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Islamic World News ( 26 Jul 2016, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Using ‘Crazies’ Like Hafiz Saeed Will Only Harm Pakistan: Hussain Haqqani

















A protest against the death penalty in Jakarta: activists urged the Indonesian government to halt the planned executions. Photograph: Jefta Images / Barcroft Images

 

Pakistan

Using ‘Crazies’ Like Hafiz Saeed Will Only Harm Pakistan: Hussain Haqqani

Nuclear Weapons Are No Joke, You Can't Use Them: Zardari

PHC stays execution of militant convicted by army court

Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for killing military officers in Karachi

Man Slits Wife’s Throat in Honour Killing over Alleged Affair

Nawaz Sharif describes Kashmir as 'unfinished agenda' of UN

Hindu youth killed as communal tensions rock Ghotki after ‘sacrilege’ incident

Two ‘IS men’ arrested with explosives

CII urged to approve KP domestic violence bill

Police discover group involved in Amjad Sabri's murder

PTI submits resolution in Sindh assembly for Rangers' extension

 

Arab World

ISIL Building Surface-to-Air Missiles Based through Israeli Technology

Deadly Bomb Attack Kills 44 in Syria’s Qamishli

Bahrain to Try Scores on Charges of Setting up Terrorist Organization

Baghdad Suicide Bomb Kills 6; Province Takes on Militants

KSA Diplomacy Foils False Accusations of Terrorism

Iraqi Council Votes to Demolish Homes of Convicted Militants

ISIL's Tunnel in Deir Ezzur Discovered, Destroyed by Syrian Soldiers

Al-Nusra Front Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army Offensive in Dara'a

Syrian Army, Air Force Smash ISIL Terrorists in Deir Ezzur

Syria: Another Terrorist Commander Killed in Battle with Gov't Forces in Aleppo

Syria: Al-Nusra Command Center Destroyed Badly in Army Attacks in Aleppo

Syrian troops tighten Aleppo siege, urge gunmen to give up     

 

Mideast

Hamas 'Summer Camp' Trains Young Gazans for War

Detention Warrants Issued For 47 Former Zaman Executives in Gülen Probe

8,651 soldiers participated in Turkey’s coup attempt, says Army

Turkey is in big danger if US was behind coup attempt: MHP leader

Israel destroys 11 Palestinian homes on Jerusalem outskirts

Palestinian killed in gun fire with Israeli army

Fresh clashes between Yemeni forces, militias

 

Africa

Suicide Bomber Was Former Somali MP: Terrorist Group

Nigeria: Jonathan's Govt Established Boko Haram Had Ties with Al-Qaeda

57 Kids Trafficked From Malawi Found At Back of Window-Less Delivery Truck - Rescued in South Africa

Niger Delta militants invade Lagos community

Morocco arrests 52 suspected militants, foils several attacks

 

India

India Shares Details of ISIS Man with Dhaka

Protest against Killings of Religious Minorities In Bangladesh

Proxy War Is the State Policy of Pakistan: Centre

Pakistan has 'direct role' in fuelling terrorism in J&K: Army

Defence Ministry unveils statue of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram

Kashmiri separatist leader Geelani says he spoke to Wani before his death

 

Europe

EU Vows to Help France Fight ISIS ‘Barbarity’

Attacks in France and Germany Claimed By Islamic State Propaganda Arm

France Aims to Ease Religious Fears after Church Attack

In Rio, spotlight on Pakistanis linked to recent terror plot Rio de Janeiro

France: President Francois Hollande rejects opposition calls to harden laws on terrorism

UN calls for humanitarian truce in Yemen's Taiz province

New British PM calls Pakistan a dependable ally

Islamic terror: France’s Benjamin Erbibou says stop blaming West

France church attack: Malcolm Turnbull says new anti-terror measures necessary

 

South Asia

ISIS Threaten More Attacks against Hazara Minority in Afghanistan

Stem the Tide of Islamic State, Kabul Exhorts Islamabad

Afghan intelligence arrest explosives expert of ISIS in Nangarhar

Taliban claim they have shot down drone in Kandahar

MoI claims 260 Taliban militants surrendered in Samangan province

10-hour operation in remote char area, five militants held

Dhaka raid militants mostly shot on the back, autopsy reveals

Govt college teachers, students stage demo against militancy

3 families claim 2 slain Kallyanpur militants

Govt's anti-militancy fight to protect religion: Inu

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesia Ready to Execute 14 This Week Despite Doubts over Prisoners' Guilt

IGP says will question Umno Youth leader over Najib conspiracy

New Indonesia Cabinet includes reformer, rights abuser

9 Filipinos sentenced to life in prison over 2013 Malaysia incursion

PM: Children of Felda settlers in Klang Valley proof of social mobility

 

North America

Democrats Break Silence on Islamic State From Convention Stage

Donald Trump Has Already Damaged US’ National Security: Madeline Albright

US wants expanded multi-dimensional partnership with Pakistan: Kerry

US Muslims Urged to Engage in Political Process

Man charged with threatening to burn down largest mosque in Boston

Syrian Civil War: John Kerry hopes to work with Russia; UN aims to restart talks between factions

US to deploy 800 aviation troops to Afghanistan

America ignores Pakistan at its peril

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Using ‘crazies’ like Hafiz Saeed will only harm Pakistan: Hussain Haqqani

 Jul 27, 2016

Former Pakistani diplomat says his country was always obsessed with the size of the Indian army and resorted to irregular methods to attack India

Pakistan’s “obsession” to match India in military strength and efforts to equalise the field with “crazies” like Hafiz Saeed, would only create hatred which will bite it back, former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has said.

“My argument as a Pakistani is why do we even want to be equal [with India in terms of military prowess]? Why do not we want to be happier and prosperous and successful,” he said.

‘Obsession with crazies’

“What is this obsession about being equal and trying to equalise the field with crazies like Hafiz Saeed because he will only create hatred, which will only bite us back,” Mr. Haqqani said here on Tuesday night during an interaction on his book India vs Pakistan — Why Can’t We Just Be Friends.

“Pakistan always had this presumption that India has a tremendous conventional military advantage and Indian army will be much bigger than Pakistan’s. So Pakistan needs irregular methods to be able to be equal,” he alleged.

‘Musharraf used LeT against India’

Mr. Haqqani recalled a private conversation of former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf with Pakistani newspaper editors, wherein he said Lashkar-e-Taiba was his reserve core for fighting India and thus established the strong nexus among the Inter-Services Intelligence, terrorists and Pakistani establishment.

“He [Musharraf], in a private meeting with Pakistani newspaper editors, had said ‘Well all of you keep telling me or some of you keep telling me that I should shut down Lashkar-e-Taiba, but it is actually my reserve core in fighting India,’ a fact that establishes a strong nexus among the ISI, terrorists and Pakistani establishment,” Mr. Haqqani said.

The former Pakistani envoy said it was disturbing to know that a head of a country had thought so as these terrorists “would not do good to Pakistan” as the world had seen them attacking Shias, Ahmediyas and Christians in Pakistan, apart from India.

