Students attend classes after the city was recaptured from the Islamic
State militants in Qayyara, Iraq, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ari Jalal/File
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The school walls have a fresh coat of paint and classrooms are crammed, but it will
take longer to undo the damage done to thousands of Iraqi children who lived
under Islamic State for more than two years.
the school term began officially in September, only this week have pupils in
the northern town of Qayyara been re-issued with standard Iraqi textbooks,
which the militants replaced with their own in an attempt to brainwash a
State was driven from the town three months ago in the early stages of a
campaign to recapture the city of Mosul, which lies about 60 km (40 miles) to
north and is now under assault by Iraqi security forces backed by a US-led
Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate is eroded, a clearer picture is
emerging of the group's project and the enduring mark left on those who lived
are happy to be back at school," said eight-year-old Iman, who like most
of her classmates stopped attending classes after Islamic State took control.
"They wanted us to come but we didn't want to because we don't know how to
study in their language, the language of violence."
militants overran the area in the summer of 2014, they allowed schools to run
as normal, local people said. But later they banned subjects they considered
un-Islamic such as geography, history and civic education, and used boys'
schools as a recruiting ground.
following school year, beginning in 2015, Islamic State imposed an entirely new
curriculum to inculcate children with their ideology. Maths exercises were
expressed in terms of weapons and ammunition: "one bullet plus two bullets
equals how many bullets?".
point, most parents stopped sending their children to school, and many pupils
who were old enough to make up their minds left voluntarily.
result, most children have been set back by two grades, and since some teachers
have been displaced by the violence, there is only one teacher for roughly
every 80 pupils at the girls' school in Qayyara.
have forgotten their lessons... Now we are reminding them," said their
teacher Maha Nadhem Kadhem, pacing around the classroom, in which four girls
are squeezed onto each bench made for two. "We don't want them to be
illiterate and ignorant."
headmistress, who asked to remain unnamed, said Islamic State's vice squad
known as the Hisba had made regular visits to the school to ensure compliance
with the group's strict dress code for women and girls.
such as Farouq Mahjoub, the assistant headmaster of a secondary school for boys
in Qayyara, said he had been threatened with death unless he turned up to work,
even though no pupils came to class by the end.
biggest impact is on children," said Mahjoub, whose school was hit by an
airstrike several months ago. "Children are malleable; you can change
their opinion and beliefs quickly."
said children behaved more aggressively than before, and that the games they
play now are violent, estimating it would take no less than five years to
reverse the damage, even if a plan to rehabilitate them was put into effect.
from the classroom in the girls' school are dozens of pupils whose male
relatives were associated with Islamic State and are no longer welcome in
Qayyara. Mahjoub said around 10 of his own students had joined the militants.
the school are the remains of a car bomb that has yet to be removed and the sky
is dark with smoke from oil wells the militants set ablaze, making it hard to
breathe and turning sheep black.
nearby street, a group of boys coughing from the smoke described what they had
seen under Islamic State, including the bodies of its opponents strung up in
public places as an example to others.
and singing the same Iraqi patriotic songs blaring from passing military
convoys, 11-year-old Thamer paused to describe how a local Islamic State member
called Abu Suleiman had been lynched after Iraqi forces recaptured the town.
man's brain and heart spilled out of his body, said Thamer in a high-pitched
voice: "They took revenge on him," he said. "It was right. We
latest push to liberate Mosul, Iraqi forces say they have won back full control
of the city’s southern front, killing over 950 members of the Takfiri Daesh
police chief General Shaker Jodat said late Friday troops had purged 1,850
square kilometers of Mosul’s southern front of Daesh militants and freed more
than 10,000 families, the al-Sumaria news website reported.
Iraqi soldiers destroyed 25 car bombs, 83 motorbike bombs, 92 explosive belts
and some vehicles equipped with weapons and missiles during their advances in
the area, Jodat said.
further noted that police forces had confiscated 36 mortar shells containing
Iraq's War Media Cell reported that Hashd al-Sha'abi forces had detained seven
Daesh elements in the eastern province of Diyala.
al-Husseini, the chairman of the security committee in Diyala provincial
council, said that the arrests had been made in three different operations
across the region.
Iraqi forces have found a mass grave containing the remains of suspected
victims of Daesh executions in a village recently retaken from the Takfiri
terrorists near Mosul.
of AFP journalists visited the site behind a small sand-covered hill outside
the village of Tall ad-Dhahab about 10 km south of Mosul on Friday, the news
Lieutenant Yahya Jumma said locals believe that some 40 people may be buried at
majority of the victims were members of the security forces, army and
police," he said, adding the terrorists brought them by pickup trucks.
were around 40 people according to eyewitnesses who saw them,” he said.
visiting journalists reported meter-high mounds at the entrance to the shallow
pit and an overpowering stench with bone fragments scattered around the area.
They said scraps of clothing and several bullet casings could be seen at the
forces have discovered a number of Daesh mass graves in the country’s liberated
districts, among them the one found last week near the agricultural college of
the town of Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul.
are conducting an investigation at the site with Human Rights Watch estimating
that the graveyard could contain some 300 bodies.
al-Sha'abi cuts Mosul-Raqqah supply route
al-Sha'abi forces on Friday said that they were set to cut the road to Syria
that has been used by Daesh as a supply route over the past two years.
now in the process of cutting the main supply road between Mosul and Raqqah,
which runs behind the [Tal Afar] airport,” commander Shiekh Abu Karra Abadi
told the Middle East Eye news portal.
was crucial for us to clear all this area to the west and cut the road so the
Iraqi army can clear Mosul of Daesh without them being able to flee," he
volunteer forces wrested control of Tal Afar airport in western Mosul late on
said Daesh elements had retreated, some into Tal Afar city and some to Mosul.
He hundreds of the militants had put up resistance to defend the supply route
General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri also said the Iraqi soldiers
were in control of the area south-west of Mosul and would continue advancing
until closing the Iraq-Syria border.
across Nineveh province
Friday, Iraqi fighters from pro-government Popular Mobilization Units liberated
more areas in the embattled province of Nineveh, with Mosul as its capital.
commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir
Yarallah, said that soldiers from the 9th Division of Special Forces have
wrested full control of Tal Waei village south of Mosul, Arabic-language
al-Forat news agency reported.
development came shortly after security forces recaptured the village of
Omarkan, located north of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud and slightly over
30 kilometers south of Mosul.
October 17, the Iraqi army, volunteer Shia and Sunni fighters as well as
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been conducting an offensive to recapture Mosul.
fell to Daesh in 2014, the year the terror outfit began its campaign of death
and destruction in northern and western Iraq.
the beginning of the Mosul battle, the 140,000-strong Hashd al-Sha'abi forces
have liberated over 1,300 square kilometers of territory from the grip of
terrorists, including more than 60 villages.
Lanka says 32 ‘elite’ Muslims have joined IS in Syria
Sri Lankan Muslims from “well-educated and elite” families have joined Islamic
State in Syria, the justice minister told parliament on Friday, promising that
the government would clamp down on extremists.
statement by minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was condemned by representatives of
the Muslim minority, who complained of racism.
these (Muslims) are not from ordinary families. These people are from the
families which are considered as well-educated and elite,” Rajapakshe said,
government was aware of some foreigners coming to Sri Lanka to spread what he called
is a greater fear among the public about ISIS,” he said, using another name for
Islamic State. “If somebody tries to spread extremism in this country, we will
not allow for that from today. The law of this country is no different to
Buddhist monks or ordinary people.”
Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL), an umbrella body that includes most Muslim
organisations in the country, expressed concern, saying Rajapakshe’s statement
came at a “very opportune time to certain extremist elements bent on tarnishing
the image” of Sri Lankan Muslims.
Muslim community is seriously alarmed about the re-emergence of the racist
campaign that was carried out by extremist Buddhist monks since the end of the
war in 2009,” the MCSL said in a statement.
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to provide the evidence and take immediate action against
anyone who may have violated the laws of the land, irrespective of ethnicity or
than 70 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people are Buddhists, about 13
percent are Hindu, while Muslims make up around 10 percent.
Maithripala Sirisena has been criticised for failing to curb religious hate
speech by both Muslims and Buddhists. Some Sinhala Buddhist groups have
threatened Muslims and their businesses on social media, while attacks on
mosques and Muslim-owned properties have continued under the Sirisena
leaders warned the government in 2014 of possible Islamic radicalisation and
Muslims turning to foreign Islamic groups for support, attributing this to
attacks by Buddhist hardliners.
Lanka’s 26-year civil war ended in 2009 with the military defeating the
predominantly Hindu Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who fought for a
separate state in the island’s north and east.
Islamic parties preventing school curricula revision
Islamic parties are preventing the revision of school curricula and are
spreading hatred and stereotypes against religious minorities, particularly in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, this according to a study carried out by the
National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Bishops'
Conference of Pakistan.
research, which covers the last five years, found that Islamic religious
parties have become a pressure group strong enough to prevent education
authorities from revising school programmes for fear of retaliation and
study notes that Urdu-language history, social studies and Islamic studies are
full of biased ideas about minorities.
province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hateful content is ten per cent higher than in
other provinces. The responsibility for this lies mostly with the Ministry of
Education, which is led by a member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
the party portrays itself as liberal, it has failed to set priorities and show
political will according to the NCJP. In fact, the provincial government itself
is afraid of the opposition and backlash from religious parties.
material tends to promote a sense of deprivation and an inferiority complex
among minority students, increasing school dropout. Texts with hateful content
also promote the radicalisation of young people, who end up embracing
Pakhtunkhwa education is in the hands of the extreme right," said Aila
Gill, an activist and NCJP researcher.
contrast, changes have been implemented in other provinces, like Punjab and
Sindh. For example, in one textbook, “there is a chapter dedicated to Abdul
Sattar Edhi;” a humanitarian described as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa who died
last July; in another, there are “short
stories about terrorism and anti-terrorism”.
been determined to focus on the issue of biased curriculum & reforms in
education policy since 2006 when the education policy was framed and then
approved in September 2009.
Commission is deeply concerned on the issue of religious biases in education
system of Pakistan. The whole arrangement of curriculum in textbooks is visibly
discriminatory against religious minorities which is contradictory to Article
20, 22 and 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, hampering religious freedom
and equality of citizens.
the campaign has achieved some success, the commission continues to work with
government and other stakeholders with an aim to build a more tolerant and
“the provinces are still reluctant to remove existing biases, they have at
least included new material, like a chapter on the role played by women in the
development of the country in the Pakistan movement.”
provinces, “Governments have also added a section devoted to the social status
of women and their role as citizens, presenting prominent figures like (Nobel
laureate) Malala Yousafzai.”
Tariq, a Christian student at Punjab University, said that when she was a child
she "was mocked by students from the Muslim majority, who questioned my
identity. Belonging to a minority makes you feel isolated ".
view, it is the government’s responsibility "to eliminate discriminatory
elements from textbooks and ensure the protection of minority students.
Programmes should promote harmony, tolerance, unity and nationalism, as the
Fathers of the Nation did."
troops face entrenched ISIS in eastern Mosul
military commander says Iraqi troops are facing stiff resistance from ISIS
militants as they push deeper into eastern Mosul.
