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Senegal Clamps Down on Quranic Schools That Exploit Children

















Muslim women carrying their children dressed up as Lord Krishna and Radha for a program on the eve of Krishna Janmashtami festival in Chennai on Wednesday. PTI

 

Madrasas in West Bengal Integrate Theocracy and Technology to Check High Dropouts

Pakistan Rangers Announce Rs 5 Million Head Money for Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Chief

Dutch Far-Right Party Says It Will Close Mosques and Ban the Quran

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Africa

Senegal Clamps Down on Quranic Schools That Exploit Children

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, Son' Of Boko Haram's Founder Named Jihadi Head

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India

Madrasas in West Bengal Integrate Theocracy and Technology to Check High Dropouts

Krishna is the Heart of India: A Muslim’s Ode on Janmashtami

Hyderabad Techie Pioneers App to Commemorate Muslim Freedom Fighters

In late night letter to Pakistan, India says it will only talk terror

NIA rejects ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed’s claim, says fabricated

Compulsory Surya Namaskar in Mumbai Schools ‘a Ploy to Saffronise Education’

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Pakistan

Pakistan Rangers Announce Rs 5 Million Head Money for Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Chief

No ‘Technical Traces’ About Varsity Attack Found, Kabul Told

Gen Zamir made defence secretary as govt backs military’s nominee

No guarantee army will be available for census next year either

Punjab police conducted 60,000 search operations in two years

‘Poor are born to serve the rich’: PML-N Senator

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Europe

Dutch Far-Right Party Says It Will Close Mosques and Ban the Quran

Looted Art Helps Fund Jihadists in Europe

To fight terrorism, tackle militants’ ideology

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Mideast

Smashing ISIS A ‘Strategic Mistake,’ Says Israeli Think Tank Chief

11 Police Officers Killed, 78 Wounded In PKK Bomb Attack in Turkey's Southeast

Turkish PM declares 'total war' against terrorism after Cizre attack

Turkey protects its children, Hürriyet ad tells Austrians

Turkish army says it shows utmost care for civilians during Syria operation

Turkish journalist faces detention after ‘praising’ armed attack on opposition leader

Turkey, Russia military talks postponed upon Moscow’s call

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Southeast Asia

Indonesia's Most-Wanted Awakens New Generation of Jihadis

Indonesia Religious Discrimination Harms Education Rights

Lombok Becomes More Popular as Halal Tourism Destination

Majority of Malaysian Youths Say They Are ‘Not Interested’ In Volunteerism, Time To Change This Mindset

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Arab World

Syrian Army Intensifies Attacks on Jeish Al-Fatah Terrorists in Aleppo

Russian Fighter Jets Strike Militants' Gathering in Northern Lattakia

Militants Surrender in Darayya Frees up Syrian Army’s Elite Forces to Other Fronts

China to Host Syrian Troops for 'Humanitarian' Training

Darayya Militant Groups Officially Accept Surrender Agreement

Turkey Plan for Syria Incursion in Works for over 2 Years

Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Syrian Airstrikes in Homs Province

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South Asia

US Vows Support in Kabul Attack Probe As Kabul Says Culprits Based In Pakistan

Ghani Asks Raheel Sharif to Act against Culprits of Kabul Attack

Afghanistan receives 4 new light attack helicopters from US

Attack on university in Kabul orchestrated from Pakistan, says Afghanistan government

Pakistan-Afghanistan friendship border remains shut for seventh day

Plan to rebuild Bangladesh’s image in JATA expo after terror attack

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North America

Clinton Compares Trump's Proposed Muslim Ban to ISIS' Religious Test

The Religious Opinions of Muslim Americans

Child Terrorists on NCIS: Los Angeles

How the U.S. Nurtures Jihadists on Its Own Soil

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Senegal Clamps Down on Quranic Schools That Exploit Children

AUG. 26, 2016

DAKAR, Senegal — Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging.

The boy was sent to this West African country by his family in neighboring Guinea to study the Quran at one of the capital's 1,600 Islamic schools, known as daaras. He is among thousands of students, or talibes, sent out by teachers to beg for money and food. Some schools have been accused of keeping the children in unsafe living conditions and abusing them.

