The MA history paper asked students to discuss triple talaq and halala as
"social evils in Islam".
Pak Activist Raza Mahmood Khan 'Disappeared' From Lahore
Ministers Demand Reversal of Trump Jerusalem Decision
ISIS Fighters Move to Afghanistan after Facing Defeat in Syria
MA Paper: Discuss Triple Talaq as a Social Evil in Islam
Hacking: Over 300 Activists Protest In Delhi against the Killing of Muslim Labourer
in Pakistan, Hyderabad woman sends SOS
Muslim University observes 'Unity Week'
Funds Halted: China Wants Pakistan Army To Take Over Projects?
blocks 937 web addresses to curb terrorist activities
Rashid joins list of leaders supporting Dr Qadri's demands on Model Town
Ghauri, Shamim Siddiqui quit Altaf-led MQM
ISIL Terrorists Capture Al-Nusra Positions in Idlib for First Time
Wants S. Arabia to Halt Yemen Attacks, Israel Ties before Resuming Relations
Official Accuses S. Arabia of Involvement in US Decision on Jerusalem
Likely to Join Syrian Army
Army Imposes Full Control over Strategic Mountains in Southwestern Damascus
Terrorist Commanders Killed in Southern Syria
Drives Rival Terrorists out of More Positions in Northwestern Syria
Syrian Army Finds More Ammunition, Modern Telecommunication Equipment in ISIL's
Militants Blown Up By Own Explosives in Laghman
deprived of power only because of Haqqani network leader: Hekmatyar
says defence approach not enough for next fighting season
military pound Taliban narcotics labs with M142 artillery system
Pakistan have common enemies: envoy
execute two civilians over unknown charges in Nangarhar
Ghani in Badghis to review security, inaugurate key ring road project
reacts as Afghan forces bust major treatment facility of the group
of Muslim Labourer In Rajasthan Sparks Outrage Among Indian Americans
After Hatching New Plots Against Muslims
Rouhani: Iran Not to Keep Silent on US, Israeli Plots against Al-Quds
Says 'Good Relations' Possible If Saudi Arabia Ends 'Friendship' With Israel
of Islam' to be addressed at Abu Dhabi peace forum
Continue for Forth Day Between Israeli Soldiers, Palestinians in West Bank
to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move
air strikes kill two in Gaza as Trump rage simmers
says demolished tunnel from Gaza into its territory
of Indonesians Rally At US Embassy over Jerusalem
foreign minister Johnson in Iran to push for Briton’s release
intel chief: Islamic radical numbers are growing
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Dua | TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is at the centre of a controversy for questions
in its history and political science examination papers.
MA history paper asked students to discuss triple talaq and halala as
"social evils in Islam". The question read: Discuss about teen talaq
and halala as a social evil in Islam
mein teen Talaq evam Halala ek samajik burai hai.Iski vyakhya kijiye).
is a practice which involves a female divorcee marrying someone else,
consummating the marriage and then getting a divorce in order to remarry her
the political science question paper stated that the recently-implemented goods
and services tax (GST) was part of Kautilya'sArthashastra.
Questions on Triple Talaq, Halala and Alauddin Khilji asked in BHU's History
paper for MA, students allege University administration is trying to impose
ideology on students in the pretext of such questions, says such things must
first be taught.
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history question paper also sought views on Rani Padmavati - the character is
in the midst of a controversy for the last few weeks over stopping the release
of the film by director Sanjay LeelaBhansali.
question read: What do you mean by johar tradition? Describe Rani
Padmavati'sjohar in the period of AllauddinKhalji. The alternate choice was:
Describe the position of Muslim women in the Sultanage age.
paper also had a question asking students to "examine the role by saints
for the unity of Hindus and Muslims in medieval India".
a section of history students protested, saying the questions were a veiled
attempt to polarise the students, the university found nothing wrong. "I
felt that the question was offensive," said a student, who did not wish to
am a PhD from Cambridge. I don't think I need to explain the quality of
questions we have set," Head of BHU's history department, Dr Ajay Pratap
Questions on Triple Talaq, Halala and AlauddinKhilji asked in BHU's History
paper for MA, students allege University administration is trying to impose
ideology on students in the pretext of such questions, says such things must
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students aren't taught & asked such things how will they know about it?
When they're taught medieval history these things automatically become a part
of it. History has been distorted, we need to teach things to them to know real
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Srivastava, a professor in the history department, said, "The medieval
India period is a long one and if Padmavati or triple talaq were issues then,
there should not be a problem in asking those questions." said
Srivastava.He also said that he personally disagreed with Bhansali'spotrayal of
Padmavati. "What he wants to show is clear attempt to malign both
Padmavati as well Khilji," he said.
Pak activist Raza Mahmood Khan 'disappeared' from Lahore
Farooq Khan | TNN | Updated: Dec 9, 2017
A week after rights activist Raza Mahmood Khan, a vocal supporter of India-Pak
friendship, went missing, voices from several quarters called his
"enforced disappearance" an attempt to silence and harass those
working for peace and human rights on Saturday.
went missing on December 2 from Lahore. He was last seen leaving his office
to a report in Dawn, Khan's friends called him the next day but his phone was
switched off. "Panicked, when they visited his single-room apartment, they
found it locked from outside, but the lights inside were switched on,"
Dawn reported on Saturday.
Raza's friend and fellow activist, said that they approached the police then.
"When we entered his apartment, we found all of Raza's belongings
scattered on the floor. The police pointed out that his computer's CPU was
missing," Raheem told media.
day earlier, his friends and activists had announced at a press conference in
Lahore that they would file a habeas corpus petition for his recovery in the
Lahore High Court on Monday and also approach the Commission of Inquiry on
also announced to hold nationwide protests and separate agitations in front of
the Pakistani embassies in Washington DC and London.
was a convener of Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an initiative aimed at promoting friendly
relations between the people of India and Pakistan and help students from both
countries send each other messages and paintings depicting peace. "The
initiative - which did not receive any NGO funding - would publish calendars
carrying paintings of students from India and Pakistan," activist Saeeda
Diep said, adding that Raza had been a staunch advocate of peace in the region.
ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision
| Dec 10, 2017
Arab foreign ministers on Sunday demanded that the United States rescind
President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital,
calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same
side as "occupation" and the violation of international law.
a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, the ministers also
called for the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump's
decision, but acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it.
the US vetoes the resolution, the Arabs would seek a similar resolution in the UN
General Assembly, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told a pre-dawn
news conference in Cairo.
two-page resolution adopted by the emergency meeting, which began last night,
did not include any punitive actions against the United States, like a call for
a boycott of American products or suspending or downgrading ties with
also appeared to fall short of matching the anger felt by Palestinians in the
Gaza Strip and West Bank, which have seen three days of violent protests
against Trump's decision.
have taken a political decision not meant to reflect (what is going on in) the
streets. Political work is responsible work," said Arab League chief Ahmed
has been occupied for 50 years. This is an extended battle, a battle that will
be escalated," he told the news conference.
resolution said the ministers would meet again within a month and held out the
possibility that an emergency Arab summit would be held in Jordan to discuss
December 6 announcement on Jerusalem, and his intention to move the US Embassy
there, triggered denunciations from around the world, with even close allies
suggesting he had needlessly stirred more conflict in an already volatile
status lies at the core of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, and Trump's move
was widely perceived as siding with Israel.
small crises over Jerusalem's status and that of the holy sites in its ancient
Old City have sparked deadly bloodshed in the past.
diplomats said some Arab League members had wanted a more hard-line resolution,
including punitive measures against countries that follow the U.S. example and
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
was considered too radical by moderate Arab nations and eventually dropped,
according to the diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity because they
were not authorized to brief the media.