Mr. Haqqani said unfortunately Pakistani strategic thinkers in uniform do not realise this “disturbing line of thinking of patronising terrorists and outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammad and LeT.”

Jihadi movement in Pakistan

Throwing light on the Jihadi movement in Pakistan, the former diplomat said Zia-ul-Haq was not the first man to spread jihadi awareness as is presumed, but it was much before him.

“There is a presumption that Zia-ul-Haq was the first man to start jihadi awareness, but I argue that ‘no, it was even further back’ and there was always a desire for irregular warfare,” he said.

Deny resources to militias

Asked how to shut down the large armed militias, Mr. Haqqani said it was not easy because they were well-trained in warfare. But the establishment can put them out of business if they are denied the resources for their mobility and movement, he said.

“If we make this decision now, it will take some 15 years to put their business out,” Mr. Haqqani added.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/using-crazies-like-hafiz-saeed-will-only-harm-pakistan-hussain-haqqani/article8906972.ece

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ISIL Building Surface-to-Air Missiles Based through Israeli Technology

 Jul 27, 2016

Resistance forces in Mosul revealed that the ISIL terrorist group is making surface-to-air missiles based on an Israeli model to target Iraqi, Syrian and coalition fighter jets.

According to the Arabic-language Sputnik news website, the plan includes equipping the ISL missiles with cameras similar to the systems used in Rafael Python-5 missiles produced by Israel which can be fired both from surface and air.

The resistance forces also said that the ISIL group which has been entrusted with implementing the plan includes Iraqi and foreign members headed by Nineveh governor called al-Seidali who have equipped and armed the missiles in a region in Wadi al-Akab in Western Mosul and then fled to Raqqa in Syria.

They added that the ISIL group's activity is not limited to the equipment and enhancement of the missiles; "it also produces the chemical materials used in the bombs and mortars, including poisonous gases like chlorine and mustard gas, which were earlier discovered by the Iraqi and Kurdish forces near Mosul and al-Anbar province.

By implementing the plan, the ISIL seeks to equip the missiles with tracking, tracing and controlling systems which include special electronic circuits and a micro computer chip that receives and processes the information and gives digital orders to the control circuit in the engine impellers through 5-volt micro computer chip.

Based on the information gained by the resistance forces, the ISIL uses Sony cameras to equip its missiles.

The reports came after evidence indicated in July 2014 that Japan’s electronics giant, Sony, had assisted Israel in its deadly offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip.

A piece of an Israeli rocket was discovered in Gaza showing that Sony Corporation has provided the Israel regime with cameras and high-tech control boards to equip its missiles.

A camera apparently manufactured by Sony was mounted on the rocket piece to help Israeli warplanes choose their targets in the Gaza Strip.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950506000756

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Hamas 'summer camp' trains young Gazans for war

 Jul 27, 2016

GAZA CITY: As if from nowhere, a dozen young people surge out of a tunnel, Kalashnikov assault rifles in hand, to launch a surprise assault on a military post.

This is the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave that has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, but this time the attack is not real.

The young people, aged between 15 and 20, are taking part in a summer training camp for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, the Islamist movement which runs Gaza.

Such camps in the enclave of 1.9 million people have been heavily criticised by rights groups concerned with young people's welfare.

It is the first time that Jihad, 16, has entered one of the underground tunnels, which Hamas considers a major strategic asset in its conflict with Israel and which are usually kept well hidden.

The young Palestinian comes from Shejaiya, a Gaza neighbourhood ravaged by war two years ago, and is carrying out a drill to kidnap fake Israeli soldiers.

At the Yarmuk base of the Al-Qassam Brigades east of Gaza City, dozens of young men descend 20 metres from a tower on ropes, as others navigate burning roadblocks.

The base is near the sensitive border between Israel and Gaza, which has been controlled by Hamas for around a decade and is subject to a strict Israeli blockade.

In a week, Al-Qassam says it will train nearly 30,000 young people in basic fighting techniques.

These young recruits to the summer camps are a key part of Hamas's attempts to prepare the population for "the battle of liberation of Palestine", a member of Al-Qassam told AFP.

"Our message to this (young) generation is that the future is yours," he said, his face concealed by a black balaclava. "It is thanks to you that we will be victorious."

Khalil al-Haya, another Hamas official, argued that "there is no choice but the gun".

"The enemy destroyed houses and imposed a blockade hoping that people would turn against us, but the people closed ranks around the resistance and Al-Qassam and send their children to our camps," he added.

Rights activists are deeply concerned by the camp, however.

"We are completely opposed to children's participation in military camps," said Issam Younis, who heads the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Hamas-summer-camp-trains-young-Gazans-for-war/articleshow/53404247.cms

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Pakistan

 

Using ‘crazies’ like Hafiz Saeed will only harm Pakistan: Hussain Haqqani

 Jul 27, 2016

Former Pakistani diplomat says his country was always obsessed with the size of the Indian army and resorted to irregular methods to attack India

Pakistan’s “obsession” to match India in military strength and efforts to equalise the field with “crazies” like Hafiz Saeed, would only create hatred which will bite it back, former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has said.

“My argument as a Pakistani is why do we even want to be equal [with India in terms of military prowess]? Why do not we want to be happier and prosperous and successful,” he said.

‘Obsession with crazies’

“What is this obsession about being equal and trying to equalise the field with crazies like Hafiz Saeed because he will only create hatred, which will only bite us back,” Mr. Haqqani said here on Tuesday night during an interaction on his book India vs Pakistan — Why Can’t We Just Be Friends.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/using-crazies-like-hafiz-saeed-will-only-harm-pakistan-hussain-haqqani/article8906972.ece

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Nuclear weapons are no joke, you can't use them: Zardari

 Jul 27, 2016

Nuclear weapons are not an aggressive option and you cannot use them, says former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

In an interview to Russia Today (RT), Zardari said: “You can develop it, you can have it, you can display a photograph of it but nuclear weapons are no joke.”

The former president doesn’t think there is any possibility of a nuclear clash between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue.

Explaining the current tension in bilateral ties, Zardari said that it all revolves around the situation in Kashmir.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273359/nuclear-weapons-are-no-joke-you-cant-use-them-zardari

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PHC stays execution of militant convicted by army court

 Jul 27, 2016

PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench on Tuesday stayed execution of a convicted militant and suspended the sentence of death awarded to him by a military court on account of multiple charges of terrorism.

The bench comprising Justice Rooul Amin Khan Chamkani and Justice Daud Khan issued notice to the ministry of defence directing it to submit record of the case of the convict, Abbdul Qayyum, whose father Mian Said Ghani has filed a writ petition against his conviction.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273466/phc-stays-execution-of-militant-convicted-by-army-court

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Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for killing military officers in Karachi

 Jul 27, 2016

KARACHI: A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's killing of two military officers in the southern city of Karachi, a spokesman for the Islamist group said.

The killings were the latest attacks in the busy port city of 20 million people, where paramilitary forces have been cracking down on militants and criminal gangs for almost three years.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/27-Jul-16/pakistani-taliban-claim-responsibility-for-killing-military-officers-in-karachi

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Man Slits Wife’s Throat in Honour Killing over Alleged Affair

 Jul 27, 2016

BAHAWALPUR: A man killed his wife over suspicion that she was having an affair with another man in a Saddar police precinct.

