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Ali Manik and Ellen Barry
Bangladesh — Vandalism and arson directed at Hindu temples and homes continued
over the weekend in Bangladesh, as crowds in various parts of the
Muslim-majority country appeared to target its largest religious minority
the acts were minor. Late Saturday or early Sunday, for instance, Hindu idols
were defaced in temples in the north and south of the country, according to the
Hindu communities are increasingly unnerved, said Anjan Kumar Deb, the vice
chairman of Nasirnagar subdistrict, northeast of Dhaka, the capital, where an
angry Muslim crowd ransacked 15 temples and scores of homes on Oct. 30.
people have been arrested in connection with those crimes.
expressed “grave concern” over the attacks, with Sushma Swaraj, the external
affairs minister, instructing Delhi’s ambassador to the country to visit the
prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.
violence in Nasirnagar, whose population is about 40 percent Hindu, was set off
by a Facebook post published by a Hindu youth. The post included an image of
the Hindu god Shiva appearing at a Muslim holy site in the Saudi city of Mecca.
a Hindu community leader, received a call on Saturday that unknown people had
built a fire on the veranda of his home. “The attackers want to create a panic
among Hindus,” Mr. Deb said, adding that the campaigns may aim to strip Hindus
of their lands.
rights and government groups have opened investigations into last week’s
attacks, including allegations that leaders from the governing party helped
incite a crowd that went on to overrun temples and homes in Nasirnagar.
also questioned why police permission had been given to Muslim organizations to
hold a rally over the Facebook post when it was clear that they were bent on
top administrator, who had issued permission, was transferred on Sunday, an
indication of official displeasure.
Rahman, the superintendent of the police overseeing the district, said that 500
security personnel had been deployed since the violence on Oct. 30, but that
they had been unable to prevent the burning of six more houses on Thursday.
not possible to guard each and every place in the area,” he said. “If someone
is smoking or has a matchbook with him, if he drops his burning cigarette, or
sets fire to a bunch of dry jute sticks or a bamboo house, that could trigger a
fire.” He added, “How can we stop this type of incident?”
Saturday, in the northern district of Netrakona, a youth was arrested while
trying to set fire to a temple, said Zaydeb Chowdhury, the superintendent of
Jhalakathi, a southern district, “unknown miscreants” destroyed Hindu idols
either late Saturday or early Sunday, said Mohammad Mahe Alam, the officer in
charge of Jhalakathi police station. He said that there were no witnesses, and
that he suspected the attack had been motivated by a dispute over the land the
same night in Sirajganj, in northern Bangladesh, “unidentified miscreants”
broke the heads off statues of goddesses from a temple, said Basudeb Sinha, the
head investigatory officer at the Sirajganj police station.
Ali Manik reported from Dhaka, and Ellen Barry from New Delhi.
activist Mohammad Guntur Romli has called on tolerant Muslims in Indonesia to
speak up and counter religion-driven sentiments against Jakarta Governor Basuki
Tjahaja "Ahok" Purnama.
said anti-Ahok sentiments, which peaked at the Nov.4 rally by Islamic
organizations against the governor’s alleged blasphemous speech, were only
political maneuvers amid the Jakarta gubernatorial election campaign but these
would destroy diversity in the country if ignored.
groups out there aim to change our Constitution, which upholds our religious
harmony, into a Khilafah Islamiyah [Islamic caliphate]," the activist told
The Jakarta Post on Monday.
Muslims as the majority must no longer keep silent. Our Constitution has opened
the opportunity for anyone to compete in elections regardless of their
religious and racial backgrounds," he said.
against Ahok developed after part of his speech, in which he cited a verse from
the Quran, was uploaded by Buni Yani, a communications lecturer, who later
admitted that he had made errors in transcribing the video he uploaded on his
video went viral and sparked public outrage, which eventually led to Nov. 4’s
mass rally by several Islamic organizations, which called on the police to
conduct a transparent legal process against Ahok over his alleged blasphemy.
the second wave of their so-called Great Epic Operation, the terrorist groups
tried hard to turn the Aleppo war into street clashes to force the Syrian
warplanes to stop air raids on militant centers for the fear of civilians'
casualties," the field commander said.
terrorists sought to prevail over government positions in the district of New
Aleppo, if so, the air force should leave the battle and the clashes would
spread across streets and residential buildings," he added.
terrorists had chosen the Western parts of Aleppo to attack due to its
proximity to large residential complexes full of people. Deployment in such
areas was a guarantee for the militants to be immune from the Syrian and
Russian air attacks," he went on to say.
Sunday, the Syrian Air Force bombed heavily the positions and gatherings of the
terrorist groups in the Western and Southwestern parts of Aleppo city, killing
tens of militants.
terrorists were killed and many more were wounded in the air assault their
positions, bases and roads in the villages of al-Jeniyeh, al-Mansoureh, Zorat
Abd Rabbeh, Khan al-Asal and Awrom al-Cobra and the districts of al-Rashedeen 4
bases and military vehicles sustained major damage in the air raid.
Syrian fighter jets also pounded terrorists' centers near the Housing Project
1070, preventing terrorists from advancing towards 3,000-Units Housing Complex.
warplanes also targeted terrorists' positions in Atarib, Aram, Kafr Naha and
Abin, claiming the lives of several militants.
raids also targeted terrorists' convoy of reinforcement troops on the way to
the New Aleppo district and the Assad Military-Engineering Academy.
week, sources close to the terrorist groups admitted that between 2,200 up to
2,500 militants have been killed or wounded in their large-scale offensive on
government forces' positions in the Western and Southwestern parts of Aleppo
city in the last few days.
Arabic service of RT quoted the sources as saying that the terrorist groups
suffered between 2, 200 up to 2,500 casualties, including a large number of
non-Syrian militants, in their Great Epic Operation on Army positions in
Western and Southwestern Aleppo.
groups-affiliated media acknowledged on Saturday that hundreds of militants
were killed or wounded in failed attacks on the positions of the government
troops in the second wave of the Great Epic Operation in Western and
claim Saudi Arabia and Iran stoking Sunni-Shia tensions in Nigeria
Nigeria has become the latest battleground in the proxy war between Iran and
Saudi Arabia, after violent clashes between supporters of rival groups from the
two main branches of Islam.
of the Izala movement, backed by mainly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, last month
attacked the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), which is sympathetic to Shia
majority Iran. IMN ceremonies in at least four northern cities to mark the
annual Shia day of mourning, Ashura, were targeted, with the worst riots in
Kaduna, an Izala stronghold. At least two IMN supporters were killed.
and local media said mobs who looted and set fire to homes and businesses over
two days shouted "No more Shias".
tensions in Nigeria's Muslim-majority north had already been running high,
especially in Kaduna, after the state government banned the IMN as an unlawful
group and a security threat days earlier. That followed a recommendation from
the judicial inquiry it commissioned to investigate clashes in Zaria city last
December in which soldiers killed more than 300 IMN members.
clashes and the recent escalating tension indicate that the proxy Saudi-Iran
conflict – well-known in places such as Lebanon, Yemen and Syria – is now being
played out in Nigeria, experts said.
is a fact that Saudi Arabia has been financing anti-Shia campaigns in many
areas of the world," political scientist Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed, from
Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, told journalists. "If the attacks
against the Shias escalate, of course Iran will support them and Saudi Arabia
will support the attacks on Shias."
leader Abdullahi Bala Lau has been accused of stoking anger by declaring that
Nigeria's constitution only recognises Sunni Islam. His group has close
relations with Riyadh and Nigeria's government while its satellite television
station, Manara, also broadcasts fiery anti-Shia rhetoric.
from Saudi Arabia and Iran both contacted Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
after the Zaria attacks.
President Hassan Rouhani called for restraint and accused "a group"
of "sowing the seeds of discord among Muslims in Islamic countries"
in what was seen as a clear reference to Saudi Arabia.
media reported that Saudi King Salman backed Abuja's crackdown on the IMN,
describing it as a "fight against terrorism".
Sunni jihadists of Boko Haram have killed at least 20,000 people in northeast
Nigeria since taking up arms against the government in 2009.
has largely refrained from openly backing Nigeria's fight against the
ultra-conservative Salafist rebels but Mohammed noted it was "quick to do
so in the case of IMN".
responses of Iran and Saudi to the Zaria clashes belie sectarian
undercurrents," he added.
Saudi clerics attended an Izala-organised conference on "deviant Islamic
ideologies" in Nigeria and have since been preaching in the country.
Iran's envoy to Nigeria called for the release of IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky
and described his detention as "unfair", straining diplomatic ties.
He was later recalled to Tehran.
Nigerian security officer said IMN's religious beliefs were immaterial but its
alleged disregard for law and order was an issue, as was its lack of
recognition of the Nigerian state.
started out as a student movement in 1978 and morphed into a Sunni
revolutionary group inspired by the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. The
group switched to Shia Islam in 1996 due to Zakzaky's close association with
Iran, worsening mutual resentment with conservative Wahhabists, including
Izala, which was founded in 1978 by a Saudi-trained cleric.
history expert Dahiru Hamza said Izala's focus had up to then been against
those in the mystical Sufi tradition, whose beliefs they considered heretical.
shifted their focus on Shias who were getting more organised and challenging
the Salafi influence by winning more converts in the territory under the Salafi
control," he added.
received funding from Saudi Arabia and wealthy adherents, allowing it to
establish mosques and schools. It also encouraged members to participate in
politics, gaining government allies. Izala's preaching against IMN and Shia
Islam has increased since last December. It openly supported the military crackdown
in Zaria and even called for harsher action.
dismisses claims he is fuelling tensions as a smear campaign.
five northern states have followed Kaduna's example in banning the IMN from
holding public processions.
ordinary people took the ban on IMN as a ban on Shia (Islam) because IMN is the
more prominent Shia group due to its public activities like street
procession," said the editor of the Shia newspaper Ahlulbayt, Muhammad
worried us because we saw how Izala followers were spreading the information
that the government banned Shia and the people began to believe it." (AFP)
Muslims brace for the worst after US election
United States - With the US presidential election only days away, many in the
US - particularly the Muslim-American community - are bracing for the worst
over fears that a win, or a loss, by Republican candidate Donald Trump could
bring violence. Fuelled by Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, members of local
militias from across the US have said they plan to carry firearms at polling
stations to prevent alleged election "rigging" in favour of Democratic
candidate Hillary Clinton.
Newton County, 85km south of Atlanta, Georgia, those concerns are justified.
local Muslim-American community in the Atlanta area decided last August to buy
land to be used primarily as a community cemetery, they did not expect their
innocuous plans would set off a firestorm of opposition that included local
officials and armed white nationalist militia groups.
al-Islami Mosque sought approval from Newton County to construct a cemetery, a
funeral home and, perhaps many years down the road, a mosque and a recreational
area on the half a square kilometre of land purchased for the project.
word spread of the plans, local residents and several county commissioners
protested on the grounds that the property would be used as "training
ground for ISIL terrorists", referring to the armed group known as the
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS.
plans also drew the attention of a group known as the Georgia Security Force
III% , one of many white nationalist militias around the country that have been
galvanised by the Trump campaign and his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim
August, Members of Georgia Force III% - headed by Chris Hill, 42, a former US
marine who goes by the name "General Blood Agent" - held an armed
protest against the Muslim community at the property in Newton County, accusing
them of being an ISIL supporters and "terrorists".
Georgia militia group is also connected to a Kansas militia, which had plotted
to blow up a Somali Muslim mosque and community center, according to Ryan Lenz,
a researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks and researches
hate groups in the US.
announced last month that it had foiled a plot by a local militia in Garden
City, Kansas, to detonate car bombs at the Somali Muslim community centre and
around the apartment buildings where many of the community members live.
told Al Jazeera that historically, white nationalist groups have tended to
embrace a conspiratorial view of the US federal government, accusing it of
conspiring with the UN to establish a new world order and thereby undermining
the aftermath of September 11, white nationalist groups teamed up with
organised anti-Muslim hate groups, creating a dangerous and threatening
alliance against members of American Muslim community," he said.
added that the convergence of these two groups has created a terrifying mix in
US local and national politics, the effects of which are not going away anytime
election of President Barack Obama, whom white nationalists and anti-Muslim
hate groups accuse of being a crypto Muslim, is also energising the anti-Muslim
hate campaign in this country."
Georgia Security Force III% did not respond to Al Jazeera's requests for an
Mohamad Islam, the leader of the al Maad Mosque, is unfazed by the threats and
hateful statements made by militia members and others who opposed the cemetery
he only wants to establish legitimate institutions to care for the community's
social and religious needs, but knows a change in local attitudes will only
come through patience and dialogue with the area's non-Muslim community.
a Muslim, I have to exercise patience when facing hardship and animosity,"
Islam told Al Jazeera.
also expressed frustration that as an American and a Muslim he is somehow
required by the general public and the American media to answer for actions of
other Muslims across the globe.
seems like certain segments of the American society insist on holding us
responsible for the violent actions of some Muslims overseas. We don’t condone
any kind of violence much less defend those who commit it. We are Americans
first and foremost."
Ahmed Mitchel, the executive director of the Council of Islamic American
Relations (CAIR) and a former Atlanta prosecutor, agreed with Islam that Muslim
Americans are just as American as any other citizen of the US and therefore
should be treated equally.
build-up to the 2016 presidential election, Mitchel stressed, has caused
anti-Muslim rhetoric to spike, with candidates like Trump and Ben Carson
frequently making bigoted statements against Islam and Muslims.
anti-Muslim rhetoric of certain politicians encouraged bigots who otherwise lurked
in the dark recesses of the internet have now a national platform," he
Islam's approach of reaching out to county officials, dignitaries in the area
and the local community by holding several joint meetings and having lunches
and dinners with them has worked in easing the tension and eliminate the
misunderstanding between the two communities.
