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We Have No Choice But To Get Rid Of Radical Islamic Terrorism: Trump To CIA













Photo: US President Donald Trump speaks at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Photo: AFP

 

Islamic Jihad Stands Behind Residents Of Illegal Arab Settlement

Syrian Official Stresses Separation Terrorist Groups in Astana Conference

ISIS Actively Recruiting In Kunar Province Of Afghanistan

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North America

We Have No Choice But To Get Rid Of Radical Islamic Terrorism: Trump To CIA

CIA: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a Greater Threat When Weakened

Silicon Valley Protests Trump’s Non-existent ‘Muslim Registry’

Anxiety over the Trump presidency in a California mosque

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Mideast

Islamic Jihad Stands Behind Residents Of Illegal Arab Settlement

Turkish Parliament Approves Presidential System, Seen Strengthening Erdogan

Imam Of Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem Warns PA Arabs Against Selling Land To Jews

Iranian, Russian, Turkish Delegations Meet in Astana Prior to Syria Peace Talks

Police, ruling party hit by attacks in Istanbul

Sukuk issuance in core Islamic markets set to pick up pace in 2017

As Donald Trump takes office, Israel pushes ahead with settlements

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Arab World

Syrian Official Stresses Separation Terrorist Groups in Astana Conference

Iraqi Forces Kill 25 ISIL Terrorists in Nineveh, Salahuddin Provinces

Islamic State blows up hotel to prevent landing in west Mosul, witnesses say

Militants blow themselves up after gunfight with Saudi forces in Jeddah: media

Syrian Army Prevails over ISIL's Defense Lines in Northern Aleppo

Militants in Two More Regions Give up Battle against Syrian Gov't

Syrian MP: US Facilitates ISIL Terrorists' Advance in Deir Ezzur

Political Analyst: S. Arabia Stonewalling to Prevent Success of Syria Talks in Astana

Hundreds of Syrian Soldiers, Hezbollah Fighters Arrive in Southeastern Aleppo

Commander: Special Military Operations Underway to Win Back Remaining Parts of Western Mosul

MP Sees Turkish Air Force Cooperation with Russia in Northern Syria as Erdogan's Political Trick

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South Asia

ISIS Actively Recruiting In Kunar Province Of Afghanistan

4 Foreigners Among 6 ISIS Loyalists Killed In East Of Afghanistan

ISIS still posing serious threats to Afghanistan: Sediqi

41 militants killed in counter-terrorism operations, MoD claims

Suicide attack target Taliban leader in Kunduz leaving 4 dead

Taliban’s 3 terror networks busted in Kandahar, 16 arrested: NDS

Taliban asks Trump to review Afghanistan policy

World's 2nd largest Muslim congregation held in Bangladesh

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Europe

Islamic School Says It Has Implemented Radical Changes Since Inspection

Queen's Chaplain Quits Over Cathedral Quran Reading Which Said 'Not To Worship Jesus'

Terrified young Muslim locks herself inside car while racist woman bangs on windows and calls her a terrorist

Norwegian Muslims asked to donate blood for Muharram

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India

NGO’s Bid To Increase Voting Percentage Among Muslims

Khalifa Foundation donates US$2 million medical equipment to Aligarh Muslim University

Pakistan sends back jawan who strayed across LoC on day of surgical strike

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Pakistan

Minister For States And Frontier Regions Urges Religious Leaders To Jointly Condemn Terror Attacks

'Terrorists will fail in their attempt to regain lost relevance,' Paksitan army chief says

Muslim World League to participate in centrist conference in Pakistan

Pakistan asks India to suspend work on Kishanganga, Ratle hydro power projects in Jammu and Kashmir

After Indian soldier's release, Abdul Basit demands repatriation of Pakistan prisoners

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Africa

Emir Of Kano Advocates Islamic Finance For Sustainable Development

Katsina University says memo on religious groups on campus targeted at Muslims, not Christians

Egyptian sources: Islamic State militants blow up transmission towers in Sinai

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Southeast Asia

Central Java city renames Pork Festival after protests by Muslim groups

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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We have no choice but to get rid of radical Islamic terrorism: Trump to CIA

22 Jan 2017

Reiterating his remarks on the inauguration day, the new US President Donald Trump said that they have to get rid of ISIS and it has to be eradicated

Washington: The United States has no choice but to get rid of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, the new US President Donald Trump has said. “We’ve been fighting these wars for longer than any wars we’ve ever fought. We have not used the real abilities that we have. We’ve been restrained. We have to get rid of ISIS. Have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump told members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) community at its headquarters in Langley.

Reiterating his remarks on the inauguration day, Trump said, “it has to be eradicated” just off the face of the Earth. “This is evil. This is evil,” he said in his maiden address to the CIA officials. “I can understand the other side. We can all understand the other side. There can be wars between countries, there can be wars. You can understand what happened. This is something nobody can even understand. This is a level of evil that we haven’t seen. You’re going to go to it, and you’re going to do a phenomenal job,” he said.

“But we’re going to end it. It’s time. It’s time right now to end it,” he added. Trump’s nominee for CIA director Mike Pompeo has not been confirmed by the Senate yet. Referring to CIA, Trump said he believes that “this group is going to be one of the most important groups in this country towards making the country safe, towards making it winners again, toward ending all of the problems.” “We have so many problems that are interrelated that we don’t even think of, but interrelated to the kind of havoc and fear that this sick group of people has caused. So I can only say that I am with you 1,000%,” he added. PTI

livemint.com/Politics/miyEkESIcOIyrvaosbddQI/We-have-no-choice-but-to-get-rid-of-radical-Islamic-terroris.html

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Islamic Jihad Stands Behind Residents Of Illegal Arab Settlement

22/01/17

Umm Al-Hiran residents get support from terror organization, Islamic Jihad promises not to leave Israeli Arabs to 'fight alone.'

Joint Arab List spokesman

Islamic Jihad leader Hadir Habib called last week's events in Umm Al-Hiran "Israeli aggression against our brothers."

The illegal Arab settlement of Umm Al-Hiran in the Negev was destroyed last week after 12 years of negotiations with the residents failed to produce an agreement.

"What happened in Umm Al-Hiran in the Negev, including the demolition of buildings, encourages us to stand hand in hand with the residents in their fight against the occupation," Habib said. "There is no difference between our brothers in occupied Israel or outside of it.

"The Palestinian military forces will not desert our families, our brothers, in Umm Al-Hiran or within the Israeli occupation. It is the same occupation and the same system," he emphasized.

Habib also called on Palestinian-Arab terror organizations to kidnap soldiers and "settlers" in order to pressure Israel to free jailed terrorists.

All of the terrorists jailed in Israel are guilty either of murder or of attempted murder.

An Israeli police officer was killed in a terror attack in Umm Al-Hiran, when an Arab settler purposefully rammed into him.

israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/223634

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Syrian Official Stresses Separation Terrorist Groups in Astana Conference

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khalid al-Aboud described the upcoming peace talks in Kazakhstan as a good opportunity to complete the process of separating the militant groups in Syria.

"The meeting is a step to complete the process of separating the terrorist groups (those who have accepted and those who have declined to hold talks and join the ceasefire) in Syria's geography," al-Aboud told FNA on Sunday.

He, meantime, underlined that the Astana meeting is not the last step but is the first measure to reach a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria.

Al-Aboud also stressed that the Astana conference will be a touchstone to asses Turkey's sincerity in convincing its affiliated groups to remain committed to the ceasefire.

Negotiations to reach a resolution to the six-year war in Syria are due to begin in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on January 23 between the Syrian government and opposition.

Following last month's Syria cease-fire deal, the Astana meeting comes as part of ongoing efforts by Iran, Russia and Turkey to promote a political solution in war-torn Syria.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, a prominent Syrian dissident leader expressed the hope that the Astana meeting would resolve the crisis in Syria, and said no option has remained for Ankara but cooperation with Tehran and Moscow.

"The field developments in Syria, the armed groups' defeats from the Syrian government and the backfiring of Turkey's support for terrorism changed the world's public opinion towards Turkey, and Ankara has no way out but partnership with Iran and Russia and that's why Turkey has made a U-turn in supporting the armed groups in Syria. Now Ankara wants to find a political settlement to the crisis in Syria so that it will not lose its share in Syria and find some allies against those who support the establishment of autonomous Kurdish region in Syria," Maher Marhaj told FNA.

He also expressed the hope that the upcoming Astana meeting would help progress of plans to resolve the crisis in Syria politically to the benefit of all Syrian sides.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951103000820

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ISIS actively recruiting in Kunar province of Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jan 22 2017

The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have started recruitment in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

Provincial high peace council officials and some local tribal elders have informed regarding the recruitment process of the ISIS group in this province.

