducted another round of air assaults over Deir Ezzur province, destroying another key bridge in the North of the provincial capital.

The US-led Coalition aircraft targeted al-Syasia Bridge North of the city of Deir Ezzur early this month which resulted in the destruction of the largest bridge in the province.

A number of bridges have been destroyed by the bombers of the US-led Coalition in Deir Ezzur province in recent weeks, which, according to prominent analysts and politicians, is the Washington strategy to prevent the Syrian Army and its allies' further advances in the fight against the ISIL terrorists.

On October 8, Governor-General of Deir Ezzur Mohammad Qadour al-Aynia expressed regret that the US-led coalition is bombing Euphrates bridges to the benefit of the terrorists in his province.

"The US-led coalition recently pounded 13 bridges over Euphrates river from al-Bu Kamal region to the borders of Raqqa under the pretext of cutting the ISIL's supply routes but destruction of these bridges was aimed at annihilation of Syria's infrastructures and the Deir Ezzur people would face more hardship for commuting between the villages on the two sides of the river," al-Aynia told FNA.

He said that the ISIL now takes a lot of money from the Deir Ezzur villagers to transfer them with boats, adding that the US created a new source of revenue for the terrorists.

Local sources in Deir Ezzur said earlier this month that the US planes pounded 7 bridges in four days.

The bridges on the Euphrates in al-Mayadeen, albu Kamal, al-Ashara, al-Basira, al-Tarif and al-Nowam in the Eastern and Western countryside of Deir Ezzur were attacked before the airstrike on al-Abbas bridge at the time.

The US-led Coalition's airstrikes had also destroyed al-Shihan Bridge near al-Salhin neighborhood in albu Kamal countryside and Tarif Bridge in the Western countryside of Deir Ezzur that extends between Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces late September.

The bombers had also destroyed al-Asharah Bridge that links the two banks of the Euphrates River in the Eastern part of the Deir Ezzur province, only few hours after demolishing al-Mayadin Bridge in the same month.

The warplanes of US-led coalition targeted the Syrian army troops near the city of Deir Ezzur on September 17, leaving over 90 military personnel dead and a hundred wounded.

Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed a report by the Syrian state news agency that an ISIL offensive began right after Syrian Army positions were hit by the bombers of the US-led coalition.

The actions of the coalition “clearly paved the way for ISIL terrorists to attack the position and take control of it,” the agency said citing the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces.

The General Command called the bombing a “serious and blatant aggression” against Syrian forces, and said it was "conclusive evidence" that the US and its allies support ISIL terrorist group.

A day later, a military source disclosed that the ISIL launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzur only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition's airstrikes.

The military source reiterated that the air and ground assault were highly coordinated.

A Syrian top official said the country's intelligence unit possesses an audio recording of a conversation between the ISIL group and the US military before the airstrikes by the US-led coalition on the Syrian army troops near Deir Ezzur on September 17.

The speaker of the People's Council of Syria, Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, said that after the US coalition's airstrikes on the government troops, US military directed terrorists' attack on the Syrian army.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000555

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India

Panel Seeks Regiment for Muslims in Indian Army

Mumbai, October 17, 2016

1Centre's proposals on Triple Talaq and other practices would violate personal laws.

2Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated.

3The Uniform Civil Code is divisive and will lead to social unrest.

In a rare display of solidarity, Islamic scholars and clerics of all Muslim sects on Monday attacked the government for trying to introduce a Uniform Civil Code.

The scholars and clerics from Sunni, Shia, Barelvi, Deobandi and Ahlehadi sects registered their protest against what they termed was "the government's interference in personal laws".

In a joint statement issued after a brainstorming session, the leaders took umbrage to the Centre's proposals on Triple Talaq and other practices which they said would violate their personal laws.

AIUC CONDEMNS MOVE OF BANNING TRIPLE TALAQ AS CONSPIRACY

"Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated. Any efforts to impose a Uniform Civil Code in the name of social reform and gender justice will prove counter-productive," they said.

The President of All India Ulema Council, Maulana Zaherudin Khan, condemned the move of banning Triple Talaq as a conspiracy to impose a Uniform Civil Code which he said was opposed by most Muslims.

ALSO READ | 300 Hindu families unable to perform Durga puja in Bengal's Kanglapahari village after opposition by 25 Muslim families

"We will boycott this questionnaire. No Muslim will respond to it because it is misleading and deceitful. The Uniform Civil Code is divisive and will lead to social unrest," he cautioned.

"The government should respect this position of the Muslims instead of conspiring to forcibly put an end to it," said Darul Uloom Mohamadiya's President Maulana Sayed M K Ashraf.

'GOVT CAN'T FORCE MUSLIMS TO FOLLOW OTHER COMMUNITIES'

"It cannot force Muslims to follow other communities in issues related to personal laws as it tantamount to an infringement on their fundamental rights," Ashraf said.

He said that Muslims clamouring against Triple Talaq and demanding a ban on polygamy "are a miniscule minority who do not represent the sentiments of the majority of Indian Muslims".

All Indian Ulema Association President Maulana Sayed Athar Ali urged the government to refrain from interfering in the beliefs and religions of all citizens.

ALSO READ | Zakir Naik to India Today: I back Modi's quest to improve relations between Hindus, Muslims

"Muslims consider divorce, polygamy and other personal laws as an intrinsic part of their religion and are obliged to follow the Sharia in these matters," Maulana Ali pointed out.

The latest move comes shortly after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) came out strongly against Triple Talaq.

The meeting in Mumbai was chaired by Maulana Ashraf and attended by AIUC President Maulana Khan; Mushwarat President Naveed Hamid; AIMPLB executive committee member Maulana Sayed Athar Ali; All India Jamiat Islami Vice-President Maulana Nusrat; Imam of Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, Maulana Mohammed Islam; Shia scholar Maulana Asgar Haideri and Ahlehadis scholar Maulana Asgar Imam Salfi.

Source: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/muslim-sects-unite-to-decry-interference-in-personal-laws/1/788987.html

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Abrogating Muslim Personal Law part of RSS agenda: Jama’at-e-Islami

Oct 17 2016

“Government of India is aggressively working to realize the RSS agenda of creating India into a Hindu Rashtra and for that religious identity of Indian Muslims is being targeted.

Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir today alleged that the abrogation of Muslim personal law was a part of RSS agenda.

“Jama’at strongly condemns the attempts of government of India to promote the RSS agenda of eliminating the religious identity of Indian Muslims by implementing Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country. It has happened for the first time in the history of India that any central government has taken an open stand against the Muslim Personal Law (MPL) and showed determination to implement UCC,” a spokesman of the Jama’at, in a statement today, said.

“Government of India is aggressively working to realize the RSS agenda of creating India into a Hindu Rashtra and for that religious identity of Indian Muslims is being targeted.

Muslims of India, like Muslims living anywhere in the world, cannot tolerate any interference in their religious affairs, the spokesman said, adding “There is no scope for any interference in laws formulated in accordance with the injunctions of the holy Quran and sacrosanct traditions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”

The spokesman said, “Muslim Personal Law is not only the legal protection afforded to 20 crore Muslims living across India, it also reflects the aspirations of Indian Muslims to live and conduct their personal affairs in accordance with their religion while living in India. However, it is a part of larger conspiracy to target Indian Muslims as the present dispensation at New Delhi has made it a point to appear anti-Muslim in its outlook."

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/abrogating-muslim-personal-law-part-of-rss-agenda-jama-at-e-islami/231137.html

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Muslim sects unite to decry 'interference' in personal laws

October 17, 2016

In a rare display of solidarity, Islamic scholars and clerics of all Muslim sects on Monday attacked the government for trying to introduce a Uniform Civil Code.

The scholars and clerics from Sunni, Shia, Barelvi, Deobandi and Ahlehadi sects registered their protest against what they termed was "the government's interference in personal laws".

In a joint statement issued after a brainstorming session, the leaders took umbrage to the Centre's proposals on Triple Talaq and other practices which they said would violate their personal laws.

AIUC CONDEMNS MOVE OF BANNING TRIPLE TALAQ AS CONSPIRACY

"Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated. Any efforts to impose a Uniform Civil Code in the name of social reform and gender justice will prove counter-productive," they said.

The President of All India Ulema Council, Maulana Zaherudin Khan, condemned the move of banning Triple Talaq as a conspiracy to impose a Uniform Civil Code which he said was opposed by most Muslims.

ALSO READ | 300 Hindu families unable to perform Durga puja in Bengal's Kanglapahari village after opposition by 25 Muslim families

"We will boycott this questionnaire. No Muslim will respond to it because it is misleading and deceitful. The Uniform Civil Code is divisive and will lead to social unrest," he cautioned.

"The government should respect this position of the Muslims instead of conspiring to forcibly put an end to it," said Darul Uloom Mohamadiya's President Maulana Sayed M K Ashraf.

'GOVT CAN'T FORCE MUSLIMS TO FOLLOW OTHER COMMUNITIES'

"It cannot force Muslims to follow other communities in issues related to personal laws as it tantamount to an infringement on their fundamental rights," Ashraf said.

He said that Muslims clamouring against Triple Talaq and demanding a ban on polygamy "are a miniscule minority who do not represent the sentiments of the majority of Indian Muslims".

All Indian Ulema Association President Maulana Sayed Athar Ali urged the government to refrain from interfering in the beliefs and religions of all citizens.

ALSO READ | Zakir Naik to India Today: I back Modi's quest to improve relations between Hindus, Muslims

"Muslims consider divorce, polygamy and other personal laws as an intrinsic part of their religion and are obliged to follow the Sharia in these matters," Maulana Ali pointed out.

The latest move comes shortly after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) came out strongly against Triple Talaq.

The meeting in Mumbai was chaired by Maulana Ashraf and attended by AIUC President Maulana Khan; Mushwarat President Naveed Hamid; AIMPLB executive committee member Maulana Sayed Athar Ali; All India Jamiat Islami Vice-President Maulana Nusrat; Imam of Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, Maulana Mohammed Islam; Shia scholar Maulana Asgar Haideri and Ahlehadis scholar Maulana Asgar Imam Salfi.

Source: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/muslim-sects-unite-to-decry-interference-in-personal-laws/1/788987.html

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Muslim Inspector Suspended For Arresting RSS Worker for Posting Blasphemous Message against Islam

October 18, 2016

Bhopal: Cases have been registered in Bhopal against Mr. Zia-ul-Haq, Inspector of Police and seven other policemen for arresting Suresh Yadav, an activist of RSS from his office. It is alleged that Yadav had posted a blasphemous message against Islam on his watsapp. The Inspector was not only suspended but he was harassed also later.

On the contrary, prominent leaders of RSS and three ministers met Suresh Yadav and he was given VIP treatment. The duty conscious Muslim Inspector, Zia-ul-Haq and other seven police men were booked under the charges of raiding RSS office, attempt to murder, criminal threat and theft.

Zia-ul-Haq was suspended on 25th September. He said that he thought that the ego of RSS has been hurt but it seems RSS has been successful in establishing a precedent that in future no police official should be dare enough to touch any RSS worker.

Zia-ul-Haq was talking to an English Daily from an unknown place. He said that in his police station 90% of the staff belong to Hindus but only his religion was highlighted. Earlier, he was alleged that he supported a Muslim candidate in Municipal elections.

Narrating the events he said that on 24th September a few Muslims approached the police station and lodged a complaint against Yadav’s blasphemous message on watsapp. As a conscientious police officer he met the SP after which a team led by Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Addl. SP was sent. He denied that RSS worker was beaten up and he fell unconscious. Only a criminal case was registered against Yadav and nothing else was done.

Source: siasat.com/news/muslim-inspector-suspended-arresting-rss-worker-posting-blasphemous-message-islam-1043803/

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Rally in Bidar against move to amend Muslim marriage laws

Oct 18, 2016

Muslim Shabban Tehreek organised a rally, Jaan Se Badhkar Hamari Shariat, in Bidar on Sunday, to protest against the Union government’s move to amend traditional Muslim marriage practices.

Members opposed the move on the grounds that any change should come from inside the community and not be forced upon by the government. Some speakers said that Shariat was not a man made law to be amended. Some others even felt this was a sign of an oppressive majority regime harassing minorities, in the name of legislative reforms.

Nasir Ustad, Janata Dal(S) leader from Kalaburagi, presented a detailed case against amendments to the Shariat law. He said that the provisions relating to divorce among Muslims were easier as the procedures for marriage and remarriage were easier.

He said that it was a misconception that Shariat laws did not guarantee gender justice. Divorce and polygamy rates are the lowest among Muslims in India according to a Union government survey of 2011. This proves that Shariat has ensured gender justice, he said.

