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Saudis Retrace Route of Abraha’s Army That Came to Destroy Kaa’bah

 

 

 

 

 

 

People gather at the site of a suicide bombing as Yemeni security officials collect debris in Sanaa, Yemen, (AP Photo)

  

Arab World

Saudis Retrace Route of Abraha’s Army That Came to Destroy Kaa’bah

ISIS controls more than a third of Syria’s Kobani

Iraqi Airstrike Kills 30 ISIL Terrorists in Tikrit

Car bomb kills 12 in Shiite neighbourhood of Baghdad

Army Breaks ISIL Siege on 300 Iraqi Soldiers in Ramadi

Islamic State claims downing Iraqi military helicopter

Australia launches first anti-ISIS airstrike in Iraq

Terror rehab centre helps 500 inmates perform Haj

Oman sets up central Shariah board in move to boost Islamic finance

ISIS supporters mourn death of ‘youngest fighter’

 

Mideast

Suicide bombings in Yemen kill at least 50 people

Diaspora Kurds return to homeland to battle ISIL jihadists

Non-Aligned Nations Urge Global Action against Terrorism

Palestinian mufti slams Israel for ban on Muslims entering Al-Aqsa

Turkey says it 'can't lead' Syria ground operation alone

'US approach over last 20 years to Israeli-Palestinian conflict has produced no results'

Palestinian unity govt holds first Gaza cabinet meet

 

South Asia

26 militants killed, 13 others injured in Afghan army operations

Iran Raps Ahmed Shaheed for Unfair Report

US cable: JMB filled with disgruntled Jamaat-Shibir men

 

Pakistan

Cannot rule out presence of IS militants in Balochistan: Chief Minister

Army to eliminate terrorism: COAS

PM Nawaz visits Miranshah to review Zarb-e-Azb

Karachi: Death toll from toxic liquor rises to 27

US drone strike kills four in North Waziristan

Bilawal Bhutto accuses India of adopting 'Israel model'

Jamaat-i-Islami condemns drone attacks

 

India

We have responded with courage to ceasefire violation by Pakistan: PM

'India walking into Pak trap with fire for fire'

Indian carried father on his shoulders to Haj pilgrimage

 

North America

American Revert Stands in Awe before Kaa’bah

U.S. think-tank says it located possible blast at Iran military site

Canada seeks to jail 80 who took part in foreign terror plots

US, UK ready to 'examine' idea of Syria buffer zone

US warns air strikes alone cannot save Kobane from IS

 

Europe

Isil terror suspect Tarik offered place at top UK University

French family of 11 suspected of waging ‘jihad’ in Syria

Belgium Islamist ‘No Different To Pussy Riot,’ Trial Hears

Peter Kassig's former cellmate says conversion to Islam was 'natural'

Turkey asks NATO to introduce safe haven issue to alliance’s agenda

A Western jihadi explains why he fights in Syria

Serbia charges five over terrorist recruitment

 

Africa

EU Representative says Libya could be next to fall to extremism

Tunisia suspends TV show for 'glorifying terrorism'

 

Southeast Asia

Islam doesn’t condone burning bibles: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

‘Burn the bible’ cannot be justified as defending Islam — Saifuddin Abdullah

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Saudis Retrace Route of Abraha’s Army That Came to Destroy Kaa’bah

9 October 2014

A group of young Saudi history enthusiasts has retraced the path of the People of the Elephant who tried to destroy the Holy Kaa’bah centuries ago.

The Holy Qur’an, in a short chapter, briefly refers to the story of the army of elephants led by Abraha Al-Ashram, who was a governor of Yemen. God destroyed Abraha and his army that included 13 elephants, by sending flocks of birds that dropped small stones on them.

“There never fell a stone on a soldier except it dissolved his flesh and burst it into pieces … Abraha Al-Ashram fled while his flesh was bursting into pieces and died on the way back to Yemen,” said the 14th century scholar Ibn Kathir, an authentic Qur’an commentator.

During their tiring journey across mountains and rough terrain, the young Saudi men took photographs of important landmarks, beginning from north of Najran, to the east of Asir, and then east of Baha.

Some of the most important historical sites along the way included inscriptions of elephants on rocks in the Al-Qahr Mountain, southeast of Tathlith; an old well in Hafaer, east of Asir; and a paved road near Kara in Aqeeq principality in the Baha region.

Mohammed Al-Amry, head of the geology department at King Saud University, said he had seen the path of Abraha and his army in Tathlith and Baha. “The army had passed the Arabian shield region comprising rocks and there were writings in the Humairiya language on some mountains,” he said.

According to historical Islamic sources, Abraha, who was a Christian, had thought of building a church similar to the Kaa’bah in Sanaa. He wanted the Arabs to perform the pilgrimage in Sanaa instead of Makkah, with the intention of diverting trade and benefits to Yemen. He presented the idea to the then king of Ethiopia who agreed to it.

Abraha built the church but the Arabs refused to come for pilgrimage in Sanaa. This infuriated him, prompting him to form an army to invade Makkah and demolish the Kaaba. He defeated all Arab armies on the way until he reached Makkah where he was attacked by the flocks of birds sent by the Almighty.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/641556

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ISIS controls more than a third of Syria’s Kobani

9 October 2014

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants control more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, Agence France-Presse reported a monitoring group as saying on Thursday, after three weeks of fighting Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led air strikes.

“ISIS control more than a third of Kobani. All eastern areas, a small part of the north east and an area in the south east,” head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said by telephone.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition on Thursday carried out two fresh strikes on ISIS jihadist positions in Kobane, said an AFP reporter just across the border in Turkey.

