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Palestinian cleric Abdallah Ayed addressing worshipers in the al Aqsa mosque. (Video screenshot)

 

Allah Has Promised Us White House, Kremlin: Palestinian Cleric

Baloch Activists to Protest outside UN during Nawaz Sharif’s Address

‘Middle East-Based Fund Used In Bangladesh Cafe Attacks’

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India

World Sufi Forum Decries Kashmir Terror Attack

Majority of Indians Support Use Of Military Against Terrorism

Aligarh Muslim University expels Kashmiri student over ‘objectionable’ post on Uri attack

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation backs Pak, asks India to cease atrocities in Kashmir

Hurriyat leader asks UN, Islamic Cooperation to prevail upon India for talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani calls up PM Modi, condemns Uri attack

No ‘Knee-Jerk’ Reaction To Uri Terror Attack: Government Sources

Dismantle terror infra, vacate PoK, India tells Pakistan

This BJP Minister is responsible for Sharia-compliant Islamic banking in India

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Mideast

Allah Has Promised Us White House, Kremlin: Palestinian Cleric

Turkey Will Not Act Unilaterally Against ISIL in Raqqa, Erdoğan Says

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria

Turkey has dismissed over 27,000 teachers, suspended 9,000: Deputy PM

Turkish Foreign Ministry reshuffles 16 ambassadors

Turkish lawmaker makes press statement alongside daughter with autism

Turkey has no eye on any country’s territory: Army chief Hulusi Akar

Palestinian tries to stab Israel soldier, shot dead: army

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Pakistan

Baloch Activists to Protest outside UN during Nawaz Sharif’s Address

Brahamdagh Bugti to Seek Asylum In India

‘Politicians, judiciary support military intervention in civil matters’

Hearing in Mumbai attacks commission petition put off

Kashmiris to protest outside UNGA during Indian FM’s address

CJP warns of nexus between terrorists, political parties

Nawaz Sharif seeks US help to resolve issues with India

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South Asia

‘Middle East-Based Fund Used In Bangladesh Cafe Attacks’

Gen. Dostum’s Convoy of Guards Ambushed by Taliban

29 ISIS loyalists killed in separate airstrikes in East of Afghanistan

Afghan-born US citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami sought in New York blasts

Bangladesh counterterrorism unit of police empowered

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Arab World

Messages from ISIS Territory Ask Forgiveness for Murder, Paint Bleak Picture of Life

25 Jeish Al-Fatah Terrorists Killed in Hama after End of Truce

Syrian Army Units Further Advance in Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army, Russian Bombers Fend off Large-Scale Fatah Al-Sham Assault in Aleppo, Kill 100 Terrorists

Saudis say 17 held after ‘IS plot’ foiled

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announces operation to liberate Shirqat from Isis

Iraqi Army kicks off large-scale offensive against ISIS

ISIS militants attack regime-held oilfield in Syria’s Homs

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Europe

French Government Defends Prison Units for Islamic Radicals

The Last Barrier between Christianity and Islam

Europeans should thank Russia on Turkey

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Africa

Boko Haram Insurgents Launch Attacks In Northeast Nigeria

Making sense of Boko Haram’s different factions: Who, how and why?

Somalis denounce attempted terror attack on police station

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North America

Family ID's Attacker Behind 'Potential Act of Terrorism' In St. Cloud

Islam and Muslims in the U.S. Prison System

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Southeast Asia

Hundreds protest Kofi Annan-led panel on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Operation Tinombala Continues, Authorities Watchful of Islamic State in Widodo’s Hometown

Muslim Students Criticize Selection of Myanmar Leader for Humanitarian Award

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World Sufi Forum Decries Kashmir Terror Attack

September 19, 2016

In a deadly terror attack on the Indian Army at Uri, in Jammu & Kashmir, on Black Sunday, 18 September 2016, 17 Indian soldiers were martyred and many were seriously injured. The atrocity was, of course, deplorable. But it also rings an alarm bell to warn of great trouble and the need for action.

It's time India became aware of the menace of Wahhabism, which is detrimental to the internal security of the nation and the people. After the Kaluchak tragedy on 14 May 2002, which took the lives of 12 civilians and 22 security personnel, the Uri terror assault came as a bloody dance of destruction. It took place in the valley of Jammu & Kashmir which is in the acute grip of the Wahhabi ideology, eliminating the peaceful, pluralistic Rishi-Sufi tradition.

Therefore, we condemn, in the harshest terms, the terrorist organization, Jaesh-e-Mohammed (JeM), conceived and led by Maulana Masood Azhar who champions the violent extremism stemming from Wahhabism in Pakistan. He is on record indoctrinating gullible youth in the neighboring Muslim country, since the time he was released by India in a swap for passengers aboard a hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft (flight 814) in December 1999.

With Sunday's attack in Uri where we lost 17 Indian soldiers, everyone from the Indian army, state officials, media persons, to retired members of the armed forces, bureaucrats, diplomats and, of course, Indian Muslims and their spiritual leaders, especially Sufi masters, are deeply pained.

While denouncing the terror attack on the army camp in North Kashmir's Uri town, we also appeal to the government of India for the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to justice and that internal security, stability, army and the people of Kashmir are safeguarded from any further loss. It should be the priority of the ongoing operation in Kashmir. At the same time, India must end the agenda of replacing Sufism with Wahhabism, while resolving the Kashmir unrest.

Source: islamicpluralism.org/2600/world-sufi-forum-decries-kashmir-terror-attack

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Allah Has Promised Us White House, Kremlin: Palestinian Cleric

September 19, 2016

The Muslim call to prayer will be heard from atop the White House and the Kremlin, thundered a Palestinian cleric in an address to worshippers at Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque last week.

“We shall shout Allahu Akbar (God is Great in Arabic) from there,” the cleric, Abdallah Ayed, assured his audience. “Allah has promised both places to us!”

A video clip of his sermon was translated from the Arabic by MEMRI. Ayed, dressed in the traditional long white “thobe”, or robe worn by Muslim men, and waving his arms emphatically, continued with a prayer to Allah to enable Islamic extremists to vanquish both America and Russia.

Referring to the long-standing Islamic dream of conquering the entire globe, Ayed reminded worshippers, “Allah promised the Prophet Mohammed that Islam would rule the entire land.”

His words are reminiscent of videos and pamphlets put out by the Islamic State, which has threatened it will attack the Vatican, Washington DC, and other major Western centers in order to bring about its dream of a world-wide Islamic caliphate.

Ayed prayed for more international terror against Americans. “Oh Allah, blow up their capital cities and their planes,” he begged. “Pulverize their ships, and kill their soldiers.”

The preacher continued, “Oh Allah, we ask you to subjugate them and burn them… Burn all that they have with your fire.”

While he did not issue any direct calls for Palestinians to carry out violent actions, he added a prayer that Allah should “make our Mujahideen (jihadists) powerful” and “unite them” under the banner of Mohammed.

The “sermon” also comes as Israel sees a new wave of terror following abatement in attacks in the past months.

Palestinian leaders have been condemned by Israel and internationally for their deliberate incitement to terror and violence against Jews and “infidels”.

Source: breakingisraelnews.com/75924/shall-shout-allahu-akbar-atop-white-house/

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Baloch Activists to Protest outside UN during Nawaz Sharif’s Address

September 20, 2016

New York: Baloch activists will hold protests outside the UN General Assembly headquarters in New York on Wednesday during Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the General Debate, to highlight “atrocities” and human rights violations by Pakistani forces in Balochistan.

The ‘Coalition of American Friends of Balochistan’ and Indian-American Organisations said they will hold a “peaceful protest” against Pakistan for “its state sponsored atrocities and terrorism on the people of Balochistan, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir and minorities”.

The Baloch National Movement of North America (BNM) said a joint protest of Baloch and Sindhi activists will be held outside the UN headquarters to protest the “ongoing military operations” in Sindh and Balochistan.

“Baloch people have welcomed and are grateful for the support extended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at such a critical juncture when our nation is struggling to be free from the illegal military occupation of Pakistan since 1948,” BNM said in a statement.

Sharif will address the General Debate tomorrow and has said he will raise the Kashmir issue at the UN.

The group said that since 2003, more than 20,000 Baloch political activists have gone missing, “illegally abducted” by the Pakistani state security forces and victims of enforced disappearances are being “tortured and executed” in custody.

The group also blamed China for joining hands with Pakistan and causing displacement of people living in the tribal and coastal areas with its economic activity.

“China is Pakistan’s strategic partner in the economic plundering and mass murder of Baloch civilians, particularly in the coastal belt of the Makran region of Balochistan,” it said.

Strongly criticising the China-Pakistan economic corridor, the group said thousands of Baloch tribal people have been dislocated due to the development of the corridor.

Source: siasat.com/news/baloch-activists-protest-outside-un-nawaz-sharifs-address-1024170/

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‘Middle East-Based Fund Used In Bangladesh Cafe Attacks’

September 19th, 2016   

Dhaka – A radical group based perhaps in the Middle East money for two major terrorist attacks – one on a restaurant in Dhaka while the other on a Eid congregation in a northern district – in Bangladesh, an investigator said on Monday.

Monirul Islam, the head of counter terrorism and transnational unit of police, came up with the information while addressing a press conference in Dhaka. He was talking about the progress so far made for investigation on attacks on Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1 and the Sholakia Eid-congregation attack on July 7.

The terrorists who had taken the control over the restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic zone killed 20 civilians, mostly foreign nations, and two policemen while the army commandos gunned down five terrorist and one chef of the cafe. Four people were killed in Sholakia eid congregation attacks by the radical Islamists.

The counter intelligence officer said that the money (worth about Tk 1.3 million) was channeled to the terrorists through illegal means of Hundi transfer.

He said police have information about the man who received the money at this end.

“We are trying to catch him. Most of the money was spent for renting house and on weapons,” the officer said adding that the route of the arms and money were through India.

Monirul said that his team had identified four other leaders of the militants group which emerged as new JMB (Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh), a group banned in 2005.

He said two of them have already fled to India.

The suspected militants identified as Ripon, Khalid, Bashar and Rajib Gandhi alias Shuvash alias Gandhi.

Ripon and Khalid fled to India, while Bashar and Gandhi are learnt to have been staying in Bangladesh, he said.

Bangladeshi security forces killed at least 14 suspected militants of the group in the last two months as police said the neo-JMB was behind the attacks. But the Islamic State, a radical Islamic group controlling vast swathe of Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility of the attacks in Bangladesh.

Source: newsnextbd.com/?p=1332

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India

World Sufi Forum Decries Kashmir Terror Attack

September 19, 2016

In a deadly terror attack on the Indian Army at Uri, in Jammu & Kashmir, on Black Sunday, 18 September 2016, 17 Indian soldiers were martyred and many were seriously injured. The atrocity was, of course, deplorable. But it also rings an alarm bell to warn of great trouble and the need for action.

It's time India became aware of the menace of Wahhabism, which is detrimental to the internal security of the nation and the people. After the Kaluchak tragedy on 14 May 2002, which took the lives of 12 civilians and 22 security personnel, the Uri terror assault came as a bloody dance of destruction. It took place in the valley of Jammu & Kashmir which is in the acute grip of the Wahhabi ideology, eliminating the peaceful, pluralistic Rishi-Sufi tradition.

