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Taliban Execute School Students over Espionage Charges in Kunar




 




TC-TUR, Turkey's new official jet, transported the freed Turks from Şanlıurfa to Ankara

 

 

 South Asia

Taliban Execute School Students Over Espionage Charges In Kunar

35 Taliban militants killed, 25 others injured in clearing operations

Former Jihadi Leader Calls Killers of Afghan Forces and Jihadi Leaders ‘Infidels’

JMB targets president, PM Sheikh Hasina to draw Islamic State attention

 

North America

New York City Buses To Carry Anti-Islam Posters

Senate Pledges $10m Bounty for ISIS Killers

US House unanimously condemns swell of anti-Semitism in Europe, Middle East

US State Dept Okays sale of IED-resistant vehicles worth $198m to Pakistan

Kerry: ‘We must shut borders’ to defeat ISIS

United States says role for Iran in tackling ISIS

World united in fight against ISIL: Barack Obama

 

India

Sangh Parivar Reaches Out To Muslims, Bats for Social Reform

No Discussion on ISIS, Al-Qaeda Threat at SAARC

Modi too shrewd to be derailed by nationalist symbolism— Fareed Zakaria

Orders go out: no ID cards, no entry to Garba Venues

Four militants killed in gunbattle with security forces

India rubbishes Bilawal’s Kashmir remarks

Al-Qaida trying to enter Assam: Tarun Gogoi

 

Mideast

Turkey’s 49 Hostages Freed In MİT Operation, Says President Erdoğan

Operation launched after ISIL broke promise: Turkish FM

45,000 Syrian Kurds enter Turkey: Deputy PM

Iran's FM: West, US Unable to Curb Terrorism

Israel to be sued for war crimes if intransigence continues: PM

'Dud' Israeli shell kills 3 in Gaza

Yemen TV building on fire as clashes continue in Sanaa

 

Arab World

Syrian Army Advances in Hama, Kills Large Number of Militants

Eighteen ISIS militants killed fighting Syria Kurds

Hezbollah Ready to Hit Takfiri Terrorists at Khamenei's Order

Kurdish Region of Kobani under Imminent Risk of Manslaughter by ISIL

Kurdish fighters head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants

Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic State

Iraqi Forces Purge 4 Villages in Diyala of ISIL

Under new plan in Iraq, ISIS fight may fall to provinces

UN’s flight marks a new era on Israel-Syria front

Documents showing first expansion to Prophet’s Mosque on auction

Police arrest 15,000 illegal expats in Jeddah

 

Pakistan

Pakistan Not a Jungle; ‘Might Is Right’ Won’t Work: Nawaz

JI Threatens To Quit KPK Government If More Islamic Syllabus Not Implemented

Senior TTP commander killed in North Waziristan clash

New ISI chief — time for the PM to pick and choose

Remote-controlled bomb kills one in Turbat

I will take back entire Kashmir from India: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Jirga has given a week to parties: Jamaat-i-Islami Emir

Time for sit-ins selected under conspiracy- Shahbaz

Qadri seeks death penalty for corrupt law

 

Africa

Boko Haram Extremists Kill Scores at Borno Market

Mali: Bomb Kills 5 U.N. Peacekeepers

2 killed in al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

 

Europe

Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace: French Senator

Three Germans charged over sending cameras, cash to IS

France mounts Iraq strikes as militants advance in Syria

UK Muslim clerics issue video appeal to free British hostage

Belgium prevented jihadist attacks, newspaper says

Israel-Palestinian 'solution' to be put to UN Security Council: Francois Hollande

German Muslims rally against extremism

 

Southeast Asia

Religious Affairs Minister Gives Embattled Bogor Church New Hope

Sedition Act enacted to protect non-Malays, claims Ibrahim Ali

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

 

Taliban Execute School Students over Espionage Charges in Kunar

Sep 20 2014

Taliban militants executed two high school students over espionage charges in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the two students were accused of spying for the central government by Taliban militants.

Deputy provincial police chief Abdul Qadir Khan Omid confirmed that Taliban militants executed two students in Nari district early Saturday.

He said Afghan forces have launched an operation to detain those involved behind the assassination of the two students.

Taliba militants group has not commented regarding the incident so far.

Kunar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

http://www.khaama.com/taliban-execute-school-students-over-espionage-charges-in-kunar-8681

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35 Taliban militants killed, 25 others injured in clearing operations

Sep 20 2014

At least 35 Taliban militants were killed and 25 others were injured following counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) following a statement said, “In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.”

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Kabul, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Khost and Helmand provinces.

At least four militants were also arrested by Afghan National Security Forces during the same operations.

“Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition,” the statement said.

The statement also added that the Afghan National Police discovered and defused several types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Faryab and Maidan Wardak provinces.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the reports so far.

http://www.khaama.com/35-taliban-militants-killed-25-others-injured-in-clearing-operations-8678

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Former Jihadi Leader Calls Killers of Afghan Forces and Jihadi Leaders ‘Infidels’

Sep 20 2014

Professor Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, a prominent religious cleric and former jihadi leader, once again took a hard stance against the Taliban militants and challenged their ongoing armed campaign.

Sayyaf was speaking during the commemoration ceremony to mark the 3rd death anniversary of former president and high peace council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani.

He criticized the Taliban group for their armed campaign against the Afghan forces and government and said Taliban are carrying out brutal attacks in the name of Islam.

Sayyaf challenged Taliban leaders for face to face debate and insisted that murderers of Afghan forces and jihadi leaders are infidels.

Rabbani was killed following a suicide attack in his residence in capital Kabul three years back.

He was assassinated by a suicide bomber who had disguised himself as a peace messenger, representing the Taliban group.

The bomber detonated explosives which were planted in his turban after getting close to Rabbani, killing him along with a number of other high peace council officials and injuring several others including high peace council secretary Masoom Stanikzai.

http://www.khaama.com/sayyaf-calls-killers-of-afghan-forces-and-jihadi-leaders-infidels-8679

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JMB targets president, PM Sheikh Hasina to draw  Islamic State attention

20 September 2014

Banned militant outfit JMB was reportedly planning to attack the president and the prime minister along with other VIPs in a bid to draw the attention of the international militant organisation Islamic State (IS) and jump-start its activities in Bangladesh.

To implement their plan, the Jama’atul Mujahedin Bangladesh militants had already gathered large amounts of explosives and were reportedly waiting for an opportune moment to carry out the attacks.