The strikes targeted the city’s southwest, which is under control of Kurdish forces who have been fighting off a three-week ISIS advance on the strategic town.

U.S. says air power not enough

While the U.S. and coalition airstrikes have forced some ISIS militants out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, air power is not enough to save the city, the Associated Press reported a Pentagon spokesman as saying on Wednesday.

“Kobani could be taken. We recognize that,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters.

“We’re doing everything we can from the air to try to halt the momentum of ISIS against that town,” he added. “Air power is not going to be alone enough to save that city.”

Turkey says no to unilateral action

Turkey maintains it does not want Kobani to fall, but Turkish officials said they will not enter combat until they are assured that the U.S.-led coalition has a long-term strategy in Syria.

Turkey on Thursday also said it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against jihadists in Syria alone, amid growing pressure on Ankara from the West to intervene militarily.

“It’s not realistic to expect that Turkey will lead a ground operation on its own,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Turkey’s inaction despite its supposed participation in a coalition forged to crush the extremist group is frustrating Washington and its NATO allies, and reviving a rebellion by Turkish Kurds.

No plans for boots on ground

Turkey’s statement came after Pentagon officials asserted that they are not planning to ask President Barack Obama to commit ground forces to the fight inside Syria, Kirby said.

“We all need to prepare ourselves for the reality that other towns and villages - and perhaps Kobani- will be taken by ISIS,” Kirby said, adding that the key to eventually defeating the militants is to train and enable indigenous ground forces.

The U.S. and partner countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have been bombing ISIS targets in Syria under Obama’s order to degrade and destroy the group. But administration officials have cautioned that the going will be slow.

“We don’t have a force inside Syria that we can cooperate with and work with,” Kirby said.

U.S. plans to train rebels

That is why the administration is planning to train and arm 5,000 moderate opposition Syrian fighters at sites elsewhere in the Middle East and then insert them back into Syria to take on ISIS forces, Kirby said.

There were airstrikes at six locations around Kobani on Tuesday, and others earlier this week. Kirby said there are mixed reports about how many ISIS militants pulled back from the town under pressure from the air.

In a statement Wednesday night, U.S. Central Command said it appeared that Kurdish militia continued to control most of the city and were holding out against the militants.

Obama was at the Pentagon on Wednesday to consult with military leaders on progress in the campaign to counter ISIS.

The office of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he will host a meeting Oct. 14 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland with his counterparts from about 20 of the countries that have joined the U.S. in combating ISIS.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/U-S-says-strikes-not-enough-to-save-Syria-s-Kobane-.html

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Iraqi Airstrike Kills 30 ISIL Terrorists in Tikrit

9 October 2014

Iraqi air force fighter jets on Wednesday killed 30 terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Central Tikrit, Salahuddin province.

"The Iraqi air force bombed the ISIL shelters near the Presidential Palaces, and killed 30 terrorists and burned some of their vehicles," an informed source said.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716001320

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Car bomb kills 12 in Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad

 9 October 2014

A car bomb blast on a busy street of Baghdad’s largest Shiite neighborhood killed at least 12 people, Iraqi police and medical sources said Thursday.

The bomb, which exploded near a cafe in Sadr City late Wednesday, also left at least 33 people wounded, the sources said.

The sprawling northeastern district is hit by suicide, roadside and other bombs almost every week.

According to the United Nations, more than 1,110 people were killed in acts of violence across Iraq last month.

While the bloodshed has been mainly on the frontlines where federal, Kurdish and allied forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group, blasts and executions in Baghdad continue to take a heavy toll.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/Car-bomb-kills-12-in-Shiite-neighborhood-of-Baghdad-.html

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Army Breaks ISIL Siege on 300 Iraqi Soldiers in Ramadi

9 October 2014

Iraqi troops managed to break a siege by the ISIL terrorists on hundreds of soldiers in an area of the Western province of al-Anbar.

"Iraqi forces were able to liberate overnight as many as 300 troops who had been surrounded by ISIL terrorists in the city of Ramadi, located 110 kilometers West of Baghdad," a military source told Alforat news agency.

The Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716001189

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Islamic State claims downing Iraqi military helicopter

 9 October 2014

Islamic State claimed that it shot down an Iraqi army helicopter in northern Iraq, the SITE monitoring group reported early on Thursday.

The helicopter crashed on Wednesday in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad near the Baiji oil refinery, the largest such facility in the country, according to an Iraqi army officer.

The officer confirmed two army personnel died, but said the crash was still under investigation.

Islamic State said on Twitter that it downed the aircraft and published pictures that it claimed were of the debris and the corpse of one of the pilots.

The Islamic State Twitter feed also included a photo of one of their fighters preparing to fire off a shoulder-held rocket or missile that the group said struck the helicopter.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Islamic-State-claims-downing-Iraqi-military-helicopter-378460

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Australia launches first anti-ISIS airstrike in Iraq

9 October 2014

An Australian jet fighter has made the country’s first airstrike against an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group’s target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said on Thursday.

The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where in northern Iraq it was.

“Two bombs were dropped from an F/A-18F Super Hornet on to an ISIS facility” overnight, a Defense statement said.

“All aircraft exited the target area safely and returned to base,” it added.

Australia has six Super Hornets based in the United Arab Emirates. A 200-strong ground force including Special Forces are waiting for legal guarantees from the Iraqi government before they enter that country to advise and assist Iraqi security forces. The Australian troops will not take part in combat.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/Australia-launches-first-anti-ISIS-airstrike-in-Iraq.html

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Terror rehab center helps 500 inmates perform Haj

9 October 2014

An estimated 500 beneficiaries from the Prince Mohammed Bin Naif Counseling and Care Center and their families have gone on Haj this year with support from the center’s annual pilgrim campaign, said Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki.