Gen. Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi special forces says his troops moved early
Saturday morning into the Muharabeen and Ulama neighborhoods after fully
liberating the adjacent Tahrir neighborhood on Friday.
said ISIS militants are fighting back with snipers, rocket-propelled grenades
and mortar rounds.
black columns of smoke were seen billowing from the two areas.
offensive to retake ISIS-held Mosul, which was launched on Oct. 17, is the
biggest military operation in Iraq since American troops left in 2011. If
successful, the retaking of Mosul would be the strongest blow dealt to IS'
self-styled caliphate stretching into Syria.
More than 20 people have been killed in intense fighting between rebels and
loyalists on the outskirts of Yemen's third city Taez, military and medical
sources said on Friday.
clashes have eliminated hope of the warring parties abiding by a truce
announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry that was to have taken effect on
military sources told AFP that 13 rebels and eight pro-government forces were
killed over the past 24 hours, while the rebels reported dozens of casualties
in shelling of a local market.
civilians were also killed and 16 wounded when rebels fired Katyusha rockets
into a residential area of Taez, they said.
part, rebel-controlled sabanews.net website reported that pro-government forces
fired artillery rounds into areas east of the city.
hit a market selling the mild narcotic leaf qat, popular among Yemenis, killing
24 people and wounding 27 on Thursday, sabanews.net said.
the health chief of Taez province, Watheq Faqih, as saying that the toll could
rise as rescue workers had not been able to gather the body parts of all the
dead because of artillery fire on Friday.
medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF) said emergency rooms it supports
or manages in Taez province had received a total of 21 dead and 76 wounded.
those killed was a watchman who worked at the MSF trauma centre in Taez.
killed while "off duty when a blast hit a local market in the
neighbourhood", said Djoen Besselink, who heads the MSF mission in Yemen.
army's artillery units shelled Fatah al-Sham terrorists’ gatherings in Beit Jen
Farm in Southwestern Damascus province, killing and injuring 15 terrorists.
shelling prevented terrorists from fortifying their positions in the region.
said earlier today that the army soldiers targeted the concentration centers of
Fatah al-Sham Front in Western Ghouta, killing or wounding a number of
militants and destroying their weapons.
liberation of the Air Defense Battalion and its nearby hills, Housing Project
1070 and al-Hikmah School, the Syrian army, Hezbollah and al-Nujaba continued
their operations and scored some victories against terrorists and have now deployed
their fighters in the Southern part of Aleppo to start jointly a fresh round of
offensives to liberate Khan Touman, while the Syrian Air Force has intensified
strikes on terrorists' positions in the town," the sources disclosed.
also targeted a long convoy of terrorists' vehicles along the Damascus-Aleppo
highway near ICARDA farms.
jets also carried out several combat flights over Jeish al-Fatah's movements
from Saraqib in Idlib to Khan Touman in Aleppo, inflicting major losses on the
Syrian Army troops and Air Force also targeted the positions of Fatah al-Sham
Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Nouralddeen al-Zinki in
different parts of Aleppo city on Friday, inflicting major casualties on the
fighters from pro-government Popular Mobilization Units have reportedly
liberated more areas in the embattled northern province of Nineveh as they are
joined by government forces in arduous battles to drive the Takfiri Daesh
militants out of the conflict-ridden Arab country.
commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir
Yarallah, said on Friday that soldiers from the 9th Division of Special Forces
have wrested full control of Tal Waei village south of Mosul, situated 400
kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Forat news agency
shortly after Iraqi security forces recaptured the village of Omarkan, which
lies north of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud and slightly over 30
kilometers south of Mosul.
the media bureau of Popular Mobilization Units, commonly known by the Arabic
name Hashed al-Sha'abi, has released photographs which show a network of
tunnels burrowed deep into the earth close to a former Iraqi Air Force base in
the city of Tal Afar, located 63 kilometers west of Mosul.
be seen along the tunnel network with rudimentary wiring delivering
electricity. The tunnels were apparently used by Daesh members to bring in
weapons and supplies for fellow militants occupying the area.
al-Kallabi, a spokesman for Popular Mobilization Units, told public broadcaster
al-Iraqiya on Wednesday that volunteer fighters had liberated Tal Afar airport,
dealing a significant blow to Daesh in the campaign to recapture Mosul,
situated 400 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.
government forces used the Southern side of Tal (hill) Seifan in the first
flank to attack the positions of Nouralddeen al-Zinki terrorists.
forces also stormed militants' defense lines via the second flank in Ba'abadin
neighborhood towards Ba'eidin square.
soldiers and their popular allies also moved through the Southern side of Tal
Ba'abadin towards the Youth Housing Complex and Agricultural School and from
South of Manasher Brij neighborhood towards Northeast of Hananou neighborhood
to form the third flank of the government troops' large-scale operation against
terrorists in Aleppo.
with pro-government forces' offensives from three flanks, army's artillery
units shelled heavily terrorists' positions in the region. Heavy shelling has
forced the terrorists to retreat from their positions in some regions.
said resistance forces in the first flank have already captured Ba'eidin square
that connects the three neighborhoods of Ba'eidin, al-Heidariyeh and Ein Tal
and overlooks the entire surrounding area.
forces stormed terrorists' positions in Sheikh Saeed district, inflicting major
casualties on the militants.
soldiers and their allies attacked Jeish al-Fatah's defense lines and pushed
the militants back from their positions in the Northwestern flank of Sheikh
Saeed, killing or wounding a number of terrorists after hours of clashes.
government forces also stormed terrorists' centers Southwest of Sheikh Saeed,
gaining more ground in this flank.
soldiers have now deployed troops at Sheikh Saeed Bridge as heavy fighting is
underway in the area now.
missile units have been shelling terrorist positions in al-Rashedeen
neighborhood, while other army troops and their allies have been fighting
against militants to take back al-Rashedeen 4 and 5. Reports said their
artillery attacks has driven a number of terrorists out of al-Rashedeen 4 and
fighter jets also pounded terrorist centers in al-Rashedeen 4 and 5.
soldiers also targeted terrorists' defense lines in Aqareb neighborhood in
fighter jets targeted the positions of Fatah al-Sham Front and Nouralddeen
al-Zinki in the districts of Old Aleppo, Bostan al-Pasha, Sheikh Saeed and
al-Sukri, leaving a large number of militants dead or wounded.
soldiers for their part targeted Jeish al-Fatah's gatherings and positions in
the villages of al-Mansoureh and Khawabi al-Assal and the neighborhoods of
al-Rashedeen 4 and 5 quarters in the Western and Southern parts of Aleppo.
of terrorists were killed and their vehicles were destroyed in the army
also destroyed one of the main positions of Jeish al-Fatah after targeting
their sites in Khan al-Assal town, about 12 km Southwest of Aleppo city.
said earlier today that Russian fighter jets pounded a base of Fatah al-Sham
Front in the Western countryside of Aleppo, claiming the lives of 53 militants,
including their senior commanders.
soldiers targeted Fatah al-Sham positions on Western side of Bir (well)
al-Afa'ei in Khan al-Sheih region, inflicting major losses on the terrorist
relevant developments in the province on Thursday, the Syrian army repelled a
massive attack of the terrorists to break the siege of the town of Khan
al-Sheih in Southwestern Damascus.
terrorist groups attacked the Syrian army's military bases from several flanks
in Khan al-Sheih, but they were forced by the army to retreat after fierce
clashes with the government troops and sustaining a large number of casualties.
HAGUE: The global watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons is probing
more than 20 reports of the alleged use of toxic arms in Syria since August,
its chief told AFP Friday.
Ahmet Uzumcu revealed that experts with his Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons believed the so-called Islamic State group may have itself
manufactured mustard gas used in Syria and Iraq, in an "extremely
was speaking exclusively to AFP only hours after the UN Security Council
extended the mandate for another year of a special joint UN and OPCW panel to
allow them to investigate more reported chemical attacks in Syria.
since August 1 there had been a number of allegations, by both the Syrian
regime and the opposition rebels, of the "use of chlorine and unidentified
agents in Aleppo and in northern parts of Syria" such as Idlib.
is already "collecting information and analysing" it, the OPCW
director general said, to see if the allegations "are credible or not in
order to deepen our investigation".
number (of allegations) is quite high. I counted more than 20," said
Uzumcu, revealing that even on Thursday the Syrian authorities had sent to the
OPCW fresh reports of chemical weapons use against them.
panel set up by the UN, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism, has already
established during its year-long investigation that Syrian government forces
carried out three chlorine gas attacks on villages in 2014 and 2015.
the first time that an international probe pointed the finger of blame at
President Bashar al-Assad's forces, after years of denial from Damascus. The
findings prompted an unprecedented public condemnation from the OPCW's policy
making body last week.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has praised US President-elect Donald J. Trump,
saying that his inflammatory statements from the campaign trail do not
necessarily reflect the actions he will take as president.
an interview with Portuguese news agency LUSA released on Saturday, said,
"let's not jump into conclusions or worry" about future US actions or
policies in the Middle East. The army chief-turned-president was interviewed
prior to his upcoming Nov. 21 visit to Portugal.
among the very first foreign leaders to congratulate Trump's on his
have to distinguish between the rhetoric that takes place within presidential
campaigns and the real and actual administration of a country after the
inauguration," he said. "There will be a chance for more thorough
remarks echoed sentiments that have been circulating on local and regional
media, with columnists speculating that Trump campaign rhetoric - such as his
call for a ban on Muslims entering the US - will be watered down.
and Sisi have already shown a certain bond. Trump said there was "good
chemistry" when they met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in
September. Sisi said Trump would "without a doubt" make a strong
who was elected in 2014 after leading the military ouster of Islamist President
Mohammed Mursi, has painted himself as a regional leader in the fight against
Islamic militancy - a stance that echoes Trump's priorities.
prospect of warmer relations with Trump comes after years of comparative chill
between Sisi and outgoing US President Barack Obama.
the ouster of Mursi and the subsequent lethal crackdown on Islamist supporters,
the Obama administration voiced criticism and briefly suspended part of the
Egypt's robust American aid package.
leader of the loyalists of the Islamic State Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist
group was killed in a US drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province of
provincial police commandment said the top ISIS leader Mullah Bozorg was killed
along with his 7 fighters in the drone strike.
security officials further added that the airstrike was carried out late on
Friday in Kot district, targeting the militants in Lagharjoi area.
to the officials, several weapons, ammunition, and explosives belonging to the
loyalists of the terror group were also destroyed in the raid.
loyalists o the terror group have not commented regarding the report so far.
Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes against the loyalists of the
terror group in this province.
increased raids, usually involving drone strikes, by the US forces followed a
broader role granted by the Obama administration earlier this year.
broader role was granted amid concerns that the loyalists of the terror group
are attempting to expand foothold in the country and turn the eastern Nangarhar
province into a regional operational hub for its fighters.
deputy house speaker in the Afghan parliament, Haji Zahir Qadir, earlier warned
that the loyalists of the terror group will become successful in establishing
the Khurasan Caliphate if they managed to take control of Tora Bora mountainous
terrain located close to Pacher Agam district.