Al-Maliki, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, sought to play down differences,
saying the meeting produced "complete" unity among Arab nations.
were differences in assessment when we moved to specifying measures," he
said. "But in the end we agreed on gradually escalating measures."
Aboul-Gheit and Al-Maliki said Arab nations remained committed to a 2002 Arab
peace plan that provides for recognition of Israel in exchange for lands
occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
plan is a key reference in the Middle East peace process," Al-Maliki told
the news conference.
decision, according to the Arab resolution, was "illegal" and a
"dangerous violation" of international law.
a dangerous development that places the United States at a position of bias in
favor of the occupation and the violation of international law and
occupied and later annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle
East war, declaring the holy city its eternal capital. Palestinians want that
part to be the capital of their future state.
decision, said the resolution, also stripped the US of its role as a
"sponsor and broker" in the Mideast peace process, and
"undermines efforts to bring about peace, deepens tension and will spark
anger that will threaten to push the region to the edge of the abyss of
violence, chaos and bloodshed."
resolution adopted by the ministers reiterated that only the creation of an
independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital would end the
Arab-Israeli conflict. It also mandated the Arab League to launch an
"international media campaign" explaining the "gravity" of
the American decision.
ISIS fighters move to Afghanistan after facing defeat in Syria
KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Dec 10 2017
foreign militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group including
French and Algerian nationals have moved to Afghanistan after they were
suppress during the operations in Syria and Iraq, it has been reported.
privy of the development have told AFP that several French and Algerian IS
fighters were seen in nothernJawzjan province of Afghanistan.
district administrative chief Mohammad Dawar has told the paper that “A number”
of Algerian and French nationals entered the largely IS-controlled district of
Darzab in northern Jowzjan province in November.
said at least two women were among the arrivals, who were travelling with a
translator from Tajikistan as well as Chechens and Uzbeks, Dawar added.
and Afghan security sources in Kabul confirmed Dawar’s claim that French
citizens were among the fighters — though, one cautioned, “we do not know how
many there are”, according to AFP.
the meantime, the provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Reza Ghafoori has
said the terror group has so far recruited around 50 children in their ranks in
this province, including some children who are as young as 10-year-old.
comes as earlier reports emerged from Jawzjan province suggesting that the
terror group is training almost 300 children to be recruited in their ranks in
hacking: Over 300 activists protest in Delhi against the killing of Muslim
Delhi: Academics and social activists formed a silent human chain on Saturday
protesting the brutal murder of Muslim labourer Mohammed Afrazul, who was
brutally murdered and burned by accused ShambhulalRaigar in Rajsamand in
Rajasthan earlier in the week.
stood holding hands outside the Central Park in Connaught Place during their
demonstration, which was attended by politicians, academics, social activists
and students. Although peaceful throughout, the demonstration was faced with a
considerable deployment of police forces at the site.
protest was against the brutal killing of Afrazul, which was captured on the
video, in which we got to see the height of dehumanisation. That, and also
number of previous such murders which give the feeling that Muslims are second
or third rate citizens. No one is daring to do anything against it,"
Sultan, one of the organisers of the protest and a member of Anhad, a
"socio-cultural" organisation, told IANS over phone.
300 people took part in the demonstration, he said, and was attended by, among
many others, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leaders Mohammed Salim and
HannanMollah, women rights activist KamlaBhasin, and academic and social
activist Zoya Hasan.
a terrifying video which appeared on social media on 7 December, Afrazul,
hailing from Malda district of West Bengal, was shown being hacked to death and
then set ablaze by one ShambunathRaigar.
accused who termed the cold-blooded murder an act of revenge against "Love
Jihad" has since been arrested by Rajasthan Police.
RAO | TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2017
City woman Mohammedi Begum's woes are far from over. Her Pakistani husband,
Mohammad Younis, is not only making her life miserable in Lahore, but also
refusing to allow her to return home.
the intervention of Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Pakistan
authorities had granted visa to the 45-year-old woman to travel to India. The
Indian government had also provided her a fresh Indian passport.
visa was issued on November 9 and lapses on December 16. With just seven days
for the visa to expire, Mohammedi Begum's parents are worried. "Her
husband is torturing her and is refusing to send her back to India. She is
being subjected to insults," her mother Hajra Begum said in a Youtube
message to Sushma Swaraj.
Begum had married Mohammad Younis in 1996. The family was given to understand
that he was from Oman. The nikah (marriage) was performed over the phone and
Mohammedi Begum travelled to Oman. Later, Younis disclosed to her that he was
from Pakistan and shifted her to his home country.
Begum, who has five children with Younis, went public with her woes posting a
YouTube video about harassment by her husband. MBT leader Amjedullah Khan wrote
to Sushma Swaraj about her problem earlier this year. In response, the external
affairs minister took up her case.
as Mohammedi Begum's family was relieved that she would finally be returning to
India, her husband Younis had reportedly told her she would not be allowed to
travel to India. "He is physically and mentally torturing my
daughter," Hajra Begum said urging Sushma Swaraj to help her daughter by
providing an air ticket and ensure that she boarded a flight to India without
hassles. The parents have urged the minister to see that her daughter reaches
Muslim university observes 'Unity Week' / Graphics
News Agency) - The Aligarh Muslim University organized a function on Unity
week. The function was organized in the prestigious common room of Sir Syed
Hall South in which a number of Shia - Sunni Students participated.
of Sunni theology, Dr. Mufti Zahid Ali Khan and Dr. Raza Abbas of Shia theology
delivered speeches on the topic of Birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad and
Shia - Sunni Unity by highlighting the various key points of unity under the
importance of unity week and it's ethics. The function was presided by Maulana
Zahid Hussain; Imam Juma of University Jama Masjid. The function was started
with beautiful Qur'an recitation by Student Gani.
Zahid Ali Khan ,who is acting reader in the Deptt. of Sunni theology
said," Ruhullah Khomeini's concept of unity under the theme of Prophet
birth anniversary week is very influential worldwide, I am repeating his goal
in his own words, world peace is such that all countries are under the
political influence of the superpowers; they observe a control everywhere and
have schemes for defeating every group. The most important of it is sowing
discord among brothers.
should be awake, Muslims should be alert that if a dispute takes place among
Sunni and Shi'ite brothers, it is harmful to all of us, it is harmful to all
Muslims. Those who want to sow discord are neither Sunni nor Shi'ite, they are
agents of the superpowers and work for them.