Other center inmates who have not taken part in the center’s programs will spend the rest of the Eid Al-Adha holiday with their families and then return back to the center.

This is the fourth campaign launched by the center. The program is aimed at reconnecting members with their parents and correcting extremist thought among the center’s inmates, in addition to raising awareness about legal and religious perspectives.

The camp also offers many religious awareness lectures to complement the center’s programs and provides advice to inmates and their loved ones.

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/641486

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Oman sets up central Shariah board in move to boost Islamic finance

9 October 2014

MUSCAT – Oman’s central bank has set up a Shariah supervisory board to help oversee the sultanate’s Islamic banking industry, a centralized model that is increasingly being adopted across the global industry.

Shariah boards are groups of scholars who rule on whether financial instruments and activities follow religious principles, such as bans on interest payments and pure monetary speculation.

Oman was the last nation in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council to introduce Islamic finance, publishing rules for it in 2012. The introduction of a central Shariah board could now speed up product development, limit costs for Islamic banks and facilitate issues of sukuk (Islamic bonds).

The central bank appointed five members to its Shariah board, which will have direct oversight of Islamic banking institutions, similar to the approach taken by regulators in Malaysia, Pakistan, Morocco and Nigeria. The five members were chosen from seven nominated candidates, the central bank said without naming them.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141009220619

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ISIS supporters mourn death of ‘youngest fighter’

9 October 2014

Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group have recently circulated pictures of the “Cub of Baghdadi,” who they say is the youngest ISIS “martyr” from the Arabian Peninsula to have been killed in Syria.

On “The Cub of Baghdadi Channel” on YouTube, ISIS supporters on Oct. 7 published an obituary for the young boy.

“In life we have met, and in the afterlife, we have the hope - we ask God to see you in happiness, in a place where this no boredom. In heaven,” it read.

The YouTube video featured a collage of pictures of the young boy who is believed to be 10-years-old. The images, which show him wearing military clothes and carrying arms, cannot be independently verified however.

Other pictures show him posing with his “martyred” father. The video has garnered at least 56,296 views as of Thursday.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/ISIS-supporters-mourn-death-of-youngest-fighter-.html

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Mideast

 

Suicide bombings in Yemen kill at least 50 people

9 October 2014

Yemeni officials say two suicide bombings - one in the capital, Sanaa, the other in the country’s south - have killed at least 50 people, the Associated Press reported.

Security and hospital officials say 30 people died when a suicide bomber set off his explosives in central Sanaa on Thursday morning, targeting a gathering of supporters of the rebel Shiite Houthi movement that recently overran the city.

Medics at nearby Police Hospital sent urgent calls for doctors to help cope with a high number of casualties.

Policemen guarding a local bank near the scene said a man apparently wearing a suicide belt approached the Houthi checkpoint. “He then exploded amidst the (Houthi) security and ordinary people near by,” the policemen told Reuters.

The second bombing took place at the outskirts of the southern city of Mukalla, where a suicide car bomber rammed his car against a security outpost, killing at least 20 soldiers.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the incident appears to mirror previous bombings carried out by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/At-least-20-killed-in-suicide-bombing-in-Sanaa-.html

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Diaspora Kurds return to homeland to battle ISIL jihadists

9 October 2014

Three months ago, Karwan Baban said goodbye to Germany and drove his minibus to his native Iraqi Kurdistan to join the peshmerga battling jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

After a five-day road trip through Austria, eastern Europe and Turkey to northern Iraq, he slipped into his peshmerga uniform: "Herr Baban," the Düsseldorf import-export manager, had become "Colonel Karwan."

To the great alarm of their governments, several thousand Europeans have joined the ranks of the ISIL, which proclaimed a "caliphate" over parts of Syria and Iraq in June.

On the other side of the battle line, dozens of Kurds from the European diaspora are also leaving their Western lives behind to take up arms and protect their homeland.

Col. Karwan had already fought for the peshmerga under the dictatorship of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

When ISIL fighters launched their offensive in Iraq in early June and it became clear that they were a threat to Kurdistan, he did not hesitate to leave Germany - where he had lived for a decade - with his family.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/diaspora-kurds-return-to-homeland-to-battle-isil-jihadists.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72724&NewsCatID=359

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Non-Aligned Nations Urge Global Action against Terrorism

9 October 2014

Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam Hossein Dehqani, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), condemned all forms of terrorism, and called on the world nations to grow united against the spread of terrorist groups.

The Iranian envoy made the remarks in a statement read to The Sixth Committee of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on "Measures to eliminate international terrorism" (Agenda item 107).

The full text of the NAM's statement follows:

Mr. Chairman,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Non-Aligned Movement unequivocally condemns, as criminal, and rejects terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, as well as all acts, methods and practices of terrorism wherever, by whomever, against whomsoever committed, including those in which States are directly or indirectly involved, which are unjustifiable whatever the considerations or factors that may be invoked to justify them, and in this context, NAM members reaffirm their support for the provisions contained in General Assembly resolution 46/51 of 9 December 1991 and other relevant United Nations resolutions.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716001548

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Palestinian mufti slams Israel for ban on Muslims entering Al-Aqsa

9 October 2014

A senior Muslim cleric in Palestine criticised Israeli police for preventing from Muslims worshippers from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

"The situation is difficult as the occupation forces blocked the mosque's gates, preventing Muslims from entering. They should not prevent worshipers from entering the mosque; this is an arbitrary action," the mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, said in a phone conversation with Reuters.

He described the situation as a major escalation and an imminent danger for the Al-Aqsa mosque, a site of frequent religious tension in occupied east Jerusalem.

