Hindu, Muslim Families Swapped Kidneys, Saved Lives, Broke Stereotypes
Muslim Figures: Religious, Cultural Diversity Don’t Justify ‘Conflict’
World League Publishes ‘Mecca Document’ Encouraging Tolerance In Muslim
King Tells Trump Adviser Peace Can Only Come with a Palestinian State
Is Allegedly Forcing Its Muslims to Break Their Ramadan Fast
Front Suggests PAS Abandons Politics and Become Missionaries
and Jews Share Iftar at Marrakech’s Beth-El Synagogue
in Pakistan after Hindu Doctor Is Accused Of Blasphemy
By Jaish, Hizbul Mujahideen Tried Copycat Attack on CRPF Convoy In J-K
Civilian Killed, 30 Injured As Clashes Break Out Between Stone-Pelters,
Security Forces in Shopian
to Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah praise Saudi efforts to serve Islam
sentences two more French ISIL members to death
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terror group burns 5,000 acres of crops across Iraq: official
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hands over 188 Turkish children of suspected ISIS members
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Afghan NSA discuss border management
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refers Hamza’s bail matter to another division bench
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urges PM Imran to help urban Sindh get due rights
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forces seize 1000 Kgs of explosives; foil deadly attack in Kabul city
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Hindu, Muslim families swapped kidneys, saved lives, broke stereotypes
religious barriers, a Hindu man donated his kidney to a Kashmiri Muslim, whose
wife later donated her kidney to the Hindu donor’s wife.
Aziz Nazar, a carpenter by profession and aged 53, hails from Kareri village of
Baramulla district. Belonging to a poor family, Abdul had lost both the kidneys
due to urolithiasis (kidney stones) and was searching for a donor.
had registered his name on an app that matched donors and receivers.
Sujit Kumar Singh,46, from Bihar was also searching for a kidney for his wife
Manjula, 42, who was a patient of glomerulonephritis (a kidney disease) and had
both her kidneys affected.
Kumar Singh had also registered his wife's name on the app.
while Sujit's kidney matched with Abdul Aziz Nazar, his wife Manjula Kumari's
blood group matched with Abdul's wife Shazia (50).
of a Mohali, Punjab-based private hospital suggested the kidney swap after the
medical parameters of all four -- Abdul Aziz Nazar, Shazia, Sujit Kumar Singh,
and Manjula -- perfectly matched with each other.
Priyadarshi Ranjan who conducted all the four surgeries in a single day said
this kidney transplant was very tricky not because of religion but because of
the differences in inter-state organ transplant rules.
both the donors and recipients belong to different states the surgeries were
conducted in a third state.
faced three difficulties, namely the medical parameter, secondly the interstate
organ transplant rules and thirdly religion, which however was not an issue at
all as medical science believes in humanity," Dr. Ranjan said.
the four surgeries were conducted on December 3, 2018.
Aziz Nazar said it was not religion but the life which matters. "I feel
very happy that the kidney belongs to a Hindu," he said.
however, said that he did not get any financial help from state and the central
government. He has spent over Rs 7 lakh to get the kidney transplant done.
Sujit Kumar Singh and his wife Manjula Kumari are also happy after surgery.
were not getting the right kidney. I had never thought that a Muslim woman's organ
will save my wife's life," Singh said.
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Muslim figures: religious, cultural diversity don’t justify ‘conflict’
A historic anti-extremism document has been signed by 1,200 figures from the
Muslim world following a landmark gathering in the holy city of Makkah.
four-day conference, organized by the Muslim World League (MWL), was attended
by dignitaries, scholars, senior officials and leading thinkers who between
them represented 139 countries. The delegates also represented 27 components of
different Islamic sects.
Arabia’s King Salman was the first leader to sign the declaration and later
received the scholars in the holy city. The king was given the final Makkah
confirmed they sought to interact with all walks of life to achieve the
interests of human beings, promote noble values, build bridges, and to confront
injustice and hatred.
Makkah Declaration said that religious and cultural diversity did not justify
conflict and that civilized dialogue was the path to overcoming historical
called for legislation to deter people who promoted hate and instigated
violence, saying such laws would weaken the causes of religious and ethnic conflict.
It condemned attacks on places of worship, calling them criminal acts that
required a strong legislative and security response. It said the extremist
ideas that motivated these types of attacks needed to be challenged.
Makkah Declaration said it was everyone’s duty to fight terrorism, injustice,
oppression and the violation of human rights. It also urged greater
environmental protection, saying that wasting natural resources and causing
pollution breached the rights of future generations.
warned that Islamophobia stemmed from ignorance about the reality of Islam and
that people clung to the misdeeds committed by those claiming to be Muslims and
falsely attributing their acts to Islamic laws.
declaration called for non-interference in the affairs of other states as it
was an unacceptable violation, singling out the marketing of sectarian ideas or
attempts to impose fatwas.
recognized the principles of women’s empowerment, the rejection of their
marginalization, the degradation of their dignity, the minimization of their
role, or the obstruction of their opportunities in the religious, scientific,
political or social arena. It called for the protection of young Muslims’
identity with special attention to five key points — religion, homeland,
culture, history and language.
should be protected from attempts at deliberate or unintentional exclusion or
assimilation. Young people also needed to be protected from intellectual
extremism and the idea that there was a clash of civilizations.
people should be equipped with the values of tolerance, peaceful coexistence
and harmony in order to accept the existence of others, preserve their dignity
and rights and respect the laws and regulations of the countries they lived in,
the declaration added.
this week the conference heard that Saudi Arabia had fought extremism with
“determination and decisiveness.”
Arabia has strongly condemned and fought all forms of extremism, violence and
terrorism, with ideology, determination and decisiveness, and has opposed any
identification with them,” King Salman said in a speech delivered on his behalf
by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.
Arabia was committed to “spreading peace and coexistence and has established
international intellectual platforms and centers to promote these principles,”
the king said.
reiterate our invitation to stop the racist and xenophobic speech from whatever
source and under any pretext whatsoever,” he added.
MWL conference discussed topics including “Moderation in Islamic History and
Jurisprudence Heritage” and “Practical Programs to Promote Moderation Among
conference marked the start of several major regional summits in the Kingdom
this week. Arab League members and Gulf Cooperation Council leaders will
discuss Iran’s recent aggression toward Saudi Arabia and the wider region.
addition, dozens of member states from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) have been invited to attend the body’s 14th Islamic summit.
Muslim World League (MWL) has published a document on Wednesday that concludes
the sessions of the “Mecca Document Conference,” aiming to achieve peace
between different elements of the Muslim society, two days before the Islamic
seven-page long document has 29 different Islamic principles accompanied with
instructions of tolerance and equality while repelling hate preachers and any
sect considering the other “inferior”.
first page of the document stresses the importance of its issuance from Mecca,
the holiest city in Islam and the direction of prayer for more than 1.6 billion
Muslims around the world.
is a result of not truly knowing Islam… to truly know Islam, one needs
objectivity and getting rid of judgments,” the document says addressing the
trendy fear or hatred of Islam.
document rejects the interferences in the affairs of other countries
“especially through aiming for political dominance, economic greediness, or
encouraging sectarian ideologies.”
also addresses connecting a certain religion with the political practices of
its followers, stressing on the fact that all three monotheistic religions are
innocent of negative practices.
eliminate causes of conflicts related to religion and culture, the document
encourages enforcing laws that set back hate preachers and encouragers of
violence and terrorism.
is everyone’s responsibility to counter terrorism and oppression and reject
violating human rights,” reads one of document’s 29 principles. The document
also stresses on women’s rights in Islam, including in religious, scientific,
political, and societal aspects, and discourages the wage gap between genders.
document in concept is similar to one called “the Medina document” which was
written in the time of Mohammed, the prophet of Islam. It was a constitutional
document that aims to unify the principles of living and achieving peace
between different elements of society.
king tells Trump adviser peace can only come with a Palestinian state
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner on Wednesday met Jordan’s
king on the second leg of a mini-regional tour aimed at finding support for his
Israel-Palestinian peace plan, the royal palace said.
Abdullah II insisted on the “need to intensify efforts to achieve a
comprehensive and lasting peace based on the two-state solution that would
guarantee the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with east
Jerusalem as its capital.”
advisers Kushner and Jason Greenblatt met with King Abdullah and the official
Petra news agency said the two parties “discussed regional developments,
especially efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
remarks, which were carried in a palace statement, were made in the presence of
who is seeking support for his long-delayed but controversial
Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, arrived in Jordan from Morocco, where he met
King Mohammed VI. Moroccan officials declined commenting on Kushner’s visit.
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is scheduled to travel to Israel next.
Moroccan king chairs the Al-Quds Committee, an organization that brings
together supporters of the Palestinian cause in the Arab world.
was created by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation to work for the
preservation of the religious, cultural and urban heritage of Jerusalem.
United States is expected to roll out the economic aspects of the peace plan at
a conference in Bahrain on June 25-26.
“Peace for Prosperity,” the Bahrain gathering is expected to bring together
leaders from several governments, civil society and the business sector.
a key US ally, has not yet said whether it will attend the June 25-26 meeting
in Manama, capital of Bahrain. The Palestinians have already said they will not
attend the summit and have rejected the Trump administration’s Mideast peace
plan out of hand.
have boycotted the US administration since Trump broke with decades of
consensus and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.
has said the conference will focus on the economic foundations of peace between
Israel and the Palestinians. The conference will not include core political
issues, such as Palestinian statehood.
office said the conference was a “pivotal opportunity... to share ideas,
discuss strategies, and galvanize support for potential economic investments
and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement.”
Palestinians see this as offering financial rewards in exchange for accepting
ongoing Israeli occupation.
at promoting an economic normalization of the Israeli occupation of Palestine
will be rejected,” said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine
on American political and military support, it will be difficult for Jordan
reject the invitation. But with most of its people of Palestinian descent, it
will be difficult to embrace a plan that does not include a Palestinian state.
meeting in Rabat focused on developments in the Middle East and North Africa as
well as strengthening the partnership between Morocco and the US, a palace
spokesman told AFP.
tweeted that he and Kushner shared an iftar dinner — the traditional meal to
break the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — with Morocco’s
king, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
you to His Majesty for a special evening and for sharing your wisdom,”
Greenblatt wrote. “Morocco is an important friend & ally of the United
year, Muslims observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting in
which they aren’t supposed to eat, drink, smoke or have sex from dawn to dusk.
It is a time of reflection and repentance, and a lesson in abstinence. And it’s
already kinda hard because they’re not supposed to even sip water during this
time. But apparently, China never got the memo.
in China are allegedly being big bullies and targeting members of the Muslim
minority Uyghur community, who mostly live in the Xinjiang province, to break
their fast before the sun sets. Forcing them to eat and drink with the threat
of punishment not only violates Islamic rules of Ramadan, but is a brutal way
to treat a community that is already under much pressure in the area.
distressing, and it’s insulting to our dignity,” said Dolkun Isa, president of
the World Uyghur Congress, an advocacy organisation in Munich that defends the
rights of the Uyghur Muslim minority. He claims that not only are restaurants
being forced to open up during the day, but Muslims working in Chinese companies
are also being harassed into eating and drinking during their lunch breaks.
