per volunteers, it will take at least two days to complete temple cleaning as
it is really in bad shape. (Express Photo)
Floods: After Church, Sikh Volunteers Take Up Temple Cleaning
for Special Session of OIC on Dutch Caricatures
Journalist, Mahdi Majeed, Converts to Islam, Harshly Criticizes Israel
Tells Troops: Destroy Islamist Terrorists
NGO Reports Custodial Deaths, Tortures at 'Muslim Re-Education Centres' In
Floods: Village Battling Islamic State Tag Is Part of Relief Team
Muslims to Revive 5% Reservation Demand in Govt Jobs, Education
Woman Becomes Indian PM Modi’s Rakhi Sister
by Dawood Ibrahim’s Son ‘Maulana Moin’, Chhota Shakeel's Son Chooses the Path
Contact with Imran Govt, India, Pak to Discuss Indus Waters
refuses to share details on extradition request of Zakir Naik to Malaysia
for Special Session Of OIC On Dutch Caricatures
Fazl emerge as nominees for president after consensus eludes opposition
ISPR denies giving Miramshah protesters assurances to court-martial army
on Ahmadi worship place: Fake social media posts spurred violence in
Sushma may meet in New York next month
to March to Islamabad on Aug 29 against Dutch Blasphemous Cartoons
Settlers Raid Aqsa Mosque in Latest Provocation
Issue not about myself, but Turkey, Islam
coalition strikes Houthi training camp southeast of Sanaa
army shoots down Houthi drone in al-Bayda province
senior Houthi leaders among several killed in Yemen’s Hajjah
issues 36 Palestinians administrative detention orders: PPS
to start building new housing units in East al-Quds next month: Report
military can’t avoid defeat in spite of advanced weapons: Nasrallah
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court verdict on call to prayer puts spotlight on blasphemy laws
fatwa allows measles-rubella vaccine
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Relief Canada calling on faith groups to support Indigenous communities
decries 'abhorrent ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar on anniversary
of ISIS Khurasan Killed In Nangarhar Province
Suffer Casualties during Clashes with the Afghan Forces in Kunar
President Ghani rejects resignations of top security officials
in case against Reuter’s journalists in Myanmar postponed to Sept 3
Air Force carries out airstrikes in Darqad district of Takhar
Forces, Allied Militia Start Extracting Crude from Syria's Second Largest
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Military Stations Advanced Radars at Bases in Northern Syria to Create No-Fly
Daesh militant commander killed in Iraq’s Diyala infighting
militants killed trying to attack Egyptian police checkpoint -agency
Muslim Council of Liberia Hails Muslims for Upholding Unity
police killed in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region
Stop Torturing People, Muslim Clerics Tell Govt
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by New Age Islam News Bureau
Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: August 27, 2018
cleaning a church in flood-hit Kerala’s Alappuzha district, Sikh volunteers
from Khalsa Aid are now working to clean a temple that has become inaccessible
for Onam festivities. The volunteers were approached by a man working at
Panayannurkavu Devi Temple, also called Panayannur Kavilamma temple, situated at Thalavady village in Kuttanadu.
Singh from Patiala of Punjab, a Khalsa Aid volunteer, told The Indian Express,
“It was Saturday when Onam festivities were underway. We were cleaning a church
when a temple worker, Mohandas Prasad, came to us. had a photograph in hand.
Our translator told us that he needed help in cleaning a temple. We told him we
will help soon after we are done cleaning the church. The man broke down and
told us that people were unable to access the temple on Onam. We told him we
will help them as soon as possible. For us, the human race is one and if we can
clean a church, we can clean a temple too.”
to trolls on social media who criticised them for “cleaning a church, and no a
temple”, Amarpreet Singh, Asia Pacific managing director, Khalsa Aid, said, “We
work with the motto of ‘Recognise human race as one’. We do not select projects
on the basis of caste, class, religion or gender. So when people comment that
we are partial towards Muslims or Sikhs, we don’t let it affect us. Rather it
makes our resolve stronger to not discriminate.”
Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) emir Senator Sirajul Haq has demanded a special session of
the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) on the issue of desecration of
Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) through a caricature contest in Holland.
the competition of profane caricatures, Mr Haq called for an immediate meeting
of the OIC to devise a mechanism to stop the Satanic pursuits.
said the Muslims could not tolerate desecration of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
(SAW) and added that summoning the Dutch ambassador and lodging protest on this
issue was not enough.
was speaking at the 77th foundation day of the party here on Sunday.
to international establishment’s alleged opposition to the rule of the Muslim
movements across the world, he said the world colonialism was not allowing
Islamic movements to come to power even through democratic process and the
toppling of Dr Morsi’s elected government in Egypt and the West’s refusal to
accept victory of Hamas in Palestine election were the irrefutable proofs of
Haq said that in spite of hostility of the international establishment, the JI
was against securing power through undemocratic or underground means.
deputy chief Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha, Pildat’s president Ahmed Bilal Mehboob and
Zikrullah Mujahid also spoke.
Journalist, Mahdi Majeed, Converts To Islam, Harshly Criticizes Israel
journalist Mahdi Majeed converted to Islam several days ago and has viciously
criticized Israel, despite having held close friendships to high-ranking
was not a Muslim, but now I believe in Islam thanks to God who guided me to
find the truth after much research. Islam is the correct path, please God
protect Islam from the Muslims who have distorted it,” he wrote on his twitter
added that he planned to travel to Mecca for pilgrimage, urging Saudi
Authorities to let him in and congratulating people on Eid al-Adha.
bear witness that there is no God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is
the Messenger of Allah, I witness that I’m not supporting loyalty to any
oppressor, tyrant and bloodshed and aggressor”, he said.
went on to call Israel a “Zionist state”, despite previously describing Israel
as the lighthouse of democracy in the Middle East in February during a visit
with a media delegation.
acknowledged that Israelis have a right to live in peace, without war against
the delegation’s visit Majeed met with spokesperson of the Israeli army,
who both went live from Tel Aviv on Facebook through Adraee’s official page.
urge you all not to trust Israel or any Israeli official, no matter how sweet
his words are, as they only care about
their interests. Adhere to Islam and keeping away from evil sheikhs and their
misguidance,” Majeed wrote.
also advised his friend, Jewish writer Edy Cohen to convert to Islam, to which
Cohen replied: “You have your own religion and I have mine.”
isn’t just Israel Majeed criticized, as he also attacked Muslim clerics he
perceived as giving the wrong image of Islam and leading people astray.
August 24, he tweeted that former president Mohamed Morsi and MB leaders
Khairat al-Shater, Mohamed al-Beltagy, and Salafist cleric Hazem Salah Abu
Ismail were tortured by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad at the Israeli
embassy in Cairo before their transfer to Egyptian prison.
one responsible for the investigations was Ethan Noam, a Mossad officer, and he
is currently a diplomat in Austria,” he said on twitter.
tells troops: Destroy Islamist terrorists
Philippines — President Duterte has directed the military to “destroy and kill”
extremists whom he said are subscribing to a “bankrupt” ideology.
assure you that you have my full support as you conduct intensive military
operations against these terrorist groups, particularly those who subscribe to
the extremist ideologies of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda,” the President told
soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-bus in Jolo, Sulu last
just a bankrupt… useless ideology. It only wants to kill and destroy. Destroy
and kill. So my order to you: destroy and kill also,” he added.
is confident that government forces could win their fight against security
know that I am very humbled by your dedication, inspired by your resilience and
thankful for the continued support. With your bravery, selflessness and
patriotism, I am optimistic that we will one day defeat all threats to our
democratic institutions and secure a brighter future for our beloved country,”
I can say with pride: you are not alone in this fight. The Filipino people
stand beside you, and I stand with you every step of the way as we advance the
common good and promote the safety and security of our nation,” he added.
reminded the soldiers to take care of themselves during clashes.
not play extraordinary hero. Seek cover... You can only see that in the movies.
Here, every step of the way, ensure... your safety first,” Duterte said.
pray… for your safety. I ask God that you be given protection so you can come
home to your families every now and then,” he added.
also conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu with a rank of Kampilan to 21 soldiers
who were injured in recent encoun ters with the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul, Sulu.
President awarded Sergeant Wilmar Salde, Sgt. Jonathan Mamalompong, Sgt.
Alejandro Bautista, Sgt. Agripino Pagauitan, Sgt. Randy Menor, Corporal Jeffrey
Zippagan, Cpl. Jeramil Canipas, Cpl. Edward Tamangen Jr., Cpl. Arnel Walay,
Cpl. Raffy Jay Hernal, Cpl. Joel Wawoc, Private First Class Delim Cawas, PFC
Arnold Daria, PFC Raib Pannal, Private Leo Molina, Pvt. Ronnie Galinggan, Pvt.
