Akbar Worked In Tandem to Defy Pak, China
to Show India-Born Muslim Preacher The Door After Attacks On Chinese, Indians
Movement Exposes Abuja’s Plot for Murdering Zakzaky in India
MP: Fake Slogans of Human Rights Advocates Exposed after Silence on Zakzaky's
Moot Reaffirms Kashmiris Right To Self-Determination, Says PM Imran
Welcomes Consultations at UNSC over Occupied Kashmir
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
DELHI: It's been 12-days since India announced its decision to reorganise the
constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir, ever since then Pakistan has ramped
up its rhetoric against New Delhi and is endlessly trying to internationalise
the strictly internal Indian matter of Jammu and Kashmir. India's action has
rattled Islamabad so much so that it hurriedly sent its foreign minister Shah
Mehmood Qureshi to China to seek its help at the United Nations Security
Council and use the Asian giant's bully pulpit in the region.
has launched an all-out campaign from all its embassies against New Delhi and
knocked every door for help. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has abandoned
all domestic policy reforms that he promised at the time of elections to
improve the dire condition of the country's economy and begun on virulent
attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.
so far, Islamabad's panic calls have failed to mark its way to the
international community. In an effort to bring the matter to United Nations
Security Council, Pakistan wrote twice to the body, urging it to begin
emergency meeting on the issue. After failing to do so, Pakistan sought China's
help. Even at the UNSC, it had to bite dust.
the end of the meeting on Friday, China and Pakistan stood isolated as member
after member refused to endorse their position.
international media has not taken Pakistan's media outreach seriously. Despite
being flooded with updated photographs and dodgy video testimonies, by and
large the international media is sceptical of Pakistan's charges of human
rights violations by India in Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad's own track road in
human right violations in Baluchistan and the fact that it sponsors terrorism
in Afghanistan and India is not a secret. Recently Imran Khan himself admitted
in the US to a journalist that his country has 30,000-40,000 terrorists.
Pakistan army's own shabby treatment of journalists, opposition leaders and
ethnic movements representing the minority Baluch and Pashtuns, makes it hard
for Islamabad to argue that Kashmiris will be better off in Pakistan,"
wrote Journalist Sadanand Dhume in an article published in the Wall Street
has a long-held policy to create unrest and tensions in neighbouring countries
especially in India and Afghanistan by backing jihadist groups. Except China
which has a transactional relationship with Pakistan, no country with
significant clout has come forward to support Pakistan.
which has long made Kashmir a central plank of its foreign policy, lacks the
wherewithal to force India's hand. By backing jihadist groups in India and
Afghanistan and neglecting its economy, Islamabad has ensured that it lacks the
stature to make India take its views on board," Dhume added.
sentiments were echoed in the New York Times by New York Times journalist Maria
Pakistan marks its independence day next week, it increasingly feels like a
nation with its back against the wall, with few options to protect its
existential interests. Its economy is teetering on the brink of collapse, and
its international allies have either stayed silent over Kashmir or defected in
support of India," Maria wrote.
out of five permanent members in the United Nations did not support the
Pakistan contentions over India's decision. A recent example is Imran Khan
failing to get the support of the United States despite his highly publicised
visit last month to Washington DC where he supposedly struck a friendship with
President Trump. During a phone conversation last week with Khan, Trump made it
clear that Kashmir issue should be resolved through a bilateral dialogue
between India and Pakistan.
became the first UNSC member to support India. It said India's action to remove
Article 370 its internal matter and was under the constitutional framework.
Pakistan agreed after the September 11, 2001 attacks to help the United States
fight terrorist groups, it asked for a favor in return — American help
mediating on Kashmir and pressing India to make concessions. When the United
States refused, Pakistan felt betrayed. Just last month Pakistanis felt more
upbeat about their country's prospects. Mr. Khan had returned from a visit to
the White House where he met with Mr. Trump, who promised to intervene on
Kashmir. But India's swift action days later to strip Kashmir of its autonomy
plunged Pakistan back into isolation," Maria wrote in an article.
to its woes, Islamabad was not able to convince even the Muslim world to back
it in raising the issue of Kashmir. Two of the OIC member states, Maldives and
UAE said Kashmir is an internal matter of India
biggest blow came from the influential United Arab Emirates, which stated that
Kashmir was an internal matter for India, withdrawing any support to raise the
issue internationally," Maria added.
diplomat Richard N. Mass is of the view that even after facing defeat in
multiple forums Pakistan will continue to sponsor terrorism.
is a possibility that Pakistan will respond by renewing its support for
terrorism, which could lead to another war between Pakistan and India, two
nuclear-armed countries. Against this backdrop, the US would be unwise to turn
to Pakistan as a strategic partner. Pakistan sees a friendly government in
Kabul as vital to its security and competition with arch-rival India. There is
little reason to believe that the military and intelligence services, which
continue to run Pakistan, will rein in the Taliban or rule out terrorism,"
he wrote in Project Syndicate.
since India announced its decision to do away with Article 370, Islamabad has
escalated its virulent tactics against New Delhi and tried to involve the
international community in the matter.
has alleged that India's decision of revoking the provisions under Article 370
will not only threaten the regional peace but also the world peace. However
other than a few op-ed articles in a few publications in London, international
media is not buying into Islamabad's propagandist claims.
Akbar worked in tandem to defy Pak, China
Indian diplomats can be excessively restrained in their conduct, and measured
in their responses to a fault, but India’s Permanent Representative to UN Syed
Akbaruddin was anything but that when he turned the UN press stakeout into an
almost gladiatorial contest with hostile journalists, many of them Pakistanis
raring to have a go at him.
yet, Akbaruddin emerged not just unscathed but also prevailed over all that was
thrown at him with the same consummate ease with which he fielded questions
from reporters in Shastri Bhawan as MEA spokesperson.
video of his impromptu shaking of hands with Pakistani journalists threatened
to break the Internet and he himself trended on Twitter well into Saturday.
Akbaruddin’s performance is all the more astonishing considering, as sources
said, he had not more than 10 minutes to prepare for it.
decision to go and rebut the claims made by Akbaruddin’s Chinese and Pakistani
counterparts, Zhang Jun and Maleeha Lodhi respectively, was triggered by his
discussions with foreign minister S Jaishankar. It denoted, as a source put it,
close coordination between the minister and officials. The two had to think on
their feet once the Chinese ambassador started to speak. Jaishankar spoke to
Akbaruddin after the Pakistan envoy spoke and briefed him about the content and
trajectory to follow in his remarks.
UNSC President and Poland’s envoy, Joanna Wronecka, could not speak on the
deliberations in the informal meeting as the Chinese proposal for a statement
was rejected by all members except UK. Zhang though took upon himself to brief
the media and claimed that the member states had expressed "serious
concern" about the "dangerous" situation in J&K. Lodhi spoke
next accusing India of myriad violations in J&K.
Jaishankar and Akbaruddin then felt it was important to quickly rebuff the
statements made by the two and a message was sent out to the journalists that
the Indian ambassador too would be speaking. Sources said the decision to even
take questions was taken as a natural corollary of being the representative of
a democratic country. It also offered a stunning contrast to how the Chinese
and Pakistani envoys refused to take any question from the press. Akbaruddin
said he was going to take 5 questions. He ended up answering 7.
decision to take questions from Pakistani journalists was meant to convey that
India was not afraid of taking anybody on when it came to revocation of J&K
special status. As a source said, it was also meant to reflect India’s
confidence in its position and the support for it at the UN.
to those wondering why he said "cut me some slack", it was probably
his way of softening up the journalists before they let it rip. While
Akbaruddin has served as MEA spokesperson, this was the first time he was
effectively holding a press conference at the UN.
to show India-born Muslim preacher the door after attacks on Chinese, Indians
LUMPUR - The Malaysian government will seek to force controversial Muslim
preacher Zakir Naik out of the country, after his incendiary attacks on
minorities last week fuelled criticism of its refusal to deport the fugitive
Straits Times understands that the Malaysian Cabinet agreed on Wednesday (Aug
14) that Dr Zakir - who was granted permanent residence by the ousted Barisan
Nasional administration - should leave.
Zakzaky was, from the very beginning of his travel to India, bothered and
pressed by the hostile decision of the Nigerian government, according to a
Friday statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, the President of the Media Forum of the
Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
movement added in its statement that even upon returning from New Delhi, the
top cleric was denied a chance to talk to reporters and journalists who had
been waiting for his return at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport for hours.
IMN condemned the move and added that it was intended to prevent Sheikh from
revealing some realities about his difficulties in New Delhi, and to pave the
way for spreading disinformation against him.
to the statement, upon arriving in New Delhi, Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were
separated from the doctors who accompanied him from Nigeria and were forcibly
taken to a hospital which held no respect for the basic rights of patients.
a doctor who had flown from London to New Delhi was not allowed to meet with
asserted that Nigerian agents’ insistence on not allowing Sheikh Zakzaky to
meet with his doctors reassured the cleric and his wife that Abuja was planning
to kill him in the Indian hospital with the help of their connections and
operatives in the place.
Zakzaky, a prominent Shiite leader, has been in detention along with his wife
for close to four years despite the deterioration of his health conditions.
Tuesday, in an exclusive interview with FNA, Dr. Pourrahim Najafabadi, MD, said
Sheikh Zakzaky needs to be cured by an experienced medical team of physicians
in a specialized multi-specialty hospital outside Nigeria, since there is no
such medical center in the African country.
the current physical condition of the Sheikh, especially the virulent lead
poisoning, Sheikh’s life is seriously at risk by delayed treatment. Meanwhile,
there is a need for special medical care even in case of complete medical
treatment. There is serious risk to Sheikh’s life if he is kept under
detention,” said Najafabadi, the founder and spokesperson of a group of expert
physicians who have volunteered to treat Sheikh Zakzaky.
last Sunday, a group of doctors from Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria,
Lebanon and Iraq in a letter to the Nigerian government pointed to Sheikh
Zakzaky's physical conditions, and asked the Nigerian government to transfer
him to a well-equipped hospital as soon as possible.
Zakzaky’s surviving children and supporters, concerns are mounting over his
health. The 66-year-old cleric has lost vision in one eye and was in danger of
“losing the second one,” his lawyer, Femi Falana, told reporters. Zakzaky and
his wife still have “pellets of bullets in their bodies,” said Falana, which
were sustained during their 2015 arrest.
Shiite cleric was not present in court late in July for a bail hearing since
his health was “very bad,” said Falana. “That is why we applied that he be
excused from appearance in court and it was granted.”
the occasion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second inauguration, Amnesty
International has issued a report, Nigeria: Human Rights Agenda, a twenty-page
indictment of human rights violations by "state and non-state
actors," but with the emphasis on the state security services. It calls on
the Buhari administration to address perennial human rights abuses and makes
specific recommendations as to what needs to be done.
report begins with a review of the extensive constitutional and legal
protections of human rights in Nigeria and also of the international human
rights instruments that Nigeria has ratified, but concludes that Nigeria is
facing a worsening human rights crisis across the country.
rights activists are concerned that given the Nigerian government's dire human
rights record, Sheikh Zakzaky's return to prison would equal to his death.
comes the full text of the statement:
our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has landed safely at Nnamdi Azikwe
International Airport today, we wish to set the records straight in order to
disabuse the minds of Nigerians from the false claims perpetrated in some
sponsored stories and articles in the media concerning his aborted medical
treatment in India.
before we do that, we vehemently condemn the way the security agents whisked
him away upon arrival without allowing the multitude of journalists that were
waiting for him for hours to have a chat with him. We urge the security agency
holding him hostage to declare to the public where they are keeping him in the
is a well-known fact that the Nigerian authorities had tried all their antics
to see that the Sheikh wasn’t given a medical leave. Distrustful of the
Nigerian government’s offer of a jet to take him to the destination, having
survived its attempts to poison and kill him while in detention, our leader
Sheikh Zakzaky declined the offer and chose to pay for his trip through the
ordeal started right here in Nigeria when they were schedule to board the plane
to Dubai. After a 2 hours’ drive from Kaduna to Nnamdi Azikwe international
Airport in Abuja, they were not given enough time to rest before boarding the
plane. They endured an 8-hour flight to Dubai and another 3-hour flight to New
Delhi. Under normal circumstances, as patients suffering life threatening
ailments they shouldn’t have been subjected to such exhaustion. Nonetheless our
leader and his wife endured the journey hoping that they will get good
treatment when they reached New Delhi.
despite their need for rest, they were forcibly wheeled to a hospital on
arrival without their personal physician that accompanied them from Nigeria.