Police said Muhammad Aslam, a resident of Javed Colony, had married Parveen, a resident of Bosan Road, Multan, nine years ago. Aslam’s brother Saeed had eloped with Parveen’s sister Nasreen.

Police said Aslam had accused Parveen of having an affair with another man in the area. The couple had been arguing about it for months, neighbours told the police.

On Monday, Aslam mixed a sedative in juice and served it to Parveen and Nasreen. They fainted after drinking the beverage and Aslam slit his wife’s throat. Police said she had died on the spot.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1150009/horrific-man-slits-wifes-throat/

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Nawaz Sharif describes Kashmir as 'unfinished agenda' of UN

PTI | Jul 27, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Describing Kashmir as "unfinished agenda" of the United Nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday vowed to raise the issue at every international platform and provide all sort of support to Kashmiris.

Sharif made the remarks here while talking to newly elected lawmakers of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) after his party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won majority seats in July 21 elections to from the new government.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Nawaz-Sharif-describes-Kashmir-as-unfinished-agenda-of-UN/articleshow/53417209.cms

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Hindu youth killed as communal tensions rock Ghotki after ‘sacrilege’ incident

 Jul 27, 2016

GHOTKI: Communal tensions ran high in Sindh's Ghotki district on Wednesday, after a Hindu man was arrested for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran a day earlier.

Two Hindu men were shot having tea at a stall in Ghotki's town of Mirpur Mathelo during an attack by a mob Wednesday. One of the victims, 17-year-old Dewan Sateesh Kumar, succumbed to his injuries while his friend Avinash is in a critical condition, police said.

Local leaders of the Hindu community while talking to journalists here demanded protection of their lives and properties in wake of the tensions.

"A local trader Dewan Satesh Kumar has been killed," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ghotki Masood Ahmed Bangash told Dawn.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273509/hindu-youth-killed-as-communal-tensions-rock-ghotki-after-sacrilege-incident

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Two ‘IS men’ arrested with explosives

 Jul 27, 2016

LAHORE/MULTAN: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police claimed on Tuesday to have arrested two members of banned militant Islamic State group and recovered explosive material from them.

A CTD spokesman said they received intelligence report about the presence of suspected terrorists in a house in Khan Colony who were planning attack on government installations.

He said a CTD police team conducted raid on the house and arrested the suspected terrorists, who were identified as Yaqoob Shah and Abdullah Moavia.

He said one kilo explosive material, safety fuse and two electric circuit detonators were recovered from the suspects who were later shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273444/two-is-men-arrested-with-explosives

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CII urged to approve KP domestic violence bill

 Jul 27, 2016

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar on 'End the silence on domestic violence' have urged the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to approve the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) domestic violence bill at the earliest.

The seminar was organised by the Provincial Commission on the Status for Women (PCSW) with the support of White Ribbon at a local hotel on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, KP Assembly Deputy Speaker Dr Mehar Taj Roghani said that the bill was drafted with the consultation of all the provincial religious parties keeping in view the local culture and there was nothing un-Islamic in the bill.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/khyber-pakhtunkhwa/27-Jul-16/cii-urged-to-approve-kp-domestic-violence-bill

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Police discover group involved in Amjad Sabri's murder

 Jul 27, 2016

KARACHI: Police received information about the killers as well as the group involved in the murder of slain qawwal Amjad Sabri.

Sources disclosed that information pertaining to the killers of Amjad Sabri was obtained by police officials from an alleged criminal group whose members were already under the custody of police. However, no arrests have been made in this regard as of yet.

Sources further revealed that the suspects involved in the Amjad Sabri case were no longer in touch with each other. The suspects are no longer using mobile phones or even the internet to contact each other.

Full report at:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/138063-Police-discover-group-involved-in-Amjad-Sabris-murder

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PTI submits resolution in Sindh assembly for Rangers' extension

 Jul 27, 2016

KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) submitted a resolution in Sindh Assembly for the extension of Rangers' powers in Sindh, on Wednesday.

According to details, PTI's MPA Khurram Sher Zaman and Samar Ali Khan submitted a resolution in Sindh Assembly for the extension of Rangers' powers in Sindh. In the resolution, it was also suggested to extend the scope of Rangers' powers to the whole of Sindh.

On the occasion, Khurram Sher Zaman spoke to media personnel and said that instead of awarding medals to Rangers, the Sindh government was insulting them. He also said that if the powers of the Rangers' had been extended, then the incident of the army personnel being shot would not have occurred.

On Tuesday, two army soldiers were shot dead in Karachi's Sadar area by armed assailants. 

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/138060-PTI-submits-resolution-in-Sindh-assembly-for-Rangers-extension

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Arab World

 

ISIL Building Surface-to-Air Missiles Based through Israeli Technology

 Jul 27, 2016

Resistance forces in Mosul revealed that the ISIL terrorist group is making surface-to-air missiles based on an Israeli model to target Iraqi, Syrian and coalition fighter jets.

According to the Arabic-language Sputnik news website, the plan includes equipping the ISL missiles with cameras similar to the systems used in Rafael Python-5 missiles produced by Israel which can be fired both from surface and air.

The resistance forces also said that the ISIL group which has been entrusted with implementing the plan includes Iraqi and foreign members headed by Nineveh governor called al-Seidali who have equipped and armed the missiles in a region in Wadi al-Akab in Western Mosul and then fled to Raqqa in Syria.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950506000756

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Deadly bomb attack kills 44 in Syria’s Qamishli

27 July 2016

A double bomb attack killed a least 44 people in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, Syrian state television reported.

The official SANA news agency said at least 140 people were also injured when a suicide bomber in a vehicle blew himself up in a western neighborhood of the city.

The attack was initially described as a double bombing, but sources in the city and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights subsequently said the initial attack had caused a gas tank to detonate.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/07/27/Double-bomb-attack-kills-31-in-Syrian-Kurdish-city.html

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Bahrain to try scores on charges of setting up terrorist organization

 Jul 27, 2016

MANAMA: Bahrain prosecutors said on Tuesday scores of people will stand trial next month on charges of setting up a “terrorist organization,” espionage and armed attacks on police officers.

The case pertains to Bahrain’s allegation last year that Iranian Revolutionary Guards helped fugitives from the kingdom join forces to set up a Shiite militant group called the Zulfiqar Brigades to destabilize the state. The island has witnessed a series of bomb attacks the government says has killed nearly 20 police officers.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/960211/middle-east

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Baghdad suicide bomb kills 6; province takes on militants

 Jul 27, 2016

A suicide bomber targeted a police checkpoint in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least six people. South of the Iraqi capital, a provincial council approved a decision allowing authorities to demolish homes of convicted militants and banish their families from the province.

The Baghdad attacker, who was on foot, blew up his explosives-laden vest at a police checkpoint in the northern neighborhood of Shula, a police officer said.