Afghan Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations Mahmoud Saikal
has said Afghanistan is facing a “thinly disguised declared”.
speaking during the 47th meeting of the UN General Assembly Plenary
seventy-first session where the assembly adopted a resolution supporting
Afghanistan’s efforts as speaker vowed to help conflict-affected nation achieve
Afghan Ambassador said Afghanistan had made significant strides, with almost
all United Nations Member States having been involved in some way in its
reconstruction since 2001.
further added that that the Afghan Government would continue to focus on
strengthening State institutions, developing self-reliance and crafting social
services, he said “it is imperative that we consolidate the gains as
Afghanistan completes its Millennium Development Goals and embarks on the
Sustainable Development Goals”.
he said Afghanistan continued to face threats from violent extremism and
terrorism, with 2016 being one of the bloodiest. Afghanistan was facing a
“thinly disguised declared war” whereby a neighbouring State, contrary to the
United Nations Charter and the principle of good neighbourly relations, had
used the Taliban — including the Haqqani Network, Al-Qaida, Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and others — to orchestrate and conduct attacks
aimed at overrunning provincial capitals and stoking the flames of disunity.
“Those who seek solace from the intention of
keeping Afghanistan bleeding must remember that such actions would bleed them
too and warrant international isolation,” he said, adding that the export of
foreign terrorist fighters, including Da’esh, in parts of Afghanistan remained
a serious concern.
government on Friday rejected accusations by minority Rohingya Muslims that the
military has killed residents fleeing the conflict in the northwest of the
country, in which at least 86 people have been killed so far and up to 30,000
of Rohingya are trying to escape the military crackdown after a recent
escalation in violence in Rakhine State, residents have told Reuters, adding
that some of them have been gunned down while attempting to cross the river
that marks the frontier with Bangladesh.
information taskforce on Rakhine, formed this week by the office of de facto
Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, has rejected the
allegations against the military, known as the "Tatmadaw" in the
those incidents, after asking the Tatmadaw and border guard troops in those
regions, it is known that the information is absolutely not true," said
the State Counsellor Office Information Committee in a Facebook post.
office added that the military and the border guard troops had not conducted
operations near the border and were only engaged in an "area clearance
operation" in the "inner part" of the state.
have poured into the north of Rakhine along Myanmar's frontier with Bangladesh,
responding to attacks by alleged Muslim militants on border posts on Oct. 9.
have locked down the district, where the vast majority of residents are
Rohingya, shutting out aid workers and independent observers.
Bangladeshi official said its border guard force on Friday turned back 82
Rohingya Muslims, including women and children, attempting to leave Myanmar.
This came after two boats with 86 people were pushed back on Tuesday.
Colonel Anwarul Azim, commanding officer of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)
in the Cox's Bazar sector said those turned away had been provided with food
United Nations stressed the border should be kept open.
is essential that the border is kept open for people fleeing violence at the
moment," said the U.N. refugee agency spokesman, Adrian Edwards, at a
briefing in Geneva on Friday.
suspected insurgents and 17 members of the security forces have been killed,
according to official reports, since the violence began last month.
and rights advocates have accused security forces of summary executions, rape
and setting fire to homes. The government and army have rejected the
envoy on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, criticized Suu Kyi's handling of
the crisis and renewed her appeal to investigate the allegations of abuses.
KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Nov 19 2016
concerns that the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
terrorist group are attempting to expand foothold in the country, the Russian
Envoy to United Nations has emphasized a need to prevent foreign terrorist
fighters from spilling into Afghanistan.
during the 47th meeting of the UN General Assembly Plenary seventy-first
session, the Russian envoy, Vladimir K. Safronkov said “Taliban. Indeed, the
broad use of the term “violent extremism” did not accurately reflect the
situation on the ground. “We can only call these scourges what they are:
to a drop in drug seizures, he said Afghan-produced opium remained a serious
threat, with over 40 per cent of terrorist revenue stemming from narcotics
Nov 19 2016
Afghan Air Force (AAF) is expecting to receive the state-of-the art Blackhawk
helicopters manufactured by Sikorsky as US plans to stop buying Russian
to reports, the Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking to end its reliance on
Russian-made helicopters to support the Afghan National Defense and Security
Forces (ANDSF) and plans to transition to Connecticut-made Black Hawk
decision was made following efforts by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT),
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
long overdue step—which I repeatedly advocated— will rightly provide the Afghan
military with American helicopters from Sikorsky rather than lesser quality
Russian products,” Blumenthal said. “It’s good news for Connecticut’s economy
and jobs, and equally good for our national security. Millions of American
dollars should never have gone to Russia for Mi-17 helicopters instead of
Sikorsky Blackhawks—a travesty that will now be stopped.”
never understand why the U.S. government sent taxpayer money to Russia for
helicopters in Afghanistan while Russia was supporting the Assad regime in
Syria and invading eastern Ukraine. When the Pentagon buys helicopters, they
should be made in America,” said Murphy. “I’ve been working with Rep. DeLauro
since my days in the House, and then with Senator Blumenthal in the Senate, to
end this misguided policy. I’m glad to say that after years of fighting, we
will be buying Connecticut-made Sikorsky Black Hawks for the Afghan Air Force
and ending their reliance on Russian-supplied helicopters.”
face of Russia’s attempts to undermine our foreign policy goals in the Middle
East and its continuing aggression in Ukraine, it is time that the United
States end its reliance on Russian made helicopters for operations in
Afghanistan. With the United States’ leadership role in the region, we must
prioritize American manufacturers and our hardworking men and women at home,”
said DeLauro. “Today’s announcement is great news for Connecticut’s defense
industry and I will continue to work with leadership at the Department of
Defense to bring these contracts—and jobs—back home to Sikorsky and Connecticut.”
than a decade, the DoD has supplied the ANDSF with Russian-made Mi-17
helicopters, but ongoing sanctions resulting from Russian aggression have
beleaguered the program and halted the flow of aircraft, parts, and supplies.
The DoD has announced its intention to replace the Mi-17 helicopters with
upgraded UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters as part of the supplemental funding to
support Overseas Contingency Operations recently submitted to Congress. It
includes funding to procure and modernize 53 of a planned 159 UH-60A Black
Hawks from the U.S. Army. The Army would divest UH-60As to make room for new
UH-60Ms made in Stratford, Connecticut.
proscribes Jammat-ul Ahrar, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi AlAlami
federal government has proscribed two more militant outfits Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
AlAlami and Jammat-ul-Ahrar for their involvement in terrorist activities
across the country.
came after both the militant organisations took responsibility of series of
suicide attacks on sectarian grounds in Baluchistan and Punjab.
reports, the notification of ban was issued on November 11.
to a revised list of banned organisations available on the website of the
National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), a senior official in Sindh’s
security establishment said: “The two organisations were added to the banned
outfits’ list on Nov 11.”
updated list on Nacta website shows a total of 63 outfits that have been
proscribed by the federal government.
latest addition came after series of investigations led to the fact that the
two militant groups were actively involved in the terrorism activities mostly
on sectarian grounds. Karachi has also witnessed a recent surge in attacks on
sectarian grounds executed mostly by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Al Alami.”
federal government took the final decision after feedback from different
security, intelligence, investigation and law enforcement agencies and the same
was forwarded to the Sindh police and its Counter Terrorism Department (CTD)
mainly after the Oct 29 killing of five persons, including three brothers,
outside a Nazimabad house where a Muharram majlis for women was in progress.
if you go through the recent history of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, they claimed the
attack on the Civil Hospital Quetta that killed more than 70 people, including
many lawyers,” the official said. “One of the curious things you would find in
their jobs is that they are mostly active in the southern part of the country,
posing a fresh challenge to the law enforcement agencies of Balochistan and
Palestinian youths urged to join hands to promote Muslim unity
leaders from all over Pakistan participated in the oath-taking ceremony of State
Youth Parliament (SYP) held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal here Friday.
Ambassador Walid Abu Ali was the chief guest on the occasion. While
congratulating the youth representatives, he said that youth were asset of a
country. He hoped the representatives of the youth would carry forward the
message of Islam and work to support the cause of Islam and Muslims. He greeted
the cabinet of State Youth Parliament on this occasion. He said that Pakistan
and Palestinian youth should join hands to promote the unity among Muslims of
of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Munib Iqbal administered oath to the members of
SYP. After the oath-taking, while addressing the participants, he said
teachings of Allama Iqbal serve us with a good lesson and reminds us of our
lost treasure of values and traditions.
The ministry of foreign affairs admitted on Friday in a report presented in the
Senate that Pakistan was helping in talks with Afghan Taliban but the policy
was to keep it secret, and the Afghan government took the right decision to
contact Gulbadin Hikmat Yar.
report has been prepared jointly by defence and foreign affairs committees of
the upper house and tabled by their chairmen, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Senator
report includes the suspension of talks with the Afghan Taliban after the death
of Mullah Munsor, the situation on the eastern and western borders and
preparation of armed forces.
defence secretary told the parliamentary bodies that the Pak-Afghan border was
2611 kilometers long and we were facing problems to stop terrorists and drug
smugglers due to the porous border. In August, 86 border violations were made
from Afghanistan and two army personals embraced shahdat due to rocket attacks
from Afghanistan in October. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to hold a flag
meeting every month to check border violations.
“war on terror” has cost the developing country a whopping $118 billion so far,
a new central bank report has said, an amount equivalent to well over one third
of its gross domestic product.
central State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) released its annual report on Thursday
showing extremist violence cost the country $118.3 billion in direct and
indirect losses from 2002 to 2016.
economic growth and social sector development have been severely hampered by
terrorism related incidents,” the bank said in the report.
became a pivotal US ally in the battle against extremism after the September
11, 2001 attacks spurred the US invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan.
Coalition Support Fund (CSF) was approved by the US to support Pakistan in the
war, with an annual release of around $1 billion since 2002. By last year
Pakistan had received a total of $14 billion under the CSF.
10 Karachi airport attackers to be exhumed for DNA tests
A medical team, under the supervision of a judicial officer, will exhume the
bodies of 10 attackers of Karachi airport attack case on Nov 22 for
four-member medical team will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the
identity of the killed assailants.
judicial magistrate (Malir) had directed the health authorities to constitute a
medical board since police moved court for the exhumation of the bodies for DNA
10 heavily armed militants stormed Karachi airport in June 2014 and were killed
by army commandos and personnel of other security forces during an operation
lasting about five hours. They were buried at an Edhi-run cemetery after their
identity remained unknown.
surgeon in a compliance report placed before the judicial magistrate on Friday
said that the medical board headed by Prof Farhat Hussain Mirza, chairman of
the forensic medicine department of the Jinnah Sindh Medical University, had
medical board will exhume the bodies to obtain samples for DNA testing in the
presence of a judicial magistrate on Nov 22 at the Edhi graveyard located in
the Mochko police station limits, the report added.
