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Putin Claims 40 Countries, Including G20 Members, Finance ISIS
















The Russian Aerospace Forces' air attack against the terrorist groups in Syria will not only continue, but will also be intensified, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday

 

Mideast

Putin Claims 40 Countries, Including G20 Members, Finance ISIS

Suspects Arrested In Turkey Linked To Paris Attackers

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians in West Bank violence

G20 vows more intelligence sharing, but little shift on Syria

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Arab World

 

Russian Fighter Jets at Lebanon's Service Now to Kill Terrorists

Yemen Officials Say Airstrikes, Clashes Kill Some 40 Rebels

Yemeni Forces Kill Scores of Saudi Troops

One Million Syrians Returned Home since Launch of Russian Anti-ISIL Air Operation

Iraqi Forces Marching on ISIL Positions in Ramadi

At Least 30,000 Militants from 100 Countries Fighting in Syria, Iraq

Syrian Forces Enter Key Village in Aleppo

Army, Popular Forces Advance against ISIL West of Syria's Palmyra

Iraqi Forces Destroy ISIL's Missiles, Seize Back New Areas in Anbar Province

Militants Withdraw from New Area in Syria's Lattakia Province

Militants' Long Supplying Tunnel Destroyed by Army North of Syria's Homs

Syrian Commandoes Continue Hunting Militants across Aleppo Neighbourhoods

Army Kills Scores of Terrorists in Marj Al-Sultan Village

Syrian Forces Pound ISIL Centres South of Aleppo

Saudi King Salman: World must fight the evil of terror

Yemen president returns to Aden from Saudi exile

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South Asia

Security Forces Kill Six Uzbek Militants In Khost’s Spera District

Three Landmine Planters Killed By Own Bomb In Kunar

Kabul summoned Pakistani envoy after 3 border police martyred in cross-border shelling in Paktika

146,000 Afghans left to Europe this year

Taliban set 20 AFN as haircut rate but bans shaving in Takhar province

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Europe

Syria Raids: France to Deploy Aircraft Carrier to Boost Operations against IS

Paris Attack: Why Belgium Is At the Heart of a Destructive Wave of Terror in Europe

Spain 'Issues Arrest Warrant' For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Russia confirms 'terror attack' downed its plane over Egypt, vows retribution

'You will not have my hatred', husband of Paris victim tells ISIS

Paris attacks: Faced with cyberwar, ISIS issues 'how not to get hacked' messages

Police raid homes in France, planes pound ISIL in Raqqa

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North America

Seven US States Shut Doors to Syrian Refugees After Paris Attack

Despite Paris, Obama rejects calls for shift in ISIS fight

Terror shadow on Washington

Trudeau 'deeply disturbed' by mosque fire 'hate crime'

Why Republicans want Obama to denounce "radical Islam" — and why he won't do it

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Pakistan

Lal Masjid Cleric Vows To Pursue His Movement for the Establishment of Holy Quran and Sunnah’

Pakistan activist asks why Geeta's not yet with her parents

General Raheel, CIA director discuss regional security challenges

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India

India Alert to ISIS Threat, Says Home Minister

Urdu Varsity Students March to Condemn Paris Attacks

Anjuman-e-Haideri Condemns Paris Attack, Says Will Increase Measures To Counter IS Propaganda

SIO and Bhasha-O-Chetana Samity Organise Candle Light Vigils, Denounce Paris Attacks

After Paris, Indian agencies scramble to review ISIS policy

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Southeast Asia

Paris Attacks Put Focus on South-East Asia’s Terrorism Fight

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Australia

Australia's Most Senior Muslim Cleric Slammed After Linking Paris Terror Attacks To Racism

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Africa

Christians in the Central African Republic force Muslims to flee

After Paris ISIS Attacks, Morocco Terrorism Under Scrutiny: Islamic State Is North African Country's Latest Terror Threat

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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Mideast

 

Putin Claims 40 Countries, Including G20 Members, Finance ISIS

By Khaama Press - Tue Nov 17 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the terrorist group of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that has been expanding is being financed by 40 countries, including members of the G20.

“I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin has been quoted by Russia’s RT news as saying.

However, he has not revealed the names of those countries to media.

“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products.”

According to RT, Putin spoke to colleagues during his visit to Turkey for G20 summit that there is an urgent need to curb the illegal oil trade by IS.

It’s not the right time to try and figure out which country is more and which is less effective in the battle with Islamic State, as now a united international effort is needed against the terrorist group, Putin said.

Showing readiness for supporting the armed opposition in Syria to fight the Islamic State, Putin said “Some armed opposition groups consider it possible to begin active operations against IS with Russia’s support. And we are ready to provide such support from the air. If it happens it could become a good basis for the subsequent work on a political settlement,” he said, adding that first of all it should be decided which groups in Syria can be considered terrorist organizations and which can be attributed to an armed, but still legitimate part of the Syrian opposition.

http://www.khaama.com/putin-claims-40-countries-including-g20-members-finance-isis-4126

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Suspects arrested in Turkey linked to Paris attackers

November 16, 2015

Suspected Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) militants who were detained in raids in İstanbul last week were in contact with the militants in Paris who conducted deadly attacks across the city, a senior Turkish security official said Monday.

The official said the group in Turkey, who were detained before the Paris attacks, include a man they believe is associated with Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIL militant known as "Jihadi John."

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

The suspects were detained in a raid on a luxury villa in the İstanbul suburb of Silivri on Thursday. They were formally taken into custody early Monday after questioning by anti-terrorism police. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the group was made up of six militants, but the security official said more than six people were arrested.

The official said the groups in Turkey and France had exchanged messages about a terror plot in Istanbul linked to the Paris attacks, but did not offer further details.

He identified one of the suspects as British national Aine Lesley Davis. He said Turkish officials are investigating his links to Emwazi.

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_suspects-arrested-in-turkey-linked-to-paris-attackers_404460.html

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Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians in West Bank violence

November 16, 2015

Israeli troops shot dead at least two Palestinians during a gun battle in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian medical sources said, amid a weeks-old wave of violence.

At least three Palestinians were wounded in the confrontation at the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, as troops demolished the home of a militant who Israel claimed had killed an Israeli man in June.

The Israeli military claimed in a statement that troops had come under attack during the operation to destroy the home of Muhammad Abu Shaheen, who shot dead Danny Gonen in the West Bank in June.