Jonel Ramiscal, Pvt. Jackson Ramos, Pvt. Ruben Ruping Jr., Pvt. Jobert Galas
and Pvt. Jake Venezuela when he visited them at Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station
Hospital last Saturday.
cited their courage and sacrifices in the service of the country, telling them
he admires them for their bravery and patriotism, and assured them of the
Chief Executive said he wanted all wounded soldiers to receive medals, noting
that they endure pain to fulfill their mandate.
created the Order of Lapu-Lapu. If stepping on a nail can hurt, how much more
for a gunshot wound? So there should be an award,” he said.
Army officers deployed
the Philippine Army yesterday announced the deployment of dozens of newly
commissioned 2nd lieutenants to various units nationwide to help fight the New
People’s Army (NPA) and terror groups in the country.
240 new officers – composed of 102 male and 37 female graduates of Philippine
Military Academy’s “Alab Tala” Class of 2018, 88 male and 12 female graduates
of the Officer Candidate School “Adusque” Class 49-17 and one graduate of
British Army Commissioning Course 163 of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst –
were officially filed last Friday in a simple send-off ceremony held at Fort
Army acting Commanding General Maj. Gen. Chad Isleta led the activity along
with other officials, civilian employees and the families of the new officers
to show their infinite support and motivation.
commend all of you for making the Philippine Army your choice and for willingly
accepting the challenges that come with our profession, even if this means
having to voluntarily leave behind your families, friends and loved ones to
protect a greater family – the Filipino citizenry. Take pride that you are now
part of a force that is rapidly transforming into a world-class organization,”
he told the troops.
spokesman Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said bulk of the new officers shall be
deployed in various Army field units to strengthen leadership at the tactical
level, which is essential in quelling the various threats besetting the
country, particularly insurgency and terrorism.
becoming covert global network
a major loss of territory, there are still around 20,000 Islamic State fighters
in both Iraq and Syria, and a core of fighters is expected to survive and
continue the group’s dangerous transformation into a covert global network,
while focusing on the activities of its regional offshoots, according to a new
United Nations report on the threats posed by IS presented to the Security
Council last Thursday by senior UN counterterrorism officials. – Alexis Romero,
Edith Regalado, Michael Punongbayan, Pia Lee-Brago
NGO reports custodial deaths, tortures at 'Muslim re-education centres' in
A US-based NGO on Friday said that there were credible reports of Muslim
re-education centres in China's Xinjiang region where custodial deaths and
torture were taking place.
reports of deaths in custody, torture, and systemic political indoctrination
must propel the international community into action on behalf of the
Uyghurs," the Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project said in a
China denied the existence of these centres to the US which, as reported by
civil organisations, hold up to 1 million Uyghurs, a Chinese Muslim ethnic
minority living in Xinjiang, reports Efe news.
mass internment of Uyghurs in camps across the region is occurring as the
Chinese government promotes itself globally as a model of governance and trade
through the Belt and (New Silk) Road Initiative," UHRP said.
non-profit added that "timing is key in human rights interventions to
ensure the collective long-term welfare of vulnerable groups, and the time to
publicly seek accountability from China regarding the mass-internment of
Uyghurs is now".
urged the international community to demand Beijing to immediately release all
detainees being held without charges in the internment camps and called on the
UN to use the Universal Periodic Review of China in November 2018.
addition, it suggested adopting the "Global Magnitsky Act" under
which Chinese officials complicit in human rights violations will be punished
and demanded an end to the forced return of Uyghurs from abroad under pressure
from the Chinese government.
is estimated that there are some 23 million Muslims living in China,
approximately 1.7 percent of the population, including ethnic minorities such
as the Hui (scattered throughout the country) or others linked to the peoples
of Central Asia such as Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Kyrgyz or Tajik.
Muslims to revive 5% reservation demand in govt jobs, education
the Maratha and Dhangar communities, the Muslims in Maharashtra have decided to
intensify their demand for 5% reservation in government jobs and education by
holding non-violent agitations.
Muslim Reservation Joint Action Committee (MRJAC) was formed on Sunday, in a
meeting held at the Anjuman-e-Islam School, to decide future strategies to get
their demand approved from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state
government. Nearly 60 different groups from the community have come together to
raise the issue, ahead of the 2019 elections.
action committee has decided to organise rallies, conferences and signature
campaign to press for their demand.
around 50 Muslim sub-castes get reservation under the Other Backward Classes,
Scheduled Tribe and Vimukt Jati categories in the state. However, the community
is asking for reservation for all in the quota.
former Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government had approved 5%
reservation to the community in government jobs and education by promulgating
an ordinance in 2014. Although the decision was struck down by the Bombay high
court (HC), the court in an interim order had allowed reservation in education
on grounds of the community’s backwardness in this arena.
current BJP government, however, did nothing on this front and the ordinance
lapsed. The BJP has said it is against reservation on religious grounds.
PA Inamdar, who is heading MRJAC, however said the community is demanding reservation
on the basis of social and educational backwardness. “We want the state to give
5% reservation benefits in both government jobs and education to Muslims in the
state as it’s a proven fact that the community is socially and educationally
backward. We have reports of four different committees and commissions to prove
our side,” he said.
the state government come out with the decision, we are prepared to challenge
the HC decision. We are ready to fight for our rights through silent agitations
and legal means,” he said.
Dalwai, Congress’ Rajya Sabha MP, who has taken the initiative to bring all the
community organisations on one platform, said they will hold conferences in all
five divisions of the state to raise awareness, followed by a signature
campaign. “We are demanding reservation on the basis of socio-economic
backwardness and not on religious grounds,” he said. The Congress has been
claiming that Marathas, Muslims as well as Dhangars need reservation.
Maratha community has been demanding 16% reservation while Dhangars, who are
currently categorised as nomadic tribes and get 3.5% reservation want to be a
part of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category to get 7% reservation.
woman becomes Indian PM Modi’s rakhi sister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Raksha Bandhan on Sunday with a Pakistan-origin
special guest at his residence, a private media outlet reported.
Mohsin Shaikh paid him a visit to tie rakhi, something which she has been doing
for over 20 years. Qamar came to India from Pakistan after her marriage and has
been living here since then.
the time she was a humble RSS worker, Qamar had endearingly kept alive the
tradition even after he had become prime minister.
have been tying rakhi to Narendra bhai for the last 22-23 years, excited to do
it this time too,” Qamar told news agency ANI in New Delhi.
said PM Modi had returned her call despite his tight work schedule.
time I thought PM Modi must be busy but two days back he called, I was very
happy to know that; started preparing for Raksha Bandhan,” she said.
by Dawood Ibrahim’s son ‘Maulana Moin’, Chhota Shakeel's son chooses the path
A year after fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar's son decided to become a
maulana, his close aide Chhota Shakeel's only son has also embraced the
spiritual path in Karachi, Pakistan, where they live, reliable sources told
IANS. Chhota Shakeel's 18-year-son Mubashir Shaikh -- his third and youngest
child -- created a stir recently by becoming a "Hafiz-e-Quran" or one
who has memorized the entire Quran -- considered a milestone for any follower
of Islam.Many in the Mumbai underworld are dejected to hear the news of another
don's descendant taking the religious path. Mubashir has now started teaching
and preaching the Quran to people in the Karachi neighbourhood where he lives
with his ageing father, Babumiya Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel, the
second in command in the D Company.
Shakeel once ran a travel agency at Nagpada in south Mumbai and in the early
1980s; he joined Dawood who was a rising star of Mumbai's criminal underworld.
He is the only man in the D Company who enjoys the don's complete confidence.
The latest whereabouts of Dawood and his key aides, including Chhota Shakeel,
was confirmed by his brother Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, who was arrested by the
Thane Anti-Extortion Cell 11 months ago. During his interrogation, he told
encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma on how his brother (Dawood) was suffering
from depression after his only son, Moin, became a maulana (Muslim
cleric-cum-religious teacher).Like Moin, Mubashir disapproves of his father's
crime and terror activities but continues to live with him. This has raised
questions afresh on who will inherit Dawood's business and criminal empires.
Besides Mubashir, Chhota Shakeel has two daughters -- Zoya and Anam -- who are
married to doctors in Karachi.
first contact with Imran govt, India, Pak to discuss Indus waters
DELHI: India will have its first official engagement with the Imran Khan
government in Pakistan with a team of officials travelling to Islamabad this
week for a meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission.
