Muslim Brotherhood is Source of World’s Extremist Organizations
Military Solution': World Powers Urge Libya De-Escalation
Military Council, Opposition Sign Political Agreement
State Plea, Ranchi Court Drops Quran Donation as Bail Condition
Change in Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
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said all takfiri groups stem from the same extremist ideological source
established by the Muslim Brotherhood organization, stressing the need to
continue efforts to address terrorism in all its forms.
Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez made this stance at a meeting of the liaison
strategy group of the Global Coalition against ISIS in Washington.
said victories over ISIS should not be considered a final goal, adding that the
only way to eliminate terrorism lies in adopting a unified international
approach on an all-out confrontation of terrorist groups, their ideology and
cited the initiative launched by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to renew
religious discourse, praising the role played by the al-Azhar and Dar al-Iftaa
to counter terrorism.
stressed that Egypt will continue to support the liaison strategy group based
on its experience in combating terrorism, highlighting the role played by its
religious institutions in correcting misconceptions about religion and
promoting moderate Islam. An international study by Center on Religion and
Geopolitics in Britain noted that 50 percent of extremists have ties to the
Muslim Brotherhood or related organizations.
Advisor to Egypt’s Mufti, Ibrahim Najm stated that the Brotherhood is the root
of extremism in the world, accusing it of adopting destructive rhetoric and
told Asharq Al-Awsat that organizations like the Brotherhood make false
interpretations of the holy Quran to justify their actions and legitimize their
military solution': World powers urge Libya de-escalation
Britain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States and Italy
have called for an immediate end of hostilities around the Libyan capital,
Tripoli, and warned that "terrorist groups" are attempting to exploit
the country's security vacuum.
a rare joint statement issued on Tuesday, the six countries urged Libya's
warring parties to return to a United Nations-mediated political process aimed
at restoring peace in the sprawling North African state.
can be no military solution in Libya," the statement said.
violence has claimed nearly 1,100 lives, displaced more than 100,000, and
fueled a growing humanitarian emergency," it added.
military commander Khalifa Haftar's Libya National Army (LNA) has been battling
rival militias since April in a bid to wrestle control of Tripoli from Libya's
internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).
LNA's push on the capital has not advanced beyond Tripoli's southern suburbs
but has nonetheless further destabilised oil-rich Libya, which has been mired
in chaos since the NATO-backed toppling of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi in
2011, and split into rival eastern and western administrations since 2014.
fight for Tripoli has killed at least 1,093 people to date, according to the
World Health Organization, including 106 civilians. More than 100,000 people
have been displaced from their homes.
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the conflict, the UN was forced earlier this year to abandon its plans for a
conference aimed at brokering an agreement to hold elections as part of a
solution to Libya's long-running political crisis.
meeting was scheduled to bring Haftar and GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj
together in the southwestern town of Ghadames from April 14-16, but was
postponed just days before.
UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame had said at the time that talks cannot take
place while "gunfire and air strikes" continued.
also vowed to hold the event "as soon as possible ... on the day when
conditions of its success are ensured," but did not give further details
about any possible future date.
statement by France, Britain, Egypt, the UAE, US and Italy said the mediation
efforts needed to be re-energised in order to move towards the establishment of
a "transitional government representing all Libyans" and preparing
for "credible parliamentary and presidential elections", among other
Haftar, who casts himself as a foe of "extremism" despite being
viewed by opponents as a new authoritarian leader in the mould of Gaddafi, has
previously vowed to continue his offensive until Libya is "cleansed of
forces, which control the eastern part of Libya and much of the south, enjoy
the support of Egypt, the UAE and Russia. The GNA and allied militias,
meanwhile, are backed by Turkey and Qatar.
refugees at risk
in Libya has also put at risk an estimated 6,000 migrants and refugees held in
detention centres across the country.
UN has persistently warned that those being held are not safe and called for
them to be released.
warnings escalated in recent weeks after a deadly July 2 air raid on a
detention centre for migrants and refugees near Tripoli killed at least 60
people and wounded 77 others, prompting the UN Security Council to call for
Libya's warring parties to commit to a ceasefire.
officials blamed Haftar's forces for the killings, but the LNA denied the
accusation, saying it targeted a nearby militia's position but did not attack
the hangar where the migrants were being held.
is one of the main departure points for migrants and refugees fleeing poverty
and war in the Middle East and Africa and attempting to reach Europe by boat
via the Mediterranean Sea. Many of those undertaking the journey use human
traffickers to facilitate their movements.
of the detention centres, approximately 50,000 registered refugees and asylum
seekers, as well as some 800,000 migrants are currently living elsewhere in the
country, according to the UN's refugee agency.
their joint statement, the six world powers said "ongoing
confrontation" had "exacerbated the tragedy of human migration in the
least 682 deaths have been recorded in the Mediterranean so far this year,
according to the International Organization for Migration, almost half as many
as the 1,425 registered in 2018.
military council, opposition sign political agreement
first phase of a political agreement was signed by Sudan’s Transitional
Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change opposition alliance with
the attendance of the African Union and Ethiopian envoys.
a press conference on Wednesday, it was announced that the constitution draft
will be discussed this Friday.
deputy head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, General Mohamed Hamdan
Dagalo, said that the agreement is “a historic moment,” and makes way for “a
new era of cooperation.”
African Union envoy said the agreement marks a “new era” and “paves the way for
the next stage.”
his part, the Ethiopian envoy said that the “people of Sudan deserve this great
Forces of Freedom and Change opposition alliance said: “We must stay away from
all that divides the Sudanese people.”
sovereignty council composed of 11 members – five of whom represent the
Transitional Military Council, five from the Forces of Freedom and Change, and
one a civilian – oversaw the writing of the agreement.
agreement calls for the formation of a legislative council within three months
of the formation of the sovereignty council.
to the agreement, any person who holds any official position during the
transitional period may not stand for election.
Council of Ministers, which will be made up of 20 members, will also be
nominated by the Forces of Freedom and Change.
agreement also demands the removal of Sudan’s name from the US State
Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism and calls on the international
community to support the transitional authorities.
also stipulates that members of the sovereignty council representing the
Transitional Military Council will get to choose the interior and defense
agreement includes the development of programs meant to reform state
organizations and the establishment of mechanisms to prepare for the
establishment of a permanent constitution for the country.
agreement will also address the economic crisis and legal reforms, and aims to
work towards achieving sustainable economic development.
also stipulates the completion of the peace process within a period of six
state plea, Ranchi court drops Quran donation as bail condition
day after it asked a 19-year-old B Com student to distribute copies of the
Quran as a condition for her bail, a Ranchi district court Wednesday recalled
its order after the police officer investigating the case submitted that there
will be difficulties in “implementing the order” and the Jharkhand government,
too, asked for a modification.
court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Manish Kumar Singh in granting bail
to Richa Bharti, who was arrested earlier for sharing an offensive social media
post targeting Muslims, asked her to hand over a Quran to the local Anjuman
Committee in the presence of police, and four more to different libraries.
in its reviewed order Wednesday, the court said: “The IO (investigating
officer) has prayed that the condition of donating Holy Quran by petitioner may
be done away with because of difficulties in implementation. The state has
prayed for modification of the said bail order and modifying the condition to
that extent. In view of the aforesaid submissions, the court modifies its
earlier order by dropping the additional condition of distribution of copies of
the Holy Quran by petitioner.”
court also allowed her regular bail by furnishing bail bond of Rs 7,000 and two
sureties of like amount each.
the order had triggered protests and the Ranchi Bar Association had even called
for a boycott of the concerned court.
to court documents, a complaint was lodged at the Pithoria police station on
July 12 stating that Richa Bharti had posted messages on social media against
“Islam”. “It has adversely affected the feeling of the community which could
lead to a communal controversy,” said the police complaint which was signed by
an FIR was registered under Section 153 A (promoting enmity between different
groups on ground of religion) and Section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts,
intended to outrage religious feelings) of the IPC.
change in Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
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the midst of political churnings in New Delhi following the back to back
victories of the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, political and social pundits have
failed to keep up with the change of guard in Jamaat-e-Islamic Hind, the
foremost Islamist organization in India. The organization, founded by Islamic
ideologue, Syed Abulala Maududi, who many believe to be behind the resurgence
of political Islam and Islamist movements across the world, seems to have come
a long way in India. The Islamist organization that prides in its intellectual
work seems to be undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts in recent years. The most
telling sign of the change is the change of guard in the organization that was
founded by Maududi in the year 1942. Change of guard The change cannot be
starker in an organization that was thought to be run by a deeply entrenched
clergy. The reigns of the JIH have moved from old guards, represented by
octogenarian, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, to an engineer by education, Syed
Sadatullah Hussaini, who is almost half his age. 45-year old Hussaini’s team is
made up of mostly engineers from down South besides a few who come from clergy,
so indispensible for an Islamist organization. Despite their inclusion in the
organizational set-up the clergy seems to have lost its grasp over the
organization. Despite the look of a seamless change of guard, it was all but
seamless and smooth. The old guard was not really very eager to let its sway
over the organization vanish all of a sudden. The last election too, held four
years ago, was very hotly contested and Hussaini failed to dislodge the
reverenced Maulana Umari by a whisker. But this time, the undercurrent was so
strong that the new generation was able to easily dislodge the clergy in direct
contest. The Jamaat’s top leadership now comprises of many engineers and
technocrats. Besides President (amir) of the JI, at least two of the three vice
presidents are engineers and one of them teaches at a top engineering college
in Rajasthan. Many of the secretaries in the JI also come from universities and
not from madrasas and seminaries that used to be the case in the past. It must
be mentioned here that Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is by far the most or rather the
only democratic Islamic organization in the country. Other organizations are
mostly family run businesses or hereditary organizations. Elections held every
four years for the central and state level leadership are most transparent and
despite them being bitterly fought, once when the results are out and
leadership is announced, everyone accepts the results with unprecedented
humility. This is the reason that many old leaders, when removed, voluntarily
vacate their offices, accommodations and leave for their homes that they had
left for the same organization decades ago. From political Islam to secular
democracy Renowned scholar, Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, while writing in his
'Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism' says, Maududi "was one of
the first Islamic thinker to develop a systematic political reading of Islam
and a plan for social action to realize his vision. His creation of a coherent
Islamic ideology, articulated in terms of the elaborate organization of an
Islamic state, constitutes the essential breakthrough that led to the rise of
contemporary revivalism." JI in India seems to have come a long way. From
being an organization that condemned secularism and democracy to an
organization that prides in working for restoring of the national secular
ideals, it is a rather long journey indeed. Irfan Ahmad, while writing in his
‘Islamism and Democracy in India’ says, "Secular democracy, according to
Maududi, was haram because it replaced divine sovereignty with human
sovereignty”. But things have radically changed. Irfan, while writing in the
introduction of his book says, "In these pages I show how the trajectory
of the Jamaat demonstrates a substantive mutation in the discourse of Islamism.
Simply put, I demonstrate how its radical goal changed from establishing
Allah's Kingdom to embracing and defending Indian Secular democracy”. The terms
that used to be pronounced in the JI discourses in the country have also
largely changed. There are chances that the JI, under its new amir, who has
emerged as the new-age ideologue of the outfit, will further veer towards
moderation. Opposition to extremism While the old guard had also opposed all
sorts of extremism, Sadatullah Hussaini has been very vocal against all
manifestations of extremism in the Muslim society. He has been very vocal
against manifestation of any sorts of extremism, including the challenges posed
by ISIS or other similar organizations in the Indian Sub-Continent or
elsewhere. While writing in FirstPost, Hussaini condemned ISIS scourge and
reasoned why Muslims in India were against extremism and free from the scourge
called ISIS. He reasoned that secular democracy in India was responsible for
the lack of Indian Muslims’ dalliance with extremism. “There are two reasons
for India being comparatively safe. The first reason is the democratic ethos of
this country and the second reason is the united stand taken by Indian Muslim
leadership and clergy against terrorism and terror outfits. Jamaat-e-Islami
Hind, one of the biggest and most organised groups of Indian Muslims, has
recently held its all India conference in Hyderabad. Islamic State and
extremism were a few of the major issues discussed in the conference. Jamaat
chief (Ameer-e-Jamaat) came down heavily on the outfit and termed those
planning to join it as 'bewakoof' (mindless). Vice-president of JIH spoke to The
Times of India and said, “the conference was aware that it would be a gigantic
task to keep the youth at bay from the IS influence through Internet. For this,
the JIH decided to set up organisational units that would work in tandem with
the youth and community elders. The units will also develop 'cordial' relations
with other sections of the Indian society.” Wrote Hussaini in his article.