Three policemen and three civilians were killed and at least 15 people were wounded in the explosion, the officer added. A medical official confirmed casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/236185/World/Region/Baghdad-suicide-bomb-kills-;-province-takes-on-mil.aspx

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KSA diplomacy foils false accusations of terrorism

 Jul 27, 2016

JEDDAH: The malicious attempts to blame Saudi Arabia of involvement in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 were defeated, and the size of the storm clearly showed the extent of the animosity held by some toward the Kingdom.

Some Arab diplomats believe that the diplomacy led by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, foiled the false accusations against Saudi Arabia.

They noted in statements to a local publication that disclosing the secret pages in the report of the American Congress on the events of Sept. 11, proved the integrity and honesty of Saudi Arabia and the lies of some in American decision-making circles.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/960386/saudi-arabia

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Iraqi council votes to demolish homes of convicted militants

 Jul 27, 2016

An Iraqi provincial council has approved a decision that would allow local authorities to demolish homes of convicted militants and banish their families from the province.

Hassan Fadaam, a Babil Provincial Council member, says the decision will only apply to convicted militants who have exhausted all possibilities of appealing their convictions.

Faddam says a court order also must precede the demolishing of a house. He did not say where a family of an offender would go to, once banished from the province.

The decision, approved Tuesday in the Babil provincial capital of Hillah, is a first in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Earlier, some pro-government Sunni tribes have demolished houses of those they accused of cooperating with the Islamic State group after its 2014 blitz.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/236155/World/Region/Iraqi-council-votes-to-demolish-homes-of-convicted.aspx

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ISIL's Tunnel in Deir Ezzur Discovered, Destroyed by Syrian Soldiers

 Jul 27, 2016

The Syrian military forces discovered a long tunnel of the ISIL terrorists dug under the neighborhoods of the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and exploded it, leaving dozens of terrorists dead or wounded.

The Syrian army troops discovered a 40-meter tunnel connecting the ISIL strongholds in al-Ba'ajeen to al-Orfi neighborhood and exploded it heavily, killing or wounding of tens of the terrorists.

Also on Tuesday, Syrian fighter jets launched heavy airstrikes on ISIL gathering centers near the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur, army sources said, adding the air assault slowed down militants' movements in the region.

"The Syrian warplanes bombed ISIL's positions in al-Thardah mountain, near airport and Panorama district, claiming the lives of several terrorists.

ISIL's military hardware also sustained major damage in the attacks.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950506000305

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Al-Nusra Front Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army Offensive in Dara'a

 Jul 27, 2016

The Syrian army continued its military operations against the Takfiri terrorist groups in Dara'a province, and killed a large number of militants over the past 24 hours.

The Syrian army killed and wounded scores of the Al-Nusra Front militants in Dara'a province.

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

Dara'a

Syrian military forces hit the strongholds of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front hard in Dara'a neighborhoods and near a town in the Western countryside of Dara'a, leaving scores of the militants dead or wounded.

The Syrian army men's anti-terrorism attacks on al-Nusra positions near the town of al-Yadouda, ended in the killing or wounding of dozens of terrorists and meantime destroyed their military hardware.

Meanwhile, the Syrian soldiers targeted al-Nusra concentration centers in al-Sa'ad road in Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950506000465

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Syrian Army, Air Force Smash ISIL Terrorists in Deir Ezzur

 Jul 27, 2016

ISIL suffered a heavy death toll and its military hardware sustained major damage in heavy attacks of the Syrian Army troops and fighter jets in the Southern and Western countryside of Deir Ezzur city.

The Syrian warplanes bombed heavily ISIL's positions near the village of al-Mura'yeh in Eastern countryside of Deir Ezzur, inflicting major damage on the group's vehicles.

In the meantime, the Syrian army troops struck ISIL's gatherings near the village of Ayash in Western countryside of Deir Ezzur, destroying at least seven machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Reports said earlier today that the Syrian military forces discovered a long tunnel of the ISIL terrorists dug under the neighborhoods of the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and exploded it, leaving dozens of terrorists dead or wounded.

The Syrian army troops discovered a 40-meter tunnel connecting the ISIL strongholds in al-Ba'ajeen to al-Orfi neighborhood and exploded it heavily, killing or wounding of tens of the terrorists.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950506000504

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Syria: Another Terrorist Commander Killed in Battle with Gov't Forces in Aleppo

 Jul 27, 2016

 Terrorists confirmed in their media pages on Wednesday that a senior field commander of the militant groups has been killed in fierce clashes with the Syrian army soldiers and popular forces in Northern Aleppo.

"Commander of Abu Amara Battalions Yassin Najar also known as Khattab was killed in a tough battle with the Syrian pro-government forces in Northern countryside of Aleppo," the sources said.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950506000781

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Syria: Al-Nusra Command Center Destroyed Badly in Army Attacks in Aleppo

 Jul 27, 2016

The command center of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front was targeted and destroyed in Syrian tanks' direct shelling in Aleppo neighborhoods, leaving scores of the terrorists dead or injured.

Al-Nusra command center in Northwestern side of Jame'a mosque in al-Zahra neighborhood was pounded in heavy shelling of Syrian tanks, destroying the center and inflicting major casualties on the militants.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950506000670

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Syrian troops tighten Aleppo siege, urge gunmen to give up

 Jul 27, 2016

GENEVA: Syrian government forces on Tuesday called on opposition fighters in Aleppo to drop their weapons and surrender to authorities as they captured new ground on the northwestern edge of the city, tightening the siege on rebel-held parts of the metropolis where some 300,000 people live, activists said.

The push in which troops captured large parts of the city's Layramoun area came as state TV reported that the General Army Command informed residents of rebel-held parts of Aleppo via telephone text messages that the army has created several safe passages and makeshift centers for whoever wants to leave those areas.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrian-troops-tighten-Aleppo-siege-urge-gunmen-to-give-up/articleshow/53402333.cms

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Mideast

 

Hamas 'summer camp' trains young Gazans for war

 Jul 27, 2016

GAZA CITY: As if from nowhere, a dozen young people surge out of a tunnel, Kalashnikov assault rifles in hand, to launch a surprise assault on a military post.

This is the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave that has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, but this time the attack is not real.

The young people, aged between 15 and 20, are taking part in a summer training camp for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, the Islamist movement which runs Gaza.

Such camps in the enclave of 1.9 million people have been heavily criticised by rights groups concerned with young people's welfare.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Hamas-summer-camp-trains-young-Gazans-for-war/articleshow/53404247.cms

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Detention warrants issued for 47 former Zaman executives in Gülen probe

July/27/2016

An Istanbul prosecutor has issued detention warrants for 47 former executives of Zaman, a media group considered to be linked to U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, as a part of the investigation into the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which was blamed for the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/detention-warrants-issued-for-47-former-zaman-executives-in-gulen-probe.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102135&NewsCatID=341

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8,651 soldiers participated in Turkey’s coup attempt, says Army

July/27/2016

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced on July 27 that a total of 8,651 soldiers took part in the failed coup attempt on July 15, describing them as “terrorists of the Fethullahist Terror Organization [FETÖ] in military uniforms.”

“The number of terrorists in military uniforms was 8,651. This figure makes up 1.5 percent of TSK,” the TSK said in a statement.

