Shri Ram', 'Allahu Akbar' Chants Fill Lok Sabha
Barq: Vande Mataram against Islam, Concluded His Oath Saying “Constitution of
Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Lok Sabha, Owaisi Replies with ‘Allahu Akbar’
Khan Steps Up War of Words with Trump, Calls Him 'Poster Boy' For Racists
Isis ‘Beatle’ Ringo Says Jihadi John Beheading Videos Were ‘Entertainment’
Adds Troops After Iran Says It Will Breach Nuclear Deal
PM Imran Khan Formally Makes Army Chief Part of Civilian Matters
Military Rulers To Form Technocrat Gov't
Muslim Minority Seek Sanctuary in Kazakhstan
Being Permitted to Bury at the Corporation of the City of Panaji’s Kabrastan At
St Inez, Muslim Trust Moves Rights Panel over Burial Ground
who provided van for Pulwama strike killed
Court acquits 3 of terror charges: Mere use of word jehad can’t be ground to
brand a person terrorist
militant whose van was used in Pulwama CRPF convoy attack killed in Valley
attack in Pulwama; grenade hurled near police station, several civilians
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MP calls for investigation into Morsi death
pledges to build consensus for peace in Afghanistan
leadership candidates commit to anti-Islam inquiry into Conservatives
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would consider military force vs Iran to prevent nuclear weapon
keeps Saudi Arabia off US child soldiers list
chief urges Russia, Turkey to stabilize Idlib
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hits warehouse co-owned by Italy’s ENI in Libya
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MP slams Teo for getting non-Muslims’ feedback on Islamic studies
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says it does not want fighting between Syrian and Turkish militaries
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Taliban militants killed in Balkh and Ghazni operations
kill 14 Taliban militants in Uruzgan province
militants suffer heavy casualties in Ghor operations
Special Forces kill 11 Taliban fighters in Faryab province
Careens toward a Confrontation with Iran
says will not extend 60-day deadline to scale back nuclear deal commitments
will not wage war against any nation, says Iranian president
orders arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected Gulen links
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inspection mechanism to operate in Hudaydah ports, Yemeni transport minister
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Shri Ram', 'Allahu Akbar' chants fill Lok Sabha
DELHI: For the second consecutive day, Lok Sabha reverberated with religious
chants raised by newly-elected members as they took oath.
slogans were also raised on Monday, with BJP members shouting "Jai Shri
Ram" after Congress benches objected to Sadhvi Pragya invoking the name of
her guru while taking oath, matters reached a new pitch on Tuesday.
off from where they had left on Monday, BJP MPs shouted "Jai Shri Ram"
every time an opposition member prepared to take oath. MPs of TMC countered
with slogans of "Jai Hind", "Jai Bengal" and "Jai Ma
India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen's Asaduddin Owaisi chanted "Jai Bheem,
Jai Meem, Takbeer Allahu Akbar, Jai Hind" as BJP members greeted him with
"Jai Sri Ram, Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram".
member from Sambhal, Shafiqur Rahman Barq, chose to register his opposition to
the singing of 'Vande Matram'. "So far as Vande Matram is concerned, we
cannot follow it as it is against Islam," said Barq who had in 2013, as a
member of BSP, walked out of LS when the national song was played.
members protested against Barq's statement by loudly chanting "Jai Shri
Ram". Congress chief Rahul Gandhi joined the action by taking a dig at
BJP's Arun Kumar Sagar when he chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' twice. Rahul asked
him to raise the slogan "one more time". Gandhi again repeated,
"one more time", after the next BJP MP Ajay Kumar raised the same
cheering by BJP members was at its loudest when TMC MPs came up to the
Speaker's chair, reflecting the intense political fight between the two in
Bengal. As Lok Sabha turned into a field for sloganeering match, members
refused to heed to the Chair's direction to desist from such slogan-shouting.
The presiding officer directed that no slogans will go on record.
Party MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq on Tuesday stirred the hornet's nest by refusing
to say "Vande Mataram" in Parliament as "it was against
taking the oath as Lok Sabha MP, Shafiqur Rahman Barq said, "Jahan tak
Vande Mataram ka taaluq hai, it is against Islam we cannot follow it [As far as
Vande Mataram is concerned, it is against Islam we cannot follow it]."
statement met with chants of "Vande Mataram" and "Jai Shree
Ram" by several leaders in the Parliament.
in the day, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin
Owaisi was also greeted with the slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Vande
Mataram' when he was called to take oath as a Lok Sabha MP.
Owaisi immediately gave it back and said, "Jai Bheem, Jai Meem, Takbeer
Allahu Akbar, Jai Hind."
Rahman Barq had earlier courted a controversy in 2013 as he walked out of
Parliament at the time of "Vande Mataram". He had faced criticism
from all quarters.
Rahman Barq was elected to Lok Sabha from Sambhal constituency in Uttar Pradesh
after defeating Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Parmeshwar Lal Saini with a
margin of about 2 lakh votes in the recently concluded general elections.
chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Lok Sabha, Owaisi replies with ‘Allahu Akbar’
When AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi walked through the benches to the podium to
take the ‘oath’, opposition party MP leaders raised slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’
in Lok Sabha.
Hyderabad MP dressed in a traditional sherwani, was hurled with slogans of ‘Jai
Shree Ram’, ‘Vande Mataram’, as he walked past them through the benches and the
MP raised his hands in response as if asking the fellow MPs to continue
sloganeering against him, TT reports.
calmly took the oath in ‘Urdu’ and then turned to answer those slogans and
concluded with his “Jai Bheem, Jai Meem, Takbeer Allahu Akbar, Jai Hind”.
Home Minister G. Kishan Reddy, seated on the first row can be seen gesturing
his party MPs to cut down on slogans.
the whole sloganeering was going on targetting Hyderabad MP Asaduddin’s
religion, none of the Ministers cared to respect the ‘Parliament’ rather
heckled an elected MP with insults.
the sloganeering was described as ‘heckling’ by some Twitter users who resented
the action saying it was insulting a democratically elected Member of
Khan steps up war of words with Trump, calls him 'poster boy' for racists
Mayor Sadiq Khan has called Donald Trump a "poster boy for racists,"
after the US president renewed his attacks on the Muslim mayor, blaming him for
a spate of attacks in the British capital.
called Khan a “disaster” who should be thrown out of office, while re-posting a
Twitter message written by right-wing British columnist Katie Hopkins on a
series of shootings and stabbings that killed four people in London over three
needs a new mayor ASAP,” Trump wrote. “Khan is a disaster - will only get
mayor responded to Trump on Monday, saying it was “remarkable that you've got
the president of the USA amplifying the tweets of a far-right activist,
amplifying a racist tweet.”
now a poster boy for the far-right movement and that should cause us huge
concern,” he added.
for Donald Trump to answer the question why he's obsessed with me; it's for
Donald Trump to answer the question why he amplifies the tweets of far-right
activists, why he amplifies racist tweets,” he said.
to Trump, UK home secretary, Sajid Javid, said the US president should “stick
to domestic politics.”
London’s first Muslim mayor, has been attacked by Trump since some three years
ago, when Khan criticized then-candidate Trump for his proposed plan to ban
foreign Muslims from entering the US.
this month, Trump reignited feud with Khan immediately after landing in London
for an official visit. He called Khan in a Twitter message, “a stone cold
loser" who has "done a terrible job.”
Isis ‘Beatle’ Ringo says Jihadi John beheading videos were ‘entertainment’
member of the infamous Isis “Beatles” has said that the group’s beheading
videos were “entertainment”.
Kotey, 35, nicknamed “Ringo”, who is being held in a prison in northern Syria,
says he wants to return to the UK with his wife and three daughters, aged one,
three and five.
most senior British Isis terrorist still alive told the Daily Mirror he was
sorry for his crimes but was “grateful” for his time in Isis because he was
able to take a jihadi bride.
notorious “Beatles” cell is believed to have participated in the killing of at
least seven hostages.
leader, Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John”, was seen in a number of
beheading videos. He was later killed in a drone strike in Syria in November
2015. The other members were El Shafee Elsheikh and Aine Davis.
said he wept when he learned the news of his fellow Londoner Emwazi’s death.
said he too would have beheaded people if a gun had been put to his head.
an interview from prison, he said of the beheading videos: “I didn’t condemn
it. That was the environment.”
said he disapproved of Jihadi John beheading westerners, but added: “Is there
no other way to deal with these people?”
if he would have beheaded people, he said: “I can’t say to be honest. I can’t
say I agree with it and I don’t know what I would do in that situation.
if there was a gun put to my head, I definitely… I wouldn’t know… I would do.”
said he and other Isis members laughed at the videos.
thought they were beneficial in any way,” he said. “We used to mock them, we
would ridicule them.
would laugh at the state, obviously not laughing at the beheadings, but this
was all staged.
guess this is entertainment, unfortunately. There’s a large portion of people
who see it as entertainment.”
said he wants his wife to move to the UK, even though he has been stripped of
his British citizenship.
far as I’m concerned I am British and I’ll remain British,” he said.
— Tensions between the United States and Iran flared on Monday as Tehran said
it would soon breach a key element of the 2015 international pact limiting its
nuclear program, while President Trump ordered another 1,000 troops to the
Middle East and vowed again that Iran would not be allowed to develop a nuclear
Pentagon’s announcement of the troop deployment came three days after attacks
on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the administration has blamed Iran
for. And it came hours after Iran said it was within days of violating a
central element of the landmark 2015 agreement — intended to curb its ability
to develop a nuclear weapon — unless European nations agreed to help it blunt
crippling American economic sanctions.
Atomic Energy Organization said that within 10 days the country will have
produced and kept in its stockpiles more low-enriched uranium — the sort used
to fuel power plants — than allowed by the 2015 containment deal. The agency
also left open the possibility that it might soon begin enriching the uranium
to higher levels of purity, edging it closer to what would be necessary to
build a nuclear weapon.
Trump pulled out of the 2015 pact last year, saying that it was not tough
enough on Iran. In doing so, he put intense strain on the international
coalition that had backed the agreement and wanted to keep it alive. And he
left Iran trapped between continuing to abide by the deal’s provisions without
getting any of its benefits or abandoning it and provoking a more intense
conflict with the United States.
Iran now on the verge of breaching the deal, the White House called for greater
international pressure on the country, even as European officials urged
restraint between the two longtime adversaries.
Trump has made it clear he will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons,”
the National Security Council said in a statement.
additional 1,000 troops being sent to the region comes on top of 1,500
dispatched in May. They will be used mainly for surveillance of Iranian
activities and protecting American forces already in the Middle East. The
Pentagon had considered plans for deployment of up to 6,000 additional troops.
recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have
received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that
threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” the acting
defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, said in a statement.
announcement from Tehran was Iran’s latest signal that it would abandon the
2015 pact unless other signatories help it offset economic sanctions imposed by
Mr. Trump. The threat seemed aimed primarily at European countries to persuade
them to break with Washington and restore to Tehran some of the economic
benefits of the deal.
had been abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal, negotiated under President
Barack Obama, before Mr. Trump pulled out, and has continued to do so since the
withdrawal by the United States. But as American sanctions have squeezed the
Iranian economy, Tehran has warned that it could not remain in the deal without
getting European help to find workarounds to the sanctions.
was an entirely predictable consequence of the Trump administration’s
withdrawal from the nuclear deal and maximum pressure strategy,” said Ali Vaez,
the director of the Iran project at the International Crisis Group, a
conflict-resolution organization. “In practice, maximum pressure has produced
maximum peril and minimum strategic results.”
mechanism of American sanctions may actually have sped Iran to the point where
its stockpile of uranium is on the verge of violating the 2015 agreement’s
terms. In May, the State Department announced that it might penalize countries
that transfer enriched uranium out of Iran.
now, Iran has shipped most of the low-enriched uranium it produces out of the
country, swapping it for natural uranium. That allows it to continue producing
small amounts of nuclear fuel for civilian power plants without building up a
stockpile for potential use in weapons.
a news conference announcing Tehran’s decision, Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman
for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said Iran might also enrich its uranium
up to 20 percent purity for use in reactors, the Iranian state-run news
organization Press TV reported.
said that uranium would be used as fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor, which
the United States supplied to Iran in 1967 and that Iranian officials say is
used to create medical isotopes for use in cancer treatment.
nuclear agreement limits the level of enrichment to 3.67 percent, but if Iran
began producing 20 percent enriched uranium, it would put the country much
closer to weapons-grade levels.
of Congress braced themselves for a potential fight with Mr. Trump over
authorization for military action.
we are stumbling to the brink of war without the support of our allies,” said
Senator Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico and a member of the Foreign Relations
Committee. “Congress must step up and prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran
and avert one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in decades.”
the past year, the Trump administration imposed severe economic sanctions that
have discouraged most outside companies from doing business with Iran, and
followed that up with measures to cut off Iran’s oil revenues, the lifeblood of
its economy. The sanctions have had a great effect on Iran, including leading
to a shortage of critical medicine, despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s
assertions that humanitarian aid would not be affected.