India has justified the water talks in the past as a "mandatory requirement"
under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), the timing of the meeting on this occasion
is significant as it will come just a week after Khan took over as PM.
under Khan has appealed to India to move beyond the cycle of dialogue and
disruption. While India remains cautious mainly because of its concerns over
cross-border terrorism, PM Narendra Modi earlier wrote to Khan+ expressing
commitment to meaningful and constructive engagement with Pakistan.
both sides wanting "constructive" engagement, any comprehensive
dialogue is ruled out for now. Meetings on the Indus waters and also engagement
on the sidelines of multilateral events though are being considered by India as
these involve little risk of undermining its official position that there can
be no substantive engagement with Islamabad until it acts against
India-specific terror groups.
countries have not yet ruled out the possibility of a meeting between foreign
minister Sushma Swaraj and her counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the
sidelines of the UNGA next month. Pakistan has shared with World Bank, which
oversees IWT, its concerns over the inauguration of the Kishanganga
hydroelectric power project. Islamabad protested the inauguration by Modi saying
the project violated the IWT as it would limit its supplies from a river
flowing into Pakistan.
the 330 MW project on the Kishanganga river (tributary of Jhelum), India's 850
mw Ratle run-of-river hydroelectric project, too, has been a bone of contention
between the two countries for long. Ratle is being built on the Chenab river in
Kishtwar district of J&K.
water of eastern rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej) are allocated to India under
the 1960 IWT, the country is under obligation to let the water of western
rivers (Indus, Jhelum and Chenab) flow to Pakistan. India is, however,
permitted to construct hydroelectric projects on the western rivers and can
even use the water from these rivers for irrigation and other domestic purposes.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has refused to share details of the request
to Malaysia seeking extradition of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik
citing RTI clauses that bars disclosure of information received in confidence
from the foreign government, among others. Naik is being probed in India for
alleged terror charges,
response to an RTI application filed by a PTI correspondent, the ministry said
there are 160 extradition requests from India pending with various foreign
countries. “The information cannot be provided pursuant to Section 8 (1) (a)
(f) and (h) of the Right to Information Act, 2005,” it said.
Section (h) bars disclosure of information which would impede the process of
investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders. As per Section (f)
of the transparency law, “information received in confidence from foreign
government” cannot be disclosed.
Section 8 (1) (a) bars “information, disclosure of which would prejudicially
affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic,
scientific or economic interests of the state, relation with foreign state or
lead to incitement of an offence”.
MEA was asked to provide the copy of letter or request made to Malaysia seeking
extradition of Naik and also the copy of any communication response from that
government. Naik, who left India in July, 2016, is wanted for alleged terror
and money laundering charges.
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had last month said that India’s request to Malaysia
to extradite Naik was under active consideration of that country. India has an
extradition treaty with Malaysia.
January, the MEA made a formal request to Malaysia to deport Naik.
who is in Malaysia, in a statement published in Malaysian newspapers in July,
had thanked Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for examining his case
from an “unbiased perspective”.
National Investigation Agency (NIA), that probes terror cases, had last year
filed a charge sheet in a court against Naik for allegedly inciting youth to
take up terror activities, giving hate speeches and promoting enmity between
had first registered a case against Naik under anti-terror laws in 2016.
Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on
Monday emerged as the two candidates who will challenge Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr Arif Alvi in the presidential election of
September 4, after the grand opposition alliance failed to reach consensus on a
single nominee despite a series of huddles on the matter.
failure of the opposition parties to field a joint candidate will virtually
provide a walkover to the ruling PTI's Dr Alvi, an MNA from Karachi, for the
Ahsan filed his papers for the presidential election hours before the 12-noon
deadline on Monday, a JUI-F spokesperson claimed that Fazl would be the single
nominee of the opposition parties, with the exception of the PPP.
JUI-F chief will submit his nomination papers shortly as the joint candidate of
the PML-N, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), Awami National Party, Pakhtunkhwa
Milli Awami Party and National Party, the spokesperson told DawnNewsTV.
in the opposition had earlier told Dawn that PPP and PML-N representatives
directly and with the help of mediators remained in touch throughout Sunday in
their bid to reach an understanding, but all their efforts failed after the
PPP’s refusal to withdraw Ahsan’s name.
PPP delegation comprising Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar, Chaudhry Manzoor and
Qamar Zaman Kaira met PML-N leaders at the Parliament Lodges residence of
former National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq late on Sunday night but
later left without talking to reporters who were waiting outside.
acting secretary general Ahsan Iqbal, however, then told media that they had
been still making all-out efforts to bring a joint opposition candidate,
expressing the hope that the PPP might show “flexibility”.
said if they failed to agree on a consensus candidate, it would be a “setback”
and a bad omen for democracy.
General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on
Sunday rejected a media report claiming that the armed forces had assured
protesters in North Waziristan tribal district that the army personnel
responsible for the alleged killing of a man would be court-martialed.
Friday, during a protest against the arrests made in connection with a
remote-controlled bomb blast a day earlier, security forces had allegedly
opened fire, killing one and injuring 10 others.
death had sparked a sit-in in Miramshah, which, according to newly elected MNA
from North Waziristan Mohsin Dawar, was called off after their demands were
to VOA (Voice of America) DEEWA, one of the demands of the protesters was to court-martial
"Captain Zarar, who allegedly killed a boy during a protest".
the DG ISPR contested that claim on Twitter hours later, saying that
"while an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain facts, no assurance [has
been] given for any court martial."
Gen Ghafoor denied that the forces had killed or injured anyone, and accused
the media outlet of keeping up "its tradition of false reporting.
of Waziristan are peace loving and value the attained peace," he wrote.
Unbridled unauthenticated fake posts on social media created problems for the
police to maintain the law and order in Ghaseetpura in the Balochni police area
that witnessed an attack on Ahmadi worship place on Thursday.
of such posts were seen on social media which claimed that seven Muslims were
killed by the firing of the Ahmadi community and others were injured while
police were not providing security to the Muslims. However, not a single
casualty has been reported or confirmed by any government institutes like
hospitals, Rescue 1122, police and other law enforcement agencies. But the
social media worked like fuel to the fire and played a major part in fanning
the emotions of the Muslims who did not know the reality.
sensing the situation of the area, SSP (operations) Haider Sultan has been
tasked with ensuring all the preventive measures and picketing and patrol in
the area to avert any further untoward incident. Besides, a six-member team of
police, headed by the SSP (investigation), has been formed to supervise
investigation into the incident which is stated to be the result of a feud
between the Ahmadi and Muslims in Ghaseetpura. Eighteen people were injured in
the violence. The SP Jaranwala, SP legal, DSP Khurrianwala, DSP organised crime
and SHO Sargodha Road Police Station are members of the committee.
SHO Sargodha Road has been appointed as investigating officer in the case as
only an inspector can investigate the case registered under section of 7-ATA
and Balochni SHO is a sub-inspector. The police booked about 200 people from
both the communities.
violence in Ghaseetpura had started following a cockfight as two Muslim guys
had allegedly hit the rooster of an Ahmadi man.
had to struggle on two fronts – Ghaseetpura and social media–and frankly
speaking provocative posts of the social media were very tough to tackle. The
posts claimed that the Ahmadi community had gunned down the Muslims,” a police
officer, requesting anonymity, told Dawn. He said one could independently check
that the issue had nothing to do with religion, rather it was a pure personal
dispute which was given a religious colour.
officer said monitor and control of the social media, particularly the posts
related to religious issues, for social harmony, were the need of the hour. He
suggested strict action against the persons involved in fake social media posts
irrespective of their religion as they provoked the people, causing irreparable
loss to society.
have forwarded some posts of social media to the concerned quarters to check
such posts as claimed deaths of the Muslims in the clash though till date no
death had occurred and people had sustained minor injuries,” the police officer
Haq, a human rights activist, said we had no check on social media, especially
facebook, where pages had launched for spreading wrong information and even
misquoting the Hadiths and sayings. He said such pages must be blocked by
bringing their administrators to the book.
Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and India may meet in New York on the sidelines
of the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) annual meeting next month,
diplomatic sources in the US capital said.
a meeting is possible but no decision yet,” said a senior Pakistani diplomat
when asked if Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Sushma Swaraj were meeting in New York
next month. Both are attending the 73rd UNGA which opens on Sept 18.
first report of a possible meeting between the two foreign ministers came from
India days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to Prime Minister
Imran Khan, congratulating him on his swearing-in.
Pakistanis are reluctant to confirm their agenda for the 73rd UNGA also because
it is still undecided who will represent the country at the world body.
has already announced that it is sending Ms Swaraj as Mr Modi cannot leave the
country in the middle of an election campaign.
had indicated last week that PM Khan may also skip the UNGA as part of his
efforts to cut down government expenses.
since then a number of senior Pakistani diplomats and political commentators
have urged Mr Khan to reconsider his decision.
argued that representing Pakistan at a forum like the UNGA was not a waste of
funds, particularly when there’s a new government in Islamabad and the
international community wanted to know its views on key issues like Kashmir and
officials, however, feel that the prime minister’s presence in New York will
add a new dimension to an India-Pakistan meeting, even though he will not
participate in minister-level talks.
sources in Washington argue that Islamabad would also like to see how
productive this meeting could be, particularly because India has already said
that it’s not ready to resume bilateral or formal talks with Pakistan.
point out this week India strongly rejected a suggestion that in his letter to
Mr Khan, the Indian prime minister had expressed interest in resuming talks.