County spokeswoman told Al Jazeera the county is now ready to receive the
mosque's application for permits to start the construction of its cemetery
the end, the people of Newton County stood up in defence of religious freedom
that ultimately makes this a success story," Mitchell said.
from Syria, Iraq likely to be ousted to Afghanistan: Kazakh president
President of Kazakhstan has warned that the terrorists from Syria and Iraq will
likely be ousted to Afghanistan as pressures on the rise due the military
Nursultan Nazarbayev made the remarks during an interview with the Japanese
journalists in the run-up to his official visit to Japan, according to Russia’s
more pressure on those terrorists in Iraq and Syria, the more they are eager to
leave for Afghanistan,” Nazarbayev said. At the same time, he noted that no
threat existed for regional security so far, saying “there are not any visible
threats as of today, there are no such fears.”
has the longest border with Afghanistan, followed by Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
As far as I know, everything is calm in those states, but they have been taking
some measures,” he said.
remarks by Nazarbayev came as there are concerns that the terrorist groups
operating in Afghanistan are attempting to expand their insurgency to the
Central Asian countries.
Central Asian leaders as well as Russia are mainly concerned regarding the
attempts made by ISIS loyalists to expand foothold in the country despite the
Afghan and US forces conduct regular counter-insurgency operations to eliminate
the terror group.
Afghan and coalition forces officials earlier warned that the ISIS loyalists
are attempting to turn the Nangarhar province into a regional operational base
and establish the Khurasan Caliphate in the region.
18 people were killed in separate road accidents on Kabul-Jalalabad highway and
western Herat province of Afghanistan, local officials said Sunday.
officials in Laghman province said at least 4 people lost their lives in a head
collision between a car a police vehicle in Kakas area.
governor’s spokesman Sarhadi Zwak said at least 4 people including a policeman
were also among those wounded in the incident.
second took place in Shakar Dara area of Kabul after a car collided with a truck,
leaving at least 5 people dead and 2 others wounded, a source in the district
source further added that the car was on its way to Kabul from the northern
part of the country when it collided with the truck.
to the National Security Council Zubai Massoud met with the Afghan soldier
blinded in the line of duty as he promised to support his family and possible
treatment outside the country.
police soldier, Abdul Agha, was severely wounded during a clash with the
Taliban militants in the central Logar province of Afghanistan.
his vision besides his right arm was decapitated during the clash with the
hosted Abdul Agha for a dinner on Sunday night after his story went viral in
media and particularly in social media which is widely used across the country.
soldier Abdul Agha lost his eyesight and his right arm defending Afghanistan,he
must be sent for treatment,we are forever in his debt,” Massoud said in a
story of Abdul Agha reflects the burden of difficulties the Afghan National
Security Forces (ANDSF) members are facing on daily basis, specifically those
suffering from severe injuries in the line of duty.
casualties of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have
dramatically increased during the recent months amid a rampant insurgency led
by the anti-government militant groups.
Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested four suspected Islamist militants,
including two linked to the slaying of a Japanese man one year ago, in a raid
on their hideout in an abandoned brick kiln.
Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants threw homemade bombs, wounding
three police, before they were overpowered, according to police. Guns,
explosives and other weapons were found at the scene.
arrests were made some 300 km (186 miles) north of Dhaka in Rangpur district,
where Kunio Hoshi, a 65-year-old agriculturalist, was killed while working on a
farming project in the impoverished, majority Muslim country.
Rahman, a police superintendent in Rangpur, told reporters that two of the men
arrested, Belal Hossain and Ershad Alam, had helped to train the militants who
had killed Hoshi.
other men who were arrested, Ashraful Islam and Al Amin, were JMB activists, he
police lodged a charge sheet against eight JMB members, including ringleaders
Saddam Hossain and Masud Rana, who were said to be involved in Hoshi’s killing.
splinter group that has aligned with the Islamic State group claimed
responsibility for the attack in July on a restaurant in an upscale
neighborhood of Dhaka that killed 22 people, mostly foreign nationals. Two
police and five gunmen were also killed during the gun battle at the
district police chief Rahman said Belal Hossain, described as the recruiter and
mentor of the killers of Kunio Hoshi, was detained along with three of his
followers during an operation in the northern district.
was an absconding militant and a senior member of the JMB who mentored and
trained up Kunio’s killers,” Rahman said.
referring to the homegrown JMB, which has been banned for over a decade.
caught four of them near an abandoned brick kiln,” Rahman said, adding the
militants injured four policemen by hurling homemade bombs.
foundation stone of 10,000 housing units will be laid in the near future as the
technical and design assessment of the project has been finalized.
Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi informed
regarding the foundation laying of the project which will be built with the
financial support of China.
at the opening of the 3rd Urban National Conference in Kabul, Minister Naderi
initially pointed towards the main challenges of the urban development.
further added that the challenges include unbalanced development, migration of
village residents to the main cities, refugees repatriation, construction of
unplanned buildings, severe poverty, violation of urban laws, lack of attention
to environment, and lack of urban infrastructure.
Naderi said necessary steps were taken in the past one year to establish a
responsive urban system which include establishment of the high council of
urban development, completion of urban condition study, printing of cities
Atlas, launch of documents distribution to unplanned areas, preparation of
Urban National Priority Program (UNPP), conclusion of municipalities law, urban
development and land, full implementation of coordination between urban
development sectors, establishment of department for the development of the
capital, launch of Citizens Charter program, preparation of strategic programs
for the cities, and some other programs.
no resurgence of interfaith commission, apostate groups
LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Malaysia’s federal Islamic authority has denied that the
Interfaith Commission of Malaysia (IFC) previously proposed by Putrajaya has
been registered, amid Muslim concern over the spread of so-called pluralism in
to the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim), its checks with the
Registrar of Societies (RoS) and the Home Ministry confirmed that there is no
such entity registered nor two other purported groups of Malay apostates.
sees that such an issue can arouse worry and anxiety among Muslims, in addition
to affecting the harmony between the multi-racial society in this country,”
Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha said in a statement.
was dispelling the rumour that the IFC and two groups — Malay Apostates’
Society and Malays Christians’ Society — have been registered with the RoS.
rumour involving the commission and the two societies had previously spread
online on October 2014.
civil society, professional and political groups had banded together to
advocate the IFC as conciliatory and advisory body among the country’s various
has long been opposed by Islamist groups in Malaysia who claimed that it will
spread pluralism and equality among all religions in the country, subsequently
undermining the position of Islam and would lead to a proliferation of Muslim
Tan Sri Joseph Kurup had explained in August 2013 that the IFC was not shelved,
but instead was renamed as the Cabinet’s Special Committee to Promote
Understanding and Harmony Among Religious Adherents (JKMPKA).
was formed in 2010 under the purview of the Department of National Unity under
the Prime Minister’s Department, and is currently headed by chairman Datuk
Azman Amin Hassan.
at the appointment to JKMPKA committee members in February this year, Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the committee is crucial towards resolving
religious issues amicably.
JAYA: While many political analysts have described the tens of thousands of
Muslims who took to the streets of Jakarta last Friday as a sign of increasing
conservatism in Indonesia, Zaid Ibrahim said he was not concerned.
in his blog today, the former defacto law minister said there was no reason to
worry about a Taliban-like movement growing in Indonesia because they had an
established medium of religious education that was not influenced by the Saudi
teachings on Islam.
Indonesia, they have their ‘pesantren’, or village religious schools, and they
have been in existence for more than 300 years. This is where Indonesians are
taught the true knowledge and spirit of Islam.
not learn about Islam from the Saudis or from unemployed graduates of Islamic
studies. They learn their religion from their elders and respected Imams in
their villages,” Zaid said.
lawyer-turned-politician said unlike in Malaysia, the preachers in Indonesia
did not work for the ruling political party or get paid by the political
apparatus of the ruling party.
are genuine religious preachers who have consistently rejected extremism and
violence in Islam for over 300 years.”
protest last Friday, Zaid noted that there was a distinct difference in the way
the protest started and the way it ended, with respect to the violence that
protesters were peaceful until towards the end of the day, when those who had
been sponsored by Ahok’s (whose real name is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama) political
opponents to come from afar became angry when they were not paid for their
trouble. They burned cars and smashed buildings in the vicinity in the process.
impressed me most was the calm and collected response from most of the city
residents. They did not panic or do anything to aggravate the situation,” Zaid
said, attributing this to their belief in the security forces acting
professionally and not taking sides.
that the security forces justified the people’s belief as they acted firmly by
using water cannons to disperse the rampaging mobs, bringing law and order back
to the streets of Jakarta.
Indonesia—Police questioned the most prominent Christian politician in this
predominantly Muslim country on Monday as they consider a blasphemy charge
against him, just three months ahead of an election where he is the leading
has raised concerns about the growing strength of conservative Islam in
Indonesia, less than two decades after the ouster of the dictator Suharto
ushered in the democratic era here.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known generally as Ahok, arrived early at national
police headquarters as dozens of his supporters gathered outside, many wearing
his trademark red, blue and white checkered shirts.
voluntary appearance followed an anti-Ahok rally called by hard-line Muslim
groups that drew some 200,000 people to the capital on Friday. They demanded he
be prosecuted for a reference he had made to the Quran.
after the protest ended, President Joko Widodo appeared on television promising
legal proceedings regarding Mr. Purnama—his former deputy— would be swift and
said they would question Mr. Purnama and various experts and then discuss—in
unprecedented televised hearings—whether to mount a case. They haven’t set a
date for those deliberations.
criminal charge of blasphemy, while still relatively uncommon, has been levied
more frequently here in recent years. The charge carries a maximum penalty of
five years in prison if convicted.
were 10 cases between 1965 and 1998 under Suharto, while more than 100 people
have been convicted in the decade since 2005, according to Amnesty
cases involved perceived offenses to Islam, such as leading a deviant sect or
insulting the Prophet.
Purnama, who is from Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese minority, is being investigated
for comments made in September about a verse of the Quran that says Muslims
shouldn’t be led by non-Muslims.
Purnama had made light of the verse, telling constituents it was fine if they
felt they had to vote against him because of it. He also indirectly suggested
that people could be fooled by the verse.
later, some hard-line Muslim groups accused him of blasphemy for, they said,
calling the Quranic verse a lie. An influential ulema council of Islamic
scholars concluded that he had committed blasphemy.
Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing grumblings back home that he is “selling
off” his country after returning from China with about $34 billion worth of
deals, which could help lift the economy ahead of elections. The concerns
emerge from a deep-seated distrust of the Chinese among Malaysia’s Malay-Muslim
majority, who form the support base for the ruling United Malay National
Organisation (UMNO). Najib was quick to dismiss the concerns after concluding
his six-day visit to China.
have scaremongered that Malaysia is being sold off. This is absurd and
absolutely false,” Najib said in a statement on Friday, insisting the projects
will be owned and run by Malaysians.
deals include Malaysia’s first significant defence deal with China, an
agreement to buy four Chinese naval vessels.
visit followed that of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who announced his
country’s “separation” from the United States and signed agreements and loan
pledges worth an estimated $24 billion with Beijing.
leaders expect Najib to brief them soon so the party can start allaying any
fears about China’s rising influence in Malaysia, said Shahidan Kassim, a
senior member of the party’s supreme council and a federal minister.
this has its pros and cons, but in UMNO we must have a policy statement on
this,” he told Reuters.
and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Muslim Malays form a
little over 50 percent of the population of 31 million. Ethnic Chinese make up
about 25 percent and ethnic Indians about 7 percent.
ethnic Chinese have long been a scapegoat for the Malay community, with UMNO
leaders pointing to ethnic Chinese economic dominance to unite Malays and keep
a firm grip on political power.
year, ethnic ties became strained under the weight of two opposing
demonstrations largely split along racial lines. A ‘Malay pride’ rally blocked
off Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur in a show of strength following an
anti-government rally dominated by Malaysian-Chinese. Najib’s government
summoned China’s ambassador over his remarks ahead of the “Malay pride’ rally.
forces launch bid to capture IS Syria ‘capital’
- US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces launched
an offensive Sunday on the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital Raqa,
upping pressure on the jihadists who are already battling Iraqi troops in
start of the assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) came as Iraqi forces
fought inside Mosul for the third day running, with the jihadists putting up
cities are the last major urban centres under IS control after the jihadists
suffered a string of territorial losses in Iraq and Syria over the past year.
US-led coalition battling IS is backing both assaults, hoping to deal a
knockout blow to the self-styled "caliphate" the group declared in
in crisp fatigues at an outdoor press conference, SDF commanders announced the
start of the operation against Raqa in Ain Issa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles)
north of the city.
major battle to liberate Raqa and its surroundings has begun," SDF
spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed said.
operation, dubbed "Wrath of the Euphrates", involves some 30,000
fighters and began on Saturday night, Ahmed said.
spokesman Talal Sello told AFP it would proceed in two phases, first seizing
areas around Raqa and isolating the city, then taking control of the city
forces are advancing on three fronts, from Ain Issa and Tal Abyad to the north
of Raqa, and from the village of Makman to the east.
fight will not be easy, and will require accurate and careful operations
because IS will defend its bastion knowing that the loss of Raqa will mean it
is finished in Syria," Sello said.
correspondent in Ain Issa saw dozens of SDF fighters heading on vehicles
towards the front line.
the jihadists from Mosul and Raqa has been the endgame since the US-led
coalition launched air strikes against IS in the summer of 2014.
coalition has also provided training and deployed hundreds of advisers to work
with Iraqi forces and select Syrian fighters, including the SDF.
said the alliance had received new weapons from the coalition for the Raqa
battle, including anti-tank missiles.