April, Mr. Trump designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an arm of
the Iranian military, a foreign terrorist organization, despite warnings from
Pentagon and C.I.A. officials that the move could lead to reprisals against
Americans. As tensions rose, Mr. Trump said he was adding 1,500 troops to the
attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, which the Trump administration
has blamed on Iran, have further inflamed matters. Mr. Pompeo plans to travel
on Tuesday to Central Command in Florida to discuss Middle East security with
Pentagon released additional pictures on Monday that it said bolstered its case
that Iran was responsible for the attack on the tankers last week. Tehran has
Department officials said one of the images shows sailors with the
Revolutionary Guards removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the
tankers, the Kokuka Courageous, in the hours after an initial explosion.
Another photograph, the Pentagon said, shows the “remnants of the magnetic
attachment device of unexploded limpet mine” placed on one of the tankers.
officials said the limpet mines were placed above the water line of the ships,
where they would be visible but would do relatively limited damage, and not
below the water line, where they could actually cause the ships to take on
water. One official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss
intelligence issues, said that the Pentagon interpreted this as Iran trying to
send a message of what its abilities are in the gulf, without doing real damage
oil tankers, the Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair, were attacked in the
Gulf of Oman on Thursday.
official described it as a “nuisance attack.”
National Security Council spokesman, Garrett Marquis, said Monday that Iran’s
announcement on its uranium was “nuclear blackmail” that “must be met with
increased international pressure.”
White House national security adviser, John R. Bolton, has been a longtime
advocate for regime change in Iran.
and Russia were both signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement and have opposed
Mr. Trump’s Iran policies. Beijing has said it intends to continue buying oil from
Iran despite American sanctions.
Britain and France have worked to set up a system to allow European companies
to take part in a kind of barter trade with Iran.
Sunday, Helga Schmid, a senior European Union diplomat, visited Tehran for meetings
on the nuclear deal.
Netherlands’ foreign minister, Stef Blok, said Monday that European support for
the nuclear deal depended on Iran adhering to the pact’s terms.
long as Iran is fulfilling these criteria,” he said, “we should stick to this
officials on Monday also taunted Washington over the exposure of a C.I.A.
informant network in Iran years ago. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s
Supreme National Security Council, said that “one of the most complicated
C.I.A. cyberespionage networks that had an important role in the C.I.A.’s
operations in different countries was exposed by the Iranian intelligence
agencies” and was “dismantled,” according to state-run broadcast network IRIB.
He added that the Iranians shared their information with “allies,” which led to
arrests of C.I.A. “agents.”
Shamkhani appeared to be referring to an operation that broke into the C.I.A.’s
covert communications system, or “covcom,” and uncovered informants in Iran
around 2012 and 2013. That operation may also have contributed to the
extraordinary crippling of the C.I.A. informant network in China. Iranian
officials made a similar claim in April, and a former C.I.A. official said they
may be reviving the taunt now to try to portray the United States as an
Wong and Helene Cooper reported from Washington, and Megan Specia from London.
Reporting was contributed by Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt from Washington,
Richard Pérez-Peña from London, and Steven Erlanger from Brussels.
PM Imran Khan formally makes army chief part of civilian matters
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has formed a National Development Council
(NDC) to formulate polices and strategies for development and, in an
unprecedented move, made Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa a part
Constitution of Pakistan says the military would be under civilian control but
the army has enjoyed an outsize role in politics even when not in direct
control. Many critics and observers believe that the powerful military had
cleared a path for Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party in last
year's polls to form the government by harassing and threatening his opponents.
The inclusion of the army chief in the NDC indicates that the military will
have a strong say in matters in the civilian domain.
notification issued on Tuesday by the Cabinet Division stated the NDC would be
headed by PM Khan and, besides Gen Bajwa, its members would include foreign
minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, minister for planning and development Khusro Bakhtiar,
and the adviser to the PM on finance Dr Hafeez Sheikh.
council will set policies and strategies for development and provide guidelines
for regional cooperation. The council will be tasked with formulating policies
to achieve economic growth and approving long-term planning for national and
regional connectivity (a reference to projects like the China-Pakistan Economic
the notification, former planning and development minister Ahsan Iqbal tweeted:
"Will NDC be replacing National Economic Council, a constitutional forum
with similar mandate? Should army be directly sharing the credit/discredit for economic
military rulers to form technocrat gov't
ruling military council said Tuesday it will draw up a transitional technocrat
will form a transitional government of technocrats as soon as possible until
elections are held," Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the deputy chairman
of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), told a rally in the capital
appealed to the country's political parties to "shoulder their
responsibility and ignore personal interests in light of the current
circumstances in the country".
said the TMC has delegated tribal councils in Sudan to form a technocrat
has remained in turmoil since April 11, when the military establishment deposed
long-serving President Omar al-Bashir after months of popular protests against
his 30-year rule.
TMC is now overseeing a two-year “transitional period” during which it has
pledged to hold free presidential elections.
popular protests, however, have continued to demand that the military council
hand over power -- at the earliest possible date -- to a civilian authority.
Muslim minority seek sanctuary in Kazakhstan
has been accused of holding more than a million Muslims, including ethnic
Kyrgyz and Kazakhs, in its so-called re-education camps in Xinjiang Province.
groups in Kazakhstan have been trying to help locate and reunite individuals
with family members.
The Azad Jamatul Muslimeen Welfare Trust on Tuesday complained to the Goa State
Human Rights Commission that Muslims residing in the vicinity of Panaji,
including Merces and Bambolim, aren’t being permitted to bury at the Corporation
of the City of Panaji’s kabrastan at St Inez.
complaint stated that Muslims from these areas have been burying their dead at
the St Inez kabrastan since 1961, until September 2017 when the CCP stopped the
burial of those outside its jurisdiction stating that there was limited space.
out that there is no kabrastan for the people of Merces and Bambolim to bury
their dead, the trust has requested the government to permit burial of people
from Merces, Bambolim and Curca at the St Inez kabrastan till the government or
local authority provides a piece of land.
February, the CCP had passed an order directing its staff not to issue NOCs for
burial of bodies of citizens who live outside its jurisdiction. The trust
subsequently sent the corporation a legal notice.
a meeting last week, CCP commissioner Shashank Tripathi stated that Muslims
only from Panaji, Taleigao and St Cruz would be permitted to bury their dead at
the St Inez kabrastan due to lack of space.
Goa State Human Rights Commission, in its inquiry report in April, passed
recommendations to the CCP to acquire land for the burial of bodies from the
Muslim community in coordination with the state government.
is the paramount duty of the CCP to provide burial grounds to all the
communities within the jurisdiction of the corporation.
corporation cannot run away from the responsibility on a plea that there is a
shortage of space to provide the burial facility to the Muslim community. All
communities, including the Muslim community, are entitled to have appropriate
burial grounds,” the commission had stated.
had further added that non-availability of space for the burial ground of a
community cannot be an excuse to deny the facility as it is violation of basic
DELHI: The Jaish-e-Muhammed overground worker who provided the vehicle for the
February 14 Pulwama bombing, was killed along with another terrorist in a
gunfight with forces on Tuesday in south Kashmir's Anantnag. An Army jawan was
wounded. Also, two soldiers who were injured in the IED blast on Monday in
Pulwama succumbed to their injuries on Tuesday.
two killed in Anantnag's Bijbehara on Tuesday were identified as Sajad Maqbool
Bhat, one of the members of the Pulwama suicide squad, and his recruiter
Tauseef Bhat, categorised as a 'serious threat'.
a resident of Bhagpora Marhama Bijbehara in Anantnag, had bought on February 4
the Maruti Eeco van that was used for the deadly ambush that killed 44 CRPF
personnel. Documents accessed exclusively by TOI reveal Sajad fled his home
eight days after the attack, just when the sleuths had discovered his role as
the 'logistics man' in the bombing.
an overground worker, Sajad had been conducting reconnaissance of the area and
providing information to Jaish on the movement of security forces. He had been
missing since February 22, according to a police report.
van that suicide attacker Aadil Ahmad Dar rammed into the CRPF bus at Lethpora
had been sold to Mohammed Jaleel Ahmed Haqani, a resident of Heaven Colony in
Anantnag, in 2011, and subsequently changed hands seven times before it reached
Sajad. It is, however, not clear how Sajad managed to raise funds to buy the
vehicle since he was only a student.
studied at madrassa Taleem ul Islam Marhama for three years after his 7th
standard. He was enrolled at Government Higher Secondary School Marhama for
11th standard, when he fled home to join as an armed terrorist with Jaish. His
picture, where he was seen holding weapons, appeared on social media soon after
he absconded while the police had launched a manhunt for nabbing members of the
other terrorist, 23-year-old Tauseef Bhat, killed in the gunfight at Bijbehara,
was a BA third-year student of distance learning and had joined Jaish during
Ramzan on June 12 last year. Like Sajad, Tauseef was also from Bijbehara and
used to run a 'darasgah', a religious outfit, in evening hours. Documents
reveal police categorised him as a "great threat" for Anantnag town,
National Highway and adjacent areas. "It is now clear Tauseef had
recruited Sajad for Jaish. From here on, Tauseef will be part of the NIA
probe," an official in Srinagar said.
two of the nine Army soldiers who were injured in Monday's blast in Pulwama
succumbed to their injuries on Tuesday.
three men of terror charges, a special court in Akola has said that mere use of
the word “jehad” by a person cannot be ground to brand him a terrorist.
acquitted youths, Salim Malik (29), Shoeb Khan (29) and Abdul Malik (24), were
slapped with terror charges following an attack on policemen outside a mosque
in Pusad on September 25, 2015 on Bakr Eid over the beef ban in the state. The
Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) claimed that they were part of a conspiracy to
influence Muslim youths to join terrorist organisations.
all three of terror charges, Special Judge A S Jadhav, in his May 21 order,
said, “As per the dictionary, the word ‘jehad’ literally means ‘struggle’.
Jehad is an Arabic word, which literally means striving or struggling.
According to the BBC, the third meaning of jehad is struggling to build a good
society. Related word of jehad is expedition, administration, movement, strive,
crusade. Therefore, merely accused used word ‘jehad’, it would not be proper to
brand him a terrorist.”
was sentenced to three years in jail for “voluntarily causing hurt to
policemen”. As he was in jail since September 25, 2015, having spent more than
the three-year term, he too was released. “It appears that accused No. 1
(Abdul) exhibited his anger by violence against the government and some Hindu
organisations for ban on cow-slaughtering. No doubt he used the word ‘jehad’.
But, it was adventurous to jump to the conclusion that only for using the word
‘jehad’, he should be branded a terrorist,” the court said.
to the prosecution, Abdul arrived at the mosque, took out a knife and stabbed
two policemen on duty and said before the attack that because of the beef ban,
he would kill the policemen. Abdul denied the claim.
court relied on the testimonies of the injured policemen and other policemen on
duty. The court held that merely because they are policemen, their testimonies
cannot be discarded. Abdul’s lawyers claimed that there were discrepancies in
the deposition of the policemen. The court, however, held that the presence of
the accused at the spot was proven. It, however, ruled that Abdul cannot be
held guilty of attempt to murder, as invoked by police, as the injuries caused
to policemen were not on “vital” parts of their bodies.
ATS claimed that Abdul had given a confessional statement naming Shoeb and
Salim. The ATS claimed that the two influenced Abdul and other youths for
“jehad”, held secret meetings and delivered hate speeches. The court held that
the confessional statement was “not voluntary”. It held that it was claimed
that Abdul wanted to give a confessional statement after he spent 25 days in
police custody and was not provided any legal aid. The court said that there
was “no doubt” that the accused was “under the nose of police personnel” and,
therefore, his statement was recorded.
forces in the Valley notched a big success Tuesday when Jaish-e-Mohammad
militant Sajad Maqbool Bhat, who owned the Maruti Eeco van that was used in the
February 14 Pulwama attack which left 40 CRPF personnel dead, was killed along
with another militant in an Anantnag village in South Kashmir.
Army soldier also lost his life in the gunbattle which took place less than 24
hours after a Major and a militant were killed in a firefight in Anantnag
Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman based in Srinagar, said: “Two terrorists
eliminated today. One soldier martyred in the operation.”
an official release, J&K Police said a cordon and search operation (CASO)
was launched by security forces at Marhama village in Bijbehara area of
Anantnag district. The search turned into a gunbattle after militants fired on
the search party.
the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and the bodies were retrieved
from the site of the encounter,” police said. The militants, sources said, were
hiding in a residential house.
soldier, Anil Jaswal, also succumbed to injuries. “He was evacuated to a
hospital where he attained martyrdom. We pay our rich tributes to the Army
jawan for the supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty,” police said.
slain militants were identified as Sajjad Maqbool Bhat and Tawseef Ahmad Bhat,
both residents of the village where the gunbattle took place.
to police records, Sajjad joined the militant ranks on February 22 this year,
eight days after the attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, and Tawseef in May
the course of investigation, it was learnt that the Maruti Eeco vehicle used
for carrying out the blast in Lethpora was owned by one Sajad… as news of
Sajad’s involvement spread, he escaped and joined proscribed terror outfit JeM.
A picture of Sajad carrying an AK-47 rifle was also circulated on social media,
announcing his joining the terror outfit,” J&K Police said in its release.