The head of the high peace council for Kunar, Mohammad Ismail Munib, told RFE/RL that the loyalist of the terror group have started advertisements and are spreading propaganda among the residents of Kunar.

He said the issue has sparked concerns among the local residents and ISIS loyalists move among the people to attract them to their ranks.

Shahwali Salarzai, head of Kunar’s labor association, has said the group could attract the jobless youths whose numbers are considerably high.

This comes as the Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials said Saturday that the terror group still pose serious threats to Afghanistan despite their hardly suppressed in counter-terrorism operations.

MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told reporters in Kabul that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) continue to maintain pressure on the loyalists of the terror group in East of Afghanistan.

Sediqi further added that ISIS loyalists have managed to harm the residents of Nangarhar province and more operations have been conducted to prevent ISIS loyalists expand foothold in Nangarhar districts and other provinces.

khaama.com/isis-actively-recruiting-in-kunar-province-of-afghanistan-02723

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North America

We have no choice but to get rid of radical Islamic terrorism: Trump to CIA

22 Jan 2017

Reiterating his remarks on the inauguration day, the new US President Donald Trump said that they have to get rid of ISIS and it has to be eradicated

Washington: The United States has no choice but to get rid of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, the new US President Donald Trump has said. “We’ve been fighting these wars for longer than any wars we’ve ever fought. We have not used the real abilities that we have. We’ve been restrained. We have to get rid of ISIS. Have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump told members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) community at its headquarters in Langley.

Reiterating his remarks on the inauguration day, Trump said, “it has to be eradicated” just off the face of the Earth. “This is evil. This is evil,” he said in his maiden address to the CIA officials. “I can understand the other side. We can all understand the other side. There can be wars between countries, there can be wars. You can understand what happened. This is something nobody can even understand. This is a level of evil that we haven’t seen. You’re going to go to it, and you’re going to do a phenomenal job,” he said.

“But we’re going to end it. It’s time. It’s time right now to end it,” he added. Trump’s nominee for CIA director Mike Pompeo has not been confirmed by the Senate yet. Referring to CIA, Trump said he believes that “this group is going to be one of the most important groups in this country towards making the country safe, towards making it winners again, toward ending all of the problems.” “We have so many problems that are interrelated that we don’t even think of, but interrelated to the kind of havoc and fear that this sick group of people has caused. So I can only say that I am with you 1,000%,” he added. PTI

livemint.com/Politics/miyEkESIcOIyrvaosbddQI/We-have-no-choice-but-to-get-rid-of-radical-Islamic-terroris.html

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CIA: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a Greater Threat When Weakened

January 22, 2017

Washington- A research paper conducted by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Egypt highlighted the growing force of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, considering it an immediate threat to U.S. interests.

Despite the alarm, the report says that targeting the group may snowball into a far more perilous status quo, as removing the Brotherhood from the picture leaves the stage empty for ultra-extremist groups that are far less U.S. tolerant. The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamic organization that was founded in Ismailia, Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in March 1928 as an Islamist religious, political, and social movement.

The report dated back to December 1986, reflecting on the period during which former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was at his prime. In practice, the paper reflected on the threats facing the Mubarak administration should corruption and mishandling of authority persist. More so, it projected that Mubarak will be brought face to face with a popular movement in which the ‘Brotherhood’ plays a pivotal role.

Egypt’s ‘Brotherhood’ organization would lead protests against the regime— paradoxically, the paper also showed that the ‘Brotherhood’ had established a form of political cooperation with the Mubarak administration.

Excerpts provided by the research revealed that the ‘Brotherhood’ organization is an essential curbing factor for all extremist groups. CIA intelligence experts have warned as well that the fundamentalist organization cannot be trusted, a conclusion derived of previous attempts at striking an alliance with the group.

CIA analysts add that Egypt’s ‘Brotherhood’ is greatly anchored by its extensive funding network, given that internal disagreement and dispute make up the body’s Achilles heel.

The group spread to other Muslim countries but has its largest, or one of its largest, organizations in Egypt, where for many years it has been the largest and most disciplined political opposition force, despite a succession of government crackdowns in 1948, 1954, and 1965.

Following the 2011 Revolution the group was legalized, and in April 2011 it launched a civic political party called the Freedom and Justice Party (Egypt) to contest elections, including the 2012 presidential election when its candidate Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

One year later, however, following massive demonstrations, Morsi was overthrown by the military and arrested.

english.aawsat.com/2017/01/article55366027/cia-egypts-muslim-brotherhood-greater-threat-weakened

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Silicon Valley Protests Trump’s Non-existent ‘Muslim Registry’

22 Jan 2017

Last week, tech employees mounted protests at Palantir, the Silicon Valley security company connected to Peter Thiel, a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, claiming the company would be responsible for Trump’s “Muslim registry.”

As Breitbart News has demonstrated, the “registry” was never actually proposed. But the protest also highlighted the dubious legal status of a million foreign tech workers brought to Silicon Valley by labor contractors to break wages.

Palantir and Thiel have become ground zero for Silicon Valley protesters, after “The Verge” outed that America’s top cyber and data-mining company developed “Analytical Framework for Intelligence” (AFI) software that provides “secret assistance to the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in operating a system that tracks and assesses immigrants and other travelers.”

AFI algorithms farm a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement databases to develop hundreds of millions of biological indicators for fingerprints, scars, tattoos, and other physical traits, and then couples personal data for residence, work, travel, personal associations and organizational memberships to achieve “extreme vetting.”

Given that up to 75 percent of tech workers in Silicon Valley are foreign-born, fully unleashing AFI to the Customs and Border agency represents a existential threat to the dubious human resources practices of many of Silicon Valley’s top tech firms that use labor contractors to recruit foreign workers to hammer down the high cost of employing U.S. citizens with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

There have been federal programs since the 1933 creation of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that restricted employment of foreign laborers, but allowed foreign artists, academic researchers, and those with unique technical skills to work in the U.S.

But one of President Bill Clinton’s last gifts to his Silicon Valley corporate donors just before leaving office was the “American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000” that not only dramatically expanded the caps on foreign workers granted 6-year H-1B visas, but empowered labor contractors by making those H-1B visas portable.

With Clinton’s moving van in the White House driveway on December 20, 2000, his Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman issued 20 CFR 655.737, which made H-1B holders “exempt” from federal employment rules, if they were paid at least $60,000 a year.

As a result of Bill Clinton’s ACTC and federal rules, the vast majority of the 840,000 H-1B visas outstanding have gone to 8 tech labor outsourcing contractors including India’s TCS, Infosys and Wipro; Ireland’s Accenture; and U.S.-based Cognizant, Syntel, iGate and Deloitte. But in 2014, 65 percent of H-1B approvals went to computer-related occupations and more than two-thirds of those were from India.

Breitbart News reported in February 2015 that President Obama drastically expanded the H-1B program by issuing an Executive Order instructing Homeland Security to offer green cards to the over one million H-1B holders’ spouses and children under 21 years old.

But just ten months later and in the run-up to the 2016 elections, President Obama issued a 181-page Executive Order to override the “Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952” cap of 7 percent on the percentage of green cards issued to any nation. Obama’s EA also extended the time for supposedly “high-skilled” foreign H-1B workers to apply to have their status converted to permanent employment-based green cards.

A 2016 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Chaired by Attorney General-Nominee Senator Jeff Session found H-1B “normal prevailing wage is the 17th percentile,” or about $20,000 less than U.S. domestic workers. But in high-wage areas like Silicon Valley, the negative differential was $40,000. The report also found that the program’s regulatory “complexity seriously hinders enforcement” against fraud.

Palantir protestors know that  AFI once accessed data collected by the post-9/11 “National Security Entry-Exit Registration System,” requiring 16 to 25-year-old males from majority-Muslim countries to register with Immigration Services. But Obama used Executive Orders to suspend NEERS in 2011 and delete the database on December 22, 2016.

What the Palantir protestors and their Silicon Valley corporate paymasters fear most, however, is that President Trump can immediately sign Executive Orders for the “Analytical Framework for Intelligence” to provide the Immigration Service with the knowledge to eliminate labor contractors’ widespread H-1B fraud used to break American wages in Silicon Valley.

breitbart.com/california/2017/01/22/silicon-valley-fears-palantir-offers-president-trump-extreme-vetting-software/

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Anxiety over the Trump presidency in a California mosque

The Islamic Society Mosque in Coachella, California was heavily damaged by an arsonist nine days after a Muslim couple killed 14 people in a terror attack not far from the mosque in December 2015. The mosque did not fully reopen until three months ago. We were invited to Friday prayers to talk to the Imam and other mosque attendees who did not vote for Donald Trump about their feelings about him, and their hopes for the future. Source: CNN

edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/01/22/exp-muslim-fears-tuchman.cnn

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Mideast

Islamic Jihad Stands Behind Residents Of Illegal Arab Settlement

22/01/17

Umm Al-Hiran residents get support from terror organization, Islamic Jihad promises not to leave Israeli Arabs to 'fight alone.'