SDF source said 50 US military advisers would be involved in the operation,
particularly to guide air strikes.
was seized by IS, Raqa became the scene of some of the jihadists' worst
atrocities, from stonings and beheadings to the trading of sex slaves.
of foreign fighters flocked there to join IS, and US officials have described
it as the nerve centre for the group's attacks abroad.
Washington, a US official confirmed the start of the operation to capture the
will first undertake an effort to isolate Raqa to set the stage for an eventual
assault on the city itself to liberate it," the official said, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
RESISTANCE' IN MOSUL
Mosul, Iraqi forces were clearing eastern neighbourhoods of the city on Sunday,
nearly three weeks into the offensive to retake the city.
is very heavy and they (IS) have suffered major losses," Staff Lieutenant
General Abdelghani al-Assadi of the elite Counter-Terrorism Service told AFP.
from the army's 9th Armoured Division also battled jihadists in a southeastern
neighbourhood of Intisar, an AFP correspondent reported.
responded to the Mosul assault with a string of diversionary attacks elsewhere
in Iraq, including spectacular operations in Kirkuk and Rutba.
claimed responsibility for suicide bombings on Sunday in Tikrit and Samarra,
two cities north of Baghdad, that officials said killed at least 25 people and
wounded more than 50.
groups have raised deep concerns for civilians trapped in both Mosul and Raqa,
with warnings the jihadists are likely to use them as human shields.
than a million people are believed to be in the Iraqi city.
a population of some 240,000 before the start of Syria's civil war and more
than 80,000 people have since fled there from other parts of the country.
killed in Iraq suicide bombings claimed by IS
Suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 25 people
and wounded more than 50 in two cities north of Baghdad on Sunday, officials
bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at the southern entrance to
Tikrit, while another other blew up an ambulance at a car park in Samarra, possibly
in concert with a third bomber.
Tikrit attack killed at least 15 people and wounded at least 33, while at least
10 died and at least 25 were wounded in Samarra, security and medical officials
pilgrims were among the victims in Samarra, which is home to a major Shiite
shrine that was bombed in 2006, setting off a wave of brutal sectarian
issued a statement claiming Sunday's attacks, but said there were three suicide
bombers: two who struck Samarra and the third who attacked Tikrit.
lieutenant colonel also said there was a second bomber who attacked the car
park in Samarra, but other sources only mentioned one in the city.
statement identified two of the bombers as "Al-Moslawi" -- a nom de
guerre that would indicate they were from Mosul, though it could be a
propaganda attempt to link militants from other areas with the ongoing battle
for Iraq's second city.
center said in a statement on Sunday that representatives of four towns in
Lattakia province and a town in Homs province have inked the peace agreement,
and added, "The total number of the cities, towns, villages and regions
that have thus far joined to peace plan now stands at 893."
Peace Coordination Center in Syria said earlier this week that militants in
four more regions gave up fight against the Syrian army and joined the peace
agreement with Damascus.
Center declared in its latest statement that militants in two regions in
Lattakia and two more regions in Hama joined the nationwide reconciliation
October, the center announced that militants in fifteen towns ended fight
against the Syrian army and joined a peace agreement with Damascus.
least 70 Uyghur and Caucasian militants have been killed in the Great Epic
Operation on government troops' positions in the Western and Southwestern parts
of the Aleppo city in the last seven days," the sources said.
al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the
al-Nusra Front) and some other terrorist groups launched the Great Epic
Operation in Western and Southwestern Aleppo city on October 28 to remove the
siege on their comrades in the Eastern districts of Aleppo," the sources
the meantime, only 86 Syrian terrorists have been killed in the first nine days
of Great Epic Operation in Aleppo," the source said.
and its allies have laid siege on thousands militants in the Eastern part of
sources said for their part that the real number of killed militants in Great
Epic Operation is larger than the number which is announced by the terrorist
groups and their backers.
At least six children were killed on Sunday in Syrian government shelling that
hit a kindergarten in the rebel-held town of Harasta outside the capital
Damascus, a monitor said.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said 17 people, most
of them children, were also injured in the shelling.
photographer saw the body of one child, a girl, lying on a bed at a makeshift
hospital, her face bloodied and her clothes torn.
deployed drones strapped with explosives, long-range artillery shells filled
with chlorine and mustard gas and highly effective snipers, a top Iraqi Kurdish
security official told Reuters in an interview on Sunday.
head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Security Council, said ISIS
deployed these drones so far during the three-week operation to recapture
Iraq’s second largest city Mosul.
said Iraqi forces are expected to face much fiercer resistance from ISIS in the
next phase of the battle for Mosul, including booby traps that can blow up
fight against ISIS is going to be a long fight,” he said. “Not only militarily
but also economically, ideologically.”
Saudi Arabia and China agreed to step up cooperation on various key issues
including security and counter-terrorism during talks held in Riyadh Sunday.
of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, received a delegation led by Chinese
President Xi Jinping’s special envoy Meng Jianzhu. The two sides also reached
agreement to deepen the cordial ties between Saudi Arabia and China.
talks in Riyadh follow the signing of 15 preliminary agreements between Saudi Arabia
and China in August — touching on a wide range of fields from energy to housing
— during the visit of the deputy crown prince.
his delegation arrived here Saturday night.
visit fits in with a broad reforms drive to reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on
oil exports and showcases Saudi Arabia as a dynamic nation with promising
opportunities for global investors.
Iraq: Iraqi forces are expected to face much fiercer resistance from Daesh in
the next phase of the battle for Mosul, including booby traps that can blow up
entire neighborhoods, the top Kurdish security official said on Sunday.
Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Security Council,
said that even if Daesh is driven out of its main stronghold Mosul, that will
not be enough to eliminate the group, and its radical ideology will survive.
fight against ISIS is going to be a long fight,” Barzani told Reuters. “Not
only militarily but also economically, ideologically.”
as Iraq’s special forces worked Sunday to clear neighborhoods on the eastern
edge of Mosul as bombings launched by the extremist group elsewhere in the
country killed at least 20 people.
are a lot of civilians and we are trying to protect them,” said Lt. Col.
one of the hardest battles that we’ve faced till now.”
also said that Iraqi forces have made quick progress clearing out terrorists
from eastern Mosul after Kurdish peshmerga units broke through its first lines
are getting more desperate, expectations are that they might fight more
fiercely as you close in,” said Barzani, 47, son of veteran Kurdish leader and
KRG President Masoud Barzani. So far in the three-week operation, Daesh has
deployed drones strapped with explosives, long-range artillery shells filled
with chlorine and mustard gas and highly effective snipers, said Barzani.
Kurdish forces have destroyed more than 50 car bombs.
cautioned that western Mosul will be a more complex campaign, with a vast
number of narrow streets that can’t accommodate large military vehicles and an
enemy that will fight to the death to defend the capital of its so-called
are many different IEDs (improvised explosive devices) that they put in
different places, come up with different tactics. Many that are used like
networks,” Barzani said.
one house they are putting one IED and trying to hide it. And once it explodes
then the entire neighborhood explodes.”
Mosul campaign is the most critical land battle in Iraq since a US-led
coalition toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
leaders are also under pressure to ensure that the offensive does not inflame
sectarian tensions in Mosul and in the country as a whole.
why Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga forces are not fighting inside Mosul,
although some Iraqi forces who are taking part have been flying Shiite banners
on their vehicles, an act that has angered Sunni residents.
called on Iraq’s complex patchwork of sects and ethnic communities to set aside
their political differences or risk long-term instability.
Daesh seized Mosul in 2014, some members of that minority sect supported the
group after accusing the government of widespread discrimination, an allegation
the peace after winning the war is equally important,” said Barzani.
number one point to prevent the rise of terrorist and radical organizations is
to make sure there is political reconciliation and a political agreement among
all the components so that no one will feel like an outcast.”
Saudi army troops sustained heavy losses in the Yemeni attacks on their
Yemeni army's artillery attacks came in response to the ongoing Saudi
airstrikes on the civilian population across Yemen.
the Saudi fighter jets continued their airstrikes against the defenseless
Saudi warplanes also hit the residential areas along al-Khoukheh coast in the
port city of Hudayda several times.
has a warehouse full of missiles which can continue hitting the targets inside
Saudi Arabia until the end of war with the Riyadh government," Ansarullah
Yemeni Army Spokesman Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman also threatened Saudi
Arabia with an increasing number of missile strikes.
Friday a prominent Yemeni analyst underlined the country's army and popular
forces' growing military power, and said their missiles which can now hit the
Saudi bases anywhere inside the kingdom are changing the balance of power in
the Yemenis fired the Borkan-1 missiles on Jeddah, some kind of power balance
and deterrence was created, since with this action, the Yemeni forces showed
that the war has entered a new phase and they made the enemy understand that
extensive regions inside Saudi Arabia are now within their reach," Ahmad
meantime, stressed that the Yemeni army and popular forces merely target the
Saudi military bases and they have and will never attack the civilians.
Wednesday, another prominent analyst said that the Yemeni forces are developing
their missile power to target Riyadh and Dubai in the future.
Yemeni forces have increased their missile and military capabilities and
expanded the range of their military operations against the enemies," Seyed
Sadeq al-Sharafi said.
that continued war in Yemen will further complicate the situation of the Saudis
and make the Yemeni forces stronger, he said, "The range of the army and
popular committees' missiles has increased to hit targets in Jeddah, meaning
that they are likely to hit targets in Riyadh and beyond as well as Dubai and
other sensitive regions soon in future."
expressed confidence that the balance of power is changing and the Saudis'
failure is imminent, and said, "The Saudis are moving towards full
collapse, while the Yemeni nation is going towards victory and gaining more
power in the military and defense fields."
remarks came after the Yemeni army and popular forces launched a Borkan-1
ballistic missile attack from Sa'ada province to a Saudi Airbase in Jeddah late
soldiers and their allies fired a Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) missile towards King
Abdulaziz International Airport, located 19 kilometers North of the Western
Saudi port city of Jeddah, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network
military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, later told the official
Saba news agency that the 12.5-meter-long missile had hit its target accurately
and left massive destruction at the airport.
140 persons in Qamishli city in Hasaka province have had their legal case
processed based on the Amnesty Decree no. 15 for 2016 after they turned
themselves in to authorities," the governed said.
October, Syrian President Bashar Assad extended the validity of the decree on
the amnesty for militants who decided to lay down weapons.
decree said that armed militants should be exempt from liability if they
surrender and hand over their weapons to judicial authorities or the police
within three months from the date of that decree’s publication.
Syrian troops continued their offensive operations against the Takfiri groups
in Damascus countryside, uncovering a tunnel connecting a number of buildings
in the area.
the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other
parts of Syria, including Dara'a and Hama, over the past 24 hours.
terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's
operations in key provinces of Syria.
Army troops discovered and detonated a long tunnel of the terrorists in
Southwestern Damascus, killing at least 15 militants including three
members of Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group
previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Ahrar al-Sham, including three
commanders, were killed after the Syrian army targeted their hideout in a
tunnel in Khan al-Sheih region.
men also seized a workshop of the terrorists used for manufacturing mortar
shells and missiles near Khan al-Sheih.
soldiers also seized terrorists' arms and ammunition depot with US and
commanders of Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly al-Nusra Front) as well as a number
of their counterparts in other terrorist groups that are deployed in Idlib
voiced opposition to the transfer of the militants, who agreed on Saturday to
leave their positions in Southwestern Damascus to relocate to Idlib.
the representatives of Damascus and militant groups are working jointly on
relocating those militants, who have agreed to leave their positions in the
regions of Khan al-Sheih, al-Zakiyeh, Moqilibiyeh, al-Tibeh, al-Hosseiniyeh and
al-Keswat al-Sharghiyeh farms, the leaders of Fatah al-Sham have rejected
militants' request to be transferred to Idlib," media sources said.
the meantime, the Syrian government has voiced opposition to the relocation of
militants of Khan al-Sheih and its surroundings in the provinces of Dara'a or
Quneitra," the sources added.
terrorists in Western Ghouta have been in close contact with al-Mouk Operation
Room in Jordan," the sources said.
Fatah al-Sham central command has accused militants in Khan al-Sheih of
betrayal in their battle against the government forces in Darayya, saying
negligence of these militants gave the upper hand to the Syrian army in the
region," the sources added.
the peace agreement with government, militants in Khan al-Sheih were to hand
over their heavy weapons, equipment and the map of landmine-planted areas to
the Syrian army and in return the army would allow them to leave the region for
Idlib carrying only their light firearms.
the representatives of Damascus and militant groups are working jointly on
relocating those militants, who have agreed to leave their positions in the regions
of Khan al-Sheih, al-Zakiyeh, Moqilibiyeh, al-Tibeh, al-Hosseiniyeh and
al-Keswat al-Sharghiyeh farms, the leaders of Fatah al-Sham have rejected
militants' request to be transferred to Idlib," media sources said.
agreed peace plan was expected to come into force today or tomorrow to relocate
the terrorists to Idlib from their largest base in Southwestern Damascus.
exit of the militants from Western Ghouta, the army would find a much stronger
control over the security ring around the capital and al-Salam highway
connecting Damascus to Quneitra.
militants in Khan al-Sheih in Western Ghouta voiced concession on Saturday to
the Syrian Army terms for their evacuation from the town to be relocated to
churches, mosques, and temples are turning yellow.
sun sets in Kenya, reflecting its golden rays off thousands of rusty iron
sheets in Nairobi's Kibera slum, a couple of buildings painted yellow stand out
from the usual oranges and browns dominating the rusted iron sheets and mud
the buildings is a mosque, while the rest are churches, all painted golden
Yusuf Nasur Abuhamza who leads the Jeddah Mosque, told Anadolu Agency that the
mosque was the first place of worship in Kenya to be painted yellow.
remember that day as if it was yesterday. Both Muslims and Christians came here
to paint the mosque,” Nasur says, pointing to a section of the mosque’s walls.
was happy; this is the significance of the colour yellow. Christians and
Muslims have always lived as brothers and sisters, helping each other when in
need. This is the message that we are sending, we want to promote peace, love,
and unity among all religions,” he added.
