Words on Name Boards of Central Govt Offices Blackened In Tamil Nadu
Milap: Hyderabad Mosque Opens Doors for All Communities
State Man from Kerala Tells Family He Wants To Return
Khan Writes to PM Modi, seeks to resolve all disputes for stability
ex-SPOs among 4 JeM men killed in Pulwama encounter
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on Islamabad For India-Pakistan Peace: White House
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Hazara Tourists from Quetta Killed In Blast In Balochistan's Ziarat
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Words On Name Boards Of Central Govt Offices Blackened In Tamil Nadu
June 8, 2019
Hindi text on the name boards of central government offices here including the
BSNL and Airport, was blackened, police said Saturday.
matter came to light this morning, they said adding the text in English was
incident comes in the backdrop of the raging controversy over the
three-language formula initially proposed by the Centre, which the opposition
parties in the state termed as an attempt of “imposing” Hindi.
opposition party DMK and others had stoutly opposed the move and insisted that
only two-language formula should continue.
cantonment and airport police have been informed about the incident.
Milap: Hyderabad Mosque Opens Doors For All Communities
an example of communal harmony, a mosque in Hyderabad opened its doors for
members of all communities to visit and understand the principles of Islam.
part of its 'Visit My Mosque' program, the mosque opens its doors on one day in
the year for members of all religious communities to visit the shrine and
understand the various religious practices under Islam.
year, 'Eid Milap' was held on June 6, and on the occasion, locals were given a
chance to visit Masjid-e-Quba.
to ANI, Mahita, a visitor, said, "This is my first visit to a mosque. We
thought that normally they don't allow us into a mosque. But the mosque
management has allowed and for the first time, we witnessed how prayers are
held. We also got to know many things after coming here about Islam."
Mohsin Ali, the organiser of this event, said the main objective is to spread
awareness on Islam as well as to bridge the existing gap between religious
have conducted Visit My Mosque program mainly to promote social harmony and
brotherhood and reduce the gap between communities. The objective of this
initiative is to invite other communities to our mosque and make them
understand how our religious activities take place," he said.
who come here will also get a chance to interact with people from other
communities," Ali added.
story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from
a syndicated feed.)
northern Nigeria, Muslims and Christians take small steps toward reconciliation
women attend an inter-faith prayer rally organized by the Freedom and Justice
Party in Abuja, Nigeria, on Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
KAMPALA, Uganda — Recently, a group of Muslims visited Christian widows and
orphans in northwestern Nigeria and donated food, clothing and school items as
part of efforts to enhance peaceful coexistence among different faiths.
can’t believe they came and visited me,” said Judy Ugwu, a mother of four who
lives in Kaduna state in northwestern Nigeria. “They have given me enough food
and clothes. I want to forgive every Muslim who has wronged me in any way.”
38, who is a Christian, lost her husband early this year when gunmen dressed in
military uniforms and armed with AK47 rifles, machetes and sticks attacked her
village of Kajuru and killed more than 60 people. She accused the majority
Hausa-Fulani tribe, who are predominantly Muslim and herders of cattle, for
brutally murdering her husband.
had vowed never to forgive them,” she said. “They wanted to finish us
(non-Muslim) during elections so that their people can ascend to power, but God
protected his people.”
has been constant conflict in northern Nigeria for decades, pitting the
majority Muslim population against the minority Christian population.
Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque near the
Emir’s palace a day prior to the start of the elections, in Kano, northern
Nigeria, on Feb. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Kaduna state, the Hausa-Fulani tribe makes up 60% of the population, and the
non-Muslim minorities who are mainly farmers make up the remaining 40%.
minority Christian populations have for decades accused Muslims of using
elections to control political and economic power in the state by only electing
Muslim leaders. They have also felt marginalized in terms of development and
job opportunities. The difference between them became more pronounced early
this year during national Nigerian presidential elections when the Hausa-Fulani
faction of Kaduna state’s residents (who are majority Muslims) voted for the
president, who is a Muslim. All other elective seats in the state (like
governorship, House of Representatives and the Senate) went to Muslim
candidates. No Christian candidate was elected in the election in Kaduna state
or in the majority of the northern region states
a result, there have been nonstop attacks on communities, leading to the loss
of thousands of lives, with several others injured. In recent weeks some
churches, Mosques and Islamic schools have been burned in retaliation.
the tide is slowly turning — at least on a small scale. Lately, Muslims have
been reaching out to Christians in northern Nigeria to seek reunion and deliver
a message of peace, hope and solidarity that all Muslims are peace-loving
urge Muslims and Christians to live in peace and harmony,” Emir Muhammadu
Sanusi II said by phone from northern Nigeria. “Jihad is not about killing
people in the name of Jihad. That’s not Islam. People who are killing others
and looting their properties are criminals. Islam promotes peace, and I urge
Muslims to show their Christian brothers that Islam is a peaceful religion.”
in red, in western Africa. Image courtesy Creative Commons
a Muslim from Kaduna state in northwest Nigeria, said he recently reconciled
with his Christian neighbor after he realized that Islam was a peaceful
religion and that both the Bible and Qur’an are Holy Books.
reconciled and shared a meal together,” said Aliyu, 35, a father of five. “We
all worship one God who loves peace, and we should respect and tolerate each
other as brothers and sisters. We should never kill each other and hide behind
Yohanna Buru of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry welcomed this
act of kindness by Muslims and reminded Christians to be peace-loving people.
He urged Christians to also reach out to Muslims and help promote peace and
unity among people despite their religious differences.
us live in peace and tolerate each despite our religion differences,” he urged.
“We should preach peace everywhere we go to bring the lost love between us.
Christians and Muslims are one people and we should love one another.”
a Christian woman from Kaduna state, agreed.
we continue with this act of kindness then we can heal and forgive each other,”
she said. “There’s nothing impossible before God. We can forgive each other and
electrician jailed for providing missile advice to Islamic State
dismisses HaisemZahab’s claim that he believed Isis was a force of good rather
8 Jun 2019
NSW supreme court has sentenced HaisemZahab to nine years in jail, with a
non-parole period of six years and nine months. Photograph: Brendan Esposito/AAP
electrician from rural New South Wales has been jailed for at least six years
and nine months after he designed missiles for Islamic State
an Australian-born citizen, had pleaded guilty last year to knowingly providing
support or resources to a terrorist organisation after working on a laser
warning receiver, rockets and a rocket guidance method for Isis from 2014.
44-year-old, from the NSW town of Young, also admitted he failed to comply with
an order to help police access encrypted data on his phone and other devices.
Friday, the NSW supreme court justice Geoffrey Bellew sentenced Zahab to nine
years in jail, with a non-parole period of six years and nine months.
judge dismissed Zahab’s claim that he genuinely believed at the time of his
offending that Isis was “a force of good” rather than evil and could,
therefore, help civilians in Syria fight the regime of president Bashar
also rejected Zahab’s testimony that he had been in a cult or bubble of Isis
supporters – including on Twitter where he assumed the alias “Stranger” – and
had divorced himself from mainstream news.
was also sceptical of the electrician’s subsequent contrition.
time already served, Zahab will be eligible for release in December 2023.
On Islamabad For India-Pakistan Peace: White House
|June 8, 2019
Amidst new peace overtures from the Imran Khan
government after the re-election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White
House has made it clear to Pakistan that the onus for sustained peace in South
Asia was on it by putting the terror groups out of business.
has written a second letter to Prime Minister Modi after his re-election,
saying that Pakistan wants talks with India to resolve all differences,
including on the Kashmir issue.
Pakistani premier said talks between the two nations were the only solution to
help both countries’ people overcome poverty and that it was important to work
together for regional development.
India has rejected Pakistan’s offer of talks, maintaining that terror and talks
cannot go together and said that no bilateral meeting has been planned between
the two premiers on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO) in
Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek on June 13-14.
the United States is really looking for in Pakistan are arrests and
prosecutions and not allowing these groups to operate and move around freely,
acquire weapons, cross into India, carry out attacks,” a senior White House
official told PTI this week.