The plans came to light after detectives of Dhaka Metropolitan Police held seven JMB members, including the outfit’s acting chief, from Ashulia Landing Station area in the early hours of yesterday. Ten kilograms of explosive gel, four brass idols, books and leaflets preaching militancy were also recovered from their possession.

Without giving details on the type of the explosives gel, police sources said the material would create powerful explosives once added with powdered brass.

Primary interrogation of the arrestees also revealed that the JMB had plans to snatch Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Jashim Uddin Rahmani from police custody, in a manner similar to the previous snatching of three top JMB members in Mymensingh’s Trishal earlier this year.

The arrestees are JMB acting chief Abdullah Al Tasnim alias Nahid, 29, members Md Nayem Ali, 28, Md Sikandar Ali alias Noki, 25, Mahmud Ibne Bashar, 23, Md Masum Billah, 26, Fuad Hasan, 18, and Ali Ahmed, 24.

The JMB acting chief – who faces at least 20 cases – had arrest warrants issued against him as he had been evading court appearances since securing bail from a court in January.

In a press conference at the Media and Community Centre of the DMP yesterday, Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police, said the arrested JMB activists were planning on carrying out destructive activities on different major targets including the state’s VVIP and VIP persons.

Monirul did not mention the names of the targeted VVIP persons, but Bangladesh has only two persons with the status: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The joint commissioner added that the arrestees had also admitted to targeting high-profile personalities in the hopes of drawing the attention of the IS through potential media coverage of the attacks. The plan was also a part of an attempt to revitalise the activities of the JMB members who were silently hiding in different areas of the country.

With the help of telecom specialists Bashar and Noki – who were both arrested yesterday – acting JMB chief Tasnim had also allegedly tried to contact the IS through emails; however, his attempt was futile.

Detectives said Tasnim regularly received advice on how to run the JMB from the daughter and son-in-law of jailed JMB chief Saidur Rahman. Communicating from Pakistan’s Karachi, Javed Akhter – Saidur’s son-in-law – reportedly advised Tasnim to use the internet to gather JMB members and to contact the IS.

Establishing communication with the IS would have only been possible by causing large-scale destructive activities, said Monirul. Some of the JMB members had also collected passports as part of their plan to go to Syria and Iraq for joining the destructive activities by the IS, he added.

Tasnim was also working to recruit meritorious students of public and private universities, the DB official said, adding that Bashar and Noki were working at field level to recruit from universities for the outfit. Bashar is a student of Dhaka University’s tourism and hospitality management department and Noki is a student of North South University, Monirul added.

The militants reportedly planned to provide training on attacking techniques to the recruits at a camp in Bandarban. During initial interrogation, the arrested JMB members also confessed to recruiting female members who would be able to easily enter secret places and collect information for them.

JMB’s plans also included kidnapping jailed Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Jashim in a coordinated attack similar to the Trishal incident in February, in hopes that Jashim’s rescue would bring around 200 active Ansarullah members to support the JMB cause. Two of the JMB leaders who were snatched from police custody in Trishal – Salehin and Mizan  – as well as JMB’s West Bengal unit chief Sohel Mahfuz were now advising Tasnim from their hideouts in India, the DB official said.

Without giving details Joint Commissioner Monirul claimed that the arrestees had already admitted to having information on the recent murder of Channel i presenter Nurul Islam Faruki.

Further details could be extracted during remand when the police would also try to extract information on the details and hideouts of other JMB members, Monirul said, adding that the police had information that the JMB still had members hiding in different areas of the capital.

Soon after the arrest of the JMB members, they were shown arrested in two cases filed with the Turag police station and were later placed before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

DB Inspector Mozammel Haque sought a 10-day remand in each of the two cases. After hearing the plea, Metropolitan Magistrate Rashed Talukder granted a two-day remand for each arrestee.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/sep/20/jmb-targets-pm-president-draw-attention#sthash.R7ofuUde.dpuf

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North America

 

New York City Buses To Carry Anti-Islam Posters

20 September 2014

100 New York City busses will soon carry anti-Islamic posters as part of an “educational campaign”, the New York Daily News reported.

The campaign is paid for by American blogger Pamela Geller, which she said aimed to warn of “the problem with jihad” and Islamic law, she is quoted as saying by the Daily News.

In one poster, a photo from the video in which U.S. journalist was killed is sits next to a photo of a British man suspected of being the militant behind the ISIS beheadings.

The ads also target the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group based in Washington D.C. by linking it to Hamas.

“Geller is a known hater and there’s no law in this country that forces her to tell the truth,” Corey Saylor, a CAIR spokesman told the Daily news, adding that the group had considered suing Geller but did not think it was worth it.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/advertising-and-pr/2014/09/20/NYC-busses-to-carry-anti-Islam-ads-.html

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Senate Pledges $10m Bounty for ISIS Killers

20 September 2014

The United States Senate approved a $10 million award for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the executions of two American journalists, the Telegraph reported Friday.

“One way we can honour the memories of James Foley and Steven Sotloff is to bring their evil murderers to justice, which this measure will help do,” Senator Marco Rubio was quoted by the Telegraph as saying.

Rubio, from Sotloff's home state of Florida, also said it was important to send the message “That the United States will work tirelessly to ensure that the deaths of these beloved journalists do not go unpunished."

Extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has taken over stretches of territory in Iraq and Syria, released videos in August and September in which a masked militant beheaded Foley and Sotloff.

“Our country lost two of its own, and we must do everything possible to bring the terrorists who committed these atrocities to justice," Senator Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/20/U-S-Senate-pledges-10-m-bounty-on-Foley-Sotloff-killers.html

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US House unanimously condemns swell of anti-Semitism in Europe, Middle East

 20 September 2014

NEW YORK - The House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution condemning the surfacing of broad anti-Semitism worldwide, and in Europe especially this summer throughout the Gaza conflict.

The resolution, written by congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Kay Granger (R-TX), calls on the State Department to "maintain combating anti-Semitism as a United States foreign policy priority."

Citing a recent survey released in May by the Anti-Defamation League, the entire House agreed: its finding that 74 percent of those surveyed in the Middle East hold anti-Semitic views is "stunning." In Europe, 26 percent of those surveyed held similar views.

"When you criticize the policies of the Israeli government for this or that, that's one thing," Nadler said in a phone call with The Jerusalem Post. "The fact is they've conflated this for sixty years or more."

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/US-House-unanimously-condemns-swell-of-anti-Semitism-in-Europe-Middle-East-375847

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US State Dept okays sale of IED-resistant vehicles worth $198m to Pakistan

20 September 2014

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has approved the sale of 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, spare and repair parts to Pakistan for an estimated cost of $198 million, said a press release issued by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency on Friday.

