petitioners are protesting against new policies that restricts children from
conducting Muslim prayers within school compound.
Lumpur Says Foreign Militants Eyeing Malaysia as Safe Haven
No Double Standards, Go After Zakir Naik Too
Is Part of Human Nature, Says Muslim World League Chief Al-Issa
Imposed On Religious Parties at the Behest of US, India: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F
Hindu Council Has Passed A Unanimous Resolution Against Indian Aggression
Spread Religious Education, Not Terrorism: US Entrepreneur, Frank Islam
Blast Case Verdict on March 14, Court Reserves Order: 10 Points
Leader Mullah Omar Lived Next To US Afghan Base: Biography
‘Not A State of All Its Citizens,’ Netanyahu Says
Parents Sue over Ban on Islamic Prayers at School
Studying How to Get Children Of ISIS Followers Out Of Syria
Protests US Criticism of Its Policies on Muslim, Tibetan Buddhist Minorities
Siang: Nik Aziz Saw Non-Muslim As Allies, But PAS Now Makes Them Targets
Army, SDF Help Thousands of ISIL Terrorists Move out of Eastern Deir Ezzur
US Army Choppers Rescue ISIL Commanders Holding Valuable Intel
now facing economic war through sanctions: Assad
of Kuwaitis reject cooperation with Israeli regime, survey finds
Democratic Forces begin attack on Daesh's last enclave
film to premiere in Vox cinemas for first time
for encouraging culture of dialogue to promote peace
Christian Science Monitor names PM Imran Khan on list for Peace Prize
calls upon Pakistan to take ‘decisive’ action against militants
Must Realise That Any Action against JeM Is In Its Own Interest
Pakistani-Origin ISIS Brides Lose British Citizenship: Report
with US going to take a new turn, says Qureshi
concerned over Houthi drone strike on Saudi Arabia
Excel Advertisement Promoting Hindu-Muslim Harmony Theme Faces Flak
terror attack mastermind believed to be killed in encounter: Officials
Sabha Dates Clashing With Ramzan to Ensure Minorities Unable to Cast Votes: TMC
team’s visit to Pakistan for Indus River basin inspection postponed
halts over summons to separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
terrorists killed in Pulwama gunbattle
Leader Says Bangladesh Should Take In ISIS Bride Shamima Begum
bomber and his companion arrested in Kabul: NDS
writer claims Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of U.S. base in
wounded in a magnetic IED explosion in Herat city
Taliban commander Maulana Mansoor killed in Paktika: MoI
leader Omar lived next to US Afghan base
Authority cuts back wages in tax, prisoner dispute with Israel
war damages education sector in Yemen: UNICEF
Abbas appoints close ally as new prime minister
forces shoot dead Palestinian youth in West Bank
says US angered by Turkey’s independence
50 Boko Haram Militants Killed
deports Egyptians, Tunisian for alleged terror ties
opposition leader nabbed, sentenced to week in jail’
declares state of emergency in Sirte
Teens in UK Sent Away To Escape Rising Knife Crime
removes citizenship from two more Daesh brides: report
will have to look at a future where Al Assad rules Syria
Babylonian relic to be handed back to Iraq
cells are planning their revenge says imprisoned Italian fighter
numbers in last IS scrap shock US-backed fighters
France, UK in talks to prolong Syria presence: Bolton
by New Age Islam News Bureau
police said yesterday that it has uncovered a plan by foreign militants to use
the country as a "safe haven" transit and logistics centre, following
the collapse of terrorist outfit Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the
militants plan to marry local women to get spousal visas to enable them to live
in Malaysia, or to remain in the country by using education facilities, or by
being involved in business, Malaysia's police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in
a statement yesterday.
statement accompanied the announcement of the deportation of seven foreigners,
some of whom he said were planning to launch large-scale attacks in several
suspected foreign militants were captured in Malaysia in recent months,
including last month. They were registered as students of colleges or as
Malaysians were also nabbed by anti-terror police in the raids last month.
of Police Fuzi said that investigations by the Special Branch Counter Terrorism
Division found that the foreign terrorists were trying to make Malaysia a base.
view seriously the infiltration of foreign terrorist fighters in the country
due to the defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria," he said.
foreign terrorist fighters could also set up base here to attack another
country, or by even launching attacks in Malaysia," he added.
police have in recent years captured foreign militants who were using Malaysia,
including Sabah, as a transit point between the Middle East and the southern
Philippines - the home base of several militant groups, some of which are
affiliated to ISIS.
Sri Fuzi said that the suspected militants have been deported to their
countries of origin and blacklisted to prevent them from entering Malaysia
included five men who admitted to being members of Egypt's Ikhwanul Muslimin,
or Muslim Brotherhood.
groups say they are concerned that members of the Muslim Brotherhood may face
possible torture in Egypt, as it is branded a terrorist group in the country.
police chief said a Tunisian and an Egyptian, who were members of Ansar
al-Sharia al-Tunisia, a group listed as a terrorist outfit by the United
Nations, were among those deported.
terror group is suspected of being involved in plans to launch large-scaled
attacks in other countries," he said in the statement, referring to the
Tunisian group. He did not say which countries were being targeted in the
suspects - a Malaysian man and woman, together with an Egyptian man - were
nabbed in Serian, Sarawak, for concealing information on the presence of Ansar
al-Shariah al-Tunisia's operatives who transited in Malaysia," Mr Fuzi
said. "They protected them and acted as a facilitator in providing
lodging, jobs and purchasing of flight tickets."
No double standards, go after Zakir Naik too
takes great pleasure in running down other religions to the delight of his
Dass: Only morons and extremely foolish individuals would insult Islam or the
prophet or any religion knowing what the consequences could be. The current
crackdown should serve as a warning to all.
it is okay for Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa
to speak so firmly about people who insult Islam, he should be equally firm
about those who insult other religions.
that has happened so far can equal using a cow’s head as football as a
deliberate provocation of the Hindus and the desecration of the consecrated
host sacred to Catholics by two Malay journalists.
major action was taken against any of them. And then, there is preacher Zakir
Naik who takes great pleasure in running down other religions to the delight of
his Muslim audiences.
should respect all religions. No one should show disrespect to other religions.
That said, a line should be drawn on intellectual discussions involving
interpretations of holy books that could adversely impact the rights of
Convinced: If we are to take action against those who are sowing religious
hatred, then at least make sure that there are no double standards.
from Zakir Naik, the authorities should have taken action against Perkasa chief
he was left off the hook for his ‘burn bibles’ call in 2014 because, according
to the then BN government, “he was only defending the sanctity of Islam”.
Indeed, insults against Islam and the prophet are clearly not acceptable, just
like insults on other religions.
insults against PAS interpretation of “syariah-compliant” lies and legitimacy
of Umno’s kleptocracy because it is for unifying the Muslims for the sake of
personal enrichment of the leaders of PAS and Umno have their justification.
themselves have made the non-Muslims misunderstand the true and good teachings
of the prophet and Islam.
the first task of Mujahid and the police be to catch those people who have
conveyed the falsehood in the teachings of Islam that result in the
misunderstanding of a good religion?
other faiths don't understand why a bad thing such as lying and stealing in
their own faiths are considered permissible in another religion.
can't understand how turbaned and five-times-a-day mosque-going PAS/Umno
leaders can amass immense, unexplained wealth and own expensive cars and
properties that ordinary Malaysians cannot even dream of and yet tell their
followers their lies are sanctioned by God and that people of other faiths have
stolen their wealth.
want to know how a pious and top religious leader can gloat over how he is
being clever to receive monies belonging to the sweat and tears of the rakyat,
lie about it and go around across the country promoting the giver as his
first priority is to educate and explain to the people of other faiths, instead
of catching them when they are misled by the very persons who should be
upholding the good teaching of Islam.
are frustrated. They want to ask these questions but they are not good in
putting it in words and hence have written in a way that appears to have
insulted Islam and the prophet.
educated Malays would also like to know the answers to these questions, too.
Wakandan: This (monitoring religious insults) is a dangerous move. We do not
need the secret police in Malaysia to breath down our necks monitoring what we
is against human rights and our freedom of expression. We already have all
those repressive laws, we do not need to add any more to them.
there is no clear boundary on what constitutes an insult. It can be abused to
victimise people that they do not like.
in all, a repressive measure. The people do not deserve this.
673761437718749: We voted for Harapan so that we can build a New Malaysia which
is fair to all, regardless of skin colour, race and religious belief.
other religions and races should be monitored and not only for Islam alone.
Insulting another’s religion is obviously provocative. Seeking clarification on
faith-based principles and any possible misrepresentations ought to be
distinguished from insulting. Espousing religious prerogatives indiscriminately
should be proscribed.
to say, a number of prominent faith-based civilisations have for centuries
confronted the ‘reformation’ passion of ordinary adherents to unfavourable
facets of institutionalised religion and it seems this accommodation, even when
accorded grudgingly, has resulted in improved human development and social
We need a (Racial and Religious) Harmony Act. The play on anybody’s race or
religion for any reason whatsoever should be severely dealt with.
with the “marriage” of PAS and Umno, the play on race and religion, especially
baiting the non-Malays/non-Muslims into difficult situations will become the norm.
people will resort to anything, even to the extent of destabilising the
country. Laws must be put in place to stop this on the onset. There must be a
clear separation of religion and race in politics.
We should have a special unit formed to monitor politicians and (so-called)
religious leaders who insult our intelligence. Round them up and kick them out.
Fella: What about insults against Gautama Buddha, Lao Tze, Lord Shiva, Guru
Nanak, Jesus Christ?
@Old Fella, not forgetting Odin, Thor, Zeus, Osiris, Anansi, Ahura Mazda,
Romelu Lukaku... you see the problem with this, right?
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is part of human nature, says Muslim World League chief Al-Issa
The world needs generations raised with an education that teaches them how to
think, promotes accepting and respecting others, and instills a belief that
diversity is part of human nature, according to Mohammed bin Abdul Karim
Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL).
comments came during an address to the Wilton Park Forum, held for three days
in the UK to discuss “Promoting Inclusive Citizenship,” with the support of the
British government and the attendance of a number of religious, political and
of our participations aim to protect human dignity, including protecting
people’s rights and legitimate freedoms in the light of the constitutional
provisions and laws,” he said. “We have also agreed on the importance of
understanding the nature of diversity as a human nature that God has created
and then guided people to dialogue for the sake of reaching mutual
understanding, convergence and cooperation.”
quoted a verse from the Qur’an that says: “And if Allah had willed, He could
have made you (of) one religion, but He causes to stray whom He wills and
guides whom He wills. And you will surely be questioned about what you used to
MWL chief added: “God has created diverse people, and had He willed, He could
have made them one nation, which means there will be a negative difference
between them and only an aware group of people will be able to overcome this
difference by realizing God’s wisdom in diversity.”
pointed out that the verse indicates that God created people for that
diversity. “This invites us to reflect on the divine wisdom, the test it
conveys, and the subsequent reward in the Hereafter,” he said. “If people were
not diverse, they would have been a different creation like angels, who were
created in one form.”
discussed the challenges facing inclusive citizenship, in particular the lack
of awareness that often arises from a negative family or school environment, a
negative general culture established by religious, political and legislative
discourse as well as the negative discourse of civil society institutions, in
addition to the availability of fair values in the vision, mission and
objectives of each state.
must explore ways to treat this problem, review ideal global experiences in
this regard, and learn the secret behind their success and excellence in
inclusive citizenship and positive integration between their religious and
ethnic diversities,” he said.
MWL chief said that the most important problem associated with inclusive
citizenship has to do with the foundations of the general culture, which
requires the employment of effective practical programs that suit the
conditions of each society.
great it would be to see everyone during national occasions at the height of
convergence as they rally under the flag of one country, proving in practice
that difference does not mean hatred or exclusion. It is also important to
build inclusive moral institutions on the foundations of the citizenship
here, we welcome the human harmony, or the human family, that exceeds the
abstract meaning of fraternity imposed on us as a fate. Man is the brother of
man, whether he wishes it or not. How great it would be if this harmony
included everyone, not only in spiritual words or through the Abrahamic system
so as not to fall into the taboo classification and exclusion of humanity in
people can also set their own framework for fraternity, harmony, or the faith
family. For instance, the Abrahamic system in the human harmony project has a
restriction that excludes half the population of the earth.
groups, whether Abrahamic or otherwise, can cooperate in any productive work
that is beneficial for them and for all mankind without bearing any
exclusionary message on the subject of coexistence and human peace in general,”
Imposed On Religious Parties at The Behest of US, India: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F
Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday said that the
country has bankrupted economically. Addressing a press conference in Multan on
Sunday, he said that the country is being divided ideologically, adding that
discussions to accept Israel are underway in the country. The JUI-F chief said,
“I strongly condemn the civilization that was demonstrated on the International
Women Day. Indian culture is being promoted in the country.”
parties are in contact with each other and they have complete support of the
nation, he said. “India faced defeat in recent escalation,” Fazlur Rehman said
and added Narendra Modi is using war hysteria to score points to win upcoming
elections. The JUI-F chief said that Indian pilot should have been released
after guarantee, adding that if former prime minister Nawaz Sharif or former
president Asif Ali Zardari had released the pilot, they would have been accused
of friends with the Indian PM. He went on to say that injustice is being done
with Nawaz Sharif and the government was taking revenge by not providing him
access to doctor. Fazlur Rehman said that restrictions have been imposed on
religious parties at the behest of the United States and India.
/ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hindu Council has
passed a unanimous resolution against Indian aggression and vowed to support
brave Pak Army for defending motherland.
to a press release issued on Sunday, the Managing Committee, during its meeting
held at PHC House, also termed the recent visit of prominent parliamentarian Dr
Ramesh Kumar Vankwani to India a remarkable peace initiative to defuse
Pakistan-India regional tensions.
order to acknowledge the successful Pakistan Movement, Pakistan Hindu Council
also announced to dedicate upcoming Holi festival to Pakistan Day. Holi is
occurring on 20th March 2019 as per Hindu lunar calendar.
year the Holi festival reminds us of the victory of the good over evil. Also
known as the festival of colours, it is celebrated all across the world and
with every passing year, it is increasing popularity among all faiths,” the
Hindu Council, in connection with Holi festival and Pakistan Day, will hold a
colorful mega event on Wednesday, 20th March 2019 at the Shri Panchumukhi
Hanuman Temple, Soldier Bazar, Karachi. The event will start at 06:30PM,
dignitaries will attend at 07:30PM while it will be concluded at 10:30PM.
the occasion, a large number of Pakistani Hindu families, holding national
flags, will be present to demonstrate their love for beloved Pakistan.
Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is also patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council,
while talking to media, expressed that patriotic Pakistani Hindu community has
decided to celebrate the Holi in a very unique way. He said that this year’s
Holi festival will acknowledge the noble achievements of Quaid-e-Azam and our elders
to organize historic Lahore Jalsa on 23rd March 1940 for passing Pakistan
also appealed to all segments of society to actively participate in Holi
celebrations, emphasizing that their presence would deliver a positive message
to show solidarity with Non-Muslim minorities, promote interfaith harmony,
strengthen patriotic zeal and represent diverse Pakistani society, according to
Quaid-e-Azam ‘s vision.
meeting was attended by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani (Patron), Gopal Khamuani
(President), Parshotam Ramani (Gen. Secretary), Paman Lal Rathi (Joint
Secretary), Bharat Kumar Mangalni (Finance Secretary), Prem Talreja (Advisor)
and other members.
that Madrasas spread religious education, a renowned US entrepreneur and civic
leader has said that the Islamic institutions should start speaking out against
terrorism of all types.
I believe the vast majority of Madrasas are in the religious education business
and not in the business of terrorism. The Madrasas cannot change this
perception by themselves. What they can do is to speak out against terrorism of
all types," Frank F. Islam said Sunday.
importantly, Madrasa representatives should join other religious leaders of
various denominations and persuasions to advocate intercommunal peace and
harmony in India," he told PTI.
have spoken on the need for collaboration at institutions such as Benares Hindu
University (BHU) and my alma mater AMU on several occasions and will continue
to do so," he added.
Madrasa education in India as "not a formal systematic study", Islam
said in order to change the perception, ecumenicism not isolationism was the
need of the hour.
single general core challenge that I see is that the Madarsas provide an
Islamic-centric education and in many cases an Islamic-only education. Literacy
and knowledge are learned and interpreted through a religious lens," he
said in an interview.
creates a myopia which retards a student's participation and socio-economic
integration into society at large," he added.
has never been a formal systematic study on the nature and state of Madrasa
education throughout India, he said.
2-4 per cent of students attend those schools across the country, he noted,
adding that a majority of the Madrasas operate independently rather than as part
of a structured and organised network.
what may be true overall may not be accurate in a specific instance," he
the remedies, Islam who hails from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh said the Madrasa
educational curriculum needs to be diversified and balanced.
needs to be an emphasis on science, technology and mathematics in the early
years and there needs to be vocational and technical training that prepares the
student for employment and advancement later in the schooling process. What is
required is 'ecumenicism not isolationism'," he said.
problem is that because of the independence of the Madrasas, it will be very
difficult to implement and to get uniform compliance and acceptance of what I
would call a bi-focal approach as opposed to an Islamic-only approach to
education," he said.
difficulty is compounded by the fact that the the primary orientation of the
faculty and administration of Madrasas is toward religious thought and action
as opposed to academics or skills development," he added.
the key hurdles, Islam said there were two main barriers.
first is the mindset of those running the Madrasas. Many of them would have
what I label hardened values, attitudes and beliefs that were formed in their
childhood and have been reinforced by what they have learned and done
throughout their lives," he said.
to change or to do something in a contrary or different way is extremely
difficult," he added.
second barrier is the governmental failure to provide the necessary support to
ensure quality education for all regardless of caste or creed, he said.
recently learned that the AMU also has a bridge course to enable Madrasas
graduates to join graduate courses at the university," he said.
course curriculum includes English, information technology, and personality
development to prepare students for a transition from a purely secular and
isolationist education to one that is more robust and integrative," he
Mohammed Ghazali, Edited by Debjani Chatterjee
PANCHKULA: A court in Haryana's Panchkula today reserved
its order in the Samjhauta Express blast case till Thursday. The 12-year-old
case saw a number of twists and turns, with the alleged mastermind found
murdered and another out on bail. The NIA interrogated 290 witnesses and 30
among them turned hostile. Early morning on February 18, 2007, a terrible blast
on Samjhauta Express - the bi-weekly train that runs between India and Pakistan
- killed as many as 68 passengers including many Pakistanis.
are your ten facts about the Samjhauta Express blast of 2007
took place close to Dewana railway station in Haryana's Panipat district, while
on its way to Attari on the India-Pakistan border.
special investigation team (SIT) was formed on February 20, 2007, to probe the
case. It was finally handed over to the National Investigation Team (NIA) in
investigators had initially believed that activists of the banned SIMI
(Students Islamic Movement of India) were behind the blast, but later said that
the attack was planned by a group with right-wing links.
investigators found that an improvised explosive devise or IED and other
munition were used to trigger the blast.
its charge sheet, the NIA named, Naba Kumar Sarkar also known as Swami
Aseemanand, Sunil Joshi, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra Kalasangra,
Rajinder Chaudhary and Kamal Chauhan as accused.
Joshi, the alleged mastermind, was found dead in 2007, in Madhya Pradesh's
Dewas, while Ramchandra Kalasangra and Sandeep Dange could not be traced.
a right-wing activist, who was allegedly involved in the Ajmer Dargah bombing
and the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad, is out on bail.
was acquitted in both the Ajmer Dargah bombing and the Mecca Masjid blast.
special NIA court that acquitted Aseemanand held that his confessional
statement was recorded when he was in police custody and that it was not
saw three high profile terror attacks -- the Samjhauta Express blast in
February, Mecca Masjid blast in May and the Ajmer Dargah bombing in October.
leader Mullah Omar lived next to US Afghan base: Biography
Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in
Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that highlights embarrassing
failures of American intelligence.
believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new
biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward
Operating Base in his home province of Zabul before his death in 2013.
for an Enemy", by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, reveals the Taliban chief
lived as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling
notebooks with jottings in an imaginary language.
spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari,
Omar's bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was
to the book, Omar listened to the BBC's Pashto-language news broadcasts in the
evenings, but even when he learned about the death of al-Qaeda supremo Osama
Bin Laden rarely commented on developments in the outside world.
the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a USD
10 million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the
regional capital Qalat, Dam writes.
family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery
guest, but US forces twice almost found him.
one point, a US patrol approached as Omar and Omari were in the courtyard.
Alarmed, the two men ducked behind a wood pile, but the soldiers passed without
second time, US troops even searched the house but did not uncover the
concealed entrance to his secret room. It was not clear if the search was the
result of a routine patrol or a tip-off.
decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in
2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout.
later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed
Forward Operating Base Wolverine home to 1,000 US troops, and where American
and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.
his terror at being caught, he dared not move again, rarely even going outside
and often hiding in tunnels when US planes flew over.
to Dam, Omar would often only talk to his guard and cook, and used an old Nokia
mobile phone, without a sim card, to record himself chanting verses from the
Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, and has waged an
anti-government insurgency since then.
who delegated effective Taliban leadership after 2001, appears to have acted as
more of a spiritual leader, and the militant movement kept his death in 2013
secret for two years.
‘not a state of all its citizens,’ Netanyahu says
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in full campaign mode ahead of April 9
polls, on Sunday said Israel “was not a state of all its citizens” in a
reference to the country’s Arab population. The prime minister, in comments on
Instagram, went on to say all citizens, including Arabs, had equal rights, but
referred to a deeply controversial law passed last year declaring Israel the
nation-state of the Jewish people.
is not a state of all its citizens,” Netanyahu wrote in response to comments
from an Israeli actress. “According to the basic nationality law we passed,
Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — and only it. “As you wrote,
there is no problem with the Arab citizens of Israel. They have equal rights
like all of us and the Likud government has invested more in the Arab sector
than any other government,” he said of his right-wing party. As the comments
caused waves in Israel, Netanyahu again spoke of the issue at the start of a
Cabinet meeting, making similar comments. He called Israel a “Jewish,
democratic state” with equal rights, but “the nation-state not of all its
citizens, but only of the Jewish people.”
has been accused of demonizing Israeli Arabs, who make up some 17.5 percent of
the population, ahead of April polls in a bid to boost right-wing turnout.
has continually warned that his opponents will receive the support of Arab
parties and that they will make significant concessions to the Palestinians.
under threat of indictment for corruption, is facing a tough challenge from a
centrist political alliance led by former military Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
and ex-Finance Minister Yair Lapid.
alliance’s centrist positions and its security credentials — it includes three
former military chiefs of staff — have helped it beat back Netanyahu’s claims
that its leaders are “weak” leftists. Arab parties would be extremely unlikely
to be part of any coalition government after elections.
Israelis are Palestinians who remained on their land after the 1948 creation of
Israel and are largely supportive of the Palestinian cause.
leads what is seen as the most right-wing government in Israel’s history and
says he wants a similar coalition after the upcoming polls.
Parents Sue Over Ban on Islamic Prayers at School
battle over religious practice has once again been dragged to the courts.
a suit filed by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem) and a parent, the
two petitioners are protesting against new policies that restricts their
children from conducting Muslim prayers within the school compound.
argue that Muslim pupils at Oshwal Academy had been going home over lunch hour
for their dhuhr (midday) prayers but they have since been stopped from doing
the introduction of the policy barring parents from picking their children over
lunch hour, the pupils had resorted to conducting their prayers in the
the school issued a directive banning them having prayers within the school
to the petitioners, the management said it would not allow "ritualistic
prayers at the school as one can pray in his heart where God lives".
said the directive is discriminatory against Muslims considering that Jain
prayers are conducted during assemblies and opening days.
school's board is coercing and making veiled threats through circulars which
demand that parents should commit that their children shall abide by the new
policies lest their enrolment at the institution is discontinued," the
parents said through lawyer Ali Mahmud Mohamed.
argue that the threats are aimed at silencing them from pushing for their
children to be allowed to exercise their religious rights, saying Muslim pupils
should be allowed to conduct their prayers through the principle of
accommodation under the right to equality.
policy stopping parents from picking their children over lunch hour was
introduced soon after the September 2013 Westgate terror attack that left 67
people dead. The school said the measure was taken for security reasons.
were also prevented from walking to the nearby Parklands mosque in 2017.
further directive was issued by the principal barring Muslims from conducting
their prayers in the classrooms in May last year.
circulars were issued this year regarding the same issue.
circulars noted that it was an offence to hold Islamic prayers in the school
compound and that one risks being expelled.
policies also stress that the board has the absolute discretion to terminate
enrolment of any pupil if his or her parent or guardian interferes with the
school's running as a faith-based and academic-oriented institution.
the suit documents, the parents and Supkem said the court needs to consider
that Muslims pray five times in a day while bowing and making specific
said Muslim pupils are now facing a violation of their right to education and
freedom of religion, belief and opinion.
noting that the issue of observance of Islamic prayers has never been
adjudicated by superior courts, they said their case is a public interest
National Gender & Equality Commission, Kenya National Commission on Human
Rights, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Education Cabinet
Secretary and the Attorney General have been enjoined in the suit.
studying how to get children of ISIS followers out of Syria
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he is looking for ways to help the children
of British citizens who joined ISIS extremist group in Syria.
told the BBC on Sunday that he and International Development Secretary Penny
Mordaunt are studying how the children could be brought to Britain without
putting government officials at risk by sending them to Syria, The Associated
spoke after the newborn son of 19-year-old Shamima Begum, who at age 15 ran
away with two friends to join ISIS, died Friday in a refugee camp.
passport was revoked after she asked to be allowed back into Britain. Home
Secretary Sajid Javid said she hadn’t shown remorse for the extremist group’s
Sunday Times reports similar actions were taken with two other British women
with children in Syria.