"I want to return to my family," Boubacar said at a transit center for street children.

More than 500 such children have been taken from Dakar's streets in the past two months. President Macky Sall announced the crackdown in June and said the government will prosecute, fine and jail parents or Quranic teachers, known as marabouts, who are found guilty of abuses.

"A child's place is not in the streets ... the children have rights to learn, and to be in good health," said Maimouna Balde, the director of Centre Ginddi, the main government transit center. On a hot summer day, dozens of children played games in a room and watched TV as authorities worked to find their families.

Senegal has staged these crackdowns before. Because of resistance from some marabouts and a lack of prosecutions, the abuses have continued and unfit schools remain open.

At least five children living in daaras died in the first half of this year from beatings or traffic accidents while begging, according to Human Rights Watch. Dozens of children have been beaten, chained, attacked or sexually abused while begging in the past two years, the group said.

"While the government's recent actions are commendable, removing talibes from the streets will not lead to long-term change unless Quranic schools are regulated and offending teachers are held accountable," said Corinne Dufka, the rights group's West Africa director.

Talibes represent some 90 percent of the roughly 30,500 children on the streets, according to Senegal's director of rights for children and vulnerable groups, Niokhobaye Diouf.

At the Centre Ginddi, the children are registered, cleaned up, given clothes and fed. If they come from a daara, they go into Quran classes. They are then reunited with their families, or with marabouts who come to find them. If there's no sign of abuse, they return to the daara.

Senegal's penal code outlawed begging years ago, and the country has ratified all major international conventions on children's rights. But previous efforts to enforce the measures on child beggars have fizzled.

In 2010, the children were taken off the streets after the U.S., among other countries, threatened to cut off aid if Senegal did not address human trafficking. In 2013, after nine children died in a fire in a Quranic school in Dakar, the president said the government would close all schools that didn't meet basic safety standards.

Months later, however, no teachers were in custody, and no daara had been shut down.

Though arrests of marabouts accused of being abusive have increased slightly in recent years, rights groups say Senegal has prosecuted only a handful of extreme cases.

"The death of talibe children as a result of corporal punishment and abuse by some Quranic teachers must no longer remain unpunished," said Mamadou Wane, president of the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, a coalition of 40 Senegalese children's rights organizations.

Rights groups have said a failure to consistently enforce the laws regulating the school system has emboldened abusive teachers.

Some teachers are pushing back against the latest crackdown. At a recent gathering of marabouts in Kaolack, one said the efforts to stop children from begging were anti-Islamic.

"The retrieval of children from the streets must immediately stop," Hady Diakhate told the televised meeting, saying the children shouldn't be taken to transit centers. "The parents would prefer they were taken to the daaras ... talibes are Muslims, so they must be left in daaras. That is their place."

Another marabout in a suburb of Dakar said he supports the government's efforts, but Quranic schools need more financial support to improve.

"We welcome this decision, because it will bring order in Quranic schools. But the government must support Quranic schools by subsidizing and helping to recruit qualified teachers," said Imam Bousso.

Diouf, the children's rights official, said most daaras are not a problem.

He said the government is in talks with marabouts to determine what is needed to keep them safe and conditions good. It will provide limited cash and food to daaras and families in need until the next stage of the program is determined, he said. The government also hopes to one day create a select group of daaras that will have internet access and teach skills and subjects in addition to the Quran.

"The state's concern is not to interrupt these practices," Diouf said of daaras. "It's to stop the mistreatment of children."

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/26/world/africa/ap-af-senegal-child-beggars.html?_r=0

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Madrasas In West Bengal Integrate Theocracy And Technology To Check High Dropouts

August 26, 2016

A number of madrasas in West Bengal, beset by high dropouts and absenteeism, are seeing a turnaround after integrating Islamic theology with modern education through the power of technology. After his science class on vitamins, standard nine student Abdul Lashkar went to the new computer lab in Dar-Un-Neda Siddiquia Madrasa in Hooghly district to search the Internet about food habits of Prophet Muhammad.

Along with his classmates, he then came up with a digital story on how favourite foods of the Prophet nourished his body with vitamins and other nutrients. “If we tell them about nutrition they won’t find it interesting but when we link it with Islam then the topic becomes interesting for them. It helps them relate to their education with the community they are coming from,” madrasa teacher Sugata Dey told media.

