militants al-Shabab - a jihadi group behind numerous devastating terror attacks
in East Africa - have unironically banned the use of single-use plastic bags
"to protect humans and animals".
Using Religion to Woo Voters Interested In Islamabad, Not Islam’
Not Be Allowed To Vote as Muslims: Ulema
Bombings Damage Roman Theater in City Mentioned by Pharaohs
Donate Land, Money to Build Temple in Bihar
Eco-Jihadism - Somali Terrorist Group Bans Plastic Bags
Children in US: Muslim Community Offers
To Host Them
JUI-F Change Stand on Women’s Enfranchisement
Pakistan Jumps into Electoral Race with 150 Candidates for NA Seats
decides not to arrest any election candidate
splits in Mansehra over woman’s nomination
Hand Over Israeli, American Missiles to Syrian Army in Dara'a
photo raises doubts over death of Baghdadi’s son
launches major offensive against ISIS after they executed abductees
World League chief meets religious, political, intellectual leaders in Italy
rebels say talks with Russia over south ‘failed’
Ministers Divided over Order to Introduce Dress Code in Madrasas
Test Cracks Assam's 'Muslim Homeland' Video
Naik: Not Coming to India, Feels Unsafe From Unfair Prosecution
Being Fed With Misinformation That India Is Anti-Muslim, Says Indian Army Chief
Passport Officer Was Wrong In Asking Interfaith Couple about Their Religion: Internal
panel issues notice to Aligarh Muslim University over reservation rules
Kills 20 Al-Shabaab Militants in Southern Somalia
foreign minister tells Russia ceasefire needed in southern Syria
to open 3 border crossings with Syria to facilitate entry of aid
Africa: Attack On Sahel Counterterror Force Puts Jihadists in Focus
commander surrenders after 8 years of insurgency
Ruling on Freedom of Speech Will Help Protect Against Hate
can play key role against hatred, radicalization
civilian casualties rose over winter: Pentagon
Wins in Court against Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin
Protest Planned West Bank Demolition of Bedouin Village
Decree Grants President More Power
denies training Taliban militants
kill 11 PKK terrorists in SE Turkey, northern Iraq
advances by Yemeni army amid military buildup by Houthis
says Trump’s oil bans to backfire on US
Candidate Suspended After 'Islamophobic' Facebook Posts
UK Discuss Joint Efforts to Fight Terrorism
in plot to bomb Iranian opposition rally in France to be sent to Belgium
applauds Turkey for efforts on refugee crisis
Forces Kill 132 Militants in Fresh Operations
Sow Fear inside Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh
promises thorough investigation into the deadly attack on Afghan Sikhs
members of ISIS-K urban network arrested in Jalalabad city
Taliban leader among 7 dead, wounded in AAF airstrikes in Faryab province
Troops Retake Town after Standoff with Pro-Daesh Militants
to send Zakir Naik back to India: Report
Ex-Special Branch Man Grilled Over Claim That Shia Muslims ‘Dangerous’
Should Focus More on LGBT Issues, Not Child Brides: Kelantan Official
sec-gen denies Malaysia's Cabinet list racially motivated
police say no valid proof so far of death of ISIS fighter Bahrun Naim
by New Age Islam News Bureau
using religion to woo voters interested in Islamabad, not Islam’
Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan has welcomed the NAB
inquiry against the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government in
was addressing a political gathering in Tangi area of Charsadda on Wednesday
where tight security arrangements were made.
a jibe at right-wing political parties, the ANP leader said, “Those using
religion as a weapon to woo voters in Pashtoon territory are not interested in
promulgation of Islamic principles.”
forget religion after coming into power,” he added.He alleged that Maulana
Fazlur Rehman made a telephone call to former premier Nawaz Sharif, when he was
on a scheduled visit to China, to stop FATA reforms bill and never demanded
Sharia to be implemented in the country as their destination is Islamabad, and
not Islam. He said that certain elements were trying to sabotage the 18th
Amendment and warned them that his party would put up strong resistance against
them. He said that he would quit politics if any ANP candidate found involved
not be allowed to vote as Muslims: Ulema
The central leaders of the “Aalmi Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat” have
termed demand of the Human Rights Commission that Qadianis should be given
chance to cast vote in the general elections like Muslims, as against the
Constitution of the country and facts.
Dr Abdul Raziq Sikandar, central Ameer of the Majlis, Pir Hafiz Nasirudin
Khakwani, naib Ameer, Maulana Sahibzada Aziz Ahmad, Maulana Azizur Rahman
Jalindhri, Maulana Allah Wasaya, Maulana Muhammad Ismail Shujaabadi, Maulana
Azizur Rahman Sani and Maulana Abdul Naeem in a statement said that the
Parliament of Pakistan had unanimously termed Qadianis as non-Muslim minority
and decided that they are not part of Muslim Ummah. They said that any European
NGO has no right to demand inclusion of Qadianis in Muslim Ummah. They reminded
the Human Rights Commission that no power in the world could term these
non-Muslim Qadianis as Muslim.
bombings damage Roman theater in city mentioned by Pharaohs
Roman Theater at Bosra was destroyed in part by the bombardment of the city of
Daraa by the Syrian army and the Russian air force. The theater is considered
one of the most famous historical and cultural landmarks in the world.
from various media and social media sources stated that since late June the
Bosra theater has been affected by a series of bombings by the Syrian regime's
army, Russian planes and the heavy
cannons used by Iranian militia fighting alongside the Assad army south of
to reports from various sources, Russian fighter jets targeted the fortress of
the historical theater of Basra, as well as its steps, which have suffered
extensive destruction to large pieces of stone seats that had stood for nearly
14 centuries without harm.
theater of Bosra is considered the only one that is best preserved among all
Roman theaters in the world.
historical theater hit
bombing targeted different areas of the unique historical theater - its western
side, and the section known as the Museum of Popular Tradition.
number of Syrian archaeologists and opponents of the Assad regime have at
different times appealed to UNESCO, which has listed the city of Bosra, where
the theater is located as a World Heritage site, to protect this unique human
heritage from the continuous destruction caused by the bombing of the Assad
army, which has affected it more than once, since the Syrian regime began
bombing Syrian opposition areas.
al-Miqdad, a Syrian archaeologist and academic, said in a press statement to
Zaman al Wasl that UNESCO did not intervene to protect the city of Bosra and
its theater, and that despite the messages he sent to the international
organization to protect the world heritage, they never responded to his
pointed out that the bombing by the Assad regime’s army and the Russian
aircraft, not only targeted the theater of Basra and the fortress, but also
Omri Mosque, the Cathedral of Bosra, and other urban areas which are of
priceless historical importance. Various media sites, through published photos,
confirmed that the theater of the Bosra was partially destroyed by Russian shelling
and Assad's forces last week. The importance of this place, at the level of
world history, makes its partial ruin, a historical and archaeological tragedy.
there is no consensus among archaeologists and historians about the exact time
of the construction of the Bosra theater, it is believed that it was built
between 117 and 138 AD, and shortly after the death of the Nabataean king, who
had taken the city of Bosra as his capital.
to Dr. Said Al-Hajji, Archaeologist and former professor at the University of
Damascus, the city was mentioned in the correspondence of “Tel el-Amarna” in
1350 BC, which was revealed in 1885 AD, and is considered a royal Pharaonic
archive written in cuneiform script.
famous Egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, wrote in Asharq Al Awsat in London on
June 14, 2012 that “it is a unique royal archive dating Egyptian diplomacy
during the heyday of Pharaonic Egypt.”
Bosra theater, carved out of basalt stone, can accommodate more than 15,000
spectators in an area 850 meters above sea level. It has witnessed human
settlement since the ancient Bronze Age. It was the capital of the Roman Arab
region, then the capital of the Nabataeans, a path for the Arab convoys, and
then the facade of the Islamic conquest that was to come later.
In a display of communal harmony, people from the Muslim community donated
money and land for constructing a temple in Bihar's Gaya district of Guraru
Ahmed, one of the locals, contributed six decimal land while another donated Rs
3.5 lakh for the construction.
locals from the Budhpur village said, "We all live together here. This
message should go across the country. The whole village came out to help in
building this temple for which we are very happy."
Budhpur village consists of Muslims in majority and was earlier recognized as a
Naxal dominated area too.
village had a mosque but not a temple in the area, which brought concern to the
Muslim community as the Hindu rituals used to be practiced in the open.
Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabab has banned single-use plastic bags
because of the threat they pose to the environment.
Andalus, the radio station run by the extremist group, broadcast news of the
ban, saying discarded plastic bags "pose a serious threat to the
well-being of humans and animals alike."
group also banned the logging of native trees.
Abu Abdalla, the group's governor for southern Somalia, said details of how the
plan would be implemented would be announced later.
bags join a long list of outlawed items in al-Shabab-controlled areas,
including western music, movies, satellite dishes and humanitarian agencies.
al-Qaida-linked group has been pushing to impose the Saudi-inspired Wahhabi
version of Islam in Somalia. It has imposed a strict version of Sharia in areas
under its control.
Bay [US]: Muslim community of Tampa Bay has come forward to help migrant
children who are separated from their families. The community is ready to host
about this wonderful step, Mr. Ahmed Bedler, Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area
said, “Our religious faith calls upon us to protect the young, to protect
children and emphasizes the importance of keeping families connected”. He also
quoted the sayings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
made the announcement that the community is ready to host all 2300 migrant
children that are currently in detention. He also informed that hundreds of
Muslim families are ready to host children in their homes until they are
reunited with their parents or next of kin. He further made it clear that the
community is not going to take any financial help from the government.
JUI-F change stand on women’s enfranchisement
In a paradigm shift from past practices to keep women disenfranchised, two
major component parties of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal have launched a
full-scale campaign to bring female voters to polling stations in the general
elections scheduled for July 25.
ulema have started sensitisation of boys and girls studying in seminaries
across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to convince male guardians to take female members of
their families to the polling stations to cast vote.
two hardline parties, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl and Jamaat-i-Islami, which had
previously strongly opposed the women’s participation in the electoral process
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially in far-flung areas like Dir, are campaigning
to encourage women to cast their vote.
religious parties not only opposed participation of women in the voting process
in the recent past but they also ran a campaign against Benazir Bhutto in late
1980s when she was elected the country’s first woman prime minister, insisting
that a woman could not become head of the government.
JUI-F has been organising ulema conventions at the district level in KP to
highlight the importance of vote and persuade workers to bring female members
of their families to the polling station to participate in the electoral
process. The party has also planned to organise workshop in Peshawar on July 15
to train women polling agents.
for the JUI-F Abdul Jalil Jan told Dawn that the party had asked its affiliated
prayer leaders to underline significance of vote in sermons and emphasise their
followers to allow female members of their families to cast vote.
leaders insist their followers in sermons that vote is a trust and guide women
to stamp on the book symbol on the ballot paper,” said Jalil Jan. The Election
Commission of Pakistan has allotted book as electoral symbol to MMA.
ulema are seeking commitment from their followers to bring women to the polling
stations for casting vote,” he said, adding that the party district units were
holding conventions in this regard.
