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Tunisia Tourists Recount Beach Attack Horrors




Flowers at the scene of the shooting in Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday, June 27, 2015 (AP)




Africa

Tunisia tourists recount beach attack horrors

Tunisa hotel attack: Three generations of the same family killed in Isis massacre

Sousse attack: British Foreign Office warns further attacks possible in Tunisia

What radicalised Tunisia massacre gunman Seifeddine Rezgui?

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Saudi Arabia

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Several ISIL, Nusra Fighters Killed in Syrian Army Attacks in Damascus, Sweida

Iraqi Airstrikes Claim Lives of 25 ISIL Militants in Kirkuk

Kuwait identifies mosque bomber as Saudi national

Syrian Army Pushing Back Rebels in Dara'a Province

Syrian Fighter Jets Pound Rebel Positions in Central Hama Province

Hasaka Declared Safe Zone after ISIL Retreat

Yemen’s Houthis in deadly clashes with Hadi loyalists

Saudi Jets Hit Sa'ada over 15 Times

Syrian Army Marching on ISIL, Nusra Positions in Aleppo

Saudi Soldier Killed in Yemen's Retaliatory Attack in Jizan

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Africa

Tunisia Tourists Recount Beach Attack Horrors


By The Associated Press | Sousse


Sunday, 28 June 2015


Tunisia’s postcard destination for tourists is reeling from the terror that blighted another day of play at the Mediterranean seaside resort of Sousse. A man armed with a Kalashnikov and grenades gunned down tourists on a private beach, and then moved methodically through the grounds of a luxury hotel - to the swimming pool, reception area and offices.


At least 38 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in Friday’s deadly noon rampage by a young Tunisian disguised as a tourist ready for fun in the sun.


From accounts of the attack by shocked survivors, tourists who stayed on, lifeguards and beach employees who helped at the site of the massacre emerge stories of love and horror.


No one grasped what was happening at first in what became Tunisia’s worst terrorist attack. Were the popping sounds and explosions fireworks for yet another celebration?


On Saturday, the private beach of the 370-room Imperial Marhaba Hotel was immaculate with chairs lined up under straw umbrellas - and police tape sealing it off. Only the emptiness and an overturned lounge chair with flowers accumulating hinted at the horror. “Why? Warum?” read a note on one bouquet. “Warum” is German for “why.” Sousse is a popular destination for Germans and at least one German was killed in the attack.


Some people cried as they placed their offerings.


Then there are the horrific recollections of the living - many of whom quickly fled Sousse.


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Tony Callaghan of Norfolk, England, was near the pool around midday when he heard what many others thought were fireworks. With his 23 years in the Royal Air Force, Callaghan knew better.


“I knew it was gunfire ... The hotel was being attacked.”


Callaghan, 63, suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and his wife, Christine, 62, had her femur shattered. Both were among those being treated at Sahloul Hospital, the largest in Sousse.


Along with what he said were some 40 people, they had taken refuge in the hotel’s administrative offices, not far from the reception area. They climbed to the first floor, “but then we were trapped.” Callaghan said he told people to hide because the gunman was following “and shooting coming up the stairs.”


His wife stumbled in the corridor and “was screaming ‘Help me! Help me!’” Callaghan said shortly before heading for surgery. Another woman had been shot four times, he said, and “was lying in a pool of blood.”


The gunfire appeared endless. For Callaghan, it lasted about 40 minutes. “It was, like, incessant.”


But no one really counted as they looked to save their lives. Some others suggested it lasted about 20 minutes.


The attacker “took time to go to the beach, to the pool, the reception, the administration, climbing the stairs,” said Imen Belfekih, an employee for seven years at the hotel. She was among those hiding in the administration offices, along with a fellow employee, who was wounded in the attack.


Belfekih said that the attacker threw a grenade as he climbed the stairs to the rooms where the group was hiding, apparently following the screams of fear. Her colleague was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds.


“We saw only black. It was smoky. Everyone was hiding in offices .... I hid under a desk,” she said.


A police officer who was called to the scene told The Associated Press that the gunman threw three grenades - but one failed to explode. He wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the case and asked not to be identified by name.


Belfekih said she was on the beach when she first heard the gunfire. She and her wounded friend only left their hideout “when we heard silence.”


The varying accounts of the ordeal made it difficult to understand exactly where the gunman was killed by police. However, he apparently went back downstairs to make an escape. Several accounts put the location outside. And no one who spoke with the AP could clearly describe him.


“I never saw him because we were running for our lives,” Callaghan said.


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The hotel manager, Mohamed Becheur, said he had no details about the tragedy that befell his establishment, arriving later when notified and after the attack.


He has not officially closed the hotel, though concedes that everyone will shortly be gone.


“We may have zero clients today but we will keep our staff,” Becheur said.


His hotel was a scene of chaos for hours, with people hiding out in halls, offices and bathrooms.


Marian King, from the Dublin suburb of Lucan, was in her final few hours before departure when chaos struck. Then a British woman ran into the lobby screaming that her husband had been shot and was “lying on a sunbed in a pool of blood.”


King immediately returned with her son to her room, hiding for two hours in the bathroom as sounds of gunfire continued for what she said was an hour. Others from the hotel joined them.


“There were footsteps in the corridor and people running back and forth, shouting in all languages, every language,” she told Irish radio station RTE.


Travel agents were calling with rides out of town, and with a 10-minute warning “we chucked everything into bags and went.”


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On Saturday, a pall hung over sunny Sousse. Scattered sunbathers who said they weren’t afraid waded in the water. An occasional police patrol boat skimmed the water, and police on horseback worked the sand. But there was little sign of the violence a day earlier.


But there was lots of praise from tourists for employees of their respective hotels who may soon be out of work if Tunisia’s prime industry, tourism, is gutted by the attack.


Employees at nearby hotels or those with outlets on the beach joined in the rescue operation, running to the massacre site to lend a hand.


