Photo: The Chinese government says it has been facing a rise in Islamic extremism, especially in Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.
ISIS ‘Operatives’ Had Differences over Picking India Chief: NIA
President Xi Urges Chinese Muslims to Resist Religious “Infiltration”
Muslim Passenger Kicked Off American Airlines Flight After Attendant Announced Over Tannoy: ‘I'll Be Watching You’
Turkey Declares Three-Month State of Emergency
Bangladesh Court Jails Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia's Son
Judicial Panel Slams Nigerian Army, Police, SSS for Zaria Massacre of 347 Shi’ites
Mali Extends State of Emergency After 17 Soldiers Are Killed
Israel and majority Muslim African country Guinea to establish ties
Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary Activities Commences
Kolkata Police Aim to Stifle Online Recruitment by Terror Groups
Maharashtra Government Has Rolled Out ‘Deradicalisation Policy’ For Muslim Youths
Gujarat: Muslim Group Expresses Solidarity with Dalits, Seeks Ban on Gau Raksha Samitis
India shame: VHP sought death penalty for Akhlaq’s family
Pakistan trying to destabilise India: Rajnath Singh
Use English and Urdu only ‘when required’: Union Minister Uma Bharti to officials
Telangana: Congress slams TRS govt for ‘harassing’ Muslim officials
Malaysia’s counter-terrorism efforts draw India’s attention
International People's Tribunal Declares Indonesia Responsible for 1965-1966 Mass Killingsi
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U.S. Muslim Leaders Seek To Counter Recruiting Of Youth By ISIS
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Turkish Democracy Stronger Than Ever After Failed Coup Attempt: Deputy PM
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Germany urges swift end to state of emergency in Turkey
Turkish soldier linked to Erdoğan hotel attack captured
Turkish officers fleeing failed coup attempt go on trial in Greece
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Austria summons Turkish ambassador over pro-Erdoğan demonstrations in Vienna
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Defense minister visited Nangarhar to launch major anti-ISIS operation
IMF approves $45 million financial arrangement for Afghanistan
Key Taliban commander killed during a clash in Ghazni province
Bangladesh arrests top JMB militant blamed for Dhaka attack
Syrian Warplanes' Offensive in Homs Leaves Tens of Militants Dead
Saudi Jets Launch Airstrikes on Serwah, Central Yemen
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Syria Urges UN Condemnation of Beheading Palestinian Kid in Aleppo
Syrian Army, Allies Seize Back Control of Key Communication Tower in Aleppo
Syrian Army Repels Terrorists’ Onslaught in Aleppo
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PM Sharif Cancels His Address to Nation on Kashmir Issue
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Judicial Panel Slams Nigerian Army, Police, SSS for Zaria Massacre Of 347 Shi’ites
JULY 20, 2016
A colossal failure of intelligence is to blame for last December’s massacre of at least 347 members of a Shi’a Muslim group in Zaria, a judicial commission of inquiry into the killings says in its report.
The commission, set up by the Kaduna State government, said the Nigerian Army, Police and the State Security Services, failed in their responsibilities, thereby allowing the killings by the army to occur.
The Shi’a Islamic Movement said it lost more than a thousand members in the attack that took place between December 12 and 14 at its headquarters.
The judicial panel said it could confirm 349 deaths – including a soldier. It said that military officials refused to cooperate with investigators, hindering the panel’s ability to know the exact number of deaths.
The army claimed it killed only seven Shiites for blocking a public road and attempting to assassinate its chief, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general.
The report did not blame Mr. Buratai for the deaths. It indicted the General Officer Commanding the Nigerian Army 1st Division in Kaduna, Adeniyi Oyebade, a major general, and A.K. Ibraheem, a colonel, who led the operation.
It also recommended the trial of officers who partook in the killings and criticised the security agencies for choosing brute force over basic intelligence in responding to civil unrest.
The report was submitted to Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Friday, but its details are not public yet. PREMIUM TIMES obtained the report exclusively.
The 13-man panel, led by Mohammed Garba, a judge at the Federal Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, said the Nigerian Army and security agencies have intelligence capabilities but failed to put them to use.
“The clash between the Nigerian Army and the IMN from 12-14 December, 2015, reveals a glaring failure of intelligence. The SSS, the NPF as well as the Nigerian Army all have intelligence functions in their mandates.
“The Nigerian Army failed to by all indications gather sufficient intelligence that could have been used to follow another route for example, thereby avoiding the clash,” the panel said.
The commission condemned the sloppy attitude of security agencies towards their job, saying they might have allowed themselves to be infiltrated by the IMN when the reverse should have been the case.
“This inadequacy and the reluctance of these agencies to provide vital information requested raise concern on how well they are doing their work.
”There is also an allegation that has made the rounds that it is the IMN members that have infiltrated the security agencies of the country rather than the order way round. This is indeed a very worrying situation,” the commission said.
The commission lambasted Nigeria Police for their role in the bloodbath.
