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‘Practice What You Preach’: Son of Syrian Salafist Cleric Slams Father Over Jihad Call

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Maulana Sami ul-Haq (C), one of the Taliban negotiators, speaks during a news conference with his team members Ibrahim Khan (L) and Maulana Abdul Aziz (R) in Islamabad Feb. 4, 2014. (Reuters)

 

 

 

Arab World

‘Practice What You Preach’: Son of Syrian Salafist Cleric Slams Father Over Jihad Call

Young Saudis Beware of false jihadis: Warns Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti

Jihadist ISIL inks truce with Syria rebel brigade

KSA police chief vows crackdown on extremists

Baghdad bombs, one near foreign ministry, kill 24

OIC seeks rights debates based on Islamic values

Egypt destroys ten militant hideouts in Sinai

Chemical Weapons Lab Discovered in Rebel-Controlled Iraq

Schism between Al-Qaeda groups in Syria is a big deal, expert says

 

South Asia

Bangladesh PM: Control your terrorist forces

3 Taliban militants killed, 5 injured in Afghan operations

Court finds Khaleda’s role mysterious in 10-truck arms haul

Maldives MP proposes public referendum on death penalty

 

Pakistan

Suicide blast near Imambargah kills nine, injures 50 in Peshawar

No Peace Until Pakistan Embraces Islamic Law: Taliban Negotiators

Pakistan Ulema Council publishes book to guide scholars, clerics

State cannot survive if rule of law not enforced: PM

Sharif invites India to resolve Kashmir dispute through dialogue

Peace talks hampered by exchange of accusations

 

Africa

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 80 in Plateau, Kaduna, Yobe

Seven militants, policeman killed in Tunisia raid

Dozen civilians die in clashes in northern Central African Republic

Blast at school in Libya's Benghazi wounds 6 children

Libyans, watchdog agency say all toxic chemical weapons from Qadhafi-era stocks destroyed

 

Mideast

'Kerry has declared war on God,' say hard-line rabbis; warn of divine punishment

Israel rejects US request to re-open anti-incitement council with Palestinians

Jewish groups lay low as Kerry works on Israeli-Palestinian peace framework

Israel clear plans for over 550 east Jerusalem settler homes: Council

 

Europe

Trade Unionist UK Imam Tells Muslim Clerics: 'Don't Be Slaves, Join a Union'

Membership or link to Muslim Brotherhood not proof of extremism: UK

Ukip MEP says British Muslims should sign charter rejecting violence

Relations between Russian, Syrian people to be maintained in any case – National Coalition

French business push in Iran draws US sanctions warning

 

North America

US non-committal on support to talks between Pakistan and Taliban

Sharia law no threat to U.S. Constitution

CIA Chief: Americans Fighting in Syria May Attack US

Kerry slams 'barbarity' of Syrian regime's barrel bombs

US curtails drone strikes on Pakistan's request: report

Obama meets war commanders as Afghan plan in limbo

Muslim pupils in NYC public schools may get Eid holidays

 

India

541 attempts made to infiltrate into J&K in last 2 years: Govt

Over 30 Khalistani terrorists staying in UK: Ministry of home affairs

 

Southeast Asia

Understanding the constitutional freedom to use ‘Allah’

Church lawyers studying Putrajaya’s ‘advisory’ on Allah ban

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

‘Practice What You Preach’: Son of Syrian Salafist Cleric Slams Father Over Jihad Call

February 5, 2014

The son of popular Syrian Salafist cleric Adnan al-Aroor publically rejected his father's calls for jihad in Syria, criticizing him for urging young men to fight in Syria while he sits and watches from a comfortable distance.

“Why don’t you get up and go fight in Syria! Don’t just sit down on the chair. Bashar [al-Assad] is better than you,” Jaber al-Aroor, yelled at his father, during a television interview aired on the Kuwaiti Wesal channel.

Al-Aroor became a prominent voice regarding the Syrian conflict shortly after its start, frequently making appearances criticizing the Syrian regime and calling for the arming of the opposition and a foreign military intervention. Living in Saudi Arabia for the past 40 years, he has previously been accused of inciting his followers to jihad and calling people to “rise and fight."

His son later announced his rejection of his father's views, stating he was neither “with Sheikh al-Aroor nor with Bashar al-Assad, but with the revolutionaries.”

In another one of the cleric's videos, al-Aroor claimed one of his children was fighting in Syria, after being accused of hypocrisy as he called others to fight while his offspring were not. He added that his other children were working to provide relief for Syrians, another form of jihad. He did not provide further details.

The Salafist gained criticism through social media channels, especially Twitter.

While some users called him a terrorist, others claimed he was a thief stealing the money he raises for victims of Syrian’s war.

"I wish he’s release statements to see the massive amounts in his bank accounts! (sic)” Twitter user @bro_Noah wrote.

Some called for his expulsion from Saudi Arabia.