“You hear the gunfire. You can’t count the number of times,” said Haytham, a lifeguard at the nearby Royal Kenz Hotel. He and others cleared the beach and moved some wounded into ambulances. Visibly shaken, he and a group of tourists laid a bouquet at the doomed beach.


Faycal Mhoub, who from his post at the beach offers camel rides, rushed from his circuit when he heard the news, putting tourists in the family home, then went to help moved the wounded.


“I live with the tourists more than with my family,” he said. “I don’t know how many months or years tourists won’t come, but I’ll be at my spot.”


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/Tourists-recount-Tunisia-beach-attack-horrors.html


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Tunisia hotel attack: Three generations of the same family killed in Isis massacre


Tom Porter By Tom Porter


June 28, 2015


Three generations of one family are believed to be among those killed in the beach attack in Tunisia.


Joel Richard (22), his uncle, Adrian Evans (49), and his grandfather, Patrick Evans (78), were shot dead when Seifeddine Yacoubi opened fire with a Kalashnikov on tourists on the beach in popular holiday resort Sousse.


Joel's 16-year-old brother, Owen, survived the massacre.


Reports indicate that as many as 23 Britons may have been killed in the attack.


Despite being injured himself and losing three family members, Owen Richards reportedly went to the aid of a wounded woman outside a hotel in El Kantaoui, near Sousse after fleeing the killing.


Owen is believed to have been hit by the same bullet that then killed his uncle, who Owen regarded as a father figure and called "dad".


Dr Ben Amor, who treated Owen, told the Sun.


"He said he turned after the bullet flew past him to see his father fall down with a bullet wound to his head – it was the same bullet."


"Owen said it was terrifying and he ran for his life, turning round to look for other members of his family as he sprinted from the beach.


"Every time he turned he saw more people falling. It was only later he found two other members of his family had been killed."


Tributes paid to family


The men were keen supporters of Walsall Football Club, and a picture of the four outside the club's ground is on the club's official Twitter page.


The club tweeted: "Our thoughts are with Adrian & Joel's family & friends. Those wishing to lay scarves at Stadium from Monday can do so outside Main Reception."


A tribute to the men was also posted on Walsall's official Facebook page.


Tributes flooded in for the three members of the family who lost their lives.


Adrian Evans worked for Sandwell Council in Oldbury, West Midlands.


Council leader Darren Cooper said: "Adrian Evans was a very popular and long-serving employee.


"We are absolutely devastated for Adrian's family, friends and colleagues and our thoughts are with them and all those affected by this tragedy."


University of Worcester students Adrian Evans from Wednesbury was a local football referee.


Birmingham County FA, who said he was an active member of its youth council, said: "A young, talented referee with the world at his feet, he was highly thought of and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this tragic time."


Owen's mother, Suzanne Richards, is believed to have flown to Tunisia to be with her son, who was injured in the shoulder, and is being comforted in hospital by other Britons caught up in the tragedy.


"She's gone out there to bring Owen home," a neighbour told The Mail on Sunday.


As the number of Britons confirmed dead rises, personal details of the victims are emerging.


Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tunisa-hotel-attack-three-generations-same-family-killed-isis-massacre-1508314


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Sousse attack: British Foreign Office warns further attacks possible in Tunisia


Mark Piggott By Mark Piggott


June 28, 2015


The number of Britons known to have been killed in the Sousse massacre has risen to 15 but the final death toll of British victims could rise to 23, as the Foreign Office warns tourists further attacks in Tunisia are possible.


On its website the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its advice for tourists already in Tunisia or who are planning to visit the North African country in the near future.


"Further terrorist attacks in Tunisia, including in tourist resorts, are possible, including by individuals who are unknown to the authorities and whose actions are inspired by terrorist groups via social media," says the FCO.


"You should be especially vigilant at this time and follow the advice of Tunisian security authorities and your tour operator."


The warning advises tourists against visiting some areas of the country including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area. In addition, the FCO advises against visiting other areas including areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine and Zarzis unless essential.


Seifeddine Yacoubi shot and killed 38 people, mostly Britons, before being killed in Sousse, Tunisia(Facebook)


Of an estimated 20,000 Britons who were in Tunisia at the time of Friday's attack by lone gunman Seifeddine Yacoubi around 2,500 are thought to have returned, many on specially chartered planes organised by tour operators Thomson and First Choice holidays.


All trips to Tunisia for the next week have been cancelled and the tour operators said anyone who wanted to cancel their trip will be refunded.


Although some Britons and tourists from other European countries including Ireland and Germany have decided to stay, so many are trying to leave the country they are having to queue outside the airport.


Ordinary Tunisians – many of whom rushed to help guests during the massacre – now face financial ruin. Many local people demonstrated in Sousse against the Islamist atrocity on Saturday evening (27 June), carrying flags including the Union Jack and banners proclaiming: "Sousse will never die."


http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sousse-attack-british-foreign-office-warns-further-attacks-possible-tunisia-1508299


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What radicalised Tunisia massacre gunman Seifeddine Rezgui?


Tom Porter By Tom Porter


June 28, 2015


As the world reels from Friday's terror attack in the Tunisian holiday resort of Sousse that left 39 mostly British tourists dead, questions are emerging of what transformed Real Madrid and breakdancing fan Seifedinne Rezgui into a terrorist killer.


Looking like any other tourist in dark shorts and a T-shirt, eyewitnesses described how Rezgui drew a Kalashnikov machine gun from a parasol on the beach in the popular holiday resort and gunned down tourists before being shot dead by police.


In a statement, Islamic State (Isis) claimed responsibility for the attack, and released a picture showing Rezgui under the pseudonym Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani posing with assault rifles.


Neighbours of the aviation student's family in his hometown of Gaafour, about 100 miles from Sousse, described their shock at Rezgui's actions.


