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Radicalized Indian and Pakistani Muslim Youth Gravitate Towards ISIS, Ignore Lashkar, Jaish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: BABY-FACED JIHADI: The young bin Laden calls on all factions of militant Islam to unite

 

Bin Laden's Son Calls on Al-Qaida and ISIS to UNITE To Form Super Terror Group

Interpol Issues Red Corner Notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar

Israel: Hamas Training ISIS Terrorists in Gaza

Us Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

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India

Radicalized Indian and Pakistani Muslim Youth Gravitate Towards ISIS, Ignore Lashkar, Jaish

Delhi Homeowners Shut Doors on Muslim Tenants: UNU-WIDER Report

‘Pathankot Handler Is No. 3 in JeM’

Mumbai, Turkey to share intel on Islamic State

ISIS India recruits: A techie, a businessman and a 'heartbroken' teen

Show Cause notice to IPS officer who probed Ishrat case

How the Indian Left lost the plot on the uniform civil code

Kerala extremist blogger urges Muslims to not abide by the Indian Constitution

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Arab World

Bin Laden's Son Calls on Al-Qaida and ISIS to UNITE To Form Super Terror Group

Now Islamic State officials target DATING SITES to lure Jihadi brides to Syria

Saudi Nationals Join ISIL in Libya Disguising as Tourists

Baghdadi's Right-Hand Man Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army in Deir Ezzur

Over 50 Terrorists Killed in Recent Infighting in Eastern Ghouta

Emirati lawyer offers job to Obama so he can learn more about tolerance of Islam

IRGC Spokesman: Growing Number of Volunteer Forces Ready to Fight Terrorists in Syria

Army Captures Non-Syrian ISIL Terrorists Including Senior Commander

Two Separate Offensives of ISIL Repulsed by Army near Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army Smashes Terrorists in Southwest of Damascus

Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh Violated 123 Times

Iran Blames Supporters of Terrorist Groups for Fragile Ceasefire in Syria

Iran's EC Secretary: Anti-Revolutionary Groups Continue Crimes in Mosul

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Pakistan

Interpol Issues Red Corner Notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar

Indo-Pak Warmth: Liver Transplant At Delhi Hospital Saves Pakistani Boy From Cancer

Kashmiri leaders seek free and fair elections in PoK

One killed, 17 injured in Peshawar blasts

Gilani rubbishes rumours surrounding son’s release

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Mideast

Israel: Hamas Training ISIS Terrorists in Gaza

I Will Resign If Evidence of Link between Turkey, ISIL Emerges: Turkish FM

10 PKK militants killed in operations in Turkey’s southeast, northern Iraq

US Embassy warns citizens of terror threat in Turkey on May 19

One soldier killed in PKK attack in Turkey’s southeast

10 ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul

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North America

Us Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

Us Says Has No Preconditions for Peace Deal between Afghan Govt and Hezb-e-Islami

Muslim countries ban gay and transgender reps from United Nations meeting on Aids

Islamic NGO welcomes Ramadan with focus on refugees

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South Asia

Taliban Militants Have Reportedly Captured Surkh Kotal In Baghlan

Chechen Militant ‘Omar Chechen’ Among 6 Killed In North of Afghanistan

'Serious Steps' Against Taliban on Afghan Talks Agenda

China Reaffirms Support to Afghan Forces Following $70m Commitment in Military Aid

MoI release photos of suicide bomber, VBIED seized near the ministry compound

Militant attacks force Bangladesh's gay community into hiding

Al-Qaeda commander among 5 killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

Ready to join Hekmatyar in one table to have joint meal, says Abdullah

Afghanistan approves, in principle, strategy to fight enemy secret agents

Sunderland chef who wanted to fight for Islamic State has his 'too soft' jail term INCREASED by country's top judge

NDS Busted the Most Dangerous Kidnapping Gang in Herat Province

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Africa

How Boko Haram Became the Islamic State’s West Africa Province

‘State sponsor of terror’ Sudan seeks role as U.S. ally in Islamic State fight

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Southeast Asia

Malaysian Apathy about Islamic Extremism Worrying, Says Activist

Terror Fight: Jakarta, Singapore Officials Stress Value Of Cooperation

Hindu Denpasar Named Most Islamic Cityi

12th World Islamic Economic Forum returns to Jakarta

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Europe

Pope Calls On France to Respect Muslim Women

ISIS: Europe’s Counterterrorism Approach Struggles as Islamic State Militants Continue to Cross Borders

Battling sides drag Hitler, Islamic State into Britain's EU debate

Muslim student sues police 'after being arrested because I was an Asian with a beard’

Islamic State, Putin Want Brexit, Cameron Says; Pro-Leave ISIS, Russian President ‘Might Be Happy’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Radicalized Indian and Pakistani Muslim Youth Gravitate Towards ISIS, Ignore Lashkar, Jaish

May 18, 2016

NEW DELHI: Islamic State (IS) is fast emerging as the new choice of jihadist-leaning, radicalized Muslim youth in India and its immediate neighbourhood, threatening to undercut more established terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as its success in acquiring territory touted as the "caliphate" gives it significant appeal.

While Lashkar and others like Indian Mujahideen and SIMI have a demonstrated capacity to carry out jihadi attacks, these are seen to be temporary in nature compared to IS fighters who are holding on to land, despite recent setbacks, in Syria and Iraq in the face of the combined might of the US, Russia and West Asian powers like Saudi Arabia.

The IS's denunciation of Pakistan army as an "apostate" force allied with America and its harsh and uncompromising interpretation of religious tenets threaten to do to Lashkar what the terror outfit did to its rivals: label it as a theologically suspect adjunct of the state lacking the will to recreate a 7th century caliphate.

Indian intelligence sources said there was a trend of radicalized Muslims, who till recently gravitated towards Pakistan-based outfits or their Indian affiliates, looking at IS with favour.

"Many IS-inspired youth arrested recently were earlier with Jaish or SIMI. Also, those under surveillance for following IS elements online had earlier been under the influence of Jaish, IM or SIMI. They now find IS more attractive due to its ability to acquire and hold territories in Iraq and Syria," a senior officer said.

Asked if the growing preference for IS was for better or worse, an intelligence analyst said with IS having lately weakened in Iraq and Syria, the organisation's appeal might not be "much of a concern". But agencies are taking no chances. "We are more or less able to track radicalized elements in touch with IS, and intervene as and when we learn they have acquired arms/explosives or are planning a strike," the officer said.

"However, if IS does strengthen its grip and 'liberates' new territories, its following among Indian youth may pose a threat," he warned.

The lure of IS for potential jihadis is worrying top terror masterminds like LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed who has asked the Nawaz Sharif government to "take steps to control the spread of IS in Pakistan".

LeT's anxiety is understandable, given that IS had, through a post in online magazine Dabiq last year, slammed Lashkar and other anti-India terror outfits as al-Qaida allies who were "puppets in the hands of an apostate Pakistan army". The post evoked a sharp reaction from Saeed, who declared in JuD publication 'Jarrar' that IS did not represent Islam or Muslims and called for a global effort in dealingwith the group.

