‘Obliged To Arrest Naik’ If Interpol Issues Red Notice
Human Rights Commission To Modernize, Be Granted More Powers, Say Sources
Shabaab Bribing Elders to Have an MP In 2020 Polls
Muslim Voters Clamor For Democrats’ Attention At Annual Conference
Has Nothing to Do With Terrorism’, PM Imran Addresses American Muslims
30 Students Booked For Waving Flag Resembling That of Pakistan inside Campus
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‘obliged to arrest Naik’ if Interpol issues red notice
JAYA: If an Interpol red notice is issued on preacher Dr Zakir Naik, the
Malaysian police would have no choice but to arrest him, according to a lawyer
who has served on the International Criminal Court.
is wanted by authorities in India for alleged money laundering and hate speech.
An Interpol red notice is an alert to member police forces to apprehend a
would then become Malaysia’s obligation as a member country of Interpol, to
perform that task, said lawyer N. Sivananthan. “We will have to arrest Naik and
hand him over to Interpol who will send him back to India,” he told FMT.
said it was unfortunate that India had to seek assistance from Interpol when
there is an extradition treaty with Malaysia since 2010.
said this in response to India which is pressing Interpol to take action on its
request for red notices against certain fugitives avoiding the law, including
Naik, who has permanent resident status in Malaysia.
Friday, India’s Home Secretary, AK Bhalla, met the visiting Interpol
secretary-general, Jurgen Stock, for 30 minutes and raised the matter of its
request for red notices on certain fugitives including Naik,
was also reported in May that India has filed charges of money laundering
against Naik, accusing him of acquiring about Rs1.9 billion (RM114.5 million)
worth of criminal assets.
who is a permanent resident in Malaysia, was charged in absentia in a court in
Mumbai with acquiring about 1.9 billion rupees (RM114.6 million) in criminal
assets. Naik is also accused of making “inflammatory speeches and lectures”
resulting in some Muslim youths committing acts of terrorism.
has strongly denied the accusations against him.
Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said several times that Malaysia is reluctant
to deport Naik because of the risk that he would be killed and from doubts of
whether he will receive a fair trial.
Naik’s comments during lectures in Kelantan led to more than 100 police reports
being lodged against him. He has since apologised and Mahathir has said the
government will revoke Naik’s permanent residence if his actions are
detrimental to the well-being of the country.
Human Rights Commission to modernize, be granted more powers, say sources
The Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) will undergo serious modernization and
be granted more powers, a knowledgeable government source within the commission
has told Arab News.
aim is to empower HRC so that the human rights file and practices are in line
with all the progress and reform in the Kingdom under Vision 2030, and also in
line with best possible practices,” the source said.
reasons” were responsible for 90 percent of what the source described as
“negative aspects” relating to human rights issues in the Kingdom, he said.
procedural errors would “rapidly and carefully be corrected through the work of
the Human Rights Commision during the next period.
aim will be to close any gaps or loopholes in laws and legislation, and stop
any negative exploitation of the bureaucracy in a way that goes against the
Kingdom’s ambitious vision when it comes to human rights.”
source said the Saudi government was determined to reinforce the role of the
Human Rights Commission in accordance with the highest standards. “This will be
achieved through moving the laws and authorities related to the human rights
file to the desired level that matches the Kingdom’s prestige and reputation,”
a government reshuffle last week, former Saudi information minister Awwad
Alawad was appointed by royal decree to head the HRC.
who is also Saudi Arabia’s former Ambassador to Germany, has been a Royal Court
adviser since he was relieved of his duties as information minister late last
Shabaab bribing elders to have an MP in 2020 polls
bizarre as it might sound, al Shabaab militants seem to now find a short cut to
legally take over reins of power secretly through the ballot, with help from
clan chiefs rather than with the violence often associated with them.
if wanting to prove its influence, the militants recently summoned elders
involved in the 2016 election to go and repent.
elders who heeded the call for fear of reprisals were literally held hostage
for 20 days in secret locations around the country. The meeting became an al
Shabaab civic engagement plan, plotting a silent takeover of power.
gave us clothes and money and even promised to pay us $300 every month on one
condition which is that we do what they order us to do. They told us the
country is being taken over by infidels and that we have to salvage it. We are
still waiting for their order,” a clan chief who did not wish to be named said.
there are three parliamentary elections coming up in Galmudug and South West
State in September and October and of course the countrywide presidential and
parliamentary elections in 2020.
latest revelation makes many people wonder the influence the militants can have
on the elections, if indeed the elders, just like before, are involved.
to change, under Somali’s current electoral system, elders choose MPs, who in
turn elect the president. In previous election models, the clans directly
nominated the MPs. We can never dismiss the influence of elders in Somalia
of the elders who took part in the ‘al Shabaab civic education’ say the
militants plan to use force and persuasion to convince the elders to nominate
their own to parliament in 2020.
only way these elders will be rendered invaluable is if Somalia succeeds in
organising a one-person-one-vote election.
that depends on several factors, including the adoption of the interim charter,
the liberation of areas still controlled by al Shabaab and preparing the
country for the vote. Recent events such as the Jubaland elections show cracks
in national unity, which are likely to be used by the militants to further
year before the next election, al Shabaab continues to destabilise peace at
will. Just recently, they claimed responsibility for a suicide attack inside
the office of the late Mogadishu mayor Eng Abdirahman Omar Osman “Yarisow”, who
died from the attack.
sad incidents make people wonder how Somalia plans to secure its next election.
As a benefactor, am sure al Shabaab will do everything in its power to disrupt
the election, playing dirty politics of bribing, threatening officials as it
often does or even going out to kill their targets to silence their critics
just to clear the way for their candidates of choice.
is highly likely that come next year, the status quo will remain, making it
almost impossible for national elections to be conducted. Al Shabaab is now
likely preparing itself for a scenario where the elders will be needed for the
nomination of clan delegates who elect MPs.
Shabaab must have realised the value of these elders, no wonder they treated
them so well and fed them like kings. However, little or much they spend on
their upkeep is an investment they are likely to demand something in return.
gave us first-class treatment. They used to feed us like kings. They made us
renew our Islamic vows as if we were non-Muslims before meeting them. They
bought us clothes, shoes and head turbans. They paid us $200 each when we were
leaving and promised to give us a $300 salary every month,” the elder added.
much as we loathe them, the question now seems to be how many al Shabaab MPs
they will get and not if because they have already proved their ingenuity and
strategic thinking. Time and again they are ahead of us in implementing their
the cold-blooded murder of Yarisow, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo
reportedly admitted the possibility of al Shabaab moles in government and
ordered security agencies to flush them out. Some of those elders who heeded
the al Shabaab invite have reportedly been arrested in some parts of the
biggest worry is the level of corruption in Somalia elections. Recent news of
the increased al Shabaab revenue from their extortion rackets shows the group
has lots of cash and could easily buy off parliamentary seats.
is why the Somalia National Independence Election Commission and the government
need to quickly develop strategies curtailing al Shabaab members or even
sympathizers from becoming MPs, or worse, president. Let us hope not.
Muslim voters clamor for Democrats’ attention at annual conference
Muslim American voters are tired of being ignored by the Democratic Party’s
presidential candidates — even though they make up a fast-growing source of
two of the party’s White House contenders, Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro,
agreed to speak at Saturday’s presidential forum at the annual convention of
the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which has drawn 30,000 attendees to
Houston, Tex. this weekend.
a dozen Dems, along with President Donald Trump, were invited, organizers said.
they’re serious about courting the Muslim vote, they have to show up,” advocate
Wa’el Alzayat told Politico Friday. “The entire system is rigged to keep our
issues out of the spotlight when it’s inconvenient.”
recently realized the Muslim community has a strong voting bloc,” ISNA board
member Lubabah Abdullah told the Guardian. “Unfortunately [anti-Muslim
sentiment] has become the norm.”
important that the presidential candidates engage American Muslims directly on
the issues that matter most to us,” said Kalia Abiade of the Pillars Fund. “We
need the others to step up if they want our communities’ consideration.”
voters lean heavily Democratic, with about 66 percent of them identifying with
the party, according to the Pew Research Center. All of the Muslim
representatives currently serving in the US Congress are Democrats.
leaves many of the ISNA attendees feeling snubbed by the candidates’ absence
from their event.
often hear a lot of really nice words when people like Donald Trump go after
Muslim Americans,” Abdul El-Sayed, gubernatorial candidate in Michigan last
year, told Politico. “But there’s another side to this: You have to come and
listen to the things we’re asking of our government if you want to leverage our
prosecutors named ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator in their case against
the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was convicted of raising millions of
dollars for Hamas, a State Department-designated terror organization.
Has Nothing To Do With Terrorism’, PM Imran Addresses American Muslims
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday addressed the 56th Convention of the
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) through video link.
premier briefed the American Muslims of what is currently happening in the
Occupied Kashmir where the fascist Narendra Modi government has imposed curfew
and has cut all the communication lines to suppress the protests against the
abrogation of Article 370.
Indian government on August 05 revoked the constitutional provision that
provided autonomy to the people of the IoK.
then, there’s a complete blockade and the occupation forces have launched a
military crackdown on the innocent people.
PM said that Islam is a religion of peace and it has nothing to do with
terrorism and the act of one person cannot be attributed to the whole
said the Muslim places of worship were also attacked in Europe.
to the situation in the IoK, he said the Kashmiris are under siege for the last
prime minister said the current Indian regime is a follower of the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
said the West will have to understand the philosophy of the RSS in order to
think clearly of this problem, which led to the carnage of the Muslims in
premier reminded the world that we are talking of a country of one billion
people, with nuclear weapons taken over by extreme ideology and philosophy.
urged the American Muslims to raise awareness about this critical situation in the region.
30 students booked for waving flag resembling that of Pakistan inside campus
Police has filed a case against 30 students for allegedly waving a flag that
resembled that of Pakistan on campus. The incident happened in Silver College,
Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala and the students belong to the Muslim
Students Front (MSF).
Students Front (MSF) which is now in the eye of storm claims that it was a
mistake from their end as their intention was to use a flag of their
to the police, the incident happened on Thursday, during the college union
election campaign. Students belonging to the United Democratic Front, which
includes the KSU and MSF held a procession on one side of the campus. Among the
smaller flags of the respective organisations, a group of students also waved a
larger flag which resembled the flag of Pakistan.