"He was good, good, good!" neighbour and family friend, Monia Riahi, 50, told the Guardian. "I've known him since he was small. He was never in trouble with anyone ever. Maybe he was brainwashed or something."


Rezgui's parents have both been taken in for questioning by police in the Tunisian capital, as security forces investigated the seemingly normal engineering student's path to radicalisation.


"We were all shocked when we heard the news and saw his picture, and his mother was devastated," added his uncle, Ali Al-Rezgui, speaking to The Telegraph.


"Yes, he went to mosque and prayed, but just like the other young men, he would then go to a cafe and play football with his friends. I last saw him on Thursday, he said 'hello', and then he left that night and went to his friend's house. We didn't know where he was going, and there were no goodbye's. The entire family is shocked at the hidden reality of what he was capable of."


Unemployment in Gaafour is high, after local zinc and lead mines closed in 1993, and the Rezgui family experienced tragedy when Seifeddine's younger brother was killed by a lightning strike aged 14, both possible factors in Rezgui's transformation into a murderer who reportedly laughed as he embarked on his killing spree.


With Rezgui never having travelled abroad and not known to Tunisian security forces, attention is focussing on the role radical mosques may have played in inciting him to have committed the massacre.


The Sunday Times reports that Rezgui lived with a group of four men in the university town of Kairouan, 30 miles from Sousse, and reportedly mainly associated with Salafist extremists in local mosques.


Rezguis' Facebook postings shift from sport and jokes, to radical Islam and support for violent jihad and IS. "If jihad is a crime," he wrote in one, "the world shall know that I'm a criminal."


His Isis nom de guerre references Kairouan, where Rezguis was enrolled as a masters student.


The city is an ancient centre of Sunni Muslim scholarship, and until two years ago was the Tunisian meeting place of Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan radical Islamist group responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on the US embassy in Libya.


Rezguis was not the only Tunisian seduced by radical Islam, with an estimated 3,500 young Tunisians, many from impoverished rural areas travelling to join Isis in Syria and Iraq.


Coming only months after the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis which left 22, mainly tourists, dead, Tunisia faces urgent questions on how to combat the growing threat from home grown extremists.


http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/what-radicalised-tunisia-massacre-gunman-seifeddine-rezgui-1508324


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Saudi Arabia


 


ISIS raids kill 40 Syrian regime forces: monitor


AFP, Beirut


Saturday, 27 June 2015


Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have killed at least 40 Syrian government forces in consecutive attacks on three checkpoints in central Syria, a monitor said on Saturday.


In less than two hours of clashes on Friday, ISIS jihadists seized the checkpoints near Sheikh Hilal, a village in Syria's Hama province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


“The clashes killed 40 government loyalists, including soldiers and members of the National Defence Forces,” a local pro-regime militia, said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.


He told AFP that the jihadists later withdrew from the checkpoints when it appeared that government forces in the region had called for reinforcements.


“There's fighting almost every day in this area, but usually the toll is two or three people. Forty is very high,” he told AFP.


The checkpoints lie along a road used by government forces to dispatch reinforcements to Aleppo in the north, where the regime has been battling rebel groups since 2012.


“If they seize control of this road, they'll cut off the regime forces in Aleppo, since the government won't be able to send reinforcements or supplies there,” Abdel Rahman said.


Protecting the province of Hama -- which links Damascus to the government's coastal bastion of Latakia -- is a priority for Syria's embattled regime, but it has suffered devastating jihadist attacks in recent months.


In early March, the jihadists killed 63 soldiers in two days of raids on government positions in Hama, and later that month executed at least 37 civilians in the village of Mabujeh.


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/27/ISIS-raids-kill-40-Syrian-regime-forces-monitor-.html


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Several ISIL, Nusra Fighters Killed in Syrian Army Attacks in Damascus, Sweida


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops won two battles against the terrorists of the ISIL and al-Nusra Front in the strategic provinces of Damascus and Sweida, informed sources announced.


The sources said that the Syrian army stormed al-Nusra terrorists' hideouts in Khan al-Sheih farms, and killed or injured dozens of the foreign-backed fighters.


Meanwhile, tens of the ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in the Syrian soldiers' offensives in Jarm al-Dawla village in Southeastern countryside of Sweida.


Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000804


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Iraqi Airstrikes Claim Lives of 25 ISIL Militants in Kirkuk


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 25 terrorists were killed and ten others sustained serious injuries after Iraqi warplanes targeted ISIL positions in the Northern city of Kirkuk.


According to reports, the Iraqi fighter jets pounded ISIL hideouts in the town of Taza Khormato, situated 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) South of oil-rich city of Kirkuk, killing 25 Takfiris.


The reports added that the strikes also left 10 militants injured.


In a separate incidence, a total of 28 ISIL militants lost their lives after the country's airstrikes hit the compounds of the Takfiri group in the town of al-Qa’im, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital, Baghdad. 


The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.


Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.


The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000743


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Kuwait identifies mosque bomber as Saudi national


By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News


Sunday, 28 June 2015


Kuwait has identified the suicide bomber who carried out the country’s worst attack as a Saudi citizen, Kuwait state media reported on Sunday.


The interior ministry named the bomber as Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa and said he flew into Kuwait's airport at dawn on Friday, only hours before he detonated explosives at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque killing at least 27 people and injuring 227.


On Saturday, Kuwaiti police arrested the driver who transported a suicide bomber to the mosque where he blew himself up, the official KUNA news agency said.


The driver, who was named as Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan Saud, was described as an "illegal resident" born in 1989, who took the bomber to the Al-Imam Al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City on Friday.


The bomber had been hiding in a house in the Al-Rigga district in the city's southern Al-Ahmadi Governorate.


Authorities have also detained the owner of the house where the bomber was staying, a Kuwaiti national who subscribes to "fundamentalist and deviant ideology", the agency said, citing a statement from the Interior Ministry.