Even shops owned by Muslins have been told to either continue selling
cigarettes and alcohol over the course of the month or face being shut down
Muslim majority nations like Doha have rules in place that expect even expats
and tourist to respect the Ramadan tradition and prohibit them from eating,
drinking or smoking in public, most Muslim nations have remained largely silent
about this. Despite widespread criticism by Western countries and advocacy
groups on how China treats its Uyghur minority, these countries are apparently
quiet to avoid making China angry.
most notable of this silent lot is Saudi Arabia, whose king holds the title of
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, two of Islam’s holiest sites. The Middle
East is an essential economic partner for China and even provides oil to help
fuel its growth. However, despite all this clout, a news agency in Xinhua
reported that in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping this month,
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said that the kingdom “is willing to strengthen
exchanges with China at all levels.”
fact, during his visit to China earlier this year, the Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman, appeared to condone the way China was treating Uyghur Muslims,
saying, “We respect and support China’s rights to take counterterrorism and
de-extremism measures to safeguard national security,” according to local
China is reportedly up to some pretty messed-up stuff. They’ve been reportedly
destroying long-standing mosques and even throwing Uyghur Muslims into
“vocational training centres” that are widely criticised for basically being
concentration camps. Women have been banned from wearing the traditional hijab,
men have been banned from growing beards and an app is tracking movements made
by Muslims. And while China has reportedly been trying to ruin Ramadan for a
few years now, incidents appear to have increased this time around.
is allegedly because of a campaign China is running to keep Muslim nations
quiet and cooperative. Over the last six months, it has focused on members of
the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in a campaign considered so vigorous
that people acquainted with this effort are even saying that some of the 57
member states are talking about the situation in China as a national security
to The Washington Post, people in the know of this campaign are even claiming
that China is relying heavily on Saudi Arabia and its main ally, the United
Arab Emirates, through direct appeals to the leadership of those two countries
in an attempt to get other Muslim states on their side.
already been a big shift in Saudi Arabia’s position on policies under the
leadership of the crown prince, who has tried to confront and co-opt
conservative religious principles in the kingdom to create a new identity for
Saudi, one that favours nationalism over religion.
of the pillars of Saudi legitimacy is they’re the guardians of the holy sites,”
says John Calabrese, director of the Middle East-Asia Project at the Middle
East Institute in Washington. “Others would expect that they would take a much
more forward-leaning stance on this.”
while Saudi’s silence speaks volumes, they aren’t the only ones. Even countries
like Pakistan, Egypt and Iraq aren’t saying much. In fact, Pakistan’s prime
minister, Imran Khan, has claimed twice in interviews that he’s in the dark
about the situation of Muslims in China, while the Indonesian government publicly
declared that it “would not interfere” in China’s “domestic affairs.”
country that comes closest to criticising China is Turkey, where Uyghurs
originate from, which broke the silence to call on China to close the “torture
and political brainwashing” centres.
its global Belt and Road infrastructure program, China will be spending $200
billion across 60 countries, which includes Muslim countries. They’re making a
rail link and developing property in Malaysia, running a high-speed train line
for Iran, and putting up ports and power plants for Indonesia. Even nations
like Egypt and Iraq are pretty pumped about this project.
oil-rich Saudi Arabia has no need for China to build roads or aid construction.
In fact, China is the world’s biggest importer of Saudi oil, even overtaking
the United States in 2009 by buying $46 billion worth of products from Saudi
Arabia in 2018, a year in which overall bilateral trade increased by 33 percent
to $63 billion.
Saudi Arabia’s traditionally close relationship with the United States came
into a controversy after Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing
columnist, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year, apparently
on the orders of the Saudi leadership.
many are speculating that Saudi is looking to make up for its diplomatic
isolation by becoming pally with China. Said He Wenping, research fellow at the
Institute of West-Asian and African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences, “A stronger relationship with China could help Saudi Arabia overcome
its increasing diplomatic isolation and help rehabilitate its image after the
front suggests PAS abandons politics and become missionaries
Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) suggests the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS)
abandons its political struggle to focus on Islamic missionary and propagation
of the Islamic faith.
a statement reported by the Leaders Online., the IRF director Ahmad Farouk Musa
says: “PAS could not and should not rule this country. In fact, they should
just abandon their political struggle and focus on becoming a dakwah movement
like Jamaat Tabligh.”
Jamaat Tabligh is a non-partisan international Islamic propagation missionary
movement that encourages Muslims to stick to their faith. It has a vast global
network and preaches non-violence and a strict adherence to Islamic rites and
IRF responded to the PAS central committee member Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali’s
calls on the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition government to establish Islam as
a supreme and true faith above all other religions.
is the only religion stated in the Malaysian Federal Constitution. Dr Mohamed
Azam Mohamed Adil in an article in the New Straits Times says when Malaya
gained independence on Aug 31, 1957, the words “Islamic state” were not
incorporated into the Constitution.
is the word secular found in the Federal Constitution. It was only on Sept 29,
2001, after 44 years of independence, during his tenure as the fourth prime
minister, Dr Mahathir made a declaration that Malaysia was an Islamic state,”
writes Mohamed Azam.
issue gained traction over the suggestions by some quarters to allow the
teaching of different religions in local schools.
PAS member says such suggestions was not acceptable, adding that teaching other
religions among school students may encourage Muslim youth to adapt religious
pluralism and thus challenge Islam’s rule. He also says interfaith
understanding is against Malaysia’s Federal Constitution.
Farouk on the other hand says PAS director Khairuddin’s statement is obvious
that PAS is unable or perhaps unwilling to accept Malaysia’s innate and present
about each other’s religion in such a diverse society like will foster
tolerance. This is to inculcate the spirit of togetherness as one community
despite having different faiths.”
[to understand different beliefs] would only lead to chaos and mayhem as what
we have seen in some countries that have been intolerant towards diversity.”
of PAS’s refusal to understand the importance of religious and cultural
tolerance, Farouk questions whether PAS can actually ever lead Malaysia./TISG
– For the holy month of Ramadan in Marrakech this week, Muslims prayed in front
of the Torah, before the Jewish Holy Ark of Beth-El. This meeting of religions
happened as the Beth-El synagogue hosted iftar, allowing Jews and Muslims to
break the fast together on May 21.
220 people gathered in the synagogue whose name translates as “house of God.”
In Morocco, while Islam is the official religion, all Abrahamic faiths are
and Muslims breaking bread together during Ramadan is a result of King Mohammed
VI’s policies, which actually “encourage more and more meetings between
different religions and children of Abraham, the repair of old synagogues, the
restoration of all these old Jewish mellahs.”
the two communities share Moroccan culture. “After the prayer, we blessed
Morocco and especially King Mohammed VI and his family. Then we went out for a
wonderful dinner, ” said Jacky Kadoch, president of the Jewish community of
pure happiness to be together, for a dinner shared with family, which was not
official,” said Jacky Kadoch. “This is the third year that we are organizing an
event during Ramadan.”
few minutes later, there is prayer. Since ftour was in the big courtyard of the
synagogue, I spontaneously proposed to the imam who was present if he wanted to
perform the prayer inside the synagogue. What he accepted with a lot of
enthusiasm,” said the president of the Jewish community.
evening was peaceful. Jacky Kadoch added, “There are tensions. Sometimes, we
look at the Jewish community from another angle because unfortunately there is
this concern that we all experience and feel, the Palestinian question, for
which we pray every day for it to be arranged, so that all world finds a space
to live serenely.”
in Pakistan after Hindu doctor is accused of blasphemy
set ablaze shops in Sindh belonging to Hindus after a veterinary doctor from
the community allegedly tore pages of a holy book and wrapped medicines in
them, according to a report.
doctor, identified as Ramesh Kumar, was arrested on Monday under the country’s
strict blasphemy laws after a local cleric filed a police complaint.
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced
set on fire
doctor was taken into custody while angry protesters set fire to a clinic and
shops owned by Hindus and burnt tyres on a road in Phuladyon town in Mirpurkhas
district in the province, The Express Tribune reported. There were reports that
the protesters also looted some shops.
the situation spiralling out of control, local authorities called in the
paramilitary Rangers to deal with the mob violence.
also registered a case against those engaged in rioting.
an unfortunate incident. We have taken the doctor into custody and are
investigating incident,” Senior Superintendent of Police Mirpurkhas Javed
Baloch said. He said a case has been registered and police have established a
picket in the town to deal with any untoward incident.
situation is now normal,” he said, adding that the police would take action
against those who have ransacked properties of the Hindu community. “We have
detained some suspects on charges of damaging properties,” he added.
Mirpurkhas Deputy Commissioner said the government would compensate those whose
properties were damaged during the violence.
large number of Hindus reside in the interior of Sindh province and in Karachi
and the Pakistan Hindu Council has complained in the past of minority community
members being targeted under the blasphemy law by people because of personal
form the biggest minority community in the Muslim-majority Pakistan.
to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to
the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country.
by Jaish, Hizbul Mujahideen tried copycat attack on CRPF convoy in J-K
National Investigation Agency (NIA) , which is looking into the March 30 failed
car bombing attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Banihal,
Jammu & Kashmir, has revealed that terror group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) was
behind it, and that it was inspired by another terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed’s
February 14 Pulwama bombing, according to two officials aware of developments
in the investigation.
two officials, neither of whom wanted to be identified, added that the terror
group thought the attack would “give international recognition” to it.
agency learnt about the conspiracy during the questioning of the HM terrorists,
including Hilal Ahmad Mantoo, Owais Amin (who drove the car into the CRPF
convoy), Umar Shafi, Aqib Shah, Shahid Wani and Wasim Ahmed Dar. They were
arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police after the attack.
NIA officer said that Mantoo, a PhD student from Central University of Punjab
who is believed to be close to the HM commander in South Kashmir, Dr Saifullah,
was also confronted last week with overground workers (OGWs) of the outfit,
identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Malik, Zakir Hussain Mir, Rafiq Ahmad Magray and
of them have claimed they received orders from the top brass of HM that the
outfit needs to do something like Jaish did in Pulwama. They locally assembled
a bomb using gelatin sticks, urea, ammonium nitrate, LPG cylinders and few
other chemicals but it was not a perfect bomb. They say they wanted to gain
international headlines so that Pakistan-based leader of HM Syed Salahuddin is
praised in that country,” said the NIA officer.
incident happened on March 30, one-and-a-half months after the Pulwama attack,
in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed by a Jaish bomber. India responded 12
days later with an air strike on a Jaish facility in Balakot, Pakistan. At
several points in those weeks, India and Pakistan were close to war. In the HM
attack, a Santro car laden with explosives hit a CRPF bus around 10 am when the
convoy was moving from Srinagar to Jammu. Nobody was injured in the incident.
Hizbul has not been able to carry out any major attack in Kashmir valley in the
last three years since a concerted crackdown by the security forces. Their
space has been occupied by JeM, which has mostly Pakistan-based cadres, so HM
members were desperate to revive the group by doing something on the same
lines. They could not carry it off,” a second NIA officer said.
central anti-terror probe agency is trying to find out if any JeM members were
involved in the Banihal attack.
Civilian killed, 30 injured as clashes break out between stone-pelters,
security forces in Shopian
civilian was killed and 30 others injured in clashes between security forces
and stone-pelters Wednesday at Pinjoora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Heavy clashes erupted in the area after security forces launched a cordon and
search operation on a tip-off about the presence of militants there.
search operation later turned into an encounter.
today, over 50 civilians were injured in clashes at Kulgam district when people
took to encounter site and clashed with security forces to help militants
Visitors to the Kingdom have praised the efforts of the Saudi government to
serve Islam and Muslims around the world, through development projects to
improve and preserve the Two Holy Mosques in the cities of Makkah and Madinah.
number of visitors at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah praised the efforts of
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to improve services provided
to visitors and Umrah pilgrims.
praised security measures, comfort facilities and the guidance they received
during their journeys.
Bouziane, a visitor from Algeria, called Saudi Arabia the “beacon of Islam and
peace for the whole world.”
Ahmed, from Sudan, commended the efforts of the Kingdom in the service of
Islam, Muslims and humanity, pointing to the 14th Summit of the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation, currently being held in Makkah, as proof of its dedication
to modern, tolerant and moderate religion.
Abdulmajid from the UK praised the government’s keenness to improve services
provided to visitors, as well as the implementation of large projects to ease
the performance of holy rituals, while Ghulam Murtada, from Pakistan, lauded
the continuing expansion of the Two Holy Mosques to allow more Muslims to visit
the holy sites.
than 1,300 volunteers are providing assistance around the clock to pilgrims at
the Prophet’s Mosque. SPA Madinah
has sentenced two more French ISIL members to death and their execution is
expected within three days.
ruling brings the total number of French former members of the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) to six.
men - identified as Karam el-Harchaoui and Brahim Nejara, both in their 30s -
are among a group of 12 French citizens who were captured by the US-backed
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in neighbouring Syria and handed over to Iraq in
other French ISIL members - identified as Mustapha Merzoughi, Kevin Gonot,
Leonard Lopez and Salim Machou - were sentenced to death on Sunday and Monday.
courts have placed on trial hundreds of foreigners, condemning many to life in
prison and others to death, although foreign ISIL members have not yet been
trials have been criticised by rights groups, which say they often rely on
evidence obtained through torture.
have also raised the question of whether suspected ISIL fighters should be
tried in the region or repatriated, in the face of strong public opposition at
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said earlier on Tuesday that his government
was working to spare the group of condemned Frenchmen from execution after Iraq
sentenced them to death, though France has made no effort to bring back the
captured ISIL fighters.
also reiterated France's position but said the ISIL members should be tried
where they committed their crimes.
are multiplying efforts to avoid the death penalty for these ... French
people," he said on France Inter radio.
did not elaborate, but said he spoke to Iraq's president about the case.
is outspoken against the death penalty globally. The sentencings in Iraq come
amid a controversy about the legal treatment of thousands of foreign fighters
who joined ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi warplanes killed on Tuesday 10 Islamic State militants
and destroyed two armored vehicles during an air raid in Salahuddin province.