Indian reaction forced Islamabad to clarify that the suggestion was a media
interpretation of the letter and Foreign Minister Qureshi, in his comments on
Mr Modi’s letter, never said that “the Indian Prime Minister had made an offer
of a dialogue”.
then, reports in the Indian media have suggested that while New Delhi had ruled
out formal talks, it “does not preclude interactions with Pakistan leaders at
the Modi government, UNGA offers a great opportunity to break the ice with the
new government in Pakistan before it seriously considers moving on to more
substantive engagement,” The Times of India newspaper reported.
Indian media noted that the new Pakistani prime minister also expressed his
willingness on to re-start the stalled India-Pakistan peace process, stressing
that the two countries must engage in dialogue to resolve their differences,
including on the Kashmir issue, and start trading.
to march to Islamabad on Aug 29 against Dutch blasphemous cartoons
Pakistan (TLP) has announced that it will begin a “decisive march” from Lahore
to Islamabad on Wednesday, and will “stay on the streets until either the
publication of blasphemous cartoons in the Netherlands end or the govt immediately
ends diplomatic ties with the Dutch”.
by an announcement by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders to hold a competition
of blasphemous caricatures, the TLP held a meeting in Lahore on Sunday and came
up with its line of action and demands.
religiopolitical party urged the PTI government to not only “discontinue
diplomatic and commercial relations with the Netherlands” but also “demand from
other Islamic countries to do the same”.
TLP also demands that since the said competition’s judge is an American
national, “therefore, strict measures should also be taken against the US.”
settlers raid Aqsa Mosque in latest provocation
of settlers break into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of
Israeli forces who take away four Palestinians working for a charity
organization in Jerusalem al-Quds during a raid.
80 settlers raided the extremely sensitive site in the early hours of Sunday,
in the latest provocative act.
move is considered to be an incursion under a 1967 deal between Israel and
Jordan that is the custodian of the mosque. According to the agreement,
non-Muslim worshipers can visit the place but are prohibited from praying
Aviv, however, often allows settlers to enter the site and carry out religious
rituals in defiance of the accord.
forces meanwhile abducted four Palestinians working for Islamic Waqf
(Endowment) organization during a raid on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
raid took place on Saturday targeting those working for the organization’s
al-Aqsa Reconstruction Committee.
Palestinian-run International Middle East Media Center news organization named
those targeted as Issa Dabbagh, Bassem Zghayyar, Jom’a Manasra, and Hamad
said the four were taken away while performing their duties, and moved to the
al-Qashla detention and interrogation center in the Old City of Jerusalem
Waqf organization is trusted with controlling and managing the Islamic edifices
on and around the Mosque’s compound.
is not the first time Israeli forces target the body. Last July, it was
reported that the forces had stolen a large number of confidential documents
belonging to the organization.
Khater, the head of al-Quds International Center, said at the time that the
appropriation had taken place over three days that followed a reported shootout
on July 14 near the site.
fully closed off the holy compound after the alleged incident, prompting
international protest and angry Palestinian demonstrations that were met with
deadly Israeli response.
it was reported that Israeli forces had ambushed and abducted 68 Palestinian
workers across the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) south of the occupied West Bank,
the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
handed over those held, all aged between 20 and 60, to the Israeli intelligence
service for questioning, it added.
20-year-old Palestinian youth was injured in the hand and leg during the sweep,
suffering a fracture.
ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday
that the "issue" is not about himself and his party but "Turkey
in the eastern province of Mus at a ceremony marking the 947th anniversary of
Battle of Malazgirt, Erdogan stressed that Turkey’s security is not limited to
its borders, adding it starts wherever there is a brother under threat.
we have to be powerful in politics, diplomacy, economy, trade and technology.
Otherwise, put this homeland and geography aside, they won’t give us a single
day to live in this world,” Erdogan said.
we show even a small sign of weakness, or perceive a situation in that way, you
will see they will come onto us like hooded crows.”
at "some unwary people among us”, Erdogan said they assume the issue is
about the president himself and the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.
the issue is about Turkey. The issue is about Islam, which they symbolize with
our nation,” he said.
Turkish victory in Anatolia nearly a millennium ago, Erdogan said the Battle of
Malazgirt (Manzikert) paved the way to Europe for the Turks.
Battle of Malazgirt of Aug. 26, 1071 saw Seljuk Turks led by Sultan Alparslan
defeat a Byzantine army and open up Anatolia for Turkish domination.
Anatolia as a linchpin of the future of humanity, Erdogan said: "If
Anatolia falls, neither the Middle East nor Africa, Central Asia, the Balkans,
or the Caucasus will remain."
president also called on Turkish youth to take ownership of the country’s
only were we victorious in [the Battle] of Malazgirt, we also showed the entire
world what a nation we are. The young people! Protect this legacy born in the
past, moving forward into the future,” Erdogan said.
president also said the spirit of Malazgirt is the key to the past, as well as
the future, referring to Turkey's 2023 objectives, in particular.
carries the responsibility of a big civilization, a huge history and great
humanity... I expect you, [the young people] to act likewise in whatever field
you opt for," Erdogan said.
ties with US
Parliament Speaker and former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also attended the
his speech, Yildirim blasted those, who try to destroy Turkey’s unity, saying:
"They will never be able to accomplish this.”
Turkey, economic coup attempts or coup attempts such as the one on July 15
carried out by traitors have never borne fruit, nor will they [in the future].”
to the Washington administration, Yildirim called for exerting new efforts to
normalize the relations.
speaking at the ceremony, Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet
Bahceli, drew parallels between current events and those during the Byzantium
inspiration for those who brutally fictionalize political and economic
operations is driven by Byzantium’s provocation,” Bahceli said.
game of foreign exchange and foreign exchange rate are the method of
Arab coalition’s fighter jets launched several airstrikes on a Houthi camp
southeast of Sanaa.
to local sources, the coalition targeted a training camp where the Rapid
Intervention Battalion is stationed in the Khwlan District.
sources added that the Houthis were seen transferring dozens of injured and
killed militiamen to hospitals following the strikes.
of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, who had received intensive training for
the past three months, were about to graduate from the camp and be sent to
fight in the west coast front.
military source in al-Bayda said that the Yemeni army shot down a drone
aircraft belonging to the Houthi militias on Sunday.
source pointed out that the army managed to shoot down the plane through a
medium-armed machine gun.
incident took place in the village of Ghoul in the Directorate of Numan
al-Awwad in al-Bayda province.
military sources said on Sunday that two senior field commanders in the Houthi
militias were killed during clashes in Hiran directorate of Hajjah governorate.
two commanders, Abdul Wahab Mohammed al-Hussam and Salah Massad Khamousi, were
killed among other of the militias’ fighters, in battles with the Yemeni
national army, according to the sources.
was the supervisor of the Houthi militias in the directorate of Mahabsha.
the other hand, the Yemeni army, on Saturday, with the support of the
coalition, was able to detonate 6 naval mines planted by the Houthi militias in
international waters in the Red Sea.
36 Palestinians have been issued administrative detention orders by the Tel
Aviv regime, says the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS).
to PPS lawyer Mahmmud Halabi on Sunday, the prisoners are being held in various
Israeli jails and have been incarcerated for three to six months.
that that the prisoners have been held without trial or charge, Halabi added 10
of detainees got administrative detention orders for the first time, while the
rest received renewed orders.
than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails,
dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences.
is estimated that between 500 and 700 Palestinian minors, some as young as 12
years old, are arrested and brought to trial in Israeli courts. The most common
charge is stone-throwing.
500 detainees are under the so-called administrative detention, which is a sort
of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate
Palestinians for up to six months, extendable an infinite number of times.
prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without
any charges brought against them.
plans to commence a new settlement project in the heart of occupied East
Jerusalem al-Quds early next month, a report says.
Ma'an news agency, citing a Hebrew-language news outlet, reported on Sunday
that the provocative project, which has been named Nof Shmuel, slated to be
constructed within the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina in early
Orange, a candidate from the right-wing Me’uchadim (United) political faction
running for the city council, announced that the new housing units “are being
sold to Jews only,” it added.
report, citing some unnamed sources, further said that around 124 Israeli
settler units had already been approved for the project, out of a total of 324
ones. The housing units are reportedly to be sold to ultra-orthodox Jews at
Wednesday, the so-called Israeli Civil Administration Higher Planning Council
approved construction of 2,000 settler units in the West Bank.
than a month before US President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the
United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to
“immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied
Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.
the inauguration of President Trump, the regime in Tel Aviv has stepped up its
construction of settler units on occupied Palestinian land in a blatant
violation of international law.
600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967
Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East
secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the
Israeli military cannot escape defeat despite its apparent capabilities,
stressing that thousands of Israeli troops are now seeking mental health
his supporters via a televised speech broadcast from the Lebanese capital city
of Beirut on Sunday evening, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stated that even though
Israel has greatly developed its arsenal and acquired state-of-the-art missiles
and military hardware, it cannot yet escape defeat in any possible military
Israeli army is incapable of recruiting a new generation of soldiers as the
draftees lack any sense of motivation to fight. According to Israeli media
reports, 44,000 Israeli soldiers sought help from psychiatrists last year.
