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SDF Not to Hand over Newly-Captured Raqqa City to Syrian Army












Photo: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised hostilities against Damascus after it declared that it won't hand over control of Raqqa city to the central government.

 

Trump Says End of Islamic State 'Caliphate Is In Sight' After Raqqa's Fall

'No Enmity' Between Hindus, Muslims in Ayodhya, Claims Ram Mandir's Head Priest; Slams VHP for Inciting Hatred

Eight Terrorists, Including Ansarul Sharia Chief, Killed In Karachi

Deadly Infighting among Taliban Leaves 50 Dead, Wounded In Herat

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Arab World

SDF Not to Hand over Newly-Captured Raqqa City to Syrian Army

US-Allied Forces Take Syria’s Largest Oil Field From Islamic State

The “Islamic State” organization carries out a violent attack on al-Mayadin city and towns in the Euphrates River’s east bank

Intensive raids target Deir Ezzor city and the “Islamic State” organization carries out an attack on sites of the regime forces

Syrian Army Utilizing Most Powerful Mortars in War on Terrorists

Syria: Al-Nusra Drives Rival Terrorists out of another Region in Northeastern Hama

ISIL Withdraws from One More Town on Eastern Euphrates

Israeli Army Shells Syrian Army Positions in Quneitra Province for Second Day

Two dead after car ploughs into group praying outside Dubai mosque

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North America

Trump Says End of Islamic State 'Caliphate Is In Sight' After Raqqa's Fall

US Muslim Leaders Condemn Deadly Mogadishu Attack

Rahi from Salt Lake City: Muslims, Christians Should Stay In Levant So It Does Not Become A Land For Terrorists

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India

'No Enmity' Between Hindus, Muslims In Ayodhya, Claims Ram Mandir's Head Priest; Slams VHP For Inciting Hatred

Markets, Not Mandir-Masjid: Trade Trumps Babri Dispute for Muslim Traders in Ayodhya

Darul Uloom Deoband has no authority to issue fatwa: Nazneen Ansari, Who Performed "Aarti" On Diwali

Darul Uloom Deoband denounces Muslim women who offer Aarti to Lord Rama

NIA to file chargesheet against Islamic preacher ZakirNaik this week for funding terror

Auction Preview: Christie’s Sale of Art of the Islamic and Indian worlds, London, Oct 26

Tipu Sultan Was A Mass Rapist: Union Minister

MEA collects DNA samples of kin of 39 men missing in Iraq

Terrorist killed in encounter in J&K's Kupwara

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Pakistan

Eight Terrorists, Including Ansarul Sharia Chief, Killed In Karachi

Sharif Brothers Tried To Assassinate Me Twice: Zardari

China fears its top envoy in Pakistan might be killed, seeks more security

Three ‘TTP militants’ held, mines seized

Pakistan, Turkey agree to enhance trade ties

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South Asia

Deadly Infighting among Taliban Leaves 50 Dead, Wounded In Herat

US Airstrike Hit ISIS Suicide Training Camp In Afghanistan Leaving 40 Dead

Car bomb kills 15 Afghan army personnel in Kabul: Defence ministry spokesperson

Presidential Palace condemns mosque bombings in Kabul, Ghor

Explosion rips through a hotel in North of Afghanistan, casualties feared

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Mideast

Iran Not To Halt Relief Aid To Myanmar Muslims

Leader's Top Aide Lauds Hamas for Not Leaving Armed Struggle against Israel

Israel hits Syrian govt artillery

Islam heads against normalization with Israel

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Southeast Asia

Filipino Troops Battling Final 30 Islamic State-Linked Gunmen

Rohingya Crisis: China Says Foreign Interference Doesn’t Work

Muslim-only launderette, exclusivity wrong: Najib

Indonesia's secret nudist community defying the law

DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead: US

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Europe

France Charges Eight over Alleged Plot Targeting Politicians And Mosques

Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan Denies Rape, Sexual Assault

Scots Muslim writer who lives under fatwa calls for burka ban

Police say 4 people stabbed in Munich, assailant flees

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SDF Not to Hand over Newly-Captured Raqqa City to Syrian Army

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised hostilities against Damascus after it declared that it won't hand over control of Raqqa city to the central government.

The SDF said on Friday that the political future of Raqqa city and province would be determined “within the framework of a decentralized, federal, democratic Syria.”

SDF Spokesman Talal Silo said the group would hand over the control of the city to what he called “the Raqqa Civil Council,” likely a Kurdish body.

Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar reacted by saying that Raqqa’s future could only be discussed “as part of the final political structure of the Syrian state.”

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), meanwhile, said that the SDF’s purported operations in Raqqa have killed civilians and damaged infrastructure in the city.

“When you’re killing around 1,200 civilians — nearly half of them women and children — and destroying 80 percent of the city, that’s not liberating Raqqa,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the SOHR, told Arab News daily.

Local sources said on Tuesday that the SDF drove ISIL out of more regions in the Northeastern Raqqa city, imposing full control over the city.

The sources said that the SDF hunted the remaining pockets of ISIL gunmen and seized full control over Raqqa city.

They added that the SDF further started defusing bombs and landmines planted by the ISIL in the city.

Talal Silo said at the time that the military operation in Raqqa ended, but the SDF forces would continue their cleansing operation to hunt the ISIL gunmen that were hidden in the region and to defuse bombs and landmines in the city.

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Trump says end of Islamic State 'caliphate is in sight' after Raqqa's fall

Sunday 22 October 2017

US to back talks to end Syrian violence, allow refugees to return and effect political transition: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said the end of the Islamic State (IS) group's "caliphate is in sight" after the fall of its former bastion Raqqa, and a transition can soon begin to set conditions for lasting peace in Syria.

The United States and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations "that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, and yield a political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people," he said in a statement.

The declaration came four days after US-backed Kurdish-led forces recaptured Raqqa, the capital of IS's self-proclaimed caliphate and its last major stronghold in Syria.

Trump said the entire city has been liberated from IS control, which he said represented a "critical breakthrough" in the global struggle against the militant group.

"With the liberation of ISIS's capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight," Trump said, using an alternative acronym for IS.

"We will soon transition into a new phase in which we will support local security forces, de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance the conditions for lasting peace, so that the terrorists cannot return to threaten our collective security again," he said.

middleeasteye.net/news/trump-says-end-islamic-state-caliphate-sight-after-raqqas-fall-791017417

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'No enmity' between Hindus, Muslims in Ayodhya, claims Ram Mandir's head priest; slams VHP for inciting hatred

Oct, 22 2017

Ayodhya: Politics over the Babri dispute, including the hate campaign by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has only complicated a possible amicable solution, contends MahantSatyendra Das of the makeshift Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya, saying there was no enmity between the two communities over the issue.

He said the apex court's verdict was likely to be in favour of constructing the Ram Mandir at the disputed site — where once stood the 16th century Babri Masjid that was demolished by Hindu fundamentalists in 1992 — as evidence "clearly showed" the existence of a temple at the spot in the past.

Satyendra Das said the court's decision was expected soon, thus facilitating the construction of the "long-cherished" grand mandir at the birthplace of Lord Ram in a year's time.

"The court's decision is expected soon. All things are in place and all evidence has been presented by the Hindu side to prove that the Ram Mandir existed before it was demolished to build the Babri Masjid," Das told IANS in an interview.

"On other hand, Muslims could not produce any evidence. They have sought time from the court till December for translation of some documents into English. So, the decision is expected early next year," he said.

Citing good relations among people from both communities, he said they would sit together and try to find a solution in case the court's decision was not acceptable to both sides. "We will find a solution through mutual understanding and talks, but no political party will be allowed to interfere as they have their political motives," he said.

Satyendra Das slammed the VHP for spreading hatred by using foul language against Muslims when it started its agitation for the temple.

"The VHP used the language that made Muslims sad, angry and distressed. Slogans were like 'Hindi Hindu Hindustan, Mullah Bhago Pakistan (Hindi Hindu India, Muslims go to Pakistan) or 'Jo kahegaBabri, uskosamjhoakhri (Whoever says Babri will meet his end). It only worsened the matter," he said.

At the same time, he said such campaigns did not have any adverse impact on the communal harmony in the city.

"There was not such feeling of hatred towards Muslims among local Hindus. Politicians from both sides abused each other. However, common people did not harbour any such hatred."

"I have been the priest of the temple for 26 years, even during the period of demolition. Despite the pressure from the government, I declined any kind of personal security. I never felt scared of Muslims. There is no feeling of enmity between the people over Mandir-Masjid issues," he said.

"Also, if they fight, it will have negative repercussions on tourism and business here (Ayodhya)," he added.

Holding that the Allahabad High Court had erred in its order to divide the disputed land into three parts when no one had asked for this, he said: "It is clear that there will not be any division of land (by the Supreme Court)."

The priest said many Muslims had understood that the Ram Mandir once existed at the disputed site and they now had no problem with the construction of the temple, provided land was given for the masjid.

"Many Muslims understand that the masjid was built by demolishing the Ram Mandir in the past. It is proven now. Muslims have started thinking that it (the dispute) should be left in such circumstances. We have asked them to get land for a masjid anywhere they want. The size of the land is a point of contention," he said.

Satyendra Das said the opponents of Ram Mandir have become less aggressive after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh.

However, the saffron party would not play a proactive role in the matter such as bringing legislation for the temple to avoid any blot on its image and damage to its electoral calculations, he asserted.

"If the BJP takes up the issue, it will meet with opposition from other parties. They will be called being against Muslims. So the BJP government will never attempt to bring legislation under any circumstances," he said.

"So the best way to solve the issue is through the court. It would be more suitable," Satyendra Das concluded.

firstpost.com/india/no-enmity-between-hindus-muslims-in-ayodhya-claims-ram-mandirs-head-priest-slams-vhp-for-inciting-hatred-4164397.html

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Eight terrorists, including Ansarul Sharia chief, killed in Karachi

22/10/17

KARACHI: Eight terrorists were gunned down on Saturday night in an operation conducted by Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in Raees Goth area of Baldia Town.

According to police, chief of Ansarul Sharia Dr Abdullah Hashmi and ArsalanBaig, member of the same banned outfit involved in target killing incidents, were among the militants killed in the operation.

Five of the deceased were killed on the spot while the other three injured died on the way to the hospital.

In addition, one CTD officer and two Rangers personnel were injured during the exchange of fire.

While the authorities were in the process of identifying the deceased, some of the suspects managed to flee. Subsequently, a search operation has been launched, informed a Rangers’ spokesperson.