He said that Prophet Mohammad gave equal property rights to daughters and wives and daughters-in-law 1,400 years ago. There is no evidence of any other religion doing so, Mr. Ustad said. “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was among the leaders responsible for introduction of Directive Principles of State Policy in the Constitution, was never in favour of imposing a Uniform Civil Code,” he said.

He suspected that the NDA government was not making any just and fair attempts at drafting a Uniform Civil Code for all communities. They are using this only as an excuse to hurt minority sentiments and make the minorities feel inferior to others, he said. “But then, minorities in India will go according to Ambedkar’s Constitution and not as per the whims and fancies of communal leaders,” he said.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no moral right to talk about the alleged injustices suffered by women from minority communities, as “a man who ‘deserts his wife’ and remains unapologetic about it should not talk about protection to women and gender justice”. Look inside your home first, and introspect. Take your wife on foreign tours as other leaders including U.S. President Barak Obama do. Then, you will understand the plight of women,” Mr. Ustad said.

B. Narayan Rao, Backward Classes leader, said that Shariat was not a man-made law that could be changed at will. “It is a law mandated by God and therefore, cannot be changed,” he said.

“Communal forces among caste Hindus are committing untold atrocities on Dalits and backward classes. But the Union government is worried about amending the Muslim personal laws rather than stop the atrocities on the deprived classes,’’ he said.

Communal forces tolerate marriages between rich elite Hindus and Muslims if it benefits them, but scoff at Hindu and Muslim boys and girls who develop innocent friendships. This hypocrisy should be exposed, he said.

“Caste Hindus are targeting the minorities now. They will target the Dalits and backward classes tomorrow. We should all remain united in such trying times,” Mr. Rao said.

Mustaq Mallik, Tehreek president, said that any attempt to change Shariyat laws could lead to internal disturbances. Shariyat is like a burning flame. If the Sangh Parivar tries to change it, it will burn its hands, he said. He said that Muslims may face allegations of not following the Shariyat fully. But no one can question the purity of faith, he added.

Source: thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/rally-in-bidar-against-move-to-amend-muslim-marriage-laws/article9232683.ece

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South Asia

UNAMA Human Rights Special Report on attack on Hazaras demonstration in Kabul

Tue Oct 18 2016

The fundamental human rights of all Afghans must be respected, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities, said UNAMA in a Human Rights special report released today on the 23 July 2016 attack in Kabul that killed 85 civilians and injured more than four hundred.

The report, entitled “Attack on a Peaceful Demonstration in Kabul, 23 July 2016,” reviews the challenging context of the demonstration, the planning and preparedness of Afghan Security Forces, their behavior during the demonstration and immediate response to the attack and its aftermath. It raises, where relevant, human rights concerns for the Afghan authorities. The report also discusses the risk mitigation measures that were taken by the Afghan Security Forces and demonstration organizers. It is not intended to replace the Government’s own criminal investigation into the incident.

A protest body known as the ‘Enlightening Movement’ organized a large-scale peaceful demonstration in Kabul on 23 July, at the end of which two suicide bombers detonated their explosives’ belts against the demonstrators, the second one misfired and the attacker was shot by Afghan Security Forces. Almost all of the casualties were male and from the Hazara community which is predominantly Shia Muslim.

The report concludes not only that the 23 July attack deliberately targeted civilians with the apparent aim of spreading terror amongst the civilian population but also was a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which may amount to a war crime. The attack was the deadliest single civilian casualty incident in Afghanistan since UNAMA started its civilian casualties documentation in 2009.

The report notes that the attack appears, disturbingly, to have deliberately targeted persons belonging to a specific ethnic and religious community. Daesh, also known as Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack, employing language that advocated religious hatred and violence. The attack also had a serious negative impact on the demonstrators’ rights to freedom of opinion and expression, as well as peaceful assembly.

The release of the report comes at a time of mounting concern at an emerging pattern of sectarian violence attributed to Daesh. On 11 and 12 October, two separate attacks against Shia congregations commemorating Ashura in Kabul and in the northern province of Balkh killed at least 35 civilians and injured more than 100. Daesh issued an online statement claiming responsibility for the October attack in Kabul using language similar to that used in the claim for the 23 July attack.

UNAMA offers recommendations in its report to promote respect for the fundamental human rights of all Afghans, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities, as well as the need for the completion and implement of a strategy to prevent violent extremism.

The Mission reiterates that international humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship.

Source: khaama.com/unama-human-rights-special-report-on-attack-on-hazara-demonstration-in-kabul-02105

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Ready to end fight if foreign troops exit guaranteed: Taliban splinter group

Tue Oct 18 2016

A splinter group of the Taliban in Afghanistan has said the group is ready to end fighting if the exit of the foreign troops from the country is guaranteed.

The group led by Mullah Mohammad Rasool, an arch rival of the slain Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, has said the government should guarantee the exit of foreign troops.

A spokesman for the group Mullah Manan Niazi has endorsed the current system in the country, saying it is hundred percent in line with the Islamic values and is greater than the neighboring Islamic countries.

He said the group is prepared to sit for peace talks with the Afghan government and the process should owned and led by the Afghan people.

This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting efforts are underway to reach to an agreement between the Afghan government and the Mullah Rasool group.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar earlier said the Taliban splinter group led by Mullah Rasool is ready to join peace process.

Hekmatyar made the remarks during a video message during which he signed a landmark peace deal with the Afghan government following months of negotiations and efforts involving the Afghanistan High Peace Council.

Source: khaama.com/ready-to-end-fight-if-foreign-troops-exit-guaranteed-taliban-splinter-group-02100

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Myanmar says 30 guerilla fighters killed in clashes after Rakhine border raids

October 18, 2016

Myanmar has said 30 guerilla fighters have been killed in clashes over the weekend in the restive Rakhine state.

Reports had emerged last week about clashes in the border region in northwestern Myanmar between government forces and armed militants.

"We now have 30 insurgents dead and 29 captured alive," national police chief Zaw said in capital Naypyidaw on Monday, Radio Free Asia reported.

However, the government officials did not specify if all casualties happened during the cross-border raid by Islamic militants last week.

Muslim fighters who allegedly crossed borders from Bangladesh had raided three border posts in Myanmar, triggering retaliatory strikes and a massive combing operation by the troops.

As many as nine soldiers were killed in the raids, setting off a series of clashes that raised concerns in international human rights organisation.

Myanmar's presidential office released a statement last week saying the border attacks were carried out by Aqa Mul Mujahidin, an Islamic organization active in Muslim-majority Maungdaw.

"The attacks in Maungdaw were intended to promote extremist violent ideology among the majority Muslim population in the area," it said.

RFA reported earlier that the motive of the attack was the Myanmar government's decision to pull down illegally built mosques and other religious buildings in the townships.

Senior military officers said agencies in Myanmar and Bangladesh launched an investigation after the attacks. While authorities in Rakhine state say the Muslim attackers had links with the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO), Bangladesh has disowned that theory.

'Most persecuted people'

Myanmar's Rohingya crisis has remained unsolved for decades despite international rights agencies raising voice against their suppression in a land where they have lived for generations.

The Buddhist nationalists in Myanamr call Rohingya illegal immigrants from Bangladesh while rights organisations call them one of the world's most persecuted peoples. The 1.1 million stateless Rohingya people in Myanmar say they belong there as their predecessors have lived in the country for generations. Thousands of Rohingya people live in refugee camps, in deplorable conditions.

Source: ibtimes.sg/myanmar-says-30-guerilla-fighters-killed-clashes-after-rakhine-border-raids-4038

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Stanikzai met Mullah Omar’s brother as secret Afghan talks revive in Qatar

Tue Oct 18 2016

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief, Masoom Stanikzai has met with the brother of Mullah Mohammad amid reports secret peace talks have revived in Qatar.

According to the sources in Taliban group, quoted in a report by The Guardian, among those present at the meetings held in September and October was Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, brother of Mullah Omar, the former Taliban chief who led the movement from its earliest days until his death in 2013.

The sources further added that the Afghan officials and the Taliban group representatives have met for at least two times since the efforts stalled in the format of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) earlier this year.

Mullah Omar’s son, Mohammad Yaqoob, is expected to soon join the Doha group, a Taliban source told The Guardian, in a move that would further bolster the authority of the office.

No Pakistani official took part in either the October or September meetings, according to a member of the Taliban’s leadership council, the Quetta Shura.

The Taliban militants group and the Afghan government have not formally commented regarding the report so far.

Efforts to revive peace talks in QCG format failed after the Taliban group rejected to join direct peace talks and announced their spring offensive in mid-April.

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group was comprised of representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States, and China and was formed at the start of this year to help revive the Afghan peace talks.

Source: khaama.com/stanikzai-met-mullah-omars-brother-as-secret-afghan-talks-revive-in-qatar-02104

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Suicide attack foiled in Charikar city in North of Afghanistan

Tue Oct 18 2016

A suicide attack plot by the Taliban militants group was foiled by the Afghan security forces in Charikar city, the provincial capital of northern Parwan province.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the intelligence operatives arrested a would be suicide bomber before he manage to carry out a suicide attack using a motorcycle packed with explosives.

NDS further added that the bomber has been identified as Mohammad Khan son of Omar Khan.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence operatives thwarted a coordinated suicide attack plot by the Taliban militants group in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan, NDS said Monday.

NDS further added that a group of three terrorists belonging to Taliban group were arrested before they manage to carry the attack in Mehtarlam city, the provincial capital of Laghman.

According to a statement by NDS, the group was looking to carry out the attack by initially detonating a rickshaw packed with explosives and a magnetic bomb.

The statement further added that the detained individuals have been identified as Bilal, Zikrullah, and Ferdows.

Source: khaama.com/suicide-attack-foiled-in-charikar-city-in-north-of-afghanistan-02103

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Vice President Dostum not wounded in Taliban ambush: Abdullah’s office

Tue Oct 18 2016

The First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum did not suffer any injuries during the ambush by the Taliban militants, the Office of the Chief Executive Office said.

The Office of the CEO released a statement following remarks by Abdullah Abdullah suggesting that the Vice President sustained a minor wwound in the attack.

However, the statemet said the remarks were made based on inaccurate information provided to the CEO which was later rejected with the collection of updated information.

The statement further added that the Vice President informed regarding his health condition during a telephone conversation with CEO Abdullah.

The Taliban militants ambushed Vice President Dostum as he was accompanying a convoy of the security forces on the way to Ghormach district that fell to Taliban control last week.

This is not the first time Gen. Dostum has came under attack by Taliban militants or has escaped assassination plot by the group.

Gen. Dostum first joined the Afghan security forces in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier in the month of August last year where he survived at least two assassination plots by the anti-government armed militant groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations.

Initially his convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in militants in Qaisar district in mid August 2015 while another plot to assassinate him was thwarted by the security forces and his special security guards few days later.

At least three suicide bombers were arrested from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district in connection to the attack plot last year.

Source: khaama.com/vice-president-dostum-not-wounded-in-taliban-ambush-abdullahs-office-02102

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Americans ignore to target terrorists beyond Afghan borders: Karzai

Mon Oct 17 2016

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the Americans are ignoring to target the terrorists beyond the Afghan borders, accusing the United States for playing double game in Afghanistan.

In interview with the Russia Today, Karzai said the Americans are ignoring the pleas by the Afghans to target extremism beyond the Afghan borders, emphasizing that the US should admit it failed its mission to bring peace and security to Afghanistan.

Karzai further added that the United States must seek help from the big neighbors of Afghanistan, including Russia, China, India, and Iran and find ways of addressing the issue of radicalism with these countries, insisting that these countries are also affected.

According to Karzai, Pakistan should also be engaged in a manner to help ease to compete against extremism. However, he said the US and Pakistan lack interest in stopping Afghan war and stall progress of Afghan peace talks.

The former Afghan President also added that Taliban can’t be defeated in war and only peace talks can bring the civil strife of the Afghan nation to an end.

He said the Afghan people can reconcile with Taliban emphasizing that ‘they are Afghans like us but poppy growing is a real curse’.

Karzai also warned the Taliban group that they will not be able to overrun the whole country and will manage to seize a few provincial capitals.

The other issues the former President pointed were Pakistan’s desire dominance in Afghanistan and US drone strikes that prevent in seeking peace and are making Taliban fight harder instead of forcing them to start talks.