They were then subjected to physical examination in the absence of the doctors
that initially examined them in Nigeria and when they requested for their
presence, it was turned down. Another physician that came from London was also
denied access to them despite his familiarity with the Sheikh's case from
Nigeria. It was at this point that Sheikh Zakzaky lost confidence in the whole
process and refused any further attempt to have him forcibly treated.
so, the Hospital compromised its independence and medical ethics, treating
without obtaining consent of the patients. The health workers were further more
interested in taking selfie with the Sheikh and posting on social media,
thereby violating their privacies. When the Sheikh noticed some physical
assault in addition to the background circumstances, he lost complete
confidence in the hospital and demanded to see his own doctors for a substitute
arrangement. It is well within every patient’s right to decide whether or not
to be treated and to also decide who attends to his health. It is called giving
of consent, which every sane autonomous person with capacity is entitled to.
Contrary to the Nigerian government’s press statement, that misinformed that it
was against “medical ethics and standard practice,” it is in fact at the very
essence of medical ethics, which every elementary medical person knows.
interference of the government raised suspicion that it was planning to kill
the Sheikh in India using its international connections. He insisted that if he
would not be allowed to see the doctors that brought him to India he would
rather come back to Nigeria and seek another destination for his treatment.
This became clear because of the government’s stance insisting on other doctors
than the ones that he was in India to meet. They finally decided to bring him
back for refusing to succumb to be treated by their chosen doctors.
is worth noting that the Kaduna high court allowed the Sheikh to go to India
with the government only supervising, instead the federal government presented
him to the Indian government as a dangerous suspect with an unknown ailment
coming to India and demanded stringent security placed on him. There was even a
report that the security agents in India subjected him to physical assault.
is glaringly clear that the Nigerian government had an ULTERIOR MOTIVE it was
nursing using its connections in India when it violated court order and
interfered with the procedures of the Sheikh’s treatment. This can also be
deduced from the way the security agents whisked him away to unknown
destination after arrival at Abuja International airport, without allowing him
to have audience with the journalists that were waiting for his arrival.
Islamic Movement will however continue its struggle to ensure that our leader
gets the appropriate medical treatment he deserves as ordered by the Kaduna
High court. And as we continue with the struggle, we wish to reiterate our call
for the federal government to comply with an earlier Abuja high court that has
freed him since 2016. We believe obedience to this court order will finally
solve the crisis that has been lingering since the Zaria genocide of December
believe that the abject silence of the so-called advocates of human rights
exposes their fake nature," Khadijeh Nobari told FNA on Saturday.
called on the Nigerian parliament to release Sheikh Zakzaky or account for its
silence before the Muslim world's public opinion.
also said that nearly 1,000 Iranian physicians have declared preparedness to
treat Sheikh Zakzaky.
the Nigerian government allowed Zakzaky to be treated in India but the senior
cleric decided to return to Nigeria after being pressured in India.
Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in an official statement, rejected the claims
spread by state-sponsored media about the reason why Zakzaky cut his treatment
visit to India short, revealing that the decision was made after it was found
that Abuja was planning to murder the cleric in India.
Zakzaky was, from the very beginning of his travel to India, bothered and pressed
by the hostile decision of the Nigerian government, according to a Friday
statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, the President of the Media Forum of the
Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
IMN condemned the move, and added that it was intended to prevent Sheikh from
revealing some realities about his difficulties in New Delhi, and to pave the
way for spreading disinformation against him.
moot reaffirms Kashmiris right to self-determination, says PM Imran
Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the United Nations Security Council
(UNSC) meeting on occupied Jammu and Kashmir held on Friday, saying the
gathering was a reaffirmation of the council’s past resolutions advocating the
right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.
to Twitter, the premier noted that it was for the first time in over five
decades that the “world’s highest diplomatic forum” had taken up the issue of
occupied Kashmir and the serious situation prevailing there.
are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self-determination.
And the UNSC meeting was a reaffirmation of these resolutions,” the prime
said it was, therefore, the responsibility of the Security Council to address
the suffering of the Kashmiri people and ensure the resolution of the Kashmir
welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu
& Kashmir. It is for the first time in over 50 yrs that the world’s highest
diplomatic forum has taken up this issue. There are 11 UNSC resolutions
reiterating the Kashmiris right to self determination.
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the first time since 1965, the UNSC had on Friday held a meeting exclusively on
occupied Jammu and Kashmir, nullifying India’s claim that this was an internal
the council did not agree on a statement, China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun
summed up the discussions, expressing serious concern over the situation.
UNSC members are concerned about the human rights situation there and they
(want) the parties concerned to refrain from taking any unilateral action that
might further aggravate the tension there since the situation is already very
tense and very dangerous,” he said.
Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the meeting brought the Kashmir dispute back to
the world’s most influential panel and also highlighted the atrocities Indian
troops are committing in the occupied region.
voice of the Kashmiri people resonated in the chambers of the world’s highest
diplomatic forum today,” she said. “The whole world is discussing the occupied
state. This is an international dispute.”
welcomes consultations at UNSC over Occupied Kashmir
Turkey on Sunday said that it is very optimistic and welcomes the consultations
held at the UN Security Council on Indian held Kashmir on Friday under the
title “India-Pakistan”, with an objective to de-escalate tension in the region
and upholding diplomacy.
has asked several times that UN must indulge more actively to resolve this
ongoing issue and help to ensure peace in the region, the Turkish Foreign
Office said in a statement.
statement further said that Turkey strongly believes that very soon, this issue
will be resolved as per international law and both parties would come up with a
solution through dialogue. During this course, India and Pakistan must adopt a reconciliatory
approach and should not take any step which may endanger peace efforts.
the premier took to Twitter and stated: “It is the responsibility of the
international body to address the plight of Kashmiris.”
welcome the Security Council s meeting on Jammu and Kashmir […] it is the first
time in five decades that the Kashmir dispute is being discussed at the highest
younger brother of Afghan Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada was said to be
among at least four people killed in bomb blast at an Islamic seminary in a
southwestern part of neighboring Pakistan.
sources confirmed to VOA that the man, identified as Ahmadullah Akhundzada, was
leading Friday afternoon prayer at the seminary’s mosque in the Kuchlak area
near Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, when the bomb went off.
were no immediate claims of responsibly for the attack in a Pakistani province,
which has long served as a hiding place for Taliban leaders and fighters waging
a deadly insurgency against U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan.
senior Pakistani regional police officer, Abdul Razzaq Cheema, told reporters
the blast wounded more than 24 worshipers. The improvised explosive device, he
said, was planted under the chair of the prayer leader and a timed device was
used to trigger the explosion.
police officer, however, shared no further details about identities of the
spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, was not immediately available to comment on the
reported death of the brother of Hibatullah, who himself also used to run an
Islamic seminary, locally known as madrassa, in Kuchlak before becoming the
chief of the insurgent group in 2016.
predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was also killed in Baluchistan in 2016 in
an American drone attack while he was returning from neighboring Iran and
travelling through the Pakistani province.
United States has long blamed Pakistan for not preventing insurgents from using
its soil to plot attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistani officials maintain
insurgents take shelter in areas hosting camps for millions of Afghan refugees
in the country.
relationship between Washington and Islamabad, however, has improved in recent
months mainly because Pakistan is credited for arranging ongoing U.S.-Taliban
peace negotiations aimed at ending the 18-year-old Afghan war.
killed, 182 wounded in Kabul wedding blast: official
At least 63 people were killed and 182 wounded in an explosion targeting a
wedding in the Afghan capital, authorities said Sunday.
blast, which took place late Saturday in west Kabul, came as Washington and the
Taliban are in the final stages of a deal to reduce the US military presence in
Afghanistan. The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack.
ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi provided the toll, which is the highest in
Kabul in recent months.
the wounded are women and children," Rahimi said.
weddings are epic and vibrant affairs, with hundreds or often thousands of
guests celebrating inside industrial-scale wedding halls where the men are
usually segregated from the women and children.
Farhag, who had been at the wedding, told AFP he had been in the women’s
section when he heard a huge blast in the men’s area.
ran outside shouting and crying," he said.
about 20 minutes the hall was full of smoke. Almost everyone in the men’s
section is either dead or wounded."
hours after the blast, he said bodies were still being removed from the hall.
have periodically struck Afghan weddings, which are seen as easy targets
because they frequently lack rigorous security precautions.
of the ‘Islamophobic’ UKIP has suggested a ban on the Holy Quran, suggesting that
the rise in UK violence is somehow connected to the peaceful religion of Islam.
However, the call will only embolden the far-right to carry out more hate
UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Richard Braine – popularly known as “Dick”
Braine on social media – was quoted as saying Britain needed independence not
only from the European Union but from other forces.
said his call for a ban on the Holy Quran is because Islamic scripture
encouraged people to be “violent and murderous”. He, however, failed to link
hate speech, like his own, to a rise in aggression.
remarks are the latest to come from a surge in far-right, as well as
mainstream, Islamophobic views in British politics.
Guardian this week unearthed a 2007 essay written by current PM Boris Johnson,
which further incited Islamophobic attitudes. He said that Islam has caused the
Muslim world to be “literally centuries behind” the West.
last year Johnson compared Muslim women wearing burqas to bank robbers and
letterboxes. (Dear Johnson, let’s respect the fact that your own
great-grandfather Ali Kemal, a Turkish politician, had been a Muslim.)
these vitriolic comments simply a means to gain independence from the EU, as
many politicians are saying? Do these Islamophobic attacks by prominent figures
simply go unnoticed by the educated masses?
report by an independent monitoring group found that the number of anti-Muslim
hate crimes reported across Britain increased by 593% in the week after a white
supremacist killed worshippers at two New Zealand mosques earlier this year.
real figures are likely to be higher. Only some instances of hate crimes are
reported, with victims often feeling there is no point complaining.
has become the driving force behind the rise of far-right movements in the UK,
according to anti-racism charity, Hope Not Hate.
the very least in present times, Islamophobic comments made by prominent
figures are, according to them, a means of allowing the UK to end uncontrolled
was one of the main drivers of a referendum in 2016 that saw Britons vote for
their country to leave the EU. And now Dick Braine is the eighth party leader
since the Brexit referendum in 2018.
as well as Conservative leaders, should do more to challenge the negative view
of its voters.
in order to win more votes, these politicians, willy-nilly, spew their caustic
observations on the desperate public, who are being faced with massive economic
calamities from a possible no-deal Brexit. Their speeches spread chaos, not
peace in society.
cannot have world peace with individuals who are boiling from the inside and
are ready to explode. Inner peace is the key to world peace.
As Egypt Aided China To Detain Uighurs
Abdulmalik Abdulaziz, an Uighur student, was arrested and handcuffed by
Egyptian police and when they removed his blindfold he was surprised to see
Chinese officials questioning him in custody.
was picked up in broad daylight with friends, and taken to a Cairo police
station where Chinese officials grilled him about what he was doing in Egypt.
three officials spoke to him in Chinese, addressing him using his Chinese name,
not his Uighur one.
never said their names or mentioned who they were exactly,” said Abdulaziz, 27,
who spoke to AFP helping to uncover new details of the 2017 arrests of over 90
Uighurs from the mostly Muslim Turkic minority.
like most swept up in the three-day crackdown in the first week of July 2017,
was an Islamic theology student at Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world’s most
prestigious educational institution.
policemen said ‘the Chinese government says that you are terrorists’. But we
responded that we are only Al-Azhar students,” said Abdulaziz. AFP is using
pseudonyms to protect the identities of those Uighurs interviewed.
is one of Egypt’s biggest investors, pouring money into massive infrastructure
projects such as the construction of a new administrative capital east of
Cairo. Trade between the two countries reached a record high of US$13.8 billion
three weeks before the raid, Egypt and China signed a security memorandum
focusing on “combatting terrorism”.
a few days of questioning in Police Station 2 in Nasr City, an upmarket suburb
of Cairo, Abdulaziz was sent to Tora, one of Egypt’s most notorious jails.
after 60 days in detention, he escaped, seeking asylum in Turkey, a hub of
Uighur immigration, in October 2017.
