rights lawyer Huda Abdelmoneim, 60, was arrested from her home at 1:30am on 1
Film: Chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Syed Waseem Rizvi to Release Trailer
City Urges Those 'Poisoned By Extremism', Who Follow Conservative Islam to
Human Rights Defenders Missing In Egypt: HRW
Scholar Demands Board for Research on Life of Prophet (PBUH)
Don’t Do a Damn Thing for Us, Says Trump on Pakistan
Who Funded Palwal Mosque Had Been To Pakistan Thrice, Says NIA
Procession in Pune Moves to Morning Slot
Personnel killed, 2 injured in terrorist attack on CRPF camp in J&K
of terror groups in Amritsar attack not ruled out, says CM Amarinder
City Urges Those 'Poisoned By Extremism', Who Follow Conservative Islam To
and Understand the Quran In Your Own Language, Dr M Tells Muslims
will ‘run amok’ if ICERD ratified, Zahid warns
sends seven Rohingya children from Kedah immigration detention to KL shelter
panic' targets Indonesia's LGBT community
Parties Clash over Sharia-Based Bylaws
Redux: Terror time bomb fears as Indonesia frees Islamic extremists
50,000 Refugees Incarcerated by US-Backed Militants in Al-Tanf
French Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Rival Group in Northwestern Syria
airstrikes kill nearly dozen Daesh Takfiri terrorists
Army Purges ISIL from More Regions in Badiyeh of Sweida
Army Discovers American, Israeli-Made Arms in Terrorists' Positions Again
Forces, Kurds Engage in First Clashes in Northern Syria's Manbij
bomb blast kills five in Iraq’s Tikrit, say sources
Pakistan’s Centuries-Old Weapon Making Market Is Slowly Dying
Khan Meets UAE Prime Minister amid Reports of Financial Assistance Package
security personnel martyred in Quetta IED blast
border forces arrest 253 Pakistanis on their way to Europe
UAE to jointly curb money laundering
Doesn’t Want to Hear ‘Suffering’ Khashoggi’s Murder Tape
Skips Prosecution of Assailants against Washington D.C. Imam at Mosque
can really know’ if bin Salman lied in Khashoggi case, Trump wonders on Fox
Senator Rand Paul urges Trump to kill Saudi arms deal over Khashoggi murder
says US support for YPG Kurdish militants in Syria ‘big mistake’
Iraq Consider Using Local Cash in Mutual Trade
Minister, Dozens of Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
of US Forces Dining With Kurdish Militants In Syria Anger Turkey
between pro-Turkish rebels kill 25 in Syria’s Afrin
says ‘unnecessary and wrong’ to call snap Israeli polls
Houthis Announce Halt of Missile Attacks on Saudi Arabia
sea mine explosion kills two Yemeni fishermen in Hodeidah
army recaptures ‘Ahem Triangle’ in Hajjah
fighters say halting counterstrikes on aggressors
Are Libya’s Billions under Qaddafi Abroad and Who Benefits from Them?
Is Nigerian Govt So Afraid Of Sheikh Zakzaky?
of schools shut in Burkina Faso over militant attacks
Buhari Lauds South-West Muslims for Religious Tolerance
As Imam Recites the Muslim Call to Prayer in A Church Of England Cathedral
MP Proposes Muslims Adopt French Names to Become Citizens, Extend Ban on
foreign secretary due in Iran for nuclear deal talks
says report on Khashoggi death expected within two days
Police Shoot, Injure Four Rohingya Muslims in Camp Raid
to Relocate 100,000 Rohingya Refugees despite HRW Warning
Red Unit fighters and militants suffer heavy casualties in Nangarhar
eyes peace agreement with Taliban before presidential elections
hopes for peace accord with Taliban by April 2019
by New Age Islam News Bureau
The chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Syed Waseem Rizvi will release the trailer
of a film on Ayodhya on Monday. The film chronicles the timeline of the Ayodhya
movement and focuses on the fact that the faith of millions was challenged by
fundamentalists that led to a divide between India’s two largest communities.
Waseem Rizvi, in recent months, has been a strong supporter of Ram temple in
Ayodhya and even offered prayers at the makeshit temple a few weeks ago. He
even gave an application in the Supreme Court saying that the Shia community
was ready to give up its claim on the disputed land so that the grand Ram
temple could be built.
led to stiff opposition from the petitioners in the Ayodhya title suit and also
led to the ex-communication of Syed Waseem Rizvi from Islam. The announcement
of the film on Ayodhya comes at a time when the Supreme Court has postponed
hearing of the title suit to January and Hindu organizations including VHP are
trying to revive the temple movement in a big way.
(Reuters) - A city in China’s far-western Xinjiang region has ordered people
who are “poisoned by extremism, terrorism and separatism”, in contact with
overseas terror groups or act in a conservative Islamic manner, to turn
themselves in to authorities.
who surrender to judicial organs within 30 days and confess to their crimes
will be treated leniently and might avoid punishment, said a notice posted on
Sunday on the official social media account of the Hami city government.
has in recent months faced an outcry from activists, academics and foreign
governments over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the Muslim Uighur
minority and other ethnic groups that live in Xinjiang.
rejects the criticism, saying that it protects the religion and culture of
minorities in the region and that its security measures are needed to combat
the influence of “extremist” groups that incite violence there.
individuals involved in terrorist crimes and poisoned by the ‘three evil
forces’ are urged to surrender themselves to the judicial organs within 30 days
and to confess and hand over the facts of your crime,” said the Hami city
notice issued by the municipal “leading small group for stability maintenance”
says that actions ranging from being in contact with overseas “terror” groups
to conservative Islamic behaviour should prompt individuals to turn themselves
that people live their entire lives in accordance with the Koran, stopping
other people from watching television, or banning alcohol, smoking and dancing
at weddings are listed as behaviours that should warrant informing the
list also included openly destroying, rejecting or thwarting the government
identification system, as well as rejecting government provided housing,
subsidies and cigarettes or booze as being “Haram” or forbidden.
who turn themselves in on time will be treated leniently, and if the
information provides a significant clue, then they might avoid all punishment,
the notice said.
August, a United Nations human rights panel said it had received many credible
reports that a million or more Uighurs and other minorities are being held in
what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” in
notice issued by the municipal “leading small group for stability maintenance”
says that actions ranging from being in contact with overseas “terror” groups to
conservative Islamic behaviour should prompt individuals to turn themselves in.
human rights defenders missing in Egypt: HRW
Rights Watch (HRW) says at least 40 rights workers, activists and lawyers have
been rounded up by Egyptian authorities since late October and are being held
in "undisclosed locations."
international rights group said in a statement on Sunday that it had spoken to
"a lawyer, a human rights activist and two political activists who have
been in direct contact with the families of those arrested" since the end
of those arrested were people who provided humanitarian and legal support to
families of political detainees," the statement read.
Page, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at HRW, voiced concern over
the ongoing political repression across the country. "The Egyptian
security agencies' repression now extends to disappearing those brave men and
women who have been trying to protect the disappeared."
told HRW that as many as 80 people had been detained in the wave of arrests,
but the rights group said it could only verify 40 names. The New York-based
group has called on Egyptian authorities to "immediately reveal all the
detainees' whereabouts, release all of those arrested solely for exercising
their rights, and bring any others swiftly before a judge to review their
of the detainees were close to the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and
Freedoms, an independent human rights group which has come under fire from
pro-government media in recent months.
those detained is Hoda Abdelmoneim, a 60-year-old lawyer and former
spokesperson for Egypt's Women Revolutionary Coalition, a group close to the
Muslim Brotherhood. Security forces also arrested Aisha Khairat al-Shater, the
daughter of a former Brotherhood leader currently in detention, along with her
husband, lawyer Mohammed Abu Horayra.
has cracked down on suspected extremists since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
led the overthrow of the first democratically-elected president and Brotherhood
leader, Mohamed Morsi.
is the most prominent political party in Egypt which is now outlawed.
say the state crackdown on dissent and freedom is directed at terrorists and
saboteurs trying to undermine Egypt.
sentences have been handed down to hundreds of dissidents, including
Brotherhood supporters and members. In September, 75 were sentenced to death
over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces killing hundreds of
crackdown on Brotherhood members and other dissidents has sparked widespread
criticism around the world.
scholar demands board for research on life of Prophet (PBUH)
prominent spiritual leader demanded on Sunday constitution of a board to carry
out research on various aspects of life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) so that the
same could be placed on the internet for benefit of people at large. Pir Kabir Ali Shah, who is also the custodian
of Choora Sharif seat of spirituality, said this while talking to reporters
that Muslims should effectively counter the enemies’ propaganda against Islam.
For the past several years, Pir Kabir Ali has been running a special campaign
to persuade Muslim women to cover themselves with shawls. For this purpose, he
gifts shawls to women. So far, he has given 1.2 million shawls to ladies and
his gesture is bringing a very positive response. He is committed to continuing
the mission in the future. Another important mission he is working on is the
construction of mosques in Pakistan and other countries. He says he has set up
98 mosques so far to facilitate people of the relevant localities to offer
their prayers there. Some of the mosques are in Britain and the United States.
He said Choora Sharif has nothing to do with politics. However, his followers
would vigorously support all steps taken by the PTI government for the
promotion of Islamic values. “If the rulers set their direction towards Madina,
we’ll support all their policies and decisions”, said Pir Kabir Ali Shah. He
was of the opinion that the government should include teachings of sufis in the
curriculum for the benefit of the younger generation. He is holding the 43rd
conference on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Tuesday (11th of Rabiul
Awwal) at his residence at Khyaban-i-Choora Sharif, Lahore. It is in Hanjarwal
area. A large number of people from
Pakistan and other countries are expected to participate. –Staff Reporter
don’t do a damn thing for us, says Trump on Pakistan
States (US) President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed Pakistan “for doing
nothing” for his country, claiming that Pakistan helped shelter former al Qaeda
chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
an interview with Fox News, Trump defended his administration’s decision to
pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan.
said, “You know, living – think of this – living in Pakistan, beautifully in
Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve
seen nicer,” referring to bin Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad.
2011, the compound was destroyed shortly after the US Naval Special Warfare
Development Group forces, in a helicopter raid, killed bin Laden.
living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan
knew he was there,” he added. “And we
give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year . … [bin Laden] lived in Pakistan, we’re
supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them $1.3 billion a year –which we don’t give
them any more, by the way, I ended it because they don’t do anything for us,
they don’t do a damn thing for us.”
also plans to visit the US troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan for the
I think you will see that happen,” the president said after the interviewer
reminded that Obama and former President George W Bush had each visited
soldiers in war zones. He commented, “There are things that are being
planned. We don’t want to talk about it
because of — obviously because of security reasons and everything else.”
Trump said that he was briefed on the audio recording of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi’s apparent murder in Turkey, but said he hasn’t listened to it,
calling it a “suffering tape” that he was advised not to hear.
saw we put on very heavy sanctions, massive sanctions on a large group of
people from Saudi Arabia,” Trump said. “But at the same time we do have an ally
and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.” He also
said it “takes two to tango” to resolve the conflict in Yemen, where Iranian-backed
insurgents are facing off in a proxy war against Saudi-backed forces, noting
that “I want Saudi to stop, but I want Iran to stop also.”
is pertinent to mention that the US cancelled $300 million in aid to Pakistan
this year for its ‘lack of’ decisive action against militant groups.
cancellation of aid is part of President Trump’s New Year tweet in which he
launched a scathing criticism against Pakistan for betraying the US.
United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid
over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit,
thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we
hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!,” Trump tweeted on New Year’s
who funded Palwal mosque had been to Pakistan thrice, says NIA
investigations into a Palwal mosque, allegedly built with funds received from
the Hafiz Saeed-led Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), have found that the man who
contributed the funds had travelled to Pakistan thrice and was in touch with
two LeT men in Pakistan and UAE.
reported first by The Indian Express on October 15, NIA had found that
Nizamuddin resident Mohammed Salman contributed Rs 70 lakh to the building of
Khulafa-e-Rashideen mosque in Palwal, Haryana. This money, according to NIA,
had been allegedly received by Salman from LeT’s front NGO Falah-e-Insaniyat
development had alerted intelligence agencies which are now probing if LeT has
designs of creating influence or establishing sleeper cells by investing in
religious activities in India.
have strong evidence to connect Salman with both the money and Pakistan-based
LeT operatives. There is electronic evidence in the form of emails and chats
where he is discussing about funds with Pakistani nationals connected to FIF.
There are two such communications in Pakistan and Dubai. We have also found he
travelled thrice to Pakistan,” an NIA officer said.
agency, however, has not been able to establish the financial trail completely
since the payments were made through hawala.
Khulafa-e-Rashideen masjid at Uttawar village in Palwal was searched by NIA
officers on October 3, days after the agency arrested three men, including the
Imam of the mosque, Mohammed Salman, in Delhi in an alleged terror-funding
residents of Uttawar have claimed the mosque is embroiled in a land dispute and
that they were unaware of Salman’s alleged links to LeT, NIA has questioned
office bearers of the mosque and scrutinised account books and documents.
(52), Mohammed Salim and Sajjad Abdul Wani were arrested on September 26 for
allegedly receiving terror funding from Lahore-based FIF, an NGO set up by
Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Lashkar’s parent organisation.
investigations, sources said, have found that Salman allegedly funnelled FIF
money to build the mosque. “Salman, who came in touch with LeT associated men
when he was in Dubai, had been receiving funds from FIF. The organisation, we
have learnt, gave him Rs 70 lakh to build a mosque in Uttawar. It even gave him
money for the marriage of his daughters,” an NIA officer said.
officer said Salman, who hails from Uttawar but has been living in Delhi since
childhood, was among the largest contributors to funds raised to build the
mosque. Sources said residents of the village arranged for over 10 acres and
money for construction was given by Salman, among others.