Source: khaama.com/americans-ignore-to-target-terrorists-beyond-afghan-borders-karzai-02098

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Money man behind Bangladesh cafe attack 'joins Islamic State in Syria' - police

18 Oct 2016

DHAKA: Bangladeshi police said on Tuesday they had identified three people as the main providers of finance for an attack on a cafe in which 22 people were killed, mostly foreigners, and said one had left for Syria to join Islamic State.

The July attack in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State and was one of the most brazen in Bangladesh, hit by a spate of killings of liberals and members of religious minorities in the past year.

Police identified one of the three as a doctor who left Bangladesh with his family for Syria to join Islamic State. He provided 8 million taka (81,461 pound) for a faction of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), known as New JMB, counter-terrorism police chief Monirul Islam said.

The other two - a retired army major who donated his savings and pension and a man who donated money from a Dhaka flat sale, died in shootouts with police, he told a news conference.

“Some funds also came from abroad. We are trying to identify them,” Islam said.

Police believe that New JMB, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, was involved in organising the cafe attack.

Police have killed more than three dozen suspected militants in shootouts since the cafe attack, including its presumed mastermind, Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury.

Source: channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/money-man-behind-bangladesh-cafe-attack-joins-islamic-state-in/3215612.html

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Europe

Prosecutor Says Islamic State Flag Legal in Sweden, For Now

OCTOBER 18, 2016

A Syrian immigrant in Sweden will not be prosecuted for posting the black Islamic State flag on his Facebook page last summer. A Swedish prosecutor has ruled that the flag does not constitute hate speech under the law.

“Put simply, one can say that he is expressing contempt for ‘all others’, and not against a specific ethnic group,” Gisela Sjövall told Sweden’s SVT broadcaster.

She said that while the swastika had now come to symbolise a hatred for Jews, the same could not yet be said of the IS flag.

“Up until now, we haven’t come to that point,” she told the local Hallandsposten newspaper. “That could change in 10 years.”

As reported by The Local, police in Laholm, a town on Sweden’s west coast, had launched a criminal investigation into the Syrian immigrant on suspicion of committing “hate speech”.

When the 23-year-old man was questioned in June, he told police he did not in fact support Islamic State.

“He claims that this is not an IS flag, but instead a symbol which has is used within Islam, and which has been used for many hundreds of years before it was misappropriated by IS,” his lawyer Björn Nilsson told the local Hallandsposten newspaper.

The black “Banner of the Eagle” is one of the flags flown by the prophet Mohammad in Islamic tradition.

It was banned from a public demonstration in the Netherlands in August 2014, and forbidden in Germany (for non-educational purposes) from September 2014.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested in August 2014 that anybody displaying the Islamic State flag should be arrested, but it has not formally been made illegal.

In a separate report, Newsweek noted that Islamic State’s flag is a variation of the Black Standard, an Islamist banner used by other radical Islamist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab. The top of the flag utters the shahada, an Islamic profession of faith, which translates into English as: “There is no god but Allah. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Source: neweurope.eu/article/roma-pride-budapest/

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France’s Le Pen vows to ban ‘all religious symbols’

OCTOBER 18, 2016

All religious symbols, including the Jewish skull cap, will be banned in France if leader of the far-right French party National Front, Marine Le Pen, is elected president next year.

“It is clear that kippahs are not the issue within our country. But for the sake of equality, they should be prohibited,” said Le Pen. “If I requested to ban solely Muslim attire, people would slam me for hating Muslims.”

In an interview with France’s BFMTV station on October 16, Le Pen said she would extend a 2004 law banning religious symbols in schools to all public spaces.

“I know it’s a sacrifice, but I think the situation is too serious these days… I think every French person, including our Jewish compatriots, can understand that if we ask them for a sacrifice in order to help fight against the advance of this Islamic extremism… they will make the effort, they will understand, I am absolutely convinced because it will be in the best interests of the nation,” she explained.

As reported by i24news online, France is one of the world’s most secular countries. Religion and public life are separate in order to encourage equality. As such, conspicuous religious symbols like the Muslim headscarf are banned in primary and secondary schools.

Meanwhile, the French Jewish community has harshly condemned Le Pen’s proposal to ban the kippah, reported the Jerusalem Online.

Source: neweurope.eu/article/germanys-fertility-rate-increases-thanks-migrants/

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‘Mosul offensive may see violent ISIS militants going back to Europe’ – EU security commissioner

18 Oct, 2016

The massive ground offensive to re-capture the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State terrorists may push “violent militants” to return to Europe, where even a small number could pose “a very serious threat,” an EU security commissioner has warned.

Sir Julian King, a British diplomat and the newly-appointed EU Commissioner for the Security Union, said in an interview with Die Welt that Islamists can easily make it into Europe, even with fake IDs.

“Re-taking the Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] stronghold in northern Iraq can lead to a scenario in which violent militants would return to Europe,” he told the newspaper. “This is a very serious threat and we must be prepared to face it.”

Some 2,500 EU nationals are currently fighting alongside IS in various hotspots across the Middle East, according to King. “Similar cases like that of Afghanistan have shown that only a few of [foreign fighters] come back at the end of the day, as many of them die in action or seek to move to other war zones.”

Though a mass exodus of IS militants to Europe after the fall of Mosul is unlikely, the threat should not be underestimated as “even a small number of them is still a considerable threat,” he stressed.

The warning comes as the much-anticipated battle for Mosul enters its second day. Islamic State seized Mosul in June of 2014, when it was Iraq’s second-largest city, and the terror group’s leader then turned it into major military stronghold. It is believed that 4,000 to 8,000 IS militants are entrenched in Mosul, according to Reuters.

While humanitarian organizations say they expect “hundreds of thousands” of locals to flee the besieged city, some unconfirmed media reports hint that thousands of IS fighters have also been offered “safe passage” out.

Last Wednesday, a Russian military-diplomatic official told RIA Novosti that “more than 9,000 Islamic State militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation.”

Whatever the future holds, the EU security commissioner said it is crucial for European countries to tighten border security. “Nowadays, it is too easy to pass immigration controls at EU borders by submitting a fake documents,” King asserted.

Much depends on the competence of the EU countries’ border control agencies, the top security official said, adding that Brussels is keen to boost Europe’s capabilities to detect potential infiltrators.

“We should also look at security standards of birth and marriage certificates, the documents needed to obtain travel IDs. It is useless to know that the passport is counterfeit-proof if it includes false information,” he added.

Questions still abound as to whether those measures will be sufficient after a wave of terror attacks and lone-wolf violence hit France, Belgium, and Germany throughout 2015 and 2016, most of which involved radicalized perpetrators of non-European origin, of whom some came to Europe as refugees, while others were EU nationals with immigration backgrounds that had been inspired by Islamic State’s propaganda at home.

Source: rt.com/news/363125-isis-mosul-militants-europe/

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Arab World

US, Israel, S. Arabia Helping ISIL to Take Control of Deir Ezzur

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior field commander of Aleppo operations blasted Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh for their negative roles in Syria, and said they seek to pave the ground for the ISIL terrorists to occupy Deir Ezzur

"Saudi Arabia and the US are making strenuous efforts to grant Deir Ezzur city to the ISIL. We are aware of their goals and will not allow the US and its allies to implement their scenarios there," the commander said on Tuesday.

"There is reliable intelligence available to show that the US along with Israel and Saudi Arabia want the ISIL to withdraw from Mosul peacefully and without sustaining any toll and damage and enter Syria with all its equipment, crews and fighters," he added.

Noting that the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia are accomplices in ISIL's crimes, the commander warned that the supporters of the terrorist group would regret their deeds.

His remarks came after at least 20 more civilians were killed in another air assault by the US-led coalition fighter jets on a number of villages in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in Deir Ezzur said that at least 11 people, including women and children, were killed in the US air attacks on al-Sha'fah village in the Eastern parts of Deir Ezzur.

"9 other civilians were also killed and 15 more were wounded in the US airstrikes on Baqouz village," the sources added.

The US-led coalition's airstrikes have been taking a heavy toll on the civilian population and infrastructures in Syria, while the Pentagon claims that the assaults are aimed at the ISIL.

Early this month, over 50 civilians were killed in an air raid by the US-led coalition planes in Deir Ezzur.

Four days later on October 7, the US-led coalition fighter jets conducted another round of air assaults over Deir Ezzur province, destroying another key bridge in the North of the provincial capital.

The US-led Coalition aircraft targeted al-Syasia Bridge North of the city of Deir Ezzur early this month which resulted in the destruction of the largest bridge in the province.

A number of bridges have been destroyed by the bombers of the US-led Coalition in Deir Ezzur province in recent weeks, which, according to prominent analysts and politicians, is the Washington strategy to prevent the Syrian Army and its allies' further advances in the fight against the ISIL terrorists.

On October 8, Governor-General of Deir Ezzur Mohammad Qadour al-Aynia expressed regret that the US-led coalition is bombing Euphrates bridges to the benefit of the terrorists in his province.

"The US-led coalition recently pounded 13 bridges over Euphrates river from al-Bu Kamal region to the borders of Raqqa under the pretext of cutting the ISIL's supply routes but destruction of these bridges was aimed at annihilation of Syria's infrastructures and the Deir Ezzur people would face more hardship for commuting between the villages on the two sides of the river," al-Aynia told FNA.

He said that the ISIL now takes a lot of money from the Deir Ezzur villagers to transfer them with boats, adding that the US created a new source of revenue for the terrorists.

Local sources in Deir Ezzur said earlier this month that the US planes pounded 7 bridges in four days.

The bridges on the Euphrates in al-Mayadeen, albu Kamal, al-Ashara, al-Basira, al-Tarif and al-Nowam in the Eastern and Western countryside of Deir Ezzur were attacked before the airstrike on al-Abbas bridge at the time.

The US-led Coalition's airstrikes had also destroyed al-Shihan Bridge near al-Salhin neighborhood in albu Kamal countryside and Tarif Bridge in the Western countryside of Deir Ezzur that extends between Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces late September.

The bombers had also destroyed al-Asharah Bridge that links the two banks of the Euphrates River in the Eastern part of the Deir Ezzur province, only few hours after demolishing al-Mayadin Bridge in the same month.

The warplanes of US-led coalition targeted the Syrian army troops near the city of Deir Ezzur on September 17, leaving over 90 military personnel dead and a hundred wounded.

Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed a report by the Syrian state news agency that an ISIL offensive began right after Syrian Army positions were hit by the bombers of the US-led coalition.

The actions of the coalition “clearly paved the way for ISIL terrorists to attack the position and take control of it,” the agency said citing the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces.

The General Command called the bombing a “serious and blatant aggression” against Syrian forces, and said it was "conclusive evidence" that the US and its allies support ISIL terrorist group.

A day later, a military source disclosed that the ISIL launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzur only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition's airstrikes.

The military source reiterated that the air and ground assault were highly coordinated.

A Syrian top official said the country's intelligence unit possesses an audio recording of a conversation between the ISIL group and the US military before the airstrikes by the US-led coalition on the Syrian army troops near Deir Ezzur on September 17.

The speaker of the People's Council of Syria, Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, said that after the US coalition's airstrikes on the government troops, US military directed terrorists' attack on the Syrian army.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000555

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Iraqi PM Says Persian Gulf Arab States Favorites of ISIL

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s prime minister implied that a number of Arab governments in the Persian Gulf region have been aiding and abetting ISIL terror group, while Baghdad is engaged in a costly war against the terrorist outfit.

Speaking to ambassadors from neighboring and other foreign countries, Haider al-Abadi said bluntly that the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states are the “favorite” countries of the ISIL terrorists and even he singled out Saudi Arabia among such states by naming it, presstv reported.

While support by such Arab governments for ISIL groups has long been known to the countries in the region as well as Western intelligence agencies, the Monday remarks by Abadi, the prime minister of an Arab country, mark a first of their kind.

He also warned the Arab governments against negligence toward the threat posed by ISIL.

The Iraqi prime minister said ISIL had not emerged overnight, and that it had received support, in the form of money and weapons, by certain countries.

He implied that it was the same support that helped the group take over the Northern city of Mosul in Iraq, which has been the subject of large-scale liberation operations since Monday.

Mosul fell to ISIL in 2014, the year when it started its campaign of brutalization inside Iraqi territory.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000862

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Israel, S. Arabia Lavishly Spending to Make Iran Insecure

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned of Riyadh and Tel Aviv's collaboration in attempts to foment insecurity inside Iran, saying that the two hostile states are making hefty expenses for their schemes against Tehran.

"Saudi Arabia, the Zionists and the world arrogant powers are spending huge amounts of money to stir insecurity in our country and we have intel indicating that Saudi Arabia is collaborating with the Zionists to this end," General Jafari said, addressing a forum in the Northeastern province of North Khorassan on Tuesday.

