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Islamic World News ( 4 Jul 2016, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Suicide bombers hit 3 Saudi cities including Prophet's Mosque in Medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Counter terror officials feel that this trend of the terror group targeting the entire region will only increase in the days.

 

 

To Incite Indians, Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent Uses Desi 'Grouse'

ISIS Threat in India from Maldives, Not Bangladesh

Bangladesh Attack: Searching For the 'Affluent Jihadists'

Bad Blood' Fears Fuel Abuse of Children Born Of Boko Haram Rape

ISIL Executing Growing Number of Members in Raqqa

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India

To Incite Indians, Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent Uses Desi 'Grouse'

ISIS Threat in India from Maldives, Not Bangladesh

Islamic State Has More Supporters than Indian Mujahideen in India: Here's Why

Supreme Court is the door to Uniform Civil Code, not Parliament

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South Asia

Bangladesh Attack: Searching For the 'Affluent Jihadists'

67 killed as nearly 800 insurgents launched coordinated attacks in Khost

ISIS commander among 12 killed in a drone strike in East of Afghanistan

Minister: 'Senseless Acts of Terror' Are Against Islam and Do Not Represent Muslims

The Unfortunate Fate of Afghan Police Cadets

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Africa

Bad Blood' Fears Fuel Abuse of Children Born Of Boko Haram Rape

Triple Suicide Bombing Averted In Nigeria

Protests over murder of Kenyan lawyer

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Arab World

Suicide bombers hit 3 Saudi cities including Prophet's Mosque in Medina

Saudi Arabia names Pakistani man as suicide bomber in Medina

ISIL Executing Growing Number of Members in Raqqa

ISIL Terrorists Plundering Properties of Civilians Fleeing Raqqa

Syrian Democratic Forces Seize ISIL's Arms Depot in Manbij Countryside

New Chief of Staff Resolved to Boost Iranian Armed Forces' Defense Power

Islamic States, Blocs Condemn Terrorist Attacks in Saudi Arabia

Iran's Leader Appoints New Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff

Russian Air Force, Navy Speed Up Coordination over Syria Operations

Iran Ask for Muslim World's Collective Response after Terrorists' Attack at Prophet's Mosque

Al-Nusra Terrorists' Military Convoy Hit Hard in Central Syria

ISIL's Attacks Repulsed by Army in Central Hama

Palestine Condemns Israeli Plans to Build 800 Houses in West Bank

Syrian Army Drives Terrorists out of More Lands in Aleppo Countryside

Army Cuts Militants' Supply Routes in Dara'a province

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Europe

NATO Chief: Surveillance Planes to Aid Anti-Islamic State Operations

Banning Guns and Muslim Immigration Won’t Stop Terrorism

Switzerland Should Create National Body to Prevent Islamic Radicalization

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Mideast

Erdoğan Calls Iraqi, Saudi Leaders over Terror Attacks

Russia Is Turkey’s ‘Eternal Neighbour’: Turkish PM

Turkey’s issue is with Egypt’s ruler, not Egyptian people: Erdoğan

17 ISIL suspects jailed pending trial over Istanbul airport attack

Kemer mayor resigns from MHP amid rift over house offer to family of Russian jet pilot

Turkey celebrates Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr

UN Condemns Israel’s Plan to Expand Settlements in West Bank

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Pakistan

Pakistan Attacks Indian Media, Refutes Reports of Link to Dhaka Terror Attack

A Little Done By Pakistan Police for Safety of Christians: AHRC

11 injured as IED blast hits Mardan marketplace

Pakistani wanted for murder, terror attempt arrested in Philippines

Eastern route not part of economic corridor, claims NHA chief

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Southeast Asia

Indonesia: Islamic State Responsible For Suicide Bombing At Solo Police Base

IS declares war on Malaysia and Indonesia

A Ramadan away from home for Rohingya

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North America

Two Muslim Teens Beaten Outside New York Mosque

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Suicide bombers hit 3 Saudi cities including Prophet's Mosque in Medina

Reuters | Jul 4, 2016

RIYADH: Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing at least four security officers in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramzan.

The explosions targeting US diplomats, Shi'ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a mosque in the holy city of Medina followed days of mass killings claimed by the Islamic State group in Turkey , Bangladesh and Iraq . The attacks all seem to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month.

A suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a parking lot outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, the second-holiest site in Islam, a Saudi security spokesman told state news agency SPA.

"Security men noticed a suspicious person among those approaching the Prophet's Mosque in an open area used as parking lots for visitors' cars. As they confronted him, he blew himself up with an explosive belt, which resulted in his death and the martyrdom of four of the security men," the spokesman said.

Five other officers were wounded, the statement added.

A Saudi security official said an attacker parked a car near the US consulate in Jeddah before detonating the device.

A video sent to Reuters by a witness to the aftermath of the Medina bombing showed a large blaze among parked cars in the fading evening light, with the sound of sirens in the background. A picture sent to Reuters showed a burnt and bleeding man lying on a stretcher in a hospital.

Other pictures circulating on social media showed dark smoke billowing from flames near the Mosque of the Prophet, originally built in the 7th century by the Prophet Muhammad, who is buried there along with his first two successors.

In Qatif, an eastern city that is home to many members of the Shi'ite minority, at least one and possibly two explosions struck near a Shi'ite mosque. The security spokesman said the body of a bomber and two other people have been identified, without providing any more details.

Witnesses described body parts, apparently of a suicide bomber, in the aftermath.

A resident of the city reached by telephone said there were believed to be no casualties there apart from the attacker, as worshippers had already gone home to break their fasts. Civil defence forces were cleaning up the area and police were investigating, the resident said.

A video circulating on social media and purporting to show the aftermath of a Qatif blast showed an agitated crowd on a street, with a fire raging near a building and a bloody body part lying on the ground. Reuters could not immediately verify the video.

Hours earlier a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the US Consulate in the kingdom's second city, Jeddah.

The Jeddah blast was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Authorities identified the attacker as a 34-year-old Pakistani driver named Abdullah Qalzar Khan, who lived with his wife and family in the city.

An official of the US State Department said no American citizens or consulate staff were hurt in the Jeddah blast. He said the United States was aware of reports of explosions in Qatif and Medina and would monitor the situation closely.

He said the State Department encouraged US citizens in Saudi Arabia "to be aware of their surroundings, and keep security and situational awareness levels high."

Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi'ite Muslim minority and security services.

Police and groups of local volunteers increased security near mosques in Qatif after suicide bombings hit mosques in Shi'ite areas last year, killing dozens. Another suicide blast at a mosque used by security forces killed 15 a year ago.

The top Saudi clerical body condemned the attacks.

"They are renegades from the (true) religion who have left behind the Muslim flock and their imam, violating all sanctities," the Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars said in a statement.

"They have no religion," it added.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Suicide-bombers-hit-3-Saudi-cities-including-Prophets-Mosque-in-Medina/articleshow/53051769.cms

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To Incite Indians, Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent Uses Desi 'Grouse'

Bharti Jain | Jul 5, 2016

NEW DELHI: The latest statement by chief of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Asim Umar not only exhorts Indian Muslims to kill IAS and IPS officers who "facilitate Hindu mobs targetting Muslims during communal riots" but also plays on their perceived grievances about having to chant 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', beef ban and forced conversions, to convince them to embrace jihad.

"Muslims are being forced to convert to Hinduism, chant 'Vande Mataram' or 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and observe beef ban...Chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' these days is being projected as cultural tradition...they want to impose Hindu tradition on us. Enemies of Muslims can worship any idol, cow or land which they equate to a Goddess, but a Muslim will only bow before Allah," said Umar, who hails from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh.

While calling upon young Indian Muslims to take up jihad, the AQIS chief gave them the example of Syria, where Muslims are holding territory and Europe, where "a few Muslims, though born and brought up there, have become a big headache". More interestingly, he brought up how the Muslims of Somalia, though struck with poverty and hunger, have chosen to fight for their faith. "Are 35 Crore Muslims in India weaker than their brethren in Somalia?" he asked.

"Your numbers are large in India and your geographical spread wide. Indian Muslims should pick up swords and daggers to kill Hindu rioters and officers who back them. Start killing IAS and IPS officers and you will see how Hindus bow before you," said Umar, who was designated global terrorist by the US State department only last week.

Alleging that the political establishment and officialdom were indulging those committing wrongs against Muslims, Umar stated: "Otherwise, can anyone dare to kill Muslims as one chops vegetable?. I say that if they are not hand-in-glove with those massacring Muslims, our boys should also be given a free run during riots like Hindu mobs. Then world will see who is braver; Muslims or non-Muslims.

"Forget that Hindustan belongs to Hindus that they can throw us out as per their will. This is the land of your Allah. Muslims have ruled over this land for centuries, then why do you now act weak, intimidated and helpless?" he asked Indian Muslims while persuading them to choose a life of honour or martyrdom.

"Allah warns you that these people are trying their best to keep you away from jihad, including by getting 'government Maulvis' to issue Fatwas asking you to stay at home. This, while weapons training goes on at RSS camps. They can have Trishul and Ballam but Muslims are denied even licensed weapons," he said.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/To-incite-Indians-AQIS-uses-desi-grouse/articleshow/53052742.cms

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ISIS threat in India from Maldives, not Bangladesh

Jul 5, 2016

New Delhi: The future threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) to the Indian sub-continent could be from Maldives rather than Bangladesh, according to a classified report sent by the Intelligence Bureau to multiple agencies recently.

The report, details of which have been accessed by this newspaper, said ISIS may have as many as 500 sympathisers in the Maldives in addition to those who are  suspected to have joined the terror outfit in Syria and Iraq.

“ISIS has been successfully using the internet and social media in influencing youths in the island nation and is determined to expand its network further,” the report stated and added that that in Bangladesh it was the Jamaeytul Mujahideen Bangladesh, blamed for last week’s terror attack, that was increasing its influence rather than the ISIS. The intelligence inputs are in line with the investigations carried out by security agencies in Bangladesh.

ISIS claimed credit to increase footprint

The Intelligence inputs are in line with the investigations carried out by security agencies in Bangladesh which indicate that the attack an upmarket restaurant in Dhaka may actually have been carried out by the JMB and not the ISIS though the latter claimed credit for it in an effort to increase its footprint in the region.

Counter terror officials who are closely tracking activities of ISIS not just in the country but the entire sub-continent feel that this trend of the terror group targeting the entire region will only increase in the days.

According to the Intelligence note though ISIS may have sympathisers among youth in Maldives it has not yet been able to establish presence or form a formidable network yet to carry out any major subversive activities.

It is suspected that though those involved in the Dhaka terror attack were influenced by ISIS,  they belonged to the JMB and the entire attack was executed by it rather than the Islamic State.

Sources said Indian agencies too are closely monitoring attempts by ISIS to get a presence in the country. Indian intelligence agencies have been working closely with their counterparts in Maldives on the issue ISIS trying to increase its influence in the sub-continent.

deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/050716/maldives-is-isis-route.html

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Bangladesh attack: Searching for the 'affluent jihadists'

Jul 05, 2016

Shahana Siddiqui knew the owners of the Holey cafe, in Bangladesh's capital, which was attacked last Friday.

Through the night, she was in touch with them and got a blow-by-blow account of the horrifying events.

So who were the men who carried out the country's worst ever militant attack?

They were all Bangladeshi but the one fact that has transfixed this nation is their personal history.

They were almost all from affluent backgrounds and had studied in some of the country's top schools and colleges.

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Some of the hostages who were freed described them as well-dressed and English-speaking.

The Facebook account of one of them, Nibras Islam, is filled with pictures of him with friends. There is even one showing him meeting a Bollywood actress.

Another of the attackers has been identified as Rohan Imtiaz.

He studied at one of the country's best private schools, Scholastica, described to me by one Bangladeshi as "Dhaka's equivalent of Eton", a reference to the top English school.

His father, Imtiaz Khan, is a politician with Bangladesh's governing Awami League party.

Rohan had apparently disappeared in December and his father filed a missing person's report with the police a month later.

"I am stunned to learn this, dumbfounded," he told the BBC. "There was nothing at home, no books or anything to indicate he was leaning that way.

Mr Khan is still not sure how his son became a radical.

"Perhaps through the internet," he added.

On the face of it, the suspects appeared to have led normal lives, typical of people from similar elite backgrounds.

One of them played football, another enjoyed listening to music while a third was fond of racing his car through Dhaka's streets at night with his friends.

But at some point, all of them changed, became reclusive and then disappeared from public view.

The North South University is the country's first private university and is located in a quiet, leafy neighbourhood.