It also added that 35 planes, 37 helicopters, 74 tanks, 239 armed vehicles and three ships were used in the attempt.

TSK also reiterated that it was strongly against such a coup attempt and had the power to put down any further threats.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/8651-soldiers-participated-in-turkeys-coup-attempt-says-army.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102137&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey is in big danger if US was behind coup attempt: MHP leader

July/27/2016

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has responded to rumors about alleged U.S. involvement in the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey, saying “the problem is serious” if the Pentagon or the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was behind the plot.

“Rumors say that an ISAF commander U.S. general was behind the FETÖ coup attempt,” Bahçeli said, while addressing his party deputies in Ankara on July 26. The ISAF is the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, while FETÖ is an abbreviation used for the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) says was behind the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-is-in-big-danger-if-us-was-behind-coup-attempt-mhp-leader.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102115&NewsCatID=338

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Israel destroys 11 Palestinian homes on Jerusalem outskirts

 Jul 27, 2016

QALANDIYA: Israeli authorities early Tuesday destroyed 11 Palestinian homes in an area on the outskirts of Jerusalem divided from the city by Israel’s separation wall, residents and an NGO said.

A convoy of Israeli security vehicles and bulldozers carried out the overnight demolitions in Qalandiya, presumably because authorities allege the owners did not have building permits.

Israeli authorities did not respond to requests for information on the demolitions.

Two of the homes are considered part of the occupied West Bank and nine part of annexed east Jerusalem, Israeli NGO Ir Amim said. Two of the east Jerusalem homes were inhabited, it said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/960226/middle-east

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Palestinian killed in gun fire with Israeli army

27 July 2016

A Palestinian man accused of killing an Israeli rabbi died on Tuesday in an exchange of fire with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, the military said.

“A terrorist behind the attack in which Rabbi Michael Mark was assassinated on July 1 was killed on Tuesday night during exchanges of fire with soldiers,” the military statement said.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/07/27/Palestinian-killed-in-gun-fire-with-Israeli-army.html

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Fresh clashes between Yemeni forces, militias

 27 July 2016

Fierce clashes continued on Wednesday between Yemeni resistance forces and Houthi militias in the areas of Masloub and al-Aqba in the Jawf district.

Sources close to Al Arabiya News Channel confirmed that Houthi militia commander Mabkhoot al-Husan and his supporters surrendered themselves to the popular resistance forces.

Coalition forces also confirmed that they were able to successfully strike Houthi targets and destroy vast weapons cash in the district of al-Ghayl.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/07/27/Fresh-clashes-between-Yemen-resistance-forces-militias.html

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Africa

 

Suicide Bomber Was Former Somali MP: Terrorist Group

Jul 27, 2016

MOGADISHU:  A former Somali MP who joined the Shabaab group in 2010 was one of two suicide bombers who killed 13 people near a United Nations and African Union base, the militants announced today.

Car bombs driven by suicide attackers exploded on Tuesday morning near Mogadishu's airport, one of which went off 200 metres from the base, killing mainly security staff.

Salah Badbado, 53, served in Somalia's parliament from 2004 until 2010, when he declared at a press conference he was leaving politics to join the Somali al-Qaeda affiliate.

"Salah Nuh Ismail known as Salah Badbado was among the braves who have carried out the attack on Halane military base," the group said in statement released on the Telegram app and their Andalus radio station.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/suicide-bomber-was-former-somali-mp-terrorist-group-1436811

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Nigeria: Jonathan's Govt Established Boko Haram Had Ties With Al-Qaeda

 Jul 27, 2016

The dreaded Nigeria-based terrorist group, Boko Haram, established links with some international terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abducted Female Students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, has said.

The committee stated this in its report submitted to former President Goodluck Jonathan before he left office.

The 50-page report, which details were never made public, was obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607270457.html

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57 Kids Trafficked From Malawi Found At Back of Window-Less Delivery Truck - Rescued in South Africa

 Jul 27, 2016

Fifty-seven Malawian children between the ages of 11 and 21 have been rescued from three suspected human traffickers in South Africa.

Three Malawian nationals who were transporting the children have since been arrested by South African police.

Accoridng to Times Live, the suspectes appeared briefly at the Rustenburg Regional Magistrate's Court on Tuesday morning. Their case was postponed to September 13. They are facing 57 counts of human trafficking.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607270316.html

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Niger Delta militants invade Lagos community

 Jul 27, 2016

Lagos -There was pandemonium in the morning of Tuesday, July 26, at Ewedogbon community in Igando area of Lagos as suspected Niger Delta militants invaded the area.

Already, the police have mobilised to the community blocking major entrances and stationing an armoured personnel carrier at a spot.

Multiple sources said many people were killed as the militants entered into people’s houses to torment them.

Residents of the community said the militants came very early and in large number wielding guns and other dangerous weapons.

Full report at:

http://www.nigerianobservernews.com/2016/07/niger-delta-militants-invade-lagos-community/

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Morocco arrests 52 suspected militants, foils several attacks

Reuters | Jul 27, 2016

RABAT: Morocco said on Wednesday that it had arrested 52 suspected militants inspired by Islamic State and that it had foiled several attacks in the North African kingdom by seizing weapons and bomb-making materials.

It is the largest group arrested in years and the latest of a series of cells that the authorities say they have found plotting attacks inside and outside Morocco.

The North African kingdom, an ally of the West against Islamist militancy, has been on high alert since 2014, when IS took control of large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Morocco-arrests-52-suspected-militants-foils-several-attacks/articleshow/53416012.cms

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India

 

India shares details of ISIS man with Dhaka

Neeraj Chauhan | Jul 27, 2016

NEW DELHI: A day before a Bangladeshi delegation led by its home minister reaches the capital for home minister level talks focusing on terror, Indian agencies have handed over to Dhaka officials crucial evidence on the basis of disclosures made by Islamic State operative Abu Al-Musa Al-Bangali, arrested from Burdwan about two weeks back by the West Bengal CID.

Sources say that NIA director general Sharad Kumar and other senior officers, who are presently investigating Musa's Dhaka links, will interact with the inspector general of police A K M Shahidul Hoque at agency headquarters on Wednesday and share its findings on Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members and its activities.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-shares-details-of-IS-man-with-Dhaka/articleshow/53406643.cms

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Protest against Killings Of Religious Minorities In Bangladesh

SYED SAJJAD ALI

AGARTALA, Jul 27, 2016

Hindus and Buddhists took out a protest march here on Tuesday to condemn the targeted killings of religious minorities in Bangladesh.

The march, the second such one since June, was organised by the Dharma Jagaran Samity, a Hindu religious platform. The demonstrators protested against “Jihadi groups responsible for continuous atrocities against minorities” and accused “local leaders” of the ruling Awami League of helping “Jihadi elements.”

The march concluded near the office of the Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Kunjaban and a delegation later met the Assistant High Commissioner to submit a memorandum.