“While the NPF was present at the beginning of the clash, they explained to the commission that they took the decision to withdraw from the scene and go and defend their police stations, suggesting thereby that they had no responsibility for law enforcement at the scene of the clash.
“The 1999 Constitution task police to for detection and prevention of crime and apprehension of offenders.”
While the report did not blame the federal government for any role in the killing, or its response after, it criticised the government for failing to take “proactive measures” against “seemingly dangerous groups and organisations” by failing to implement previous reports.
“Testimonies of witnesses and stakeholders who appeared before the commission point to reasonable conclusions that there was a lack of political will on the part of the federal government to take proactive action against seemingly dangerous groups and organisations.
“Many witnesses pointed to the non-implementation of recommendations of reports of previous commissions of inquiry relating to this group and others who have posed grave threats to peace and harmonious living. Of particular relevance have been the reports of Galtimari and Sheikh Lemu Presidential commissions pertaining to Boko Haram insurgency.
Amongst 33 recommendations, the commission advised the Kaduna State Government and the federal government to take intelligence gathering serious, facilitate training and equipment for security agencies and ensure that Islamic groups like the IMN are placed under regular surveillance.
July 21, 2016
WHO WILL head the Islamic State (IS) in India? It was this question that led to differences within members of the terror group, claims a chargesheet filed by the NIA in a special court in Delhi.
The chargesheet, filed Monday, stated that to elect the “Ameer-e-Hind”, the man to lead the members to establish “Khilafat” in India, the alleged IS members held their first meeting on November 1, 2015. The meeting ended in a deadlock, after an “infuriated” Yusuf-al-Hindi, an IS handler now based in Syria, disagreed over the choice made by six members. The decision by the alleged members was later overturned and Yusuf-al-Hindi’s man declared “Ameer-e-Hind”.
The chargesheet — against 16 suspected IS operatives — said the meeting in Lucknow was held “with an agenda to establish Khilafat in India and formation of an organisation, namely Junoodul-Khilafa-Fil-Hind (Army of Caliph of India)”.
It said the meeting was hosted by one of the accused, Mohammed Aleem of Lucknow, and was attended by other accused — Nafees Khan, Mudabir Mushtaq Shaikh, Mohammed Hussain Khan, Rizwan Ahmed, Ikrama and Mohammed Aleem. The NIA alleged that members at the meeting decided that 23-year-old Ikrama, who hails Madhya Pradesh and belongs to the Darul-uloom in Deoband, should be made the “Ameer for the whole of India”, but Yusuf was “infuriated” with the decision.
“He was not happy with the decision taken in the meeting as Ikrama was not senior enough to become an Ameer… Yusuf made a voice call to Nafees’s phone on Skype… As suggested by Yusuf, the post of ‘Ameer-e-Hind’ was decided to be given to Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh,” the chargesheet said, adding that Ikrama was designated as Askari Ameer (battalion commander) and Nafees from Bihar was declared Maliyat Ameer (head of finance).
According to the chargesheet, a second meeting was held on November 25, 2015, this time in Bengaluru in the house of accused Mohammed Afzal.
It was attended by accused-turned-approver Abdul Ahad and other accused Mohammed Afzal, Asif Ali, Syed Mujahid, Najmul Huda and Nafees. In this meeting, the NIA claimed, the structure of the organisation in Karnataka was decided and while the post of Ameer was kept vacant, Nafees was named his deputy, Najmul Huda as the battalion commander and Asif Ali as the Media Ameer.
It said Yusuf “advised” Ameer-e-Hind Mudabbir to “learn to make a time-bomb by using a mobile phone”. “At the instance of Yusuf, Mudabbir purchased a Yeptel mobile, a soldering rod, soldering wire and also conducted experiments,” the chargesheet stated.
President Xi urges Chinese Muslims to resist religious “infiltration”
The Chinese government says it has been facing a rise in Islamic extremism, especially in Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.
china-muslimBEIJING: Chinese Muslims should promote social harmony and resist illegal religious “infiltration”, President Xi Jinping said while visiting a mosque in a heavily-Muslim part of western China, state media reported on Thursday.
There are about 21 million Muslims in China, ranging from the Uighur people who live in the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang to the Hui, many of whom are highly Sinified, and other ethnic groups.
China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom, but rights groups say the officially atheist ruling Communist Party seeks to restrict religious practice, especially for Muslims. China strongly denies such charges.
Touring Ningxia, home to about 2.4 million mostly Hui Muslims, Xi said Chinese Muslims should practice their religion as part of Chinese society and “carry forward the patriotic tradition”, the official China Daily said.
“Religions in our country, the endemic ones and those from abroad, have become deeply embedded in the Chinese civilisation, whose history covers more than 5,000 years,” Xi said while visiting a mosque in Ningxia’s regional capital Yinchuan.
“They will continue to flourish while taking root here.”