This idea of integrating ‘Dini’ (religious) and ‘Duniyavi Talim’ (worldly education) with modern technology has been conceptualised by educator Amina Charania from Tata Trusts. The new pedagogic framework for integrating technology in teaching and learning was adopted by the madrasa in 2014 and since then enrolment has doubled for class five students.

“I don’t see any dropouts happening now. On the other hand the enrolment has increased and so has attendance in classes,” said Babita Dutta Majumder of Vikramshila Education Resource Society who is working for the development of the minority education institutions.

By means of computer projects after classes, a cluster of ten madrasa here has adopted integrated approach to technology in education (ITE). Tata Trusts has trained teachers on the new pedagogic framework and even provided them with laptops and Internet connection in small computer labs. Besides this, digital cameras have also been provided to them so that the students can click photos and record videos to tell digital stories for their project work.

“What we are trying to do is to allow children find subtle ways of linking what they are taught in classrooms with Islam using Internet. For example they are finding about the lives of Muslim scientists and Muslim astronomers when they are studying science and geography. This increases their interest in the subject multiple times,” Charania said.

Madrassas in West Bengal have long been struggling to retain students in classrooms due to high absenteeism and dropout rates. Future career prospects of the students have also been a concern but these madrassas are now an exception.

Madrassa teacher Sugata Dey said in the new framework, teachers are only designing activities and projects aligned to curriculum content. “Students are implementing these projects using a variety of applications. They are encouraged to collaborate, create, present and critique using technology. Thus, technology is used as a tool for students to construct their own learning. We are only facilitators,” he said.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/west-bengal-madrassas-integrate-theocracy-and-technology-to-check-high-dropouts-2996985/

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Pakistan Rangers announce Rs5 million head money for Lashkar-i-Jhangvi chief

August 26, 2016

KARACHI: Sindh province’s Pakistan Rangers on Thursday announced a Rs5 million award for information leading to the arrest of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami (LJA) chief Syed Safdar, said a spokesperson for the paramilitary force.

The paramilitary force urged the citizens to cooperate with them in the search for Safdar. The chief of LJA is “wanted in several acts of terrorism”, added the spokesperson.

“If anyone has information about him, he should inform the Rangers through whatsapp, phone number, email or helpline,” said the spokesperson.

Rangers also confirmed protection saying the name of the individual who provides information leading to Safdar’s arrest would be kept secret. Safdar operates under various aliases, such as, Khurasani and Mowavia.

Zarb-e-Azab operation:

An ‘operation’ against criminal elements in Pakistan’s commercial hub was initiated back in September 2013 after the federal cabinet empowered Rangers to lead a targeted advance with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.

A high-level apex committee meeting chaired by the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on May 14, 2015 decided to implement effective policing and surveillance in the “vast suburbs of Karachi”, to prevent what the military spokesperson said were “sneaking terrorist attacks”

Although terror-related incidents have decreased significantly in the three years since the commencement of the Karachi operation, sleeper cells of terror outfits still exist in the metropolis and law enforcers have been making concerted efforts to eliminate the same.

http://www.siasat.com/news/lja-chief-pakistan-rangers-announce-rs5-million-head-money-lashkar-jhangvi-chief-1007803/

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Dutch far-right party says it will close mosques and ban the Quran

Aug. 26, 2016

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The political party of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, which is leading polls ahead of parliamentary elections next year, has vowed to close mosques and "ban the Quran" in its manifesto.

"All mosques and Islamic schools closed, a ban on the Quran," said the document outlining the electoral program of the Freedom Party (PVV) ahead of March 2017 legislative elections, which was posted on Mr Wilders' Twitter feed on Thursday (Aug 25).

The PVV says it will reverse the "Islamisation" of the country with a range of measures including closing the borders, shutting asylum seeker centres, banning migrants from Islamic countries and stopping Muslim women from wearing the headscarf in public.