Criminal act


The ministry said authorities will "continue efforts to uncover the conspirators in this criminal act and to reveal all of the information and circumstances behind it."


Thousands of Kuwaitis on Saturday braved scorching summer heat to attend the funerals of 18 of the victims killed in the attack, the first claimed by Islamic State jihadists in the small Gulf emirate.


The bodies of the remaining eight victims were flown to Iraq's Shiite holy city of Najaf for burial, State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah said.


Mourners turned out in large numbers Saturday despite the Ramadan daylight fast and as temperatures hit 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/Kuwait-arrests-suspects-linked-to-mosque-bomber.html


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Syrian Army Pushing Back Rebels in Dara'a Province


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army's fresh operations across the Southern province of Dara'a have forced the rebel groups to retreat from parts of their positions, military sources announced.


The Syrian army targeted the militants' armored vehicle and rocket launchers in the nearby areas of al-Naema in Dara'a countryside, the sources said.


The sources added that the army troops also stormed the Takfiri terrorists' strongholds in the Western side of al-Bajabja neighborhood in Dara'a al-Balad, and killed or wounded several fighters.


The Nusra fighters' gathering centers in Naseeb were massively raided by the Syrian army men, who pushed the rebels back and took their positions.


Also on Saturday, the country's army troops continued offensives against the rebel groups, and gained more grounds across Dara'a province.


The sources said that Mhajjeh village in the Northern part of Dara'a province was the scene of heavy clashes between the Syrian army men and Nusra fighters, who did not able to resist against the Syrian soldiers' attacks and left behind dozens of the killed and wounded bodies and fled the fighting area.


The situation in the South of Tal Antar was the same and the army pushed back the Nusra fighter from their position.


The army also targeted gatherings of terrorists of al-Nusra and the so-called “Al-Muthana Movement” in Kafr Shams town in Northwestern Dara'a, leaving numbers of them killed or injured.


The army units destroyed terrorists’ hideouts in Kafr Nasej, 7 Km to the Northwest of Dara'a city.


The Syrian air force targeted an arms and ammunition depot of Nusra Front in Ibta and Tafas.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000572


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Syrian Fighter Jets Pound Rebel Positions in Central Hama Province


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- Military sources said the Syrian warplanes targeted positions of the militant groups in Hama, destroyed their logistical equipment.


The sources said that in addition to the high death toll of the rebels in al-Qastal, Hammadi Omar, al-Hadaj, Um Edoul and Eidoun, a long convoy of the rebels' vehicles and a large depot of their weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the Syrian air attacks in the strategic Hama province.


On Saturday, the army troops raided the ISIL terrorists' centers in Salba, Jana al-Albawi, al-Qastal al-Wistani and al-Latamneh in the countryside of Hama city, leaving many terrorists killed or wounded.


Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000977


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Hasaka Declared Safe Zone after ISIL Retreat


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian government confirmed that the army troops have secured the Northeastern city of Hasaka, rejecting reports that the ISIL terrorists are still in control of the main buildings there.


The Syrian government issued a statement on Saturday, saying that Hasaka is now safe and the army soldiers are cleansing the city from the remnants of the Takfiri militants.


The statement added that the terrorists tried to sneak into the city for several times, but the Syrian forces hunted them down.


It also denied a report that a major prison in Hasaka was attacked by the terrorist group, saying that the facility in Ghweiran District is under the control of government forces. 


Chief of Hasakah Police Department General Hasib al-Tahan told SANA that neighborhoods on Hasakah outskirts which were claimed to have been captured by ISIL, including Ghweiran, al-Aziziyeh and al-Salehiyeh, are “all safe.”


The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.


Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.


The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000497


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Yemen’s Houthis in deadly clashes with Hadi loyalists


By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News


Sunday, 28 June 2015


At least five Iranian-backed Houthis were killed Saturday in Yemen’s central province of al-Bayda during heavy clashes with the Popular Resistance Front loyal to President Abdrabbu Mansout Hadi, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.


Other clashes between the two factions in Yemen's western governorate of Raima led to the killing of a Houthi leader, according to the channel.


In the southern port city of Aden, at least 13 Iranian-backed Houthi militias were killed after heavy clashes with the Popular Resistance broke out.


The battles came after Houthi forces fired missiles at storage tanks at an Aden oil refinery, starting a large fire.


Also on Saturday, Aden's deputy governor, Nayef al-Bakri called for the intervention of the international community to save the war-torn city.


The minority Houthis have been battling the Yemeni government for months, taking control of major cities, including the capital Sanaa.


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/Yemen-s-Houthis-in-deadly-clashes-with-Hadi-loyalists.html


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Saudi Jets Hit Sa'ada over 15 Times


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi warplanes repeatedly pounded residential areas in the Northern Yemeni province of Sa'ada on Sunday, killing and injuring large groups of people.


According to local sources, the kingdom's military planes hit Razeh district in Sa'ada province with more than 15 rockets early on Sunday, leaving scores of people dead and injured.


There has yet been no report on the number of casualties or extent of the damage to properties, but local security officials said that scores of people had been killed or injured in the attacks.


However, separately, three civilians sustained serious injures after the Saudi airstrikes bombed Hajjah province.


Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 95 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power.


The airstrikes have so far claimed the lives of more than 4,736 civilians, mostly women and children.


According to a recent report by Freedom House Foundation, most of the victims of the deadly Al Saud campaign are civilians, including a large number of women and children.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000827


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Syrian Army Marching on ISIL, Nusra Positions in Aleppo


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Armed Forces made significant advances against the ISIL and al-Nusra terrorists in Aleppo province, near the borders with Turkey, reliable sources in the region said.


The sources said that the army men launched massive attacks against the ISIL terrorists' positions in Dir Hafer, Banan al-Hiss, Khan Touman, which resulted in the destruction of the militants' depot of ammunition and weapons.