The state department's nod comes as Pakistan is engaged in Operation Zarb-i-Azb, a full-blown military offensive in the northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan, and has also begun action against insurgents in Khyber Agency.

According to the release, the government of Pakistan had requested to purchase 160 Navistar MRAP vehicles, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and equipment training, US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency of the US has delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale, whose principal contractor will be Navistar Defence Corporation in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133174/us-state-dept-okays-sale-of-ied-resistant-vehicles-worth-198m-to-pakistan

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Kerry: ‘We must shut borders’ to defeat ISIS

20 September 2014

Borders which link up to territory occupied by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants should be closed as part of international efforts to defeat the group, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel on Friday.

In the interview, which aired the same day, Kerry said that the U.S. had secured “significant guarantees” from American allies in the Middle East.

“We must shut borders,” he said. “There are guarantees to help on foreign fighters, on financing, on borders – border control, on military, on aid, training, and even on direct military action.”

Kerry also praised Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who he described as being “absolutely critical” in the fight against ISIS.

“Baghdad and others within Iraq as a whole should say thank you to the Peshmerga who have been essential in the fight of taking back Mosul Dam, of holding the line so that ISIL couldn’t go to Erbil,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/19/Kerry-solution-to-Syria-crisis-should-protect-everyone-s-interests.html

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United States says role for Iran in tackling ISIS

20 September 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there was a role for Iran to play in the global effort to tackle hardline Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, who have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

"The coalition required to eliminate ISIL (Islamic State) is not only, or even primarily, military in nature," Kerry told a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq.

"It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort," he said. "There is a role for nearly every country in the world to play, including Iran."

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/19/United-States-says-role-for-Iran-in-tackling-Islamic-State.html

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World united in fight against ISIL: Barack Obama

Press Trust of India | Washington

 September 20, 2014

As he continues to galvanise the world for a broad coalition against the Islamic State, US President Barack Obama on Saturday said the international community is united in its fight against the dreaded terror group, which has gained control over large parts of Syria and Iraq.

“This is not America’s fight alone. I won’t commit our troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq, or in Syria.  It’s more effective to use our capabilities to help partners on the ground secure their own country’s futures,” Obama said in his weekly address to the nation.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/americas/world-united-in-fight-against-isil-barack-obama/#sthash.EiaUlvqj.dpuf

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India

 

Sangh Parivar Reaches Out To Muslims, Bats for Social Reform

20 September 2014

Veering from its reputation of being a Hindu hardliner, the Sangh Parivar is looking at starting work on issues like education, employment and creating awareness among women on Talaq (divorce) for the upliftment of Muslims in the state.

The Sangh's only organisation for the minority community, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), will be hosting senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, who will address a state-level conference on Saturday, the MRM's first such program in the city. Kumar, who is the chief Margadarshak (guide) of the organisation, was questioned by the CBI in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts at Hyderabad. He is expected to speak on the results of the Lok Sabha elections, the assembly polls due in October, as well as on issues like unemployment, education, and curbing addictions among Muslim youth.

Muslims form around 10.6 per cent of Maharashtra's 11.23 crore population. However, only 2.2 per cent of the community has completed education till graduation, with the proportion being just 1.4 per cent for women. According to the Rajinder Sachar committee report, the share of Muslims in government services is just 4.4 per cent.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-sangh-parivar-reaches-out-to-muslims-bats-for-social-reform-2019984

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No discussion on ISIS, al-Qaeda threat at SAARC

20 September 2014

Terrorism remained high on the agenda of the meeting of Home ministers of SAARC countries in Kathmandu, but there was no discussion on the threat posed by al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

India expressed concern over the planned withdrawal of NATO troops from Afgha-nistan next year and asked the eight-member SAARC group to “carefully assess the impact on the entire region”.

“Though terrorism was discussed, but no particular terrorist organisation was named. Al-Qaeda or ISIS might be a cause of concern for India, but not for other countries,” said a senior SAARC official.

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, who attended the conference, said, “We all share a common and vital stake in peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan. We are concer-ned by new threats of extremism, terrorism and violence being held out to South Asian countries like India, Bangl-adesh and Sri Lanka, which cannot but raise concerns.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/no-discussion-on-isis-al-qaeda-threat-at-saarc/#sthash.aGIDgXL8.dpuf

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Modi too shrewd to be derailed by nationalist symbolis — Fareed Zakaria

IANS | Sep 20, 2014

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "far too shrewd" to be distracted by nationalist symbolism which would derail his growth agenda and embroil him in unwanted controversies, well known Indian-American journalist Fareed Zakaria suggests.

But Zakaria, who interviewed him for CNN last weekend, also wonders in an opinion piece in the Washington Post if the problem with the new Prime Minister "turns out to be not that he is too bold but rather that he is not bold enough."

Modi "radiates confidence", writes Zakaria. "The public lauds him, world leaders court him and the Bombay Stock Exchange continues to soar."

"But will this moment of euphoria translate into lasting gains? Can India become the world's next economic powerhouse?" he asks.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-too-shrewd-to-be-derailed-by-nationalist-symbolism-says-the-man-who-interviewed-him-Fareed-Zakaria/articleshow/42976024.cms

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Orders go out: no ID cards, no entry to Garba Venues

20 September 2014

Barely days after a BJP MLA said that Muslim men should not be allowed to enter Garba venues and that their identity cards be checked, the local administration in Indore and Ujjain cities on Friday instructed Garba organisers to ensure that men are allowed entry only after checking their photo-ID cards.

This is the first time that such instructions have gone out.

Ostensibly, the administration claims this is to stop entry of “unauthorised participants and criminal elements”. But it didn’t define what it meant by these terms.

Additional District Magistrate (Indore) Ashish Singh said these instructions have been issued “purely from the law and order point of view”. City Superintendent of Police (Ujjain) Vijay Dawar said identity cards will be compulsory for participants as well as the audience. He said organisers have been told to wind up the programme by 11 pm and keep noise levels low.

In Ujjain, organisers were also told to ensure that only pass-holders are allowed entry as audience. In Indore, the largest city in Madhya Pradesh, organisers have been told to install CCTV cameras but there are no instructions on passes for audience. The male participants will have to sport identity cards all the time.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/after-bjp-mlas-call-for-ban-on-muslim-men-in-garbas-orders-go-out-no-id-cards-no-entry/99/#sthash.7ODBfhMn.dpuf

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Four militants killed in gunbattle with security forces

Sep 20, 2014

Four militants were on Saturday killed in an encounter with security forces near the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Four militants were killed in an intelligence-based operation in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district near LoC,” a defence spokesman said.