United States is looking for sustained and irreversible steps that shut down
their operations, asserted the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
these groups are put out of business, it’s going to be very difficult for India
and Pakistan to achieve a sustained peace. So the onus is on Pakistan to ensure
that they crack down on these groups,” said the White House official responding
to a question on the US assessment of the Indo-Pak tension.
senior State Department official said that in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist
attack, the US has seen Pakistan taking some initial actions against designated
terrorist organisations and more steps to enhance counter terrorism financing
welcome those steps,” the official said.
have always agreed that the underlying causes of the tensions between India and
Pakistan needed to be addressed … and the underlying tension has been the role
of terrorist forces that have sanctuary on Pakistani soil. So we certainly
encourage the creation of an environment that will lead to a dialogue,” the
needs to take practical steps to demonstrate that it is countering terrorist
financing and extremists that are located on their territory, a senior State
Department Official told reporters last week.
international terror financing watchdog FATF in June last year placed Pakistan
onto its watch list in a bid to push the country to halt support for militant
February, the FATF decided to continue the ‘Grey’ listing of Pakistan for its
failure to stop funding of terrorist groups such as the JeM, the
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).
Hazara tourists from Quetta killed in blast in Balochistan's Ziarat
people belonging to the Shia Hazara community were killed in an explosion in
Balochistan's Ziarat district on Friday, Levies sources said.
least seven other Hazaras were also injured when the blast targeting their
vehicle took place in Kawas area of Ziarat.
deceased belonged to the Hazara community of Quetta and were part of a group
that was visiting Ziarat for sightseeing, Levies sources told DawnNewsTV.
injured were rushed to a hospital in Quetta immediately after the incident.
initial investigation, sources said the nature of the blast could not be
immediately confirmed. It was also not clear whether the bomb was planted
inside the vehicle or on the roadside.
on Friday, a second explosion in a vehicle earlier in the day left three
tourists from Karachi dead in Ziarat. Two others sustained injuries in the
deceased were tourists from Karachi who were in Ziarat to spend their Eid
holidays, Ziarat Assistant Commissioner Maj Kabeer Zarqoon said.
sources said the blast occurred when a gas cylinder in the car exploded at a
picnic point in Kharwari Baba area. However, an official of the
counter-terrorism department who declined to be named told DawnNewsTV that
security officials were investigating the incident to determine the exact
nature of the blast.
WARNING: ‘Threat is VERY real’ as Tehran still a DANGER says US military chief
still poses a ‘very real’ threat, a US military commander who did not rule out
sending more troops to the beleaguered region, has warned.
Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, issued the chilling warning to
several reporters on Friday. Newsweek reports the US military chief said: “I
don't actually believe the threat has diminished.” General McKenzie insisted
despite Iran’s attempts to “step back and recalculate” the Islamic Republic
could still harbour plans to attack US troops stationed in the Middle East.
words come after US National Security Adviser John Bolton said in May the US
would send an aircraft carrier and bomber planes to the Middle East “to send a
clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United
States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force”.
tensions have been on a knife edge since US President Donald Trump withdrew
from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or so-called Iran Nuclear
accord was struck in July 2015 between the Islamic Republic of Iran and a group
of world powers: the P5+1 (the permanent members of the United Nations Security
Council—the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China - plus
Germany) and the European Union.
agreement was intended to thwart Iran’s nuclear energy programme, which the
West maintained was a front to produce a nuclear bomb, in return for the
lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
Trump later withdrew from the deal calling it “decaying and rotten”.
his executive action, Trump began to reinstate the sanctions which had been
lifted as part of the terms of the JCPOA.
2017, the President also implemented a travel ban on citizens from seven
countries, one of which was Iran.
move ignited fury in Tehran and, alongside the reimposing of economic
sanctions, has led to an almost constant war of words between the two nations.
fiery rhetoric has escalated in recent weeks with Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani’s Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif hitting out at Trump in response
to his Twitter tirades.
oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf last month pouring fuel on an already
Arabia, Norway, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), all of which are US allies,
owned the oil tankers.
UAE recently lashed out at Tehran and blamed the Islamic Republic for the
Arab nation released a report noted claiming the attack was a “sophisticated
and coordinated operation carried out by an actor with significant operational
Suu Kyi, Hungary’s far-right PM, lament 'growing Muslim populations'
Jun 8, 2019 08:17AM [Updated: Sat Jun 8, 2019 08:47AM ]
de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Hungary's far-right nationalist Prime
Minister Viktor Orban have lamented the “continuously growing Muslim
populations” in their countries.
Kyi, who has been internationally condemned for the persecution of Rohingya
Muslim refugees in Myanmar’s northwestern state of Rakhine, held talks with the
Hungarian leader in Budapest this week as part of a rare trip to Europe.
suggested that the two leaders had found common ground on the subject of
immigration and Islam.
two leaders highlighted that one of the greatest challenges at present for both
countries and their respective regions – south-east Asia and Europe – is
migration,” read a statement released after their meeting.
noted that both regions have seen the emergence of the issue of co-existence
with continuously growing Muslim populations,” the statement added.
meeting comes as Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was once hailed as a
champion in the fight for democracy, has been stripped of a series of
international honors over the Rohingya exodus that began in August 2017.
International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi over her human rights abuses.
of Rohingya Muslims were killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested, or raped by
Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs mainly between November 2016 and August
2017, when many of the surviving members of the community started fleeing to
Bangladesh en masse.
than 700,000 members of the mostly stateless group fled across Myanmar's
western border into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military’s crackdown.
United Nations has blamed Suu Kyi for failing to prevent the brutal violence
and atrocities, which the international organization says constitute genocide.
United Nations (UN)’s top human rights official says Myanmar’s leader Aung San
Suu Kyi should have resigned last year over a state-sponsored campaign of terror
against Rohingya Muslims in the country.
Orban has branded refugees from the Middle East and central Asia who are
fleeing violence and economic hardship as “Muslim invaders” and has taken
dramatic measures to curtail the their numbers entering Hungary.
government in Budapest has ordered the construction of a massive barbed-wire
fence along its border with Serbia.
far-right leader has repeatedly clashed with the European Union over the issue
of immigration after his government declared "a crisis situation due to
mass immigration" in 2015.
Orban administration was accused of using anti-refugee rhetoric that fuels
"xenophobic attitudes, fear and hatred" in a report by the Council of
Europe's commissioner for human rights.
prime minister urges anti-migration politicians to take over EU.
his meeting with Myanmar's leader, Orban said he had "great respect for
Aung San Suu Kyi and all she has done for her country's freedom and democratic
leader fallen from EU's grace
meeting between the two far-right leaders drew instant criticism from the Human
Rights Watch (HRW).
San Suu Kyi has fallen so astonishingly far from being the darling of the EU
that she now counts a meeting with Orban, the pariah of Europe, as an important
accomplishment,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at the HRW.
shamefully helping the Myanmar military cover up their genocide against
Rohingya Muslims, now she’s glad-handing and making friends with Europe’s most
xenophobic, anti-democratic leader,” Robertson added.
also noted that, “The message of this meeting to Brussels should be clear:
Myanmar is not listening to your quiet diplomatic niceties.”
