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Selling a House to a Jew is a Betrayal of Allah: Fatwa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: In 2014, following reports that Palestinians had sold houses in Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood (pictured above) to Jews, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued an executive order that amended sections of the penal code related to real estate transactions, and increased punishments for selling land to "hostile countries" and their citizens. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Gilabrand)

 

What Is India’s Annual Zakat Collection? Depends On Who You Ask

Saudi-Affiliated Militia in Rivalry with SDF to Win ISIL-Controlled Regions in Syria

Indonesian VP says Trump's Muslim comments could spark retaliation

Muslim Cleric Stands Up Against Extremism in Bosnia

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Mideast

"Selling a House to a Jew is a Betrayal of Allah": Fatwa

Police Disperse LGBT Group in Istanbul over Banned Pride March

Israeli soldiers fire at Islamic Jihad military post near eastern Gaza

Turkey accused of holding back resettlement of refugees based on education level

MHP dissidents garner enough support for extraordinary convention

ISIL held test drive ahead of plot, prosecutor says

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India

What Is India’s Annual Zakat Collection? Depends On Who You Ask

Islamic State Module Wanted Maoists’ Support After Violent Acts, Are Inspired By Naxal Strategies

UP's RSS Schools Claim 30% Rise in Muslim Kids in 2 Yrs

39 Indians abducted by Islamic State in Iraq are alive: Sushma Swaraj

Yasin Malik detained in Batamaloo, stopped from meeting Geelani

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Arab World

Saudi-Affiliated Militia in Rivalry with SDF to Win ISIL-Controlled Regions in Syria

Turkey Should Now Hug Terrorists Fleeing from Lattakia

Terrorists Fail to Break through Gov't Strongholds Northwest of Hama

Algerian Special Forces Kill 8 Al-Qaeda Militants

ISIL Continues to Retreat from more Positions in Al-Tabaqa Region

ISIL Arms Depot Detonated by Army's Heavy Fire in Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army Targets Al-Nusra Command Center in Dara'a

Iraqi Army Opens 2nd Front to Win Back Mosul City From ISIL

Rouhani Calls on West to Seize Post-Sanctions Opportunity to Broaden Ties

Iran, Afghanistan Opt for Anti-Drug Cooperation

Official Assures Nation of Iranian Security Forces' Full Superiority over Terrorist Groups

Russian Soldier Dies in Syria after Preventing Car Bomb Attack on Aid Convoy

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian VP says Trump's Muslim comments could spark retaliation

Religious Tolerance Shown By Jazz at Jakarta Mosque

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Europe

Muslim Cleric Stands Up Against Extremism in Bosnia

Islamic School in UK Gives Students Anti-Daesh Classes

Vast majority of young British Muslims in favour of Remain

How Did Homosexuality Become So Offensive to the Muslim World?

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North America

Making America Great Doesn’t Mean Walls, Muslim Bans, Biden Says

South Korea Warns of Islamic State Threat against US Bases

America welcoming far more Muslim refugees than Christian refugees, ACLJ says

Donald Trump: Profiling Muslims is 'common sense'

Reality Check: What American Muslim Organizations Really Did For The LGBTQI Community

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South Asia

Sirajuddin Haqqani with Direct Support of ISI Involved In Afghanistan Violence: Dostum

33 Taliban Insurgents Killed In Air, Ground Raids of Afghan Forces: Mod

Bangladesh Clerics Issue Fatwa against Terror

12 Taliban insurgents killed in separate ambushes by Afghan police

8 feared dead, 40 wounded in Badakhshan suicide attack

NATO condemns deadly attacks in Kabul which left 14 dead, many more wounded

Canadian Embassy in Kabul confirms suicide attack on its security guards

Afghan MPs approve Stanikzai and Habibi as NDS Chief and Defense Minister

Afghan MP wounded in second blast in Kabul city

14 foreigners belonging to Nepal killed in Kabul suicide attack

Karzai says his return to power would be failure for democratic transition

Bangladesh: Key suspect in blogger Avijit Roy's murder 'killed in gunfight'

Fears raised as anti-Muslim monks open school

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Africa

Bad Boys Not Boko Haram: How the Media Misinterprets African Violence

Al-Shabab confirm death of Garissa attack leader

Algerian military kills 12 Islamist fighters over weekend

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Pakistan

Five Suspected Militants Killed In Balochistan's Awaran

Pak-Afghan delegations meet in Islamabad to discuss border tensions

NSG to take up Pakistan, India’s membership requests this week

Muttahida worker shot dead in Korangi

'We cannot fight Afghanistan's war on our soil'

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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"Selling a House to a Jew is a Betrayal of Allah": Fatwa

2016-06-19

The renewed campaign against Palestinians suspected of selling real estate to Jews is also part of the belief that the entire land is Muslim-owned, and no Muslim is entitled to give up even one inch of it to a non-Muslim. In other words, it is forbidden for a Muslim to sell his home or land to a Jew or Christian. This would be the nail in the coffin of any Palestinian leader who attempts to make any territorial compromise as part of a peace agreement with Israel.

This campaign has raised fears that Palestinians may resume extrajudicial executions of suspected land dealers.

"The land dealers should know that they would not be able to avoid earthly and life punishment. Not only will they not be buried in Islamic cemeteries, but their entire families will also be punished and it would be forbidden to marry or to deal in any way with their family members." — Palestinian National Work Commission in Jerusalem.

This campaign undermines Palestinians' long-standing claim that Jews "illegally seize" Arab-owned houses and land in Jerusalem. It seems that rather than illegal seizure, Jews have been paying willing Arabs cold hard cash for the properties.

A Palestinian Muslim who commits the "crime" of selling property to Jews should not expect to be buried in an Islamic cemetery. Marriage to local Palestinians will no longer be an option for this criminal's family members, and any weddings the family makes will have no guests attending.

Both the living and the dead, then, will pay the price for such "treason."

This is only a sampling of the punitive measures that will now be faced by Palestinian residents of Jerusalem who are involved in real estate transactions with Jews.

