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Islamic World News ( 25 Sept 2014, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Up To 100 Afghans Killed, 12 Beheaded, In Taliban Offensive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: More Than 200 New Recruits Join Islamic State in Syria

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Asia

Up To 100 Afghans Killed, 12 Beheaded, In Taliban Offensive

40 ‘Rioters’ Killed In China’s Xinjiang: State Media

Al-Qaeda the 'Inspiration': Militants Plan Armed War in Bangladesh

Islamic State expanding activities in Ghazni province

Nine Japanese said to have joined Islamic State

Jamaat leader held with 4,500 jihadi books

35 Jamaat-e-Islami-Shibir men held in Chittagong

 

Arab World

ISIS ‘Brand’ Gains Ground Among Asian Militants

More Than 200 New Recruits Join Islamic State in Syria

Air strikes hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in Syria: Monitoring group

Iraq Kurds advance but Mosul remains out of reach

Bahrain’s role in U.S.-led raids on ISIS ‘not symbolic:’ FM

It’s time to get rid of Assad: Saud Al-Faisal

Qatar says fight against Islamic State will fail if Assad stays

Qatar emir denies funding Syria extremists

Discover the roots of Islamic heritage with Ziyara GPS

 

Europe

The Islamic State Is Upset With the French Government's New Name for Them

British TV airs documentary on polygamy in Muslim community

Cameron urges ‘years’ of anti-ISIS strikes in Iraq

Russia behaving like ISIS group: Lithuania

French Muslims to rally against hostage execution on Friday

Senior IS leaders killed, as UK parliament debates intervention

UN urges Syria war crimes evidence to go to Hague

 

Pakistan

Pakistan Offers to Join Anti-IS Coalition: Aziz Slams Distorted Ideology of the Terrorists

Funds for Imran’s sit-in coming from Israel, alleges Sindh Minister

Imran pays bills of his Lahore residence amid civil disobedience call

Political parties united for upholding democracy, says PM Nawaz

SIU chief survives Karachi bomb attack; two killed

Imran pays bills of his Lahore residence amid civil disobedience call

Husband kills wife along with her beloved in the name of honour

Nine suspected TTP terrorists arrested during Islamabad raid

Pakistan successfully test-fires Hatf-IX

Karachi operation not against any political party: Memon

 

Mideast

Shiite Rebel Seizure of Yemen Capital a 'Gift' For Tehran?

Turkey calls on China to release Uighur academic

Turkey’s Kurdish bid gets an ISIL makeover

Turkish minister blasts accusations of oil purchase from ISIL, nuclear weapon plans

Rouhani slams West at UN but vows to carry out nuclear talks

Turkey ready to play role in Kashmir settlement

 

North America

Muslim scholars present religious rebuttal to Islamic State

US removes diplomats in Yemen as Houthi rebels cling to capital

U.S. steps up Twitter war with ISIS

Obama says Egypt key to US security in Mideast

CAIR Welcomes President’s Remarks on Islam at U.N. General Assembly

 

Africa

Boko Haram fighters kill 18 in Nigeria

40 countries urge Libya to resolve military crisis

Over 13,000 Killed in Boko Haram Crisis - Jonathan

Spain, Morocco arrest nine militants linked to Islamic State

 

India

Modi Govt Clears Long-Pending Case for Israeli Barak Missiles for Warships

India likely to reply to Pak raking up Kashmir issue at UN

Swamy to PM: offer troops to fight IS

IM Suspects Wanted To Join ‘Jihadis’ In Syria, Says NIA

 

Southeast Asia

Malay jihadists making headway in extremist Islamic State

Cops detain three suspected Syria-bound M'sian jihadists at KLIA

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

 

Up To 100 Afghans Killed, 12 Beheaded, In Taliban Offensive

AFP | Sep 26, 2014

KABUL: A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials said on Friday, as violence worsens with the withdrawal of US-led troops.

This summer's fighting season has seen Taliban militants advance in several provinces, exploiting a prolonged political deadlock in Kabul over disputed presidential election results.

The latest series of attacks have focused on Ajristan district in the strategically important province of Ghazni, after recent offensives in Kandahar, Helmand and Logar.

"The militants beheaded 12 civilians in four villages," Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor of Ghazni, told AFP.

"We do not have a precise figure, but we estimate 80 to 100 people were killed over the past one week.

"Heavy fighting has involved hundreds of Taliban against the security forces.

"The condition is very critical in this district. We have been informed by the central government that they have sent reinforcements."

Ahmadi said Ajristan was at risk of falling into Taliban control, adding that 60 to 70 homes had been burnt down and that communication with security forces in the district was scarce.

Asadullah Ensafi, deputy police chief of Ghazni, which is located between the capital Kabul and the Taliban heartlands of the south, confirmed details of the offensive and said fierce fighting was ongoing on Friday.

The interior ministry in Kabul was not immediately available for comment. The government has said that Afghan soldiers and police have successfully beaten back previous Taliban offensives in past months.

The 350,000-strong Afghan security forces have been trained from scratch since 2001 by the US-led Nato coalition, which is now winding down its war in Afghanistan.

All Nato combat operations will finish by the end of this year, with about 12,000 troops staying on into next year on a follow-up training and support mission.

Troubled election

The three-month election stand-off was finally broken Sunday when a "unity government" deal was agreed, with Ashraf Ghani serving as the next president and his rival Abdullah Abdullah taking up the new role of chief executive.

Ghani was declared winner of the fraud-tainted election, but the margin of victory and turnout was kept secret until Friday over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence from aggrieved Abdullah supporters.

At an Independent Election Commission (IEC) ceremony, Ghani was presented with a certificate that confirmed he was the clear winner with 55.27 percent of the ballot in the run-off vote on a turnout of 7.12 million voters.

The exact size of the electorate is unknown but estimated at between 12 million and 13.5 million.

The June 14 election was meant to cap the multi-billion-dollar military and civilian aid intervention in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

But it was marred by widespread fraud, repeating serious problems seen in previous elections since the introduction of a nascent democracy after the Taliban era.

The UN-supervised audit invalidated 1,206 of the 22,828 ballot boxes -- meaning several hundred thousand votes were thrown out.

The UN mission in Afghanistan described fraud as "significant", and accusations have been pointed at both campaigns teams as well as outgoing President Hamid Karzai and the IEC itself.

Ghani said on Friday he would prioritise electoral reform to prevent future problems, and he vowed to unite the country after fears that the disputes had revived ethnic divisions of the 1990s civil war.

"The political transition was a success and all those who predicted it was not possible have been proven wrong," Ghani said.

"We are one people, one country, and there should not be any doubts in our national unity."

Ghani will be inaugurated in Kabul on Monday in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power as Karzai steps down.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Up-to-100-Afghans-killed-12-beheaded-in-Taliban-offensive/articleshow/43534297.cms

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40 ‘rioters’ killed in China’s Xinjiang: State media

26 Sep, 2014

Forty “rioters” were killed in China's far-western Xinjiang region after a series of coordinated explosions, state media said Thursday.