NIA alleged that this money actually came from FIF. “The village does not
appear to be aware of the source of funds. They believe it has come from
Salman,” said another officer. After Salman’s arrest in September, NIA said in
a statement: “During investigation, it emerged that one Mohammad Salman is in
regular touch with one Dubai-based Pakistani national, who in turn is connected
with the Deputy Chief of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation. The accused person has been
receiving funds, being sent by FIF operators and his associates through hawala
to the NIA, FIF is a front-end organisation of “LeT, a terror organisation
proscribed under UAPA. FIF is placed on the list of terrorist organisations as
per entry 33 in the First Schedule to the UAPA read with Prevention and
Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order
Uttawar, however, few buy the NIA version. Most believe it is a result of a
court battle between the villagers and some families squatting on the mosque
land. “Because we are trying to evict them, it appears someone has given this
wrong information to police. Salman comes from a very reputed family. No one
from his family has ever had a criminal case against them,” said Khalid
Hussain. Hussain was at the mosque when it was searched and is the son of
former Sarpanch Akhtar Hussain.
cousin Yaqub (77) said, “In Islam, betraying the nation is a sin. Hafiz Saeed
is a foreigner. A God-fearing man like Salman would never align with him.”
procession in Pune moves to morning slot
For the first time in the city, the Eid-e-Milad procession will be organized in
the morning instead its usual evening slot, mainly to avoid traffic congestion.
have decided to organize the procession — marking Prophet Muhammad’s birth —
from 9am to 2pm on November 21. The procession was traditionally held from 2pm
features floats depicting the kaba and the Prophet’s tomb, besides social
messages like “save water” and “save the girl child”. A large number of
children participate in the procession. People from all communities distribute
snacks and refreshments.
procession starts from Manusha Masjid in Nana Peth and goes through
Qureshinagar, M G Road and Sarbatwala Chowk in Camp and Laxmi Road, from via
Quarter Gate, and will culminate at Shantranjiwala Chowk.
is celebrated all over the world in the morning because the prophet was born
before sunrise. The Ulemas (scholars) came together and took this historic
decision after consulting the community members to prevent skipping prayers.
also will prevent traffic congestion in peak hours,” Maulana Abdul Rehma
Misbahi, a scholar, said.
of people participate in the procession in the evening. The number will come
down in the morning. Our community members have welcomed the decision and
pledged to participate in large numbers. We are holding talks with people
opposed to the decision. The procession will send a message to people from all
the communities that we love the Prophet,” he said.
educationist Salat Baig expressed apprehension over the afternoon heat taking a
toll on the participants, especially children. “The hot sun in the afternoon
can expose them to sunstroke and other illnesses, such as fatigue. Morning
hours can be tried as an experiment, if it fails, we can be revert to the
evening slot,” Baig said.
Taslim Muhammad Shaikh, who is associated with mosques and madrasas in the
city, said a morning procession will go a long way in easing traffic
welcome the decision ... but youths and social service organization are
disappointed because they were not consulted. We will meet the police
commissioner on Monday and request him to allow us to take out the procession
on the main roads after 2pm,” Munawar Qureshi, founder-president of the All
India Muslim Front, said.
decision is correct, but senior members from the community should take the
youths into confidence and arrive at a consensus, as it will send a strong
message to other communities that we are united and that we love the prophet,”
Zakir Shaikh, president of All India Quami Tanzeem (western Maharashtra) said.
Seerat committee, Azam Campus and Khadki groups have agreed to the morning and
afternoon timings. The other groups, who want to take out the procession in the
evening, may do it in their own areas,” deputy commissioner of police (special
branch) Ashok Morale said.
Terrorists attacked a newly set up camp of the CRPF in Pulwama district of
south Kashmir on Sunday, killing one personnel, officials said.
ultras opened indiscriminate fire and hurled grenades on the CRPF camp at
Kakapora in the district, killing the havaldar and injuring two others, they
camp had come up in view of the ongoing panchayat elections in the state.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said the possibility of involvement of
ISI-based Khalistani/Kashmiri terror groups in the grenade attack at Nirankari
Bhawan in Amritsar's Adliwal village that claimed three lives and left 15
injured could not be ruled out. Meanwhile, he also announced a compensation of
Rs 5,00,000 each to the kin of the dead.
said preliminary investigations had revealed that two men, one of them with a
flowing beard, with covered faces, allegedly forced their way into the hall by
brandishing a pistol. They detained the sewadar, lobbed the grenade into the
prayer room, and fled on a motorcycle.
crater, which is three inches in diameter was formed by the impact of the
explosion and was being examined by the forensic team. The safety valve of the
grenade has also been found and was being examined.
teams are there to raid suspected hideouts of the assailants and multiple teams
are investigating various angles to crack the case. Forensic teams have rushed
to the spot and all angles were being investigated, said an official spokesperson.
directed the home secretary, DG Police, DG Law and Order and DG Intelligence to
immediately rush to Village Adliwal, Raja Sansi, to personally supervise the
investigations into the suspected hand grenade attack at Nirankari Bhawan, which
claimed three lives and left 15 people injured.
who reviewed the law and order situation following the blast, has also directed
the police to immediately enhance security arrangements at all sensitive places
in the wake of the explosion – the first such indiscriminate attack on innocent
people in recent past.
said his government was “on top of things” and would get to the bottom of the
incident soon and ensure that the culprits are apprehended and brought to book.
Nobody will be allowed to get away with trying to disturb the peace and harmony
of the state, he said.
the state had been hit by a series of cases of targeted attacks since 2015-16,
this was the first attempt, in a long time, to disturb the peace in the state
through indiscriminate killings, said Amarinder, adding that it strengthened
the belief that Pakistan was continuing with its nefarious activities to
disturb the state’s peace.
and understand the Quran in your own language, Dr M tells Muslims
MORESBY, Nov 18 — Muslims can only make Islam a way of life if they read the
Quran, the authoritative source on their faith, in a language they know instead
of just reading Arabic script that they don’t understand, Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad said today. The prime minister told a small congregation at Hohola
Mosque in the Papua New Guinea capital here that although the Quran must be in
Arabic, one must read the holy scriptures in a language they know in order to
understand the teachings of Islam.
you read the Quran, it will teach you what is the way of life for the Muslims.
But if you go according to certain interpretations by leaders, then you may not
be getting the right message of the Quran that’s found in the Quran,” Dr
it is important that you learn from the Quran, even if it has to be translated
into a language that you understand. Then and then only will you be able to
live the life of a Muslim. Then and then only will Islam be a way of life.”
generally regard the Arabic text as the definitive version of the Quran.
However, most Muslims in Malaysia do not understand Arabic, despite being able
to read the script.
tahfiz schools have also become increasingly popular, where students memorise
the Muslim holy scripture through rote recitals, sometimes from a very young
prime minister said the fact remained that the teachings of Islam must be
taught in an understandable language.
may be your own native language, it may be in English, or it may be any other
language, but whether we like it or not, we have to read or understand the
Quran in our own language.”
Mahathir blamed conflicts and wars between Muslims on the prioritisation of
certain religious teachers, which leads to different sects, over the Quran.
Quran should be the final guidance for us. Whenever we fail to understand or
whenever we find teachings to be in doubt, go back to the Quran,” he said.
also disputed claims that Islam requires four witnesses to a crime,
highlighting a story in the Quran about a woman named Zulaikha who desired a
man named Yusof and tore his shirt as she went after him.
the case of the torn shirt of Yusof, it was regarded as sufficient evidence
that it was Zulaikha who was chasing after him.”
GAJAH, Nov 18 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamid warned Putrajaya
last night that the Malay-Muslim community will “run amok” to protest the
Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s pledge to ratify the International Convention
on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
in a protest held by the Perak chapter of Malay-Muslim groups coalition Ummah
last night, Zahid said Umno and PAS leaders will mobilise “millions” of their
members to the streets to protest the anti-discrimination human rights treaty
wait until the Malays run amok. But if our warning goes unheeded, Umno and PAS
is not a mere warning, don’t play if you don’t want the amok to happen.”
of protesters, even from different states such as Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan
and Terengganu, gathered at the Kampung Gajah taxi stand here to oppose the
the politicians present were Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Tajuddin
Abdul Rahman, state PAS commissioner Razman Zakaria and state Umno chief Datuk
said both parties will join hands to oppose the ICERD by taking to the streets
on December 8 in Kuala Lumpur.
have put aside all our political difference and united in the spirit of Malays
and Muslims,” he added.
is among the 14 countries in the world yet to accede to the ICERD, which has
been ratified by numerous Muslim-majority countries, such as Indonesia, Saudi
Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Jordan.
the ICERD and five other United Nations’ core human rights conventions is part
of the PH election manifesto, and last week, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad said Putrajaya is ready to hear public feedback on the matter.
legal experts, including the Malaysian Bar, have repeatedly stressed that the
ratification would not in any way alter or affect the country’s Federal
LUMPUR, Nov 19 — A judge has ordered that seven asylum-seeking Rohingya Muslim
children be released immediately from detention by immigration authorities in
Shee Pin, one of the lawyers representing the children for free, said the High
Court judge in Alor Setar decided that the children — some as young as five
years’ old — be released to a children’s shelter after being held for over
judge in placing the children at the shelter held that the continued detention
of these minors is in breach of their rights under Article 22 of the Convention
on the Rights of the Child read together with the preamble of the Child Act
which guarantees the necessary protection and humanitarian assistance to be
given to them,” he told Malay Mail.
a court hearing last Sunday, the High Court judge Datuk Ghazali Cha yesterday
delivered his decision on the seven children’s habeas corpus bid to challenge
judge noted that the children had fled from Myanmar due to citizenship issues,
and that a 14-day detention order for investigation purposes was issued by the
Immigration Department after their April 3 arrival in a boat of 56 Rohingyas on
the shores of Langkawi.
judge said the children had to date not been produced in court for the
detention order, and that they had not been charged or convicted of any
offences, adding that the Kedah immigration authorities had subsequently on
April 16 issued a deportation order on them.
High Court agreed that immigration authorities have the power to deport or
detain a non-citizen before the latter is deported.
the High Court ruled that the detention order on the children was valid ,as
they were non-citizens who did not have the approval to enter and remain in
Malaysia, the judge also noted the requirement for the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) protection and humanitarian aid as they were
children with one as young as five.
judge decided that the children should not be detained further at the Kedah
detention facility, allowing their request to be placed in a protection centre
where their welfare could be assured.
need for further elaboration, this court is of the view that, continued
detention of the applicants at the Belantik detention camp, has violated the
children’s rights under CRC and also the Child Act 2001 that also recognises
the right to protection and assistance in all situation to children regardless
of race, colour, gender, language, religion and so on,” the judge said in the
judgment sighted by Malay Mail.
CRC refers to the Convention on the Rights of the Child which Malaysia had
ratified, with the international treaty’s Article 22 stating that countries who
signed the convention should take appropriate measures to ensure a child
seeking refugee status receives protection and humanitarian assistance.
High Court said it felt that the Kuala Lumpur-based Yayasan Chow Kit would be a
suitable shelter for the seven children, also saying that RM500 would have to
be posted by a Malaysian each for each child as a guarantee.
safety and welfare of the applicants at the ‘shelter’ should also be assured
during the detention on them and they should be made ‘available’ at all times
needed by the authorities for any further action on them, including to be
present in court to answer any charges if there are such charges,” the judge
the seven children
seven children comprise five boys aged 10 to 14, as well as two girls aged 14
lawyers previously said the children were mostly unaccompanied by adults and
that the UNHCR, lawyers and family members were unable to access them at the
time when the habeas corpus application was filed on September 10.
the application to challenge their allegedly unlawful detention and secure
their release, the children had named the Belantik Immigration depot’s
commandant, the Kedah Immigration department’s director, the Immigration
director-general, and the Home Ministry.
lawyers had previously highlighted that the Rohingya children’s indefinite
detention was invalid as they may not be deported due to their statelessness.
(AFP) - Indonesian Budi Ahmad used to live openly as a gay man without fear of
becoming a target for violence in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.
Not any more.
country of 260 million is in the grip of a moral panic, with critics saying the
vulnerable LGBT minority is being used as a political punching bag in the
run-up to 2019 elections.
rhetoric and a string of arrests have raised fears among the community.
could be more persecution and we're scared that the public might become
vigilantes," said Ahmad, who agreed to speak to AFP using a pseudonym.
29-year-old, from a small town in the province of West Sumatra, said family and
friends in the tight-knit area have long been aware of his sexual orientation.
he said the public mood was turning increasingly ugly and he was now confronted
with deepening hostility.
look at me wherever I go these days. Some avoid me," said Ahmad of his
non-traditional masculine image.
when I go to withdraw money from the ATM, for example, there are people staring
at me. It never used to be this bad."
LGBT community has always been vilified as immoral.
the recent police crackdown -- including authorities hosing down a group of
transgender women in what they called a "mandatory bath" -- comes
against the backdrop of a recent lurch toward religious conservatism.
shift, led by increasingly powerful hardliners, has dented Indonesia's
reputation for moderate Islam.
week, thousands of anti-LGBT demonstrators marched outside the capital Jakarta,
as some local politicians called for carte blanche to detain and
"rehabilitate" members of the minority.
mosques in West Java were recently urged by the local government to conduct
sermons on the dangers of homosexuality.