Incidentally, IS's influence is also growing in Bangladesh. Local terror elements linked to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), frustrated with their own failure to prevent the hanging of senior Jamaat leaders such as Motiur Rahman Nizami, have reportedly aligned with IS. Only recently, IS chief for Bangladesh Shaykh Abu Ibrahim Al Hanif declared IS's intention to use fighters from Pakistan and Bangladesh to mount "guerilla attacks inside India" by partnering local mujahideen.

Indian agencies fear attacks by JMB cadres in Assam and West Bengal in the coming days. These are the two states where JMB has set up bases and training facilities. Sources said surveillance has been stepped up in the two states and along the India-Bangladesh border, to track and intercept JMB elements.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Radicalized-Muslim-youth-gravitate-towards-Islamic-State-ignore-Lashkar-Jaish/articleshow/52317388.cms?

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Bin Laden's Son Calls on Al-Qaida and ISIS to UNITE To Form Super Terror Group

18th May 2016

A NEW video has surfaced in which Osama bin Laden's young son encourages Jihadi militants to come together to form a million-strong terrorist army.

Hamza bin Laden can be heard encouraging different groups fighting in Syria to unite and attack "worldwide" in undated footage reportedly released by al-Qaida's propaganda arm As-Sahab.

Hamza, who is thought to be in his early 20s, is believed to be in training at a terrorist camp as part of a grooming process preparing him to take up a senior role in al-Qaida.

The audio from the video was translated by the The Long War Journal and the SITE Intelligence Group.

They report he encourages Jihad against Israel and America to "liberate" Palestine.

He then says all Muslims must "participate in our Palestinian brothers' intifada" by "killing Jews and striking their interests worldwide".

Hamza then even more chillingly adds: “The Islamic Umma (nation) should focus on Jihad in al-Sham (Syria) … and unite the ranks of Mujahideen”.

“There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes, now that the whole world has mobilised against Muslims.”

Dozens of groups are affiliated to either al-Qaida or ISIS, including Al-Shabab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria and Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines.

It is a terrifying prospect as if all of them work together they will form a belt of force surrounding Europe.

Putin pulled Russian forces from Syria in March, saying it would continue to help the fight on terror but that its series of targeted airstrikes on ISIS military equipment, communication centres and fuel depots had seriously weakened the group.

But the death cult could come back stronger with the help of other militant Islamic factions.

ISIS is thought to have access to a huge quantity of chemical weapons which could be used to launch devastating attacks around the world.

The unification of the groups would also increase the likelihood of more sleeper cells forming in Europe's capital cities, similar to the one that carried out the Paris atrocities.

Hamza's video is similar to one released in August 2015 where he told followers they had a duty to attack London, Washington, Paris and Tel-Aviv.

Just months after this video, Paris suffered a series of devastating coordinated terrorist attacks that killed 130 people.

Hamza is one of bin Laden's estimated two dozen children, who he had with around six wives.

Bin Laden was shot dead in a Navy Seal CIA raid on his Pakistan base in 2011, but Hamza survived.

It is unclear exactly what role he has in al Qaida, but a US intelligence official reportedly told CNN he is seemingly being groomed for a leadership position.

ISIS has also released chilling threats of their own in recent weeks.

dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/516395/Hamza-osama-bin-Laden-al-qaida-isis-video-syria-war-palestine-war-jews

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Interpol issues red corner notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar

May 18, 2016

NEW DELHI: Interpol on Tuesday issued a red corner notice (RCN) against militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and his brother for their alleged involvement in the Pathankot air base attack earlier this year, Times of India reported.

At least 7 Indian troops were killed during an attack on the sprawling 2,000 acre installation in Pathankot. Gunmen besieged the air base for nearly a week before security forces were able to secure the installation.

The Indian National Investigation Agency sought the notice against Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf, Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif, the suspected handlers of the Pathankot attackers.

Interpol issues an RCN against any accused after it receives all information and evidence against him from the country in which the crime has been committed.

An RCN, however, is not an international arrest warrant and Interpol cannot force Pakistan to arrest Azhar. India had also managed to get an RCN issued against Azhar earlier, but it could not force Pakistan to take any tangible action against him.

Earlier this year, Pakistan investigators probing the Pathankot airbase attack across the border told Indian interlocutors that it had yet to find evidence linking Masood Azhar to the terror attack but India maintains JeM is responsible for the attack.

In April, China blocked India's call to ban Masood Azhar at the United Nations (UN). The UN banned Jaish in 2001 but India’s efforts to get restrictions imposed on Azhar after the Mumbai attacks did not bear fruit because China did not allow them to be imposed.

dawn.com/news/1259121/interpol-issues-red-corner-notice-against-jaish-e-mohammed-chief-masood-azhar

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Israel: Hamas Training ISIS Terrorists in Gaza

May 17, 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) is getting logistical and military support from Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas, a senior official of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) told the press. IDF’s Major General Yoav Mordechai revealed that terrorists belonging to Hamas and ISIS were now conducting joint military exercises in Gaza — along the southern border of Israel.

Islamic terrorist group Hamas, founded in 1987, calls for the destruction of Israel and annihilation of Jewish people in its official charter. Hamas Charter makes it clear that the Gaza-based terrorist group does not see itself as a separate entity fighting Israel, but instead is a part of the worldwide Islamic jihad.

The newly-exposed alliance between ISIS and Hamas should not come as a surprise to anyone. Both of these Islamist groups not only subscribe to the same doctrine of global Jihad, but are offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood movement that first started in Egypt around 1920s. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden also belonged to the same theological school of thought.

ISIS activities are not limited to Syria and Iraq anymore. The terrorist group has extended its reach to North Africa and now operating in Libya and in the Egyptian peninsula of Sinai. Tel Aviv-based Ynetnews reports:

[IDF’s Major General Yoav] stated that the members of ISIS entered the Gaza Strip a few days ago from Egypt via the tunnels. The purpose of their visit was to carry out military exercises in the strip, the major general relayed, which they coordinated with a source close to Hamas, Said Abed Al-Aal.

In the interview, the coordinator explained that Hamas is aiding ISIS by providing medical treatment for its people in Gazan hospitals in exchange for money and weaponry. According to Mordechai, there is mutual coordination between the military echelons of Hamas and ISIS, which is known to Hamas’s senior political leaders, as well.

Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007 just two years after Israel unilateral disengaged from the area. Israel seeking peace with the Arabs, withdrew all its troops from Gaza and evicted 1,700 Jewish families — leaving behind intact housing infrastructure, farms and green houses. Instead of creating a representative government and a viable economy, Gaza became an object of infighting that ended in Hamas’ victory over PLO-Fatah, installing a brutal reign of terror against its political opponents and enacting strict Islamic sharia in Gaza. Since 2007 Hamas is actively waging a war against Israel.

Ironically, both Sinai and Gaza are territories that Israel gave up in the hopes of reaching peace with its Arab neighbours. Had Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin not exercised Israeli sovereign right over the Golan Heights back in 1981 — much to the dismay of then-President Jimmy Carter and the United Nations — much of northern Israel would today be on the cross-hairs of ISIS.