There has been a surge of street violence since the beginning of October, with at least 14 Israelis killed in stabbings and shootings or being run down by cars. Israeli forces have killed at least 78 Palestinians, 45 of whom Israel says were carrying out or were about to carry out attacks.

The surge in violence across Israel, Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank has been fueled in part by a dispute over access to a site in Jerusalem holy to both Muslims and Jews.

In recent days, Israel has renewed a policy of demolishing homes belonging to Palestinians alleged of carrying out deadly attacks against Israelis. On Saturday, Israel demolished three homes in the West Bank belonging to attackers who killed an Israeli couple in front of their children in the West Bank on Oct. 1. Also that day, the military demolished a fourth home belonging to a man who killed an Israeli on his way home from a basketball game.

Israel claims home demolition is a legal and effective tool to deter attacks, but critics say the tactic amounts to collective punishment.

http://www.todayszaman.com/life_israeli-troops-kill-2-palestinians-in-west-bank-violence_404396.html

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G20 vows more intelligence sharing, but little shift on Syria

November 16, 2015

The world's leading nations at the G-20 summit have pledged increased cooperation on combatting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) including tightening border controls, increasing intelligence sharing and cracking down on terrorist financing but signaled little change on the overall strategy.

The two-day G-20 summit in the Mediterranean province of Antalya wrapped up on Monday with the leaders releasing a statement condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 and in Ankara on Oct. 10.

The leaders of the world's richest 19 nations plus the EU attending the G-20 summit, which was dominated by the attacks in Paris, expressed their condolences to the families of those killed or injured and declared they “remain united in combatting terrorism.”

The statement highlights member countries' aim to “reaffirm [their] solidarity and resolve in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and wherever it occurs” after the attacks in the French capital.

According to the declaration, the spread of terrorist organizations and the significant increase in acts of terrorism around the world endangers ongoing efforts to strengthen the global economy. Terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group, the declaration also adds.

The statement says the G-20 countries are determined to tackle the “financing channels of terrorism” by increased sharing of information, the freezing of terrorists' assets and financial sanctions against regimes related to terrorism.

ISIL, the militant group that controls large swathes of land in both Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks on a stadium, a concert hall and Paris cafes that left over 130 dead and over 350 wounded, with least 99 of them in a critical condition.

Similarly on Oct. 10 in Turkey, three weeks before a snap election scheduled for Nov. 1, a twin suicide bomb killed 102 people as a number of civil society groups gathered to hold a peace protest. The attack in Ankara was the worst of its kind in Turkish history.

US President Obama: Anti-ISIL strategy will intensify but success will take time

US President Barack Obama said in a press conference after the G-20 summit the US's strategy in combating ISIL will intensify in the coming period, putting pressure on the terrorist organization, but maintained any success over the militant group will take time.

Obama said the US is working alongside its allies to cut off ISIL's financial capabilities, including its illegal oil exports though the president ruled out any US ground forces in Syria.

Erdoğan: Terrorism and migration should not be conflated

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in the closing speech on Monday Turkey is in agreement with its G-20 allies on the fight against terrorism, adding migration issues and terrorism should not be conflated, declaring that linking the two is an effort to avoid humanitarian responsibility.

Erdoğan, who said he will attend a summit in Paris next month as a guest of President Francois Hollande, stated the fight against terrorism is as important for Turkey as strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

“The problems of the region, especially migrants and terrorism, cannot be resolved without a solution that can be accepted by everyone living inside Syria,” he told reporters. “The G-20 leaders have come to an agreement of fighting terrorist organizations without discriminating.”

G-20 statement warns of acute and growing flow of foreign terrorist fighters

The statement points towards the “acute and growing flow of foreign terrorist fighters” as a cause for concern and aims to tackle the issue by “operational information-sharing, border management to detect travel, preventive measures and appropriate criminal justice response.”

Turkey has recently come under pressure from Western allies to ramp up its fight against ISIL tighten control of its porous 900-kilometer-long border with Syria, which jihadists have used to bring in supplies and foreign fighters.

But in turn, Turkey has long complained about a lack of robust intelligence sharing and urged the West to provide more information about potential suspects before they travel. A senior Turkish official said Ankara had twice notified France about one of the Paris attackers but had only received a request for more information after the attacks.

Ismael Omar Mostefai, 29, from Chartres, southwest of Paris, is the only attacker to have formally been named by police in France. He was identified by the print from one of his fingers that was severed when his suicide vest exploded.

Hollande remains in France, FM Fabius says French bombing of ISIL self-defense

French President Hollande opted to stay home and deal with the aftermath of the attacks, but Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was present at the G-20 summit.

French warplanes struck ISIL targets in Syria on Sunday. Fabius described the bombings as an act of self-defense following the Paris attacks.

"France has always said given the manner in which it was threatened, not only threatened but attacked, by Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ISIL], it is completely normal to take initiative and as an act of legitimate defense, take action," he told reporters.

US President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate ISIL and prevent it from carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.

Speaking in Antalya, Obama described the killings as an “attack on the civilized world” and said the US would work with France to hunt down those responsible.

The Paris attacks puts pressure on Obama and the other world leaders to find a solution to the bloodshed that has been ensuing in Syria -- largely unabated -- for the last four years, costing the lives of over 250,000 people.

US officials cautioned that Obama has no plans to overhaul his strategy for dismantling ISIL and said he remained staunchly opposed to an American ground war in Syria according to a report by the AP. Instead, they foreshadowed an expansion of steps already taken by the US, namely airstrikes and train-and-equip missions for rebels inside Syria.

The two-day summit brought Obama and other world leaders just 500 kilometers from Syria where a four-and-a-half-year conflict transformed ISIL into a global security threat and spawned Europe's largest migration flow since World War II.

Putin meets Renzi, Cameron at G-20

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key player in the conflict in Syria, separately met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Putin and Cameron both emphasized the need for joint action against terrorism in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, according to AP.

"The latest tragic events in Paris show we have to unite our efforts in fighting this evil, something we should have done a long time ago," Putin said.

Cameron said differences in opinion over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's future had been enormous but appeared to be narrowing. "There are big differences; we don't hide those, we discuss them. But it is important in all these instances to have a proper dialogue with people like him," the British prime minister said after the meeting with Putin.

Russia joined the close conflict in Syria after it began bombing targets in the country since September, with ISIL as the top declared target. However Moscow has come under fire from the US and its allies, including Turkey, for purposely targeting Free Syrian Army (FSA) targets and largely turning a blind eye against ISIL.