He, meantime, expressed pleasure that despite enemies' attempts, the Iranian provinces enjoy a high level of security, specially in Southeastern Iran.

General Jafari also underlined Iran's military capabilities, and said today Iran is an established power both in area of military and in building different arms and equipment.

His remarks came one month after the IRGC dismantled a team of 9 terrorists "sent by Saudi Arabia to foment insecurity inside the country".

The IRGC killed four of the terrorists, including their commander, and injured two others in the city of Saravan in Sistan and Balouchestan province in Southeastern Iran.

Official statements said the terrorist team which intended to carryout "sabotage acts inside Iran was disbanded by the IRGC in the Kouhak border region of Saravan city".

The IRGC also destroyed the weapons, ammunition, wireless equipment, night-vision goggles and three Toyota vehicles of the terrorists calling themselves Jeish al-Adl group.

Also in September, the Iranian intelligence and security forces dismantled a team of 12 terrorists sent by Saudi Arabia and certain trans-regional states to foment insecurity inside the country.

The terrorist team which was equipped with light and semi-heavy weapons and intended to carryout sabotage acts inside Iran was disbanded in the Western bordering areas of Sardasht city through cooperation with the IRGC forces.

Ten terrorists of the outlawed Democrat Party were also killed last month in armed clashes with the Iranian border guards in the Western province of Kurdistan.

The terrorists who were trying to sneak into the country through the Western Iranian borders in the village of Baneh and Khalfi in Sardasht region, sought to foment insecurity in Iran's Kurdistan province.

Based on the latest information, 10 terrorists of the outlawed group were killed during the clashes.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000796

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Iraqi Forces Win Back More Areas Near Mosul City, Hunt 2 Senior ISIL Commanders

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's joint military forces continued to seize back new villages, towns and regions near Mosul and as they are marching towards the center of Nineveh province they killed a large number of ISIL terrorists, including two notorious commanders.

The Iraqi forces liberated 11 villages, including al-Kabibeh, al-Mokhlet, al-Sharouq and al-Hamidiya, to the East of Mosul city.

Iraq's joint military forces also took control of al-Namroud and al-Hamdaniya regions as well as several villages near the city of al-Kharez on Tuesday.

Meantime, two senior ISIL commanders named Salem Abu Raqiyeh and Hamid al-Dash were killed in the Iraqi army's artillery attack on Tal Waei region to the West of the city.

The Iraqi fighter jets also killed leader of ISIL's female suicide attackers, named Um Hafasa al-Amri, together with several other female suicide bombers while they were fleeing on a boat near Badoush Dam.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi announced early on Monday that the country's armed forces and popular troops had started large-scale operation to take back the ISIL's self-proclaimed capital, Mosul.

Prime Minister Al-Abadi appeared on the state TV an hour after midnight to declare that his country's army, security and mobilized volunteer troops have started the long-awaited offensive to take back the country's second-largest city.

"The hour has come and the moment of great victory is near," Al-Abadi said early on Monday in a speech on state TV, flanked by the armed forces' top commanders.

Al-Abadi vowed that the military troops will take maximum caution to save civilian lives and avoid collateral damage in the city that is believed to still be home to over a million people.

The premier asked the civilian population to raise white flags over their buildings and contact the government troops for any kind of helpful information that they might have about ISIL militants.

“We urge you, the heroic people of Mosul, to cooperate with our security forces to rescue you,” the Prime Minister added.

Mosul in Nineveh province that is ISIL's last stronghold in Iraq was occupied by the terrorist cult on June 10, 2014 and its liberation marks an era of demise for ISIL in Iraq.

Mosul was the first city taken by the terrorist group and it was there that ISIL Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared his so-called caliphate on June 29, 2014.

ISIL could stretch control over 40 percent of Iraq after it took Mosul over two years ago, but now holds only 10 percent of the country after losing battles in such major cities as Beiji, Tikrit, Fallujah and Ramadi in the last one year.

Mosul is of paramount importance both to Iraq and the ISIL as it is in an oil-rich region close to the borders with Syria and Turkey, while it has been a regional trade hub for the last several centuries. In addition to smuggling crude stolen from the oil wells of Nineveh, ISIL also levied forceful taxes for various reasons from the over 1-million-strong population that is still believed to be living in the city. Loss of Mosul will inflict a major blow to the terrorist cult as it will lose a major source of its revenues.

Iraqi army troops and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) had been deployed 15 kilometers from Mosul two days ago.

"The reconnaissance operation in Mosul ended; we are waiting for the operations to kick off," Hashd al-Shaabi announced in a statement on Saturday.

Iraq's military forces have been bringing in a large number of troops, weapons, ammunition, armored vehicles, personnel carriers, tanks and other types of military equipment in preparation for the operation for the last several weeks, but many military and state officials and popular forces' commanders were slamming the US for pressurizing Baghdad to delay the operation for the last several months, a view that was even supported by US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In his second televised debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump asked why the US has been hindering the operation for such a long time to give ISIL commanders and top brass to escape to Syria.

ISIL has also been preparing for the operation for the last several weeks. The terrorist group has reportedly used thousands of prisoners to dig a complicated network of tunnels and trenches around the city and filled the wide trench dug around the city with oil to put it on fire as it expects the city to go under siege by Iraq's joint military troops. The terrorist group has opened multiple fronts to confront the government troops.

Meantime, many ISIL top commanders, including Al-Baghdadi himself and his deputies, as well as their family members have left the city for Raqqa, the terrorist cult's second self-proclaimed capital.

Al-Baghdadi and his top aides left the city last week, while local sources in Nineveh disclosed on Sunday that the families of the ISIL terrorists that had left Mosul just arrived in the town of Merkedeh in Syria's Hasaka province.

"The ISIL commanders, including al-Baghdadi, are escaping Mosul to Syria," Iraqi Kurdistan Democrat Party's media director Saeed Mamouziti said last week.

He said that al-Baghdadi has also ordered his followers to completely destroy Mosul if they are defeated in the war against Iraq's joint military forces.

Later Mamouziti said that the ISIL militants were fleeing the city since the long-awaited large-scale operation to free Mosul was expected to be launched in the following days.

Meantime, local sources revealed that "ISIL commanders' families, including over 25 foreign families, escorted by military convoys reached the town of Merkedeh" on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, local sources in Nineveh province disclosed that the ISIL has brought to a halt all activities of its security offices in the city of Mosul.

"The ISIL has recently issued a circular in Mosul city according to which all its offices will halt operation until further notice," a local source said.

The source noted that the ISIL has already evacuated its security offices in several districts of Mosul in recent days, while many ISIL members seem confused to see the rush in their commanders' actions.

The US has also been pressuring Baghdad to keep the Hashd Al-Shaabi away from the operation, but they are now deployed to the battlefield after Prime Minister al-Abadi, the commander-in-chief of Iraq's armed forces, personally approved their participation in the Mosul operation last week.

The Iraqi media had earlier reported that the Mosul operations would start from several directions, the most important of which are al-Qayyara axis located 60 kilometers to the South of Mosul and Sahl Nineveh some 20 kilometers to the East of the city.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000812

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Terrorist Groups Sustain Major Losses in Army Attacks in Dara'a, Sweida

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops stormed the positions, sites and supply convoys of ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in the Southern provinces of Dara'a and Sweida, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Syrian military forces hit Fatah al-Sham's strongholds near Balal Habashi Mosque, Northwest of the old costums region and al-Arba'een neighborhood in Dara'a al-Balad, claiming the lives of several militants and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Terrorists' positions in Tafas in Northwestern Dara'a also came under heavy attacks by the Syrian soldiers, destroying their base and depot of arms and munitions.

The army men also targeted an oil tanker of ISIL in Mashbak al-Wachyan region in Eastern Sweida, destroying the tanker and killing its guards.

The Syrian soldiers also repelled terrorists' missile and rocket attacks on their positions in the village and airport of al-Tha'aleh in Western Sweida, blocking the militants' forward move in the region.

On Monday, hundreds of troops from the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces were dispatched to Dara'a to reinforce the government troops deployed in the Southern province, a move seen by many as an initial step in preparation for a large-scale offensive against the terrorists in Southern Syria.

"After intensifying clashes with the terrorist groups in Dara'a province, the Syrian army sent a large number of government forces to the village of Khirbet Ghazaleh and its surrounding regions," military sources said, adding, "Tens of military vehicles were carrying the fresh government forces."

"In the meantime, the Syrian army soldiers have built up new positions along the highway between the town of Azra'a and Khirbet Ghazaleh," they added.

"A unit of the Syrian army stormed the bases of two terrorist groups in the Northwestern side of the old customs complex in Dara'a al-Balad, leaving several militants dead or wounded. Terrorists' ammunition and arms also were destroyed in the attack," the sources went on to say.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000799

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Russian Warships Berth in Iran's Anzali Port

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A fleet of Russian warships docked in the Caspian Sea port of Anzali in Northern Iran on Tuesday as part of the two countries' efforts to widen their existing military cooperation.

The Russian fleet, carrying a massage of “peace and friendship”, was welcomed by Iranian naval commanders and staff, officials said.

The commander of the fleet is scheduled to meet with local political and military officials in Northern Gilan province.

At a ceremony to welcome the Russian navies to Iran, senior Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad said the visit comes routine as Iranian and Russian warships pay reciprocal visits to each other's ports.

In late October 2015, Iran's second fleet of warships, including a home-made destroyer, returned to the country's territorial waters after a voyage to Russia.

"The Iranian fleet of warships comprising Joshan (Shield) and Peykan (Arrow) warships and the hi-tech Damavand destroyer which embarked on a 12-day voyage in the Caspian Sea on October 18 and after conducting joint naval drills with the Russian Navy and berthing at Russia's Astrakhan port returned home today," Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told FNA.

In early August 2015, another Russian fleet berthed in Anzali port.

Also in October 2015, another Russian fleet berthed in Northern Iran and left the Iranian port for Azerbaijan on October 15 of that year.

Russia's Ambassador to Tehran Levan Jagarian, who attended the ceremony, called for boosting mutual ties between the two countries in various fields.

Russian Consul General in Iran's Northern city of Rasht Maxim Baranov also said that expanding bilateral economic, political and military cooperation is among the priorities of the visit.

In 2013, the Russian ships and the ships of other Caspian states exchanged friendly visits four times. The Iranian ships visited Astrakhan and Russia’s Volga region in August 2013.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000744

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Yemen Not to Host Upcoming Arab League Summit

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemen declined to host the Arab League’s annual summit next March, citing the country’s ongoing conflict, the Cairo-based league announced.

In a statement, league spokesman Mohamad Afifi said Yemen’s Arab League delegate had delivered a verbal message to Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit from Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik Mekhlafi regarding the latest developments in the war-torn country, Al Manar reported.

“The delegate told Abul-Gheit that it would be difficult for Yemen to host the summit under the current circumstances,” he said.

In case Yemen does not host the summit, which has been slated for March of next year, the event will be hosted by Jordan.

Yemen has been under brutal US-Saudi aggression since March 2014, where Saudi-led coalition warplanes started to bomb the country’s people and vital infrastructure. The aggression claimed the lives of over 11,800 people across the war-hit country.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000764

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Syrian Gov't Forces Tightening Noose on Militant-Held Douma in Damascus Province

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and popular forces have taken back several farms, towns, villages and positions from Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, and are preparing to take yet another major stride in completing the siege of Douma, military sources said Tuesday.

"Ending militancy in Damascus province as soon as possible stands atop the agenda of the Syrian army and its popular allies," the sources said, "and that's why the government forces' operations in Eastern Ghouta have concentrated on the completion of the siege of Douma, the so-called capital of Jeish al-Islam terrorists in this region."

"Jeish al-Islam's positions in Tal al-Sawan, Tal Kurdi, Arbin, Harasta, Mesraba, Hamouriyeh, Beir Sawa, al-Reihan and al-Shifouniyeh are under very heavy attacks by the Syrian government forces' missile and mortar units to encircle Douma step by step," the sources said.

"Al-Reihan and al-Shifouniyeh are the scenes of tough battles between the army and militants," the sources added.

Sources said on Monday that the Syrian Army troops, backed up by the country's warplanes and artillery units, hit Jeish al-Islam's concentration centers in Eastern Ghouta, and forced the terrorist group to pull its fighters back from the battlefield,

"Syrian army soldiers and popular forces struck the defense lines of Jeish al-Islam near al-Reihan, inflicting major losses on the group's military hardware," the sources said.