“Why he is not kicked out along with his family from the county [Saudi Arabia]. He destroys an entire country [Syria] while sitting safely in ours,” tweeted user @ tttt89673.

A number of preachers promoting jihad, including Saudi clerics Mohammad al-Arifi and Salman al-Ouda, have recently gone under fire as they urge people to rise and fight but do not commit to the cause themselves, with many living in countries far from the war torn country living luxurious lifestyles.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/02/04/-Practice-what-you-preach-son-slams-cleric-father-over-jihad-call.html

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Young Saudis Beware of false jihadis: Warns Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti

February 5, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said that scores of young Saudi men have lost their lives by answering false jihad calls to fight wars outside their country.

“They were misled into believing that they were jihadis, but were in fact easy targets for the enemies of Islam in war zones where they were subject to torture, humiliation and slavery, let alone losing their lives,” the grand mufti said in an interview on Saudi Television.

Al-Asheikh’s comments come a day after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah decreed jail terms of up to 20 years for citizens who fight in conflicts abroad or belong to “extremist religious and ideological groups, or those classified as terrorist organizations.” Promoting the views of such groups and organizations “through speech or writing” would also incur prison sentences.

The grand mufti urged families, schools, the media, and imams to warn young men against supporting advocates of sedition and focus on creating a better future in the Kingdom.

He said some people in Saudi society are manipulating the true message of Islam. They are spreading misleading information sugar-coated with religious rhetoric to break down national unity and create chaos, he said.

He praised King Abdullah for tackling these extremist views and actions that were harming the nation. He said it was “the ruler’s obligation to maintain the well being of the nation.”

The Council of Senior Religious Scholars said King Abdullah acted on the basis of Islamic principles related to governance and political leadership.

“The call for war or peace is an Islamic right given to the ruler, Muslim scholars agree,” Sheikh Fahad Al-Majed, secretary-general of the council, said in a statement on Tuesday carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

He said jihad only becomes “obligatory” if it is made by the ruler. The king’s decision protects the nation’s religion, security, and unity, he said.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Abdullateef Al-Asheikh, the chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), reportedly vowed on Tuesday to remove extremists within the organization and called them “advocates of sedition.”

“We will eliminate whoever urges sedition in this country,” he warned, describing calls for jihad as “void.”

“It is forbidden to disobey the ruler” by sending young Saudis to join “sedition in neighbouring countries,” Al-Sheikh said.

Saudis have welcomed the royal decree.

Saudi columnist Salman Al-Dossari said that the decrees include “those who encourage instigate and support acts of terror in writing and speech.” The relationship between terror and its supporters has a history of wars and political conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Egypt, he said in his column in Al-Eqtisadiah daily.

He said that Saudi supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party banned in Egypt, have publicly supported it despite the government’s unequivocal stance on that party’s political agenda.

The decision then “is not necessarily politically motivated as some may perceive it, but rather to keep our national unity intact without alliances with politically motivated groups that tear apart the fabric of the nation,” he said.

Hamoud Al-Fayez said: “We have now realized the danger they pose. These poor young men, who have been tricked into someone else’s war, come back armed with malicious intent to harm their societies.”

Fadel Abu Al-Ainain said: “Only such a law can protect young men from becoming entangled in outside wars.”

Abdul Rahman Jumah said: “This is the right decision to protect the minds and integrity of our young men from the religious swindlers who have tarnished the essence of true Islamic teaching.”

http://www.arabnews.com/news/520901

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Jihadist ISIL inks truce with Syria rebel brigade

Feb 5, 2014

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has signed a truce deal in Syria with an Islamist rebel brigade involved in a widespread armed backlash against it.

The deal signed Tuesday between ISIL and Suqour al-Sham was posted online on Wednesday, and also reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights NGO.

It calls for "an immediate halt to fighting between the sides and no assault by either side on the other in any way".

It also urges that any disagreements between the groups be referred to an Islamic court.

Jihadist groups were initially welcomed to the Syrian conflict by some in the opposition.

But ISIL has sparked a fierce backlash from both moderate and Islamist brigades because of alleged abuses against civilians and rival armed opposition groups.

Since January 3, a coalition of those rebel groups has been fighting ISIL across areas under opposition control, including Idlib, Aleppo and Raqa provinces.

The fighting has killed more than 1,700 people, according to the Observatory, and has drawn attention and resources away from the fight against the regime in some places.

ISIL grew from the Islamic State of Iraq, a one-time Al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq that expanded into Syria after the conflict there began.

The group sought to merge with the jihadist Al-Nusra Front in Syria, but the Front rebuffed the overture and pledged allegiance directly to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Zawahiri says Al-Nusra is Al-Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and has distanced his organisation from ISIL, unsuccessfully ordering them to return to Iraq.