Therefore, we condemn, in the harshest terms, the terrorist organization, Jaesh-e-Mohammed (JeM), conceived and led by Maulana Masood Azhar who champions the violent extremism stemming from Wahhabism in Pakistan. He is on record indoctrinating gullible youth in the neighboring Muslim country, since the time he was released by India in a swap for passengers aboard a hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft (flight 814) in December 1999.

With Sunday's attack in Uri where we lost 17 Indian soldiers, everyone from the Indian army, state officials, media persons, to retired members of the armed forces, bureaucrats, diplomats and, of course, Indian Muslims and their spiritual leaders, especially Sufi masters, are deeply pained.

While denouncing the terror attack on the army camp in North Kashmir's Uri town, we also appeal to the government of India for the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to justice and that internal security, stability, army and the people of Kashmir are safeguarded from any further loss. It should be the priority of the ongoing operation in Kashmir. At the same time, India must end the agenda of replacing Sufism with Wahhabism, while resolving the Kashmir unrest.

Source: islamicpluralism.org/2600/world-sufi-forum-decries-kashmir-terror-attack

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Majority of Indians support use of military against terrorism

September 20, 2016

Washington: More than three-fifth of Indians support use of military force to defeat the scourge of terrorism, according to a latest Pew Survey released today which said that about half of the respondents disapprove of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan policy.

“With roughly half (52 per cent) the Indian public worried that ISIS poses a major threat to their country, about six-in-ten Indians (62 per cent) believe that overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat terrorism around the world. Just 21 per cent say relying too much on such force creates hatred that leads to more terrorism,” said Pew Research Center in its report running into 40 pages.

While 68 per cent of the respondents feel that India is playing a more important role in the world than it was doing 10 years ago, the Pew Research Center in its annual survey, which was conducted among 2,464 respondents from April 7 to May 24, said half of the respondents disapprove of Modi’s management of India’s volatile relationship with Pakistan.

His Pakistan policy is approved by just 22 per cent, said the survey which was conducted in the months after the terrorist attack at the Pathankot Air Force base coming from across the border.

“Notably, however, more than half of BJP supporters (54 per cent) and a plurality of Congress party adherents (45 per cent) disapprove of the prime minister’s handling of relations with Pakistan,” the report said.

In the handling of China, supporters of Modi’s own party, the BJP, are more likely than adherents of the Congress party to favor his conduct of bilateral relations.

Pew said Indians are ready to support more defence spending.

Across party lines, more than six-in-ten (63 per cent) think the country should increase spending on national defence, just six per cent want to decrease it and 20 per cent want to keep it at current levels.

Notably, Indians who see China’s growing military power as a very serious problem are more likely than those who see China’s growing military power as a less serious threat to favor increased military spending, it said.

According to Pew, the Indian public’s satisfaction with the direction of the country has increased 36 percentage points since 2013, the year before Modi took power.

The survey found that Indian public’s ciews on the economy have improved by 23 points.

And belief that today’s children will be better off financially than their parents is up eight points.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/majority-indians-support-use-military-terrorism-2-1023910/

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Aligarh Muslim University expels Kashmiri student over ‘objectionable’ post on Uri attack

September 19, 2016

A Kashmiri student was on Monday expelled from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for posting “objectionable” comments on Facebook over the terror attack on the army base in Uri.

AMU Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah took a “very serious view” of the issue and expelled the student, who was pursuing M.Sc in Organic Chemistry, after personally probing the matter, university spokesman Rahat Abrar said.

“Lt Gen Shah said that there is no scope whatsoever at AMU for tolerating any incident which smacks of anti-national sentiments,” the spokesman said.

The student, Mudassar Yusuf from Srinagar, had offered his apologies to the Vice Chancellor on Sunday for posting the comments stating that he was “carried away by sentiments”, according to university sources.

However, the university authorities decided to go ahead with his expulsion keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter, the sources said.

BJP Lok Sabha Member from Aligarh, Satish Kumar Gautam had also written to the Vice Chancellor demanding stringent action against the student for his Facebook post.

Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan- based JeM on Sunday stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir, killing 18 jawans.

Source: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/aligarh-muslim-university-expels-kashmiri-student-over-objectionable-post-on-uri-attack-3039037/

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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation backs Pak, asks India to cease atrocities in Kashmir

September 20, 2016

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed Pakistan and called on India to immediately cease ‘atrocities’ in Kashmir and peacefully settle the issue in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people and the UNSC resolutions.

OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani Monday expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and called for an immediate cessation of atrocities by India, urging the Indian government for peaceful settlement of the dispute ‘in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people and the UNSC resolutions’.

Expressing their solidarity with the Kashmiri people, the OIC group “reaffirmed their resolve to remain the voice of the Kashmiris’ at the international stage.”

Madani’s remarks came after Pakistan Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz addressed a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

Aziz referred to the killing of ‘youth leader’ Burhan Wani and the use of pellet guns by Indian forces against Kashmiri protesters following his death.

Aziz said such measures cannot break the spirit of the Kashmiri people and their legitimate struggle for self-determination.

“Underscoring that the Kashmir dispute remains central to lasting peace and stability in South Asia, the Adviser regretted that India had failed to reciprocate Pakistan’s proposal of meaningful engagement for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” according to a statement by the OIC contact group.

Source: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/organisation-of-islamic-cooperation-backs-pak-asks-india-to-cease-atrocities-in-kashmir-3040409/

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Hurriyat leader asks UN, Islamic Cooperation to prevail upon India for talks

Sep 19, 2016

SRINAGAR: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to the UN and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to press India for an "unconditional and transparent" dialogue with all stakeholders for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

Hurriyat Conference believes that an alternative path to work out the modalities of a resolution is through dialogue.

"It (Hurriyat) fervently appeals to the OIC to support this demand and urges the UN and the international community to prevail upon India to enable a genuine, unconditional and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders i.e. India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir," he said in a letter to the OIC.

The separatist leader, who is under arrest at Cheshma Shahi sub jail for the past 24 days, has been invited by the OIC to attend its annual Foreign Ministers' meet to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month.

He reiterated that certain steps need to be taken for creating a conducive atmosphere for the dialogue over the Kashmir issue.

"Immediately stop killing, torture and arbitrary arrests of Kashmiri civilians and release all political prisoners. Remove arbitrary and draconian laws and conditions such as the Disturbed Areas act, Public Safety Act and others," he said.

The Hurriyat chairman said there should be "no reprisal or intimidation" of the people of Kashmir so that they can discuss and express their political aspirations in public spaces.

"The use of firearms and pellet guns on unarmed protesters should be stopped. Start demilitarising all of Kashmir and revoke impunity laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)," he said.

"Most importantly, recognise the right of Kashmiri people to determine their own political future," he added.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/hurriyat-leader-asks-un-islamic-cooperation-to-prevail-upon-india-for-talks/articleshow/54415250.cms

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani calls up PM Modi, condemns Uri attack

September 20, 2016

New Delhi : Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condemned the ‘cross border attack’ in Uri while expressing solidarity with India to eliminate the threat of terrorism.

President Ghani strongly condemned the cross-border terror attack and conveyed Afghanistan’s solidarity and support with India for all actions to eliminate the threat of terrorism, a PMO statement said.

Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday, killing 18 jawans.

President Ghani also expressed his condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers.

The Prime Minister thanked President Ghani for Afghanistan’s support.

Source: siasat.com/news/afghan-president-ashraf-ghani-calls-pm-modi-condemns-uri-attack-1024350/

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No ‘Knee-Jerk’ Reaction To Uri Terror Attack: Government Sources

September 20, 2016

New Delhi : Government does not want to take any “knee-jerk” reaction in the wake of terror attack in Uri allegedly by terror groups based in Pakistan while it was considering various options, top sources said.

Sources privy to the deliberations among the top government functionaries said there will be no “knee-jerk” reaction “anytime soon” even though 18 soldiers were killed by four terrorists backed by Pakistan-based groups in the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri on Sunday.

Action will be taken only after proper planning, coordination, exploring all options and taking everyone concerned into confidence, sources said.

They recalled that in the case of Mynamar last year, the Army carried out an operation along the border against NSCN-K militants involved in the killing of 18 soldiers in Manipur in June, 2015 only after a week.

“Here, we have a hostile Pakistani establishment. So any hasty action is completely ruled out,” a source said.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh too appeared to echo government’s thinking by saying that no action should be taken under the influence of emotions and anger.

“Having seen the army closely, I feel, it needs to be analysed as to what happened there…It needs to be investigated how the incident took place and what were the lacuna.

“…from the army’s side, alertness is required. The Kashmir situation needs to be thought about. The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” he said.

Heavily armed terrorists suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had yesterday stormed the army base in Uri in Kashmir, killing 18 jawans.

Source: siasat.com/news/no-knee-jerk-reaction-uri-terror-attack-government-sources-1024257/

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Dismantle terror infra, vacate PoK, India tells Pakistan

September 20, 2016

Geneva: In a blunt message, India on Monday asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism and vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir as it highlighted human rights violations in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh and persecution of minorities including Hindus.

“We, once again, ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner.

We call upon the Council to urge Pakistan to fulfil its obligation to vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,” India said in its right to reply at the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

It said Pakistan continues to test the patience as well as wisdom of the Council with its unceasing false-narrative backed by fabricated facts and figures about Jammu & Kashmir.

“Pakistan has had territorial ambitions over Kashmir since 1947 that has found concrete expression in the aggression it embarked on in 1947, 1965 and 1999. As on date,

Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of 78,000 sq kms (approx) of Indian Territory in Jammu & Kashmir,” it said.

The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan, it added.

Raising human rights violations in Pakistan, India said, “the people of Balochistan, amongst other provinces, have been waging for decades a bitter and brave struggle against their daily abuse and torture.

“Religious and sectarian minorities such as Hindus, Christians, Shias, Ahmaddiyas, Ismailis and others continue to face discrimination, persecution and targeted attacks in Pakistan. Places of worship belonging to minorities have been destroyed and vandalized. Blasphemy laws remain in force and are disproportionately used against religious minorities.”

Noting that various international organizations have documented how enforced disappearances continue with impunity, particularly in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh where members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement are routinely abducted and killed, India said selective but extremely opaque and high-handed use of force by Pakistani authorities has affected civilian populations on a large scale.

Underlining that more than one million people remain displaced as a result of the current and past armed conflicts in the northwest of Pakistan, India said, “Pakistan will be well-advised to focus its energies on setting its own house in order and acting against the perpetrators of terrorist attacks on its neighbours instead of ritually raking up alleged human rights violations elsewhere.”

Earlier, making a statement at the session in Geneva, India called upon the Council to urge Pakistan to put an end to cross-border infiltration; dismantle the terrorism infrastructure; and stop acting as an epicentre of terrorism.

India said it firmly believes that a policy of “zero tolerance” against terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to its own people.