This is where Nibral Islam studied.

After a lot of attempts, I finally track down one person who knew him. He agreed to speak to me but only on the phone and after I promised not to reveal his identity.

"I used to see him on campus. I've run into him a few times in the canteen," he tells me.

I ask him if he could tell me what he was like. "Very normal, just like anyone else."

He then told me that there are several Islamic radical groups who discreetly approach the students.

"It's very harmless at first. They ask them if they pray regularly and things like that."

Students who respond are then given literature and asked to attend discussions.

"Eventually they are told: 'This is no life. Join the jihad.' Those who get indoctrinated slowly withdraw from public and then simply disappear."

Bangladesh is not new to militant violence. But many agree that this attack marks a new and dangerous direction.

"This is only the beginning," says Brig Gen Shakhawat Hossain, a retired army officer and security analyst.

"There's more to come."

bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36710177

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Bad blood' fears fuel abuse of children born of Boko Haram rape

05 July, 2016

But the mother-of-four was forced to flee her home in the town of Gwoza a fortnight ago when a man threatened to murder her two-year-old boy Mohammed, the son of a Boko Haram fighter.

"He told me that if I didn't take the child away, he would buy petrol and set the boy on fire until he burned to ashes," Umar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Madagali, 22 km (14 miles) away, where she now lives with her brother.

The man, who saw Boko Haram kill three of his children, was one of many people in Gwoza who made it clear to Umar that her son was not welcome in the community since their return home.

"People didn't want to play with the child ... they called him Boko Haram child," Umar said, adding that she received the most abuse from those who had lost relatives to Boko Haram.

Women who are former Boko Haram captives, and their children born out of rape, face mistrust and persecution when they return home, according to a report by peacebuilding group International Alert and the U.N. children's agency UNICEF.

Many people fear those held by the Islamist militant group have been radicalised and may recruit others when they return home, said the report, which was published earlier this year.

More than 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since 2012, many of whom have been raped, trained to fight, or used as suicide bombers, according to the report.

Joint operations between Nigeria and neighbouring countries succeeded in driving Boko Haram from many of its strongholds last year but the Islamists have stepped up cross-border attacks and suicide bombings, many of them carried out by young girls.

"There is a belief that the blood of the father will always run in a child's veins and therefore that these children will eventually turn on their families and communities," said Rachel Harvey, chief of child protection for UNICEF in Nigeria.

"Boko Haram child"

Umar was kidnapped in August 2014 by Boko Haram militants who shot her husband in the head before taking her into Sambisa Forest, a vast colonial-era game reserve where the militants hide in secluded camps to avoid the Nigerian military.

Umar believes the militant to whom she was married is the father of her two-year-old son. He was named Mohammed Yusuf after Boko Haram's founder, who died in police custody in 2009.

When she returned home to Gwoza last year and learned that her three children from her murdered husband had been taken in by a neighbour, the family were overjoyed to be reunited.

"But people started telling them that their brother was a Boko Haram child," she said, adding that the three children became increasingly reluctant to play with Mohammed.

"My oldest daughter told me: 'Mummy, please, take this child to his father and come back to us'."

Despite moving to Madagali in Adamawa state, Umar is facing fresh stigma as people become aware of her son's heritage.

Her relatives do not want to touch Mohammed while people point at her in public and keep their distance, Umar said.

Recalling how she secretly plotted her escape from Sambisa with dozens of other women, Umar talks of how she carefully strapped her toddler to her back as she fled to keep him safe.

Yet the abuse she has suffered since escaping Boko Haram has pushed her to breaking point.

"If I had someone to take this child away from me, I would welcome the idea."

timeslive.co.za/africa/2016/07/05/Bad-blood-fears-fuel-abuse-of-children-born-of-Boko-Haram-rape

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ISIL Executing Growing Number of Members in Raqqa

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group executed several more of its own fighters on charges of involvement in the assassination of a Non-Syrian top commander of the Takfiri terrorist group few months ago, intelligence agents revealed on Tuesday.

"The ISIL has executed 13 of its own members in al-Tala'e garrison near the capital of the self-proclaimed Caliphate," the sources said, adding, "The executed ISIL members had been arrested by the groups' security forces on March 30 on charges of working on a plot to assassinate the terrorist group's Tunisian commander Abu al-Haija."

"Al-Haija had been appointed by ISIL Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to supervise military operations in Northeastern Aleppo, but was killed in an airstrike."

With the execution of these 13 fighters, the ISIL has killed 51 of its won members on different security charges since April.  

In May, the ISIL executed six men on charges of spying for the Syrian government forces or rival terrorists in the Western part of Raqqa province and Northern Aleppo.

"The ISIL executed three men on charges of spying for the Free Syrian Army in the small town of al-Rai in Aleppo," the sources said, "Also, the group crucified three men in Tabaqa region in Raqqa province under the pretext of spying for anti-ISIL forces."

The 3 victims of the ISIL brutality in Raqqa were identified as Ahmad al-Ibrahim, Hussam Khalil al-Hammoud, and Faysal ‘Abdel-Rahim al-Daher.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000427

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India

To Incite Indians, Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent Uses Desi 'Grouse'

Bharti Jain | Jul 5, 2016

NEW DELHI: The latest statement by chief of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Asim Umar not only exhorts Indian Muslims to kill IAS and IPS officers who "facilitate Hindu mobs targetting Muslims during communal riots" but also plays on their perceived grievances about having to chant 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', beef ban and forced conversions, to convince them to embrace jihad.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/To-incite-Indians-AQIS-uses-desi-grouse/articleshow/53052742.cms

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ISIS threat in India from Maldives, not Bangladesh

Jul 5, 2016

New Delhi: The future threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) to the Indian sub-continent could be from Maldives rather than Bangladesh, according to a classified report sent by the Intelligence Bureau to multiple agencies recently.

The report, details of which have been accessed by this newspaper, said ISIS may have as many as 500 sympathisers in the Maldives in addition to those who are  suspected to have joined the terror outfit in Syria and Iraq.

Full report at: deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/050716/maldives-is-isis-route.html

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Islamic State has more supporters than Indian Mujahideen in India: Here's why

Jul 4, 2016

It was in 1991 when I first learnt that making a bomb was no big deal. That was when I was in Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh for a couple of weeks to cover the by-election that sent Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao to the Lok Sabha. A friend took me to a thatched hut outside the small town where a “supporter” of Rao was diligently making a bomb on a stone slab. Evidently, Rao’s men were leaving no stone un-turned to ensure his victory: he had already taken over as the Prime Minister and he must enter Parliament at any cost.

