Photo: This screenshot shows the banner of the first edition of al-Fatihin, an e-newspaper published by Islamic State’s Southeast Asian wing.
Malaysia Has Blocked IS-linked Al Fatihin Website: Police Chief
Iraqi Lawmakers Ask Gov't to File Lawsuit against S. Arabia at Hague
Top Turkish Commander’s Aide Admits Allegiance to Gülenists
Bangladesh Seeks Islamic State Conduits to Local Terror Attacks
Turkey Asks India to Shut Institutions Run By Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gulen
Muslim Inheritor of Temple Priest's Guru Purnima Legacy
Why the Population Share Of Muslims in India Falls With Age
Trucks to J&K Stopped By Punjab Shiv Sena, Muslim Drivers Told To Say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’
AIMIM, QED Strive To Create Common Muslim Front
MIM, BJP Playing Vote-Bank Politics, Say Kin Of Arrested Hyderabadi Youths
Oldest Babri litigant Hashim Ansari passes away
More Than 100 Chinese Muslims Have Joined the Islamic State
Beijing Policies Driving Chinese Muslims to ISIS
Indonesia says most wanted Muslim extremist Santoro dead in firefight
Indonesia’s Mass Killings of 1965 Were Crimes against Humanity, International Judges Say
Over Ten Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Clashes with ISIL Rivals in Dara'a
Syrian Democratic Forces End Mop-Up Operation in Parts of Manbij
ISIL Terrorists in Dara'a Receive Severe Blow from Syrian Air Force
ISIL's Military Hardware Sustains Major Losses in Syrian Airstrikes in Deir Ezzur
Iran Blasts Arab League Chief's Remarks, Dismisses Interference in Regional States' Affairs
Security Forces Smash Terrorist Cell in South-eastern Iran
Iran, France to Cooperate in Technological Development of Ahvaz Field
Top Commander: IRGC to Stage Numerous Drills This Year
Turkey denies claims Qatar, S. Arabia were not troubled by coup attempt
Turkey launches first air strikes on PKK in Iraq since attempted coup
District governor suspended after coup attempt commits suicide in Turkey’s west
CHP leader’s relative killed in clash against attackers of Erdogan’s hotel
President Erdogan returns to Ankara to convene top security board after attempted coup
Obama speaks with Erdogan, offers help after failed coup
New acting commander appointed to gendarmerie
Village guard killed in PKK attack in Turkey’s southeast
Zakir Naik's 'Peace TV' Ban in Dhaka Raises the Question of What Is Actually Indian
28 ISIS Loyalists Killed During Operations in East Of Afghanistan
2 suicide bombers killed by their own explosives in Bagram
Taliban’s expert bomb-maker killed in Helmand airstrike
4 people arrested for selling donkey meat in Balkh province
Pakistan worried as Afghan plans to build dams on Kabul River
Afghanistan sends 46 aviation personnel to India for training
Taliban’s provincial council chief, Mullah Hamza, killed in Helmand
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Pakistan tries to cash in on Kashmir unrest, observes ‘Black Day’
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Islamic State fighters face possible defeat in Libya
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Turkey asks India to shut institutions run by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen
Even as Turkish investigations into the failed coup attempt point fingers towards the Pennsylvania-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen , demands for his extradition as well clamping down his activities worldwide will soon put India into a dilemma. While narrating sequence of events of Friday night, Turkish Ambassador in India Dr. Burak Akcapar confirmed that his country has asked India to shut down activities and also institutions run by Gulen’s organisation.
“They have a presence in various Indian cities. We expect Indian government to curb their activities. We think, they have no place. We had consultations with Indian government and will now follow up. We have passed all information to the Ministry of External Affairs,” said the Ambassador.
The cleric Gulen is better known as a spiritual leader who is behind many schools and colleges and coaching centres for various professional courses. Delhi and Hyderabad have the maximum number of schools, with some such institutions and coaching centres located in small towns in the north as well. The preacher and his movement have a presence in over 100 countries.
Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has also squarely blamed Gulen, who is in self-imposed exile in United States since 1999. Like al over world, Gulen’s Hizmet movement is involved in interfaith dialogue in India as well. The Delhi-based think-tank Indialogue Foundation, which draws inspiration from Gulen organisers annual Gandhi Jayanti Seminar and has been partnering government in various cultural and academic events. The spokesperson of the organisation rejected Turkish allegations, saying that Erdogan blames almost all oppositional development in Turkey on Hizmet as a pretext to purge state and civil society. “It is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. Both Fethullah Gulen’s teachings and the Hizmet participants’ works around the world on dialogue, democratic engagement, active citizenship and social cohesion is the embodiment of this commitment,” said the spokesman.
Gulen was an ally of Turkish President before 2013. The alliance was destroyed after the 2013 corruption investigations in Turkey. Erdogan accused Gulen of being behind the corruption investigations. Currently, he is on Turkey's most-wanted-terrorist list. He is accused of leading what the current Turkish officials call the Gulenist Terror Organisation (FETO). Western countries, who have investigated Gulen have absolved him of any terrorist connection.