Joint Arab List spokesman

Islamic Jihad leader Hadir Habib called last week's events in Umm Al-Hiran "Israeli aggression against our brothers."

The illegal Arab settlement of Umm Al-Hiran in the Negev was destroyed last week after 12 years of negotiations with the residents failed to produce an agreement.

"What happened in Umm Al-Hiran in the Negev, including the demolition of buildings, encourages us to stand hand in hand with the residents in their fight against the occupation," Habib said. "There is no difference between our brothers in occupied Israel or outside of it.

"The Palestinian military forces will not desert our families, our brothers, in Umm Al-Hiran or within the Israeli occupation. It is the same occupation and the same system," he emphasized.

Habib also called on Palestinian-Arab terror organizations to kidnap soldiers and "settlers" in order to pressure Israel to free jailed terrorists.

All of the terrorists jailed in Israel are guilty either of murder or of attempted murder.

An Israeli police officer was killed in a terror attack in Umm Al-Hiran, when an Arab settler purposefully rammed into him.

israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/223634

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Turkish parliament approves presidential system, seen strengthening Erdogan

22/01/17

The Turkish parliament has backed a plan to strengthen the powers of the presidency, paving the way for a referendum on the issue in spring which, if passed, could allow President Tayyip Erdogan to stay in office until 2029.

Erdogan says the reform will provide stability in the European Union (EU) candidate country at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the fragile coalitions of the past. His opponents fear it will herald increasingly authoritarian rule.

The constitutional reform bill was approved overnight with 339 votes in the 550-member assembly, parliament said on its official Twitter account on Saturday. The legislation needed at least 330 deputies to support it in order to go to a public vote.

Erdogan, speaking for the first time since parliament's vote, called on his supporters to work “day in and day out” throughout the referendum campaign.

“My people will give the final decision... I believe this referendum period will conclude with the will of our people,” Erdogan said at an opening ceremony in Istanbul.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, along with other ruling party politicians, took to Twitter after parliament's decision, and voiced support for the changes.

“A new door in Turkish history and in the lives of the Turkish people has been cracked open today. With our people's 'yes' vote, this door will be completely opened,” Bozdag wrote on Twitter.

The leader of the main opposition CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said after the voting that his party would fight the changes in their referendum campaign.

“This is a betrayal by the parliament of its own history. Our people will certainly thwart the game that was played in parliament... We will go from door to door and explain this to our people,” Kilicdaroglu said.

The reform would enable the president to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and top state officials and dissolve parliament — powers that the two main opposition parties say strip away balances to Erdogan's power.

Erdogan assumed the presidency, a largely ceremonial position, in 2014 after over a decade as prime minister with the ruling AK Party, which he co-founded. Since then, pushing his powers to the limit, he has continued to dominate politics by dint of his personal popularity.

With the reforms, the president will be allowed to retain ties to a political party, potentially allowing Erdogan to resume his leadership of the AK Party, in a move that opposition parties say will abolish any chance of impartiality.

The plans envisage presidential and general elections to be held together in 2019 with a president eligible to serve a maximum two five-year terms.

Critics accuse Erdogan of increasing authoritarianism with the arrests and dismissal of tens of thousands of judges, police, military officers, journalists and academics since a failed military coup in July.

Erdogan and the government say the extent of the crackdown is justified by the nature of the threat to the state from July 15, when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets in a violent bid to seize power.

Erdogan on Saturday also revived the question of reintroducing the death penalty, which some of his supporters had called for in the wake of July's coup attempt.

“I believe this issue (death penalty) will be debated in parliament again after the referendum period. Once it passes parliament, let me say again that I will approve it,” Erdogan said.

The restoration of the death penalty, which Turkey formally abandoned in 2002 as part of its European Union accession talks, would likely spell the end of Turkey's talks to join the bloc.

Turkey has also been hit by a spate of deadly bombings and gun attacks by the militant Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish militants over the past year and a half.

dawn.com/news/1309823/turkish-parliament-approves-presidential-system-seen-strengthening-erdogan

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Imam Of Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem Warns PA Arabs Against Selling Land To Jews 22/01/17

Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem warns PA Arabs against selling land to Jews and Jewish organizations in Old City.

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, on Friday in his weekly sermon warned Palestinian Authority Arabs of selling land to Jews and Jewish organizations in the Old City of Jerusalem.

According to the Palestine newspaper, which is affiliated with the Hamas terrorist group, Sabri warned that selling land to Jews would have dangerous consequences with regard to the Arab and Islamic identity of Jerusalem.

Under Palestinian Authority law, selling of land to Jews is illegal and punishable by death. However, such sentences must be approved by the PA chairman, and current chairman Mahmoud Abbas has preferred to authorize life sentences for such offenses, possibly wary of an international backlash.

In 2014, Abbas toughened the PA law against selling property to Israeli Jews, so that any Palestinian Arabs involved in renting, selling or facilitating real estate transactions with citizens of "hostile countries" in any way would receive life imprisonment and hard-labor.

In his sermon on Friday, Sabri also spoke out against U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to move his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“This decision amounts to a declaration of war, not only against our people in Palestine, but against all Arabs and Muslims who must act and not abandon the residents of Jerusalem at the scene of the conflict,” said Sabri.

israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/223630

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Iranian, Russian, Turkish Delegations Meet in Astana Prior to Syria Peace Talks

22/01/17

TEHRAN (FNA)- Representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey attended a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Sunday to continue their discussions on the Syrian crisis and finding a political solution to it.

The trilateral meeting focused on reaching consensus about the Monday talks on Syria.

The trilateral meeting took place prior to the upcoming Astana talks on Syria slated for January 23-24 in Astana.

In a relevant development earlier on Sunday, the Iranian and Russian delegations met in Astana.

The negotiations between the participating delegations in the upcoming Astana talks concentrate on the final document of the intra-Syria dialogue.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari is heading the Iranian delegation in Astana talks.

Iran, Russia and Turkey are the initiators of the Dec 30 ceasefire in Syria as well as those who planned for the Astana talks.

Astana talks slated for January 23-24 aim to achieve truce in Syria, effectively fight against terrorism and hold intra-Syria dialogue between the government of that country and the opposition groups in order to prepare the ground for a political solution to the crisis there.

It is predicted that the talks last for more than two days as already planned.

en.fars

news.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951103001295

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Police, ruling party hit by attacks in Istanbul

 

An assailant opened fire on a police car Saturday in Istanbul, just hours after two other attacks against the police and Turkey's ruling party offices, media reports said.

The series of assaults, which authorities suggested were the work of ultra-leftists, come as the nation is reeling from an unprecedented series of attacks and bombings.

The shooter opened fire on officers in a car in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul, the Dogan news agency said. The assailant left a hand grenade before running away when officers shot back. No injuries were reported.

The attack came in the same area where the gunman blamed for the New Year shooting on an elite nightclub in Istanbul was arrested.

Saturday's gunfire came less than 12 hours after two rocket attacks in the city on a police headquarters and the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party's Istanbul offices late Friday.

No one was killed or injured in any of the three attacks, local media said.

Images in Turkish media showed an un-exploded rocket which had become stuck in a framed text of the Turkish national anthem inside the AKP offices.

No group claimed responsibility for the attacks but authorities suggested the outlawed ultra-leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) could be to blame.

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said there was speculation that a “leftist terror group” was the culprit but said it was not clear which one, referring to the DHKP-C and another.

In recent years, there have been sporadic attacks by radicals from the DHKP-C, which seeks a Marxist revolution in Turkey and espouses a fiercely anti-Western agenda.

The attacks happened as the Turkish parliament in Ankara was voting on a draft bill to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, which was approved in the early hours of Saturday.

EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said on Twitter such attacks target people and security services, but they also target “politics and (try) to influence decision making mechanisms”.

After multiple bombings in 2016 blamed on militants, the new year began with the bloody attack on Istanbul's Reina club which killed 39 people. It was later claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

dawn.com/news/1309824/police-ruling-party-hit-by-attacks-in-istanbul

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Sukuk issuance in core Islamic markets set to pick up pace in 2017

January 22, 2017

The market share of sukuk in GCC projected to rise despite the setback last year

Dubai: The share of sukuk issuance in core markets such as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and Pakistan are expected to keep up their market share in 2017 in the total debt capital market issuance despite a significant increase in conventional bond issuances last year by Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, according to analysts.