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after the visuals of the incident went viral on social media, Perambra police
launched a probe into the incident. Following the preliminary enquiry an FIR
was registered against 30 students belonging to the MSF under sections 143
(punishment for unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 153 (intent to cause riot)
and 149 (offence committed under unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
have enquired about the background of the students involved in this, as of now
there isn't anything suspicious or alarming about their past. The students
claim that the mistake happened while printing the flag, anyway we are
verifying the facts," the Peramabara CI told India Today TV.
representative from the student organisation who spoke to India Today TV
admitted that there was a mistake at their end. "They [students] did not
properly inspect the flag after printing. Our flag has two equal halves of
white and green with MSF marked at the white portion. But this flag was out of
proportion making it look similar to the Pakistani flag. We cannot even think
about using a Pakistani flag," he said.
than 50 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Faryab airstrikes
security forces conducted multiple airstrikes in northern Faryab province which
killed or wounded more than 50 Taliban militants.
209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement that the security forces conducted the
airstrikes in Gurziwan district of Faryab.
statement further added that the airstrikes targeted two compounds of Taliban
which killed at least 47 militants.
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the airstrikes also wounded 5 Taliban militants
and destroyed the two compounds of the group.
209th Shaheen Corps also added that the airstrikes also destroyed various
weapons, munitions and other military kits.
LUMPUR, Aug 30 — The upcoming Umno-PAS charter is not healthy for a multi-racial
and religiously diverse country like Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
to a press conference after the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Presidential Council
meeting today, the prime minister claimed that the charter will seek to play
the race card, which is dangerous for the country.
want to play up race and religious issues. This is not healthy for our nation,
a country that is multi-racial. This creates enmity which has happened in other
should discuss or battle each other on policies and not stir up race relations
and fire up ethnic and religious emotions,” said Dr Mahathir.
two biggest Malay-based parties Umno and PAS will be signing a Unity and
Understanding Charter during the Muslim Unity Gathering (Himpunan Penyatuan
Ummah — HPU914) at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on September 14.
a joint press conference last week, Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa
and his PAS counterpart Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said that the charter will be
their agreement leading to the 15th general election.
said this is an initiative from both parties to cooperate for better political
harmony for the country.
said PAS and Umno believe that uniting the ummah is something that must be
done, but it will not stop at party-level cooperation.
charter will contain certain philosophies and agreement between both parties
and after its signing ceremony on September 14 by both party presidents, a
state-to-state movement led by the party presidents will follow.
touching on the call for the boycott of non-Bumiputera products by certain
members of the Malay grassroots, Dr Mahathir said these are the call of those
who are simple minded.
are the ineffective weapons. It’s useless to boycott and will only trigger
anger. Don’t boycott anyone’s products — Bumiputera or no,” he said.
JAYA: In contrast to several other states, the Pahang religious department has
imposed conditions but no public speaking ban on Dr Zakir Naik, the state
Mufti, Abdul Rahman Osman, said.
said there was no prohibition on the controversial preacher from making public
speeches but Naik must comply with the conditions set by the Pahang Islamic
Affairs Department. Among them is obtaining advance approval for the event. He
must also obtain permission from the police.
who wishes to give public speeches on religion must obtain prior approval,” he
police have advised all state authorities against approving public speeches by
Naik since a storm of criticism arose after he gave public lectures in Kota
was alleged to have insulted Malaysian Hindus and the Malaysian Chinese
community, and was called up by federal police for a series of interviews after
more than 100 reports were lodged against him. He has since apologised for his
remarks, which he said were taken out of context.
Pahang mufti Rahman said Naik had not sought to insult other religions in his
speeches, but had only made comparisons to other religions in explaining to
fellow Muslims why Islam did not accept other religious beliefs.
who disagree should debate with him, not resort to emotional outbursts,” Rahman
said non-Muslims should respect the freedom of Muslims to evangelise, while the
freedom to practise other religions was respected.
police advice against public speeches by Naik was based on a perceived threat
to national security, to strike a balance between growing resentment among
non-Muslim groups against the controversial speaker and sympathy among Muslims.
The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, today criticised a handful of people,
including leaders, who would go to the extent of lowering their self-esteem to
gain influence and political support.
said that the political climate in the country after the 14th general election
was getting hotter through acts carried out by political leaders, whether from
the government or the opposition parties.
at the state-level Maal Hijrah event here this morning, Sultan Nazrin said that
after 62 years of achieving independence, the act of instilling hatred between
the races and religions was being committed “more often”.
said provocations which were extreme in nature were being made, including
placing dolls and hurling pork into mosques, placing the head of cattle in
Hindu temples, disseminating slanders through the social media, and insulting
Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad.
acts, he said, were actually like setting up time bombs which were waiting for
the right time to explode.
the splinters from such time bombs do not discriminate their victims. In fact,
the grandchildren and other family members of those who set up such time bombs
are also exposed to the dangers due to the action of those with shallow minds,”
he said. Sultan Nazrin lamented that facts and authenticity of news were now
considered not important. On the other hand, he said, emotions played a bigger
role in influencing the people, including the learned, to the extent that their
minds were being poisoned and possessed.
said every incident – from crime on the road to the disciplinary action of
teachers in schools or employers at the work place, the colour of leaders’
attire, errors in raising the national flag, and changes in school curriculum –
was being negatively interpreted according to racial and religious dimensions.
situations are very unhealthy, placing the nation in a dangerous and worrying
situation. The majority of the people in the country love peace. The people are
becoming more restless and fearful,” he said.
Nazrin said the “raised temperatures” must be immediately brought down, and the
acts of instilling racial feelings and spreading enmity between the religions
said the rule of law must remain sovereign so that personal security and the
safety of public property would be protected and ensured.
reports of intolerance between ethnic groups and religious communities,
pictures showing a Christian funeral service in the courtyard of a mosque has
attracted people's attention on the internet.
pictures were uploaded on Monday on the Facebook account of Jeferson Goeltom,
who wrote in his post that they were the pictures from the funeral of his
nephew’s wife. The post has been shared almost 10,000 times on Facebook and
received more than 38,000 likes as of Saturday afternoon.
pictures in the Facebook post show a white-robed priest standing in front of a
casket decorated with a floral cross, while the people attending the ceremony
are sitting on plastic chairs.
Muslim men wearing their kufi skullcaps can also be seen in the pictures.
house is located in a narrow alley, which the coffin was too big to pass
through. It was a great blessing that we felt to be allowed to do the ceremony
in front of the mosque,” Jeferson wrote.
is a form of super high tolerance. Thank you, the mosque caretakers and my
mosque turned out to be the Darussalam Mosque located on Jl. Cempaka Baru
Tengah, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.
45, one of the caretakers of the mosque, said the service was also held on Monday,
the same day as when the pictures were posted.
represented the family to talk to the mosque head to ask for permission to use
the courtyard, because of the narrow alley situation,” Agus said on Thursday,
as quoted by kompas.com.
observed, the path to the family’s home is indeed narrow. The entrances to the
alley are not even 1 meter wide. There is no other choice other than to use the
the mosque head allowed them to use the mosque’s courtyard for the funeral, the
service began at around 12:30 p.m. and lasted for 30 minutes before the coffin
was closed and taken to the cemetery, Agus recalled.
said the mosque had to postpone its Quran study so as not to disturb the
service happening in the courtyard.
have a weekly Quran study every Monday taking place after shalat dzuhur (midday
prayer) and lasting until shalat ashar (afternoon prayer). The study was
postponed until 2:30 p.m.,” said Agus.
dzuhur, which is performed at around noon, and shalat ashar, which is performed
at around 3 to 4 p.m., are two of the five obligatory prayers for Muslims.
[thank God], I have lived here for 30 years. It is safe here for everybody.
Those who celebrate Christmas, they are allowed. Those who celebrate Idul
Fitri, they are also welcome,” Agus said.
here have a high sense of tolerance and have never clashed with each other just
for differences. The whole country should learn, we cannot disturb the value of
Bhineka Tunggal Ika [Unity in Diversity].”
story has also spread on Twitter and sparked discussion on the beauty of
and filmmaker Ernest Prakarsa on his Twitter account @ErnestPrakasa said “[We]
really need news like this.”
post had been retweeted more than 3,800 times as of Saturday afternoon. Twitter
user Thahir Syaugi, on account @thahirsyaugi, responded to Ernest's tweet and
agreed that the nation needed to see more news like that.
acts of tolerance happen around us from all religions, both minority and
majority, unfortunately we often only see the intolerance stories.”
story is probably what the capital needs the most right now amid the rising
intolerance in Jakarta.
2017, human rights group Setara Institute revealed that Jakarta was at the bottom
of a list of 94 cities studied from November 2016 to October 2017. The study,
called "The 2017 Index of Tolerant Cities," measured cities'
medium-term regional development plans, government actions and statements,
discriminatory policies, intolerant acts and demographic composition based on
the harmony among people of different groups.
LUMPUR: Malaysia’s prime minister has condemned “ugly and disgusting” behavior
online, urging citizens to show respect toward each other.
Mohamad made the remarks on the eve of Malaysia’s 62nd National Independence
Day celebrations in an address on public broadcaster RTM.
country ranks among the top five globally in terms of internet penetration,
with users spending an average of eight hours and five minutes online every
day. Almost three hours of this is spent on social media.
showed how the country was built on the values of tolerance, noble character,
mutual respect and sharing, unselfishness and willingness to sacrifice for the
sake of the country,” said Mahathir.
these values should not stop when we achieve independence or progress as we
enjoy them today.
when we look around us, in our midst of communication and digitalization, good
values are being replaced with ugly and disgusting behavior online.”
defending religion and ethnicity, insults are thrown against other races and
religions, he said.
In defending religion and ethnicity, insults
are thrown against other races and religions using profane and abusive
language, in return can lead to anger and anxiety, he said.
gained independence from Britain in 1957 and its cultural melting pot became
the backbone of its economic development throughout the decades.
pervasive corruption and racial politics led to discontent with the previous
Barisan Nasional government, resulting in last year’s surprise election win by
the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
and his government are harking back to his previous stint in office, in the
1980s and 1990s when the country experienced rapid industralization, by
releasing a music video to remind people of the good times.
administration has also adopted a theme — “Love Our Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia”
— to refocus people’s attention to the damage wrought by corruption and efforts
to tackle it.
former prime minister, Najib Razak, has been hit with 42 criminal charges of
graft and money laundering at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and other
founded by Najib in 2009, is being investigated in at least six countries, and
the US Department of Justice says about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from
the fund. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Indonesian police have arrested dozens of people in the easternmost region of
Papua following protests last week in which buildings were set ablaze, a police
spokesman said on Sunday.
area has been racked by civil unrest for two weeks over perceived racial and
ethnic discrimination. Some protesters are also demanding an independence vote,
although authorities have ruled out such a possibility. In the provincial
capital of Jayapura, 28 people have been arrested and named as suspects, and
more face investigation, Papuan police spokesman Ahmad Kamal said by telephone.
people are suspects in cases of damaging and burning properties, violence,
provocation, and looting,” Kamal said, adding that all had been arrested after
a protest in Jayapura on Thursday.
rioters set cars and buildings ablaze, including a local parliament office and
a building housing the offices of the state-controlled telco firm, during the
said the situation in Papua was now calmer. In Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta,
two students suspected of crimes against state security have been arrested,
police said in a statement on Saturday. The evidence against them included
their mobile telephones, and a shirt and a shawl emblazoned with the ‘Morning
Star’ flag pattern, a banned symbol of Papuan nationhood.