Six civilians, two police officers and two auxiliary police were also killed in the attacks in Xinjiang's Luntai county, with 54 civilians injured, according to Tianshan, the regional government news portal.

Two “rioters” were captured, it added, while the main suspect, whose name was given as Mamat Tursun, was shot dead.

Chinese state media had previously stated that only two people had been killed in the incident. China's ruling Communist Party tightly restricts access to the restive region, and information is difficult to independently verify.

According to the Tianshan report, the “organised and serious” attack comprised four explosions that took place Sunday evening at two police stations, an outdoor market and at the entrance to a shop.

Among the 54 civilians injured were 32 members of China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority and 22 Han Chinese, it said.

The 40 “rioters” killed had either blown themselves up or were shot dead by police, Tianshan said.

Police said that Mamat Tursun, the ringleader of Sunday's attack, had “been operating as an extremist” since 2003 and had “called on other people to join his terrorist group when working on construction projects”, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The attacks took place days before the sentencing of prominent Muslim Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti, who was on trial on charges of separatism.

The former university professor, who is critical of Beijing's policies in the vast western region, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

The United States, the European Union, and several human rights groups have called for the release of Tohti, 44, whose prosecution risks silencing moderate Uighur voices and cutting off the possibility of dialogue, analysts say.

Critics also warned his conviction could add to tensions in the restive region.

In the past year, escalating violence between locals and security forces in Xinjiang -- the traditional homeland of the Uighurs' -- has claimed more than 200 lives and prompted Beijing to launch a security crackdown.

Among the most shocking attacks was a May assault on a market in the regional capital Urumqi, where more than 30 people were killed, and a deadly rampage by knife-wielding assailants at a train station at Kunming in China's southwest in March, which left 29 dead.

Beijing blames ongoing unrest in the region on organised terrorists seeking independence from China, while rights groups say cultural and religious repression of Uighurs has stoked violence.

China's supreme court on Sunday distributed new wide-ranging guidelines on prosecuting terrorism cases.

“Making and showing banners and other material of religious extremism will be criminalised,” the state-run Xinhua news agency said in a summary of the regulations.

The court also said that the use of insults such as “religious traitor” and “heretic”, could lead to criminal conviction.

Xinjiang, a resource-rich region which abuts Central Asia, is home to about 10 million Uighurs, who mostly follow Sunni Islam.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/09/25/40-rioters-killed-in-China-s-Xinjiang-State-media-.html

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Al-Qaeda the 'inspiration': Militants plan armed war in Bangladesh

September 26, 2014

'Inspired' by the recent call by the al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri, a group of local militants are preparing to wage armed war against Bangladesh to establish Shariah law

The recent call by al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri is the inspiration for militants in Bangladesh – this is apparent after the latest arrest of five militant suspects on Wednesday.

“Inspired” by the recent call by the al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri, a group of local militants were preparing to wage armed war against Bangladesh to establish Shariah law, through organising AQIS (al-Qaida in the Indian Sub-Continent), the detective and investigation wing of of Dhaka Metropolitan police came up with the statement on Thursday.

The DMP news website quoted police officers that the interrogated arrestees have stated that they are inspired by the al-Queda chief's recent speech that called for as armed war in the Indian sub continent, including Bangladesh.

To organise AQIS (al-Qaida in the Indian Sub-Continent), they initially planned to train under the Nusra Brigade of Syria. As part of their plan, the militants were preparing to go to Turkey first, and then Syria in the disguise of Tabligh-e-Jamaat.

DMP Assistant Commissioner (DB)  Md Monirul Islam, came up with this information in a press-conference organised at the at it's media centre on Thursday.

At the press conference, the police officer confirmed that a DB team led by Police Commissioner, Md Nazmul Alam and Assistant Police Commissioner, Mahmud Naser Jony arrested the two members of the militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla team, Asif Adnan, 26, and Fazle Elahi Tanjil, 24, from Segunbagicha and Eskaton, both localities of Dhaka.

A computer, three celluler telephone sets, 2 pendrives and three CDs, were also recovered from their possession.

In another drive, a DB team led by police commissioner Md Jahangir arrested three suspected militants of banned militant outfit Harkatul Jihad from Rampura, Dhaka. The arrestees are Khairul Islam, aged 24, Shafiqul Islam alias Shafiq, aged 35, and Mohammad Ahsanullah, aged 24.

Explosive materials, circuit design for bomb making, remote control devices and a laptop were also recovered.

AC Monirul said the police recovered important information from the phone messages and conversation of the militants.

The other aide of the arrestees, Sikandar Ali Naki, who was arrested a week earlier, could manage to remove some of the important evidences, The police officer also said.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, on September 3, announced the creation of a branch in this region. In a 55-minute video posted online, al-Zawahiri urges Muslims to “wage jihad against its enemies, to liberate the land, to restore sovereignty, and to revive its caliphate.”

IUT student designs remote controlled bomb

The militants confessed that they were preparing for massive subversive activity, and they had huge explosive materials for that, the police officer is quoted as saying.

AC Monirul said the arrested militants has revealed names of their remaining cohorts, one of whom residing in UK, recently visited Bangladesh to organise the al-Qaeda network to oust the government through subversive activities.

Khairul, an arrestee who is a student of the Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur, told police officers that under the instruction of some senior cleric, he designed a circuit for a remote controlled bomb that can be exploded from afar.

He also said he confessed that others are also working to make similar bombs.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/sep/25/al-qaeda-inspiration#sthash.BZ6IfNcf.dpuf

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Islamic State expanding activities in Ghazni province

Sep 26 2014

Local officials in southeastern Ghanzi province of Afghanistan have warned that militants linked with Islamic State are expanding their activities in parts of this province.

Deputy provincial governor, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi has said that the Taliban militants linked with the Islamic State have raised the flags of the group in various districts.

He said the militants are campaigning in favour of the Islamic State and have closed numerous routes to Ghazni province since they are busy with planning their activities.

This comes as a female Afghan lawmaker Huma Sultani from Ghazni province has said she supports the Taliban ideology and endorses an Islamic State in Afghanistan, similar as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Reports earlier this month also suggested that the Islamic State has started distribution of pamphlets in bordering regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a bid to increase it’s influence in South Asian region.

According to the reports, the booklets titled Fata (victory) have also been distributed in Peshawar city as well as in Afghan refugee camps on the outskirts of the city.

In the meantime, a faction of the Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said late in August that they consider to join the Islamic State militants and continue to their insurgency attacks against the Afghan government, event after the NATO forces leave Afghanistan by the end of this year.