Meanwhile, the army units confronted al-Nusra terrorists in al-Lairamoun, al-Ansari and Jub al- Qebba neighborhoods in Aleppo, where many terrorists were killed, others were injured and their vehicles were destroyed.


Also on Saturday, the army targeted the rebels' centers in Khan al-Assal, al-Mansoura, al-Rashideen, and Kherbit al-Ma’asir in Aleppo and its countryside, and destroyed a long convoy of the militants' vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunitions.


Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407001078


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Saudi Soldier Killed in Yemen's Retaliatory Attack in Jizan


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemeni troops fired several retaliatory rockets into Saudi Arabia's Southern Jizan border region on Sunday, killing one Saudi soldier, a source said.


According to Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry, the Yemeni artillery targeted Jizan's town of Hareth with missiles and mortar rounds early on Sunday, leaving one soldier dead and 1 other injured.   


On Saturday, army forces and Houthi fighters carried out a similar attack on the Khabbash military camp in the Southern Saudi province of Najran.


Yemeni tribal forces, backed by army units and Ansarullah fighters, have launched a series of new attacks on the Saudi border cities in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aggression against the impoverished Arab country.


Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 95 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power.


The airstrikes have so far claimed the lives of more than 4,736 civilians, mostly women and children.


According to a recent report by Freedom House Foundation, most of the victims of the deadly Al Saud campaign are civilians, including a large number of women and children.


Full Report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000465


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Iraq Announces Capture of Senior Saddam-Era Official


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi forces have arrested Abd al-Baqi al-Saadun, one of the most senior officials of Saddam Hussein's regime, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.


"The intelligence service was able to arrest the wanted man Abd al-Baqi al-Saadun," Abadi announced in a televised speech, Yahoo News reported.


A senior intelligence officer said Saadun was arrested on Thursday "without resistance" in the Northern province of Kirkuk following an operation that lasted more than a year.


Saadun held various senior positions in Saddam's Baath party.


Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's Right-Hand Man and a senior commander of the ISIL Takfiri group, was killed during an operation by Iraqi popular forces in Salahuddin province in Iraq just a few months ago.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000503


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South Asia


 


Afghan forces kill 43 militants in newest military operations


By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jun 28 2015


Afghan security forces have killed 43 insurgents in newest actions across the country, Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday.


A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in Nooristan, Kundoz, Faryab, Helmand, Oruzgan and Ghazni provinces in past 24 hours.


According to the statement 43 militants were killed and 25 others wounded in these operations.


Security forces also confiscated heavy and light weapons but the Interior Ministry’s statement did not contain a specific number of them.


In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that two soldiers of Afghan National Army embraced martyrdom in past 24 hours.


The statement does not provide further details.


http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-kill-43-militants-in-newest-military-operations-3563


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Heavy Clashes between ISIL, Taliban Claim 12 Lives in Afghan Nangarhar


Jun 28, 2015


TEHRAN (FNA)- The Afghan security officials confirmed that at least 12 fighters were killed in heavy clashes between the rival groups of the ISIL and Taliban in the Eastern province of Nangarhar.


The sources said that the clashes erupted in Zawa area of Khogyani District due to which the ISIL suffered nine casualties, including five dead and four wounded.


Those killed included the group's local commander Qari Mirwais alias Nasrat.


Taliban suffered 15 casualties. Seven of the group’s fighters were killed and eight others wounded.


The ISIL was operating in Iraq and Syria for years but it emerged in Afghanistan a few months ago.


Some local commanders of Taliban pledged allegiance to the Emir of the ISIL and opened a new chapter in the war in Afghanistan.


The ISIL wants Taliban to fight under its black flag but Taliban want the ISIL to leave Afghanistan.


The disagreements have prompted severe clashes between the two groups leaving dozens of insurgents killed, most of them in Nangarhar province.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000669


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Drone strikes kill five militants in Nooristan


By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jun 28 2015


Five militants have been killed in separate drone strikes in eastern Nooristan province.


A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the air strikes were carried out in Mardish area of Want Waigal District yesterday.


The statement adds that the drone targeted militant hideouts leaving five militants killed and three others wounded.


Those killed include Ghulamullah, a local militant commander, and two group commanders Wahid alias Barakat and Mawlawi Khalil.


Want Waigal District was overrun by hundreds of Taliban militants on Thursday and on Friday they were able to briefly occupy the district. After few hours they were pushed back by the security forces and Afghanistan’s flag was again hoisted at the district governor’s office.


At least 12 policemen embraced martyrdom and 20 Taliban militants killed in the clashes.


http://www.khaama.com/drone-strikes-kill-five-militants-in-nooristan-3561


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Taliban shadow district governor among six arrested in Nangarhar


By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jun 28 2015


The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has arrested a group of six Taliban militants in eastern Nangarhar province.


A statement issued by the NDS on Sunday states that Abdul Qahar alias Haqyar the shadow governor of the militant group for Dur Baba District is among the six arrested.


The other five militants are identified as Jaliz alias Shinwari S/O Gagar Khan, Akhtar Mohammad S/O Nadir, Shafiullah S/O Wali Mohammad, Esahaq S/O Haji Gul and Wali Mohammad.


According to NDS the group was active in the jurisdiction of Nangarhar province.


The group was arrested red handed with three Kalashinkovs with 15 magazines, three pistols, hand grenade, one set of radio transmitters, two hand cuffs, flags of Daesh and a motorcycle from the jurisdiction of Ghanikhil District of Nangarhar province.


According to the NDS the group has confessed to their crimes.


NDS statements usually do not contain the exact date of the achievements but they come after recent activities.


http://www.khaama.com/taliban-shadow-district-governor-among-six-arrested-in-nangarhar-3565


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Blair’s Omnia accused of lying over Maldives contract


By Shafaa Hameed | June 28, 2015      


The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has accused Omnia Strategy of lying over its role in advising President Abdulla Yameen’s administration.


The UK-based law firm owned by Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, had said its work was limited to assisting the government in strengthening democracy.