Myriad challenges While there are chances that the JI, under new leadership,
may further move towards moderation, the fight-back from the old guard to
continue the old policies cannot be discounted. There are other challenges that
are far bigger than merely the specter of fight-back from the old guard and the
clergy that doesn’t seem to be too happy with the change of the course in the
JI. Far more important and bigger challenge staring the new JI leadership is
the required literature to feed its around twelve thousand members and several
lakh associates spread across the country. The JI doesn’t really posses
leaders, and scholars, who can produce convincing literature to replace the old
literature authored by Maududi, his protégés or imported from Islamist writers
from around the world. Maududi, who had marvelous control over language and
Islamic sciences, and possessed very persuasive writing style, will pose a
major challenge before the new leadership of the JI as they scurry to find
someone capable enough to produce literature that they could deliver to their
cadre. It is a tall order and the young Turks will find it harder than they
would have initially comprehended.
issues notice to TLP chief Khadim Rizvi on Punjab govt's petition for bail
Supreme Court on Thursday issued a notice to Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)
chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi with regards to a petition filed by the Punjab
government challenging a Lahore High Court (LHC) decision to grant bail to
firebrand cleric was booked for launching violent protests against the
acquittal of Aasia Bibi last year.
two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik and
Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed, took up the provincial government's petition
at the Supreme Court Lahore registry.
bench asked the Additional Prosecutor General Mazhar Sher Awan what Rizvi's
main crime was.
responded that the TLP chief had given speeches against the judiciary and riled
are the facts of the case, speak about the law and tells us Khadim Hussain
Rizvi's crime," said Judge Malik.
is wrong with the high court's decision to release Khadim Hussain Rizvi on
bail?" he asked.
apex court expressed displeasure with the additional prosecutor general for
being unable to provide the court with proper assistance.
don't know the merits of the case; who drafted it?" Judge Malik asked,
adding: "How many individuals' bail do you want to have cancelled?"
said that they had only submitted a petition for the cancellation of bail for
Rizi and Ata Mohammad.
judge asked if Awan had read the case file, as Mohammad was the complainant of
the case and the additional prosecutor general was referring to him as a
SC issued notices to the TLP chief on the Punjab government's appeal and
and the then TLP patron-in-chief, Pir Afzal Qadri — who is also nominated in
the same case — were granted bail in May this year. Qadri's bail expired on
July 15 but was extended on medical grounds.
two were taken into "protective custody" by the state during a
crackdown in November 2018 after the TLP announced it would observe martyrs’
day on Nov 25, 2018.
provincial government, in its appeal, has argued that the high court "did
not fulfill legal requirements" in its decision to grant bail, which was
made in May this year.
petition said that there was enough evidence against the TLP chief and urged
the top court to nullify the high court's verdict.
Organizations Across U.S. React To Trump's Controversial Remarks
– Muslim organizations across the US reacted Monday night to US President
Donald Trump's controversial remarks about a group of four progressive
Trump's remarks today are a dangerous new low that will lead to more death
threats on Congresswoman Omar and a surge in bigotry against American
Muslims," wrote Madihha Ahussain, special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry
at Muslim Advocates.
added that, "It's astonishing that he would fabricate a quote suggesting
that Rep. Omar was proud of Al Qaeda. The idea that Muslims support terrorism
is a false, harmful slur that the president gleefully peddled today when he
falsely claimed that Rep. Omar supports terrorism and is antisemitic – both of
which are established anti-Muslim tropes."
Trump has made it clear that the driving force of his administration is open
bigotry and white supremacy," he continued. "All Republicans and
Democrats must forcefully and unequivocally condemn him immediately. Anything
less than that is an endorsement of this hatred."
on Monday, the president defended his comments during "Made in America
Day" at the White House. "If you are not happy, you can leave,"
said Trump. "If you hate our country, you can leave. Some people thought
it's controversial; many people love it."
of the group of four Democratic congresswomen - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan
Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley - he said: "They are very unhappy;
I watch them, and all they do is complain. So, if you're not happy, you can
leave. I am sure many people will not miss them."
said that Omar "left Somalia, a failed country," and added that
"she hates Israel, hates Jews."
see them complaining constantly," he continued. "If they want to
leave that's fine, and if they want to stay, it's fine."
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), condemned the president's
remarks. "Trump's latest racist tweets echo the bigoted shouts of 'go back
where you came from,' heard daily by American Muslim women and children,
immigrants and members of other minority communities across our nation,"
said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
is sad to see the occupant of the Oval Office transition from empowering and
encouraging racist taunts to actually using them himself. If Trump shouted the
same thing at a Muslim woman wearing hijab in a Walmart, he might be arrested."
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted that "The President's
comments that leaders like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib
and Ayanna Pressley are any less American than him are not only hateful and
inaccurate but also propagate the white nationalistic ideals that he has chosen
to champion while he leads our country."
rebuke to Donald Trump, US Congress blocks Saudi arms sales
The US House voted Wednesday to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi
Arabia and other allies, a rebuke of Donald Trump that will likely lead to a
veto by the president.
many of whom are outraged with the kingdom over Riyadh's role in the murder of
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, approved three resolutions that
would prevent the controversial sales announced under emergency measures
earlier this year by Trump.
resolutions blocking the sales have already cleared the US Senate, and now go
to the White House, where Trump is expected to issue a veto, the third of his
presidency. While the House blocked the sales with a comfortable majority, it
was about 50 votes shy of the two-thirds needed to override Trump's veto.
is seeking 22 separate sales of aircraft support maintenance, precision-guided
munitions and other weapons and equipment to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates and Jordan at a moment of heightened tensions in the Middle East.
say the arms sales would aggravate the devastating war in Yemen, where Saudi
Arabia is leading a US-backed coalition in a battle against the
Iranian-supported Huthi rebels, and which the UN said has triggered the world's
worst humanitarian crisis. "When we see what's going on in Yemen, it's so
important for the United States to take a stand," House of Representatives
Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel said on the House floor.
veteran Democrat concurred that the threats from the Iranian-backed Huthis were
real, "but that doesn't mean we should just look the other way in the face
of violence and the slaughter of civilians."
administration took the extraordinary step of bypassing Congress to approve the
sale in May, as his administration declared Iran to be a "fundamental
threat" to the stability of the Middle East.
of State Mike Pompeo had said the administration was responding to an emergency
caused by Saudi Arabia's arch foe rival Iran, which backs the Huthi rebels in
including some Senate Republicans have said there were no legitimate grounds to
circumvent Congress, which has the right to disapprove arms sales.
month Senator Lindsey Graham delivered a stinging rebuke of the arms sales and
Riyadh, saying he hoped the vote would "send a signal to Saudi Arabia that
if you act the way you're acting, there is no space for a strategic
senator was referring to last year's brutal murder of Khashoggi in Turkey at
the hands of Saudi agents, an incident that triggered a full-blown crisis in
Riyadh's relations with the West.
Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
criticized the resolutions as "dangerous" at a time Iran is expanding
is stretching its tentacles of terror across the Middle East," he said in
a statement. "If we allow them to succeed, terrorism will flourish,
instability will reign, and the security of our allies, like Israel, will be
threatened," he added.
Preserving Iran nuclear deal ‘joint responsibility’
foreign policy chief called it a “joint responsibility” to preserve the 2015
nuclear deal, while urging Iran again to stick to the treaty.
the deal is not only our interest and our responsibility -- it is -- but it is
also a joint responsibility for all around the world," Federica Mogherini
told the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) signed by the U.K., the U.S.,
Russia, China, France, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to destroy its stockpile
of medium-enriched uranium and cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by
Iran lately confirmed that it had breached the 3.67% limit of uranium
enrichment set under the 2015 nuclear deal.
October 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Washington would no
longer be a signatory to the deal and subsequently withdrew from it. Shortly
after, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran.
said Iran's actions do not indicate a "unequivocal decision or
intention" by Tehran to revert to its nuclear program.
the same time, I want to be very clear, the longer Iran proceeds down this
road, the harder it will be, technically, to step back. Our request to Iran is
very clear: go back to the full implementation of the deal as you have been
doing so far," she added.
foreign policy chief underscored that it is a “global responsibility” to
preserve the deal and its full implementation, which was unanimously adopted UN
Security Council resolution.
flag raised at Syrian camp holding jihadi families
black flag of Isis has been hoisted in a Syrian camp holding tens of thousands
of the terror group’s family members, nearly four months after the caliphate
was officially declared defeated.
a video posted online, women and children can be seen cheering while the
homemade flag flutters from a pole. The crowd are heard shouting “baqiya” – the
Arabic word for “remaining” – a reference to the Isis slogan “remaining and
video first appeared on Monday, according to Jihadoscope, a monitoring group
focused on the spread of terror propaganda across the web and social media, but
it is not the first such incident at the sprawling al-Hol camp in northeast
Syria. It comes amid warnings of growing radicalisation at the facility.
this month, a video purportedly filmed at the camp showed women re-pledging
their allegiance to Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and calling on him to
“liberate” them. Several guards have been attacked by residents.
rising tensions at camps like al-Hol, the international community is still at
odds over what to do with the inhabitants, including more than a dozen British
women and their children, including Shamima Begum.
of thousands of women and children fled the last sliver of the self-proclaimed
caliphate, in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, before its complete
recapture earlier this year.
of them were local residents who became trapped within Isis areas by the
battle, but the majority were the wives and family members of fighters who
showed little sign of abandoning the group.
are now being held in detention camps controlled by the Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF). Al-Hol, the largest of those camps, has a population of more than
70,000 people – mostly women and children from Syria and Iraq – together with
around 9,000 foreign citizens.
week, the deputy commander of the US-led coalition to defeat Isis told The
Independent that the potential for radicalisation in the camps was “the biggest
long-term strategic risk” in ensuring its total defeat.
the military dimension, the biggest long-term strategic risk that I see is a
continuation of that ideology and its ability to fester in some of those
environments,” said Major General Alexus Grynkewich.
half of al-Hol’s inhabitants are children under the age of 12. The eldest among
them will have been subjected to years of indoctrination under Isis. But the
video of the flag being raised appears to show younger children chanting Isis
slogans, which may suggest that indoctrination is being led by women in the
camp, according to one expert.
to the timescale of Isis’s territorial collapse, it is unlikely that very young
children would have undergone formal indoctrination in the group’s schools or
military training camps for boys,” Gina Vale, research fellow at the
International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, based at King’s College
London, told The Independent.
the role of the family unit, particularly the mother, has been critical to
raise children, from infancy, in the worldview prescribed by Isis’s ideology,”
governments have shown little willingness to take back their citizens from the
camps over fears they will pose a significant security risk. There are thought
to be at least 19 British women currently at al-Hol, and camps Roj and Ain
Issa, together with at least 30 of their children.
plight of British children stuck in Syria made the headlines earlier this year
when the infant child of Shamima Begum, named Jarrah, died in the al-Hol camp.
The British teenager fled her home in Bethnal Green, London, to join Isis in
Syria in 2015.
Javid, the home secretary, has previously said that he would move to block any
British citizen suspected of joining Isis from returning. However, Jeremy Hunt,
the foreign secretary, recently suggested that their children might be taken
(Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed and scores wounded on Tuesday in
aerial strikes believed to have been carried out by the Syrian air force on a
popular market in a village in opposition-held northwestern Syria, rescuers and
residents said. Residents and rescuers said bombs dropped on Maar Shoreen
village in southern Idlib province by planes which monitors said were Syrian
army jets left a trail of death and destruction and wounded scores in a main
street of the village’s market.
released on social media by activists purportedly showed footage of charred bodies
lying on the streets alongside badly burnt people being carried by rescuers.
Reuters was unable immediately to independently verify the footage.
of civilians have been killed since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel
bastion in northwestern Syria began nearly two months ago, rights groups and
Russian defense ministry denies it targets civilians and Syrian state media
said the army on Tuesday launched strikes on al Qaeda militants in the vicinity
of Maar Shoreen, destroying their bases and killing scores of “terrorists”.
Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), which monitors casualties and briefs
various United Nations agencies, said in its latest report that the
Russian-Syrian alliance had targeted 31 civil defense facilities, 37 medical
centers and 81 schools in 11 weeks of relentless bombing.
said 606 civilians were killed, including 157 children.
God, people have become charred. It’s doomsday,” said Abdullah al Idlibi, a
rescuer from the civil defense team.
jets joined the Syrian army on April 26 in attacking parts of rebel-held Idlib
province and adjoining northern Hama province in the biggest escalation in the
war between Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his enemies since last summer.
Muslim preacher defrocked over demanding King Salman, crown prince tax cuts:
authorities have reportedly defrocked a scholar and deprived him of
ecclesiastical status, as a brutal crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman against Muslim preachers and intellectuals widens in the
activists said the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments took the
measure against Sheikh Talal Sultan Bukhari, who is the imam of Mohammed bin
Sorour al-Sabban mosque in the southwestern city of Taif, on Wednesday,
Arabic-language New al-Khalij news website reported.
activists noted that the measure came after Sheikh Bukhari called on King
Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ease pressure and
strain on the lives of ordinary people, and order tax cuts during the last Friday
Arabia has stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution and conviction
of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
officials have also intensified crackdown in the country's Shia-populated
Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.
Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of
political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination
against the oil-rich region.
protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime, with regime
forces increasing security measures across the province.
the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target
deported 33 children of former ISIS members to Russia in a single day, bringing
the total number of children it has deported to 473 globally.
children were born to Russian mothers who are being held by Iraqi police on
suspected ties to the terrorist group. Their fathers are believed to have been
killed in action.
hundreds of children already deported and hundreds still in Iraq come from a
variety of ethnic backgrounds, including Russian, Tajik, Azerbaijani, German,
French, Georgian, Belarusian, Finnish, Ukrainian, and Turkish, according to
foreign ministry has told its overseas missions to encourage all countries with
nationals who joined ISIS and were caught in Iraq or Syria, including “women,
children, and juvenile offenders,” to “coordinate with Iraq through diplomatic
channels in order to receive them,” foreign ministry spokesman Ahmad al-Sahaf
children were sent to Russia as part of a multi-ministry commission under
Russia's children's rights commissioner, Anna Kuznetsova. A majority of the
Russian children are from Chechnya and Dagestan, both Russian republics in the
predominantly Muslim North Caucasus. The commission believes as many as 700
other children of Russian citizens may have been taken to ISIS territories.
their parents, the children are victims of the terrorist group, Iraqi Prime
Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said during a meeting with Kuznetsova, adding that
"a distinction must be made between humanitarian issues and terrorist
to do with the tens of thousands of children born to ISIS members remains a
largely unanswered and complicated question. While some countries, such as
Russia and France, have agreed to take the children in, others have rejected
them, rendering those effectively stateless.
face a possible human time-bomb. Allowing these children to have an education,
healthcare, simply the right to exist, is key to ensuring a sustainable future
for them and for the country,” Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee
Council, said in an April statement. “A society cannot be at peace if it allows
a generation of stateless children in its midst.”
some cases, a lack of documentation has left children without access to basic
necessities. Birth certificates issued by ISIS are not considered valid by
Iraqi authorities, who have refused to give the children Iraqi citizenship if
they are suspected of having ties to the terrorist group. Others lost their
documents in the fall of the ISIS land caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
lack of identification can prevent children from accessing education and
critical healthcare services, most notably vaccinations. Later in life, they
could be denied employment, marriage licenses, and the ability to own property,
according to the council.
and families of ISIS children are also being ostracized from their communities.
