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chorus: Discourage triple talaq, but Shariat above all laws
her one-room home inside a narrow lane of Deoband, Shazia is conducting a
tuition class for four children, including her seven-year-old daughter Alia, on
how to read the Quran. Shazia says she was divorced by her husband three months
ago through instant triple talaq, “by uttering the words ‘talaq, talaq,
the eight-year marriage over, the 30-year-old returned to her mother’s house, a
few lanes from her former husband’s home. “I have studied only till Class 10,
this is all I can do to earn a living for my daughter and myself,” said Shazia,
adding that she charges Rs 50 from each student.
yet, Shazia says, the “shock and sadness” from the “talaq” has not shaken her
belief in the Shariat. “When my husband said talaq thrice, it was over. But I
would never question the Shariat,” she says.
Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled against instant triple talaq or
talaq-e-biddat, with a majority judgment of the Constitutional Bench calling
the law “un-Islamic”. But in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoband, 160 km from Delhi and
home to one of the most influential seminaries for Sunni Muslims, Darul Uloom
Deoband, the ruling had few takers.
the seminary, where verses from the Quran rang aloud, the mohtamim (rector),
Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, said, “The courts and the Parliament don’t
have the right to form any law that goes against Islamic law.”
said, “I cannot comment further till I read the entire judgment… As far as our
action on the judgment is concerned, we will hold meetings with the All India
Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and decide what needs to be done. We stand
with the AIMPLB.” At his office inside the seminary, Ashraf Usmani, public
relations officer of Darul Uloom Deoband, says he does not agree with the
description of triple talaq as “traditional law”. “Triple talaq falls under the
Shariat. It is not like we have an option to go for or against it,” said
says the seminary may have issued hundreds of fatwas on triple talaq, but none
on discouraging the practice. Outside the seminary, Mohammad Aslam (64), a
perfume vendor in Deoband town, said, “Though the Shariat mentions triple
talaq, it doesn’t encourage it. The correct method would have been for fatwas
to be issued against the men who use triple talaq as a tool to get separated
from their wives. Teen talaq bahut khatarnak hai, ghar ujad jaate hain isse
(Triple talaq is dangerous, it can destroy homes).”
Aslam said, “Right, or wrong, we will always go by the Shariat, and not any
court order. The Shariat is above all courts. The only correction that needs to
be done by the Darul Uloom Deoband is to discourage the practice of triple
talaq.” In another part of the town, Femida, the mother of 21-year-old Heena,
blames her daughter’s divorce through instant triple talaq eight months ago on
the “greed” for dowry.
former husband’s family wanted a lot of dowry, the greed eventually led to the
divorce. But the practice of triple talaq is better than making the woman
suffer by not divorcing her. Now that my daughter is with me, I will look for a
suitable match and get her married again,” said the 45-year-old. “Triple talaq
is law, and it has to be followed. No court is above our law,” said Femida.
they started reading the judgment, I got scared for a bit. Then came Justice Kurian’s
part and I was relieved,” said Zakia Soman of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.
BMMA’s petition, ‘Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality’, was suo motu turned into
a PIL by a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court before Shayara Bano’s case
against triple talaq was filed. That petition eventually became one of six.
described the verdict as a victory, not just for Muslim women but for all women
of India. “Rich or poor, literate or illiterate, Hindu, Muslim or Christian —
all women supported us in our fight. The BMMA believes that gender justice is
fundamental to Islam. It has been distorted by self-appointed guardians of
religion like the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Allah’s message is for
all Muslims, men and women, there is no room for middlemen,” she told The
Bebaak Collective, an intervener in the case, the judgment provides “a big
opportunity to Muslim women” to fight patriarchy within religious institutions
and the family. “In arguing that… triple talaq is both un-Quranic and
unconstitutional, it is an important departure from earlier judgments on all
women’s rights, because it is based on the tenets of equality, dignity and
secularism as enshrined in the Constitution… We recognise that the current political
climate of communalisation and violence, when the entire Muslim community is
under attack in India and much of the Islamophobic world today, makes the fight
for minority and gender rights an even more uphill task,” the collective said
in a statement.
intervention in court was on three issues — triple talaq, polygamy and nikah
halala. On the first day, the court said only triple talaq would be talked
about. Today, majority of the judges on the bench said that triple talaq was
unconstitutional,” said Hasina Khan of Bebaak Collective, who was present in
the Supreme Court Tuesday.
Afghanistan Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in his response to US President
Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday said they will make Afghanistan a 21st century
graveyard for the US Empire. A statement attributed to Mujahid read that at
last the US president announced his policy in which he has labelled Afghanistan
a threat to the US.
has intended to keep its occupying forces in Afghanistan.
looks like the US still doesn't want to end its long-war in Afghanistan as
instead of accepting the facts from ground, the US is still proud of its power
and military might," Zabiullah said.
Afghans were put to a test by the invading forces and for 16 years running we
have proved ourselves against the occupying forces. We will continue our
struggle with continued passion, high moral and might until the presence of the
last American soldier on the Afghan soil. Our Jihad will continue for as long
as the US leaders follow their policy of war in Afghanistan," the Taliban
opined that instead of prolonging the war in Afghanistan, the US should have
worked on finding safe passage for its troops based in Afghanistan.
freedom of Afghanistan from the US occupation is our religious and national
duty. We will carry on performing this duty till our last breaths," he
a statement by the US president regarding the impact of the US war in
Afghanistan on the American people, Mujahid said the Afghan Taliban will add to
the worries of the American people and will force the American rulers to accept
the realities of their war in Afghanistan.
are not tired of fighting for their independence and we will continue their
struggle for the implementation of Islamic rule in Afghanistan. If the US does
not pull all its forces out of Afghanistan, we will make this country the 21st
century graveyard for the American Empire," he claimed.
added that the war in Afghanistan was initiated on false claims and
is not a threat to anyone and its soil never gave any trouble to any state. The
fact that this war was initiated on unfounded claims and intelligence
propaganda is the reason for the worries the troubles of the US," he
Azhar University, Egypt's venerable seat of Islamic law, has been working to
project a more modern image of Islam to counter the violent versions being
espoused by Islamic State, al-Qaida and other militant groups.
by Al Azhar religious authorities to control the tenor of Islamic religious
edicts or “fatwas” are part of the strategy that moderate forces are using to
battle clerics espousing death and violence.
has been plagued by the efforts of militant Islamic terrorists and their
“spiritual guides” to sow turmoil in the country in recent years, leaving a
bloody trail of death and destruction. They have killed government officials,
blown up government buildings, attacked top tourist sites, and randomly
attacked police, military officers, and the country's Coptic Christian
on Coptic churches, including suicide bombings at the main Coptic cathedral in
Cairo last December, and more recent bombings at churches in Alexandria and
Tanta on Palm Sunday, have left scores of victims and taken a toll on Egypt's
fragile collective psyche. The loss of innocent lives from the deadly litany of
terrorist attacks has led the government to denounce extremist Islamic clerics
espousing bloodshed and violence.
clerics, like Qatar-based Egyptian Sheikh Youssef al Qaradawi, have been
accused of issuing edicts, or “fatwas,” to justify the killings of police, army
officers and Christians. Qaradawi claims innocence, but video of him calling
for attacks on both Egyptian and Syrian government security forces are widely
circulated on the internet.
extremists in the Sinai, along the border with Libya, and in a number of cities
across the country have stepped up attacks against government targets in the
months and years since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the
military in July 2013. Morsi's followers call his ouster a “coup,” while
supporters of the present government insist that popular protests against his
rule were a new “revolution.”
of Morsi's supporters were jailed in the aftermath of his ouster and some were
put on trial for acts of violence. His Muslim Brotherhood group was officially
outlawed and many people fled the country or went underground. A series of
trials have resulted in the convictions of large numbers of people.
the wake of political and religious upheaval that has shaken Egypt's Islamic
establishment, Sheikh Ahmed Tayeb of Al Azhar University, has gone on record to
condemn Islamic clerics who preach violence. He insists they should not be
allowed to define Islam.
he argues, “must not be considered a terrorist religion just because a few of
its followers have hijacked some of its writings and misinterpret them to kill
and shed the blood of innocent people.”
and modern life
President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has also called repeatedly for reforming or
renewing Islam, most recently during a visit by Pope Francis to Cairo in April.
He insists that Islam should project a less violent image to the world. His
pleas have met with resistance from Islamic religious scholars in some corners,
to give Islam a more modern image, though, continue on various fronts. One new
way clerics with ties to Al Azhar have been trying to discourage extremism is
by offering religious advice to the general public at a “fatwa” booth in the
Mohamed Zaki, the head preacher at Al Azhar, tells VOA that while the core
beliefs of Islam are immutable, its image or modern applications of it should
fit the daily lives of people.
new generation,” he says, “should benefit from the teachings of Islam, which
remain unalterable as God presented them, but as flexible as the new shoots of
a tree branch.”
more prominent way Al Azhar has clamped down on extremist clerics in recent
years, has been by preventing them from preaching at mosques it controls. Al
Azhar has also sought to make preachers stick to specific sermon subjects each
week, without going off-topic.
as Sheikh Zaki noted, various hardline Islamic media outlets continue to allow
firebrand clerics to broadcast their message of hate. “Media which allow such
clerics to preach hate,” he says, “should be sanctioned.”
A member of an Islamic preaching team was murdered, while another injured
allegedly after a quarrel over some religious issue at Asian village on Pindi
Battian Road, 22km from here on Monday night.
to police, a preaching team (Tableeghi Jamaat) arrived at Asian village and
stayed at the local mosque.
their tour to the village, the team members went door to door for preaching.
During one such visit, one of the preachers, Wali Rehman, son of Munir Sawati,
a resident of Karachi, had an argument with a local Ikram Khan over some
issue was apparently settled, but Akram harboured a grudge against Rehman. On
Monday night, Ikram sneaked into the mosque and attacked Rehman with a knife,
killing him on the spot. Another member of the preaching party, Abdullah, who
tried to save Rehman was also critically injured by the attacker and was
shifted to the district headquarters hospital.
police have registered a case and arrested the suspect along with the knife.
as the Supreme Court struck down the instant Triple Talaq practise on Tuesday,
Muslim Members of the Parliament had a sense of relief as most of the verdict
had not put the ball in the government’s court, asking it to enact a
legislation. They also felt relieved that the top court confined to the Triple
Talaq verdict and didn’t interfere with Muslim personal law, an Indian Express
fact, AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi said that
the verdict has thrown a spanner in the plans of the centre to bring in the
Uniform Civil Code (UCC). He also added that the lack of unanimity between
judges shows how contentious the issue is.
court, former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi had argued for doing away with all
forms of talaq…. In fact, that scared the petitioners, who said they only want
talaq-e-biddat (instant talaq) and nikah halala (which requires a woman to
marry and sleep with another man in order to return to her first husband) to
go. That is when the cat was out of the bag — had all forms of talaq been
declared unconstitutional, they (BJP) would have used it as a ploy to introduce
UCC”, he was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
do not know that women from the Northeast have moved the court saying they
should be allowed to continue with the practice of polyandry. What kind of law
can this government bring? How can we trust them?” Welcoming the verdict,
former minority affairs minister and Rajya Sabha MP K Rahman Khan said that
instant triple talaq is not a part of Islam. “This judgment is not an
interference in personal law. It is only making a practice which is not in
accordance with Quran as unconstitutional,” the paper quoted him as saying
minority judgment had spoken about Parliament enacting a law. After the
majority judgment, there is no need for a law now….they (Central government)
should not interfere once it has been clarified. They need not make a law,” he
added as per Indian Express.
senior RSS leader on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court decision to strike down
the practice of triple talaq as “liberation” and “empowerment” of Muslim women
in India — at an event attended by dozens of Muslim clerics. “It is a
revolutionary decision and has given ‘mukti’ (liberation) to eight to nine
crore Muslim women in India,” RSS leader Indresh Kumar said at an event
organised by Muslim Rashtriya Manch, the saffron group’s Muslim wing. As Kumar
spoke against the “sin” of triple talaq and welcomed the Supreme Court ruling,
he asked Muslim clerics to form a chain and join and raise their hands to hail
and celebrate the ban. “Are you happy with the Supreme Court decision? Won’t
you celeberate it?” he asked. “Yes,” roared the clerics in chorus. Kumar, the
patron of the RSS Muslim wing, said the apex court decision had “saved and
freed Muslims and Islam from the contractors of extremism and fundamentalism”.
will put an end to atrocities that were committed on Muslim women in the name
of triple talaq. The practice is disliked by Allah and hence a sin. The
decision has done justice to the Muslim women. “It has also shut up extremists
and fundamentalists who had wrongly interpreted Quran and sayings of Prophet. I
won’t say it is a slap on their face but I will definitely say Muslims have understood
now that some leaders were turning them away from Quran by wrong interpretation
and provoking them to fight,” Kumar said.
DELHI: India welcomed the much-awaited Donald Trump strategy on Af-Pak
promising to continue providing "reconstruction and development
assistance" to Afghanistan after the US asked India to step up its
involvement in the war-torn country.
has been most encouraged by Trump's emphasis on "confronting issues of
safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists.
India shares these concerns and objectives." For a long time, India,
Afghanistan and America's own generals in the Af-Pak theater were clear where
the problem lay. It is in the sanctuaries in Pakistan, in the support of
terrorists by Pakistan's powerful army-intelligence complex.
it is also the first time when a US president has laid out the core of the
US-India strategic partnership, going beyond South Asia into the
Indo-Pacific". However, Trump has clearly retained his attention on the
trade deficits, because in an odd reference, he asked India to help US more in
Afghanistan with all the "billions of dollars" it makes in trade with
the United States. "We appreciate India's important contributions to
stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the
United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in
the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing
our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader
Trump kept his attention on the core problem: For the second time since 9/11,
Pakistan has been served with an ultimatum: "The next pillar of our new
strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan. We can no
longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the
Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan
has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to
lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists."
Trump made a clear connection between Pakistan's terrorists and its nuclear
weapons, highlighting the fears that terrorists could lay their hands on
Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. "America's interests are clear: We must stop
the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America, and
we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of
terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world for that
Indian government will now work on its own Afghan strategy in the wake of the
US decision. The Indian government had been given a heads-up by the White House
on the substance of the new South Asia policy, so it wasn't a surprise to the
government here. In the coming weeks, sources said, India will roll out more
projects and initiatives in Afghanistan to enhance what it has been doing for
the past 16 years, often under trying conditions and under constant terrorist
threat by Pak-supported groups like Haqqani network, LeT etc.