Al-Nusra has largely stayed out of the fighting against ISIL, but an array of moderate brigades as well as Islamist groups from the Islamic Front -- including Suqour al-Sham -- have been involved in fierce clashes with ISIL.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/93506/World/Region/Jihadist-ISIL-inks-truce-with-Syria-rebel-brigade.aspx

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KSA police chief vows crackdown on extremists

February 05, 2014

RIYADH: The head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police admitted the presence of extremists within its ranks, labelling them “advocates of sedition” and vowing to remove them, local media reported Tuesday.

Sheikh Abdullatif al-Sheikh’s comments come the day after King Abdullah decreed jail terms of up to 20 years for citizens who travel to fight abroad, as the kingdom struggles to deter young Saudis from becoming jihadists.

“There are advocates of sedition within the Commission” for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the local Okaz daily quoted Sheikh as saying. “We will eliminate whoever urges sedition in this country,” he warned, describing calls for jihad as “void”. “It is forbidden to disobey the ruler” by sending young Saudis to join “sedition in neighbouring countries,” Sheikh said.

The king’s decree, published by state news agency SPA on Monday, stipulates jail terms of between three and twenty years for those belonging to “extremist religious and ideological groups, or those classified as terrorist organisations”.

Supporting such groups, adopting their ideology or promoting them “through speech or writing” would also incur prison sentences, the decree added.

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/05-Feb-2014/ksa-police-chief-vows-crackdown-on-extremists

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Baghdad bombs, one near foreign ministry, kill 24

2014-02-05

BAGHDAD: Three explosions in Baghdad, including one opposite the foreign ministry, killed 24 people on Wednesday, the latest in the country's worst surge of violence in nearly six years.

The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants in the western Anbar province, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a powerful jihadist group that has exploited the chaos in neighbouring Syria.

With violence at its highest level since 2008, diplomats have urged the Shiite-led government to reach out to Sunnis in order to undercut support for militancy, but Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has taken a hard line ahead of April's parliamentary elections.

Wednesday's bombings, including a suicide attack, ripped through confessionally-mixed areas of the Iraqi capital during morning rush-hour, killing at least 24 people and leaving 30 others wounded, security officials and a medical source said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1085085/baghdad-bombs-one-near-foreign-ministry-kill-24

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OIC seeks rights debates based on Islamic values

One of the major challenges of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is finding ways to enrich global human rights debates with Islamic values and principles, said Iyad Madani, the newly appointed OIC secretary-general.

In a statement issued at the fourth session of the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), on Sunday here, Madani said that current international human rights laws are based on Western values.

He said the OIC was looking particularly at limitations on freedom of expression, gender equality, applying human rights in accordance with the OIC member states’ constitutional and legal systems, and stopping the spread of extremism.

With reference to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights and major UN human rights instruments, he said most OIC countries have “willingly adopted and implemented international human rights norms. However, there are a number of issues that go beyond the normal scope of human rights and clash with Islamic teachings,” Madani said in the statement.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/520321

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Egypt destroys ten militant hideouts in Sinai

Feb 5, 2014

The Egyptian armed forces have destroyed ten hideouts of suspected militants in the Sinai Peninsula and arrested four suspects as part of an ongoing campaign against Islamist insurgents in the region.

Ten shacks and buildings used as bases for terrorist attacks were torched and destroyed in Tuesday's offensive in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweyid, a security source told state news agency MENA.

Four suspects, including two Palestinians, were arrested in the raid, the official added.

Islamist militants, who had already expanded their activities in the peninsula since the January 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak, have stepped up their attacks since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/93491/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-destroys-ten-militant-hideouts-in-Sinai.aspx

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Chemical Weapons Lab Discovered in Rebel-Controlled Iraq

February 5, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi Interior ministry said it's uncovered a laboratory fully equipped to produce chemical weapons including the highly toxic sarin gas. They said the lab belonged to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Saudi-backed extremist rebel fraction that's been highly active in the country and neighboring Syria.

http://english.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13921115000362

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Schism between Al-Qaeda groups in Syria is a big deal, expert says

February 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (VR)—In Syria, the discord between rebels groups may have entered a new phase.

On February 2, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri announced he has broken ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, better known as ISIS. ISIS was originally formed in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, but pushed into Syria with the goal of turning the country into an Islamic caliphate. The group's brutality and ruthlessness, even with civilians, did not go over well, though. In recent weeks, ISIS has battled more moderate rebel groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's original Syria franchise.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2014_02_05/Schism-between-Al-Qaeda-groups-in-Syria-is-a-big-deal-expert-says-3740/

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh PM: Control your terrorist forces

February 5, 2014

Awami League activists and freedom fighters were attacked throughout the country under orders from BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

“I will urge her (Khaleda) to control the terrorist forces she has unleashed,” the premier told the media on Wednesday morning. “She must control them.”

“If her party is composed of terrorists, we will take actions,” the premier said pointing to Khaleda's “complains” of more than 19,000 BNP activists arrested.