On the back of Europe's migrant crisis, opinion polls have for months given Mr Wilders' PVV the edge over the current coalition parties of the Labour Party and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Late last year polls predicted soaring support for the PVV saying it could gain as many as 38 seats in the 150-seat Parliament. But that has slipped back. In August, a poll from Ipsos gave it 28 seats - still way up on the 12 it currently has.

The immigrant crisis has polarised the Netherlands, a nation of 17 million people, leading to heated debate and some attacks on refugee centres.

Mr Wilders, who will go on trial for inciting racial hatred in October, also said he would do all he could to hold a referendum on the Netherlands leaving the EU, despite an unsuccessful first attempt in June following Britain's shock Brexit vote.

His party has also pledged to cut all foreign aid while boosting funding for police and security.

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/dutch-far-right-party-says-it-will-close-mosques-and-ban-the-quran

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Africa

Senegal Clamps Down on Quranic Schools That Exploit Children

AUG. 26, 2016

DAKAR, Senegal — Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging.

The boy was sent to this West African country by his family in neighboring Guinea to study the Quran at one of the capital's 1,600 Islamic schools, known as daaras. He is among thousands of students, or talibes, sent out by teachers to beg for money and food. Some schools have been accused of keeping the children in unsafe living conditions and abusing them.

Full report at: nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/26/world/africa/ap-af-senegal-child-beggars.html?_r=0

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Abu Musab al-Barnawi, Son' Of Boko Haram's Founder Named Jihadi Head

Aug 26, 2016

Kano - When the Islamic State group appointed Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the head of Boko Haram early in August, few people even recognised his name.

But to close observers of Nigerian Jihadi affairs, Barnawi's promotion from relatively unknown spokesperson to leader came as no surprise.

After all, many experts say that Barnawi, born Habib Yusuf, is the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram's founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Full report at: news24.com/Africa/News/son-of-boko-harams-founder-named-jihadi-head-20160825

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India

Madrasas In West Bengal Integrate Theocracy And Technology To Check High Dropouts

August 26, 2016

A number of madrasas in West Bengal, beset by high dropouts and absenteeism, are seeing a turnaround after integrating Islamic theology with modern education through the power of technology. After his science class on vitamins, standard nine student Abdul Lashkar went to the new computer lab in Dar-Un-Neda Siddiquia Madrasa in Hooghly district to search the Internet about food habits of Prophet Muhammad.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/west-bengal-madrassas-integrate-theocracy-and-technology-to-check-high-dropouts-2996985/

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Krishna is the Heart of India: A Muslim’s Ode on Janmashtami

August 25, 2016

So what if the anecdotes of Lord Krishna still echo in my ears as I look back into my early days, when my grandfather held my hand and we walked in our humble courtyard?

So what if my father carried on that legacy by enlightening me with the sagacity from the Bhagwad Gita?

Full report at: hequint.com/blogs/2016/08/25/krishna-is-the-heart-of-india-a-muslims-ode-on-janmashtami

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Hyderabad techie pioneers app to commemorate Muslim freedom fighters

26th August 2016

HYDERABAD: Lack of knowledge about Muslim freedom fighters has prompted a city-based techie to initiate an application on Thursday that focuses solely on their role in the freedom struggle.

The mobile app named ‘Muslim Freedom Fighters’ was launched on the eve of 70th Independence and has already received more than a thousand downloads on Google Play Store. 

Full report at: newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Hyderabad-techie-pioneers-app-to-commemorate-Muslim-freedom-fighters/2016/08/26/article3597598.ece

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In late night letter to Pakistan, India says it will only talk terror

August 26, 2016

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has written to his Pakistani counterpart, calling for talks on cross-border terrorism, describing it as a threat to “regional security”. The letter, delivered to Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Wednesday night, also proposes a dialogue on the status of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Pakistan had written to India on August 15, calling for a dialogue on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and humanitarian issues related to the violence there.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/as-india-tells-pakistan-itll-only-talk-terror-pm-narendra-modis-core-advisors-mull-next-steps/

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NIA rejects ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed’s claim, says fabricated

August 26, 2016

THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has called alleged Islamic State recruit Areeb Majeed’s claim that the agency was central to bringing him back to India “fabricated”, arguing that he was actually arrested from the Mumbai airport by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Majeed had claimed in his bail application that his return to the country from Turkey was arranged by high-ranking diplomatic officials in coordination with the NIA.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/nia-rejects-isis-recruit-areeb-majeeds-claim-says-fabricated/

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Compulsory Surya Namaskar in Mumbai Schools ‘a Ploy to Saffronise Education’

Aug 26, 2016

The Shiv Sena-BJP ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) approval of a proposal making yoga and Surya Namaskar mandatory in civic schools in Mumbai, has been widely criticised by opposition parties as well as by Mumbai’s Muslim community, which dubbed the move as a ploy to “saffronise” education.