Iqbal, 30, and her sister Zara, 28, left east London for Syria in 2013, and
between them now have five boys under the age of eight, The Sunday Times
legal sources, the paper said they had been stripped of their British
pair, who are of Pakistani heritage, reportedly married into a terror cell
linked to the murder of western hostages, according to AFP.
KONG: China has issued a protest over remarks the US ambassador-at-large for
international religious freedom made criticising Beijing's polices toward
Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist minorities and saying the country was "at war
foreign ministry's office in Hong Kong said the speech Sam Brownback gave
Friday "slandered" China's religious policies.
said it had registered its dissatisfaction Saturday with the US Consulate in
the semi-autonomous Chinese region, where the speech was given.
constitution and laws protect freedom of religion and critics should
"cease their slander of China's policies on religion and the situation
with freedom of faith and cease using religious issues to interfere in China's
internal affairs," the office said in a statement.
officials and UN experts say China is believed to be holding 1 million Uighurs,
Muslims and members of other majority Muslim ethnic groups in political education
camps in Xinjiang.
US and other governments have criticized the crackdown.
Chinese government says those camps are vocational training centers designed to
rid the region of extremism.
said President Donald Trump's administration is "deeply concerned and
considered it a deliberate attempt by Beijing to redefine and control these
Muslim minority groups, (their) identity, culture and faith."
urged Beijing to grant free access to the camps to investigate claims of abuse
generally, Brownback said, China is "at war with faith."
a war they will not win," he said.
Chinese Communist Party must hear the cry of its people for religious
was expected to meet local religious leaders and religious studies students and
instructors while in Hong Kong.
territory enjoys the freedom of speech and religion far beyond that in mainland
China, where the officially atheist government keeps tight control over any
potential challenges to its authority.
the former governor of Kansas, was due to travel to Taiwan for a regional
meeting on religious freedom Monday.
his speech, the Catholic conservative called on China to release Wang Yi and
John Cao Sanqiang, detained pastors in the "underground" church that
operates independently of official government agencies.
Siang: Nik Aziz saw non-Muslim as allies, but PAS now makes them targets
LUMPUR, March 10 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has lamented today that PAS now sees
non-Muslims as political targets, unlike the allegedly moderate and
compassionate party it was under the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s
said non-Malay-Muslim communities and groups are feeling threatened that they
may be made scapegoats by PAS and Umno for many problems occurring in this
was a moderate and compassionate party believing in justice for all under the
revered [Nik Abdul Aziz] when he was still alive,” Lim said in a statement.
the PAS under Nik Abdul Aziz that sees non-Muslims as an ally against injustice
and corruption is now no more, but replaced by an extremist PAS that sees
non-Muslims as a target to attain political power.”
Aziz died in February 2015 from prostate cancer.
Pakatan Rakyat, consisting of PKR, DAP and PAS, broke up in June that year
after his demise.
Iskandar Puteri MP today asked whether PAS is willing to shed its purported
extremist image by withdrawing and apologising for its allegedly
unconstitutional and seditious remarks.
gave the example of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s previous
insistence that Malaysia should be led by the Malay-Muslims as they are the
dominant community, therefore the group should hold the top decision-making
positions in the Cabinet.
60,000 ISIL terrorists and their families have been helped out of Baghouz region
in Eastern Deir Ezzur by the US and the US-backed militants since the beginning
of last December," the Kurdish-language Bas news website quoted an
informed SDF source as saying.
noted that over half of the terrorists leaving Eastern Euphrates are Iraqi
nationals, and the rest come from a variety of nations.
comes as the US-led coalition and their allied militants are eyeing an
agreement with terrorists to exit the areas under their control in Eastern
Euphrates in a bid to declare the end of the ISIL in the region.
a relevant development in late February, the Syrian sources said that the US
Army transferred senior ISIL commanders to safe places in lieu of receiving
over 50 tons of gold treasure from the terrorists.
to the initial information obtained in Deir Ezzur, the US Army troops stationed
in Al-Jazeera region of Eastern Euphrates agreed with the ISIL commanders to
relocate them to safe places after receiving tens of tons of gold ingot that
the terrorists had stolen from different parts of Syria and Iraq, the state-run
SANA news agency reported.
local sources, meantime, reported that the US Army took control of ISIL's 50
tons of gold treasure in Baqouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur after it had
reached an agreement with the terrorists.
pointed to the recent intensified movements by the US choppers concurrent with
flights over several ISIL-controlled regions in Eastern Euphrates, and said
that the US has conducted important heliborne operations in key areas where the
ISIL commanders' hideouts are located and where the gold treasure was hidden.
a relevant development earlier last month, a source close to Kurdish forces
said that the US Army was taking ISIL's gold treasure that is estimated to
weigh around 50 tons from Eastern Syria to America.
News quoted a Kurdish source as saying that the Americans have transferred tens
of tons of the gold ingots they have seized from the ISIL terrorists in Baghouz
region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to their own country and only kept a small
portion of the treasure to be given to the Kurdish fighters.
source who spoke on the condition of anonymity reiterated that about 50 tons of
ISIL's gold has been sent to the US from the US military base in Kobani in
report comes as the US has been using the airport in Southern Kobani for
transferring consignments and military equipment in recent years.
a relevant development earlier last month, the US Army troops took out a sum of
40 tons of gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborne operations after
agreeing with the terrorist group and while Washington is preparing to announce
the end of ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.
US troops in concordance with the ISIL terrorist group relocated big boxes
packed with ISIL's gold treasure on several helicopters from al-Dashisheh
region in Southern Hasaka," the SANA news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur as
sources pointed to boxes containing 40 tons of gold ingots that the ISIL had
hidden in the Eastern part of al-Shadadi city, and said that the ISIL had
stolen the treasure of gold from the Iraqi city of Mosul and different parts of
US troops reportedly took out a group of ISIL terrorist commanders from Eastern
Syria in two heliborne operations in Hajin region of Eastern Deir Ezzur and
al-Dashisheh in Southern Hasaka and they were directed to the place where the
gold treasure was hidden.
a relevant development also last month, the London-based Syrian Observatory of
Human Rights (SOHR) said the Washington-backed militants were trying to find
and seize millions of dollars and at least 40 tons of gold left behind by the
ISIL terrorist group.
SOHR reported that the ISIL terrorists had stolen about 40 tons of gold and
millions of dollars from the population once under their control in Iraq and
Syria, which was later transferred to Eastern Euphrates in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
US-led coalition forces and the SDF deliberately do not target the areas under
the control of the ISIL terrorists and commanders in Eastern Euphrates in Deir
Ezzur as they are trying to locate this treasure by forcing the ISIL militants
to speak about its location after surrendering," it quoted informed
sources as saying.
noted that part of the cash dollars and gold have been transferred from Turkey
to the areas under the ISIL control by Turkish brokers and intelligence service
who have close ties with the ISIL.
an SDF Commander, Adnan Afrin, said that the ISIL is now under the siege of the
SDF in an area no larger than one square kilometers in Eastern Euphrates.
a relevant development earlier in February, a prominent Syrian military expert
revealed that Washington plans to transfer the remnants of the ISIL terrorists
from Eastern Euphrates to other regions through Turkey and Iraq.
Sputnik quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Issa as saying that less than 600
ISIL militants are stationed in a 4-km/sq region in Eastern Euphrates who will
be soon evacuated from the region to foreign territories.
added that the operations to transfer these militants will be conducted similar
to the operations earlier carried out to evacuate the ISIL terrorists from
Raqqa, saying that the US forces will transfer them via Iraq or Turkey to some
other Arab states for future operations.
questioned the US forces' claims of fighting against the terrorist groups along
with the SDF, stressing that the Syrian army will soon move to retake control
over this region.
US-led coalition helped four senior ISIL commanders to escape Raqqa province in
a heliborne operation that included six helicopters flying in al-Rafedin region
in al-Tabaqa town in Southwestern Raqqa, local sources in Raqqa said.
sources, meantime, noted that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had besieged
the region where heliborne operations were conducted.
the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik News Agency said that the
relocated ISIL terrorist commanders had previously fled to Raqqa after the
Syrian and Russian armies conducted military operations to set free the city of
al-Qoryatayn in Homs province.
noted that the ISIL commanders most probably have secrets of the US Army troops
a relevant development last month, a source close to Kurdish forces said that
the US Army was taking ISIL's gold treasure that is estimated to weigh around
50 tons from Eastern Syria to America.
Kurdish-language Bas News quoted a Kurdish source as saying that the Americans
have transferred tens of tons of the gold ingots they have seized from the ISIL
terrorists in Baghouz region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur to their own country
and only kept a small portion of the treasure to be given to the Kurdish
a relevant development also month, the US Army troops took out a sum of 40 tons
of gold ingots belonging to the ISIL in heliborne operations after agreeing
with the terrorist group and while Washington is preparing to announce the end
of ISIL in Eastern Euphrates.
US troops in concordance with the ISIL terrorist group relocated big boxes
packed with ISIL's gold treasure on several helicopters from al-Dashisheh
region in Southern Hasaka," the SANA news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur said.
last month, the London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) said the
Washington-backed militants were trying to find and seize millions of dollars
and at least 40 tons of gold left behind by the ISIL terrorist group.
Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Issa as
saying that less than 600 ISIL militants are stationed in a 4-km/sq region in
Eastern Euphrates who will be soon evacuated from the region to foreign
reports said last Sunday that the US army had agreed with the ISIL on the latter's
exit from areas under Washington's control in Eastern Euphrates.
US-led coalition troops and the SDF had reached an agreement with the ISIL
terrorists on the militants' retreat from areas under the control of the US and
its allied forces, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV news channel reported.
pointed to the preparations by the ISIL to move its terrorists out of Eastern
Euphrates, and said that the ISIL terrorists might be transferred to al-Anbar
desert of Badiya al-Tanf in Western Iraq.
report comes as the SDF claimed that it had started the final battle for
uprooting the remaining elements of the ISIL from Eastern Euphrates.
the Arabic-language service of RT quoted media activists as saying on Saturday
that the US-led coalition forces have carried out heliborne operations in the
Eastern Badiyeh of Deir Ezzur.
the Syrian government emerges victorious from eight years of a battle against
foreign-sponsored militancy, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his country
now also faces an economic war.
at a meeting with visiting Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodon and
an accompanying delegation in Damascus, Assad said some hostile powers were
waging the new war against Syria by resorting to such methods as “boycotts,
withdrawal of ambassadors, economic siege, and the use of terrorism,” reported
Syria’s official news agency SANA on Sunday.
Syrian president underlined the importance of international efforts to counter
terrorism and find a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the Arab
noted that fighting terrorism will lead to a political solution in the end, but
any talk of political solution to the Syrian crisis while terrorism spreads
across the country would be an illusion and a deception.
emphasized that fighting terrorism cannot simply be carried out via military
action, but an even more important aspect of this war is to combat intellectual
and ideological aspects of terrorism.
armed conflict began in Syria in 2011. The Damascus government, aided by its
allies Russia and Iran, managed to gradually retake almost all of the areas in
the country from the militant and terrorist groups that had overtaken them, and
the conflict is considered to be winding down.
Washington has been imposing sanctions on hundreds of companies and individuals
that it accuses of involvement in developing “chemical” munitions in Syria.
This is while Damascus surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in a
process monitored by the United Nations and the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2013.