Kalia too said: “Sajad was the one who managed the vehicle for the February 14
Pulwama attack on the CRPF.”
senior police officer in South Kashmir said Sajad’s killing was a “big
achievement” for security forces. The J&K Police said Tawseef played a key
role in recruiting Sajjad into militant ranks and they were both wanted for
several cases in the area.
Tuesday, two soldiers, among the injured in Pulwama Monday after a car with an
IED hit an Army vehicle, died in hospital.
a separate incident, suspected militants lobbed a grenade at a police station
in Pulwama district, leaving civilians injured. Pulwama health officials said
nine persons were injured in the attack. Dr Abdul Rashid Parra, Medical
Superintendent of district hospital, said: “Five of them were referred to
Srinagar for specialised treatment.”
grenade was hurled near a police station in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on
Tuesday, injuring about seven civilians, the Jammu and Kashmir police said. The
attack came hours after another attack in the district. The injured have been
rushed to a hospital for treatment. The security forces have cordoned off the
area to look for the attackers.
today, two militants, linked to the Pulwama terror attack in February, were
killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag. Sajjad Khan and
Tauseef, affiliated with the Jaish-e-Mohammad, were accused of carrying out a
terrorist attack on CRPF personnel on February 14 this year in Pulwama. Sajjad
had managed the vehicle which rammed into a CRPF convoy, while Tauseef was his
handler, the Army said.
Monday, at least six soldiers, and two civilians, were injured in a car bomb
explosion that targeted a military vehicle in Pulwama. The attack took place
when a patrol unit of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles was moving towards Arihal village
in the district.
failed attack comes days after Pakistan informed India of a possible attack in
the district near Awantipora. A top security official in Srinagar had confirmed
to The Sunday Express about the possible attack by militants using an IED
mounted on a vehicle. “The Pakistanis shared this information regarding the
possibility of such an attack with our High Commission in Islamabad. They had also
shared this information with the Americans, who too, informed us. So this
information has come directly as well as via the Americans to us,” an official
site of the blast is 27 kms from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying
security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a
suicide bomber on 14 February in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed
another incident, an Army Major was killed in a gunbattle in Anantnag district
on Monday. The officer killed in the gunbattle was identified as Major Ketan
Sharma (31) of 19 Rashtriya Rifles — his family is in Meerut. A militant, who
is suspected to be a foreign national, was also killed in the exchange of fire
during a joint security operation in Badoora village of Achabal early morning.
Two other Army officers were injured, J&K Police said.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Russia and Turkey on Tuesday “to
stabilize the situation without delay” in northwest Syria.
am deeply concerned about the escalation of the fighting in Idlib, and the
situation is especially dangerous given the involvement of an increased number
of actors,” he told reporters.
in the fight against terrorism, there needs to be full compliance with
international human rights and humanitarian law.”
UN Security Council is due to be briefed behind closed doors later on Tuesday
on the situation in northwest Syria.
clashes between pro-government forces and militant-led groups that control
Syria’s northwest killed at least 55 combatants on Tuesday, a war monitor said.
fighting flared on the edge of Hama province when militant group Hayat Tahrir
al-Sham launched a dawn attack on regime positions, the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said.
least 14 pro-government forces died and 41 militants were killed in clashes,
the Britain-based monitor said.
forces foiled the attack” before the fighting came to an end, Observatory head
Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP. State news agency SANA also said the offensive had
air strikes on northern Hama and neighboring Idlib had also paused for more
than 24 hours, before resuming Tuesday following the latest bout of fighting,
according to the monitor.
bombardment killed one civilian in southern Idlib, it said.
police on Tuesday detained 10 nationals of Syrian origin accused of financing
“al-Qaeda terrorist militia” in Syria, the interior ministry and a source close
to the probe said.
Europol’s collaboration, more than 350 agents took part in an operation in
Madrid, further south in Toledo and the eastern province of Valencia. Fourteen
homes and other premises were searched by officers.
source, who refused to be named, said the detainees were Spanish of Syrian
organization was led by a family clan that for years allegedly used a legal
business structure to hide illicit operations with which they evaded tax
authorities and laundered large amounts of money,” the ministry said in a
detainees allegedly took away money from each legal operation, substituting the
real amount of the operation in the receipt with another lower value amount,”
large part of the stash of cash amassed went to the opposition-held province of
Idlib in Syria to “give support and financial backing to terrorist militia
there.” Relatives of the suspects are allegedly al-Qaeda members.
money was sent via various methods including human couriers and the “hawala”
system, an informal method of payment based on trust that is far more difficult
to trace than bank transfers.
of those detained had already been arrested in Syria in 2008 and sentenced for
his participation in an attack and for belonging to the group Fatah al-Islam.
detailed reports published by the Guardian newspaper has shown how Britain is
massively contributing to Saudi Arabia’s devastating war on Yemen as it
suggests that London is not only supplying the bombs that fall on Yemenis, but
it provides the personnel and expertise that keep the war going.
comprehensive report by Arron Merat published on Tuesday showed that Britain
was doing much of the killing in Yemen as the country continues to provide
Saudi Arabia with everything it needs to turn its southern impoverished
neighbor into a graveyard.
day Yemen is hit by British bombs – dropped by British planes that are flown by
British-trained pilots and maintained and prepared inside Saudi Arabia by
thousands of British contractors,” said Merat in the report.
of thousands of people have been killed since Saudi Arabia and a number of Arab
allies launched their illegal war on Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to restore
power to a resigned and fugitive president.
campaigners have repeatedly criticized Britain for its role in helping the
killing of civilians in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world which has
suffered from a major humanitarian crisis as a result of the Saudi-led war.
report by the Guardian showed that it is effectively the United States and
Britain who are leading the massive onslaught in Yemen as Saudi Arabia
contracted out the vital parts of the war to the two military powers from the
very beginning of the conflict.
does not merely supply weapons for this war: it provides the personnel and
expertise required to keep the war going,” said the report, adding that the
Royal Air Force personnel have been deployed to Saudi Arabia to work as
engineers and trainers over the past four years.
said the Britain’s biggest arms company BAE Systems has played an even larger
role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen as it has been subcontracted by London to
provide weapons, maintenance and engineers inside Saudi Arabia.
Saudi bosses absolutely depend on BAE Systems ...They couldn’t do it without
us,” said John Deverell, a former British defense attaché to Saudi Arabia and
BAE employee also said recently that if it was not for the British support, the
Saudis would have not been able to continue the war on Yemen for a single week.
we weren’t there, in seven to 14 days there wouldn’t be a jet in the sky,” said
the employee in an interview with the Channel 4 in early April.
last year also suggested that Britain had even sent its troops to Yemen to help
Saudis in their fight against fighters from the ruling Houthi Ansarullah
British parliamentarian has called for an international and independent
investigation into the death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
MP Crispin Blunt, who headed the Detention Review Panel for Mohamed Morsi in
2018, said that Morsi was "not an ordinary prisoner" and his death is
representative of the Egyptian government’s "inability to uphold
senior parliamentarian made clear that the government of Abdel Fatah el-Sisi
has a duty to explain the death of the former president and should be held
accountable for the treatment given to him while in custody. Blunt also called
for an investigation into the cause of Morsi’s death.
Morsi was no ordinary prisoner," Blunt said.
said "He [Mohamed Morsi] was elected President of Egypt in 2012. He has
died whilst in the custody of the Egyptian state, the same state apparatus that
was forcibly taken control of by the Egyptian military in June 2013.”
Morsi’s death in custody is representative of Egypt’s inability to treat
prisoners in accordance with both Egyptian and international law” he added.
also explained how, under Egyptian and international law, the detention of
Morsi “could meet the threshold of torture” and as the conditions of Morsi’s
detention was well known throughout all departments of the government, el-Sisi
himself could be held responsible for the crime of torture and ultimately his
to Blunt, the Egyptian government did not allow an independent review of
Morsi’s detention and to assess the treatment being given to him by the
authorities. Moreover, the MP’s initiative to lead an independent review was
condemned by the Egyptian parliament.
2018, the Conservative MP chaired the review panel of MPs and lawyers and after
extensive research concluded that Morsi received “inadequate medical care,
particularly inadequate management of his diabetes and inadequate management of
his liver disease” and that his detention was below what is expected from
international standards and would constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading
panel also concluded that due to Morsi’s long term medical conditions and the
inadequate level of care and treatment given to him, the rapid deterioration of
his health was widely expected and one that would lead to a premature death.
Egyptian government has a duty to explain his unfortunate death and there must
be proper accountability for his treatment in custody” Blunt said.
found culpability for torture rests not only with direct perpetrators but those
who are responsible for or acquiesce in it", he added.
Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically-elected leader when he was elected in
2012 and was ousted in a bloody military coup by then chief of staff general
Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in 2013.
with thousands of others, Morsi was put into solitary confinement and was
denied much needed medical assistance as his health rapidly deteriorated over
the 2013 military coup, the regime has cracked down on all channels of legal
dissent and opposition, arresting many supporters of Morsi, the Muslim
Brotherhood and those who are are simply against the coup with many more being
Prime Minister Theresa May assured U.K.'s full support to build regional
consensus for peace in Afghanistan during a meeting with the visiting Afghan
President Ashraf Ghani, an Afghan official statement said on Monday.
to the the Afghan Presidency in Kabul, Ghani called upon May at the 10 Downing
Street in London in the afternoon for a formal summit following an official
invitation. It added the two leaders discussed the fragile peace process as
well as a range of other issues of bilateral interest.
Ghani thanked for Britain's lasting cooperation with Afghanistan, and said the
British government's role for building regional consensus for the Afghan peace
process is important and valuable,'' it added.
May's office said in a series of tweets that the two leaders also discussed the
upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan and agreed that those must be
credible and transparent.
regional stability, the Prime Minister welcomed the steps toward peace in
Afghanistan that President Ghani has taken, as well as his talks with Prime
Minister (Imran) Khan of Pakistan. The Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s
support for these efforts,'' it said.
this occasion, a new aid package totaling £170 million was announced by U.K.
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart for Afghanistan. The package
will provide urgent food, water and medical help, including polio vaccinations
five candidates to become UK prime minster have committed to an external
inquiry into Islamophobia in the ruling Conservative Party.
were asked to do so during a live debate on TV by Muslim-born home secretary
you all agree, guys? Shall we have an external investigation into the
Conservative Party on Islamophobia? Excellent, they agree,” he said.
have been extensive accusations of anti-Islam abuse in the party with Boris
Johnson, favourite to become the new prime minister, comparing niqab wearing
women to letterboxes and bank robbers.
pledge by the candidates came following a question from a Bristol-based Imam
who asked if “words have consequences?”
as my words have given offence over the last 20 or 30 years and people have
taken those words out of my articles and escalated them, then of course I'm
sorry for the offence that they have caused,” said Mr Johnson, previously
foreign secretary and mayor of London.
was keen to emphasise that his great-grandfather, Ali Kemal, was a Muslim.
spoke to Michael Gove outside his house about Islamophobia, he said "there
are people in the Conservative Party who we need to make sure appreciate the
consequences of their actions - there are people who need to be rooted out of
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my Muslim great-grandfather came to this country in fear of his life in 1912,
he did so because he knew it was a place that was a beacon of hope and of
generosity and openness, and a willingness to welcome people from around the
world,” he said.
a newspaper column last year he wrote “it is absolutely ridiculous that people
should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.”
an organisation working to counter anti-Islam sentiment, thanked Mr Javid “for
mentioning growing anti-Muslim hatred and for getting ALL candidates to agree
to an external inquiry about anti-Muslim prejudice or Islamophobia in the”
Javid said there was concern over growing “anti-Muslim hatred in our country,
certainly over the last few years, in all parts of society. And, wherever that
is, including in political parties, it must be absolutely rooted out.”
Congress Expands Pentagon Aid In Syria To Cover Islamic State Prisoners
wants to give the Pentagon more freedom to help US-backed forces in Syria
detain Islamic State fighters in the war-torn country.
Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act released last week
expands an authority the Pentagon can use to build small-scale temporary
facilities such as ammunition and resupply points in Syria to also support the
detention of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS) fighters. The new bill
calls for expanding previous assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
to also cover the “temporary detention and repatriation” of foreign fighters
“in accordance with” international law.
months, the Donald Trump administration has called on European allies to play a
bigger role in dealing with captured foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. But
some experts worry that the move could create false hope among the SDF, which
faces a threat from Turkey and protests from Arabs in northeast Syria, as the
Pentagon’s support has remained flat over the past two years.
have kind of fed off of whatever scraps of promises and resources that we’ve
thrown them,” said Elizabeth Dent, a former adviser for the Global Coalition to
Defeat ISIS and now a nonresident fellow with the Middle East Institute. “When
we basically satisfy a small portion of what they’ve asked for, it gives them
hope that we’re a reliable partner even though we haven’t delivered on 10,000
other things they’ve asked for.”
construction authority first came about after the Barack Obama administration
demanded the ability to build temporary supply points and assembly areas, for a
maximum of $4 million per project and $12 million per year. The Trump
administration extended the authority to deepen the fight against IS in its
onetime capital of Raqqa during the height of the fighting in 2017, Al-Monitor
reported at the time.
mounting evidence that the SDF is buckling under the weight of the detainee
challenge, Congress has decided to get involved again, extending the powers
through the end of next year. Since the SDF liberated the last pocket of
IS-held ground in March, the population at al-Hol, a Kurdish-run camp in
northeastern Syria holding thousands of family members of militants, has
swelled to over 70,000 people — more than seven times the number held there
last year — according to the Pentagon’s inspector general.