Vienna talks bear fruit a day after Paris attacks

A day after gunmen and suicide bombers went on a rampage through Paris, the US, Russia, European and Middle Eastern powerhouses outlined a political process in Syria leading to elections within two years, but differences over the fate of Assad remained.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the political process in Syria, where 250,000 people have been killed in the civil war, would not apply to ISIL. "The impact of the war bleeds into all of our nations," Kerry said. "It is time for the bleeding in Syria to stop."

Russia and the United States also seemed to turn a blind eye to their long-standing disagreement over Assad's fate. The West and its allies say he must leave office, while his allies Moscow and Tehran support elections in which he could stand.

"We still differ, obviously, on the issue of what happens with Bashar al-Assad," Kerry said. "But we are relying on the political process itself, led by Syrians, which it will be going forward, and the Syrians negotiating with Syrians; that can help bring a close to this terrible chapter."

In a joint statement, the countries involved in the talks -- including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- laid out a plan including formal talks between the government and opposition by Jan. 1.

"The participants expect to meet in approximately one month in order to review progress towards implementation of a ceasefire and the beginning of the political process," the joint statement said. It also provided for elections based on a new constitution and supervised by the UN "within 18 months," without specifying exactly when from.

Erdoğan said on Monday he sees the Vienna agreement on Syria as a hopeful step forward, adding Assad has no place in Syria's future.

Obama: Assad don't have in the future of Syria

During a press conference in Antalya on Monday, US President Obama said that Assad doesn't have space in Syria's future.

Turkish foreign minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu, also said on Monday Assad will not participate in the elections to be held after the process is finalized, adding Turkey will not send ground troops to Syria.

Sinirlioğlu said new security measures would be taken against ISIL, but did not give details, adding Turkey had been sharing intelligence with its allies in the wake of Friday's attacks.

Obama-Putin discuss regional developments on G-20 sidelines

The Vienna talks were high on the agenda when Obama and Putin huddled for about half an hour on Monday on the sidelines of the G-20.

Obama on Sunday also met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, another key player in the effort to end the Syrian war. The Saudis have pushed strongly for the ouster of Assad and have funded his foes. Putin is set to have talks Monday with the Saudi king, who is scheduled to visit Moscow soon.

In Turkey, five police officers were injured Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a police raid on a suspected ISIL hideout near the Syrian border. Turkish security forces also rounded up 20 suspected ISIL militants in and around Antalya before the summit.

http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_g20-vows-more-intelligence-sharing-but-little-shift-on-syria_404410.html

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Arab World

Russian Fighter Jets at Lebanon's Service Now to Kill Terrorists

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian fighter jets launched airstrikes against the terrorists' positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria for the first time on Tuesday.

An informed source told FNA that the attacks were carried out in Ras Baalbek in Lebanon's Northern Beqaa Valley on Tuesday morning.

The source underlined that the operations were fulfilled successfully and the terrorists sustained fatalities and great damage.

It was the first time that the Russian fighters targeted the terrorists' positions in Lebanon after they started missions in Syria late September.

On Monday, the Russian helicopters heavily bombed terrorists' positions in the rugged areas of Qara in Syria and the area separating the Lebanese border town of Al-Qaa from Syrian territories where ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorists are stationed.

Three Russian helicopters flew over Lebanon’s Northern border with Syria on Sunday.

The Russian airstrikes bombed terrorists' positions in the rugged areas of Qara in Syria’s Qalamoun and the area separating the Lebanese border town of Al-Qaa from the Syrian territories.

Russia has been conducting precision airstrikes against terrorist positions in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad since September 30.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000586

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Yemen officials say airstrikes, clashes kill some 40 rebels

AP | Nov 16, 2015, 10.24 PM IST

Yemeni security officials say Saudi-led airstrikes and clashes have killed some 40 Shia rebels and their allies over the past 24 hours. (AFP photo)Yemeni security officials say Saudi-led airstrikes and clashes have killed some 40 Shia rebels and their allie... Read More

SANAA(Yemen): Yemeni security officials say Saudi-led airstrikes and clashes have killed some 40 Shia rebels and their allies over the past 24 hours.

The officials, who are neutral in a conflict that has split the security forces, say the airstrikes and fighting took place mostly in Ibb province into Monday, and near the cities of Mocha and Taiz. The raids in Taiz also killed four civilians.

Anti-rebel fighters say 13 of their own forces were killed and more than 20 wounded in the Taiz fighting.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters.

Yemen's fighting pits the rebels, known as Houthis, and allied army units against forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, as well as southern separatists and militants.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Yemen-officials-say-airstrikes-clashes-kill-some-40-rebels/articleshow/49807342.cms

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Yemeni Forces Kill Scores of Saudi Troops

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemen's Ansarullah fighters ambushed Saudi forces at the al-Omari camp North of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait off Yemen's coast, killing scores of them, including a senior commander.

A large number of Saudi forces were also injured and their vehicles were put on fire during the retaliatory attack on Monday.

Also on Monday, the Yemeni army and popular forces managed to stop the Saudi-led forces from launching fresh military operations in the Western parts of Ta'iz in heavy fighting underway in the province.

The Saudi-led forces tried to enter the region of al-Wazaya in Western Ta'iz province from four directions, but they were forcefully pushed back by the Yemeni forces.

Tribal residents of the province said the Yemeni forces inflicted heavy losses on the Saudi-led forces in the heavy clashes.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 237 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,935 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826001049

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One Million Syrians Returned Home since Launch of Russian Anti-ISIL Air Operation

 Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Around 1 million Syrians have returned to their home cities liberated by the Syrian military with the Russian aerial back up, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jafari said, adding that Damascus is determined to work with any state that takes combatting terrorism seriously.

"This is precisely what happens when it comes to Syrian-Russian collaborative military action against terrorists and exchange of intelligence between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia. This has practically resulted in terrorist groups’ retreat from (their positions in) many areas, which allowed 1 million internally displaced persons to return safely to their homes," Jafari said, Itar-Tass reported.

The Syrian ambassador, who took part in a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, confirmed that the Syrian government was ready to cooperate with any state which has a serious approach to combatting terrorism.

Jafari also said that the anti-ISIL campaign by the Syrian military has had a positive impact on security worldwide and in Europe.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000977

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Iraqi Forces Marching on ISIL Positions in Ramadi

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi security forces advanced against the ISIL terrorists in Ramadi city in Anbar province, regaining control of several government buildings and institutions on Tuesday.