European Union (EU) has also imposed an oil embargo on Syria, placed
restrictions on certain forms of investment in the country, frozen the assets
of the Syrian Central Bank across the bloc, and imposed bans on dozens of
companies linked to Damascus. The EU voted last May in favor of extending the
bans until June 1, 2019.
mission to the UN earlier this year condemned the economic sanctions targeting
the country, saying they blight the lives of ordinary Syrians.
unilateral, coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people represent an
economic terrorism... [and] are largely affecting the lives of the Syrians and
hindering the delivery of their daily basic needs,” the country’s UN Ambassador
Bashar al-Ja’afari said on January 31.
the meeting between Assad and the Chinese officials on Sunday, the two sides
affirmed the need to bolster coordination between Beijing and Damascus in
“political, military, economic, cultural, and technological” fields.
hailed the resistance by the Syrian nation and voiced China’s readiness to keep
standing by the Arab country and providing it with all forms of support.
a separate meeting with Chen, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem also
suggested that China play a role in rebuilding Syria.
who has estimated that rebuilding Syria would cost 200 billion dollars at a
minimum, has insisted he would refuse to take Western contributions.
recent opinion poll has found that a large proportion of Kuwaitis oppose their
country cooperating with Israel amid reports that a number of countries in the
Persian Gulf region are warming ties with the Tel Aviv regime following years
of clandestine contacts.
survey, conducted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, revealed
that 85 percent of the respondents disagree with the idea of Kuwait working
with Israel on issues like technology transfer and counterterrorism despite the
existing differences between the two sides. According to the poll results, 46
percent of respondents "disagree strongly" with the idea while 39
percent "disagree somewhat."
52 percent said they supported the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which
is in control of the besieged Gaza Strip, while 63 percent accepted a proposal
by the US for Arab states to be involved in the so-called Israeli-Palestinian
peace talks, the press monitoring organization, the Middle East Monitor,
for US President Donald Trump among the 1.5 million Kuwaitis surveyed did not
exceed five percent, the poll found, noting that 64 percent supported Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Chinese President Xi Jinping came out with a 49-percent
25 percent of those who participated in the poll said they felt positive about
the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen.
the relationship with Iran, 52 percent said Kuwait City should maintain good
ties with Tehran.
poll noted that an overwhelming majority of Kuwaitis believe their government
has not been successful in the fight against corruption, while between 30 to 40
percent believe their government is working well regarding women's rights,
privacy and dealing with tax issues.
strong opposition to normalization with Israel comes as delegates from Saudi
Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt at a recent meeting of Arab states
reportedly opposed bids condemning the normalization.
RT Arabic television news network reported on March 4 that Abdullah ibn
Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh, the speaker of Saudi Arabia's Consultative Assembly,
together with his Emirati and Egyptian counterparts opposed a paragraph in the
final communiqué of the 29th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union
in the Jordanian capital city of Amman, which demanded an end to efforts aimed
at normalizing ties with Israel and condemned all forms of rapprochement with
the occupying regime.
paragraph states that “one of the most important steps to support Palestinian
brethren requires the cessation of all forms of rapprochement and normalization
with the Israeli occupiers. Therefore, we call for resilience and steadfastness
by blocking all the doors of normalization with Israel.”
February 17, a report published by Israeli Channel 13 television network said
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had held a “secret meeting” with
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita last September.
the Warsaw conference, a US-sponsored gathering that was held in the Polish
capital on February 13-14, brought together Netanyahu and representatives from
a number of Arab states, including Oman, Morocco, Saudi Arabic, the UAE,
Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt.
Israeli regime also recently re-launched a “virtual embassy” in a bid to
“promote dialogue” with the Persian Gulf Arab states.
the most high-profile visit by an Israeli official to Persian Gulf kingdoms,
Netanyahu in late November last year visited Oman, where he met Sultan Qaboos
at the Bait al-Barakah Royal Palace in the coastal city of Seeb near the
Syria: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an assault on
Sunday against the final Daesh enclave in eastern Syria, aiming to wipe out the
last vestige of its self-declared "caliphate" that once spanned a
third of Iraq and Syria.
the Baghouz enclave represents the last shred of populated land held by the
extremists, the group is still widely seen as a big security threat with remote
territory elsewhere and the continued capacity to launch guerrilla attacks.
SDF, spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has been poised to advance into
the enclave for weeks, but has repeatedly held back to allow for the evacuation
of civilians, many of them wives and children of Daesh fighters.
Bali, head of the SDF media office, said no further civilians had emerged from
the enclave at the Iraqi border since Saturday and the SDF had not observed any
more civilians in the area, prompting the decision to attack.
military operations have started. Our forces are now clashing with the
terrorists and the attack started," he said.
of thousands of people have streamed out of the shrinking territory held by
Islamic State over the last months.
said more than 4,000 militants had surrendered to the SDF in the past month.
A Saudi film to the core, “Roll’em” was developed, written and produced over
three years with an all-Saudi crew, from the actors to the sound director.
cinema will have a private screening on Wednesday and a public one on Thursday.
“Roll’em” is directed and produced by Abdulelah Al-Qurashi and co-produced by
film follows the story of Saudi filmmaker Omar Nizar who, while on a journey to
discover Jeddah, realizes that he does not know his beloved city as well as he
thought he did.
meets a retired cinematographer whose glory days were in the 1970s as he
divided his time between France and Cairo.
Yasser Hammad said “Roll’em” is a co-production with Saudi film production
company Cinepoetics, owned by Khoja.
a Jeddawi film to the core. The post-production was in Egypt. The areas where
we don’t have expertise in we had to outsource, but everything that had to do
with the creative work is purely Saudi,” Hammad told Arab News.
idea (for the characters) came up from a joke actually. I was pretending to be
an old cinematographer and using Hejazi words and the accent. It inspired me to
create a character,” he said.
had our inspiration from actual film directors from the 1970s in Saudi Arabia
that no one knows about. They tried to pursue the same dreams we had, but
failed because of their circumstances,” he added.
idea is someone has a dream and wants to achieve it, but the circumstances
aren’t allowing him to. The difference between the two generations makes the
difference. Why can we make films today, and why couldn’t we make them back
said having the film screened in Jeddah “is like a dream come true,” adding:
“Without this city, I wouldn’t be able to create art.”
Al-Daferi, who plays Mohannad in the film, told Arab News: “The audience will
see a different image of Jeddah … To add to that, the story talks about someone
who’s struggling in the field of filmmaking in capturing Jeddah.”
said: “There’s entertainment value, the characters are diverse and the cast is
incredible.” Al-Qurashi “is a true filmmaker,” Al-Daferi added.
first cinema opened its doors to the public in January, and an industry expert
said he expected up to 35 million people in the Kingdom to go to the movies
were banned in the country for decades until the first one opened last April in
Mitchell, CEO of the regional cinema chain Majid Al Futtaim, said Saudi Arabia
had the capacity for high audience numbers. He was speaking at the opening
ceremony for Vox Cinemas in Jeddah‘s Red Sea Mall.
you look at Dubai we have some 15 million customers there per annum. On the
short-term goal in Saudi Arabia we are expecting the market to reach about 30
million customers,” he said.
from PwC Middle East in November estimated that total cinema revenue in Saudi
Arabia would reach $1.5 billion by 2030. The forecast was based on a projected
2030 population of 39.5 million, and 6.6 screens per 100,000 people.
year, Vox Cinemas said it would be investing $533 million to open 600 theaters
in the next five years.
95 percent of our employees here are from Saudi Arabia,” Mitchell said.
expect the cinemas in the Red Sea Mall to be showing a mix of films, probably
about 300 films per year with at least six new movies every single week. It
will take a while for us to have enough cinemas for everyone to get to go to
the cinema whenever they want to.
my opinion, the cinema is a good place for families to spend time together in a
social environment, especially in hot summer days, when outdoor activities are
at a series of seminars have stressed the need to promote peace and harmony in
the country by encouraging the culture of dialogue and discouraging the growing
trend of imposing one’s opinions and beliefs on others.
first event of the series organized as part of a week-long awareness campaign
under Paigham-e-Pakistan initiative of the government of Pakistan was held at
Darul Uloom Naeemia, Lahore, on Tuesday, followed by another seminar in
Sargodha the same day. The third event of the same series was held in Sialkot
on Wednesday while another one at Darul Uloom Naeemia, Lahore, on Saturday.
Naeemia patron-in-chief and Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) member Allama
Raghib Hussain Naeemi presided over the sessions. Hundreds of religious
scholars, ulema, madaris teachers besides thousands of students from Dr Sarfraz
Naeemi Research Institute, Jamia Ume Ashraf Jamaal, Jamia Ghausia Islamabad and
Jamia Sarajia Naeemia Lahore participated in the seminars.
unanimous resolution was passed and a joint declaration was issued at the
concluding ceremony. Through the joint declaration, the participants pledged to
continue efforts for the protection of human rights and the rights of the
minorities in the light of the teachings of Islam, besides promotion of
interfaith and intersect harmony in the country.
participants pledged support to all efforts for unity of Muslim Ummah, global
peace and reconciliation and resolution of domestic as well as international
disputes through peaceful means. They vowed to take the message of love, peace,
harmony, brotherhood and unity to every nook and corner of the country.
resolution condemned all acts of extremism, violence, terrorism, social
injustice, intolerance and suicide bombing, which is prohibited in all
religions of the world including Islam.
participants paid rich tribute to the armed forces of Pakistan, especially
Pakistan Army, for rendering matchless sacrifices to rid the country of the
menaces of terrorism and extremism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Operation
Radd-ul-Fasaad. The resolution maintained that through their untiring efforts,
the security forces had broken the back of the terrorists and made Pakistan a
safe and strong country by foiling all conspiracies being hatched by the
participants unanimously supported the gestures of peace taken by Prime
Minister Imran Khan vis-à-vis recent escalation with India. They declared that
the stance taken by the Pakistani government was backed by 220 million people
of the country, adding that the Pakistan’s peace initiatives have been hailed
by the world community which has helped improve country’s image at the
also offered their all-out support to the government and the Pakistan Army in
all such peace endeavors in future.
joint declaration announced to celebrate the year 2019 as ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan
Year’ and pledged to disseminate the message of peace, unity and brotherhood to
every nook and corner of the country.
YORK: United States newspaper “The Christian Science Monitor” names Prime
Minister (PM) Imran Khan on its list for Nobel peace prize for this year.
Christian Science Monitor stated “Perhaps the biggest surprise in peaceful
leadership – and most critical to the world – is Imran Khan. The former cricket
star became Pakistan’s prime minister last year in a country where the military
traditionally controls security policy. After a Feb. 14 suicide attack arranged
by a Pakistani terrorist group killed 44 Indian security forces in disputed
Kashmir, India launched its first airstrike inside Pakistan since a 1971 war.
The two nuclear-capable states were primed for all-out conflict.
a goodwill gesture that suddenly changed the mood, Mr. Khan returned an Indian
fighter pilot shot down inside Pakistan. He also offered talks with India and
promised to seize the assets of terrorists groups operating in Pakistan.
“Nobody wins in a war. Especially countries that have the sort of weapons that
India and Pakistan possess should not even think of war…,” said PM Khan.
President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for ‘decisive’ action by Pakistan
against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area, and
said inaction by Islamabad could jeopardise relations between the neighbours.
state news agency IRNA said Rouhani’s remarks came in a telephone conversation
with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who said he would soon have ‘good
news’ for Iran, according to the agency.
suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in
mid-February in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise
in attacks by militants from the country’s Sunni Muslim minority.
Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights
and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed
responsibility for the attack.
are awaiting your decisive operations against these terrorists,” IRNA quoted
Rouhani as telling Khan. “We should not allow decades of friendship and
fraternity between the two countries to be affected by the actions of small
terrorist groups, the source of whose financing and arms is known to both of
us,” Rouhani said.
has blamed its regional rival Saudi Arabia and arch-enemies Israel and the
United States for the attack and other cross-border raids, an accusation
rejected by the countries.
is in Pakistan’s own interest not to allow our territory to be used by
terrorist groups, and the Pakistani army is prepared to confront the terrorists
more decisively with the information provided by Iran,” IRNA quoted Imran Khan
as saying. Khan said Pakistani forces have come close to the terrorists’
hideout and there would soon be ‘good news’ for Iran, IRNA reported.
to a statement issued by the PM Office in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan
had a telephonic conversation with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani as part of
his contacts to brief important regional countries and their leadership about
the regional situation. Both leaders reiterated the importance of strengthening
bilateral relations, the statement said.
sides looked forward to the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran in the
near future. They agreed that the visit would help deepen bilateral
coordination and cooperation.
