• Azaan In Kolkata Durga Puja
Pandal Raises Social Media's Hackles, Case Filed Against Organisers
• Mosques In Singapore Are Built
And Upgraded Using Funds Contributed By Muslims Here, To Ensure Foregners Do
Not Influence Them, Says Senior Minister Defence and Foreign Affairs
• Trump Says Will 'Obliterate'
Turkey's Economy If It Acts 'Off Limits'
• Kashmiris Are Not Alone In The
World, Says US Presidential Candidate
• Pakistan Scores 6/27 On
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• ‘Why Insult Islam By Offering
Puja To Hindu Gods, When Not Practicing’? Darul Uloom Clerics ask Nusrat Jahan, Trinamool Congress M. P
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Insult Islam By Offering Puja To Hindu Gods, When Not Practicing’? Darul Uloom
Clerics ask Nusrat Jahan, Trinamool
Congress M. P
Lok Sabha member Nusrat Jahan once again finds herself in the line of fire for
attending Durga puja celebrations. A prominent Muslim cleric has slammed her
for participating in Hindu rituals and said the actor should change her name
and religion because she is defaming Islam and Muslims by her actions.
Jahan, the first-time MP from Bashirhat, has been in the line of fire of the
Muslim clergy for sporting symbols of Hindu matrimony like mangalsutra and
sindur’ since her marriage to a Hindu entrepreneur Nikhil Jain earlier this
is nothing new. She has been offering puja to Hindu Gods despite the fact that
Islam orders its followers to pray only to Allah’. What she has done is Haram’
had also married outside religion. She should change her name and religion.
Islam doesn’t need people who assume Muslim names and defame Islam and Muslims,
Mufti Asad Qasmi, a cleric associated with Darul Uloom Deoband, told media.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan dances as husband Nikhil Jain plays
the 'dhak' at Suruchi Sangha. #DurgaPuja2019
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in a saree and sporting sindur, Nusrat Jahan had attended Durga puja
celebrations of Suruchi Sangha with her husband on Sunday. TV channels showed
her lip-syncing to hymns being recited by a priest, her eyes closed and hands
folded in solemn prayer. She also beat a drum and danced joyously. The TMC MP
had later told journalists that she had prayed for peace and prosperity of all.
Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan and husband Nikhil Jain offer prayers at
Suruchi Sangha Pandal. #DurgaPuja2019
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Bengal we all celebrate all festivals together. I always enjoy being part of
the celebration, she said.
don’t bother about controversies. Controversies touch me? No, the doughty
actress, who has often insisted she represents an inclusive India, said, when
asked about whether her celebrating Durga puja will set off a fresh row.
of Indian Muslims were Hindus: VHP
on the Deoband cleric's objection to Nusrat Jahan's attire and conduct at Durga
Puja, Vishwa Hindu Parishad's executive president Alok Kumar said that there is
nothing wrong in a Muslim enjoying Durga Puja or a Hindu throwing Iftar.
comment shows how one-sided are their claims regarding Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb and
tolerance. We believe that the ancestors of the Indian Muslims were
Hindus," the VHP leader said.
is nothing wrong in a Muslim dancing in Durga Pandal, the same way it is not
wrong for a Hindu to throw Iftar. It does not mean they have converted their
religion," Alok Kumar said.
Jahan is free to wear sindur: UP Shia Waqf Board
cleric’s remarks were not only slammed by the VHP but also by Uttar Pradesh
Shia Waqf Board. The chairman of the board, , Waseem Rizvi, said Jahan was free
to wear emblems of Hindu marriage like sindur, bindi or mangalsutra.
does not bar her from wearing these things.... there is no problem. If any
follower of Islam wants to convert to another religion, they can do so, but
nobody can be thrown out of Islam, he told a TV channel.
in Kolkata Durga Puja Pandal raises social media's hackles, case filed against
Puja pandal in Kolkata has come under fire for promoting communal harmony by
playing the azaan.
complaint has been filed against the Beliaghata 33 Pally Durga Puja pandal
committee in Kolkata for playing a recording of azaan (Islamic call to worship)
during the ongoing Navratra celebrations.
lawyer Santanu Singha has named 10 persons for allegedly "disturbing the
peace and tranquillity in the West Bengal" and "hit(ting) the
sentiments of the Hindu religion".
is far better to observe one's prescribed dharma, even if they may be faulty,
than another's dharma. Destruction in the course of performing one's own dharma
is better than engaging in another's dharma, for to follow another's dharma is
Gita 3:35. https://twitter.com/keyakahe/status/1179815706637942786 …
being played in Durga Puja Pandal ! Are the organisers desperate to prove their
"secularism" to someone in particular? Shame on Beliaghata 33 Pally.
@rishibagree @MrsGandhi @TajinderBagga @ShefVaidya @tathagata2
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his complaint, Singha has claimed that a video of azaan being played at the
Beliaghata Durga Puja pandal was forwarded to him by members of the Vishva
Hindu Parishad (VHP).
puja committee, however, has claimed that its aim was to promote secularism.
The secretary of the Beliaghata 33 pally club said they had chosen the theme
'amra ek, eka noye (We are together, not alone)' and hence played the azaan
during the celebrations.
demonstrate the theme, we have used models of church, temple and mosque and
also used their symbols. Our purpose is to show that humanity is above all
religion," the club secretary said.
claimed that the issue is being "politicised unnecessarily".
Sinha, chairperson Beliaghata 33 pally puja Committee also explained, "We
believe that we are all one. There is no separation from birth and there is no
difference in the colour of blood. We believe that we have a spine and we will
ensure that forever...because all religions form a part of our strong country.
We are playing Om mantra and also Azaan...this is a reflection of communal
harmony. We stand united."
MEDIA PANS BUT VISITORS HAPPY
move, has, however, stirred up a controversy on social media with many slamming
the pandal for "excessive minority appeasement".
circulating on social media even show a bunch of youth shouting "mandir
wahin banaenge" in the pandal.
the reply of Hindus People where Azaan was played two Days earlier in Durga
Puja Pandal, Just Loved this..
40 seconds video shows Hindus are united in West Bengal Land.
more dangerous than this..
with Secularism, Please save West Bengal.
is being played in Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata .. Did you anyone ever heard
any mantra in any Mosque ?
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visitors to the pandal have appreciated the measure.
Mukherjee, pandal visitor told India Today TV, " we are extremely happy to
see this kind of theme in a pandal in these turbulent times. This is needed to
spread the message of peace in all religion and their followers."
Chakrabarty, another visitor praised the pandal theme and said, "It is a
very unique theme...unity in diversity... I am happy to see this. Everyone is
the same in the eyes of God...so if the god does not have a weapon in hand then
why are we taking weapons in our hands?"
on the controversy, BJP leader Mukul Roy said, "This is a ritual. We
believe in our religion. We do not want anybody to harm our religion."
the puja organizers is TMC leader Paresh Pal who has been avoiding to answer
Singh, Prachar Pramukh of Hindu Jagran Manch in south Bengal said, "Have
you ever heard Durga Saptastruti paath or Chandi paath being played at a mosque
or during Eid? Have you ever heard Hanuman Chalisa being played at a church
during Christmas? Does the onus of secularism lie only on Hindus?"
added that the organisation has already filed a complaint at the Fulbagan
police station and said they will be taking the legal route if their complaint
is not acted upon.
Muslim cleric Sajid Rashidi said the issue is being raked up by those who are
"either religious hardliners or are doing this to become famous."
are those people who don't know India's culture and values. When we wake up in
the morning, we hear azaan and in the evening we hear the prayers. Religion is
on one side but it has become a culture. Because of this culture, everyone
knows India. These are the people who to spread hatred and want to divide the
country," he said.
police are yet to file an FIR in the case.
In Singapore Are Built And Upgraded Using Funds Contributed By Muslims Here, To
Ensure Foregners Do Not Influence Them, Says Senior Minister Defence and
- Mosques in Singapore are built and upgraded using funds contributed by
Muslims here, and this ensures the Muslim community cannot be easily influenced
by foreigners, said Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs
Maliki Osman on Monday (Oct 7).
cited this as he spoke about the unique way in which Islam is practised in
Singapore, saying the Muslim community charts its own path while respecting the
country's multi-religious context, even as it adheres closely to the
underpinnings of Islam.
community recognises the importance of practising one's religion in a way that
is respectful towards those who may profess a different belief," he said
in Parliament during the debate on the the amendments to the Maintenance of
Religious Harmony Act (MRHA) .
is in this spirit that the community and the Islamic Religious Council of
Singapore (Muis) supports the MHRA changes that will allow the Government to
act swiftly against threats to religious harmony and curb foreign influence on
religious organisations, he added.
fact, Dr Maliki said, the practices of the mosques and religious institutions
under Muis are already aligned to the amendments, like the setting up of the
Mosque Building Fund.
money in the fund comes from the monthly contributions of each working Muslim
in Singapore, and is used to build and upgrade the 75 mosques in the country.
allows the Muslim community to be self-reliant, said Dr Maliki, adding:
"We are able to address our own needs without becoming susceptible to
manipulation by foreign parties for their own agendas and risking the peace and
harmony we have enjoyed as a society."
also stressed the importance of guarding the common space for people of all
races and religions, in response to Workers' Party's Mr Faisal Manap (Aljunied
GRC) who had said religious tolerance can be achieved without any followers of
a religion having to sacrifice their values and faith.
Faisal cited the experience of his father's friend, whose daughter was allowed
to wear a headscarf and loose-fitting clothing in a public secondary school in
do not practise tolerance by asking followers of a religion to compromise their
faith or to be less Islamic for the sake of integration," he said.
Maliki, in his response, said schools in Singapore are critical common spaces
where a shared identity and experience can be nurtured in children of all races
in Singapore, we must determine what works best for our unique multi-religious
context," he added.
also said that while religion is a deeply personal matter, the Muslim community
recognises the role that laws play in allowing the different communities to
co-exist in harmony.
law sets the tone for the norms that we treasure and uphold as a society, and
in the case of the MRHA, the laws are the ultimate safeguard for religious
harmony," he added.
says will 'obliterate' Turkey's economy if it acts 'off limits'
US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened NATO ally Turkey with totally
obliterating its economy if it went "off limits" on Syria, hours
after the White House announced the withdrawal of the US troops from Syria's
US' move effectively abandons the Kurds, who were America's main ally in the
fight against the ISIS. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that
the long-threatened offensive against separatists Kurdish militia could come
I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything
that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will
totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!),"
Trump tweeted on Monday.
must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and
families," he said after the White House announced that Turkish forces
will soon be launching military operations in Northern Syria and American
troops would withdraw from the region.
move to pull out US troops from Syria's northern border has been slammed by
even his traditional national security and foreign policy supporters like
Indian-American Nikki Haley.
I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything
that I, in my great and unmatched… https://t.co/tNjd9bRijx
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1570462689000
defended his decision saying that the United States has done its part and now
it is the time for other regional players to play their part.
US has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the
capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region,
some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!” Trump
said in another tweet.
Chris Van Hollen and Lindsay Graham announced to introduce a bipartisan
sanction against Turkey if they invade Syria. The legislation, the two Senators
said, will call for their suspension from NATO if they attack Kurdish forces
who assisted the US in the destruction of the ISIS Caliphate.
said he feels very bad for the Americans and allies who have sacrificed to
destroy the ISIS Caliphate because this decision virtually reassures the
reemergence of ISIS. "So sad. So dangerous. President Trump may be tired
of fighting radical Islam. They are NOT tired of fighting us," he said.
the Pentagon said that it does not endorse a Turkish operation in northern
Syria and asserted that Turkey would be responsible, along with European
nations and others, for thousands of ISIS fighters who had been captured and
defeated in the campaign lead by the US.
Department of Defense made clear to Turkey - as did the President - that we do
not endorse a Turkish operation in Northern Syria. The US Armed Forces will not
support, or be involved in any such operation," Assistant to the Secretary
of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said.
conversations between the Department and the Turkish military, he said, the
Pentagon has consistently stressed that coordination and cooperation were the
best path toward security in the area.
the Defense secretary and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reiterated
to their respective Turkish counterparts that unilateral action creates risks
for Turkey, Hoffman said.
the President has stated, Turkey would be responsible, along with European
nations and others, for thousands of ISIS fighters who had been captured and
defeated in the campaign lead by the United States,” he said.
will work with our other NATO allies and Coalition partners to reiterate to
Turkey the possible destabilizing consequences of potential actions to Turkey,
the region, and beyond," Hoffman said in a statement.
are not alone in the world, says US presidential candidate
“We have to remind the Kashmiris that they are not alone in the world,” says
Kamala Harris, a major Democratic candidate for the 2020 US presidential
are keeping a track on the situation. There is a need to intervene if the
situation demands,” she said in a recent statement. Her comments are even more
significant because she is of Indian descent from her mother’s side.
far, three major presidential candidates have spoken on Kashmir — Bernie
Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. All three are members of the US
Senate and have strong chances of being on the Democratic ticket for 2020,
which may have two names from this list, one for president and the other for
if US President Donald Trump’s repeated offers to mediate between India and
Pakistan over Kashmir are also counted, the number of US presidential hopefuls
expressing concern over Kashmir goes up to four. So far, Mr Trump is the only
Republican candidate for 2020.
Saturday, Senator Warren reminded India that “the rights of the Kashmiri people
must be respected”. And Senator Sanders said that India’s Aug 5 action to annex
Kashmir was “unacceptable”.
also urged the Trump administration to “speak out boldly” and back “a UN-backed
peaceful resolution that respects the will of the Kashmiri people”.
Indian American lawmaker, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, joined 13 of her
colleagues in the House of Representatives to write a joint letter to Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, asking him to lift the restrictions he
had imposed in Kashmir.
week, a US Senate panel attached an amendment to a finance bill that requires
India to end its lockdown and curfew in Kashmir valley and fully restore
communications links to the occupied valley.
on these arguments, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said at
a seminar in Washington last week that “there is a palpable shift” in the US
position on Kashmir.
Indian clampdown in the occupied valley has forced the international community,
particularly the Americans, to have a closer look at this 72-year old dispute,
Weinbaum, director of the Afghanistan, Pakistan programme at a Washington
think-tank, the Middle East Institute (MEI), agreed with Mr Khan’s assessment,
as did a co-moderator Raza Rumi. Prime Minister “Modi has handed a gift to
Pakistan by bringing the issue to the fore as it has never been before this”,
Mr Weinbaum said. “This has put India on the defensive.”
issue also figured prominently at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly
(UNGA) last week where President Trump spoke about this issue in joint news
briefings with both Indian and Pakistani prime ministers.
three different occasions, including one in which Mr Modi was also sitting
beside him, President Trump repeated his offer to mediate between India and
Pakistan over Kashmir. He did so, knowing that Mr Modi does not like to hear
this “m” word and has publicly rejected his offers in the past.
as Mr Weinbaum and Mr Rumi pointed out at this MEI seminar on Kashmir, the American
media is far ahead of the US government in condemning the Indian annexation and
gross human rights violations in India-held Kashmir.
is significant because for more than 70 years, Pakistan has been attempting to
draw the world’s attention to the Kashmir issue … with limited success,” Mr
when Pakistan has tried to push the issue, whether covertly or overtly, it
Masood Khan, who accompanied Prime Minister Imran Khan to the UNGA to highlight
the Kashmir issue and then came to Washington for similar meetings with US
lawmakers, officials, journalists and others, noted that attitudes were
changing across the world.
to journalists at the Pakistan Embassy, Mr Khan said that similar pressures
were also building up in other world capitals, particularly in Europe and
Khan said that the international pressure had revived his “hope that India will
be forced to resolve this issue peacefully and in accordance the wishes of the
scores 6/27 on cleaning up terror funding, money laundering
DELHI: Ahead of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary in Paris which
will decide whether Pakistan should be placed on the ‘black list’ — which will
result in severe restrictions on its economy — the Asia-Pacific Group (APG)
released its report, saying Islamabad’s compliance on terror financing and
money laundering was unacceptably low.
is banking on its political connections and utility in the US’s attempts to
extricate itself from Afghanistan to stay out of the ‘black list’ next week. It
could be banking on concerns that blacklisting will destabilise Pakistan and it
might result in an adverse fallout in a volatile and unstable region.
such calculations prevail, Pakistan could stay on the ‘grey list’ rather than
getting into the ‘black list’, even though a dispassionate examination of its
record makes it a fit case for stronger measures as the APG report pointed out
lack of action against jihadi outfits like Islamic State, Lashkar-e-Taiba and
the 27 action items that Pakistan had to work on until October 2019, it has
cleared only six, according to the latest FATF report. The first process was
initiated in January 2018 and Pakistan had about 27 agenda items to show
compliance. With an October deadline, Pakistan has cleared only six items with
21 still pending.
second process, which started in mid-2018 after Pakistan was placed in the grey
list, was reviewed by the APG in August. Pakistan needed to score substantial
or high compliance on 11 agenda items but had low scores on 10 items and
moderate on one, but no compliance of a higher order.
APG released its much-awaited 228-page ‘Mutual Evaluation Report’ on October 3,
10 days before the FATF plenary begins in Paris. The APG is an
inter-governmental organisation consisting of 41 members in the Asia-Pacific
region which monitors implementation and enforcement of internationally
accepted standards against money laundering, terror financing and proliferation
financing set by the FATF.