Dozens of Yazidi girls captured and sold into sexual slavery by ISIS are being
pushed out of their homes because their children were fathered by members of
the terrorist group.
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – Two terrorists were killed Tuesday in an airstrike on a
tunnel in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, a security media cell said.
on information from the Nineveh Operations Command, the U.S.-led international
coalition waged an air raid targeting a tunnel in Sukhairiat area in Nineveh,”
Alghad Press website quoted the cell as saying in a press statement.
airstrike left two terrorists dead inside the tunnel, the statement read.
declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017
with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which
was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in
2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and
paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing
to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously
(Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen intercepted and downed
three drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards the
southwestern Saudi cities of Jizan and Abha, state TV reported on Tuesday.
the Houthis’ Al Masirah TV quoted a Houthi military spokesman as saying the
group had carried out drone attacks targeting the King Khalid air base near the
southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait and drone hangars at Jizan airport.
Houthi militias continue targeting civilians and civilian airports in Abha,
Jizan and Najran and continue to threaten regional and international security,”
the coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, said in a statement.
coalition had said earlier it also downed two drones in Yemeni airspace that
had been launched towards Jizan.
Houthis, who are battling the Saudi-led coalition in neighbouring Yemen, have
in the past few months stepped up their attacks against targets in Saudi
Syrian resident of Saudi Arabia died last month from wounds sustained in a drone
attack on Abha Airport that was claimed by the Houthis.
response, the coalition has targeted the group’s military sites around the
Yemeni capital Sanaa and the port city of Hodeidah.
Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE
intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised
Yemeni government that was ousted from power in Sanaa by the Houthis in late
blast killed six soldiers in southern Syria on Wednesday in a rare such deadly
attack in the defeated cradle of the eight-year uprising, a war monitor said.
explosive device was aimed at a convoy transporting members of the Fourth
Division” in the southern province of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human
others were also wounded in the attack near Yadud village, some seven
kilometers (four miles) outside the provincial capital of Daraa city, the
Britain-based monitor said.
was not immediately clear who was behind the blast, but loyalists in the
province face explosions and gunfire on a near daily basis, although they are
usually not deadly, it said.
rebel fighters who call themselves the Popular Resistance usually carry out
these types of attacks against the regime,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman
news agency SANA said “terrorists targeted a military vehicle on the Yaduda
road,” reporting an undefined number of “dead and wounded.”
government forces last summer retook the province, following a deadly
bombardment campaign and surrender deals that saw part of the population board
buses to an opposition holdout region in the northwest.
institutions have since returned, but army forces have not deployed in all of
local anger has grown after hundreds were detained despite the so-called
“reconciliation deals,” and many others forcibly conscripted into President
Bashar al-Assad’s army.
March, dozens of people took part in a hasty protest against a statue of the
late father of the president being reinstated eight years after protesters
video calls for attacks in Tunisia
ISIS group has called for more attacks in Tunisia in a rare propaganda video
purportedly filmed by the militants in the North African nation.
comes three weeks after a twin suicide attack against police in the capital
Tunis claimed by ISIS killed two people.
video, shared on ISIS social media channels on Tuesday night, shows armed men
in balaclavas who pledge allegiance to the ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
soldiers and your sons in the land of Kairouan are doing well,” said one of
those filmed who gave the pseudonym Abou Omar al-Tounsi.
holy city of Kairouan lies in central Tunisia.
militant using the name Abou Khaled al-Tounsi called for people to “sow terror”
video, which was circulated on messaging app Telegram and could not immediately
be verified, was said to have been filmed inside the country.
Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, the country saw a rise in extremism and deadly
attacks hit soldiers, police, civilians and foreign tourists.
the security situation has improved in recent years, the state of emergency
implemented in 2015 is still in place.
Anger Over Al-Shabaab Attack
Saad Muse in Mogadishu, Somalia
— THERE is shock and outrage at the recent terrorist attack that claimed the
lives of at least 26 people, including a United Nations (UN) aid worker, in
addition to those killed, an estimated 40 people were injured in the siege on a
hotel in the port city of Kismayo, where a high-level political meeting was
held to discuss pending regional elections.
the Islamist group has claimed the attack, described as its worst in Kismayo since
the group was forced out in 2012.
assault on the hotel lasted for about 14 hours. It started when a suicide
bomber rammed a car containing explosives into the hotel compound.
then stormed the building.
Mohamed, an aid worker with UN's International Organisation for Migration
(IOM), was among those killed.
local journalist, Hodan Nalayeh, and her husband Farid, together with local
politicians, Kenyans, Tanzanians, Americans a Briton and a Canadian were also
killed in the attack.
deepest sympathies go to them," IOM director-general António Vitorino,
has carried out multiple attacks in Somalia since its formation in 2006.
bomb has ripped through a military convoy carrying Ethiopian troops serving
under African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] in Hiran province, killing and
wounding at least 20 people.
a statement, the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the
attack, saying it targeted Ethiopian army convoy at Halgan village, located on
the outskirts of Beledweyne city.
explosion which resulted from a landmine comes amid increased military
operations against Al-Shabab in parts of Somalia as the Federal Government is
trying to regain full control of the country.
(Reuters) - The United States added two leaders of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Mali
to its global terrorism list on Tuesday, accusing them of engaging in
destabilizing attacks across the West African country, the U.S. Treasury said.
Maychou and Bah Ag Moussa, both leaders of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam
wal-Muslimin, were designated by the U.S. Treasury as global terrorists and
placed on a list of people whose assets in the United States can be blocked,
the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control said.
is targeting the leadership of JNIM, al Qaeda’s branch in Mali, for its
destabilizing role conducting terrorist attacks across the country,” Treasury
Undersecretary Sigal Mandelker said in a statement. “As a leader within JNIM,
Bah Ag Moussa directly contributes to the violence and instability fueled by al
Treasury said it added Moussa to its sanctions list because he had acted on
behalf of JNIM and its leader, Iyad ag Ghali. Both JNIM and Ghali were added to
the sanctions list previously.
a former Malian army colonel, led an operation in March against the Malian
Armed Forces base in Dioura that killed at least 21 Malian soldiers.
U.S. State Department said Maychou, a native of Morocco, had claimed
responsibility for a JNIM attack on a military camp that housed Malian troops
in Gao, killing dozens. It said Maychou had an operational role in JNIM’s
police say three suspected extremists were killed by border police whose
vehicle was blown up by an improvised bomb.
senior police official detailed the attack to The Associated Press but insisted
on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with media.
said the Monday evening explosion injured two officers in the southern Kiunga
area near the Somali border, and the explosives are believed to have been
planted by al-Shabab extremists from Somalia who were targeting security units.
also said the militants hid in the bushes around the area where the bomb went
off and then ambushed the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Telangana Minister Appeals To Muslims To Sacrifice Sheep Not Cow
of Bakrid next month, Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali has appealed
to Muslims to sacrifice sheep instead of cows.
cow is respected and worshipped in this faith (Hindu religion). I appeal to all
Muslim brethren to totally refrain from sacrificing the cow. Instead, offer a
small sacrifice. You can sacrifice sheep or any other animals,'' he said.
and order is very good in Telangana, he told reporters here.
who was speaking near Charminar here, further said the four minarets of the
iconic structure represent Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.
Qutub Shah built Charminar. The four minarets have been built for Charminar -
Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christianity. The four have been bound together,'' the
there is any leader after Quli Qutub Shah who brings (people) together, it is
KCR (Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao), he said.
Delhi, India - Activists in India have launched a helpline for the victims of
hate crimes and mob attacks aimed at documenting such cases and providing legal
aid to victims.
Against Hate (UAH), a group of activists and civil society members from across
India, said the initiative was required as India's federal and state
governments failed to prevent such incidents.
are launching a toll-free helpline 1800-3133-60000 in view of rising cases of
mob attacks and hate crimes in the country," said activist Nadeem Khan at
the event in the capital New Delhi, adding that the helpline would work round
says its activists will work in nearly 100 Indian cities to provide help to the
victims of hate crimes, the majority of them Muslims, who comprise 14 percent
of India's 1.3 billion population.
will try to help the victims of such assaults and help them get justice in
courts," said Khan. "The state and central governments have only made
statements on such incidents. Despite all the claims of the government, the
assaults have not stopped."
social workers, professors, journalists and religious leaders present at the
event said there was a "dire need" of such an initiative.
a professor at Delhi University, said people were being targeted by Hindu
right-wing mobs only because they were either Muslims, Dalits (the former
untouchables) or Christians.
is the sad reality of India today. We cannot close our eyes from this reality,"
hate crimes against India's minorities spiked after Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014, experts say
his re-election in May has emboldened the Hindu right-wing agenda.
of Muslims and Dalits have been attacked, even publicly lynched, by far-right
mobs for allegedly possessing beef or slaughtering cows, considered holy by
since the BJP's return to power in May a number of Muslims have been attacked
and forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" (Hail Lord Ram), which has become
a rallying call for the Hindu far right.
many cases, Muslims seemed to have been beaten simply for their faith in many
parts of India.
June 20, Mohammad Shahrukh Haldar was travelling to a madrassa (religious
school) when a group of men carrying saffron flags boarded the train in Kolkata
who sported a beard and was wearing the traditional kurta-pyjama and a skull
cap, said a man from the group asked him to chant "Jai Shri Ram".
others joined him and they all insisted that I chant with them. When I refused,
they started beating me," the 20 year old told Al Jazeera.
no fellow passenger came to his rescue, Haldar rushed towards the exit door to
escape the mob, but he was pushed out of the moving train.
thank God that I fell on the platform and survived," he said.
Haldar has lodged a police complaint against his attackers, he fears more
attacks and his family has stopped him from going out.
don't go to the madrassa any more to teach. The incident has left me so
traumatised that I don't even want to travel in a train again," he said.
days before Haldar was attacked, 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was tied to an
electric pole and brutally beaten by a mob on suspicion of theft in Kharsawan
district in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
phone videos, which went viral on social media, showed a bruised and bloodied
Ansari being forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" and "Jai
Hanuman" (Hanuman is one of the Hindu gods).
days after the incident and after much outrage, police on June 22 took Ansari
to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
he was a Muslim, he was beaten so brutally," Ansari's wife Shaista told
the NDTV network.
lynching of Ansari caused widespread uproar with people taking to streets in
many Indian cities and demanding an end to what they called the "lynch
the hate attacks have continued.
June 28, a Muslim youth wearing a skull cap was beaten and abused in Uttar
Pradesh state's Kanpur city after he refused to chant "Jai Shri Ram".
Sunday, 12 men were booked for pulling the beard of a Muslim scholar and
forcing him to chant the same slogan in Muzaffarnagar district in the BJP-ruled
state of Uttar Pradesh.
to factchecker.in website, which monitors hate crimes, at least 18 such
incidents have taken place in India so far this year.
Jazeera could not reach spokespeople from the ruling BJP for a comment, despite
shows failure of state'
month, the United States released a report on international religious freedoms
that said the Hindu right has "facilitated an egregious and ongoing
campaign of violence, intimidation and harassment against non-Hindu and
lower-caste Hindu minorities".
rejected the report, saying it saw "no locus standi (legal right) for a
foreign government to pronounce on the state of our citizens' constitutionally
2018, India's Supreme Court had condemned the "horrendous acts" of
mob violence and asked the government to enact a new law to deal with mob
dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured since 2014 in mob
attacks, there have been convictions in only a handful of cases.
at the New Delhi event, Maulana Hakeemuddin of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, an Islamic
organisation, said the "one nation, one culture" ideology propagated
by the Hindu right is behind the rise in hate crimes.
is a multicultural country and everyone has an equal right to live and practise
his religion freely," he said. "If these incidents are not stopped,
they will lead to anarchy. They can be stopped, but that requires political
will, which the ruling dispensation lacks."
however, hope the launch of a helpline will help the victims to access legal
ICJ’s verdict, granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and directing
Islamabad to review and reconsider his conviction and sentencing, is being
perceived as a major diplomatic and legal success for India, which has
consistently tried to isolate Pakistan on the global stage over the last few
reality, Pakistan has to only grant consular access and can conduct “review and
reconsideration” at its “choosing” — this, in effect, puts off Jadhav’s
execution for the time being.
the ICJ verdict needs to be seen in the context of a string of India’s
diplomatic successes in the last few years — a culmination of the painstaking
diplomatic and legal groundwork to isolate Pakistan.
most recent was the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a
global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on May 1, after
Beijing lifted its technical hold. China had consistently blocked India’s bid
to get Azhar designated by the UNSC Resolution 1267 sanctions committee. While
Azhar has been accused of several terrorist attacks — from the Parliament
attack in 2001 to the Pulwama attack in February 2019 — China repeatedly
blocked the listing efforts over the last decade, at Pakistan’s behest. It was
only after India built international pressure, and made diplomatic maneuvres
with the US doing the heavylifting and a series of quid pro quos, that it
managed a win.
to Indian officials, the pressure mounted against Pakistan on terrorism seems
to have worked. On Wednesday, Pakistan arrested Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz
Saeed on charges of terror financing.
attempt over the last two years to first “greylist” Pakistan, and then build
pressure to “blacklist” Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force, also seems
to have worked. This created pressure on Islamabad — including from Beijing,
its all-weather ally — to take action against Saeed.