Eddin Ahmed, 26, was arrested outside the Moussa Ibn Naseer mosque on 4 July,
2017 in Nasr City.
father in Xinjiang, a region in northwest China, also disappeared that month.
Uighurs refer to Xinjiang as East Turkestan, including those AFP interviewed,
but for Beijing, it has troubling connotations of independence and activism.
still don’t know if he’s dead or alive,” he recounted.
black vans pulled up as afternoon prayers ended and around five policemen
arrested several Uighur worshippers.
was also transferred to Tora, the stifling carceral complex which houses many
of Egypt’s high-profile political prisoners.
felt so afraid when I got there. It was extremely dark… I thought to myself how
will we ever get out of here?” he said.
was afraid that they would hand us over to the Chinese authorities,” added
Uighurs were split into two groups of 45 to 50 men each and languished in large
cells for weeks.
weeks before their release, the Uighurs and other Chinese Muslims of different
ethnic ancestry were divided into three groups and given colour codes.
green or yellow determined if they would be deported, released or further
said Egyptian prison guards handcuffed, blindfolded and then hauled many of the
group into vans heading to Cairo police stations.
11 days in police custody, he claims three Chinese officials questioned him specifically
about his father.
is he and how does he send you money?” he told AFP.
was in the green group, meaning he was eventually released. He fled to Istanbul
in early October 2017.
Ayup, a Norway-based Uighur linguist who has researched the community in Egypt,
confirmed hearing similar accounts from other detainees.
the same practice and tactic implemented in internment camps in China. I don’t
believe it’s a coincidence,” he said, adding Chinese authorities use the same
three colour codes for detained Uighurs.
rights groups say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim
minorities are held in a network of internment camps in China where they endure
says the “vocational education centres” are necessary to counter religious
independent researcher Adrian Zenz, who has mapped out camps in Xinjiang, said
“China’s new push to redefine human rights in terms of economic development…
suits many of these nations.”
country giving the Chinese significant leeway can in return expect significant
favours,” he added, referring to the Egyptian-Chinese security cooperation.
interior ministry and the Chinese embassy in Cairo did not respond to AFP’s
repeated requests for comment.
found to be overstaying contrary to the law, including Chinese citizens among
other nationalities, are expelled”, said Ahmed Hafez, Egypt’s foreign ministry
spokesman, when asked about the deportation of Uighurs in 2017. He did not
answer AFP’s questions on the 60-day detention of the group that had been
picked up by police.
Byler, an anthropologist at Washington University, noted “similar attempts by
Chinese officials in Thailand and elsewhere” to extradite diaspora Uighurs.
autonomy with which Chinese authorities were permitted to act in Egypt is
unprecedented,” he told AFP.
the linguist, explains the devastating effect of the 2017 raids that reduced a
thriving community of around 6,000 people to about 50 families.
Uighurs, it’s a nightmare that your Muslim brother would invite Chinese
officials to interrogate you. They have lost their belief and have become
paranoid in the diaspora,” he said.
considers himself fortunate, but the fate of other Uighurs expelled by Egypt
preys on his mind.
has been years since we heard anything about those deported and our families.
We just don’t know.”
was never a part of Pakistan, or will be a part of it, a controversial Islamic
scholar has told Pakistan, asking it to face the situation with
was never part of Pakistan. Kashmir will never be part of Pakistan. Both
Pakistan and Kashmir belong to India. Muslims converting from Hinduism to
Islam... doesn't change the fact that the entire region is Hindu Land. India is
older than Islam let alone Pakistan. Be honest..," Imam Mohamad Tawhidi
said in a tweet.
was never part of Pakistan. Kashmir will never be part of Pakistan.
Pakistan and Kashmir belong to India. Muslims converting from Hinduism to Islam
doesn’t change the fact that the entire region is Hindu Land. India is older
than Islam let alone Pakistan. Be honest..
PM - Aug 11, 2019
people are talking about this
whose Twitter handle "@imam of peace", describes him as a "peace
advocate", a "reformist imam", and "national bestselling
author", who rejects extremists, and both the far-left/far-right",
had even earlier said his position was consistent that Kashmir was "Hindu
land" that never belonged to Pakistan, and he re-affirmed this during his
last visit to India.
The Pakistan army violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control at 6.30 am
on Saturday, using artillery and small arms to target Indian posts and troops
in Nowshera. One Indian soldier was killed by Pakistani fire, while retaliatory
action by Indian troops caused casualties among Pakistani troops.
Pakistani artillery barrage, sources said, was to provide covering fire to the
first infiltration attempt by terrorists into Indian territory after the Centre
revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated the state into two
Naik Sandeep Thapa (35), a resident of Dehradun, sustained fatal injuries in
Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district,” the Jammu-based
defence spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand, said. “Our troops responded strongly
and effectively, inflicting heavy damage to Pakistan army posts and casualties
among Pakistani soldiers,” Col Anand said.
belonged to Rajawala village in Sahaspur district, Dehradun, the defence
spokesman said, adding that the soldier is survived by his wife, Nisha Thapa.
“Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier.
The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and
devotion to duty,” Col Anand said.
said about half a dozen armed terrorists had tried to infiltrate and the
Pakistan army had resorted to heavy shelling to help them. The infiltration
attempt was repulsed, the sources said.
the voiding of Article 370’s privileges for J&K, the Pakistan establishment
and army have been planning to push in fresh terrorists from the
Jaish-e-Muhammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen to step up terror
attacks on government installations and security forces in the two newly formed
Union Territories in the coming months. Pakistani terrorists already operating
in the Kashmir valley also have been directed to recruit more local youth, a
senior intelligence officer said.
said he expected infiltration attempts by armed terrorists to occur frequently
as Pakistan was feeling disenchanted with the world’s approach to the stripping
of J&K’s special status and its bifurcation. The officer added that
terrorists currently operating in the valley deliberately lie low to regroup or
consolidate to attack government installations and the security forces.
officer did not rule out the possibility of terrorists sneaking into Srinagar
district too. “Though there are a few terrorists operating in Srinagar city
nowadays, they are under tremendous pressure from the security forces,” he
intelligence officer said they have inputs that indicate the Pakistan army and
ISI have reactivated over two dozen launch pads on their side of the LoC for
terrorist outfits like LeT, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen.
movements of terrorists along the LoC have been observed in recent days, ready
to make attempts at infiltration into J&K,” the officer said.
The authorities lifted restrictions on the movement of people in 35 police
station areas of the Valley on Saturday and made landline phones operational by
resuming services at 17 out of 96 telephone exchanges. More than 23,000
landlines in the Valley were functional by the evening.
and business establishments in Kashmir, however, remained closed on Saturday.
authorities also restored mobile internet services, but at 2G speed, in five
districts of Jammu region on Saturday, after almost a fortnight, while
restrictions on movement were eased in Rajouri district during the day but
would remain in force under CrPC Section 144 between 9pm and 5am, an official
said in Jammu. The net-savvy started wishing each other on WhatsApp and
Facebook as soon as the service was restored.
internet service was restored at (Friday) midnight but with 2G speed,” an
official said. The districts where mobile internet services have been restored
are Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi, but they remain suspended in
Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts, official sources said.
spokesman Rohit Kansal said on Saturday that no untoward incident was reported
from the Valley areas where restrictions were relaxed and the process of easing
would continue on Sunday in these areas after the local authorities had
assessed the situation. He added that the authorities were working on opening
the remaining landlines by Sunday evening.
who is principal secretary (planning and development), said the easing of
restrictions resulted in people emerging from their homes and private vehicles
plying on the roads. He reiterated that the government was planning to reopen
primary schools in the Valley for which the necessary arrangements were being
made. “Public transport is plying and we have encouraging reports of a lot of
public movement,” Kansal said.
on movement under CrPC Section 144 were also lifted from parts of old Srinagar
city and the restoration of exchanges enabled landline services in Budgam,
Sonamarg and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. In north Kashmir, landline
services were restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri, Keran, Karnah and Tangdhar
areas; in south Kashmir, services were made operational in Qazigund and
Pahalgam areas, the spokesman said.
the return of Hajis from Sunday onwards, Kashmir divisional commissioner Baseer
Ahmad Khan said a comprehensive plan was in place to take the Hajis to their
homes. He said two flights carrying over 300 Hajis are scheduled to land in
Srinagar on Sunday morning and 10 counters for 10 districts, manned by nodal
officers, have been set up. He said the deputy commissioners had issued passes
to facilitate the movement of the relatives of the Hajis.
internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day before
the Centre ended the special status of Jammu & Kashmir, and bifurcated the
state into two Union territories. Schools and other educational institutions,
and landline services were suspended in the early hours of August 5.
authorities said mobile internet services had been restored at a low bandwidth
as a preventive measure and to check rumour-mongering or objectionable content
circulated on social media. “The decision to suspend mobile internet services
was taken by the government only to prevent such elements that play spoilsport
and create tension in society (sic),” sources said. They added that higher
speeds would be restored soon.
district administrations in all parts of J&K and Ladakh are closely
monitoring the situation on the ground and on social media. “Anybody found
flaring up the matter or posting unwanted content to disturb peace and harmony
could be booked under the relevant sections,” sources said.
DELHI (India): Former Air Vice-Marshal Kapil Kak and Major General Ashok Mehta
(retired) are among six petitioners who moved the Supreme Court on Saturday
challenging the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Reorganisation Bill and the
abrogation of Article 370.
petitions claimed the amendments struck at the heart of the principles on which
the State of Jammu and Kashmir integrated into India, especially as they had no
affirmation or sanction from the people of Jammu and Kashmir which, according
to the petition, is a constitutional imperative as far as the State of J&K
petitioners who moved the apex court also include Radha Kumar, a former member
of the home ministry's Group of Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir (2010-11)
and Hindal Haidar Tyabji, a former IAS officer belonging to Jammu & Kashmir
in SC against law to declare individuals as terrorists
public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking
direction to declare unconstitutional the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment
(UAPA) Act, 2019 that confers power upon the Central government to designate an
individual as a terrorist.
PIL filed by a Delhi resident Sajal Awasthi also sought direction to declare
the UAPA violative of fundamental rights as enshrined under Article 14 (Right
to Equality), 19 (Right to Free Speech and Expression) and Article 21 (Right to
Life) of the Constitution of India.
petition stated that the recent amendment allows notification of “individuals
as terrorists” while under UAPA, 1967, only organisations could be so notified.
The UAPA 2019 has modified Chapter VI of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act, 1967 along with Section 35 and 36, it added.
35 of UAPA 2019 does not specify detailed grounds or reasons based on which an
individual can be termed as a terrorist, said the plea, adding that conferring
of such an “arbitrary and unfettered power without any limits or bounds”
amounts to the violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.
petition stated: “The new or amended Section 35 of the UAPA Act, 1967 empowers
the Central government to categorise any individual as a terrorist and add the
name of such a person in Schedule 4 of the Act. Conferring of such a
discretionary, unfettered and unbound powers upon the Central government is an
antithesis to Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”
amendments in UAPA, 2019 empower the ruling government, under the garb of
curbing terrorism to impose an indirect restriction on the right of dissent,
which is detrimental for our developing democratic society, the plea said.
added that the UAPA, 2019 “does not afford an opportunity to an individual,
being categorised as a terrorist, to present his/her case and let such
individuals live on the whim and caprice of the society thereinafter.”
amended Section 35 of the UAPA, 1967 “directly and adversely affects the
fundamental right to free speech and expression” as enshrined under Article 19
(1) (a) of the Constitution of India. Right of dissent is a part and parcel of
fundamental right to free speech and expression and therefore, cannot be
abridged in any circumstances except for mentioned in Article 19 (2), the plea
petition also stated that UAPA, 2019 also violates the right to reputation --
an integral part of the right to life, by terming or tagging an individual as
terrorist even before the commencement of trial.