Legal Aid lawyer Michael Himan said the two were arrested from a Papuan
dormitory in Depok, in a southern part of the capital, late on Friday. They
were charged with treasonous intent against the unity of the nation, Himan told
Reuters on Sunday.
least 45 militants killed in post-truce missile attack in Syria’s Idlib:
least 45 foreign-backed militants have been killed in a missile attack in
Syria’s embattled province of Idlib, says a UK-based monitor.
to a statement by the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the
missiles hit “a meeting held by the leaders of Hurras al-Deen, Ansar al-Tawhid
and other allied groups inside a training camp” near Idlib city in Syria’s
northwest on Saturday.
was not yet clear who had been behind the attack, or whether the missiles were
launched from fighter jets or positions on the ground.
parts of Idlib province, home to three million people, and parts of neighboring
Hama province constitute the last major militant stronghold in Syria. The
Idlib-based militants regularly conduct attacks against Syrian troops, Russia’s
bases and civilian districts.
government troops, supported by Russian airstrikes, are resolute to liberate
the province from the grips of militants, who have practically taken the
this month, the Syrian government troops announced the start of an offensive
against militants in Idlib after those positioned in the de-escalation zone
failed to honor a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey and continued to
target civilian neighborhoods.
missile attack came hours after the Syrian government started a Russian-backed
unilateral ceasefire in the de-escalation zone of the flash-point province.
However, Damascus said the Syrian army reserves the right to respond to any
violation by the Takfiri terrorists.
Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria had earlier announced the ceasefire in
a statement released on Friday.
a key ally of Damascus, launched its military campaign against the Daesh
Takfiri terrorist group and other terror outfits in the Arab country in
September 2015 at the Damascus government’s request. Russia's airstrikes have
significantly helped the Syrian forces deal heavy blows to foreign-backed
militants operating in the Arab country since 2011.
Syrian army has opened a humanitarian corridor in Idlib and Hama for the safe
exit of civilians fleeing violence terrorists.
Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi in a statement announced that its Brigade 18 in a
special operation in al-Anbar province killed Abd al-Salam Hamd Hamoud nom de
guerre Abu Nour.
deputy of Abu Nour was injured and six of his assistants were also arrested in
Hashd al-Sha’abi operation.
Commander of Iraq’s Joint Military Operations Colonel Yahya Rasoul told the
Arabic-language al-Youm that 10 percent of Iraqi territories have been cleansed
in Eradeh al-Nasr operations.
added that the mop-up operations against the ISIL remnants will continue in
desert areas of al-Anbar, Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces until arresting or
killing ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
a relevant development in late August, a senior member of Iraq’s al-Nujaba
Movement underlined that the US special forces have increased their movements
in Western Iraq, and relocated large groups of the ISIL terrorists.
Arabic-language al-Mosleh news website quoted member of the Political Council
of al-Nujaba Movement Faras al-Yasser as saying that according to the intel
obtained by Iraq’ Hashd al-Sha’abi forces, the US forces have relocated the
ISIL terrorists in heliborne operations to regions both in and outside Iraq to
use them as pressure leverage against the Iraqi government.
also pointed to the US’ efforts to increase the number of its army troops in
Iraq, and said that the US special forces are present in the liberated areas in
Salahuddin, al-Anbar and border regions.
Arabic-language website of Russia Today cited Belgian De Morgen newspaper as
reporting that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested Anwar Hadoushi nom
de guerre Abu Soleiman al-Belgiki and known as ISIL's executioner was captured
newspaper said 35-year-old Abu Soleiman has decapitated over 100 people in
Hadoushi is also said to have been the main financial supplier of the terrorist
attacks in Paris and Brussels.
a relevant development earlier on Saturday, Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi (Iraq’s
Popular Mobilization) forces conducted an anti-terror military operation in
al-Anbar province, and killed ISIL’s Baghdad emir and arrested six of his
Arabic-language SANA news agency quoted a battlefield source as saying that the
Syrian Army has declared implementation of truce in the demilitarized zone
while reiterating that it will respond to any violation of ceasefire by the
taking full control of al-Tamane’ah strategic town, the Syrian Army continued
its advances in Southern Idlib and regained control of the towns of al-Khovein
al-Kabir, al-Sakiat, Eastern and Western Farms of al-Tamane’ah, Tal Turki, Tal
Sayyed Jafar and strategic Sayyed Ali Hilltop just one kilometer to the North
of al-Tamane’ah that overlooks al-Azizieh-Tahtaya Road.
battlefield sources also reported that the Syrian Army troops killed at least
37 Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra
Front), Haras al-Din and Turkistani terrorists and destroyed several of their military
vehicles and equipment.
a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian Army continued its advances in
Northwestern Syria, and managed to take full control of the strategic town of
Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a military
source from Colonel Soheil al-Hassan forces as saying that the Syrian Army
troops started bombardment of Southeastern Idlib on Thursday night.
noted that the Syrian Army’ military operation covered farms located between
the strategic town of al-Tamane’ah and the town of al-Khovein which has just
source said that the Syrian Army heavily pounded the terrorists’ military
positions in al-Tamane’ah after bombardment of their positions.
Syrian Army managed to make advances in the Northern direction of al-Tamane’ah
after its bombardment and clashes with the terrorists.
two other groups of Syrian Army troops continued their military operations from
the Southern and Eastern sides of al-Tamane’ah,” he noted.
Syrian Army has laid siege on the center of al-Tamane’ah and started its raids
from three directions.
has enough precision-guided missiles in Lebanon for any confrontation with
Israel, the Iran-backed movement’s leader said on Saturday, denying Israeli
claims that the group harbors facilities to build the weapons.
said in a televised speech that Hezbollah has “enough precision-guided missiles
in Lebanon for any confrontation, small or big.”
said drones like the ones used in an attack in Beirut’s suburbs, which he
blames on Israel, open the door to assassinations if left unanswered.
chief said that the response to Israel is in the hands of the group’s field
commanders “who know what they must do and what the limits are.”
a related development, Israel’s military said on Saturday it had ordered extra
forces to deploy its northern command as tensions remained high with Lebanon’s
heavily armed Shiite movement Hezbollah.
United States on Friday sanctioned Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 and its
captain for enabling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps to “ship and transfer
large volumes of oil… to fund the regime’s malign activities and propagate
comes shortly after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US had
reliable information that the tanker, which is carrying 2.1 million barrels of
Iranian crude oil, was headed to Tartus, Syria.
had earlier said that if the tanker went to Syria, Washington would take every
action it could consistent with US sanctions.
@JZarif guaranteed to the UK that the IRGC oil tanker #Grace1 / #AdrianDarya1
would not head to Syria. We have reliable information that the tanker is
underway and headed to Tartus, Syria. I hope it changes course. It was a big
mistake to trust Zarif.
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the ship was released off Gibraltar in mid-August after a five-week standoff,
Iran assured Britain that the cargo was not headed to Syria.
latest twist sets it in the direction of Syria, and raises the possibility that
a ship-to-ship transfer of cargo may be attempted once it nears Lebanon’s
said the Adrian Darya's captain, Akhilesh Kumar, is also sanctioned under the
order, which generally prohibits dealings with the blocked property by US
providing support to the Adrian Darya 1 risks being sanctioned. The path to
relief is to change course and not allow the IRGC-QF to profit from illicit oil
sales,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial
with the US warnings, the tanker has been bouncing around the Mediterranean.
said on Friday that an Iranian oil tanker at the center of a confrontation between
Washington and Tehran was headed to Lebanon’s waters.
to Refinitiv tracking data, the Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, after
changing course several times headed on Friday for Turkey’s Iskenderun port,
200 km (124 miles) north of Syria’s Baniyas refinery, the tanker’s suspected
@USTreasury designated the #AdrianDarya1 and its captain for providing
assistance to the IRGC to sell illicit oil from Iran to Syria. The U.S. will
not idly watch the Assad regime use Iranian oil to terrorize its own people.
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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier on Friday that despite the
tracking data, the tanker was “for sure” not going to Turkish ports but rather
towards Lebanese waters.
on Friday, the minister told Reuters the ship was headed to Lebanon’s “main”
port. “I didn’t mean that this tanker is going to a Lebanese port, but (rather)
according to the information coordinates it is heading to the territorial
waters of the country,” he later told reporters at an Oslo forum.
doesn’t mean that it is going to reach a Lebanese port,” he said of the tanker
that was carrying 2 million barrels of oil when released at Gibraltar. “We are
monitoring it very closely.”
response, Lebanese Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said in a separate
interview: “We have not been informed of the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya
apparent confusion underlines the risk of reprisal that countries face taking
in the tanker, which at 1400 GMT was headed east toward the channel separating
Turkey and Cyprus after a series of turns in the Mediterranean Sea, according
to tracking data.
ship had been detained off Gibraltar due to British suspicion that it was
carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.
United States says the tanker is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards, which it considers a terrorist group.
important here is that it is carrying oil that enables the terrorism of
(President Bashar al-Assad’s) regime,” a State Department spokesperson said.
The Trump administration has conveyed “our strong position via diplomatic
channels to all ports in the Mediterranean that should be forewarned about
facilitating” the tanker, said the spokesperson, who declined to be named.
US Treasury Department on Friday blacklisted the ship and sanctioned its
last year pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran aimed at blocking its path to
a nuclear bomb, and has ramped up sanctions to pressure and isolate Tehran.