Delhi also scored a major win after the Pulwama attack in February this year,
when it got the UNSC to issue a statement condemning the attack. It was the
first time that the UNSC condemned a terrorist attack on security personnel in
Jammu and Kashmir, and named the Pakistan-based terrorist group JeM. What was
equally important was that China also signed the statement, despite it being an
“iron brother” of Pakistan.
also got diplomatic support from the US after the Pulwama attack, as Washington
supported New Delhi’s right to defend itself. And after the Balakot airstrikes
deep inside Pakistan, India got a chorus of support from the international
community. The release of IAF fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was a case in
point, where Delhi’s pressure seemed to have worked.
before Pulwama, India got global support after the surgical strikes following
the Uri attack in 2016. The SAARC countries rallied around India to boycott the
summit in Pakistan.
the MEA said on Wednesday: “We welcome the judgement…The Court, by a vote of
15-1, has upheld India’s claim that Pakistan is in egregious violation of the
Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 on several counts.”
will allot 42 acres of land for the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, up 14
times, Punjab governor has announced while indicating that 80 per cent of the
work on the landmark Kartarpur Corridor has been completed, according to a
corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak
shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh
pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which
was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Tuesday announced increasing the land allotted
for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur from three acres to 42 acres and further
said that any kind of construction will not be done on the land, which remained
under cultivation of Guru Nanak, The News reported.
want to convey this message to the Sikh brethren living all over the world that
there will be no cut in land for Gurdawara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur and Guru
Nanak, rather 42 acres land has been allocated for Gurdawara Darbar Sahib and
62 acres for cultivation,” Sarwar said during his visit to the corridor to
review the pace of work on the project.
this way, total land for Gurdawara Darbar Sahib will be 104 acres,” he said.
governor, who also heads the committee for religious tourism and heritage, said
the total land for Kartarpur Corridor will be 408 acres.
said 80 per cent of the work on the Kartarpur Corridor has been completed as
per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and hope that it would be completed
before 550 birth celebrations of Guru Nanak this year.
also hoped that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural
ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor, the report added.
said it was a “good omen” that second round of talks between Pakistan and India
on the Kartarpur Corridor remained successful.
further said special transport would be provided from check-point to Darbar
Sahib to the Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting this holy place. He said
construction of three ‘langar Khanas’ was under way at Darbar Sahib where Sikh
pilgrims would be provided quality meal and other facilities, the report added.
pilgrims coming from India would have to return back from Kartarpur in the
given time and the ones coming from the UK, the US and other countries on valid
visas would be granted permission to stay here and houses are being built for
them, it added.
is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib
while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed
November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking
Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba
Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about
four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on
November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor in
Saeed nabbed by Pakistan ahead of Imran’s maiden US visit
Four days ahead of Imran Khan’s maiden visit to US as Pakistan prime minister,
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz
Muhammad Saeed was arrested on Wednesday by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD)
in a terror financing case.
was intercepted and arrested in the morning by officials of Pakistan Punjab’s
CTD at the Kamoke toll plaza, around 50km from Lahore, when he was on his way
to a court in Gujranwala. He was presented before an anti-terrorism court in
Gujranwala that sent him on judicial remand for seven days.
has been facing increasing international pressure to crack down on terror
groups operating on its soil since 2017, when it was placed on a watch list by
the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a 39-member international
watchdog that monitors curbs on terror financing and money laundering.
president Donald Trump - who has repeatedly asked Islamabad to abide by its
commitments to UN Security Council to deny terrorists safe haven and block
their access to funds – welcomed the arrest in a tweet put out in the evening.
“After a ten-year search, the so-called “mastermind” of the Mumbai terror
attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the
last two years to find him!”
statement released by CTD said: “Hafiz Saeed was going to Gujranwala this
morning to get pre-arrest bail but he was arrested by CTD on his way.”
Awan, spokesperson of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the political front of
LeT, said Saeed was taken to Lahore’s high security Kot Lakhpat jail, where
former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is serving sentence in a corruption case.
cases against him are all related to fund-raising. He is charged with using
those funds on acts of terror,” Awan said, adding that they will apply for
Saeed’s bail. “We are going to the high court, and we will continue to use
legal means to fight the injustice against us. We believe the courts will
support us,” Awan said.
has arrested Saeed several times in the past but courts have dismissed cases
against him citing lack of evidence.
Monday, he was granted pre-arrest bail by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore,
where he had also been facing terror financing charges. On the same day, Lahore
high court also directed authorities to provide evidence of Saeed’s involvement
in terror financing.
July 3, Saeed, his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki and 11 other top leaders
of JuD, LeT and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), the humanitarian mask of
JuD, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money
laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
which had registered the cases in five cities of Pak Punjab, declared that the
accused were raising funds for terror financing using five non-profit
organisations and trusts -- Dawatul Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al
Anfaal Trust, Al Madina Foundation Trust and Alhamd Trust. These non-profit
organisations were banned in April this year after CTD had found during
investigations that they had links with JuD, LeT, FIF and its top leadership.
is racing against time to act on terror as FATF will take a final decision in
October on whether to blacklist the country, a move that could isolate
Islamabad from the international economy.
HAGUE: The International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict in the case of
Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving Indian naval commander who had been awarded death
sentence by Pakistan on charges of espionage, came with a detailed dissenting
note authored by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, an ad hoc judge of the
Jillani wrote that the court should have found India’s application to be
inadmissible because its conduct amounted to abuse of rights. He recalled that
the 2008 agreement between India and Pakistan specifically governed questions
of consular access and assistance in cases of arrest and detention on national
lawfully withheld consular access and assistance while examining the case of
Jadhav on its merits. Even if the Vienna Convention was applicable in the case,
Pakistan had committed no breach of its Article 36 because the country had
already in place the procedures necessary for ensuring effective review and
reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav, he said.
Jillani said in his dissenting note: “The Court’s judgment appears to set a
dangerous precedent at the times when states are increasingly confronted with
transnational terrorist activities and impending threats to national security.
Terrorism has become a systemic weapon of war and nations would ignore it at
their own peril. Such threats may legitimately justify certain limits to be
imposed on the scope of application of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on
Consular Relations, in the bilateral relations between any two states at any
Jillani said: “The present case is distinguishable from the Court’s Avena and
LaGrand jurisprudence on which the Court has heavily relied. Among various
distinguishing factors, the most important one is that the Court was faced here
with special circumstances of an individual arrested, detained, tried and
convicted for espionage and terrorism offences.”
said the Vienna Convention had been concluded to contribute ‘to the development
of friendly relations among nations’ and it could hardly be the case that the
drafters of the convention intended for its rights and obligations to apply to
spies and nationals of the sending state (India) on secret missions to threaten
and undermine the national security of the receiving state.
Jillani wrote in his dissenting note that India had provided no rebuttal
throughout the proceedings to the circumstances in which it had provided an
authentic Indian passport, with false identity, to Jadhav and the particulars
of Jadhav’s mission in Pakistan, despite the serious nature of the crimes he
had committed. The court should have drawn the necessary inferences there from.
Jillani said: “Since 31 May 2017, Pakistan has sent six requests to India for
necessary cooperation in the investigation of the criminal case [against
Jadhav] and about the passport issue, but these were of no avail. Pakistan even
offered to extradite Mr Jadhav to India, if India was prepared to indict him
under the Indian laws. The accounts of three respected Indian journalists, Mr
Karan Thapar, Mr Praveen Swami and Mr Chandan Nandy, based on interviews
conducted with Indian officials, confirm that Mr Jadhav was a RAW agent.”
Jillani said that India’s persistent refusal to cooperate in the investigation
against Jadhav was contrary to the United Nations Security Council resolution
1373, which, inter alia, mandated that all United Nations member states shall
“(f) [a]fford one another the greatest measure of assistance in connection with
criminal investigations or criminal proceedings relating to the financing or
support of terrorist acts, including assistance in obtaining evidence in their
possession necessary for the proceedings”.
to Pakistan, Jadhav’s conduct of perpetrating acts of terror was part of a
chain of acts carried out by India to destabilise Pakistan, said Justice
to Pakistan, he stated, “Mr Jadhav was apprehended by security agencies when he
entered Balochistan from Iran (Saravan border). India claims that Mr Jadhav is
a retired naval officer who was kidnapped from Iran where he was doing
Minister Imran Khan on Thursday appreciated the International Court of
Justice's (ICJ) decision "not to acquit, release and return"
Kulbhushan Jadhav — a serving commander of the Indian Navy associated with
Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing — a day after the court announced
its verdict on the case.
ICJ rejects India’s plea for Jadhav's return, grants consular access
its verdict, the ICJ ruled that Jadhav be allowed consular access immediately
and asking Pakistan to ensure “effective review and reconsideration of his
conviction and sentences”.
a post shared on Twitter, Prime Minister Imran said: "Appreciate ICJ’s
decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to
is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed
further as per law," the premier added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also welcomed the ICJ's verdict.
a post shared on Twitter, Modi congratulated the ICJ for the verdict, adding:
"Truth and justice have prevailed."
the verdict, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major
General Asif Ghafoor, while speaking to ARY News, congratulated the nation on
"the success achieved" and lauded the efforts made by the legal team
and the Foreign Office which represented Pakistan.
the verdict to be upheld by an international court where there is no concept of
capital punishment is a big victory for Pakistan.
for them to say that the review and reconsideration can be done by means of our
own choosing is great validation for our judicial system," he said.
will follow the law," he said, reiterating Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood
Qureshi's statement on the way forward in the case.
another Feb 27 for India; they have been surprised again. They thought that the
kind of political capital they have, they can manipulate justice too but that
did not happen," said Maj Gen Ghafoor.
Additional District and Sessions Judge (West) Mohammad Ali Warriach has
summoned the founding member of PTI Akbar S Babar (PTI) on Sept 23 to respond
to a defamation suit filed by PTI on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan and
President Dr Arif Alvi.
party’s petition in the court termed his criticism of the ruling party’s
policies on the social media ‘libelous’. Before filing the case against Babar
the PTI had served two legal notices on him.
party served first legal notice on Babar on June 14, demanding a written
apology, removal of all material critical of PTI and its leadership.
notice said if he failed to apologise and remove the material, he would face
damages suit worth Rs5 billion under the Defamation Ordinance 2002. A similar
legal notice was served on June 27.
his written response to the two legal notices, PTI founding member Akbar S.
Babar had categorically denied the allegations and termed it ‘baseless, misconceived,
false, and malicious’.
said that criticism of party policies and actions of its leadership was his
constitutional right under Articles 17, 19, and 19A of the Constitution.
claims that the legal notices have been filed in the light of the looming
foreign funding case that Babar filed against the top PTI leadership to “harass
and threaten him” into silencing him.
it was a “malicious and fascist attempt to deprive” him of his fundamental
right of expression and freedom of speech, as well as to deny the public of
fundamental right to information on matters of public importance, Mr Babar said
in his reply.
An antiterrorism court on Tuesday indicted disgruntled Muttahida Qaumi
Movement-Pakistan leader Dr Farooq Sattar and 13 others for provoking violence
and arson to obstruct eviction of families occupying government houses in the
Pakistan Quarters area.
Sattar along with around 300 to 400 others has been booked for allegedly
instigating violence, rioting and armed assault on local administration
officials and law enforcers during an hours-long standoff between residents and
officials on Oct 24, 2018 within the remit of the Soldier Bazaar police
Tuesday, the matter was fixed before the ATC-XVIII judge, who is conducting the
trial in the judicial complex inside the central prison, for indictment.
Sattar and 13 nominated suspects appeared in court on bail. The judge read out
charges to the accused persons, who pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the
judge summoned all prosecution witnesses to record their statements on July 23.
the investigating officer had charge-sheeted Dr Sattar, Shamim Ahmed, Qazi
Faisal Siddiqui, Raheemuddin, Asif Raza, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Idrees, Asif
Ali, Mohammad Osama, Santosh, Altaf Hussain, Mohammad Ayaz, Nadeem Ahmed and
around 300 to 400 unknown residents.
the investigation report, IO Sarfaraz mentioned that the police and local
administration officials reached the area on Oct 24, 2018 to get the
accommodations vacated after ejectment notices were issued by the state.
However, around 300 to 400 residents, including women and children, who were
armed with batons and stones, abused the officials and attacked them, it added.
investigation report further stated that water cannons and teargas shells were
used to disperse the protesters, but they blocked Nishtar Road and also damaged
the official vehicles. Eight policemen, including SHO Sub-inspector Naveed
Soomro, constables Zaman Abbas, Mohammad Waqar, Mohammad Rizwan, Izhar Ahmed,
Munir Ahmed and Abid Ali were injured, it added.
charge sheet stated that 13 were arrested while Dr Sattar and scores of others
managed to flee. It added that the statements of the eyewitnesses were
recorded, except some officials who had returned to Islamabad.