Lambah, former PM's special envoy to Af-Pak, approving of the new policy, said,
"This is the first time a US president has publicly reprimanded Pakistan.
Second, he is very clear on the key problem, that is, terrorists and their
sanctuaries. The important aspect is that development has to take place side by
side. Otherwise, this strategy will not work. The US, Japan, West Asian
countries and India have to take the lead in this. The new approach is
pragmatic and workable. It's an opportunity for Pakistan to join in this publicly."
US top diplomat, Nicholas Burns told TOI, "I think the president is right
to build up our forces to maintain our support for the Afghan government
against the Taliban. If we left, the terrorist threat would increase to the
countries in the region. Second, it is very important to see the reference to
India — it was a positive reference, it acknowledges the central role the India
has to play. But in a larger sense, this completes the decade-long transition
where we have effectively tilted towards India. And we see a clear diminution
of our relationship with Pakistan. This is the strongest language I have seen
by an American president on Pakistan."
is using New Delhi as an excuse to pursue its policies in Afghanistan, the US
has said strongly refuting Islamabad’s concerns with regard to Indian
developmental activities in the war-torn country. “What India is doing in
Afghanistan is not a threat to Pakistan. They’re not building military bases.
They’re not deploying troops,” a senior administration official of Republican
surrogates said during a conference call on Tuesday.
Security Council (NSC) Spokesperson Michael Anton was responding to questions
on Pakistan’s apprehensions and allegations of India’s encirclement of them
through Afghanistan. This is an “excuse” on the part of Pakistan, he said
according to Politico, which reported about the conference call. “They
(Indians) are not doing the things that would constitute encirclement, for lack
of a better term, which is one of the things that the Pakistani’s complain about,”
Anton said, thus strongly refuting the Pakistani allegations in this regard,
latest of which was mentioned in the statement issued by the Pakistani Foreign
threat to peace and security cannot be isolated from the complex interplay of
geopolitics, continued existence of festering disputes and pursuit of hegemonic
policies. Non-resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains the primary
obstacle to peace and stability in the region,” the Pakistani Foreign Office
had said in a statement in a response to the Afghan policy announcement of the
US President Donald Trump a day earlier.
can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist
organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region
and beyond,” Trump had said. Pakistan, he said, has sheltered the same
organisations that try every single day to kill “our” people.
Pak Foreign Office said it is disappointing that the US policy statement
ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation in this
effort. “Pakistan has been and will continue to be part of the global counter
terrorism efforts. Pakistan and the US have been close allies in the fight
against terrorism, which is a common threat for all nations of the world. As a
matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow use of its territory against any
country,” it said.
the minority ruling on the challenge to triple talaq, Chief Justice of India J
S Khehar held that the practice is “a matter of personal law of Sunni Muslims,
belonging to the Hanafi school” and “interference in matters of personal law is
clearly beyond judicial examination”.
CJI, who wrote for himself and Justice S Abdul Nazeer, said the practice has
“the protection of Article 25 of the Constitution” and will “not be subjected
to any challenge, even though they may seem to others (and even rationalists
practising the same faith) unacceptable, in today’s world and age”.
two judges said that judiciary must exercise “absolute restraint, no matter how
compelling and attractive the opportunity to do societal good may seem”. “We
therefore hereby direct the Union of India to consider appropriate legislation,
particularly with reference to talaq-e-biddat. We hope and expect that the
contemplated legislation will also take into consideration advances in Muslim
personal law — Shariat, as have been corrected by legislation the world over,
even by theocratic Islamic states,” they said.
facilitate such a legislation, the two judges injuncted (stayed) Muslim men
from pronouncing instant triple talaq. “The instant injunction shall, in the
first instance, be operative for a period of six months. If the legislative
process commences before the expiry of the period of six months, and a positive
decision emerges towards redefining talaq-e-biddat… if it is decided that the
practice of talaq-e-biddat be done away with altogether, the injunction would
continue till legislation is finally enacted. Failing which, the injunction
shall cease to operate,” they said.
that “personal law has constitutional protection”, the judges said: “This
protection is extended to personal law through Article 25 of the Constitution.
It needs to be kept in mind that the stature of personal law is that of a
fundamental right… personal law of every religious denomination is protected
from invasion and breach, except as provided by and under Article 25.”
two judges concluded that The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act,
1937 was not a law in force within the meaning of Article 13(3)(b) of the Constitution,
but was made to “preserve Muslim personal law — Shariat, as it existed from
time immemorial”. The order sought to explain how the practice was “integral”
to the Sunnis: “It constitutes a matter of their faith. It has been practised
by them, for at least 1400 years.”
minority ruling recalled that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which
had challenged the petitioners, “had undertaken to issue an advisory” to
Muslims getting married “to agree in the nikah-nama that their marriage would
not be dissolvable by talaq-e-biddat… it would not be incorrect to assume that
even the AIMPLB is on board to assuage the petitioner’s cause”.
Islamic Militants To Be Executed By Firing Squad
court in Bangladesh has sentenced 10 militants of the Harkat-ul Jihad group to
death by firing squad over a foiled bomb plot to assassinate Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina in 2000.
militant from the same group was sentenced to life imprisonment and another
three to 14 years in jail.
officials foiled the bomb plot when they detected and defused explosives
planted near a school where Hasina was scheduled to address a rally, during her
first term as prime minister.
days later another bomb was detected near a helipad where Hasina was supposed
to land in a helicopter.
said they wanted to kill Hasina [because] she was not a good Muslim, and an
agent of [Hindu] India, and Islam can be established [in Bangladesh] only by
killing her,” prosecutor Shamsul Haq Badol told AFP.
Jihad’s former leader Mufti Abdul Hannan was involved in the bomb plot,
prosecutors told the court. Hannan was hanged in April, for a grenade attack on
British envoy Anwar Chowdhury in 2004.
group is blamed for a series of bomb attacks during the 1990s and early 2000s,
including the bombing of a Catholic Church in 2001.
Nokrek, secretary of Catholic bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission, said
Christians do not support the death penalty but they do stand for justice and
the rule of law.
grave sentence was driven by fear that with a regime change the legal justice system
could be manipulated and criminals might walk out free,” Nokrek told
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Special Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Kabul Ambassador Hugo Llorens
has said the United States will take steps against the supporters of the
a statement released after the announcement of the US strategy for South Asia,
Ambassador Llorens said “At the core of this commitment, we will continue to
support Afghan forces in defending their country while we also maintain
pressure on the Taliban to join a peace process with the Afghan government to
end the war in Afghanistan.”
Llorens further added “We will remove the incentives for hedging behavior by
some that leads to support for the Taliban, and we will emphasize with all
regional countries the importance of cooperation to reduce the threat of
terrorism and nuclearized conflict.”
also added “Our strategy is based on conditions on the ground, and we will
stand by Afghanistan’s side as long as it takes to get the job done. So just understand, the United States is not
going anywhere and we will continue to partner with the Government of National
Unity and the Afghan people in our common fight against terrorists and those
forces unwilling to reconcile.”
the meantime, Ambassador Llorens emphasized that in order to achieve real
progress, the Afghan government must redouble its reform efforts and deliver on
vital promises such as holding Parliamentary elections next year and
Presidential elections in 2019, rooting out corruption, and enacting the tough
reforms necessary for meaningful private sector-led economic growth.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a new warning to the Taliban group warning that
the group will be unable to win through military means as the new US policy for
Afghanistan was unveiled by President Donald Trump emphasizing on continued
suppression of the terrorist group.
US Afghan partnership is stronger than ever in overcoming the threat of
terrorism that threatens us all. The strength of our security forces should
show the Taliban and others that they cannot win a military vicotry. the
objective of peace is paramount. Peace remains our priority,” President Ghani
said the Afghan government welcomes renewed US emphasis on seeing security in
Afghanistan as part of a wider regional package. The strategy complements
Afghan initiatives, including the Kabul Process, that seek to engage the region
in sharing common security burdens.
comes as Taliban earlier said the group will continue to its relentless fight
as long as the foreign forces have a presence in Afghanistan and the American
leaders prefer the strategy of war.
Trump last night unveiled the new strategy of the United States for Afghanistan
and South Asia.
said his original instinct was to pull out however he said after detailed study
of the situation he arrived at three fundamental conclusions.
our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous
sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in
combat deserve a plan for victory. They
deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have earned, to fight and to
win,” he said.
Trump further added “Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both
predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the
worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan
because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to
terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would
create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly
fill, just as happened before September 11th.”
in a village in Myanmar’s troubled state of Rakhine have imposed a blockade on
hundreds of Rohingya Muslims living in the area, effectively barring them from
work and shopping for their basic needs while imposing restrictions on people’s
access to drinking water.
of Zay Di Pyin said on Tuesday that about 700 Rohingya had been blockaded in
their neighborhood since late July.
and aid workers also confirmed the account. They said entry points to the
neighborhood had been blocked with a fence and Muslims had no access to a
market and a pond used as a source of drinking water.
blockade is the latest to come from a harsh crackdown on the Rohingya, a
community of about one million people who live mostly in northern parts of
Rakhine but are also scattered in areas dominated by Buddhists.
October last year, when the Buddhist-dominated government blamed the killing of
seven policemen on fighters from the Rohingya community, Muslims have been
exposed to some unprecedented violence by security forces and mobs.
of thousands have been displaced, mostly into the neighboring Bangladesh, and
people continue to recount stories of beheading and rape committed against
members of the community. The United Nations has warned that some cases of
violence in Rakhine may have amounted to a systematic form of ethnic
of Zay Di Pyin said the blockade on the village began after a Buddhist man from
a nearby village went missing in late July, the same period when three Rohingya
Muslims were found dead in the area.
accused us of killing the missing Rakhine person and blocked us from going out
because of that,” said a Rohingya on condition of anonymity.
residents said Muslims had been also blocked from praying inside their mosque,
located outside the blockaded neighborhood, while Buddhists prevent the
Rohingya from going to work in a nearby river jetty.
says it has driven ISIS from most of Syria border area
Lebanese military is now in control of over 80 percent of the areas previously
held by ISIS along the border with Syria, only days after launching a broad
offensive there, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Gen. Ali Qanso told reporters that only 20 square kilometers (12 square miles)
remain in the hands of the extremists. The US-backed Lebanese army launched its
operation on Saturday and has since driven out the militants from some 100
square kilometers (62 square miles).
said no militants have been detained in the operation, adding that many were
killed or retreated into Syria.
an earlier statement, the army said a Lebanese de-miner was killed and four
others wounded early Tuesday when explosives left behind by the extremists went
off as they dismantled them.
Tuesday, the army announced it was starting the third phase of the operation,
which includes mine clearing to open roads previously controlled by the
Syrian army and its ally, the Lebanese Hezbollah group, have launched a
simultaneous operation to clear ISIS from the Syrian side of the border in the
western Qalamoun mountain range. Hezbollah has been fighting in Syria alongside
President Bashar Assad’s forces since 2013.
didn’t speculate when the border operation would end, but said the military has
strong international support.
officials insist the army is not coordinating its actions with the Syrian
military, and Qanso said his forces would stop at the border. Lebanon’s main
political factions are sharply divided over the Syrian conflict, with some
supporting and others opposing President Bashar Assad.
media say the remaining ISIS-held territory along the border is riddled with
caves that the militants could use as hideouts.
of al-Qaa, a village near the border which was attacked by ISIS militants last
year, took to the streets to celebrate news of the army advance. Al-Jadid TV
station showed dozens of residents waving Lebanese flags as fireworks cracked
US fighter jets and the SDF artillery units targeted the neighborhoods of
al-Sakhani, al-Badou and al-Towse'iyeh in ISIL-held Raqqa city, killing 78
civilians and wounding tens more.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that ninety
civilians, including a number of women and children, were killed and tens of
others were inured in the US-led coalition air raids in the ISIL-held city of
Raqqa in five days.
reported that ninety civilians, including thirty women and children, were
killed in the coalition air attack on ISIL-held Raqqa from August 14 up to 19.
further added that the death toll is on the rise due to the critical conditions
of some of the inured.
said that federal forces and Hashd al-Shaabi have gained control over the
village of Termi in the Western entrance of Tal Afar.
further added that the pro-government forces struck ISIL's defense lines in
al-Kafah, al-Sa'ad and al-Vahda to penetrate into the city.
the meantime, the Iraqi police and Hashd al-Shaabi captured the village of
Tarambi and its surrounding regions Northwest of Tal Afar, the police chief
went on to say that the Iraqi forces drove ISIL out of the villages of
Tashtiyeh, Tal al-Samana, al-Kasak crossroad and al-Kasak oil refinery.
the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV reported that tough battle is
underway between the Iraqi police and Hashd al-Shaabi forces and the ISIL
terrorists near Sailo Tal Afar region at the Southern entrance of the
said earlier today that the army and the country's volunteer forces of Hashd
al-Shaabi managed to advance against ISIL terrorists in two flanks on Tuesday,
and took control of a strategic road that connects the cities of Mosul and Tal
Afar to each other.
Iraqi soldiers and Hashd al-Shaabi drove ISIL out of the villages of Toumi and
Majarin East of Tal Afar after hours of clashes with terrorists.
Iraqi government forces, meantime, pushed ISIL back from the villages of Rahal,
Jabarh, Hossein Idris, al-Mala and al-Majid Southwest of Tal Afar.
Bahraini human rights groups have slammed the Persian Gulf monarchy’s National
Security Agency (NSA) for its systematic use of torture against all citizens,
including activists and human rights defenders.
Persian Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, the Bahrain Forum for
Human Rights and Salam for Democracy and Human Rights said in a joint report,
entitled “Chambers of Death”, on Tuesday that the “repressive” agency had
intensified its targeting of dissenting civilians since the beginning of this
also said both the NSA, founded in 2002, and its predecessor, the General
Directorate for State Security Investigations, established in 1966, have been
employing excessive force against people since their creation in the country.
NSA adopted these extreme measures in order to “increase its authority and use
it to carry out systematic torture, and also to intimidate the general
population with inhumane methods,” said Javad Firooz, the chairman of the Salam
for Democracy and Human Rights group, in the report.
examples of a number of abuse cases, it said that female rights activist
Ebtisam Alsaegh was tortured and sexually assaulted in the course of an
interrogation by the NSA in May.
report also named Adel Marzooq, an opposition official, who was also arrested
in May, and tortured by the NSA members as they had been “stripping him of
clothes, pouring cold water several times on him, threatening him with rape,
forcing him to repeat the slogans 'I am a traitor to the homeland' and forcing
him to quit his legal activism.”