Kyi’s trip to central Europe was with the aim to strengthen economic ties in
the region. Prior to Hungary, she had visited the Czech Republic and met with
Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
25-year-old man from Kerala, who is believed to be fighting for the Islamic
State in Syria, has expressed his desire to return home after the fall of the
terror outfit’s so-called caliphate in that country, security sources told The
Indian Express. He also told his family in a phone call that the IS members in
Syria were in “utter poverty, fighting for food”.
said that Firoz alias Firoz khan, who hails from Elambachi village in
Kasaragod, was among the over dozen youths who left the district in June 2016
to join the IS. While most of the others in that group moved to Afghanistan,
Firoz illegally entered Syria.
got a call from Firoz last month. He spoke to his mother Habeeba and expressed
his desire to return and surrender. The call came after their caliphate fell to
US-backed forces in Syria. He told his mother that they were in great trouble
and in utter poverty, fighting for food,’’ a close relative told The Indian
to the relative, Firoz told his family that the IS had conducted his marriage
with a woman from Malaysia, who later left him. “Firoz wanted to know whether
he would face any case if he returned home. He wanted to surrender, but did not
mention where he planned to do so. We have not heard anything from him since
then,’’ the relative said.
sources said they were aware of the phone call. “Firoz had been in touch with
his family. We had information that he had exhorted his relatives and friends
to join the IS and indulge in terror activities. He is one of the accused in
the Kasaragod IS module case,’’ sources said.
agencies had also found that scores of youths from Kannur district had migrated
to Syria to fight for Islamic state. Last year, a youth named
ShajahanValluvakandy, 32, of Koodali in Kannur, was deported from Turkey while
trying to enter Syria. “From Kannur district, around 35 persons, including
women, had left for Syria. Most of them got killed fighting for the IS,’’ said
Khan writes to PM Modi, seeks to resolve all disputes for stability
out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time since May 23, Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a congratulatory letter in which he is
learnt to have advocated working for durable peace and stability in South Asia
and the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and
Kashmir dispute. The letter, The Indian Express has learnt, arrived through
diplomatic channels about two days ago.
confirmed that Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also written
to new External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, where he congratulated him and
maintained similar views as Khan. Qureshi’s letter also arrived earlier this
week, said sources.
is learnt, however, that there has been no proposal for a meeting in Bishkek in
Khan’s letter to Modi. The letter follows an exchange of tweets between the two
leaders after May 23 and a phone call between them on May 26.
comes days before the two Prime Ministers are scheduled to be in the Kyrgyz
Republic’s capital, Bishkek, for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit
on June 13 and 14. While the MEA spokesperson maintained that no meeting is
being planned or organised to the best of his knowledge, sources did not rule
out the possibility of a “pull-aside” meeting between the leaders.
in his letter, is also learnt to have said that Pakistan follows a policy of
peaceful neighbourhood. Sources also said that the Pakistan PM is understood to
have stressed on the need to work together on the basis of “mutual respect and
trust” to address challenges faced by people of both the countries, including
poverty and underdevelopment.
the letter to both Modi and Jaishankar, sources indicated that the need to
advance the goals of regional peace, progress and prosperity through collective
endeavours has also been underscored.
is similar to the readouts of the phone conversation on May 26, which were made
their first conversation since the NDA government was re-elected for a second
term, Khan had dialled Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26 and said that he
looked forward to advancing his vision for “peace, progress and prosperity”.
response, Modi had said that “creating trust and an environment free of
violence and terrorism were essential” for cooperation in fostering “peace,
progress and prosperity” in the region. The indication was that India would
stick to its red lines on dialogue with Pakistan, where it has maintained that
talks and terror cannot go together.
was also the first conversation between the two leaders after the Pulwama
terror attack in February this year, which was followed by the Balakot
airstrikes and Pakistan’s retaliation.
had also congratulated Modi on his electoral triumph. “I congratulate Prime
Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to
working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Khan had
tweeted in both English and Urdu.
fact, a day before the election results were announced, Qureshi and his Indian
counterpart Sushma Swaraj exchanged pleasantries on the sidelines of the SCO
Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Qureshi had then
conveyed Pakistan’s desire to resolve all issues through dialogue.
this week, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood arrived in Delhi for what
officials said was a three-day “private visit”. On Wednesday, Mahmood, who was
the envoy to India until mid-April and whose family is still in Delhi, offered
prayers at the Jama Masjid to mark Eid. He was accompanied by Acting High
Commissioner Syed Haider Shah and other Pakistan diplomats. Sources said
Mahmood’s family is likely to return with him to Pakistan.
Islamabad, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria met Pakistan
President Dr ArifAlvi on the occasion of Eid, where they exchanged greetings.
“Exchanged #Eid greetings with President @ArifAlvi in #Islamabad this morning.
The President expressed hope for #peace in our region.@IndiainPakistan,” Bisaria
not everything is going as per script. Last Saturday, guests at the Indian High
Commissioner’s Iftaar party in Islamabad were harassed and intimidated by
Pakistan’s security agencies, prompting Delhi to lodge a strong protest through
a note verbale.
Special Police Officers (SPOs) who joined militant ranks were among four
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) men killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on
Ahmad Dar and Mohammad Salman Khan, residents of Pulwama and Shopian districts
respectively, were killed less than 24 hours after they abandoned their posts.
J&K police said after deserting, the SPOs had become the members of JeM and
were killed in an encounter.
police spokesperson said that a cordon and search operation was launched by joint
forces at Panjran village in Litter area of Pulwama district on Thursday
evening following the presence of militants in the area.
the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. The fire
was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the spokesperson said.
gunbattle, which continued for more than 12 hours, led to the death of four
the ensuing encounter, two listed terrorists and two SPOs who had recently
deserted (the force) and become members of the proscribed terrorist
organisation JeM were killed,” the police spokesperson said.
slain militants have been identified as Ashiq Hussain Ganaie of Panjran in
Pulwama, and Imran Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Arihal, Pulwama.
senior police officer in South Kashmir termed the desertion of the SPOs and
their subsequent joining of militant ranks a “serious” matter, but added that
counter measures are already in place to deal with the “challenge”, and now
measures are being further “strengthened”.
are further investigating the matter very thoroughly and checking if any of
their (the SPOs’) colleagues were aware about the plans to joining the militant
ranks,” said the officer.
lob grenade, 2 cops injured
Two policemen were injured after militants lobbed a grenade at a police station
in North Kashmir’s Sopore on Friday afternoon.
lobbed a #grenade at Police Station @SoporePolice. Area under cordon,” Kashmir
police zone tweeted.
senior police officer in North Kashmir told The Indian Express that both of the
injured policemen are stable. ENS
Indian Consulate in Dubai is in the process of completing formalities related
to forensics and other documentation required to repatriate the bodies of the
12 Indians who were among the 17 killed in a horrific road accident here when a
bus coming from Oman entered a restricted lane and rammed into a low-clearance
persons were also seriously injured when the driver of the bus, carrying mostly
Eid vacationers and coming from Oman’s capital Muscat to Dubai, wrongly entered
a road not designated for buses towards Al Rashidiya metro station here on
clearance certificates have been issued by forensics, while one forensic report
is pending from the authorities, Vipul, India’s Consul General in Dubai,
tweeted late Friday.
this, with full documentation mortal remains will be sent for embalming and
then to India,” he said.
hope that all mortal remains will be repatriated to India tomorrow (Saturday)
and day after. Air India is providing all help. We would like to sincerely
thank Dubai Police and all hospital authorities for their assistance,” he said
in another tweet.
said that the Consulate formalities for the deceased Indians were done on the
spot and the their team worked with local authorities and community volunteers
bus, belonging to the Omani bus transport company Mwasalat, carrying 31
passengers, crashed into a height barrier that cut the left side of the bus and
killed passengers sitting on that side.
Police blamed the Omani driver, who was moderately injured, for the accident,
saying “at times a small mistake or negligence can lead to adverse
names of the Indians who passed away are: VikramJawahar Thakur, Vimal Kumar
KarthikeyanKesavapilaikar, Kiran JohnyJohnyVallithottathilPaily, Firoz Khan
Aziz Pathan, ReshmaFeroz Khan Pathan, JamaludeenArakkaveettil,
VasudevVishandas, RajanPuthiyapurayilGopalan, PrabulaMadhavan Deepa Kumar,
RoshniMoolchandani, UmmerChonokatavathMammadPuthen, NabilUmmerChonokatavath.
visit is reflective of the new momentum in high-level exchanges between India
and the Maldives, the External Affairs Ministry said. The PM will address the
People’s Majlis, the Maldives’ parliament.
Updated: Jun 08, 2019
Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Maldives on Saturday afternoon to
strengthen New Delhi’s ties with Male in his first foreign visit after
will hold talks with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
regard the Maldives as a valued partner with whom we share deep bonds of
history and culture. Our bilateral relations with the Maldives have been
greatly strengthened in the recent past. I am confident that my visit will
further deepen our multifaceted partnership,” Modi said in a statement before
will also visit Sri Lanka as Indian underlines its ‘Neighbourhood First’
had visited the Maldives last November to attend President Solih’s swearing-in
but it wasn’t a full-fledged state visit.
had the pleasure of receiving President Solih in December last year. I also had
the opportunity to attend the inauguration of President Solih in November 2018.