The man in the hut was making a crude bomb with the ease of a housewife preparing sambaar. He said the ingredients were the same ones that were used to make fire crackers and fertilisers and “anybody can get them”.

A police officer was surprised that I was surprised about this. He said bomb-making was a cottage industry across India in “hundreds” of villages and towns, where Naxalites and political factions made explosives routinely.

This was 25 years ago.

Full report at: firstpost.com/india/islamic-state-has-more-supporters-than-indian-mujahideen-in-india-heres-why-2872608.html

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Irrfan Khan condemns Dhaka terror attack, asks Muslims to not stay silent

Jul 4, 2016

Actor Irrfan Khan condemned the Dhaka terror attacks in a strongly-worded Twitter post on Sunday (3 June) afternoon.

News of the attack, which saw seven terrorists hold the patrons of the Holey Artisan café in the Gulshan area of Dhaka hostage for over 10 hours beginning Friday night, had shocked the world. Twenty people were killed by the terrorists, before six of the attackers were gunned down by military forces, and one captured alive.

Full report at: Read the full text of Irrfan Khan’s tweet here:

firstpost.com/bollywood/irrfan-khan-condemns-dhaka-terror-attack-asks-muslims-to-not-stay-silent-2871626.html

 

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Irrfan holds his ground over religious remarks

The Times of India

Jul 5, 2016

Irrfan, who has wooed critics and audiences alike with his powerful performances on screen, is also known for speaking his mind. The actor doesn't mince his words while discussing things that he feels strongly about. However, his recent comments while promoting his film, Madaari, which releases on July 15, has stirred a controversy. The 49-year-old actor raised eyebrows when he questioned the essence of fasting during Ramadan and asked if the concept of sacrifice during Bakr-Eid had been lost. He remarked, "We have forgotten the real meaning of rituals. We have made them a tamasha (scene)."

Full report at: siasat.com/news/raj-bhawan-staff-learn-urdu-aug-1-guv-ram-naik-982420/

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Supreme Court is the door to Uniform Civil Code, not Parliament

Jul 5, 2016

After periodic reminders from the Supreme Court through observations while dealing with matrimonial cases involving mainly Muslim women, the Narendra Modi government has asked the Law Commission to examine the viability of implementing a Uniform Civil Code in the country based on “the best elements” from various existing personal codes. Predictably, the Congress party has questioned the decision, particularly its timing just ahead of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The vocal sections of the Muslim population have also challenged the decision.

Full report at: firstpost.com/india/supreme-court-is-the-door-to-uniform-civil-code-not-parliament-2873682.html

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South Asia

Bangladesh attack: Searching for the 'affluent jihadists'

Jul 05, 2016

Shahana Siddiqui knew the owners of the Holey cafe, in Bangladesh's capital, which was attacked last Friday.

Through the night, she was in touch with them and got a blow-by-blow account of the horrifying events.

So who were the men who carried out the country's worst ever militant attack?

They were all Bangladeshi but the one fact that has transfixed this nation is their personal history.

Full report at: bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36710177

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67 killed as nearly 800 insurgents launched coordinated attacks in Khost

Mon Jul 04 2016

At least 67 militants were killed after a major attack was launched by nearly 800 insurgents in southeastern Khost province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the coordinated attack was launched jointly by the local and foreign terrorists in Moosa Khel district.

Full report at: khaama.com/67-killed-as-nearly-800-insurgents-launched-coordinated-attacks-in-khost-01413

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ISIS commander among 12 killed in a drone strike in East of Afghanistan

Tue Jul 05 2016

A commander of the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist was among 12 killed in a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province.

According to the local security officials, the airstrike was carried out in Kot district targeting the loyalists of the terror group on Monday evening.

The officials further added that the airstrike also destroyed some weapons of the ISIS loyalists but no civilian casualties were reported.

Full report at: khaama.com/isis-commander-among-12-killed-in-a-drone-strike-in-east-of-afghanistan-01415

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Minister: 'Senseless Acts of Terror' Are Against Islam and Do Not Represent Muslims

Jul 05, 2016

SINGAPORE - Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim has condemned the recent spate of suicide bomb blasts in Muslim-majority countries as "senseless acts of terror" that are against Islam, and which do not represent Muslims.

His Facebook post on Tuesday morning (July 5) came hours after reports of multiple suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia, on the eve of Eid, which marks the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

Full report at: straitstimes.com/singapore/yaacob-ibrahim-senseless-acts-of-terror-are-against-islam-and-do-not-represent-muslims

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The Unfortunate Fate of Afghan Police Cadets

Tue Jul 05 2016

It was 29 June a beautiful morning and 25th day of Ramadan, everyone was excited and delighted. They were impatiently waiting for the bus to arrive. Two huge public transportation buses arrived. Everyone got into the bus heading from Wardak province located in the central east region to the capital Kabul. The policemen were returning from a training and were excited to spend the last few days of the Ramadan followed by Eid-ul-Fitr with their families, friends and relatives. Everyone of them had hundreds of colorful dreams. Some were married, waiting for their first child, others were excited about getting married and the older group was thinking about getting new cloth and gifts for their children.

Full report at: khaama.com/the-unfortunate-fate-of-afghan-police-cadets-01416

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Africa

Bad blood' fears fuel abuse of children born of Boko Haram rape

05 July, 2016

But the mother-of-four was forced to flee her home in the town of Gwoza a fortnight ago when a man threatened to murder her two-year-old boy Mohammed, the son of a Boko Haram fighter.

"He told me that if I didn't take the child away, he would buy petrol and set the boy on fire until he burned to ashes," Umar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Madagali, 22 km (14 miles) away, where she now lives with her brother.

The man, who saw Boko Haram kill three of his children, was one of many people in Gwoza who made it clear to Umar that her son was not welcome in the community since their return home.

Full report at: timeslive.co.za/africa/2016/07/05/Bad-blood-fears-fuel-abuse-of-children-born-of-Boko-Haram-rape

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Triple suicide bombing averted in Nigeria

05 July, 2016

Maiduguri – Nigeria's army said it thwarted a suicide bombing on Monday when soldiers killed two female suspects before they were able to attack displaced people, while a third died when her explosives detonated prematurely.