SDF has asked for an international tribunal to try the thousands of fighters in
their custody, but the United States is still trying to encourage allies such
as France to repatriate and prosecute foreign IS combatants.
SDF has put significant pressure on the United States to create a mechanism
that will allow the repatriation of ISIS fighters,” said Nick Heras, a Middle
East fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington-based think
tank. “The reason for that is that the SDF now and likely well into the future
does not have the capacity to support a prison population of thousands of
foreign ISIS fighters.”
Defense Department is set to host another counter-IS meeting in Brussels this
week, which will examine the prisoner issue, as well as the militant group’s
ongoing use of digital tools to facilitate recruitment and propaganda.
the transit to the camp has also become increasingly deadly, with many refugees
and detainees arriving in poor health. But the United States is having to
balance the challenge of holding prisoners for intelligence purposes to winnow
out IS’ thinning leadership ranks while dealing with subpar detention
conditions. The State Department has expressed concern that without a viable
plan for improvements, the imprisonment of foreign fighters could result in
violations of human rights and humanitarian law.
Senate is also trying to address that side of the problem in the new defense
bill, calling on the Pentagon to appoint an interagency coordinator to deal
with the detention issue. The defense authorization legislation also calls for
the Defense Department to provide clarity on the number of IS fighters detained
by the SDF and foreign militants that have been repatriated every 90 days,
beginning early next year.
Senate is set to begin debating the full bill later this week. The House
version of the defense bill does not include the new language on IS fighters.
President Donald Trump would consider using military force to prevent Iran from
gaining a nuclear weapon but left open the question if it involved protecting
oil supplies, he told Time magazine in an interview published on Tuesday.
a different tone than some Republican lawmakers who have urged a military
response, Trump told Time the impact of the recent attacks on Norwegian and
Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman had been “very minor” so far.
whether he would consider military action against Iran to prevent it from
obtaining nuclear weapons or ensure the free flow of oil through the gulf, the
president said, “I would certainly go over nuclear weapons, and I would keep
the other a question mark.”
United States has blamed Iran for the tanker attacks, citing as evidence a
series of images showing an Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps boat removing an
unexploded limpet mine from the hull of the Japanese oil tanker attacked on
US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday the United States was
deploying about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for defensive purposes,
citing concerns about the threat from Iran.
have been stoking between Washington and Tehran since the Trump administration
decided last year to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions
on the Islamic republic.
about a possible confrontation between the two countries have been growing
since last week’s tanker attacks. Iran said on Monday it would soon breach
internationally agreed curbs on its stock of low-enriched uranium in 10 days,
despite calls for it to abide by the limits.
said he agreed with US intelligence assessments that Iran was behind the tanker
attacks, but he said Tehran had been less hostile toward the United States
since he became president.
of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a list of
countries that recruit child soldiers, rejecting the findings of the State
Department’s anti-human trafficking office that the Saudi-led military
coalition engaged in a military campaign on Yemen has been using under-age
Department experts recommended adding Saudi Arabia, a major US ally and arms
customer, to the soon-to-be released list on the basis of news reports and
human rights groups’ assessments that the ultra-conservative kingdom has hired
child fighters from Sudan to fight in Yemen, according to four sources familiar
with the matter.
sources added that the experts' recommendation faced resistance from some other
State Department officials, who argued that it was not clear whether Sudanese
forces in Yemen were under the control of Sudanese officers or directed by the
New York Times daily newspaper, citing Sudanese fighters, reported on December
28 last year that Saudi and United Arab Emirates commanders directed the North
African mercenaries at a safe distance from the fighting against Houthi
Arabic-language Sout al-Hamish daily newspaper, citing an unnamed informed
source, reported on May 18 that 600 Sudanese fighters had been flown a month
earlier from Nyala Airport in southwestern Sudan to Yemen.
source added that the Sudanese fighters had received training for only four
months at the Dumaya camp in Nyala, the paratrooper training camp in the
capital Khartoum as well as the al-Jili camp north of Khartoum before being
sent to battle fronts in Yemen.
though Sudan's long-time President Omar al-Bashir was toppled in April after
months of public protests, the military council that runs the country follows
suit and continues to dispatch soldiers to fight at the front line of war in
all the Sudanese fighters appear to come from the battle-scarred and
impoverished region of Darfur, where some 300,000 people were apparently killed
and 1.2 million displaced during a dozen years of conflict over diminishing
arable land and other scarce resources.
of the militia belong to paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, a tribal militia
previously known as the Janjaweed.
are reports that Sudanese fighters are sent to battles in the Midi Desert of
the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah, the Khalid bin Walid camp in
Ta’izz, or around Aden and Hudaydah.
of those interviewed by foreign media outlets confirm that they have fought in
Yemen only for money, as they were paid in Saudi riyals. Payments to the
mercenaries are said to be deposited directly into the Faisal Islamic Bank of
Sudan, which is partly owned by Saudis.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former
president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed
the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on Russia and Turkey to
stabilize Syria’s Idlib province as the Bashar al-Assad regime launched another
and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in
which acts of aggression would be expressly prohibited.
the Syrian regime and its allies have consistently broken the terms of the
ceasefire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone.
appeal in particular to the Astana guarantors -- and to the Russian Federation
and Turkey, especially, as the signatories of the September 2018 Memorandum of
Understanding on Idlib -- to stabilize the situation without delay,"
Guterres told reporters at the UN.
stressed that "there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis".
was clear at the start and remains clear more than eight years later that the
solution must be political.”
Turkish Armed Forces set up 12 observation posts in Idlib’s de-escalation zone
in May 2018 following the ninth round of peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan with
Russia and Iran. Moscow has 10 observation posts.
Assad regime has ignored the agreements and constantly launches strikes in the
expressed deep concern over the situation in Idlib, saying "civilians are
paying a horrific price".
said that even in the fight against terrorism, there needs to be full
compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law.
has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime
cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million
others displaced, according to UN officials.
month, Ursula Mueller, Guterres' top humanitarian affairs official, lambasted
the Security Council for a history of inaction in Syria, questioning what it
will do to prevent another catastrophe, this time in Idlib.
this council take any concrete action when attacks on schools and hospitals
have become a war tactic that no longer sparks outrage?" Mueller said.
there nothing to be said or done when indiscriminate barrel bombs are dropped
in civilian areas?
new Quebec's law that asks most public employees to leave religious values at
home has drawn criticism from faith groups across the Canadian province.
majority government passed Bill 21 by a 75-35 vote that was introduced March 28
by Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Simon Jolin-Barrette.
Premier Francois Legault lauded the bill that prohibits religious symbols and
clothing, and said it is in line with the expectations of Quebecers.
leader Pierre Arcand said the “botched” law “removes” rights for people,
according to the Catholic Herald website.
order to minimize legal and technical challenges, the prohibitive law will only
apply to new employees.
National Council of Canadian Muslims said it will take the "deeply
troubling" new bill to court.
last night the Quebec government legalized discrimination on the basis of
religion,” it wrote Monday.
Lisa Grushcow also criticized the bill she called "worse than
up with fewer rights for people that I love in a place that I love,” said the
rabbi from Montreal.
groups also slammed the bill, warning it will "nourish fear and
intolerance, rather than contribute to social peace."
plans to shift students of JuD schools to govtrun institutions
Pakistan plans to shift the students of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) to the
government-run schools after an international terror financing watchdog raised
objection over allocation of Rs 180 crore for these institutions.
senior government official told PTI on Tuesday that the Financial Action Task
Force (FATF) had objected the Pakistani government's allocation of Rs 180 crore
for running the JuD and FIF schools across the country.
government could not satisfy the FATF about running a good number of seminaries
and schools of JuD and FIF after taking over their control in March. Therefore,
the Imran Khan administration is seriously considering shifting the students of
these seminaries and schools to the government-run institutions," he said.
official said the FATF was apprehensive of the Pakistani government's move to
allocate such a huge sum of money for the JuD and the FIF institutions.
(FATF) suspected that the government might not be able to dissociate the JuD
and the FIF activists associated with these institutions,” he said.
source in the Punjab government told PTI that the JuD and the FIF activists are
somehow associated with their educational institutions the government has taken
said these activists are waiting for “appropriate time” to take back their
positions. The government has also taken over the JuD headquarters in Lahore
and Muridke and stopped Saeed from entering there.
first week of March apparently on the international pressure after the deadly
Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistani government sealed or took
over administrative control of several establishments run by the proscribed
Jaish-eMohammad (JeM), the JuD and the FIF.
government initiated action against these organisations after notifying a 2019
order of the United Nations Security Council that provides a legal basis for
freezing or seizure of properties owned by individuals and organisations
designated by the council as terrorists.
order was issued to meet the requirements of the FATF regarding the
implementation of designation of persons and entities under the UNSC
despite making some progress in overcoming the shortcomings in its
counter-terrorism financing and anti-money laundering regimes, continues to
remain under the cloud at the global illicit financing watchdog.
failing to adequately convince the FATF, Pakistan is required to complete
actions before its next deadline.
Pakistan and British authorities have signed MoU to bring back Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar to Pakistan.
was confirmed by PM Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Accountability Shehzad
Akbar here on Tuesday.
Akbar said “Pakistan has signed MoU with British authorities to bring back
Ishaq Dar. They have to sign the extradition note of Dar now. Then he will be
presented before the magistrate there.”
Pakistan and Japan on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on
defence cooperation and exchanges.
MoU was signed after the 10th round of military-to-military talks at the
Ministry of Defence in Rawalpindi.
Defence Secretary Rear Admiral Owais Ahmed Bilgrami led the Pakistani
delegation, while the director general for International Affairs at Japan’s
Bureau of Defence Policy led the Japanese side.
two sides exchanged views on enhancing and diversifying bilateral cooperation
and agreed on stronger collaboration for promotion of international peace and
security, the officials said.
Admiral Bilgrami recalled the goodwill existing between the armed forces of the
two countries and briefed the Japanese delegation on Pakistan’s role and
efforts in pursuing enduring peace in the region.
seventh round of Pakistan-Japan security dialogue was, meanwhile, held at the
Pakistani side was led by Imtiaz Ahmad, Special Secretary (Asia Pacific), while
Shigeki Takizaki, Director General, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs
Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, led the Japanese side.
two sides exchanged views on security policies and regional as well as global
issues. The security situation around Pakistan and Japan was also discussed,”
the Foreign Office said, adding that the special secretary also briefed the
Japanese side on Pakistan’s relations with neighbouring countries and
highlighted efforts in the fight against terrorism.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the armed
forces of the country are committed to defending the motherland with the
expressed this while addressing participants of the National Security and War
Course at the National Defence University (NDU) on Tuesday, the Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
this occasion, he also detailed the internal and external challenges to
further said that the serious threats aimed at country demand a well-prepared
military and by the grace of God, Pakistan’s Army is prepared to thwart any
kind of challenge with ease and efficiency in collaboration with the other
institutes of the state.
on arrival, General Qamar was received by President National Defence University
Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz.
Chief also held an important meeting with General Han Weighou, commander of
China’s ground forces at the General Headquarters.
slams use of children as ‘human bombs’ in Nigeria
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Monday condemned the use of children
as suicide bombers by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria's northeast.
agency’s statement came hours after two underage girls and a boy blew
themselves up at a community football viewing center in the Konduga area of
Borno State -- the heart of the 10-year-old insurgency.
incident left at least 30 dead and 40 others injured.
condemns the use of children as human bombs and in any combat or non-combat
roles in the conflict in northeast Nigeria," the agency said in a
is unacceptable that children should be used in this way. UNICEF appeals to all
those involved in this terrible conflict to protect children at all times and
to keep them out of harm’s way."
said the incident brought to five the number of children used as human bombs
this year. In 2018, 48 children died as suicide bombers, while more than 83
children suffered a similar fate in 2017.
again call on all parties to the conflict in northeast Nigeria to immediately
cease all attacks against civilians, to stop using children in this conflict,
and to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law,"
Secretary-General, António Guterres has commiserated with Nigeria over the
triple suicide attacks in Konduga village, Borno State.
State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Monday said 30 persons lost their
lives while 42 others were injured when three suspected Boko Haram suicide
bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mandarari community.
Kachala, SEMA Director of Search, Rescue and Operations, who disclosed this to
newsmen when he visited the scene of the attack on Monday, said the incident
occurred around 8 pm on Sunday.
the UN Secretary-General, in a statement by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric,
expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the
Government and people of Nigeria.
wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. He hopes those responsible for these
attacks will be swiftly brought to justice”, it added.