JI’s women wing has started door-to-door campaign, organising corner meetings
for women at the ward and street levels in big cities and towns to encourage
them to cast their vote for the MMA’s candidates.
spokesman Syed Jamaat Ali Shah said women wing had already started the
door-to-door campaign in cities and towns.
said women were also distributing handbills of the MMA candidates.
a visit to the MMA’s election office in Swabi Town, an organiser said for the
first time, the JUI-F was mobilising women in seminaries in the district to
convince them to take part in the democratic process.
are over 100 seminaries for women in Swabi district which have affiliation with
the JUI-F. Teachers are educating the students to participate in electoral
process and give vote to the MMA candidates,” he said.
religious minded and conservative elements were against the women’s
participation in voting in the previous elections. The rival candidates used to
strike agreements before polling days that no candidate would bring female
voters to the polling stations. Such agreements were reported in the areas like
the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital.
civil society groups protested the growing trend prompting the Election
Commission of Pakistan to take legal measures to ensure participation of women
in the process.
commission got powers through the Election Commission Act, 2017, to nullify
results in the constituencies, where the women’s turnout was equal to or less
than 10 per cent.
commission had nullified results of by-election in Lower Dir district following
reports that women were barred from voting in 2015.
the Peshawar High Court set aside the order of the ECP, which appealed the
verdict in the Supreme Court.
the act, the political parties are now also required to field women candidates
on at least 5 per cent of general seats for the National Assembly and
Provincial Assembly elections. Now hardliners are taking advantage of the act
and making efforts to de-radicalise people about role of women in the electoral
ECP election scheme shows that there are 6.61 million female voters against
8.705 million male voters in the province.
fact-sheet designed by the Wifaqul Madaris Al-Arabia Pakistan, which regulates
religious education institutions in the country, shows that 5,542 have enrolled
772,260 in KP.
Jan said Peshawar, Swabi, Nowshera and Mardan had around 400 seminaries for
women having affiliation with the JUI-F that propagates Deobandi school of
said around 2,000 registered and unregistered seminaries had affiliation with
the JUI-F only in Peshawar.
time has changed and women cannot be barred from the democratic process,” said
Jalil Jan explaining shift in the stand of religious groups regarding the
Mohammad IIyas Khan said at prima facie this was a positive step, but it would
not have a major impact on the overall turnout of voters in KP.
said the move would not give boost to the religious parties’ vote bank in the
In a recent turn of events, religious party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)
headed by Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi has jumped into the electoral politics
getting in more candidates than many other active parties in the political
arena for decades.
to a local media report, TLP has fielded more than 150 candidates for the
National Assembly seats across the country after the Election Commission of
Pakistan (ECP) announced its incomplete ‘final list’ of candidates.
information missing from the ECP data, available on their official website, is
that of candidates from 23 constituencies in three Punjab districts. This
information is withheld due to ‘court cases’ the report said. Moreover, the
details of the candidates from a Rawalpindi constituency, NA-56, are also
missing, for which the ECP has not mentioned any reason.
to an analysis, after Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), TLP is the only party
which gathered over 100 candidates’ 117 constituencies of Punjab.
total number of TLP candidates in these 117 constituencies stands at 103, which
means that the party has fielded candidates on 87 per cent of the total
constituencies in the province.
religious party gained prominence after it staged a prolonged sit-in at the
intersection between Rawalpindi and Islamabad crippling life in the twin cities
last year on the issue of Khatm-e-Nubuwat declaration.
ECP data shows that the PPP has fielded the largest number of 225 candidates
(90pc) in 248 constituencies across the country. The PTI and the PML-N have
fielded 218 (87pc) and 193 candidates (77pc), respectively, all over the
religious party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Islami, has also put up 18 candidates in
looking at the data province wise, it had been found that PTI has fielded 112
candidates in Punjab’s 120 constituencies, followed by the PML-N (111
candidates) and the PPP (108 candidates).
Sindh, the PPP has fielded 60 candidates, out of 61 constituencies. After the
PPP, followed by the PTI (45 candidates) and the PML-N (32 candidates).
Awami National Party has fielded 38 candidates in KP.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday gave some relief to the
election candidates facing corruption cases by deferring their arrest until
after polling day on July 25.
decision was made in a meeting of the executive board of NAB presided over by
the bureau’s chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal.
those who have already been arrested will not be released.
has ... no link with election or politics,” said a press release issued by the
NAB headquarters after the meeting.
meeting decided to hold up the cases of former foreign minister Khawaja Asif,
former minister of state Rana Afzal, former Punjab minister Rana Mashhood and
former MNA Rai Mansab till elections to enable them to participate in the
polls, the press release said. “Further investigations would be conducted after
senior NAB official told Dawn that the bureau had decided not to arrest the
election candidates facing corruption cases as no new case was mature enough to
he said those candidates who had already been arrested, including Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Qamarul Islam and Muttahida Qaumi Movement
candidate Javed Hanif, would remain under custody.
official clarified that if a court ordered arrest of any accused, NAB would
have to follow the order even before the polls.
since the appointment of retired Justice Iqbal as NAB chairman in October 2017,
the bureau has launched probes against many leaders of the PML-N and its
allies. They include ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his son-in-law
retired Capt Safdar, former chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, former
federal ministers Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ahsan Iqbal, Saira Afzal Tarar, Akram
Durrani and Riaz Hussain Pirzada, former secretary to the prime minister Fawad
Hassan Fawad and PML-N leader Ameer Muqam.
the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has rejected the NAB decision and asked what
law permitted the anti-graft watchdog to avoid arrest of the accused.
spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said in a statement the NAB decision to not arrest the
accused was “ill-logical” and directly against laws of the country. “Anarchy
prevails when the law comes under any political expediency,” he said.
called upon NAB to review its decision and not to spare those who were involved
a number of decisions, the NAB board decided to investigate into the billion
tree tsunami project of the PTI-led last government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
meeting authorised an inquiry against officers and officials of billion tree
tsunami [project] as they have been accused of inflicting Rs19 billion losses
to the national kitty due to corruption in funds of the project,” the press
meeting also decided to refer a case involving the chief executive of the Fata
Development Authority to the chief secretary of KP to verify complaints of
ignoring rules during recruitment of 414 people.
NAB board also gave approval of filing a corruption reference against Ahad
Cheema, former director general of the Punjab Land Development Company, Shahid
Shafique Alam Faridi, chief executive officer of Bismillah Engineering, a
private company, owners/employees of Lahore Kasa Developers, another private
firm, and some officers of the Lahore Development Authority on the charge of
causing Rs660 million loss to national exchequer due to their involvement in
corruption and abuse of authority.
meeting also authorised conduct of an inquiry against the management and officials
of the Punjab Sports Board and the youth festival for their involvement in
corruption and misuse of authority causing Rs1.7 billion loss.
NAB board also approved filing of a corruption reference against former
inspector general of Sindh police Ghulam Haider Jamali and others for causing
Rs160m loss to national exchequer.
also approved conduct of investigations against the management of the State
Bank Cooperative Housing Society and officers of the revenue department,
Karachi, for illegally establishing the society on state land.
meeting also authorised an inquiry against officers and officials of the Sindh
Social Relief Fund in a corruption case involving Rs13bn.
NAB board also approved an inquiry against Programme Manager of HIV/Aids Control
Programme of the Sindh health department Dr Muhammad Younas Chachar and others
for causing Rs35.236m losses to national kitty, abuse of authority and
an inquiry will be conducted against the health secretary of Sindh and others
over abuse of authority and corruption in awarding contracts that caused Rs976m
loss to national exchequer.
against Shaukat Aziz
NAB’s Rawalpindi branch has finalised a reference against former prime minister
Shaukat Aziz and PTI leader and former Sindh chief minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi.
to sources, Mr Jatoi is wanted along with Mr Aziz in an ongoing reference
pertaining to illegal appointments in the Alternative Energy Development Board.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is facing a split in Mansehra district over the
nomination of Zahida Sabeel for PK-34 election.
key party leaders, including Senator Azam Khan Swati, supports independent
candidate and former minister Shahzada Gustasab Khan in the constituency.
PTI central leadership has already announced disciplinary action against the
office-bearers and leaders contesting elections despite being denied tickets.
Sabeel is supported by PTI former divisional general secretary Sajid Mumtaz
Khan and aspirant Saeed Khan, who withdrew his nomination papers on the order
of party chief Imran Khan.
PTI leader Shahzada Gustasab Khan is contesting election in PK-34 as an
independent candidate after the party didn’t give him ticket. PTI Senator Azam
Khan Swati, who recently remained in the news for canceling the party’s
election ticket for Ambreen Swati in NA-13, is supporting Mr Gustasab.
Swati insisted that she continued to be in the running. However, the party has
yet to act against those, who are contesting election as independently after
Sabeel told a news conference here that she was being supported by the PTI
leaders and workers following the ideology of Imran Khan and its vision.
by PTI leaders Sajid Mumtaz Khan and Saeed Khan, she said she won’t withdraw
from election and would contest it on the PTI ticket.
PROTEST: The people blocked Milad Chowk against the prolonged and unscheduled
loadshedding in Oghi area here on Wednesday.
slogans against Pesco, the protesters burned old tyres and blocked traffic for
over two hours inconveniencing both motorists and commuters.
elder Mohammad Altaf said the Pesco had announced that it would suspend
electric supply six hours daily, but ironically, it was subjecting the local
residents to power outages for more than 14 hours daily.
said the excessive power cuts had distrusted life in the entire tehsil.
protester, Mohammad Amir, warned that the people would block the Oghi-Mansehra
Road to traffic for an indefinite period if the Pesco didn’t stick to the
Hand over Israeli, American Missiles to Syrian Army in Dara'a
militant groups that laid down arms and joined a peace plan in Southern Dara'a
surrendered their US-made anti-tank missiles to the Syrian soldiers.
the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen News Channel quoted a field
commander as reporting that several Israel-made missiles are also among the
arms and ammunition that the militants handed over to the Syrian army in
Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced earlier that a sum of 27
villages, townships and towns have joined the reconciliation plan in Dara'a
province so far.