The latest measures were recently announced by a group of Palestinian activists in east Jerusalem, as part of a renewed campaign against Palestinians who are found guilty of selling a home or plot of land to a Jewish individual or organization.

The campaign, which has received the blessing of senior Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas officials, comes in the context of Palestinian efforts to thwart Israeli efforts to "Judaize" Jerusalem. It is also part of the belief that the entire land is Muslim-owned and no Muslim is entitled to give up even one inch of it to a non-Muslim. In other words, it is forbidden for a Muslim to sell his home or land to a Jew or Christian.

This campaign has raised fears that Palestinians may resume extrajudicial executions of suspected land dealers.

Although the activists behind the campaign did not openly call for the execution of Palestinians involved in real estate transactions with Jews, past experience shows that "suspects" are often kidnapped and killed by their own people.

Between 1996 and 1998, at least eight Palestinians suspected of selling property to Jews or serving as middlemen in such transactions were abducted and killed by Palestinian activists.

Palestinians consider the selling of homes or land to Jews an act of high treason. Palestinian Authority laws and Fatwas (Islamic religious decrees) prohibit Palestinians from selling land to "any man or judicial body corporation of Israeli citizenship, living in Israel or acting on its behalf."

In 2009, a Palestinian Authority court in Hebron sentenced Anwar Breghit, 59, to death for selling land to Israelis. While the sentence was never carried out, it achieved its aim: to deter others from engaging in similar transactions with Jews.

In 2014, PA President Mahmoud Abbas issued an executive order that amended sections of the penal code related to real estate transactions, and increased punishments for selling land to "hostile countries" and their citizens. Abbas's decision came following reports that Palestinians had sold houses in Jerusalem's Silwan neighbourhood to Jews.

Yet this sell-to-Jews-get-murdered equation is nothing new. In 1998, Amnesty International documented the pattern: "Torture of those accused of "collaboration" with Israel or selling land to Israelis appeared to be systematic," the report said.

"Unlawful killings, including possible extrajudicial executions, continued to occur. Three land dealers were found dead during May [1998] after [PA] Justice Minister Freih Abu Meddein, announced that the Palestinian Authority would begin applying a Jordanian law which provided for the death penalty for those accused of selling land to Jews."

Last week, a Palestinian group, the National Work Commission in Jerusalem, issued yet another warning to Palestinians suspected of involvement in real estate transactions with Jews. In a leaflet distributed in east Jerusalem, the group called for a religious, economic and social boycott of the suspected real estate dealers and their families.

"We call for additional measures to renounce and besiege the brokers and weak people among Palestinians in Jerusalem. We call for a total boycott of these people on all levels -- social and economic -- and to refrain from dealing with them in trade or purchases or sales or participating in their joys and sorrows and in any religious, national or cultural event. The land dealers should know that they would not be able to avoid earthly and life punishment. Not only will they not be buried in Islamic cemeteries, but their entire families will also be punished and it would be forbidden to marry or to deal in any way with their family members."

The group, which consists of scores of Palestinian political activists and prominent figures from east Jerusalem, also threatened to post photos and personal details of the land dealers on social media. In addition, the group called on Arab countries to ban the entry of any Palestinian found guilty of involvement in real estate transactions with Jews.

This threat came only days after several Palestinian families from the Old City of Jerusalem launched a similar campaign targeting Palestinians suspected of involvement in real estate deeds with Jews. The families signed what they called "The Document of the Jerusalem Pledge and Its Covenant," to prevent real estate transactions with Jews.

The document states that any Palestinian caught selling a house or land to Jews would be considered "out of the national ranks and a traitor to Allah and his Prophet." It too warned that those who defy the ban would be deprived of a prayer at a mosque upon his or her death and would not be buried in an Islamic cemetery. The families called on the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian factions and institutions to take all measures to "chase out the collaborators and those who cover up for them, and expose them and shame them regardless of their influence and status."

Mustafa Abu Zahra, a prominent Palestinian businessman from Jerusalem and one of the engineers of the document, called on the Palestinian Authority to "deter" anyone who thinks of selling of facilitating the sale of Arab-owned property to Jews.

Another Palestinian official, Najeh Bkeirat, who played a major role in the drafting of the document, claimed that Israel was seeking to "empty the Old City of Jerusalem from its native residents as it is already doing in Haifa, Jaffa and Acre."

The renewed campaign against Palestinians suspected of selling real estate to Jews would be the nail in the coffin of any Palestinian leader who attempts to make any territorial compromise as part of a peace agreement with Israel. The stakes are very, very high: betrayal of Allah and Prophet Mohammed are at issue.

"This document constitutes a message of warning to the Palestinian Authority and its negotiators that they must not give up one grain of the soil of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine," explained Palestinian columnist Ghassan Mustafa Al-Shami. "The document also represents a message to all the Palestinian national factions that they must take all the measures to pursue anyone who dares to think of selling Jerusalem and West Bank lands and houses, and that they should be put on trial for treason."

Finally, this campaign undermines Palestinians' long-standing claim that Jews "illegally seize" Arab-owned houses and land in Jerusalem. It seems that rather than illegal seizure, Jews have been paying willing Arabs cold hard cash for the properties. By endorsing such campaigns, the Palestinian Authority leadership is once again shooting itself not only in the foot, but also in the head.

gatestoneinstitute.org/8300/palestinians-homes-jews

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What Is India’s Annual Zakat Collection? Depends On Who You Ask

Jun 20, 2016

Zakat, or charity, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The amount is calculated as 2.5% of a family’s annual savings and the donation can be made in cash or kind any time of the year, but most contributions are made during the Ramzan— a period of fasting and prayers — because it is believed that the rewards of good deeds in this month are greater.

“People plan their annual calendar around Ramzan and it is convenient to donate during this month,” said Aamir Edresy of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), which channels donations to causes like education and employment.