PM Imran Khan met a large number of member countries during UNGA week to lobby
to be kept off the black list. Despite FATF being a largely technical and
expert-level group, Khan made a pitch that India was making a politically
driven pitch to push Pakistan into the ‘black list’.
has so far secured support from Turkey, China and Malaysia. Saudi Arabia should
be expected to offer support as well, but it is not yet clear. “Pakistan has
not taken sufficient measures to fully implement UNSCR 1267 obligations against
all listed individuals and entities — especially those associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT)/Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) as well as
the groups,” the FATF report said.
should adequately identify, assess and understand its ML (money laundering)/TF
(terror financing) risks including transnational risks and risks associated
with terrorist groups operating in Pakistan such as Da’esh, AQ, JuD, FiF, LeT,
JeM, HQN, and this should be used to implement a comprehensive and coordinated
risk-based approach to combating ML and TF,” the report continued.
report said national regulators like the State Bank of Pakistan and Securities
and Exchange Commission of Pakistan had very limited understating of money
laundering and terror financing regimes.
authorities have varying levels of understanding of the country’s money
laundering and terror financing risks, and the private sector has a mixed
understanding of risks,” the report said.
officials wrap up Netanyahu’s pre-indictment hearing
state prosecutors and Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyers were wrapping up the
pre-indictment hearing over a slew of corruption allegations against the prime
minister on Monday.
lawyers arrived at the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem for the fourth and final
day of the proceedings where they were meeting with Attorney General Avichai
Mandelblit and his team to appeal that the cases against Netanyahu be dropped.
has recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for fraud, breach of trust and
bribery in three separate cases that have dogged the long-serving premier. The
hearing is the final step before the attorney general decides whether to issue
a formal indictment.
legal woes come as Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival, with the
country’s unprecedented second election of the year failing to provide him with
a clear victory.
last month’s election, neither Netanyahu nor his chief challenger, Benny Gantz,
secured the required parliamentary majority to form a new government. Both men
have expressed support for a unity government as a way out of the deadlock, but
they remain far apart on who should lead it and what smaller parties would join
and his centrist Blue and White Party have so far rejected a partnership with
Netanyahu, citing his legal woes. A failure to reach a deal could trigger a
third election in less than a year.
is desperate to stay on as prime minister, a post he can use as a pulpit as he
tries to fend off any charges.
law requires Cabinet ministers to step down if charged with a crime. But the
law is vague for sitting prime ministers, meaning he could theoretically remain
in the post if he is indicted, though he would likely face calls to step aside.
allegations against Netanyahu include suspicions that he accepted hundreds of
thousands of dollars of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered
to trade favors with a newspaper publisher and used his influence to help a
wealthy telecom magnate in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news
has called the allegations part of a witch hunt, lashing out against the media,
police, prosecutors and the justice system. The attorney general is expected to
render his final decision by the end of the year.
media firms let off Islamist extremists for fear of being accused of human
media firms are failing to crackdown on Islamist extremists because of fears of
being accused of breaching their human rights, an 18-month investigation into
extremism has found.
her first major report, Sara Khan, the Government’s counter-extremism
commissioner, says social media firms and other bodies are taking tougher
action against Far Right groups than other extremists like Islamists.
report claims Islamist groups have been “particularly good” at “subverting” the
human rights agenda to counter measures to curb their extremist activities.
the same time, human rights groups have turned a blind eye to protecting
victims of Islamist extremism by instead focusing on the impact...
Brotherhood Demands Kuwait to Stop Handing over its Members to Egypt
Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait demanded on Friday local authorities to cease
handing over its detained members to Egypt.
party urged Kuwait to instead to allow the them to “safely depart Kuwait to any
statement was issued days after Kuwait handed over to Cairo Khaled al-Mahdi, a
member of the youth leadership in the Brotherhood. He has been sentenced to ten
years in jail by Egypt for his involvement in violent acts and financing the
Muslim Brotherhood is banned by Egypt and designated as a terrorist
security source told Asharq Al-Awsat that Brotherhood fugitives wanted by Egypt
and residing in Kuwait are handed over to Cairo based on an agreement signed by
the two countries.
he revealed, attempted to recruit Egyptian expatriates in Kuwait and to set up
electronic militias in the Gulf country in order to attack Egypt.
a statement on Friday, the Brotherhood acknowledged the existence of its cell
was arrested by authorities and its members turned over to Egypt.
statement said the detainees were members of the Brotherhood and that they had
verdicts issued against them by Egypt. Kuwait has the right to determine their
accused Kuwait of abandoning the policy of neutrality on divisive regional
issues, claimed the statement.
it alleged that the Brotherhood was an “important part of the Kuwaiti political
Taliban Leader’s Release From Prison Raises Questions
Afghanistan — Eleven Taliban commanders have been released from a high-security
prison in Afghanistan, according to Taliban officials, in an apparent deal that
included a prominent regional leader caught five years ago personally escorting
a shipment of nearly a ton of opium.
and American officials have remained silent about the releases from the prison,
near the Bagram Air Base outside Kabul. A senior Afghan official said the 11
Taliban prisoners had been released in return for three Indian engineers after
months of negotiations with local Taliban commanders in northern Baghlan
province, where the engineers were kidnapped last year. The Indian Embassy in
Afghanistan declined to comment.
releases, which took place on Sunday, came just days after Zalmay Khalilzad,
the United States diplomat and chief negotiator with the Taliban, went to
Islamabad, Pakistan, and met with Taliban representatives. It was Mr.
Khalilzad’s first meeting with them since President Trump called off
negotiations with the insurgents on the eve of a potential breakthrough.
potential release of thousands of Taliban prisoners was part of those
negotiations. But that issue was a main point of contention with Afghan
officials who were furious that their government was excluded from those talks,
and that the United States was negotiating the release of prisoners being held
under Afghan authority.
was unclear whether the releases on Sunday had anything to do with negotiations
between the United States and the Taliban. In Afghanistan, however, rumors were
rife — not only among Afghan and Taliban officials, but also some diplomats —
that a separate prisoner exchange had been a major topic of discussion in the
Islamabad meeting between the Mr. Khalilzad and the Taliban.
insurgents have been holding three American University of Afghanistan
professors since August 2016, one of them an American said to be in poor
health. In return for their release, the Taliban have demanded the release of
Anas Haqqani, a member of the feared Haqqani network, a wing of the Taliban. He
is a stepbrother of the network’s leader and is one of the most prized
prisoners of the Afghan government.
Afghan and Taliban officials suggested the two sides might have reached an
agreement on the swap, possibly as a trust building measure that could help
revive the broader peace negotiations.
release of prisoners in itself was not unusual, with the Afghan government on
occasions of religious festivals often pardoning dozens whose prison terms are
what has drawn attention to this latest release is the notoriety of one Taliban
figure in particular: Abdul Rashid Baluch, who was on the United States
Treasury Department’s “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” list and was
arrested in a narcotics raid five years ago.
Baluch was a Taliban shadow governor, a regional official in charge of military
and political operations in the southwestern province of Nimroz, when he was
caught with a huge shipment of opium. The drug bust was held up as a major
revelation in how the line between Taliban insurgents and the narcotics mafia
had blurred in Afghanistan. (Taliban officials have denied that Mr. Baluch was
involved in drug trafficking.)
evidence of Mr. Baluch’s involvement in terrorist attacks, Afghan prosecutors
deliberately tried him on stricter counternarcotics charges. They feared that
the counterterrorism process was vulnerable to political deal-making.
the release of Mr. Baluch, especially if it is tied to the United States peace
talks with the Taliban, once again brings to the fore the concern that the
American negotiations did not address the complexity of the conflict — and
particularly how to consider the Taliban’s increasing hold on the massive drug
trade in the country.
his release was a unilateral Afghan government decision, it is unlikely that
the Afghan government would decide on the fate of a United States-designated
terrorist figure without first consulting the Americans.
Baluch was arrested in Nimroz, a smuggling hub on the border with Iran, in July
2014. An Afghan special forces helicopter swooped down on two vehicles racing
through the desert, seizing nearly a metric ton of opium, light and heavy
weapons, ammunition and satellite phones. The main person they detained had
insisted he was a carpet seller, giving his name as Muhammad shaq, but
investigators confirmed his identity as Abdul Rashid Baluch when he was
transferred to Kabul, the Afghan capital.
Afghan and Western officials at the time played up his case, and his arrest in
a counternarcotics operation rather than a counterterrorism raid. He was tried
in the country’s high-security drug court and given an 18-year sentence.
release now, under circumstances lacking transparency, is the latest instance
of a major drug smuggler going free.
in 2014, Hajji Lal Jan Ishaqzai, another major kingpin, bribed his way out of prison
by paying millions of dollars. Long among wanted international smugglers, he
had been arrested in 2012 after a shootout and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
United States has spent more than $8 billion on narcotics operations in
Afghanistan, according to the United States Special Inspector General for
Afghanistan Reconstruction. Throughout the course of the war, American
officials have shifted antidrug strategies several times.
this year, the American-led mission in Afghanistan called off its latest
attempt to cut off the Taliban’s revenue stream from drugs: a concerted bombing
campaign that targeted drug labs, mostly in the country’s volatile south where
much of the opium is grown. In 2018, the total opium poppy cultivation area in
Afghanistan was estimated at between 242,000 to 283,000 hectares, according to
a United Nations report, the second-highest measurement since it started
monitoring the crop in 1994.
the Taliban was in power in the 1990s, the group largely prohibited poppy cultivation.
After the American-led invasion in 2001, the government-turned insurgent group
turned to the opium trade for financial support.
an unrelated incident Monday, an explosion in the eastern city of Jalalabad
killed 10 people and wounded 27 others, said Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman
for the governor of Nangarhar Province. Most of the casualties were newly
recruited soldiers aboard a shuttle bus caught in the blast.
Shah contributed reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Fahim Abed and
Thomas Gibbons-Neff from Kabul.
possibility of Babri Masjid construction: Maulana TauqeerRaza
Grandson of Aala Hazrat and Ittehad Millat Council Chief Maulana Tauqeer Raza
held a meeting with Muslim scholars at a flat at Thakur Gunj, Lucknow. Before
the meeting, Maulana Tauqeer Raza said in the current scenario, reconciliation
is the only solution to the Ayodhya dispute.
view of the situation, whether the court verdict comes in favour or against,
Muslim party cannot construct masjid at any cost. Hence both the parties should
solve the issue through reconciliation so that peace prevails in the country,
he said. Inquilab Daily reported.
joint proposal of clerics and Sunni Central Waqf Board will be submitted before
October 18. People outside the flat raised slogans against Maulana Tauqeer
told that some people are obstructing the reconciliation. Some sections in each
of the two parties, want one-sided verdict. He blamed VHP and others on one
side and AIMPLB and Jamiat Ulama on the other for not resolving the matter.
Tauqeer Raza expressed fear of large scale riots in case of construction of
free 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 of its leaders
Indian engineers held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since May 2018 have been
freed by the militant group in exchange for 11 of its top members from Afghan
jails, according to an Afghan media report Monday.
there was no official confirmation from India on the release or identity of the
engineers, who are reported to have been working for KEC, a global
infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction company of RPG
are reported to have been among seven Indian engineers and their Afghan driver
who were abducted in the first week of May 2018 in the Bagh-e-Shamal area of
northern Baghlan province, where they were working on an electricity
of the seven was released in March. No group had claimed responsibility for
their abduction at the time.
latest release follows meetings between US Special Representative for
Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives led by
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Islamabad during the weekend, Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
Taliban officials told the US-funded media outlet that the swap took place
earlier Sunday. The officials, however, did not disclose the location of the
release and refused to say whether the freed Taliban were being held by Afghan
or US forces.
Associated Press reported that the Taliban were released from one of
Afghanistan’s largest jails at the Bagram military base, north of Kabul. While
the US troops handed over the base to Afghan security forces years ago, it
still maintains a military presence there.
officials said the freed Taliban leaders include Sheikh Abdur Rahim and Mawlawi
Abdur Rashid, who had served as the group’s governors of Kunar and Nimroz
provinces, respectively, before the Taliban was deposed by the US-led forces in
killed in Bangladesh for criticising govt deal with India
in Bangladesh staged protests and blocked major roads Monday after an
undergraduate was beaten to death, allegedly by ruling party activists, for
criticising the government over a water-sharing deal with India.
broke out at several universities in Dhaka and the northern city of Rajshahi
following the killing of Abrar Fahad of the Bangladesh University of
Engineering and Technology.
chanted slogans demanding “justice” and blocked major roads in the two cities.
Teachers joined some of the protests.
deputy police commissioner Munstasirul Islam told AFP that Fahad was beaten to
death and that ruling party activists were in custody for questioning.
body was found in his university dormitory and media quoted other residents as
saying that members of the student wing of the ruling Awami League had
interrogated and beaten him.
Islam Bitu, a vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), told NTV that
Fahad had been questioned over alleged links to an Islamist party’s youth
earlier, Fahad put up a post on Facebook that went viral. In it, he criticised
the government for signing an accord that allowed India to take water from a
river that lay on the boundary the two countries share.
slams Pakistan for ‘weaponising’ women’s rights issues at UNGA
has lashed out at Pakistan for “weaponising” women’s rights issues for
self-serving political gains in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it is ironical that a
country where violations of women’s right to life in the name of ‘honour’ go
unpunished is making “baseless” statements about it in India.
Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi during the UN
General Assembly Third Committee session on ‘Advancement of Women’ on Monday
asserted that from the first woman President of the General Assembly Vijaya
Lakshmi Pandit to women scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation,
Indian women from have long served as inspiration for many.
we renew our collective resolve to continue to work towards the realisation of
women’s empowerment and gender equality, there is no space for weaponising
women’s rights issues through empty rhetoric for self-serving political gains.
Today, one delegation has callously chosen to politicise this agenda by making
unwarranted references to internal matters of my country,” she said at the
Committee is one of the six in the UN General Assembly, deals with social,
humanitarian affairs and human rights issues.
did not directly name Pakistan, but was responding to references made to Jammu
and Kashmir by Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, who in her
speech at the Committee earlier said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were
suffering due to the communication blackout in the state.
had alluded to a picture of a Kashmiri mother that appeared on the front page
of The New York Times along with an article about how the mother lost her son,
who was bitten by a snake, as she could not get medical help on time.
naming Pakistan, Tripathi said that the country covets the territory of others
and camouflages its “vile intentions with fake concerns”.
is ironical that a country, where violations of women’s right to life in the
name of so called ‘honour’ go unpunished, is making baseless statements about
women’s rights in my country,” she said.
said the international community still remembered that the “armed forces of
this country” perpetrated dreadful sexual violence against women with impunity,
in India’s immediate neighbourhood in 1971.
still hear accounts of these gruesome violations at the annual high level
general debate. We do not wish to engage further on this issue with a
delegation with such credibility,” Tripathi said, stressing that the precious
time of the UNGA Committee be better utilised to deliberate on the agenda
said that despite significant progress made towards gender equality, women and
girls around the world continue to face restrictions to access education,
employment and political participation.
are still married as children, trafficked into forced labour and sex slavery
and every day more than 800 women die from preventable causes related to
pregnancy and childbirth, Tripathi said.
told the session that gender equality and empowerment of women were an integral
part of India’s inclusive development strategy and New Delhi attaches utmost
importance to representation of women in decision making positions.
than 1.3 million elected women representatives lead in formulation and
implementation of public policies at grassroots level in India and measures
such as financial inclusion, income guarantee programmes, cash benefit
transfers, improved access to healthcare and education for women and girls have
improved lives of millions, she said.
than 197 million women, who previously did not qualify to open bank accounts,
now have bank accounts through government’s financial inclusion initiative, she
other initiatives taken by the Indian government to ensure women empowerment
and equality, Tripathi said ‘Stand Up India’ and ‘Mudra Yojana’ programmes
promote women entrepreneurship by providing access to loans and cooking gas
connections have been ensured to more than 80 million women leading to positive
impact on their health, and reduced environmental degradation from using
suspected to have joined Islamic State, Kerala man declared hostile witness
father of a Kerala man who allegedly left the country to join the Islamic State
was declared a hostile witness on Monday in a trial against an Islamic Research
Foundation (IRF) employee.
Kerala man has been missing from the country since 2016, along with his wife,
one-year-old daughter, brother, cousin and their families. His father had
registered a complaint that the IRF employee, Arshi Qureshi, had allegedly
influenced his son and his family to join the Islamic State.
on Monday, the father denied registering a complaint against Qureshi. He denied
his earlier statement where he had said he had often overheard his son talking
on the phone about an “Arshi bhai” from IRF.
I returned from Umrah (religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia) in 2016, I learnt
that some persons from our village, including my son, have gone missing… They
left India but I do not know where they went,” the father said. “It is not
correct to say that I had heard my son talk on the phone around me. I do not
know anything about IRF, nor about Arshi,” he said during his
examination-in-chief by the NIA prosecutor.
was chargesheeted by the NIA in March 2017 for allegedly providing support to
the Islamic State and furthering its activities in connection with the missing
Indians from Kerala.
the complainant was shown the FIR filed by the police, he admitted that he had
signed it, but added he was not aware of its contents as he had neither read
it, nor was it read to him. He said he had heard about the IRF when the police
called him for questioning and asked him about the IRF.
Police seize mortar shells under bridge on Jammu-Pathankot highway
major tragedy was averted as Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday seized three 81
mm live mortar shells under a bridge on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway.
details, sources said that the mortar shells were first sighted by some locals
who passed through Lolaph Khud in the morning. They immediately informed local
police who along with its bomb disposal squad reached the spot and removed the
shells to some distance for blasting.
security has been beefed up in all major towns and cities across Jammu region
on the eve of Dussehra. All the places where effigies of Ravana, Kumbkarna and
Meghnath are to be burnt have been sanitised and closed for the general public
for the next 24 hours.
police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength at vulnerable
places and random checking of vehicles done at various places.
Director General of Police Dilbagh visited Katra, Poonch and Mandi towns,
besides Hill Kaka and some border areas to take stock of the security scenario.
He addressed a public meeting at Kulali and held a joint darbar of police and
Central Armed Police Force officers and personnel at Mandi.
Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta hills nears Katra, he took stock of the
security measures which are put in place during the festivals. He was also
briefed about the security measures taken en-route to the holy shrine,
including functioning of CCTV cameras, nakas, and frisking points along the
yatra track, in Katra town and on various link roads on the national highway.
interacting with the police and CRPF officers, the DGP stressed upon
coordination and synergy among security forces. The DGP directed officials for
plugging gaps if any by static as well as dynamic deployment.
called for the strengthening of Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) so that they are
readily available on real time basis to check and chase. He also pitched for
use of drones and effective coverage of shadow areas along the route and the
Bhawan, besides optimum use of bullet proof bunkers and shields and hassle-free
Kulali and Hill Kaka in Poonch district, he was briefed by Rashtriya Rifles
Commanding Officer Kashish Wadwa about the security scenario including
counter-infiltration and counter-terrorism measures put in place by them.