Minister Imran khan expressed his heartfelt condolences on the recent terrorist
attack in which 27 Iranian guards were killed. The two leaders agreed on the
need for closer cooperation among the two intelligence agencies in combating
Minister Khan also briefed the Iranian president about the latest situation
vis-a-vis India, and Pakistan’s untiring efforts to defuse the situation
through dialogue and improve bilateral relations with India. He underscored the
role of important brotherly countries like Iran to help in this situation.
prime minister thanked the Iranian leadership for their consistent and
principled support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
must realise that any action against JeM is in its own interest
March 4, the Pakistan government launched a “crackdown” against banned terror
organisations such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). It issued an order to streamline
a process for the implementation of sanctions against individuals and entities
of all banned outfits as designated by the UN Security Council. In other words,
the Pakistan government took over the control of all proscribed outfits
operating in the country.
action, however, was not surprising. India has seen such “crackdowns” before.
In fact, it was far more dramatic against the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) after the
Mumbai serial attacks in 2008. But that crackdown has not produced anything
concrete: The Mumbai attack trial is heading nowhere; the accused are moving
around freely in Pakistan, and organising more attacks against India. The net
result of the latest crackdown will not be any different.
is, however, significant that Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood
Qureshi, in two separate interviews to CNN and BBC on March 1, acknowledged the
presence of a “very unwell” Masood Azhar in Pakistan, but claimed that the JeM
leadership was denying its involvement in the February 14 Pulwama attack.
Without naming the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Qureshi revealed that his
claim was based on the information given by those (ISI) known to them (JeM
leaders). This comment confirms what India has been claiming for years: there
is a strong linkage between the ISI and the Pakistan-based terror groups.
has Pakistan finally realised that it can no more hide serpents, which are
meant to bite India, in its backyard from the world? Or is it a tactical
position adopted by Pakistan to let the crisis blow over and in the meantime
improve its precarious economy that needs a bailout? The terror groups can then
be reinvigorated to continue Pakistan’s regional proxy wars in India,
Afghanistan and now in Iran also.
his predecessors, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has also inherited the
institutionalised policy of use of non-State actors by the Pakistan army and
the ISI for its regional ambitions. But now his neck is on the chopping block,
thanks to aggressive Indian posturing and international scrutiny. Any
concession to India, even symbolically, would not go down well with the
Pakistan army and the ISI. He will have to do a delicate balancing act. It is a
difficult contradiction to manage. Coming out of the crisis unscathed is almost
impossible. Khan also knows that he heads a government that has a thin majority
and can be toppled any time by the military establishment.
what are the options available to Khan as he faces mounting international cry
to put Azhar Masood on UN sanctions list and take action against JeM?
deny the involvement of the JeM leadership in Pulwama attack by saying that
Masood is unwell and could not have organised the attack. This is laughable.
Masood doesn’t have to even move out of his room to organise an attack; his
well-oiled terror infrastructure is functioning smoothly in Pakistan under the
overall control of the ISI.
assuage Indian anger by assuring action on any specifics given by New Delhi.
The promise rings hollow given the fate of hundreds of Indian dossiers given to
Pakistan about the country’s involvement in terrorism, beginning with the
militancy in Punjab. None of the Pakistani leaders took action against those
causing mayhem in India. Former Pakistan’s foreign decretary Salman Bashir had
the audacity to say that the evidence handed over to him on the Mumbai attack
mastermind, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, were pieces of literature.
start with a clean slate. It is difficult to accept the contention of Khan and
Qureshi that their government has come with a new mindset and approach on the
issue of terrorism. That would only mean that India should forget previous
attacks committed by Pakistan’s non-State actors and make a fresh beginning
with the Khan government.
would not be acceptable to the Government of India and the citizens. Will Khan
apply the same logic domestically and not pursue those who were responsible for
the attack on school children in Peshawar in December 2014 just because he was
not in power that time?
should realise that any crackdown against JeM is in its own interest as the
group has strong links with Sunni sectarian organisations that target prominent
Shias. Pakistan should listen to former President Pervez Musharraf, who only
recently accepted on TV that Masood Azhar had tried to kill him and he had no
sympathy for the latter.
Pakistani-origin ISIS brides lose British citizenship: Report
Two Pakistani-origin sisters from London are believed to be the latest set of
mothers to lose their British citizenship for marrying into the Islamic State
(ISIS) terrorist group in Syria.
Iqbal and her sister, Zara, have five boys under the age of eight between them
and are being held in a Syrian detention camp.
of them losing their right to return to the UK after losing their citizenship
rights come as it was confirmed that Bangladeshi-origin Shamima Begum lost her
three-week-old baby in a Syrian refugee camp days after her British citizenship
was similarly revoked.
Sunday Times' quoted legal sources to say that the Iqbal sisters, from east
London, have had their British nationality rights revoked for marrying into an
ISIS terrorist cell.
parents are from Pakistan, so the UK Home Office would argue they are eligible
for Pakistani nationality instead. Their five sons, however, are likely to
remain British citizens.
newspaper report says the two women headed to Syria from London in 2013 after
marrying into a six-man cell of ISIS recruits with close links to the filmed
murders of western hostages by British Arab ISIS fighter Mohammed Emwazi,
dubbed “Jihadi John” for his UK connection. The sisters' husbands were later
killed in fighting.
28, already had a son when she made the journey and was heavily pregnant with
her second child, to whom she gave birth in Syria. She later had a third boy
under the so-called “ISIS caliphate”.
family is believed to be in either Al Hol camp or another facility at Ain Issa
older sister, Reema, 30, has two sons, one of whom was born in Britain. They
are in Roj camp, to which Shamima Begum was reportedly recently transferred.
is growing pressure on UK home secretary Sajid Javid since it was confirmed
that 19-year-old Begum had lost her child, Jarrah, to pneumonia in the refugee
camp on Thursday.
Abbott, the UK shadow home secretary, said the baby's death was “a stain on the
conscience of this government”.
own Conservative Party colleague and former justice minister, Phillip Lee,
urged the government to "reflect" on its "moral
responsibility" for the tragedy.
cannot just export the problem,” he said.
UK government spokesperson said: "The death of any child is tragic and
deeply distressing for the family."
UK Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases, adding that
“decisions to withdraw citizenship from individuals were evidence-based and not
international law, the UK can revoke a citizenship of a British national only
if the individual would not be made stateless and can acquire the citizenship
of another country.
use of the powers has risen sharply in the UK, with 104 deprivations of
citizenship in 2017, compared to 50 in the previous decade, according to Home
Office figures obtained by the immigration law website Free Movement.
US-Pakistan relations were under strain because of FATF but because of
Pakistan’s role in US-Taliban peace dialogues, the relationship with the US is
going to take a new turn, said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday.
to a gathering of media persons and his supporters in his constituency NA-156,
Mr Qureshi spoke at length about US-Taliban peace talks in Afghanistan, the
government’s dealings with India over Kashmir and relationship with
had placed Pakistan in the grey list of Financial Action Task Force [FATF] and
consequently, its relationship with Islamabad was not that great. But because
of our successful foreign policy ties between both countries are improving,” he
said at the Multan Tea House, a café on the lines of Pak Tea House in Lahore,
located inside the Multan Arts Council.
attributed this to Pakistan’s behind-the-scenes role in US-Taliban peace
dialogue. “Our relations with the US are going to take a new turn. US-Taliban
peace dialogues are underway in Doha and positive results are expected.”
peace is restored to Afghanistan, Pakistan could not only purchase cheap hydel
energy from central Asia but the country’s economy would strengthen and there
would be an increase in the country’s exports.
long the war is underway in Afghanistan and it used to say that terrorists
coming from Pakistan are carrying out terrorist activities in their country.
But this was a planned policy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wants
to isolate Pakistan. India wants Pakistan’s isolation on diplomatic level but
it has failed.”
the recent tensions with India over Kashmir, he said: “Pakistan wants peace in
the region but will not compromise on Kashmir. We raised our voice over human
rights violations in India-held Kashmir at every forum, including the House of
Commons, the United Nations and the European Union.”
foreign minister said it was a big achievement for Pakistan that despite its
boycot of the Organisation of Islamic Countries meeting, the forum termed
Indian atrocities in held-Kashmir state terrorism.
had already informed the world that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could
carry out some adventure in Kashmir before elections.”
regard to Iran, he said: “Friendly ties with Iran are quite important to us. We
foiled all attempts that were being made to poison our relationship with Iran.
I have had three meetings with the Iranian foreign minister and they were held
in good atmosphere.”
Saudi Arabia and the UAE, he said: “When the PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf]
came into power Saudi Arabia was not ready to listen to us while relations with
the United Arab Emirates were also not good. Pakistan adopted a balanced policy
on the Yemen issue as it has friendly ties with both Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
[Prime Minister] Imran Khan categorically said Pakistan could not become a part
of the conflict between the two rather it could play the role of a bridge and
mediator,” he said.
nearly four-year old civil war has pitted the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels
against the Saudi-backed government of Abd Rabou Mansour Hadi who fled and went
into exile to Saudi Arabia and the Saudi-led coalition then intervened in
mentioned Saudi Arabia’s plans to invest in Pakistan, announced last month.
“Saudi Arabia is going to establish a big oil refinery in Gwadar at a cost of
$10 billion while it has provided oil worth $9.6 billion.”
on Sunday expressed concern over a Houthi airstrike on Saudi city Abha and
expressed full solidarity with the leadership and the people of the kingdom
against any threats to its territorial integrity and Harmain Shareefaen.
a statement, the Foreign Office (FO) also commended the government and the
Royal Defence Force of the kingdom for timely intercepting and destroying the
drone before it could cause any serious damage. FO also stated that the news of
injuries to Saudis and other expatriates, as well as damage to properties, as a
result of falling debris of this drone remains a matter of concern.
reiterated full support and solidarity with the leadership, the government and
people of Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity and
Harmain Shareefaen and added that such attacks, targeting the unarmed civilian
population, are a clear violation of international law and pose a serious
challenge to regional peace and security. Condemning, the attack, Islamabad
reiterated that it stands in solidarity with the Saudi government in fighting
terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Arabia’s air defence systems shot down a drone over the kingdom on Friday, the
Saudi-led military coalition said. The kingdom accused Houthi fighters of
launching the aircraft and targeting civilians. According to Saudi-owned Al
Arabiya TV, the drone had been heading toward residential areas in Abha, around
230km north of the border with Yemen.
civilians suffered light injuries from debris when the drone was shot down,
Saudi state television quoted coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki as
United Nations and the international community must unequivocally condemn
Houthi terrorist operations both inside and outside Yemen,” said Rajeh Badi,
the spokesperson for the Yemen government. “The complacency about, and
non-condemnation of, such operations will embolden not only the Houthis but
also all other terrorists in the world to continue to threaten international
peace and security everywhere.”
coalition’s priority is Yemen’s security and stability, and the war was imposed
on it by the Houthi coup,” Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel
Excel advertisement promoting Hindu-Muslim harmony theme faces flak
brand Surf Excel, known for its heart-warming advertisements, recently faced
flak over its latest advertisement-cum-campaign ahead of Holi. On February 27,
the brand released an advertisement around the Hindu-Muslim harmony but instantly
faced criticism for the concept.
Excel’s one-minute Holi special ad Rang Laaye Sang’ (colours bring us together)
features two kids a young Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. The girl, dressed in a
white t-shirt, chooses to get stained in Holi colours to protect her Muslim
friend who has to go to a nearby mosque.
advertisement ends with Surf Excel’s classic tagline, daag acche hain’ (stains
kuch achha karne mein daag lag jaaye toh daag achhe hain.’ (Stains that come as
a part of a good deed are good stains), goes the tagline.
advertisement was released on February 27 and has already managed to garner
around 8,583,942 views and 26k thumbs-up on YouTube.
Hindustan Unilever, owner of Surf Excel, tried to promote religious harmony with
the advertisement, it did not go down well for some who felt it to be
humiliating, Hindu phobic, promoting love jihad and controversial. Some even
said that the advertisement wants to showcase that namaz is more important than
is filled with tweets criticising the ad under the hash tag #boycottSurfexcel.
because you also know that the add is humiliating Hinduism. And promoting love
jehad. Gender selection and talking holi colour as "daag" is not
acceptable by Hindu because it is done intentionally. Gender selection could
have been reverse also, read a tweet.