Dr. Raza Abbas highlighted the motive of unity under the umbrella of
Prophethood and various other points, he pointed that ,"Unity among
different sects of Islam is possible and need of hour but in the same time we
have to join against takfiri extremist ideologies and various groups which are
working against the true spirit of Islam and tried to create discord among the
function was anchored by Mr. MehboobHallauri, Naat and was presented by Yawar
Abbas (Phd scholar), Raunaq Abbas (MSc student).
residents thanked the hostel provost Dr.Badrudujja Khan for making the function
funds halted: China wants Pakistan army to take over projects?
| Updated: Dec 9, 2017
corruption, China has temporarily halted funds to Pakistan for completion of
three projects under CPEC
wants greater involvement of the Pakistani Army in the CPEC projects, a
think-tank report claims
involvement of the Pakistani Army would also mitigate some of China's security
concerns, the report said
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DELHI: Beijing's "new guidelines" overseeing the release of funds to
Pakistan as part of its ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may
stipulate greater involvement of the Pakistan army in the multi-billion dollar
project, a report by global think-tank European Foundation for South Asian
Studies (EFSAS) suggests.
funding of three major road projects in Pakistan was expected to be finalised
during the Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting held on November 20, but Islamabad
was informed that the existing procedure for release of funds had been
abolished and "new guidelines" would be issued from Beijing under
which new modus operandi for release of the funds would be described.
the Chinese government had cited rampant graft+ as the reason behind halting
funds to the three road projects, the EFSAS report argues that Beijing is
"keen to give the Pakistani Army the lead role" in CPEC projects as
it sees the armed forces as "the epicentre of power in Pakistan",
whose involvement would guarantee the success of the flagship venture.
bolstering China's intent for a greater role for Pakistani military is the
volatility of the country's civilian government, which witnessed the dismissal
of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on graft charges in recent months. But
corruption is not the Chinese government's only concern.
also: China invites more countries to take part in CPEC projects
corruption been the reason behind the Chinese step (to block funds), it would,
or perhaps should, have happened in July, when in the context of the Panama
Papers, the former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his relatives were
charged with financial irregularities and corruption, which prompted the
Pakistani Supreme Court to declare Nawaz Sharif 'unfit' for political office,
resulting in his dismissal from the Office of the Prime Minister of the
country," the report postulated.
EFSAS analysis puts forth that Beijing has been alarmed by the opposition of
Pakistani legislators, who have questioned the benefits of several projects
under CPEC. Evidently, this has resulted in setbacks and delays which has not
made Chinese investors happy.
Chinese are not used to such harsh disagreements which evidently would have
made people in Beijing nervous over the future of its vital projects. Pakistan
is a political volatile country where power is unevenly divided between the Government
and the Military and a closer involvement of the Military on political issues
would have desirable impacts for China...," the report said.
involvement of the Pakistani Army would also mitigate some of China's security
concerns, given that the nearly $50-billion flagship project passes through the
region of Gilgit Baltistan, which links China's restive Xinjiang region with
Pakistan's insurgency-torn Balochistan province, where in October, a Chinese
workers' shelter at the Pakistani port of Gwadar was attacked.
on one hand, the decision to halt funding may seem like a punitive measure by
China to reassert control over the situation. At the same time, its favourable
view of Pakistani military could play a significant role in deciding who will take
ownership of the CPEC projects and by extension, the security situation - the
civilian government or the army.
current deferral to release funds is temporary and China's way of conveying a
diplomatic, yet strong, message to the Pakistanis; 'We will pay, but only on
our terms'," the EFSAS report concludes.
| Dec 9, 2017
Pakistan has blocked 937 web addresses and 10 websites run by banned
organisations as part of measures to prevent the use of internet and social
media for terrorist activities.
ministry of information technology took action under the National Action Plan
(NAP) adopted in early 2015 to eliminate militancy from the country after the
2014 Peshawar school attack in which nearly 150 people, mostly school children,
newspaper reported that it carried out research across the country in the month
of April 2017 which revealed that 41 of Pakistan's 64 banned outfits were
present on Facebook in the form of hundreds of pages, groups and individual
network, both interconnected and public, is a mix of Sunni and Shia sectarian
or terror outfits, global terror organisations operating in Pakistan, and
separatists in Balochistan and Sindh.
there appears to have been very little overall progress in the NAP in the last
three months, as figures of the implementation report released in September are
only slightly different than the latest report, the paper said.
interior ministry's report showed that apart from blocking of Uniform Resource
Identifiers (URLs), the government registered 1,351 cases, arrested 2,525
people and sealed 70 shops in an effort to counter hate speech and extremist
government also blocked a total of 98.3 million SIMs to curb use of mobile
phones in militant activities. It also introduced biometric verification system
to issue SIMS cards.
dismantled communication networks of terrorists.
curb the misuse of loudspeakers by clerics, the government registered 17,616
cases, arrested 18,308 suspects and seized 7,942 pieces of equipment.
League chief Sheikh Rashid on Sunday joined a growing list of political leaders
who are backing Pakistan AwamiTehreek (PAT) chief Dr TahirulQadri's demands
following the release of Justice BaqarNajafi report on the Model Town incident.
TahirulQadri has finally won a war against oppression and brutality. But it is
only half a victory," Sheikh Rashid said after meeting Dr Qadri in Lahore.
predicted that the PML-N government would fall before March 30 and the politics
of the Sharif family would come to an end.
the Model Town incident, all parties minus Nawaz Sharif are united," he
said while answering a question on whether an alliance was on the cards,
clarifying that this was different from an electoral or political alliance.
Qadri repeated his demand for the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and formation of a Panama-like joint
investigation team (JIT) over the Model Town incident.
PAT not presenting evidence and witnesses, Justice BaqarNajafi held Shahbaz
Sharif and Rana Sanaullah responsible for the Model Town tragedy," Dr
Qadri said while speaking to the media, claiming that the Sharif brothers
planned the attack together.
demanded Rana Sanaullah, Shahbaz Sharif and the bureaucrats and officer involved
in the incident resign and a Panama-like JIT be formed where PAT can present
its witnesses and evidence.
leader warned that if they did not resign, it was the right of the party to
kick them out of power democratically and peacefully.
headquarters have been buzzing with political activity with the PPP Co-Chairman
Asif Ali Zardari being the first high profile leader to visit Dr Qadri to
extend support in the party's struggle for justice for the victims of Model
Saturday, Pak Sarzameen Party Chairman Mustufa Kamal and a Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf delegation comprising Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen
visited Dr Qadri, lending their support.
Minister ShahidKhaqanAbbasi, however, dismissed the ongoing activities at the
Model Town residence of PAT chief, saying on Saturday “When you add zero to
zero, you get zero as the answer.”
federal ministers and members of the London faction of the MuttahidaQaumi
Movement (MQM), Babar Ghauri and Shamim Siddiqui, announced on Sunday their
resignation from the Altaf Hussain-led party.
while speaking to DawnNews, confirmed that he was resigning from the MQM-L for
personal reasons. He explained that he was not doing so as part of any deal or
under any duress, adding that he had decided not to join any other political
party, and would stay away from politics for the time being.
said that the mohajir community is facing difficult times and would need to
unite face the challenges.
Siddiqui said his resignation came as a result of disagreements over the MQM-L
policy following an incendiary speech by Altaf Hussain on August 22, 2016
MQM founder has been in trouble since his diatribe against the armed forces in
last year, after which his party members distanced themselves from him and
gathered under the leadership of Farooq Sattar to form a separate faction, the
has already been deserted by Nadeem Nusrat, WasayJalil, Inbisat Malik and
workers and supporters of MQM-L were baton-charged and arrested on Saturday
when they attempted to pay respects at Yadgar-i-Shuhada — a monument built in
memory of MQM activists killed over the years.
coordination committee of the party criticised the police action and deplored
that the government, army, Rangers and police allowed “religious extremists to
hold Islamabad hostage, but they were stopping us from even offering Fateha at
the graves of our martyrs”.
the US vetoes the resolution, the Arabs would seek a similar resolution in the
UN General Assembly, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told a
pre-dawn news conference in Cairo.
December 6 announcement on Jerusalem, and his intention to move the US Embassy
there, triggered denunciations from around the world, with even close allies suggesting
he had needlessly stirred more conflict in an already volatile region.
decision, said the resolution, also stripped the US of its role as a
"sponsor and broker" in the Mideast peace process, and
"undermines efforts to bring about peace, deepens tension and will spark anger
that will threaten to push the region to the edge of the abyss of violence,
chaos and bloodshed."