Islamic schooling in high demand amid growing piety of middle class Muslims
'alaika lisaanaka, amsik 'alaika lissanaka [be careful of what you say],” 27
elementary school students chanted in their classroom at Islamic state
elementary school Al Azhar 61 in Gading Serpong, Tangerang, Banten, quoting a
hadith. By remembering the hadith, the second graders are expected to respect
each other and watch what they say to protect one another’s feelings. Before
chanting the words as instructed by their teacher, the students were learning
about the role of a father in a family as part of an elective subject that
combines social science, natural science, mathematics and the arts, among other
things. In addition to teaching regular subjects such as natural and social
sciences, Al Azhar 61 teachers have also campaigned for Islamic character
building, “hoping to create noble, young generations," teacher Lilih
Kholidah told T...
blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang
US Commerce Department announced Monday it is blacklisting 28 Chinese entities
that it says are implicated in rights violations and abuses targeting Uighurs
and other mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.
of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the move, which bars the named entities from
purchasing US products, saying the United States "cannot and will not
tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China."
to an update to the US Federal Register set to be published Wednesday, the
blacklisted firms included video surveillance company Hikvision, as well as
artificial intelligence companies Megvii Technology and SenseTime.
ban comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China, particularly over
trade policy and Beijing's actions in the western Xinjiang region.
world's two biggest economies are in the midst of a trade war that's seen them
impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.
Monday, the White House announced that talks between the two countries were set
to resume on Thursday, with Beijing's top trade envoy Liu He due to meet US
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
US has meanwhile stepped up its rhetoric against Beijing over its policies in
the western Xinjiang region.
groups say China has detained around one million Uighurs and other Muslims in
re-education camps in the region, actions that Washington has said are
reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
last month's United Nations General Assembly, the State Department organized an
event to highlight the plight of the Uighurs, with the US's second-highest
diplomat John Sullivan decrying "China's horrific campaign of
Xinjiang, the Chinese government prevents Muslims from praying and reading the
Quran, and it has destroyed or defaced a great number of mosques,"
is a systematic campaign by the Chinese Communist Party to stop its own
citizens from exercising their unalienable right to religious freedom."
had until recently denied the existence of re-education camps, but now claims
they are "vocational training schools" necessary to control
terrorism, while decrying interference in its "internal affairs."
28 entities blacklisted include 18 public security bureaus in Xinjiang, one
police college and eight businesses.
entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the
implementation of China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and
high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other members of
Muslim minority groups," the Federal Register update said.
blacklisting of the Chinese companies follows Washington's earlier move to stop
technology giant Huawei and other Chinese firms from obtaining government
was also included in that ban, which will preclude any US federal agency from
purchasing telecom or technology equipment from the firms and comes amid
concern that Huawei is linked to Chinese intelligence.
puts Hikvision, Chinese security bureaus on economic blacklist
The US Commerce Department said on Monday it was putting 28 Chinese public
security bureaus and companies, including video surveillance company Hikvision
on a US trade blacklist over Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims and other
predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities.
added to the so-called “Entity List” include the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous
Region People’s Government Public Security Bureau, 19 subordinate government
agencies and eight commercial firms, according to a Commerce Department filing.
companies include Zhejiang Dahua Technology, IFLYTEK, Xiamen Meiya Pico
Information and Yixin Science and Technology.
reported on the planned additions earlier Monday, before the Commerce Department
made it official.
department filing said the “entities have been implicated in human rights
violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression,
mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs,
and other members of Muslim minority groups.”
list includes municipal and county public security bureaus and the Xinjiang
officials said the announcement was not tied to this week’s resumption of trade
talks with China.
added to the “Entity List” bars companies or other entities from buying parts
and components from US companies without US government approval.
Commerce Department previously added Huawei Technologies and more than 100
affiliates to the Entity List.
officially known as Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, with a market value
of about US$42 billion, calls itself the world’s largest video surveillance
reported in August Hikvision receives nearly 30% of its 50 billion yuan (US$7
billion) in revenue from overseas.
did not immediately comment on the Commerce Department’s move.
Chinese embassy in Washington also did not immediately comment.
April, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers urged the move against Chinese
companies it called “complicit in human rights abuses” and specifically cited
Hikvision and Dahua.
faces growing condemnation from Western capitals and rights groups for setting
up facilities that UN experts describe as mass detention centres holding more
than 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.
secretary of state Mike Pompeo said last week at the Vatican that “when the
state rules absolutely, it demands its citizens worship government, not God.
why China has put more than one million Uighur Muslims … in internment camps
and is why it throws Christian pastors in jail.”
Honovich, founder of surveillance video research company IPVM, said Hikvision
and Dahua both use Intel, Nvidia, Ambarella, Western Digital and Seagate
Technology as suppliers and that the impact on the Chinese companies would be
in Ambarella fell 12% in after hours trading on the news.
ex-Muslim rebels killed in Philippines by pro-ISIS group
• Seven former Muslim rebels have been killed in the southern Philippines in an
attack claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, military
and police authorities said yesterday.
said the dead were all members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),
formerly the country's largest guerrilla group but which began decommissioning
weapons last month under the terms of a 2014 peace treaty.
pro-ISIS armed group called Dawlah Islamiyah attacked a MILF camp near the town
of Shariff Saydona on Friday, sparking fighting that lasted several hours, said
Lieutenant-Colonel Ernesto Gener, commander of a local army battalion.
claimed responsibility in a communique seen by Site Intelligence Group, which
monitors extremist activity.
extremists said eight MILF members were killed, but local police commander,
Lt-Col Arnold Santiago, told reporters the authorities were only aware of seven
said they saw seven bodies being loaded onto a boat at a riverbank in Shariff
Saydona, about 900km south of Manila.
spokesman Von al Haq declined to comment.
peace pact with MILF ended decades of Muslim rebellion that had claimed 150,000
lives by government estimates in the Mindanao region, home to the Catholic
nation's large Islamic minority.
MILF was put in charge of a Muslim autonomous region as part of the peace
accord, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said ISIS is attempting to set
up a South-east Asian stronghold there.
of pro-ISIS gunmen seized the city of Marawi in May 2017, sparking a five-month
battle that left more than 1,000 dead.
atmosphere dims hopes for US-China deal
Prospects for progress in US-China trade talks dimmed on Monday after
Washington blacklisted Chinese companies over Beijing’s treatment of
predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities, and President Donald Trump said a quick
trade deal was unlikely. The move by the US Commerce Department could deepen
divisions between Washington and Beijing at a critical juncture in their 15-month
trade war that has roiled financial markets and triggered a slowdown in the
flashpoint has been a widening controversy over a tweet from a US National
Basketball Association (NBA) official. His backing of Hong Kong democracy
protests was rebuked by NBA, sparking a backlash.
and his top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, spoke in generally upbeat terms
about this week’s discussions with China, the first such high-level talks in
more than two months, but Trump insisted he would not be satisfied with a
think there’s a chance we could do something very substantial,” Trump said,
referring to minister-level talks scheduled for the end of the week.
would much prefer a big deal and I think that’s what we’re shooting for.”
to elaborate on the chances of progress this week, Trump sounded more
something happen? I guess, maybe. Who knows. But I think it’s probably
unlikely,” he said.
also said he hoped China found a humane and peaceful resolution to the protests
in Hong Kong, and warned the situation had the potential to hurt trade talks.
anything happened bad, I think that would be a very bad thing for the
negotiation. I think politically it would be very tough,” he told reporters at the
in Hong Kong have used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons against
pro-democracy demonstrators in the former British colony, which has been
plunged into its worst political crisis in decades.
views US support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong as interfering with
high-level trade talks in months
and Chinese deputy trade negotiators on Monday launched two days of talks aimed
at paving the way for the first minister-level negotiations in months.
White House officially confirmed that the high-level talks, involving Chinese
Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin, would begin on Thursday.
commerce ministry said Vice Premier Liu He would travel to Washington for trade
talks with the United States on Thursday and Friday.
a brief statement posted on the ministry’s website, it also said Commerce
Minister Zhong Shan, central bank Governor Yi Gang, and the National Development
and Reform Commission’s deputy head Ning Jizhe would attend the talks.
talks are getting underway about a week before US tariffs on US$250 billion
worth of Chinese goods are scheduled to rise to 30% from 25%. Trump has said
the tariff increase will take effect on Oct 15 if no progress is made in the
two sides have been at loggerheads over US demands that China improve
protections of American intellectual property, end cyber theft and the forced
transfer of technology to Chinese firms, curb industrial subsidies and increase
US companies’ access to largely closed Chinese markets.
launched a new round of tariffs after the last high-level talks in late July
failed to result in agricultural purchases or yield progress on substantive issues.
quickly responded with tariff increases of its own.
Monday’s talks got underway, the US Agriculture Department reported more
soybean exports to China, the latest in a recent flurry of buying by Beijing.
has booked deals for about 3.5 million tonnes of US soybeans since early
his scepticism about a likely agreement in the short term, Trump lauded what he
called Beijing’s “very, very strong” purchases of US agricultural products.
told reporters the White House had formed a “study group” to examine investment
issues, but said the idea of delisting Chinese firms, reported by Reuters and
other media outlets last month, was “not on the table.”
had no immediate response on Monday to the Commerce Department’s addition of 28
Chinese public security bureaus and companies to the so-called Entity List, but
Chinese officials have railed at previous listings of other Chinese firms such
as telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co.
department filing said the “entities have been implicated in human rights
violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression,
mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs,
Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups.”
listed are barred from buying parts and components from US companies without US
China’s state broadcaster dropped the games of the Houston Rockets, and two
Chinese corporate sponsors suspended ties, after the US basketball team’s
General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted: “Fight for Freedom, Stand With Hong Kong.”
swiftly deleted the tweet and apologised to fans in China, where the Rockets
have a large following.
than 16,000 flee unrest in Indonesia's Papua region
than 16,000 scared residents have fled an unrest-hit city in Indonesia's Papua
region, the military said on Monday, as one of the deadliest eruptions of
violence in years sparked calls for an independent investigation.
dozen people were killed when violence broke out in Wamena city last month,
with some victims burned alive when buildings were ablaze, and others stabbed
in the chaos, according to authorities.
mid-August, Papua has been hit by waves of mass protests and violence fuelled
by racism against indigenous Papuans by Indonesians from other parts of the
archipelago, as well as calls for self-rule in the impoverished region.
majority of Papuans are Christian and ethnic Melanesian with few cultural ties
to the rest of Muslim-majority Indonesia.
Monday, the air force said about 11,400 people - mostly migrants - had been
evacuated on board military aircraft.
thousand more have left on board commercial aircraft since late September, it
on Monday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for an inquiry into 33 deaths during
the Wamena riots to be led by the Southeast Asian country's National Commission
on Human Rights.
Indonesian government should also immediately allow the United Nations human
rights office unfettered access to [Papua] to investigate the situation,"
the US-based rights group said in a statement.
violence in Wamena was reportedly sparked by racist comments made by a local
teacher towards students, but police have disputed that account.
then, thousands of residents - both Papuans and non-Papuans - have been
evacuated, as news of looming violence circulates on social media.
there were signs that Wamena was returning to normal with many shops and
schools reopened - although most students have stayed home - while government
offices have also been operating since last week, according to an AFP news
August, protests broke out across Papua and in other parts of the country after
the arrest, racial abuse and tear-gassing of dozens of Papuan students, in the
city of Surabaya.
have become an influential minority in Papua, moving there from other parts of
the country in pursuit of opportunities in the mineral-rich region - home to
the world's biggest gold mine.
Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce from husband
Rep. Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband, citing an
“irretrievable breakdown” of her marriage.
freshman Democrat filed for divorce from Ahmed Hirsi on Friday in Minnesota’s
Hennepin County District Court. Omar and Hirsi have been legally married since
2018 but have been together for years.
petition, which Omar signed Friday while in Burkina Faso, does not elaborate on
what caused the marriage to break down. It comes more than a month after a
Washington, D.C., woman accused Omar of having an affair with her husband.
Omar was asked at the time whether she was separated from her husband or dating
someone, she told WCCO-TV, “No, I am not.” She has since declined to discuss
her personal life.
attorney, Jaime Driggs, issued a statement Monday saying: “As with all
marriages, this is intensely personal and a difficult time for their family.
For years, Ilhan and Ahmed have been the object of speculation and innuendo
from political opponents and the media.”
said this has taken a toll on the family, and that Omar wished for privacy and
would have no further comment.
asked specifically whether Omar had an affair, Driggs did not answer but
referred back to his statement. Omar’s office said it would only discuss
court case does not list an attorney for Hirsi. A working phone number for
Hirsi was not immediately available and he did not return emailed requests for
has been dogged by questions about her personal life since she first ran for
state representative in 2016, with some conservatives alleging she was married
to two men at once and that one of them was her brother - claims she called
“disgusting lies.” The claim that Omar married her brother was repeated by
President Donald Trump, who has made Omar a frequent target of attacks on
Twitter and in public, including at a rally in which he said Omar and three
other Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their home
countries. All four women are US citizens, and Omar is the only one who wasn’t born
in the US.
from a period of separation during which Omar was married to Ahmed Nur Said
Elmi, Omar has been with Hirsi for years and she says he is the father of her
license and divorce records show Omar legally married Hirsi last year after her
divorce from Elmi was finalized.
Mynett, the Washington woman who filed for a divorce in August, claimed Omar
had an affair with her husband, Tim Mynett, who has worked as a political
consultant for Omar.
his own court papers, Tim Mynett denied his wife’s assertion that he told her
he was in love with Omar and that he was ending his marriage for the
congresswoman. Mynett and his attorney did not immediately reply to messages
left Monday by the AP.
divorce petition was first reported by TMZ.
Senator Graham slams Trump for allowing Turkey to invade Syria
US Senator Lindsey Graham has blasted the administration of President Donald
Trump for its decision to allow Turkey to invade northern Syria and potentially
wipe out US-backed Kurdish fighters.
a Twitter message on Monday, the senator from South Carolina criticized the
maneuver as "a disaster in the making" in a rare public break with
the Republican president.
don’t know all the details regarding President Trump’s decision in northern
Syria, [but] if press reports are accurate, this is a disaster in the making,”
Graham wrote on Twitter.
a vocal defender of Trump and frequent adviser on matters of foreign policy,
claimed the White House move would ensure a “comeback” of the Daesh terror
group, force the Kurds “to align with” Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran,
damage the relationship between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
government and Congress, and become “a stain on America’s honor for abandoning
also tweeted that if this plan goes forward, he would introduce Senate
resolution opposing the move and asking for reversal of this decision.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also slammed Trump's decision
to withdraw US forces from Syria.
must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our
back," Haley tweeted.
a statement on Sunday, the White House announced Turkey's planned invasion of
northern Syria that seemed to indicate at least tacit American support.
decision came after a phone conversation between Trump and his Turkish counterpart
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the White House statement said.
White House said US troops would withdraw from the border between Turkey and
Syria and wouldn’t be involved in the offensive.
Monday, Erdogan spoke of imminent army operations against Kurdish militants in
is a phrase that we always say: we can come any night without warning. It is
absolutely out of the question for us to further tolerate the threats from
these terrorist groups," Erdogan told reporters.
abandons US-backed Syria Kurdish militants, says 'too costly' to back them
President Donald Trump, doubling down on his decision to pull out American
troops from northern Syria, has withdrawn Washington’s “costly” support from
long-time Kurdish allies purportedly fighting Takfiri Daesh terrorists in the
defended his administration’s decision in a series of tweets on Monday and said
it was time to remove the United States from “ridiculous endless wars” after
the White House announced that American forces would be pulled from northern
Syria amid an impending Turkish military operation there.
Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to
do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for
almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless
Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” Trump tweeted, adding,
“WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN.”
once again claimed that “100%” of Daesh has been defeated since he took office.
United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago.
We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I
arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly
defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,” he said, using an acronym for the Takfiri
United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago.
We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I
arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly
defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,.....
PM - Oct 7, 2019
people are talking about this
that after withdrawal of the US forces from Syria's north other parties
involved in the country's years-long conflict must now decide on which course
of action to take, Trump said in another tweet, "Turkey, Europe, Syria,
Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for long threatened that his country's
military is ready to launch an operation against US-backed Kurdish militants in
Syria at any moment.
Monday, Erdogan spoke of imminent army preparations against Kurdish militants
in Syria, saying, "We can come any night without warning. It is absolutely
out of the question for us to further tolerate the threats from these terrorist
a phone conversation between Trump and Erdogan, the White House said Ankara
would "soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern
Syria," and that US forces would "no longer be in the immediate
US has long been providing the militants of the so-called People’s Protection
Units (YPG) with arms, calling them a key partner in the purported fight
against Daesh. Many observers, however, see the support as part Washington's
plans to carve out a foothold in the Arab country.
support has also angered Washington’s NATO ally Turkey, which views the YPG as
a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The PKK has been waging a war inside Turkey for decades.
said it was ready to carry out an air and ground operation to push back YPG
militants from border areas after a deadline to jointly establish a so-called
safe zone with the US passed.
August 7, Turkey and the US reached an agreement on the establishment of a
joint operation center in northern Syria after Ankara threatened to launch an
operation against YPG militants and push them away from the Turkish border.
seeks to establish a 32-kilometer “safe zone” in northern Syria, and has
stressed that it wants the YPG cleared from the region.
Muslim Community In Mexico: Over 5,500 Villagers Embrace Islam since 1989
least 5,500 native Mexicans have converted to Islam since 1989 in the southern
Mexican state of Chiapas. It is cause for tremendous excitement at a time when
Islamophobia is on the rise and Muslims are exposed to falsely associated with
number of Muslims in Mexico has been growing exponentially over the last decade
as more Mexicans embrace the religion and its message of peace and coexistence.
arrival of Muslim immigrants from Lebanon, Syria and even Spanish Sufi Muslims
has contributed to spreading the message of Islam throughout Mexico, according
to The Muslim Vibe.
of the most unique Muslim urban centers was established in a village of
southern Chiapas, the heartland of the indigenous Mayan people who identify as
Roman Catholic. A growing number of indigenous Mexicans have converted to Islam
in this village located around San Cristobal de las Casas, which identify as
indigenous Tzotzil community.
word ‘’Tzotzil’’ reportedly means ‘’people of the bat’’ in the native Tzotzil
language. With a population of less than 300,000, the Tzotzil community
represent one of the last remaining strongholds of descendants from the ancient
Mayan empire of Central America.
there have been blending their indigenous ways of life with the customs
required by Islam, including the traditional Mayan scarf for women and prayer
caps or kufis for men. ‘’I want to speak my language, I want to put on the indigenous
dress, but I also want to believe in Allah’’ a Muslim member told the The
in Mexico has been largely adopted by native Mexicans because it highlights the
most beautiful aspects of Mexican culture and morality. ‘’People gave us weird
looks when we converted, they thought we were terrorists and were scared of us.