Oblivious to the deadly Jihadist campaign raging across the world, Obama administration and the European governments want to “bring peace to the Middle East” by making Israel shrink itself back to whatever indefensible lines they deem fit.

There is no compromise Israel can make that can ever satisfy Arab and Islamist warmongers.

Today Israel stands at the forefront of the global war that Islamists have declared on the Western civilisation and the humanity as a whole. At this crucial hour Israel does not need sermons from the European Union or Obama administration, it deserves our gratitude and our unflinching support.

legalinsurrection.com/2016/05/israel-hamas-training-isis-terrorists-in-gaza/

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US Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

May 17, 2016

The US senate has passed legislation that would allow the victims of the September 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages from officials from Saudi Arabia - a move that sets the bill for a showdown with the White House.

Fifteen of the nineteen men who hijacked four planes and flew them into targets in New York and Washington in 2001 were Saudi citizens, though Riyadh has always denied having any role in the attacks.

A US commission established in the aftermath of the attacks also concluded there was no evidence of official Saudi connivance. However, the White House has been under pressure to declassify a 28-page section of the report that was never published on the grounds of national security.

The families have been trying to use the courts to hold responsible members of the Saudi royal family, Saudi banks and charities. Yet these efforts have been largely blocked because of a 1976 law that gives foreign nations some immunity from lawsuits in American courts.

The bill passed by the Senate would circumvent that earlier legislation. It now needs to go the House.

The Saudis are furious over the bill and have threatened to sell up to $750bn in US securities and other American assets in retaliation if it becomes law. President Barack Obama has said he would veto the bill.

Yet there appears to be significant public support for the legislation. If the bill becomes law, it would remove the sovereign immunity, preventing lawsuits against governments, for countries found to be involved in terrorist attacks on US soil. It would allow survivors of the attacks, and relatives of those killed in the attacks, to seek damages from other countries.

Last week, the Guardian reported that a former member of the commission that investigated the attacks believed there was evidence that some Saudi officials had supported the hijackers.

John Lehman, who sat on the 9/11 Commission from 2003 to 2004, said there was an “awful lot of circumstantial evidence” implicating several employees in the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

“There was an awful lot of participation by Saudi individuals in supporting the hijackers, and some of those people worked in the Saudi government,” he said.

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York, a co-sponsor, said the bill was overdue and that, because it only applies to attacks on US soil, did not risk lawsuits against the United States.

“Today the Senate has spoken loudly and unanimously that the families of victims of terrorist attacks should be able to hold the perpetrators, even if it’s a country, a nation, accountable,” Mr Schumer told a news conference, according to Reuters.

Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, also a sponsor of the bill, said JASTA did not target the Saudis, although he alluded to a still-classified section of a report on the September 11 attacks that Saudi critics say might implicate Riyadh.

“We have yet to see the 28 pages that have not been yet released about the 9/11 report, and that may well be instructive,” Mr Cornyn said.

independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/911-attacks-senate-passes-bill-allowing-victims-to-sue-saudi-arabia-a7034781.html

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India

Radicalized Indian and Pakistani Muslim Youth Gravitate Towards ISIS, Ignore Lashkar, Jaish

May 18, 2016

NEW DELHI: Islamic State (IS) is fast emerging as the new choice of jihadist-leaning, radicalized Muslim youth in India and its immediate neighbourhood, threatening to undercut more established terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as its success in acquiring territory touted as the "caliphate" gives it significant appeal.

While Lashkar and others like Indian Mujahideen and SIMI have a demonstrated capacity to carry out jihadi attacks, these are seen to be temporary in nature compared to IS fighters who are holding on to land, despite recent setbacks, in Syria and Iraq in the face of the combined might of the US, Russia and West Asian powers like Saudi Arabia.

The IS's denunciation of Pakistan army as an "apostate" force allied with America and its harsh and uncompromising interpretation of religious tenets threaten to do to Lashkar what the terror outfit did to its rivals: label it as a theologically suspect adjunct of the state lacking the will to recreate a 7th century caliphate.

Indian intelligence sources said there was a trend of radicalized Muslims, who till recently gravitated towards Pakistan-based outfits or their Indian affiliates, looking at IS with favour.

"Many IS-inspired youth arrested recently were earlier with Jaish or SIMI. Also, those under surveillance for following IS elements online had earlier been under the influence of Jaish, IM or SIMI. They now find IS more attractive due to its ability to acquire and hold territories in Iraq and Syria," a senior officer said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Radicalized-Muslim-youth-gravitate-towards-Islamic-State-ignore-Lashkar-Jaish/articleshow/52317388.cms?

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Delhi Homeowners Shut Doors on Muslim Tenants: UNU-WIDER Report

May 18, 2016

FROM BOLLYWOOD actors not finding apartments in Mumbai over the years to the latest civil services entrant, who took on a Hindu surname to find accommodation in Pune, there have been a number of stories about Muslims finding it difficult to rent houses.

Now, a full-fledged study stands testimony to this discrimination — in the national capital.

Released last week by the Helsinki-based United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), the study confirms that Muslim applicants find it more difficult than their counterparts to rent a house in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida.

Based on a survey conducted on a house-renting portal, the study states: “A Muslim applicant must respond to 45 listings to receive 10 landlord call-backs, while an Upper Caste (Hindu) applicant must respond to only 28.6 listings to receive the same number.” In other words, Muslims have to apply to 60 per cent more houses than upper-caste Hindus.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/muslim-delhi-rooms-on-rent-for-muslim-muslims-tenents-united-nation-ncr-homeowners-2805994/

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‘Pathankot handler is no. 3 in JeM’

May 18, 2016

A special team has been created within the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to work on the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and the Jammu and Kashmir police have been asked to pitch in, a senior government official said.

The terror outfit, which carried out the attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 2, has undergone a change in its hierarchy and Shahid Latif (46), who had spent 16 years in an Indian prison, is said to be one of the top three leaders now.

The group is still headed by Maulana Masood Azhar, who was released by the Indian government following the hijack of IC-814 aircraft in 1999. India’s multiple efforts to have him designated as an international terrorist failed after China blocked the move in the UN.

In the past two years, JeM’s involvement was found in at least three terror attacks on police stations and army units along the Jammu-Punjab national highway that runs along the border with Pakistan. Officials believe Latif, who is also the launching commander of JeM, operates in the border areas and recruits men to launch terror attacks on Indian soil.

Full report at: thehindu.com/news/national/pathankot-handler-is-no-3-in-jem/article8612577.ece?utm

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Mumbai, Turkey to share intel on Islamic State

May 18, 2016

Maharashtra and Turkey will now share intelligence in their fight against ISIS, especially on youth travelling from India to join the Islamic State.

The State government has signed an agreement with the Turkish government on exchanging vital clues, and sharing technical assistance in tracking and countering ISIS propaganda on the Internet. The State has signed a preliminary agreement for exchanging technical know-how on software and applications used by the Turkish intelligence in tracking ISIS on the Internet.