Iran denies ever having sought to build or acquire a nuclear weapon.
told Reuters that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the ship’s
coordinates with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday. In a readout
of the call, London said the leaders agreed it was vital to prevent Iran from
acquiring a nuclear weapon but did not mention the tanker.
sources said the tanker would need to conduct a ship-to-ship transfer before
being able to enter a port such as Beirut’s, which does not have deep water
facilities necessary for fully laden supertankers.
could potentially discharge its cargo offshore towards Lebanon’s Tripoli port
further north, which is closer to Syria’s coastline between Lebanon and Turkey,
they said. There is a ship-to-ship transfer anchorage outside of Tripoli port
and Tripoli ports have both served as transhipment hubs for cargoes bound for
Syria in recent years during Syria’s conflict.
Iranian government spokesman was quoted on Monday as saying Iran had sold the
oil aboard the tanker and that the vessel’s owner, whose identity he did not
disclose, would decide its destination.
Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) held a send-off for its first
batch of students who will be studying abroad at the Central Florida University
in the US under the Entertainment Scholarship Program.
program, in collaboration with Al-Qiddiya Investment Company, aims to prepare
Saudi youth to develop the Kingdom’s entertainment sector.
60 selected students will study to obtain bachelor’s degrees in entertainment
disciplines, after which they will be working on Saudi Arabia’s al-Qiddiya
entertainment megaproject, which is being established 40 kilometers outside of
Riyadh within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
the students complete their studies abroad… They will return to the Kingdom to
work in al-Qiddiya to operate the landmarks and facilities in al-Qiddiya. They
are the human resources that we depend on to be the leaders of the future of
al-Qiddiya and other large projects,” Faisal Almoither, the chief of staff at
the Al-Qiddiya Investment Company, said.
to al-Qiddiya’s website, the megaproject will have more than 300 recreational
and educational facilities designed around five cornerstones of development.
of the entertainment facilities at al-Qiddiya will include training academies,
theme parks, water and snow activities, outdoor adventures, safaris and nature
megaproject will also include commercial centers, restaurants, cafes, hotels,
real estate project opportunities and services that meet the needs of all
segments of society.
Yemeni separatists, who are supported by the United Arab Emirates, say they
have arrested dozens of rival Saudi-backed militants in Aden after they
withdrew from the port city following airstrikes by the UAE.
warplanes on Thursday pounded the positions of militants loyal to ex-Yemeni
president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, in Alam area at the eastern entrance to
Aden, exposing a deep rift between the two camps leading a coalition in a
bloody war on Yemen.
airstrikes came hours after Emirati-backed southern separatists regained control
of Aden, forcing Saudi-sponsored militants, who had entered the port city a day
earlier, to withdraw.
to reports, more than 300 pro-Hadi troops were killed or wounded by the UAE
airstrikes on Aden and nearby Abyan province.
Saudi-backed militants pulled out of Aden, forces of the separatist Southern
Transitional Council (STC) raided homes and businesses and arrested
"scores" of pro-Hadi activists, politicians and clerics, accusing
them of "terrorism," STC officials and witnesses said.
continued on Saturday, as separatist forces patrolled Aden's streets surrounded
by an uneasy calm, residents told Reuters.
self-proclaimed Hadi administration said the arrests were
STC source denied this, saying dozens of "terrorists and outlaws" had
been rounded up.
the UAE-sponsored separatists and the Saudi-backed pro-Hadi militants serve the
Riyadh-led coalition and have been engaged, since 2015, in a bloody war on
Yemen aimed at reinstating Hadi and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement.
between the two sides have soured over a number of issues, including what the
Yemenis view as Abu Dhabi’s intention to occupy Yemen’s strategic Socotra
Island and gain dominance over the major waterways in the region.
month, the UAE announced a surprise plan to withdraw part of its troops from
Yemen, largely because Abu Dhabi believes the war appears to have become
“unwinnable,” according to US reports.
Western-backed war on Yemen, coupled with a naval blockade, has killed tens of
thousands of Yemenis, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and led to a
massive humanitarian crisis.
Sudan court on Saturday charged former president Omar al-Bashir with illegal
foreign fund deals, offences which could put him behind bars for a decade.
75, had arrived in a courtroom in Khartoum on Saturday where he began his third
trial session on money found at his residence.
Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman said at the third session of Bashir’s trial that foreign
funds of multiple currencies were found at his home.
judge said illegal acquisition of wealth was punishable by up to 10 years in
jail, while illicit use of foreign funds carried up to three years.
lawyer, Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin, said in previous statements to Al Arabiya
and Al Hadath that the amount found in Bashir’s possession came as “a grant.”
had also stressed that al-Bashir “did not take a dollar” of this money.
trial was adjourned until September 7, said an AFP correspondent who attended
was ousted in April after mass protests against his three-decade rule rocked
Sudan for months.
has embarked on a transition to civilian rule following a power-sharing deal
signed on August 17 by protest leaders and the generals who ousted al-Bashir.
have called for al-Bashir to face justice not just over corruption but for his
role in the country’s deadly conflicts.
former Sudanese leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The
Hague over his role in mass killings in the western region of Darfur.
is the time for the people of Sudan to choose law over impunity and ensure that
the ICC suspects in the Darfur situation finally face justice in a court of
law,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council in June.
prosecutor general has said al-Bashir would also be charged over the killings
during the anti-regime protests which eventually led to his ouster.
least four people have been killed in a Turkish drone attack in the Wadi
al-Rabea area southeast of the Libyan capital Tripoli, an Al Arabiya
in August, the Libyan National Army said it had destroyed an IL-76 Turkish
military cargo plane that was carrying drones and missiles at an airbase in
has been mired in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed
dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, with a multitude of militias vying for
control of the oil-rich country.
Nigerian soldiers were killed in an insurgent ambush in the Lake Chad area of
Nigeria’s Borno state on Friday, August 30, two military sources told AFP.
fighters believed to be from Islamic State West Africa Province opened fire on
a military convoy, 35 km (22 miles) west of Monguno, where the soldiers were
Trust reported a security source as saying the troops were ambushed in the
Gasarwa area, between Monguno and Gajiram.
patrol was heading to the state capital Maiduguri when they came under “heavy
fire from the terrorists who used RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades] and heavy
guns,” a military officer told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
terrorists killed eight troops in the ambush which happened around midday,”
said a second officer, also speaking on condition of anonymity. “Five more
soldiers are still unaccounted for,” he said.
militants destroyed two trucks and a pick-up fitted with a machine gun, before
seizing weapons and withdrawing into the bushes, the army officials said.
who arrived after the attack briefly closed the highway while a Nigerian Air
Force jet patrolled in search of the attackers, civilian eye witnesses told
has not yet claimed fighters from its West Africa affiliate were responsible
for the ambush.
began to intensify attacks on Nigerian military targets in July 2018, and the
Lake Chad area, where it is the dominant insurgent group, has seen particularly
August 17, ISWAP fighters killed four soldiers in an ambush on a Nigerian
military patrol in Mogula, close to the border with Cameroon.
claimed ISWAP fighters killed five Nigerian soldiers in an ambush in the Dikwa
area on August 20.
August 24 and 25, ISIS claimed ISWAP fighters had targeted soldiers in Niger in
two IED attacks in the Lake Chad area.
jihadist group known as Boko Haram began its bloody insurgency in northeastern
Nigeria in 2009, but it has since spread into neighboring Niger, Chad and
Cameroon, prompting a regional military response.
Haram split into two factions in mid-2016. One, led by long-time leader
Abubakar Shekau, is notorious for suicide bombings and indiscriminate killings
of civilians. Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in
March 2015, but ISIS central only gives formal backing to the other faction,
which it calls Islamic State West Africa Province.
U.S. assesses that Boko Haram and ISWAP have been responsible for more than
35,000 deaths since 2011. More than two million people have been displaced,
sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region.
Sep 1 Boko Haram jihadists murdered eight people and abducted two others in
attacks on farmers and a village in northeast Nigeria, residents and local
militia members said Saturday.
on Friday evening stormed the village of Balumri, 15 kilometres (10 miles) from
state capital Maiduguri, cutting the throats of four male residents and
abducting two others, inhabitants said.
on Saturday then beheaded four farmers after attacking them as they worked on
their crops in the Gidan Waya suburb of the city, members of an anti-Boko Haram
decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed around 35,000 people,
displaced some two million, and spilt over into neighbouring countries.
Haram has been notorious for carrying out brutal attacks on civilians,
abducting people, and unleashing suicide bombers on bus stations, mosques and
resident Bura Abdiye said the fighters arrived at his village on foot late
Friday evening to carry out the attack.
slit the throats of four people and took away two others," he said, adding
that the jihadists also looted food.
a separate assault on Saturday, Maiduguri militia leader Babakura Kolo told AFP
"insurgents seized four famers while working on the farms and decapitated
bodies were found with the severed heads lying beside them and brought to the
city this afternoon," he said.
Haram are known to target farmers, loggers and herders, accusing them of
passing information to soldiers and vigilantes fighting against them.
area around Maiduguri has been repeatedly attacked by jihadists -- despite
claims from the Nigerian army that it has crushed the group.
an earlier incident on Thursday, fighters also shot dead two Balumri residents
as they worked on their farms outside the village, local residents said.
Islamic group hosts Sanders and Castro as rightwingers protest
Houston on Saturday, an annual Islamic convention hosting presidential hopefuls
Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro braced for an armed far-right protest and a
56th Islamic Society of North America (Isna) convention was billed as one of
the largest yearly events held by Muslim American advocacy groups. Castro and
Sanders were slated to take the stage for one-on-one presidential forums.
Organizers estimated around 30,000 would attend the three-day event.
are really happy [Castro and Sanders] are coming in to address our community,”
Lubabah Abdullah, an Isna board member, told the Guardian. “We’ve recently
realized the Muslim community has a strong voting bloc, if we do go out and
register and actually show up to vote.”
the 2018 midterm elections, Muslim Americans in four key states – Florida,
Michigan, Ohio and Virginia – showed up to the ballot box at a rate of 25%
higher than the 2014 midterms, according to a study by the advocacy group
coming to office in January 2017, the Trump administration introduced a travel
ban targeting mostly Muslim-majority countries, slashed the number of refugees
admitted to the US to an all-time low of 30,000 per year, and drummed up the
threat of “unknown Middle Easterners” attempting to cross the southern border.
Esposito, director of Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative, a project
focusing on Islamophobia, said Trump’s policies and rhetoric “play into an idea
of a white nation” while demonising Muslims, immigrants, refugees and others.
are afraid to go to a mosque or a meeting of a major Muslim organization,” he
said, adding: “The most dangerous part is when you’ve got the president of the
United States … engaging in this kind of [violent rhetoric].”
also executive director of the Council for American Islamic Relations (Cair)
Houston chapter, said organizers of the convention had worked closely with
local and federal law enforcement.