Army spokesperson Colonel Sani Usman said the trio tried to attack internally displaced people (IDPs) collecting water at a well on the outskirts of Monguno, in Borno state, at about 06:15 (05:15 GMT).

Full report at: news24.com/Africa/News/triple-suicide-bombing-averted-in-nigeria-20160705

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Protests over murder of Kenyan lawyer

05 July, 2016

In the capital Nairobi, protesters who had donned white t-shirts with red spots to symbolize bloodshed, gathered at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park. They waved placards condemning extrajudicial killings and called for an end to police impunity.

According to Kenya's Daily Nation, three police officers suspected in the killing of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver will remain in custody for the next 14 days pending investigations. The case is set for hearing on July 18.

The slain bodies of Kimani and the two others were discovered on July 1, in a river in Machakos County, after he reportedly visited a police station in Machakos. Kimani was an advocate at the High Court and a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

Full report at: dw.com/en/protests-over-murder-of-kenyan-lawyer/a-19377325

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Arab World

 

Suicide bombers hit 3 Saudi cities including Prophet's Mosque in Medina

Reuters | Jul 4, 2016

RIYADH: Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing at least four security officers in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramzan.

The explosions targeting US diplomats, Shi'ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a mosque in the holy city of Medina followed days of mass killings claimed by the Islamic State group in Turkey , Bangladesh and Iraq . The attacks all seem to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month.

A suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a parking lot outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, the second-holiest site in Islam, a Saudi security spokesman told state news agency SPA.

"Security men noticed a suspicious person among those approaching the Prophet's Mosque in an open area used as parking lots for visitors' cars. As they confronted him, he blew himself up with an explosive belt, which resulted in his death and the martyrdom of four of the security men," the spokesman said.

Five other officers were wounded, the statement added.

A Saudi security official said an attacker parked a car near the US consulate in Jeddah before detonating the device.

A video sent to Reuters by a witness to the aftermath of the Medina bombing showed a large blaze among parked cars in the fading evening light, with the sound of sirens in the background. A picture sent to Reuters showed a burnt and bleeding man lying on a stretcher in a hospital.

Other pictures circulating on social media showed dark smoke billowing from flames near the Mosque of the Prophet, originally built in the 7th century by the Prophet Muhammad, who is buried there along with his first two successors.

In Qatif, an eastern city that is home to many members of the Shi'ite minority, at least one and possibly two explosions struck near a Shi'ite mosque. The security spokesman said the body of a bomber and two other people have been identified, without providing any more details.

Witnesses described body parts, apparently of a suicide bomber, in the aftermath.

A resident of the city reached by telephone said there were believed to be no casualties there apart from the attacker, as worshippers had already gone home to break their fasts. Civil defence forces were cleaning up the area and police were investigating, the resident said.

A video circulating on social media and purporting to show the aftermath of a Qatif blast showed an agitated crowd on a street, with a fire raging near a building and a bloody body part lying on the ground. Reuters could not immediately verify the video.

Hours earlier a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the US Consulate in the kingdom's second city, Jeddah.

The Jeddah blast was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Authorities identified the attacker as a 34-year-old Pakistani driver named Abdullah Qalzar Khan, who lived with his wife and family in the city.

An official of the US State Department said no American citizens or consulate staff were hurt in the Jeddah blast. He said the United States was aware of reports of explosions in Qatif and Medina and would monitor the situation closely.

He said the State Department encouraged US citizens in Saudi Arabia "to be aware of their surroundings, and keep security and situational awareness levels high."

Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi'ite Muslim minority and security services.

Police and groups of local volunteers increased security near mosques in Qatif after suicide bombings hit mosques in Shi'ite areas last year, killing dozens. Another suicide blast at a mosque used by security forces killed 15 a year ago.

The top Saudi clerical body condemned the attacks.

"They are renegades from the (true) religion who have left behind the Muslim flock and their imam, violating all sanctities," the Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars said in a statement.

"They have no religion," it added.

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Saudi Arabia names Pakistani man as suicide bomber in Medina

AP | Jul 5, 2016

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who struck outside one of Islam's holiest sites the day before as a Pakistani resident of the kingdom who arrived 12 years ago to work as a driver.

The suicide bombing on Monday outside the sprawling mosque grounds where the Prophet Muhammad is buried in the western city of Medina killed four Saudi security troops and wounded five. Millions of Muslims from around the world visit the mosque every year as part of their pilgrimage to Mecca.

The governor of Mecca, Prince Faisal bin Salman, who is a son of King Salman, was shown on state television visiting security officers wounded in the blast and the site of the explosion, within hours of the blast.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Medina attack or two other attacks in the kingdom on the same day, one near the US Consulate in Jiddah and the other at a Shiite mosque in the east of the country. The nature of the attacks and their apparently coordinated timing suggested the Islamic State group could be to blame.

An Interior Ministry statement issued on Tuesday identified the man as 34-year-old Abdullah Qalzar Khan. It said he lived in the nearby Red Sea port city of Jiddah with "his wife and her parents.'' The statement didn't elaborate.

There was no immediate comment from Islamabad. There are around 9 million foreigners living in Saudi Arabia, which has a total population of 30 million.

Among all foreigners living in the kingdom, Pakistanis represent one of the largest groups.

The Saudi ministry said the attacker set off the bomb in a parking lot after security officers raised suspicions about him. Several cars caught fire and thick plumes of black smoke were seen rising from the site of the explosion as thousands of worshippers crowded the streets around the mosque.

Worshippers expressed shock that such a prominent holy site could be targeted.

"That's not an act that represents Islam,'' said Altayeb Osama, a 25-year old Sudanese visitor to Medina and resident of Abu Dhabi who heard two large booms about a minute apart as he was heading toward the mosque for sunset prayers Monday. ``People never imagined that this could happen here.''

The Prophet Muhammad's mosque was packed on Monday evening with worshippers during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in the kingdom on Tuesday. Local media say the attacker was intending to strike the mosque when it was crowded with thousands of worshippers gathered for the sunset prayer.

Qari Ziyaad Patel, 36, from Johannesburg, South Africa, was at the mosque when he heard a blast just as people were breaking their fast with dates. Many at first thought it was the sound of traditional, celebratory cannon fire, he said.

"I actually felt the ground shake,'' he said. "The vibrations were very strong. ... It sounded like a building imploded.''