Full report at: thewire.in/61818/mandate-of-surya-namaskar-in-mumbai-schools-an-imposition-of-sanghs-saffron-agenda/

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Pakistan

Pakistan Rangers announce Rs5 million head money for Lashkar-i-Jhangvi chief

August 26, 2016

KARACHI: Sindh province’s Pakistan Rangers on Thursday announced a Rs5 million award for information leading to the arrest of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami (LJA) chief Syed Safdar, said a spokesperson for the paramilitary force.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/lja-chief-pakistan-rangers-announce-rs5-million-head-money-lashkar-jhangvi-chief-1007803/

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No ‘technical traces’ about varsity attack found, Kabul told

August 26, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan informed the Afghan government on Thursday that no “technical traces” of telephonic contacts between the Kabul university attackers and people on its side of the border could be found, and sought more evidence.

This was conveyed during a telephonic conversation between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, according to a security source.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280090/no-technical-traces-about-varsity-attack-found-kabul-told

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Gen Zamir made defence secretary as govt backs military’s nominee

August 26, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The government has appointed retired Lt Gen Zamirul Hassan Shah defence secretary in an apparent U-turn after initially opposing his nomination by the military.

Gen Shah assumed office on Thursday marking an end to what had virtually become a stand-off between the government and the GHQ on the bureaucratic posting. He replaced retired Lt Gen Alam Khattak, who completed his two-year contract on Aug 5.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280091/gen-zamir-made-defence-secretary-as-govt-backs-militarys-nominee

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No guarantee army will be available for census next year either

August 26, 2016

ISLAMABAD: What guarantee is there that the required number of army personnel would be available to conduct a census next March, the Supreme Court asked the government on Thursday.

“The government has been saying that a census is not possible without the assistance of the armed forces. If the government is so dependent on them, then why doesn’t it hand over the whole system to them,” asked Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali.

Mr Jamali was heading a three judge bench that had taken suo motu notice of the delay in holding a population census.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280078/no-guarantee-army-will-be-available-for-census-next-year-either

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Punjab police conducted 60,000 search operations in two years

August 26, 2016

LAHORE: Inspector General of Punjab Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera has said the combing operation across Punjab is going on while 60,497 search operations had been conducted during the last two years.

Speaking to TV anchors in a meeting held at the provincial police office here on Thursday, the IGP said at least 2,017,594 suspects were questioned and 11,194 cases registered during the search operations.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280041/punjab-police-conducted-60000-search-operations-in-two-years

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‘Poor are born to serve the rich’: PML-N Senator

August 26, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Controversial comments by PML-N Senator Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar during a meeting of the Senate Functional Committee on Devolution on Thursday, when he said the poor are born to serve the rich, triggered a strong reaction and arguments from members of the meeting.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280064/poor-are-born-to-serve-the-rich

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Europe

Dutch far-right party says it will close mosques and ban the Quran

Aug. 26, 2016

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The political party of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, which is leading polls ahead of parliamentary elections next year, has vowed to close mosques and "ban the Quran" in its manifesto.

Full report at: straitstimes.com/world/europe/dutch-far-right-party-says-it-will-close-mosques-and-ban-the-quran

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Looted Art Helps Fund Jihadists in Europe

Aug. 25, 2016

Brussels has long been a destination of choice for those illegally trafficking antiquities—a category that potentially includes the funders of terrorism that has taken lives throughout the West in recent months. Belgium brings together all the elements that allow this illicit trade to flourish: lax laws and enforcement for art crimes, a location with easy access to the rest of the world, and a ready market. The Belgian capital is also a known transit point for looted art. In 2009, an undercover report by LinkTV exposed that Taliban-looted masterpieces were widely available for sale in the Brussels’ galleries, fresh with dirt from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Full report at: wsj.com/articles/looted-art-helps-fund-jihadists-in-europe-1472164857

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To fight terrorism, tackle militants’ ideology

AUGUST 26, 2016

Europe is under pressure. Integrating asylum-seekers and other migrants — 1.1 million in Germany alone last year — into European society poses a major challenge, one that has been complicated by a spike in crimes committed by new arrivals.