Muslims must “resolutely oppose illegal religious infiltration activities” and promote religious and social harmony, Xi said, the official Xinhua news agency added, without elaborating.
Beijing blames foreign extremists for stirring up tensions, particularly in Xinjiang, where it says it faces a determined campaign by extremist separatists who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.
But many rights groups and exiles doubt the existence of a coherent extremist group in Xinjiang, and say Uighur anger at repressive Chinese policies is more to blame for the unrest.
Thursday 21 July 2016
Mohamed Ahmed Radwan had boarded a plane in Charlotte, North Carolina and the flight attendant went to the tannoy and said: “Mohamed Ahmed, Seat 25-A: I will be watching you.”
The employee made no other announcements about any other passenger.
Mr Radwan asked the employee why she had made the announcements. She reportedly responded that he was being “too sensitive”.
The passenger then reported the incident to two other American Airlines employees.
He was told he must leave the plane as he had made the first air stewardess “uncomfortable”.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint about the incident, which happened in December last year, to the Department of Transportation after failing to resolve the matter directly with the airline.
CAIR’s staff lawyer, Maha Sayed, wrote in the complaint that Mr Radwan was “singled out” and “unjustifiably” removed from the plane due to racial discrimination.
“Given the continuing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate crimes occurring throughout the United States, this type of reckless and harmful conduct should not be tolerated by our nation's airlines, which are legally charged with safely carrying all individuals who are rightfully present in an equal and nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to their religious affiliation or ethnicity,” the letter read.
“This incident is particularly troubling given the recent wave of incidents in which airline personnel have arbitrarily removed passengers of Muslim and/or Middle Eastern background without an objectively reasonable cause or explanation,” Ms Sayed added.
An American Airlines spokeswoman said in a statement: “American [Airlines] was contacted by CAIR earlier this year. We thoroughly reviewed these allegations and concluded that no discrimination occurred. We serve customers of all backgrounds and faiths and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”
In April, a Muslim woman was removed from a Southwest Airlines plane at a Chicago airport after she had asked to switch seats as she was told she had made the flight attendant “uncomfortable”.
A Muslim family of five were also escorted off a United Airlines flight in March for “how they looked”. They said they had asked staff if there were any safety harnesses for their three children. The pilot told them they had to leave as it was “a safety issue”.
Turkey declares three-month state of emergency
Thu Jul 21 2016
The Turkish government declared a three-month-long state of emergency throughout the country late on July 20, in a bid to tighten its grip on security as it launched extensive operations against suspected members of the outlawed organization allegedly behind the recent failed military coup attempt.
The primary implication of the decision taken by the cabinet, in line with Article 120 of the constitution, is the limitation it will impose on basic rights and freedoms without requiring legal regulations by decree law.
According to the law, a state of emergency can be declared by the cabinet, led by the president, after taking the National Security Council’s (MGK) opinion into consideration. It can be applicable in specific parts of the country or throughout the country for up to six months.
The law enables state of emergency exercises in situations of natural disasters, epidemics or intense economic depression, as well as at times when the country faces threats to its constitutionally-protected free and democratic order and indicators of violent acts targeting basic rights and freedoms. It can also be put into force when public order is seriously disrupted by violent incidents.
According to the law, ministries will be tasked with coordinating the state of emergency, while there will be a coordination commission and there also may be state of emergency councils. Governors will also play a more effective role during this period in terms of both security and local governments.
During a state of emergency, detention periods can be extended beyond 48 hours, which is the maximum amount of detention time before suspects can be tried by a court under normal constitutional procedures.
The state of emergency will also allow authorities to impose limited or full curfews, as well as prevent people from gathering or traveling at certain times or in certain places. Body, vehicle and property searches and the seizure of potential evidence will be authorized as well. People will also be asked to carry their IDs with them everywhere.
The authorities will also be able to ban the pressing, publishing, distributing and replicating of certain newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, books and leaflets, as well as seize such publications that were banned previously. Controlling, recording, and banning certain speeches, scripts, pictures, films, records, theaters and films, as well as audio and image records and all audio-related broadcasts, will also be possible.
The practice will limit certain individuals’ or groups’ entrance to certain places and will permit removing them from certain places. Public gatherings and meetings, marches and parades can be banned or postponed by the authorities. The operations of associations can also be stopped without exceeding three months.
The parliament will be tasked with discussing and finalizing the state of emergency decree laws within 30 days and it has the authority to reject or approve it with or without making amendments. If parliament rejects a state of emergency decree law, it will be dismantled. All approvals, amended approvals and rejections will be made not by parliamentary decisions but through law.
The practice also allows law enforcement officers to shoot individuals who violate surrender orders or attempt to exchange fire, or in self-defense situations. Probes regarding such cases will also be carried out without suspects being arrested.
The last state of emergency was declared in Turkey in July 1987 in a number of the country’s southeastern provinces and lasted until November 2002.