My visit to the Maldives is reflective of the importance we both attach to our
relationship as maritime neighbours and long-standing friends,” Modi said.
to ANI, President Solih will confer on Modi,Maldives’ highest honour accorded
to foreign dignitaries, ‘The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of
ties with the Maldives had soured after then President Abdulla Yameen declared
emergency last February. The frayed relationship has been repaired under
visit is reflective of the new momentum in high-level exchanges between India
and the Maldives, the External Affairs Ministry said. The PM will address the
People’s Majlis, the Maldives’ parliament. Modi is visiting the Maldives at the
invitation of Solih.
is also helping Maldives to develop cricket in the country. Foreign secretary
Vijay Gokhale said on Thursday that New Delhi will help Male groom its national
cricket team to international standards, build a stadium there and also train
umpires and scorekeepers.
says 4 suspected Islamists killed in Sinai
security forces killed four suspected jihadists in restive North Sinai
allegedly involved in a deadly attack this week on a police checkpoint, the
interior ministry said Saturday.
said the suspects were killed in a shootout as security forces raided a
building used as a hideout in the town of El-Arish, and three assault rifles
and a explosive vest were seized.
Wednesday's attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a checkpoint,
southwest of El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai, in which eight policemen
died, operations by security forces have killed a total of 26
"terrorists", according to the ministry.
hotspot of North Sinai in eastern Egypt has long been a centre of insurgents
affiliated with IS.
February 2018, the army launched a nationwide offensive against the militants.
to official figures, around 650 militants have been killed since the start of
the operation, while the army has lost some 50 soldiers.
independent statistics are available and the region is largely cut off to
journalists, making verification of casualty figures extremely difficult.
Bank Ghana has held IFTAR, an evening meal to end the daily Ramadan fast, for
some of its Muslim clients at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Accra.
evening meal which was taken after short Islamic prayers were recited was
attended by high-profile Muslim clerics and persons who are clients of Barclays
which takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a period
for fasting and piety by Muslims.
a speech, Corporate Banking Director at Barclays Bank, Mrs Ellen Ohene-Afoakwa,
commended the invited clients for their support and loyalty to the bank over
assured them, of the bank's continuous support towards the growth of their
am especially proud, to note that for some of you, we have worked together and
supported your companies to grow into the budding businesses, serving millions
of Ghanaians. Now that's what true partnership is all about, and we are
committed to go the extra mile with you," she affirmed.
on the transitioning from Barclays to Absa, Mrs Ohene-Afoakwa indicated that
the bank remains committed to providing clients with the best service, best
products, digital innovations and increased flexibility among others.
new brand and new identity reflects our larger, shared purpose of 'bringing
your possibilities to life'. We are excited about the opportunity that this
change brings as part of our journey towards becoming a truly transformative
bank that is modern, fast-thinking and relevant for the future," she added.
NSW supreme court has sentenced HaisemZahab to nine years in jail, with a
non-parole period of six years and nine months. Photograph: Brendan
On Islamabad For India-Pakistan Peace: White House
February, the FATF decided to continue the ‘Grey’ listing of Pakistan for its
failure to stop funding of terrorist groups such as the JeM, the Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT) and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).
June 08, 2019
The United States has hit Iran’s petrochemical group PGPIC with economic
sanctions due to its ties with the country’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the
Treasury Department announced on Friday.
move aims to choke off financing to the country’s largest and most profitable petrochemical
group and extends to its 39 subsidiaries and “foreign-based sales agents,”
Treasury said in a statement.
include UK-based NPC International and Philippines-based and NPC Alliance
Corporation that are controlled by PGPIC.
action is a warning that we will continue to target holding groups and
companies in the petrochemical sector and elsewhere that provide financial
lifelines to the IRGC,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the
warned that international companies continuing to partner with PGPIC or
subsidiaries and sales agents “will themselves be exposed to US sanctions.”
Following President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal
negotiated by his predecessor, US efforts over the past year to choke off
Iran’s economy have angered allies as foreign companies get caught up in the
dispute. Several countries have halted oil imports from Iran, while Europe has
tried to design a mechanism to continue trading with the country without
violating US sanctions.
said it is penalising PGPIC due to its links to the economic arm of the IRGC,
known as Khatam al-Anbiya. The holding company has awarded contracts to Khatam
al-Anbiya “generating hundreds of millions of dollars for an IRGC economic
conglomerate that stretches across Iran’s major industries.” Washington in
April branded the IRGC a terrorist organisation, the first time it has taken
the step against part of a foreign government. The move meant anyone who deals
with the Revolutionary Guards could face prison in the United States.
new sanctions prohibit the firm and its subsidiaries from accessing the US
market or financial system, including through other foreign companies, and
blocks all funds or property that is in the United States or held by a US firm.
officers and a soldier of the Pakistan Army were martyred in an improvised
explosive device (IED) explosion in Kharqamar area of North Waziristan tribal
district on Friday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.
other soldiers also sustained injuries when terrorists targeted a military
vehicle through an IED planted on the roadside, the military's media wing said.
martyred personnel were identified as Lt Col Raashid Karim Baig, a resident of
Karimabad, Hunza; Major Moeez Maqsood Baig, a resident of Karachi; Capt Arif
Ullah, a resident of Lakki Marwat; and Lance Havaldar Zaheer, a resident of
is the same area where forces had conducted search operations and arrested [a]
few facilitators," the ISPR statement said.
noted that 10 security personnel have been martyred and 35 injured due to
terrorist violence in the area over the course of the last one month — a figure
that includes today's casualties.
incident, which coincides with the third day of Eidul Fitr, comes a day after
two Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were martyred in Balochistan's Harnai district
while on Eid patrol duty. The security personnel were targeted through an IED
as well, sources within the Balochistan Levies had said.
also comes less than a week after a Pakistan Army soldier was martyred in a
gun-and-bomb attack on a security vehicle in North Waziristan. The military's
media wing had noted at the time that "terrorist activities in North
Waziristan have increased lately."
Newspaper's Staff ReporterUpdated June 08, 2019
Pakistan has released six Iranian fishermen who were detained by the Maritime
Security Agency (MSA) for fishing in Pakistani waters, Iranian media and local
sources said on Friday.
Farda while quoting Mehr News Agency said that all the six men released on
Thursday reached their homes the same day. “The sailors were arrested on the
charges of illegal entry into Pakistan’s waters.”
said this was the fourth group of Iranian fishermen jailed in Pakistan over the
past two years. Pakistan had so far released 41 other Iranian fishermen on
three occasions, reported the agency.
security source said that like Indians, Iranian fishermen were often caught by
the marine authorities while fishing in Pakistani waters and booked by the
police under Sections 3/4 of the Foreign Act and 3/9 of the Fishery Act.
was declared a terror organization in Israel in March.
OMRI NAHMIAS JUNE 7, 2019
Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon speaks during a meeting of
the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, February 20, 2018.
(photo credit: LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)
- Israel's Mission to the UN led a diplomatic effort to prevent a Hamas–aligned
group called "The Palestinian Association for Human Rights - Witness"
from receiving a prestigious status at the UN.
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Thursday granted a
special UN status to several global NGOs, a step that would enable these
organizations to advise the UN in various fields and take part in its
236 NGOs were granted this status on Thursday. Among those who applied for the
special status, there was a Palestinian organization registered in Lebanon
under the name "Witness," which allegedly promotes the rights of
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
stated goals, as they appear in the organization's website, are:
"Improving the living conditions of the Palestinian refugees,"
"defining the rights of the Palestinian refugees and protecting it,"
"promoting the culture of the children's rights among the Palestinian
community of refugees in Lebanon," and "giving the Palestinian youth
and children the needed attention and meeting their demands."
according to Israel, this organization was, in fact, a Hamas-aligned group.
Last March, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu signed an
order declaring "Witness" a terrorist organization in Israel.