President Donald Trump on Friday finally put to rest a controversy he had
stirred himself by telling Prime Minister Imran Khan in a phone call that
Pakistan and India should reduce tensions over Jammu and Kashmir through a
“bilateral dialogue”. There was no reference to his earlier offer to mediate.
response to a question from a reporter, President Trump had made the offer
during Prime Minister Khan’s White House visit in July, saying even Prime
Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate -- a claim that was swiftly and
summarily denied by New Delhi, which also reiterated that the Kashmir dispute
can only be resolved bilaterally, and only after Pakistan stopped supporting
terrorism. Trump repeated the offer in response to a question from reporters a
few days later.
the White House and the state department had sought to walk back that offer,
but ever so delicately so as to not appear to be contradicting or reversing the
president. So there was no change in the US position that the Kashmir dispute
must be resolved through “direct dialogue” between India and Pakistan, and that
the United States stood ready to assist.
has reversed himself now.
President conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions
through bilateral dialogue regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” White
House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement on the phone call.
this month, India nullified Article 30 and Article 35 A of the Constitution
that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and reserved benefits such as
government employment and property ownership for people deemed to be permanent
residents of the state. Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union
territories -- J&K and Ladakh.
two leaders also discussed “how they will continue to build on the growing
relationship between the United States and Pakistan and the momentum created
during their recent meeting at the White House”, he added.
was no reference to the mediation offer in the readout, and it could not be
immediately ascertained if the Pakistani leader had brought it up or not,
because Khan has, in fact, sought to build on Trump’s earlier offer and has
publicly called upon him to proceed on his suggestion.
of Khan’s conversation with Trump were first made public by Pakistan’s foreign
minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who said, according to state-run Radio Pakistan,
“Prime Minister Khan conveyed Pakistan’s concern on recent developments in
Kashmir and the threat they pose to the regional peace.” Qureshi went on to say
Khan had also called leaders of other United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
effort was clearly aimed at pushing Pakistan’s request to the UN and the UNSC,
in letters from Qureshi, to call for an open and formal meeting of the Security
Council to discuss Pakistan’s grievances on Kashmir developments. Pakistan had
also sought to be allowed to address the body.
army soldier was killed when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line
of Control (LoC) by firing shells in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s
Rajouri district on Saturday, prompting strong response from the Indian Army
which inflicted casualties and heavy damage to Pakistan Army posts, a defence
Army responded strongly and effectively. Heavy damage to Pakistan Army posts
and casualties to Pakistan soldiers have been inflicted by our troops,” defence
spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
slain soldier has been identified as 35-year-old Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, a
resident of village Rajawala in Sahaspur district of Dehradun. He served in the
Army for 15 years, Lt Col Anand said.
attained martyrdom today in Nowshera while defending the frontiers. He was a
brave soldier and the nation will remain indebted to him for his dedication to
duty and supreme sacrifice,” he said.
Naik Thapa, who is survived by his wife Nisha Thapa and a three-year-old son,
was a brave, highly-motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always
remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.”
troops opened fire with small arms and mortars in the Nowshera sector at around
6:30 am and Indian soldiers retaliated, he added.
ceasefire violation came two days after India’s retaliatory fire in the KG
sector of Poonch district had left four Pakistani soldiers dead.
the Indian government effectively revoked Article 370, which gave Jammu and
Kashmir its special status, and carved out two union territories of Ladakh and
J&K on August 5 and 6, Pakistani army troops have been regularly violating
the ceasefire along the LoC and trying to push militants into J&K.
chief General Bipin Rawat has already warned Pakistan of a punitive response to
any mischief on the borders.
month, two Army personnel and a 10-day-old baby were killed and several
civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts
of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.
warns Pakistan of a befitting reply
Union minister of law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted on Saturday that
Pakistan will get a befitting reply if any act is committed by terrorists in
the backdrop of the nullification of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
to media persons in Nagpur, Prasad said India was well prepared over the
security of its own territory and if Pakistan carried out any terror activity,
it would be given a prompt and appropriate response.
current lockdown in Kashmir reflects lessons learnt during the massive violence
that rocked the Valley in the days immediately following the killing of
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July 2016, officials in the
security establishment told The Sunday Express.
the first 10 days after Wani’s killing in an encounter in Tral in South Kashmir
on July 8, 2016, the Valley saw as many as 257 incidents of stone-pelting. In
comparison, in the first 10 days following the removal of special status and
bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories, 166 incidents of
stone-pelting were recorded.
the incidents that followed Wani’s killing were much more deadly. Between July
8 and July 18, 2016, security forces suffered 1,369 injuries, and 185 of their
vehicles were damaged.
the 10-day period after the removal of Article 370 by contrast, only 45
security personnel were injured, and 18 vehicles were damaged.
many as 42 civilians were killed in the protests in the first 10 days after
Wani’s killing. Now, the death of only one civilian has been reported.
reason for the comparatively less violence this time is the near complete
shutdown we effected in the first few days following the Article 370 decision.
Unlike in 2016, all communication, including landlines, was cut. Except in
medical emergencies, people were not allowed to move out of their
neighbourhoods. This ensured there was never an assembly of people large enough
to create significant trouble,” a senior security officer said.
Wani’s killing, government did clamp down on communication for almost two
months, but both landlines and postpaid mobile phones were working.
has also helped, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said, that separatist
leaders, who often call bandhs and organise protests, were already in jail,
thanks to arrests made by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) over the past
couple of years.
all top separatists barring Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq are
behind bars in connection with a case of terror funding. Yasin Malik, Shabbir
Shah, Asiya Andrabi and Masarat Alam are among over a dozen leaders currently
lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi.
were made in advance, and people were taken into preventive custody before the
announcement was made. Security forces had been deployed well in advance, and
all key political leaders were put under house arrest. So all that we saw was a
handful of people protesting or throwing stones in their neighbourhoods. More
and bigger injuries occur when a thousand or more people gather at one place
and throw stones,” the officer said.
administration has begun to ease restrictions after 12 days of severe
clampdown. Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, and the communication
blackout is likely to be gradually removed. Some phone lines have begun
can’t impose severe restrictions for too long. It can lead to spontaneous
protests that may be difficult to control,” the officer said.
to government data, stone-pelting incidents, and resulting injuries, have been
going down steadily since the abrogation of Article 370. While on the first day
— August 6 — there were 45 incidents of stone-pelting, it fell to 30 on the
following day. Subsequent days saw 15, 27, and 19 incidents respectively. Since
then, the figures have been in single digits.
vehicles were damaged in the first four days. Injuries to security forces
personnel too, were reported the most on the first day — 21 personnel were injured.
Since then, the figures have been in single digits.
a court in Alwar acquitted all six men accused of lynching Pehlu Khan, the
Rajasthan government, led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on August 16 ordered a
fresh investigation into the case.
Special Investigation Team under the supervision of state’s additional
director-general of police (crime) was set up with a senior lawyer to guide the
per the media sources, the decision was taken following a high-level review
meeting chaired by the chief minister to check if the case was properly
investigated and fix the responsibility for botched up investigation.
SIT will submit its report within 15 days.
Acquit All Six
on 14th August, Wednesday, an Alwar court acquitted all the six accused of
leading a mob in the lynching case on the benefit of the doubt.
other three juveniles allegedly involved are in the case still facing enquiry
by a Juvenile Justice Board.
April 1 in 2017, Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer from Haryana’s Nuh, was
beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes near Behror in Rajasthan on the
succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital two days later.
LUMPUR, Aug 16 ― Dr Zakir Naik will not be allowed to speak publicly at a
two-day Muslim camp in Perlis scheduled to start tomorrow, police said today.
Star reported state police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Noor Mushar Mohd
saying that action will be taken against the divisive India-born preacher if he
can come to Perlis, but he can't talk and action will be taken against him if
he does so,” the senior policeman was quoted telling a news conference in
to the report, a 10-day notice to the police is required for future talks
featuring Dr Zakir, and must include the topic.
are a multi-racial country and the sensitivities of others have to be taken
into consideration,” Noor Mushar Mohd was quoted saying further.
Star also reported Perlis Mufti Datuk Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin saying he has
written to the event organiser, Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu of Muslim
evangelical group One Centre Malaysia, asking to “excuse” Dr Zakir and his
family from the camp for Muslim converts.
the benefit of Zakir and his family, this department would like to advise you
to excuse him and his family from the Malaysia Reverts Camp 2019.
is to ensure that he and his family are not disturbed due to issues raised by
those with ill intentions,” Asri was quoted saying in his letter.
camp called Malaysia Reverts Camp 2019 is to be held in a mosque in Kuala
Perlis from tomorrow until Sunday.
Zakir, his wife Farhat, son Fariq, and daughters Zikra and Rushda were
scheduled to speak in gender segregated sessions at the camp.
speakers included the organiser Zamri Vinoth who is also Dr Zakir’s protege and
was recently arrested for allegedly insulting Hindus in a religious lecture;
Multiracial Reverted Muslims founder Firdaus Wong Wai Hung who recently caused
charity group Who is Hussain? to receive death threats after he accused them of
spreading Shiah teachings; and controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah.
Zakir is under investigation for provocation stemming from his remarks about
Malaysia’s minority communities during an event in Kelantan last week.
Criminal Investigation Department director Commissioner Datuk Huzir Mohamed
confirmed the probe under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult
with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
Council of Imams and Ulama on Saturday said the claims that only Christians are
being kidnapped in Kaduna State, were false.
Muslim group warned that security matters must not be politicised.
argued that politicising security matters would only set the stage for an
ethno-religious crisis in the state.
Secretary of the Council, Yusuf Arigasiyu, who addressed a press conference in
Kaduna on Saturday, insisted that many Muslims had over the years been
kidnapped as well.
to him, it was divisive and false that claims that kidnappers only abduct
Christians in Kaduna State.
noted that kidnapping was a national security challenge, adding that even the criminals as well as
their victims cut across ethno-religious divides.
said, “Along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road alone, between 22nd June and 30th July
2019, over 55 persons have been kidnapped and over 20 persons were killed,
including five Nigerian Air Force and Army personnel, according to news
of the citizens killed and kidnapped along Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi and
Abuja-Kaduna roads and the border towns with Niger, Katsina and Zamfara States
have been Muslims.
never viewed the unfortunate situation from a religious angle. In fact, we have
always condemned the act of criminality and have called on the State and
Federal Governments to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians,
irrespective of where they are or how they worship.”
military names three members for sovereign council, says a report
sovereign council will include Transitional Military Council (TMC) head Abdel
Fattah al-Burhan, his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Lieutenant General
Yasser al-Atta, the TMC’s spokesperson said to Sky News Arabia.
a power-sharing agreement the sovereign council will include five members
selected by the TMC, five picked by the main opposition coalition, and one
agreed upon by both sides.
military’s two remaining members will be named at a later time, Shams El Din
landmark transitional deal is the first “building block” that will contribute
to building a secure state and economy, said Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, adding that the Kingdom supports the
country’s security and stability.
Sudan agreement is the first building block that will contribute to building a
capable, secure state and economy, and will contribute to achieving the
aspirations of the brotherly Sudanese people,” al-Jubeir said in a tweet.
protest leaders formally signed a deal with the Transitional Military Council
in Khartoum on Saturday, paving the way for a transition to a civilian-led
government following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.