Bangladesh court jails opposition leader Khaleda Zia's son
DHAKA: A Bangladesh court Thursday sentenced the eldest son of the main opposition leader to seven years in prison for money laundering, a move that could end his political ambitions.
The high court convicted 51-year-old Tarique Rahman, overturning a 2013 acquittal by a lower court, and sentenced him to seven years in jail.
Rahman, who lives in exile in London, is the eldest son of opposition leader and two-times former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and was considered her political heir apparent.
“The high court said Tarique Rahman influenced political power to help his close friend Giasuddin Mamun to get and then launder 200 million taka ($2.5 million),” Deputy Attorney General Moniruzzaman Kabir told AFP.
“Mamun took the money as a bribe for securing a power plant contract for a construction company and laundered the money to a Singapore account.” Kabir said Rahman had taken 45 million taka from the account.
He was sentenced to seven years in jail and fined 200 million taka, the attorney general said. Rahman will now be barred from politics unless the Supreme Court overturns his conviction, Kabir said.
There was no immediate comment from Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
The BNP has been weakened by its decision to boycott the controversial 2008 elections and subsequent crackdowns on the opposition by the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Full report at: saharareporters.com/2016/07/20/judicial-panel-slams-nigerian-army-police-sss-zaria-massacre-347-shi%E2%80%99ites
BAMAKO, Mali — Mali extended a state of emergency for 10 days on Wednesday, after a spate of attacks by armed groups killed dozens and destabilized the vast desert country.
The government’s council of ministers also declared a three-day period of mourning for the 17 soldiers killed in an attack on an army base on Tuesday that was suspected to have been carried out by Islamic extremists.
Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/07/21/world/africa/mali-islamic-extremists.html
After a 49-year break, Israel and Guinea, a majority-Muslim country in West Africa, reestablished diplomatic ties on Wednesday.
Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold and Ibrahim Khalil Kaba, the chief of staff of Guinean President Alpha Condé, signed the declaration in Paris reestablishing ties.
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Full report at: jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-and-majority-Muslim-African-country-Guinea-to-establish-ties-460944
Monrovia – The Inter-Ministerial and Agencies’ Steering Committee on Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary has released the Calendar of Events to mark the observance with unarguably Liberia’s only medical doctor, who is also a renowned biomedical research scientist, an inventor, and political activist at the same time, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, M.D., selected as this year’s National Orator.
Dr. Nyan, who hails from Killepo-Towroken, River Gee County, holds a degree in human medicine from the Humboldt-Universität-University zu Berlin Medizinische Fakultät – Charité in Germany.
Full report at: frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/politics/1497-liberia-s-169th-independence-anniversary-activities-commences
Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/islamic-state-india-chief-head-nia-2926804/
Kolkata Police aim to stifle online recruitment by terror groups
Amid reports that the terror groups were “luring” and “inducting” vulnerable youths into their fold through social media and networking sites, the Kolkata Police has decided to recruit around 100 software and networking experts on contract for its Special Task Force (STF), that will keep an eye on such activities on the Internet.
The West Bengal Home Department has given its green signal to the Kolkata Police for an immediate recruitment of 40 such experts on contract in the initial stage. The move was initiated after Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar stressed on the need for better monitoring of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter where the police believe terror groups “spot” potential recruits.
Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/islamic-state-kolkata-police-aim-to-stifle-online-recruitment-by-terror-groups-2926852/
Maharashtra government has rolled out ‘deradicalisation policy’ for Muslim youths
After almost a year of deliberations, the Maharashtra government has rolled out its “deradicalisation policy” for Muslim youth. The initiative is being called “Guidelines regarding, Economic, Social and Education Development of Minority Youth and Remedy for positive change.”
“For ensuring the integration of boys and girls from the minority community into the mainstream of development is necessary to create an awakening among them and explain to them the hurdles in their development. It is also necessary to facilitate a positive change in them and increase their role in social development,” the policy states. It also lists the steps that each department should take to ensure better integration of the community.
Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/deradicalisation-policy-for-muslim-youths-maharashtra-government-2926504/
Gujarat: Muslim Group Expresses Solidarity With Dalits, Seeks Ban On Gau Raksha Samitis
Expressing solidarity with Dalit victims of Una, Ahmedabad Muslim Youth Group Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Ahmedabad collector, seeking banning of gau raksha samitis across the state and registration of criminal cases against policemen for their alleged dereliction of duty.
Activist and advocate Shamshad Pathan, who led the delegation to the collector, alleged that the “connivance” of the police in the brutal flogging of Dalit youths in Una was quite “clear”.
Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/gujarat-muslim-group-expresses-solidarity-with-dalits-seeks-ban-on-gau-raksha-samitis-2926819/
Bishahra: After registration of an FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family in the Dadri lynching episode, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has demanded death penalty for the family.
According to a report published in The Hindu, a meeting was held on Monday in Bishahra, which was attended by Senior VHP functionary Jugal Kishor and other VHP activist .