Iraqi Air Force, in coordination with Salahuddin Operations Command, carried
out an airstrike targeting Islamic State terrorists in Allas district in
Salahuddin,” Alsumaria News quoted the Security Media Cell as saying in a press
air raids left 10 Islamic State militants killed and two armored vehicles
destroyed, including a booby-trapped one, the statement read.
operation also resulted in destroying two oil tankers at the site.
declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017
with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which
was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in
2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and
paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing
to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously
terror group has been setting fire to the livelihoods of Iraqi farmers in
Kirkuk, Salahaddin, Mosul, Al-Anbar and Diyala provinces, an Iraqi government
official said Tuesday.
Ministry of the Interior's Civil Defense General Director Kadim Salman told
Anadolu Agency (AA) that the terror group has burned 5,000 acres of
agricultural land, usually late at night.
said the government has formed crisis groups to prevent the burning of more
said the resources of civil defense directorates in the affected cities were
insufficient, and the directorates had requested emergency support from the
government. The government responded by providing them with vehicles and
equipment to aid their efforts to prevent and quickly intervene in crop fires.
to quickly put out the fires have been successful in many areas, managing to
save 11,000 acres of agricultural land from the flames, Salman said.
said Daesh has been setting the fires to take revenge on local residents and
farmers who did not support them against the Iraqi military as they lost power
in the country.
said Daesh is also attempting to cause wider damage by blasting power lines
passing through the agricultural areas, noting that security forces have an
important duty to prevent these attacks from happening.
Governor Rakan Said had previously told AA that the terror group tried to
punish impoverished Iraqi citizens by burning their most important income
source, the agricultural land.
June 2014, Daesh took control of more than a third of Iraqi territory,
particularly in northern Mosul and western Al-Anbar provinces. Iraqi security
forces managed to recapture most Daesh-held territory by December 2017, at
which time Baghdad declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been
the terrorists have adapted their tactics to insurgent-style attacks since they
were defeated and driven out of areas they controlled for years. Although the
threat of Daesh attacks in city centers has lessened, the terror group
continues to carry out attacks in rural areas.
Baladi News Website reported that the residents of the town of al-Sha'afeh in
Eastern Deir Ezzur found the mass grave in a home that was used by the ISIL as
noted that since the ISIL has used their house as its prison, it is possible
that terrorists before withdrawing from the region have executed the civilians.
a relevant development late in March, the bodies of over 300 victims of the
ISIL and the US air raids, including those of slain women and children, were
discovered in mass-graves and from under the rubles of destroyed buildings in
Kurdish-language Hawar News quoted al-Khamis as saying that the corpses of 304
people had been unearthed from a mass-grave in Fakhikheh region in Southern
Raqqa since early January.
added that most of the bodies belonged to the civilians, including women and
children, noting that some of the victims had been executed.
media activists reported that bodies of several civilians, most of them women
and children, were pulled out of the debris in al-Adkhar and al-Ta'aminat
districts of Raqqa in the past few days.
Qatari Emir, Turkish President, and Lebanese foreign minister will not be
attending the Mecca summits, according to media reports.
state news agency, Anadolu, on Wednesday announced that Qatari Emir Tamim bin
Hamad al-Thani will not be attending the Mecca Summits.
President Recep Tayeb Erdoğan will “most probably” not be attending the summit,
said Independent Arabic citing knowledgeable sources. Sources also told
Independent Arabic that Lebanese Foreign Minister and President of Hezbollah
allied Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, will also not be attending.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Lolwah Al-Khater said in a tweet that Prime
Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani would attend the summits, writing
that the region’s quickly escalating tensions made high-level participation a
“national and humanitarian duty to achieve collective security.”
emergency summits in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, on Thursday will discuss
tensions with Iran following attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United
Arab Emirates and drone strikes on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia, both
of which Tehran denies involvement in.
authorities handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected ISIS members to
Turkey on Wednesday at Baghdad airport, where they boarded a plane and prepared
to fly home, officials from Iraq’s judiciary and UNICEF said.
of the Iraqi judiciary and the UN agency were present until the children got on
Regional Chief of Communications Juliette Touma told Reuters the aircraft had
not yet taken off.
Iraqi judiciary spokesman said the group included several that had “come of
age” and been convicted and sentenced for illegally crossing the border.
Children can be held responsible for crimes in Iraq from the age of nine.
central investigations court, which is responsible for the terrorism file and
foreign suspects, has handed the Turkish side 188 children left behind by Daesh
terrorists (ISIS) in Iraq,” said the spokesman, Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar,
in a statement.
Iraqi foreign ministry official, a representative of the Turkish embassy in
Baghdad and representatives of international organizations including UNICEF
were present, Birqdar added.
reported in March that about 1,100 children of ISIS fighters are caught in the
Iraqi justice system.
youngest stay with their mothers in prison, and at least seven children have
died because of poor conditions.
hundred older children are being prosecuted for offences ranging from illegally
entering Iraq to fighting for ISIS.
185 children aged between nine and 18 have already been convicted and received
sentences from a few months to up to 15 years in juvenile detention in Baghdad.
is conducting trials of thousands of suspected ISIS fighters, including
hundreds of foreigners, with many arrested as the group’s strongholds crumbled
is keen for those who cannot be prosecuted to be sent home, but the issue is
legally complicated and politically toxic, and many nations have so far refused
to take them.
Baghdad court sentenced a Frenchman to death on Wednesday for joining ISIS,
bringing to seven the number of French militants on death row in Iraq.
Sakkam was among 12 French citizens transferred to Iraqi authorities in January
by a US-backed force fighting the militant group in Syria.
admit to having sworn allegiance” to ISIS, he told the court, saying he was
paid $70 (62 euros) a month. He added that he regretted his decision to join
the group, and asked to be pardoned.
now 29, left France in late 2014 to fight for ISIS, posting online pictures of
himself carrying arms and speaking to multiple media outlets about ISIS.
became one of the most notorious militants in France, which has been seeking
his arrest since 2016. Kurdish authorities detained him in Syria in 2017.
brother Karim carried out a suicide attack at the Iraqi-Jordanian border in
2015, according to the French Terrorism Analysis Centre (CAT).
sentence came despite France reiterating its opposition to capital punishment
this week amid a series of similar judgments against French citizens handed to
has taken custody of thousands of militants in recent months after they were
captured in neighboring Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
during the battle to destroy ISIS.
include hundreds of foreigners suspected of ISIS membership, raising the question
of whether suspected ISIS militants should be tried in the region or
has long insisted that its adult citizens captured in Iraq or Syria must face
trial locally, while reiterating its opposition to capital punishment.
law provides for the death penalty for anyone joining a “terrorist group” –
even those who did not take up arms.
on Wednesday, an Iraqi court sentenced Tunisian Mohammed Berriri to death for
joining ISIS, after a hearing lasting less than an hour.
24, admitted to joining the group, saying he thought it was “defending the
weak”, but said he now regretted doing so.
and the six other French citizens handed death sentences in recent days have 30
days to appeal. The remaining five French suspects face trial in the coming
trials have been criticized by human rights groups, which say they often rely
on evidence obtained through torture.
a statement sent to AFP, a group representing the families of French militants
asked the government in Paris to “do everything possible to stop this fatal
chain of death sentences” and to try them “on our soil”.
UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari says foreign-backed Takfiri militants based in
the northwestern Idlib Province are using civilians as “human shields,” stressing
the government’s commitment to protecting its people from the scourge of
Tuesday at a UN Security Council session on the situation in Syria, Ja’afari
said that the al-Nusra Front terrorist group, which occupies most of Idlib, continues
its acts of aggression against the region’s adjacent areas and the Syrian army
also emphasized that Syria reserves the right to safeguard its citizens from
will liberate all its territory from terrorism and from any illegitimate
foreign presence in the country,” Ja’afari said. “Syria will spare no effort to
rescue its citizens from the dominance of terrorist organizations in Idlib,
which take people as human shields and to put an end to the attacks of those
terrorists on civilians in the neighboring towns and cities.”
also complained that some Security Council member states have, since the
beginning of the Syria crisis, been trying to exploit the humanitarian issue in
order to defame the Syrian government and tarnish its image.
recent weeks, Syrian armed forces, backed by Russia’s air cover, have been
conducting counter-terrorism operations in areas surrounding Idlib, the last
significant militant stronghold in Syria.
week, the Syrian army warned civilians to leave Idlib amid preparations for a
final military campaign to flush terrorists out of the region.
in his remarks, Ja’afari slammed American occupation forces and their
affiliated terrorists for seizing thousands of civilians at al-Hawl and Rukban
further urged the Security Council to intervene in the US obstruction of the
Russian-Syrian efforts meant to end the sufferings of the camp residents and
prevent Turkey from changing the demographic nature of the regions its occupies.
presence of any foreign military force on the Syrian territory, without the
Syrian government acceptance, is an aggression and occupation,” Ja’afari said.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Wednesday called on Islamic nations to
reject Iran's "interference" in the affairs of other countries.
support for Houthi rebels in Yemen is proof of Iranian interference in other
nations' affairs and this is something that ... Islamic countries should
reject," Ibrahim Al-Assaf told a gathering of foreign ministers of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
also said the Kingdom condemned terrorist attacks aimed at threatening the
supply of oil and urged a political solution in Syria backed by the UN. The
meeting was a preparatory gathering ahead of the full OIC meeting on
Friday.Earlier, King Salman welcomed leaders and representatives from the GCC,
Arab countries and the OIC member states taking part in upcoming summits in
Makkah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
summits are taking place in the holy city this week and the king asked Allah to
make them a success for the good of Arab and Muslim nations.
Salman thanked Allah for his grace toward Muslims around the world as they
enjoyed the last 10 days of Ramadan. He hoped Allah would accept the prayers
and good deeds of the millions of Muslims who had come to Saudi Arabia to
perform Umrah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
Cabinet wished those taking part in the summits every success, welcoming the
start of an international conference organized by the Muslim World League under
the king’s auspices.
also praised the Kingdom’s progress in rising up the ranks of a global
competitiveness index. Saudi Arabia rose 13 places in the Annual Book of the
World Competitiveness IMD 2019 to place 26th.
Cabinet condemned terrorist bombings that targeted a marketplace in Mosul,
Iraq, and attacks on mosques, in Kabul, and Quetta, Pakistan. The Cabinet
offered its condolences to the families, governments and people of Iraq,
Pakistan and Afghanistan. It wished them a speedy recovery and reiterated the
Kingdom’s solidarity with these countries in fighting all forms terrorism and
of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet had dealt with a
number of reports on the latest regional and global developments. He highlighted
the Kingdom calling on the international community to take a firm stance
against the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
Army on Tuesday disclosed that it has killed two terrorists, who attempted to
cross into the Sambisa forest from Gwoza-Dure road in Borno State.
Sagir Musa, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, confirmed this in a
statement on Tuesday.
said that the incident occurred on Sunday as troops embarked on a fighting
patrol under the newly inaugurated “Operation Hallaka Dodo’’ by the 7 Division,
said that the terrorists were attempting to move into the forest with supplies
for their fellow insurgents when the troops engaged them.
said that assorted drugs and medicines meant for supply to their fellow
criminals in the forest were recovered from them.
Army spokesman added that although the situation within the general area of the
Division was calm, Operation Hallaka Dodo was being conducted by all Brigades
and Battalions in their areas of responsibility.
May 29 (Xinhua) -- Somali security forces on Tuesday killed a senior al-Shabab
terrorist and three other fighters as they intensified assault against the
insurgents in the Horn of Africa nation.
leader in Adala district and three al-Shabab terrorist were killed in Gaharey,
40 km from Adale," the ministry of information said on Tuesday evening.
ministry did not provide the identity of the senior al-Shabab leader killed.
was no an immediate comment from al-Qaida allied group al-Shabab on the latest
forces backed by African Union Mission in Somalia have stepped up operations on
al-Shabab in central and southern Somalia, conducting consecutive operations to
flush the militants out of those regions.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni promised the country’s Muslim community
Wednesday that a Muslim martyrs’ site will be established at Namugongo.
a township located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from the nation’s capital,
Kampala, is the site where in 1806 dozens of people who had just converted to
Christianity and Islam were killed on the orders of Mwanga II, a local king,
who feared they were more loyal to their new religion than to his authority.