"The heavy offensive of the Syrian government forces, who enjoyed artillery and air support, inflicted a heavy death toll on Jeish al-Islam terrorists and forced them to leave their strongholds," the sources added.

"The Syrian fighter jets also bombed al-Shifouniyeh, leaving tens of militants dead or wounded," the sources said.

"The Syrian government forces also advanced against militants near Rahbat al-Ishareh in Eastern Damascus from two flanks," they went on to say.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000734

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Yemeni People Stage Mass Protest in Hodeida against Saudi, US Attacks

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemeni people staged a mass rally in province of Hodeida, expressing their rejection of the US intervention and its blatant targeting of the province’s coasts as they also condemned the appalling massacre by the Saudis when they targeted a funeral ceremony in capital city, Sana'a.

At the rally, which was participated by local officials as well as the members of the executive offices, educational and sports sectors, banners were raised condemning the Saudi American aggression and the crimes and violations the aggressors have perpetrated, Al Zawiyeh reported.

The statement issued by the rally called on all of Yemenis for general mobilization and to supply battlefronts with fighters confronting the aggression against Yemen and Yemeni people.

People of Hodeida province praised the legendary steadfastness of the Yemeni army and popular committees facing the aggression…stressing on the importance of deterring the aggression as it has perpetrated many war crimes against civilians.

The statement also called on the Yemeni people for more cohesion, united ranks and full preparation to confront the Saudi American aggression.

It also condemned the horrific massacre committed by the fighter jets of the Saudi aggression targeting a funeral procession in Al Kobra hall in Sana'a, emphasizing that this crime exposed the hideousness of the terrorist Saudi regime as well as the complicity of the international community, United Nations and human rights organizations.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in the deadly war against Yemen since March 2015. Riyadh’s aggression which has killed more than 11,800 people, was launched in an unsuccessful attempt to bring Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, an ally of Riyadh who has resigned as Yemen’s president, back to power.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000731

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Mideast

Turkish capital bans public meetings due to militant attack fears

Oct 18, 2016

Authorities in Ankara have banned public meetings and marches until the end of November after receiving intelligence that militants were planning attacks in the city, which has been targeted with bombings over the past year.

The ruling, announced by the Ankara Governor’s Office, came as Turkey pursued a near two-month-old military operation in Syria in support of rebels to drive Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants away from its southern border.

ISIL and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have carried out attacks in the capital. This month two suspected PKK militants believed to be planning a car bomb attack blew themselves up in a standoff with police in Ankara.

“Based on intelligence received by our governor’s office, it has been determined that illegal terror groups are aiming to carry out attacks in our province and have made some preparations,” the governor’s office said in a statement on its website.

It said there were fears that public meetings and protests in Ankara province, an area encompassing the city and surrounding towns, were being targeted by militants.

The ban was set to remain in place until Nov. 30 under a state of emergency decree law, which was imposed after the failed coup attempt of July 15.

Just over a year ago, more than 100 people were killed in an ISIL suicide bomb attack targeting a peace and labor march.

PKK militants were blamed in March for a car bomb which tore through a transport hub in Ankara, killing at least 34 people in the second such attack in under a month.

While Turkey’s army continues operations in northern Syria, Ankara says Turkey-trained forces are also participating in an assault to push ISIL out of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-capital-bans-public-meetings-due-to-militant-attack-fears.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105065&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey vows to be in as operation on Mosul starts

Oct 18, 2016

Turkey has sent a delegation to Baghdad for talks in an effort to convince Iraq to reconsider its objection to the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, as Turkey’s president vowed that Ankara will not be excluded from an operation launched to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“What do they say? Turkey shouldn’t enter Mosul. Why can’t we enter? We have a 350-kilometer border [with Iraq]. Others who have nothing to do with the region are entering it. We will not be responsible for the negative consequences that will emerge from any operation that doesn’t include Turkey. We will be involved both in the operation and at the [negotiating] table afterward. It is not possible for us to stay excluded,” Erdoğan said Oct. 17.

He also vowed that Turkish troops would remain at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul. “No one should expect us to leave Bashiqa,” Erdoğan said.

The delegation, headed by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ümit Yalçın, includes officials from various security institutions and held talks in Baghdad on Oct. 17, sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the Hürriyet Daily News.

The delegation will discuss the mandate and duration of the Turkish troops’ stay at the Bashiqa camp in Mosul province. A previous proposal by Ankara to make the Bashiqa camp an official part of the coalition against ISIL is also on the agenda, sources said.

In 2015, Ankara suggested that the United States should continue training in the camp under the mandate of coalition forces, including elements of the Iraqi army, but did not receive a positive response.

Turkey wants its troops to continue their duties in Bashiqa until the coalition forces entirely remove ISIL from Iraq.

Turkish troops to ‘keep defensive position in Bashiqa’

The sources stressed that the Turkish troops in Bashiqa were not combatant forces and would stay in the camp throughout the Mosul offensive. However, they will respond to artillery shooting in the event of an ISIL threat against the camp or the surrounding region.

200 kilometers of land retaken from ISIL on first day, says Barzani

Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, told a press briefing on Oct. 17 after visiting a peshmerga post near Mosul that Iraqi Kurdish forces had retaken 200 square kilometers from ISIL on the first day of the massive operation to liberate Mosul.

Commenting on the row between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkish troops deployed in Bashiqa, Barzani said a consensus needed to be found between the two capitals, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

US assures of Tel Afar operation

Meanwhile, Ankara has repeatedly voiced concern over any possible “revenge killings” against Sunni locals in Tel Afar if Shia militias take part in the upcoming offensive to retake the town. In talks with Turkey, the U.S. has reportedly given assurances that only the Iraqi army and police will be tasked in an offensive into Tel Afar after the Mosul operation.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, spoke by phone on Oct. 17 and discussed the Mosul offensive, the fight against ISIL in Syria and efforts to declare a cease-fire in the war-torn country.

Turkey has repeatedly warned that the operation in Mosul could unleash sectarian strife.

3,000 Nineveh fighters in offensive

Some 3,000 Iraqi forces trained by Turkey at the Bashiqa camp are taking part in the U.S.-led operation, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said Oct. 17.

“You know that Turkey built that camp [Bashiqa] on the demand of the Mosul governor. Many people were trained there from among nearly 4,000 local elements of Mosul. They are called the Nineveh Mujahideen. Now, 3,000 trained by Turkey are involved in the fight against ISIL,” Kurtulmuş said Oct. 17 after a cabinet meeting. Turkey will reassess the presence of its troops in northern Iraq whenever security necessities against ISIL end, he stated.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-vows-to-be-in-as-operation-on-mosul-starts.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105033&NewsCatID=352

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AKP, MHP leaders discuss new charter, presidential bid

Oct 18, 2016

The leaders of Turkey’s ruling and nationalist opposition parties have met to discuss efforts to write a new constitution that would also impose a presidential system, a week after the latter signaled his potential support for such a change.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli met in a face-to-face meeting for around 90 minutes at the Çankaya Palace upon the former’s invitation on Oct. 17. Although the leaders did not make any statement after the meeting, sources from the office of the prime ministry said the two men discussed the ongoing fight against terror, Turkish troops’ operations in northern Syria, the Mosul operation, as well as the new constitution.

The meeting was precipitated by Bahçeli’s proposal last week to hold a referendum to allow Turkey’s people to decide whether the country should shift to an executive presidential system, something President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) have long desired.

“We will respect the decision of the Turkish people on the presidential system. The AK Party [Justice and Development Party] should introduce its own constitutional draft to parliament. This draft will either be approved if it garners 367 votes or will be taken to a referendum if it gets more than 330 votes [but less than 367],” Bahçeli said.

The MHP leader’s proposal was enthusiastically welcomed by AKP members as Yıldırım vowed to submit the party’s own charter draft that includes a change in the regime to the parliament very soon.  

With 316 seats in parliament, the AKP is at least 14 votes short of introducing a constitutional amendment, as any charter change requires the support of at least 330 votes in order to take it to a referendum. Yıldırım said his government would take the new constitution to a referendum even though it would be supported by an absolute majority of parliament.

The MHP leader’s comments even prompted some government members to draw a timeline for a potential vote on the charter. According to Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ, a referendum could be held in early 2017 if two parties settle on the terms.

“If parliament puts [the constitutional charter] on its agenda and makes a decision at once, [the referendum] will be held in 2017, no later than the spring. But it seems it will be difficult to complete it before 2017 since there is a legislative process in parliament,” he said last week.

“We have a very short, two-and-a-half month period ahead of us, but to get it done in 2017, before the spring, seems manageable as long as the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) agree on a date for the parliamentary vote,” he said.

“When the two parties agree, we will see the referendum. If not, [the constitutional change] will be left as a discussion,” Bozdağ said.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/akp-mhp-leaders-discuss-new-charter-presidential-bid-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105060&NewsCatID=338

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US applauds liberation of Dabiq from ISIL

Oct 18, 2016

The United States has applauded Turkey and Ankara-backed Syrian rebels after they took control of Syria’s symbolically important town of Dabiq from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We applaud the Turkish and Syrian opposition forces that took part in the battle to liberate the people of Dabiq from ISIL oppression,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters on Oct. 17.

In his speech, Cook also referred to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statement on Oct. 16 in which the secretary said the Department of Defense particularly appreciates “the close coordination we’ve had with Turkey in this effort.”

Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters seized control of nine areas, including the village of Dabiq, from ISIL on Oct. 16, allowing Turkey to secure the border between the Turkish province of Kilis and the district of Karkamış, the Turkish Armed Forces said Oct. 17.

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces, supported by the coalition, liberated six towns and villages from ISIL, including the town of Dabiq, Cook said.

“Freeing Dabiq over the weekend holds military and symbolic significance,” Cook said. “Dabiq was so important to ISIL’s propaganda machine that the terror group’s magazine was named after this town.”

Dabiq, about 40 kilometers northeast of Aleppo and around 10 kilometers south of Syria’s border with Turkey, is symbolically important to ISIL because the group believes it will be the site of an apocalyptic battle with non-Muslims.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-applauds-liberation-of-dabiq-from-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105067&NewsCatID=358

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MHP signals support for AKP’s presidential system bid

Oct 18, 2016

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has said his party could support the parliamentary vote to refer the constitutional amendment for a presidential regime change to the public if the government prepares the charter “in line with the MHP’s sensitivities.”

“I have a confidence in the Turkish public. If the [ruling Justice and Development Party] AKP brings the constitutional charter to a parliamentary vote and is sensitive to our stance, I believe a healthy and reasonable outcome will be achieved,” MHP head Bahçeli said on Oct. 18 in a speech to his party’s parliamentary group.

“If the conditions are met, we will have no hesitation in consulting our mighty public about any solution to a problem or a puzzle,” he added.

The MHP plays a key role with its 40 seats at parliament, as the AKP needs at least 14 extra votes to take any constitutional amendment to a referendum. The two other opposition parties are strictly against such move.

“The MHP supports the continuity of the parliamentary system by revising and reforming current problems,” Bahçeli also said, noting that his comments stem from their criticism of current political circumstances where “the administration violates the law and the constitution. Mr. President [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] is practicing a de facto presidential system.”

“Either the president stops insisting on forcing the de facto presidential system, which for us is the right choice, or the methods to legalize the de facto situation should be sought,” he added.

Following Bahçeli’s statement, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said the AKP “will submit our proposal, which includes the presidential system and constitutional changes, to the parliament. The decision will be left to the noble parliament.”

The statements came one day after Yıldırım and Bahçeli met to discuss efforts for re-writing Turkey’s constitution. Bahçeli had proposed last week to hold a referendum to let the people decide whether Turkey shifts to an executive presidential system, for which President Erdoğan and the AKP have long pressed.

“We will respect the decision of the Turkish people on the presidential system. The AK Party should introduce its own constitutional draft to parliament. This draft will either be approved if it garners 367 votes or will be taken to a referendum if it gets more than 330 votes [but less than 367],” Bahçeli had previously said.

The MHP leader’s proposal was welcomed by Prime Minister Yıldırım, who vowed to submit the government’s own charter draft, including a change in the political system, “very soon,” adding that they supported bringing the constitutional change to a public vote.

With its 316 seats at parliament, the AKP is at least 14 votes short of introducing a constitutional amendment, as any charter change requires at least the support of 330 votes in order to take it to referendum. Yıldırım has said his government would take the new constitution draft to a referendum even if it is supported by an absolute majority of parliament.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/mhp-signals-support-for-akps-presidential-system-bid-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105072&NewsCatID=338

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Dündar faces up to three years in jail on terror charges

Oct 18, 2016

An Istanbul court has accepted an indictment against journalist Can Dündar on charges of “printing and publishing terrorist organizations’ statements” during his one-day editorial duty undertaken in solidarity with a now-closed daily newspaper.

