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Sindh’s ‘Anti-Madrasa Law’ To Prove Counterproductive: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Chief

















Mohammed Altoum/Colour In Faith: The "Colour in Faith" project is working to paint houses of worship yellow across Kenya.

 

Muslim Mob Kills Eight in Nigeria over ‘Blasphemy’

Muslim Students Organization of India Welcome Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed

Saudi Mufti of Terrorist Groups Warns of Widening Rifts among Militants in Aleppo

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Pakistan

Sindh’s ‘Anti-Madrasa Law’ To Prove Counterproductive: Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl Chief

Balochistan Most Poverty Hit, Says UNDP and Pakistan Govt. Report

‘Traitors’ Should Launch Their Own Party: Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir

MQM leaders taken into custody by Rangers, party headquarters Nine Zero sealed

Rangers operation in Pak Punjab not needed: Law Minister

One killed in TV channel office attack in Pakistan

Two ASWJ men gunned down in Karachi target killing: police

I was under severe mental stress: Altaf apologises to military for anti-Pakistan remarks

 

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Africa

Muslim Mob Kills Eight in Nigeria over ‘Blasphemy’

Why Kenya's Houses of Worship Are Getting A Yellow Makeover

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria air strike 'kills commanders'

Algeria's Massive Mosque Project: Alternative to Extremism or Threat to Secular Values?

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India

Muslim Students Organization of India Welcome Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed

Pak Booked Baloch Nationalists As It Failed To Buy Them, Says Defence Expert

Muslim Population Not Exploding, RSS Claims Are Rubbish: Experts

Kurdistan Seeks India’s Help in Fight against Islamic State

Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan’s wary eye

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Arab World

Saudi Mufti of Terrorist Groups Warns of Widening Rifts among Militants in Aleppo

Iraqi Army Wins Back 90 Percent of Anbar's Albu Kan'an

Syrian Air Force Smashes Fatah Al-Sham Terrorists in Hama Province

Several Terrorist Commanders Killed in Battles with Syrian Army in Aleppo

Nechirvan Barzani Warns Against Threats to Iran's Security

Kurdish Delegation to Visit Russian General in Hemimim Airbase over Hasaka Problem

ISIL's Arms Depot, Bomb-Laden Vehicles Destroyed in Iraqi Airstrikes in Mosul

ISIL's Offensives Repulsed by Gov't Forces in Aleppo

Iranian, Russian Banks to Resume Monetary Transactions Soon

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Europe

Hungarian Politician: Use Pigs' Heads to Ward off Muslim Migrants

French Muslims Fear State Aims To Control Their Faith

Muslim man accused of grabbing schoolboy (16) by throat after seeing him hug girl on street

Fake ISIS Attack in Prague, Intended as Protest, Causes Panic

3 of 9 addresses of Dawood in Pak found incorrect: UN

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South Asia

Reject ISIS and Support Taliban Group, Al-Qaeda Leader Tell Supporters

Bangladesh Govt to Enact Succession Law for Hindus: PM Hasina

100 American soldiers deployed to Helmand amid surge in violence

Majority of Afghans support semi-presidential system: survey report

Terrorist with links to Pakistani military arrested by Afghan forces

Explosion targets Afghan, NATO forces patrol, 3 policemen wounded

India preparing the 4th Mi-25 gunship for delivery to Afghanistan

1 child killed, 3 wounded in an explosion in North of Afghanistan

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Mideast

Istanbul Court Arrests Editor-In-Chief, Managing Editor of Özgür Gündem

Turkish, US Officials Begin Work On Gülen Case

‘Can’t beat migrant smugglers without Turkey,’ says Merkel

Turkish military shells ISIL in Syria after mortar shells hit border town

Three Turkish leaders agree to discuss expanding the scope of charter amendments

ISIL must be cleared from Syrian border, says Turkish FM

Bomb used in attack on wedding in Gaziantep same type as previous ISIL attacks: Report

Sweden welcomes Turkey’s move to increase sentences for children’s sexual abuse

Traffic congestion charge included in draft to boost Turkish municipality revenue

Turkish consumer confidence increases sharply after coup attempt

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Southeast Asia

There Is No Democracy in Burma without Rights for the Rohingya

Malaysian Rapper Taken Into Custody for Allegedly 'Insulting Islam' in Music Video

Muslim hotel opens at Mount Fuji beauty spot, but so far no bookings

Indonesia radio denies Singapore's claim of airing content supporting ISIS

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North America

15 Yrs after 9/11, Americans Feel More At Risk from Terrorism

Muslims are unfit to be American citizens: Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Sindh’s ‘Anti-Madrasa Law’ To Prove Counterproductive: Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl Chief

Aug 23, 2016

THATTA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that his party rejects recent legislation against madrasas in Sindh as it believes any attempt to impose such partisan laws will prove futile and counterproductive.