Hezb-e-Islami fighters confirmed their links with the Islamic State and insist that they would keep fighting until Sharia Law was established not just in Afghanistan, but throughout the world.

http://www.khaama.com/islamic-state-expanding-activities-in-ghazni-province-6749

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Nine Japanese said to have joined Islamic State

Reuters | Sep 26, 2014

TOKYO: Nine Japanese nationals have joined Islamic State, Japan's former air force chief, Toshio Tamogami, quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying, but the government's top spokesman said on Friday it had not confirmed the information.

Tamogami, now a senior official of a tiny new political party, said on his blog that Nissim Ben Shitrit, the director general of Israel's foreign ministry, told him this month that nine Japanese had taken part in Islamic State.

Asked about the possible participation of Japanese citizens in the militant group, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference, "The government has not confirmed such information."

No one was immediately available for comment at the Israeli embassy in Tokyo, at the Israeli foreign ministry or at the Japanese foreign ministry.

Tamogami told Reuters that no details besides the number of Japanese participants were given to him in his meeting with Nissim Ben Shitrit, a former ambassador to Japan.

"I don't know anything further," Tamogami said. "He was tight-lipped."

Tamogami's blog shows the meeting took place on Sept. 12 in Israel.

About 1,000 recruits from a vast region stretching from India to the Pacific may have joined Islamic State to fight in Syria or Iraq, the head of the US Armed Forces' Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, said on Thursday.

His comment came as a threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage, in a show of solidarity with Islamic State, has stoked fresh concern the Middle East group's brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Nine-Japanese-said-to-have-joined-Islamic-State/articleshow/43527091.cms

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35 Jamaat-e-Islami-Shibir men held in Chittagong

September 26, 2014

The police have arrested 35 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Shibir for their alleged involvement with violance during the hartals in 2013.

AKM Imran Bhuiyan told the Dhaka Tribune: “The 35 leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir were wanted in a number of cases filed on charge of vandalism, arson, explosion and assault on police.”

“Tipped off, separate teams of Satkania and Lohagora police conduted drives in different areas under the two police stations and arrested them. The drive started at 5pm on Thursday and ended at 6am on Friday.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/sep/26/35-jamaat-shibir-men-held-chittagong#sthash.Od1pi1VN.dpuf

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Jamaat leader held with 4,500 jihadi books

September 26, 2014

Police in a drive arrested a local leader of Jamaat-e-Islami along with 4,500 pieces of jihadi books from Goalpara area of the district town on Wednesday.

The arrested is Mainul Hoque, 60, publicity secretary of Thakurgaon district unit Jamaat.

Being tipped-off, a team of police raided the house of Mainul in the afternoon and they arrested him along with the books of which name is “Jamaat-e-Islami k Nischinno Korar Awami Sharojantro” (Collusion of Awami League to root out the Jamaat-e-Islami), said Sadar police station OC AKM Mehedi Hasan.

Earlier, the books had been brought to the district by a BRTC bus on courier from Hili of Dinajpur.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/sep/26/jamaat-leader-held-4500-jihadi-books#sthash.jfuPlf2C.dpuf

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Arab World

 

ISIS ‘Brand’ Gains Ground Among Asian Militants

26 September 2014

A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group's brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

Over 100 people from Southeast Asia’s Muslim majority countries of Indonesia and Malaysia and the southern Philippine region are believed by security officials and analysts to have gone to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group’s fight in Iraq and Syria. Malaysian and Indonesian militants have discussed forming a 100-strong Malay-speaking unit within ISIS in Syria, according to a report from a well-known security group released this week.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, who heads the U.S. Armed Forces’ Pacific Command, said on Thursday around 1,000 recruits from India to the Pacific may have joined ISIS to fight in Syria or Iraq. He did not specify the countries or give a time-frame.

“That number could get larger as we go forward,” Locklear told reporters at the Pentagon. In addition to India, the Hawaii-based Pacific Command’s area of responsibility covers 36 countries, including Australia, China and other Pacific Ocean states. The command does not cover Pakistan.

In the region, thousands have sworn oaths of loyalty to ISIS as local militant groups capitalize on a brand that has been fuelled by violent online videos and calls to jihad through social media, security analysts say. Security officials say this has disturbing implications for the region, especially when battle-hardened fighters return home from the Middle East.

The Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf group, which has earlier claimed links with al Qaeda and is led by a one-armed septuagenarian, has threatened to kill one of the two Germans it holds hostage by Oct. 10, according to messages distributed on Twitter.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/09/26/ISIS-brand-gains-ground-among-Asian-militants.html

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More Than 200 New Recruits Join Islamic State In Syria

Sep 26, 2014

More than 200 fighters have joined Islamic State in Syria's northern Aleppo province since US President Barack Obama said the United States would strike the militant group in Syria, a monitoring group said on Friday.

US-led forces launched air strikes on Syria on Tuesday, concentrating raids on the north and east to loosen Islamic State's grip on Syria's oil and its presence along the border with Iraq.

At least 162 people joined the radical al-Qaida offshoot in northeast and eastern Aleppo in the week after Obama's speech on Sept. 10, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which gathers information on the conflict.

Islamic State has put particular pressure on rival insurgent groups in this part of Aleppo.

An additional 73 men had joined the group on Sept. 23 and 24 in the northeast Aleppo countryside since the start of the strikes, the Observatory said, bringing the total number since Sept. 10 to at least 235.

"This means these people are not scared. Even if there are air strikes, they still join," said Rami Abdelrahman, who runs the Observatory.

He said the pace of recruitment in September was higher than average but below the surge in July, after Islamic State declared a caliphate in the territory it controlled in Syria and Iraq and called on Muslims to join a holy war.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Islamic-State-brand-gains-ground-among-Asian-militants-376363

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Air strikes hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in Syria: Monitoring group

26 Sep, 2014

Air and missile strikes, thought to be carried out by U.S.-led forces, hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in the eastern Syria overnight and early Friday, a monitoring group said.

U.S. and Arab forces started bombing Islamic State militants in northern and eastern Syria on Tuesday. The United States has been bombing bases of the al Qaeda splinter group in Iraq since last month.

The air strikes early on Friday hit Islamic State bases and positions on the outskirts of the city of al-Mayadin in Deir al-Zor province, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through a network of sources.

An earlier air strike hit the al-Tanak oilfield area in the province, while apparent missile strikes -- also thought to be carried out by U.S.-led forces -- hit the al-Quriyah area, also in Deir al-Zor, the monitoring group said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/111714/World/Region/Air-strikes-hit-oilfields-and-Islamic-State-bases-.aspx

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Iraq Kurds advance but Mosul remains out of reach

26 Sep, 2014

WESTERN support has helped Iraq’s Kurdish troops regain ground and momentum against the Islamic State group, but retaking the northern militant hub of Mosul remains too big an ask for now.

On June 10, the militants who already controlled parts of Syria overran Mosul, Iraq’s second city, and swept across the country’s Sunni Arab heartland virtually unopposed.

When federal forces buckled as militants advanced, the Kurds seized long-coveted territory around Mosul. But in August, they suffered setbacks of their own when IS surged again.