He said four AK 47 rifles and ammunition were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle that began in the wee hours.

“The identity and group affiliation of the militants are being ascertained,” the spokesman said.

He said the information available so far does not suggest that it was an infiltration bid.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/four-militants-killed-in-gunbattle-with-security-forces/article6429536.ece

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India rubbishes Bilawal’s Kashmir remarks

Sep 20, 2014

India on Saturday termed as “far from reality” the comment of Pakistan People’s Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari that his party will get back entire Kashmir from it and asserted the integrity and unity of the country was “non negotiable”.

“We are in the process of looking forward and looking forward does not mean that our borders will be changed. We made it very clear that as far as we are concerned, the integrity and unity of India is non negotiable,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

He said the comment was “far from reality which takes us back into the past century”.

Addressing party workers in Multan in Punjab on Friday, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had said the PPP would get back entire Kashmir from India.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-rubbishes-bilawals-kashmir-remarks/article6429904.ece

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Al-Qaida trying to enter Assam: Tarun Gogoi

PTI | Sep 20, 2014

GUWAHATI: Days after al-Qaida issued a video threatening to carry out its campaign in India, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the terror group is trying to set up base in the state and had "tacit understanding" with ULFA.

"We have got some information that al-Qaida is trying to gain access to Assam. We have taken steps to prevent any such development and asked all concerned to remain cautious," Gogoi told a press conference here.

The global terrorist outfit had earlier too tried to set up links in the north east and Assam in association with insurgent groups here but failed to do so, he said.

Asked specifically if al-Qaida has any link with the banned ULFA, Gogoi said, "I think they have links. Even if there is no direct link as of now, they have tacit understanding ... They never criticise each other."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Al-Qaida-trying-to-enter-Assam-Tarun-Gogoi/articleshow/42996927.cms

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Mideast

 

Turkey’s 49 hostages freed in MİT operation, says President Erdoğan

20 September 2014

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Sept. 20 that the 49 Turkish hostages held by extremist militants in Iraq for 101 days had been freed through an operation conducted by the country’s spy agency.

Öztürk Yılmaz, Turkey's consul general in Mosul, and 48 others who were taken from the consulate were brought to Turkey at 5 a.m. local time, with officials stressing that they were all in good health.

“Our consul general in Mosul, his family and Turkish citizens at the consulate who had been abducted have been freed in a successful operation,” Erdoğan said in a written statement early Sept. 20, announcing the news to the Turkish public.

“I thank the prime minister and his colleagues for this carefully planned, detailed and secret operation, which continued all night and was successfully completed early in the morning,” the statement added.

Turkey’s consul general and other staff in Mosul had been held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since June 11.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/live-turkeys-49-hostages-freed-in-mit-operation-says-president-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71957&NewsCatID=510

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Operation launched after ISIL broke promise: Turkish FM

20 September 2014

Forty-nine Turkish captives freed from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sept. 20 might have been released sooner, but the jihadist group failed to “keep promises,” according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Earlier contacts with ISIL through mediators had not resulted in the freedom of the hostages as the promises given were not kept, said Çavuşoğlu, who is in New York to attend U.N. General Assembly meetings.

“The last date they gave was Sept. 20. And this promise was therefore kept,” he told reporters in New York.

“I hope we will never face such a test in the future. I think our state was very successful in passing this test,” he said.

The minister said the hostages, who were taken June 11 at the country’s Consulate General in Mosul, were freed thanks to the meticulous and patient work of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), the Chief of General Staff and the Foreign Ministry.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/operation-launched-after-isil-broke-promise-fm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71959&NewsCatID=510

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45,000 Syrian Kurds enter Turkey: Deputy PM

20 September 2014

Some 45,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing advancing Islamic State and Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants have poured across the border into Turkey since Ankara opened up its southern frontier on Sept. 19, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.

"As of now, 45,000 Syrian Kurds have have crossed the border and entered Turkish soil from eight entrance points," Numan Kurtulmuş told reporters on Sept. 20.

"No country in the world can take in 45,000 refugees in one night, bring them here unharmed and find them a shelter without a problem. This proves how powerful Turkey is," he added.

Syrian Kurds have been massing since Thursday on the other side of the border as the ISIL extremists seized dozens of villages in a lightning offensive as they close in on the strategic Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known to the Kurds as Kobane.

Turkey opened its border on Friday after new fighting near Kobane prompted a mass exodus of residents.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/45000-syrian-kurds-enter-turkey-deputy-pm-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71963&NewsCatID=352

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Iran's FM: West, US Unable to Curb Terrorism

20 September 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif strongly criticized the West, specially the US, for supporting terrorism in different parts of the world.

"The US and the western countries are unable to resolve the issue of terrorism by continuing their previous policies," Zarif said during a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo in New York on Friday.

He noted that the US cannot fight terrorists and at the same time try to weaken the Syrian government.

The Iranian foreign minister pointed to the US dual-track policy in dealing with terrorism in Syria and Iraq, and said, "The Americans did not take any effective measure against four months of savagery of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq like halting their direct and indirect aid to the them."

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930629000450

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Israel to be sued for war crimes if intransigence continues: PM

20 September 2014

The Palestinian Authority (PA) vowed to sue Israel for allegedly committing war crimes against innocent civilians in Gaza if the occupation does not end within a specific timeframe, and the Zionist regime does not agree to an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

“We have all options on the table and will not hesitate to take all measures to protect our rights and our people from the Israeli occupation. We are coordinating with our Arab brothers and friends about our priorities. We are still hopeful that the US will use its influence to make Israel bow to the will of the international community and end the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah told Arab News in a telephone interview on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/632856

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'Dud' Israeli shell kills 3 in Gaza

20 September 2014

A dud Israeli shell from this summer's Gaza's war exploded Friday, killing three people and leaving two others wounded in the north of the Palestinian enclave, medics said.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra, who said one of three wounded had died in hospital, said the shell exploded in the Shejaiya neighbourhood.

The district on the edge of Gaza City was subjected to some of the heaviest Israeli shelling during the July-August offensive.