[anti-Muslim sentiment] has become the norm … and unfortunately we’ve seen a
dramatic rise in hate crimes and Islamophobia,” she said.
late July, the California-based Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
(CSHE) found hate crimes have swelled by 9% in 30 large US cities.
addition to 75 hate crimes targeting Muslims during the first half of 2019,
Cair recorded at least 759 anti-Muslim bias incidents, a pace expected to reach
a 22% increase this year over 2014.
Acevedo, deputy press secretary for Castro, told the Guardian American Muslims
“play a critical role in shaping our nation’s culture, economy and political
a time when our president continually scapegoats and vilifies the Islamic faith
for political gain, candidates should show up and speak directly to these
communities about their plans to support them in the years ahead,” she added.
the weeks leading up to the convention, the far-right, anti-Muslim Texas
Patriot Network and local radio host James “Doc” Greene called for a
demonstration against what it claimed was evidence of collusion between
“leftists” and the “Muslim Brotherhood”, according to a now-defunct Facebook
participants that the “Texans Against Radical Islam” protest was “open carry”,
the page described the Isna convention as a “terrorist fundraiser” and stated:
“Texans will stand against this tyranny.”
Patriot Network did not reply to requests for comment but rightwing groups have
targeted Isna for years, apparently owing to its inclusion as an unindicted
co-conspirator in the widely criticized Holy Land Five case in 2007. A US
district court judge later ruled the government violated the rights of Isna and
other Muslim groups.
response to Saturday’s anti-Muslim rally, civil rights groups, anti-racist
organizations and anti-fascist activists announced a counter-protest. The
coalition included the Houston Socialist Movement (HSM), the National Domestic
Workers Alliance and Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha (Fiel),
counter-demonstrators hoped to “out-shout” their counterparts, said David
Michael Smith of HSM.
is nothing but racism and religious bigotry on the part of the fascists,” he
told the Guardian. “Beyond that, we don’t think fascists should have a platform
… so we’d like to basically drive them off the streets on Saturday.”
Houston police spokesperson said the department would be “there to ensure
citizens are able to express and exercise their constitutional rights. We are
there to ensure that it is a safe environment, and we staff accordingly to
ensure the safety of everyone involved.”
2018, Greene and the Texas Patriot Network called for a similar protest. Around
two dozen far-right demonstrators came out, conclusively outnumbered by
anti-racist protesters. Leaked chat logs revealed that rightwingers identified
potential targets for assault, among them Smith and other demonstrators,
Houston Press reported.
Saturday, several dozen counter-demonstrators outnumbered about 15 far-right
protesters, several of whom carried firearms, from Texas Patriot Network and
other rightwing groups. Dozens of officers kept the two sides separated and
confined to fenced-in areas. Police also patrolled on horseback.
held placards declaring “Stop Islamophobia” and “Smash Fascism. Anti-Muslim
demonstrators held signs that said “No Sharia USA” and “All Women Equal USA”.
addressed convention attendees. “Welcome to Houston, home to the largest
Islamic population in America,” he repeated, through a loudspeaker.
and others led prayers. Many rightwingers wore pro-Trump shirts and hats and
waved “Make America Great Again” signs.
am very concerned for the souls of these Muslims,” Greene told the Guardian,
“so that they may also enter into the joy of being a Christian. The only
policies [Trump] introduced were not anti-Muslim; they were anti-terrorist … We
love the fact that he’s stopping illegal immigration.”
claimed Muslim Americans attempt to “blend in” in US society and hide their
real beliefs. He also accused “hooligan Castro” and “crazy Bernie” of being
part of a “communist” plot.
10 demonstrators from the Westboro Baptist Church held a separate rally. Known
for protesting at the funerals of soldiers and against LGBTQ events, they held
signs that read “God hates Islam” and stomped on flags of Middle Eastern
the anti-fascist side, a handful were armed with rifles and some wore masks.
hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here,” they chanted.
Mueller, an activist with Houston United Front Against Fascism, said the
demonstration was a “show of solidarity”.
not Muslim, but I’m here to stand with people under attack,” he said.
least six Canadian Muslims have been denied entry at the Canada-U.S. border in
the past two weeks, news reports said Friday.
are eminent -- one a Toronto imam who is chaplain to a regional police force.
The other is an Iraqi-Turkmen community leader and he has relatives fighting
Daesh in the Middle East.
were traveling separately with their families and were turned away at different
border crossing points.
are from countries listed by U.S. President Donald Trump under his "Muslim
ban" executive order.
men were given scant information on why they were turned back but were told
they needed to apply for visas at Toronto's U.S. consulate, a procedure not
common for those with Canadian passports.
immigration lawyers said there has been an increase recently in the incidents
of Canadian Muslims turned away at U.S. border crossing points.
seen a lot more in the last few weeks and we don't know what to attribute it
to," said Toronto-area immigration lawyer Daud Ali. "We know the
climate there in the U.S. has changed, it's a bit different, but at the same
time there are processes and procedures and people should be afforded
opportunities to challenge a case."
law firm, CFIL, is representing the six men.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said there have been no new
policy changes. However, Canadian citizens are not automatically entitled to
enter the United States. It is at the discretion of the U.S. Customs officers
and they have a lot of leeway to turn anyone away whom they deem inadmissible.
said that the six are Muslims and is troubling.
The developing situation in India-held Kashmir might negatively impact the
Afghan peace process, warns a US think tank as a congressional subcommittee
scheduled a hearing to review the situation in the valley.
has been wary of Indian intentions in Afghanistan for decades, and this turn of
events in Kashmir will make Islamabad that much more mistrusting of its
neighbour,” warns the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS) in its report on Kashmir.
has been playing a significant role in the recent US-Afghan peace negotiations
with the [Afghan] Taliban. The Kashmir issue may not only detract Pakistani
resources and political will away from Afghanistan but potentially could also
be used as leverage to persuade the United States to intervene with India,” the
Afghan peace talks are in their final phase and the US and Taliban delegations
are now holding their ninth meeting in Doha, Qatar, to finalise a deal. But
reports from Doha indicate that Washington may fail to conclude a deal by Sept
1, as it had expected. The delay will further enhance Pakistan’s role in
persuading the Taliban to stay engaged with the US.
also expects Islamabad to convince the Taliban to hold direct talks with the
Afghan government. Taliban leaders view the Kabul government as a US puppet and
refuse to hold direct talks with them.
Friday afternoon, Congressman Brad Sherman, the chairman of the House
Subcommittee on Asia announced that he will soon hold a hearing on human rights
in South Asia. “The hearing will also focus on the Kashmir Valley, where many
political activists have been arrested and daily life, the internet, and
telephone communications have been interrupted,” he said. “The hearing will
review the humanitarian situation in Kashmir. Are people able to get food,
medical care, etc.?”
Sherman has invited Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells, who oversees the US
State Department’s policy on South Asia, Sam Brownback, the Ambassador at Large
for International Religious Freedom, and other US State Department officials.
US lawmakers are still trying to determine what caused the Indian government to
revoke the guarantees that the Indian constitution provided to Kashmir, the
CSIS report attributes it to the political ideology of the ruling BJP party.
report notes that these guarantees “have long been an ideological sticking
point for the BJP, who view India as a fundamentally Hindu nation and have
qualms about a Muslim-majority state with special privileges”.
congressman, who is known in Congress for his critical views on Pakistan, said
his Kashmiri constituents convinced him to focus on Kashmir during this
hearing. “I had an opportunity to meet with Americans from Kashmir Valley just
a week ago in the San Fernando Valley, along with my colleague Congressman
Andre Carson,” Mr Sherman said in a statement. “We heard stories of
difficulties encountered by my constituents and others, and the fears they have
for their loved ones. I look forward to learning more about human rights in
in the week, Congressman Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, tweeted he had heard
from his constituents that they were unable to reach their families in Kashmir.
“Democracies like India should not be engaging in a communications blackout
that has lasted over three weeks. We need de-escalation, not the hiding of
what’s happening,” Mr Lieu said.
the Indian media acknowledged “the number of lawmakers commenting on Kashmir
could possibly increase when [US] Congress, which is in recess, reconvenes in
Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, tweeted she was “excited to see so many
members joining us in calling attention to what is happening in Kashmir”. She
encouraged US citizens to “continue to call your members and ask them to speak
up. We expect openness from India”.
Pakistan’s foreign minister on Friday told Arab News that US President Donald
Trump had said his offer to mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad on the
Kashmir conflict “still stands” despite the Indian prime minister’s insistence
that the issue is bilateral.
between India and Pakistan have escalated since Aug. 5, when New Delhi revoked
the constitutional autonomy of the part of Kashmir that it administers, and
moved to quell objections by shutting down communications and clamping down on
has reacted with fury to New Delhi’s decision, cutting trade and transport ties
and expelling India’s ambassador. Both countries claim Kashmir in full but rule
it in part.
has previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, a
mountainous region that has been the source of repeated confrontations between
the two nuclear-armed neighbors since they gained independence from British
colonial rule in 1947.
week, he revised his statement and said India and Pakistan could handle the
dispute on their own.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi quoted Trump as saying in
response to India’s insistence that the issue is bilateral: “This has been
going on for decades. Why was this not resolved? But fine, if you (India and
Pakistan) can go ahead and do it yourselves, it’s OK with me. But my offer (to
mediate) still stands.”
did not specify if Trump had communicated this to him directly. Arab News could
not independently verify the foreign minister’s statement.
said India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status, sparking tensions with
Islamabad, had “distracted” from negotiations between the US and the Taliban to
end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.
far as Pakistan is concerned, we’re pushing ahead with the peace process in
Afghanistan; we’ve facilitated the process,” he added.
now with this action (of revoking Kashmir’s autonomy), obviously our attention
is diverted,” Qureshi said.
that extent, I think India has in my view tried to play the role of a spoiler.
The West, and particularly the US, should see through that.”
denied that India had fared better diplomatically than Pakistan during the
latest spat over Kashmir.
said Islamabad had succeeded in taking the issue to the UN Security Council,
and the conflict is now being discussed by world leaders and at major
Kashmir conflict “is being recognized; it’s being talked about all over the
world today,” Qureshi added. “So how can it be (Pakistan’s) diplomatic failure?
I think it’s a diplomatic achievement.”
said he had written to the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir, and will convene a
meeting of the group on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) next
expect not just ministerial participation. I’m expecting a ministerial
communique on this issue,” he added.
said Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will highlight the Kashmir issue
during his address at the upcoming UNGA on Sept 27.