Kingdom was and still is with everything that guarantees Sudan’s security and
stability and its active contribution in reaching the partnership agreement
signed between the Sudanese parties and it supports the efforts led by Ethiopia
and the African Union as an extension of this approach.” al-Jubeir said.
Libyan National Army (LNA) carried out 13 airstrikes targeting militia sites in
Misrata late Saturday, including a warehouse for Turkish drones.
carried out 13 airstrikes on militia posts in the Misrata air base. The
operation was precise and successful,” General Mohamed Manfour, the commander
of the LNA’s air operations room, told Al Arabiya.
confirmed that the targeted sites included a warehouse for Turkish drones, a
control room and transmitters that operate the drones, in addition to a
warehouse of missiles used by the unmanned aerial vehicles.
added that the army’s combat aircraft returned to their bases after the success
of the operation.
Misrata Forces is among the militias targeted by the LNA in their campaign to
has been mired in chaos as multiple militias vied for power after a NATO-backed
uprising resulted in dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s death in 2011.
coast guard says it has intercepted four boats carrying 278 Europe-bound
migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast.
statement by spokesman Ayoub Gassim said the migrants, including 18 women and
two children, were intercepted Tuesday in separate rescue operations off the
coast near the capital, Tripoli.
power-sharing deal blow to Saudi Arabia, UAE: Commentator
New York-based author and commentator says the power-sharing agreement recently
signed in Sudan shows that financial contributions to the Sudanese military by
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have failed to compromise
civilian participation in government.
al-Omari made the remarks to Press TV’s The Debate program on Saturday. The
program had Abayomi Azikiwe, editor with Pan-African News Wire from Detroit, as
its other guest.
said the conclusion of the deal, which came on Saturday, showed that “the UAE
and Saudi Arabia were not able to strengthen the hand of the military through
of Sudanese converged on the capital, Khartoum, for the signing of the
agreement brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia.
military took over in April, after overthrowing long-time president Omar
Sudanese, who had been initially protesting against Bashir’s rule, then began
calling for the inclusion of civilians in the country’s transitional
administration. The ruling junta cracked down on a protest camp in June, killing
dozens of demonstrators, escalating the protests and prompting international
pressure on the military to listen to the people.
Saturday deal ushered in a sovereign council consisting of six civilians and
five generals, who will run the country until elections, which will be held
three years from now.
called the agreement a “very very significant” outcome that had defied
expectations of further chaos in the country.
you can never be certain that this could be a smooth transition towards
democracy,” he said. “The same forces that killed so many demonstrators are
still present in the military council.”
also said that the first head of the transitional council would be a military
figure and that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi had pledged the military three billion
dollars in financial assistance before the deal was signed.
said it was important for the transitional authorities to bring about the
economic opportunities and political freedom that people yearn for inside the
important question was whether the new authorities would be prepared to
withdraw the Sudanese forces partaking in an ongoing Saudi-led war on Yemen.
support to Sudan and "brotherly" Sudanese people will continue to
grow, Turkish foreign minister on Saturday said.
the beginning, Turkey has been in favor of peace and tranquility in Sudan,
Mevlut Cavusoglu told reports in Sudanese capital Khartoum, where he attended
the signing ceremony of a power-sharing deal between rival sides in the
the ceremony on the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Cavusoglu
said he conveyed Erdogan's message to the head of the Transition Military
Council (TMC) Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Sudan's Acting Foreign Minister Omer
Dahab Fadl Mohamed.
has remained in turmoil since April 11, when the military establishment
announced long-serving President Omar Bashir’s removal after months of popular
protests against his 30-year rule.
in the day, Sudan’s ruling TMC and opposition Forces for Freedom and Change
(FFC) alliance signed a power-sharing deal on Saturday, paving the way for
elections and civilian rule.
a result of the deal between the rival sides in Sudan, there will be a 39-month
transition before the elections.
hope peace and tranquility will be permanent," the Turkish foreign
said the stability of Sudan is important for Turkey and for all Africa, but
especially for the West Africa and the Middle East, where very negative
developments are taking place.
on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Cavusoglu met with his Finnish
counterpart Pekka Haavisto.
criticises defence minister Rajnath Singh for his remarks on nuclear weapons
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has criticised as
"irresponsible" and "unfortunate" defence minister Rajnath
Singh's remarks that India has always adhered to its "no first use” policy
on nuclear weapons but “what happens in the future will depend on
remarks on nuclear weapons came after he visited Pokhran where India carried
out the nuclear tests in 1998 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister.
substance and timing of Indian defence minister is highly unfortunate and shows
India irresponsible and belligerent behaviour," Qureshi said.
will continue to maintain minimum credible deterrence," he said.
statement of Indian defence ministers showed his "folly", he said.
remarks came amid tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked
the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
UN Security Council took up the issue of Kashmir in informal consultations.
Pakistan has claimed it as big success.
meeting on Kashmir by the Security Council ended without any outcome or
statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan
and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming
majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.
said the UNSC meeting showed that the people of Kashmir were not alone.
also rejected the idea of any conversation with Indian counterpart S
Mohammad Rafiq, a 65-year-old retired Pakistan Air Force officer, was the first
of the three people who approached the terrorist who aimed to attack a
Norwegian mosque, the administration said on Saturday.
in the area have said that Sunday’s attack al-Noor Islamic Centre is being
investigated as a “possible act of terrorism”.
terrorist at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the Norwegian capital – a young,
white male carrying several guns – had expressed far-right, anti-immigrant
views online, assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference.
terrorist had been apprehended after the attack, in which shots were fired but
no one was hit, with Rafiq having overpowered him inside the mosque before
three people were present in the mosque at the time of the attack, preparing
for the next day’s celebration of Eidul Azha festival, mosque spokesman Waheed
Ahmed told Reuters.
people showed great courage,” Skjold added.
suddenly heard shooting from outside,” Rafiq told Reuters via an interpreter,
adding that a man then entered the building with guns and pistols.
started to fire towards the two other men,” Rafiq said, adding that he had then
grabbed the terrorist, holding him down and wrestling the weapons off the
eye red and one hand swollen, Rafiq, who has lived in Norway for the past two
and a half years, said he was still recovering from the attack.
put his finger inside my eye, up to here; full finger inside my eye,” Rafiq
terrorist, who has not been named by the authorities, was also suspected of
killing one of his own family members, a young woman who was found dead at his
home, police said earlier.
mosque had implemented extra security measures this year after the massacre of
more than 50 people at two New Zealand mosques by a right-wing terrorist.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg said police had ramped up security on Sunday as
thousands of Muslims gathered at mosques for the Eid celebration.
the government continuously tries to combat hate speech, more must still be
done, she added.
are trying to combat this, but it’s a challenge. I think it’s a word-wide
challenge in a sense,” Solberg said.
Pakistan Army personnel on Saturday rescued three stranded mountaineers and
airlifted the body of another.
rescued mountaineers were stranded while scaling Mir peak in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Army Aviation helicopters also airlifted the dead body of mountaineer Fida
Hussain from Miyacher Glacier in Nagar.
Force Command Northern Areas Maj General Ahsan Mehmood Khan attended the
funeral of the deceased in Minapin, Nagar.
Singh’s statement is a threat to entire world: Firdous
Indian defence minister’s statement reflects the extremist ideology of RSS
which can go to the extent of putting the world peace at stake to accomplish
its nefarious designs, said Prime Minister’s Advisor on Information Firdous
Ashiq Awan on Saturday.
was referring to Rajnath Singh’s statement that India’s “no first use” nuclear
policy may change.
Indian defence minister’s statement came in the middle of a crisis in Occupied
Kashmir where Indian forces have enforced a clampdown since earlier this month
after depriving the Muslim majority region of its special status granted under
City: Three Palestinians were martyred by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza
Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said Sunday.
ministry said another Palestinian was hospitalised in the shooting that came
after the Israeli army said an attack helicopter and tank had fired at
"armed suspects" along the barrier that separates Israel from Gaza.
just identified a number of armed suspects from Gaza approaching the security
fence with Israel. We fired towards them," the army said a statement
posted on its Twitter account.
and Palestinians in Gaza, ruled by
Hamas, have fought three wars since 2008.
since March 2018, regular protests and clashes have erupted along the border of
the blockaded coastal enclave.
least 305 Palestinians have been martyred
by Israeli fire in Gaza or the border area since then, the majority
during demonstrations and clashes.AFP-WEB DESK
Drones Target Saudi Oil Facilities Near UAE Border
facilities at Shaybah, which has the largest strategic oil reserve in Saudi
Arabia near the UAE border and operated by state-oil company Saudi Aramco, were
targeted by 10 Yemeni drones, the broadcaster reported on Saturday.
facilities attacked included a refinery and oil storage, al-Masirah said,
citing Yemen’s Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare'e.
stated that the operation was launched as part of "a legitimate deterrence
for the aggression crimes and siege" against the Yemeni nation.
renewed call on companies and civilians to stay away from all vital sites in
Saudi Arabia, adding that Yemen's bank of targets inside the kingdom
"expands daily" and that the future attacks would be more painful to
of aggression have no choice but to stop the war and lift the siege on the
Yemeni people," Sare'e noted.
fighters regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the
mid-May, Yemeni soldiers, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees,
launched a major operation against the strategic oil facility in Saudi Arabia
in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s devastating military aggression and
siege of the impoverished country. Following the attack, Saudi Arabia stopped
pumping crude oil on the major pipeline across the country. The retaliatory
attack also led to the rise of oil prices and fall of stock markets in Persian
Gulf Arab countries.
attack bears extra significance at this stage of the war because the Yemeni
forces could fly armed drones so far and carry out precision strikes and then
fly them back while evading all Saudi defenses on the way. The long-range
drones open unlimited possibilities for Yemeni resistance forces, which have
already surpassed all expectations by surviving the massive Saudi onslaught and
mounted a potent response with an arsenal of ballistic missiles.
Ansarullah movement has also warned that its recent attack on a major Saudi oil
facility was the start of operations against 300 vital targets in Saudi Arabia
and the UAE.
Ansarullah said its drone attack on pumping stations of the Saudi state oil
company Aramco was the start of operations against 300 vital targets. The group
added that other planned targets include military headquarters and facilities
in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity
plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding hundreds of thousands.
to a December 2018 report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project
(ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has
claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
the Children, a charity, has reported that more than 84,700 children under the
age of five may have starved to death in Yemen since the Saudi regime and a
coalition of its allies launched the brutal war on the already-impoverished
the United States, the Uinted Kingdom and some other Western countries have
faced criticisms over arms sales to the Saudi Arabia and the UAE, whose
aggression against Yemen has affected 28 million people and caused what the
United Nations calls “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world".
According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in
more than 100 years.
Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of four European countries and
representatives of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia held a trilateral meeting
on Saturday in Tehran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
meeting - held at the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s building - was attended by Ali
Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant to Iran’s Foreign Minister in special
political affairs, a Houthi delegation headed by the movement’s spokesman
Mohammad Abdul Salam, and the ambassadors of Britain, France, Germany and
participating delegations expressed their governments’ views on the
developments in Yemen, according to IRNA.
the end of the meeting, they called for a political solution to the crisis in
Houthi delegation, headed by Mohammed Abdul Salam, has been in Tehran since
last week, and has since met with top Iranian officials.
Salam met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday in Tehran.
Tuesday, he met with the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Houthis consider Khamenei’s leadership to be the continuation of that of the
Prophet Muhammad and his son-in-law Ali, Abdul Salam said during the meeting on
meeting comes amid heightened escalation between Iran and the West.
month, Iran seized the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero saying all 23 crew
seized on the vessel will be moved to Bandar Abbas port and will remain on the
vessel until the end of an investigation.
presence of America and Britain in the region means insecurity,” says Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards Corps navy chief.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday he was “unimpressed” by a
speech from Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in which the Lebanese Shiite
leader warned of his movement’s military strength.
spoke in a TV broadcast on Friday marking the anniversary of a 2006 war between
Hezbollah and Israel.
month of fighting killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more
than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
said that the 2006 war had helped Hezbollah develop “a military system to
defend our villages, towns and cities.”