Maulana said at a convention of party workers at Madrasa Darul Qasmia in Sujawal on Monday that they rejected passage of such ‘anti-Islam’ laws against madrasas.

The Ulema who had always fought valiantly against terrorism and extremism would stand united in their opposition to such laws and fight tooth and nail, he said.

The passage of such laws was also tantamount to an official confession that the government had miserably failed to deliver and was desperate to do some face saving act by such legislation.

Today, the Muslim community world over was facing threats and its enemies had directed all their tricks against the community, he said.

He said the JUI-F had completed its century of historical struggle and some four million party workers and sympathisers were expected to participate in its three-day centenary celebration scheduled for April 7, 8 and 9, 2017.

JUI-F secretary Allama Rashid Mehmood Soomro said that he would contest general election 2018 in Larkana against PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

He lashed out at Dr Zulifkar Mirza who, he said, was only yesterday loudly condemning his former boss Zardari but unfortunately, today he was beseeching the same Zardari to take him back into the party.

He claimed that since coming to power PPP had made corruption of Rs1000 billion in works and services department alone. The department had erected a courtyard around Bilawal House in Larkana at a cost of Rs250 million and squandered away Rs240 million of national exchequer on an open ground in Gharhi Khuda Bakhsh, he said.

He said the Sindh government was defending killers and making attempts to save the culprits who acted as facilitators in the assassination of his father.

He warned that he would besiege Chief Minister House on Sept 1 if justice was denied to him.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1279313/sindhs-anti-madrasa-law-to-prove-counterproductive-fazl

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Muslim Mob Kills Eight in Nigeria over ‘Blasphemy’

Aug 23, 2016

At least eight people were killed after a Muslim mob in northern Nigeria torched the house of a man who tried to save a Christian student accused of blasphemy, police said on Tuesday.

“Eight people were killed in the house by the mob over the alleged blasphemy” Zamfara state police spokesperson Shehu Mohammed told AFP of the incident, which happened on Monday.

He said the mob of Muslim students in the town of Talata Mafara was enraged over alleged derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed by their Christian schoolmate, who they attacked.

He said the victim was rescued by a passerby, a Muslim who rushed him to the police station for safety.

The mob then burned down the house of the rescuer with eight people inside.

“The man who rescued the student and his wife were not among the dead,” the police spokesman said.

He said police has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the town while the students’ school has been closed down to prevent further violence.

An AFP correspondent who passed through the town shortly after the riots saw armed soldiers and policemen manning snap checkpoints on the roads.

Students were also seen hurriedly fleeing the town over fears of religious riots.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is almost evenly divided between a mainly-Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.

Ethnic and sectarian clashes have claimed thousands of lives in the country in recent years.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/muslim-mob-kills-eight-in-nigeria-over-blasphemy/story-2uUTsMqDscGaEjwThVOUZO.html

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Muslim Students Organization of India Welcome Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed

Aug 22, 2016

JAIPUR: Muslim Students Organization of India (MSO) on Monday welcomed the recent fatwa of the Barelvi sect of Islamic theology excommunicating Pakistani terrorist and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist strike Hafiz Saeed.

MSO, a 35-year-old association, has over one Lakh members spread across 22 states of the country. In a press release issued on Monday, the head of the organization, Jaipur resident Engineer Sujaat Ali Khadri said the fatwa would go some way in foiling the designs of terrorist groups seeking to recruit youth. He said the fatwa deserves wide publicity, and expressed surprise that even those who regularly issue statements against terrorism had failed to comment on this particular fatwa.

"Now that the Sufi school of theology headquartered in Bareilly has made its position clear and declared that this man is not a follower of Islam, it is time for Deobandis, the Jamaat e Islami and other organizations too to make their stance clear. The Deobandis often put out statements against terrorism but seldom cite names or organizations. We could all do with some clarity, some precision," he said.

Hafiz Saeed is the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which the UN has declared a terrorist organization. In 2012, the US announced a US$10 million bounty on his head.

Ten terrorists from Pakistan took the sea route to India in 2008 and unleashed terror in Mumbai, leaving 166 dead. Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist who survived the 2008 attacks, made confessions that implicated Sayeed. India's former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan described the confessions as "grade one" evidence against Sayeed. India has sought that Pakistan hand the terrorist over for trial, but the two countries have no extradition treaty.

Sayeed recently called on the Pakistan army to send troops to Kashmir to teach "India a lesson."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Muslim-students-welcome-fatwa-against-Hafiz-Saeed/articleshow/53811775.cms?