IO said that Section 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence
committed in prosecution of common object) of the Pakistan Penal Code was
removed from the FIR on the permission of the police high-ups.
a case was registered under Sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to
provoke breach of the peace), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly
weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in
prosecution of common object), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of
public functions), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of
navigation), 337-A (punishment for Shajjah), 353 (assault or criminal force to
deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 427 (mischief causing damage
to the amount of fifty rupees) of the PPC at the Soldier Bazaar police station.
The Balochistan chief of the JUI-F and MNA Maulana Abdul Wasay on Wednesday
expressed serious concern over the verdict of a World Bank court in the Reko
Diq case penalising Pakistan to pay $5.9 billion in fine to the Tethyan Copper
Company (TCC) for scrapping its mining contract in Balochistan, and said that
the judgement was not acceptable to his party.
at a press conference here on Wednesday, the JUI-F leader claimed that Pakistan
had won the case during the coalition government, headed by Nawab Aslam
said that an inquiry should be conducted to ascertain why Pakistan lost the
case at the World Bank court.
people responsible for losing the case should be brought to justice,” the JUI-F
said the JUI-F was the part of the Raisani-led coalition government which had
sought 25 per cent share of Balochistan in the Reko Diq copper and gold mining
claimed that at that time the provincial government had been ousted for defending
the Reko Diq issue and blamed successive provincial governments for their
failure to defend the case.
said the Raisani-led coalition government had cancelled the Reko Diq agreement
in the larger interest of the people of Balochistan as the cancellation of the
project was in the interest of the province.
cancellation of the Reko Diq agreement led to ousting of our government in
Balochistan,” Maulana Wasay said. He bitterly criticised the PTI government and
said it had failed to run the affairs of the country.
activist says US ban on Myanmar generals a first step
formerly imprisoned Rohingya activist said Wednesday that a US ban on Myanmar’s
top generals was a welcome first step but urged more action to support the
State Department on Tuesday said that army chief Min Aung Hlaing, three other
top officers, and their families would not be allowed to visit the United
States due to their roles in “ethnic cleansing” of the mostly Muslim Rohingya.
in a high-level State Department meeting on religious freedom, peace activist
Wai Wai Nu said it was critical to address the “decades-old impunity” enjoyed
by the military in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
of us in Burma welcome this decision of the State Department. However, we think
this is a first step and we are hoping to see more concrete and efficient steps
in the future,” she told reporters.
she said, should include an end to impunity in the country.
only way to move forward, I believe, is holding the perpetrators accountable
and abolishing institutionalized religious and ethnic discrimination against ethnic
minorities,” she added.
Wai Nu founded two groups promoting inter-ethnic harmony and women’s rights.
Along with other survivors and witnesses to abuses who are taking part in the
ministerial, she met Wednesday at the White House with President Donald Trump.
Wai Nu, whose father was also an activist, was arrested with her family in 2005
when she was a law student.
family was freed in 2012 amid a political opening in Myanmar as the military
junta reconciled with the West and eventually allowed civilian, elected
2017, Myanmar’s military launched a campaign against the Rohingya that led
about 740,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh amid accounts of brutal attacks
on whole villages.
army denies wrongdoing and says it was responding to militant attacks.
Rohingya are widely despised in the country and do not enjoy citizenship, with
the government calling them “Bengalis,” suggesting they are illegal immigrants
President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared unfamiliar with the work and cause
of Iraqi-Yazidi Nobel laureate Nadia Murad as she pleaded with him to help her
community after brutal treatment at the hands of ISIS.
Murad, one of the thousands of women and girls from the ancient faith abducted
by ISIS as they overran swathes of Iraq in 2014, joined a group of survivors of
religious persecution who met Mr Trump in the Oval Office on the sidelines of a
major meeting at the State Department.
Ms Murad explained how her mother and six brothers were killed and that 3,000
Yazidis remained missing, Mr Trump said, "And you had the Nobel Prize?
That's incredible. They gave it to you for what reason?"
little pause, Ms Murad, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last
year, repeated her story.
all this happened to me, I didn't give up. I make it clear to everyone that
ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women," she said.
do something. It's not about one family," she said.
Trump, who has boasted of crushing the self-styled caliphate ISIS that once
stretched across Iraq and Syria, also appeared at a loss when Ms Murad asked
him to press the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to create safe conditions for
the Yazidis to return. "But ISIS is gone and now it's Kurdish and
who?" Mr Trump asked, before later telling her, "I know the area very
Murad also explained how Yazidis took dangerous routes to find safety in
Germany, whose welcome to refugees has been vocally criticized by Mr Trump.
US leader also appeared unfamiliar when he met a representative from the Rohingya,
a Muslim minority targeted in a brutal campaign two years ago in Myanmar.
day earlier, his administration banned travel to the United States by Myanmar's
army chief and three other senior officers, calling the violence "ethnic
Trump administration frequently speaks of promoting religious freedom, a key
issue for much of his evangelical Christian base.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday hailed the arrest of Hafiz Muhammad
Saeed — chief of the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) — who India accuses of being
the mastermind of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks and Washington has declared a
a ten-year search, the so-called ‘mastermind’ of the Mumbai Terror attacks has
been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two
years to find him!” said Trump without naming Saeed.
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— who had a $10 million US bounty on his head — was taken into custody earlier
in the day by counter-terrorism forces and sent to prison on judicial remand.
U.S. Central Command is replacing some of its regular troops in northern Syria
with employees of private military companies (PMCs), Russian Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday at a news conference in Moscow.
number of personnel of PMCs in Syria exceeds 4,000. It is notable that in the
second half of June alone, 540 people had already arrived in the country,
including 70 commanders and instructors. The transfer of mercenaries is carried
out by car in groups of 12-16 people," she said.
to Zakharova, the main tasks of the PMCs are training militants loyal to the
U.S. and the protection of oil sites.
has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar
al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected
then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million
others displaced, according to UN officials.
to Afghanistan, Zakharova said the inter-Afghan dialogue and consultative
meetings of the special representatives on Afghanistan in the "three
plus" format -- Russia, the U.S., China and Pakistan -- are "key and
complementary political mechanisms promoting a peaceful settlement in
are convinced that the combination of the success of these two consultative
mechanisms along with the promotion of negotiations between the United States
and the Taliban movement will undoubtedly contribute to the solution of the
Afghan problem," she said.
three terrorists whose rampage left eight people dead at London Bridge were
lawfully shot dead by armed police officers after they ignored clear warning
shouts, an inquest jury has found.
the June 2017 attack the men first ran over pedestrians on London Bridge, then
stabbed Saturday night revellers in 10 minutes of carnage.
ended only after armed officers who rushed to the scene confronted them in
Borough Market, only for the three attackers to charge at them clutching
video shows armed officers firing, in one case from only 60 centimetres away.
They shot the ringleader, Khuram Butt, and his accomplices, Rachid Redouane and
Youssef Zaghba, all of whom lived in east London.
continued after the attackers had been shot because they were wearing what
appeared to be explosive belts, and officers feared their movement showed they
were still trying to detonate them.
all, police fired 46 shots at the terrorists to end the UK’s first “marauding”
attack, where perpetrators run through a crowded area. The explosive belts
turned out to be fakes, made up of plastic canisters.
least six bullets struck both Butt, 27, and Redouane, 30. Zaghba, 22, was hit
by at least two bullets.
Sam Balfour, 25, was among unarmed officers who tracked the attackers through
Borough Market. In an interview coinciding with the conclusion of the inquest,
he said: “We started to shout, ‘That’s them, that’s them’, pointing out those
terrorists, ‘Shoot them’.”
armed officer identified only as BX46 told jurors he shouted words to the
effect of “armed police, stand still, drop the knife”, believing he was in
immediate danger as Butt came at him.
said: “At this point I was aware that around his torso he was wearing an
improvised explosive device ... I moved the fire selector lever to fire and I
pulled the trigger.”
colleague BX44 also shot at Butt but had to break away to shoot at Redouane as
he bore down on another colleague, BX45.
said: “I carried on firing until I had to deal with the third threat of Youssef
Zaghba who was on top of me.
was backing away trying to create a reactionary gap when I fired and fell
backwards, and as I fell backwards I fired and from the floor I fired through
my legs up to his chest.”
Iain Rae said he went to handcuff Redouane as he moved on the ground while his
colleague PC Tim Andrews handcuffed Butt, who was injured.
said: “His arms and legs were moving and I knew he had an IED [improvised
explosive device] strapped to him.
did not know they were fake. I had to make a split-second decision – if I don’t
go and do something there is going to be a lot more lives lost.
had to handcuff him and stop him from detonating that device, if they were real
I went over there to handcuff that person I was shouted at by firearms
officers. They have told me to get out and I have taken their advice and I
firearms officers then used “lethal force” to avert the danger that the
terrorists would detonate explosive devices, jurors heard.
month, the inquest of the eight victims ended with the coroner, Mark Lucraft
QC, clearing MI5 and police of failing to prevent the terror attack despite
having Butt under investigation since 2015 – a decision criticised by the
did criticise the failure to erect protective barriers on the bridge to thwart
a vehicle attack three months after an attack on Westminster Bridge.
the chief coroner for England and Wales, is expected to produce a report
containing recommendations to prevent future deaths.
eight victims were Chrissy Archibald, 30, from Canada; Sébastien Bélanger, 36,
a French chef; Kirsty Boden, 28, a nurse from Australia; Ignacio Echeverría
Miralles De Imperial, 39, from Spain; James McMullan, 32, from Brent,
north-west London; Alexandre Pigeard, 26, a French restaurant worker; Xavier
Thomas, 45, a French national; and Sara Zelenak, 21, an Australian national.
has arrested controversial Iraqi Kurdish fundamentalist preacher Mullah Krekar
after he was convicted in Italy of "terrorist" conspiracy, the PST
intelligence service said Tuesday.
refugee in Norway since 1991, 63-year-old Krekar -- whose real name is
Najumuddin Ahmad Faraj -- is accused by Italy of leading the Rawti Shax, a
network with alleged links to the Islamic State group and which is suspected of
planning attacks in the West.
his absence, a court in Bolzano in northern Italy sentenced him Monday to 12
years' imprisonment on a charge of "terrorist conspiracy". It also
sentenced five co-accused.
PST, with the assistance of Oslo police, arrested Mullah Krekar on Monday
evening under an international search warrant and an Italian arrest
warrant," the agency said on Twitter.
must appear in court on Wednesday to be placed in provisional detention.
has no connection with IS," his Norwegian lawyer Brynjar Meling told AFP
after the court ruling.
only goal is to come back to Kurdistan in Iraq and be able to (be a) politician
there, set up a political party he wants to establish in Iraq as a free
a threat to national security and featuring on UN and US terror lists, Krekar
has been at risk of deportation since 2003.
law, however, bars his deportation to Iraq because he risks the death penalty
in 2016 cancelled a request for Krekar's extradition, disappointing Norwegian
officials who viewed this as a chance to be rid of the mullah they perceive as
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the hostile policy being pursued by the
United States against Iran has fueled tensions in the Middle East, warning that
such an approach could have “catastrophic consequences” in the region.
an interview with the Russian ‘Argumenty i Fakty’ weekly published on
Wednesday, Lavrov said the current flare-up of regional tensions is the “direct
consequence of Washington’s and some of its allies' anti-Iranian line.”
also warned that Washington’s muscle-flexing against Tehran may lead to a
US is flexing its muscles, it has launched a campaign to discredit Iran, has
accused the Islamic Republic of all the sins,” Lavrov said. “It creates a
dangerous situation where a spark would be enough to light a fire. The US would
be responsible for any possible catastrophic consequences.”
top Russian diplomat further stressed that Iran has repeatedly expressed its
willingness to ensure regional stability through dialog with all countries,
including the Persian Gulf Arab states, which have interests in the region.
he added, has been taking steps to ease tensions and promote collective
security in the Persian Gulf through confidence-building measures.
are working with our partners to maintain multilateral agreements and resolve
the situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear program,” Lavrov said.
have been running high between Tehran and Washington since last year, when
President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the 2015 multilateral
nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic
the US has taken a quasi-warlike posture against Iran and stepped up its
provocative military moves in the Middle East, among them the June 20 incursion
of an American spy drone into the Iranian borders.
US says it is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task
force to the Middle East in a “clear and unmistakable” message to Iran.
May, Washington dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber task
force, and an amphibious assault ship to the Persian Gulf, citing an alleged
assailants desecrated a mosque in Munster, western Germany late on Tuesday.
assailants tore pages of a copy of Quran at Barbaros Mosque of the Turkish
Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB).
representative Sebahattin Cigdem said on Wednesday an investigation into last
night's attack was launched after they saw a copy of Quran ripped up inside the
mosque and called the police Wednesday morning.
recalled, “our mosque had also been attacked on January 22, 2018. PKK terrorist
organization supporters sprayed political messages on the doors and windows of
the last 10 days in Germany, six DITIB mosques as well as an Arab mosque were
has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred of migrants in recent years
triggered by the far-right parties, which have exploited fears over the refugee
crisis and terrorism.
recorded 813 hate crimes against Muslims last year. At least 54 Muslims were
injured in those attacks carried out mostly by far-right extremists.
a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population
in Western Europe after France.
trade agreement (FTA) between Turkey and Montenegro was revised on Wednesday
with an aim to enhance the cooperation and investment opportunities in services
and agriculture trade.
of the agreement will facilitate agricultural goods to enter markets
reciprocally, Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said during her speech at
the signing ceremony.
added that the revision will pave the way for service providers to trade in a
safer, easier, more transparent and predictable environment.
underlined that the trade volume between the two countries accelerated after
the FTA came into force in 2010.
exports to Montenegro rose to $79 million, up from $27 million while our
imports from the country increased to $24 million from $6million," she
Economy Minister Dragica Sekulic said the good quality agricultural products
will be sold quickly and cheaply thanks to the revision.