Indonesia's biggest Muslim organisation -- the 80-million-member Nahdlatul
Ulama -- has called for a clampdown on same-sex relations.
'Cynical political gain' -
have been aggravated by president Joko Widodo selecting a conservative cleric,
known for his disparaging views of the gay community and other minorities, as
his running mate for next year's elections.
poll this year showed nearly 90 percent of Indonesians felt
"threatened" by the LGBT community, while a 2013 Pew survey said 72
percent of Indonesian Muslims supported replacing the secular code with Islamic
law, which bans gay sex.
elections) could mean an uptick in politicians scapegoating... people for
cynical political gain," said Human Rights Watch researcher Kyle Knight.
verbal threats politicians issue can quickly metastasise into physical
arrested at least 300 suspected LGBT people last year -- a record -- mostly
under an anti-pornography law as homosexuality and gay sex are legal in
month, 10 people described as "suspected lesbians" were arrested in
West Sumatra, following the detention of another eight lesbians and transgender
people in October.
situation is alarming as the hateful abuses by law enforcement bodies... are
seen as a normal practice by many people," said Usman Hamid, Amnesty
International Indonesia's Executive Director.
'Eradicate LGBT' -
are unfazed by the criticism.
being consistent in our efforts to eradicate LGBT (behaviour) because it's very
destructive," said West Sumatra deputy governor Nasrul Abit, adding that
thousands of people were having "deviant sex" in the region.
is considering a move to criminalise sex outside marriage -- including gay
couples -- while the health ministry previously announced plans to release a
medical guide classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder.
UN human rights chief and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have
criticised the proposed legal overhaul.
have also taken aim at social media, arresting two men for links to a LGBT
community Facebook page.
in January pulled one of the world's largest gay dating apps from the
Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands.
'This is wrong' -
latest crackdown can be traced back to 2016 when Indonesia's higher education
minister Mohamad Nasir called for LGBT student groups to be banned from
universities, and the defence minister criticised gay and trans rights
activism, Human Rights Watch said.
then, police have raided nightclubs, saunas, hair salons, hotels and even
private homes in pursuit of LGBT people.
people have been publicly flogged in Aceh under the province's Islamic legal
police there made global headlines when they arrested a dozen transgender
people and publicly humiliated them by chopping off their long hair and forcing
them to wear men's clothes.
parties clash over sharia-based bylaws
Solidarity Party (PSI) chairman Grace Natalie’s declaration that her party was
against religion-based regulations has reignited the controversy surrounding
the proliferation of sharia-inspired bylaws in regions across the country.
PSI will prevent the emergence of injustice, discrimination and all intolerant
acts in this country. The PSI will never support gospel-based bylaws or
sharia-based bylaws,” Grace said last week at a celebration of the PSI’s fourth
remarks came as some local politicians in several regions promised to enact
“morality” bylaws in what analysts say is an attempt to win votes in the 2019
legislative election, particularly from Muslim constituents.
statements drew criticism from an Islamist group that has accused Grace of
blasphemy and from the older parties within both the ruling coalition and the
opposition, which were quick to defend sharia-based bylaws.
is fardhu kifayah [a collective obligation] for there to be a political party
that is focused on implementing sharia principles in Indonesian laws and
regulations,” United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy wrote in an
Instagram post on Saturday. “That is why we in the PPP will continue to
safeguard sharia bylaws because, for us, adopting sharia principles is a
reflection of Pancasila as seen in the spirit of Belief in the One and Only
Party executive Sodik Mudjahid echoed Romy’s statement that sharia-based laws
were in accordance with the values of state ideology Pancasila.
values of Islamic sharia and those of other religions in Indonesia are the soul
and pillars of Pancasila’s five principles,” he told The Jakarta Post on
who say sharia should be fought because it contradicts Pancasila do not
understand the history, essence, philosophy and substance of Pancasila.”
Justice Party (PKS) executive Suhud Aliyudin also reiterated his party’s
support for sharia-based laws and regulations, adding that regulations that
were considered intolerant could be challenged in court. “If someone does not
agree [with a sharia bylaw] or believes it causes intolerance, then they have
to prove it in court through a judicial review.”
Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker and Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin campaign
team member Eva Kusuma Sundari, on the other hand, said the PDI-P was against
“exclusive” religion-based bylaws that could often lead to discrimination.
support sharia bylaws that are universal, such as those that fight against
poverty and ignorance. We also support specific but optional bylaws such as
those on sharia banking,” she said. “But we do not agree with exclusive bylaws
that are discriminatory, for example, bylaws that restrict women from being out
of the house at night and bylaws that create religion-based segregation.”
Party lawmaker Firman Soebagyo said that the matter was a sensitive one, but
that in principle, “regional bylaws should not contradict existing laws and the
should safeguard our national unity and diversity.”
bylaws are widely popular among Indonesian Muslims, with 90.9 percent of 1,620
respondents in a 2017 Institute of South East Asian Studies survey saying that
there were benefits to implementing sharia law.
conducted by University of London political analyst Michael Buehler found that
443 sharia-based regulations had been issued at the provincial, regency and
municipal levels between 1998 and 2013. The regulations were enacted by
regional heads and legislative councils from both secular and Islamic parties.
his 2016 book, The Politics of Shari’a Law, Buehler argues that politicians’
support for sharia-based bylaws and regulations was more the result of
political considerations than ideological or religious ones. “State elites in
Indonesia are opportunist Islamizers whose affection for Islamic law is less
emotional than transactional,” he wrote.
(Indonesia) — On May 13 and 14, 28 people were killed and dozens more injured in
multiple bombings carried out by three families in Surabaya, East Java.
was Indonesia’s deadliest terrorist strike in more than a decade. And it was
the first time that entire families, including children, had been involved in
such attacks in the country.
tightened security in response, passing a new counterterrorism law and making
hundreds of arrests.
experts warn that the Surabaya suicide attacks may be just a preview of what is
to come, with extremist elements in Indonesia likely to regroup, support for
Islamic State (IS) likely to continue and new alliances set to emerge.
government needs to pay particular attention to Jamaah Ansharud Daulah members
[the pro-IS group linked to the Surabaya attacks] who are about to be or have
been released, because this is the pool from which new leaders will be drawn,”
says Ms Sidney Jones, director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
(Ipac) in Jakarta.
Surabaya bombings show that the decline of IS in the Middle East has in no way
diminished the fervour of its supporters in Indonesia,” Ipac’s latest report
Ansharud Daulah members in East Java and elsewhere took to heart the
exhortation from IS to wage war at home, and no one should think that the
police crackdown has put an end to that determination. If past patterns hold,
there may well be a period of dormancy until surveillance eases and complacency
returns. But the problem is far from over.”
convicted extremists were released between January 2017 and August 2018,
according to Ipac, while some 400 have been arrested – more than 280 of them
since May. Among the clusters of prisoners out or due to be released by the end
of 2019 are groups from West Java and Solo. This comes at a politically
sensitive time, as the Muslim-majority nation is preparing to go to the polls
to elect its next president in April.
the number of arrests, the government should expect a backlash,” says Mr Taufik
Andrie, executive director of the Institute for International Peace Building in
Indonesia. “Law enforcement is working well, but the fight against radicalism
and the terrorism narrative in Indonesia is not sufficient yet. It takes a lot
of effort not only from the government, but also from non-government actors,
Muslim groups and the rest of the society.”
Surabaya attacks sparked fears to which the authorities have struggled to find
communities hit by the bombings were left in disbelief. On a Sunday in May, a
couple and their three children, who seemed to lead a normal life, carried out
attacks on three churches.
explosion erupted in a flat complex a few hours later, killing a couple and
their 17-year-old daughter. The day after, another family of five detonated
explosives at the Surabaya Police Headquarters.
incidents were described as the deadliest terrorist attacks in Indonesia since
the 2002 Bali bombings.
greatest impact [of the Surabaya attacks] on counterterrorism strategy was to
force the hand of lawmakers to finally pass the updated legislation, which has
provided greater powers of arrest, prosecution, and longer sentences,” says Mr
Cameron Sumpter, an associate research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for
National Security at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,
referring to the legislation approved on May 25.
anti-terror law grants the police wider grounds to arrest suspected terrorists
and allows more time for investigation. Authorities can now detain suspects for
14 days before charging them with a crime. After charges have been brought,
prosecutors can also apply for various extensions that allow for about nine
months of pre-trial detention.
example of the crackdown on extremism came on June 22, when radical cleric Aman
Abdurrahman, an Indonesian recruiter for IS, was sentenced to death for
instigating terror attacks in the country.
say that the Surabaya bombings transformed the map of violent extremism in
Indonesia, posing further challenges to the government. With an increasing number
of people linked to Islamic extremist movements getting arrested, the country’s
criminal justice infrastructure is on the brink of collapse and prisons are not
only overcrowded but also understaffed.
difficult to say how many of the suspects will be successfully prosecuted, but
releases among the roughly 300 prisoners currently serving sentences, and
particularly those who have refused to cooperate with authorities while behind
bars, could represent significant potential problems for the authorities,” Mr
Greg Barton, a professor of global Islamic politics at Deakin University in
Australia, notes that the Indonesian government, despite the new legislation,
has not fundamentally changed its counterterrorism strategy, though it “did
sharpen the focus on small groups flying under the radar”.
small factions, says Mr Andrie of the Institute for International Peace
Building, warrant the most concern. Such groups are not particularly
sophisticated or well resourced, but their networks are tighter and harder to
though there are so many arrests, there are groups that continue to grow here
and there,” he says. “They may be small, but they are more militant. They have
the willingness and the courage to act. Their power is not as big as, say, 10
years ago – they have less resources and funding. But it’s still concerning…
These small cell groups can manage to do anything.”
trend towards smaller terrorist groups has not escaped the notice of Indonesian
Chief Security Minister Wiranto.
have modified both their strategies and patterns of attack. They used to act as
one organisation, but now their attacks come from smaller units, or from
self-initiated plans or lone wolves, also involving women and children,” he
told a multi-country meeting on counterterrorism strategies held in the
Indonesian capital earlier this month, according to the Jakarta Globe.
Andrie says that such groups have been spreading radical ideology though online
and offline platforms, particularly among youths. But in recent years they have
also targeted their own family members.
easier mostly because of their loyalty. They can control everything under their
family. The husband recruiting the wife and the kids makes the planning much
smoother,” he says.
is also worrying, because when we talk about the children, many are choosing to
homeschool them. We cannot rely on schools to address this issue.”
the Surabaya bombings, authorities said that several children who had been
involved were home-schooled, so their exposure to the outside world had been
to experts, relatives have also been used as couriers. Those arrested since May
have mostly been denied the use of mobile phones in prison, but some have sent
messages to their followers through their family members.
Sumpter hopes that the new legislation will help to prevent further attacks
where children are used.
new legislation includes stipulations on prevention initiatives, which may
bring about more effective coordination between relevant stakeholders, who will
hopefully increase their attention towards the role of women and the
vulnerability of children,” the researcher says.
Sumpter notes that the legislation includes a clause stating that individuals
who involve children in their crimes will see their sentence extended by
national police and counterterrorism agency has been engaging with and
assisting the families of convicted terrorists for a number of years, but the
active role of women in extremist activity is still relatively recent and
questions have emerged about the effectiveness of current rehabilitation
repatriation of Indonesian women and children suspected of extremist activity
abroad over the past couple of years has obliged an evolution of approach to
prevention-type efforts,” Mr Sumpter says, arguing that current programmes have
much room for improvement. “The tragedies in Surabaya will hopefully lead to
more tailored social interventions involving women and young people.”
growing role of females in extremism was highlighted in December 2016, when
Indonesian authorities arrested two women who were believed to be planning a
suicide bombing at Jakarta’s presidential palace and another in Bali.
year, Ipac released a report saying that at least 50 Indonesian female domestic
workers in East Asia – most of them living in Hong Kong – were turning to
radicalism and taking part in extremist discussion groups. Experts warned at
the time that even though the number involved was believed to be low, it was
something that could not be ignored.
months ahead, experts say, will be particularly challenging when it comes to
security in Indonesia. “We are in an uncertain and sensitive period, especially
between now and April’s elections,” Prof Barton says.
to Mr Andrie, December and January are traditionally high-alert periods. “This
time is a priority for authorities because it has to do with the narrative that
the radical groups follow of attacking non-Muslims: Christmas, the New Year’s
party, things they hate … They still talk about it on online forums. Whether
they will do it or not, it’s hard to say,” he says.
after the festive season, another sensitive time is set to arrive: the
presidential election in which incumbent Mr Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will be
running alongside cleric Ma’ruf Amin, chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council
and leader of the country’s largest Islamic organisation Nahdlatul Ulama.
imagine there will be a small number of people who see the elections as an evil
process of Western influence and may seek to disrupt proceedings with
violence,” Mr Sumpter says. “But this year’s crackdown on jihadist networks and
the likely heavy police presence at campaign events will probably make any
potential attack unlikely to meet much success.”
Sumpter says he does not expect radicalisation to be among the central campaign
if there’s an attack leading up to the elections it will surely propel the
problem to the forefront of discussions,” he says.