Tuesday, the army's engineering units, carrying out cleansing operation in
al-Moseirafeh township in Eastern Dara'a, found a well-equipped field hospital
army further found a large volume of US-made medicines and medical equipment in
sources said that a number of wounded terrorists had reportedly sent to Jordan
and occupied territories in Israel for treatment.
sources went on to say that the army soldiers have discovered a large volume of
weapons, ammunition and Jordanian car plates in the bases that were once used
by the terrorists in Dara'a.
has confirmed the death of a son of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi following
an attack in the province of Homs in central Syria.
to ISIS news agency, Amaq, the death was announced in an official statement
under the subject line “Caravans of Martyrs” and was published in the Telegram
app under an Arabic username, which translates to what the extremist group
calls as “the mandate of Homs”.
agency also released the picture of a boy in Afghan uniform, carrying a
Kalashnikov rifle. However, questions have been raised over how he was killed given
that he looked like a minor carrying a machine gun.
son of the Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in the “Nasiriyah” at the
hotspot location in the state of Homs,” the statement said.
review of the group’s speeches over the years suggest that the term “Nasiriyah”
is often referred to as the Alawite sect of the Syrian regime’s president
the photograph release, questions have been raised about where was Baghdadi’s
son actually killed.
the statement he has been described as a young man who was among “the best
trained fighters”. The question being asked is did the group use his death as a
way to promote recruitment and for other extremist propaganda.
to SITE Intelligence Group, supporters of ISIS and linked media groups
portrayed the death as a “sacrifice for faith” and serving as a “slap in the
face” of all who “doubt its sincerity”.
also suggests that the group appears to have succeeded in “drawing the sympathy
of its supporters”. Many comments from ISIS supporters also suggested that the
news was being taken as proof that Baghdadi was with “his family and his
death of Baghdadi’s son is being viewed similar to the death of Taliban leader
Hibatullah Akhundzada’s son, Abdul Hafiz.
to Long War Journal, Abdul Hafiz died in July 2017 in Afghanistan after blowing
himself up in an operation targeting Afghan forces in Helmand province.
official Iraqi statement confirmed in early May that Baghdadi, who has been
unofficially confirmed dead several times, is still likely to be alive and
present on Syrian border territory with Iraq.
is traveling in these areas in hiding. He is traveling with four to five
people, including his son and son-in-law, Abu Zeid al-Iraqi and someone I
cannot disclose yet,” the official said.
last letter released by Baghdadi surfaced on September 28, 2017, two weeks
before the fall of Raqqa, the former ISIS stronghold in Syria.
called on his supporters to “be patient and steadfast” in the face of the
“infidels” allied against them in Syria and Iraq.
forces launched a major operation against remnants of ISIS on Wednesday
following public anger over the extremists’ murder of a group of abducted
“Vengeance for the Martyrs”, the operation will see army, special forces,
police and Kurdish peshmerga fighters hunting down ISIS cells in the center of
the country, Iraq’s Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement.
comes after the bodies of eight ISIS captives were found late last month along
a highway north of Baghdad. Some of the abductees had appeared in a video in
which ISIS threatened to execute them unless Baghdad released female prisoners.
JOC statement said army, federal police, special forces, peshmerga fighters and
the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force had launched “a vast operation to clear
out the region east of the Diyala-Kirkuk” highway.
operation was being supported by the Iraqi air force and the US-led coalition
that intervened against ISIS in Iraq and Syria after the extremists seized
control of large parts of both countries in 2014.
extremist had already been killed and eight captured, the JOC said, and
equipment including vehicles and bombs destroyed.
operation marked the first time that federal Iraqi forces and the peshmerga
were working together since clashes following last year’s Kurdish independence
declared victory over ISIS in December after expelling the jihadists from all
major towns and cities in a vast offensive.
the Iraqi military has kept up operations targeting mostly remote desert areas
from where jihadists have continued to carry out attacks.
pointed out that the bombing by the Assad regime’s army and the Russian
aircraft, not only targeted the theater of Basra and the fortress, but also
Omri Mosque, the Cathedral of Bosra, and other urban areas which are of
priceless historical importance.
media sites, through published photos, confirmed that the theater of the Bosra
was partially destroyed by Russian shelling and Assad's forces last week. The
importance of this place, at the level of world history, makes its partial
ruin, a historical and archaeological tragedy.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa
held meetings with religious, political and intellectual leaders in the Italian
region of Tuscany.
exchanges and interfaith dialogue were discussed. Al-Issa started his visit by
meeting with Tuscany Council President Eugenio Giani in the regional capital
discussed MWL initiatives to promote dialogue between followers of different
religions and cultures, and its efforts worldwide to achieve the integration of
and Giani also explored partnership opportunities between the MWL and the
council to promote a culture of dialogue and cooperation.
secretary-general also met Lorenzo Falchi, mayor of the city of Sesto
Fiorentino, and praised his proposal to find cultural confluences with the
stressed the MWL’s keenness to support Muslim communities’ autonomy in managing
their religious affairs in direct and continuous cooperation with national
governments, without external interference.
is one of the most important principles of the renewed vision of the MWL, so as
to ensure the specificities and interests of each community,” he said.
thanked the diocese of Florence for approving the municipality’s request to
build a grand mosque.
step is a symbol of Italy’s national harmony and respect for its diversity,”
said the MWL chief.
their meeting, Al-Issa and Florence’s Mayor Dario Nardella discussed
opportunities for cooperation, as well as the needs of the city’s Muslim
stressed the importance of building mutual trust, which he said is “the first
target for extremists and terrorists, who try to undermine it.”
visited Florence’s historic synagogue, and met the city’s Chief Rabbi Amedeo
Spagnoletti and Jewish community leader Daniela Missouri.
and Missouri thanked the MWL for condemning the Holocaust, and for the
Remembrance Day letter sent by Al-Issa to the director of the US Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington.
the letter, Al-Issa said true Islam opposes the Holocaust, which “shook
humanity to the core and won’t be forgotten by history.”
Missouri and Al-Issa stressed the need to intensify efforts to address violence
committed in the name of religion, to join hands against extremism, to foster a
culture of dialogue, and to raise awareness of religious values that reject
violence and advocate tolerance, harmony and diversity.
met the archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, at an official
reception attended by the president of the Florence Institute for Dialogue,
Rabbi Joseph Levy, and Catholic Rev. Andrea Bellandi.
MWL chief visited Florence’s Al-Taqwa Mosque, where he met Islamic leaders and
discussed the well-being of the Muslim community, and its religious and
European University Institute in Florence, established by the EU, welcomed
Al-Issa, who met the institute’s director general, Vincenzo Grassi.
rebels said Wednesday that talks with regime ally Russia on handing over their
remaining territory in the southern province of Daraa had failed, as they
opposed giving up their heavy arms.
with the Russian enemy in Busra al-Sham have failed, after they insisted on the
surrender of heavy weapons,” the rebels’ Central Operations Room in the South
said in a tweet.
round of negotiations didn’t produce any results... The session ended and no
future meetings have been set,” spokesman Ibrahim Jabbawi said.
on Wednesday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Russia that
political dialogue and a ceasefire were priorities for southern Syria where he
said a humanitarian catastrophe risked unfolding.
ministers divided over order to introduce dress code in Madrasas
question which is doing the rounds in Uttar Pradesh is whether the Yogi
Government has a proposal to introduce dress code in the state-run madrasas or
not. While the Junior Minority Welfare and Haj Minister Mohsin Raza has said ‘yes’,
the senior minister of the same department Laxmi Narayan Chaudhry has rejected
Raza’s statement saying the government has no pending suggestions in this
regard.Minister of state for Minority Affairs Mohsin Raza created a political
storm when he had stated that the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had decided to
enforce a new dress code for students studying in madrasas affiliated to the
State Madrasa Board.“Our aim is to bring madrasas at par with other educational
institutions. Till now, madrasa students wore white kurta-pyjama, which is more
or less symbolic of a particular faith. We will soon propose a new dress code
for them. With modern studies, students should also wear modern uniform,” he
said.He did not clarify what the new dress code would be but it is believed
that students might be expected to wear trouser and shirt. “We are still to
finalise dress code, its colour and pattern. Once we get the proposal we will
place it before the government,” he said.There are around 15,000 madrasas
affiliated with Uttar Pradesh Board of Madrasa Education.Calling upon Muslims
to shed their minority mindset, the minister said, “Muslims should stop calling
themselves as minorities and asked them not to be afraid of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi. Modiji is not anti-Muslim.”The controversy took a new turn when
the senior minister in the Minority Welfare Ministry Laxmi Narayan Chaudhry
issued a statement on Tuesday night saying that government has not formed any
policy to change the dress-code of students in state-run madrasas.“There is no
policy or proposal pending with the government regarding imposing a dress code
in the madrasas,” said Chaudhry in a terse message.
the Muslim clerics came in support of Chaudhry saying the announcement of
junior minister is nothing but a gimmick ahead of 2019 elections.“Kurta,
payjama and skull cap is the traditional dress of the students of madarsa. The
Government should first focus on enhancing quality of education and payment of
salaries to teachers then talk about other things like enforcing dress code for
the students,” said Maulana Saif Abbas, Presdent Shia Chand Committee.“Changing
dress would be an insult to Islamic seminaries,” he said.With Lok Sabha
elections around the corner, the BJP was trying to dent into the Muslim vote
bank and was trying its best to project the PM as a well wisher of Muslims. The
state government has made changes in the syllabus to connect madarsas with
mainstream education system, following which NCERT books were made
mandatory.The HRD ministry is working on a plan to revamp madarsa education in
the country under Scheme to Provide Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQEM).
Under this, institutions would have to get affiliated to either Madarsa Boards
or State boards to be eligible for Central government funds.The government is
also planning to map madarsas in the country based on their Global Positioning
Today's Viral Test has busted yet another social media hoax; this time a video
that sought to fuel ethnic tensions in Assam.
north-eastern state is no stranger to protests over illegal immigration of
video of a protest that circulated on Facebook this month sought to turn the
communities against one another with its sensation Hindi captions.
Assam mein Bangaldeshi Muslims ne alag Muslim desh banane ki maang ki,"
read Monday's post with the cell-phone footage showing a large group of Muslims
in skull caps marching.
video was posted by a user identifying himself as Satish Dwivedi. On his
Facebook page, Dwivedi declares himself a "Desh Sewak".
when India Today's Viral Test team examined the video, the truth appeared far
from serving any national interest.
three days, the footage that claimed Bangladeshi Muslims in Assam rallied for a
separate homeland has garnered almost 50,000 views and has been shared by over
narrative in Hindi was mischievously designed to create a stir among audiences
in the Hindi heartland, the Viral Test team found. If racist expletives
generated in the comments were an indication, then it clearly justified its
have forgotten that there is a BJP government in the state," read the
description in Hindi.
Today's Viral Test team first investigated the audio of the clip.
noslibo," Muslim demonstrators, carrying banners, could be heard shouting.
When translated, it means "harassment will not be tolerated".
Today's Viral Test team reached out to a high-ranking police officer in Assam
to inquire about the protests shown in the viral Facebook video.
DGP Harmeet Singh confirmed that the footage originated from the states
we got in touch with Goalpara's SP, Amitava Sinha, who shared all the details
about the demonstration.
incident," he told India Today's Viral Test team, "occurred on June
SP Sinha confirmed the protests that FB user Satish Dwivedi put up online this
Monday had in fact taken place last year.
what were the Muslims in the footage protesting against?
150 people were protesting, claiming that they were being harassed in the name
of identifying illegal migrants. Soon they started pelting the police with
stones," Sinha recalled.
FIR 257/2017 was also filed in this regard, he said.
Naik: Not coming to India, feels unsafe from unfair prosecution
Islamic preacher and founder of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) Zakir Naik
has denied media reports that he will be arriving in India Wednesday night
terming them as “totally baseless and false”.
a statement issued, Naik said: “The news of my coming to India is totally
baseless and false. I have no plans to come to India till I don’t feel safe
from unfair prosecution. Insha Allah when I feel that the government will be
just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland.”
NIA said they have no information about Naik returning to India today. “We have
no information about this. We are verifying the news reports,” an NIA spokesperson
channel NDTV, quoting sources in the Malaysian government, said Naik could be
deported as early as tonight.
Naik, fled India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh
claimed that they were inspired by his speeches. He is currently living in
Malaysia. In December last year, the Interpol rejected India’s request to issue
a red corner notice (RCN) seeking his deportation.