Source: siasat.com/news/uri-attack-dismantle-terror-infra-vacate-pok-india-tells-pakistan-1024203/

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This BJP Minister is responsible for Sharia-compliant Islamic banking in India

September 20, 2016

Solapur: Country’s first Islamic banking service began on Friday in Maharashtra’s Solapur district.

Subhash Deshmukh, a BJP MLA from Solapur (South), and state cooperation minister has launched Sharia-compliant Islamic banking.

Deshmukh, during the inauguration of Lokmangal Cooperative Bank Ltd, at Barshi in Solapur, was called upon to adopt the model, which is also referred to as “participatory banking” after which he announced it.

“Under Islamic banking policy, depositors are not paid interest. Similarly the borrowers too will not be charged any interest for the money lent,” Deshmukh, who is the chairman of the bank, told dna.

“We will see if the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or Government of India come out with rules in this regard… we will have to take some nominal service charge (from borrowers) for (administrative costs like) staff, electricity bills and stationery,” said Deshmukh.

“We have received Rs 2.50 lakh deposits under this. I can claim that this is the first instance in Maharashtra,” said Deshmukh,

The money was distributed to 18 needy people from the Muslim community. Some of these disbursements were made on Saturday, which was also PM Modi’s birthday.

“We will give most loans to (poor from the) Muslim community… It is Modi saheb’s dream. The Muslim community is poor and must be economically uplifted,” he noted.

The BJP leader added that the bank has 9 branches, including 8 in Solapur and 1 in Pune, and all of them would get a separate counter for such Islamic, interest-free deposits and loans.

Other financial institutions and banks in Maharashtra should also follow and adopt this model were interest-free deposits will be accepted from Muslims and non-Muslims at zero rates of interest to ensure their financial inclusion, he added.

Source: siasat.com/news/bjp-minister-responsible-sharia-compliant-islamic-banking-india-1024143/

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Mideast

Allah Has Promised Us White House, Kremlin: Palestinian Cleric

September 19, 2016

The Muslim call to prayer will be heard from atop the White House and the Kremlin, thundered a Palestinian cleric in an address to worshippers at Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque last week.

“We shall shout Allahu Akbar (God is Great in Arabic) from there,” the cleric, Abdallah Ayed, assured his audience. “Allah has promised both places to us!”

A video clip of his sermon was translated from the Arabic by MEMRI. Ayed, dressed in the traditional long white “thobe”, or robe worn by Muslim men, and waving his arms emphatically, continued with a prayer to Allah to enable Islamic extremists to vanquish both America and Russia.

Referring to the long-standing Islamic dream of conquering the entire globe, Ayed reminded worshippers, “Allah promised the Prophet Mohammed that Islam would rule the entire land.”

His words are reminiscent of videos and pamphlets put out by the Islamic State, which has threatened it will attack the Vatican, Washington DC, and other major Western centers in order to bring about its dream of a world-wide Islamic caliphate.

Ayed prayed for more international terror against Americans. “Oh Allah, blow up their capital cities and their planes,” he begged. “Pulverize their ships, and kill their soldiers.”

The preacher continued, “Oh Allah, we ask you to subjugate them and burn them… Burn all that they have with your fire.”

While he did not issue any direct calls for Palestinians to carry out violent actions, he added a prayer that Allah should “make our Mujahideen (jihadists) powerful” and “unite them” under the banner of Mohammed.

The “sermon” also comes as Israel sees a new wave of terror following abatement in attacks in the past months.

Palestinian leaders have been condemned by Israel and internationally for their deliberate incitement to terror and violence against Jews and “infidels”.

Source: breakingisraelnews.com/75924/shall-shout-allahu-akbar-atop-white-house/

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Turkey will not act unilaterally against ISIL in Raqqa, Erdoğan says

September 19, 2016

Turkey supports plans to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) out of its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and it would not act alone in any such operation, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated.

Talking to Reuters in New York, where he will attend and give a speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Erdoğan said Turkey supported plans to drive ISIL out of its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa together with the U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition forces.

“Turkey will not act unilaterally to liberate Raqqa. We will get involved in actions taken by the [U.S.-led] coalition forces,” said Erdoğan on Sept. 20.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour on Sept. 20 that the Syrian city of al-Bab, an ISIL stronghold 40 kilometers south of the Turkish border, and Raqqa, the militant group’s self-declared capital, would be the next targets to recapture from ISIL.

One day prior to Çavuşoğlu’s remarks, Erdoğan had said al-Bab was the next target within the scope of the anti- ISIL operation that Turkey launched around one month ago.

Çavuşoğlu noted the significance of retaking Raqqa in the fight against ISIL, saying that if the terror group is cleared from those areas - which correspond to nearly 5,000 square kilometers - a “safe zone” could be established for Syrian refugees.

Turkey has long argued for the need for a “safe zone” or a “no-fly” zone along its Syrian border, with the aim of clearing out ISIL militants and stemming a wave of migration that has fuelled tensions in Europe.

But Western allies have so far balked at the idea, saying it would require a significant ground force and planes to patrol, marking a major commitment in such a crowded battlefield.

Çavuşoğlu said European leaders supported this proposal but the U.S. was still considering it.

Turkey launched the Euphrates Shield operation on Aug. 24, with its own troops and Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, the Free Syrian Army (FSA). It aimed to rid northern Syria, with which Turkey has a long border, of ISIL, the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People’s Protection Unit (YPG), which Ankara says are terrorist offshoots of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“Daesh and the YPG ... are the main source of threat,” Erdoğan told Reuters, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.

“We have been patient ... We have not deployed all of our troops to Syria ... with the moderate opposition Jerablus was freed,” he added, referring to the liberation of Jarablus from ISIL in the first two days of the Euphrates Shield operation.

‘Al-Assad cannot be part of transitional period’

Commenting on the Syrian war, Erdoğan said no lasting peace could be achieved in Syria without the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. Turkey is one of the main supporters of rebels fighting to overthrow al-Assad and hosts around 2.7 million Syrian refugees.

“The future of Syria should be determined by its own people ... Why is this killer [al-Assad] being backed by some states?” Erdoğan said.

“Al-Assad cannot be part of any transitional period ... the world should find a solution that does not involve al-Assad ... Syria’s territorial integrity should be respected by other countries,” he added.

Al-Assad is supported by Russia, Iran and Arab Shiite militias, while Sunni rebels seeking to unseat him are backed by Turkey and Gulf Arab states.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-will-not-act-unilaterally-against-isil-in-raqqa-erdogan-says-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104046&NewsCatID=352

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Two Turkish soldiers killed in Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria

September 20th, 2016

Two Turkish soldiers were killed on the morning of Sept. 20 during the ongoing Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Two soldiers were wounded in an explosion during the operation, conducted in an area between Jarablus and al-Rai. They were transferred to Gaziantep University hospital, across the border in Turkey, but later succumbed to their injuries.

The death of the soldiers brings the total number of Turkish casualties in the Euphrates Shield operation to 10.

Military sources told the Doğan News Agency that the two soldiers were killed after the detonation of either a mine or a hand-made explosive during walling works in the Karkamış area.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/two-turkish-soldiers-killed-in-euphrates-shield-operation-in-northern-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104042&NewsCatID=352

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Turkey has dismissed over 27,000 teachers, suspended 9,000: Deputy PM

September 20, 2016

Turkey has recently dismissed 27,715 teachers and suspended 9,465, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli stated late on Sept. 19, adding that the decisions were made over teachers’ suspected links to either the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

 “So far a total of 455 of the suspended teachers have been able to return to work,” Canikli told journalists in a press briefing in Ankara after a cabinet meeting, stressing that although the suspension processes for returning teachers has ended this “does not mean the investigations are over.”

Some 419 of the teachers who have returned to work were from the eastern province of Tunceli, he noted.

Canikli stressed that those teachers who have been dismissed would be replaced by next month.

“The exam process is continuing for 20,000 teachers to be chosen and interviews are continuing. This will be completed by Oct. 10, by which 20,000 new teachers will be able to start. This number will be able meet our needs,” he said.

Canikli also commented on the appointment of trustees by the government to local municipalities, stressing that this “was not a one-time thing.”

“From now on, trustees and replacements will be appointed to whoever supports terrorist organizations,” he added.

Meanwhile, Education Ministry Undersecretary Yusuf Tekin also commented on the situation of teachers under investigation, saying they “should not engage in indiscipline while the process continues.”

“We are warning the investigated teachers to not engage in undisciplined acts that would result in situations against them, and to avoid being instruments of provocations,” Tekin said.

Meanwhile, a total of 22 high school students were detained in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır for staging a protest against the suspensions of teachers over their alleged links to the PKK.

Separately, anti-narcotic teams started their duties in front of schools all over Turkey on Sept. 19 as a part of a project launched by the Education Ministry and the Interior Ministry.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-has-dismissed-over-27000-teachers-suspended-9000-deputy-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104048&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish Foreign Ministry reshuffles 16 ambassadors

September 20, 2016

Sixteen Turkish ambassadors have been reshuffled, according to a decree published in the Official Gazette on Sept. 20, the state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

According to a ministry decision dating back to June 23, EU Ministry Undersecretary Rauf Engin Soysal was appointed as Turkey’s permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Ambassador Ahmet Altay Cengizler was appointed as Turkey’s permanent representative to UNESCO.

Turkey’s Ambassador to Dublin Necip Egüz, Ambassador to Bangkok Osman Bülent Tulun, Ambassador to Berlin Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu and permanent representative to UNESCO Hüseyin Avni Botsalı were recalled to the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Ankara.

According to a ministry document on July 26, Ambassador Ali Rifat Köksal was appointed as Turkey’s ambassador to Tajikistan’s Dushanbe, Ambassador Nuri Kaya Bakkalbaşı was appointed as ambassador to Costa Rica’s San José, Ambassador Murat Lütem was appointed as ambassador to Singapore, Ambassador Haydar Kerem Divanlıoğlu was appointed as ambassador to Myanmar’s Naypyidaw, Ambassador Murat Karagöz was appointed as ambassador to Jordan’s Amman, and İsmail Sefa Yüceer was appointed as ambassador to Gambia’s Banjul.

In addition, Ambassador to Singapore Hakkı Taner Seben, Ambassador to Naypyidaw Murat Yavuz Ateş, Ambassador to Amman Sedat Önal and Ambassador to Banjul Ergin Soner were also recalled to the Foreign Ministry headquarters.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-foreign-ministry-reshuffles-16-ambassadors.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104044&NewsCatID=510

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Turkish lawmaker makes press statement alongside daughter with autism

September 20, 2016

A lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has conducted a press statement in parliament with his daughter with autism in an effort to draw attention to the hardships that people with autism face in education.

“My daughter won the high school exam and we went to the school with great excitement. They told us that a special class was formed in another high school, so we accepted it and went there. However, the principal said ‘we don’t have the platform, we can’t find classes for normal children, so there are no classes for these children [with autism].’ What I mean is that children are being registered to schools but don’t have any classes to receive education,” CHP Kayseri lawmaker Çetin Arık said in the press conference on Sept. 19.

“The majority of families [with children with autism] are obliged to confine their children to their homes,” Arık told journalists in the press briefing.

Noting that there were no teachers in schools where classes for children with autism exist, Arık said all parents of children with autism in Turkey were suffering from the same fate.