The spokesperson also stated that weapons and explosive materials, among other things, were retrieved from the terrorists’ hideout.

pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/22/eight-terrorists-including-ansarul-sharia-chief-killed-in-karachi/

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Deadly infighting among Taliban leaves 50 dead, wounded in Herat

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Oct 22 2017

A new deadly infighting has erupted among the Taliban insurgents in western Herat province of Afghanistan, leaving nearly 50 people dead.

According to the local officials in Herat, the latest clashes took place between the supporters of Taliban supreme Mullah HebatullahAkhundzada and dissident Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Rasool.

Provincial governor’s spokesman JilaniFarhad confirmed the latest clashes have left around 40 dead from both the sides.

He said militants under the command of Mullah Samad loyal to Mullah Hebatullah and Mullah Nangialai who is loyal to Mullah Rasool, clashed in Khaifan area of Shindand district.

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

Clashes between the supporters of Mullah Hebatullah and MulllahRasool have not been rare but numerous such incidents have taken place in the past well.

Mullah Rasool is a dissident Taliban leader who has been leading his own faction of the Taliban after the death of the group’s founder and former supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The supporters of Mullah Rasool have also clashed with the supporters of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the predecessor of Mullah Hebatullah.

khaama.com/deadly-infighting-among-taliban-leaves-50-dead-wounded-in-herat-03692

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Arab World

SDF Not to Hand over Newly-Captured Raqqa City to Syrian Army

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised hostilities against Damascus after it declared that it won't hand over control of Raqqa city to the central government.

The SDF said on Friday that the political future of Raqqa city and province would be determined “within the framework of a decentralized, federal, democratic Syria.”

SDF Spokesman Talal Silo said the group would hand over the control of the city to what he called “the Raqqa Civil Council,” likely a Kurdish body.

Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar reacted by saying that Raqqa’s future could only be discussed “as part of the final political structure of the Syrian state.”

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), meanwhile, said that the SDF’s purported operations in Raqqa have killed civilians and damaged infrastructure in the city.

“When you’re killing around 1,200 civilians — nearly half of them women and children — and destroying 80 percent of the city, that’s not liberating Raqqa,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the SOHR, told Arab News daily.

Local sources said on Tuesday that the SDF drove ISIL out of more regions in the Northeastern Raqqa city, imposing full control over the city.

The sources said that the SDF hunted the remaining pockets of ISIL gunmen and seized full control over Raqqa city.

They added that the SDF further started defusing bombs and landmines planted by the ISIL in the city.

Talal Silo said at the time that the military operation in Raqqa ended, but the SDF forces would continue their cleansing operation to hunt the ISIL gunmen that were hidden in the region and to defuse bombs and landmines in the city.

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US-allied forces take Syria’s largest oil field from Islamic State

22 OCT 2017

The SDF says government forces are two miles away from the oil fields.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who are in a race with Russian-backed Syrian government forces to seize parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, said they are in full control of the Al-Omar field.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-government forces have retreated from the area around the oil field after coming under heavy fire from Islamic State militants.

The SDF says government forces are two miles away from the oil fields.

The Islamic State group has lost most of the territory it once held in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

guernseypress.com/news/world-news/2017/10/22/us-allied-forces-take-syrias-largest-oil-field-from-islamic-state/#mcELx7B4WODUPzmf.99

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The “Islamic State” organization carries out a violent attack on al-Mayadin city and towns in the Euphrates River’s east bank

22/10/2017

DeirEzzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the violent clashes continue in areas in the eastern countryside of DeirEzzor between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities against the “Islamic State” organization, followed by a violent attack carried out by the “Islamic State” organization on al-Mayadin city through its vicinity and outskirts, in addition its attack on areas of Ziban and Khasham, where the Syrian Observatory learned that members were able to advance in the aforementioned areas and forced the regime forces to withdraw from parts of the towns of Ziban and Khasham, and the clashes are accompanied by aerial and rocket shelling and violent explosions that shook the clash areas, which kill and injuries members of both parties, and the regime forces led by Russian forces and supported by the loyalist gunmen of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities; have managed to control the entire city of Al-Mayadin on the 15th of October, which is located at the western banks of the Euphrates River, in the eastern countryside of DeirEzzor .

It worth mentioning that the Syrian Observatory published on Thursday the 19th of October that the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities were able to control the entire town of Thiban, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River a few kilometers away from al-Omar oilfield, which is the largest oilfield in Syria, this comes after violent clashes against the “Islamic State” organization accompanied by intense and violent shelling, and the clashes now are moved to the outskirts of al-Omar oilfield, the largest oilfield in Syria.

syriahr.com/en/?p=76799

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Intensive raids target DeirEzzor city and the “Islamic State” organization carries out an attack on sites of the regime forces

21/10/2017

DeirEzzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Warplanes carried out several raids on areas in al-Bokamal city located in the eastern countryside of DeirEzzor, while the Russian warplanes continued their intensive targeting of areas in the neighborhoods that still under the control of the “Islamic State” organization in DeirEzzor city, in conjunction with violent clashes in HwijatSakr area between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities against the “Islamic State” organization, after an attack by ISIS on the area starting from some of the besieged neighborhoods, and confirmed information about casualties in the ranks of both parties.

In the same context, the violent clashes continue in areas in the northern countryside of DeirEzzor, between the “Islamic State” organization against the Syria Democratic Forces, after the continued attempts by “Jazeera Storm” Operation to achieve more advancement in the area, coincided with aerial bombardment by International Coalition warplanes which targeted the clash areas, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that these clashes and the advancement attempts coincide with the entry of the SDF to the villages which the organization withdrew from, on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in the north-western countryside of Al-Raqqah, in which cross-sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the SDF started to enter the villages of al-Hesan, Shaqra, Ji’aa and al-Alayna, after the organization withdrew from them few days before unannounced agreement with the SDF, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published 3 days ago, what a number of reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that the “Islamic State” organization withdrew from the villages that were under its control in the area between al-Husseiniya village -which is controlled by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them- and Mhimideh village -which is controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces, these villages are: Al-Jninah, Shaqra, Ji’aa, al-Alayna, al-Hesan, SfirehFoqani and SfirehTahtani east of the Euphrates River and northwest of DeirEzzor city, the sources confirmed that the organization withdrew from these villages towards areas in the eastern countryside of DeirEzzor, where the Syria Democratic Forces have entered several villages and started sweeping where they entered, in conjunction with completing their advancement towards the rest of the villages which are now ISIS-free, thus, the entire northwestern countryside of DeirEzzor is free from the “Islamic State” organization.

The Sources informed the Syrian Observatory that the withdrawal took place by an unannounced agreement between the organization and the “Jazeera Storm” Operation, by securing a withdrawal corridor for the organization towards its controlled areas in the eastern countryside of DeirEzzor, in exchange for getting out of these villages, and with this agreement the area stretching from the north of DeirEzzor city near the eastern banks of the Euphrates River opposite to DeirEzzor city until Al-Raqqah administrative border, and from the administrative border of Al-Hasaka Province border near Markadah until Khrizah Desert east of Koniko field are under the control of the Syria Democratic forces, except for the villages on the Euphrates River and opposite to DeirEzzor city and its airbase, which are controlled by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities.

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Syrian Army Utilizing Most Powerful Mortars in War on Terrorists

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army has started using a modern model of M-160 mortars called the Ruthless Axe in the battlefield across the war-hit country, a Russian media outlet reported Saturday.

The Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, Sputnik, reported that the army has started using M-160 mortars - that is one of the most powerful mortars worldwide - to target terrorists' centers across Syria.

Military experts underscored the importance of such a devastating weapon in Syria, adding that the mortar is very accurate, covering a range of more than 8 km with the rate of fire of about 3 rounds per minute.

A Russian daily reported on Friday that modern Russia-made TZM-T ammunition resupply vehicles, mounted on T-72A tanks, were used by the Syrian Army in the war on terrorists across Syria.

The Russian-language state-run RossiyskayaGazeta daily reported that the T-72A tanks equipped with the unique TZM-T munition resupply vehicles, were capable of resupplying TOS-1A launchers, known as Solntsepyok or Heavy Flame, with missiles.

The TZM-T was also capable of carrying 24 unguided missiles that could be fired by TOS-1A launchers, it added.

The paper said that the missiles were delivered by strong arm of the TZM-1 to be mounded on the TOS-1A launchers.

TZM-T could also carry 5.45 mm caliber machineguns with three crews equipped with Kalashnikov machineguns and anti-tank grenades, according to the daily.

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Syria: Al-Nusra Drives Rival Terrorists out of another Region in Northeastern Hama

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) stormed ISIL's defense lines in Northeastern Hama, taking control over a village on Saturday.

The Al-Nusra terrorists engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL and captured the village of al-Shaksawiyeh.

The clashes inflicted heavy casualties on both warring sides. 

Militant-affiliated websites reported on Wednesday that the Al-Nusra Front engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL and managed to capture two villages and several hills in Northeastern Hama.

The websites reported that the Al-Nusra terrorists pushed ISIL back from the villages of Sarha and al-Jardawi and several hills near the villages in Northeastern Hama.

A number of terrorists from both sides were killed in the clashes.

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ISIL Withdraws from One More Town on Eastern Euphrates

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army soldiers hit ISIL positions on the Eastern Bank of the Euphrates River in DeirEzzur province on Saturday, seizing control of a key town.

The army men won another battle with ISIL and pushed them back from the town of Khusham in the Eastern countryside of DeirEzzur city, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

Well-informed military sources said on Friday that the army units reached the regions near al-Amr oilfield just moments ago after they crossed the Euphrates River and moved to the Eastern bank of the river opposite the newly-freed town of al-Mayadeen after capturing the town of Zeiban on Friday morning.

They added that Syrian army forces have achieved fire control over the huge energy site, forcing the ISIL militants to fully withdraw from the region.

The al-Amr oilfield contributed to about one quarter of Syria’s oil production before the war and it was captured by ISIL militants in mid-2014.

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Israeli Army Shells Syrian Army Positions in Quneitra Province for Second Day

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Armed Forces General Command said that the Israeli Army' mortar units opened heavy fire at the Syrian army positions in the Southern province of Quneitra for the second day in a row, causing material damage.

The armed forces' Command said on Saturday that the Israeli aggression came after terrorists launched mortar attack on an area in the occupied territories to give the Israeli enemy an excuse to attack the Syrian army strongholds.

The army Command warned against the dangerous repercussions of such hostile acts, affirming that the Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for the outcomes of that aggression, regardless of the flimsy pretexts which have become divulged and well-known for every one.

In the meantime, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced in a press service that the Israeli forces have targeted three Syrian artillery cannons following shelling allegedly carried out by the Syrian army.