The indictment against Dündar and daily Özgür Gündem’s managing editor, İnan Kızılkaya, sought between one year and three years in jail for the suspects over the alleged crime, committed when a news story titled “HPD actions are ongoing” and subtitled “A guerilla was killed” was published in the June 22 edition of the daily, referring to the Peoples’ Defense Units, a sub-group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

According to the indictment, the story and its image depicted the “armed actions of the organization as legitimate and intended to praise the organization.”

It added that because the author of the story was not identified, Özgür Gündem’s editor-in-chief on that day and its managing editor should be held responsible.  

The document also noted that Özgür Gündem was shut down for making “PKK terror propaganda and was run as the organization’s media outlet.”

While Dündar’s defense could not been taken, Kızılkaya denied the charges, saying the related news stories “should be considered within the freedom of press.” 

The first hearing of the case is scheduled for Dec. 22.

A total of 44 prominent journalists - including Hasan Cemal, Şeyhmus Diken, Tuğrul Eryılmaz and Ayşe Düzkan - served as one-day editors-in-chief of Özgür Gündem during the campaign.

Özgür Gündem, which has been repeatedly closed down in the past and is seen as being close to the PKK, started the campaign on May 3 to provide solidarity and defend press freedom against a number of investigations it has faced.

Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of daily Cumhuriyet, was earlier this year sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for revealing state secrets in a report on a shipment of arms intercepted at the Syrian border in January 2014.

Dündar is believed to be outside the country after he was freed earlier this year pending an appeal following his trial.

He said last month that he would not surrender himself to the Turkish courts because he had lost faith in the judiciary after the failed July 15 coup and the subsequent state of emergency declared by the government.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/dundar-faces-up-to-three-years-in-jail-on-terror-charges.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105075&NewsCatID=339

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61 police personnel arrested in coup attempt probe for using ByLock

Oct 18, 2016

Sixty-one police personnel in Turkey were arrested on Oct. 16 as part of the probe into the Gülen movement, on charges that they were using the ByLock application, a messaging app that is said to have been used by the group for concealed conversations.

Sixty-five suspects were initially detained for using the encrypted messaging app. Four were released on probation.

Among the 61 arrested suspects were 45 police chiefs and deputies.

A local Istanbul court has also ordered the arrest of 99 people for membership of a terrorist organization,

increasing the total number of police officers with arrest warrants in the ByLock probe at 160.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/61-police-personnel-arrested-in-coup-attempt-probe-for-using-bylock-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105068&NewsCatID=509

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Israel Detaining Palestinian Minors without Charge over Facebook Posts

Oct 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least five Palestinian minors have been imprisoned by Israel without being charged in recent months, for Facebook posts that Israeli authorities alleged amounted to “incitement” to commit violence, according to a report released by rights group Defense for Children International– Palestine (DCIP).

Among them was a 17-year-old identified as Ahmad H., who told DCIP that he was interrogated twice in the first week of August for one and three hours, during which time he had no parent present or access to legal counsel, Ma'an reported.

When Ahmed told his interrogator that he had deleted everything on his Facebook account after spending 10 days in an Israeli jail in April, the Israeli officer accused the teen of “obstructing the interrogation, claiming that I had asked someone to delete the photos, but I denied it,” Ahmed said.

Days later, Israeli authorities sentenced him to six months in administrative detention, Israel’s widely condemned police of internment without trial or charge based on undisclosed evidence, for indefinitely renewable periods of up to six months.

Fadi J., a 16-year-old interviewed by DCIP, was released on Sep. 2 after spending almost seven months in Israeli jail, without any charges being brought against him, for posting a picture of a rifle on his Facebook page.

Fadi told DCIP that “The interrogator showed me a picture of an AK-47 rifle that he downloaded from my Facebook page, but I told him it was just a picture,” after which the Israeli officer accused the boy of being a security threat and plotting to carry out an attack.

“Israeli authorities must immediately stop using administrative detention against Palestinian minors,” the report quoted Brad Parker, attorney and international advocacy officer at DCIP, as saying. “Inability to file charges against children due to lack of evidence should never be grounds for holding them indefinitely without charge or trial.”

The report came amid a crackdown by Israel on Palestinian journalists, media organizations, and ordinary citizens for their social media activity, particularly since a wave of unrest began last October.

While the Israeli authorities have said those targeted were responsible for incitement against Israel, rights groups argue the crackdown is a blatant violation of speech freedoms.

Last month, Facebook agreed to work with the Israeli government to “minimize online anti-Semitic incitement”, the state of Israel’s latest effort to pressure the social media site to coordinate to remove content considered to promote “terrorism.”

Since the unrest began last year, Israel has also dramatically increased its detention of Palestinian children; according to DCIP, Israel has used administrative detention against 19 Palestinian minors since last October. Only two were charged and handed actual prison sentences, and six still remained in detention without being charged.

“Prior to October, Israel had not held a Palestinian child from the West Bank under administrative detention since December 2011,” the group has said.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950727000791

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Turkish Airlines temporarily suspends flights to three Iraqi cities due to Mosul operation

Oct 18, 2016

Turkish Airlines has temporarily suspended its flights to three Iraqi cities due to the ongoing military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“Our Najaf, Suleymaniyah, Basra flights have been suspended temporarily,” Yahya Üstün, the vice president of the flagship carrier’s media relations tweeted.

The move came hours after the carrier canceled its morning flights to Arbil and Baghdad from Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport for one day on Oct. 17.

Üstün said both scheduled flights to Arbil and Baghdad were also continuing.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-airlines-temporarily-suspends-flights-to-three-iraqi-cities-due-to-mosul-operation.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105066&NewsCatID=341

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Pakistan

CTD arrests two for distributing Daesh pamphlets

Oct 18, 2016

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Tuesday arrested two suspected militants for distributing Daesh pamphlets in Peshawar's Palosi area.

According to the CTD, the two suspects Muhammad Izhar and Abdul Kabir were caught red-handed by CTD officials while distributing pamphlets. Two accomplices were able to flee.

The CTD recovered Daesh pamphlets from the possession of the suspects that contained messages in Urdu and Pashto.

Cases have been registered against the two under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the CTD has shifted both suspects to an undisclosed location for interrogation, the CTD said.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290734/ctd-arrests-two-for-distributing-daesh-pamphlets

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Pakistan wants peace with India, Rabbani tells Maldives’ president

Oct 18, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has said that Pakistan is a peace-loving country and desires peace in the region for the stability, well-being and alleviation of poverty of our peoples but regretfully India continues to sponsor state terrorism in Pakistan.

These views were expressed by Mr Rabbani during his meeting with President of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the Presidential Palace in Male, according to a handout issued by the Senate secretariat here on Monday.

The Senate chairman was accompanied by Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa and Senator Najmul Hassan, besides Pakistan’s ambassador in the Maldives.

Mr Rabbani informed the president that recently a serving Indian naval commander Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in Pakistan who had been involved in fostering unrest in the country. “Such steps being taken by India clearly show its expansionist designs in the region,” Mr Rabbani was quoted to have stated in the meeting.

The Senate chairman further said that Pakistan despite these provocative actions looked for a lasting peace in the region for which the Kashmir dispute needed to be resolved in line with the UN resolutions.

He also highlighted the gross violation of human rights and international laws by India in held Kashmir. He brought to the notice of the president the use of pellet bullets and the loss of eyesight of innocent children. He further stated that over 90 days had passed and the valley continued to be under curfew.

The chairman said Pakistan noted the Maldives decision of leaving the Commonwealth and respected it as it was a sovereign country’s decision. He said the Commonwealth was an important organisation and said that constructive engagements should continue.

The Senate chairman stressed improving bilateral relations between Pakistan and the Maldives and called for a reassessment of the role of Saarc, particularly keeping in view India’s attitude.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290670/pakistan-wants-peace-with-india-rabbani-tells-maldives-president

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China welcomes enhanced cooperation with Iran on CPEC

Oct 18, 2016

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong in an interview with Iran's IRNA news agency on Monday said China anticipates enhancing cooperation with Iran on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

China looks forward to increased regional cooperation by means of the CPEC, Weidong said, adding that it would be a win-win venture.

"We think that Iran can also be a very important country along the Belt and the Road initiative, so we really look forward to enhance our cooperation with Iran," he said. "CPEC is a win-win cooperation so we are looking forward to explore the possibilities of cooperation among the all the regional countries."

The possibility of extending an energy line from Iran to China in the future can be 'explored', Weidong said during the interview.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly had expressed a desire to be part of CPEC.

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal in October said that Iran and Saudi Arabia's desire to join CPEC was a good step and Pakistan would welcome their involvement in the $46 billion project.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290724/china-welcomes-enhanced-cooperation-with-iran-on-cpec

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PAF Mirage jet crashes in Karachi: police

Oct 18, 2016

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Mirage jet crashed near Karachi's Musharraf Colony area on Tuesday, police said.

"A Mirage plane crashed near Musharraf colony," Senior Superintendent Police city confirmed.

The aircraft of the PAF took off from Masroor Base and crashed during flight at Musharraf Colony, it was reported.

The jet was on a routine operational training mission when it crashed, a spokesperson from PAF said.

Rescue teams have reached the site of the crash.

"No loss of civilian life and property has been reported on ground," a press release by PAF stated.

"A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident," it added.

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290726/paf-mirage-jet-crashes-in-karachi-police

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Mohmand elders want trade route to Afghanistan reopened

Oct 18, 2016

GHALANAI: The tribal elders of Essakhel area have demanded of the authorities to reopen trade route between Pakistan and Afghanistan to revive business activities in Mohmand Agency.

The demand was made during a jirga of the elders of Essakhel here on Monday. Political Agent Mahmood Aslam Wazir, MNA Malik Bilal Rehman, assistant political agents Pir Abdullah Shah and Haseebur Rehman Khalil, heads of line departments and local tribesmen attended the jirga.

The elders assured the administration and security forces of their full cooperation in maintaining law and order in the border areas. They said that government should launch mega development projects in the militancy-hit areas of Biazai tehsil.

Addressing the jirga, Malik Ghazi Ahmad said that officials of local administration should visit Essakhel, Jarobi Darra and others areas to know the real situation. “Ours homes were damaged in the militancy and military operation and most of the families were displaced from the areas. They were residing with their host families therefore they were not given an IDP status,” he said.

He said that they were not compensated and their houses were not reconstructed.

The tribal elders said that Gursal, the only trade route with Afghanistan, had been closed for the last eight years owing to which all business activities had come to a standstill in the region.

They said that the border areas of Biazai lacked health, education and other facilities. “There is not a single high school for boys and girls in Khwezai and Baizai areas due to which many students quit education after passing examinations for 8th grade,” they added.

The elders said that there was acute shortage of drinking water in Essakhel and others areas.

Speaking on the occasion, Political Agent Mahmood Aslam Wazir said that administration was trying to launch development projects in Essakhel area. He said that developmental activities were in progress as governor had approved a special package of Rs30 million for Biazai areas.

“Pak-Afghan trade route would be reopened very soon. We are in contact with all the stakeholders” said Mr Wazir.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290687/mohmand-elders-want-trade-route-to-afghanistan-reopened

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Governor provided ‘oxygen’ to Altaf after his anti-Pakistan speech: Kamal

Oct 18, 2016

KARACHI: Over seven months after his return to politics, former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal dropped another bombshell on Monday when he accused Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan of stopping several lawmakers from joining his Pak Sarzameen Party, indulging in massive corruption and providing “oxygen” to Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain after his Aug 22 incendiary speech.

A spokesman for Sindh Governor House, however, rejected the allegations as “baseless, misleading and fabricated” and termed Mr Kamal “an unguided missile and used cartridge”.

Mr Kamal levelled all these allegations while talking to reporters outside the house of PSP leader Ashfaq Mangi here. The informal media talk was reminiscent of his March 3 press conference in which he heaped scorn at Mr Hussain, accused him of working for Indian intelligence agency RAW and running gangs of hitmen from India and South Africa.

The former mayor said that he had been in contact with Governor Ibad after his March 3 return. He said the governor wanted to become the patron-in-chief of his party but he told him to quit his office first.

Ibad says PSP chief is ‘an unguided missile and used cartridge’

“Our romance with him [Ibad] lasted for one and a half months [after March 3] and after that he started punishing us,” said Mr Kamal. “He is a known man of the establishment...the governor misled the business community, anchors, journalists about us and told them that the establishment is backing us.”