Barton also says he does not think extremism will take centre stage in the
Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted families who have managed to escape
the camp as saying on Sunday that the militants are forcing each civilian to
pay $1,500 in return for the permit to leave the camp.
added that over 50,000 refugees have been taken hostage by Maqawir al-Thawrah
terrorist group, noting that the civilians in the camp are in very hard
to reports, human trafficking has increased in the region and the terrorists
plunder civilians' properties.
head of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria
said earlier this month delivery of humanitarian cargo to the Rukban camp near
the Syrian city of al-Tanf was disrupted by the US-backed militants.
to the Russian Reconciliation Center head, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko, the
convoy was to take over 450 tons of food and medicines to the refugee camp.
again as a result of actions by the US side, which has been unable to fulfill
its commitments to ensure safety within the 55-km radius around its base in
Al-Tanf, the convoy’s departure was disrupted," he said.
sources said that Horras al-Deen engaged in clashes with Tahrir al-Sham in the
small town of Harem in Idlib province on Saturday, adding that 5 French members
of the former were killed in the clashes and 45 French gunmen came under Tahrir
al-Sham's siege at a Horras al-Deen stronghold.
sources further said that over 12 Tahrir al-Sham gunmen were also killed and
several more were wounded in exchange of fire.
sources went on to say that the fresh clashes between the two rival groups have
sparked a wave of fear among the locals in Harem.
Saturday, Abu al-Yaman al-Qafqazi, a notorious commander of the Turkistani
Islamic Party from the Caucasus region, was killed in gun fire near the town of
Jisr al-Shughour in Southwestern Idlib.
the meantime, a Mufti (religious leader) of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at was targeted
and injured by unknown assailants in the small town of Darkoush in Jisr
a dozen members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed when
Iraqi Air Force fighter jets carried out separate airstrikes against militant
hideouts in the country's north-central province of Salahuddin.
Joint Operations Command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said the
military aircraft bombarded two terrorist hideouts and three of their trenches
in Gan'ous village near the town of Shirqat, located 300 kilometers (190 miles)
north of the capital Baghdad, on Sunday, leaving 10 Daesh Takfiris dead.
Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations
against Daesh in the Arab country on December 9, 2017.
July 10 that year, he formally declared victory over Daesh in Mosul, which
served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in Iraq.
the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd
al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of
fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning
figure of Iraq’s Basra protests assassinated
unidentified armed men have assassinated one of the key figures involved in the
protests in the oil-rich Iraqi southern city of Basra against the government
and the lack of basic services.
sources and witnesses, requesting not to be named, said on Sunday that Sheikh
Wissam al-Gharawi was gunned down in front of his home in the al-Muwafaqiya
district of the city the previous evening.
was no immediate claim of responsibility by any militant group.
Gharawi was assassinated after demonstrations started up again in Basra over
the past few days,” an unnamed security source told Kurdish-language Kurdistan
24 television news network.
medical source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Gharawi was
transferred to a nearby military hospital following the attack in an attempt to
save his life, but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
bullets were extracted from his body,” the source added.
Izadi bodies found in mass grave in Iraq’s Nineveh
local forces have found a mass grave in the northern province of Nineveh, which
contains the bodies of six Izadis believed to have been executed by Daesh
Takfiri terrorists when they were in control of an area there.
Xelil, the mayor of Sinjar, was quoted as saying by the Kurdish-language Rudaw
television news network that the discovery was made in Kar Azir town, and that
five bodies have been identified so far.
recent report has disclosed that foreign militants, including many of European
origins, were responsible for atrocities and acts of brutality carried out by
the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group against members of the Izadi minority.
Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights said in a report on
October 25 that the extremist group's actions amount to genocide and crimes
Murad, an Iraqi Izadi human rights activist and one of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
laureates, confirmed the findings of the report.
was kidnapped from her hometown of Kojo in the northern Iraqi province of
Nineveh in 2014, and held by Daesh terrorists for three months.
in August, an official at the Endowments and Religious Affairs Ministry of the
semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government said more than 3,000 members of
the Izadi minority remained unaccounted for ever since Daesh militants overran
their hometowns in northern Iraq in 2014.
fate of 3,102 Izadis remain unknown since Daesh terrorists attacked our towns
and cities in mid-2014,” Khairi Bozarni said at a conference devoted to the
“Izadi Genocide” in the Kurdish capital city of Erbil on August 15.
Syrian army units continued purging ISIL terrorists from Toloul al-Safa rugged
terrain in Eastern Badiyeh of Sweida after imposing control over the entire
region, capturing Zaribeh, Arz al-Safa, Karkiyeh, Khashbat al-Toloul and Tal
field sources reported that the Syrian army's clashes with the remnants of the
ISIL in the mountainous areas near Toloul al-Safa in the Western parts of Qabr
Sheikh Hossein and South of Lowaizeh graveyard still continue.
army troops killed a number of ISIL militants and destroyed their weapons and
military equipment during the clashes.
a relevant development earlier today, the Syrian Army troops continued storming
ISIL in the Eastern desert of Sweida, capturing the entire Toloul al-Safa
rugged terrain, the vital stronghold of the terrorist group in the desert.
army men, backed up by the country's air forces and missile and artillery
units, stormed ISIL in 3 flanks in Toloul al-Safa in the Eastern desert of
Sweida and managed to drive the terrorists out of Khasham Abu Shamrah, Rajam
Farihah and Hawi Shani'a East of Toloul al-Safa and also Jourah al-Hasan and
Loweiza Graves South of the rugged terrain.
units of the army managed to advance 5 km in Qabr Sheikh Hossein region and
captured several heights.
the meantime, a Syrian military source reported that the army men managed to
seized control over the entire heights in Toloul al-Safa, adding that the ISIL
front has collapsed in the region.
source further said that the last pockets of the ISIL that were between Toloul
al-Safas and Toloul Abu Qanem have all been killed or arrested by the army men.
army has killed a large number of terrorists, including their snipers, in
Toloul al-Safa and destroyed their military hardware in the last 2 days.
army's engineering units continued cleansing operations in the small town of
al-Yadoudah and its nearby farms in Western Dara'a, discovering a large volume
of arms and ammunition.
TOW anti-tank missiles, and other Israeli weapons, mortars and LAW missiles
were among the discovered weapons.
army men also found a large number of landmines, RPG rockets, cannons,
machineguns, sniper rifles, guided missiles and night vision goggles.
army discoveres weapons and military equipment supplied by the US, Israel and a
number of western states to the terrorists in regions that were once under the
control of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra
Front) and other terrorist groups.
field source reported on Saturday that the engineering units of the army
discovered the arms and equipment which included the US-made TOW missiles, RPGs
and its ammunition, machine-guns, grenades, mortars and other ammunitions in a
farm between the towns of Babbila and Beit Saham near the capital Damascus.
the army forces also found a network of tunnels near Damascus used by the
terrorists for transferring goods and weapons in their purging operations in
the towns of Yalda, Babbila and Beit Saham in Southern Damascus.
of the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield forces attacked the positions of Manbij
Military Council near the village of Mohsenli West of the town of Manbij,
sparking fierce clashes in the region.
attack was launched regardless of the join patrol done by the Turkish and
American troops in Manbij region. Joint patrolling was one of the items of an
agreement signed by Ankara and Washington several months ago to partition the
Turkey-backed militants and and Kurds and stop a Turkish army attack on Manbij.
the meantime, the Turkish soliders opened heavy machinegun fire at the Kurdish
positions East of the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa.
Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported that militants of Firqa al-Hamzah,
affiliated to the Turkey-backed Free Army, are preparing for an assault on the
Kurdish militias on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
said that the total number of Firqa al-Hamzah militants that are kept on alert
in the town of Azaz stands at 6,500.
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported last week that
the Ankara-backed forces known as the Euphrates Shield opened heavy machinegun
fire at the village of al-Hamran Northwest of the town of Manbij.
further said that the Ankara forces targeted the positions of the Syrian
Democratic Forces and farms in the region.
the meantime, the US-led coalition fighter jets conducted round the clock
flights over Manbij.
car bomb blast killed at least five people and wounded 16 others in the Iraqi
city of Tikrit on Sunday, police and medical sources said.
blast set nearly a dozen vehicles on fire, the police sources said. Security
forces have closed most of the city streets and deployed in case of any other
was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. Such attacks have
been rare in Tikrit, about 100 miles north of Baghdad, since ISIS extremist
group was defeated in Iraq in 2017.
militants have switched from controllingterritory to insurgency tactics such as
bombings and attacks on security forces since their military defeat.
and security sources warn these attacks are likely to increase in traditional
Sunni militant strongholds in the north and west of the country, although
security in Baghdad has improved.
Pakistan’s centuries-old weapon making market is slowly dying
law and order across Pakistan especially in tribal belt bordering Afghanistan
and ever-increasing sense of security among tribesmen following successful
military operations conducted there by Pakistan Army to quell militancy, have
cut demand of deadly weapons to an extent that gun manufacturers of Pakistan’s
centuries old ‘Darra Adam Khel” are scrapping gun-making business.
to the world as South Asia’s biggest black market for knock-off weapons, Dara
Adam Khel is located at outskirts of ‘Kohat’ district of Pakistan’s Khyber
Pakhtoonkhaw province which shares porous border with Afghanistan. Its roots
trace back to 1857 when a British Soldier set up a small gun making factory
there. Since the market had flourished to a great extent. Official record shows
there were as many as 7500 gun-manufacturing workshops until 2014. All had been
doing roaring business.
in tribal areas at a distance of 49 kilometers south of the provincial capital
‘Peshawar’, Dara Adam Khel’s weapons market is 160 years old and is known to
the world for making handmade sophisticated replicas of deadly weapons ranging
from AK-47s to anti-aircraft guns. This is world's best market where one can
get handmade replicas of any weapon in the world at a cheap price.
weapons including revolvers, automatic pistols, shotguns, Kalashnikovs and
snipers line the shelves of every shop there. While they keep deadly weapons
such as anti-personnel mines, sub-machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, small
cannons and even rocket launchers in their basement.
replica of the AK-47, or Kalashnikov which is supposed to be a favorite of
guerrilla fighters around the world, cost $110 US dollars with one-year
warranty. While prices of an original stands between $1200 to $2200.
a local replica of M16 automatic rifle (Chinese made) would cost a buyer
$340-$870. While the price of an original one (Chinese version) stands at $2200
the exact number of gunsmiths associated with Darra Adam Khel’s illegitimate
arms industry is not known, local authorities told Al Arabiya English that as
many as 3500 may be earning bread and butter from gun-making.
it’s a black market, we don’t have exact documentation about it. I guess, 3500
people including marketers and gunsmith are associated with Darra’s gun making
industry,” Mohammad jan, a local official told Al Arabiya English.
of Darra’s local firearms making industry are skilled to an extent that they
can make a replica of any weapon in seven to ten working days. They offer
one-year warranty for every product they make.
me the weapon of any brand. I will make a copy for it within ten days,” Ismail
Khan, chief gunsmith of ‘Lala And Sons’ told Al Arabiya.
majority of Darra’s gunsmith claim to make high grade weapons compared to the
original one, Ismail khan boldly admitted the weapon they produce are of
inferior quality as compared to original one.
the inferior quality of steel our weapons are made from, replica can’t be
compared to that of original one which is made from weapon-grade steel that too
on automatic high technology machines,” Ismail said.
improved security condition in across Pakistan has brought bad news for the
traders and manufacturers of weaponry as it has drastically cut demand of their
weapons forcing most of them to switch business. A large number have already
shut down gun making/selling businesses only to open grocery stores. Some have
ended up in establishing mini flour mills.
of a total of 7000, as many as 3000 workshops have shut down as sales have
fallen to new low.
demand has fallen to “new, lower levels,” according to owner of 110 years old
gun makers ‘Yusufzai And Sons’.
military operations in tribal belt, demands of weapons plunged to new low
forcing majority of firearms shops to scrap business,” Nazir Yusufzai told Al
military had launched offensive known as ‘ operation Zarb-e-Azb’ against
militant groups, including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Islamic
Movement of Uzbekistan, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,
al-Qaeda, Jundallah and the Haqqani network on 15 June 2014 in North Waziristan
along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
operation which lasted for one and a half years achieved its targets clearing
the entire tribal belt of local and foreign militants breaking a backbone
dismantling structure. 3,400 terrorists were killed, with 837 hideouts from
where they were carrying out terrorist activities were destroyed. Officials
believe demand of weapons made by Darra’s gun industry plunged to a new low
forcing huge number of traders and gun makers to scrap businesses.
still a large number of workers are loyal to the weapon making industry keeping
a centuries old business of making firearms in Darra’s arms industry alive.
can stop us from making guns. Rather than forcing us to switching business of
gun making, government should regulate of industry,” Kaleem khan, an
influential trader of gun told this correspondent.
few years ago, higher authorities of Pakistan’s interior department as well as
top army intelligence officials had recommended immediate closure of all arms
markets in the tribal belt. However, the idea was not well received.
correspondent’s conversation with firearms dealers and government officials has
revealed that government is encouraging the arms manufacturers in Darra to
participate in international defence weapons exhibitions held annually in major
idea is to introduce the tribesmen to the international arms market and create
new, above-board relationships that are more easily regulated,” said an
to local officials, a fraction of gunsmith are involved in arms manufacturing
in Darra are supplying clients abroad. While majority continue to focus on
local markets especially in Punjab province, a lucrative market of 120 million
is a target market for Darra’s arms industry as locals there like small
arms," Sanaullah Khan, a local official of Kohat district told Al Arabiya
Khan meets UAE prime minister amid reports of financial assistance package
Minister Imran Khan, who is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on an official
visit, held a meeting with his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, read a statement issued by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Khan met the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai for the first time after taking oath
as the premier. Matters of bilateral interests, and important international and
regional issues came under discussion during the meeting.