(Israel) enters southern Lebanon... you will see a live broadcast of the
destruction of Israeli brigades,” he warned.
responded on Saturday that “we are not impressed by Nasrallah’s threats.”
knows very well why he broadcasts them from the depths of his bunker,” he said
in a statement on WhatsApp.
is rarely seen in public.
a 2014 interview Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar newspaper, he said that he regularly
switched sleeping places, particularly since the 2006 war, but denied that he
lived in hiding.
US federal court in New York ruled that the Islamic Republic can be held
accountable for the activities of the Houthi militia in Yemen that is backed by
Iran both financially and on ideological grounds.
federal court ruled that US citizens would be entitled to compensation for
losses they had suffered as a result of operations carried out by the Houthis,
also known as the Ansarullah militia.
includes the families of two US citizens who were kidnapped by the Houthis in
2015, both of which are suing the Islamic Republic.
two men were kidnapped from the airport in Yemen’s capital Sanaa in 2015 and
allegedly tortured. One of them died under torture after 16 days. The other
remained a hostage for six months until he was released.
compensation will likely come from Iranian assets the US government has seized
as part of its sanctions program against Iran.
exact amount of compensation due will be ruled on at a later date.
is the first time, a US federal court has held Iran accountable for Houthis’
actions, including kidnapping, murder, and torture, and has ruled that victims
are entitled to compensation from blocked Iranian assets.
to this, US courts have held Iran accountable for actions taken by Lebanon’s
Hezbollah, Palestine’s Hamas and the Islamic Movement, and have accordingly
blocked around $100 billion of Iranian assets in the United States. In these
cases, the plaintiffs were able to acquire about $2 billion of blocked assets
fighter jets launched two raids on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on
Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said, after a rocket was launched from the
Strip at southern Israel on Friday night in what the army said was the first
such attack in over a month.
their official Twitter account, Israel's Defense Forces said they targeted
“Hamas's underground infrastructure in Gaza.”
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military statement said the projectile from Gaza was intercepted by the Iron
Dome missile defense system, after air raid sirens sounded in the southern town
of Sderot and its surroundings.
army spokesman said it was the first attack since July 12.
the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement that 32 Palestinians were
wounded by Israeli live fire along the Gaza border fence as part of weekly
Southern Transitional Council (STC) withdrew early Saturday from key positions
it had seized in the city of Aden last week, the Arab Coalition said on
STC pulled out of the headquarters of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's
government, the supreme court and the central bank as well as Aden's main
hospital, Muammar al-Iryani said on Twitter.
told Al Arabiya that the seized positions were handed over to the Yemeni
a statement on Saturday, the Arab Coalition praised government and STC forces
for adhering to their call for an immediate ceasefire, where they had urged all
parties to withdraw from seized areas.
coalition) praises the transitional council’s response to the call of the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for a ceasefire…
prioritizing the interests of the Yemeni people so as not to harm them or
damage public and private property by beginning today to withdraw its troops
and combat elements and return to their previous positions before recent
events, and hand over Yemeni government headquarters under the supervision of
the coalition,” the statement read.
also commended the Yemeni government's “response to the call for restraint
during the crisis, its prioritization of the interests of the Yemeni people and
preservation of the gains of the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen to
restore the state and its institutions.”
between pro-government forces and separatists in Yemen’s second city Aden
killed around 40 people and injured 260 others including civilians, the UN said
UN expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on
the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to
life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported
executions of adults and children.
Rehman said in a report to the General Assembly circulated Friday that while
the number of executions was the lowest since 2007, “the number of executions
remains one of the highest in the world.”
significant decline, he said, is attributed to enforcement of a 2017 amendment
to Iran’s anti-narcotics law that saw the number of executions for drug-related
offenses drop from 231 in 2017 to at least 24 in 2018.
expressed concern that Iran has more than 80 offenses punishable by the death
penalty, including adultery, homosexuality, drug possession, “waging war
against God, corruption on Earth, blasphemy and insult of the Prophet”
Muhammad. He said many of the offenses are not considered serious crimes under
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
the seven child offenders reported to have been executed in 2018 were two
17-year-olds in April for alleged rape and robbery, Rehman said. “The two were
reportedly forced to confess under torture.”
reiterated UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s statement that the
execution of child offenders “is absolutely prohibited and must end
expressed deep concern at arbitrary arrest, detention, ill-treatment and denial
of medical care for dual and foreign nationals, estimating there are at least
30 such cases, including Iranian-Austrian Kamran Ghaderi, who has been detained
since January 2016 and is suffering “from a tumor in his leg.”
has been no progress made in the cases of arbitrarily detained foreign or dual
nationals” aside from Iran’s release in June of Lebanese businessman Nizar
Zakka, who has US residency, Rehman said.
Islamic Republic of Iran has subjected these individuals to sham trials, which
have failed to meet basic fair trial standards, and convicted them of offenses
on the basis of fabricated evidence or, in some cases, no evidence at all, and
has attempted to use them as diplomatic leverage,” he said.
also said human rights defenders, members of minority communities, lawyers,
journalists including from the BBC’s Persian service, labor and trade union
activists and women protesting a law requiring them to wear veils know as a
hijab “have continued to be intimidated, harassed, arrested and detained.”
who is the UN special investigator on human rights in Iran, cited the case of
human rights defender and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who was sentenced in March to
38 years in prison and 148 lashes “in relation to her work defending women
charged for protesting against the compulsory hijab.”
said Iranian authorities have also stepped up pressure on trade unionists,
truck drivers, teachers, factory workers and others protesting for their labor
rights. They have been intimidated, arrested and charged with offenses ranging
from “spreading propaganda against the state” to “disrupting public order and
peace by participating in illegal gatherings,” resulting in prison sentences
and flogging, he said.
pointed to human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, saying
the estimated 350,000 Bahai’is, considered to be the largest non-Muslim and
unrecognized religious minority in Iran, “have suffered from the most egregious
forms of repression, persecution and victimization.”
said the Sunni minority in Iran constitutes an estimated 10 percent of the
population but the constitution bars them from holding senior religious
positions, and they have reportedly been refused permission to construct a
mosque in the capital of Tehran since 1979. He noted that Christian converts
are considered “apostates” and therefore don’t have access to officially
recognized churches and must gather clandestinely in informal “house churches.”
after launching wide-scale operations deep inside Saudi territories, the leader
of the Houthi Ansarullah movement delivered a televised speech. Abdul-Malik
al-Houthi said the attack sent a strong message to Saudi Arabia and the UAE not
to be a tool in the hands of the US and its allies.
also urged the Saudi coalition to stop the devastating war on its southern
neighbor or face the consequences.
say that the Yemeni army is capable of reaching any targets in what they
describe the invading countries.
Saudi Oil Ministry admitted Saturday's drone attacks and accused Ansarullah
fighters of attempting to disrupt the flow of international oil supply.
the beginning of the Saudi war on Yemen, most of the country's infrastructure
has been leveled to the ground and tens of thousands of Yemenis, mostly
civilians, have been killed in airstrikes and other attacks.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says a Turkish-US operation center for a so-called
safe zone in northeastern Syria, where US-sponsored Kurdish militants are
operating, will be fully operational next week.
joint operation center will start working with full capacity next week,” Akar
said during a visit to the southeastern province of Sanliurfa where he
inspected troops chosen to participate in the plan.
noted that Turkish and US officials had agreed that Kurdish militants from the
People's Protection Units (YPG) should be removed from the border area, and
their heavy weapons should be taken.
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has been certain progress. It marks a good start. There are still things to be
done, the efforts will continue,” Akar said.
Turkish defense chief further noted that Ankara and Washington had also reached
a general agreement on the coordination and control of the region’s air space,
and on numerous other matters.
Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country would not
tolerate any US delay in setting up a so-called safe zone in northern Syria.
(the Americans) first need to be sincere and need to understand that Turkey
won’t tolerate delaying tactics,” Cavusoglu said during a press conference in
the capital Ankara.
we say since the beginning is that a US stalling tactic will not work.
Unfortunately, they employed such stalling on Manbij [a city in the
northeastern part of Syria’s province of Aleppo]. They did not keep their
promise,” he added.
remarks came as an American military delegation has been at work in Sanliurfa
August 7, Turkey and the US reached an agreement on the establishment of a
joint operation center in the northern part of Syria, in the wake of Ankara’s
threats to launch an operation against YPG militants to push them away from the
views the YPG as the Syria branch of the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party
(PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in
Turkey since 1984.
expects the creation of a 32-kilometer (20-mile) safe zone in northern Syria,
and has stressed that it wants the YPG cleared from the region.
US has been arming and training Kurdish militants under the banner of helping
them fight the terrorist group of Daesh, but Syria and several other countries
see ulterior motives behind the deployment.
The Kingdom’s embassy in Turkey has warned citizens in Istanbul to be vigilant
after a shooting of a Saudi.
armed robbery happened in the Sisli area of the city, prompting Saudi
authorities to issue a warning to avoid that area, as well as Taksim,
especially after sunset.
2017, a terror attack killed seven Saudis in the city on New Year’s Day.
video and arrests put Bangladesh on alert
video containing threats of imminent militant attacks against targets including
foreigners has sparked renewed concern in Muslim-majority Bangladesh after a
recent lethal rise in Islamic militancy.
are investigating the video of four jihadists covering their faces and speaking
Bengali, the national language of Bangladesh, threatening to attack foreigners,
religious minorities and politicians among others.
the news agency of transnational jihadist outfit Islamic State (IS), posted the
video online late on Aug. 9, according to SITE Intelligence, a U.S.-based group
that monitors Islamic extremism online.
men in the video pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of IS.
Wearing suicide vests and carrying rifles, they threatened to attack members of
Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League, U.S. citizens, minority Hindus and Buddhists,
government offices and police stations.
video came a day after police in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka arrested five
suspected militants from the regrouped local extremist outfit
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
also came just two days before people in Bangladesh were getting ready to
celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, the second holiest feast in Islam.
said the arrested suspects were part of a “wolf pack” of the banned JMB, which
has attacked atheist bloggers, writers, publishers, liberal academics,
religious minorities and foreigners.
the worst attack, five Islamic militants killed 20 people, mostly foreign
guests, at a cafe in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka on July 1, 2016.
are on alert and examining the video to avert any possible militant activities,
said Saiful Islam, deputy commissioner of the Counter Terrorism and
Transnational Crime Unit of Bangladesh police.
have taken the video seriously, but we are also inspecting whether it is old or
a new one, and where it was shot. We have successfully cracked down on
militancy, and we are ready to avert any militant activity at any cost,” he
analysts pointed that the arrests and video might be signs of an IS attempt to
regain ground in several countries after being defeated in its strongholds in
Syria and Iraq in March.
July 31, the United Nations Counter Terrorism Committee released a 24-page
report that warned that IS could launch terrorist attacks in South Asia,
Southeast Asia and Europe before the end of the year as it intends to “reinvest
in the capacity to direct and facilitate complex international attacks.”
has been defeated and driven out from their strongholds in Syria, so their
soldiers have fled, spread out and many returned to their own countries. This
is a danger for us,” M. Sakhawat Hossain, a Dhaka-based security analyst, told
can eradicate militants by force but militant ideology takes a long time to
rise and fall. Law enforcers must keep a keen eye constantly to tackle any
possible re-emergence of militancy.”
say killing of leader’s brother will not derail US talks
Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader
in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at
securing the withdrawal of US troops after 18 years of war.
was no claim of responsibility for the bomb that killed the younger brother of
Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada near the Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday.
came after both Taliban and US officials have reported progress in talks on an
agreement centred on a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a
Taliban security guarantee.
someone thinks martyring our leaders would stop us from our goal they’re living
in a fool’s paradise,” a Taliban leader said by telephone from an undisclosed
are close to our goals,” he said, referring to the talks with the United
States. He declined to be identified.
militants have been fighting to expel foreign forces and set up an Islamic
state since they were ousted in October 2001, weeks after the Sepember 11
attacks on the United States.