In 2013, AMP collected about Rs2 Lakh from 40-odd donors; in 2015 donations grew more than 10-fold to Rs21 lakh from 250 donors. In the first 10 days of this Ramzan, the number of donors has already crossed 50, said Edresy. Nationally, too, Zakat collections have been growing and AMP estimates that Rs7,500 crores are collected every year in the country. Edresy thinks that donations could even be Rs40,000 crores.

There has been no recent study to calculate the money that is collected as Zakat across the country. Dr Rahmatullah of All-India Council of Muslim Economic Upliftment, tried to find an estimate eight years ago using government and independent statistics on per capita income and charity. He arrived at the figure of Rs10, 000 crores. “But keeping in view the increase in per capita income since then the contributions must have tripled. It is an estimate, but the amount could be Rs30, 000-Rs 40,000 crores,” said Rahmatullah. For a comparison, the annual budget of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the country’s richest, is about Rs 37,000 crores.

Siraj Hussain, former Indian Administrative Service officer, said that the figures are inflated. “If you see the per capita income of Muslim families in the NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) data and do a calculation, the estimate of charity is too high. There is no transparency because most transactions are in cash,” said Hussain. “The collection is poorly organised. The community is so poor that even if the donations are made by cheque the amount will be below the estimates.”

Rahmatullah said that the problem was not about transparency, but the way the charity is collected and distributed. “The system is such that there is no organised way to calculate how much money is collected. In fact there is a need for such a study; it is in the interest of Muslims,” said Rahmatullah.

While Rahmatullah said that not-for-profit groups should do research to arrive at a credible figure, Syed Zahid Ahmad, who was associated with All-India Council of Muslim Economic Upliftment, suggested that the government should set up bodies similar to the Wakf boards (a statutory body which administers Muslim religious trusts) to manage the funds. “There is mismanagement and donors and the agencies that collect charity do not reveal the true figures because there is a lot of black money.”

There is also no agreement on how the donations are being spent. Hussain said that a large part of the charity goes to religious institutions. “According to tradition, the first priority is the family; then the relatives. After these two categories, the donations go mostly to madrasas and mosques.”

Rahmatullah said this is changing. “Earlier people gave Zakat unmindful of what it is used for. There is a change in mindset now and people want to donate for education and healthcare. They think this will bring change in the Muslim community.”

Maulana Syed Moinuddin Ashraf, a spiritual leader from the city who is known as Moin Miya, said that the trend is to donate more for causes like education.

“I feel that medical help and education should get more importance. People know that if one person gets educated it helps the family. It is teaching people to fish, rather than distributing free fish.”

hindustantimes.com/mumbai/what-is-india-s-annual-zakat-collection-depends-on-who-you-ask/story-RDeEedvtOlwaAuBxo6mgaL.html

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Saudi-Affiliated Militia in Rivalry with SDF to Win ISIL-Controlled Regions in Syria

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Saudi-affiliated militia in Syria launched separate attacks on ISIL positions in the Eastern parts of Qalamoun after rejecting to join the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in campaign against ISIL in Aleppo and Raqqa.

The Ahmad al-Abdo, Jeish Aswad al-Sharqiya and Jeish Tahrir al-Sham militant groups launched a joint attack against the ISIL positions in Eastern Qalamoun to drive the ISIL towards Jabal al-Zaba'a and al-Mahasa regions in the Eastern parts of Homs.

Also, Aswad al-Sharqiya militias which are supported by Saudi Arabia and affiliated to Jeish al-Islam terrorist group targeted a number of New Syrian Army group's positions near the Jordanian borders which forced them to withdraw into Jordan. 

This is while the Saudi-backed militants have also rejected cooperation with the SDF in joint operations with the US against the ISIL in the Southern parts of Deir Ezzur.

It seems that the Saudi regime has ordered the militant groups affiliated to Riyadh to attack the ISIL positions in the Eastern parts of Qalamoun and desert areas to pressure the Syrian army units and prevent their operations in Syria Desert.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011. Damascus says Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are the main supporters of the militants fighting the government forces.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000613

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Indonesian VP says Trump's Muslim comments could spark retaliation

Mon Jun 20, 2016

Indonesia's vice president on Monday voiced concerns over U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments on Muslims, saying "discrimination according to religion" could prompt retaliatory policies from other countries.

Jusuf Kalla told Reuters in an interview that the government was "not happy with Trump's opinions" - the first critical remarks from a top official in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, which come as Trump called for more profiling in the U.S to battle crime.

"Any country, especially big countries, seen making policies about 'radicalism' or discrimination according to religion will be a bad issue," Kalla said in an interview with Reuters.

"There will be 'vice-versa' policies from other countries," he said, adding an impact would be felt on economy and trade.

Trump's inflammatory remarks on Muslims, including wanting to temporarily ban them from entering the United States, on foreign policy and on international trade ties have raised concerns in some Asian countries over a potentially "isolationist" United States.

In Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy, politicians and lawmakers are already thinking about restricting U.S. trade and investment if Trump becomes president. An online petition, urging a ban on the billionaire and his businesses from the country, has received nearly 47,000 signatures.

The real estate developer also has partnerships to operate luxury resorts on Bali and in Java, which Indonesian officials have said could be threatened by his rhetoric.

Trump Hotel Collection last year announced a partnership with Indonesia's PT Media Nusantara Citra to manage new luxury hotels on Bali and in West Java, the Trump unit's first foray into Asia.

"Of course there will be an impact, not for Indonesia, but for his business," Kalla said, when asked about Trump's involvement in the resorts.

But the Indonesian government was in wait-and-see mode, Kalla said, adding Trump's comments could be seen as posturing as part of his presidential campaign.

"We still see this as campaign strategy. Campaigning is one thing and realization is another thing," he said.

reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-trump-idUSKCN0Z60MM

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Mideast

"Selling a House to a Jew is a Betrayal of Allah": Fatwa

2016-06-19

The renewed campaign against Palestinians suspected of selling real estate to Jews is also part of the belief that the entire land is Muslim-owned, and no Muslim is entitled to give up even one inch of it to a non-Muslim. In other words, it is forbidden for a Muslim to sell his home or land to a Jew or Christian. This would be the nail in the coffin of any Palestinian leader who attempts to make any territorial compromise as part of a peace agreement with Israel.