25 people, including personnel of the Airport Security Force, police and
Rangers, were killed in the audacious gun-and-explosive attack. Three men are
facing trial before an anti-terrorism court for allegedly providing logistic
support, funds and weapons to the attackers.
claimed to have arrested Ishaq, alias Bobby, and Mohammad Asim, alias Ahmed
alias Capri, belonging to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, recently for their
alleged involvement in many targeted killing cases, including the murder of
renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri and personnel of the army and police.
official also said that Bobby’s brother-in-law Ehtesham and his friend Majid,
with eight other militants, were killed by law enforcement personnel during the
deadly airport attack.
the administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts remanded on Friday both
the suspected militants in police custody in three more cases, including the
murder of seven policemen guarding polio workers.
produced Ishaq Bobby and Asim Capri, who have already been in police custody in
explosive and illicit weapon cases, before the court to seek their remand in
more cases pertaining to the killing of seven policemen in Orangi Town in April
this year, murder of two traffic policemen near Ayesha Manzil in May and a
triple murder in Zaman Town last year.
administrative judge handed them over to police on physical remand till Nov 22.
bail in ‘anti-state’ CDs case
anti-terrorism court granted on Friday bail to a provincial lawmaker of the
Muttahida Qaumi Movement in a case related to alleged distribution of CDs of
Shiraz Waheed was arrested in August for allegedly circulating CDs, which
contained speeches and statements to wage war or attempt or abet to wage war
against the country, among the people in Ahsanabad.
- The government on Friday maintained
that it will ensure smooth functioning of the Pak-Turk schools, future of which
was thrown into doubt following the expulsion of dozens of Turkish teachers.
the weekly media briefing, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said there
had been some speculative reports with regard to Turkish employees of the
emphasised that all actions being taken by the government of Pakistan on the
matter are in accordance with our national law and consistent with the actions
taken against the parent organisation by the government of Turkey. The
organisation was registered under the ‘Charities Act’ in the Republic of
Turkey. After the organisation was banned in the country of origin, its branches
abroad have ceased to exist,” he explained.
that the government was fully conscious of the importance of continued smooth
functioning of the schools in which thousands of Pakistani students are
would like to reassure that appropriate arrangements are being made to ensure
the uninterrupted running of these educational institutions, keeping in view
the interest of the students as well as the employees,” the spokesman said.
to a question, the FO spokesman said India’s aggressive posture was a threat to
regional and global peace as he slammed New Delhi’s ‘double speak’ over the use
of nuclear weapons.
the statement of Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on ‘why India cannot
use nuclear weapons first’ was a “manifestation of India’s double speak and a
threat to region’s peace and security.”
such a statement by a high-profile official of the Indian government was enough
to heighten the tensions further.
week, Parrikar questioned India’s ‘no first use policy’ on nuclear weapons but
then said that “this is my thinking” and the nuclear doctrine “has not changed”
under any government.
said: “Why a lot of people say that India has no first use policy. Why should I
bound myself to a… I should say I am a responsible nuclear power and I will not
use it irresponsibly. This is my thinking. Some of them may immediately
tomorrow flash that Parrikar says that nuclear doctrine has changed. It has not
changed in any government policy but my concept, I am also an individual. And
as an individual, I get a feeling sometimes why do I say that I am not going to
use it first. I am not saying that you have to use it first just because you
don’t decide that you don’t use it first. The hoax can be called off.”
spokesperson for the Indian defence ministry later clarified that the minister
had confirmed that this was his personal opinion.
said India’s claim of ‘no first use of nuclear weapons’ could not substitute to
the restraint measures as proposed in Pakistan’s standing offer of ‘Strategic
has long maintained that India’s ambiguous of ‘no first use’ declaration is not
verifiable and amounts to nothing,” he said.
spokesman said that Pakistan had time and again cautioned the international
community of “Indian tendency towards adventurism”.
in this backdrop, signing nuclear deals by some countries was a matter of
concern as “it had only reinforced arrogance and belligerence to the Indian
conduct in the region and beyond.”
urged India to end cross-border skirmishes and respect the 2003 ceasefire
agreement to avoid the situation from deteriorating further.
India’s show of power at the borders highlighted double standards of its
government. He reiterated Pakistan would continue to support Kashmir’s freedom
movement morally on every international platform.
referred to Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin
Malik’s statements which said that the people of Kashmir had won a moral
victory by refusing to yield and submit to oppression.
Pakistan had decided to attend the “Heart of Asia” to be held in Amritsar next
month. “On Afghanistan, Pakistan’s position has been very clear all along. We
encourage all initiatives that are aimed at bringing peace and stability in
Afghanistan. The rationale behind it is that peace in Afghanistan will have a
direct bearing on peace and security in the entire region. We also have a very
special and close relationship with the people of Afghanistan. Since Heart of
Asia is about Afghanistan, therefore, Pakistan has decided to attend the
conference. Adviser Sartaj Aziz has already announced in this regard,” he
Pakistan had extended an invitation to Afghan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah
to visit Islamabad in the near future.
- An alleged commander of Islamic State
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist organisation, has been killed during a
gun battle with Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) at Saanj, a remote hilly
area of Union Council Bann, New Murree, sources disclosed to The Nation
recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition and explosives from the house of
alleged Daesh Pakistan Commander Ahsan Satti. However, his brother Imran Satti
managed to escape from the scene, the sources said. The fleeing terrorist is
said to be Daesh commander of Islamabad, source said.
corporal of CTD namely Rizwan was also injured after in the operation.
to sources, a team of CTD Rawalpindi, headed by SP CTD Haroon Rashid, raided
the house of Ahsan Satti. However, seeing the raiding party, the terrorists
present in the house hurled a hand-grenade injuring a personnel of CTD.
Two alleged militants belonging to the banned Baloch Republican Army were
killed in a Frontier Corps-led military offensive here on Friday.
spokesperson of the paramilitary force said that FC personnel conducted an
armed offensive against alleged militants in Dere Bugti, an area in
alleged militants resisted the attempts of the security to thwart their
nefarious designs which led to an exchange of fire from both sides, added the
ensuing crossfire, the paramilitary force killed two alleged militants and
recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition while others managed to escape.
raids Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation premises
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday conducted raids at 10
premises of controversial preacher Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation+
(IRF) in Mumbai.
had registered a case against Zakir Naik+ and others on Friday under 10,13,18
of UAPA and section 153A of IPC.
searches began on Saturday morning with the help of local police after a case
was registered by the NIA's Mumbai branch on Friday night under 153-A of IPC (promoting
enmity between different groups on grounds of religion...and doing acts
prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and various sections of Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act.
action by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) came barely a few days after
the Union Cabinet declared IRF as a banned organisation under UAPA.
under the scanner of various security agencies after one of the terrorists
involved in the Dhaka cafe attack had allegedly posted on social media that
they had been inspired by Naik's speeches.
the youths from Mumbai suburbs, who had left their home to join Islamic State
earlier this year, were also allegedly inspired by the preacher.
speeches of Naik, who is currently out of the country apparently to evade arrest,
are banned in the UK and Canada as well as in Malaysia.
ministry found the NGO was allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an
international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism.
to the home ministry, Naik, who heads the IRF, has allegedly made many
provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.
Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged
involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities.
also transferred IRF's foreign funds to Peace TV for making
"objectionable" programmes. Most of the programmes, which were made
in India, contained alleged hate speeches of Naik, who had reportedly
"urged all Muslims to be terrorists" through Peace TV.
educational trust run by Naik has already been prevented from receiving foreign
funds and agencies are looking into their activities.
has no religious labels: Sushma Swaraj's response to muslim man offering his
DELHI: Ever since Sushma Swaraj was hospitalised in New Delhi's AIIMS due to
renal failure, scores of people from across the country have offered their
kidneys to the external affairs minister.
such generous offers, a muslim man offered his kidney to Swaraj, a minister who
is widely loved on social media for her timely interventions and help to people
in need. Mujib Ansari offered his kidney to Swaraj through a tweet, while
adding that he is a muslim and a supporter of BSP in Uttar Pradesh.
Swaraj's response to his help was as sweet as the offer.
you very much brothers. I am sure, kidney has no religious labels," Swaraj
Mujib, a few other Muslim men have also offered to help her by donating their
kidney to her. Nyamath Ali Shaik, a muslim, also offered his kidney to Swaraj
saying he was ready to donate his kidney, if need be. Another Twitter follower
Jaan Shah also said he was ready to offer his kidney to her.
(Pervez Bari): Once again the noted Muslim cleric of national and international
repute Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadwi was unanimously re-elected
president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, (AIMPLB), an apex body of
Muslims. on Friday in its 25th annual conference which is being held here in
Kolkata. There was no change in the position of other office-bearers as all
were also unanimously re-electedIt is for the sixth time that Maulana Rabey,
Rector of the Nadwatul Ulema, a famous Islamic university in Uttar Pradesh
capital Lucknow, will head the AIMPLB, which was formed four decades ago to
protect the “Shariah” or the Islamic laws. This will be his fourth consecutive
term. He was first elected in April 2002 following the death of Qazi
Mujahid-ul-Islam Qasmi in Hyderabad.Maulana Rabey later picked his team for the
sixth term wherein he nominated his old panel which included Maulana Syed Wali
Rahmani as general secretary of AIMPLB, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani &
Maulana Mohammad Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi as secretaries and other office-bearers
of the outgoing team. A 40-member executive body was unanimously elected
wherein all the members who had completed their three year term were
re-elected. Five new members of the executive committee were also elected in
place of those who had passed away in last three years. They are: Maulana
Khalilur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani, Maulana Syed Mahmood Asad Madani, Mohammad Umrain
Mahfooz Rahmani, E. Abubacker and Adv. Abdul Qadeer.Later, Maulana Rabey will
nominate 10 members to the Executive Committee of AIMPLB to make it 50-member
body. There was no contest for any post and also for the executive body.
academics, mayors detained as Turkish purges enter fifth month
- Turkish police detained more than 70
academics at an Istanbul university, NATO said Turkish soldiers had sought
asylum and more pro-Kurdish mayors were arrested on Friday as a crackdown after
July’s failed coup entered its fifth month.
110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the civil service, army,
judiciary and other institutions and 36,000 people jailed pending trial in the
investigation of the abortive July 15 putsch, in which more than 240 people
were killed. Western allies, in particular in Europe, have voiced concern at
the breadth of the purges under President Tayyip Erdogan. Some European
politicians have called for a freezing of Turkey’s EU membership talks, while a
senior UN official on Friday described the measures as “draconian” and
“unjustified”. Erdogan has repeatedly rejected such criticism, saying Turkey is
determined to root out its enemies at home and abroad, and could reintroduce
the death penalty. He has accused Western nations of siding with the coup
plotters and harbouring terrorists.
prosecutors issued detention warrants for 103 teaching staff accused of
“membership of an armed terror group” under an investigation into the city’s
Yildiz Technical University, one of the most prestigious education
establishments so far affected, the state-run Anadolu agency said.
detained 73 of them in dawn raids, searching their homes and offices before
taking them to hospital for routine health checks and then to the city’s police
headquarters. Some were said to have been users of a smart-phone messaging app
called ByLock, Anadolu said. The Turkish authorities say the app was used by
followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for masterminding the
failed coup attempt.
denies involvement in the putsch.
of soldiers have been dismissed from the Turkish armed forces since the coup.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday some members of the
military who were posted to NATO in Europe had requested asylum. Speaking at a conference in Brussels,
Stoltenberg stressed that Turkey remained a crucial NATO ally and that he
condemned the July 15 putsch, but said Ankara must respect the rule of law.