The offensive ended with a truce on August 26. It killed more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

It caused a vast amount of destruction to homes and infrastructure, leaving more than 100,000 Palestinians homeless in the long term, according to the UN.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111176/World/Region/Dud-Israeli-shell-kills--in-Gaza.aspx

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Yemen TV building on fire as clashes continue in Sanaa

20 September 2014

Yemen's state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shiite rebels who are protesting against the government, residents and a TV employee said on Saturday.

After weeks of protests and clashes, the conflict intensified on Thursday when the Shi'ite Houthi rebels clashed with the army on the outskirts of Sanaa.

The fighting expanded mainly between the Houthis and tribesmen allied with the al-Ahmar clan. Prominent figures from the mainly Sunni Muslim clan, one of the most powerful tribes in Yemen, hold senior positions in the armed forces and the government.

Part of the TV building, which is located near other vital state institutions, caught fire after shelling intensified on Saturday morning, the employee told Reuters, adding that hundreds were trapped in the building as a result.

Yemeni TV broadcast a written message for national and international organizations to intervene to save its employees from the shelling.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/20/Yemen-TV-building-on-fire-as-clashes-continue-in-capital.html

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Arab World

 

Syrian Army Advances in Hama, Kills Large Number of Militants

20 September 2014

 The Syrian army advanced in Hama countryside, regaining control over several villages and farms.

The Syrian military targeted concentration centers of militants in various areas in the countryside of the Northern province of Idlib, leaving numbers of the terrorists dead and wounded, a military source said, Al-Manar reported.

In Aleppo, the Syrian army killed large numbers of militants and destroyed several vehicles, some of which equipped with heavy machineguns, in Khan al-Asal, Bani Zaid, Hreitan, and al-Atareb in the countryside of the Northern province.

ISIL attacked again the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab, clashing with Kurd People's Protection Units and controlling numerous towns.

ISIL's advance led to the displacement of large number of Kurds who headed to the Turkish bordering towns.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930629000509

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Eighteen ISIS militants killed fighting Syria Kurds

20 September 2014

At least 18 militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group were killed in overnight clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria near a strategic border, a monitoring group said Saturday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 18 militants, reportedly including one of Chinese nationality, were killed in fighting near the town of Ain al-Arab, known to the Kurds as Kobane.

The Observatory said Friday that ISIS militants had seized 60 Kurdish villages near the Turkish border in a lightning two-day campaign as they close in on Ain al-Arab.

The town in Aleppo province is Syria's third largest Kurdish town, and would give ISIS control of a long stretch of the country’s northern border with Turkey.

The fighting in the area has prompted an exodus of residents, many of whom have sought to cross into Turkey, which opened its border on Friday.

The Observatory said the fighting was continuing on Saturday and reported “heavy clashes” in the area around Ain al-Arab.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/20/18-ISIS-militants-killed-fighting-Syria-Kurds.html

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Hezbollah Ready to Hit Takfiri Terrorists at Khamenei's Order

20 September 2014

Deputy Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Sheikh Naim Qassem said Hezbollah forces are fully ready to fight the terrorist Takfiri groups upon an order by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

"The world arrogance managed to activate the Takfiri groups through cooperation with al-Qaeda and if we study the situation in North African states, we will find out that most of their revolutions have been stolen," Qassem said in an interview with the Arabic-language monthly, '42'.

He blamed the world arrogance, Zionism and their advocates for the current differences and sedition in the Muslim world, and said, "We know that enemies always prepare a ground for striking a blow at the resistance and one of Hezbollah's most important missions is to study the current situation and prevent the legitimization of minor differences among Islamic faiths."

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930629000974

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Kurdish Region of Kobani under Imminent Risk of Manslaughter by ISIL

20 September 2014

Kobani (also Ayn al-Arab) Kurdish region in Northern Syria has been beset with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for the last two years and it has been under siege by the terrorist group during the last 18 months; but now they might be massacred in thousands any moment.

The terrorist organization has laid a siege to the town one and a half years ago and isolated it from the outside world. Before that, Turkey had shut the border checkpoints for emergency supplies to the population.

On 15 September, ISIL started a major assault against Kobani with heavy weaponry – including tanks – and managed to gain ample terrain. Current reports speak of massacres of civilians and hijackings of young women and girls.

Reports in the last two days said Turkey has accepted around 4,000 of the Kobani Kurdish refugees, mostly women and children.

The Kurdish population in Northern Iraq and Northern Syria said Turkey should stop its backhanded support for the ISIL, and close its borders to the terrorist group.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930629000996

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Kurdish fighters head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants

AP | Sep 20, 2014

BEIRUT: Activists say hundreds of Kurdish fighters are crossing into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local Kurdish official Nawaf Khalil said on Saturday that the fighters were streaming into the Kobani area in northern Syria.

Fighters from Islamic State group have been barreling through the Kobani area over the past week, seizing villages and forcing thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee.

Syrian Kurdish fighters had been successfully fighting off the militants for the past two years, but the tide has changed recently, leading them to call for Western aid.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Kurdish-fighters-head-to-Syria-from-Turkey-to-fight-militants/articleshow/43003440.cms

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Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic State

20 September 2014

On a warm evening at Arbil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan some 150 mostly Christian refugees anxiously waited to flee their homeland aboard a French government plane.

The refugees, of all ages and from 25 different families, had one message as they prepared to fly to Paris to escape the threat of Islamic State militants: Christians and Muslims can no longer live together in Iraq.

Shakeep, a 46-year-old lawyer who worked at Mosul's main law court, was taking his wife, mother, daughter and nephew to Tours in western France, where his uncle lives. One bag each was all they had left of their belongings.

"There is no future in Iraq. There can be no future between Muslims and Christians here. I leave my life. I'm between sadness and happiness. But with Daech, we can't come back," he said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/iraqi-christians-fly-to-new-life-in-france-after-escaping-islamic-state#sthash.fVTwKPBt.dpuf

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Iraqi Forces Purge 4 Villages in Diyala of ISIL

20 September 2014

The Iraqi government troops liberated 4 villages in Diyala province from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.

The security forces backed by volunteers liberated the villages of Um al-Hawali, Sheikh Fattah, Abu Daen and Hassan Babi from the control of ISIL during a successful military operation targeting the terrorists.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930629001172

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Under new plan in Iraq, ISIS fight may fall to provinces

20 September 2014

IRBIL, IRAQ: Gov. Atheel al-Nujaifi wants his province back.

Since early June, when jihadist militants swept into Nineveh province in northern Iraq and seized control of its capital, Mosul, al-Nujaifi has been a man without a home.