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Saudi Mufti of Terrorist Groups Warns of Widening Rifts among Militants in Aleppo

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Fatah al-Sham's religious judge Abdullah al-Moheiseni underlined that growing differences among Jeish al-Fatah coalition's groups will end in nothing but collapse of Operations Room for Conquest of Aleppo

"If my attempts to decrease differences among the coalition's militant groups fail, and if the other members of Jeish al-Fatah coalition do not unite with Fatah al-Sham (the newly-forced al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) I will encourage young fighters to leave the coalition. I will also leave the militant groups alone," al-Moheiseni underscored.

He further accused some members of Jeish al-Fatah coalition of seeking more relations with their foreign backers which as he said is the main barrier on the way of uniting coalition's members.

Opposition sources confirmed on Sunday that differences among the terrorist groups forming Jeish al-Fatah coalition intensified and their coalition was almost on verge of collapse following their failures in Aleppo battlefields.

"Jeish al-Fatah's violations of civilians' rights in Aleppo and rogue decisions of the coalition's commanders over war plans in Aleppo battlefields have weakened their unity significantly," sources close to the Operation Room for Conquest of Aleppo said.

"The Operation Room, which once was the representative of at least 22 militant groups forming Jeish al-Fatah coalition, is on verge of collapse," the sources added.

"The leaders of militant groups' believe that field commanders of Jeish al-Fatah are some non-Syrian mercenaries who do not care Syrian commanders of the coalition and try to leave them alone behind military academy buildings to be killed by government forces," they added.            

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602000898

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Pakistan

Sindh’s ‘Anti-Madrasa Law’ To Prove Counterproductive: Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl Chief

Aug 23, 2016

THATTA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that his party rejects recent legislation against madrasas in Sindh as it believes any attempt to impose such partisan laws will prove futile and counterproductive.

Maulana said at a convention of party workers at Madrasa Darul Qasmia in Sujawal on Monday that they rejected passage of such ‘anti-Islam’ laws against madrasas.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279313/sindhs-anti-madrasa-law-to-prove-counterproductive-fazl

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Balochistan most poverty hit, says UNDP and Pakistan Govt. report

August 23, 2016

Islamabad: Balochistan, the resource-rich province of Pakistan, remains deprived, as per the country’s first ever official report on multi-dimensional poverty.

The report tabled last month by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform is compiled with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/balochistan-poverty-hit-says-undp-pakistan-govt-report-1005875/

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‘Traitors’ Should Launch Their Own Party: Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir

Aug 23, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Human rights activist Asma Jahangir on Monday proposed that a new political party consisting exclusively of ‘traitors’ should be launched, since it had become fashionable to brand political leaders “disloyal”, “rebellious” or “renegade” for expressing their independent opinions.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279395/traitors-should-launch-their-own-party-asma

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MQM leaders taken into custody by Rangers, party headquarters Nine Zero sealed

August 23, 2016

Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters ‘Nine Zero’ has been sealed and senior party leaders were taken into custody by Sindh Rangers on Monday night for allegedly inciting violence in the metropolis, reported Pakistani media.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/mqm-leaders-taken-custody-rangers-party-headquarters-nine-zero-sealed-1005976/

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Rangers operation in Pak Punjab not needed: Law Minister

August 23, 2016

Lahore: Highlighting that more than 1,000 combing operations have been conducted in Pakistan’s Punjab province during the last six months, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said there was no further need for such operations in the region.

“For the last two years the intelligence agencies have been conducting combing operations,” the Dawn quoted Sanaullah, as saying.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/rangers-operation-pak-punjab-not-needed-law-minister-1005973/

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One killed in TV channel office attack in Pakistan

August 23, 2016

Islamabad: At least one person was killed and nine others were injured in Pakistan’s Karachi city after activists attacked an office of a TV channel, police said.

At least 2,000 activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) stormed the office of ARY TV channel and nearby shops. The MQM blamed the TV channel for not giving proper coverage to its anti-government hunger strike, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/one-killed-tv-channel-office-attack-pakistan-1005910/

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Two ASWJ men gunned down in Karachi target killing: police

Aug 23, 2016

KARACHI: Two clerics associated with a banned outfit were gunned down at a seminary in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on Tuesday in an incident of target killing, police said.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279439/two-aswj-men-gunned-down-in-karachi-target-killing-police

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I was under severe mental stress: Altaf apologises to military for anti-Pakistan remarks

Aug 23, 2016

LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday apologised to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and Director General (DG) Rangers Maj-Gen Bilal Akber for his vitriolic speech a day earlier in which he referred to Pakistan as “a cancer for entire world”.