“Some Turkish officers working in NATO command structures... have requested
asylum in the countries where they are working,” he said. “As always, this is
an issue that is going to be assessed and decided by the different NATO
of journalists in Turkey have also been jailed pending trial in the crackdown.
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye voiced “deep concern”
about widespread measures being used to erode free speech. “Across the board,
the government is imposing draconian measures that limit freedom of
expression,” Kaye said after a one-week official mission to Turkey. He
acknowledged the national security concerns faced by the government, but said:
“The unjustified attacks on lawyers, judges, journalists, artists, academics
and activists undermine security and generate polarization and long-term
instability.” On Thursday, authorities dismissed 203 prosecutors and judges
over links to what the government calls the “Gulenist Terror Group”.
to the purges targeting alleged Gulen followers, authorities have been cracking
down on politicians they accuse of ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), designated
a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
on Friday sent the mayor of the southeastern city of Van, Bekir Kaya, to jail
pending trial on a charge of aiding the PKK, a day after he was detained by
police at the municipality building, party sources said.
has appointed administrators to run 34 municipalities, including the one in
Van, to replace elected mayors from Kaya’s pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions’
on Friday detained another DBP mayor, Halis Coskun, who ran the council in the
Malazgirt district of Mus province in eastern Turkey, the party sources said.
shelling kills at least 5 Syrians, wounds dozens near Aleppo
five civilians have been killed and some 43 others sustained injuries after
Turkish troops opened artillery and tank fire on the outskirts of the embattled
Syrian city of Aleppo.
Turkish army launched the deadly attack against al-Bab city, located some 40
kilometers northeast of Aleppo, Bizaah town, some three kilometers east of
al-Bab, and Saflaniyeh village on Friday, Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Ahed
news website reported.
that at least 12 of the wounded were in critical condition.
Turkish forces are currently supporting the foreign-backed Free Syrian Army
(FSA) militants in their advance towards al-Bab and their planned offensive
against Aleppo's industrial area, which is under the control of the Syrian
past four years, Aleppo has been divided between government forces in the west
and terrorists in the east, making it a frontline battleground. Backed by
Russian air cover, the Syrian army launched operations to reunite the divided
northwestern city in September.
August 24, Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by warplanes from the
US-led coalition launched their first coordinated offensive in Syria. On the
same day, Damascus slammed the intervention as a breach of its sovereignty.
claimed the incursion was meant to engage both Daesh terrorists in the
Syrian-Turkish border area and Kurdish fighters, who were themselves fighting
however, has long been criticized for refusing to seriously fight Takfiri
terrorists. The country also stands accused of allowing potential militants to
use its territory for travel and shipment of arms into Syria, and buying
smuggled oil from terrorists.
another development, Daesh militants killed Naser Hajjar, the administrative
manager of Aleppo University Hospital in a mortar attack on Friday.
in the country, the Takfiris abducted at least 30 Syrian citizens, who were
trying to move from Rakban refugee camp, located in the Jordan-Syria border
area, to al-Dhamir town near the capital Damascus.
Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government against Iran-backed rebels
declared a 48-hour ceasefire to begin in Yemen Saturday, it said in a statement
on the kingdom's SPA news agency website.
been decided to begin a 48-hour ceasefire from 12:00 noon in Yemen's timing on
Saturday,” the coalition statement said, adding that the truce could be renewed
if the Houthi rebels and their allies abide by the deal and allow aid
deliveries to besieged cities.
coalition announcement followed a request for a ceasefire by Yemen's President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi - himself based in Riyadh - to Saudi King Salman, the
forces will abide by the ceasefire,” it said, but warned that should the rebels
or troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh make any military moves
in the area the coalition would respond.
naval and air “blockade” will also remain in place and surveillance jets will
continue to fly over Yemen, it added.
coalition has been militarily supporting forces loyal to Hadi's government
since March 2015.
Mike Pompeo, President-elect Donald Trump's surprise choice to head the CIA,
supports the U.S. government's sweeping collection of Americans' communications
data and wants to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran.
retired Army officer, West Point and Harvard Law School graduate also has
defended the CIA's use of interrogation techniques that are widely condemned as
Kansas Republican has criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state and her handling
of the 2012 attacks on U.S. posts in Benghazi, Libya.
of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Pompeo, 52, was first
elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave from the congressional district centered on
his hometown of Wichita. Members of both parties regard him as intelligent,
collegial and capable, with a keen grasp of national security issues.
is very bright and hard-working, and will devote himself to helping the agency
develop the best possible intelligence for policy makers," said Adam
Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee. "While we
have had our share of strong differences - principally on the politicization of
the tragedy in Benghazi - I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and
"is a serious guy who studies issues carefully," said former National
Security Agency and CIA director Michael Hayden.
civil liberties and human rights advocates, however, expressed concern over
Pompeo's selection because he opposes closing the Guantanamo Bay detention
also criticized his support for the National Security Agency's now-defunct bulk
communications metadata collection and other surveillance programs.
positions and others merit serious public scrutiny through a confirmation
process," said Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American
Civil Liberties Union.
January op-ed in the Wall Street Journal he co-authored, Pompeo called for a
"fundamental upgrade to America's surveillance capabilities,"
including resuming bulk collection of domestic phone metadata, the numbers and
time stamps of calls, but not their content.
program, which a federal appeals court and two governmental review panels found
to be illegal and ineffective, should be expanded to include "publicly
available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable
database", and that "legal and bureaucratic impediments to
surveillance should be removed," he wrote.
called for the death penalty for Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who
disclosed the existence of the metadata program and other top-secret
stands a good chance of being confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.
Announcement of his nomination was warmly greeted by Senator Richard Burr, the
chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will conduct his
has been at the forefront of attacks in Congress on Clinton, accusing her of
"criminality" for storing emails containing classified information on
her private server.
served on the Republican-led House committee that investigated the attacks by
Islamist extremists on U.S. diplomatic and CIA posts in Benghazi that killed
the panel found no wrongdoing by the administration, Pompeo and another member
appended to the final report a commentary accusing Clinton and other officials
of failing to protect the posts and to respond appropriately to the attacks.
accused Pompeo of using inaccurate information to exaggerate alleged failures
by Clinton on Benghazi.Some of Pompeo's positions also are at odds with the
assessments of the intelligence officers and analysts Trump wants him to
CITY: Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian during clashes along the
Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.
Abu Saada, 26, died after being shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers in
clashes east of the Al-Bureij camp,” ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in
a statement. The Israeli army said that “during a violent riot adjacent to the
security fence in the central Gaza Strip, dozens of rioters breached the buffer
zone, approached and damaged the security fence and attempted to infiltrate
fired shots in order to distance and disperse rioters,” a military spokeswoman
were shot dead during protests and clashes, while some died in Israeli air
strikes in Gaza.
13 trapped in Turkey mine collapse
Turkey : Turkish rescue workers were on Friday battling to save 13 miners
trapped after the collapse of a copper mine already confirmed to have left at
least three dead.
governor’s office in the southeastern Siirt province where the mine is located
said two of three bodies recovered after the accident late Thursday had already
began again at dawn to save 13 more workers,” it said, adding that salvage
services from across the region and rescue dogs were at the scene.
photographer at the scene said that dozens of family members of the trapped
miners were surrounding the mine in a desperate wait for news.
women in white headscarves in the mainly-Kurdish region put their hands to
their heads in grief and embraced each other.
rose from the mine area as the relatives lit fires to keep warm on a sunny but
freezing day in the mountainous region.
- A number of Turkish officers serving in NATO command posts have asked for
asylum since a failed military coup in July, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg
also said he would travel to Istanbul on Sunday, having been there in September
when he sought to reassure Ankara of NATO’s continued support.
Turkish officers working in NATO command structures ... have requested asylum
in the countries where they are working,” Stoltenberg told a security
conference in Brussels.
seen a number of changeovers in the NATO command structure where Turkish
personnel has been changed,” the NATO chief said.
said the NATO countries concerned would make their own asylum decisions rather
than the alliance headquarters in Brussels. “We would be wrong if we started to
go into that kind of legal issue; that’s for the judicial system” of the
countries concerned, he said.
did not name the countries or say how many Turkish officers were involved.
Eyal, an analyst with the London-based think tank Royal United Services
Institute, told AFP the development could create more tensions with Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused western powers of failing to show
enough support and rejected their charges that he is violating human rights
with his massive post-coup crackdown.
declared a state of emergency following the July 15 coup, arresting tens of
thousands in a crackdown which critics say has gone well beyond the alleged
plotters to include anyone daring to criticise Erdogan.
warned the NATO chain of command could be undermined in the long term as Turkey
may struggle to fill the slots with officers who may be chosen for their
loyalty rather than their competence.
membership has traditionally been a cornerstone of Turkish foreign policy.
troops shot and killed a 26-year-old Palestinian during a rock-throwing protest
near the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, a Palestinian health official said.
Israeli military spokeswoman said troops had fired shots to disperse
Palestinians trying to breach the Gaza border fence and authorities were
investigating reports that one person had been killed.
health officials said Mohammad Abu Seada was killed by Israeli gunfire and that
two others were wounded. Dozens of protesters hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers
every Friday along the border with Gaza.
227 Palestinians have been killed in violence in the occupied West Bank and the
Gaza Strip since October 2015. Israel says 154 of them were assailants. Others
died during clashes and protests.
is in talks with Russia on the potential purchase of S-400 air missile defense
systems, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday, adding that Ankara
was also in touch with other countries on missile defense.
the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) -- part of the
Council of Europe -- the British press is to blame for increasing hate speech
and racist violence. On October 4, 2016, the ECRI released a report dedicated
only to Britain. The report said:
traditional media, particularly tabloids... are responsible for most of the
offensive, discriminatory and provocative terminology. The Sun, for instance,
published an article in April 2015 entitled "Rescue boats? I'd use
gunships to stop migrants", in which the columnist likened migrants to
newspaper has also published inflammatory anti-Muslim headlines, such as its
front page of 23 November 2015 which read "1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy
for jihadis", along with a picture of a masked terrorist wielding a
report establishes a direct causal link between some tough headlines in British
tabloids and the security of the Muslims in the UK. In other words, the British
press is allegedly inciting readers to commit "Islamophobic" acts
considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the
spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world,
fueling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the
dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for
basing its report on a recent study from Matthew Feldman, Professor at Teesside
University. This study compiled anti-Muslim incidents before and after
seven days prior to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, where 12 people were
killed, there were 12 reported (anti Muslim) incidents, but in the seven days
following, there were 45. This pattern was similar in relation to the terror
attacks in Sydney, in December and Copenhagen, in February.
according to the ECRI and scholars of Teesside University, when Muslim
jihadists murder people and the press reports that killers are Muslims, the
press, and not Islamists, is encouraging "Islamophobic incidents" in
Britain. According to ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, "It is no coincidence
that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying
examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even
ECRI, the biggest problem is:
where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts,
and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is
likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators' motivation is
downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations."
report does not explain what could be "alternative explanations." But
we can find examples in French press: when a Muslim attacks a soldier and tries
to take his gun, he is not an Islamist terrorist, but a "lunatic."