Secretary-General reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the
Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
- 17 June 2019: Former Libyan Interior Minister Saleh Ragab accused Turkey and
Qatar of smuggling weapons to terrorist groups and militia in Libya to keep fighting
against the Libyan National Army in Tripoli.
his speech during a Monday meeting with Libyan figures and politicians in
Cairo, Ragab said that Libyans support LNA efforts to restore the country’s
stability and security.
also criticized The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) interference in
the Libyan affairs, which led to the country’s deterioration in the past.
former official also noted that the United Nations failed to reach a political
solution to the Libyan conflict over the past years.
hosted on Monday a meeting attended by Libyan national figures, politicians and
tribal leaders who discussed the latest efforts by the Libyan National Army
(LNA) to fight terrorism, to restore stability in the country and preserve its
meeting aims at asserting the role of Libya's national powers in preserving the
state, putting an end to the control of terrorists and extremists of Tripoli,
restoring the state's stability and maintaining its sovereignty.
came to Cairo to stress that all Libyans are standing behind LNA efforts in
Tripoli,” said Secretary-General of the Libyan National People’s Movement
Mustafa al-Zaeidy, ensuring that all participants in the conference stand with
LNA efforts to preserve the country’s stability. He explained that Libya is
facing ‘conspiracy,’ adding that there were several attempts to dis-empower the
explained that civilians in Libya are suffering more than anyone as a result of
the ongoing war.
his part, LNA’s Colonel Belaid el-Sheikhi stated that Muslim Brotherhood’s role
is ‘gone forever’ in Libya, adding that parties and countries known for their
support of terrorist movements will be hindered from playing any role in the
country, namely: Qatar and Turkey.
has been playing a key role to preserve Libya’s stability and security. Cairo
hosted several meeting for unifying the Libyan army and to reach political
storehouse belonging to Libya’s Mellitah Oil & Gas, a joint venture between
the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Italy's ENI, was damaged in an air strike
on Tuesday, wounding three workers, the state oil firm said in a statement.
was the first confirmed attack on a foreign oil asset since forces led by
Khalifa Haftar started a campaign with ground and air forces to take the
are witnessing the destruction of the corporation’s facilities before our
eyes,” NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said after the incident.
said “material losses” were significant but did not say what had been inside
the warehouse in Tajoura, an eastern suburb of Tripoli home to several military
people have been killed and many others wounded in attacks on two ethnic Dogon
villages in central Mali, the government said Tuesday, in the latest in a cycle
of violence in the volatile Sahel country.
group immediately claimed responsibility for Monday's attacks but Mali has seen
a spate of massacres this year between ethnic Dogon and Fulani communities.
terrorist attacks on Monday evening targeted the villages of Gangafani and
Yoro... not far from the border with Burkina Faso. The official provisional
toll is 38 dead and numerous people wounded," the Malian government said
in a statement.
and security forces have been dispatched to the location to protect the
population and their property and to track down the assailants of these
attacks," the statement added, revising upwards an earlier toll of 14
Poudiougou, a local community official, said around a dozen bodies had been
counted in both villages.
are terrorists because they killed and then disemboweled some bodies and burned
crops," Poudiougou said.
this month, a massacre on another Dogon village, Sobane Da, killed 35 people,
stirring fears of tit-for-tat attacks in a region with an ethnic patchwork.
time is the same as Sobane Da: People and animals targeted," said Adama
Dionko, a spokesman for Mali's Dogon association.
demand the state give us more security."
armed forces also reported, on Twitter, that an army patrol Tuesday was
ambushed at Gossi in the north of the country and suffered both "human and
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appealed for an end to the revenge attacks after he
visited the site of the Sobane Da massacre.
despite military help from France and the United Nations, Mali's government is
struggling to calm violence that began in the north of the country in 2012,
sparked by radical Tuareg militias.
this year, in the bloodiest raid, 160 Fulani were killed in an attack on a
village by suspected militiamen from a rival ethnic group.
violence in central Mali surged after a predominantly Fulani extremist group
led by preacher Amadou Koufa emerged in 2015.
UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said in May it had recorded nearly
500 deaths in attacks on Fulanis in the central regions of Mopti and Segou
since January 2018.
Fulanis caused 63 deaths among civilians in the Mopti region over the same
period, it said.
Fulani are primarily cattle breeders and traders, while the Bambara and Dogon
ethic groups are traditionally sedentary farmers.
DANIAL DZULKIFLY AND JERRY CHOONG
June 19 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration has allegedly continued to
threaten and ridicule Islam, PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi alleged
to his fellow wing members today.
his address to the wing’s Muktamar or annual congress in Bukit Gambang Resort
City here, Khalil also claimed there were attempts by PH’s own elected
representatives to undermine Islam.
only did they not fulfil their manifesto, but sadly, there have been attempts
to breach the sanctity of Islam here openly,” he claimed.
day we see more and more insults on social media towards Islam, Islamic laws,
Prophet Muhammad and Islamic institutions. They are trying to embed a negative
perception of Islam while trying to break apart fellow Muslims so they can
benefit from it. “During Ramadan, we saw among them vehemently fighting against
Islam in Parliament but they were given the opportunity to breach Islamic
institutions by providing zakat to Muslims,” he added.
was ostensibly commenting on several non-Muslim lawmakers distributing tithe to
recipients in Penang, which Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor has
since clarified as permissible under Islam.
also claimed the supposed attempts to undermine Islam in the country are a part
of a concerted attempt that involves international organisations.
can be seen through the attempts to ratify the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and the Rome Statute
[of the International Criminal Court] that eventually provide space for
international intervention in our nation’s affairs,” he claimed.
international treaties are ratified by most United Nations member countries.
parties Umno and PAS have repeatedly attempted to paint the PH government as
undermining Islam as part of their political pressure, an allegation that has
been denied and rebutted many times by Putrajaya.
also spoke about PAS’s cooperation with Umno, but stressed that the partnership
goes beyond racial barriers and instead holds true to the Federal Constitution,
which was formulated by those who fought hard for Malaysia’s independence.
said the partnership and unity are not bound to ideas of race alone.
must prove to Malaysian society that this partnership utilises the Constitution
as the basis of the social contract which was agreed upon by those who achieved
independence, from all races,” he said.
on PAS’ history, he said it can be argued the party has been the most dynamic
and courageous when it comes to making decisions based on principles since it
has worked with several parties that it opposed.
once worked together with Umno, and stood against it as well. It befriended
DAP, and parted ways with it as well.
PAS also worked alongside PKR, yet did not hesitate to sever ties with it when
deemed necessary,” Khalil said.
all these instances, he noted some members accepted the fact, others disagreed
but held their peace, and some even opposed it openly and deviated from PAS’
what matters the most is that PAS has never strayed from the history of its
political struggle when it comes to the ultimate goal of defending the faith,”
LUMPUR, June 18 — PAS’ Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali has criticised the deputy
education minister for allegedly inviting all Malaysians to provide feedback on
how to improve the Islamic studies subject in primary schools.
to Khairuddin, Teo Nie Ching reportedly made the invitation via a post on her
Facebook page yesterday, which she later removed. The PAS lawmaker also noted
that a similar announcement is still available on the Education Ministry’s
Teo Nie Ching has removed her post on Facebook yesterday, the invitation is
still displayed on the Education Ministry’s official site. It is saddening that
she wishes to involve non-Muslims in this matter.
involving non-Muslims in a matter like this, it only shows that the deputy
education minister is providing a wide space for non-Muslims to interfere in
the affairs of Muslims,” Khairuddin said on Facebook today.
Kuala Nerus MP also questioned whether the survey is part of the DAP lawmaker’s
personal initiative or an official Education Ministry initiative.
this is an official Education Ministry initiative, why doesn’t the minister
himself, who is a Muslim, make an announcement as it is common knowledge that
matters concerning the interests of Islam and Muslims are really sensitive
especially in the New Malaysia era,” he said.
Arab world has long-rooted ties in Indonesia, as historic indications reveal
that the first traders initially reaching the archipelago in the fifth century.
Since then the Arab world has provided maritime trade and financial services.
Islam finally made its way to Indonesia, the two cultures already exhibited a
strong financial and cultural bond thanks to Arab trade and migration. The
routes that were initially used for trade have helped the ties between
Indonesia and the Arab world flourish as Islam’s influence expanded throughout
is home to the world’s largest Muslim population; over 225 million people, or
nearly 13 percent of the world’s Muslims, live in the country.
the past decade Indonesia’s economy has grown, with few exceptions, between 5
percent and 6 percent annually for nearly 14 years. This impressive consistency
is the result of a strong macroeconomic policy, modernization efforts, and a
focus on stability following the collapse of Soeharto’s military regime.
Indonesia’s successive governments deserve the lion’s share of the credit for
this turnaround, this new status quo as an economic force and a beacon of Islam
in Southeast Asia is also due to the Persian Gulf’s influence and efforts.
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible for most of the funding that flows
from the Gulf, though most of it is earmarked for religious purposes. Despite
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo demonstrating some disappointment in 2017
regarding the declining amount of funding the country was expected to receive,
the Saudi government remains an important partner.
instance, Saudi Arabia still supports enormous investments in Islamic education
throughout the country. This has been the primary strategy undertaken by the
Saudis to extend its soft power over the past 40 years, and includes
establishing Islamic schools, providing educational materials, and financing
scholarships based in the Kingdom. This support is still largely employed to
expand Saudi influence instead of spurring economic activity.
rest of the Gulf states, however, view Indonesia as a valuable partner and
investment that stretches beyond religious motives. While Saudi interest lies
in reinforcing influence through religious funding, the real focus for the Gulf
States should be attuned towards economic cooperation and investment. Indeed,
while Indonesia’s economy has been stable, its infrastructure is quickly
growing obsolete as its economic engine slows.
is not news to the Gulf. In 2017, the Indonesian government sought a total
investment of US$10 billion from the United Arab Emirates, even as the
country’s private sector was already providing $2 billion in total capital for
Indonesian energy and retail sectors. Similarly, Oman recently signed a major
agreement with Indonesia worth $14 billion to build a refinery capable of
handling 300,000 barrels of oil per day.
foreign direct investment in Indonesia from the Gulf States pales in comparison
to other foreign benefactors (the top five sources of foreign funds are
Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China, and Hong Kong). This reality should
concern the Gulf states. While it simply represents a slight loss of trade
influence, it also signals that the Gulf is losing a critical ally in one of
the world’s fastest-growing economies. This is unacceptable both in financial
and political terms.
the Gulf states should view this loss of influence seriously. As the world’s
largest Muslim state by population, Indonesia is a vital cultural and political
ally for the Arab world in Southeast Asia. Additionally, the economic landscape
poses a national security threat to Indonesia, which should concern the Arab
world. China has been known to invest heavily in nations to exert both soft and
hard power, and it seems to be following a similar pattern with Indonesia.
Waning influence of Saudi’s kingdom and others of the Gulf, in the biggest
bastion of Muslim and Arab interests in Southeast Asia, represents a loss of
leverage that affects the Gulf’s financial stakes around the world.
de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency'
Saudi Arabia has rendered toothless the once-feared religious police amid a
liberalisation drive, but a planned "public decency" law is stoking
controversy with some fearing a revival of morality policing.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to shake off his country's
ultra-conservative image with the reopening of cinemas, mixedgender concerts
and party-fuelled sporting extravaganzas, while vowing to take the kingdom
towards moderate Islam.
relaxed social norms in a kingdom seldom associated with fun in the past have
been welcomed by many Saudis, two-thirds of whom are under 30, in the midst of
painful economic reforms geared towards a post-oil future.
Saudi Arabia now aims to police its citizens' behaviour with a new public decency
law approved by cabinet in April, though it remains unclear when it will be
law seeks to uphold Saudi "values and principles", banning in public
clothing deemed to "offend public tastes" — including men's shorts —
and graffiti that could be interpreted as "harmful", according to
reportedly risk facing a fine of up to 5,000 riyals ($1,333).
haia (religious police) is back without the beards," academic Sultan
al-Amer said on Twitter.
bearded enforcers of the religious police were long notorious for patrolling
streets and malls to chastise women wearing bright nail polish and for rigidly
imposing sex segregation, but their powers have been clipped in recent years.
law, widely perceived to be vague, has sparked public concern that it would be
open to interpretation, leading to arbitrary penalties and, more
light-heartedly, prompted humorous banter on social media.
Arabic hashtag "shorts don't offend public morals" has gained
traction alongside memes of men sweating it out on treadmills in loose-fitting
Saudi Arabia meets Singapore," Kristin Diwan, of the Arab Gulf States
Institute in Washington, told AFP.
Saudi leadership wants to undermine the Islamist basis of social power while
still maintaining absolute political control and public order."
Saudi media reported the law was meant to be implemented from May 25, with the
interior ministry and tourism authority enforcing the rules.
on May 27, state media said the law was yet to be enforced. It did not specify
a new date.
(law) is an effort to balance the pressure from conservative elements of
society that accuse the (government) of allowing things to go 'out of
control'," said Ali Shihabi, founder of the pro-Saudi think-tank Arabia
social change is an art form — you want to push as fast as possible without
provoking a counter reaction. Not easy!"
Mohammed, who has amassed powers unseen by previous rulers, has cut back the political
role of the ultraconservative religious establishment while promoting
hyper-nationalism in a historic reordering of the Saudi state.
kingdom's de facto ruler has projected himself as a modern-day reformer, while
arresting several clerics -- including some perceived to be moderate — and
tightly controlling religious discourse as part of what observers call a broad
centralisation of power.
other clerics appear to be toeing the official line, bestowing religious
sanction on the prince's modernisation drive.