Mission to the UN said in a statement on Thursday that "in recent months,
Israel's security establishment has revealed that Witness belongs to the Hamas
movement and acts on its behalf against Israel as part of a network of
institutions and organizations the terrorist organization operates outside the
to the Israeli Mission, "Witness's chairman, Mahmoud al-Hanafi, frequently
met with the leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Lebanon to promote legal
proceedings for Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel. Although Witness
engages in humanitarian aid and human rights in Lebanon, it actively promotes
political terrorism against Israel, thus misleading the international
the diplomatic effort, led by Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, 28
out of 48 countries in the UN's Economic and Social Council objected to
granting the organization the special status.
the countries that voted in favor: Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany,
India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The countries that voted against include Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan,
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Yemen.
Danon said that "Hamas has learned that it has no immunity in Gaza, and
now not in the international community. The UN should declare Hamas a terrorist
organization and not recognize its affiliates in any international forum. We
demand that the United Nations act uncompromisingly against terrorist
organizations that are attempting to engage in political terror against the
State of Israel."
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will meet with United States President
Donald Trump next month as the country continues to endure the two-year
economic squeeze from its US-backed Gulf Arab rivals, the White House announced
emir will meet Trump in Washington on July 9 for talks on regional politics,
security and counter-terrorism cooperation, according to the announcement, amid
a US effort to build pressure on Gulf power Iran.
visit will build on the longstanding partnership between the United States and
Qatar and further strengthen our already substantial economic and security
ties,” the White House said.
has sought to keep up relations with Qatar, an oil-and-gas rich state which has
maintained cordial relations with Tehran even as other Gulf Arab states led by
Saudi Arabia have cooperated with Trump's “maximum pressure” campaign against
two years Saudi Arabia and its allies the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and
Egypt have barred Qatari flights from their airports and airspace, banned most
Qatari visitors, cut trade and shipping links, and closed their borders,
unhappy about Doha's insistence on maintaining its own approach to regional
was less than enthusiastic about the embargo on Qatar, which hosts two US
military bases and the forward headquarters of the US Central Command, which
oversees the Pentagon's operations across the Middle East.
is also slated to take part in the June 25-26 Bahrain conference on the Trump
administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, where Washington hopes
to raise financial pledges to support the Palestinian economy.
(FNA)- Iranian Oil Minister BijanNamdarZanganeh said Saudi Arabia and other oil
producers do not enjoy the needed capacity to compensate for any loss in the
market due to the US sanctions on Iran.
one can compensate for this vacuum. They can do nothing. The market is unstable
and fragile and these countries (the US and its Arab allies) will make their
utmost efforts to impede an oil price surge by means of propaganda and
downplaying the events," Zanganeh said on Saturday.
blamed the US and Israel for propaganda war against Iran to keep the oil prices
low, and said what they are doing will harm the OPEC members, oil producers and
even consumers because of sparking instability in the market.
said that the media outlets obedient to the US policies also try to play down
the events and exaggerate the Saudi crude reserves to keep the market calm.
of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammed Barkindo
recently said that it is impossible to remove Iran’s oil from the international
market, asserting that the organization would keep supporting Tehran against
the US unilateral sanctions.
on the sidelines of the 24th International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical
Exhibition in the Iranian capital city of Tehran early last month, Barkindo
said that it was "impossible" to eliminate Iranian crude from the
remarks came in the time that Washington is stepping up a Saudi-sponsored push
to force Tehran's crude exports to "zero" as part of its unilateral
sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
further pointed to the challenges facing OPEC member Iran after the US
tightened its oil sanctions against the country, saying he was certain that
Tehran would successfully overcome the issues thanks to the experience it has
gained in dealing with such restrictive measures over the past years.
whether Iranian crude could be excluded from the market, the OPEC secretary
general replied, “There is no need to repeat it. It is impossible to eliminate
Iranian oil from the market.”
an organization, we will remain focused on our goal of avoiding an energy
crisis that may affect the global economy," he said.
also elaborated on Riyadh and Abu Dhabi's pledge to fill in the Iran gap, emphasizing,
"OPEC takes collective decisions and there's no individualism."
senior official highlighted the influential role of Iran as a founding member
of OPEC, saying that the challenges posed to Iran would leave an impact on the
entire organization of crude exporters.
Barkindo added, is "not a mere organization" and could affect the
global oil industry in its entirety.
Assaults And Abducts A Guard Of The Al-Aqsa Mosque
soldiers assaulted, Saturday, a civilian guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in
occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted him.
sources said the soldiers assaulted MohannadEdrees, causing various cuts and
bruises, before abducting him.
was taken prisoner in the eastern area of Bab ar-Rahma mosque in Al-Aqsa, after
he intercepted several colonists and officers who entered the mosque without
removing their shoes, in violation of Muslim traditions.
added that the guard is a former political prisoner, who was abducted and
imprisoned in various previous invasions into the holy site, during provocative
tours by soldiers, officers and illegal colonialist settlers.
Saturday at dawn, the soldiers five Palestinians, including a young woman, from
their homes in Jabal al-Mokabberneighborhood, southeast of Jerusalem.
United Nations (UN)’s top human rights official says Myanmar’s leader Aung San
Suu Kyi should have resigned last year over a state-sponsored campaign of
terror against Rohingya Muslims in the country.
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Saturday, 08 Jun 2019
Afghan police forces have killed a kidnap kingpin during an operation in
northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the police forces also rescued four women who
were being kept as hostages.
operation was conducted in Pashtun Kot district of Faryab province on Friday,
the Ministry of Interior added.
ministry also added that police forces shot the kidnap kingpin dead after he
opened fire on them.
police forces also arrested four accomplices of the kidnap kingpin during the
comes as there has been a sharp rise in criminal incidents in key provinces and
cities including capital during the recent months.
the security officials are saying that efforts are underway to curb the
activities of the criminal groups.
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Saturday, 08 Jun 2019
Afghan Special Forces conducted separate operations in southern Helmand
province and destroyed large amounts of explosives and narcotics.
Nahr-e Saraj district an Afghan special forces operation destroyed a large
amount of explosive materials,” the military officials said Saturday.
sources further added that Special Forces conducted a similar raid in Marjah
district and destroyed 250kgs of narcotics.
also destroyed 2 vehicles and a weapons cache during the same operation.
comes as the security situation in some districts of Helmand has deteriorated
during the recent months.
militants are active in the restive areas of Helmand and often conduct
terrorist related activities.
the meantime, the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism
operations against the anti-government armed groups in the two province.
U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to
suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.
explosion in western Farah province killed a famous Taliban commander Shah
Maqsood who was also famous as Dentist.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said Shah Maqsood and one was his
accomplices were killed in an explosion triggered by a roadside bomb.
statement further added that the two men were planting a roadside bomb in
Pashtun Kot district when the incident took place.
Ministry of Interior also added that Shah Maqsood was in charge of a group of
30 militants in Farah province.
was involved in various terrorist related activities in various parts of Farah
province, the Ministry of Interior added.
Afghan Special Forces have arrested three suspected militants during an
operation in Ghazni province.
informed military sources said Saturday that the suspected militants were
arrested in Andar district.
security forces also carried out an airstrike in Andar district and destroyed a
large amount of explosives.
comes as the security situation in some districts of Ghazni provinces has
deteriorated during the recent years.
militants are active in some areas of province and often conduct terrorist
the meantime, the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism
operations against the anti-government armed groups in this province.
Ministry of Defense says that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces
conducted 78 special operations in the past 24 hours.