"Early this morning, 5 projectiles were launched at the North Golan Heights from Syria. In response, the IDF targeted 3 Syrian artillery cannons," the IDF said on Twitter.

Relevant reports said on Friday that mortar units of the Israeli Army shelled the Syrian Army troops' strongholds in the Southern province of Quneitra.

The Israeli Army's mortar units opened fire at the Syrian Army's positions in Quneitra province, alleging that its forces had come under attack by Damascus' forces.

In the meantime, Spokesman for the Israeli Army EfikhaiAdra'ei confirmed that the Israeli mortar units targeted the Syrian army positions in the village of Hafra in Quneitra province, claiming that the Israeli attack was in response to the Syrian mortar units' attack on the Israeli positions in the occupied territories, Palestine.

The Israeli forces have many times targeted the Syrian Army troops on the pretext of mortar attack on their positons.

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Two dead after car ploughs into group praying outside Dubai mosque

October 22, 2017

Police said two people had died and nine were injured in crashes over the weekend in Dubai. Dubai Police.

Two people were killed and six people injured when a driver lost control and hit a group of people offering Al Maghreb prayer outside a mosque.

The incident happened on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near Sharjah on Saturday evening, according to Dubai Police.

An Asian man was speeding in a four-wheel drive when his tyre blew out, causing him to swerve onto the side of the road and plough into a group of eight people performing Al Maghreb prayer outside a mosque, a Dubai Police official said.

The accident happened near the flyover bordering Dubai and Sharjah.

It's the latest accident in a deadly weekend on UAE roads.

Earlier on Saturday, a person died after a car crashed into a lorry.

The male driver was killed after ploughing into the lorry on Ras Al Khor Road in the early hours of the morning.

“The incident took place at about 2am and was a result of speeding and failure to abide by traffic rules,” said Brig Saif Al Mazrouei, director of the General Department of Traffic.

The death follows a crash on Friday in which a 16-year-old girl died and five people were injured when the car they were in overturned and crashed into a concrete wall on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

On Saturday morning, a driver of a vehicle hit a motorbike as the biker slowed down at a traffic signal in Umm Sequim. The accident took place at 1.40am, according to Dubai Police.

“The driver of the motorbike was severely injured,” said Brig Al Mazrouei.

On Friday, a man was seriously injured after being run over by a bus on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near the entrance of labourers’ accommodation.

“This incident took place at 8.15pm when a driver of a bus hit the pedestrian, who was severely injured,” said Brig Al Mazrouei.

Also on Friday, a lorry flipped on its side and caught fire but the driver managed to get out without being injured.

On Thursday, an Arab driver hit a lamppost in Al Quoz and suffered moderate injuries. Police said he was driving recklessly and speeding.

Dubai Police urge motorists to abide by the rules.

thenational.ae/uae/two-dead-after-car-ploughs-into-group-praying-outside-dubai-mosque-1.669217

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North America

Trump says end of Islamic State 'caliphate is in sight' after Raqqa's fall

Sunday 22 October 2017

US to back talks to end Syrian violence, allow refugees to return and effect political transition: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said the end of the Islamic State (IS) group's "caliphate is in sight" after the fall of its former bastion Raqqa, and a transition can soon begin to set conditions for lasting peace in Syria.

The United States and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations "that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, and yield a political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people," he said in a statement.

The declaration came four days after US-backed Kurdish-led forces recaptured Raqqa, the capital of IS's self-proclaimed caliphate and its last major stronghold in Syria.

Trump said the entire city has been liberated from IS control, which he said represented a "critical breakthrough" in the global struggle against the militant group.

"With the liberation of ISIS's capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight," Trump said, using an alternative acronym for IS.

"We will soon transition into a new phase in which we will support local security forces, de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance the conditions for lasting peace, so that the terrorists cannot return to threaten our collective security again," he said.

middleeasteye.net/news/trump-says-end-islamic-state-caliphate-sight-after-raqqas-fall-791017417

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US Muslim Leaders Condemn Deadly Mogadishu Attack

October 22, 2017

Muslim leaders in the Washington area have condemned the recent terrorist attack in Mogadishu that killed nearly 400 people and injured 228. Imams and diplomats expressed shock and horror at Friday prayers.

Imams, Somali community leaders, the ambassadors of two African nations, a representative from Turkey and officials from the U.S. Department of State gathered at Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, one of the nation’s largest, on Friday to condemn terror, especially the recent attack in Mogadishu and offer condolences to the families of those killed or injured.

Among U.S officials at the event were, Eric Stromayer, acting deputy assistant secretary for African Affairs, and Vincent Spero, acting director for East Africa office.

'Act of evil'

Imam Shaker Elsayed, an imam at Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, preached in his Friday sermon that terrorism has no place in Islam and condemned the Mogadishu attack.

“As our Somali brothers and sisters are mourning, let me emphasize that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam and Islam is a peaceful religion,” Imam Elsayed said.

Ambassador Moawiya Osman Khalid of Sudan, has described the recent Mogadishu terror attack as an "act of evil."

“They are evil and cruel people who are trying to reshape the view of the Islamic people. We understand that Somali people are strong and they will stop, fight and push back against all those criminal activities,” Khalid said.

Republic of Chad Ambassador Mahamat Nasser, also spoke at the event, urging Muslims around the world to unite in the fight against terrorism that continues to spoil the peaceful image of Islam.

“We are Muslims we know that our religion is peaceful, not violent. That is why Muslims all over the world should unify our views against those spoiling the image of Islam,” Nasser said.

The event, attended by hundreds of Muslim mosque congregants, was organized by the Somali Embassy in Washington.

On the same day, similar prayer services for the victims of the Mogadishu bombing were held at more than 20 mosques across the U.S. and Canada, said Ahmed IsseAwad, Somalia's ambassador to the United States.

Jump in fatality toll

The prayers come as the Somali government officially declared a sharp increase in the death toll from the truck bomb, putting the final tally at 358 people killed, 228 injured and 56 missing.

The uncertainty about the death toll was evident in the fluctuating numbers being reported by the media, quoting health officials. Some insisted on the official number while others put the death to more than 350 and nearly 400 injured.

As the search-and-rescue operation concluded three days after the blast, the government said the recorded death toll was 281, with more than 300 injured, but at that point it still did not know the whereabouts of many missing Mogadishu residents.

The only thing all agreed on was that the death toll could increase.

Somali government officials have declared war against al-Shabab militants they accuse of being behind the blast, the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history, a responsibility the militants have not claimed so far.

Over the past 10 years, the group has bombed dozens of hotels, restaurants and other targets in Mogadishu, as part of its campaign to topple the government and install a strict version of Islamic law in Somalia.

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Rahi from salt lake city: Muslims, Christians should stay in levant so it does not become a land for terrorists

 

NNA - Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bchara Boutros Rahi called on all those living in the Levant from different religions to unite in order not to allow terrorists to take control of their land.

"We urge Muslims and Christians to stay in the Middle East because we have lived together for 1300 years and built moderation. If we leave the Middle East, it will become a land for terrorists and a base that threatens world peace," Rahi said during a Mass service at "Saint Laba" Church in Salt Lake City in the United States.

Rahi also called for distinguishing between terrorist organizations fighting in the name of Islam and Islam itself.

"You must know that most of the terrorist organizations, such as Daesh and al-Qaeda, are outsiders to the Middle East, to its culture and traditions. They have been trained, supported and used by foreign countries to ignite wars in the Middle East," he added.

Rahi concluded by saying, "We had enough of wars and violence; it is time to build a just and lasting peace. It is our people's right and the duty of the international community."

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'No enmity' between Hindus, Muslims in Ayodhya, claims Ram Mandir's head priest; slams VHP for inciting hatred

Oct, 22 2017

Ayodhya: Politics over the Babri dispute, including the hate campaign by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has only complicated a possible amicable solution, contends MahantSatyendra Das of the makeshift Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya, saying there was no enmity between the two communities over the issue.

He said the apex court's verdict was likely to be in favour of constructing the Ram Mandir at the disputed site — where once stood the 16th century Babri Masjid that was demolished by Hindu fundamentalists in 1992 — as evidence "clearly showed" the existence of a temple at the spot in the past.

Satyendra Das said the court's decision was expected soon, thus facilitating the construction of the "long-cherished" grand mandir at the birthplace of Lord Ram in a year's time.

"The court's decision is expected soon. All things are in place and all evidence has been presented by the Hindu side to prove that the Ram Mandir existed before it was demolished to build the Babri Masjid," Das told IANS in an interview.

"On other hand, Muslims could not produce any evidence. They have sought time from the court till December for translation of some documents into English. So, the decision is expected early next year," he said.

Citing good relations among people from both communities, he said they would sit together and try to find a solution in case the court's decision was not acceptable to both sides. "We will find a solution through mutual understanding and talks, but no political party will be allowed to interfere as they have their political motives," he said.

Satyendra Das slammed the VHP for spreading hatred by using foul language against Muslims when it started its agitation for the temple.

"The VHP used the language that made Muslims sad, angry and distressed. Slogans were like 'Hindi Hindu Hindustan, Mullah Bhago Pakistan (Hindi Hindu India, Muslims go to Pakistan) or 'Jo kahegaBabri, uskosamjhoakhri (Whoever says Babri will meet his end). It only worsened the matter," he said.

At the same time, he said such campaigns did not have any adverse impact on the communal harmony in the city.

"There was not such feeling of hatred towards Muslims among local Hindus. Politicians from both sides abused each other. However, common people did not harbour any such hatred."

"I have been the priest of the temple for 26 years, even during the period of demolition. Despite the pressure from the government, I declined any kind of personal security. I never felt scared of Muslims. There is no feeling of enmity between the people over Mandir-Masjid issues," he said.

"Also, if they fight, it will have negative repercussions on tourism and business here (Ayodhya)," he added.

Holding that the Allahabad High Court had erred in its order to divide the disputed land into three parts when no one had asked for this, he said: "It is clear that there will not be any division of land (by the Supreme Court)."

The priest said many Muslims had understood that the Ram Mandir once existed at the disputed site and they now had no problem with the construction of the temple, provided land was given for the masjid.

"Many Muslims understand that the masjid was built by demolishing the Ram Mandir in the past. It is proven now. Muslims have started thinking that it (the dispute) should be left in such circumstances. We have asked them to get land for a masjid anywhere they want. The size of the land is a point of contention," he said.

Satyendra Das said the opponents of Ram Mandir have become less aggressive after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh.

However, the saffron party would not play a proactive role in the matter such as bringing legislation for the temple to avoid any blot on its image and damage to its electoral calculations, he asserted.

"If the BJP takes up the issue, it will meet with opposition from other parties. They will be called being against Muslims. So the BJP government will never attempt to bring legislation under any circumstances," he said.