NSA, not being formally part of the Bahraini Ministry of the Interior, had no
power to arrest until 2008, when it was granted with such a power by a Royal
Decree. It lost the power in 2011, again by another Royal Decree, only to be
granted with the power to arrest again in early January by the direct order of
in early June, Amnesty International called on Bahrain to put an end to torturing
government critics and all other forms of human rights after Alsaegh told the
rights group she had been tortured and sexually assaulted while in detention
for seven hours at the NSA headquarters in Muharraq, northeast of the capital
Manama, a week earlier.
state must end all forms of reprisals it is currently using against human
rights defenders and government critics, targeted solely for the peaceful
exercise of their freedom of expression,” Amnesty said at the time in its
home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet and an under-construction British naval base,
has witnessed peaceful anti-regime protests against the systematic abuse of the
Shia population and discrimination against them since 2011.
has responded to the protests with lethal force, which has drawn international
criticism. Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others
sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s
regime in Bahrain also received assistance from Saudi Arabia and the United
Arab Emirates on March 2011 as their respective troops were deployed to the
island country to assist Manama in its crackdown against dissent.
accepted Islam with full conviction and knowledge about the humane nature of
inmates of the Dubai Central Jail have converted to Islam "due to the good
treatment" they received from the Dubai Police's punitive and correctional
Ali Mohammed Al Shamali, director of public administration, said the converts
were inspired by the pamphlets distributed to them which explained the basics
also provided copies of the Holy Quran to them. They accepted Islam with full
conviction and knowledge about the humane nature of the religion. The Islamic
rituals that are followed at the jail, praying in groups and religious lectures
also helped," said Brig Al Shamali.
said the good treatment the converts received will help them to reform their
behaviour. "The Dubai Police always guide and rehabilitate prisoners and
offer them all kinds of support."
conversion ceremony was attended by religious preacher Saud Ahmed Abdul Aziz.
The converts thanked the police and jail employees for treating the inmates
equally irrespective of their race, colour and religion.
forces retake three districts of IS bastion
ABTA, Iraq - Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured from the Islamic State group
the first three districts of militant bastion Tal Afar as the Pentagon chief
visited Baghdad in a show of support.
United Nations said thousands of civilians had fled Tal Afar in the two days
since the start of the broad offensive backed by the US-led coalition fighting
remarks in Baghdad after meeting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, US Defence
Secretary Jim Mattis said the militants were "on the run".
"Cities have been liberated, people freed from ISIS, from Daesh,"
Mattis said, using alternative names for IS.
militants had not been able "to stand up to our team in combat, and they
have not retaken one inch of ground that they lost", he said.
troops backed by a US-led international coalition routed IS in Mosul in July
after a gruelling nine-month fight for Iraq's second city. They launched an
offensive Sunday to recapture Tal Afar, once a key IS supply hub between Mosul
- around 70 kilometres (45 miles) further east - and the Syrian border to the
fighters inside Tal Afar, estimated to number around 1,000, responded with
artillery fire Tuesday as Iraqi forces massed outside the city. Army, police
and units of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition later took "full
control" of the Al-Kifah, Al-Nur and al-Askari districts of Tal Afar, the
forces had encircled the city despite what Hashed spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi
described as "intense" fighting. He said the battle for the city
would probably last weeks, in contrast to the months-long battle for Mosul.
International Organization for Migration said "thousands of
civilians" had fled Tal Afar since the offensive began.
Friday, more than 3,000 people had arrived at two IOM emergency sites, many
with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, the UN agency said.
UN's refugee agency UNHCR said it had received some 9,000 people at the Hamman
Al Alil transit centre over the past week, and it was preparing to accommodate
nearly 30,000 more.
declined to make any predictions about the battle.
days are certainly numbered, but it's not over yet and it's not going to be over
anytime soon," he said.
forces had "fought like the dickens in Mosul, (it) cost them over 6,000
wounded, somewhere over 1,200 killed," he said.
that comeback restored the confidence of the Iraqi forces after their shock
loss of Mosul and swathes of northern Iraq to IS in 2014.
stressed that retaking Mosul would not have happened "without... Abadi's
steady hand", but was also due in part to extensive US support.
said his discussions in Iraq would focus on the way ahead, including how to
keep the country from again politically fragmenting or falling further under
Mattis is going to be very much focused on a pathway for the United States to
continue to have a residual force in Iraq to continue to train Iraqi security
forces" and avoid a successor from IS emerging, said Nicholas Heras,
Middle East Security Fellow at the Center for a New American Security in
key issue is a plan for an independence referendum on September 25 in Iraqi
Kurdistan, where Mattis met on Tuesday afternoon with the autonomous region's
president Massud Barzani.
poll is strongly opposed by the US, which believes it could undermine Abadi and
distract from the fight against IS.
House envoy to the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk, said the battle for Tal
Afar was "going well" but that a referendum on Kurdish independence
would be "potentially catastrophic to the counter-ISIS campaign".
not just the United States; every member of our coalition believes that now is
not the time to hold this referendum," he said.
leaving Baghdad, Mattis stressed the need to "stay focused like a laser
beam on the defeat of ISIS and to let nothing distract us".
who is on a five-day trip to Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Ukraine, said he would
also talk about reconstruction and resettlement of hundreds of thousands of
Iraqis driven from their homes and towns by the fighting, especially in Mosul.
not going to happen overnight. It's going to be a heavy lift for them going forward."
will be a political pickle that Mattis will have to work Abadi through,"
army soldiers pushed ISIL back from its positions in Jabal (mount) al-Mazar
South of al-Koum region after hours of non-stop clashes.
the meantime, a military source said that the army men in al-Sukhnah deployed
only 17km far from their comrades that are battling ISIL from al-Tayebeh
direction after the pro-government forces captured Jabal al-Mazar.
other units of the army attacked ISIL's defense lines West of Mount al-Sha'er
and took control of the village of al-Ebadiyeh Southwest of Huweisis in Eastern
the army units took back several heights and hills overlooking the village of
Salba, imposing control over the region.
ISIL suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage
in the army operations in Hama and Homs.
military source said earlier today that the army men managed to advance against
ISIL terrorists in Homs' Badiyeh (desert) and entered Southern border
territories of Deir Ezzur with Eastern Homs.
source said that the army forces have gained full control over Humeimeh region
and entered the Southern borders of Deir Ezzur, adding that the recent advance
will pave the way for the pro-government forces to move towards the town of
Albu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
the meantime, the army men have reached al-Doweikhiliyeh region East of
Humeimeh and are to move towards T-2 pumping station that is one of the main
strongholds of ISIL in region, the source went on to say.
Syrian opposition meeting ended in Riyadh without agreement on Tuesday due to
the fact that Moscow refused to agree on any changes to President Bashar
al-Assad’s regime or altering of the current Syrian constitution.
meeting witnessed a partial agreement between the opposition delegations and
the Cairo side regarding some issues.
stalemate of Russia's representatives has hampered efforts to bring together
representatives of the two groups to the negotiations.
Syrian opposition has so far met with representatives from Riyadh, Cairo and
Moscow for two days with the aim of forming a unified delegation in preparation
for the next round of Geneva talks.
must do more to ensure that thousands of women and girls who survived sexual
violence by ISIS militants receive care, protection and justice, the UN said
a fresh report, the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN rights
office also warned that the children born as a result of the sexual violence
risked facing a lifetime of discrimination and abuse.
physical, mental and emotional injuries inflicted by (ISIS) are almost beyond
comprehension,” UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement. “If
victims are to rebuild their lives, and indeed those of their children, they
need justice and they need redress,” he insisted.
report pointed to the horrific abuse suffered by women and girls, especially
from the Yazidi minority, in ISIS-controlled areas, including rape, abduction,
slavery and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.
2014, ISIS militants massacred Yazidis in Sinjar, forcing tens of thousands of
them to flee, and capturing thousands of girls and women as spoils of war to be
used as sex slaves. The women were sold and traded across the militants’
self-proclaimed state in Syria and Iraq. Around 3,000 are believed to remain in
UN report stressed that Baghdad was responsible under domestic and
international law to prosecute the perpetrators and help ensure reparations for
decried “gaps” in Iraq’s criminal justice system, “which largely fails to
ensure the appropriate respect and protection of women and children who have
been subjected to sexual and other forms of violence.”
also warned that women who were married to ISIS fighters, with or without their
consent, risked “discrimination and forms of collective punishment” based on
the suspicion they cooperated with the group.
report raised particular concerns over the situation of hundreds of children
born to women in ISIS-controlled areas without birth certificates or with
ISIS-issued documents not accepted by Baghdad. “The government must ensure
(these children) are protected from marginalization and abuse,” Zeid insisted.
Lebanese army says it has captured most of a mountainous area on the border
with Syria during an operation aimed at purging the region of Daesh Takfiri
have captured around another 20 square kilometers, so we have about another 20
square kilometers to go," said Lebanese army spokesman Brigadier-General
Ali Qanso at a press conference on Tuesday.
did not provide further information on the army’s timeline to finish the
army spokesman displayed photos of weapons, ammunition and mines belonging to
Daesh taken during the operation as well as tunnels used by the Takfiri
by the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, the army began a
long-anticipated operation in the Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa areas on
Lebanon's eastern border on Saturday. The push is meant to clear an area of 120
kilometers from elements of Daesh.
Lebanese soldiers have been killed in landmine explosions since the start of
Saturday, Qanso said that some 20 Daesh militants had been killed since the
start of the operation and that some 30 square kilometers (11 miles square) of
land that used to be controlled by the Daesh had been liberated.
media bureau reported that its fighters and the Syrian army had on Saturday
"managed to liberate 87 square kilometers of the total area controlled by
the Daesh ... in western Qalamoun region.”
suggest 600 Daesh militants are holding positions in the Jurud Ras Baalbek and
Jurud al-Qaa areas, the main regions covered by Lebanon army operation. There
was no official statement about potential recaptures and casualties in Daesh
ranks on Sunday.
army operation came short after Hezbollah launched its own battle in Jurud
Arsal region. Hezbollah managed to inflict huge losses on militants linked to
al-Nusra Front, a former affiliate of al-Qaeda which is now mostly concentrated
in northwest Syria.
admitted defeat after six days of fierce fighting and handed over five
Hezbollah fighters in return for evacuation of its militants to a region in
army operation against Daesh could end in a similar deal as the Takfiri group
is still believed to be holding nine Lebanese soldiers and police officers
three years after it invaded the border town of Arsal. Five from a group of 30
kidnapped servicemen have either been killed or died during captivity while 16
were released in a prisoner swap in December 2015.
must affirm Pakistan's fight against terrorism: China
China on Tuesday defended its friend Pakistan against strong criticism by
Donald Trump that the country is not doing enough to counter terrorism. In a
major speech outlining US policy on Afghanistan, the American president slammed
Islamabad for offering safe haven to “agents of chaos”. Successive US
administrations have criticised Pakistan for links with the Taliban and for
harbouring leading jihadists — like Osama bin Laden.
have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time
they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting," Trump said,
warning that vital aid could be cut.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying took a contrary view, telling
reporters that Pakistan "has made great sacrifices and contributions to
fighting terrorism". "The international community should fully affirm
the efforts by Pakistan," she told a regular press briefing.
are happy to see Pakistan and the United States carry out anti-terror
cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and work together for security and
stability in the region and world."
hope the relevant US policies can help promote the security, stability and
development of Afghanistan and the region," Hua said.
is investing around $50 billion in its South Asian neighbour as part of a plan
unveiled in 2015 to link its far-western Xinjiang region to the Pakistani port
of Gwadar in Balochistan province with upgraded infrastructure, power lines and
fears over safety arose earlier this year when two Chinese workers were
abducted in the provincial capital Quetta. Pakistan responded by deploying a
15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese working on energy and
infrastructure projects in the country.
a spiritual ceremony held at International Islamic University Islamabad, two
Chinese students embraced Islam; President of the university Dr. Ahmed Yousif
Al-Draiweesh taught them Kalima Tayabh, a pre-requisite for converting into
Islam. One of newly converted Muslim girl LivXia (Muslim name Maryam) is a
student of MA Education 3rd semester and belongs to AnHui province of China.
husband Abdullah was also student of IIUI and during the course of study
embraced Islam form Buddhism some years back.
second young one Zhang Zhen Hao (Muslim Name Muhammad) who embraced Islam is
also relative of Abdullah.
very ceremony was also attended by Vice Presidents Dr. Muhammad Munir, Dr.
Bashir Khan, Deans, Directors and other high officials of the university.
the occasion, while expressing the views, LivXia (Maryam) was very happy and
said that she feels peace and calmness in her heart and soul. She further said
that difference of evils and good deeds, particularly the concepts of hereafter
have also become very clear.
was of the view that teachings of Islam have impressive messages which molded
her towards Islam. She also requested the attendees to pray for determination
and openness of mind to understand the obligations of Islam. In his views,
Zhang Zhen Hao, was very happy to embrace Islam, said truthfulness of Islam has
been clear to me and he is very fond to study Islam more.
thanked all the persons who motivated him towards Islam and showed the right
path of life.
the occasion, Dr. Al-Draiweesh said, Allah has made Islam easy; being Muslim,
everybody is responsible for the preaching and spreading the true message of
Islam to all mankind. President IIU also said, there is no hardship and
oppression in Islam and Prophet (PBUH) said teaching of Islam must be conveyed
in soft and adoptable ways.
has voiced its “disappointment” over remarks made by US President Donald Trump,
while denying accusations of its support for terrorist groups.
country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of
terrorism, often perpetrated from outside our borders. It is, therefore
disappointing that the US policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices
rendered by the Pakistani nation in this effort," said a statement
released by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
statement was released after Trump said Washington can no longer remain silent
about Pakistan providing “safe havens for terrorists.”
has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to
lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists," the US president
added during a nationally televised speech Monday night before a military
audience at Fort Myer in reference to the Taliban and other groups posing a
threat to the region and beyond.
have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they
are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting…That will have to change
and that will change immediately," he added.
its foreign ministry statement, Pakistan also stressed that it was actively
participating in international counter-terror efforts.
a matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow use of its territory against any
country. Instead of relying on the false narrative of safe havens, the US needs
to work with Pakistan to eradicate terrorism," the statement added.
statement was released following a meeting between Pakistan's Foreign Minister
Khwaja Muhammad Asif and US ambassador David Hale in which Asif stressed his
country's "desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan."
The University of London has stated that it would not allow All Pakistan Muslim
League (APML) president and former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf to use
its venue to take part in question and answer recording session for a private
channel had announced that Musharraf will “answer your questions on a range of world
issues, from '99 takeover to the War on Terror and Nawaz Sharif’s
disqualification” at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Khalili
Theatre on August 24.