As Iraqi forces and various militias, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have sought to beat back fighters calling themselves the Islamic State, al-Nujaifi has pursued his own military response, narrowly tailored toward reclaiming Mosul. He is trying to assemble a 3,000-person militia of mostly Sunni Muslims from Nineveh province to deploy against the militant group, also known as ISIS.

"We want to give a new image to the people: that Mosul will fight ISIS with people mainly from Mosul," he said. "The people will not accept a return of the Iraqi army."

There are countless hurdles to this project, not least of which is that the central government in Baghdad is not likely to approve it. But however quixotic, the plan dovetails conceptually with a new national security strategy, announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last week, to create national guard forces under the authority of the nation's provincial governors.

Both al-Nujaifi's hope to gin up a private militia and the government's plan for a national guard, which al-Nujaifi ardently supports, emerge from the same conviction: The best way to fight insurgencies is with homegrown troops.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Under-new-plan-in-Iraq-ISIS-fight-may-fall-to-provinces/articleshow/42877657.cms

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UN’s flight marks a new era on Israel-Syria front

20 September 2014

For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights — providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.

But as Syria has plunged into civil war and the peacekeepers themselves have become targets of Al-Qaeda-linked rebels, the UN observer force has begun to fall apart, leaving its future — and the prospects for ever establishing peace in this rugged area of the Middle East — in doubt.

Since Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, a withdrawal from the strategic plateau was seen as the key to any peace agreement. But as Syria continues to disintegrate, the odds of Israel giving up the Golan — never a popular prospect among Israelis — appear to be dimming by the day.

The downfall of the international mission known as UNDOF is a vivid illustration of the uncertain situation across the border — and in the eyes of many Israelis, it underscores why they can never relinquish the Golan.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140920218733

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Documents showing first expansion to Prophet’s Mosque on auction

20 September 2014

An archive of photos, architectural drawings and elevations of the first expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah is now on auction through world-acclaimed auction house Sotheby’s.

A collection of 52 original drawings and 216 photographs that document the first expansion to Islam’s second-holiest site, ordered by King Abdul-Aziz al-Saud in 1951, is being privately auctioned.

The documents belonged to Fahmy Moemen Bey, an Egyptian architect commissioned to design the expansion of the Masjid al-Nabawi, the Arabic name for the Prophet’s Mosque.

“Some of the plans actually detail life-size drawings depicting how the marbles, windows, arches and decorations of the columns and the pillars are going to be decorated and carved,”

Richard Fattorini, a specialist in books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, told Al Arabiya News.

“They’re the architect’s own linen... They were rolled and unrolled everyday on the building sites, at the mosque, as the project was being done,” Fattorini said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/09/19/Documents-showing-first-expansion-to-Prophet-s-Mosque-on-auction.html

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Police arrest 15,000 illegal expats in Jeddah

20 September 2014

Security forces have arrested more than 15,000 foreign workers during the past few months for allegedly violating the Kingdom’s residency and labor regulations, said Lt. Col. Aati bin Attiyah Al-Qurashi, spokesman for Makkah police.

He said the arrested individuals included beggars and street vendors, as well as cleaners of cars on streets. “We have instructed real estate owners not to provide accommodation or shelter to illegal workers in their buildings,” he said, adding that the law’s violators would be punished.

He thanked Saudis for their cooperation with security agencies, adding that it had a big impact on the campaign against violators.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/632371

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan not a jungle; ‘might is right’ won’t work: Nawaz

20 September 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday emphatically rejected the “might is right” rule in the country and resolved to block all efforts aimed at turning the country into a “jungle” through disorder and anarchy.

Addressing the joint sitting of parliament on its concluding day, Nawaz talked extensively on the current situation in the country due to the protests of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), which have continued for over a month at the Constitution Avenue of the capital. Prime Minister Nawaz rejected the agenda of protesting parties to send the government packing by force and said that no state in the world having faith in rule of law has seen such tactics. “We will not allow this tradition to take root in Pakistan.” He said the government would not let anyone derail the democratic system.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/20-Sep-2014/pakistan-not-a-jungle-might-is-right-won-t-work-nawaz

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JI threatens to quit KPK government if more Islamic syllabus not implemented

September 20, 2014

Peshawar- Jamaat Islami (JI) has threatened to quit the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government if its demands of including in the curriculum chapters regarding Islam and ideology of Pakistan, are not accepted.

Addressing a news conference in Peshawar, JI provincial chief Professor Muhammad Ibrahim said his party's negotiations with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are in progress against changes in the curriculum.

He said if our demands are not accepted, we will not hesitate to part ways with PTI. The JI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief said the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and PTI should abandon stubborn attitude and resolve their differences on the issue amicably.

http://nation.com.pk/sp-education/20-Sep-2014/ji-threatens-to-quit-kpk-government-if-more-islamic-syllabus-not-implemented

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Senior TTP commander killed in North Waziristan clash

20 September 2014

PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has said that one of its senior commanders Mohammad Hasan was killed in a recent clash with Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan.

In a statement issued by TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid on Saturday, the outlawed group said Hasan, who hailed from Kabul, was killed in clashes in North Waziristan's Boya area.

The statement added that Hasan had recently been released from an Afghan prison and had "reunited with his comrades" in Pakistan.

The TTP also claimed that the clash in Boya began when local Taliban, Mehsud fighters and the TTP launched a collective attack on Pakistan Army personnel, adding that it caused significant losses to the military.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133187/senior-ttp-commander-killed-in-north-waziristan-clash

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New ISI chief — time for the PM to pick and choose

20 September 2014

ISLAMABAD: Barely in his second year in office, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is faced with the difficult choice of picking a new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief — a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for the already strained civil-military relations.

Director General of ISI Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, who was appointed as the spy chief in March 2012, is set to retire on Oct 1.

And for many reasons, the sit-ins and the floods have not stopped politicians, journalists and analysts from speculating on who will replace Gen Islam in this key post.

An extension for Gen Islam is highly unlikely; while the government is not too keen on the idea. It is also evident that the military is in no mood to ask for it. No wonder then that speculation is rife on the next man who will hold the position called DG I.

With the control that the head of the ISI enjoys on intelligence gathering within the country and the role the agency has played in Pakistani politics, the filling of the post generally attracts considerable attention.

And at the present juncture, the allegations about ISI having played a role in instigating the dharnas and the general state of the civil-military relations have added to the interest in Gen Islam’s successor.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133158/new-isi-chief-time-for-the-pm-to-pick-and-choose

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Remote-controlled bomb kills one in Turbat

20 September 2014

QUETTA: One person was killed and another two were injured in a roadside blast in Balochistan's troubled Turbat area on Saturday morning, levies said.