Full report at: todayonline.com/commentary/fight-terrorism-tackle-militants-ideology

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Mideast

Smashing ISIS A ‘Strategic Mistake,’ Says Israeli Think Tank Chief

 August 25, 2016

The Islamic State should be weakened but kept alive as a strategic tool to keep “the bad guys” — Iran, Syria, Russia and Hezbollah and various other Islamist organizations — too busy fighting to export more of their violence to the West.

Full report at: timesofisrael.com/smashing-is-a-strategic-mistake-says-think-tank-chief/

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11 police officers killed, 78 wounded in PKK bomb attack in Turkey's southeast

Fri Aug 26 2016

Eleven police officers were killed and 78 people, including three civilians, were wounded in a terror attack carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) using a bomb-laden truck in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak early on Aug. 26.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/11-police-officers-killed-78-wounded-in-pkk-bomb-attack-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103242&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish PM declares 'total war' against terrorism after Cizre attack

Fri Aug 26 2016

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has declared total war against terrorism, in the wake of a recent terror attack carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern city of Cizre, saying the nation would “bear their pain and continue to fight against terror.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-declares-total-war-against-terrorism-after-cizre-attack.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103247&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey protects its children, Hürriyet ad tells Austrians

Fri Aug 26 2016

Laws in Turkey definitely do not allow children to be sexually abused, and the country protects its children very well, reads a new advertisement placed by daily Hürriyet in the Vienna International Airport.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-protects-its-children-hurriyet-ad-tells-austrians.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103241&NewsCatID=351

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Turkish army says it shows utmost care for civilians during Syria operation

August 26, 2016

Turkey has taken all necessary measures for the protection of civilians during its operation into northern Syria along with moderate Syrian rebel groups, the Turkish army has said in a statement, in a dismissal of claims of civilian casualties in Jarablus.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-army-says-it-shows-utmost-care-for-civilians-during-syria-operation--.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103244&NewsCatID=352

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Turkish journalist faces detention after ‘praising’ armed attack on opposition leader

Fri Aug 26 2016

An Istanbul prosecutor has issued a detention warrant for journalist Ergun Babahan over a tweet he posted appearing to praise the armed attack on the motorcade of main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Aug. 25.

“All those lend support to fascism will pay for it. This includes Kılıçdaorğlu. This is just a beginning!” wrote Babahan.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-journalist-faces-detention-after-praising-armed-attack-on-opposition-leader.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103246&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey, Russia military talks postponed upon Moscow’s call

Fri Aug 26 2016

A meeting set to take place between the chiefs of general staff of Turkey and Russia in Ankara on Aug. 26 has been postponed to a later date, Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu Agency reported late on Aug. 25.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-russia-military-talks-postponed-upon-moscows-call-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103243&NewsCatID=510

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Southeast Asia

Indonesia's most-wanted awakens new generation of jihadis

Aug 26, 2016

During a May 2011 shootout, Indonesia's counter-terrorism forces killed the leader of a militant group thought to be behind a series of failed bomb attempts around the city of Solo in Central Java.

Full report at: reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-security-is-insight-idUSKCN11108H

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Indonesia Religious Discrimination Harms Education Rightsi

Aug 26, 2016

Zulfa Nur Rohman, a student at a vocational public school in Semarang, Central Java, failed the 11th grade because of his religious faith. School administrators informed Zulfa, an adherent of a Javanese traditional faith Hayu Ningrat, that he cannot continue on to grade 12 because he refused to participate in “the practice of reading the Quran and performing prayer” in a mandatory Islamic studies class.