Erdogan has demands that the United States extradite Gulen and not differentiate between terrorists. But the US insists Turkey first provide evidence of Gulen's complicity in the takeover attempt, creating renewed tensions between the two NATO allies.
Jul 20, 2016
Malaysian authorities have blocked a website that disseminated an electronic newspaper published by the Southeast Asian wing of the extremist group Islamic State (IS), Malaysia’s police chief told BenarNews on Tuesday.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which regulates internet inside the country, has blocked alfatihin.com, the website associated with the e-publication by the same name, Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed.
“Yes, we did request the MCMC to block it and it has since not been accessible here. We will continue to monitor it,” Khalid said.
Meanwhile, officials in neighboring Indonesia suggested that the creators of the IS-backed website may have been blocked it themselves. The site, seen by BenarNews earlier, is also inaccessible in Thailand, which has a large Muslim population concentrated in its insurgency-wracked Deep South region, and other countries including the United States.
In Malaysia last week, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak announced that the MCMC had blocked 11 websites and 22 URLs allegedly involved in propagating the ideology of IS in the Malay language – variations of which are spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, southern Thailand, Brunei and the southern Philippines.
The commission also called on the public to report any websites that promote IS or help spread its propaganda, and has set up a hotline so people can tip off authorities to such sites.
“It is hoped that continuous monitoring and action by MCMC and other agencies will contain the spread of the ideology by this terrorist organization through social media,” state-run news agency Bernama quoted the minister as saying.
According to reports, the 20-page electronic newspaper version of Al Fatihin was published on June 20 by Katibah Nusantara, IS’s Southeast Asian wing that has a combat unit in Syria and Iraq made up exclusively of Malaysian, Indonesians and other Malay-speaking fighters.
“This is part of the IS strategy and propaganda to suggest to the world that they have a strong support in southeast Asia region, where there are significant populations of Muslims such as in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei,” Zaini Othman, who directs the Center for Strategic and Security Studies at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, told BenarNews.
In Indonesia, computer users can no longer access the Al Fatihin website, but users there and in other countries can access a PDF version of the newspaper via the Internet Archive website – through which BenarNews obtained a copy.
“We didn't block the website. If it is inaccessible now, it could be that they [the owner] blocked it themselves,” Ismail Cawidu, a spokesman for the Indonesian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, told BenarNews on Tuesday.
“Al Fatihin” is Arabic for “The conquerors.”
The Malay-language tagline beneath the banner (pictured) describes the publication as a newspaper for Malay speakers who have migrated to IS’s self-proclaimed state in territory that the group controls in Syria and Iraq.
The first edition of the newspaper featured articles including a report praising the deaths of scores of Philippine soldiers who were killed during a military operation targeting an IS-linked group in the southern Philippines – a hotbed of Islamic militant activity – and a report about a battalion of the local Abu Sayyaf Group that pledged allegiance IS.
‘IS is losing ground’: analyst
According to security experts in the region, Islamic State is trying to increase its reach in Southeast Asia through the dissemination of the newspaper and other propaganda materials, and is targeting Muslim readers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and southern Thailand.
“IS is losing ground and manpower [in the Middle East]. It needs more public attention for new recruits, and it needs to consolidate support from terrorist groups to conduct attacks in their name, which in turn drives their propaganda,” Muhammad Haziq Jani, a research analyst with the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore, who recently co-authored an academic paper on the publication of IS’s first Malay-language newspaper, told BenarNews.
S. Sundramoorthy, an assistant professor in criminology at University Science of Malaysia, agreed that the newspaper was a new recruiting tool for IS, which has aggressively reached out to potential recruits in Southeast Asia via social media.
“The goal remains the same – to recruit supporters in the region and … rural folks in Southeast Asia who lack [access to information technology],” Sundramoorthy told BenarNews.
“They have adopted strategies commonly used by business entities to promote their products or services through all possible tools, including the print media, to promote their ideology,” he added.
July 20, 2016
TEHRAN (FNA)- Lawmakers in Baghdad called on the government to lodge a complaint with the International Court of Justice in the Hague against Saudi Arabia and a number of other states which nurture and send terrorists to Iraq to join the militant groups.
Member of the Iraqi parliament's Foreign Relations Committee Abdol Razzaq Heidari told FNA on Wednesday that some political figures in certain countries should be blamed for dispatching terrorists to Iraq and Syria and for supplying them with weapons and equipment.
Some people under the auspicies and supervision of certain Islamic countries, specially some political figures, who have Takfiri or Wahhabi thoughts are sent to ideological and training centers in Syria and Iraq to fight for the terrorist groups, he said.
Also, another Iraqi legislator, Alia Nassif, told FNA today that "the Iraqi government should identify all Arab and non-Arab terrorists and file a lawsuit against the governments of the countries of their origin at the international courts like the Hague".
Their remarks came a week after activists gathered outside Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Washington, D.C., to denounce Riyadh's support of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world.