Israel cannot change the spirit of the defeat that is with its military
personnel,” he pointed out.
then praised Lebanese youths for the outstanding courage they demonstrated in
battles to purge the country’s border regions of Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
media outlets are seeking to intimidate our nation by over-counting the number
of our martyrs. Those who think they can overawe our people are delusional. We
achieved full liberation of our border lands through sustained efforts made by
Lebanese army soldiers and resistance fighters,” the Hezbollah chief commented.
underlined that the United States has always offered financial support and
funneled weapons to Daesh militants, saying, “US forces intervened to stop
Lebanese army from launching a military operation against Daesh in Joroud
al-Jarajeer area (in western Qalamoun region). On one occasion, US military
helicopters even airlifted Daesh commanders from an area in Syria, when the
terrorists had been besieged.”
Hezbollah secretary general noted that the US does not care at all about the
interests of regional states in the Middle East, emphasizing that Washington
never stands by its allies and simply views them as tools in order to attain
its own goals.
also warned against a false flag chemical attack in Syria's northern province
of Idlib as a pretext for airstrikes against the Damascus government.
the West is looking for an excuse to launch a military aggression on Syria, it
is turning a blind eye to the crimes being committed against Yemeni children.
Nobody knows into what abyss [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman is
plunging Saudi Arabia and its nation,” he pointed out.
to Lebanon’s internal affairs, Nasrallah stated that the inflammatory rhetoric
against Hezbollah has intensified ever since parliamentary elections were held
in Lebanon on May 6.
LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Malaysia expressed concerns that the Rohingya refugee crisis
may become a new resurgence ground for terrorist groups in the region, Defence
Minister Mohamad Sabu said today.
known as Mat Sabu, the minister said the Rohingya people were vulnerable and
could be manipulated by extremist groups to conform to their ideologies of
“death in combat”, as the only way to return to their homeland following
extremist violence against the ethnic group in the Rakhine region, in Myanmar.
are very concern that these Rohingyas could be manipulated to become suicide
bombers or recruited into terrorist cells in this region.
of these Rohingya refugees have given up hope and may be willing to conform to
such ideologies because they are left with no choice,” he said after launching
the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals
Asean Counter Terrorism Symposium at the InterContinental Hotel in here, today.
drew comparison with a similar crisis between Palestine and Israel, whereby
Palestinian refugees have spread around neighbouring Jordan, Syria, Egypt and
Lebanon with some recruited to become suicide bombers for terrorist groups.
least 100,000 Rohingya refugees have seek safe haven in Malaysia following
their exodus from their homeland since violence erupted and this is what
worries us,” he said.
if any of the Rohingya refugees in Malaysia have been recruited by terrorist
groups, Mohamad said he had no such information but assured that the matter was
being monitored by the Armed Forces and internal securities as most of them
were registered under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
during his keynote speech at the event, Mohamad said terrorism globally has
taken a toll on the international community with the rise in religious and
ideological inspired terrorism for the past two decades have divided
said the international communities and Asean must work together to ensure the
Rohingyas can return to their country peacefully.
can no longer be considered as an internal conflict or domestic issue.
countries, the United Nations and other leading countries should play a bigger
role to ensure that those who are driven out of their country may return and
live in harmony in their home country,” he said.
"azan" or Muslim call to prayer is no longer just heard in the Middle
East, South Asia or South-east Asia, but also increasingly in the West, across
many cities in Europe and the United States.
is played five times a day through loudspeakers at mosques to summon the
faithful to pray - an occurrence even Hollywood has often portrayed in films
and TV dramas with Muslim characters, or to identify a certain place.
Indonesian Ulema Council has approved conditional use of a measles-rubella
vaccine containing biological material derived from pigs even though it is
theoretically forbidden by Islamic law.
was because there are currently no alternatives and the lives of children are
fatwa from the Ulema Council, the country's top Islamic authority, was issued
on Aug. 20 calling for development of a non-'haram' vaccine.
existing vaccine was produced by the Serum Institute of India.
MUI fatwa, or Islamic ruling, allows its use for "the time being"
while a religiously acceptable halal version is being developed, something
expected to take up to 20 years.
the fatwa, the Indonesian state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma stated
that it had begun research to find a replacement.
the company said the Indian vaccine had met the safety, quality and efficacy
requirements of the World Health Organization.
to Doctor Angela N. Abidin from St. Carolus Hospital in Jakarta, the available
measles-rubella vaccine could save children from death as well as from being
left paralyzed, deaf or blind.
we need to be careful as we serve patients from different religious
backgrounds," she told ucanews.com.
Astuti, a 36-year-old Indonesia Muslim mother, said she would be having her
toddler son vaccinated.
Ministry of Health has undertaken to eliminate measles-rubella by 2020,
including through a campaign to immunize children aged between nine months and
August and September last year, the campaign focused on the populous island of
year, it is targeting 32 million children in 28 provinces outside of Java.
group of Rohingya Muslims gathered in front of U.S. Capitol building Saturday
to mark the first anniversary of violence against their community by the
Myanmar army in Rakhine state and their exodus to Bangladesh.
demonstration was coordinated by multiple Muslim and Rohingya organizations,
including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Dar Al-Hijrah
Islamic Center, the International Campaign for the Rohingya and the Burma Task
want these massacres to be accepted as genocide by the U.S. and international
community," Burmese Task Force Director Hena Zuberi told Anadolu Agency.
than 750,000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar last August and crossed into Bangladesh,
fleeing violence and massacres initiated by the Myanmar army.
mentioned the Rohingya community thought that the exodus would be a temporary
solution and soon the Rohingya would return to their homes, however, one year
later, they remain in refugee camps.
thought it would be a temporary stay. But it has been a year, and nothing has
changed. The needle is stuck, and we want this needle to move," Zuberi
is a call of the Rohingya people, they have called for this day to be marked
all over the world. So we can support them, so we can stand in solidarity with
them, so we can educate people about the genocide," Zuberi said, noting
that the U.S. administration should take initiative.
Aug. 25, 2017, more than 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s
state forces, according to the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).
its recent report, Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience, the
OIDA increased the estimated number of murdered Rohingya to 23,962 (±881) from
an earlier Doctors Without Borders figure of 9,400.
than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while over 114,000 others
were beaten, the OIDA report said, adding that 17,718 (±780) Rohingya women and
girls were raped by the Myanmar army and police. More than 115,000 Rohingya
houses were burned and 113,000 others were vandalized, it added.
Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced
heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in
UN documented mass gang rapes, killings -- including of infants and young
children -- brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by Myanmar state
forces. In its report, UN investigators said such violations may have
constituted crimes against humanity.
Islamic Relief opened its office in Canada a decade ago, we have served as the
conduit for Canadians to support thousands of disadvantaged people around the
world. But just a short drive away from our office in Burlington, Ont., is a
reminder that the Indigenous people of this land struggle to fulfil many of the
same basic needs that we try to fulfil abroad.
am referring, of course, to the largest Indigenous reserve in Canada, located
just outside of Brantford, Ont. It is home to nearly 13,000 members of the Six
Nations of the Grand River.
of April 2018, less than 9 per cent of this population had household access to
clean water. The rest either use the unclean water coming through their taps —
which may be connected to the high rate of fatal cases of cancer in some
families — or purchase jugs of water and carry them home. And this is not an
isolated case. As of July, 72 Indigenous communities are under long-term
drinking water advisories across Canada.
Indigenous communities also face a housing crisis. At the Pikangikum 14 Reserve
in northwestern Ontario, as many as 10 members of an extended family have been
reported to be living in one house, forcing them to sleep in shifts. Such
overcrowding can prove fatal; a house fire in Pikangikum killed six adults and
three children in 2016.
security is another challenge in many Indigenous communities — in some cases,
up to 70 per cent of households are food insecure.
is merely a glimpse into the challenges faced by Indigenous Canadians —
challenges that are a product of centuries of marginalization and systemic
injustices. In recent years, especially in tandem with the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Canadians of all walks of life have begun to
reflect on their relationship with Indigenous communities.
of TRC’s calls to action was a call for “other faith groups and interfaith
social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt
and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for
we like to say at Islamic Relief Canada, we are ready to answer the call.
this year, we partnered with I Love First Peoples in their campaign to
distribute over 10,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to Indigenous children and youth
in 20 remote communities across Canada. Our team visited some of these
communities and learned from them about their experiences and their views on
so we call on all faith groups, and particularly the Canadian Muslim community,
to join us in fulfilling this responsibility. We must engage with Indigenous
communities, learn about what they and the government are doing in response to
the challenges described above, determine our best areas of contribution and then
we must roll up our sleeves and work for reconciliation.