“colour in faith” project to paint Kenyan houses of worship yellow started this
August, although the actual painting took place just a month ago, according to
to Kenya’s Nation television, Nabila Alibhai, who spearheaded the project,
spoke about the significance of the use of yellow.
is a colour that is neutral, it is also the color of light, and light dispels
darkness. When you look at paintings of divinity and of angels and of saints,
they seem to be flanked with this aura of yellow.”
project’s co-founder, Colombian artist Yazmany Arboleda, Alibhai has also
worked in Afghanistan and Kabul in similar projects to spread peace and unity
Fatah, one of the Muslim faithful who prays at Nairobi’s Jeddah Mosque, told
Anadolu Agency that he longs for the day when Muslims will no longer be seen as
terrorists due to the terrorist acts committed by the al-Shabaab militant
wearing white clothes like I am is called a terrorist, any devout Muslim is
called a terrorist, but this colour” – he gestures to the yellow on the mosque
– “means that you and I are one, we are a family. This colour will unite
Kenyans, and one day no person will be judged for their religion.”
Kenya’s second-most popular religion, with 4.3 million adherents making up 11
percent of the Kenyan population, while Christianity makes up 84 percent, as
the most popular religion in the East African country.
recent years Al-Shabaab militants have carried out a spate of attacks on Kenyan
soil, including the most notorious, an April 2015 attack claiming the lives of
more than 140 students at Garissa University.
attacks have driven a wedge between Christians and Muslims, as the militants
claim to be protecting Muslims who are oppressed and killed by Kenyan security
Nasur said, “We should not allow religion to divide us, mostly after being
mixed with politics. A Christian should not fear a Muslim, and Muslims
shouldn’t do the same. We need to help each other as humans.”
that as soon as they finished painting the mosque, they all marched down to the
Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Holy Trinity parish, almost next door, to give
that place of worship a fresh coat of paint.
church is just up that road 200 meters from here, you can’t miss it, it’s the
one with the yellow roof,” he said, pointing to a roof in a distance.
Americans discovery of oil in commercial quantities in 1938, what is now oil
rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia was predominantly a poverty-drenched nomadic
from US Energy Information Administration suggest that Saudi Arabia possesses
16% of the world’s proved oil reserves. It is the largest exporter of total
petroleum liquids in the world.
oil, the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca is the holy abode of Muslims all over the
world. Certainly, the obligatory performance of hajj at the holy city of Mecca
as one of the pillars of Islam coupled with the cosmopolitan nature of Islam
and its emphasis on universal brotherhood and hospitality had naturally
attracted many migrant workers into the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
horrific experience of some of these workers from poverty-stricken frightened
economies of Africa and south eastern Asia deserve the priority attention of
the international communities. This article reflects on the conditions of
migrants workers in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
rape, sexual assaults, beating, killings are the treatment meted out to migrant
workers in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia abolished slavery in 1962. The abolition
of slavery is an illusion as the contract slavery of domestic servants still
exist in Saudi Arabia. Economic gains on the part of sending and receiving
nations motivate the influx of female workers from their home countries to
Saudi Arabia. Besides, restrictive contract system, apparently a catalyst for
servitude, bind the female domestic workers to her employer.
article, Graham Peeble asserted that “Migrant workers make up a third (8
million) of the population and over half the workforce in Saudi Arabia; they
are mainly unskilled labourers and domestic workers (jobs the Saudis don't want
to do), “are inadequately protected by labour laws and are vulnerable to
exploitation and abuse by their employers”
International[ii]], including: excessive working hours, up to 15 to 20 hours a
day, seven days a week; wages withheld for months or years on end; forced
confinement; food deprivation; and severe psychological, physical, and sexual
abuse. Women domestic workers “are also at particular risk of sexual violence
and other abuses.”
by the Philippines based Committee on Workers Overseas Welfare[iii] says, “70%
of [Filipino] workers employed as caregivers or without a specific work
qualification suffers continuous physical and psychological harassment,” in the
oil rich gulf state [report by Asia News[iv]]. Lorraine, a 27-year old Filipino
arrived in Saudi Arabia in 2010. ‘When my boss came to pick me up’ - she says –
‘he tried to touch me at once to see if I was available. In the first weeks I
constantly suffered his advances, which became more insistent every time I
refused.’ In nine months of employment Lorraine was raped five times.” She was
beaten and insulted by the man’s wife and fed on bread and leftovers.”
can follow up on this link
lady who spoke to the journalist, Nana Kyei-Baffour of Klasic radio in Atlanta
Georgia lamented over how she is being harassed. The ministry of foreign
affairs and the Ghana embassy in Saudi Arabia must act quickly and save the
lives of these domestic servants in Saudi Arabia.
Sultan, promote unity, Nigerian leaders told
activities marking the 10th anniversary of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad
Abubakar came to a close weekend, Nigerian leaders were urged to emulate the
Sultan in the promotion of peace, unity and
understanding in the country.
President General (South), Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs,
Dr.Sakariyau Babalola made the call in Sokoto when he led a delegation of
Muslim leaders from southern Nigeria to the state for the 10th anniversary
commemoration. He said they came to celebrate the leadership style of the Sultan
whom he described as a bridge, not just a bridge builder.
Sultan has unified all Muslim Ummah in the south and Nigeria as a whole,” he
Says Minnesota Has “Suffered Enough” For Taking In Somali Refugees
Trump on Sunday stepped up his attacks on Muslim refugees, saying they will
bring “generations of terrorism” into the US, adding that Minnesota had
“suffered enough” since the state has become home to Somali refugees.
to supporters in Minneapolis, Trump repeated a talking point that Hillary
Clinton would increase the number of Syrian refugees coming into the US by
550%. (Clinton said in September last year she supported increasing the number
of Syrian refugees allowed into the US from 10,000 to 65,000).
wants virtually unlimited immigration and refugee admissions, from the most
dangerous regions of the world, to come into our country and to come into
Minnesota, and you know it better than anybody,” Trump told his crowd. “Her
plan will import generations of terrorism, extremism, and radicalism into your
schools and throughout your community. You already have it.”
pointed to the stabbings in September at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in
which nine people were injured. The attacker, who was shot dead by an off-duty
police officer, was claimed as a supporter by ISIS, but authorities believe
20-year-old Dahir Adan, a Somali refugee, planned the attack alone, the
Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
administration will not admit any refugees without the support of the local
community where they are being placed,” Trump said on Sunday. “It’s the least
they can do for you.
pro-government forces fighting ISIS in Sirte evacuated 14 civilians from a
battleground district of the city, they said on Sunday.
forces today successfully secured the departure of 14 civilians, mostly women
and children,” from the last part of the city where ISIS fighters are holed up,
the pro-government forces said in a statement.
militants have been cornered in a single area of Sirte after a months-long
assault by forces allied with Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Unity
not known how many civilians remain in the Al-Jiza Al-Bahriya neighborhood.
450 kilometers (280 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, had a population of
120,000 before IS seized it in June 2015 and residents began to flee.
forces said in October they had managed to rescue an Egyptian and a Turk from
ISIS-controlled zones, as well as 11 Eritreans who were thought to have been
held hostage by the group.
Boko Haram militants killed two soldiers and razed a village adjoining the
northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the group kidnapped more than 200
schoolgirls two years ago, residents said Sunday.
Nigerian army, meanwhile, said it had retaken some villages from the terrorist
group in the Lake Chad region in operations on Friday and Saturday and
"rescued" 85 people, including women and children. It also claimed
nearly 40 terrorists were killed in other operations.
of Boko Haram gunmen arrived in Akwada, 10 kilometres from Chibok, late
Saturday and torched homes after looting food supplies.
attack came just hours after the army said it had rescued one of the missing
Chibok schoolgirls with her 10-month-old baby near the Cameroon border.
"Boko Haram gunmen attacked the village around 7:30 p.m. They fired
indiscriminately and hurled explosives," resident Bitrus John told AFP.
killed two soldiers and injured another one in gunfight," he said. Troops
patrolling the area engaged the Islamists in a shootout, allowing residents to
flee the village unhurt, said John.
had deployed in the village following incessant attacks in the area in recent
months. "The village has been entirely burnt, there is nothing left apart
from burnt rubble of our mud houses," said Bulus Samson.
attack underscores the continued threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria's volatile
northeast, where the military is battling for control despite making gains
against the insurgents over the past year. It came two weeks after similar
raids on two nearby villages where the terrorists looted and burnt homes.
to the famous poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty that calls out to the
world, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe
free,” and setting aside the spirit and ideas of the great Founding Fathers on
religious pluralism, the United States has a history of hostility towards
immigrant groups. And in this election climate, that patriotic stain has helped
fuel the rhetoric of politicians like Republican nominee Donald Trump.
before the Trumps of the world talked of building walls and closing borders,
America was exclusive. Many communities that settled in this country, I
discovered in my year-long field study that resulted in a book and film both called
“Journey Into America,” had to endure a period of hateful discrimination and
often savage violence as they established themselves here. It would often take
a dramatic bloody event, the death of someone ― or indeed the deaths of many
members of the marginalized community ― before the group would become more
widely accepted and eventually merge with larger American society. There is a
distinct pattern that can be traced for this evolution: long decades of
prejudice facing the community as it struggles to be a part of American life, a
crisis which results in the taking of life or lives and finally acceptance by
and into the mainstream. Though the experiences associated with each are unique
and the alienation and isolation members feel may not completely evaporate,
there comes a point in time at which the group ― and in some cases there is
overlap between groups ― is met with
something other than hostility. It is that threshold of assimilation Muslims in
this country now find themselves at with the presidential election and the
story of Capt. Humayun Khan and his family.
African-American community, which for centuries faced degradation, humiliation,
lynching, rape and murder with heroic courage and dignity. It was finally the
Civil Rights Movement, under the extraordinary leadership of Martin Luther King
Jr. and his compatriots in the 1960s, that would begin to shift attitudes. But
it would be King’s assassination in 1968 that would stun American society and
burst the bubble of racial prejudice. It was the moment when mainstream
America, however reluctantly, embraced the African-American community. Barack
Obama reached the White House as a result of the sacrifice and struggle of MLK
and others like him, including those whose names we may never know or read
about in history books.
Catholic and Jewish communities, too, have faced strife and though different,
their histories resonate with this general model as well. Catholics, many in
the case of the Irish escaping famine, were beaten, battered and abused on
their arrival in, for example, New York, the main port of entry in the 19th
century. Even into the 20th century popular entertainers suffered from
anti-Catholic sentiment. The man who signed Frank Sinatra encouraged him to
change his stage name to “Frankie Satin” to conceal his Italian heritage. When
John F. Kennedy ran for president, his critics accused him of having loyalties
to the pope and predicted that he would take his orders from Rome. It was only
with JFK’s death that the anti-Catholic bubble burst and America realized the
remarkable young president whom they had lost. Henceforth, along with Kennedy,
the Catholics would become part and parcel of American society.
members of the Jewish community faced animosity and anti-Semitism as immigrants
arriving from Europe to find a better life in America or escape persecution.
Acts were passed in the United States Congress restricting Jewish immigration
during the interwar period. The Ku Klux Klan targeted both African-Americans
and the Jews. A boatload of about a thousand refugees from Hitler’s Germany
were refused entry into the United States and their ship was forced to turn
back to Europe, and around a quarter of the passengers were killed in Nazi
concentration camps. The consistent and generous contributions of the arriving
Jewish immigrants to the development of America ― for example, scientists like
Albert Einstein ― went largely unrecognized. It was the realization of the
unparalleled horrors of the Holocaust, especially when American soldiers
witnessed firsthand the atrocities the community had suffered, that pricked
America’s conscience and galvanized widespread support and empathy for the
Jewish community. It was a turning point in relations between majority and
Muslim community, a similarly defining moment may have been reached when U.S.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave a primetime platform to
Khizr and Ghazala Khan at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Though the
tragedy of their son and the tragedy of the Holocaust are not nearly on the
same number scale, the impact of each event on and for the community in the
context of American identity noticeably altered the way society received them.
and Ghazala Khan stepped onto the stage framed by a photograph of their son,
Humayun Khan, a soldier who had given his life in Iraq to save his fellows in
arms. Few Americans had heard of any of these names until then. But, with the
national spotlight on him and representing a proud if mournful Gold Star
family, Khizr Khan entered history.
briefly, boldly and clearly, embracing his Pakistani heritage as he pulled out
a copy of the U.S. Constitution and asked Donald Trump if he, the GOP nominee,
had even read the founding document. Khan was arguing on the basis of the
Constitution and the vision of the Founding Fathers that Trump’s exclusion and
disdain of the Muslim community was ultimately un-American. The very idea that
it was a Muslim man who challenged a flag-waving white American essentially
celebrating white supremacy is in itself illustrative of the distance my
community has traveled in a short while. While Muslims had made an impact in
America before, like the great boxer Muhammad Ali, this incident is emblematic
of the larger process of change taking place. With a bow to Ali, it can be said
that with one knockout blow Khizr Khan had shaken the ugly paradigm and social
pyramid that had established Trump and people who thought like him at the top.