Hundreds of Americans of various Middle Eastern descent attended the protest on to slam Saudi Arabia’s funding of the ISIL terrorist group.
The protesters then marched to the White House to denounce the regime’s intervention in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq.
“Saudi, ISIL are the same; the only difference is the name” and “people yes, Saudi no, the royal family’s got to go”, were among the many slogans chanted during the demonstration.
The protesters called on US officials to sever ties with Riyadh, describing the regime as the root of all evil in the Middle East.
“We know that Saudi Arabia is involved in spreading extremism, the Wahhabi ideology, first around the Middle East and South Asia and now it’s really all over the world,” said protest attendee Medea Benjamin, a member of the Code Pink, a peace and social justice movement working to end US-funded wars and occupations.
Bangladesh seeks Islamic State conduits to local terror attacks
JULY 19, 2016
NEW DELHI — Bangladesh, reeling from a sudden intensification of terrorism this summer, is urgently searching for men suspected of building an Islamic State presence in the country and recruiting young Bangladeshis to fight in Syria and Iraq.
Bangladesh’s government has maintained that the escalating attacks there were the work of domestic terrorists supported by domestic patrons, and it has dismissed claims of responsibility from such groups as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.
But a list released this month of 10 high-value suspects, after the harrowing siege of a restaurant in Dhaka, tells another story.
The list includes three Bangladeshi expatriates — residents of Canada, Australia, and Japan — who have long been sought by the police and suspected of setting up training and recruitment pipelines for the Islamic State. A fourth man on the list vanished last year after telling his brother he planned to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq, the police said.
The most talked-about of the suspects, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, is believed by some analysts to act as a coordinator of the Islamic State’s activities in Bangladesh and parts of northeast India. None of the suspects has been arrested because some operated in countries with stronger legal protections, the police said, and others have disappeared.
The profiles of these men offer a snapshot of a militancy undergoing a metamorphosis, as links develop between domestic and international terrorist groups.
“It is possible that they have become the link, the liaison between the local militants and the transnational groups, particularly in providing strategic guidance,” said Ali Riaz, a professor of politics at Illinois State University. “The question is, are there more like them that we don’t know?”
Until last fall, officials openly discussed fledgling efforts by a handful of Islamic State recruiters to lure Bangladeshis to Turkey, and on to Iraq or Syria. They did not seem to pose an urgent problem for Bangladesh: The number of recruits was not large, believed to be several dozen, and officials did not think they aspired to carry out domestic attacks.
“We have good intelligence about Islamic State supporters,” Monirul Islam, then the joint commissioner of the Dhaka metropolitan police, said in an interview last year. “They have confided that they want to go to Syria and participate in jihad. Not in Bangladesh. Their plan does not include anything like they would kill anyone in Bangladesh.”
He added, though, that “these boys, if they return, that is a potential threat all over the world.”
After that, the question of Islamic State involvement in attacks in Bangladesh became a matter of dispute. In September, the United States warned the Bangladeshi authorities, based on intercepted communications, that the Islamic State was preparing an attack on foreigners in Bangladesh. Shortly thereafter, two foreigners were shot, and claims of responsibility began to appear on social media accounts linked to the Islamic State.
Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, responded with skepticism and mistrust, complaining that the United States had not shared any “actionable intelligence” with Dhaka. There was little evidence of Islamic State involvement beyond claims on social media, and investigators had traced dozens of attacks to well-established domestic networks.
Attributing the attacks to the Islamic State, moreover, threatened the country’s vital garment industry, which depends on annual visits from Western buyers.
After militants killed 22 people in a siege on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka this month, the government said the attack was solely the handiwork of “homegrown” militants from Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, despite the fact that the perpetrators sent photos to an Islamic State-linked private e-mail account during the operation.
Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has complained that the United States had not shared any “actionable intelligence” with Dhaka.
Officials softened their position as the investigation proceeded, acknowledging in recent days that the attackers may have had foreign links, including to the Islamic State.
Now the police are seeking several suspected Islamic State operatives as possible coordinators of domestic terrorism. Among the 10 high-priority suspects are three whom Monirul Islam described last year as Islamic State recruiters.
They are Chowdhury, who is thought to have returned to Bangladesh from Canada in 2013; Mohammad Saifullah Ojaki, a business professor at a university in Japan; and Abu Terek Mohammad Tajuddin Kausar, who has lived in Australia for a decade.
A senior intelligence official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak, said the men being sought acted as contact points between militants in Bangladesh and outside organizers.
The official said two to three dozen fighters had returned from Syria and were serving as operatives in Bangladesh. Others, the official said, had returned after receiving training in Turkey, and a third group may be training in Bangladesh.
Investigators are most interested in capturing Chowdhury, who was identified in The Daily Star, the country’s most popular English-language newspaper, as the leader of Bangladeshi militants aligned with the Islamic State.
Zayadul Ahsan Pintu, a journalist who has published widely on the militant networks, said that catching the 10 suspects would allow the police to “identify the linkage, internal and external.”