But with the passage of time and our own actions, that opinion has changed’’
another Muslim member said.
aligned with PKK terror group, not Kurds: Expert
U.S. partnered with the terror group PKK and not the Kurds, Senior Fellow at
Hudson Institute Michael Doran said Monday.
hours after a White House statement late Sunday declaring the withdrawal of
American troops from Syria, Doran said the former administration of U.S.
President Barack Obama has sown the seeds of a conflict between Turkey and the
PKK terror group in northern Syria.
aligned under Obama not with ‘the Kurds,' but with the PKK, the sworn enemy of the
Turkish Republic, our ally. We were sowing the seeds of a Turkish-PKK war with
that policy. We were also driving Turkey toward Russia," Doran said on
Twitter. His tweet was later retweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump.
reiterated his administration's commitment to withdraw troops from Syria on
Monday, following a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart a day
United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago.
We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight,"
Trump tweeted early in the morning.
U.S. president then said the Kurds, referring to YPG terror group in Syria,
"were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to" fight with the
U.S., in an apparent criticism of the policies of former U.S. administrations.
have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for almost 3
years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many
of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home," Trump added.
who served in the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush as a
senior director in the National Security Council, also criticized Senator
Lindsey Graham who has voiced concern for Trump's decision to pull troops out
said Graham needs Turkey and Saudi Arabia if he wants to contain the threat to
the region emanating from Iran.
political analyst at the U.S.-based think tank Heritage Foundation, Luke
Coffey, warned Americans of the YPG threat and said he is not "comfortable
arming and training a Marxist group with links to terrorism."
US troops in Syria it is alarming how little debate there was in America about
supporting the YPG. Call me old fashion, but I’m not comfortable arming and
training a Marxist group with links to terrorism. I’m sure most Americans would
feel same way too if they knew," Coffey tweeted Monday.
added that the Americans should welcome Turkey's steps to eliminate legitimate
security concerns along its long border with Syria.
should welcome Turkey taking steps to secure its border. US can’t do it
forever. They have legitimate security concerns," he said and informed
Americans about the real nature of the YPG.
the YPG is a neo-Marxist group that serves as Syrian branch of the PKK
(designated a terrorist group by US Govt). So please spare me the tears,"
the heat of Trump's withdrawal announcement during the day, U.K.-based
political analyst Kyle Orton has slammed Nikki Haley, former U.S. envoy to the
UN, for siding with the terror group over a NATO ally.
Haley might also explain at some point how she proposes to run an international
order where terrorists the US aligned with for contingent reasons become
‘allies’, and states that the US is bound by treaty to defend with nuclear
weaponry if necessary become ‘not our friend,’” Orton said on Twitter.
Ur Rehman- Fighting for Islam or Islamabad?
in Pakistan like many other third world countries something directly but often
indirectly shaped by externalities set by international players. Right-wing
forces have been instrumental in Pakistan while setting national priorities
including economy and foreign policies. Since the beginning of the Afghanistan
war, the role of religious elements has never been marginalized. Though the
collapse of the World Trade Centre was an epic event yet the Islamic right-wing
forces remained a force to be reckoned with.
spread of Islamic ideology imperceptibly created the genesis of nationalist
feelings in the western world. The seething surge of such nationalistic
thoughts impacted the electoral results in many developed countries including
France, England or even USA. Initially, it was construed as an inward shift and
a protest against globalization.
countries in Asia including Pakistan failed to comprehend the direction of the
wind. Pakistan continued to be a safe haven for outfits engaged in terrorist
activities. These outfits remained financially independent due to regular
financial support from their financiers and non-state players.
political regimes in the western world, conservative in policies became wary of
these militant and religious bands construing those as a threat to their
existence. Financial embargo becomes the new strategy to disrupting the designs
of Islamic militant groups.
buttress the strategy, the rise of right-wing forces in non-Muslim states was
supported as a policy of containment. The drift of international events has
adequately substantiated the notion of acceptable non-Muslim right-wing as
compared to Islamic militancy. As a third step, the task of mainstreaming
seminaries (madrasah) through systemic change was superimposed without much
religious leaders in the country who thrived on foreign as well as local
funding and well-established seminaries network have felt under siege. With
them, retaliation is the choice to assert their existence.
Fazal ur Rehman has announced a display of strength by locking down of capital.
He is a crook and a clergy cum politician whose sole objective is to stay with
the reigning side. At the juncture, he is aware of the odds in a political
context to launch such offense against the sitting political government who is
padded with the support of establishment forces.
parties are divided and fighting for their political survival. Under the
circumstances, any external support for the march towards the capital remains
an elusive hope.
though embroiled in economic instability has treaded cautiously by detaching
itself from homegrown religious groups. It’s an opportunity for the country and
the real masters to get rid of religious elements who exploit under the
political cloak. Let Fazal ur Rehman march to capital without any hurdle
created by the state. Under the changed world and changed national priorities,
he with his aides is doomed to fizzle out.
Zafar is a Lahore based teacher and a social activist. She can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own
and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.
Khan raises Kashmir issue during meeting with US Senators
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that the international
community should raise its voice for the rights of the Kashmiri people.
made the remarks during a meeting with US Senators Chris Van Hollen and
Margaret C Hassan, who called on the prime minister in Islamabad.
was critical for the international community to raise its voice for respect of
the rights and freedoms of the people" of Jammu and Kashmir, Khan said as
he appreciated the continued active interest of the US Congress, including of
the two Senators, in the volatile situation in the region.
told the Senators that talks with India were out of question in the ongoing
situation in Kashmir, Geo TV reported.
between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of
Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status
and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high
commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on
also noted that both Pakistan and the US had a shared interest in advancing
peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pakistan's commitment to a political solution in Afghanistan, Khan underlined
the importance of resumption of the US-Taliban peace talks.
govt report finds no evidence Pakistan supporting Khalistanis
A report published by British government funded Commission for Countering
Extremism (CCE) says that many Sikhs feel angered by claims made by India's
government of growing British and Canadian Sikh terrorism and that “Khalistani”
movement has the backing of Pakistan - without any evidence.
report for the UK government’s independent adviser on extremism found that
Sikhs are angry that campaigns to highlight human rights abuses are labeled
“Khalistani terrorism” with accusations they are Pakistani funded - without
evidence ever presented publicly by the Indian government.
Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, Department of Theology
and Religion, University of Birmingham, and Sunny Hundal, journalist and writer
has written the report titled “The Changing Nature of Activism among Sikhs in
report, based on research and interviews, found that tensions between Sikhs and
Hindus in Britain were rising and were set to get worse and that Sikhs are
becoming more assertive about their faith identity while playing a bigger role
in wider society. The report analysed in detail why more Sikhs in the West
demand an independent homeland for Sikhs – called Khalistan – and why the
Indian government sees it through the lens of terrorism and extremism. It said that
the Indian govt overlooks the fact that a significant portion of Sikhs came to
Britain and Canada in the 80s to escape Indian government persecution and are
attracted to this idea of ethno-nationalism.
paper said: “It is hard to say how many Sikhs in Britain want an independent
homeland, as there is little solid polling on the question, but it is certainly
true that the events of 1984 in Amritsar and New Delhi, and subsequent events
over the years have super-charged demands for Khalistan.”
participants of the survey agreed that Sikhs want a seperate homeland because
of the injustice they have faced and continue to face. They rejected claims by
Indian government of extremism and the funding of terrorism.
report said: “The theme of injustice was a common thread in responses. Many of
our respondents said most Sikhs saw Khalistan as an abstract concept; a proxy
for anger over events from 1984 and the treatment of Sikhs in India as
second-class citizens. Some respondents who did not support Khalistan said the
idea also remained popular because of the actions of the Indian government
towards diaspora Sikhs. In recent years, the Indian government has repeatedly
accused diaspora Sikhs of turning towards extremism and funding terrorism in
report analysed whether allegations that Muslim men have targeted Sikh women
for grooming were right and found that while there have been tensions in
communities but there was no evidence to back up the claim.
the report: “There is some evidence that Sikh women have been victims of sexual
grooming by gangs of men, some of primarily Pakistani-heritage. However, most
of our respondents felt these claims are being exaggerated to serve other
report found that there is a simmering discontent towards India amongst Sikh
diaspora because of Narendra Modi’s nationalist agenda and rise of Hindutva.
said attitudes towards India had improved while Manmohan Singh, a
turban-wearing Sikh, was Prime Minister of India from 2004 - 2014. It mentioned
that relations between Sikhs and India started deteriorating when India
arrested and detained British Sikh activist Jagtar Singh Johal.
report discussed how, last year, the New York-based group Sikhs for Justice
(SFJ) mobilised between t10 to 30 thousand Sikhs around Trafalgar Square to
promote a Referendum on Punjab’s independence in 2020. “Indian officials
claimed the group were a Pakistani plot, but its members have denied such
claims. We believe India’s claim that diaspora Sikhs are funding terrorism in
India deserves more questioning and public evidence. In a report published in
2017, Dr Jasjit Singh concluded that Sikhs in Britain did not pose a security
threat to western countries, and the information on British Sikhs funding
terror groups in India remained “unclear”,” it said.
report recommended that Sikhs be allowed to debate the merits of a Sikh
homeland without being reflexively labelled as “extremist” or “terrorism”
of the respondents felt the narrative of the Indian government and Indian media
was also strengthening the hand of advocates of separatism.
report said: “There were also concerns that some British Hindu groups have
firmly tied themselves to the BJP-Hindutva project, which has the potential to
worsen Sikh - Hindu relations.”
Khan, the head of the Commission for Countering Extremism, said: “The papers on
Islamism and Sikh activism bring to life the many issues we have heard through
our evidence gathering and engagement. They include clear examples of the democratic
debate we must protect but also the hateful extremism we must recognise and
COAS to meet Chinese leadership on Oct 8-9: FO
Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar
Javed Bajwa will visit China from October 8 to 9, 2019 and hold meetings with
the Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.
number of agreements/MoUs are expected to be signed at a ceremony to be
witnessed by the two prime ministers, a foreign office statement issued here on
Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will separately host banquets in honour of
the Prime Minister Khan, said the statement.
Minister Imran Khan will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including
the foreign minister, minister for railways, minister for planning, development
and reform, adviser to prime minister on commerce, special assistant to prime
minister on petroleum, Board of Investment (BOI) chairman and senior officials.
Chief of Army Staff will join the prime minister’s meetings with Premier Li
Keqiang and President Xi Jinping, the statement mentioned.
visit of the prime minister was in continuation of the long-established
tradition of the leadership of the two countries meeting regularly and
consulting closely on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual
prime minister will exchange views on regional developments including the state
of peace and security in South Asia arising from the situation in occupied
Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, it added.
visit will be instrumental in further cementing Pakistan’s economic, investment
and strategic ties with China.
other things, the prime minister will apprise the Chinese leadership of the
government’s recent landmark decisions to speed-up implementation of the
ongoing CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor).
to a foreign office statement, there will be interaction with senior
representatives of the Chinese business and corporate sector as well for
deepening bilateral trade, commercial and investment partnership.
Islamists Threaten to Topple 'Jewish Agent' Imran Khan - for Meeting George
a much anticipated press conference on Saturday, Fazlur Rehman, the leader of
the Islamist political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl, declared
"war" on Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government,
announcing a march on the capital Islamabad on October 27.
party spearheads last year's merger of five Islamist parties into the Muttahida
Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), dedicating it to the "true Islamization" of
Pakistan and the establishment of shariah law.
leads Pakistan's opposition parties’ coordinated challenge to the government,
accusing the PTI of winning power on the back of massive vote-rigging in last
year’s general elections. The opposition demands Khan’s resignation.
Saturday’s presser, Rehman predictably focused on the prime minister’s
electoral illegitimacy, and the government’s struggling economic policies, he
also unleashed what has long been his most frequently played card against Imran
time, his long-time accusations had a new twist: Imran Khan is a "Jewish
agent" under the influence of the prime bogeyman of Western anti-Semites
and conspiracy theorists from the far right to the far left: George Soros.
met Soros on September 23 in New York ahead of addressing the UN General
Assembly last month.
reiterated his allegations that the Pakistani premier was a "Jewish
agent." In the press conference, the JUI-F chief noted:
meeting that infamous Jew, [Imran Khan] has made it clear that [his government]
doesn’t want to bring reforms in religious education. They want to make
Pakistan's educational system subservient to the West."
- Tweet from supporters of Fazal-ur-Rehman's Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Party
to @faisalch827 @FIA_Pakistan
place here in Pakistan for jew and qadyani agents we have made promise to fight
against jew and qadyani lobby till the last drop of blood.#مولانا_تیری_جرات_کو_سلام
AM - Jul 30, 2019
JUI Media Services's other Tweets
from supporters of Fazal-ur-Rehman's Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Party
meeting immediately attracted a lot of media attention in Pakistan. BBC Urdu
did a piece on the meeting that walked through every country in which he and
his Open Society Foundation is "accused of being part of a larger global
conspiracy," from Erdogan's Turkey to Orban's Hungary to American white
supremacist shooters (the piece itself strangely flagged Soros as a
"billionaire Jew" in its introduction).
was a trigger for Pakistan's Urdu press to publish a flurry of features and
op-eds questioning the real reasons for the meeting.
the conspiratory talk, the meeting was openly reported by the national state
broadcaster, Radio Pakistan. Pakistan's UN ambassador tweeted a photo of the
meeting, as did George's son, Alexander Soros. That suggested a pushback by
Imran Khan's government, effectively declaring his willingness to openly
embrace working with George Soros.
- Alexander Soros tweet
meeting last night with the charismatic Prime Minister of Pakistan
@ImranKhanPTI! #UNGA #UNGA74 #UNGA2019
image on Twitter
PM - Sep 26, 2019 • New York, NY
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was reaffirmed when government spokesperson Firdous Ashiq Awan defended Khan’s
meeting with Soros on national television.
Saleem Safi, a veteran journalist, asked Awan on his popular show Jirga why
Imran Khan met the "Jewish missionary" who is "notorious in the
entire world as a conspirator," she replied:
is not true. Every individual can be a lobbyist, and meetings are organized
based on realities on the ground…we can’t own and disown [people] based on
staunch defense of potentially working with Soros, and the refusal (in this
case, at least) to echo anti-Semitic slurs, suggests that Khan's government is
indeed set to reverse its own ban on the Open Society Foundations in Pakistan,
which it initiated in December 2017, apparently part of the state’s general
crackdown on civil society organizations that were insufficiently patriotic.
specific rationale was ever offered for closing the Soros-funded foundation,
but it was met with little surprise at the time: Pakistani politicians always
deemed "foreign conspirators" and Jews synonymous, and any
differentiation has generally been considered superfluous.
- Muppalla tweet
• Sep 28, 2019
are in control of Pakistan
Khan is agent of globalist Jews/Israelis ruling Islamic Pakistan. Neither his
meeting Soros nor his request of mediation from POTUS is one off thing. Look at
these connections: @ptiofficial @mysticintel
@rehamkhan1 1/n #JewishTakeOverOfPak
is in deep relation with his first wife Jemima Khan (Goldsmith) who is daughter
of Sir James Goldsmith. Here is the pictorial graphic (a picture is better than
1000 words):@ptiofficial @mysticintel
PM - Sep 28, 2019
people are talking about this
Khan now needs the Soros foundations' expertise. At the New York meeting, it was agreed that
the Open Society Foundations would visit Pakistan. The government needs help to
enact its much publicized educational reforms, including a revamp of the
country's 30,000 autonomous madrassas, which Khan wants to bring under state
aim is to defang madrassahs as a key recruitment pool of radicalized youngsters
for violent Islamist militants, and to introduce modern-day teaching methods
and a syllabus supervised by the Ministry of Education. As a government
spokesman stated: "An Islamic education will continue to be provided but
there will be no hate speech."
is this planned mainstreaming of madrassas, announced in April, that fired up
Fazlur Rehman to protest the Imran Khan government to begin with. And now the
Khan government is seeking Soros' help to make it happen.
Islamist seminaries are critical for Rehman's party. They are the source of its
political base and all of its considerable street power. State control of the
madrassas would result in radically reduced political relevance for him, his
party and the broader Islamist coalition.
with this existential threat, and the Soros foundations' potential role in
educational reforms, Rehman and Pakistani Islamist groups were spurred to adopt
the anti-Semitic Soros trope, which has never properly featured in the Islamist
- PakistanMGC tweet
پاکستـــــZindabadـــان 🇵🇰 🇹🇷
Khan meets George Soros, who is a huge capitalist illuminati jew behind most of
the anti Muslim campaigns of the world. He is ranked at number 6th most
powerful illuminati Zionist of the world https://m.ranker.com/list/top-50-illuminati-from-most-to-least-powerful/illuminatibloodline
PM - Sep 22, 2019
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march to the Pakistani capital also functions as a wink to the country’s
all-powerful military establishment.
Pakistan Army, which propped up the PTI’s rise to power, and Khan's ascension
to the premiership, appears to still be backing his government. But a vocal,
mass demonstration in the capital is Rehman's message to the military that they
should consider the JUI-F in future plans, should the establishment consider
another upheaval in Islamabad.