Iraq's anti-terrorism forces said the Iraqi security forces crossed the Euphrates River, for the first time since the ISIL terrorists captured Ramadi city, advancing towards the center of the city.

The Iraqi forces also regained control of several government buildings and institutions in Ramadi.

The Iraqi forces also managed to raise the Iraqi flag over the city's liberated areas after 4 days of intensified airstrikes on ISIL positions in Ramadi.

Earlier reports said the Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle carrying ISIL's missiles in Anbar as army units took control of several new areas in the Western Iraqi province.

The ISIL's missiles were destroyed by the Iraqi troops in Hasibiya region in the Eastern parts of Anbar province and 7 ISIL militants who were in the vehicle were also killed.

The Iraqi forces also managed to win back new areas in the Southwestern parts of Anbar province.

Full report at: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826001286

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At Least 30,000 Militants from 100 Countries Fighting in Syria, Iraq

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 30,000 foreign militants from 100 countries are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq, the Belgian foreign minister said.

"We have 30,000 foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq from the moment, coming from 100 different countries," Didier Reynders said before the EU foreign ministers' meeting commenting on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, RIA Novosti reported.

According to him, only a wider exchange of intelligence data with France will help to detect people with a high level of radicalization.

Reynders noted that Belgium and France were cooperating well, in order to find all the perpetrators of the Paris attacks.

On late Friday, extremists wearing explosive belts and carrying automatic weapons attacked several sites across Paris, killing 129 and injuring 322 at restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and in the vicinity of the Stade de France sports arena.

The ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks in the French capital.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000781

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Syrian Forces Enter Key Village in Aleppo

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army entered the village of Humaymah Al-Kabeera in Aleppo province after fierce clashes with Takfiri terrorists on Tuesday.

Field sources said the Syrian forces have entered the village of Humaymah Al-Kabeera after clashes with Takfiri terrorists at its Western entrance.

There were no more details available.

On Monday, the Syrian army, the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and the National Defense Forces liberated a key village in Aleppo province from terrorists' control, completely securing the entire region surrounding the Kuweires military airbase.

The Syrian forces and Hezbollah fighters took full control over the village of Kaskays in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Scores of Takfiri terrorists were killed in the military operation.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000689

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Army, Popular Forces Advance against ISIL West of Syria's Palmyra

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) won key battles against ISIL terrorists in two key areas in the Western countryside of Palmyra (Tadmour) in Homs province after killing at least 25 militants, sources in Central Syria announced Tuesday.

The sources said that the pro-government forces broke through the ISIL militants' defense lines in Tal Syriatel and Jabal Ma'ar and retook full control over these two important areas.

The Syrian forces are fortifying their position around the newly-recaptured areas to fend off the ISIL possible infiltration attempts.

On Sunday, the Russian helicopters targeted the ISIL positions West of Palmyra, and killed tens of Takfiri terrorists.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000732

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Iraqi Forces Destroy ISIL's Missiles, Seize Back New Areas in Anbar Province

Tue Nov 17 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle carrying ISIL's missiles in Anbar as army units took control of several new areas in the Western Iraqi province.

The ISIL's missiles were destroyed by the Iraqi troops in Hasibiya region in the Eastern parts of Anbar province and 7 ISIL militants who were in the vehicle were also killed.

The Iraqi forces also managed to win back new areas in the Southwestern parts of Anbar province.

On Monday, the Al-Anbar Joint Operations Headquarters in a statement announced that the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group's judge and 70 other terrorists have been killed in Anbar province.

A sum of 20 terrorists were killed during the mop-up operations in Albu Manahi and Albu Daij towns in Fallujah while 15 others were wounded and their three machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed, said the statement.

Meantime, 50 other terrorists were killed in the army's military operation in Albu Faraj region, it added.

Full report at: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000441

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Militants Withdraw from New Area in Syria's Lattakia Province

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and popular forces pushed back the militant groups from a strategic area near Ghamam town in the coastal province of Lattakia on Tuesday after killing and wounding scores of the terrorist.

The militants' defense lines in Bakdash mountain came under attacks of the government forces, whose offensives was so heavy that caused the militants to retreat from the fighting area.

The mountainous area is now under full control of the Syrian forces.

The militant groups left behind tens of dead bodies and fled the battlefield.

Sources said on Monday that the Syrian army and popular forces continued to push back the terrorist groups from the Northern parts of Lattakia and entered the strategic village of Deir Hanna.

Full report at: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000647

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Militants' Long Supplying Tunnel Destroyed by Army North of Syria's Homs

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Scores of militants were killed or wounded when their long supplying tunnel in the Northern part of the Central Homs province came under attack by the Syrian army on Tuesday.

At least six terrorists were killed and many more were injured inside a tunnel near Talbiseh by the army troops.

The tunnel, which was used to supply the Takfiri militants with weapons, ammunition and medical equipment were completely destroyed.

Informed sources said on Monday that the Syrian warplanes launched precision airstrikes on movements and positions of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the countryside of Homs.

Syrian jets destroyed ISIL targets in the village of Hawarin, Housh Abu Faraj, Meheen town and its vicinity and in al-Mustaoda’at area in the countryside of Homs province.

Tens of militants were killed and the terrorists' depots, weapons, ammunition and machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in the air raids. 

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000286

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Syrian Commandoes Continue Hunting Militants across Aleppo Neighborhoods

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Commandoes engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorist groups in four main neighborhoods of the Northern city of Aleppo, and killed tens of them on Tuesday.

The Syrian soldiers left no safe place for the militant groups in the neighborhoods of al-Rashedeen1, al-Rashedeen4, Salah al-Deen and al-Ameriyeh and targeted their position massively.

The militants suffered heavy casualties and could not regroup due to the army soldiers' heavy fire.

On Monday, the Syrian Army raided the militants' gathering centers in at least eight neighborhoods of the Northern city of Aleppo, and killed or injured many of them.

The Syrian army troops targeted concentration centers of the militants in al-Ramouseh, al-Sheikh Saeed, Old Aleppo, Bustan al-Basha, Maisaloun, Bani Zaid, al-Lairamoun and al-Rashedin neighborhoods, killed dozens of them and destroyed their military grid.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000451

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Army Kills Scores of Terrorists in Marj Al-Sultan Village

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army killed scores of terrorists in Marj al-Sultan village situated to the North of the recently captured Marj al-Sultan Airbase in Damascus countryside.

Syrian forces destroyed fortified positions of terrorist groups, and killed tens of militants in Marj al-Sultan village in Damascus countryside on Monday.