Full report at: akartaglobe.beritasatu.com/opinion/commentary-indonesia-religious-discrimination-harms-education-rights/

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Lombok Becomes More Popular as Halal Tourism Destination

Aug 26, 2016

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The first half of the year is usually a lean season for tourism industry in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, a center for halal tourism.

This year, however, the Lombok Island enjoyed a significant increase in tourist arrivals.

The beautiful island recorded some 2.2 million domestic and foreign tourist arrivals during the January-July 2016 period, and the hotel room occupancy rate reached some 80 percent.

Full report at: en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/08/26/199799077/Lombok-Becomes-More-Popular-as-Halal-Tourism-Destination

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Majority Of Malaysian Youths Say They Are ‘Not Interested’ In Volunteerism, Time To Change This Mindset

Aug 26, 2016

Vocal, passionate, and reckless are often used to describe the Malaysian youths of today.

With technology at the palm of their hands coupled with their sheer tenacity, the youths are making their presence known.

From expressing their opinions via social media, to joining in the comment feud on Instagram, the youths never shy away from an opportunity to share their two cents.

But on a more alarming note, it has become too common to hear our youth’s involvement in political or religious extremism.

Full report at: malaysiandigest.com/frontpage/282-main-tile/628837-majority-of-malaysian-youths-say-they-are-not-interested-in-volunteerism-time-to-change-this-mindset.html

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Arab World

Syrian Army Intensifies Attacks on Jeish Al-Fatah Terrorists in Aleppo

August 26, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army soldiers and popular forces clashed fiercely with Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group in the surrounding areas of the military academy buildings and the hilltop overlooking the buildings in Aleppo province as the country's and Russian air forces pounded the terrorists' gathering centers in the area.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950605000345

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Russian Fighter Jets Strike Militants' Gathering in Northern Lattakia

August 26, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force carried out several airstrikes over the Mountains of Lattakia on Friday after they received reports of a massive Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front) gathering near the key town of Kabani.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950605000335

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Militants Surrender in Darayya Frees up Syrian Army’s Elite Forces to Other Fronts

August 26, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Ajnad al-Sham militant group's surrender of Darayya to the Syrian government enabled the Syrian Army to send nearly 2,500 soldiers from the 4th Mechanized Division to another fronts, a military source said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950605000296

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China to Host Syrian Troops for 'Humanitarian' Training

August 26, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chinese defense ministry spokesman said Beijing's military will provide training for Syrian armed forces, adding it would take place on Chinese soil

Beijing is a longstanding backer of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad, which has engaged in a bloody war against terror groups that has left more than 290,000 people dead and displaced millions since it began in 2011, Middle East Eye reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950605000278

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Darayya Militant Groups Officially Accept Surrender Agreement

August 26, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The militant groups inside Darayya formally agreed to surrender the town after negotiating with a Syrian government delegation for nearly 48 hours.

Under the terms of surrender, the Syrian government has agreed to transport the remaining militants from Liwa Shuhada al-Islam and civilians to their requested destinations, Al Masdar reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950605000239

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Turkey Plan for Syria Incursion in Works for over 2 Years

August 26, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Turkish official said Ankara’s ground incursion into Northern Syria, which Ankara claims is mainly aimed at fighting ISIL, had been in the making for over two years

According to Ankara, the Operation Euphrates Shield began on Wednesday featuring Turkish warplanes and special ground forces to rid the border area of ISIL terrorists and Kurdish forces, presstv reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950605000193

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Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Syrian Airstrikes in Homs Province

August 26, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets struck the terrorist groups' military positions in Homs province, and inflicted heavy losses on them over the past 24 hours.

Scores of terrorists were killed in the Syrian airstrikes in Homs province.

The terrorist groups also sustained heavy casualties in other key provinces across Syria.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950605000273

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South Asia

US vows support in Kabul attack probe as Kabul says culprits based in Pakistan

Fri Aug 26 2016

The US Embassy in Kabul has vowed support to Afghanistan in investigating and bringing the culprits of the deadly attack on the American University in Kabul.