SOAS came in extreme pressure after the event with the former military dictator
college was told by at least three groups that it will protest during the event
Solidarity Campaign, a group of Pakistani activists from various progressive
groups, wrote to the SOAS and launched a petition calling on the university to
“immediately revoke permission” to host Musharraf, reports Geo TV.
said that allowing General (retd) Musharraf will “send the wrong message that
the SOAS – and the British Government – support military coups, state-sponsored
violence, and humanitarian crimes in Pakistan”.
Campaign said that Musharraf was “not only a military ruler who has toppled a
democratically-elected government,” but was involved in abduction, torture and
humiliation of human rights activists and political opponents including
supporting political and religious groups with links to violence.
was told that the SOAS allowing Musharraf a platform will mean undermining the
rule of law in Pakistan.
SOAS academics and students have been at the forefront in the campaign for the
restoration of democracy and for the rule of law in Pakistan. I condemn
providing an academic platform to Gen. Musharaf for his projection. He has
violated the Constitution of Pakistan and is declared absconder by the court in
Pakistan. The SOAS was not involved with planning the event; it was being
arranged by a private Pakistani TV as their private event,” Nadir Cheema, an
academic at SOAS, said.
the main Student Union of SOAS joined the Pakistan Solidarity Campaign in announcing
various layers of protest and forced the university to cancel the permission of
SOAS has confirmed by issuing a statement that it had “not invited Pervez
Musharraf to speak at the school and no such event is taking place here”.
confirmed that a “room booking request” was made by a student and “that the
student has now in fact withdrawn the request”.
SOAS said that the student who had applied to book the event has already
withdrawn his request.
have proper procedures in place for managing proposed events by student
societies. At no point was an event confirmed or accepted by the SOAS, nor was
any event planned and organised in conjunction with the SOAS or in discussion
with the Students’ Union,” Geo TV quoted.
Society President Khadeejah Shahid said that SOAS’s PakSoc had no relation with
the event and “we don’t get involved in Pakistani politics”.
Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq on Tuesday asked the federal government not to further delay
the implementation of FATA reforms and immediately take practical steps to
resolve this long awaited demand of tribal people otherwise they would march
towards Islamabad after Eid-ul-Azha.
was addressing a grand protest sit-in in front of Governor House to stress
government for taking steps to complete the reforms agenda and merge FATA in
KP. Jamaat-e-Islami Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Mushtaq Ahmad Khan,
Jamaat-e-Islami FATA Ameer Sardar Khan, former MNA from Bajaur and JI leader
Haroon Rasheed were also present on the occasion.
large number of tribal elders hailing from Khyber Agency, Mohmand Agency and
Kurram agency also rushed in front of Governor House and blocked main Sher Shah
Suri Road. The tribal leaders chanted full throated slogans against FCR and
against federal government.
said that they would not accept any further division of Pakhtuns and wanted
FATA merge in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that the Jamaat-e-Islami will keep up
its struggle to remove the sense of deprivation from tribal people and would
abolish the black laws of FCR.
Pakistan Muslim League-N government intention to amend articles 62 and 63 of
the Constitution, Siraj said that they would oppose any amendment and would
launch movement to retain it as the basic part of the Constitution to deal with
any corrupt person.
said that the brave people of FATA fought several battles against the British
imperialism in the past but despite this they were kept in dark and deprived of
their basic rights. He said that no one could stop people of FATA to play role
in national development.
also demanded re-launching of census in FATA as the actual population of FATA
has not been brought on the record and several times their population was
recorded low as compare to actual data.
The Jamaat-i-Islami on Tuesday warned that if the federal government didn’t
abolish the Frontier Crimes Regulation and announce the merger of Fata with
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before Eidul Azha, it would begin a long march on Islamabad.
a sit-in protest near the Governor’s House, JI chief Senator Sirajul Haq urged
the party workers and tribal people to prepare themselves for a long march on
the federal government doesn’t accept demands, then I will lead the long
march,” he said.
JI chief said the people of Fata, especially youths, had revolted against the
status quo and rejected the system of colonial era as it served the interests
of the corrupt people only.
said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should take bold steps regarding the
future of Fata instead of looking towards his party’s disqualified prime
minister, Nawaz Sharif, for it.
Siraj said the prime minister didn’t believe that he was the country’s chief
JI workers staged a sit-in on the Sher Shah Suri Road along the Governor’s
of other political parties and civil society groups also present on the stage.
The protesters shouted slogans in favour of Fata-KP merger and abolition of FCR
in tribal region.
sit-in caused massive traffic jams on the roads after the police blocked the
main road to the protest venue diverting the traffic to the Khyber Bazaar.
political parties have expedited the campaign for reforms, especially merger of
Fata with KP.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had organised a sit-in at the same place on August 11
to pressure the federal government to implement the recommendations of the
Sartaj Aziz-led committee on reforms in tribal areas. The committee’s report
was unveiled last year.
Siraj said the National Assembly instead of passing the Election Bill, 2017, on
Tuesday, should have passed the Fata reforms bill and announced representation
for tribal people in the KP Assembly in the 2018 general elections.
said the federal government had violated Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution
by not implementing the Fata reforms report.
will make a struggle for genuine reforms in Fata and the region’s merger with
KP,” he said.
JI chief flayed US President Donald Trump for accusing Pakistan of providing
sanctuaries to terrorists and threatening to end its assistance.
Trump has interfered in Pakistan’s internal matters and threatened to punish it
over its policies,” he said, adding that the US was blaming others for its
Tehreek president Dr Said Alam Mehsud insisted that former prime minister Nawaz
Sharif had betrayed the people of Fata by not implementing the Fata reforms
said the committee had recommended something different from what the government
was bringing about.
Sartaj Aziz committee had recommended the Fata-KP merger but the government was
planning to introduce Rewaj Act in Fata, which is unacceptable for the
tribesmen,” he said.
Said Alam said the government had planned to allocate 24 seats for Fata in the
KP Assembly and utilisation of funds trough the KP Governor and Presidency.
want genuine reforms and immediate merger of Fata with KP,” he said.
Lawyers Forum president Rahim Shah said certain institutions didn’t want true
Fata reforms and merger of the region with KP.
said ‘some institutions’ wanted to exploit tribal people by continuing with the
existing system in the region.
Political Alliance president Iqbal Afridi, who is also the PTI, Khyber Agency,
president, demanded that the government extend the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction
to tribal areas.
Pakistan has shared “evidence” with the American military officials about the
action taken against the Haqqani Network, the military spokesman said Tuesday.
Talking to members of an Afghan media delegation, currently on a week-long
visit to Pakistan, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said Pakistani security officials had
informed the American military officials who visited Pakistan this month about
the action against the Haqqanis.
have told them (American military officials) that we have taken action and will
take action against the Haqqani Network and all other terrorists groups
including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan," he said.
said that Haqqanis and other terrorist groups had been eliminated from North
Waziristan during the major offensive launched during 2014.
Pakistani Embassy in Kabul has invited the Afghan media team to visit Pakistan
to have direct interaction with the Pakistani political and military officials
and to ask about their reservations, embassy spokesman Akhtar Munir said.
Afghan media team, representing the leading TV channels and other important
media outlets, held a two-hour discussion with the Inter Services of Public
Relations (ISPR) director general, who also offered them a live presser for the
Afghan TV channels. He said that seven members of the Haqqani Network were
killed in Afghanistan, whose names the Afghan government had mentioned in list
handed over to Pakistan in February.
intelligence has also confirmed that dozens of others mentioned in the Afghan
government list operate on the Afghan side of the border," he said in a
reference to what was seen as a tit-for-tat exchange of lists of wanted men
after terrorist attacks had killed nearly 100 Pakistanis in attacks in the
country in February.
to questions about the security along the border with Afghanistan, he said that
the fencing of the border with Afghanistan was likely to be completed within
two years. He said that the fencing and other measures were only aimed at
stopping the cross-border movement of the terrorists.
know there are certain reservations on the border management in Afghanistan,
but these measures are necessary to stop the terrorists from entering both
sides of the border. If the Afghan government has any other option, they can
share it with us," he said.
army spokesman also told the Afghan media team that the border crossings with
Afghanistan, which were still closed, would be reopened in six to nine months
after all measures were taken to ensure border security. "Closure of
border is not an appropriate step and such steps are counterproductive for the
both countries and issues cannot be settled in this way."
have established a lot of check posts on our side of the border and hope
similar measures are taken on the other side," he said. He said that
Pakistan army chief had even offered the Afghan side that Pakistan was ready to
help Afghans put in place similar security measures, such as fencing of
constructing forts on the Afghan side.
routinely launched attacks on Pakistani border posts from Afghan soil in groups
of 150 in the past. But Pakistani measures on the border have reduced the
threat," Maj Gen Ghafoor said.
also reiterated Pakistan military's offer to impart training to the Afghan
security forces in the Pakistani military centers.
army spokesman called for an end to the blame game between Pakistan and
Afghanistan, adding that both countries must talk to each other to address to
each other's concerns. "As Pakistan military spokesman I have never
leveled the allegations against Afghan government or the Afghan army for supporting
Pakistani terrorists," he said. He, however, said it was widely believed
in Pakistan that the Pakistani terrorists were using Afghan soil to target
Chief Mullah Fazlullah is in Afghanistan and he claims responsibility for
attacks in Pakistan, but it does not mean that Afghan government is involved in
such incidents," he said. However, he said, that India was using TTP
a question, he said Pakistan has deployed over 200,000 security personnel in
the tribal regions, which had once been under the influence of the terrorist
groups but now all areas have been cleared.
mufti rejects dialogue with deviant groups
KINABALU: Sabah’s top authority on Islam has defended a ban on more than a
dozen Muslim groups, saying there was no need for dialogue with them as their
teachings deviated from “true Islam”.
followed the state fatwa council’s edicts against 16 groups, which includes the
Qadiani sect as well as Hizbut Tahrir, a group recently banned in Indonesia for
its radical political beliefs.
ban drew criticism from their followers in Peninsular Malaysia, who said they
were peaceful Muslims who have contributed to the local community, particularly
Sabah mufti Bungsu Aziz Jaafar in a recent interview with FMT said the ban had
nothing to do with claims of their links to terrorism.
they said they were peaceful, it’s a matter for the security authority to
decide,” he said.
look at it from the perspective of akidah (Islamic creed) and other related
aspects of religion.”
said the Qadiani sect believed that their leader, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was a
prophet. Muslims regard Prophet Muhammad was the final prophet.
said the authorities also took into account Muslim unity in their decision to
ban the groups.
to him, Hizbut Tahrir’s rejection of the current system of governance in
preference to the caliphate was a threat to Muslim unity in Malaysia.
Islam arrived in this country and maintained the sultanate system. It was
alright for one to be a king, without being a caliph,” he said, adding that
Muslims must adapt to different circumstances in governing a state.
said while the Muslim world was once governed by the Ummayad, Abbasid and
Ottoman caliphates, the current sultanate system practised in Malaysia was not
is a matter of ‘ijtihad’,” he said, referring to a method of scholars arriving
at Islamic rulings.
said it was wrong for Muslims to reject the legitimacy of rulers who apply
Islam in governance.
disagreed that religious authorities in the state should engage with groups it
deemed as deviant.
are things we can have a dialogue over, while others we need to take action on.
For something as clear as Qadiani, why do we need to have a dialogue? We’ve
studied and found it to be clearly deviant,” he said. “Fatwas are issued after
getting all the facts, not unscrupulously.”
has also arrested eight followers of another Muslim sect, the Millah Ibrahim,
who were sent back to Kuala Lumpur to be tried by the shariah court.
Bungsu, Millah Ibrahim “is worse” because it was a mix of Islam, Christianity
and Judaism, adding that it was against the Sunni creed.
Conviction Under Indonesia’s Dangerous Blasphemy Law
authorities wielding the country’s dangerously ambiguous blasphemy law have
claimed another victim: Siti Aisyah, the owner of an Islamic school in Mataram,
Lombok Island. On Monday, a Mataram court sentenced Aisyah to 30 months in
prison for “strange teachings,” which included advising students to restrict
their beliefs to the content of the Quran and to ignore other books on the
Prophet Muhammad’s teachings.
reports of those teachings prompted West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zainul Majdi to
order the closure of Aisyah’s school in January and to ask local police to open
an investigation of possible blasphemy law violations. The Mataram chapter of
the Indonesian Ulama Council, an umbrella of Muslim groups in Indonesia, issued
a non-legally-binding edict to the police on January 31 that Aisyah had
is the sixteenth person prosecuted and imprisoned on blasphemy charges since
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took office in October 2014. Indonesia’s
blasphemy law was passed in 1965 and punishes deviations from the central
tenets of Indonesia’s six officially recognized religions with up to five years
law has been used to prosecute and imprison members of religious minorities and
traditional religions. Recent victims include three former leaders of the
Gafatar religious community following the violent forced eviction of more than
7,000 Gafatar members from their farms on Kalimantan Island last year. Another
was former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama, sentenced to two years in
prison in May. Despite the repeated misuse of the law, Indonesia’s Religious
Affairs Ministry is seeking to reinforce and expand its scope through the
so-called religious rights protection bill, which parliament is likely to
debate in late 2017.
— A jailed Indonesian cleric has been named as a suspect in a suicide bomb
attack that killed eight people in Jakarta last year and was claimed by the
Islamic State (IS) group, police said yesterday.
said Aman Abdurrahman is suspected of masterminding the attack in January last
year, which killed four attackers and four civilians.
has been officially named a suspect in the Thamrin attack,” said national
police spokesman Setyo Wasisto, referring to the street where it took place. He
added that Abdurrahman will be charged soon. “We already have sufficient
evidence about his involvement in the attack.”
have long pointed to Abdurrahman as the architect of the attack, but this is
the first time they have officially named him as a suspect.
assault — the first claimed by IS in South-east Asia — saw dramatic scenes as a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a Starbucks outlet and security forces
battled gun-toting militants.
being in prison since 2010, Abdurrahman has recruited militants to join the IS,
according to the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis and Conflict.
is thought to have been in communication with leaders of the jihadist group and
is the main translator for IS propaganda in Indonesia, it has said.
cleric was detained by counter-terrorism police on Aug 12, just as he was due
for early release from Nusakambangan high-security prison where he was serving
a sentence for raising funds for a training camp in Aceh. Abdurrahman, leader
of the IS-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, was named a suspect on Aug 18, said Mr
report by the non-profit international policy organisation Counter Extremism
Project said Abdurrahman has radicalised at least 20 of his fellow prisoners,
some of whom have carried out terrorist activities following their release.
incarceration, Abdurrahman has released his extremist sermons via email,
Facebook, and in hard copy,” it said, adding that following the Jarkarta attack
last year, prison officials moved Abdurrahman into high security cells and
barred him from receiving packages from visitors.
the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has long struggled with
Islamic militancy and has been hit by a series of attacks in the past 15 years,
including the 2002 Bali bombings that left 202 people dead.