“Sukuk issuance in core markets rose by 26 per cent in 2016 and broadly maintained its share of capital markets funding despite large conventional bond issues. We expect sukuk issuance to grow at a similar rate in 2017 and believe market share will rise as more sovereigns issue sukuk alongside conventional bonds,” said Bashar Al Natoor, Global Head of Islamic Finance

New sukuk issuance with a maturity over 18 months from the core markets of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and Pakistan rose to $40 billion (Dh147 billion) in 2016 from about $32 billion a year earlier. This represented 28.5 per cent of total bond and sukuk issuance in these markets in 2016, down marginally from 29 per cent in 2015.

Global sukuk issuance increased marginally by 2.2 per cent in 2016 to reach $77.1 billion as compared to $75.4 billion during 2015. This increase was much smaller than the 5.5 per cent growth seen in 2015. The deceleration in growth was primarily due to the fall in sukuk issuance by Malaysia ($28.2 billion in 2016 as compared to $4.4 billion in 2015), in addition to the GCC countries that recorded a decline of $2.2 billion in 2016.

“The sukuk market did not play a countercyclical role in core Islamic finance markets in 2016, and we forecast a stabilisation of total issuance in 2017 at around $60 billion-$65 billion. We believe the complexity of sukuk issuance will continue to weigh on issuance volumes, unless counterbalanced by tangible results on standardisation or the establishment of large issuance programs,” said S&P Global Ratings’ Global Head of Islamic Finance, Mohamed Damak.

Sukuk issuance for the Mena region declined for the third consecutive year by 25 per cent in 2016, slightly lower than the 27 per cent decline during 2015. On the other hand, bond issuance jumped from $42 billion in 2015 to $75.8 billion during 2016, a surge of more than 80 per cent.

Analysts say the share of sukuk in total debt issuances from the core sukuk markets would have been higher last year but for the return of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar to the sovereign bond market with combined issuance of $31.5 billion.

Despite such huge surge in conventional issuances seven of 10 key markets did issue sovereign sukuk in 2016 and other sovereigns in the GCC region have indicated they could issue sukuk, or a mix, in the future, reinforcing the view that the market share of sukuk will gradually rise.

The decision on whether sovereigns issue bonds or sukuk is driven such as the target investor and funding base, whether there is an existing sukuk structure and Islamic finance strategy, and the needs and size of the Islamic finance industry, because Islamic banks cannot invest in traditional bonds. Outside core markets, issuance prospects are limited due to a lack of standardisation, which makes structuring sukuk a more complex and time-consuming process than a traditional bond.

Standardised structure

Malaysian companies continue to be the most active corporate issuers. Several other key markets have introduced or updated sukuk laws in the past few years, including Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait, which should gradually boost issuance by creating a standardised structure and improving transparency.

The recent sovereign bond issues from the GCC region should also help create a capital market pricing benchmark and lower bank liquidity could reduce the pricing gap between capital market funding and the bank loans on which GCC corporates have traditionally relied. The biggest remaining roadblocks to corporate issuance are the development of debt-management expertise and a change in the corporate culture to increase financial and management transparency.

“The outlook for sukuk issuance in 2017 remains positive as GCC economies are expected to return to issuing sukuks to fund their deficits and tap the increasing demand Islamic investors in the region. Moreover, with stabilising oil prices and austerity measures in place, GCC governments will have the time to standardise policies for Islamic instruments and tap the unfulfilled global demand,” Faisal Hasan, Head — Investment Research at Kamco.

Analysts say GCC corporates that tap capital markets are more likely to issue sukuk or a mixture of both, rather than only bonds to attract a wider local and regional investor base. In addition, some corporates are limited to only Sharia-compliant borrowing by their own rules or by their desire to be included in Islamic investment funds and indexes. As a result, corporate capital markets activity is essential for sukuk to grow significantly in terms of proportion of total issuance.

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As Donald Trump takes office, Israel pushes ahead with settlements

AP | Jan 22, 2017

JERUSALEM: The Jerusalem municipality said Sunday it is pushing forward with 566 new housing units for Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem, swiftly moving into action as the seemingly favorable President Donald Trump takes office.

The building plans were put on hold in the final months of President Barack Obama's administration and were announced shortly following Trump's inauguration. Building is planned in the neighborhoods of Ramot, Pisgat Zeev and Ramat Shlomo. It's not clear whether the project needs further approvals or when construction would begin, but the government will likely have to sign off before anything gets underway.

Israel clashed frequently with Obama over construction in areas it conquered in the 1967 Mideast war but Israel's hardline government has high expectations for Trump, who has signaled he will take a far kinder approach to them.

Trump's appointed ambassador to Israel has close ties to Jewish West Bank settlements as does the foundation run by the family of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Tax records show Trump himself also donated money to a Jewish seminary in a settlement.

The international community largely regards settlements as illegal or illegitimate and a key obstacle to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike other West Bank settlements, Israel annexed east Jerusalem and considers its neighborhoods inseparable parts of its capital. But the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their future capital and consider Jewish neighborhoods there just like any other settlements.

Israel says Jews have been in those areas for centuries, and that their presence there does not undermine prospects for peace. It also blames failed peace efforts on Arab denials of Jews' historical connections to the land.

``We've been through eight tough years with Obama pressuring to freeze construction. Although the Jerusalem municipality has not frozen plans, many times we did not get government approval because of American pressure,'' said Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat. ``I hope that era is over and we now we can build and develop Jerusalem for the welfare of its residents, Jews and Arabs alike.''

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the building plans and called on the United Nations to take action, particularly given a recent Security Council resolution that criticized the settlements.

``It is time to stop dealing with Israel as a state above the law,'' he said.

U.S. administrations have traditionally condemned all Israeli settlement plans as counterproductive. The Israeli government is still contemplating how best to move forward in the early days of the Trump administration, with some calling for immediate action given Trump's perceived acquiescence and others calling for patience in order to work out a joint plan with the administration.

Israeli hardliners have been emboldened by the election of Trump. The pro-settler Jewish Home party, a key member of the coalition, is pushing the government to support legislation that would annex Maaleh Adumim, a large settlement located just outside of Jerusalem.

A Jewish Home official said Sunday that Netanyahu was pushing the party to put the legislation on hold, citing pressure from Trump not to do anything hastily. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the party was skeptical that Trump was really intervening and would push for a ministerial vote on the measure later in the day. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss internal coalition deliberations with the media.

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Syrian Official Stresses Separation Terrorist Groups in Astana Conference

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khalid al-Aboud described the upcoming peace talks in Kazakhstan as a good opportunity to complete the process of separating the militant groups in Syria.

"The meeting is a step to complete the process of separating the terrorist groups (those who have accepted and those who have declined to hold talks and join the ceasefire) in Syria's geography," al-Aboud told FNA on Sunday.

He, meantime, underlined that the Astana meeting is not the last step but is the first measure to reach a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria.

Al-Aboud also stressed that the Astana conference will be a touchstone to asses Turkey's sincerity in convincing its affiliated groups to remain committed to the ceasefire.

Negotiations to reach a resolution to the six-year war in Syria are due to begin in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on January 23 between the Syrian government and opposition.

Following last month's Syria cease-fire deal, the Astana meeting comes as part of ongoing efforts by Iran, Russia and Turkey to promote a political solution in war-torn Syria.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, a prominent Syrian dissident leader expressed the hope that the Astana meeting would resolve the crisis in Syria, and said no option has remained for Ankara but cooperation with Tehran and Moscow.

"The field developments in Syria, the armed groups' defeats from the Syrian government and the backfiring of Turkey's support for terrorism changed the world's public opinion towards Turkey, and Ankara has no way out but partnership with Iran and Russia and that's why Turkey has made a U-turn in supporting the armed groups in Syria. Now Ankara wants to find a political settlement to the crisis in Syria so that it will not lose its share in Syria and find some allies against those who support the establishment of autonomous Kurdish region in Syria," Maher Marhaj told FNA.

He also expressed the hope that the upcoming Astana meeting would help progress of plans to resolve the crisis in Syria politically to the benefit of all Syrian sides.

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Iraqi Forces Kill 25 ISIL Terrorists in Nineveh, Salahuddin Provinces

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's joint military forces continued their advances West of the city of Mosul and in the Eastern part of Salahuddin province, killing over a dozen ISIL terrorists.

"The Iraqi forces killed 20 ISIL terrorists in Tal al-Zalat region to West of Mosul city," Iraq's Command Headquarters announced.