A team of state officials including State Minister for Home Ranjit Patil met their Turkish counterparts at the International Convention on Strong Cities at Antalya, Turkey last week. Full report at: thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/news/mumbai-turkey-to-share-intel-on-islamic-state/article8613903.ece

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ISIS India recruits: A techie, a businessman and a 'heartbroken' teen

May 18, 2016

Recent media reports claimed that Islamic State (ISIS) recruits in India wanted to wreak havoc in the country taking advantage of the student movement that broke out in several cities after the arrest of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Three ISIS recruits were handed over the job to use the students' stir to create further trouble. The sinister plan was revealed by the three ISIS operatives - Mohammad Abdul Ahad, Mohammad Afzal and Ashiq Ahmad alias Raja.

Full report at: indiatoday.intoday.in/story/isis-india-recruits-a-techie-a-businessman-and-a-heartbroken-teen/1/670494.html

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Show Cause notice to IPS officer who probed Ishrat case

May 18, 2016

NEW DELHI: Senior IPS officer Satish Verma, who was a member of Special Investigating Team (SIT) that probed the Ishrat Jehan case, has been served a show cause notice alleging "misconduct" and "unauthorised absence" from duty.        

Verma, a 1986 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, is at present posted as Chief Vigilance Officer at the Shillong- based North Eastern Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO).  

According to official sources, action was initiated against Verma by NEEPCO, which comes under the power ministry. The Ministry of Home Affairs, the cadre controlling authority for IPS officers, has been informed.      

Full report at: newindianexpress.com/nation/Show-Cause-notice-to-IPS-officer-who-probed-Ishrat-case/2016/05/17/article3437829.ece1

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How the Indian Left lost the plot on the uniform civil code

May 18, 2016

My disenchantment with the Indian Left was gradual, but if I had to pick a single moment when it crystallised, I’d point to an evening in the mid-1990s, a room in Bombay’s St Xavier’s College, a monthly study circle meeting of activists, academics, journalists and students, which, at one point, turned to the issue of personal law. I mentioned the need for a secular civil code applicable to all citizens, and was met with looks that ranged from quizzical to derisory.

After the discussion got bogged down in details of implementation, I asked: “Let us suppose there was no protest from citizens of any faith to the enactment of a common civil law that guarantees equal rights for women. How many of the people here would be in favour of it?”

There were about a dozen people sitting in a ring of chairs in that room, and mine was the only hand raised.

Full report at: scroll.in/article/808293/disowned-by-their-own-the-disturbing-pattern-about-the-murders-of-independent-journalists

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Kerala extremist blogger urges Muslims to not abide by the Indian Constitution

May 18, 2016

A suspected Islamic State supporter in Kerala, who wrote a blog post in April issuing death threats to rationalists belonging to a particular Facebook group, has now come out with a new blog article announcing commitment to the IS and its self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

According to reports, police in Kerala are on intensive hunt for the anonymous blogger. It has reportedly been found that the blogger does not have any organisational links with the IS.

The new post, with a title promising to show the way to jihad, appeared on the blogmuhajir2015.wordpress.com on May 3. The post begins by saying that, in India, this is the auspicious time for jihad.

Full report at: thenewsminute.com/article/kerala-extremist-blogger-urges-muslims-not-abide-indian-constitution-43440

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Arab World

Bin Laden's Son Calls on Al-Qaida and ISIS to UNITE To Form Super Terror Group

18th May 2016

A NEW video has surfaced in which Osama bin Laden's young son encourages Jihadi militants to come together to form a million-strong terrorist army.

Hamza bin Laden can be heard encouraging different groups fighting in Syria to unite and attack "worldwide" in undated footage reportedly released by al-Qaida's propaganda arm As-Sahab.

Hamza, who is thought to be in his early 20s, is believed to be in training at a terrorist camp as part of a grooming process preparing him to take up a senior role in al-Qaida.

The audio from the video was translated by the The Long War Journal and the SITE Intelligence Group.

They report he encourages Jihad against Israel and America to "liberate" Palestine.

He then says all Muslims must "participate in our Palestinian brothers' intifada" by "killing Jews and striking their interests worldwide".

Full report at: dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/516395/Hamza-osama-bin-Laden-al-qaida-isis-video-syria-war-palestine-war-jews

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Now Islamic State officials target DATING SITES to lure jihadi brides to Syria

Wed May 18 2016

The terror group has been built a propaganda network across social media platforms including Telegram, Twitter and Facebook.

And sick ISIS recruiters now are taking to an Arabic-language dating site to encourage Muslim women to marry fighters.

The site, which has not been identified, is believed to be used by devout Muslims across the Middle East to find love.

An intelligence official said: "We were approached by a family whose daughter was speaking to dangerous people online."

He added: "I told them to close her Twitter and Telegram [accounts] but they said, 'No, it's the dating site she is on'."

Full report at: express.co.uk/news/world/671346/Islamic-State-online-dating-Syria-Raqqa-Jordan

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Saudi Nationals Join ISIL in Libya Disguising as Tourists

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior security experts warned against the flow of terrorists from the Persian Gulf Arab states to Libya under the disguise of tourists.

"The Arab nationals of the Persian Gulf littoral states, specially Saudi Arabia, join the ISIL in Libya with their ordinary passports and by travelling to Tunisia," Algerian Security Expert Ahmad Mizab Told FNA on Wednesday.

The Arab nationals stay in Tunisia's luxury hotels and then they contact the human trafficking gangs in order to take them to Libya by land.

In early May, media reports said that while most of the talk in Libya lately has been on efforts to expel ISIL from the oil shipping city of Sirte, or the prospect of western invasion to attack ISIL, the group is expanding well in its own right, capturing several villages along the coast between Sirte and Misrata.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000610

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Baghdadi's Right-Hand Man Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army in Deir Ezzur

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Top Commander of the ISIL Ibrahim Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's most trustworthy man in Syria was killed in the Syrian Army troops' anti-terrorism operation in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.

Tarek Khalaf Abdullah, also known as Abu Hatem Albu Umar, was one of ISIL's most prominent field commanders in Syria.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000710

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Over 50 Terrorists Killed in Recent Infighting in Eastern Ghouta

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday that clashes among the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta in the past few days have killed over 50 militants.

"50 militants were killed during infighting among the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus," the SOHR announced in a statement.

Other media sources also said that two Syrian civilians were killed in clashes among Jeish al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman and Jeish al-Fastat terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta.

The SOHR announced on Sunday that clashes among the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta in the past 20 days had brought the total number of militant casualties to over 300.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000396

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Emirati lawyer offers job to Obama so he can learn more about tolerance of Islam

May 18, 2016

President Barack Obama attends the White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner in Washington

Dubai: An Emirati lawyer from Dubai has offered a job in his law firm to outgoing US President Barack Obama, so that he can become “closely acquainted” with the “meaning of tolerance of Islam” once he leaves the White House.

Eisa Bin Haidar made his proposal on Twitter, also promising to pay for the president’s air fare to the Gulf state.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/emirati-lawyer-offers-job-obama-so-he-can-learn-more-about-tolerance-islam-959491/

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IRGC Spokesman: Growing Number of Volunteer Forces Ready to Fight Terrorists in Syria

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Public Relations Department General Ramezan Sharif announced on Wednesday that a growing number of Iranians have volunteered to be dispatched to Syria for war against terrorism.