This campaign has raised fears that Palestinians may resume extrajudicial executions of suspected land dealers.

Full report at: gatestoneinstitute.org/8300/palestinians-homes-jews

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Police disperse LGBT group in Istanbul over banned pride march

Mon Jun 20, 2016

Police dispersed a group of around 50 people who wanted to stage a LGBT Trans Pride March on the afternoon of June 19 in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, despite a ban on the march announced by the Istanbul Governor’s Office.

Demonstrators blowing whistles and holding placards gathered on side streets of the Beyoğlu district to march toward Taksim Square, where a huge police presence was blocking entry.

Riot police used teargas to disperse the participants as they attempted to march toward the square.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/police-disperse-lgbt-group-in-istanbul-over-banned-pride-march.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100666&NewsCatID=339

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Israeli soldiers fire at Islamic Jihad military post near eastern Gaza

2016-06-19

GAZA/RAMALLAH, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Israeli soldiers stationed on the borderline area between Israel and eastern Gaza Strip opened fire on Sunday at an Islamic Jihad military lookout post near the borders, the group said.

The group's armed wing, known as al-Quds Battalion, said on its website that the Israeli soldiers had suddenly opened fire at one of its lookout posts east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip without warning.

It said no injuries were reported and several Islamic Jihad militants were at the lookout post pulled back peacefully and didn't respond to the source of fire. There was no immediate Israeli army comment to the shooting incident.

Full report at: news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-06/19/c_135448955.htm

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MHP dissidents garner enough support for extraordinary convention

Mon Jun 20, 2016

Dissidents in the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) managed to make substantial changes to the party’s internal regulations through an extraordinary convention in Ankara on June 19, marking an important milestone in their months-long legal fight to topple long-time party chair Devlet Bahçeli.

The Trustee Board charged with holding the convention upon a court decision announced the official opening of the meeting after registering the presence of 752 out of 1,187 delegates, over the required 594, at the convention hall on June 19.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/mhp-dissidents-garner-enough-support-for-extraordinary-convention.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100665&NewsCatID=338

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ISIL held test drive ahead of plot, prosecutor says

Mon Jun 20, 2016

Two suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) members carried out a test drive with a panel van that was planned to be used for a future attack some four days before a raid on a cell house, which led to the death of seven ISIL militants in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Oct. 26, 2015, a prosecutor has said in a letter to a court.

In the Jan. 18 letter written as part of a probe launched into an ISIL plot in the city, the prosecutor said that now arrested suspects Cafer Erdem and Baran Yalçın on Oct. 22, 2015, conducted a test drive with the vehicle, which was purchased to be loaded with explosives and then exploded in an attack.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/isil-held-test-drive-ahead-of-plot-prosecutor-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100655&NewsCatID=509

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India

What Is India’s Annual Zakat Collection? Depends On Who You Ask

Jun 20, 2016

Zakat, or charity, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The amount is calculated as 2.5% of a family’s annual savings and the donation can be made in cash or kind any time of the year, but most contributions are made during the Ramzan— a period of fasting and prayers — because it is believed that the rewards of good deeds in this month are greater.

“People plan their annual calendar around Ramzan and it is convenient to donate during this month,” said Aamir Edresy of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), which channels donations to causes like education and employment.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/mumbai/what-is-india-s-annual-zakat-collection-depends-on-who-you-ask/story-RDeEedvtOlwaAuBxo6mgaL.html

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Islamic State Module Wanted Maoists’ Support After Violent Acts, Are Inspired By Naxal Strategies

Jun 20, 2016

NEW DELHI: An Islamic State (IS) inspired nationwide module in India tried to contact Maoists for "seeking shelter" after carrying out "violent acts" that it was planning across the country, interrogations have revealed after 25 youths were arrested. The suspects said they were also trying to obtain arms and ammunition with the help of Maoists, officials .

One of the arrested suspects, Mohammad Azhar, told the investigators that he made two failed attempts to contact Maoists in 2015. A native of Bhopal, Azhar was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in February this year. He is suspected to be part of Junood-al-Khalifa-e-Hind, set up by Syria-based Shafi Armar, who has pledged allegiance to ISIS chief Abu-Bakr-al Baghdadi.

Full report at: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/islamic-state-module-wanted-maoists-support-after-violent-acts-are-inspired-by-naxal-strategies/articleshow/52825733.cms

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UP's RSS schools claim 30% rise in Muslim kids in 2 yrs

Jun 20, 2016

ALLAHABAD: About 7,000 Muslim students are studying in 1,200 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) schools across Uttar Pradesh, an increase of 30% in the last two years after a BJP-led government came to power at the Centre, the right-wing outfit has said. RSS, known for its Hindutva ideology, said these students were following all rules like reciting `slokas` and `bhojan mantras', and were doing very well in studies and sports.Most of these students are enrolled in rural areas.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UPs-RSS-schools-claim-30-rise-in-Muslim-kids-in-2-yrs/articleshow/52825720.cms

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39 Indians abducted by Islamic State in Iraq are alive: Sushma Swaraj

Jun 20, 2016

New Delhi: The 39 Indians, kidnapped by the dreaded Islamic State in Iraq in June 2014, are still alive, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, dismissing reports about their killing and insisting that efforts to trace them are on.

In her annual press conference, Swaraj said the government was was trying its best to ensure safe release of Judith D'Souza, an aid worker and resident of Kolkata, who was abducted by suspected militants in Kabul on 9 June.

Full report at: firstpost.com/world/39-indians-abducted-by-islamic-state-in-iraq-are-alive-sushma-swaraj-2844354.html?utm_source=FP_CAT_LATEST_NEWS

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Yasin Malik detained in Batamaloo, stopped from meeting Geelani

June 20, 2016

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) : Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front ( JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik was on Monday detained by the police in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.