Americans were suddenly looking at this minority group, which had been firmly
placed at the bottom of the social pyramid, threatened with deportation,
surveillance and faith-based immigration bans, in a new light.
did not take Khizr Khan’s comments lightly, even going on to attack Ghazala Khan
by suggesting that she did not speak because, he implied, Muslim men suppress
their women. But the Khans are made of sterner stuff. Ghazala responded with a
fiery editorial in the Washington Post. Thousands of ordinary Americans were
moved by the story of the Khans and the sacrifice that they had made for the
United States. Overnight, groups of military veterans jumped into the fray in
support of them, outraged at Trump’s smear of a Gold Star family. Khizr Khan
went on to continue his involvement in the presidential campaign, and was
featured in a powerful and emotional ad for Hillary Clinton last month. Once
again, an example of a dramatic death and the extraordinary courage and
resilience of the community ― in this case, the Khans ― had moved the stream of
history in a certain direction: humanization, and even, celebration.
beyond the Khans, this presidential election has been momentous for the
American Muslim community, especially in light of an array of very sharp and
nasty comments. Because the community has been so shaken, I have observed a
distinct uniting across ethnic, sectarian and ideological lines. Muslims are
more active in electoral politics than I recall in previous elections. This
year, realizing it has political potential, the community is determined to go
to the polls in greater numbers.
of “Muslims for Hillary” are active across the U.S. and consist of a wide
network of entrepreneurs, business professionals and media figures. In
addition, Muslim organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations
are fully plugged into the elections and Muslims are reaching out to other
minority groups like Jews, Latinos and African-Americans.
trend of Muslims having their moment in history ― Muslims being grouped with
something other than terrorism ― extends beyond America, even amidst a tide of
Islamophobia. Muslim immigrants today are able to say they have an increasing
number of role models, or people of notoriety making an impact in their fields,
in the West such as the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who was elected only a few
months ago and Zayn Malik, formerly of the band One Direction.
Muslim and Pakistani immigrant in Washington, I am acutely aware of the
widespread terrorism, violence and breakdown of law and order in countries like
my own often grouped together under the umbrella of a “troubled Muslim world.”
But I have always believed that given the right leadership and circumstances,
Pakistan ― and indeed many Muslim-majority countries facing tribulations these
days ― has the potential to develop a genuine modernist vision of Muslim
society as envisaged by its founding father M.A. Jinnah with rights for women,
minorities and respect for the law. Khizr and Ghazala Khan are a product of
after his encounter with the Khans, Trump was accused of groping and assaulting
by more than a dozen women following the release of a tape with untoward
comments he’d made about women years prior. Perhaps Khizr can remind Trump that
a book authored by former President George Washington has the words “rules of
civility and decent behavior” in its title, so important did the Founding
Father consider these virtues as essential to the American character. Nowhere
will Trump find any instructions about “grabbing the pussy” of the nearest
female; nor for that matter the banning of any community to the U.S. on the
basis of religion.
unfortunately, the process of exclusion followed by integration has become a
rite of passage for immigrant communities in the United States, way before
Trump. Every community goes through this ritual. It is a prolonged, painful and
public test. But as the above histories reveal, and as American Muslims are
demonstrating today, immigrant communities are resilient. If we look for that
moment when the community is finally accepted, we begin to recognize certain
keystone events shared by both majority and minority communities, such as
collective mourning over the Holocaust, the assassinations of JFK and MLK and
the loss of young Humayun Khan. These touch points of unity provide the
ultimate sign that a minority community is finally being recognized as fully
part of American identity. In time, the people become the shared symbols of
should be noted that when this happens, it does not mean that the stereotypes
of the communities disappear overnight, or even the violence against them. Many
stereotypes and prejudices go underground, and some are still present. For
example, the cases of violence and prejudice against African-Americans are too
frequent to suggest that racial equality has been achieved simply because Obama
is in the White House. Some still hold the stereotype of Italians as mafiosos,
as seen in films and popular culture. As for Catholics, documents released by
WikiLeaks from the Clinton campaign appeared to indicate lingering reservations
towards them. And the elections have shown that anti-Semitism lurks beneath the
surface and can be sighted as it rears its ugly head. It is a fascinating time to be watching
American society once again respond to, adapt and change in dealing with a
minority and that, too, in the throes of one of the most unusual ― even bizarre
― presidential elections in its history.
A side effect will be the long-term impact on the Muslim community. It
is precisely its openness and flexibility which make America still one of the
most dynamic, exciting and hopeful societies on the planet.
not know what the long-term effects of the Khan family’s story will be.
Islamophobia remains a serious problem, heightened in the passions of the
election, and the association between Islam and terrorism remains widespread,
as polling confirms. But I do believe that the story of the Khans has awoken
Americans to the crucial realization that Muslims are as American as anyone
else, and that they, too, have fought and died for the country. The tale of the
Khan family may have marked a turning point in this process and pattern of
minorities becoming American. It may well take a long time and require further
struggle, sacrifice and more active involvement from the Muslim community
before measurable change is achieved, but the important point is that however
slow and hesitating, the process has now begun. And this gives me hope.
history is to be the judge, Islamophobia will in time be contained and
challenged from within mainstream society. I look forward to seeing Muslim
women in hijabs able to go about their business without being harassed and
assaulted, and mosques left free from attacks. I look forward to Muslims
contributing as normal everyday Americans in every walk of life without fear or
favor. And I look forward to the day when American Muslims will be recognized
not just by the religion they practice, but for the great contributions they
make to this country.
United States - As Election Day draws closer, Arab Americans are heading to the
polls with the rhetoric of this year's presidential campaign ringing in their
Ibrahim Kazerooni hopes that after many months of listening, his community will
take its turn to speak out on November 8.
a realisation in this election that we have to be serious," Kazerooni
says. "We cannot afford to be apathetic."
is an imam at the Islamic Center of America. He leads a congregation of Shia
Muslims at the largest mosque in the United States, which is located in
Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
the largest concentration of Arabs in the country and comprising more than 30
percent of Dearborn's population (PDF), the community here has been especially
rattled by this year's presidential campaign. Many residents are originally
from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Yemen and Iraq.
community leaders and activists have noted a startling increase in threats and
hate speech as the election nears.
efforts by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald
Trump in Michigan have signalled its importance as a swing state. With an
estimated 500,000 Arabs living in the state, according to data compiled by the
Arab American Institute, their vote could play a vital role (PDF).
by campaign rhetoric
Elabed, community engagement manager at the Arab-American nonprofit group
ACCESS, says he and his team have devoted the past few months to convincing the
community that their vote is important, and the results have been promising.
wants to vote," Elabed says.
voters here feel misunderstood and alienated by the campaign rhetoric targeting
the Arab and immigrant communities - such as Trump's call to build a wall and
turn away refugees from the Middle East, and Clinton's insistence that Muslims
be "eyes and ears" to keep the country secure.
has also helped galvanise Arab voters.
is motivating Arabs by putting pressure on the community to get out and
vote," Elabed says. "It's important to send a message that our
community can unite and overcome this."
Noor, who also works with ACCESS, agrees that the rhetoric has motivated Arabs,
but also has emboldened those with intolerant views and sparked fear in the
been backlash, and there's going to be more," Noor says. "This
anti-Islam attitude isn't going to go away after the election."
combat potential voter suppression, the group says it has trained volunteers to
watch the polls on Election Day.
Islamic Center has been increasingly targeted with threats in the run-up to the
election, Kazerooni says, adding that more people seem to be weary of him and
his family when out in public.
campaign for the 2016 US presidential elections began against a backdrop of
already rising Islamophobia with hundreds of incidents of anti-Muslim violence
and vandalism being reported in the country.
candidate Donald Trump’s rhetorics on Islam and Muslims has raised concerns
among American Muslims and added to the anti-Muslim sentiments.
barely a few hours remaining to the polling, Hindustan Times contacted some
prominent American Muslims through email asking them about their views on Trump
and the elections this year.
what they had to say:
Ali is a writer and former journalist at Al Jazeera America. The 36-year-old is
also the director of Affinis Labs, an award-winning social entrepreneurial hub
in Virginia. He lives in Washington DC.
up a Muslim in America, my life, for the most part, has been privileged, safe
and I’ve lived and thrived with diverse community members. I never thought we’d
live to see a day where a Republican presidential candidate will advocate a ban
of 1.6 billion Muslims and promise to have the rest of us undergo “extreme
vetting”. It is sad, discouraging and bit frightening - especially with the
rise in anti-Muslim incidents, assaults, violent, vandalism against mosques and
harassment and bullying of Muslim kids.
Trump proposes ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants in anti-IS plan
Ahmed, 33, is a senior fellow in the Project on US Relations with the Islamic
World at the Brookings Institution and author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How
the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World. He lives in Washington DC.
To be a
Muslim in the era of Trump has, sadly, become a more fraught thing. We have
become an object of concern and fear. I remember walking into a cafe in a rural
part of Florida after Trump announced his ban on Muslim immigration. There was
something almost surreal about it and I’m not sure I ever felt anything quite
like that before. It wasn’t me. I was part of the inchoate collective and a
collective that was apparently a threat to the country I loved.
Donald Trump calls for ‘complete shutdown’ on Muslims entering US
Husain, 29, is a New York-based journalist and political commentator. His work
focuses on human rights, foreign policy and cultural affairs.
uncomfortable to witness the rise of anti-Muslim populism in the country as
exemplified by Trump. We are hoping he will lose in the election ... He has
unleashed negative passions in the society that are going to be with us for a
long time. As Muslims, I think that most of us feel relatively secure and
confident, but things can change quite quickly particularly when an economic
downturn happens. His candidacy is a wake-up call for our activism and advocacy
for the future.
Aziz, 26, lives in New Haven. He is a student at Yale Law School and a writer
who publishes in various magazines. He formerly worked for the United Nations.
awful respect, I am glad for Trump because he has brought the racism and
xenophobia underlying our society to the forefront. Trump is not this foreign
monster who has come out of nowhere; he is a representative of a large part of
the American people; he is the winner of 14 million votes in the Republican
primaries — the largest victory ever. Donald Trump is to America what the RSS
is to India - a chauvinist and nationalist who exploits people’s worries by
AlQadar is an award-winning Indian filmmaker teaching at The Rochester
Institute of Technology Film Program. She lives in Rochester.
local church event, the morning speaker sometimes asks the question: “Why are
Muslims so violent?” It is a deeply discomforting moment because it forces me
to speak as a Muslim in a moment when I am trying to find my new bearings. I am
aware that Mr Trump might be the next president. If that’s the verdict of the
American people, then I respect it. In the same moment, I feel the need for a
grassroots movement lead by peace loving Muslims who can spread love in times
Ammar Nakshawani, 35, is from London now settled in Washington DC. He is a
professor and the Imam Ali Chair of Shia studies at Hartford Seminary as well
as an Islamic subject matter expert, scholar and author. He is listed as one of
the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World.
It is an
honour to be an American Muslim. There is more free thought in the United
States of America than in many Muslim majority countries in Asia and Middle
East and we live either as brethren in faiths or equals in humanity. Yes,
naturally there may be some politically motivated people with prejudices or
bigotry but the Muslims are not the first to face this in the United States,
this period will pass and we shall overcome to live in peace.
Kadhim, 48, is a senior foreign policy fellow, FPI-SAIS, Johns Hopkins
University. He lives in Washington.
is in “close contact” with Ankara over the assault launched by American-backed
Kurdish-Arab forces on ISIS’s bastion Raqa in Syria, a senior US official said
in close close contact with our Turkish allies and that is why the chairman of
joint chiefs is in Ankara today,” Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama’s envoy
to the US-led coalition battling the militants, told a news conference in the
Jordanian capital Amman.
this to be as coordinated as possible, recognizing that there will be a mix of
forces on the field and that many of those forces of course do not see eye to
eye, but they do share a very common and still very lethal enemy,” he said of
chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph Dunford, arrived
Sunday in Ankara on a previously unannounced visit and was to meet his Turkish
counterpart Hulusi Akar, the Turkish army said earlier, without elaborating.
“It is a
complex environment in Syria to say the least, but we are constantly in touch
with all the different players, and I think in terms of the phasing of the
overall Raqqa campaign we have a fairly good understanding of what is to come,”
Syrian forces backed by the US began an offensive Sunday to liberate ISIS’s de
facto capital of Raqqa, clashing with the extremists north of the Syrian city.
attack ratchets up pressure on the militant group at a critical moment, with
its fighters already battling an offensive by Iraqi security forces on their
remaining Iraqi stronghold in the northern city of Mosul.
US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab armed
groups, first announced on Sunday that a campaign to retake Raqqa would begin
within hours, with US forces providing air cover. Soon afterwards, it said that
the operation, called Euphrates Anger, had begun.
general command of the Syria Democratic Forces announces the blessed start of
its major military campaign to liberate the city of Raqqa,” Jehan Sheikh Amad,
an SDF spokeswoman, told a news conference in the Syrian town of Ain Issa.
called on Raqqa’s civilians to avoid areas where ISIS militants are present and
to go to “liberated territory.”
liberation battle ‘will not be easy’: US defense chief
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has warned that the fight to wrest control
of Raqqa, the Daesh stronghold in Syria, “will not be easy.”
effort to isolate, and ultimately liberate, Raqqa marks the next step in our
coalition campaign plan,” Carter said in a statement.