"Today, we are facing a growing wave of demands for being sent to Syria and Iraq and many young people from different parts of Iran and different ethnicities have volunteered," Ramezan Sharif said on Wednesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000774

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Army Captures Non-Syrian ISIL Terrorists Including Senior Commander

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several non-Syrian members of the ISIL, including their Iraqi commander, were arrested by the Syrian Army troops in a camp of Iraqi refugees, intelligence sources said Wednesday.

"Mustafa Ahmed Murshid, who had fled Iraq and had hidden among the Iraqi refugees coming from al-Sajariyeh East of Ramadi, was captured by the Syrian army men," the sources said, adding, "The Syrian soldiers, tipped off by one of the tribal leaders about presence of Murshid and some of his comrades among the Iraqi families in a refugee camp, stormed the tent of Murshid and arrested him."

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000598

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Two Separate Offensives of ISIL Repulsed by Army near Deir Ezzur

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian soldiers, backed up by the army's missile and artillery shelling, repelled the ISIL attacks on the government forces' strongholds in the Eastern and Southwestern countryside of Deir Ezzur, forcing the terrorists to retreat from the battlefield.

The ISIL attacks on the government forces' positions near the village of al-Jafreh in the Eastern countryside of Deir Ezzur were fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian army's heavy artillery and missile shelling.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000517

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Syrian Army Smashes Terrorists in Southwest of Damascus

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and popular forces continued their advances against the terrorist groups in Khan al-Sheih region and seized control over more areas after hours of heavy fighting.

The Syrian government forces stormed the terrorists' defense lines from to directions of al-Khamareh-Fileh Selloum and the Medicine Factory, and pushed the militants back from at least 10 residential building blocks.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000445

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Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh Violated 123 Times

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Armenian armed forces over the past 24 hours "123 times violated the ceasefire regime across Nagorno-Karabakh region borders," the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

The Azerbaijani army positions located in settlements and at the heights along the border between the two countries and around the Nagorno-Karabakh area came under fire, the Ministry said, TASS reported.

Following fierce armed clashes at the Karabakh's contact line early April, the parties to the conflict accused each other of violating truce.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000865

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Iran Blames Supporters of Terrorist Groups for Fragile Ceasefire in Syria

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian censured certain countries for troubling establishment of sustainable truce in Syria by supporting the terrorists.

"As long as some overt and covert supports for the terrorists' moves are not stopped, no durable peace will prevail in Syria," Amir Abdollahian said in an interview with the state-run TV on Tuesday night.

He also said that establishment of long-term truce in Syria also depends on its neighbors' blocking of bordering areas to prevent the terrorists' trafficking.

Asked about the results of Tuesday Vienna talks on ceasefire in Syria, also attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Amir Abdollahian said there is still gaps and differences between those countries which favor resorting to military means by supporting the terrorists and those states which believe in political methods to settle the crisis.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000693

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Iran's EC Secretary: Anti-Revolutionary Groups Continue Crimes in Mosul

May 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee said that the anti-revolutionary forces who committed savage crimes against the Iranian people in 1980s are now again displaying their brutalities in Mosul.

"The anti-revolutionary grouplets which harassed the people in Kurdistan on the first days of the Islamic Revolution (in Iran) are today showing their identity with crimes in Mosul," Rezayee said, addressing a ceremony in the Western city of Sanandaj on Wednesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950229000521

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Pakistan

Interpol issues red corner notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar

May 18, 2016

NEW DELHI: Interpol on Tuesday issued a red corner notice (RCN) against militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and his brother for their alleged involvement in the Pathankot air base attack earlier this year, Times of India reported.

At least 7 Indian troops were killed during an attack on the sprawling 2,000 acre installation in Pathankot. Gunmen besieged the air base for nearly a week before security forces were able to secure the installation.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259121/interpol-issues-red-corner-notice-against-jaish-e-mohammed-chief-masood-azhar

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Indo-Pak warmth: Liver transplant at Delhi hospital saves Pakistani boy from cancer

May 17, 2016

New Delhi: Seven-year-old Shan Sultan’s family and friends in Lahore thought they would lose him to liver cancer, but fought back and under went a liver transplant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

His father Sultan Baqar, donated his liver. who works in the radiology department in a government hospital in Lahore.

“The child was admitted with pneumonia and infection. After he recovered, we recommended chemotherapy to reduce the size of the tumour before the affected part of the liver can be removed,” said Dr Anupam Sibbal, group medical director and senior paediatric gastroenterologists, Apollo Hospitals.

Eight rounds of chemotherapy, however, could not shrink the tumour. He underwent a liver transplant.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/indo-pak-warmth-liver-transplant-delhi-hospital-saves-pakistani-boy-cancer-959482/

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Kashmiri leaders seek free and fair elections in PoK

May 17, 2016

Islamabad: In a conference jointly organised by the United Kashmir Peoples National Party and the Awami Worker Party on Sunday, a call was made to seek amendments in the Interim Constitution Act, 1974, to ensure a fair and transparent election in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Leading prominent lawyer and AWP president Abid Hassan Minto said that the present laws implemented in AJK and Gilgit Baltistan are not representing the rights of the people of PoK and Gilgit Baltistan.

The parties present at the meeting noted that the present AJK Interim Constitution Act, 1974 is an ‘unjust’ law, which is giving all authorities to the Kashmir Affairs Ministry, Kashmir Council and to the direct appointed officers from Pakistan instead of from the AJK Government.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/kashmiri-leaders-seek-free-fair-elections-pok-959390/

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One killed, 17 injured in Peshawar blasts

May 18, 2016

PESHAWAR: A constable was killed and 17 other people injured when two remote-controlled bombs detonated one after another in Peshawar's Mithra area Wednesday morning.

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Abdul Majid Marwat said the injured include 11 Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) members, Counter-terrorism Department personnel and police and six civilians.

Superintendent Police (SP) Cantonment Kashif Zulfiqar said the first remote-controlled bomb exploded as a police van was passing by, injuring a policeman and pedestrian. As BDS reached the scene, a second remote-controlled bomb detonated.

The injured have been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, while additional police personnel have been deployed in the area.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259112/one-killed-17-injured-in-peshawar-blasts

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Gilani rubbishes rumours surrounding son’s release

May 18, 2016

MULTAN: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said some people thought he hid his own son Ali Haider Gilani, while others said he paid Rs750 million as ransom for his release.

He said this while addressing locals who had gathered to welcome him and his recovered son, who reached his hometown with his father from Lahore on Tuesday. A large number of PPP workers and people from various walks of life had gathered to welcome Ali Haider.

“Ali Haider has been recovered in a US army operation. How is it possible that I paid ransom for his release?” he questioned.

He said after being abducted from Multan, his son was shifted to Afghanistan. He also said Hilary Clinton and other US officials congratulated him on the recovery of his son.

“I would like to thank the American and Afghan forces for their role in the recovery of my son,” he added.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1259085/gilani-rubbishes-rumours-surrounding-sons-release

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Mideast

Israel: Hamas Training ISIS Terrorists in Gaza

May 17, 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) is getting logistical and military support from Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas, a senior official of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) told the press. IDF’s Major General Yoav Mordechai revealed that terrorists belonging to Hamas and ISIS were now conducting joint military exercises in Gaza — along the southern border of Israel.