State-run news channel al-Ekhbariya aired live video of the mosque filled with worshippers praying hours after the explosion.

The ruling Al Saudi family derives enormous prestige and legitimacy from being the caretakers of the hajj pilgrimage and Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina. The attack may have been an attempt to undermine the Saudi monarchy's claim of guardianship.

Saudi Arabia is part of the US led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and the militant group views its ruling monarchy as an enemy. The kingdom has been the target of multiple attacks by the group that have killed dozens of people. In June, the Interior Ministry reported 26 terror attacks in the last two years.

In 1979, extremists took over Mecca's Grand Mosque, home to the cube-shaped Kaaba, for two weeks as they demanded the royal family abdicate the throne.

Last year, the Saudi government was accused of gross negligence by regional foes, primarily Iran, after a crush of pilgrims during the annual hajj killed at least 2,426 people and a crane collapse over the Grand Mosque killed 111 worshippers.

Also Monday evening, at least one suicide bomber and a car bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, several hours after a suicide bomber carried out an attack near the U.S. Consulate in the western city of Jiddah.

The attack in the eastern region of Qatif did not appear to cause any injuries, said resident Mohammed al-Nimr. His brother, prominent Saudi Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, was executed in January after a court found him guilty of sedition and inciting violence for his role in anti-government protests _ charges his supporters reject. Qatif is home to many Shiites, a minority in the Sunni-dominated kingdom.

The Interior Ministry said it was working to identify the remains of three bodies at the site of blast, suggesting there may have been three attackers.

IS and other Sunni extremists consider Shiites to be apostates deserving of death, and have previously attacked Shiite places of worship, including a suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in Qatif in May 2015 that killed 21 people.

Earlier on Monday, near the US Consulate in Jiddah, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives after two security guards approached him, killing himself and lightly wounding the two guards, the Interior Ministry said.

No consular staff were wounded in the attack.

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ISIL Executing Growing Number of Members in Raqqa

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group executed several more of its own fighters on charges of involvement in the assassination of a Non-Syrian top commander of the Takfiri terrorist group few months ago, intelligence agents revealed on Tuesday.

"The ISIL has executed 13 of its own members in al-Tala'e garrison near the capital of the self-proclaimed Caliphate," the sources said, adding, "The executed ISIL members had been arrested by the groups' security forces on March 30 on charges of working on a plot to assassinate the terrorist group's Tunisian commander Abu al-Haija."

"Al-Haija had been appointed by ISIL Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to supervise military operations in Northeastern Aleppo, but was killed in an airstrike."

With the execution of these 13 fighters, the ISIL has killed 51 of its won members on different security charges since April.  

In May, the ISIL executed six men on charges of spying for the Syrian government forces or rival terrorists in the Western part of Raqqa province and Northern Aleppo.

"The ISIL executed three men on charges of spying for the Free Syrian Army in the small town of al-Rai in Aleppo," the sources said, "Also, the group crucified three men in Tabaqa region in Raqqa province under the pretext of spying for anti-ISIL forces."

The 3 victims of the ISIL brutality in Raqqa were identified as Ahmad al-Ibrahim, Hussam Khalil al-Hammoud, and Faysal ‘Abdel-Rahim al-Daher.

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ISIL Terrorists Plundering Properties of Civilians Fleeing Raqqa

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Sources in the ISIL-held city of Raqqa said that the terrorist group's security forces are looting houses and shops of those civilians who have left the city without the Takfiri group's permit.

"The ISIL has recently ordered its Hasaba (monitoring-security system) forces to seized the properties of those civilians who have left the city without gaining the group's permit," the media activists said, adding, "Previously, the people who wanted to leave Raqqa had to pay a lot of money to Hasaba as toll or they would introduce a sponsor."

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000603

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Syrian Democratic Forces Seize ISIL's Arms Depot in Manbij Countryside

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in their mop-up operation on the Southern side of the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo, discovered a large depot of ISIL arms and ammunition left behind by the terrorist group.

The SDF fighters, who repelled heavy offensives of the ISIL from three flanks in the Southern countryside of Manbij, seized a large volume of weapons, ammunition, grenades, bombes and other explosive devices in battlefield.

The SDF, meantime, buried bodies of tens of the ISIL members killed in Manbij's Southern battlefield. 

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000702

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New Chief of Staff Resolved to Boost Iranian Armed Forces' Defense Power

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- New Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said on Tuesday that combating threats and increasing the defensive power of Iran's military troops will stand atop his agenda.

"Enhancing the Armed Forces' defensive and security capabilities, boosting the ability to confront threats and also upholding popular mobilization are among the most important programs (of the Iranian Armed Forces)," Major General Baqeri told reporters on Tuesday. 

Major General Baqeri reiterated that boosting Iran's defensive preparedness beyond the country's borders in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and Northern Indian Ocean has been pursued due to Iran's naval prowess and will be followed up more than before.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000575

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Islamic States, Blocs Condemn Terrorist Attacks in Saudi Arabia

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Leading Islamic Blocs and Muslim nations condemned Monday’s blasts, including an explosion outside the Prophet Muhammad's mosque in the Saudi Arabia's holy city of Medina.

The secretary general of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, said in a statement published by Kuwait’s state news agency that “any person who takes out his or her life, kill and terrorize innocent people, and commit such crimes in the holy month of Ramadan and in Al-Madinah Al Munawwarah and close to the sacred mosque of the Prophet, negates being a Muslim and refutes every Islamic value”.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000512

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Iran's Leader Appoints New Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday appointed Brigadier General Abdolrahim Moussavi as deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces.

Brigadier General Moussavi replaced former deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Gholam Ali Rashid.

Before his new post, General Mousavi was Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army.

Meantime, the Supreme Leader, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, appointed Major General Gholam Ali Rashid as Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters on Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000430

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Russian Air Force, Navy Speed Up Coordination over Syria Operations

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian fighter and reconnaissance jets have sped up their tactical coordination operations with the Syria-bound Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier to have stronger presence in war on terrorism in the Middle East, military sources said.

"The Russian air force has launched operational cooperation with Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier over Syria's war on terrorism. The air force has thus far tested taking off and landing of 279 fighter jets via Kuznetsov carrier," the sources said, adding, "Sukhoi-25 and 33 and Mig-29 have thus far been used in the joint exercises."

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000506

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Iran Ask for Muslim World's Collective Response after Terrorists' Attack at Prophet's Mosque

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday condemned the Monday terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, saying that the Takfiri terrorists have crossed all redlines.