(FNA)- The ISIL terrorists prevailed over the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham
Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Southern Idlib for the first time and
captured a village near the border with Hama.
websites reported on Sunday that the ISIL stormed the positions of their
Al-Nusra rivals in Northeastern Hama and later managed to drive them out of the
village of Bashkoun in Southern Idlib.
ISIL has pushed the Al-Nusra back from tens of towns and villages in
pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Friday
that the intensified infighting taking place along the Idlib-Hama provinces
racked up a whopping 440 dead terrorists in the last 60 days.
SOHR said that heavy infighting among terrorist groups began in October, when
the ISIL launched an attack against the Al-Nusra Front in Northeastern Hama.
a result of the ISIL offensive, the terrorist group entered the Idlib province
and captured several towns in the province in Northwestern Syria, it added.
(FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would resume ties with
Saudi Arabia only after the Arab country halts military strikes against Yemen
and cut off relations and obedience to Israel.
don’t have any problem with the country that is our neighbor and unfortunately
speaks a lot and speaks irrationally. Saudi Arabia, as our neighbor, should
stop bombing Yemen from tomorrow, stop bowing to Israel, stand straight and
rely on its nation," President Rouhani said in Tehran on Sunday,
addressing the parliament after submitting the new year budget bill.
we want two types of cuts from Saudi Arabia; cut of ties with the Zionists and
cut of bombings against Yemen and then we won't have any problem with Saudi
Arabia and can have good ties but they should be the starter," he added.
Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive
president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so
far killed at least 15,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the
impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly
campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and
blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
cholera outbreak in Yemen which began in April, has also claimed over 2,200
lives and has infected over 900,000 people, as the nation has been suffering
from what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as the “largest
epidemic in the world” amid a non-stop bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia.
Also Riyadh's deadly campaign prevented the patients from traveling abroad for
treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
to reports, the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which is the subject of a Saudi
Arabian war and total embargo, is the largest recorded in modern history.
the United Nations has described the current level of hunger in Yemen as
“unprecedented,” emphasizing that 17 million people are now food insecure in
added that 6.8 million, meaning almost one in four people, do not have enough
food and rely entirely on external assistance.
recent survey showed that almost one third of families have gaps in their
diets, and hardly ever consume foods like pulses, vegetables, fruit, dairy
products or meat.
than 3 million pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 need support to
prevent or cure malnutrition.
(FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee said documents
show Saudi Arabia's partnership in the US decision to recognize Jerusalem
al-Quds as Israel's capital.
Saudis have played a highly serious role in Trump's move as revealed by
documents and the Iranian nation and Muslims will soon become aware of this
unprecedented betrayal of Saudi Arabia," Rezayee said in an interview with
the state TV on Saturday night.
are in hold of abundant documents and intelligence showing that Saudi Arabia
enjoys highly close ties with the US and the Zionists. For instance, Trump's
son-in-law has several times been to Saudi Arabia in the past few months and
held private talks with the Saudi officials," he added.
foresaw deteriorated conditions and a stronger uprising in the West Bank along
with some strong moves in the other parts of the world too against the
Americans and Israelis unless Trump will backtrack from his position to soothe
remarks came after IRGC Top Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said
the United States' recent decision to recognize al-Quds as Israel's capital
will fail to materialize its planned objectives, promising that the city would
become the graveyard of the Zionists.
main goal of the Untied States and the Zionist regime is destruction of the
Al-Aqsa Mosque, but God willing, Quds will be the place where the Zionist
regime will be buried," General Jafari said at a meeting with the IRGC
General Staff personnel here in Tehran on Saturday.
further warned that the Muslim world is needed to take rapid action against
"this devilish plot" as it could be late tomorrow, but meantime
stressed that Washington and Tel Aviv "have embarked on historic
decision of the Untied States is a prelude to the full denial of a Palestinian
state and Palestinians' right to live in their own country," the General
said, and added, "To achieve this goal they have even ignored and
humiliated their own ex-friends in the Fatah Movement."
IRGC commander further blamed Riyadh for its complicity in the US-Israeli move
against the Palestinians. "We have been informed that this decision has
been the product of behind-the-stage consultations, agreements and coordination
with certain Arab states, specially Saudi Arabia, and they had been informed of
the move since several months earlier."
also pointed out that the verbal opposition shown by Riyadh is only meant to
lead the antagonistic efforts against the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's
capital in order to contain opposition to words and avoid action.
have struck an agreement with Israel and the US in a bid to block any practical
move to protect Quds and exclude the Palestinian issue from the domain of the
Muslim world's interests and sensitivities."
yet, reminded the failure of the US and Saudi schemes in Kurdistan, Lebanon and
Yemen, and said, "Frequent failures in the region have disturbed the
enemies' calculation and decision-making systems; under such circumstances, the
best thing the Muslim world can do is to make the best and prompt use of these
US president last Wednesday defied global warnings, and said Washington
formally recognizes Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, and will
begin the process of moving its embassy to the occupied city, breaking with
decades of American policy despite widespread international opposition.
anticipation of Trump's move, 151 members of the UN General Assembly voted last
week to adopt a rare resolution that denounced Israel as the “occupying power”
of Jerusalem al-Quds, a city that is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews
city has seen heightened tensions since 2015, when the Israeli military
introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa
Mosque — Islam’s third holiest site.
300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli soldiers ever
lays claim to the entirety of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital while
Palestinians want its Eastern part as the capital of a future state for
leaders have warned that the potential relocation would fuel strong reaction in
the region and deliver a death blow to any prospect of resolving the
move which overturns decades of US foreign policy has triggered a fresh wave of
unrest in the Middle East.
(FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are mulling to join the Syrian Army
troops after Russia declared support for the SDF and the US refused to continue
providing arms supplies to the Kurds in Syria, an Arab media outlet reported on
Arabic-language al-Hadath news quoted well-informed sources as saying that
secret talks are underway between the Syrian Army and the SDF over the SDF's
merger into the state army.
further said that both sides are studying the terms and conditions of such a
meger, adding that affiliation of the SDF to the Syrian army seems very likely
SDF decided to join the Syrian army after a halt in arms supplies by the US
forces and the possibility of Turkish Army's imminent operation against the SDF
in Northern Syria.
websites confirmed on Saturday that senior Commander of the Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF) Yaser al-Dahla and his fighters surrendered to the Syrian Army
troops in the Eastern province of DeirEzzur.
websites reported that Commander of the SDF-affiliated TajamoShebab
al-BakaraYaser al-Dahladefected the SDF in DeirEzzur, adding that al-Dahla and
all of his fighters handed over their weapons to the army men in the village of
TayebehShamiyeh in Eastern DeirEzzur and surrendered.
websites also reported on Saturday that Abu al-Majd al-Rafi'ei, one of the
senior field commanders of the SDF, along with his fighters surrendered to the
Syrian Army troops in Western DeirEzzur.
websites said that Abu al-Majd al-Rafi'ei and his forces laid down arms and
turned in to the army men in the Western countryside of DeirEzzur.
websites added that al-Rafi'ei was previously one of the field commanders of
the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Northern Syria.
the FSA a year ago and joined the SDF, the websites added.
Army Advances against Terrorists at Hama-Idlib Border
(FNA)- The Syrian Army troops are marching on the positions of the Al-Nusra
Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Northeastern
Hama and have managed to seize control over several regions at border with
army soldiers, backed up by the country's Air Force and artillery fire, stormed
the strongholds of the Al-Nusra in Northeastern Hama, and captured the small
town of Baleel and Baleel hill in al-Zaqbah region.
army men continued their advances and took control over the village of Um
Khazim and Um Khazim hill in SoutheasternIdlib at border with Hama.
army aircraft, meantime, pounded terrorists' movements and gathering centers in
the towns and villages of al-Rahjan, Um Mayal and al-Shakousiyeh in
Northeastern Hama, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.
(FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued the offensive on Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir
al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) positions in Southwestern
Damascus and managed to seize control over Bardaya Chain of Mountains, military
sources confirmed on Sunday.
sources said that the army men engaged in tough battle against the Al-Nusra and
captured the Southern hills in Bardaya region, imposing full control over the
key Bardaya Chain of Mountains in Southwestern Damascus.
sources went on to say that the army has also seized military control over
Hineh plains, al-Mughur al-Mir region and the small town of al-Mughur al-Mir
following its advances in Bardaya region.
army has cut off the entire supply lines of the Al-Nusra from Bardaya region to
Beit Jinn Farm.
the meantime, the army's missile units deployed in the village of al-Maqrouseh
launched a heavy shelling on the only supply line of the terrorists Southwest
of the town of al-Mughur al-Mir parallel to al-A'awaj River.
Syrian Army troops on Saturday stormed again the strongholds of the Al-Nusra
Front in Western Ghouta, targeting Tal (hill) al-Maqtoul near the Golan
army men attacked the Northern part of Tal al-Maqtoul near the town of
al-Mughur al-Mir, where they reportedly broke-through the Al-Nusra's first line
despite some reports on capturing the hilltop, the Syrian Army still does not
have control over Tal Maqtoul, as clashes are still raging at this important
site located near the occupied Golan Heights.
(FNA)- A commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was killed in a roadside bomb
explosion, dissident-affiliated news websites reported, adding that the body of
a commander of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation
Board) was also found in NortheasternDara'a.
websites reported that Monir Hassan al-Musalmani nom de guerre Abu Namer, a
commander of Al-Nusra, was found dead between the small town of al-Maliheh
al-Qarbi and Rakham in NortheasternDara'a.
websites further said that Badi'a Ahmad Awaz al-Hariri, a field commander of
the FSA, was killed in a land min blast as he was moving on the road connecting
the small towns of Basr al-Harir and Maliheh al-Atach to each other in
militant accompanying al-Hariri was also injured in the blast.
websites affiliated to the dissidents reported in mid-October that FarouqQazal,
the commander of Brigade 15 of Special Forces affiliated to Ferqat al-Qadesiyeh
of the FSA, was killed when a bomb detonated in Dara'a al-Balad region in
Dara'a city, adding that another militant was also wounded.
to the websites, Qazal was defusing a bomb which was planted in front of the
house of one of Ahrar al-Sham commanders named Abu Jamal Abu Nabovat when it
based on reports, infighting between the ISIL and FSA militants in Western
Dara'a killed 10 ISIL militants, including two of its commanders namely Abu
Mohammad Abedin and Abdollah al-Safouri.
(FNA)- The ISIL terrorists stormed the positions of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir
al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) and captured more positions in
Northeastern Hama, militant-affiliated websites reported on Sunday.
websites reported that the ISIL pushed Al-Nusra back from the villages of Abu
Helal, al-Khalediyeh, HawasysAbinHadid, Hawasys Ibn Um Jaran and al-Hawasys
citadel in Northeastern Hama.
the meantime, Abu al-Leith al-San'ani, one of the field commanders of Al-Nusra
was killed in clashes with ISIL in Northeastern Hama.
(FNA)- The Syrian Army troops have found a large volume of advanced arms,
ammunition and telecommunication equipment in the regions that were previously
under ISIL's control in SoutheasternDeirEzzur, field sources reported on
sources said that the army's engineering units discovered a large volume of
weapons, munitions, bombs, landmines and advanced telecommunication equipment
and radars as well as bomb-laden or armored vehicles while combing regions
between the towns of al-Mayadeen and Albu Kamal in the mop-up operation in
sources further added that the army men found a large number of bomb-laden
boxes and toys in ISIL's hideouts in the region.
sources conformed on Friday that the army men, operating from South of the town
of al-Mayadeen towards the town of Albu Kamal and from North of Albu Kamal
towards al-Mayadeen, managed to join the town flanks and captured the entire
villages and towns on the Western bank of the Euphrates River that were
previously under ISIL's control, the sources said, adding that with the recent
advances the army soldiers managed to lay siege on ISIL trapped in a large
desert region as large as 7,000 sq/km.
sources further said that the army is now in control of the entire regions on
the Southern bank of the Euphrates River from Eastern Raqqa to DeirEzzur city
and Albu Kamal.
militants blown up by own explosives in Laghman
least two Taliban insurgents were killed while planting Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs) in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.
to the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army in the East, the incident took
place on Friday in the vicinity of Alingar district.
officials further added that the militants were busy planting IEDs when the
incident took place, leaving two militants dead.
Silab Corps officials are saying that no one else was killed or wounded in the
incident apart from the two insurgents.
anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report
anti-government armed militant groups frequently use explosives materials for
the roadside bombings and car bombings to target the government staff and
in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted besides such
bombings incur casualties to the security personnel and in some cases the
Taliban militants themselves are killed or wounded.
least two Taliban insurgents were killed while planting an Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) on a roadside in northeasternKapisa province.
incident took place nearly three months ago in the vicinity of Tagab district
as the militants were planting IEDs on a roadside.
leader of Hezb-e-IslamiGulbuddin has said the Zadran tribe has been deprived of
power only because the leader of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network hails
from the same tribe.
during a gathering in southeasternKhost province among his supporters,
Hekmatyar said the people of Zadran tribe are paying the ultimate price because
the leader of Haqqani network JalaluddinHaqqani has fought against the US
he harshly criticized the monopolist approach by certain individuals and
circles, saying different islands of power exist across the country which must
be eliminated immediately.
to Hekmatyar, the only legitimate way to reach to power is through elections as
he called on other political parties to ascertain their role in the governance
the meantime, Hekmatyar said he is doubtful regarding the willingness of the
other political parties to participate in the elections, claiming that they
fear from process.
went on to claim that certain circles are attempting to prevent the elections
but did not elaborate further in this regard.
leader of Hezb-e-Islami also demanded no further changes should into the
electoral bodies and the government must ensure a fair and transparent
comes as controversies still surround the main electoral bodies after the
removal of the head of the elections commission of Afghanistan last month.
is expecting to hold the parliamentary elections in 2018 while the presidential
elections are scheduled to be held in 2019.
says defense approach not enough for next fighting season
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has instructed the security forces to change their
approach from defensive to offensive in a bid to create a momentum in defeating
the terror groups and pave the way for the implementation of the development
during a gathering for the inauguration of the Qaisar-Laman ring road in
Badghis province, President Ghani said the instructions to the security
institutions are clear, a defense approach would not enough.
said the upcoming year should be turned into a year of development, apparently
gesturing towards the offensive approach needed against the militants to
suppress their insurgency and increase development efforts.
regards to the importance of Qaisar-Laman ring road, President Ghani said
connecting Afghanistan to the economic hubs would not be possible without the
ring roads, insisting that economy plays a key role for the unity of the
Ghani further added that Badghis plays a key role as the Silk Route passes
through province and the construction of railway network has also been
considered for Badghis apart from the construction of the ring road.
contract for the Phases 1 and 2 of Qaisar-Laman ring road project was approved
during a meeting of the national procurement commission chaired by President
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani nearly three months ago.
project is considered as a vital mean for paving the way for regional
connectivity with the Asian Development Bank funding the construction of the
road which will be implemented by the ministry of public works of Afghanistan.