Muhammad Tariq, a levies official, told Dawn.com that militants targeted the vehicle of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) through a remote-controlled bomb in Dasht Tehsil of Kech district. He said initially three persons were seriously injured in the blast. However, one of them succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. The blast also damaged the vehicle of the FWO.

FWO workers were engaged on a road construction when targeted by militants. No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack, however, Tariq suspects Baloch separatist-backed armed groups may be behind the incident.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133185/remote-controlled-bomb-kills-one-in-turbat

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I will take back entire Kashmir from India: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

PTI | Sep 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 'Gen Next' politician of Pakistan, has said that his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India.

Bilawal, in his 20s, was addressing the party workers in Multan region in Punjab on Friday.

"I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan," said the scion of highly influential Bhutto family.

When Bilawal made these remarks, he was flanked by former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Asharaf.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/I-will-take-back-entire-Kashmir-from-India-Bilawal-Bhutto-Zardari/articleshow/42987127.cms

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Jirga has given a week to parties: Jamaat-i-Islami Emir

20 September 2014

BAHAWALPUR: Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq has said the six-member jirga has given Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri a week's time to respond to its proposals to end the impasse.

Speaking to a public meeting at Hockey Stadium here on Friday, the JI chief reiterated that on the PAT demand of resignation of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Model Town incident, it was proposed that any court of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Gilgit-Baltistan could try Shahbaz Sharif and his government.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133108/jirga-has-given-a-week-to-parties-siraj

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Time for sit-ins selected under conspiracy- Shahbaz

September 20, 2014

Lahore- Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the nation will never forgive those who inflicted losses of billions of dollars to Pakistan through the London Plan.

He was talking to a delegation of assembly members in Lahore. Shahbaz Sharif said time for the sit-ins was selected under a conspiracy when historic packages worth billions of dollars with China were to be given final shape. He said Pakistan-China agreements and power projects were the real target of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri. The chief minister said that every Pakistani is shocked and surprised over celebrating Jashan by Imran Khan and his supporters in the present situation when a large segment of the population is hit by devastating floods.

http://nation.com.pk/national/20-Sep-2014/time-for-sit-ins-selected-under-conspiracy-shahbaz

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Qadri seeks death penalty for corrupt law

September 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri Friday told his followers that the sit-in in the federal capital will continue for some more days and the government will finally collapse.

Qadri also responded to the allegations hurled at him by the government, claiming that he had never received funds from any Asian or Western country. “Minhaj ul Quran International (MQI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) did not receive even a penny from any country,” he maintained.

“PAT and MQI have never received any funds from any country including Canada, United States and United Kingdom,” he further clarified. He rather questioned, “Why does this parliament not make laws to hang people who receive foreign funds?”

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/20-Sep-2014/qadri-seeks-death-penalty-for-corrupt-law

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Africa

 

Boko Haram Extremists Kill Scores at Borno Market

20 September 2014

The Takfiri Boko Haram insurgents attacked a market in Borno State, Northeastern of Nigeria, leaving scores of traders dead, media reports said.

"The hoodlums invaded the busy market on Friday afternoon and carted away foodstuffs and money belonging to the traders after killing many people," a Maiduguri resident Ade Olufemi, who was travelling along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road at about 1.30 p.m. said, this day live reported.

During a fierce battle with the militants of the extremist group yesterday, the Nigerian soldiers inflicted heavy losses upon the rebels and captured one of the group's top commanders and killed several others.

Some 60 members of the Takfiri group died in series of attacks they launched to gain access to Konduga environs.

Konduga has been the target of multiple attacks in the last one week owing to its proximity to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, which the Takfiri group has been attempting to capture.

Boko Haram, whose name means “western education is forbidden,” says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930629000518

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Mali: Bomb Kills 5 U.N. Peacekeepers

20 September 2014

A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five United Nations peacekeepers and wounded several others, a United Nations spokesman said. A car carrying Chadian troops hit the explosives north of Aguelhok, which is near the embattled city of Kidal, said the spokesman, Olivier Salgado. This month, five other United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several more have been wounded by mines. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The peacekeepers are trying to stabilize Mali after a French-led war in 2013 scattered extremists linked to Al Qaeda who had seized control of northern Mali. But some of the rebels remain active in the countryside, and there have been continued bursts of violence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/world/africa/mali-bomb-kills-5-un-peacekeepers.html

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2 killed in al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

Sep 20, 2014

At least two people were killed when members of terrorist group al-Shabaab riddled the car of a senior Somali government official with bullets, security officials said on Saturday.

Four attackers in a luxury vehicle fired at the car of Ali Mohamed Madobe in the Wdajir district of capital Mogadishu, security official Mohamed Hassan told DPA.

“He was attacked while he was on his way to work by four suspected al-Shabaab fighters armed with pistols and an AK47 rifle,” Mr. Hassan said.

Mr. Madobe’s driver and bodyguard were killed in the attack, while Mr. Madobe was seriously injured.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/2-killed-in-alshabaab-attack-in-somalia/article6429727.ece

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Europe

 

Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace: French Senator

20 September 2014

Backing the “two-state solution” that envisages an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, French Sen. Nathalie Goulet said a sovereign Palestinian state will bring peace in the Middle East.

Speaking to Arab News in an exclusive interview after the conference on “Arabian Gulf and regional challenges,” which concluded here on Wednesday, Goulet asserted: “I think its time that Palestine has its own flag, national anthem, currency and territories with safe borders as a sovereign country.”

She added that this is absolutely essential in order to restore peace in the region. “Palestinians should be allowed sovereignty to make way for peace in the region,” she said.

The French parliamentarian also advocated for Jerusalem as the joint capital for Palestine and Israel with separate areas under their control.

Commenting on the Israeli threat to peace in the region, she said: “Israel is a bigger threat than Iran and what is worrying is America’s unconditional support for Israel.”

Lambasting the Israeli argument of self-defence for the attacks on Gaza, she said: “Disproportionate forces and the use of weapons on innocent civilians are not acceptable and Israel’s self-defence theory is certainly not acceptable because the effect and causes are all mixed up; rockets used as a consequence of the occupation is not correct.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/632796

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Three Germans charged over sending cameras, cash to IS

20 September 2014

Prosecutors brought formal charges against three Germans accused of sending money and camera equipment to help the jihadist group Islamic State make propaganda videos.