“From the depth of heart, I beg pardon from my remarks against Pakistan, the establishment including Gen Raheel Sharif and DG Rangers,” he said in a statement shared on Twitter by MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279430/i-was-under-severe-mental-stress-altaf-apologises-to-military-for-anti-pakistan-remarks

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Africa

Muslim Mob Kills Eight in Nigeria over ‘Blasphemy’

Aug 23, 2016

At least eight people were killed after a Muslim mob in northern Nigeria torched the house of a man who tried to save a Christian student accused of blasphemy, police said on Tuesday.

“Eight people were killed in the house by the mob over the alleged blasphemy” Zamfara state police spokesperson Shehu Mohammed told AFP of the incident, which happened on Monday.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/india-news/muslim-mob-kills-eight-in-nigeria-over-blasphemy/story-2uUTsMqDscGaEjwThVOUZO.html

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Why Kenya's Houses Of Worship Are Getting A Yellow Makeover

22/08/2016

The “Colour in Faith” initiative, spearheaded by artist Yazmany Arboleda, is helping Muslim and Christian congregations paint their houses of worship yellow. It’s a simple act they hope will send a profound message of love and cooperation.

“One of the premises of our art is that by working together ― putting a paintbrush to a wall ― with people who believe differently than one does, one builds bridges of understanding,” Arboleda told The Huffington Post.

Full report at: huffingtonpost.in/entry/why-kenyas-houses-of-worship-are-getting-a-yellow-makeover_us_57b787bfe4b0b51733a39c88?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Religion+082216&utm_content=Religion+082216+CID_6c7d026919111048d89b754cb069bb47&utm_source=Email+marketing+software&utm_term=Why+Kenyas+Houses+Of+Worship+Are+Getting+A+Yellow+Makeover

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Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria air strike 'kills commanders'

23/08/2016

An army spokesman told the BBC's Hausa service that Abubakar Shekau's shoulder was badly injured in the strike on Friday in north-eastern Borno state.

There has been no independent confirmation of the strike.

Claims by the army that it has killed Shekau have turned out to be false on at least five previous occasions.

Full report at: bbc.com/news/world-africa-37163949

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Algeria's Massive Mosque Project: Alternative to Extremism or Threat to Secular Values?

Monday, August 22, 2016

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Algeria is building the third-largest mosque in the world with the tallest minaret ever (see photo rendering here). The expensive project is a symbol of the country’s growing trend toward a less secular future.

The $1.5 billion dollar construction project will build a mosque with a surface area larger than any in Africa. Only the great mosques of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia will be larger. Full report at: lawfareblog.com/algerias-massive-mosque-project-alternative-extremism-or-threat-secular-values

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India

Muslim Students Organization of India Welcome Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed

Aug 22, 2016

JAIPUR: Muslim Students Organization of India (MSO) on Monday welcomed the recent fatwa of the Barelvi sect of Islamic theology excommunicating Pakistani terrorist and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist strike Hafiz Saeed.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Muslim-students-welcome-fatwa-against-Hafiz-Saeed/articleshow/53811775.cms?

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Pak booked Baloch nationalists as it failed to buy them, says defence expert

August 23, 2016

New Delhi: With Pakistan registering five cases, including sedition, against three top Baloch nationalist leaders for allegedly backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words on Balochistan in his Independence Day speech, defence expert Sushnat Sareen on Tuesday said they refused to be sold at the hands of Pakistan and continued with their freedom struggle from foreign asylums.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pak-booked-baloch-nationalists-failed-buy-says-defence-expert-1005947/

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Muslim Population Not Exploding, RSS Claims Are Rubbish: Experts

August 23, 2016

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat is back in the middle of a controversy after he suggested that Hindus should produce more children as the Muslim population was “rising”. His assumption that Muslims are producing more children than Hindus is partly correct. The census data does show that the proportion of Muslims in India has grown from 13.4% in 2001 to 14.2% of the total population in 2011. In the same time, the proportion of Hindus has reduced from 80.5% to 79.8%.

Full report at: thequint.com/politics/2016/08/23/muslim-population-not-exploding-rss-claims-are-rubbish-experts

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Kurdistan seeks India’s help in fight against Islamic State

Aug 23, 2016

NEW DELHI: The government in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has sought India's security-related assistance in the fight against the Islamic State as well as humanitarian aid for thousands who have taken refuge there after fleeing from IS-controlled territories in Iraq and Syria.

Full report at: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/kurdistan-seeks-indias-help-in-fight-against-islamic-state/articleshow/53818799.cms

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Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan’s wary eye

Aug 23, 2016

India is set to deliver more arms to Afghanistan to help it fight Islamist militants, Kabul’s envoy to New Delhi said, even if Pakistan is wary of closer military cooperation between countries lying to its east and west.