UAE prime minister issued a statement in Urdu through his official Twitter
account to welcome Imran Khan to the Gulf state. “We cherish our rich history
of bilateral ties [with Pakistan] based on brotherhood and trade,” the UAE
prime minister was invited to the UAE by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh
Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. He travelled there on Sunday on a
one-day visit amid reports that the UAE is ready to extend financial assistance
Khan was received by the crown prince at an official reception at the
Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
the reception, PM Khan and the Pakistani delegation — including Finance Minister
Asad Umar, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed
Bajwa — met the Abu Dhabi crown prince and his delegation, and discussed
bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
satisfaction at the positive trajectory of relations, the leaders of the two
countries agreed to take immediate measures to further elevate their historic
partnership. They resolved to strengthen trade and economic ties and eliminate
all impediments to a seamless flow of bilateral trade and investment.
to a joint statement issued after the meeting, the two sides agreed to chalk
out a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate cooperation and partnership in areas
encompassing trade, investment, economic development, energy, infrastructure
and agriculture, with a view to accrue early dividends from the economic
the contribution of Pakistani professionals as well as skilled and unskilled
workers in the development of UAE, the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation
on all labour related issues.
is the prime minister's second trip to the UAE in as many months.
his last visit to Abu Dhabi on Sept 19, the two countries had agreed to
strengthen economic, trade and investment relations.
government had, during a later visit of an Emirati delegation to Islamabad,
made a formal request for assistance.
signals from the UAE were positive and the government was hopeful of getting
what officials are calling "a good package".
say it would be comparable with the Saudi bailout of $6 billion — $3bn in
balance of payments support and a deferred payment facility on oil imports
UAE is one of the major oil suppliers to Pakistan.
government has also been in talks with the Chinese government for an assistance
package after PM Khan’s visit to Beijing. However, the outcome of the
negotiations are still unknown. It is believed that China has asked for more
discussion on the matter.
the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund for a loan facility are
concluding next week, with Finance Minister Asad Umar optimistic about reaching
a basic agreement with the Fund by November 20.
had, after the trip to China, announced that the impending balance of payments
crisis had been averted after Beijing and Riyadh's pledges of help.
least three security personnel were martyred and three others injured in
Quetta's Margate area on Sunday when an improvised explosive device (IED)
targeting a security forces vehicle was detonated, DawnNewsTV reported.
to Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) spokesperson Khan Wasey, the roadside IED
targeted a security forces vehicle transporting rations to the security
injured FC personnel were transported to Combined Military Hospital Quetta
where they were said to be out of danger.
on Saturday night, a retired deputy inspector general of police was gunned down
in Junior Assistant Colony in Quetta.
Iranian border forces on Sunday arrested 253 Pakistani citizens who had entered
Iran without documents and handed them over to the Taftan authorities.
to Chagai Levies sources, the Pakistani citizens were planning to go to Europe
via Iran in pursuit of a bright future. They said that legal action would be
taken against them for trying to cross the border without valid travel
Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday resolved to strengthen
bilateral trade and economic ties, besides fostering cooperation to deal with
transnational organized crime, including money laundering, drug trafficking and
relations were discussed in meetings between UAE leadership and Prime Minister
Imran Khan who paid a day-long visit to the Emirates at the invitation of
Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy
supreme commander of UAE Armed Forces, according to a Foreign Office statement.
his arrival at the Presidential Palace, Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan
received the prime minister and accorded a ceremonial reception which was
followed by delegation-level talks.
Dubai, the prime minister was received by Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.
prime minister also visited Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Martyrs’ Memorial where
he paid homage to Emirati heroes who had sacrificed their lives in the service
the delegation-level talks with Crown Prince Sheikh Muhmmad bin Zayed, the two
sides focused on all areas of bilateral, regional, and global interest.
Expressing satisfaction at the positive trajectory of relations, the two
leaders agreed to take immediate measures to further elevate their historic
partnership. They expressed satisfaction over the fruitful outcome of the
recent visit of a high-level UAE economic delegation to Pakistan and reiterated
their resolve to transform the existing special relations into a strategic long-term
economic partnership by adopting a direct, transparent and time-bound approach.
two sides agreed to chalk out a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate cooperation
and partnership in areas encompassing trade, investment, economic development,
energy, infrastructure and agriculture with a view to accrue early dividends
from the economic partnership.
Minister Imran Khan and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed decided to hold the
next Pakistan-UAE Joint Ministerial Commission to be co-chaired by the respective
foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi in February 2019. They further reaffirmed their
commitment to hold the senior officials’ bilateral political consultations
between the foreign ministries and fast track finalization of pending
agreements at the earliest.
two leaders expressed satisfaction at the ongoing defence and security
cooperation and resolved to explore further collaboration in the areas of
training, joint exercises and defence production. They noted that a key element
of partnership between the two countries was the complete identity of views on
regional and global importance. They reiterated their strong belief that only
by espousing the principles of tolerance, inclusivity, non-interference and
focusing on a people centric development agenda the region could attain
sustainable peace and stability. They strongly condemned terrorism in all its
forms and manifestations, and expressed their resolve to work closely to root
out the scourge. The crown prince recognized the efforts and unparalleled
sacrifices made by Pakistan to eliminate terrorism and extremism.
Minister Imran Khan briefed the UAE leadership about his government’s
people-centric reform agenda, including the steps being taken to eliminate
corruption and promote transparency, and accountability at all levels of
government. He reiterated Pakistan’s readiness to actively participate in Expo
2020 and extend full support to the UAE in making the mega event a great
doesn’t want to hear ‘suffering’ Khashoggi’s murder tape
US President Donald Trump says he has been fully briefed on an audio recording
of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder but does not want to listen to it
it’s a suffering tape. It’s a terrible tape,” he said in an interview with Fox
News Sunday. “It was very violent, very vicious and terrible.”
CIA has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
ordered Khashoggi’s assassination in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2.
the State Department has called those reports “inaccurate”, and Trump on
Saturday told reporters that the US would release “a very full report” on the
matter as early as Monday. He was interviewed by Fox on Friday.
whether the crown prince had lied to him in denying any role in the killing,
Trump said: “I don’t know. Who can really know? But I can say this, he’s got
many people ... that say he had no knowledge.”
told me that he had nothing to do with it. He told me that, I would say, maybe
five times at different points, as recently as a few days ago.”
acknowledged that people close to the prince “were probably involved” but added,
“I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.”
whether he would go along with moves in the US Congress to cut off US
involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen or halt arms sales to the kingdom,
Trump equivocated. “I want to see Yemen end. It takes two to tango and Iran has
to end also,” he said. “I want Saudi to stop but I want Iran to stop also.”
Police Skips Prosecution of Assailants against Washington D.C. Imam at Mosque
November 4, two gunmen attacked Imam Abdul Alim Musa in California and
violently assaulted him.
an interview with FNA on Sunday, the Imam said the attack was a coordinated
attempt by the US administration.
said that the two gunmen ran into the mosque's yard while screaming, first
threatened him with their guns and then started beating and injuring his head
until he started bleeding.
Musa has filed a complaint against the two assailants at the city police
department and informed the law enforcement of the assailants' identity, but
his case has not yet been seriously pursued after two weeks.
Musa said that he has visited the police station twice since November 4 but
without any results, adding that he will pursue his lawsuit again on Monday.
believes that the two assailants are the US government's agents and have close
cooperation with the police and that's why the case is ignored.
a relevant incident in 2014, a group of gunmen had also attacked Imam Musa in
Oakland, California, and violently assaulted him.
imam is the director and founder of As-Sabiqun with branches in Oakland,
Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento. He is also founder and
director of the Islamic Institute of Counter-Zionist American Psychological
Warfare, and is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought.
his remarks in 2016, the imam — an African American convert to Islam — had
accused Zionists of creating “a Hitlerian” environment “exactly like the one
that existed in Germany before World War II”.
brought Donald Trump to the White House, and did so in order to “maintain their
global power,” he said at the time.
President Donald Trump is still remaining non-committal about the possibility
that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lied to him when he denied
involvement in the assassination of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
I don’t know, you know, who could really know," Trump said on Fox News
Sunday, when asked if he thought he had been lied to. "But I can say this:
he’s got many people now that say he had no knowledge."
president, who is in a $110 billion arms deal with the monarchy, further said
he would not listen to the audio of Khashoggi’s killing provided to the CIA by
the Turkish intelligence.
have the tape. I don’t want to hear the tape. No reason for me to hear the
tape… because it’s a suffering tape," Trump said. "It’s a terrible
tape… I’ve been fully briefed on it. There’s no reason for me to hear it."
tape was reportedly shared with CIA Director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey
amid an investigation into the journalist disappearance after entering the
Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.
intelligence intercepts reportedly show that Khashoggi, who was last seen
entering the Saudi mission in Istanbul on October 2, was murdered on a direct
order from bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.
had been there to obtain a document certifying he divorced his ex-wife.
President Donald Trump should cancel arms deals with Saudi Arabia as a
punishment over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says top
Republican Senator Rand Paul.
a US resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed in the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul on October 2 after being lured into the mission for some
mounting evidence released by Turkey and even the CIA point to Saudi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the murder, Trump has so far resisted
calls inside Washington to hold him responsible.
an attempt to ease the criticism, the US Treasury Department imposed economic
sanctions on 17 Saudis involved in the murder on Thursday.
sanctions came after the Saudi public prosecutor announced that five officials
faced a possible death sentence in the case but exonerated bin Salman, also
known as MBS.
need to punish who ordered this, who is in charge and really the only thing
they understand over there is strength,” Paul told CBS News on Sunday. “I think
they will see sanctions as weakness on the part of the president and if the
president wants to act strongly he should cut off the arms sale.”
to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent trip to Riyadh to discuss the
Khashoggi case as well as the ongoing Saudi-led war on Yemen, Paul said Saudi Arabia’s
insistence on “bombing civilian populations” had already proven the
ineffectiveness of the Trump administration’s current approach.
Pompeo told Saudi Arabia three weeks ago to stop bombing civilian populations,
since then Saudi Arabia has bombed cities 200 times,” Paul said. “They are not
his maiden state visit, Trump went to Saudi Arabia last year where he signed a
massive $110 billion arms deal with the oil-rich kingdom.
is while Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, including the United Arab
Emirates, have been using American and British weapons and intelligence to bomb
Yemeni cities since March 2015, when Riyadh declared war to reinstate fugitive
former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and destroy the Houthi Ansarullah
unprovoked war has so far killed thousands of Yemeni people while destroying
the impoverished country’s infrastructure. It has also led to widespread food
shortages and deadly cholera breakouts.
however, has refused to throw away his profitable deal with Riyadh arguing that
doing so would only push the staunch Middle East ally towards Russia.
they don’t buy it from us, they’re going to buy it from Russia or they’re going
to buy it from China,” said the president. “Think of that, $110 billion, all
they’re going to do is give it to other countries, and I think that would be
foreign minister says it is a “big mistake” for Washington to support the
Syrian Kurdish militants of the People's Protection Units (YPG), stressing that
the matter has strained relations between the two NATO allies.
Cavusoglu met with Turkish citizens at the Turkish consulate in New York on
has infuriated Ankara by announcing a plan for the formation of a Kurdish
militant force in Syria near the Turkish border.
plan prompted Turkey to launch a cross-border military operation on January 20
inside the Arab country, code-named Operation Olive Branch, with the declared
aim of eliminating the YPG militants from northern Syria, particularly Afrin
YPG forms the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an
anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants supported by the
views the YPG as a terrorist organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for an autonomous
region inside Turkey since 1984.
knowing and acknowledging that (the YPG) is the same organization (as the PKK),
seeing this cooperation as necessary is really a big mistake,” Cavusoglu said,
adding that he would “broadly” discuss Ankara-Washington ties with US Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.
Turkish top diplomat arrived in New York on Saturday to attend the 8th Global
Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on partnerships
for prevention and sustaining peace, which will be held at the UN headquarters
on Monday and Tuesday.
has been arming and training Kurdish militants under the banner of helping them
fight the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, but Syria and several other countries
see ulterior motives behind the deployment.
Syrian government has given a degree of authority to the Kurdish regions to run
their own affairs. The US, however, has used the power vacuum to establish a
foothold in those regions with the help of militants.
one of Washington's key allies in the region, has repeatedly questioned the
United States' deployment of heavy weapons in Syria despite the defeat of Daesh
in much of the Arab country.
to the Turkish government, US Defense Secretary James Mattis promised in 2017
that Washington would take back weapons from the Kurdish militants once Daesh
had been routed.
this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to push Turkey's
Afrin offensive against the YPG militants eastward to Manbij, where American
forces are stationed, risking a confrontation between the NATO allies.
has strongly denounced the presence of Turkish and US troops around Manbij.
on Sunday, the state-owned Anadolu news agency cited Turkish Defense Minister
Hulusi Akar as saying that he had told US Chief of Staff Joseph Dunford that
Ankara expected Washington to halt its support for the YPG as soon as possible.
Iraq consider using local cash in mutual trade
says it is discussing a plan with Iraq to switch to dinar in trade instead of
the US dollar.
announcement was made by Iran’s Ambassador Iraj Masjedi who said the plan had
been devised in response to recent US sanctions that restricted Iran’s access
to the greenback.
the problems that have emerged in dollar-based banking transactions, a joint
proposal between Iran and Iraq is using Iraq’s dinar in trade,” said Masjedi.
alternative plan, he added, would be to use barter mechanisms to carry out
imports and exports with Iraq.
official was speaking as Iraq’s President Barham Salih was visiting Tehran on
his first trip to the Islamic Republic.