It urged the Bangladesh government to take stringent steps to protect minorities.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/protest-against-killings-in-bangladesh/article8902685.ece

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Proxy war is the state policy of Pakistan: Centre

ANI | Jul 26, 2016

NEW DELHI: Asserting that proxy war is the 'state policy' of Pakistan, the Centre on Tuesday warned Islamabad to refrain from taking an aggressive stance as it would not be tolerated at any result.

"Pakistan is aiding, abetting, training and funding terrorism. Any aggression will not be tolerated, that is a lesson Pakistan should learn from Kargil," Union Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu told the media here outside the Parliament.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Proxy-war-is-the-state-policy-of-Pakistan-Centre/articleshow/53402703.cms?

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Pakistan has 'direct role' in fuelling terrorism in J&K: Army

PTI | Jul 26, 2016

DRASS (Kargil): Asserting that Pakistan has "direct role" in fuelling terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, Army on Tuesday warned of more infiltration bids along the LoC in the coming weeks in view of the volatile situation in the valley.

"Pakistan is interfering in Kashmir and has direct role in what we call as proxy war in Kashmir and there is absolutely no doubt in it," General Officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-in-C), Northern Command, Lt Gen DS Hooda told reporters here.

He was paying homage to the martyrs of Operation Vijay on the 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas at the historic War Memorial here.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-has-direct-role-in-fuelling-terrorism-in-JK-Army/articleshow/53399350.cms

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Defence Ministry unveils statue of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram

 Jul 27, 2016

Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Manohar Parrikar unveiled a life-size statue of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Peikarumbu, his burial site in Rameswaram Island on Wednesday. Today is the first death anniversary of the former president and the Ministry of Defence has planned a host of events.

An exhibition named “Mission of Life” depicting the life of Kalam and his achievements towards nation building is set to be inaugurated.

Dr. Kalam passed away on July 27, last year while delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong in Meghalaya. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest. IIM-Shillong will organise a lecture series on making the world a better planet.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/foundation-stone-for-dr-abdul-kalams-memorial-to-be-laid-in-rameswaram-today-2937938/

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Kashmiri separatist leader Geelani says he spoke to Wani before his death

Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times, Srinagar

 Jul 27, 2016

Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani revealed before a crowd outside his home on Tuesday that Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani spoke to him days before he was shot dead, saying the militant vowed to attain “freedom for Kashmir”.

The 86-year-old Geelani said Wani rang him up and spoke briefly, but was very happy because “it was his long desire” to speak to the Hurriyat veteran.

“He said that ‘we on our side are trying our best to help this freedom struggle and I have full faith in you that you will also leave no stone unturned to attain the goal of freedom for the Kashmiri nation’,” Geelani said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kashmiri-separatist-leader-geelani-says-he-spoke-to-wani-before-his-death/story-T6fmj59hv8MZXaidt9MGsM.html

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Europe

 

EU vows to help France fight ISIS ‘barbarity’

27 July 2016

The head of the European Commission on Tuesday pledged “Europe’s solidarity and cooperation in the fight against barbarity”, in a letter to French President Francois Hollande after a church attack claimed by ISIS.

“More than ever, all over Europe, solidarity and cooperation will be essential in the fight against barbarity and to ensure that our shared values prevail,” Jean-Claude Juncker wrote.

“The European Commission is fully mobilized, along with other European institutions, to provide all the support it can to France in these painful moments,” he added.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2016/07/27/EU-vows-to-help-France-fight-ISIS-barbarity-.html

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Attacks in France and Germany claimed by Islamic State propaganda arm

 Jul 27, 2016

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for two attacks in Europe. The first was a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany on July 24. More than one dozen people were injured, some of them seriously, when a bomber self-detonated outside of a music festival.

The second assault was carried out earlier today during the morning mass at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, which is in northern France. Initial reports say that an elderly priest was killed by a pair of terrorists, who took several people hostage before being shot to death by police.

Full report at:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/07/attacks-in-france-and-germany-claimed-by-islamic-state-propaganda-arm.php

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France aims to ease religious fears after church attack

 Jul 27, 2016

President Francois Hollande sought Wednesday to head off divisions between France's religious communities after the militant-claimed murder of a Catholic priest in his church, as calls mounted for tougher security measures.

Hollande gathered top religious leaders at his Elysee Palace offices, as a violence-weary France struggled to come to terms with the latest attack, just two weeks after the Bastille Day truck massacre that killed 84 people.

France's large Catholic community was in shock after two men stormed into a church in the northern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning mass and cut the 86-year-old priest's throat at the altar.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/236153/World/International/France-aims-to-ease-religious-fears-after-church-a.aspx

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In Rio, spotlight on Pakistanis linked to recent terror plot Rio de Janeiro

 Jul 27, 2016

Brazil’s Counter-terrorism Director Luiz Alberto Sallaberry has revealed that the threat by the ISIS to the Olympic Games is genuine.

The national intelligence agency has been on an overdrive scanning the entry and exit of suspected radical Islamists. According to officials, many Pakistanis, including the recent suspects, came into the country during the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and did not return. The security spotlight is on them.

Brazil’s police, while on an anti-terrorism operation two weeks before the start of Olympics 2016, arrested a 32-year-old Pakistani national following information that he had plans to bomb the international airport in the capital. The Pakistani immigrant and his wife were questioned over the plot which his wife said was to “blow up” the airport and create a “massacre”.

Full report at:

http://www.siasat.com/news/rio-spotlight-pakistanis-linked-recent-terror-plot-rio-de-janeiro-992138/

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France: President Francois Hollande rejects opposition calls to harden laws on terrorism

 Jul 27, 2016

French President Francois Hollande rejected opposition calls to further harden anti-terrorism legislation after the country’s second jihadist attack in two weeks.

“Restricting our freedoms will not make the fight against terrorism more effective,” he said, adding that changes made to legislation already gave authorities sufficient “capacity to act”.

He was speaking after two jihadists attacked a church in a Normandy town, killing an elderly Catholic priest by slitting his throat, and severely injuring another person.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/france-president-francois-hollande-opposition-laws-on-terrorism-attacks-nice-paris-2937582/

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UN calls for humanitarian truce in Yemen's Taiz province

 Jul 27, 2016

The United Nations called for a humanitarian truce in the Yemeni province of Taiz after government forces captured a town from Iran-allied Houthi militia in heavy fighting that has spurred allegations of war crimes.

The fighting has complicated U.N.-sponsored peace talks, as envoys for the Houthis have delayed responding to U.N. proposals calling for Houthi pullouts from cities they control, including the capital Sanaa, and the creation of an inclusive government.

James McGoldrick, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, voiced alarm at increasing bloodshed in the southwestern Taiz Governorate, particularly the al-Sarari area, and the closure of Taiz city, the regional capital.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/236191/World/Region/UN-calls-for-humanitarian-truce-in-Yemens-Taiz-pro.aspx

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New British PM calls Pakistan a dependable ally

 Jul 27, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Newly elected British Prime Minister Theresa May has said Pakistan is a dependable ally of the United Kingdom, and there will be no fallouts with Islamabad post-Brexit.