November 2016, the NIA had registered a case against the televangelist at its Mumbai
branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act. His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has
already been declared an unlawful association by the Union Home Ministry.
is wanted by the NIA in a case of alleged incitement for terror activities.
being fed with misinformation that India is anti-Muslim, says Indian Army Chief
Tuesday, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that one of the factors
behind stone pelting was the decades of militancy in Kashmir that had shattered
the education system. Rawat was interacting with students from Chattisgarh who
had come on a trip to Delhi.
being inquired as to why there were frequent stone-pelting incidents in
Kashmir, Bipin Rawat replied, Kashmiris are being fed with misinformation that
India is anti-Muslim and those who eat beef are being killed.”
try to shield militants. They pelt stones as it is easily available.
(Stone-)pelting is not (something) new. Unemployment is a factor for this, but
it is not unique to Kashmir. There is unemployment in other parts of the
country as well. Youngsters there don’t pelt stones. Education there (Kashmir)
is shattered. Most of the schooling is done through madarassas, which cannot
get you good jobs,” he added.
passport officer was wrong in asking interfaith couple about their religion:
Internal govt probe
objections raised by the passport officer Vikash Mishra and Lucknow Police, the
passports of inter-faith couple Mohd Anas Siddiqui and Tanvi Seth were finally
approved by the Regional Passport Office Lucknow, putting an end to 15-day
social media brouhaha over the issue.
sources in the Regional Passport Office claimed that objections raised by
passport officer Vikash Mishra were not in contravention to the new rules for
making a new passport. The new rules clearly suggest that no marriage
certificate was required to declare marriage. A simple declaration from the
couple is all needed to prove that they are married.
raising doubts over their inter-faith marriage by passport officer Vikash
Mishra was uncalled for. He should have simply suggested them to write an application
in the form of a declaration to remove his doubts over the couple’s marriage as
per new rules.
had never been a valid document to prove couple’s marriage. The All-India
Muslim Personal Law Board’s demand in making nikahnama a valid document was
long rejected by the Ministry of Exernal Affairs (MEA).
not the business of the passport officer to question someone’s name, faith and
religion if documents submitted are genuine and support the name and religion
she/he wants on the passport,” said a senior official of the Luck now Passport
job is to go by the rule book and many new rules have been introduced in the
last two years by the MEA to make passport making hassle-free. Our minister is
very sensitive to issues related to women facing trouble in making passports
and she has relaxed many rules in favour of inter-faith marriages, widows and
divorced women,” claimed he.
far as objections raised by the Lucknow Police are concerned that Tanvi Seth
and Anas were not residing on their Lucknow address for the past one year then
new rules are that passport seekers are given three chances for their address
verification. “It is not the sole ground to reject anyone’s passport. We had
verified their Noida address and it was found to be correct,” said the officer.
Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission on Wednesday
issued a notice to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) administration for
allegedly not complying with the reservation rules in admitting students from
the SC/ST categories.
panel has asked the AMU registrar to submit a reply by August 8, failing which
a case could be registered against its officials, commission chairman Brij Lal
told reporters here.
claimed that the panel had received complaints from various Dalit organisations
regarding the AMU allegedly denying benefits of reservation to the students
from the SC/ST category.
kills 20 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia
Somali National Army (SNA) killed at least 20 al-Shabab militants in a fierce
fighting in Somali’s southern village of Muse Haji on Tuesday evening, army
officials said Wednesday.
fighting broke out when al-Shabab militants attempted to launch an ambush on
military base in Muse Haji village in Lower Juba region in southern Somalia.
(al-Shabab) have tried to attack our base but we have managed to bush them back
and killed 20 of them,” SNA Commander for the 43rd Sector, Ismail Sheikh Isaq,
commander added that the forces initially fired on a speedy car killing the
suicide bomber and then engaged a gun battle with the fighters and later
in nearby villages told Xinhua that they heard blasts followed by huge gunfire
at the military base .
fighting lasted for hours and both sides have exchanged huge gunfire but now
the government forces are in full control of the area,” a resident, Ahmed Nur,
militant group is yet to comment on the latest assault by SNA which comes amid
increased military operations in southern Somalia particularly Lower Shabelle
region which remains one of the strongholds of the group.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Russia on Wednesday that political dialogue
and a ceasefire were priorities for southern Syria where he said a humanitarian
catastrophe risked unfolding.
made the comment after holding talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov
said the situation in southern Syria was a cause for serious concern and needed
to be resolved as soon as possible.
Russian-backed Syrian government has mounted a campaign to recover southwestern
Syria from rebels.
Jordanian government announced on Wednesday the opening of three border
crossings with Syria to hasten operations of delivering humanitarian aid to
displaced Syrians from Southern Syria.
government decided to open the three border crossings on Wednesday in order to
facilitate the transit of humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians,” the Ammon
news agency cited Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat as saying.
did not elaborate on which border crossings will be opened, but she said that
36 trucks carrying humanitarian aid crossed in the direction of the Syrian
the Jordanian army expressed in a statement its concern that ISIS and other
radical groups will take advantage of the displacement crisis in the Daraa
province south of Syria.
an interview with the al-Hadath news channel, Jordanian army general Awda
al-Shudeifat said that Jordan will hold on to its decision not to open its
border to let in more displaced Syrians, expressing the country’s concern about
the infiltration of terrorists among the refugees.
another development, Jordanian government spokeswoman Ghunaimat revealed that
negotiations between Russia and Syrian opposition have resumed with the help of
attacks in Mali, including a brazen assault on the headquarters of the
fledgling Sahel counterterrorism force, cast a spotlight on the Islamist
extremists roaming Africa.
has experienced a number of deadly extremist attacks in recent days. Three
people were killed in a car bomb attack on the G5 Sahel force command post in
the town of Sevare on Friday. The al-Qaida-linked Support Group for Islam and
Muslims claimed responsibility for the attack.
Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday when their vehicle hit a land mine. An
attack in northern Mali targeting French forces killed four civilians on Sunday
and wounded more than 20 people, including French soldiers.
latest wave of extremism coincided with a summit of the African Union (AU) in
Nouakchott, the capital of neighboring Mauritania, which focused on ways to
tackle corruption and extremism.
in Nouakchott for talks
leaders of the G5 Sahel states -- Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and
Chad -- held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Nouakchott on the
final day of the AU summit.
G5 Sahel force was set up with the help of the French last year to crush
jihadist insurgents and criminal groups in the vast and unstable region. It
aims to deploy 5,000 troops. It will operate alongside France's 4,000 troops in
the troubled border area between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and the 12,000 UN
peacekeepers in Mali.
also met with the AU Peace and Security Council to discuss the fight against
Islamist extremism in Africa, as well as ways to better finance peacekeeping
and counterterrorism operations.
thoughts are with our Malian friends after tragic and cowardly attacks,"
Macron said. "Several French soldiers were injured and are being
evacuated. The first victims are Malian civilians."
years after the G5 Sahel force was conceived by African countries, the French
leader set the ball rolling on international donor pledges in mid-2017. It is
some time since the UN warned the force was behind on its mandate.
Sahel is experiencing a rising tide of Islamist extremism as the force limps
into action. The developments in countries such as Mali are closely watched in
other regions of the continent facing a similar pattern.
Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, in an interview with DW, said Monday that
Maghreb states are willing to work with the G5 Sahel group.
the Niger River valley, in particular, jihadist and inter-communal conflicts
are contributing to the overall insecurity in the West African nation preparing
for elections on July 29. Attacks where jihadists target French troops in Mali
big strategic question is: Can France help the countries of the G5 Sahel
accelerate and strengthen deployment of their new military force? The big
challenge at the moment is to strengthen the G5 joint force to help reinforce
security," Paul Melly, an Africa analyst with Chatham House in London,
Africa, Islamist extremism is intertwined and seen to be emerging as far afield
as Mozambique to the south. Some of the larger outlawed groups include Boko
Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabab in Kenya.
Minister Bourita put the number of Islamist fighters at 10,000 Africa-wide.
is clear that al-Qaeda, with more than 6,000 fighters, is active throughout
Africa today, I would also say that IS [so-called Islamic State]) has more than
3,000 fighters within its ranks in Africa," he told DW.
many instances they were former IS fighters returning from Syria or Iraq.
"And that does not include those who have joined al-Shabab or Boko
increasingly view terrorism in Africa as homegrown and not necessarily driven
by an Islamist ideology alone. Mali has seen what one expert describes as an
Islamization of criminal structures. The groups are entrenched, and military
solutions alone are often seen to be ineffective.
on looks at terrorist groups that are active in Africa, they didn't fall from
the sky and were not transplanted from elsewhere. These are groups that are
rooted in their respective areas," said Mark Engelhardt, an author and
expert on terrorism in Africa.
the Sahel there is this new group, the one that claimed responsibility for the
G5 Sahel attack, that is a coalition of well-known personalities. There is Mr
Marlboro - known also as Mokhtar Belmokhtar - who started out smuggling
cigarettes, and since then, people and weapons or anything of value," said
Iyad Ag Ghaly, who is reputed for switching alliances. Why? because it's all
about money." The fanatical preachers and their followers in these parts
are being welcomed with open arms as "fighters for free, or at least
drawn in neglected regions
reasons terrorism is taking hold in Africa are manifold, according to Morocco's
foreign minister. He listed economic underdevelopment, population grown, a rise
in separatist and other resistance movements, as well as criminal activity.
jihadists naturally profit from the chaos in Libya. They also profit from the
chaos in the Sahel region, where many different terrorists ply their business.
The same goes for Somalia and also West Africa, with Boko Haram," Bourita
and various neighbors in Africa jointly developed a strategy against terrorism.
There are several solutions to the problem of IS: military solutions, also
propagandist solutions and we are seeking to rebuild the areas that were
destroyed by IS. These initiatives should be extended to other African
states," Bourita said.
with the G5 Sahel group should be expanded," he added.
in Africa - Boko Haram
have long warned that areas that are unregulated or neglected by African
governments are especially prone to jihadist influence.
example is the story of Boko Haram or that of al-Shabab in Somalia. It is an
entirely similar story, each of course specific to that country. But the point
is that these groups are rooted in what is wrong with these countries,"
don't want war or gruesome terror, but they are fighting for their existence
and at the moment they only have these terrorists on their side."
are being drawn between the instability in northern Mozambique, where jihadist
militants have gone on the rampage in recent months, and Nigeria's experience
with Boko Haram. Kenya's north-east coast -- home to a marginalized Somali
minority -- is also seen as vulnerable to the influence of al-Shabab.
happens is the same dynamic we are seeing in Mali," said Engelhardt.
July 2 (Xinhua) -- A senior al-Shabab commander surrendered to Somali
government forces on Monday after eight years of insurgency, an army official
Somali National Army (SNA) said Ali Abdullahi, al-Shabab commander in charge of
Hajji Muse area in Lower Juba region surrendered to the government forces
during a joint operation in the town of Bar-Sanguun.
Ibrahim, the division 11 army commander of the SNA, said several members of the
extremist group which has waged nearly daily attacks against the
internationally-backed government were also arrested during the security
operation by the allied forces.
said Abdullahi admitted to have been a member of the al-Qaida allied terrorist
group for the past eight years. Abdullahi's security guard also surrendered.
said the operation was carried out jointly between AMISOM and government forces
after receiving credible intelligence reports that led to the surrender of
Abdullahi and his security guard.
ruling on freedom of speech will help protect against hate
again, it has fallen on the shoulders of those who are the targets of hate to
push back. It’s not always easy to do because of hyper-vocal “free speech”
advocates who believe they have the right to spew hatred without consequence.