On Sunday, the Syrian Army and popular forces completely pushed back the militant groups from Marj al-Sultan Airbase and its surroundings in the Eastern countryside of Damascus on Sunday, scoring their second groundbreaking victory after lifting the ISIL siege of Kuweires airbase a few days earlier.

Full report at: Full report at: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000371

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Syrian Forces Pound ISIL Centers South of Aleppo

Nov 17, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and its allies, including popular forces and Hezbollah, carried out another joint operation against the ISIL terrorists in the Southern battlefields of Aleppo province on Tuesday, destroying their military hardware.

The ISIL concentration centers near al-Nairab and Barqoum towns, South of Aleppo city, came under heavy assaults of the government forces, which left tens of the terrorists dead.  

The ISIL military vehicles in Western part of al-Nairab were mostly destroyed.

On Monday, the Syrian Army, popular forces and Hezbollah combatants stormed almost all of the key positions of the al-Nusra Front in the Southern and Southwestern territories of Aleppo, and inflicted heavy damage on the terrorists' first and second lines of defense.

The first and second defense lines of Nusra militants (an al-Qaeda offshoot) near the towns and villages of al-Barqoum, Khan Touman, Tal Hiddiyeh and al-Zerba came under massive ground attack and artillery shelling of the pro-government forces, which ended in mass destruction of their military grid and heavy casualties.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940826000782

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Saudi King Salman: World must fight the evil of terror

Nov 17, 2015

Saudi Gazette report

ANTALYA, Turkey — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s address at the G20 summit discussed the urgency to rid the world of the evil of terrorism, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

Leading the Saudi delegation to the summit, King Salman urged the international community to increase its efforts against terrorism that threatens “world peace and security,” adding that “the war on terrorism is the responsibility of the entire international community.”

The King proposed the establishment of “International Centre for the Fight against Terrorism under the UN” that aims to be an international intelligence hub for the exchange of information and research on terrorism. Saudi Arabia has already donated $110 million to the center, and called for other nations to contribute and support the center.

King Salman also touched on the recent attacks in Paris in which 129 people were killed.

Full report at: http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/salman-world-must-fight-the-evil-of-terror/

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Yemen president returns to Aden from Saudi exile

AFP | Reuters — Published about 3 hours ago

ADEN: Yemen's president returned to Aden on Tuesday from exile in Saudi Arabia, a day after a military offensive was launched against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, a presidential source said.

After landing in the provisional capital, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi went straight to the palace to “supervise” the offensive, which is aimed at retaking rebel-controlled Taez province.

His return comes just days after his prime minister, Khaled Bahah, announced the government's return to the war-torn country.

The president has tried to return before.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220280/yemen-president-returns-to-aden-from-saudi-exile

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South Asia

Security forces kill six Uzbek militants in Khost’s Spera District

By Khaama Press - Mon Nov 16 2015

Six Uzbek militants have been killed in a raid of security forces in Spera District of Khost province, an official said on Monday.

Governor of Spera District said the raid was conducted by Special Forces in Kariza area last night.

Mohammad Azim added that Special Forces took two Uzbek militants with them to Kabul after killing four men and two women in the area.

The district governor did not elaborate more about the foreign militants in his area but they might have spilled over to Afghan territory through the province’s border with Pakistan’s tribal built where reportedly different terrorist groups including Uzbek, Chechen, al-Qaeda, Haqqani and Taliban operate.

Most of the Uzbek militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan fight under the name of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) which has declared allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An undated video was released by the group in August purportedly showing its leader Usmon Ghazi and his fighters taking oath of allegiance to ISIS terror group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

http://www.khaama.com/six-uzbek-militants-killed-in-khosts-spera-district-4123

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Three landmine planters killed by own bomb in Kunar

By Khaama Press - Tue Nov 17 2015

kiledThree landmine planters have been killed in the explosion of their own bomb in eastern Kunar province.

According the Ministry of Interior, the incident took place in Panjshir Naw area of Noorgal District on Monday.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the militants belonging to Taliban group were in the process of planting bomb on a roadside that exploded on them.

The only casualties the explosion had were the militants, the statement adds.

The ministry also reports destroying a huge weapon cache and Radio system of Taliban in Marja District of southern Helmand province.

Weapons, bombs, ammunition and other materials used in attacks were hidden in the depot and the radio was used by Taliban for their propaganda campaign, a statement released by the ministry states.

http://www.khaama.com/three-landmine-planters-killed-by-own-bomb-in-kunar-4126

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Kabul summoned Pakistani envoy after 3 border police martyred in cross-border shelling in Paktika

By Khaama Press - Tue Nov 17 2015

KabulThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Pakistani Charge d’affair after a border violation incident by Pakistani troops along the joint border in Paktika province.

According to the ministry, three border policemen embraced martyrdom and a Humvee destructed after shells were fired from across the Durand Line in Paktika province.

Naseer Ahmad Andisha, the Deputy Foreign Minister lodged strong protest and shared concerns of the government with Moazzam Ali over the incident.

Andisha told Ali that such attacks are contrary to accepted international rules and standards, as well as with the principles of good neighborliness.

Full report at: http://www.khaama.com/kabul-summoned-pakistani-envoy-after-3-border-police-martyred-in-cross-border-shelling-in-paktika-4124

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146,000 Afghans left to Europe this year

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Mon Nov 16 2015

After the rapid increase in number of citizens leaving Afghanistan, Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the Parliament on Monday summoned the Minster of Foreign Affairs Salahudin Rabbani and Minister of Refugees and Repatriations Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi to respond to lawmakers.

Both the ministers hailed the security situation and lack of employment opportunities as the biggest causes behind the flee.

Salahudin Rabbani citing a report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said that 146,000 Afghans have left country for Europe so far this year with a high volume of this to Germany.

Full report at: http://www.khaama.com/146000-afghans-have-left-to-europe-so-far-this-year-4124

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Taliban set 20 AFN as haircut rate but bans shaving in Takhar province

By Khaama Press - Mon Nov 16 2015

Taliban rate cardThe Taliban militants group has started regulating rates and prices of the food and non-food commodities as well services in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

According to a rate card obtained by BBC Persian, rates and prices from haircut to tailoring services and food items including meat and meal prices have been set by the group and is implemented in the restive Darqad district.

The price of the hair cut has been set at AFN 20 which is equivalent to 30 cents while the price in open market rats was AFN 100 (USD 1.50).