The UK premier said this while talking to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a phone call on Tuesday. She assured her Pakistani counterpart that both the countries would work together in the post-Brexit era, and there would be no adverse effects on bilateral relations after the UK exited the European Union.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1150210/new-british-pm-calls-pakistan-dependable-ally/

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Islamic terror: France’s Benjamin Erbibou says stop blaming West

 Jul 27, 2016

Attorney-General George Brandis is right. There is no room for complacency in the aftermath of escalating terrorist attacks across Western democracies.

Brandis has been asked to co-ordinate with state and territory laws to detain indefinitely those guilty of terrorist crimes. Alas, introducing new laws to combat terrorism is only one part of defeating terrorists. The harder task, entirely overlooked by our political leaders, is to change the cultural malaise of victimhood that infects our society and drives people into the hands of an Islamic terrorist ideology.

Full report at:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/janet-albrechtsen/islamic-terror-frances-benjamin-erbibou-says-stop-blaming-west/news-story/501438bd6ce14fafb6f7fa8d7c29abbc

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France church attack: Malcolm Turnbull says new anti-terror measures necessary

 Jul 27, 2016

The Grand Mufti of Australia and controversial Imams Council President Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman have issued a joint statement denouncing the murder of a French Catholic priest at the hands of men claiming allegiance to ISIS “in the strongest possible terms”.

The Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, has moved swiftly to issue similar statements in response to other recent terror attacks after coming under fire in November for stating that the Paris attacks were provoked by “causative factors” such as racism, Islamophobia, security laws and foreign policy decisions, before issuing a subsequent statement three days later “unequivocally condemning” the violence.

Full report at:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/france-church-attack-malcolm-turnbull-says-new-antiterror-measures-necessary/news-story/9d4d5d12f2ba3df57cdd6881988a1933

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South Asia

 

ISIS threaten more attacks against Hazara minority in Afghanistan

Jul 26 2016

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has threatened more attacks against the Hazara minority days after the terror group claimed responsibility behind a deadly attack in Kabul city.

A commander of the group has said the attacks would be carried out to retaliate against support by some in the mainly Shi’ite group for the Assad regime in Syria.

The commander of the group, Abu Omar Khosrasani, has told Reuters that the attack on a peaceful demonstration in Deh Mazang was in retaliation to the deployment of the community fighters to Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/isis-threaten-more-attacks-against-hazara-minority-in-afghanistan-01577

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Stem the tide of Islamic State, Kabul exhorts Islamabad

 Jul 27, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan on Tuesday pushed Pakistan to do more to stop terrorists from the ultra-extremist group Da’ish from crossing into the country just days after the group claimed a massive terror attack in Kabul.

Kabul also complained that it was not consulted on the constructions of a gate on the Torkham border.

During a trilateral meeting between senior military officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States at the Afghan Defence Ministry in Kabul, issues pertaining to Da’ish were discussed.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1150207/stem-tide-kabul-exhorts-islamabad/

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Afghan intelligence arrest explosives expert of ISIS in Nangarhar

Jul 27 2016

The Afghan intelligence operatives have arrested a key member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the detained individual has been identified as Azizullah son of Omid Gul who was operating as explosives expert of ISIS loyalists.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-arrest-explosives-expert-of-isis-in-nangarhar-01581

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Taliban claim they have shot down drone in Kandahar

Jul 27 2016

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has claimed the fighters of the group have shot down a drone in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The group shared a photo of the downed drone captured which is apparently a reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle used by the Afghan forces.

The Taliban said the drone was shot down and captured in Maiwand district of Kandahar province but the security officials have not commented regarding the claims of the Taliban so far.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/taliban-claim-they-have-shot-down-drone-in-kandahar-01578

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MoI claims 260 Taliban militants surrendered in Samangan province

Jul 26 2016

At least 260 Taliban militants surrendered to the Afghan security forces in northern Samangan province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Tuesday.

According to a statement by MoI, the militants surrendered following 11 days fo continuous military operations in Dara-e-Suf district.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/moi-claims-260-taliban-militants-surrendered-in-samangan-province-01575

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10-hour operation in remote char area, five militants held

 Jul 27, 2016

A joint team comprising personnel of police, Rapid Action Battalion, Detective Branch of police and Armed Police Battalion conducted a 10-hour-long drive in remote char area in Manikganj yesterday and arrested five people in possession of firearms, Jihadi books and anti-government leaflets.

Superintendent of Police, Manikganj Mahfuzur Rahman said five teams of law enforcement agencies conducted the drive that stated around 6am and continued till 4pm.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2016/jul/27/10-hour-operation-remote-char-area-five-militants-held#sthash.wh3i1xNT.dpuf

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Dhaka raid militants mostly shot on the back, autopsy reveals

 Jul 27, 2016

The militants killed during Dhaka raid in Kalyanpur yesterday were hit by several bullets each and most of them were fired from the rear, autopsy revealed today.

- Each militant hit by 7/8 bullets

- Bullets ascertained as reason of death

- 7 bullets taken out from 4 of the bodies

- Blood sample kept for medical test

Each of the nine militants were hit by seven to eight bullets on the body, said Sohel Mahmud, assistant professor of Dhaka Medical College’s forensic department.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/city/autopsy-dhaka-raid-militants-start-1260187

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Govt college teachers, students stage demo against militancy

 Jul 27, 2016

Teachers and students of all the government colleges and Alia madrasas across the country today formed a human chain on their campuses for spreading awareness among people against militancy.

The teachers and students under the banner of BCS General Education Cadre organised the programme at 11:00am in the wake of latest terror attacks carried out across the country.

Employees of the educational institutions and officials of Shikkha Bhaban in the capital also attended the programme.

Earlier on Monday, teachers, students and employees of Dhaka University formed another human chain on the university campus, urging for a concerted effort to stamp out militancy and terrorism in the country.

http://www.thedailystar.net/country/govt-college-teachers-students-stage-demo-against-militancy-1260196

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3 families claim 2 slain Kallyanpur militants

 Jul 27, 2016

Three families have identified two of the militants killed in Tuesday’s Kallyanpur raid as their sons.

Of the militants, one who is seen in the middle on the third row in the photos released by police, has been claimed by two families.

While one family from Noakhali is naming him as Jubayer Hossain, another family from Chittagong is c

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/27/family-identifies-kallyanpur-militant#sthash.6UKOOqhA.dpuf

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Govt's anti-militancy fight to protect religion: Inu

 Jul 27, 2016

The anti-militancy fight of Bangladesh government is a battle to protect religion, democracy and the society, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said today.

Referring to the recent terror incidents, the minister said the country is now in a “grave situation” and the path of the government is that of “righteousness”.

“Our (government) only aim is to curb militancy,” he said, denouncing that it had anything to do with subduing the opposition political parties.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/city/anti-militancy-fight-protect-religion-inu-1260193

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesia ready to execute 14 this week despite doubts over prisoners' guilt

Jul 27, 2016

Lawyers in Indonesia are racing to lodge last-minute clemency appeals with President Joko Widodo as it appears increasingly certain that 14 prisoners will be executed this weekend.

Related: A year after the Bali Nine executions, Indonesia prepares firing squads again

Fourteen prisoners on death row, including inmates from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and South Africa, and four Indonesians, have been moved to isolation holding cells on Nusa Kambangan.