Salih told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during a press conference
that Baghdad was determined to boost trade with Tehran. He made the
announcement only days after his country rejected a US deadline to stop
importing Iranian gas under new American sanctions.
have come here today with a clear message from Baghdad: We appreciate the
importance of relations with Iran and these economic, cultural and political
relations are rooted in history,” Salih said in a joint news conference with
further emphasized that the current level of trade between Iran and Iraq stood
at $12 billion, stressing that serious plans were on agenda to promote this to
as high as $20 billion.
acknowledged that Iraq had come under pressure from the US over doing business
with Iran after the return of the sanctions and underscored comments by Iraqi
officials that Baghdad would not toe Washington’s line as a sign that the
country could not afford to cut trade ties with its eastern neighbor.
Iraqis need Iran’s natural gas, electricity, food items and industrial
materials,” Masjedi emphasized. “If exports of these to Iraq are stopped, there
will be problems not only for Iran but also for the Iraqis, as well.”
port of Basra in southern Iraq was hit by violent protests, which spread to
other cities this summer, partly because of a halt of imports of electricity
this month, Iraq’s former prime minister and leader of the al-Wataniya faction
in parliament Ayad Allawi warned that new US sanctions on Iran would have deep
impact on the Iraqi economy.
new Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi also said his country “will not be part of
the sanctions regime, as it will not be part of aggression against any
Tuesday, head of Iraqi Chambers of Commerce Jafar Rasul Hamdani said that
despite US sanctions against Iran, the two countries have sharply increased
their trade exchanges in recent months.
the first six months of this year, the volume of exchanges rose from $4 billion
to $6.4 billion compared to the same period in 2017,” he told Iran’s state news
minister, dozens of settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli minister along with dozens of Israeli settlers have stormed the al-Aqsa
Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds amid
frequent acts of violence committed by Israeli forces and settlers against the
Palestinian Ma'an news agency, citing Firas al-Dibs, spokesperson of the
Islamic Waqf (Endowment) organization, said Uri Ariel, the minister of
agriculture and rural development in the occupied territories, and dozens of
other Israeli settlers stormed the compound on Sunday.
added that the settlers led by Ariel stormed through the Moroccan Gate and
toured the compound “provocatively.” A large number of Israeli forces had been
deployed across the compound for their protection.
report said the Israeli minister had previously stormed al-Aqsa Mosque compound
number of Israeli lawmakers, or members of the Knesset, who storm the sacred
compound, has increased in the past few months after Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu decided in July to allow the legislators to visit the compound once
every three months following a restriction of access that has been in place
since October 2015.
of the Knesset members are right-wing extremists, who support the demolition of
the Islamic site in order to build a Jewish temple instead.
al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both
the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque.
on Sunday, a large number of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian ambulance in
the al-Shuhada Street in al-Khalil (Hebron) in the early hours of the day,
report, citing local sources, added that the ambulance was passing through the
street to take a Palestinian patient to a nearby hospital, when Israeli
settlers started attacking the vehicle by hurling rocks at it.
ambulance, which belonged to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS),
received material damage, such as shattered windows, in the attack.
Palestinian Authority, which runs the occupied West Bank, has no jurisdiction
over Israeli settlers in the region and acts carried out by Israelis often
occur in the presence of Israeli troops, who rarely intervene to protect Palestinian
continue in the occupied Palestinian territories as part of the aftermath of US
President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s
"capital" and relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city.
December 21 last year, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted
in favor of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial
the vote, the US went ahead with the embassy transfer on May 14, triggering
demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt,
Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.
of US forces dining with Kurdish militants in Syria anger Turkey
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has expressed indignation at photos showing US
troops dining with Kurdish militants near the Turkish border in Syria.
photos have found wide coverage in our media and disturbed our people. They
tarnished the image of the US and its army... for the Turkish public," he
was quoted by the official Anatolia news agency as saying.
pictures dated November 11 show American troops having a US Veterans Day dinner
with members of the so-called People’s Protection Units (YPG) militant group in
the city of Manbij in northern Syria.
US has been arming and training Kurdish militants under the banner of helping
them fight the Daesh terror group, but Syria and several other countries see
ulterior motives behind the deployment.
assistance peaked in April 2016, when the US support for Syria-based militants
expanded to enlist hundreds of US special forces and teams.
a key US ally in the region, has repeatedly questioned Washington's deployment
of heavy weapons in Syria despite the defeat of Daesh in much of the Arab
associates the YPG with anti-Ankara separatists, and has long been insisting
that Washington stop the support.
expect US to stop cooperation with the YPG terror group as promised," the
Turkish defense chief said on Saturday.
year, Ankara said Washington had promised it through Defense Secretary James
Mattis to take back weapons from Kurdish militants once the Takfiri group was
is unacceptable for the US to provide arms and ammunition by plane and trucks
to the YPG terrorist group even when Daesh has been neutralized to a large
extent," Akar said.
and its allies pushed Daesh out of its last stronghold in the eastern province
of Dayr al-Zawr early this year.
week, US point man on Syria James Jeffrey said Washington was laying the
groundwork for a long-term commitment to eastern Syria that would include
“stabilization” after Daesh’s defeat.
came up with a novel justification, saying US troops would not withdraw as long
as “Iranian-commanded forces” were present in Syria.
on Sunday between Turkish-backed rebel factions vying for influence in the
northern Syrian town of Afrin left 25 fighters dead, a war monitor said.
troops and allied rebel groups seized the Afrin region from Kurdish forces in
March after a two-month air and ground offensive.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in several
districts erupted on Saturday.
troops stationed in the town imposed a curfew on civilians from Saturday
evening in a bid to avoid bloodshed, the Observatory said.
clashes pitched the majority of the pro-Ankara rebels against a group of some
200 fighters who were accused of “disobeying” Turkish forces and “committing
abuses”, the monitor said.
main alliance of Turkish-backed rebels in Afrin wrote on Twitter that current
operations were aimed at “pursuing outlaw gangs”.
Turkish troops and pro-Ankara Arab rebels captured the town from the Kurdish
People’s Protection Units (YPG), the United Nations and human rights groups,
including Amnesty International, have documented widespread abuses.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday it would be “unnecessary and
wrong” to call snap polls, as he sought to hold his governing coalition
together following the resignation of his defense minister.
a period of security sensitivity, it’s unnecessary and wrong to go to
elections,” Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.
noted past instances when right-wing governments had called elections that did
not turn out as they had hoped.
need to do whatever we can to avoid such mistakes,” he said.
coalition was thrown into crisis Wednesday when Defense Minister Avigdor
Lieberman resigned over a controversial Gaza ceasefire deal, sparking
speculation over whether early elections were now inevitable.
Lieberman’s withdrawal, Netanyahu’s government was left clinging to a one-seat
majority in the 120-seat parliament.
veteran premier was to meet Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, whose center-right
Kulanu party has 10 seats, later Sunday to discuss ways of holding the
Minister Naftali Bennett of the far-right Jewish Home party, which holds eight
seats in parliament, has demanded the defense portfolio, but Netanyahu says he
will take it over at least temporarily.
is one of Netanyahu’s main right-wing rivals.
Saturday, Bennett told Israeli television that Lieberman had “collapsed the
Houthis announce halt of missile attacks on Saudi Arabia
Houthi militias said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a
demand from the United Nations.
move from the Houthi militias came after the Saudi-led coalition ordered a halt
in its offensive against Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah, which has become the
focus of the war.
our contacts with the UN envoy and his request to stop drone and missile
strikes ... We announce our initiative ... to halt missile and drone strikes,”
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the Houthis’ Supreme Revolutionary
Committee, said in a statement.
the Arab Coalition had confirmed that forces have intercepted and destroyed
three ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militias at Marib on Sunday.
The coalition's air defenses last week had also intercepted two ballistic
missiles fired by the militias toward the coalition headquarters in the same
special envoy Martin Griffiths is trying to salvage peace talks after a round
in September collapsed when the Houthis did not show up. He hopes to convene
talks before the end of the year in Sweden to agree on a framework for peace
under a transitional government.
parties have given “firm assurances” they are committed to attending peace
talks to be convened shortly, Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Friday,
and pledged to escort the Houthi delegation from Sanaa if needed.
Iranian-aligned group which has been battling the Saudi-backed government for
nearly four years added it was ready for a broader ceasefire if “the Saudi-led
coalition wants peace.”
Yemeni fishermen were killed on Sunday evening by a sea mine planted by the
pro-Iranian Houthi militias near the coast of Hodeidah port city, west of the
sources said that the explosion of the sea mine killed two fishermen, three
miles from the coast of Haruniya west of the directorate of al-Munira, north of
in the port of Ibn Abbas named the two fishermen victims as AbdelJaleel Nasser
Shibam, 33, and his brother Nasr Nasser Shibam, 17.
local news websites reported that the Houthi militias created a series of naval
tunnels with the help of Iranian experts near the coast of al-Munira, and that
the militias planted sea mines southwest of the coast of the port of Ibn Abbas
north of Hodeidah.
militias fear sea landings in those areas, which will cut their supply lines
coming from Hajjah and Saada toward the districts of al-Lahiya and al-Saleef,
according to local news websites.
Yemeni national army said its forces completed the recapturing and secured the
Ahem Triangle in Hajjah Governorate in north-western Yemen and completed its
control of the remaining villages adjacent to the triangle, following a
military operation by the army backed by the Arab coalition supporting
legitimacy in Yemen against the pro-Iranian Houthi militias.
forces took control of several villages east and north of the triangle and
sources said the fighting was continuing to recapture the remaining villages.
coalition fighter jets launched several air raids on Houthi gatherings and
reinforcements resulting in the destruction of a military vehicle carrying a
number of militias’ elements, according to the army media office.
importance of the Ahem Triangle is that it connects the districts of Harad and
Medi in the north, Hiran in the south, and the directorates of Hajour, MestABa
and Bakil al-Meer in the east, which is a vital artery connecting the
governorates of Saada and Amran with Harad, Medi and Hodeidah.
popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the nation against
a Saudi Arabian-led war, says it is halting its counterstrikes as a goodwill
measure to speed up “peace” process.
fighters said in a statement on Monday that they were taking the initiative in
response to a request by the United Nations special envoy for the impoverished
country, Martin Griffiths.
our contacts with the UN envoy and his request to stop drone and missile
strikes...We announce our initiative...to halt missile and drone strikes on the
countries of aggression," said Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the
Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Reuters reported.
group said it was ready for a broader ceasefire if "the Saudi-led
coalition wants peace."
decision] came to support the UN envoy, to show good faith and support the
peace efforts," the statement said.
is trying to reconvene conflict resolution talks in Sweden.
involved in the conflict have given "firm assurances" that they were
committed to attending the talks “to be convened shortly,” he was quoted by the
agency as telling the UN Security Council on Friday.
has been in turmoil since 2015 when former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
stepped down and fled to Riyadh.
Houthis took over state affairs to fill the void. The Saudi-led coalition,
however, invaded the country to bring back the former Riyadh-allied officials.
have been killed in the invasion which has also pushed Yemen to the edge of
two sides began holding several rounds of UN-sponsored talks in Switzerland
after the war began, without hammering out anything beyond prisoner exchange
they gathered Kuwait in 2016 with hopes of striking a “power-sharing” deal, but
the Saudi-backed side left the venue in protest at the Houthis’ demands.
time, Griffith invited the two sides to pick up where they had left in Geneva.
The Saudis, however, refused to give permission to an Omani plane” to land in
the Yemeni capital Sana’a to take the Houthi delegation to the negotiations.
release by Belgium of the frozen Libyan funds interest has provided more
confirmations about the presence of a real threat to Libyan funds frozen
abroad, either from the host countries or by the Libyan Investment Corporation,
the entity that manages the assets.
Libya’s sovereign wealth fund said five EU countries paid out money from frozen
accounts in Europe that once belonged to Muammar Qaddafi despite international
sanctions, according to POLITICO.
about mystery payments from the Libyan dictator’s supposedly frozen billions in
Europe have already become a hot political issue in Belgium, because
significant sums flowed out of accounts in Brussels.