Such attacks by "lunatics" are very common in France.
French press downplays attacks by deciding not to name Muslim perpetrators:
incriminating a "Mohamed" could, in the minds of French journalists,
incite retaliations against Muslims. In another example, Muslim gangs cannot be
connected to any form of violence, so they become "youths." In
France, Muslim terrorists are never Muslim terrorists, but
"lunatics", "maniacs" and "youths."
is France. In Britain, tabloids are not so polite, and they understand
perfectly the intentions of the ECRI report: to ban the word "Muslim"
when it is associated with "violence or terrorism."
Report Marks a U-Turn in Free Speech
the moment where hate speech laws become a greater threat to democracy and
freedom of speech than the hate speech itself. Prohibiting journalists from
naming "Islamic terrorism," and encouraging them to hide the
association of Muslims with terrorism, is an attempt to misrepresent the truth
in the same way the former Soviet Union censored the truth. Taking advantage of
some real racist articles in tabloids -- not many, because not many are quoted
in the report -- to attack freedom of the press and freedom of speech is not
anti-hate speech; it is submission.
proof of submission lies in ECRI's recommendations to the British government:
an independent press regulator";
training for journalists to ensure better compliance with ethical
the provisions on incitement to hatred with a view to making them more
effective and usable";
a real dialogue with Muslims in order to combat Islamophobia. They should consult
them on all policies which could affect Muslims";
the Editor's Code of Practice to ensure that members of groups can submit
complaints as victims against biased or prejudicial reporting concerning their
following these recommendations, the British government would place Muslim
organizations in a kind of monopoly position: they would become the only source
of information about themselves. It is the perfect totalitarian information
order. If a breach of that kind would open in the future, no doubt all the
lobbies would rush into the breach: political parties, Protestants, Catholics,
Jews, multinationals, everyone.
British government did not fall into the trap, and firmly rebuffed ECRI's
demands. It told the European council body:
Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with
what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the
Britain, and in all countries of European Union, anti-hate laws already exist. Created
to guard against the kind of xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda that gave
rise to the Holocaust, national hate speech laws have increasingly been invoked
to criminalize speech that is merely deemed insulting to one's race, ethnicity,
religion, or nationality.
laws have also been invoked often by Islamists to sue against anti-Islamist
speech (cartoons of Muhammad, blasphemy against Islam, etc.) as manifestations
of "racism" -- fortunately with little success. Most court cases that
Islamists have initiated have failed because Islam is not a race.
Callamard, expert on human rights, writes in reference to the United Nations
19 recognises that reasonable restrictions on freedom of expression may be
necessary or legitimate to prevent advocacy of hatred based on nationality,
race, religion that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or
violence. The organisation does not extend such legitimate restrictions to
offensive and blasphemous expressions."
disturbing to wonder how long the EU will strongly engage its experts and
influence to cut through existing legal obstacles, in a quest to criminalize
any type of criticism of Islam, and to submit to the values of jihad.
Mamou, based in France, worked for two decades as a journalist for Le Monde.
experts estimate that the Islamic State extremist group has between 60 and 80
operatives planted in Europe to carry out attacks, the Dutch counterterrorism
coordinator said Friday. Dick Schoof said in an interview with The Associated
Press that would-be fighters are also heeding messages from the militant group
“asking them not to come to Syria and Iraq, but to prepare attacks in Europe.”
result is that over the last six months the number of “foreign terrorist
fighters” hasn’t grown, he said, but the fact that they’re not traveling “does
not mean that the potential threat of those who would have traveled is
diminished.” Schoof said military operations to oust the Islamic State from its
self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq are scattering the extremist group’s
fighters and supporters.
will probably lead to a gradual increase of refugees that will pose a danger to
the national security of the Netherlands and other European countries, he said.
Schoof said even though the Netherlands hasn’t been hit by a major attack by
Islamic extremists such as those in Belgium and France, “the chance of attack
in the Netherlands is real.”
seen 294 terrorist fighters go overseas in Iraq and Syria and there are still
190 over there,” he said. “And what happened in France and Brussels and Germany
could happen to us.”
are probably between 4,000 and 5,000 European “foreign terrorist fighters” in
Iraq and Syria, Schoof said. While the number from the Netherlands, a nation of
17 million people, may seem low, he said, “whether there’s 190 or 350, I think
the number is big enough to worry.”
said the Netherlands’ program to deal with the threat balances “repression and
prevention” and relies on strong cooperation between local and national
“repression” side, he said, fighters returning from Syria or Iraq are taken
into custody, and courts have recently handed down six-year prison sentences in
several cases. The government also takes away passports, freezes assets, and
has beefed up security measures and the police force, he said.
prevention side, Schoof said, there’s a lot of family support, with local
authorities deciding the best interventions and providing education and
psychological help if needed _ but there also could be arrests.
around the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh in Dublin on Monday evening,
Mirza Al-Sayegh cast his mind back two decades with obvious satisfaction.
vice-president of the Al Maktoum Foundation, he was in expansive mood at the
centre’s 20th-anniversary celebrations, attended by Muslims and non-Muslims.
genesis of the centre came in 1990, eight years after Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid
Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates had established his family’s first stud
farm at Maynooth.
others] sat together to talk about establishing such a place. Authorities in
Dublin and Maynooth were so co-operative and so helpful, leaving no stone
unturned in making this place a reality, ” he said.
then, Ireland’s Muslim population was small. The 1991 census put it at just
3,875 people. Today, Minister of State David Stanton said, “the real figure is
likely to be in the region of 55,000 to 70,000”.
Clonskeagh centre was opened by then president Mary Robinson in November 1996 –
the event attracted particular coverage because Yussuf Islam, formerly known as
singer Cat Stevens, came.
a later visit by President Mary McAleese, Mirza Al-Sayegh said she had become
curious about “ a big frame written in Arabic” as she was given a tour of the
building. The frame told the story of a Christian king who, he explained,
“1,425 years ago protected and gave sanctuary to a delegation sent from Mecca
by the Prophet.
to her, ‘After 1,425 years you come here to protect our Muslim community in
this area. You see history repeats itself.’ As a token of appreciation we gave
that frame to her to be taken home,” he recalled.
week's UpFront we speak to the French Ambassador to the United States, Gerard
Araud, who defends France's security crackdown and the country's foreign
the Arena, we debate whether France's secular laws have a double standard when
it comes to one religion in particular.
- Does France's foreign policy make it a target?
has been in a state of emergency since the bloody Paris attacks that left 130
dead last November.
say the emergency powers are being abused, but the French government claims
they are necessary to help protect the country from attacks.
Hasan questions Gerard Araud on the effectiveness of the emergency laws,
pointing out that the Nice attack happened with the state of emergency in
also asked whether France's foreign policy of intervention in the Middle East
and North Africa made the country more vulnerable to attacks.
of the French Muslims are from Arab origin, which means that they are very
sensitive to what is happening in the Middle East," says Araud.
asked about President Hollande's comment that "there is a problem with
Islam", Araud clarifies that it was a question of integration.
are facing a challenge how to accommodate our Muslim citizens in a society
which was basically built on Christian or Judeo-Christian roots."
week's Headliner, Araud defends France's foreign policy and the continued state
Ahok blasphemy probe, protests prompt worshippers gather in Jakarta to pray for
thousands of worshippers have gathered at mosques, churches and temples in
Jakarta and at the national monument to pray for unity and peace, as tensions
simmer over blasphemy charges against the Christian and ethnic Chinese
a fortnight after more than 100,000 protestors led by hard-line Muslim groups
took to the streets to demand the Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known
as Ahok, be arrested and jailed for comments he made about the Koran.
the 4/11 rally, the crowd turned violent after dark attempting to break through
police lines in north Jakarta, near the Governor's home.
were looted and cars destroyed.
priest Christopher Kristiono Puspo led a congregation at the city's main
Cathedral on Friday morning.
request came from the military chief for us to perform a mass, to pray
together," he told the ABC.
content of the sermon was about gratitude for the peace that we've had and
because of the protest that made us fear we wanted to express gratitude and
restate that we are all one nation and one language."
city's grand Istiqlal moque across the road and the nearby Monus, Jakarta's
national monument, Muslims also gathered to pray amid a large military and
shows important sign of unity
Indonesian President, who cancelled his visit to Australia because of the
violent protest, has spent the past fortnight trying to calm tensions.
Joko Widodo met his former presidential candidate rival, Prabowo Subianto, at
the Presidential Palace in an important sign of unity.
was broadcast live on national Indonesian TV with the men talking of the
importance of maintaining diversity in Indonesia saying they did not want the
nation to fall apart because of political differences.
Ahok was this week named as a suspect by police and will appear court to answer
the blasphemy allegations against him.
offence carries a maximum five years in prison.
to face court, high-profile electoral opposition
exclusive interview with the ABC aired this week he welcomed a day in court.
need to go to court to prove this is political and law," Ahok told 730.
is not easy, you send more than 100,000 people, most of them, if you look at
the news, they said they got the money 500,000 Rupiah."
of anti-government protesters marched in Malaysia's capital on Saturday
demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over his alleged
involvement in a multi-billion dollar misappropriation scandal.
yellow shirts and unfazed by arrests of activists and opposition leaders just
hours before the rally, protesters marched from various spots towards the heart
of Kuala Lumpur amid tight security.
among those gathered was festive, with drums and vuvuzelas heard along with
speeches, songs and chants by participants calling for a clean Malaysia and
demonstration is unlikely to shake Najib, who has denied wrongdoing and
weathered the crisis, consolidating power by cracking down on dissenters and
curbing media groups and activists.
of pro-democracy group Bersih - the organizers of Saturday's rally - was
arrested on Friday, along with several other supporters of the demonstration,
including opposition leaders and student activists.
have said the Bersih rally is illegal.
are not here to bring down the country. We love this country! We are not here
to tear down the government, we're here to strengthen it," Bersih deputy
chair Shahrul Aman Shaari told the crowds gathered at the National Mosque.
Bersih leader Hishamuddin Rais was arrested on Saturday at the protest area,
with police also issuing warnings to other participants. State news agency
Bernama said about 7,000 policemen will be on duty near the protest area.
country is being governed by clowns and crooks. So I'm here to protest against
our prime minister," said artist Fahmi Reza, holding a poster of a
speech uploaded on his website on Friday, Najib said the protesters were
"a tool of the opposition".
movement is deceitful. It is clear that these street protests are in fact the
opposition disguised as an independent NGO working to unseat a democratically
elected government," said Najib, who is in Peru to attend the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
Othman Said, a minister in the Prime Minister's Department, on Saturday said it
was unlawful for any party to try to unseat a democratically-elected government
via street protests.
clashes between Bersih and a pro-Najib group called Red Shirts mounted this
week after the latter threatened to target Bersih supporters.