"Some people are still trapped inside the mosque, especially the southern quarter of the mosque; the doors are closed on them," he said.

According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, Hussein revealed that he was personally banned from entering the mosque.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112612/World/Region/Palestinian-mufti-slams-Israel-for-ban-on-Muslims-.aspx

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Turkey says it 'can't lead' Syria ground operation alone

9 October 2014

Turkey said it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against jihadists in Syria alone on Oct. 8, amid discussions on the establishment of a buffer zone along the Turkish-Syrian border as has been advocated by Ankara.

"It's not realistic to expect that Turkey will lead a ground operation on its own," Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at a news conference with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

There has been increasing pressure on key NATO member Turkey to use its military weight against jihadists in Syria but Ankara has so far done nothing despite winning parliamentary authorization for action last week.

Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said U.S.-led air strikes would not be enough to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Kobane across the Syrian border, calling for a "coordinated ground operation." Erdoğan has said a safe zone for refugees, backed up by a no-fly zone, must be created inside Syria if Ankara is to consider military action there.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-says-it-cant-lead-syria-ground-operation-alone.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72729&NewsCatID=510

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'US approach over last 20 years to Israeli-Palestinian conflict has produced no results'

9 October 2014

Maen Rashid Areikat has served as the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) ambassador to the United States for the past six years. He was director general of the Negotiation Affairs Department under Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ while serving as the president’s personal aide.

Are the Palestinians finding resistance from the US regarding its plans to obtain a UN Security Council Resolution setting a timetable for the withdrawal of Israeli forces?

Areikat:  When President Abbas met with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Kerry did not tell Abbas not to go through with it. He asked for clarifications and stressed that the US prefers to advance the political process through direct negotiations: the same US position we’re all familiar with.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/US-approach-over-last-20-years-to-Israeli-Palestinian-conflict-has-produced-no-results-378420

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Palestinian unity govt holds first Gaza cabinet meet

9 October 2014

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah convened his unity government’s first cabinet meeting in Gaza on Thursday, months after it swore oath in the West Bank, an AFP correspondent said.

The meeting at the Gaza property of president Mahmud Abbas aims to show the international community a united Palestinian front ahead of a donors conference in Cairo to pledge aid for reconstruction of the war-battered coastal territory.

Hamdallah arrived in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip on Thursday to convene the first meeting of a unity government there since a brief civil war in 2007 between Hamas and forces loyal to the Fatah party.

Dozens of Fatah security personnel loyal to Abbas and policemen of the Hamas-led interior ministry in the enclave were out in force to protect Hamdallah, who did a walk-past inspection of a police guard of honor, Reuters reported.

He was due to visit neighborhoods destroyed in a 50-day war with Israel in July and August, and his presence may encourage donor countries to pledge funds to rebuild Gaza, which he has estimated will cost $4 billion over the next three years.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/Palestinian-PM-in-Gaza-for-first-unity-govt-meeting.html

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South Asia

 

26 militants killed, 13 others injured in Afghan army operations

Oct 09 2014

At least 26 anti-government armed militants were killed and 13 others were injured following clearing operations conducted by Afghan security forces.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said Thursday that the operations led by Afghan National Army (ANA) forces were conducted in the past 24 hours.

Gen. Azimi further added that the Afghan forces conducted at least 13 clearing operations in 7 different provinces of the country.

He said Afghan forces also confiscated various types of weapons and ammuntition during the operations.

According to Gen. Azimi, an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was also martyred following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack during the same period.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

http://www.khaama.com/26-militants-killed-13-others-injured-in-afghan-army-operations-8775

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Iran Raps Ahmed Shaheed for Unfair Report

9 October 2014

 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham blasted the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, for giving out an unjust report against Tehran that, she said, has been compiled on the basis of unorthodox methods and not through research.

"The report is one-sided and unrealistic and has been compiled without paying attention to the regulations pertaining to the responsibilities of Human Rights Council agents and lacks the necessary legal basis," Afkham told reporters in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday.

"We are suspicious of the unfair and unscientific performance of the rapporteur due to his ignorance of international principles and criteria," she added.

Afkham underlined that during the recent months "Shaheed has traveled to certain European countries on some so-called fact-finding mission, but made biased interviews with the media, and shown prejudiced claims from the position of a political contender against the Islamic Republic and seriously violated the rules governing the responsibilities of human rights rapporteurs".

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930716000771

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US cable: JMB filled with disgruntled Jamaat-Shibir men

Oct 09 2014

After the series bomb blasts of August 17, 2005, the media as well as the Awami League leaders and political observers alleged that then the BNP-led government ally Jamaat-e-Islami had connection with banned radical Islamist group JMB – both having the common aim to establish Islamic law in Bangladesh.

However, an aide of then prime minister Khaleda Zia acknowledged that many Jamaat men had joined the JMB.

Even though Jamaat then denied having any organisational link with the JMB (Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) and like-minded Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), two of its senior leaders admitted that there were some former Jamaat members in the JMB, according to US embassy cables leaked by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

On December 14, 2005, then US charge d affairs in Dhaka Judith Chammas met with former PMO principal secretary Kamal Siddiqui.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/oct/09/us-cable-jmb-filled-disgruntled-jamaat-shibir-men

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Pakistan

 

Cannot rule out presence of IS militants in Balochistan: Chief Minister

OCTOBER 9, 2014

QUETTA: The chief minister of insurgency-hit Balochistan says that he cannot rule out the presence of Islamic State (IS) militants in the province.

In an exclusive interview with Dawn News on Wednesday, Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch said that religious extremism and fanaticism had risen in the province during last three decades.