Chowdhury, in particular, he said, “is the connection from Bangladesh to Syria.”
Full report at: dnaindia.com/india/report-turkey-asks-india-to-shut-institutions-run-by-islamic-scholar-fethullah-gulen-2236299
Muslim inheritor of temple priest's Guru Purnima legacy
Jul 20, 2016
Ahmedabad: Guru Purnima cannot be held in Raslod village of Prantij taluka in Sabarkantha district without the participation of a Muslim philanthropist, Raees Kasbati. As willed by the former priest of a local Hanuman temple, Kasbati has been organizing Guru Purnima observances since 2002. In fact, even the foundation-laying ceremony of any new temple is not possible in Prantij if Kasbati cannot take part.
Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Muslim-inheritor-of-temple-priests-Guru-Purnima-legacy/articleshow/53293700.cms
Why the population share of Muslims in India falls with age
Wed, Jul 20 2016
The population share of Muslims in India drops as they age, according to Census 2011. While Muslims account for about 17.3% of the population below four years of age, their share plummets to 12.3% in the 40-44 years age group and below 11% after 65 years. In contrast, Hindus and Christians don’t show such a decline with age. And this trend holds across the top six states by Muslim population.
Full report at: livemint.com/Politics/N0ehxGL9CR5rflGLIFMLwJ/Why-the-population-share-of-Muslims-in-India-falls-with-age.html
Trucks to J&K stopped by Punjab Shiv Sena, Muslim drivers told to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’
Activists of the Shiv Sena’s Punjab unit Tuesday stopped trucks on way to J&K and forced Muslim drivers to chant slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Pakistan Murdabad’, saying they wanted to pay back “Kashmiri Muslims” with the “right treatment” for allegedly harassing Amarnath pilgrims.
Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/shiv-sena-punjab-forced-jk-truck-drivers-chant-bharat-mata-ki-jai-pakistan-murdabad-2924848/
AIMIM, QED strive to create common Muslim front
Lucknow: After failing to leave a mark in Bihar elections, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is working towards an alliance of Muslim parties including Peace Party (PP), Quami Ekta Dal (QED), Rashtriya Ulema Council (RUC) and their like in UP ahead of the 2017 assembly elections.
The idea of a common front comprising Muslim leaders and their outfits started to take shape after a recent meeting between Owaisi and Peace Party chief Mohammed Ayub where the two discussed the dynamics of such a common front with the support of over half a dozen other smaller outfits with limited base within the Muslim community.
Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/AIMIM-QED-strive-to-create-common-Muslim-front/articleshow/53292112.cms
MIM, BJP playing vote-bank politics, say kin of arrested Hyderabadi youths
Hyderabad: At a time when Asaduddin Owaisi, chief of the All India Majlis e Ittahadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) created a flutter by offering to provide legal aid to arrested alleged IS operatives in Hyderabad , the family members of arrested Ibrahim Yazdani and Ilyas Yazdani accused AIMIM and other political parties of taking undue advantage and playing vote-bank politics by using the National Investigation Agency (NIA) ‘false case’ against them.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/mim-bjp-playing-vote-bank-politics-say-kin-arrested-hyderabadi-youths-988419/
Lucknow: Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, passed away in Ayodhya on Wednesday morning, after prolonged illness.
Ansari has been fighting the case in favour of the Babri mosque since 1949. He was suffering from serious health conditions from many years.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/oldest-babri-litigant-hashim-ansari-passes-away-988344/
Full report at: benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/is-newspaper-07192016153252.html
Chinese state-backed media has claimed that 300 Chinese Muslims are fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and authorities have blamed the violence emanating from its restive northwest on radical Islamist ideology and residents’ ties to foreign terrorist networks. U.S.-based experts and human rights groups have disputed both claims, arguing that China’s repressive political and religious policies have caused the tensions and that, at any rate, the number of Uighur Islamic State fighters is negligible. But new documents, leaked by an Islamic State defector in early 2016, suggest that Beijing is likely correct about the scale of Uighur involvement with the militant movement — if not about the underlying cause.
Full report at: foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/20/report-100-chinese-muslims-have-joined-isis-islamic-state-china-terrorism-uighur/
BEIJING: Tough religious restrictions on Muslim minorities in China’s far west may have driven more than 100 to join the Islamic State group, a US think tank said Wednesday.
Beijing has long claimed that IS is recruiting Uighurs from the mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang, and blamed outside forces for fomenting deadly acts of violence there and elsewhere in China that have claimed hundreds of lives.
At the same time, authorities have banned or strictly controlled the observance of certain Muslim practices, such as growing beards and fasting during Ramadan, saying they are symbols of “Islamic extremism”.