Shirts also rallied on Saturday, marching from the headquarters of the ruling
United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party towards Dataran Merdeka, or
Independence Square, where the Bersih rally is expected to converge. The Red
Shirts' rally has also been declared illegal.
of Indonesians held a peaceful rally on Saturday to promote unity, saying they
were worried by signs of growing racial and religious intolerance in the
world's largest Muslim-majority country.
in red and white shirts, the colors of the Indonesian flag, religious leaders,
members of human rights groups, lawmakers and others marched along a central
held posters with the national motto "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika", which
means unity in diversity, while others performed traditional dances.
is about diversity, but also about unity. We have to separate politics from
ethnicity, religion, and race," said 25-year old Iwan Saputra. "I
want Indonesia to stay united."
about rising hardline Islamic sentiment in the country of 250 million people
have grown since police decided on Wednesday to investigate a blasphemy
complaint by Muslim groups against the Christian governor of Jakarta.
Representatives Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah has suggested President Joko
“Jokowi” Widodo meet leaders of Islamic organizations, including Habib Rizieq
of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) who previously arranged a Nov. 4 mass
demonstration, to ease tensions.
Jokowi can be friends with Pak Prabowo, why not with them [FPI]?” said the
controversial lawmaker on Friday, referring to Gerindra Party chairperson
Prabowo Subianto, who lost the 2014 presidential race to Jokowi.
has recently met with Prabowo twice, with the latest meeting taking place at
the Presidential Palace on Thursday. This has been seen as a move by Jokowi to
secure Prabowo’s support amid mounting protests against his presidency over
allegations the President has not been impartial in his response to the
blasphemy case impacting non-active Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja
Indonesia's state intelligence agency BIN has dismissed the veracity of reports
claiming to contain the results of its recent meeting in Jakarta, where it
discussed "the current national situation and condition." The reports
had gone viral on social media.
have been security concerns in the world's largest Muslim-majority country
recently after a blasphemy case was launched by Islamic hardliners against
Jakarta's Christian and ethnic-Chinese governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja
people are still euphoric over Ahok being named a suspect in the blasphemy
case, it is possible certain parties are trying to take advantage of the
situation to spread false reports," the agency's spokesman Sundawan Salya
said in a statement released on Thursday (17/11).
information from BIN must come from the Deputy VI, in charge of communication
and information. Reports or information not coming from the Deputy VI are not
authorized by BIN. People should not take these irresponsible reports on social
media seriously," Sundawan said.
Mosul, ISIS close to defeat in Libya’s Sirte
six months of heavy fighting, Libyan forces have advanced so deep into the
strategic city of Sirte that they can pick out the Tunisian and Egyptian
accents of their ISIS enemies as they trade insults over the frontline.
is imminent on this remote front of the war against ISIS, with the last few
militants staging a last stand in a small area of just one square kilometer
(0.4 square mile), US and Libyan officials say.
battle has been long and hard, and holds lessons for US backed forces trying to
force ISIS out of the much larger Iraqi city of Mosul more than 2,500 km (1,500
faced unbelievable resistance. They won’t leave their posts even when houses
are collapsing on them,’ said Osama Issa, a 37-year-old businessman fighting
with Libyan forces in Ghiza, the last neighborhood of Sirte that ISIS holds.
know they will die anyway so they fight well.’
in Sirte will damage ISIS’s ability to show it is expanding globally and
deprive it of a foothold outside Iraq and Syria. Losing it and Mosul in quick
succession would dent its morale and possibly its ability to recruit followers.
militants in Sirte have inflicted heavy losses on the Libyan fighters -- at
least 660 have been killed and 3,000 wounded -- and held out longer than
have proved their skills in guerrilla warfare, shown the vulnerability of
advancing forces that lack expertise in urban warfare and highlighted the
limited effectiveness of air strikes when frontlines are so close.
battle has also underlined the importance of trapping fighters during battle
because many have escaped from Sirte -- a Libyan commander put the number at
400 -- and are now staging attacks behind frontlines with increasingly
rivalry between the various factions in the Libyan forces also serves as a
warning to the diverse groups fighting ISIS in Mosul: the end of the battle may
bring political chaos and the risk of new military conflicts.
authorities have razed buildings belonging to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria
(IMN) as a government crackdown on the Muslim group gains force.
officials said the government forces razed several buildings, which included
schools, hospitals, and religious seminaries, in the cities of Zaria and
Saminaka in the northern state of Kaduna.
with the Muslim group also said that the latest demolitions took place without
prior notification to the group, which they said had done nothing to provoke
the government to take such drastic measures against it.
demolition of IMN buildings comes after the brutal killing of some 100 members
of the group, who had gathered on Monday to take part in a religious ceremony
ahead of the upcoming Arba’een mourning rituals.
marks 40 days after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the
grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
more were also injured when government forces fired live rounds and tear gas at
Shia mourners taking part in a peaceful march in the northern city of Kano.
its supporters have been the victims of a government crackdown since last year.
December 2015, Nigerian forces raided the house of the IMN’s leader, Sheikh
Ibrahim Zakzaky, in Zaria.
from across West Africa are now gathering in Senegal for this year’s Grand
Magal pilgrimage in Touba, the holy city for the Mouride Muslim order.
million are expected through this weekend for West Africa's largest Muslim
gathering. Senegal’s President Macky Sall is also attending and will pray for
peace and unity.
Amadou Bamba founded the Mouride Muslim order in 1883, and the central city of
Touba also serves as the location of sub-Saharan Africa's largest mosque, which
the order built.
fought French colonialism through preaching non-violence and was forced into
exile in Gabon before returning to the city.
Djigal, a lecturer at Touba’s Chiekh Amadou Bamba University and a pilgrimage
organizer, said this year’s pilgrimage is sending a special message to all
Muslims on the importance of peace and non-violence.
United States has expressed concern over a recent attack by Nigerian forces on
a Muslim procession that led to the death of scores of people.
statement published on Friday, US State Department spokesman John Kirby
condemned the deadly assault perpetrated by the Nigerian government forces
earlier this week, calling the carnage a “disproportionate response” of the
police in the violence.
100 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) were killed on Monday,
after the country’s forces fired live rounds and tear gas canisters at mourners
during a peaceful march held ahead of the upcoming Arba’een mourning rituals,
which mark 40 days after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the
third Shia Imam and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
clashes broke out when police tried to disperse thousands of people, including
women and children, who were marching from Kano to Kaduna for the mourning
to the IMN, a combined team of security and Kaduna State government personnel
demolished the Fudiyya Islamic School at Zaria, which offers nursery, primary
and secondary education.
government forces also attacked the Husainiyya in Saminaka which was under
construction, without any prior notice or court order, the IMN added.
that the state government was planning to clampdown on IMN members in the state
and kill as many as possible.
United States is deeply concerned by the deaths of dozens of Nigerians during
clashes between individuals participating in a Shia procession and the Nigerian
Police Force in Kano State," Kirby said in the statement.
called for "calm and restraint on all sides" and said anyone
responsible for violating the law should be held accountable.
month, the government in Nigeria's Kaduna state declared the IMN as an
"unlawful society", claiming that its processions were a danger to
peace, and said anyone convicted of being a member of the movement could be
incarcerated for up to seven years.
20 people were killed and several others injured on October 12, when Nigerian
forces opened fire on Muslim mourners commemorating Ashura, the martyrdom
anniversary of Imam Hussein (PUBH).
of the IMN have been subjected to heavy-handed crackdown since last year, when
the army attacked a religious ceremony in their stronghold city of Zaria in the
north, claiming the lives of hundreds of people.
people have been killed in three bomb attacks in the northeastern Nigerian
state of Borno.
bombings were carried out in Maiduguri, Borno's capital, on Friday.
the explosions rocked Jiddari area near a mobile police post, Borno state
police commissioner Damian Chukwu told reporters in Maiduguri.
official added that two other bombings were carried out "along
Haram Takfiri terrorists have claimed responsibility for the bombings.
said four assailants and two civilian defense fighters were killed in the
bombings. One of the attackers was arrested.
has been the epicenter of Boko Haram's seven-year insurgency.
has taken the brunt of Boko Haram's acts of terror, which started in 2009.
group has recently regained momentum after it was nearly obliterated months ago
by a joint military force made up of Nigerian government forces and troops from
started its campaign with the aim of toppling the central government in
‘can and must’ take action against terror; India a ‘key partner’: US
“can and must” take more effective action against terror groups operating from
its soil as no state should allow its territory to be used to launch attacks
into another, the White House said.
recognising the sacrifices of the people and the security forces of Pakistan in
fighting some militant and terrorist networks -- a fight which we support --
President Barack Obama has emphasised that Pakistan “can and must” also take
more effective action against terrorist groups operating from its soil,” a
senior White House official said on Friday.
President has made it very clear that no state should allow its territory to be
used by terrorists to launch attacks into another state, and we will continue
to engage on this issue,” he said in response to the ‘We the People’ online
petition that was signed by a record 665,769 people.
petition asked the Obama administration to declare Pakistan as a ‘State Sponsor
of Terrorism’, according to a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives
by two Congressmen Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher.
the bill cited by the petition remains in draft, we will not comment on it
here,” he added.
State Department has also refused to comment on the bill.
|?White House petition on Pakistan alive, but not active
not going to get into a discussion about that. We routinely discuss with our
Pakistani counterparts the importance for continued focus and energy on the
counter- terrorism efforts and the terrorism threat, particularly along that
spine between the two countries.
focus on this and the focus that we want to see Pakistan expend on it, that is
not going to change,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said.
State Department, he said, has seen comments made by the incoming
administration on counter-terrorism.
seen some comments that they have made about a counter-terrorism focus. That is
for them to address.
changes about our focus on the importance of regional, collaborative and
effective counter-terrorism operations and to our interest in seeing all the
countries in the region likewise expend a great deal of energy and effort and
leadership on that. I just cannot speculate about the future and I would not do
that,” Kirby added.
appoints an Islamophobe, an alleged racist and a defender of torture to key
Donald Trump has made five major appointments so far. Four of his picks,
including the three announced on Friday, have demeaned Muslims or
selections are in line with Trump’s campaign rhetoric, which was openly bigoted
against Muslims and frequently insulting to the black community. To the dismay
and apprehension of minority groups, they are an early signal that the
unorthodox Republican is not planning to attempt a post-election pivot to some
kind of inclusive moderation.
choices make it more likely that Muslims will face intrusions on their civil
liberties, as Trump has promised. They suggest that Trump intends to follow
through on his crackdown on illegal immigration.
likely mean the death of a bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice
system, which was never certain to pass. They likely mean the abandonment of
the aggressive efforts of the Obama-era justice department to investigate
police racism and other civil rights abuses. And they may help Trump execute
his pledge to bring back torture as an interrogation tool against terrorists.
were greeted with alarm by Muslim and black leaders.
after stating in his acceptance speech that he wanted to unite America, President-elect
Trump’s initial appointments indicate that he’s headed in exactly the opposite
direction,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic
Relations. “Whenever you have ideological extremists in positions of power, I
think you’re going to see that extremism expressed in policy.”
added: “Buckle up. We’re in for a bumpy ride.”