Air support from the United States and France, arms deliveries and improved ties with Baghdad have allowed the Kurdish peshmerga fighters to regroup and take the initiative.

Speaking at an international conference in Paris last week, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari even predicted it would “not be too difficult” to retake Mosul.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140926219419

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Bahrain’s role in U.S.-led raids on ISIS ‘not symbolic:’ FM

26 September 2014

Bahrain’s participation in the airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “is not symbolic,” but rather “essential,” Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa told Al Arabiya on Thursday.

Speaking to Al Arabiya’s New York bureau chief in New York Talal al-Haj Al Khalifa said Bahrain participated with more than two fighter jets.

On Thursday the Pentagon said that 10 Arab jets and six U.S. planes carried out the strikes in Syria.

The Pentagon added that jets from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates played the leading role in the latest round of air strikes in Syria against ISIS.

The Bahraini top diplomat said the airstrikes targeted ISIS militants, without ruling the possibility of unintended civilian casualties in the future. “No military operation can avoid civilian causalities 100 percent.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/26/Bahrain-s-role-in-U-S-led-raids-on-ISIS-not-symbolic-FM.html

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It’s time to get rid of Assad: Saud Al-Faisal

26 Sep, 2014

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Thursday called on the international community to take “practical steps to weaken the Syrian regime,” while reaffirming the need for the political isolation of Bashar Assad.

Prince Saud also vowed to take deterrent measures to combat extremism and curb terror outfits, such as the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda, while urging international action to end the conflict in Syria.

Speaking on behalf of the Kingdom at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, Prince Saud identified the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as an immediate and urgent priority.

“Saudi Arabia’s position was and is still in support of the moderate Syrian opposition and the fight against terrorist groups on Syrian territory, but our battle with terrorism must begin with the elimination of the injustice that produced it in the first place,” he asserted.

Prince Saud’s speech came at a time when US and Arab allies unleashed a round of airstrikes against IS militants in eastern Syria, targeting a dozen small oil refineries on Wednesday and Thursday.

US officials have confirmed that the latest round of strikes was designed to hit so-called “modular oil refineries” — essentially small, IS-built refineries that the terror group uses to fuel its vehicles and to fund its operations.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/635916

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Qatar says fight against Islamic State will fail if Assad stays

 Sep 26, 2014

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has warned that the US-led fight against Islamic State militancy will not succeed as long as Syrian President Bashar Assad remains in power.

US and Arab forces have bombed Islamic State targets in northern and eastern Syria this week, following US strikes on the al-Qaida splinter group in Iraq since early August.

"We have to counter terrorism, yes. But I believe that the main cause of all this is the regime in Syria, and this regime should be punished," Sheikh Tamim said in an interview with CNN broadcast on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Qatar-says-fight-against-Islamic-State-will-fail-if-Assad-stays-376378

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Qatar emir denies funding Syria extremists

 26 September 2014

The emir of Qatar has denied accusations that his country funds extremist groups in Syria, while stressing the Gulf state’s commitment to the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to Agence France Presse.

“We don’t fund extremists,” Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said in an interview with CNN, aired Thursday.

“If you talk about certain movements, especially in Syria and Iraq, we all consider them terrorist movement,” he added.

“But there are differences. There are differences that some countries and some people [believe] that any group which comes from Islamic background are terrorists. And we don’t accept that,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/26/Qatar-emir-denies-funding-Syria-extremists-.html

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Discover the roots of Islamic heritage with Ziyara GPS

26 Sep, 2014

Ever wanted to visit the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Makkah or the homes of his companions in Madinah? Well now you can. Introducing Ziyara (visit) GPS- that will guide you through the most important journey of your life.  During Haj and Umrah, millions of Muslims visit Saudi Arabia, most can only afford it once in their life and come seeking Islamic history to complete their spiritual journey. Each location in Ziyara GPS tells a different story and a different time in Islamic history. Not only does it open a world of unknown opportunities but it is also a fantastic way to educate our children and upcoming generations about Islamic history. Ziyara GPS has been tested globally and is available on both Apple’s iTunes store and Android’s Google Play store. Ziyara GPS is a 100% philanthropic initiative created to spread knowledge about the heritage and history, ancient and modern, of Islam.

‘Whom ever magnifies the Signs of Allah, then it is indeed from the piety of the hearts’  (Surah 22: The Hajj, Verse, 32).

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140926219410

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Europe

 

The Islamic State Is Upset With the French Government's New Name for Them

September 26, 2014

ISIS, IS, the Islamic State, ISIL -- the international community can't seem to decide what to call the Islamic extremists who have been terrorizing the Middle East, and now the French government has announced it will use yet another name for them, which is reportedly upsetting the group.

The French foreign ministry released a statement earlier this week referencing the Islamic State group as "Daesh." The new moniker is a transliteration of an acronym of the group's Arabic name "al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. It is also similar to the Arabic word that means "to trample."

France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius explained that he views the organization as "a terrorist group, not a state."

“I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh,’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats,'" Fabius said, according to France 24.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/isis-daesh-france_n_5850280.html

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British TV airs documentary on polygamy in Muslim community

26 September 2014

Whilst the practice of polygamy is illegal in the UK, estimates reveal that as many as 20,000 such marriages do currently exist amongst the British Muslim community. This week, a new Channel 4 documentary aired in the UK, called “Men with many wives,” provided a rare glimpse into some of these polygamous experiences.

Directed by Masood Khan, the documentary has been praised for being “unusually clear-eyed... that took all its subjects seriously and at face value.” For those featured in the documentary, the motivations of embarking on a polygamous marriage are as varied as “no reason other than this [polygamy] is allowed” for Omar a physicist; to “I’d rather be in a polygamous marriage, with someone who knows how to be a husband,” explains Nabilah Philips, who gave up her place at Cambridge university as a PhD student in order to became a co-wife.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/entertainment/2014/09/26/British-TV-airs-documentary-on-polygamy-in-UK-s-Muslim-community.html

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Cameron urges ‘years’ of anti-ISIS strikes in Iraq

26 September 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron urged parliament on Friday to vote to approve “years” of air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq, saying the group was guilty of "staggering" brutality and posed a direct threat to Britain, Reuters reported.

Cameron recalled parliament from recess for a special session after securing cross-party support for strikes against IS and his government is expected to comfortably win the vote, which is expected at around 1600 GMT.

“Is there a threat to the British people? The answer is yes,” Cameron told parliament, saying he thought action would need to last “years” to be effective.

“This is not a threat on the far side of the world. Left unchecked we will face a terrorist caliphate on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO member, with a declared and proven intention to attack our country and our people.”

Although parliament is expected to vote in favor of air strikes, some lawmakers in Cameron’s Conservative party think striking ISIS in Iraq is insufficient and want him to extend action to tackle ISIS militants in Syria too, something he has said he isn't ready to do for now.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/09/26/UK-arrests-Islamist-suspects-after-top-preacher-held-.html

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Russia behaving like ISIS group: Lithuania

26 Sep, 2014

Russia is acting like a “terrorist” in Ukraine and in its intimidation of other neighbours, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite said in an interview released Thursday.