The US will continue to hold accountable those responsible for what he
described as the “abhorrent ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar,
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.
statement came on the one-year anniversary of the conflict in western Myanmar’s
Rakhine state that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes into
year ago, following deadly militant attacks, security forces responded by
launching abhorrent ethnic cleansing of ethnic #Rohingya in Burma,” Pompeo said
on Twitter, using an alternative name for Myanmar.
US will continue to hold those responsible accountable. The military must
respect human rights for #Burma’s democracy to succeed.”
military ruled Myanmar for nearly 50 years after seizing power in a 1962 coup
and retains considerable powers under a 2008 constitution.
government spokesmen Zaw Htay was unavailable for comment on Sunday.
government, led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied refugees’
allegations of atrocities, saying security forces lawfully suppressed Muslim
militants in Rakhine.
refugees in Bangladesh held demonstrations and prayers on Saturday to mark the
anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.
of refugees marched, prayed and chanted slogans in events across the sprawling
camps in southern Bangladesh. Many wore black ribbons to commemorate what they
said was the start of the “Rohingya genocide.”
the border in Myanmar, the government said security patrols had been increased
in the conflict area ahead of the anniversary for fear of further violence.
of the mostly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group and Hindus from Rakhine state said
they would hold events to remember those killed by Rohingya militants in
attacks that triggered the crisis.
this month, the US imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police
commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against
Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian
of ISIS Khurasan killed in Nangarhar province
emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed
in an airstrike conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
sources in the National Directorate of Security said the ISIS Khurasan emir,
identified as Saad Arhabi, was killed in Khogyani district on Saturday night.
sources further added that Arhabi, also famous as Abu Syed Orakzai, was killed
along with nine other ISIS group members who were accompaying him.
to the sources, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Jungle village
of Khogyani district.
provincial governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani, also confirmed the killing
of Saad Arhabi and said he was originally a resident of Orakzai Agency and
appointed as the ISIS Khurasan emir after the killing of Haseeb Logari.
the meantime, the provincial government media office, in a statement said the
US unmanned aerial vehicles also carried out airstrikes in the vicinity of
Ghani Khel district.
statement further added that the airstrikes left at least three ISIS Khurasan
militants dead while three others sustained injuries.
to the governor’s office, a commander of the terror group identified as Musafir
was among those killed in the airstrikes.
anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups including ISIS Kurasan
loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.
suffer casualties during clashes with the Afghan forces in Kunar
clash took place between the Afghan forces and the anti-government armed
militants in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least four
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the incident took place
on Saturday in the vicinity of Shegal district.
source further added that the Afghan force responded to the militants attack in
Shinkorak area using heavy and light weapons.
to the Silab Corps, at least two militants were killed during the clashes and
two others sustained injuries.
security situation in eastern Kunar province has started to deteriorate sharply
during the recent months amid growing insurgency activities by the Taliban and
US forces based in Afghanistan have carried out a series of airstrikes
targeting the hideouts of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in
eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan last week, leaving at least five
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the latest airstrikes
were carried out in Manogi and Narang district.
President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday resignations tendered a day earlier
by three senior security officials, the government said.
resignations from Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami and Interior Minister
Wais Barmak, as well as Masoom Stanekzai, the head of the National Directorate
of Security, were submitted on Saturday hours after National Security Adviser
Hanif Atmar quit.
spokesman Haroon Chakansuri said in a statement Ghani had asked the three
officials to continue with their duties and “work towards the betterment of the
senior interior ministry officials said the security officials had cited policy
differences with the government amid deteriorating security as the main reason
Ghani rejected the resignations and instead instructed them to find ways to
prevent fresh attacks by militant groups.
fighting between Taliban insurgents, as well as other militant groups, and
security forces has raged across Afghanistan this year. There have also been
suicide attacks in Kabul and other major cities.
verdict in Myanmar's prosecution of two Reuters reporters accused of breaching
the country's Official Secrets Act was postponed on Monday until September 3
because the judge overseeing the case is sick, a court official said.
of reporters and diplomats had gathered at the Yangon court to hear the verdict
on journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, the culmination of eight
months of hearings in a landmark case that has come to be seen as a test of
progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country.
the proceedings lasted just a few minutes, long enough for a judge standing in
for Judge Ye Lwin, who has overseen the case, to announce that a ruling would
be made next week.
judge is in poor health, so I am here to announce that the verdict is postponed
to the third," said Judge Khin Maung Maung.
lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told reporters that the stand-in judge had said the
verdict was ready but it had to be pronounced by the judge assigned to the
Lone smiled broadly and made a thumbs-up sign with his hands in cuffs as he
walked into the court, with Kyaw Soe Oo just behind him.
are not afraid or shaken. The truth is on our side. Whatever the situation is,
we will not be shaken. They cannot make us weak," Wa Lone told reporters
after the brief hearing.
Reuters reporters are accused of breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets
Act by collecting documents relating to the country's security forces.
told the court during their trial that two police officials handed them papers
at a north Yangon restaurant moments before other officers arrested them last
police witness testified the restaurant meeting was a set-up to entrap the
journalists to block or punish them for their reporting of a mass killing of
climax of the reporters' case comes amid building pressure on the
administration of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi over a security crackdown
sparked by militant attacks in August 2017.
than 700,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims fled across western Myanmar's border
with Bangladesh, according to United Nations' agencies.
Reuters reporters were arrested on Dec. 12 while investigating the killing of
10 Rohingya and other abuses involving soldiers and police in Inn Din, a
village in Rakhine state.
has denied allegations of killings, rapes and arson made by refugees against
its security forces, saying it conducted a legitimate counterinsurgency operation
against Muslim militants.
Tajikistan warplanes have carried out airstrikes in Darqad district in
northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan, the local officials said.
airstrike was carried out earlier today hours after a clash broke out between
the border forces of Tajikista and suspected drug smugglers.
governor’s spokesman Mohammad Jawid Hejri confirmed the incident but did not
the meantime, an informed local official said a clash took place between the
border guards of Tajikista and drug smugglers late on Sunday afternoon, leaving
two Tajikistan border guards dead.
has been among the relatively calm provinces in northeastern parts of
Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime.
reported that according to satellite images released on August 6, the US forces
and the SDF have started extracting crude oil from al-Tanak oilfield that is
Syria's second largest energy field in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
further said that flames of burning gas and oil that can not be refined have
been seen in the images, adding that the images also show simultaneous
extraction operation in al-Tanak.
went on to say that several oil tankers were in al-Tanak oilfield.
May, SDF-affiliated sources reported on reconstruction operation and preparation for producing almost 5,000
barrels each day in al-Tanak.
sources said in March that the US forces built a new and advanced military base
in al-Omar oilfield in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, adding that they also
transferred a large volume of arms and equipment, including missiles, military
vehicles and bridge equipment to the regions of their deployment in Koniko
oilfield, al-Omar oilfield and al-Jafreh.
the SDF sent a number of their forces to the regions near the Syrian army
positions in the villages of Jiya, Salehiyeh and al-Tabiyeh.
had earlier warned the Syrian forces of a possible US assault on their
groups of terrorists exchanged heavy fire in the village of Baballah North of
the small town of Basnaqoul.
warring sides suffered heavy casualties and civilians' properties sustained
major damage in the infighting.
the meantime, a number of gunmen of Tahrir al-Sham and National Liberation
Front were killed or wounded in two blasts in the town of Sarmin in Eastern
Abu Bakr al-Rawi, a security commander of Tahrir al-Sham, was killed in a bomb
explosion in Idlib city.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported earlier today that commanders of
the terrorist groups, including Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at, the National Liberation
Front, al-Turkistani Islamic party and two more al-Qaeda-affiliated Ajnad
al-Qafqaz and Horas al-Deen held a meeting in Idlib city on Friday to
reinvigorate their defense capacities to counter the army's upcoming operation.
further said that the terrorist groups have increased forced recruitment of
young men to send them to the battlefields in Idlib, Hama, Lattakia and Aleppo
report added that ISIL terrorists have in the last few day deployed to Northern
and Western Idlib, specially in regions held by Tahrir al-Sham and
al-Turkistani and also to the towns of al-Dana, Sarmada, Darkoush and Jisr
al-Shughour at Idlib's borders with Turkey and Lattakia province.
Army Readying for Heavy Offensive against ISIL Near Border with Iraq
army's convoy, including hundreds of fresh forces along with heavy military
equipment, was sent to Albu Kamal Desert in Southeastern Deir Ezzur near the
border with Iraq.
sources said that the army intends to kick off a major operation near the
border with Iraq to end ISIL's presence in the region.
Saturday, the army's engineering units carried out cleansing operation in the
town of Sabikhan in Southeastern Deir Ezzur and discovered a depot of arms and
ammunition in ISIL's positions with a large volume of shoulder-launched
missiles, cannons, tanks and mortars, including those made in the western
the meantime, other units of the army seized a large warehouse of medicines and
medical equipment in a field hospital in the town of Dablan East of Deir Ezzur
city that once was under ISIL's occupation.