US negotiators and the Taliban have reported progress after eight rounds of
talks since late last year but the violence has not eased.
bomb at the mosque near Quetta killed four people, and wounded 20, Pakistani
Taliban leader’s brother, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was leading prayers when it
exploded. One of the leader’s sons was wounded, Taliban officials said.
police confirmed that one of the dead was identified as Hafiz Ahmadullah but
said they could not confirm if he was a brother of the Taliban leader. Pakistan
denies accusations that it supports the Taliban but many members live there.
the Afghan capital, Kabul, a suicide bomber attacked a Saturday night wedding
reception. An interior ministry spokesman said there were tens of casualties,
both wounded and dead.
was no claim of responsibility.
President Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire for a US pullout from
Afghanistan and an end to America’s longest war. Top US national security
advisers briefed Trump on Friday on the negotiations.
are deep concerns among Afghan officials and US national security aides about
the talks led by US special representative to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad,
who updated Trump.
US pullout has raised fears Afghanistan could plunge into a new civil war that
could see a return of Taliban rule and give international militants a
the expected deal, the Taliban, in exchange for a US commitment on a
withdrawal, would guarantee Afghanistan would not be a sanctuary for militants
to expand and plot new attacks,
sides have said.
Taliban are also expected to make a commitment to open power-sharing talks with
the US-backed government and agree to a ceasefire.
presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told a news briefing any deal had to
include a ceasefire and a US withdrawal would be based on conditions.
second Taliban official, speaking from Doha, where the Taliban have a political
office and where the talks have been held, said preparations were being made
for a meaningful final round.
solved most issues,” said the official, who also declined to be identified.
date has been set for more talks.
Taliban were considering a ceasefire in places from which US forces withdraw,
the second official said.
14,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan, training and advising Afghan security
forces and conducting counterinsurgency operations.
of thousands of people have been left homeless in Bangladesh after fire tore
through a slum in the capital of Dhaka.
15,000 homes were destroyed in the blaze, which hit the Mirpur area late on Friday
and left 50,000 people homeless, according to the BBC.
Islam, mayor of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), has said victims of
the fire will be looked after in temporary shelters until they can be rehoused.
basic needs for the homeless people will continue till their rehabilitation,”
Mr Islam told the local newspaper Dhaka Tribune after visiting the scene.
added that “permanent establishments” were being erected nearby to house the
victims of the blaze, which raged for six hours.
residents were reportedly away from the city celebrating the Muslim festival of
Eid al-Adha at the time of the fire.
deaths have been reported from the blaze so far, although several people were
fire is thought to have spread quickly as many homes in the slum are made from
wood or bamboo and have plastic roofs.
is no information yet on the cause of the fire but an investigation has been
launched, with a report expected within 15 working days.
of the area affected are mostly low-wage earners, such as garment workers and
day labourers, who moved to the city for work but sometimes leave for religious
Saturday morning, some residents reportedly returned to their homes to see if
there was anything from the ruins they could sell.
the BBC’s world news service has reported 15,000 homes were destroyed in the
fire, earlier local news reports suggested a lower number of damaged homes.
Tribune said more than 1,000 shanties were burned in the fire, quoting fire
service officials and local people, on Friday.
Afghan Special Froces killed 3 Taliban militants and destroyed two caches of
weapons during the operations in Logar and Helmand provinces.
military officials said Saturday that the Special Forces killed 3 Taliban
militants during an operation in Pul-e Alam district of Logar.
officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of
weapons during the same raid.
Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons during a similar
operation which they conducted in Garm Ser district of Helmand.
security council meeting focus on peace, presidential elections
senior government and security officials met in Helmand province to discuss the
ongoing efforts for peace and upcoming presidential elections.
officials met during a security shura (council) meeting and promised support
towards peace in Afghanistan, by protecting the people of Helmand during the
National Army 215th Corps Commander, BG Zabihulla, Helmand Provincial Governor
MG Yasin, Helmand Police Chief Esahmuddin, NDS Chief Taous, and an IEC
Representative met to discuss the safety and security of people and polling
sites during the elections.
officials discussed prospects for peace through security partnership across
both Helmand and Nimroz Provinces.
Corps Commander Zabihulla said “The Afghan people have the right to determine
the future and the leadership of the country. There is no place in Helmand we
cannot go in order to protect the people.”
Afghan Special Forces arrested three Taliban sympathizers during an operation
in Kabul, the Kabul Police said.
to a statement released by Kabul Police Headquarters, the Special Forces
arrested the operation in Bagrami district of Kabul.
statement further added that the detained suspects were cooperating with the
the Kabul Police said the Special Forces also confiscated an Ak-47 assault
rifle, a shotgun and some munition during the operation.
Afghan Special Forces killed the chief of terror operations of Taliban group
during an operation in Logar province.
Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the Special Forces conducted the
operation in Patkhab Village located in the provincial capital of Logar.
statement further added that the Special Forces killed Mawlavi Qudratullah, the
chief of terror operations of Taliban for Logar.
the Ministry of Defense said Mawlavi Qudratullah was mainly involved in
terrorist related activities on Highway No.2 of Logar besides having major role
in overall terrorist related activities across Logar.
deadly explosion ripped through a civilian vehicle in northern Balkh province
leaving at least 12 civilians dead.
senior official in Dawlabad district confirmed that an improvised explosive
device exploded in Barbar Qala area of the district targeting a civilian
official further added that the explosion killed at least 12 civilians
including several women and children.
the 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement that the explosion took place at
around 6:40 am local time.
statement further added that the vehicle was on its way to Mazar-e Sharif city
when it struck an improvised explosive device.
U.S. forces pounded a Taliban hideout with guided in rockets in southern
Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.
205th Atal Corps said in a statement that the U.S. forces targeted the Taliban
hideout in Charchino district of Uruzgan.
statement further added that the strikes killed 7 Taliban militants and
destroyed the hideout of the group.
the 205th Atal Corps said the strikes also destroyed some weapons, munitions
and explosives of the Taliban group.
Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and opening fire in a mosque
near Oslo last weekend has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially
entered a plea, police said Friday.
Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a
“terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a
formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort
Kraby said in a statement.
is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia
Ihle-Hansen, before entering the al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and
opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
three worshipers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious
appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his
face, neck and hands.
have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he
had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet.
had initially denied the accusations.
incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world,
including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a right-wing extremist in July 2011,
when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77
people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting
spree at a Labor Party youth camp on the island of Utoya.
police on Saturday thanked two senior Muslims who overpowered a suspected
gunman planning to kill scores in an Afghan mosque in Baerum city.
Rafiq (65) and Mohamed Iqbal Jave (70) prevented alleged assailant Philip
Manshaus from firing upon worshipers Al-Noor Mosque on Aug. 10, west of the
police and Major Lisbeth Hammer welcomed them at the police headquarters,
flowers in hand.
chief Beate Gangas Krog thanked the two men for their bravery and said their
heroic actions saved scores of lives.
to local news, the 21-year-old alleged gunman targeted Al-Noor Mosque on Aug.
10. Unable to enter the building, he began firing near the building's back
is facing growing danger from far-right extremists and terrorist groups, head
of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said on Friday.
an interview with news portal t-online, Holger Muench warned that the number of
violent far-right extremists and crimes committed by them have significantly
increased in recent years.
are also aware of the risk that they could form new structures, even terrorist
groups,” he said, referring to the neo-Nazi groups “Oldschool Society” and the
“Gruppe Freital” which planned attacks against refugee centers and mosques.
said German security agencies have recently adopted a new strategy to disrupt
such structures as early as possible, before they transformed themselves into
41 far-right extremists were classified as potential terrorists and have been
placed under surveillance, according to the BKA.
112 extremists were considered as a direct threat by the BKA on suspicion that
they were providing support to violent far-right groups.
has witnessed growing xenophobia and anti-migrant hatred in recent years,
fuelled by the propaganda of neo-Nazi groups and the Islamophobic AfD party.
police recorded more than 19,000 far-right crimes in 2018, according to the
latest government figures with extremists committing some 1,000 violent attacks
against foreigners, immigrants or political rivals.
President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson
by phone late Thursday on recent developments and bilateral relations,
Palestine’s WAFA news agency reported.
talks came after Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called for
changing the status quo of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque to allow Jews to hold
religious rituals there, which was condemned by the Palestinian presidency.
reiterated his country’s commitment to a two-state solution and condemned
Israel's policy of home demolitions as a violation of international law, the
welcomed Johnson’s support for a two-state solution, expressing a readiness to
move forward in achieving peace in accordance with UN resolutions, it said.
Arabic-language Al-Alam news network reported widening rifts between Arab
forces of the SDF and their commanders in Ab station of the town of al-Shahil
in Southeastern Deir Ezzur which is regarded the main center of these militias.
noted that the differences have emerged after the SDF exerted pressures on the
residents of Hasaka and Deir Ezzur and also due to rising tensions between the
also said that the Arab forces of the SDF together with their weapons and military
equipment have retreated from their military positions in Euphrates Bank.
al-Khabour news website reported that the SDF has forced civilians in the city
of Qameshli in Hasaka to join their ranks by exerting pressures on them and
depriving them of public amenities and facilities.
a relevant development earlier in August, a new US military convoy comprising
hundreds of trucks carrying military equipment had arrived in areas under the
control of the Kurdish militias in Eastern Syria.
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted Kurdish
sources in Qameshli, Hasaka as saying that over 200 trucks carrying weapons,
military and logistics equipment of the US-led coalition have entered Qameshli
via Simalka crossing. The Kurdish sources said that the US military convoy was
planned to be distributed among SDF militia in Eastern Syria.
dispatch of new US military convoy for the SDF came as the Turkish Army had
sent massive military equipment for imminent military operations against the
Kurdish militias in Eastern Syria and behind Turkey's borders with Syria.
a relevant development earlier this month, hundreds of trucks carrying US
military equipment and logistical aids had been sent to the bases of the SDF in
Hasaka province, pro-militant media outlets reported.
Smart News website reported that over 300 trucks carrying US military and
logistical equipment from Iraq arrived in areas controlled by the SDF in Tal
al-Bidar in Eastern Syria via Simalka border crossing.
noted that the US trucks carried military equipment, logistical supplies,
prefabricated cement walls, adding that dozens of trucks were carrying
unidentified cargos as they were covered.
website said that the military equipment and supplies will be distributed among
SDF in Hasaka, Raqqa and Deir Ezzur.
Arabic-language Syrian Documentation Center quoted special sources as saying on
Saturday that Ankara has dispatched thousands of militants from the occupied
areas in Aleppo to Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib to block the Syrian army's
advance and control over the region.
added that over half of the terrorists are those who had earlier fought for
Turkey under the 'Euphrates Shield' and 'Olive Brach' operations while 6,000 of
them are members of Jund al-Aqsa militants, affiliated to the ISIL.
sources said that Khan Sheikhoun battle is vital and decisive for the terrorist
groups, adding that Ankara is making strenuous attempts to prevent its
also said that the Syrian army has reached areas 2km away from Khan Sheikoun
gates, noting that at present the army and the Syrian and Russian air force are
targeting the terrorists' defense lines with heavy fire.
reports also said on Friday that the Turkey-backed elite terrorists had been
dispatched to Hama and Idlib from Northern Aleppo to save their military bases
against the Syrian army advances as other government troops continue their
march in Southern Idlib.
Syrian Army troops continued their clashes with Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the
Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in Southern Idlib,
and regained control of Mailis Farms and Kafar Tab, North of the town of Um
Zeitouneh and West of Khan Sheikhoun after cleansing those region from
sources affiliated to terrorist groups quoted Abu Hatam Shaqra, commander of
Ankara-backed Tajamo Ahrar al-Sharqieh, as saying that the third group of elite
militants and military equipment have been sent from occupied territories in
Aleppo to battlefronts in Hama and Idlib to confront the Syrian Army and
prevent its military advances.