Dr Malik said religious fanatics had penetrated the Baloch society in the aftermath of the USSR's invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan.

“I cannot rule out presence of IS or any militant group in Balochistan,” he said when asked about the reports of presence of the extremist militant group in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest and resource-rich province.

Regarding missing persons' issue, the chief minister said that his government was determined and its top priority was to recover the missing persons.

He, however, admitted that so far “no considerable progress has been made with regard to missing persons.”

Dr Baloch said that prior to the establishment of his government; he had apprised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the issue of missing persons.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1136638/cannot-rule-out-presence-of-is-militants-in-balochistan-dr-malik

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Army to eliminate terrorism: COAS

October 09, 2014

ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday reiterated his resolve that military will eliminate terrorism from the country. He stated this while addressing the troops on Eid Day in North Waziristan Agency.

General Raheel Sharif spent his second Eid with soldiers fighting terrorism in North Waziristan. General Raheel Sharif offered Eid-ul-Azha prayers in Wana and later visited Miranshah. The Army Chief announced that the military would recruit 14,000 soldiers from the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). He further said that one thousand soldiers would be recruited from the tribal areas of the country in the next six months.

General Raheel Sharif also said that 1,500 children from FATA would be provided free school and college education in the military cantonments whereas seats have also been reserved for the students from FATA. He further said that the youth from the tribal areas would be provided technical training by the military aimed at making them an expert in different fields.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/09-Oct-2014/army-to-eliminate-terrorism-coas

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PM Nawaz visits Miranshah to review Zarb-e-Azb

9 October 2014

MIRANSHAH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency to review the on-going operation Zarb-e-Azb on Thursday, Geo News reported.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif received him upon his arrival in Miranshah.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Prime Minister was briefed about the operation Zarb-e-Azb during which he was told that 90% of the area has been secured by the military. He was also shown weapons and explosives recovered from the terrorists.

During his address, Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif said the Pakistan Army was fighting a war against a enemy which was hidden and carrying out attacks.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid tributes to soldiers and officers fighting a difficult war to secure Pakistan's future and make the country safe and secure. The prime minister praised Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, saying the war was being fought successfully under his leadership.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-162073-PM-Nawaz-visits-Miranshah-to-review-Zarb-e-Azb

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Karachi: Death toll from toxic liquor rises to 27

OCTOBER 9, 2014

KARACHI: At least six more people in Karachi have died from alcohol poisoning after consuming homemade liquor over the Eid public holidays, bringing the total to 27 — the highest recorded toll in seven years, a hospital official said Thursday.

The toll has jumped since the first deaths were reported on Tuesday, with residents of the low-income Landhi and Korangi neighbourhoods of the southern city mainly affected.

The incidents highlight the proliferation of low-grade liquor in the Islamic country, which officially bars Muslims from drinking.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1136848/karachi-death-toll-from-toxic-liquor-rises-to-27

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US drone strike kills four in North Waziristan

OCTOBER 9, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least four people were killed and three others injured in a US drone attack in the North Waziristan tribal region, security sources said.

Sources said the drone fired missiles targeting a vehicle in the Loman area of Dattakhel Tehsil. Today's strike is the fifth consecutive drone attack in the last five days, as the US-led drone campaign targets suspected militants and their hideouts in restive North and South Waziristan.

North Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.

Pakistan's military in mid-June had launched an all-out operation, named 'Zarb-i-Azb', against Taliban militants in the region which is still under way.

Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country's citizens oppose these strikes.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1136816/us-drone-strike-kills-four-in-north-waziristan

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Bilawal Bhutto accuses India of adopting 'Israel model'

Oct 9, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Days after he vowed that Pakistan will take back entire Kashmir, the country's 'Gen Next' politician Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Pakistan can retaliate "unlike his victims from Gujarat".

Accusing India of adopting "Israel model" against Pakistan, the 26-year-old scion of the Bhutto family said on Twitter, "Another attack on LOC. Seems India adopting Israel model vs Pakistan. Modi must realize we can retaliate unlike his victims from Gujarat."

He said this amid escalating tension between the two countries after ceasefire violations and heavy mortar shelling along the Line of Control that has claimed at least 12 lives on both sides.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bilawal-Bhutto-accuses-India-of-adopting-Israel-model/articleshow/44719937.cms

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Jamaat-i-Islami condemns drone attacks

October 09, 2014

LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami amir Sirajul Haq has expressed deep concern over three drone attacks in North Waziristan, killing several people.

In a statement on Wednesday, Sirajul Haq said it was unfortunate that no government responsible had been able to stop the drone attacks. He prayed for the killed ones and condoled the bereaved families. The JI leader also condemned the firing by Indian forces at the LoC for the last several days, saying such unprovoked border violations by the Indian troops called for a befitting response from this side of the LoC.

http://nation.com.pk/lahore/09-Oct-2014/ji-condemns-drone-attacks

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India

 

We have responded with courage to ceasefire violation by Pakistan: PM

Oct 9, 2014

Under fire from the opposition over escalating ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India has responded to the aggression with courage and lamented public debate on the issue for political gains.

“Today, when bullets are being fired on the border, it is the enemy that is screaming. Our jawans have responded to the aggression with courage,” Modi said at an election rally at Baramati, the turf of NCP chief and former Defence Minister Sharad Pawar.

We never politicised terror attacks in Mumbai or Malegaon, PM said.

“The enemy has realised that times have changed and their old habits will not be tolerated,” he said.