“I think that Russia is terrorising its neighbours and using terrorist methods,” she told the Washington Post newspaper, replying “Yes” when asked whether she thought both Russia and the Islamic State (IS) group, which is sweeping across Syria and Iraq, were terrorists.

“The danger of Russia’s behaviour today is not smaller than what we have with ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” she added.

Grybauskaite, an outspoken former EU budget chief, also slammed the West for a lack of leadership in standing up both to the ISIS in the Middle East and Russia in Ukraine.

“Lack of leadership has allowed terrorist groups such as ISIS (Islamic State group) to grow, and on the question of Ukraine, it has allowed Russia to become a state with terrorist elements,” she said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/09/25/Russia-behaving-like-ISIS-group-Lithuania-.html

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French Muslims to rally against hostage execution on Friday

26 Sep, 2014

PARIS: French Muslims were called to rally against the “barbaric” beheading of a hostage by Algerian militants with links to radical Islamic State (IS) militants.

Dalil Boubakeur, the president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) — an official representative for the country’s estimated five million Muslims — called for the gathering at the Paris Mosque on Friday afternoon.

He urged Muslims and their friends to join a “moment of contemplation and solidarity” after the beheading of 55-year-old Herve Gourdel, which has plunged the country into shock and grief.

France’s Muslim community, the largest in Europe, has spoken out strongly in recent weeks against the militant group.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/world/news/635751

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Senior IS leaders killed, as UK parliament debates intervention

26 Sep, 2014

The UK parliament is to debate today whether or not to join military action in Iraq, as news comes in of the deaths of two Islamic State (IS) leaders in the governate of Kirkuk.

The vote in the House of Commons, the debate on which begins at 9:30am GMT and the vote due at 4:00pm, is expected to pass fairly smoothly and will confirm a decision agreed on unanimously in the UK cabinet to join the US and several Arab nations in carrying out airstrikes on IS militants.

IS have already been the targets of heavy bombing raids by the US and Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, with the latest bombing in Kirkuk coming in tandem with ground fighting between IS on one side and Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militias on the other.

The deaths of Nime Nayef – IS-appointed ‘governer’ of the city - and military commander Abu Abed in airstrikes on the village of Bashir, 15km from central Kirkuk, is the latest blow to IS as they have reportedly begun a retreat from the city.

Full report at:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/senior-leaders-killed-uk-parliament-debates-intervention-2125727631#sthash.inM3WqLM.dpuf

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UN urges Syria war crimes evidence to go to Hague

26 Sep, 2014

The United Nations has passed a resolution for evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria to be sent to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The motion was passed by the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday in a vote of 32 to five, with 10 abstentions.

The resolution condemned violations carried out by the Syrian regime, the Islamic State and other opposition groups.

However, the resolution must be passed by the Security Council before it can be put into action and is likely to be vetoed by Syria’s allies Russia and China.

The resolution also condemned Syria's refusal to cooperate with a commission of inquiry; noted the use of chemical weapons as a breach of international law; and urged the international community to support those countries hosting the most Syrian refugees.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has collected "compelling evidence" that toxic chemicals were used "systematically and repeatedly" used in three villages in northern Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-war-crimes-evidence-must-go-hague-un-urges-1787870738#sthash.ysR7xFXo.dpuf

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan Offers to Join Anti-IS Coalition: Aziz Slams Distorted Ideology of the Terrorists

26 Sep, 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan has told a top-level UN Security Council meeting that it is ready to contribute to the international efforts to counter the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, while denouncing their distorted ideology and brutal methodology.

“The international community needs to counter this threat in a comprehensive and effective manner, including resolving the conflicts that breed them,” Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said, after the adoption of a US-drafted resolution demanding countries toughen their laws to prevent the flow of foreign fighters to terror groups like Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The unanimous vote was held with President Barack Obama chairing the 15-member Council, only the second time a US president had done so and only the sixth time heads of state had participated in such a meeting.

Aziz lauded the US president’s initiative to convene and preside over the meeting. “We fully support the resolution that has been adopted today. The Council’s decisions are timely for mobilising international political will as the threat by foreign terrorist fighters multiplies rapidly,” he said.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Sep-2014/pakistan-offers-to-join-anti-is-coalition

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Funds for Imran’s sit-in coming from Israel, alleges Sindh Minister

26 Sep, 2014

KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has alleged that funds for Imran Khan’s sit-in are coming from Israel, Geo News reported.

The provincial minister said: “Change can’t come through dancing and singing. We do not need new Pakistan but that of Qauid-e-Azam’s old Pakistan.”

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-160841-Funds-for-Imrans-sit-in-coming-from-Israel,-alleges-Sharjeel

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Imran pays bills of his Lahore residence amid civil disobedience call

26 Sep, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has paid bills of his Lahore residence amid call for civil disobedience, Geo News reported.

Imran Khan paid three bills of his Zaman Park residence with a fine.

LESCO officials said the bills worth Rs16,267, Rs15,232 and Rs9,336 respectively have been paid. The copies of submitted bills have also been sent to LESCO.

It may be noted here that Imran Khan, in his address to the participants of sit-in in Islamabad, had announced civil disobedience across the country to exert pressure on the government.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-160844-Imran-pays-bills-of-his-Lahore-residence-amid-civil-disobedience-call

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Political parties united for upholding democracy, says PM Nawaz

 26 Sep, 2014

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that all political parties were united for upholding democracy in Pakistan and for the supremacy of the Constitution, DawnNews reported.

The premier was addressing the Pakistani community in New York after meeting United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon and other important international figures during his visit to the United States.

Nawaz said that those staging sit-ins against his government had made ambitious plans but the nation did not support them.

He said that the government is fully functional despite the protests while those opposing it had failed.

The prime minister said the attacks launched on the Parliament House and the Pakistan Television (PTV) network Headquarters were hardly similar to any of the attacks found in the country's history.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1134466/political-parties-united-for-upholding-democracy-says-pm-nawaz

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SIU chief survives Karachi bomb attack; two killed

 26 Sep, 2014

KARACHI: At least two people were killed and eight others injured in a suicide attack on the vehicle of Special Investigation Unit (SIU) chief SSP Farooq Awan on Thursday. Banned militant group Jundullah claimed the responsibility for the attack. CID SSP Raja Umer Khatab said that the suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into the convoy of SSP Farooq Awan while it was passing Gizri Graveyard, in Defence Phase-IV area. He said it was a high-intensity explosion which was heard in surrounding areas. It created a 15-foot deep crater and adversely damaged the bulletproof vehicle of Awan. Three persons were reported killed in the blast while eight others, including SSP Farooq Awan, and two women sustained wounds.