But the foreign ministry revealed yesterday that Omnia Strategy was assisting the government in preparing a response to a petition filed by former President Mohamed Nasheed at the UN working group on arbitrary detention. The company’s fees will be revealed when its work is complete, the foreign minister has said.


The opposition leader’s international legal team is seeking a judgement declaring his imprisonment on terrorism charges arbitrary and unlawful.


The government has been asked to respond before the first week of July.


The MDP, in a statement yesterday, said that the contract with the law firm is “thought to be worth of millions of dollars” and noted Omnia had previously said it would not become involved in domestic politics.


“But today, Omnia lawyer Toby Cadman appeared at a press conference in Malé alongside foreign minister Dunya Maumoon, where he revealed Omnia’s actual work involved responding to the claim submitted by President Nasheed to the UN working group on arbitrary detention,” the MDP said.


Cadman, a partner at the law firm, “made a robust defense of Nasheed’s jailing, and even suggested that his 13-year sentence should have been a life sentence.”


Full Report at:


http://minivannews.com/politics/blairs-omnia-accused-of-lying-over-maldives-contract-100245#sthash.gzz1ccSP.dpuf


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India


 


A liver transplant of 13 yr old Pakistani — from India with love and pain


NABEEL ANWAR DHAKKU


Her nickname “Abiha” is still pasted on the wall with shining plastic tapes of different colours. More than a dozen men are squatting on the floor of the same room where I met 13-year-old Nalain Rubab Imran three months ago. She was excited over her planned journey to New Delhi along with her parents.


Nalain alias Abiha was about to leave for the Indian capital to get a second liver transplant. “I will buy lehngas (a traditional women’s dress worn on special occasions) and jewellery , like the kind worn by Phool Kanwal and Ajab Dev, the characters of a popular Indian drama,” a smiling Abiha had said.


Also read: Footprints: To India, for a liver


Her father Hamid Imran was serving in the health department in Saudi Arabia, when he found out about his daughter’s illness for the first time, in September 2011. Imran rushed her to Pakistan and brought her to a hospital in Islamabad where she was diagnosed with liver disease.


The doctors suggested a liver transplant, which costs about Rs5 million in Pakistan.


He took her to Saudi Arabia where the current King Suleman bore all the expenses of the transplant. Her mother was the donor. But, unfortunately, a few months later Abiha’s illness returned and the doctors advised another transplant.


This was the beggining of another ordeal for Imran because under Saudi rules, only a blood relative could be a donor but there was no one in the family whose blood group matched Abiha’s. Another problem was arranging the hefty amount of Rs5 million.


The distressed father ran from pillar to post to arrange the money, but to no avail. “Finally, a friend suggested to take Abiha to a morning show aired on a private Pakistani TV channel, where I appealed for aid,” he added. After the show was aired, Amber Riaz, the daughter of property tycoon Malik Riaz, assured the father that she would arrange all the financial help for the treatment of his daughter.


Having insufficient and costly facilities at home, the father left for India where he got an appointment at the Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.


Imran did not have any friend or relative in New Delhi but the family of Sardar Rattan Deep Singh Kohli, who was uprooted by partition from Chakwal, lived in the Indian capital. Mr. Kohli visits Chakwal regularly as he has a deep affection for his native soil.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1190950/a-liver-transplant-from-india-with-love-and-pain


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Two Indians among 26 killed in suicide attack in Kuwait mosque


By: Press Trust of India | Kuwait City | Updated: June 28, 2015 5:08 pm


Two Indians were among 26 people killed in a ISIS suicide attack at a Shia mosque here, according to Indian Embassy, which asked the Indian nationals to take precautions for their safety and security in Kuwait.


“The Embassy regrets to inform about the death of two Indian nationals in the bomb blast at Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait on June 26,” the Indian mission said in a statement.


Both the victims – Rizwan Husain (31) and Ibne Abbas (25)- were taking part in the prayers when they died, it said. While Husain, a resident of Walipur village in Sultanpur district of UP, was working as a watchman in the Mosque, Abbas from Jalalpur in Ambedkar Nagar of UP was employed as driver.


Their bodies would be buried in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf as per their family’s wishes, sources said. Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sunil Jain visited the injured Indians who were admitted at Amiri Hospital.


“The conditions of all the injured Indians are stable and some of the injured have been discharged from hospital after first aid,” an embassy official told reporters.


A suicide bomber struck the mosque on Friday during noon prayers, killing 26 people and injuring 227 in an attack claimed by the Islamic State. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had condemned the “cowardly” attack in Kuwait, saying the progress of humanity lies in peace and brotherhood instead of hatred and mindless violence.


The embassy has advised Indian community in Kuwait to take precautions for their safety and security in the country in the wake of the blast. Over 8 lakh Indians live in Kuwait, forming the second biggest expatriate community after the Egyptians.


Majority of the Indians are employed in private sectors and are construction workers, technicians, engineers, doctors, chartered accountants and IT experts.


Meanwhile, state-run KUNA news agency on Sunday said that police has arrested the driver who transported the suicide bomber to the mosque where he blew himself up. Authorities have also detained the owner of the house where the bomber was staying, it said, citing a statement from the Interior Ministry.


The arrest came a day after thousands of mourners, including women clad in black dress, attended the funerals of 18 out of 26 victims of the bombing. The bodies of the remaining victims were flown to Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for burial.


http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/two-indians-among-26-killed-in-suicide-attack-in-kuwait-mosque/#sthash.u2xF3Aha.dpuf


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Reports: India wants details of ISI’s role in attack on Afghan parliament


By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jun 28 2015


Reports suggest that India wants to seek details of the role of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) in the attack on Afghanistan’s Parliament. The attack left five people killed and 31 others wounded last week.


The Indian newspaper Deccan Herald writes that India will ask Afghanistan for the information.