China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump
said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan's "safe
havens" for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to
on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan,
signaling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing
"a fight to win".
insisted that others - the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies -
step up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict, but he saved
his sharpest words for Pakistan.
U.S. officials warned security assistance for Pakistan could be reduced unless
the nuclear-armed nation cooperated more in preventing militants from using
safe havens on its soil.
say Pakistan sees militants such as the Taliban as useful tools to limit the
influence of old rival India. Pakistan denies allowing militants refuge on its
territory, saying it takes action against all groups.
about Trump's speech, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said
Pakistan was on the front line in the struggle against terrorism and had made
"great sacrifices" and "important contributions" in the
believe that the international community should fully recognize Pakistan's
anti-terrorism," she told a daily news briefing.
and Pakistan consider each other "all-weather friends" and have close
diplomatic, economic and security ties.
has its own security concerns in the region, in particular any links between
militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Islamist groups China blames for
violence in its far western region of Xinjiang.
this month, a gathering of atheists in Kuala Lumpur caused an uproar among
members of the Muslim community, continuing the trend of conservative and
religious issues spilling into the public domain.
gathering was highlighted by pro-Islam blogs and websites, resulting in violent
threats against the atheist group, while the government has responded to the
complaints by promising to investigate the issue.
Shahidan Kassim, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, suggested that
atheists should be hunted down as they have no place in Malaysia under the
from conservative Muslims seems to have informed a few government decisions.
month has also seen the abandonment of reforms to the Law Reform (Marriage and
Divorce) Bill 2016 that would have prohibited the religious conversion of
children to Islam with the consent of just one parent.
amendment was withdrawn following strong criticism from conservative Islamic
groups. This is in addition to the recent banning by the Home Ministry of eight
books for not conforming to the teachings of “Sunnah Wal Jamaah”, the
mainstream Islamic view in Malaysia.
East Malaysia, the Sabah fatwa council moved to ban 16 deviant teachings,
ranging from the Hizbut Tahrir group to Shi’ism, while also banning the
undefined and rather vague concepts of “liberalism” and “pluralism”.
study by the Pew Research Centre that indicated religious practices in Malaysia
are highly controlled by the state, on a par with countries such as Russia and
state control of religion has been prevalent since the creation of the Islamic
bureaucracy in the 1980s, a by-product of the political “Islamisation race”
between the United Malays National Organisation (Umno)and Parti Islam
Se-Malaysia (PAS) to gain favour among Malays.
institutions have been steadily expanding their jurisdiction, increasing their
budgets, and growing their influence on society.
centrality of Islam in Malaysian public life has been on the rise, particularly
in the past decade.
the issue of religion cannot be divorced from its importance in politics,
particularly how it has been co-opted by parties such as Umno and PAS to secure
votes from their Malay base, rarely do we consider the impact on society of a
top-down approach to religion over the past 20 years.
there is definite encouragement from the government and ministers, religious
conservatism and negative reactions over religious issues are now occurring
“organically”, without prodding from authorities.
there is not anything necessarily wrong with conservatism per se; if an ethnic
or religious group opts to adopt a more conservative outlook, it is their
prerogative to do so, as long as it does not infringe on others.
recent years, however, it is not so much a renewed conservatism that has
contributed to public discord, but rather a growing intolerance of alternative
interpretations or schools of thought of Islam.
alternatives are usually branded and generalised as “deviant” or liberal.
media and the Internet generally amplify these angry and dissenting voices,
making issues out of seemingly inconspicuous matters, such as whether hotdogs
should be renamed, or whether a gold medal gymnast’s attire is appropriate.
anger directed at the atheist gathering is the most recent example of such
religious intolerance. It may be a particularly sore point for Malay Muslims,
as apostasy is a tricky subject.
there is no compulsion of belief in Islam, this is hardly practised, especially
states prohibit apostasy, while other states prescribe jail sentences, fines,
and stints in religious rehabilitation centres.
a strong stance is perhaps taken out of fear of a domino effect, or that
acknowledging apostasy further encourages others to opt out of the religion.
of this, however, the position of the government and religious institutions
serves to reinforce the views of a conservative public, whose outcry over the
issue has been, at times, dangerously violent.
over apostasy should not descend to the level of calling for the death of
vehement opinions risk public safety, and fracturing society even further.
freedom and tolerance is at a new low for a variety of political and social
reasons, while Malaysians continue to be divided along ethnic and religious
the fallout from this incident will serve only to divide the people. The strong
response online from Malay-Muslims against atheists, both Malay and non-Malay,
will reinforce existing anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.
expressing their anger at atheists and the alleged risk they pose to religious
harmony, conservative Malay-Muslims exacerbate existing racial divisions in the
a government that has demonstrated a willingness to pander to its Malay
electorate may end up persecuting religious minority groups, as it has in the
past, with atheists now a likely target.
of Police Khalid Abu Bakar warned atheists against causing any unease among the
think you can do whatever you want. Be mindful of the law,” he cautioned, and
only when asked did he state that if death threats were made against the
atheists, they would be duly investigated.
action should be considered against those who have made death threats to the
JAYA: Chandra Muzaffar has criticised the home ministry’s explanation for its
ban on a book published by a group of prominent Malays, dismissing the claim
that its contents undermine national security and stability.
a statement released by the home ministry on Monday, its secretary-general Alwi
Ibrahim said G25’s book titled, “Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation –
Islam in a Constitutional Democracy”, contained elements promoting liberalism
and pluralism which are contrary to Islam’s Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Sunni)
Chandra, who is a contributor to the book, said Alwi had failed to explain
which parts of it promoted liberalism and pluralism in a manner which
threatened public interests.
Alwi didn’t explain why liberalism is a threat to the nation.
us not forget that the fourth goal of the Rukun Negara, our nation’s
philosophy, emphasises a liberal approach to our rich and diverse cultural traditions,”
Chandra told FMT.
does Alwi mean when he says the book promotes liberalism? Is he referring to
the tradition of liberal thinking which was developed in 18th-century Europe,
or is he, as I suspect, equating liberalism to a permissive attitude towards
the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community?”
who is the chairman of Yayasan 1Malaysia, said he believed Alwi had a distorted
view of liberalism and pluralism.
he said, refers to the existence and acknowledgement of diversity, whether
cultural, religious or political, which was a reality in today’s world.
believe Alwi is interpreting pluralism to mean that all religions are the same.
This isn’t what pluralism is, because no two religions are the same even though
they have some similarities like promoting kindness or respecting nature.”
he said all religions are different, giving the example of how Christians and
Muslims believe in an afterlife while Buddhists believe in reincarnation.
also said Islam had no problem with diversity, citing Quranic verses in Chapter
49, verse 13 and Chapter 5, verse 48.
verses, he said, support the Quranic view of accepting different religions and
and pluralism aren’t bad words. So I really don’t know what is their problem
with the G25 book.”
G25 book was one of 18 publications recently banned by the home ministry under
the Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No
12) Order 2017. The ban was signed by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on June
book, which was first published by Marshall Cavendish in December 2015,
discusses the impact of Islamic bureaucracy in Malaysia and its consistency
with the provisions of the Federal Constitution.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has underlined Turkey’s resolve to prevent any
attempt by Syrian Kurdish fighters to establish a Kurdish state in northern
a Tuesday speech in Ankara, Erdogan described the Kurdish Peoples' Protection
Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) as terror groups, noting,
"We do not and will never allow a so-called state to be established by the
PYD, YPG in northern Syria.”
want to establish a terror corridor in northern Syria reaching the
Mediterranean," he noted.
reaffirmed Turkey’s determination to continue to fight against PYD and YPG
"wherever we find them.”
Syrian Kurdish fighters control two "cantons" in Syria's northeast as
well as the Afrin region to the west. Turkey says PYD and YPG are the
affiliates of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered by Turkey,
the US and EU as a terror group.
August 2016, Turkey staged a cross-border operation in northern Syria, which
Ankara said was aimed at purging the border zone of terrorists.
have been speculations that Turkey may be planning to launch another operation
against the YPG to push it out of the town of Afrin.
remarks come amid Turkey’s opposition to a referendum on independence of Iraq's
autonomous Kurdish region scheduled to be held on September 25.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is scheduled to visit Iraq on Wednesday to
discuss the issue with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad and then
with Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani in Arbil.
week, delegations from Iraq’s ruling coalition, the National Alliance, and
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) met in Baghdad to discuss the possibility
of cancelling or delaying the referendum.
Kurdish delegation reportedly held talks with Prime Minister Abadi, President
Fuad Masum and other Iraqi leaders as well as the ambassadors of the United
States, Iran and Turkey in Baghdad.
visit came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson formally asked Massoud
Barzani, the KRG president, to postpone the referendum.
to Abdullah al-Zaidi, a negotiator from the National Alliance, a second round
of negotiations could be held next week in the Kurdish capital city of Erbil.
Sunday, Executive Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Politburo
Mala Bakhtiar said the Kurds will not agree to delay the vote without fixing
another date for it.
noted that, at the political level, Baghdad should commit to settle the issue
of disputed regions such as the oil-rich area of Kirkuk and, on the economic
side, the Iraqi government should help the Kurds overcome a financial crisis
and settle debts owed by their government.
said the KRG owes up to $12 billion to public works contractors, civil servants
and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who have not received salaries for several
stopped federal payments to the KRG in 2014 after the Kurds began exporting oil
independently from Baghdad, via a pipeline to Turkey.
Kurds say they need the extra revenue to manage the costs of war against Daesh
Takfiri terrorists and a large influx of refugees to their region.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a statement on Sunday, rejecting
Bakhtiar’s suggestion to postpone the planned referendum in return for
financial and political concessions from Baghdad.
statement by the Iraqi prime minister said Bakhtiar's remarks were his personal
views and did not reflect the negotiations between the two sides.
Reuters correspondent, quoting the head of the political office of the Kurdish
Patriotic Union, has published some claims which are false and unrealistic, and
have never been raised in talks with the Kurdish delegation in Baghdad,"
Mala Bakhtiar was not a member of the delegation and was not present during the
talks," added the statement.
Iraqi government has rejected the planned referendum as "unilateral"
and unconstitutional. Turkey, Iran and Syria, which together with Iraq have
sizable Kurdish communities, also oppose an independent Kurdistan.
militia groups which were key to driving out Daesh from much of the country
have threatened to expel the Peshmarga from Kirkuk and three other disputed
areas - Sinjar, Makhmur and Khanaqin.
seek answers from US envoy Kushner
West Bank: The Palestinians are hoping for some clear answers on key disputes
with Israel from US envoy Jared Kushner when he returns to the region this
week, a top Palestinian official said.
Palestinians have shown increasing signs of impatience in recent days, saying
that after more than six months in office, US President Donald Trump still has
not laid out a vision for Mideast peace.
Majdalani, a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Palestinians asked
Kushner for the US position on two key issues — Israeli settlements and support
for Palestinian independence — during his last visit to the region in June.
then we didn't hear from them," he said Tuesday.
hope they bring clear answers this time," he added. "If not, then the
peace process cannot be resumed because we cannot negotiate from scratch."
Palestinians are seeking a freeze in Israeli settlement construction and a US
endorsement of Palestinian independence as part of a "two-state
solution" with Israel.
Palestinians say that continued Israeli construction in the West Bank and east
Jerusalem — captured territories sought by the Palestinians for their state —
undermines their dream of independence.
who is Trump's son-in-law, is expected to meet with Israeli and Palestinian
officials on Thursday as he tries to restart talks. The last round broke down
over three years ago. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office had no
comment on the upcoming visit, and there was no immediate reaction from a
has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the
he has given few indications of how he plans to reach it.
his administration still coping with the fallout from his handling of the
deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Netanyahu facing a growing
police investigation into possible bribery and corruption, the odds of any
major breakthroughs on this trip seem low.
has not explicitly endorsed the two-state solution, the cornerstone of US
policy for nearly two decades and the international community's preferred
has urged Israel to show restraint in settlement construction, but not demanded
a freeze, disappointing the Palestinians.
also has backed away from a campaign pledge to move the US Embassy from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel had welcomed the promise, while the Palestinians
strongly opposed it.
concern is rising for more than a dozen political prisoners in Iran who are on
International issued a statement on Tuesday describing their conditions as
"cruel, inhuman and degrading".
International said that prisoners at Raja’i Shahr prison were recently
transferred to a newly opened area where conditions are suffocating.
are held in cells with windows covered by metal sheets, and deprived of access
to clean drinking water, food and sufficient beds,” the statement read.
Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International
said that on July 30 about 53 political prisoners were violently transferred to
Section 10 of Raja’i Shahr prison.
them are human rights defenders, trade unionists, journalists, students,
peaceful political dissidents, and members of Iran’s persecuted Baha’i
least 17 political prisoners went on hunger strike in protest at the transfer.
Paris based National Council of Resistance of Iran said that political
prisoners in the notorious Gohardasht Prison are experiencing deteriorated
physical conditions and are in dangerous conditions as well.
Monday, August 21, Mr. Hassan Sadeghi was transferred to Farabi Hospital in
Qazvin Square of southern Tehran, he is suffering from glaucoma due to the
severe blows suffered from prison authorities to his eye,” the NCRI said in
say there is a possibility that his eye blood veins are torn and may lose his
Aug 23, 2017
prime minister has held talks with an Iranian deputy foreign minister on the
threats posed by the Israeli regime and terrorism to the troubled Middle East
meeting between Saad Hariri and Hossein Jaberi Ansari, which took place in
Beirut on Tuesday, focused on Tehran-Beirut ties as well as the latest
developments in Lebanon and the broader Middle East region.
the meeting, Hariri referred to Israel and terrorism as the two primary threats
facing Lebanon and the entire region.
described dialogue and cooperation among different Lebanese political parties
as the reason behind the Beirut government’s recent achievements, stressing
that the country was determined to continue that approach.
Ansari, for his part, said the two threats highlighted by the Lebanese premier
provide a common ground for boosting Tehran-Beirut ties and regional
further voiced the Islamic Republic’s readiness to bolster relations with
Lebanon in all fields and termed the Arab country as a good example of national
consensus and domestic coexistence.
a press conference following the meeting, the Iranian official said he had held
talks with Hariri on the need to resolve the Syria crisis through dialogue and
to continue the counter-terrorism fight there.