Police, other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and rescue personnel shifted the injured to Jinnah Hospital which is situated near the site of the blast. According to hospital sources condition of some of the injured people was serious and it was feared that the death toll could rise further. Police officials said about 50 to 100 kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the attack. Some sources claimed that the attack was carried out through improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a car parked by roadside.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/26-Sep-2014/siu-chief-survives-karachi-bomb-attack-two-killed

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Husband kills wife along with her beloved in the name of honor

26 Sep, 2014

Charsadda- Husband killed wife and her paramour in the name of honor.

According to details, Muhammad Asif killed his wife along with her lover in Atmanzai jurisdiction of City Police Station. After surrendering himself to City Police Station, Muhammad Asif told Police that he found his wife with her lover in kitchen in compromising state. He told that when he reached in kitchen both tried to attack on him after this he opened fire for saving himself and as a result both died at the spot. Police arrested him and started the investigation.

http://nation.com.pk/national/25-Sep-2014/husband-kills-wife-along-with-her-beloved-in-the-name-of-honor

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Nine suspected TTP terrorists arrested during Islamabad raid

 26 Sep, 2014

ISLAMABAD: At least nine suspected terrorists, belonging to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were arrested during a raid carried out by security forces in Islamabad.

On receiving a tip-off about the presence of 14 terrorists in Sector G-10, security forces carried out a raid in a mosque and arrested nine terrorists.

Sources told Dawn that the arrested TTP terrorists were said to hail from Swat and Bajaur.

The terrorists had planned to target a senior military officer, sources added.

Islamabad is the federal capital of Pakistan and a number of search operations have been carried out in the city in the recent past.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1134486/nine-suspected-ttp-terrorists-arrested-during-islamabad-raid

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Pakistan successfully test-fires Hatf-IX

26 Sep, 2014

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan conducted a successful test of the short range surface to surface Hatf-IX (Nasr) missile on Friday, Geo News reported.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the test fire was conducted with successive launches of four missiles from a state of the art Multi Tube Launcher with Salvo Mode.

Hatf-IX is a surface-to-surface air missile and has nuclear capabilities with a maximum range of 60 kilometres with exceptional ‘shoot and scoot’ capability.

The launch was witnessed by Chairperson Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJSC) General Rashad Mehmood, Director General Strategic Planning Division Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lieutenant General Obaid Ullah Khan, Chairman NESCOM Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists and engineers employed with strategic organisations.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-160868-Pakistan-successfully-test-fires-Hatf-IX

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Karachi operation not against any political party: Memon

26 Sep, 2014

KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister, Sharjeel Memon said on Friday that the ongoing operation in the city was not against any political party.

Speaking to media outside the provincial assembly, Memon said Rangers and police will take action were criminal elements are present. According to Memon the current situation in the city demanded that political parties show unity.

The provincial information minister added the killers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zahra Shahid were arrested one year after the murder which clearly showed that the police were alert all the time to maintain law and order in Karachi.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-160881-Karachi-operation-not-against-any-political-party:-Memon-

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Mideast

 

Shiite rebel seizure of Yemen capital a 'gift' for Tehran?

26 Sep, 2014

DUBAI: The lightning takeover by Shiite rebels of Yemen’s capital this week is a potential boost for Iran, while the US is preoccupied with fighting radicals, analysts said.

It is still unclear what the links are between the Ansarullah, or Huthi, rebels and Shiite-ruled Iran, but Tehran will no doubt be pleased by a move that offers the prospect of expanding its influence on the Arabian Peninsula.

But while it is also unclear what the rebels plan to do now, any ambitions they may have to dominate the whole country are out of the question.

The capital Sanaa lies in the Shiite-majority northern highlands, but the rest of Yemen is overwhelmingly Sunni and virulently anti-Shiite Al-Qaeda militants have a strong presence in the south and east.

And a complicating factor could be former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, forced from power after 33 years of iron-fisted rule by a 2011 uprising but still a key powerbroker.

Saleh, who is himself Shiite, is widely believed to have played a role in the rebels’ takeover of Sanaa through his tribal and security force allies, and it is still unclear what he may expect in return.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/635811

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Turkey calls on China to release Uighur academic

26 Sep, 2014

Turkey has called on China to release İlham Tohti, a well-known Uighur academic who was jailed for life for separatism, expressing its concerns over the case.

“We are very much concerned about the life sentence issued against Uighur-origin Professor İlham Tohti. We are of the expectation that the aforementioned will be released and the sentence issued against him will be revised in line with the expectations of the international community,” Tanju Bilgiç, spokesperson of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, said in a written statement late on Sept. 25. 

China’s alleged violations of human rights in Xinjiang have caused a deterioration of its bilateral ties with Turkey, which has strong historical and cultural bonds with the mostly Muslim region.   

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-calls-on-china-to-release-uighur-academic.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72196&NewsCatID=356

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Turkey’s Kurdish bid gets an ISIL makeover

26 Sep, 2014

The Turkish government has decided to revise its road map in the process to solve the long-running Kurdish problem amid the ongoing regional strife on the country’s southern borders.

One of the key recent causes prompting the revision is the recent postponement of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) “farewell to arms” for its militants in Iraq, until the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is over.

Touching on the changes, an official from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) told Hürriyet that the solution process should be seen as a “living organism.” The official said ISIL’s offensive toward Turkey’s border with Syria and its attacks on Kurdish villages, which have triggered a mass exodus of locals, also led Ankara to update the Kurdish bid road map.

As a result, a number of chapters in the negotiations with the PKK and its headquarters in the Kandil Mountains of northern Iraq have been postponed until after ISIL is no longer a threat to Turkey or the region, the official said. These postponed chapters include steps regarding the disarmament of militants and their return to Turkey.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-kurdish-bid-gets-an-isil-makeover.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72187&NewsCatID=338

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Turkish minister blasts accusations of oil purchase from ISIL, nuclear weapon plans

26 Sep, 2014

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has once again brushed off claims regarding Turkey’s energy links and operations, calling the accusations “attempts to damage Turkey’s reputation.”

Turkey has recently been accused of buying smuggled oil from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), selling jet fuel to Israel amid the Gaza assault and working on developing a nuclear bomb, Yıldız said. He called these three allegations “undeserved, baseless and total lies.”

“These are accusations that Turkey doesn’t deserve, and they are intentional,” the minister told Anadolu Agency on Sept. 26, while he was visiting the agency’s “Energy Desk.”

In his remarks, Yıldız reiterated his previous remarks regarding the issue and called the claims “efforts to damage Turkey’s international political reputation.”

In mid-July, during Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, some local media outlets claimed Turkey was continuing to sell jet fuel to Israel, despite Ankara’s opposition to Israel’s military operations.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-energy-minister-blasts-accusations-of-oil-purchase-from-isil-nuclear-weapon-plans.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72209&NewsCatID=348

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Rouhani slams West at UN but vows to carry out nuclear talks

26 Sep, 2014

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations that the West was responsible for "strategic blunders" in the Middle East and Central Asia that had created terror havens.