Khan knows that as long as the military has his back, he has little to fear
from any mass demonstrations. Having himself led an opposition protest in 2014,
when he camped inside the capital for four whole months, Khan knows that no
protest rallies of that scale take place in Pakistan without the army's support
or at least acquiescence – and if they're sufficiently concerned, they can
withhold that permission at any time.
months ago, the protest launched by the radical Islamist Tehrik-e-Labbaik
Pakistan (TLP) in Lahore was mopped up by state authorities, and its leadership
arrested, just a year after the same group had held the capital hostage for
weeks during the rule of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The League
has been at loggerheads with the military establishment.
seemingly unapologetic endorsement of George Soros, and the Open Society
Foundations working in Pakistan, must have been founded on complete confidence
that he has the Army on his side.
- Aisha Ali tweet
is puppet of wealthy #Jews political lobby for #Pakistan!!!
@SniperExPmln @expmln #NawazTheLeaderOfLions
PM - Nov 21, 2016
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knows that he has to act on the madrassas, and fast. There is now global
pressure on Pakistan to end the Islamist seminaries' role as ideological
breeding grounds for terror groups. The threat of blacklisting by the global
counter-terror watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is looming.
multi-pronged economic crisis means that the country can ill-afford the
sanctions that would arise from that blacklisting, nor can it be over-selective
in terms of who offers it aid for many of its deprived sectors. The contingencies
of economic distress may well be another motivation for Khan's lack of
reluctance in re-inviting the Open Society Foundations to Pakistan.
that simmering economic crisis is also fueling growing discontent among the
masses against the ruling party. And Fazlur Rehman is ready and able to tap
into their resentment, supercharging the Islamist camp's attack on Imran Khan's
legitimacy with ever more poisonous anti-Semitic narratives, in order to regain
political mileage – and even initiate a change at the helm of Pakistan.
to rebuild 118-year-old mosque in Pakistan
Red Crescent on Monday laid the foundation stone for restoring a 118-year-old
historical mosque in northeastern Pakistan.
Hazarat Ibrahim Mosque is located at a village named Hokran Chak in Jhang
district of Punjab province.
the groundbreaking ceremony, Huseyin Can, general secretary of Turkish Red
Crescent, said it was a great honor to restore a historical mosque in a
brotherly Muslim country.
nation has not forgotten the friendship of Muslims of the sub-continent,"
he said, referring to their assistance in the Turkish War of Independence.
has always stood behind their Pakistani brothers and sisters in difficult times
of flood and earthquake, he added.
mosque was built by local people in 1901.
Alvi promulgates ordinance for establishment of CPEC Authority
Dr Arif Alvi has promulgated an ordinance for the establishment of the
'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPECA)', Radio Pakistan reported
per the report, it is aimed at "accelerating the pace of CPEC-related
activities, find new drives of growth, unlock the potential of interlinked
production network and global value chains through regional and global
August, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that the government was forming
CPECA to ensure the timely completion of the corridor's projects. He had said
that CPECA would help ensure coordination among the departments concerned.
completion of CPEC will not only benefit Pakistan and China, but also the
entire region," the premier had said, adding that the timely completion of
CPEC projects was the top-most priority of the government and CPEC is a clear
example of joint efforts and partnership between Pakistan and China.
president's promulgation of the ordinance for establishing CPECA coincides with
Prime Minister Imran's visit to Beijing which will include talks on the
progress of CPEC.
officials and observers have said momentum on CPEC projects is slowing, in part
due to concerns over the size of Pakistan’s debt and struggling economy, which
led Islamabad to turn to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout package
Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Khusro Bakhtiar at a news
conference on Sunday denied there had been any slowdown in CPEC projects.
New projects offered to China as part of CPEC: minister
a narrative being built up that they have become slow; I reject it, it’s
totally wrong," he said.
minister said: "There will be meaningful engagement on all aspects of
Pakistan-China relations during the visit", expressing the hope that it
would take CPEC cooperation to new heights so that benefits of Pakistan’s
economic progress could reach the people at the earliest.
French officials on trial over kickback deals with Pakistan
Three top former French government aides went on trial on Monday charged with
arranging a system of kickbacks on arms deals with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in
trial is the first to arise out of a sprawling investigation into the so-called
Karachi affair where a bus carrying French defence engineers was blown up in
2002, killing 15 people.
Qaeda was initially suspected of the attack, but the focus later shifted to the
arms deals amid suspicions the bombing may have been revenge for non-payment of
total of six people went on trial in a Paris criminal court on Monday on
suspicion of misappropriating part of the proceeds from the arms deals. They
included three former government aides who served under conservative ex-prime
minister Edouard Balladur.
90, was himself last week ordered to stand trial over claims that he used some
of the kickbacks to fund his failed 1995 presidential bid.
three aides are Nicolas Bazire, Balladur’s former campaign manager; Renaud
Donnedieu de Vabres, a former adviser to his defence minister Francois Leotard;
and Thierry Gaubert, a former aide to then budget minister Nicolas Sarkozy.
accused are Dominique Castellan, a former head of the international division of
French naval defence contractor DCN (since renamed Naval Group), and two
Lebanese middlemen who allegedly acted as go-betweens for the bribes and
kickbacks -- Ziad Takieddine and Abdul Rahman El-Assir.
was not present at the start of the trial.
ended arms bribes Paying bribes on arms deals was common practice when
Balladur’s government won contracts to sell submarines to Pakistan and frigates
to Saudi Arabia in 1994.
kickbacks on the deals was banned, however.
suspect the French of having paid some 327 million euros ($359 million) in
bribes on the deals, including some 13 million euros in kickbacks.
defeating Balladur for the presidency in 1995, Chirac ended the payment of all
remaining commissions on the deals.
has denied knowledge of any commissions or kickbacks and said he was not
responsible for the “details” of the financing of his presidential campaign.
denies issuing ‘instructions’ on sodomy during ‘Azadi March’
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Monday denied the authenticity of three
documents which circulated on social media earlier in the day, hinting that the
party was endorsing homosexuality in its upcoming Azadi March.
first document was a notice allegedly issued by the party, outlining 10
instructions the participants of the march. The sixth point stated that no
participant should engage in homosexuality without prior approval from their
participants will completely refrain from engaging in sodomy without the
permission of their emir [leader]. The violators of this instruction would be
thrown out of the sit-in and their belongings will be seized,” the notice said.
second document was an alleged application form for those who wish to seek
permission to engage in sodomy during the Azadi March. The alleged application
form asks for particulars of the individuals along with prior history of
third document, the authenticity of which was denied by Islamabad district
commissioner (DC) in a tweet, was a notice issued to the authorities and
religious bodies on the basis of above-mentioned document, stating that since
homosexuality is forbidden in Islam, nobody would be allowed to engage in this
is strictly prohibited in Islam and hence cannot be tolerated in any form,
whether in a political gathering or during private meetings,” the notice read.
City Police have received several complaints from the citizens in which they
expressed their concerns over a possible massive wave of homosexuality in
Islamabad after a political gathering planned on October 27,” the notice added.
is hereby announced that the city officials will enforce Pakistan’s law and the
regulations set out in Islam and the workers of the political party are advised
to retain from such sinful deeds during their gathering,” the notice concluded.
Islamabad DC also said that a First Information Report (FIR) was being
registered against the issuance of the fake notice.
to Pakistan Today, JUI-F Senator Hafiz Hamdullah “cursed” those who had
prepared these “fake” documents. He claimed that some elements were running a
malicious campaign against his party to slander the upcoming Azadi March.
same elements behind the country’s economic destruction are running this
malicious campaign,” he said.
waives entry visas to Iraqis for two months
waives entry visas to Iraqis for two months starting from October 24, according
to the official IRNA news agency.
reported that a statement issued by Iran’s embassy in Iraq said that “Iraqi
nationals can travel to Iran without requiring a visa from October 24 until
embassy hoped that such moves will lead to expansion of ties between the two
neighboring countries,” IRNA reported citing the embassy statement.
urged its citizens planning to take part in a major Shia pilgrimage in Iraq to
delay their travel into the country over the violence.
week, Iran shut the Khosravi border crossing with Iraq at the request of Iraqi
authorities as country-wide protests raged. The post was later reopened on
Monday morning and Iranians were making their way towards holy shrines in Iraq,
an official said in a report by ISNA news agency.
Should Focus More On Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Than On Hezbollah’s Missiles
Israeli official recently said that Israel’s top priorities are to prevent Iran
from producing a nuclear weapon and to thwart Hezbollah’s precision missile
are the biggest security challenges Israel faces but there is a huge difference
between them. An Iranian nuclear attack might annihilate Israel and cause
hundreds of thousands of casualties. Hezbollah’s precision missiles present a
major problem, but on a much smaller scale than the nuclear one. The gap
between the two issues is so vast that it requires putting each one of them in
its own category.
has been taking steps to breach the agreement about its nuclear program, the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in July 2015. If Iran
actually tries to produce a nuclear weapon, then Israel must stop it, almost at
any cost. Iran with a nuclear arsenal will be an existential threat to Israel.
Israel must focus on that, at the expense of other major issues, such as
Hezbollah’s precision missile project. Israel should not neglect, let alone
underestimate, Hezbollah’s missiles but it is much less of a danger compared
with Iran’s nuclear project. Nevertheless it often seems that Israel
concentrates too much on Hezbollah’s missiles, instead of zeroing in on Iran’s
should prevent Hezbollah from producing accurate missiles in large quantities
but it does not necessarily mean that Israel has to go to war over it. Such a
war will cost Hezbollah dearly but that’s no comfort for Israel which would
likely also pay a significant price.
the past, Israel tolerated the fact that its sworn enemies had a formidable
military, without going to war over it. This had been the case with Syria since
the 1980s, until more recently, when the Syrian armed forces lost much of their
strength during the civil war in their country. Hezbollah, already at kind of a
low point following its many casualties in Syria and economic hardships, might
become even more vulnerable in the future. That’s why Israel might be able to
avoid a conflict with them.
the worst case, if Hezbollah manages to produce and deploy its accurate
missiles en mass, it doesn’t mean the group will fire them. Their purpose,
together with the rest of Hezbollah’s arsenal, is to deter Israel from bombing
Iran’s nuclear facilities. Yet, considering the Iranian nuclear threat, it
might be worthwhile for Israel to risk attacking in Iran. Israel could still
deter Hezbollah from striking or it could launch a massive surprise offensive
against Hezbollah, at the same time it bombs Iran.
the 2006 war, the IDF destroyed Hezbollah’s long range missiles before they
could be used. It will be difficult, but not impossible, to do the same with
Hezbollah’s accurate missiles. In addition, part of those missiles that will be
launched will be intercepted by Israel’s air defense that will protect the
country’s most vital infrastructure, both civilian and military. Although some
of those sites would be hit, they could be fortified in advance, which would
reduce the damage. There should also be alternative facilities to produce
vitally needed electricity. Israel also has to be ready to repair and rebuild
key infrastructure points as fast as possible.
last war between Israel and Hezbollah was in 2006. In the ensuing 13 years,
both sides have been preparing their forces for another round. Destroying
Hezbollah’s accurate missiles will be a top mission for the IDF, but
Hezbollah’s unguided missiles and rockets are a problem too. Hezbollah had
about 30,000 rockets in 2006. Now it holds up to 150,000 rockets and
missiles. During a war, Hezbollah might
fire 1,500 of those projectiles per day. This kind of firepower will hurt
Israel but Hezbollah can’t destroy Israel, not even a small part of it. An
Iranian nuclear weapon can do that.
neither Israel nor Hezbollah wants war, but
the situation could escalate at any time. Nevertheless, Israel has to be
careful not to be entangled in an unnecessary war. If Israel concludes it has
no choice but to attack, it has to be done in the optimal terms for Israel in
the military and diplomatic levels.
2006 war went on for 34 days. The next one might be shorter. Israel will try to
end the war quickly in order to reduce the cost to its people. Israel’s
leadership will have to make decisions quite quickly, while under pressure. Yet
it will pale in comparison to the scenario Israel would face during a war with
Iran, when the latter has nuclear weapons that might reach Israel in a matter
says Chinese state oil firm has withdrawn from $5bn deal
state oil company pulled out of a $5bn deal to develop a portion of Iran's
massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic's oil minister said.
South Pars field deal, struck in the wake of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with
world powers, appears to be just the latest business casualty of the United
States' pressure campaign on Tehran following President Donald Trump's
unilateral withdrawal of the US from the deal.
also comes as China and the US engage in their own trade war, as Beijing and
Washington levy billions of dollars of tariffs on each other's goods.
Minister Bijan Zangeneh, quoted by the ministry's SHANA news agency, said on
Sunday the China National Petroleum Corp was "no longer in the
did not elaborate or give any reason for the withdrawal, though SHANA said the
company "had pulled out of a contract" to develop the field.
in Beijing did not immediately acknowledge the decision. Phone calls to the
CNPC rang unanswered and its website bore no mention of the withdrawal.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif separately complained on Sunday about the
US campaign against Tehran and its impact on foreign investments.
have been facing plenty of problems in the field of investment because of the
US maximum pressure policy," Zarif told a parliamentary committee,
according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. "We are trying to
remove the problems."
political analyst Saeed Leilaz said he believed despite China's departure from
the project, "China will remain Iran's main trade partner".
said that was because a large portion of past oil revenue from China had
remained in the country, enabling Tehran to buy goods it needed from China
without transferring money from Iran, thereby evading US sanctions on Iran's
holds the world's second-largest known reserves of natural gas and the world's
fourth-largest oil reserves.
of its natural gas comes from its massive South Pars field, which it shares with
Qatar. The initial plan for the development of South Pars involved building 20
wells and two wellhead platforms, a project that would have a capacity of 2
billion cubic feet of natural gas a day.
terms of the initial deal, France's Total SA was to have a 50.1 percent stake,
with CNPC getting 30 percent and the Iranian firm Petropars getting 19.9
Total's withdrawal because of US sanctions, CNPC had taken over the French
firm's stake. Now Petropars will develop the field alone, Zangeneh said.
first pulled out of Iran in 2006 as United Nations sanctions first took hold
over fears Iran's atomic programme would be used to build nuclear weapons.
Tehran has maintained its programme is only for peaceful purposes.
cancelled another CNPC contract in 2012 amid increasing international sanctions
that led to the 2015 nuclear deal.
withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Tehran over a year ago, the US imposed
sanctions on Iran that have kept it from selling its oil abroad and have
crippled its economy.
has since begun breaking terms of the nuclear deal. In late September, the US
sanctioned Chinese shipping firms it said were ferrying Iranian crude oil.
also have been a series of attacks across the Middle East that the US blames on
peaked on September 14 when a missile and drone attack hit Saudi oil
installations, causing oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the
1991 Gulf War.
Houthis manipulate women to lay landmines
Security authorities in Yemen’s western province of Jawf have said they
uncovered several groups of bombers, including women linked to Al Houthi
forces have captured a number of cells sent by Al Houthi militias to plant
mines and explosives in markets and other gatherings of civilians,” chief of
special security forces in Jawf, Col Abdullah Al Barbar, said, according to
Saudi newspaper Asharq Al Awsat.
included a women cell who had explosives in their possession,” he added.
groups have repeatedly accused Iran-aligned Al Houthis of indiscriminately laying
landmines in civilian areas in war-racked Yemen, resulting in large deaths
mainly women and children.
expertise gained by Al Houthi militias in manufacturing and hiding explosives
has been transferred to them by experts from [Lebanese] Hezbollah group and
Iran sent to Yemen to train Al Houthis in killing the Yemeni people,” Col. Al
added that military engineers in Jawf had managed to remove and defuse many
landmines, mostly planted in busy markets and on roads.
Citizen Indicted For Trying To Join Isis, Produce Explosives
of the southern Israeli town of Tel Sheva was indicted on Sunday for attempting
to join the ISIS terrorist organization and produce explosives.
Abu Rakaik, 20, intended to join the terrorist group and travel to Syria
because he supported ISIS ideology. In an attempt to identify with the jihadist
organization, Rakaik would listen to songs praising ISIS and read posts and
news from the group, including about the war the organization was fighting in
Syria, Somalia and Iraq, and about terrorist attacks conducted by it in these
accused bought uniforms similar to those used by ISIS through the Internet, and
wore them daily with sandals outside of his house and in the mosque that he
attended. He also took pictures in the uniform and published them on Facebook.
found an Internet site detailing the requirements for joining ISIS, including
the necessity to apply for a passport to exit Israel. In order to fund his trip
to Syria, the accused planned on producing explosives and selling them to
others. Rakaik looked at multiple websites for information on how to produce
explosives and explosive material. He bought hydrogen peroxide, salicylic acid
and aluminum foil and attempted to produce the explosive material in his home.
case is being investigated by the central Israel Police unit in the Negev and by
the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service).
to launch second phase of activities at Arak nuclear reactor: Official
is set to launch the second phase of activities at the Arak heavy water nuclear
reactor within three weeks, state news agency IRNA reported citing the head of
Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.
official, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that “Iranian scientists could prepare the
second phase during the past four years in a way that it will be launched in
stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that
was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew
from the accord in 2018 and re-introduced sanctions on Tehran.
govt spokesman: Tehran to continue efforts to ease tension with Gulf States
government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Monday Tehran will continue its efforts
to ease tension with Gulf States, Iranian TV reported.
is calling on the Iraqi people to show restraint, he added , after days of
unrest in Iraq during which the death toll has passed 100 and more than 6,000
have been wounded.
will always stand by the Iraqi nation and the Iraqi government. We are calling
on them to preserve unity and to show restraint,” the government spokesman Ali
Rabiei told a news conference.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Monday that “enemies seek to sow discord”
between Iran and Iraq.
and #Iraq are two nations whose hearts & souls are tied together... Enemies
seek to sow discord but they’ve failed & their conspiracy won’t be
effective,” Khamenei said on Twitter.
and #Iraq are two nations whose hearts & souls are tied together through
faith in God & love for #ImamHussain & the progeny of the Prophet
(pbut). This bond will grow stronger day by day.
seek to sow discord but they’ve failed & their conspiracy won’t be
effective. https://twitter.com/ar_khamenei/status/1180922270535032833 …
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says US coercion putting global trade system in danger
says the US' illegal sanctions and coercion have jeopardized the international
trade system, and the world must break its silence over the "unprecedented
remarks were made by Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN Es'haq Al-e Habib in an
address to a meeting of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly held in
New York on Monday.
cannot deny the fact that commitment to multilateral cooperation as a basis and
foundation for global treaties and agreements is currently under unprecedented
and growing pressure," the Iranian diplomat said.
policies have made multilateral financial and trade system very inefficient,
and now it is upon the international community to guarantee that the financing
of development is not taken hostage by certain countries through unilateral
coercive measures," he added.
illegal and illegitimate coercive and unilateral measures of the US, including
its unprecedented and unjustifiable sanctions against certain developing
countries, Iran in particular, amid the international community's silence have
increased in an unprecedented way and threaten the foundations of
multilateralism," Al-e Habib said.
have been running high between Iran and the United States since May 2018, when
US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the nuclear
deal, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
is a stern critic of the deal, which was clinched in 2015 by Iran and six world
powers, including the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia, and
Germany. Under the agreement, nuclear-related sanctions put in place against
Iran were lifted in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.
his Monday speech, Al-e Habib also criticized the World Trade Organization for
blocking Iran's membership for two decades because of the political pressures
of certain member states, saying that unilateral behaviors are currently
targeting the WTO, jeopardizing the entire trade system of the world.
the largest economy not yet member of the WTO, has been requesting to join the
Organization since 1995, and was admitted to it as an observer in 2005, but
sanctions began to hit Tehran afterwards and certain countries - especially the
US - opposed its membership.
says Iraq's ongoing developments will have no impact on Arba'een march
says the ongoing unrest in Iraq will have no impact on ceremonies to
commemorate Arba’een, which marks 40 days after the martyrdom anniversary of
Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, stressing that the Iraqi government and
nation as well as influential figures will certainly settle the internal issue.