Muslim, 22 Catholic and 23 Protestant converts were murdered. Protestants and
Catholics have established shrines which are thronged to every June 3 to
commemorate their deaths
hosting Muslims for a fast-breaking dinner, or iftar, at State House Entebbe,
Museveni said that just like Catholics and Protestants are now traveling to
their respective martyrs’ sites ahead of Martyrs' Day on June 3, Muslims would
also be able to commemorate their faithful who died at the site.
government will help in establishing the Muslim martyrs' site. We shall work
with the Muslim leadership to document the story of the Muslim martyrs and
develop a site in their memory just like we have done with the Catholics and
Protestants," Museveni said.
of travelers remained stranded in the Sudanese capital Wednesday as bus
terminal staff stopped work for a second day in support of protesters demanding
the ruling generals step down.
a bid to step up the pressure on the military council which took power after
ousting longtime president Omar al-Bashir, the Alliance for Freedom and Change
protest movement called for a two-day general strike starting on Tuesday.
of employees of government offices, banks, private sector firms and the docks
of Port Sudan observed the strike on Tuesday, insisting that only civilian rule
can lift Sudan out of its political crisis.
Wednesday, the capital’s airport began to return to normal after scores of
staff stopped work on Tuesday. But the flights of Sudanese airlines Badr,
Tarco, and Nova remained suspended.
the main bus terminal, stranded passengers were looking for private transport
to reach their destinations as bus company staff remained on strike.
is the second day I came to the bus terminal with my family and I am still
unable to travel,” said Mohamed al-Amin, who was trying to reach the eastern
state of Kassala. “Now I’m trying to hire a car with some other passengers.”
newspapers were unable to bring out their editions because their printers were
newspaper is not on strike but we were unable to print the edition because the
technicians were on strike,” the owner of al-Mjher newspaper, al-Hindi
of the two-day strike, protest leaders had said medics, lawyers, prosecutors,
and staff from the electricity, water, public transport, telecommunications,
and civil aviation sectors were set to take part in the strike.
army ousted Bashir in April after months of protests against his autocratic
rule, including a sit-in by tens of thousands outside Khartoum's military
the generals, backed by key Arab powers, have resisted calls from African and
Western governments to step down. Thousands of protesters remain camped outside
suspending talks last week, the two sides had agreed on many aspects of the
political transition, including its duration and the bodies that will oversee
And Politics Inseparable - Kelantan Islamic Development Chairperson
Islamic development committee chairperson Mohd Nassuruddin Daud believes that
Islam and politics are too intertwined to be teased apart.
is in light of Perak ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah’s recent order barring
political parties from holding events or exhibiting their logos in mosques and
about the order, Nassuruddin said he agreed with it but but brushed off the
need for such a rule in Kelantan.
issues do not arise in Kelantan. We only have religious ceramah in our mosques,
we do not talk about politics.
Islam and politics are inseparable. When we talk about Islam, this includes
talking about political Islam. There is no issue on whose words we follow, we
we do not use party logos, (party logos) should not be brought into mosques,”
he said when asked by the media in Kota Bahru, Kelantan last night.
is state assemblyperson for Meranti and also the Kelantan PAS information
Nazrin had issued the order after receiving complaints about politicians giving
religious sermons and using their party logos at mosques and surau in Perak.
a meeting with state Harapan, Umno and PAS leaders, he then suspended mosque
and surau committee chairpersons who had allowed political events to be
organised on their watch.
to state newswire Bernama, the ruler did not want Muslim places of worship to
be tainted or the congregation to be divided by politics.
May 29 — It is permissible for non-Muslims to distribute tithes to recipients,
said Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor today.
said in terms of fiqah (Islamic jurisprudence) non-Muslims could be made
representatives whether to receive or distribute tithes to recipients.
is only related to Mu’amalat (part of fiqah) such as tithe, nazar (vow) and
kaffarah (actions which can eradicate sins). However, worships which are
physical in nature (ibadat Badaniyah) such as prayers and fasting should not be
represented by others (non-Muslims),’’ he said at the breaking-the-fast and
payments of business tithes here.
on the pictures on the tithe distributions to recipients by several non-Muslim
elected representatives in Penang which viralled on the social media, he said
Penang Zakat (ZPP) only channelled tithes via numerous quarters including
Muslim and non-Muslim elected representatives to be disseminated among the
long there is no malpractice, in my opinion, it need not be turned into an
issue. As mufti, I wish to urge Muslims not to blow up a trifling matter like
this, but on the other hand must be more focused on extra important matters to
spur economic development and education of Muslims so they can achieve a higher
position and be on par with the other races,’’ he said.
LUMPUR: Saying some radicals are playing with race and religion to destablise
the nation, Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto today called for the setting up of a
Parliamentary Interfaith Commission, an idea first proposed by the Bar Council
more than a decade ago.
revisiting and establishing the Parliamentary Interfaith Commission, Malaysia
as a land where the world’s greatest religions congregate, will set a sterling
example to the rest of the world,” she said.
who is part of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on Rights and Gender
Equality, said there was a rise in “vicious comments and attacks” against Malaysians
of different faiths, ethnicities and beliefs openly and on social media, mostly
behind fake accounts.
Bar Council had mooted the formation of an Interfaith Commission of Malaysia in
2005 during a conference attended by 50 religious groups, political parties,
and civil societies.
was proposed that the commission would act as an independent advisory body,
conciliatory body, and a consultative body, to promote awareness of the tenets
and beliefs of different religions and faiths.
said the idea was shot down by “grossly flawed arguments” by those who claim
that it “could pigeon hole any particular religion, be it Islam or other
a time where opinions and comments on religion and belief can be viciously
attacked by derogatory, racist and xenophobic responses, the establishment of
this interfaith commission will act as a bridge to create platforms for
understanding, interaction and dialogue, be it academic, intellectual or
religious, to foster goodwill and unity among the different ethnicities,
religions and beliefs in Malaysia, within the parameters and framework of the
law and the Federal Constitution,” said the DAP leader.
welcomed a suggestion by PAS’ Kuala Nerus MP, Khairuddin Aman Razali, to
promote interfaith understanding by teaching Islam to non-Muslim students, but
said Muslims too should be taught about other religions.
his suggestion is welcomed in the spirit of unity, the same concept must be
accorded to our Muslim friends to learn, understand and respect other
religions, beliefs and cultures of Malaysians in this place we all call home.”
said Khairuddin had made a “far-fetched argument” by citing the Constitution’s
prohibition on the propagation of other religions to Muslims, adding that he
was “a classic example” of why a Parliamentary Interfaith Commission was needed
diversity in a New Malaysia must function as the bridge between the rakyat and
places of worship.
The West Jakarta Police's cybercrime unit arrested a former member of the
United States Air Force on Tuesday morning for allegedly fabricating
information aimed at discrediting the government, a spokesman said.
a video that went viral on social media, the suspect, Jerry Duane Gray, who
became a naturalized Indonesian citizen in 2010, said the current government
was dishonest and should be replaced by Prabowo Subianto, who was defeated in
last month's presidential election.
video was recorded by one of his friends, whom police are still trying to track
the current conditions in Indonesia are so awful; there is a lot of fraud being
committed by this regime. It is clear that there is a communist infiltration.
The people of Indonesia, not only Muslims, must be united until this country is
developed … until the name of the Indonesian president is Prabowo. The current
one, he must resign," Gray said in the video, referring to President Joko
the sake of the Republic of Indonesia, he must step down soon, don't wait until
October. It's too long," he added.
allegedly also spread false information about the presence of Chinese soldiers
among police personnel deployed to maintain order during the May 22 rally,
Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Argo Yuwono said.
he was arrested for [spreading] hatred and creating false news," Argo
arrived in Indonesia in 1985 and used to work as news cameraman for a national
television channel. He was arrested in the Kembangan area of West Jakarta.
said Gray was born in Germany and used to work in Saudi Arabia before moving to
spokesman said the suspect was seen near the offices of the Election
Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Central Jakarta during last week's riots.
seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German
European powers still claim Iran's regime is in compliance with the nuclear
deal, a new German intelligence report accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking
to build weapons of mass destruction.
News obtained a May 2019 intelligence document from the state of Bavaria
detailing Iran's nefarious weapons activities in the southern German state during
the previous year.
is a "risk country" that is "making efforts to expand its
conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction," wrote
the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution in its intelligence
Bavarian agency is the rough equivalent of the FBI without arrest powers.
to the intelligence report, weapons of mass destruction are defined as
"the spread of atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass
clerical regime had agreed to restrict development on its nuclear program in
exchange for economic concessions as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan
of Action (JCPOA).
the U.S. withdrew from the JCPOA, informally known as the Iran deal, in 2018
because the agreement did not prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapons
device, according to President Trump's administration.
Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, told Fox News on Tuesday: "We
know the Iranian regime is on the hunt for money to fund their malign activities
and so it is imperative that the U.S. and our European allies work together to
deny this regime the capital they seek. They will use secretive schemes and
dark money; we must be vigilant. They are strapped for cash."
Bavarian intelligence report charged: "In order to obtain the necessary
know-how and corresponding components, these states [Iran, North Korea,
Pakistan] are trying to establish business contacts to companies in highly
technological countries like Germany."
to the 335-page report that covers security threats to Bavaria, Germany's
criminal customs police prevented an electronic beam welding machine from being
transported to Iran. "The machine can be used for the production of
[missile] launch vehicles," noted the report.
connection with the machine, extensive attempts were made" to disguise the
actual customer in Iran," according to the intelligence document, citing
an end user company in Malaysia. The director of the Bavarian-based company
that sought to sell the welding machine was convicted of violating Germany's
export control law.
intelligence agency said it will continue "to monitor whether Iran
consistently and consequently complies with the agreement signed in July
2015." The United States government classifies Iran's regime as the
leading international state-sponsor of terrorism.
Efraim Zuroff, the director of the human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal
Center's Israel office and Eastern European Affairs, told Fox News: "If
there is a factual basis to the findings of the recently-published Bavarian
intelligence report, and I have no reason to doubt it, this has to be a shrill
wake-up call for the German government and its ongoing efforts to maintain the
nuclear agreement with Iran at all costs."
added: "Despite all the signs indicating the numerous weaknesses of the
agreement and the duplicity of the Iranians, the German government has
consistently tried to refrain from dealing with Teheran as a genocidal threat
to Israel and the promotor of terror all over the world. Time for Berlin to
wake and face the bitter reality."
member of an Isis cell nicknamed “The Beatles” has admitted his part in a plot
to kill soldiers, police officers and civilians in a series of drive-by moped
shootings in London.
Kotey, who is now in a jail operated by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces
jail in Syria, also admitted to helping to direct funds towards the attackers,
Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed, who were sentenced to life in prison in 2016.
had planned to shoot their targets from a moped in drive-by shootings at
Shepherd’s Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Barracks
in White City.
told ITV News the attack was intended to be part of a wider plan to create
sleeper cells in European countries.
said: “The idea was to plant people in countries so that if there was any
aggression from these countries they would have people who would conduct a
who is originally from London, also said he would arrange for donations made in
Britain to reach the terror group in Syria.
people would raise donations in Britain I would co-ordinate with them to send
money to us,” he said. ”I used my phone to communicate.”
revealed his role as a hostage-keeper for “The Beatles”, which he said involved
“extracting” information from western prisoners.
said he forced hostages to divulge the email addresses of relatives so he could
inform them their loved ones had been taken hostage.
Kotey denied he took part in any killings.
don’t see in my case it makes a very big difference if I was actually there or
not there,” he said.
added: “I have a lot of accusations against me, they are quite heavy
accusations so it wouldn’t change much if I said I was there or I wasn’t.”
year, government ministers were accused of misleading parliament on why the UK
dropped its opposition to the death penalty for Kotey and another member of
“The Beatles”, El Shafee Sheikh.
and Elsheikh, who had their British citizenship stripped, are likely to be sent
to the US for prosecution.
documents have named them as members of the cell, claiming they beheaded more
than 27 hostages and tortured many more.
top diplomat for EU affairs said on Wednesday that it is not possible to accept
“unjust and disproportionate criticisms” in the 2019 EU Commission report on
EU does not demonstrate impartial attitude towards Turkey because of the
prejudices arising from their own problems,” Faruk Kaymakci said.