Full report at: http://www.khaama.com/taliban-set-20-afn-as-haircut-rate-but-bans-shaving-in-takhar-province-1695

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Europe

 

Syria raids: France to deploy aircraft carrier to boost operations against IS

AFP — Nov 17, 2015

VERSAILLES: France's president said Monday its ‘Charles de Gaulle’ aircraft carrier would be deployed to the eastern Mediterranean to boost operations in Syria as Paris intensifies a bombing campaign against the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group there.

The latest move follows attacks in the French capital, claimed by the militant group, which left 129 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

“The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will set off on Thursday for the eastern Mediterranean, which will triple our capacity to take action,” Francois Hollande told lawmakers in Versailles, outside Paris.

The vessel, the flagship of the French navy, will take a few days to reach its destination, near Syria or Lebanon, whereas it was not due to reach the Gulf, its original destination, until next month.

With 26 fighter jets on board, the nuclear-powered carrier will dramatically increase France's capacity to carry out air strikes, and adds to the 12 French planes currently stationed in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan overall.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220271/syria-raids-france-to-deploy-aircraft-carrier-to-boost-operations-against-is

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Paris attack: Why Belgium is at the heart of a destructive wave of terror in Europe

Leo Cendrowicz | The Independent | Nov 17, 2015

As a modest, if prosperous nation of just 11 million, Belgium rarely makes news headlines, yet today it has the unenviable distinction of being Europe's jihadist hothouse.

After the Paris attacks, police quickly traced the terrorists to Brussels, raiding addresses in the Molenbeek district and arresting seven suspects. It was in the grimy, run-down, neighbourhood that investigators believe the Paris plot was hatched by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian-born son of an immigrant shopkeeper from Morocco.

Abaaoud is only part of a web of Belgium-based foot soldiers, whose exploits have left a trail of death across Europe. And beyond: around 500 young Belgians have gone to Syria to fight for jihadist groups like ISIS — per capita, no other European country has sent more foreign fighters.

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Spain 'issues arrest warrant' for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Loulla Mae Eleftheriou Smith | The Independent | Nov 17, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain, after a Spanish judge effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group, it has been reported.

According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police and civil guard to notify him if Mr Netanyahu and the six other individuals enter the country, as their actions could see a case against them regarding the Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010 reopened.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Spain-issues-arrest-warrant-for-Israeli-Prime-Minister-Benjamin-Netanyahu/articleshow/49810465.cms

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Russia confirms 'terror attack' downed its plane over Egypt, vows retribution

AFP | Nov 17, 2015

MOSCOW:The Kremlin said for the first time on Tuesday that a bomb had ripped apart a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month and promised to hunt down those responsible and intensify its air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria in response.

Until Tuesday, Russia had played down assertions from western countries that the crash, in which 224 people were killed on Oct. 31, was a terrorist incident, saying it was important to let the official investigation run its course.

But in a late night Kremlin meeting on Monday three days after Islamist gunmen and bombers killed 129 people in Paris, Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's FSB security service, told a meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin that traces of foreign-made explosive had been found on fragments of the downed plane and on passengers' personal belongings.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Russia-confirms-terror-attack-downed-its-plane-over-Egypt-vows-retribution/articleshow/49814919.cms

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'You will not have my hatred', husband of Paris victim tells ISIS

TNN | Nov 17, 2015

"You will not have my hatred", writes a Parisian man to the terrorists who killed his wife in the attacks on Paris last week.

Antoine Leiris' wife was killed in the massacre at the Bataclan theatre in Paris on Friday night, where 88 other people were also killed while attending a concert.

"Friday night you stole the life of a being of exception, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you won't have my hatred," says Leiris, in a post on Facebook.

In the incredibly touching and brave post, he writes about his wife: "I saw her this morning. Finally, after nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as she was when she left on Friday evening, as beautiful as when I fell madly in love with her more than 12 years ago."

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/You-will-not-have-my-hatred-husband-of-Paris-victim-tells-ISIS/articleshow/49815198.cms

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Paris attacks: Faced with cyberwar, ISIS issues 'how not to get hacked' messages

Business Insider | Nov 17, 2015

An ISIS-affiliated account on the messaging app Telegram has sent out a message about Anonymous' threat to launch its "biggest operation ever" against the terrorist group.

After the Paris terror attacks on Friday that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured, the hacking collective Anonymous posted a video in which a person who claims to represent the group said, "Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down."

"We will launch the biggest operation ever against you," the masked person said. "Expect massive cyberattacks. War is declared. Get prepared."

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Paris-attacks-Faced-with-cyberwar-ISIS-issues-how-not-to-get-hacked-messages/articleshow/49812672.cms

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Police raid homes in France, planes pound ISIL in Raqqa

November 16, 2015

Police on Monday raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight following Friday's Paris attacks. Meanwhile, activists said French air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday did not kill civilians and only hit military targets in the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) de facto capital.

Prosecutors said one of the Paris killers had been stopped and fingerprinted in Greece last month, fueling speculation that Islamic State in had taken advantage of the recent influx of refugees fleeing the Middle East to slip militants into Europe.

The carnage, which killed 129 people, has led to calls for the European Union to close its borders to asylum seekers.

ISIL, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in retaliation for French air strikes in Iraq and Syria, warned in a video on Monday that any country hitting it would suffer the same fate, promising specifically to target Washington.

Full report at: http://www.todayszaman.com/world_police-raid-homes-in-france-planes-pound-isil-in-raqqa_404384.html

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North America

 

Seven US states shut doors to Syrian refugees after Paris attack

Reuters | Nov 17, 2015

Five US governors on Monday said they would not allow Syrian refugees to be settled in their states, joining Alabama and Michigan and contending it is too dangerous to let in people from that war-torn country following Friday's deadly Paris attacks.

Republican Governors Greg Abbott of Texas, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Mike Pence of Indiana, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Phil Bryant of Mississippi said their states would no longer help support the Obama administration's goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming years.

"Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees - any one of whom could be connected to terrorism - being resettled in Texas," Abbott said in an open letter to US President Barack Obama on Monday. "Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity."

However, it was unclear what authority governors had to stop admitting refugees into their states, legal experts said.

"The federal government has the power over immigration. If they admit Syrian refugees, they're here," said Deborah Anker, a professor of law at Harvard Law School who specializes in immigration issues. "People aren't going to the (state) border. The federal government is going to bring them in."