India has provided a little over $2 billion in economic assistance to Afghanistan in the last 15 years, but has been more measured in providing weapons in order to avoid a backlash from Pakistan, which sees Afghanistan as its area of influence.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/india-news/afghans-push-india-for-more-arms-despite-pakistan-s-wary-eye/story-lXTNEXB0lMrh5Nbcx4PqdI.html

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Arab World

Saudi Mufti of Terrorist Groups Warns of Widening Rifts among Militants in Aleppo

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Fatah al-Sham's religious judge Abdullah al-Moheiseni underlined that growing differences among Jeish al-Fatah coalition's groups will end in nothing but collapse of Operations Room for Conquest of Aleppo.

"If my attempts to decrease differences among the coalition's militant groups fail, and if the other members of Jeish al-Fatah coalition do not unite with Fatah al-Sham (the newly-forced al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) I will encourage young fighters to leave the coalition.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602000898

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Iraqi Army Wins Back 90 Percent of Anbar's Albu Kan'an

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's joint military forces managed to seize back most of the ISIL-controlled region of Albu Kanan near Al-Khalediya Island in Anbar province.

The Iraqi forces have now imposed full control over 90 percent of Albu Kan'an region to the East of Euphrates River.

Fierce clashes are currently underway in the surrounding areas of Albu Kan'an region as the ISIL terrorists are fleeing the area.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602000797

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Syrian Air Force Smashes Fatah Al-Sham Terrorists in Hama Province

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian fighter jets hit hard convoys, bases and gatherings of Fatah al-Sham (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Southern Hama, inflicting tens of casualties on the terrorist group.Fatah al-Sham's strongholds near al-Zara were massively targeted by the Syrian warplanes and the country's artillery units, leaving scores of the terrorists dead or wounded.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602000764

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Several Terrorist Commanders Killed in Battles with Syrian Army in Aleppo

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of terrorists, including nearly a dozen commanders, were killed and many more were wounded in fierce clashes with the Syrian Army troops and their popular allies in the Southern, Southwestern and Western parts of Aleppo in recent days.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602001090

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Nechirvan Barzani Warns Against Threats to Iran's Security

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani has underlined that the KRG deems as very important Iran's security and will do its best to safeguard it, a senior KRG official announced on Tuesday.

"Any action against Iran's security will be responded forcefully," Director Manager of the Iran-Kurdistan Region of the Iraq Relations Commission Abdullah Saleh quoted Barzani as saying.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602001145

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Kurdish Delegation to Visit Russian General in Hemimim Airbase over Hasaka Problem

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources disclosed on Tuesday that a high-ranking Kurdish delegation is due to arrive in Hemimim Airbase in Lattaki to hold a meeting with Russian officials on ways to end the differences with government forces in Hasaka province.

"The Kurdish delegation are due to meet a Russian General who is to mediate between the Kurdish police of Asayesh and the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF)," the Arabic language Al-Mayadeen said quoting informed sources on Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602001162

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ISIL's Arms Depot, Bomb-Laden Vehicles Destroyed in Iraqi Airstrikes in Mosul

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's military planes bombed ISIL positions in Nineveh province, inflicting heavy losses on the ISIL terrorists, and destroying their arms depot.

ISIL's weapons and ammunition depot were destroyed in air raids of the Iraqi fighter jets, the Arabic-language media quoted local sources in Nineveh province.

Iraq's warplanes also annihilated several bomb-laden vehicles of the ISIL terrorist group.    

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602000958

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ISIL's Offensives Repulsed by Gov't Forces in Aleppo

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorists failed to prevail over government forces' positions in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo under the heavy fire of the Syrian army and popular forces.

ISIL terrorists, who had attacked massively on the government positions near aviation academies, left behind dozens of dead or wounded members and destroyed military equipment and retreated from the battlefield.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602001015

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Iranian, Russian Banks to Resume Monetary Transactions Soon

August 23, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Russian banks will start banking cooperation and monetary transactions following the removal of sanctions against Tehran, an official said on Tuesday.

"The monetary transactions between two Iranian and Russian banks will start soon to facilitate the financial activities of the two countries' businesspersons," Head of the policy-making council of Iran's sustainable presence in the Russian market Negar Kabiri told reporters in Tehran today.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950602000936

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Europe

Hungarian Politician: Use Pigs' Heads To Ward Off Muslim Migrants

23 August 2016

MEP Gyorgy Schopflin's suggestion on Monday followed criticism directed at Hungarians in rural parts of the country who'd been using other methods they hoped would frighten away migrants, such as carved vegetable roots and human-like face masks.

"Human images are Haram," the politician reportedly tweeted, using the Arabic term that refers to words or images that are considered heresy in Islam. "But agree, pig's head would deter more effectively."