Ansari expressed Iran’s resolve to bolster cooperation with Lebanon, especially
in the political and the economic areas.
about Lebanon’s recent counterterrorism operation near the Syrian frontier, he
said that the Lebanese military, backed by the Hezbollah resistance movement
and the nation’s support, have managed to score major victories against the
expressed hope that the joint cooperation will continue until terrorists are
eradicated from the border region.
Iranian official further congratulated the Lebanese nation, government, army
and the resistance on the battlefield victories.
Lebanese military launched its anti-terror operation on Saturday. Hezbollah
also started a simultaneous offensive against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group
from the Syrian side of the frontier.
month, Hezbollah concluded a joint counter-terrorism campaign with the Syrian
army at Lebanon’s highlands of Arsal.
have not planned any operations across the borders of the Islamic Republic of
Iran but will give a crushing response to any group, team or person intending
to cross the Iranian territories for anti-security or terrorist acts," the
statement said on Tuesday.
statement, meantime, warned the terrorist grouplets that have deployed in
Northern Iraq for the past several years and are backed up by Tehran's enemies
to stir insecurity in Iran of IRGC's crushing and harsh response to any hostile
move, and vowed to target their backup lines no matter where they are.
statement came after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that a
more effective struggle against the PKK and its Iranian affiliate, PJAK, would
be possible through joint action with Iran.
action against terrorist groups that have become a threat is always on the
agenda. This issue has been discussed between the two military chiefs, and I
discussed more broadly how this should be carried out," Erdogan was quoted
as saying by the Reuters.
the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel quoted Erdogan as saying that his
country might conduct a joint operation with Iran against the PKK positions in
Shingal and Qandil.
of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri started a
three-day visit to Ankara last Tuesday heading a high-ranking politico-military
- Iran can resume high-level uranium enrichment within five days if the United
States tears up the nuclear deal, the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation
we make a determination, at most in five days we can start 20 percent
enrichment in Fordo (nuclear plant),” said Ali Akbar Salehi in an interview
with state broadcaster IRIB.
course we would not like such a thing to happen as we made a lot of effort to
achieve the JCPOA (nuclear deal),” he added.
biggest priority is to maintain the JCPOA, but of course not at any price.”
2015 nuclear deal with world powers saw sanctions eased in exchange for curbs
to Iran’s nuclear programme.
included a ban on high-level enrichment of uranium - 20 percent or more - a
process which would take Iran close to the level needed for a nuclear weapon.
President Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during
his campaign, and it has come under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out
missile tests and Washington imposed new sanctions - with each accusing the
other of violating the spirit of the agreement. But Salehi said that scrapping
the nuclear deal would backfire on Washington in its efforts to tackle North
Korea’s atomic programme.
they call off the JCPOA, North Korea will say you are not committed to your
pledges,” he said. “The credibility of the US will fall apart and the question
will be raised as to why they committed themselves and then violated their
the deal, Iran is allowed to enrich uranium to low levels of 3.5 percent, which
can be used to power reactors.
20-percent, uranium can be used for nuclear medicines, but crucially leaves
only a small amount of work to get to the 90-percent level needed for a nuclear
weapon. For this reason, when in February 2010 Iran began enriching to 20
percent alarm bells rang, since it dramatically shortened the time needed to
produce a bomb’s worth of weapons-grade uranium.
Saudi soldiers have been killed when the Yemeni army and fighters from the
allied Popular Committees launched an attack against the kingdom’s southwestern
border region of Jizan in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s campaign against
the impoverished Arab country.
unnamed military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni snipers fatally
wounded the soldiers in the Saudi military outpost of al-Maridhah on Tuesday, a
day after sharpshooters killed another Saudi soldier in al-Zaqilah military
base in the same region.
source added that the artillery of the national forces also shelled gatherings
of Saudi forces in several military bases and outposts, including al-Sharhawi
and Nashaw, across the region’s border areas. Furthermore, Yemeni forces fired
Katyusha rockets against gatherings of Saudi troops and military hardware and
vehicles in the southern region of Nagran.
say the attacks inflicted heavy damage upon the Saudi war machine in the two
in April, Arabic-language Yemen Watch news agency reported that in the first
quarter of this year, Yemeni forces had killed a total of 119 Saudi soldiers.
Most of the operations were conducted in Jizan, where a total of 74 Saudi
soldiers were slain. Thirty-five and 10 other Saudi troops were killed in
Najran and Asir regions, respectively.
report by Reuters published in April last year revealed that at least 400 Saudi
soldiers had been killed in the cross-border fire since the start of the Saudi
campaign in March 2015. Riyadh has maintained a policy of ambiguity regarding
its casualties in the war on Yemen. Senior military officials have said that
they would not release such information until after the campaign.
war on Yemen
the past two and a half years, Yemen has been under heavy airstrikes by Saudi
Arabia’s warplanes as part of a brutal war against the Arabian Peninsula
country in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and
reinstall the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of
Riyadh. More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the
campaign, and much of the country's infrastructure, including hospitals,
schools and factories, has been ravaged.
Saudi war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.
August 14, the World Health Organization announced that a total of 503,484
cases, suspected to be infected with cholera, and 1,975 deaths, attributable to
the outbreak, had been documented in Yemen since late April. The world body has
on several occasions warned about the growing cholera epidemic and a looming
famine in the impoverished country.
UN has already announced that the Saudi war had left some 17 million Yemenis
hungry, nearly seven million facing famine, and about 16 million almost without
access to water or sanitation.
Thursday, the Foreign Policy magazine said it had obtained a new confidential
draft report by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, saying that Saudi
airstrikes had killed 502 Yemeni children and injured 838 others since 2015.
same report by the UN also revealed that the Saudi war, despite Riyadh’s
overwhelming military superiority, had failed since it was “no closer” to
achieving its declared objective.
United States and Britain have been providing the bulk of the military ordnance
used by Saudi Arabia in the war. London has licensed 3.3 billion pounds' worth
of weapons since the beginning of the war.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari has
held talks with Secretary General of the Lebanese resistance movement,
Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
a meeting in Beirut on Tuesday, Jaberi Ansari and Nasrallah exchanged views
about the latest political developments in the Middle East and the situation in
the region, particularly the Syrian and Lebanese issues.
Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Fat’hali was also present in the meeting.
Ansari, who arrived in Beirut on Monday for a three-day visit, held talks with
Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign
Minister Gebran Bassil.
said the trip aims to express Iran’s support for national unity in Lebanon and
the country’s fight against the Israeli regime and Takfiri terrorists.
Iranian diplomat is visiting Beirut after the Lebanese army chief General
Joseph Aoun announced the start of the operation, dubbed Jaroud Dawn, on
Saturday against Daesh terrorists in eastern parts of the country along the
border with Syria.
on Saturday, the Hezbollah resistance movement said that it had started a joint
operation with the Syrian army inside Syrian territory, according to al-Manar
militants of the al-Nusra Front group, recently renaming itself Fateh al-Sham,
withdrew from Arsal following a series of consecutive defeats that forced them
to agree to a ceasefire deal.
symbol of resistance against Zionists, terrorists’
Jaberi Ansari also said on Tuesday that Lebanon is the symbol of resistance
against the Israeli regime and Takfiri terrorism.
symbolizes coexistence among different Islamic and Christian sects and
ethnicities…and the message of my trip to Lebanon and meetings with Lebanese
political and religious leaders is that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports
this coexistence,” he said in a meeting with Sheikh Naeem Hassan, the spiritual
leader of the Druze community in Lebanon.
court jails Muslim leader for life over terrorism
Ugandan court on Tuesday sentenced a Muslim group leader and three associates
to life in prison after their conviction on terrorism charges related to
threats to harm rivals, a judicial official said.
the last few years more than a dozen senior Muslim figures in Uganda have been
killed, in most cases gunned down by unknown assailants riding on motorcycle
Mohammad Yunus Kamoga, who heads Tabliqs, a radical Muslim faction, and 13
others were arrested and charged with terrorism and the murder of some other
Islamic group leaders.
Monday six of them were convicted on the terrorism charges but all were cleared
a high court session on Tuesday, Kamoga and three others were sentenced to life
while two associates were given 30 years each, according to judiciary spokesman
court acquitted the group of murder because prosecutors failed to place any of
them at the scenes of crime, he said.
media quoted defence lawyers as saying they would appeal against the
13 per cent of Uganda's 35 million population is Muslim. The east African
state's Muslim community has various factions that often feud over issues
ranging from differing interpretations of Islam to rows over property and
has only suffered one major Islamist militant attack - in 2010 when
back-to-back bombings in the capital Kampala killed at least 76 people.
Shabaab, an al Qaeda-affiliated militant group based in Somalia, claimed
responsibility. Uganda's military is deployed in Somalia as part of an African
Union-mandated AMISOM peacekeeping force.
- Libya's former prime minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped by an armed group
in war-torn Tripoli and not been heard from in nine days, family members and
friends said Tuesday.
who became premier in November 2012, was dismissed by Libya's parliament in
March 2014 amid accusations that public funds had been embezzled.
left the country soon afterwards, in defiance of a travel ban issued by the
had returned to Libya in early August for the first time since his dismissal
and was planning a Tripoli press conference to respond to his critics,
according to Karam Khaled, a friend who accompanied him.
said the former premier's visit had been coordinated with Fayez al-Sarraj,
premier in the country's United Nations-backed Government of National Accord.
was the GNA that prepared the visit, including protocol at the airport and the
hotel reservation," Khaled said.
said an armed group's first attempt to seize Zeidan on August 12 was foiled by
said the gunmen were from the GNA-linked Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade, a
militia of former rebels from the NATO-backed 2011 uprising that led to the
overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
from the same group returned the next day and we were obliged to hand them
Zeidan," Khaled said.
then, we have had no information on where he is being held or his
condition," he said, criticising the "silence" of the unity
ex-prime minister's son Zeidan Zeidan said the family had no news of his
have nothing so far," he said by phone from the United Arab Emirates,
where he lives.
said his father's lawyer had told him no court cases had been brought against
the former premier.
was indeed a kidnapping and not an arrest," he said, adding that the
family is worried for the health of his father, who is 67.
October 2013, gunmen seized the then premier from Tripoli's luxury Corinthia
Hotel, but he was released after several hours.
local armed group in a Libyan coastal city west of the capital Tripoli has
reportedly been halting refugee boats from setting out across the
Mediterranean, leading to a rapid drop in the risky sea voyage over the past
revelation sheds a new light into the sudden decline in the number of asylum
seekers arriving in Italy, Reuters reported Monday citing multiple local
sources in the city of Sabratha in Libya’s Zawiya district who spoke on
condition of anonymity.
to the report, arrivals of refugees in Italy from North Africa -- the main
route for migration to Europe this year -- fell by more than 50 percent in July
compared to the same period last year, and August arrivals so far are down even
and August are peak months for people smugglers operating the substandard boats
to carry refugees to Europe due to favorable sea conditions.
cited in the report stated that the sudden drop in the refugee flow had been
caused by a new militia in the seaside city -- 70 kilometers west of Tripoli --
which is blocking the asylum seekers from leaving, often by detaining and
holding them in custody.
militia force in Sabratha "works on the ground, the beach, to prevent the
migrants leaving on boats towards Italy," said an unidentified “civil
society organizer” in the city, as quoted in the report, noting that the group
is made up of several hundred "civilians, policemen, army figures."
further quoted a second source in the city – “who follows smuggling activity
closely” -- as saying that the force is conducting a "very strong
campaign" that was launched by a "former mafia boss."
report then cited yet another source “with contacts in Libya” as saying that
the Sabratha group was making "a significant effort to police the
sources further asserted that the armed militia force was also operating a
detention center for refugees who are turned back or seized from smugglers, and
one sent a photo of hundreds of asylum seekers sitting in the sand in front of
a high wall.
to one of the sources cited in the report, the group appeared to be seeking
legitimacy and financial support from Tripoli, where European states have tried
to partner with a UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) to curtail the
it was not possible to make contact with the group, known as Brigade 48,
according to one of the sources.
development came as Italy has been making efforts to boost GNA's ability to
contain people smuggling with cash, training and by sending a ship to help
repair Tripoli's coastguard and navy vessels.
the report says, wants to replicate a deal with Libya that the EU struck with
Turkey last year, largely shutting down the refugee route through Greece and
an upcoming national election in the first half of next year, the Italian
government is under pressure to demonstrate that it can halt, or at least trim
down refugee in-flow.
NATIONS — U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said Tuesday he saw “the
early warnings of genocide” during a recent visit to Central African Republic,
which has faced sectarian fighting since 2013.
said in an interview with The Associated Press that “there’s a terrible
development of militias now using ethnic or religious” reasons for attacks. He
spoke with AP after briefing the U.N. Security Council on his trip behind
closed doors at the request of France.
a visit to the southeastern town of Bangassou last month, O’Brien said, he saw
2,000 Muslims trapped in a Catholic church where they fled after their homes
were burned by mostly Christian anti-Balaka militiamen who were “just lying in
wait to kill them if they tried to move.” By contrast, he said, “every
Christian family’s house was left standing.”
African Republic, one of the world’s most impoverished nations, has been
wracked by violence since predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the
Christian president in 2013 and seized power. Anti-Balaka militias fought back,
resulting in thousands of deaths, the displacement of hundreds of thousands
more and the flight of many Muslims to the country’s north or across the border
into Chad and Cameroon.
peaceful elections in early 2016, violence has continued. Sectarian fighting
has moved into the country’s central and southeastern regions, prompting
warnings of a national conflict roaring back to life. More than 300 people have
been killed and over 100,000 displaced since May.
report to the Security Council follows a warning from U.N. Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres in late July that hard-won gains toward lasting peace in
Central African Republic are threatened by fighting in the country’s southeast
and heightened ethnic tensions.
the U.N. humanitarian chief went further on Tuesday, saying: “The early
warnings of genocide are there.”
noted Central African Republic is twice the size of France, with only 1,300
kilometers (810 miles) of paved roads and just over 12,000 U.N. peacekeepers
mandated to protect civilians.
said that “there are massive flare-ups” not only in Bangassou but in Obo and
Bria, also in the southeast, and “the concern is that there’s no control.”
escalation is very real,” O’Brien said. “We’re looking at things which we
haven’t heard about for a long time. There’s a very deep ethnic cleansing
said he felt very strongly it was his special duty to tell the Security Council
what he saw in Bangassou, where U.N. peacekeeping troops from the Muslim
country of Morocco based. Those peacekeepers “were being described as a
legitimate target by the various (Christian) militias who saw them as partial to
protecting the Muslim community they were trying to get rid of,” he said.
said the response to the Moroccan peacekeepers was “totally wrong,” saying the
U.N. force is there to protect all civilians, regardless of their backgrounds.
said all Security Council members are deeply concerned about escalating ethnic
tensions and violence in the Central African Republic.
said the government controls only the capital of Bangui and the surrounding
area, leaving a pressing need for finding “a way of enforcing some sort of
government authority” everywhere. The international community also must find “a
very clear, practical methodology to get these individuals to lay down their
arms,” he said.
for humanitarian aid, he said, increased donations are necessary for helping
those forced from their homes by the conflict.