Mosul, the fight will not be easy and there is hard work ahead, but it is
necessary to end the fiction of Daesh’s caliphate and disrupt the group’s
ability to carry out terror attacks against the US, our allies and our
partners,” he said.
international coalition will continue to do what we can to enable local forces
in both Iraq and Syria to deliver ISIL (Daesh) the lasting defeat it deserves,”
the US defense chief added.
issued his remarks as Kurdish-led Syrian forces backed by the US said they had
begun a military campaign to liberate Raqqa from Daesh, urging civilians to
avoid “enemy gatherings” in the Syrian city and warning Turkey not to interfere
in the operation.
Amman, a senior US official said Washington is in “close contact” with Ankara
over the assault launched by Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
in close close contact with our Turkish allies and that is why the chairman of
joint chiefs is in Ankara,” Brett McGurk, US President Barack Obama’s envoy to
the US-led coalition battling Daesh, told a news conference in Amman.
this to be as coordinated as possible, recognizing that there will be a mix of
forces on the field and that many of those forces of course do not see eye to
eye, but they do share a very common and still very lethal enemy,” he said of
said earlier that Washington had agreed Turkey would play no role in the
had previously expressed alarm that the SDF were dominated by the Kurdish
Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militia which it considers an offshoot of the
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has waged an insurgency against Turkey for
more than three decades.
commanders announced the start of the operation against Raqqa in Ain Issa, some
50 km north of the city.
President Erdogan used his mercenary Army to fight against the Syrian
government military forces for the purpose of regime change. This military project of regime change in
Syria was devised, supported and established by the United States of America,
who is a close ally of Turkey, and fellow NATO member.
a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five
years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and,
finishing off, Iran.” General Wesley Clark, interview with “Democracy Now”
Erdogan’s mercenary Army are all Chinese citizens of the far Western region in
China, and home of the Uygur people, and are Sunni Muslims. The Uygur people are an ethnic group of
Muslims living near the far west frontier of China and they speak the ancient
Turkic language, which is the root of the modern Turkish language now spoken in
Turkey. Their province is Xinjiang, and
their capital city is Urumqi.
years, Pres. Erdogan has supported the Uygur’s claims of oppression by the
Chinese government. Pres. Erdogan has
made speeches in which he compared the Uygur people to the ancestors of the
people of Turkey. Pres. Erdogan feels
there is a close historical and ethnical tie between modern Turkey and the
Uygur people. In a speech, President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan stated that “Eastern Turkestan is not only the home of the
Turkic peoples, but it is also the cradle of Turkic history, civilization, and
culture. The martyrs of Eastern Turkestan are our own martyrs.” His designation of Eastern Turkestan is
actually the Chinese province of Xinjiang, the home of the Uygur people.
Erdogan used his own mercenary Army of Chinese citizens: the Uygurs. He had allowed them Turkish passports, which
they used to pass legally through Central Asia to arrive in Turkey. The immigration officials at the airport in
Turkey recognized these special passports, and would confiscate them, but allow
the Chinese to pass through legally and enter Turkey. Pres. Erdogan had arranged for them to be
transported from the airport in Turkey into Syria through the large and porous
border area North of Idlib, which was once a mid-size town in North West
Syria. In the Zeytinburnu distict of
Istanbul, Nurali T., a Uyghur Turk working to transport terrorists into Syria,
with implicit allowance of the Turkish government, and especially the Turkish
Intelligence Services, provides militants with passports worldwide. According to Nurali T.’s office manager,
“More than 50,000 Uyghur Turks came to Turkey with these fake passports from
China via Thailand and Malaysia and entered Syria after staying a day in Istanbul”. Militants who entered Turkey with these fake
passports are hosted either in hotels or guesthouses for a day before they pass
into Syria through the borders which are under terrorist control.
was a hot-spot of violence and destruction from the early months of the Syrian
crisis, which started in March 2011. By
late summer of 2011, Idlib was almost empty of residents, who either fled to
Turkish refugee camps nearby, or fled to the refugee camps of Latakia. Idlib transformed into a Free Syrian Army
headquarters and base of operations.
Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona made his famous illegal trip into
Syria, to meet the FSA commanders, he was near Idlib. Eventually, the FSA recruited and invited Al
Qaeda from Libya, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and other Arab and Western countries,
such as USA, UK, Europe and Australia. The majority of Syrian residents do not
support armed revolution, or the armed opposition called FSA. Because of this lack of support on the
ground, the FSA chose to call in their Jihadi brothers globally, or face
defeat. The American CIA office in
Adana, Turkey, who runs the FSA command and supplies headquarters, had no
problem in allowing the Al Qaeda and their affiliates to bolster the ground
forces of the FSA, who had been dwindling.
America used the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Al Qaeda affiliates: Jibhat al Nusra, Islamic Army, Nour al Deen
al Zinki and Ahrar al Sham, to fight the Syrian government forces, thus
avoiding American “boots on the ground”.
In fact, the FSA and all the other armed militias are acting as American
“boots on the ground”: as mercenaries.
Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) is the Radical Islamic political group made up of
Uygur people. Their leader is Emir Abd
al-Turkistānī. Since 2001, TIP has been
affiliated with Al Qaeda. The ground
battlefield leaders of TIP in Idlib province of Syria are Abu Rida
al-Turkestani, and Ibrahim Mansour. In
2013 TIP aligned itself with Jibhat al Nusra, a terrorist group in Syria which
is on the US list of outlawed terrorist groups. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said, “Chechens who defected to ISIS
were replaced with the Uyghur Turkistan Islamic Party allied with Al-Qaeda.”
“Islam Awazi,” the TIP’s media center,
publishes three to four videos monthly in the column, “A Call From the Front
Lines of Jihad,” which report about the military “successes” of TIP fighters.
Also, a monthly “Tourism of the Believers” video is produced which demonstrates
the “peaceful” and “military” life of Uyghur fighters in Syria. In particular,
on July 22, 2016 the Turkestan Islamic Party distributed a video titled “My
Desire,” which highlighted photos of Uyghur fighters in Syria.”
ISIS-inspired radicals in Europe repeat the experience of TIP fighters, who
massacred Han Chinese at stations in Kunming and Guangzhou using knives, axes,
and machetes in 2014. The TIP has a long history of terrorist attacks inside
China, targeting Chinese people who are not Muslim. Now that TIP is in Syria in large numbers,
they have become a serious contender in global Jihad. In October 2013, five died when a car
crashed into a group of pedestrians near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and TIP
claimed responsibility for the attack in a video. This act reminds us of the Nice, France truck
attack which killed and injured a large number of pedestrians in summer 2016.
terrorists in Idlib took great pride in destroying the several Christian
Churches of the area. As in many parts
of Syria, the Idlib area had been home to Muslims, Christians and minority
sects. The TIP made many videos of the
destruction of Churches and placing their TIP flag on the steeple of the
Uygurs are in general a poor and under educated group in China. They have a strong sense of family ties, and
some have felt a political alienation from the Chinese government and
society. Because of that, most of the
Uygurs who migrated to Idlib, Syria brought their entire families with them. The married males: their wife, their children
and their elderly parents. This is
unlike most Jihadists, who are young males traveling alone. Because these Jihadists of the TIP had
arrived in Idlib, Syria as whole family units, they needed special living
arrangements, unlike the male-only typical terrorist camps. The TIP occupied a whole village in the Idlib
province named Az-Zanbaqi, which is now home to 3,500 Uygurs of all ages and
sexes. There were so many children with
them, that they established their own schools there. The children are mainly taught the Koran and
military training, like ‘Junior Jihadis’.
Their dream is to survive the Syrian Jihad, and grow up well trained in
terrorist fighting, then make their way back to China and begin their attack on
China, to transform China into an Islamic State.
Saudi Arabian and Qatari petro-dollars are funding the regime change project in
Syria, with the actual cash payroll distributed from Turkey by a Saudi
official. America is the source of the
regime change policy towards Syria, with Turkey as the logistical base of
operations, and Syria is the battlefield, with unarmed Syrian civilians
amounting to the largest number of casualties.
is a modern democracy. It has long
prided itself on its secular form of government. However, the AKP party, which is now the
ruling party of Pres. Erdogan, is in fact an Islamist party. Pres. Erdogan has continually been making
substantial changes to the social and political fabric of Turkey, in order to
shift it towards Radical Islam. Radical
Islam is not a religion, or sect, but a political ideology. The Muslim Brotherhood is a global political
party which is based on Radical Islam.
The Muslim Brotherhood is outlawed in many countries, notably Egypt and
Syria. Pres. Erdogan is a supporter and
defender of the Muslim Brotherhood. The
Syrian armed opposition, FSA, has a political wing, Syrian National Coalition
(SNC). Pres. Erdogan hosted the SNC in
Istanbul, Turkey. America is also home
to the Muslim Brotherhood, with offices and members in almost every big city
across USA. The US Congress once debated
outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood; however, it did not pass. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood hold high
positions in Pres. Obama’s administration, and in key departments such as
security and defense. In the United
Kingdom, the Muslim Brotherhood is also throughout the country, and has
established itself with close ties to the UK government. The same can be said of the Australian
Arabia is home to the Wahhabi brand of Radical Islam, while Qatar promotes the
Salafi brand of Radical Islam, and Turkey, USA and UK are bases for the Muslim
Brotherhood brand of Radical Islam.
These three brands are the three sides of the same coin. However, the vast majority of Muslims
worldwide reject Radical Islam, and according to Islamic scholars, they reject
the “Death Cult “called ISIS, which was born out of the three brands just
“Chinatown” is not a tourist spot, known for bright red paper lanterns and
tasty noodle dishes. For that you will
have to go to San Francisco, or Seattle.
Syria’s “Chinatown” is a small village in the countryside, of rolling
hills and olive orchards. Syria’s
Chinatown is a terrorist town, not a tourist town. One day those Uygur ‘tourists’ to Syria will
have out-stayed their VISA issued by Pres. Erdogan, and will face either death
on the battlefield, or a slow walk Eastwards on the Old Silk Road their
ancestors once made famous.
blasts West as Kurdish party boycotts parliament
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Europe on Sunday of abetting terrorism
by supporting Kurdish militants and said he did not care if it called him a
drew international condemnation for the arrest on Friday of leaders and
lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the
second-largest opposition grouping in parliament, as part of a terrorism
government accuses the HDP, which made history last year by becoming the first
Kurdish party to win 10 percent of the vote and enter parliament, of financing
and supporting an armed Kurdish insurgency, which it denies.
announced a partial boycott of parliament on Sunday, saying it was “halting its
legislative efforts” and that its deputies would stop participating in sessions
of the legislature or meetings of parliamentary commissions.
action against the HDP has heightened concern among Western allies about the
state of democracy in Turkey, a NATO member which aspires to join the European
Union and which is a buffer between Europe and the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
than 110,000 officials - from soldiers and judges to teachers and journalists -
have been detained or suspended since a failed military coup in July, in what
Erdogan’s critics say is a crackdown on all forms of dissent.
care if they call me dictator or whatever else, it goes in one ear, out the
matters is what my people call me,” Erdogan said in a speech at an Istanbul
university, where he was receiving an honorary doctorate.
and the government are furious at what they see as Western criticism of their
fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, which has waged
a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy and whose allied groups in Syria
in the fight against Islamic State.
said the PKK, listed as a terrorist group by the European Union and United
States, had killed almost 800 members of the security forces and more than 300
civilians since a ceasefire in the largely Kurdish southeast collapsed last
offshoot claimed responsibility for a car bomb in the southeastern city of
Diyarbakir on Friday which killed 11 and wounded at least 100 hours after the
HDP detentions, according to a website close to the militants.
State had also claimed the attack, according to the group’s Amaq news agency.
as a whole, is abetting terrorism.
though they declared the PKK a terrorist organisation, this is clear,” Erdogan
how the PKK can act so freely and comfortably in Europe.
Fresh clashes in two different parts of Yemen on Sunday killed 14 pro-Iran
rebels and six fighters loyal to the internationally recognised government,
military officials said.
them was loyalist General Yehia al-Khayati who died at a Saudi hospital where
he was taken after being wounded in clashes in Midi, a northwestern town close
to the Saudi border and the Red Sea coast, an official told AFP.
rebel fighters were also killed in those clashes, the source said.
south on the outskirts of the oil-rich Usailan district of Shabwa province,
rebel forces attacked loyalist positions sparking clashes that killed 12 insurgents
and five pro-government soldiers, another military source said.
American held in Yemen was flown to Oman on Sunday in the first leg of his
journey home after he was released in the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa,
the Omani state new agency ONA reported.
kept good ties with the Iran-backed Houthi militia group who control much of
northern Yemen by taking a neutral stand in the 19-month-old war that has drawn
an Arab coalition into the conflict.
Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party on Sunday said it was pulling out of parliament
after nine of its MPs including the two co-leaders were arrested in an
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the third-largest party in this legislature,
said it would no longer be taking part in general sessions of parliament or
arrest on Friday of the MPs, including party leaders Selahattin Demirtas and
Figen Yuksekdag, added to tensions as Turkey wages a relentless battle against
Kurdish militants and deals with the aftermath of a July 15 failed coup.
have been charged with membership and promotion of the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK).
also compounded concerns among Turkey’s Western allies that the state of
emergency imposed after the coup bid is being used for a general crackdown
against critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and not just the suspected
Saturday, an Istanbul court ordered the jailing pending trial of nine
executives and editorial staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.