European Commission published Wednesday a report on Turkey as part of EU’s 2019
Enlargement Package which includes country reports for the six Western Balkans
states and Turkey.
report praised the effective dialogue and cooperation in the field of migration
between the EU and Turkey, while it strongly criticized Turkey on the issues of
the rule of law, fundamental rights, freedoms, the new presidential system,
separation of powers and “growing political polarization”.
made good progress in the area of migration and asylum policy and remained
committed to the effective implementation of the March 2016 EU-Turkey statement,”
according to a statement by European Commission on key findings of the 2019
Report on Turkey.
report, on the other hand, criticized Turkey in terms of human and fundamental
rights, citing backsliding in some areas, including freedom of expression.
that the report reflects the EU's own existential crises, Kaymakci said that
populist movements correspond to the European public opinion as seen in the
European Parliament elections.
added: “EU cannot identify the current situation in Turkey correctly,”
stressing EU’s alienation from its founding ideology.
statements claiming that Turkey is moving away from European values are
inconsistent and invalid [...] Turkey is a part of Europe. Turkey is Europe,”
stressed that Turkey will contemplate on the consistent and reasonable
criticisms in the report.
report also praised high voter turnouts in the June 2018 presidential and
parliamentary elections and the March 2019 municipal elections, while
criticizing “the lack of conditions for contestants to compete on an equal
also criticized the reference to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) as
"Gulen Movement", describing it as if a civil society organization.
and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July
15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
DELHI: Guests arriving at the Pakistan high commission for the traditional
Iftar were harassed by Indian security personnel, in a repeat of a similar
happening during the Pakistan Day celebrations in New Delhi in March, reports
said on Wednesday.
may be prospects of a thaw in the Indo-Pak relations but ties at the ground
level continue to be hostile as the latest incident that occurred outside the
Pakistan High Commission shows,” The Tribune said.
is understood to have decided to protest against the harassment, it said.
to reports, videos have emerged of armed security personnel rummaging in
personal vehicles and plainclothes men asking invitees to produce identity
cards that were then photographed while those of presumably another security
agency were seen writing down I-card numbers of the invitees.
said the harassment might cast a shadow on the Iftar scheduled by Indian High
Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on Friday “as security agencies of both
countries reciprocate will full measure”.
close questioning of invitees, an aggressive search of some of the cars and
exhortations by uniformed and plainclothes security personnel was a repeat of
the intimidation on Pakistan Day celebrations at the same venue in March. At
that time, security personnel were heard asking invitees to join the Indian
government in boycotting the Pakistan Day celebrations.
have decided on a full court press [against Pakistan],” said an intelligence
official while declining to comment on the incident.
A special flight on Wednesday brought back 320 Pakistanis who had been stranded
in Malaysia mainly due to the closure of eastern airspace of Pakistan for
flight landed at the Islamabad International Airport at 10.10pm, over 45
minutes behind the schedule, as their friends and relatives sitting on the
floor waited for the deportees.
of the Pakistanis brought back to Islamabad on the special flight were detained
by the Malysian authorities as their tickets expired after the closure of
Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet that a special
flight of PIA would bring home 320 Pakistani nationals who were stranded in
Malaysian jails due to cancellation of direct flights. He said they were
imprisoned for expiry of visa or residence permits.
said the preparations for their return were directly supervised by foreign
minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a
special cell to facilitate the return. It included representatives of Pakistan
International Airline, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Pakistan Baitul Mal.
said Prime Minister Imran Khan had issued special directives for the return of
the detainees so that they could join their families on Eidul Fitr.
aviation division said in a press release that Pakistan Baitul Mal had released
Rs40 million for the repatriation of Pakistani prisoners, who had been stranded
in Malaysia due to the closure of airspace after the completion of their jail
terms in petty crimes.
cheque was presented by Baitul Mal chairman Aun Abbas to Aviation Minister
Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Special Assistant to PM on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfikar
PM had directed Bait-ul-Mal and Foreign Office to release Rs40m and Rs10m,
respectively, for bringing back the stranded Pakistanis, the aviation division
Minister Ghulam Sarwar said over 300 Pakistanis after being released were sent
to the Malaysian detainee camps after the Pulwama incident that led to the
closure of the airspace. He said the government was in contact with the
Malaysian authorities to launch a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Islamabad.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa discussed border management and the Afghan
reconciliation process with National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah
Hamdullah Mohib, National Security Adviser (NSA) of Afghanistan called on
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS). During the meeting,
matters related to mutual interest, peace and stability in the region,
Pak-Afghan border management and prospects for peace with particular emphasis
on reconciliation process in Afghanistan were discussed,” the Inter-Services
Public Relations said in a statement on Wednesday.
statement was issued a day after Mr Mohib visited Rawalpindi on a daylong trip
heading a delegation comprising Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi and other
officials on the invitation of Gen Bajwa.
Secretary Sohail Mahmood had reportedly attended the delegation-level talks in
visit precedes the likely visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Islamabad.
Ghani was invited for a visit when he phoned Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 5
for discussing ongoing peace efforts, security, and bilateral economic
Afghan president accepted the invitation for the visit during which he,
according to officials, would “hold comprehensive exchange of views on all
issues of mutual interest”.
Mohib’s visit also marks a sort of resumption of high-level contacts between
the two neighbours that had been virtually suspended since last November. The
last major interaction was under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace
and Solidarity forum when the two sides discussed repatriation of Afghan
refugees from Pakistan.
development took place amidst a deadlock in the ongoing talks between the
United States and the Taliban in Doha. The talks are stalemated over initiation
of an intra-Afghan dialogue and reduction in violence.
The joint investigation team (JIT), which was probing charges against Dr
Muzaffar Ghanghro that he had deliberately infected people with HIV in
Ratodero, has exonerated him from ‘intentionally’ spreading the deadly virus in
Irfan Baloch, flanked by Qambar-Shahdadkot SSP Kamran Panjotha who headed the
JIT, SSP Masood Bangah and ASP Mohammad Kaleem Malik, said at a press conference
at the SSP office here on Wednesday that the investigation had not proved that
Dr Ghanghro had intentionally spread the disease.
he said, the probe did establish that the doctor was one of the major sources
for the virus’ spread. The JIT learnt after interviewing 145 HIV victims that
125 of them had received treatment at the doctor’s clinic, leading to the
conclusion that he was a major source of spreading the HIV, he said.
Ghanghro was arrested on April 30 after an FIR was registered against him under
Section 324 on a complaint lodged by Abdul Sami, a member of Sindh Healthcare
Commission. He was accused of multiple use of syringe at his private clinic.
Baloch said the JIT which was also assisted by Dr Shahla Baqi, Dr Azizllah
Dhillo and Dr Sunail Dodani was of the opinion that the doctor did not follow
standard operating procedure for the use of syringes during his practice and
did not ensure hygienic conditions on the premises of his clinic.
said the JIT was of consensus opinion that reuse of syringe was the cause of
eruption of HIV cases in general population. He quoted reports of Sindh AIDS
Control Programme and said that so far 700 persons had been tested positive for
HIV in blood screening exercise and of them 550 were children, almost 80 per
cent of the cases.
said in answer to a question that the doctor himself was unaware of his being
infected with the HIV till he was diagnosed with the disease after his arrest
in the wake of surfacing of huge cases of HIV positive in blood screening.
if the JIT had investigated the ratio between intramuscular and intravenous use
of syringe, the DIG said that it was not the focus of the JIT, there might be
multiple factors for the spread the virus.
said the doctor’s ‘mental state’ was sound and the JIT had not found any
evidence of ‘revenge’ on his part in spreading the disease.
said that a new FIR would be registered against the doctor under Section 322 in
the light of JIT’s findings as the earlier FIR was lodged under Section 324.
said that Larkana Commissioner had constituted a task force for action against
the sleazy business of ‘repacking’ used syringes and selling them in the
market. “We are probing it but have made no headway so far,” he admitted.
said that crackdown against quacks would continue ruthlessly and expressed
shock at the murder of an HIV positive woman whose body was found hanging from
a tree in Dakhan town on Wednesday.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan on Wednesday
entrusted proceedings on the bail petition of Leader of Opposition in Punjab
Assembly Hamza Shahbaz to another division bench after the bench seized with
the case recused itself from hearing it following reservations expressed by the
bench comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Waheed Khan
will take up the bail petition on June 3.
a bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem had
been hearing the bail petition in multiple inquiries initiated against Mr Hamza
by the National Accountability Bureau.
to be held on June 3
Hamza on Tuesday personally told the bench that he had reservations on the
bench since NAB Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal made the bail proceedings
controversial by discussing them in a recent interview to the media. He said
the bureau’s chairman in his interview claimed to have influenced the formation
of the bench. He had requested the bench to not proceed with the matter to
protect integrity of the courts.
bench had admitted the request and recused itself from the matter, requesting
the chief justice to fix it before any other bench. Mr Hamza is facing
inquiries in the matters including Punjab Saaf Pani Company, Ramzan Sugar
Mills, money laundering and assets beyond means.
After the distrust expressed by Hamza Shahbaz, the division bench of Justice
Ali Baqar Najafi on Wednesday asked the counsel for former railways minister
Khwaja Saad Rafiq and his brother Khwaja Salman Rafiq whether their clients had
trust in the bench.
this, advocates Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervez said they and their clients
had complete trust in the bench. They had same answer when the bench asked them
to think again before further proceedings. At this, the bench adjourned hearing
till June 18.
NAB accused Khwaja brothers of establishing a housing project – Air Avenue –
which was later converted into a new housing project – Paragon City Pvt Ltd.
Paragon City, as per the NAB, was an illegal society and not approved by the
Lahore Development Authority.
notice: Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz on Wednesday replied
to the National Accountability Bureau’s call up notice instead of appearing
before it saying he had already furnished information mentioned in its
The PML-N has taken exception to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government’s move
of filing a reference in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against the alleged
misconduct of three superior court judges, saying it will strongly “resist this
attempt to weaken the guardians of the Constitution” at every forum, including
vice-president and former premier Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has
termed this action a “terror attack” on the country’s judiciary by the Imran
references against three judges of superior court in SJC is another dictatorial
step of this fake government. The saga of crushing the voice of judges had
begun with removal of a judge of the Islamabad High Court and now it has scaled
new heights,” she said.
a series of tweets, Maryam said: “The government is removing the judges one by
one who follow the Constitution and do not submit to its will. The incompetent
government of Imran Khan is responsible for defaming the state institutions.
This inept prime minister has caused unbearable loss to every institution and
put the country in danger.”
said her party would strongly resist the “fake government’s” conspiracy against
the judges having good repute.
urge lawyers, civil society, media persons and political parties to play their
role like they did when dictator Musharraf had taken a similar step,” she said.
former foreign minister and PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif tweeted:
“References by the government against members of superior judiciary are an
attempt to weaken the guardians of the Constitution. Independent judiciary
guarantees rule of law & PMLN will resist any attempt to curtail its
Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PTI was trying to impose its
will on the judiciary and violate the judicial process. “PM Khan does not have
the courage or the decency to respect disagreement or dissent whether it comes
from the floor of the parliament, the media or the court of law,” she said.
former information minister said the PML-N would resist this “attack on the
judiciary” in every way and at every forum. “PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif
fought for the supremacy of the judiciary under the most challenging
circumstances and led the movement on the road which God Almighty blessed with
said the parliament was the mother of all institutions and it knew very well
how to guard its constitutional status against “self-serving, agenda-driven”
individuals and groups.
A delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leadership led by
Federal Minister for Information Technology Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on
Wednesday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and demanded the premier hold an
investigation into the corrupt and illegal practice of denying the residents of
Karachi and Hyderabad their due rights in government jobs.
pleaded for ensuring that big cities like Karachi and Hyderabad get their due
right in developmental funds till the establishment of provincial financial
MQM delegation also asked for ensuring implementation of the establishment of
provincial financial commission for equitable distribution of NFC at the
on April 13, MQM-P had demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan to intervene in Sindh
to rescue the province in the aftermath of 18th Amendment.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will stress the need for solidarity and
unity at a summit in Makkah this week, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement
Arabia’s King Salman has invited 57 member states from the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to attend the summit which seeks to provide “a
valuable platform to exchange views and deliberate on a range of political,
economic and security issues of interest to Islamic countries,” the ministry
OIC has backed Pakistan in its dispute with India over the Kashmir region,
which both countries govern in part but claim in full.
prime minister will ... focus on the imperatives of solidarity and unity in the
Ummah, support for Muslim causes including Jammu and Kashmir, countering
growing Islamophobia, and ensuring educational and scientific excellence. As
one of its founding members, Pakistan has played a key role in advancing a
range of Muslim causes, in efforts to revitalize the organization,” the
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday, is
taking part in the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers meeting to finalize the
agenda ahead of the leaders’ session in Makkah.
earlier told reporters that the OIC summit was of immense significance as
Pakistan would discuss the current situation in the Middle East.
will present our point of view regarding the challenges faced by the Muslim
Ummah,” he added.