Ontario judge has just made it harder for them to abuse that right.
a ruling on whether or not an individual could claim that anti-Muslim
statements are immunized from civil liability because they are protected
political commentary, Justice Shaun Nakatsuru has provided one of the clearest
decisions yet that the constitutional protection of free expression does not
extend to hate speech. And in a Canadian twist, the court relied on a
30-year-old Supreme Court judgment on anti-Semitic hate speech to rule that the
public is best served in the suppression of communications of racial, ethnic or
case centres on a defamation suit brought by prominent restaurateur Mohamad
Fakih against two notorious anti-Muslim advocates. Last summer, Ranendra “Ron”
Banerjee and Kevin J. Johnston showed up at a Mississauga location of Paramount
Fine Foods to purportedly “protest” during a fundraiser Paramount was hosting
that day for the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Prime Minister Justin
and Johnston filmed themselves harassing guests as they arrived and talking to
the camera about the event, videos of which were later posted across dozens of
websites and social media platforms. Banerjee is filmed saying that one would
have to be a “jihadist” and “raped your wife a few times” to enter the
restaurant. Johnston, who has already been charged with wilfully promoting
hatred against the Peel Muslim community, was there providing his own comments.
tried to stop the lawsuit from proceeding by claiming that he was expressing
his viewpoint on a matter of public interest and invoking Ontario’s new
anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) legislation
passed in 2015. Banerjee claimed he was at the fundraiser to protest the government’s
$10.5 million settlement with Omar Khadr and shouldn’t face civil liability for
freely expressing his political views.
the judge saw through the argument and provided analysis that not only allows
the lawsuit to proceed (though Banerjee can still appeal), but also provides
important clarity for others targeted by defamatory hate speech including
is a case about freedom of expression,” wrote Nakatsuru. “But it is also about
the limits to that constitutionally protected right. Expressions of hatred and
bigotry towards racial, ethnic, religious, or other identifiable groups have no
value in the public discourse of our nation.”
of us who have faced hateful comments on Twitter, Facebook, or elsewhere,
including through online video, have often felt that there is little recourse.
Online platforms are often slow to take down comments, though there have been
some improvements due to public pressure.
law enforcement agencies has also proven to be challenging, with uncertainty
about whether or not to lay charges under the criminal code, one of the few
charges that require the consent of the attorney general. As Corey Shefman, a
lawyer and activist in Winnipeg has pointed out, “the attorney general’s
consent provides a significant barrier in even bringing a charge.”
not only the targets of hate who struggle with this. Public institutions are
grappling with individuals or groups attempting to organize events which
promote hatred and fear of others, or which celebrate those with racist views.
The Ottawa Public Library, for instance, is currently being sued for cancelling
the showing of a film called Killing Europe.” The film paints a horrifying
picture of immigration, particularly of Muslims.
similar outcry erupted when the Toronto Public Library was unwilling to prevent
a memorial for a lawyer, who had defended white supremacists and neo-Nazis,
from taking place. The library board later went on to implement a policy that
would allow it to prevent groups from renting space if they are “likely to
promote, or would have the effect of promoting discrimination, contempt or
hatred of any group, hatred for any person.”
latest judgment reinforces what many of us instinctively know – hatred will
never serve the public interest and to claim otherwise is out of step with the
do Canadians hate Muslims?”
is a nine-year-old refugee from Iraq. She had overheard her parents talking
about a young Muslim woman who was on public transit when a stranger asked,
“Why are you wearing a hijab?” and then spat on her and told her to “go home.”
then raises his hand and asks, “Why would that guy in Quebec City kill people
in a mosque?”
are their Grade 4 teacher and you thought you would open up a discussion about
fear and racism. How will you answer these questions?
could start by explaining that since 9/11, many Canadians have come to
associate Muslims with terrorism. You could explain that this is not fair; it
amounts to Islamophobia, a “prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims.”
You could give examples of negative stereotyping and discrimination that
Muslims face on a daily basis. You could have a discussion about the alarming
rise of hate speech in Canada, how it can affect perceptions of groups, and the
impact that this kind of hatred can have on a person. You could also talk about
the 38 per cent of Canadians who don’t believe that Islamophobia is an issue.
And then you could relate the tragic story of Alexandre Bissonnette.
school, Bissonnette suffered through years of bullying and marginalization. He
was described as “awkward” and an “online troll” by his friends. At 28, on Jan.
29, 2017, he entered a mosque and killed six Muslims shortly after their
evening prayer. Gilles Chamberland, a psychiatrist who met with Bissonnette,
testified at a sentencing hearing that the attack “was motivated by racism.”
Sylvain Faucher, another psychiatrist who testified, said Bissonnette was
looking for a target, and chose Muslims because of the times we live in.
had a propensity to consume extremist content on the internet. Educators can
teach students how to identify and interpret messages in the media and in their
communities that serve to foster fear and Islamophobia.
can also play a role in preventing the radicalization of youth — be it by the
likes of ISIS or far-right extremists — by addressing the factors that leave
youth vulnerable to racism, hatred and bullying.
current approach to countering radicalization and terrorism is focused on a
security discourse and tends to foster suspicion about specific groups. This
focus on security has served to intercept and apprehend terrorists, but does
little to prevent the radicalization process from taking root and creating new
threats. In fact, radicalization appears to be bolstered by such things as
media reports about threats to Canada posed by ISIS and Al-Qaeda. These
contribute both to a fear of Muslims and to the alienation Muslims experience
as a result of feeling targeted.
academics within Department of Education at Concordia University, we believe it
is essential to build the capacity of educators in this area. We have created
an inclusive space where conversations can take place about such topics as the
relationship between marginalization and radicalization, and the role teachers,
institutes and communities can play to prevent and counter radicalization.
University has hosted a series of international symposiums on Teaching about
Extremism Terror and Trauma since 2015. This conference brings together
academics, teachers, research institutes, community organizations, and NGOs ─ encouraging discussions with an aim to
have an impact on both policy and pedagogy.
in its fourth edition, this year’s conference (July 9 to 11), will engage
educators and communities to address the issues behind Rima and Joseph’s
questions and as mediators to prevent and counter prejudice, hatred and
- Afghan civilian casualties increased sharply during last winter’s fighting
season, according to a US Defense Department report Tuesday that also tallied
an increased toll on Afghan security forces during some operations.
its semi-annual report to Congress, the Pentagon found that between December 1
and May 31, the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan counted more than 4,223
civilian casualties–about one-quarter of which were deaths and three-quarters
represents about a 73% increase compared to the same time frame a year ago, the
report notes, attributing the bulk of the rise to insurgents using more
improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
civilian casualties remains a major concern of the ANDSF [Afghan National
Defense and Security Forces], the Afghan government and US and coalition
forces,” the report states.
document also found a 14% increase in the number of ANDSF personnel killed or
wounded while on local patrols and during checkpoint operations, but saw a drop
in casualties during planned offensive operations.
officials have previously claimed that casualty rates in the Afghan army and
police have been dropping, but it is hard to verify or quantify such claims as
Washington has agreed to classify data on the casualty numbers.
Pentagon said that during the winter, the ANDSF remained in control of all
provincial capitals and repelled a Taliban attempt to seize the provincial
capital of Farah in May.
mild winter allowed for sustained military pressure against insurgent and
terrorist forces, and built positive momentum heading into the 2018 fighting
season,” the report states.
security forces recently resumed offensive operations against the Taliban
following an 18-day ceasefire by the government.
unilateral truce overlapped with the Taliban’s three-day ceasefire for Eid, but
the militants refused to prolong it.
Pentagon report also blasted Russia, which it has previously accused of aiding
Muslim-American radio host has received a court judgment in his favor in his
federal lawsuit against a neo-Nazi website publisher because the defendant
never responded to the Ohio case in court.
Obeidallah accused The Daily Stormer’s publisher, Andrew Anglin, of falsely
labeling him as the “mastermind” behind a deadly bombing at concert in England
reports neither Anglin nor any attorney for him responded, so the court entered
a finding of default Tuesday. Obeidallah’s attorneys said they had tried
unsuccessfully to reach or locate Anglin or his legal representative through
emails, private investigators and notices in a Columbus-area legal publication.
protest planned West Bank demolition of Bedouin village
police scuffled with activists protesting the planned demolition of a Bedouin
hamlet in the West Bank on Wednesday amid international opposition to the
razing of the site.
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 11 people were arrested in the “disturbance”
including several for throwing stones at officers in Khan al-Ahmar. He said
three officers were injured, including one evacuated to a hospital for treatment.
Barghouti, a Palestinian legislator, said four protesters were injured.
is a vicious, barbaric attack on peaceful demonstrators and they are trying to
demolish Khan Al-Ahmar,” he said.
says the structures that make up the Khan al-Ahmar encampment of corrugated
shacks and tents were illegally built and pose a threat to residents because of
their proximity to a highway.
could be seen dragging a handcuffed woman and pushing a Bedouin man. A
construction vehicle flattened earth near the site.
Bedouin village outside the Kfar Adumim settlement, is set to be demolished at
an unknown date after Israel's Supreme Court approved the move in May.
and activists voiced concern on Wednesday that Israel is set to raze the
Bedouin village in a strategic part of the occupied West Bank ignoring
international calls for a reprieve.
said the Israeli military issued a warrant to the 173 residents of Khan
al-Ahmar on Tuesday authorizing it to seize access roads to the village.
equipment, including at least one bulldozer, was seen around the village on
Wednesday, leading to speculation a road was being prepared to facilitate its
evacuation and demolition.
they are proceeding with infrastructure work to facilitate the demolition and
forcible transfer of residents,” Amit Gilutz, spokesperson for Israeli human
rights group B’Tselem, told AFP.
authorities say the village and its school were built illegally and in May, the
supreme court rejected a final appeal against its demolition.
activists say the villagers had little alternative but to build without Israeli
construction permits as the documents are near impossible for Palestinians to
obtain for that part of the occupied West Bank.
authorities say they have offered villagers a relocation site. They did not
immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
minister of state for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, visited the village in
May and called on the Israeli government to show restraint.
warned that any forced relocation “could constitute forcible transfer of people
as far as the United Nations is concerned.”
transfer is considered a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
al-Ahmar is located east of Jerusalem near several Israeli settlements along a
road leading to the Dead Sea.
are concerned that continued Israeli settlement construction in the area could
effectively divide the West Bank in two.
Decree grants president more power
has issued a decree, giving more power to the president as the country moves
towards adopting a full-fledged presidential system.
Official Gazette announced the decree on Wednesday. The decree closes down the
prime minister’s office and changes “references to the prime minister and
cabinet of ministers to the president and the president’s office.”
has also enabled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to bypass the parliament in
forming and regulating ministries and removing civil servants.
laws changed by the decree had been in effect since 1924.
year, the public took part in a referendum, voting in favor of changing the
country’s ruling mechanism from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.
country has been implementing the changes, which are needed to bring in the new
system, since June 24, when Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development
Party claimed victory in presidential and parliamentary elections.
accuse Erdogan of trying to monopolize all power since July 2016, when the
government survived a coup.