Hasina made the comments after visiting post-election violence victims at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in the capital.

“She does not understand anything beside terrorism – it is her job to create terror and kill people. She uses Razakars and war criminals to do her dirty work.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/feb/05/pm-control-your-terrorist-forces#sthash.X07yinRS.dpuf

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3 Taliban militants killed, 5 injured in Afghan operations

February 5, 2014

At least three Taliban militants were killed and five and others were injured during coordinated military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces.

The operations were conducted during the past 24 hours Afghan national police, Afghan natioanl army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement confirmed that three Taliban militants were killed and five others were injured during military operations in Nangarhar, Kapisa, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul and Logar provinces of Afghanistan.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted by Afghan national security forces to clear the mentioned areas from militants activities.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/3-taliban-militants-5-injured-in-afghan-operations-3403

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Court finds Khaleda’s role mysterious in 10-truck arms haul

February 5, 2014

The role of former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia in the sensational 10-truck arms haul in April, 2004 in Chittagong was found mysterious by the court which delivered the verdict on the two cases in the incident on January 30.

SM Mojibur Rahman, judge of Chittagong Metropolitan Special Tribunal 1, who pronounced a short version of the verdict in the cases on January 30 gave this observation in the full copy of the judgment that was released yesterday.

The judge observed that it was a conspiracy to destroy the good relations of brotherly countries Bangladesh and India.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/feb/05/court-finds-khaledas-role-mysterious-10-truck-arms-haul#sthash.xZUMejkR.dpuf

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Maldives MP Mahloof proposes public referendum on death penalty

By Ahmed Naish | February 4th, 2014

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Mahloof has proposed conducting a public referendum on the death penalty to allow voters to decide whether to restore capital punishment.

Speaking at a press conference at the PPM office this morning, the MP for Galolhu South said he was planning to submit a resolution to parliament on conducting the referendum simultaneously with the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 22.

Mahloof accused all three branches of the state of “making excuses” to avoid enforcing the death penalty, claiming that 99 percent of the public supported its reintroduction.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/ppm-mp-mahloof-proposes-public-referendum-on-death-penalty-76856

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Pakistan

 

Suicide blast near Imambargah kills nine, injures 50 in Peshawar

February 5, 2014

PESHAWAR: Nine people were killed and 50 others injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a local hotel frequented mostly by Shias in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday night, said officials.

The incident took place at Pak Hotel near Imambargah Alamdar in Kucha Risaldar, a Shia dominated neighbourhood of Peshawar.

Police officer Rizwan Khan said that the hotel is frequented mostly by Shias who visit Imambargah Alamdar next door. Most of the dead and wounded were Shias, he added.

The blast came as talks between government negotiators and representatives from the Pakistani Taliban designed to end years of fighting in the northwest were delayed.

Confirming the death toll, Superintendent Police (SP) City Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar said it was a suicide attack.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1084915/suicide-blast-near-imambargah-kills-nine-injures-50-in-peshawar

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No Peace Until Pakistan Embraces Islamic Law: Taliban Negotiators

AFP | Feb 5, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Negotiators representing Taliban insurgents said Wednesday there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from neighbouring Afghanistan.

The tough conditions appear to deal a blow to hopes that talks with the Pakistani government could end the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) insurgency that has rocked the nuclear-armed country since 2007.

Initial peace talks failed to get under way on Tuesday when the government delegation refused to meet the militants' negotiators, citing confusion about the make-up of their team.

The two sides are expected to try to meet again on Thursday or Friday, though no definite arrangements have yet been made.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/No-peace-until-Pakistan-embraces-Islamic-law-Taliban-negotiators/articleshow/29912496.cms

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Pakistan Ulema Council publishes book to guide scholars, clerics

February 5, 2014

LAHORE: The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) has published a book entitled “Modern-day issues in the light of the sermons of the leaders” to provide guidance to scholars and clerics.

The book elaborates on modern-day issues in the light of the holy Quran, Sunnah and sermons of Islamic leaders. It uses the sermon of Hajjatul Wida as a guide to present Friday sermons of the entire year in an organised form. The book talks about everything from environment to the significance of casuistry. Likewise, not only does it compile sermons related to inter-faith and inter-sectarian dialogue but also talks about the negative impacts of acts like murder, kidnapping and spying.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/05-Feb-2014/puc-publishes-book-to-guide-scholars-clerics

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State cannot survive if rule of law not enforced: PM

February 5, 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pledging to transform Pakistan into a moderate and developed country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the state cannot not survive if the constitutional order is not respected and the rule of law not enforced.

“We will have to take the course of constitutional order and abide by the laws of the land because all the roads to a strong and unimpeachable national defence emerge from adherence to the constitutional order and rule of law,” he said in his address here at the National Defence University (NDU).