Meantime, the Iraqi forces continued their advances in the Eastern part of Salahuddin province, killing five ISIL terrorists and injuring many more.

The Iraqi forces destroyed four military vehicles of ISIL and a depot of weapons and ammunition.

The strategic regions of Tal al-Zalat and Ein al-Jahesh were retaken from the ISIL on November 3, 2016.

The ISIL terrorist group is looking for an opening into the Syrian border by launching heavy attacks on strategic Tal al-Zalat, Tal al-Abteh and Ein al-Jahesh regions, but the Iraqi forces have repelled all these attacks.

A large amount of weapons and ammunition were seized from the ISIL terrorists.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Sumeria News quoted an unnamed security sources as saying that due to tight security measures in the city of Samarrah in Salahuddin province no terrorist act has taken place there.

In relevant remarks on Friday, an Iraqi general said that most ISIL commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the Eastern side of the city.

The fight to take the Western side of Mosul, which remains under the jihadists' control, should not be more difficult than the one on the Eastern side, said Lieutenant-General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi.

"God willing, there will be a meeting in the next few days attended by all the commanders concerned with liberation operations," he said, replying to a question on when he expects a thrust into the Western side of Mosul to begin.

"It will not be harder than what we have seen. The majority of ISIL commanders have been killed in the Eastern side." He did not give further details.

Since late 2015, government forces backed by their allied forces have wrested back large amounts of Northern and Western territory overrun by ISIL in a shock 2014 offensive.

On Thursday, regular Iraqi army troops captured the Nineveh Oberoy hotel, the so-called "palaces" area on the eastern bank of the Tigris, and Tel Kef, a small town just to the North according to military statements in Baghdad.

The army is still battling militants in al-Arabi, the last district which remains under their control east of the river, said one of the statements.

"God willing, there will be an announcement in the next few days that all the eastern bank is under control," Assai said.

On one of the streets newly recaptured from ISIL, men were reassembling breeze blocks into a wall that was blown up by a suicide car bomb several days ago.

Prime Minister Hailer al-Badri said earlier this week that ISIL had been severely weakened in the Mosul campaign, and the military had begun moving against it in the western half. He did not elaborate.

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Islamic State blows up hotel to prevent landing in west Mosul, witnesses say

 

Islamic State detonated explosives in the largest hotel in western Mosul on Friday, in an attempt to destroy it and prevent Iraqi forces from using it as a landing spot or base in their offensive to capture the city, witnesses said on Sunday.

The Mosul Hotel, shaped as a step pyramid, appeared to be leaning to one side after the explosions, said two witnesses contacted by phone, requesting anonymity as the militants punish by death those caught communicating with the outside world.

The Mosul Hotel sits alongside the Tigris river that cuts the city into two halves. The explosion comes as Iraqi forces appear about to take full control of the eastern side and prepare to attack the western bank.

Iraqi forces launched in October a campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition to take back Mosul from the hardline Sunni group which captured the city in 2014, declaring from its Grand Mosque a "caliphate" that also spanned parts of Syria.

Mosul is the last major city stronghold under Islamic State control in Iraq.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Mark Potter)

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Militants blow themselves up after gunfight with Saudi forces in Jeddah: media

 

Two suspected militants blew themselves up following a confrontation with security forces in Saudi Arabia's second city of Jeddah on Saturday, Saudi media reported.

Saudi security forces surrounded a house in Jeddah and exchanged fire with the men, who blew themselves up, Sabq.org, a website affiliated with the monarchy's interior ministry, said.

UAE-based Sky News Arabia also reported the incident and ran a video of an explosion in Jeddah's eastern Al-Harazat district.

The Saudi interior ministry had no immediate comment.

Islamic State has carried out a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shia community and security services.

Last year, a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the US consulate in Jeddah, the first bombing in years to target foreigners in the kingdom.

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Syrian Army Prevails over ISIL's Defense Lines in Northern Aleppo

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops continued their advances against ISIL in Northern Aleppo and managed to take control over a key village after hours of non-stop clashes.

The army soldiers broke through ISIL's positions in the village of Sawran to the East of the town of Azaz and entered the village, inflicting several casualties on the terrorists.

The army's heavy attacks forced ISIL to pull back its forces from the battlefield.

The army further captured the village after ISIL's retreat.

A military source said that the main objective of the army men after liberation of Sawran will be the villages of Sarjeh and Maran.

The source added that if the army can tack back the villages of Sarjeh and Maran the government forces will lay siege on the village of Aran to the South of al-Bab town.

In relevant developments in the province on Wednesday, the army troops were about to cut off ISIL's key supplying road to the town of al-Bab in Northeastern Aleppo after starting a massive anti-ISIL operation in Eastern Aleppo and capturing A'abad village.

The army soldiers continued their attacks on ISIL's positions in Eastern Aleppo and took control of the village of al-Sufeh close to Deir Hafer town, killing and wounding a large number of militants.

A field source said the army troops also engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL, tacking back military control over the village of Sawran, adding, "If Sawran village is completely taken back by the army, a key supplying road of ISIL that connects Souran to al-Bab will be cut off."

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Militants in Two More Regions Give up Battle against Syrian Gov't

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants in two more regions laid down arms and joined peace with the Damascus government, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced in a statement on Sunday.

"Representatives of militants in two more regions in Lattakia province have inked the nationwide peace agreement," the Russian center said, adding, "The total number of cities, towns, regions and villages that have thus far joined the peace agreement stands at 1,140."

The Russian Defense Ministry said that negotiations on joining the ceasefire regime continue with various field commanders from the provinces of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and Quneitra.

The Russian Ministry announced on Thursday that over 2,200 militants in Wadi al-Bardi region in Western Ghouta laid down arms and joined the nationwide peace agreement with the Syrian government.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Lt-Gen. Sergei Rudskoy announced that 2,274 militants handed over their weapons to the Syrian army and joined peace with the government.

He added that the ground was paved for those militants that agreed to join the peace process to leave the region for the militant-held regions in Idlib province along with their families. 

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Syrian MP: US Facilitates ISIL Terrorists' Advance in Deir Ezzur

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Syrian legislator disclosed that the US is paving the ground for the ISIL terrorists to enter Deir Ezzur and launch attacks against the Syrian army positions.

"The US has played a big role in the ISIL offensives against Deir Ezzur and its fighter jets have protected the ISIL terrorists when being transferred from Mosul to Deir Ezzur through the desert areas in Syria," Satam al-Dandal, also head of al-Akidat tribe in Syria, told FNA on Sunday.

"Also, this is the US that has ordered the ISIL militants in Tadmur (Palmyra) and Raqqa to withdraw from those regions and go to Deir Ezzur," he added.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, a prominent military analyst said the US has provided the ISIL with aerial and satellite images of the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzur to be used in the terrorist group's offensives.

"ISIL's fierce attacks on Deir Ezzur in the past few days which have been launched from several directions and their precise targeting attacks indicate that the terrorist group is logistically supported by the satellite images," Hassan Hassan told FNA.

Noting that such precision-striking attacks are possible only through using satellite images, he said, "Although the US-led international coalition claims to be fighting against the ISIL, it contributes no role in the fight against ISIL in Deir Ezzur, proving that the ISIL had never been a target for the coalition but it was an instrument to implement Washington's plots and prolong the war in Syria."

"The terrorists have received satellite images of the Syrian army positions from the US," Hassan underlined.

Also, media sources in the region said on Tuesday that US-led collation's air attack on Syrian army positions in Southern Deir Ezzur in September paved the ground for ISIL's large-scale attacks on government positions in the last couple of days.

The Arabic language Lebanese al-Akhbar paper reported that recent attacks of ISIL on government positions in Deir Ezzur in the last two to three days are the results of the US air attack on army positions in September as the air raids weakened the army troops.

The paper added that ISIL's control over the entire territories in Deir Ezzur province will benefit significantly the US-led coalition.

The paper said that ISIL intends to take full control of Deir Ezzur city and vast regions in Syria's desert from South of Sweida up to Palmyra in Homs and from Raqqa to Deir Ezzur to take control of Syria's border with Iraq.

Al-Akhbar underlined that based on field information the ISIL's plan was practically kicked off when the US-led coalition's fighter jets bombed the Syrian Army's positions in al-Thardah mountain in September 17 that left tens of army soldiers dead and wounded.

The army later pulled back their men from trinary al-Thardah mountain that plays a protection role for Deir Ezzur airbase.

The US-led coalition's air raid opened way for ISIL to use its suicide attackers and suicide vehicles to intensify attacks on Deir Ezzur airbase.