"So the best way to solve the issue is through the court. It would be more suitable," Satyendra Das concluded.

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Markets, not mandir-masjid: Trade trumps Babri dispute for Muslim traders in Ayodhya

October 22, 2017

Muslim traders in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya town want to get back to business, brushing off the decades-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute that has dominated the country's electoral politics.

The markets wore a deserted look on Friday and Saturday because of the age-old tradition of Pariva and Bhai Dooj.

Ayodhya is still in a festive mood that was bolstered by chief minister Yogi Adityanath'sDivyaDipawali celebrations on Wednesday, a day before Diwali.

"For us, mandir or masjid is not an issue. We want Ayodhya to develop in terms of better infrastructure, basic facilities, means of livelihood, etc," says Santosh Kumar, who runs a tea shop at the Ram Ghat market.

Political and religious leaders from the Hindu right are pushing for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya where the Babri mosque was destroyed by a mob in 1992. Tradition holds that the town was the birthplace of Lord Ram. Many Hindus believe that the exact spot of his inception was where the mosque was razed.

Tourists to the holy town are mainly rural folk, who visit the temples, halt at the ghats and then return home, he added.

"There are about 7,000 small and big temples in Ayodhya and to cater to the visitors, there are no big hotels and the ones that exist are in Faizabad (about 9km away). Besides, a majority of the people visiting Aoydhya are not very rich to be able to afford them. Dharmshalas, public utility services, roads, etc, need more attention," says Tulsi Ram, who runs a shop in Maniparwat market.

"At present, there are about two dozen big and small dharmshalas and about half a dozen small hotels in Ayodhya. But looking at the number of visitors, they fall woefully short and in peak tourist season you can see devotees resting in parks or even on the roadside. Now, with the state government's gesture, we hope that things will improve," said Rishu Pandey, a businessman and a leader of the local traders' association.

The main business areas of Ayodhya include ShringarGhat, NayaGhat, Urdu Bazaar, Ram kiPaidi, etc.

Of the approximately 70,000 population of the town, the livelihood of over 80 per cent is dependent on religious activities.

DIWALI CELEBRATION KINDLES FRESH HOPE

The state government's DivyaDeepawali celebration, which was attended by Yogi, has also rekindled fresh hopes for locals.

Not only Hindu families, but Muslims too are involved in various trades connected to Ayodhya's many temples and have welcomed the initiative.

18-year-old Mohammad Alam, who runs a shop that sells pictures of Lord Ram and other religious articles in a market near Hanuman Garhi, feels that it is the belief and devotion of the people that help them make a living.

"I inherited this shop from my father who is old now. Our earning depends on the three melas and if the Ram temple is constructed, our business is definitely going to increase," Alam says.

Of the various religious activities in Ayodhya, three important celebrations are the 'melas' that are held on the occasions of Ram Navami (March-April), KartikPoornima (November) and SawanMela (August). Besides, devotees from southern India are frequent visitors in the months of May to July for various religious activities.

Another local, Zubair Khan, welcomes the DivyaDeepawali event. "The people of Ayodhya appreciate the celebration if it has been done with the intent to promote tourism. But if any kind of politics in involved, we would like to assure that now we have become used to such politics," says Zubair, who runs a tailoring shop in the NayaGhat market.

SCHEMES WORTH RS 133 CRORE ANNOUNCED

Yogi on Wednesday announced schemes worth Rs 133 crore for various development schemes in Ayodhya. These include renovation of ghats and providing the town much-needed amenities.

The schemes also include a Ram Katha Gallery, a park, a Queen Huh memorial, etc. A new bus stand, an information centre at the local railway station, pedestrian streets, parking at the old bus station, etc, also find mention.

Meanwhile, Ram Ki Paidi, where the DivyaDipawali celebrations took place on Wednesday, also wore a deserted look around the weekend. Ram Ki Paidi is a popular ghat on the banks of the river Saryu and houses makeshift establishments of hundreds of pandas (priests), who sell religious articles and perform pooja for visitors.

The ghat was vacated for the celebrations that also witnessed over 1.7 lakh diyas being lighted in the presence of the CM and the feat also claimed a place in the Guinness World Records.

"It has been a source of earning for us for years but we happily moved out to give a place for the cause. We have never seen such a celebration in our life and hope that this continues in future also," said Shiv Kumar, a panda.

Work had also halted on Friday at Ram Sewak Puram - the place where stones are being carved for the construction of the temple.

"As per our requirement, we need 1.7 lakh square foot of carved stones for the construction of the Ram temple and till date over 1 lakh square foot of stones have been carved. We have received a consignment of 25 trucks from August to October this year and about 500 truckloads of raw stones are expected to reach here (for carving) in the coming days," Sharad Sharma, the supervisor of the karyashala (workshop), told Mail Today.

Two to three sculptors are regularly deployed at Ram Sevak Puram. They come from from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Mirzapur (UP). "Because of Diwali, they are on a holiday for a few days and work will resume soon," Sharma said.

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Darul Uloom Deoband has no authority to issue fatwa: Nazneen Ansari, Who Performed "Aarti" On Diwali

Binay Singh | TNN | Oct 22, 2017, 16:02 IST

VARANASI: Nazneen Ansari, whose singing in praise of Lord Rama invited "fatwa" from the cleric of Darul Uloom Deoband against her and her group of Muslim women, opened a direct front against the seminary demanding a ban on it and a high level probe into its funding and links for national interest.

Recently Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa against the group of Muslim women led by Nazneen who performed "aarti" on Diwali eve in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Parliamentary constituency Kashi, pronouncing that they can no longer be considered "Muslim-Ulema" if they worship other gods, and those women have definitely done something wrong that they should repent by all means.

"Islam does allow them (ulemas) to issue any order or impose their own views on anyone in religious matter, they can just give suggestions or advice in true light of Islam. They have no authority to "bedakhal" (oust) anyone from Islam. If they continue to issue fatwas on such matters we will be bound to lodge FIR against them, as they are violating the directive of the Supreme Court given in 2014," said Nazneen, the founder president of Muslim Mahila Foundation and devout Muslim who has been publicly singing in praise of Lord Rama and other Hindu deities for last 11 years. The MMF will write to the PM and UP chief minister urging an investigation into the role of DarulUloomDeoband, she said.

"I am proud to be a Muslim, and I follow the commands of Islam strictly. Being a true Muslim I cannot bow down before such baseless fatwas," she said wondering why seminary took 11 years to issue fatwa against her. "After the terrorist blast at SankatMochan temple in 2006 we went there and prayed for peace and communal harmony. And since then we have been celebrating Hindu festivals and performing aarti of Hindu deities," she said adding that it is their fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

She said that the MMF would strongly raised voice against such practice of issuing fatwas, which is against the law of the land. "The Supreme Court in June 2014 had ruled that fatwas issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, asserting that the defiance of fatwas will have no civil or criminal consequences. The court had said it would be illegal to impose religion-based opinions on personal issues on citizens in violation of their fundamental rights. Any person trying to enforce a fatwa by any method shall be illegal and has to be dealt with in accordance with law," she said.

Nazneen strongly advocated for the construction of a grand temple of Lord Rama at his birth place in Ayodhya. She had also sent a petition to the PM in December 2014 requesting the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. "Ayodhya hai humare jiyarat gah kan aam, Rahate hain wahan Imam-e-Hind Shri Ram", (Ayodhya is the name of our pilgrimage, where lives Imam of Hind Shri Ram)," she said. "Shri Ram is our ancestor. We can change our name and religion, but how we can change our ancestor," wondered Nazneen, who believes that the construction of Ram Mandir would end hatred and strengthen the bond of unity and harmony between Hindus and Muslims, and it would be the permanent solution of ending the hatred between the two communities. Nazneen also scripted "Shri Ram Aarti", "Shri Ram Prarthana", "DurgaChalisa" and translated "Hanuman Chalisa" and "Ramcharitmanas" into Urdu.

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DarulUloomDeoband denounces Muslim women who offer Aarti to Lord Rama

Oct, 22 2017

Deoband (U.P.), Oct 22 (ANI): The well-known Islamic seminary, DarulUloomDeoband on Saturday denounced Muslim women as non-Muslims for offering Aarti to Lord Rama. These Muslim women had worshipped the Hindu God in Varanasi on the occasion of Hindu festival of lights- Diwali. Mohd.Shafiq Khan, Ulema, DarulUloom said: "If a Muslim worships any god except Allah they don't remain Muslims, Islam dismisses such people."

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NIA to file chargesheet against Islamic preacher ZakirNaik this week for funding terror

New Delhi, October 22, 2017

Controversial Islamic preacher ZakirNaik will be chargesheeted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) this week for his alleged role in terror funding and money laundering cases in the country, officials said.

The formalities to file the chargesheet against Naik, who left the country in July last year, have been completed and it will be submitted before a special court this week, they said.

The 51-year-old televangelist, who is currently abroad, is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA. He fled from India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches.

NIA CASE AGAINST ZAKIR NAIK

The NIA had on November 18, 2016, registered a case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union Home Ministry.

Naik is said to have acquired citizenship of Saudi Arabia but this has not been confirmed yet.

The controversial preacher has been accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years.

Naik, a medical doctor-turned preacher, during his interactions with the Indian media from broad has repeatedly denied all the charges.

ZAKIR NAIK ON-THE-RUN

The Interpol was approached against Naik after a year- long probe during which the NIA gathered evidence on his IRF and Peace TV being used to allegedly promote hatred between different religious groups.

Besides banning his NGO, the central government has taken his TV channel off air.

The passport of Naik was also been revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs at the request of the NIA earlier this year.

The NIA had thrice issued notices under the Code of Criminal Procedure section 160 to Naik, asking him to join the investigation, but he did not appear before it.

The section authorises a police officer to call somebody if it appeared the person seemed to be acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case in question.

Thereafter, on April 21, the Additional Sessions Judge presiding over the NIA Special Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him. On June 15, the court issued proclamation order seeking Naiks appearance before it.

After Naik failed to comply with these directives, the anti-terror agency requested the Ministry of External Affairs to revoke his passport.

The Mumbai-based preacher came under the lens of security agencies after some terrorists allegedly involved in the attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July last year reportedly claimed they were inspired by his speeches.

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Auction Preview: Christie’s Sale of Art of the Islamic and Indian worlds, London, Oct 26

BY BLOUIN ARTINFO | OCTOBER 22, 2017

Auction Preview: Christie’s Sale of Art of the Islamic and Indian worlds, London, Oct 26View Slideshow

A Seated Beauty – a canvas oil painting from Early Qajar Iran by Mirza Baba. The arc-shaped, framed painting measures 82cm x 78cm and included with signature of the artist himself on lower left. Estimate: US$ 197,850 – US$ 329,750

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The auction will feature a wide range of Islamic and Indian artefacts along with Oriental carpets and rugs at Christie’s, London, Oct 26.