Iran denied on Wednesday the allegations that Afghanistan’s Taliban militant
group are trained in Iran, Press TV reported. Such “fake and undocumented”
allegations are aimed to wage “a psychological war” and damage friendly
relations between the Iranian and Afghan governments, the Iranian embassy in
Kabul said in a statement. Iran seeks to promote international efforts to
support the Afghan government and reduce its people sufferings, the statement
said. On Monday, British daily The Times quoted unnamed Taliban and Afghan
officials as saying that hundreds of Taliban militants are receiving advanced
training from special forces at military academies in Iran.–Xinhua
military aircraft have killed nearly a dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers’
Party (PKK) militant group when they separately carried out a string of
airstrikes against terrorist hideouts in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous
Kurdistan region as well as southeastern Turkey.
Turkish General Staff, in a message published on its official Twitter page,
said fighter jets had conducted airstrikes on Tuesday and Wednesday on northern
Iraq's Qandil, Zap-Avashin Basyan and Gara regions in addition to the rural
areas of Turkey's southeastern provinces of Sirnak.
statement added that militant hideouts and weapons caches were also destroyed
in the airstrikes.
July 1, the Turkey's General Staff stated that Turkish military aircraft had
“neutralized” eight PKK militants in northern Iraq as well as Turkey's
southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Van.
Turkish military generally uses the term "neutralize" to signify that
the militants were killed, captured or surrendered.
militants regularly clash with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated
southeast of Turkey attached to northern Iraq.
along with the European Union and the United States, has declared the PKK a
terrorist group and banned it. The militant group has been seeking an
autonomous Kurdish region since 1984.
shaky ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed in July
2015. Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since.
the past few months, Turkish ground and air forces have been carrying out
operations against PKK positions in the country as well as in northern Iraq and
UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ visit to Sanaa did not prevent the
Houthis from continuing their military buildup, according to reports by local
Yemeni news outlets who added that the militias refuse to hand over the port of
Hodeidah to the UN.
said that the Houthi militias were reinforcing their positions in Hodeidah,
taking advantage of the halt in military operations by the legitimate forces.
obtained by Al Arabiya showed large military preparations by the legitimate
army in anticipation of the resumption of the liberation of the airport in the
port city from the Houthis, starting from the city of Mocha, towards Hodeidah
the other hand and on the military front of Amran in western Yemen, field
sources said that a recent tactic by the Houthi committee in charge of
mobilization and military recruitment entailed calling on militants who have
stopped fighting for the Houthis to make themselves known under the pretext of
wanting to pay their salaries. The militias then capture them and force them
back on the fighting fronts.
the Yemeni legitimate army achieved military gains in the Haifan district south
of Taiz, while thwarting an attack by the Houthi militias in Wadi al-Ghail.
says the US would eventually shoot itself in the foot if it sanctions purchases
of Iranian oil by international corporations.
OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili was quoted by media as saying that US
President Donald Trump's pressure on international firms not to buy Iranian oil
would drive prices higher and end up hurting the American economy.
also emphasized that oil should not be used as a weapon or to make political
demand that Iranian oil should not be bought, and (his) pressures on European
firms at a time when Nigeria and Libya are in crisis, when Venezuela's oil
exports have fallen due to US sanctions, when Saudi's domestic consumption has
increased in summer, is nothing but a self harm," he was quoted as saying
by Iran’s Shana news agency in a report that was also carried by Reuters.
will increase the prices of oil in the global markets," he said. "At
the end it is the American consumer who will pay the price for Mr. Trump's
policy," Ardebili added.
May, US President Donald Trump announced that he would pull America out of a
2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and re-impose the sanctions that the deal had
envisaged to be lifted.
has already emphasized that the sanctions which would be imposed on Iran would
be “at the highest level”.
sanctions would include a universal ban on Iran over buying or acquiring US
dollars as well as restrictions over purchases of crude oil from the country
and investing in its oil sector projects.
experts said disruption to crude oil supplies from Iran as a result of US
sanctions could push oil prices to as high as $90 a barrel.
are in a very attractive oil price environment and our house view is that oil
will hit $90 by the end of the second quarter of next year,” Hootan Yazhari,
head of frontier markets equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch told
candidate suspended after 'Islamophobic' Facebook posts
Conservatives have suspended a council by-election candidate following
"unacceptable comments" on social media.
Ellis was picked for the Gurnos ward on Merthyr Tydfil council.
Ellis had shared posts critical of Islam and the leader of the Conservative
Party, Theresa May. Labour AM Dawn Bowden said they were Islamophobic.
party said she regrets the posts. She has been asked for comment.
Conservative Party announced the suspension following inquiries from BBC Wales
about the Facebook posts on Wednesday.
the party saying she would not be standing for the Tories, nominations have
already been published for the poll and she will still appear on the ballot.
Ellis' Facebook page included one post that suggested Britain was tolerant
"until... Muslims marched".
entitled "Sharia May", includes a photo-shopped picture of Theresa
May wearing Muslim religious dress.
posts originally came from other pages on Facebook.
a Twitter post sent before Ms May became leader of the Conservatives, Ms Ellis
said: "Theresa May is a front runner really? A leader that supports Islam
and is happy to have Sharia Law in our country?"
spokesman for the Welsh Conservatives said the party seeks "to reach out
to, and represent, all communities and people from all walks of life in
Welsh Conservatives have suspended Laurel Ellis following unacceptable comments
she made on social media," the party said.
AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Dawn Bowden said prior to the suspension:
"It is alarming that the Welsh Conservatives would select an official
candidate with such apparently distasteful and Islamophobic views, which seems
to extend to attacking the leader of her own party.
Welsh Conservatives clearly have questions to answer about how such a candidate
has been selected."
by-election was triggered after previous councillor Rhonda Braithwaite stepped
down for personal reasons in May.
Allyn Hooper, and independents Dillan Singh and Jeremy Davies are also
election will be held on 26 July.
UK discuss joint efforts to fight terrorism
July 4 (Xinhua) -- Algeria and Britain on Wednesday discussed cooperation in
the fight against terrorism and extremism.
discussion came amid the visit of British Minister of State for the
Commonwealth and United Nations Tariq Mahmood Ahmad.
talks addressed "issues of common interest," including security,
terrorism and religious extremism, Ahmad told reporters after his meeting with
Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.
two countries "are working together to address these issues, and we are
working to defend the true face of Islam," he noted.
France and Germany will send two men, including an Iranian diplomat, to Belgium
to face accusations they were involved in a plot to bomb an Iranian opposition
rally on the outskirts of Paris, judicial sources said on Wednesday.
is investigating two Belgians of Iranian origin arrested on Saturday, the day
of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) meeting. Five hundred
grams of the homemade explosive TATP and a detonation device were found in
has said it had nothing to do with the plot, which it called a “false flag”
operation staged by figures within the opposition group itself.
exiled Iranian opposition group’s meeting was attended by Donald Trump’s lawyer
Rudy Giuliani, who gave a speech calling for the removal of Iran’s rulers.
addition to the two people arrested in Belgium, an Austria-based Iranian
diplomat was held in Germany, and a man of Iranian origin was held in France.
Judicial authorities in France and Germany told Reuters Belgium had requested
they be extradited.
extremely sensitive and the Belgians are taking the lead,” said one European
plot and the envoy’s arrest cast a shadow over Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani’s visit to Vienna on Wednesday to try to bolster support for the 2015
Iran nuclear deal, which is close to collapse after the US pulled out. The NCRI
held a small protest against Rouhani’s visit on the edge of central Vienna.
a visit by Rouhani to Vienna on Wednesday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
said in a statement to reporters that Rouhani had assured him that he would
work to clarify the case.
ministers from the remaining signatories to the deal — Iran, France, Britain,
Germany, Russia and China — meet in the city on Friday to discuss its future.
Proof of Iranian involvement in a terrorist bomb plot on European soil would
make it difficult for Rouhani to win their support.
Iranian regime has been involved in terrorist activities since its
establishment in 1979, but this is the first time an Iranian official has been
arrested for such a blatant act related to orchestrating a terrorist attack,”
the Harvard scholar and Iranian affairs expert Dr. Majid Rafizadeh told Arab
is time for the international community, particularly the European Union, to
join many Iranian people and hold the regime accountable for its terrorist
activities and human rights violations. Appeasement policies with the Islamic
Republic ought to be stopped.”
officials have declined to comment on the matter saying the nature of the
incident is unclear.
the political sensitivities, Iran summoned France’s ambassador to protest
against the staging of the opposition meeting. Tehran “strongly protested
against the French support of activities of the terrorist organization,”
referring to an exiled opposition group.
foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
the United States withdrew in May from a deal to lift sanctions on Iran in
return for curbs to Tehran’s nuclear program, the deal’s European signatories
Britain, France and Germany have said they want to save the accord. Iran has
called on the European countries to offer economic benefits to make up for the
damage caused by new US sanctions.
suggestion that Iranian authorities were behind the plot in France could make
it politically difficult for leaders, especially French President Emmanuel
Macron, to continue to back the nuclear deal.
Austrian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it was stripping the diplomatic
status of the diplomat arrested in Germany. Iran’s foreign ministry has
rejected as baseless the allegations against the diplomat.
has dismissed accusations it was behind the plot. It blamed the NCRI of
orchestrating the alleged plot and said a couple arrested in Belgium were
actually members of the group.
a statement, the foreign ministry said it was the People’s Mujahedeen itself
that was behind the “scenario.”
on the information available, the individuals arrested in Belgium are among the
... notorious and operational elements” of the MEK, the ministry said on its
Iranian authorities are prepared to offer the necessary cooperation by
presenting the required documents and evidence to shed light on the real
dimensions of this pre-planned scenario orchestrated by the terrorist group,”
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is with Rouhani in Europe, said on Monday
the foiled Villepinte attack was a “false flag ploy” to harm Iran and offered
his country’s help in investigating the matter.
official IRNA news agency said the foreign ministry had summoned France’s
ambassador to Tehran, Francois Senemaud, to hear officials “strongly protesting
against the activities of the terrorist and hypocritical MEK group in France.”
terrorist groups should not be allowed to take refuge (in a country) under the
pretext of freedom of expression and thus promote their ideology,” it said,
citing the ministry.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has applauded Turkey for hosting more than 3 million
Syrian refugees and renewed a call on EU member states to assume more
responsibility for a European solution to the refugee crisis.
lawmakers in Germany's parliament on Wednesday, Merkel underlined the
importance of an EU decision last week to allocate an additional €3 billion in
assistance for Syrian refugees in Turkey.
can criticize Turkey on many other issues, but what Turkey has done by
providing shelter to refugees that have fled civil war in Syria, is a big
contribution. And that deserves all the appreciation,” she stressed.
criticism by opposition politicians, Merkel underlined that the EU’s financial
aid was not transferred to Turkey’s state budget, and specifically used for
projects to improve the conditions of Syrian refugees.
chancellor also informed the lawmakers on last week’s EU leaders summit in
Brussels which was focused on ways to address the refugee crisis.
challenge is not something one or several member states can address alone,
rather this is a task for all of us,” Merkel stressed, and said the leaders
reached a common understanding on the need for a closer cooperation.
praised the success of EU-Turkey cooperation, and vowed to clinch agreements
with African countries to control irregular migrant flows through the
2016 Merkel had championed the EU-Turkey refugee agreement with the hope of
stopping the refugee influx, after nearly a million refugees arrived in
EU had pledged €6 billion ($7.44 billion) in funding for the refugees, and
promised to mobilize the second €3 billion ($3.72 billion) tranche by the end
agreement has been successful in significantly reducing the number of crossings
in the Aegean Sea, and preventing the loss of many lives.
forces kill 132 militants in fresh operations
- The Afghan army continued mopping-up operations against militants and killed
132 Taliban insurgents in latest raids on their supply lines and the group’s
mid-level command structure, the Defence Ministry said Wednesday.