Full report at: freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2016/07/20/beijing-policies-driving-chinese-muslims-to-is/
Indonesia says it has killed Santoso, one of the world's most wanted terrorists
One of the world's most wanted IS terrorists has been killed in a gun battle with security forces in Indonesia, police have said. Santoso, the leader of the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen, was shot dead on Monday on mountainous Sulawesi island, where he had been hiding out in the jungle with a small band of followers. His group carried out a string of deadly attacks on domestic security forces and was known for training militants from across the region. In 2014, he pledged allegiance to IS and earlier this year was placed on a list of global terrorists by the United States. Rudy Sufahriadi, police chief of Central Sulawesi province, said he was certain the body was that of the notorious, long-haired militant.
Full report at: yahoo.com/digest/20160719-P0500/indonesia-says-wanted-muslim-extremist-santoro-dead-firefight-10807739
Indonesia’s Mass Killings of 1965 Were Crimes Against Humanity, International Judges Say
An international panel of judges has declared that Indonesia committed crimes against humanity during the 1965–66 mass killings and that the U.S., the U.K. and Australia were complicit in the crimes.
Eight months after the International People’s Tribunal on 1965 Crimes Against Humanity in Indonesia (IPT 1965) held November in The Hague, presiding head judge Zak Yacoob — a former South African Constitutional Court Justice — read its findings on Wednesday.
“The state of Indonesia is responsible for and guilty of crimes against humanity … Full report at: time.com/4414438/indonesia-crimes-against-humanity-1965/
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000605
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorists attacked a checkpoint erected by the al-Nusra Front in Eastern Dara'a, and killed 14 of their al-Qaeda rivals.
The ISIL terrorists opened heavy fire at the checkpoint of al-Nusra near the village of al-Sahwa for nearly 15 minutes, which ended in the killing of 14 and wounding of several more.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000673
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces' clean-up operation in al-Hazavaneh neighborhood ended with the death of at least 26 ISIL terrorists, Kurdish sources said minutes ago.
"Over 26 ISIL terrorists were killed and many more were wounded in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) offensive across the key neighborhood of al-Hazavaneh," the sources said, adding, "The SDF fighters have now only 800 meters to the town's center from its Western side."
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000829
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army aircraft severely pounded ISIL's military positions and gathering centers in a key region in Southwestern Dara'a.
The Syrian fighter jets bombed heavily ISIL's strongholds near the village of al-Shajareh in in Howz al-Yarmouk region, which ended in the killing of at least 16 militants and wounding of several more.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000773
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets carried out several combat flights over ISIL bases and gatherings in the Western countryside of Deir Ezzur city, destroying the militants' military hardware in large scale.
The Syrian Army aircraft struck heavily ISIL's bases near the village of al-Baqaliyeh, which not only claimed the lives of several militants but destroyed their military equipment and vehicles.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000732
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry lambasted the remarks made by Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit against Iran, and rejected claims of Tehran's interference in the regional states.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has invited the Muslim world to understand the region's and the world's sensitive conditions in the current period of time and wants more integration and unity in the Muslim world against common threats, including the Zionist regime's aggressions, terrorism and extremism," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000918
Security Forces Smash Terrorist Cell in Southeastern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian security forces dismantled a terrorist cell in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, an informed source said on Wednesday.
"Members of a team which sought to carry out sabotage acts and blow up different places in Khash were identified and arrested," the source said.
In the same region last month, the Iranian security forces arrested a member of Ansar al-Forqan terrorist group.
"During the Law Enforcement Police's clashes with members of a terrorist group in Khash in the last (Iranian) month (of Khordad - mid June), several people were killed but one of them was arrested alive and his confessions showed that these people were members of Ansar al-Forqan terrorist grouplet," said Mohammad Marziyeh, the general-prosecutor of Zahedan city.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000876
TEHRAN (FNA)- France's IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is to cooperate with the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) for technological development of Ahvaz field.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with French IFP Group on Tuesday, RIPI Head Hamid-Reza Katouzian said that based on contracts for technological development of storage tanks in the upstream sector of the oil industry, that will be enforced in cooperation with the country's research centers and universities, technological studies on Ahvaz field will be entrusted to the RIPI, which intends to cooperate with IFP in that connection.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000919
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced IRGC plans to hold several wargames in different parts of the country in the current Iranian year (started on March 20).
"This year, we have so many exercises that I can't remember their exact number," General Jafari told reporters on the sidelines of a forum of IRGC Ground Force commanders and officials in the Northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday.
Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950430000688
Top Turkish commander’s aide admits allegiance to Gülenists
Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar’s aide, Infantry Lt. Col. Levent Türkkan, has revealed in testimony his allegiance to the suspected group behind the July 15 failed coup attempt and detailed how his involvement with the movement began, while also admitting the group had bugged Turkey’s top commanders.
“I am a son of a poor family. My dad was a very poor farmer. We did not have any fields, private gardens. I first met with the Fethullah Gülen movement during my middle-school years. I was a bright and promising student...” said Türkkan, who was arrested over alleged links to the Gülenist organization, adding that he always wanted to be a soldier and that this “ideal played into the hands of the [Gülenist] community.”