He slammed those targeting the government on the issue through a public discourse, saying it demoralised the jawans fighting on the border. He further said that ceasefire violation should not be politicised. Issues like ceasefire violations should not be a matter of debate for political gains, PM Modi. We never politicised terror attacks in Mumbai or Malegaon, PM said further. Meanwhile, hitting out at Congress for taking on PM Modi on the issue of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, BJP termed criticism by the opposition party as ‘unfortunate’ saying the sensitive issue should not be ‘politicised’.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/we-have-responded-with-courage-to-ceasefire-violation-by-pakistan-pm-modi/#sthash.PhHSelHK.dpuf

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'India walking into Pak trap with fire for fire'

Josy Joseph,TNN | Oct 9, 2014

NEW DELHI: India's aggressive response to Pakistani firing may not be the best strategy in a year when infiltration has dramatically fallen and J&K state assembly is set for elections, believe several sources within and outside the government.

While no one is challenging the fact that Pakistan has been provoking India in Jammu region for the past several weeks, they point out that it could be a well thought out strategy as winter sets in. And India could be playing into Pakistani hands with the aggressive counter attacks.

There are many reasons why Pakistani security establishment is frustrated with their efforts vis-a-vis Kashmir this year. Until now, less than 40 militants have managed to enter India through the Kashmir border. This is probably the lowest figure in the history of Kashmir militancy. Until last year, the other side used to send in at least 100 militants before snow covered the higher reaches of the mountainous border.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-walking-into-Pak-trap-with-fire-for-fire/articleshow/44734288.cms

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Indian carried father on his shoulders to Haj pilgrimage

PTI | Oct 09 2014

DUBAI: An Indian man carried his 80-year-old father on his shoulders throughout the Haj rituals instead of using a wheelchair because he found it better and comfortable, a news report has revealed.

Mohammed Rasheed, who is in his 50s, said he could have brought a wheelchair to transport his father but could not find a better and more comfortable means of transport than his own shoulders.

"I could have pushed him on a wheelchair or a cart but my shoulders were more comfortable and convenient to him," he was quoted as saying by the Saudi Gazette.

Rasheed is his father's only son and his only support after his mother's death.

"I became more attached to my father especially after the death of my mother," he said.

He said his father used to carry him on his shoulders all the time when he was young and it was time he reciprocated in kind.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-carried-father-on-his-shoulders-to-Haj-pilgrimage/articleshow/44709222.cms

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North America

 

American Revert Stands in Awe before Kaa’bah

9 October 2014

HOLY SITES — A New Jersey lawyer, who reverted to Islam after his wife convinced him to do so, stood in awe and admiration when he saw the Holy Kaa’bah for the first time this Haj.

John Crow could not describe his happiness the time he entered the Grand Mosque and saw Mina.

“This is the first time I perform Haj. When I saw the Kaa’bah, I was speechless. It was a truly spiritual experience,” Crow, who is proud to have performed Haj this year, said. He was impressed with the fact that all pilgrims were happy all the time and were smiling to one another.

Reversion to Islam

In 2002, his Indonesian wife called him to embrace Islam while he was trying to call her to embrace Christianity. Eventually, his wife convinced him that Islam was the righteous path he should have taken long time ago.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141009220657

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U.S. think-tank says it located possible blast at Iran military site

 9 October 2014

A U.S. security institute has said it had located via satellite imagery a section of a sprawling Iranian military complex where it said an explosion or fire might have taken place earlier this week.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency on Monday cited an Iranian defense industry body as saying that two workers were killed in a fire at an explosives factory in an eastern district of Tehran.

An Iranian opposition website, Saham, described the incident as a strong explosion that took place near the Parchin military complex around 30 km southeast of the capital. It did not give a source and the report could not be independently verified.

The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said it had obtained commercially available satellite imagery on which six buildings at Parchin appeared damaged or destroyed.

However, the images ISIS issued indicated the site of the possible blast was not the same Parchin location where the U.N. nuclear agency suspects that Iran, possibly a decade ago, carried out explosives tests that could be relevant for developing a nuclear arms capability. Iran denies any such aim.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/U-S-think-tank-says-it-located-possible-blast-at-Iran-military-site.html

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Canada seeks to jail 80 who took part in foreign terror plots

 9 October 2014

Canadian security officials have fretted for years about the number of young men traveling abroad to join militant groups, including Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Canadian Parliament approved a government plan on Tuesday to send six fighter jets to the Middle East to join a U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS fighters in Iraq.

As of early 2014, at least 130 people with Canadian connections - including citizenship or residency - were suspected of a wide range of terrorism-related activities abroad, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said.

“Some have died, some remain abroad. We know of about 80 who have returned to Canada,” he told Parliament’s public safety committee, saying the individuals posed a serious threat.

“I can confirm ... that as we speak, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating these individuals and will seek to put them behind bars,” he said, without giving details.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said the force had 63 active national security investigations on 90 individuals who had either intended to go abroad or had returned to Canada.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/09/-Canada-seeks-to-jail-80-who-took-part-in-foreign-terror-plots.html

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US, UK ready to 'examine' idea of Syria buffer zone

9 October 2014

The United States and Britain are willing to "examine" the idea of setting up a buffer zone along Turkey's border with Syria, their top diplomats said Wednesday.

"The buffer zone... is an idea that's out there, it's worth examining, it's worth looking at very, very closely," US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters.

"We are at the stage of exploring this," agreed British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, adding "we'd have to explore with our other allies and partners what is meant by a buffer zone, how such a concept would work. But I certainly wouldn't want to rule it out."

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/112620/World/International/US,-UK-ready-to-examine-idea-of-Syria-buffer-zone.aspx

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US warns air strikes alone cannot save Kobane from IS

9 October 2014

The Pentagon warned Wednesday US air power on its own could not prevent Islamic State jihadists from capturing the Syrian border town of Kobane, even as US warplanes kept up bombing raids in the area.