Full report at: khaama.com/us-vows-support-in-kabul-attack-probe-as-kabul-says-culprits-based-in-pakistan-01778

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Ghani asks Raheel Sharif to act against culprits of Kabul attack

Thu Aug 25 2016

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has asked the Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to act against the culprits of Kabul attack based in Pakistan.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said President Ghani called Gen. Sharif during the National Security Council meeting and asked him to take actions against the culprits who are based in Pakistan.

Full report at: khaama.com/ghani-asks-raheel-sharif-to-act-against-culprits-of-kabul-attack-01777

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Afghanistan receives 4 new light attack helicopters from US

Thu Aug 25 2016

DHAKA - Nearly two months after 22 people were killed in a restaurant in Dhaka in a jihadist attack, Bangladesh is still gripped by post-traumatic stress.

People are still grappling with the reasons that led to the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery-O'Kitchen on July 1, and there is growing panic over another attack, along with concern over the around 40 deaths in selective attacks since 2013.

Full report at: laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2419506&CategoryId=12395

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Attack on university in Kabul orchestrated from Pakistan, says Afghanistan government

Aug 25, 2016

NEW DELHI: Cooling ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan took a further hit on Thursday evening, with the Afghan government saying the attack on Kabul's American University was orchestrated from Pakistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke with Pakistan Army chief Raheel Shariff and demanded strong action against the terror networks responsible for the attack.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/Attack-on-university-in-Kabul-orchestrated-from-Pakistan-says-Afghanistan-government/articleshow/53863880.cms

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Pakistan-Afghanistan friendship border remains shut for seventh day

August 26, 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan still remain at loggerheads over the reopening of the Chaman border as talks to solve the dispute ended inconclusively following which the border remained shut for the seventh day.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/pakistan-afghanistan-friendship-border-remains-shut-for-seventh-day-2997279/

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Plan to rebuild Bangladesh’s image in JATA expo after terror attack

August 26, 2016

Bangladesh Tourism Board will hold an image-building programme styled as “Showcasing Bangladesh” in the sidelines of JATA Tourism Expo next month in the Japanese capital Tokyo, official sources said.

Full report at: dhakatribune.com/business/2016/08/26/plan-rebuild-bangladeshs-image-jata-expo-terror-attack/

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North America

Clinton compares Trump's proposed Muslim ban to ISIS' religious test

Aug. 26, 2016

Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigrants sounds an awful lot like the Islamic State's religious litmus tests, Hillary Clinton suggested Thursday.

"Really, ever since the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, America has distinguished itself as a haven for people fleeing religious persecution," Clinton said at a campaign even in Reno, "believing in religious freedom, and religious liberty."

Full report at: washingtonexaminer.com/clinton-compares-trumps-proposed-muslim-ban-to-isis-religious-test/article/2600213

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The Religious Opinions of Muslim Americans

Aug. 26, 2016

This is a follow-up to my post yesterday about Muslim American assimilation that focuses on religious differences between Muslims in the United States, between them and their co-religionists in their countries of origin, and their differences with other Americans.   

There are many different sects of Islam and most are represented in the United States.  Sunni Islam is the largest followed by Shia Islam at roughly 89 percent and 11 percent, respectively, which is similar to the global division.  Full report at: cato.org/blog/religious-opinions-muslim-americans

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Child Terrorists on NCIS: Los Angeles

Aug. 26, 2016

On March 21, 2016, NCIS: Los Angeles aired a significant episode on the theme of Islamic terrorism on American soil, “The Seventh Child,” written by Frank Military. It begins with twin boys chased by some swarthy men while trying to rid themselves of suicide vests. One twin is hit by a car resulting in a huge and deadly explosion. The show’s NCIS team is able to track down the surviving twin, an 11-year-old who immerses himself in the water tank atop a high-rise building with hopes of de-activating his vest bomb.

Full report at: americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/child_terrorists_on_ncis_los_angeles.html

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HOW THE U.S. NURTURES JIHADISTS ON ITS OWN SOIL

Aug. 26, 2016

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is seeking sweeping changes in the way refugees are awarded welfare benefits after he blew the whistle on an “embarrassing” situation in his own state.

An Iranian refugee left Maine to fight for ISIS while he and his family received food stamps and other benefits for four years.

Full report at: wnd.com/2016/08/how-the-u-s-nurtures-jihadists-on-its-own-soil/

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