LIA said in an emailed statement to POLITICO that Belgium’s government was not
alone in taking advantage of a loophole by paying out the interest earned on
the frozen money.
many jurisdictions (the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg for example)
the interest and dividends on holdings frozen under the UN sanctions are not
frozen,” the LIA said through its London-based PR agency Maitland.
statement also sought to deflect mounting questions about why Belgium decided
to unfreeze funds from accounts managed by Euroclear, a financial institution
headquartered in Brussels.
enthusiasm shown by these countries and the exclusion of the Libyan frozen
billions’ interest from the action, has raised internal fears of the
possibility of losing the wealth which was left by Qaddafi after his
assassination seven years ago, either by funding the armed groups in order to
jeopardize the country’s stability, or by manipulating frozen balances in
date, it is not clear who has received the interest of the frozen funds sent by
the Belgian bank “Euroclear” to Libyan Investment Corporation accounts in
Luxembourg and Britain, though the entity admitted that the money reception,
but did not provide more clarifications.
the fact that more than $ 1 billion of frozen interest was transferred between
the years 2011 to October 2017 to the accounts of the Libyan Investment
Corporation, Ali Al-Shamikh, one of the executives who worked for the
Foundation in 2016 and 2017, denied in a statement to Al Arabiya English any
knowledge, adding that he had seen the reports in the media, which raises more
no doubts, this issue has become a matter of public opinion and national
security,” said Abdel Salam Nassia , member of the Libyan parliament’s Finance
Committee. “It is inconceivable that there is an investigation and questioning
in Belgium of Libyan funds, while the owner of this money is silent, especially
as there is suspicion of misconduct in treating these funds.”
do not want to know how these funds were released, but we want to know who has
spent the money,” he said. “The Libyan Investment Corporation’s statements and
actions do not amount to the level and importance of the case. It does not help
to argue that it was done in the era of previous administrations, “calling on
the Attorney General investigate in order to track the fortunes that belong to
these funds were frozen under a UN resolution, recent indications suggest that
some parties still benefit from the financial empire left by Qaddafi’s
governments. These funds have also begun to initiate the greed of some host
countries, such as Britain which has been seeking since some time to issue a
law to use frozen Libyan assets in its banks, to compensate the victims of the
Irish army, which was supported by Colonel Qaddafi’s regime in the 1980s.
order to ensure that Libya’s wealth is preserved, the Libyan economist and
founder of the Libyan stock market, Sulayman al-Shahoumi, called for “an
international review of Libyan accounts frozen abroad by the United Nations,
and making them available to the public, especially that the controversial
statements from the Libyan Investment Corporation, which is in charge of
managing these stocks, make them questionable.
week, on the day of Arbaeen, thousands of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)
supporters took part in a series of peaceful protests in the Nigerian capital
Abuja to demand the release of their incarcerated leader Sheikh Ibraheem
Zakzaky. Nigerian security forces used live ammunition to crush the protest,
leading to the death of at least 50 people.
rights groups quoting eyewitness testimonies said the Nigerian military
dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing indiscriminately without warning, in
blatant violation of the international and Nigerian law. Muhammadu Buhari
government, despite the global outcry and court orders, continues to keep IMN
leader Sheikh Zakzaky behind bars.
Fasipe is a Nigerian political analyst, social activist, and communication
strategist. In an interview with Tehran Times, he talks about the latest army
crackdown on the supporters of IMN and the horrendous atrocities unleashed on
Nigerian Shias by the Buhari government, backed by Western and Arab powers.
are the excerpts:
police at the behest of Buhari government carried out another gory massacre
against Shiites on the day of Arbaeen this year. Can you tell us exactly what
army claimed that the Shiites attacked their convoy that was escorting
ammunitions and attempted to overpower them, but the video circulated online
only shows the army shooting at them while they run away. The Nigerian Shiites are
known for peaceful protests.
army cited a video of US President Donald Trump, in which he said soldiers
should respond with force to migrants throwing stones, to justify opening fire
on the supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. How would you react to
have never been more embarrassed as a Nigerian. In the purported video of
Trump, he was talking about Mexican immigrants trying to cross into the US
illegally and he later backtracked on it. The Nigerian Army has no
justification whatsoever to shoot at and kill unarmed protestors simply because
they belong to a Muslim sect different from that of the President. There can be
no justification to it whatsoever.
to the claims of Nigerian authorities, Amnesty International said the
protestors were unarmed, calling on the US and Nigerian governments to abide by
international human rights law. Do you think the international community needs
to put more pressure on the Buhari government?
but whether it will yield any results different from what we have witnessed in
the last three years is another thing entirely.
Ibraheem Zakzaky is still in prison despite a 2016 High Court ruling ordering
his unconditional release. On what grounds is the Nigerian government
justifying his continued incarceration?
three arms of the Nigerian government distrust each other, go against each
other and have worked over the years to sabotage any semblance of synergy
between each other. The executive government justifies Zakzaky’s continuous incarceration
by alleging that the judiciary has been compromised and lacks the credibility
to pass judgments that are for the good of the country. The judiciary holds
similar sentiments towards the legislative and executive and vice versa.
is the Nigerian government so afraid of Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement
politicians, especially those from Northern extraction, view Shia Islam as a
threat to the majority Sunni Islam. This isn’t peculiar to Nigeria. Globally,
Shia Muslims are not generally viewed positively. In Nigeria, they have been
accused of not recognizing the Nigerian state and of trying to run a parallel
government. There is also the fear of Sunni Muslim youth in Nigeria being
converted to Shia Islam.
all know their history and conflicts over the years. This escalation of
hostilities is as a result of the emergence of a Sunni bigot as Governor of
Kaduna State the umbrella body of followers of terrorism-enabled Wahhabism in
Nigeria (JIBWIS) made a Press Release where they fraudulently claimed that
"Shiites will hide under the cover of celebrating the Birthday Anniversary
of Prophet Muhammad (sa) to foment crisis".
bloodthirsty Wahhabi barbarians are the final stage incubation of #ISIS,
#AlQaeda and #BokoHaram terrorism. Whatever the ISIS barbarians believed in
these bloodthirsty savages also believed in it. They are one and the same.
year the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem
Zakzaky uses the occasion of the Birthday Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (AS)
to mark #Unity Week. A week dedicated to enhance and strengthen the bond of
Islamic brotherhood among all Muslims.
we all know that bloodthirsty Wahhabi barbarians are against the celebration of
the Birthday Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (AS). Though the same savages
celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Saudi Arabia!
Burkina Faso: In Burkina Faso, a country struggling to contain militant
violence, education is one of the victims of the insurgency, with hundreds of
schools closed, teachers in hiding and pupils kept indoors over the fear of
the conflict-ridden north, more than three years of assaults and threats by
radical Islamists have led to the closure of more than 300 schools, according
to estimates, with the east of the West African nation now also seeing school
(the militants) are slowly killing education,” said Kassoum Ouedraogo, who used
to teach in a primary school in the small town of Nenebouro, near the border
of his colleagues was murdered in 2016 and last year teachers felt the security
threat was so dangerous that they shut the school.
moved to the northern regional capital Ouahigouya where, he says, he “lives
with fear in his stomach.”
do not want ‘French’ schools ... they want schools in Arabic,” he said,
describing how teachers have been threatened by Islamists angry about
used to) stay with villagers so that they could not find me so easily,”
Ouedraogo said, who considered the accommodation provided by the school unsafe.
Faso is part of the vast Sahel region, which has turned into a hotbed of
violent extremism and lawlessness since chaos engulfed Libya in 2011, the
Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and the rise of Boko Haram in
international efforts to create a transnational anti-militant military
operation, named the G5 Sahel force, the situation is getting worse.
recent report submitted to the UN Security Council warned that security had
“deteriorated rapidly over the last six months” in the area between Burkina
Faso, Mali and Niger, with attacks spreading to eastern Burkina Faso.
to an official report in September, 229 people have been killed in Islamist
attacks in Burkina Faso since 2015 — including three major assaults on the
teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, said militant attacks and destroyed
day, armed men arrived in the village. Some students ran to warn me and we went
into the bush to hide. The men shot at the doors of the school, then they
burned everything inside,” the teacher said, declining even to name the region
of the attack.
the eastern town of Matiakoali, a dozen schools were forced to close at the end
of October due to threats of violence, teachers and local security forces said.
had visited mosques in nearby villages and warned that the staff had to leave,
a teacher said on condition of anonymity.
teachers from neighboring villages got together and we decided to leave,” he
said, explaining that they moved to other cities for safety.
growing boldness of militant fighters in the former French colony reflects the
government’s apparent inability to protect its citizens across vast stretches
of the country.
and unions warn that thousands of children face years without access to schools
unless the government steps up the fight against the growing terror.
situation is worrying. More than a dozen secondary schools have closed ...
hundreds of primary schools. There are many places where there are no schools,”
said Yssa Kintiga from F-Synter union.
state must give itself the means to ensure security so that all children have
access to education,” Kintiga added.
one of the world’s poorest countries that is proving hard to do.
has a 4,500-member military mission in the Sahel and is backing Burkina Faso
and other members of the G5 Sahel group to improve security but it has had
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Ouagadougou last month and
announced a €30 million ($34 million) “Three Borders” aid package for Burkina
Faso, Mali and Niger to help spur development.
money is seen as essential for easing the conditions which have allowed the
militant insurgencies to thrive.
optimism is hard to find with a French diplomatic source warning of a “very
long” anti-terrorist fight.
— President Muhammdu Buhari yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, commended
Muslims in the South West, for promoting peaceful coexistence of Nigerians from
different religious backgrounds in the region
gave the commendation in his speech at the grand finale of the 10th anniversary
celebration of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) and N5 billion
launch of MUSWEN international Centre, which took place at the International
Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan.
President, who was the Chief Guest of Honour at the event and represented, by
the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, assured of the readiness of his
administration to continue to promote religious tolerance in the country.
lauded MUSWEN for giving "a voice to Muslims in South West Nigeria",
noting that the region has continued to contribute immensely to the development
of Islam in the country.
his speech, the Sultan of Sokoto and President - General of the Nigeria Supreme
Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, in his
speech, cautioned Muslims against violence, urging them to remain calm, even at
the point of provocation.
to him, whenever the Muslims are denied their rights, they should not use foul
and abusive languages, noting that this was hallmark of Prophet Muhammad as a
messenger of peace.
said, " Let's show decorum, let's show people that we are Muslims. We
should not use foul languages. We can be aggrieved, but don't let us allow
grievances to make us to be violent".
in his keynote address, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi 11, insisted
that Islam is a religion of peace, adding that national security should not be
threatened or undermined all in the name of Jihad.
his part, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, who was the host governor,
urged South-west Muslims to continue to embrace peace as the 2019 general
elections are fast approaching.
who noted that it is only in the atmosphere of peace that meaningful
development can be witnessed, commended MUSWEN leadership for promoting
religious harmony in the region.
former President of the organisation and chairman, Board of Trustees, Prince
Abdul-Jabar Bola Ajibola, who stressed the need for unity among Muslims in
South West with credible leadership, noted that in the last 10 years, MUSWEN
had made conscious efforts to have robust engagement with its internal and
said MUSWEN had taken genuine steps that have set the Ummah in the region on
the path of development and progress.
As Imam Recites the Muslim Call To Prayer in A Church Of England Cathedral
imam was filmed reciting the Muslim call to prayer in a Church of England
cathedral the night before Remembrance Day.
performed the call to worship in front of an audience of around 400 people in
Blackburn Cathedral last Saturday.
Arabic, the imam made the declaration: 'Allah is the greatest; I bear witness
that there is no other God but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is the
messenger of Allah.'
was part of a concert to commemorate the armistice and was carried out without
the church's permission.
Howell-Jones, the dean of Blackburn Cathedral, has said he 'partially agrees'
with calls for his resignation.
told The Sunday Times: 'I don't think this should have happened here. If people
are going to call for my resignation there's nothing more I can say or do to
people to pacify them because actually I agree with their arguments.'
call to prayer was part of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - an
anti-war Mass - organised by Blackburn Music Society.
second movement, which is sometimes omitted, is a traditional Muslim adhan
recited in Arabic.
dean only realised that the Muslim call to prayer was in the piece shortly
before it began and didn't want to cause upset by removing it, the newspaper
Howell-Jones said he never looked into the contents of the Mass because the
Blackburn Music Society regularly held events at the church and no controversy
had ever come of them.
thought the music society asked the imam, rather than a musician, for the part
on the advice of the Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum.
its website, it described itself as an organisation that 'builds stronger links
between different faith communities and promotes community cohesion and social
inclusion within Blackburn with Darwen'.
Ashenden, a former chaplain to the Queen, criticised the church for trying to
move from 'being a religious organistion to a cultural one'.
Howell-Jones stressed that Blackburn Cathedral was not only a place for
Christian people, but for all faiths.
conservative Republican MP Julien Aubert has put his name behind a series of
migrant integration proposals that would include banning the Islamic headscarf
in public institutions and make Muslims adopt French names to become citizens.
proposals come from a new 50-page booklet entitled the “Tricolore Booklet on
the Islam(s) of France,” which lists 18 proposals in total, published by the
Oser la France movement which was formed by Aubert last year, France3 reports.
to the booklet, the group say they would like to see all Muslim migrants
acquiring citizenship from naturalisation, marriage, or by being born in
France, to change at least one of their names to a traditional French name.
would show a desire for integration (for the adults) and, for the children
allow them, if they wish, to change their usual first name by inverting it with
a second or third name more adapted to the national culture,” Mr Aubert said.
also defended the proposed extended ban on the Islamic headscarf saying, “The
coexistence of micro-nations in the same territory can only lead to
ban would see the headscarf prohibited in public institutions such as publicly
owned companies and universities. The ban, according to Aubert, could also
extend to the streets under certain conditions.
booklet also cited a Jordanian study which claimed that the Islamic veil
stunted development in children, contributed to vitamin D deficiency, and even
led to hair loss, as reasons to ban pre-pubescent girls from wearing the
role of Islam in French society has been a heated source of debate in the past
several years with President Emmanuel Macron proposing reforms in the way Islam
operates in the country including reforming the foreign financing of mosques,
as well as the influence of foreign nations on Islam in France.
September, a report linked to the proposed reforms was released by
French-Tunisian Islam expert Hakim el Karoui of the Montaigne Institute who
said that support for radical Salafist ideas dominates Islamic intellectual circles
and that bookshops were full of Salafist
there has been a push to reform Islam in France, there has also been a recent
pushback against the ban on the full-face veil that was made illegal to wear in
public in 2010.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due in Iran on Monday for talks that will
focus on a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, his office
British official will meet with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif, in the capital Tehran, according to Hunt’s office.
Hunt will be the first Western official of his rank to visit Iran since the
United States — formerly a party to the deal — unilaterally withdrew from the
agreement in May.
administration of US President Donald Trump had been hoping to get the other
parties to the deal with Iran to likewise scrap the deal. Instead, they have
stressed that not only will they stick to the agreement but that they will also
work to sustain it in the face of increased US pressure.
a statement ahead of the visit, Hunt called the Iran deal “a vital component of
stability in the Middle East.”