Ministry of Defense said Friday that the security forces also conducted 10
joint operations during the same operations.
the Air Forces carried out 22 airstrikes and 44 other air sorties in support of
the armed forces.
to defense ministry, the security forces killed at least 31 militants during
the same operations and injured 17 others.
security force also arrested three suspected militants during the operations,
the ministry fodefense added.
defense ministry also added that the security forces conducted the operations
in Baghaln, ZAbul, Badghis, Helmand, Ghor, Kandahar, Wardak, Kapisa, Herat and
Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has told his cabinet that he will not
cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses leading to
the Easter suicide bombings, official sources said on Saturday.
summoned an emergency meeting of his cabinet on Friday night to oppose the
Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the April 21 attacks that killed
258 people and wounded nearly 500.
ministerial source told AFP that Sirisena has refused to allow any police,
military or intelligence personnel to testify before the committee.
cabinet meeting ended inconclusively,” the source said on condition of
anonymity. “The government did not agree to suspend the PSC either.”
office did not comment on the outcome of the heated cabinet meeting, but said
the president had told senior police officers on Friday that he will not allow
any serving officer to testify before the PSC.
week, Sirisena's intelligence chief SisiraMendis told the committee that the
president had failed to hold regular security review meetings to assess the
potential threat from radicals.
through his testimony, the live telecast of the proceedings were stopped on
Sirisena's orders, official sources said.
defence secretary and police chief have suggested that the president, who is
also the minister of Defence and Law and Order, did not follow proper protocols
in dealing with intelligence reports, including advance warnings about the
April 21 bombings.
has repeatedly denied he was aware of an impending threat.
local terrorist organisation and the militant Islamic State group claimed
responsibility for the attacks against three churches and three luxury hotels.
said last week that he had met with the national police chief and his top brass
13 days before the Easter Sunday attacks but no officer had raised the warnings
which had been relayed by India.
sources said New Delhi had provided details of planned attacks based on information
from a terrorist in Indian custody.
government has admitted there were intelligence failures before the attacks, in
which 45 foreign nationals died.
subsequently suspended police chiefPujithJayasundara and dismissed his top
defence official Hemasiri Fernando.
Lanka has been under a state of emergency since the attacks.
(FNA)-Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra
Front) terrorists backed by the Turkish Army attacked the Syrian Army's
military positions in Northern Hama with poisonous gas.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted a battlefield source as
saying that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists using Turkish military and armored
vehicles as well as missiles armed with chemical warheads pounded the Syrian
Army's military points in Tal Malh and Jabin in Northern Hama from the two axes
of al-Zuka and al-Arbaeen.
source pointed to the continued clashes in the region, and said that the Syrian
Army's artillery units and air force pounded the terrorists' movements,
destroying terrorists' convoy of military vehicles moving from Khan Sheikhoun
in Southern Idlib towards al-Zuka in Northern Hama.
another military source said that Tahrir
al-Sham and Jeish al-Izza terrorists launched rocket attacks on the city
of Mahradeh concurrent with other terrorists' attacks from the axes of al-Zuka
source pointed to the tactical withdrawal of the Syrian Army from some of its
military positions in al-Jabin region in Northern Hama, and said that the army
has dispatched massive military equipment to the battlefronts.
the local sources in Idlib province also said that Tahrir al-Sham and Jeish
al-Izza terrorists made use of elite and foreign militants in their attack.
a relevant development on Wednesday, it was announced that the Syrian Army had
seized full control of 23 villages and towns from the terrorists since the
beginning of its military operations in Hama province.
Syrian Army's massive military operations started in Hama and Idlib provinces
after the terrorists violated the Sochi Agreement on April 26 and the
government forces have spread their rule to Southern Idlib.
sum of 18 towns and villages have been liberated in Northern and Western parts
Hama province and the Syrian Army has also imposed full control over five other
regions in Southern Idlib, the pro-militant AnabBaladi news website reported.
Northern and Western Idlib, the Syrian Army has earned control of Janabareh,
Tal Osman, Jaberieh, Tal Hawash, Toyieh, Sheikh Idris, KafarNaboudeh, Qala
al-Maziq, al-Tavineh, al-Sharia, Bab Taqa, al-Hamreh, al-Hawiz, al-Mohajerin,
al-Karkat, al-Mostariheh, al-Khaledi and al-Hardan.
Southern Idlib, the Syrian Army started its military operations on Monday and
it has already regained control of al-Qasabiyeh, al-Hardaneh, al-Hamirat, al-Qaroutiyeh
the Syrian State television reported that the Syrian Army has kicked off new
military operations in Tarmala, al-Nafir and the surrounding areas of Khan
Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib.
Arabic-language SANA news agency also reported that the Syrian Army's artillery
units has been heavily pounding the al-Nusra Front and Jeish al-Izzeh
terrorists' military positions in al-Zaqoum, Qalididan and al-Zuka regions in
Northwestern Hama Province in the last few days.
(FNA)- The Army backed by Syrian and Russian air force warded off several
attacks launched by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or
the Al-Nusra Front) in several regions to regain the regions they have already
lost in Northern Hama, killing over 140 terrorists.
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a military
source as saying that the Syrian Army in a coordinated military operation from
the towns of al-Jobin, al-Hamamiat and Karnaz in Northern and Northwestern Hama
launched counterattacka after fending off terrorists' offensives, and killed
tens of militants after fully cleansing the towns of KafarHoud and Tal al-Melh.
pointed to the Syrian Army's continued military operations to clean up the remnants
of terrorists, and said after purging terrorists from the farms located between
Tal Melh and al-Jobin town in Northern Hama, the Syrian Army liberated all the
positions that it had temporarily withdrawn from.
Syrian Army also held captive several terrorists in an ambush operation in
Karnaz and Tal Melh in Northern Hama.
Syrian and Russian fighter jets also heavily pounded the terrorists' lines of
movement in different axes, including al-Zuka, al-Arbaeen, al-Latamneh and
Kafar Zita, the surroundings of Mourek, Khan Sheikhoun and the town of
al-Sayyad in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib. The Syrian and Russian air
forces managed to cut the terrorists movements from Idlib to Northern and
Southern Idlib, the Syrian Army started its military operations on Monday and
it has already regained control of al-Qasabiyeh, al-Hardaneh, al-Hamirat,
al-Qaroutiyeh and Qaraseh.
(FNA)- Russia has warned Turkey that it will provide military support for the
Kurdish militias in Northern Aleppo in case Ankara continues supplying weapons
and equipment to the terrorists against the Syrian army in Idlib province.
Arabic-language al-Rai al-Youm news website quoted an informed source as saying
on Friday that Ankara has received a clear warning from Moscow after it
extended military support for Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation
Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other terrorist groups in attacks against the
Syrian army in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.
added that Moscow has cautioned Ankara that in case of continued supply of
weapons and equipment to the terrorists in Idlib, it will provide the Kurdish
forces in Tal Rafa'at with military support.
on the report, the Ankara-backed Faylaq al-Sham terrorist group receives
weapons, military equipment and ammunition from Turkey and supplies them among
the terrorist groups in different fronts across Northern Syria.
media said last Sunday that the Ankara-backed militants had infuriated Turkey
for their poor performance and incapability to confront the Syrian Army and
regain back the regions they had already lost to the government forces.
Ankara's fury came as the Syrian Army thwarted fresh attacks by the
Turkey-backed militants in Northern Hama.
Syrian army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorist groups who had
attacked their military positions in the surrounding areas of Jab Ramaleh in
Northwestern Hama, and inflicted heavy losses on them after thwarting their
Damascus army also destroyed four drones belonging to the terrorists in the
outskirts of Jab Ramaleh.
military source, meantime, pointed to the intensified attacks by the terrorists
on the Syrian army's military positions in the vicinity of Qala al-Maziq
Northwest of Hama, and said that terrorists pounded the region and the town of
Shatheh with several rockets.
noted that the Syrian army responded to the terrorists' attacks, and pounded
their military positions and movements in Mourek, Kafar Zita, al-Latamaneh,
Latmin, Tahtaya, al-Arabaeen, Hasraya, al-Zuka and al-Hobait in Northern and
Northwestern Hama, destroying several of their centers.
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper, meantime, quoted sources close to
Ankara-backed National Liberation Front (NFL) terrorists as saying that Turkey
was very angry with consecutive defeats by Tahrir al-Sham and other
Ankara-backed militants in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts of Hama
despite Turkey's logistical aids.
noted that Ankara is more concerned with terrorists' incapability to resist and
confront the Syrian Army's military tactics as well as new the new wave of
defection of terrorists enjoying Ankara's support.