The prison island off Central Java is the site where two rounds of executions were conducted last year: six prisoners were killed in January and eight, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumuran, in April.

Full report at:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/indonesia-executions-this-week-doubts-prisoners-guilt

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IGP says will question Umno Youth leader over Najib conspiracy

 Jul 27, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 ― Police will be calling up Umno Youth deputy head Khairul Azwan Harun over his police report about a conspiracy by certain individuals to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Malaysian government, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said Khairul Azwan would be summoned at anytime to assist the investigation pertaining to his report.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/igp-says-will-question-umno-youth-leader-over-najib-conspiracy#sthash.afxJR1A1.dpuf

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New Indonesia Cabinet includes reformer, rights abuser

 Jul 27, 2016

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a new Cabinet on Wednesday that puts a retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security and returns a popular reformist to the finance ministry.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who was finance minister from 2005-2010, is returning to the role from her current position as managing director at the World Bank, Jokowi said. In her first stint as finance minister, she was praised for overhauling a corrupt taxation department and guiding the economy through the 2008 global financial crisis.

Full report at:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indonesian-president-announces-new-cabinet-line-up/2016/07/27/892ddb20-53b2-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_story.html

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9 Filipinos sentenced to life in prison over 2013 Malaysia incursion

 Jul 27, 2016

A Malaysian court sentenced nine Filipinos to life in prison on Tuesday over an armed incursion in 2013 that left scores dead and paralysed a remote corner of Borneo for weeks, a defence lawyer said.

Eight others, including three Malaysians, received prison sentences ranging from 10 to 18 years, said the attorney, N. Sivananthan.

The bloody incursion by some 200 Islamic militants from the southern Philippines was inspired by a self-proclaimed Filipino sultanate’s claims of historical dominion over the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island.

Full report at:

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1995136/9-filipinos-sentenced-life-prison-over-2013-malaysia

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PM: Children of Felda settlers in Klang Valley proof of social mobility

 Jul 27, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, July 27 — The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has managed to enable social mobility among rural Malaysians as there are over 50,000 children of settlers living in the Klang Valley now, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

“One of the purposes of Felda is not just to improve rural income and to get rid of poverty, but also to enable social mobility to happen in our communities.

“This social mobility is what is behind the over 50,000 children of settlers to be in the Klang Valley now. There might be even more,” he said during his speech in a meeting with them today.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pm-children-of-felda-settlers-in-klang-valley-proof-of-social-mobility#sthash.o7VAlxzB.dpuf

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Democrats break silence on Islamic State from convention stage

 Jul 27, 2016

Republicans had many gripes about the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including the fact that not one speaker mentioned the Islamic State from the Philadelphia stage. That changed on Tuesday.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was the first speaker of the day who mentioned the terrorist group, praising Democrats for selecting Hillary Clinton to lead the party and painting her as the only candidate who can effectively take on ISIS.

"She’s the only candidate with a specific plan to work with our allies and fight ISIS all over the globe," McAuliffe said.

Full report at:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-2016-islamic-state-226251

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Donald Trump has already damaged US’ national security: Madeline Albright

 Jul 27, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has already damaged US’ national security as he has undermined the fight against ISIS by alienating Muslim partners and weakened America’s standing in the world, former secretary of state Madeline Albright said on Thursday.

Noting that safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a TV reality show, Albright, 79, said it demanded not only a cool head, but also a big heart.

“We know what it’s like to step off that plane with the words ‘United States of America’ on it. You know that safeguarding freedom and security isn’t like hosting a reality TV show. It’s a complex, round-the-clock job that demands not only a steady hand and a cool head, but a big heart,” Albright said in her address to the Democratic National Convention.

“You are not just representing yourself, you are there for all of us. Hillary has displayed these qualities in every job she has ever had,” she said, adding that Americans must do everything to make sure that Clinton becomes the next US President.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/donald-trump-has-already-damaged-us-national-security-madeline-albright-2937984/

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US wants expanded multi-dimensional partnership with Pakistan: Kerry

 Jul 27, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said the United States was ready to improve and expand its multi-dimensional partnership with Pakistan and he would like to visit Pakistan in the near future to review bilateral cooperation and discuss regional issues.

During a meeting held on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in the Lao capital Vientiane, Kerry exchanged views with Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz on the regional situation with special reference to Afghanistan and agreed on the importance of promoting the Afghan-led reconciliation process.

Full report at:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/138011-US-wants-expanded-multi-dimensionalpartnership-with-Pakistan-Kerry

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US Muslims Urged to Engage in Political Process

 Jul 27, 2016

Some Muslims claim that participation in U.S. politics is un-Islamic because, according to them, some of the laws in the country contradict Islamic teachings. But the Muslim participants in Philadelphia rejected those claims.

Heed the history

“They should really read the history of Islam. They should reread the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad,” Nihad Awad, executive director of the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, told VOA.

Full report at:

http://www.voanews.com/content/american-muslims-urged-engage-political-process/3435878.html

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Man charged with threatening to burn down largest mosque in Boston

 Jul 27, 2016

A Massachusetts man was arrested and charged on Tuesday with threatening to burn down Boston’s largest mosque and with making other threats online against Muslims.

Patrick Keogan, a 44-year-old resident of the Boston suburb of Winchester, was charged with making a criminal threat over the internet and with being a convicted felon illegally in possession of ammunition, federal prosecutors said.

Full report at:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/26/boston-man-charged-burn-down-mosque-patrick-keogan

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Syrian Civil War: John Kerry hopes to work with Russia, UN aims to restart talks between factions

 Jul 27, 2016

The United States said on Tuesday it hoped to announce in early August details of planned military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria, and a UN envoy said he would also aim to resume peace talks next month.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington and Moscow, who support opposing sides in Syria’s five-year-old conflict, had made progress in recent days towards working more closely together.

The proposals would have the two powers share intelligence to coordinate air strikes against the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and prohibit the Syrian air force from attacking rebel groups labelled as moderate.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/syrian-civil-war-john-kerry-russia-un-peace-talks-rebels-government-forces-2937491/

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US to deploy 800 aviation troops to Afghanistan

Jul 27 2016,

The United States will deploy at least 800 soldiers from an aviation unit to Afghanistan in a bid to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), it has been reported.

According to Washington based Stars and Stripes newspaper, the unit will utilize Blackhawks, Chinooks and Apache helicopters with a primary mission of supporting Afghan military efforts.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/us-to-deploy-800-aviation-troops-to-afghanistan-01579

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America ignores Pakistan at its peril

 Jul 27, 2016

Over the July 4 weekend, I made my annual trip to Afghanistan to visit US troops and military commanders. I also travelled to Pakistan to meet civilian and military leaders and to discuss counterterrorism efforts in the region. Two things are clear from that visit.

First, the US mission in Afghanistan is the same today as it was in 2001: to disrupt and defeat terrorist networks that seek to attack its interests and homeland and to deny them safe haven. That mission remains urgent, and it is unfortunately not over yet.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/27-Jul-2016/america-ignores-pakistan-at-its-peril

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