He also said the governor asked the Rangers director general to raid the PSP headquarters.

However, he did not explain that why he had been in contact with a man whom he today called a “criminal and corrupt” and accused him of “having done nothing for Karachi” during his over 13-year-long rule.

While Mr Kamal did not get enough support from his former colleagues in the National Assembly, the Senate and Sindh Assembly, he alleged that it was the Sindh governor who stopped “MNAs, MPAs who were coming to us” from joining his party.

He said Dr Ibad had known everything about MQM founder Hussain for long, including his alleged links with RAW, but he did not say a word about it.

He claimed that the governor was still in contact with Mr Hussain and recently he congratulated him over the phone after London’s Metropolitan police dropped their money laundering investigations against the MQM founder. “He [Ibad] is providing oxygen to Altaf Hussain and MQM-Pakistan. He assured Dr Farooq Sattar that the establishment was behind him and since then things against us have been expedited.”

He said he needed a platform to become relevant in politics so that he could continue as governor.

The PSP chairman said Dr Ibad, who had a mortgaged house in London, was a billionaire now and owned properties in London, Karachi, Abu Dhabi and Canada in his family’s as well as staff’s names.

Demanding his immediate arrest, Mr Kamal asked the federal government to place Dr Ibad on the exit control list so that he could not escape the country.

Governor’s reaction

A spokesman for Sindh Governor House rejected all allegations and said that the people knew the character of Dr Ibad and every segment of society respected and admired him.

The spokesman said that Mr Kamal was suffering from extreme mental stress and in view of his ‘bipolar personality’ he needed a doctor and psychiatrist.

Terming Mr Kamal an unguided missile and a spent cartridge, the spokesman said that it was his failures which forced him to level such baseless, misleading and fabricated allegations. “Governor Ibad has always ensured merit, transparency and welfare of the people for which he is admired both nationally and internationally.”

MQM factions

The Altaf Hussain-led MQM and the Dr Farooq Sattar-led MQM-Pakistan held separate press conferences on Monday and demanded immediate recovery of their “missing” workers.

They also condemned the “extrajudicial killing” of a young worker, Syed Abdul Naveed, whose bullet-riddled body was found on the outskirt of Thatta on Sept 30 and later it was identified as that of the MQM worker, and claimed that he had been in the custody of the Rangers since January 2015.

Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif, a member of the interim coordination committee announced by the MQM’s London-based leadership, said that over 100 workers of the MQM were still missing and Naveed was one of them.

He said that Dr Farooq Sattar and others had labelled the MQM as MQM-Pakistan just to give an impression that the party had been divided into two factions.

He said that political parties could not survive on the basis of their mere registration.

He said that many people thought that Mr Hussain had become ‘minus’ from Pakistan’s politics. “The MQM founder and his party are very much present here.”

Likewise, Dr Sattar told reporters that around 130 party workers were still missing and the MQM-Pakistan was taking their cases to the Supreme Court.

He said that Naveed was taken into custody from his home in Korangi and a few days ago he was found shot dead.

He said the MQM-Pakistan had severed all ties with the London-based leadership, but despite this sacrifice the powers that be were busy in further dividing the party.

Dr Sattar said the MQM was a political reality, which had a mandate from the urban areas of Sindh.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290612/governor-provided-oxygen-to-altaf-after-his-anti-pakistan-speech-kamal

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Baloch people are against violence, says Bizenjo

Oct 18, 2016

GWADAR: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping and president of the National Party Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has said that the Baloch are peaceful people and are against violence.

Speaking at a health conference here on Sunday, he said there was no room for violence in the traditions and norms of Balochistan.

He said the incidents of violence in Balochistan over the past few years had badly damaged society.

He stressed the need for making serious efforts for restoration of peace to the province.

Over 200 doctors and health experts from across the country attended the conference.

The federal minister said the Makran region was known for knowledge and wisdom of its people. He stressed the need for promoting education in the province to eradicate violence from the society.

Balochistan Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch said that Balo­chistan had been facing several cha­llenges and the biggest one was the restoration of peace in the province.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290664/baloch-people-are-against-violence-says-bizenjo

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Trump offers to help reduce India-Pakistan tensions

Oct 18, 2016

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that if elected, he’d like to mediate between India and Pakistan because the region was a “very, very hot tinderbox”.

But like the Obama administration, Mr Trump also said that he would only mediate if both countries asked him to do so.

In a meeting with the Indian community in New Jersey this weekend, the Republican candidate promised that if voted to power, he would make the United States and India “the best of friends” and they would have a “phenomenal future” together.

“There isn’t going to be any relationship more important to us,” he added.

Later, in an interview to The Hindustan Times, Mr Trump expressed his desire to play a role in reducing India-Pakistan tensions.

“Well, I would love to see Pakistan and India get along, because that’s a very, very hot tinderbox,” he said. “That would be a very great thing. I hope they can do it.”

Mr Trump also referred to “the recent problem” in held Kashmir where Indian forces have killed more than 100 demonstrators since July and a terrorist attack in Uri brought the two countries close to yet another armed conflict.

Asked if he would like to play a role, he said, “If it was necessary I would do that. If we could get India and Pakistan getting along, I would be honoured to do that.”

He said that reducing tensions between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed nations would “be a tremendous achievement” and “if they wanted me to, I would love to be the mediator or arbitrator”.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290673/trump-offers-to-help-reduce-india-pakistan-tensions

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PM, army chief discuss security issues

Oct 18, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Monday.

“Matters pertaining to national and regional security were discussed during the meeting,” according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister House.

The meeting on Monday was the first one between Prime Minister Sharif and the army chief since the Oct 14 corps commanders conference when the military expressed what was described by the ISPR as serious concern over “feeding of false and fabricated story of an important security meeting held at PM House and viewed it as breach of national security”.

The two last met on Oct 10 and the meeting had reaffirmed that the army and intelligence agencies would continue to play a lead role in the fight against terrorism which was proceeding smoo­thly and without any discrimination whatsoever with complete consensus among all stakeholders.

Source: dawn.com/news/1290651/pm-army-chief-discuss-security-issues

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Southeast Asia

Malaysia on alert as Mosul offensive in Iraq may bring home Daesh fighters

18th Oct 2016

KUALA LUMPUR (AA) – Malaysia has been placed on its highest security setting after intelligence reports suggested thousands of Daesh members may try and return home as a military operation closes in on Mosul — the last Daesh stronghold in northern Iraq.

Iraqi forces began advancing on the city early Monday, and by midday Kurdish peshmerga forces of the Kurdish Regional Government had reportedly captured 11 villages east of Mosul from the militants.

On Monday, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the alert is in anticipation of the offensive proving successful.

“If the offensive attack is successful, Daesh members are expected to either return to their respective home countries or to [elsewhere in] the Southeast Asian region,” Hussein told reporters in the parliament lobby.

Malysia’s defense ministry and the Royal Malaysian Army have also been ordered to closely monitor developments in Iraq and Syria to dictate future actions, the minister added.

“We are worried that they [Daesh members] might come here and it won’t be a small number… it could be thousands,” Hussein stressed.

He added that via a trilateral relationship between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, authorities would gather intelligence reports to strengthen and protect the region.

All three countries have been reported to have nationals fighting with Daesh.

Hussein said that during a recent meeting in the United States, the three countries had also decided to invite Brunei’s defense ministry to join in the effort to ensure wider coverage.

Source: muslimnews.co.uk/news/south-east-asia/malaysia-alert-mosul-offensive-starts-iraq/

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Hotdogs to get a name change in Muslim Malaysia

October 18, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Food outlets in Muslim-majority Malaysia must rename hotdogs or risk being refused halal certification, a government religious authority said on Tuesday.

The ruling, which also includes other food items whose name includes the word “dog”, has garnered much ridicule on social media. It follows complaints by Muslim tourists from overseas, said Sirajuddin Suhaimee, director of the halal division from the Department of Islamic Development.

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“Any (halal) products that make consumers confused, we have to change,” he said. “In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification.” Numerous street vendors and halal restaurants sell hotdogs in Malaysia. Sirajuddin said checks would be made “step-by-step” when these outlets renew their two-year halal certification with the department.

US pretzel chain Aunty Anne’s, which has 45 outlets in Malaysia with plans to expand further, told AFP it has no qualms about renaming its pretzel dogs — sausages wrapped with pretzels — following advice from religious authorities. “It’s a minor issue. We are fine with changing the name and are still working on it,” said Farhatul Kamilah Mohamed Sazali, an executive at Aunty Anne’s Malaysia.

Sirajuddin, who recommended pretzel dogs be called pretzel sausages, said Aunty Anne’s halal certification application is currently being considered. Among the many critics on social media, one Facebook user remarked: “Please stick to religion… don’t be an English language adviser.” Another posted: “Pet shops please rename ur dogs as sausages.”

Sirajuddin dismissed as “normal reaction” the online criticism. “We are doing our jobs, by the law,” he said. Under the concept of halal — meaning “permissible” in Arabic — pork and its by-products, alcohol and animals not slaughtered according to Islamic procedures are all “haram” or forbidden.

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Malaysia has long practised a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes are rising. A company last year introduced halal bottled mineral water in Malaysia, and Islamic speed dating sessions — where single women are chaperoned — have been embraced.

A halal convention in Kuala Lumpur last year, which drew thousands of delegates and hundreds of exhibitors, showcased products ranging from food and cosmetics to collagen produced from yaks in Tibet.

Source: tribune.com.pk/story/1202168/hotdogs-get-name-change-muslim-malaysia/

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Neighbouring Islamic countries support Rakhine response: acting FM

18 Oct 2016

NAY PYI TAW — Ambassadors of majority-Muslim countries in the region have expressed support for the government’s response to recent violence in northern Rakhine State, acting foreigner minister U Kyaw Tint Swe said yesterday.

At least 44 people have died since armed militants launched attacks on police posts in Maungdaw and Rathedaung townships on October 9.

Kyaw Tint Swe made the comments after a meeting with ambassadors from Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

“We have explained to them that we didn’t use excessive or unnecessary force when ensuring the rule of law,” said Kyaw Tint Swe, who is acting foreign minister while Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits India.

Indonesia’s ambassador said during the meeting that his country “respects Myanmar’s independence and sovereignty and we don’t want to interfere in its domestic affairs”, according to Kyaw Tint Swe. The ambassador added that the Myanmar government’s response to date had been “consistent with the law” and took into account human rights standards, the acting foreign minister said.

The Malaysian and Brunei ambassadors had given similar assurances, Kyaw Tint Swe said.

Foreign ministry permanent secretary U Kyaw Zeya said Bangladesh had also pledged to full cooperate with Myanmar as the government continues its investigation into the attacks.

Bangladesh has already detained two suspected militants and returned them to Myanmar for interrogation.

“Bangladesh said that they would fully collaborate with us if we demanded facts and information about the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) from them,” Kyaw Zeya said.

The meeting with the ambassadors came as the military and police continued clearance operations to ensure security in Maungdaw Township, which borders Bangladesh and is estimated to be 90 percent Muslim.

Nine police and five members of the Tatmadaw, which was sent in to ensure security in the township, have been killed, along with 29 suspected militants.

The government said in an October 14 statement that the militants were members of a Maungdaw-based organisation, Aqa Mul Mujahidin, that had links to the RSO in Bangladesh and Taliban in Pakistan.

Military officials said the situation was now stable, although there was still sporadic violence.

“Although there are sometimes small engagements, there are no more attacks at the main military camps, towns and villages, so we can say that the situation is under control in relation to ensuring security of our territory,” said Major Gen Aung Soe, the deputy minister for home affairs.

He said that a major focus of the response to the attacks was to ensure there were no outbreaks of racial or religious-based violence.

Twenty-seven suspected militants have been detained and are being investigated “according to the law”, he added. Two are being held in Sittwe, while the rest are in Maungdaw, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Maungdaw District, which includes Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, has a population of about 800,000, of whom barely 100,000 are ethnic Rakhine.

Source: frontiermyanmar.net/en/news/neighbouring-islamic-countries-support-rakhine-response-acting-fm

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Indonesian police closely monitoring about 40 Isis militants returned from Syria

October 18, 2016

Authorities in Indonesia are closely tracking the movement of about 40 militants, who are reported to have returned to the country after serving the Islamic State (Isis) group in Syria, police chief Tito Karnavian said on Monday (17 October).

Police officials in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation fear the militants would pose a major threat in the region by getting in touch with the local extremists groups and train new set of radicals with the skills and equipment these Isis militants acquired while fighting in Syria.