The prime minister said a strong state has to be built on discipline and orderly compliance of its constituents. He said Pakistan has to pursue this path if it wants to be recognised as a respectable part of the comity of nations. “While shaping our future, we will have to keep in mind the mistakes of our past,” he remarked.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/05-Feb-2014/state-cannot-survive-if-rule-of-law-not-enforced-pm

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Sharif invites India to resolve Kashmir dispute through dialogue

2014-02-05

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended an invitation to the Indian leadership on Wednesday to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue on Kashmir Solidarity Day, DawnNews reported.

Addressing the legislative assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, the premier said conflicts and uncertainty would linger on in the region if the Kashmir dispute wasn’t resolved.

“We invite India to engage in a comprehensive sustained and result-oriented dialogue process,” he added.

Sharif also urged the international community to play its due role in securing for Kashmiris their right to self-determination.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1085081/sharif-invites-india-to-resolve-kashmir-dispute-through-dialogue

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Peace talks hampered by exchange of accusations

2014-02-05

ISLAMABAD: Clouds of doubts surrounding the proposed peace talks between the government and the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) further thickened on Tuesday, with each side accusing the other of not doing enough to make the process sustainable and result-oriented and raising questions over each other’s seriousness.

While the government side sought certain clarifications from TTP’s negotiating team, the latter appeared to be in doubt if the government really wanted to hold talks or was looking for an excuse to go ahead with a military operation in North Waziristan Agency.

“After the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) refused to join the TTP committee, naturally we are waiting for their replacement. Therefore, we decided at a meeting held earlier in the day to wait for new names before formally starting talks,” Rahimullah Yousufzai, a member of the government committee, told Dawn.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1085000/peace-talks-hampered-by-exchange-of-accusations

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Africa

 

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 80 in Plateau, Kaduna, Yobe

February 5, 2014

Some 80 persons have been killed by gunmen in separate attacks on villages in Plateau, Kaduna and Yobe States.

In Plateau State, some 30 persons, including two soldiers, were killed in two villages in Riyom Local Government Area, barely 24 hours after the state police command met with stakeholders towards finding a lasting solution to the spate of killings in the state.

Twenty others, mostly traders, were also killed on Monday night when gunmen, suspected to be members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect, attacked a local market in Yobe town.

Another set of gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, killed some 30 persons when they invaded three villages in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness, who narrowly escaped to Jos during the attack in Plateau State, told reporters yesterday that the attackers stormed Rajak and Atakar at about 3 am on Monday and shot to death the villagers.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201402050109.html

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Seven militants, policeman killed in Tunisia raid

Feb 5, 2014

Seven Islamist militants and a Tunisian policeman were killed in a gun battle after police raided a house in Tunis where weapons, explosives and suicide bomb belts were found, a security source said.

The clash broke out late on Monday when police surrounded a house in Raoued, a northern suburb of the capital, in an attempt to arrest a group of suspected militants hiding there.

"They had suicide bomb belts and explosive material and they were well-armed," Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said, without naming the group to which the men belonged.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/93422/World/Region/UPDATED-Seven-militants,-policeman-killed-in-Tunis.aspx

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Dozen civilians die in clashes in northern Central African Republic

February 5, 2014

A dozen civilians were killed during clashes between Muslim Seleka fighters and Christian vigilante groups in the northern Central African Republic despite the reinforced presence of African peacekeepers in the area, witnesses said on Wednesday.

Seleka fighters, supported by mercenaries from Chad and Sudan, attacked residents this week in Bossembele and Boali, about 100 kilometres North-west of the capital, Bangui, witnesses said by telephone.

In retribution, Christian vigilante groups killed an unknown number of civilians in the mainly Muslim town of Sibut, also in the North, residents said.

Hundreds of Seleka fighters had rallied in Sibut last week to prepare a major offensive against Bangui in a bid to topple the conflict-ridden nation’s interim government.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/dozen-civilians-die-in-clashes-in-northern-central-african-republic/article5656590.ece

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Blast at school in Libya's Benghazi wounds 6 children

February 5, 2014

A blast rocked a primary school in Libya's restive second city Benghazi during playtime on Wednesday, wounding six children, security and medical officials said.

The blast was caused by an explosive device thrown over the exterior wall of the school as the children were playing, said Fadia al-Barghathi, spokeswoman for Benghazi's Al-Jala hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/blast-at-school-in-libyas-benghazi-wounds-6-children.aspx?pageID=238&nID=62041&NewsCatID=357

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Libyans, watchdog agency say all toxic chemical weapons from Gadhafi-era stocks destroyed

Feb 5, 2014

Libya's Foreign Ministry says the country's caches of chemical weapons, including bombs and artillery shells filled with mustard gas, have been completely destroyed.

Mohammed Abdel-Aziz made his announcement on Tuesday after a mission was completed few days ago.