“Children with autism need to receive education for at least 40 hours a week. However, the education given lasts for two hours,” he added.

During his press statement, the CHP MP made a call on behalf of families with children with autism.

“Don’t take the right to education from these children away. Receiving an education is a constitutional right. Provide these children with education. My aim as a father is to make my daughter a university graduate,” he said.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-lawmaker-makes-press-statement-alongside-daughter-with-autism.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104047&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey has no eye on any country’s territory: Army chief Hulusi Akar

September 20, 2016

Turkey has no eye on any other country’s territories and its recent cross-border operation into northern Syria is based on its right to self-defense, Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar has said.

“The Euphrates Shield operation, which was kicked off shortly after the July 15 coup attempt, has vital importance for the security and peace of our borders, for the people of our neighbors, and for our nation. The Turkish Armed Forces and the Republic of Turkey have no eye on any other countries’ territory,” Akar said speaking at an official Veteran’s Day event on Sept. 19.

The chief of general staff also stated that the Turkish army is benefiting from the wide-scale “cleansing of traitors” following the coup attempt.

“The Turkish military is successfully carrying out every given duty as it is getting stronger because traitors are being cleared from the army,” Akar said.

He also vowed that the struggle against terrorist organizations would continue in “harmony and coordination” between the gendarmerie, the police and village guards “until the last terrorist is cleared from Turkey.”

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-has-no-eye-on-any-countrys-territory-army-chief-hulusi-akar.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104007&NewsCatID=352

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Palestinian tries to stab Israel soldier, shot dead: army

20 Sep 2016

A Palestinian teenager tried to stab an Israeli soldier near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday before being shot dead, officials said, the latest death in a flare-up of violence.

"An assailant armed with a knife attempted to stab an IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldier at a checkpoint at the entrance to (the village of) Bani Naim," an Israeli army statement said.

"Responding to the immediate threat, forces fired at the assailant, resulting in his death."

The Palestinian health ministry identified the alleged assailant as Issa Tarayra, 16, from Bani Naim.

Tuesday's incident was the ninth since Friday, coming after Palestinians wrapped up the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha and as Israel tightened security ahead of major Jewish holidays in October.

The upsurge has shattered several weeks of relative calm.

The recent attacks have mostly taken place in and around Hebron in the occupied West Bank and in annexed east Jerusalem.

An Israeli policewoman stabbed outside Jerusalem's Old City on Monday was in serious condition in intensive care.

Following that attack, which also left another police officer with moderate wounds, Israeli authorities closed Palestinian shops in the area.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the closures were ordered for officers to search the area, but some shop owners questioned whether it was punishment for the stabbing.

The assailant in that case was shot and seriously wounded. Surveillance video showed him approaching the officers from behind before stabbing them.

The Israeli army called the recent escalation "further testament to the ongoing influence of incitement on the Palestinian street and social media networks".

An Israeli security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was the possibility of a "copycat effect" of one attack influencing another.

The official said tensions may also be rising because of Palestinian "online incitement" against Jewish visits to the Old City's ultra-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound which are expected to increase during next month's holidays.

The compound is the third holiest site for Muslims and the most sacred for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.

It is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing that Israel will eventually seek to assert further control over it.

Since October, 230 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed in ongoing violence, according to an AFP count.

Israel says most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. Others were shot dead during protests or killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with the Israeli occupation and settlement building in the West Bank, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have helped feed the unrest.

Source: reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/palestinian-tries-stab-israel-soldier-shot-dead-army

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Pakistan

Baloch activists to protest outside UN during Nawaz Sharif’s address

September 20, 2016

New York : Baloch activists will hold protests outside the UN General Assembly headquarters in New York on Wednesday during Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the General Debate, to highlight “atrocities” and human rights violations by Pakistani forces in Balochistan.

The ‘Coalition of American Friends of Balochistan’ and Indian-American Organisations said they will hold a “peaceful protest” against Pakistan for “its state sponsored atrocities and terrorism on the people of Balochistan, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir and minorities”.

The Baloch National Movement of North America (BNM) said a joint protest of Baloch and Sindhi activists will be held outside the UN headquarters to protest the “ongoing military operations” in Sindh and Balochistan.

“Baloch people have welcomed and are grateful for the support extended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at such a critical juncture when our nation is struggling to be free from the illegal military occupation of Pakistan since 1948,” BNM said in a statement.

Sharif will address the General Debate tomorrow and has said he will raise the Kashmir issue at the UN.

The group said that since 2003, more than 20,000 Baloch political activists have gone missing, “illegally abducted” by the Pakistani state security forces and victims of enforced disappearances are being “tortured and executed” in custody.

The group also blamed China for joining hands with Pakistan and causing displacement of people living in the tribal and coastal areas with its economic activity.

“China is Pakistan’s strategic partner in the economic plundering and mass murder of Baloch civilians, particularly in the coastal belt of the Makran region of Balochistan,” it said.

Strongly criticising the China-Pakistan economic corridor, the group said thousands of Baloch tribal people have been dislocated due to the development of the corridor.

Source: siasat.com/news/baloch-activists-protest-outside-un-nawaz-sharifs-address-1024170/

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Brahamdagh Bugti to seek asylum in India

September 20th, 2016

NEW DELHI: The separatist Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) leader Braham­dagh Bugti on Monday said he would apply for political asylum in India.

“We have decided that we will formally file asylum papers to the Indian government. We will start work on it right away. Will go to the Indian embassy and will follow the legal process,” The Indian Express quoted Mr Bugti as saying. He said that he would call the Indian embassy for an appointment.

Mr Bugti also said that like-minded Baloch leaders had decided to file criminal cases against Pakistan Army generals and China at the International Court of Justice.

“Will take China to the International Court of Justice with the help of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and India,” said the BRP leader who is currently living in exile in Switzerland.

Last month, Mr Bugti thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the issue of the situation in Balochistan in the latter’s Independence Day speech.

Earlier there were reports, according to the Express, that India was considering granting political asylum to Baloch activists living in exile. The reports said that a decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting of BRP in Geneva on Sunday.

India last granted political asylum to the Dalai Lama in 1959.

There was no comment from any side if India was ready to grant asylum to Mr Bugti despite its apparent support to his cause. The Express did not say where and to whom Mr Bugti was speaking.

Mr Bugti is a self-proclaimed survivor of an attack on his party’s hideout in Kohlu near Quetta in 2006 launched by Pakistani Army. His grandfather Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was killed in the attack.

Source: dawn.com/news/1284917/brahamdagh-bugti-to-seek-asylum-in-india

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‘Politicians, judiciary support military intervention in civil matters’

September 20th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Claims that the military does not want to interfere in the government’s matters are false and in fact, politicians and the judiciary have always supported the military in intervening in matters of governance, said PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar.

Speaking at a seminar titled ‘Civil Military Relations: Challenges and Way Forward’ on Monday, which was hosted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), the senator said claims of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and the PM Office being on the same page are also untrue. He said there is a deficit of trust between the two and that the military is making constant invasions in civilian matters.

“When the government decided to lodge a case of treason against retired General Pervez Musharraf and the judiciary was hearing the case, who moved the general to a government hospital and gave him shelter,” he asked,

To support his argument, Senator Babar said that just in June this year when the prime minister was in the UK, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was acting as prime minister and that Mr Dar had gone to the General Headquarters (GHQ) along with a delegation of civil leadership.

Pakistan is a security state and the security is also defined by the security establishment, he said.

Talking about the way forward, Mr Babar said that public discourse should be broadened and their opinions heard.

“A parliamentary committee on national security, in both the National Assembly and the Senate, should be established. Politicians should ensure their performance is good so that allegations of corruption do not surface. The security establishment should also look into these affairs,” he said.

Also speaking at the event was PML-N Senator retired Lieutenant general Abdul Qayyum, who said Pakistan has suffered from the ups and downs in the civil-military relationship and that military interventions cannot be justified.

“Some believe that the military is responsible for all the bad things and others think the military should run the country and I don’t agree with either of these opinions,” he said.

“When a general decides to take over, various politicians begin paying his visits and offer him their services. The courts also grant the general powers, even the ones he does not ask for,” he added.

He was referring to when the Supreme Court gave former President Musharraf the power to amend the constitution, though he had not asked for that power.

Senator Qayyum said that those who want the military to take over should understand that there is no guarantee that the country will end up with generals like Churchill, McCarthy and Jamal Abdul Nasir.

Defence analyst Imtiaz Gul said that when they come to power, politicians run the government via a kitchen cabinet. They should understand that democracy requires responsibility, he said.

Senior journalist Zahid Hussein said there was no clear policy regarding some of the major decisions in the country because no one knew which Sharif was in power. He added that the PTI/PAT rally of 2014 had provided the military the opportunity to gain space.

He asked how politicians can expect anyone to take parliament seriously when they themselves hardly attend sessions.

Analyst Dr Ayesha Siddiqa said the problem is in the structure of Pakistan, which she said is a colonial state where everything is dealt with the way it was before 1947.

SDPI Head Abid Qayyum Suleri said that the dictators of Pakistan act like they are democratic leaders while democratic leaders behave like dictators, which he said was the reason why there has never been neither the perfect democracy nor the perfect dictatorship in the country.

Source: dawn.com/news/1284878/politicians-judiciary-support-military-intervention-in-civil-matters

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Hearing in Mumbai attacks commission petition put off

September 20th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday put off hearing a petition filed by the suspects of the Mumbai attacks against the proceedings of the commission which travelled to India in order to record the statements of four Indian prosecution witnesses.

The hearing was adjourned due to the unavailability of representatives from the prosecution.

A Pakistani panel comprising special prosecutors and the defence counsel had in 2013 visited Mumbai in order to record the statements from prosecution witnesses, including Magistrate R.V. Sawant Waghule who recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab; Ramesh Mahale, the chief investigation officer of the case and Ganesh Dhunraj and Chintaman Mohite, the two doctors who had conducted the post mortem of the terrorists killed during the attack.

The same panel had in 2012 recorded the statement of these witnesses but due to an official understanding between the Pakistani and Indian governments, had not cross-examined them.

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had declared the proceedings null and void the same year.

In March 2013, the Pakistani panel had made another visit to India in order to examine the witnesses and after its return, the prosecution submitted a report before the ATC.

The defence counsel on the other hand challenged the legality of the commission before the ATC and after the dismissal of its application, the suspects’ counsel filed a petition before the IHC.

Source: dawn.com/news/1284881/hearing-in-mumbai-attacks-commission-petition-put-off

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Kashmiris to protest outside UNGA during Indian FM’s address

September 20th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris will stage a forceful protest demonstration outside the United Nations General Assembly building against Indian brutalities in held Kashmir on Sept 26, the day when Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to address the assembly.

This was announced by former prime minister of AJK and president of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in AJK Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry while speaking at a press conference here.

“India has been committing grave human rights violations in held Kashmir for 72 days and killing innocent Kashmiri women and children in the Valley. Kashmiris from all over the world would unmask Indian brutality before the world community,” he remarked.