Full report at: dw.com/en/hungarian-politician-use-pigs-heads-to-ward-off-muslim-migrants/a-19493805

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French Muslims fear state aims to control their faith

23 August 2016

This is the site of the El Houda Association Mosque, raided and closed down less than a fortnight after the jihadist attacks on Paris last November, which triggered a state of emergency across France. The reason, according to the authorities, was its alleged links to militant Islamist groups.

Full report at: bbc.com/news/world-europe-37155043

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Muslim man accused of grabbing schoolboy (16) by throat after seeing him hug girl on street

22/08/2016

Michael Coe, 35, was driving through east London when he spotted the two 16-year-olds cuddling on the pavement.

He allegedly confronted the pair, demanding to know if they were Muslims, before calling the girl a "whore".

Coe was said to have grabbed the boy by the throat, causing him to black out, before he woke up bleeding on the floor.

Full report at: independent.ie/world-news/europe/muslim-man-accused-of-grabbing-schoolboy-16-by-throat-after-seeing-him-hug-girl-on-street-34985455.html

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Fake ISIS Attack in Prague, Intended as Protest, Causes Panic

AUG. 22, 2016

A stunt in Prague on Sunday stirred panic among tourists who thought a terrorist attack was underway. Credit Marketa Horesovska/Czech News Agency, via Associated Pres

Sporting detachable beards, the men drove a Humvee onto Old Town Square in Prague on Sunday, wielding fake submachine-style BB guns and waving an Islamic State flag. Accompanied by a camel and a goat, they shouted “Allahu akbar” and fired guns without pellets.

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/08/23/world/europe/prague-fake-isis-attack.html

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3 of 9 addresses of Dawood in Pak found incorrect: UN

August 23, 2016

United Nations: Three of the nine places cited by India as addresses of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan have been found incorrect by a UN committee, which has removed these from its list.

One of the addresses which have been dropped by the UN Security Councils Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee was found similar to that of a residence of Islamabads envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/3-9-addresses-dawood-pak-found-incorrect-un-1005955/

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South Asia

Reject ISIS and support Taliban group, Al-Qaeda leader tell supporters

Tue Aug 23 2016

The leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network Ayman Al-Zawahiri has called on supporters to reject the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group and support the Taliban group in Afghanistan.

Al-Zawahiri made the call in his latest video which was reportedly published on Sunday, titled ‘Be Not Divided Among Yourselves’.

Full report at: khaama.com/reject-isis-and-support-taliban-group-al-qaeda-leader-tell-supporters-01755

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Bangladesh Govt to enact succession law for Hindus: PM Hasina

23rd August 2016

DHAKA- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured local members of the Hindu community that steps would be taken to enact a succession law for them so genuine heirs get their property.

She suggested that leaders of Hindu community reach a consensus for such a law. The government will welcome if Hindu leaders submit a draft of the law to the government, she added.

Full report at: theindianawaaz.com/bangladesh-govt-to-enact-succession-law-for-hindus-pm-hasina/

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100 American soldiers deployed to Helmand amid surge in violence

Tue Aug 23 2016

At least 100 US troops have been deployed in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan in a bid to help suppress the growing insurgency led by the Taliban militants.

A US military official in Afghanistan has said the decision for the deployment of around 100 troops to Helmand was taken following tactical victories by the Taliban group.

Full report at: khaama.com/100-american-soldiers-deployed-to-helmand-amid-surge-in-violence-01759

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Majority of Afghans support semi-presidential system: survey report

Tue Aug 23 2016

The majority of the Afghan people want a change in the current presidential system in the country and want a president and prime minister, according to a new survey report by the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS).

Full report at: khaama.com/majority-of-afghans-support-semi-presidential-system-survey-report-01758

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Terrorist with links to Pakistani military arrested by Afghan forces

Tue Aug 23 2016

A Pakistani terrorist was arrested as he was attempting to flee to Pakistan after sustaining injuries during a gun battle in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the terrorist was arrested by the Counter-terrorism operatives of the Ministry of Interior.

Full report at: khaama.com/terrorist-with-links-to-pakistani-military-arrested-by-afghan-forces-01757

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Explosion targets Afghan, NATO forces patrol, 3 policemen wounded

Tue Aug 23 2016

An explosion targeted the Afghan and the NATO forces in Bagram district of northern Parwan province late on Monday evening, local officials said.

The NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission confirmed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack targeted the Afghan army vehicle during a partnered patrol.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-targets-afghan-nato-forces-patrol-3-policemen-wounded-01756

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India preparing the 4th Mi-25 gunship for delivery to Afghanistan

Mon Aug 22 2016

Efforts are underway for the delivery of the fourth and final Mi-25 gunships by India to the Afghan Air Force, it has been reported.