Twitter user wrote: "Dear Sir, please ban the advertisement of Surf Excel
which promotes love jihad." The Twitter user added that it is hurting the
religious sentiments of the Hindus.
Twitter user said that the advertisement humiliates Muslims and wrote,
"#SurfExcel ad is humiliating Muslim girls to the core.. it is directly
saying that a Muslim male child needs help of a Hindu girl for doing his
prayer. This is shaming and humiliating all Muslim children."
many raised objections over the theme, there were also many who are appreciated
the Surf Excel Holi advertisement on the Hindu-Muslim harmony and the idea and
message behind it.
leader Sanjay Nirupam said, "He who objects this ad by Surf Excel is
nothing but against the idea of India. Hats-off who created this beautiful
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also welcomed the advertisement
promoting Hindu-Muslim harmony and slammed the "bhakts" for objecting
to its theme.
said, "I have a better suggestion. Bhakts should be washed properly with
Surf Excel. Kyunki Surf ki dhulai daag ko karain saaf."
wrote: "Didn’t know about the Surf Excel ad but thanks to the
#BoycottSurfExcel hashtag trending, I saw it and loved it so thank you right
wing for the lovely recommendation."
this year, HUL Kumbh Mela advertisement had irked several Twitter users. In the
advertisement, a son contemplates abandoning his aged father in the crowd, but
soon realises his mistake and comes back to him.
after the ad was shared on the HUL twitter handle, people objected to it by
saying it hurt sentiments of Hindus and portrayed the festival in wrong light.
mastermind of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF
personnel is believed to have been killed in an encounter in the Tral area of
South Kashmir, officials said Monday.
encounter in Pinglish area of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district lasted
past midnight in which Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Mudasir Ahmed Khan
alias 'Mohd Bhai' was among the three militants killed, the officials said.
families of muddassir is in Awantipora thana. They have claimed his body.
the three terrorists killed, one is a foreign terrorist.
bodies of the three militants are charred beyond recognition and efforts are on
to establish identity of the third terrorist.
security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Pinglish after
receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the
operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire at the
search party of the forces who retaliated.
JeM terrorist Khan has been identified as the brains behind the audacious
terror strike in Pulwama that left 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel
dead on February 14, officials said on Sunday.
together evidence gathered so far, security officials said that 23-year-old
Khan, an electrician with a graduate degree and a resident of Pulwama, arranged
the vehicle and explosives used in the terror strike.
resident of Mir Mohalla of Tral, Khan joined the JeM sometime in 2017 as an
overground worker and was later drawn into the terror outfit by Noor Mohammed
Tantrey, alias 'Noor Trali', who is believed to have helped the terror group's
revival in the Kashmir Valley.
Tantray was killed in December 2017, Khan disappeared from his home on January
14, 2018 and has been active since then.
attacker Adil Ahmed Dar, who blew his explosive-laden vehicle next to a bus in
a CRPF convoy on February 14, had been in constant contact with Khan, officials
completing his graduation, Khan did a one-year diploma course as electrician
from an Industrial Training Institute (ITI). The eldest son of a labourer, Khan
is also believed to be involved in the terror strike at the army camp in
Sunjawan in February 2018, in which six personnel and a civilian were killed.
role has also come under lens in the Lethpora attack on a CRPF camp in January
2018 that left five CRPF personnel dead.
National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the February 14 terror
attack, had carried out searches at the residence of Khan on February 27.
Maruti Eeco minivan was used in the Pulwama terror attack and it was bought by
another JeM operative just 10 days before the suicide attack.
Following the announcement of Lok Sabha election dates (to be held in seven
phases in West Bengal) by the Election Commission on Sunday, political parties
in the state are divided over some of the dates that are clashing with Ramzan
(May 5-June 4, 2019).
nearly 31 per cent Muslim voters, election during Ramzan will become a key
issue of Bengal politics in the upcoming days.
Malda and Murshidabad districts alone, the minority voters’ strength is nearly
52 per cent and 66 per cent, respectively.
Congress (TMC) leader and Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim
said, “People will face problems in exercising their voting rights as some poll
dates are clashing with Ramzan. Since the Election Commission is a
constitutional body, I don’t want to comment much in to the matter. But they
should have considered that people will suffer during Ramzan (in casting
said, “EC has announced the poll dates on Ramzan so that minorities are unable
to cast their votes. But I would like to tell them (the BJP) that the people of
Bengal are with (Trinamool chief) Mamata Banerjee.”
is not the first time that the Trinamool Congress is raising the issue of
the last panchayat election, party leaders led by minister Partha Chatterjee
met West Bengal election commissioner AK Singh and requested him to conclude
the rural polls before the month of fasting for the minority community begins.
Bengal Congress president Somendra Nath Mitra also said the poll panel should
consider the matter.
have a large number of Muslim voters and the EC should consider the poll dates
as per the Ramzan observance,” Mitra said.
the BJP’s all-India secretary, minority morcha, Arshad Alam, said, “It’s not
written anywhere in Islam that one has to take rest in air-conditioned rooms
while fasting during Ramzan. For us, Ramzan mean ‘Ibadat’ under any
true Muslim will keep ‘roza’ during Ramzan and will also perform his/her normal
duties towards society and family. I don’t understand why political leaders
every time drag Ramzan during elections. This time, we have decided to make
this an issue and we will make people aware that please don’t fall in this trap
of the opposition.”
BJP is gearing up to target 22 of the 42 parliamentary seats in Bengal. At
present, the party has two Lok Sabha seats (Asansol and Darjeeling) in the
heightened tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, a reciprocal visit by the
Indian team to Pakistan for inspection of projects in Indus river basin this
month has been postponed, senior officials said Sunday. During the 115th
meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission held in Lahore from August 29-30,
2018, both the commissioners had agreed to undertake the treaty-mandated tours
of the Indus basin on both sides,the official said.
tour of the Pakistani side was originally scheduled in October 2018 but was
postponed because of local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Subsequently,
the Pakistani team visited India in the last week of January to inspect
projects in the Chenab basin in the state.
Indus Commissioner Syed Mohammad Mehar Ali Shah and Indian Commissioner PK
Saxena along with respective advisers visited the under-construction Indian
hydropower projects in Chenab basin namely Pakal Dul (1000 MW), Ratle (850 MW)
and Lower Kalnai (48 MW). The delegation also visited the under-operation
Baglihar hydro electric project (900 MW). The Pakistani commissioner extended
an invitation to his counterpart to undertake a visit of the Indus basin on
Pakistani side. The Indian team was supposed to visit Pakistan this month, a
senior official said. “But amid the ongoing tension it has now been postponed,”
the official added.
official remained non-committal about the date, but said the visit has to take
place by March 2020.
Article VIII of the treaty, both commissioners are mandated to undertake, once every
five years, a general tour of inspection of the rivers for ascertaining the
facts connected with various developments and works on both sides. The current
five-year block ends in March, 2020. The PCIW, formed under the Indus Waters
Treaty, was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, and it includes Indus
commissioners of both countries. The treaty provides for both the commissioners
to meet at least once every year, alternately in India and Pakistan.
Srinagar administration on Sunday imposed restrictions in several parts,
bringing the old city to a halt during a two-day shutdown against the summoning
of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by the National Investigation Agency
Saturday, NIA summoned Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz and Syed Naseem Geelani, the son
of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to Delhi on Monday for questioning in
connection with an alleged terror funding case.
a joint statement on Saturday, several trade bodies said the summoning Mirwaiz
and Geelani was “totally undemocratic and will not be tolerated by the people
of Kashmir in general and the trader fraternity in particular”.
police and Central Reserve Police Force increased deployment in the city to
maintain law and order. Mirwaiz is also chief cleric of Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid
where he delivers weekly sermons. Naseem Geelani works as an assistant
professor at an agriculture university.
Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama
district of Jammu & Kashmir on Sunday, a defence spokesman said.
security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Pinglish in Tral area
of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district after receiving specific intelligence input
about the presence of militants in the area. The search operation turned into
an encounter after the militants opened fire at the search party of the forces
who retaliated. The gunfight is going on, the spokesman said, adding the
identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained.
leader says Bangladesh should take in ISIS bride Shamima Begum
top Muslim leader says the IS bride is “not practicing Islam” but should be
shown sympathy and adopted by a Muslim country.
Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who represents tens of millions of Ahmadi
Muslims worldwide, said that:
the British Government has stripped her of her nationality then another country
should adopt her, any Muslim country,”
her parents were from Bangladesh, the first duty is of Bangladesh to take her
as a national.”
at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, in Morden, south west London, he added that he did
not blame the British government for the death of her 18-day-old baby Jerah.
2015 Shamima Begum left Britain with two other schoolgirls to join the IS
terror group. She had earlier begged to return to the UK with her boy as the
self-styled caliphate collapsed, but the British Home Secretary revoked her
passport amid fierce public debate.
suicide bomber and his companion were arrested during an operation of the
Special Forces of National Directorate of Security in Kabul.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the two suspects
were arrested during the operation which was conducted in Surobi district of
statement further added that the NDS Special Forces also confiscated a suicide
bombing vest, a pistil, and two hand grenades.
to National Directorate of Security, the detained suicide bomber has been
identified as Rahmanullah son of Waliullah and his companion has been
identified as Raz Mohamamd son of Mohammad Hassan.
was recruited by a Taliban group leader Baghdadi and was trained and prepared
to target a gathering of people and security forces in Surobi district, NDS
Dutch writer has claimed in her latest book the Mullah Mohammad Omar, the
founder and former leader of Taliban group, was living within walking distance
of U.S. base in Afghanistan.
writer and journalist, Bette Dam, has released her latest book recently after
five years of research and interview with Jabbar Omari, the bodyguard of Mullah
Omar who hid and protected him after the fall of Taliban regime.
book ‘searching for an Enemy’ reveals that Mullah Omar lived as virtual hermit,
away from his family.
Omar was also listening to BBC Pashto news broadcast, was filling notebooks
with jottings in an imaginery language, and used an old Nokia mobile phone,
without a sim card, to record himself chanting verses from Holy Quran.
was rarely commenting on developments outside the world despite learning about
the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in an American operation.
book also reveals that Omar went into hiding in a small compound in Qalat city
of Zabul province after the U.S. announced a 10 million Dollars bounty on him.
to Dam, Mullah Omar remained hidden despite ongoing patrols and search
operations which were conducted by the American forces in the area.
least three people were wounded in an explosion triggered by a magnetic
Improvised Explosive Device in Herat city.
to local security officials, the incident took place later this afternoon in
police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada confirmed that a magnetic IED planted in a
pickup vehicle went off, leaving at least five people wounded.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Ministry of Interior has confirmed that a prominent Taliban commander was
killed during an operation of Afghan Special Forces in southeastern Paktika
Ministry of Interior in a statement said a prominent Taliban commander, Maulana
Mansoor, was killed during a raid conducted by Special Forces in Paktika
statement further added that Maulana Mansoor was in lead of Taliban militants
in Paktika province and was involved in majority of high level and complex attacks
in this province.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the killing of Maulana Mansoor so far.
believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new
biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward
Operating Base in his home province of Zabul before his death in 2013.
for an Enemy,” by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, reveals the Taliban chief lived
as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling notebooks with
jottings in an imaginary language.
spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari,
Omar’s bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was
to the book, Omar listened to the BBC’s Pashto-language news broadcasts in the
evenings, but even when he learned about the death of Al-Qaeda supremo Osama
Bin Laden rarely commented on developments in the outside world.
the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a $10
million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the
regional capital Qalat, Dam writes.
decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in
2004, just a few hundred meters from his hideout.
later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed
Forward Operating Base Wolverine — home to 1,000 US troops, and where American
and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.
to Dam, Omar would often only talk to his guard and cook, and used an old Nokia
mobile phone, without a sim card, to record himself chanting verses from the
Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, and has waged an
anti-government insurgency since then.
Palestinian Authority is scaling back wages paid to its employees in response
to a cash crunch deepened by a dispute with Israel over payments to families of
militants in Israeli jails, it said on Sunday.
February, Israel announced it was deducting five percent of the revenues it
transfers monthly to the Palestinian Authority (PA) from tax collected on
imports that reach the occupied West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza Strip via Israeli
said the sum represented the amount the PA pays to families of Palestinians
jailed in Israel or killed while carrying out attacks or other security
see their slain and jailed as heroes of a national struggle but Israeli and US
officials say the stipends fan Palestinian violence and are scaled so relatives
of prisoners serving longer sentences receive larger payments.