The accused were identified only as Karolina M., 25, who has been in pre-trial detention since March, as well as Jennifer Vincenza M. and Ahmed-Sadiq M., both 22, who have not been detained.

Karolina M., a German-Polish dual citizen, is married under Islamic law to an IS militant in Syria, prosecutors said.

"For the production of IS propaganda videos she sent him, through middlemen, cameras and accessories worth 1,100 euros ($1,400) in October 2013," they said.

"Shortly after, she travelled to Syria and handed the IS member three more cameras and more than 5,000 euros in cash."

The prosecutors said she returned to Germany and later sent him another 6,000 euros in six tranches, including more than 2,000 euros that the other two defendants had collected.

The three are charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organisation.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111159/World/Region/Three-Germans-charged-over-sending-cameras,-cash-t.aspx

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France mounts Iraq strikes as militants advance in Syria

20 September 2014

BAGHDAD: France mounted its first air strike to beat back the Islamic State group in Iraq on Friday, even as militants across the border in Syria seized dozens of Kurdish villages in a lightning offensive.

More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the US-led invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join America's campaign of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) in the war-torn country.

“This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorist organisation,” President Francois Hollande said.

French defence ministry sources said two jets dropped laser-guided GBU-12 bombs in the Mosul area. They said “a lot of ammunition”, vehicles and fuel reserves were destroyed.

Kurdish military spokesman Halgord Hekmat identified the location as Tal Mus, between the city of Mosul and Zumar.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1133175/france-mounts-iraq-strikes-as-militants-advance-in-syria

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UK Muslim clerics issue video appeal to free British hostage

PTI | Sep 20, 2014

LONDON: Senior Muslim clerics in Britain have made a direct video appeal to the Islamic State terror group to free a British hostage under their captivity.

In a YouTube video, Shakeel Begg and Haitham al-Haddad said there was no justification for holding 47-year-old Alan Henning, who was captured in Syria, captive.

Henning, a taxi driver from Salford in northern England, was delivering aid when he was seized last December.

Holding him captive is "totally haram (forbidden)" under Islamic law, the clerics say in the message to IS militants in Iraq and Syria and its supporters in the UK.

The video does not mention photojournalist John Cantlie, a second British man being detained by IS whose video also emerged online this week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UK-Muslim-clerics-issue-video-appeal-to-free-British-hostage/articleshow/43003864.cms

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Belgium prevented jihadist attacks, newspaper says

20 September 2014

The Belgian newspaper L'Echo reported on Saturday that attacks planned by former militants fighting in Syria were thwarted by Belgian authorities over the past couple of months.

Security and justice sources confirmed to the paper that the attacks planned were similar to the one carried out by Mehdi Nemmouche at the Jewish Museum of Brussels.

90 Belgians who fought in Syria have returned to the country, the report stated; "Among them, one out of nine intends to carry out an attack," a source added.

"This is a conservative estimate, if one also takes into account people who provide logistical support for these attacks," the paper quoted a security source as saying.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Belgium-thwarts-jihadist-attacks-newspaper-says-375867

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Israel-Palestinian 'solution' to be put to UN Security Council: Francois Hollande

20 September 2014

A "solution to the conflict" between the Israelis and Palestinians will be put to the UN Security Council, French President Francois Hollande saidy after meeting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

"We will have a resolution, to be presented to the Security Council, that will say very clearly what we expect from the (peace) process and what the solution to the conflict must be," Hollande told reporters in a joint news conference with Abbas.

The French president said that stop-start negotiations had gone on "too long" and "there is a perception that there will never be a solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even though we know the outlines" of a possible deal".

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111178/World/Region/IsraelPalestinian-solution-to-be-put-to-UN-Securit.aspx

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German Muslims rally against extremism

20 September 2014

BERLIN — Muslims across Germany are holding a day of prayers and rallies on Friday to condemn Islamic extremism and a backlash against their faith that has seen arson attacks on mosques.

 Imams at more than 2,000 mosques are to take part in the event organized by Germany’s four main Muslim groups, with government ministers, lawmakers and city mayors set to join in. “We must stand united as a society when there are hate crimes, whether against churches, mosques, synagogues or other places of worship,” said Ali Kizilkaya, spokesman of the Coordination Council of Muslims. Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, said Germany’s Muslims wanted to take a clear stand against Islamic State (IS) group fighting in Iraq and Syria, and other militant movements. “These are terrorists and murderers who drag Islam into the dirt and bring hatred and suffering to the people, including to their own fellow Muslims,” he wrote in the top-selling Bild newspaper.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140920218742

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Southeast Asia

 

Religious Affairs Minister Gives Embattled Bogor Church New Hope

20 September 2014

Jakarta. Indonesia’s recently appointed religious affairs minister said on Friday that he would start a dialogue with the hard-line group that rejects GKI Yasmin, an embattled church in Bogor that has been shut down years ago by the government.

Albert Hasibuan, a senior presidential adviser on legal and human rights issues, told the Jakarta Globe on Friday that the move by Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin had a real chance of succeeding.

“Concerning GKI Yasmin, the minister said that it should be reopened because there has been ruling by the Supreme Court and a recommendation from the Ombudsman [to that effect],” Albert said. “But because there is a group that opposes the [reopening of the ] church, the minister will soon meet and discuss the matter with them.”

The half-built GKI Yasmin was sealed by the Bogor government in 2010, shortly after its building permit was revoked. Although the Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering the government to reopen the church, this was ignored. Until now, members of the congregation have to worship in their homes, although they sometimes do it front of the State Palace.

“The court decision is good, but needs to be communicated with the others [the groups that oppose it],” Lukman said, as quoted by news portal Kompas.com.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/religious-affairs-minister-gives-embattled-bogor-church-new-hope/

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Sedition Act enacted to protect non-Malays, claims Ibrahim Ali

20 September 2014

Malaysia needs the Sedition Act to ensure the safety of the Chinese and Indian communities, said a Malay rights group.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said it was untrue that the colonial-era law was enacted to protect the interests of the Malay community.

"Actually, the Sedition Act is to protect the Chinese and Indians, and not to protect the Malay community.

"The Malays are the majority group, if there is any conflict, it would not affect them but affect the minority groups," he said at a forum on the Sedition Act and the now-repealed Internal Security Act in Kuala Lumpur today.

Ibrahim said the repeal of the ISA had been done for political reasons.

“Abolishing the ISA was not a decision made by the security forces, instead it was a decision by the politicians.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/sedition-act-enacted-to-protect-non-malays-says-ibrahim-ali#sthash.duw6Z0X2.dpuf

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