Sultan Mahmood said the participants of the rally would be carrying Kashmiri flags and would express complete solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren waging a heroic struggle to achieve their cherished goal. He said permission for the protest demonstration had already been sought.

He claimed that this time the demonstration would be even bigger than the million march held by Kashmiris in New York last year. He said protest rallies would also be organised in several European cities, including London, Brussels, Paris and the Hague, the same day.

He said: “We are also trying to stage a demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in Canada or Canadian parliament in protest against Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.”

Sultan Mahmood asked the world community to play its due role in persuading India to give Kashmiris their internationally recognised right to self-determination. He said Kashmiris were determined to continue with their indigenous struggle till its logical conclusion and stressed that the world should not play the role of a silent spectator at this crucial juncture.

About Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the UN General Assembly — one of the six principle organs of the world body — on Sept 21, he noted that it would be an exercise in futility. “Kashmiris want him to truly represent sentiments of 200 million Pakistanis and Kashmiris instead of delivering a formal speech,” he remarked.

He criticised Mr Sharif for what he called his decision to send some members of the National Assembly for ‘joyrides’ abroad in the name of projecting the Kashmir cause.

The prime minister should send a delegation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (AJK chapter) to muster support for the Kashmir cause instead, he said, adding that true representatives of Kashmiris should be send abroad as it would have an impact.

Asked if he would accept any offer to lead a government delegation, he said, he had been doing it for years on his own and never highlighted the Kashmir issue through public money.

He said that Kashmiris in the held Valley had announced a week-long protest programme which reflected that they would not come under Indian pressure and continue to raise their voice against Indian atrocities.

He said people belonging to different schools of thought, especially human rights activists and social workers and Indian minorities, would be invited to participate in the rally.

Source: dawn.com/news/1284927/kashmiris-to-protest-outside-unga-during-indian-fms-address

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CJP warns of nexus between terrorists, political parties

September 20th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said on Monday that certain political and religious parties supported foreign-funded terrorism due to their vested interests and called for severing linkages between terrorists and the parties.

Speaking on the occasion of commencement of the new judicial year, he said that the legal fraternity and the judiciary were being targeted by terrorists because they dealt with terrorism cases and terrorists wanted to undermine the due process of law through sabotage activities.

He referred to the recent attack on the district courts in Mardan, the Quetta carnage and other attacks on lawyers and judges and condemned kidnapping of the son of the chief justice of the Sindh High Court.

To prevent such incidents, Justice Jamali suggested high-level meetings between representatives of the judiciary and the executive in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and the setting up of security committees at the district levels.

The CJP recalled that during the hearings of Karachi and Balochistan law and order cases, the apex court had made observations about the nexus between local and foreign-supported terrorism and certain political and religious parties.

“Our society is divided on the basis of ethnicity, caste and social stratum. Religious divide is the most harmful as it leads to terrorism,” he said.

He urged state institutions and people to promote tolerance to put the country on the way of progress.

In the past, the apex court had been criticised for overstepping into the executive’s domain, CJP Jamali said and added: “We have tried to dispel this impression by exercising suo motu powers only in selected cases, like those pertaining to illegal appointments in the National Accountability Bureau and the Sindh health department, induction in the Federal Investigation Agency through deputation, delay in national census and appointment of a member of the Election Commission of Pakistan, the Quetta carnage, rising incidents of kidnapping of children in Punjab, illegal transplant of human organs and issues related to the environment.”

The CJP said that during the last judicial year the apex court had decided 18,000 cases but still over 30,000 cases were pending. Likewise, the Human Rights Cell of the Supreme Court disposed of 31,669 complaints and 10,096 complaints are pending. The cell constituted to redress grievances of overseas Pakistanis disposed of 1,432 complaints.

Source: dawn.com/news/1284916/cjp-warns-of-nexus-between-terrorists-political-parties

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Nawaz Sharif seeks US help to resolve issues with India

September 20, 2016

New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged the US to help resolve issues between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Sharif met US Secretary of State John Kerry in New York on Monday on the sidelines of the ongoing 71st UN General Assembly session, Dawn online reported.

“Pakistan has always fought terrorism as a moral obligation. I have always reached out to neighbouring countries for regional peace, stability and prosperity,” he said.

“I still remember (former) president (Bill) Clinton’s promise that the US will play its role to help out in resolving bilateral disputes and issues between Pakistan and India.” “I expect the US administration and Secretary Kerry to use his good offices to help resolve issues between Pakistan and India,” the Prime Minister added.

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry were also present in the meeting.

Sharif emphasised that strong relations between Pakistan and the US remained a mutual desire and this partnership was critical to ensuring regional peace and stability. The Prime Minister arrived in New York on Sunday.

He is scheduled to address the session on Wednesday where he would specifically focus on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He will also hold bilateral meetings with President of Iran, Prime Ministers of Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Nepal, Romania and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Source: siasat.com/news/nawaz-sharif-seeks-us-help-resolve-issues-india-1024020/

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South Asia

‘Middle East-based fund used in Bangladesh cafe attacks’

September 19th, 2016   

Dhaka – A radical group based perhaps in the Middle East money for two major terrorist attacks – one on a restaurant in Dhaka while the other on a Eid congregation in a northern district – in Bangladesh, an investigator said on Monday.

Monirul Islam, the head of counter terrorism and transnational unit of police, came up with the information while addressing a press conference in Dhaka. He was talking about the progress so far made for investigation on attacks on Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1 and the Sholakia Eid-congregation attack on July 7.

The terrorists who had taken the control over the restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic zone killed 20 civilians, mostly foreign nations, and two policemen while the army commandos gunned down five terrorist and one chef of the cafe. Four people were killed in Sholakia eid congregation attacks by the radical Islamists.

The counter intelligence officer said that the money (worth about Tk 1.3 million) was channeled to the terrorists through illegal means of Hundi transfer.

He said police have information about the man who received the money at this end.

“We are trying to catch him. Most of the money was spent for renting house and on weapons,” the officer said adding that the route of the arms and money were through India.

Monirul said that his team had identified four other leaders of the militants group which emerged as new JMB (Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh), a group banned in 2005.

He said two of them have already fled to India.

The suspected militants identified as Ripon, Khalid, Bashar and Rajib Gandhi alias Shuvash alias Gandhi.

Ripon and Khalid fled to India, while Bashar and Gandhi are learnt to have been staying in Bangladesh, he said.

Bangladeshi security forces killed at least 14 suspected militants of the group in the last two months as police said the neo-JMB was behind the attacks. But the Islamic State, a radical Islamic group controlling vast swathe of Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility of the attacks in Bangladesh.

Source: newsnextbd.com/?p=1332

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Gen. Dostum’s convoy of guards ambushed by Taliban

Tue Sep 20 2016

The convoy of Security guards of the first vice president General Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban militants in north of the country.

According to local officials in Jawzjan province, the incident took place in the vicinity of Khwajah Dokoh district.

Provincial police chief Gen. Khwajah Rahmatullah Turkistani said a brief clash took place between the two sides but no casualties were incurred to the security forces and guards of Dostum.

He said there are no reports regarding the casualties of the militants during the clash.

According to Gen. Turkistani, no dead body of the militants was left in the area and only some blood stains could be seen in the scene of the clash.

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

Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts.

Source: khaama.com/gen-dostums-convoy-of-guards-ambushed-by-taliban-01913

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29 ISIS loyalists killed in separate airstrikes in East of Afghanistan

Tue Sep 20 2016

At least 29 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed separate airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the militants were killed in Haska Mina, Kot and Achin districts.

The statement further added 11 of the militants were killed during the first airstrike in Sepai and Wech Kot areas of Kot district.

3 more militants were killed during the second airstrike in Karkani area of Achin district, the statement said, adding that 15 others were killed Papin area of Haska Mina district.

The local security officials have said the local residents and the Afghan forces did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

The loyalists of the terror group have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan forces launched a major clearance operation against the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group in Nangarhar province around two months ago.

The operations are still being conducted in the districts where ISIS loyalists are conducting insurgency activities.

The US forces based in Afghanistan are also conducting counter-terrorism operations against the loyalists of the terror group in Nangarhar province.

The raids by the US forces in Afghanistan resumed after the Obama administration granted broader role to the US forces to target the insurgents operating with the terrorist networks, including the ISIS terrorist group.

Source: khaama.com/29-isis-loyalists-killed-in-separate-airstrikes-in-east-of-afghanistan-01911

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Afghan-born US citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami sought in New York blasts

Mon Sep 19 2016

ahmad-khan-rahamiA 28-year-old Afghan-born US citizen is sought for back to back explosions in New York city of the United States, police officials said Monday.

Identified as Ahamd Khan Rahami, the authorities are saying that the same man is wanted for questioning in connection with Saturday’s blast in Chelsea and for an earlier explosion Saturday in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rahami should be considered armed and dangerous while Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as investigators gathered information they learned there were “certain commonalities among the bombs,” leading authorities to believe “that there was a common group behind the bombs.”

“We want to get this guy in for questioning,” de Blasio said on CNN. “We need the facts to be able to piece all this together. … I think we’re going to know a lot more in the course of the day. Things are moving very quickly.”

New Jersey State Police also released additional photos of Rahami along with details stating that he is about 5’ 6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and brown facial hair.

Police said he is believed to be operating a 2003 Blue Honda Civic bearing NJ registration D63EYB.

Saturday night’s blast on West 23rd and 7th Avenue injured 29 people and the unexploded device was found several blocks away on West 27th Street.

Source: khaama.com/afghan-born-us-citizen-ahmad-khan-rahami-sought-in-new-york-blasts-1909

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Bangladesh counterterrorism unit of police empowered

September 19th, 2016

Dhaka – The counter terrorism unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police will now be allowed to carry out operations across Bangladesh to capture suspected terrorists and thwart militants’ threat, officials said on Monday.

The jurisdiction of the newly formed unit of the police force after they carried out a number of operations after the terrorist attacks on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka where 20 civilians, mostly foreign nationals, were killed by Islamist militants.

The counter-terrorism unit of police killed as many as 14 suspected militants linked to the July 1 cafe attacks in Dhaka. They also captured a good number of suspects.

The executive order issued by the Inspector General of Police said the Counter Terrorism and Trans-national Crimes can carry out operations at any place across the country under three conditions with prior permission from the IGP.

The first condition reads the CTTC unit’s activities will be limited to raid and arrest of militants and extremists, recovery and disposal of arms, ammunition and explosives, and hostages’ rescue and related operations.

The chief of the unit will inform the metropolitan and district unit chiefs ahead of any operation, according to Monirul Islam, head of the counterterrorism unit.

The new directives will speed up the activities of the unit, hoped the officer.

The government commissioned the specialised unit of the police in February to strengthen anti-terrorism measures in the wake of rise of radical Islamists in the Muslim-majority country. The initial jurisdiction of the 600-strong unit was in the Dhaka Metropolitan Area.

Members from Special Weapons And Tactics, bomb disposal unit, and the dog squad would also be included in the unit.