The arrest took place when he was on his way to meet Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

As per reports, Malik was scheduled to take part in a joint meeting of resistance groups at the Hurriyat (G) chairman’s residence.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/yasin-malik-detained-batamaloo-stopped-meeting-geelani-975163/

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Arab World

Saudi-Affiliated Militia in Rivalry with SDF to Win ISIL-Controlled Regions in Syria

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Saudi-affiliated militia in Syria launched separate attacks on ISIL positions in the Eastern parts of Qalamoun after rejecting to join the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in campaign against ISIL in Aleppo and Raqqa.

The Ahmad al-Abdo, Jeish Aswad al-Sharqiya and Jeish Tahrir al-Sham militant groups launched a joint attack against the ISIL positions in Eastern Qalamoun to drive the ISIL towards Jabal al-Zaba'a and al-Mahasa regions in the Eastern parts of Homs.

Also, Aswad al-Sharqiya militias which are supported by Saudi Arabia and affiliated to Jeish al-Islam terrorist group targeted a number of New Syrian Army group's positions near the Jordanian borders which forced them to withdraw into Jordan. 

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000613

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Turkey Should Now Hug Terrorists Fleeing from Lattakia

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and resistance forces' successful operations in the Northern parts of Lattakia will cleanse the last remaining villages from the terrorists and they are now forced to escape the region towards Turkey, a potential clock bomb for Ankara.

Field developments in Lattakia province have entered a new stage in recent weeks and the Syrian army and popular forces are trying to open their way towards Idlib province in addition to their liberation operations in Lattakia's bordering areas with Turkey.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000671

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Terrorists Fail to Break through Gov't Strongholds Northwest of Hama

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian soldiers repelled Jeish al-Izza's offensive in Northwestern Hama, killing and wounding scores of the terrorists.

The Syrian army men beat back the Takfiri terrorists who stormed the government forces' positions near the village of al-Zalaqiyat 30 kilometers to the Northwest of Hama.

Tens of the terrorists were killed or wounded and their military equipment and vehicles were destroyed in the failed attack.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000573

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Algerian Special Forces Kill 8 Al-Qaeda Militants

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Algerian security forces carried out a special operation, during which they killed eight members of an al-Qaeda splinter group in the mountainous Medea province, the country's defense ministry said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000669

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ISIL Continues to Retreat from more Positions in Al-Tabaqa Region

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops' anti-terrorism offensives in Western Raqqa inflicted major losses on the ISIL and forced the terrorist group to pull forces back from two more key regions.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000500

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ISIL Arms Depot Detonated by Army's Heavy Fire in Deir Ezzur

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army's artillery and missile units shelled ISIL's base in the Southwestern side of Deir Ezzur city, hitting the Takfiri terrorist group's large depot of arms and ammunition, military sources said.

"The ISIL base's arms depot near Panorama was badly attacked by the Syrian artillery and missile," the sources said, adding, "The depot was completely destroyed and several guards of the base were also killed in the attacks.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000427

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Syrian Army Targets Al-Nusra Command Center in Dara'a

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A command center of al-Nusra Front in the Southern districts of Dara'a city came under attack by the Syrian military forces, city sources said Monday, adding that several militants were killed in the attack.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000606

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Iraqi Army Opens 2nd Front to Win Back Mosul City From ISIL

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi forces opened a second front to seize back the city of Mosul in Nineveh province from the Takfiri terrorists.

The Iraqi joint forces started their fresh operations in Mosul to capture an airbase in the area which serves as a prelude to the liberation of the Mosul city.

Meantime, the Iraqi forces seized back two strategic villages to the West of Baiji after advancing 20 kilometers deep in the area.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000595

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Rouhani Calls on West to Seize Post-Sanctions Opportunity to Broaden Ties

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has provided a good opportunity for the western countries to invest in Iran.

"Those who were opposed to Iran's peaceful nuclear program are now buying Iran's heavy water products and are engaged in nuclear trade with Iran," President Rouhani said in a meeting with a group of Iranian athletes in Tehran on Sunday night.

The Iranian president said that the country's diplomats like great champions persuaded other parties to accept Iran's right to enrichment.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000559

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Iran, Afghanistan Opt for Anti-Drug Cooperation

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Afghan officials underlined the need for cooperation in fighting drug trafficking.

Iran's Drug Control Headquarters Official Mahmoud Reza Pourmansour and Afghanistan's Anti-Narcotics Minister Salamat Azimi in a meeting in Kabul on Sunday explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties in fighting drug trafficking.

The Afghan minister also lauded Iran for its contribution to equipping the Kabul rehabilitation camps boosting cooperation in the field of fighting narcotics.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000479

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Official Assures Nation of Iranian Security Forces' Full Superiority over Terrorist Groups

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Judiciary official underlined the capability of Iranian intelligence and security officials to foil any terrorist plots in any part of the country.

"The moves of grouplets operating against the Islamic Republic and the Revolution are fully controlled by the law enforcement, intelligence, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and security officials," Sistan and Balouchestan province's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Hamidi told reporters in Zahedan on Monday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000426

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Russian Soldier Dies in Syria after Preventing Car Bomb Attack on Aid Convoy

Mon Jun 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Russian soldier died in Syria as he prevented a car packed with explosives from reaching the humanitarian aid distribution point in Homs province, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“Sergeant Andrey Timoshenkov, who was escorting a humanitarian convoy of the Russian Reconciliation Center, has stopped a car rigged with explosives by opening fire at it with small arms. Andrey received injuries incompatible with life in the explosion of the vehicle driven by a suicide bomber,” the ministry said, RT reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000417

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian VP says Trump's Muslim comments could spark retaliation

Mon Jun 20, 2016

Indonesia's vice president on Monday voiced concerns over U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments on Muslims, saying "discrimination according to religion" could prompt retaliatory policies from other countries.

Jusuf Kalla told Reuters in an interview that the government was "not happy with Trump's opinions" - the first critical remarks from a top official in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, which come as Trump called for more profiling in the U.S to battle crime.