"Libya is totally empty of any presence of chemical weapons ... which could pose threat to the safety of people, the environment, or neighboring regions," he said in remarks carried by Libya's state news agency.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/93482/World/Region/Libyans,-watchdog-agency-say-all-toxic-chemical-we.aspx

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Mideast

 

'Kerry has declared war on God,' say hardline rabbis; warn of divine punishment

February 5, 2014

A group of rabbis, including the founder of the far-right Our Land of Israel party, wrote in an open to letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry that he had declared war against God through his current mediation efforts between Israel and Palestinian negotiators, and said he must cease such activities to avoid divine punishment.

The letter was sent by the Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel, founded by Rabbi Sholom Dov Wolpo, who also founded the Our Land of Israel party, as an activist group to oppose political accords with the Palestinians involving territorial concessions.

“Your incessant efforts to expropriate integral parts of our Holy Land and hand them over to Abbas’s terrorist gang, amount to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe! For G-d awarded the entire Land of Israel to our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in order that they bequeath it, as an everlasting inheritance, to their descendants, the Jewish people, until the end of all time,” the letter reads.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Kerry-has-declared-war-on-God-say-hardline-rabbis-warn-of-divine-punishment-340419

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Israel rejects US request to re-open anti-incitement council with Palestinians

February 5, 2014

Israel has rejected a US proposal to launch an anti-incitement council for the purpose of preventing provocative statements from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Channel 10 reported on Tuesday.

The proposal was offered by US peace envoy Martin Indyk after many complaints had been made by the Israeli government itself charging the Palestinian Authority with constant hate-mongering and incitement within their educational system and government.

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz rebuffed the request, stating that Israel is not interested in supplying the Palestinian Authority with a cover under which they will simply continue to spread hatred.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-rejects-US-request-to-re-open-anti-incitement-council-with-Palestinians-340399

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Jewish groups lay low as Kerry works on Israeli-Palestinian peace framework

February 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration prepares to unveil a framework plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Jewish groups have responded by laying low.

In contrast to the noisy Iran sanctions contretemps between the administration and much of the pro-Israel community, the leading centrist Jewish groups have largely adopted a wait-and-see approach as US Secretary of State John Kerry works on the framework agreement.

The groups all publicly express support for Kerry’s efforts, but they have refrained from aggressive lobbying or commenting on news reports about purported details of the framework.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Jewish-groups-lay-low-as-Kerry-works-on-Israeli-Palestinian-peace-framework-340387

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Israel clear plans for over 550 east Jerusalem settler homes: Council

AFP | Feb 5, 2014

JERUSALEM: Israel on Wednesday pushed forward with plans to build more than 550 new homes in settlement neighbourhoods of annexed east Jerusalem, the city council said.

In a statement listing "building permits that were approved" during a session of the local planning committee, it said permits were granted to private contractors to build 386 units in Har Homa, 136 units in Neve Yaakov and 36 units in Pisgat Zeev.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-clear-plans-for-over-550-east-Jerusalem-settler-homes-Council/articleshow/29909475.cms

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Europe

 

Trade Unionist UK Imam Tells Muslim Clerics: 'Don't Be Slaves, Join a Union'

February 5, 2014

The first Muslim imam to join a trade union in the UK wants his fellow clerics to follow his lead to stop them being treated "like slaves" by mosques.

Muhammad Sajjad Asim, who sued Edinburgh Central Mosque for breach of contract, said many imams are not paid the minimum wage, are not given holidays, are expected to supplement their pay with benefits, and sometimes given accommodation that is no more than a rolled-up mat in a corner of the mosque.

When Asim was recruited to the post of imam at the Edinburgh mosque from Pakistan, he found himself working seven days a week without holidays, and was allowed no parental leave when one of his children was born - all for below a rate of the minimum wage, and for less cash than he had been promised.

Full report at:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/imam-tells-muslim-clerics-dont-be-slaves-join-a-union.23331860

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Membership or link to Muslim Brotherhood not proof of extremism: UK

Feb 5, 2014

The UK government has expressed its conviction that membership or links to the Muslim Brotherhood is not proof of extremism, adding that Brotherhood activists are free to operate in the UK so long as they respect its national laws.

A number of Brotherhood leaders and activists who fled to the UK following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi are politically and publically active against the military-backed government in Egypt.

"The UK allows members of all political groups to operate freely, provided they do not break UK law or immigration rules," the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told Ahram Online.

"Muslim Brotherhood [members are] subject to the same immigration rules as everyone else," the official added.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/93508/Egypt/Politics-/Membership-or-link-to-Muslim-Brotherhood-not-proof.aspx

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Ukip MEP says British Muslims should sign charter rejecting violence

Feb 5, 2014

A Ukip MEP believes that British Muslims should sign a special code of conduct and warns that it was a big mistake for Europe to allow "an explosion of mosques across their land".

Gerard Batten, who represents London and is member of the party's executive, told the Guardian on Tuesdaythat he stood by a "charter of Muslim understanding", which he commissioned in 2006.