"There are no more red lines left for terrorists to cross; Sunnis, Shiites will both remain victims unless we stand united as one," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday in reaction to the terrorist attacks in the Saudi cities of Medina and Qatif.

Two explosions hit two different parts of Saudi Arabia on Monday night.

The first explosion hit the Qatif region in the Southern part of Saudi Arabia, but except the suicide bomber no one was hurt in the explosion

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000360

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Al-Nusra Terrorists' Military Convoy Hit Hard in Central Syria

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops stormed a military column of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front on a road on the Western side of the town of al-Salamiyah, inflicting major damage on terrorists' vehicles, provincial sources said Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000337

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ISIL's Attacks Repulsed by Army in Central Hama

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army repelled ISIL's offensive in the Northeastern countryside of the town of Salamiyah after inflicting several casualties on the terrorists.

The Syrian army men fended off ISIL's assaults on the pro-government forces' strongholds near the village of al-Maboujeh, which claimed the lives of several militants and destroyed the military equipment.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000292

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Palestine Condemns Israeli Plans to Build 800 Houses in West Bank

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Palestinian authorities condemned Israeli plans for the construction of 800 new settlement units in Eastern Jerusalem and the nearby West Bank settlement of Ma’ala Adumim.

“The campaign is aimed at escalation of tensions on the Palestinian territory,” spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Youssef Mahmoud said Monday, WAFA reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000293

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Syrian Army Drives Terrorists out of More Lands in Aleppo Countryside

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops engaged in heavy clashes with the terrorist groups in the Northern countryside of Aleppo and forced them to retreat from their positions.

The Syrian army soldiers struck the terrorists' defense lines in lairamoun and captured al-Mahalij, Sarhil, Police building and a number of building blocks after hours of non-stop clashes.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000234

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Army Cuts Militants' Supply Routes in Dara'a province

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army alongside popular forces gained full control over terrorists' lines of supply along a strategic road in Dara'a province during the past 24 hours.

The entire supply lines of the terrorist groups came under the grip of the Syrian government forces.

The Syrian army killed and wounded scores of the ISIL militants in Aleppo province.

The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups in other key province across Syria.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000316

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Europe

NATO chief: Surveillance planes to aid anti-Islamic State operations

July 4, 2016

BRUSSELS — NATO leaders will approve the use of AWACS surveillance aircraft to assist the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State extremist group, the alliance's secretary-general said Monday.

Jens Stoltenberg said he expects the alliance summit in Warsaw also to agree on a new role for NATO in the Central Mediterranean, where the European Union has deployed ships to halt human trafficking.

Full report at: stripes.com/news/europe/nato-chief-surveillance-planes-to-aid-anti-islamic-state-operations-1.417466

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Banning Guns And Muslim Immigration Won’t Stop Terrorism

05 July, 2016

Last week, I wrote an article on the massacre in Florida. It drew many responses and some criticisms. In general, the critics fell into two groups.

Some felt I should have demanded stricter gun control. Others, that I should have demanded a ban on Muslim immigration. On the surface, both suggestions are reasonable, but they reminded me of something Will Rogers said.

Rogers was a renowned American humorist in the early 20th century. During World War I, German U-boats threatened the Allied war effort by sinking US ships headed to Europe. The Allied navies could not stop the slaughter.

Full report at: valuewalk.com/2016/07/banning-guns-muslims/

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Switzerland Should Create National Body to Prevent Islamic Radicalization

05 July, 2016

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Switzerland should create a national body to monitor and prevent Islamic radicalization, the country’s special task force Terrorist TRAvellers (TETRA) said in a report on Monday.

"The establishment of a national body, as a competence center dealing with religious issues of national importance from both cantonal and communal authorities as well as Muslim associations, should be examined," the report published on the Swiss Defense Department's website said.

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Mideast

Erdoğan calls Iraqi, Saudi leaders over terror attacks

July 5, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has offered his condolences to the people of Iraq and Saudi Arabia over recent terrorist attacks in separate phone calls with the leaders of the two countries.

According to information provided by presidential sources, Erdoğan first called Iraqi President Fuad Masum late on July 4 to condemn the massive terror attacks that hit Baghdad over the weekend, claiming the lives of more than 200 people. The attack is believed to be carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-calls-iraqi-saudi-leaders-over-terror-attacks-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101242&NewsCatID=510

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Russia is Turkey’s ‘eternal neighbor’: Turkish PM

July 5, 2016

Russia is Turkey’s “eternal neighbor,” Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on July 3, as the nations put a seven month diplomatic and economic freeze behind them.

Speaking at an event at the recently inaugurated Osmangazi Bridge crossing İzmit Bay, Yıldırım said: “Russia is our eternal neighbor therefore the temporary deterioration in our relations is not something any of us wanted.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/russia-is-turkeys-eternal-neighbor-turkish-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101229&NewsCatID=510

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Turkey’s issue is with Egypt’s ruler, not Egyptian people: Erdoğan

July 5, 2016

Turkey has no problem with the Egyptian people, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed on July 5, amid signs of a possible thaw between the two countries.       

“The problem with Egypt is an issue with its administration, particularly with its ruler,” Erdoğan told reporters after Eid al-Fitr prayer in Istanbul.

Ankara and Cairo have had troubled ties following the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically-elected leader Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 military coup led by Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, then defense minister and now president.       

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-issue-is-with-egypts-ruler-not-egyptian-people-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101243&NewsCatID=510

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17 ISIL suspects jailed pending trial over Istanbul airport attack

July 5, 2016

A Turkish court jailed 17 suspects pending trial on July 5 in connection with last week’s suicide bomb attack on Istanbul’s main airport, which killed 45 people and wounded hundreds.

The arrest of the suspects, 11 of them foreigners, brought the number of those taken into custody over the attack to 30 after 13 were sent to jail on July 3.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/17-isil-suspects-jailed-pending-trial-over-istanbul-airport-attack.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101241&NewsCatID=509

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Kemer mayor resigns from MHP amid rift over house offer to family of Russian jet pilot

July 5, 2016

Kemer Mayor Mustafa Gül has resigned from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) after the party sent his name to its disciplinary board demanding his expulsion following his offer to provide a house to the family of the Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey and who was later killed, allegedly by a Turkish militant fighting in Syria. 