(the Iran nuclear deal) needs 100 percent compliance though to survive,” the
British foreign secretary stressed. “We will stick to our side of the bargain
as long as Iran does.”
last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran
continues to adhere to all of its obligations under the deal, known as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite the US pullout, which also
entailed the restoration of unilateral sanctions on Iran and the countries
doing business with it.
IAEA is tasked with monitoring the technical aspects of the deal. It is yet to
post its latest verification and monitoring report on Iran on its website, but
Reuters has obtained a copy and reported its content.
partners in the deal, namely the UK, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the
European Union (EU), have been working on a financial mechanism that would
bypass the American monetary system and enable direct and secure payments to
the Islamic Republic, including for oil purchases, which the US sanctions have
attempted to hinder.
mechanism, known as the Special Purpose Vehicle, will likely be one topic of
discussion between Hunt and Zarif.
Donald Trump said his administration will get a full report in the next two
days about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir says a rogue operation was responsible for the
dissident writer’s slaying in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 but
insists Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had "absolutely" nothing to
do with the killing.
situation has created a diplomatic dilemma for the US president: How to
admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in
the Middle East.
be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or
Tuesday," President Trump said Saturday. That will include "who did
it," he said.
potential sign of the tension the incident has caused within the US administration
is the resignation on Friday of a top White House official responsible for
American policy towards Saudi Arabia.
Fontenrose, who had pushed for tough sanctions against the Saudi government
over the death of Khashoggi, resigned as the director for the Persian Gulf
region at the National Security Council, The New York Times reports.
reasons for her departure were not clear, but Ms Fontenrose recently travelled
to Riyadh to discuss American sanctions imposed against the Saudi officials the
US identified as responsible for Khashoggi’s death.
Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed President Trump
about Khashoggi’s death again on Saturday. White House press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders provided no details of his call but said the president has
confidence in the CIA.
the briefing, President Trump told reporters that when it came to the crown
prince, "as of this moment we were told that he did not play a role. We're
going to have to find out what they have to say." That echoed remarks by
national security adviser John Bolton, who said earlier this week that people
who have listened to an audio recording of the killing do not think it
implicates the crown prince.
despite Saudi denials, American intelligence agencies have concluded that the
crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing, one US official familiar with the
assessment told the Associated Press. The official was not authorised to
discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Others
familiar with the case caution that while it's likely that the crown prince was
involved in the death, there continue to be questions about what role he
United States government is determined to hold all those responsible for the
killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable," the State Department said in a
statement. "Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a
final conclusion are inaccurate. There remain numerous unanswered questions
with respect to the murder of Mr Khashoggi."
statement added: "The US government has taken decisive measures against
the individuals responsible, including visa and sanctions actions. We will
continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable who planned,
led and were connected to the murder. And, we will do that while maintaining
the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi
Trump said on Saturday Saudi Arabia was "a truly spectacular ally in terms
of jobs and economic development."
have to take a lot of things into consideration" when deciding what
measures to take against the kingdom, he said.
president has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very
poorly and has said "the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the
history of cover-ups."
he has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been
reluctant to antagonise the Saudi rulers. President Trump considers the Saudis
vital allies in his Middle East agenda.
police shoot, injure four Rohingya Muslims in camp raid
police shot and injured four Rohingya Muslims on Sunday, after detaining two
men accused of smuggling people out of a camp for displaced people in western
Rakhine state, a witness and police told Reuters.
20 police entered Ah Nauk Ye camp, about 15 km (9 miles) east of the state
capital Sittwe on Sunday morning, apprehending the two men accused of owning a
boat used in an attempt to smuggle 106 Rohingya out of the country on Friday.
rickety vessel, which carried 25 children among its passengers, had been bound
for Malaysia when authorities stopped it south of Yangon, detaining those on
board. The incident, and similar recent boat departures, have raised fears of a
fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 regional crackdown on people
Maung Aye, a 27-year-old Rohingya Muslim from the camp who witnessed the
shooting, told Reuters four people were injured in the incident, with two of
them in serious condition.
from the camp went out to look and police shot at people," he told Reuters
said the Rohingya surrounded them with swords and threw stones at them,
injuring some officers.
heard that Bengali from the camp tried to grab the arrested people back from
the police and police had to fire warning shots. I heard some Bengali got
injured. I don't know the details," said police inspector Than Htay from a
nearby police station.
people in Myanmar call the Rohingya "Bengali," implying they are
interlopers from Bangladesh.
Maung Aye disputed that version of events. He said the Rohingya did not attack
the police or try to grab the arrested men. He said police fired at residents
and not into the sky.
government spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer calls seeking comment.
of thousands of Rohingya have been confined to camps outside Sittwe since
violence swept Rakhine in 2012. They are denied free movement, access to decent
healthcare and education.
August last year, Solidarites International, an international aid group, warned
the conditions at Ah Nauk Ye, home to more than 4,000 Rohingya, were severe.
said the "natural environment" at the camp was "unsuitable to
human settlement" and warned of water shortages, poor access to livelihood
opportunities and communal violence.
years, the Rohingya have boarded boats organised by smugglers in the dry months
between November and March, when the sea is calm. The perilous journey to
Thailand or Malaysia, often undertaken in overcrowded vessels, has cost many
106 Rohingya detained off Yangon on Friday were put on a navy ship destined for
the Rakhine camps on Sunday.
than 700,000 Rohingya fled a brutal army crackdown in the northern part of
Rakhine last year, according to U.N. agencies. U.N. investigators have accused
the Myanmar army of "genocidal intent" and ethnic cleansing.
denies the allegations genocide, saying it was battling terrorists. Attacks by
Rohingya insurgents preceded the army's crackdown that began in late August
to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees despite HRW warning
The Bangladesh government claims to have completed all necessary preparations
to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees to the newly formed Bhashan Char
(floating island) in the Bay of Bengal.
government has rendered a deaf ear to concerns raised by climate change
experts, human rights activists and the refugee community itself about the idea
of relocation to the floating island who call the desolate place
Kamal, disaster and relief management secretary of the Bangladesh government,
said the government has completed “90 percent of preparations in this regard.”
told Arab News that the Bangladesh navy is assisting in construction units for
Rohingya refugees and building a dam to protect the island from high tides and
government has built 120 cyclone centers and 141 sheds to ensure comfortable
living for Rohingya. Here, the inhabitants will enjoy proper sanitation and
bathroom facilities as well,” Kamal said.
of the sheds will accommodate 16 families and the refugees here will get the
opportunities for livelihood through cattle rearing, vegetable cultivation and
other income-generating chores,” he added.
although the preparations are almost over, Kamal could not confirm the exact
date when the authorities will start the relocation process.
think the government may consider the relocation of the refugees after the
general election which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 30,” he said.
US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has strongly opposed the relocation idea. In
its recent 68-page report, the HRW warned that the floating island is still
“uninhabitable” and “formed only in the last 20 years by silt from Bangladesh’s
island can be “completely submerged during an event of high tide” which will
endanger the lives of the people on the island, the report said.
to HRW, the island is completely separated from the mainland by about 30
kilometers, which would “essentially turn the island into a detention center.”
to the HRW report, Kamal said: “We have taken all safety measures and addressed
all the relevant security concerns.”
Rohingya refugees who are proposed for relocation to the island have also
strongly rejected the idea.
Awal, 35, a refugee living in Kutupalang camp, told Arab News: “This relocation
to the island will restrict all our movement and eventually it will be a sort
of isolation from the mainland. I don’t think any of my fellow refugees will
comply with this idea.”
Akkas, 42, another refugee of the Jamtoli camp, said: “I have heard about the
relocation. However, it’s not clear to me what will happen during the
devastating cyclones and medical emergencies. Is it practical to travel 30
kilometers through the rough sea during any emergency situation?“
experts and human rights activists in the country also echoed the voice of the
HRW, which opposed the idea of relocation now.
Shahidul Islam, a renowned climate change expert from Bangladesh, termed the
island as “the most vulnerable place for human beings.”
area is highly prone to high tide and cyclone. During any high tide, the island
may be completely submerged under water,” said Islam, a professor at Dhaka
believes that this relocation will cause “serious ecological” repercussions and
create “ocean pollution” in the Bay of Bengal.
may also increase the risk of international human trafficking since the area is
isolated from the mainland and accessible to the traffickers through water,”
in Cox’s Bazar, huge environmental damage has been caused by the Rohingyas.
Now, if they are relocated to the newly built Bhashan Char, it will also create
irreparable loss to the ecology and environment of the island,” Islam said.
Khan, an eminent human rights activist, said the relocation would “isolate the
refugees from the mainland and will make them vulnerable to natural disasters.”
if it is inevitable that the refugees will be relocated to the island, the
government can make it free for all the concerned stakeholders so they all can
experience the reality on ground and make suggestions on the relocation idea,”
Khan pointed out.
fighters of the Red Unit of Taliban and several other militants suffered
casualties during the operations and airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province
201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the 02
unit of the Afghan military in Nangarhar conducted operations with the support
of the Air Forces in Khogyani district, leaving at least 30 militants dead.
statement further added at least three Taliban militants also sustained
injuries during the same operations and airstrikes.
the meantime, the 201st Silab Corps said a number of the Red Unit fighters of
the Taliban group are also among those killed.
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban have not commented
regarding the report so far.
U.S. Special Adviser for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
eyes a peace agreement with the Taliban group ahead of presidential elections.
Khalilzad cautiously expressed optimisms regarding the reconciliation between
the Afghan government and Taliban and said he expects a breakthrough until
April of 2019.
the meantime, informed sources have told Western media outlets that Ambassador
Khalilzad met with the Taliban political leaders in Qatar during separate
meetings which lasted for three days.
meetings were reportedly attended by Taliban leaders Khairullah Khairkhwa and
to the reports, the Taliban militants have demanded the suspension of
presidential elections and formation of a transitional government.
arrived in Kabul last week to the meet with the Afghan leaders and officials
ahead of his trip to Qatar.
Office of the President, ARG Palace, said last week that Ambassador Khalilzad
briefed President Ghani regarding the ongoing efforts for an Afghan-led and
Afghan-owned peace process and his planned trips to certain countries.
The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban
by April 2019.
Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and
the Afghan government, told reporters at the US embassy in Kabul that he hopes
‘a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year’, when Afghanistan is
planning to hold a presidential election.
Afghan-born US diplomat said he remained ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the
peace talks, adding that the end state of the talks would be “peace and a
successful Afghanistan, one that doesn’t pose any threats to itself and to the
international community”. He said there is an opportunity and potential for
reconciliation and peace although the roots of the conflict in Afghanistan are
complex as it not only has internal dimensions but also external. “The Taliban
are saying that they do not believe they can succeed militarily and that they
would like to see the problems resolved by peaceful means and by political
negotiations … and I know the international community particularly the US also
likes that,” he said.
US envoy described his mission as ‘difficult and challenging’ but said there is
a potential and that “all sides need to organize themselves to seize the
potential opportunity and to put Afghanistan on the path towards political
settlement and end to the war and the conflict that is on-going.”
pressed the Kabul administration to form an ‘authoritative and inclusive’
delegation that could represent the Afghans, adding that the Taliban have
already formed a team. He did not directly reply to a question about reports
regarding suggestions to delay the presidential elections and form an interim
government. “The important issue in Afghanistan is peace … the US supports
peace and the US supports efforts of the election commission for holding that
elections. I hope that the Taliban and other Afghans would use the election
date as a deadline to achieve peace agreement before then. That will be my hope
… I think that will be the hope of Afghans as well because the sooner we get
peace the better it will be … because violence will end, participation will be
broader, the outcome will be more broadly accepted. But it happens or not, it
is not only in the hands of the government but the other side, the Taliban,
must also agree,” he said.
US envoy has been shuttling between Qatar-based Taliban and the Afghan leaders
in Kabul over the past few days, trying to broker a settlement to end the
conflict in Afghanistan. He returned to Kabul on Sunday after wrapping up his
meetings with the Taliban in Qatar where they have political office.
Taliban official, aware of the Taliban political activities, confirmed to Daily
Times that Khalilzad held a series of meetings with the Taliban for the second
time in less than two months.
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid and the group’s political office refused to
comment on what was discussed in the latest round of meetings. However, a
Taliban official, who has knowledge of the Qatar negotiations, said the Taliban
and the US have not reached any decision like release of prisoners held at
Bagram and in Afghan jails, reopening of the office and lifting travel ban and
other sanctions on the Taliban leaders.He told Daily Times that Taliban want
delaying the upcoming presidential elections and formation of an interim
government in Afghanistan under an impartial personality who should lead the
Taliban official, who requested not to be identified, said Khalilzad has
suggested a deal in six months, however Taliban argue the time is not enough
and it should be extended. He also proposed a ceasefire and that the talks
should continue during the ceasefire. “Taliban have rejected the suggestion of
ceasefire and insisted progress on their demands,” he further said. He
confirmed the participation of the Guantanamo inmates Mullah Khairullah
Khairkhwa and Mulla Fazil in the talks with Khalilzad for the first time.
Taliban leaders – Mullah Abbas, Noorud Din Turabi and Amir Khan Mutaqi – also
reportedly travelled to Qatar to join the meetings.
Taliban have inducted senior leaders in the negotiation team for the formal
talks, however the Afghan government has yet to form its team.
has also postponed his visit to Pakistan, apparently due to his hectic meetings
with the Taliban negotiators, the US embassy and Pakistani officials confirmed
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