Reassessing His Role Dr Mahathir must not sacrifice National Unity
ongoing prosecution and high profile trial of Dato’ Sri Najib Abdul Razak, the
former prime minister of Malaysia, and the criminal charges laid against his
deputy and other senior officials of his administration is turning out to be a
cathartic and convulsive exercise for the country. Criminal and corruption charges
have also implicated a few senior civil servants. One sitting Court of Appeal
judge has exacerbated the situation somewhat by alleging misconduct on the part
of some retired senior judges.
huge cloud of suspicion has been created over the past conduct of not only the
members of the Legislature but the Executive and the Judiciary. Where there
should have been a clear separation of powers there appears to have been some
suspicion of collusion and understanding that placed in peril fundamental
principles of justice, fair play and accountability
would seem that the extraordinary parliamentary strength of the Najib
Administration, and his largely inherited most powerful prime minister-centric
paramountcy in a constitutional monarchy and the capacity to pass and enforce
oppressive laws had the potency to persuade, prevail and pressure the most
upright members of the Executive and the Judiciary to fall in line or
compromise on basic values. It is becoming known that some of these high
officials had been compliant not so much to promote the National Interest and
propel the country forward but to respect and reinforce Najib’s political power
base, position and private wealth. There were instances, it would appear, where
the highest levels of the Judiciary became involved in directing their
subordinates to decide against the opposition politicians or delay judgments
until the matter fizzled out.
were involved in systematic coverups and high level institution – driven fraud
which appears to have guaranteed them some kind of immunity. It would seem that
they failed to realise Najib’s actions were an abuse of office.
highest levels of the civil service were often complicit in most of the abuses
of office that occurred under Najib. Senior civil servants in general have
enjoyed a charmed life in the system. They could receive the Tan Sri title
while in service, a privilege conferred on political leaders only on
retirement. One retired but living senior civil servant had a whole facility
named after him. Such privileges apply to political leaders posthumously.
Mahathir, for instance does not have any facility, road or monument named after
him although he was made a Tun when he retired as prime minister in October
systematic institution- driven fraud which engulfed 1MDB, Felda and other GLCs
could not have occurred without the acquiescence of senior civil servants.
There was just too much of that.
the average law abiding taxpaying Malaysian citizen the revelations of so many
of these sensational happenings occurring within a span of a year is just too
is incredible that Southeast Asia’s brightest star in terms of a decent,
respectable and durable parliamentary democracy had been rendered into an
autocratic kleptocracy , or at a stretch, a plutocracy( where business also
became involved), and a year after that delinquent government was thrown out
there are no clear directions as to where the country is heading.
would appear that the government led by the region’s most seasoned political
leader is dithering and no longer sustaining the drive, determination and
dedication to destroy all those deficiencies and excesses created and nurtured
morning of May 10 2018 when most weary Malaysians retired to sleep there was so
much optimism that Dr Mahathir would, as he said, “restore the rule of law,”
and not take revenge. These assurances created enormous expectations.
Mahathir had also assured of a new power sharing arrangement with the other
allied parliamentary caucuses consisting of Amanah, PKR, and the DAP. Later the
Sabah- based Warisan was tacitly included in this power configuration which
effectively replaced the six-decade old asymmetrical alliance which had a
dominant UMNO clearly calling the shots. There seemed to be more balance and
reasonableness in this new power sharing formula.
had represented the peninsular Malays primarily and in every hierarchical
calculation the peninsular Malay preceded the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak
and the non-Malays. At some stage it even came to pass that in the pecking
order Muslim Bumiputeras had precedence over non- Muslim Bumiputeras.
pecking order can be discerned in the organisational pyramids of almost all
elite services including the Administrative and Diplomatic Service, the
Education Service and the Armed Forces. The larger GLCs also display the
preeminence of the Peninsular Malays.
fifty four years after the formation of Malaysia these Sabahans and Sarawakians
would have probably acquired some wherewithal to head federal services like the
Public Services Department, the Public Works Department and the Forestry
Department. They should have unquestioned parity and equality with their
Peninsular brothers and sisters.
is certainly an area that the Pakatan Government can look at as Dr Mahathir has
repeatedly spoken of the equality of all Malaysians. Yet Dr Mahathir himself is
not beyond reproach because he has allowed one prominent businessperson from
his home state to secure a monopoly of practically every major franchise and
assurances by Dr Mahathir on May 10 generated the highest expectations that the
“mess” created by the Najib Administration would be unraveled and the Rule of
Law would prevail.
proceeding against Najib’ s misdeeds however the government of Dr Mahathir
seems to have realised that the repercussions of misconduct attributed to Najib
have a wide and worrisome reach. There was, for instance, a reference to a
Royal Commission on Judicial Misconduct that was bandied about. Then all has
gone cold on the subject. At a procedural stage it would appear that Najib’s
successful conviction would not stop there as Najib, like the fabled Ali Baba
did not operate alone but astutely drew in at least forty thieves. These
thieves belonged to his immediate family, political parties, the government,
financial institutions, international banking giants, fashion houses, charity
foundations, carpet dealers and infrastructure project awardees.
is neither practical nor realistic, in my opinion to pursue all leads and
prosecute partly to punish and attempt to recover all the embezzled funds and
assets. For, to go down that track it would entail vast government resources
which may destabilise the entire governance system and veer away from fundamental
governance and developmental imperatives.
not losing track of the objective to restore the rule of law, reengineering the
system to achieve vital developmental goals and reducing the income gap the
government has to apportion high priority to uniting the people. There is
disunity and polarisation today.
very adroitly assisted by the the narrow ultranationalist Islamic party, PAS,
has succeeded in creating the impression that the emergence of the Pakatan
Harapan Government presages the total loss of political power by peninsular
Malays, loss of Islam’s preeminent status as the country’s official religion
and the marginalisation of the bumiputra community. UMNO and PAS have cleverly
cast the DAP, the country’s most multiracial but Chinese- dominated party, as
the dominant force in the Pakatan Harapan Government. Such propaganda is
threatening and making it tenuous for the Dr Mahathiir’s government to function
as an authoritative and acceptable government.
has gone to the extreme extent of sabotaging Malaysia’s ratification of the
International Convention for the Elimination of All forms of Racial
Discrimination(ICERD) suggesting that the discriminatory practices that exist
within the country be preserved and perpetuated. The goal for an equal
opportunity society promised in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto ( promise 33 of the
Election Manifesto) remains unfulfilled. These practices of perpetuating
traditional cleavages favouring and prioritising Peninsular Malays should be
removed as a matter of urgency. Pakatan Harapan should capitalise on this issue
to demonstrate the dangers inherent in the discriminatory policies of the UMNO-
PAS nexus. After May 13, 1969 when Najib’s father, Tun Abdul Razak introduced
and institutionalised affirmative and discriminatory policies there were some
valid logical and emotional imperatives but half a century later those impulses
are a trifle trite.
of the four essentially Malay/ Muslim led parties- Warisan and Amanah are
mainly regional or state-based parties while the third and strongest PKR is
embroiled in internal factional disputes.
Mahathir’ s Bersatu, largely due to the Tun’s strong leadership is a solid
organisation with a wider reach nationally but it carries some baggage from its
past UMNO antecedents. There is widespread concern that Bersatu should not
become UMNO 2.0.
analyst of Malaysia’s political and economic situation will state frankly that
most of Malaysia’s current problems stem from UMNO’s unquestioned and
unassailable supremacy in the past. Najib was a symptom of that decadent
supremacy which allowed him to accumulate power to the extent that his
leadership trumped over the law, logic and every local institution and
calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leave
government on Wednesday called on China to allow an Australian child and his
Uighur mother to leave the country, stepping up pressure on Beijing days after
Canberra co-signed a letter denouncing its treatment of the Muslim minority.
has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim
Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in the tightly-controlled
region of Xinjiang in the country's northwest.
had initially denied citizenship to baby Lutifeier, who was born in Xinjiang in
August 2017 to an Australian father and a Uighur mother, but backtracked last
year following a legal battle.
child's father, Sadam Abdusalam, has been campaigning for months so his Uighur
wife, Nadila Wumaier, and their son, whom he has never met, can come to
Wednesday, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said "the Embassy in Beijing have
formally requested that the Chinese authorities allow Ms Wumaier and her son
(who is an Australian citizen) to travel to Australia".
statement came after Abdusalam shared his plight publicly for the first time,
speaking to the national broadcaster ABC on Monday.
told AFP that his wife was taken in for questioning by Chinese authorities the
following day, but was later released.
said on Wednesday that she was aware of the reports, but cautioned that
"as Ms Wumaier is not an Australian citizen we do not have an entitlement
to consular access".
has traditionally been keen to avoid friction with its biggest trading partner,
but tensions between the two countries have escalated over security concerns
and Beijing's growing presence in the Pacific.
was among 22 countries, along with Britain, Canada and Japan, that last week
wrote to top United Nations officials condemning China's treatment of ethnic
embassy in Australia slammed the ABC programme as "full of lies,
distortion and bias".
said he was "really happy" that Australia was taking action, but
called on officials to do more.
going to keep trying to keep pressure on China and keep pressure on the
Australian government," he told AFP.
strongly defends its use of internment camps in Xinjiang, which it says are
necessary to counter religious extremism and terrorism.
has blocked Australian diplomats from visiting Xinjiang since early 2017.
31 August he will be two years old," Abdusalam said of Lutifeier.
would like to see my son before 31 August so we can celebrate his birthday as a
week, a seminar on the Amman Message to take place at the Institute of Advanced
Islamic Studies (IAIS) was called off.
cited a message on an anti-Shia Facebook page urging people to bomb the venue.
When the organisers were informed, IAIS took the precautionary measure of
cancelling the event.
are questions unanswered in this episode.
the man who threatened the attack arrested? His name was clearly mentioned. His
group was clearly mentioned.
police seemed efficient when it came to nabbing a poor man who insulted the
police and a frail Chinese man who insulted the Prophet, and we all know what
happened to Wan Ji Wan Hussin for his remarks on the royalty.
the delay? Why the silence on the investigation into a bomb threat? The public
need to know.
come such a brazen threat was made by an unknown group? Was it supposed to be
their debut attack? No one has heard of this group or the man named by the
why target an academic institution?
has claimed responsibility for attacks on churches, nightclubs, concerts and
hotels. But I find it hard to believe that they would target an institution of
higher learning, a place not many would set foot in to listen to intellectual
pattern just does not fit. Was the threat made up to provide an excuse to
cancel the event?
posting “Let’s all go and bomb this place” seems to me more like a call to
rally than a serious threat. A message such as “Let’s bomb this place and
finish off the liberals” would have been more convincing for a terrorist
was an academic event targeted? Academic events hardly raise any strong
consciousness among the public simply because academics are mostly those who
hold discourse among themselves. Even the media shun many academic conferences
and forums because academics seem happy talking among themselves, using jargon
that only they can comprehend. Folks and politicians with a simple
understanding of “Ketuanan Melayu” would not care two cents about the discourse
why target a conference that nobody seems to care about?
Amman Message marks the acceptance of the eight schools of Islam and yet the
group was named as an anti-Shia group. The sermon every Friday at a government
Islamic school near my house in Kajang always ends with a loud cry against the
“forces of evil”: LGBT, Shias, liberals and progressives.
have, therefore, surmised that the group reflects the prevalent attitude of
Muslims against Shias.
fact that the Facebook account received tens of thousands of likes further
indicates that extremist conservatism is fully entrenched in Malaysia.
most frightening of all is the silence that followed the cancellation of the
are the voices from the public universities funded by Malaysians’ tax money?
There are many faculties of social sciences and faculties of Islam with
thousands of academics who should welcome the conference and the Amman Message.
Military To Increase Protection Of Strategic Sites From Hezbollah Missiles
military will provide anti-missile protection to 20 strategic sites across the
country, as well as build additional hardened aircraft hangers to protect
against the threat posed by Hezbollah’s missile arsenal.
to a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly, the Israeli Air Force is looking to build
an unspecified number of strengthened aircraft hangars at a cost of $10 million
in an area of about 4,000 sq.m.
work will see the construction of about 1.5 km. of taxiways, 3.3 km. of service
roads, 2,150 sq.m. of auxiliary facilities, 450 sq.m. of administrative
buildings, 1,900 sq.m. of utilities tunnels and 5,600 sq.m. of general storage
buildings, the report said, quoting a notice published on the USU Federal
Business Opportunities (FBO) website
addition, according to a report in Haaretz, the IDF’s Home Front Command will
strengthen the protection of several key sites across the country with walls of
reinforced concrete, stronger ceilings, blast-proof doors and anti-shrapnel
IDF believes that the next war on the northern border will not be contained to
one front, but will stretch along the entire northern border with both Lebanon
and Syria. The military also expects that during the next war, Hezbollah will
try to bring the fight to the home front by infiltrating Israeli communities to
inflict significant civilian and military casualties.
head of the Home Front Command warned last year that 2.5 million Israelis do
not have adequate protection from Hezbollah missiles, and the government later
designated an extra NIS 150m. for work to strengthen buildings around the
country from rocket attacks.
secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah said in April that while Israel boasts about
their missile defense system, it cannot defend the country’s citizens against
the threat posed by Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal.
which last fought a war against Israel in 2006 – the Second Lebanon War – has
since morphed from a guerrilla group to an army with a set hierarchy and
procedures. While Hezbollah is not believed to possess any precision missiles,
it has substantially rebuilt its arsenal over the past 13 years, with hundreds
of thousands of short-range rockets and several thousand more missiles that can
reach deeper into Israel.
an interview on Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV station, Nasrallah warned on Friday
that “The 70 km. Israeli coast starting from Netanya and ending at Ashdod is
under the resistance’s fire.”
out a map of Israel, Nasrallah pointed to strategic targets that he said
Hezbollah could hit, including Ben-Gurion Airport, arms depots, petrochemical
and water desalination plants, Tel Aviv, and the Ashdod Port.
said that there will be “surprises on the ground, in the air and at sea” in the
next war between the two enemies, adding that the Lebanese Shi’ite group has
war will be bigger than the 2006 war for Israel, and it will be put it on the
brink of extinction,” he warned.