Cheema, an Islamabad-based analyst, said Saudi Arabia had a pivotal role in
making the OIC a constructive forum for addressing the grievances of the global
making the OIC vibrant, Saudi Arabia and
other concerned states need to initiate fresh dialogue to resolve bilateral
disputes among states and to develop a unified stance of global issues of
mutual importance,” Cheema told Arab News.
Vaqar Ahmed, from the Islamabad-based think tank the Sustainable Development
Policy Institute, said Pakistan needed to take this summit as an opportunity to
advocate closer trade and investment integration across Islamic countries.
a preferential trade arrangement should be discussed. This will also help create cross-border value
chains and help contribute to inclusive growth and job creation,” Ahmed told
year marks the 50th anniversary of the OIC’s establishment.
The police foiled a terror attempt, arrested a suspect with explosives,
detonators and dynamites here on Wednesday.
police on a tip-off conducted an operation in Shergarh area of Mardan.
operation, an extremist was apprehended with 25-kilogram explosives, 50
detonators and 12 dynamites.
detainee along with his accomplice was planning to target public places and
Arrest warrant issued for anti-Muslim monk Wirathu
Myanmar - A court in Myanmar has issued an arrest warrant against Wirathu, a
notorious Buddhist monk whose hate-preaching sermons against the Rohingya and
other minority Muslims have stoked religious tensions.
monk, who once reportedly dubbed himself the "Burmese bin Laden",
faces up to life imprisonment under the country's sedition law, which prohibits
stirring up "hatred", "contempt" or
"disaffection" towards the government.
have so far declined to say why Wirathu has been charged, but the monk recently
drew anger from senior officials for a series of speeches in which he attacked
Myanmar's de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
has not yet been arrested and his exact whereabouts are unknown. A police
spokesperson did not answer calls from Al Jazeera seeking comment.
is usually based at his monastery in the city of Mandalay, but a judge has told
police to bring him before a court in the country's main city of Yangon before
June 4, the Myanmar Now news agency reported.
by phone, a man who described himself as a student of Wirathu told Al Jazeera
the monk had left Mandalay for Yangon, where he has been summoned to appear
before a panel of senior monks on Thursday.
panel is expected to reprimand him for his involvement in "mundane
affairs" after a recent speech he gave defending Myanmar's
military-drafted constitution and railing against Aung San Suu Kyi's efforts to
the speech he said military members of parliament, who are guaranteed unelected
seats by the constitution, should be worshipped like the Buddha.
nationalist followers have vowed to show their support for him with a protest
on Thursday near Yangon's Shwedagon pagoda, the country's holiest Buddhist
has described Muslims as "mad dogs" and threatened to use violence to
oppose international efforts to bring Myanmar's generals to justice for the
slaughter of thousands of Rohingya in 2017, which United Nations investigators
have said may amount to genocide.
2003, he was jailed for almost 10 years for inciting deadly riots against
Muslims. Last year, Facebook barred him from the platform in response to his
incendiary posts about the minority.
first civilian government in decades, led by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League
for Democracy (NLD) party, has long regarded Wirathu as a nuisance.
2017, a government-appointed committee of top monks barred Wirathu from
preaching for a year, stating that he had "repeatedly delivered hate
speech against religions to cause communal strife." In the same year, the
committee disbanded Ma Ba Tha, a Buddhist nationalist group in which he was a
Aung San Suu Kyi has been unable to shake criticism that she is bowing to
pressure from Buddhist hardliners.
Mathieson, a Myanmar-based analyst, said the sedition charges against Wirathu
followed a shift in public opinion towards the monk.
has been widely dismissed inside Myanmar as a buffoonish ultranationalist for a
long time now," he told Al Jazeera. "The authorities may have
calculated what remained of his support base would be unlikely to create
serious trouble if he was arrested."
an election coming up next year, "the NLD may well have calculated moving
against Wirathu would generate more popular support, not less," he added.
groups are uneasy about the decision to target the monk with a sedition law.
government's use of sedition charges raises concerns about the focus of the
investigation, which should be squarely on Wirathu's incitement of violence and
hostility," said Matthew Bugher, head of Asia for Article 19, an advocacy
group focussed on freedom of expression.
speech is vile and repugnant," he added. "International investigators
have already reported on the apparent links between his words and the violence
and discrimination directed at Muslim populations. A criminal investigation
into his speech and actions is clearly warranted."
military accused of ‘war crimes’ in Rakhine
group Amnesty International has accused Myanmar’s military of committing “war
crimes” against an ethnic Buddhist group in Rakhine State, after worldwide
condemnation of the army for committing horrific atrocities against local
UK-based Amnesty announced on Wednesday it was in possession of “new evidence”
indicating that Myanmar’s military was “committing war crimes and other human
rights violations” against the ethnic rebels, citing extrajudicial killings,
arbitrary arrests, torture, and enforced disappearances.
armed forces have reportedly deployed thousands of troops and heavy artillery
across northern Rakhine, where so-called Arakan Army (AA) militants are
battling the army in a bid to win more autonomy for the state’s ethnic
was also the scene of a brutal crackdown and carnage by the country’s military
against the Rohingya Muslim community between 2017 and 2018.
of the Muslims were killed in the crackdown, and nearly 800,000 others fled to
neighboring Bangladesh. United Nations investigators have said the campaign
against the Muslims amounted to “genocide.”
said its new findings were based on scores of interviews with people from
various ethnic groups, photographs, videos, and satellite imagery.
rights group also underlined that a number of Rohingya Muslims still in Rakhine
had also been killed by the military.
new operations in Rakhine State show an unrepentant, unreformed and
unaccountable military terrorizing civilians,” said Amnesty’s regional director
access to the conflict region is heavily restricted, details about the killing
of civilians have emerged over recent weeks and months, according to Amnesty.
army has only confirmed that it shot dead six detainees in the village of Kyauk
Tan late last month.
has also censured Myanmar’s government for choosing to “remain silent” as
supplies of medicine, food, and humanitarian relief remain blocked by
Afghanistan — More than 40 people were killed across Afghanistan on Tuesday on
the eve of talks between Afghan politicians and Taliban leaders in Moscow, as
the militant group pursued a familiar tactic of intensifying its attacks before
Afghan soldiers were killed by Taliban fighters in Khost Province, and 23
people, including Afghan special operations forces, police officers, civilians
and militia members, died in western Ghor Province. In northern Samangan,
Taliban fighters nearly overran an Afghan military outpost, killing at least
six Afghan police officers and soldiers, according to Afghan officials.
on Monday, Afghan soldiers wrested control of the Deh Yak district in
southeastern Ghazni Province from Taliban fighters after a concerted offensive.
The group had controlled the town for two years.
spurt of violence came as Afghan politicians, including one of the candidates
vying to replace President Ashraf Ghani in elections in September, and members
of the Taliban arrived in Moscow to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations
with Russia. The ceremony serves as an excuse for informal peace talks between
Afghan politicians and 14 Taliban negotiators.
an opening ceremony, Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia called for the
“total pullout” of foreign forces from Afghanistan, a jab at the United States
and other NATO countries that deploy troops there.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy leader, said his group was “committed
for peace” and wanted to “end the occupation” of Afghanistan.
February, 50 delegates from both the Taliban and Afghan politicians met at
Moscow’s President Hotel. The Afghan delegation, led by former President Hamid
Karzai, spoke of preserving the current Afghan government following any
withdrawal of foreign forces. The Taliban criticized the Afghan Constitution
that was put in place after the American-led invasion in 2001.
from the discussions in February were any representatives from Mr. Ghani’s
government. But this week’s talks will include the Afghan ambassador to Russia,
Latif Bahand, who will represent Kabul in any “intra-Afghan” talks, according
to Sibghatullah Ahmadi, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
month, what was meant to be the first meeting between the Afghan government and
Taliban negotiators was derailed after the militant group objected to the large
number of Afghan officials attending.
United States delegation, led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the Americans’ peace envoy,
has had several meetings with the Taliban in Qatar. Each time the Taliban have
rejected requests that they talk to the Afghan government.
Taliban and Russia have jointly called for the withdrawal of U.S.-led coalition
troops from Afghanistan, with a top leader of the Islamist insurgent group
denouncing the foreign presence in the country as a major obstacle to Afghan
Abdul Ghani Baradar, the political deputy of the Taliban, made the remarks in
Moscow to a gathering of Russian and Afghan government personnel, as well as
representatives from prominent political groups from the war-torn country.
organized the meeting to mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations
Islamic Emirate [Taliban] is truly committed to peace but the first step is to
remove obstacles in the way of peace, meaning the occupation of Afghanistan
must come to an end," Baradar said in rare public appearance and speech.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his welcome address to the group urged that
foreign forces leave Afghanistan. He underscored the importance of bilateral
relations, saying Russia is ready to offer more help to Afghanistan to fight
terrorist groups led by Islamic State and drug-trafficking networks.
conflict in Afghanistan has no military solution and the only way to settle
this issue is to rely on diplomacy and politics. We believe all foreign
military [forces] should be withdrawn from the country and the society of
Afghanistan should unite in finding a solution," the Russian foreign
believe that Afghanistan should stay united where all the ethnic groups can
live peacefully. We hope that peace will settle in Afghanistan as soon as
possible," Lavrov added, saying that accelerated Afghan peace-building
efforts recently initiated by Moscow are furthering the peace process.
Afghan candidates challenging President Ashraf Ghani in the upcoming
presidential elections, former president, Hamid Karzai, and Afghan diplomats in
Moscow, as well as the head of the official Afghan High Peace Council (HPC)
tasked with promoting peace, were in attendance at Tuesday's meeting and
delivered their own speeches.
his address, the HPC chief, Karim Khalili, emphasized the need for agreeing to
"a dignified and just mechanism" for ending years of bloodshed in
Baradar, who is heading a 14-member Taliban delegation, was the center of
attention during Tuesday's meeting in Moscow. He is known as a co-founder of
the Islamist Taliban and is believed to have played a central role in
organizing insurgent activities after the U.S.-led military invasion of
Afghanistan 17 years ago.
was traveling through Pakistan in 2010 when American security operatives,
together with local counterparts, arrested him in Karachi. The insurgent
commander was then placed in Pakistani custody until late last year. At that
point, Washington requested that Islamabad free Baradar to push a nascent
process of negotiations that U.S. diplomats initiated with the Taliban late
last fall to seek an end to the Afghan war.
and Afghan delegates also are scheduled to hold an intra-Afghan meeting on
Wednesday to discuss ways to promote peace in their country.
bilateral talks would mark the second time Taliban officials have met with
Afghan opposition politicians in Russia. The first such interaction took place
in February, but no government representatives were present because of
objections by the insurgents.
Taliban clarified in a statement issued late Tuesday that no Kabul government
representatives will participate in the intra-Afghan conference, and insurgent
delegates will interact only with Afghan politicians as well as civil society
representatives. The Taliban refuse to engage in any peace talks with anyone
associated with the U.S.-backed Kabul government, dismissing them as
"stooges" installed by foreign "occupation" forces.
delegation of Islamic Emirate [Taliban] will also hold closed-door meetings
with senior officials of the Russian Federation," said Taliban spokesman
meetings in Moscow come as months of direct peace negotiations between the
United States and the Taliban appear to have slowed down, if not deadlocked,
over the insurgents' refusal to cease hostilities until all U.S.-led
international forces withdraw from Afghanistan.
has linked its troop withdrawal move to counterterrorism assurances by the
Taliban, a comprehensive cease-fire and the insurgent group's participation in
a peace dialogue with the Afghan government and other groups to end years of
Hardline Sri Lanka Buddhist Monk Vows To Expose Islamist Militancy
(Reuters) - A hardline Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against
minority Muslims in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday he planned to denounce Islamist
militants after he was freed from prison last week by presidential pardon.