Indian firm has been appointed as the subcontractor for the Phase-I while a
Chinese firm will perform the work for the Phase-II of the project.
project is estimated to be completed over a period of two and half years.
US military in Afghanistan has released fresh videos which purportedly shows
the deadly strikes on Taliban narcotics labs in southern Helmand province of
Afghanistan using the M142 artillery system.
M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) conducts a strike on a
Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province on December 8, 2017,”
the US Force in Afghanistan said.
to a statement by USFOR-a “The artillery strike, part of an ongoing campaign by
the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States
Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), resulted in the destruction of nearly $1 million
in direct Taliban revenues.”
US military says HIMARS is yet another U.S. capability being utilized to apply
pressure on the Taliban, cutting off their economic lifelines and degrading
their ability to continue operations.
US military had earlier said “Carrier-based U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets
conduct a strike on multiple Taliban narcotics production facilities in Helmand
province on December 7, 2017, as part of an ongoing campaign by the Afghan
National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States
Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) to cut off the Taliban’s economic lifelines and
degrade their ability to continue operations.”
comes as the commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US
forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said last month that the attacks on
Taliban financial engine will continue as heavy losses have been inflicted on
the group and its associated in recent raids.
“In just over three days’ worth of operations,
the Afghan 215th Corps, their special forces commandos, their air force, in
close cooperation with U.S. forces, removed between $7 million and $10 million
of revenue from the Taliban’s pocketbook,” Gen. Nicholson said.
also added “And the overall cost to the drug trafficking organizations
approached $48 million. So these strikes were just the first step in attacking
the Taliban’s financial engine, and they will continue.”
Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omer Zakhilwal has said he foresees better
days for Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and that the current misgivings and
grievances are short-lived and will soon end.
to newsmen after visiting the Taxila Museum, the Afghan diplomat said that ups
and downs in relations did not reflect wishes of the people of the two
countries, adding that ties were sure to improve in the coming days.
was of the view that Pakistan and Afghanistan were facing the same challenges
and enemies and both were victims of terrorism and they needed to work together
for peace in the region.
said things were moving in the right direction on the diplomatic front, adding
that he was hopeful of better relations between the two countries in the coming
said that people-to-people contacts and relations between the two nations could
not be destroyed by anybody and stressed that tribal, linguistic, religious and
historic relations would re-emerge and create a strong bond.
was of the view that better relations were crucial for both countries and
students studying on Pakistani scholarships would serve as agents of change.
Taliban insurgents have executed two civilians over unknown charges in eastern
Nangarharprovice of Afghanistan, the local officials said Sunday.
incident took place late on Saturday night in the vicinity of Shirzad district
provincial government media office in a statement confirmed the incident and
said the two civilians were martyred by the Taliban insurgents.
statement further added that the deceased individuals had no links with the
Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far and it is
yet not clear on what charges the two civilians have been killed.
has witnessed relative calmness since the Taliban group regime was toppled down
but certain districts of the province have started to witness growing
insurgency activities during the recent years.
the Taliban insurgents and militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror
group are attempting to expand their foothold in this province although
operations are underway to suppress their activities.
cases of ordinary civilians by the militants have not been rare as such
incidents are often reported from the restive parts of the country with the
militants mainly accusing the victims of working or supporting the government
and security institutions.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived to northwesternBadghis province in an unannounced
visit to review the security and inaugurate a key ring road project in this
Office of the President, ARG Palace, said President Ghani arrived to
Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital of Badghis province this morning.
by ARG Palace said President Ghani is expected to meet the local security
officials to review the security situation..
statement further added that President Ghani will also have separate meetings
with the heads of the civilian government institutions as well as the local
to ARG Palace, President Ghani will also inauguate the Qaisar-Laman ring road
project which includes the construction of the Phase 1 and 2.
Taliban group reacted as the Afghan officials in Wardak province claims that a
major treatment facility of the group was busted by the Afghan security forces
in this province.
Taliban group spokesman ZabiullahMujahid issued a statement and called the
claims by Wardak officials a propaganda.
further added that the clinic was approved by the International Committee of
the Red Cross and was providing healthcare services to the local residents.
also added that no Taliban insurgent has been killed or wounded or detained by
the security forces during the operation and the government has no evidence to
confirm Taliban’s links with the clinic.
local government and security officials in central MaidanWardak province on
Friday put on display the equipments seized from a medical facility belonging
to the Taliban insurgents.
to the local officials, the treatment facility was discovered an operation in
Syedabad district on Thursday.
officials further added that the facility was used for the treatment of the
Taliban insurgents from different provinces including Paktia, Ghazni, and other
restive parts of the country.
facility, which was well-equipped, was used for the treatment of the wounded
Taliban insurgents besides sophisticated surgeries were performed, the
to the officials, several Taliban insurgents including some of their commanders
were killed during the operation and some weapons and ammunition were also
of Muslim laborer in Rajasthan sparks outrage among Indian Americans
(December 8 2017): The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group
dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos today noted the
sense of outrage among millions of Indians, both within India and across the
diaspora over the heinous murder of Mohammed Afrazul, a Muslim migrant worker
from West Bengal, who was hacked with a cleaver and his body set on fire in
Rajasthan's Rajsamand district. The accused in the case, ShambulalRegar, is
captured on video committing the crime and claiming that he committed the
murder to "stop Muslims from love-jihad" - a term publicized by Hindu
supremacist groups to refer to Muslim men supposedly marrying Hindu women and
converting them to Islam as part of some grand conspiracy.
are appalled at the horrifying level of hate and violence that not only exists
but is worsening by the day, particularly in the state of Rajasthan," said
Mr. Ahsan Khan, the National President of IAMC. "We call upon the
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. VasundharaRaje to uphold her constitutional duty
to protect the lives of all citizens, regardless of caste and creed. This would
include reining in organizations like RSS, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu
Parishad who have been on the frontlines of spreading hate and discord against
the state's Muslim minorities," Mr. Khan further added.
Afrazul's killing is the fourth hate crime against Muslims in Rajasthan in the
last nine months. Earlier in April, Pehlu Khan was brutally assaulted by
self-styled cow vigilantes that led to his death two days later. Later in June,
Zafar Hussein was killed after he objected to city officials photographing
women defecating in the open. In November, cow vigilantes attacked Mohammed
Umar and his colleagues who were transporting cattle, and Umar was later found
dead. The perpetrators of these hate crimes are emboldened by the failure of
state administration to effectively prosecute these cases of hate crimes. In
September, the Rajasthan police closed its investigation into murder of Pehlu Khan
and exonerated all six individuals named by Mr. Khan in his dying declaration.
on this issue, Ms. Seema Salim, National Vice President of IAMC, expressed
grave concern at the rising tide of hate crimes in Rajasthan. "The Chief
Minister, Ms. Raje must demonstrate the political will to ensure security of
the state's Muslim minorities and dismantle the culture of absolute impunity
and protection accorded to the perpetrators of these hate crimes," said
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after hatching new plots against Muslims
10 December 2017
Dec. 10 (MNA) – Muhammad Rasulullah Division of IRGC issued a statement in
reaction to Trump’s remarks over al-Quds, saying “the unwise decision of US president
showed the whole world that the Great Satan uses any means to accomplish its
protest at the recent remarks made by the US President Donald Trump concerning
the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and transferring the
US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds, 27TH uhammadRasulullah Division of IRGC
issued a statement thereby condemning the US.