"Any country, especially big countries, seen making policies about 'radicalism' or discrimination according to religion will be a bad issue," Kalla said in an interview with Reuters.

Full report at: reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-trump-idUSKCN0Z60MM

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Religious tolerance shown by jazz at Jakarta mosque

Jun 20, 2016

JAKARTA: Prominent jazz musicians take part in the annual jazz festival held at a mosque to show their support to religious tolerance.

Most of the time, mosques are seen as places restricted only for Muslims to pray and carry out other religious activities.

However, this view was rearranged somewhat last Friday by youngsters who came to Ramadhan Jazz 2016 at the Cut Meutia Mosque in Cikini, central Jakarta. Twenty-three-year-old Hanindya Bodhi Wijaya, for example, came away with a different perspective.

The Buddhist animator visited the courtyard of the Cut Meutia Mosque on Friday evening to witness its annual Jazz festival, which was held from Friday to Saturday by Cut Meutia Mosque’s Islamic Youth (RICMA) teaming up with jazz portal wartajazz.com.

Full report at: thestar.com.my/news/regional/2016/06/20/religious-tolerance-shown-by-jazz-at-jakarta-mosque/

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Europe

Muslim cleric stands up against extremism in Bosnia

20th Jun 2016

Imam Suleiman inspires the members of his Sarajevo congregation. He speaks to their hearts with his open nature - and warns against all forms of extremism. Daniel Heinrich visited him in Bosnia.

The "Bijela dzamija," or "White Mosque," in the old part of Sarajevo, is full. Hundreds of people are crowding into the grounds of this place of worship. Men sit to the left of the entrance, women to the right. Between them, the shoes of the faithful are piled high. Inside, Imam Suleiman (pictured above) gives his all: the message of his Quran exegesis is broadcast into the mosque's courtyard via loudspeakers.

Full report at: dw.com/en/muslim-cleric-stands-up-against-extremism-in-bosnia/a-19341985

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Islamic school in UK gives students anti-Daesh classes

June 20, 2016

An Islamic school in Britain is holding classes for students as young as 11 years old in order to help them recognise violent propaganda to prevent militants from grooming them online.

More than 600 students aged between 11 and 16 attend the Al Hira Educational and Cultural Centre in Luton, Bedfordshire, each week for weekend and evening classes on the Holy Quran and anti-Daesh for the last eight months, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

Full report at: khaleejtimes.com/international/europe/islamic-school-in-britian-gives-students-anti-daesh-classes

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Vast majority of young British Muslims in favour of Remain

20th Jun 2016

It’s mid-afternoon in the London suburb of Bethnal Green and the local market is in full swing.

Along the Whitechapel Road, hundreds of people, mostly from the Muslim community, are buying wares from stalls lined up along the busy artery into central London.

Snatches of Arabic and Hindi mingle with heavily accented English as shoppers stock up on the array of fresh produce on display. With most of the people here observing Ramadan, many are preparing for the late evening meal that will bring the day of fasting to a close.

With Muslims representing approximately 5 per cent of the British population, campaigners on both sides of the referendum campaign are eyeing the Muslim vote.

Full report at: irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/vast-majority-of-young-british-muslims-in-favour-of-remain-1.2691309

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How Did Homosexuality Become So Offensive to the Muslim World?

Jun 19, 2016

In the 1820s, Egyptian scholar Rifaa al-Tahtawi visited Paris and remained there for several years. After his journey, he wrote about the lifestyle of the French, and the Europeans in general.

An important Islamic scholar, Tahtawi reported on the patriotism of the French and their recreational and eating habits. He devoted special attention to a surprising fact: European men love only women.

Full report at: haaretz.com/world-news/americas/.premium-1.725679

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North America

Making America Great Doesn’t Mean Walls, Muslim Bans, Biden Says

JUNE 19, 2016

Taking aim at some of Republican Donald Trump’s highest-profile campaign promises, Vice President Joe Biden called on the U.S. to avoid pulling back from the world and to uphold national values of inclusion and tolerance.

In a speech to be delivered Monday at the Center for a New American Security’s annual conference in Washington, Biden urged the country to refrain from building walls, alienating Muslims, and adopting an “us versus them” attitude.

“We are at an inflection point -- the choices we make today will direct the future of our world,” Biden said.

Full report at: bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-20/making-america-great-doesn-t-mean-walls-muslim-bans-biden-says

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South Korea Warns of Islamic State Threat Against US Bases

June 20, 2016

South Korea is taking increased security measures to prevent a potential attack from the Islamic State (IS), after the country's intelligence agency warned that the terrorist group may be targeting both U.S. military installations and civilians on the Korean peninsula.   

The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) Sunday said that IS released a list of potential terrorist targets that include the locations of 77 Air Force installations belonging to the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 21 countries, and also important individuals associated with them.

Full report at: voanews.com/content/south-korea-warns-of-islamic-state-threat-against-us-military-bases/3383500.html

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America welcoming far more Muslim refugees than Christian refugees, ACLJ says

June 20, 2016

The number of Muslim refugees being processed in the U.S. far surpasses that of Christian refugees, according to an organization that promotes and protects religious freedom.

The American Center for Law and Justice said in a recent report that since the beginning of the year, the U.S. has processed 11,086 Muslim refugees from Iraq and 5,345 Muslim refugees from Syria. On the other hand, only 433 Christian refugees from Iraq and 28 Christian refugees from Syria have been processed.

Full report at: christiantimes.com/article/us-welcomes-far-more-muslim-refugees-than-christian-refugees-aclj-says/57353.htm

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Donald Trump: Profiling Muslims is 'common sense'

Jun 20, 2016

The United States should consider profiling Muslim Americans as part of a counter-terrorism strategy, Donald Trump said Sunday.

In a telephone interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the presumptive Republican nominee said it was a “common-sense” approach already in use in other nations and one that should be considered here despite even his own reservations.

“I hate the concept of profiling. But we have to start using common sense, and we have to use our heads,” he said.