Khan does so, Qureshi added, “I think the Kashmir issue will be mentioned loud
and clear. Our message will go through to the international community loud and
urged the Muslim world to recognize India’s human rights violations in Kashmir
and speak up against them.
fundamental right of religious freedom has been seriously undermined by Indian
authorities,” he said.
soaring tensions between India and Pakistan over the revocation of the special
status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has
stated that war is not an option to deal with the Kashmir issue.
comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an op-ed
article for The New York Times, warned that a “direct military confrontation”
with India “will get ever closer” if the world ignores the Kashmir issue. Khan
had said that a nuclear shadow was hovering over South Asia and that India and
Pakistan have to “move out of a zero-sum mindset to begin a dialogue on
an interview to BBC Urdu published on Saturday, Qureshi said Pakistan never
followed an aggressive policy and always preferred peace. He further said that
the Khan-led government has repeatedly offered India to start talks because the
two nuclear-armed neighbours cannot take the risk of going on a war.
India’s assertion that Kashmir is just a bilateral matter between India and
Pakistan, Qureshi said it is an international issue.
Pakistan Prime Minister has been ratcheting up his attack on India ever since
the Narendra Modi-led government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status
enjoyed under Article 370. Calling India’s move on Kashmir as “illegal”, Khan
said it was a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on
Kashmir and the Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan.
however, has maintained the stance that abrogation of Article 370 provisions is
its internal matter and has criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible
statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over internal issues.
DELHI: After Pakistan PM Imran Khan had ruled out dialogue with India until it
reversed the decision to revoke J&K's special status, his foreign minister
S M Qureshi in an apparent turnaround on Saturday said that Pakistan was open
to dialogue if India released the J&K leaders and allowed him to meet them.
This was even as India again underscored its position that talks were possible
only in an environment free of terror.
was quoted as having said that Pakistan had never said no to dialogue with
India. However, he added that "we cannot see the environment of dialogue
being created by India". Some of the conditions for dialogue Qureshi was
said to have specified in his interview to BBC included India lifting
restrictions in the Valley, releasing the imprisoned Kashmiri leaders and
allowing him to meet them.
his NYT opinion piece, Khan was quoted as having said that dialogue was
possible only when India reversed "its illegal annexation of Kashmir, ends
the curfew and lockdown, and withdraws its troops to the barracks''.
Khan and other Pakistani leaders have threatened that the situation the Valley
could lead to a war, if not a nuclear exchange, Qureshi also said Saturday war
was not an option to deal with the issue of Kashmir.
emphasis on dialogue came even as India again underscored its position that
talks were possible only if, as the government has repeatedly said, Pakistan
took verifiable and irreversible action against cross-border terrorism.
after the final list of the updated National Register of Citizens was out on
Saturday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan attacked the Modi government,
linking the NRC as part of a wider policy to target Muslims.
who has ratcheted up the rhetoric against India in the last few weeks over the
government’s decision to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir, said the
ethnic cleansing of Muslims by India should send alarm bells ringing across the
in Indian and international media on Modi Govt’s ethnic cleansing of Muslims
should send alarm bells ringing across the world that the illegal annexation of
Kashmir is part of a wider policy to target Muslims,” Khan tweeted tagging a
report on the NRC final list.
a series of tweets last week, Khan has called the Indian government “fascist”,
“racist”, following “Nazi ideology”, and accused it of “ethnic cleansing &
final list of updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was out on
Saturday. Out of 3.3 crore applicants, 19,06,657 people were excluded, almost
half of the 40 lakh people excluded in the final draft published last year.
The Financial Action Task Force has set new targets for Pakistan to check
terror financing and asked it to monitor the sale of jewelery and prize bonds
in this regard, according to a media report on Saturday.
Bank of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, Securities and Exchange Commission
of Pakistan, Federal Investigation Agency and National Counter Terrorism
Authority would record details of the monetary deals, including telecom
banking, reported Dunya News.
state banks' monitoring unit will have to provide data of prize bond owners.
accessing prize bonds and transferring money through phone banking has been
hit, sources told the news network.
sources said welfare organisations would also be monitored at the federal and
FATF last year placed Pakistan on the grey list of countries whose domestic
laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and
June, the FATF said that Pakistan had failed to complete its action plan on
The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on
Saturday called for a dialogue between Pakistan and India aimed to resolve the
Kashmir dispute and urged New Delhi to lift curfew and other restrictions
imposed on the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in early August.
organisation also called for resumption of telephone and internet services in
the disputed Himalayan region.
statement released to the media said: “It (OIC) calls for the immediate lifting
of the curfew, restoration of communication and respect for the fundamental
rights of Kashmiris.”
OIC General Secretariat has been following with concern developments in Jammu
and Kashmir as a result of the unilateral decision taken by India on Aug 5 of
revoking Article 370, thereby ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,
said the statement.
General Secretariat reaffirms the United Nations Security Council resolutions
on the internationally recognised status of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and its
final (resolution) through a UN-supervised plebiscite,” it added.
OIC General Secretariat also stressed the need for resumption of the dialogue
process between Pakistan and India, which was a prerequisite for development,
peace and stability in South Asia.
latest OIC statement on Kashmir came amidst criticism in Pakistan over the
Muslim bloc’s lukewarm response to India’s move to annex occupied Kashmir.
Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Friday even suggested that it was time for
Pakistan to pull out of the bloc of Muslim countries.
part in a debate in the upper house of parliament, he said the “bubble of an
Islamic Ummah has burst” and Pakistan should reappraise its relationship with
the Muslim world.
approached the OIC immediately after India had revoked the special status
enjoyed by the occupied region. After a meeting of an OIC group held on Aug 6
in Jeddah, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the organisation
recognised that the Indian government’s aggression had put more than 1.5
billion people of South Asia at risk.
statement issued by the OIC General Secretariat on the occasion of Eidul Azha
expressed concern over the curtailment of religious freedoms of Muslims in held
Kashmir, terming it a “serious violation of international human rights law”.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal has said the
government should make serious diplomatic efforts to highlight the Kashmir
a press conference after a PML-N re-organization committee meeting on Saturday,
he said giving more time to the government was tantamount to putting the
country’s security and democracy at risk.
PTI government failed to make diplomacy useful for Kashmiris only because of
inexperience and ineligibility. The former interior minister said Indian should
be compelled to lift curfew and end blackout and for this purpose, the
government should seek help from the US president and other superpowers.
said the justice system should be transparent and impartial in the country. He
demanded if an accountability judge had been transferred on the basis of video
evidence which was proved genuine, Nawaz Sharif’s sentence should also be
said the nomination of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members had to be
made with the consensus of prime minister and the leader of opposition, and the
government solely did not have any constitutional right to nominate ECP
urged PML-N workers to get prepared for the next general elections as the PML-N
would launch a campaign to hold early elections in the country.
China and Pakistan besides some regional countries will participate in the
“Centre 2019” Russia Military Exercise scheduled to be held from Sept. 16 to
21, according to a Defence Ministry spokesperson.
Colonel Ren Guoqiang said at a regular press conference that China will send
around 1,600 soldiers from the PLA West Theatre Command, around 300 pieces of
military equipment and almost 30 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to join
the “Centre 2019” exercise in Orenburg, the largest one Russia is holding this
on “multinational combined forces conducting group count-terrorism missions to
protect military security in Central Asia,” the exercise will also be joined
with six other nations including Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
in the upcoming Russian exercise is designed to strengthen Sino-Russian
comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, deepen pragmatic and
friendly cooperation in the military sphere.
President Dr Arif Alvi has said that to become an ideal society, we have to
adopt traits like unity, forbearance and religious harmony.
congratulated Muslims on commencement of the new Hijrah calendar 1441 and
wished them well.
government is for change, every milestone will be achieved soon and people will
have a prosperous life,” he said.
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reaffirmed the United Nations
Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the internationally recognised status of
Jammu and Kashmir dispute and its final disposition through a UN supervised
General Secretariat has been following with concern developments in Indian
Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as a result of the unilateral decision taken by New
Delhi on August 5, revoking Constitutional Article 370, thereby removing the
special status of the occupied valley, said a statement issued by the
international Islamic body on Saturday.
the OIC Summit decisions and Council of Foreign Ministers resolutions on Jammu
and Kashmir, the General Secretariat reiterates the solidarity with the people
of Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.
OIC also urged the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately
lift the brutal curfew, which has been imposed in the occupied valley for
almost a month, along with restoration of communication and the respect for the
fundamental rights of Kashmiris.
international body also recognised the centrality of the Kashmir dispute
between Pakistan and India and stressed the need for seeking a durable and just
solution according to the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
OIC General Secretariat also urged for an immediate resumption of dialogue
process between Pakistan and India, “which is a prerequisite for development,
peace and stability in South Asia”.
statement comes the same day when Islamabad once again offered conditional
talks to New Delhi in connection to IOK if the Modi government lifts the
curfew, release arrested leaders and cease human rights violations in the
Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has said that Pakistan will
continue to raise the Kashmir issue at all international forums.
to President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Ahmad Khan, she assured that
the people and government of Pakistan will continue their moral, political and
diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people on attaining their right to
self-determination. Condemning the massive human rights violations taking place
in Occupied Kashmir, Dr Shireen Mazari said that innocent Kashmiri people are
denied to the fundamental right to self-determination as guaranteed by the
Mishra is new governor of Rajasthan, Arif Mohd Khan gets Kerala
DELHI: In a reshuffle on Sunday, the President announced new governors for five
states in the country.
Mishra has been transferred from Himachal Pradesh to Rajasthan, where he
replaces Kalyan Singh as the new Governor. Bandaru Dattatreya replaces Mishra
in Himachal Pradesh.
Singh Koshyari has been appointed the new Governor of Maharashtra shunting out
Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan replaces P. Sathasivam as the new Governor.
Tamilisai Soundararajan has been made the new governor of Telangana replacing
appointments take effect from the dates the new governors take charge of their
Reacting to the final list of Assam National Register of Citizenship (NRC),
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that the myth of illegal migrants was busted.
myth of illegal migrants has been busted, BJP should learn a lesson. BJP should
stop asking for NCR throughout the country in terms of Hindu-Muslim,” said
is for the home minster to clarify because Amit Shah has made a speech in which
he said that there are 40 lakh ghuspaitas (illegal migrants),” saidOwaisi.
also said several names are still missing in NRC.
spoke to many people in Assam they said that while their father's name was
included their children names were not included,” said Hyderabad MP.
is expecting that the number will further come down if the foreign tribunal
does not act in an arbitrary manner.