Aththe Gnanasara, head of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”,
was pardoned by President Maithripala Sirisena after serving nine months of a
six-year sentence for contempt of court.
activists said his release sent a message that majority Buddhists could incite
hate against minorities. Gnanasara has denied allegations that he encouraged
violence against Muslims and Christians, saying he only highlighted threats
pardon came a week after rioters attacked Muslim-owned homes, shops, and
mosques in apparent reprisal for Easter bombings, claimed by Islamic State,
that killed more than 250 people.
said Gnanasara’s group had no links to the attacks.
a news conference on Tuesday, Gnanasara said Sri Lankan followers of Wahhabism,
a conservative branch of Islam, were indirectly responsible for the April 21
bombings on churches and hotels.
urge the government to arrest the main people responsible for the spreading of
Wahhabism,” Gnanasara said.
Ahmed, the vice president of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, said he was
willing to meet him.
will talk to him and see what he wants to discuss. We have always had cordial
discussions with him even though he has his extremist views,” Ahmed said.
political analysts see the pardon as a bid by Sirisena to woo Sinhala
Buddhists, who make 70 percent of the nation’s 22 million people, ahead of elections
is trying to build the Sinhala Buddhist votes,” said Kusal Perera, a political
was convicted in 2018 on four counts of contempt of court. The case stemmed
from a 2016 court hearing on the abduction of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda
over which military intelligence officials were accused.
shouted at the judge and lawyers because the military officials had not been
given bail. He also threatened Eknaligoda’s wife.
a Monday evening visit to a temple, Gnanasara said he is “active once more...
Attaining nirvana can wait.”
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have recently seized 1000 kilograms
of explosives during an operation in Kabul city.
military source said Monday that the Afghan special force conducted a raid in
Kabul city and seized 500kg of explosives.
providing further added that source further added that the Special Forces also
detained three suspected militants during the same operation.
the meantime, the Ministry of Interior in a statement said the police forces
foiled a deadly attack in Kabul city by seizing and destroying 1000 kilograms
of explosives in four separate controlled-detonations in Kabul.
statement further added that the security forces recently had seized the
RDX-HMS type explosives during an operation.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the report so far.
least 18 members of Afghan security forces have been killed after Taliban
militants stormed several posts providing protection to a historic minaret in
Hai Khatebi, the provincial governor spokesman of the western province of Ghor,
said on Wednesday that 15 pro-government militias and three policemen had been
killed in the attacks, which started Monday.
Zia Hussaini, the deputy police chief of Ghor, confirmed that militants ran
over some checkpoints around the revered 12th-century Jam minaret. "The
Taliban have captured some checkpoints around the minaret. We had to retreat
because more fighting would cause damage to the minaret."
Ariapur, the Ghor province director of information and culture, said that the
Taliban assaults had cut the government access to the area.
Taliban have shut off telecommunication towers and have cut any access to the
area,” Ariapur said, adding, "The cleaning-up work (from the flood) has
stopped and we don't know what is happening there."
attack comes less than a week after the minaret, which is the UNESCO World
Heritage Site, was threatened by surging floodwaters.
last week, dramatic video footage showed brown torrents crashing up against the
base of the brick minaret, which was built in about 1190. On Monday, the
government had hired about 300 local workers to channel floodwaters away from
war-wracked country has been struggling to stop scores of deadly attacks by the
Taliban militant group almost across the country over the past months.
Taliban have stepped up attacks on security installations in their so-called
spring offensive amid direct talks with the United States, rejecting calls by
the US’s chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad to lay down their arms.
comes as a sixth round of talks between the US and Taliban recently ended in
the Qatari capital Doha with no tangible progress. The Taliban have said peace
negotiations were stumbling over the fundamental question of when foreign
forces would depart the war-ravaged country.
administration of President Donald Trump is now negotiating with the Taliban in
an attempt to discourage the group from attacking US troops.
neither America's to give away nor Israel's to take, says Iran's Zarif
Foreign Minister Mohammd Javad Zarif says the the holy occupied city of
Jerusalem al-Quds belongs to Palestine and the Palestinian nation, stressing
that neither the United States nor the Israeli regime can make decisions about
(Jerusalem) is neither America's to give away nor Israel's to take. And NOT for
brutal accomplices to try to buy. Quds belongs to Palestine & Palestinians:
history shows that whomever ignores this is condemned to ignominious failure,”
the top Iranian diplomat said in a post published on his official Twitter page
(Jerusalem) is neither America's to give away nor Israel's to take. And NOT for
brutal accomplices to try to buy.
belongs to Palestine & Palestinians: history shows that whomever ignores
this is condemned to ignominious failure.
stands with Palestine. #QudsDay
PM - May 29, 2019
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reaffirmed Tehran’s full support for the Palestinian cause, calling for mass
participation in International Quds Day rallies on Friday.
International Quds Day is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic,
Imam Khomeini, who designated the day in solidarity with Palestinians.
the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the International Quds Day has been held
worldwide on the last Friday of the the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has called upon Muslim heads of state
and leaders participating in the upcoming 14th summit of the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi city of Mecca to support the Palestinian
nation, and adopt appropriate and effective measures aimed at protecting
Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau, said in a statement on
Wednesday that the OIC session comes at a time when “the Palestinian issue is
facing challenges, which threaten its present, future and existence. It is
being held when Israeli terrorism against Palestinian land and people is on the
pointed out that the American team -- comprised of President Donald Trump's
senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason
Greenblatt, and US ambassador to the occupied territories David Friedman
--“plays a suspicious role in supporting and promoting political and economic
schemes aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause and undermining
then stressed “the need for an effective and urgent Islamic action” that would
protect the occupied city of al-Quds, al-Aqsa Mosque, stand against the Israeli
regime’s policy of criminal and racist occupation, and would put an end to its
plots of “Judaization, division and displacement.”
senior Hamas official finally demanded the final communiqué of the OIC summit,
which is scheduled to take place on May 31, to be a unified Muslim stance aimed
at building a roadmap towards achieving the aspirations of the Palestinian
nation, which is the liberation of their homeland and return to it.
The European Union said on Wednesday that Turkey continues to distance itself
from the bloc and its values and says sees no reason to unblock the country’s
EU membership talks.
a progress report on Turkey’s membership prospects released Wednesday, the EU’s
executive commission criticizes “serious backsliding in the areas of the rule
of law and fundamental rights.”
EU agreed last year that no new chapters in Turkey’s accession talks should be
opened or closed and the report notes that “the underlying facts leading to
this assessment still hold.”
has been involved in membership talks since October 2005 but progress has been
topics of concern are all areas considered central for membership by the
European Union, which prides itself on being a democratic club of market
economies that respect the rule of law.
has continued to move further away from the European Union,” the Commission
said in its annual report on Ankara’s progress toward membership, a path
formally undertaken in 2005.
have ... effectively come to a standstill,” the Commission said of Turkey, a
member of the US-led NATO alliance which shares a border with Iraq and Syria.
EU countries oppose the large, relatively poor and mainly Muslim country
joining. Germany, notably, would prefer an alternate kind of “privileged
partnership” for Turkey.
the office of the Turkish Foreign Ministry hit back at the criticisms from the
EU, saying the findings in the enlargement report reflect the EU’s own
deputy foreign minister said the report does not “accurately assess the current
situation” in the country and that Turkey would be “carefully noting the
constructive criticism” in the report.
said he also expected Turkey’s European allies to support it in its battle
against security threats.
EU wants to see a return to the reforms of Erdogan’s first years in power as
prime minister from 2003 that made it an important emerging economy.
National Security Adviser John Bolton has said "naval mines almost
certainly from Iran" were to blame for the damage to oil tankers in the
Gulf of Oman earlier this month.
Bolton provided no evidence to support the allegation, which Iran said was
attacks off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates on 12 May left holes
in the hulls of four ships.
incident came amid an escalation in tensions between Iran and the US.
Friday, US Vice Admiral Michael Gilday said he believed "with a high
degree of confidence that this [attack] stems back to the leadership of Iran at
the highest levels".
Bolton, a long-standing advocate for regime change in Iran, echoed the
admiral's words during a visit to the UAE on Wednesday, telling reporters it
was "clear that Iran is behind" the attack.
no doubt in anybody's mind in Washington who's responsible for this," he
said. "Who else would you think is doing it? Someone from Nepal?"
Abbas Mousavi, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, said Mr Bolton's accusations
strategic patience, vigilance and defensive prowess will defuse mischievous
plots made by Bolton and other warmongers."
another development, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Iran
will not negotiate any new deals with the US over its nuclear and missile
programmes, calling negotiations "useless".
President Hassan Rouhani signalled talks were possible if sanctions were
do we know about the incident?
details have been released, but it took place at about 06:00 (02:00 GMT) on
Sunday, 12 May, within UAE territorial waters east of the emirate of Fujairah,
just outside the Strait of Hormuz.
UAE authorities said four ships were targeted in a "sabotage attack".
were no casualties but Saudi Arabia said two of its ships had suffered
tanker was Norwegian-registered, while the fourth was UAE-flagged.
UAE has not publicly blamed anyone for the sabotage of the vessels.
has this got to do with the US and Iran?
paper, little. No US-flagged ship was attacked, and no evidence has been
provided that Iran was involved.
the US sees the attack as part of a wider "campaign" against it and
its allies approved by Iranian leaders.
Bolton said Iran-backed forces also carried out drone strikes on two oil
pumping stations in Saudi Arabia on 14 May and fired a rocket into an area of
the Iraqi capital Baghdad that houses the US embassy on 19 May.
also revealed that there had been "an unsuccessful attack on the Saudi
port of Yanbu a couple of days before the attack on tankers".
has denied it was involved in the attacks in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
is behind the heightened US-Iran tensions?
tensions began rising at the start of May, when Washington ended exemptions
from sanctions for countries still buying from Iran. The decision was intended
to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the government its main source of
Arab Coalition announced that it has launched an operation targeting Houthi
positions in the Yemeni province of Dhalea on Wednesday.
coalition asked Dhalea residents to avoid going near the target sites, adding
that the operation aims to neutralize Houthi capabilities used to carry out
coalition also stated that the operation is in accordance with international
and humanitarian law, and that they have taken all measures to protect
Arab Coalition has targeted Houthi positions in the Yemeni capital Sanaa,
including Houthi weapons stores in the al-Dulaimi air base, north of the
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki had said that they are continuously
targeting Houthi posts in the air base as the militias have turned it into a
base to manufacture and maintain drones, as well as to store weapons.
Arab Coalition had announced in mid-May that it has launched an operation on
Houthi military targets in Yemen to "neutralize the ability of the Houthi
militia to carry out acts of aggression."
Tuesday, Arab Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said that they will
not tolerate the Iran-backed Houthi militias targeting civilian facilities with
at a press conference in Jeddah, al-Malki confirmed that the coalition has
information about all the locations from where drones are being launched toward
Zuckerberg faces summons after snubbing Canada
frustration with Facebook was laid bare during an international hearing in
Canada on Tuesday as lawmakers from several countries blasted top executives
Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for ducking a request to appear at the
were so peeved by the no-show that a panel in Canada's House of Commons took
the rare step of approving an open-ended summons for the duo: Next time either
Zuckerberg or Sandberg set foot in Canada, they will be required to appear
before a parliamentary committee with jurisdiction over tech issues. If they
don't, Canadian lawmakers are threatening a vote to hold them in contempt of
am sick to death of sitting through hours of platitudes from Facebook and
avoidance tactics," said United Kingdom MP Jo Stevens, one of many foreign
lawmakers who attended the hearing. "I want the boss here to take
bemoaned that Tuesday was the second time Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder,
chairman and CEO, brushed off an invitation to appear before a legislative
body, after he had failed to attend a parliamentary hearing in London late last
wouldn’t come to answer our questions in London at our Parliament, so we have
come across the Atlantic to make it easier for him," Stevens added.
"And we can only conclude he is frightened of scrutiny."
in recent years has angered world leaders around the globe, who have criticized
the company for seeming to dodge responsibility for its role in the economic,
social, and political destabilization that social media platforms have caused —
all the while, piling up billions of dollars in profits.
from nearly a dozen countries used Tuesday's forum in Ottawa to press tech
companies about privacy violations, hate speech, and the spread of
Canadian hosts earlier this month had requested that Zuckerberg and Sandberg,
Facebook's COO, attend the hearing. But the company instead sent two senior
executives in their place.
abhorrent that he's not here today and Ms. Sandberg is not here today,” said
Bob Zimmer, a Canadian Conservative MP who chairs the Commons committee on
Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, which hosted the session. The panel
approved issuing an open-ended summons for the duo without objection.
soon as they step foot … into our country, they will be served and expected to
appear before our committee," Zimmer added.
emphasized that if Zuckerberg or Sandberg come to Canada and ignore the summons
to appear before lawmakers, the next move would be a vote on a motion to hold
the duo in contempt of Canada's Parliament. If the motion were to pass, jail
time could be the result, though that penalty has not been applied in recent
displeasure was shared by numerous members of Parliament from Canada's other
Angus, a member of the left-wing New Democratic Party who presented Tuesday's
motion to serve the Facebook executives with an open-ended summons, said he was
unaware of a previous example of Canadian lawmakers taking such a step.
said he used to believe tech companies could regulate themselves, but has since
lost faith. “I’m a recovering digital Utopian," he said.