Full report at: latimes.com/politics/la-na-trailguide-donald-trump-profiling-muslims-is-1466356415-htmlstory.html

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Reality Check: What American Muslim Organizations Really Did For The LGBTQI Community

JUNE 19, 2016

Dear Yasir Qadhi, Hamza Yusuf, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and fellow homophobic Muslim religious leaders of America.

The interview on CNN with Hussam Ayloush (CAIR-LA) and Nihad Awad (National E.D. CAIR) claiming to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBTQI community is exemplary of your double speak.

Evidence #1: Prop 2008, Marriage Equality act in CA. I remember the Shura Council, an umbrella organization of 26+ mosques in Southern California, posted their opposition on Prop 8, urging members of their congregation to vote against it. It was only with backroom diplomacy with progressive churches and synagogues who argued that discriminating against LGBT people is unacceptable given that they have been in partnership with the very same mosques for Muslim rights in America, that official stance was taken off the website.

Full report at: huffingtonpost.com/entry/reality-check-what-americ_b_10535984.html?section=india

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South Asia

Sirajuddin Haqqani with direct support of ISI involved in Afghanistan violence: Dostum

Mon Jun 20 2016

Gen. DostumThe First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has said Sirajuddin Haqqani is a key player in the ongoing violence in Afghanistan with the direct support of Pakistani military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

During a meeting with the Afghan armed forces late on Saturday night, Dostum said ISI has been continuously attempting to destabilize Afghanistan and conduct terrorist attacks with the help of Haqqani terrorist network.

Full report at: khaama.com/sirajuddin-haqqani-with-direct-support-of-isi-involved-in-afghanistan-violence-dostum-01310

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33 Taliban insurgents killed in air, ground raids of Afghan forces: MoD

Mon Jun 20 2016

Afghan-Air-Force-gunnerAt least 33 Taliban insurgents were killed in the latest counterterrorism operations conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were conducted with the support of the Afghan Air Force and artillery units of the Afghan army.

Full report at: khaama.com/33-taliban-insurgents-killed-in-air-ground-raids-of-afghan-forces-mod-01305

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Bangladesh clerics issue fatwa against terror

Jun 20, 2016

DHAKA: More than 100,000 Islamic scholars in Bangladesh have issued a fatwa, declaring militancy and terrorism in the name of Islam as “haram” while voicing their concern over a wave of brutal slayings of Hindus and secular writers by Islamists in the Muslim-majority country.

Maulana Farid Uddin Masud, the chairman of Islamic scholars’ organisation Bangladesh Jamiyatul Ulama, pronounced the fatwa or ruling on a point of Islamic law at a press conference in Dhaka.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/world-newspaper/bangladesh-clerics-issue-fatwa-against-terror/story-UT3b2xF8X49eA9FaDH688I.html

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12 Taliban insurgents killed in separate ambushes by Afghan police

Mon Jun 20 2016

militants-killed-in-Kunar-clash_censoredAt least 12 Taliban insurgents were killed in separate ambushes of the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

According to a statement by MoI “Eight armed Taliban were killed in an ambush of the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army in Sayed Abad village, Nad Ali District of southern Helmand province, yesterday morning.”

Full report at: khaama.com/12-taliban-insurgents-killed-in-separate-ambushes-by-afghan-police-01308

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8 feared dead, 40 wounded in Badakhshan suicide attack

Mon Jun 20 2016

At least 8 people are feared dead and around 40 others have been wounded in an explosion in northeastern Badakhshan province.

The incident took place earlier today in Keshm district after a suicide bomber detonated a motorcycle packed with explosives in a market place.

According to reports, a numbe of the children are also among those killed or wounded and several have been damaged.

Full report at: khaama.com/8-feared-dead-40-wounded-in-badakhshan-suicide-attack-01304

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NATO condemns deadly attacks in Kabul which left 14 dead, many more wounded

Mon Jun 20 2016

NATO Resolute SupportThe NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan condemned a series of attacks in captial Kabul today which left at least 14 dead and many more wounded.

“Resolute Support strongly condemns today’s Improvised Explosive Device attacks in Kabul that have killed several civilians and injured many more,” a statement by RS said.

“The Taliban’s actions repeatedly harm civilians in an effort to undermine the Government of Afghanistan’s efforts to provide peace,” said Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff, Communication.

Full report at: khaama.com/nato-condemns-deadly-attacks-in-kabul-which-left-14-dead-many-more-wounded-01309

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Canadian Embassy in Kabul confirms suicide attack on its security guards

Mon Jun 20 2016

suicide attack in KabulThe Canadian Embassy in Kabul confirmed that the security guards of the Embassy were targeted by a suicide bomber in Kabul today.

“The Embassy of Canada confirms that the cowardly attack targeted the security company of the Embassy. We offer condolences to the families of victims,” the Embassy said.

At least 14 Nepalese guards were killed after a suicide bomber targeted a mini bus in the 9th police district of the city around 6:00 am today.

Full report at: khaama.com/canadian-embassy-in-kabul-confirms-suicide-attack-on-its-security-guards-01307

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Afghan MPs approve Stanikzai and Habibi as NDS Chief and Defense Minister

Mon Jun 20 2016

NDS and MoD nominees introducedThe Afghan parliament approved Masoom Stanikzai as the Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief.

The lawmakers also approved Abdullah Khan Habibi as the Minister of Defense during a voting process.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-mps-approve-stanikzai-and-habibi-as-nds-and-defense-minister-01306

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Afghan MP wounded in second blast in Kabul city

Mon Jun 20 2016

Afghan-police-respond-to-Kabul-attack-via-AFPAn Afghan lawmaker was injured in the second blast which took place in Kabul city hours after a suicide blast left at least 14 dead.

A security official said the incident took place after a magnetic bomb planted in the vehicle of MP Ataullah Faizani was detonated in Chel Siton area.