News quoted Kurdish sources as claiming that the US-led coalition has installed
modern radars in its military airport South of Kobani and Romeilan in Hasaka
further said that the move is aimed at creating a no-flying zone in Northern
and Southern Syria from Manbij to Deir Ezzur.
website went on to say that several trucks, carrying arms and ammunition,
arrived in regions that are under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces
in Northern and Eastern Syria.
news added that deployment of radars came after James Jefri, the US President
Donald Trump's special envoy for Syrian affairs, pointed to creation of
no-flying zone in Eastern Syria.
Saturday, the US army built a new military base near the town of Hajin in
Eastern Deir Ezzur.
meantime, the US-led coalition helicopters transferred a large volume of
equipment to al-Amr oilfield that is under the SDF's control.
new base is the fourth in which the US forces have deployed. The US force had
already been deployed in al-Amr oilfield, Konico Gas Company and al-Tasbni
high-ranking commander of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed
when members of two rival foreign-sponsored militant groups operating in Iraq’s
eastern province of Diyala turned on each other and engaged in a fierce
exchange of gunfire.
al-Shimary of the Diyala Operations Command said the high-profile militant,
better known by the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed, was killed in a clash between two
Daesh groups at an orchard in the village of Mkheisa, located some 25
kilometers (15.5 miles) northeast of the provincial capital Baquba.
added that Ahmed was one of the aides of the former founder of the al-Qaeda in
Iraq (AQI), Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a US airstrike in 2006.
who is an Iraqi national, joined Daesh terrorist group in 2014, and became one
of its main commanders in Diyala province.
two Daesh Takfiris were killed in a clash with security forces in the province.
Daesh militants killed in anti-terror raid south of Mosul
a total of 10 Daesh terrorists were killed in an operation against a militant
hideout south of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of
Joint Operations Command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said the
Interior Ministry's elite rapid response forces, backed by Iraqi Air Force fighter
jets, raided the Daesh position near al-Shoura area.
police forces also captured five suspected Daesh terrorists in Mosul.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the commander-in-chief of Iraqi
forces, pledged on June 30 to hunt down Daesh militants across Iraq after a
series of attacks and abductions carried out by the terrorist group.
will chase the remaining cells of terrorism in their hideouts and we will kill
them, we will chase them everywhere, in the mountains and the desert,” Abadi
declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on
December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, the Iraqi prime minister had formally declared victory over
Daesh extremists in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban
stronghold in the conflict-ridden Arab country.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
Egyptian security forces on Saturday killed four suspected militants who had
tried to attack a police checkpoint in northern Sinai, state news agency MENA
reported, as troops pushed ahead with an operation to crush insurgents.
said the militants, some of whom were armed with explosive belts, tried to
storm a checkpoint on the coastal road near the city of el-Arish, the North
Sinai provincial capital.
quoted a source as saying police officers confronted the militants, killing
four of them while the rest fled.
forces recovered 10 explosive charges, four automatic rifles, three suicide
belts, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and hand grenades, MENA said.
media published pictures of at least two men, one lying on an asphalt road and
another on the sand, and separate photographs of weapons found on them,
including four AK-47 assault rifles, one RPG launcher, gun magazines and what
appeared as suicide belts.
agency made no mention of any casualties among the police.
interior ministry spokesman could not immediately be reached for a comment.
operation began after President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered the army and
security forces to crush militants after gunmen killed hundreds of worshippers
at a mosque in Sinai last November.
deaths raised to at least 329 the number of suspected militants killed in the
– The National Muslim Council of Liberia has hailed Muslims in Liberia for
heeding to its unity call during the just ended colorful celebrations marking
this year’s Eid-Al-Adaha (Abraham Day) observance in the country.
less than 24 hours to the Eid Mubarak prayer, more than Over 20,000 Muslims in
Liberia Tuesday (August 21, 2018) assembled at the famous opened air Antoinette
Tubman Stadium (ATS) in observance of the Eid-Al-Adaha prayer, the first time
in decades to see the country’s Muslims prayer in such unison and under one
Imam in ways that demonstrated strength and cohesiveness.
an exclusive with this news medium on Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Chairman
of the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL) Sheikh Omaru Kamara expressed
his deepest appreciation to fellow Muslims in the country for obeying the
leadership’s call for unity among Muslims; something he said is also approved
by the Almighty Allah (GOD) in the Holy Quran.
am very happy that we Muslims in Liberia were able to come together and prayed
together under one umbrella on the occasion marking Ed-Al-Adah (Abraham Day) at
the ATS. Contrary to what people say that Liberian Muslims are deeply divided
and cannot come together as a unit, Tuesday’s unity prayer, however, points to
those who are still pessimistic about our unity and cohesiveness that they are
going with the wrong impression,” the NMCL Chairman noted.
Kamara also warned detractors who are bent on spreading misinformation and
purporting to be leaders of the country’s Muslim community to immediately
desist from such ugly tendency.
are also aware that some people are purporting to be Muslim leaders of the
country, and they are the only ones who can best represent Islam in Liberia. We
want to state here clearly that the unity
we demonstrated during Eid Mubarak prayer sends out a trust and
confidence in the country in the council’s ability and capability, to speak and
ably represent all Muslims in this country everywhere and hence, other than
those elected as heads of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, no one should
make any false impression out there that they are the leaders of Muslims in
problem with us in this country is that no one sees his friend as brother, and
that everyone is just fighting everyone in this country, this is time that we
bring back the spirit of peace, national unity, and reconciliation in this
country, not only among Muslims and Christians, but all Liberians for that
matter. The only way we can achieve peace and development in this country is
for us to unite as one people because, even the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad
spoke of unity.”
renowned Islamic-cleric also made a wakeup call on all Liberians to rally
around George Weah’s Government and in promoting national unity among Liberian,
including promoting peace and development.
Liberians agreed to unite, Sheikh Kamara notes, “The benefits would be plenty
because, more investors will be encouraged and happy to come and invest in our
country. Other the hand, if we do not mend our forces as Liberians-we will not
get what we want as Liberians-and that’s why we are praying for the President
and the Vice President for this government to succeed.”
program was good. It brought together all Muslims from different locations
across Liberia. Muslims came from all over the country including Cape Mount,
Bomi, Gbarpolu, Margibi, Montserrado, and other counties. We are also getting
reports that similar gatherings took place across other parts of the country,
and this is very good news for the Muslim unity in Liberia,” averred Sheikh
Arkibu Sheriff, Secretary General, National Muslim Council of Liberia.
to explain the secret behind the latest call for Islamic unity in the country,
Sheikh Sheriff replied that: “The call for Muslim Unity was made because,
during the last Eid- al-Fitr prayer, we saw people praying in separate
locations and in their fashion, which was not good for us as Muslims. Even the
Holy Quran talks about how we should unite in Islam hence, we thought it wise
to change things around for the better, and that Muslims will come together in
order to make Islam move ahead in this country. All we want to say here is that
we Muslims are together and we will continue to hold together,” Sheikh Sheriff
Rallying Call for United front before Abraham Day (Eid Al-Adaha) Celebrations,
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
previous celebrations in the country, Tuesday’s (August 21, 2018) ‘Eid Mubarak’
prayer began with a glaring call to Muslims across the country for them to
unite in the name of Islam and national unity.
unprecedented step to unite Liberian Muslims came as leaders of the country’s
supreme Islamic institutions met in a unity meeting and decided to speak with
one voice in a message that was resoundingly echoed in Mosques and some radio
stations across the country ahead of the Eid-Adaha prayer.
of the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL), the body that directs and
oversees all Islamic activities in the
country, including the National Imam Council (NIC), the National Supreme
Council, the National Council of Elders, and the office of the Grand Mufti of
Liberia, the highest Islamic clerical arm in the country, agreed in the one day
Islamic unity conference that this year’s Eid Mubarak should be held at the
Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS-15,000 capacity) under one prayer, which was led
by luminary Islamic scholar Imam Lamin Bilo Kally.
Chief Imam Ali Krayee
the interest of unity, we the Muslims of Liberia have decided, following a
unity meeting that brought together heads of the National Muslim Council of
Liberia (NMCL), the Imam Council, and the office of the Grand Mufti of Liberia,
to have a unified ‘Eld-Al-Adaha’ prayer at the ATS on Tuesday, 21 August 2018,”
Imam Ali Krayee, Chief Imam of Liberia, announced to a team of journalists in
Monrovia during an exclusive interview following the conclusion of the Muslims’
togetherness meeting ahead of the Eid Mubarak prayer.
Grand Mufti of Liberia Sheikh Abdullah
have today agreed to pray the ‘Eid Al-Adaha’ on Tuesday at the ATS under one
Imam, and he’s no one else but Imam Lamin Bilo Kally, who is expected to lead
us into this time of prayer,” Deputy Grand Mufti Abdullah S. Kromah also
confirmed the body’s decision to pray in one accord.