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Seven-US-states-shut-doors-to-Syrian-refugees-after-Paris-attack/articleshow/49810548.cms

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Despite Paris, Obama rejects calls for shift in ISIS fight

AP | Nov 17, 2015

ANTALYA (Turkey): President Barack Obama on Monday firmly rejected calls for a shift in US strategy against the Islamic State following the Paris attacks, saying Republicans who want to send ground troops into the volatile region are "talking as if they're tough" but fail to understand the potentially grave consequences.

"Folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do," Obama said in a news conference wrapping up a two-day summit of world leaders in Turkey. "If they think that somehow their advisers are better than the chairman of my Joint Chiefs of Staff and the folks who are actually on the ground, I want to meet them. And we can have that debate."

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Despite-Paris-Obama-rejects-calls-for-shift-in-ISIS-fight/articleshow/49810503.cms

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Terror shadow on Washington

Chidanand Rajghatta | TNN | Nov 17, 2015

WASHINGTON: IS terrorists directed a fusillade of gunfire at Parisians on Friday night, but the ricochet has reached the United States, where domestic political players and law enforcement authorities are hopping up and down at the threat of Washington DC being the next target.

Several downtown city blocks near the White House were in lockdown mode early on Monday when a lone, mentally ill gunman barricaded himself in a room, public apprehension heightened by IS threat over the weekend that it would target the US capital next. The situation was defused by the time Monday morning rush hour began, but the incident served to highlight the ever-present threat to a country that has long had the luxury of being protected by two oceans from the kind of dangers other nations face, although 9/11 showed it is not impregnable.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Terror-shadow-on-Washington/articleshow/49810638.cms

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Trudeau 'deeply disturbed' by mosque fire 'hate crime'

Nov 17, 2015

PETERBOROUGH: Police said Monday they are treating a fire that was deliberately set at an Ontario mosque as a hate crime.

Police are still searching for suspects in the Saturday night fire and say it is unclear if it was connected to the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris the previous day.

But Police Chief Murray Rodd said that an injury to one of the city's ethnic communities is "an injury to us all".

The president of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association, Kenzu Abdella, said the mosque was set ablaze at 11pm. Saturday, about a half hour after association members were in the building celebrating the birth of a baby.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220274/trudeau-deeply-disturbed-by-mosque-fire-hate-crime

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Pakistan

 

Lal Masjid Cleric Vows To Pursue His Movement for the Establishment of Holy Quran and Sunnah’

Kalbe Ali — Nov 17, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid has vowed to continue his ‘Movement for the establishment of Holy Quran and Sunnah’ and rejected the local administration’s warning note against his activities as of no value.

“But for the regard of decency, I would have torn to pieces the deputy commissioner’s note,” he said in a statement issued late Sunday night in response to a warning issued to him on Friday that he could be arrested for reneging on his written undertaking to observe the law.

Even harsher was his video message on the social media addressed to DC Islamabad Mushtaq Ahmed, but without naming him.

“You shed your uniforms for the sake of dirty democracy of Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan,” he said. “But when I invite [people] to Holy Quran and Sunnah, you send threatening letter to me.”

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220198/lal-masjid-cleric-vows-to-pursue-his-mission

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Pakistan activist asks why Geeta's not yet with her parents

Karishma Kotwal,TNN | Nov 17, 2015

INDORE: Pakistan-based Ansar Burney Trust International is asking questions about why Geeta has not been returned to her parents.

In a letter to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, trust chairman Ansar Burney questioned the manner in which Geeta, who's deaf and can't speak, was kept in an Indore institute without any serious efforts made to unite her with her parents. Burney said he's afraid Geeta has been politicized and she has been deprived of her human rights after her return to India from Pakistan.

Geeta, who was repatriated to India, last month, was brought to Indore Mook Badhir Sansthan on October 27, after she refused to identify a couple, whom she had earlier claimed were her parents. After Geeta landed in Indore, a couple from Uttar Pradesh had approached claiming to be her parents. But, district administration denied them permission to meet Geeta. Since then, Indore district collector P Narahari banned visitors to Geeta at the institute, where she is being taught sign language and communication skills.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-activist-asks-why-Geetas-not-yet-with-her-parents/articleshow/49815994.cms

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General Raheel, CIA director discuss regional security challenges

Nov 17, 2015

WASHINGTON: Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif and CIA chief John Brennan met on Monday and discussed security challenges facing the region and the way forward to confront these, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Gen Raheel visited the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where he held a meeting with the CIA chief.

During the meeting, the COAS specifically highlighted the need for permanent stability in the region, ISPR spokesman Director-General ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said in a series of tweets.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220275/general-raheel-cia-director-discuss-regional-security-challenges

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India

 

India Alert to ISIS Threat, Says Home Minister

TNN | Nov 17, 2015

NEW DELHI: India is alert to the threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS), Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday,a day after his ministry warned of a possible attack in the country by the terror group whose gunmen killed nearly 130 people in Paris last Friday.

"ISIS is not a threat for any particular country, but for the entire world. India is alert about ISIS," Rajnath told reporters in New Delhi.

The Indian security establishment suggests that around 20-odd Indians are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq-Syria. They include two youths from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, a man from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and a Singapore-based Indian.

"Though the ISIS has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its success in radicalizing some youth, attracting certain sections of the local population or the Indian diaspora to physically participate in its activities or the possibility of piggy-backing on terrorist groups operating in India have opened up the possibility of ISIS-sponsored terrorist action on Indian territory," an advisory issued by the home ministry on Monday said.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-alert-to-ISIS-threat-says-Rajnath-Singh-a-day-after-Home-ministry-warns-of-terror-attacks/articleshow/49815521.cms

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Urdu varsity students march to condemn Paris attacks

Submitted by IANS on 16 November 2015

Hyderabad,: Students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University here  took out a candle march on Monday to express their anguish over the killing of innocent people in the Paris terror attacks.

The students, including girls, while strongly condemning the terrorist attacks, said perpetrators of such heinous acts do not belong to any religion.

The students were carrying placards which read, "stop killing innocents", "all lives matter", and "we pray for peace from Paris to Palestine".

They also condemned selective outrage shown by the media the world over and for ignoring the killing of innocent lives in various countries like Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Myanmar.