Source: newsnextbd.com/?p=1340

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Arab World

Messages from ISIS Territory Ask Forgiveness for Murder, Paint Bleak Picture of Life

Sep. 20 2016

THE PRACTICE OF writing a prominent official or scholar for advice dates back hundreds of years, if not more. In the 1690s, Londoners sent letters to the Athenian Mercury, a twice-weekly newspaper that published questions about everything from love to sin. People seeking absolution or guidance in times of hardship have frequently reached out to religious figures for counsel. Such exchanges have long been a window into society’s fears and anxieties.

The same may be true of written messages from individuals living in Islamic State-held territory in Iraq, which paint a bleak picture of life for both ISIS members and civilians still living under the group’s control.

The correspondence, provided to The Intercept and Al Jazeera, was sent to a religious scholar living in Jordan who has been associated with radical groups in the past but is critical of the Islamic State. The messages came from two people in ISIS territory seeking his religious advice. Seeking advice from religious figures is common in the Muslim world, but the recipient of these messages is particularly respected among ultra-conservative Muslims in Iraq, Syria, and Jordan.

The religious figure is not named here in order to protect his legal status in Jordan.

The advice seekers are unrelated: One is an ISIS fighter in Fallujah and the other a conservative Sunni Muslim civilian living in Mosul. The correspondence took place during the timeframe of early June to mid-August, coinciding with major events in those cities reported by international media — including the Iraqi government’s offensive to retake Fallujah and increasing pressure on the inhabitants of Mosul as the government prepared an operation to retake that city as well.

Full report at: theintercept.com/2016/09/20/isis-letters-piece/

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25 Jeish Al-Fatah Terrorists Killed in Hama after End of Truce

September 20th, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army unit killed more than 25 terrorists of Jeish al-Fateh in the Northern parts of Hama province after the termination of the truce period in the country.

The Syrian army soldiers repelled an attack by the terrorists against the military posts in the village of al-Kabbaria, North of Ma'an, a field source said on Tuesday.

The source added that more than 25 terrorists were killed and three of their vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns along with a bulldozer were destroyed.

The Syrian Army declared end of ceasefire on Monday, regretting that militants did not adhere to any of the provisions stated in the truce agreement.

The Syrian army reaffirmed commitment to fight against terror after the end of truce, and did not add whether the truce will be reinstated any time in future.

The truce started last week. On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new peace plan to address the conflict in Syria that called for a ceasefire and anti-terrorism cooperation among other clauses of the treaty.

According to the Russian General Staff, the terrorist groups in Syria have violated the ceasefire over 300 times since it took effect.

In a latest development on Monday, the Syrian military forces repelled ISIL's attacks on their positions in Northeastern Hama along a key supply road to Aleppo, inflicting tens of casualties on the terrorists.

The ISIL terrorists stormed the Syrian army's strongholds in Wadi al-Adhib along the road connecting Sheikh Hillal to Ithriya, but retreated under the heavy fire of Syrian soldiers.

ISIL's attack was aimed at cutting off the main supply route of the Syrian government from Hama to Aleppo.

The Syrian army men pushed ISIL back from the key road in a rapid counterattack. 

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950630000160

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Syrian Army Units Further Advance in Deir Ezzur

September 20th, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army units along with their allies advanced in al-Sana'a district in the Northeastern parts of Deir Ezzur, retaking full control over several blocks in the region.

A military source in Deir Ezzur said that the Syrian military forces regained control of several buildings after severe clashes with the ISIL at the gates of al-Sana'a district and destroying a tunnel used by the terrorist group to transfer light weapons and forces, killing all the militants inside the tunnel.

The source added that tens of terrorists were killed during the operations in Deir Ezzur as the militants couldn’t prevent the army's advance in al-Sana'a despite the little number of the Syrian soldiers.

On Monday, the Syrian and Russian Air Force fighters launched fresh rounds of joint combat sorties over ISIL's positions in Deir Ezzur, inflicting major losses and casualties on the terrorists.

Syrian and Russian warplanes bombed ISIL's sites in the districts of Khasarat and al-Huweija in the Southeastern part of the city, destroying an arms depot in al-Hamidiyeh neighborhood and another one in Huweija al-Mari'eiyeh neighborhood.

In the meantime, ISIL's gatherings in al-Baqaliyeh and al-Hosseiniyeh, Huweija Kate' and al-Jneineh in Northwestern side of Deir Ezzur were bombed heavily in Syrian and Russian fighter jets' attacks.

Syrian and Russian bombers also targeted ISIL's centers in Hatleh in Eastern countryside of Deir Ezzur city.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950630000259

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Syrian Army, Russian Bombers Fend off Large-Scale Fatah Al-Sham Assault in Aleppo, Kill 100 Terrorists

September 20, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian troops, supported by the Russian fighter jets, repulsed an attack by Fatah al-Sham terrorist group against their positions Southwest of Aleppo, killing tens of militants.

The Syrian soldiers on Monday night repelled an offensive by the terrorists of Fatah al-Sham Front near the military academies and housing project 1070 in Southern Aleppo.

According to the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, the Syrian government forces, supported by the Russian air force, destroyed Fatah Al-Sham Front's military equipment and weapons, including four tanks, three infantry combat vehicles, nine pickup trucks with heavy machine guns.

Also nearly 100 militants were killed during the operations.

The Syrian Army declared end of the ceasefire on Monday, regretting that militants did not adhere to any of the provisions stated in the truce agreement.

The Syrian army reaffirmed commitment to fight against terror after the end of truce, and did not add whether the truce will be reinstated any time in future.

The truce started last week. On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new peace plan to address the conflict in Syria that called for a ceasefire and anti-terrorism cooperation among other clauses of the treaty.

According to the Russian General Staff, the terrorist groups in Syria have violated the ceasefire over 300 times since it took effect.

In a latest development, the Jeish al-Fatah coalition of 22 terrorist groups breached the ceasefire again and stormed the pro-government forces' strongholds in the South-western districts of Aleppo city, leaving at least one civilian dead.

The Jeish al-Fatah terrorists struck the positions of the Syrian army soldiers and popular forces in the Northern side of housing project 1070 and al-Hamdaniyeh neighbourhood, but their attacks were repelled by the strong defence of the country's government forces.

A civilian was killed by Jeish al-Fatah's snipers in al-Hamdaniyeh.

Source: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950630000184

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Saudis say 17 held after ‘IS plot’ foiled

September 20th, 2016

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it has arrested 17 people from three cells linked to the militant Islamic State group which planned to attack military and other facilities.

The interior ministry said 16 men and one woman were in custody. They are mostly Saudis but include one Yemeni, an Egyptian and a Palestinian.

They are the latest arrests connected with the Sunni extremist group in Saudi Arabia.

Since late 2014, the IS has claimed a series of bombings and shootings against Shias in the Sunni-majority kingdom, as well as the security forces.

Dozens of people have been killed, largely in Eastern Province, which is home to most of the country’s Shias whom the IS considers to be heretics.

“Months-long efforts culminated in the foiling of a terrorist plot that was to be carried out by a network made up of three cluster cells connected to the IS,” the ministry said in a statement to the official Saudi Press Agency. “They targeted security officials and security, economic and military establishments and citizens in different locations.”

The ministry said suspects wanted to attach a bomb to the car of a defence ministry employee in Riyadh.

They also targeted security students whom they planned to bomb with a remote-controlled device at a gate.

Police also disrupted the delivery of two suicide vests and separately prevented a suicide attack by a suspect who had monitored “religious sites” in Al-Ahsa region, which has a substantial Shia community.

Attacks were planned to take place over successive days earlier this year.

The interior ministry added that, according to preliminary investigation, the suspects gave two suicide vests, training and automatic weapons to the bombers who attacked Al-Rida mosque in Mahasen, Al-Ahsa, on Jan 29. The Saudi bomber killed four people during Friday prayers at the mosque before worshippers disarmed and tied up his Egyptian accomplice who had fired on them.

Also in January, the suspects blew up the car of a soldier in Riyadh’s Aziziyah neighbourhood, the ministry said. IS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has called for attacks against Saudi Arabia, which belongs to the US-led coalition bombing the jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

In August, police said they shot dead a would-be suicide bomber targeting a mosque in the Shia-dominated Gulf coast district of Qatif.

Earlier that same month, police arrested a Saudi and a Syrian on their way to bomb a restaurant in the same area after training by the IS, the interior ministry said. Three separate suicide attacks took place throughout the kingdom on July 4.

A Pakistani resident blew himself up near the US consulate in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, wounding two policemen.

Another blast occurred at a Shia mosque in Qatif, leaving the body parts of three people.

And near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, four people died in the third suicide blast.

No group claimed responsibility, but CIA director John Brennan said those bombings bore the “hallmark” of the IS.

Authorities arrested 19 people, including 12 Pakistanis, after the July attacks.

Source: dawn.com/news/1284821/saudis-say-17-held-after-is-plot-foiled

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Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announces operation to liberate Shirqat from Isis

September 20, 2016   

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Tuesday (20 September) that the military had launched an operation to retake Shirqat from the Islamic State (Isis) some 100km south of the terrorist organisation's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. The town, located on the banks of the Tigris River, is surrounded by Iraqi troops and allied Shi'ite Muslim militias.

According to Reuters, the northern town is believed to have tens of thousands of civilians. The residents living under Isis (IS) rule are said to be experiencing a humanitarian crisis with dwindling food supplies and skyrocketing prices.

Abadi made the announcement in a televised message from New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly. The prime minister said that Iraqi forces would also fight to recapture two areas in western Anbar province.

"These operations pave the way for cleansing every inch of Iraqi land and God willing its end will be the liberation of Mosul city, ... the liberation of all Iraqi lands and the end of Daesh," Abadi said using the Arabic acronym for IS.

Abadi met with US President Barack Obama on Monday, where they discussed an offensive to retake Mosul. Obama said that the fight to liberate the IS stronghold could "move forward fairly rapidly," according to the Washington Post. He noted: "This is going to be a challenging battle, Mosul is a large city."

The US president said that preparations for the fight had begun. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have already made their way to the area. Obama said the rebuilding and governing of the city after IS is expelled will be a crucial phase of the battle.

He reportedly told Abadi it would be critical to rebuild Mosul in "a way that assures not only Isil does not come back but that its extremist ideology born out of desperation will not return". The Post reported the two leaders also discussed the importance of getting humanitarian aid quickly into the city.

Abadi has repeatedly promised to liberate Mosul by the end of the year, with operations beginning as soon as October. The city, which is Iraq's second largest, came under IS control in 2014. According to Reuters, IS also controls Hawija, south of Mosul and east of Shirqat, and the city of Tel Afar, west of Mosul heading towards the Syrian border. In August, Iraqi forces liberated the town of Qayyarah from Daesh.

Source: ibtimes.co.uk/iraqi-pm-haider-al-abadi-announces-operation-liberate-shirqat-isis-1582203

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Iraqi Army kicks off large-scale offensive against ISIS

20/09/2016

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (3:20 A.M.) - The Iraqi Army has kicked off their long-awaited offensive to liberate Al-Shirqat, Jazirat Al-Ramadi, and Jazirat Heet from the Islamic State terrorists.

According to Prime Minister Haider Al-'Abadi, the military operations at the aforementioned areas kicked off thirty minutes ago.