Islamic terrorist group Hamas, founded in 1987, calls for the destruction of Israel and annihilation of Jewish people in its official charter. Hamas Charter makes it clear that the Gaza-based terrorist group does not see itself as a separate entity fighting Israel, but instead is a part of the worldwide Islamic jihad.

Full report at: legalinsurrection.com/2016/05/israel-hamas-training-isis-terrorists-in-gaza/

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I will resign if evidence of link between Turkey, ISIL emerges: Turkish FM

May 18, 2016

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that if Moscow has any evidence that shows Turkey helping the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) then he would resign.

“I am ready to resign if you have any evidence that Turkey helps Daesh. If you cannot prove your claims then I invite you to Antalya [Çavuşoğlu’s hometown] as a guest for the rest of your life,” Çavuşoğlu said at the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting on May 17 in Austria’s capital Vienna, using the Arabic acronym for the jihadist group.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/i-will-resign-if-evidence-of-link-between-turkey-isil-emerges-turkish-fm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99325&NewsCatID=510

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10 PKK militants killed in operations in Turkey’s southeast, northern Iraq

May 18, 2016

Ten outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in a two-day operation in the Dağlıca district of the southeastern province of Hakkari and northern Iraq, the Turkish General Staff has announced.

Turkish warplanes hit mortar positions belonging to the PKK in rural Dağlıca on May 16 as simultaneous air operations continued for a second day in the region to destroy targets, the General Staff said in a statement.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/10-pkk-militants-killed-in-operations-in-turkeys-southeast-northern-iraq.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99323&NewsCatID=341

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US Embassy warns citizens of terror threat in Turkey on May 19

May 18, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara has warned its citizens of threats by international and local terrorist groups in Turkey on May 19, national Youth and Sports Day, amid reports of possible attacks targeting metropolitan areas.

“The U.S. Embassy is aware of media reports suggesting the possibility of terrorist incidents in Turkey on Thursday, May 19, Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day. Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations in Turkey and the possibility of a terrorist incident without warning remains a concern. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to read the existing Turkey Travel Warning and Security Messages to ensure you are following best practices for personal safety,” the Embassy said in a statement issued on its website.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-embassy-warns-citizens-of-terror-threat-in-turkey-on-may-19.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99328&NewsCatID=510

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One soldier killed in PKK attack in Turkey’s southeast

May 18, 2016

One soldier was killed on May 18 in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin during ongoing clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

PKK militants opened fire on security forces in the Yenişehir neighborhood, wounding one soldier. The soldier, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Nusaybin State Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

A security forces operation is continuing in the district to cover up trenches, remove barricades and destroy hand-made explosives belonging to the PKK.

In a separate attack in the district, PKK militants detonated an explosive during the passage of security forces. Five soldiers were wounded in the attack.

hurriyetdailynews.com/one-soldier-killed-in-pkk-attack-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99330&NewsCatID=341

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10 ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul

May 18, 2016

Ten Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suspects were detained on May 18 during operations in various districts of Istanbul.

Istanbul counter-terrorism police units conducted simultaneous operations in Sultangazi, Esenyurt, Esenler and Sultanbeyli on 10 addresses in the morning hours.

Special operations police and a police helicopter also supported the operation.

Five Syrian-origin ISIL suspects who were allegedly making preparations for attacks and another five who were assisting the suspects were detained in the operations.

The detained ISIL suspects were taken to Bayrampaşa State Hospital for health checks before being transferred to the Istanbul Police Department for interrogation.

Turkish police issued a confidential warning to provincial police departments in all 81 of the country’s provinces on May 16, cautioning against imminent attacks by the jihadist group during Youth and Sports Day celebrations on May 19.

hurriyetdailynews.com/10-isil-suspects-detained-in-istanbul.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99321&NewsCatID=509

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North America

US Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

May 17, 2016

The US senate has passed legislation that would allow the victims of the September 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages from officials from Saudi Arabia - a move that sets the bill for a showdown with the White House.

Fifteen of the nineteen men who hijacked four planes and flew them into targets in New York and Washington in 2001 were Saudi citizens, though Riyadh has always denied having any role in the attacks.

Full report at: independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/911-attacks-senate-passes-bill-allowing-victims-to-sue-saudi-arabia-a7034781.html

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US says has no preconditions for peace deal between Afghan govt and Hezb-e-Islami

Wed May 18 2016

The United States has welcomed political negotiations between the Afghan government and Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

“We support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process for a negotiated resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan,” said John Kirby, spokesman of the US Department of State.

Kirby further added that all relevant groups, including Hezb-e-Islami of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, should be a part of such a political dialogue so that Afghans can talk directly to other Afghans about the future of their country.

“So in this regard, we would welcome political negotiations that have been taking place. Among the Afghan Government, the Afghan High Peace Council, and the representatives of the group,” he added.

Meanwhile, he said the United States will continue to seek reconciliation conditions, including that any reconciled group must end the violence.

“These are end conditions, not preconditions – that any reconciled group must end violence, break associations with international terrorism, and accept Afghanistan’s constitution, as we’ve said many times, which includes the protections for women and for minorities,” Kirby said.

He reiterated that “So we don’t have preconditions going into this, but this is an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process.”

khaama.com/us-says-has-no-preconditions-for-peace-deal-between-afghan-govt-and-hezb-e-islami-0979

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Muslim countries ban gay and transgender reps from United Nations meeting on Aids

May 18, 2016

More than 50 Muslim countries have banned gay and transgender groups from attending a United Nations conference dedicated to ending Aids.

African Men for Sexual Health and Rights and Ishtar Men Who Have Sex With Men were among those denied access to the meeting, which will be held next month.

Though no official reason was given for the ban, Western officials pointed out that nearly all of the groups denied access to the event were linked to LGBT rights.

The United States has already protested the decision, with the US ambassador Samantha Power noting that the disallowed groups "appear to have been chosen for their involvement in LGBTI, transgender or youth advocacy."

Full report at: telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/18/muslim-countries-ban-gay-and-transgender-reps-from-united-nation/

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Islamic NGO welcomes Ramadan with focus on refugees

MAY 17TH, 2016

Islamic Relief Canada is marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan by launching a campaign encouraging Canadian Muslims to donate towards the global refugee crisis.

One of North America’s leading Islamic scholars – Shaykh Omar Suleiman, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, Julie Delahanty and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition, Nicolas Moyer, will be keynote speakers at a dinner in Toronto. The event dinner – Refugees and faith-inspired action – celebrates the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins around June 7th and will be attended by members of the Muslim community across Canada.

Full report at: canindia.com/islamic-ngo-welcomes-ramadan-with-focus-on-refugees/

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South Asia

Taliban militants have reportedly captured Surkh Kotal in Baghlan

Wed May 18 2016

The Taliban militants have reportedly captured Surkh Kotal in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan following days of heavy clash.