US-led aircraft were hitting the IS group at every opportunity but without a competent force on the ground to work with, there were limits to what could be accomplished by bombing from the air, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

"Air strikes alone are not going to do this, not going to fix this, not going to save the town of Kobane," Kirby said.

"We know that. And we've been saying that over and over again."

Ultimately, "capable" ground forces -- rebel fighters in Syria and Iraqi government troops -- would have to defeat the IS group, but that would take time, he said.

Kirby said that "we don't have a willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria right now. It's just a fact."

Other towns could also fall to the IS group until local ground forces could find their footing, he added.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112629/World/Region/US-warns-air-strikes-alone-cannot-save-Kobane-from.aspx

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Europe

 

Isil terror suspect Tarik offered place at top UK University

Oct 09 2014

Tarik Hassane, one of four men arrested on suspicion of involvement in an Isil-linked terrorist plot, is a medical student who was 'offered a place' at King's College London

One of the men arrested on suspicion of involvement in an Isil-linked terrorist plot is believed to be a medical student who was offered a place to study at one of the UK’s top universities.

Tarik Hassane, 21, who is reportedly dubbed “The Surgeon”, was offered a place to study medicine at King’s College London.

However, in an online discussion he wrote that he “missed out by a couple of grades” and was instead offered the chance to study biomedicine but it “didn’t fit in with his future plans”. He also said he believed that those who killed in Allah's name would be rewarded.

Hassane, who eventually chose to study in Sudan, is believed to have been Tasered as he and three others were arrested in armed raids in London on Tuesday. The group is suspected to have been in the early stages of planning a “significant” attack on UK soil on behalf of Isil, or Islamic State.

The student lived at Princess Alice House, an estate near Ladbroke Grove, West London, with his mother, 56, a teaching assistant, and his younger sister, since 2010, according to The Sun. The family is believed to be of Moroccan origin.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11148113/Isil-terror-suspect-Tarik-Hassane-offered-place-at-top-UK-university.html

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French family of 11 suspected of waging ‘jihad’ in Syria

9 October 2014

French officials say they suspect an entire family – 11 people including a grandmother - of departing to wage jihad in Syria, the Associated Press reported.

Paris anti-terrorism prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation Wednesday following the family's disappearance from their homes in Nice, on the French Riviera, the agency said.

According to Europe 1, a leading French radio broadcaster, the family is believed to comprise of a grandmother, her three children, their spouses, all of whom converted to Islam, and their children, the youngest of whom was 6-months old.

The radio station said the family is thought to have left to Syria through Turkey.

France estimates that nearly 1,000 of its residents have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq this year and the Interior Ministry estimates that 350 are still there, with the others either on their way, leaving the battlefields or killed.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/08/French-family-of-11-suspected-of-waging-jihad-in-Syria.html

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Belgium Islamist ‘No Different To Pussy Riot,’ Trial Hears

9 October 2014

A hardline Islamist accused of inspiring dozens of young Belgians to fight “jihad” in Syria is no different from feminist activists Femen and Pussy Riot, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Fouad Belkacem is on trial in the Belgian city of Antwerp with 45 others, most still at large, for suspected membership of a group believed to be sending jihadist fighters to Syria.

A Salafist ideologue known for his virulent street sermons and online videos, Belkacem is accused of leading Sharia4Belgium, the radical group that was officially dissolved two years ago, but is accused of still actively recruiting fighters.

“His only goal was to provoke, just like Femen and Pussy Riot,” Belkacem's lawyer John Maes was quoted as saying by Belga news agency.

Members of the Femen feminist movement have staged several bare-breasted protests around the world, while punk band Pussy Riot were jailed by Russia in 2012 for a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Orthodox cathedral.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/08/Belgium-Islamist-no-different-to-Pussy-Riot-trial-hears.html

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Peter Kassig's former cellmate says conversion to Islam was 'natural'

Oct 09 2014

Former cellmate of Peter Kassig, French freelance journalist Nicolas Henin, says Kassig was already "attracted by Islam" before his capture by Isil

The former cellmate of Isil hostage Peter Kassig revealed that Kassig was not forced to convert to Islam but found it to be a natural step.

Nicolas Henin, 39, a French freelance journalist who spent four of the months he was held captive sharing a cell with Mr Kassig, said: "Peter told me at religion was already important for him.

"It was quite natural for him. He was attracted by Islam already since he started staying in the region."

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11150184/Watch-Peter-Kassigs-former-cellmate-says-Isil-hostages-conversion-to-Islam-was-natural.html

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Turkey asks NATO to introduce safe haven issue to alliance’s agenda

9 October 2014

Ankara has asked NATO to put the issue of a safe haven and no-fly zone in Syria on its agenda, diplomatic sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu requested that the issue be discussed among allies during an Oct. 9 meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who has been in talks with Turkish leaders. Stoltenberg is on his first visit to Turkey since assuming his new post earlier this month.

Ankara also plans to introduce the proposal in Brussels through Turkey’s permanent representative.

Asked about Turkey’s proposal for safe haven and no-fly zone into Syria, Stoltenberg said the issue has yet to be discussed in NATO.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-asks-nato-secretary-general-to-introduce-safe-haven-issue-to-alliances-agenda.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72731&NewsCatID=510

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A Western jihadi explains why he fights in Syria

Oct 09 2014

A 26-year-old Dutch-born soldier says he felt compelled to join Syrian rebels after seeing videos of the chemical attacks President Bashar Assad's regime carried out on its people.