Syrian Army is very close now to the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun which is
a key stronghold of the terrorists in Idlib province.
Xeber24 news website affiliated to Kurds reported that the US assisted by the
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has kicked off setting up a helicopter base in
Tal al-Arqam South of the city of Ra’as al-Ain in Northern Hasaka and near the
borders with Turkey.
noted that the US military experts are supervising the construction of a
heliport in Hasaka.
a massive military convoy comprising 14 military vehicles and 50 elite SDF
militias have been dispatched to Northern part of the city of Solouk and over 100
of them have been sent to the town of Foylan East of Tal Abyazin Raqqa province
near the border with Turkey.
developments come as Turkish Defense Secretary Khlousi Akar announced on Friday
that the joint operations room as agreed by Washington and Ankara will resume
work next week to discuss establishing a safe zone in Northern Syria.
a relevant development on Thursday, informed sources reported that the Kurdish
militants are holding talks with Damascus on delivering control of certain
parts of Eastern Euphrates region to the Syrian army after the US agreement
with Ankara to set up a safe zone in Syria.
Arabic-language Bas News affiliated to the Kurds quoted the Kurdish sources as
saying on Wednesday that a delegation of the Kurdish forces headed by Chairman
of the Syrian Democratic Council Ilham Ahmad has recently met with senior
officials in Damascus and Russia's military base in Humeimim on the fate of
Eastern Euphrates region.
added that during the talks, Damascus has urged the Syrian Democratic Council
to return the heavy weapons they had taken from the Syrian army, withdraw the
SDF militants from the centers of Qamishli and Hasaka cities, and deliver their
control to the Syrian government.
source also referred to the Damascus' demand from the Kurdish forces to pave
the ground for the Syrian army's deployment in Hasaka province, and said an
agreement will soon be made between the two sides to give control of Raqqa and
al-Tabaqah to the Syrian government.
added that at present, the problem is the US opposition, noting that Washington
intends to receive some advantages from Russia first.
sources in Syria said on Wednesday that the US had initiated a rigid move in
collaboration with Turkey to undermine the Kurdish militants and force them to
leave parts of Northern Syria.
sources were quoted by the Arabic-language website of Sputnik as saying that
the Kurds had sent three separate delegations to Damascus, Moscow and Cairo to
find a way out of the quagmire created by Washington for them.
added that the US has worked out a scheme to aggravate enmities between Turkey
and the Kurds and launched a coup against them, moving in line with Turkey in
common plans in Eastern Euphrates region.
sources said that the US used the Syrian tribes that are supported by certain
Persian Gulf Arab states as a replacement for the Kurds as they could better
advance Washington's goals without threatening Turkey's interests.
state-controlled Doha Bank allowed the transfer of funds to extremist al-Nusra
Front in Syria, a lawsuit issued at the UK High Court said.
Syrians, who are now Europe residents and have been granted anonymity by the
court, raised the case, saying that they were tortured and displaced by the
the court document, Doha Bank is accused of failing to stop the transfers of
money to the extremists by two Qatari businessmen who are originally Syrian.
Khayyat brothers financed and/or assisted in financing al-Nusra Front,
including through accounts held by them and/or entities associated with them at
Doha Bank,” the lawsuit alleges.
and Ramez al-Khayyat own a construction company called Urbacon, among other
businesses in Qatar.
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newspaper The Times has seen documents which state the claimants were subject
to “severe physical and psychiatric injuries” by the extremists.
US military has been forced to comply with Iraqi demands to halt flying planes,
helicopters and drones over the country after its prime minister warned that
violating aircraft would be targeted by Iraq’s air defense systems.
US military commanders in Iraq met the nation’s defense minister this week to
discuss a recent demand from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to cease all
military flights over the country’s airspace following an unexplained explosion
at Camp al-Saqr just outside the capital of Baghdad, Military.com reported
US-led coalition immediately complied with all directions received from our
Iraqi partners as they implemented the Prime Minister's order," said a
statement issued by American military’s Combined Joint Task Force-Operation
Inherent Resolve that continues to operate in Iraq with the purported objective
of conducting aerial strikes against already defeated Daesh (ISIL) terrorists
in the war-torn country.
decision by US military officials to abide by Abdul-Mahdi’s directive -- as
"guests within Iraq's sovereign borders" -- came after he reportedly
urged “Iraqi and non-Iraqi parties” to comply with the demand or risk being
considered “an enemy flight.”
to the report, the Iraqi premier further cautioned that unauthorized flight
activity would be "dealt with from our air defenses immediately."
US commanders did not indicate for how long they had agreed to keep American
aircraft out of the Iraqi skies.
is while the investigation surrounding the blast at Camp Al-Saqr remains
ongoing but expected to be completed within a week. It comes amid press reports
that the Israeli regime is the main suspect for launching an air strike against
the base, which hosted a weapons depot for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces
(PMF) – credited with playing a key role in defeating the Daesh (ISIL)
terrorists across the country.
a PMF commander identified as Abu Alaa al-Walae described Abdul-Mahdi’s “decision
to ban American drones in Iraqi airspace” as brave in a Twitter message cited
in an AP report.
report further cited an unnamed PMF official as saying that there is evidence
of a drone attack causing the recent blast.
Israeli regime forces have also been blamed for striking compounds of Syrian
military forces battling foreign-backed terrorists still occupying parts of the
than 600 Bahraini political prisoners are now on hunger strike to protest
ill-treatment at Bahrain’s notorious Jaw prison.
400 inmates started an open-ended hunger strike on Sunday morning, joining 196
others who had began refusing food a short while earlier on Friday.
are also voicing solidarity with 15 political prisoners who are being held
incommunicado at Jaw prison and who initiated the hunger strike campaign on
detainees complain about harassment during family visits, saying that they are
prohibited from practicing their religious rituals in jail while being
subjected to beatings, psychological pressure, and the confiscation of their
a letter delivered to the Bahraini media, Hasan al-Ghsara, one of the 15
political inmates said that the group had decided to refuse food after spending
two years in “systematic isolation” at Jaw prison.
said that the prisoners were held under “harsh conditions,” and particularly
faced “the denial of basic rights guaranteed in accordance with international
and local laws.”
authorities, he said, subject the prisoners to “psychological torture” and put
them under a “monitoring process” in violation of their privacy.
have been placed under strict security restrictions in private rooms without
being giving rational reasons for that; we suffer from clear discrimination,”
read the letter. “We are not treated like the rest of the prisoners. We have
been placed in rooms where we are prevented from freely practicing our
February 2011, Bahraini people have been regularly holding peaceful protest
rallies, demanding that the Al Khalifah family relinquish power and let a just
system representing all Bahrainis be established.
have also been complaining against widespread discrimination against the
country’s Shia majority.
meets advisers on Afghan peace plan
President Donald Trump met with top advisers on Friday to review negotiations
with the Taliban on a US troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a
political settlement between the warring sides, a senior administration
who is on a working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey,
received an afternoon briefing from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other
advisers on the talks, which have been handled by Special Representative Zalmay
President Mike Pence and White House national security adviser John Bolton were
among the attendees, an official said.
US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said significant
differences remained between the United States and the Taliban after an eighth
round of talks ended in Qatar on Monday.
14,000 US troops remain engaged in America’s longest war, training and advising
Afghan security forces and conducting counterinsurgency operations against
militant groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS’s local affiliate.
US military presence dates to 2001 when then-President George W. Bush invaded
in pursuit of al-Qaeda and ousted the Taliban rulers who had given Osama bin
Laden and his followers a safe haven in which they plotted the September 11,
has been adamant that he would like to withdraw US forces, possibly ahead of
the November 2020 election.
pullout has raised deep concerns within the US military and among some
lawmakers that Afghanistan could plunge into a new civil war that could see a
return of Taliban rule and give al-Qaeda and other militants a sanctuary in
which to expand and plot new attacks on US and allied targets.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, said any deal should allow the United
States to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan to pursue such groups.
peace agreement which denies the US a robust counter-terrorism capability in
Afghanistan is not a peace deal,” he said in a statement. “Instead, it is
paving the way for another attack on the American homeland and attacks against
American interests around the world.”
senior administration official said a decision was not necessarily expected
from the Bedminster meeting but Trump “has been pretty clear that he wants to
bring the troops home.”
sides had raised expectations of being close to finalizing an agreement prior
to convening the latest round of talks.
US defense official, however, said differences remained over US demands that
the insurgents publicly renounce ties to al-Qaeda and other militant groups and
agree to a nationwide ceasefire, the official said.
also is seeking the Taliban’s agreement to hold direct negotiations on a
political settlement with Kabul government officials who would be part of a
delegation that included opposition leaders and civil society representatives.
Taliban leaders to date have refused to hold official talks with Afghan
President Ashraf Ghani’s government, which they denounce as a US puppet.
a PMF commander identified as Abu Alaa al-Walae described Abdul-Mahdi’s
“decision to ban American drones in Iraqi airspace” as brave in a Twitter
message cited in an AP report.
Air Force has launched flying operations from a recently constructed remote air
base in the West African country of Niger in efforts to carry out intelligence
gathering missions over the impoverished region.
joint-use runway allows for a better response to regional security requirements
and provides strategic access and flexibility," said commander of US Air
Forces in Europe-Air forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA), Gen. Jeff Harrigian in a
statement as quoted Friday in a report by the US-based Stars and Stripes
military news outlet.
Base 201 gives Niger and the US incredible capability in a challenging region
of the world," Harrigian added, referring to the 6,200-foot runway built
by American forces in the southern Sahara Desert in Niger.
USAFE-AFAFRICA commander further praised the American troops for completing the
largest-ever, airmen-led construction project in Air Force history.
to the report, Niger's government granted authority to the US military for
conducting armed drone flights over the country back in 2018, shortly after the
ambush killing of four American soldiers in the country by alleged ISIL-linked
militants in October 2017.
a USAFE-AFAFRICA spokesman, the report further noted that construction on
Niger’s Air Base 201 is still continuing, with full flying operations expected
to begin later this year.
Force C-130 cargo planes and other aircraft on resupply missions, in
coordination with the Nigerien air force and the country's civil aviation
authorities, began flying limited Visual Flight Rule (VFR) operations into and
out of the air base on August 1, added a USAFE-AFAFRICA statement as cited in the
further noted that VFR operations are conducted without instruments to assess
an airfield before full flight operations begin, including drone missions.
report also cited the US Air Force as saying that the $110-million airfield in
Niger “is the most austere location from which the Air Force has attempted to
operate,” noting that it was finished earlier this summer following delays
caused by the challenges of working in a remote desert, “including sandstorms,
locust swarms and difficulties in transporting supplies to the base in central
U.S. on Saturday congratulated Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and
Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) for reaching a political agreement and
signing a constitutional declaration.
are encouraged by this first step in the establishment of a civilian-led
transitional government," State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said
in an official statement.
United States commends the mediators from the African Union and the Government
of Ethiopia for their efforts to broker this landmark agreement," she
underlined that Washington expected the inauguration of the sovereign council
on Aug. 19 and the appointment of a prime minister by Aug. 20.
an official ceremony Saturday, representatives of the TMC and FFC hammered out
a power-sharing deal.
to the deal, a sovereign council -- consisting of six civilians and five
military personnel -- will run the country until the elections.
to the agreement, a prime minister will be appointed with the approval of the
council on Aug. 20, to be sworn in before the council and head of the Supreme
Court on Aug. 21.
on Friday approved U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib's request to visit her
family in the occupied West Bank.
Minister Aryeh Deri decided on Friday to approve the request of U.S.
Congressman Rashida Tlaib for a humanitarian visit to her 90-year-old
grandmother," Israeli Interior Ministry said in a statement.
approval comes following a request by Tlaib in which she pledged to
"respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against
Israel" during her visit.
government opted on Thursday to block Congresswomen Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from
visiting the country and the occupied West Bank, sparking widespread condemnation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government was blocking the
congresswomen due to their support for an international boycott movement of
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