35,000 people have been arrested after the coup bid, which Ankara blames on the
US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, while tens of thousands more have been fired
from their jobs.
SDF started its offensive on ISIL positions from two flanks near the towns of
Solouk and Ein Issa. The Kurdish fighters advanced nine kilometers from Solouk
direction and 10 kilometers from Ein Issa's direction," Kurdish sources
said Sunday afternoon.
SDF, in Ein Issa and Solouk offensives, beat ISIL back from the village of
al-Wahid, five farms and a small but strategic base near the village of
Laqteh," the sources aid.
military vehicles also sustained major damage in the attacks," the sources
went on to say.
today, the SDF declared the start of military operation to capture ISIL's de
facto capital of Raqqa.
start of the 'Angry Euphrates Operation' was declared on Sunday by Kurdish
commanders in a press conference in the Syrian town of Ein Issa, North of the
said the US would coordinate with the Kurdish fighters to provide air cover
during the Raqqa operation.
major battle to liberate Raqqa and its countryside has begun," a Kurdish
commander said, adding that "The ground operation in Raqqa would be
carried out only by the Syrian Democratic Forces".
forces also warned Raqqa residents to stay away from the terrorists and urged
all civilians to move to the territories liberated from ISIL.
Kurdish forces announced that at least 30,000 fighters participate in the Raqqa
offensive, stressing that Turkey would play no role in the operation.
“Our hope is that the Turkish state will not
interfere in the internal affairs of Syria,” an SDF official declared at the
operation comes amid the ongoing operation to liberate another ISIL capital,
the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Iraqi Army along with Kurdish and popular forces on October 17 started the
offensive to retake the city which fell to the ISIL in 2014.
The SDF that
is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab
dissident forces who have received training from the US and have been provided
with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in
Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have
been operating alongside the YPG and received the Russian air backup in their
Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates
early in February.
Muslim Personal Law Board desires to request the parliament to enact a law to
impose three years imprisonment to those who pronounce triple talaq. This was
expressed by Maulana Syed Khaleel ur Rahman Sajjad Noomani, member of All India
Muslim Personal Law Board. He was addressing a gathering of women organized by
Tahafuz-e-Shariat Committee in Hyderabad yesterday. There is no denying that
triple talaq is a very bad act. Attempts are being continued to persuade people
not to pronounce triple talaq at one stretch. Mr. Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Dy. CM
of Telangana State, Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, Mr. Mohammed Mushtaq Malik,
Mr. Hamid Mohammed Khan, Hafiz Shabbir Ahmed, Mr. Raheemuddin Ansari and others
also addressed the gathering.
Bhopal SIMI activists jailbreak ‘inside job’: Moulds, CCTV off
FASHIONED to match keys to locks, a knife found near a drain and
non-functioning CCTV cameras that cover Block B of Bhopal’s Central Jail.
are some of the pointers that have led senior police officers in Madhya Pradesh
to admit that the jailbreak of eight activists of the banned SIMI last Monday
was a result not just of lax policing, but of insider help and complicity.
after the jailbreak, the eight were gunned down in an encounter in Acharpura
about 12 km away, with audio clips suggesting that the police were instructed
to “finish them all”, and videos that show personnel shooting at bodies on the
police officer told The Indian Express, on the condition of anonymity, that the
extent of “inside help” involved in the jailbreak was “staggering”.
contacted, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said it was “impossible
to escape without inside collusion” and alleged that the jailbreak was
facilitated by “funding from outside”.
have taken elaborate planning over two to three months because it is not
possible to make duplicate keys so early and without help from an insider,” said
first indicator of foul play is the non-functioning of the three CCTV cameras
that point to where the undertrials were lodged in Block B. “There are around
50 cameras in the jail, most of which are working, but these three being off
together is far too much of a coincidence. They had been turned off,” said the
these cameras had a residual memory of seven days, and had been switched off
for longer, resulting in a complete lack of any video footage of the area for
the past week, he said.
the three cameras was brand new, installed a few months ago when Rs 20 lakh had
been left over after three other jails in the state had cameras sanctioned for
them. We put it in Block B because of the presence of those accused under UAPA
and terror cases. That, too, was turned off,” said the officer.
also points to complicity are the key moulds found by officers, that were used
by the activists to break out of the barracks. The keys were fashioned out of
hard plastic toothbrushes, standard issue for those in jail, as well as sticks,
said the officer.
killed, 2 army soldiers injured in encounter in J&K's Shopian
A massive gunfight broke out in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir on Monday in which a
terrorist was neutralised and an Army personnel sustained injuries.
team of 62 Rashtriya Rifles and the J&K Police launched an operation last
night after receiving specific information about untoward elements.
47 rifle along with other ammunition and warlike stores were also recovered.
of two Army soldiers were injured in the overnight operation and were
immediately evacuated and are stable now.
an Army jawan was killed in a ceasefire violation in Poonch district.
firing from Pakistan came hours after an Indian soldier was killed and a
civilian was injured at the RS Pura Sector.
of Muslim elders and leaders from Bhopal will soon visit families of six SIMI
operatives from the state killed by police in an alleged encounter, along with
two others, on October 31.
other two SIMI operatives shot dead in the “gun battle” were from Gujarat and
Maharashtra. The eight were killed at a hillock at Manikhedi on the outskirts
of Bhopal, hours after they escaped from the high-security Bhopal central jail.
SIMI operatives namely Amjad Khan, Mohammad Aqeel Khilji , Mehboob Guddu ,
Zakir Hussein and Mohammad Saliq alias Sallu, were from Khandwa. The other
operative from the state, Abdul Majid, hailed from Mahidpur town in Ujjain
district. They were buried in their respective home towns on Tuesday.
group would pay visits to Khandwa and Ujjain to console the bereaved families
and interact with them, said Masood Ahmed Khan, secretary of the Madhya Pradesh
unit of the Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims (CCIM).
they were also exploring legal options so that “victims of the encounter get
families of the slain operatives had earlier talking to HT alleged the
encounter was fake and demanded a high-level judicial inquiry or a CBI inquiry
into the incident.
Muslims groups in Bhopal, including the MP unit of the CCIM, too alleged the
encounter was stage- managed and demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the
said there were many loopholes in the police versions of the incident.
visit of the Muslim elders assume significance in the wake of a SC guidelines
that states: “If the family of any victim finds that all the SC guidelines have
not been followed or there exists a pattern of abuse or lack of independent
investigation or impartiality by any of the functionaries, it can make a
complaint to the Session Judge having territorial jurisdiction over the place
separatist leaders have called a meeting of all “stakeholders” on Tuesday to
decide the course of the agitation in the Valley, with sources saying they give
relief to education and trade in the next protest calendar.
Valley has been in the grip of violent street protests -- the spread and the
intensity has gone down in recent weeks -- for four months, throwing normal
life out of gear. As many as 90 people, most of them civilians, have been
killed and thousands injured.
violence broke out after a militant was killed in a gunfight with security
forces on July 8. Rolling curfew, which was lifted, and shutdown calls by the
separatists have hit businesses and schools. Vehicles, too, have remained off
Hurriyat Conference leaders will meet at the house of Syed Ali Geelani, the
leader of a hardline faction of the separatist conglomerate. Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq, who heads a moderate faction, and Yasin Malik met Geelani on Sunday.
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a friend, India occupying force: Kashmir separatist leader Geelani
educationists, transporters, civil society members, religious, social and
political organisations, bar association and people from other walks of life
were called for Tuesday’s meeting, a statement issued by the three leaders
continue in Karachi against arrests of workers of religious parties
WASIM | MOHAMMAD RAZA
continue in Karachi's Malir area on Monday, a day after top Shia cleric Mirza
Yusuf Husain and leader of the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Taj
Hanafi, were apprehended by law enforcement personnel. The two were detained
following a resurgence in targeted sectarian killings linked that claimed 13
lives in the city within a week's time.
of various Shia parties began protesting early Monday at around 1:30am in Malir
and on Shahrah-i-Pakistan against targeted killings and arrests of workers,
DawnNews reported, with protesters saying they will continue their
demonstrations until arrested workers are released.
used tear gas shelling and aerial firing in an attempt to disperse the
protesters, who were obstructing railway tracks in the area and bringing
morning traffic along the National Highway to a standstill, DawnNews reported.
initial attempt at dispersing the crowd, the protesters regrouped at the same
location. Talks between police and the crowd are ongoing.
also took place on Sunday against the alleged 'desecration' of religious texts
during a search operation in Shah Najaf Imambargah in Rizvia Society, a charge
denied by Pakistan Rangers (Sindh).
spokesperson of the paramilitary force termed photos of the alleged
'desecration' being shared on social media by ‘miscreants’ as contrary to
facts. The motive for spreading such photos was “to create hindrances in the
operation”, he said.
Rangers tended to pay due respect to the sanctity of the mosque, the imambargah
and the seminaries during search operations in relation to the presence of
miscreants there,” said a Rangers statement.
of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and police conducted a search operation at the ASWJ
headquarter near Nagan Chowrangi and detained ASWJ’s Karachi secretary general
Allama Taj Mohammed Hanafi, said an ASWJ spokesperson on Sunday.
was no word from the paramilitary force about his detention. The relevant New
Karachi police officer also expressed ignorance about the incident.
president Allama Aurangzeb Farooqui criticised the detention of Allama Taj
Mohammed Hanafi and said that the detained leader was a candidate of the party
for the by-election on NA-258 in Malir, scheduled to be held on Nov 24.
detention of Hanafi shows that the PPP-led government feared defeat of its
candidate in the by-poll,” he said.
suspected militants held in Mach, Mastung
The Frontier Corps Sunday arrested two suspected militants from Goth Katta
village in Mach tehsil of Kachhi Bolan district. According to a FC spokesman,
security personnel, on a tip-off, launched a search operation in Goth Katta
village and arrested two suspected militants. He said weapons were also seized
during the operation. Separately, law enforcement agencies Sunday took four
suspects into custody from Mastung district, said a spokesman for Frontier
Corps Balochistan. He said police and FC launched a search operation in
Shamsabad area of the district and arrested four suspects.
UPPER - The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) provincial chief Mushtaq Ahmad Khan has
demanded the federal government to merge FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)
before the 2018 general elections.
at a party workers gathering at district assembly hall in Dir Upper on Sunday,
JI provincial chief said his party wants a real democratic government y and due
rights for every citizen in the country.
chief said that the tribal people had faced many challenges as they were made
IDPs in their own country and now the federal government should announce a
special monetary package for them, to address their problems.
that tribesmen had rendered sacrifices for Pakistan but the governments had
ignored them at all phases of development.
An intelligence agency has raised serious concerns over the lack of proper
security arrangements in educational institutions across Punjab, adding major
security lapses were being overlooked.
concerns were raised after a security audit of educational institutes included
in the ‘A’ (high risk) category was carried out by the intelligence agency on
Oct 7. A report on the security lapses was sent to the Punjab home department.
the terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar in December 2014,
law enforcement agencies were directed to take measures to ensure the security
of educational institutions in Punjab.
intelligence agency was also tasked to carry out an audit of all the
institutes, some of which were still under terror threats.
report expresses dissatisfaction over arrangements for security of educational
institutions in Punjab
the security audit, the home department has directed the divisional police
chiefs and divisional commissioners across the province to take up the issue
with all the stakeholders within five days to ensure foolproof security in all
the educational institutions to avoid any untoward incident.
intelligence agency’s field staff carried out an inspection of 5,085
educational institutes included in the “A” category. Of these, 1,403 institutes
were in the private and the remaining in the public sector. About 475 of the
institutes were located in the Rawalpindi region.
report said of the 5,085 educational institutions, boundary walls around 131
were yet to be constructed. Most of the schools without boundary walls - 84 -
were located in the Sahiwal region.
wires around the boundary walls were not laid in 60 institutions in the
academic blocks in 1,338 of the institutions were still without boundary walls.
Besides, observation posts have not been constructed in 520 institutes with 179
of them in the Sheikhupura region.
report also said the dilapidated walls around 877 institutes were yet to be
reconstructed and 468 of such schools were located in the Sheikhupura region.
addition, searchlights have not been installed around hostels of 1,760
institutes and 416 of such schools were located in Multan.
As PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zaradri is expected to camp in Lahore later this
month, the workers believe that he has a fair chance of reviving the party in
Punjab in the face of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s back-to-back ‘political
leaders Dawn spoke to on Sunday were of the view that PTI chairman Imran Khan’s
failure to first gather his supporters in large number in Islamabad to lock
down the city over Panamgate issue and then calling it off for face-saving had
immensely disappointed his party workers as well as his leaders.
seeing the people disappointed with Khan and his style of politics, the PPP has
got another revival chance in Punjab and it will fully exploit it. They say a
good number of PTI leaders including those who had switched loyalties from the
PPP after its rise on the national scene in Oct 30, 2011, are seriously
considering to say goodbye to Khan and join the Bhutto’s party.
Bilawal will camp in Lahore later this month and do aggressive politics. He
will also preside over the main event in connection with the foundation day on
Nov 30 at Bilawal House here,” PPP senior leader and coordinator of Asif Ali
Zardari in Punjab Navid Chaudhry said.
seeing a visible chance to fill the vacuum in Punjab Imran Khan left after his
flopped show in Islamabad. Mr Khan who used to cite social media for different
things should now visit it to know that his supporters are utterly disappointed
with him for calling off the Islamabad protest after his failure to gather a
large number of people there to lock down the capital,” he said.