A local security official confirmed that the Afghan forces retreated from the area after they were under siege for several days.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-militants-have-reportedly-captured-surkh-kotal-in-baghlan-0981

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Chechen militant ‘Omar Chechen’ among 6 killed in north of Afghanistan

Wed May 18 2016

A Chechen militant identified as Omar Chechen was killed along with five others during the clashes in north of Afghanistan.

According to the security sources, the Chechen militant was killed in Bghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province.

The sources further added that five others including a commander of the militants identified as Qari Zahir were also killed during the clashes and 8 others were wounded.

Full report at: khaama.com/chechen-militant-omar-chechen-among-6-killed-in-north-of-afghanistan-0978

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'Serious steps' against Taliban on Afghan talks agenda

May 18, 2016

Action against the Taliban will be part of the agenda during the fifth round of Afghanistan peace talks that will take place in Pakistan on Wednesday, high-level Afghan sources say.

The Taliban has repeatedly refused to take part in the negotiations and shows no signs of easing its ongoing spring offensive against the Afghan government.

Speaking to Al Jazeera on Tuesday from Islamabad, Omar Zakhilwal, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan who is also heading the delegation, said: "The talks are no longer aimed at reviving negotiations with the Taliban.

Inside Story - Can the Afghan leader rein in the Taliban?

Full report at: aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/steps-taliban-afghan-talks-agenda-160517105550939.html

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China reaffirms support to Afghan forces following $70m commitment in military aid

Wed May 18 2016

The Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed Beijing’s military support to the Afghan security forces during a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

The Office of the Chief Executive in a statement said the Chinese President reaffirmed military aid as well as supporting Afghanistan in development and rehabilitation projects.

The statement further added that the Chinese leader also announced Beijing’ support towards the Afghan-led peace process.

The remarks by Jinping followed after CEO Abdullah urged China to use its influence in persuading the regional countries to fight terrorism and help maintain peace and stability in the region, specifically in Afghanistan.

Full report at: khaama.com/china-reaffirms-support-to-afghan-forces-following-70m-commitment-in-military-aid-0980

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MoI release photos of suicide bomber, VBIED seized near the ministry compound

Tue May 17 2016

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) released the photos of the would-be suicide bomber and the Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device which the bomber wanted to use in targeting the Ministry of Interior compound.

According to MoI, the suicide bomber was arrested from Jamhuriat Hospital road located which goes towards the Ministry of Interior compound.

The photos show the would-be suicide bomber with bruises on his face and blood stains covered his clothes as the security forces are taking him away from the site where he was arrested.

Full report at: khaama.com/moi-release-photos-of-suicide-bomber-vbied-seized-near-the-ministry-compound-0973

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Militant attacks force Bangladesh's gay community into hiding

May 18 ,2016

Weeks after suspected Islamist militants hacked Bangladesh's most prominent gay rights activist to death in his apartment along with an associate, another friend received a chilling message that he was next in line.

"Say your prayers, confess to God for your sins. Eat or drink whatever you wish to, nobody can save you," read the handwritten letter, delivered to his home in Dhaka.

Bangladesh's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community was already marginalised in a country where same-sex sexual activity is illegal and many people strongly disapprove.

Full report at: in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-islamists-lgbt-idINKCN0Y82PS

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Al-Qaeda commander among 5 killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

Wed May 18 2016

A commander of the al-Qaeda terrorist network was killed with four others during separate airstrikes involving unmanned aerial vehicle of the US forces in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrikes were carried out in southern Zabul and northern Kunduz provinces.

According to a statement by MoD, the al-Qaeda commander killed in the airstrike has been identified as Mullah Mohammad Ali.

The statement further added that the militants were involved in major terrorist attacks and atrocities committed against the citizens of the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/al-qaeda-commander-among-5-killed-in-us-drone-strike-in-afghanistan-0976

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Ready to join Hekmatyar in one table to have joint meal, says Abdullah

Wed May 18 2016

The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has said he is ready to have meal together with the notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in one table in a bid to help serve the national interests of the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/ready-to-join-hekmatyar-in-one-table-to-have-joint-meal-says-abdullah-0975

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Afghanistan approves, in principle, strategy to fight enemy secret agents

Tue May 17 2016

The Afghan government approved in principle the strategy to fight the enemy moles (secret agents) during a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

According to the Office of the President, the decision was taken following a comprehensive discussion regarding the issue.

The relevant authorities were instructed to implement the strategy in the tactical level after approving the strategy in principle.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghanistan-approves-in-principle-strategy-to-fight-enemy-secret-agents-0974

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Sunderland chef who wanted to fight for Islamic State has his 'too soft' jail term INCREASED by country's top judge

May 18 ,2016

Mohammed Abdul Kahar, 37, of Burnville Road, was jailed for five years at Newcastle Crown Court on November 13 last year - the day of the Paris bombings.

He was convicted of 10 terror crimes, including preparing to travel to Syria to fight, plotting to fund terrorism and trying to win support for Islamic State.

The Solicitor-General, Robert Buckland QC, argued at London's Appeal Court that five years was nowhere near enough to mark the gravity of Kahar's crimes.

Full report at: sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/sunderland-chef-who-wanted-to-fight-for-islamic-state-has-his-too-soft-jail-term-increased-by-country-s-top-judge-1-7915539

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NDS busted the most dangerous kidnapping gang in Herat province

Wed May 18 2016

The Afghan intelligence operatives busted one of the most dangerous kidnapping gangs in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the gang consisted of 16 kidnappers and was led by Ghulam Farooq who is also famous as Abdul Ghafar.

A statement by NDS said the other leader of the gang has been identified as Lal Mohammad who is also famous as Zarif while the third leader of the gang has been identified as Taj Mir.

Full report at: khaama.com/nds-busted-the-most-dangerous-kidnapping-gang-in-herat-province-0977

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Africa

How Boko Haram Became the Islamic State’s West Africa Province

May 18, 2016

Even before it burst into the headlines with its brazen April 2014 abduction of nearly three hundred schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State, sparking an unprecedented amount of social media communication in the process, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram had already distinguished itself as one of the fastest evolving of its kind, undergoing several major transformations in just over half a decade. In a very short period of time, the group went from being a small militant band focused on localized concerns and using relatively low levels of violence to a significant terrorist organization with a clearer jihadist ideology to a major insurgency seizing and holding large swathes of territory that was dubbed “the most deadly terrorist group in the world” by the Institute for Economics and Peace, based on the sheer number of deaths it caused in 2014.(1) More recently, Boko Haram underwent another evolution with its early 2015 pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State and its subsequent rebranding as the “Islamic State West Africa Province” (ISWAP).

The ideological, rhetorical, and operational choices made by Boko shifted considerably in each of these iterations, as did its tactics. Indeed the nexus between these three elements—ideology, rhetoric, and operations—is the key to correctly interpreting Boko Haram’s strategic objectives at each stage in its evolution, and to eventually countering its pursuit of these goals.

Full report at: rightsidenews.com/world/islamic-terrorism/how-boko-haram-became-the-islamic-states-west-africa-province/

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‘State sponsor of terror’ Sudan seeks role as U.S. ally in Islamic State fight

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sudan is eager to forge closer ties with American and European intelligence agencies, possibly acting as a hub for Western-led counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State and other indigenous Islamic extremist groups, in a bid to ease U.S. economic sanctions that have been in place for decades.