Kromah also announced that buses would pick up worshipers and drop them to the
stadium for that singular purpose.
will be buses on the road and at various designated places to pick up people
and carry them to the ATS for the prayer. For those who will not have the
chance to go with those buses, we are asking our brothers and sisters to put
their vehicles on the road to help transport people for the prayer,” Sheikh
Kromah announced further.
most of the Muslim world today, Eid Mubarak marks (Eid Al-Adaha) a day where
the faithful celebrate the second of two major holidays in Islam. The day
begins with morning prayers. The celebrations continue with visits to friends
and family, exchange of gifts and feasts. Those who can afford it also
slaughter an animal, like a cow or sheep, and share the meat with the less
as EED al-UHD-huh, the Holiday is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. It is
one of two Eid holidays observed by Muslims. The other is Eid al-Fitr, which
follows the conclusion of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
least two police officers have died in fresh violence in western Cameroon where
English-speaking separatists have declared an independent state, the military
men were killed by armed pro-independence fighters near the town of Wum in
Northwest Region, an army spokesman said.
separatist camp spoke of nine police dead. Army spokesman Colonel Didier
Badjeck said, on Facebook, that 21 of the attackers had been
"neutralized", without saying how many had been involved in the
unrest in Cameroon's two minority English-speaking regions, North-West and
South-West, has left scores dead and displaced around 200,000 people since late
30.000 of those displaced have crossed the border into neighboring Nigeria.
Years of resentment at perceived discrimination at the hands of the Cameroon's
francophone majority have led to almost daily acts of violence and retribution.
in the two regions has deteriorated significantly since late last year and now
clashes with separatist fighters are almost daily occurrences.
total of 109 members of the police and security forces have been killed,
according to government figures.
conflict poses problems for the organization of the presidential election,
scheduled for October 7, in which the 85-year-old incumbent, Paul Biya, is
bidding for a seventh consecutive term.
— During Idd prayers in different mosques across the country yesterday, Muslim
leaders unanimously condemned the torture and use of excessive force in the
arrest of Opposition politicians and their supporters during and after the Arua
Municipality parliamentary by-election, which was concluded last week.
Municipality Sheikh called for dialogue between the government and Opposition
to defuse the current political stalemate in the country.
his teaching at Masaka Main Mosque, Masaka Municipality County Sheikh Twaha
Bugembe said the government's show of might will not bring peace but will
instead escalate chaos in the country.
is also need for electoral reforms as they have always been demanded by civil
society organisations, religious leaders and political actors in the opposition
because this is hindrance in the journey towards free and fair elections in the
country," he said.
Musa Khelil, the Acholi Muslim District khadi, called upon President Museveni
to pardon the detained Bobi Wine and other opposition politicians and their
during the Eid al-Adha celebrations at Gulu Main Mosque, Sheik Khelil said if
the government negotiated with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels, there is no
reason why such negotiations cannot be extended for Bobi Wine and his
at Kirigime Mosque headquarters, the District Khadi in-charge of Rubanda and
Rukiga, Sheikh Lule Kabu said: "We pray to Allah to prevail over the
rampant murder cases where innocent people are being shot in broad day light
while others are murdered using machetes. May Allah eliminate such wrongdoers
from our society."
Muslim clerics in Teso Sub-region asked government to stop arresting and
shooting politicians who are exercising their right and freedom to oppose bad
governance. They said such arrests will breed insecurity in the country. They
described the arrests and shootings as cowardly acts of the government.
Mustapha Lule Mutyaba, the Luweero District khadi, said: "Islam embraces
dialogue and has no room for torture of suspects. Our government should give
room for dialogue. We also call for calmness for all political sides."
other Muslim leaders such as Hajj Abdul Nadduli, the Vice Chairperson of Uganda
Muslim Supreme Council and Minister without Portfolio, dismissed the proposal
for dialogue, saying it's a ploy to sustain the opposition activities to
undermine the NRM government.
Ntungamo District Imam, Sheikh Rhamathan Rwamahe, asked Muslims to strengthen
families and said most of the current challenges in the country begin at family
level. The District khadi, Sheikh Swaleh Kashangirwe, asked government to
release Ntungamo Municipality MP Mr Gerald Karuhanga to avoid perception of
leaders asked security agencies to desist from use of torture and unnecessary
arrests. They said such acts create fear and uncertainty in the country.
Tororo District Kadhi, Sheikh Ibrahim Asante, asked government to strengthen
security in the country but condemned the recent arrests and torture of
the Idd message from the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, a
member of General Assembly at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Sheikh Zakiyyu
Serunjogi said every Ugandan has a right to support a political party of their
choice and should not be persecuted.
government has issued a security alert after details emerged that Al Shabaab
are planning new attacks in the country.
police reported that militants had been dispatched to an undisclosed premise in
Somali businessman operating in Meru and the North Eastern region is believed
to be accommodating them.
North Deputy county commissioner Isaac Masinde stated that the terrorists were
dispatched at an unspecified date in July 2018.
are believed to be holed up at an undisclosed premise where they are planning
how to execute their attacks to commemorate their fallen heroes on an unspecified
date," he mentioned.
directed the OCPD to be alert and vigilant to fend off terrorist attacks.
are targeting prime targets like departmental stores (supermarket) institutions
of higher learning, churches, government institutions (offices/hospitals) among
invaded Somalia 7 years ago in attempt to curb terror attacks in the Coast and
North Eastern by al Shabaab.
Defense Minister Abdullah Alad Robli survived an assassination attempt by the
al-Shabaab terrorist group in Mogadishu.
group claimed responsibility for the bombing, local media said.
said that the attack was carried out outside the Ministry of Defense
headquarters targeting the official’s convoy.
did not comment on the assassination attempt and the Shabaab’s claims.
attack took place despite the strengthening of security measures and changes
among top security officials by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
had made major security adjustments to step up the fight against the Shabaab.
Somali army, backed by African Union forces is fighting Shabaab and al-Qaeda
the Somali army announced that it killed four Shabaab members in a security
operation carried out after a terrorist attack on an army checkpoint in the
province of Bay.
official news agency quoted National Army Chief of Staff Colonel Ismail Shara
as saying that armed forces killed four terrorists and seized weapons in their
the other hand, the official Somali news agency quoted the US Ambassador to
Djibouti Donald Yamamoto as saying that military force alone is not the only
solution to address the country’s security issues.
specialists planning chemical attack in Syria: Russia
says that “foreign specialists” have arrived in Syria and are planning to stage
a chlorine attack which they will blame on the government of Syrian President
Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov on Sunday said that
the attack will target the village of Kafr Zita in the northwestern Hama
province in “the next two days.”
to the information that the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria received
today from the residents of the Idlib, foreign (English-speaking) experts
arrived in the Hbit settlement located in the south of the Idlib zone of
de-escalation for staging a ‘chemical attack’ using chlorine-loaded missiles,"
that the staged incident will be filmed, Konashenkov said that the foreign
agents are in place and that a group of residents from the north have been
relocated to Kafr Zita to take part in the attack.
the interested extra-regional forces are once again preparing major
provocations in Syria using poisonous substances to severely destabilize the
situation and disrupt the steady dynamics of the ongoing peace process,"
Saturday, Konashenkov had said that a group of militants, who were trained by a
private British military company to work with poisonous materials, had already
arrived in Syria's northwestern Idlib Province.
carry out the alleged 'chemical attack' in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in the
province of Idlib, militants from the Tahrir al-Sham group had delivered 8
tankers with chlorine… to a village a few kilometers from Jisr
al-Shughur," Konashenkov said.
April 14, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile attack
against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs with the purported
goal of paralyzing the Syrian government’s capability to produce chemicals.
strike came one week after an alleged gas attack on the Damascus suburb town of
surrendered its entire chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission led by the
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN.
(Reuters) - France dismissed on Thursday any suggestion that millions of Syrian
refugees could start returning home, as urged by Russia, which backs President
ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said the conditions for a return have
not been met, given Assad’s treatment of those who have already gone home and a
possible offensive on rebel territory in northern Syria.
recent weeks Russia has called on Western powers opposed to the Syrian government
to help refugees return home and aid reconstruction of areas under his control.
Von der Muhll cited a decree depriving refugees and internally displaced people
of their properties, the instability of the country and cases of arrest and forced
conscription of Syrians returning from Lebanon.
consider a return of the refugees is illusory, in the current conditions,” she
seven-year civil war has killed an estimated half a million people, driven 5.6
million out of Syria and displaced around 6.6 million within the country.
refugees are from the Sunni Muslim majority, and it is unclear whether Assad’s
Alawite-dominated government will allow all to return freely or whether they
would want to. Sunnis made up the bulk of the armed opposition to Assad.
which backs the opposition, says it will not support reconstruction of areas
under Assad’s control until there is a negotiated political transition under
year has seen the largest movement of displaced people since the beginning of
the conflict and ... the entire international community has warned of the risks
of a major humanitarian and migratory crisis in the event of an offensive
against the province of Idlib,” Von der Muhll said.
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