Imam Khomeini’s critical stance toward the US, the statement says “today, the
world realizes why Imam Khomeini called the US the Great Satan. History always
lays bare the true nature of the sworn enemies of Muslims.”
statement issued by Muhammad Rasulullah Division calls the remarks made by the
US president unwise and disgraceful, deems them to be flagrant violations of UN
regulations and reads “the Great Satan uses every means to accomplish its
objectives and through granting recognition to al-Quds as the capital of the
infanticidal, fake regime of Israel, is after hatching new plots in the region
and through the world.”
al-Quds the first Qibla of Muslims that has long been occupied by Zionists, the
statement goes on “the Great Satan has better be aware that the Muslims have
always given devastating responses to the desecrating measures of the Americans
and the Zionists.”
statement vows that Muhammad Rasulullah Division is ever ready to provide
support for the Iranian nation in its fight against the world arrogance and
says “such animosities, far from undermining Muslims’ confidence in their
beliefs, strengthens the spirit of solidarity and unity among them.”
statement concludes by expressing hope that Muslims can foil the plots
masterminded by the US and the Zionist regime.
(FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the US decision to recognize
Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital, stressing that his country will not keep
mum about the hostile move.
the US has started a new plot with the help of the Zionism which is aggression
against the holy Quds but we have not and will not remain silent about the US,
the world arrogance and the Zionism's plot," President Rouhani said,
addressing the parliament in Tehran on Sunday, after submitting the budget bill
of the next year to the MPs.
also underlined that Iran spares no efforts to support the Palestinian nation
and the holy Beit al-Moqaddas.
described support for Palestine as one of Iran's causes, and said, "The US
and the Zionist regime will not succeed in this plot and God willing, the
Muslim nations will one day liberate al-Quds."
remarks came after Top Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said the United States' recent decision to
recognize al-Quds as Israel's capital will fail to materialize its planned
objectives, promising that the city would become the graveyard of the Zionists.
says 'good relations' possible if Saudi Arabia ends 'friendship' with Israel
President Hassan Rouhani says Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia
if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.
a speech broadcast on Sunday, Rouhani said the regional rivals could have “good
relations” if the Saudis end their “false friendship” with Israel and halt the
“inhuman bombardment” of Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is battling
Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian
demonstrators attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in response to the Saudi
execution of a prominent Shia cleric.
spiked again last month after the Houthis fired a ballistic missile that was
intercepted near Riyadh.
Arabia does not recognise Israel, but the two countries have a shared interest
in countering Iran.
scholars and religious dignitaries from around the world to discuss mutual
concerns and encourage tolerance at Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies forum
Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies forum, which opens later this week, will
promote a modern vision of Islam and highlight the religion's contributions to
global peace, Dr Mohammed Matar Al Kaabi, the forum’s secretary general, has
fourth edition of the three-day event, which will run from December 11-13 at
the St. Regis Hotel Abu Dhabi, will this year tackle the topics of global peace
and the fear of Islam, Wam reported.
Al Kaabi, who is also and the chairman of the General Authority for Islamic
Affairs and Endowments, said at a press conference: "Since its inception
in 2014, the forum has been a call for peace. In its first edition, it
endeavoured to promote the culture of peace and prevent extremist ideologies.
In its second edition, the forum called for an update to Islamic discourse to
eschew and counter extremism, while the third edition discussed the legitimacy
of the nation state in Muslim societies.”
event is held under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It will see the participation of
more than 700 Arab and Muslim scholars, as well as high-level intellectual and
religious dignitaries from around the world to discuss mutual concerns and
promote global peace and tolerance.
(FNA)- Scores of Palestinians sustained injuries during heavy clashes between
Israeli forces and protesters rallying in the occupied West Bank on Sunday
against the US President’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s
Sunday, violence erupted for a fourth day in the occupied Palestinian
territories in response to US President's announcement, World News reported.
said Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters at groups of rallying youth in the
Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.
of people, including school students, suffocated as Israeli forces attacked
them with teargas during clashes that erupted in al-Arroub refugee camp, near
President Donald Trump announced that the US would be recognizing Jerusalem
al-Quds as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and ordered that work on the
relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds begin.
move was hailed by Israel but condemned by the rest of the international
community as one which undermines the peace talks.
al-Quds move has raised a chorus of outcry across the international community.
The Muslim world, the UN and even US allies in the West have criticized the
bid, saying it would plunge the already tumultuous region into new upheaval.
clashes also broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters after
Friday prayers in Jerusalem al-Qud's Old City, Hebron (al-Khalil), Bethlehem
and Nablus in the West Bank as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.
1,250 people have been injured by Israeli forces since the beginning of the
unrest last week across the occupied Palestinian territories, in the aftermath
of the US’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
al-Quds remains at the core of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, with
Palestinians hoping that the Eastern part of the city would eventually serve as
the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.
| Dec 10, 2017
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike
Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month in a snub over the U.S.
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinian foreign minister
said on Saturday.
erupted for a third day in Gaza in response to President Donald Trump's
announcement on Wednesday, which overturned decades of U.S. policy towards the
air strikes killed two Palestinian gunmen on Saturday after militants fired
rockets from the enclave into Israel on Friday, which had been declared a
"day of rage" by Palestinian factions.
recognition of Jerusalem has infuriated the Arab world and upset Western
allies, who say it is a blow to peace efforts and risks sparking more violence
in the region.
on Saturday, Arab foreign ministers urged the United States to abandon its
decision and said the move would spur violence throughout the region. The Arab
League, in a statement issued after an emergency session in Cairo, called
Trump's announcement a "dangerous violation of international law"
which had no legal impact and was void.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to critics in a statement before
meetings in Paris on Sunday with French President Emmanuel Macron to be
followed by a meeting with European foreign ministers in Brussels.
hear (from Europe) voices of condemnation over President Trump's historic
announcement but I have not heard any condemnation for the rocket firing
against Israel that has come (after the announcement) and the awful incitement
against us," Netanyahu said.
maintains that all of Jerusalem is its capital. Palestinians want East
Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.
countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in a
1967 war, to be occupied territory, and say the status of the city should be
left to be decided at future Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Trump administration says it is still committed to Palestinian-Israeli talks,
that Israel's capital would be in Jerusalem under any serious peace plan, and
that it has not taken a position on the city's borders. It says the moribund
negotiations can be revived only by ditching outdated policies.
Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the Palestinians will be looking for a
new peace talks broker instead of the United States and would seek a United
Nations Security Council resolution over Trump's decision.
will seek a new mediator from our Arab brothers and the international
community," Maliki told reporters in Cairo before the Arab League meeting
on Trump's Jerusalem decision.
Turkish presidential source said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and French
President Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United
States to reconsider the move.
possible meeting with Pence has also been turned down by Egypt's Coptic Church,
MENA state news agency reported.
House and U.S. State Department officials did not respond to requests for
comment. Palestinian officials said Pence had been due to meet Abbas on Dec.
adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is leading efforts to restart
negotiations, though his bid has shown little public progress so far.
militants launched at least three rockets towards Israeli towns from Gaza after
dark on Friday and Israel said it responded with air strikes that targeted a
weapons depot, a military compound and two weapons manufacturing facilities.
which controls Gaza, confirmed the two men killed in the pre-dawn strikes
belonged to the group, which has urged Palestinians to keep up the
confrontation with Israeli forces.
Palestinian protests on Saturday were less intense than on the previous two
days. About 60 Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers across the
Gaza-Israel border and the health ministry said at least 10 were wounded by
the occupied West Bank, Palestinians set fire to tires and threw stones and
firebombs at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas, water cannons, rubber
bullets and, in a few instances, live fire. The Israeli military said one
protester was arrested.