Salafi scholar Ayedh al-Qarni recently issued a televised apology for his
previously well-known hardline interpretations of Islam, while throwing his
weight behind the young prince.
Saudi cleric Adil al-Kalbani, former imam of Mecca's Grand Mosque, has
challenged the long-taboo subject of mixing the sexes by denouncing gender
segregation in mosques as a "kind of phobia".
the social transformation appears to meet resentment in conservative quarters,
with many calling on the state to police public behaviour.
year, a viral video of a veiled Saudi woman and a man dancing and twirling on a
busy street provoked fury, with many asking "Where are the religious
calls could only grow louder, observers say, amid a previously unthinkable push
to create a Dubai-style leisure and entertainment sector.
the waters, self-styled religious scholars are openly advocating against
shutting down businesses during prayer times and backing the opening of a
temporary alcohol-free nightclub during a cultural festival in western Jeddah
(Saudis) are creating a broader realm for personal expression but only at the
pleasure of the state," said Diwan.
must be authorised."
- 17 June 2019: Groups of army personnel from Egypt and Togo continued the
second round of the joint military exercise of Sahel-Saharan States to combat
terrorism at Mohamed Naguib base, with the participation of special forces from
both countries. Theoretical lectures
were given to unify concepts, learn about the combat experiences of both sides,
and implement many planned practical activities, according to the Egyptian army
spokesman Tamer al-Rifae.
training comes within the framework of the efforts made by Egypt and the Armed
Forces to enhance the fighting capabilities of the Sahel-Saharan States to
confront any dangers that may face the region and threaten the security and
stability of Africa. Ibrahim Sani Abani,
secretary general of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), said in
2018 that Egypt has always offered help to other African states. Abani said
that Egypt has supported CEN-SAD states by providing their defense and security
forces with 1,000 training grants, following a meeting between CEN-SAD defense
ministers in 2016.
counterterrorism efforts, Abani said that Egypt has actually backed the
Sahel-Saharan Anti-Terrorism Center, adding that safety and security are keys
to progress, as investment and two-way trade cannot be carried out amid the
spread of terrorism and state of instability.
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi held a joint press conference on May 25, 2017 with
President Alpha Conde of Guinea, which is one of the subsequent members of the
CEN-SAD. Sisi agreed on enhancing security and military coordination to combat
terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region.
vehicle bomb exploded in the city of Qamishli in Al-Hasakah governorate of
northeastern Syria on Monday, June 17, with civilian casualties reported.
media reported the vehicle exploded by Sony roundabout near the Asayish internal
security forces headquarters in the city. The bomb reportedly caused casualties
among civilians and damage to nearby buildings.
Garcia from the Rojava Information Center told The Defense Post that the
bombing occurred outside the Asayish headquarters in the Qidurbek neighborhood,
and that “injuries and shrapnel damage to surrounding homes and businesses have
been reported.” Garcia added that an 8-year old child had been taken to the
hospital but there had been no deaths reported.
local source told The Defense Post that civilians had been “hit” in the
is the capital of the self-declared autonomous region of North and East Syria.
Most of the city is under control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a mixed
Kurdish-Arab militia that is supported by the U.S.-led Coalition in the fight
against ISIS, although parts of the city are also under the control of the
State’s propaganda outlet Amaq said later on Monday that ISIS fighters “blew up
a car bomb” in front of the “intelligence headquarters” of the Kurdistan
Workers’ Party, or PKK.
2007, the PKK restructured, forming Koma Civakên Kurdistan (Kurdistan
Communities Union, KCK), an umbrella group for parties that subscribe to the
democratic confederalism ideology of jailed PKK founder and leader Abdullah
People’s Protection Units (YPG), the largest and key component of the Syrian
Democratic Forces alliance, is aligned with the KCK. ISIS generally refers to
the SDF, its components, and other Kurdish groups in Northeast Syria as the
city has been targeted several times in recent years, including by ISIS, but
has seen less violence than other parts of Syria. A July 2016 truck bombing
claimed by ISIS killed 45 people and injured over 100, the deadliest ever
attack in the city. In January, the Asayish dismantled a car bomb that had been
discovered in the city.
gathered by the Rojava Information Center indicated two explosions in Qamishli
last month, one in April, and none in March.
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – Sixteen Islamic State militants were killed Monday in an
airstrike by the U.S.-led international coalition on a terrorist hotbed in
Nineveh province, federal police said.
a press release carried by Alsumaria News TV channel, the Security Media Cell
said that 16 Islamic State terrorists were killed inside a tunnel that was
targeted by warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition in al Kosb valley
military operation was carried out based on intelligence information,” the
statement read, without giving further details.
Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized
large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an
Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
by Loaa Adel
(IraqiNews) Iraqi Security Media Cell announced, on Monday, foiling a terrorist
attack south of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.
for the cell, Yahia Rasul, said that forces from the National Security Services
foiled the so-called “Ramadan Invasion”, after dismantling a terrorist network,
south of Baghdad.
added, in a statement obtained by Sumaria News that the National Security
Service succeeded in foiling a terrorist attack. The so-called “Ramadan
Invasion” was carried out by the Islamic State group.
the military operation, security forces dismantled a terrorist network, which
was deployed in the north, west and Sahara of southern Baghdad,” Rasul
A Syrian national has been arrested in southern Lebanon on suspicion of
involvement with the Daesh terrorist group. It is alleged he discussed with
other people potential locations, including churches, for attacks in Lebanon
where the largest numbers of people could be targeted and killed.
is thought that they were aiming to emulate similar Easter attacks in Sri
Lanka. Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi released a video message in April in
which he praised the Sri Lankan terrorists.
security source confirmed that a Syrian man has been detained and
investigations are continuing. He added that the arrest “came on the basis of a
professional intelligence operation” and that the security forces are working
with external parties.
General Directorate of Internal Security Forces (ISF) said that as a result of
“preventive and proactive security operations conducted by the Information
Division of the ISF concerning the monitoring of activities of serious
terrorist cells, especially those affiliated with Daesh, the division was able
to monitor and identify a resident of southern Lebanon who was active on social
media spreading the ideology of the organization and recruiting people for it.”
continued: “A special force from the Information Division arrested a person
named Z.M. who was born in 1999 and is a Syrian residing in the town of Yater.
The investigation found that he was promoting the ideology of Daesh through
social media by creating a large number of channels and groups on a number of
applications that follow and publicize publications of the Daesh organization.”
is a village near Tyre in Southern Lebanon. Locals said that Z.M. was arrested
six days ago. He worked in construction and agriculture and lived alone in a
house without a family, they added.
ISF said that the man “was associated with people outside Lebanon and
cooperated with them to establish online groups to spread and promote Daesh
ideology. After publishing the video in which Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi blessed the
operations in Sri Lanka...the detainee bought spray paint and...sprayed on one
of the walls at the entrance to Yater slogans containing the words ‘Grandson of
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’ and ‘The Islamic state.’”
ISF investigations found that the detainee “discussed with a number of those he
communicated with the idea of carrying out actions for the organization in
Lebanon, including entering a church and killing the largest number of people
also discussed with them the idea of targeting husseiniyas (congregation halls
for Shiite ceremonies) in Shiite villages and towns. He also logged on to
jihadist websites of the organization on the internet, including encyclopedias
giving details of how to make explosives, and downloaded them to his phone.”
ISF also said that the detainee “communicated with the Syrian S.B. (born in
1990), who has also been arrested, and tried to recruit him to embrace the
ideology of Daesh. He said that at the time of his arrest he was still in the
process of planning and had not taken any practical steps.”
security source did not specify whether Z.M. is a Syrian refugee, a laborer
working under the sponsorship of a Lebanese citizen, or in the country
illegally. However, he stressed: “What this person did has nothing to do with
Syrian refugees in Lebanon.”
army commander Gen. Joseph Aoun said on Monday: “The army is dealing today with
an unconventional terrorist enemy hiding among people, where the complexities
are many and unclear.”
added: “The rapid response of the (security) units to the terrorist attack in
Tripoli recently confirms the importance of the principles that we learn in the
College of Command and Staff.
Saudi-led coalition’s war has entered its 5th year,” said the Yemeni minister
in an interview with FNA on Tuesday, adding, “The war is still going on with
massacre of the innocent, civilians, children and women in Yemen, and it is
growing bigger, and the aggressors have laid an all-out blockade on the people
operations of the Yemeni Army are in the framework of the natural right of self-defense
against these aggressions to pose pressure on the invading states to stop
strikes against civilians and remove the blockade. These operations will go on
to materialize these objectives [of us], and surely these goals will soon be
met,” he highlighted.
about the next step of the Yemeni Army against the assailants, Amer said,
“Undoubtedly, air strikes by drone and missile units of the Yemeni Amy will
increase. Also on the battlefield, the Army has been conducting operations and
unique attacks were staged along borders. Inside, also we are completely
countering the mercenaries and armed people affiliated to the Saudi-led
“All options are on the table in fighting
against the invading states, as so far the Yemeni Army and popular forces have
disrupted all calculations and equations of the aggressors,” he highlighted.
airports of the aggressing states of Saudi Arabia and the UAE can be stricken
by drone and missile units of the Yemeni Army. These airports had already been
hit. Striking vital targets, like ports and airports, in the invader states is
among the options of the Yemeni Army,” he underscored.
UAE is playing an active role in the aggression against Yemen, and it is now
occupying a number of Yemeni islands and ports, and is currently stoking
further clashes inside the country with supporting terrorist groups in Yemen.
Hence, the UAE will not remain safe, escaping from the Yemeni Army’s reaction,
and if it does stop its aggressions, they will sooner or later witness our
reaction,” he underlined.
Monday, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock painted
a horrifying picture of the war in Yemen, saying about half a million people
will die by 2022 if the war continues.
fighting lasts until 2022, close to half a million people will lose their
lives, including more than 300,000 who will die from hunger, lack of health
care and related causes, Lowcock cited a University of Denver study
commissioned by the UN Development Program as saying.
is twice as many people dying as the model predicts if the war were to stop
this year," he told the Security Council.
from the heavy toll, there would also be a profound decline in the status of
survivors throughout the country, he warned. A quarter of children would be
malnourished, and nearly 40 percent of children would be out of school.
can imagine better than me what the implications of this might be for security
and stability in the wider region," said Lowcock, who is also the UN
emergency relief coordinator.
the war continues, the world will need an even larger and an even more
expensive relief operation, he said.
4.2 billion U.S. dollars, this year's Yemen response plan is already the
world's biggest. "If the fighting doesn't stop, today's requirements will
be a fraction of what we'll need to keep people alive a few years from
now," he said.
observed that the Yemeni conflict is trapped in a loop of time. "Yemen is
getting more violent, not less. The conflict is getting worse, not better."
the war is not only brutal, it is unwinnable. Everyone agrees on this last
point, at least in their public statements. And yet the war continues," he
on Monday, Spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree
warned that the country's attacks on the three airports of Abha, Jazzan and
Najran will continue, vowing that they would remain insecure.
Jazzan and Najran airports have turned into insecure airports and they will be
targeted on a regular basis because these airports are used for military
attacks, including continued attacks and cruel siege on the Yemeni
nation," Saree was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Masirah news website
called on the Saudi civilians to stay a long distance away from these airports.
also warned that Yemen's response to the Saudi-led coalition attacks will not
be confined to these airports and will include other sensitive sites in an
unpredictable fashion of targeting for the Saudis.
relevant remarks on Sunday, a senior member of Yemen's Ansarallah movement's
political office said the clock was ticking for war on Saudi soil.
Nasser al-Bakhiti wrote on his twitter page that time was arriving for a
"major battle" between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
is the right of the Yemeni people to attack the enemy on its land and
reciprocate the financial damage" inflicted by the Saudi-led
coalition," he added.
called on the Yemeni tribes to differentiate between state and private-owned
assets and properties if the attacks start, noting that the tribal forces will
surely coordinate their moves with freedom-seekers in Saudi Arabia.
are liberation forces, and not occupiers," he said.
on Saturday, Yemeni Air Force Spokesman Brigadier General Abdullah Al-Jefri
underlined that the equations of war had changed by his country's missiles and
drones, adding that the Saudi-UAE coalition would be forced to stop the war
Jefri told the Arabic-language Mer'at al-Jazeera news website that after the recent
attacks against Najran, Jizzan and Abha, Yemen will launch offensives against
the airbases, specially Khamis Mashit region in Assir which is considered as
one of the most important Saudi military bases which hosts Israeli military
Yemeni missiles and planes will reach Riyadh and regions farther than Riyadh as
long as the coalition countries continue siege and aggression against
Yemen," he added.
Jefri said that Yemen also is in possession of new advanced missiles and drones
which can reach Bab al-Mandab and the Suez canal, adding that the Saudi-UAE
coalition will be forced to end the war in the near future.
warned that his nation's expanded missile and drone power would change
political, military and economic equations in the battleground, saying that the
300 marked targets that include energy pipelines and exports would bring the
Saudi-led coalition to its knees.
armed forces on Friday carried out retaliatory drone attacks on an airport in
Southwestern Saudi Arabia for the second time in a week.