"The strategic blunders of the West in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus have turned these parts of the world into a haven for terrorists and extremists," he told the General Assembly in New York.

In his roughly 10-minute speech, Rouhani said certain intelligence agencies had "put blades into the hands of madmen" and stressed that the solution to the "quandary" of the Islamic State militant group should come from within the region, not from the international community.

Full report at:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/rouhani-slams-west-un-vows-carry-out-nuclear-talks-957078257#sthash.QyJ72bdT.dpuf

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Turkey ready to play role in Kashmir settlement

Sep 26, 2014

NEW YORK – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Turkey is ready to play its due role for a peaceful settlement of longstanding Kashmir issue and the solution should be acceptable to Pakistan, India and Kashmiri people – the real stakeholders.

“Aspirations of Kashmiri people for self-determination must be addressed in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and Turkey is ready to play its due role in this regard,” he said during a sideline meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu Kashmir here at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting was chaired by OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Manani.

The Turk minister said that the international community had a moral and legal responsibility to resolve this longstanding issue. Expressing concern over cancellation of talks with Pakistan by India and the rising tensions across the Line of Control in the disputed state, he called on the parties to resume negotiations without delay and engage in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue for a peaceful resolution of all disputes including Kashmir.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/26-Sep-2014/turkey-ready-to-play-role-in-kashmir-settlement

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North America

 

Muslim scholars present religious rebuttal to Islamic State

26 Sep, 2014

PARIS: Over 120 Islamic scholars from around the world, many of them leading Muslim voices in their own countries, have issued an open letter denouncing Islamic State militants and refuting their religious arguments.

An array of Muslim leaders and groups have publicly rejected the Islamist movement since it imposed its brutal rule over large areas of Syria and Iraq this summer. Five Muslim nations have also joined a US-led military campaign against it.

The 22-page letter, written in Arabic and heavy with quotes from the Qur'an and other Islamic sources, is just as clear as those groups in condemning the torture, murder and destruction Islamic State militants have committed in areas they control.

“You have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture and murder,” the letter said. “This is a great wrong and an offense to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/635531

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US removes diplomats in Yemen as Houthi rebels cling to capital

26 Sep, 2014

The US government has ordered a cut in the number of American government staff in Yemen after Houthi rebels seized much of the capital city.

"We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution and in response to recent political developments and the changing, unpredictable security situation in Yemen," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Psaki said the US embassy would continue to operate with reduced personnel.

An updated US travel warning said the "security threat level in Yemen is extremely high," and urged all American citizens in the country to leave, warning the embassy may only be able to give them limited assistance if they get in trouble.

In 2012 hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators stormed the US embassy compound in Sana'a in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam.

Civil War

Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansur Hadi warned Tuesday of "civil war", vowing to restore state authority, as Shiite rebels cried victory over their lightening capture of much of the capital.

Full report at:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-removes-diplomats-yemen-houthi-rebels-hold-capital-838717639#sthash.eMmRGpRc.dpuf

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U.S. steps up Twitter war with ISIS

26 Sep, 2014

The U.S. State Department has ratcheted up its online campaign to steer potential recruits away from joining terrorist organizations, posting gruesome photos of dead militants and remarks on the brutality of extremists.

A Twitter account called “'Think Again Turn Away” recently blasted the image of four dead bodies, thought to be militants killed in the U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria, to its nearly 8,000 followers.

The same account distributed in recent weeks a mock ISIS recruitment video which criticizes the group over its mass executions and the destruction of historical sites in Iraq and Syria.

— Think AgainTurn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) September 24, 2014

The opening scene of the video showed a mosque being demolished, followed by a snapshot of a decapitated body.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/09/25/U-S-steps-up-Twitter-war-with-ISIS.html

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Obama says Egypt key to US security in Mideast

26 Sep, 2014

President Barack Obama is touting the longstanding relationship between the United States and Egypt as a cornerstone of American security policy in the Middle East.

Obama is meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings. It's the first face-to-face meeting between Obama and El-Sissi, who was elected earlier this year.

Obama says they plan to discuss a range of security issues including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Libya and the Islamic State terrorist group wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

US Egypt ties have been strained since the ouster but the US has sought to urge Egypt to pursue a more democratic system.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/111703/Egypt/Politics-/Obama-says-Egypt-key-to-US-security-in-Mideast.aspx

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CAIR Welcomes President’s Remarks on Islam at U.N. General Assembly

Sep 26, 2014

 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed President Obama's remarks about Islam and Muslims in his address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

"We welcome the president's remarks recognizing that we are not at war with Islam and that Muslims are a vital part of American society," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "We thank the president for acknowledging the efforts of Muslims worldwide who are seeking peace and justice."

CAIR today joined a number of national and local Muslim scholars and leaders at a National Press Club news conference in Washington, D.C., to release a first-of-its-kind open letter in Arabic (with English translation) signed by more than 120 international scholars of Islam and Muslim leaders refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12664-cair-welcomes-presidents-remarks-on-islam-at-un-general-assembly.html

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Africa

 

Boko Haram fighters kill 18 in Nigeria

September 26, 2014

MAIDUGURI : Boko Haram militants on motorcycles have killed at least 18 people in an attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Shaffa, witnesses said on Thursday.

The attack late on Wednesday left bodies in the street, witness Amos Mshelia, who escaped by running into the surrounding bush and on to the nearby town of Biu, told Reuters by telephone. ‘People ran out of their houses in fear, but unknown to many of us the insurgents were nearby and they were pursuing people, shooting as we were fleeing,’ he said.

Moreover, One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok was freed this week, police and a parent of some of the other missing girls said on Thursday. Boko Haram militants took the girls from a secondary school in the village near the Cameroon border in April, sparking a worldwide outcry, and have remained in captivity ever since.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/26-Sep-2014/boko-haram-fighters-kill-18-in-nigeria

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Over 13,000 Killed in Boko Haram Crisis - Jonathan

26 Sep, 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday told world leaders that Boko Haram insurgency has led to the killing of over 13,000 people in the past five years.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council's high-level meeting in New York on the Threat of Terrorism to Global Peace and Security, Jonathan said the threat of terrorism in north-eastern Nigeria had proven to be a challenge to national stability.

"Nigeria knows too well the destructive effects of terrorist activities. Over the past five years, we have been, and are still confronting threats posed by Boko Haram to peace and stability predominantly in the north eastern part of our country," he said.

"The costs are high: over 13,000 people have been killed, whole communities razed, and hundreds of persons kidnapped, the most prominent being our innocent daughters from Chibok Secondary School, in North East Nigeria."

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201409260828.html

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40 countries urge Libya to resolve military crisis

26 Sep, 2014

Forty countries and three major organizations have urged Libya’s feuding political leaders to peacefully resolve the political and military crisis gripping the North African country.