Kishor put forward the demand of death penalty of Akhlaq’s family after UP police registered an FIR against them under the U.P. Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, and the Animal Cruelty Act .
Full report at: siasat.com/news/india-shame-vhp-sought-death-penalty-akhlaqs-family-988854/
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday squarely blamed Pakistan for the present unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and also said the government will set up a panel to find an alternative to pellet guns used by security forces to control protesters in the Valley.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-trying-destabilise-india-rajnath-singh-989018/
New Delhi: Union minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday made a pitch for the use of Hindi in administrative works, saying it is “shameful” that the people of the country are yet to free themselves from the “slavery” of English language even after 68 years of Independence.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/use-english-urdu-required-union-minister-uma-bharti-officials-989008/
Rajnath warns Pak ‘Chingari ka khel bura hota hai’
New Delhi: Urging all opposition parties to unitedly tackle the ongoing turmoil in the Kashmir Valley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan must fix its internal matters rather than trying to destabilize India.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been closely monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and in discussion with us. India is united in its stand that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of our country. Unity in diversity has always been our strength despite Pakistan’s attempts to destabilise us. Pakistan instead of fixing its internal matters is trying to destabilise India,” Singh said in the Lok Sabha.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/rajnath-warns-pak-chingari-ka-khel-bura-hota-hai-988979/
The Telangana government is facing flak over its treatment of Muslim officials after Wakf Board’s Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Asadullah went on long leave and Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali rebuked senior IAS officer and Minorities Welfare Department Secretary Syed Omer Jaleel in full public view recently. The Congress has slammed the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government for harassing Muslim officials and staff, especially those working in Minorities Welfare Department.
Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/telangana-facing-alleged-harassment-from-trs-ministers-muslim-officials-go-on-leave/
Full report at: freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2016/07/21/president-xi-urges-chinese-muslims-to-resist-religious-infiltration/
July 20, 2016
INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown serious interest in Malaysia’s moderation agenda and its counter-terrorism efforts, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
During his 45-minute meeting with Modi on Tuesday, he said Modi asked extensively about Malaysia’s de-radicalisation module, anti-terrorism legislation and welfare of Muslims.
Modi told him Malaysia had vast experience in combating terrorism and extremism, and he wanted to know more about terrorism preventive laws such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) 2015 and the Special Measures Against Terrorism in Foreign Countries Act 2015.
“I explained to him that such laws are not punitive legislation, but are more preventive in nature.
Full report at: thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/21/malaysias-counterterrorism-efforts-draw-indias-attention/
Jakarta. The International People’s Tribunal in the Hague declared on Wednesday (20/07) that Indonesia was responsible for committing crimes against humanity during the 1965-1966 mass killings which killed between 500,000 to one million suspected communists.
The military-backed purge against Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) members and their sympathizers paved the way for the rise of former President Suharto's New Order regime.
The final verdict of an international panel of judges stated Indonesia must be held accountable for ten gross human rights violations that happened in 1965-1966, including genocide against members, followers and sympathizers of the PKI and supporters of President Soekarno as well as members of the Indonesian National Party, or PNI.
Full report at: jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/international-peoples-tribunal-declares-indonesia-responsible-1965-1966-mass-killings/
Avid players of smash-hit mobile phone game Pokemon GO in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, are not letting religious decrees or security warnings get in the way of their mission to catch their next cartoon creature.
Nintendo's augmented reality app, in which players walk around real-life places to hunt virtual characters on their smartphone screens, has become an instant hit globally, almost doubling the market value of the Japanese game-maker.
But not everyone is cheering it.
Full report at: in.reuters.com/article/us-nintendo-pokemon-indonesia-idINKCN1010NM
Full report at: independent.ie/world-news/north-america/muslim-passenger-kicked-off-american-airlines-flight-after-attendant-announced-over-tannoy-ill-be-watching-you-34901114.html
U.S. Muslim leaders seek to counter recruiting of youth by ISIS
Jul 20, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – The recent arrest of a Muslim teenager on suspected terrorism charges in the quiet town of Brownsburg here in Indiana alarmed Rima Shadid.
For the past year, as executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, she has often been the face of the Islamic community for non-Muslims. She's tried to dispel the notion that her faith equates with extremism.
But charges against Akram Musleh, 18, jolted her.
Full report at: batesvilleheraldtribune.com/news/local_news/u-s-muslim-leaders-seek-to-counter-recruiting-of-youth/article_d965d5b2-27f3-54ff-a5e1-3179c5b3accf.html
A campaign that aims to register one million Muslim voters by November is in full swing, as organizers and volunteers canvass college campuses, bus stations, and gas stations in Muslim neighborhoods across the United States.
The "One America" campaign, launched in December and spearheaded by the US Council of Muslim Organizations, is part of a broader effort among American Muslims to increase voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election. If successful, organizers say, the campaign could impact the outcome of the election and give Muslims a more prominent voice in American politics in the future.