Qasif-2K drones targeted the airport in the Saudi province of Asir in the early
hours of Friday morning, two days after a cruise missile attack by army
troopers and allied fighters from Popular Committees at the strategic Saudi
facility, al-Masirah television network reported.
have been no immediate reports of possible casualties or the extent of damage
caused as a result of the attack.
Wednesday, General Saree stated that US-built surface-to-air missile systems
stationed at Abha airport could not intercept the cruise missile, which he said
had hit the designated target with great precision.
noted that the missile hit the observation tower in the airport, which is about
200 kilometers North of the border with Yemen and serves domestic and regional
routes, causing significant disruption to air travel.
pointed out that the missile attack on Abha airport was part of retaliatory
measures by Yemeni soldiers and their allies in the face of the Saudi-led
coalition’s crimes against Yemeni people.
Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive
president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so
far killed more than 20,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah
fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian
is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in
need and is seeing a spike in needs, fueled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing
economy and diminished social services and livelihoods. The blockade on Yemen
has smothered humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine to the
UN has repeatedly criticized the Saudi-UAE-led military coalition's bombing
campaign and placed it on a blacklist of child rights violators last year.
on Tuesday called for restraint to avoid escalation in the Middle East after
the US said it was deploying additional troops due to heightened tensions with
are urging all the sides to show restraint,” President Vladimir Putin’s
spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists in response to a question on the
would prefer not to see any steps that could introduce additional tensions in
the already unstable region.”
United States said Monday it has approved the deployment of 1,000 additional
troops to the Middle East.
Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the troops were being sent “for
defensive purposes” as the US has blamed Iran for last week’s attacks on two
tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday that US plans to
increase its troop presence in the Middle East were aimed at provoking armed
actions “cannot be seen otherwise than as a deliberate course to provoke war,”
Ryabkov told journalists, quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.
said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while visiting Russia last month
had stated that US troops were in the region not to start war but to prevent
said at a news conference with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in the
Black Sea resort of Sochi on May 14 that “we fundamentally do not seek a war
that’s the case, the US should refrain from further reinforcement of its
presence and from other steps, including dragging and pushing its allies in
various parts of the world into stepping up pressure on Iran,” Ryabkov said.
between Tehran and Washington have escalated since the US last year quit a
multi-nation nuclear deal with Iran, a close ally of Russia.
between pro-government forces and extremist-led groups that control Syria’s
northwest killed at least 45 combatants on Tuesday, a war monitor said.
fighting flared on the edge of Hama province when the extremist group Hayat
Tahrir al-Sham launched a dawn attack on regime positions, leaving 14
pro-government forces dead, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
forces foiled the attack,” Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP.
news agency SANA also said the offensive had been thwarted.
northern countryside lies on the edge of a extremist-controlled region
including most of Idlib province.
frontline had been relatively calm since clashes on Saturday killed more than
35 combatants, including extremists and regime forces, Abdul Rahman said.
airstrikes on northern Hama and neighboring Idlib had also paused for more than
24 hours, before resuming on Tuesday following the latest bout of fighting,
according to the monitor.
latest battles come after rocket fire by HTS - led by a former al-Qaeda
affiliate - and allied militants killed more than 12 civilians in a regime-held
village in Aleppo province late Sunday.
of Aleppo, Hama and Idlib are supposed to be protected from a massive regime
offensive by a buffer zone deal that Russia and Turkey signed in September.
it was never fully implemented as extremists refused to withdraw from a planned
January, HTS extended its administrative control over the region, which
includes most of Idlib province as well as adjacent slivers of Latakia, Hama
and Aleppo provinces.
Syrian government and Russia have upped their bombardment of the region since
late April, killing more than 400 civilians, according to the Observatory.
war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started
in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Tuesday that he does not want to see
fighting between the Syrian and Turkish militaries.
made the comment in Beijing during a joint briefing with China’s Foreign
Minister Wang Yi.
Syrian foreign minister remarks come amid escalation between Turkish forces and
regime forces in Syria’s Idlib region where a Turkish observation post was
attacked on Sunday with mortar fire and shelling from an area controlled by the
Syrian government forces, causing damage but no casualties, the Turkish Defense
seeks comprehensive peace agreement with Taliban, not a withdrawal agreement:
U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad has said the United States seeks a
comprehensive peace agreement with Taliban.
Khalilzad further added that the United States does not seek a withdrawal
we prepare for the next round of talks with the Taliban, important to remember
we seek a comprehensive peace agreement, NOT a withdrawal agreement,” he said.
to Ambassador Khalilzad, the Taliban has accepted the framework for peace which
includes counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations
that lead to a political settlement and a comprehensive & permanent
he said “As I’ve said on numerous occasions, nothing is agreed until everything
comes as efforts are underway to find a negotiated political settlement to end
the conflict in Afghanistan.
U.S. and Taliban representatives have participated in six rounds of talks in
the Qatar capital of Doha so far.
sixth round talks between U.S. and Taliban representatives concluded earlier
Khalilzad said the sixth round talks made steady but slow progress on the
aspects of the framework for end the war in Afghanistan.
he said “the current pace of talks isn’t sufficient when so much conflict rages
and innocent people die. We need more and faster progress. Our proposal for all
sides to reduce violence also remains on the table.”
100 militants killed in Afghan fighting in 3 days
June 17 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 militants have been killed in
conflict-battered Afghanistan over the past three days as government forces
have stepped up crackdown on Taliban group, officials said Monday.
the latest operations on the anti-government armed militants, the security
forces pounded Taliban hideouts in Chardara district of the northern Kunduz
province Monday morning, killing four armed fighters and injuring three others,
provincial police spokesman Inamudin Rahmani said.
to Rahmani, no security personnel have been hurt in the ongoing operations.
the government forces initiated operations against Taliban fighters in Pashtrod
district of the western Farah province on Sunday and so far have killed eight
insurgents and injured nine others, police spokesman in the province Mohibullah
government forces have also killed 19 militants in the northern Faryab and 15
others in the eastern Ghazni provinces over the past 24 hours, officials have
at least 55 armed insurgents have been killed and several others injured during
operations in the southern Kandahar and adjoining provinces over the past three
days, provincial police chief of Kandahar Tawdin Khan said Monday.
Zabihullah Majahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, in contact with
media has disputed the claims, insisting that the armed group's fighters have
killed scores of the security personnel over the period.
riders spread message of peace in Myanmar
Swe Win bought his first motorbike this year. Yet rather than go on joyrides
like many of his peers, the 32-year-old Myanmar rights activist decided to put
his new scrambler to better use.
recruited a dozen like-minded young riders in Yangon and together they embarked
on an improvised Peace Bike Tour. Their cross-country trip took them across
conflict-strewn areas, including Shan State where ethnic separatism has erupted
in renewed violence.
aim of these easy riders from Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital, was to spread a
message of religious and ethnic tolerance in a country where such tolerance is
sprawling patchwork of indigenous groups, Myanmar is home to 135 officially
recognized ethnic minorities, and divisions along ethnic and religious lines
remain deep. Decades-long separatist insurgencies have claimed countless lives
across much of the country and made countless others permanently homeless.
Thet Swe Win and his bikers’ gang of peaceniks encountered no overt hostility
on their sojourns. Quite the opposite, he says. “We were warmly welcomed
everywhere we went,” recalls the director of the interfaith Centre for Youth
and Social Harmony. “Our motto was ‘Stop the fight. Let’s ride.’”
activists’ route passed through a war zone in Shan State but they were left
untroubled by militants and the Myanmar army. “The trip helped us understand the
situation of ethnic minorities,” Thet Swe Win says.
became a political activist in his late teens and at one point had to flee
Myanmar for a while in fear of his life after participating in an
anti-government mass rally that prompted a violent response from the
authorities. “In Myanmar lots of people are facing repression and
discrimination,” he adds. “I feel I need to speak up for them.”
so, however, has earned him plenty of enemies. “I’ve received death threats for
speaking up, especially for the Rohingya,” he notes.
Swe Win has been helping spearhead a campaign challenging a dominant
nationalist narrative that portrays ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State as
foreign interlopers who are plotting a violent takeover of the state.
2017, the Myanmar army responded to attacks on civilians and security officers
by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army by driving hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya villagers from their homes in Rakhine into neighboring Bangladesh.
by what rights groups have described as ethnic cleansing, Thet Swe Win launched
a petition on social media against violence perpetrated by the military against
is turning into a kind of fascist state, which is very dangerous for the
country,” the activist says.
nationalism and religious intolerance
and bookish-looking, Thet Swe Win wears worn jeans and a plain T-shirt. His
long hair is pulled into a ponytail by a rubber band. He speaks softly and
comes across less as a firebrand than an aspiring artist.
counter rising nationalism and religious intolerance among ethnic Burmese
Buddhists, Thet Swe Win has joined other young activists in staging events
aimed at fostering interfaith harmony. They record them on camera and upload
them to social media for greater exposure.
late May, he and another prominent young rights activist, Thinzar Shunlei Yi,
27, headlined a grassroots initiative called the White Rose Campaign, which saw
young men and women handing out white roses as symbols of peaceful coexistence
to Muslims in Yangon and elsewhere.
same month Buddhist nationalists temporarily shut down some Muslim prayer sites
during Ramadan in an effort to deny Muslims a chance to practice their religion
discriminate against some minorities in the name of religion,” Thinzar Shunlei
Yi says. “There are a lot of anti-Muslim sentiments on social media.”
of the level of institutionalized discrimination against Muslims in Myanmar is
that there are no Muslim members in the country’s parliament, she says.
Shunlei Yi is a telegenic 27-year-old who hosts a popular talk show for young
people in Myanmar. Even in her teen years, Thinzar Shunlei Yi began advocating
radical change in the country.
my country, young people have always been on the frontlines of struggling for
more rights and freedoms,” she says. “Young people have to prepare for the
future of our country — 10 to 20 years from now. It’s too late to change the
mindsets of people who are in power right now because they are too set in their
ways and too old to change.”
her youthful activism has put Thinzar Shunlei Yi at odds with her own family.
Her father is a senior officer in the military, which has afforded her a
privileged upbringing in a country where the military has long dominated both
political and economic affairs.
a Burmese Buddhist who belongs to the majority and I’m privileged compared to
[many] religious and ethnic minorities,” she concedes. “So I feel obligated to
raise my voice on their behalf.”
adds: “It’s important for someone from a military family to say something.”
have accused Thinzar Shunlei Yi and her fellow activists of selective outrage
because they tend to focus largely on the plight of Muslims in a country where
a myriad of other ethnic and religious groups likewise face endless hardships
and daily humiliations.
bristles at such charges. “We are not speaking up for them because they are
Muslim,” she stresses. “We would do it for other [disenfranchised] minorities
too. If a church was closed down [the way prayer sites at Ramadan were closed
down in May], we would stand up for Christians too.”
young activists’ calls for more rights and freedom to the disenfranchised may
end up coming at a cost to their own freedom.
Shunlei Yi and Thet Swe Win are both facing legal charges on grounds that they
protested illegally against Myanmar’s government. They say they are finding it
hard to have proper legal representation as few lawyers are willing to risk
their careers by representing anti-government activists.
many as 380 people classified by rights groups as political prisoners remain
incarcerated on a variety of charges in Myanmar, where any form of dissent is
frequently suppressed and penalized.
all activists are facing charges, which is part of a strategy to keep us out of
politics,” Thet Swe Win says.
security forces killed four Taliban militants during separate operations in
Balkh and Ghazni provinces.
informed military sources said Tuesday that the soldiers of 209th Shaheen Corps
killed 3 Taliban fighters in Balkh province.
sources further added that the operation was conducted in Dowlatabad district
the security forces killed one Taliban fighter by conducting an airstrike in
Andar district of Ghazni.
Taliban militants have not commented regarding the operations so far.
comes as the security situation in some districts of Balkh and Ghazni provinces
has deteriorated during the recent months.
militants are active in some restive districts of the two provinces and often
conduct terrorist related activities.
the meantime, the Afghan forces frequently conduct counter-terrorism operations
against the anti-government armed groups in the two province.
series of airstrikes killed 14 Taliban militants in southern Uruzgan province.
informed military sources said Tuesday that the security forces killed 14
Taliban militants during the airstrikes in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan.
Taliban militants have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
comes as the security situation in some districts of Uruzgan has deteriorated
during the recent months.
militants are active in some restive districts of Uruzgan and often conduct
terrorist related activities.
the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
security forces killed 15 Taliban militants during the joint military
operations in Ghor province.
207th Zafar Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the
operation in Aahangara, Shotor Khan and Amrutak villages of Dolina district.
statement further added that the Air Forces and Artillery Units also provided
support to the security forces during the operation.
207th Zafar Corps also added that two commanders of Taliban Mullah Dad and
Mustafa Amrutak were among those killed.
the security forces wounded 13 Taliban militants during the operation and
arrested six others.
Afghan Special Forces killed 11 Taliban militants during an operation in Faryab
informed military sources said Wednesday that the Special Forces conducted the
operation in Ghormach district of Faryab.
sources further added that the Special Forces also confiscated 2 mortars,
uniforms and grenades during the operation.
security situation in some districts of Faryab province has deteriorated during
the recent months.
militants are active in some districts of the province and often conduct
terrorist related activities.