Iraqi government and nation have so far succeeded in solving many crises with
prudence, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in an interview
with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on Monday.
the occupation of the country by the American forces and after that, many
events took place in Iraq, but the Iraqi government and nation have managed to
overcome all these issues through prudence and wisdom [achieved] as a result of
consensus among all Iraqi parties and groups as well as political and religious
figures," he added.
advised those who have a covetous eye on the recent spate of unrest in the
Iraqi capital of Baghdad and some other cities to advance their own interests
"not to bother themselves and know that these are internal affairs of
Iranian spokesperson emphasized that the Arba'een march would be massively held
with the participation of devotees of Imam Hussein from Iran and other parts of
Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan confirmed for the first time on Sunday
that 104 people had been killed, including eight security officers, and more
than 6,000 wounded in the country's protests.
protests began last Tuesday, with demonstrators calling for better living
conditions. The rallies soon turned into riots as some protesters started
vandalizing public properties and attempted to enter the Green Zone in Baghdad
-- which houses government offices and foreign diplomatic missions.
of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that
enemies have been struggling to drive a wedge between the Iranian and Iraqi
nations but have failed as the two neighbors are bound together by commonalities,
have been making considerable efforts to sow discord between the two nations,
but thank God they have failed and will fail from now on too, because the main
factors binding the Iranian and Iraqi nations are their faith in God and love
for the household of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and [his grandson and the third
Shia Imam] Imam Hussein (AS),” the Leader said.
Friday, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the top Shia cleric of Iraq, urged
security forces and protesters to avoid violence, expressing sorrow over some
sporadic unrest that has led to several casualties.
siege, assaults totally or partially affect 100 percent of Gaza factories
Palestinian legislator says 100 percent of factories in the blockaded Gaza
Strip has been completely or partially affected by the 14-year-long siege
imposed by the Israeli regime on the enclave and successive assaults against
lawmaker Jamal al-Khudari, who is the head of the Popular Committee against the
Siege on Gaza (PCAS), made the remarks in a press release on Monday, saying the
occupying regime is deliberately targeting the Palestinian economy, especially
the industrial sector.
said Tel Aviv is still imposing restrictions on the entry of industrial
materials into the besieged territory under the pretext of dual use, the
Palestine Information Center quoted him as saying.
who is originally an academic and businessman, also pointed out that these
measures have exacerbated the suffering of factory owners, workers and
to the Palestinian legislator, the direct and indirect losses inflicted on
Gaza, including on such sectors as industry, commerce, agriculture and
business, are estimated to be at $70 million every month.
also affirmed that 3,500 factories had already shut down in the sliver, whose
poverty rate has reached 85 percent and its unemployment rate exceeded 60
stressed that removing the blockade is the only solution to end the suffering
of Gazans, calling on the international community to exert more effort to
pressure Tel Aviv to lift its crippling siege.
Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007. It has caused a
decline in the standard of living as well as unprecedented levels of
unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
occupying regime has imposed three major wars against Gaza, killing thousands
of people each time and shattering the impoverished territory’s already poor
economic situation across Palestinian lands worsened after the US earlier this
year cut all its financial aid for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and
cuts in the humanitarian aid were soon hitting hundreds of thousands of the
most vulnerable people, especially in Gaza, where 80 percent are dependent on
have held weekly rallies along the Gaza fence to protest the siege on the
enclave and demand the right for the refugees, who were forced to leave during
the 1948 creation of Israel, to return to their homes.
legal woes come as Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival, with the
country’s unprecedented second election of the year failing to provide him with
a clear victory. In last month’s election, neither Netanyahu nor his chief
challenger, Benny Gantz, secured the required parliamentary majority to form a
new government. Both men have expressed support for a unity government as a way
out of the deadlock, but they remain far apart on who should lead it and what
smaller parties would join them.
and his centrist Blue and White party have so far rejected a partnership with
Netanyahu, citing his legal woes. A failure to reach a deal could trigger a
third election in less than a year. Netanyahu is desperate to stay on as prime
minister, a post he can use as a pulpit as he tries to fend off any charges.
Israeli law requires Cabinet ministers to step down if charged with a crime.
But the law is vague for sitting prime ministers, meaning he could
theoretically remain in the post if he is indicted, though he would likely face
calls to step aside.
21, wounded during clashes along Gaza border dies from injuries
CITY: A Palestinian wounded by Israeli fire during protests and clashes along
the Gaza border in February has died from his injuries, the Health Ministry in
the Hamas-run enclave said on Monday. Fadi Osama Hijazi, 21, was wounded during
clashes east of Jabalia in the north of Gaza, the Health Ministry said.
have been gathering for weekly demonstrations at various points along the
border of the blockaded territory since March 2018.
least 311 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since the
protests began, the majority during the demonstrations and clashes.
excesses continued as Palestinian Pesident Mahmoud Abbas said he would discuss
plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including Hamas.
with senior Palestinian leaders in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Abbas
renewed a pledge to hold the polls — the first since 2006 — but without giving
a time frame.
announced they had formed committees to “communicate with the election
commission and factions such as Hamas and all factions, as well as with the
said any elections should take place in “the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza
and Fatah have been at loggerheads since 2007, when Hamas seized Gaza and threw
out Abbas’ forces, which retained control of the internationally recognized
Palestinian government based in the West Bank. No parliamentary elections have
been held since 2006, with the two sides trading blame. Multiple attempts at
reconciliation have failed and analysts say new elections are impossible
without improved relations. Hamas said in a statement on Saturday it did not
“know what Abu Mazen means by general election.” The movement said it had
already committed itself to elections. Abbas has previously pledged on multiple
occasions to hold elections but without any results.
Abbas also confirmed the Palestinian Authority (PA) had received on Sunday $1.5
billion shekels ($430 million) from Israel — representing taxes that had been withheld
from the Jewish state.
in February decided to withhold around $10 million per month from revenues of
some $190 million per month it collects on the behalf of the PA, triggering
Abbas’s fury. The money comes from customs duties levied on goods destined for
Palestinian markets that transit through Israeli ports and constitutes more
than 50 percent of the PA’s revenues.
Rocked by Extremist’s Counterterror Role
Oct. 7, 2019
has been rocked by a security breach that allowed an Islamist extremist to work
in the heart of its counterterrorism apparatus for years, before he killed four
of his colleagues last week and was then shot dead.
lawmakers on Monday called for Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to resign
over the assault, which snapped the relative lull in terrorist attacks in
France in recent months. Mr. Castaner brushed aside the calls.
right poses as protectors of women to target Muslims, official extremism report
activists are exploiting concerns about the safety of women and children to
target Muslims and ethnic minorities, an official report has found.
Commission for Countering Extremism said some groups “deliberately distort the
truth to persuade their audience to adopt discriminatory and hateful
government agency’s first major report, seen exclusively ahead of its release
by The Independent, warned that the tactic was drawing in white communities who
would not normally support the far right, and worsening social division.
part of research into all forms of extremism across Britain, the commission
examined a series of protests sparked after a woman claimed she was gang raped
by Middle Eastern migrants in Sunderland.
report said prominent far-right figures including Tommy Robinson, Jayda Fransen
and former Ukip leadership candidate Anne Marie Waters used rallies in 2016 and
2017 to “spread anti-minority and anti-Muslim agendas”.
marchers said they aimed to improve the safety of women and children locally,”
the report said.
their rhetoric targeted ethnic minorities, despite nearly 85 per cent of people
convicted of sexual offences in 2018 in the Northumbria Police force area being
started an online petition with more than 100,000 signatures, and funded a
large advertising board and legal support for the complainant via online
were sent to Robinson’s supporters calling for them to join angry “justice”
demonstrations that drew 1,000-strong crowds, including an email that was
screengrabbed by the Finsbury Park terrorist Darren Osborne.
councillors said a string of 13 marches in as many months “whipped up
anti-minority feeling” and were linked to a series of hate crimes including a
violent attack on Asian men, vandalism and racist graffiti in the area.
Commission for Countering Extremism said: “Many protesters were not motivated
by hate; they had concerns about their safety and the safety of those in the
agitators exploited these local grievances. Members of the movement had links
to banned group National Action. The shared belief of these figures and groups
was their antipathy towards minorities, immigrants and particularly Muslims.”
similar pattern has been seen with the use of grooming gangs as a major
far-right recruiting tool, which sees extremists characterise the abuse as
committed solely by Muslims.
of the leading organisers of the Sunderland protests, former English Defence
League member Billy Charlton, was jailed for 21 months for inciting racial
hatred with his speeches.
55-year-old repeatedly suggested that all immigrants were rapists, shouting:
“These people turn up and are raping our children and we need to hold somebody
responsible for it … get them off our kids, get them off our streets, get them
off our island.” Robinson also gave speeches at the rallies, where crowd
members shouted “f*** Islam”, and broadcast the footage via a Canadian website.
government report said locals who opposed the demonstrations were abused and
intimidated, including a Muslim counter-protester who was labelled a “paedo”
and received death threats after his personal details were published online.
original rape allegations were investigated by police but did not result in any
charges, and the alleged victim withdrew her support from the campaign in her
name in October 2017.
men were later convicted for an unrelated attack in which they raped a woman in
their asylum-seeker hostel.
commission said small-scale protests have continued in Sunderland, including in
relation to Brexit and the imprisonment of Robinson for contempt of court, but
external far-right influence had been reduced by Sunderland council and police.
held public meetings to counter misinformation and address local concerns about
the placement of asylum seekers, while drawing up an agreement to reduce the
“volatility” of protests.
Miller, the leader of Sunderland City Council, said similar issues had affected
“many UK communities”
in Sunderland and the North East we have a long history of welcoming refugees,
and of asylum seekers and communities living and working together,” he added.
what we have seen in the last few years is a rise in the number of far-right
extremist groups from outside of the city, targeting, exploiting and
intimidating residents in an attempt to inflame tensions and create divisions
where these don’t exist.”
Miller said many local residents “felt intimidated” by the protests and
businesses lost trade as people avoided the city centre.
far right groups don’t have Sunderland or our residents at heart,” he added.
“Their only interest is in serving their own agenda.”
Commission for Countering Extremism said authorities in Sunderland received no support
from central government during the protests, which were amplified by right-wing
extremists around the world.
report found that, overall, the government’s response to extremism that falls
short of terrorism was “slow and unfocused”.
agency’s nationwide inquiry, launched after the 2017 terror attacks, found
authorities were failing to spot local tensions being exploited, not protecting
victims, and were failing to “challenge the persistent behaviour of hateful
extremists who seek to mainstream their dangerous propaganda”.
commissioner Sara Khan said “hateful extremism” was allowing people to make the
“moral case for violence” while stopping short the threshold for criminal
inspiring terrorist attacks, to hateful extremist groups engaging in persistent
hostility, we are grappling with what is a global challenge,” she added.
we are to be successful in reducing the extremist threat in our country, we
must focus on challenging hateful extremism. My report shows the destructive
effect it is having on the lives of individuals, our communities and wider
Muslim Teens in Face of Islamophobia — in Their Own Schools
girl told me I was going to hell because I’m Muslim,” said high school senior
Sara Shohoud about her first incident of Islamophobia. She was in first grade.
know how to counter it. I was so young,” the 18-year old said. “And now, I just
Sunnyvale resident said she regrets staying silent and burying her frustration
more recently, as classmates made offensive jokes about Muslims or equated them
with being “terrorists.”
been in those situations, and I kind of wish I could relive them because I
didn't handle it the best,” she said.
decided to enroll in a program to help Muslim youths handle harassment, inform
peers about their faith and, in the process, create a more positive school
environment. Since the Youth Speakers Training program launched three years
ago, the nonprofit Islamic Networks Group now offers it in California and seven
anti-Muslim sentiment has grown in the U.S., data show Muslim kids experience
bullying and harassment at a higher rate than other students.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reports 53% of Muslim school-aged
children in California said they have been “made fun of, verbally insulted or
abused.” Nationally, 42% of Muslim children reported being bullied, according
to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. By comparison, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 19% of all high school
students say they have been bullied at school.
a recent training session at the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, Shohoud
and about two dozen teens sat in folding chairs, sometimes fidgeting with
plastic water bottles, as they opened up about bearing the brunt of “9/11
jokes” or being insulted for their religion.
of the kids who were becoming freshmen (this year) at this school were throwing
the terms Muslim and terrorist,” Zayn Zaafran, 12, told the group, adding that
he didn’t want to disclose he was Muslim. “I just backed off.”
are reflecting a larger dynamic in America, where incidents of bias and
violence against Muslims have increased in recent years, said Dr. Nadia Ansary,
an associate professor at Rider University in New Jersey who studies discrimination
and bullying of Muslim youth. She points to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric
and policies such as the travel ban as contributing to the problem.
of bias and violence against Muslims in the U.S. spiked in 2017, with 2,599
reports of violence, harassment and discrimination, according to a study by
CAIR, which has been tracking the trend since 2014. About one-third of the
incidents reported, including employment discrimination and denial of service,
were in California.
happens in schools is a mirror image of what's happening in society because
schools are a part of our community,” said Ansary, adding that bullying puts
children at greater risk for anxiety and depression.
the Islamic Networks Group training in San Jose, students reviewed their rights
at school and brainstormed how to respond to potentially thorny scenarios, such
as what a Muslim student should do when jokingly asked, “Hey are you planning
to bomb the school?”
students suggested doing nothing or telling an adult at the school. But Shohoud
offered a different strategy.
really interesting response would be to ask, ‘What makes you say that?’ So they
kind of have to admit that they are being Islamophobic, and nobody really wants
to do that,” she said.
Pathan, the group's Bay Area director who leads the training, and the other
students nodded in agreement.
turn it back,” said Pathan, 24. “That’s a great response, because it puts the
ball in their court and they have to come to terms with whatever they are
general, school districts have a legal obligation to address bullying and
protect students. California and other states have taken measures to curb the
intensive and often repetitive form of harassment.
year, the California Department of Education developed anti-bullying guidelines
that schools must make available to teachers and other staff members.
those steps are not enough to fully tackle the magnitude of the problem, said
has a right to be educated in an environment where they're not abused.
Everybody has a right to practice their faith traditions,” she said. “The data
suggest that that's not where we are.”
students intervene to confront bullies, start a conversation to counter
negative stereotypes, or nip hurtful language or jokes in the bud, that helps
create a better environment for everyone at school, Pathan told the students.
of this works if we just turn around and make fun of other people,” said
Pathan. “It’s only going to work if we all reduce this thing together.”
part of the training, students also practice presenting fact-checked materials
to their community about the history of Muslims in America and their faith.
Those include a list of more than 110 frequently asked questions and answers.
all those those components to stem discrimination and empower students is what
makes the program unique, said Ansary and Muslim leaders.
Saman Ali, 17, finished the ING training two years ago, she gave presentations
to hundreds of students at her high school about the basics of her religion.
wanted to show kids that Muslims are just like anybody else,” said Ali, a
senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville.
said she realized most of her peers didn’t know much about Islam. Classmates
asked her if she fasted during Ramadan, why she doesn’t wear a hijab and if she
prays five times a day.
definitely wanted to know what do you do as a Muslim kid,” she said. “I can
understand why they were confused. So I was there to clarify.”
Vista High teacher Jill Seidenverg has repeatedly invited Ali to share her
presentation in her AP world history class. Students are often more receptive
to learning from a peer, said Seidenverg, and she's seen a positive impact.
more you know, the less afraid you are. And the less afraid you are, the less
hateful or hurtful you can be as a human,” said Seidenverg, who has taught for
experience also helps the youth speakers gain confidence, as they trade their
feelings of being powerless or victimized to ones of realizing they can be
agents of change.
said she used to want to transfer to another, more diverse high school. But she
felt differently after taking the training and giving her presentations.
acknowledges Turkey's right to self-security
on Monday said it acknowledges Turkey’s right to self-security, as Ankara plans
to launch an operation east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria.
are aware of Turkey's acts to ensure its own security and we accept them,"
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.
said his country hopes that Turkey will comply with the precondition of Syria's
Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that his country does not
have designs on any country’s territory.
part of Syria's territorial integrity, the safe zone plan has two purposes, to
secure our borders by eliminating terror elements and to ensure the safe return
of refugees," Kalin said in a Twitter post.
2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern
Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it
possible for Syrians who fled the violence to return home.
has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern
Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist
with Serbia at best level in history: Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said relations with Serbia were at the
best level in history.
remarks came before his two-day visit to Serbia where he will mark the 140th
anniversary of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Serbia.
to the Serbian newspaper "Politika", Erdogan evaluated the diplomatic
relations, economic and cultural developments between the two countries.