132 militants were killed and 28 others wounded during military operations and
airstrikes in Afghanistan since early Tuesday, the ministry said in a
Afghan army waged 10 military and cleanup operations and 89 night raids and
small-scale operations led by army’s commandos in 15 of the country’s 34
provinces, according to the statement.
southern Uruzgan province, 37 Taliban militants were killed and 14 others
wounded during ground operations and airstrikes in Khas Uruzgan district.
militants were killed and two others wounded in similar incidents in Shah Wali
Kot district of neighboring Kandahar province.
Taliban weapon facilitator named Mullah Ezatullah was among the killed
militants in Shah Wali Kot operation and the security forces also destroyed two
militants’ vehicles,” the statement said.
southern Helmand province, seven Taliban militants were killed after army
personnel supported by military helicopters pounded Taliban hideouts in Sar
Boland and Trikh Nawar areas of restive Nad Ali district. The security forces
seized weapons and ammunition and destroyed a vehicle in the raid.
Bala Buluk district of western Farah province, four Taliban were killed and
seven others wounded and two vehicles were destroyed after the army’s warplanes
struck Taliban positions.
Taliban militants, including a Taliban divisional commander named Rafiullah,
were killed and three militants injured during operations in Qara Bagh district
and on the outskirts of provincial capital Ghazni city, of eastern Ghazni province.
More than 30 militants were killed and many others wounded in separate military
operations and airstrikes elsewhere in the country.
Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since the beginning of 2015 when
the Afghan security forces assumed full responsibilities of security from the
U.S. and NATO troops.
militants also intensified attacks against security forces and staged
coordinated large-scale attacks against Afghan cities and districts after they
launched a yearly rebel offensive on April 25.
bomb disposal squads also defused 128 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and
landmines within the past 24 hours, according to the statement.
Taliban militant group has yet to make comments on the reports. The statement
did not disclose if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.
addition, three militants of Islamic State (IS) were killed following two
airstrikes in Manogai and Pech districts of eastern Kunar province.
KILL THREE GOVT EMPLOYEES
have attacked and killed three government employees in Burka district of the
northern Baghlan province on Wednesday, district Governor Mawlawi Shamsul Haq
group of armed militants attacked a house in Burka district early this morning
and opened fire killing three government employees and injuring two others,”
Shahab told Xinhua. All the victims belonged to the department in charge of
issuing National Identity card to eligible voters ahead of parliamentary
elections slated for Oct 20.
no group has claimed responsibility, the district government didn’t rule out
the involvement of Taliban militants who are active in parts of Baghlan
province including the troubled Burka district. Taliban militants abducted four
employees of National Identity Card Department from Baharak district of the
northern Takhar province a couple of days ago but freed three of them on
Wednesday, according to local officials.
RISE AS PROTEST TURNS VIOLENT
adds: At least one person was killed and nine were wounded in the Afghan
province of Faryab on Wednesday during a protest that underlined the tension
between powerful regional leaders and President Ashraf Ghani ahead of elections
due in October.
of demonstrators gathered in Maiman, the capital of the northern province of
Faryab, to demand the release of a prominent militia commander close to General
Abdul Rashid Dostum, the ethnic Uzbek vice president who is in exile in Turkey.
The commander, area police chief Nizamuddin Qaisari, was arrested after a
violent dispute during a meeting with leaders of government security forces on
Monday, drawing angry protests from Dostum’s supporters.
dispute has highlighted fragile security in Faryab, where Islamic State
fighters have gained a foothold, battling militia commanders loosely affiliated
with the government. Dostum, in exile in Turkey after accusations that he
ordered a political opponent to be tortured and sexually assaulted, issued a
statement calling for the release of Qaisari and warning that the province, on
the border with Turkmenistan, could collapse in chaos.
protest descended into violence when protesters tried to force their way into
governor’s compound and security forces fired in the air to stop them, said
Karim Yourish, spokesperson for the provincial police.
the head of a provincial council, Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, said at least one
person was killed and eight wounded in the firing, which then prompting the
crowd to break into the compound.
were trying to control the protesters and have a peaceful protest, but
unfortunately it turned violent after security forces opened fire,” Rahmani
said, adding that one member of the provincial council was among the injured.
trouble underlines the important role that Dostum plays in politics despite the
international outrage that prompted his departure from Afghanistan last year.
his exile, there have been regular reports that he will return to Afghanistan,
where he commands loyalty among ethnic Uzbeks who make up a significant minority
in the north of the country. With parliamentary elections due in October and
presidential elections due early next year, there has been growing tension
between powerful regional leaders, like Dostum, and Ghani’s Western-backed
government in Kabul.
week, Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh province, who stepped
down in March after a months-long standoff with the central government,
announced a new opposition movement called the Grand National Coalition of
Sow Fear Inside Rohingya Refugee Camps In Bangladesh
BAZAR/DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh is deploying thousands of extra police to
Rohingya refugee camps in the south, officials said, after a series of mostly
unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people
who have fled from neighboring Myanmar.
August, when a military crackdown in Myanmar forced many of the Muslim minority
to cross the border into Bangladesh and seek shelter in the crowded camps, 19
people, some of them community leaders, have been killed.
have made a number of arrests in connection with some of the killings, but say
the motives often remain unclear.
after dark and often by groups of men wielding pistols, knives, and sticks, the
killings have sent a chill through the camps, which are guarded by the
Bangladesh army during the day but manned by fewer police officers at night.
Iqbal Hossain, police superintendent of the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar under
whose jurisdiction the camps fall, said a special force of roughly 2,400 men
was being formed to guard the refugees.
second senior officer, Superintendent Afrujul Haque Tutul, said police numbers
were already being increased.
have 1,000 police officers right now for a million people, so you can imagine,”
than 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Cox’s Bazar district since August,
joining thousands who were already living there, making it the world’s largest
and fastest growing refugee camp.
before the August exodus, there had been violence in the camps, which
Bangladesh police and aid workers have previously blamed on a struggle for
control of supplies to the camps.
latest killing, of 35-year-old Arifullah, took place last month on a busy road
outside the Balukhali camp, where he had been appointed a leader of thousands
group of men surrounded him on the evening of 18 June, stabbing him at least 25
times, police said. A pool of blood stained the spot the next morning, and a
crowd of refugees could be seen gathered around.
said three Rohingya men had been arrested over the killing of Arifullah, who
spoke English, had worked for international agencies in Myanmar, and often met
foreign delegates who visited the camps.
wife, who did not want to be named and asked Reuters not to disclose the
location where she was interviewed because she feared attack, said Arifullah
was a critic of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) – a militant group
whose assaults on Myanmar security posts in August triggered the crackdown by
group says it is fighting for the rights of the Rohingya. Police said
investigations into the murder were ongoing and they had not found links to
spokesman for ARSA referred Reuters to its 31 January statement that said other
armed groups were responsible for “activities” at refugee camps and were using
its name to malign its image.
group said it did not attack civilians and would never carry out killings in
the camps because its was thankful for Bangladesh’s generosity in sheltering
statement was issued after the 19 January killing of Yusuf, another
English-speaking camp leader. Sitting on the mud floor of her shelter, Yusuf’s
wife Jamila said her husband had been watching a football match on his phone
with his two sons when around a dozen men barged into their shelter in the
Taingkhali camp carrying knives and pistols, shooting him twice.
said police had urged her to file a case and name suspects, but she had
refused, fearing retaliation, and because she did not want to leave her shelter
for hours to go to court. “I’m scared for my children,” she said.
of Yusuf’s killing were confirmed by police superintendent Tutul at the Cox’s
Bazar police station. He said the police investigation was hampered because the
refugees were afraid to name suspects.
said intelligence received so far suggested several of the killings, including
those of Yusuf and Arifullah, were due to personal disputes refugees had
brought from Myanmar.
have arrested about 300 Rohingya in cases involving killings, robberies and
abductions in the camps since the August influx, Tutul said.
leaders at Balukhali and Taingkhali said the army had appointed Rohingya
volunteers to keep guard at night, but most had stopped working because they
were not being paid.
officials said security inside the teeming camps was a worry. “What I hear from
my colleagues is that is obviously a big concern,” Peter Maurer, president of
the International Committee of the Red Cross, said on a visit to the camps on
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has promised a thorough investigation into the deadly
attack on Afghan Sikhs in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, said President Ghani on Wednesday visited
the Gurdwara in Karte Parwan area of Kabul city to offer condolences regarding
the loss of lives in the attack.
Singh thanked President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on behalf of the Sikh community of
the country for offering condolences.
his turn, President Ghani called the attack a catastrophe and promised that the
incident would be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators would face trial
for the crime.
the Sikh and Hindus communities the pride of the nation, President Ghani said
the government remains committed to support the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus.
least nineteen people including seventeen Sikhs were killed after a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives close to a gathering in Jalalabad.
least three more members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan
(ISIS-K) were arrested in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar
provincial government media office in a statement said the three ISIS-K
militants were arrested during an operation of the Afghan Intelligence Special
statement further added that the operation was conducted close to Darunta area
in Surkh Rod.
to the provincial government, the detained individuals were involved in
orchestrating and coordinating attacks, making remote-controlled bombs, and
comes as a key ISIS Khurasan group member who was in charge of coordinating in
the urban areas and expert in producing Improvised Explosive Devices was killed
during an operation of the Afghan armed forces.
local officials said Sunday that the key ISIS Khurasan group member was killed
in Jalalabad city the provincial capital of Nangarhar province.
least seven Taliban militants including a key leader of the group were killed
or wounded during the airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force in northern
Faryab province of Afghanistan.
209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the airstrikes
were conducted in the vicinity of Pashtun Kot district.
statement by the Shaheen Corps stated that the Afghan Air Force fighter planes
carried out airstrikes at around 5:40 pm local time on Tuesday.
statement further added that the airstrikes left at least three Taliban
militants dead while at least four others sustained injuries.
to the Shaheen Corps, a senior leader of the group identified as Mullah Samad
also famous as Jawid was among those wounded.
Samad is among the prominent leaders of the Taliban who was appointed as the
deputy shadow governor of the group, Shaheen Corps said.
statement by Shaheen Corps also added that eight motorcycles belonging to
Taliban were also destroyed during the same airstrikes.
airstrikes on Wednesday were carried out as part of the ongoing Esar-5
operations, the Shaheen Corps added.
troops retake town after standoff with pro-Daesh militants
Philippine soldiers backed by armored vehicles have retaken a southern town
held for 12 hours by pro-Daesh militants, the army said on Wednesday, with four
rebels killed in urban clashes reminiscent of a five-month siege last year.
clashes followed warnings by President Rodrigo Duterte that remnants of
pro-Daesh militant groups had been recruiting and still planning attacks on
several southern cities to set up an independent and separate Islamic state.
pursued militants from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group,
who fled to the hills after trying to occupy a marshland town, Lt. Col. Harold
Cabunoc, an army battalion commander, said in a statement.
military will continue to “disrupt the BIFF’s plan to sow terror in
communities” in the troubled south, Cabunoc said.
was no immediate comment from the militants’ group.
of residents have remained in shelter areas and not been allowed to return home
after troops retrieved improvised explosive devices and other booby traps in
the town of Datu Paglas.
said four militants were killed and two others were wounded. A soldier and a
local militia official were also wounded.
army said the Datu Paglas attack could be a test case, since the area was near
the militants’ marshland base.