A statement issued by the chairman of a high-level meeting convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the annual meeting of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly said the political polarization and military conflict are posing “a dangerous and significant threat” to the country’s transition to democracy.

Libya has grown increasingly lawless and has been witnessing the worst bout of violence since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Weeks of fighting among rival militias has displaced more than 300,000 people.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/40-countries-urge-libya-to-resolve-military-crisis.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72204&NewsCatID=357

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Spain, Morocco arrest nine militants linked to Islamic State

 26 Sep, 2014

Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested nine people suspected of belonging to a militant cell linked to Islamic State, Spain's Interior Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry said the nine belonged to a group based in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, on the northern coast of Africa, and neighboring Nador, Morocco.

Spanish media reported that one of those arrested was Spanish and the rest were Moroccan nationals. The Interior Ministry declined to comment, adding the investigation was still underway.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Spain-Morocco-arrest-nine-militants-linked-to-Islamic-State-376370

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India

 

Modi Govt Clears Long-Pending Case for Israeli Barak Missiles for Warships

Rajat Pandit,TNN | Sep 26, 2014

NEW DELHI: India will finally be able to strengthen the eroding defensive shield around its 14 frontline warships, with the Modi government clearing the long-delayed "critical" acquisition of 262 missiles to arm the Israeli Barak-I anti-missile defence (AMD) systems fitted on board them.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening gave the final nod to the Rs 880 crore acquisition of Barak-I missiles, which has been hanging fire for the last six years despite successive Navy chiefs sounding the red alert over this "critical operational deficiency", said sources.

The Barak AMD systems, installed on aircraft carrier INS Viraat, guided-missile destroyers like INS Mysore and Shivalik-class stealth frigates, are designed to intercept and destroy incoming enemy missiles at a range of 9-km. India had ordered the first Barak-I system for INS Viraat in the late 1990s to counter Pakistan's acquisition of sea-skimming Exocet and Harpoon missiles.

DRDO's failure to develop the indigenous Trishul AMD system paved the way for further orders after the 1999 Kargil conflict, with a Rs 1,160 crore Barak contract being inked in October 2000 by the then Vajpayee-led NDA-1 government to arm the 14 warships.

 Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-govt-clears-long-pending-case-for-Israeli-Barak-missiles-for-warships/articleshow/43473452.cms

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India likely to reply to Pak raking up Kashmir issue at UN

September 26, 2014

Amid moves by Pakistan to rake up the Kashmir issue at the UNGA session, India is likely to exercise its right to reply on the matter.

Earlier, Pakistan had said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would again highlight the Kashmir issue in his address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Firday while ruling out resumption of any dialogue with India unless New Delhi takes the initiative in this regard.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said here that there is “no reason” for Sharif not to raise the subject of Kashmir during his address.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-likely-to-reply-to-pak-raking-up-kashmir-issue-at-un/#sthash.oADYP01e.dpuf

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Swamy to PM: offer troops to fight IS

September 26, 2014

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer two divisions of the Indian Army and one squadron of the Indian Air Force to the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

In a message released on Thursday before the Prime Minister’s departure to the U.S., Dr. Swamy said, “It is better India fights the IS on the Syrian border now rather than on the Wagah border and J&K LoC two years from now.”

“Not since Hitler’s rise in Germany has such a sinister force risen in the world. Hence India cannot afford to be non-aligned at this crucial stage, but be counted on the side of the United States in this emerging Dharma Yudh,” Dr. Swamy said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/swamy-to-pm-offer-troops-to-fight-is/article6447465.ece

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IM suspects wanted to join ‘jihadis’ in Syria, says NIA

Deeptiman Tiwary,TNN | Sep 26, 2014

NEW DELHI: Two of the five suspected Ansar-ul-Tawhid fi Bilad al Hind (AuT) members chargesheeted by NIA on Monday had rejected the offer to fight in India preferring to go to Syria instead for religious war. They, however, wished that an Iraq-Sriya like situation was created in India.

The 108-page chargesheet filed by NIA against 20 IM accused, five of whom are said to be now with AuT, has cited internet chats between various operatives of the outfit to support this claim.

AuT is an AF-Pak-based outfit made of al-Qaida-aligned Indian jihadists largely drawn from Indian Mujahideen. Of late the outfit has been suspected to be flirting with Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and had even uploaded videos of ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi calling for jihad in India among other countries on its media handle.

According to the NIA chargesheet, Mohammed Shafi Armar and Abdul Kadir Sultan Armar wanted to be sent to Syria and Afghanistan with other 'jihadis' to fight the "religious war". The chargesheet says arrested IM operative Yasin Bhatkal had asked Shafi to join him in Nepal, where Yasin was hiding before his arrest in 2013, and raise a module to fight against non-Muslims in India. Shafi, however, refused and wanted to be "dispatched to Syriya to work with other jihadis and finally die in the battlefield to get heaven".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-Indian-Mujahideen-terrorists-wanted-to-join-ISIS-NIA/articleshow/43474854.cms

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Malay jihadists making headway in extremist Islamic State

September 26, 2014

Militants from Indonesia and Malaysia fighting in Syria have come together on common language and culture, forming their own military unit and prompting fears of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (Isis) expansion in Southeast Asia, a Jakarta think tank warned.

Quoted by Singapore's The Straits Times (ST), the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (Ipac) said 22 members had formed the "Katibah Nusantara Lid Daulah Islamiyyah" (Malay archipelago unit for the Islamic State) in Al-Shadadi, Syria, as appeared in a video posted on a Facebook page which has since closed.

The daily said faced with language barriers, the new unit would make it easier to recruit Indonesians who could not communicate in English or Arabic.

"This group was formed with a goal to recruit and facilitate people who want to go to Syria to defend the Islamic caliphate, and also do counter-attacks against governments that repress caliphate supporters," the paper quoted Robi Sugara of the Barometer Institute as saying.

ST also quoted Ipac's Sidney Jones as saying that unlike Jemaah Islamiyah, al-Qaeda's regional chapter blamed for a spate of terrorist attacks in Indonesia, Isis fighters already had battle experience.

Full report at:

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=367281:malay-jihadists-making-headway-in-extremist-islamic-state&Itemid=2#ixzz3ESp0SRvl

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Cops detain three suspected Syria-bound M'sian jihadists at KLIA

September 26, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - Police detained three people believed to be suspected jihadists at the KL International Airport yesterday.

According to local daily The Star, the three were an architect, a technician and a shopkeeper, who were about to board a flight to Turkey, where they would have found their way into Syria to join the Islamic State (IS).

They are the latest Malaysians to be detained as suspected jihadists as the country has designated the IS as a “terrorist organisation”.

The Star added that the architect came from Pahang and the technician from Perlis, both aged 26. The 42-year-old sundry shop owner is from Kelantan and is believed to be married with six children.

Full report at:

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=367112:cops-detain-three-suspected-syria-bound-msian-jihadists-at-klia&Itemid=2#ixzz3ESp6QC8I

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