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Political Analyst: S. Arabia Stonewalling to Prevent Success of Syria Talks in Astana

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian analyst warned that Saudi Arabia is rocking the boat on the path of the peace negotiations in Astana by ordering certain groups not to participate in the conference.

"The armed groups which are Saudi Arabia's mercenaries have the same intellectual and religious ideologies as the Saudi regime's Wahhabism and their refusal to attend the Astana meeting proves Saudi Arabia's stonewalling on the path of the political resolution of the crisis in Syria without shedding any blood," Hessam Shoa'ib told FNA on Sunday.

"These groups have been created to take the Saudi regime's orders in a proxy war to destroy Syria," he added.

Negotiations to reach a resolution to the six-year war in Syria are due to begin in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on January 23 between the Syrian government and opposition.

Following last month's Syria cease-fire deal, the Astana meeting comes as part of ongoing efforts by Iran, Russia and Turkey to promote a political solution in war-torn Syria.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari underlined on Saturday that Tehran is doing its best to help the Syrian government and opposition groups to hold serious talks in the upcoming Astana meeting.

"Iran's four-article plan presented over two years ago was the Islamic Republic of Iran's latest plan which guarantees Syria's territorial integrity and national sovereignty as well as leaving everything and all affairs to the Syrian people's choice; we will pursue these ideas in the Astana conference," Jaberi Ansari said upon arrival in Kazakhstan.

Stressing that no foreign party is entitled to decide for the Syrian people, he said, "Within this framework - the plan that Iran presented and Iran's overall views - we will strive to help political settlement of the crisis and serious talks between the Syrian sides in the Astana conference."

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Hundreds of Syrian Soldiers, Hezbollah Fighters Arrive in Southeastern Aleppo

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A field source disclosed minutes ago that a large column of Syrian army soldiers and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters has arrived in Southeastern Aleppo to take part in an imminent large-scale operation in the region and further move towards Raqqa.

The source said that a long military convoy of army men and Hezbollah fighters has arrived in Southeastern Aleppo to join their comrades to start an imminent operation against ISIL near Aleppo's borders with Raqqa province.

The source added that the government forces' first phase of operation will cover Khanasser towards Maskana region, Deir Hafer and al-Bab to open a Western front on Raqqa province.

Reports said earlier today that the army troops continued their advances against ISIL in Northern Aleppo and managed to take control over a key village after hours of non-stop clashes.

The army soldiers broke through ISIL's positions in the village of Sawran to the East of the town of Azaz and entered the village, inflicting several casualties on the terrorists.

The army's heavy attacks forced ISIL to pull back its forces from the battlefield.

The army further captured the village after ISIL's retreat.

A military source said that the main objective of the army men after liberation of Sawran will be the villages of Sarjeh and Maran.

The source added that if the army can tack back the villages of Sarjeh and Maran the government forces will lay siege on the village of Aran to the South of al-Bab town.

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Commander: Special Military Operations Underway to Win Back Remaining Parts of Western Mosul

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior military commander disclosed that special military measures and operations are underway for seizing back the rest of the Western part of Mosul.

"A massive military power is ready to start the new phase of military operations for retaking the remaining regions in the Western part of the city of Mosul," Senior Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi volunteer forces) Commander Hadi al-Jazayeri told FNA on Sunday.

Al-Jazayeri said that Hashd al-Shaabi fighters have now taken position in Tal al-Abteh region and are ready to kick off fresh military operations against the ISIL terrorists.

The senior Hashd al-Shaabi commander, meantime, pointed to the delays in seizing back Tal Afar region to the West of Mosul, and said, "The Iraqi volunteer forces commanders have been asked for further delaying their military operations in Tal Afar to pave the way for exit of more civilians from those areas."

In a relevant development earlier on Sunday, Iraq's joint military forces continued their advances West of the city of Mosul and in the Eastern part of Salahuddin province, killing over a dozen ISIL terrorists.

"The Iraqi forces killed 20 ISIL terrorists in Tal al-Zalat region to West of Mosul city," Iraq's Command Headquarters announced.

Meantime, the Iraqi forces continued their advances in the Eastern part of Salahuddin province, killing five ISIL terrorists and injuring many more.

The Iraqi forces destroyed four military vehicles of ISIL and a depot of weapons and ammunition.

The strategic regions of Tal al-Zalat and Ein al-Jahesh were retaken from the ISIL on November 3, 2016.

The ISIL terrorist group is looking for an opening into the Syrian border by launching heavy attacks on strategic Tal al-Zalat, Tal al-Abteh and Ein al-Jahesh regions, but the Iraqi forces have repelled all these attacks.

A large amount of weapons and ammunition were seized from the ISIL terrorists.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Sumeria News quoted an unnamed security sources as saying that due to tight security measures in the city of Samarrah in Salahuddin province no terrorist act has taken place there.

Also on Friday, an Iraqi general said that most ISIL commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the Eastern side of the city.

The fight to take the Western side of Mosul, which remains under the jihadists' control, should not be more difficult than the one on the Eastern side, said Lieutenant-General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi.

"God willing, there will be a meeting in the next few days attended by all the commanders concerned with liberation operations," he said, replying to a question on when he expects a thrust into the Western side of Mosul to begin.

"It will not be harder than what we have seen. The majority of ISIL commanders have been killed in the Eastern side." He did not give further details.

Since late 2015, government forces backed by their allied forces have wrested back large amounts of Northern and Western territory overrun by ISIL in a shock 2014 offensive.

On Thursday, regular Iraqi army troops captured the Nineveh Oberoy hotel, the so-called "palaces" area on the eastern bank of the Tigris, and Tel Kef, a small town just to the North according to military statements in Baghdad.

The army is still battling militants in al-Arabi, the last district which remains under their control east of the river, said one of the statements.

"God willing, there will be an announcement in the next few days that all the eastern bank is under control," Assai said.

On one of the streets newly recaptured from ISIL, men were reassembling breeze blocks into a wall that was blown up by a suicide car bomb several days ago.

Prime Minister Hailer al-Badri said earlier this week that ISIL had been severely weakened in the Mosul campaign, and the military had begun moving against it in the western half. He did not elaborate.

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MP Sees Turkish Air Force Cooperation with Russia in Northern Syria as Erdogan's Political Trick

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- A member of the Syrian Parliament said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to cooperate with the Russian Air Force is only an attempt to deceive the public opinion over Ankara's long-run support for terrorists in Syria.

Mohanad al-Haj said that participation of Turkish and Russian fighter jets in anti-ISIL operation in Northern Syria has been a plan initiated by Erdogan to save credit for Ankara in international arenas and meantime is an opportunity given by Moscow to Erdogan to verify his real intention.

"Turkey has found out that time is over for terrorists in Syria after their defeats in battles with Syrian army, in the meantime, Ankara has been known by the world community and even Turkish people as a sole backer of terrorists in Syria, so Ankara has had no way out but encouraging the Turkey-backed militant groups to join peace talks with Syrian Government," al-Haj said.

"Erdogan's fear from the negative consequences of supporting terrorism for his country has forced the Turkish army to try hard to enter the ISIL-held town of al-Bab in Northern Aleppo several times to set up a buffer zone from al-Bab to the town of Ezaz to prevent terrorists' return to Turkey," the Syrian legislator said.

He said the Syrian army and its allies, including Iran and Russia, are resolved to and will definitely capture al-Bab.

Erdogan said earlier this month that the Turkish-backed offensive to take the Syrian town of al-Bab from ISIL terror group should be finished soon.

Erdogan said in a televised speech that he was determined that other areas of Syria, including the town of Manbij, should be cleared by the Turkish-backed forces, referring to a town 50 km (30 miles) East of al-Bab, Daily Mail reported.

The remarks by Erdogan came as the General Staff of the Turkish army said at the time that the country's army continued to target ISIL's positions in Northern Aleppo province, killing at least 18 militants and destroying 150 targets in the Euphrates Shield Operation.

"18 ISIL militants were killed and 150 targets were destroyed in the Turkish forces' attacks on ISIL's positions in al-Bab town," the General Staff said.

Russian fighter jets also bombed ISIL's positions in al-Bab another time to support the Euphrates Shield Operation started by Ankara in August. Turkish and Russian fighter jets carried out joint aerial operation against ISIL's centers in al-Bab on the first day of 2017.        

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South Asia

ISIS actively recruiting in Kunar province of Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jan 22 2017

The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have started recruitment in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

Provincial high peace council officials and some local tribal elders have informed regarding the recruitment process of the ISIS group in this province.

The head of the high peace council for Kunar, Mohammad Ismail Munib, told RFE/RL that the loyalist of the terror group have started advertisements and are spreading propaganda among the residents of Kunar.