What: Sale of Islamic and Indian artefacts together with Oriental carpets and rugs

Where: Christie’s, London

When: October 26, 10:30am (Lots 1 - 168); 2pm (Lots 180 - 327)

Public Viewing: October 21, 12.00pm – 05.00pm, October 22, 12.00pm – 05.00pm, October 23, 09.00am - 04:30pm, October 24, 09.00am – 08.00pm, October 25, 09.00am – 04.00pm

Top lots for sale:

- A Seated Beauty – a canvas oil painting from Early Qajar Iran by Mirza Baba. The arc-shaped, framed painting measures 82cm x 78cm and included with signature of the artist himself on lower left. Estimate: US$ 197,850 – US$ 329,750

- An early 16th century Quran by Mustafa Dede. The antique book is written in Arabic text containing 330 papers. Measurement of the artefact is 14.2cm x 8.3cm. Estimate: US$ 158,280 – US$ 237,420

- A line from The Massive 'Baysunghur Qur'an' from early 15th century. The collectible item measures 30cm x 100cm. Estimate: US$ 131,900 – US# 197,850

- Recto with a Portrait of Jai Singh Kachhawa of Amber and Verso with a Nasta'liq Quatrain – a Mughal era painting from 1640-45 by Mir’ Ali. The fabulous artifact measures 21.6cm x 12.4cm. Measurement of the calligraphy and folio are 14.6cm x 8.6cm and 38.1cm x 26.7cm respectively. Estimate: US$ 131,900 – US$ 197,850

 Verso with Safdar Khan’s Portrait, Recto with a Nasta'liq Quatrain – painting attributes India under Mughal regime from 1635-40 by Mir’ Ali. The fabulous artifact measures 18cm x 10.8cm. Measurement of the calligraphy and folio are 14.9cm x 7.3cm and 38.1cm x 27cm respectively. Estimate: US$ 105,520 – US$ 158,280

- A very rare pen box made with porcelain. The artefact finds its roots from Xuande Reign, China, 1426-1435 AD and lengths 32.1cm. Estimate: US$ 105,520 – US$ 158,280

- The Emperor Timur Enthroned – an artefact from Mughal Regime India dated 1600 AD. Measurement of the painting is 32.1cm x 19.4cm and the folio measures 35.9cm x 23.2cm. Estimate: US$ 92,330 – US$ 131,900

- An 18th century glit-wood made large polychromed ceiling from Damascus. Measurement of the interior masterwork is 343cm x 190cm. Estimate: USD 92,330 – US$ 131,900

- 10 Paintings from Shahnama Manuscript by Safavid Shiraz from early 16th Century. Includes 10 folios, the collectibles measure 31.7cm x 20.3cm. Estimate: US$ 79,140 – US$ 105,520

- A very rare rectangle-shaped lacquered Safavid book cover – an exclusive collectible attributed to the School of Muhammad Zaman, Iran, late 17th or early 18th century. Measurement: US$ 65,950 – US$ 92,330

- A rectangle-shaped lacquered Safavid Papier-Mâché Mirror Case from late 17th or early 18th century by Muhammad Zaman, Iran. The measurement of the collectible: 20.8cm x 13.8cm. Estimate: US$ 65,950 – US$ 105,520

- Jamal Al-Din Abu Muhammad Nizami - Persian Manuscript on Paper by Lutf'allah Bin Muhammad Shafi' Khutlani, probably from Balkh, Afghanistan early 18th century. Measurement of the text panel is 22.2cm x 12cm and the folio measures 33.5cm x 21cm. Estimate:

- Gem-engraved and coated gold huqqa stem and bowl from 17th century. The stunning piece of antique collectible heights 59.8cm and weights 1580 g without the base. Estimate: US$ 65,950 – US$ 105,520

- A late 16th century painting with folio illustrating Kamal Khan defeating Gakhar’s Army and capturing Sultan Adam and his son Lashkari. The painting from Mughal Indian era measures 22.5cm x 12.1cm. The measurement of the folio is 34cm x 21.6cm. Estimate: US$ 65,950 – US$ 92,330

- A very rare parade shield belonged to Venice. Diameter of the ancient weapon is 56cm. Estimate: US$ 65,950 – US$ 92,330

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Tipu Sultan was a mass rapist: Union minister

TNN | Oct 22, 2017

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A state-sponsored Tipu Jayanti has again led to a Cong-BJP face-off in Karnataka.

Union minister Anant Kumar Hedge wrote to K'taka chief secy asking him to drop his name from the official invites to the function.

BJP MPs ShobhaKarandlaje and Nalin Kumar Kateel also decided to boycott the event.

Tipu Sultan was a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore. He was the eldest son of Sultan Hyder Ali of Mysore.Tipu Sultan was a mass rapist: Union minister

BENGALURU: The ruling Congress and opposition BJP in Karnataka are heading for a showdown on the state government-sponsored Tipu Jayanti celebrations on November 10 for the third consecutive year. BJP leaders have announced their boycott of the event with Union minister Anant Kumar Hedge calling the 18th century ruler of Mysore a "brutal killer" and a "mass rapist".

BJP leaders said on Saturday they don't want their names to be printed on the invitation cards for the celebrations.

Hegde wrote to the Karnataka chief secretary asking him to drop his name from the official invites to the function and said he was boycotting the function. Quick to follow him were BJP MPs ShobhaKarandlaje and Nalin Kumar Kateel who also decided not to attend the event.

"Conveyed #KarnatakaGovt NOT to invite me to shameful event of glorifying a person known as brutal killer, wretched fanatic & mass rapist," Hegde tweeted on Friday.

CM Siddaramaiah told reporters here on Saturday that protocol requires the names of elected representatives to be printed on invitations of government functions. "It's up to the member to attend the event or not,'' he added.

To this, Hegde retorted: "If the government prints my name on the invitation card, I'll attend the function and raise slogans from the dais against Tipu. If Siddaramaiah has the guts, let him stop me."

State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa chose not to comment on Hegde boycotting the event, saying it is an individual's decision.

BJP spokesperson and MLA C T Ravi took to the social media to express his ire. "Communal Congress led by arrogant @siddaramaiah is repeatedly insulting Hindus by celebrating Tyrant Tipu Jayanti despite severe opposition... and thrive on anti-Hindu appeasement policies. There is no rule that demands Union minister has to attend TipuJayanthi celebrations just because @CMofKarnataka invites him," he tweeted.

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MEA collects DNA samples of kin of 39 men missing in Iraq

Yudhvir Rana | TNN | Oct 22, 2017, 03:19 IST

The ministry of external affairs has started collecting DNA samples of relatives of the 39 Indian men who have been missing in Iraq since June 2014.

Top government sources in Delhi though said the DNA samples were being collected as a “matter of routine procedure”.

Family members of the Indians who went missing in Iraq from June 2014. (TOI file photo by Sanjeev Rastogi)Family members of the Indians who went missing in Iraq from June 2014. (TOI file photo by Sanjeev Rastogi)

NEW DELHI / AMRITSAR: The ministry of external affairs has started collecting DNA samples of relatives of the 39 Indian men who have been missing in Iraq since June 2014. This has triggered both hope and apprehension in the relatives who feel that the central government finally has some information about the missing men but does not want to reveal anything till it receives more information.

Top government sources in Delhi though said the DNA samples were being collected as a "matter of routine procedure". A senior official said that foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier written to the chief ministers of four states, including Punjab, saying that as a matter of normal practice the government needed to provide the samples to the Iraqi government. Iraq has been in touch with the Indian government over the issue and had conveyed earlier that it needed the samples for its own investigations into the case of the missing Indians. According to Indian officials, this does not in any way conclusively prove that the 39 Indian nationals are either dead or alive.

Some 40 Indian youth, mostly Punjabis, who worked in a construction company in Mosul, were reportedly kidnapped by Islamic State terrorists on June 11, 2014. One of the abducted men, HarjitMasih, who returned to Punjab, claimed that he dodged militants and managed to flee from captivity. Since then, however, the whereabouts of the rest 39 are not known.

There have been numerous reports about the fate of these men with some reports suggesting that they were killed by IS terrorists in Mosul while others suggested that they were in the Badush jail near Mosul which is now in ruins. External affairs minister had told Parliament in July that she would not declare the 39 men dead until there was concrete evidence.

Sources told TOI that with US-backed Syrian forces taking over the IS capital of Raqqa in Syria, there are reports of a large number of mass graves being discovered in territories that the terror group controlled. The DNA samples would help in confirming if any of the Indian victims were in these graves.

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Terrorist killed in encounter in J&K's Kupwara

PTI | Oct 22, 2017

SRINAGAR: An unidentified terrorist was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Langet area of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir.

An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces this morning after the latter launched a search operation in Langet, 100 kms from here, an Army official said.

He said one terrorist has been killed and the encounter is still underway.

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Eight terrorists, including Ansarul Sharia chief, killed in Karachi

22/10/17

KARACHI: Eight terrorists were gunned down on Saturday night in an operation conducted by Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in Raees Goth area of Baldia Town.

According to police, chief of Ansarul Sharia Dr Abdullah Hashmi and ArsalanBaig, member of the same banned outfit involved in target killing incidents, were among the militants killed in the operation.

Five of the deceased were killed on the spot while the other three injured died on the way to the hospital.

In addition, one CTD officer and two Rangers personnel were injured during the exchange of fire.

While the authorities were in the process of identifying the deceased, some of the suspects managed to flee. Subsequently, a search operation has been launched, informed a Rangers’ spokesperson.

The spokesperson also stated that weapons and explosive materials, among other things, were retrieved from the terrorists’ hideout.

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Sharif brothers tried to assassinate me twice: Zardari

PTI | Oct 22, 2017

LAHORE: Pakistan's former president Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif twice planned to assassinate him.

Zardari, 62, said that Nawaz and Shahbaz plotted his murder when he was serving his eight-year-long sentence in corruption cases. He said the Sharif brothers planned to kill him when he was going to a court to attend his hearing.

"The Sharif brothers - former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his younger brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif - twice planned my murder in captivity in 1990s," Zardari said while speaking to party workers at Bilawal House Lahore yesterday.

Zardari further said Nawaz has been trying to make a contact with him to seek his support but "I have refused".