Israel’s deduction announcement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the
PA would not accept any of the tax revenues, which totaled 700 million shekels
($193 million) in January and account for about half of the authority’s budget.
a result, Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara said the PA would pay
full salaries - which had been due on March 1 - only to its lowest-earning
employees, or the 40 percent of its workforce that takes home 2,000 shekels
($550) or less a month.
servants earning more than that, including cabinet ministers, will have their
wages cut by half, he told a news conference.
Bishara said prisoners’ families will continue to be paid their full
force on earth can alter that,” he told a news conference.
said the PA will have to take bank loans of between $50 million to $60 million
for the coming five to six months to weather the crisis.
Israeli official, commenting on condition of anonymity, said the PA had a
cash-flow problem as a result of US cuts in aid to the Palestinians and the tax
revenues dispute but that the situation would not spiral out of control.
nightmare scenario of the PA collapsing, or of PA security coordination with
Israel ceasing, won’t happen,” the official said.
one, including us and the United States, would allow that. If need be, we’ll
look for ways of preventing this,” he added.
US has cut all aid to the Palestinians, including $360 million it used to give
to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. The
cuts were widely seen as a bid by Washington to press the Palestinians to
re-enter peace talks with Israel that collapsed in 2014.
United Nations children's agency estimates that out of seven million
school-aged children in Yemen over two million are not being educated amid a
Saudi-led coalition’s war against the impoverished Arab state.
situation of Yemen’s education sector is daunting. Out of 7 million school-aged
children, over 2 million children are already out of school,” a regional
director of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund said on
infrastructure is badly damaged and learning materials are in short supply. One
in five schools in Yemen can no longer be used because they are damaged or
being used in the fighting or to shelter displaced families,” said Geert
Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
from education, the Saudi aggression has killed or endangered the lives of
Yemeni children since 2015.
month, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said tens of thousands
of children under the age of five have died of starvation in Yemen ever since
Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies launched their atrocious military
aggression against the impoverished country nearly four years ago.
did not start the war in Yemen, but they are paying the highest price. Some 360,000 children are suffering from
severe acute malnutrition, fighting for their lives every day. And one credible report put the number of
children under 5 who have died of starvation at more than 80,000,” Guterres
told a donor conference in the Swiss city of Geneva on Feb. 26.
UN chief warned of the worsening health and humanitarian situation in Yemen,
saying, “Over half of all health facilities are out of action, and nearly 20
million people lack access to adequate health care.”
2017, the worst cholera epidemic in history reached unprecedented levels as
water supplies and sanitation and public health services collapsed… Almost 18
million Yemenis still do not have adequate access to safe drinking water or
sanitation,” Guterres noted.
the latest Saudi attack on Yemeni civilians, nearly two dozen women and a child
were killed on Sunday, when Saudi warplanes bombarded residential buildings in
Talan village of Kushar district in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah.
to a report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a
nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed
the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.
President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed longtime ally Mohammad Shtayeh as prime
minister and asked him to form a new Palestinian government, in a sign of
potentially renewed discord between the Palestinian leader’s party and the
rival Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas.
received 60-year-old Shtayeh in his office on Sunday afternoon and, in a decree
published by Palestinian Ma’an news agency, appointed him as the Palestinian
prime minister with the task of forming “the 18th government during the given
who holds a doctorate in economy and development from Sussex University, is a
member of the Central Committee of Fatah, the ruling Palestinian nationalist
political party led by President Abbas. He has also been the minister of the
Palestinian economic council for the past decade.
government will replace the outgoing Rami Hamdallah’s government, which
resigned in late January but continued as a caretaker government.
was politically independent and his government was formed during a period of
improved relations between Fatah and Hamas. The resistance movement had even
expressed support for the outgoing premier and his government.
the decree, Abbas said the mission for the new government would be to speed up
reuniting the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip as well as to work
toward holding legislative elections in the West Bank — including East
Jerusalem al-Quds — and the Gaza Strip to boost democracy.
Palestinian leadership has been divided between Fatah and Hamas since 2006,
when the latter scored a landslide victory in parliamentary elections in Gaza.
Hamas has since been running the coastal enclave, while Fatah has been based in
the autonomous parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
reconciliation attempts by the two sides to form a power-sharing unity
government in Gaza and the West Bank have failed.
government is expected to be dominated by the ruling Fatah, though other
parties will be represented. Hamas is not expected to hold a share in the new
forces have fatally shot a Palestinian youth at a makeshift checkpoint in the
incident took place just north of the city of Jericho early on Sunday.
Palestinian Health Ministry identified the victim as Salameh Salah Kaabneh, 22.
Wafa news agency reported that Kaabneh was killed “in mysterious
police, however, claimed in a statement the “masked” Palestinian, who was
driving a car, had attempted to run through the checkpoint and not heeded an
officer’s order to stop.
a result of the gunfire, the car stopped and its Palestinian motorist, a
resident of one of the villages nearby, was hit and pronounced dead,” the
Israeli military regularly opens fatal fire on Palestinians, accusing them of
seeking to attack its personnel.
rights groups have repeatedly slammed the Tel Aviv regime for its shoot-to-kill
policy as a large number of the Palestinians killed did not pose any serious
threat to Israelis.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the United States is pressuring Turkey to
cancel an arms agreement with Russia because Washington is angered by Ankara’s
issue is not about (the Russian defense system) S-400. It is because Turkey
takes action of its own will regarding regional developments, particularly in
Syria,” President Erdogan said in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on
has been maintaining military presence in Syria to ward off Kurdish militants,
whom it associates with anti-Ankara separatists. The US, which has also been
present on Syrian soil, has been arming those Kurds under the pretext of
helping them fight the Takfiri terror group of Daesh. Ankara has been at
loggerheads with Washington over that support.
and Turkey finalized an agreement on the delivery of Russian S-400 missile
defense systems in December 2017. Turkey is expected to take delivery of the
systems between later this year and early next year. The US has been selling
its own Patriot missile systems to regional countries to push back against
Russia’s expanding influence among them.
day before Erdogan made the comments, the US Department of Defense warned
Turkey of “grave consequences” if it took delivery of the Russian equipment.
“They (the Turks) would not have access to Patriot and the F-35,” acting
Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said, also referring to an advanced American
fighter jet that the Turks plan to purchase.
US was about to sell the Patriots to Turkey before Ankara chose to purchase the
Russian systems. It is also contracted to deliver 100 F-35 stealth warplanes to
Turkey. Washington claims that members of the Western military alliance of
NATO, including Turkey, should be using certain weapons to ensure
however, said, “Everyone knows that this issue has nothing to do with either
NATO and the F-35 project nor the security of the US.”
tensions are at a peak mainly due to Washington’s support for the Kurds and
Turkey’s subsequent imprisonment of an American pastor.
year, Ankara also imposed tariffs on US goods in response to American tariffs
on Turkish-supplied steel and aluminum.
two sides are separately at odds over Washington’s refusal to extradite
Fetullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric accused of masterminding an
abortive 2016 coup against the Turkish government.
50 Boko Haram militants killed
fewer than 50 Boko Haram militants were killed on Saturday in two encounters
with the West African regional troops who foiled the terrorists’ attack on
their base in a town straddling Niger and Niger Republic.
Antigha, spokesman for the regional army, said in a statement early Sunday that
27 militants fell during their attacks on troops’ position in Gueskerou, a
community about 30 kilometers from Diffa in Niger Republic.
said the troops also destroyed six gun trucks and capturing several equipment,
arms and ammunition belonging to the militants.
said additional 23 terrorists died in a face off with soldiers in Mallam Fatori
area of northeastern Borno state while large cache of weapons -- including 20
rifles three machine guns and seven gun trucks -- were seized from them or
police said Sunday that six Egyptians and a Tunisian man believed to be linked
to an African-based terror group have been detained and deported.
of the Egyptians and the Tunisian national are suspected members of Ansar
Al-Sharia Al-Tunisia, which is based in North Africa and listed as a terrorist
group by the United Nations, national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a
said the two were detained in 2016 for trying to illegally enter an African
country. He said they used fake passports to enter Malaysia in October last
year and were planning to sneak into a third country to launch attacks.
other Egyptians and two Malaysians were detained last month for providing food,
shelter, air tickets and employment for the two suspected terrorists, Fuzi
said authorities are concerned with the entry of foreign terrorist fighters as
investigations showed they may use Malaysia as a “safe haven” or a logistics
hub to launch attacks in other countries.
Sudanese emergency court on Sunday sentenced an opposition leader to a week in
jail, as police detained several people intent on marching on parliament to
protest a state of emergency.
al-Mahdi — daughter of opposition Umma Party chief and ex-prime minister Sadiq
al-Mahdi — was sentenced to a week in prison by an emergency court, Mohamed
al-Mahdi, another of the party's leaders, told AFP.
al-Mahdi and her sister Rabah were among those arrested earlier on Sunday.
organizers had called for a march to challenge the state of emergency imposed
nationwide by President Omar al-Bashir on February 22.
move came after an initial crackdown on demonstrations that have taken place
against his rule since December last year failed to rein in the protest
president has ordered a slew of tough measures to quell the demonstrations,
including banning all unauthorized rallies and setting up special emergency courts
to probe transgressions.
procession was to start at the Umma Party's offices in the capital's twin city
some of our leaders came out of the party office to lead the march, security
agents arrested them," said Mohamed al-Mahdi, who is not connected to the
former premier's family.
the two daughters of the former premier, "five other leaders of our party
have also been taken away by security agents," Mohamed al-Mahdi said.
are still awaiting court verdicts for Rabah and the other five," he added.
said riot police fired tear gas at the protesters who had gathered outside the
dispersed the protesters before they could stage the march," a witness
have now launched demonstrations in some areas of Omdurman. Many of them have
been arrested," the witness added.
initially broke out on December 19, 2018 after a government decision to triple
the price of bread.
demonstrations escalated into nationwide rallies against Bashir's rule.
has mounted for years over soaring inflation and an acute foreign currency
UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli declared a state of
emergency and mobilization in the north-central city of Sirte.
decision came after forces of east Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar, known
as the Libyan National Army, reportedly move forward to the southern outskirt
of the city.
troops of the militia connected to the UN-backed unity government were called
to duty, said a statement from the security and protection force in Sirte,
affiliated to the GNA.
attack on the city will mean a declaration of war and its consequences will
turn into a disaster,” said the statement, adding that Haftar’s forces took
provocative steps recurrently.
some activist posted videos on social media showing armed men loyal to Haftar
patrolling at the southern gate of the city.
has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011 when a bloody NATO-backed uprising
led to the death of longstanding leader Muammar Gaddafi after four decades in
teens in UK sent away to escape rising knife crime
families living in the United Kingdom are rushing their children back to Africa
to avoid them being trapped in knife crimes and growing violence on the
Observer said in a report that many Somali teenagers have been sent back to the
Somalia, Somaliland or Kenya as their parents are becoming increasingly worried
about their safety in the UK, where stabbings and gang violence continue to
affect children and young adults almost on a daily basis.
of those families are from a Somalia community living in Islington, London,
where they have been based since the 1990s when civil war in their home country
left them displaced. Children of the community, however, have been mostly hired
or exploited by gangs and drug traffickers as most of them have found it hard
to integrate and live a normal life.
authorities say many families from the community are now sending their children
back to Africa as they are concerned about their safety.
them away has become the only way they can be safer. This issue of safety has
been repeatedly raised by the community but nobody has listened,” said Rakhia
Ismail, Islington deputy mayor, adding, “So many children have gone abroad. Two
weeks ago, there was a stabbing and a child was taken back home two days
of the Somali community in Islington say 50 to 70 percent of the families in
the area have been directly affected by drug trafficking and knife crime.
of youngsters have been taken to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya, some taken all
the way to the rural areas. Parents feel they have no choice if they want their
son to be safe,” said Sadia Ali, a senior member of the local forum and founder
of an organization campaigning for the rights of the minorities.
comes as Somalia is still grappling with high levels of violence and terrorist
attacks that continue to target civilians in various parts of the country.
crime epidemic became a bigger concern in the UK after two 17-year-olds were
killed in unprovoked attacks in London and Manchester last week.
have blamed the ruling Tory government’s austerity measures for the spike in
violence, saying an understaffed police have been unable to contain gangs and
respond to emergencies in large cities.
Britain has revoked citizenship from two more women who joined the Daesh group
in Syria, a newspaper reported Sunday, raising questions about the fate of
revelation follows a row over a similar decision regarding London teenager
Shamima Begum, whose newborn baby died in a Syrian refugee camp last week.
pair, who are of Pakistani heritage, reportedly married into a terror cell
linked to the murder of western hostages.