The official further added that five others were also wounded in the blast and the health condition of two of them has been reported critical.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-mp-wounded-in-second-blast-in-kabul-city-01303

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14 foreigners belonging to Nepal killed in Kabul suicide attack

Mon Jun 20 2016

At least 14 foreigners belonging to Nepal were killed in a suicide attack in capital Kabul earlier today, security officials said.

The officials further added that the incident took place in the 9th police district of the city, leaving at least 5 others injured, including four Afghans.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, earlier said at least 14 people were killed and 8 others were wounded in the attack.

Full report at: khaama.com/14-foreigners-killed-in-kabul-suicide-attack-01302

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Karzai says his return to power would be failure for democratic transition

Sun Jun 19 2016

KarzaiThe former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said his return to power could be failure for democratic transition in the country.

In an interview with the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the former President said “a return to power for himself would be a failure for Afghanistan’s democratic transition.

He ws commenting regarding his hopes for his successor Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who took the office as the new Afghan President in September 2014.

Full report at: khaama.com/karzai-says-his-return-to-power-would-be-failure-for-democratic-transition-01301

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Bangladesh: Key suspect in blogger Avijit Roy's murder 'killed in gunfight'

June 20, 2016

One of the key suspects in the hacking murder of Bangladesh-born American blogger and writer Avijit Roy has been killed in a gunfight, Bangladesh police said.

"Shariful is dead in a gunfight with police on early Sunday in Dhaka," said Abdul Baten, joint commissioner of the detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, at a press briefing Sunday.

At the police briefing Sunday, Baten said: "They were three on a motorbike... as police chased the motorbike they opened fire on police and Shariful was dead in police's counter attack, but two others managed to escape."

Full report at: edition.cnn.com/2016/06/20/asia/bangladesh-avijit-roy-suspect-killed/

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Fears raised as anti-Muslim monks open school

June 20, 2016

For hundreds of years, monks have provided a valuable service to Myanmar's poor, with the country's monastic education schools granting those from underprivileged families of all religions an education they would normally be unable to afford.

However observers are concerned that a new school opened by a firebrand group of nationalist monks may be used to encourage hatred of other religions, such as Islam, rather than a straightforward adherence to Buddhism.

Full report at: aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/myanmar-fears-raised-as-anti-muslim-monks-open-school/594447

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Africa

Bad boys not Boko Haram: how the media misinterprets African violence

20th Jun 2016

For the past six years, the city of Zinder in Niger has been gripped by American-inspired gang violence, phenomenon international researchers and local journalists have struggled to understand.

The street violence is popularly referred to as the Yan palais. In the local Hausa dialect, “palais” is a word for young people who mimic the clothes, drugs, music and sexualised culture of their western counterparts.

Full report at: theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/20/bad-boys-not-boko-haram-how-the-media-misinterprets-african-violence

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Al-Shabab confirm death of Garissa attack leader

20th Jun 2016

The Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab militant group has acknowledged the death of the man who orchestrated the April 2015 attack on Kenya’s Garissa University College, which killed 148 people.

An obituary released by the terror group confirmed that Mohamed Mohamud Ali, aka Dulyadin, was killed by Somali security forces.

Full report at: aa.com.tr/en/africa/kenya-al-shabab-confirm-death-of-garissa-attack-leader/594465

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Algerian military kills 12 Islamist fighters over weekend

20th Jun 2016

ALGIERS, Algeria — The Algerian military says it has killed 12 armed Islamist fighters and captured four others during a weekend offensive against extremists.

The Defense Ministry said that eight of the fighters were killed Sunday in Medea province, some 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Algiers.

Full report at: washingtonpost.com/world/africa/algerian-military-kills-12-islamist-fighters-over-weekend/2016/06/19/72003dc4-3631-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

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Pakistan

Five suspected militants killed in Balochistan's Awaran

June 20, 2016

QUETTA: Five suspected militants were killed in Balochistan’s Awaran district on Sunday evening.

A security official, not authorised to speak publicly, said security forces conducted an operation against the militants in the Mashkay area of Awaran.

“Five miscreants belonging to a banned militant organisation were killed during the exchange of fire,” said the security official.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1265877/five-suspected-militants-killed-in-balochistans-awaran

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Pak-Afghan delegations meet in Islamabad to discuss border tensions

June 20, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Afghan delegations met on Monday in the first senior-level talks aimed at reducing tensions at the Torkham border crossing along the Pak-Afghan border.

"A six-member Afghan delegation is being led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai," Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said, adding that the Pakistani side was being led by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.

"Afghan delegation warmly received. Talks started in a cordial atmosphere," Zakaria said.

Both sides are to review all aspects of border issues and will evolve a mechanism for better border management.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1266051/pak-afghan-delegations-meet-in-islamabad-to-discuss-border-tensions

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NSG to take up Pakistan, India’s membership requests this week

June 20, 2016

WASHINGTON: The Nuclear Sup­pliers Group’s 2016 annual plenary, which begins in Seoul on Monday, is expected to have a far-reaching impact on South Asia’s future.

During its session, the NSG would take up membership requests from both India and Pakistan on June 23-24.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1266036/nsg-to-take-up-pakistan-indias-membership-requests-this-week

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Muttahida worker shot dead in Korangi

June 20, 2016

KARACHI: A senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement worker was shot dead in Korangi in the early hours of Sunday morning, Zaman Town police and party officials said.

Zaman Town SHO Shah Jehan Lashari said Sohail Rasheed, 30, was attacked near his home in Naeemabad in Korangi 3 ½.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1265887/muttahida-worker-shot-dead-in-korangi

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'We cannot fight Afghanistan's war on our soil'

June 20, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said the United States wants Pakistan to act against the Afghan Taliban but "Pakistan cannot fight Afghanistan's war on its own soil".

In an interview with the state-owned Pakistan Television (PTV), Aziz maintained that US authorities have the "misconception" that Pakistan is backing certain Taliban groups or the Haqqani network, while in reality Pakistan has effectively demolished their whole infrastructure during Operation Zarb-i-Azb.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1265872/we-cannot-fight-afghanistans-war-on-our-soil

 

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