Turkey working 'closely' on returning militants
is working “closely” with Turkey on the issue of foreign fighters returning
from warzones, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Tuesday.
are working quite closely with Turkey, which is effectively reporting to us the
return of French extremists," Collomb told broadcaster BFMTV.
about how the French authorities are planning to handle the possible return of
citizens who are still in Iraq and Syria, including several women and children,
Collomb said to date "217 [adults] and 54 minors" are already back on
minister said that, once in France, a judicial process is initiated for
"all those who took part in these wars".
are taken to court, and most of the time imprisoned," he added.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, in 2014 estimated around 900 French
citizens had gone to fight in Syria alone.
has been under a state of emergency following terrorist attacks in Paris in
November 2015 which killed 130 people. Several of the plotters were reported to
have spent time in Syria.
French president, Emmanuel Macron, has promised to lift the emergency
legislation by November this year.
shaken by links to extremist attacks in Europe
Morocco — Morocco has long considered itself a haven of stability in a volatile
region and a key ally in the fight against Islamic extremism, but in recent
months, it has found itself shaken by carnage in Europe blamed on Moroccans who
men from the North African nation have been involved in deadly attacks in Paris
and Brussels, and — just last week — emerged as suspects in violence in Spain
and Finland. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.
the days after attacks on Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas and a seaside resort
killed 15 people, shocked and horrified relatives and friends of the suspects
gathered with the Muslim community in their Spanish town of Ripoll to denounce
families in Morocco issued similar statements and also said that anything the
young men learned about extremism had taken place away from home.
12-member cell accused of carrying out the attacks in Spain was made up of
brothers and childhood friends from Ripoll — young men described as integrated,
well-liked and responsible members of their tight-knit community.
teacher, doctor .... How could this have disappeared? What happened to
you?" their school counselor, Raquel Rull, wrote in a despairing column
published Tuesday in La Vanguardia newspaper. "What are we doing to make
these things happen! You were so young, so full of life you had a lifetime
ahead ... and a thousand dreams to fulfill."
police Monday shot and killed Younes Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan who
was thought to be the driver in the van attack on Las Ramblas that was
responsible for 13 of the deaths. He also was identified as a suspect in the
slaying of the owner of a hijacked car.
grandfather, Aqbouch Abouyaaqoub, told the Spanish newspaper El Pais that
Younes left Morocco as a young boy.
one thing is certain: My grandson did not finish his studies here. He studied
in Spain," he said.
man with schizophrenia who repeatedly stabbed a train passenger after yelling
"I want to kill all the Muslims" has been found not guilty of
attempted murder by reason of insanity.
Brown, 38, experienced a "severe psychotic episode" when he stabbed
Muhammed Ali on a London Overground train on 12 December 2016.
Deborah Taylor QC ordered that Brown should be detained indefinitely.
added he would only be released on the order of a judge or the government.
of Brockley Rise, south-east London, appeared via video link from Broadmoor
Hospital during the hearing.
jury found Brown not guilty following a two-day trial at Southwark Crown Court.
was also found not guilty, by reason of insanity, of possession of an offensive
weapon and of assault by beating of Mr Ali.
trial heard Brown had been delusional in his belief he would "save
humanity" and exorcise a Muslim demon haunting him by stabbing his victim.
court was told he was heard by other passengers to say "Where are all the
Muslims? I am going to kill all the Muslims", before holding a knife to
the throat of another woman, who was unhurt.
accepted carrying out the attack but pleaded not guilty to a charge of
attempted murder on the grounds of insanity.
Ali had been travelling home with his wife when the assault took place between
Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill, south London.
told court that the attack had left him too frightened to leave his house.
struggle to sleep at the time because every time I shut my eyes I have
flashbacks to the whole thing", he said.
can only assume it was me because my wife was wearing a headscarf."
Brown indefinitely under section 37 of the Mental Health Act, Judge Taylor
said: "You have a long history of psychotic illness and on that day you
were suffering and you continue to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.
no doubt that if it had not been for the prompt intervention of an off-duty
police officer and two medical practitioners that he he may well have died such
were the severity of his injuries and the loss of blood."
- A suspected member of the terror cell that unleashed carnage in Spain last
week admitted to a judge on Tuesday that the militants had planned to hit
monuments in an even bigger attack.
Houli Chemlal, 21, and three others were charged with terrorist offences over
the rampages in Barcelona and a seaside resort that claimed 15 lives and
wounded more than 100 people.
are the only survivors of a 12-man cell whose members rammed a van into
pedestrians on a tourist-packed boulevard in Barcelona on Thursday and hours
later carried out a similar attack in the seaside resort of Cambrils further
four were charged with "belonging to a terrorist organisation,
terror-related murder and possession of explosives," said a judicial
source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
cell was planning "an attack on an even greater scale, targeting
monuments," according to the source.
a Spaniard, was injured in an accidental explosion at a makeshift bomb factory
on Wednesday evening that killed an imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, thought to have
radicalised him and other young suspects.
also said during interrogation that the imam wanted to blow himself up,
according to the source.
had previously revealed that the suspected militants had been preparing bombs
for "one or more attacks in Barcelona".
Lluis Trapero, head of police in Catalonia, said 120 gas canisters and traces
of TATP components - a homemade explosive that is a hallmark of the Islamic
State group that claimed the attacks - had been found at their bomb factory.
accidental explosion in the house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, may have
forced the suspects to alter their plans.
Logistical support? -
four men in court included Driss Oukabir, the older brother of Moussa who was
killed by police in Cambrils on Friday along with four other suspects.
others were Mohamed Aallaa, one of three brothers allegedly involved, and Salh
El Karib, who manages a store that allows people to make calls abroad.
dressed in hospital patient clothing and with his right hand bandaged, was
brought in after a doctor determined he was fit for interrogation, a court
spokesman told AFP.
court hearing of the four suspects caps five days of angst following the twin
police shot dead Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected Barcelona van driver, on
Monday in a dramatic end to the manhunt for the Moroccan national, who shouted
"God is greatest" when he was killed.
was the last fugitive member of the cell.
the four men detained, the rest were killed, either by police or in the
explosion in Alcanar.
Catalan police say the cell has been dismantled, investigators are trying to
determine if it had logistical or other forms of support from other
are also arising about the group's possible international connections.
Audi in Paris, imam in Belgium -
Belgium, the mayor of the Vilvorde region told AFP that Satty spent time in the
Brussels suburb of Machelen - next to the city's airport - between January and
the other side of Brussels, the Molenbeek suburb has gained notoriety as a
hotbed of international militants after the Brussels bombings in March 2016 and
the Paris attacks in November 2015.
in France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told BFMTV that the Audi used to
mow down people in Cambrils had been detected by speed cameras in the Paris
region while making "a very rapid return trip" days before the
is due to host Spanish counterpart Juan Ignacio Zoido on Wednesday for talks due
to include anti-terrorism cooperation.
least one of the suspects also spent a night in Zurich in December, according
to Swiss police, which said it was too early to speculate about any connections
'One or more' attacks -
days on, a clearer picture is emerging of the events that unfolded last week.
used a vehicle to smash into crowds on Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas
boulevard, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100.
on the run, the 22-year-old stabbed to death the driver of a car he hijacked to
hours later, a similar vehicle attack in Cambrils saw a car run into
pedestrians, with one occupant jumping out and stabbing a woman, who later
shot dead the five attackers there, some of whom were wearing fake explosive
was gunned down on Monday in a village about 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of
Barcelona, after receiving multiple tip-offs.
opened fire as he appeared to be wearing an explosive belt, which turned out to
Spanish judge Tuesday released one suspect in the terror attacks that claimed
15 lives and wounded more than 100 people last week, saying evidence against
him was weak, but remanded two others AFP reported.
Moroccan authorities arrested two people suspected of links to the alleged
perpetrators of the Barcelona van attack, state TV channel 2M reported on
Court Judge Fernando Abreu ordered that Mohamed Houli Chemlal, a 21-year-old
Spaniard, and Driss Oukabir, a 27-year-old Moroccan, be held while the investigation
continued after questioning them for several hours.
is suspected of preparing explosive devices at a house south of Barcelona while
Oukabir is suspected of renting a white van that ploughed into crowds in
Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 people.
the judge ordered the conditional release of Mohamed Aalla, the owner of the
Audi that was used in a second vehicle attack in the seaside town of Cambrils
in the early hours of Friday that killed one person.
judge wrote in his ruling that there was not at this point “evidence to
establish his participation in the events, aside from being the formal owner”
of the vehicle which was in fact being used by his younger brother.
will have to report regularly to police and is prohibited from leaving Spain.
is still under formal investigation but has not been formally charged unlike
Chemlal and Oukabir who have been charged with terror related offences.
judge will investigate further the fourth suspect arrested over the attacks,
Salh El Karib, before deciding if he will be released or remanded in custody,
the source added. The judge will decide the fate of this suspect within three
Morocco a 28-year-old man was detained in Nador, close to the Spanish enclave
of Melilla according to Reuters.
suspect, Moroccan TV stationl 2M reported, lived for 12 years in Barcelona and
is alleged to have links to ISIS and of plotting to attack the Spanish embassy
in Rabat. It gave no details of the alleged plot.
direct link has been identified between the suspect and the cell of mainly
young Moroccans behind the Barcelona attack, but he had celebrated the attack
on Facebook, the report said.
second suspect was arrested in the town of Oujda, close to Morocco’s border
with Algeria, according to 2M. He was a resident of Ripoll, the small town in
northeastern Spain where many members of the cell were living.
is set to sell Indonesia nearly a dozen Sukhoi fighter jets worth $1.14 billion
in exchange for cash and commodities, officials in Jakarta say.
is to ship about $570 million worth of commodities in addition to cash payments
in return for 11 Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets, which are expected to be delivered
in stages starting in two years, Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita
said in a joint statement with Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on Tuesday.
of the type and volume of commodities were “still being negotiated.”
the Indonesian trade minister had said the exports could include palm oil, tea
deal is expected to be finalized soon between the Indonesian state trading
company PT Perusahaan Perdangangan Indonesia and the Russian state conglomerate
is currently facing a new round of US-imposed trade sanctions over the crisis
Southeast Asia’s largest economy is trying to promote its palm oil products
amid threats of a cut in consumption by European Union countries.
which produces 35 percent of the world’s certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO),
is the world’s biggest producer of the commodity.
is also trying to modernize its ageing air force after a string of military
men linked to a string of deadly terrorist attacks in Spain have appeared in a
high court in Madrid on Tuesday.
four -- Mohamed Houli Chemlal; Driss Oukabir, 28; Mohammed Aalla, 27; and Sahal
al-Karib, 34 -- were transfered amid tight security from Catalonia to the
appeared before a judge who will decide what charges they will face in
connection to last week's attacks which left 15 people dead and over 100
are demanding they be remanded in custody to await trail.
men are thought to be part of a 12-strong terrorist group responsible for
Thursday's vehicle attack on Las Ramblas in central Barcelona and another
incident later in the Catalan town of Cambrils.
of the group are thought to have died in a house explosion, thought to have
been caused by gas canisters they were planning to use as bombs.
U-turn in Afghanistan welcomed in Kabul, met with disbelief in Islamabad and
delight in New Delhi
Political and military leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India spent Tuesday
digesting and analyzing Donald Trump’s sharp policy U-turn on US strategy in
Afghanistan and South Asia.
a televised address from Virginia on Monday night, the US president reversed
his previous position that a US military presence in Afghanistan was “a
complete disaster” and a waste of American money and lives.
he said, while the US was no longer involved in nation building, he would
approve plans by his military chiefs to increase the number of US troops. He
provided no figures, but analysts expect the numbers in the region to increase
from 8,400 to about 12,400.
troops will fight to win,” Trump said. “From now on, victory will have a clear
definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating Daesh, crushing Al-Qaeda,
preventing the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping mass terror
attacks against Americans before they emerge.”
also said India would play a more prominent economic and development role, and
he said he would put pressure on Pakistan to stop harboring terrorists and
ensure that its nuclear weapons did not fall into their hands.
new strategy was received warmly by the Afghan government, which has pushed for
the indefinite involvement of US troops in a war in which the Taliban are
gaining ground and Daesh are becoming increasingly active.
am grateful to President Trump and the American people for this affirmation of
support for our efforts to achieve self-reliance and for our joint struggle to
rid the region from the threat of terrorists,” President Ashraf Ghani said.
US-Afghanistan partnership is stronger than ever in overcoming the threat of
terrorism that threatens us all. The strength of our security forces should
show that the Taliban and others cannot win a military victory. The objective
of peace is paramount. Peace remains our priority.”
many in Afghanistan are skeptical that the new US policy is an effective way to
end the war. They say the strategy lacks any mechanism for peace talks with
militants, or a plan to boost development, reconstruction and other factors to
Shahbaz, a political analyst, said the indefinite presence of US troops would
tend to prolong the war, as key players in the region, particularly, Russia
Zia Rafat, a professor at Kabul University, said Trump’s comment about Pakistan
was vague, and his proposal for a greater role for India in Afghanistan could
did not say what the US would do if Pakistan failed to engage the Taliban,” he
said. “Secondly, India may not be so much interested in peace in Afghanistan as
it wants Pakistan to be pre-occupied here, so this way it can avoid facing
fighting Pakistan along its borders. India is not a neutral country here.”