Sudanese Ambassador Maowia Osman Khalid said in an interview that his country has already passed on vital information to U.S. and allied intelligence agencies on activities of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in Libya, Egypt, Somalia and elsewhere in North and East Africa.

Full report at: washingtontimes.com/news/2016/may/17/sudan-seeks-expanded-role-in-isis-fight/

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Southeast Asia

Malaysian apathy about Islamic extremism worrying, says activist

May 18, 2016

PETALING JAYA: The apparent Malaysian apathy about the rise of Islamist extremism in Malaysia may indicate its institutionalisation, said activist lawyer Siti Kasim.

In a Facebook post today, Siti cited a report by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Iseas), which pointed to the apparently growing appeal of Islamist extremism in Southeast Asia according to several surveys by the USA-based Pew Research Centre.

“There is little doubt that religious extremism in itself still lacks general appeal among the Muslim populace of Indonesia and Malaysia and indeed the entire ummah,” said the report.

“However, the relatively low level of concern over rising Islamist extremism among Indonesian and Malaysian Muslims indicates a worrying trend of institutionalisation of radical interpretations of Islam in the general Islamic landscape of both countries.”

Siti expressed her worries of institutionalised Islamist extremism following the recent report of children in a Sri Damansara kindergarten being photographed holding toy guns and dressed in military fatigues.

Full report at: freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/05/18/malaysian-apathy-about-islamic-extremism-worrying-says-activist/

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Terror fight: Jakarta, Singapore officials stress value of cooperation

May 18, 2016

Partnerships among countries are critical in fighting terrorism, and the strong and ongoing cooperation between Singapore and Indonesia on counter-terrorism is a good way to narrow the space for radicals to use in this region.

This was a point experts and government officials from both countries made at a focus-group discussion initiated by the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore on Monday to share best practices.

Speakers included the Indonesian Foreign Ministry's Director- General for Multilateral Affairs Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's National Counter-Terrorism Agency chief Tito Karnavian, Muslim group Nahdlatul Ulama's chairman Marsyudi Syuhud and Singapore's Second Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Loh Ngai Seng.

Full report at: straitstimes.com/singapore/terror-fight-jakarta-singapore-officials-stress-value-of-cooperation

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Hindu Denpasar Named Most Islamic Cityi

May 18, 2016

Jakarta. Hindu-majority Denpasar has been named one of Indonesia's "most Islamic cities," along with Yogyakarta and Bandung, in an Islamic City Index survey released by the Maarif Institute on Tuesday (17/05).

None of the Indonesian cities who implement sharia law made it to the survey's top ten.

Fajar Riza Ul Haq, Maarif Institute's executive director, said Yogyakarta, Bandung and Denpasar all scored 80.64 out of a possible 100 points and topped the rank among 29 cities included in the survey.

Full report at: jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/hindu-denpasar-named-islamic-city/

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12th World Islamic Economic Forum returns to Jakarta

May 17 ,2016

Jakarta will host the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) for the second time, following the successes of WIEF forums that have traveled the globe, including Kuala Lumpur, Islamabad, Kuwait, Astana, Johor Bahru, London and Dubai. This year, the forum will be held at the Jakarta Convention Center from 2-4 August.

Some 2,500 delegates and 60 role players from over 100 countries are expected to attend the 12th WIEF.

The event aims to further explore the crucial role of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in driving economic growth in economies around the world, in line with its theme of ‘Decentralizing Growth, Empowering Future Business’. The decentralization of growth empowers MSMEs by facilitating a larger participation in the mainstream economy, which ensures inclusive economic development, spurs innovation and improves efficiency, giving enterprises the competitive edge to navigate through the ever-evolving business landscape.

Full report at: theworldfolio.com/news/12th-world-islamic-economic-forum-returns-to-jakarta/4114/

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Europe

Pope calls on France to respect Muslim women

May 17, 2016

Pope Francis has called on France to respect Muslims in being free to profess their faith – just like the Christians – adding that co-existence between the two faiths could still be possible.

“If a Muslim woman wishes to wear a veil, she must be able to do so. Similarly, if a Catholic wishes to wear a cross,” Francis told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, according to The Guardian. “People must be free to profess their faith at the heart of their own culture not merely at its margins.”

When asked about the role religion ought to play in society and government, Francis strongly backed the separation of church and state, saying that states must be secular, although they also needed strong laws guaranteeing religious freedom and needed to ensure individuals, including government officials, had a right to conscientious objection.

He also expressed a “modest critique” of France, saying the country’s laws exaggerate “laïcité” – the separation of church and state.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/pope-calls-on-france-to-respect-muslim-women.aspx?pageID=238&nID=99301&NewsCatID=351

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ISIS: Europe’s Counterterrorism Approach Struggles As Islamic State Militants Continue To Cross Borders

May 18, 2016

PARIS — What once was a place for mourners is now a point of protest: The Place de la République today is a different square than the one it was after the terror attacks that claimed the lives of 130 people here last November. Six months on, crowds of angry students dodge police tear gas canisters, demanding the abolition of proposed austerity laws, while bouquets of flowers laid at the feet of Marianne, the bronze personification of French Republican virtues — liberté, égalité, fraternité — remain untouched.

Full report at: ibtimes.com/isis-europes-counterterrorism-approach-struggles-islamic-state-militants-continue-2368799

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Battling sides drag Hitler, Islamic State into Britain's EU debate

May 18, 2016

BRUSSELS — Britain's referendum campaign grew increasingly edgy Tuesday after Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that a British EU exit would make the Islamic State group happy and the EU president lashed out at London's ex-Mayor Boris Johnson for comparing the bloc's aims to those of Adolf Hitler.

The arguments sparked allegations of rhetorical excess from both sides and prompted European Council President Donald Tusk to finally enter the referendum debate, deriding Johnson's comments.

Full report at: stripes.com/news/europe/battling-sides-drag-hitler-islamic-state-into-britain-s-eu-debate-1.409913

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Muslim student sues police 'after being arrested because I was an Asian with a beard’

May 17, 2016

Akmal Afzal feels he was deliberately targeted by officers because of his race as he watched the men’s marathon.

He was quizzed about why he was there, accused of giving a false name, arrested and taken to a police station.

Full report at: standard.co.uk/news/london/muslim-student-sues-police-after-being-arrested-because-i-was-an-asian-with-a-beard-a3250806.html

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Islamic State, Putin Want Brexit, Cameron Says; Pro-Leave ISIS, Russian President ‘Might Be Happy’

May 17, 2016

The potential political consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union have already been well-documented by British Prime Minister David Cameron, but his latest argument against a so-called Brexit could resonate the most in the current climate of terrorism facing Europe. It would be in the interest of both the Islamic State group and Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Brexit to take place, Cameron said Tuesday at the the World Economic Forum in London.

“It is worth asking the question: Who would be happy if we left? Putin would be happy,” Cameron said. "I suspect al-Baghdadi would be happy.” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of ISIS in Iraq.

Full report at: ibtimes.com/islamic-state-putin-want-brexit-cameron-says-pro-leave-isis-russian-president-might-2370201

 

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