"as a part of the Balkans" wants to carry out activities that will
contribute to the "welfare and stability" of the region, and to
strengthen the relations and cooperation with the region in every field, said
said: "Serbia has a central and strategic position in the Balkans. We have
deep-rooted, historical and cultural ties with Serbia, and we see Serbia as a
neighboring country, even though we do not have common borders. Today, our
relationship is at its best level. My dear friend Vucic [Serbian President
Aleksandar Vucic] has a great role and support in this."
pointed out that Turkey's investments in Serbia rose for the last two years.
paid a visit to Serbia two years ago, almost on the same dates, which gave
momentum to our relations. I will hold the second meeting of the High-Level
Cooperation Council, which was established during that visit," said
will have the opportunity to evaluate what we have done for the last two years
and set new targets," he added.
friendship project to unite the hearts
said that he is proud to see that the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination
Agency (TIKA) has implemented development aids in the protection of our common
historical and cultural heritage and development in different fields such as
health and agriculture.
contributes to tourism through the restoration of Ram Fortress -- a 15th
century Ottoman castle -- in Serbia and the historical monuments in Kalemegdan,
also lay the foundation of the Belgrade-Sarajevo Highway, which we consider as
a friendship project of great importance for the region," said Erdogan adding
that Turkey attaches "great importance to the realization of this
see it not only as a project that will strengthen the relations but also as a
friendship project that will contribute to regional peace and unite the hearts.
I do not doubt that we will take our cooperation with the strong political will
to the next level, and we attach great importance to the preservation of peace
and stability throughout the Balkans.
supports "Serbia's economic development efforts and the EU accession
process," that if prosperity and peace continues in Serbia, this will have
positive repercussions for the whole region, he added.
plays a crucial role in maintaining regional peace and the development of the
region. I get a chance to see this, even more, every time I visit
Belgrade," said Erdogan.
to the economic development between the two countries, Erdogan said that
together with Vucic they have encouraged Turkish businessmen and investors to
expand their business in Serbia.
investments provide employment for 8,000 people in Serbia
pointed out that Turkish investments in Serbia has risen from only $1 million
in 2011 to $200 million in 2018 and provided employment for approximately 8,000
people in the country.
companies have investments in Serbia in many sectors such as textile and
garment, automotive supplier industry, machinery, banking, tourism. The number
of Turkish companies operating in Serbia was around 130 in 2015, and it has
already exceeded 800," said Erdogan.
urged the continuation of the dialogue process of Belgrade-Pristina for
reaching a permanent and comprehensive agreement.
agreement on the Kosovo issue that satisfies all parties, is vital for the
long-term stability and peace in the Balkans of where Turkey is also a
part," he said.
supports "the attainment of a lasting and comprehensive agreement based on
the free will and consensus of the parties," said Erdogan.
said: "We are ready to do our best to solve the problem and to accept a
mutual agreement between the two countries.
between Turkey and Serbia are based on mutual understanding and respect. We are
conducting a multi-layered cooperation that serves the interests of our
countries. Our countries have mature foreign policy traditions that can turn
different perspectives into areas of cooperation."
policy towards region is clear
to Turkey's policy for the region, Erdogan said that the country's policy
towards the Balkans is not on a religious basis.
Erdogan's Syria operation offers Turkey 'what it wants'
plans for an assault on Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria, enabled by the
withdrawal of US forces from the border, stem from domestic unease over a large
refugee population as well as legitimate security concerns, according to
3.6 million Syrians living in Turkey have increasingly become a political
football while the country faces economic uncertainty.
talk of an incursion into Syria to clear out Kurdish militants that Ankara
considers to be terrorists intensified last week, government officials revealed
plans to resettle two million refugees in a 30 kilometre “safe zone” on the
Syrian side, stretching from the Euphrates river to the Iraq frontier.
the course of the civil war, Turkey has been firmly opposed to the Kurdish
enclave that encompasses a third of Syrian territory, declaring it an
region was carved out by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which have ties
to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group that has waged a four-decade war
against the Turkish state that saw tens of thousands killed.
Alam, a London-based military analyst specialising in Syria and Turkey, said
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced growing pressure to resolve the refugee
are a number of domestic factors that have brought this about — the refugee
crisis and the economic situation that has turned people against refugees,” he
told The National. “They needed to move ahead.”
Sazak, research director at Ankara consultancy TUM Strategy, said an incursion
would play well with Mr Erdogan’s nationalist allies as well as the wider
of the nationalists’ primary issues is to deny a Kurdish microstate on the
border,” he said. “Unless you’re a Kurdish nationalist or a secular leftist
ally of the Kurds, everyone in Turkey’s going to be delighted with this.
will make Erdogan immensely popular because Turkey’s got what it wants.”
operation would likely prove to be “the final nail in the coffin of a
YPG-controlled microstate in northern Syria,” he added.
Ali Bakeer, an Ankara-based political analyst, the US decision was the “logical
said: “The Americans had to choose between sticking with the Kurds and having a
confrontation with a Nato ally or dropping their support for the YPG.”
US retreat is seen by some observers as an abandonment of the Kurdish allies
who led the ground campaign of the last four years to remove ISIS from Syria.
the presence of US soldiers was a deterrent to a Turkish assault. “The US
presence was a factor in delaying the operation and there’s been a painful back
and forth between DC and Ankara,” said Dr Alam.
would not want to be hitting US troops and Ankara’s finally convinced the US to
Saturday, Mr Erdogan told a gathering of ruling party officials that
preparations for an incursion had been completed and suggested it would be
called Operation Source of Peace.
potential operation would be the third large-scale Turkish incursion into
northern Syria. In August 2016 it launched Euphrates Shield in northern Aleppo
province against the YPG and ISIS. Operation Olive Branch in March last year
saw Turkish troops and allied militias take the northwestern Kurdish district
also has soldiers in Idlib, where they are manning observation posts to enforce
a nominal ceasefire between rebels and government forces.
third campaign could see Turkey control territory along most of its 900km
border with Syria.
it could face stiff opposition from the YPG and conflict with Syrian government
forces, Dr Alam said.
has the air power and more powerful artillery but moving into urban areas will
be difficult,” he said. “It could be a full-on pitched battle and the YPG has
the capability to bog down the Turkish military, as the PKK’s done for decades
it to be a success, it has to be a swift operation to take territory quickly
and resettle Syrian refugees.”
added: “We could see a mutual interest develop between the Kurds and the Syrian
government against Turkey. There’s the potential for them to work against
operation will be helped by the removal of YPG border defences as US and
Turkish troops began joint patrols on the Syrian side last month, as well as
intelligence gathered during joint air missions.
announcement from Washington came after a telephone call between Mr Erdogan and
US President Donald Trump, who in December pledged to withdraw most US troops
from Syria as he sought to end US entanglement in foreign military missions.
made a promise to withdraw US troops and now there’s an election coming this is
an easy chance to deliver a campaign promise,” Mr Sazak said, adding the move
could see Mr Trump become “more popular than Kennedy” in Turkey.
are concerns about what will happen to thousands of ISIS militants held in
Kurdish prisons, including around 2,500 foreign fighters, for whom Turkey will
now take responsibility.
camp is at risk of falling under ISIS control, Kurdish general says
— America’s Syrian Kurdish allies are at risk of losing control of the vast
camp where the families of the Islamic State’s defeated fighters are being
detained as militant women increasingly assert their dominance over the camp,
according to the top Kurdish military commander.
at the al-Hol camp in eastern Syria are failing to contain the increasingly
violent behavior of some of the residents, and the flimsy perimeter is at risk
of being breached unless the international community steps in with more
assistance, said the head of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Gen. Mazloum Kobane,
who uses a nom de guerre and is known simply as Mazloum.
is a serious risk in al-Hol. Right now, our people are able to guard it. But
because we lack resources, Daesh are regrouping and reorganizing in the camp,”
he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “We can’t control them
100 percent, and the situation is grave.”
al-Hol camp houses around 70,000 people, most of them women and children who
were displaced by the war against the Islamic State. A majority of those are
ordinary civilians caught up in the fighting who have no relationship to the
militants, and more than half are children.
as many as 30,000 are Islamic State loyalists, including the most die-hard
radicals who chose to remain in the group’s self-declared caliphate until the final
battle for the village of Baghouz this year, Mazloum said in a telephone
interview from his headquarters in the Syrian province of Hasakah.
10,000 of those are foreigners from more than 40 countries who made the journey
to join the Islamic State in Syria, and they are among the most fiercely
committed extremists, according to camp officials.
in the camp have risen sharply since Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
delivered an audio address last month urging his followers to “tear down the
walls” of the camps and prisons housing detainees to free them, SDF officials
say. The women have set up their own Islamic State-style sharia courts and are
inflicting physical punishments on ordinary camp residents who reject their
of the SDF’s foremost wishes is for governments to alleviate some of the burden
on the SDF by repatriating their citizens, Mazloum said. But most governments
are refusing to take them back.
Kurdish administration also needs help with funding to secure, feed and house
the detainees, he said. The town-size camp, sprawled across a remote stretch of
desert near the Iraqi border, is surrounded only by a rusty, sagging chain-link
fence. Floodlights — paid for by the Kurds — to detect breakouts at night were smashed
almost immediately by women throwing rocks, Mazloum said. The guards have no
night-vision equipment, and the few closed-circuit TV cameras are useless after
sympathetic to the Islamic State lurk in the desert nearby and close in under
cover of darkness and help women and children clamber across the fence.
said he believed all of those who have escaped in that way were foreigners, and
all were subsequently recaptured. SDF officials concede, however, that it is
possible some have managed to get away, and could make their way back to their
home countries undetected.
incident this week heightened fears that the camp is slipping out of control.
Guards attempting to intervene to prevent Russian Islamic State women from
administering beatings against two women who had failed to obey their rules
were confronted by stone-throwing women, two of whom pulled guns, according to
the officials. The guards opened fire in the air, according to Mazloum, but aid
workers reported that four women were injured by gunshots and the SDF said one
the problem are dismal living conditions. Food is scarce, water supplies are
contaminated and disease is rife. With winter approaching, the misery will only
increase, heightening discontent in the camp and perhaps turning more residents
against the SDF, said Mazloum, citing the urgent need for more humanitarian
assistance as well.
U.S. military shares the SDF’s concerns, said Col. Myles B. Caggins lll, a U.S.
military spokesman speaking from Baghdad. Although large numbers of the camp’s
residents are not Islamic State supporters, “without an international solution,
the next generation of ISIS combatants may emerge from al-Hol,” he said.
SDF forces are meanwhile stretched thin across their vast territory, amounting
to a third of Syria, by the effort to suppress revived Islamic State activity
elsewhere, by continuing threats from Turkey and fears that it plans to invade
the northern part of the area, and by the need to defend against possible
incursions from the Syrian government to the south.
this is preventing us from focusing on the camp,” Mazloum said. “If we can
remove these challenges, we can manage.”
he added, that would require a political settlement to the overall Syrian war,
“which will take a very long time.”
of Islamic Cooperation intensifies efforts to protect heritage
Discussions were held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the
Islamic Cooperation Organization (ICO) in Jeddah to establish a platform to
preserve cultural heritage. The platform aims to preserve the heritage and
monuments of the Muslim world.
Secretary-General of the ICO Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen stressed that
the project is a confirmation of the organization’s unwavering commitment to
promote joint Islamic work in the field of heritage conservation.
also translates the organization’s desire to catch up with the international
community in its increasing efforts to preserve and protect the cultural
heritage of member states, as a living witness to the richness and diversity of
the Muslim world,” he said.
added that safeguarding Arab heritage adds a cultural dimension to development
policies and promotes cohesion between national cultural policies and
international cooperation programs.
Al-Hammadi, director of the physical heritage department at the UAE Ministry of
Culture and Knowledge Development, said the platform would contribute to
empowering the pillars of culture, which in turn would strengthen the economies
of the organization’s countries.
hopes as Hariri seeks UAE cash for ailing economy, Emiratis can now travel to
DHABI: Lebanon hopes the UAE will inject cash into its central bank to help
shore up the ailing economy, Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri said on Monday on a
visit to the emirates in which leaders sought a deal behind closed doors.
Dhabi is hosting a conference at which heavily indebted Lebanon is seeking
partnerships and investments in food, infrastructure, oil and gas, and
UAE economy minister said financing for Lebanon would be discussed, while one
of Hariri’s advisers said the mood was “positive” — though no formal
announcements had been made by late Monday.
the UAE announced its citizens would be allowed to travel to Lebanon starting
from Tuesday (October 8), according to an Emirates News Agency statement
released on Monday.
with one of the world’s highest debt burdens, low growth and crumbling
infrastructure, Hariri’s government has vowed to implement long-delayed
reforms. It is also seeking to curb a sharp loss of confidence among foreign
investors and among depositors who are turning away from the Lebanese pound.
on the conference sidelines whether Lebanon will see a cash injection for its
central bank, Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri told Reuters: “We are working on
everything,” adding: “Yes we are hoping, we will work on it.”
markets have tightened significantly this year, raising the costs for Lebanon
of borrowing and insuring against default. But hopes for a deal boosted
dollar-denominated bonds on Monday, which remain down some 15% this year.
central bank has been drawing down its foreign exchange reserves to repay the
state’s maturing dollar-denominated debt, and said last week it was prepared to
bank governor Riad Salameh, also attending the conference, said the bank was
continuing to provide dollars to local financial markets, adding that Lebanon
has “numerous possibilities” as it looks for assistance but it expects support
from the UAE. Lebanon’s traditionally high reserves of foreign currency have
been in decline because capital inflows into its banking system from Lebanese
abroad have been slowing.
adviser to Hariri, Ghattas Khoury, told Reuters the mood at the conference was
positive and that there would be a meeting between the Lebanese premier and UAE
authorities later on Monday.
which has debt-to-GDP ratio, hopes its Gulf allies or regional sovereign wealth
funds will offer support but no public pledges have so far been made.
economy minister Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri told reporters his government
believes Lebanon’s investment climate is becoming more “settled.”
made no financing commitments, but said any financing would “be discussed with
the government and they’ll make the right decision.”
is preparing to sell a Eurobond of around $2 billion this month, with cash
raised earmarked for refinancing maturing debts and shoring up shaky public
Oct. 1, Moody’s put Lebanon’s Caa1 credit rating under review for downgrade,
saying anticipated external financial assistance had not yet been forthcoming.
agency Fitch downgraded Lebanon to CCC in August, citing debt servicing
Syrian force warns of 'all-out war' in response to any Turkish attack
(Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Saturday it would
“not hesitate to turn any unprovoked (Turkish) attack into an all-out war” to
defend its region in northeast Syria.
Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will carry out an air and ground military
operation, as soon as Saturday or Sunday, targeting the SDF-controlled area
east of the Euphrates river in Syria.
jihadists killed in Russia strikes on Idlib: monitor
jihadists were killed Saturday in Russian airstrikes on Syria's war-torn
province of Idlib, a monitoring group said.
strikes this morning targeted the Hurras al-Deen group and Ansar al-Tahwid in
eastern Idlib... killing nine jihadists," said the Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights, adding eight others were wounded.
of the dead were members of the Al-Qaeda linked Hurras al-Deen, a group which
is also targeted by the US-led coalition.
is a key ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war,
and despite an Idlib ceasefire deal reached on August 31, the province has
continued to be targeted by Russian air attacks.
regime fighters have for weeks been chipping away at the edges of the province
bordering Turkey that is the last jihadist stronghold outside of Assad's
Tahrir al-Sham -- a group led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate -- extended
its administrative control over the whole of Idlib in January, but other rebel
factions remain present.
late August, clashes between anti-government fighters and regime forces left
more than 50 dead on both sides, when the jihadists attacked loyalist positions
in the south.
month, Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution backed by 12 of
the 15 member states that called for a ceasefire in Idlib province.
was Russia's 13th veto of a UN resolution since the Syrian conflict erupted in
2011, highlighting the Security Council's impasse over the issue.
Army Reinforces in Aleppo to Block Ankara’s Possible Attacks
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Tal Rafat city as
saying that the Russian troops have increased their patrols over the past two
days in a region located between the town of Shirawa and Deir Jamal towards
Kashta’ar in the surroundings of Tal Rafat.
sources noted that the intensified patrolling by the Russian troops in the
region is carried out with the aim of reinstating ceasefire in Tal Rafat and
after the Turkish Army’s artillery attacks on the surrounding areas of Tal
Rafat from the areas under their control.
English-language Al-Masdar News Website, meantime, reported that after Ankara’s
recent threat to launch military operations in Northern and Eastern Syria, the
Russian Army has increased the number of its troops in Tal Rafat.
also said that the presence of the Russian troops is aimed at blocking the
Turkish Army’s possible attack on the region.
is deploying reinforcements to the Syrian border following President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement of a looming military operation against the
US-backed Kurdish militants.
convoys have been captured in dozens of photos and videos, confirming the
Turkish leader’s claim that preparations have been finalized to establish a
so-called ‘safe zone’ on Syrian soil along the Turkish border and that the
operation could be launched “as soon as today or tomorrow”.
armored vehicles and troops have been sent to the border town of Akcakale,
across from Tal Abyad in Syria, state television TRT confirmed.
videos shared on Twitter show dozens of military vehicles and buses, allegedly
full of military personnel, moving towards the border in convoys.
are also increasingly ‘active’ in the border area airspace, according to some reports.
and Washington agreed earlier in August to create a ‘peace corridor’ to
facilitate the return of displaced Syrians into northern Syria – until Turkey
realized that joint “land and air patrols with US were a fairytale”.
even openly suggested that Washington was after a safe zone “not for Turkey but
for the terrorist group”.
Militias Dispatch Massive Troops, Military Equipment to Borders with Turkey
After Ankara's Recent Threats
sources said that hundreds of Kurdish militias together with their military
hardware and equipment have been sent to an area stretching from Ra'as al-Ain
to Tal Abyaz and Kobani along borders with Turkey.
also pointed to the reinforcing of military positions by the SDF in the towns
of al-Advanieh, al-Moshirefeh, Zazoueh and al-Tavilah near Ra'as al-Ain in
Hasaka and Tal Abyaz in Northern Raqqa near the border with Turkey, and said
that the SDF has declared a state of full alert.