"I have not yet forgotten what they (Sharifs) have done to Benazir Bhutto (his wife) and me. We forgave them and signed Charter of Democracy, but still Mian sahib (Nawaz) betrayed me and went to court in memogate in order to label me a traitor," he said.

The memogate controversy revolved around a memorandum seeking help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan.

The memo is alleged to have been drafted by Pakistan's then ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani at the behest of Zardari. Sharif demanded an inquiry into the matter and also threatened to resign from the National Assembly if the Zardari government did not satisfactorily probe the matter.

"The Sharif brothers cannot be trusted this time around and I will not shake hands with them," he added.

"They change colour so quickly. When they are in trouble they are ready to cooperate with you.... when in absolute power they hit you smartly," Zardari said.

Zardari made it clear to the party leaders to forget an alliance with the PML-N after 2018 election.

"We will be on strong footing after next year poll," he added.

Zardari has been hitting out at Sharifs since disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case on July 28 by a Supreme Court bench.

There are reports that Zardari is trying to improve his relations with the military establishment and in this effort he is refusing to form an alliance with the Sharifs.

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China fears its top envoy in Pakistan might be killed, seeks more security

PTI | Updated: Oct 22, 2017

A soldier search cars traveling at a checkpoint on the main highway outside Quetta, Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)A soldier search cars traveling at a checkpoint on the main highway outside Quetta, Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)

ISLAMABAD: China has asked Pakistan to step up security of its newly-appointed ambassador in Islamabad in the wake of threats to his life from a terrorist organisation, according to media reports.

The Chinese Embassy made the request in a letter written to the interior ministry on October 19, saying a member of the banned terrorist group East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) has sneaked into Pakistan to assassinate its ambassador.

The letter, circulated in the local media, was written by the focal person for the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Ping Ying Fi who asked the interior ministry to "enhance the protection" of the ambassador and other Chinese working in the country.

This, the letter says, will not only help foil the nefarious designs of the terrorist but will also help in nabbing others involved in the plot.

China has appointed Yao Jing, who has served as Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, as its new envoy to Pakistan. Yao replaced Sun Weidong, who served as China's Ambassador to Pakistan for three years and recently returned to his country.

In the letter, Ping shared details of the terrorist's passport and demanded his immediate arrest and handover to the Chinese embassy. It identified the terrorist as Abdul Wali.

The interior ministry and the Chinese embassy have declined to comment on the letter.

The ETIM largely operates from China's restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, bordering Pakistan.

The security of Chinese officials+ in Pakistan is a major issue and the Army has been tasked to provide security to the Chinese working on various projects, including the CPEC.

The CPEC, which traverse through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, will connect Xinjiang with Pakistan's seaport Gwadar through a network of rail, road and pipeline.

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Three ‘TTP militants’ held, mines seized

October 22, 2017

KARACHI: Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested three suspected militants linked with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and seized mines from them, officials said.

Acting on a tip-off, the police signalled two suspects travelling in a Suzuki van to stop in a New Karachi locality.

However, the suspects sped up in their bid to flee. The police gave chase and arrested them, said Central SSP Irfan Ali Baloch.

The detained suspects were identified as Mohammed Sultan and Abdul Rehman, who were allegedly affiliated with the TTP.

Five mines, three rocket launchers and one pistol were seized from their possession.

The SSP said that they had received information that the suspects were carrying mines and rocket launchers from Balochistan to Karachi.

Further investigation was under way, added the officer.

The seized vehicle was snatched in Sharifabad.

Separately, police arrested one suspected militant, Syed Mohammed Usman, in Mauripur, said SSP SIU Tariq RazzaqDharejo.

The police also seized two hand grenades from him.

The alleged militant was linked with the TTP.

He had provided explosive material to one militant of the TTP, Abdul Rehman, in 2013, which he had brought from Balochistan. However, Rehman was killed in an ‘encounter’ in 2015.

Further investigation was under way.

Four held for kidnapping woman

Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested four suspects who allegedly tried to kidnap a young woman in an ambulance of a charity organisation in Orangi Town, the Pakistan Bazaar police said.

Four suspects tried to kidnap the 25-year-old woman. However, her cries for help alerted the area people. In the meantime, a police party also arrived there and arrested four suspects identified as Zamir Ibrahim, Mohammed Faraz, MehmoodAlam and Mohammed Ibrahim, said Karachi West SSP Mohammed YounisChandio.

Their fifth suspect managed to escape.

The SSP claimed that the suspects wanted to kidnap the woman in the ambulance belonging to the Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation.

Initial investigation suggested that the kidnapping attempt was linked with some personal matter, said SHO Zahid Soomro.

The officer added that one suspect, Zamir, had political affiliation.

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Pakistan, Turkey agree to enhance trade ties

October 22, 2017

ISTANBUL: On the sidelines of the ninth D-8 summit, Prime Minister ShahidKhaqanAbbasi and his Turkish counterpart BinaliYildirim agreed to bolster relations in diverse areas with a focus on trade and economy.

While addressing a joint press stakeout with the Turkish leader on Friday, Mr Abbasi praised Turkey for supporting the people of India-held Kashmir (IHK), who were fighting for their right to self-determination, as well as raising a voice for Rohingya Muslims and Palestinians who were victims of terrorism.

During their meeting earlier, the two leaders had a candid discussion on ways and means to strengthen multifaceted ties between the two brotherly nations.

Mr Abbasi said Pakistan would continue to provide all possible support to Turkey on issues of national interest, including Cyprus. He acknowledged Turkey’s role in finding a political situation to the conflict in Syria and praised it for graciously hosting millions of refugees.

About the situation in Afghanistan, he said Turkey had always played a very constructive role in facilitating peace through better relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Prime Minister Abbasi said Pakistan was confident that as chair of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and as an influential power, Turkey would continue to maintain its just and principled position by continuing to call for a fact-finding mission to investigate the violations of human rights in IHK.

On the subject of Rohingya Muslims, Pakistan expressed the resolve to support any initiative taken by Turkey as the OIC chair to address the plight of the oppressed community.

The premier also appreciated Turkey’s strong support for Pakistan’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

“We look forward to Turkey’s initiative of organising the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey trilateral summit at an early date,” added Mr Abbasi.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Prime Minister Abbasi met Turkish minister for energy and national resources, BeratAlbayrak.

The two sides discussed various issues pertaining to the energy sector and measures to enhance cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey in the sector.

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South Asia

Deadly infighting among Taliban leaves 50 dead, wounded in Herat

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Oct 22 2017

A new deadly infighting has erupted among the Taliban insurgents in western Herat province of Afghanistan, leaving nearly 50 people dead.

According to the local officials in Herat, the latest clashes took place between the supporters of Taliban supreme Mullah HebatullahAkhundzada and dissident Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Rasool.

Provincial governor’s spokesman JilaniFarhad confirmed the latest clashes have left around 40 dead from both the sides.

He said militants under the command of Mullah Samad loyal to Mullah Hebatullah and Mullah Nangialai who is loyal to Mullah Rasool, clashed in Khaifan area of Shindand district.

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

Clashes between the supporters of Mullah Hebatullah and MulllahRasool have not been rare but numerous such incidents have taken place in the past well.

Mullah Rasool is a dissident Taliban leader who has been leading his own faction of the Taliban after the death of the group’s founder and former supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The supporters of Mullah Rasool have also clashed with the supporters of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the predecessor of Mullah Hebatullah.

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US airstrike hit ISIS suicide training camp in Afghanistan leaving 40 dead

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Oct 22 2017

A deadly US airstrike targeted a training camp for the suicide bombers in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the airstrike was carried out in Achin district of Nangarhar on Saturday.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said at least 40 people including two trainers of the terror group and several suicide bombers were killed in the airstrike.

The statement further added that the training camp was located in Pekha area of Achin.

The two ISIS trainers killed in the attack have been identified as Qari Quran and QariFida, the police commandment added.

Several weapons, ammunition, and explosives belonging to the terror group were also destroyed in the airstrike, the police commandment said.

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

The destruction of the training camp could play a vital role in restricting the activities of the terror group as they have carried out numerous deadly suicide attacks in Kabul city and other parts of the country during the past recent months.

The group claimed responsibility behind the mosque bombing in Kabul that left more than 50 dead and scores more wounded.

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Car bomb kills 15 Afghan army personnel in Kabul: Defence ministry spokesperson

Reuters | Oct 21, 2017

KABUL: A suicide attacker detonated a car full of explosives outside an Afghan military training centre in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, a military spokesman said, the latest attack in a particularly deadly week for Afghanistan's security forces.

"Army personnel were coming out of Marshal Fahim University when a suicide bomber in a car targeted them. Fifteen soldiers who were there for training were killed and four others were wounded," Ministry of Defence spokesman Dawlat Wazari told Reuters.

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Presidential Palace condemns mosque bombings in Kabul, Ghor

22 October 2017

KABUL: Terrorists have once again committed two separate suicide attacks on mosques in Kabul and Ghor provinces, during which many worshipers have been martyred and scores injured, the presidential palace said in a statement.

Calling targeting holy places an antihuman crime and against all Islamic and human rights’ values, the culprits of such incidents are deserved to be fully destructed, according to the statement.

The terrorist groups are making effort to misuse Islam as a tool to reach their vicious designs, the statement added.

They are attempting to harm the unity of the Afghan people, the statement continued.

The statement clarified that the terrorist factions should understand that they will never achieve their malicious goals and will soon be suppressed by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

Condemning the suicide attacks in the strongest possible terms, the president wished paradise for the martyrs and immediate recovery for those injured.

The Kabul Times

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Explosion rips through a hotel in North of Afghanistan, casualties feared

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Oct 22 2017

An explosion ripped through a hotel in northeasternTakhar province of Afghanistan, leaving a number of people dead or wounded.

According to the local security officials, the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Ishkamish district.

Provincial police spokesman Khalil Asir confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate at least two people were killed and eight others were wounded in the attack.

He said the type of the explosion and the main target of the attack have not been ascertained so far.

In the meantime, the eyewitnesses in the area are saying that the explosion took place as a former Jihadi leader had visited the hotel.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Takhar is among the relatively calm provinces in northeastern Afghanistan which rarely witnessed insurgency since the fall of the Taliban regime.

However, the insurgent groups have increased their activities in this province during the recent years and often carry out insurgency activities, including coordinated attacks.

The province borders some of the restive provinces in the north from where the insurgents are frequently commuting for the insurgency activities.

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Mideast

Iran not to halt relief aid to Myanmar Muslims

Tehran, Oct 22, IRNA – Head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said on Saturday that the entity’s humanitarian relief consignments to the Muslims in Myanmar will not be suspended.