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/top-turkish-commanders-aide-admits-allegiance-to-gulenists-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101851&NewsCatID=341
Turkey has denied claims that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were not troubled with the July 15 failed coup attempt aimed to overthrow the Turkish government.
“On the contrary, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have shown a firm stance against this coup attempt. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have phoned our President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan] to express their support and solidarity at the highest level,” Tanju Bilgiç, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, said in a written statement late July 19.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-denies-claims-qatar-s-arabia-were-not-troubled-by-coup-attempt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101846&NewsCatID=510
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have carried out their first air strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq since the July 15 failed coup attempt, killing 20 PKK militants, state media reported on July 20.
F-16 fighter jets late on July 19 hit PKK targets in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, said the state-run Anadolu Agency, quoting security sources.
Former Turkish Air Force Chief Gen. Akin Öztürk, 25 other ex-generals and a large number of soldiers have been arrested, suspected of planning a coup on July 15.
A district governor, who had been suspended from duty as a part of the investigation into the July 15 coup attempt, committed suicide late on July 19 in the Aegean province of Manisa.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/district-governor-suspended-after-coup-attempt-commits-suicide-in-turkeys-west.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101852&NewsCatID=341
CHP leader’s relative killed in clash against attackers of Erdogan’s hotel
A relative of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kiliçdaroglu was killed during clashes against assassination attempts targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the southern resort Marmaris on July 15, a CHP deputy has stated.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-leaders-relative-killed-in-clash-against-attackers-of-erdogans-hotel-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101853&NewsCatID=341
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Turkey’s capital Ankara late on July 19, due to chair two key meetings to take important security and administrative measures in the aftermath of last week’s failed attempted military coup.
The country’s top military and civilian authorities will come together under the leadership of Erdogan at the National Security Council (MGK) meeting to be convened at noon local time on July 20.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/president-erdogan-returns-to-ankara-to-convene-top-security-board-after-attempted-coup.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101848&NewsCatID=338
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 19, offering U.S. assistance as Ankara investigates last week’s failed coup attempt, while also urging the government to show restraint as it pursues those responsible for the overthrow bid, the White House said in a statement.
“President Obama made clear that the United States is willing to provide appropriate assistance to Turkish authorities investigating the attempted coup,” the statement read, adding that Obama had also condemned “the attempt to violently remove the democratically-elected civilian government of Turkey and expressed his support for Turkish democracy.”
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/obama-speaks-with-erdogan-offers-help-after-failed-coup-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101849&NewsCatID=358
Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Galip Mendi, who was held hostage during the July 15 failed coup attempt, was hospitalized late on July 19, prompting the appointment of a new acting commander.
Mendi had been suffering from heart disease and was taken to Gülhane Military Hospital (GATA) on July 19, as Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Yasar was assigned to his position as the acting commander, according to Dogan News Agency.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/new-acting-commander-appointed-to-gendarmerie-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101845&NewsCatID=341
One village guard was killed and another two were seriously wounded on July 20 in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack in the Sirvan district of the southeastern province of Siirt.
Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/village-guard-killed-in-pkk-attack-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101844&NewsCatID=341
Full report at: bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/07/19/bangladesh-seeks-islamic-state-conduits-local-terror-attacks/GIZNIayOUmph4qQT8QvzAN/story.html
Zakir Naik's 'Peace TV' ban in Dhaka raises the question of what is actually Indian
While powerful sections of the political class in the Indian Union and powerful mass media are trying to whip up the demand for taking stern action against Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik, the government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh has gone ahead and banned Peace TV Bangla, the Bangla language channel in Zakir Naik's Peace TV stable.
Zakir Naik came into focus in the aftermath of the Dhaka killings when it was alleged by numerous reports that some of the killers were inspire by his preachings. With Zakir Naik's often offensive preachings and his Peace TV transmissions emerging as a one-stop explanation for Islamic radicalisation among “innocent” folks, it was rather rich to see even ex-Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi using the opportunity to refer to other human beings as “preachers of hate and violence” at a time when more than 30 Kashmiri protesters have been gunned down by Indian armed forces in a matter of days.
Full report at: firstpost.com/world/zakir-naiks-peace-tv-ban-in-dhaka-raises-the-question-of-what-is-actually-indian-2903680.html
28 ISIS loyalists killed during operations in East of Afghanistan
Wed Jul 20 2016
At least 28 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the latest operations conducted in East of Afghanistan.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces said the militants were killed in Nangahar province in the past 24 hours.
The operations were conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Kot and Achin district, 201st Silab Corps said, adding that the US forces also provided support to the Afghan forces.
Full report at: khaama.com/28-isis-loyalists-killed-during-operations-in-east-of-afghanistan-01522
Tue Jul 19 2016
Two suicide bombers were killed after their explosives went off prematurely inside their home in Bagram district of northern Parwan province.
According to the local government officials, the incident took place earlier today in Gojar Khel area of Bagram.