"We announce the start of operations to liberate Al-Shirqat, Jazirat Al-Ramadi and Jazirat Heet, with the efforts of our brave forces," Al-'Abadi tweeted this morning.

The town of Al-Shirqat is located at the northwestern tip of the Salaheddine Governorate; its proximity to the Mosul-Baghdad Highway makes it a top priority for the Iraqi Armed Forces.

The islands of Jazirat Al-Ramadi and Jazirat Heet are located along the Euphrates River in the Al-Anbar Governorate; these are areas are the last pockets under the Islamic State's control near the provincial capital.

Source: almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-iraqi-army-kicks-off-large-scale-offensive-isis/

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ISIS militants attack regime-held oilfield in Syria’s Homs

September 20, 2016

HOMS – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched an offensive on a regime-held oilfield in Syria’s central Homs province on Monday.

ISIS fighters bombed Syrian army headquarters in the vicinity of Jazal oilfield with mortar fire, killing and wounding dozens of soldiers.

“The Islamic State fighters attacked an army base near Jazal oilfield east of Homs. The base was exposed to bombardment with dozens of mortar shells on Monday evening,” local media activist Khalid Abdullah Safar told ARA News.

At least 18 Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded in the ISIS-led attack.

However, supported by a Russian air cover, the pro-regime forces were able to repel the attack.

“Russian fighter jets targeted ISIS positions in eastern Homs with a number of airstrikes, forcing the group to withdraw,” Safar reported.

Speaking to ARA News, a Syrian army officer said that ISIS militants were trying to take control of the Jazal oilfield “after losing other oil facilities to the Syrian army, such as al-Shaer oilfield in Homs which has been recently liberated by the army forces”.

“The terrorist group is launching such offensives on our army bases from time to time, with a hope to take over strategic areas. But our forces are fully prepared for such attacks. They [ISIS militants] will keep failing until they give up,” the official said.

Source: aranews.net/2016/09/isis-militants-attack-regime-held-oilfield-syrias-homs/

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Europe

French Government Defends Prison Units for Islamic Radicals

SEPT. 20, 2016

FRESNES, France — France's justice minister is defending specialized prison units for Islamic radicals after a recent attack on guards, saying the units see less violence than the rest of the overcrowded French prison system.

Jean-Jacques Urvoas said Tuesday on France-Inter radio that he will not close the five units around France that group together Islamic radicals, despite complaints from prison workers' unions after two guards were injured in Osny north of Paris.

Urvoas said that kind of attack is "intolerable," but "paradoxically" there are fewer such attacks in radical units than others.

Urvoas spoke from a prison in the Paris suburb of Fresnes, where he is announcing plans Tuesday to create more spaces in prison to tackle overcrowding, a decades-old problem that has gained new attention amid the country's state of emergency.

Source: nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/20/world/europe/ap-eu-france-prisons.html

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The Last Barrier between Christianity and Islam

September 20, 2016

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is the Eastern nemesis of the European elite. No one else in Europe except him speaks about defending "Christianity."

"Those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims ... This is an important question, because Europe and the European identity is rooted in Christianity." — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The last chance to save Europe's roots might well come from the former communist members of the EU -- those who defeated the Ottomans in 1699 and now feel culturally threatened by their heirs.

Cypriots know much better than the comfortable bureaucrats of Brussels the consequences of a cultural collision. Ask about their churches on the Turkish side of the island; how many of them are still standing?

Austria's fate is now at stake.

Perhaps it was a coincidence that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and tipped to be the next Pope, chose September 12, the anniversary of the Siege of Vienna, when Turkey's Ottoman troops nearly conquered Europe, to deliver a most dramatic appeal to save Europe's Christian roots.

"Many Muslims want and say that 'Europe is finished'," Cardinal Schönborn said, before accusing Europe of "forgetting its Christian identity." He then denounced the possibility of "an Islamic conquest of Europe."

Konrad Pesendorfer, head of the Austrian Office of Statistics, said that by 2030, 40% of the population of Vienna will be foreign-born, thanks to internal demography and migration flows (60,000 arrivals in just one year).

Since the fall of Constantinople in 1453, much of Eastern Europe's Christian population spent centuries under Islamic occupation, particularly under the Ottomans. It now seems that the clock has reverted to 1683, when Ottoman armies were at the gates of Vienna.

It is not a coincidence that the fierce resistance of Eastern Europeans has been the main impediment to a unified response by the European Union to the migrant crisis. It was these Eastern states that forced German Chancellor Angela Merkel to halt the massive flux of migrants. Today, where there is no border, migrants keep coming en masse. In August alone, 23,000 migrants arrived in Italy.

Full report at: gatestoneinstitute.org/8972/eastern-europe-christianity-islam

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Europeans should thank Russia on Turkey

September 20, 2016

It seems difficult to please Turkey’s Western allies when it comes to relations with Russia. They are concerned when there is tension between the two, but they are equally worried when relations warm up again.

That is what we have witnessed over the course of the past year. The escalation of tension between Ankara and Moscow following the downing of the Russian plane was met with concern, with Turkey’s allies fearing a potential collision course requiring the intervention of NATO.

But when Turkey offered an apology and the ice was broken between Ankara and Moscow, question marks were raised about whether Turkey will drift away from Europe and towards Russia.

But sometimes Turkey’s Western friends forget that their own actions can push Turkey toward Russia.

Contrast the democratic West’s tepid reaction to the failed coup attempt with the more supportive reaction from Russia, seen by most in the West as a quasi-dictatorship. Then think about how annoyed Turkey must be to see intensified cooperation in Syria between the U.S. and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which in the eyes of Turkey is an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Peoples’ Party (PKK). Try to imagine how angered Turkish officials were to see the PYD consolidating its territorial gains near the Turkish border with the help of the U.S., just as Turkey wages a military campaign in its southeast against the PKK. Add to this the frustration of seeing Turkey’s warnings to its American allies about the PYD fall on deaf ears, as Washington’s priority is defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). What would you do?

You need to show a military presence on the ground to stop the PYD advancing. But you cannot because the Russians have landlocked you to within your border since the plane incident.

To fix this situation you have to mend ties with Russia, which will not only enable you to enter Syria but also to reverse the economic hardships caused by Moscow’s sanctions imposed after the jet downing. This is what Turkey has just done.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/europeans-should-thank-russia-on-turkey.aspx?pageID=449&nID=104031&NewsCatID=412

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Africa

Boko Haram insurgents launch attacks in northeast Nigeria

September 19, 2016

BAUCHI, Nigeria — Boko Haram insurgents launched three attacks within hours in northeast Nigeria, beheading a village chief and his son, ambushing a convoy under military escort, and gunning down eight Christians returning from a Sunday church service, witnesses and the army spokesman said Monday.

On Monday, the Musllim extremist insurgents shot and killed six civilians and wounded three soldiers traveling in a convoy, army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said. It happened on the highway about 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and birthplace of Boko Haram.

Extremists came to the village of Tallari before dawn Monday, beheaded village chief Ba' Lawan and his son and then set their homes and others on fire, spokesman Abbas Gavi of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, a self-defense force, said. Then they opened fire on fleeing villagers, killing two people and injuring others, he said.

On Sunday, insurgents on motorbikes gunned down people returning home from a church in Kwamjilari village, killing eight, according to survivors who fled to the town of Chibok.

Tallari also is near Chibok, the town from which the extremists kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April 2014. Dozens escaped on their own but 217 girls remain missing.

Boko Haram has said it will swap the girls for detained extremists but the government says negotiations have faltered as the insurgent group suffers a leadership struggle.

The seven-year Islamic uprising has killed more than 20,000 people, driven some 2.6 million from their homes and spread to neighboring countries.

The insurgency has created what the United Nations is calling famine-like conditions that are killing children and starving some 2 million Nigerians still trapped in northeast areas by Boko Haram. Most of the refugees are subsistence farmers who have been unable to farm for years now.

Still, attacks have become fewer and less deadly with Nigeria's military saying they have the extremists on the run.

Even suicide bombings have become rare, President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday at a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Source: stripes.com/news/middle-east/2.1198/boko-haram-insurgents-launch-attacks-in-northeast-nigeria-1.429937

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Making sense of Boko Haram’s different factions: Who, how and why?

September 20,2016

The Islamist militant group Jamaat Ahlis Sunna liDawatti wal Jihad – known as “Boko Haram” – has never been a monolithic organisation. It has always been made up of several factions, and recently these divisions may have become sharper.

The clearest rift is between Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi. Shekau became Boko Haram’s leader back at the time of the launch of the insurgency in 2009 and is still its most recognisable figure both within and outside Nigeria. However, on 3 August this year, Islamic State (IS) – to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in 2015, becoming its “West Africa Province” – announced the insurgency had a new leader in al-Barnawi.

Just hours after this announcement, Shekau issued an audio claiming he was still in charge, but was reverting to his former title as “imam”.  A few days later on 7 August, Shekau then accused al-Barnawi of “manipulating” IS into replacing him. In the video, he also claimed IS leader Abubakar al-Baghdadi had yet to respond to his accusation that al-Barnawi was guilty of “great polytheism” and of not being “authentically salafist”.

Al-Barnawi, who controls the communication between West Africa Province and IS, was likely blocking Shekau’s previous messages to al-Baghdadi. Shekau’s releases were therefore likely his way of circumventing al-Barnawi to speak to both IS and the Nigerian government more directly.

Full report at: africanarguments.org/2016/09/20/making-sense-of-boko-harams-different-factions/

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Somalis denounce attempted terror attack on police station

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20 2016

Somalis in Mombasa have condemned the foiled assail on the Central Police Station by three women terrorists.

The community’s youth forum expressed disappointment with the young women whom they said “had tainted their image and that of Islam”.

Speaking during an anti-radicalisation forum that brought together about 200 Somali youth at Pride Inn Hotel on Sunday evening, forum chairman Abdi Mohammed asked the government not to go for mass victimisation against the community.

“A criminal is a criminal regardless of his religion, tribe or complexion. We are pleading with the government not to single-out the Somali community for victimisation,” said Mr Mohammed, a lecturer at Kenyatta University, Mombasa campus. “What the young women did must be condemned.”

As leaders of the Somali community, he said, they will not allow terrorists to misuse Muslim women veils (bui-buis) to disguise themselves when carrying out their attacks.Mombasa deputy county commissioner Mahmoud Salim, who was the chief guest, assured that there would be no victimisation.

Mr Salim dispelled rumours that Muslim women will not be allowed to cover their faces when visiting public places

“There’s nothing wrong with wearing your veils and ninja. Identification for security purposes is a must. The enemy of Islam are the ignorant Muslims who are intolerant,” said Mr Salim.

He urged parents to keep their children under watch in order to know their moves.

At the same time, Mandera business community living in Mombasa has called on security agencies to come up with better ways of curbing the runaway insecurity along the Kenya-Somalia border.

The traders, led by Mr Ibrahim Dalahow, said besides the Al-Shabaab menace, the law enforcement agencies should work with Somalia authorities and investigate the involvement of Marehan clan militia.

The traders asked intelligence and police officers to dig deeper and unmask the activities of Marehan militiamen who carry out attacks in similar to Al-Shabaab under the guise of religion.