Taliban issued a defiant statement, and vowed to continue to fight against US
troops. “As long as a single American soldier remains in our homeland and
American leaders continue the path of war-mongering, we will continue our jihad
with high spirit, complete determination and more steadfastness,” a spokesman
Pakistan, there was a pre-emptive response even before Trump spoke. Military
spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told a press conference in the garrison city
of Rawalpindi that the Pakistan army had contributed to regional security
beyond its own capability and capacity.
organized infrastructure of any terrorist organization exists in Pakistan,” he
said. “We have operated against all terrorists, including the Haqqani network,”
and Pakistan had provided evidence of this last week to a high-level US
military delegation. Nevertheless, Trump had Pakistan in his crosshairs when he
spoke on Monday night. Washington can “no longer be silent about Pakistan’s
safe havens for terrorist organizations,” he said. “We must prevent nuclear
weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists.”
said nuclear expert Dr. Zafar Jaspal, is “a repeated mantra of the United
States.” He said Pakistan’s nuclear weapons were “very much secure, and the
Trump administration needs to review the literature which was produced by
American and international think tanks at the nuclear security summit in 2016.”
This establishes Pakistan’s security protocol to effectively keep its nuclear
weapons out of the terrorists’ reach, he said.
Baseer Haider, a Pakistani military analyst, welcomed the increase in US troop
numbers to secure the Afghan side of the border, but criticized Trump’s policy
for failing to define the contours of intelligence sharing. He feared that more
drone strikes in tribal areas, or an operation like the one that killed Osama
Bin Laden, would strain ties between Pakistan and the US.
simply cannot have a unilateral approach. They should take us into their
confidence and work with us for a mutual goal to bring peace in the region,” he
warmest words in Trump’s speech were reserved for India, which he called a
critical part of the South Asian strategy. “We want them to help us more with
Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development,” he
Delhi was delighted. “We welcome President Trump’s determination to enhance
efforts to overcome the challenges facing Afghanistan and confronting issues of
safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists.
India shares these concerns and objectives,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman
V. Pant, head of the strategic affairs program at Observer Research Foundation,
a think tank in New Delhi, said that given India’s economic engagement in
Afghanistan, “it never makes any sense for American policy to divorce India
from what they call Af-Pak policy.
Trump administration is coming around to the view that India needs to be the
part of this strategic framework.
policy of splendid isolation is not an option and India’s desire to emerge as a
major global player will remain just that, unless it engages its immediate
neighborhood more meaningfully and emerges as a net provider of regional peace
and stability,” Pant argues in his book, “India’s Afghanistan Muddle.”
Happymon Jacob, an academic at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, cautioned
against falling into what he called Trump’s trap of praising India and
Additional reporting by Sib Kaifee in Islamabad, Syed Salahuddin in Kabul and
Sunjay Kumar in Delhi
day in the future, history will record with great astonishment how military
leaders, politicians on both sides of the aisle, intelligence professionals,
and others were catastrophically unprofessional for 16 years after 9/11/2001,
thus putting the American people in grave peril.
the Threat’s (UTT) has trained thousands of local, state and federal
officers/agents on the Islamic threat (sharia and the jihadi network in the
US), the hard-left Marxist/Socialist/Communist threat, and how these Movements
work together to bring down the U.S. government.
response to UTT’s training is always the same:
of those in attendance, including FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
agents/officers, have ever heard the information presented, and
all agree it is critical to protecting their communities.
UTT’s President John Guandolo was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of
Defense (end of 2008) he briefed a number of 3 and 4 Star Generals and
admirals, numerous Members of Congress, the Chairmen of the House Intelligence,
Homeland Security, and Judiciary Committees, former Directors of intelligence
agencies, former National Security Advisors, and others. None of these good men and women were aware
of the massive jihadi network in the United States, nor what sharia is and how
it operates to drive the Global Islamic Movement.
Chris Gaubatz’s experience (2008) undercover inside the headquarters of US Hamas
doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) revealed
“America’s largest Muslim civil rights group” – as they are called is engaged
in fraud, sedition, espionage, and terrorism.
Yet CAIR and its leaders are unimpeded in their work by US agencies
sworn to dismantle them.
the situation is significantly worse than it was nine years ago. The enemy has gained significant ground in
the war while our leaders have barely scratched the surface on understanding
the danger facing the Republic.
Muslim Brotherhood has increased their ground game:
Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers into Mr. Trump’s administration and utilized
their network to cease efforts to designate the MB a terrorist organization –
with support from Mrs. Clinton.
an army of attorneys to do battle in U.S. courts to slow down judicial action
by US government
their Islamophobia campaign to bring social media giants Facebook, Twitter and
others onboard to stifle free speech, specifically truthful speech about Islam.
their cooperative efforts with hard-left Marxist organizations to directly
attack those individuals and organizations speaking truth about Islam.
within the Islamic Movement: (Hatem
Bazian) call for an intifada (violent uprising) in the United States; (Linda
Sarsour) call for jihad against the President; numerous U.S. imams are calling
for the annihilation of Jews here; and many Islamic leaders are openly calling
for sharia to be imposed in the United States.
the violent war UTT has warned about and predicted inside the United States has
Islamic Movement’s initial tool for violence in the United States is the
anarchists and “domestic terrorist” hard-left Marxist/Socialist Communist
organizations, including Antifa, Black Lives Matters, and dozens of groups
of these people and groups call for the killing of the President, as did
Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
are the Brown Shirts of the 21st Century.
violent and subversive Movements have hundreds if not thousands of groups
giving them direct support like the Southern Poverty Law Center, J-Street,
Transgender Law Center, Center for New Community, Franciscan Action Network,
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Interfaith Alliance, Jews Against
Islamophobia, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Mexican American Legal
Defense and Education Fund, American Center for Outreach, ACLU, Arab American
Anti-Discrimination Committee, Arab American Institute, Asian Americans
Advancing Justice, NAACP, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, National
Lawyers Guild, Anti-Defamation League and many others.
a more extensive list of the George Soros funded Marxists/anarchist groups
two massive Movements in the United States funded by external and internal
entities whose stated goal is the destruction of the United States.
publish doctrine, websites, speeches, and books which call for the overthrow of
our government, and then take actions in furtherance of these goals.
is not only a violation of numerous federal laws, but these actions demand that
all people who are in positions of authority and who have sworn an oath to the
Constitution have a duty to take actions to destroy these Movements and defend our
the violence escalates we will see social unrest like occurred in Baltimore,
Ferguson, Berkley, and elsewhere. But it will be much worse.
the Brown Shirts were killed on the Night of the Long Knives and Adolf Hitlers
Black Shirts took charge.
it is in history with Movements like this.
this is a war of narratives – and Information War – more than anything else,
all of these escalating actions will come with a pre-planned propaganda
campaign just like we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia.
are 5 things American citizens are encouraged to do:
the Islamic threat. Use the resources at www.UnderstandingtheThreat.com and
know what sharia is and what it says. Sharia drives the enemy in this war. Be
weary of those who vilify the Muslim Brotherhood, and then defend Islamic
doctrine as being “peaceful.” Remember,
the Islamic Movement is the leading element in this war. They are using the left as their tools. Do not lose focus.
the play book of the hard-left Marxist Movement in the United States. Read Rules for Radicals.
quickly to educate open-minded people in your community, especially those with
leadership qualities. Remember Sheriffs
and Pastors are the two groups of people we need most right now in this war.
the right mind-set. Think August 1939 Poland.
“Resistance Movements” can simply be citizens organizing to support
those defending their states/communities in numerous ways.
the foundation upon which this nation was created: the law of nature (legally
defined as the will of God) and nature’s God (legally defined as “Holy
every person who becomes educated as to the true nature of the threats we face
as a nation is another person who will be fully committed to defending it at a
U.S. Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of
the Afghan air force following President Donald Trump's decision to forge ahead
with the 16-year-old war, its top general told Reuters on Tuesday.
Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein said, however, he was still
examining the matter, as the U.S. military's top brass had only begun the
process of translating Trump's war strategy into action.
whether the Air Force would dedicate more assets to Afghanistan, where the
United States has been engaged in its longest military conflict, Goldfein said
actually too early to tell what this will mean in terms of plus-ups and
reductions," he said in a joint interview with Air Force Secretary Heather
he acknowledged that the Air Force was "absolutely" examining the
possibility of increasing air power, including to support U.S. ground forces,
following Trump's promise of a stepped-up campaign against Taliban insurgents,
who have gained ground against U.S.-backed Afghan government forces.
said the same about providing training to Afghan pilots.
who assumed the Air Force's top civilian job three months ago, noted the Afghan
military had made strides thanks to U.S. training and equipment, but added:
"I think there is a long way to go there, very honestly."
a speech on Monday night, Trump appeared to answer a call from the top U.S.
commander on the ground for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with
Taliban insurgents, on top of the roughly 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan.
said the United States would not disclose troop numbers, but one U.S. official
told Reuters they could start moving quickly. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
said on Tuesday he would set troop levels following the review by military
the administration of Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, U.S. military
officials privately expressed frustration about their inability to strike at
many Taliban targets - including training camps - unless they could show a
direct threat to U.S. forces or major impact on the Afghan state.
said Trump appeared to be giving greater flexibility to strike insurgents.
the Joint Chiefs will work through their plans and make proposals, but I think
the guidance was pretty clear from the president last night, and we're going to
go on the offensive and destroy these terrorist networks," Wilson said.
said: "I thought that came out very loud and clear in the speech that
that's his priority."
and Goldfein spoke to Reuters while flying back to the United States after a
nine-day trip that included a visit to Afghanistan, where the U.S. military has
ramped up its firepower against Islamic State in recent months even as it helps
Afghan forces battle the Taliban.
for the U.S. Air Force, the size of the American commitment to Afghanistan far
outweighs the number of airmen deployed there. A network of U.S. installations
throughout the Middle East supports the Afghan campaign, including in Qatar and
the United Arab Emirates.
any substantial increase in U.S. targeting of the Taliban and Islamic State
militants would likely require dedicating more U.S. military assets to build
intelligence, strike insurgent targets and provide support to U.S. forces in
the U.S. military is stretched, a string of U.S. coalition-backed victories by
Iraqi forces against Islamic State might free up some firepower and intelligence
assets for Afghanistan, experts say.
Force spokesman Brigadier General Edward Thomas declined to speculate on
operational planning. But he noted that U.S. air power from the region could be
deployed, if needed, including fighter aircraft, bombers and spy planes.
the detailed planning that will follow the president's announcement, the Air
Force will be ready to swing any additional airmen and aircraft to the fight as
required," Thomas said.
ran for the presidency calling for a swift U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan,
which the United States invaded in October 2001, and he acknowledged on Monday
that he was going against his instincts in approving the new campaign plan
sought by his military advisers.
said Trump's remarks represented a "strategic correction" in the war
effort along with a significant shift in policy on Pakistan.
his speech, Trump delivered a sharp rebuke to Islamabad for allowing Taliban
insurgents a safe haven from which launch attacks in Afghanistan, and said it
had "much to lose" unless it changed course. Pakistan denies that it
harbors militants fighting U.S. and Afghan government forces in Afghanistan.
has reported that the United States has been considering a range of actions, including
withholding aid to Pakistan and, perhaps, ramping up drone strikes.
U.S. administrations have struggled with how to deal with nuclear-armed
Pakistan, and the U.S. military has been dependent in the past on overflight or
land routes through Pakistan to resupply its forces in landlocked Afghanistan.
did not rule out a future U.S. military role against militants in Pakistan
should Islamabad fail to act, but she said Trump's focus appeared to be on
diplomatic efforts for now.
assumption is that there will be some intense diplomatic pressure," she
said he was not aware of any changes to U.S.-Pakistani military ties, but
acknowledged the military would take its cues from the State Department.
President Donald Trump is escalating conflict in Afghanistan because the
military-industrial establishment absolutely loves endless wars, American
writer and political analyst Stephen Lendman says.
a clear U-turn from his campaign pledges to end the now 16-year occupation of
Afghanistan, Trump said Monday that his views had changed since entering the
White House and that he would continue the military intervention “as long as we
see determination and progress” in Afghanistan.
position was welcomed by pro-war Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham as well
as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, some of Trump’s fiercest Republican
told Press TV on Tuesday that “the hawks in Washington are absolutely
delighted, especially Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.”
entire Washington’s – call it -- ‘military industrial establishment’ absolutely
loves endless wars. Had Trump ever announced he was pulling troops out of
Afghanistan, I think they’d have gone at him very very harshly,” he stated.
public is tired of wars’
war will be sixteen years old in duration coming this October 7th -- I believe
the date is -- with no end in sight for conflict. Not only is Trump continuing
the war but he is escalating it. He is sending more troops over. He didn’t say
exactly what he intends,” Lendman said.
is keeping details quiet under his belt. He doesn’t want too much information
getting out because the American public long ago got very tired of wars. They
don’t really like presidents saying, ‘I’m going to war or I’m escalating the war,’”
that’s exactly what he is doing. He escalated Obama’s wars. He is now
escalating in Afghanistan. After he was a candidate and before he was a
candidate making very harsh promise about America’s geopolitical agenda, coming
down very hard against the wars, calling them crazy…comments like that,” he
the Middle East, ‘making a mess in the Middle East’, I believe that was one of
his quotes. A very harsh comment about Afghanistan, saying, ‘we should get out,
we never should have gotten in, in the first place, and now we should get out.’
Well, he didn’t get out. He is seven months into his tenure. And now he is
escalating the conflict with how many more thousands of US troops, who knows,”
reason they want to keep it quiet is because it doesn’t make good headlines
when American troops come back in body bags, or they come back with disabling
injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder where they simply cannot
function,” he stated.
say nothing but rampant suicides on active duty personnel and after they leave
the military, or the violence they commit because they are used to committing
violence, even in war zones. They are committing violence. They are taught to
commit violence. And when they come home they can’t just turn off the switch,”
the analyst said.
is what happens. Lives in some cases are ruined forever. But there will be more
war in Afghanistan. The Syria situation is still going on. There is another big
campaign in Iraq against Tel Afar, Mosul was raped. Raqqah in Syria is being
raped. Civilians are being massacred. The same thing is about to happen in Tel
Afar,” he said.
22 August 2017
Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. would not commit to any timetable to end
its military presence in Afghanistan where it has been bogged down for the
better part of two decades.
core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one
based on conditions,” Trump said at the Army’s Myer-Henderson Hall just outside
will not talk about numbers of troops, or our plans for further military
activity. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our
strategy from now on,” he added.
U.S. has about 8,400 troops in the country, and Trump's comments made it clear
there would be no indications about future modifications to the American force
5,000 foreign military troops are in Afghanistan, but all save the Americans
are devoted solely to a program to build up Afghan forces.
met with top advisors Friday at the Camp David presidential retreat to discuss
a path forward in America’s 16-year occupation of the South Asian country.
commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson, had urged
Trump to increase the footprint of U.S. forces there amid a stalemate between
an insurgency and the central government.
U.S. invaded Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror
attacks, ousting the Taliban after it gave sanctuary to now deceased al-Qaeda
founder Osama bin Laden.
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