Full report at: khaama.com/2-suicide-bombers-killed-by-their-own-explosives-in-bagram-01516
The Taliban group’s expert bomb-maker was killed in an airstrike in the restive southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
The provincial government media office in a statement said a military chief of the Taliban group for Helmand province Mazlum was also killed in the airstrike.
Mazlum was also the commander of the ‘Red Unit’ of the Taliban group in southern Helmand province who was killed along with the expert bomb-maker in Babaji area.
According to a statement by the provincial government media office, the expert bomb-maker was originally hailing from Pakistan.
Full report at: khaama.com/talibans-expert-bomb-maker-killed-in-helmand-airstrike-01524
At least four people have been arrested for the alleged sale of donkey meat in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.
Provincial police spokesman Sher Jan Durani has said the four men were arrested on Wednesday afternoon in Sholgara district of Balkh.
He said the men are accused of butchering and selling the donkey meat since a long period of time.
Full report at: khaama.com/4-people-arrested-for-selling-donkey-meat-in-balkh-province-01523
The Pakistani officials are worried amid reports that the Afghan government is planning to build water dams on Kabul River.
The country’s Ministry of Water and Power has said Pakistan is willing to sign a water treaty with Afghanistan.
“We have held many brainstorming sessions at the ministry on this particular issue after receiving credible reports about Afghanistan’s plans to build dams on Kabul River,” a ministry official quoted by local newspaper, The News, said.
Full report at: khaama.com/pakistan-worried-as-afghan-plans-to-build-dams-on-kabul-river-01519
The Afghan government has sent a group of 46 aviation personnel to India to participate in technical and professional training.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority Qasim Rahimi has confirmed the deployment of 46 aviation personnel for training to India.
Rahimi further added that the aviation personnel will resume their work in the airports of the country once they complete their training in India.
He said the Afghan government is looking to boost the capacity of the aviation personnel since they have taken over the responsibility of the Afghan air space from the US forces six months ago.
Full report at: khaama.com/afghanistan-sends-46-aviation-personnel-to-india-for-training-01518
The shadow provincial council chief of the Taliban group for southern Helmand province was killed during the ongoing clearance operations in this province.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Mullah Hamza was among 34 militants killed during the operations conducted in Greshk, Marjah, Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts.
According to a statement by MoD, the operations were conducted jointly by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the past 24 hours.
Full report at: khaama.com/talibans-district-council-chief-mullah-hamza-killed-in-helmand-01517
Pakistani 'selfie' cleric investigated over Qandeel Baloch's murder
A prominent Muslim cleric in Pakistan who was censured for appearing in "selfie" photographs with murdered social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch is being investigated in connection with her killing, police said on Monday.
Baloch, 26, described as Pakistan's Kim Kardashian, divided opinion in the deeply conservative Muslim society with her risqué photos. Her murder on Friday has shocked the country and sparked fresh debate about so-called honour killings.
Full report at: reporting and writing by Mehreen Zahra-Malik; Editing by Robert Birsel)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) in its new report has suggested that poetry be introduced in madrasas to decrease extremism.
The think tank launched two studies on Tuesday, with the first titled ‘Role of Post Noon Engagements of Madressah Students in Radical Orientation’ and the second ‘Reconstruction of the National Narratives and Counter - Violent Extremism Model in Pakistan’.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1271934/pips-suggests-introducing-poetry-in-seminaries-to-curb-extremism
Lahore: Reiterating its call on Pakistan to stop terrorism from spreading roots on its own soil, the United States has reiterated that Islamabad must target all terrorist groups, particularly those that have their eyes set on its neighbours.
However, the US acknowledged that Pakistan is taking steps to counter terrorist violence, particularly focused on groups that threaten Pakistani stability.
In a statement shared with Dawn, the US State Department noted that Pakistan was waging “a serious and sustained campaign” against violent extremism and had suffered greatly from terrorism.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-must-target-terrorist-groups-eyeing-neighbours-us-988418/
WUERZBURG: German authorities have cast doubt on whether a teenager who went on an axe rampage on a Bavarian train was really an Afghan refugee, saying Wednesday he might have been from Pakistan.
The militant Islamic State (IS) group released a video on Tuesday purportedly featuring the 17-year-old, who was shot dead by police following the train attack in which he injured five people, two of them critically.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1271988/germany-train-attacker-may-have-been-from-pakistan-authorities
KOHAT: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said on Tuesday that they had set a deadline of Dec 2016 for the repatriation of Afghan refugees and hoped that the federal government would make all preparations in this regard without delay.
Full report at: dawn.com/news/1271922/kp-cant-bear-burden-of-refugees-any-more-cm
With an aim to cash in on the prevailing unrest in the Kashmir Valley after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing, Pakistan will observe “Black Day” on Wednesday to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
While addressing a cabinet meeting in Lahore on July 15, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced to observe 19th of July as a Black Day. However as Pakistan celebrates July 19 as ‘Accession to Pakistan’ Day, the Black Day observance was shifted on July 20.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-tries-cash-kashmir-unrest-observes-black-day-988531/
The Pakistan Army has claimed that it has rescued the kidnapped son of Sindh Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah from his Taliban captors and reunited him with his family.