The document asks Muslims to sign a declaration rejecting violence and says parts of the Qur'an that promote "violent physical Jihad" should be regarded as "inapplicable, invalid and non-Islamic".

Full report at:

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/04/ukip-mep-gerard-batten-muslims-sign-charter-rejecting-violence

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Relations between Russian, Syrian people to be maintained in any case – National Coalition

February 5, 2014

The leadership of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Oppsoition Forces is in Moscow with official visit. Head of the oppositional organisation Ahmad al-Jarba urges Russia to put pressure on the Syrian government. "We came to Moscow once again to demonstrate, that the relations between Russia and Syria are, above all, relations between Russian and Syrian people" and that they will be maintaine in any case, Jarba said.

Our correspondent Elena Suponina talked with the Syrian opposition leader

Mr. Jarba, the first round of Geneva talks on Syria brought no results. Do you have any idea how to make the second round, which starts next week, more effective?

The idea of peace talks in Geneva does not tolerate ambiguity. There are clearly defined guidelines which have been developed over a year ago at the Geneva-1 conference. We are ready to follow them. We took the courageous decision to participate in the Geneva-2. Some people argued that we are against a peaceful solution, but obiously it is not so, and we proved it.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_02_04/Relations-between-Russian-Syrian-people-to-be-maintained-in-any-case-National-Coalition-9497/

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French business push in Iran draws US sanctions warning

2014-02-05

TEHRAN: A visit to Iran by a large French business delegation drew a stern warning from Washington Tuesday that most US sanctions remain in place and will be enforced even against allies.

The 116-strong French delegation, with representatives from major companies like Total, Lafarge and Peugeot, was the largest of its kind from Europe since a landmark nuclear deal reached with the major powers in November gave Iran limited relief from crippling US and EU sanctions.

French employers' union vice president Thierry Courtaigne said the delegation, which arrived in Tehran Monday, wanted to assess the commercial opportunities opened up by the easing of Western sanctions.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1085075/french-business-push-in-iran-draws-us-sanctions-warning

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North America

 

US non-committal on support to talks between Pakistan and Taliban

PTI | Feb 5, 2014

WASHINGTON: The US has refused to lend its support to talks between the Pakistan government and the Taliban, describing it as an internal matter of the country.

"We of course are closely following the recent developments and reports. The issue of whether to negotiate with TTP ( Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan) is an internal matter for Pakistan," state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

The US and Pakistan continue to have a vital shared strategic interest in ending extremist violence so as to build a more prosperous, stable and peaceful region, she said.

When asked why the US view on the Pak-Taliban talks is quite different from that on the Afghan-Taliban talks, Psaki said, "Every circumstance is different. I'm not piling ever country and every circumstance into one. So I think I gave an answer on our position."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-non-committal-on-support-to-talks-between-Pakistan-and-Taliban/articleshow/29872800.cms

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Sharia law no threat to U.S. Constitution

February 5, 2014

Sunday’s letter, “Sharia law will overtake U.S. if we’re not vigilant,” is a typical display of the relationship between ignorance and prejudice.

The letter writer’s claim that Muslims hope to take over the United States through the imposition of Sharia law is false. It undermines the constitutional pillars he so admires.

While polls shows that many Muslims living in Muslim-majority countries want their religious values to govern their daily lives, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding reports that American Muslims are content with this country’s secular legal system and just as unwilling as non-Muslims to accept Islamic law.

Full report at:

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20140204/OPINION/140203013/Letter-Sharia-law-no-threat-U-S-Constitution?nclick_check=1

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CIA Chief: Americans Fighting in Syria May Attack US

February 5, 2014

Senior US intelligence officials warned that a number of Americans have joined Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria and they may try to stage terrorist attacks inside the United States.

In a testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, CIA Director John Brennan said militant groups in Syria and Iraq are increasing in number and may soon attack both regional and Western countries, Al-alam reported.

Brennan expressed concern about the fact that Al-Qaeda is training foreign fighters at camps in Syria.

"Syria presents a number of challenges to US national security interests in terms of the potential spillover of the fighting inside of Syria to neighboring countries, but also, and increasingly so, concerns on the terrorism front," Brennan added.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921116000179

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Kerry slams 'barbarity' of Syrian regime's barrel bombs

February 5, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Feb. 4 hit out the "brutality" of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad for its sustained barrel bomb campaign.

"Each and every day that the barrel-bombing of Aleppo continues, the Assad regime reminds the world of its true colors," Kerry wrote in a statement.

"It is the latest barbaric act of a regime that has committed organized, wholesale torture, used chemical weapons, and is starving whole communities by blocking delivery of food to Syrian civilians in urgent need." More than 150 people have been killed in Syria's onetime economic hub and second city over the past four days, in a string of barrel bomb raids and other air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kerry-slams-barbarity-of-syrian-regimes-barrel-bombs.aspx?pageID=238&nID=62031&NewsCatID=359

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US curtails drone strikes on Pakistan's request: report

2014-02-05

WASHINGTON: The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the government asked for restraint while it seeks peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Post quoted a US official as saying, “That's what they asked for, and we didn't tell them no.” The newspaper said there had been a lull in such attacks since December, the longest break since 2011.