120 days’ time period has been given, I am pretty much sure that people will
definitely appeal, there are three lakh people out of the 19 lakh who have not
given documents. If the foreign tribunal acts in a judicious way this number
will further come down. I hope they act in a judicious way and not act in an
arbitrary manner,” said AIMIM chief.
his concern over Citizen Amendment Bill, the lawmaker said that, “I have my own
doubts that, BJP through Citizen Amendment Bill can bring a bill wherein they
can try to give citizenship to all non-Muslims, which will again be a violation
of Right to Equality,".
National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam excluded 19.07 lakh names.
Amid daily hearings by the Supreme Court on the issue of the Babri Masjid-Ram
temple in Ayodhya, a book written by a former IPS officer has claimed that the
Ram temple was not demolished during the reign of Babar, but of Aurangzeb.
book brings forth old records of the British era, ancient Sanskrit texts and reviews
from archaeological excavations, to prove that a temple did exist at the place
of birth Lord Ram in Ayodhya before a mosque was built on it.
“Ayodhya Revisited”, the book is written by Kishore Kunal, a retired IPS
officer of the 1972 batch.
hails from Bihar and is known for his stints there as a police officer as well
as an administrator and president of the Bihar Board of Religious Trusts. He
was Officer on Special Duty in the Home Ministry and was officially associated
with the Ayodhya dispute in 1990, before the disputed structure was razed to
retirement, he was appointed vice chancellor of KSD Sanskrit University in
Chief Justice of India G.B. Patnaik has written the foreword of the book in
which he says that the author has given a “new dimension to the history of
Ayodhya” and establishes several facts, which are contrary to common beliefs as
well as opinions of several historians.
book says the “demolition of the temple” did not take place in 1528 AD (during
Babur’s regime), but in 1660 AD when Fedai Khan was the Governor of Aurangzeb
is wrong to say that Babar ordered the demolition of the Ram Janambhoomi Temple
at Ayodhya. He never visited Ayodhya. The claim of historians that Mir Baqi,
the then governor of Awadh, got the Babri mosque constructed in 1528 is
fictitious,” says the book.
insists that the inscriptions on the disputed site are fake and therefore the
conclusions drawn by many historians based on these are wrong.
on to argue that Mughal rulers right from Babur to Shahjahan were quite liberal
and extended patronage to all religions.
the Mughal emperors from Babur to Shahjahan were magnanimous and liberal rulers
and the Bairagis of Ayodhya enjoyed patronage of the first four nawabs of
Awadh. However, it was during the long rule of Aurangzeb, the the country got
engulfed in the fire of fanaticism,” it says.
book says that Babar never visited Ayodhya or ordered demolition of the Ram
Janambhoomi Temple there.
book also quotes from the account of Father Joseph Tieffenthaler, an
Austrailain traveller who visited India and stayed here for more than two
Sanskrit, English and French scholars, Kunal has tried to establish that a
temple did exist at the site in question in Ayodhya. The author has heavily
relied upon literary sources of travel accounts of foreigners and
archaeological excavation reports.
the foreword, Patnaik says the accounts of Western scholars Thomas Herbert,
Joannes De Laet and C. Mentelle have also been produced for the first time
while writing the history of Ayodhya.
is a historical fact that until the British takeover of Avadh administration in
1858, both the Hindus and Muslims used to perform puja and offer namaz respectively
at the site,” he says.
author has expressed hope that this book, first published in 2016, will remove
misconceptions on the Ayodhya issue and transform the thinking of people.
U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has said that he has
concluded the 9th round of peace talks with Taliban in Qatar.
Khalilzad said in a Twitter post “We’ve concluded this round of talks with the
Taliban in #Doha. I’ll be traveling to #Kabul later today for consultations.”
Ambassador Khalilzad said “We are at the threshold of an agreement that will
reduce violence and open the door for Afghans to sit together to negotiate an
honorable & sustainable peace and a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that
does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country.”
9th round of peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives kicked
off nearly 10 days ago in the Qatari capital of Doha.
reports had emerged that the U.S. and Taliban representatives have reached to
an agreement on final draft of a peace agreement.
assurances, intra-Afghan dialogue, ceasefire and troops withdrawal are among
the key issues the two sides have held extensive talks so far.
of them are from Barisal
of Rapid Action Battalion 2 (RAB 2) have arrested two suspected activists of
banned militant outfit Ansar-al-Islam from Sadarghat Launch Terminal in Dhaka.
arrestees are: Saleh Imu, 22, a 4th year student of management department at
Barisal BM College and Shafikul Islam Saif, 31, a teacher of the college.
were arrested on Saturday.
Faruki, commander of Crime Prevention Company 3 of Rab 2, confirmed this and
said they arrested the militants in a drive at the Launch Terminal at around
7:30am when the duo arrived from Barisal.
elite force also recovered books on extremism and leaflets from their
possession, he said.
of them are from Banaripara of Barisal and they are directors of Banaripara
Ummah Network and Ibadah Dotcom, Faruki added.
launch massive attack on Afghan city of Kunduz
Taliban have launched a new large-scale attack on one of Afghanistan's main
cities, Kunduz, and taken hospital patients as hostages, the government said
Saturday, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United
States on ending America's longest war.
militants, who have demanded that all foreign forces leave Afghanistan, now
control or hold sway over roughly half of the country and are at their
strongest since their 2001 defeat by a US-led invasion. Such attacks are seen
as strengthening their negotiating position.
spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said Afghan security forces were repelling the attack
in parts of Kunduz, a strategic crossroads with easy access to much of northern
Afghanistan as well as the capital, Kabul, about 200 miles (335 kilometers)
told reporters that the assault was "completely against the peace
talks" and asserted that the militants were sheltering among civilians.
Taliban were in control of the hospital in Kunduz and both sides in the
fighting had casualties, provincial council member Ghulam Rabani Rabani told
The Associated Press. He could not give an exact number.
militants had taken hospital patients as hostages, defense ministry spokesman
Rohullah Ahmadzai told reporters. He did not say how many.
could very easily attack but we don't want civilian casualties," he said.
Hospital officials could not immediately be reached.
asserted that 26 Taliban fighters had been killed in an airstrike but did not
mention any casualties among civilians or Afghan security forces.
Taliban launched the "massive attack" from several different points
around the city overnight, said Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the
provincial police chief.
can confirm that intense gun battles are going on around the city, but the
Taliban have not been able to overrun any security checkpoint," he said.
Reinforcements had arrived and Afghan air forces were supporting ground forces,
with the NATO mission in Afghanistan did not immediately respond to a question
about whether its forces were responding to the attack.
Taliban have continued bloody assaults on civilians and security forces even as
their leaders meet with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar to negotiate
an end to nearly 18 years of war.
continued on Saturday, the Taliban spokesman said. Both sides in recent days
have signaled they are close to a deal. The Afghan presidential spokesman said
Khalilzad will visit Kabul at some point to brief the government on the
Afghan analyst, former deputy interior minister Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, said
the attack on Kunduz showed the Taliban are not interested in a cease-fire,
which has been a key issue in the Qatar talks.
United States in the negotiations has also sought Taliban guarantees that
Afghanistan will no longer be a launching pad for terror attacks such as the
Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the US by al-Qaida. The Taliban government had
harbored al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
20,000 US and NATO forces remain in Afghanistan after formally ending their
combat role in 2014. They continue to train and support Afghan forces fighting
the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.
Afghans worry that an abrupt departure of foreign troops will leave Afghan
forces vulnerable and further embolden the Taliban, who already portray a U.S.
withdrawal as their victory.
have lost the city in the past and know the Taliban can attack again from
insecure areas," a lawmaker from Kunduz, Fatima Azizi, told the local
Ariana television channel on Saturday.
civilians are again the victims," she said.
(AFGHANISTAN): Taliban forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on
Saturday, Afghan and Taliban officials said, even as the United States and the
hardline Islamist group seem close to finalising a deal for the withdrawal of
fighting has been going on in Kunduz city after the Taliban fighters mounted
attacks from several directions on Friday night, forcing the Afghan forces to
retaliate and secure reinforcement to prevent the insurgents from gaining
control over parts of the city.
and most telephone services were cut and residents were sheltering in their
city is completely empty, shops are locked, people aren't moving and light and
heavy weapons can be heard in several parts of the city," said local
resident Khaluddin, who like many Afghans goes by a single name.
officials in Kunduz and Kabul said the Taliban were seeking shelter inside
homes, making it impossible for Afghan and US forces to conduct air strikes,
and some of the fighters had entered the main hospital in the city.
interior ministry said at least 34 Taliban insurgents were killed in ground and
air operations in three areas of Kunduz city and clearance operations were
forces are repelling the Taliban attack on some parts of Kunduz city. Their top
priority is to protect the civilians," said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for
the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
always the Taliban have taken positions in civilian areas," he said in a
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the attack on Kunduz city. Over the past
two years, the insurgent group has thrice managed to seize large parts of areas
surrounding the city before being driven off after days of fighting with the
Afghan forces and air strikes conducted by the US forces.
fighting in Kunduz, a strategic northern city that the Taliban came close to
capturing twice in recent years, came as expectations have grown that US and
Taliban negotiators in Doha were close to securing an agreement that would see
a timetable for the withdrawal of thousands of US troops.
Khalilzad, the Afghan-born US diplomat leading the talks for Washington, is
expected in Kabul in the coming days to outline the terms of a settlement to
the Afghan president ahead of meetings with NATO partners.
US-Taliban accord would not in itself end the fighting in Afghanistan but it
would open the way for talks between the Taliban and the government in Kabul
for a wider peace agreement.
President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States had good negotiations
going on with the Taliban but had not yet reached a deal with the Islamist
group on US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
in the Taliban said Trump's statement that the United States will continue to
maintain a force in Afghanistan even after a deal was reached was unacceptable
to them as they demand a complete pull-out of foreign forces from the country.