Rejects Pompeo’s Suggestion It Is Willing to Negotiate Over Missile Program
David E. Sanger and Michael Crowley
— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Iran appeared willing to
negotiate over its missile program “for the first time,” in what he and
President Trump presented as evidence that sanctions and military pressure were
working, less than a month after the president halted a planned military strike
within hours of the statement to reporters, delivered before a cabinet meeting
at the White House, the idea was shot down by Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad
Javad Zarif, who was in New York for a meeting at the United Nations. His
spokesman said that the two men had misinterpreted Mr. Zarif’s public
statements, in which he repeated past demands that if the United States “wants
to talk about missiles, it should stop selling weapons, including missiles, to
was a clear reference to American weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates and Iran’s other Arab adversaries.
odd exchange, and the apparent misconstruing of Mr. Zarif’s comments, seemed to
underscore the eagerness of the White House to turn weeks of confrontation with
Iran into some kind of negotiating opportunity — and a reminder of how hard
that will be to accomplish. Iranian officials have repeatedly said they would
engage with Mr. Trump only after he rejoined the 2015 nuclear accord, which he
withdrew from last year.
Trump appeared to ignore that demand, backing up his top diplomat’s assessment
that American restrictions on Iranian oil exports had left the regime
“struggling to figure out what they’re going to do with their economy.”
like to talk, and we’ll see what happens,” Mr. Trump said.
the Iranians say their position is unchanged.
think the administration is desperately looking for any sign that this is
working and that Iran is willing to talk,” said Philip Gordon, a Middle East
official in the Obama administration who helped to negotiate the 2015 accord.
Mr. Gordon, now at the Council on Foreign Relations, added that “even if both
sides overcame the obstacles to talks, there’s no sign that Iran is remotely
willing to accept the sort of deal the administration has said would be its
exchange between officials of the two countries followed a string of private
messages and efforts at outreach that seemed intended to de-escalate a series
of confrontations that many feared could lead to war, either accidentally or
visit a month ago to Iran by Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, went badly,
with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declaring that he would
never speak with Mr. Trump and had no intention of repeating the “bitter
experience” of negotiating a hard-fought agreement with the United States, only
to see a new president renounce it.
over the weekend France sent an emissary to Tehran, seeking a modest short-term
agreement to calm tensions. And Mr. Pompeo, at the last moment, approved a visa
for Mr. Zarif, though the State Department stipulated that he was being
admitted to the United States “for the sole purpose of attending U.N. meetings”
and “should restrict his activities to U.N. business only,” according to a
letter obtained by The New York Times.
Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister. His spokesman said that Iran’s missiles
“are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country,
after Mr. Zarif gave an interview with Lester Holt of NBC on Sunday, the
administration seemed eager to find any opening. Missiles provided that basis.
Mr. Zarif’s spokesman declared on Tuesday that Iran’s missiles “are absolutely
and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country, period.”
was “not a new position by the Iranians,” said Ali Vaez, the Iran project
director of the nonprofit Crisis Group. “They have been saying this for many,
many years now.”
years Iran ignored a United Nations resolution that effectively barred it from
conducting missile launches, and it developed a sophisticated arsenal, capable
of reaching the edge of Europe. Missiles were not covered in the 2015 nuclear
agreement, but the secretary of state at the time, John Kerry, negotiated
language with Mr. Zarif that watered down the restriction.
United Nations resolution passed alongside the embrace of the nuclear accord
said that “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to
ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons,
including launches using such ballistic missile technology.” Iran said that the
“called upon” language did not bar it from such tests, and that none of its
missiles were designed to be nuclear capable.
rebuff to Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo came a day after European foreign ministers
meeting in Brussels agreed that Iran’s recent, carefully calibrated breach of
its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal were not serious enough to warrant
“snapback” sanctions. In the European view, it is Mr. Trump who is primarily
responsible for the current standoff.
Iran has begun to exceed the deal’s limits on its stockpile of nuclear material
and is enriching uranium to slightly higher levels of purity than the agreement
most experts agree that so far the Iranian actions have not pushed the country
over the key measurement: that it remain at least a year away from enriching
enough uranium to fashion a single nuclear weapon. Mr. Zarif said on Monday
that if Iran wanted nuclear arms, it would have already produced them.
a televised speech on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said that his
country would hold talks with the United States if Washington lifted economic
sanctions and returned to the nuclear deal. But on Tuesday, Mr. Khamenei,
struck a more hostile tone, railing against the United States and Europe in a
speech on Iranian state television. On his English-language Twitter account, he
said that Iran “will continue the process of cutting down on its #JCPOA
commitments,” a reference to the 2015 nuclear deal, which is officially known
as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Khamenei was particularly angry over the impoundment by British forces of an
Iranian tanker suspected of transporting oil to Syria in defiance of European
Vaez said France’s government was trying to encourage dialogue by proposing
that the United States refrain from imposing new sanctions on Iran and possibly
grant waivers from sanctions against nations that import Iranian oil. In
return, Iran would return to its commitments under the nuclear deal, refrain
from further attacks on oil tankers and potentially even release American
citizens imprisoned in the country.
Emmanuel Macron of France told reporters on Monday that he hoped to speak with
Mr. Rouhani and Mr. Trump, as well as President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in
pursuit of de-escalating tensions. But Mr. Vaez believes that Mr. Trump and Mr.
Pompeo are, for now, engaged in a form of wishful thinking.
Iranian Foreign Ministry has said that security forces recently came to the aid
of a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, hours after reports that Iran
might have seized a tanker from the United Arab Emirates in the area.
Mousavi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that Iranian forces had rushed to
the aid of an unidentified tanker that had sent a distress call after a
“technical glitch,” according to reports Tuesday night from the semiofficial
Iranian news agency Press TV. He said that tugboats had towed it toward Iranian
waters for repairs.
Mousavi did not say what nation the ship was from, who owned it or what its
current status was. He said more information would come later.
This Narrow Strait Next to Iran Is So Critical to the World’s Oil Supply
percent of the global oil supply flows past Iran through the Strait of Hormuz.
comments came after reports that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran
may have seized a United Arab Emirates tanker in the Persian Gulf over the
weekend. Such a move would be the latest in a series of confrontations in the
region that have raised fears of an armed conflict.
Associated Press reported on Tuesday that an Emirati tanker with a Panama flag,
the Riah, disappeared while passing through the Strait of Hormuz late Saturday.
The report cited a United States defense official who said there were
suspicions that the tanker had been seized by the Revolutionary Guards.
Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman, and 20
percent of the world’s oil passes through the narrow waterway. In recent weeks,
it has been the site of several tense episodes that have increasingly strained
the relationship between Iran and the United States.
this month, British forces seized an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar on suspicion
that it was carrying oil to Syria, in violation of European Union sanctions.
Iranian officials said the seizure occurred at the request of the United
States, and warned of retaliatory action.
officials said last week that Iranian forces had tried to block a British
tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian boats backed off
after the British naval vessel issued “verbal warnings.”
tankers were damaged in May and June in the Gulf of Oman. The United States
said the incidents were attacks by Iran, which Tehran has denied. Last month,
Iran downed an American surveillance drone in the same area, a move that nearly
resulted in military strikes by the United States.
year, President Trump pulled the United States from the 2015 agreement that
limited Iran’s nuclear development in exchange for the easing of economic
least two people including a Turkish diplomat were shot dead on Wednesday in a
rare attack in the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, local security
officials and Turkey’s foreign ministry said.
gunman opened fire at a restaurant in Erbil where Turkish diplomats were dining
before fleeing in a car driven by an accomplice, two Kurdish security officials
and a witness said.
was no immediate claim of responsibility as security forces began a search for
Iraq’s central government in Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in Erbil condemned
the attack, which took place weeks after Turkey launched a new military
offensive against Kurdish separatist militants based in northern Iraq.
main enemy in Iraq is the PKK group, which has based fighters in the
mountainous border region, north of Erbil, during its decades-long insurgency
in southeastern Turkey.
and the ruling Kurdish party in Erbil, the KDP, have blamed the PKK for other
Turkey-related incidents in northern Iraq including the storming of a Turkish
military camp earlier this year.
foreign ministry said one of those killed on Wednesday was a diplomat working
at its consulate to semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.
statement from the Kurdish internal security service said two people were
killed - the diplomat and another civilian - and one other person was wounded.
Kurdish officials and Iraqi state television earlier said three people were
killed and that they were all Turkish diplomats and included the deputy consul.
witness told Reuters that an attacker entered the restaurant and started
shooting before he fled in a car that was waiting for him outside.
fights Kurdish militants
was a rare major security incident in Erbil, where a new president and prime
minister, part of a clan that has controlled the KDP for decades, recently took
office. The KDP has said it will continue to cooperate closely with Ankara
against the PKK.
invited them (the PKK) here,” Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said in an
interview with Reuters this month.
disapprove of their activities and ... of their presence here. We understand
the concerns of the neighboring countries about security issues,” he said,
adding that Erbil would look to strengthen relations with Turkey.
forces have regularly carried out air raids against PKK targets in northern
Iraq and in May dropped commandos on mountain ridges in a new operation against
has called for Baghdad to take a more active role in helping it eliminate the
PKK, and has waged offensives in recent years against PKK allies in northern
vows ‘necessary response’
vowed to retaliate after an employee of Ankara’s consulate in Iraq’s autonomous
Kurdish region was killed in a shooting on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that tight US travel
restrictions on Iranian diplomats and their families living in New York are
is certainly not a friendly action. It puts the members of the mission and
their families under basically inhuman conditions. But for me it’s fine because
I don’t have any work anywhere other than the three buildings,” he told
reporters at the United Nations.
United States has restricted their travel to between the United Nations, the
Iranian UN mission, the Iranian UN ambassador’s residence, and John F. Kennedy
airport. There is also a carve-out for six blocks surrounding Queensboro Plaza
in the borough of Queens. It was not immediately clear why.
says remarks by the country’s foreign minister about Iran’s missile program
possibly being up for negotiations with the US meant to challenge Washington's
arms sales policy to the region - and were not meant to indicate a readiness by
Tehran for any such talks.
Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, tweeted late on Tuesday that
Mohammad Javad Zari’s comments “threw the ball into the US court while
challenging America’s arm sales” to its Mideast allies.
had said in an NBC News interview that if the US wants to talk about Iran’s
missiles, “they need first to stop selling all these weapons, including
missiles, to our region.”
has long rejected negotiations over its missile program.
mission to the United Nations also described Zarif’s comments as purely
reaffirmed that its ballistic missile program was not up for negotiation after
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a White House cabinet meeting that Iran
had signaled it was prepared to negotiate about it.
United States has tightly restricted the travel of more than a dozen Iranian
diplomats and their families living in New York, according to a US diplomatic
note to sent to the Iran Mission to the United Nations and seen by Reuters on
diplomats are subjected to the same rules imposed by the United States on
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived on Sunday amid
heightened tensions between the two countries.
may only travel between the United Nations, the Iranian UN mission, the Iranian
UN ambassador’s residence, and John F. Kennedy airport. There is also a
carve-out for the six blocks surrounding Queensboro Plaza in Long Island City
in the borough of Queens. It was not immediately clear why.
US-Iran strains have worsened since US President Donald Trump last year quit a
2015 international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for
sanctions relief. Trump has imposed more sanctions on Iran.
and Tehran sent mixed signals on Tuesday about resolving their disputes as
Iran’s supreme leader threatened to further breach the nuclear deal while Trump
cited “a lot of progress.”
July 12 diplomatic note said the travel rules, which are open-ended, apply to
“all members of the permanent mission of Iran to the United Nations, their immediate
family members, and representatives of the Iranian government to the United
said a waiver would be required from US State Department Office of Foreign
Missions for any other travel and requests must be made at least five days in
advance. The Iranian UN mission is also required to submit residential and
hotel accommodations for approval.
Iranian UN mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A
spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday Zarif’s work in New York
United Nations said on Monday that it told the United States it was concerned
by the new tight travel restrictions. A US State Department official said the
United States had acted “in a manner that is fully consistent” with its obligations
under a 1947 agreement with the United Nations.
the new rules, Iranian diplomats - like envoys of North Korea, Syria, and Cuba
- were already confined to a radius of 25 miles from Columbus Circle in Midtown
Manhattan. According to the UN Blue Book, which lists diplomats of each mission
to the world body, there are 13 Iranian diplomats in New York.
the 1947 UN “headquarters agreement,” the United States is generally required
to allow access to the United Nations for foreign diplomats. But Washington
says it can deny visas for “security, terrorism, and foreign policy” reasons.