East Jerusalem about 60 people demonstrated near the walled Old City, where
paramilitary border police and officers on horseback tried to disperse the
crowd with tear gas. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested and four officers
were lightly injured by stones, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Friday, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest and two
Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on the Gaza border.
Scores more were wounded there and in the West Bank. Across the Arab and Muslim
worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity.
Turkish presidential source said Erdogan and Macron agreed during a phone call
that Trump's move was worrying for the region and that Turkey and France would
make a joint effort to try to reverse the U.S. decision.
also spoke to the presidents of Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Azerbaijan on Saturday,
the source said. On Wednesday, he called an urgent meeting of the Organization
of Islamic Cooperation in Turkey next week.
senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Saturday that Trump's move
was a "gift to radicalism".
and extremists will use that to fan the language of hate," Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said at the Manama Dialogue security
conference in Bahrain.
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Retaliatory Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed two Hamas militants
today, as unrest simmered across the Palestinian territories over US President
Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
total of four people have now been killed and dozens wounded since Trump
announced his deeply controversial decision which drew criticism from every
other member of the UN Security Council at an emergency meeting on Friday.
were fresh clashes on Saturday as Palestinian protesters in the occupied West
Bank hurled stones at Israeli troops who responded with tear gas, rubber
bullets and live rounds.
Gaza, mourners vented their anger at the funeral of one of two people killed by
Israeli troops during clashes at the border fence yesterday.
have been fears of a much larger escalation of violence after Hamas leader
Ismail Haniya called for a new Palestinian intifada or uprising and analysts
have been anxiously watching what happens next.
of protesters were wounded by rubber bullets or live fire in clashes in the
occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem that followed the main weekly
Muslim prayers on Friday.
of thousands also protested in Muslim and Arab countries, including Jordan,
Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia.
pre-dawn air strike on a base of Hamas's military wing in Nusseirat, in the
central Gaza Strip, was one of several, the Israeli military said.
followed three rocket attacks on Friday night from Gaza into southern Israel.
in response to the rockets fired at southern Israeli communities throughout
yesterday, Israel air force aircraft targeted four facilities belonging to the
Hamas terror organisation in the Gaza Strip," the army said.
said the targets were "two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons
warehouse and a military compound, in each target, several components were
hit," it added.
Hamas health ministry in Gaza said the two dead men were members of its armed
wing, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.
night, a rocket hit the southern Israeli city of Sderot although Israeli public
radio said it did not explode and did not cause any casualties.
Israeli military said that its Iron Dome air defence system intercepted an
earlier rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave.
said it later detected a second missile launch, but had not found evidence that
it had reached Israeli territory.
military retaliated last night with air strikes on what it said were two
targets and the Gaza health ministry said 14 people were wounded, among them
women and children.
previously unknown Salafist group calling itself the Salahedin Brigades claimed
responsibility for one of the attacks.
the Israeli army said it held Hamas responsible for all "hostile activity"
originating from the territory under its control.
decision drew lavish praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but
has sparked a worldwide diplomatic backlash.
European countries on the UN Security Council insisted the new US policy was
not consistent with past resolutions, including one that declares east
Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.
meeting was requested by eight of the 15 members of the council but was largely
symbolic as no vote on a resolution was planned because the US wields veto
president Mahmud Abbas hailed the international concern.
Israeli army said around 4,500 Palestinians "participated in violent
riots" along the Gaza-Israel border.
said that troops shot at "dozens" of what it said were ringleaders of
the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians took part in "violent riots"
throughout the territory, with 28 arrested and about 65 wounded, the army said.
said his defiant move- making good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge,
marked the start of a "new approach" to solving the
many analysts question how a balanced agreement can be reached by granting such
a major Israeli demand before negotiations have even started.
has long claimed all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, while the
Palestinians see the annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their
status is the most sensitive issue in the decades- long conflict.
The Israeli military says it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant
group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters (yards) into
Col Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters on Sunday that
Israel used a new set of "tools" to destroy the tunnel. He said
forces had detected the tunnel months ago and continued to monitor construction
efforts by Hamas militants before demolishing it.
said the tunnel was not complete, but was "very substantial,"
equipped with electricity, communications equipment and a ventilation system.
It was located about 1 kilometer (half a mile) from an Israeli community.
has placed a high priority on halting the tunnel threat since Hamas infiltrated
Israel during the 2014 war.
of Indonesians rally at US Embassy over Jerusalem
(INDONESIA):About 10,000 Indonesians have rallied outside the US Embassy in
Jakarta in support of Palestinians and denouncing President Donald Trump's
decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
protesters are carrying banners reading "US Embassy, Gets Out from
Al-Quds", "Free Jerusalem and Palestinians" and "We are
with the Palestinians." Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.
protest, organized by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, was the second
since Trump's decision on Thursday.
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has strongly condemned Trump's move, which he
described as a violation of UN resolutions.
as the world's most populous Muslim nation, has long been a strong supporter of
Palestinians and has no diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.
Britain’s foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday to press for the release of
British-Iranian woman NazaninZaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that
one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case.
Secretary Boris Johnson held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad
JavadZarif which also touched on a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran
and world powers, the future of which has been thrown into doubt by US
President Donald Trump.
also met Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council,
who said Britain needed to do more to open trade and banking ties with Iran.
the JCPOA (nuclear deal), trade and economic cooperation between the two
countries have been unsatisfactory and the facilitation of banking relations
can be a start for expanding cooperation in other sectors,” Shamkhani said
after the meeting, according to official news agency IRNA.
who is due to meet President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, did not speak to
released a statement prior to his arrival, saying: “I will stress my grave
concerns about our dual national consular cases and press for their release
where there are humanitarian grounds to do so.”
a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested at Tehran airport in April 2016 after
was given five years in prison over her alleged role in mass protests in 2009,
which she denies, and will face additional charges in court on Sunday of
Richard Ratcliffe, who had lobbied to join Johnson on the visit, says his wife
has been used as a pawn in Iran’s efforts to extract some 450 million pounds
($600 million) owed to Iran since before the 1979 Islamic revolution. He has
raised concerns about his wife’s mental health, citing the mounting toll of her
prolonged incarceration in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.
case has become highly politicised, especially after a “slip of the tongue” by
Johnson last month when he stated that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training
journalists in Iran, which has been used by the Iranian authorities to help
justify the new charges.
the BBC urged Johnson to raise their complaints about the “harassment and
prosecution” of their Persian-language staff living abroad.
he is in Iran, we urge Boris Johnson to raise the case of BBC Persian staff,
who have had a criminal investigation launched against them simply because they
work for the BBC,” the broadcaster said on Twitter.
Persian staff have had their Iranian bank accounts frozen, and complain of
threatening phone calls and interrogations of family members in Iran. Johnson
is on a three-day trip to the region, stopping in Oman on Friday and moving on
to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
Associated Press December 10 at 6:05 AM
— The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says the number of Islamic
radicals is growing and becoming increasingly difficult to keep under
surveillance as recruiting efforts move underground.
Maassen said in comments released Sunday that the number of adherents of
Salafist ideology rose to 10,800 from 9,700 a year ago. Salafists believe in a
fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, though are not necessarily violent.
says they’ve reduced street recruiting and radicalization in mosques and larger
groups in favor of “small conspiratorial circles, primarily on the internet.”
Maassen says “this is a particular challenge” for his office.
says Islamic radicals from Chechnya and the North Caucasus region, of whom
there are several hundred, are another concern, because they’re well networked,
prone to violence and often have combat experience.
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