20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are now in Afghanistan as part of
a US-led Nato mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces. Some US forces
carry out counter-terrorism operations.
peace talks, fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces, who are backed by
US air power, has not subsided.
bomb was thrown from the footbridge at the Science Lab intersection on Saturday
night when the Minister was passing through the area, reports said.
policemen were injured in a blast near the car of a Bangladeshi Minister in
Dhaka, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terror group, a media
report said on Sunday.
bomb was thrown from the footbridge at the Science Lab intersection on Saturday
night when the Minister was passing through the area, the Daily Star reported,
quoting police and eyewitnesses. The Minister was unhurt in the attack.
policemen were in the Minister’s security team and the Minister was going to a
programme of Border Guard Bangladesh. We got stuck at the traffic lights at
Science Lab intersection. The bomb exploded when I got off [from the escort
vehicle] and walked ahead to ask traffic police to clear the way for the Minister,”
the paper quoted an injured Assistant Sub-Inspector A.B. Shahabuddin as saying.
constable Aminul Islam was also injured in the blast. Mr. Aminul suffered
splinter injuries to his right hand fingers while Mr. Shahabuddin had injuries
to his legs, one of which had a fracture. They were at Dhaka Medical College
Hospital and out of danger, said a doctor.
are investigating the incident and trying to identify the attacker by
scrutinising the CCTV footage,” said Asaduzzaman Miah, Commissioner of Dhaka
CCTV camera installed at a shop nearby did not cover the spot while another one
at a mosque was broken, an officer said.
after the blast, SITE Intelligence Group, an American company that tracks
online activity of white supremacist and jihadist organisations, said the
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
has repeatedly denied the presence of the Middle Eastern terror group in the
country. However, the ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Indian Peninsula have claimed
responsibility for some of the attacks.
official, requesting anonymity, told the paper that the bomb was similar to the
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) recovered at the capital’s Paltan and
Khamarbari on July 24.
suspect that the same group who planted the IED’s at Paltan and Khamarbari are
behind this attack. But investigation could prove that,” the officer said.
May 26, two people, including a woman police officer, were injured after a bomb
went off near a police pickup in the Malibagh intersection. On April 29, two
traffic police constables and a community traffic policeman were injured in a
blast in Gulistan.
Afghan Special Forces destroyed multiple caches of weapons of the Taliban group
in the past 24 hours.
informed military sources said Sunday that the Special Forces destroyed a
weapons cache of Taliban while conducting a patrol in Ghazni district of Ghazni
sources further added that the Special Forces destroyed another small weapons
cache of Taliban during a similar patrol in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar
the Special Forces destroyed another small weapons cache during a raid in
Sayyidabad district of Wardak province.
repeats pledge to annex Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he intends to annex Israeli
settlements in the occupied West Bank, but again gave no timeframe in repeating
an election promise he made five months ago.
God’s help we will extend Jewish sovereignty to all the settlements as part of
the Land of Israel, as part of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a speech
in the West Bank settlement of Elkana, where he attended a ceremony opening the
had pledged in July not to dismantle even the remotest Israeli settlements in
the West Bank.
Israeli elections will be held on September 17. If Netanyahu is successful in
the elections, he will try to form a coalition again.
occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War.
settlements are viewed as illegal under international law and major obstacles
to peace since they are located on land the Palestinians see as part of their
settlers are a major plank of support for Netanyahu’s right-wing government and
his bid for re-election.
minister urges Yemeni government, transitional council to enter Saudi
initiative to ease tension
The Yemeni government and the transitional council should go ahead with the
Saudi initiative to ease tension and avoid escalation in the war-torn country,
UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a series of tweets
said the coalition was concerned that terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and
Daesh would exploit the recent escalation in troubles in southern Yemen.
he said Yemen’s government and the transitional council should enter the Saudi
initiative to ease recent tension.
way to move forward is through Saudi-led dialogue,” Gargash tweeted..
reiterated the UAE’s commitment to the Arab Coalition, adding: “The UAE as part
of Coalition will continue to act firmly against the re-emergence of terror
groups in Yemen.”
he said internal unity was the key to defeating the Houthi militia.
Hassan Rouhani spoke with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron Saturday, warning
him Iran would take the next step in reducing its nuclear commitments unless
Europe lives up to its own undertakings.
have spiked in the Gulf since May last year when President Donald Trump
unilaterally withdrew the US from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers
– known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
have been attacked, drones downed and oil tankers seized in the Gulf in recent
has been leading efforts to de-escalate the situation and he expressed hopes of
bringing together Rouhani and Trump for a meeting during a G7 summit days ago.
Rouhani has downplayed the likelihood of that happening unless the United
States first lifts crippling sanctions that it has slapped on Iran since
pulling out of the deal.
Europe cannot operationalize its commitments, Iran will take its third step to
reduce its JCPOA commitments,” Rouhani reportedly told Macron in the phone
“this step, just like the other ones, will be reversible,” he added, quoted on
the Iranian government’s website.
after this unilateral move by the US, European countries did not take concrete
measures to implement their commitments,” he continued.
Health Ministry says a Palestinian man has died of his wounds sustained from
Israeli gunfire the previous day at protests along the perimeter fence.
ministry said on Saturday that Badr Abu Moussa, 25, was being treated at a
hospital in the southern Gaza Strip, after a bullet hit him in the head.
was among 6,000 Palestinians who participated in the weekly protests along
Gaza-Israel perimeter fence.
ministry said 42 protesters were wounded by live fire.
Israeli military said a soldier was lightly injured and an army vehicle was
damaged as the demonstrators threw grenades at the fence.
is important that the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council
engage in the Saudi initiative aimed at avoiding escalation and reducing
tension, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on
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1/3 Important that Government of Yemen &
Southern Transitional Council accept & engage in Saudi initiative to reduce
tension and avoid escalation. The way to move forward is through Saudi-led
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a series of tweets on his official account, Gargash reaffirmed that the UAE, as
part of the Arab Coalition, will continue to fight the re-emergence of terror
in Yemen, adding that the “coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, is solid and vital
to regaining peace and stability.”
Coalition very concerned with terrorists, including AQAP and Da’esh, taking
advantage of current escalation in the South. The UAE as part of Coalition will
continue to act firmly against the re-emergence of terror groups in Yemen.
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Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, solid & vital to regaining peace &
stability in Yemen. Focus on internal unity, through continued dialogue,
essential to address/ confront the challenge of the Houthi coup.
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has unveiled a drone in two different versions, for swift tracking and
identification and for precision strikes on distant targets.
unmanned aerial vehicle, dubbed Kian, was inaugurated in the presence of
Commander of the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza
Sabahi-Fardand and other senior commanders on Sunday.
at the unveiling ceremony, Sabahi-Fard said that Kian had been designed in two
types: one with high-speed capability for tracking and identification purposes
and the other built for long-haul flights to conduct precision-strike
said the drone was designed, produced, and tested by experts at the drone unit
of the the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force.
long-haul vehicle, he said, is capable of hitting targets far from Iran’s
borders and engaging in defense on hostile territory.
has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained
self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware despite facing
sanctions and Western economic pressure.
Islamic Republic says its military power is solely for defensive purposes and
does not pose any threat to other countries.
June 20, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down an advanced
US-made RQ-4 Global Hawk over the territorial waters off the coastal province
Arabia has carried out new air raids on Yemen’s western Dhamar Province,
killing at least 60 people and wounding 100 others.
al-Masirah TV channel reported on Sunday that warplanes belonging to the
Saudi-led coalition had pounded a jail where prisoners of war were being kept.
of Yemen’s National Committee for Prisoners Affairs Abdul Qader al-Mortada said
that the targeted prison housed over 170 prisoners of war, most of whom were
supposed to be part of a local exchange deal.
| Almasirah Correspondent: After US-Saudi airstrikes on prison in Dhamar, over
40 dead victims have been pulled out of rubles and 30 others sent to
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Saudi-led coalition claimed in a statement on Sunday that its aerial assaults
on Dhamar had targeted a military site belonging to the Houthi Ansarullah
alleged that Houthi fighters had stored drones and air defense systems at the
site, and claimed the strikes were “in accordance with international
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a deadly war on Yemen in
March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall a former regime and eliminate the
Houthis, who have been defending the country along with armed forces.
Western-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has
destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and led to a massive humanitarian
minister Javid says he has fantastic relationship with PM Johnson
finance minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday he had a “fantastic” relationship
with Boris Johnson after reports of a furious argument with the prime minister
following the sacking of one of his aides.
media had reported that Javid was “livid” about the firing of his press aide by
Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings, who was looking into whether government
officials had helped opponents of the premier’s Brexit plans.
said that though it would be inappropriate to directly discuss personnel
issues, his views were “well understood” after the media reports. However, he
said he got on well with Johnson.
relationship is fantastic with the prime minister,” Javid told BBC radio.
“(He’s) someone I’ve always got on with incredibly well, and it’s been a real
privilege to work with him so closely.”
would not be drawn on how well he got along with Cummings, but denied
assertions by the opposition Labour party that Johnson’s aide was effectively
running the Treasury.
Labour party, they’re our opponents and they will say all sorts of nonsense all
the time, and I’m used to it,” he said.
gave Javid the finance portfolio when he came to office in July, and the
apparent tensions between Downing Street and the Treasury come at a delicate
has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union with or without a
transition deal on Oct. 31, heralding a showdown with parliament, while his
government also seeks to outline new domestic priorities.
is due to announce a one-year government spending plan on Wednesday with a
focus on more funding for education, health and the police.
announced details of the rise in schools spending on Friday, while Javid
announced 400 million pounds ($491.08 million) of investment for further
education on Saturday. Javid said such moves were a sign of the smooth
operation of government, which has a majority of just one in parliament.
the moment this new government was formed, how much activity and focus has
taken place, just in the last few weeks... That only happens when you have a
government that is working well together,” he said.
President Emmanuel Macron has praised Iran’s commitment to talks on how to
resolve a standoff over its nuclear program.
a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday, Macron
said a trip earlier this week by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
to France, which coincided with a summit of G7 group of industrial nations in
the country, showed that Iran was still committed to the principle of diplomacy
on its nuclear dossier despite sanctions imposed by the US.
comments came after Iran said it would be ready for renewed talks on an
international nuclear deal which has suffered since the United States withdrew
from the agreement in May last year.
Iran said after the G7 meeting in France, where US President Donald Trump was
also present, that talks would only be possible if the US lifted all of its sanctions
who has sought to mediate between Iran and the US, told Rouhani on Saturday
that France would continue its efforts for de-escalation on Iran case, saying
that would lead to solutions to regional conflicts, including a war in Yemen.
the conversation, Rouhani reiterated Iran’s position on the 2015 nuclear
agreement signed between his country and world powers, known as the JCPOA,
saying Tehran would continue to scale back its commitments under the deal to
force other parties to observe their own obligations.
has already reduced its commitments under the JCPOA in two occasions, demanding
other parties to the deal to expedite efforts that could enable Iran to benefit
from the economic advantages of the agreement.
repeated previous statements suggesting that the European parties to the JCPOA,
namely France, Britain and Germany, have done little in line with their
promises to save the deal from the impacts of the US sanctions.
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