Full report at: csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0720/Why-US-Muslim-leaders-want-more-Muslims-to-vote
BOSTON —Just after sunrise, at an outdoor prayer service in Boston to mark the final day of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslim leaders and the mayor issued a call for peace after recent terrorist attacks.
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"The tragic shootings in Orlando. That was a devastation to this country, and it shocked us," said Imam Shaykh Yasir Fahmy.
"I'm here to pray with you, to support you," Mayor Walsh told the crowd. "I want you to know that we stand with you."
Full report at: wcvb.com/news/first-muslim-police-captain-in-boston-working-to-educate-people-about-his-religion-and-unite-community/40806274
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-declares-three-month-state-of-emergency.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101896&NewsCatID=341
Pro-coup sniper on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge tower shot dead during coup attempt
A sniper from the faction within the Turkish military that attempted to carry out a coup was shot dead by special operations police on the night of July 15, after climbing up the Asian-side tower of Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and targeted civilians confronting the soldiers on the bridge.
The sniper, who allegedly shot several civilians from the tower of the bridge, was later shot dead by a police officer, sources said, adding that his body was later found on the bridge deck.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/pro-coup-sniper-on-istanbuls-bosphorus-bridge-tower-shot-dead-during-coup-attempt--.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101904&NewsCatID=341
Turkish democracy stronger than ever after failed coup attempt: Deputy PM
Turkey's democracy is stronger than ever after last weekend's failed military coup by uniting Turks across the political spectrum, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek said on July 21.
"The environment for political compromise is stronger than ever," Şimşek told broadcaster NTV in an interview.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-democracy-stronger-than-ever-after-failed-coup-attempt-deputy-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101903&NewsCatID=341
Evaluating the case for the extradition of U.S.–based cleric Fethullah Gülen, who has been accused of staging the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, is a “very high priority” for Washington, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass has said.
The evaluation “will depend on the scope and quality of provided evidence and how compelling the case [against Gülen] is. But I can assure you that we are committed to reviewing quickly, as soon as we receive the materials,” Bass told a group of reporters before a U.S. Independence Day reception at the consulate-general in Istanbul, commenting on how long it might take U.S. officials to review the documents.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/gulens-case-to-be-very-high-priority-us-envoy.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101902&NewsCatID=510
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged Turkey to restrict the state of emergency imposed after last week’s failed coup attempt to only the necessary length of time, and to end the measure as quickly as possible.
Steinmeier issued a statement late on July 20 in response to the declaration of emergency rule, urging the Turkish government to maintain both the rule of law and a sense of proportionality in its response to the coup attempt.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/germany-urges-swift-end-to-state-of-emergency-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101900&NewsCatID=351
A soldier linked to an attack on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s holiday residence during the July 15 failed coup attempt was captured in southwestern Turkey on July 21, security sources have said.
State-run Anadolu Agency quoted sources reporting that Lieutenant Ali Sarıbey is accused of being among the soldiers who attacked Erdoğan’s hotel in Marmaris.
Sarıbey was captured by police officers during a vehicle check in the Ula district of the southwestern province of Muğla.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-soldier-linked-to-erdogan-hotel-attack-captured.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101901&NewsCatID=341
Eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece after last week’s failed coup attempt went on trial July 21 for illegal entry.
The eight are being tried in the northern city of Alexandroupoli, where they arrived by military helicopter on July 16 after sending a distress signal to authorities.
If convicted, they face a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-officers-fleeing-failed-coup-attempt-go-on-trial-in-greece-----.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101905&NewsCatID=510
Two Turkish pilots who downed a Russian fighter jet in November 2015 on the Syrian border have been arrested and officials are looking into whether they have links to the Gülen movement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during an interview with Al-Jazeera late on July 20.
Underlining that the Russian Su-24 had been warned multiple times for violating Turkish airspace, Erdoğan said the authorities do not know whether the pilots’ decision to down the jet was influenced by their links to Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic scholar said to be behind the failed military coup attempt on July 15.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pilots-who-downed-russian-jet-detained-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101899&NewsCatID=338
Austria has summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Vienna to explain Ankara’s links to demonstrations in Austria in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is leading a crackdown after a failed coup attempt, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said on July 21.
Kurz told ORF radio that the ambassador would be asked whether Turkish officials encouraged thousands of people in Austria to take to the streets over recent days in support of Erdoğan after the attempt to unseat him.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/austria-summons-turkish-ambassador-over-pro-erdogan-demonstrations-in-vienna-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101897&NewsCatID=351
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said late on July 20 that he learned about the failed coup attempt on July 15 from his brother-in-law, not the intelligence services.
“It was my brother-in-law who first gave me the news. Initially my reaction was disbelief,” Erdoğan told Al Jazeera in an interview.