March, the military has shifted its combat operations from Marawi, a battered
lakeside town in Mindanao embroiled in last year’s five-month conflict, to the
island’s marshes where other pro-Daesh militants operate.
than 40 BIFF militants have been killed in the last four months by troops in
air and ground assaults the military described as preemptive moves to thwart
militant attacks on cities.
LUMPUR - Malaysia will reportedly send back controversial preacher Zakir Naik
to India on Wednesday (July 7) despite the previous Najib Razak government
granting him permanent residency since 2016, but the Islamist has denied this
is the case.
broadcaster NDTV said on Wednesday that it has confirmed with Malaysian police
that the preacher will return later in the evening.
Naik is known for hate speeches that apparently inspired one of the attackers
in the 2016 Dhaka terror attack and has been singled out by Singapore as a preacher
whose divisive preaching is not accepted in the Republic.
is out of the country tonight. He will be taking a flight to India today I
believe,” Malaysian counter-terrorism officer Mohammed Raby Abu Bakar told NDTV
in Kuala Lumpur.
director-general of the Indian National Investigation Agency had reportedly
told Times Now that Dr Naik will be returned to India on Wednesday.
Naik, however, denied through his organisation, the Islamic Research
Foundation, that he is returning to India any time soon.
news of my coming to India is totally baseless and false. I have no plans to
come to India as I don’t feel safe from unfair prosecution," said the IRF
statement on behalf of Naik.
Allah, when I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely
return to my homeland.”
lawyer also said there is no notice of his extradition from the government yet.
preacher allegedly fled to Saudi Arabia after the Indian authorities started
investigating him and the IRF for alleged terror propaganda in 2016.
has previously voiced support for Al Qaeda jihadists and Osama bin Laden and,
in a 2006 lecture, he called for “every Muslim to be a terrorist”.
filed radicalisation charges against Dr Naik last year and has been seeking his
extradition from Malaysia, where he has permanent residency and has been living
despite protests from the local Indian community.
NDTV asked why he was “welcome” there, Mr Raby was quoted as saying, “you will
have to ask the last government.”
Barisan Nasional government was ousted in the May 9 polls, the first change of
government in Malaysia since its formation in 1963.
Prime Minister Najib Razak had personally met Dr Naik and the United Malays
National Organisation previously led by Najib was seen as close to the
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has defended the Islamic televangelist
and even described the latter as a “very wise man”.
2016, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi
Dusuki defended Malaysia’s decision to allow controversial Islamic scholar to
conduct a lecture series on religion following an uproar from various quarters,
including BN component parties, because Dr Naik is a “voice of moderation” for
Naik is popular as an English-speaking preacher among the local Muslim
community and was usually seen at the main mosque in the Putrajaya
leaders have cautioned against divisive preaching by the likes of Dr Naik — who
had urged followers not to vote for someone of another religion.
Parliament last October, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam had showed
videos of two preachers, including one featuring Dr Naik, as he spoke about how
the Government is looking to tighten processes to ensure foreign preachers with
divisive teachings do not come to the Republic to preach.
video showed Dr Naik advising followers not to vote for someone of another
think Singaporeans will say that is not acceptable,” said Mr Shanmugam.
Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar
LUMPUR: A just retired former Special Branch officer today told the ongoing
inquiry into missing Perlis activist Amri Che Mat that police were concerned
about the spread of Shia Islam in Malaysia, amid allegations that police and
local religious authorities had targeted Amri over his Shia belief.
police deputy commissioner Awaluddin Jadid was asked by Amri’s family lawyers
to explain a speech he made in 2016, which among other things, refers to Shia
Muslims as “enemies”.
speech is crucial in the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam)
inquiry into Amri’s disappearance because of allegations that he is a Shia
questioned, Awaluddin however said he did not believe Shia Muslims were
violent, despite branding them enemies.
Special Branch have to be concerned because we don’t want something small to
become big later,” he told the inquiry.
the 2016 speech, Awaluddin had said: “If they (Shia) have a leader then it will
become a problem for our security.”
had also said there were Shia Muslims in the police force.
was then asked if he considered this a problem.
fatwa is that Shia is deviant and so it becomes a security concern,” he said,
referring to the stand by Malaysian Islamic authorities, labelling Shia Islam
said the concern over Shia Muslims was due to events in the Middle East.
countries like Syria and Iraq, there is war between Sunni and Shia Muslims.”
family lawyers protested his statement, saying it had nothing to do with
May 12, Amri’s wife Norhayati Ariffin claimed that she met with a Sergeant
Shamzaini who had implicated Awaluddin in Amri’s disappearance.
should focus more on LGBT issues, not child brides: Kelantan official
BHARU (BERNAMA) - The Malaysian government should focus more on addressing LGBT
- lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders - issues instead of on the recent
controversy where an 11-year-old girl was wedded to a 41-year-old man, said a
Kelantan state official on Wednesday (July 4).
Menteri Besar of Kelantan Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the issues of LGBT and
illicit sex were greater compared with the child bride case, which he described
issue (child marriage) is not wrong in terms of religion (Islam)... it should
not be sensationalised and made a national issue and this case is an isolated
case," said Datuk Mohd Amar.
everyone marries an 11-year-old child but the LGBT issue, illicit sex and
having children out of wedlock are rampant everywhere, so much so that these
have become a phenomenon in the country. This should be a concern to the
government and society," he said.
comments came after Kelantan police said on Wednesday they have opened an
investigation paper on the controversial marriage between the underage Thai
girl and the Malaysian man that took place on June 18 in southern Thailand,
close to the border with Malaysia.
results of that investigation will be submitted to the public prosecutor for
further action, said state police chief Hasanuddin Hassan.
Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to marry if they obtain the permission
of a religious court.
man, who lives in Kelantan, already has two wives, with the girl being his
third spouse. Muslim men in Malaysia are allowed to have up to four wives.
Mohd Amar said while the state government was concerned about the case, it did
not wish to overreact.
— Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail
rejected claims that Malaysia's Cabinet lineup favoured Malay-dominated parties
to assuage concern among the majority community.
trust me, that’s not the reason,” Mr Saifuddin told Malay Mail in an interview.
Saifuddin said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told Pakatan Harapan (PH)
coalition that he had to take “so many things” into consideration when
appointing federal ministers and deputy ministers, such as gender, party
affiliation, youth, state, and Sabah and Sarawak representatives.
the way he explained to us is that overall, the reactions from the public on
the appointment of the new lineup, overall it's okay.
asked for us to understand. Now, time to move on and fulfill the promises that
we made,” said Mr Saifuddin, who was recently appointed Domestic Trade and
Consumer Affairs Minister.
Group research unit BMI Research said earlier this week that the Cabinet lineup
was “lopsided” and over-represented Malay-Muslim parties — Parti Pribumi
Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) — at the expense of
PKR and Democratic Action Party (DAP).
multiracial PKR and secular DAP are the biggest PH parties in Parliament with
50 and 42 seats respectively.
Research said it acknowledged that the Cabinet lineup may allay fears among
Malays about the Chinese supposedly taking over the country, and so PH parties
might have agreed that giving predominantly Malay parties more portfolios was
necessary for their political survival.
Fitch Group research outfit said although PKR and DAP have the most ministerial
and deputy ministerial positions totalling 15 and 12 respectively, a Cabinet
line-up strictly proportionate with parties’ parliamentary seat count should
see PKR holding 19 positions, DAP (17 positions), PPBM (five positions), Amanah
(five positions), and Warisan (three positions), with two positions to spare.
PPBM, Amanah and Warisan instead have 10, nine and five Cabinet posts
to MR Saifuddin, Dr Mahathir told PH that, during his first stint as prime
minister when he was then Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, it was easy for him
to appoint Cabinet members.
just needed to do minor changes,” said Mr Saifuddin. “But now, it's different
.... Now he has to start all over again.”
asked if the Cabinet seats should have been proportionate with parties’ seat
count in Parliament, the PKR secretary-general said now was the time for PH to
focus on doing their work, to fulfill their pledges, and to support the prime
Socialist Youth has openly criticised the Cabinet line-up, saying that it was
not proportionate to the number of seats that PH parties won in the May 9
think Keadilan will not go that way,” Mr Saifuddin said in response to DAP
Socialist Youth’s actions.
Saifuddin also said Dr Mahathir has advised Cabinet members to fulfill PH’s
minister is answerable on policy, guided by the Pakatan Harapan manifesto. Your
task is to come up with policy papers to be discussed in the Cabinet,” he said.
Mahathir was also purportedly intolerant of corruption, according to Mr
said no compromise. Once you commit (corruption), out you go. He was very firm.
He said the expectation of the people is very high. He said you don't have any
other choice except to fulfill promises,” he said.
92-year-old prime minister, who is in his second stint in office after
previously governing the country for 22 years, demanded “100 per cent loyalty”
to ensure that bureaucrats fully supported PH’s reform agenda, according to Mr
point come out with beautiful policy but don't get support,” said the
clarified that this expected “loyalty” to the prime minister, Cabinet, and
government was only insofar as to support lawful decisions, not corrupt acts.
you run a ministry, you’re taking over from a government that was in power for
61 years. It's not going to be easy. So the importance of demanding loyalty is
in the context.”
Saifuddin also spoke highly of Dr Mahathir’s leadership skills, saying that
despite not having any leadership experience in government, he was not made to
feel less capable.
- Indonesian police said there has been no valid proof confirming the death of Bahrun
Naim, one of the country's most notorious militants who was reported to be
fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle
of his death requires "valid evidence", national police spokesman,
Inspector General Setyo Wasisto, said in a mobile message reply to The Straits
Times on Thursday (July 5) morning. "I cannot comment if there is not yet
any accurate data," he added.
comments were made after a Channel NewsAsia report, citing a regional security
source, said on Wednesday that the ISIS senior member has been killed in a
drone strike in Syria.
CNA report said Bahrun, 34, was killed by a United States drone before the
Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan, which started in mid-May this year.
reported death follows online chatter late last year that he had been killed in
Syria. Internet chatgroups known to be used by extremists were abuzz with talk
that the Indonesian militant had died while fighting for ISIS.
his death was never confirmed by the police despite efforts to verify it.
who had a role in the 2016 Jakarta attacks that killed four bystanders, was
said to have helped coordinate attacks in Indonesia from Raqqa, Syria, via
Telegram, a smartphone messaging app.
was also said to have transferred money to his comrades back home to fund
terrorist activities. He had reportedly taught terror cells back in Indonesia
to make bombs and mount attacks , sending instructions using Telegram,
Indonesian police have earlier said.
of his cells had plans to attack the Istana Merdeka presidential palace in
Jakarta with a female suicide bomber, but the plot was foiled in December 2016.
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