"We are getting in touch with them but they can evade our detection. We believe they are organising secretly and building interactions with other [radical] networks," Karnavian told Reuters.

Indonesia police have detained about 10 of the suspected militants for inquiring and so far they have reportedly ruled out any imminent attacks from the returned fighters. Under the existing anti-terrorism law in the country, police can detain suspects for up to seven days for interrogation. The government has also been calling to revoke the citizenship of any Indonesian who is found to be fighting for terror groups overseas.

Karnavian also raised concern about the latest trend adopted by the militants to lure teenagers online in an attempt to radicalise them and launch attacks. He said he knew at least 10 such cases of youth radicalisation in Indonesia. Some of the youngsters are even reportedly looking up to the Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after researching about his ideologies online.

"This is a new trend. It's more difficult (to track them) than existing networks... because they are what are called lone wolves that are being radicalized online," Karnavian said.

With a population of about 250 million, a vast majority are a believed to be practising a moderate form of Islam. The Indonesian government has claimed to have largely disbanded extremist groups who are reported to have periodically carried out attacks in the country.

However, earlier in January, Jakarta faced the Islamist insurgency where four pro-Islamic State fighters mounted a gun and bomb attack in the heart of the capital city, killing eight people. The attackers also died when confronted by the police, who claimed the assault was not planned or executed properly.

Source: ibtimes.co.uk/indonesian-police-closely-monitoring-about-40-isis-militants-returned-syria-1586893

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137 detained so far in Malaysia over links to Islamic State

October 18, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR - A total of 137 people have been detained to date for their involvement with the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday said the number included those who had attempted to leave the country to join IS.

"We detained those who were going to join (IS), those who returned from there (Iraq and Syria) as well as those who were funding their activities," he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, added that his ministry currently is keeping track of all IS-linked individuals, especially Malaysians.

"We exchange intelligence with international agencies and we have a suspects list as well as a list of those involved with Daesh (another name for IS).

"I can give assurance that security is not only at airports. Borders and rabbit holes are being watched as well, not only by border security but external agencies as well," he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said that at present Malaysia is attempting to emulate Saudi Arabia with regard to its deradicalisation programmes.

"They have a deradicalisation programme where they attach electronic monitoring devices to the offenders.

"We have spoken about this to the Attorney-General," he said.

On Sunday, the IS stronghold in Mosul, Iraq was breached and countries like Turkey and the United States as well as Malaysia are anticipating the return of militants to their respective countries.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein on Monday said that Malaysia is on high alert following the breach.

Source: news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/137-detained-so-far-malaysia-over-links-islamic-state

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Africa

Nigerian Shi’ite Muslim sect vows to contest ban in northern Kaduna state

October 17, 2016

A Nigerian minority Shi’ite Muslim sect that has been declared an unlawful society by a northern state has vowed to challenge the ban.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria came to prominence when its members clashed with the army in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, in December 2015. A judicial inquiry in August concluded that the army killed 348 of the sect’s members.

The Kaduna state government on Friday said anyone convicted of being a member of the sect could be imprisoned for seven years, fined or both. The size of the fine was not specified.

Diplomats and security analysts say the violence risked spawning a radical Shi’ite militant wing, just as the Boko Haram uprising began in 2009 after security forces killed hundreds of its members and its leader Mohammed Yusuf died in custody.

The Shi’ite sect’s leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, has been held in custody, without charge, by Nigeria’s security agency since his December arrest following the clashes. His supporters have called for his release.

The Kaduna state government said the group had “overtly continued with unlawful processions” and “obstruction of public highways” since the clashes.

“These acts, if allowed to go unchecked will constitute danger to the peace, tranquillity, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna state,” it said, declaring the group unlawful with immediate effect.

A spokesman for the sect, Ibraheem Musa, said its members were not going to be intimidated into resorting to violence.

“Very soon, we shall challenge this ban through legal and peaceful means,” he said.

Members of the sect are among the several thousand Shi’ite Muslims whose movement was inspired by the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

The majority of the tens of millions of Muslims in Africa’s most populous nation of 180 million inhabitants are Sunni – including the Boko Haram militants who have killed thousands mainly in the northeast since 2009.

Source: blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2016/10/17/nigerian-shiite-muslim-sect-vows-to-contest-ban-in-northern-kaduna-state/

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Boko Haram claims attack on soldiers in NE Nigeria

18th Oct 2016

Kano - Boko Haram on Monday claimed it killed 20 soldiers in northeastern Nigeria, in violence marring the celebrations following the release of some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

The group, using the name Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), said in a statement that it "stormed a joint position of the armies of Nigeria and Niger" in the town of Ghashghar in northeast Borno State.

It claimed it killed 20 soldiers and wounded dozens of others in "fierce clashes" that erupted during the attack on Sunday, highlighting the threat the group still poses in the region.

A community leader in the Ghashghar area confirmed the raid, saying soldiers were taken by surprise when Boko Haram militants fired rocket-propelled grenades.

"I was called by two of my contacts ... informing of an attack late yesterday on the joint military personnel from Nigeria and Niger stationed in Asaka village, around 15km from Ghashghar," a community leader from the area said.

Huge casualties

"According to them, Boko Haram launched an attack with heavy guns and rocket-propelled grenades on the soldiers. The attackers came in eight vehicles," said the leader, who asked to remain anonymous fearing reprisal from the military.

"The soldiers suffered huge casualties because they were taken off-guard. They never anticipated such an attack," he said, adding that the jihadists stole six military vehicles and weapons.

Boko Haram has been waging a seven-year uprising against the Nigerian state, claiming more than 20 000 lives with the insurgency spilling over the west African nation's borders into neighbouring states.

ISWAP is a faction of Boko Haram, whose leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi was appointed by the Islamic State jihadist group in August.

Boko Haram's longtime chief Abubakar Shekau still claims he is in charge, however, as rival factions vie for control.

Many Chibok girls still held

News of the raid came less than a week after 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014 were released.

Even as town residents celebrated the girls' return, experts warned the nation must brace for more violence as the government negotiates for the others.

The remaining 197 girls appear to be spread out in different jihadist camps, though Shekau has claimed in the past that several died in Nigerian air strikes.

Nigerian presidency spokesperson Garba Shehu has said that the ISWAP faction of Boko Haram has claimed to have "83 or more girls to release on negotiation."

"Whenever the Nigerian government will be negotiating with one faction, the other one will be calling for attention," Martin Ewi, a researcher at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.

"You will be hearing about negotiations and you'll be hearing about attacks."

Source: news24.com/Africa/News/boko-haram-claims-attack-on-soldiers-in-ne-nigeria-20161017-2

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Nigerian man with 97 wives says he is still 'very much alive'

October 18, 2016

Nigeria’s most famous polygamist has denied rumours of his death, saying he is still “very much alive” at 92 years old, and plans to continue taking more wives.

Mohammed Bello Abubakar is a controversial figure in the town of Bida, Niger state, where he has married more than 100 women in what he describes as a “divine” calling.

The cleric has no discernible income, and has clashed in the past with the local Islamic authorities, who describe his larger-than-average household as a cult.

He has outlived the majority of his 185 children, and told reporters the latest rumour of his death was the work of unspecified “detractors”. A media report suggested he had died after a brief illness.

“My dear, I am very much alive, hale and hearty,” he told Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper.

“The rumour is baseless and can best be described as the work of my detractors because they envy what God has done and what He is still doing for me.

“What I am doing is divine. It is an assignment and I will keep doing it till the end,” he added.

Mr Bello has married a total of 107 women in his time, and divorced 10, meaning that he has 97 wives according to the Punch newspaper’s most recent count.

He shot to international fame in August 2008, back when he had 86 wives, when he gave interviews to journalists and film crews explaining his unusual living situation and that “God has asked me to do it”.

Most Muslim scholars agree a man can take up to four wives, as long as he is able to look after them all equally.

But Mr Bello said his own interpretation was that “the Koran does not place a limit and it is up to what your own power, your own endowment and ability allows”.

That non-standard pronouncement saw him arrested later in 2008 at the request of the local Shariah Court, with the emir in Bida accusing him of “creating tension” by speaking to journalists.

The court released him in November 2008 on the condition that he divorce 82 of his 86 wives. He did not comply.

It is not the first time the nonagenarian has been rumoured to have died. After reports of his death surfaced in June 2012, he gave a rare in-depth interview to the The Nation in which he proclaimed he was not finished marrying yet.

 “My large number of wives? I only have 97 wives,” he said. “I am still going to marry more. I will keep marrying them for as long I am alive.

“Left for me, I would have married maybe two wives, but what I am doing is divine.

“I just want to advise those fighting against the number of my wives to stop because such people are waging war against God, their creator.”

Source: independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/mohammed-bello-abubakar-masaba-polygamy-nigerian-man-with-97-wives-still-very-much-alive-a7365926.html

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Trump campaign portrays Sikh as Muslim supporter in handbills

Oct 18, 2016

Chicago: In another gaffe, an Indian-origin Sikh in the US was misidentified as a Muslim supporter of Donald Trump in flyers distributed by the Republican presidential nominee's campaign, a media report said on Tuesday.

Gurinder Singh Khalsa, a resident of Fishers city in Indiana who immigrated to the US from India, featured in the handbill advertisement with the word "Muslim" superimposed above his picture, WTHR TV channel reported.

The flyers, distributed in Ohio to canvass for Trump, claimed that Khalsa was a Muslim Trump supporter. "I am not Muslim and I am not supporting Trump," he was quoted as saying by the channel.

"He (Trump) is putting my picture, saying Muslims support him and I have nothing to do with it. I do not support Trump.

Nobody even asked me to put that picture there. It was shocking, disturbing and this will create more confusion among people because they are sending it nationwide," he said.

Khalsa, who founded the Sikh Political Action Committee -- a non-partisan group encouraging state lawmakers to include Sikhs in the conversation -- said Sikhs have been mistaken as radical Islamists and have been targeted by hate crimes.

He said the committee wants to teach the public who they are, why they have beards and wear turbans. It is designed to help Americans understand the differences between his Sikh religion and others from around the world.

Khalsa said he knew he had to work to educate the general public, but "now we have to work hard to get national level politicians and the presidential candidate, he does not know the difference between Muslims and Sikhs and that is most disturbing".

There have been many gaffes from Trump, 70, and his campaign in the past. Earlier, Trump's refusal to back same-sex marriage on the basis that he only supports "traditional" unions was undermined when a TV journalist asked him what was traditional about marrying three times.

Trump had created uproar when he said "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists".

Source: deccanchronicle.com/world/america/181016/donald-trump-campaign-portrays-sikh-as-muslim-supporter-in-handbills.html

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Islamic State, refugees top agenda for Italy PM's visit to White House

18 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will welcome Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday for an official visit in which they will discuss the shared fight against Islamic State and the future of Europe which faces slow growth and a refugee crisis.

Italy has been an ally in Washington's efforts in the Middle East, sending troops to support Iraq's fight against Islamic State and becoming a founding member of an international group seeking a political solution in Syria's civil war.

Obama will host a shimmering state dinner, his last before he leaves office on Jan. 20, for Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini at the White House to cement the friendship between the countries.

The event may also provide Renzi with a boost to his flagging campaign for a referendum on constitutional reform.

Italy has made an "important contribution" in the fight against Islamic State, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters ahead of the visit. That includes training local Iraqi police to establish order in Iraqi cities and communities that have been retaken from Islamic State, Earnest said.

Italy's efforts will come into play in the next weeks and months as Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, begin an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city which Islamic State seized in 2014.

Renzi's government also works with the United States and Saudi Arabia to cut funding to the militant group. And it is a partner with Washington in supporting the UN-backed unity government in Libya, which faces its own battles with Islamic State.

On issues back home, Renzi hopes headlines from the visit will boost his campaign for a referendum in Dec. 4 on reforms that he says will streamline the lawmaking process and bring political stability to the country.

Obama wants to "put wind in the sales of someone that he sees as one of the most promising young politicians in Europe," Charles Kupchan, the president's senior director for European affairs, told reporters.

Obama backs Renzi's reform push and his support for a strong, integrated Europe after the United Kingdom voted this year to exit the European Union, Kupchan said.

Europe has faced a raft of problems in recent years that including sluggish growth, a more aggressive Russia and the migrant crisis that have helped spur populism movements across the continent.

The two leaders will focus on the central Mediterranean where migrants from North Africa and Egypt continue to head towards Italy. "There will be conversations about how to address that crisis in an orderly and humane way," Kupchan said.

Source: channelnewsasia.com/news/world/islamic-state-refugees-top-agenda-for-italy-pm-s-visit-to-white/3215588.html

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