He said the issue has sparked concerns among the local residents and ISIS loyalists move among the people to attract them to their ranks.

Shahwali Salarzai, head of Kunar’s labor association, has said the group could attract the jobless youths whose numbers are considerably high.

This comes as the Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials said Saturday that the terror group still pose serious threats to Afghanistan despite their hardly suppressed in counter-terrorism operations.

MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told reporters in Kabul that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) continue to maintain pressure on the loyalists of the terror group in East of Afghanistan.

Sediqi further added that ISIS loyalists have managed to harm the residents of Nangarhar province and more operations have been conducted to prevent ISIS loyalists expand foothold in Nangarhar districts and other provinces.

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4 foreigners among 6 ISIS loyalists killed in East of Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jan 22 2017

At least six loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an airstrike conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the airstrike was carried out by the foreign forces in Achin district.

The statement further added that the airstrike was carried out in Pekha area of Achin on Saturday evening.

The local residents did not suffer any casualties in the airstrike, the statement added

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as at least three foreign ISIS insurgents were killed in a similar airstrike in Achin on Friday.

No further details were given regarding the identities of the militants killed in the airstrikes but the local officials earlier said the majority of the ISIS loyalist are the residents of Orakzai Agency although foreign insurgents from Central Asian states and other countries also operate in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the Afghan and US forces have stepped up operations against the loyalist of the terror group to restrict their operations and prevent them from expanding foothold in other parts of the country.

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41 militants killed in counter-terrorism operations, MoD claims

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jan 22 2017

At least 41 militants were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday.

According to a statement by MoD, at least 25 militants were also wounded during the operations which were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Kapisa, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Kunduz, and Helmand provinces.

The majority of the militants were killed in Khakrez and Maiwand districts where 33 militants were killed and 15 others were wounded, MoD said.

At least 5 of the militants were killed in Buz Kandahari and Hazrat Sultan areas of Kunduz, the statement said, adding that 10 militants were also wounded.

The Afghan forces also killed 3 militants during a separate operation in Zurmat district of Paktia province.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan forces are busy conducting their annual counter-terrorism operation which were launched in response to Taliban’s annual spring offensive.

The group announced its offensive in mid-April last year amid ongoing efforts to end the violence through reconciliation and negotiations.

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Suicide attack target Taliban leader in Kunduz leaving 4 dead

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jan 22 2017

A suicide attack targeted a top Taliban leader in Kunduz province in north of Afghanistan, leaving at least four people dead.

According to the security officials, the incident took place on Saturday night in Dashti Archi district after a suicide bomber detonated himself among the Taliban fighters.

Commander of the 808 Spinzar Zone, Sher Aziz Kamawal, told VOA’s Afghanistan service that four Taliban insurgents were killed in the attack.

He said Taliban’s shadow governor for Kunduz Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund was wounded in the attack.

According to Kamawal, the suicide bomber had came from the restive Achin district of Nangarhar for the suicide attack.

Local residents have said Mullah Abdul Salam was invited in a party in Tark village where he was targeted by the bomber.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack which comes as the infighting among the Taliban group has been rise during the recent years.

Taliban is also facing threats from the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group who are mainly based in Achin, Kot, Haska Mina and some other remote districts of Nangarhar.

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Taliban’s 3 terror networks busted in Kandahar, 16 arrested: NDS

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jan 22 2017

At least three terror networks of the Taliban group were busted by the Afghan intelligence operatives in southern Kandahar province.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said at least 16 people operating in the networks were arrested by the security forces

NDS in a statement said the networks were led by Mawlavi Syed Mohammad, Mullah Raz Mohammad, and Mullah Mirza Mohammad.

The statement further added that the militants were busy conducting insurgency activities including target killings, bombings, assassination of government workers, and staging coordinated attacks.

According to NDS, the networks were active in Dand, Arghandab, Daman, and Shawali Kot districts.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The security situation in Kandahar has started to deteriorate during the recent months after witnessing some stability.

The militants have carried out numerous attacks during the recent months, including a deadly bombing in Kandahar governor’s guesthouse that left several high level officials dead, including 5 UAE diplomats.

.The provincial governor and ambassador of UAE to Afghanistan were also wounded in the attack

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Taliban asks Trump to review Afghanistan policy

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Jan 22 2017

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has asked President Donald Trump not to review the Afghanistan policy and not to follow the previous approaches.

In a statement released following the US presidential inauguration, Taliban said the violence in Afghanistan will continue if the Trump administration continued to follow the approaches of the previous US administrations led by Obama and George Bush.

Taliban also claimed that the US-led invasion supported by the coalition forces resulted to destruction, loss of lives, and billions of financial loss in the past 16 years, besides the use of force resulted into a negative image of the US and growing hatred against the country.

The statement by the Taliban came as the Trump administration has not unveiled its policy in Afghanistan so far.

However, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah welcomed Trump’s commitment to the US forces in Afghanistan.

According to the Office of the Chief Executive, Trump pledged support to the US forces during a telephone conversation, endorsing their presence and fight against terrorism.

During his address at the inauguration ceremony, Trump vowed to eliminate the threats posed by the extremist groups.

Earlier, Trump had vowed to help unearth Afghanistan’s massive natural resources which include some of the world’s rare earth elements.

He had also pledged support to review Kabul’s requirements in security related issues and assist the Afghan government accordingly.

khaama.com/taliban-asks-trump-to-review-afghanistan-policy-02721

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World's 2nd largest Muslim congregation held in Bangladesh

2017-01-22

DHAKA, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The grand prayer at the three-day Muslim congregation called Biswa Ijtema was held in Bangladesh Sunday morning, seeking divine blessings and welfare of all mankind.

The 34-minute long grand prayer took place on the bank of the Turag river at Tongi, some 25 km north of Bangladesh capital Dhaka.

The event led by renowned Indian Islamic scholar Mawlana Saad, which sought divine blessings, stability and welfare of all mankind, marked the end of the largest annual congregation of Muslims after holy Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The first phase of the congregation, a spiritual gathering where religious sermons and prayers are preached by Islamic scholars, ended on Jan. 15.

The second phase began Friday at the same venue as the first one.

The congregation has been held in two phases since 2011 to avoid rush of pilgrims.

The Ijtema venue and its adjoining areas reverberated with the word "Amin," repeatedly uttered by devotees raising their hands together in the Akheri Munajat, or the concluding prayer, that started at about 11:10 a.m. local time.

The organizers have put up loud speakers several kilometers away from the venue so that devotees could join the grand prayer.

To ensure safety of the devotees, thousands of members of law-enforcing agencies have been deployed in the five-layered security net in and around 60-hectare Ijtema ground, the main venue of the congregation.

Hundreds of local and foreign clerics spoke during the three-day congregation. The main sermons were given in Bangla, Hindi and Urdu but later explained in other languages.

To attend the grand prayer, hundreds of thousands of local devotees from far and wide of the country streamed down into the Ijtema ground on Sunday morning, as buses, trains and all other modes of transport carried thousands of people wearing white punjabi (Muslim's traditional suit for male) and white caps to Tongi.

Organizers do not maintain any list of devotees, but they guess the number of devotees would not be less than several millions this year.

Ijtema forbids political speeches and encourages prayers for harmony and world peace.

During the three-day congregation, devotees pray, discuss the holy Quran and receive instruction from religious scholars. Enditem

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Islamic school says it has implemented radical changes since inspection

Jan 22, 2017

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An Islamic girls’s school has implemented radical changes since a recent Ofsted inspection, it says.

Al Islah Girls High School, based in Blackburn, has brought in a new team of governors, trustees, teachers, staff and headteacher to take the school forward.

The new team is aiming to address key issues of improvement outlined in the November 2016 Ofsted report after being rated inadequate.

The school is a privately run secondary school for girls that has been operating since 1995.

New headteacher Sabiha Patel said: “I accepted the post of Headteacher at Al Islah Girls High School after the inspection in November.

“I was taken back with the commitment and dedication of the students, teachers and the new management team.

“Al Islah Girls High School in the Ofsted report in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment classification were awarded ‘good’ and in the outcomes for pupils area of inspection category, it was awarded ‘good’, so we are working on a strong foundation, in those areas.

“I am really enjoying my time professionally in working with this new team of teachers, governors and trustees.

“I am already seeing some very positive changes, in a very short period, which will benefit the pupils and enhanced the school, even more.

“Al Islah Girls High School is moving in a new direction and I am glad I took this position to be part of this new dynamic team”.

Chair of Governors and Trustee Hasan Desai said: “To bring in professionals who are highly skilled and who have strong leadership qualities from the private or public sector is the new approach the school has taken.