Deccan Herald further states: “New Delhi is keen to use the findings of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) of Afghanistan to drive home the point that nexus between Pakistan’s “state actors” and terror outfits poses a threat not only to India, but for the entire region.”


However, Pakistan has rejected involvement in the attack.


India and Pakistan, the two neighboring rival countries accuse each other of supporting terrorist groups against one another’s interest.


India held responsible Pakistan’s ISI for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 164 people killed and 308 others wounded.


The attacks were carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba group’s 10 fighters. India said Ajmal Kasab the only attacker captured alive confessed that the attacks were aided by Pakistan spy agency ISI.


Pakistan has also accused India’s spy agency RAW for several militant attacks including the one that left over 40 people killed in Karachi in May.


http://www.khaama.com/reports-india-wants-details-of-isis-role-in-attack-on-afghan-parliament-3564


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MDP proposes Indian mediator for all-party talks


By Ahmed Naish | June 27, 2015      


The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has proposed asking the Indian government to assign a mediator for all-party talks in the Maldives.


MDP MP Imthiyaz Fahmy told the press today that the party believes an independent mediator is important to ensure a positive outcome. Fahmy said the mediator should be acceptable to all sides.


“India’s role has always been very important in resolving every challenge facing the Maldives’ political sphere. If a mediator could be arranged from India, we believe it will increase confidence both for the government and the MDP,” he said.


The talks between the government and MDP are due to begin after the opposition party agreed to enter negotiations without former President Mohamed Nasheed as a representative. The government had rejected the opposition leader as a representative on the grounds that he is serving a 13-year jail sentence.


Nasheed was transferred to house arrest this week in an apparent step towards political reconciliation.


Fahmy said the MDP will propose five papers for discussion with the government tomorrow, including a proposal for changing to a parliamentary system.


The MDP national council had compiled a draft paper earlier this month laying out a roadmap for political reconciliation. The paper had proposed transferring jailed opposition leaders to house arrest as a measure to build confidence and trust between the government and opposition.


Full Report at:


http://minivannews.com/politics/mdp-proposes-indian-mediator-for-all-party-talks-100231#sthash.UrTStfNp.dpuf


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Pakistan


 


23 militants killed in North Waziristan, Khyber Agency airstrikes


By Reuters / Nasruminallah Published: June 28, 2015


BANNU: Twenty-three militants, including foreigners, were killed during airstrikes on Sunday in areas close to the Pakistan, Afghanistan border of Khyber and North Waziristan agencies.


“A huge ammunition dump was also blown up in strikes in Khyber Agency,” the military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations, said in a statement.


Two intelligence officials, who declined to be identified, as they are not authorised to speak on the record, said the latest air strikes killed the militants in the Zoinari area of North Waziristan.


“We got information that local and foreign fighters were hiding in this area,” said one of the officials. “Strikes were launched and 10 militants were killed. Three hideouts were also completely destroyed.”


Militants used to control all of North Waziristan, a mountainous region that includes the Shawal Valley and runs along the Afghan border but Pakistan Army has recaptured most of it in the operation launched last June.


NATO forces had long urged Pakistan for such an offensive, saying Taliban safe havens in Pakistan were being used to attack NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.


Since last month, the military has stepped up operations in Shawal Valley, where the Taliban still operates freely.


The area is a stronghold of Khan “Sajna” Said, a leader of a Taliban faction whose name was added to a sanctions list of “specially designated global terrorists” by US authorities last year.


Most phone lines to the area have been cut and military roadblocks curtail civilian movement.


The Pakistani Taliban mainly fight against the government in Islamabad and are separate from, but allied with, the Afghan Taliban that ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s before being expelled in a US-led intervention.


Both groups send fighters against Afghanistan’s Western-backed government. Afghan officials have said the Pakistani army offensive has driven large numbers of fighters over the border, complicating the war in Afghanistan’s east and north.


http://tribune.com.pk/story/911251/air-strikes-in-shawal-valley-kill-10-militants-officials/


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Cables detail Saudi diplomat’s meeting with Haqqani’s son


 


BAQIR SAJJAD SYED — 28 06 2015


ISLAMABAD: Leaked Saudi diplomatic cables reveal that the country’s embassy in Islamabad remained in touch with the Haqqani network and also helped arrange a visit for the militant group’s leader for medical treatment.


The cables, published by WikiLeaks, have provided a rare insight into the contacts between Saudi officials and the Haqqani network in the recent past, even though the two are said to have had a long-standing relationship, going back to the days of CIA-funded jihad in Afghanistan.


The Saudi foreign ministry had — in a statement released after WikiLeaks started publishing the cables — expressed concern over their public release, but said the information contained in the leaked documents did not contradict Saudi Arabia’s known position on foreign policy matters.


The Saudi government has, meanwhile, not acknowledged these cables as authentic and asked its citizens to ignore them.


Leaks suggest Jalaluddin Haqqani carried a Saudi passport


One of the cables, signed by former Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Saleh Al Ghadeer, which is marked ‘confidential’, narrates his meeting with Nasiruddin Haqqani, one of the sons of Haqqani network chief Jalaluddin Haqqani. The meeting between the ambassador and Nasiruddin, who was the emissary and chief financier of the Taliban-linked militant group at the time, took place on Feb 15, 2012.


The venue of the meeting has not been mentioned, but the ambassador usually held meetings either at the embassy or his residence, both of which are located in the heavily guarded Diplomatic Enclave and remains under the watchful eyes of Pakistani intelligence agencies.


During the meeting, Nasiruddin conveyed his father’s request for treatment at a Saudi hospital, in view of his medical condition, to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.


Another cable, dated February 25, 2012, says that the nature of ailment had been explained to Ambassador Ghadeer. The communication, however, did not precisely mention the disease from which he was suffering.


Media accounts claimed that Jalaluddin, who would have been 62 years old in 2012, was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, while another news report said he was a patient of Lupus.