US diplomatic note said Zarif was “being admitted to the United States for the
sole purpose of attending UN meetings” and that “he should restrict his activities
to UN-related business only.
had enough fear in Syria, and now it’s all coming back to me. I just can’t be
sent back,” Hadi, a Syrian refugee in Turkey, told Al Arabiya English in a
whose real name will remain anonymous due to security reasons, entered Turkey
legally through the airport with a three-month visa. He was aiming to be
smuggled into Europe to run away from his “miserable” life in Syria, as he
scared of the fatal trip that killed thousands, he could not leave, and also
could not legalize his stay in Turkey due to exit and reentry requirements.
got stuck here. They had stopped issuing IDs for newcomers,” Hadi said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on July 13 that his government will
take “new steps” toward Syrians in Turkey, which include “encouraging their
return, deporting criminals, and adding taxes on their medical services,”
causing a wave of fear among refugees.
was quoted in the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet as saying: “We had to open our
doors to Syrians, we couldn’t ignore what was happening and we opened our
doors. Imagine if the same thing happened to us, who would help us?”
the president added that there would now be tighter measures against Syrians.
“We will do the necessary to encourage their return, deport whoever committed
crimes, and demand taxes from the medical treatment they receive,” he said.
Syrians like Hadi started flocking into Turkey as a result of the war in their
country, they were registered in the government and given a local ID or
“kimlik” from the city they resided in.
in 2017, Turkish authorities in Istanbul and nine other provinces stopped
registering Syrian asylum seekers, with reports about them being illegally
deported, forced to go back to Syria, or refused healthcare and education.
a result, Syrians who had already established an “unregistered” life in a
certain province dealt with brokers and paid around $350 to get an ID from a
different province, and came back to live where they originally were.
part of the new measures, recently announced by Turkish Interior Minister
Suleyman Soylu, anyone who has an ID from a province different than the one
they reside in will be deported back to that province.
a meeting with Syrian journalists and activists, Soylu explained that anyone
without an ID will be deported outside Turkish borders, according to one of the
attending journalists, Adnan Hussein.
did not want to participate in this war’
had postponed his college graduation in Syria to avoid mandatory military
service, after which he immediately left for Turkey.
was forced to fail some courses to postpone my graduation and leave Syria
during that year. I was exhausted of the bombs and the panicking, and I did not,
in any way, want to participate in this war,” he told Al Arabiya English.
if he gets deported from Turkey into Syria, he will immediately be recruited by
the Syrian regime to join the military.
don’t break any laws, but now I have no other choice but to resort to the
brokers who are destroying us with their prices, to get an ID anywhere else in
Turkey,” Hadi said.
responsibility toward Syrians
are 3,605,615 Syrians in Turkey, according to data from the Turkish immigration
department issued this year.
refugees were a major talking point in the mayoral elections in Istanbul last
month, which saw Ekrem Imamoglu of the secularist Republican People’s Party
(CHP), the main rival of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), emerge
of the two candidates promised to take measures against Syrian refugees,
including the deportation of illegal residents back to war-torn Syria.
in March 2016, Turkey signed a deal with the EU to handle the “refugee crisis,”
in which migrants who arrive in Greece are sent back to Turkey if they do not
apply for asylum or their claim is rejected.
return for taking the refugees back, Turkey received a total of six billion
euros ($6.7 billion) in aid and political concession, according to the deal.
International reported in 2017 that Turkish authorities had failed to provide
returned refugees and asylum seekers with basic needs and to ensure they were
“able to live in dignity.”
journalist Hussam al-Zeer, who lives in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep,
is shaken by the near hysteria Hadi and hundreds of thousands of other Syrians
are many rumors about Syrians being deported back because they didn’t have IDs,
but we have not documented any case yet. We still don’t know how true it is,”
administration of US President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to send
hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran and
despite growing criticisms of Washington’s military ties with Riyadh over the
regime’s gloomy human rights record.
two US defense officials, CNN reported on Thursday that around five-hundred
troops are expected to be dispatched to the Prince Sultan Air Base, located in
a desert area east of the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
said that a small number of troops and support personnel are already in the air
base, with initial preparations being made for a US-made Patriot missile system
as well as runway and airfield improvements.
unnamed US officials said that Washington is expected to fly stealth,
fifth-generation F-22 jets and other fighters from the air base.
high-resolution satellites taken in mid-June by Planet Labs and obtained by
CNN, show an initial deployment of US forces and support personnel to the site,
according to Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project
at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, who has
studied the new images.
small encampment and construction equipment appeared at the end of a runway by
June 27, suggesting that improvements are already underway. The encampment to
the east of the runway is typical of Air Force engineering squadrons deployed
overseas,” he told CNN.
far, neither the Pentagon nor Saudi Arabia has made any comment on the issue.
month, the Pentagon announced it was sending 1,000 additional US forces and
more military resources to the Middle East but did not specify which countries
they were going to. The forces going to Saudi Arabia are said to be part of
has not been formally notified of the deployment, although one official told
CNN that they had been given an informal heads-up and an announcement is
expected next week.
US decision to boost military ties with Saudi Arabia comes despite
Congressional outcry over the kingdom’s human rights records.
White House said in May it was making an emergency provision within the
country’s arms control law to enable billions of dollars of arms sales to the Saudi
kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, the US’s main allies in the Persian Gulf.
The recourse helps the president bypass congressional review for the exports.
Trump administration had cited “alleged threats from Iran” to justify resorting
to the provision.
said the president’s action violated the law because there was no actual
also said Trump’s action shows that the United States is tolerating worst human
rights abuses by Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen.
emergency declaration is nothing more than an egregious abuse of power by an
Administration that doesn't like being told, ‘No.’ There is no emergency, but
there is a conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians with
US-made weapons and a Congress that is tired of being complicit,” California
Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, said in a statement last month.
US has been supporting a 2015-present Saudi-led war against Yemen that seeks to
bring back the impoverished country’s former Riyadh-backed officials. The American
patronage has featured aerial refueling, which the US only stopped earlier in
the year after the Saudi-led coalition grew independent of it, as well as
logistical and commando support.
of thousands have died since the onset of the war, and the entire Yemen has
been pushed close to the edge of outright famine.
year after the war was launched, Trump made his maiden foreign visit to Saudi
Arabia, announcing more than $100 billion in arms sales to the kingdom.
(Reuters) - Taliban militants have forced a Swedish charity to close dozens of
health centers in a central Afghan province, accusing it of failing to provide
safety to civilians, the organization said on Wednesday.
people were killed at a Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) center in
Wardak province, west of Kabul, during a night raid by Afghan forces last week,
SCA and Afghan government officials said.
attack was condemned by the SCA, but the Taliban accused it failing to provide
expect the SCA to shut down their services in Wardak province as they are unable
to guarantee the safety of their Afghan employees,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a
Taliban spokesman, said.
SCA confirmed that the Taliban had forced it to close 42 of 77 health centers
in Wardak. More than 5,700 patients were affected, it said.
SCA has more than 6,000 Afghan employees operating in 14 Afghan provinces. It
was founded in 1980 in response to the Soviet invasion, with the Swedish agency
for development cooperation its largest international donor.
SCA to close health facilities, hence denying people to receive medical
treatment and health services, is an obvious violation of human rights and
international humanitarian law,” said Sonny Mansson, SCA country director.
this year, the Taliban ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross and
the World Health Organisation to stop operating in areas under their control,
citing unspecified “suspicious” actions during vaccination campaigns.
Islamic State-Khorasan Province has gained control of territory in Afghanistan
over the last six months, according to the latest Pentagon report to Congress.
the group's power in Afghanistan remains limited compared with organizations
such as the Taliban and al Qaeda, it has continued to challenge Afghan, United
States, and coalition forces.
this reporting period, ISIS-K made territorial gains in eastern
Afghanistan," according to the Enhancing Security and Stability in
Afghanistan report for June 2019. "Regionally, the group continues to
evade, counter, and resist sustained CT [counter-terrorism] pressure."
wants to pose a threat to not only Afghanistan but the U.S., "which it
continuously seeks to target for terrorist activity." Similar to other
terror groups like the Haqqani network, al Qaeda, and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan,
ISIS-K has sanctuaries on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, making
it particularly difficult to counter.
the Taliban, ISIS-K seeks to stage high-profile terrorist attacks, according to
the report. One such attack occurred on April 20, when ISIS-K operatives
attacked Afghanistan's ministry of communications in the capital of Kabul,
killing 16 civilians and six Afghan security forces members. Overall, though,
the report said high-profile attacks have decreased over the past year and a
has used ISIS-K's growing presence in the country as an excuse to criticize the
U.S. and increase its military presence at its base in neighboring Tajikistan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia would continue to up its
forces as long as the threat persists.
has claimed a presence in Afghanistan since 2015. The group has its origins in
Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, located along the eastern border with
Pakistan. While its size and influence remain limited, it has been able to pull
off dozens of attacks against civilians and possibly hundreds against security
forces in its short existence, including in larger cities such as Kabul.
has made a concerted effort to focus on areas outside its former land caliphate
in Iraq and Syria. But while the group may be on the rise in Afghanistan, its
days could be numbered.
position with the Islamic State is that they are around in Afghanistan until
the Taliban doesn't want them," Bill Roggio, a senior fellow with the
Foundation for Defense of Democracies and editor of the Long War Journal, told
the Washington Examiner. "I think the Taliban keep them around partially
because they don't want to do what it takes to fight that battle."
Taliban and ISIS-K may share roots in jihadism, but that hasn't stopped them
from attacking one another. The Taliban is largely focused on securing its
position against the Afghan government and its Western allies, Roggio
explained, so a fight against a rival terrorist group isn't in its best interest
— for now.
U.S. is seeking a reconciliation process with the Taliban through negotiations
while continuing to fight the group and its al Qaeda allies. For now, ISIS-K is
a convenient "foil" for the Taliban, according to Roggio.
are on borrowed time. If the U.S. withdraws, eventually the Taliban will take
care of that problem," Roggio said.
22 militants killed in E. Afghan counter-terrorism operation
July 16 (Xinhua) -- One child and 22 militants were killed following a
counter-terrorism operation in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province overnight,
Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs confirmed on Tuesday.
Operation Forces of Afghan National Police launched a counter-terrorism
operation in Kamalkhil village, Mohammad Agha district, Logar province last
night, killing 22 Taliban insurgents," the ministry said in a statement.
were also conducted against the Taliban positions during the raid, the
ministry also confirmed that a child was killed and a woman was injured after a
Taliban heavy weapon shelling struck a house in the village.
local villagers claimed that five civilians were killed and 11 other
non-combatants were wounded following an airstrike in Kamalkhil village Monday
kill more than 20 Afghan commandos: Officials
(AFGHANISTAN): At least 20 Afghan commandos were killed in a Taliban ambush in
western Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, marking yet another loss for the
elite troops amid a push to end the war.
governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai said the special forces soldiers were ambushed
Monday after flying into Abkamari district in Badghis province, a known Taliban
commando forces descended... without coordination with other security
forces," Malikzai told AFP.
were surrounded by Taliban fighters and fought for hours. Unfortunately, 21 of
them were killed. Some were captured," he added.
Afghan defence ministry had no immediate comment.
Aziz Bek, the head of the Badghis provincial council, put the toll at 29
killed, saying some of the Afghan soldiers had been slain after they'd been
40 commando soldiers were brought in by four helicopters from neighbouring Ghor
province for an operation, but they got ambushed as soon as they descended.
Only 11 of them were rescued later," Bek told AFP.
Taliban claimed responsibility, saying over 30 soldiers had been killed.
small, US-trained special operations forces represent only a small fraction of
the approximately 300,000-member security forces.
battle-hardened commandos have been carrying out most of the offensive
operations being launched across the country, and have suffered high
Afghan war grinds on even as the US and the Taliban have held talks about a
possible peace agreement, with Afghan fighters and the Taliban still taking
Afghan soldiers have been killed during clashes with Taliban militants that
erupted after the troops conducted a night raid on their hideouts to capture a
top leader of the militant group, government officials say.
Akhizai, a provincial council member in Badghis Province, said on Wednesday
that the Taliban militants encircled the soldiers -- who were airdropped into
the Ab Kamari district to arrest a designate district governor of the militant
group -- and killed 18 of them.
added that the Taliban captured 11 other soldiers during the overnight clashes.
Ten remain missing.
district governor of Ab Kamari blamed the lack of coordination for the
operation was conducted to raid a hideout used by several Taliban commanders,
but the insurgents had evacuated the area two days before," Khudad, who
goes by one name, said.
Taliban confirmed in a statement that they had received a tip-off about the
the group claimed that its militants killed 39 Afghan soldiers and captured 16.
US and its allies invaded Afghanistan under the guise of the war on terror in
2001. While the invasion ended the Taliban's rule in the country, it has failed
to eliminate the militant group. Some 18 years on, Washington is seeking truce
with the militants as they have boosted their campaign of violence across the
ISIS terror group is claiming responsibility for a missile attack at a U.S.
base in Afghanistan, according to a statement released on its social media
attack is reported to have occurred on July 14 in the Achin district in
Afghanistan's southern Nangarhar Province.
Caliphate's soldiers managed the day before yesterday to target a base
belonging to the Crusader American army in Achin area in Nangarhar with a
Katyusha rocket, causing serious casualties," ISIS claimed in an Arabic
statement posted on the Telegram networking site.
statement was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI,
which tracks terror organizations.
evidence for its claim, ISIS published two photos: The first shows a militant
with a blurred face holding the group's black flag and standing next to a
Katyusha rocket launcher; the second shows a rocket in flight," according
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