The delivery of the last of the four Mi-25s to Afghanistan has reportedly been delayed to the lack of spares to make the helicopter ready for the transfer.

Full report at: khaama.com/india-preparing-the-4th-mi-25-gunship-for-delivery-to-afghanistan-01754

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1 child killed, 3 wounded in an explosion in North of Afghanistan

Mon Aug 22 2016

At least one child was killed and three others were wounded in an explosion in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan, local officials said Monday.

The incident took place late on Sunday afternoon in Qosh Tapa district as the children were playing in the area and struck with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was already planted.

Full report at: khaama.com/1-child-killed-3-wounded-in-an-explosion-in-north-of-afghanistan-01753

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Mideast

Istanbul court arrests editor-in-chief, managing editor of Özgür Gündem

August 23, 2016

An Istanbul court ordered the arrest of the editor-in-chief and managing editor of daily Özgür Gündem on Aug. 22, on charges of being members of a terrorist organization.

The court ordered the pre-trial arrest of editor-in-chief Zana Kaya and managing editor İnan Kızılkaya based on criminal suspicion, possible obfuscation of evidence, possible desertion, and insufficient probation provisions. However, the court dismissed charges of disrupting the unity and the territorial integrity of the state.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-court-arrests-editor-in-chief-managing-editor-of-ozgur-gundem.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103136&NewsCatID=341'

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Turkish, US officials begin work on Gülen case

August 23, 2016

Legal experts and diplomats from Turkey and the United States have initiated work on the former’s demand for the immediate extradition of Fethullah Gülen from the U.S., a day before U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is set to pay a one-day visit to Turkey.

Three officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and a representative from the U.S. State Department arrived in Ankara late Aug.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-us-officials-begin-work-on-gulen-case-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103139&NewsCatID=341

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‘Can’t beat migrant smugglers without Turkey,’ says Merkel

August 23, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that cooperation with Turkey within the scope of the European Union’s migrant deal was right and without that deal the bloc would not be able to fight human smugglers.

“The coast guard alone cannot control maritime borders; we have to still do more. The cooperation with Turkey on migrants is right, otherwise we cannot win the fight against smugglers,” Merkel was quoted as saying by Italy’s ANSA news agency on an Italian aircraft carrier hosting an Italian-German-French summit off the island of Ventotene on Aug. 21.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/cant-beat-migrant-smugglers-without-turkey-says-merkel.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103142&NewsCatID=351

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Turkish military shells ISIL in Syria after mortar shells hit border town

August 23, 2016

The Turkish military shelled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in northern Syria on Aug. 23, after two mortar shells from Syria hit the southeastern province of Gaziantep.

The military fired 40 shells at four ISIL targets in Syria in response to the mortar fire from across the border.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-military-shells-isil-in-syria-after-mortar-shells-hit-border-town-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103135&NewsCatID=341

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Three Turkish leaders agree to discuss expanding the scope of charter amendments

August 23, 2016

The leaders of Turkey’s ruling party and two oppositional parties have agreed to discuss expanding the scope of upcoming constitutional amendments by including 60 articles which had previously been agreed to, in another indication of continued conciliation between the country’s political parties in the aftermath of the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/three-turkish-leaders-agree-to-discuss-expanding-the-scope-of-charter-amendments-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103140&NewsCatID=338

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ISIL must be cleared from Syrian border, says Turkish FM

August 23, 2016

Turkey’s foreign minister has said militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) must be totally pushed from the Syrian border region, as reports suggest that Syrian rebels are preparing to launch an attack to seize a town from the jihadists on the border with Turkey.

“Our border must be completely cleansed of Daesh,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Aug. 22, speaking within hours of suicide bomb attack killed at least 54 people and wounded nearly 70 others at a Kurdish wedding party in the southeastern border province of Gaziantep.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/isil-must-be-cleared-from-syrian-border-says-turkish-fm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103104&NewsCatID=510

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Bomb used in attack on wedding in Gaziantep same type as previous ISIL attacks: Report

August 23, 2016

Details continue to emerge regarding the Aug. 20 suicide blast carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, with the mechanism of the bomb used in the wedding attack that claimed at least 54 lives reportedly being the same type as ones used in previous attacks.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/bomb-used-in-attack-on-wedding-in-gaziantep-same-type-as-previous-isil-attacks-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103115&NewsCatID=341

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Sweden welcomes Turkey’s move to increase sentences for children’s sexual abuse

August 23, 2016

Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Margot Wallström told the Hürriyet Daily News in a written interview on Aug. 22 that she welcomed Turkey’s move to prepare a new law on sentences in cases of sexual abuse against children, following the diplomatic spat between Sweden and Turkey ignited by the top Turkish court’s decision to annul a legal article on the issue.