“I then had a conversation with [Hakan Fidan,] the head of the National Intelligence Agency [MİT], I was already with the Energy Minister [Berat Albayrak] on site and we decided to take a number of steps. One of the first steps involved my family and me taking a helicopter from where we were to Dalaman, and from Dalaman to come to Istanbul by plane,” he added.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-says-he-learned-of-coup-attempt-from-his-brother-in-law.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101898&NewsCatID=338
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1272231/bangladesh-court-jails-opposition-leader-khaleda-zias-son
TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghan military and security forces killed 50 militants from the Taliban and ISIL terrorist group in the country's Eastern province of Nangarhar, local media reported Thursday.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000641
Afghan army and Taliban suffer casualties in clearance operations: MoD
The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) reported casualties among the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces the Taliban insurgents in the latest clearance operations.
According to a statement by MoD, at least 5 Afghan soldiers were martyred and 64 militants were killed in the past 24 hours.
“The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan,” a statement by MoD said, adding that 5 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.
Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-army-and-taliban-suffer-casualties-in-clearance-operations-mod-01526
DHAKA: Bangladesh's elite security force said Thursday it had arrested a top regional head of the homegrown militant group blamed for an attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 20 hostages were murdered.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officers stormed a flat in an apartment building in the industrial town of Tongi, just north of the capital Dhaka, and arrested four members of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1272224/bangladesh-arrests-top-jmb-militant-blamed-for-dhaka-attack
The minister of defense General Abdullah Habibi has visited eastern Nangarhar province to discuss the launch of a major operation against the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in this province.
The provincial government in a statement said Gen. Habibi met with the provincial officials to discuss the launch of the operation.
Full report at: khaama.com/defense-minister-visited-nangarhar-to-launch-major-anti-isis-operation-01529
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday it has approved $44.9 million in three-year financial arrangement for Afghanistan.
According to IMF, the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) is aimed at helping to advance the authorities’ reform agenda, build confidence, and catalyze resources from donors.
The program supported by the ECF focuses on policies to maintain macro-financial stability and reforms that lay the foundations for private sector development, IMF added.
Full report at: khaama.com/imf-approves-45-million-financial-arrangement-for-afghanistan-01528
Wed Jul 20 2016
A key commander of the Taliban group was killed during a clash in the restive southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the Taliban commander identified as Mirza who was also famous as Hamza was killed during the clash.
According to a statement by MoI, Hamza was killed along with two other Taliban fighters after launching an attack on police check post in Qarabagh district.
Full report at: khaama.com/key-taliban-commander-killed-during-a-clash-in-ghazni-province-01525
Bangladesh's security force arrested four members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) on Thursday, including a regional leader of the banned group blamed for the Islamist attack on a cafe in Dhaka in which 22 people were killed, mostly foreigners.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided an apartment on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka and arrested the group's southern region leader and three other members, including a medical student, said RAB spokesman Mizanur Rahman Bhuiya.
Full report at: in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-attack-idINKCN1010R5
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian air force attacks on the terrorists' positions in the villages of Habra Sharqiyeh and Habra Gharbiyeh, East of Homs city, killed tens of militants and smashed their vehicles and equipment.
Six armored vehicles equipped with machine guns belonging to the ISIL Takfiri terrorists were destroyed by the Syrian air force.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000363
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Saudi war jets launched an air raid in Serwah district in Central Yemen’s Ma'rib Province, a local official said.
The official said the Saudi jets intensively bombarded al-Matar area in Serwah, however he did not referred to possible casualties of the aerial attack largely conducted on the residential area, SABA reported.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000524
TEHRAN (FNA)- Some Media reports claimed a large convoy of Iraqi paramilitary fighters arrived in Syria’s Palmyra (Tadmur) province on Thursday morning after taking a long hiatus from this front.
Al Masdar news website claimed in a report published on Thursday that the convoy was comprised of Iraqi fighters from Kata’eb Imam Al-‘Ali, Liwa Abu Fadl Al-‘Abbas, and Kata’eb Hezbollah,, these paramilitary units participated in several battles in Southern Aleppo before deploying to Palmyra.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000630
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL's attempts to break the army's first defense line in the Eastern parts of Salamiyah city in Hama province failed after air force warplanes entered the scene.
The Syrian air force airstrikes destroyed several military vehicles and ISIL bases in the region and the army forces could repel the terrorist group's heavy offensive against their bases in the Eastern parts of Salamiyah.
Residents of the nearby villages also joined the army to defend their homes and created a security belt around the Eastern parts of Salamiya.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000530
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced that the country's security forces have discovered a secret tunnel in Eastern Iran that the terrorists sought to use for sabotage operations.
"Two nights before, we discovered a 40-meter tunnel in the 20-meter depth of the earth in the Eastern parts of the country and they (the terrorists) intended to use it secretly in ripe conditions for conducting explosion and other operations," Rahmani Fazli said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Thursday.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000470
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two identical letters to the UN Secretary General and Head of the Security Council demanding condemnation of brutal slaughtering of a Palestinian boy by terrorists in Aleppo.