Careens Toward a Confrontation With Iran
David E. Sanger
— After coming to office vowing to solve two very different nuclear crises,
President Trump finds himself in a bind familiar to his predecessors: careening
toward a confrontation with Iran and stalemated with North Korea.
announcement on Monday that it expects within 10 days to blow past the limits
on how much nuclear fuel it can stockpile opens a new and perilous phase of its
confrontation with the West.
a year of restraint, during which Iran complied with the terms of an agreement
that Mr. Trump very publicly abandoned, there is a greater sense than at any
time in recent years that what began as an effort to drive Iran to the
negotiating table may instead push the two countries into a conflict leaders on
both sides insist they do not want.
is still well more than a year away from being able to build a weapon — perhaps
much longer. North Korea, by contrast, already has dozens, and appears to be
adding to its arsenal at a rapid clip, according to American intelligence
experts, despite Mr. Trump’s insistent wooing of the North Korean leader, Kim
is not clear yet what Mr. Trump is getting in return. On Monday, President Xi
Jinping of China, whose government has kept the North alive with fuel and aid,
announced that he would make his first state visit to Pyongyang, a huge propaganda
victory for Mr. Kim. Mr. Kim also met recently with President Vladimir V. Putin
message seems clear: Even if he cannot reach an agreement with Washington, Mr.
Kim has other cards to play, keeping trade and relationships alive with the two
powers that helped his grandfather fight the Americans nearly seven decades
while Mr. Trump sees Iran’s threats to resume nuclear production as an urgent
crisis, one leading to the decision on Monday to send another 1,000 troops to
the region, he is so invested in his newfound relationship with Mr. Kim that he
actively dismisses evidence that North Korea’s collection of weapons and
missiles is expanding.
don’t know,” Mr. Trump told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News over the weekend,
appearing not to know about those assessments, or not to believe them. “I hope
not. He promised me he wouldn’t.”
Trump’s gamble that Iran would crack once he abandoned the Obama-era nuclear
deal and reimposed sanctions has failed to pay off, at least for now.
Trump’s gamble that Iran would crack once he abandoned the Obama-era nuclear
deal and reimposed sanctions has failed to pay off, at least for now.CreditDoug
Mills/The New York Times
promises — real, imagined and misunderstood — are at the core of both
standoffs. The Iranians believe they agreed in 2015 to a 15-year moratorium on
producing new nuclear fuel — and that in return they would be able to integrate
themselves into the global economy.
Mr. Trump declared the accord a “disaster” and abandoned it over the objections
of many of his top advisers, his European allies, and Russia and China.
the Iranians make good on their threat to break through the restrictions on how
much nuclear fuel they will produce, by next month Tehran may have enough fuel
for a single bomb in less than a year, for the first time since the 2015
agreement went into effect. (It would take it significantly longer, experts
estimate, to build a deliverable weapon.)
one-year buffer is the safety threshold that the Obama administration set years
ago and that the Trump administration has adopted to impede Iran from gaining
the capability to build a nuclear weapon. But leaders appear to be testing
whether the rest of the coalition that negotiated the nuclear deal — especially
the big European powers — will stick with Washington.
the Europeans break with the Trump administration and agree to help Iran
weather harsh economic sanctions imposed by the United States, Tehran said, it
could avoid breaking out of the 2015 agreement. That seems unlikely.
the Europeans blame Mr. Trump for pushing Iran into violating an accord they
all thought was working. And despite calls from some hawks in Washington for
military action — most recently Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, who
said on Sunday that attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman “warrant a
retaliatory military strike” — Iran is betting that this time Washington will
find few allies willing to escalate the confrontation, either in the Persian
Gulf or through attacks on the country’s nuclear facilities.
is a huge game of chicken, and a miscalculation on either side could easily
provoke a conflict.
Mr. Trump faces two immediate challenges when it comes to Iran: making the
Persian Gulf safe for oil shipments and keeping Iran from edging toward the
bomb-making capability that incited the crisis of a decade ago. Neither will be
we are heading toward a confrontation,” Iran’s ambassador to Britain, Hamid
Baeidinejad, warned CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.
view may be a calculated one, intended to peel the Europeans away from Mr.
Trump. But the past few weeks have cast doubt on Mr. Trump’s campaign promise
that his occupancy of the Oval Office would so restore respect for American
power that adversaries would give up their nuclear weapons programs.
aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln was sent to the Middle East over a perceived
threat from Iran.
Iran, the theory was that once he abandoned the Iran deal and reimposed
sanctions, Iran would crack. By some measures the sanctions worked: Iran’s
economy has shrunk 4 percent, its currency has cratered and its inflation rate
rather than crack, the Iranians escalated, leaving Mr. Trump without any easy
U.S. seems to have embarked on its ‘maximum pressure’ campaign with few allies
and little forethought as to unintended consequences or how to respond if key
assumptions — e.g., that Iran will implode or succumb and enter talks on U.S.
terms — prove false,” Brett McGurk, Mr. Trump’s former special envoy for the
global coalition against the Islamic State, wrote recently.
added: “Those assumptions are now highly questionable at best, which means the
entire policy foundation as articulated by Trump has eroded. Iran appears to
have made the strategic decision (not surprising) to resist economic pressure
and respond asymmetrically, not directly against us.”
the problem is the emerging confrontation in the gulf. Even the Democratic
chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff, no
friend of Mr. Trump’s, says the evidence is overwhelming that Iran was
responsible for the attacks on the tankers.
the gulf for oil tankers would require enough naval vessels and reconnaissance
capability to monitor just about every ship passing close to Iran’s shores.
requires a coalition,” said John F. Kirby, a retired rear admiral who
participated in the tanker wars of the 1980s and served as the State Department
spokesman during the negotiation of the Iran deal. “We don’t have enough ships
to do it ourselves.” Whether the United States can convince allies to supply
additional ships may be a test of how big a price Mr. Trump has paid for
alienating the other nations that were part of the 2015 agreement and that also
fear Iran’s move to a bomb.
of State Mike Pompeo suggested on Sunday that China, among others, should help
with that task, since it is so dependent on oil from the Middle East. But it is
far from clear that China, Russia or the three European powers that negotiated
the nuclear accord alongside the United States — Britain, France and Germany —
are willing to join in that effort.
these dramas play out, no one is watching the Iran confrontation more carefully
than Mr. Kim in North Korea. He has played Mr. Trump much more skillfully than
the Iranians have, engaging him first in a feel-good summit meeting and then,
for a year, rejecting the administration’s definitions of “denuclearization.”
Trump, for his part, turned down a request from Mr. Kim to end sanctions in
return for dismantling only a part of the North’s nuclear infrastructure. But
he has backed away from threatening what he once called fire and fury, and Mr.
Kim may well be betting that as long as Iran dominates the headlines and the
White House’s attention, he can keep producing missiles, fuel and weapons.
will not extend a 60-day deadline for it to start pulling out of more
commitments agreed under its nuclear deal, the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic
Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said on Wednesday.
stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that
was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew
from the accord in 2018 and re-introduced sanctions on Tehran.
said in May it would start enriching uranium at a higher level, unless world
powers protected its economy from US sanctions within 60 days.
two-month deadline to remaining signatories of the JCPOA (nuclear deal) cannot
be extended, and the second phase will be implemented exactly as planned,”
Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.
countdown to pass the 300 kilogrammes reserve of enriched uranium has started
and in 10 days time we will pass this limit," Iran's atomic energy
organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi had said on Monday at a press
conference broadcast live.
will not wage war against any nation, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on
Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since
attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf on Thursday, which
Washington has blamed on Tehran.
will not wage war against any nation,” Rouhani said.
said: “Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience.”
all of the Americans’ efforts in the region and their desire to cut off our
ties with all of the world and their desire to keep Iran secluded, they have
been unsuccessful,” Rouhani added.
Monday, a spokesman for Iran's atomic agency said the country will break the
uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the
next 10 days.
Kamalvandi made the comment in a news conference carried live on Iranian state
has ordered the arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected links to the
network accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, state-run
Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.
were looking for just over half of the suspects in the western coastal province
of Izmir and the rest across 30 other provinces, Anadolu said.
were suspected of being supporters of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen,
who is accused by Turkish authorities of masterminding the failed putsch three
years ago. Gulen has denied any role.
than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial, while about 150,000 people
from the civil service, military, and elsewhere have been sacked or suspended
from their jobs under crackdowns since the attempted coup.
groups and Turkey’s Western allies have criticised the scope of the crackdown,
saying Erdogan has used the abortive coup as a pretext to quash dissent.
air defenses intercepted and destroyed two bomb-laden drones launched by
Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi militia.
Turki al-Maliki, spokesperson of the Arab coalition made the remarks early
Tuesday in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA.)
says one drone targeted a residential area in the southern city of Abha.
added that the other drone was shot down over Yemen.
Houthis have launched several strikes at Abha since last week, when a missile
attack on the city’s airport wounded 26
drone attacks come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US.
West and the UN say Iran arms the Houthis. Tehran denies that.
Monday, the UN Security Council condemned the attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia
on the Abha airport “in the strongest terms.”
Minister of Transport Zakaria al-Shami says the Houthi Ansarullah movement and
the United Nations have agreed on a mechanism to inspect ships docking at ports
in the country’s strategic western province of Hudaydah following Houthis’
withdrawal from three of Yemen's Red Sea ports last month as part of a peace
agreed with the UN on a mechanism to inspect ships docking in the ports of
Hudaydah and its implementation will start in the coming days,” Yemen’s
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network quoted Shami as saying at a
meeting of the Red Sea Ports Corporation on Tuesday.
then called on the Saudi-led military coalition, which is engaged in a military
campaign on Yemen and monitors ships on the high seas heading to the Arab
country, to fulfill its obligations under the Stockholm deal struck last
December in Sweden.
the deal, representatives from the Houthis and Yemen's ex-president Abd Rabbuh
Mansur Hadi agreed to withdraw their troops from Hudaydah's main port and two
other nearby ports, as well as Hudaydah city and allow deployment of UN
an unnamed United Nations source confirmed that an agreement had been reached
with UN inspection body – the Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen
still needs to sign a separate agreement with the Saudi-led alliance.
month, Ansarullah fighters unilaterally pulled out of the ports of Saleef, used
for grain, Ras Isa oil terminal and Hudaydah, under the first phase of the
Stockholm peace deal.
the first phase, the Houthis were expected to pull back five kilometers from
the three ports, while Saudi-backed pro-Hadi forces were required to be
stationed four kilometers from Hudaydah.
second phase of withdrawal is scheduled to follow in which both sides pull
their troops 18 kilometers outside of Hudaydah and heavy weapons 30 kilometers
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi
back to power and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says the forthcoming US-led conference in
Bahrain in support of President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for
“peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians is doomed to failure in the
face of the Palestinian nation’s resistance and steadfastness.
Manama economic workshop, which the United States plans to hold this month, is
an attempt to replace the principle of land for peace with the principle of
money for peace,” the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi daily newspaper quoted
Erekat, who is also the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, as saying on Tuesday.
condemned the US policy toward the Palestinian issue, predicting the failure of
the upcoming confab, which is scheduled for June 25-26. During the event, the
US is set to present its proposals for Palestine's economy as part of what it
calls "the deal of the century."
United States has already implemented the political part of the deal of the
century by recognizing al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel,
transferring its embassy to the city, legitimization of settlements, trying to
destroy UNRWA [the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in the Near East] and recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the
occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
the economic aspect remains. They (Americans) want to replace the principle of
land for peace with money for peace,” Erekat pointed out.
high-ranking Palestinian official went on to say that Washington is seeking to
link the economic projects it intends to implement with Israeli settlements,
emphasizing that the so-called deal of the century is meant to ensure the
prosperity of structures built on occupied Palestinian territories.
President Trump’s plan, the Occupation (Israel) will determine our rights. We
will have the right to education, but within the curriculum they decide. They
may prevent us from developing the map of Palestine. They may even allow us to
drive cars, but under special terms and conditions,” Erekat said.
went on to say that the Bahrain confab will end in failure in the face of the
Palestinian nations’ steadfastness and rejection of all schemes aimed at
undermining the Palestinian cause.
reiterated the Palestinian leadership's rejection of the Manama workshop and
refusal to participate in it, calling on Arab and non-Arab countries to boycott
the international community calls for the establishment of an independent
Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem al-Quds as its
capital, the United States rejects them all. Why should we go and participate
in the (Bahrain) summit then?” the senior Palestinian official highlighted.
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Hamas resistance movement have
called for an Arab boycott of the Bahrain confab.
in a statement issued on May 20, also called on Arab countries to provide the
Palestinian people with every support to confront and frustrate the “deal of
are following with great concern the American announcement about holding an
economic workshop next June in the Bahraini capital of Manama,” Hamas said,
describing it as the first American confab in support of the so-called deal of
movement also denounced any Arab participation in adopting and executing the
deal, saying any attendance in the American-led Bahrain conference would be considered
a deviation from Arab and Islamic values.
“peace plan” has already been dismissed by Palestinian authorities ahead of its
unveiling at the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and the formation of
the new Israeli cabinet, most likely in June.
in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on April 16, Palestinian Prime
Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh lashed out at the initiative, asserting it was “born
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