Xeber news website, affiliated to the Kurdish militias, reported that the US
fighter jets have been flying over Tal Abyaz, Solouk and Ain Issa close to the
border with Turkey in Hasaka as the US Army military patrols have also been
President Erdogan warned that Turkey will conduct airstrikes and ground
operations against Kurdish militias in Eastern Euphrates soon.
relevant remarks on Saturday, President Erdogan said that "Turkey is ready
for an operation East of the Euphrates River in Northern Syria to clear the
region of terrorists".
the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's 29th Consultation and
Assessment meeting in Kizilcahaman, a retreat town of capital Ankara, Erdogan
said Turkey aims to establish peace East of the Euphrates River by purging the
Syrian region from terrorists, Anadolu news agency reported.
have completed our preparations and action plan, the necessary instructions
were given. It is maybe today or tomorrow the time to clear the way for [our]
peace efforts which is set and the process for them was started. We will carry
out a ground and air operation," Erdogan noted.
aim is, I underline it, to shower East of Euphrates with peace," he added.
has long complained about the threat of terrorists coming from East of the
Euphrates in Northern Syria, which neighbors its Southern border, vowing to
take a military action to prevent formation of a "terrorist corridor"
made all kinds of warning to the related parties of the issue on establishing a
safe zone in Northern Syria, Erdogan said.
have been patient enough. Land patrols, air patrols [carried out with the US
for safe zone], we see that all were a tale," the president added.
US and Turkish troops carried out their first joint ground patrol for the zone
on September 9.
Turkey welcomes the joint patrols, it has also announced that the US is not
doing enough to set up the safe zone properly.
August 7, Turkish and US military officials agreed to set up a safe zone in
Northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of
displaced Syrians who want to return home. They also agreed to establish a
joint operations center.
has long championed the idea of terrorist-free safe zones in Syria. It has
stressed ridding the area of the terrorist YPG, the Syrian branch of the PKK,
as well as resettling Syrian migrants currently sheltered in Turkey.
reopens central Green Zone in Baghdad after situation ‘stabilized’
has reopened the central Green Zone in Baghdad, two days after temporarily
sealing it off and suspending internet services, the Iraqi News Agency reported
their correspondent, the news agency reported that the fortified Green Zone
opened after the “situation stabilized and life returned to normal.”
added that the move came after the success of negotiations between the prime
minister’s office and demonstrators, where the government is working toward
meeting the protesters’ demands.
fortified Green Zone houses government buildings and foreign embassies in the
to lift Lebanon travel ban from Tuesday
United Arab Emirates will lift a ban on its citizens travelling to Lebanon from
Tuesday, UAE state news agency WAM said on Monday, as a Lebanese delegation
visits Abu Dhabi seeking support for its ailing economy.
February, Saudi Arabia said it was lifting its own advice to citizens not to
travel to Lebanon, where Gulf tourism was once a mainstay of the economy.
on Monday, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan received
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri where he stressed his country’s support to
Lebanon on “different levels.”
Crown Prince stressed during the meeting that the UAE ... is keen on supporting
its relationships with Lebanon on different levels, and stands by it in all
that preserves its security and stability, and fulfills the aspirations of its
people for development,” WAM reported.
said on Monday during his visit to Abu Dhabi that Lebanon hopes the United Arab
Emirates will inject cash into its central bank to help shore up the ailing
in Iraq’s city of Najaf halt after agreement between govt, protestors
in Iraq’s city of Najaf halted on Monday after an agreement between the
government and demonstrators was reached.
President Barham Ahmed Salih stressed on Monday the need for security officials
to comply with orders which prohibit live ammunition being used against
Sunday, authorities said there were small protests that dispersed without
violent outbreaks in Diwaniya and in the holy city of Najaf.
forces did all they could to preserve the safety of the protesters and security
personnel,” Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Saad Maan said. “We
express our deep regret over the bloodshed.”
Militants Kill Six Afghan Police At Remote Checkpoint Northeast Of Kabul
fighters have killed six Afghan police officers at a checkpoint in the province
of Kapisa to the northeast of Kabul, Afghan officials say.
to provincial councilors Mohammad Hussain Sanjani and Mohammd Mahfooz Safi,
three police officers were also wounded during the Taliban's overnight attack
in the remote Nejrab district.
said the Taliban had established a presence in part of Nejrab district and
occasionally attack checkpoints there.
the police chief for Zareh district in the northern Balkh Province died on the
evening of October 4 from injuries he sustained in a recent Taliban attack.
attacks came as Taliban negotiators announced that they met in Islamabad with
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan, for the first time
since President Donald Trump in September called the peace process
student killing: Thousands protest demanding justice
Bangladesh - Thousands of university students on Monday staged protests in the
Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and Rajshahi city after an undergraduate student was
allegedly killed by activists of Chhatra League - the student wing of the
ruling Awami League party.
Fahad, 21 - a student at the prestigious Bangladesh University of Engineering
Technology (BUET) - was allegedly killed over his Facebook post critical of
Bangladesh's recent water-sharing agreement with India.
Saturday, Dhaka and New Delhi signed several agreements, including allowing
India to withdraw 1.82 cusec (185,532 litres per hour) of water from Feni river
during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India.
and New Delhi have for decades struggled to ink a deal on sharing river waters.
A controversial agreement on sharing water of Ganga river has long been seen in
Bangladesh as a treaty which favours India.
was killed because of some of his Facebook posts. That is insane," one of
Abrar's classmates, who preferred to be unnamed, told Al Jazeera.
goons of Chhatra League killed him. We want justice," he said.
Ullah, 57, Fahad's father said: "My son was just an innocent student. He
had his own strong opinions and he was killed for that."
cousin Abu Talha Rasel, 31, said it "was pretty evident who had killed
classmates of Fahad and the residential students of Sher-e-Bangla hall, who
spoke to Al Jazeera, have pointed fingers of blame at Chhatra League activists
for Fahad's killing.
to an autopsy report by doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Fahad died
of "internal bleeding and excessive pain" as he was badly beaten up
by blunt objects such as cricket stumps or bamboo sticks.
were also organised in Rajshahi city where students blocked major roads.
Teachers are also believed to have joined some of the protests.
party activists detained
least nine BUET students have been detained, some of them belonging to the
ruling party, in connection with the murder.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Abdul Baten told
reporters that they had taken students into custody after they were identified
based on security camera footage.
has not yet revealed the motive behind the murder that has caused public
Chhatra League activists interrogated Fahad over his alleged involvement with
Chhatra Shibir - the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, the country's largest
Islamist party - which has political ties with the main opposition Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP).
Islam Bitu, assistant secretary of the BUET unit of Chhatra League admitted
that Fahad was picked up from his room by the ruling party activists on
suspicion that he was a Shibir activist.
residential physician Dr Mashuk Elahi told reporters that students of the
Sher-e-Bangla hall called him at about 3am. "I went to the hall and saw
the body near the stairs. By then he was dead. There were injury marks all over
League party General Secretary Obaidul Quader said "the law would take its
own course" in a damage control exercise.
is on. Legal action will be taken against those who will be found responsible
in the investigation," he said replying to a query from reporters over the
main opposition BNP condemned the murder and said the ruling party members have
"stained their hands with blood".
seems to me that we are living in a death valley," BNP Secretary-General
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said in a statement.
recent months, Prime Minister Hasina, who is also the president of the Awami
League, had cracked down on Chhatra League activities over allegations of
corruption, violence and extortion.
month, Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and Golam Rabbani were sacked from their
posts of Chhatra League president and general secretary respectively after
allegations of extortion.
Nazrul, professor of law at Dhaka University said: "Who gave the right to
Chhatra League to interrogate another fellow student for his involvement with
Shibir or posting anti-government Facebook statuses?"
Special Forces kill 18 Taliban militants in Ghazni province
Afghan Special Forces killed 18 Taliban militants during the operations in
South-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
to a statement released by Special Operations, the Afghan Special Forces
conducted the operations in Kamal Khel, Gawada Khel Bala and Payeen Villages of
statement further added that the Special Forces killed 18 Taliban militants,
wounded 3 others and arrested 3 suspected militants during the raid.
and U.S. forces kill one of the most senior commanders of Taliban Red Unit
Afghan and U.S. forces killed one of the most senior commanders of the Red Unit
of Taliban in Nangarhar province.
to a statement released by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the
Afghan and U.S. forces coordinated an airstrike which killed Mawlavi Edris
alias Abu Yousuf, the commander of the Red Unit of Taliban for Ghazni province.
statement further added that Edris was one of the most prominent commanders of
the Red Unit of Taliban who was playing a major role in planning and
coordinating suicide attacks and explosions as well as deploying suicide
bombers to Kabul.
civilians including a child killed, 27 more wounded in Jalalabad city explosion
explosion killed ten civilians including a child and wounded at least 27 others
in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar.
to a statement released by Provincial Government, the explosion took place at
around 4:30 pm local time in the 3rd district of the city.
statement further added an explosives-laden motorcycle exploded close to a mini
bus of the Afghan Army recruitment department.
shadow judge and district chief killed in Takhar airstrike
airstrike in North-eastern Takhar province killed the shadow judge and district
district chief of Taliban, the Afghan military said.
to a statement released by 217th Pamir Corps, the Afghan Air Force conducted
the airstrike in Khwaja Ghar district of Takhar on Sunday night.
statement further added that the airstrike killed Haji Sabir, the shadow judge
of Taliban for Takhar and Burhani Gajar, the shadow district chief of Taliban
Namak Aab district.
217th Pamir Corps also added that the airstrike killed 11 other militants and
al Shabaab a terror group, Speaker Muturi tells US
Assembly speaker Justine Muturi has slammed the US accusing the superpower of
rejecting a bid to declare al Shabaab a terror group.
to Muturi, the move by Americans serves to embolden the group to the extent of
making them considered for financial assistance by foreign organizations.
have in my mind the recent decision by the US to refuse to declare Al Shabaab a
terrorist group. This ensures the group becomes a recipient of financing even
by taxpayers, ” Muturi said.
glorified terrorist groups like the al Shabaab in Somalia enjoy protection by
some superpowers through civil society groups in the guise of human rights
activists. This trend is unfortunate and has the potential of watering down all
the gains made in the fight against terrorist groupings.”
assertion was however immediately discounted by US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle
McCarter who said the US government has never failed to declare and categorise
the Somalia militants as a terror grouping.
to McCarter, the US supported the United Nations resolution No. 751 which
declare al Shabaab a terrorist group, denying allegations made by the Speaker.
are no questions here. The US has declared Al-Shabaab terrorists and we will
use everything within that resolution to degrade them (terrorists), ” McCarter
US envoy, however, said the US was not comfortable with Kenya’s request to cut
off all humanitarian support to war-torn Somalia.
is an issue that needs to be made very clear today. The request from Kenya was
resolution 1267 which include in it the removal of humanitarian care for
Somalia,” McCarter said.
leaders were speaking during the official opening of the Parliamentary
Intelligence and Security conference in Nairobi on Monday.
Haram Kills 16 Civilians, 11 Soldiers In Borno
Haram terrorists have killed 16 civilians and 11 soldiers in Borno State.
was disclosed to AFP by military and militia sources on Saturday.
Thursday, insurgents ambushed a military convoy near Mauro Village in
Benisheikh district, according to a military source.
men on patrol fell into a terrorist ambush... which claimed 11 soldiers and
wounded 16 others.
other soldiers are still missing,"
an officer, who asked not to be identified, said.
added, "The terrorists made away with 11 AK-47 rifles and anti-aircraft
gun mounted on the gun truck."
another attack that same day, Boko Haram insurgents opened fire on a vehicle at
Frigi Village, killing one person and injuring another, militia sources said.
fighters also killed two militiamen in Gubio, 80 kilometres from the state
Saturday, Boko Haram fighters stormed a camp for those displaced by the
conflict in the town of Banki near the border with Cameroon, killing two
residents and injuring three vigilantes guarding the area, two militia sources
decade-long Boko Haram campaign has killed 35,000 people and displaced around
two million from their homes in North-East Nigeria.
forces 'kill 19 terrorists' in retaliatory attack
security forces have killed 19 "terrorists" blamed for an attack that
resulted in the deaths of 14 people, police said.
initial attack on Friday was reportedly carried out by ethnic Hutu rebels in
the north of the country.
suspect that the rebels carried out the killings while searching for food.
retaliatory attack took place near the border with the Democratic Republic of
Congo, police said.
happened in Friday's attack?
attackers reportedly went on a rampage with knives, machetes and stones in
Musanze district near the Volcanoes National Park, which is popular with
tourists for its mountain gorilla sanctuary.
the death toll was initially put at eight, authorities are now saying that 14
people were killed.
area has been targeted by Rwandan Hutu rebels active within DR Congo in the
includes the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia,
whose leaders are accused of complicity in the 1994 genocide of ethnic Tutsis
and moderate Hutus.
peacekeeper killed, five wounded in Mali
peacekeeper has been killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb
exploded in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the UN mission MINUSMA says, adding
that another blue helmet has been injured in a separate attack in the center of
peacekeepers were carrying out a security patrol near the town of Aguelhok when
the device detonated, spokesman Olivier Salgado said on Facebook. The UN said a
Chadian soldier died in the attack.
January, 11 Chadian members of MINUSMA were killed in an attack by militants in
head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, "strongly condemned the recent
increase in these kinds of attacks, especially in the center" of the
country, the UN mission said.
has lost more than 200 peacekeepers since it was set up in 2013, according to
said unidentified gunmen on Sunday targeted UN peacekeepers near the central
town of Bandiagara in a separate attack.
UN statement said a Togolese peacekeeper sustained serious injuries.
Mali fell into the hands of militants in 2012 before the militants were forced
out by a French-led military intervention.
announces additional $73 mln in aid to Somalia
Mukami, Mohammed Dhaysane
said Monday it will provide an additional $73 million in financial aid to
Somalia as it vowed to boost bilateral ties.
Annett Gunther made the announcement while hosting a celebration in Mogadishu
to mark German Unity Day attended by Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.
support Somalia on its path, Germany is increasing its support in its
development cooperation by $73 million over the next two years,” said Gunther.
increase, as was jointly agreed, will foster inclusive growth, skills
development (through technical and vocational education and training) and urban
infrastructure. Furthermore, Germany is engaging with a higher priority in
rural development, agriculture and water management.”
present at the event was the Speaker of the Upper House, Abdi Hashi Abdullahi,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Isse Awad and other members of the Somali
noted that the substantial support by the German government honors the progress
made by the Somali people.
aims to support maintaining the positive trajectory Somalia has taken in recent
years,” she added.
in Somalia: Is it still a safe haven for al-Shabab?
US recently reopened its embassy in Somalia after 28 years, citing security
improvements in the East African nation blighted by conflict for many years.
announcement came days after a US military base about 90km outside Mogadishu
and an EU envoy in the capital were attacked by Islamist militant group
has the situation really stabilised?
Trump's administration has vastly increased aid and military engagement in
Somalia since assuming office in 2017, making it a priority in its global
effort to defeat Islamist terrorism and increasing the use of airstrikes and
drones to combat militants.
surge has been accompanied by a change in the classification of parts of
Somalia to "areas of active hostilities", which means commanders
don't need high-level approval to conduct strikes.
and supported by the Federal Government of Somalia, precision airstrikes
support our partner security forces' efforts to protect the Somali people from
terrorism," the US military told the BBC.
airstrikes in Somalia
Data compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
US military has already conducted more airstrikes in 2019 than in any previous
while it's difficult to assess the true impact of airstrikes, experts, former
officials and an analysis of local media reporting suggest that the group's
hold on its territory remains strong.
is also a concern that civilians are being caught up in the conflict.
of US airstrikes
International has published findings that the strikes have killed people who
are not part of militant groups, although the US military maintains its targets
have been al-Shabab militants.
say that civil society, previously generally supportive of airstrikes, has been
strained by the sheer frequency of attacks that are now taking place.
has the US surge been effective?
still retains control over large areas of rural Somalia and continues to mount
attacks in urban centres.
of these have occurred in Mogadishu and the Lower Shabelle region close to the
have been few attacks in the north of the country, although to the north-east,
some groups loyal to the so-called Islamic State are active.
recent years it has changed its approach from direct military confrontation, to
destabilisation tactics, such as bombings, raids and assassinations of Somali
and international officials.
has also continued to be successful in generating revenue from local clans,
collecting taxes and running courts outside government-controlled areas.
has largely been physically removed from most of the main population centres
but its influence in cities and towns is possibly increasing once again,"
says Michael Keating, the former head of the United Nations Assistance Mission
in Somalia (UNSom) from 2016 to 2018.
Somali government doesn't publish statistics on militant killings.
the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (Acled) collects data on
al-Shabab attacks, using local and international sources.
2017, over 500 people were killed in one terror attack. The figures for 2019
are the latest available data, and the set includes military and civilian
Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project
indicates that 2019 is already one of the highest years on record for fatalities
from al-Shabab attacks.
is just below the figure for the whole of 2017, during which more than 500
people were killed in one attack in Mogadishu involving two lorry bombs.
government attributed this attack to al-Shabab, although the group did not
confirm it was behind it.
Monitoring's specialist team monitoring jihadist activity estimates the number
of al-Shabab militants to be somewhere in the region of 5,000-7,000.
al-Shabab militants killed in Somalia
Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Somali army backed by Jubaland state forces on Monday killed
24 al-Shabab militants and injured more than 19 others in an offensive in Lower
Jubba region, an official confirmed.
Abdi Mohamed, commander of one of Jubbaland units, told journalists that the
joint offensive was conducted in the outskirts of Kismayo town after the forces
got intelligence of the militants' presence in the area and the forces
inflicted severe casualties on the militants.
was a fierce fire exchange between our army and the militants, but the forces
defeated the extremists and killed 24 of them and injured more than 19
others," said the commander.
noted that among the dead including the militants' commander in the western
villages of Kismayo.
reported heavy gun battle in the village. "As the militants were gathering
in the town, they were suddenly attacked by government forces, both exchanged
gunfire which caused casualties of warring sides and the residents," Hafsa
Elmi, a resident told Xinhua by phone.
Sept. 29, the Somali military army backed by African Union forces killed 20
al-Shabab militants in another offensive in the country's southern region of
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