Erskine-Smith, a member of Canada's governing Liberal Party, ridiculed Zuckerberg's
recent op-edin the Washington Post in which he promised to talk to lawmakers
about Facebook's efforts to safeguard data.
he was an honest individual writing those words, he’d be sitting in that
chair,” Erskine-Smith said.
from Singapore, Germany, Estonia, Morocco, Chile and Ecuador, among other
countries, also took part in Tuesday's hearing.
two Facebook executives who did show up — one based in Canada, the other in the
U.S. — defended the company and promised to comply with new ethics standards
and to collaborate in the development of future ones around the world.
actually do go over and above the law," Kevin Chan, head of public policy
at Facebook Canada, said during one heated exchange.
Tuesday's hearing was the latest indication that anger with Facebook could soon
eclipse the company's ability to control it.
President Emmanuel Macron has been critical of Facebook and other tech giants
for, among other perceived failings, the amount of taxes it pays in Europe.
Macron has launched a "Tech for Good" initiative, and his
administration has placed regulators inside Facebook to monitor how the company
works to combat hate speech. Macron and Zuckerberg met in early May to discuss
video of a massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, circulated on Facebook, the
country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said "it’s critical that
technology platforms like Facebook are not perverted as a tool for terrorism,
and instead become part of a global solution to countering extremism.”
and Ardern have since teamed up to issue a "Christchurch Call" aimed
at preventing violent extremist and terrorist content from being circulating
online. (Facebook has backed that initiative.)
Prime Minister Theresa May has also criticized Facebook and other social media
companies for not doing enough to stop online bullying and harassment. Last
month, when the U.K. rolled out proposed new lawsthat would force those firms
to take steps to combat harmful content, the prime minister said that
"online companies must start taking responsibility for their platforms,
and help restore public trust in this technology."
harsh as the rhetoric around Facebook can be in the United States, the company
still enjoys a certain amount of domestic deference as an American success
story. But leaders outside of the U.S. often treat the firm as an unwelcome
America's borders, Facebook lacks the lobbying expertise it has built up in its
home country, and often finds itself struggling to navigate local political
landscapes, loyalties and alignments.
a sign of potential trouble ahead for the company, lawmakers heard Tuesday from
prominent tech critics, including Roger McNamee, an early investor and adviser
to Facebook and author of the book “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook
said hate speech and conspiracy theories are central to the algorithms at the
heart of Facebook's business model, despite the potential for that kind of
content to undermine democracy. He urged lawmakers to take drastic steps to
address the problem and to consider deploying their ultimate response: shutting
down social media platforms that fail to take adequate countermeasures, and
allowing new competitors to take root.
such action, he urged lawmakers to ban web tracking, scanning of email and
documents, and third-party commerce in data, and argued for micro-targeted ads
to be taxed to make them economically unattractive.
your goals are to protect democracy and personal liberty, you have to be
bold," McNamee added. "You have to force a radical transformation of
the business model of internet platforms."
DIEGO – Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in
Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial
misconduct that include withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the
for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher plan to ask a military court
Wednesday in San Diego to dismiss the case or remove the prosecutor and,
possibly, have the judge himself step aside.
case has been irreparably corrupted by a government campaign of outrageous and
illegal conduct," attorney Tim Parlatore said in the opening salvo of his
motion to dismiss the charges. "This prosecution threatens to make an
unequivocal farce of our justice system."
motion comes with Gallagher's trial less than two weeks away and amid mounting
pressure from the defense after lawyers discovered prosecutors planted tracking
software in emails sent to the defense team and a journalist that may have
violated attorney-client privilege and other constitutional rights.
Navy has said it did nothing wrong and has no plans to remove the prosecutor. A
spokesman wouldn't comment on the motions.
the evidence apparently kept from the defense were results of a polygraph exam
Gallagher was given weeks before his arrest on charges that he fatally stabbed
an injured young teenage militant and picked off civilians from a sniper's
knew at the time he was under investigation and denied committing any war
crimes during the test, Parlatore said in court papers. Gallagher was told he
passed the exam.
said he only knows about the exam because his client told him about it and
investigation documents showed efforts to schedule the test.
commonly referred to as lie-detector tests, are not admissible in civilian or
military courts because they are "not an indication of truth," said
Gary Solis, a former military judge and Marine Corps prosecutor who teaches law
at Georgetown.Passing such a test means the person answered most of the key
questions without any indication of lying.
debatable whether the results would be considered evidence of innocence, and
therefore the prosecution would not necessarily have to turn them over to the
defense, Solis said.
judge could admonish the defense for revealing polygraph results because it
could taint the jury in the case, Solis said.
effort to get the case thrown out comes as President Donald Trump has
considered pardoning several service members accused of war crimes, including
Gallagher, who has pleaded not guilty.
family has lobbied vigorously for his freedom and dozens of Republican
lawmakers have rallied to his cause.
have said Gallagher stabbed the injured militant and then posed for a photo
with his corpse for his re-enlistment ceremony. He sent a text to fellow SEALs
later saying, "I got this one with my hunting knife."
dismissed that as a joke that reflects the dark humor of a warrior. No blood
was found on the knife by forensics experts, he added.
said he's aware of evidence that showed at least one member of Gallagher's
squad practiced medical procedures on the militant when he was dead or nearly
dead, which might indicate he died from a different cause.
said witnesses would be willing to testify to that, but prosecutors have said
they're unaware of anything performed on him that was not medically necessary
or any alternative cause of death.
DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security
adviser warned Iran on Wednesday that any attacks in the Persian Gulf will draw
a "very strong response" from the U.S., taking a hard-line approach
with Tehran after his boss only two days earlier said America wasn't
"looking to hurt Iran at all."
Bolton's comments are the latest amid heightened tensions between Washington
and Tehran that have been playing out in the Middle East.
spoke to journalists in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates,
which only days earlier saw former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warn there that
"unilateralism will not work" in confronting the Islamic Republic.
dueling approaches highlight the divide over Iran within American politics. The
U.S. has accused Tehran of being behind a string of incidents this month,
including the alleged sabotage of oil tankers off the Emirati coast, a rocket
strike near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and a coordinated drone attack on Saudi
Arabia by Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi rebels.
Wednesday, Bolton told journalists that there had been a previously unknown
attempt to attack the Saudi oil port of Yanbu as well, which he also blamed on
Iran. He described Tehran's decision to back away from its 2015 atomic deal
with world powers as evidence it sought nuclear weapons, even though it came a
year after America unilaterally withdrew from the unraveling agreement.
stressed the U.S. had not seen any further Iranian attacks in the time since,
something he attributed to the recent military deployments — America recently
sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf. But he warned
the U.S. would strike back if again attacked.
point is to make it very clear to Iran and its surrogates that these kinds of
action risk a very strong response from the United States," Bolton threatened,
spoke before talks with Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin
Zayed Al Nahyan. He declined to have his remarks recorded by journalists.
longtime Iran hawk, Bolton blamed Tehran for the recent incidents, at one point
saying it was "almost certainly" Iran that planted explosives on the
four oil tankers off the UAE coast. He declined to offer any evidence for his
else would you think is doing it?" Bolton asked at one point when pressed.
"Somebody from Nepal?"
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has repeatedly criticized Bolton as a
warmonger. Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, said later
Wednesday Bolton's remarks were a "ridiculous accusation."
in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said that the "road is not
closed" when it comes to talks with the U.S. — if America returns to the
nuclear deal. However, the relatively moderate Rouhani faces increasing
criticism from hard-liners and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the
acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said some 900 troops coming to
the Mideast over the perceived Iran threat to reinforce the tens of thousands
already in the region would be placed in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Another 600
attached to a Patriot missile battery have had their deployment in the region
Iranian threat to our forces in the region remains," Shanahan said.
in Abu Dhabi, Bolton linked the rocket fire in Baghdad, the alleged sabotage of
the ships and the drone attack by Yemen's rebels, describing them as a response
from Iran and its proxies.
think it's important that the leadership in Iran to know that we know,"
Bolton said. He then brought up what he said could be a considered a fourth,
previously unknown attack.
also had been an attack, an unsuccessful attack, on the Saudi port of Yanbu a
couple of days before the attack on the tankers," he said, without
officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Bolton's
claim on Yanbu, which is the terminus, or end point, of the kingdom's East-West
Pipeline. The Houthis have already targeted two pumping stations on that
pipeline during a coordinated drone assault.
also said the U.S. would boost American military installations and those of its
allies in the region.
White House said Wednesday that Bolton will meet with his counterparts from
Israel and Russia next month in Jerusalem to discuss regional security issues.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not disclose further details
about Bolton's planned meeting with Israeli national security adviser Meir
Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian security council.
this month, on the first anniversary of Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear
deal, Tehran announced it would begin to back away from the agreement.
accord saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of
economic sanctions. Trump pulled out of the accord as he said it didn't go far
enough in limiting the Iranian nuclear program, nor did it address Iran's
ballistic missile program.
said that without more nuclear power plants, it made no sense for Iran to
stockpile more low-enriched uranium as it now plans to do. But the U.S. also
earlier cut off Iran's ability to sell its uranium to Russia in exchange for
unprocessed yellow-cake uranium.
has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to offer better terms to the unraveling
nuclear deal, otherwise it will resume enrichment closer to weapons level.
Bolton declined to say what the U.S. would do in response to that.
no reason for them to do any of that unless that's part of an effort to reduce
the breakout time to produce nuclear weapons," Bolton said. "That's a
very serious issue if they continue to do that."
trip to the UAE comes just days after Trump in Tokyo appeared to welcome
negotiations with Iran.
not looking for regime change — I just want to make that clear," Trump
said. "We're looking for no nuclear weapons."
Bolton himself, for years before becoming national security adviser, called for
overthrowing Iran's government in interviews and in paid speaking engagement
before an Iranian exile group.
don't back away from any of it. Those are positions I took as a private
citizen," Bolton said when asked about his prior remarks. "Right now
I'm a government official. I advise the president. I'm the national security
adviser, not the nation security decision-maker. It's up to him to make those
soon-to-be published book claims that U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law
and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner called slain journalist Jamal
Khashoggi a "terrorist", Vanity Fair magazine reported Wednesday.
guy was the link between certain factions in the royal family and Osama. We
know that. A journalist? Come on. This was a terrorist masquerading as a
journalist," Kushner reportedly told a reporter in an off-the-record
interview, Michael Wolff wrote in his new book Siege: Trump Under Fire.
was referring to slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
a U.S. resident and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after
entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 last year.
Arabia initially denied any knowledge of his whereabouts but following a rising
number of contradictions in its narrative sought to blame the journalist's
death on a botched rendition operation being carried out by rogue agents.
is known to have a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman, who the CIA has reportedly concluded was responsible for ordering
is currently in Jordan on a tour of the Middle East to garner support before
the unveiling of his long-anticipated "Deal of the Century", a
backchannel plan to reach a peace settlement between Israel and the
on leaks in the media, the plan will call on the Palestinians to make major
concessions to Israel regarding Jerusalem’s status and the right of Palestinian
refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine.
National Security Advisor John Bolton on Wednesday met with Abu Dhabi Crown
Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss the region’s fight against
to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the two men discussed ongoing joint
anti-terrorism efforts between their two countries.
earlier Wednesday from Abu Dhabi, Bolton claimed that recent attacks on several
oil facilities in the Persian Gulf had been carried out with the use of “naval
mines almost certainly from Iran”.
who is known for his hawkish stances vis-à-vis the Middle East, went on to
assert that another failed Iranian attack had occurred in the Saudi Port of
early May, the UAE announced that four vessels -- including two oil tankers --
had been targeted in “sabotage attacks” near its territorial waters.
Dhabi, however, has so far refrained from blaming any particular party for the
later, Saudi Arabia said that armed drones had attacked two pumping stations on
the East-West Pipeline, which carries oil from the kingdom’s Eastern Province
to the Port of Yanbu.
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