Talking on the sidelines of the International Poster Exhibition titled ‘Religious Genocide in Myanmar’, Ali AsqarPeyvandi said that IRCS is working to promote peace and friendship among all nations, noting that art is instrumental for spreading peace and friendship.

Such activities are undertaken by IRCS voluntarily and the exhibition is a manifestation of humanitarian activities of the entity, he said.

On his visit to Myanmarese refugee camps in Bangladesh, Peyvandi said that a bleak atmosphere is dominant in the camps and IRCS distributed 100 tons of humanitarian aid among the refugees to relieve their sufferings.

Setting up field hospital as well as treatment camps and other activities the entity is currently able to do are underway but the scale of the catastrophe is widening day by day, requiring global efforts, he said.

International Poster Exhibition ‘Religious Genocide in Myanmar’ features artworks by the Iranian and 18 other countries’ artists.

The event is aimed at conveying message of peace and portraying dimensions of the human catastrophe in Myanmar.

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Leader's Top Aide Lauds Hamas for Not Leaving Armed Struggle against Israel

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati praised the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas, for insisting on continued armed struggle against the Israeli occupation.

"We congratulate you for declaring that you will not set your weapons aside and for describing it as your redline," Velayati said in a meeting with Deputy Head of Hamas political bureau Saleh al-Arouri in Tehran on Saturday.

Velayati underlined that he welcomes meeting with the resistance groups' officials, specially Hamas, on any occassion.

A high-ranking Hamas delegation began a visit to Iran on Friday to inform Tehran about reconciliation efforts with rival Palestinian faction Fatah, a Hamas official said.

The group led by al-Arouri will meet senior Iranian officials over the next several days, the representative said on condition of anonymity.

The two Palestinians factions have agreed a landmark deal to end a decade-long split and are seeking to form a unity government along with other parties.

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Israel hits Syrian govt artillery

Updated October 22, 2017

JERUSALEM: The Israeli army attacked Syrian government artillery on Saturday after fire across the armistice line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would step up such retaliation in the future.

The Syrian government controls only part of the territory on the other side of the line, with the rest in the hands of rebel groups, one of them affiliated to the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

But the Israeli army said it would retaliate against the Syrian army, regardless of who was responsible for any fire and of whether it was intentional or not.

The Syrian defence ministry said that rebels had deliberately fired the rounds into Israeli-held territory to provoke the response against its forces.

The Israeli army said it identified four hits from five rounds launched at the northern Golan. It reported no casualties or damage.

“In response to the projectiles that hit Israel, the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) targeted three artillery cannons of the Syrian regime in the Syrian Golan Heights,” it said.

“Any future occurrences will force the IDF to intensify its response,” the army said, adding that it held “the Syrian regime accountable for any aggression from within its territory.” The Syrian defence ministry said the Israeli riposte had targeted one of its positions near the armistice line in Quneitra province, causing “material damage”. It reported no casualties.

“The terrorists, acting at the behest of Israel, shelled empty ground to provide a pretext for this aggression,” the ministry added.

Israel has sought to avoid becoming directly involved in the six-year civil war in Syria, although it has systematically responded to fire across the armistice line on the Golan.

It also acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes against Hezbollah forces in Syria to stop what it calls advanced arms deliveries to the Lebanese Shia militant group, which is a key ally of the Damascus government.

Israel fought a devastating 2006 war with Hezbollah and has voiced concern that the group’s involvement in Syria risks opening up a new front.

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Islam heads against normalization with Israel

22/10/17

Islamic Scholars Conference: Giving up on Palestine, recognizing right of Zionist entity to state on Islamic land is betrayal of Allah.

The Conference of Scholars Against Normalization announced the formation of a committee that will discuss proposals by Muslim clerics relating to the formulation of a credo, to be published in coming days, for guiding the struggle against normalization with the "Zionist entity."

At the close of the religious scholars meeting in Istanbul, participants announced that any form of normalization with the "entity" is prohibited by religious law and comprises a "crime," be it economic normalization or in the fields of communications, sport, or society.

The clerics stressed that all of "Palestine" and all the "occupied" land by the "robber entity" is Islamic land that must not be relinquished for any reason or by any pretext.

"Giving up Palestine and recognizing the right of the Zionist entity to establish its state on the land of Islam and the Muslims is a betrayal of Allah, His Messenger (Muhammad) and the rest of the believers," the concluding statement said.

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Southeast Asia

Filipino troops battling final 30 Islamic State-linked gunmen

October 22, 2017

MANILA, Philippines -- A Philippine military official says government forces are fighting the last batch of about 30 pro-Islamic State group militants who are surrounded in just one building with all their hostages gone as the nearly five-month siege nears its end in southern Marawi city.

Col. Romeo Brawner says troops are aiming to end the crisis before midnight Sunday, adding the remaining gunmen, who include some foreign militants, have the option of surrendering or they can either be captured or killed.

Brawner says a gradual withdrawal of military forces is continuing with the easing of the crisis, which has left at least 1,131 people dead, including 919 militants and 165 soldiers and policemen. He says troops continue to ask the gunmen to surrender although most are determined to die fighting.

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Rohingya crisis: China says foreign interference doesn’t work

October 22, 2017

BEIJING: Experience shows that foreign interference in crises does not work and China supports the Myanmar government’s efforts to protect stability, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday, amid ongoing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

More than 500,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh following a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar’s army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces.

UN officials have described Myanmar’s strategy as “ethnic cleansing”.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar’s military leadership responsible for its harsh crackdown.

GuoYezhou, a deputy head of the Chinese Communist Party’s international department, told reporters on the sidelines of a party congress that China condemned the attacks in Rakhine and understands and supports Myanmar’s efforts to protect peace and stability there.

China and Myanmar have a deep, long-standing friendship, and China believes Myanmar can handle its problems on its own, he added. Asked why China’s approach to the Rohingya crisis was different from Western nations, Guo said that China’s principle was not to interfere in the internal affairs of another country.

“Based on experience, you can see recently the consequences when one country interferes in another. We won’t do it,” he said, without offering any examples of when interventions go wrong.

China does not want instability in Myanmar as it inevitably will be affected as they share a long land border, Guo said. “We condemn violent and terrorist acts,” he added.

Guo’s department has been at the forefront of building relations with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who visited China in 2015 at the Communist Party’s invitation, rather than the Chinese government’s.

Department head Song Tao also visited Myanmar in August and met Suu Kyi.

Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in large numbers since late August when Rohingya insurgent attacks sparked a ferocious military response, with the fleeing people accusing security forces of arson, killings and rape.

The European Union and the United States have been considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar’s military leadership.

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Muslim-only launderette, exclusivity wrong: Najib

Oct 22, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister NajibRazak has spoken out against Muslim-only launderettes, saying that such exclusivity is wrong.

"I don't believe in exclusivity. Let there not be a launderette only for Muslims. I think that's wrong," Datuk Seri Najib said yesterday.

Speaking to about 1,000 people gathered at the Malaysia Chinese Youth Summit 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, the Prime Minister said he believed that Malaysians should, however, have a choice as long as it did not create a rift in the country's diverse society. "There should be choice. You don't want to go to a particular restaurant because you think it's not halal, it's your decision," he said.

"Muslims have their own set of beliefs but we cannot impose this on non-Muslims. As long as you don't disturb us we don't disturb you," he said, citing the example of a church and a mosque which are located next to each other in Miri, Sarawak.

Mr Najib said maintaining harmony and unity in multicultural and multi-religious Malaysia was a key priority for him and the Government. "As your shouxiang (prime minister), I will continue policies that are moderate and progressive. I believe in national unity and national harmony," he was quoted as saying in The Star daily.

Another newspaper, the New Straits Times, said Mr Najib's message echoed the firm stance taken recently by the Conference of Rulers, which condemned the moves to set up Muslim-only launderettes as divisive and tainting the reputation of Islam.

Responding to a question on his plans for Chinese schools, Mr Najib said the government treated vernacular schools equally with national schools and had spent RM2.5 billion (S$806 million) a year to fund the operating expenditure for Chinese schools.

He said the government had also agreed to set up new Chinese schools in areas where the Chinese population has increased, saying that the Minister of Education was discussing the matter with top officials of the Malaysian Chinese Association and Gerakan, the two Chinese-dominant parties in the ruling BarisanNasional (BN) coalition.

"There will be an announcement to show that under the BN, we will promote more Chinese schools in areas where there is demand," said Mr Najib, who is also chairman of the coalition.

Yesterday, he attended a closed-door retreat with top BN leaders to prepare for the next general election, which must be called by August next year, although many observers expect it to be held sooner.

The retreat in Penang was believed to be the largest involving all top BN leaders, reported The Star.

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Indonesia's secret nudist community defying the law

 

What is it like to be a nudist in a country that prizes modesty and where public nudity is strictly forbidden? Clara Rondonuwu of the BBC's Indonesian service went to meet some members of the country's nudist community to find out.

There isn't a single thread on Aditya's body.

As he speaks to me, droplets of hot oil splash on to his bare belly from the large frying pan of sand crabs, eggs and Chinese cabbage.

"I love doing everyday things in the buff, including cooking my meals," he says. "I take a great deal of pleasure in being naked anytime I want to. I feel happier and way more comfortable without clothes."

Aditya is taking a risk though and therefore doesn't want his full name revealed. Under majority Muslim Indonesia's anti-pornography laws, it is illegal to be naked in public.

Yet he meets regularly with four other nudists in private. "We could face jail time if we appeared nude in public," he explains. "Which is the reason why we let it all hang out in private."

A closely knit group

Aditya has been a nudist in his spare time since 2007.

"I was surfing the web, reading articles about nudism and got really into it. It seemed that it was the life path I had been looking for," he says.

He made contact with other nudists in the country - they are a small but committed and closely knit group. Jakarta's naturist group now has about 10 to 15 members, both men and women.

Aditya feels that being naked gives them a stronger connection and lasting bond. "We can be ourselves. No one body shames you no matter how fat or paunchy you are or because of your flaccid penis, breast size or birthmarks. You are nude."

He dreams of travelling to nudist colonies in countries like France, where his lifestyle choice would be accepted as something not unusual.

A brief history of nudity and naturism

One man's year as a nudist

Yet while Indonesia's law doesn't allow for public nudity, this does not mean that there are no opportunities to go bare.

The group gets together from time to time, renting a holiday villa, like recently in a mountainous area outside Jakarta.

"Within seconds, we disrobe," he says. They just spend a normal day together, with conversations ranging from anything like politics to work life.

He tells me he just got back from a beach escape at one of Indonesia's best-kept secret destinations, where he is far from the discrimination he would face elsewhere in the country.

It's not a nudist site, but it is "well hidden by the dense foliage," he explains. Even so, he took precautions.