Ambassador Ghadeer’s cable noted that Jalaluddin was based in Waziristan at the time and that doctors had recommended his hospitalisation.


The meeting between Nasiruddin and the Saudi envoy took place a fortnight after Afghan President Hamid Karzai met then-President Asif Zardari and then-Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to ask for their help in arranging a meeting with Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Gen Kayani, according to one of the Saudi cables, had suggested that Karzai meet the Haqqani leadership. Karzai had told Gen Kayani that he did not have any qualms meeting with the Haqqani leaders, but feared that they would not be willing to see him.


Jalaluddin had set up a base in North Waziristan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, under which he was the minister for border affairs. He used his North Waziristan base to direct the Haqqani Network’s operations. The group is accused of being behind some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.


Due to his ailment, the militant ‘commander’ had handed over operational command of the Haqqani network to his son, Sirajuddin.


Jalaluddin has been on the UN Sanctions list since January 31, 2001. The provisions of the UNSC resolutions 1267 (1999), and 1333 (2000) apply to him, which, among other things, bar the international travel of listed individuals and prevent any assistance to them.


The Saudi cables show that Jalaluddin carried a Saudi passport since the days of the Afghan jihad.


His son Nasiruddin had handed over that passport to Ambassador Ghadeer during their meeting. Though the cable did not state why the passport was given to the ambassador, it is possible that it was sent for renewal.


There are, however, no cables among those released so far detailing when Jalaluddin travelled to Saudi Arabia or if he ever undertook the journey.


Pakistan has often been criticised for its links with the Haqqani network. The latest US State Department report titled ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2014’ also notes that Haqqani network leadership “continued to find safe haven in Pakistan”, but there has been little talk of their other patrons, including Saudi Arabia.


http://www.dawn.com/news/1190941/cables-detail-saudi-diplomats-meeting-with-haqqanis-son


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Vote-fraud probe: Poll supervisory body admits slip-up by POs


By Hasnaat MalikPublished: June 28, 2015


ISLAMABAD:


As the inquiry commission investigating allegations of rigging in the May 2013 elections is all set to start hearing arguments of the counsels representing different political parties from Monday (tomorrow), the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has admitted that the absence of Form-15 from polling bags points towards negligence of the presiding officers (POs).


“It is clear that the gaps in the record of Form-15s is entirely random and reflects lack of care on the part of the POs as regards the copies of the Form-15s that ought to have been placed in the polling bags,” reads the reply submitted by ECP’s counsel Salman Akram Raja to the inquiry body.


“As regards gaps in the record of Form-15s that returning officers (ROs) have been able to retrieve, these gaps again reflect lack of care on the part of the POs or deficiencies in the record-keeping procedure and facilities.” The ECP states that the absence of Form-15s cannot be said to be proof – much less proof beyond reasonable doubt – of any wrongdoing. “The absence of Form-15s and broken seals could have been caused due to incompetence of the POs.”


Full Report at:


http://tribune.com.pk/story/911139/vote-fraud-probe-poll-supervisory-body-admits-slip-up-by-pos/


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Afghan interior minister postpones Pakistan visit


By Tahir Khan Published: June 28, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Afghan Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulomi postponed his visit to Pakistan citing “security issues” in his home country, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday.


“Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulomi was scheduled to pay an official visit to Pakistan this week. However, the visit of the interior minister has been postponed because of internal security issues,” an Interior Ministry statement said. The statement posted online also said the visit will take place at a “suitable time.”


An Afghan diplomat in Islamabad confirmed to The Express Tribune the visit has been delayed.


The diplomat said new dates will be worked out after consultations with Pakistani officials.


The visit has been postponed in the wake of Taliban attacks and gains in northern Kunduz and eastern Nuristan province. Taliban gunmen captured at least two districts in Kunduz and Want Wyegal in Nuristan this month. Afghan officials say they have recaptured the three districts; however, the Taliban has disputed the claim.


Further, Taliban’s brazen attack on the parliament building last week has raised questions regarding the security situation in Kabul as well.


Afghan media has reported that members of the lower house of the parliament on Saturday criticised Ulomi, NDS chief Rahmatollah Nabil and the director of operations of the Ministry of National Defence over appointments of “nonprofessional” officials in security bodies, the poor security situation across the country and the attack on parliament.


The Afghan interior minister told the House that lack of heavy weapons and strong air forces are the main factors that prevented them from effectively dealing with the armed groups.


Full Report at:


http://tribune.com.pk/story/911248/afghan-interior-minister-postpones-pakistan-visit/


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How a con artist made $80m by selling fake bomb detectors to the world


By Web DeskPublished: June 27, 2015


A con artist minted over $80 million by selling fake bomb detectors to law enforcement agencies in different countries around the world including Iraq, Pakistan, China, India, Bangladesh, Lebanon and many more.


Jim McCormick, born in Liverpool in 1956, sold thousands of fake bomb detectors such as the ADE 650 and ADE 651 to law enforcement agencies across the world including the Iraqi Army, the Mexican Army, Belgium Police and many others before he was caught.


Although the product was sold all across the globe from Mexico in South America, Belgium in Europe, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and China in Asia, its biggest suitor was war-torn Middle Eastern country Iraq, who bought $38 million worth of devices.


Full Report at:


http://tribune.com.pk/story/910624/how-a-con-artist-made-80m-by-selling-fake-bomb-detectors-to-the-world/?utm_source=Daily+Roundup+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4c4844a2f2-Daily_Roundup_5pm&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19961368d8-4c4844a2f2-65338937


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Europe


 


France beheading suspect confesses to killing


By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News


 28 June 2015


The man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory in France has confessed to the grisly crime, sources close to the investigation said Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse.


Yassin Salhi, 35, “has also given details about the circumstances” surrounding the killing, according to investigation sources, who said he would be transferred to Paris for further questioning later Sunday.


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2015/06/28/France-beheading-suspect-confesses-to-killing.html


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