A videotape emerged online showing terrorists of the so-called “Norualddeen al-Zinki Movement” cutting off the head of a 12-year-old Palestinian child from his body in a camp hosting Palestinian refugees near Aleppo city, SANA reported.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000480
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces made eye-catching advances in Ithriya-Marina road in Southern Aleppo by conducting precision operations and retook control of Syriatel communication tower and the surrounding areas. During the surprise attacks, tens of ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000344
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army with the support of pro-government forces repulsed terrorists’ attack on army’s defense lines in Aleppo province, a military source said on Thursday.
The joint attack of the al-Nusra Front terrorists, Nour al-Din al-Zanki Movement and Faylaq al-Rahman militants was repelled by Syrian army forces in an area around the Castillo road in the Malah farms in Northern Aleppo and ended in large casualties for the terrorists, the source said.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000280
TEHRAN (FNA)- Lattakia province in Northeastern Syria has been the scene of the most severe fighting between the army forces and the militants with the terrorist groups sustaining heavy toll during the clashes.
News websites affiliated to the dissident groups reported that the Syrian army attacked the militants' positions and supply routes near Jabal al-Turkmen (Turkmen mountain) and Jabal al-Akrad (Kurds mountain) with different weapons.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950431000244
A third killed in Nice attack were all Muslim
Out of the 84 victims who died in the Nice attacks on France’s Bastille Day, at least 30 were Muslims, figures based on the types of funerals required by relatives released by local Nice authorities revealed Tuesday.
The Muslim victims came from or had roots in many different countries including Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, according to Otmane Aissaoui, head of a Nice mosque and president of the Union of Muslims of Alpes-Maritimes.
Full report at: worldbulletin.net/headlines/175241/a-third-killed-in-nice-attack-were-all-muslim
21 July 2016
He had the same surname as Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old extremist who killed seven people in south-western France in 2012 before being shot dead by police.
I rang Abdelghani, introduced myself as a journalist reporting on jihadism in the Nice area, and remarked on the coincidence of his name.
"Mohamed Merah was my little brother," he said in a soft Toulouse accent. I was startled.
We meet on Bastille Day. Abdelghani is wearing a T-shirt and a fake LA Dodgers cap. We find shelter from the sun at a cafe by a marina.
Full report at: bbc.com/news/world-europe-36838216
Islamic State waited less than 48 hours to claim responsibility for the horrific massacre in Nice in which at least 84 people – 10 of them children – lost their lives last Thursday night. This week Isis again moved swiftly to claim responsibility for Monday’s axe attack by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee on a train in Germany, in which four people were seriously injured before the attacker was killed by police.
Full report at: theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/21/islamic-state-atrocities-nice-bavaria
Two militants ‘involved in killing of Ahmedis, Shias’ shot dead in Karachi
KARACHI: The Counter-Terrorism Department police on Wednesday claimed to have killed two militants linked with the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi who were involved in targeted killing of members the Ahmedi and Shia communities.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1272117/two-militants-involved-in-killing-of-ahmedis-shias-shot-dead-in-karachi
PM Sharif cancels his address to nation on Kashmir issue
Lahore (Karachi): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has cancelled his address to the nation on the Kashmir issue ‘, according to UNewsTV.
With an aim to cash in on the prevailing unrest in the Kashmir Valley after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani’s killing, Pakistan is today observing ‘black day’ to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/pm-sharif-cancels-address-nation-kashmir-issue-988842/
ISLAMABAD: A two-member Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) fact-finding mission on Wednesday blamed flawed investigation for the rise in ‘honour’ killings and other crimes against women.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1272209/scba-team-says-murree-teachers-death-was-not-suicide
Mustafa Kamal’s party launched in KP
PESHAWAR: The Pak Sarzameen Party founded by former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal was launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.
The party leadership also announced the formation of organising committee to propose names for the provincial and divisional cabinets in two months.
The launch was announced by PSP general secretary Raza Haroon during a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club.
He was accompanied by PSP central vice chairman Waseem Aftab and other office-bearers.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1272195/mustafa-kamals-party-launched-in-kp
KARACHI/HYDERABAD: A day after the expiry of the tenure of Rangers’ special powers, the Pakistan Peoples Party-led provincial government appears to be in no hurry to give another lease of life to the paramilitary force’s task to police Karachi.
On May 9, the tenure of Rangers special powers was extended for 77 days only in Karachi division with effect from May 4. The 77-day period ended on July 19.
ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and US top commander in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson on Wednesday held talks on retuning of their cooperation for Afghan peace.
Commander of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan Gen Nicholson was on his routine visit to Pakistan during which he held discussions with the army chief on management of Pak-Afghan border and prospects of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. It was his first visit to Pakistan since President Obama earlier this month announced adjustments in the plan for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan leaving behind 8,400 troops through the end of this year and Nato renewed its pledge for its continued support to Afghanistan.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1272213/raheel-us-commander-discuss-afghan-peace-plan
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