Owais Shah, the son of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, returned home Tuesday, 29 days after being kidnapped from outside a supermarket in Karachi on June 21.
Full report at: siasat.com/news/pak-army-confirms-rescuing-kidnapped-sindh-chief-justices-son-988414/
Militants kill 17 soldiers at military base in Mali
The soldiers were attacked on their base in the central town of Nampala, in what Mali's Defense Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly described as a "coordinated terrorist attack."
At least two groups have claimed responsibility for the attack. The first is the Islamist group Macina Liberation Front which is linked to the jihadist organization Ansar Dine. The second is a recently-formed group from the ethnic Peul community, calling themselves the National Alliance for the Protection of Peul Identity and Restoration of Justice (ANSIPRJ).
"We attacked Nampala this morning to respond to the deadly attacks by the Malian army against our Peul population," Oumar Aldjana, ANSIPRJ's secretary-general told the Associated Press. Peul groups in the region have accused the military of arresting, torturing and killing civilians. He said several trucks and stocks of ammunition were seized and three members of his group were wounded.
Full report at: dw.com/en/militants-kill-17-soldiers-at-military-base-in-mali/a-19413897
South Africa, which has a Muslim minority of around 1.5 percent in a population of some 53 million, has so far escaped the jihadist attacks seen in several other African countries. (AFP)
Two South African brothers were remanded in custody Tuesday over allegations they plotted to attack the US embassy and Jewish institutions, as well as planning to join the Islamic State group.
Full report at: today.ng/news/africa/155015/south-african-twins-remanded-embassy-plot
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Islamic State fighters in Libya are facing the "distinct possibility" of defeat in their last stronghold and are likely to scatter elsewhere in the North African country and the region.
The U.N. chief said in a new report to the U.N. Security Council that member states' estimates of the number of Islamic State fighters range between 2,000 and 7,000 from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Morocco and Mauritania.
Ban said one member state recently reported between 3,000 and 4,000 Islamic State fighters in Sirte, the extremist group's last bastion along Libya's northern coast which he called "the most active war front" in the country.
Full report at: stripes.com/news/middle-east/2.1198/un-islamic-state-fighters-face-possible-defeat-in-libya-1.419982
NATO Secretary General names Islamic State and Russia primary threats
According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Islamic State terrorist organization (banned in Russia) and Russia remain the two main challenges for the alliance.
In his article for The Wall Street Journal, Stoltenberg also wrote about NATO's success in the struggle against terrorism. According to him, the coalition has achieved good results in the struggle, but there is still a lot to accomplish at this point.
Full report at: pravdareport.com/news/world/europe/20-07-2016/135068-nato_stoltenberg_russia-0/
MSM Spreads ISIS Propaganda: France Responsible for Being Terrorized
After the Nice, France terror attack – where approximately 84 people were killed and hundreds injured – Western "mainstream media" is again in full damage control mode trying to rescue "the narrative" – namely, that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.
Take one Reuters report by Tom Heneghan, titled "Foreign and domestic policies make France 'most threatened country.'" Its very first opening sentence cites terrorist propaganda:
Full report at: americanthinker.com/articles/2016/07/msm_spreads_isis_propaganda_france_responsible_for_being_terrorized.html
AP — The number of people killed in attacks by extremists throughout Europe soared in 2015 from a year earlier, the European Union police agency reported Wednesday as it warned that ISIS may "put more emphasis on operations abroad" as a Western military alliance puts it under pressure in Syria and Iraq.
The Europol report painted a worrying picture of an EU assailed by Islamic extremist threats that are unlikely to recede any time soon. It warned that Syrian asylum-seekers could be targeted and swiftly radicalized by ISIS recruiters while a new generation of fighters is being raised in ISIS territory in Syria and Iraq.
Full report at: haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.732252
Germany's anti-Islamic, anti-immigrant Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) movement said on Monday that it is seeking to found a political party, but stressed it would not seek to draw votes from the populist far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD). The new grouping would be called the Popular Party for Freedom and Direct Democracy, or FDDV by its German acronym, movement head Lutz Bachmann said at a meeting in Dresden, which is PEGIDA's eastern stronghold.
Full report at: dailysabah.com/europe/2016/07/20/german-anti-islamic-movement-pegida-to-found-party
Meet the Muslim guy who took the convention stage and prayed for Trump
Wed, Jul 20, 2016
Sajid Tarar was the last person to take the stage at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, after Tiffany Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and others had come and gone, and after most convention watchers had started flooding toward the exits.
“Let’s pray to get our country back,” he said in his brief benediction, which the cable news channels mostly talked over. He invoked the prophet Muhammad, and said “the values reflected by our leader must reflect the values of our forefathers.” There were some cheers, and some boos too.
Full report at: washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/19/meet-the-muslim-with-an-unusual-record-praying-in-arabic-at-the-rnc-tonight/
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