(FNA)- The Yemeni Army and Ansarulah Popular Forces managed to repel an
offensive of the Saudi-led coalition in a battlefield near Najran, and stopped
another assault near Aseer.
forces managed to push back two offensive operations of the Saudi-led forces in
Saudi Arabia’s Southern Najran region and Southwestern Aseer province.
a 12-hour exchange of fire, Apache choppers supported the forces of the
Saudi-led coalition with opening fire on Yemeni forces.
the Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi news website released photos and videos
showing Yemeni forces' dominance over the axis in Najran and the casualties
suffered by the Saudi forces.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former
Yemeni President AbdRabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the
Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters,
Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity
plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding hundreds of thousands.
to a December 2018 report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project
(ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has
claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
the Children, a charity, has reported that more than 84,700 children under the
age of five may have starved to death in Yemen since the Saudi regime and a
coalition of its allies launched the brutal war on the already-impoverished
the United States, the United Kingdom and some other Western countries have
faced criticisms over arms sales to the Saudi Arabia and the UAE, whose
aggression against Yemen has affected 28 million people and caused what the
United Nations calls “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world".
According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in
more than 100 years.
UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the
Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the
Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on
(FNA)- The Damascus Army aims to capture the largest stronghold of Tahrir
al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in
Southern Idlib as Damascus has sent massive military convoys to continue battle
against the terrorist groups in Hama, Idlib and Lattakia.
Syrian Army troops have now entered the Southern part of Jabal al-Zawiya
strategic region after its advances in Southwestern Idlib and taking control of
the town of al-Qasabiyeh North of KafarNaboudeh," a military source said.
the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over
past 24 hours.
of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's
operations in provinces across Syria.
Syrian Army aims to capture the largest stronghold of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at
in Southern Idlib as Damascus has sent massive military convoys to continue
battle against the terrorist groups in Hama, Idlib and Lattakia.
military source said that the Syrian Army troops have now entered the Southern
part of Jabal al-Zawiya strategic region after its advances in Southwestern
Idlib and taking control of the town of al-Qasabiyeh North of KafarNaboudeh.
source, meantime, reiterated that the Syrian Army intends to advance towards
Tahrir al-Sham's largest stronghold town of al-Hobait in Southwestern Idlib and
maintain full security of KafarNaboudeh after capturing Tal al-Sakhar strategic
the Syrian Army has sent a large number of its troops and military equipment to
contact lines with terrorist groups in Southern Idlib and Northern Hama after
new advances in over 20 regions there in the last two days.
Damascus Army has also sent a large number of troops and military hardware to
contact lines with Harasuddin, Tahrir al-Sham and Turkistani Party terrorists
in Taleh al-Zaviqiat in Northern Lattakia.
al-Sham and Islamic Turkistani Party terrorists have also dispatched military
and logistical aid, including military vehicles and heavy weapons, to their
militants in JabalShahshabou and Sahl al-Ghab in Northern Hama.
al-Sham al-Hay'at terrorists backed by the Turkish Army attacked the Syrian
Army's military positions in Northern Hama with poisonous gas.
another military source said that Tahrir al-Sham and Jeish al-Izza terrorists
launched rocket attacks on the city of Mahradeh concurrent with other
terrorists' attacks from the axes of al-Zuka and al-Arbaeen.
ISIL terrorist group backed by the US troops stationed in al-Tanf region has
heightened its movements against the Syrian Army in Eastern Badiyeh (desert) of
Homs province, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.
Arabic-language al-Mayadeen Television news network reported that the ISIL has
recently increased its movements in Homs' desert region.
intensified ISIL attacks on the Syrian Army's military positions in Eastern
Homs have increased while the US-led coalition has prepared the grounds for the
presence of hundreds of ISIL terrorists in the depth of Badiyeh region with the
aim of exerting pressures on the Syrian Army in the military operations against
the ISIL in Baqouz region in Eastern Euphrates.
meantime, pointed to the massive spread of terrorists in the surrounding areas
of Jabal al-Bashri in Southeastern Raqqa and al-Dafineh in Southern DeirEzzur
and between Palmyra desert and Al-Sukhneh and the surrounding areas of al-Tanf
in Eastern Homs, and said that the ISIL's movements have taken place in line
with US' objectives to exert pressure on the Syrian Army and its allies in
military expert Mohammad Abbas in an interview with al-Mayadeen pointed to the
strategic importance of the area stretching from al-Tanf to Bu Kamal and
al-Sukhneh, and said that by carrying out mop-up operation in that region, the
Syrian army, in fact, will put an end to war in the region.
pointed to the US logistic, political and military supports for the militants
in the same region, and said that Washington is trying to make use of the
notion of alternate army to cut the path used by the resistance front.
it is believed that about 2,000 terrorists are stationed in Eastern Badiyeh of
Syrian Army found a large quantity of weapons and military equipment, including
arms made in the US, from the former bases and hideouts of the terrorists in
Quneitra province in Southern Syria.
Syrian Army's engineering units continued their clean-up operations in
al-Shahar region near Jbata al-Khashab town in Northern Quneitra and near the
border with Occupied Golan and discovered two terrorists' hideouts containing
large numbers of arms and military equipment there.
Syrian government forces found different kinds of ammunition, canon, anti-tank
missiles, different kinds of machineguns, combat rifles, mine, night-vision
cameras and US-made TOW missile-launchers.
military source, meantime, reiterated that discovery of weapons and military
equipment in this region shows the extent of Israel's supports for the
terrorist groups in Syria and its strong links to them.
ISIL Backed by US Army Heightens Movements Against Syrian Army in Badiyeh
(FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group backed by the US troops stationed in al-Tanf
region has heightened its movements against the Syrian Army in Eastern Badiyeh
(desert) of Homs province, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.
a relevant development in late May, the Arabic-language media outlets said that
is supporting the terrorist groups' on the Syrian Army positions in Homs as the
Syrian Army is conducting military operations to cleanse the ISIL's remnants
from the Eastern Badiyeh in the province,.
Syrian Army backed by Russian air force has reinforced its military points on
the hills overlooking al-Aqirbat and al-Balas regions as well as their
surrounding areas in Eastern Homs, the Arabic-language website of the Russian
Sputnik News Agency quoted a Syrian Army battlefield commander in Eastern Homs
source pointed to the Syrian Army's military operations to clean up the
remaining ISIL terrorists in the Northeastern part of al-Aqirbat in Eastern
Homs, and said the Syrian Army troops are preparing for new battle against the
ISIL on the road leading to DeirEzzur.
another military source pointed to the ISIL's continued attacks on army
positions in Eastern al-Sukhna, and said that the US is supporting the ISIL terrorists
with logistical aid and attacks on Army positions in T3 Station and roads along
which army units move.
source went on to say that the US is trying to help the ISIL block roads
leading to Badiyeh due to Badiyeh's strategically important oil and gas
(FNA)- At least 14 officers of the Turkish army and Ankara-backed elite militants
were killed in recent attacks by the Kurdish fighters in Afrin and Izaz in
Northern Aleppo, Kurdish sources said.
Kurdish-language Afrin news website reported that the Afrin Liberation Forces
pounded the Turkish Army's military position in Jalbareh town in Afrin's
Shirawa region in Northwestern Aleppo, killing two Turkish Army forces and
injuring another one.
at least five Turkish Army military men and Ankara-backed militants were killed
and wounded in Kurdish military operations against them in Marsa town in Afrin
and near KafarKhasher region of Izaz in Northern Aleppo.
Kurdish fighters also launched an offensive against the so-called Military
Police backed by Turkey in Jandaris region in Afrin, destroying their military
vehicle as well as killing three of them and wounding three others.
Monday, tens of Ankara-backed militants were killed and wounded in a huge
explosion at their headquarters in the city of Izaa in Northern Aleppo
concurrent with rising insecurity there.
bomb-laden vehicle was exploded near a security headquarters of Ankara-backed
terrorists in Izaz city center, killing at least 42 militants, the
Arabic-language website of Russian Sputnik news agency quoted local sources in
the city of Izaz as saying.
sources noted that at least 14 people were killed and 28 others were wounded in
the explosion while the death toll is increasing.