"So I felt the need as a person, as a human and, of course, as a Muslim," the man, identified as Yilmaz, told CBS News, "that I had to stand up and do stuff."

"I would fight anybody," he said. "Even if it was my own father that was bombing these people, I would fight him and kill him myself."

Yilmaz says he and his fellow militants "left everything behind" when he migrated from Holland two years ago to become one of thousands of jihadis fighting in Syria.

"Everything, everything," Yilmaz said. "Our families, our friends — basically our future."

Yilmaz, who quit the Dutch army after he was rejected from Holland's special forces, is not fighting with the Islamic State militants, who are responsible for a series of beheadings of Western captives. But he refused to condemn them, comparing their brutal tactics to those used by the Assad regime.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/western-jihadist-syria-video-133603550.html

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Serbia charges five over terrorist recruitment

October 09, 2014

BELGRADE : Serbia’s prosecutor for organised crime said Wednesday he has charged five men for terrorism over recruiting, financing and transporting fighters for conflict in Syria.

The five are accused of ‘joining forces to finance terrorism, train and recruit people for terrorist acts,’ the prosecutor Miljko Radisavljevic said in a statement received by AFP. The five are suspected to ‘have organised and financed the departure of Serbian citizens as well as people from other countries to camps for terrorist training in Syria and later to conflict zones,’ Radisavljevic said.

One of the accused allegedly organised the travel of militant from Istanbul to terrorist training camps in Syria, while another was suspected of helping them to settle and organising their training in the Syrian town of Azaz, the prosecutor said.

Three of the five have been detained since March, while the prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for the two who remained at large.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/09-Oct-2014/serbia-charges-five-over-terrorist-recruitment

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Africa

 

EU Representative says Libya could be next to fall to extremism

9 October 2014

The new European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs has said the EU must deal with Libya if it is not to be the next country to fall to extremism.

Making her first speech to the European Parliament in Brussels, Frederica Mogherini said ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, constituted a major global crisis which threatened Europe and the whole world. “We will need to pay major attention to Libya, which risks being the next in line,” she said.

She added that within the country she sees “a big EU role to be played together with the UN and the neighbouring countries”.

Mogherini, currently Italy’s Foreign Minister, said Europe needed to be more active with regard to the Middle East and its southern neighbours, rather than simply writing cheques. “The EU has been an effective payer and needs to become an effective player,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/10/08/eu-high-foreign-policy-representative-says-libya-could-be-next-to-fall-to-extremism/#ixzz3FeJHpeAM

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Tunisia suspends TV show for 'glorifying terrorism'

9 October 2014

Tunisia's audiovisual regulator said Wednesday it was suspending a television programme for one month for "glorifying terrorism" after a guest boasted of his friendship with a wanted jihadist leader.

The regulatory body, HAICA, said it had decided to "suspend the broadcast and repeat of the programme 'Only For Those Who Dare' for one month" and ordered the private station Al-Hiwar Attounsi to withdraw it from its website and social media pages.

Journalist Nasreddine Ben Hadid said on air that the leader of Tunisian jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, Seif Allah ben Hassine, also known as Abu Iyad, was his "friend".

"He is my friend and his friendship honours me," the journalist said.

Ben Hadid is classed as a terrorist by Tunisia and Washington.

The programme included a "glorification of terrorism", HAICA said, adding that it could be an "incitement to violence".

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112630/World/Region/Tunisia-suspends-TV-show-for-glorifying-terrorism.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Islam doesn’t condone burning bibles: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

BY PATHMA SUBRAMANIAM

OCTOBER 9, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today accused Putrajaya of abdicating its responsibility by refusing to prosecute Malay rights group leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali over his threat to burn Malay-language bibles and describing the act as “defending Islam”

The opposition leader stressed that such threats were not acceptable by the religion, and that it is irresponsible of Putrajaya to categorise it as safeguarding the sanctity of Islam.

He then asked if the position originated from de facto law minister Nancy Shukri or from Umno, the lynchpin of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

"It (burning of the Bible) has never been condoned or tolerated (in Islam),” the Permatang Pauh MP said.

"It is unfortunate that it has come to this and has degraded to this extent that there is no respect for the rule of law, modicum of professionalism and respect for law in this country," he told reporters in the Parliament lobby today.

While reiterating that he is not in favour of Ibrahim being charged under the Sedition Act – which he asserted is “archaic and obsolete” – the lack of action against the Malay rights leader proves that the sedition dragnet against members of the opposition is “political”, Anwar said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/islam-doesnt-condone-burning-bibles-anwar-says-after-ibrahim-alis-threat-go#sthash.UkeTcrjK.dpuf

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‘Burn the bible’ cannot be justified as defending Islam — Saifuddin Abdullah

OCTOBER 9, 2014

OCTOBER 9 — With reference to the statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Hajah Nancy Shukri in Parliament on 7 October 2014, in answering a question by Bagan MP (DAP) Lim Guan Eng, on Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn Bibles written in Malay, I wish to state that the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMM) does not agree with the argumentation made by the Minister.

This is because the statement made by Datuk Ibrahim, i.e., “burn the Bible” cannot be justified as defending Islam.

In her statement, Hajah Nancy said that Datuk Ibrahim had no intention to create religious chaos but was only to defend the sanctity of Islam.

The government should not come up with this kind of argumentation, i.e., on the way to defend Islam, because it may lead to a misconception of Islam.

The fact that Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation”, does not mean that in defending Islam, one can make such statement against other religions. This is because the same article guarantees that “other religions may be practised in peace and harmony”.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/burn-the-bible-cannot-be-justified-as-defending-islam-saifuddin-abdullah#sthash.SYjBdrcs.dpuf

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