"I picked my time carefully, and went for walks really early in the morning."

Reckless?

Despite the risks, Aditya also posts openly about his lifestyle on nudist websites.

Among his many Instagram accounts, there was also a private one where he uploaded his nude pictures. One of them showed him fully nude, standing inside a church.

He has since deleted the account as he could be found guilty under Indonesia's anti-pornography law.

"My fellow naturists said I was pretty reckless to open up on the internet," he explains.

But he thinks all these posts were necessary to change the many misconceptions about his lifestyle.

"People here in Indonesia think that nakedness has something to do with sex," he says, pointing out that nudity is not the same as exhibitionism.

"If we strip off together they assume it is a sex party. The truth is, there is nothing sexual about it."

"People are so hypocritical when they think that being fully clothed is more polite than being open."

A difficult lifestyle

Another naturist who lives on Borneo does not want to be named, and agrees that being a naturist in Indonesia is a "difficult lifestyle decision".

He looks enviously at places like France and Germany, where nakedness is more accepted, and thinks Indonesian businesses could cater more to the nudist market.

Their best shot would be Bali, which is less strict than the rest of majority Muslim Indonesia. But he says the existing nudist-friendly resorts "cater to foreigners only".

Rewind 40 years and nudity was common in places like Bali - women would often walk around topless, and bathe naked.

There are no public nude beaches on the mostly Hindu island, though a number of coastal areas remain popular with nudists because they are protected by rocks.

The manager of one resort in Bali says he has two properties which advertise themselves as "clothing optional" and that there are 10 other such resorts in the tourist centre of Seminyak alone.

Additionally, "some of the villas do not promote themselves as naturist-friendly, but many foreigners do go naked in there," he says.

"Nudism is common for the upper-class people."

The hotel manager told the BBC he only accepts foreign guests, but said that other resorts might take Indonesian nudists too.

Abused for being different

Aditya says he wants to educate society that he and his fellow naturists are human beings just like everyone else.

"Most people tend to be overly expressive when they see something unusual to them. Look how aggressive they are to transgender people, they beat them."

"What I do is not pornography," he says.

"I feel sad when they judge me and think of me as immoral, some even called us animals. I am just being myself, it's nothing grotesque. I don't harm anyone."

At times, he explains, he feels like challenging all these misconceptions in social media.

Yet then again, he often just doesn't have the energy to engage in what he says are long and useless conversation with internet trolls.

"Most people here still cannot deal with nudity."

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DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead: US

AP | Oct 22, 2017

MANILA (PHILIPPINES): DNA tests have confirmed the death of one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, US and Philippine officials said Saturday.

US Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina told The Associated Press that DNA tests done in Virginia at the request of the Philippine military confirmed the death of IsnilonHapilon. Washington has backed efforts by the Philippines, a treaty ally, to combat terrorism for years.

"This is yet another example of how the US is supporting our friend, partner and ally in the fight against terror," Koscina said.

Hapilon and OmarkhayamMaute, another leader of the Marawi siege, were killed in a gunbattle Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of the Islamic city held by the militants, Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana said.

The Philippine military believes that Mahmud bin Ahmad, a top Malaysian militant and close associate of Hapilon, had also been killed in the Marawi clashes, although his body has yet to be recovered by troops.

DNA tests were also being done on the remains of other suspects who have been recovered by troops, Lorenzana said without elaborating.

The confirmation of the deaths of Hapilon and Maute would pave the way for the payment of huge US and Philippine bounties offered for the two. A rescued 16-year-old hostage provided the crucial information that allowed troops to locate Hapilon and Maute in one building in Marawi, Lorenzana said.

The US State Department has offered a reward of up to $5 million for Hapilon, who Washington blames for ransom kidnappings of several Americans, one of whom was beheaded in 2001 in southern Basilan province. Hapilon had been indicted in the District of Columbia for his alleged involvement in terrorist acts against US nationals and other foreigners.

A soft-spoken Islamic preacher born to a family of militants on southern Basilan island, Hapilon had been linked to several major attacks in the southern Philippines, including kidnappings, bombings and attacks on urban centers.

Hapilon and Maute were among the leaders in a nearly five-month insurrection in the lakeside city that has left at least 1,127 people dead, including 915 militants and 165 soldiers and police.

The siege has sparked fears that the Islamic State group may gain a foothold in Southeast Asia by influencing and providing funds to local militants as it suffers battle defeats in Syria and Iraq.

The United States and Australia have deployed surveillance aircraft to help Filipinos battling the Marawi attackers.

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France charges eight over alleged plot targeting politicians and mosques

Sunday 22 October 2017

France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced on Saturday in Paris.

The men, aged between 17 and 29, are accused of being party to a “criminal terrorist conspiracy”, and of links to Logan Alexandre Nisin, a militant who was arrested near Marseille in June.

Nisin is the founder of a group dubbed OAS. He was detained after posting that he planned to attack black people, jihadists, migrants and “scum”.

The 21-year-old had earlier come to the attention of French authorities as the administrator of a Facebook page glorifying neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in 2011 in Norway.

The prosecutor’s office in Paris said the group formed by Nisin “had plans to commit violent actions with vague outlines”.

Anti-terror police had arrested 10 people on Tuesday over the alleged plot, but two of them, including Nisin’s mother, were released, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

Among the potential targets for attacks were places of worship, including mosques, politicians, “people of North African descent or black people” and “anti-fascist” activists, a source said.

“The organisation was planning purchases of weapons and paramilitary training. Some were already trained in shooting,” the source added.

OAS was the acronym for the Secret Army Organisation, a French far right paramilitary group that fought to stop Algerian independence.

Nisin was formerly active in the far right political group Action Francaise.

France remains under an enhanced security status. Parliament on Wednesday adopted a tough anti-terror bill which replaced a state of emergency imposed in 2015 after jihadist attacks in Paris.

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Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan Denies Rape, Sexual Assault

October 22, 2017

A rape and sexual assault complaint was filed on Friday in France against Swiss Islamist and Prof. Tariq Ramadan by HendaAyari, reported Agence France Press (AFP).

On Saturday, Ramadan denied Ayari’s allegations and expressed his intention to sue for “slanderous denunciation” on Monday, his lawyer, YassineBouzrou, told French media.

Tariq Ramadan is the grandson of Egyptian scholar Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group deemed terrorist by a number of Arab and Muslim countries.

The complaint, filed with the Rouen prosecutor’s office in northwest France by Ayari, now a secular activist, detailed criminal acts of rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment and intimidation, according to a document reviewed by AFP.

The Liberators Association, of which Ayari is president, said on Facebook that she was “a victim of something very serious several years ago,” but did not reveal the name of her aggressor for safety reasons.

In her book “I Chose to be Free,” published in November 2016, she described her aggressor as Zubair. She wrote that she met him at his hotel in Paris after he had given a lecture.

“I will not give precise details of the acts he has done to me. It is enough to know that he has benefited greatly from my weakness,” Ayari wrote.

She added that when she rebelled against him at one point, he screamed at her, insulted her, slapped her and treated her violently.

“I confirm today, that the famous Zubair is Tariq Ramadan,” Ayari wrote on Facebook.

Her lawyer Jonas Haddad said she did not report the assault earlier out of fear.

“After revelations over the past few days of rape and sexual assault claims in the media, Henda has decided to say what happened to her and take legal action,” he told AFP.

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Scots Muslim writer who lives under fatwa calls for burka ban

 

A SCOTTISH Muslim writer who has received death threats for repeatedly criticising Islamic doctrine wants women to be banned from wearing the “oppressive” burqa.

Paigham Mustafa, who claims to be living under a fatwa issued in 2001 by Glasgow imams after he published articles questioning mosque teachings, made the controversial comments after Austria became the latest European country to prohibit face veils in public.

From the beginning of this month Muslim women in Austria who wear a veil which covers the face will be fined around £130. Similar restrictions are in place in France, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. And last week Quebec became the first North American province to ban citizens from wearing face coverings in public places.

Mustafa insists burqas are “bizarre and cruel” and said wearing it is not an obligation in the Koran.

Prominent Scots Muslim women have hit back saying it is up to women to decide how they dress.

Mustafa said: “I sincerely hope that Britain also introduces a ban similar to that in Austria. I know that many Muslim women here would benefit if the UK were to outlaw this peculiar and oppressive form of clothing. Sadly, it has wrongly become a symbol of Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“To hide the body in a tent-like gown and obscure facial features is as bizarre as it is cruel, especially when women are indoctrinated to falsely believe it is God who decrees such a shroud.

“The real reason has more to do with the fact that their men are insecure and harbour a deep distrust of their women.”

Robina Qureshi, director of refugee charity Positive Action in Housing, said: “What a woman wears is a woman's choice, that’s her business. So long as that is the case, who is anyone to say how anyone else should or should not dress.”

Mustafa also drew criticism from Glasgow Councillor Soryia Siddique, who chooses to wear a hijab – a headscarf worn by Muslim women which does not cover the face.

She said: “How people from any faith or none choose to dress is their own choice. Surely in the 21st century how women choose to dress is their inclusive freedom of choice? Men dictating or debating how women should, can or cannot dress can be viewed as oppressive…let women make their own choices, after all there is no compulsion in religion, according to Islam.”

Liaquat Ali of the Muslim Council of Scotland insisted women should be allowed to wear a veil “if they freely decide to do so”.

He said MCS recognises “there are different theological approaches…some consider this to be essential part of their faith, while others do not”.

Only one verse in Koran mentions women covering up, according to Mustafa

Paigham Mustafa argues the wearing of a face veil is not an obligation found in the Koran. He said there is only one verse in the Koran – in chapter 71:7 – that mentions people completely covering themselves, but he said they are “only those who want to hide and wish to avoid the truth”.

Mustafa said: “In Pakistani cities like Lahore and Karachi, prostitutes dress in burqas to ply their trade by the roadside, even in daylight hours – but only to avoid recognition.

“There is no clothing that can be termed as 'Islamic' or 'unIslamic'. The Koran does not promote any particular traditional or tribal clothing and allows freedom of dress in line with modesty for both for women and men.”

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Police say 4 people stabbed in Munich, assailant flees

AP | Oct 21, 2017

BERLIN: Police say a man with a knife has lightly wounded four people in Munich. Officers are looking for the assailant.

Munich police called on people in the RosenheimerPlatz area, located close to the German city's downtown, to stay inside after the incident on Saturday morning.

The perpetrator fled the scene. Police said he appeared to be about 40 years old and had a black bicycle, gray trousers, a green jacket and a backpack.

The police department said on Twitter that officers are looking for the assailant 'with all available police forces.'

It said the motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

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