Hawar News website reported that two Turkish Army soldiers and an Ankara-backed
militant were killed and their military vehicle was destroyed during two
military operations by the so-called Afrin Liberation forces against the
Turkish Army and its allied militants in Jalbareh town in Afrin and Tal Maled
in Ma'areh town in Northern Aleppo.
a relevant development on Sunday, the Turkish Army and its allied militants
attacked the military positions of the Kurdish fighters in Northern Aleppo
which resulted in fierce clashes between the two sides.
Hawar News reported that the Turkish Army and Ankara-backed militants' artillery
and mortar units pounded the Kurdish fighters' military positions in the town
of Lower Shoyoukh West of the city of Kobani.
Ankara-backed militants stationed near the city of Jarablus also pounded the
military positions of the Kurdish Al-Bab Military Council in the town of
al-Baqouz to East of Al-Bab city.
the sources affiliated to terrorist groups reported that a group of the
Ankara-backed National Liberation Front (NFL) Army militants attacked the
Kurdish forces' positions in the town of Ain Daqaneh in Northern Aleppo,
destroying their armored vehicle as well as killing and injuring a number of
a relevant development last month, the Kurdish fighters conducted two military
operations on Ankara-backed militants in occupied Afrin region in Northwestern
Aleppo, killing and injuring 14 of them.
Hawar News reported that the Afrin Liberation Forces launched fresh military
operations against the Turkish Army and its allied militants in Afrin, hitting
a military position of al-Jbahat al-Shamia in the village of Shara which
resulted in the death of eight Ankara-backed militants and injury of three
Kurdish fighters also pounded a center of Ahrar al-Sharqieh in the town of
Bastouleh in Shirava region, killing and injuring three others.
last month, the Turkish Army and its allied militants launched massive attacks
on Kurdish fighters in Northern Aleppo that was followed by heavy clashes
between the two sides.
Xeber24 news website affiliated to Kurdish forces reported that the
Ankara-backed militants attacked military positions of Afrin Liberation Forces
in the surrounding areas Tal Ra'afat in Northern Aleppo.
meantime, pointed to fierce clashes in Harbal and Am Hush regions near Tal
Rafat in Northern Aleppo, and said that the Syrian fighter jets were flying
over the region.
News also pointed to the fierce mortar attacks by the Turkish Army and its
allied militants on Mara'anaz and Malekieh towns in Shara region in
Northwestern Aleppo, and said that the Kurdish fighters have warded off attacks
by the Turkish Army and its allied militants on the villages of Mang and Ain
Daqaneh over the past days.
law student who yelled 'Muslims go home' the day after Christchurch mosque
massacre is ordered to do community service
Brittenden, 19, said he was drunk and his actions were out of character
law student yelled the slur at police before calling them 'right-wing fascists'
said he was not aware of the attack when he made the comments
also denied anonymous claims he had once worn a Ku Klux Klan-style hood
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law student who yelled racist comments the day after the Christchurch massacre
has been ordered to do community service.
Brittenden, 19, was partying in Dunedin on New Zealand's south island in March
when he approached a police patrol car.
said words to the effect of 'Muslims are not welcome in our country, go home
labelled the police 'right-wing fascists' and said he was exercising his
freedom of speech before he was arrested, reported the NZ Herald.
pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in court on Friday.
lawyer argued that Brittenden should have his name suppressed from the
conviction as it would be a permanent mark on the young man's life.
Judge John Macdonald disagreed and said he did not believe it was an extreme
his defence Brittenden wrote to Dunedin District Court arguing that it was not
testament of his character or his views but a brief moment of drunken
also said to the Otago Daily Times following the hearing that he was not a
racist and wasn't aware of the details around the massacre when he lashed out.
law student from the University of Otago also claimed to have a Muslim friend
whom he contacted following the massacre to see if he was safe.
Macdonald wasn't entirely convinced of Brittenden's claim his words were
fuelled by alcohol alone.
may have been intoxicated but where did these views come from?' Judge Macdonald
were also concerns raised by former flatmates who who said Brittenden had made
racist comments before.
said he had once worn Ku Klux Klan-style hood.
responding to these allegations, Brittenden said the hood was worn by a friend
of his and labelled the comments either malicious attempts to attack his
character or simply miscommunication.
father Scott said his son is now seeing a psychologist and that he needs to
learn from his mistakes.
law student has since made a $500 donation to the victims of the attack.
pleading guilty to disorderly behaviour and will serve 125 hours of community
work under six months of supervision.
people have now been brought before the court in response to inappropriate or
racist comments made about Muslims of the attack that killed 51 people in the
Jun 8, 2019
recent EU-funded academic study reveals that Muslims, refugees and migrants
bear the brunt of journalistic bias across Europe. The study says that online,
print and broadcast media in Europe are violating the presumption of innocence
by presenting allegations as facts and deliberately underscoring foreign
citizens, Muslims and refugees.
this photo taken on Friday, June 23, 2017, inmates pray with the Imam Mimoun El
Hachmi, left, inside the Terni penitentiary. Stunned that Berlin market attack
suspect spent time in Italian jails, Italy turns to “moderate” imams to
discourage radicalization among Muslim inmates. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Gregorio
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prison gangs are forcing inmates to convert to Islam and follow religious
practices or face violent repercussions, according to a government report.
report, carried out by the Ministry of Justice, surveyed 83 male prisoners and
73 staff at three of the eight high-security prisons in the country. It found
that large gangs of Muslim men were using intimidation tactics to force
conversions and rules on other prisoners. The gangs were made up of multiple
ranks including leadership, foot soldiers, recruiters, and enforcers.
who had committed terrorist activities were said to hold key positions of
influence among the gangs, as well as those who can speak Arabic and recite the
was said that the gangs were establishing Islamic rules within the prisons such
as underwear having to be worn in the showers and banning the cooking of bacon.
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report highlighted the fact that Muslim gangs were the only serious organised
gang threat within the prisons surveyed and that as a result, they wielded
considerable influence and power over their fellow inmates.
non-Muslim prisoner said: “There is an underlying pressure for people to
convert and join the gang. The tactic they use is to befriend someone when they
come in. If they don’t convert they will then start spreading rumours about
them, that the person is a snitch so that they will be ostracised. Then the
beatings will follow.”
a Muslim prisoner spoke of the pressure on other inmates to convert, saying
that they could not even escape by moving prisons. “They know they’re only
going to three other jails and they know there will be brothers waiting there
to stab them,” the prisoner said.
study echoes a report from The Sun from 2016 which alleged that at one prison,
HMP Gartree in Leicestershire, Muslim prisoners had turned sections of the
prison into ‘no-go zones’ for non-Muslim inmates, even imposing sharia law.
source said at the time: “It is so bad non-Muslim prisoners are refusing to
move there as they feel intimidated. There is huge pressure put on them to
convert and a threat of violence if they don’t. The Muslim gangs have their own
rules and use Sharia law to sort out disagreements. In effect, they are setting
up their own prison within a prison. There have been stories about non-Muslim
inmates being barred from putting up topless pictures of women in their cells
and even showering naked.”
‘Prisoners Forced to Convert to Islam for
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Christian chaplain has said that some prisoners are being forced to convert to
Islam in exchange for protection from gangs.
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2018, the Ministry of Justice reportedly blocked an independent three-year
report from being carried out into the impact of Islamic gangs in UK prisons
because of fears of the results. One source said: “The corporate culture of the
service is defensive and they will have been concerned about what this proposed
project will discover.”
year, a Christian pastor who worked as a prison chaplain also claimed that
prisoners were being coerced into converting to Islam in exchange for
protection from gangs. Pastor Paul Song said of the culture in Brixton prison:
“If someone is secular and in prison and they want to lead a peaceful life in
prison they need to become Muslim. That way they are protected.”
08 June 2019
took part in a sponsored fast during Ramadan to raise more than £4,000 for
local charity Children of Adam.
40 people avoided food and drink between 3am and 9pm to coincide with the
fasting time for Muslims during the holy month.
were then able to break their fast at Ibrahimi Restaurant, with the restaurant generously
slashing the bill as a reward for their efforts.
delighted AtiqRehman, one of the charity’s co-founders, said: “I’d like to say
‘thank you’ from the whole team at Children of Adam to everyone who fasted and
supported our charity.”
added: “The money raised will go to help orphans around the world.”