“I am so humble to have taken this position as chair of governors and trustees.

“I have worked in the private sector for the past 20 years, responsible for staff and operational aspects of a major organisation, with demanding targets to ensure the right results.

“This position for me is no different in ensuring we work in the right way and get the results in the right way. More importantly we make a difference to each child’s education and future.

“It’s important at Al Islah Girls High School that everyone from trustees to pupils have a common vision to succeed and make a difference in our communities.

“The school has now under my leadership invested substantially to ensure our new strategic vision is met, so we can achieve excellence in academic and pastoral activities.

“This is a responsible job, children’s future are in our hands and parents put their trust in us to deliver. I will ensure that myself and my new team will not let them down”.

Moulana Mufti Ashraf Sidat is the current principal and presiding secretary general of Madrassa/Masjid e Noorul Islam and a new trustee of Al Islah Girls High School.

He said: “The Islamic emphasis on education in evident in the fact that the first word of Islam was iqra-read. As societies evolve, it’s imperative that organisations adapt and change to the tide.

“A new era brings a new set of challenges, which demands and warrants the best in terms of vision and priorities of safeguarding the ethno-religious fabric of future generations, whilst at the same time nurturing the future generations from academia into being exemplary, conscientious, and contributory members of British society.”

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Queen's Chaplain Resigns Over Glasgow Cathedral Quran Row

22 January 2017

One of the Queen's chaplains has resigned after a row about reading from the Quran in a Glasgow church.

The Reverend Gavin Ashenden, a senior clergyman in the Church of England, left his position as chaplain in order to be free to criticise the move.

A passage from the Quran was read during an Epiphany service at St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow earlier this month.

Mr Ashenden said the reading had caused "serious offence".

The cathedral has said it is standing by its decision.

St Mary's invited local Muslims, who also revere Jesus as a prophet, to join the service.

A student, Madinah Javed, read from the lectern in Arabic from the chapter of Maryam, or Mary.

The chapter tells the story of the birth of Christ to the virgin Mary, and includes the Islamic teaching that Jesus is not the son of God and should not be worshipped.

Mr Ashenden told BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme: "The problem with what happened in Glasgow was that, although it was presented as a way of building bridges and a way of educating people, it was done badly, in the wrong way, in the wrong place, in the wrong context.

"There are a number of members of the congregation who have written open letters complaining of the profound upset they experienced as people who are part of the Eucharistic community who had come to worship Christ."

The cathedral's provost, the Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, has said readings of the Quran in the cathedral were part of efforts to build relationships between Christians and Muslims in Glasgow.

He said: "Such readings have happened a number of times in the past in this and in other churches and have led to deepening friendships locally, to greater awareness of the things we hold in common and to dialogue about the ways in which we differ."

Asked if he had known what the Quran verse specifically said about Jesus, Mr Holdsworth declined to comment further.

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Terrified young Muslim locks herself inside car while racist woman bangs on windows and calls her a terrorist

22 JAN 2017

The woman's gobsmacked husband Ramzy Alamudi took out his camera phone to film the aggressor, who appeared to be angry at her covering her face with a niqab

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A terrified young Muslim woman was forced to lock herself inside a car while a raging racist banged on the windows and accused her of being a terrorist.

The woman's gobsmacked husband Ramzy Alamudi took out his camera phone to film the aggressor, who appeared to be angry at her covering her face with a niqab.

Ramzy, who was in the driving seat of the parked Toyota Yaris, posted the one-minute 37 seconds footage to Facebook where it sparked outrage online.

He said to the camera: "This lady has told my wife to take off her scarf."

The raging Asian woman repeatedly smacked the windows of the car before trying to pull the windscreen wipers off the front.

Mr Alamudi is heard saying "Call security" but his wife replies: "Just drive, just drive."

The Muslim woman asks: "Who are you?" but then the aggressor replies: "F*** off."

She tried to pull the windscreen wipers off the front (Photo: Facebook)

When Mr Alamudi leaves the vehicle, the woman lunges forward, points towards his wife and says: "Who are you? Why have you got a mask? Terrorist. You have gun?"

Mr Alamudi then restrained the woman and called security.

The couple were praised by witnesses at the scene and others who saw the video.

Emily Grace Guff wrote: "This deranged woman had the nerve to attack his wife because of the burqa she was dressed in, claiming she "didn't feel safe"around people like her.

"It makes me sick to know we co-exist in a world where this happens so frequently, people thinking they have the right to belittle someone else because of their race or religion."

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Norwegian Muslims asked to donate blood for Muharram

22nd January, 2017

Norway’s increasingly multicultural society also means upped demand for different blood types. Foreigners were not always welcome as blood donors.

Muslims in Norway are now being encouraged to donate blood as part of a campaign surrounding the Islamic holy month of Muharram.

The ‘Gi blod for Hussain’ (Give for blood for Hussain) campaign aims to respect the death of Imam Hussain, and regards this as being a sacrificial moment for justice and equality.

Imam Hussain (Husayn ibn Ali), an important figure in the Shia community and month of Muharram, was believed to be the third Imam (leader) of the Shia community, and third grandson of the prophet Muhammad.

The army of the Caliph Yazid killed Imam Husayn at the Battle of Karbala in Iraq on 10th October 680 AD (10th of Muharram, 61 AH of the Islamic calendar).

Muharram, which marks the holy day of Ashura, is known for being the second-holiest month after Ramadan.

According to the Islamic calendar, the holy day in Muharram is celebrated on the 10th day, and is known as the day of mourning.

Both Sunni and Shia Muslims celebrate this day as it signifies the sacrifice of Imam Hussain Ali. After this, Sunni and Shia Muslims became divided.

Norwegian doctor Ali Rizvi, one of those involved in the initiative, explains that the campaign is not an attempt to shame others but, rather, a way of reaching out.

Moreover, Islam is no argument against donating blood, he also tells publication Vårt Land.

“Helping people is central to Islam. But many are perhaps afraid of giving blood because they don’t know what it entails. We hope to break some barriers down by referring to a historical person who is known to both Shia and Sunni Muslims.”

The campaign also will also increase the amount of other blood types available, as Norway’s foreign population grows.

The Scandinavian country’s regulations excluded foreigners from giving blood up until the early 2000s, though certain restrictions applied.

These regarded people living in countries with the Chagas disease (also known as American trypanosomiasis), as well as those who had lived in Norway for less than three years and who did not understand Norwegian.

A blood donation quarantine period of six months also applied to Norwegians who returned home after having lived abroad for more than a year, with a total ban placed on men who had had sex with men.

Immigrants born in large parts of Asia and Africa – even after having lived in Norway for some 35 years – as well as so-termed ethnic

Norwegians who had sexual partners from these regions were also barred from being blood donors.

These rules were imposed due to risks such as malaria, hepatitis B and C, and HIV, which can be contracted via blood transfusion.

The ‘Gi blod for Hussain’ campaign has been running since 2015. Doctor Ali Rizvi comments that “blood type B is not common in the ethnic Norwegian population, but is found to a greater extent in people from the Middle East and Asia.”

“We’re becoming an increasingly multicultural society and need this blood type. Few immigrants in Norway give blood and we want to do something about this,” he concludes.

Muharram 2017 begins in the evening of 20th September and ends in the evening of Friday 20th October (dates may vary).

People who can donate blood

Those in good health

Those between 18 and 6o (first-timers)

First-timers 60 and above at the discretion of the blood bank’s doctors

Blood donors over 65 with annual permission from the blood bank’s doctors

Demands including weight, blood pressure, haemoglobin, which medicines are being taken apply

Blood donors must not be in a group at risk of getting HIV, hepatitis, or other illnesses/diseases that can be transferred via blood transfusion

Those who cannot donate blood

Persons who are ill

With certain illnesses/diseases which can either mean permanent, or temporary exclusion

People taking regular medicine (excluding the pill, allergy medicine, for low metabolism, for example)

Geographical criteria for exclusion: a real risk of infection based on epidemiological conditions in different countries. Country where born or brought up, and shorter or longer stays in some countries mean permanent exclusion. Stays in other countries may mean temporary exclusion

Persons belonging to a risk group for spreading infectious diseases that can be transmitted by blood transfusion. This applies to the use of doping agents or narcotics injected with syringes, prostitutes, and men who have sex with men

N.B. The Directorate of Health has decided that men who have had sex with men, and persons who have sold sexual services will be able to be accepted as blood donors provided they have not had sex with another person for 12 months prior to doing so. The new rules will come into effect following discussions with the blood donor service.

(Sources: Norwegian Directorate of Health, Wikipedia)

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