Full report at: http://twocircles.net/2015nov16/1447693693.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twocirclesnet-IndianMuslim+%28TwoCircles.net+-+Indian+Muslim+News%29#.VkqKAdIrLMw

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Anjuman-e-Haideri condemns Paris attack, says will increase measures to counter IS propaganda

16 November 2015

Joining a host of other Muslim organisations in condemning the Paris attacks, Anjuman-e-Haideri said the Paris attacks were a reminder that humanity has been passing through a very tough time due to the terror acts of the so-called "Islamic State". Maulana Kalbe Jawad, General Secretary, AEH, said. “The recent ghastly and inhuman attacks on innocent people in Paris give one more wake up call to the civilised and democratic minds of the world to realise that more needs to be done to contain and decimate the barbaric terrorist organisations like Islamic State.”

Full report at: http://twocircles.net/2015nov16/1447682772.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twocirclesnet-IndianMuslim+%28TwoCircles.net+-+Indian+Muslim+News%29#.VkqKmdIrLMw

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SIO and Bhasha-O-Chetana Samity organise candle light vigils, denounce Paris attacks

By Zaidul Haque

Kolkata: The Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) and Bhasha-O-Chetana Samity organised candle light vigils in Kolkata on Sunday to show solidarity with the people who died in the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris.

Addressing the members of the rally, SIO member Sadab Masum said, “In the name of Islam, the ISIS is continuing their ant-Islamic activities around the world. It should be stop at any cost. Terrorism has no place in Islam. Islam never permitted killing innocent people, but the ISIS continues to do that without remorse. So, everyone should come forward against the ISIS.”

The candle light vigil was attended by several people, including women and children, who held placards denouncing terrorism and urging people to come together in times like these.

State president of Milli Ittehad Parishad Abdul Aziz, while blaming the ISIS for the incident, said it was time to think who created the ISIS. “We must identify the main culprits who acted as the godfather of IS punish them in the International Court,” he said.

http://twocircles.net/2015nov16/1447658301.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twocirclesnet-IndianMuslim+%28TwoCircles.net+-+Indian+Muslim+News%29#.VkqKydIrLMw

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After Paris, Indian agencies scramble to review ISIS policy

Bharti Jain,TNN | Nov 17, 2015

NEW DELHI: New Delhi's declaration of "resolute support" to France in its war on the Islamic State (ISIS) may coincide with a fresh review of the threat posed by the outfit in India, especially in light of its capacity to unleash synchronized, high-casualty strikes like in Paris.

Even as the Paris terror attacks force the Indian security establishment to upgrade the ISIS threat to a higher level, a counter-strategy to the terror outfit will also be accordingly revised, intelligence sources told TOI.

A senior intelligence official said ISIS, having successfully executed an attack of such magnitude in a key European city perceived to be highly secure, would have received a big boost to its confidence. "It will obviously try to score further with more such spectacular strikes...any city can be targeted...India too must anticipate this threat and accordingly review its security set-up," he added.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/After-Paris-Indian-agencies-scramble-to-review-ISIS-threat/articleshow/49809973.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Paris attacks put focus on South-east Asia’s terrorism fight

November 17, 2015

SYDNEY — As global leaders arrive in Asia for a series of summits, pressure is increasing on South-east Asian nations to cooperate more to combat terrorism — including by sharing information on financing — after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.

With Group of 20 leaders pledging in Turkey to coordinate more to cut off money flows to terrorist groups, heads of South-east Asian nations meeting in the Philippines and then Malaysia face renewed scrutiny of the threat posed by local fighters returning from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, alongside home-grown radicalism.

Joining the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila is US President Barack Obama, who declared Islamic State “the face of evil” after at least 129 people were killed in a series of attacks in the French capital. The ambushes were “planned in Syria, organised in Belgium, and carried out in France”, French President Francois Hollande said, highlighting the need for cross-border approaches to countering militarism.

Full report at: http://www.todayonline.com/world/paris-attacks-put-focus-southeast-asias-terrorism-fight

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Australia

 

Australia's most senior Muslim cleric slammed after linking Paris terror attacks to racism

17/11/2015

Australia's most senior Muslim cleric has come under fire from government ministers for linking the Paris terror attacks to racism and Islamophobia.

Grand mufti of Australia Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and the Australian National Imams Council, a national body representing Muslim clerics, issued a statement on Sunday offering their deepest condolences to the families and friends of victims of the co-ordinated attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.

"These recent incidents highlight the fact that current strategies to deal with the threat of terrorism are not working," the statement said.

"It is therefore imperative that all causative factors such as racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms through securitisation, duplicitous foreign policies and military intervention must be comprehensively addressed."

Full report at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/australias-most-senior-muslim-cleric-slammed-after-linking-paris-terror-attacks-to-racism-34207360.html

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Africa

 

Christians in the Central African Republic force Muslims to flee

17 Nov 2015

Séléka is a mostly Muslim coalition who overthrew the Christian leader of the Central African Republic, (CAR) in March 2013. The leader of the Séléka, Michel Djotodia became the first Muslim leader of the CAR.

Muslims are a minority group in the CAR. There was tension between Christians and Muslims even before Djotodia came to power. When Djotodia first took over power in the country, Muslim fighters went berserk. Jihadists plundered villages and the indiscriminate and appalling killings of Christian civilians were rampant.

The Seleka rebels ruled through total fear. There were reports of farmers executed in their fields, of children being brutally slaughtered in front of their parents and the random shooting of anyone who was not Muslim.

Full report at: https://www.the-newshub.com/international/christians-in-the-central-african-republic-force-muslims-to-flee

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After Paris ISIS Attacks, Morocco Terrorism Under Scrutiny: Islamic State Is North African Country's Latest Terror Threat

By Bruce Wright @bctw on November 16 2015

People take part in a candlelight vigil Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, outside the parliament in the Moroccan capital Rabat. AFP/Getty Images

After the alleged mastermind behind Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris was identified as being of Moroccan descent, police in the North African nation on Monday arrested four alleged members of the so-called Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, Reuters reported. French authorities named Abdelhamid Abaaoud as a primary suspect in the attacks that left more than 125 dead and at least 350 people injured, including nearly 100 critically.

Abaaoud is a Belgian national, but his Moroccan heritage could become an aspect of interest to investigators, who launched a series of overnight and early morning raids in Belgium Monday. Officials last week foiled a terrorism plot by a Moroccan that targeted a church in Europe, though it was immediately unclear which region of Europe was targeted. As a result, Morocco was placed on a higher-than-normal alert following this weekend's attack, raising its terror threat level to a "3," which is average, the same as the U.S., reported Morocco World News.

Full report at: http://www.ibtimes.com/after-paris-isis-attacks-morocco-terrorism-under-scrutiny-islamic-state-north-african-2186368

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