The newspaper said the Obama administration indicated it would continue carrying out strikes on senior Al Qaeda officials if they were to become available or to thwart any immediate threat to Americans.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1085077/us-curtails-drone-strikes-on-pakistans-request-report

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Obama meets war commanders as Afghan plan in limbo

February 5, 2014

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama met top Afghanistan war advisors on Tuesday with US plans for a post-2014 military force in limbo over President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a security agreement.

Obama met Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Marine General Joseph Dunford, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, as he deliberates on the pace of US troop drawdowns and future strategy.

Karzai has infuriated Washington by declining to sign a bilateral security agreement (BSA), which would allow some US troops to remain behind on a training mission when American and allied combat missions end at the end of the year.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/667885/obama-meets-war-commanders-as-afghan-plan-in-limbo/

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Muslim pupils in NYC public schools may get Eid holidays

Feb 5, 2014

Muslims living in New York City may see their demand of recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools fulfilled under new Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” Blasio said on Monday in an interview on the Brian Lehrer Show.

During the show, the mayor said that he intended to close schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays as well as for the Lunar New Year.

Blasio said he was not yet sure whether Diwali, the festival of lights is celebrated in the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities should be officially recognized as a day off for public schools.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2014/02/05/Muslim-pupils-in-NYC-public-schools-may-get-Eid-holidays.html

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India

 

541 attempts made to infiltrate into J&K in last 2 years: Govt

PTI | Feb 5, 2014

NEW DELHI: In the last two years, there have been 541 attempts to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir while 65 terrorists were killed in 2013 in encounters with the Indian Army, defence minister A K Antony informed Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

"In 2012 and 2013, there have been 541 infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2013, 65 terrorists were killed in J&K in encounters with the Indian Army," he said in a written reply.

"No Pakistani soldier was apprehended on the LoC in 2013. However, on February 14, last year, one Pakistan Army soldier was killed while intruding across the LoC in the Naushera sector," the defence minister said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/541-attempts-made-to-infiltrate-into-JK-in-last-2-years-Govt/articleshow/29906940.cms

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Over 30 Khalistani terrorists staying in UK: Ministry of home affairs

Rohan Dua,TNN | Feb 5, 2014

CHANDIGARH: Even as the British government on Tuesday admitted to Margaret Thatcher government advising Indira Gandhi on military action on Operation Bluestar in 1984, a joint note prepared by Union ministry of home affairs and Punjab police has revealed that there are over 30 Khalistani "terrorists" staying in the UK.

"There are over 30 Khalistani terrorists, wanted in different cases in India, and staying in the UK," the note said. The note, dated September 30, 2013, was discussed at the internal security meeting of all chief ministers in Delhi last year.

It also said that Jagtar Singh Tara, whose terror group Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) had claimed responsibility for RDX explosives recovered from a car in Ambala in October 2011, that was meant to target 1984 riot-tainted Sajjan Kumar, is the new face of Sikh extremists.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Over-30-Khalistani-terrorists-staying-in-UK-Ministry-of-home-affairs/articleshow/29874410.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Understanding the constitutional freedom to use ‘Allah’

February 5, 2014

The polemics over the term “Allah” can be peacefully resolved if all parties involved agree to understand, respect and abide by the country’s regulation on Islam and other religions.

Article 3 and Article 11 of the Federal Constitution clearly states the guideline on handling the matter, which gives due rights to everyone involved.

A fresh storm brewed over the four-year-old issue when the Court of Appeals, at the end of last year, rejected Catholic weekly Herald’s application to use the term in the Bahasa Malaysia edition of the publication.

The court’s decision launched spirited debate in online news portals and social media, eventually culminating in a series of demonstrations.

These series of unfortunate events have strained relationship between the multi-religious society in Malaysia, who otherwise has been enjoying a peaceful co-existence since before Merdeka.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/understanding-the-constitutional-freedom-to-use-allah-bernama

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Church lawyers studying Putrajaya’s ‘advisory’ on Allah ban

February 5, 2014

Lawyers for Catholic weekly Herald are currently studying the notice sent by the Home Ministry, "advising" it not to publish articles on the Allah issue, said Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew (pic).

Andrew told The Malaysian Insider today that the lawyers were in the midst of discussing the terms of the notice.

"We want to get a clearer picture of the matter," he said.

Andrew insisted that the publication has not used the word Allah in its own articles for the last seven years, in respect to the 2007 order by the ministry to stop using the word in its publication.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/church-lawyers-studying-putrajayas-advisory-on-allah-ban

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