British interior ministry said it does not comment on individual cases.
spokesman said: “Any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are
based on all available evidence and not taken lightly.”
who married a Dutch Daesh fighter, was located by journalists in a refugee camp
after fleeing fighting between the terror group and US-backed forces.
had asked to return to Britain with her baby, after her two other children died
under Daesh rule.
minister Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship amid security fears, but has been
criticized for not doing more to help her son.
law states that the government cannot remove a person’s citizenship if that
would make them stateless.
was thought to be eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship through her parents, but
Dhaka said she could not go there.
member states will meet in Brussels this week to raise financial aid for the
11.7 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance.
President Bashar Al Assad consolidates his position after a brutal eight-year
conflict, cracks have started to appear in the EU’s unified approach on how to
deal with a regime accused of war crimes against its own population.
Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, between
March 12 and 14, will need to move beyond securing pledges for humanitarian aid
and deal with pressing issues including the struggling UN-led peace process,
reconstruction aid and the demands of activists and women.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica
Mogherini, expressed confidence in the event's ability to advance the EU agenda
have already had exchanges with the new UN special envoy for Syria on how to
use this conference for defining how we can support a political transition in
Syria and the UN role in this respect," Ms Mogherini said last month.
said the meeting would also bring together local interests and represent “a
Syrian week” on the global diplomatic calendar.
EU member states, which together count as the world’s biggest aid donors, are
more divided than they were a year ago.
states such as Italy, Austria and Hungary are run by anti-immigration
governments, which are calling for the return of refugees through talks with
Syrian authorities, regardless of prior objections.
nationalist ruling party said it would be ready to finance homes and schools to
help Syrians return.
the EU has made its reconstruction support conditional on a UN-led peace
Germany and Britain oppose allocating money for reconstruction that will fund
Mr Al Assad’s cronies.
than 270 people are under EU sanctions for their roles in the Syrian regime,
including Syria’s interior minister and six other Cabinet members who were
blacklisted this week.
January, the EU Council sanctioned prominent businessmen involved in
organisations complained that the Assad regime was channelling aid to loyalists
and called on the EU to demand it reach all Syrians.
European Commission secured $1.25 billion (Dh4.59bn) for assistance to
civilians in Syria, but was unable to deliver all of it because of access
challenges can be expected to block distribution of the funds raised this year
aid for reconstruction could be the last bargaining chip in the hands of the
success of a UN-led peace process that establishes a credible, inclusive and
non-sectarian governance would pave the way for the EU’s full engagement in
Pedersen, the fourth UN negotiator working to resolve the bloodshed in Syria,
said that “there will be no sustainable peace in Syria unless all Syrians are
included in shaping the future of their country".
the chances of this taking place in the near future are dimming. Russia, Turkey
and Iran have been mediating their own peace process and are placing themselves
to reap the profits of Syria’s rebuilding deals, estimated by the UN to cost
a major backer of the Assad regime, Russia is putting pressure on western
states and institutions to provide the much-needed capital for reconstruction.
the EU fears profits will be pocketed by Assad loyalists, who are behind major
luxury housing and entertainment projects in Damascus-area municipalities. More
are scheduled for Aleppo and Homs.
populist front inside the EU is pushing for investments in Syria regardless of
whether or not this will benefit the house of Assad, under the token that it
will enable more than one million Syrians in Europe to go back home.
per cent of Syrians are living below the poverty line and half of the
population is unemployed, UN estimates show.
challenges are acute, particularly for women who have largely become primary
breadwinners and face violence.
aid is also difficult and expensive, as the regime charges between $700 and
$800 for the entry of Jordanian and Lebanese trucks.
Babylonian treasure will be handed back to Iraq later this month after UK
border officers foiled an attempt to smuggle it through Heathrow Airport.
30cm-high inscribed stone, dating back more than 3,000 years, was one section
of a larger antiquity that is believed to have been looted from southern Iraq.
stone is a rare kudurru, an official document with cuneiform writing drawn up
on the instructions of the king to record lands handed to individuals,
according to UK newspaper The Guardian. It is believed to date from the reign
of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar I (1126-1103 BC).
newspaper reported that a border official became suspicious after the cargo was
described as a “carved stone for home decoration” that was made in Turkey. The
stone was believed to have been once located at a temple.
this kudurru has been neither previously recorded nor published and must
therefore come from illicit digging at a site in southern Iraq,” Dr St John
Simpson, a senior curator at the British Museum, told The Guardian.
return of the kudurru is part of a broader effort by officials to return
antiquities looted in the last decade of the rule of Saddam Hussein and its
Italian man who joined ISIS said that although the militant group is poised to
lose its last territory east of the Euphrates, it has long been planning for a
new phase by smuggling out hundreds of men to set up sleeper cells in Iraq and
Al Mkhayar, who is of Moroccan descent, told Reuters the terrorist group has
vowed to "get revenge” for their current struggles.
Italian is in a prison in north Syria, run by the Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF), after abandoning ISIS two months ago as US-backed forces closed in.
Mkhayar was sentenced to eight years in jail by a Milan court in 2017 for
spreading ISIS propaganda and trying to recruit Italians to the group.
an atheist with an affinity for rap music and a dream of moving to America, Al
Mkhayar joined ISIS at 18.
said he had spent most of his life in Milan with an aunt he calls his mother,
before being placed in a home for troubled young people. He also spent a month
in prison on drugs charges.
began watching ISIS videos and speaking to recruiters online. It took him just
a month to decide to go to Syria with a friend four years ago.
military and religious training, Al Mkhayar fought on various fronts. His
friend was killed on the battlefield.
ISIS lost its Syrian headquarters at Raqqa, he left for Mayadin on the Euphrates
river, then moved farther east across the desert, towards the Iraqi border.
a string of defeats in eastern Syria, ISIS leaders were in disarray, killing
off rival clerics and emirs, Al Mkhayar said.
had then tried to quit the fight but had been imprisoned and then sent back to
the front lines.
Mkhayar ended up in Baghouz, where he said the last fighters were split between
wanting to give up or fight to the death.
said his wife, a Syrian Kurdish woman from Kobani, who he married three years
ago, convinced him to leave.
it’, we said, ‘we’re getting out.’ I saw my little daughter turning weak. I was
scared my children would die,” he said.
Mkhayar said he could not sleep because of thinking about his wife and two
daughters in a camp for displaced people in another part of north-east Syria.
His wife is due to give birth in a month.
Italian citizen said he still believed in the idea of a caliphate for Muslims,
but accused ISIS leaders of governing their land like “a mafia”, seeking only
to make money and breaking their own rules with impunity.
had stolen money and fled to Turkey, Iraq or western Europe, while ordering
people to stay and defend Islam, he said.
SDF, meanwhile, reportedly detained a former Irish soldier who joined ISIS.
Irish police said they were “aware of an Irish woman who left Ireland three or
four years ago having become radicalised. She was previously a member of the
Irish Defence Forces”.
news media named the woman as Lisa Smith, 37, from Dundalk.
is said to have spent about a decade in the army before joining the Air Corps,
where she reportedly served on government jets.
media shared an image of her among the flight crew when Ireland’s prime
minister at the time, Bertie Ahern, visited the US in April 2008.
news of two more detainees comes as western governments grapple with what to do
with their citizens who fled to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS.
UK government stripped teenager Shamima Begum of her British nationality in
February after she gave an interview saying she wanted to return home, having
fled to war-torn Syria with two school friends at the age of 15.
fighters have been hoping for weeks that the final day has come for the Islamic
State group's "caliphate", but its last tiny sliver of land just
won't seem to empty.
of thousands of dust-covered women, children and men have streamed out of the
ragged tent encampment in the Syrian village of Baghouz since December -- and
despite that exodus they still keep on coming.
numbers have flummoxed the Kurdish-led forces and bogged down their offensive
to finish off the once sprawling proto-state.
we began the operation we knew there would be civilians, but not in such a big
number," Adnan Afrin, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said
recent days thousands more men and women -- including those who once flocked to
join IS from across the globe -- left the IS pocket.
upended assumptions that few families remained holed up in Baghouz and those
who refused to leave or surrender were choosing to die there.
coming from underground... they're never-ending," said one SDF official.
International Rescue Committee on Friday said as many as 12,000 people from
Baghouz have arrived in one camp for non-combatants in northeast Syria over the
past 48 hours, including some 6,000 people on Thursday alone.
women trucked out of the bastion this week gave drastically varying figures on
the holdout families that remain in the bombed-out and besieged jihadist
still more," said Umm Aboud from the northern Syrian city of Al-Bab.
see how many people have come out in the past few days, there's that many still
inside," said the mother of four, her bright green eyes peering through a
than 55,000 civilians have arrived in the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp since
December, according to the International Rescue Committee.
IRC and other agencies are doing all they can do help the new arrivals but
Al-Hol camp is now at breaking point," the organisation said Friday.
one could have guessed that such a large number of women and children were
still living in Baghouz."
remain as to how aid planners, as well as SDF officials and their coalition
partners, could have so severely underestimated the number of people left in
the crumbling "caliphate".
what they could manage, black-clad women trucked out of Baghouz in the past few
days have said they were living crammed together in trenches, tents and cars
near the bend in the Euphrates as the bombing campaign rolled the redoubt back.
are thousands of families leaving... (but) there were thousands and thousands
of families there, even I was surprised," 35-year-old Umm Alaa, from the
Iraqi town of Heet, said Wednesday after fleeing.
mother of 10 said she lost a child last week due to hunger as the situation
grew increasingly desperate.
obtained by AFP from the Free Burma Rangers, a Christian aid group run by a
former US special forces operative, showed hundreds of people still remained in
the riverside camp.
the images said to have been filmed Thursday, women draped in black walked
through the makeshift dwellings as overturned cars and scraps of twisted metal
littered the ground.
aid group has come in close proximity to the camp in recent days and its head,
David Eubank, told AFP some two thousand people could remain inside.
Mutlu Civiroglu, on the ground in eastern Syria, told AFP that IS was
purposefully trying to conceal its numbers.
have regularly been "releasing certain numbers of people, including
fighters, in controlled amounts" in an attempt to buy time, he said.
they really wanted to surrender, they would have... and if they wanted to fight
again, they could have," he added.
delay was "a deliberate effort, maybe to prepare for something else...
what that is though is unclear".
National Security Adviser John Bolton says he has discussed a long-term
military presence in Syria with his British and French counterparts, despite an
order by President Donald Trump to evacuate American troops from the Arab
to ABC News on Sunday, Bolton was hopeful that Britain and France would also
join the US efforts to prevent Daesh’s resurgence.
hasn't happened formally yet, but they're looking at it. I think it's very
important that we try and get this up. The ISIS threat, the al Qaeda threat,
the terrorist threat is an ideological threat worldwide and it's something that
I think we have to be vigilant against for the foreseeable future," he said
using another acronym for Daesh.
reaffirmed President Donald Trump's assessment of Daesh’s defeat in Syria but
cautioned that the threat still persisted because members of the group were
spread around the world.
president has been, I think, as clear as clear can be when he talks about the
defeat of the ISIS territorial caliphate," Bolton said. "He has never
said that the elimination of the territorial caliphate means the end of ISIS in
know that's not the case. We know right now that there are ISIS fighters
scattered still around Syria and Iraq, and that ISIS itself is growing in other
parts of the world. The ISIS threat will remain."
remarks once again highlight Washington’s shifting messages since Trump’s
announcement of a swift withdrawal from Syria.
a video posted to Twitter in December, Trump declared that "we have won
against ISIS" and "it’s time for our troops to come back home"
from Syria. Back then, the president said he had directed his commanders to
complete the process in three months.
some of the nearly 2,000 US troops in Syria have already moved to the
neighboring Iraq but the process has reportedly come to a halt to address
concerns in Washington.
month, the Trump administration announced that some 400 American troops will
stay in Syria indefinitely after the withdrawal was completed to allegedly
protect allied Kurdish militants in Syria from possible Turkish attacks while
keeping an eye out for Daesh’s reemergence.
said Sunday that the decision was out of concern that Daesh could regain its
reason that the president has committed to keeping an American presence in Iraq
and a small part of an observer force in Syria, is against the possibility that
there would be a real resurgence of ISIS, and we would then have the ability to
deal with that if that arose," he said.
week, General Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command which oversees US
military operations in the Middle East, said the fight against Daesh was
"far from over."
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