Gül, along with 70 other MHP members, including municipal council members, district heads and delegates, sent in their resignations from the party, saying his offer to give a house to the family of the downed jet’s pilot in the district in Antalya was interpreted incorrectly.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/kemer-mayor-resigns-from-mhp-amid-rift-over-house-offer-to-family-of-russian-jet-pilot.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101225&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey celebrates Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr

July 4, 2016

Muslims in Turkey, along with other Muslim populations around the world, are celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr on July 5, marking the end of 30 days of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Turkish authorities declared a nine-day public holiday starting from July 2 for Eid al-Fitr. It had been planned to officially start on July 5 and end on July 7, but Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım signed a circular saying that July 8 would also be a holiday, thus declaring a nine-day public holiday including the preceding and following weekends.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-celebrates-islamic-holiday-of-eid-al-fitr.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101224&NewsCatID=393

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UN Condemns Israel’s Plan to Expand Settlements in West Bank

July 5, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned Israel’s recent decision to expand its settlement activities in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem.

“The Secretary-General strongly criticizes the decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans to build some 560 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ala Adumim, as well as the advancement of plans to build 240 housing units in a number of settlements in occupied East Jerusalem,” said Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman in statement, UN News Centre reported.

The spokesman noted that such activities raise “legitimate questions” over Tel Aviv’s “long-term intentions” in the West Bank.    

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950415000590

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Pakistan

Pakistan attacks Indian media, refutes reports of link to Dhaka terror attack

July 4, 2016

Islamabad : Refuting allegations of their involvement in the gruesome terror attack in a Dhaka cafe which claimed 22 lives, Pakistan on Monday targeted Indian media for carrying out provocative stories.

In a statement, the Pakistan Foreign Office said such reports are utterly baseless and unfounded.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-attacks-indian-media-refutes-reports-link-dhaka-terror-attack-982244/

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A little done by Pakistan police for safety of Christians: AHRC

July 5, 2016

Police in Pakistan are doing little to ensure the safety of the Christian community, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has said in a statement on the basis of information that it has collected over the last couple of months.

The AHRC said that it had recently received information that Muslims residing in Chak 44, Mandi Bahaudin, Punjab Province, have turned aggressive against Christians living in the area, causing a great deal of restlessness and chaos within the community.

Referring to some local news reports, the AHRC claimed that the Muslims have put two conditions before the Christians namely (1) To convert to Islam if they want to continue living in the village (2) Or, leave the village forever.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/a-little-done-by-pakistan-police-for-safety-of-christians-ahrc-2894405/

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11 injured as IED blast hits Mardan marketplace

05 Jul 2016

MARDAN: Eleven people, including a police officer, were injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated in Mardan's Khawaja Gani Bazaar on Tuesday.

A bomb containing 800 grams of explosive material was planted in front of one of the shops in the busy marketplace, Superintendent of Police (SP) Operations Saifullah told DawnNews.

The SP Operations said those injured in the blast were shifted to Mardan Medical Centre for treatment, adding that authorities have initiated a search operation following the attack.

dawn.com/news/1269240/11-injured-as-ied-blast-hits-mardan-marketplace

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Pakistani wanted for murder, terror attempt arrested in Philippines

Jul 5, 2016

MANILA: The Philippines Bureau of Immigration arrested over the weekend a Pakistani wanted for various crimes in his country, including terrorism, rioting and murder.

New Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Malik Muhammad Sharif, 39, was arrested Saturday in Subic, Zambales, in northern Philippines by agents of the bureau and other law enforcement agencies.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1269234/pakistani-wanted-for-murder-terror-attempt-arrested-in-philippines

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Eastern route not part of economic corridor, claims NHA chief

Jul 5, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar has given a new twist to the controversy over the eastern and western routes of the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by claiming that the eastern route is not part of the project.

“The actual corridor comprises the western route whereas the eastern route is aimed at improving the existing north-to-south motorway connectivity,” he said while talking to Dawn.

The claim made by the NHA chief is significant amid strong criticism by opposition parties that the government had given priority to the eastern route of the CPEC and ignored the western route.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1269102/eastern-route-not-part-of-economic-corridor-claims-nha-chief

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Southeast Asia

Indonesia: Islamic State responsible for suicide bombing at Solo police base

5th July 2016

THE suicide bombing attack at a police headquarters in the Javanese city of Solo, Indonesia this morning was carried out by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, authorities say.

Police have also named the attacker as 30-year-old Nur Rohman.

According to the Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s State Intelligent Body (BIN) chief Sutiyoso said there is a concentration of sympathizers located in and around Solo who are believed to be preparing for attacks.

Full report at: asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/indonesia-suicide-bomber-dies-attack-police-base-solo/

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IS declares war on Malaysia and Indonesia

Jul 05, 2016

PETALING JAYA: A gun-toting adult is surrounded by children, and a teen standing away from the group is seen cradling an AK-47 assault rifle.

The man is wagging his right index finger back and forth, and talks in a mix of Bahasa Malaysia and what sounded like Arabic.

He expresses gratitude to Allah for "easing our journey and jihad" and for appointing them as "soldiers of Tawhid (The Oneness of God)".

Full report at: news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/declares-war-malaysia-and-indonesia

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A Ramadan away from home for Rohingya

July 5, 2016

It’s a grey sunset on a hot and humid evening in the smoggy outskirts of India’s capital. In a barren wasteland between New Delhi and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the muezzin of a makeshift mosque calls Muslims to prayer. Dozens of men gather for a traditional iftar meal to break their Ramadan fast.

A charity is picking up the tab for the day’s feast. Sliced mangoes, dates and pakoras (fried snacks) are served on paper plates. As the aroma of chicken biryani wafts through the mosque, the children waiting outside grow restless. The early diners are shunted off by the local imam. There are more stomachs to be fed.

Full report at: blogs.reuters.com/india/2016/07/05/a-ramadan-away-from-home-for-rohingya/

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North America

Two Muslim teens beaten outside New York mosque

Jul 5, 2016

New York: Two Muslim teenagers were beaten outside a New York City mosque by an attacker, who shouted slurs at them, a rights group said on Monday while demanding a police investigation into the incident.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement that a 16-year-old boy was attacked outside Brooklyn's Muslim Community Center as he took a break from prayers.

Full report at: deccanchronicle.com/world/america/050716/two-muslim-teens-beaten-outside-new-york-mosque.html

 

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