“These militiamen have managed to operate in paradox because all eyes of our security officers are on Al-Shabaab. They were responsible for last year’s execution of quarry workers among others,” said Mr Dalahow.

The traders faulted local MPs for not listing security as a priority saying Kenya police reservists deserved to be given monthly stipends for their work.

Source: nation.co.ke/news/Somalis-denounce-terror-attack-on-police-station/1056-3387730-format-xhtml-101c1j8z/index.html

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North America

Family ID's attacker behind 'potential act of terrorism' in St. Cloud

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

ST. CLOUD – In a few bloody minutes, a man rampaged through a St. Cloud shopping mall Saturday evening, stabbing 10 people before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. The violence is being investigated as terrorism, federal authorities said.

None of the victims, mostly men who ranged in age from 15 to 53, was killed in the attack. Sunday's tally was nine victims. Authorities nudged that total to 10 on Monday.

In a media briefing after midnight Sunday, St. Cloud Police Chief William Anderson said an off-duty officer from another jurisdiction confronted and shot the suspect Saturday night inside Crossroads Center mall. He said the man — dressed in a private security uniform — reportedly asked at least one victim whether they were Muslim before assaulting them, and referred to Allah ­during the attacks.

“We are currently investigating this as a potential act of terrorism,” said the FBI’s Richard Thornton, speaking at a news conference at police headquarters early Sunday afternoon. Thornton did not link the attack to a specific terror group.

Roughly 12 hours after the stabbings, a news agency said to speak for ISIL went to Twitter to claim credit for the mall violence. “The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition,” the posting by the AMAQ news agency read.

“We don’t know if the suspect was in contact with or inspired by foreign terrorist organizations,” Thornton said.

Abdulwahid Osman, the lawyer for the family of Dahir Adan, speaks during a press conference at St. Cloud City Hall.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is looking at the suspect’s social media and other contacts that could shed light on the assailant’s motivation, Thornton said.

While law enforcement has not disclosed the suspect’s name, his father identified him as Dahir A. Adan, 22. Interviewed Sunday through a translator at his apartment in St. Cloud, Ahmed Adan said his son was born in Kenya but grew up in the United States. Other family members said Dahir Adan was beginning his third year as a student at St. Cloud State University.

Police told Ahmed Adan about 9 p.m. Saturday that his son had died at the mall, he said. He had “no suspicion” of his son being involved in any terrorist activity, he added. Police raided the apartment on St. Germain Street on Sunday morning and seized photos and other materials, Ahmed Adan said.

Police executed search warrants for two apartments, including the one where Adan lived with his father, Anderson said. They also impounded the assailant’s car from the mall parking lot.

Inside the building where the Adans lived, a neighbor said the younger Adan sometimes wore a security guard uniform. A cousin down the hall in the same building described Dahir Adan as a good person who minded his own business.

Full report at: startribune.com/st-cloud-mall-closed-until-monday-is-crime-scene-after-stabbings/393872071/

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Islam And Muslims In The U.S. Prison System

September 19, 2016

I believe that every American has the duty to know what is going on with incarceration in our country.  We house the largest number of prisoners in the world, pay for it with our tax dollars and support it by legislation that we vote for.  In addition to this civic duty of knowing about and working for the betterment of the system of incarceration in our country, Muslims citizens have the added religious duty helping the incarcerated, whether they are Muslims or the non-Muslims.  We should know where this religious duty comes from and why.  Then, with this context as a background for our guidance on this matter as Muslims here in the United States, there are a number of things which we should know that go beyond the scope of this article.  Each of these subjects can be studied in-depthly are directly related to how the prison system operates today and affects the Muslims who are in those prisons.  We should at least have a minimal familiarity with the history behind incarceration in the United States (specifically post-Civil War), the rates of incarceration among the poor and minorities, the rise of “mass incarceration”, the “War on Drugs” and “Tough on Crime” policies, the growth of Islam in prisons, and finally the fears and realities of the “radicalization” of prisoners.

The Stance of Islam  on Helping Prisoners

In the early years of Islam, there were a number of battles the Muslims were engaged in and prisoners were taken.  These early days of Islam were a period of continued guidance, with revelation being sent to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as events occurred.  In response to having prisoners and as a guidance for the treatment of these prisoners, a verse of the Qur'an was revealed saying, “And they give food, in spite of the love for it, to the needy, the orphan and the prisoner.”  The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave further emphasis to this in a Hadith which states, “I enjoin you to treat the captive well.”  The result of this guidance was that the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad  (peace be upon him) cared and honored the prisoners with one prisoner saying he was fed bread while his captors ate dates, the former type of food being a higher and preferred one.  This seemingly simple guidance, but deeply profound, should be a reminder for us all to not forget helping even those who have committed crimes.

Full report at: muslimmatters.org/2016/09/19/islam-and-muslims-in-the-u-s-prison-system/

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Southeast Asia

Hundreds protest Kofi Annan-led panel on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Sep 20, 2016

Her presence as Myanmar's leader - following earlier attendance at ASEAN ministerial events in her guise as foreign minister - marks her highest-profile worldwide appearance since she formed her government in April, and for the first time puts her on equal footing with regional leaders in discussions concerning the future of the ASEAN Economic Community and other pressing issues.

"We asked him to find the best solution for the future of Muslims here. we welcome anyone who comes to work for stability of Rakhine state", he said.

The crowd denounced the panel and shouted slogans against it ever since the landing of Anan's plane.

Around 1000 hardline ethnic nationalists have staged a protest in Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine State, as an advisory commission led by ex-United Nations chief Kofi Annan arrived Tuesday for a two-day visit

"We are here to help provide ideas and advice", Kofi Annan was quoted as telling officials and leaders from the Buddhist Rakhine community amid jeering from demonstrators.

"We are also aware of resistance, fears and doubts that have prevailed again and again", he said. "I don't want foreigners to make decisions, that is why I am peacefully protesting here", May Phyu said.

"We don't want this commission because we don't want a foreigner's human rights perspectives without actually understanding and evaluating the history of Rakhine people, and how can they know the root causes of the conflicts", ANP secretary Tun Aung Kyaw told The Associated Press by telephone.

Full report at: crcconnection.com/2016/09/20/hundreds-protest-kofi-annan-led-panel-on-rohingya-muslims.html

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Operation Tinombala Continues, Authorities Watchful of Islamic State in Widodo’s Hometown

September 19th, 2016   

Indonesian security forces captured Muhammad Basri, the suspected leader of the East Indonesia Mujahedeen (MIT), an Islamic State-linked militant group, on 14 September.

Operating under the alias Bagong, Basri was caught in a joint operation run by the local police and military in Poso on Sulawesi Island.

Less than two months ago in July, Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist, Santoso, then leader of the MIT, was killed in a gunfight with troops in a targeted mission. Also known as “Abu Wardah,” police and military forces had been conducting an intense manhunt for him for over five years.

Both the capture of Basri and the killing of Santoso were carried out under Operation Tinombala, which has resulted in the deployment of more than 3,500 soldiers and police officers in Poso since it was launched in March 2016. Indonesia’s newly appointed national police chief, General Tito Karnavian, said security personnel are still searching for Ali Kalora, who is the third in command in the group.

MIT is responsible for a number of deadly attacks on domestic security forces, and is believed to maintain a network of trained militants around the Indonesian archipelago. In November 2015, MIT uploaded a nine-minute video online that called for attacks on the Jakarta police headquarters and the presidential palace.

Ali Fauzi Manzi, a deradicalized former militant who was the younger brother of the two architects of the 2002 Bali suicide bombing, said in July that “certainly the target of the group [MIT] is the police and the military, because of their anti-terror operation [in Poso].”

Recent military successes have helped quell concern in Indonesia that MIT could evolve into a force comparable with the Abu Sayyaf militant group in southern Philippines or extremists in southern Thailand.

However, myriad terrorists cells have cropped up much further afield than Poso, and even beyond the archipelago. Most notably, it is believed that an Indonesian militant by the name of Bahrun Naim is directing attacks in Southeast Asia from IS’s stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. Naim’s network of militants is based in his hometown of Surakarta (also known as Solo), a historic royal capital on the island of Java, which has become a breeding ground for militants in recent years. The city of 800,000 is also the hometown of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Mass terrorism in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has been largely contained since the mid-2000s when authorities effectively closed down Jemaah Islamiyah – al Qaeda’s franchise in the region.

Source: fronteranews.com/news/asia/indonesian-security-forces-capture-kill-top-islamic-state-commanders/

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Muslim Students Criticize Selection of Myanmar Leader for Humanitarian Award

Sep 20, 2016

Some undergraduates are criticizing the Harvard Foundation’s selection of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as its 2016 Humanitarian of the Year, arguing Myanmar’s recently-elected head of government has remained silent on persecution against the country’s Muslim minority.

The Harvard Foundation grants the annual award to “an individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of our lives and have inspired up to greater heights,” according to its website. Recent award recipients include education activist Malala Yousafzai and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her work promoting democracy. In 1989, she began 15 years of house arrest for protesting the country’s dictatorship. But, since she became state counsellor—the country's top leader—in April, activists across the globe have denounced her for failing to aid Myanmar’s Muslim minority, the Rohingya, who the United Nations has called one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

The Harvard Islamic Society Director of External Relations Anwar Omeish ’19 said the student organization felt the decision to award Suu Kyi, who will receive the award at a ceremony Saturday evening in the Science Center, was “really jarring.”

“I think for us we see the type of rhetoric surrounding the Rohingya in Myanmar, the similar war on terror rhetoric that creates violence against people across the world and that affects us here,” Omeish said. She added that the choice was surprising, given that the Harvard Foundation has over the years provided support for the Islamic Society, including funding.

Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter wrote in a statement that the Foundation has met with a small number of Islamic students who plan to protest Suu Kyi’s visit Saturday.

“We believe that the protest of this distinguished Harvard Foundation guest, who is widely respected by Harvard students and faculty of all ethno-cultural backgrounds, including Harvard Muslim students and faculty, is hurtful to our Burmese/Myanmar students and improper,” Counter wrote.

Omeish said that the Islamic Society is still working out plans for the event.

Organizations unaffiliated with Harvard also criticized the award. The Burma Task Force USA, a group that advocates for an end to persecution of the Rohingya, has called and sent emails to the Harvard Foundation to express its concern, according to Media Relations Director Jennifer Sawicz.

“The message [this award sends is] that our educational institutions care far more about surface images than the complex truths,” she said, “Yes, Suu Kyi did fight for democracy and that’s great, but this isn’t a democracy award, this is a humanitarian award.”

In his statement, Counter wrote that, “In our choice of guest speakers and honorees from student and faculty nominations, as in all aspects of the Harvard Foundation’s work, we focused on the constructive and the betterment of humankind through interethnic understanding and respect.”

Suu Kyi addressed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in 2012, before becoming state counsellor, to speak about her experience as a political dissident.

Source: thecrimson.com/article/2016/9/17/students-criticize-suu-kyi/?utm_source=Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7a7ebbc226-Daily_Newsletter_2016_09_189_19_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_160d75b318-7a7ebbc226-17560265

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