The Turkish Justice Ministry is preparing a new code in order to increase rather than decrease sentences for crimes of sexual abuse of children.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/sweden-welcomes-turkeys-move-to-increase-sentences-for-childrens-sexual-abuse-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103110&NewsCatID=351

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Traffic congestion charge included in draft to boost Turkish municipality revenue

August 23, 2016

The Environment and Urban Ministry is preparing a draft including the long-discussed issue of charging vehicles entering urban centers in a bid to ease congestion and increase municipality revenue.

In its draft to be submitted to parliament, the ministry has included an article stipulating the charging of individual and transportation vehicles entering and leaving city centers.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/traffic-congestion-charge-included-in-draft-to-boost-turkish-municipality-revenue-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103141&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish consumer confidence increases sharply after coup attempt

August 23, 2016

Turkey consumer confidence rose by 11.1 percent in August from the previous month, data from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) showed on Aug. 23.

The index was 74.44 in August, up from 67.03 in July, according to official data.

The index hit a six-year low of 58.52 last September, but has since recovered somewhat, even after the failed coup attempt.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-consumer-confidence-increases-sharply-after-coup-attempt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103143&NewsCatID=344

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Southeast Asia

There Is No Democracy in Burma without Rights for the Rohingya

August 22, 2016

In Burma, over 1.1 million Rohingya currently suffer from the impacts of systematic, widespread oppression. For decades, the Muslim minority in a largely Buddhist country has been denied citizenship, rendered stateless, and stripped of basic rights. The Rohingya face daily threats to their life and security in what the United Nations declares amount to "crimes against humanity." Human rights activists deem the Rohingya the most persecuted minority in the world, warning of direct state involvement in actions that could constitute ethnic cleansing.

Full report at: thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/292265-there-is-no-democracy-in-burma-without-rights-for-the

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Malaysian Rapper Taken Into Custody for Allegedly 'Insulting Islam' in Music Video

AUGUST 22, 2016

Wee Meng Chee, center, a Malaysian rapper popularly known as Namewee, is escorted by plainclothes policemen as he arrives at the magistrate court in Penang, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Meng Chee has been detained for allegedly insulting Islam in his latest music video. (AP Photo/Gary Chuah)

Ah, the warm, loving embrace of political Islam has arrived in Malaysia:

A Malaysian rapper has been remanded in custody by a court in Penang over a music video entitled Oh My God that allegedly insults Islam because it was partly filmed in a mosque.

Full report at: pjmedia.com/trending/2016/08/22/malaysian-rapper-taken-into-custody-for-allegedly-insulting-islam-in-music-video/

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Muslim hotel opens at Mount Fuji beauty spot, but so far no bookings

AUG 23, 2016

FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO, YAMANASHI PREF. – A hotel for Muslim travelers has opened near Lake Kawaguchi, a beauty site at the foot of Mount Fuji. It ticks all the right boxes, but a month after opening it has yet to take any bookings.

Syariah Hotel Fujisan, which opened late last month in the Yamanashi Prefecture town of Fujikawaguchiko, has a prayer room and offers halal menus for guests.

Full report at: japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/23/national/muslim-hotel-opens-mount-fuji-beauty-spot-far-no-bookings/#.V7wy3lt97IU

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Indonesia radio denies Singapore's claim of airing content supporting ISIS

August 23, 2016

An Indonesian radio station Monday, August 22, denied airing extremist sermons after Singapore linked it to the radicalization of two men detained in the city-state who allegedly planned to join the Islamic State group.

Singapore announced last week that Rosli bin Hamzah, 50, and Mohamed Omar bin Mahadi, 33, were being held under a tough internal security law after authorities discovered they intended to travel to Syria to fight for IS.

Full report at: jakarta.coconuts.co/2016/08/23/indonesia-radio-denies-singapores-claim-airing-content-supporting-isis

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North America

15 yrs after 9/11, Americans feel more at risk from terrorism

22 Aug, 2016

On Monday, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs published the results of its annual survey, showing that 42 percent overall regarded America as less safe now than in 2001. This reflects the feelings of 53 percent of Republican and 34 percent of Democratic respondents, and is a dramatic increase from 27 percent overall in 2014.

Coming up on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the survey showed something approaching a bipartisan consensus on the issue of combating international terrorism, with 70 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of Republicans in agreement.

Full report at: rt.com/usa/356778-americans-terrorism-safe-poll/

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Muslims are unfit to be American citizens: Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers

Aug 23, 2016

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be American citizens, ridiculed Mexican accents, called for Secretary of State John Kerry's death by hanging and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review of their postings by The Associated Press.

Full report at: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/muslims-are-unfit-to-be-american-citizens-donald-trumps-paid-campaign-staffers/articleshow/53817581.cms

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