Trump picked last week as his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was the chief
executive of a website he called “the platform for the alt-right,” a white
supremacist movement, and that led an anti-Muslim smear campaign against the
founder of Chobani yogurt.
Washington | Updated: Nov 19, 2016
Democratic lawmakers and rights bodies have slammed President-elect Donald
Trump’s reported plan to reinstate a database of immigrants from
Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) is a post-9/11 program that
required travellers to the US from specified Muslim-majority countries to
immediately register with the federal government or face deportation.
failed programs that target Arabs and Muslims in our country is exactly what
ISIS was cheering on election night when America, a beacon of freedom in the
world, gives in to fear and begins chipping away at civil rights. Our enemies
are emboldened and their ranks swell with new recruits,” senator Dick Durbin
said, referring to the Islamic State.
2002, I called for this program to be terminated because there were serious
doubts it would help combat terrorism. Terrorism experts have since concluded
that this program wasted precious homeland security funds and alienated Arab-
and Muslim Americans. Failed programs like this are the exact wrong approach to
combating terrorism, and I will fight to ensure it never returns,” Durbin said.
Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) co-chairs Raul M Grijalva and Keith
Ellison, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair Judy Chu, CPC vice
chair Congressman Mike Honda, and CPC vice chair Mark Takano slammed Trump
surrogate, Carl Higbie, for suggesting that Japanese American internment camps
could serve as a precedent for the creation of a Muslim registry.
An influential South-Asian rights group has terminated its ties with a major US
airlines alleging that it was carrying out racial and religious profiling of
Muslims, Arab and South-Asian passengers on its flights.
(Airlines) employees have been racially profiling Muslim, Arab, and South Asian
passengers in the last year, including at least five well-publicised incidents,"
South-Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) said yesterday.
well-covered incident involved kicking a University of California Berkley
student off a flight in April 2016 for saying 'Inshallah' to his father on the
phone," it said.
the airline has treated our communities like second-class citizens, we have
terminated our relationship with Southwest," SAALT said, adding that as a
result of this termination it has lost USD 10,000 in grant money from the
and our partners sent multiple communications to Southwest, including to CEO
Gary Kelly, over the last year expressing our concerns.
rights leader vows to register as a Muslim
York: The Jewish director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which campaigns
against anti-Semitism and other bigotry, said Friday that he would register as
a Muslim if Donald Trump establishes a database of Muslims in America.
they create a registry for Muslims is the day that I register as a Muslim
because of my Jewish faith, because of my commitment to our core American
values, because I want this country to be as great as it always has been,”
Jonathan Greenblatt told AFP.
his campaign, President-elect Trump variously called for banning all Muslim
visitors to the United States, subjecting those in the country to loyalty tests
and even for some to be deported.
MSNBC in November last year whether the White House should institute a database
system to track Muslims in the country, Trump replied, “Oh, I would certainly
implement that, absolutely.”
campaign attempted to walk back his pledge on Thursday, saying in a statement
that the president-elect “never advocated” a registry.
at least two prominent Trump supporters raised the prospect again this week,
including one who cited World War II-era Japanese-American internment camps as
it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion, we’ve done it based on
region,” Carl Higbie, who during the campaign was spokesman for a pro-Trump
“super PAC” fundraising group, said on Fox News.
Jewish community, we know what happens with litmus tests,” Greenblatt said. “We
can remember. We have painful memories of when we ourselves were identified,
registered and tagged.”
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Americans, already alarmed by the election of Donald J. Trump, said Friday that
Mr. Trump’s choices for crucial posts heightened their fears of discrimination,
violence, deportation and even detention.
said they worried that a more hostile America could prompt more Muslims to join
forces with terrorists.
the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump said “Islam hates us,” endorsed the idea
of a government registry of Muslims and proposed suspending immigration by
Muslims or people from some Muslim-majority countries. In interviews on Friday,
many Muslims said that they were not sure before the election how seriously to
take such talk, hoping that it was more political hyperbole than policy, but
that the personnel moves of the last few days had confirmed their worst fears.
Dream Cafe, a hookah bar in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Sara Khan, 17,
whose parents are from Pakistan, expressed particular concern about her
family’s ability to remain in the United States. “What are we going to do if he
tries to kick us out?” she asked of Mr. Trump.
from all over the world come here to find freedom,” she said, but now she
wonders what that freedom means if “one man can take it away.”
Trump has offered the post of national security adviser to Michael T. Flynn, a
retired Army general who has written that “fear of Muslims is rational,” has
said that “Islam is a political ideology” and is “like a malignant cancer.” For
director of central intelligence, Mr. Trump has tapped Representative Mike
Pompeo of Kansas, who has said that “most Islamic leaders across America” were
complicit in terrorist attacks for not speaking out more forcefully.
asked Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who has endorsed a Muslim immigration
ban, to be attorney general, and has named Stephen K. Bannon, whom critics have
denounced as a white nationalist, as senior White House strategist. And some
Trump supporters have cited the internment of Japanese-Americans during World
War II as a possible precedent.
not take Trump’s statements seriously enough, and I did not take these white
nationalists as seriously as I should have,” said Zareena Grewal, an associate
professor of American studies and religious studies at Yale. “That these people
have moved from the fringe of American politics to the very center should
Hassan, a native of Iraq who works at a refugee center in Phoenix, mostly with
people from Syria, said her mood and that of her clients had changed
us are scared of being sent back,” she said. “Our children are having issues at
Hassan, 37, who said her parents and her brother were killed by a car bomb in
Baghdad, said, “We left home because it was not safe there,” but now the United
States feels unsafe.
voiced worries about a Muslim registry, and the prospect of being tracked and
investigated by the government, noting that a registry for noncitizens from some
Arab countries, in effect from 2002 to 2011, resulted in few leads on
terrorism, but many deportations. Others shrugged off the prospect, saying that
they assumed they were under surveillance already.
people were still unsure how seriously to take the even more troubling idea —
not raised by anyone with a formal role on the Trump team — of internment.
- President-elect Donald Trump Friday
tapped arch-conservative Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be attorney general
and hawkish congressman Mike Pompeo, a strident opponent of the Iran nuclear
deal, as his CIA director.
incoming commander in chief also appointed retired lieutenant general Michael
Flynn, who believes Islamist militancy an existential threat, for the post of
national security adviser.
quoting sources, reported Friday that the controversial general has accepted
He is a
Democrat who was critical of Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic presidential
rival, during the election campaign. His name was suggested as a possible
running mate to Trump before the selection of Mike Pence.
numerous speeches and interviews before the election, and in a book published
in August, General Flynn laid out a view of the world that sees the United
States as facing a singular, overarching threat that can be described in only
one way: “radical Islamic terrorism.”
was fired from his post as head of the Defence Intelligence Agency by President
Obama in 2014.
and General Flynn both see themselves as brash outsiders who hustled their way
to the big time. They both post on Twitter often about their own successes, and
they have both at times crossed the line into outright Islamophobia.
also both exhibit a loose relationship with facts: General Flynn, for instance,
has claimed that Shariah, or Islamic law, is spreading in the United State. His
dubious assertions are so common that when he ran the Defense Intelligence
Agency, subordinates came up with a name for the phenomenon: They called them
about his appointment came as Trump made his most direct foray into foreign
policy since the election, meeting with Japan’s prime minister Shinz? Abe .
has advised Trump on national security issues for months. As national security
adviser, he would work in the White House and have frequent access to the president.
The post does not require Senate confirmation.
Congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, ranking member of the House Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence, expressed gratitude for Flynn’s contributions
to national security, but also expressed concern at the reported job offer.
deeply concerned about his views on Russia, which over the last twelve months
have demonstrated the same fondness for the autocratic and belligerent Kremlin
which animate President-elect Trump’s praise of Vladimir Putin,” Schiff said in
a statement. “The incoming President would be better served by someone with a
healthy skepticism about Russian intentions, and willing to be guided by the
unequivocal intelligence we have of Russian’s malignant policies towards the U.S.
and our allies.”
Flynn has also made inflammatory remarks regarding Islam, and not always
distinguished between a faith practiced by millions of Americans and important
allies around the world, and the perversion of that faith by the likes of ISIS
and Al Qaeda,” he said. “These statements only feed jihadi propaganda by
reinforcing their false narrative that the West is at war with all of Islam.”
appointment does not need approval from the senate.
of Sessions as attorney general does, and he’s got baggage: racially charged
comments he made in the 1980s and which once cost him a chance for a job for
life as a federal judge.
1986 Sessions said that a prominent white lawyer was a “disgrace to his race”
for defending African-Americans. Sessions acknowledged saying this in testimony
to the US Senate at the time, but he insisted he did not mean it.
Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency, civil-rights groups have
documented an upsurge in hate crimes across America, many of them explicitly
motivated by the Republican’s attacks on Muslims and Mexican immigrants.
fear that Canada has now caught the same contagion. Hateful graffiti and racist
harassment from the Pacific coast to Southern Ontario has sparked anxiety among
ethnic and religious minorities that Mr. Trump may have emboldened Canadian
bigots to act more freely and more violently.
of the incidents, ranging from swastikas spray-painted on houses of worship in
Ottawa to anti-Asian flyers distributed in a Vancouver suburb, have a direct
connection to Trump supporters. But some members of targeted groups, along with
local politicians, believe that the New York real estate developer’s
presidential campaign has created a climate conducive to acts of hatred.
rise of Trump and Brexit and the alt-right have given credibility, even in its
falseness, to people with certain viewpoints,” said Adil Dhalla, executive
director of the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, and a Muslim man. “I’m
not surprised, but I’m still really sad.”
his run for president, Mr. Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration
to curb terrorism, claimed Mexican “rapists” were pouring into the country, and
said that African Americans have “no education.”
past 10 days, minority groups in the country have been on the receiving end of
an apparent spike in abusive speech, according to the Southern Poverty Law
Center, which has documented more than 400 instances of “hateful intimidation
and harassment.” On Friday, U.S. Attorney-General Loretta Lynch – the first black
woman to hold the post – alluded to the phenomenon and said that some of the
incidents were being investigated by federal prosecutors. She also noted that
hate crimes against Muslim Americans spiked 67 per cent last year.
Canada, some of the most shocking incidents of hate have been concentrated in
Ottawa, where a handful of religious facilities, including a mosque, a
synagogue and a church with a black pastor, have been spray-painted with
swastikas and racial slurs. The Congregation Machzikei Hadas, a modern Orthodox
synagogue in the capital, was defaced with Nazi slogans and emblems on
Wednesday or Thursday morning, leaving its congregants shaken.
is a feeling that people need reassurance here,” said Rabbi Michael Goldstein.
“We have increased our security protocol.”
and anti-immigrant graffiti has marred Toronto in recent days, too. An
elementary school in the suburban neighbourhood of Etobicoke saw the phrase
“It’s the Jews,” scrawled in the schoolyard early this week. In a statement,
the Toronto District School Board said that “in times like this, it is
important that we remain focused on our commitment to fairness, equity and
inclusion in our schools and communities.”
Monday evening, an avowed Trump supporter was filmed yelling at a young black
man on a Toronto streetcar, telling him to “go back to your fucking country.”
Witnesses said the aggressor shouted “Go Trump” after being told he was racist.
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