Chaudhry further said: “Today everyone in the party circle is talking about
this vacuum created after the PTI’s Islamabad failure. Some of the old guard of
the PPP, who joined the PTI after its rise, are regretting their decision. They
are of the view that brave leaders like Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto could
lead the workers while Imran Khan chose to stay back home while his party
workers were being baton-charged on roads,” he said and predicted that these
old PPP guard would soon return to their original party.
Mr Bilawal had started taking on both PML-N and PTI on the demand of the party
workers. “Today he is giving a befitting reply to Nawaz and Imran in the same
fashion thus charging up the party workers which is the need of the hour to
mobilise them ahead of the general election,” he said.
Parliamentary Leader in Punjab Assembly Qazi Ahmad Saeed said Bilawal had
decided to visit Punjab by road. “In the current situation, the PPP has a great
chance to revive itself in Punjab as the PTI is fast losing its popularity. We
had conceded our space to the PTI and now time has come to get it back,” he
general of the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) Taj Hanafi and All
Pakistan Shia Action Committee Chief Allama Mirza Yusuf Husain were detained in
Karachi, officials said Sunday.
to the Rangers, Hanafi was arrested from Karachi's Nagan Chowrangi area on
spokesman also confirmed that Hanafi, who was to contest the Nov 24 NA-298 by-polls,
had been arrested.
Pakistan Shia Action Committee chief Allama Mirza Yusuf Husain was apprehended
from his residence in Karachi by police late Saturday night, a Majlis
Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) spokesperson told Dawn.
residence is attached to Jamia Masjid Noor-i-Iman in Nazimabad where he is a
prayer leader, he said.
leader Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi in a statement, while condemning Husain's detention,
said that “killings of the mourners and detentions of Shia leaders were a
conspiracy to foil Karachi operation.”
spokesperson said that several people were detained during ‘combing and search
operations’ in different parts of the city.
blocked roads in Karachi protesting the alleged insult of religious texts
during a search operation in a mosque in Rizvia Society. The allegations
surfaced after photographs showing the aftermath of the search operation were
shared widely across social media.
Rangers press release, however, denied any such incident took place during a
Pakistan Rangers term photos being shared on social media by miscreants
contrary to the facts," the press release said. "The purpose of such
photos is to hinder the operation."
receiving information about the presence of miscreants, the Rangers paid due
respect to the sanctity of the mosque, imambargah and madressah during their
also registered a case pertaining to possession of illegal arms against ex-PPP
Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, a senior police officer said on Sunday. Abidi was
arrested on Saturday from his residence in Karachi.
Quarters SP Tahir Noorani said Abidi was taken into custody in connection with
the killing of two men who belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat in Patel Para area
of the metropolis a day earlier.
AGENCY - A khasadar was killed and three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were
wounded when unidentified militants attacked Takhta Baig check post in Jamrud
Political Agent (APA) Jamrud Ziaur Rehman Marwat told The Nation on Sunday that
last night unidentified persons equipped with sophisticated weapons attacked
the Takhta Baig check post and opened indiscriminate fire, shooting dead a
Khasadar force personnel and wounded three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers. In
retaliation the militants were forced to escape.
after the incident, reinforcement moved to the checkpoint, cordoned off the
entire area and shifted the injured and body to the nearest health centre.
deceased Khasadar official was identified as Shahid Khan who was laid to rest
on Sunday morning in his ancestral graveyard in Jaba village of Jamrud.
morning security forces agencies imposed curfew and launched a massive search
operation in Ali Masjid, Shagai, Bhagyari, Sur Kamar, Shah Kas, Wazir Dand and
other areas of Jamrud to trace the culprits, APA Marwat maintained.
that two high profile militant commanders were also apprehended and were
shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
quantity of explosives and arms were also recovered during the search operation
and were transported to Fort Slope, Bara for media display, he added.
forces operation, the Pak-Afghan highway was closed for all kind of movement
for more than seven hours that multiplied problems for the locals.
the political administration of the Khyber Agency further enhanced security
measures at the check post and deployed extra Levies and Khasadar personnel to
avoid any untoward incident.
COMMANDER OF 'PEACE BODY' SHOT DEAD IN TANK
Reporter from Tank adds: Unidentified armed persons killed a former commander
of a so called peace body in the Mulazi area of District Tank on Sunday.
- An Anti-terrorism court on Sunday declared Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder,
Altaf Hussain, Pakistan chapter chief Farooq Sattar and eight other party
members ‘proclaimed offenders’ (POs).
in cases related to terrorism declared 11 MQM leaders including founder Altaf
Hussain and convener Sattar ‘proclaimed offenders’ upon failure to appear
court also ordered Farooq Sattar to present before it on Nov 21 at 8:00am.
leader Amir Khan was also declared a proclaimed offenders.
court was hearing the case upon FIR no 117, 116/2016.
court number two also published advertisement in special case no 1497,
the cases was related to the ATC had taken up was related to the August 22
violence in which a provocative speech by MQM founder had led to incitement to
violence of workers.
2,MQM Pakistan leader Abdul Rauf Siddiqui and Pak Sarzameen party leader Anees
Qaimkhani were released on bail after over three months in prison.
Balochistan’s Home department has issued a threat alert stating that a “lady
suicide bomber” has reached Quetta, where she is believed to carry out
reliably been learnt that a lady suicide bomber, age of 17/18 has reached
Quetta for some terrorist activity,” a letter read.
Muslim Brotherhood policy 'undermined by ties with Saudi Arabia'
government has allowed confidence in Britain’s policy towards the Muslim
Brotherhood to be undermined by the impression it is being influenced by the
Islamist group’s enemies in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, MPs have warned.
impartiality towards the group that ruled in Egypt from 2012 to 2013 – but has
been designated as a terrorist organisation by Saudi Arabia and the UAE – is
now in question because of the way it handled an official review of the
organisation, members of the foreign affairs select committee said in a report
published on Monday.
appointment of Sir John Jenkins, who was the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia
until 2015, to lead the review “created the impression that a foreign state,
when it was an interested party, had a private window into the conduct of a UK
government inquiry”, they said.
Blunt MP, chair of the committee, said any repeat of the failings would
undermine Britain’s credibility in engaging with political Islamist groups that
have performed well in elections across the Middle East and north Africa.
also cited concerns that the UK’s image abroad had been damaged by the
government’s failure to mention the violent persecution of the Brotherhood in
the review’s conclusions published last November. David Cameron had said parts
of the group “have an ambiguous relationship with violent extremism”.
last year that in 2012, the UAE threatened to block billion-pound arms deals
with the UK, stop inward investment and cut intelligence cooperation if the
then prime minister did not act against the group. In 2014 it also complained
to the UK government about its apparent indifference to the group’s operations.
committee said it had seen no evidence of undue Saudi influence but Jenkins’s
appointment “undermined confidence in the impartiality of the FCO’s work on
such an important and contentious area”.
also demanded the government explain why it delayed publication of the
completed review by a year and a half, only to release a summary on 17 December
2015, the last day before parliament’s Christmas recess.
secretive review sought to understand the Muslim Brotherhood, but failed to
mention some of the most significant factors influencing the Brotherhood – not
least its removal from power in Egypt in 2013 and the subsequent repression of
its supporters,” it concluded.
opacity of the process, the obvious charge around motivation for the review and
the failure to publish it in full left the review’s main findings wholly open
that the review was led by one of the FCO’s most senior diplomats, these
shortfalls damaged the UK’s reputation for fair dealing more generally. The FCO
should highlight and condemn all human rights abuses, including those against
Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “There are many views on the Muslim
Brotherhood in Britain and around the world, including various voices reflected
in this latest document. But the British government’s position, based on an
18-month detailed review and a decision of the full national security council,
including the current prime minister, remains unchanged.
prime minister [Cameron] stated in December 2015, membership of the Muslim
Brotherhood is a possible indicator of extremism, and our policy will take
account of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ambiguity about violence and contradictions
between Muslim Brotherhood ideology and actions and UK values and interests.”
The German Interior Ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe's
Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa, the
Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.
would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum
policies, the ministry says the European Union should adopt an Australian-style
system under which migrants intercepted at sea are sent for processing at camps
in third countries.
elimination of the prospect of reaching the European coast could convince
migrants to avoid embarking on the life-threatening and costly journey in the
first place," the paper quoted a ministry spokeswoman as saying.
goal must be to remove the basis for people-smuggling organisations and to save
migrants from the life-threatening journey.
ministry's proposal calls for migrants picked up in the Mediterranean - most of
whom set off from conflict-torn Libya - to be sent to Tunisia, Egypt or other
north African states to apply for asylum from there.
asylum applications are accepted, the migrants could then be transported safely
ministry is headed by Thomas de Maiziere, a member of Chancellor Angela
Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats.
has been under fire for her open-door refugee policy, with her party losing
votes to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in recent
ministry said there were no concrete plans or discussions at EU-level about the
proposal, but opposition politicians condemned the plan.
Riexinger, head of the opposition Left party, said it would be "a
humanitarian scandal and a further step toward elimination of the right to
asylum," the paper reported.
asylum applications should be filed in Germany to ensure applicants had access
to legal help and he called Australia's treatment of migrants "absolutely
than 2,200 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean in a single day on
Saturday and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard said.
International Organization for Migration said last week that 159,496 people had
reach Italy by sea this year and 4,220 died trying - a sharp increase from
3,777 in the whole of 2015.
nature of support for the Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) from the Islamic countries
interestingly came in two forms, one as Mujahideen and the second as part of
the UN peacekeeping mission. Pakistan was among the countries that extended
support to the Bosniaks during the war of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
event on Thursday titled “Black beards and blue helmets: Jihad, peace-keeping
and Islamic universalisms in the Bosnia crisis”, the Habib University invited
Darryl Li, an associate professor at the University of Chicago with a doctorate
in anthropology and Middle-Eastern studies, to explore the significance of the
Bosnian conflict in the Muslim world which gave rise to various solidarity
in ethnic conflict, the war came in the aftermath of the Socialist Republic of
Bosnia and Herzegovina declaring independence in February 1992. The republic was
inhabited largely by Bosniak Muslims - 44 percent – Orthodox Serbs – over 30
percent – and Catholic Croats – less than 20 percent.
religious divisions came into play in various conflicts that emerged during the
Cold War era, it was but natural for religious differences of the three
ethnicities to give a devastating impetus to the conflict.
to that, the Bosnian war also came at a time that was pivotal for the UN’s
peacekeeping as well as European integration since it had only been months to
the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
out his paper, Li shared how since Bosniaks were a majority Muslim population
in Europe, helping them in the conflict became equivalent to saving Islam (read
the famed Muhajideen was Abu Zubair, an Arab, who had travelled to Bosnia, in
August 1992, after having fought in the Soviet-Afghan war.
among the few men who had stayed back to defend the Sarajevo airport in October
1992 and had ironically died while fighting with the peacekeeping battalion.
from Abu Zubair a number of other ethnic Muslims also reached Bosnia, majority
of whom settled down with local women and started their own families.
the impact of these marriages, Li shared that Bosnian women were not only used
by the Mujahideen, but the trend later paved way for more serious sexual
exploitation at the hands of rich Gulf leaders.
leaders started contracting marriages with women ravaged by the war, only to be
later divorced by them.
practice of marrying women with the intention of divorce was also sanctified by
the Saudia Arab’s grand Mufti ‘Abd al-Aziz bin Baz’. The edict was,
nevertheless, assailed by other Islamic schools of thought.
sexual exploitation of poor Bosnian women was not only committed by the
Mujahideen. As the conflict extended, soldiers serving on the UN peacekeeping
mission, the UN Protective Force (UNPROFOR) were found to be involved in more
serious sexual crimes.
spoke about a female officer of the UNPROFOR being fired from her post after
she attempted to expose the racket.
to Li, what made the two kinds of exploitation more distinct was the fact that
both the Mujahideen and the soldiers deployed in the peacekeeping mission
belonged to Muslim countries.
— Folks like Jean and Tom Miller, of Norwich, said they didn't know a lot about
Islam before Sunday's special forum about the religion, but attending made them
want to learn more and to look past the stereotypes so often portrayed in mass
should do this every week," Jean Miller said after the 90-minute forum
hosted by Park Congregational Church. "I knew nothing, and absolutely
learned a lot."
weren't alone as more than 50 people asked a panel of three Connecticut Muslims
dozens of questions about the religion - and nothing was off the table for
written questions from the audience in order to spur frank dialogue,
"Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors" delved into dicey topics
such as how Muslims feel about the election, whether they consider Jesus as the
son of God, and the true nature of Sharia, which is often cited by terrorist
groups such as ISIS.
Lejla Duric, a native of Bosnia who teaches eighth- and ninth-grade children at
the Bosnian-American Islamic Cultural Center in Hartford, said the presidential
campaign has prompted the youngsters to question their identity as Muslims in
America. "They are very confused in this period in time," she said.
"They ask, 'Are we going to get deported now, what's going to happen to
us, should I not be supporting my president.' Lots of identity issues among our
youth, that's my concern."
forum was to promote understanding of the Muslim faith through open and
respectful dialogue and questions. It was sponsored by the Connecticut Council for
Interreligious Understanding, the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and the
Hartford Seminary. It was the 18th discussion panel sponsored by the
Reza Mansoor, a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital, dispelled the myth that
Muslims must destroy all non-believers. Mansoor is president of the Islamic
Association of Greater Hartford and an adviser to the Muslim Student
Association, as well as a founder and past president of the Muslim Coalition of
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